Fearing SC crackdown, TN firecracker makers avoid supply to Delhi

Sivakasi: Fearing a crackdown by the Supreme Court, firecracker manufacturers in Tamil Nadu have this time refrained from sending their products to wholesalers in New Delhi. The reason behind this reluctance is their failure to comply with the standards set by the top court.

Slumping economy, sponsorship blues haunt prominent lit fests this year

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With Kishore Kumar, we happily yodelled ever after

Chennai: The mere mention of Kishore Kumar can conjure up a number of images — the curly-haired agile actor who makes you groove to Eena meena deeka, or try to yodel with Arey o leiyo leiyo, oleiyo leiyo in Zindagi ek safar hai suhana as Rajesh Khanna’s voice.

TN cultural showcase to welcome Xi, revive folk art forms

Chennai: The welcome programme, wh...

In life and death, Guru Dutt remains an enigma

With two landmark films in less than a decade, before passing away at 39, on October 10, 1964, actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt’s legacy is a vast chapter of creativity while his personal story remains an enduring mystery. What can you decipher of a man, who was seen serenading beautiful actresses like Shyama and Madhubala in a Dev Anand-like debonair ...

Priyanka Chopra Jonas becomes first Indian celeb to go #BehindTheTweets

Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra Jonas is the first Indian star to feature on microblogging site Twitters video series #BehindTheTweets. #BehindtheTweets is a video series, shot with different celebrities where they unveil the secrets and the stories behind their much talked about tweets. The 37-year-old actor, who is currently in India to promote her upcoming H...

Chhota Bheem maggots puzzles biologist

Like HPV virus prompt growth of warts on our skin, goldenrod gall flies insert eggs near a developing bud. The larvae from the egg stimulate the formation of a bulbous chamber called gall. Michael Wise, a biologist from Roanoke College, Salem, USA, collected a few of the galls to study the worms inside. He dissected about a dozen of galls and extra...

Golu, the doll display that marks Navaratri festivities down south

Chennai: Navaratri, the nine-day autumn festival, is a celebration of women empowerment. Although the festival is celebrated across the length and breadth of India, the long-standing tradition of ‘Golu’ marks the celebrations here in the southern states.

Arvind Swami to play MG Ramachandran in Jayalalithaa biopic

Actor Arvind Swami is set to portray former Tamil Nadu chief minister MG Ramachandran, aka MGR, in a biopic on former AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa. Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the movie will be directed by Vijay, who has helmed films like Madrasapattinam and Deiva Thirumagal, while actor Kangana Ranaut will portray Jayalalithaa....

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After praising Godse, Pragya Thakur now calls Gandhi ‘son of the nation’

Bhopal: Months after calling Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse a “patriot,” BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur has again left the saffron party red-faced, this time by calling Gandhi the “son of the nation”.

Internet can disrupt democracy, Centre tells Supreme Court

New Delhi: The internet has emerged as a potent tool to cause disruption to democratic polity, the Centre told the Supreme Court while seeking three more months for finalising and notifying the rules that would regulate the functioning of social media intermediaries in the country.

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Muslim body moves Supreme Court against law on triple talaq

New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Monday (October 21) challenged the criminalisation of triple talaq, a practice of instant divorce among the Muslims, in the Supreme Court, saying that the practice has already been declared void.

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Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy review: Gaps in history and cinematic retelling

History is never history on the screen. Its elasticity is well-tested, and reimagined, for the sake of selling a hero – or a story – to the masses. Would there be any scope for rousing background score if the odds were stacked against the antagonists all the time? Cinema, and to a great extent literature, too, work towards a singular goal of making...

With one art a day, InkTober challenge gives artists global exposure

Chennai: InkTober refers to a month-long art challenge created by Utah-based artist Jake Parker to improve his drawing skills. However, what started off as a challenge 10 years ago soon became a tradition of sorts in the world of global art.

With Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, an unsung hero finally gets his due

Chennai: Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, a Telugu biopic on Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, a Rayalaseema freedom fighter, hit the screens on Wednesday (October 2). Ignored for long, the film has brought the spotlight back on the legend who was at the heart of a rebellion against the British, a decade before the Revolt of 1857. A descendant of a disposed polygar fa...

Marina Puratchi will reveal the truth about Jallikattu protest: Director

Chennai: On January 17, 2017, lakhs gathered in several parts of Tamil Nadu, including the iconic Marina beach in Chennai, after the Supreme Court banned Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming sport popular in the state, to protest against the ban. The week-long protests came to an end after the state assembly amended the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ...

A brother’s revenge: Vetrimaaran’s ‘Asuran’ to hit screens on...

Chennai: After Vada Chennai, national award winning director Vetrimaaran is now set to make a mark with his next, ‘Asuran’, which is inspired by Dalit writer Poomani’s ‘Vekkai’. The movie will hit the screens on October 4.

Tollywood comedian Venu Madhav passes away at 39

Chennai: Noted Telugu comedian Venu Madhav passed away at 12:21 PM on Wednesday (September 25) at a private hospital in Secunderabad due to multiple illnesses. Madhav's sudden demise comes as a shock to Tollywood and the comic artist's fans who took to social media to pay their tributes to one of the best Tollywood comedians.

Amitabh Bachchan selected for Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Chennai: Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan has been selected for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday (September 24). “The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for #DadaSahabPhalke award. The entire country and international community is hap...

Researchers at IIIT Hyderabad link music with mental health

Chennai: To assess mental health conditions, the researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH), have now developed a model that uses music engagement as an indication of mental wellbeing.

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 wins kudos for daring experiment

Chennai: Oththa Seruppu Size 7 staring Parthiban, written and directed by him, is a one-man show. The crime-thriller is entirely narrated by Parthiban, with a number of built-in sub plots that recalls incidents from the past. Due to its bold attempt at allowing the film to revolve around just one-character, Oththa Seruppu Size 7 stands out as a movie that d...

Gaddalakonda Ganesh: A film driven by Varun Tej’s good looks

Chennai: Film: Gaddalakonda Ganesh Cast: Varun Tej, Atharvaa Murali, Pooja Hedge and Mirnalini Ravi Director: Harish Shankar Producer: 14 Reels Entertainment Music: Mickey J. Meyer How often do we see feature films with the bad guy playing the protagonist? Not many. However, director Harish Shankar has gone all out to bring in that aspect in ...

Plog along for a fitter you and cleaner environment

Chennai: The Greater Chennai Corporation had also launched a plogging challenge in the city by encouraging resident groups to participate in the activity at public places with high footfall and in spots where people gather for workout sessions.

Couchsurfing is making travelling easier, but is it that safe?

Chennai: Couchsurfing, or hosting or visiting a stranger, sharing a common space and travelling together may all sound fancy. But if you are new to this platform, you must be wondering how sharing a common space with a stranger can be safe.

Kaappaan – A humdrum, dreary action flick

Chennai: Kaappaan, featuring Suriya in the lead, written and directed by KV Anand has hit the screens today (September 20) with a lot of expectations as the earlier movie of Suriya did not get a warm reception from either of his fans or critics. The movie also features stars such as Arya, his wife Sayeesha, Thalaivasi Vijay, Poorna, Samuthirakani and Bom...

Swarnalatha’s music keeps fans humming nine years after her death

Chennai: It has been nine years since Swarnalatha, fondly known as the Humming Queen of India, left for the heavenly abode. But, her music has not faded away from the hearts of her fans.

IIIT Hyderabad to set up digital mentor for adolescent girls

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad (IIITH) joined hands with social scientists in a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary project that seeks to build a digital mentor, shielding adolescent girls from online toxicity while promoting their emotional well-being. The age o...

Madhumati’s enduring legacy of reincarnation turns 61

If you are a fan of Indian films, reincarnation and clashes between memories of past and present lives may be a tad formulaic. From the likes of Milan, Karz and Karan Arjun in Hindi, Nenjam Marappathillai and Anegan in Tamil and Arundhathi, Magadheera, Eega and Manam in Telugu, the concept of reincarnation has caught the fancy of several generation...

Largest flying animal in history identified: Study

Paris: Scientists on Tuesday (September 10) unveiled a new species pterosaur, the plane-sized reptiles that lorded over primeval skies above T-rex, Triceratops and other dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous. With a wingspan of ten metres and weighing 250 kilos, Cryodrakon boreas rivals another pterosaur as the largest flying animal of all time, researchers...

Politicos, bizmen, Bollywood biggies and dons, Jethmalani represented all

New Delhi: Ram Jethmalani, who spent over seven decades in Bar, argued scores of high-profile cases varying from criminal to constitutional matters besides economic and commercial disputes, emerging as a "roaring tiger" in black robes when it came to defending his clients.

Jeep captured from Pakistan in 1971 stands as war trophy near Leh

Leh: All of 48 years and maybe more, the Jarpal Queen, a symbol of India's triumph against Pakistan, travels through the length and breadth of India as a war trophy of the Indian Army.

Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi’s handwritten notes found at scrap shop

New Delhi: A bunch of priceless handwritten letters, diaries, nazm, and black and white photographs of legendary Urdu poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi were found at a scrap shop in Mumbai, and has been bought by an NGO for just ₹3,000 for preserving it.