Mithun first actor to be cast in 'Yagavarayinum...': Director

Chennai, July 23 : Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty, who is making his Tamil debut in upcoming thriller "Yagavarayinum Naa Kakka", was the first actor to be signed before all others for the movie, says its director Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty.


Happy being actress than heroine: Lakshmi Priyaa

Chennai, July 23 : When actress Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli entered Tamil filmdom a few years back, she vowed to concentrate on being an actress and not transform into a heroine. She continues to do so and is happy with her career with five projects in her kitty.


DMK members suspended for rest of Tamil Nadu assembly session

Chennai, July 22 : Legislators of the DMK were Tuesday suspended for rest of the Tamil Nadu assembly session for their behaviour which was not held in consonance with the dignity of the house.


Why was Katju silent so long, asks Karunanidhi

Chennai, July 22 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Tuesday came down heavily on Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju charging him with making allegations of corruption in judiciary due to "some hidden pressure".


Watch out for Arya's new avatar in 'Meegaamann': Magizh

Chennai, July 22 : Filmmaker Magizh Thirumeni says he will present Arya, known for doing romantic comedies, in a never seen before avatar in his upcoming Tamil action-thriller "Meegaamann".


Jayalalithaa opposes buoys on India-Sri Lanka sea boundary

Chennai, July 22 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa urged the central government to pursue the idea of sustainable fishing by Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen and disagreed with a proposal to instal buoys to demarcate the international maritime boundary.


Did 'Kadavul Paathi...' out of friendship: Pooja Umashankar

Chennai, July 22 : Actress Pooja Umashankar, who will be seen in a cameo in the upcoming Tamil road movie "Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi", says she agreed to work in the film because of her long-term friendship with its director Raj Zacharias.


Tamil Nadu's power demand to touch 14,500 MW fiscal end

Chennai, July 21 : Tamil Nadu's power needs are expected to touch 14,500 MW by the end of this fiscal, the state assembly was told Monday.


Scientist claims Ukraine air crash tragedy an attempt to wage World War III

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), July 21 : Scientist Jayaprabhu, who claimed to have located the debris of the missing MH 370 airliner, claimed that the tragedy of MH 17 Boeing was to initiate a World War III by certain people.


Tamil Nadu seeks more World Bank aid for road project

Chennai, July 21 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday requested increased assistance of $500 million for a road project from the World Bank during a meeting here with bank president Jim Yong Kim.


Tamil Nadu power tariff lower than other states: Minister

Chennai, Jul 21 : Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Natham Vishwanathan today claimed the power tariff in the state was far lower than in other States, including neighbouring Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh


Siddharth furious over postponement of 'Jigarthanda'

Chennai, July 21 : Southern actor Siddharth is upset that the release date of his forthcoming Tamil musical gangster film "Jigarthanda" has once again been postponed.


Ramkumar Ramanathan's successful stint in Spain

Chennai, Jul 21 : Ramkumar Ramanathan, the promising 19-year-old youngster, reached four finals -- two singles and two doubles -- in ITF Futures Men's Tennis Tournaments in Spain.


Tamil Nadu effectively handling water crisis: Minister

Chennai, Jul 21 : Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development S P Velumani today told the State Assembly that the government headed by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been effectively handling the water crisis in the State.


Tamil Nadu numero uno in wind energy production: Minister

Chennai, Jul 21 : Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Natham Viswanthan today said the State continued to remain number one in the country in wind energy production


World Bank chief says TN is No 1 state in India, to meet Jaya

Chennai, Jul 21 : In a fillip to the morale of the Jaya government, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who is on a visit to meet with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, today praised the all round development in Tamil Nadu.


Gajesh will recreate Nagesh's magic on screen: Director

Chennai, July 21 : Gajesh, grandson of late legendary Tamil comedian Nagesh, who is making his cinematic debut in upcoming Tamil comedy "Kalkandu", will recreate his grandfather's magic on screen believes director Nandakumar.


Sathya filmed 'Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka' at over 100 locations

Chennai, July 20 : Director Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty says he "followed the script" and shot his upcoming Tamil-Telugu directorial debut "Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka", inspired by true events, in over 100 locations in the country to keep the narrative "authentic".


Dhanush starrer mints Rs.5.18 crore first day

Chennai, July 20 : Dhanush-starrer Tamil action-comedy "Vella Illa Pattatharia" (VIP) grossed Rs.5.18 crore on the opening day in Tamil Nadu, making it the biggest ever opening in the actor's career.


Set up AIIMS in Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 20 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minster Narendra Modi to set up an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state this fiscal.


Tamil actor Dhandapani dead

Chennai, July 20 : Tamil actor Dhandapani, popular for his roles in films such as "Kaadhal" and "Englishkaran", died here Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 71.


Opposition DMK stages walkout from Tamil Nadu Assembly

Chennai, Jul 18 : The Opposition DMK today staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after Speaker P Dhanapal refused them permission to speak on the suo motu statement made by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the Mullaiperiyar Dam row with Kerala.


Knowledge, innovation important for progress: President

Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), July 19 : Knowledge and innovation are the underpinnings of progress and prosperity in the 21st century, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Saturday.


DMK sacks official, retains suspended ex-union minister

Chennai, July 19 : The DMK Saturday dismissed its Dharmapuri south district secretary Mullaiventhan while retaining suspended ex-union minister S.S. Palanimanickam as a party member.


'Sathuranga Vettai' - you're conned! (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Sathuranga Vettai"; Cast - Natraj Subramaniam, Ishara Nair, Ponvannan, Illavarasu, Vallavan and Dharani; Director - H. Vinoth; Rating - ***


Prison set in 'Purampokku' monumental: Makers

Chennai, July 19 : UTV Motion Pictures-produced Tamil drama "Purampokku" is currently being shot here. The makers, who recently erected a huge prison set to shoot some important portions of the film, say the set looks monumental.


Jayalalithaa opposes celebration of Sanskrit Week

Chennai, July 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that celebration of Classical Language Week in each state based on linguistic heritage will be more appropriate than celebrating Sanskrit Week.


Kamal Haasan's 'Drishyam' to roll from August

Chennai, July 19 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan-starrer, the yet-untitled Tamil remake of Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam", will go on the floors from the first week of August. The film was launched here recently.


James Vasanthan turns director with 'Vaanavil Vaazhkai'

Chennai, July 19 : It's the season of technicians turning actors and directors and the latest addition to that list is music composer James Vasanthan, who is all set for his directorial debut with Tamil musical "Vaanavil Vaazhkai".


Dhoti row: Is dress code needed for clubs?

Chennai, July 18 : Clubs in Tamil Nadu are waiting for a law that would make it illegal to ban the entry of dhoti-clad people.


'Vella Illa Pattathari': Dhanush's royal return to commercial zone (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Vella Illa Pattathari"; Cast -Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivekh, Samuthirakani, Saranya Ponvannan and Surabhi; Director - R. Velraj; Rating: ***


Justice delivered over Mullaperiyar issue: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday said downing the shutters of the Mullaperiyar dam to increase the water level to 142 feet is justice delivered to the people of the state. The shutters were lowered Thursday as directed by the Supreme Court.


Dhoti controversy: Do clubs need a dress code?

Chennai, July 18 : Clubs in Tamil Nadu are waiting for a law by the state government that would make it illegal to ban the entry of dhoti-clad people in such places. But club officials say it is not just about perpetuation of a colonial-era rule but being prudent about potentially "embarrassing" situations when "members can easily lose their dhoti" after consuming too much alcohol.


Tamil Nadu parties against CBSE's Sanskrit Week celebration

Chennai, July 17 : Political parties in Tamil Nadu including the allies of the BJP are now up in arms against the celebration of "Sanskrit week" in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, terming the move a conspiracy to imposing another language.


DMK advises Lt Guv not to fall pery to traps laid by govt

Puducherry, Jul 17 : Welcoming the new Lt Governor of Puducherry Lt General (Retd) Ajay Kumar Singh, the Puducherry unit of the DMK cautioned him not to fall prey to the traps laid by the government as Mr Virendra Kataria.


DMK advises Lt Guv not to fall pery to traps laid by govt

Puducherry, Jul 17 : Welcoming the new Lt Governor of Puducherry Lt General (Retd) Ajay Kumar Singh, the Puducherry unit of the DMK cautioned him not to fall prey to the traps laid by the government as Mr Virendra Kataria.


Tamil Nadu Parties slam CBSE circular on Sanskrit

Chennai, Jul 17 : Various political parties in Tamil Nadu including the Oppostion Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) today opposed Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE's) circular to affiliated schools for organising 'Sanskrit Week' celebrations on an experimental basis from August 7 to 13 aimed at promoting the language, especially among youths.


TN Govt develops school mapping exercise

Chennai, Jul 17 : In a bid to scientifically determine the availability of schools, Tamil Nadu government had developed school mapping exercise of new Geographic Information System (GIS) to study in detail the actual status of schooling areas in all habitations across all districts following the state norms in accordance with the Rights to Education Act.


National racing returns to Coimbatore

Coimbatore, July 17 : The third round of the MMSC-FMSCI National Racing Championship (NRC) will be held here this weekend with Toyota Etios Motor Racing (EMR) Trophy and the showpiece MRF Formula 1600, commencing here Saturday at the Kari Motor Speedway.


BCCI members stood by me during tumultuous phase: Srinivasan

Chennai, Jul 17 : ICC First chairman and BCCI president who had to step down from the latter post as per apex court order in view of the pending probe into the IPL 2013 spot fixing scandal, N Srinivasan has said the support extended to him by the Board colleagues during a tumultuous phase, has been ''touching''.


Kataria 'bids goodbye' to Pondy

Puducherry, Jul 17 : Mr Virendra Kataria, the ousted Lt Governor of Puducherry left the Union Territory today.


Opposition stage walk-out from Tamil Nadu Assy

Chennai, Jul 17 : The entire Opposition, barring the Congress, today staged a walk-out from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after Speaker P Dhanapal refused permission to them to raise a host of issues.


Green revolution a synergy: Swaminathan

Coimbatore, Jul 17 : Noted Agricultural Scientist Dr M S Swaminathan has said 'Green Revolutionary Symphony' was only a synergy of scientific skill, political will and farmers toil.


Gangster dies in police custody, magistrate probe on

Chennai, Jul 17 : A gangster, cited as a key accused in two murder cases, died in police custody at suburban Kodungaiyur police station last evening.


Protest over release of water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery

Mandya, Karnataka, Jul 17 : The release of water from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu despite the water-level in KRS reservoir not reaching full capacity has triggered protests at various places in Mandya district.


SL Navy arrests 13 Indian fishermen for cross-border fishing

Rameswaram, Jul 17 : Sri Lankan navy detained 13 Indian fishermen and confiscated their three mechanised trawlers for allegedly violating the maritime boundary of Island nation, last night.


DMK MLAs evicted en masse

Chennai, Jul 17 : Minutes after staging a walkout, members of the Opposition DMK were today evicted en masse from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, amid noisy scenes and heated exchange, for disrupting the proceedings of the House.


5 killed, 4 injured in bus-car collision in Tamil Nadu

Tirunelveli, Jul 17 : Five persons were killed and four others injured when a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus collided with a car at Kottakulam village near Tenkasi on the Tenkasi-Kollam national highway, here early today.


87 student teams to compete in race-car design contest

Chennai, July 17 : Eighty-seven student teams from as many colleges will compete for a prize with race cars designed by them at the third edition of the SUPRA SAEINDIA Student Formula contest that starts here Friday, officials said.


President to visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, July 17 : President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Kerala and Tamil Nadu July 18-19, Rashtrapati Bhavan said Thursday.


When 'Yagavarayinuma' lead actors stuck posters on road

Chennai, July 17 : Actors Aadi Pinisetty and Nikki Galrani, who play the lead in upcoming Tamil-Telugu thriller "Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka", recently released the first look poster of their film by walking and sticking it on the road here.


Clubs banning dhotis is an insult to Tamil culture: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 16 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa said Wednesday it was an insult to Tamil culture that private clubs were banning people from wearing the traditional dhoti.


Commercial operation in Kudankulam n-plant delayed

Chennai, July 16 : The commercial operation in India's first 1,000 MW atomic power plant at Kudankulam once again jumped target date by a month to August, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has said.


Law soon to protect Tamil culture: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 16 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday said an appropriate law would be enacted to prevent clubs from acting against Tamil culture, days after a club here denied entry to a dhoti-clad judge.


'Vaaimai' out of my usual genre of films: Shanthnu

Chennai, July 16 : In upcoming Tamil crime-drama "Vaaimai", actor Shanthnu Bhagyaraj says he has moved away from the usual genre of films in which audiences have seen him over the years. He also says he had undergone physical transformation to pull off the role.


Mani Sharma turns producer for 'Mumbai 125 KM'

Chennai, July 16 : Popular southern composer Mani Sharma has turned producer for the first time. He will be co-producing upcoming Hindi horror-thriller "Mumbai 125 KM" jointly with its director Hemant Madhukar.


'Vaalu' trailer to come with Dhanush's 'Vella...'

Chennai, July 16 : The trailer of Silambarasan-starrer Tamil actioner "Vaalu", which was recently wrapped up, will be screened with Dhanush's 25th film "Vela Illa Pattathari", which releases in cinemas Friday.


Shruti Haasan confirms film with Vijay

Chennai, July 15 : Shruti Haasan, who has become one of sought-after actresses in southern filmdom, will team up next with Tamil superstar Vijay in a yet-untitled film in the language. She says it will be an epic film.


Jayalalithaa announces township, apartments

Chennai, July 15 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday announced the construction of 10,000 apartments, development of 1,360 residential plots and the development of a residential township near here.


Lakshmy pampered me like mother on sets: Sruthi Hariharan

Chennai, July 15 : "Lucia" fame Sruthi Hariharan, who is making her Tamil debut with upcoming road drama "Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe", says the film's director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan pampered her like a mother.