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BJP to lead alliance in Tamil Nadu in 2016

Chennai, Dec 21 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will make a serious bid to take power in Tamil Nadu by leading an alliance in the 2016 assembly elections, its president Amit Shah said Sunday.

Former DMK leader Napoleon joins BJP

Chennai, Dec 21 : Sidelined DMK leader and former union minister D. Napoleon joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah here Sunday.

Tamils can only live with dignity in Modi's rule: Amit Shah

Chennai, Dec 20 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's long rule is needed to save the dignity and self-respect of the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils elsewhere, BJP president Amit Shah said Saturday.

Ananda Vikatan chairman Balasubramanian dead

Chennai, Dec 19 : Ananda Vikatan group of publications chairman and film producer S.Balasubramanian died of a heart attack here Friday. He was 79.

New Zealand fashion students showcase clothes made out of Indian fabrics

Coimbatore, Dec. 19 : Visiting fashion designer students from New Zealand held a unique fashion show in Coimbatore with western dresses made out of India fabrics.

'Amending constitution before GST consensus unacceptable'

Chennai, Dec 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Friday categorically opposed the introduction of a constitution amendment bill on goods and services tax (GST) before evolving a consensus on its various aspects.

Standard Chartered, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank issued FEMA violation notice

Chennai, Dec 18 : The Enforcement Directorate (ED)Thursday issued notices to Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB) and Standard Chartered Bank for contravention of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the transfer of TMB shares.

SC extends Jayalaithaa's bail till April, directs Karnataka HC to complete hearing within three months

New Delhi, Dec. 18 : The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the bail of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate asset case till April 2015 and has directed the Karnataka High Court to complete the hearing in three months in view of her appeal.

SC extends Jayalalithaa's bail

New Delhi, Dec 18 : The Supreme Court Thursday extended the bail of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa by another four months as it asked the Karnataka High Court to decide on her appeal challenging her conviction in the corruption case within three months.

Small was big for southern cinema

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 18 : Small was big down south. Low budget films, which were high on creative content, emerged as the real winners in 2014. Offerings like "Yaamirukka Bayamey" and "Karthikeya" not only set the cash registers ringing but also spelt profit for the investors in the southern filmdom, which otherwise registered a mere five percent hits out of about 500 releases.

Tamil Nadu in flux, political actors face uncertainty

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Chennai, Dec 18 : The year 2014 could be described as one of rapid change for Tamil Nadu - most of it owing to court decisions - with political big-wigs staring at uncertainty.

Balachander showing signs of improvement: Actor Vivekh

Chennai, Dec 17 : Actor Vivekh, who visited veteran director K. Balachander Wednesday at a hospital here, said the auteur is showing signs of improvement.

Filmmaker Balachander critical but stable

Chennai, Dec 16 : Legendary filmmaker K. Balachander, who was admitted to Cauvery hospital, has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is undergoing treatment for urinary infection.

Tamil Nadu to release 30 Sri Lankan fishermen Dec 22

Chennai, Dec 16 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Tuesday said it would release 30 Sri Lankan fishermen and their 19 boats Dec 22 so that they can celebrate Christmas with their families.

Sonakshi Sinha happy with response to 'Lingaa'

Mumbai, Dec 16 : Actress Sonakshi Sinha is content and happy with the way her Tamil cinematic debut "Lingaa", starring the phenomenal Rajinikanth, has been received by the audience.

Kamal Haasan wishes guru Balachander speedy recovery

Chennai, Dec 16 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has wished his guru K. Balachander, who has been hospitalised due to fever and some age-related ailments, a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, the veteran filmmaker's health is improving, doctors have said.

Balachander recognised and smiled at me: Rajinikanth

Chennai, Dec 15 : Superstar Rajinikanth, who rushed to Cauvery hospital here Monday to check on the well being of his ailing guru and legendary filmmaker K. Balachander, said that the auteur "recognised" him.

Filmmaker K. Balachander hospitalised

Chennai, Dec 15 : Well known Tamil filmmaker K. Balachander was Monday admitted to a private hospital following "fever" and some "age-related ailments".

Tamil Nadu fishermen accuse Sri Lanka Navy of chasing away 3,000 Indian fishermen

Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu): Fishermen in the Rameswaram area of Tamil Nadu have reportedly accused personnel of the Sri Lankan Navy of threatening and chasing away 3000 Indian fishermen.

Sanction to Kerala for EIA against apex court order: Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Dec 13 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the environment ministry to withdraw the clearance to Kerala to carry out an environment study for a new Mullaperiyar Dam, saying it was against the apex court order.

Tamil poet Subramania Bharti remembered

Agra, Dec 13 : Historians and scholars Saturday recalled the contribution of Tamil poet Subramania Bharti in consolidating national unity and presenting an egalitarian vision for India.

12-foot-tall chocolate Christmas tree at Chennai hotel

Chennai, Dec 13 : A dozen chefs and half-a-dozen carpenters have created a 12-foot-tall Christmas tree using 250 kg of chocolate and ice cubes at the five-star Hilton Chennai here, a hotel official said Saturday.

Fans celebrate Rajnikanth's 64th b'day with great enthusiasm

New Delhi, December 12 : Tamil superstar Rajnikanth's 64th birthday is being celebrated in grand way by his fans as the occasion also coincides with the release of his movie 'Lingaa'.

Rajinikanth thanks Modi, fans for birthday greetings

Chennai, Dec 12 : Superstar Rajinikanth Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his good friend Amitabh Bachchan and millions of fans for wishing him on his 64th birthday.

Political parties condemn power tariff hike in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Dec 12 : Political parties in Tamil Nadu Friday strongly opposed the power tariff hike averaging around 15 percent and demanded its withdrawl by the state government.

Frenzied fans celebrate Friday the 12th - Rajinikanth's birthday

Chennai, Dec 12 : Friday the 12th turned out to be a double bonanza for the fans of Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth across the globe. They not only celebrated the 64th birthday of their silver screen hero, but also enjoyed his new release "Lingaa".

PM Modi wishes Rajnikanth on 64th birthday

New Delhi, Dec. 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended wishes to the legendary Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on the latter's 64th birthday.

'Lingaa' - The hero with a thousand faces (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Lingaa"; Cast - Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Shetty, K. Vishwanath, Jagapathi Babu, Vijayakumar, Radha Ravi, Santhanam, Karunakaran and Dev Gill; Director - K.S. Ravi Kumar; Rating - ***

Modi tweets Tamil birthday wishes to Rajinikanth

New Delhi, Dec 12 : Narendra Modi has sent out birthday wishes in Tamil to cinestar Rajinikant, who turned 64 Friday. The prime minister wished the "legendary" artist a long life.

Remain hale, hearty: Amitabh Bachchan wishes Rajinikanth on 64th birthday

Mumbai, Dec 12 : On the ocassion of cinestar Rajinikanth's 64th birthday Friday, his good friend and "Hum" co-star Amitabh Bachchan has wished the "phenomena" good health and happiness.

Deposit Rs.10 crore for 'Lingaa' release, court tells producer

Madurai, Dec 11 : The Madras High Court bench here Thursday allowed the release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Lingaa" Friday on the condition that its producer Rockline Venkatesh deposit Rs.10 crore in the court.

SC declines to advance hearing of Jayalalithaa case

New Delhi, Dec 11 : The Supreme Court Thursday declined the plea of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J.Jayalalithaa to advance the hearing on the compliance of conditions it imposed on her and three other convicted peoplewhile granting them bail Oct 17 in a corruption case.

Vacation time for 98 elephants in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

Chennai, Dec 9 : Jumbos belonging to various temples, mutts and forest department in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will go on annual vacation Dec 11-Jan 27, the Tamil Nadu government said Tuesday.

First Tamil newspaper launched in UAE

Dubai, Dec 9 : Daily Thanthi, the first Tamil newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, was launched Tuesday.

Mani Ratnam's 'Okay Kanmani' nearing completion

Chennai, Dec 9 : Filmmaker Mani Ratnam seemed to have shot upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Okay Kanmani" at such a breakneck speed that it's almost complete. It is touted to be his quickest project.

Romancing Sonakshi was challenging: Rajinikanth

Hyderabad, Dec 8 : Superstar Rajinikanth Monday said romancing Sonakshi Sinha in his forthcoming Tamil action movie "Lingaa" was a challenge.

MDMK breaks away from NDA

Chennai, Dec. 8 : V. Gopalsamy, alias Vaiko, led Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has decided to walkout of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Rajinikanth files caveat application in 'Lingaa' case

Madurai, Dec 8 : Superstar Rajinikanth Monday filed a caveat application here to prevent the Madras High Court bench from passing any interim order in the "Lingaa" case without hearing his stand.

Vaiko-led MDMK leaves BJP-led NDA

Chennai, Dec 8 : The MDMK headed by Vaiko Monday quit the BJP-led coalition to protest against the government's stand on Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu's water row with Kerala and Karnataka.

Vaiko's MDMK exits BJP-led NDA

Chennai, Dec 8 : The MDMK party led by Vaiko Monday announced its decision to quit the BJP-led alliance to protest against the government's stand on Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu's water row with Kerala and Karnataka.

Karunanidhi opposes Bhagavad Gita as national scripture

Chennai, Dec 8 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Monday condemned External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her proposal to make the Bhagavad Gita a national scripture, saying India is a secular country.

Being appreciated by Rajinikanth means a lot: Karunakaran

Chennai, Dec 8 : Actor Karunakaran, who has teamed up with superstar Rajinikanth for the first time in forthcoming Tamil actioner "Lingaa", says he was touched when the latter showered rare appreciation upon meeting him on sets.

Yuvan Shankar Raja, Illayaraja to perform together

Tirunelveli, Dec 8 : Southern composer Yuvan Shankar Raja is set to perform live here Jan 17, 2015 on the festive occasion of Pongal. He will be joined by his father and music maestro Illayaraja along with a host of popular playback singers.

Don't want my southern film career to end with 'Lingaa': Sonakshi Sinha

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 8 : Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who feels southern movies are "content-rich", says her forthcoming Tamil cinematic debut "Lingaa" won't be a one-off film in her career as she's keen to find more work in the industry.

Obulesu, Indresh top in Chennai Marathon

Chennai, Dec 7 : Dasari Obulesu and Indresh Dhiraj won the Chennai Marathon among men and women, respectively, here Sunday with both facing scant opposition.

Tamil Nadu wants CMs as members in new plan body

New Delhi/Chennai, Dec 7 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Sunday said chief ministers should be given representation in the new body that will replace the Planning Commission.

Be fair while aiding states: Tamil Nadu CM

New Delhi, Dec 7 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Sunday urged the central government to ensure "greater fairness" while assisting states vis-a-vis centrally sponsored schemes.

Udhayanidhi may produce Prabhu Solomon's next

Chennai, Dec 7 : Actor-producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, currently shooting for Tamil comedy "Nanbenda", is likely to produce filmmaker Prabhu Solomon's next project.

Ahoy! 'Chaakara' time again at Ente Keralam (Foodie Trail-Chennai)

By Venkatachari Jagannathan, Chennai, Dec 7 : Ahoy! It's again 'Chaakara' time at fine-dining restaurant Ente Keralam.

Muslims in Chennai observe 'black day' on 22nd anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition

Chennai/New Delhi, Dec. 6 : Marking the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) on Saturday observed a 'black day' in Chennai.

Reconsider scrapping of kerosene supply through PDS: Panneerselvam

Chennai, Dec 6 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the central government's decision to scrap the supply of subsidised kerosene through the public distribution system (PDS).

Enjoyed working with sons in 'Aivaraattam': Jayaprakash

Chennai, Dec 6 : Popular actor Jayaprakash, who will be seen sharing the screen space with his sons - Niranjan and Dushyanth - in upcoming Tamil sports drama "Aivaraattam", says he thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

No qualms in playing village-based roles: Anandhi

Chennai, Dec 6 : Actress Anandhi, who will next be seen in forthcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Kayala", says she has no fear of taking up a village-based role because she gives prime importance to the script and performance.

UPA responsible for closure of Nokia India's plant: Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Dec 5 : Blaming the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and its retrospective tax demand for Nokia's decision to close down its factory near here, Tamil Nadu Industries Minister P.Thangamani said the state is now witnessing industrial growth.

Tamil Nadu seeks Cauvery managment board, water regulation panel

Chennai, Dec 5 : Tamil Nadu Friday asked the central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee immediately so that the state gets its share of the river's waters monthly.

Tamil movie 'Jumbo 3D' cast boasts over 100 Japanese actors

Chennai, Dec 5 : Upcoming Tamil drama "Jumbo 3D", which is being made in collaboration with a Japanese producer, will feature over 100 Japanese actors, according to its directors Hari Shankar and Hareesh Narayan.

Sridevi starrer 'Vijay 58' to release in Hindi too?

Chennai, Dec 5 : The makers of Tamil fantasy drama starring superstar Vijay, which is tentatively titled "Vijay 58", are reportedly planning to release the film in Hindi as well because it features Bollywood diva Sridevi in a prominent role.

Veteran Devayani now a schoolteacher

Chennai, Dec 5 : Popular yesteryear southern actress Devayani, who has worked with stars like Kamal Haasan and Vijay, has now donned a new avatar. She is now teaching at a private school here and is apparently enjoying the experience.

Music always my first love: G.V. Prakash Kumar

Chennai, Dec 5 : Southern composer G.V Prakash Kumar, who recently turned actor with Tamil horror comedy "Darling" , says that music will always be his first love and it won't take a backseat due to his acting commitments.

NHRC notice to Tamil Nadu over fake doctors

New Delhi, Dec 4 : The NHRC has issued notice to the Tamil Nadu government over reports that 30,000 fake doctors have been practicing in the state, a statement said Thursday.

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