Everything you need to know about Tamil Nadu: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Everything you need to know about Tamil Nadu: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Chennai, May 23 (IANS) The untitled Tamil remake of Telugu blockbuster "Ala Modalaindi" starring Gautham Karthik went on the floors here Thursday.
Chennai, May 23 (IANS) Tamil actor Dhanush, who is awaiting the release of debut Hindi movie "Raanjhanaa" and Tamil romantic-drama "Mariyaan", has signed on the dotted line to work in a yet-to-be-titled Tamil film with cinematographer-turned-director K.V. Anand.
Chennai, May 23 (IANS) Siddharth Suryanarayan-starrer Tamil comedy "Theeya Vela Seiyyanum Kumaru" (TVSK) has been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with a 'U' certificate with no cuts . It is releasing June 14.
Chennai, May 23 (IANS) Tamil actress Thulasi Nair, who was busy with her class 10 examinations, has returned to the sets of her upcoming Tamil action-drama "Yaan".
Chennai, May 22 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) Wednesday said a lookout notice has been issued to all airports for Kitty alias Uttam alleged to be a bookie with links in spot fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Political leaders were hard at debate Wednesday as the UPA-II regime completed four years with the clamour of corruption and charges of misgovernance seeming to drown out claims of achievements. Some opinions from Congress leaders, allies, analysts and the opposition on their assessment of the government and the road ahead:
New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): The Centre on Wednesday asked the farming community to protect and conserve plant varieties to achieve higher and quality production in the agriculture sector.
Chennai, May 22 (IANS) Despite an unsuccessful Telugu debut, southern actress Neelam Upadhyaya managed to find a strong foothold in the industry. She credits luck for her success and says it is vital to survive in the competitive industry.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) On the eve of the fourth anniversary of UPA-II, opinion polls have not brought any cheer to the government, predicting slide in the ruling alliance's tally amid rising dissatisfaction among large sections of urban voters over its performance.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): During the last month, there have been a number of articles in the media which recalled 1986, when about 200 Chinese troops occupied the Sumdorong Chu area in Arunachal Pradesh, some seven kilometers into Indian territory. Then, the Indian Army deployed troops at heights above the Chinese troops, convincing the latter to withdraw.
Chennai, May 21 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah administered an anti-terrorism pledge to employees at Raj Bhavan here while paying floral tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 22nd death anniversary Tuesday.
Chennai, May 21 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has reiterated that Katchatheevu, the fishing islet has to be retrieved back by India in an endeavour to provide a permanent solution to the problem of Indian fishermen.
Chennai, May 21 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to retrieve Katchatheevu and surrounding areas from Sri Lanka.
Chennai, May 21 (IANS) Producer C.V. Kumar, who has already introduced two short filmmakers into the industry with projects like "Pizza" and "Soodhu Kavvum", is set to turn two more shorts into feature films in Tamil soon.
New Delhi, May 21 (ANI): The Anti-Terrorism Day is being observed throughout the country today.
Chennai, May 20 (IANS) Tamil actor Dhanush, who has begun dubbing for his upcoming Hindi debut "Raanjhanaa", says he finds the experience tough but wishes to give his best to satisfy his audiences.
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Actress Sherlyn Chopra, who posed for adult magazine Playboy last year, wore a transparent ensemble for a red carpet event at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. She is there to promote her debut film "Kamasutra 3D" with the team.
New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Anti-Terrorism Day will be observed throughout the country tomorrow.
Chennai, May 20 (IANS) Vadivelu, one of Tamil cinema's most popular comedians, began shooting for his upcoming Tamil period-comedy "Gaja Buja Buja Gaja Tenali Ramanum Krishnadevarayarum" here Monday after a two-year hiatus.
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) After "Son Of Sardaar", actors Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha will reportedly come together again for one of Prabhudheva's upcoming directorials.
Chennai, May 20 (IANS) Southern actress Vithika Sheru, who is playing one of the lead heroines in upcoming Telugu romantic-drama "Prema Ishq Kaadhal", has also donned the hat of a stylist for the film.
Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Four lorries went up in flames inside the Chennai Port Trust area Sunday evening but tghe cause of the fire is not clear yet, officials said. The fire was brought under control by the tenders located in the port, they added.
Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Tamil director C. Sathiyamoorthy, who is directing upcoming Tamil thriller titled "CSK - Life Is Not A Game", says the film is not about cricket, but the game does have an important part in the film.
Chennai, May 19 (IANS) The trailer of Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil period-drama "Kochadaiyaan", which was supposed to be unveiled at the ongoing Cannes film festival, was called off at the last minute because the team is still working on the final output of the trailer.
Colombo, May 19 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday renewed his pledge to fight all "external elements" seeking to "disrupt" the country's peace.
Chennai, May 18 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Police is expecting a breakthrough soon in the cricket betting case in which six bookies were arrested here Friday, a police officer said.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Animal conservationists have hailed the central government's decision to ban dolphineriums in India, even as several states had been gearing up for parks and zoos with captive dolphins as the star attraction.
Mumbai, May 18 (ANI): Mumbai Police Crime Branch raided Sofitel Hotel in the city, the hotel in which spot-fixing protagonist S.Sreesanth was residing and has recovered a laptop belonging to him.
Panaji, May 18 (IANS) Ecologist Madhav Gadgil has picked holes in former ISRO head K. Kasturirangan's high-level working group (HLWG) report on the environmentally sensitive Western Ghats, saying it endorses "exploitation" of the region's natural resources.
Ooty (Tamil Nadu), May 18 (ANI): Floral sculptures of the globe, a house and bright coloured flowers mesmerised tourists visiting the 117th Floral Carnival being held here.
Chennai, May 18 (IANS) Renowned filmmakers such as Deepa Mehta, Ashutosh Gowariker and Shekhar Kapur are floored by the recently released trailer of upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Mariyaan".
New Delhi/Chennai, May 18 (ANI): Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council Chairman Rajeev Shukla on Saturday said that the Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would meet in Chennai on Sunday to decide on the quantum of punishment to be given to the three cricketers accused of spot fixing in the sixth edition of the event.
Film: "Neram"; Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nizam, Simhaa, Thambi Ramaiah, Nasser, John Vijay, Charlie and Ananth Nag; Director: Alphonse Putharen; Rating: ****
Chennai, May 18 (IANS) Tamil director Ramsubramaniam believes southern actress Andrea Jeremiah, who will sport three different looks in his next untitled film, has a lot of untapped potential.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) India generates 7.9 million tonnes of hazardous waste every year with the highest amount generated by Maharashtra, the environment ministry said Friday.
New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): According to the latest statistics released by the Government, rice has so far been planted in 2.4 lakh hectares in the country. . This is 52 thousand hectare more than that reported a week ago (1.88 lakh ).
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) India has told Sri Lanka not to dilute the autonomous powers granted to its Tamil-majority northern province ahead of provincial elections, official sources said Friday.
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday urged the prime minister to order the implementation of the final award of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) Police in Tamil Nadu took into custody six cricket bookies and seized cash, laptops and computers from them here Friday, a day after three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested in Mumbai for allegedly spot-fixing IPL matches in exchange for money.
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) Police in Tamil Nadu took into custody five cricket bookies and seized cash, laptops and computers from them here Friday, a day after three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested in Mumbai for allegedly spot-fixing IPL matches in exchange for money.
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) She may be just 19, but southern actress Vithika Sheru believes that for a long career in films, it is vital to have a perfect combination of beauty and talent. She says it's important to strike a balance between being glamorous and playing performance-oriented roles.
Chennai, May 17 (IANS) Police in Tamil Nadu took into custody four cricket bookies here Friday, a day after three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested for allegedly spot fixing matches in exchange for money.
New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): The Planning Commission has approved an annual plan outlay of Rs. 49,000 crore for Maharashtra for the financial year 2013-14.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday said no person would be arrested under Section 66A of the IT Act for posting objectionable comments on social networking websites without prior approval from an officer not below the rank of inspector general of police.
Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Two years after she stormed into Fort St.George, the seat of power in Tamil Nadu, with a massive victory, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has a mixed bag of results to show so far.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 16 (IANS) All parties should come together to work for the development of Kerala and the Congress was willing to take the lead in starting such a dialogue, the party's state president Ramesh Chennithala said Thursday.
Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Two people were injured when an unidentified object exploded in a dustbin in Tamil Nadu's Madurai town Thursday, police said.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday said no person would be arrested under Section 66A of the IT Act for posting objectionable comments on social networking websites without prior approval from an officer of the Inspector General of Police-rank.
Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Tamil director Bharatbala says that friendship is the pillar of the relationship he shares with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, with whom he has teamed up again in forthcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Mariyaan".
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) The Indian Navy Wednesday received the first of eight Boeing P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (LRMRASW) aircraft at the INS Rajali naval air Station in Tamil Nadu, giving a major fillip to its capabilities.
Dubai, May 15 (IANS) The body of an Indian woman, who committed suicide Sunday in her apartment in Bahrain's capital Manama, will be repatriated to her Coimbatore city home in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Chennai, May 15 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, who managed to have a glimpse of one of the songs from superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil period-drama "Kochadaiyaan", describes it as "epic".
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), May 15 (ANI): Artists associated with India's circus industry have expressed their distress over a ban on the use of wild animals, claiming that half of the circus companies have shut their operations.
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court will Thursday hear a plea seeking to restrain the Andhra Pradesh government from invoking Section 66A of the Information Technology Act to stifle people for posting allegedly objectionable comments on social network websites.
Chennai, May 14 (IANS) Despite good opening in the domestic market, Tamil crime-comedy "Soodhu Kavvum" and Telugu romantic-drama "Sukumarudu" have failed to keep the cash registers ringing in the overseas market.
Chennai, May 14 (IANS) The Madras High Court Tuesday ordered interim stay of the order of state public works department (PWD) withdrawing the structural stability certificate issued for M.A. Chidambaram stadium enabling the conduct of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.
Chennai, May 14 (IANS) Tamil director Gaurav Narayanan is gung ho about his team for having successfully completed the first schedule of "Sigaram Thodu" in extreme climatic conditions in the Himalayas.
Chennai, May 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday announced her government's decision to install a mega statue of Tamil Thai (Mother Tamil) in Madurai at an outlay of Rs.100 crore.
Chennai, May 14 (IANS) Southern actress Swati Reddy, who is paired with Nikhil Siddharth for the second time for director Chandu Mondenti's film, says a hit pair may or may not work because the fate of a film depends on its content.
Mumbai, May 14 (IANS) Southern star Dhanush, who is set for his Bollywood debut with "Raanjhanaa", says he will soon launch his own music label and it will be called - Wunderbar Studio.
Sydney, May 14 (IANS) On the day Fiji observed the 134th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers Tuesday, an Indian-origin woman in that south Pacific island turned 101.
Chennai, May 13 (IANS) In its endeavour to have a pan-India presence, Maharashtra-based private sector Ratnakar Bank opened its first branch in Tamil Nadu Monday, the bank said.
Chennai, May 13 (IANS) Known for playing the most unconventional roles in his career so far, Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi says he chooses roles that he thinks will suit his image and doesn't usually believe in custom-made roles.
Chennai, May 13 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitaa Monday sent a tough message to PMK, warning that the government would not hesitate to ban political parties if they indulge in violence to the detriment of public safety.
Chennai, May 13 (IANS) If you want to have a large fan base then it's very important to diversify to other languages, feels Telugu actor Aadi Pudipeddi, who wants to make his presence felt in other languages soon.
Chennai, May 12 (IANS) Tamil actors Dhanush, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and director Balaji Sakthivel won top honours at the 7th edition of the Vijay Awards.
Chennai, May 12 (IANS) Tamil actor Suriya-starrer action-drama "Singam 2" is expected to release in the second of week of June.
Thrissur (Kerala), May 12 (ANI): Police have arrested two persons for their suspected involvement in the April 17 bomb blast in front of the BJP office in Bangalore.
Chennai, May 12 (IANS) With the rise in popularity of marine ornamental aquarium, the breeding and retailing of clown fish in captivity in Tamil Nadu offers a good livelihood opportunity, said an expert here.
Kolkata, May 12 (IANS) There are miles to go before comprehensive healthcare becomes a reality for the people of India, agreed people's representatives, bureaucrats and economists at a panel discussion here.
Chennai, May 12 (IANS) Bollywood baadshah Shahrukh Khan was conferred with Chevalier Sivaji Award, constituted after veteran Tamil actor Sivaji Ganeshan, Saturday here at the 7th edition of Vijay awards.
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) In what could be regarded as a major departure from custom, Kamal Haasan is all set to view his friend and professional rival Rajinikanth's latest film, the long-awaited "Kochadaiyaan".
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): Diesel prices have been hiked by one rupee two paisa per litre. This came into a effect from Friday night.
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): Bollywood's upcoming romantic film 'Raanjhnaa', which stars Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush, was promoted in a complete desi style in Mumbai.
Chennai, May 11 (IANS) Southern actor Arjun Sarja is all set to wield the megaphone for multi-lingual action-drama "Jai Hind 2", the sequel to his Tamil blockbuster "Jai Hind". The film will be made in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
Dubai, May 11 (IANS) Two of the five Indian fishermen who survived after being shot at by the US Navy off the coast of Dubai in July last year have said they wanted to come back to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for work again.
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Tamil actor Dhanush, who is set to make his Bollywood debut with Anand L Rai's "Raanjhanaa", minces no words in praising the Oscar-winning music composer of the film, A.R. Rahman, terming him a true Raanjhanaa.
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Southern superstar Dhanush, who is set to debut in Bollywood with Aanand L. Rai's love saga "Raanjhanaa", says his choice of films will always depend on script no matter how many offers he get from Bollywood in future.
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) National award winning Tamil actor Dhanush, who is married to superstar Rajinikanth's daughter Aishwarya, says his father-in-law connected with him through his films and it was easier to vibe with him.
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) In what could be regarded as a major departure from the custom, Kamal Hassan is all set to view his friend and professional rival Rajinikanth's latest film, the long-awaited "Kochadaiyaan".
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Actress Sherlyn Chopra, set to attend the 66th Cannes International Film Festival where the second trailer of her debut film "Kamasutra 3D" will be unveiled, will wear different costumes from seven parts of India.
Mumbai, May 11 (ANI): Bollywood actors Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush promoted their upcoming romantic film 'Raanjhanaa' here in Mumbai.
Chennai, May 10 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday demanded revoking of the latest diesel price hike and the powers of the oil marketing companies to determine the fuel price.
New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Australian batsman David Warner will lead the Delhi Daredevils against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Friday.
Chennai, May 10 (IANS) DMK president M. Karunanidhi Friday said India should not only boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated to be held in Sri Lanka later this year but also gather the support of other countries to prevent the summit from being held in the island nation.
Chennai, May 10 (IANS) Richa Panai, who couldn't impress as 'Dev Kanya' in her Telugu debut "Yamudiki Mogudu", wants to make an impressive beginning in Tamil cinema with her maiden venture "Manadhil Maayam Seidhai".
Chennai, May 9 (IANS) Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan has agreed to be part of the 7th edition of Vijay awards scheduled to presented here Saturday.
Colombo, May 9 (IANS) Former Tamil Tigers who have completed rehabilitation programmes have expressed interest in entering politics, the Sri Lankan media reported Thursday.
Chennai, May 9 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday requested the central government to release Rs.19,555 crore towards drought relief in the state and said the state government had done its part in finding resources.
Chennai, May 9 (IANS) Suriya Sivakumar, busy shooting for upcoming Tamil action-drama "Singam 2", is expected to join the sets of his new film "Dhruva Natchathiram" in June.
Chennai, May 8 (IANS) Production and sale of gutka, pan masala and edible tobacco products has been banned in Tamil Nadu to prevent cancer, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa announced in the assembly Wednesday.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 8 (ANI): Visitors from across the country thronged in for the festival of the summer fruit, mango in Thiruvananthapuram, with more than 30 types of mangoes available on sale at an affordable price.
Panaji, May 8 (IANS) Active lobbying by animal rights groups has forced the central government to disallow dolphinariums in coastal states across the country, a leading NGO said Wednesday.
Chennai, May 8 (IANS) Tamil actor Simbu made international R&B singer Akon wear a veshti (dhoti) while shooting for the music video of the global version of his hit love single "Love Anthem".
Thiruvananthapuram, May 8 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday apologised for references in an intelligence report that said a section of the media was favouring Tamil Nadu in the water sharing dispute between the two states.
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) With the Congress looking set to take charge of Karnataka, the number states and union territories under its rule will rise to 14, even as the BJP tally will drop by one to four.
Chennai, May 7 (IANS) City-based Oriental Cuisines Pvt Ltd, owning a varied chain of restaurants, plans to double its outlet numbers in two years time, said a top company official.
Chennai, May 7 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday said paper major Tamil Nadu Newsprint & Papers Ltd (TNPL) will set up a multilayer double-coated board project at an outlay of Rs.1,200 crore in Tiruchirapalli district.
Chennai, May 7 (IANS) The first unit of the 1,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), set up by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), is almost ready for beginning the fission process, said a top official of the country's atomic regulator.
Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Besides Bollywood, actress Preeti Jhangiani has worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. Currently, she is doing a Punjabi, Bengali and Kannada film and calls it a "different experience".