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'Need a purple wave on May 26': Gambhir to KKR

Sunrisers Hyderabad will get another opportunity to secure a spot in the final as they face off against the victor of the eliminator in the second qualifier this Friday in Chennai. Sunrisers Hyderabad will get another chance to advance to the final when they meet the winner of the eliminator in the second qualifier on Friday in Chennai.

The Times of India 22 May 2024 12:56 am

Nexus REIT in talks to buy Marina Mall in Chennai

Nexus Select Trust in talks to acquire The Marina Mall in Chennai, developing a diverse portfolio with Grade-A malls in Hyderabad. Plans to double assets to 20M sq ft in 5 years, reflecting India's retail growth and mall consumption surge.

The Economic Times 22 May 2024 12:27 am

North Chennai, home to workers, poorly linked by suburban trains

Southern Railway has created a good track network for operating suburban, mail and express services. But the freight trains operating through the north corridor from Kamarajar port cause congestion, resulting in a limited number of services, say railway officials

The Hindu 21 May 2024 11:49 pm

Shreyas Iyer says ruthless KKR will give their best in Chennai for 3rd title

Shreyas Iyer says ruthless KKR will give their best in Chennai for rd title

India Today 21 May 2024 11:40 pm

IPL 2024: Starc, Shreyas, Venkatesh Steer KKR Into Final After Eight-wicket Win Over SRH

Kolkata Knight Riders: Unbeaten half-centuries by captain Shreyas Iyer (58*) and Venkatesh Iyer (51*) guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a crushing eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 and place in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at Narendra Modi Stadium here on Tuesday. Hyderabad will have another chance to face KKR in the final as they will next take on the winner of the Eliminator match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru in Chennai on Friday. Chasing 160, openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Sunil Narine gave KKR an electric start in the Powerplay overs as the due scored runs at a run rate of over 10 runs per over. The first-wicket partnership lasted for 44 runs in 20 balls before T. Natrajan made inroads in the fourth over. The pacer removed Gurbaz at the score of 23 to bring the side back in the game after the thundering start in the chase. Venkatesh Iyer joined Narine in the middle and kept the momentum going as they added 23 runs before Pat Cummins got Narine (21) in his first over into the attack just after the powerplay. Shreyas Iyer walked out to bat at No. 4 and built the match-winning partnership for the side that allowed them to chase the total with 38 balls to spare. Shreyas (58*) and Venkatesh (51*) accumulated an unbeaten 97-run partnership for the third wicket and also smashed their individual fifties during the successful run-chase. Both players hit four sixes and five fours each as they went berserk to take their side to the final. Earlier, KKR restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 159 all out in 19.3 overs after the latter decided to bat first. Hyderabad did not get the ideal start of the match as they lost attacking opener Travis Head again for a duck. Things got worse well inside the Powerplay as they lost three more wickets in the first six overs. Pacer Mitchell Starc was on a roll as he got three of the four wickets in the powerplay. Abhishek Sharma (3), Nitish Reddy (9). and Shahbaz Ahmed (0) were picked cheaply as Hyderabad's batters faltered in the high-pressure game. SRH were 45/4 after six overs. However, Rahul Tripathi and Heinrich Klaasen's presence in the middle gave some respite for the franchise as they played their shots freely despite being under pressure. The duo stitched a quickfire 62-run partnership off 37 balls as Tripathi struck a 29-ball fifty before Varun Chakaravarthy broke the partnership in the 11th over. Klaasen departed after playing a knock of 32 runs. Abdul Samad joined Tripathi to further boost the score but a mix-up in the middle of the pitch ended the latter's innings on 55. His knock included seven fours and a six. In the late middle overs, SRH failed to recover from the situation and kept on losing wickets as Sunil Narine and Harshit Rana also joined the party for KKR. In the end, captain Pat Cummins played a cameo knock of 30 runs off 24 balls to take his side past the 150-run mark. His late effort was put to an end by Andre Russell in the final over of the innings. For KKR, Starc was the pick of the bowlers, returning with figures of 3-34 while Chakaravarthy snapped two scalps. Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 159 all out in 19.3 overs (Rahul Tripathi 55, Heinrich Klaasen 32; Mitchell Starc 3/34, Varun Chakaravarthy 2-26) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 164/2 in 13.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 58*, Venkatesh Iyer 51*; T. Natarajan 1-22) by eight wickets.

CNMSports 21 May 2024 11:36 pm

Mitchell Starc's Fiery Spell Powers KKR to IPL Final with Emphatic Win Over SRH

Mitchell Starc's Fiery Spell Powers KKR to IPL Final with Emphatic Win Over SRH Mitchell Starc-powered Kolkata Knight Riders' juggernaut rolled into the IPL final as the two-time champions produced a ruthless performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad for an eight-wicket win in Qualifier 1 here on Tuesday. Starc produced a stunning opening burst of three wickets in the powerplay to break the back of SRHs dangerous batting. They were eventually shot out for a mere 159 in 19.3 overs with Rahul Tripathi scoring a vital 55 while Heinrich Klaasen (32) and Pat Cummins (30) also fought hard. On a benign wicket in steaming hot conditions, SRHs fight petered out as KKR knocked off the innocuous 160-run target in a mere 13.4 overs with skipper Shreyas Iyer (58 not out off 24) and Venkatesh Iyer (51 not out off 28) taking them over the line. KKR will play their fourth IPL final in Chennai on Sunday. SRH, who had pipped Rajasthan Royals on the final day of the league stage to finish second in the points table, will now proceed to Chennai to have another crack at making the summit clash with the Qualifier 2 to be played on May 24. The Pat Cummins-led side will face the winner of the Eliminator between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru here on Wednesday. In his first game this season, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (23) played his role to perfection with two crucial grabs behind the wicket and a quickfire 14-ball 23 at the top laced with two sixes and as many fours. Chasing a below-par target, KKR raised their fifty in no time. Sunil Narine (21) perished shortly after the powerplay which brought the pair of Shreyas and Venkatesh together. They put on 97 runs for the third wicket to complete a comprehensive victory. Shreyas also had luck on his side as a paddle sweep off Viyaskanth Vijaykanth ricocheted off SRH keeper Heinrich Klaasen who went for the catch in the 10th over. But with short midwicket fielder Rahul Tripathi running in hard for it as well, Klaasen could not hold onto the ball despite having it in his grasp while nearly avoiding a collision. Soon after, the day went from bad to worse for SRH and Head who spilled a regulation catch off T Natarajan in the 11th over which gave the KKR skipper another lifeline. If Shreyas was content nurdling the ball around while putting the odd ball away for boundaries, Venkatesh outmatched his skipper with a rapid half-century which was completed off 28 balls. However, Shreyas overtook his younger partner to wrap up the game with a flurry of boundaries. Venkatesh, on his part, remained unbeaten on 51 off 28 balls with four sixes and five fours. Earlier, the lanky Australian speedster Starc reaped benefits of utilising his core skill of bowling quick and swinging the ball. He rattled the stumps of SRH marauder Head on the second ball of the contest to set the tone in KKRs favour. IPLs third highest run-getter Head was all over the place when he went for a wild heave against his compatriot, who got the ball nipping slightly away after pitching and knocking down the off and middle stumps to dismiss the batter for his second consecutive duck. Starc also bounced out Nitish Reddy (9) and had Shahbaz Ahmed (0) chopping one onto his wickets to put KKR in firm control inside the powerplay. With Head removed from the equation early, SRH pinned their hopes on Abhishek Sharma but the left-hander too was confined to having an unsuccessful outing. Abhishek, who has immaculately picked gaps and unleashed spectacular shots more often than not this season, played one meekly towards cover where Andre Russell timed his leap to perfection and used both his hands to complete the dismissal, off Vaibhav Arora.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 11:22 pm

Tamil Nadu Receives Widespread Rain, Seasonal Status Improves

Tamil Nadu Receives Widespread Rain, Seasonal Status Improves As several parts of Tamil Nadu continued to receive widespread rain on Tuesday, the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, said the rainfall activity was picking up gradually improving the seasonal rainfall status this month. Due to the current enhanced rain spell from May 16-19, the rainfall status improved to 27 per cent (in four days), 10 per cent on May 20, and on Tuesday alone, it improved to 16 per cent, the RMC said in its bulletin. Puduchatram in Namakkal district received a maximum rainfall of 16 cm. There was a likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Theni and Dindigul districts and heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Nilgiris, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Pudukkottai, Tiruchirappalli, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and other places, the RMC said.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 10:07 pm

YouTuber Irfan courts trouble for revealing sex of his unborn child

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Health Department on Tuesday issued a notice to YouTuber and food vlogger Irfan for violating the PCPNDT Act, 1994, by revealing the sex of his unborn child in videos posted on his YouTube channel. Also, the department has asked the Tamil YouTuber to remove the videos about the prenatal sex determination test and subsequent disclosure. Posting a video of his pregnant wife undergoing the prenatal sex determination test at a hospital in Dubai, on his channel Irfan's View, he said that it was legal in several countries, including, Dubai to conduct this test, but not in India,where it was banned.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 10:03 pm

90% of passengers getting their luggage now within 30 minutes: Ministry of Civil Aviation

DELHI: The baggage delivery time at six major airports has improved significantly in the last four months, with more than 90% of the passengers getting their baggage within 30 minutes of an aircraft landing, said the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) on Tuesday. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, under the aegis of MoCA, had undertaken an exercise to enhance the baggage delivery system of the domestic airlines in the six major airports of India, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. As per the global standards prescribed by IATA (International Air Transport Association), as well as Schedule 3 of the OMDA (Operation, Management and Development Agreement) with airports, baggage should be delivered to passengers within 30% of the arrival of the aircraft. The exercise started on 14/01/24. It was found that only 62.2% (as on January 14, 2024) of the passengers were getting their baggage within IATA-prescribed timelines. A root cause analysis was undertaken jointly by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, along with all domestic airlines. Post the above exercise, an overhaul and upgradation in equipment, services and monitoring was put in place to speed up baggage delivery. After two months of evaluation, it can be concluded through latest findings that there has been a marked increase in the percentage of baggage complying with the globally accepted prescribed limit. From 62.2% of passengers getting on-time baggage delivery in the January, the number increased to more than 90% from March 2024 onwards, said MoCA in a statement. It added that the percentages of bags arriving within 30 minutes has reached a high of 92.5% in May 2024.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 9:45 pm

Formula 4 race in Chennai | Supreme Court stays order directing RPPL to reimburse 42 crore to T.N. govt.

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court had imposed the condition while waving green flag for the conduct of the event

The Hindu 21 May 2024 9:36 pm

Stop insulting Tamils: Stalin tells PM

Chennai : Urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop derogating the State and its people for the sake of garnering a few votes, Chief Minister M K Stalin accused him of trying to create enmity between the people of Odisha and Tamil Nadu by alleging that the missing keys of the Ratna Bhandar (treasury) of the famous Puri Jagannath temple were in Tamil Nadu. Referring to the Prime Ministers controversial speech at an election rally in Angul, Stalin, in a statement on Tuesday, said that it was an insult to Lord Jagannath and a continuation of Modis false propaganda aimed at inciting people of one State against the other as he had earlier charged South Indians with speaking low of the people of Uttar Pradesh. Wondering as to why Modi harboured so much animosity against Tamil people, Stalin said that it had become his habit to speak glowingly of Tamil language and praise Tamilians as intelligent people when he came to the State and make a volte face when he visited other States like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha by speaking ill of Tamil Nadu and its people. Now he had tried to incite hatred among the people of Odisha, who revered Lord Jagannath, against Tamilians by alleging that the missing keys of the Puri temples treasury were in Tamil Nadu, Stalin said. Modi, who launched a scathing attack on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and its unassailable leader Naveen Patnaik at election meetings in Angul and Cuttack, was apparently making the reference to Tamil Nadu because Patnaiks close aide V K Pandian hailed from the State. He had also attacked Pandian in the meetings. Stalin accused Modi of trying to portray Tamilians as dishonest people and disrespect the State and thus hurting the sentiments of Tamil people and driving a wedge between the people of Tamil Nadu and Odisha, who otherwise had a cordial relationship. He said the Prime Minister, who should set an example by speaking about policies, principles and action plans and indulge in constructive criticism, had breached all norms of civilization through his hate speech aimed at creating divisions and enmity among people of different States. Modi should stop inciting people against each other in the name of religion, language, race and State, he added. Officials of the Jagannath temple realized that the keys of the treasure trove, situated close to the sanctum sanctorum were missing when they went to inspect the structural condition as per an order of the Odisha High Court in April 2018. Subsequently Patnaik ordered a judicial enquiry into the incident and the report has not been made public so far, giving ammunition to Modi to make the allegation and drag Tamil Nadu's name into it.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 9:20 pm

Depression likely by May 24; fishermen in the high seas asked to return to shore

On May 22, light to moderate rain is likely at a few places, and rain with thunderstorm and lightning at one or two places in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

The Hindu 21 May 2024 8:40 pm

Depression likely by May 24; fishermen in the high seas asked to return to shore - The Hindu

Depression likely by May 24; fishermen in the high seas asked to return to shore The Hindu

Google News 21 May 2024 8:40 pm

Nayanthara Takes Her Twins Uyir and Ulag For An Auto Ride In Chennai; Cute Video Goes Viral - News18

Nayanthara Takes Her Twins Uyir and Ulag For An Auto Ride In Chennai; Cute Video Goes Viral News18

Google News 21 May 2024 7:57 pm

Nayanthara Takes Her Twins Uyir and Ulag For An Auto Ride In Chennai; Cute Video Goes Viral

Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan tied the knot on June 9, 2022. The couple welcomed their twin sons via surrogacy in October 2022.

News18 21 May 2024 7:57 pm

Social Media 'Antisocial' | Des Ki Baat

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NDTV 21 May 2024 7:35 pm

IPL 2024: Buttler-less RR in spot of bother ahead of Eliminator

AHMEDABAD: It's a do-or-die clash for them and they want to be at full strength to negotiate any challenges. Unfortunately, they cannot. Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru are bound to miss their top English batters, especially knowing a loss on Wednesday can end their campaign in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Not that the third team in the playoffs - Kolkata Knight Riders - will not miss the services of its opener - Phil Salt. The explosive opener was pivotal in providing explosive starts to the team almost every time this season with West Indian Sunil Narine to his company. They, however, can have yet another go at a place in the final even if they lose Qualifier 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who fortunately don't have an English player in their ranks. Among the two teams slated to feature in the Eliminator on Wednesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Rajasthan will be hit the most. Their opener, Jos Buttler, will be missed badly when they take the field against RCB, who seem to be on the roll. The England captain might not have taken the tournament by storm given his tall standards but he was irreplaceable in the RR scheme of things. His twin unbeaten centuries against Kolkata and Bengaluru powered the team to commendable victories. In fact, the inaugural champions were formidable at the start winning eight of the first nine matches only losing the fifth contest against Gujarat Titans. The rampaging show meant they were at top of the table for weeks. But they slided from the numero uno position as they went on to lose next four games and with their last match against Kolkata ending in no result, they ended the league stage at third position on the points table. New mentor, general election and Kolkata's quest for third IPL trophy Buttler's absence was not the reason for change in fortunes. He was there in the team in the first three losses only to leave before an encounter against Punjab Kings, which RR lost. His compatriot Tom Kohler-Cadmore replaced him at the top in the match and scored 18 off 23 balls before being named in the playing XI for the washed out KKR tie. Like Rajasthan, Faf du Plessis-led RCB too will miss the services of English all-rounder Will Jacks but his absence is likely to have a lesser impact. It was Jacks, who slammed an unbeaten hundred as RCB chased down a 201-run target against Gujarat. He was the key against KKR as well scoring 32-ball 55 even as the team fell short by the barest of margin while chasing 223 for a win. The Bengaluru outfit, however, managed to make up with his absence scripting an epic comeback to stay in contention for the elusive IPL title. To begin with, they won just one of their first eight matches but registered six straight victories to make it to the playoffs edging past the five-time champions Chennai Super Kings. Pacer Reece Topley, who has taken four wickets from as many matches, is another English player in the RCB squad but he was not a regular part of the team. Former players including Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram and Irfan Pathan minced no words in slamming England Cricket Board's decision of withdrawing their players from the IPL. Gavaskar, in his column on an English daily, even suggested financial penalties on the contracted players and the ECB. The franchises should not only be allowed to deduct a substantial amount from the fee that the player was bought for, but also not give the board, to which the player belongs, the stated 10 per cent commission of the fee that each player gets, he has emphasised in his column. Either be available for full season or don't come, former India all-rounder Pathan said on his X handle. While it's not known if the England players had listen 'any periods of unavailability on their auction applications', the England Cricket Board, according to ESPNCricinfo, had informed the league in December itself that 'its players will be available for the whole season subject to fitness and international duty and any periods of unavailability that players submitted on their auction applications'. The report also mentioned that if any players need any specific management 'in the build-up to the World Cup', Rob Key, the body's managing director, would deal directly with the players and franchise in question. England are scheduled to play four-match T20I series against visiting Pakistan with the first contest scheduled for Wednesday in Leeds in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies. The pull out by the English players has once again reignited the country vs club debate. Sanju Samson and Co have already bore its brunt and the same will again come to the fore when they play RCB in their bid to keep their title hopes alive. IPL 2024: Relentless training, net sessions in and out of country with Yuvraj behind Abhishek's explosive form

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:23 pm

Tamil Nadu energy secretary Beela files police complaint against estranged husband and ex-DGP Rajesh Das - The Times of India

Tamil Nadu energy secretary Beela files police complaint against estranged husband and ex-DGP Rajesh Das The Times of India

Google News 21 May 2024 7:23 pm

Wind energy capacity addition needs up to Rs 2 lakh crore

Chennai: The wind energy sector will require Rs 1.8 to 2 lakh crore capex to increase its capacity by 2.5 times to 25 GW by 2028. India added a wind capacity of 3.0 GW per year between 2014 and 2018. However, the pace slowed down to 1.7 GW between 2018 and 2023 owing to lack of connected sites with high wind potential and diminished returns for developers following aggressive bidding. Among policies and initiatives for the sector, the government has set a target to auction 50 GW of renewable projects every year, including 10 GW of standalone wind projects for reinvigorating wind capacity additions. Since the start of FY23, auctions of around 5 GW standalone wind projects have happened against 3 GW auctioned in FY21 and FY22. Auctions of hybrid and storage-linked projects are also on the rise up from 4 GW in FY21 and FY22 to nearly 18 GW in FY24 and FY23. Storage-linked and hybrid projects would lead to higher wind additions. Nearly 30 to 50 per cent of the projects will comprise wind energy as the demand for electricity peaks during evening and night hours, said Ankit Hakhu, director, Crisil. To further support wind capacity additions, supply-side constraints have started to ease through an improvement in transmission connectivity and better financial health of wind OEMs. The government is developing transmission infrastructure to improve connectivity to sites with high wind potential and plans to increase connected capacity for wind sites from 50 GW as of December 2022 to 75 GW by March 2025 and 100 GW by December 2027. These projects will entail a cost of Rs 1.8 2 lakh crore, finds Crisil.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 7:09 pm

Pics: Naga Chaitanya's New Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Here's How Much It Costs

Naga bought the car from a store in Chennai

NDTV 21 May 2024 7:08 pm

Chennai Doctors Ace World's First Keyhole Surgery For Brain Tumour Via Eyebrow

In a significant medical feat, a team of neurosurgeons removed a deeply seated insular brain tumour of a 44-year-old woman through a transformative and novel eyebrow keyhole approach.

NDTV 21 May 2024 6:58 pm

'No discussions': CSK CEO on Dhoni's retirement speculations

Following Chennai Super Kings' exit from the IPL 2024, speculation about MS Dhoni's future continues to dominate conversations. However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan clarified that no discussions about Dhoni's future took place in the dressing room.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 6:41 pm

'No discussions': CSK CEO on Dhoni's retirement speculation

Following Chennai Super Kings' exit from the IPL 2024, speculation about MS Dhoni's future continues to dominate conversations. However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan clarified that no discussions about Dhoni's future took place in the dressing room.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 6:41 pm

Singapore based angel investment network ThinKuvate launches 100 crore maiden India fund

ThinKuvate team will be rolling out the fund in key cities like Nagpur, Raipur, Bangalore and Chennai, with an aim to tap into emerging startup hubs in India along with established centres

The Hindu Businessline 21 May 2024 6:34 pm

ICRA sees Q4 GDP growth at 6.7 pc

Chennai: The GDP growth for the March quarter of FY24 is estimated to moderate to 6.7 per cent, finds ICRA. For the entire year of FY24, the GDP growth could be 7.8 per cent. The expansion of the GDP is likely to moderate to a four-quarter low 6.7 per cent in Q4 FY2024 from 8.4 per cent in Q3 FY2024 and the gross value added (GVA) is estimated to ease to 5.7 per cent from 6.5 per cent. The gap between the GDP and the GVA growth is likely to moderate to 100 basis points in Q4 FY2024 on account of an expected lower expansion in the net indirect taxes. For the full-year FY2024, ICRA expects the GDP and GVA growth to print at 7.8 per cent and 7 per cent, unless the growth for 9M FY2024 is revised. For Q4, the industrial GVA might ease from 10.4 per cent in Q3 FY24 to 7.9 per cent led by sub-sectors, including manufacturing, electricity, construction and mining and quarrying. Lower volume growth coupled with diminishing gains from commodity prices dampening the profitability of some of the industrial sectors is expected to dampen Indias GVA growth in Q4 FY2024, said Aditi Nayar, Chief Economist, ICRA. As for services, GVA will moderate from 7 per cent to 6.2 per cent. Services exports decelerated to 4.2 per cent from 5.2 per cent and certain sectors like ports cargo traffic, GST e-way bills, ATF consumption, domestic airline traffic and commercial vehicle sales saw a deterioration. Further, agricultural GVA is expected to contract by 0.5 per cent in Q4. Investment activity was healthy in Q4 FY2024, amidst a mixed trend. The y-o-y growth of the capital outlay and net lending of 24 state governments eased to 3.5 per cent from 11.5 per cent.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 6:28 pm

Cricket: Afghanistan Appoint Dwayne Bravo As Bowling Consultant For 2024 T20 World Cup

The Afghanistan Cricket Board: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has announced the appointment of West Indies legend, Dwayne Bravo as the teams bowling consultant for the 2024 T20 World Cup. Bravo was a vital part of the West Indies side that lifted the T20 World Cup in 2016 and his experience, not just in ICC tournaments but of playing in the Caribbean, could prove to be of great importance for the Afghanistan side. The ICC Men's T20 World Cup will be played in the USA and Caribbean from June 1 and the final will be played on June 29. Afghanistan are in Group C along with New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and two-time winner and co-hosts West Indies. Bravo is one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the format and had a highly successful career which saw him score more than 7000 runs and become the leading wicket-taker (625) in T20 cricket. He also served as the bowling coach for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, a franchise with which the 40-year-old won four IPL trophies. This is a very positive addition to the Afghanistan team that had impressed a lot during the 2023 ODI World Cup.

CNMSports 21 May 2024 6:20 pm

KKR vs SRH LIVE: Tussle for direct ticket to Chennai final in Ahmedabad

KKR vs SRH LIVE: Tussle for direct ticket to Chennai final in Ahmedabad

India Today 21 May 2024 6:08 pm

Yugendran brings alive father Malaysia Vasudevans timeless songs

At an event in Chennai, the inimitable singer Malaysia Vasudevans son Yugendran paid a musical tribute.

The Hindu 21 May 2024 6:00 pm

TRAGIC! Mother of baby rescued from Chennai apartment roof ends life after trolling

The mother of the infant, whose miraculous rescue video went viral few weeks ago, reportedly died by suicide as she was highly depressed by the criticism over her alleged negligence.

Web Dunia 21 May 2024 5:33 pm

Neurosurgeons in Chennai remove tricky brain tumour using eyebrow keyhole technique

The doctors claimed that there has been no recorded medical literature on an eyebrow keyhole approach to remove an insular tumour and hence, this was a first-of-its-kind surgery.

The Hindu 21 May 2024 4:46 pm

Chennai woman pushes daughters school friends into prostitution; arrested

A woman and six of her associates were arrested on Monday for allegedly pushing her daughter's classmates into prostitution.

Web Dunia 21 May 2024 4:35 pm

ISBK Racing track day experience at BIC on my Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

BHPian narula123 recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Been a while since I update this thread. The 10R has been seeing a lot of tracktime and limited street use since the Ducati joined the garage. Post a very very enriching experience at California Superbike School in Jan'24 it was time to put those learnings to use. So off we went to BIC with ISBK for a track weekend and boy oh boy what an experience. If you ride at the racetrack and you haven't ridden at the Buddh circuit then believe me you are really doing yourself and your bike a disservice. The circuit is absolutely world-class, specially after the recent upgrades for MotoGP and it will wow you in almost every way. The first time you arrive, the enormity of it all takes your breath away. The same grandstand from where we saw MotoGP now loomed like a massive goliath when seen from the pits. They have all the infra ready and sorted. Needless to say, the first time you go out on the track, you cannot help but marvel at the thought that you are indeed riding on a MotoGP circuit. BIC is also a circuit where every single horsepower advantage will manifest spectacularly unlike a tighter circuit like MIC where, I believe, a 400-600cc bike is best placed. At BIC, you will in all likelihood max out the limits of your litre class supersport. Both man and machine pushed to the edge of your capabilities with enough run-off area to give you that confidence in safety (I learned it first hand). The circuit is fast and the back straight will see you go past the 300 kmph mark in a jiffy right before you slam your brakes to get ready for C4. This circuit will also manifest any gaps in your setup and hardware and put a strain on your brakes and tyres. I did the stupidity of going in with the same set of EBC extreme pro pads that I had run already at MIC while at CSS. Big Mistake! On day 2, just when my pace was picking up, the pads which were now severely depleted just after 1 day of use, heated up and consequently heated up the caliper and the fluid. End result - I brake hard for C11 to realise I have lost all and complete front brake. Fortunately, training kicked in, and thanks to the generous run-off area I managed to bring the bike back into the pits. While for most looking in the pits It would have been funny to see me stop the bike ala Flintstones style with my feet, the incident was quite freaky and an eye-opener on how demanding this circuit is. I am not kidding when I say the mechanics couldn't touch the calipers for at least 30 minutes since they were so hot. And needless to say, when speeds are high and machines are put to their limits the risks shoot up. The quick throttle was such a boon along with the suspension setup that Dave Moss had guided me on. I couldn't help but marvel at how fiery Shredder was out there despite being almost 8 years old. Any upgrade itches I had vanished on Day 1 itself. She still is a mad bike running a potent setup.Immediately added to the shopping list were front winglets (she kept popping power wheelies on the back straight on full gas) and Cf brake cooling ducts From a mighty M1000RR to a done-up R3 everything was spotted at BIC but it was a complete over representation of BMWs and Panigales (both of which had their dedicated pits setups. Big time J all of us poor Japanese folks were) I can recommend the Radisson hotel in Greater Noida as a good stay option considering its proximity and please do choose a self-drive car instead of depending on cabs. Also, the circuit is very particular about their processes and safety so please keep all things and paperwork in mind. I, fortunately, had a support team from Hexxcode for trackside assistance who were helpful in taking care of everything on the bike when it was parked between sessions. A shoutout to my good friends at ISBK for organising a good weekend for us all. The only pain points - the plug point for tyre warmers are of the industrial type and there is no fuel bunk within miles of the racetrack so you better come prepared with your fuel backup. I honestly cannot wait to go back and I keep wondering how will riding at Chennai ever match up to this experience at least on a litre. Cheers to more fun. Leaving you with some insane shots taken by some very talented photographers. Check out BHPian comments for more insights and information.

Team-BHP 21 May 2024 4:02 pm

Sri Lanka launches probe after 4 Lankan nationals with IS links arrested in India Report

Colombo, May 21 : Sri Lanka has launched an investigation to obtain information on four of its citizens with links to the banned Islamic State, who were arrested in India when on an alleged mission to carry out terror activities in the country, a media report said on Tuesday. Acting on a tip-off, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Sunday apprehended four Sri Lankan nationals at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel airport in Ahmedabad after they travelled from Colombo via Chennai. [] The post Sri Lanka launches probe after 4 Lankan nationals with IS links arrested in India Report appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 21 May 2024 3:56 pm

Eight Bengaluru tourists rescued from partially-submerged vehicle in rain-hit Ooty

In Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, fire services quickly rescued eight stranded tourists from Bengaluru in stagnant rainwater near the Boat House using a rope with public support.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 2:50 pm

Chennais Amirta International Institute of Hotel Management and Birmingham Academy Singapore Sign Groundbreaking Educational Partnership

Chennais Amirta International Institute of Hotel Management and Birmingham Academy Singapore Sign Groundbreaking Educational Partnership VMPL New Delhi [India], May 21: In a landmark move set to redefine hospitality education, Chennais Amirta International Institute of Hotel Management and Birmingham Academy Singapore have formalized an innovative partnership that will provide students with an unparalleled international learning experience. This partnership, signed today, marks the beginning of a unique academic journey for aspiring hospitality professionals. The program structure is designed to offer students comprehensive exposure and expertise in the hospitality industry, fostering a global perspective and skillset. Program Overview: Year 1: Students will commence their educational journey at Chennais Amirta International Institute of Hotel Management located at the heart of the Chennai City at Mount road next to Thousand Lights metro station in a 40000 sq feet area with a grand infrastructure and magnificently equipped labs. The students would be awarded with a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Brimingham Academy after successful completion of the course. During their study the students would be provided with regular guest lectures by celebrity chefs and esteemed industry leaders. Interested students would be given with part time jobs with a salary from Rs 8000 to Rs 15000. Year 2: The journey continues in Singapore, where students will enrol in the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management at the esteemed Birmingham Academy. This phase includes six months of rigorous academic study followed by a six-month paid internship, offering students valuable hands-on experience and earning a monthly salary of SGD 1,500 (around INR 1 lakh) This combination ensures a well-rounded education that blends theoretical knowledge with practical application in one of the world's leading hospitality hubs. Degree Pursuit: Upon completion of the advanced diploma, students will have the option to pursue a degree at either De Montfort University in the UK or the Swiss Hotel Management School, ranked second best in the world for Hotel Management. In the UK, students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time, potentially earning up to 2,000 per month (more than INR 2 lakhs). This opportunity not only helps in covering living expenses but also provides practical work experience in a diverse and dynamic environment. This final step ensures graduates emerge as highly qualified professionals, ready to excel in the global hospitality landscape. Quoted R.Boominathan, Chairman of Chennais Amirta Group of institutions. He Further expressed his enthusiasm mentioning This partnership represents a significant leap forward in our commitment to delivering world-class hospitality education. By combining the strengths of Chennais Amirta and Birmingham Academy, we are offering our students an extraordinary pathway to success. Dr. Ng Joon Peng Chairman of Birmingham Academy Singapore, added: We are thrilled to collaborate with Chennais Amirta. This program is designed to cultivate industry leaders by providing them with diverse, high-quality educational experiences across three countries. Chennais Amirta is a leader in hospitality education, known for its rigorous academic programs and strong industry ties. The institute is dedicated to producing graduates who are not only skilled but also industry-ready. Birmingham Academy is a prestigious institution in Singapore, offering advanced training and education in hospitality management. It is committed to nurturing the next generation of hospitality leaders through innovative teaching methods and practical exposure. This strategic partnership between Chennais Amirta and Birmingham Academy Singapore exemplifies a shared vision of excellence in hospitality education. It promises to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and global experience needed to thrive in an ever-evolving industry. The collaboration underscores both institutions' dedication to fostering academic excellence and professional growth in their students. The Guests of Honour Kalai Arasan Founder, Tharshal Academy and Jainanak Singh, Founder, Training Minds were present along with the Dignitaries from Chennais Amirta Group of Institutions Kavitha Nandhakumar, CEO, Leo Prasath, CAD Dr. T.Milton, Dean and Banumathi, Head -University Affairs during the MOU signing ceremony. For details contact: 8939200800 (ADVERTORIAL DISCLAIMER: The above press release has been provided by VMPL. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of the same)

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 2:26 pm

IPL 2024: New Rules for Qualifier, Eliminator, and Final Matches

Today, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face off in the first qualifier (Q1) at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. Both teams have been at the forefront of IPL's entertainment, showcasing numerous fours and sixes and setting new records in T20 cricket. KKR topped the season with nine wins, three losses, and two no results, totaling 20 points. They also achieved a record net run rate of +1.428, the highest in IPL history. SRH secured the second spot with eight wins, five losses, and one no result, earning 16 points. In the eliminator match on Wednesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Ahmedabad. The loser of KKR vs. SRH will play against the winner of RCB vs. RR in Chennai on May 24 for the second qualifier (Q2). The final match will take place in Chennai between the winners of Q1 and Q2. Special Rules for IPL 2024 Playoffs Extra Time: For IPL regular season matches, up to 60 minutes of extra time is allowed for delays or suspensions. For playoff matches (both qualifiers, the eliminator, and the final), up to 120 minutes of extra time is permitted. During extra time, the sequence of usage is: first the allotted extra time (60 or 120 minutes), then the time allocated for time-outs, and finally, if necessary, a reduction in the innings change interval. It's important to note that the changeover period (maximum of 10 minutes) for a Super Over after the main match is not included in the extra time. Reserve Day Rules: For playoff matches, in addition to the specified extra time, reserve days may be scheduled to complete any unfinished matches. Tie Procedures: If any playoff match (including the Final, Eliminator, Qualifier 1, or Qualifier 2) ends in a tie or has no result, the following procedures will be followed: The teams will compete in a Super Over. If necessary, additional Super Overs will be played to determine the winner. If Super Overs cannot be played due to time constraints, the team that finished higher in the league table at the end of the regular season will be declared the winner of the playoff match. These new rules aim to enhance the excitement and ensure fair outcomes in IPL 2024 playoff matches. Team India's New Head Coach Hunt Post T20 World Cup Ravi Shastri and Ravichandran Ashwin Stand by IPL's Impact Player Rule USA Set to Host India-Pakistan Clash: T20 World Cup Stadium Almost Ready

News Track 21 May 2024 2:01 pm

Chennai: Woman pushes her daughters friends from school into prostitution racket, 7 arrested

K Nadhiya, 37, targeted her daughter's classmates at a local school, and pushed them into prostitution.

OpIndia 21 May 2024 1:45 pm

Rajasthan Royals Face RCB in High-Stakes IPL Eliminator

Rajasthan Royals Face RCB in High-Stakes IPL Eliminator Sanju Samson's Rajasthan Royals will face a stern test of character as they look to arrest a shocking slide in a do-or-die IPL Eliminator against an in-form Royal Challengers Bengaluru, here on Wednesday. The Royals, at one stage, had looked set for a top-place finish in the league stage before a string of four defeats and a washout in the last game against KKR resulted in Sanju Samson's side finishing third behind Sunrisers Hyderabad. On the other hand, RCB have sensationally fought their way back from the brink of elimination. After losing seven of their first eight games this season, the team led by Faf du Plessis hit a dream run and finally knocked out defending champions Chennai Super Kings a few nights ago to seal a playoffs berth. If Rajasthan Royals are coming off four losses and a rained-off game, RCB have notched up six consecutive wins to sound a warning to their rivals that they mean business in the playoffs. RR, the 2008 IPL winners, suddenly find themselves as the underdogs, when a couple of weeks ago they were red-hot favourites. When on song, Rajasthan Royals have shown they are unbeatable, but the last four games have exposed frailties in their batting and bowling. The exit of Jos Buttler has taken a lot of firepower out of their batting and a lot will depend on Yashasvi Jaiswal (348 runs), skipper Samson (504) and Riyan Parag (531) to halt the slide. Samson and Parag will once again be expected to deliver the goods for RR, with England's Tom Kohler-Cadmore expected to partner Jaiswal in what seems like a frail opening pair going by form and experience. Shimron Hetmyer is expected to be available for the contest giving Rajasthan solidity in the lower order, which has not made a big contribution with the bat this season. RRs strong bowling lineup could come in handy given the venue for the Eliminator has not been a batting paradise like the other grounds, where shorter boundaries and docile tracks have made the bowlers' job tougher. The 200-run mark has been breached only twice in 12 innings this season at the Narendra Modi Stadium, which means the team having a disciplined bowling attack and a strong batting lineup is more likely to win here. On the other hand, RCB's Virat Kohli continues to be the highest run-getter this season with 708 runs from 14 matches and could make the difference in the contest. After initial struggles, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis has also found form with the bat to forge a dominating partnership at the top with Kohli, while Rajat Patidar (five half-centuries this season) has also given solidity at the top. RCB have not been impacted much by the exit of England's Will Jacks, while veteran Dinesh Karthik is firing on all cylinders with a strike rate in excess of 195 lower down the order. In their last match, left-arm seamer Yash Dayal turned around his fortunes to dish out a splendid final over against CSK to deny them a win and lead RCB into the playoffs. For a bowler who was devastated after conceding five consecutive sixes in an over last year, Dayal has proved his mettle this year. Teams (from): Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c&wk), Abid Mushtaq, Avesh Khan, Dhruv Jurel, Donovan Ferreira, Kuldeep Sen, Kunal Singh Rathore, Nandre Burger, Navdeep Saini, Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag, Sandeep Sharma, Shimron Hetmyer, Shubham Dubey, Rovman Powell, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Trent Boult, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tanush Kotian. Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Will Jacks, Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Mayank Dagar, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Rajan Kumar, Cameron Green, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Tom Curran, Lockie Ferguson, Swapnil Singh and Saurav Chauhan. Match starts at 7:30pm IST.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 1:27 pm

Chennai to get relief from traffic congestion with two new flyovers by the end of this year

Chennai to improve traffic with flyovers in Tondiarpet and Vyasarpadi by year's end. Construction updates, benefits, Ganeshapuram subway impact, and Korukkupet congestion relief highlighted.

The Economic Times 21 May 2024 12:51 pm

With The Think Tank Grass is Greener On Our Side: RCB

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) are over the moon as they reached the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after a nailbitting win over the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK). RCB posted a picture of the hink tank namely their Captain Faf du Plessis, Head Coach Andy Flower and Director of Cricket Operations Mo Bobat on their X handle with the caption, With a think tank like this one, you can tell that the grass is greener on our side! With a think tank like this one, you can tell that the grass is greener on our side! #PlayBold #RCB #IPL2024 pic.twitter.com/FeoO3UIu1e Royal Challengers Bengaluru (@RCBTweets) May 21, 2024 Royal Challengers Bengaluru was almost out of the IPL after winning only one match out of eight, but they came back strongly winning all their remaining 6 matches. After their slow start in the season, RCB batters and bowlers has fired for the team. RCB batters especially their captain Faf du Plessis has picked up his form and gave starts along with their star batter Virat Kohli. RCB bowlers helped the team to defend runs on the scoreboard as they won 4 of their last 6 matches by batting first. After 6 wins on a trot, Royal Challengers Bengaluru is oozing with confidence and will take on Rajasthan Royals, who have tasted 4 defeats in their last 5 matches, in the eliminator at Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 12:41 pm

IPL 2024: Three special new rules that will apply to qualifier, eliminator and final matches

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clash in the first qualifier at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. RCB faces Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator in Ahmedabad. The finals will be played in Chennai. The final, eliminator, qualifier 1, or qualifier 2 matches of IPL 2024 will be governed by three special rules.

The Economic Times 21 May 2024 12:30 pm

Nobody gives you discount for age...: MS Dhoni opens up on playing competitive cricket following international retirement

Former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni has stated that despite not playing cricket throughout the year, there is no discount for age when he plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni played for CSK in the ongoing IPL 2024, under the leadership of Ruturaj Gaikwad. His team crashed out of the playoffs race after a loss to Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). Dhoni said that professional sport is not easy, and he has to be as fit as the other players.

The Economic Times 21 May 2024 12:22 pm

Chennai Techie, Trolled Over Video Of Her Child's Rescue, Dies By Suicide

A techie, whose eight-month-old child miraculously survived after falling from the fourth floor of an apartment building on the outskirts of Chennai last month, was found dead in Coimbatore on Saturday.

NDTV 21 May 2024 12:14 pm

Wonderla Holidays Q4 Results Review - Weak Quarter, Growth Plans On Track: ICICI Securities

Odisha park on track to open in May-24; Chennai in Sep-25

Bloomberg Quint 21 May 2024 12:13 pm

Mother of infant rescued at Chennai building ends life

The mother of an infant dramatically rescued recently from the sunshade of an apartment in Chennai, died by suicide as she was 'deeply disturbed' by the criticism over her alleged negligence.

Rediff 21 May 2024 12:05 pm

'It turns into...': Dhoni on why he is not active on social media

Former Indian and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni recently discussed his social media preferences, favoring Instagram over Twitter due to Twitter's propensity for controversies in India. Dhoni expressed his inclination towards maintaining a low profile on Instagram, occasionally sharing updates with fans. Despite knee surgery last year, Dhoni impressed in the IPL, amassing 161 runs in 14 matches.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 12:05 pm

From leaving Baroda to IPL via TNPL, Swapnils comeback story

CHENNAI: At this point, Royal Challengers Bengalurus turnaround story is well documented. The intense discussions they had at the halfway mark while lingering at the bottom of the table, and how the spin group went to the coaching staff and spoke about the need for more opportunities, the rise of Will Jacks, Rajat Patidars form, it all went hand in hand. Amidst all this, there is one other individual who, since coming into the playing XI, is yet to lose a match for Bengaluru Swapnil Singh. When Swapnil was first brought in for the game against Hyderabad, it was perhaps the first time RCB played two primary spinners this season. From thereon, there has been no looking back as Swapnil has six wickets to show at 19 average and 8.76 economy including a quiet 0/13 in two overs against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. Now, despite not getting a chance early in the season, Swapnil put his head down and continued with his process during the practice games. That is when head coach Andy Flower came up to him and said he was ready. We had a couple of practice games and I did well in that. I also had a word with the head coach, and one fine day he came up to me and said you are ready for the game, keep doing what I am doing. It helped me stay in the zone that whatever I am doing is actually right on target, Swapnil told this daily. Swapnil, originally from Baroda, left the state during the pandemic after not getting enough chances. A regular in the TNCA First-Division league for Nelson Sports Club in Chennai, Swapnil has represented Uttarakhand as an outstation player since 2021-22. In 2023, he was signed by Madurai Panthers in the Tamil Nadu Premier League auction for `12 lakhs. He played all eight games, finished with 150 runs and five wickets to show for the team. While striking at 131.57 with the bat, the 33-year-old was a quiet operator, giving away only 6.79 runs per over. That resulted in his retention in the 2024 TNPL auction. Since I have left Baroda, my home state, I have started playing for Uttarakhand. I am a local in Tamil Nadu. TNPL has really helped. After IPL, domestically it is the best (T20) league India have. The crowd feel is there, the franchises are there, and the teams are very good. So, yeah, it has helped a lot, he said. With six wins on the trot, Swapnil and RCB are on a roll. But perhaps their biggest challenge lies ahead. Whether they can continue the momentum into the next three games will determine the climax of this fairytale story.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 11:32 am

Rain, coffee, and camaraderie

For the shoot of her next Tamil film, 'PT Sir', starring Hiphop Adhi, actor Anikha Surendran had to travel to Pollachi and Chennai. This was my first shoot in Pollachi. I had only a few days of shoot there, as the rest of my portions were in Chennai. But due to the tight schedule, I had no time to explore the place after the shoot, says Anikha. The busy schedule may have deprived Anikha of a chance to explore Pollachi; however, she was still able to spend some quality time with her co-stars. In Chennai, particularly, she recalls the camaraderie she enjoyed with Hiphop Adhi and Kashmira Pardeshi during the shoot. This, despite the hardship she faced while shooting. We shot quite a bit on a terrace. This was for a night shoot that required artificial rain and it was a big scene that went on for several days. The month being January, it was already a bit chilly on the terrace at night. Besides, we were fully drenched, so it felt extra cold. Between shots, we would run for a towel and a hot cup of coffee. Since we could not keep going up and down the building to reach our vanity vans during breaks, we all talked a lot and got to know each other better, she reveals. She remembers being floored by Hiphop Adhis friendliness. Despite having achieved so much in life and cinema, he was extremely grounded. He was always chilled out and was cordial with everyone on the sets. As an actor, I found him to be a terrific performer. I remember how he did a particularly difficult scene in just one take that resulted in a lot of applause. The conversations with him were an eye-opener for Anikha. He is so much more than what people know of him. I got to know so much about life and cinema from him. In Kashmira, she discovered a good friend. She is a warm person, and we bonded on the sets, chatting on a variety of topics, right up to what food we would order after a particularly tough shoot! Ilavarasu and Vinothini play Anikhas parents in the film, and between them, they shot many emotionally intense scenes that were quite demanding. Director Karthik Venugopalans narration helped me navigate those scenes smoothly. We didnt even need multiple takes for such difficult scenes. Anikha has many good things to say about the filmmaker. Ive never seen him raise his voice. He liked to enact the scenes for us, calling his performance the blueprint on which to model our acting on. He also encouraged us to share our opinions. Usually, it takes me a few days to find my rhythm in a new project. But for 'PT Sir', right from the first day, I felt completely well-adjusted and at ease, thanks to director Karthik and team! Location diaries This weekly column details the fascinating encounters that often take place on the sets of a film

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 11:10 am

'The wisdom he gives us...': Ravindra on playing with Dhoni

Rachin Ravindra's debut IPL season with Chennai Super Kings saw him scoring 222 runs in 10 matches alongside MS Dhoni. He shared his valuable experience of playing in the IPL with Dhoni. Despite being of Indian heritage, he proudly identifies as a Kiwi. Ravindra will represent New Zealand in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 10:53 am

Illegal electric fence in Chennai backyard snuffs out 2 lives

Two youngsters, aged 27 and 20, were electrocuted by an illegal 440-volt electric fence in an agricultural field near Pallipattu, Chennai. The field owner, Govindasamy, was detained for inquiry by the police. Tangedco officials emphasized the illegality of such fences.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 10:51 am

IPL Qualifier 1: Who is the most dangerous among KKR and SRH? This team has the upper hand in Qualifier-1

IPL 2024 Qualifier 1, Head to Head: The IPL Qualifier-1 match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from 7:30 pm today. Whichever team wins this match will directly play the final match in Chennai. However, the hopes of the team losing this ...

Suspense Crime 21 May 2024 10:17 am

Live Chennai: This is sensational!! - IIT Madras associates with music maestro Illayaraja now!!,IIT Madras, Illayaraja ... - livechennai.com

Live Chennai: This is sensational!! - IIT Madras associates with music maestro Illayaraja now!!,IIT Madras, Illayaraja ... livechennai.com

Google News 21 May 2024 9:48 am

Video: Nayanthara, Vignesh Shivan take twin sons on auto ride in Chennai

Video Nayanthara Vignesh Shivan take twin sons on auto ride in Chennai

India Today 21 May 2024 9:45 am

Meet man who once used to sell newspapers at 9, cracked UPSC exam, he is now...

P Balamurugan was born in Keelkattalai, Chennai, into a family of eight siblings, and he struggled financially from an early age.

DNA India 21 May 2024 9:40 am

US-India Synergy: Bridging the Digital Divide and Advancing AI

US-India Synergy: Bridging the Digital Divide and Advancing AI India and the US are working together to bridge the digital divide between the West and the Global South, a former senior White House official has said, underlining that the two nations were helping shape the framework for the ''responsible and safe'' use of Artificial Intelligence to benefit their societies. Participating in a panel discussion on Strategic Synergies: India-US Technology Cooperation on Monday as part of the Motwani Jadeja US-India Dialogue Series, Lisa Curtis, a former White House officer from the Trump Administration, said that the two countries are cooperating to advance the use of AI in cyber defence and in protecting critical infrastructure. We're working together to bridge the digital divide between the West and the global South,'' said Curtis, who served as the South Asia point person for former president Donald Trump. ''I think India's leadership at the G20 last year, especially on digital public infrastructure, demonstrated this critical role that India will play in this endeavour,'' she said at the event organised by the Hudson Institute think-tank. ''Together, we are helping shape the framework for the responsible and safe use of AI, she said. This is because our two countries share technology values that emphasise both a culture of innovation, but also rules that place human life and human dignity and progress at the centre of our AI research and development,'' she said. She added that both nations want to harness the power of AI to benefit ''our societies and reduce the chances for the malign use of AI''. At the same time, she said that it is hard to imagine that a continued close Russia-India defence relationship would not impact US-India defence ties in the future. ''I think India is confident that it can segment its relations with Russia and the United States and that it could put up firewalls that would safeguard US technology,'' she said. ''But I think the US will remain cautious and reluctant to link its secure networks to Indian platforms and share sensitive defence information when India is still heavily reliant on Russian platforms, Curtis said. She added that the US-India technology cooperation in a potential future Trump administration could continue. ''The momentum we saw a flourishing of the US-India relationship during the previous Trump administration. We saw very good ties between the leadership between Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and President Trump when he was president,'' she said. ''I would fully expect that these two leaders would pick up the relationship where it left off, were we to see a second Trump administration, she said, ahead of the US presidential elections in November. Vikram Singh from the United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum said the US and India have very deep ties at an official level, and the relationship has been improving since the low point of the post-Indian nuclear test in the late 90s. From the end of the Clinton administration on, you see this sort of steady climb, he said. The basis of the technology cooperation between India and the US has been that America built its engineering economy and built Silicon Valley on a lot of Indian talent, he said. Its no coincidence that the biggest technology companies in the United States are headed by immigrants from India. It's not a surprise. I grew up in Menlo Park, California, and my street had exactly one Indian family on it. That's me. That same street is now, I think, 70 per cent Indian families, Singh said. We have seen a blending of our talent, and that fed back into India's Silicon Valley, mostly Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, but increasingly all over the country,'' he said. ''This synergy is kind of an unstoppable flywheel. What governments have been doing in both cases is saying, we should get on that flywheel, and we should make sure that we're taking advantage where we can, and be careful to protect our equities where we must, he added. Indias Deputy Ambassador to the US, Sripriya Ranganathan, said that given New Delhi's focus and strategic objectives, given Washington's focus and strategic objectives, the shared value systems that the two nations have, they are natural partners. There is so much that we can offer to each other, there is so much that we can expect from each other, that a strong India-US relationship makes not only our two countries stronger, but it also makes the world stronger, she said. ''Examples of this we have seen in very vivid and tangible terms during COVID when we appreciated for the first time just how important it is for us to be able to secure our supply chains not only in areas like defence and what are conventionally the national security priorities but also in areas which are softer like health where it is by working together that we were able to come out of the situation that we were faced with at that time and to also help countries around the world in meeting those challenges, she said.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 9:25 am

Thousands pay tributes to Believers Church Metropolitan Yohan I

PATHANAMTHITTA: Braving the heavy rain, thousands gathered in Tiruvalla on Monday to bid farewell to Moran Mor Athanasius Yohan I, the Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church. Metropolitan Yohan (formerly K P Yohannan) passed away on May 8 following a car accident in Texas, US. The body was brought to the Kochi airport early on Sunday, from where it was taken in a mourning procession that passed via Niranam, his birthplace, around 6.30pm. The mortal remains were kept at the Believers Convention Centre in Tiruvalla on Monday for the public to pay homage. Resident Bishop Joshua Mar Barnabas, Nepal Diocese Bishop Titus Mar Osthathios, Believers Eastern Church secretary Fr Danies Johnson and spokesperson Sijo Panthappallil were among the thousands of people who accompanied the funeral procession. Mondays public viewing was followed by late-night prayers and third-stage funeral services at the Church synod led by Chennai Diocese head Samuel Mar Theophilos Episcopa. Metropolitan Yohans son and US Diocese head Daniel Mor Timetheos, and other bishops, assisted the services. Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Ministers V N Vasavan, Saji Cherian , P Prasad, deputy speaker Chittayam Gopakumar, MPs K C Venugopal, Anto Antony, A M Ariff, Dean Kuriakose were among those who paid respects to the metropolitan. Funeral today Funeral of Mor Athanasius Yohan to be held on May 21 in Kerala At 9am on Tuesday, the seventh stage of funeral services will get underway. The procession with the metropolitans mortal remains to the St Thomas Believers Eastern Church Cathedral will begin at 10am, and the metropolitan will be laid to rest in a special tomb near the churchs madbaha (inner sanctum) at 11am. The funeral will be held with state honours.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:36 am

MS Dhoni Spotted Riding Bike On Ranchi Roads After CSK Crashed Out Of IPL 2024; Watch

Dhoni has possible played his last IPL match for CSK. He left the field without shaking hands with the RCB players, including Virat Kohli, after the defeat which ended Chennai's campaign.

Zee News 21 May 2024 8:32 am

Petrol, Diesel Fresh Prices Announced: Check Rates In Your City On May 21

Check latest petrol, and diesel prices in Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Noida, and Gurugram on May 21, 2023

News18 21 May 2024 8:31 am

It takes time to kill Time

CHENNAI : In Hades II, you play as Melino, the fierce and immortal Princess of the underworld. When she isnt fighting in battles with the help of powerful Olympians, she is in her bedroom, talking to her pet frog and ghost roommate. But I dont envy her. You see, the Greek god of Time, Chronos, holds her father Hades captive in the depths of Tartarus. And she has taken on the rather futile attempt of defeating Chronos. I do, however, help her prepare for the fight at night. I arm her with weapons and powerful arcana cards that boost her health and magical abilities. I then follow her as she enters the dark forests of Erebus the first level in her journey to Tartarus. Each clearing in this forest is a battle site. She encounters several beasts, defeats them to receive blessings. The blessings are varied and randomised a helpful Olympian gives her a special power, or she discovers materials for potions, or she shops for upgrades in Charons wells. She moves ahead, crossing many such clearings, with upgrades along the way before she reaches the first boss battle. At any point, given her limited health, she might die. At least, in the way an immortal god can die by respawning in her bedroom, unscathed. She must then restart the entire battle. Like the original Hades, Hades II is also a rogue-like game. Failing repeatedly is non-optional. Go down the forest, kill beasts, get loot, die. Use the loot to buy small permanent upgrades, and re enter the battlefield. You get a little bit further ahead every time. It is immediately evident that Hades II is much bigger than the original game from 2018. For starters, the new game has about a dozen new Olympians that bless Melino. You might chance upon Hestia, whose best power is inflicting a lasting scorch on the attacked enemy. Or Narcissus, who showers you with precious metals. He resides in perpetuity in Oceanus, deep down in the underworld. I think the symbolism here is that he enjoys his reflection so much, that he now lives in the water realm. Yes, I now know a lot more about relationships, lore, and powers in Greek mythology than I ever cared for. Melino, the fierce and immortal Princess of the underworld. The game is also slightly different from the original. The underworld is now witch-themed, in a Halloween party kind of way. Theres a cauldron for brewing potions, and a shiny new witchs staff as a primary weapon. A goddess with a big witchs hat turns you into a sheep every time you meet her in battle. Theres also a trail of cobwebs to follow in the forest that leads you to an enchanted spider. Whats changed most are the meta-progression elements. Sometimes, the entire point of a run is not getting to Chronos, but collecting resources to buy upgrades. Take the Arcana system this replaces the magical mirror in the original game that provided permanent boosts. I consider this new system cursed and unfair, because there are limits to the number of holdable Arcana cards, and some of these are mandatory. Starting out with a weak 30 HP of health, means that Melino cant get out of holding the card that has a 20 HP upgrade. Now, thats already one out of four cards that can be initially equipped. I cant even swap this out for better cards when I need them further in the game. I do however, like the potions system. It gives interesting add-ons to the journey ahead, like meeting new characters and unlocking bits of story. Making friends with the underworld characters is also now more valuable they give you keepsakes that provide bonus blessings, luck, and armor. Optimising and choosing the right weapon + card + keepsake combination is a skill that requires patience to master. My biggest problem with Hades II is its steep learning curve. Its punishing if you havent played enough of the original. The meta-progression balances this out, but only minimally. For example, if you arent naturally good at the game, you will still find your way to new story elements. But this is a game thats constantly improving - which means there are opportunities for changes. Hades II is currently still in Early Access, fixing its way towards its final release later this year. Priced at `1,300, it is now available for the PC through Steam and the Epic Games store. It is expected to be out for console platforms in future. Buy it, if youre willing to take the time

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:29 am

Rajalingams five-star show aids Singams win

CHENNAI : G Rajalingams 5 for 27 propelled Singam Puli CC to beat Garnet CC by eight wickets in a Group C match of the TNCA Champion of Champions T-20 meet. Brief scores: Group A: At VB Nest: Vijays RC 174/6 in 20 ovs (V Immanuvel 35 n.o) bt Singam Puli 163/8 in 20 ovs (S Mathan kumar 39). Sical RC 197/5 in 20 ovs (K Wafar 55, AVR Rathnam 57; S Harshad 3/40) bt Fox Trotters CC 132/7 in 20 ovs (B Amal 36; M Poiyamozhi 4/21). Group B: At Sumangali Turf A: Friends XI 68/6 in 20 ovs (SV Praveen 36 n.o) lost to SKM CC 70/1 in 5 ovs (R Manikandan 30 n.o). Ranji CC 149/7 in 20 ovs (S Sachin 41 n.o) lost to Chennai Port SC 151/5 in 19.2 ovs (S Tarun Srinivas 68 n.o). Group C: At SRMC: Free Lancers CC 154/7 in 20 ovs (R Mahadev 71; K Jangra 3/30) lost to Gems CC 156/3 in 18 ovs (K Lakshmanan 79 n.o). Garnet CC 113/9 in 20 ovs (G Rajalingam 5/27) lost to Singam Puli CC 115/2 in 16 overs (D Jobin Raj 55). Group D: At Stag: Egmore Club 72 in 17.4 ovs (SV Murugananthan 3/4) lost to The Jupiter SC 73/4 in 9.4 ovs (P Sugendhiran 31 n.o). Rising Stars CC 93 in 20 ovs (D Govindaraj 33; SL Lawrence Nova 3/9) lost to Komaleeswarar CC 95/3 in 5.4 ovs (Anuraag Rajesh Nair 41 n.o). Sree Charan shines Sree Charans 6 for 17 helped Gandhi Nagar Club to beat Lusuraj CC by 28 runs in the 54th All-India YSCA Trophy. Brief scores: GNC& SC A 106 in 24.2 ovs (Dhinakaran 4/19, Edwin Arasan 3/9) bt Lusuraj CC 78 all out in 17.2 ovs (Ajith Mani 41; Sree Charan 6/17). Gowtham excels R Gowthams 40 was instrumental as Wheels India RC registered a four-wicket win in a second division match of the TNCA-Thiruvallur DCA league. Brief scores: Pattabiram CA 111 in 27 ovs (L Karthikeyan 29, Dennis Michael Joseph 4/21) lost to Wheels India RC 112/6 in 16.3 ovs (R Gowtham 40, Mohammed Bakkathullah 32 n.o; L Karthikeyan 3/41).

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:17 am

Soaring wings of passion

CHENNAI: For some, flying is a hobby; for others, its a luxury that is seldom splurged on. However, for another set of people, the aircraft itself is a source of fascination rather than the act of flying. Recognising this increased interest in aeromodelling, the Hindustan Group of Institutions recently held the national-level Hindustan Aeromodelling Competition at its Bay Range Campus in Padur. The event witnessed massive participation from around 150 teams of college and school students, each presenting their own aircraft models made from scratch using materials including foam sheets and depron sheets. The event, which had the presence of Rajesh Gudipudi, DGM of the Aviation Fuel Station and marketing division, and SA Nambi, former regional deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, as chief guests alongside Anand Jacob Verghese, chairman of Hindustan Group of Institutions, and others, turned out to be a turf of abundant aviation-related knowledge for both participants and aviation enthusiasts from across the country. A self-made flying experience Standing away from the crowd with his eyes fixed on the movement of the air was David John, a class 10 student from Bethel Matriculation Higher Secondary School, holding a small flight glider firmly in his hand. Making quick calculations in his mind about the speed at which he should launch his glider, this young enthusiast portrayed the emotions and dedications of numerous aerospace aficionados that had gathered for the competition on Friday. Among them was a team from Reva University, Bengaluru, comprising Jayavardhan, Rahul, Avik, and Deepak, who proudly presented their model trainer aircraft crafted from depron sheets. Our aircraft weighs around 600 grams, and it took us about three days to build it. We did all the cuttings using a laser cutting machine, the boys explained, sharing their passion for aeromodelling and the precise work that went into their creation. Amid the bustling activity at the colleges football field, the inspiring displays of aircraft models demanded attention. Nandan Prabhu, a class 10 student from MAV Vidyashram, shared his creation a versatile electronic model designed for precision drops. Nearby, Vishal and Daniel from Agni College of Technology presented their fixed-wing model, complete with server support and motor. Weve always been interested in aeromodelling, and this competition provided us with a valuable opportunity to gain exposure, they remarked, underscoring the significance of such events in nurturing aspiring engineers and pilots. Standing out among the predominantly male participants was 12-year-old Nakshatra J, effortlessly manoeuvring her foamboard plane, fueled by dreams of taking to the skies as a pilot herself. The sky is the limit Reflecting on the competition, SN Sridhara, vice-chancellor of Hindustan University, said, This was an open competition held in fixed-wing aeromodelling, and it was open to primary school children, middle school children, and high school children, as well as having an open category for seniors. The main advantage of this competition is that these are the three categories that are also considered internationally. Therefore, once these students compete here and hone their skills, they will likely be able to participate at the international level and continue winning. As the day came to an end with the last aircraft taking its maiden flight, it signalled the culmination of a day filled with anticipation. Srihari V from Seed Academy clinched first place in the junior category; Dhanush from KPR Institute of Technology grabbed the gold in the senior category; and Rayan from Crescent University, Chennai, took the title in the open category. With the results announced and opportunities discussed, it was evident that the Hindustan Aeromodelling Competition had not only provided a platform for talent but had ignited a passion for aerospace, destined to propel dreams skyward for years to come.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:12 am

From the hills to your heart

CHENNAI : Reading was more than just a hobby for me. It was my way of escaping into the oak or deodar forests, scented with the smell of fallen leaves and rhododendron flowers, with the warbles of mynahs ringing in my ears. But that wasnt all. As if in a dream, my mind would drift away to munching hot jalebis, my pyjamas bearing the traces of mud from my trails in Landour Bazaar, all the while mindful of the towering, dilapidated clock tower chiming at midnight. Well, this is what a fantasy life sounded like to a nine-year-old who was living away in a land of deserts, yearning for endless days amid the majestic Himalayas. You may be wondering how I managed to vividly conjure these images in my mind. Its all thanks to the author, Ruskin Bond, the wizard of words as I prefer to call him. Despite never visiting Mussoorie, knowing it more than my hometown didnt come as a surprise to anyone I met. My ardent desire to meet the writer, fondly called Mr. Bond, often ended up in me making unrealistic travel plans that sparked unwelcome quarrels at home. As seasons shifted both in nature and in my life, new chapters were inscribed onto its pages: some in burnt orange, a few in bright yellow, and quite memorable ones in pine green. Yet, amid these changes, one thing remained constant: my love for the mountains a sole characteristic trait I would say that Ive picked up from Ruskin Bond. It felt like a silver lining had been added to a dark, bellied cloud (a phrase that I surely adopted from one of his stories) when his recent book landed on my lap (read: mail) titled Hold Onto Your Dreams: A Letter to Young Friends, a Penguin Random House publication, released for his 90th birthday (May 19). Just like a little girl eyeing an unopened box of chocolates, a myriad of guesses about the new book flooded my mind. Nevertheless, even if it meant pulling an all-nighter, I had to finish it. I, of course, devoured the book, and the beautiful illustrations by Pearl DSouza added an extra charm to his words. Hello, Ruskin Bond here, he introduces himself to me in a chirpy yet soothing voice, when I ring him up for an interview. I was grappling for words, but duty called. Without further ado, questions were asked, answers exchanged, and a memorable experience was etched into the pages of my life. Just tell the story and let the readers come to his or her conclusion The nature writer Ruskin Bond, a simple human and a lover of nature and animals, always ensures that elements of nature are explicitly woven into his narratives. Whether its a walk in the hills or a little conversation with his cat, Mimi, the author seldom ceases to amaze his readers with his vivid use of imagery. When asked about the influence of nature in his writings, Bond says, I think Ive spent most of my life in the hills. Even as a schoolboy, and now for the last 50 years, I have been living close to nature. If youre living in a small town like Mussoorie, youre in the mountains and only a few steps away from streams and forests filled with birds and animals. So over the years, you develop a certain familiarity with the natural world around you, and you come to care for it. You want to preserve it because you dont want it to go away; it has given you happiness. This concept is reflected in his book, in which he hilariously draws parallels between animal actions and those of people, emphasising their presence in our lives. He writes, for example, Humans, like monkeys, are gregarious by nature and are inclined to go off their heads if left alone for too long. Expanding on this during our conversation, he remarks, Animals are free from traits like greed, jealousy, and envy factors that often drive human conflicts and wars. They are not devious. Thus, in a sense, they are the natural inheritors of this earth. Not all superheroes wear capes Renowned for his writing for readers across age groups, the author emphasises the importance of capturing the attention of readers from the very first page, especially when writing for children. Children are tough critics, he notes. If they dont like a story, theyre going to throw it away. Moreover, he stresses the significance of crafting relatable central characters for younger audiences that are authentic yet do not preach or moralise their nature and deeds. Just tell the story and let the reader come to his or her conclusions, he says. Each character in Ruskin Bonds stories whether its Arun from Women on Platform 8, Rusty from The Room on the Roof, or Rakesh from The Cherry Tree possess distinct qualities that let the readers step into their shoes, bringing their experiences vividly to life through his writings. As he shared these insights, I couldnt help but marvel at the irony. Why seek testimonials when I exemplify the engrossing nature of his work? Seamlessly transitioning from childrens literature to adult fiction, his writing has effortlessly drawn readers in, including me. Spitting facts and giving a reality check through his writings is yet another feature of this John Llewellyn Rhys Prize awardee. In fact, in Hold onto Your Dreams, he candidly admits that he is not one to dispense advice, nor does he adhere to it, and that at times people tend to learn from their mistakes, while mostly the case is otherwise. Well, how more genuine could a writer be, right? Dream, and it shall happen The book feels like a heartfelt letter from Ruskin Bond to his readers a note of self-reflection for some and a source of inspiration for others. Bond describes it as a little book of inspiration, telling people to do what they want to do in life. Not to give up easily, not to despair, but to carry on working on what you want. Filled with anecdotes and short stories from his boyhood, youth and present, this book is sure to capture both the minds and hearts of its readers. It feels like a conversation with a wise elder next door or a new friend, offering comfort and reassurance. It reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that better days are ahead, even after the toughest times. This book will let you enjoy the world around you, especially nature, says Bond. These little things would be helpful not just to a writer but to any young person or anyone dealing with difficulties or problems. It is different from my other works, which were either fiction, stories, novels, or autobiographies. It might be characterised as self-help, with a little guidance from me, he adds on, while also hinting that he might write a sequel to it if his readers wish for one. His love for books and his secret relationship with words have always intrigued me, to the extent that reading has become an inseparable part of me. Bonds Hold Onto Your Dreams is an exemplary reminder echoing to hold on to ones dreams. I held on to my dream of interviewing the wordsmith of the mountains whose works made me fall in love with books and writing. So readers, hold on to your amorphous dreams, as you never know when they take form, and once they do, let your untold story fill up the blank leaves of your book named life. The book is priced at Rs 399 and is available in all bookstores across India, and online on Amazon.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:10 am

213 families got new homes 5 years ago, but no official order yet

CHENNAI: At least 213 families resettled in Perumbakkam under the Integrated Cooum River Eco Restoration Project five years ago are yet to get allotment orders for the houses they occupy. Without temporary or permanent allotment orders, these families have not received `5,000 per family issued as shifting allowance and a monthly subsistence allowance of `2,500 for one year that are usually provided under the ICRERP resettlement package. The Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC) which undertook a rapid assessment to identify these families has urged the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB) to provide the pending allowances with interest. While the IRCDUC estimates around 1,000 families may have been denied the allowances due to the lack of allotments, they were able to track only 213, the report said. The families resettled from NN Nagar (Navalan Nedunchezhiyan Nagar), Kakkan Street, Amma Nagar, SM Nagar (Sathyavani Muthu Nagar), and Pallavan Nagar were the left-out families who were not included in the initial enumeration at the time of eviction. Since they were allotted housing later than most, they received tokens, a handwritten slip with the house number, name of the allottee and the seal of the assistant engineer of the city corporation, and not allotment order. These families are also not provided fans and lights that usually come with the resettlement package under ICRERP and are left out of livelihood restoration programmes like employment linkages and skill training provided by the TNUHDB. The lack of allotments even after five years results in the families living in fear of losing their houses at any time. In a few blocks these families also pointed out that they are also not recognised and included by residents welfare association because they are referred to as temporary families. They are never included or provided opportunities to become members or office-bearers of the association, the report said. In addition, these families are also dealing with mounting electricity bills since the billing name specifies the designation of TNUHDB engineer and not the names of allottees. Without being able to pay EB bills, bills have piled up. When contacted, a TNUHDB official said they are awaiting enumeration details from the corporation to verify whether these people were residents of the evicted areas. We will process their allotments once the verification is done and disburse the allowances, the official said.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:06 am

Eight youth held for illegal sale of drug

CHENNAI: In two separate incidents, police arrested eight youngsters involved in abuse and illegal sale of Tydol, a painkiller tablet. Chintadripet police on Sunday evening found P Akash (18) and P Manikandan (19) crushing painkiller tablets, mixing them with water and injecting themselves the mixture. Police said the duo was already accused in other similar cases involving narcotics. They were arrested and let off on station bail. In another case booked by MGR Nagar police station on Sunday morning, R Rajapandi (22), S Kishore (22), R Sathish (19), V Vignesh (20), M Santosh (19) and B Abhishekh (20) were arrested for allegedly selling Tydol tablets procured illegally from pharmacies. They were using a two-wheeler to sell the drug, 80 tablets of which were seized along with the bike. A total of 2.3 kg of ganja was also recovered from them, police said.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:04 am

Case filed against Chennai school secretary under SC/ST Act

CHENNAI: Kodungaiyur police on Sunday filed a case under the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act against the secretary of a private school in the area based on a complaint from a teacher. Police said complainant T Tamilselvi (40) was working in the school for 15 years. In April, school secretary Benjamin Joseph told Tamilselvi that she would be laid off as there were too many teachers on the rolls. When she asked him the reasons for the decision and the mistakes she had committed in her official capacity, Joseph allegedly abused her using a caste slur. Police said Tamilselvi claimed that she had taken up a complaint with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) in this connection. On May 10 when class 10 results were out, Tamilselvi alleged that Joseph insulted her in front of her colleagues using foul language. She preferred a complaint with the local ACP, who directed the inspector to register a case.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:03 am

Not enough parking space for bikes at Meenambakkam metro

CHENNAI: Inadequate parking space for two-wheelers at the Meenambakkam metro station has left commuters struggling after 9 am on weekdays. Those arriving late are forced to either wait for a motorist to free up a slot or leave their vehicle at a private parking space located a kilometre away. The wait times ranges from 30 minutes to 2 hours. However, people who wait longer are those whose work starts later in the day. Some choose to park their vehicles at the private parking space or at the Nanganallur Road Metro located three kilometres away. If I use the private space, I will have to walk for 15 minutes to the station. That is difficult as I will be hard pressed for time on most days. So I wait here for the space to clear, said S Kavitha, a regular commuter. Another commuter from Pallavaram, S Mageshwaran, said, Walking for 10 minutes in the morning is not a problem. But in the evening, after work, it becomes tiring. Commuters hesitate to park at Nanganallur Road Metro as they do not wish to drive through the rush hour traffic in the mornings and evenings. The station has space to park 1,000 vehicles, which gets filled by 11 am. Parking at the Airport Metro is not preferred as charges are high, the commuters added. J Joe Milton, a commuter from Old Pallavaram, said he had to wait for about 40 minutes to get a parking space a few days ago. Parking in a private space is not possible for me as I return from office late at night. I can afford to wait here as my office starts only at 10.30 am, he said. Both Maheshwaran and Joe Milton also said they have written to CMRL regarding the parking issue several times, but to no avail. Talking to TNIE, CMRL said they have no immediate plans to expand the parking facility which now has a capacity to accommodate 700 vehicles. CMRL officials said around 15% of the parking space has been blocked for three weeks owing to the ongoing work to construct roof over the staircase. By CMRLs own estimates, the Meenambakkam station has a footfall of 5,300 passengers every day.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 8:01 am

Illegal power fence: two youths electrocuted near Chennai

CHENNAI: Two men in their twenties, including a first-year college student, were electrocuted to death on Sunday night after touching an illegal electric fence erected to prevent wild pigs from entering a paddy farm. The incident happened at Pallipattu in Tiruvallur about 120km northwest of Chennai. A 52-year-old man, who had taken the farmland on lease and erected the fence, was arrested by the Tiruvallur police on Monday, sources said. According to a senior police official of Tiruvallur district, Saikumar (26) and Parthasarathy (21), residents of the Veliagaram village near the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border, had gone to a deserted area near the local bus stop to relieve themselves. While Saikumar was a postgraduate, Parthasarathy was a first-year college student. The vacant government land, which was being used as a public urinal or latrine by locals, is located near a farm where paddy crop is usually grown. The place had no lights. Saikumar, who went to the spot to relieve himself, had come into contact with the illegal fence mistakenly. He immediately died of electrocution. Later, his relative Parthasarathy (21), who went looking for him, also met the same fate. Man had drawn electricity from power line illegally, says Tangedco officer The entry and exit wounds due to electrocution were clearly visible, a police official said. The 90-year-old farm owner had leased it to M Govindan (52), who was growing paddy, the official said. Since the farm borders a forest from where wild pigs and even deer enter the field and destroy the crops, the man had drawn electricity from a TNEB power line illegally and erected the fence to prevent animals from entering farm, official said. Police registered an FIR based on a complaint given by the parents of the victims and held Govindan under Section 304(2) of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). They have also invoked Section 138 of EB Act which deals with power theft.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:46 am

Viral Video: MS Dhoni Out On Bike Ride In Ranchi Days After IPL Heartbreak

There has been a lot of speculation over MS Dhoni's future in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after Chennai Super Kings crashed out of IPL 2024.

NDTV 21 May 2024 7:43 am

Works of Green Highway NH-516E passing through Eastern Ghats in ASR district is progressing at a brisk pace

If this 406.17 km-long Green Highway becomes operational, tourists from cities like Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru coming via Vijayawada will not have to come to Visakhapatnam to go to popular tourist places Araku and Lammasingi, says official

The Hindu 21 May 2024 7:39 am

Raaja music centre to come up at IIT-M

CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) will set up a music learning and research centre in association with music composer Ilaiyaraaja. On Monday, the composer laid the foundation stone for the IITM - Maestro Ilaiyaraaja Centre for Music Learning and Research. The stone was laid at the inauguration ceremony of the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) hosted by IIT-M. Speaking at the event, IIT-M director V Kamakoti said, Lot of technology goes into music composing and to make our youth aware of our rich cultural heritage, we need a lot of innovations too. The centre will bring music and technology together. IIT-M is the first IIT in the country to introduce sports quota and I have plans to introduce culture quota. I strongly believe that creative and artistic persons should be given an opportunity to study in IIT. Governor of Tripura Indrasena Reddy Nallu was present. Speaking at the occasion, Ilaiyaraaja said there has not been another Mozart even after two centuries. I wish this centre produces 200 new Ilaiyaraajas, he said. IIT-M officials said skill development programmes and certification courses on music will be taken up along with the design and analysis of musical instruments at the centre.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:34 am

Diverting to quarries can also avert floods

Chembarambakkam reservoir releases surplus water into Adyar River, causing floods. IIT-M study suggests draining water into quarries to prevent floods and store water for later use.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 7:31 am

Rain warning: DPH tells all health officials to be prepared

CHENNAI: With the southwest monsoon likely to commence from the last week of May and the met department issuing heavy rain alerts to several TN districts, the directorate of public health and preventative medicine (DPH) has instructed district health officers to take all necessary steps to ensure preparedness. In an official circular to all DHOs, the directorate instructed them to ensure there are enough health professionals present in hospitals round the clock, including rapid medical response teams. Availability of emergency medications, IV fluids, vaccines, beds, backup generators and fuel must also be ensured, it added. Expecting antenatal mothers in flood-prone areas must be identified and admitted prior to labour. Hygienic food, drinking water and proper sanitation must be ensured at all rescue centres, the circular said.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:31 am

Showers to continue till May 26, met dept issues orange alert for 3 districts

CHENNAI: The regional meteorological centre (RMC) on Monday issued an orange alert heavy to very heavy rainfall for isolated locations over Theni, Virudhunagar and Tenkasi districts for Tuesday. It also issued a yellow alert heavy rain for isolated places over Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Sivaganga, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai for Tuesday. On Wednesday, heavy rain is likely over parts of Theni, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari. Light to moderate rains at many places; thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds with speeds reaching 30-40kmph at one or two places, is likely in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal regions. Light to moderate rains will continue in one or two places across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry till May 26. The temperature across the state is expected to be below normal or near normal, the RMC noted. Fishermen engaged in deep sea fishing have been advised to return by May 23 as the low pressure area likely to form over southwest Bay of Bengal is expected to concentrate into a depression on May 24. Other fishermen have been advised to keep from venturing into sea for the next five days. As for Chennai, skies are likely to be partly cloudy with a possibility of light to moderate rains in some areas. Maximum temperature is likely to be 34-35C and minimum temperature, 27-28C.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:28 am

Quarries hold key to Chennai's water woes

Chennai's reservoir at 44.24%, Metrowater confident till Sept 2024. IIT Madras researchers propose diverting water to quarries to reduce evaporation loss and ensure water supply from Chembarambakkam reservoir.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 7:27 am

CAT quashes transfer of railyway officer having son with autism

CHENNAI: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Chennai Bench, has quashed an order of the Southern Railways to transfer an officer, who is the caregiver for his son with autism. Judicial member of CAT M Swaminathan recently passed the orders to set aside the transfer order of Gowrithanayan, deputy chief engineer of the engineering workshop at Arakkonam, citing certain judgments and orders of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) regarding exemption to caregivers. I am of the view that the impugned order has been passed by the respondents without application of mind. The applicant has a child with autism and DoPT had time and again brought out various orders regarding exemption of employees who are caregivers of persons with disabilities, he said in the recent order, passed on the petition filed by Gowrithanayan. While quashing and setting aside the transfer order passed by the Principal Financial Advisor of Southern Railway dated June 9, 2023, and the subsequent rejection order passed on November 3, 2023, on his petition against the transfer, Swaminathan directed the authorities to allow him to continue at his present place of posting at Vellore. The petitioner stated that his wife is taking care of their 21-year-old autistic son. However, she is ailing from certain health issues due to which he has to take care of his son after his office hours.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 7:24 am

Tangedco abandons Chandrabila coal block mines

CHENNAI: Tangedco has decided to abandon the Chandrabila coal block mines, which were allotted to it in 2016 by the union coal ministry through auction. The decision comes after it failed to obtain necessary environmental clearances and adequate response from bidders for tenders floated for excavation. According to sources, the coal block was allotted to Tangedco with a plan to develop and start mining within 66 months, i.e., by September 2021 and Tangedco had paid Rs 50 crore as deposit. Officials said the power utility has demanded the coal ministry to refund the Rs 50 crore as per the agreement it entered during the auction. However, the union ministry has offered to return only Rs 2 crore. Tangedco has moved the Madras High Court in this regard. Speaking to TNIE, a senior official said, Tangedco floated tenders for the first time to start the coal excavation in 2019, but only Adani group participated. As per regulations, a single bid means the tender must be cancelled. Though Tangedco issued fresh tenders again in 2021 and 2022, there were no interested bidders, official added. Development was hindered due to non-issuance of clearance for exploration in the forest area by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. Though we attempted mining in non-forest areas, the Odisha government did not approve even that. With no options left, we decided to drop it, explained another official. Several residential areas are developing near the Chandrabila coal block, making mining activities extremely difficult. Additionally, competing with private players is impossible, which is one of the main reason for dropping the project, he added. The Chandrabila coal block covers 934 hectares in Odishas Angul district. It has a geological resource of 46.91 metric tons of G7 grade coal per year, with a depth range of 6-200 metres.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 6:54 am

DMK failed to fulfil promise to build 1K check dams: BJP

CHENNAI: Leaders of various political parties, including BJP, PMK and AMMK, on Monday urged the state government to take decisive measures to prevent Kerala from constructing a dam across the Silandhi River. In a press statement, BJP state president K Annamalai slammed the DMK government for its alleged lethargic response to Keralas efforts. He said constructing a dam across the Silandhi River would decrease the water inflow to Amaravathi Dam. Annamalai also criticised Chief Minister MK Stalin for not condemning the Karnataka governments plans to construct a dam at Mekedatu and the Andhra Pradesh governments efforts to build a check dam across the Palar River. He accused DMK has failing to fulfil its poll promise of constructing 1,000 check dams, despite being in power for three years Similarly, PMK president Dr Anbumani Ramadoss urged the state government to warn Kerala of legal action. AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran called for swift action to prevent the adverse potential impacts on Tamil Nadus water resources.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 6:50 am

TN will oppose move to build dam across Silandhi river, says Duraimurugan

CHENNAI: Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan on Monday asserted that the state government will firmly oppose any attempt by Kerala to build a check dam across the Silandhi river. Tamil Nadu government will firmly oppose any attempt to violate the verdict on Cauvery water dispute either by Kerala or by Karnataka and will establish the rights of the state not only through legal means but also through all possible ways,, Duraimurugan said in a statement. Responding to AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswamis statement on Kerala governments move to construct a check dam across the river, the minister said, Whenever the Karnataka and Kerala governments attempt to violate the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the final verdict of the Supreme Court on Cauvery water dispute, TN government has been stoutly opposing them politically and at the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) meetings, he said. Thenaru river is one of the tributaries of Amaravathy river. In Kerala, it is called the Vattavada river. Tamil Nadu Water Resources Secretary, during the 29th meeting of the CWMA held on April 4, categorically demanded that the authority should collect the details of minor irrigation works being undertaken in Cauvery basin by Karnataka and Kerala governments and monitor them. In the meetings to be held by CWMA in the coming days too, he will continue to renew this demand, he added. Referring to Palaniswamis remarks that Stalin is keeping a deceitful silence on this issue, Duraimurugan said, Palanswami is adept in the art of keeping a deceitful silence not only in Cauvery issue but also many political issues and also in the electoral alliance. I want to remind that Palaniswami gave away 14.75 tmc of Cauvery water given in the final verdict of the Cauvery water dispute.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 6:48 am

Chennai Techie falls prey to cyber fraud, police arrests two

CHENNAI: In two separate cases, a 41-year-old techie and a 23-year-old woman lost several lakhs of rupees to cyber fraudsters and cases have been booked by Avadi and Chennai police respectively. According to police, Katupakkam resident Karthik (41) got embroiled in a stock trading group through Facebook. After establishing contact with him, a person called Joshitha Varshney sent him a link on WhatsApp. Karthik was given an institutional account through which he traded and earned some profit. The group then introduced him to intraday and block trade, and later asked Karthik to pay Rs 27 lakh as fee from the profit. This practice continued and the complainant eventually sent a total of Rs 1.36 crore to several accounts of the scamsters, police said. Acting on his complaint, police arrested V Rameshkumar (38) from Pallikaranai and A Arun from Ranipet district for conning Karthik. In the second case, Choolaimedu resident K Reha (23) lost a sum of Rs 2.27 lakh to a conman who allegedly promised to get her a job in an IT major. This was after she uploaded her resume on a job portal. The scamster who got in touch with her asked her to send money through UPI under the guise of offer fees, registration fees and others. On realising that it was a scam and she had lost money, Reha complained to the police who are investigating.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 6:31 am

Seven Sri Lankan fishers sent to custody till June 3, lodged in Puzhal jail

THOOTHUKUDI: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Ramanathapuram on Monday sent the seven Sri Lankan fishermen, who were arrested by Indian Coast Guards (ICG) personnel for illegally fishing in the Indian waters, to judicial custody till June 3. The fishermen were identified as M Susantha, Polge Piyal De Silva, Kauluthotage Niranga Lakmal, Dilip Kumara, Tharaka Amila Kumara, Chaminda Pushpa Kumara, and Malleywadu Upali, natives of Ambalangoda region of the island nation. According to sources, the fishers were apprehended by ICG personnel, who were patrolling the high seas on Saturday, and handed over to the Tharuvaikulam marine police in Thoothukudi on Sunday. They were booked under various sections of the Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981 for allegedly fishing in the Indian waters without licence. A preliminary investigation revealed that the Lankan fishers had been returning to the island from Dubai after month-long fishing activities in the Arabian Sea. Their boat, which was seized, was loaded with nearly 10 tonnes of tuna fish. On Monday, they were produced before Chief Judicial Magisrate Raja Kumar, who remanded them to judicial custody, and later shifted to Chennai Puzhal prison.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 6:29 am

'The way MS Dhoni...': Gautam Gambhir opens up on KKR-CSK rivalry

Gautam Gambhir discussed the IPL rivalry between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, highlighting similarities in strategies and approaches. The former left-hander went on to say that both sides' plans were extremely similar. KKR will play for a spot in the final when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The Times of India 21 May 2024 6:09 am

National Anti-Terrorism Day 2024: History, Significance, and Quotes

National Anti-Terrorism Day marks the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. It was on this day in 1991 that former prime minister was assassinated while campaigning in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.

News18 21 May 2024 6:05 am

No pause option for Aavin milk delivery now

The Times of India 21 May 2024 4:57 am

Unions protest, but 50,000 teachers seek transfers

The Times of India 21 May 2024 4:44 am

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Google News 21 May 2024 4:44 am

Three detained for stealing goats, ducks

The Times of India 21 May 2024 4:39 am