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Lakshmi Manchu dons glamorous avatar in her next

Lakshmi-ManchuChennai, Dec 10 : Having played an evil sorceress and a village belle in her earlier films, producer-actress Lakshmi Manchu is set to play a highly glamorous role in upcoming Telugu drama "Chandamama Kathalu".

"Since Lakshmi has not essayed any glamorous roles before I thought that she would perfectly fit the role of a super model," the film's director Praveen Sattaru told IANS.

"It's quite contrary to her previous roles and brings forth the side audiences have not seen from her in the past," he added.

Aamir to attend Chennai film fest at own expense

Aamir-KhanChennai, Dec 10 : Bollywood heartthrob Aamir Khan, who is set to attend the opening ceremony of the 11th Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) Thursday, will bear his own expenses for the trip to the Tamil Nadu capital.

He is following in the footsteps of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had attended the event last year at his own expense.

The eight-day festival is being organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation in association with the government of Tamil Nadu.

Mahesh Babu impressed by son's dubbing

Mahesh-BabuChennai, Dec 10 : Superstar Mahesh Babu is impressed by his seven-year-old son Gautham Krishna's ability to lip sync and mouth dialogues in upcoming Telugu action-thriller "1: Nenokkadine". Gautham plays the younger version of Mahesh in the film, slated to release next year.

"Mahesh was extremely happy that Gautham was able to perfectly mouth his lines in the very first take. He didn't even need retakes as he was so confident with his lines and even produced the required modulation for the scenes," the film's director B. Sukumar told IANS.

Avika Gor already popular in Telugu cine world

Avika-GorChennai, Dec 10 : Television actress Avika Gor, who is making her Telugu cinematic debut with romantic-drama "Uyyala Jampala", has already earned a name for herself in the market through the dubbed version of her TV show "Balika Vadhu", said its director Virinchi Varma.

Avika has gained immense popularity through "Chinnari Pellikuthuru", the Telugu dubbed version of "Balika Vadhu". It was her debut TV show in Hindi, but she is no longer associated with it.

Hyundai logs lower car sales in November

Hyundai logs lower car sales in NovemberChennai, Dec 2 : India's second largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor India Ltd.  Monday said it closed last month with 10.9 percent sales fall as compared to sales logged in November 2012.

In a statement issued, the company said it sold 49,681 units (domestic 33,501 units, exports 16,180 units) last month, down from 55,762 units (domestic 34,751 units, exports 21,011 units) logged in November 2012.

TVS Motor sales slide in November

TVS Motor sales slide in NovemberChennai, Dec 2 : The TVS Motor Company Ltd., maker of two and three wheeler sold around 9,900 lesser units last month as compared to the same period in 2012.

The company said Monday it had billed its dealers 161,908 units last month down from 171,837 units in November 2012.

While the company's two wheeler sales skid last month, its sales of three wheelers went up by 25 percent.

TVS Motor sold 155,604 two wheelers and 6,304 three wheelers the last month against 166,783 two wheelers and 5,054 three wheelers in November 2012.

MRF increases profit, declares final dividend of Rs.24

MRF increases profit, declares final dividend of Rs.24Chennai, Nov 28 : Automobile tyre major MRF Ltd Thursday said it has closed the last financial year with a growth in net profit of Rs. 230 crore as compared to previous year and its board has recommended a final dividend of Rs. 24 per share.

In a statement issued here, the company said it closed the financial year ending Sep 30, 2013 with a total income of Rs. 13,482 crore and a net profit of Rs. 802 crore up from a total income and net profit of Rs. 13,094 crore and Rs. 572 crore respectively logged the previous year.

Nissan Motor to sell Datsun models directly

nissan-datsun-goChennai, Nov 26 : The Indian subsidiary of Japanese automobile company Nissan Motor Company will set up a separate distribution network for selling its Datsun GO cars to be launched next year, it said Tuesday.

A company spokesperson told IANS that the existing distribution arrangement with Hover Automotive India would continue for Nissan badged vehicles.

Currently, Hover Automotive is responsible for setting up a dealer network for Nissan Motor India.

Jayalalithaa blames Delhi for power shortage

JayalalithaaChennai, Nov 26 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa termed it as a "strange coincidence" that the central power generating stations and the NTPC-TANGEDCO power joint venture are performing dismally, resulting in a power shortfall of around 2,500 MW in Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to direct the ministry of power and the ministry of coal to take immediate steps "to ensure that these power plants under the control of central agencies maximise their generation and restore the supply of power to Tamil Nadu".

ISRO to put Mars Mission spacecraft into Martian orbit on Dec.1

K-RadhakrishnanChennai/Sriharikota, Nov 19  : Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), chief Dr. K. Radhakrishnan on Tuesday said the Indian Mars mission spacecraft will be moved from the earth- centric orbit towards the sun-centric orbit on December 1.

"The Mars orbital spacecraft is in good health. The apogee (farthest point from earth of the spacecraft is nearly 1.93 lakh km. On the first of December, we expect to move the spacecraft from the earth's orbit towards Mars. That's the main action," he said.

JK Tyre to invest Rs 1,430 crore to boost capacity at its Chennai plant

JK Tyre to invest Rs 1,430 crore to boost capacity at its Chennai plantJK Tyre & Industries Ltd. Has announced its plans to invest Rs 1,430 crore to boost capacity at its Chennai plant - the producer of acclaimed radial tyres.

The planned investment will boost the facility's truck & bus radial tyre capacity by 8 lakh and car tyre production capacity by 20 lakh per annum.

Selvaraghavan hard taskmaster, but extracts best from actors: Anushka

Anushka-ShettyChennai, Nov 18 : Lauding filmmaker Selvaraghavan, who is awaiting the release of Tamil fantasy romantic-drama "Irandam Ulagam", the film's leading lady Anushka Shetty said he has the knack of extracting the best out of his actors.

"Selva is usually regarded as a tough director, but he knows how to extract the best out of his actors. Therefore, if an actor in his film is lauded by critics and audiences, the due credit goes to him. He may be tough, but we didn't feel the pressure," Anushka told IANS.

Chess players make ideal brand ambassadors, say champions

Chess-championsChennai, Nov 15 : Chess champions are really ideal and cost effective brand ambassadors for insurance companies, banks, information technology (IT) and products connected with children and the brain, says a marketing expert and chess champions.

"Actually having chess champions as brand ambassadors makes sense for financial services companies. All celebrity endorsements are based on two aspects, cost versus benefit. There are companies that hire a celebrity who has peaked and on the way down and those on the fringe with the hope they would make it big one day," Ramanujam Sridhar, CEO, Brand Comm, a brand consulting company, told IANS.

President to open N-waste management unit in Kalpakkam

Bhabha-Atomic-Research-CentreChennai, Nov 14 : President Pranab Mukherjee will Friday inaugurate the nuclear waste immobilisation plant (WIP) of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Kalpakkam near here through video conferencing from Mumbai, the research agency said.

In a statement Thursday, BARC said Mukherjee would also inaugurate four other advanced facilities set up by it.

The president will participate at the graduation function of BARC training school Friday and give the Homi Bhabha Award to the toppers in each discipline.

My mom, wife and sister are my superwomen: Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik-RoshanChennai, Nov 11 : Actor Hrithik Roshan, who donned the superhero avatar in the "Krrish" franchise, doesn't need a superwoman in real life.

"I don't think I need a superwoman in real life because I have my mother (Pinky), wife (Sussanne) and sister (Sunaina). They are my superwomen and I'm glad to have them in my life. They hold a very special place and I don't want anyone else to replace it," Hrithik told reporters here Monday.

He was speaking at the meet-and-greet event organized to celebrate the success of "Krrish 3", which has reportedly minted over Rs. 200 crore worldwide.

'Krrish 3' reaps gold in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

'Krrish 3' reaps gold in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil NaduChennai, Nov 8 : Rakesh Roshan directed superhero film "Krrish 3" has reportedly registered the highest collection for a Hindi film in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu by earning a total of Rs. 14.53 crore in the first week.

"I don't remember any dubbed Hindi film collecting Rs. 14.53 crore in its first week in AP and TN. The collection was better in Andhra because the film had a solo release, while in Tamil Nadu it had limited theatrical release due to the release of three Tamil films," trade analyst Trinath told IANS.

Superstitions and beliefs of Indian space scientists

Superstitions and beliefs of Indian space scientistsChennai, Nov 7 : Space scientists the world over may be working on advanced scientific fields. But they are not free of superstitions and beliefs, said an Indian space scientist.

While Indian space scientists pray to Lord Balaji at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh prior to every space mission for its success, their American counterparts eat peanuts.

ISRO gearing up to raise orbit of Mars Orbiter

ISRO-Mars-OrbiterChennai, Nov 6 : Indian space agency officials are gearing up to raise the orbit of Mars Orbiter launched into the earth parking orbit Tuesday afternoon, said a senior official.

"Early tomorrow (Thursday) at 1.17 a. m. the on-board motors of Mars Orbiter will be fired for around 200 seconds to raise its orbit by around 4,120 km to 28,785 km," S. Arunan, project director, Mars Orbiter Mission told IANS over phone from Bangalore Wednesday.

"Today morning (Wednesday) we carried out the rehearsal for the orbit raising activities without switching on the motor," he added.

Indian scientists in Mars mission

ISRO-Mars-MissionChennai, Nov 4 : The following are the Indian scientists who have made the Mars Orbiter Mission possible:

* K. Radhakrishnan, 64, Chairman ISRO, Secretary in Department of Space. With ISRO since 1972. Responsible for overall activities of ISRO.

Mars Orbiter technology can be used for other Indian satellites

Mars Orbiter technology can be used for other Indian satellitesChennai, Nov 4 : The technologies developed in building India's Mars Orbiter can be incorporated in other satellites the country would build saving costs and increasing performance, say Indian space scientists.

Speaking to IANS, scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the self corrective programmes incorporated in the orbiter, miniaturisation of components, cold starting of the orbiter engine after a gap of 300 days and other things can be incorporated in remote sensing and communication satellites that are built by India.




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