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Kudankulam n-plant to start commercial operations in October

Kudankulam n-plant to start commercial operations in OctoberChennai, Sep 16 - Commercial operations of the first 1,000 MW unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) have once again been shifted to October, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) said.

Atomic power operator NPCIL said on its website that the first KNPP unit is expected to start commercial operations October.

The project is 99.74 percent complete as on August 2013.

The NPCIL is setting up two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, around 650 km from here.

Dhanush, Shruti Haasan win top laurels at SIIMA awards

Dhanush-Shruti-HaasanChennai, Sep 14 : Dhanush and Shruti Haasan bagged the best actor awards in Tamil and Telugu At the star-studded second edition of South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) at Sharjah Thursday-Friday.

SIIMA felicitates the best talent across the four southern industries - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

In Tamil, films "Thuppakki", "3" and "Kumki" pocketed four awards each.

AirAsia warns of recruitment scamsters

AirAsiaChennai, Sep 12 : Malaysian budget airlines AirAsia Thursday warned the public against responding to false recruitment offers for its Indian operations, and said it will not be responsible for the acts of unauthorised recruitment agencies.

In a statement issued here, AirAsia said it has lodged a police complaint against an unaffiliated agency for running a job scam.

Kamal Haasan's 'Ninaithale Inikkum' digitally restored

Kamal-HaasanChennai, Sep 10 : The trailer of digitally restored version of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan-starrer 1979 Tamil comedy "Ninaithale Inikkum" will be released here Sep 13.

"Kamal Haasan will release the trailer of 'Ninaithale Inikkum'. The film has been digitally restored and is getting ready for release soon," said a statement.

Kamal, who co-starred in the film with superstar Rajinikanth and Jayaprada, will release the trailer in the presence of the film's director K. Balachandar.

Morf India to tap retail chains for Kelvinator water purifier

Morf-India-LtdChennai, Sep 9 : City-based water purifier company Morf India Ltd has decided to sell its water purifier through retail chains and standalone outlets and will look at setting up a local unit once the volumes reach economies of scale, said a top company official.

Till then imports from China would continue, managing director M. V. Praveen told IANS.

Last year Morf India announced that it had got the license to market Kelvinator brand water purifiers in India and Sri Lanka from Electrolux Home Products Inc.

Order against HDFC Standard Life evokes mixed reactions

HDFC-Standard-LifeChennai, Sep 5 : The insurance regulator's direction to HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Tuesday to reopen all the settled death claims and pay an increased amount under two of its polices and also to raise the sum assured for other policyholders has evoked mixed response in the insurance sector.

While a majority of those to whom IANS spoke welcomed the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority's (IRDA) move, there were some who said the regulator could have taken a lenient view as the private life insurer violated the norms in the interest of policyholders.

Hyundai Motor mulls entry into SUV segment

Hyundai-MotorChennai, Sep 4 : Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) is seriously mulling to enter the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment that is logging good growth in the Indian market while planning to increase sales in rural areas further, said senior company officials here Wednesday.

Officials also said the rupee depreciation has not impacted the company to a large extent as it also exports good number of cars.

'Hope for cordial relationship with new Nokia owners'

Nokia-IndiaChennai, Sep 3 : Nokia India workers hope the new owners of Nokia (Microsoft) continue to maintain cordial relationship with them and do not jeopardise their jobs, said a senior union official.

Surprised at the news of Microsoft buying Nokia's mobile and services division, P. Suresh, treasurer at Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam, told IANS: "We came to know about the development only today (Tuesday). We enjoy good rapport with the Nokia management. We hope the same kind of relationship will continue with the new owners."

"We hope no adverse development takes place regarding workers," Suresh added.

Spicejet plane engine catches fire, passengers safe

Spicejet-plane-fireChennai, Sep 3 : Sixty-seven passengers of Chennai-Tuticorin Spicejet flight had a narrow escape Tuesday morning at the Tuticorin airport after one of the plane's engines caught fire, said an airport official.

"We noticed smoke from one of the engines. The Bombardier aircraft had landed and was at the parking bay. Immediately, the main fire tender was pressed into service and the fire was contained with water and foam," the official told IANS over phone from Tuticorin, around 650 km from here.

Ford India logs seven percent sales growth in August

FordChennai, Sep 2 : Ford India, the Indian subsidiary of the US auto major Ford Motor Company, Monday said it sold 11,065 units last month, up 7 percent over the same period in the previous year.

In a statement issued here, the company said it sold 11,065 units last month as against 10,352 units sold in August 2012.

In the domestic market, the company sold 8,008 units last month, compared to 7,840 units sold in August 2012.

The company exported 3,057 vehicles in August this year, compared to 2,512 units in the same month last year, recording a growth of 22 percent.(IANS)

Ashok Leyland sales down 24 percent in August

Ashok-LeylandChennai, Sep 2 : Commercial vehicle maker Ashok Leyland Monday said its sales slid 24 percent in August as compared to the like month of 2012.

In a statement here, the company said it sold 7,139 units last month. The offtake was 9,432 units in August 2012.

The company experienced fall across segments - small, medium and heavy commercial vehicles.

For the period April-August 2013, the company has sold 37,609 units, down from 46,704 units sold during comparable period previous year.(IANS)

Karthi locks Diwali, Pongal for his releases

Karthi locks Diwali, Pongal for his releasesChennai, Sep 2 - The festive season will be special for Karthi Sivakumar -- his Tamil film "All in All Azhagu Raja" will release during Diwali this year, while "Biriyani" will hit the screens on Pongal next year.

"Karthi's comedy entertainer 'All in All Azhagu Raja' with director M. Rajesh is slated to release during Diwali this year, while his comedy-thriller with director Venkat Prabhu will hit the screens during Pongal next year," read a statement issued on behalf of the actor.

Sundaram BNP Paribas housing loans to cost more

Sundaram-BNPChennai, Aug 30 : City-based housing loan company Sundaram BNP Paribas Home Finance Ltd Friday announced a hike of 25 basis points in its prime lending rate (PLR) from next month onwards, owing to tight liquidity conditions and increased borrowing costs.

In a statement issued here the company said the rate of interest on all variable rate loans of all existing customers will go up by 0.25 percent.

"The increase in PLR rate has been driven by the tight liquidity conditions in the market and an increase in borrowing costs of the company," managing director Srinivas Acharyasaid in the statement.

Vishal celebrates birthday on 'Pandianadu' sets

Vishal celebrates birthday on 'Pandianadu' setsChennai, Aug 29 - Tamil actor Vishal Krishna Reddy, who turned 36 Thursday, celebrated his birthday on the sets of his upcoming film "Pandianadu" here.

"We threw a surprise party at midnight. We made Vishal sir cut a customised cake on this occasion, while the rest of the film's crew wished him with bouquet and garlands. Some fans from his fan club visited him on sets and wished him," a member from the film's unit told IANS.

Southern actors: Linguistic skills an asset

Southern actors: Linguistic skills an assetChennai, Aug 29 - Southern actors are breaking the linguistic barrier. They say the ability to talk fluently in other languages help migrating within filmdom, getting meaty roles and performing better.

Rahul Ravindran, Karthi Sivakumar and Naveen Chandra are some names making the best of their linguistic skills.

For Rahul, speaking in a local language earns the respect of audiences.

"Every actor should make an effort to learn the language they act in. Audiences like it when actors speak in the local language," Rahul told IANS.

RBI looking into the issue of SBI shaming students

RBI looking into the issue of SBI shaming studentsChennai, Aug 28 : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is looking into the complaint against State Bank of India (SBI) for shaming students and their parents for defaulting on their education loan.

"RBI's assistant general manager Sharmila Sampath Kumar has sent me an email Aug 28 stating that the issue is receiving the attention of the central bank," K. Srinivasan, convenor, Education Loan Task Force (ELTF), told IANS here Wednesday.

Nagarjuna to spend birthday cheering for his IBL team

Nagarjuna to spend birthday cheering for his IBL teamChennai, Aug 28 - Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who turns 54 Thursday, will spend his birthday cheering for his Mumbai Masters team that has entered the semifinals of the Indian Badminton League (IBL).

Nagarjuna co-owns Mumbai Masters with former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and businessman V. Chamundeshwarnath.

Nikita Thukral in Hindi remake of 'Traffic'

Nikita Thukral in Hindi remake of 'Traffic'Chennai, Aug 28 - Kannada actress Nikita Thukral, known for films like "Prince" and "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna" has been roped in to be a part of yet untitled Hindi remake of Malayalam super hit "Traffic", a story about organ donation narrated in a hyperlink format.

"Yes, we have roped in Nikita for the Hindi remake of 'Traffic'. I don't want to talk about her role at this moment, but we are planning to start shooting soon," the film's director Rajesh Pillai, who had helmed the original as well, told IANS.

ISRO to assemble another engine for aborted GSLV

ISROChennai, Aug 27 : The Indian space agency will assemble another engine to fly its heavy rocket geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV), while packing off the leaking one to its Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre
(LPSC) for detailed study, an official said Tuesday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had called off the launch of its GSLV rocket carrying the communication satellite GSAT-14 Aug 19 after the liquid fuel started leaking like a tap from the rocket's second stage.

ISRO's spaceport is located at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 80 km from here. The LPSC is situated at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

Rural promotions will help reach masses: Director Ponram

Rural promotions will help reach masses: Director PonramChennai, Aug 27 - Tamil comedy "Varutha Padatha Valibar Sangam" (VPVS) is slated to release Sep 6, and its director Ponram, who is actively promoting the film in places such as Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy, believes promotions in such towns will help in connecting with masses.

"Most promotions are done in one city through traditional medium such as print, television and radio. This might work for star films, but if you really want masses to embrace your film, then you need to promote your film in their turf," Ponram told IANS.




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