Ananth

  • Author of 'Play With Me' Ananth, on his transition from selling books to writing one August 17, 2014

    In an interview with Vivek Tuteja, author Ananth talks about his new book 'Play With Me'. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Vivek Tuteja: Why did you take to writing? What prompted this? From selling books to writing one, how was the transition at some point? Ananth: I...
  • Ananth's 'Play with Me' seeps you in and doesn't let go August 7, 2014

    The Indian literary scene is bursting at the seams with new authors, new plots (almost, and sometimes contrived), new ambitions and new hopes (for some of us at least). There is this surge of authors - this tide of 'I-can-also-write' men and women. And amidst all of this, as a...
  • No witch-hunt against opponents, says Venkaiah Naidu May 30, 2014

    Bangalore: NDA government would not launch witch-hunt against its political opponents including Robert Vadra, but the law would take its own course, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday. "I don't want to make any political comment. We don't want to launch witch-hunt but at the same time the...
  • Will try to bring down drug prices by 25-40 per cent: Ananth Kumar May 28, 2014

    Fertiliser and Chemicals Minister Ananth Kumar on Wednesday said he will talk to pharmaceutical companies and try to bring down prices of essential drugs by 25-40 per cent. Taking charge of the ministry, which has Department of Pharmaceuticals under its ambit, Kumar said the government is already working to bring down...
  • Disappointed with Cabinet post but no rift with BJP: Shiv Sena May 28, 2014

    Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi has denied reports that it was at loggerheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party over the allocation of just one portfolio to it despite a good electoral performance. "We are definitely upset, but certainly not at loggerheads with the BJP," he said. ...
  • Ananth Kumar, a man known for political adroitness May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Ananth Kumar, once considered close to party patriarch LK Advani, is from the RSS stable and is known for his political adroitness with his ears close to the ground. Kumar became a sixth time Lok Sabha member from Bangalore South, defeating Congress candidate and IT Czar Nandan Nilekani by...
  • 'The Xpose' review: A wooden Himesh Reshammiya makes a caricature of '60s thrillers May 18, 2014

    Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Zoya Afroz, Ananth Mahadevan, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sonali Raut, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Bharat Dhabolkar, Jesse Randhawa, Rajesh Sharma Director: Ananth Mahadevan Rating: 1.5/5 What genre does a film fall in, if the hero always enters a scene in slow-motion? And what if the accompanying ear-splitting background score makes...
  • LS polls: BJP routs Congress in Karnataka, Ananth Kumar pips Nilekani May 18, 2014

    Bangalore: Karnataka has voted with a vengeance and ousted the Congress. Out of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, the Congress has managed to win only eight seats - Bangalore Rural, Chamarajanagar, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Gulbarga, Kolar, Raichur, Tumkur. Two are with the JDS, while the rest 18 are with the Bharatiya...
  • Quartet in BJP Core Group to take key decisions May 14, 2014

    Ahead of possible government formation, a group of four top leaders, including Narendra Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh, has emerged as BJP's Core Group that is expected to take all key decisions. The meeting of the group, which also includes former party chief Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley, took place...
  • Himesh Reshammiya: In terms of looks and dedication, I've given my best to 'The Xpose' May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Actor-singer Himesh Reshammiya says no amount of controversies and criticism affects him as long as he continues to deliver hits. The actor-singer-composer has often been ridiculed for his nasal style of singing. But he says, "I don't care". "I have seen success, if there is no success in your life,...
  • Denied Ganga Pujan, Modi takes blessings from priests May 9, 2014

    BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday took blessings from local priests and elders here after an over five-hour drive-through in this temple town following cancellation of a rally and a Ganga pujan programme. Modi reached his central election office for Lok Sabha polls late on Thursday after driving through...
  • BJP lost 2004 elections due to over confidence: Ananth Kumar April 18, 2014

    Bhopal: BJP General Secretary and Bangalore South candidate Ananth Kumar on Friday said that his party, which was driven by feel good and India shining in 2004, lost the General elections due to over confidence. "The BJP was in power in 2004 and despite delivering good governance, the party lost...
  • Congress will go down to single digit in Karnataka: Ananth Kumar April 17, 2014

    After casting his vote on Thursday, BJP leader Ananth Kumar said, "This election is very challenging for the Congress. In Karnataka, Congress will go down to single digit in Karnataka. People will get a combination of Ananth Kumar and Narendra Modi." ...
  • LS polls: In Bangalore South nobody came for our vote, but do vote April 16, 2014

    Bangalore: About a decade and a half back, with limited means but urgent need to rehabilitate my parents in Bangalore I bought a small house in JP Nagar, 6th Phase. The reason I chose it was a) it was a plot of land as against an apartment, b) it was...
  • There is an anti-Ananth Kumar wave in Bangalore South: Nandan Nilekani April 16, 2014

    Bangalore: All eyes are on the battle for Bangalore South in Karnataka where Infosys co-founder and Congress candidate Nandan Nilekani is up against five-time MP Ananth Kumar of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Nilekani said he is confident of beating Ananth Kumar. "People are ready for change. There's a...
  • Rajdeep Sardesai @ ground zero: Campaign trail in Bangalore South April 15, 2014

    Out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, the most keenly watched will be the Bangalore South constituency where six-time BJP MP Ananth Kumar will contest against UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani who is contesting on the Congress ticket. In the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, IBN18...
  • Campaigning ends for 121 constituencies in 5th phase of LS poll April 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Campaigning for the crucial fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 121 constituencies ended on Tuesday. The 121 constituencies across 12 states will go for voting on April 17. Nandan Nilekani, Jaswant Singh, Shatrughan Sinha, Ananth Kumar and Jyotiraditya Scindia are amongst the big names in the fray. In...
  • LS poll: Nandan Nilekani confident of winning from Bangalore South April 15, 2014

    On the last day of campaigning, Congress Bangalore South candidate Nandan Nilekani is very confident that people will vote for him. He said, "People are ready for change. There is a huge anti-Ananth Kumar wave. I am very confident that people of Bangalore South will vote for us. I expect...
  • MPs Rating: Ananth Kumar scores 6.36 on a scale of 10 April 15, 2014

    BJP National General Secretary Ananth Kumar is a 5 time MP from Bangalore South in Karnataka. Kumar scored 6.3 for accessibility and 6.9 for trustworthiness on a scale of 10 in a survey conducted by CNN-IBN and ADR that rates our parliamentarians' performance. He was rated 6.3 for provision of law...
  • UP, Bihar will change fortunes of BJP: Ananth Kumar April 14, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka would change the "fortunes" of BJP and help it secure majority but the government would be formed with NDA partners, party leader Ananth Kumar said on Monday. "There is a Modi wave in the country. There are three states which will change the fortunes of BJP...
  • UP, Bihar, Karna will change fortunes of BJP: Ananth Kumar April 14, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka would change the "fortunes" of BJP and help it secure majority but the government would be formed with NDA partners, party leader Ananth Kumar said on Monday. "There is a Modi wave in the country. There are three states which will change the fortunes of BJP...
  • BPAC endorses 12 Bangalore candidates, gives sponsorship of Rs 4 lakh April 13, 2014

    Bangalore: Bangalore voters witnessed rival candidates, Congress's Nandan Nilekani and BJP's Ananth Kumar, coming together for a debate in all the three constituencies of the city. The event organised by the Bangalore Political Agenda Committee (BPAC) has endorsed all the 12 main candidates and will give financial support to all...
  • LS polls: Nilekani, Ananth in tight race for Bangalore south seat April 12, 2014

    The man who steered a mammoth programme to give a billion Indians an identity card is battling heavy odds in his bid to reinvent himself with his political foray as he faces a high-octane contest for the Bangalore South Lok Sabha seat in the April 17 polls. Billionaire Infosys co-founder and...
  • Nilekani posts questions demanding answers, Ananth Kumar ignores April 11, 2014

    Bangalore: The Congress candidate from Bangalore South and IT pioneer Nandan Nilekani has launched an all out war on his BJP opponent and sitting MP Ananth Kumar. Nilekani, who is the richest candidate in the entire country with declared assets worth Rs.7710 Crore, has taken to social media to attack his...
  • 5 hilarious dialogues from Himesh Reshammiya's 'The Xpose' that may give you a stomach ache April 6, 2014

    Fireworks in the sky, women are gyrating at decadent parties and the men sipping drinks wearing sharp suits and bow ties. Add to it weirdly rhyming, super cheesy dialogues, and this is what the Bollywood of the '60s looks like in the trailer of Himesh Reshammiya's latest film 'The Xpose'. Here...
  • First look: Himesh Reshammiya and Honey Singh take a trip back to the '60s in 'The Xpose' April 4, 2014

    There are fireworks in the sky, women are gyrating at decadent parties and the men are sipping drinks wearing sharp suits and bow ties. This is what the Bollywood of the '60s looks like, in Himesh Reshammiya's latest film 'The Xpose'. The film, which has been produced by Vipin Reshammiya...
  • Nilekani not an IT candidate, carries Congress baggage: BJP April 3, 2014

    Dismissing any significant supportbase for Nandan Nilekani in this IT hub, his rival and BJP's sitting MP Ananth Kumar says the former Infosys chief was in fact carrying a huge baggage of the Congress party. "People recognise him here as a Congress candidate and not as anything other than that. He...
  • Bangalore: Ugly scenes at Ananth Kumar, Nilekani debate; supporters clash March 30, 2014

    Bangalore: It is not everyday that one gets to see candidates from rival parties sharing the stage, agreeing to engage in a healthy discussion on the issues in their constituency. What was meant to be a civilised debate between the four key candidates of Bangalore South constituency turned ugly...
  • High drama during public debate between Bangalore South candidates March 29, 2014

    Bangalore: A high drama was witnessed during a public debate between Bangalore South candidates on Saturday. The debate between BJP's Ananth Kumar, Congress's Nandan Nilekani, AAP's Nina Nayak, JDS candidate Ruth Manorama turned ugly when supporters of the BJP and Congress started hooting at each other. The ruckus began...