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    ...But in the absence of clear CCTV footage, this is the only way forward in the investigation. Sketches have been the go-to mechanism for law enforcement agencies when the identity of a crime suspect or murder victim is not known. Though the system of hand-drawn sketches has graduated to software that aids in creating an image, the task of drawing a likeness remains difficult since a large part of it is dependent on memory of the eyewitness. Since human observation of specific facial features is often indistinct, the exact replica of the criminal remains elusive. “The mismatch happens when portraits are drawn with the accounts of people who have not been able to observe the suspect properly,” says head constable R Nithyanandam, who has been with the portrait making unit in the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) since 1997. ...

    TOI on Oct. 20, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...Little did he know that decades later he would get to know her up close and personal and even write a book on her. A resident of Venkitapuram village near Aranthangi in Pudukottai district, Chinnadurai is writing ‘Boomiyin Devathai’ (Angel of the Earth), a book in Tamil on Mother Teresa. The book will be translated into English by Robert Bellarmine, a former IELTS teacher at the British Council. The work will be a compilation of personal recollections of people including slum dwellers who met Mother Teresa during her visit to Chennai in 1995. Mother Teresa, who had flown down to Chennai to inaugurate the Annai Velankanni Church in Sastri Nagar, Vyasarpadi in 1995, had interacted with several slum dwellers of the area during her visit. It was her last outing before her health started deteriorating. ...

    TOI on Oct. 26, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...He has been using his skills to influence the judicial process. The police say Sukash is a con artist who dupes people by posing as the relative or associate of influential people and politicians. He was arrested on May 27 for making phone calls to a Bombay high court official masquerading as the secretary of a Union minister and requesting that the hearing of a court case – in which he is an accused – be delayed. “One of the calls was made in May when Sukash was lodged in Arthur Road jail in connection with a cheating case,” said officials at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan police station. Investigating officer S Jadhav said the Bombay high court official whom Sukash had called said he introduced himself as the secretary of Union minister Sadananda Gowda and asked him to put off the hearing of a case between Mumbai businessman Navinchand Hegde and a finance company . ...

    TOI on Oct. 20, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...But as Sivakarthikeyan’s new romcom ‘Remo’ keeps the box office figures rolling, it seems like the boy who started off as the familiar face on television may have cracked the code to stardom. Touching base with family audiences, using comic timing to enhance his onscreen presence and, most importantly , employing aggressive marketing have all helped the actor establish himself as a brand. “He has pitched himself well over the years. In his time as an anchor, he reached out to family audiences and earned the distinct identity of an entertainer. The idea of ‘namma veetu pillai’ (the son of the household) has paid off for him,” says G Dhananjayan, film producer and founder of Bofta Film Academy. Sivakarthikeyan works well within his limitations. He focuses on the right script for him that is peppered with film songs and a few fight scenes. He typically plays the boy next door pursuing his ladylove -a theme that many identify with. ...

    TOI on Oct. 12, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...Yes, many of us have got at least one call asking for donation for an NGO that takes care of a vulnerable section of society. Some of us choose to give but once we cut a cheque for one organisation, many others start calling. Often, the people who come to collect are not clued into the altruistic claims of the organisation. They seem to be just collection agents. The callers also promise tax exemption for the donations, which, for the donor, could indicate that the organisation and its activities are legitimate since they are vetted by the income tax department. “There are various classes of tax exemptions. In some cases, the tax exemption is only half and there is less scrutiny of the NGO and the projects. It is a big world with a huge network. Sometimes, frauds happen,” says Bhakther Solomon, chief executive officer of Development Promotion Group, an NGO focused on development. ...

    TOI on Oct. 4, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...They say that the absence of a dedicated law to address issues of cyber bullying and abuse is posing a major challenge. With the cyber-crime wing in the Chennai city police commissioner’s office receiving an average of eight to 10 complaints on social media abuse per day, complaints are piling up by the day due to lack of dedicated legislation under which offenders could be booked. “As we have limited powers, we advise the complainants to quit social media instead of taking legal action against the abuser,” said a police officer. T K Sonia, who works with a television news channel, says she is constantly trolled by cyber bullies and stalked online. “Although I filed a complaint at the cyber-crime wing of the police, my complaint has been lying unaddressed for more than five months now,” Sonia said. ...

    TOI on Sept. 23, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...It is only because Inbadurai got 2,320 votes more than Appavu in my union that he was able to notch a slender lead despite losing in all other unions and panchayats.” Booth-level polling numbers have been crucial for the electoral strategies of political parties across India and in Tamil Nadu too. This granular has often been used by parties to mark their territories and come up with a plan to convert fence-sitters. Ruling parties in Tamil Nadu have often used such data to distribute freebies for maximum electoral gain. ...

    TOI on Sept. 12, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...Filmmakers seem to have accepted video piracy as a reality. Despite the Chennai city police and the CB-CID cracking down on those selling pirated CDs and DVDs in the city, piracy of Tamil films continues to plague the movie industry. Police sources say that video pirates have shifted base to Bengaluru. Acting on the petition of Kabali’s producer Kalaipuli S Thanu against rampant piracy, the Madras high court, a few days before the film’s release, restrained 169 registered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India from permitting illegal downloads of the film. ...

    TOI on Aug. 3, 2016, 3:43 p.m.