TCI begins loan refinancing talks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cabinet meeting, re-financing Cabinet launches consultation drives Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has already begun talks with lending institutions as the UK bail out loan nears its maturity date; this was revealed in the Cabinet minutes of last week.According to a Government press release from February, “It is the TCI’s intention to use the reserves held in its Sinking Fund to pay off approximately $100m of the bond, thus refinancing only the $70m balance.”In 2008, TCIG received a $260 million dollar loan guarantee endorsed by the UK government; the TCI owes a $170 million bond, which matures in February 2016.Meanwhile, Cabinet ministers also advised His Excellency the Governor to approve a third Supplementary Budget Appropriation for the financial year 2015/16 to meet, what were described as, “urgent transactions and unforeseen policy/regulation changes”; these will be forwarded to the UK Government for approval. These new financial needs for TCIG will eventually be brought to the House of Assembly. Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital PNP Administration to Meet the Press in Post Cabinet debriefinglast_img read more

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From Mullum Malarum to Johnny Top 5 evergreen movies of J Mahendran

first_imgJ Mahendran in TheriVeteran Tamil actor-director J Mahendran passed away on April 02, 2019. Mahendran has been undergoing treatment of age-related illness in a Chennai hospital since March 27. The news of Mahendran’s death has been confirmed by his son John.Even though Mahendran started his career as a story writer, he later forayed into direction, and during the last stages of his career, he established himself as a character actor too. As the entire Kollywood is mourning the death of the legendary filmmaker, International Business Times, India presents you the list of five evergreen Mahendran movies which you should not miss.Mullum Malarum’Mullum Malarum’ directed by Mahendran was released in 1978 on the auspicious Independence Day. The film starred Rajinikanth in the lead role, and this movie’s box-office success played a crucial role in elevating the Superstar’s stardom which was at that time in its early phase. In the movie, Rajinikanth played the role of Kaali, a winch operator at a village power plant and this spectacular performance garnered him appreciation from all corners.During those times, J Mahendran was a mentor figure to Rajinikanth, and in many interviews, the actor has made it clear that he is very much obliged to Mahendran for shaping his career.UthiripookkalJ Mahendran’s ‘Uthiripookkal’ is considered a landmark in the history of Tamil cinema. With newcomers like Vijayan, Ashwini, Madhumalini, Charuhasan, Master Haja Sheriff and Baby Anju in the lead roles, J Mahendran crafted a heart-touching flick that still lives in the minds of Tamil movie lovers.For ‘Uthiripookkal’, J Mahendran won the best director (Tamil) honour in Filmfare awards. In 2013, IBN included ‘Uthiripookkal’ in the list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Nenjathai Killathe’Nenjathai Killathe’ is a critically acclaimed movie directed by J Mahendran, and it was released in 1980. The film starred Suhasini, Sarath Babu, Mohan and Pratap K. Pothen in prominent roles. The film won three awards each at the 28th National Film Awards and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 1981. As the film became a huge hit at the box-office, it was dubbed and released in Telugu as Mouna Geetham.JohnnyJ Mahendran made ‘Johnny’ with Rajinikanth in 1980. The film featured Rajinikanth in dual roles, and it also had Sridevi playing another prominent role. Ilayaraja’s scores in this film are still considered evergreen and are very much demanded in Tamil music channels and radio.Upon its release, the film emerged as a critical and commercial success, and audiences praised Rajinikanth and Sridevi for their fantabulous performances.Theri and Petta’Theri’ directed by Atlee and ‘Petta’ directed by Karthick Subbaraj featured J Mahendran playing strong character roles. Even though J Mahendran started acting in the final stages of his career, he proclaimed that he is a wonderful performer both on and off screen.In ‘Theri’, J Mahendran played the role of Vanamaamalai, a labour minister with grey shades. However, in ‘Petta’, Mahendran played a positive role, that of Rajapandi, a character that gets killed by his own son.last_img read more

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Reexploring cultural heritage

first_imgThe Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented the 59th edition of the spectacular “Ramlila” which is a beautiful amalgamation of reality and idealism. It is about magnificent costumes, masterful lighting, perfect choreography and music. The Ramlila was inaugurated by Kathak Samrat Pandit Birju Maharaj (Padma Vibhushan) on Tuesday.Shobha Deepak Singh’s in-depth, meticulous research on the Ramayan stands reflected in the ‘Ramlila’, which portrays familiar and endearing incidents from the epic Ramayana including the banvas of the revered ‘Ram’, Sita’s unwavering love and faith in the face of several personal predicaments, Ravana’s crafty strategies, Ram’s unquestioning obedience to his father, his graceful acceptance and addressing of adversities of daily existence, his ability to transcend barriers of caste and creed through acceptance of Shabri’s fruits and Hanuman’s gigantic effort in getting the Sanjivani booti.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “As in previous years, this year’s show is also thoroughly researched. The performance has grown in production value such as charisma and authenticity of the costumes, choreography, music, lights and sets. The show is therefore endearing. In Sita’s portrayal there is power to the woman, in her graceful coming in to her own, in the face of trials and tribulations. There is a change in the cast of the lead characters. Also there are new dancers, playing some of the lead roles for the first time.”Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s “Ramlila” has enjoyed the presence of eminent individuals in the audience including Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Late Zail Singh, Late Indira Gandhi, Late Dr Radhakrishnan, Late Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Shri Sanjiva Reddy and several others.Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 59th edition of “Ramlila” urges self reflection, guiding aspirations, to embrace and integrate the order of existence with a relevant, modern perspective.last_img read more

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