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23 Mar 2018, Edition - 983, Friday


  • Reports have emerged that China has transferred a highly-sensitive missile technology to Pakistan
  • TDP reaches out to TRS, AIADMK, asks for their help in pushing for no-confidence motion in the Parliament.
  • Mallapuram, Kerala: 22 year old stabbed to death by her father on the eve of wedding; family opposed her wedding to the man
  • Kerala Professor Jouhar Munavvir booked over his derogatory remarks against women
  • Social activist Anna Hazare begins hunger strike in the national capital demanding Lokpal and better solution for farmers’ issues
  • Ballia, Uttar Pradesh: 15 year old ends life after police did not act seriously on her complaint about harassment by 5 men.
  • Bolt and Dortmund are both sponsored by Puma and the event was hence considered more of a publicity stunt
  • CM Naidu speaks to his MPs, tells TDP MPs to ‘keep fighting, don’t stop till A.P gets justice’, TDP keeps up pressure on centre
  • Mohammed Shami cleared by BCCI | Cricketer gets clean chit by Anti-corruption unit
  • Airtel scored the lowest score at 3.2 Mbps in Kanpur, while the lowest score by Idea Cellular was reported to be 2.6 Mbps in Bhiwani


UMT Raja etches on chalk, muskmelon to honour Lord Shiva.

Covai Post Network

Coimbatore : Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Raja, generally called UMT Raja and known for his miniature artwork, has come up with two new works as a tribute to Lord Shiva.

With Shivarathiri in few days, Raja felt his artworks were the best way for him to pay his tributes to the Lord. One of the artworks for this Shivarathri is on a chalk piece and the other on muskmelon.

“The one on the chalk piece took me two hours to do. The length of the chalk piece is about 1 inch, and I have carved out Lord Shiva, a Nandhi and a Trishool on it,” said Raja. He used blades and needles to carve these shapes on the chalk piece. This was a form of meditation and through meditation and concentration this could be achieved.

A Shiva lingam has been carved on muskmelon. “I have carved Shiva Lingam on a muskmelon because it is also known as the favourite fruit of the Lord. In the centre, I carved out something like the diamond which represents Earth, I have  tried to convey the  thought  that Shiva embodies the world,“ he said and it took him a day to do it.

Raja is known for timely creative miniature artworks. He came up with a miniature art against the recent bus fare hikes.