Tamil Nadu

Colin Macdonald appointed as Managing Director of Renault Nissan Automotive India

Colin Macdonald has been appointed as Managing Director (MD) of Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL). He will assume charge on 1 April 2015.

Macdonald will succeed Toshihiko Sano who has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Nissan’s key supplier, Calsonic Kansei in Japan.

In his new role, Macdonald will be responsible for the operations of the Renault-Nissan Alliance factory located at Oragadam in Chennai district of Tamil Nadu. This plant has annual capacity of manufacturing 4,80,000 units and exports these units to more than a 100 countries and regions.

Prior to this appointment Colin Macdonald was Deputy Managing Director of RNAIPL since January 2014. He had started his career at Nissan in 1991 at the Sunderland plant in United Kingdom.

RNAIPL is third biggest exporter of cars from India and the Renault-Nissan Alliance employs more than 15,000 people in India.


Defending champion Karnataka wins Ranji Trophy 2015

Defending champion Karnataka on 12 March 2015 won Ranji Trophy for season 2014-2015.

Karnataka defeated Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs in the final day of match played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. With this victory, Karnataka clinched eight Ranji title.

The man of the match was Karnataka’s Karun Nair who had scored 338 runs. The captain of Karnataka team was R Vinay Kumar and of Tamil Nadu team was Abhinav Mukund.

Karnataka’s previous Ranji Trophy wins

  • First Ranji Title won by Karnataka was in season 1973–74. Later, they had won the championship title in 1977–78, 1982–83, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2013–14 and 2014–15 season.
  • In Ranji Title season 2013–14, they had defeated Mumbai.

About Ranji Trophy

  • Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship in India. It played between teams representing regional cricket associations.
  • At present, the championship is played between 27 teams which include 21 states (of the 29 Indian states) and Delhi (UT). The tournament format of Ranji Trophy is Round-robin then knockout.
  • The trophy is named after England and Sussex cricketer Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji and was first played in 1934.
  • In the history of Ranji Trophy, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) has recorded most wins i.e. 40 wins.


Popular Tamil director R.C Sakthi passes away

Popular Tamil director R.C Sakthi passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 76.

He was mentor of famous actor Kamal Haasan and had launched him as lead role in his Tamil directorial debut Unarchigal in 1972.

About R.C Sakthi

  • Sakthi was born in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
  • He had started his career in film industry as a theatre artist and later shifted to cinema.
  • In his two decade long career, he had directed 17 films. He began his directorial career as an assistant director for the Tamil films Porsilai (1969) and Annai Velankanni (1970).
  • Later in 1972, in directorial debut he launched Kamal Haasan in Unarchigal. It was released in 1976.
  • Later in his career, he directed many films. Some of his critically acclaimed films are Manidharil Ithanai Nirangala (1978), Dharma Yuddham (1979) which starred Rajinikanth and Amma Pillai (1990).
  • His last directed Tamil film Pathini Penna (1993) has been awarded two Tamil Nadu state awards. They are Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and State award for Best Dialogue Writer.