Chennai, Oct 29: Loud chants and pints of beer flowed around at a famous sports bar in Chennai, as a crowd of 80 people watched an English Premier League football match. It almost seemed as if football looks to displace cricket as a cult sport.
“Nowadays, our customers are mostly youngsters who inquire about football telecast on our big screen”, says the caretaker of Paddington sports club in Nandanam.
Football is also more exciting, says Nandini, a commerce student, who adds that the overload of cricket has made the public indifferent to the fortunes of the sport.
Football has gained prominence in India due to increased worldwide coverage, the introduction of the Indian Super League tournament(ISL) and hosting the FIFA under-17s worldcup in 2017. Many European clubs have started to set up academies to train footballers from under-8 age level, such as Atletico Madrid’s set up in the city of Kolkata. (more…)
Chennai, Oct 30: Following the recent debacle of e-commerce portals in handling huge traffic during discounted sales, consumers have become even more apprehensive about buying online. Online portals cater to fewer customers in India, than stores that sell the same goods.
“It is hard to know if there really is a sale or if it’s only a publicity stunt. I do not want to get excited and disappointed for nothing, so I will never trust such sales again”, says Nalini.M, a student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
With the festival season around, websites such as flipkart and jabong seem to offer discounts 24 hours a day. (more…)
By S.Vishnhu Saaye
Chennai, 21 Oct: The sudden onset of the north-east rains has affected the sale of fireworks and crackers in Chennai, that have been stocked for the festival of Diwali. The price increase from last year is also proving to be a hindrance for sale of the crackers.
The climate poses a severe threat to the safety of crackers as there is a possibility of the crackers getting damp, without precautionary storage measures, shopkeepers claim.
S.Bharath, proprietor of Standard Fireworks shop near the Indra Nagar water tank, says, “I have made an initial investment of more than Rs.1 lakh, but have been able to recover only Rs.20,000 so far. Also, it is becoming a problem to store these crackers as rains may render them ineffective.”
He was also critical of the high tax for a firecracker license, which is not helped by the fall in sales. (more…)