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pSemi opens new Design Center in Chennai


pSemi Corporation, a Murata company focused on semiconductor integration, has announced the opening of a new design centre in Chennai to support the company's growing demand for semiconductor products enabling 5G and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.

This office will accelerate the scalability of a strong engineering team and the development of new design innovations for cellular radio frequency (RF) front-end modules, sensor systems-on-a-chip and power management integrated circuits (ICs), a release issued by the company said.

Featuring labs and office space, the design centre is located in Guindy.

"India is emerging as the largest mobile phone manufacturing hub in the world. With our new India design centre, we want to attract top talent and further expand our engagements with customers, partners and the smartphone ecosystem," said Sumit Tomar, CEO at pSemi. "We have opened our first pSemi India design centre in Chennai, but we will soon expand into other cities. We plan to scale up rapidly; our hiring plan is limited only by the availability of talent," he added.

#Chennai #pSemi

Chennai Metro Rail takes another people friendly step


After witnessing a spike in the number of commuters post COVID-19 unlock and reducing the fares to further increase patronage, Chennai Metro rail has gone a step ahead in making travel easier and faster for the people of Chennai.

It has introduced a one-day tourist card which comes with unlimited rides for Rs 150. This includes Rs 50 which will be refunded once the card is given back to CMRL.

This will be very useful to those who travel across the city for various purposes within a given day as normal charges cost Rs 50 one way from Airport to Wimco Nagar.

#Chennai #ChennaiMetroRail

Amazon India to begin manufacture of Electronic Devices in India


Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad today held a virtual meeting with Amit Agarwal, Amazon's Global Senior Vice President and Country Head for India.

Various issues related to the digital sector were discussed during this meeting. After this meeting, Amazon India has announced the commencement of manufacturing of electronics products from India. To begin with, Amazon is going to start manufacturing Amazon Fire TV stick from India.

Speaking on the occasion Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "India is an attractive investment destination and is poised to become a major player in the global supply chain in the electronics and IT products industry. Our Government's decision to launch a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme has received a tremendous response globally. We welcome Amazon's decision to set up a manufacturing line in Chennai, as it will enhance domestic production capacities, and create jobs as well. This will further our mission of creating an AatmaNirbhar Bharat which is digitally empowered."

Amazon will commence its manufacturing efforts with contract manufacturer Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn in Chennai and start production later this year. The device manufacturing program will be able to produce hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick devices every year, catering to the demands of customers in India. Amazon will continuously evaluate scaling capacity to additional marketplaces/cities depending on the domestic demand.

The IT Minister wrote on Koo- "Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, electronics manufacturing in India has recently attracted some of the biggest investments from global giants. Happy to share Amazon India is the latest to join this success story of India."

The Minister has also asked Amazon India to help in taking products made by India's artisans and Ayurvedic products to global markets through eCommerce Platform. He said, "Amazon is a global company but Amazon India must evolve as a truly India company deeply connected with Indian business community and culture."

#Chennai #Amazon #RaviShankarPrasad

Gold worth Rs 48.9 lakhs seized by Chennai Air Customs


Based on specific intelligence that gold was likely to be smuggled from Dubai, a person who arrived from Dubai by Fly Dubai flight FZ 8517, was intercepted at the exit by Chennai Air Customs.

On search of the accused, Abubakkar Sithik, 38 of Ramnathapuram, two bundles of gold paste were found concealed in the rectum. On extraction, 416 grams of gold valued at Rs 19.9 lakhs was recovered and seized.

In another case, on rummaging of Indigo flight 6E-66, three rectangular heavy pieces wrapped with black adhesive tape in a cotton pouch was recovered from the hollow pipe under one of the seats of the aircraft. On cut opening 6 gold bars of foreign marking each weighing, 100 grams was recovered. Total 600 grams of gold valued at Rs 29 lakhs was seized as unclaimed gold under Customs Act.

In total, 1.01 kg gold amounting to Rs 48.9 lakhs, was seized under Customs Act by Chennai Air Customs.

Further investigation is underway.      

#ChennaiAirCustoms #Chennai #GoldSmuggling

Delivery jurisdiction of Old Pallavaram PO reorganized


The Department of Posts has reorganized the delivery jurisdiction of few areas from Old Pallavaram to Madipakkam delivery for quick and prompt delivery of letters with effect from 8th February 2021.

Delivery works of Krishna Nagar Main Road and Vishal Nagar, presently attended by Old Pallavaram-600 117 post office, will be transferred to Madipakkam-600091 post office with effect from 8th February 2021.

The residents of the above-mentioned areas have been asked to use Pincode 600091 for timely delivery of articles, according to a press release issued by the Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices, Chennai City South Division, Chennai.

#Chennai #IndiaPost

Rs 2.17 crore worth gold seized by Chennai Air Customs


Busting a new modus operandi of gold smuggling, Chennai Air Customs has seized 4.15 kg gold valued at Rs 2.17 crores.

Till now rectum concealment of gold paste bundles was the modus in operation. Under the new modus operandi, the smugglers had swallowed capsules of gold paste wrapped with polythene/rubber cover and tied with a thread. This instance has been detected for the first time in Chennai. 

Based on specific intelligence, eight passengers - Ganakavalli, 56, Nishanthi, 30, Kala Peradeep Kumar, 53 and Jayaraj, 55 all from Tiruchirapalli, Jegatheesh, 37 and Ghabar Khan, 52 of Pudukottai and Mohammed Hikkam, 25, and Thasleem Fathima, 34 from Ramanathapuram, who had arrived from Dubai and Sharjah by Emirates Flight EK542 and Air Arabia Flight G9471 on 22nd January, were intercepted at the exit by AIU officers on suspicion of carrying gold.

On questioning, they admitted of concealing gold paste capsules in stomach and rectum and informed that they had swallowed gold paste capsules before departure. They also voluntarily requested in writing for taking suitable action under the Customs Act to recover the capsules containing gold paste. Accordingly, they were admitted to Stanley Government hospital to recover the capsules under expert medical supervision. The process of recovery was cumbersome and they were fed with heavy diet to facilitate ejection in a natural way. It took eight days for the process to complete.

Each capsule was 1.1-1.7 cm in diameter and weighing in the range of 15-24 grams. Total 161 capsules weighing 2.88 kg and valued at Rs. 1.28 crore were recovered from the stomach of all 8 passengers. Further, 8 bundles containing 61 capsules weighing  1.18 kg gold and valued at Rs. 51.36 lakhs were also recovered. In addition 3 gold chains, 8 gold bits, 8 gold rings, 2 bundles of gold paste totally valued at Rs. 30.64 lakhs were recovered from handbags and pant pockets. Total 4.15 kg gold valued at Rs 2.17 crore was seized under the Customs Act from 8 passengers. Seven people were arrested in connection with the case.

Further investigation is in progress.

#Chennai #ChennaiAirCustoms #GoldSmuggling

UTS Mobile App to be enabled in Chennai Suburban Network


In a bid to increase the convenience of suburban passengers, booking of Unreserved tickets through Mobile Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS - on - Mobile Application) will be re-introduced and enabled from 1st of February 2021 in the Suburban area of Chennai.

Tickets in suburban train services can be booked through UTS Mobile app only in Suburban sections of Chennai Suburban Terminus - Tiruvallur, Royapuram - Gummidipoondi, Chennai Beach - Chengalpattu and Chennai Beach - Velachery (MRTS).

In view of the ongoing COVID pandemic, mobile ticketing facility will be available round the clock except during the hours from 06.30 hrs to 09.30 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs.

UTS Mobile App can be downloaded from Google Play store and Apple store.

#Chennai #SouthernRailway

One held for GST fraud of about Rs 274 Crores


GST and Central Excise Department, Chennai Outer has arrested a 32-year-old Tax-Consultant from Pernambut, Vellore District, for committing a massive GST fraud, by issuing fake invoices amounting to Rs 274 crore and passing on illegal and unlawful Input Tax Credit to the extent of Rs 22.12 crore. 

The arrest was made following detailed investigation and multiple searches to gather evidence.

The accused was arrested yesterday and produced before the Honorable Economical Offences Judge II, Egmore, Chennai.


The case against the arrested person is that he along with some accomplices has taken GST registrations by misusing KYC documents of other persons. The arrested person was also acting as Tax-consultant to prepare all the documentation, including invoices for these fictitious companies. The purpose of floating such fictitious companies is to commit GST credit frauds. The fictitious companies issued tax invoices to various business entities without actual supply of goods or services to facilitate, for a commission, fraudulent availment of GST credit by these business entities. GST on such bogus invoices was also paid using input tax credit based on fraudulent tax invoices received from some other fictitious companies opened by the associates of the arrested person. 

In the process, GST credit fraud of Rs 22.12 Crore on Invoice Value of Rs 274 Crore was committed by the arrested person along with his accomplices. The department also identified the business entities that had availed fraudulent GST credit passed on by the companies floated by the arrested person and his accomplices. The investigation is also focused on if any other tax consultant is involved with the arrested person in committing such frauds. Further investigation is on.

A press release issued by Additional Commissioner B Jayabalasundari stated that for all Goods and Service Tax (GST) related queries, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Helpdesk of the GST and Central Excise Department located at its Anna Nagar Headquarters office may be contacted by all the taxpayers and consumers either in person or by calling any of these numbers: 26142850, 26142851, 26142852 and 26142853 or by writing to

#Chennai #GST

Chennai Air Customs makes huge gold seizure


Seventeen passengers including four ladies who had arrived from Dubai by Fly Dubai flight FZ 8515 and Emirates flight EK 542 were intercepted at the exit on suspicion of carrying gold, based on specific intelligence on Friday. On searching them, 48 bundles of gold paste weighing 9.03 kg were recovered from their rectum.

When extracted, 7.72 kgs of gold worth Rs 3.93 crore was recovered. On further search, 12 gold cut bits weighing 386 grams and 1 gold chain weighing 74 grams were also recovered from their pant pockets and handbags. Total 8.18 kgs of gold, worth Rs 4.16 crore, was recovered and seized under the Customs Act. Nine people were arrested in connection with this case including a lady.

Meanwhile, in another case today, one Kalandar Ilyas, 28, of Ramanathapuram who arrived from Sharjah by Indigo flight 6E 8245 was intercepted at the exit. On searching him, three bundles of gold paste weighing 310 grams were recovered from the rectum. When extracted, 271 grams of gold worth Rs 14 lakhs was recovered and seized under the Customs Act.

Further investigation is in process, according to a press release issued by the Commissioner of Customs Chennai International Airport.

#Chennai #ChennaiAirCustoms

Chennai, Madurai Tejas Special to run for 6 days a week


The Chennai Egmore - Madurai Tejas Special has been rescheduled to run for 6 days a week except for Thursdays.

The change will be with effect from 10th January 2021.

Train number 02613 will run from Chennai Egmore to Madurai and Train number 02614 will run from Madurai to Chennai Egmore. Both the trains will have stoppages at Tituchchirappalli and Kodakanal Road.

Train number 02613 will leave Chennai Egmore at 6 am and reach Madurai at 12.15 pm and Train number 02614 will leave Madurai at 3 pm and reach Chennai Egmore at 9.15 pm.

#Madurai #Chennai #IndianRailways #TejasExpress