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Chennaiite makes wonders with ice sticks

Chennai: A T Chandran (45) makes various items using ice cream sticks. A differently-abled, Chandran has high aims to put his name in Guinness Book of Records and Limca Book of Records. “‘I was working previously in a firm, but later developed interest in making these crafts. So I quit my job and started making ice stick show pieces. Now this has turned into my full time profession,’” he says.’

Chennai artist's works get featured in German books

Chennai: S Sundaravel Pillai residing in Kodambakkam in the city is not a new kid in the art block. This septuagenarian has been sketching traditional art from a young age. “‘I came to the city in 1965 to learn the nuances of the skill and techniques in depth. I hail from a small village called Marava Mangalam in Ramanathapuram district in Tamilnadu,”’ he starts to speak in a candid chat

How safe is Nungambakkam locality now?

Chennai: Come 24 June, the city will look back to the sensational murder of young IT professional Swathi that took place at Nungambakkam railway station. One year has passed and the area has undergone a lot of changes, including safety measures. After the murder, a lot of criticism was around about the lack of safety for women in the area and the absence of CCTVs at the railway station. The

Hike rolls out payment wallet within platform

Hike messaging app rolled out an in-app electronic payments wallet recently in a bid to cash in on rising digital transactions. After demonetisation, e-payments have surged in India and wallets such as Paytm have grown rapidly. Hike’s wallet is the first such service by a messaging platform in the country and comes ahead of a possible launch of a payment facility by WhatsApp later this year and the messaging app

Starving to get fit? Wrong, says dietitian

Chennai: Many now are into crash diet following social media, without any proper expertise. This paves the way for health-related issues for all age groups. This is not right, says Dr Dharini Krishnan, a nutrition consultant. Many people are starving to reduce their weight and many start dieting on their own? Is this right? Starving to reduce weight is not a great idea. People tend to feast after the fast.

Park in Chennai gives new resting spot

Chennai: Anna Park at Kodambakkam in the city serves as a shade to many in this scorching heat. The park at UNI Colony in the locality is maintained neatly by associations who take control of it. But when one drives through the circular road of the area during day, one can see many youngsters, auto and cab drivers taking rest on the road. “After Vardah struck in December last year,

Chennai railway station to get CCTV cameras soon

Chennai: Nungambakkam railway station in the city will be getting CCTV cameras soon. RailTel, a Mini Ratna PSU, has begun works to install these cameras at the station. The necessity for these cameras came after the gruesome murder of Swathi, a 24-year-old techie who was hacked to death. The CCTV cameras are being installed from the Nirbhaya Fund. It is a Central fund created exclusively for schemes that mainly cater

Chennaiite extends help towards children's education

Chennai: P D Sankaralingam (70), a resident of Choolaimedu, near Kodambakkam in the city is a philanthropist who donates and helps poor children in their education. He is a multifaceted personality as he writes and speaks well at public fora. News Today had a brief chat with him. “I was a successful builder and now with the support of my family, I help the poor with food and also in

Apple's big event unveils new products and OS

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is being held in San Jose, California. There were a few surprising updates to their lineups and also a few new OS in their bags. Apple unveiled new versions of its iOS, macOS and watchOS platforms, a new iPad Pro tablet and also a connected home speaker device called the HomePod to fight its Android and Amazon speakers. Let’s take a look at what

Chennai govt school scores more in public exams

Chennai: Chennai High School at Rangarajapuram Main Road, Kodambakkam, in the city hogged the limelight after it produced 93 per cent pass percentage in the recently announced class 10 public exam results. Credits for this success not only goes to teachers and students, but also to the headmistress Gomathi (49) who left no stone unturned to achieve this. News Today spoke to her to know how she manages her role

Camera app Halide is smartphone’s DSLR

Halide is a new camera app for iOS and is created by ex-Twitter for iOS tech lead Ben Sandofsky and ex-Apple designer Sebastian de With. While Apple’s camera app works great for quick shots, Halide focuses on taking the best photos possible with your iPhone. The app offers quick access to camera controls with a swipe or tap from the viewfinder and focus on easy access to take a picture.