Civil supplies officials check smart cards

Chennai: Tamilnadu  Civil  Supplies  Corporation  officials  are  visiting  the  residences of consumers to verify the public distribution system smart cards that have been issued. The move is said  to  be  made  following  several  allegations that many non-natives of the State are trying to get the smart cards with fake addresses. A Civil Supplies Corporation official said there are reports of many people from  other  States,  who  are  temporarily working here,

CM chairs meet with Education minister, officials

Chennai: A high level meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy with officials of the school education department at the Secretariat today. Sources said that the meeting was held to discuss about the department’s activities and future plans. School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan was also present during the meeting. The meeting has come just after the government’s announcement on a series of reforms in school education policies. The

Madipakkam lake contaminated by sewage

Chennai: Drainage  lines  and  canals  are  long time issues in the neighbourhood and their problems aggravate during  monsoons. Very  recently,  canals  connecting  Madipakkam  Lake have been closed by the officials after fish in the water body began to die. Despite such measures, drainage mixes up with fresh water near Lake View Road Extension. At  present,  the  civic  body  has  started  storm  water  drain  repair  operations  at  Medavakkam  Main  Road. Before

Pandiarajan opens TNPSC coaching centre

Chennai: Avadi  MLA  and  former  Minister  for  School  Education,  Sports  and  Youth Welfare, Ma Foi K Pandiarajan inaugurated a TNPSC group II A coaching centre in Avadi, created for the benefit of aspiring students coming from the area. One  of  the  trustees,  Latha  Pandiarajan  and  all  the  faculty  members of the programme also participated in the function. More than 250 students enrolled for the training module at the inaugural function.

Racing on R K Salai claims woman's life

Chennai: A 50-year-old woman died after she was knocked down by two teenagers on a bike at RK Salai in Mylapore last night. Police said that the victim, Meenakshi (50) along with her friend Yasoda (45) was returning home at around 10 pm. The two boys, who were speeding on their two-wheeler, rammed on the women, injuring them seriously. Both the boys were nabbed by the public and were handed

Missing model: Friends launch online hunt

Chennai: Social media is flooded with posts related to the 28-year-old model Gaanam Nair alias Jikki Padhoo, after she reportedly went missing in Chennai four days before. Sources say that Gaanam was last seen on the morning of 26 May, when she left for her office at Nungambakkam on her black Activa. Two days later, her aunt, with whom the model was living in Virugambakkam, registered a complaint with the

Chennaiite talks about pranic healing techniques

Chennai: Dilip Kumar, who is a resident of Kodambakkam in the city, claims himself to be a ‘pranic healer’. He has won Seva Ratna award from Universal Research Academy recently. He says Pranic healing is a process that utilises ‘prana’ to balance, harmonise and transform body’s energy progress.  ‘Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life force. “This invisible bio or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a

Chennai vocalist wins accolades in Japan music fest

Chennai: Young vocalist Neerajakshi Sunder Rajan of Gandhi Street near Mambalam in the city has become the first Indian to win an international music competition held in Japan recently. The event called as ‘Nodojiman-The World’, a musical competition for non-japanese singers from all over the world, attracted over 20,000 applicants and Neeraja (as called by her family and friends) stood top among the five finalists at a colourful function held

Lack of bus shelters worries many in Chennai

Chennai: “It is two months since the storm water drain work was completed in Mugappair in the city and the bus stop at MMM junction is not yet restored’,” says Sumathi who regularly commutes by bus here. Apparently, the shelter here was removed three months back to give way for installing a new storm water drain. It has been two months since the project was finished and the bus stand

Corpn uses machine to remove weeds in Adyar river

Chennai: The Greater Chennai Corporation has pressed an imported amphibious aquatic weed cutter machine from Finland to remove the weeds from the Adyar river. The Adyar river, which runs from Adhanur to Pattinapakkam, covers 42 km. In 2004, a check dam with 14 shutters was built at Nandambakkam. During the monsoon, the shutters would be opened and now with the city witnessing water shortage, the shutters have been closed. As

Porur flyover to be opened in second week of June

Chennai: Work on the Porur flyover in the city outskirts that was on and off for seven years, is finally nearing completion and will be open to the public from the second week of June. The Rs 54 crore project, which commenced in 2010, hit a series of road blocks. The most important among them was with regard to shifting of water mains. As the contractor did not want to