US says it will put efforts to reduce Indo-Pak tensions

United Nations: The US said that it would try and ‘find its place’ in efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions and not wait till ‘something happens’, indicating that President Donald Trump could play a role in such endeavours. “It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” US Ambassador to the UN

Family tragedy sees Australia flood death toll rise

Sydney: The bodies of a ‘hero’ mother and her two young children were pulled from a river in Australia today as the death toll rose from cyclone-fuelled floods that devastated parts of the country. At least five people are now confirmed dead after lashing rain and powerful winds pummelled swathes of Queensland and New South Wales states over the past week, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Three

Trump did not offer me State Secretary post: Haley

United Nations: US Ambassador Nikki Haley has said she had discussed becoming Secretary of State with Donald Trump after his election but that the US President ultimately did not offer her the job. Haley, a rising star in the Trump administration, told a news conference yesterday that she had no ambition beyond her current post at the United Nations, for the time being. Asked about reports that she had turned down

18 TN fishermen released

Rameswaram: Eighteeen of 38 fishermen from Tamilnadu, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy between 21 March and 26, were released by the island nation today and will be handed over to India this afternoon, officials said. Sri Lankan naval personnel will hand over the fishermen to the Indian Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line at 12 noon, ‘Q’ branch Inspector Kennedy and Assistant Director (Fisheries) Kulangainathan said. The fishermen would later proceed to Karaikal

Illegal parking in Chennai suburbs worry many

Chennai: Medavakkam and Medavakkam koot road in the city outskirts are prone to traffic snarls and this has increased by manifold after the construction work of the flyover in the area started. The residents attribute the real reason for the traffic woes is the vehicles that are parked on the service roads, which are supposed to provide relief for for the public from the construction work. A flower vendor in

Russia metro attack staged by Kyrgyz suicide bomber

Bishkek: A suicide bomber from Kyrgyzstan was behind the explosion that killed 11 people and injured dozens more in the Saint Petersburg metro, security services in the Central Asian country said. “The suicide bomber in the Saint Petersburg metro was a Kyrgyz national Akbarjon Djalilov… born in 1995,” a spokesman for the country’s security services told AFP. “It is probable that he acquired Russian nationality,” he said. Russia’s Investigative Committee

School in Chennai wins NASA contest

Chennai: Sri Chaitanya Techno School, Athipet, Ambattur, in the city has won second prize from NASA in AMES settlement contest 2017. Student,Siddharth Acharya of eighth class presented his project ‘Genesis’ which bagged him the second prize in the world individual category. Sri Chaitanya students have been winning the NASA contest for the past four consecutive years Academic director of the school, Seema Boppana said, “The accomplishments attained by our children

Chennaiite cools parched throats with 'koozh'

Chennai: Summer has begun and temperature is starting to soar. One person who is helping residents stay cool during this season is Murugan, a pushcart vendor selling koozh (porridge). His shop located near Rakki Theatre junction, Ambattur in the city, helps people quench their thirst and re-energise their body. A resident of Gandhi Nagar, Oragadam, in the vicinity, Murugan is well known amongst residents as many buy his porridge on

Another Municipality in Chennai could turn Corpn

Chennai: Residents of Avadi in the city are a happier lot as the government is looking to convert the area into an independent city Corporation. Avadi which is a fast growing suburb of Chennai is surrounded by defense establishments. For long, the area remains in a neglected state but the decision from the government has given residents hope. According to an official, “The proposal has been forwarded to the departments

Encroachments lead to water scarcity in Chennai

Chennai: Residents of Ambattur in the city are preparing themselves for a torrid time as water is becoming scarce in the area. People are using money from their own pockets to clean up tanks in their are area to store water. Many of the wells have either dried out or drying up. Bore wells too are facing the same fate. Speaking to News Today, M Eswaran a resident of Venkatapuram

HC: Ensure safety of students travelling in buses

Chennai: The Madras High Court has directed Tamilnadu government to ensure the safety of school children travelling in government buses by issuing necessary guidelines on safety measures to be taken. It also ordered necessary changes to a provision of the Tamilnadu Motor Vehicles Act, pertaining to private school buses. The first bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice RMT Teekaa Raman recently passed the orders on a batch of petitions by the Tamilnadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation