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Cultural park from iron waste to come up in Madurai

Madurai: A cultural park with pieces moulded and carved from steel scrap collected by Corporation Sanitary workers from across the city would be set up here. Sculptures of animals and birds would form part of the park in the city which had been selected as Smart City. The work on the first phase of the Smart City has begun at a cost of Rs 200 crore and the important sites

1 lakh witness Goddess Meenakshi's celestial wedding

Madurai: More than one lakh devotees witnessed the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswarar at their famous temple here held as part of the 20-day Chithirai festival. The celestial wedding, prime attraction of the festival, was conducted with two priests acting as the deities and exchanging the garlands. It was telecast on big TV screens for the benefit of the devotees who thronged the ancient shrine. The Chithirai festival began on 28 April

Excavation work at Keezhadi will continue: Union Minister

Sivaganga: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma denied there were plans to stop excavation at Keezhadi in this district, saying there has been “rewarding results” from the site, dating back to 2nd Century BC. Referring to opposition from some sections to the transfer of an official overseeing the excavation process, Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, said it was a routine exercise. “I just want to put end to all queries and confusion by saying

Encroachments near Thiruparankundram temple to go

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here directed the Madurai district administration to remove encroachments along the road around the famous Thiruparankundram hill temple near here. A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and Athinathan passed the order on a PIL filed by one Karthick. The petitioner submitted that Thiruparankundram Murugan temple is an important and famous place of worship, visited by lakhs of people from across the country and other parts of the world. The indiscriminate

Woman struck dead by lightning

Manamadurai: A 45-year-old woman was struck dead by lightning at Kullangudi village, the police said. The woman was working in her field when lightning struck her, they said.

It's not funny trick but traditional practice, say experts

Chennai: A few years back, the government of California tried a novel method to avoid drought that persisted for over four years in its major city, Los Angeles. The method which was acclaimed to be the most successful method at the time was to create an artificial thermal blanket over lake ‘Los Angeles Reservoir’. This was done by releasing 96 million shade balls (black rubber balls) to control evaporation of

Large number of goats mauled to death by tiger

Madurai: A large number of goats were mauled to death by a tiger at a village near a forest area, about 30 km from Madurai, police said. They said people of Devadanampattihad village had appealed to forest department officials to trap the tiger and leave it in the deep forest area. The locals told police that they had seen the marks of the tiger’s claws and canines in the area.

Tradition of Chettinad comes to Chennai

Chettinad cuisine is about the masalas. Spices grounded into powder, mixed with every dish transform it into the perfect delicacy. The city of Madurai is famous not only for its temples but for its array of Chettinad hotels; the one in particular, Kumar Mess, has opened its door in Chennai. The restaurant located is Vadapalani serves traditional items like Nattu Kozhi, Kola Urundai, Varutha Kari and many more. “When I

NOC to explosives factory: Madras HC dismisses plea

Madurai: The Madras High Court has dismissed a plea against an order cancelling a no-objection certificate given to an explosives factory near Tiruchirappalli following the death of 19 people in a fire that broke out last December. The plea was filed on behalf of the explosives factory near Tiruchirappalli. Dismissing the plea, Justice Ravichandra Babu said 19 people had died in the fire and the factory management could not do anything.

London doc cheats man who was to sell kidney

Madurai: The Madras High Court ordered issuance of notice to the City Police Commissioner and Inspector of Cyber Crimes for not taking action against a London-based doctor who cheated a man of Rs 2.01 lakh after agreeing to purchase one of his kidneys. The petitioner, A N Raman, submitted that due to financial constraints he decided to sell one of his kidneys and came into contact with Johnson John, a doctor who has a hospital in London, online. John accepted