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Pharmacies on nationwide bandh on 30 May

Chennai: The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) has called for a nationwide bandh on 30 May protesting several issues that have been plaguing the pharma industry lately. The strike focuses on three main things- sale of drugs through the internet, reduced margin on medicines for retail pharmacies and against central e-portal for pharmacies. Owner of a pharmacy at Anna Nagar, G Ashokan says,”I have been running this

Vision-affected topper wants to become entrepreneur

Chennai: After  the  much  awaited  CBSE  were  declared,  all  eyes  were  on  Dharshana  M  V  from  Krishnagiri  who aced the exam scoring 96.6 per cent,  bagging  the  third  rank  in  the  differently-abled category. “I  am  very  happy,”  beamed  Dharshana who studied in Nalanda International Public School in Krishnagiri. Dharshana  suffers  from  microcornea which has rendered her right eye almost a ‘nil vision’ and the left eye with partial vision. Dharshana

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

Meat matters

The Union government hasn’t banned beef as is commonly believed. It has also not banned cow slaughter. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017, notified by the Centre on 23 May, only regulates the manner in which animal markets are supposed to function, and how the animals brought for trade are to be treated there. These rules do not, at any point, ban cow slaughter

Infosys, TCS to show the way

Chennai: Amid fears that Indian IT has not kept pace with rapidly evolving technologies, search firm Head Hunters expressed optimism that top firms like TCS and Infosys will lead the digital segment. However, it will be a long-drawn battle as global players like IBM and Accenture, which had invested very early in digital capabilities, command a lion’s share of the market, according to Head Hunters India founder and MD, Kris

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