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Unavailability of public toilets worry Chennaiites

Chennai: Lack of toilets remains one of the pressing problems of Adyar in the city. With not more than 15 public toilets in the area, many interior streets are being used for open defecation. The Federation of Resident Associations of Adyar (FEDERA) put forth this problem to the Road Development Corporation, recently. “Leave alone e-toilets, there are no normal washrooms even. Ideally there must be a mobile toilet at the

Chennaiite helps disabled poor through Trust

Chennai: With a desire to provide better living conditions for the economically backward differently-abled people, members of Freedom Trust in the city have been working for the past 20 years. Established in 1997, more than 210 medical camps have been conducted by them across Tamilnadu. “During my post graduation in 1989, I had to go to a village where I observed people who could not afford appliances. So, I decided

School in Chennai caters to spl kids below 6 years

Chennai: According to various studies done across the world, about 1.8 babies per 1,000 newborns have a hearing loss. Detection and intervention for it prior to six months of age results in better outcomes. To cater this, a non-profit organisation named Balavidyalaya was formed in Adyar in the city in 1969. It has been providing speech and launguage skill development classes for identified children aged below five for free of

Chennai danseuse receives doctorate in Bharatanatyam

Chennai: Lakshmi Ramaswamy, a resident of Kotturpuram, in the city is a preserver of art and is the first person to receive doctorate for Bharatanatyam from Madras University. “‘My mother learn’t dancing when it was a taboo and she always wanted a girl child to make her legs respond to the rhythm of classic music. As a result, I joined dance class at the age of seven,’” she says. She

Madras HC says make plans to develop Adyar river

Chennai: After repeated complaints and un-ending mails to the authorities concerned by the residents, the Madras High Court has finally taken up the task of reviving Cooum and Adyar rivers in the city. It issued a note asking the State government to formulate a plan to restore the rivers. The first bench of Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi Ramesh and Justice RMT Teekaa Raman have informed the government to appoint a

Chennai kid wins nationals in archery

Chennai: At 6 am everyday, eight-year-old Harini in Chennai struggles to assemble her bow as her father patiently helps her do it. The person who taught her how to walk also paved a way for her passion. This tiny tot, who studies at a school on OMR and resides at Perumbakkam in the city, recently bagged three medals, including a gold at the National Field Indoor Archery Championship held at

FOB in Chennai not usable, say worried residents

Chennai: One thing that is most misused on the Chennai roads is the foot over bridge (FOB). Even though most of the busy paths have an FOB to accommodate pedestrians, they opt to cross roads amidst zooming vehicles to avoid stairs. One such ‘misused’ spot is at Kottivakkam, OMR in the city outskirts. Almost all the strollers blame ill lighting for not using FOB. ‘Using this bridge to cross the

'All is well' for actor Aari

After years of struggle and perseverance, Aari has made his presence felt in Kollywood. After a stellar performance in movies like Unnodu Ka, Nedunchaalai and Maya, Aari has become a busy actor. He is now shooting for the second schedule of Nagesh Thiraiyarangam. In an interview with News Today, the actor speaks about his future projects and interests. How is it coming to the industry without any backup? It had

Chennaiites come together to save Olive Ridleys

Chennai: The unique mass nesting of olive ridley turtles, where over thousands of females come together on the beach to lay eggs is a major attraction. But this year, a lot of them have died due to the massive oil spill and ecological imbalance, say experts. To spread awareness on this issue, a group of people have come together and have been conducting many programmes under the name of ‘‘Save

Hockey veteran lets his stick do the talking

A look into the history of our national sport shows some standout achievements by our hockey players. One such sportsman is Vasudevan Baskaran, who captained the Indian team that won the gold medal in 1980 Summer Olympics. Baskaran, who was conferred the Arjuna award and Padmashree, coached several Indian players and presently, lives with his family in Besant Nagar, Chennai. Excerpts from his interview. Q: What kindled your interest in

Increase in water scarcity worries Chennaiites

Chennai: With summer ahead, several areas in the locality have been facing water shortage already. In the past two weeks, areas like Thiruvanmiyur, Besant Nagar and Adyar have received very little water. Office-bearers of residents associations say that they have been ordering about 9,000 litres of water from private tankers. On a positive note, the desilting work of Adyar river on the 42 kilometre stretch between Adhanur and Pattinappakkam have