November 10, 2017

Duo in Chennai area help kittens find home

Chennai: Cats are unique creatures. And their peculiar behaviour prove it. “Who else is likely to serenade you passionately at 3 am? But their kitty quirks are part of the reason that we love them,” was the unanimous answer from Vignesh (24) and Sibi (25) from Sector 15, Ottagapalayam, Vadapalani in the city who are known in their locality as cat-lovers. Passionate towards adopting stray cats, Vignesh and Sibi, who

Neglected SWD in Chennai area irks many

Chennai: “After the 2015 floods, a new stormwater drain is being built to prevent water-logging in Vijayanagar at Velacheri in the city. The work on this project has not yet been completed,” alleges Swaminathan, a resident. “Vijayanagar is prone to water-logging. Every time it pours, most parts of the area get drowned. Considering this, funds were allotted to build a new stormwater drain. The work for it started two years

Chennai women assn completes 2 decades

Chennai: Here is a story of a group of women residents who joined together over 20 years ago not for any entertainment purpose but for the objective of serving the needy. Apporva Women’s Association at Kuppuswamy Street at T Nagar in the city provides financial assistance to economically weaker students, medical assistance to leprosy-affected people and supports orphanages. The forum is celebrating its 23rd anniversary on 11 November at Balaji

MDA offers training classes for disabled kids

Chennai: While subjects like physics teach us formulas to convert negative into positive, are there ways to convert ‘disability’ into ‘ability’ in terms of human aspect? Yes, the Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA)  functioning at GN Chetty Road at T Nagar in the city for several decades, has taken up the job of training teachers, parents and others to assist and help children with learning difficulties. MDA is organising one such

Society comes first for Chennai suburban resident

Chennai: For us, family comes first among priorities. But for R Balachandar, a resident of Jothi Nagar, Chitlapakkam, in the city suburb, society comes first. The 28-year-old cab driver is a prominent person in the locality, known for his generosity in serving the public. From volunteering during floods to registering complaints on civic issues, he has taken up many initiatives – both on civic and environmental fronts. He has lodged

Panchayat in city suburb gives certificates online

Chennai: Madambakkam will soon be the first Town Panchayat to issue birth and death certificates online. The development follows the move to digitise government offices. It may be noted that currently, the public has to visit the Town Panchayat office in person to get the required certificates. This is a time-consuming process and causes severe inconvenience to residents, hence the change. According to sources, the scheme will first be implemented

Chennai Corpn allots Rs 11 lakh for speed breakers

Chennai: In a bid to make roads safe for pedestrians, the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to lay more speed breakers in Valasaravakkam and its neighbouring areas in the city. According to Corporation sources, the civic body will be providing new speed breakers in the interior streets of Ward 149, 150, 151, 152 and 155, which comprise areas like Valasaravakkam, Alwarthirunagar, Porur, Ramapuram and Karambakkam. The Corporation has allocated Rs

Volunteers paint rural school in Chennai area

Chennai: Parents were surprised that in one night the desolate looking Anganwadi school at Kannigapuram, K K Nagar, in the city, that got a fresh coat of paint. This was due to the initiative taken up by NGO Thuvakkam. “My friends and I attended the firewalk festival at Kanniamman Koil at Kannigapuram. The temple and the nearby buildings looked bright and clean. But the Anganwadi nearby was not so. When

2018: TN to host global investors meet

Chennai: “Following the success of global investors meet in the year 2015, the government of Tamilnadu has proposed to conduct such a mega event in the State in the year 2018,” said Minister of Industries, M C Sampath at the inauguration of three day Automotive Engineering Show (AES) at Chennai Trade Centre, yesterday. ‘The State has a number of competitive advantages such as rich human resource, skilled man power, friendly

Vijay Sethupathi's noble gesture

Actor Vijay Sethupathi will be donating Rs 50 lakh, his remuneration from a commercial endorsement, towards the education of the needy in Ariyalur district. The actor who was signed as the brand ambassador of Anil Food Company, said, “Ariyallur is the most backward district when it comes to education and the infrastructure. There are 774 for Anganvadis in the district, for which an amount of 5000 will be donated per

Review: Ippadai Vellum- Battle of brains

Director Gaurav Narayanan’s Ippadai Vellum is more an extension of his last Sigaram Thodu, where a ‘brainy’ protaganist emerges the winner against all odds.   Ippadai Vellum is about two men, who are wrongly arrested as the accomplices of a most-wanted terrorist. Caught in a difficult situation, the onus is on them to prove their innocence. Gaurav’s writing is good. But there is a let down in execution. The movie