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Tragedy of apathy

The ghastly stampede on a narrow foot-overbridge at Elphinstone Road station of Mumbai during the morning peak hours on Friday, which killed at least 22 people and injured over 30 is one of the worst commuter tragedies that the metropolis has seen. It is a shame indeed that we get wiser only when avoidable tragedies occur and slip back into complacency all too soon. The stampede occurred around 10.30 am

Crazy thieves of Ambattur

The other day a friend cattily suggested that with the nation’s economy tanking many of us may soon need to resort to burglary. And my response as a responsible journalist was, “we better, especially because there is an alarming decline in the quality of existing criminals”. My statement was based on what had happened last week at the residence of my friend Janardanan, who for the sake of protecting his

Doll Tadka

The nine-day Navarathri in South India, which is 10-day Dussehra in North India — days are shorter in North India due to global warming — is upon us now. This year’s Navarathri is doubly special because — religious almanacs say this phenomenon occurs only once in 144 years — it helpfully telescopes into Gandhi Jayanthi and brings along with it the promise of a 5-day holiday. The biggest highlight of

5 Things that can happen in TN politics

* Centre appoints permanent care-taker Governor to TN Chennai, Sept 21: Tamil Nadu has been in a state of suspended animation, no, make it, animated suspense, for a year now. Starting on the night of September 22, 2016 the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was, in acute emergency, admitted to what eventually seemed to be a private prison. Anyway, the next day there was a press release from the State

The Hunker Games

As a newspaper dedicated to hyper-local news in Chennai, this week we, with typical thoughtfulness, focus on Hurricane Irma that hit the American coast. Watching news of Hurricane Irma, with it about to flatten Florida, was mostly great fun. Now, don’t get us wrong. The hurricane effects were, of course, sad and scary, but just that the way the American news networks covered the whole thing you would have thought

Newspapers should not pass off letters to the Editor as humour column

* Exasperated reader Panchabootham deplores state of journalism Dear Sir/Madam, Straightaway, I want to ask you whether there are any more journalists left in the newspaper industry or not. Is journalism like clerical work at the AGS Office these days? I have to pose these fundamental questions because I have been seeing a big newspaper palming off one person’s letters to the Editor as a regular weekly column. I could

We don't need no education

School education system is the second most deeply debated topic in Tamilnadu these days. The first, needless to say even more hotly discussed subject, is: What Kamal tries to convey in his tweets. Nobody in TN, and we seriously believe this includes Kamal too, is sure about the contents of his tweets. It has reached a stage where many feel understanding Kamal’s tweets is tougher than cracking NEET. Getting back

Computerji, please lock Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepathi (KBC) is back. This is from what happened in the previous editions. Amitabh Bachchan:  Welcome to the all new episodes of the show where they pay me several crores of rupees every week and still titularly wonder Kaun Banega Crorepati.  Yes, stupidity is the chief hallmark of this programme.  But people generally endure us because otherwise they have to settle for Bigg Boss, a show that you cannot enter unless your

Money story 

This week, with the RBI coming out with its annual report, the focus is back on demonetisation, which the Central government implemented clearly as part of the assigned tasks in Blue Whale Challenge. The biggest takeaway from the annual report is that the RBI is still around. It is something that was not possible to say in the immediate aftermath of demonetisation. After demonetisation was announced, the RBI practically vanished

'Impose entertainment tax on TN politics'

TN Guv finally gives his recommendation to the Centre Chennai, Aug 30: After receiving flak for not taking any action over the political situation in Tamil Nadu, the acting Governor of the State, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, has finally sent his recommendation to the Central government over the state of affairs here. And no prizes for guessing what his suggestion to the Centre is: Impose entertainment tax on the political happenings in Tamil Nadu. According to

Celebrating Chennai's celebrations

For the Madras Week, Crank’s Corner has chosen to celebrate Chennai’s iconic celebrations, starting with: Funerals at Saidapet When you talk of fun, you have to talk of funerals. At Saidapet, to be specific. A typical death ceremony in Saidapet sees more rambunctious enjoyment than you get to witness at an upper-crust wedding reception. A death procession at Saidapet, in terms of loud music and dance, is basically a full-hearted