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Sorry state of children in Kodungaiyur slum

Chennai: Heavy rains are not favoured by the city as normal life comes to a standstill. In such situations, the largely ignored are children living in Kodungaiyur slum who are pushed into dire conditions. The children here do odd jobs to eke out a living and come from uncaring homes. They are already malnourished and underweight, several health camps conducted here revealed. During rains, they scramble for shelter. The District

Sivaji Ganesan's memorial buzzes with activity

Chennai: The tall black gates of the Sivaji Ganesan memorial at the Durgabai Deshmukh Road in Adyar, in the city seem to welcome visitors at any time of the day. The structure, a tribute to veteran Tamil actor Villupuram Chinnaiah Ganesan, popularly known as Sivaji Ganesan, was constructed by the Public Works Department (PWD) at a cost of Rs 2.8 crore. When News Today paid a visit to the place

Chennaiite prevents waterlogging in locality

Chennai: The North East monsoon did bring its share of worries for Chennaiites, but the occupants of Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar Main Road in Adyar in the city did not have anything to sulk over it, thanks to Geeta Padmanabhan. The 71-year-old resident, who spent six years to ensure the area gets a comprehensive stormwater drain network and footpath, also got a transformer shifted. This residential locality was severely affected in

Water hyacinth thrives on Chennai beaches

Chennai: The rains have left behind a battered locality, exposing poor public infrastructure, which has not improved since the 2015 deluge. But this time, along with the roads, the beaches, which are now seen with tonnes of waste, have also turned out to be badly affected. A visit to the Palavakkam and Besant Nagar beaches in the city show the extent of damage the showers have done. For, on the

Chennaiite translates Tamil literature into Malayalam

Chennai: Just like music, literature too transcends language barriers. Standing testimony to this, is Palavakkam resident, Dr Ayyappan Kariyat (64), who is translating Tamil Sangam era works into Malayalam. A resident of Krishna Nagar at Adyar in the city, Ayyappan has been receiving widespread appreciation for his latest book, ‘Sanghakala Nitigeethangal’ that translates to poems by Sangam poets – like Avvayar and others. Instead of letting ancient literature to get

Offbeat medley: News Today goes freewheeling

Chennai: This is not your regular news. News Today correspondents give you experiences of life that you won’t find in regular news reports. THE BIG FIGHT A few days ago, this scribe was commuting from Tirumalpur to reach Chengalpet in a train. A person in the compartment, who was a Sivaji fan, began speaking about the actor and was joined by others. Their conversation, which had positive and negative comments, got a

Anna Varsity professors discuss grievances

Chennai: The recent annual general body meeting of the Anna University Teachers Association (AUTA) was an intense affair, with the members discussing several key resolutions and grievances. The minutes of the meeting, a copy of which is available with News Today, scrutinises the behaviour of some officers in the university, and the administrative action against two professors, apart from the primary issue of the absence of a Vice-Chancellor, which is

Chennai safe from air pollution

Chennai: A public health emergency has been declared in Delhi by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) after a thick blanket of smog engulfed the capital on Tuesday. The air quality index reportedly being ‘very poor’, urging the IMA to appealed to Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to stop all outdoor activities, marathon and sports in school due to the hazardous air pollution levels. Depleting air quality is

Chennaiite talks about his music idol, Md Rafi

Chennai: Some things in life are best left unexplained, simply because they cannot be conveyed through words. For instance, the love which Besant Nagar resident K S Ramachandran (65), has for legendary singer Mohammed Rafi, transcends beyond music. The self-confessed die-hard fan of the singer, is popularly known in music circles as Chandan Rafi or Chennai Rafi, for touching people’s hearts with his soulful renditions of the singer’s works. So

With rising water levels, residents fear for safety

Chennai: With the northeast monsoon intensifying, the southern part of the city has been left in the lurch with water reaching two feet. Families living on the banks of Perungudi lake have been evacuated. Vishnukumar, a resident of Thanthai Periyar Nagar, Perungudi, said, “The lake is located between Perungudi and Taramani railway station. There are families who live near it. Last night, water entered their houses forcing most of them

Govt school teacher gives students flight treat

Chennai: Learning is closely associated with travel and experiences: there is more to be seen and understood than to be read or listened to in class. This teacher in Ambattur is leading by a unique example, motivating her students to score full marks with the promise of taking them on an airplane. Teacher of Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Government Girls High School in Venkatapuram, Ambattur, A Selvakumari, challenged her students to score