NT Bureau

GIS mapping of Chennai begins

Chennai: Greater Chennai Corporation today commenced a Geographic information system (GIS) survey using drones which will cover the whole of the city in 120 days, in an initiative which is being done for the first time in India. The project called ‘Preparation of base map using geo-spatial techniques’ was inaugurated at a playground at Raja Annamalaipuram this morning by State Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani. “The drones will survey

Book stall owner held for abuse of girl

Chennai: Ice House police has detained a bookstall owner for sexually abusing a 12-year-old at his store here last afternoon. Police said that the victim, a resident of Ice House and a class seven student, visited the store owned by the accused Abu Hanifa, 43, last afternoon. The shop is located opposite a school. It is said that Abu Hanifa misbehaved with the girl. ‘The victim first narrated this incident

Poor production behind egg price rise

Chennai: With the temperatures dropping in and winters knocking door, retail cost of eggs has seen a significant mark up. Tight supply has seen egg prices surge by up to 40 per cent, to Rs 7-7.50 a piece, in retail markets across the country, Poultry Federation of India President Ramesh Katri said. The upward trend would continue in the coming months as egg production is likely to be 25-30 per

Man in Chennai sets wife on fire for having affair

Chennai: A man allegedly set his wife on fire after suspecting her fidelity, at their residence at Kotturpuram, here, last night. The police said the victim, Anuradha, 32, wife of JayaKumar, was set on fire using a thinner when the couple was engaged in a heated argument. The duo were staying at a rented house in Kotturpuram. It is alleged that Anuradha was having an affair with the house owner, Srinivasan,

Conduct R K Nagar by-poll before 31 Dec, EC told

Chennai: The Madras High Court today ordered the Election Commission of India that the R K Nagar by poll has to be conducted before 31 December. A direction in this regard was passed when a writ petition filed by the DMK came up for hearing. In his plea, R S Bharathy MP, organising secretary of the DMK, sought to delete the ‘double entries’, ‘absent’, ‘multiple entries’, ‘shifted’, ‘multiple voters with

Chennai choir wins competition in Colombo

Chennai: Beat Choir at T M Maistry Street has been awarded silver and bronze diplomas in the international choir competition held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, recently. According to a press release, Beat was formed in 1991 and believes in entertainment with a cause. “We sing for national integration, religious harmony, gender equality, social causes, environmental issues and to the tunes of nature too,” it said. The choir teacher, Rajarajeswari, is

Playground in Chennai area needs maintenance

Chennai: The playground at Pudur behind Water Tank Road and Ebenezer School, at Ambathur in the city lies in utter dismay after the rains. Stagnant water, dead leaves, and garbage litter the entire ground making it difficult for people  using it. The ground is regularly used by athletes and footballers to practice their respective sports. But due to the problems, they are forced to find space elsewhere. Rajkumar a resident

Dusty roads in Chennai area worry commuters

Chennai: The most traffic prone zone in Ambattur is the Chennai Tiruvallur Highway (CTH Road) starting from Padi flyover up to Paradise Kalyana Mandapam at Ambathur in the city. Every day this stretch goes through the biggest traffic snarl in the area. Hundreds of vehicles trying to reach Ambattur or Padi flyover in the locality use this stretch on a daily basis. The road was laid and medians were constructed

Chennai lad finds his calling in secular music

Chennai: As a child, all that CJ could think about was music. An engineering student who gave up his studies to take up music as a profession, Charanjith went on to complete courses from the International College of Music in Chennai and further a western music course at Berklee College of Music in Boston. CJ, who is residing at TNHB Colony, Ambattur, in the city, said, ‘as a kid, “I

YouTube artistes now come together on silver screen

YouTube fame Vijay and Harija of ‘Eruma Saani’ fame, RJ Vicky, ‘Madras Central’ fame Gopi and Sudhakar, Shah Ra and Augustein of ‘Temple Monkeys’ fame, have joined hands for a feature film titled Odavum Mudiyaadhu Oliyavum Mudiyaadhu. Ramesh Venkat, who directed the Eruma Saani series, debuts in to silver screen. V Sathyamurthi produces the movie under the banner Clapboard Production, besides playing the lead. The highlight of the movie is