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Minister Pandiarajan talks about documenting dying languages

Chennai: “Extinction of regional language is a natural process, especially when it comes to tribal languages. But, as the language goes extinct, so does its culture. So, documenting it is very important,” says Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, K Pandiarajan. A recent UNESCO report said 42 of Indian languages are endangered and will be extinct soon. Two among them – Toda and Kota – are from Tamilnadu.

Auto driver in Chennai suburb doubles as traffic man

Chennai: “Stop here. Do not take one way. No ‘U’ turn here,”’ shouts a middle-aged man in khaki at Manapakkam junction near Porur in the city suburb. Hold on. He is not a traffic policeman, but a noble hearted autodriver, who helps regulate busy traffic at the place. Gowhar Basha is todayt a popular name among the residents of the locality for his good act. Speaking to News Today, Gowhar

Free sanitary napkins stopped for TN students

Chennai: Union Minister Uma Bharti on Friday informed that soon a scheme will be launched, focusing on providing free sanitary napkins and safe disposal methods for the convenience of women and school-going students, keeping in mind the issue of menstrual hygiene. However, when it comes to Tamilnadu, the scheme was already implemented since 2010. “In Chennai, Corporation schools have been provided with free sanitary napkins for the last seven years

'Indian cities badly hit by pollution'

New Delhi: “There is a huge necessity for people in India to breathe fresh air. Cities like Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai are badly hit by air pollution. For them, our machine comes as a rescue that will even clean up the minute particles,” says Dyson’s chief engineer, Jake Dyson. He said this at the company’s launch of three new products – air purifier, V8 cord-free vacuum cleaner and hair dryer

Chennai youth to Kolli hills on bikes

Chennai: #Wanderlust, #travelfreak, #biketripping, #longrides, #mountaineering are some of the hashtags that one sees often. Youngsters these days are using travel as a symbol of status. While certain groups see this as a therapy, some take this as a break from their stressful life. News Today caught up with a few of these ‘travelholics’ who recently went on a bike trip to Yercaud and Kolli hills. ‘I have been on

What shall I gift my valentine?

Chennai: Valentine’s Day is here and many of you may still be confused about what to gift your valentine on this special evening. Then comes the worry if your valentine would be impressed with your present. To ensure that there is a wide range of choice, shops are ‘inventing’ newer and newer gifts. This year, there is a wide variety of gifts on sale and many shops draw customers with