K4 police station of Anna Nagar gets national rank

Chennai: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has ranked Anna Nagar K4 Police Station as the 5th best in the country in the category of SMART Police Stations, after a nation-wide survey and inspection conducted across 14,850 police stations in the country. The exercise of ranking police stations across the country was carried out after the SMART Police (S – Sensitive and Strict; M – Modern with Mobility; A –

Commuters, opposition, transport workers slam govt

Chennai: As the bus fare hike came into effect from today, commuters expressed displeasure and transport workers and opposition slammed the movie, but the government was quick to justify its decision, saying that the increase was inevitable. Girija, a passenger, said, “I spent Rs 19 to travel from Santhosapuram to Tambaram today. The old ticket price was Rs 11. Another commuter paid Rs 25 instead of the old ticket price

Rajini's new plan for his political party

Chennai: Days after actor Rajinikanth announced his decision to take political plunge and float a party, works to enroll people in his Rajini Makkal Mandram are on in full flow. Sources close to the actor say, “Creating an organisational set-up is never an easy task. We need cool heads. Works have begun to enroll peeple. And only those members of the association who actively take part in the drive and

Vairamuthu says that his words were twisted

Chennai: A day after the Madras High Court came to his support, lyricist Vairamuthu, who is caught in a controversy over his comments on Goddess Andal, today got emotional and said he had only hailed the woman saint. He also said there was a plot to incite communal violence over the issue. In a video statement, he said, “Is it wrong to sing praise of Andal? I have so much

Author with cerebral palsy writes autobiography

Chennai: “Born normal and diagnosed mentally retarded by doctors, my entire life was a challenging one with cerebral palsy (CP) complication,” says Siddharth Jayakumar, a physically-challenged author. The book, Simply Being Sidds – My Fight with Life and God, written by him and published by Norton Press, is now available at the 41st Chennai Book Fair that is being conducted at St George’s School by BAPASI. LATE START The enthusiastic

Polio-affected Muruga devotee sets Guinness record

Chennai: Latha Senthil, a 50-year-old, climbed 322 steps at Batu Caves, Malaysia, in September 2017. You think that is nothing to write about? It is if you are a polio-affected person suffering from varicose veins and you are a diabetic to boot. Small wonder then that she made it to the Guinness Book of Records! She received the Guinness recognition in December 2017. Latha, a resident of Perambur, achieved this feat

Marathon of a different kind to mark Hindu fair

Chennai: The ninth edition of the Hindu Spiritual Fair, being organised by the Hindu Spiritual Service Foundation and the Initiative for Moral and Cultural Foundation, includes all kinds of marathons: yogathon, swimathon, gaanathon, walkathon, cyclathon and natyathon. The fair, which will be held at Guru Nanak College between 24 and 29 January, is also being organised based on six themes: To preserve forest and wildlife, protect ecology, environmental conservation, to

Four Odisha men held for smuggling ganja

Chennai: After a good chase, the Anna Square police, along with Armed Reserve personnel, nabbed four north Indians for smuggling 15 km of ganja in an autorickshaw here last night. The accused, Krom, 21, Shrayan Naik, 27, Ajay, 27, and Kunna, 30 – are all natives of Odisha. The four persons engaged an autorickshaw near Chennai Central to drop them at Sholinganallur. During vehicle check, the Anna Square police found

Officers IAS Academy opens centre at Anna Nagar

Chennai: Civil servants play a crucial role in India. To become a highly regarded civil servant, one has to follow four ‘Cs’ – competence, character, creativity and courage – said Union Public Service Commission, former member E Balagurusamy. Speaking at the inaugural function of Officers IAS Academy at Anna Nagar on Friday, he said civil servants should have commitment and dedicate themselves to India’s development. “India is rich in minerals,

ITI student chased, killed by gang

Chennai: A teenager was chased and hacked to death in the wee hours of today at Tank Bund Road in Nungambakkam by unidentified persons. It is said the incident took place around 12.30 am. The police said the victim, Ranjith, 18, was studying first-year Mechanical polytechnic degree at Guindy ITI. He was residing with his father, Ramesh, who works as a carpenter, at Appu Street in Nungambakkam. Last evening, Ranjith

Gnani friends to revive Keni literary meet, troupe

Chennai: The well (Keni) stood as a mute spectator to all the meetings that took place around it. Keni IIakkiya Sandhippu was the literary meeting around the well that took place at the backyard of the house in which journalist and theatre artiste N V Sankaran, popularly known as Gnani, used to live – No. 39, Alagirisamy Salai, K K Nagar. The demise of Gnani on 15 January has shocked the