CM unveils new school syllabus

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today released the first draft of Tamilnadu State Board Higher Secondary Syllabus for classes 1 to 12. The renewal which had come after a gap of 12 uears was widely anticipated by students and academicians. Sources from the Education department say that the new draft will be released on the website. Parents and teachers wishing to propose changes to the draft can submit

What is Operation Bawaria?

Chennai: For all those who don’t know what ‘Operation Bawaria’ is, well, it’s one of the most high profile investigations and subsequent arrests done ever in our country. In involves searching for a gang from Bawaria community, a tribe based out of Rajasthan. That particular gang members were allegedly involved in many crimes in outer Tamilnadu including the murder of AIADMK Gumudipoondi MLA K Sudarsanam. DGP SR Jangid was the

RTI reply: Toll plazas validity expired

Chennai: Have you ever travelled from Chennai to Kanyakumari via Tiruchi by road? If so, you are alleged to be cheated by a couple of toll plazas located in these stretches of NH45 and NH45B. Based on the responses for the Right to Information (RTI) petition filed recently seeking the validity of the toll plazas located along various National Highway segments in Tamilnadu, it is being claimed that two of

Monsoon season sees drop in Chennai crime rate

Chennai: When rain ‘falls’, so does crime in the city. The intriguing connection between weather and crime has become a point of discussion with very few incidents being registered during the recent rainy spell. A senior police officer said, “It’s not surprising as the number of cases registered during the rainy season takes a dip. There are off-seasons when criminals are forced to take a brief hiatus from their routine activities.

Money laundering: CBI books Chennai bankers

Chennai: The anti-corruption wing of CBI today booked three top officials of the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, along with owners of six companies related to money laundering of Rs 174.53 crore. An FIR has been registered against the bank’s then manager – accounts N M R Deekshitulu, then concurrent auditor M Ramachandran and then deputy manager Anuj Shukla. The officials aided six companies – namely Skylander, EVY Marketing,

Fresh low-pressure to bring rain from tomorrow

Chennai: For almost a couple of weeks, there has been no rain in Chennai, making one wonder if it is the rainy season. The sad part is that there is no rainfall in the city for almost two weeks now with city temperatures up by two degrees Celsius from normal. But hope for rain has revived again as the Met department said a new low-pressure area is going to form

Chennai suburban youth bags CII award for mentoring

Chennai: C Ragu, a resident of Perungalathur, a Chennai suburb, has clinched the prestigious Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) award for mentoring. He shared with News Today , his journey from scratch to where he is now. He said, “I belong to a tribal community based out of Perungalathur. Due to challenges in home, I got dropped out of school when I was pursuing 11th standard. At a time when

Art and dance must be nurtured from childhood: Guv

Chennai: The appreciation of art and dance should be nurtured right from childhood. Developing the flair for music, dance and art must start from home which is the duty of the parents and elders, said Governor Banwarilal Purohit. He also congratulated the city for being included in the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition at the  inauguration of Bhavan’s Cultural Festival 2017 at Mylapore recently. At the

Tamilisai visits hotels, checks bills after GST cut

Chennai: There were allegations that even after the GST Council reduced tax on hotels and restaurants from 18 to 5 per cent, the benefits have not been passed on to customers. Today, Tamilnadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan, along with her party cadres, went around a few restaurants in the city to check it out. She also visited shops and checked whether the prescribed GST is collected from customers or not.

Trisha to voice for children's rights

Chennai: Actress Trisha Krishnan has become the first South Indian film actress to become the UNICEF celebrity advocate. She will raise voice for children’s rights including adolescents and lend support to efforts for addressing anaemia, child marriage, child labour and child abuse, faced by millions of children, especially in Tamilnadu and Kerala. Speaking on the occasion, Trisha said, “I feel honoured with this recognition. I commit myself to create more

Coming soon: I-T Raids-2 in Tamilnadu

Chennai: After seizing a laptop, tab, pen drives, desktop and several documents from rooms and offices of ousted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s long-time personal secretary S Poongundran at Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden, the Income-Tax officials are now planning to seek permission to conduct searches in Jayalalithaa’s rooms. Sources say that raids will soon be conducted not just in the rooms of Jayalalithaa,