Bank services hit due to strike

Chennai: Branches of public banks remained either closed or non-operational today as staffers and officers went ahead with their day-long strike pressing for various demands, including accountability of top executives in the wake of mounting bad loans. In Chennai, most of the banks remained closed and customers were put into hardship. Services like cash deposits and withdrawal from branches and cheque clearances have been hit hard by the strike, which

Athlete sinks her teeth into success

Chennai: In this current scenario, many youngsters are made book worms in schools and colleges. They hardly get time to play or do physical exercise. However, there are few who embrace the idea of being a sportsperson in life. Meet M Poorani (19) from Velacheri in Chennai subburb who broke the myth that sports fade away into academics. Despite being a dental student, she has clinched many medals in district

Carnatic vocalist gets award for excellence

Chennai: Learning music is no more a cumbersome task, thanks to the efforts of vocalist Vidya Subramanian of Raghaviah Road in Mambalam locality of Chennai who has trained hundreds in Carnatic music and created them as music teachers through her online training programme. Rotary Club of Chennai Spotlight recognised her services and honoured her with ‘Vocational Excellence’ award at a function held in the city recently. “I am basically a

Hanging electric wires scare Chennaiites

Chennai: Residents in some parts of East Tambaram in the suburbs of Chennai are worried due to frequent power cuts. Also, in some places, electricity cables/wires can be seen hanging precariously. In some areas, the wires are entangled in trees thus making it difficult for residents. They have requested the authorities to prune the branches so that the cables do not get entangled. Though in many places, there are underground

Green space in concrete world delights many

Chennai: In a bid to make public places more usable, the government has been taking up various projects in the locality of Porur in the city suburban areas. It may be recalled that ‘News Today’ reported about upcoming parks in the area. Much recently a greenery was opened at Jayalakshmi Nagar in the vicinity. Now, more has followed suit. A park is coming up at Santosh Nagar situated in Madanandapuram

HC grants relief for non-Tamil students

Chennai: The Madras High Court directed the School Education Department to continue the exemption granted to all class X students having mother tongue other than Tamil from writing Part I Tamil language during the board exam commencing next month. The First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice R Mahadevan granted exemption considering a batch of PILs from linguistic minority institutions. The petitioners sought a direction to the state school education authorities to exempt the

'Cops refused nod for celebrating Jaya anniversary'

Chennai: Former Tamilnadu chief minister O Panneerselvam alleged that police did not grant permission to his supporters to celebrate the 69th birth anniversary of his predecessor late J Jayalalithaa on Friday. “When permission was sought for holding programmes such as rallies, hoisting of party flags and distribution of welfare schemes, police refused it,” he alleged. Panneerselvam said there was ‘proof’ for this accusation that police refused to permit events planned to mark the late chief minister’s birth

Release drought relief funds: CM to PM

New Delhi: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday to immediately release relief funds for the drought-hit State and for the damage caused by Cyclone Vardah. Reiterating the State’s demand, Palaniswami sought Rs 39,565 crore as drought relief package and Rs 22,573 for the damage in the cyclone. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Prime Minister, Palaniswami said, “We have also sought Rs 17,333 crore under

Service in armed forces also enriches life: IAF top gun

Chennai: A service in the armed forces means not only saving the nation but also gives an opportunity to enrich our lives, said Group Captain V D Badoni, the commanding officer of 125 Helicopter Squadron based at Air Force Station, Tambaram, when News Today got in touch with him today at a press meet. The press meet was held at the Air Force Station to inform about the visit of

Chennai poet presented 'Tamizh Nidhi' award

Chenai: Prabhakara Babu is a Tamil scholar and poet rresiding at Perambur in Chennai. He was recently presented the ‘Tamizh Nidhi’ award by Kamban Kazhagam. The event was held at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, Chennai. He is a long-time resident of Ayanavaram Solai Street. ‘Tamizh Nidhi’ award is the highest award instituted by Kamban Kazhagam and it was given to Prabhakara Babu in recognition of his contributions to Tamil

Young boxer lad in Chennai aims high

Chennai: Kaushik T, a class six student and resident of Mugappair, Chennai, is one of the young boys who are bitten by the boxing bug, a sport that is gaining momentum in the recent past. The 11-year-old won gold medal in district level boxing tournament, held at Villupuram, Tamilnadu. He also won silver medal in an inter-State match at Uttar Pradesh. He picked up his first pair of gloves when