Promised new VC in May, Anna varsity still headless

Chennai: It has been a year-and-a-half since Anna University has been without a Vice-Chancellor (VC). With a new Governor taking charge in Tamilnadu, professors and staff of the university fear that the process of identifying a new VC is back to square one, as the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the State-run University, has to start afresh the process. The university has over seven lakh students and runs

Assault case: Cops launch hunt for Santhanam

Chennai: Tamil actor Santhanam has been booked under three sections of IPC for attacking a BJP advocate and a realtor over a failed money transaction at Virugambakkam here last night. The police said advocate Prem Anand’s office is located at Chowdhary Nagar at Virugambakkam. It is reported that the actor had got into a deal with a city-based builder, Shanmugasundaram, to construct a shopping complex in Kundrathur. But the project

Municipal tax: Kollywood team meets Minister

Chennai: Tamil Film Producers Council president and Nadigar Sangam general secretary, Vishal, and his team today met Minister for Municipal Administration, S P Velumani, regarding exemption in Local Body Entertainment Tax for theatres. This comes at a time when Nadigar Sangam and various trade bodies of Tamil cinema requested the State government to abolish the 10 per cent additional local tax. State Information and Publicity Minister, Kadambur Raju, said the

Dengue drive: TN slaps notices on 20,000 people

Chennai: The State Public Health Department has issued warning notices to 20,000 people across the State including 2,500 shops in the city in the wake of the spreading dengue epidemic. In the notice, the department has questioned the receivers why action should not be taken against them under law 134(1) for involving in activities helping in mosquito breeding and has asked them to respond in writing within two days. The

Chennai NGO helps in teaching govt school kids

Chennai: What do you do when you have ample time on hand and some talent? Go out and help others. This is what Volunteers for Teach (VTF) at Adyar in the city is doing. The initiative by the area-based group, aims to take interested people to Corporation schools to teach. VTF is a programme run by ‘Voice of People’, which began ‘Reclaiming our Wards’, a project of women residents of

HC issues notice to TN govt on Jaya residence

Chennai: The Madras High Court issued notice to the Tamilnadu government on a petition challenging the latter’s proposal to convert the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa into a memorial. Justice K Ravichandra Baabu sought the government’s response by 23 October on the petition filed by J Deepa, niece of the late AIADMK leader. The petitioner prayed for an interim injunction restraining authorities from transforming the property pursuant to a release