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Train travel no more discomfort for disabled

Chennai: A court order from the State Commissioner for the Differently-Abled functioning at Kamarajar Salai, on 12 July, has directed Southern Railway to provide several facilities to differently-abled such as temporary ramps at stations including Chennai Egmore, after it came to its notice that an express train does not have such a provision. A year ago, Pandyan Pallavan Express was launched without a compartment for the differently-abled. The German-manufactured train

Anna varsity tries to gag professors?

Chennai: Anna University has kicked up a controversy by issuing memo to two serving professors, nearly a month after they gave interviews to a print media. Now, an association member, against whom the memo was issued, says the University Act must be amended. The memo was signed by the Registrar of the University, S Ganesan. When News Today contacted him, he said, “The decision was made by the Vice-Chancellor convenor

Wsquare claims work spaces for women

Chennai: After marriage or the birth of a child, a woman is usually confined within the four walls of a house. Her education and talents remain unexplored. But Wsquare – India’s first co-working space for women, which provides a platform for women who are looking at getting back to work, conducted a summit where women – barring age, barriers and background – put up stalls exhibiting their creations. Wsquare is

Offbeat medley: News Today goes freewheeling

This is not your regular news. News Today correspondents give you experiences of life that you won’t find in regular news reports. PREMAM AND POLICE There was heavy police protection at a government arts college following an incident of violence between students. This scribe was assigned to cover the news and had to visit the college. At the main entrance, this scribe was stopped by a few policemen who wanted to

Offbeat medley: News Today goes freewheeling

This is not your regular news. News Today correspondents give you experiences of life that you won’t find in regular news reports. OH, MOTHER! With many horror movies making their way to cinema halls, it definitely seems to have some kind of an influence on people. Around 1 am, this scribe woke up from deep slumber. He turned around to find his sister sitting frozen with fear. She noticed him

Status of brutal cases of crime against TN women

Chennai: A day after the Supreme Court awarded death sentence to the four accused in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case in Delhi, News Today takes a look at a few cases of crime against women which had shocked Tamilnadu.   ARIYALUR BRAVEHEART In January 2017, a 17-year-old Dalit girl was raped and dumped into a well to die in Ariyalur with her hands tied. Her decomposed body was found

Relationship trauma of transgenders

Chennai:  City-based transgender and trained classical dancer Lakshmi* is searching for her ‘missing husband’. Lakshmi, famed for her stage performances and winning many awards for it, had been living with her husband Arvind*, a fitness trainer, for the past four years. The couple was popular in the transgender community for the rapport they shared. They had tied the knot the religious way, but had not registered it. However, for the

Chennai faces power cuts, officials say no shortage

Chennai: For the past couple of days, several parts of the city face low voltage and frequent power shutdown during day and night. With agni nakshathram starting in a week, residents are clueless about having to face power shortage. Areas such as Velacheri, Nanganallur, Tambaram, Vandalur and East Coast Road (ECR) face intermittent power-cuts and low voltage problems. However, officials of TANGEDCO say that they have sufficient power to pull

Compulsory Hindi in CBSE schools draws flak

Chennai: The announcement of the Central government that students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have to compulsorily study Hindi till class 10 is drawing flak not just from politicians but also educationists of the State. In Tamilnadu, there are around 600 CBSE schools. Speaking to News Today, Secretary of State Platform for Common School System in Tamilnadu, Prince Gajendra Babu, said, “The intention is to

All Tamilnadu schools to be shut in advance

Chennai: The Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare K A Sengottaiyan on Tuesday announced that all schools will be shut by 21 April due to the excessive summer heat. The Education Department has warned that they would take action against schools which violate the order, though they haven’t decided on what the action would be. Speaking to News Today, Director of School Education, S Kannappan, said, “We have issued

Lifeline cuts down suicide cases

Chennai: Until 2004, Tamilnadu witnessed a number of students ending their lives after the board exam results were announced each year. The victims were mostly students who expected high marks and did not meet the expectations of their family / school or the ones who failed in papers by a few marks. With efforts from Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre, Tamilnadu became the first to introduce supplementary exams in 2004, later other