Non-profit aims to find asian donor for cancer-stricken child

Chennai, March 17: A bone marrow donor drive held on Sunday at R.A Puram in a bid to find a matching donor for a 2-year-old baby in Boston has raised hopes of finding a perfect match from her ethnic background. “The number of volunteers who turned up was only around 30, compared to the turnout … More Non-profit aims to find asian donor for cancer-stricken child

Private schools fall in line after HC order on National Anthem

Chennai, March 8:  The Madras High Court order making singing of the national anthem compulsory in all private schools in Tamil Nadu has been received well in most schools in the city, with many already declaring that they have been following the practice for quite some time. “It is very surprising that there were schools … More Private schools fall in line after HC order on National Anthem

Old-world charm by the roadside

On a busy stretch of road adjoining Loyola College in Nungambakkam, several makeshift shops dot the pavement. One of them boasts a set of gramophones, several antique-looking telephones and wall clocks, arranged on a set of newspapers. Customers mill around the glinting wares, with curious expressions on their faces. A plainly dressed, middle-aged man speaking … More Old-world charm by the roadside

Meeting a Malayali

As a college assignment, I had to do a profile on a (preferably) interesting person in the city of Chennai. Though the term ‘interesting’ is very broad, in this context it would basically entail a blue collar worker and his profession. Through a friend, I managed to get the contact of a certain Mohammad Ali, … More Meeting a Malayali

The Dingy Road Taken

A routine reporting assignment last Tuesday saw me traversing the length of Chennai from quaint Taramani to the hustle and bustle of K.K Nagar. My destination was the Commissionerate for the Welfare of the Disabled, where I hoped to get a quote from the designated official regarding a recent development affecting the disabled community in … More The Dingy Road Taken

Disabled persons optimistic after ‘destitute’ dropped from aid criteria

Chennai, Feb 23: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s announcement two days ago that her government would drop the word ‘destitute’ from the criteria for disabled people to avail financial aid has been received with cautious optimism by members of the disabled community. “Since it has been announced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, we believe it is a … More Disabled persons optimistic after ‘destitute’ dropped from aid criteria

Chennai’s dumpyards become nuisances due to poor planning, experts say

Chennai, November 25: Environmental experts are of the opinion that uncontrolled dumping of waste at the two main dump yards in the city, Perungudi and Kodungaiyur, which is today causing great nuisance to residents in the area, are direct consequences of improper urbanization and a highly centralized approach to waste management. “Any kind of waste … More Chennai’s dumpyards become nuisances due to poor planning, experts say

Torrential rains bring waste management to the fore in Chennai

Chennai, November 23: The recent torrential rains in Chennai have brought to the fore the pertinent problem of solid waste management in the city. Several citizens have complained of haphazard dumping in the city under cover of the rain because of the disruption of waste transport facilities. However, it is not an isolated problem as … More Torrential rains bring waste management to the fore in Chennai