Venkatesan Parthasarathy

Vaishnavi Nagar in Chennai faces water scarcity

Caught in the midst of the worst drought in years, it is proving to be a daily challenge to source a steady supply of water. 

10 Jun 2017

Physically challenged flay GST on assistive devices

GST tax ranging from 5 to 18 per cent has been proposed on a number of essential items, including wheelchair and tricycles.

08 Jun 2017

Railways to seek green rating for Chennai Central station

Just how green is Chennai Central? Nobody can claim to have an answer right now, not even the railways.

06 Jun 2017

Chennai-Madurai Duronto Express still running with 25-year-old coaches

In a reply to an RTI, it was stated that the train had all its coaches manufactured between 1992 and 1999.

05 Jun 2017

Re-development of Chennai Central in full swing

A string of non-railway operational activities, such as parking and food stalls, at the Chennai Central is set to be privatised, under ministry’s proposed station re-development plan.

03 Jun 2017

New bay for pickup and drop at Chennai Central coming up shortly

Passenger pick up and drop facility at Chennai Central will soon be made more convenient, as Southern Railways has started work on a new taxi bay.

31 May 2017

Newly-shifted Chennai rail mail office facing spacial constraints

Thousands of packages lie scattered near the Rail Mail Service (RMS) office of Chennai Central. Tagged with India Post stickers, they contain documents, money orders and other articles waiting to be s

30 May 2017

Work on two key flyovers to be over next month

Flyovers at Tiruvottriyur and Porur to be ready by June 10.

28 May 2017

Disability rights activists rap NITI action plan

Critics say the draft plan for 2017-2020 does not mention any financial commitments and fails to ensure digital accessibility

22 May 2017

Student in Chennai overcomes dyslexia to score 79 per cent in Class X, wants to give vehicles a makeover

Harikrishnan, a dyslexic, exceeded expectations by scoring 79% in the SSLC examinations, for which he appeared as a private candidate.

20 May 2017

Quality waters down Chennai Egmore railway station Swachh score

Officials admit untreated Metro water supplied for drinking purposes at water booths; just 42.86 per cent of the respondents claimed the station to have well-maintained toilets.

19 May 2017

Railways aims to achieve 20 percent efficiency in water use by 2030

The Railways ministry recently released a ‘Water Policy’, with the aim to achieve 20 per cent efficiency in water use by 2030.

18 May 2017

Present continuous tense for retired Tamil Nadu transport corporation employees

A Tamil Nadu Government Order (Transport Department), issued on May 12 this year acknowledges that nearly Rs 1,650 crore is owed to retired transport employees

17 May 2017

91-year-old Chintadripet library needs intervention

Rusting bookshelves & poorly-maintained backyard aside, the 91-year-old building doesn’t even have a public toilet.

15 May 2017

Locomotive pilots question reliability of signals after gap in rail tracks goes undetected

It could have resulted in a mishap had the locomotive pilot failed to notice that a section of the track was removed.

11 May 2017

RTI activists flag violation as university in Chennai seeks proof of address

In what is termed by activists as an ‘illegal requirement’, a city-based RTI petitioner has been told to furnish proof of address.

01 May 2017

Sensors to keep driving test on right path, help reduce inspector discretion in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Transport Department is soon to commence the trial of an advanced driving testing system.

30 Apr 2017

Another conservancy worker asphyxiated in Chennai

With one person dead and another undergoing treatment, it’s time the police cracked down on this illegal practice.

27 Apr 2017

Years in the offing, GPS-based auto meters expected soon in Chennai

The long wait for digital meters enabled with Global Positioning System (GPS), which would track movement of autorickshaws plying in the city, is likely to end soon.

26 Apr 2017

Hike in SBI account minimum balance hits students the most

With fines ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 100 (plus service tax) being levied for non-maintenance of the required balance, the new norm has left many in dilemma.

25 Apr 2017

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