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Blast at Sivakasi cracker unit kills five

Only one of the deceased, Selvi (37) of Ellinaickenpatti, has been identified so far.

26 Feb 2021

Five dead, 17 injured in blast at Sivakasi firecracker factory

The incident comes on the heels of the fire accident triggered by an explosion at another firecracker factory at Achankulam village in the district on February 13 that claimed 23 lives.

25 Feb 2021

Schoolgirls innovate their way to keep social problems away

“The sensor detects vehicles approaching from about 10 m away, and if the vehicle is on the left side, the vibrator on the left handle vibrates,” said Indhumathi.

21 Feb 2021

Virudhunagar blast death toll rises to 20, Tamil Nadu seeks amendment to Explosives Act 

Officials said that a combination of excess workforce along with illegal sub-leasing had contributed to the district’s worst cracker mishap in nearly a decade.

14 Feb 2021

Virudhunagar blast: 19 lives lost to officials’ apathy, how many more lessons needed?

Subleasing of units for making fireworks is blatantly known to the officials but they have not taken any action against the contractors so far, say activists

14 Feb 2021

'We at least need her body': A single spark that upended a hundred lives in Virudhunagar

Fire started from base of tree where the workers were engaged in chemical-filling process of fancy ‘shot’ crackers and spread to the rooms in a jiffy

13 Feb 2021

At least 19 dead in Virudhunagar firecracker factory blast, more than 30 injured

Local officials have been unable to confirm the exact number of casualties or their identities, but have said that at least 11 of the deceased are women.

13 Feb 2021

Pedalling to beat the scare: Hope his mission is on track

Commencing his journey on January 1, it has taken 27 days for him to reach Kanniyakumari with a three-day break each in Delhi, Nagpur and Bangalore.

28 Jan 2021

After petition, TN Dalit panchayat president gets to sit in office on chair

Muthulakshmi had on Wednesday told the TNIE that she was being discriminated against on the basis of her caste.

31 Dec 2020

'Made me sit on office floor': TN Dalit panchayat president alleges caste-based discrimination

A person close to the vice-president, seeking anonymity, said that Muthulakshmi was thrown out of the panchayat office a few days ago after she complained about the harassment.

30 Dec 2020

WATCH | TN minister pops balloons while inaugurating Amma mini-clinic in Sivakasi

Here's how State minister for milk and dairy development KT Rajenthra Bhalaji decided to let off some steam.

20 Dec 2020

Tamil Nadu's firecracker industry stares bleak into befogged future due to COVID-19

With bans and restrictions imposed a week before Deepavali - when 90 per cent of the products will be out for sales - the credit amount has been stuck.

14 Nov 2020

Sivakasi: Tale of two teen boys who helped build cracker hub from scratch in this erstwhile nowhere town

By the time they reached their teen, the boys were convinced of one thing: Their village was too small for their big dreams.

13 Nov 2020

Producing champs since 1974

The Sivakasi Chess Club, a pioneering place for the 64-box board game, has helped many aspirants realise their dreams 

25 Oct 2020

She was brave, never put any pressure on her: Tamil Nadu NEET aspirant's father on teen's suicide

Jothi Sri Durga, who was working hard for the past year, was set to take the examination for the second time after she did not secure a seat in 2019. 

14 Sep 2020

Dilapidated water tank near school pulled down

The tank was adjacent to schools and houses and left only a very little space, making the procedure complicated, added the engineer.

16 Aug 2020

No information under RTI due to lack of workers

Social activist and State Secretary of Aadhi Thamizhar Peravai Vidiyal Veeraperumal asked around 10 questions to the Virudhunagar Medical College Hospital authorities regarding Covid work.

12 Aug 2020

Teacher lights lamp of knowledge among kids of cracker unit workers

At her arugamai palli (neighbourhood school), Jeyamary was reading out a children’s story to a group of tots and toddlers sitting cross-legged in front of her.

12 Aug 2020

'Indran-Chandran?' confusion led to wrong admission at the Covid ward

According to sources, one Indran and his wife got themselves tested for coronavirus at the government hospital. Soon after, the officials contacted them and told them to get admitted.

24 Jul 2020

Not declaring negative results cripples public life

Even as Covid-19 infections are rising in the district, public as well as field workers are left in a spot of bother as negative results are not intimated to the tested, according to sources.

24 Jul 2020

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