Nirupama Viswanathan

Sculptures evoke curiosity at Chennai Book Fair

At stall 220 at the Chennai Book Fair, visitors stare silently at the sculpture on display. Some pay no attention. Others touch it. A few walk to the publishers to ask for the meaning.

26 Feb 2021

Chennai Book Fair to begin on February 24, organisers expect better turnout than last year

Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam has rented two stalls where books including those recommended by the actor in the popular Tamil show Bigg Boss which he hosts will be on display

23 Feb 2021

After nearly a year, swimming pool at Chennai's Marina beach to be thrown open from March 1

The pool was closed during the lockdown in March last year during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and has subsequently remained shut in order to carry out maintenance and renovation work.

11 Feb 2021

Homeless man offers tuition to street kids in Chennai

As someone from the homeless community himself, Solomon decided during the lockdown that it was a good time to start evening tuitions for his young friends, all from homeless families nearby.

08 Feb 2021

Madras Waste Exchange to be up and running by end of February

Those waiting to buy or sell waste through the Madras Waste Exchange portal, may have to wait until the end of February, according to Corporation officials.

28 Jan 2021

Distribution of public parks uneven across Chennai

The corporation has 200 divisions in all, and a total of 702 parks, including roadside and Open Space Reservation (OSR) parks.

22 Jan 2021

Yearly target for Amma two-wheeler scheme reduced due to pandemic

However, even with the seemingly modest targets in place, the corporation is expected to have sanctioned only around 1,500 applications by February, with March marking the end of the year. 

22 Jan 2021

Corporation schools to be rebranded as ‘Chennai schools’

For now, 28 institutes to get Wi-Fi, smart classrooms, face-recognition technology

19 Jan 2021

Are we ‘mask’ing it? Covid safety takes back seat

“Mask it or risk it,” was the key takeaway that 2020 left us all with. By now, the familiarity with the virus, has made us adapt a laid-back approach towards it.

14 Jan 2021

Bleak future awaits temporary Chennai Corporation staff

Over 700 sanitary workers fired without even a notice period

13 Jan 2021

Lease holders cry foul, say temple land rent being hiked massively

Some of the lease deeds were executed by the trustees of the temples even before 1950.

12 Jan 2021

Women resettled in Perumbakkam say they're now less safe during natural calamities: Study

The aspects that saw a positive change after resettlement were improvement to their well being due to access to toilets (66.6% increase) followed by access to electricity and water supply

07 Jan 2021

Chennai waste collectors turn heroes, return lost jewellery, cash

Cash and jewellery aside, some of their drivers had even saved lives when on duty.

03 Jan 2021

Residents risk lives for pot of water

In November, a two-year-old boy fell into the sump when his mother was fetching water. It was pure luck that he suffered only minor injuries, say residents.

01 Jan 2021

Medical equipment for delivery remain unused at PHC

This, when a room containing delivery equipment and furniture in Perumbakkam's own PHC lies locked up.

31 Dec 2020