• Thu, Jul 27, 2017
  • Clamped by draconian law

    Updated: Jul, 27, 201711:38 AM

    Originally drafted to contain anti-social elements and dangerous criminals, the Goondas Act appears to be a handy tool to silence activists fighting for social cause.
    Clamped by draconian law
    The efficacy of the Goondas Act in safeguarding law and order has become a moot point, especially in the context of a female college student, Valarmathi being arrested, under the Act for allegedly distributing pamphlets against the Neduvasal hydrocarbon project. The police claim that the girl’s detention is more in preventing her from indulging in activities prejudicial to public order. However, questionable as it may sound, allegation of the Act’s misuse, to trample activists and human rights, has been persisting ever since it came into being in 1982. Now, for the police personnel, the Act has come in handy to throw any person in prison for a year without any trial and judicial scrutiny.  For that matter, police stations vie with each other in recommending the highest number of detentions since such an ‘achievement’ results in them being...
  • From now on, swipe your card to pay spot fines to traffic cops From now on, swipe your card to pay spot fines to traffic cops
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201706:15 AM

    In a major relief for motorists and traffic cops, who have often been blamed for demanding and accepting bribes, Point of Sales (PoS) machines were distributed to traffic inspectors and...

  • 81-year-old city shop stores memoirs of a time gone by 81-year-old city shop stores memoirs of a time gone by
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201706:15 AM

    The Old Curiosity Shop, also known as the Kashmir Art Palace, one of the oldest commercial establishments on Mount Road, has kindled the curiosity of many, including the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru, MGR...

  • Chennai to get National Institute of Ageing next year Chennai to get National Institute of Ageing next year
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201706:00 AM

    With the completion of basic infrastructural work for the National Institute of Ageing at the King Institute, the state is all set to get its first full-fledged health care facility exclusively for...

  • Choice-based credit system at AU from this year Choice-based credit system at AU from this year
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201705:45 AM

    Anna University’s (AU) new curriculum will now introduce choice-based credit system (CBCS). This system provides ‘cafeteria’ type approach in which the students can take courses of their choice, learn...

  • New flats not safe, say Nochi Kuppam families New flats not safe, say Nochi Kuppam families
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201704:30 AM

    A few months ago, when the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) announced that it had completed construction of flats for fishing community in Nochi Kuppam, a seafront area in the city, it came as...

  • Kidnap suspected in missing Assam girl case Kidnap suspected in missing Assam girl case
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201704:00 AM

    In what is being suspected as a case of kidnapping, a 11-year-old girl from Assam who was in the city visiting her relatives in Thandalam near Sriperumpudur, has been missing for 10 days.

  • 3 women die as mini truck rams concrete mixer lorry 3 women die as mini truck rams concrete mixer lorry
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201703:30 AM

    In a tragic incident, three women were killed and eight others, including two men, were injured in the wee hours of Wednesday as the mini truck they were travelling in dashed against a cement bulker...

  • IPS officer Varun Kumar spared from personal appearance in dowry case IPS officer Varun Kumar spared from personal appearance in dowry case
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201712:54 AM

    In a partial relief for IPS officer R V Varun Kumar, facing criminal proceedings under Dowry Prohibition Act and the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Women Harassment Act initiated by his ex-girlfriend, the...

  • Set time-frame for civic poll by Aug 1, SEC told Set time-frame for civic poll by Aug 1, SEC told
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201712:51 AM

    The question of when the local body elections would be held is fast firming up. The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to furnish a possible time frame for...