• Tue, Aug 22, 2017
  • Fort St George, a repository of rich colonial heritage

    Updated: Aug, 21, 201712:58 AM

    The Fort includes some of the largest and oldest surviving Army barracks in the whole of South Asia. The biggest among them is the King’s Barracks. The Museum within the Fort showcases the history of...
    Fort St George, a repository of rich colonial heritage
    FORT St George is the place where the modern city of Madras or Chennai was born. According to historians, the city was formally established on August 22, 1639, when the English East India Company obtained, on lease, from the local ruler, a sandy strip of land near the beach, for its trading activities. Soon, the British founded a new settlement on this land that was around three miles long and one mile wide. For the security of the inhabitants of this settlement, they began to fortify it.Simultaneously, they built houses and offices within it.By April 23, 1640, at least 15 thatched houses and one office building were erected. Since April 23 is celebrated as St George’s Day in honour of the patron-saint of England, the settlement was named after him on this day. Slowly but steadily, this new settlement added to its size by including within...
  • TTV Dinakaran’s tour will help him gauge ground reality TTV Dinakaran’s tour will help him gauge ground reality
    Updated: Aug, 10, 201706:45 AM

    AIADMK witnessed a split in the aftermath of the death of MGR but they all rallied under J Jayalalithaa in no time. No other time in the history of TN a party has been divided into so many factions as...

  • Triplicane, charming residential locality with a hoary past Triplicane, charming residential locality with a hoary past
    Updated: Aug, 05, 201706:15 AM

    Triplicane is known for its Parthasarathy Temple and the houses of poet Subramania Bharati and mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Bound by the Marina on the east, the University of Madras on the...

  • Avoid ordinance route, invest in parliamentary debate Avoid ordinance route, invest in parliamentary debate
    Updated: Aug, 03, 201708:52 AM

    Ram Nath Kovind, the new President assumed office on July 25. He has taken the office exactly when the government in power has completed three years. The President, though a constitutional head of the...

  • Let’s not dilute laws on offences against married women Let’s not dilute laws on offences against married women
    Updated: Aug, 01, 201706:15 AM

    It was only after a marathon fight for justice for victims on the domestic front, that the Indian Penal Code was amended and Section 498-A incorporated. This translates as offence of cruelty by the...

  • Universities need to reconfigure themselves for new challenges Universities need to reconfigure themselves for new challenges
    Updated: Jul, 31, 201706:45 AM

    In the last 200 – 300 years, universities were built and have been functioning for creating armies of workers for the industrial age. But today’s information age demands new institutional...

  • Business of successful sequels calls for scope of logic Business of successful sequels calls for scope of logic
    Updated: Jul, 28, 201711:08 AM

    It is raining sequels in Kollywood, with Robot 2.0 , Vishwroopam-2, VIP2, Saamy-2, Sathuranga Vettai-2, Thiruttu Payale-2, Kumki-2, Goli Soda-2, Maari-2 and many more films on the way.

  • We are a democracy, not a country for rich and powerful We are a democracy, not a country for rich and powerful
    Updated: Jul, 27, 201712:09 PM

    Even as the federal structure of the Indian democracy is being eroded with the GST and other Central legislations taking over the State’s powers and rights, people are being kept away from serious...

  • After Rajini, it’s now Kamal’s turn to befuddle voters After Rajini, it’s now Kamal’s turn to befuddle voters
    Updated: Jul, 24, 201707:53 AM

    Close on the heels of Rajinikanth asking his fans to get ready for the election battle, his contemporary Kamal Haasan has come out with an equally confusing statement that he too is ready to take the...

  • A new deal for science students in Tamil Nadu A new deal for science students in Tamil Nadu
    Updated: Jul, 20, 201709:51 AM

    With reports suggesting that, three out of 10 students from the CBSE and other boards will get an MBBS seat in Tamil Nadu against 1 in 20 for state board students, the time has come once again for...