• Mon, Jul 16, 2018
  • This youngster turns discarded PET bottles into recyclable planters

    Updated: Jul, 16, 201807:30 AM

    A brainchild of 27-year-old Niranjan Sharma, the pots are used to create vertical gardens on the pillars of Metro rail stations in the city
    This youngster turns discarded PET bottles into recyclable planters
    Three years ago, Niranjan Sharma began to wonder if he could make plastic granules out of PET bottles — there were people already doing so at that point, so he decided to bring about something unique. He realised that a huge portion of Chennai’s population lives in apartments, where there is a lack of ground space to keep pots and plants. So since most household items right from TVs to fans can be wall-mounted, he figured out why not pots or plant holders. “Moreover, in cases of those who had plants in their balconies, the runaway soil after a plant is watered damages the tiles and leaves the floor dirty. So another feature I wanted to include was a system whereby the excess water could flow directly into the drainage without seeping onto the floor,” says the 27-year-old director of his company, Grego Recycling Pvt. Ltd. In order to...
  • Clinics help parents change approach towards children’s behavioural problems Clinics help parents change approach towards children’s behavioural problems
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201807:00 AM

    Thanks to nuclear families, many parents, who are grappling with behavioural issues in their children, have turned to behaviour clinics for solutions.

  • Parents undergo training to impart life skills to children Parents undergo training to impart life skills to children
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:45 AM

    In a fast-changing environment, the lack of life skills has become very common, which has resulted in the dire need for educational institutions to introduce it as a part of the curriculum. To...

  • Chennai Corporation scraps exclusive pet parks Chennai Corporation scraps exclusive pet parks
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:30 AM

    Along with a sensory park and traffic park, the Greater Chennai Corporation had plans to create an exclusive “pet park” in the city. While the two other parks are already under way, the civic body has...

  • Chennai served first mid-day meal ever Chennai served first mid-day meal ever
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:15 AM

    Chennai has many firsts to its credit but very few are aware that it was in Chennai that the world’s first mid-day meal was served back in 1920.

  • Public well in Tambaram not cleaned Public well in Tambaram not cleaned
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:15 AM

    In a glaring neglect of water bodies in the suburbs, residents claimed that the Tambaram municipality officials have failed to maintain a 50-foot public well in Ranganathapuram 5th Main Road, a...

  • Flyovers sanctioned at Nandanam and Alwarpet junctions to ease traffic Flyovers sanctioned at Nandanam and Alwarpet junctions to ease traffic
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:15 AM

    A high-power project sanctioning committee gave the go-ahead for the construction of two flyovers at Anna Salai – at Nandanam and Alwarpet junctions at an estimated cost of Rs 212 crore, under the...

  • Teen seeks lift on bike, snatches mobile phone after getting down Teen seeks lift on bike, snatches mobile phone after getting down
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:15 AM

    Next time you consider giving a lift to a stranger, think again. He might be a mobile snatcher posing as a pedestrian in a hurry to reach his destination.

  • Now, a flash mob in city to fight crime against women Now, a flash mob in city to fight crime against women
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:00 AM

    In a bid to reduce the number of sexual crimes against women and children as well as spread awareness among the public and change perceptions about such crimes, Youth Social Innovators Foundation...

  • New highrise at T Nagar worries residents New highrise at T Nagar worries residents
    Updated: Jul, 16, 201806:00 AM

    The residents, who have not yet recovered from the impact of the major fire that destroyed the Chennai Silks building on Usman Road, said that CMDA’s clearance for the construction of the New Chennai...