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Can Tamil Nadu coast survive deadly wet bulb temperature?

The buzz around wet bulb temperature has reached the Coromandel coast with cyclone Asani turning out to be only a brief interlude. The heat wave that has swept many parts of India in recent days, surpassing previously recorded peaks in April and May of 2010, has...

Better Tamil Nadu

Better Tamil Nadu

Justice denied: How TN blacklists champion swimmer

Tanuja is a champion swimmer. The 15-year-old girl has aced district- and state-level competitions but she is not qualified to go to the nationals. She is Tamil but from Sri Lanka. As a refugee, she is disqualified from normal life and aspirations since she doesn’t have citizenship. Jayakumar...

Opinion

Innovative state budget expands Dravidian model in education

Innovative state budget expands Dravidian model in education

The state budget expanded the Dravidian model in making education accessible to underprivileged sections. For instance, among the announcements was a major scheme to educate girl children. The Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammayar marriage assistance scheme has now become a...

PTR, yours is a tough job but here are five budget tasks

PTR, yours is a tough job but here are five budget tasks

One cannot envy the finance minister of Tamil Nadu, Palanivel Thyagarajan -- PTR, for short. We live in troubled times. The halting recovery of the global economy, which was expected to gain momentum with the receding of the Covid pandemic and the restoration of...

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Editor’s Pick

Editor's Pick

The real meaning of sedition in Tamil Nadu

Before Independence, tor the British, sedition meant Indians working against the colonial government while in Tamil Nadu now the real meaning of sedition is democratic criticism of the government. The Tamil Nadu government has not baulked at charging critics of the administration with sedition,...

Politics

Sri Lankan PM the go-to man for economy rescue

The new Sri Lankan PM is the man many Lankans love to hate – the enigmatic Ranil Wickremesinghe. He was sworn in as the Prime Minister for a record sixth time yesterday by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Wickremesinghe is the Leader of the United...

As Gotabaya Rajapaksa climbs down, will army take power?

On May 11, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told his countrymen that he is ready to talk about removing the Presidential form of government. He promised to give more powers to Parliament and facilitate a national government this week. Once the new...

In India, May Day was celebrated first in Chennai

Chennai was the first city to celebrate May Day in India. As early as 1923, Singaravelar conducted May Day meetings in front of high court and at the Tiruvellikeni beach. Subramaniya Siva and Krishnaswamy Sarma and other Congress leaders...

Sri Lanka: Price of IMF bailout includes China’s anger

Sri Lanka has approached many for help including IMF to overcome crisis created largely by bad governance. The unprecedented economic and political crisis in the face of rising public debt that has escalated to unsustainable levels coupled with...

When a journalist reminisces, a world opens up

A journalist get so many experiences in the process of gathering news. But those experiences rarely get recorded. They go unnoticed though they can reveal a world of information that is not always apparent. Some editors unveil the inside story of what happens...

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Culture

Son donates book collection of writer Sa Kandasamy to library

Just like other writers, Sa Kandasamy left behind a vast collection of books when he died. What will happen to the books of a writer’s personal collection after his death? In most cases, they will end up in stalls that sell second-hand books, if...

Kashmir and Tamil Nadu, an ancient link

Was there any cultural link between Jammu & Kashmir, the northernmost state of India and Tamil Nadu, the southernmost? Yes, according to young research scholar Prathik Murali. "Kashmir was a centre for the study of philosophy having close...

Azhagar Kovil festival: Inclusive, promoting social harmony

Chithirai festival is celebrated all over Tamil Nadu but the event at Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple and Azhagar Kovil stand out. After a break imposed by the lockdown, this year the festival was celebrated recently in a grand manner amidst...

Let down by Tamil cinema, Bharathidasan died broken-hearted

Bharathidasan  (April 29, 1891 to April 21, 1964), an iconic Tamil poet of the Dravidian movement, wore several hats in his lifetime. Of his pursuits as a Tamil teacher (he joined the French government school at Niravi in Pondicherry at age 18),...

Egmore museum is dead, let’s revive it!

The Madras Museum can be the pride of Tamil Nadu. With its vast collection and resources such as an in-house high-quality conservation laboratory, it could offer an interesting, educative, fun and immersive experience. For people of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil...

Food

Why only trained, knowledgeable cooks should make shawarma

Shawarma is one of the most popular Middle East foods. Its vertical cooking style cooks the meat in its melting fat. Although vertical cooking of meat was introduced by the chefs of Ottoman Empire, it was Iskender Effendi, a Turkish man, who...

Banana leaves: Tasty, traditional and healthy

Banana leaves have been an integral part of desi food and traditions. They offer health benefits, help farmers and meet ecological needs. Apart from just serving as a leafy plate, banana leaves are also used for cooking and wrapping as well. The...

Tamils take to pani puri. But is the street food hygienic?

A hugely popular snack, pani puri is sold in pushcarts in the streets. Adults and children love it. The combination of flavours from sweet to tangy to spicy makes it the quintessential Indian chaat full of carefree fun and wholesome flavour....

Traditional rice varieties Tamil Nadu: In tune with the times

The traditional rice varieties of Tamil Nadu are seeing a renewal in interest (click here and here for more on this). This article summarizes the scientific aspects. Rice is India’s pre-eminent crop and is the staple food of the people of the eastern and southern...

Civic Issues

What the Perungudi fire says about our garbage system

The fire in Perungudi dumping yard that started on April 27 and raged for five days literally brought to light the state of garbage collection and disposal in the city. The waterbody in the dumping yard that turned pink due to the leeching of toxic pollutants has...

Local businesses: Can Annachi take on Amazon?

The quiet launch of ONDC, or Open National Digital Commerce platform, in five cities including Coimbatore to help local businesses and even mom and pop stores open online storefronts is the Union government’s bid to curb the power of giants such as Amazon and...

Environment

Can Tamil Nadu coast survive deadly wet bulb temperature?

The buzz around wet bulb temperature has reached the Coromandel coast with cyclone Asani turning out to be only a brief interlude. The heat wave that has swept many parts of India in recent days, surpassing previously recorded peaks in April and May of 2010, has...

TN Green Climate Company: Matching performance with promise

Tamil Nadu recently became a major State dedicating itself to strong action on climate change. It set up the Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013, with an authorised capital of Rs 5 crore, to implement specific missions on...

Sports

Yellow jersey, leadership, template: Dhoni returns as captain

Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned as captain for CSK's game against SRH and took us on a nostalgia trip with his insights about the game, his future, leadership and that enigmatic smile after the win. Before the game had even started the talk was about the return of...

T Natarajan and his cosmic dance in the death overs

T Natarajan has become a beast reincarnate. From a yorker specialist to a speedy, skiddy, reliable death bowler, Natarajan has developed his game post injury concerns. Though in the Wednesday, April 28 game against Gujarat Titans, Natarajan went wicketless, stats...

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