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Pilot suicide: Why India shouldn’t turn a blind eye

Pilot suicide, a disturbing phenomenon that has been attributed to half a dozen sudden and mysterious mid-air plane crashes, is dramatic but occurs rarely. The China Eastern plane that nosedived into the ground in March, killing all 132 passengers and crew on...

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Better Tamil Nadu

Ramanathapuram high achiever becomes doctor

D Ilakkiya, who studied at the Elite School initiated by former Ramanathapuram collector K Nandakumar, is now a doctor after scoring 100% in three subjects in Class 12. Elite school is a special government school for high performers in Ramanathapuram. Ilakkiya’s father Dhakshinamoorthy runs a...

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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...

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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

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...

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...

After violence in Sri Lanka, fears of insurrection

Politically and economically besieged Sri Lanka could well be staring at another anti-government revolt on the lines of the 71’ and 88’/89’ insurrections, orchestrated by the Marxist and nationalist ‘Peoples Liberation Front’, JVP.  ‘Black Monday’ – 9 May – saw one...

Culture

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...

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...

Palm products: The cultural pilgrimage of a priest

The palm tree and its products are intrinsic to Tamil culture. Endowed with roots that go deep and hold groundwater, the palm tree takes 15 years to grow and mature. The young palm tree is called Vadali in Tamil. The palm tree is a food bearing life form. It is a...

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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...

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....

Plant-based meat: Just a pricey lifestyle choice?

Plant-based meats refer to food products that mimic animal meat products. The eating experience and taste are equivalent to consuming meat. They appear like meat too. They may also be called “fake” meats, “meat alternatives,” or “vegan meats.” A variety of...

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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