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Heads-Up 2016: Acquitted in assets case, CM Jayalalithaa ends 2015 politically as strong as ever
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

CM Jayalalithaa got acquitted in the case in May and was voted back to the Assembly by a record margin a month later.

The city in their nails: A day in the life of sanitary workers engaged in Chennai clean-up
Sun, Dec 20, 2015

The stink doesn’t leave, the sludge stays with them. Their hope: a Rs 2,000 ‘gift’

ED searches Chidambaram son’s office in Chennai
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

The ED action drew strong criticism from P Chidambaram who had earlier accused the government of a “malicious onslaught” against his family.

Chennai floods: Amid calls for resignation, Jayalalithaa strikes an emotional note
Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Calling herself a “dear sister” of the people, the CM described the flood as “rarest of the rare” and said her government was carrying out relief works on a war-footing.

The Beep song: a whodunit mystery still to unravel
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

Actor T R Silambarasan -- alias Simbu -- and music composer Anirudh Ravichander of ‘Kolaveri’ fame are in a fix.

Chennai floods: The day city went under, who did what — and who did not
Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Chembarambakkam reservoir raised its discharge suddenly on December 1 but govt failed to alert public, police or power utility.

Madras HC prescribes dress code in temples
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

The court also directed the state government to take a decision on this issue and directed the authorities to implement the court-mandated dress code from January 2016.

Chennai Floods: PIL seeks action against chief secy, top officials
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Blames flood on unannounced release of large quantity of water.

Now Chennai struggles to lay its dead to rest
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

While the government is yet to release the official death toll, police estimate the figure touched 514 Wednesday.

Chennai floods: New challenges; 1 lakh in relief camps, gaps in aid network
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

The task before the state government now is to clean up after the worst flood in 100 years, check the spread of disease and make sure those out of homes have easy access to food and medicine.

Declare Chennai floods national calamity, Jayalalithaa urges PM Modi
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

"I request you to immediately declare this unprecedented, catastrophic and cataclysmic event a national calamity," she said in a letter to Modi.

Chennai floods: With no stairs to climb to roof, rising water swallowed ex-Army officer, wife
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Neighbours allege water was released in Adyar river without warning, resulting in flooding.

Chennai floods: 10,000 tonnes cleared, city still grapples with sludge, garbage
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

While most of the flood planes remain cluttered with garbage, city corporation workers and volunteers were busy clearing whatever they could on Tuesday.

Chennai floods: As calamity recedes, trauma takes over
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

While some of these callers were left broken by the deaths of their loved ones, others were struggling to come to terms with the fact that the calamity hit them even though they acquired all kinds of social securities.

Chennai floods: Students to homemakers, citizens take lead in relief operations
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

The government is yet to come out with official figures pertaining to the calamity. The death toll due to the floods, as per media reports, has climbed to 296.

Chennai floods: Coordination issues hinder relief work
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

According to the government’s assessment, nearly 436 areas in the city still remained inundated out of the total 859 identified during the past four days.

Chennai Floods: City inches towards normalcy
Tue, Dec 08, 2015

As the city airport started operations in the morning, the Southern Railways too ran special trains from Chennai to various other locations.

Chennai floods: Rescue operations almost over, focus now on relief work
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

According to the state police, almost 90 per cent rescue operations have been completed and thousands of food packets have been distributed at the various shelters and flooded areas.

A passage to infinity: The untold story of Srinivasa Ramanujan
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

Matthew Brown’s film, The Man Who Knew Infinity, is an account of the unlikely friendship between two mathematicians, GH Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan. Beyond the biopic, this is the story of a little boy from Kumbakonam and his struggle to prove his theorems – and himself.

Chennai floods: AIADMK men paste Jaya stickers on flood relief material
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

After the issue was taken up by volunteers on social media, the AIADMK issued a statement promising action against cadre if they are identified.

Chennai floods: Survived on bread, rain water, says MIOT patient
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

Chennai rains results in 18 patient deaths at the MIOT hospital which was hit by a power failure

A tale of two cities: The similar story of Mumbai and Chennai floods
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

Both the 2005 Mumbai floods and the Chennai deluge tell a similar story: of urbanisation and encroachments, of clogged drains and ignored warnings.

Chennai hospital tragedy: Power failure caused deaths, say kin
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

The relatives of those who died in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Chennai’s Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT) alleged on Friday that the tragedy was caused by a power failure due to flooding of the generator room that snapped oxygen supply and other life support systems. READ | Full coverage of Chennai […]

Chennai floods: Over 200 health camps to check outbreak
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

The water is contaminated with sewage water at many places raising a major health threat.

Chennai floods: Food, water prices up, ATMs down
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

For instance, a packet of milk, which normally costs Rs 20-22, was being sold for Rs 100 while drinking water bottles were being sold for Rs 100 against the original price of Rs 30-40.

Chennai reaches out: From crowdsourcing food, shelter to phone recharge offer
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

The Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath mobilised over 700 volunteers from Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Vellore and Pudukottai districts for rescue and relief operations.

Chennai floods: Some respite from rain, PM announces Rs 1000 crore in relief
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

"People of India stay with people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of need," Modi said after the survey in which he was accompanied by Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who hails from Tamil Nadu.

Submerged Chennai braces itself for three more days of downpour
Thu, Dec 03, 2015

Rajya Sabha MPs offered to utilise MPLADS funds for relief and rehabilitation.

Explained: Why is Chennai under water?
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

Unusually heavy rain has exposed the city’s broken urban planning, revealed its stolen natural waterways, and exposed its tolerance of illegal construction.

Chennai drowns in deluge of water, flight services suspended
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

The weather office forecast "isolated extremely heavy rainfall" for Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur which have been already been facing the brunt of the northeast monsoon since last month.

Tamil Nadu: State Congress chief Elangovan booked for ‘verbally abusing’ party MLA
Mon, Nov 30, 2015

Sources said that Vijayadharani had been complaining that she was being sidelined in the party to make way for celebrities like Khushboo and Nagma.

Man held for burning train coaches in Puri ‘mentally unstable’, claim TN cops
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

This comes a day after Odisha government recommended an NIA probe into the burning of coaches, suggesting there could be a terror link to the incident.

Jayalalithaa sues Ananda Vikatan magazine for ‘defamatory’ article
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Ananda Vikatan magazine also claims that its Facebook page has been blocked and that they are yet to receive a response from Facebook as to why the page was taken down.

Tamil Nadu gets NHRC notice over kids wearing bands to identify caste
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Dalit children belonging to the Pallar community wear wrist bands in green and red while the Arundhathiyars, also Dalits, wear green, black and white.

Two Chennai men deported from Turkey for ‘trying to join IS’
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Officials said one of them is a 23-year-old commerce graduate from Royapettah, Chennai. He used to work at a textile shop run by his father.

Extra rain and poor urban planning: Why Chennai went under water
Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Indian Express explain the October-December northeast monsoon that brings rain to Tamil Nadu at this time — and how it became so deadly this year.