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Janardhan Koushik


Janardhan Koushik reports from Chennai for He covers politics, civics, and other urban issues. He tweets @koushiktweets.

PM in Chennai: Stalin demands official status for Tamil, even as Modi calls the language ‘eternal’
Fri, May 27, 2022

While addressing the gathering, Stalin said Tamil Nadu’s growth is to do not just with economy, but includes social justice, women empowerment and equality.

Chennai: Anna University hostel sealed as Covid-19 cases rise to 11
Thu, May 26, 2022

According to officials, those who tested positive were from a hostel attached to the School of Architecture and Planning.

Tamil Nadu: 1,000 kg of meat, meant for wedding biryani, seized by food safety officials
Wed, May 25, 2022

Dr Satheesh Kumar, the designated officer for Food Safety in Chennai, said the department inspected the meat based on the complaint filed by the management of RR Biryani.

‘Will die rather than work on contract basis’: Sanitation workers continue stir in Chennai
Sun, May 22, 2022

The corporation reportedly has 1,800 temporary workers. The protestors said that neither have they slept in the last five days, nor have they gone back home to visit their families.

Tamil Nadu: Tiruchirappalli Corporation adopts pilot project to promote waste segregation
Thu, May 19, 2022

The start-up is reportedly planning to implement the project for at least a month and then take a decision on extending its services to other areas in the city based on the feedback from the corporation and residents.

Tamil Nadu: Textile units go on strike demanding reduction in cotton, yarn prices
Tue, May 17, 2022

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging the disruptions faced by the textile industry in the southern state and urged him to initiate measures to rein in the price rise.

Leaky roofs, contaminated water, no safety for women: Tamil Nadu’s Perumbakkam resettlement colony tells tale of apathy
Wed, May 18, 2022

The residents say that the TNUHDB had promised them that they need not worry about how to take care of themselves and their loved ones in the new locality as all arrangements were already made. But the ground reality, even after all these years, tells a different story.

Chennai: At Govindasamy Nagar eviction site, residents complain of cop excesses, women change clothes inside auto-rickshaws
Fri, May 13, 2022

Residents of Govindasamy Nagar also said that when they asked the authorities to wait until their children finish their Board exams, specific families were given only three days’ additional time to stay.

Once crowd-pullers, actor lookalikes living hand to mouth in film-crazy Tamil Nadu
Mon, May 09, 2022

The adulation for superstars, sometimes bordering on fanaticism, has helped a few people other than the actors—people who have been blessed with features similar to those of the celluloid demigods, but the pandemic has played spoilsport.

Death at Chennai de-addiction centre: Residents near facility allege inmates’ torture during pandemic
Fri, May 06, 2022

Some of the residents near the centre claimed that the inmates were beaten even during the Covid-19 period and since they were addicted to alcohol, none of them were willing to pay heed to their miseries.

Tamil Nadu: FSSAI cracks down on manufacture, sale of non-licensed drinks
Tue, May 03, 2022

In the past few years, there have been several instances of children developing symptoms of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dyspnoea after consuming non-licensed aerated drinks.

Chennai Perungudi landfill fire: Personnel struggle to bring major fire under control
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Chennai Perungudi landfill fire: Though the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, activists claim the methane inside the landfill is aggravating the flames.

Fire breaks out at Chennai’s Rajiv Gandhi hospital, 100 patients evacuated
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

Chennai hospital fire: Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Minister Ma Subramanian and Health Secretary J Radhakrishan reached the spot to oversee rescue work and to ensure that hospital services are not disrupted.

From threatening teacher to breaking tables to ragging classmate: Has lockdown impacted a change in students’ behavior?
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Speaking to, a senior official attached to the educational department in Tirupattur, said the students alone can't be blamed for all these activities.

Tamil Nadu: AIADMK walks out of Assembly in protest against ‘attack’ on Governor RN Ravi’s convoy
Wed, Apr 20, 2022

Before staging the walkout, AIADMK MLAs led by Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Pannerselvam raised slogans in Assembly and alleged that the security of the governor was compromised by the ruling dispensation.

Will not allow imposition of Hindi in Tamil Nadu: TN BJP leader Annamalai
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Annamalai claimed the Congress politicised the Hindi language issue for over 40 years but Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not approve the draft of the National Education Policy that had Hindi as the main language.

Tamil Nadu: Madurai decks up for Chithirai Thiruvizha festival
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

The main event, Sree Meenakshi Sundareswarar Thirukalyanam (celestial wedding), will take place on April 14 and Sri Kallazhagar Vaigai Aatril Ezhuntharulal (Kallazhagar’s procession) will be organised on April 16.

Chennai: Vandalur zoo authorities prepare plan to keep animals cool
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

Under the plan, all animals are provided with sufficient shade and adequate water. Moreover, shade nets have been set up at designated places to obstruct direct sunlight.

Chennai: Gang abducts schoolgirl after initial plan to kidnap a relative’s child fails, arrested
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

According to the Nungambakkam police, Mohammed Meera Laif (51), a real estate agent from Kodambakkam, had lodged a complaint at the F-4 Thousand Lights police station on April 6 that his 15-year-old daughter, who had gone to school that day in Nungambakkam, had gone missing.

Vijay’s warning to fans ahead of Beast release: ‘Don’t create controversy or action will be taken’
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

Vijay, whose films had run into controversy in the past due to his alleged political statements and actions of his fans, has issued an advisory ahead of Beast release.

‘Tom was like a son to Muthu’: The man who built a statue in memory of his dog
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

Manoj Kumar, son of Muthu who had the statue built, said his father considered their dog Tom, a Labrador, as a member of the family and it’s death was unbearable.

Puducherry to host four-day beach festival to boost tourism
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

The Union territory of Puducherry has reported no cases of Covid-19 in the past few weeks.

Tamil Nadu: Fans damage Tirunelveli theatre during Beast trailer screening
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

The Tirunelveli theatre, Ram Cinemas, had issued free passes for the screening but many fans reportedly congregated at the complex without any valid pass. The theatre also failed to maintain Covid-19 guidelines.

Self-taught artist in Chennai’s Pondy Bazaar draws himself out of poverty, one stroke at a time
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

Twenty-year-old M Surendhar sits quietly on a busy shopping street in the city, his deft hands moving quickly across a white paper, conjuring portraits of people in minutes – while his efforts help sustain his family, the Visual Communication student hopes his talent will take him further.

Chennai: Viral video shows councillor’s husband misbehaving with woman, AIADMK slams government
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

The video also showed that while the councillor was seen sitting in one corner, her seat was occupied by her husband Karunanidhi.