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Janardhan Koushik

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

Tamil Nadu: Ceiling collapses at government school building, two injured
Wed, Mar 02, 2022

The incident happened at a government primary school in Vagaikulam village near Sayalkudi, where as many as 42 students are currently studying. The injured students were immediately taken to Sayalkudi government primary health centre.

Tamil Nadu students seek embassy help to leave Ukraine; state govt offers to pay for evacuation
Sat, Feb 26, 2022

Many say they are running out of food and that telephone lines to the Indian embassy remain engaged, while Chief Minister Stalin urged the Centre to start Vande Bharat-like repatriation flights.

Tamil Nadu urban local body polls: Amid DMK’s landslide win, BJP’s lone victory in Chennai a surprise
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

Uma Anandhan (66), who contested from ward 134 in the West Mambalam area of the Kodambakkam zone, defeated the Congress candidate by a margin of more than 2,000 votes.

3 months since Chennai floods, woes far from receding for residents of Thiru Vi Ka Nagar zone
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

From damaged storm water drains and frequent power cuts to broken roads, poor maintenance of public toilets and excess pollution, there seems to be no end to the problems.

Memes, videos and WhatsApp groups, candidates ramp up digital campaigning ahead of Tamil Nadu civic polls
Thu, Feb 17, 2022

Political leaders, including Chief Minister M K Stalin, have been busy with virtual campaigns over the past few days. In the virtual campaigns, party functionaries are made to gather at a venue to listen to their leaders speak to them online.

Orders for t-shirts to party flags, Tamil Nadu urban local body polls help Tiruppur limp back to normalcy
Wed, Feb 16, 2022

The Covid-induced lockdown forced many units to shut shops and many of the workers from other states have returned to their hometowns.

Chennai: Boy, who unsuccessfully chased a thief, gets his cycle back thanks to police
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

DCP Karthikeyan said that he was so moved, seeing the visuals of the little boy chasing the thief, that he took it upon himself to retrieve the cycle.

VOC Park and Zoo likely to be taken over by Tamil Nadu government
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

In a detailed order dated January 5, 2022, Akanksha Maharajan, the Deputy Inspector of General of Forests, said gross violations were observed in the zoo and they were repetitive for over 20 years.

Petrol bombs hurled at BJP headquarters in Chennai, one detained
Thu, Feb 10, 2022

T Nagar DCP Hari Kiran Prasad said one person has been detained in connection with the incident.

Tamil Nadu civic polls: MNM chief Kamal Haasan compares party candidates to sanitation workers
Wed, Feb 09, 2022

Haasan made the remark while addressing MNM workers virtually, in the run up to the urban local body polls in the state scheduled on February 19.

Tamil Nadu: Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam to not form alliance in civic polls
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

In a release, TVMI general secretary Bussy Anand said the organisation will also not enter any pre-poll alliance in the civic polls.

Tamil Nadu urban local body polls: Over 12,000 posts across 21 corporations up for grabs
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

Among the 200 wards in the Chennai Corporation, many political parties have provided seats to the kin of former MLAs and other senior leaders in the party.

Tamil Nadu: Woman’s body found in suitcase in Tiruppur
Mon, Feb 07, 2022

The body was found in an abandoned suitcase inside a stormwater drain near Nallur and passersby on the Tiruppur-Dharapuram highway alerted the police on Monday morning after noticing it.

Tamil Nadu Urban local body elections 2022: Everything you need to know
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

Tamil Nadu Urban Local Body 2022 Polls: After a gap of over 10 years, the Tamil Nadu urban local body polls will be held in a single phase on February 19. Here's everything you need to know

On Rahul Gandhi’s Tamil Nadu comment, a thank you and a history lesson
Thu, Feb 03, 2022

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M K Stalin took to Twitter and thanked Gandhi for his “rousing speech in the Parliament, expressing the idea of Indian Constitution in an emphatic manner.”

Three transgender persons in fray for TN urban local body polls
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

While Ganga Nayak has been nominated by the ruling DMK, Jayadevi and Rajamma will contest on tickets of AIADMK and BJP respectively.

TN candidate campaigns with dummy currency notes to raise awareness against ‘cash-for-vote’ practices
Tue, Feb 01, 2022

MP Sankarapandian, an Independent candidate in Madurai, said, "I want to convey the message that the public will not be benefitted by choosing a candidate who tries to buy votes by distributing cash."

Now, Stalin as ‘PM material’, riding ‘social justice’ pitch
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

As regional leaders across states vie to fill the space at the national stage vacated by the Congress, Stalin appeared to have pitched his own hat into the ring.

Chennai: Man who stole cameras, lenses at weddings over six-year period arrested
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

According to the police, the accused identified as Samsudeen, a resident of Villivakkam who used to shuttle between Chennai and Tiruchirapalli, has been stealing equipment since 2016.

Chennai: Complaint filed against RBI officials for not rising to Tamil anthem
Fri, Jan 28, 2022

🔴 In a purported video, when onlookers ask the officials why they didn’t stand up during the anthem, they are heard saying that the Madras High Court has said there was need to do so.

Tamil Nadu: 3 minors held for sexually abusing 10-year-old boy
Mon, Jan 24, 2022

According to the police, the boys abused the 10-year-old on multiple occasions for over 10 days.

Rise in Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, but Chennai sees a downward trend
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

🔴 Dr. S Mahalakshmi, Additional City Health Officer, Greater Chennai Corporation, said the increase in vaccination coverage was crucial in bringing down the cases in the city.

Watch: Leopard locked inside Coimbatore godown stays away from traps, makes forest officials wait
Wed, Jan 19, 2022

🔴 The leopard entered an abandoned godown at BK Pudur near Kuniyamuthur and has been locked inside since Sunday night. It came close to entering one of the cages on Tuesday night but moved away later.

Tamil Nadu reports over 23,000 fresh Covid cases, Chennai’s count at 8,591
Mon, Jan 17, 2022

Chennai has 60,126 active cases and the positivity rate, as of Sunday, reached 29.7 per cent.  

Tamil Nadu BJP seeks apology from Zee for ‘making obnoxious comments against PM’
Mon, Jan 17, 2022

A spokesperson from Zee Tamil, however, said that they were not willing to issue any statement regarding the matter.

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