BOXING GIRLS
Chennai girls learn to land a solid punch

These days, select impoverished neighbourhoods in Chennai have become the nursery of future champion boxers. Girls in these neighbourhoods are receiving training in boxing, something that has given them the confidence to stand up for themselves and dream big, reveals Hema Vijay.

#Society #Women
FOREST POLICIES & BIODIVERSITY
Saving the Malabar Hornbill in the hills of Tamil Nadu

Farming practices encouraged by existing forest policies have drastically reduced the sources of food for the Malabar Grey Hornbill, once abundant in the Palni Hills of Tamil Nadu. Madhu Ramnath explains what endangers the species and how they can be saved.  

#Forests #People #Wildlife #Environment
CONFLICT BETWEEN STATES
Mullaperiyar: Is the light in the tunnel itself?

With the SC striking down the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act, concerns over the Mullaperiyar Dam could create tension anew between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Could a new study contain a potential solution to the issue? P N Venugopal explores.

#Water #Laws #States #KERALA
VOTER SPEAK
Chennai voters wary of disappearing acts

They make an appearance before every election with a basket of promises and some patchwork to impress the electorate, only to disappear later. Chennai residents tell Lavanya Donthamshetty how tired they are of such politicians, wishing for a leader with vision and the commitment to turn it into reality.

#Elections #Government
KNOW YOUR MP
Tracking Chennai’s faces in Parliament

Continuing the focus on how Members of Parliament from key urban constituencies have fared in the 15th Lok Sabha, Lavanya Donthamshetty shines the spotlight on the leaders from Chennai.

#Elections #Government
PROTESTS IN TAMILNADU
A deeper look at the Tamil student stir
PROTESTS IN TAMILNADU : A deeper look at the Tamil student stir
Recent student protests in Tamilnadu may have had the Sri Lankan issue and the Indian governmental stance on it as the immediate trigger, but in reality, the dynamics go much deeper and need to be viewed in a broader context. Gnana Bharathy analyses.
#Human Rights #Society
FARMING SUCCESS
Living off jackfruit
FARMING SUCCESS : Living off jackfruit
While jackfruit farmers across India lament the lack of fair compensation, one farmer in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu earns an income of two lakh rupees a year from his unique and succulent “Maharajapuram” variety. Shree Padre brings us his story.
#Agriculture
NUCLEAR POWER
Kudamkulam: Ready to produce power?
Will the Kudankulam nuclear power plant finally become operational this month as assured by the Prime Minister? Krithika Ramalingam takes an in-depth look at the long history of delays and conflicts that has plagued the project since its inception.
#Energy #Environmental Hazards #Environment
CAUVERY RIVER DISPUTE
Cauvery: Preferring politics to solutions
Findings of a unique apolitical initiative that brings farmers from the Cauvery basin together indicate that a fair distress-sharing formula may not be as elusive as it seems. Shamala Kittane reports.
#Water #Agriculture #Government #KARNATAKA
GOVERNMENT
Tamilnadu's striking progress in welfare
The better education and health outcome indicators in the southern states compared to the north, has been acknowledged for a long time. And yet to see it with one’s own eyes really drives home the poin,t say Reetika Khera.
#Education #Government #Health
NUCLEAR POWER
The people's energy
NUCLEAR POWER : The people's energy
When nuclear companies are unwilling to stake their financial health on the safety of a reactor, how can the Government ask local residents to risk their lives, ask M V Ramana and Suvrat Raju.
#Energy #Environmental Hazards #Environment
SAMACHEER KALVI
Uniform, but unworkable
SAMACHEER KALVI : Uniform, but unworkable
The desire for quality education for all children is noble and surely one shared by all. But Tamilnadu's Samacheer Kalvi makes that more difficult, writes Parth Shah.
#Curricula #Education
INTERVIEW: DAVID SHULMAN
Salvager of India's dying temple heritage
INTERVIEW: DAVID SHULMAN : Salvager of India's dying temple heritage

"In Kanchipuram, I saw just a year ago, how the late 17th-century murals were literally disintegrating. It has happened in temple after temple".

#Culture #History #Interviews #Society
RIGHT TO INFORMATION
Transparency in the SIC, please!
RIGHT TO INFORMATION : Transparency in the SIC, please!
The State Information Commissioners are supposed to uphold the RTI Act in their respective states. But their own appointments are shrouded in secrecy, writes Krishnaraj Rao.
#Right To Info
ACCOUNTABILITY
Private, but not above the RTI
Recently, the Chennai High Court ruled that a PPP project falls within the ambit of the RTI Act. The court's reasoning gives hope for a more liberal interpretation of the law itself in the future. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
#Right To Info
  • Population : 77.8 m (2019 est)
  • Area : 130,060 sq.km.
  • Density : 599/sq. km.
  • Sex Ratio : 996 (2011)
  • Child Sex Ratio : 943 (2011)
  • Literacy : 82.90% (2020)
  • Forest Cover : 20.27% (2019)
  • Lok Sabha MPs : 39
  • Rajya Sabha MPs : 18
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