Drunk driving cases decreased in Chennai: Report

According to a report by the Indian Express, the number of drunk driving cases in Chennai has come down by 20 percent. Notably, Tamil Nadu traffic police registered an average of 2,500 cases per month in January, February and March in Chennai. After SC banned liquor shops on the highway, the drunk driving cases in Chennai have reportedly come down to an average of around 1,900 cases.

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Apollo begins air ambulance service in Chennai

According to reports, Apollo Hospital in Chennai launched its air ambulance service on Tuesday. Notably, Apollo started this service two days after the Ganga hospital in Coimbatore started the state’s first air ambulance service. However, Apollo is yet to announce the minimum charge for its air ambulance service.

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Chennai MetroWater to reduce daily water supply

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board is reportedly set to reduce the daily supply of water in the city. According to reports from ToI, the board is said to supply 420-470 million litres per day as the reservoirs are expected to go dry in the upcoming days. Notably, MetroWater was supplying around 500 million litres of water per day until last two weeks.

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Chennai LGBTQ community conducts annual pride parade

Chennai's LGBTQ community conducted its annual pride march for the ninth year near Rajarathinam Stadium on Sunday. According to reports, the crowd handed out badges, colourful umbrellas, urging others to join in. Notably, a group of sex workers also joined the parade to raise awareness. Interestingly, participants were also seen raising voices against the recent beef ban (new cattle trade rules).

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Write suicide note for homework: UK teacher

An English teacher in the UK reportedly asked over 60 teenage students to draft a suicide note for homework as part of a class assignment on Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The incident forced the school's Headmistress to issue an apology after it sparked an outrage among parents who branded the assignment as "absolutely disgusting" and "insensitive".

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'Emerald' lingam stolen from Thiruporur temple

According to reports, a 400-year-old lingam (an abstract representation of the Hindu deity, Shiva) was reportedly stolen from the Suryambeeswarar temple in Thiruporur, Chennai on Friday night. Several reports suggest that the stolen idol was made of emerald and is believed to have a market value of over Rs 2 crores. However, the police are yet to confirm the value of the stolen idol.

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TN Chief Minister opens Porur flyover

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Sunday inaugurated the Rs. 54 crore flyover at Porur. According to reports, the flyover has been named in remembrance of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M G Ramachandran. Notably, the 475-metre-long flyover has been constructed on Mount Poonamallee Road at the junction of Arcot Road.

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Chennai ranked in 'JL Global Top 300'

According to reports, Chennai has been placed on the annual ‘JLL Global 300.' Notably, 'JLL Global 300' represents the 300 major cities that account for more than one-third of the world’s economy. In this year, Chennai has been ranked  79th in the list. Other Indian cities in the list are Mumbai (24th), Delhi (26th), Bengaluru (69th) and Kolkata (90th).

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Virender Sehwag best man to replace Anil Kumble: Ajit Wadekar

With the BCCI getting ready to go through applications for the post of head coach of Indian cricket team, the hunt for the post has almost resumed. Meanwhile, former India captain Ajit Wadekar has reportedly said, “If not Anil Kumble, then Virender Sehwag is the best option India can have. He has an attacking style approach towards the game and it will be good for India.”

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Prize money for all teams revealed

International Cricket Council revealed the prize money for the teams after the recently concluded Champions Trophy. According to reports, prize money of Rs 14 crores to the 2017 champions Pakistan and for those who finished in top 4 - England and Bangladesh, will be awarded Rs 3 crore each, while runners-up India are to receive Rs 7 crore.

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Chennai Metro to go green

The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd is reportedly planning to install solar power plants at its stations. According to reports, this initiative will save up to ₹1.5 crore a year in energy costs. Notably, Bengaluru-based CleanMax Solar will put up the solar panels and sell the power generated to Chennai Metro.

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Govt to launch call centres for GST queries

The Indian government on Thursday announced that GST Network, the company providing IT services for the GST, will launch two call centres on Sunday. These call centres will handle queries from taxpayers and tax officials about the GST. Notably, GSTN has partnered with Infosys and Tech Mahindra in launching these call centres.

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Govt to construct new shopping complex T Nagar

Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani had reportedly announced that the state is planning to build a new shopping complex in T Nagar. According to reports, the complex will be rented out to the pavement dwellers. Notably, the complex is expected to be constructed at the cost of Rs 20 crore. Velumani also announced that a new parking complex would also be built in the congested Thyagaraya Road and Thanikachalam Road at the expense of 36.50 crores.

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Court criticises Dhinakaran for delaying his trial

The economic offences court in Chennai reportedly criticised AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran for not appearing before it. Dhinakaran was supposed to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses in one of his FERA (Foreign Exchange Regulation Act) cases on Thursday. Notably, Dhinakaran is currently facing two FERA violation cases.

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Govt paints 'I am poor, receive ration' on people's homes

According to reports, National Food Security Act officials of Rajasthan have painted the walls of people receiving ration, with the message “I am poor and I receive ration from NFSA.” Reportedly, around 50,000 homes are being painted with the message. Notably, the people have called this as a shameful act. However, an official said it was only done to identify BPL and NFSA families.

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College student from the Andaman found dead in Chennai

Rekha Raj, a 24-year-old college student from the Andaman Islands, was reportedly found dead in her room in Vadapalani. According to reports, a friend of Rekha’s father from Pudukottai visited her on Wednesday and allegedly found her dead in the room. Notably, Rekha was studying BSc Biotechnology in a private college in Thiruninravur and was staying with her friend in the area.

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Motorists use Porur flyover before official inauguration

Motorists in Chennai had reportedly started using the Porur flyover before its official inauguration due to heavy rains in the city. According to reports, the people in the area have said that the motorists used the flyover to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Notably, the city traffic police have installed barricades at the ends of the flyover to prevent further use.

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Chennai Corporation increases rent

The Chennai Corporation has reportedly increased the rental rates for its shops across the city. Notably, the rent was hiked based on the recommendation of the Corporation’s Revenue Department. However, the traders have complained that the hike is over 9-10 times in some areas.

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Chennai Metrowater to stop taking water from four reservoirs

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board will reportedly stop taking water from four reservoirs from next week. These reservoirs are Chembarambakkam, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Poondi. Water scarcity and dredging operations are reported to be the reason behind this operation. Notably, these water bodies supply nearly 65 % of the drinking water for the city. Meanwhile, Chennai Metrowater has also announced that it will bring the needed water from alternative sources in Thiruvallur and Neyveli.

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Droptaxi hires transgenders in Chennai

According to reports, Droptaxi, a cab aggregator start-up from Bengaluru, has hired transgenders in Chennai for its promotional work. The start-up has reportedly hired seven transgenders in part-time positions to do promotional work in public places. Notably, Droptaxi has also announced that it is planning to hire transgenders in Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore and Karnataka within this month.

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