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Chennai property tax to fetch Rs 477 cr

The number of property tax-payers in Chennai has been growing approximately by 10 per cent over the last eight years and the city now has 10,71,914 assessees with a tax estimate of Rs 477 crore.


Rise in Mudumalai, Sathyamangalam elephant population likely


The recently concluded integrated elephant census in four south Indian states shows that Mudu-malai and Sathyamangalam continue to support a healthy population of the jumbos. In fact foresters are hop

Restoration work gains speed


The much-delayed renovation of the historical Ripon Buildings and the adjacent Victoria Public Hall, both built during the colonial period, has finally gained some momentum.

While a lot of work is ye

Vet college application sales up

The sale of veterinary college applications has reached an all-time high and more students are showing interest in joining veterinary courses.

Last year the university sold 5,700 applications and th

DC’s second green initiative: Save Chennai pavements


Capital city Chennai is neither green nor has commitment to walkers like in western countries where exclusive civic agencies devotedly focus on proper spacious buildings with approach roads having foo

Poachers turn to other occupations

The incidence of poaching migratory birds in the metropolis has come down drastically over the years mainly due to the decreasing green cover and stringent measures taken up near marshlands and protec

CAG: Forest, wildlife depts are denied adequate funds

As against the Union planning commission’s recommendation of 4 per cent allocation for forestry and wildlife sector, the state government, in the 11th five year plan (2007–11), had allotted only 1.51

Civic brass try to end nexus row

The contractor-councillor nexus in the Chennai corporation has reached a new low with each accusing the other of trying to swindle the taxpayers’ money.

While contractors allege that councillors dem

Chennai civic body cancels Rs 6.5 cr tenders at one go

The Chennai corporation on Friday cancelled tenders called for Anna Nagar zone (zone 8) following complaints against councillors who intervene in the tender process.

Intimating the issue to contract

Poor policies erode forest cover

The state forest cover has decreased marginally since 2005, despite spending `471 crore during 2002–2007 on social and farm forestry activities.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India report

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