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4-year-old saved from brick kiln

Four-year-old B. Pachaiammal got her freedom on Tuesday when she was rescued along with 10 other bonded labourers from a brick-kiln in Avadi, where they had been toiling for the last two years.


Pick your freedom fighter rice in this shop


One kilo of Bhagat Singh and Sukudev, one kilo of Velunachiar and half-a-kg of Sardar Patel cost Rs123 at Pandiyan rice shop in Tiruninravur. Puzzled? Grocer Jeyaselvan celebrates patriotism everyday,

Fashion guru’s herbal garments heal

A professor of Fashion Technology in Coimbatore has come up with trendy herbal solutions to nagging ailments. He heals sinuses by giving patients handkerchiefs treated with sandalwood and offers neem

Build a dream house for Rs17.5k


Can you build a house with just $300 (less than Rs18,000)? If your answer is the predictable ‘no’, read on for a ‘second opinion’.

The ‘three-hundred-dollar’ (THD) house has become a reality, thanks

Victimised women can get money back

A victimised wife can get back the money that her parents spent for her marriage, from her husband, a court has ruled here.

A lab technician working at a private hospital here petitioned the Egmore

Tamil Nadu farmers grow chocolates on trees


S.Dhanapal in Pattukottai grows chocolates on trees. Thanks to a MoU between the chocolate major Cadbury and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, this 41-year-old economics graduate has made Rs 61,

Bee fest raises eco concerns


The Americans are trying to pollinate artificially, spending as much as $50 per flower; the Chinese are flooding our markets with honey that has high doses of antibiotics; and, the Indians like most o

Igniting minds of jailbirds


Maria Selvi Dasan has been visiting the Coimbatore central prison for the last 12 years. She meets a large group of her ‘family’ there every week and prays for their well-being.

Surprised? She visit

Differently abled couples wait for TN wedding gifts

Physically-challenged S. Sivakumar, 38, who runs a small stationery shop in Virudhunagar, has not given up hope on his petition to the government for the Rs 10,000 special gift that he should have rec

Septuagenarian gets 10-year RI

A 74-year-old man who raped three minor girls and forced them to watch porn was slapped with ten years RI by the Mahila court here.

The victims had told the investigators that Somasundaram abused th

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