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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Metro Rail operations extended for civil services exam

Metro Rail operations in Chennai are reportedly set to be extended on Sunday for civil services examination. According to reports, CMRL has announced that services would commence from 6 am on Sunday instead of 8 am. Notably, CMRL, on its Facebook page, has posted, “To facilitate smooth conduct of Civil Services Exam, the metro rail services on 18.06.17 (Sunday) will commence from 0600hrs onwards (instead of 0800hrs). (SIC)”.

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Front face of Chennai Silks building demolished

The demolition work of the fire engulfed Chennai Silks building in T Nagar has reportedly started on Saturday morning. Notably, the demolition work was stopped last week following a minor accident. The front face of the building has been brought down within minutes of starting the demolition work. The contractor has reportedly pledged that the demolition of the building will be completed before this evening. However, the removal of rubble from the demolition is expected to take more than ten days.

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Pachaiyappa's College principal attacked

A few students of Pachaiyappa's College in Chennai have allegedly attacked their principal Kaliraj inside the campus on Friday. According to reports, Kaliraj, who asked the students without ID cards to leave the college campus, suffered injuries to his head and windows of his car were also broken. Notably, police have arrested the students who involved in the attack. 

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Chennai is kind towards its elderly: Report

A study by Help Age India has revealed that Chennai people are kinder to elderly in public spaces than people in most other cities in the country. In contrast, more than 70% of elders in Bengaluru have admitted of having experienced abuse and ill-treatment in public spaces. Notably, Help Age India conducted the survey on 19 important cities in India.

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