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The 2,247 Indian star tortoises were being smuggled to Thailand | By special arrangement

2,247 endangered Indian star tortoises seized at Chennai airport as smuggling bid is foiled

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and airport customs authorities say the seized tortoises have been handed over to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department for rehabilitation.
The Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai opens for visitors at 6:30 pm in the evening. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Not blindly praying in Sanskrit anymore, Tamil Nadu devotees on Stalin’s temple reform

The newly-elected DMK government has given devotees of 47 state temples the option to offer prayers in Tamil. Many say will understand meaning now, some aren’t so happy.
Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi took charge last month | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

At-home vaccination to taxi ambulance — how this IAS officer in Chennai tackled 2nd Covid wave

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi took charge last month | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

7,000 cases/day to 2,600 — how this IAS officer turned it around for Chennai in a fortnight

From starting at-home vaccination for people with disabilities, to a taxi ambulance service, Gagandeep Singh Bedi has stood true to his image as ‘Mascot of Disaster Management’.

Academician, former Anna University VC M Anandakrishnan dies in Chennai due to Covid-19

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister M K Stalin and many others condoled the death of the former Vice Chancellor of Anna University.
Chengalpattu has become Tamil Nadu’s second worst affected district after Chennai | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Why Chennai satellite & industry hub Chengalpattu is among TN’s worst-hit Covid districts

Just 50 km apart, Chennai and Chengalpattu are nearly intertwined, traditionally connected by wholesale markets and now by an IT and floating workforce. 

How Chennai, one of the world’s wettest big cities, ran out of water

Chennai is an example of what can go wrong when industrialisation and extreme weather converge and a metropolis paves over its flood plain to satisfy demand for new homes & factories.
S P Balasubrahmanyam | @NivinPauly | Twitter

Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam on ventilator, son Charan says he is stable

The singer was hospitalised on 5 August after testing Covid positive, but his son later said he tested negative. Charan then posted a video which didn't clarify if the singer had Covid.
A massive explosion, said to be caused by ammonium nitrate, struck Lebanon's capital Beirut Thursday, causing widespread death and destruction | Photo: PTI

Chennai Port has stored over 700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate — chemical behind Beirut blast

Ruling AIADMK’s ally S. Ramadoss of the PMK says the ammonium nitrate needs to be safely disposed of and used for making fertilisers.
Municipal health workers screen residents for Covid-19 at Dadar in Mumbai, on 25 July 2020 | Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI

Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai infection rates dip below 1, India’s overall R value now at 1.16

In major metros, the rate of Covid spread has slowed significantly. An epidemic is considered to have been arrested when the R value remains below 1 consistently.
Representational image of Pakistan flag | Pixabay

On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.