21 June


Damaged unused building in school needs attention

The building may look like the typical haunt of the villain chasing the heroine; but it is not. It is a building in the premises of Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School at Besant Nagar.

This is a 2000 sq ft. dilapidated building which stands next to the playground, adjacent to the science lab. The roof is threatening to cave in at any time. The steel girders are corroded.

The walls are falling apart. There is only a kachcha flooring strewn with dust and filth. The building dates back to 16.9.1967; the then Chief Minister C.N.Annadurai inaugurated the building.

“We have spoken to the authorities on this unused building. There is a possibility of students straying into the premises. Schools were asked to attend to old structures and strengthen them before the academic year begins. Nothing has been done yet,” says a worried parent.

The school authorities say that they have notified the Corporation and action will be taken soon.

Honest auto driver from Besant Nagar

T.R.Chandran is an auto driver ( TN07X9097) at Besant Nagar. He found a jewel pouch in the passenger seat on June 16. Being an honest person and not greedy for money he handed it over to the Deputy Commissioner, D.Kannan. This was reported in newspapers.

S. Rajeswari of Besant Nagar had taken an auto to her bank to deposit some jewels in her locker. When she reached the bank she found that a pouch containing 2 bangles was missing.

She even checked with CCTV footages of the bank. On June 18 she read the news item that an auto driver had handed over a jewel pouch to the Deputy Commissioner of police, D.Kannan at Adyar. On giving the details of the contents she got back the jewels worth more than a lakh of rupees. She rewarded the auto driver and praised him for his honesty. He resides at 80/2, 31st Cross Street, Besant Nagar.

Educate a prisoner

‘Give Wings’, a social website hosted by S.Sreeram of KravMaga, Adyar promotes the cause of educating prisoners to empower them towards rehabilitation through gainful employment. Any member of the civil society can sponsor a prisoner’s education for a year.

Various graduation, post graduation, and Diploma in job-oriented skills are being offered to the inmates. Mahatma Gandhi Community College is functioning in the Prison Department, having its campus in all Central Prisons and Special Prisons for Women.

These courses coordinated by ICRDCE, Egmore are conducted with the support of community colleges in the neighbourhood of respective prisons.

During the year 20142015, a total of 3,479 prisoners have pursued various courses; 4 prisoners have bagged gold medals in Diploma Courses (2012 and 2014).

To sponsor a prisoner’s education, payment can be made to ICRDCE A/c No. 0110053000013430, South Indian Bank Ltd., Nungambakkam Branch. Bank Swift Code: SOININ55.

After transferring the amount, the sponsor is requested to notify the same to the prison department through e-mail tnprison@gmail.com., so that the details and uptakes on the sponsored prisoner’s education under Mahatma Gandhi Community College can be communicated.

Any queries can be clarified directly with Sreeram 93400 06600.