Kaviya Dileep goes the whole hog. The 19-year-old Chennai girl recently scaled Mount Ladakhi, which was closed off for 17 years after two civilians died while trying to climb the mountain in 2003. Continue reading Kaviya Dileep – Scaling heights, one peak at a time
On the internet, one can learn to make biriyani or even a bomb. While it empowers, it also provides a platform for exploitation of impressionable minds. Among other things, it can teach people with depression or suicidal tendencies the most effective ways to end their lives. Pro-suicide sites are among the most dangerous sites on the internet today and all one needs to do to access them is to type some basic keywords that open up to a deep, dark world where Death is romanticised and Life is ridiculed.
Bruises take time to heal but scars, they fade but rarely disappear. For women who are victims of domestic abuse but also burn victims, it is not just the trauma of physical abuse but the mental agony of dealing with burn scars that takes a heavy toll on them.
Here are the stories of two such women who are not victims as much as they are survivors.
Continue reading A Tale of Two Survivors
Being a Good Samaritan can backfire. Dr Banu Krishnan experienced that when she was allegedly harassed continuously after she took a 64-year-old woman, Rathinamal, who was lying helpless on the road, to the hospital. What followed was an unexpected turn of events, one that would haunt her for quite some time.
The banking sector is going through a churn. The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) looms like a dagger overhead and one that they are looking to get rid off at any cost – even if it means penalising unsuspecting depositors.
Under the GST regime, most medicines are expected to be taxed at 12%, while essential drugs including insulin will be taxed at 5%. However, there is a churn happening at both the wholesale and retail level, that is affecting businesses and customers alike. Continue reading GST gives pharmacists and patients a headache
Tax consultants have been burning the midnight oil to keep up with client queries and government notifications. However, with Goods and Services Tax (GST) being implemented from July 1, they’re gearing up for a turbulent period. The beginning of many more sleepless nights as the questions are only expected to increase and the answers hard to come by. Continue reading Chennai’s tax consultants reaping GST windfall
The enormous shortage of nurses in India is known and accepted. What is less known is that there is a huge unmet demand for male nurses, especially for older patients and in emergency services at hospitals. However, owing to the low pay and better job prospects outside India, many of these trained nurses go overseas after gaining a couple of years of experience. Continue reading Male Nurses & Why They’re In Demand
It is no secret that the Indian Information Technology (IT) sector is facing trying times. While there are numerous statements coming in from top voices in the industry to instil optimism in employees, there is still an air of uncertainty and nervousness among professionals of all levels with talk of layoffs and a hiring freeze doing the rounds.
Continue reading Indian IT in a Fix; Techies Left Sweating
The fire at the Chennai Silks textile showroom in T Nagar laid bare the poor fire safety precautions present in large commercial buildings. Though there were no casualties reported and the building has been demolished to make way for yet another multi-storey shopping complex, it remains to be seen if fire safety is among the foremost priorities. Continue reading Playing with Fire, Putting Lives at Risk