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Nilayur Tank

Nilayur Tank is an ancient water conservation measure located in Tamil Nadu. Its origin can be traced back to the Pandyan period. As it is still alive and functional, it is being regarded as an engineering marvel. It has four sluices, one of which bears the name of the Pandyan king, Paraanthaga Veeranarayanan who lived ..

Andhra Pradesh to make English the medium of instruction in state-run schools

The Andhra Pradesh government is set to make all government elementary schools ‘English-medium’ from the next academic year. The decision of the government is mainly due to two reasons. First, there is a general belief that English-medium students can get good jobs as compare to Hindi medium. And secondly, economically constrained families are shifting their ..

Central Government gives final approval to Tamil Nadu’s proposal to establish six new medical colleges

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has given its final approval to Tamil Nadu’s proposal to establish six new medical colleges. The institutes will come up in Tiruppur, the Nilgiris, Ramanathapuram, Namakkal, Dindigul and Virudhunagar at a cost of ?1,950 crore, and will be attached to existing hospitals in these districts. The new ..

Keeladi-An Urban Settlement of Sangam Age on Banks of River Vaigai’ published by Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department

The report titled, ‘Keeladi-An Urban Settlement of Sangam Age on the Banks of River Vaigai’ has recently published by the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department (TNAD). The report is the major turning point in the cultural historiography of the ancient Sangam Age, which is generally considered between 300 BC and 300AD. In it, TNAD stated that ..

Keeladi excavation site

The recent announcement of the TNAD – Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department stated that the cultural deposits unearthed at Keeladi, Sivagangai district can be dated to a period in 3rd century BC. However, samples sent to US for carbon dating say that the artifacts are much more older. They may be 300 years older than they ..

National Conference on Varmam Science held in Chennai

On 22nd August 2019, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the two-day National Conference on Varmam Science in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. ‘Varmam’ is a constituent of the Siddha system of medicine, that also doubles up as a martial art. The national conference is being organized by the National Institute of Siddha ..

Athi Varadar festival started in Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, the Kanchi Athi Varadar festival has started in Kanchipuram from July 1, 2019. The temple of Varadar is in Kancheepuram. The deity is made of fig tree and hence the name Athi Varadar. He is immersed in Anantasaras, the temple tank. He is brought out once in 40 years, pujas done for ..

Delay in onset of Monsoon

After a week’s delay, the monsoon has hit the state of Kerala on June 8, a week late than the usually expected arrival date on June 1. Is Monsoon delayed all over the country? Delayed onset of the monsoon has the potential to delay the arrival of the monsoon in other parts of the country, ..