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Vol. XXVI No. 18, January 1-15, 2017

Archives: Vol. XXVI No. 18, January 1-15, 2017


Better days for the Fort?

By The Editor

At long last there are signs that some long promised action regarding Fort St George will finally materialise. If newspaper reports are to be believed, the Army is finally moving out of the Fort, or at least talking about it in right earnest. With that there should be no impediment to the Archaeological Survey taking over all the buildings that are not in occupation by the Government and Legislature of Tamil Nadu. There will also be a small pocket occupied by the Navy and it is to be hoped that they will follow the example set by the Army. Will all this mean better days for the Fort? Only time will tell

This is not the first time that the Army has spoken about vacating the Fort. The same statements were made a few years ago, when a secret passage was discovered under the moat. The Army and the ASI had then jointly emphasised the necessity to clean the moat and improve the maintenance of the place, both of which was to be done once the former removed their presence from the Fort. It is however unclear as to how the two actions were in any way related. Subsequent to this, nothing much happened on vacating or cleaning, but the Army made it to the news for the wrong reasons when it began undertaking drilling work near the King’s Barracks. The ASI protested, but the work went ahead.


Encroachment-less pavements, hopefully, after this mess is cleared

Work is going on apace to provide the Mada Streets in Mylapore with wide pavements, from Which, it is promised, encroachments will be prohibited. These, it is reported, are being moved to the Chitrakulam area.


May be 2nd best State, but lags behind on 5 counts

(By a Special Correspondent)

In India Today’s latest survey of the States of nation, Tamil Nadu is ranked second among the 21 major states in the -country. It is also ranked as the “most improved state” of the year having sunk to 20th in 2015.

Remaining within five top positions among 21 states for each of the development indicators (referred to as categories in the study) is assumed, in this report,


Wordless Gopulu

The Editor


The late Gopulu during his Ananda Vikatan days had a series of


Roads that remember memorable women

– Archana Venkatesh

Recalling J J Road in Alwarpet

Where is J.J. Road?
J J Road cuts across Kasturi Rangan Road in Alwarpet. There are many other streets in Chen-nai named after J Jaya-lalithaa, as well as a J J Nagar.