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Vol XXXI No. 19, January 16-31, 2022

Archives: Vol XXXI No. 19, January 16-31, 2022


Dithering as a COVID policy

by The Editor

Let’s face it – our city ­administration has done a magnificent job over the last two years trying to keep the pandemic within control. We have emerged better than some other metropolises though that does not mean we have been exemplary.But yes, we can commend our performance. Which is why, in the light of all this, we did seem to detect something of a flap in the last two weeks before matters righted themselves once more. Of course, with numbers continuing to rise we need to watch the ground situation more closely. And in that, perhaps we can avoid the confusions that did seem to reign for a while.

It all began with a sudden announcement to the effect that all those who tested positive for COVID – be they symptomatic or asymptomatic, needed to be compulsorily hospitalised for a period of 14 days. This was when the Covid figures for the city had suddenly registered a sharp upward tick and those trying to make sense of the announcement were left wondering as to where hospital beds in such large numbers were to emerge from. That famous Christmas Day announcement, ostensibly to check on the rise of the latest Omicron variant, was soon retracted, with even a sub-story to the effect that the officer behind the release had been since pulled up. But it did cause enough confusion with many people with mild symptoms resolving not to get tested.


Keeping educational institutions closed – for how long?

by A Special Correspondent

Thus far the Government of Tamil Nadu seems to have been consistent in its policy for educational institutions when it comes to the pandemic – keep them shut on an indefinite basis and classes if any to be conducted remotely. It is time that the powers that be seriously relook at this and come up with alternatives. Virtual classes are not solutions for every household across the State and


The Way We Were

Beginning an occasional series by Sushila Ravindranath.

As one of the senior-most business journalists of South India and author of the book Surge, Tamil Nadu’s Growth Story, Sushila Ravindranath


Recalling a great orthopedic surgeon of Madras

by Dr. K. Sriram

Dr. Narasimha Iyer as he was referred to by most patients, was something of a legend in the medical circles of Madras in the first half of the last century.


The stained glass marvels of the State Bank of India – Madras branch

by Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

(Continued from last fortnight)

Some of the old residential bungalows in Madras display panels depicting scenes from Indian mythology and the figures of gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.