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Crime after 60: Gambler grandpa picks on 80-yr-old, steals gold ring

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CHENNAI: What did the senior citizen say to the venerable old man 20 years older than him? Help me start my scooter by pushing it and, by the way, give me your gold ring first.

We are not making this up. As implausible as it may sound, that’s how 62-year-old Rajasekar made away with a 6g gold ring worth 10,000 from 80-year-old Chetpet resident Velayutham in Kellys near Kilpauk here on Thursday.

Rajasekar, a chronic gambler, conned Velayutham out of the ring because he wanted to play cards for money at a gambling club he frequents in the city. Unfortunately for him, alert passersby nabbed him and handed him over to police. Now that he’s in the slammer, the only thing he can gamble on with any certainty is that it’s going to be a while before he can visit his favourite club again.

An investigating officer said Rajasekar, who lives with his family that includes several grandchildren, claimed it was his first attempt at crime.

“Rajasekar was broke and sitting on his scooter near Kellys on Thursday evening wondering how to get some cash to gamble with when he saw Velayutham, who lives on Model Lane in Chetpet, walking down the street,” the officer said. “He immediately spotted an opportunity.”

Rajasekar accosted Velayutham and lied to him that his scooter was not starting. He asked the old man to help him start his bike by giving it a push.

“Velayutham told us in his complaint that he felt sorry for Rajasekar because he was also growing old and agreed to help him,” the officer said. “As Velayutham pushed the bike, Rajasekar kept the ignition switched off so it would not start.”

Rajasekar told Velayutham that his gold ring was scratching the paint off the rear of his scooter and asked him to remove it, offering to keep it safely for him. A hapless Velayutham agreed, removing his ring and handing it over to Rajasekar, before starting to push the scooter again.

“Rajasekar switched on the ignition and sped away with Velayutham’s ring,” causing the elderly man to fall on the road,” the officer said. “Velayutham raised an alarm and some passersby chased and nabbed. They handed him over to the Kilpauk police.”

A magistrate sent Rajasekar to Puzhal Central Prison after remanding him in judicial custody.

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TN students make it to world list in Pearson exam

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Chennai: Three students from Tamil Nadu schools have made it to the list of world toppers in this year’s Pearson Edexcel global examinations, considered a gateway to some of the world’s leading universities.

Aishwarya Edward of Horizon International Academy in Chennai got the top rank in mathematics, while Nivedan Koirala and Vashti Parks of Hebron School, Ooty topped in mathematics, and Religious Studies respectively.

Edward who secured the top rank in Grade 5 said her teachers played a huge role in her success and also credited her habit of doing worksheets.

Nivedan Koirala, who secured 598 out of 600 in maths at the GCSE level (equivalent to Class 10 board), said the most important part of effective studying is to thoroughly understand the subject. “The interest in the topic is what finally gives you the motivation to practice questions or the problems sufficiently,” he said. He was particularly interested in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. “I wish to be able to study these subjects in depth. Being particularly passionate in pure physics, I dream of joining research to further increase my knowledge of the universe,” he said.

Sanjay Shivnani, vice-president and Business Head, Vocational, Pearson India, said India had the world’s largest population of youth. “If this zestful pool of youngsters is educated and channelised well, the Indian economy can stride a never-before path of growth. The stepping stone to this vision is world-class primary and secondary education,” he added.

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Man, sister-in-law end lives in hotel

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Chennai: A 34-year-old chemical analyst and his 25-year-old sister-in-law died after consuming poison at a hotel in Kelambakkam on Thursday, police said.

They were identified as Advaith Menon and his sister-in-law Lakshmi Menon, natives of Thrissur in Kerala. Police said a suicide note from Advaith’s person revealed that he had wanted to end his life since the death of his wife Parvathi, 41, days ago of an ailment.

Advaith, who ran an online consultancy, checked into the hotel room on Wednesday along with Lakshmi who was employed in a private bank in the city.

On Thursday evening, the hotel staff knocked on their door to ask if they would be extending their stay.

“The staff then entered the room using a spare key and found the two lying unconscious,” a police officer said.

A team of the Kelambakkam police arrived and moved them to a nearby hospital where doctors declared them ‘brought dead’. “They had consumed excess sleeping pills,” inspector Rajangam said.

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