Compiled by JO TIMBUONG, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
A COUPLE from Tamil Nadu, India, got married underwater in scuba gear to highlight the accelerating problem of oceanic pollution, Makkal Osai reported.
V. Chinnadurai and S. Swetha, are both software engineers in Chennai.
Chinnadurai, who has been a licensed scuba diver for 12 years, got the idea after talking to his dive instructor. His parents also gave him the blessings to do so.
Swetha had no prior diving experience and was initially nervous. But she caught on with the idea and trained a month before the wedding.
On the day of the wedding, they completed the religious ceremonies on the shore at Neelankarai town.
But the garland exchange and thaali tying took place 18m underwater, about 4.5km from the shore.
The couple were happy with how things turned out and hoped this would spread awareness of the pollution crisis in oceans.
> The daily also reported that community leaders and parents were among those who have complained about what they felt was a continued “debasement” of the Tamil language in primary school history books.
For example, they said these Year Four books did not use Tamil words for terms such as “amma”, “appa”, “annan” or “akka” but instead “ibu”, “bapa”, “abang” and “kakak” were written out in Tamil letters.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.