May, 2011

AUS of refill booking well received

The Automated Unified System (AUS) for refill booking of Indane gas cylinders has been welcomed by a large section of users, as the process can now be completed with ease any  time and in a short time, according to an Indian Oil Corporation official. According to him, close to eight lakh customers have registered for the AUS out of the targeted customer base of 18 lakh in Chennai. The numbers were increasing by 1 to 1.5 per cent per day representing about 20,000 users.

Post Offices to get ATMs soon

The Department of Posts will soon set up automated teller machines (ATM) in Chennai GPO and eight head post offices in the city and surrounding areas for its savings bank customers. Officials of the postal department said that steps are being taken earmark sites measuring 80 sq.ft. at the post offices. The eight HPOs are : Anna Road, T. Nagar, Mylapore, St. Thomas Mount, Park Town, Ambattur, Avadi Camp and Tambaram. The Civil work for establishing the ATMs would begin in about two months. Nearly 10 lakh account holders in the post offices are expected to benefit from the 24 hour ATM facilities. Once the facility is in place, customers need not spend time working at the counters to withdraw cash.

Jawaharlal Nehru Award

Visiting German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is honoured with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for 2009, by Hon’ble President Ms. Pratibha Patil in New Delhi.

2011 BCCI Awards

The 2011 BCCI Awards are given away in Mumbai. The prominent awardees are : Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar (Polly Umrigar Award for Cricketer of the Year); former India player Salim Durrani (C.K. Nayudu Award for Lifetime Achievement), etc., among others.


Jacob Zuma visits Libya

South African President Mr. Jacob Zuma visits trouble-torn Libya with a view to reviving an Afrian “road map” for ending the ongoing conflict there. However, during his talks with the Libyan leadership, besieged leader Muammar Gaddafi emphatically tells him that he will not leave Libya. Following this, the prospects for a negotiated end to the conflict become dim.

India-German sign agreement

31 : German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visits India and holds discussions with the Indian leadership in New Delhi. The two sides sign agreements in vocational training, science and technology and research between some institutions to encourage greater exchanges in areas such as biotechnology, nano-technology and material sciences. Also, the “Year of Germany in India” is launched.

More fishing harbours likely in Nagapattinam

More fishing harbours along the districts coastline are on the anvil. This includes harbours in Poompuhar and Nagapattinam, a fishing jetty in Nagore, and a modernisation proposal for the existing harbour in Pazhayar. Minister for Fisheries K.A. Jayapal, alongwith O.S. Manian, M.P., Mayiladuthurai, inspected project sites. A fishing harbour would be set up in Poompuhar, as promised by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the election manifesto. A fishing harbour proposed for Nagapattinam near the Keechankuppam area in estimated to cost ` 35.65 crore. It envisages deepening of channels. The Minister disbursed compensation, increased from ` 1000 to ` 2000 for the 45-day fishing moratorium period, to the beneficiaries at the collectorate.

Integrated turmeric complex will came up soon

Agriculture Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan has promised that an integrated turmeric complex would come up at Karumandichellipalayam in Erode district soon. The minister said that the project would benefit a large number of formers in Erode, which was one of the largest turmeric producing districts in the country. Currently a godown and a few other facilities were being constructed at a cost of ` 6.5 crore at the site.

25,000 tourists attend fruit show

The two day 53rd fruit show, organised by the Department of Horticulture, concluded at the Simi’s Park in Coonoor. About 25,000 tourists from various parts of the country and some foreigners witnessed the show. District Revenue Officer S. Kuppusamy said that for the first time, 10 districts had participated in the show. The conclusion of the Fruit show marked the and of the summer festival in the Nilgiris. Five rolling cups and 40 other prizes apart from cash awards were given away. The rolling cup for the best collection of sub-tropical and temperate fruits was won by S. Gopi of Coonoor.

New Additional AG for State in Supreme Court

The Tamil Nadu Govt. has appointed advocate S. Gurukrishnakumar (43) as Additional Advocate General for the State in the Supreme Court. He will succeed Adish Aggarwala, who resigned after the change of govt. The order is to come into force from the date of assumption of office by Mr. Krishnakumar. He will represent Tamil Nadu in all matters pertaining to the state in the Supreme court.