June, 2011

Film world greets Chitralaya Gopu

30 : Chief Minister Jayalalitha and senior artists from the film world greeted film director and playwrite Chitralaya Gopu on the occasion of his 80th birthday on June 30.

China opens the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train service

China opens the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train service to the public. The $33-billion, 1,318-km railway line links the nation’s capital with the financial centre. China also opens the world’s longest sea bridge (36,48 km), which connects Qingdao to Huangdao, to traffic. The $2.3-billion bridge is expected to boost the development of an industrial zone in Huangdao and to facilitate the rise of foreign trade. Chinese officials also announce the completion of a 9.47-km-long undersea tunnel that runs parallel to the bridge.

New Home Secretary

30 : Mr. Raj Kumar Singh takes over as the New Home Secretary, succeeding Mr. Gopal Krishna Pillai.

Restaurant restrained from using ‘Thalappakattu’

The Madras High Court has granted a limited order of injunction restraining Thalapakkattu Biriyani and fast food, temporarily called “Chennai Rowther Thalappakkattu Briyani”, Koyambedu, from using the name “Thalappakkattu” in any of the restaurants / shops opened after Nov. 19, 2008. It was on that date a consant order was passed by a Division Bench of the High Court. Passing an order on applications in civil suits filed by Thalappakatti Naidu Ananda Vilas Biriyani Hotel, Dindigul Justice V. Ramasubramanian said that in other words the defendent was entitled to use the name in respect of the four shops that were in existence as on Nov. 19, 2008 in the manner as agreed to before the Division Bench. But the benefit of the consent given by the plaintiff before the Bench would not be available to the defendent in respect of the shops opened after that date.

Samacheer Kalvi : Amendment to Act valid legislation

The Tamil Nadu govt. on Tuesday submitted before the Madras High Court that the amendment to the Tamil Nadu Uniform System of School Education Act to defer implementation of the ‘Samacheer’ system is a valid legislation that empowers the government to decide when to implement the syllabus after everhouling it throughly based on the recommendations of a committee. A committee appointed as per the Supreme  Courts directions was review of the syllabus, curriculum and text books prepared as per the Act. 

Court says it cannot appreciate tax exemption for IPL matches

The Madras High Court on June, 28 said that it could not appreciate entertainment tax exemption for IPL matches in Tamil Nadu Ordering notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) on a public interest litigation petition, the first Bench, comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Iqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam, said that prima facie there was no authority to regulate entertainment tariff nor were the organisers paying entertainment tax. Tickets were sold at exorbitant rates for ` 25,000 and ` 40,000.

IT firms outsource training programmes

Come July, many engineering graduates, recruited by major software companies, will head to Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore of various locations in the city for a training process which will make them “industry ready”. Over 15,000 graduates across Tamil Nadu have already received their joining letters with training dates and many others would soon receive them, say NASSCOM officials. But the duration and the skills they would acquire remain uncertain for, according to industry sources, expenditure on training fresh graduates in decreasing “Most big companies have reduced their training for graduates  is just six weeks”. TCS, Infosys, Wipro are among the few firms that have their own inbuilt training houses, while most others outsource their training.

VAT on cooking gas waived

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced the waiver of four per cent Value Added Tax on liquefied petroleum gas for domestic purpose,  bringing down the retail price of an LPG domestic cylinder from ` 404.40 to ` 389.67. The relief to the users of the LPG domestic cylinders would be ` 14.73 a cylinder. In a statement, she said the waiver would came into force from July 1. Hereafter, the VAT would not be levied on domestic cylinders.

Galaxy is named ULASJ1120+0641

European astronomers announce that they have snared light from a bright, ancient galaxy with a super-massive black hold at its core, a finding that will help explain aspects of the young universe. The galaxy is named ULASJ1120+0641.

Sri Lankan currencies permitted for international transactions

The Sri Lankan Central Bank announces that Chinese Renminbi (people’s currency; primary unit is Yuan) will be included in the list of designated currencies permitted for international transactions through banks in Sri Lanka.