August, 2011

CAB estimates higher cotton production

The Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) estimates cotton production in 2011-12 (Oct-Sep) to be 355 lakh bales. The provisional estimate of cotton production in 2010-11 is 325 lakh bales. Consumption by the domestic industry is expected to be 253 lakh bales this year and 281 lakh bales next year and exports to be 70 lake bales (2010-11) and 2011-12 .

N.S. Krishnan’s death anniversary observed

Short film screening villupattu and a one-act play performance marked the observation of the death anniversary of ‘Kalaivanar’ N.S. Krishnan on Aug. 30 at Chennai. Presenting the villipattu programme, Subbu Arumugam, noted Villupattu artist, recalled his association with the comedian, who often highlighted social themes. Kalaivanar’s Characters in the movies not only made the people laugh, but also made them think, Mr. Arumugam said ‘Kakka’ Radhakrishnan, actor, Deva, presided Tamil Nadu Isai Nataka Mandram, actor P.S. Sachu, member-secretary of the Mandram, were among those who participated.

Mayors to be elected directly

Moving the bill “Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2011, K.P. Munuswamy, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development, said direct elections would facilitate better administration of corporations and municipalities resulting in more efficient and quick delivery of civic services to the people.

Copies of registered documents on Net soon

The state govt. has decided to implement a project of web-based integrated solution for the issue of copies of registered land/property documents, encumbrance certificates, Registration and Commercial Taxes Minister S.S. Krishnamoorthy told the Assembly. Once executed, the project would enable people to get the copies through internet. An amount of  30 lakh has been set apart for the selection of consultant to prepare software, define parameters for its use and assess the likely expenditure for the project, the Minister said, concluding the debate on the demands for grants to his department.

450 crore plan to spruce up tourist centres

The state govt. will implement a  450 crore special tourism development project for the beautification of tourist centres and improvement of basic facilities along the east coast carridor and southern tourist circuit, Tourism Minister Gokula Indira told the Assembly. Of the project cost, the Asian Development Bank would contribute  315 crore and the state govt.,   135 crore. The east coast circuit extended from Chennai to Point Calimere,  laterally extending upto Thanjavur for the inclusion of “Navagraha temples”, Thanjavur Palace and other sites. As part of the southern circuit, the quadrangle of Madurai – Rameswaram-Tirunelveli-Madurai will be covered.

Fewer takers for third language

Many students take up an additional language such as French, German, Hindi and other regional languages as a value-addition or to learn their mother tongue when not tought in schools. Learning a new languages gives, students a wider prospective about a new culture, say experts, but there are not many takers. Some teachers, parents and students feel learning new language is a burden because it is still not seen as part of the main curriculum.

Arasu cable to launch operations from Sept. 2

The state-owned Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation will launch its operations throughout the State, barring Chennai, from September 2, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly. The Corporation would telecast 90 channels. “It will begin with free Channels and steps are being taken to get the pay channels. Soon, customers will get the channels.” The cable TV operators, who have joined the Arasu Cable TV Corporation will collect a monthly subscription of   70 from the customers and pay   20 to the Corporation.

ED orders attachment of properties in 2G case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has ordered the freezing of Bank accounts and attachment of the immovable property of five companies in connection with the alleged payment of a bribe of about   200 crore to Kalaignar TV in the 2G spectrum  allocation scam. The action is being initiated against Dynamix Realty, Conwood Constructions, Eversmile constructions, Nihar constructions and DB Realty, official sources said. The CBI charge sheet in 2G spectrum scam alleged that   200 crore was channelled from Shahid Usman Balwa’s DB Realty to the DMK-run Kalaignar TV through a “circuitous route” via Cinayug Films and Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. for grant of licence to Shahid Balwa’s Swan Telecom. The money was allegedly ploughed back to buy real estate. ED sources said that the Directorate identified the properties of Kalaignar TV worth  215 crore, located in different parts of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.

Russia wins women’s 20-km walk title

Olympic champion Olga Kaniskina of Russia powers to an unprecedented third consecutive World women’s 20-km walk title at the World Athletics Championship in Daegu, South Korea.

New Pension System

 The Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance recommends that subscribers to the New Pension System (NPS) should get an assured return on their investments, that is, at least equal to the interest rate given by the Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme.