September, 2011

MCCI, 175 years on and moving ahead

As part of the 175th year celebrations of the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Governor K. Rosaiah inaugurated the Vocational Training and Skill Development Centre, launched a Coffee Table Book and released Member’s Directory 2011. Presiding over the Chamber Day and Completion of 175 years of MCCI, he said chambers should build mutual networks, act as a medium to guide, cantion and support business to grow. They should act as a bridge between the Govt. and investors and the business class. Also he said. “Chambers of the Commerce are the backbone of development around the world. They are the ones who convey in one voice to the policy and decision makers, the requirements and expections of the businesses.”

National Junior handball championship

Tamil Nadu and Delhi clinch the sub-junior girls’ and mini-boys’ titles, respectively, in the National junior handball championship in Chennai.

Jail sentences for Rwanda Ministers

Two former Rwandan ministers are handed 30-year jail sentences by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for involvement in the central African country’s 1994 genocide.

Agni-II test fired successfully

In a big boost to the country’s missile programme, the nuclear weapons-capable Agni-II is test-fired successfully from the Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.

Study calls for well-defined parking zones

If all the 5.75 lakh cars registered in the city were to be parked on – sheet parallel to one another, the area that the vehicles occupy would be as much as seven percent of Chennai. As existing regulations on parking are inadequate and the enforcement is lax, most of the vehicles in the city eat into precious space on the road. The primary recommendations of the study is to introduce well-defined parking zones that are fairly priced as “the city cannot afford to keep on supplying free parking”. The city-wide surveys found that clearly demonstrated parking areas are by and large absent. Besides, the problem is only going to get worse as the rate of vehicular growth in the city is about 10 per cent per annum. Each month, nearly 4000 new cars and over six times that number of two-wheelers hit the road.

Books presents insights into Chennai’s culture

As a guide to making the most of a few precious hours speed during a quick stopover in the city, Global Adjustments launched a coffee table book “Stopover Chennai”. The book which will help visitors experience the city’s culture from inside out has contributions from music director A.R. Rahman, actor Radikaa Sarath Kumar, grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, Columnist Ian Watkinson, restaurateur M. Mahendran, artist Pascal Raynaud and illustrator Maniam Selvam, Releasing the book M. Madhavan Nambiar, former Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, recollected his connection with Global Adjustment and said: “Chennai is such a lovely city. I am looking forward to spending my retirement life here”. Mr. Watkinson said that the intention of such a book is to not bring out a dry and textual guidebook of the city.

Chennai fifth largest hub for e-commerce

Based on the volume of goods purchased and sold online, the city is the fifth largest e-commerce hub in the country. Chennai residents buy everything from water filters, nose hair trimmers, tanzaints gemstones to men’s underwear online. The findings, based on a census carried out by e-Bay to identify online shopping patterns, show that the residents predominantly buy technology products online (46 per cent). Kancheepuram the district hosts much of the IT corridor and several educational institutions comes second, after Chennai, in online shopping volumes. Among all states, Tamil Nadu ranks third in the country.

China’s first spacecraft Tiangong-1

China successfully launches its first space lab module, the 8.5 tonne Tiangong-1. This is a key first step in China’s objective of becoming only the third country, after Russia and the US, to assemble its own space station by 2020. The module will be used to take hyper-spectral images of China’s farmlands to detect heavy metal pollution, residues of pesticides and plant diseases. Tiangong-1 is China’s first spacecraft designed for orbital docking tests and space research.

Centre increases market borrowing

The Centre announces a hefty   52,800-crore increase in market borrowings to   4.7 lakh crore during the current (2011-12) fiscal.

Daily Thanthi Award

Literature should not only be conceived; it should also reach the common man and Daily Thanthi’s contribution on this score is extremely commendable, observed G. Thiruvasagam, V.C. of Madras University, Chennai. Presenting the “Mootha Thamizharingnar” Award, instituted by Daily Thanthi in Commemoration of the birthday of its founder C.P. Adhithanar to littereteur and Former MP Kumari Ananthan, the VC said there had been any number of literary giants. But all literature is meant for common man and must be understood by him.