October, 2011

The Hindu Literary Prize goes to debut novel

For the second successive year, a debut novel struck gold at The Hindu “Lit for Life” literary festival. Rahul Bhattacharya bassed the “The Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction 2011” for his The sly Company of people who care. The book, which narrotes a young Indians Caribbean adventures in the Company of a Guyanese diamond-hunter, was virutally deadlocked for the prize with the English translation of N.S. Madavan’s Litanies of Dutch Battery, but eventually won the day for “its consummate artistry its refusal to exoticise India or Guyana and its non-judgemental attitude to the characters. The award carries a cash prize of   5 lakh and a plaque .

UNESCO grants full membership to Palestine

In a historic vote, the UNESCO grants full membership to Palestine.

Seven billionth baby – Danica

 Humankind crosses a significant milestone with, according to UN estimates, the seven billionth baby coming into the world. The UN chooses to mark the day with festivities worldwird to celebrate the births of a number of symbolic seven billionth babies in several countries. A baby girl named Danica is recognised by the Philippines as the world’s symbolic seven billionth baby. In the process, Philippines becomes the first nation to officially declare the seven billionth birth. In India, a baby girl named Nargis – born in Uttar Pradesh – is named the milestone child amid much celebration.

Benjamin is Chennai Deputy Mayor

P. Benjamin (42), a councillor belonging to the AIADMK, was elected Deputy Mayor. Chennai Corporation Commissioner D. Karthikeyan told the Council meeting that Mr. Benjamin was elected unopposed. Mr. Benjamin is a resident of Nolambur, a newly added area of the Chennai Corporation. After the council meeting, K.P. Shankar of ward 5, took oath as councillor at the chamber of the commissioner.

Titans of film world shower praise on Veteran Director

The contribution of director S.P. Muthuraman in promoting the cause of eye donation was highlighted by speakers at a function organised to present the Sankara Ratna Award, instituted by the Sankara Nethralaya, to the vetiran film personality. He is the seventh person to receive the award, which recognises and honours an individual or an institution that has supported and contributed to Sankara Netharalaya’s cause and Philosophy.

Rank holder’s list could guide parents, students

With the ranking of engineering colleges stayed by the Madras High Court, Anna University’s list of rank holders in various streams of engineering and technology in its affiliated colleges could come in handy far parents and students in selecting the best college the next academic year. According to the rank list April/May 2011 published by the offfice of the Controller of Examinations, Anna University-Chennai, Meenakshi Sundararajan Engg. College has most rank holders out of the top 50 in B.E. Civil Engg. in which 1058 students passed the exams. It is followed by R.M.K. Engg. College with seven rankers. The Sri Sivasubramniya Nadar College of Engg. and Velammal Engg. College have more rank holders than others in Electronics and Communication Engg. cleared by 8,626 students. Students of the St. Joseph’s college of Engg. and the Sri Venkateswara College of Engg. have been equally good at scoring high ranks in Mechanical Engg. Velammal tops in B.E. Electronics and Instrumentation with 16 ranks out of the first 50 followed by Panimalar Engg. College. In B.E. Comp. Science and B.Tech. Information Technology too. Velammal students stand out. In Aeronautical Engg., Hindustan Engg. College has most rankers.

Advani thanks Jayalalithaa for timely action

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has directed the police to bring to book quickly those behind the plot to blow up the conoy of BJP  leader L.K. Advani. In a statement, she said that the police, which had filed a case was carrying out an intensive investigation. Ms. Jayalalithaa expressed relief over the detection of the pipe bomb on the originally proposed route of Mr. Advani, who is undertaking the Jan Chetna Yatra. She also commended Selvaraj, resident of Alampatti village, Selvam, councillor of the AIADMK, and the police for foiling the conspiracy. Mr. Advani, in his interaction with reporter complimented the Tamil Nadu Government and the Police for detecting the pipe bomb. He urged the State govt. to nab the  perpetrators behind the act.

Sundaram Finance Q 2 net rises 34%

Sundaram Finance has registered a higher net profit of   90.73 crore for the second quarter ended Sept. 30, 2011 against   67.53 crore in the corresponding period in the previous year, a rise of 34.35 per cent. Income from operations has increased to   400.99 crore from   330.85 crore. In the 12 months ended March 31, 2011, the company has achieved a net profit of   295.23 crore on an income of   1,370.78 crore.

AAI to complete work on terminals

The state govt. conducted a review meeting with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials on completion of works on new domestic and international terminal buildings. Airport sources said that the stress was on commissioning the new terminal buildings. The AAI officials assured that the works on the domestic terminal would be completed by January next year and works such as information  technology connectivity would take another couple of months. By April both the domestic and international terminal buildings would be commissioned. On the issue of land for the extended secondary runway, the state govt. had asked the Kancheepuram District Collector to look into the issue.

Deputy Mayor of Tiruchi

The AIADMK has fielded 30-year-old M. Asick Meera, son of former Environment Minister N. Mariyam Pichai as its candidate for the post of Deputy Mayor. In all likelihood Mr. Meera, elected from ward No. 27 in the local body election in Tiruchi is set to be elected unopposed a the AIADMK enjoys a comfortable majority with 42 members in the 65 member council. By fielding Mr. Meera, who has studied upto Plus-two, the AIADMK leadership has sought to silence criticism that the late Mariam Pichai’s family and the Muslim Community.