November, 2011

Jobs for firing victims family members

Chief Minister ordered the appointment of one member each from the families of six persons, who were killed in Paramakudi firing in September, on compessionate grounds. The Chief Minister also directed the authorities to release 4 lakh more to each of the families of the deceased. This was aprt from the payment of  1 lakh. Those injured in the incident would get another 15,000 each.

220 persons with disability chosen for monthly aid

As many as 220 differently-abled persons were soluted to set monthly financial assistance under the age relaxation scheme. A total of 243 candidates appeared before the panel consisting of Personnel Assistant to Collector Vanitha, Social Welfare Officer Bhuvaneswari, Welfare Officer for the Differently – abled Persons Thangavelu and govt. hospital doctors. Of them 220 have been qualified to get the benefit. The selected candidates would receive monthly aid from Decamber, according to a statement from the collectorate.

150 cr. sanctioned for repair of roads

An immediate allocation of   150 crore has been sanctioned towards repairs of roads in the state. The officials were directed to discuss with concerned District Collectors to assess the extent of crop damage. The areas covered under the Chief Minister’s aerial survey were Ambattur, Avadi, Ennore, Puzhal, Chembarambakkam,  Sriperumpudur, Thorapakkam, Karapakkam, Sholingallur and Pallikkaranai. The Chief Minister said as a sequel to several preventive and precautionary measures taken on her directions, the intensity of damage in general had been continued even though the rainfall during the northeast monsoon was about 40 per cent of the normal.

Asian Shotgun championship

Indian shooter Man Singh clinches the skeet Gold in the Asian shotgun championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

CSO reveals that India’s economic growth

Data made available by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) reveals that India’s economic growth slipped to a dismal 6.9 percent in the second quarter (July-September) of the current (2011-12) fiscal, the lowest in the last nine quarters.

Russia turns new early-warning radar

Russia turns on a new early-warning radar in the nation’s westernmost region as part of its strategy to counter US missile plans in Europe. With a range of 6,000 km, the radar can detect ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as aircraft flying across Europe and Northern Atlantic.

Unhappy with the Standing Committee’s draft of the Lokpal Bill

Unhappy with the Standing Committee’s draft of the Lokpal Bill, anti-graft crusader Mr. Anna Hazare reiterates his threat to launch an indefinite agitation if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed during Parliament’s winter session.

Age-old building to be demolished

The 125 year old building Royapuram Police Station is to be demolished. The (N1) Police Station, one of the oldest in the city, will be shifted to building on Arthoon Road, for whose construction the Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation has sanctioned  44.7 lakh. The old structure, according to sources, does not figure in the list of heritage buildings prepared by a committee headed by Justice E. Padmanabhan. It is in a dilapidated condition and hence needs to be pulled down, said Peer Mohammed, Asst. Commissioner of Police, Royapuram, Chennai.

Farm godowns to be constructed across state

As the state strives to achieve its target of 115 lakh tonnes of foodgrains production this year, Chief Minister ordered construction of 50 modern godown to help farmers to store their agricultural produce until the grains fetch a good price. A govt. press release said these godowns to be constructed at a cost of   85 crore would have weighing machines, weighing bridges and moisture testing equipment. The godowns would have a combined storage capacity of 17,000 tones, with parking facilities for lorries.

Exploring India’s cultural heritage

A Tamil Brahmi letter dated to 2nd century CE exavated from Phu Khao Thong in Thailand, Mahabaratha scenes in Angkor Vat in Cambodia, a bilingual inscription at Kandahar and the many forms of Lord Ganesha in South East Asia, all provide evidence of India’s Cultural influence in Asia, The book ‘From Kanchi to Combodia’, is an Greater India revisited, is an attempt to explore how the 2000 year old tradition and Culture of India amalgamated in the cultures in of many countries in Asia, says T.K.V. Rajan, an archaeologist and its author.

Growth, not at the cost of glorious past

Even as the city celebrates the Madras High Court’s 150th anniversary, there are a number of other structures of heritage value that cry for some attention and a little care. Off 600-odd heritage monuments and sites identified as existing physical reminders of the city’s past by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), only around 50 enjoy some form of protection and preservation. Conservationists say that it has been 15 years since a consultation process was initiated by the Town and country Planning Department to frame a Heritage Act. It was supposed to offer a legal framework for safeguarding monuments. A draft bill is yet to be formulated.

Chief Minister says ‘No’ to global players in retail trade

Vehemantly protesting against the opening up of the retail sector to foreign direct investment (FDI), Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said her govt. would not allow multi-brand global players to set up their hyper markets in Tamil Nadu. Arguing that the move would not serve to bring down inflation or improve market efficiency – she demanded that the decision to allow up to 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail and 100 per cent in single brand retail be reversed immediately. She also attacked the Centre for not consulting the state govts. While Parliament is in session, this move of the Centre to announce such a major policy  decision affecting millions of people outside Parliament, without even consulting the state govt, is unprecedented and indicating the overweening arrogance of the UPA govt.” she said.

Transfer of Smart phone

Scientists at the Aalto University, Finland, unveil a network proxy which can cut the power consumption of smart phones by up to 74 percent. The device enhances performance and significantly reduces power usage by serving as a middleman for mobile devices to connect to the Internet and handling the majority of the data transfer for the smart phone.

Sixth ATP World Tour Finals title

Tennis virtuoso Roger Federer of Switzerland wins a record sixth ATP World Tour Finals title, beating  Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final in London.

Climate change talks in Durban

Almost 200 nations begin climate change talks in Durban, South Africa. The talks seek to save the Kyoto Protocol aimed at cutting the greenhouse gas emissions which scientists blame for rising sea levels, intense storms, drought and crop failure.

Train to Dibrugarh

Nagercoil M.P. Helen Davidson and Vilavancode MLA Vijayadharani flagged off the Kanyakumari – Dibrugarh Vivek Express Train in Kanyakumari. The train covering 4,278 km in 82 hours, crosses the states of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala  and Tamil Nadu to became the train service to cover the longest route of the country. Since large number of people from Kerala are working in Assam, particularly in Dibrugarh, patronage for their train there is quite high railway sources said.

20 primary health centres to be setup

The State government announced the setting up of 20 new primary healthy centres. A release stated that each new centre would have 30 beds. The total cost involved would be 7.71 cr. The Centres will come up at Samayapuram in Tiruchi, Konavattam and Sumaithangi in Vellore Bejipalli in Krishnagiri, Sendhanadu in Villupuram,  Ammakalathur in Cuddalore, Madhiravelur in Nagapattinam; Palayam-patti in Tiruppur, Elambalur in Perambalur, Kanjikoil and Malayampalayam in Erode, Koratti in Tiruppathur, Thenmalai in Tirunelveli, Kalyankuppam in Tiruvallur, Kanappadi in Dindigul; Rappoosal in Pudukkottai, Vadakkupalayam and Thambivadi in Karur, Ukkanadu Kelaiyur in Thanjavur and Lourdammalpuram in Tuticorin district.

80% of work on fast breeders reactor at Kalpakkam over

Construction work on the 500 mega watt (MW) Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) here is going as per schedule, according to Prabhat Kumar, Project Director of the PFBR. Mr. Kumar, while interacting with journalists from Chennai early this week, said that the PFBR was indigeneously developed on the basis of experiments carried out at the fast breeder test reactor at IGCAR. About 80 per cent of the reactor project, estimated to cost  5,677 crore, had been completed. Pointing out that no time frame has been fixed for the commissioning of the project, Mr. Kumar said, “We are concentrating on the completion of the construction work and by mid-2012 we will be able to know the date for the commissioning of the project.” He said that two more PFBRs were in the pipeline at Kalpakkam.

Appeals for increase in frequency of suburban train service

Pointing to a spurt in the usage of train services in Chennai, Member of Parliament T.K.S. Elangovan wrote a letter to the Union Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi requesting him to increase the frequency of suburban EMU services. Attributing of trains to the rise in the bus fares. Mr. Elangovan said that passangers are even dangerously hanging from the train while commuting. He stressed that additional bogies are required on the Chennai Beach – Tambaram – Chengalpet and Chennai Central – Tiruvallur – Arakkonam – Gummidipoondi sections.

Celebrating 25 years of patronising arts

Swami Dayananda Saraswathi called for preserving “Bharathiya” culture. It is our dance, music, literature, costumes and even food,” he said at the inauguration of the silver jubilee Margazhi Mohotsav and Nalli Sangeetha Nrithya Vizha of Bharat Kalachar. He congratulated Bharat Kalachar and the Chairman Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy for working to preserve Indian culture and for encouraging artists since its inception. “An artist is one, who is born with talent and is one who brings along with them certain innate  capacities. These capacities have to be tapped and marshalled. To become an artist, one must work intelligently with the help of a teacher”, he said.

Potentially habitable planet

A research published in the Astrophysical Journal reveals that scientists have discovered a potentially habitable planet which has an environment much similar to that of the Earth and may contain water and even life. The exoplanet, called Gliese 581g, is located around 123 trillion miles away from Earth and orbits its star at a distance that places it squarely in the habitable zone.

Red Bull’s Australian racer Mark Webber wins Formula One’s season

Red Bull’s Australian racer Mark Webber wins Formula One’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

103-year-old Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE)

The 103-year-old Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE) launches operations on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) platform, becoming the only stock exchange in India to offer facility to trade on three trading platforms – Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the NSE and CSE – with a single memberships.

2011 Delhi Half-Marathan

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia wins the men’s crown at the 2011 Delhi Half-Marathon in New Delhi; Lucy Wangui Kabuu of Kenya wins the women’s title.

Arab League approves sanctions against Syria

The Arab League overwhelmingly approves sanctions against Syria to pressure the nation to end its deadly eight-month crackdown on dissents. It is an unprecedented move by the League against an Arab state.

India and UAE sign major pact

India and UAE sign two major pacts  on security cooperation and transfer of sentenced persons. These are inked at a meeting in New Delhi between Home Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram and visiting U.A.E. Deputy PM Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed at Nahyan.

PM confers five regiments

Hon’ble President Ms. Pratibha Patil confers the prestigious Presidential Standards on five regiments of the Armoured Division. The regiments are : the 70, 73, 74 and 5 Armoured Regiments, and 6 Lancers.

India wins test series against West Indies

The third and final Test between hosts India and West Indies ends in an exciting draw; the series ends 2-0 in India’s favour. India’s emerging star spinner R. Ashwin is named the Man of the Series.

NATO kills 24 Pakistani Army

Pakistan erupts in anger as a NATO strike kills 24 soldiers of the Pakistani Army.

Restoration stretch on Rivers

The Thames River Restoration Trust of England ties up with the Worldwide Fund for Nature to work for the restoration of a 300-km stretch on both the banks of rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

Expanded Chennai Corporation divided into 3 regions

The expanded Chennai Corporation will be divided into three regions – north, south and central. The govt. has given an in-principle approval to divide the city covering 466 sq. km. into three regions. North Chennai region would have zones of Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Tondaiarpet and Royapuram covering a total area of 142.07 sq.km. with a population of 16.5 lakh (2001 census). The head office would be located in Basin Bridge. Central Chennai region would cover zones of Thiru-vi-ka Nagar, Ambattur, Anna Nagar, Teynampet and Kodambakkam. It would have an area of 128.31 sq. km. and a population of 29.31 lakh. The head office of Central Chennai region would be in Shenoy Nagar. South Chennai region would include Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Adyar, Perungudi and Sholinganallur and have a total area of 158.84 km. The population of the region would be 10.8 lakh. The head office of the South Chennai region would be in Saidapet.on as a political party.

NLD takes official re-registration as a political party

Democracy icon Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), takes a first step towards a return to mainstream Myanmar politics, applying for official re-registration as a political party.

12.93 crore allotted for sustainable sugarcane initiative

In a bid to promote the sustainable sugarcane initiation (SSI) programme, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has allotted  12.93 crore. According to a release, the State govt. is keen on making agriculture a profitable enterprise through which the income of farmers could be enhanced. Besides, it would lead to augmented production of raw materials required for industries and also increase food production commensurate with the growing population of the nation. A sugarcane is the major raw material for more than 25 industries, the Chief Minister has ordered implementation of the SSI programme. By increasing productivity of Sugarcane and reducing the expenses for its cultivation, sugarcane formers could earn more, the release said. The programme consists of various features, including shade net nursery, drip irrigation, and training for cultivation.

60% marks in Teacher Eligibility Test mandatory for recruitment

It is now mandatory for all teachers to pass the Teacher Eligibility Test with at least 60 per cent marks for recruitment for classes I to VIII. The state govt has notified the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) as per the requirement of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. As per the guidelines framed by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the academic authority for RTE, teachers must pass the TET within five years, besides possessing the prescribed minimum qualification. Teachers working in unaided private schools are also required to pass TET within five years.

Multi-storey parking lot of come up in T. Nagar

T. Nagar will get a fully automated multi-sotrey parking lot as part of the measures to decongest the commercial hub of the city. The Chennai Corporation council adopted a resolution approving the setting up of the facility. The parking lot would come up on Bashyam Road, near Panagal Park. It would have a capacity to accommodate 200 four wheelers. The Corporation has asked Tamil Nadu urban Infrastructure Financial Services Ltd. to appoint a consultant for preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed facility. The state government has provided the required administrative sanction for the facility, which would be constructed on a Design, Build, Operate and Transfer basis. The proposal follows the suggestion made in a study prepared as part of the T. Nagar Redevelopment plan.

Plea to CMDA on OSR lands as parking lots

The Chennai Corporation Council adopted resolutions to top the potential of open space reservation lands for parking purposes and for creation of parks. It adopted a resolution requesting Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) to make suitable changes to the development regulations to facitated the creation of parking lots in OSR lands. The civic body has imposed restrictions on the maintenance of the parks by private agencies. The private agency would not collect money from the public for visiting the park. The civic body has 260 parks, 228 playgrounds and 234 gymnasiums. A total of 84 pieces of OSR lands have been handed over to the civic body. OSR lands in newly added areas have also been handed over to the corporation.

Steps regulate shops on Marina soon

A total of 61 resolutions, including one seeking administrative sanction for setting up integrated solid waste processing facilities in Perungudi and Kodungaiyur garbage dump yeards, were adopted at the Chennai Corporation Council meeting on Nov. 23. As the contract for setting up the facility in Kodungaiyur dumpyard was cancelled, the corporation has plans to call for expression of interest from firms. The civic body aims to make compost and refuse derived pellets and recycle plastics from the garbage in both the yards.

Ashok Leyland enters construction equipment segment

Ashok Leyland has signalled its entry into the fest-growing construction equipment business with the commercial launch of its maiden product, the 435 backhoe loader, in a joint manufacturing association with the globally renowned and nearly 175 year old John Deere. The product rolled out of the brand new state-of-the-art Gummidipoondi facility of Ashok Leyland John Deere construction Equipment co, will be marked under, Leyland Deere brand’

100% subsidy for small, marginal farmers

The govt. announced 100 percent subsidy for small and marginal farmers for taking up micro irrigation and 75 per cent for other farmers. The scheme is aimed at benefiting small and marginal farmers and increasing the agricultural yield by expanding the area under irrigation. The 100 per cent subsidy to install drip and sprinkler irrigation system to a maximum of 60,000 acres, others would be given 75 per cent subsidy for irrigation on 15,000 acres. The state has utilised about 95 per cent of surface water and 85 per cent of ground water and increase in micro irrigation will help in better management of water.

Peace walk in support of Royapuram terminus

Tamil Nadu Rail Passengers’ Rights Tribune organised a  ‘Peace walk’ in the city on Nov. 22 against the Southern Railway proposal to shift a number of south-bound trains to the Tambaram station. Hundreds of people, most of them resident of north Chennai, participated in the peace walk, which began from Rajarathinam Stadium and concluded near the Egmore Railway Station. Representative of Southern Railway have promised to look into the feasibility of developing Royapuram as the third terminus.

MTC lists out bus passes details

Passengers who use monthly, daily or student passes on Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses can only travel in a selected category of services, a press release said. While those using the monthly season tickets can travel only by ordinary and express services, those using student free/concession passes can board all types of buses except the air conditioned volvo vehicles. Use of the night services is not allowed for both categories of pass-holder. Those using 50 per day ‘Travel As You Please’ can travel on ordinary, express and deluxe buses. However they cannot use the ticket to travel on night service buses. On the other hand passengers using the weekly or monthly varied of buses. On the other hand passengers using the weekly or monthly varient of the Travel As You Please Ticket can board night service buses as well.

Women’s world chess title

Hou Yifan of China retains the women’s World chess title, beating India’s Koneru Humpy in their 10-game title bout in Tirana, Albania.

Turkmenistan agrees supply of natural gas to China

Turkmenistan agrees to increase its planned supply of natural gas to China by 25 billion cubic metres. Turkmenistan, which has the world’s fourth largest gas reserves, already supplies to China 40 billion cubic metres of gas every year, with exports rising following the opening of a 1,833 km pipeline in 2009.

Union Cabinet approves foreign direct investment

The Union Cabinet approves 51 percent foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail and 100 percent FDI in single-brand retail. The decision will enable foreign retail giants such as Tesco, Wal-Mart and Carrefour to enter the Indian retail market.

BCCI award for 2010-11

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) annual awards for 2010-11 are announced in Mumbai. The prominent winners are : Ajit Wadekar (Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award) ; Rahul Dravid (Polly Umrigar Award for India’s best cricketer of the season); S. Badrinath (Madhavarao Scindia Award for the highest scorer in Ranji Trophy); Iqbal Abdullah (Lala Amarnath Award for best all-rounder in Ranji Trophy); Jhulan Goswami (M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best woman cricketer), etc., among others.

Pakistan wins ODI series against Sri Lanka

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in the fifth and final match of the ODI series in Abu Dhabi, UAE; with this, Pakistan wrap up the series 4-1.

Yemen’s President handover his power

Yemen’s President Mr. Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a deal to hand over his powers after 33 years in office. The move is aimed at putting an end to 10 months of deadly violence in the nation.

Tata Group appoints new Chairman

Tata Group announces that Mr. Cyrus P. Mistry (43) will be appointed Chairman of the premier business group when the legendary Ratan Tata retires in December 2012 on reaching the age of 75. Mr. Mistry is currently the MD of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group.

16,549 part-time instructors to be appointed soon

The School Education Department is to recruit 16,549 part-time instructors for its schools for Standards VI to VIII. Which 5,253 will be part-time instructors for art education, 5,392 will be for health and physical education and 5,904  for work education. These instructors are proposed to be recruited in those schools where admission of children is over 100. The appointments will be made under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA – universalisation). The salary of the part-time instructors will be 5,000 a month. The appointment of the instructors is purely temporary, till the completion of the project period. The selection of candidates will be based on interviews conducted by the district-level committees.

Quota for destitute women in Police

A 10 per cent quota for destitate women would be made within the overall 30 per cent reservation for women in appointment in the Police Department. The quota within the quota would be provided in the cases of appointment for the post of Grade II Police Constables, Grade II Jail Wardens and Firemen. This would be done where the Uniform Service Recruitment Board would select candidates. An order to this effect had been issued by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, according to an official release.

TANSTIA backs Kudankulam Nuclear Power project

The Tamil Nadu Small Scale and Tiny Industries Association has decided to back the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. At its state executive committee meeting held at Yarcaud, the association decided to stage demonstrations soon at all district head quarter to urge the State and Central govts. to take appropriate steps to put the plant on stream at the earliest.” The medium, tiny and small plants are badly hit due to Chronic Power deficit in the state”, said a functionary. The members claimed that these industries were facing nearly   200 crore of loss a day due to 5 hour power cut.

East-West Tambaram MTC service resumes

Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus services between East and West Tambaram resumed recently, after nearly five years. The services originating from West Tambaram to different parts of the city and its suburbs on the Madipakkam, Medavakkam and Sholinganallur directions via Velacherry  Main Road were being operated from East Tambaram since 2007 when work on the road over bridge at Tambaram began. The buses were parked on the margins of Velachery Main Road opposite Madras Christian College, causing severe traffic problems. The bridge was partially opened in February this year. The ramp loading to the Velacherry Main Road was completed in July and opened for traffic. One week ago, MTC, decided to start operating its services again from West Tambaram and as a result, provided bus link between east and west Tambaram.

OSR lands may be made parking lots

Some of the Open Space Reservation (OSR) lands in busy areas across the city are likely to be converted into temporary parking lots. This proposal, part of the measures to decongest traffic, is expected to be taken up fo discussion at the Chennai Corporation Council meeting. According to sources in the Corporation  the consent of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) would also be sought before converting the OSR lands as parking lots. The focus particularly is on making use of the OSR lands near shopping areas and offices. The expanded Chennai Corporation would be devided as South, Central and North units. While zones 1-5 would come under the north unit, zones 6-10 would be part of the central unit. The remaining five would be in the South Unit. The number of zones went up from 10 to 15.

Ferreting out facts about history and religion of Tamil Jains

The lesser known aspects pertaining to the history and religion of Tamil Jains will come to the forefront with the restoration of the old, neglected manuscripts, palm leaf writings and drawings that are tucked away in homes and temples across the state. The process, also involving the conservation of such items, is being carried out culture enthusiasts belonging to the Chennai-based Jain Youth Forum. Nearly 280 folios of a century-old palm leaf excavated from Mannargudi in Thiruvarur district were recently conserved by the staff at the Chemical conservation section and Research Laboratory of the Govt. Museum, Egmore. “Curative conservation of manuscripts is difficult as some of them are brittle, a few are stuck together and many have been damaged by insects,” says J.M. Gandhimathi, curator of the laboratory and coordinator of the Manuscript conservation centre at the Museum.

Developed prototype lens

Scientists from the Washington University, USA, and Aalto University, Finland, announce that they have developed a prototype lens that can double up as a monitor where the wearer can read e-mails and text messages. The developers claim that the device could  overlay computer-generated visual information on to the real world and be of use in gaming devices and navigation systems. Besides, it can be linked to the user’s body to provide up-to-date information on glucose levels, which could prove medically important.

Gagan Narang wins gold at the National Shooting championship

Gagan Narang clinches the men’s 50m rifle 3-position Gold at the National shooting championship in Balewadi, Maharashtra.

Pakistan’s Ambassador resigns

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Mr. Husain Haqqani resigns in the wake of the “memogate” scandal. He stirred a hornet’s nest in Pakistan when it was revealed that he had sent a memo to the US seeking its intervention in preventing a coup after the Abbottabad operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Rupee touches low against dollar

The rupee value touches an all-time low of 52.73 intra-day against the dollar.

Solar Photovoltaic plants to energise streetlights

One thousand and nine hundred mini-Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) plants of 500 Watt each will be established in various village panchayats during the current financial year under the state govt’s scheme of energisation of streetlights with solar power. The mini – SPV plants are meant for 19,000 streetlights, new and the existing located in Clusters. Besides, 1000 stand-alone SPV street lights will be installed. They will come up in places such as remote habitations, burrial grounds and the pathway to burial grounds. In five years, the govt. has planned to install 1,00,000 streetlights in 1,000 village panchayats.

The Egyptian Cabinet announces its resignation

The Egyptian Cabinet announces its resignation as clashes rage in the nation’s capital Cairo, pitting police and soldiers against protesters demanding democratic change.

India-Bangladesh agree on extradition treaty

India and Bangladesh agree on an extradition treaty. As per the pact, Bangladesh will hand over ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India, while India will make special efforts to track down and hand over to Bangladesh the killers of the architect of Bangladesh’s independence, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Woman activitists seek C.M’s help

Eleven woman, who are past of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), urged Chief Minister to prevail upon the Centre to close down the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam. The Chief Minister has asked the Centre to alloy our fears before commissioning the plants. But our fears cannot be alloyed. We hope that Chief Minister will take into consideration our feelings and advice the centre accordingly”; said Sahaya Initha, one of the members who interacted with the media. Lidwin, who is leading the women’s delegation, stressed that the officials were not able to give a proper answer to the questions raised by the protest committee. She said though everyone had great respect for former president A.P.J., the provailing opinion was that he should not have intervened in this issue on behalf of the govt.

Panel sees no threat to fishing potential

There may not be any harm to the fishing potential  of the Kudankulam marine environment owing to the established of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, according to the Central govt. experts’ group. The operation of nuclear power plants in the country at the Tarapur Atomic Power Station in Maharashtra and the Madras Atomic Power Station at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu had also not shown “any adverse effects on marine life including the fish”, the Group added.

World’s smallest car

Scientists at the Groningen University, the Netherlands, unveil the world’s smallest car developed till date. The size of the car is a single molecule, which makes it completely invisible to the naked human eye. Its only real similarity to a car is that it has four wheels and a bare-bones internal framework.

Hong Kong Open badminton championship

China’s Olympic and world champion Lin Dan beats compatriot Chen Jin in the final to win the men’s singles title at the Hong Kong Open badminton championship in Hong Kong; in the women’s final Wang Xin of China beats Tine Baun of Denmark.

China reduced rural poor

A white paper reveals that China has reduced the number of its rural poor by 70 million people over the last decade.

Planning Commission reveals on corruption

In a report, the Planning Commission reveals that corruption is eating up India’s GDP growth by 1.5 percent per year.

Skywalk likely to link two MRTS stations

A skywalk connecting Chintadripet and Chepauk MRTS stations is on the anvil. The facility would run across Anna Salai and have additional ramps for access to the proposed multi speciality hospital in the Omandurar govt. estate. Railway would study the feasibility of the project shortly. The skywalk is one of the proposals made by a high level committee on MRTS to improve services on the Chennai Beach – Velachery network. Link roads for MRTS near stations such as Triplicane, Indira Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur and Perungudi would be constituted by Chennai Corporation. The PWD would remove encroachments on the approach road to Kotturpuram MRTS station. Around 90,000 commuters use the MRTS services from Chennai Beach to Velacherry per day.

Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Social activist Ms. Ela Bhatt is chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2011.

CEAT Cricket Awards

The CEAT Cricket Awards are announced in Mumbai. Prominent winners are : Jonathan Trott of England (International Cricketer of the Year and International Batsman of the Year); James Anderson of England (International Bowler of the Year); Virat Kohli of India (International Youngster of the Year); Suresh Raina of India (International T20 Player of the Year); Courtney Walsh of West Indies (Lifetime Achievement Award), etc., among others.

55th National shooting championship

Star shooter Annuraj Singh wins the women’s 10m air pistol Gold at the 55th National shooting championship in Balewadi, Maharashtra.

9th ASEAN-India Summit

The ninth ASEAN-India Summit concludes in Bali, Indonesia.

3 countries form a Eurasian Union

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan come together to form a Eurasian Union, an economic body designed to re-integrated the former Soviet economies.

Senior citizens seek bus passes

Senior citizens want the govt. to implement its pre-poll promise of a free bus pass scheme for the elderly at the earliest as they feel that the announcement increasing the bus fare would severely hit them. The increase, according to office-bearers of association representing senior citizens is, bound to add to the burdon of many elderly struggling to manage pension. The increase in ticket fare will have a cascading effect. Travel in share – autorickshaws and private omni buses is also bound to become expensive.

MRTS to Adambakkam likely by mid-2012

The MRTS services are likely to be extended to Adambakkam by mid-2012. This emerged following a high-level co-ordination committee meeting. Various issues concerning the extension of service from Velachery were discussed threadbare and officials of many agencies, including Chennai Corporation, Railways, PWD, CMDA, promissed to resolve them by improving co-ordination. According to officials, the decision to rearrange the layout of the IRR has cleared the bottlenecks in the partial completion of phase II of MRTS. However, extension of the MRTs upto St. Thomas Mount may take time on account of court cases.

Steep increase in bus fare, power tariff, milk prices

Aimed at mapping up additional annual revenue of over 10,000 crore, Chief Minister announced her govt’s nod for the hike in bus fares, power tariff and milk prices. She made the announcement after chairing an hour-long meeting of the cabinet at Fort St. George. The increase in the power tariff is, on an average, expected to be  1.150 per unit for different sections of consumers. In respect of bus fares, the revision has been made after a gap of 10 years, the previous instance being in December 2001. The per km ticket price of ordinary mofussil buses would go up from 28 paise to 42 paise; express and semi-deluxe buses – 32 paise to 56 paise; super deluxe – 38 paise to 60 paise and ultra deluxe – 52 paise to 70 paise. The minimum bus ticket price in urban areas other than Chennai would go up from   2 to   3 and the maximum would be 12  instead of  7. In Chennai too, the minimum fare would go up to  3 and the maximum would be  14 against  12. As regards the dairy sector, the price of toned milk per litre would be revised from  17.75 to 24. The procurement price of milk paid to dairy farmers would go up from 18 to   20 per litre for cow milk and from  26 to   28 for buffalo milk.

China signs a crucial contract with ISA.

China signs a crucial contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), under which the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association will get exclusive rights to expore 10,000 sq. km. of seabed in the southwest Indian Ocean in an area off the coast of Africa.

Taxation of Service based on Negative List

The Centre releases the revised concept paper on “Taxation of Service based on Negative List”; it reveals that the Union Government has opted to keep services such as health care facilities, education, non-AC train travel, metro and taxi out of the tax net.

Mechanical sweeper for all zones

All the 15 zones Chennai Corporation will soon have mechanical sweapers to keep the bus route and interior roads cleaner. To start with the civic body plans to deploy at least two small mechanical sweepers in each of the zones. Five each small mechanical sweepers are now being used by the Corporation in select locations, including Kamarajar Salai and roads near the Raj Bhavan. They are capable of cleaning the road in wet and dry conditions at the spead of 4 km. an hour.

New ICF General Manager takes charge

Abhay K. Khanna has assumed charge as General Manager, Intergral Coach Factory (ICF). He was earlier the Additional Member, Budget Railway Board. The officer from the 1976 batch of Indian Railways Accounts Services, he was worked in various capacities under Northern Railway.

Child welfare panels yet to be constituted

The Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) are yet to be constituted in 14 districts, according to information elicited under the Right of Information Act. In every district, the state govt. is required to establish one or two CWCs as per the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act 2000. The Child Welfare Committee is the authority set up to dispose of cases related to care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of children.

Writers condomn more to shift Anna Library

Writers, poets, trade unionists and educationists brought together by the Tamil Nadu progressive writers and Artistes Association condemned the Tamil Nadu govt’s decision to connect the Anna Centenary Library into a Childrens hospital. They raised slogans and lit candles to express their protest against the govt’s decision. “The library is situated in the midst of educational institutions such as Anna University, IIT Chennai, Madras school of Economics and schools. It should not be shifted from there”, said Tamilselvan, president of the Association. He said the Association would also seek legal remedies to ensure that the library was allowed.

Asian Universities should begines of growth

Asia, with its 3.9 billion people, will take a lead in shaping  the future of the world in education, economic growth, health and wellbeing of the world’s seven billion people and in this direction, the Asian Universities should play a major role in meeting the challenges facing the world in the production of food, water and energy, protection of the environment, development of industry, elimination of poverty and promotion of peace and prosperity, said K. Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Cases against priests for encouraging protests

As some of the churches are being used to disseminate anti Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project messages, urging the people to join the ongoing protest against the nuclear power project, the police here have started registering cases against priests who either allow or indulge in such activities. After the St. Lourdes Church premises at Idinthakarai was converted into anti KKNPP protest venue, a number of priests from Roman Catholic and Church of South India and even the Bishops of both churches meet the protesters to express their solidarity with the agitating public, mostly christians, without police permission.

Greening project office at Nanmangalam

The headquarters of the Tamil Nadu Biodiversity conservation and Greening Project will be established at Nanmangalam Reserve Forest at a cost of  8 crore. Forest Minister K.T. Pachamal said. The minister made an inspection of Pallikaranai Marshland, nurseries at Nanmangalam and Velacherry and Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur. He said the directorate or headquarters of the Project is to be located in the Nanmangalam Reserve Forest. Only 10,000 square feet was required for constructing the building and the adequate barren land available would be used for the purpose. The inspection was to zero in on the site for the building. There were attempts to encroach a portion of the forest land and locating this project office there would put an end to the menace. Creating permanent fence around the reserve forest, whose expanse is about 350 hectares, is also under consideration.

Royapuram gasping for measures to address Pollution

For several decades residents in Rayapuram Assembly  Constituency have been suffering the effects of inhaling limestone, iron ore and coal dust. Transportation of these dusty cargoes in open trucks from and to Chennai port had exposed them to serious health hazards. With surveys revealing that incidence of respiratory diseases and chest infections were higher in the area due to heavy vehicles traffic and the dust, the govt. was developing roads that would bypass residential localities said Speaker D. Jayakumar. He said that the govt. had proposed two connectivity projects – from Chennai to Ennore via Manali and the Chennai Port to Maduravayal for lane project to address the issue of pollution.

World’s lightest material

Science reports that scientists have developed the world’s lightest material – a metal with a density 0.9 mg/cc. It has been developed by a team from the University of California, the California Institute of Technology and HRL Laboratories. The new material has a unique “micro-lattice” cellular architecture.

East Asia Summit

The East Asia Summit is held in Bali, Indonesia.

US-Army conducts the first flight-test of a new hypersonic weapon

The US-Army conducts the first flight-test of a new hypersonic weapon. The weapon is designed to fly long ranges at speeds that are at least five times the speed of sound.

Investments limit for FIIs investors

 The Finance Ministry raises the investment limit for foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in government securities (G-secs) and corporate bonds by $5 billion each.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar are conferred the K.L. Saigal Lifetime Achievement Award in New Delhi.

Central Panel promises unbiased report on Kudankulam

The Central panel began inspecting safety measures at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and will submit an unprejudiced report “containing only facts regarding the reactors” protective gears and their efficiency, its member and former director of the Heavy Water Board. “Please don’t presume that the Central Panel will only submit a report favouring the Union govt. as the experts, who will keep utmost neutrality in this assignment, will submit a fair and unbiased report”, Mr. Kanthiah told reporters. He said that the committee members, all experts in their respective fields, who spent nearly three hours at the reactor site after the first meeting between the Central and State panels recently, would scientifically inspect the safety features incorporated in the reactors till Nov. 17 and submit their report within three days after the end of inspection.

‘Objectionable land’ dwellers to be identified

Biometric identification of over 10,000 families that have built dwelling units on ‘objectionable land’ will begin shortly in the city. It will facilitate identifying the eligible beneficiaries for resettlement and rehabilitation of the affected families in newly developed townships in areas such as Perumbakkam on the outskirts. The term ‘objectionable land’ covers areas such as govt. land, poramboke, canals, waterways and footpaths on which habitation are not permitted, according to officials of various govt. agencies involved in the exercise. TNSCB had already asked the Chennai Corporation and the PWD to furnish data pertaining to the number of people likely to be rehabitated in the city. The first phase of biometric identification, covering 10,000 families in the Chennai Corporation limits, to be carried out by the civic body would be completed next month.

For Cleaner Chennai

The city has been witnessing ad-hoc and hophazard urban planning in the last few years, said G. Dattatri, former Chief Urban Planner of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority. Speaking at workshop on “Namma Chennai – Ezhilmighu Chennai” organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he said the state of existing public infrastructure is unacceptable. Gross deficiencies in education and healthcare services are going to affect the drive towards further urbanisation. Advising govt. to start working on a state Urbanisation Policy and a Great Master Plan for Chennai City. “As per the 2011 causes, the total urban population of the Chennai Metropolitan Area is nearly 100 lakh. At least 40% of that population belongs to poor and lower income categories. If we do not provide affordable housing to them, the slum situation would go out of hand.”

American’s new nuclear liability

 The Union Government announces that it has finalised the rules for the implementation of the country’s new nuclear liability that aim to address the concerns of American nuclear suppliers who are wary of being exposed to unlimited liability in the event of accidents involving any of their reactors.

Sculptures found near Kumbakonam

A 7-foot stone Sivalinga Sculpture and a 6-foot half broken stone Avudayar sculpture were found at Ramanujapuram, eight km. from  Kumbakonam, on Chennai Main Road. Workers stumbled upon them when they were removing soil for construction at the house. The sculptures are kept at Maragatha Pillaiyar temple at Ramanujapuram for worship.

Soon, road train to ferry visitors in zoo

The thousands of visitors at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur may not have to tire themselves out by walking around the sprawling campus as they will have a road train with traction facility for internal circulation. After the government dropped the Night Safari plan, the Forest Department has come up with alternative works to the tune of about 3 crore to be executed in the next three years. For 2011-12, the govt. has sanctioned 20 lakh for the road train, which will take the visitors through the zoo. The battery – operated cars used at present have been found to be inadequate on days when crowds throng the zoo. Another 40 lakh will be spent on fabrication and erection of stainless steel, maintenance-free barricades to prevent teasing and feeding of wild animals by visitors. About  39.65 lakh would be utilised for road and drainage improvement works this year. Nearly  2 crore has been sanctioned for redesigning and constructing new bird exibits in the birds area at the zoological park, but the work will be taken up only in 2013-14.

Chennai to get integrated traffic management system

An integrated traffic management system for Chennai will be introduced under the BOT (build, operate and transfer) mode and under the PPP (Public – Private Partnership) annuity model, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced. Making 34 announcements she said that in response to requests from 10 district Collectors and Superintendents of Police, she decided to sanction additional highways patrol units old patrol vehicles and equipment that had outlined their utility would be replaced.

UP win Vinoo Mankad Trophy

Uttar Pradesh win the under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy (one-day) cricket tournament, beating Madhya Pradesh by 44 runs in the final in Mysore, Karnataka.

UP state divided into 4 parts

The U.P. State Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati approves division of the State into four parts – Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Avadh Pradesh and Paschim Pradesh.