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.