December, 2011

Doctor honoured

Eminent physician K.V. Thiruvengadam has been conferred the title ‘Master Teacher’ 2011 by the govt. body of the Association of Physicians of India. Dr. Thiruvengadam, former Professor of Medicine at the Madras Medical College and 1997 Dr. B.C. Roy awardee, will be presented the title at the 67th APICON-ICP convocation scheduled for Jan. 13 in Kolkata.

Corporation council wants Alagiri to vacate MP’s office

The newly formed Madurai Corporation Council, led by AIADMK Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa passed a resolution cancelling a 2009 council resolution that allowed Union Minister M.K. Alagiri, to house his MP’s office in the then South Zone office building. The resolution was passed unanimously by the 100 member council in the absence of the 12 DMK councillors. The Mayor moved the subject in the emergency meeting agenda, based on a note put up by the Corporation Commissioner, S. Natarajan, to take back the 2,000 sq. ft. of the ground floor, housing the M.P’s office at the new zone 4 office in West Marret Street. The space was allotted for the MP’s office free of cost through a Corporation Council resolution passed in September 2009. The note said that the Corporation required the office space for the functioning of the zonal office since the number of wards under the zone had increased to 26 from the earlier 19 wards.

New Chennai Commissioner

P.W.C. Davidar, an officer of the 1986 batch of the IAS was appointed commissioner of Chennai Corporation. The 53 year old Davidar, who has been designated Principal Secretary. Chennai Corporation Commissioner suceeds D. Karthikeyan, made Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation. For all practical purposes, Mr. Davidar is the first Commissioner of the expanded Corporation of Chennai.

“Mid-day meal scheme can be spiced up”

While commanding the State govt’s nutritious mid-day meal scheme for children, a team from the Union Human Resource Ministry, which reviewed the programme in Tamil Nadu recently, has suggested that the menu could be spruced up by adding grains such as millet and ragi. “It can be bring for children to have rice and samba every day. So we have suggested that more varieties such at millets be introduced, provided it is practical and suits the taste of children”, said Rita Chatterjee, Joint Secretary, MHRD, who headed the team.

RWH structures for charitable institutions

The Rain Centre, a voluntary organisation, proposes to install rainwater harvesting structures in Charitable institutions which are largely depandent on ground water and whose requirement is high. The Centre’s team has already prepared a list of nearly 50 charitable institutions in and around the city that lack such structures. The centre, which promotes rainwater harnessing, plans to approach corporate houses and clubs to sponsor the project. It had helped institutions such as Anbagam in Adyar and Vasantam in Mogappair install RWH structures with support of corporate and various trusts about years ago.

Part-time teachers for arts, physical and work education

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) wing of the School Education Department, will appoint a total of 16,549 part-time instructors to handle Art Education, Health and Physical Education and Work Education in schools with a least a 100 students in classes VI to VIII. A Govt. order to this effect was issued recently. The part-time instructors will be selected based on an interview, to be conducted by a committee chaired by the Chief Educational Officer (CEO) of the district. While the CEOs will be the appointing authorities for high and higher secondary schools, District Elementary Educational Officers will oversee appointments of part-time instructors to upper primary schools.

US Secretary of State visit Myanmar

US Secretary of State Ms. Hillary Clinton concludes her much-published Myanmar visit. She announces that the US will allow Myanmar’s participation in the US-backed grouping of Mekong River countries, facilitate IMF’s engagement in Myanmar, and help the nation in health, microfinance and antinacotics programmes. During the visit, Ms. Clinton also meets pro-democracy icon Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi.

SFC of the Army successfully test-fires an Agni-I

 The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army successfully test-fires an Agni-I missile from the Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast, to test its readiness to launch ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.