February, 2012

C.M. distributes prizes to tournay winners

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa distributed prizes to winners of various sports, tournaments organised by the Karur unit of the party and State Transport Corpns. to mark her birthday. Twenty eight teams, comprising 262 members, were given gold coins of 512 grams or 64 sovereign besides trophies and certificates. The tournaments were held for college students. She exhorted them to bring fame to Tamil Nadu and India by winning State-level and national-level tournaments. She assured the participants from the transport Corporation that her government would provide all necessary help and concessions to them.

World-Class look for city roads

The Chennai Corporation began a field survey of roads to adopt world-class street design and planning for the city. In the first phase, a total of 60 roads extending to a length of 45 km. in the seven zones of the old city limits have been identified by the civic body and a field survey commenced on G.N. Chetty Road. Activities on the roads in the zones of Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru Vi.Ka. Nagar, Anna Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Adyar will be identified for proper design and planning. The first capacity building workshop on street design and planning was also held by the engineers of the Chennai Corporation with the assistance of a non-governmental organisation Chennai City connect. The engineers discussed case studies of such design and planning of streets in cities including Paris, Singapore and New York. A proposal has been made for public conveniences that will come up every 500 metre on such roads.

State expert panel submits report on nuclear project

An expert committee appointed by the Tamil Nadu govt. submitted its report on the safety aspects of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNNP) to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa marking a crucial stage in the debate over the project. At the same time, the state govt. invited the People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) representatives for talks. “Let the govt. have a cool view of the report”, said M.R. Srinivasan, former chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and member of the experts committee, told reporters after submitting the report to Chief Minister at the Secretariat.

Violence in China

At least 20 people are killed in China`s Xinjiang region in violence that the government blames on separatists. The incident underscores the ethnic tension in the far-western Muslim-majority region that has erupted intermittently in recent months.

India`s economic growth 6.1% in 3rd quarter

Data released by the Centres shows that India`s economic growth decelerated to 6.1 percent during the third quarter (October-December) of 2011-12 as against a healthy 8.3 percent in the same quarter of 2010-11.

Commissioner of Food Safety licensing authority

The Chennai Corporation will no longer issue food licences due to the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) replacing the erstrohile prevention of Food Adultation Act (PFAA). It has directed hotels, restaurants and retailers in the city to approach the office of the Commissioner of Food Safety for issue of food licences henceforth. The FSSA designates the Commissioner of Food Safety as the licensing authority. Hotels, bakeries, tea shops, sweet and savouries stalls, departmental stores, vegetable and first vendors, everybody selling food items would be coming under the purview of the new Act, say those in various trade association.

Placements touch all-time high at IIT-M this year

The placement fever at IIT-Madras reached an all time high this year as over 840 students landed jobs with salaries ranging from 4 lakh to 15 lakh per annum. This has been the most successful placement season in the history of the campus in terms of the numbers of students hired, their pay packets and the number of recruiting companies. Last year 172 companies had recruited 627 students, but this year has already seen 212 companies visit the campus and many more waiting in the wings, according to B. Nagarajan, Deputy Registror (Training, Placement & Public Relations) IIT-M.

England win T-20 series against Pakistan

England beat Pakistan by five runs in the third and final T20 International of the series in Abu Dhabi, thus winning the series 2-1.

Occupy London

The “Occupy London” movement, an offshoot of the worldwide anti-capitalist campaign, loses its four-month battle with the authorities, as police evicts its activists from the protest site.

Kasimedu harbour extrance set for new look

Bowing to the demands of exporters and importers, the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has decided to revamp the age-old main entrance (zero gate) at the Kasimedu fishing harbour, which has been the main cause of congestion. For year, the zero gate or gate No. 1 had exit of containers and general vehicles and it was recently expanded to six leaves – three each for entry and exit respectively, while gate 10 also had two leaves. As the port was experiencing a 25 per cent increase in container volume for the last few years, it was decided to construct new facilities at the main entrance and thereafter to dismantle or demolish the existing compound wall, steel gates, two wheeler stand, CISF, shed, watch tower, toilet buildings, customs and CISF buildings.