March, 2012

Laptops open new gateway for students

For all those who kept wondering why the State Govt. spend so much money on providing students with laptops, Mayor Saidai Duraiswamy, while interacting with students, on recently, had an answer. It was to fulfil a vision that the Chief Minister had for the state. And he found an unusual way to prove his point standing amid students at P.T. Lee Chengalvaraya Naickar Polytechnic College, he asked them questions on a variety of topics ranging from Kudankulam and the Mullaperiyar dam to problems faced by different countries and who Chenalvaraya Naicken was.

Steep Power Tariff hike for domestic consumers

Domestic consumers are among those whose electricity tariff will goup, steeply from April. The hike in the tariff ranges between 75 per cent and 110 per cent and there is not much change in the tariff revision, ordered by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) compared to the proposal mooted by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO). According to the order issued by the TNERC, subsidy to domestic consumers who consumer 501 units and alone in two months has been removed totally.

US President approves new sanctions against Iran

US President Mr. Barack Obama approves new sanctions against Iran, saying that there is sufficient oil in the world market to allow countries to cut Iranian crude imports.

First solar power plant in Rajasthan

The country`s first solar power plant, which is of 40 MW capacity, is inaugurated in Dhudsar village of Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan.

Laptop scheme for VAOs launched

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa launched the distribution of laptops to Village Administrative Officers at a cost of  22.49 crore. The VAOs would also be given printers and user guide – books. In the initial phase, 7,787 VAOs would be covered. At a function at the Secretariate, the Chief Minister also handed over order to seven persons, appointing them as VAOs. The Public Services Commission had chosen 3,318 persons for the post, according to an official release.

More green relief for Chennai soon

Landscope development of 100 parks in added areas of Chennai Corporation is on the anvil. The massive exercise that is proposed to be taken up at an estimated cost of  30 crore in eight newly added zones of Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur is likely to transform many residential neighbourhoods. The new parks with innovative land scape, herbal garden and playground would came up on pieces of land, some of which are as big as 96 grounds in Elango Nagar of Ambattur. The new facilities would be in addition to the 260 such parks in the seven zones of the old city limits. The eight zones in the newly added areas have as many as 265 pieces of land that are suitable for development of parks.

Developing a micro-robot named Cyberplasm

Scientists announce that they are in the final stages of developing a micro-robot that can function like a living creature to detect diseases in humans. The international team, led by Newcastle University, UK, says that the micro-robot, named “Cyberplasm”, combine advanced microelectronics with latest research in biomimicry, a technology inspired by nature. It has an electronic nervous system, “eye” and “nose” sensors derived from mammalian cells, as well as artificial muscles that use glucose as an energy source to peopel it.

Miss Femina – Miss World 2012

Ms. Vanya Mishra, a 19-year-old from Chandigarh, wins the covered Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2012 (PFMI) title at the grand finale held in Mumbai. Ms. Prachi Mishra from Allahabad walks away with the PFMI Earth 2012 title while Ms. Rochelle Maria Rao from Chennai is adjudged PFMI International 2012.

South Africa beat India

Hosts South Africa beat India by 11 runs (D/L, method) in the rain-curtailed one-off T2- International in Johannesburg. The match was organised to commemorate 150 years of the settlement of Indians in South Africa.

Taliban – announces that it is suspending formal peace negotiations

Peace efforts in Afghanistan suffer another setback when the Hezb-i-Isalmi militant faction _ the one that has squared off against both the US-led coalition and the Taliban _ announces that it is suspending formal peace negotiations with the Afghan government.