May, 2012

Tribal schools haunts district education authorities

Namakkal district may take pride in the number of state ranks its private school students have secured in the plus two examinations, but containing poor performance of Govt. Tribal Schools (GTR) haunts district education authorities. Of the four GTR schools in the tribal habitation in the Kolli Hills, the one at Sengrani reported the worst performance with all eight students who took the examination failing. The Valvil Ori GTR at Valavanthindu produced a pass percentage of 36 per cent will only 18 of the 50 students clearing the exams.

Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey

India beat arch-rivals Pakistan in an important match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia. 

Egypt`s decades old emergency comes to an end

Egypt`s decades-old state of emergency comes to an end as its last renewal expires. It is worth mentioning here that until now the nation was under a state of emergency continuously since the 1981 assassination of the then – President Anwar Sadat, allowing authorities to detain people without charge and try them in emergency security courts. 

India`s 25th Chief of the Army Staff

Gen. Bikram Singh takes over as India`s 25th Chief of the Army Staff. He succeeds Gen. V.K. Singh. Gen. Singh is the second Sikh to command the 1.3-million-strong Indian Army. 

Centre reveal GDP growth in the fourth quarter

Figures made available by the Centre reveal that India`s GDP growth in the fourth quarter (January-March) of 2011-12 slipped to a nine-year low of 5.3 percent. This drags the growth for entire 2011-12 down to 6.5 percent. 

Centre approves the NPT 2012

The Centre approves the National Telecom Policy (NPT) 2012. The policy seeks to abolish roaming charges and to allow national number portability. 

Property taxes at bank counters

Nearly ten lakh Chennaiites will be able to pay their property taxes through bank counters soon. The Chennai Corporation will sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with seven banks this week to enable walk-in payment of the tax. The banks included in the first phase are Indian overseas Bank, Canara Bank, ICICI, IDBI, HDFC, City Union Bank and Karur Vysya Bank. Hundreds of counters in there seven banks may soon start accepting money, cheques or demand drafts for property tax payment.

Kanchi mutt award

Music has no barriers. In an era when western music has a tremendous following a third year B.E. student Yasin Begum of Mayiladuthurai has mastered Carnatic music The Young Carnatic Musician Award instituted by Bharathi Yuva Kendra, Madurai, was presented to her by Kanchi Kamakoti Peetadhipathi, Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, at Sankara Mutt. Yasin said that the inspiration to learn Carnatic music came from her father, M. Kamal Basha, popularly known as Gujinis` in the local Carnatic music circle.

Viswanathan`s fifth world crown

World champion Viswanathan Anand of India retains his world chess crown, defeating Israeli contender Boris Gelfand in the title match in Moscow. With regular play ending in a 6-6 tie, Anand wins the rapid tie-breakers by a 2-5_1.5 margin. This is his fifth world crown.

Britain`s Supreme Court dismisses Assange`s appeal

Britains Supreme Court dismisses WikiLeaks founder Mr. Julian Assanges appeal against extradiction to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.