May, 2012

Myanmar`s democracy icon Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi`s first foreign trip

Myanmars democracy icon Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi begins her much-awaited Thailand trip, which is her first foreign tour in 24 years. Mr. Suu Kyis foray beyond Myanmar`s borders is a significant show of confidence in the reforms that have swept her homeland since a near 50-year military dictatorship was replaced with a quasi-civilian regime in 2011.

Power generation resumes at Mettur Thermal Station

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said while one unit of 210 MW began generation, other three units of the same capacity would commence production on May 31, restoring the total generation to 840 MW. She said the fire had destroyed the conveyor belt and its accessaries to a length of 180 metres, paralysing the plant. Though she had told the Assembly early this month that the restoration work would take a month, some newspapers had said that it would take at least two months. “I have directed the officials to carryout the repairs or a war footing”.

Officials positive on Jayamkondan Project revival

Even though Jayamkondan lignite based mine-cum-thermal power project is a non-starter, officials at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) have been expressing hopes about its revival. R. Kandasamy, Director (Planning and Projects) of the NLC told “we have been requesting the state govt. to help us to revive the project that has been hanging fire for decades for several reasons. Currently, we are facing hurdless in the form of land acquisition. We need about 12,000 hectares, of which 3,000 hectares is occupied by 40,000 people of 12,000 families from 22 villages.

NLC to add 1000 MW to regional grid this year

The Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) will add 1,000 MW of power to the regional grid during the current financial year, said its Chairman and Managing Director A.R. Ansari. He said that the Corporation was on the verge of commissoning unit one of Thermal Power Station-II of 250 MW plant at Neyveli, followed by the second unit in December. The first unit of 500 MW plant of Tuticorin a joint venture of NLC and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation would be commissioned during 2012-13 and the second unit by 2013-14. Mr. Ansari said that the plan of the NLC was to add 15,000 MW of power by 2020 at an investment of around  90,000 crore, of which 30 per cent would come a equity from NLC. About 80 per cent of the projects were coal based and NLC was scouting for coal mines in Australia.

Lamp which is powered by human blood

An American designer named Mike Thompson unveils a lamp which is powered by human blood. To set the bulb aglow, one has to break the top off, use the jagged glass to cut oneself, and pour his/her blood in where it reacts with the chemicals inside.

Ondaatje Prize for Indian Writer

Mr. Rahul Bhattacharya of Delhi becomes the first Indian writer to win the prestigious Ondaatje Prize for his book. The Sly Company Of People Who Care. The £10,000 award is given by the Royal Society of Literature annually.

63rd National Junior Basketball championship

Chhattisgarh clinch both the boysand girls titles at the 63rd National Junior basketball championship in Puducherry. In the boysfinal, Chhattisgarh beat Punjab, while in the girls final, they beat Maharashtra.

Caretaker agreement with Nepal President and P.M.

In a move that may have long-term political implications, Nepals President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav terms the nations current government, led by Prime Minister Mr. Baburam Bhattarai, as a caretaker arrangement. Dr. Yadav also calls for a political consensus among the parties.

PM wraps up his Myanmar visit

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh wraps up his Myanmar visit. During the visit, an agreement for a $500-million line of credit to Myanmar is signed. Dr. Singh also meets Myanmar`s celebrated democracy icon Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, and extends to her an invitation to visit India.

6th NTR National Literary Award

The 6th NTR National Literary Award is presented to noted Tamil writer Mr. Ashokamitran, known for his novelThanneer and various other works.