June, 2012

State sanctions 33.60 crore for forest development and preservation

The govt. has sanctioned   33.60 crore for forest development and preservation under this year’s annual plan from the thirteenth Finance Commission’s grants-in-aid for the Forest Department. The Commission has sanctioned   142.48 crore for the five-year plan period. In the first two years, the govt. had sanctioned   17.81 crore each. This year, the department has sanctioned   2.01 crore for establishment of butterfly park in Trichy and providing a road train with traction facilities at Arignar Anna Zoological Park. About 14.50 crore have been allocated for improvement and maintenance of buildings in the Forest Department and roads.

Fresh passport applicants need not come to Chennai

The Regional Passport Office has informed that manually filled-in application forms seeking issue of fresh passports can be submitted in the respective District Passport cells and applicants need not travel to Chennai for the same. According to a press release, the RPO conducted a ‘mela’ on June 23 and 24 in three Passport Seva Kendras and Passport Office, Chennai, and nearly 1,100 manually filled-in application forms were scrutinised and registered. The same mode of submission of passport applications for issue of fresh passports was still functioning in the jurisdiction of RPO, Chennai, and in all District Collectorates, Puducherry and three Police stations in Chennai City. In case of applications seeking reissue of passports, the applicants were told to approach the Passport Seva Kendras located at Saligramam, Nelson Manickam Road and Tambram.

Civic body cancels online booking of community halls

The Chennai Corporation cancelled the facility for online booking facility of 52 community halls, following large-scale irregularities by local civic officials in allotment of the halls to residents. Under the new system. Residents will have to approach the Corporation revenue department headquarters in Ripon Buildings to book any of the halls in the city. Officials at zonal offices will not accept booking requests. Residents will also have to submit a photograph of the couple in case of booking for a marriage ceremony. Proof of residence will be required for booking the halls for other events. Those who have already booked the halls online will receive letters asking them to submit proof of residence and a photograph. Booking of those who fail to submit the proof within 10 days will be cancelled.

Egypt’s first elected President

Mr. Mohamed Morsy is sworn in as Egypt’s first elected President. He is the first Muslim Brotherhood candidate to assume the nation’s highest office.

IAF trainer aircraft

The Indian Air Force announces that it will acquire 75 Swiss-made Pilatus-7 basic trainer aircraft to replace the ageing Kiran aircraft at a cost of over   2,900 crore.

Bank waives Rs.1 lakh loan to accident victim

Can a borrower get an outstanding loan of over   1 lakh waived by just paying   1000? Yes, it can be done, going by an example before the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority. During mediation such a gesture was made by Karur Vysya Bank to a person. Who lost his fingers in an accident. Six years ago D. Dharmalingam (46) of Ponneri borrowed   1,08,000 as personal loan from the Alandur branch of the bank. Though he was prompt in repayment in the initial months, he could not sustain, as he lost all his fingers on the right hand in a factory accident. He was unable to eke out a living and was struggling to educate his two children. The loan, including interest, stood at   1.28 lakh. Before the Lok Adalat, bank officials on humanaterian grounds, finalised a settlement for   1,000 instead of the outstanding principal amount of  96,903.

Govt. approves panel to oversee Anna University

The state govt. approved a three-member committee remembered by Anna University’s adhoc syndicate panel to run the institution until a Vice Chancellor is appointed. The Vice Chancellor is appointed through a long process of a search committee, which will consier several names and recommended a list of three to the Governor Chancellor, who will appoint one of them.

Civic body promises to clear plastic waste

Residents of localities polluted by unauthorised plastic manufacturing units voiced their concerns about the inability of the civic body to prevent the piling up of plastic industrial waste. Residential neighbourhood in areas such as Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar are affected by the indiscriminate dumping of waste from unauthorised tiny and small-scale industries, said a resident at a constituency-level grievance redressal meeting. The Corporation is likely to identify hundreds of unauthorised units in areas such as Kodungaiyur, Madhavaram, Royapuram and Ambattur that continue to manufacture banned plastic bags in the city. Officials also told residents that they would remove the plastic waste generated by units in their areas.

Eurozone leaders summit

Eurozone leaders, at a summit at Brussels, Belgium, seal a dramatic deal to allow emergency measures to aid crisis hit Italy and Spain, as well as provide billions to boost the crisis-hit economies of the common currency bloc.

GDP 4.2%

Reports reveal that India’s current account deficit rose to $78.2 billion (4.2 percent of GDP) in 2011-12 from $46 billion (2.7 percent of GDP) in 2010-11.

Wartsila system to monitor power plants :

Finnish power major Wartsila is planning to expand its footprint in India with the launch of a remote monitoring station aimed at popularising its flexible decentralised power plants. “This monitoring station allows surveillance of power installations to make sine they are operating optionally and to prevent any possible failures or breakdowns the first phase will monitor 14 plants (285 MW) out of our total installed capacity of 3500 MW in India”. It also allows companies to set up power plants in remote locations without worring about accessability or the initial capex involved in periodically sending experienced personnel to check the plant.

RWD to get 70 crore fund infusion

The six-year-old real estate joint venture of Hyderabad-based Ramkay Group, a well-known name in the field of waste management and infrastructure development, is set to see fresh capital infusion even as it explores opportunities in newer geographics. According to W.S. Habib, M.D. of RWD the fund infusion could happen in the next couple of months. He said two partners would contribute equally to the fresh capital requirements. The joint venture needed additional capital, especially since it had plans to take a new project near the city soon.

New Metrowater offices for city soon

Residents of merged areas of the city, who at present find it hard to register their grievances relating to erratic water supply, may soon have dedicated offices in their locality. Chennai Metrowater has launched a joint inspection with Corporation officials to identify sites to construct depot offices and area offices. Metrowater officials said that once places are identified in each ward, the project, worth   20 crore, will commence. Besides existing 155 depot offices, 93 offices would now be constructed. Every depot office in the city now serves a population of about 50,000. This number might now increase by 20,000 in the expanded localities, as some wards in local bodies have been merged, officials said. The water agency aims to complete the project by this year, they added.

New ICC President elected

Mr. Alan Isaac of New Zealand takes over as the President of the International Cricket Council (ICC); he succeeds Mr. Sharad Pawar of India.

European leaders begin a crucial summit on economic growth

European leaders begin a crucial summit in Brussels, Belgium, where they discuss new measures for economic growth.

International Conference in New Delhi for boosting investment in Afghan

An international conference aimed at boosting investment in Afghanistan is held in New Delhi. It is for the first time that India hosts a meet with the objective of giving a fillip to investment in a third country. Representatives from over 40 nations, along with several Afghan Ministers, attend the conference. Over 100 corporates from different parts of the world also participate in the meet.

Google unveils Neural network

Google unveils a computer that is able to “learn” like a human brain and recognise pictures. The computer is based on a “neural network” of 16,000 processing cores with more than a billion interconnections. Each of these interconnections roughly simulates a connection in a human brain. 

IIT into UG courses in Engg.

The IIT Council approves a fresh formula for admission into undergraduate courses in engineering. Now admission will be based on the rank achieved in the advanced test, subject to the condition that students are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their boards.

Soliton’s solution to cut paper waste

Solition Technologies a leader in machine vision products and solutions would be shortly launching a new product that would bring in automation technology to the printing industry. This would reduce paper wastage significantly while printing. In an interaction with this correspondent, Ganesh Devaraj, M.D. & CEO, said the heart of this product was an indigenously – developed smart camera. It would take pictures of the painted newspapers as they come out of the press at high speeds, detect any errors in the colour registration and automatically correct these errors by sending appropriate control signals to the correction motors. Since this correction was done instantaneously substantial paper wastage would be eliminated, he said. Solution has also introduced design innovation to substantially reduce the cost of this automation system.

Global standards soon for 30 bus routes

Chennai Corporation will kick start its ambitions project to upgrade roads on 30 bus routes to international standards. Mayor directed the officials to develop all the stretches to be taken up under the project into cement concrete roads with provisions for ducting. The decision to convert the existing roads into cement concrete roads has been taken to prevent damage due to rain. According to the corporation’s estimates, over 80 km. of raods are repaired every year after the monsoon. The 30 roads are likely to be models for further improvement of roads. The upgraded stretches will also ease traffic cangestion, optimise vehicle speed on city roads and connect various residential and commercial localities across zones.

Traffic Jam Assist

US auto major Ford unveils a technology that enables a car to drive itself through heavy traffic. The revolutionary technology, named “Traffic Jam Assist”, hands control back to the driver once the jam ends.

52nd National inter-state senior athletics championship

The 52nd National inter-State senior athletics championship ends in Hyderabad. Kerala emerge overall winners, followed by West Bengal at second place.

Military tensions between Turkey and Syria border violations

Military tensions between neighbours Turkey and Syria rise, after the former warns the latter of decisive action against border violations.

Union Minister Virbhadra Singh resigns

Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Mr. Virbhadra Singh resigns after a Himachal Pradesh court frames graft charges against him.

Move to shore up Pulicot-Poompuhar tourism

The National Maritime Foundation (NMF) has devised a tourism package to showcase the maritime heritage along the 300 km. coastal stretch from Pulicot to Poompuhar. Under the SAMUDRAM (Seashore Archaeological Museum Off the Dravidian Mainland) project, the tourists will get an opportunity to visit historic forts and archaeological sites at Tranquebar (Tarangambadi), Poompuhar, Porto Nova (Parangipettai), Sadras, Alamparai, Pulicot, Mamallapuram, Chennai and Puducherry. The forts were built by the Portugese (Pulicot), British Fort St. George, Mughals (Alamparai), Dutch (Sodras), French (Puducherry) and the Danish (Tranquebar), besides Cholas (Poompuhar). The State tourism department has been asked to develop basic infrastructural facilities at these places, create clusters and develop basic infrastructural facilities at these places, create clusters and host sound and light programmes and culture shows so that it helps tourist guides, budget hotels, transport operators, souvenir makers and photographers earn some decent income.

Saudi Arabia allow its women athletes for London Olympics

In a significant development, Saudi Arabia announces that it will allow its women athletes, for the first time ever, to take part in the 2012 London Olympics.

RBI announces foreign investment securities

In a move to stop the rupee’s fall, the RBI announces a slew of  measures that include an increase in the limit of foreign investment in government securities by $5 billion to $20 billion.

State sanctions 46.73 lakh as grant for 1,829 eco-clubs

The govt. has sanctioned   46.73 lakh as grant for strengthening the activities of 1,829 eco clubs across the state, at the rate of   2,500 per school. Environmental activits how affective these clubs are in imparting environmental education among students. Both state and centre govts. have launched eco-clubs/National Green Corps (NGC) programme in all the districts with the objective of making children understand the environment and related issues. At present, this scheme is being implemented in 1869 schools as eco-clubs in 32 districts with state govt. finding. Apart from this, the centre is funding the NGC activities in 8,000 schools, 250 schools in each districts.

160 new Doctors at obstetric care centres likely

The Corporation has decided to appoint 160 doctors at emergency obstetric care centres (EOCs) opened in the eight zones added to the revised corporation limits. From the previous 172 sq. km. last year, the city was expanded to an area covering 426 km. The city now includes areas Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Amabttur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur. Among the 160 doctors, 80 are gynaecologists, 40 are anaesthesiologists and 40 are paediatricians to work under maternity healthcare services. According to sources, a proposal to appoint the doctors is being considered. When asked about training period for the doctors, the sources said. “We will manipulate the number of hours depending on the selection to be done by the youth”.

Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-9

A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docks manually with an orbiting module. The docking of the Shenzhou-9 capsule with the Tiangong-I module is a first-of-its-kind feat for China. The Shenzhou-9 crew include 33-year-old Liu Yang, an air force pilot and China’s first female space traveller.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso win Formula One championship

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso of Spain wins the European Grand Prix Formula One championship in Valencia, Spain.

Mohamed Morsy winner in Egypt’s presidential elections

Moderate Islamist Mr. Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood emerges winner in Egypt’s presidential elections. He defeats Mr. Ahmed Shafiq.

Defence Ministry clears several purchases

The Defence Ministry clears several purchases worth around   20,000 crore, including 14 Dornier aircraft for the IAF, 30 mm guns for the Navy, etc., among others.

Passport office gets new address

The Regional Passport Office in Chennai is changing its 50 year old address on Haddows Road, Nungambakkam, and moving to swanky new premises at Rayala Towers on Anna Salai. Regional Passport Ofifcer C. Senthil Pandian said “We have put up notices at the Haddows Road Office directing applicants to visit the new office for any enquiry or clarifications”. The new passport office will begin full-fledged operations from June, 25.

Skywalk in Chennai

The first skywalk in Chennai will connect Chennai Central, Park Railway Station and Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital. It will come up at a cost of   20 crore. Chief Minister announced projects to be implemented at a cost of   109 crore to improve traffic and transportation in Chennai.

France, Germany, Italy and Spain agree push for growth package

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain agree to push for a growth package worth up to $163 billion.

INS Submarine Sindhurakshak

The mid-life refining of India’s kilo-class diesel-electric submarine INS Sindhurakshak is completed in Russia.

S.K. Jain elected Chairman of international nuclear body

Shrayans Kumar Jain, former Chairman and Managing Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) and Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (BHAVIM), has been unanimously elected to the post of Chairman of the Governing Board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators – Tokyo Centre (WANO-TC), Japan. He was elected to the coveted post at its meeting. Dr. Jain will also represent WANO-Tokyo Centre in main WANO Governing Board, a statement from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. WANO is an international nuclear organisation of utilities/operators committed to work for enhancement of safety and reliability to next higher level. All the utilities which operate nuclear power plants are member of WANO.

Burns ward at Sivakasi hospital

The govt. has sanctioned   60.17 lakh to the govt. hospital at Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district for establishing a dedicated burns treatment ward. Principal Secretary, Health Girija Vaidyanathan, in a release stated that Sivakasi was chosen considering the large number of fireworks units and match factories there. The hospital had been provided Rs.20 lakh to set up an intensive care unit and a post-surgery ward. Another   40.17 lakh had been provided for procuring equipment. The govt. had decided to post three doctors, three nurses, six paramedical and six non-medical staff members in the burns ward. For this it would alot   52.77 lakh unusually.

Federico Franco sworn in as President of Paraguay

Paraguay’s Senate removes President Mr. Fernando Lugo from office by impeachment. Mr. Federico Franco is sworn in as President.

Rio+20 Conference

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, ends in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 192 countries participating in the summit agree that poverty eradication should be given the highest priority, overriding all other concerns in order to achieve sustainable development.

Sworn a New PM of Pakistan

Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

India’s ambitious policy on free medicine

It is announced that India’s ambitious policy to provide medicines for free will be rolled out from Oct. 2012 onwards. As per the policy free medicines will be provided to all patients attending government health facilities across India. The entire programme is estimated to cost   28,560 crore over the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017).

Corporation begins moulding next year’s toppers

As many as 108 students of the 32 Chennai Higher Secondary Schools are likely to be in the race for state toppers in this year’s class XII public examinations. The Chennai Corporation has started conducting a spacially-designed free intensive coaching programme for 108 of its class XII students belonging to weaker sections of the society from various parts of the city. Most of the selected students are from slum neighbourhoods. The students have been selected based on their performances in the SSLC examinations – all of them have secured more that 470 out of 500. According to officials of the civic body, the best teachers of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English in the state have been asked to teach the students and shape them into state toppers. “We expect all of the students to score more than 1180 out of 1200. Some of them will certainly become state toppers”, said an official.

GH gets state-of-art liquid oxygen tank

The Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital has become the first govt-run institutiion in the state to install a tank to store liquid oxygen. With a capacity to hold 13,000 litres of oxygen, the tank is expected to cater to the needs of the entire hospital when it become operational. At present, oxygen is supplied through 1,052 outlets using cylinders. The GH requires around 1,400 cubic metres of oxygen a day for its 52 operation theatres, besides intensive care units and post-operative wards. The tank,  which has come up in the space between Tower Block 2 and the old cardiology block, will be put into use by the end of the month when approval is received from the controller of Explosives. The tank, costing   40 lakh, has been built free of cost by Inox Air Products, which supplies the gas to the hospital. A full tank will ensure that supply will last for five days.

Extra parking on temple lands for city residents

Looking for a parking space for that additional car? You can soon start scouting for temple lands in the city that are being converted into parking lots in your neighbourhood. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department will soon start parking lots at Mylapore near the Srinivasa Sastri hall in Luz and two more in Vadapalani.

Kilpauk hospital to get improve facilities

Govt. Kilpauk Hospital has been sanctioned more funds to upgrade its facilities. The hospital is set to receive around   10 crore more this year, for equipment and improvement of its existing facilities. The hospital’s dean P. Ramakrishnan said that the govt. had sanctioned   5 crore to set up an MRI scan machine and   2 crore to renovate its mortuary. The hospital has also been allotted   1.8 crore to build stormwater drains and a sewerage network. One of its long-pending demands. Work on stormwater drains began several months ago, and is expected to be finished before monsoons set in.

Japan’s annual Kyoto Prize

The winners of Japan’s annual Kyoto Prize are announced. India’s Ms. Gayatri Spivak, a literary critic and professor at Columbia University, USA, wins the prize for arts and philosophy. Japan’s Mr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a molecular biologist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is awarded for his work in the Basic Sciences. America’s Mr. Ivan Sutherland, of Portland State University, is named the winner in the category of Advganced Technology.

2012 World Business & Development Award

India’s ITC Limited bags the 2012 World Business & Development Award for its transformational rural initiatives in social and farm forestry programmes in India. The award is given away at the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Egypt’s presidential poll results

Egypt’s electoral authority defers the announcement of the historic post-Mubarak era presidential poll results, saying that it needs more time to analyse the appeals filed by the two contenders.

CCI slaps a penalty on 11 cement producers

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) slaps a   6,300-crore penalty on 11 cement producers, holding them guilty of cartelisation.

Joint Secretary to Chief Minister

R. Sudalaikannan, IAS, formerly Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Ltd., is posted as Joint Secretary to Chief Minister according to an official release.

30.36 lakh students to benefit from bus pass drive

Chief Minister launched a drive to distribute free bus passes to students. This move is expected to benefit 30.36 lakh students in the state. She also inducted 826 new buses and 266 repaired vehicles from various State Transport Corporations (STCs). Out of the 826 new buses, Metropolitan Transport Corporation will get 70 buses, State Express Corporation will get 177 buses, Villupuram division 119 buses, Salem, 78 buses, Coimbatore 109 buses, Kumbakonam 133 buses, Madurai 97 buses and Tiruneveli 43 buses. She also announced 304 new bus routes across the state. She also distributed confirmation orders to 9,157 tempoerary transport department staff including 4,511 drivens, 4,558 conductors and 88 technical staff. At present transport Corporations in the State operate 19,507 buses catering to 2.1 crore passengers.

City sees rise in numbers of twin births

Drastic changes in lifestyle and busier work schedules are inducing changes in the physiology leading to an increasing number of working professionals opting for fertility treatments. This is adding to the number of multiple births at hospitals in the city, doctors say. In effect, multiple births come with a higher risk of complications along with added expenses. At the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynecology (IOG), a total of 6,675 births took place. Of that, 129 were twin births and five sets of triplets were born one each month.

Land allotted for Chennai Port at Tiruvottiyur

The Chennai Corporation council passed a total of 53 resolutions, including one to lease out land at Tiruvottiyur to the Chennai Port Trust for setting up a container trailer parking lot. The parking lot is one of the long panding demands of over 3,000 trailer drivers and cleaners at the port. The Mayor announced that the Chennai Corporation Commissioner would ink a pact in a day or two to lease the land to the Port Trust. He said the process was being speeded up, taking into consideration the urgency of the matter and need to reduce accidents in north Chennai.

Corporation to get lough on wall posters

The Chennai Corporation has responded to the situation of the posters – ridden walls in the city. Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy recalled a five month-old resolution and said it was pertinent that stringent norms be introduced to regulate the setting up of temporary dais for the conducting of functions and putting up of banners, streamers and wall posters.” The city’s walls look bad. After the rules are drawn, we will take strict action against those who do not follow them” he said, asking councillors to make a list with regard to places where public meetings are held on a regular basis. They are then required to debate them in their respective ward committees and bring it to the council for its approval.

Chief Minister Warns corrupt councilors

Coming down heavily on AIADMK councillors in the Chennai Corporation for indulging in corrupt practices and exceeding all limits in committing irregularities, Chief Minister warned them that unless they mended their ways, she might be forced to dissolve the city Corporation Council. A section of the media had carried reports that councillors were demanding money for works in their wards. “I will wait till the end of next-month. If I continue to receive complaints, I will dissolve the council and run it with special officers”, she said. According to the sources, the Chief Minister even read out the names of many councillors, including women representatives, from a list she had and made it clear that she would no longer tolerate their actions. Besides names, she mentioned the allegations against them. The AIADMK has 168 councillors, including 66 women in the corporation council.

West Indies ‘A’ beat searies against India

Hosts West Indies ‘A’ beat India ‘A’ by 10 wickets in the third and final Test in St. Lucia; taking the series 2-1.

New PM sworn in Greek

Greek conservative party head Mr. Antonis Samaras is sworn in as the country’s Prime Minister at the helm of a three-party coalition that will uphold the country’s international bail-out commitments.

World’s fastest supercomputer

The US regains the top spot for the world’s fastest supercomputer. The fastest supercomputer, named Sequoia, is an IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Sequoia delivers 16.32 petaflops per second (a petaflop is equal to a thousand trillion operations). It pips Fujitsu’s “K Computer” installed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan.

Index of World’s most failed states

The prestigious Foreign Policy magazine releases its latest index of world’s most failed states. The unique ranking’s top five this time are African countries Somalia (114.9 points), Congo (111.2), Sudan (109.4), Chad (107.6) and Zimbabwe (106.3).

Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifies Gilani as PM

Pakistan plunges into fresh political uncertainty as the country’s Supreme Court disqualifies Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani as Prime Minister in the wake of his conviction for contempt. Mr. Gilani had refused to reopen graft cases against President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari despite a court ruling to that effect.

India will contribute rescue package

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announces at the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, that India will contribute $10 billion as part of the rescue package for the debt-ridden Eurozone.

A dip in cotton production expected

Cotton production in the country is expected to see a sharp decline in the 2012-13 season, according to Coimbatore Cotton Association president Kamlesh Raheja. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the association, Coimbatore Mr. Raheja said that after registering a sharp rise in cotton production for two years, officials in Gujarat expect a steep fall in production in the forthcoming season. Side of cotton seeds and Maharashtra. In north India, where the seed marketing season has just concludes, companies saw a 15 per cent fall in cotton seed sales.

High Court’s 10 questions to centre

The Madras High Court has posed a series of questions to the Union govt. on the steps taken to implement the Supreme Court’s order which directed it to introduce pre-enrolment training for law graduates in the country. Justice N. Kirubakaran, passed the interim order on a writ petition filed by a dismissed banker, M.A. Balasubramanian, who sought a direction to the Bar Council to enrol him. Expressing concern over the falling standards of the legal profession, the judge raised ten queries including whether the procedure prescribed by Bar Council for enrolement was faulty and not effective and adequate, what steps have been taken or to be taken by the Bar Council to check the antacedents of the candidate.

73 pairs set out for mess wedding in Chennai

In all, 73 pairs of brides and bridegrooms, along with their relatives, set out for Chennai from Villupuram and Cuddalore districts in the State Transport Corporation buses. They would form part of the 1,006 pairs who would be getting married in the presence of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at Sri Devi Karumariamman Temple at Thiruverkadu, Chennai. While 40 pairs, accompanied by four relatives each from the bride and bridegroom sides, boarded eight buses from Anjaneyar Temple on the Thiru Vi.Ka Road at Villupuram, 33 pairs along with their Kin, boarded three buses from Padaleswarar Temple at Thirupadiripuliyur at Cuddalore.

HR & CE Department circular bringing temples under RTI Act uphold

Upholding circular issued by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department bringing temples under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI), the Madras High Court has said temples under the department are public institutions. “If the activities of the temple will be kept secret when information is sought for, it may lead to gradual deteroration of the temple administration. It cannot be contended that temple activities are private and (that they are) not covered by the provisions of the RTI ACT”, the court said.

Silver coins for plastic trash

Many visitors and vendors at the Marina Beach spent Sunday evening collecting plastic trash from the sands. And 120 of them non silver coins for their effort. “Look at all the coupons I have collected. For every 100 gram of plastic that I collected and gave at the counter, I received coupons”, explained S.V. Avvai, a student of class seven at Lady Wellington School, who collected plastic waste alongwith V. Jebaselvi, her classmate and her sister V. Nancy. The children said that this was a nice idea giving away silver and gold coins through a lucky draw, to keep the bench clean.

Nepal leaders forms new party

After a protracted internal party struggle, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) finally splits, with some of its leaders going away to form a new party named the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist).

India’s credit rating outlook

Global rating agency Fitch downgrades India’s credit rating outlook to negative, citing corruption and inadequate reforms as the main reasons.

Restructured TUFS extended for one more year

The restructured Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (R-TUFS) for the textile sector, operational from April 28, 2011 to March 31, 2012, has been extended for one more year. According to a circular issued by the office of the Textile Commissioner, the R-TUFS for the textile sector will continue for 2012-13. As a consequence, the office will continue to issue Unique Identity Numbers (UID numbers) for new sanctions issued by the lending agencies on or after April 1, 2012.

Work on Perungudi dump yard wall to start soon

The Chennai Corporation will soon commence work on the remaining portion of the compound wall around the Perungudi dumping yard, to prevent trespasses from setting fire to garbage there. As part of measure taken to study the cause of several fires that have broken out in dumping yards of late, the civic body is also likely to commence work on the installation of surveillance cameras in the Perungudi yard nextweek. The Chennai Corporation to take measures to stop fires in the garbage dumpyard on the finnges of Pallikaranai marshland, civic body officials have now planned to expedite work on the construction of the wall.

Indonesia Open Super Series

Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal clinches the title at the Indonesia Open Super Series, defeating Chinese shuttler Li Xuerui in the final in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Greece votes in the presidential elections

Amid widespread discontent stemming from crippling austerity measures, Greece votes in the presidential elections.

Indian first-ever river-lake link project

Indian first-ever river-lake link project is launched in the water-scarce Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The Harpura irrigation and river-lake link project will link the perennial Jamna river to the nearby lakes and water bodies.

Rising Adyar sparks concerns

For the past few days residents along the Adyar River have been noticing an increase in the water level. While environmental experts say it it is caused by a tidel effect, residents have demanded that the mouth of the river be dredged properly to prevent inundation. Resident of Ururkuppam said the water level in the river increased during this time of the year and in winter. Last year, the area was flooded as the sand accumalated in the river’s mouth was not Environment removed periodically, they said. Eminent experts said the sediments gets transported from the south to the north. However, its movement is affected due to the construction of the harbour.

British scientists built novel device

It is announced that British scientists have built a novel device that can convert body movement into electricity capable of powering small gadgets such as GPS trackers. The device is created by researchers at the Universities of Cranfield, Liverpool and Salford. Designed to be worn on the knees, it harnesses the energy produced by walking.

Miss Asia Pacific World 2012

The Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 beauty pageant is held in Busan, South Korea, Indian beauty Ms. Himangini Singh Yadu, who hails from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, is adjudged the Miss Asia Pacific World 2012. Ms. Tuyanaa Temenjargal of Mongolia emerges the First Runner-up, while Ms. Diana Kubasova of Latvia finishes as the Second Runner-up.

China sends first woman into space

China sends its first woman into space, successfully carrying out the much-anticipated launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft.

TUFS for the textile

The restructured Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) for the textile sector is extended for one year.

Chennai ranks 12/20 in survey of elder abuse

Chennai ranked 12th on the list of 20 cities that were surveyed for abuse of elderly people of HelpAge India this year. The non governmental organisation realised its annual survey report at an event to commemorate world Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 14th June, at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Egmore. According to the survey, 27.56 per cent of the population of senior citizens in Chennai are abused, which is lower than the nationwide figure of 31.13 per cent of the total population. The maximum percentage of abuse was recorded in Madhya Pradesh at 77.12 per cent, and the lowest in Rajasthan at 1.67 per cent.

Junior women’s air rifle

Indian shooter Shriyanka Sadangi clinches the junior women’s air rifle Gold at the International junior shooting competition in Suhl, Germany.

UN alleges escalating violence in Syria

UN observers allege that the escalating violence in Syria has limited the ability of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) to observe, verify and report on the situation.

Carborundum ties up with U.K. firms

Carbrundum Universal Ltd. (CUMI) has entered into techno-commercial agreement with U.K. firms Sheffield Refractories and Andaman Ceramics to manufacture, supply and install a range of high and refractory solutions for the steel and glass industries and for aerospace component manufacture. The manufacturing of those products would be done at carborundum’s plant in Ranipet, Tamil Nadu and also at a new location, the company, which is part of the Murugappa group, informed the stock exchange.

Puzhal inmates to soon bake up a storm, Tihor-style

‘Win the quality’ is going to be the mantra of the prison authorities in Tamil Nadu. Even as the ambitious prison bazaar concept is set to take shape, the  State govt. issued orders sanctioning a backery for the Puzhal control prison complex. The prison authorities are planning large-scale production of high quality bakery items, which will be priced reasonably. The bakery there produces bread, a variety of biscuits, cakes and savouries and among its clients are the parliament house, the Delhi High Court, other courts and many Govt. Department. The bakery products will go with the brand name ‘Freedom’.

Corporation experiments with white cement for better roads

In an effort to ensure, the durability of city roads, Chennai Corporation has initiated a pilot project to lay a white topping of cement concrete over block with the technology on a pilot basis. This is part of a series of initiative taken by the Corporation to implement alternative technology in the laying of roads. The new technology is set to enhance the life of roads upto 30 years and is also more cost-effective then bituminous roads. While the bar surface of a road can be damaged with water logging during monsoons, the layer of white cement topping will help keep the road intect and does not need frequent maintenance.

Manumental mismanagement

In 1975, the Tamil Nadu Govt. officially renamed Mahabalipuram as Mamallapuram and that was the farthest anyone ever went to restore its historic importance. Despite attracting thousands of visitors everyday and preparing countless plants, Mamallapuram remains one of the most mismanaged World Heritage sites in this country. The recent controversy about declaring Sthalasiyana Perumal temple as a protected monument, which is not the first such attempt directed at the structure, is an outcome of consistent neglect.

International ministerial-level conference in Kabul

Russia, China and 27 other nations hold a ministerial-level conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. The participants emphasise regional solutions for the troubled country in the context of the scheduled pull-out of the NATO-led forces in 2014.

Central Govt. approves purchase of high tech equipment

The Central Government approves 1,100 crore for purchase of high-tech equipment for the National Intelligence Grid, or NATGRID.

Indians money held at Swiss banks

A report reveals that the money held by Indians in Swiss banks stood at 2.18 billion Swiss francs ( 12,740 crore) at the end of 2011, having risen for the first time in the past five years.

Nearly 20 lakh sets of appliances distributed

Nearly 20 lakh sets of electric fans, wet grinders and mixers have been distributed as part of the govt’s scheme. The target fixed the distribution of appliances during 2011-12 was 25 lakh sets. The remainder will be covered in due course. For the current year, the authorities plan to distribute 35 lakh sets. The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation has floated bids. A sum of   2,000 crore has been earmarked for the purpose last year, the allocation was   1,250 crore. The scheme is aimed at providing relief to women from their shenvous domestic activities, according to the policy note of the Special Programme Implementation Department for 2012-13. Coimbatore tops the list of districts with the distribution of maximum number of sets of about 1.09 lakhs. Chennai comes next with around 99,600 sets; Vellore – 99,400 sets and Salem 93,960 sets. In Kancheepuram and Villupuram, approximately 92,000 sets each have been given. Going by the present plans of the authorities materialise, 60 lakhs would be covered by the end of the financial year.

Indian Bank offers education loan to Narikuravar Student

Indian Bank, the lead bank in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, has taken the lead in sanctioning education loan to a Narikuravar student who secured 1167 marks out of 1200 in plus two examinations held in March 2012. As instructed by M. Karthikeyan, Zonal Manager, Mr. Alagappan promised to extend an education loan to the student Rajapandi. Subsequently, Mr. Alagappan gave away the in-principle education loan sanction order at the branch mentioning that the bank will extend loan to enable him to continue higher studies in the subject of this choice. The student has been advised to approach the bank after obtaining admission through the single-window counselling, the release said.

NLC farays into U.P. to set up 1,980 MW project

The Neyveli Lignite Corporation, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd., will set up a 1980 MW coal-powered thermal power project at Ghutampur in Kanpur district of U.P. The   11,088 crore project to come up on 851 hectares will have three units of 660 MW capacity each and is expected to be ready by 2016. The Union Coal Minister Mr. Jaiswal said through there were constraints in coal availability, stays would be taken to meet the requirements of the plant. He urged the U.P. govt to seek coal blocks instead of coal linkage.

Housing Board to buy land

The Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) is negotiating with various govt. agencies including the Tamil Nadu Khadi and Village Industries Board and Village Industries Board and Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Departments for land to develop housing projects. We have not procured any land in the last 20 years and now for new projects we are looking at various options including this one. Both these departments have vast tracts of land and we thought we could develop them in a manner that will be profitable to both sides. If they are willing and the parcels of land are found to be at viable locations, other modalities would be discussed and decided, said a source in Tamil Nadu Housing Board.

2012 World Food Prize

Israeli scientist Dr. Daniel Hillel is chosen for the 2012 World Food Prize. He is chosen for the prestigious award, established in 1987 by Green Revolution champion Norman Borlaug, for pioneering a “radically innovative way of bringing water to crops in arid and dry-land regions”.

Asian Junior wrestling championship

Indian wrestlers finish the Asian junior wrestling championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, winning two Gold and 15 other medals.

FAO forecasts on food production

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says that the overall forecasts for global food production in 2012 are positive

Iran designing a nuclear submarine engine

Iran announces that it has commenced work on designing a nuclear submarine engine by pooling in elements of domestically developed technologies.

Direct Tax 3.62%

Figures made available by the Centre show that there was an increase of 3.62 percent in gross direct tax collections at   52,232 crore in April-May 2012-13.

Ashok Leyland experts 100 buses to Ghana

Hinduja Group flagship company Ashok Leyland, exported 100 ‘Falcon’ buses to Ghana  $7.6 million. The vehicles were inducted to the fleet of Metro Mass Transit Ltd., a transport company in which the Ghanian Govt. has 45 per cent stake the commercial vehicle maker said in a release. The buses will run on 360 inter – and inter-city routes throughout the country.