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.