July, 2012

Banks told to evolve schemes for people in remote areas

Banks should evolve schemes to help people in remote areas improve their standard of living Chief Minister said at Kodanad, a remote area in the Nilgiris. They should extend loans to them at concessional rate of interest with long period of repayment. They should also help the govt. in establishing an inclusive society through its welfare schemes. The Chief Minister was declaring open an offsite ATM of the Bank of India and also the bank’s renovated premises at Eloda in Kodanad on a piece of land belonging to the Kodanad estate Advertising to the role of banks in helping the country progress and in the uplift of people by extending various types of loans Chief Minister commended the performance of Bank of India.

Bus pass woes continue for school students

Even as school students are still awaiting the free bus posses, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation Ltd. (MTC) has sent a circular to various schools in the city asking them to have the students ready for taking photographs. Meanwhiles many student are even restoring to bunking classes on day when their parents do not or are unable to give them money for bus fare. Officials claim that the carelessness on the part of school staff in filling up forms is also a cause for the delay “when the contract photographers went to the schools to take  photographs of students, they were told some students were absent. Some schools and parents have filled the application forms carelessly with same errors. If it is old cards, we could have made the corrections on it. But as laminated cards are being issued this year, it takes time to make corrections”.

Conservancy operations to go private in all zones

The Chennai Corporation Council approved the proposal for gradual privatisation of conservancy operations in all zones of the city. Conservancy operations in zones such as Teynampet, Kodambakkam, Adyar and parts of Ambattur have already been privatised. As part of the efforts of the Chennai Corporation to shortlist suitable technology for remediation and scientific closure of the Perungudi and Kodungaiyur dump yards, the civic body also sought privatisation of conservancy operations in all the 15 zones. The action was initiated a few months ago in the wake of the National Green Tribunal setting aside the environmental clearance granted by the Tamil Nadu Govt. to the integrated solid waste management facility at Perungudi.

Giant chess board for children planned at Marina

The Marina Beach is in for another makeover this time, the space surrounding the statues, the children’s play area and the bus terminus is being spruced up. The Chennai Corporation Council, which met on July 25, approved an estimate of Rs.4.84 crore for the works that include installation of high most lamps and police watch towers. Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy said that in the next stage, tenders would be floated after which it would be a matter of a month or so for work to commerce. “The space around each of the statues will be developed based on a particular characteristics. There would be a short description in granite about the personality so that beach goers also gain some knowledge,” he said. The design has been proposed by architect K. Raghuraman. The children’s play area will be the subject of special focus. Among other things, it would have a giant chess board where you can play and an ‘interactive’ fountain where the water will gush up when you clap your hands.

Ramon Magsaysay Award 2012

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announces the six winners of the 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Award. The awardees are Ms. Shu-Chu of Taiwan, Mr. Romulo Davide of the Philippines, Mr. Kulandei Francis of India, Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan of Bangladesh, Mr. Yang Saing Koma of Cambodia and Mr. Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto of Indonesia. The award, Asia’s highest honour, is given every year to Asian individuals or organisations that display selfless service.

Heavy shall fire at Syria

Damascus and Aleppo, Syria’s two main cities, come under heavy shell fire as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad step up efforts to crush rebels threatening the regime.

Ashok Leyland Q1 net dips

Ashok Leyland, the flagship company of the Hinduja Group, has reported a lower net profit of    67 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, down from   86 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. However, it has announced a 19.7 per cent increase in turnover to   3,007 crore (  2,513 crore) during the quarter under review.

Ooty lake one of the dirtiest in Tamil Nadu

The lake in Udhagamandalam, popularly known as Ooty, is, according to a study by the Tamil Nadu Population Control Board (TNPCB), one of the most polluted water bodies in the state. Its water quality, the study says, unsuitable for potable purposes. A major tourist attraction in the popular hill station, the lake now emits a foul odour, thanks to untreated sewage being let out into it. The study also found that the total and feed coliform contamination levels stood at 5,353 (most probable number in 100 millimeters) and 10,322 MPN/100 ml. respectively, which is more than double the permissible limit.

Animal birth control in city gets a fillip

The Chennai Corporation is likely to permit yet another NGO international Trust of Peace, to take part in the Animal Birth Control programme (ABC) in added areas of the city. Society of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals, Blue Cross of India and People for Animals are currently shouldering the responsibility of tackling challenges pertaining to animal birth control programme in the city. After the expansion of the city limits, the number of calls made to the helpline for stray dog control is on the rise. The number of animals has touched 1,900 every month. The civic body has just a few vans to catch dogs and only same are put to use. In the post three years, the civic body has caught around 55,000 dogs of which over 51,000 have been sterilised.

Iran and Russia strong support under-fire Syrian regime

Iran and Russia express strong support for the under-fire Syrian regime.