September, 2012

‘Madurai Malli’ likely to get GI mark

The popular traditional Jasmine flower ‘Madurai Malli’ is likely to be the first flower in the country to be given Geographical Indications (GI) mark by Jan. 2013. After accepting an application from Madurai Malli Farmers Association for registration, the Chennai office of the Geographial Indication Registry recently has sought  objections from the public by publishing the Association’s application in its journal. The Registry invites objections, if any, from the public within four month. We will pass our order on the application after the period of registration matures around Jan. 10, 2013.”

Tamil Nadu Speaker Jayakumar resigns

Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker D. Jayakumar resigned from the post on Sept. 29. The development comes exactly a month before the diamond jubilee celebration of the Assembly. Mr. Jayakumar, a four time MLA from the Royapuram constituency in Chennai, became speaker after the AIADMK govt. assumed office in May 2011.

Airtel Delhi half-marathon

Edwin Kipyego of Kenya wins the title at the Airtel Delhi half-marathon in New Delhi; Yimer Wude of Ethiopia wins the women’s title.

US military death in Afghan war

In a stark reminder of the human cost of the 11-year-old conflict, the number of US military deaths in the Afghan war reaches 2,000.

BSF-BGB joint task force

The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) propose the setting up of a joint task force to tackle the menace of counterfeit Indian currency being smuggled from across the India-Bangladesh border.

MAC charities announces awards

MAC charities recently announced its annual awards for Tamil language and literature, for excellence in fine arts and for excellence in first-generation entrepreneurship for 2012. The Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Award for outstanding contribution to Tamil language and literature would be awarded to Tamil scholar Vice Chancellor Sasivalli, for excellence in fine arts to Art Director Padmashri Thotta Tharani and Dr. A.C. Muthiah Award for excellence in first-generation entreprenurship to Y.J. Shabbir, Managing Director, Polyhouse group of companies.

Fee for passport related service increased

The Central Govt. has revised the passport and related services fee affective Oct. 1. The fee for those applying under normal category, which is now   1,000, has been increased to   1,500. For those opting for Tatkal mode, the current charge is   2,500, which has been increased to   3,500. In 1993, the passport fee was at   300 and it was revised in 2002 to   1,000.

Conference to discuss Tamil computing for mobiles, tablets

Tamil computing for mobiles and tablets will be the theme of the 11th Tamil Internet International Conference (TIC) to be held in December, according to M. Ramanathan, Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai University. The INFITT had been hosting TIC’s for over a decade to coordinate research on Tamil Computing and Internet among International researchers and to spread latest software and usage of Tamil on Computers among Tamil users.

Metro rail running down city’s green cover

The City’s trees are giving way to metro rail as about 385 trees will be felled for the, on-going construction 78 trees from the stretch between Washermenpet station and Chennai Airport and 307 from the Chennai Fort to St. Thomas Mount are being felled. But the Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) claims to have planted over 15,000 saplings and trees last year.

Chevalier dans – France highest honour

Mr. Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of Indian theatre, is conferred the Chevalier dans I’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, France’s highest cultural honour, for his contributions in nurturing and presenting modern theatre in India.