December, 2012

Solar power system must for all colleges by January 2014

With the State man-dating six per cent solar purchase obligation (SPO) for all colleges, the Higher Education Department on 6th Dec. kick-started a compaign on the need to install solar power system to fulfil the mandate by January 2014.  Since Tamil Nadu had the maximum number of universities and colleges with vast campuses and plenty of space for rooftop solar systems there should not be any problem in achieving the mandate. As higher education institutions functioned during day-time, solar energy derived could be directly used, reducing loss of energy. As the peak generation time was during working hours, direct use of solar power would reduce the dependence on batteries leading to lesser capital investment, the Minister said.

Argentina’s highest civilian award

Honorary Consul for Russian Federation (Hyderabad) Mr. Peter Toghrille Hassan, who is also Adviser, Strategy & Planning, FICCI, is chosen for the “Order de Mayo – Officer of the Order”, the highest civilian award of the Republic of Argentina.

UN climate talks in Doha come to an end

The annual UN climate talks, held in Doha, Qatar, come to an end. Funding to help poor countries deal with the fallout of global warming and convert to climate-friendlier energy sources remain key sticking points between negotiators from nearly 200 countries taking part in the talks.

AAI and IABF suspend

The Union Sports Ministry de-recognises the Archery Association of India (AAI), and suspends the Indian Amateus Boxing Federation (IABF) for violating provisions of the National Sports Code.

UPA Govt. succeeeds in Rajya Sabha against FDI

The UPA Government wins the Rajaya Sabha vote on the policy on FDI in multi-brand retail sector, with 123 members voting in favour and 102 against it. 19 MPs abstain from voting.

Court flays issuing of pattas to encroachers

Strongly criticising the issuing of pattas to encroachers of government poramboke lands, the Madras High court has said that G.O.s recognising such encroachers encouraged even land grabbers to occupy government lands and put up huts. The series of G.O.s offering pattas to encroachers contributed considerably for evolution of slum areas and colonies. “There is no second opinion that the State should take every effort to provide shelter to the poor people. Government has taken a policy decision earlier to distribute available lands to the poor and downtrodden. Instead of implementing that policy, another policy decision conferring ownership on encroachers was taken, resulting in large-scale encroachment of public property. The Slum Clearance Board virtually became a Slum Creation Board on account of this changed policy and resultant creation of slums.”

Muslims & Buddhist living with fear in Myanmar

In a statement, the United Nations humanitarian chief describes conditions of thousands of displaced Muslim Rohingyas in western Myanmar as “dire” and says that both Muslim and Buddhist communities there are living in fear.

Candidates selected for teaching posts

The Teacher Recruitment Board (TRB) on Tuesday announced that 9,664 candidates have been selected for the post of secondary-grade teachers, and 8,718 for the post of graduate assistants. The selections have been made based on the results of the Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). Over 6 lakh candidates from across the State appeared for the first TET in July, but the test had to be conducted a second time, due to the poor performance of candidates the first time around. TRB needed to fill around 7,500 vacancies of  secondary-grade teachers, and close to 20,500 vacancies of graduate assistants. The selected candidates will be the first set of teachers to be recruited in the State through the TET, which is mandated by the Right to Education Act, 2009. The individual results of candidates will be announced on Dec. 5.

Chennai no. 4 among 5 cities for quality of life

On a list of 221 global cities surveyed, Chennai has been ranked 150, for the quality of living it provides. The survey, conducted by Mercer, an international consultancy firm, studied five Indian cities and ranked Bangalore the best, followed by New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and finally, Kolkata. The annual survey ranks the living conditions in cities based on parameters such as the political and social environment as well as medical and educational facilities. This year, the survey also ranked the infrastructure, with regard to water, electricity, communication services, public transportation, and intra-city and international connectivity.

New kind of light bulb

Reports reveal that a US scientist named Professor David Caroll has invented a new kind of light bulb that uses plastic polymers and nano materials to generate light that is more energy-efficient than current fluorescent lights and is easier on the eye. The new plastic lighting uses the same amount of electricity as LED bulbs and half as much as fluorescent bulbs. The device is made of three layers of white-emitting polymer blended with a small amount of nano materials that glow when stimulated with electrical current, creating bright, perfectly white light similar to sunlight that the human eyes prefer.