May, 2013

On 150 years of archaeological finds

At the centre of the centenary exhibition hall at the Govt. Museum in Egmore, lie two closely-guarded palaeolithic tools one a hand axe from Pallavaram and another, a cleaver from Athirampakkam. On May 30, 1863 exactly 150 years ago, renowned geologist Robert Bruce Foote picked up the hand axe from the “debris on the Brigade Ground at Pallavaram near Madras”.

Multi-crore project faces more delays

A delay by  Chennai Metrowater in shifting water main live running beneath Manali Oil Refinery Road (MORR), is threatening to push the deadline of the   600 crore Ennore-Manali Road improvement project in north Chennai. The project envisages widening of four arterial roads in the northern neighbourhoods, Sources at the National Highways Authority of India said the body had paid Metrowater to shift the line and the water agency had already laid a new line. However, the old line still carries water and residents of Sathyamoorthy Nagar, Ambedkar nagar, Jothi Nagar and Ernavur in Thiruvottiyur down their daily supply of water from it.

Full-fledged anatomy museum at MMC’s Red Fort

The 116 year-old building that hosts the Institute of Anatomy at Madras Medical College will soon be the home of a full fledged museum of specimens.  The revamp is expected to happen once the anatomy department is shifted from the building, popularly known as ‘Red Fort’ to a new campus on the erstwhile central prison premises. An anatomy museum already occupies one floor. Now, it will be expanded and will cover the whole building.

Ethiopia construction of a dam on Blue Nile

The diversion of the Blue Nile, a major tributary of the world’s longest river, Nile, by Ethiopia for the construction of a dam ratchets up tensions between Ethiopia and Egypt.

India’s GDP growth rate fell to 4.8% in 4th quarter

Reports reveal that India’s GDP growth fell to 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter (January-March) of the 2012-13 financial year, bringing down the growth rate for the entire fiscal to 5 percent, which is the lowest in a decade. It may be noted here that the growth rate for the entire 2011-12 financial year had stood at a relatively healthy 6.2 percent.
Note : (India’s GDP Growth – at factor cost (2004-05 prices) : • 2005-06 – 9.5% • 2006-07 – 9.6% • 2007-08 – 9.3% • 2008-09 – 6.7% • 2009-10 – 8.6% • 2010-11 (2nd RE) – 9.3% • 2011-12 (1st RE) – 6.2% • 2012-13 – (PE) — (RE –  Revised Estimate ; PE – Provisional Estimate)

Asian snooker championship

India clinch the inaugural Asian team snooker championship, blanking Iran 3-0 in the title clash in Doha, Qatar. The Indian team comprised Alok Kumar, Brijesh Damani and Manan Chandra.

Myanmar deal on preliminary ceasefire

The Myanmar government reaches a preliminary ceasefire deal with ethnic minority Kachin rebels, the last major armed group in the country, after decades of bloody civil war.

India and Thailand sign a long-awaited extradition treaty

India and Thailand sign a long-awaited extradition treaty. The treaty is inked in Bangkok, Thailand in the presence of visiting Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Thai counterpart Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra. The two sides also conclude an MoU on exchanging intelligence related to money laundering and terrorism financing. Further, the Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons, signed in February 2012, is also ratified.

Notification on tests only in English withdrawn

The notification of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education that students of all arts and science colleges of the state should write their assignments and tests only in English from June was withdrawn by the govt. The report had also said that the order had stirred a debate in academic circles of the students in govt. colleges wrote their assignment and tests only in Tamil. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa explained, that all students, irrespective of the medium chosen by them, should be allowed to write their internal tests in Tamil. This would allow all students to write their internal examinations either in Tamil or English, as per their choice.

Station in CMBT to be ready in October

The Metro station on the premises of Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) will be the first to be ready in the city by Oct. Structural work for the station, constructioin of which began three years ago, was completed in December last years. As present, the flooring and roof work is on and escalators are also being installed. The station will have a granite floor and false ceilings. The station equipped with inter-modal transport facilities, is only 150 metres from the bus terminous. It will have a pedestrian pathway enabling commuters to get out and hop onto a bus. This may be one of the busier station in the city, as with six platforms, 180 bus lays and 4,800 buses a day about five lakh people use CMBT daily. Chennai Metro Rail is coming up at a cost of   14,600 crore and the first 11 kms. stretch from Koyambedu to St. Thomas Mount is expected to be operational lay mid-2014.

City’s first train to arrive in June

The city is all set to receive its first Metro Rail train from Brazil, in the 1st week of June. Four cars of the train have been skipped from Brazil and are one route of Chennai Port. The four cars will then he assembled and a four-month long testing process will begin. A test track is now being prepared in Koyambedu. This was the first train for Chennai manufactured at Alstom Transport’s plant in Lapa, Sao Paulo. The company has signed a contract to supply 42 trains to CMRL. A total of nine trains are being manufactured at Brazil, while the other 33 trains will be manufactured at Sri city plant. Alstom’s first rolling stock factory in India, located in Andhra Pradesh.

Skywalk between GH, new MMC campus proposed for easy connectivity

A skywalk may soon connect GH and the new campus for Madras Medical College (MMC) that has comeup on the erstwhile central prison premises. GH authorities have sent a proposal to the directorate of medical education to construct the pedestrian skywalk for the benefit of the medical students, faculty and staff members. Once the new campus is occupied those travelling from the hospital have to travel up to Anna Salai via Pallavan Salai and take a “U” turn to reach the campus. Nearly 1,250 students and 400 staff members, including faculty, will have to negiliate the congested stretch of P.H. Road and Pallavan Salai to reach the new college campus.

Serbia wins gold in shooting world cup

Nemanja Mirosavljev of Serbia wins the men’s 50 m rifle 3-position Gold medal at the shooting World Cup in Munich, Germany. Victoria Chaika of Belarus wins the women’s Air Pistol Gold.

Russian scientists discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth

Russian scientists claim that they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the pre-historic animal. The exceptionally well-preserved carcass of the mammoth was discovered in early May 2013.

India-Japan sign on a civil nuclear deal

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh wraps up his three-day Japan visit. During talks with his Japanese counter-part Mr. Shinzo Abe, the two sides reach an agreement to speed up negotiations on a civil nulcear deal.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Ms. Tripurari Sharma is conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre. She is honoured with the award by Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at an investiture ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

England wins test series against New Zealand

England beat New Zealand in the second and final Test match by 247 runs at Leeds, England, winning the two-match Test series 2-0.

EU lifts its arms to Syrian

In a significant development, the European Union lifts its arms embargo on the Syrian rebels. The move opens the door for EU nations to supply arms to the Syrian opposition fighting the regime.

RBI bans on sale of gold coins by banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rules out a ban on sale of gold coins by banks. Earlier, in a bid to curb demand for gold, the central bank had imposed restrictions on banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) for providing loans against gold coins.

Methane extraction from delta dist. should not be allowed

The state govt. should deny permission for extraction of methane from Cauvery delta districts as it would result in pollution and over explotation of groundwater. Private company, which signed an MoU with the state govt. is said to have begun work without getting the nod of the pollution control board.

New Mettur thermal unit may mitigate power crisis

The power deficit state may soon get some relief : The new 600 MW single unit of stage-III of the Mettur Thermal Power Station (MTPS) reached its full load here after a successful trial run. Official said the planet was able to generate power to its full capacity continuously for three days to maintenance work would be carried out for the next 45 days and would be  handedover to Tangedco for commissioning. It will then attain the state of COD (Commercial Operation Declaration) and 600 MW power would be available for commercial purpose.

AU summit

The African Union (AU) summit ends in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The summit witnesses extensive discussions on how to tackle the long-running conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The leaders also discuss how to quell unrest in various other places of the African continent.

CELAC visits India on formal interactions

A delegation from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) visits India. During formal interactions with the Government of India, the delegation expresses the desire to open communications with the BRICS bloc, of which India is a member (the other members being Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa).

Annamalai varsity to use OMR answer sheets for entrance exam.

The government appointed Administrator of Annamalai University said reforms are being introduced in the conduct of entrance examinations for admission to professional courses in the institution. For the first time in the 84 year-history of the university OMR (Optical mark recognition) answer sheets would be introduced in the entrance examinations for admission to MBBS, BDS, B.Pharmacy, BPT, BE, B.Sc courses. As the OMR would be scanned by the computer, it would ensure fair, speedy and accurate correction of answer sheets without giving any room for human error or oversight.

Vacant land earmarked for post office remains unused for 40 yrs.

Chitlapakkam residents will have to wait for some more years to have upgraded post office in their locality. They have already waited for more than 40 years. And all these years, the post office has been functioning out of an old building threatening to collapse anytime. Meanwhile a peace of land earmarked for constructing an upgraded post office has been lying vacant for the past four decades where there is only a dense overgrowth of vegetation now.

First Corporation dog shelter in 10 days

The first dog shelter run by a civic body in the state is all set to open in ten days. Construction is on at the 35,000 sq.ft. of space that was earmarked by Chennai Corporation in the vicinity of Kannamapet burial ground. An additional area of 5000 sq.ft. will be used for creation of a burial ground exclusively for pets. As many as 2000 dogs will be accommodated in the shelter in Kannamapet.

Corporation looks to break shopping complex syndicates

The Chennai Corporation restricted the number of shops that can be licensed to an individual in shopping complexes owned by the civic body to just one. This is ahead of the auction of 87 shops will be held on June 14 in Ripon Buildings, after a delay of some months. The civic body had found that most of the shops have been cornered by a few persons. The rent ranges from   10 to 11.50 per sq. ft. but this is often determined by a syndicate of same individuals who prevent those who are willing to pay more from participating in the auctions.

Study on 162 km. link road begins

The consultant appointed to prepare the detailed project report of the 162 km. long Chennai Peripheral Road from Mamallapuram to Ennore Port has started work with an initial study. According to a highways department official, the agreement was inked only recently. The consultant will submit the project report in 15 months. The report will form the basis on which the   1,420 crore project, running through Singaperumalkoil, Sriperumbudur, Thiruvallur, Thamaraipakkam, Periya-palayam and Puduvayal, will come up.

Town panchayat takes a green step

Showing the way forward to residents and commercial entities, the Sriperumbudur town panchayat office installed a solar roofstop power system. The, 3,000 W solar power plant, installed last week at a cost of   4.60 lakh, would meet electricity requirements during office hours, an official said. Power generated through this non-conventional energy system is more than sufficient to operate the computers, ceiling fans, CELs and tubelights on the ground and first floor of the building during work hours. There was also facility to store the excess solar power generated conventional energy would be used in the night to power signboards and fixtures.

Cannes Film Awards

French-Tunisian filmmaker Mr. Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour wins the Best Film award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. The other prominent awardees include French actress Ms. Berenice Bejo (Best Actress for The Past); Hollywood actor Mr. Bruce Dern (Best Actor for Nebraska); Mexican filmmaker Mr. Amat Escalante (Best Director fo Heli), etc., among others.

Nico Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix Formula One title

German racer Nico Rosberg of Mercedes wins the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One title in Monaco.

Sudirman Cup badminton title

China win their fifth consecutive Sudirman Cup badminton title, beating South Korea in the final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mumbai Indians win the IPL-6

Mumbai Indians win the IPL-6 crown, beating Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final in Kolkata. It is their first IPL title Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals is named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Michael Hussey and Dwayne Bravo, both of Chennai Super Kings, claim  the Orange Cap and the Purple Cap, respectively, for emerging as the highest scorer and the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

Rafael Correa is sworn in for a second term in Ecuador President

Ecuador’s hugely popular leftist President Mr. Rafael Correa is sworn in for a second term. He had won a landslide victory in the presidential election held in February 2013.

IRDA allows IIC with sound financial health

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) allows Indian Insurance Companies with sound financial health and a minium of three years of operations to set up business in other countries.

International junior shotgun cup

Indian shooter Priyanshu Pandey wins the double trap Gold at the fifth International  junior shotgun cup in Orimattila, Finland.

The Hindu Education Plus Fair

The ninth edition of the Hindu Education Plus career fair attracted more than 2,000 students on the inaugral day at the Chennai Trade Centre. The two-day fair will have 11 sessions in all. On the first day, sessions on medicine, engineering, software and core engineering were held and the second day will be dedicated for arts and science, media, law, environment studies, defence and civil services.

Indonesian delegation calls on Governor

An Indonesian delegation led by Rizdi Wilman Indrakesuma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to India, called on the Governor K. Rosaiah, as part of exploring way to strengthen trade and cultural ties. The discussion centred on promotion of bilateral relations, tourism, trade, education and strengthening of cultural relations between India and Indonesia and that of Tamil Nadu and Indonesia in particular.

Maraimalai Nagar to get town centre

The satellite township of Maraimalai Nagar will soon have malls, star hotels, hospitals, schools and multiplexes. An underdeveloped area spread over 250 acres has been earmarked for the purpose. Minister for housing and urban development R. Vaithilingam, inspected CMDA officials to prepare a layout for the development of a commercial hub. Nearly four decades ago, the govt. acquired 1,914 acres of land for the development of the industrial suburb of Maraimalai Nagar. Today, the area boosts factories of several global car manufacturers as well as offices of software giants. However, some 250 acres of land in the suburb is undeveloped.

China wins Shooting World Cup

Yang Haoran of China wins the Gold beating Peter Sidi of Hungary by 3.7 points in the knock-out final of the Shooting World Cup in Munich, Germany.

Naxalites attack the motorcade of the Congress workers

Naxalites attack the motorcade of the Congress workers and leaders in the hilly areas  of Darbha, a Maoist stronghold, while returning from Suka near Raipur in Chhattisgarh after an election rally, killing at least 24 people and injuring several others.

Low-profile Gurunath a sportsperson to the core

The police investigation into spot-fixing and betting charges has evoked much curiosity about B. Gurunath Meiyappan, team principal of Chennai Super Kings. The mild-mannered Mr. Gurunath, well known in the city’s social circles, is a man of few words and has managed to keep a low profile, save for the two-month frenzy during the IPL tournament every year. And though he is more easily identified as the son-in-law of BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, his parantage is illustrious too.

Revised syllabi of XI, XII put online, feedback invited

The syllabi for classes XI and XII have been revised and put up online for suggestions and feedback from those interested. The modified syllabi are expected to be introduced in schools in 2014 (for class XI) and 2015 for class XII. An official of the school education department said the syllabus had been revised to bridge the disconnect between what is taught in schools and what is expected of students who go on to pursue professional courses. The revision of syllabus becomes relevant in the context of the challenges faced by state-board students in competition examinations such as IIT-JEE. However, experts are divided over how far the syllabus addresses these needs especially in physics, chemistry and maths.

IOC meets with IOA

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sets July 15, 2013 as the deadline for holding the extraordinary meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to review its constitution and ensure that all standards of good governance and ethics are effectively implemented.

First-over South -Asian American circuit court judge

Chandigarh-born, Harvard-educated Mr. Srikanth Srinivasan is nominated by US President Mr. Barack Obama to the Federal Appeals Court DC Circuit, becoming the first-ever South Asian-American to serve as a circuit court judge in the US history.

External Affiars Minister visit Saudi Arabia

External Affairs Minister, Mr. Salman Khurshid visits Saudi Arabia to hold talks with the top leadership on number of issues including the controversial ‘Nitaqat’ law, counter-terrorism measures and energy security.

New Zonal Manager for LIC

T. Sitharthan took charge as zonal manager in charge of LIC of India, southern zone, Chennai. He had earlier been regional manager (marketing) of South zone, Chennai.

M. Rajaram likely to be Anna University Vice Chancellor

Former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli, M. Rajaram is likely to be the next Vice-Chancellor of Anna University. According to sources, he is the top contender for the post in the shortlist submitted by a search committee. The other professors on the shortlist are the present Vice Chancellor of the University.

Vyas Samman Award for 2011 and 2012

Eminent Hindi writers Mr. Ramdarash Mishra and Mr. Narendra Kohli win the prestigious Vyas Samman for 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Raina becomes the first Indian batsman reach the 4000 runs in T20 cricket

Suresh Raina becomes the first Indian batsman to aggregate 4,000 runs in T20 cricket.

World’s oldest person to climb Mount Everest

Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura becomes the world’s oldest person to climb Mount Everest at the age of 80.

China – Pakistan sign on transport corridor

China signs a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan on a transport corridor expected to pass through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) despite India’s concerns.

“Classical” status to Malayalam

The Union Cabinet decides to grant the covered recognition for “Classical” status to Malayalam language spoken by 3.33 crore Malayalis all over the world.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affiars approve NACSP

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves the proposal for the implementation of the National AIDS Control Support Project (NACSP) at a cost of    2,550 crore.

Shashi Kant Sharma is sworn CAG

Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma is sworn in as the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India by Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

Country’s first defence University in Haryana

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh lays the foundation stone of the Indian National Defence University (INDU), the country’s first defence university, in Gurgaon, Haryana.

AERB signs MoU with Anna varsity

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and Anna University signed a Memorandum of understanding for co-operation and research in regulatory aspects of nuclear facilities. The MoU will promote joint activities between AERB and AU to speed up research in advanced area of nuclear science and technology, the regulatory body said. The collaboration foresees time-bound applied research, enhanced professional skills and opportunities for students.

Call to save city’s shrinking wetlands

Wetlands have shrunk in size and significance due to rampant urbanisation. The protected area of Pallikaranai marsh is not even one-tenth of its original size today. In fact a majority of wetlands across the city and its suburbs have gone the same way. On would Biodiversity Day, pivoting around the theme of “water and biodiversity”, conservationists emphasised the need to preserve what is left of these wetlands.

H.C. nod for bull’s event at temple fete

The Madras High Court has directed the Salem collector  to grant permission to an event involving bulls at a temple festival at Puthur Agraharam. Setting aside the district head’s order on May 5 rejecting permission, Justice M. Venugopal directed the collector to consider the temple trustees representation afresh in the light of the observations by the Supreme Court in a separate case on ensuring safety and security of spectators and preventing cruelty to animals.

Change the fancy number plate on your vehicle

The city traffic police are intensifying a drive to penalise vehicles with fancy or faulty number plates. At the beginning of the month, the traffic police announced that all motorists in the city would be given a weeks’ time to ensure their vehicles had number plates that adhered to the prescribed size and specifications.

Emergency medical centre comes up at Tambaram

A 24×7 emergency medical centre was inaugurated at Tambaram railway station. The centre, to be run by Global Hospitals Group in association with Indian Railway, will provide immediate emergency care for passengers. A hospital release stated that a trained medical team will be available at the station at all times. The patient will be assessed by the-team and if found to require emergency care, will removed to the nearest hospital. The centre will have a nursing station, treatment and examination areas and a dressing room.

Man Booker International Prize

American short story writer Ms. Lydia Davis wins the Man Booker International Prize (worth £ 60,000) for her overall contribution to fiction.

47th Jnanpith Award – 2011

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee presents the 47th Jnanpith Award for the year 2011 to Dr. Pratibha Ray for her outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature. Dr. Ray is an eminent Odiya literateur and educationist.

IPL-6 – First Eliminator team Sunrisers

Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in the first Eliminator match of IPL-6 in New Delhi.

Immigration Bill for US citizenship

The landmark immigration of bill, which offers a path to US citizenship for more than 11 million people including over 260,000 Indians, is cleared by the US Senate.

Additional posts of District Registrar to be created

Additional posts of District Registrar are to be created in each revenue district to exclusively look after registration of chits, societies and marriages. This would help to streamline administration. It had been decided to have an office of District Registrar in every district headquarters and dalimit the jurisdiction of the existing 50 registration districts in accordance with revenue districts.

Green light ahead for motorists, transgenders

Next time you stop at a traffic light don’t be surprised if you a transgenders assisting a traffic policeman. As part of efforts to empower members of transgender community and help them earn a livelihood, NGO one Indian Road Safety Organisation (OIRSO), is training transgenders in traffic management. Since many transgenders do not have jobs, they resort be begging at traffic signals. Getting them to direct traffic will be major morale booster. To help them interact with the general public on a daily bases, they will also be given lessons in etiquette and personality development.

Inline baggage system at intel terminal

The newly-built international terminal at Chennai Airport will finally get an inline baggage system. The installation of the facility within a fortnight will be a major step towards its commissioning. The machine had originally been precured for Srinagar airport. As a different security system is in place there, it was decided to install the machine in Chennai. The German made  machine will screen baggage at four levels. It can check 22 bags per minute and its peak  capacity would be 1,200 to 1,800 pieces of baggage per hour. Two inline baggage systems are already functioning in the existing international departure area.

Science courses banned engg. colleges upset :

A recent order by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), prohibiting engg. colleges from offering science courses, has led to much dissent among private institutions, many of whom have offered such courses for over a decade. Courses such as applied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Technology and integrated courses in software engg. and theoretical computer science are offered at both undergraduates and postgraduate levels at 43 engg. colleges across state. College professors say these courses especially the integrated ones, are very popular among students who want a mix of science and engg.

Waterproof fabric

Bioengineers at the University of California, USA, announce that they have invented a waterproof fabric which can whisk away sweat using microfluidic technology. The new fabric works like the human skin. It turns excessive sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves. In their research, they developed a new microfluidic platform using water-attracting (hydrophilic) threads that were stitched into a highly water-repellent fabric.

India’s first amputee to conquer

Ms. Arunima Sinha (26) becomes India’s first amputee to conquer Mt. Everest on a prosthetic leg.

Trek to prehistoric stone structures in Jawadu Hills

Prehistoric stone structure that look like dolmens, found deep in the reserved forests of Jawadu Hills, are now accessible to adventure enthusiasts. A huge monolith called ‘Vali Parai’ located in the Moolakkadu Reserve Forests, is studded with more than hundred such structures upright stone slabs standing up on three sides, with another slab covering the top. The exterior of these structures is covered with an array of small stones.

Five model horticulture crop villages in each district

Five model horticulture crop villages will be established in each district of the state to boost horticulture and provide advanced technologies to its practioners. Minister P. Damodharan said these villages would be developed under the National Horticulture Crop Protection Scheme. Apart from this, farmers’ centres would also be established in 50 places in the state to distribute high-quality hybrid plants. A sum of   25.5 crore had been allotted for the same.

Japanese investors want early competiton of road project

As the major road connecting project between Ennore and Chennai ports is getting indefinitely delayed, the Prime Minister Adviser, T.K.A. Nair will preside over a high level meeting of various stakeholders to take stock of the situation. The Ennure-Manali Road Improvement Project is of crucial importance to the industry, especially Japanese investors, who voiced their concern over the delay in the projects commissioning.

Lazy husbands not entitled maintenance claim

In an order that will bring to working women choosing to divorce their idle husbands, the Madras High Court has ruled that indolent men cannot claim interim maintenance from their wives during the litigation process. “The law will not come to the aid of any idle or indolent person”. The law permits either spouse to seet maintenance from the other during a divorce case under the Hindu Marriage Act. According to Section 24, either the wife or the husband, whoever has no independent income sufficient for supporting oneself may set interim maintenance from the other.

World Table Tennis championship

Defending champion Zhang Jike of China retains his men’s singles title at the World table tennis championship defeating compatriot Wang Hao in the final in Paris, France.

Myanmar’s President Sein becomes the first leader of his country to visit the White House

Myanmar’s President Mr. Thein Sein becomes the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as the US offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms.

India & China meet on new spheres

India and China express a strong desire to resolve pending issues and take the relationship forward in new spheres such as civil nuclear energy during two rounds of discussions between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and visiting Chinese Premier Mr. Li Keqiang. During Mr. Li’s visit, India and China sign a series of MoUs covering such areas as pharmaceuticals, buffalo meat and fisheries.

Automated system to show the way for streetlights

The Chennai Corporation is all set to put in place an automated control system for monitoring streetlights in the city. The Corporation this week called for expression of interest from companies for a pilot study and proposal for the automated facility. The system will facilitate updating of data on burning of streelights and immediate remedial action towards restoration of lights that fail to burn. The civic body is at present maintaining 2.13 lakh street lights, of which over 3.65 percent are found “not burning’ everyday. The control room in Ripon buildings will monitor streelights and facilitate quick action for restoration.

Nadal wins Rome Masters Tennis

Spain’s Rafael Nadal secures his seventh title in nine years at the Rome Masters defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-1, 6-3 in the final. Serena Williams of USA beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the final to claim her 51st career title.

Cannes International Film Festival

Cannes International Film Festival celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema with the screening of Bombay Talkies.

Chinese Premier arrives in India

Chinese Premier Mr. Li Kequiang arrives in India during his first overseas visit after becoming Premier in March 2013.

GH looks at new option for central BP measurement

Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital will soon undertake a study to test the effectiveness of a new apparatus – Sphygmocor used for measuring central artery pressure in a non-invasive method. Conventionally, regular blood pressure is measured using the arm cuff model through which the systolic and diastolic pressure in the blood vessel in the arm – brochial artery is obtained, V. Kanagasabai, dean of the hospital said. The regular mercury manometer is used for this purpose. “The new apparatus from Australia measures the central artery pressure, which is that in the Aorta. This will give a better picture of hypertension.

Airport at Sriperumbudur

Officials from the civil aviation ministry will meet bureaucrats from the state govt. to push for the proposal of a new airport at Sriperumbudur. The proposed airport will be built over 5000 acres and will cost   20,000 crore, according to Airports Authority of India chairman V.P. Agarwal who accompanied minister of state for civil aviation K.C. Venugopal when the latter inspected the new International terminal at Chennai airport.

World Cup Archery

Indian women’s compound team win the country’s first-ever World Cup medal in the Bronze medal play-off of the World Cup Stage I archery championship in Shanghai, China. Star archer Deepika Kumari wins two Silver medals in the women’s individual recurve event and mixed team event.

US grants export LNG to other countries

The United States of America grants conditional authorisation to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries including India that do not have a free trade agreement (FTA) with it.

Salman Khurshid urges Sri Lanka not to take any steps on LTTE

External Affairs Minister Mr. Salman Khurshid urges his Sri Lankan counterpart Mr. G.L. Peiris not to take any steps that would dilute Colombo’s assurance of a better deal to Island Tamils who had been hit hard by the conflict between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Chola era temple facing threat of demolition

A thousand year old Siva temple at Manambadi village near Kumbakonam is facing the threat of demolition for expassion of a road under the expansion of aroad under the Thanjavur – Vikkiravandi four – way project of the National Highways Authority of India. The stone structure below the Vimana, with intricate sculptures, and the sanctum with a Sivalingam are intact. The temple has an enhance without a gopuram. The prahara has flower plants. A broken compound wall is also around the temple.

Beleagvered Pratibha sold for 16 crore

The Madras High Court confirmed the sole of MT Pratibha  Cauvery for   16 crore. The moter tanker ran aground near Elliot’s beach on Oct. 31 last year during cyclone Nilam. The tanker was auctioned to clear the dues of stakeholders, and the successful bidder has paid the sum to the registry.

Soon, more perks, playgrounds along city’s waterways

More free spaces along waterways in the city will soon be used for building parks, playgrounds and parking areas. Chennai Corporation is set to start yet another round of identification of such land as work on restoration of Chennai’s waterways was held. The state govt. is nulling the option of spending a large sum of money over a period of 10 years to clean Chennai’s waterways, including the Adyar river, Buckingham Canal and the Cooum.

Cannon at museum to fire off peace message

Needed admist a Danish cannon made in 1776, a 19th century cannon from Sindh, and a European cannon from the time of the East India Company will soon be a ‘talking cannon’ which will spread the message of peace at the tap of a button. On May 18, International Museum Day – Fort Museum is adding two new exhibits to its open air gallery to engage children. The original stone platform and pole used for the revolving cannons during the British era will now also have a life-sized model of a cannon with a revolving mechanism which children can operate.

Eleven more colleges to open soon

Eleven engineering colleges have received AICTE approval and are all set to open this academic year, Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Kaliraj said at a press conference. The process for affiliation should be over in a week, he said. The opening of these institutions will add nearly 3,300 seats to the existing 2 lakh ones. Another constituent college of the university will also commence operations in Srirangam this year, the Vice Chancellor said.

56th Malaysia Open Swimming Championship

Indian swimmier Sandeep Sejwal clinches two Gold medals in the 56th Malaysia Open Swimming Championship in Kuala Lumpur in 50 metre and 100 metre breast-stroke events.

Russia supplies weapons to Syria

Russia reaffirms ongoing supplies of weapons to Syria including new Russian missile while asserting that it is violating neither any international agreements nor its own weapon export control legislation.

Centre revises the guidelines of Indira Awas Yojana

The Centre revises the guidelines of Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), making it mandatory for all houses constructed under the scheme to have a toilet. According to the Rural Development Ministry, currently only 21 percent of IAY houses have toilets.

A splash of pink and white at Pallikaranai

This year (2013), enthusiastic birders have not had to travel to Pulicat lake, 70 km from the city, to catch a glimpse of flamingos. The Pallikaranai marsh now has scores of these graceful pink and white creatures, often seen struting single file across the water.

Amma Unavagam menu expanded to come up in nine more cities

Frugal fare at nominal prices, but manna for those living on shoestring budgets : Amma Unavagam, which has proved to be a hit with Chennai residents, will shortly reach nine other cities. Budget restaurants that serve one-rupee idlis and sell low cost plates of sambar and curd rice for lunch, will come up in Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tirupur, Tuticorin, Vellore and Erode by the end of this month.

First time convert human skin cells into embryonic stem cells

In a major medical breakthrough, scientists for the first time convert human skin cells into embryonic stem cells. These newly made stem cells are capable of transforming into any other cell type in the human body. The cloned embryos, created by scientists at the Oregon National Primate Health Centre, USA, can make new heart muscles and new bones besides brain tissue or any other type of cell in the body.

Delhi Police arrest three cricketers on spot-fixing case

Delhi Police Special Cell smashes a spot-fixing racket in the ongoing Indian Premier League tournament with the arrest of Indian pacer S. Sreesanth and two of his teammates from Rajasthan Royals along with bookies and middlemen.

China’s tallest dam

China grants approval for an environmental assessment of a controversial 2,000 MW Shuang-jiangkou dam which will be China’s tallest dam (314 metres), despite concerns voiced by a number of environmental groups.