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.