June, 2013

Traffic signal near airport on the blink for a month

It’s has been a month since an important traffic signal on GST Road, near Chennai airport, stopped working. Located near the main entrance leading to the airport, the signal is crucial as motorists from the Guindy side can barely see vehicles coming from the opposite direction (Pallavaram side). The huge pillars of the airport flyover block their view. According to the traffic police, the power supply to the signal was disrupted after same cables were damaged during the rains earlier this month.

Zoo to enthral visitors with butterfly park

The Arignar Anna Zological Park in Vandalur is all set to get a butterfly park. The public works department (PWD) will begin work on the   5 crore – proejct next week ending a 12-year delay, as the initiative was sanctioned in 2001. Officials at the zoo said the caterpillar – shaped park will be built on 25 hectares, including the actual built-up area of 2,000 sq.ft. near the Otteri lake inside the zoo. The caterpillar  design was chosen because the tube-like structure, which is 60 ft. long and made of acrylic sheets, will not obsorb much head keeping the inside of the building cool. Apart from home-grown butterfly species the park will host at least go exotic species of butterflies including the four-barred Swordtail from Australia, the common Sovanna Bush Brown from South Africa, the Australian painted lady and the Danaid Eggfly. Besides, more than 40 Indian species including the Common Leopard, Blue Marmon, Yellow Pansy, Red Helen and common Jezebel will also be at the park.

Developed camera to capture smell

Reports reveal that a researcher in Britain has developed a camera which has the stunning ability to capture smell. The special feature of this revolutionary camera is that it records smells instead of images. The new gadget, invented by Amy Redcliffe, is called “Madeleine”. In order to use the camera, users need to place a funnel attached to the camera over the object or environment they wish to capture. Then a pump sucks the air across an odour trap made of Tenax. The camera processes the particles to produce graph-like formula that makes up a specific smell. From this formula, the user can artificially recreate the precise odour.

Brazil win Confederation cup football championship

Hosts Brazil win the 2013 confederation cup football championship, beating world champions Spain 3-0 in the final in Rio de Janeiro.

Political turmoil change in Egypt

In a reminder of the political turmoil that had led to a regime change in Egypt in 2011, lakhs of Egyptians pour onto the streets of the country demanding the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. The protesters are angry because the country’s economic crisis has been deepened by the political deadlock.

Peoples are missing in disaster

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Bahuguna reveals that thousands of people are still missing in disaster-hit areas in the state.

Extended areas to get piped water in 2 years

Residents of merged areas of the city will soon be provided with piped water supply. The state govt. has sanctioned   452.77 crore for water supply to nine areas including Nolambur, Karambakkam, Sholinganallur, Ramapuram, Injambakkam and Manapakkam and for implementing sewage schemes in four areas – Kathivakkam, Sholinganallur, Karapakkam and Ramapuram under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission.

Indu Sharma Katha Samman 2011

Mr. Vikas Kumar Jha, an Indian journalist, is presented with the 17th Indu Sharma Katha Samman 2011 for his novel MaCluskieganj. India’s High Commissioner to the UK Mr. Nalin Surie hands over the coveted award to Mr. Jha in the House of Commons in London. The Padmanand Sahitya Samman is conferred on Britain-based Indian author Ms. Neena Paul for her novel Talaash.

Nex new Supreme Court judge announced

 Mr. P. Sathasivam, the seniormost Supreme Court judge, is named the next Chief Justice of India. He succeeds Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir.

Medical camp at zoo throws up TB

For animal caretakers at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur, being licked by a deer is routine. So is drinking water from a tank that elephants have used to drink from, or eating near a tiger enclosure. But what may seem like harmless pursuits, have left several of these employees vulnerable to a numbers of diseases. A day long medical camp for caretakers of wild species found that a number of them had tuberculosis in the initial stages. A range of other checks too was conducted, including for blood pressure, diabetes, eye infections and skin diseases. Spectrum and blood tests were also conducted, X-rays were taken and body weight measured and have identified a group of caretakers who have TB.