August, 2013

Official shares bravery award money with subordinates

In a rare gesture, a women tohsildar has shared her prize money with two of her colleagues. N. Sugi Premila, the flying squad tahisldar hailing from Garanvilai near Marthandam serving in the Revenue Dept. in Kanyakumar Dist. received the Kalpana Chawla bravery Award from Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Independence Day in Chennai earlier this month. The award included a gold plated medal, certificate and   5 lakh, Ms. Suji Premila shared the reward with Revenue Inspector Jothish Kumar and her driver John Bright, who co-operated with her in carrying out search operations to prevent smuggling of essential commodities to different parts of Kerala from Tamil Nadu.

Airport security gets a boost

The area outside Chennai airports, all the way till GST Road,  has now come under surveillance by the city police with the installation of 41 new hi-tech CCTV cameras. The footage of the cameras that function on a WiFi network will be monitored at an exclusive control room at the airport and simultaneously be available for viewing by the commissioner of Police at his office.

For retirees, pension hike ends 6 year long weit

The long awaited govt. order commencing the revised pension for state govt. employees has finally arrived. The state govt. has issued the order pertaining to revision in the pension for those employees who retired between June 1, 1988 and December 31, 1995 based on the Fourth Tamil Nadu Pay Commission pay scales. This follows orders passed by the Supreme Court of India directing the state govt. to implement the revisions in Jan. this year.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award : Ronjan Sodhi (Shooting).

Arjuna Award : Chekrovolu Swuro (archery), P.V. Sindhu (badminton), Kavita Chahal (boxing), Rupesh Shah (cue-sports), Virat Kohli (cricket), Abhijeet Gupta (chess), Mouma Das (table tennis), Gaganjeet Bhullar (golf), Saba Anjum (hockey), Rajkumari Rathore (shooting), Joshna Chinappa (squash), Neha Rathi and Dharmender Dalal (wrestling), Amit Kumar Saroha (paralympics).
Dronacharya Award : Poornima Mahato (archery), Mahavir Singh (boxing), Narinder Singh Saini (hockey); K.P. Thomas (athletics) and Raj Singh (athletics) – both for Lifetime contribution in coaching.
Dhayan Chand Awards : Mary D’Souza Sequeira (athletics), Syed Ali (hockey), Anil Mann (wrestling), Girraj Singh (para sports, athletics)

National Sports Awards 2013

The Hon’ble President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, presented the National Sports Awards 2013 at a glittering function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on August 31, 2013. The awards recognise and reward excellence in sports. The National Sports Awards 2013 were announced by the Sports Ministery on August 23, 2013, Sports Minister Mr. Jitendra Singh passed the original recommendations of the Selection Committee headed by Mr. Michael Ferreira. Apart from a medal and a citation, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee is given a cash prize of   7.5 lakh while Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhayan Chand awardees receive statuette, citation and cash prize of   5 lakh each.

Hyderabad Hotshots win IBL

Hyderabad Hotshots win the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL), beating Awadhe Warriors in the final in Mumbai.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navi Pillay 7-day fact-finding in Sri Lanka

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, says that Sri Lanka is taking a decisive turn towards authoritarianism. Ms. Pillay, in Sri Lanka on a seven-day fact-finding mission, says that despite the opportunities presented by the end of the war against LTTE to construct a vibrant, all-embracing state, the country is presently headed in an authoritarian direction.

India financial package 5,000 crore for Bhutan

India announces a financial package worth  5,000 crore for Bhutan. The announcement is made during talks between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his visiting Bhuatanese counterpart Mr. Tshering Tobgay in New Delhi. As per the deal, India will contribute  4,500 crore towards Bhutan’s 11th Plan, apart from providing 500 crore under an economic stimulus package. The two countries also agree to closely coordinate and cooperate with each other on issues relating to their security interests.

Model-winning cap left in the luach

He made the country proud by bagging a bronze medal at the world karate championship held in South Africa in 2009. M. Dhanasekaran, Sub-Inspector of Police (Armed Reserve), Chennai also represented India at International Karate events conducted in Malaysia and Japan, on all the three creations, he travelled at his own expense. He is, eager to take part in the World Karate championship to be held in Japan next month. An ardent lover of martial arts, Dhanasekaran had a block belt when he joined the police force in 1978.

Thousand sof Islamists take to the streets in Egypt

Thousands of Islamists take to the streets in Egypt, demanding the reinstatement of deposed President Mr. Mohammed Morsy. Warning of a civil disobedience movement against the army-backed regime which had assumed power after ousting Mr. Morsy, the protesters, out on the streets across the country, demand that the army abdicate power.

Canyon hidden under ice sheets

A study reveals that scientists working for an international team have discovered a massive canyon hidden under Greenland’s ice sheets. The canyon is at 750-km long and 800-metre deep. According to scientists, the canyon predates the ice sheets that have covered Greenland for the last few million years. The remarkable structure is akin in characteristics to a meandering river and is longer than many rivers on Earth.

India’s first full-fledged military communication GSAT-7

GSAT-7 (or Rukmini), India’s first full-fledged military communications satellite, is launched from the Kourou spaceport of French Guiana in South America. The 2,650-kg satellite is the last of ISRO’s seven fourth-generation satellites. The multiple-band satellite will be used exclusively by the Indian Navy to shore up secure, real-time communications among its warships, submarines, aircraft and land systems.

Serious economic downturn

New data reveals that reflecting a serious economic downturn, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth slipped further to 4.4 percent in the first quartar (April-June) of the current (2013-14) financial year. It is the slowest pace of expansion since the global economic meltdown of 2008. The fall, as has been the case in much of the recent past, was primarily due to the dismal performance of mining and manufacturing.

Expo on latest advancements in food processing

More than 150 exhibitors from across the globe will showcase their latest advancements in food processing and food technology at the ‘Foodpro’ expo organised by the confideration of Indian Industry at the Chennai Trade Center from August 30 to Sept. 1.

Mudumalai ready

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, near Udhagamandalam, is all set to train wild elephants being captured at Tiruvannamalai. The ‘Kralls’ are ready and six Kumkis have been stationed at Bambax, a secluded part of the reserve. About 30 people from the reserve, including veterinarians, rangers and guards are now assisting in operation ‘Malai’ at Tiruvannamalai. They are likely to returns to the reserve with captured elephants.

New IPAB chief of focus on infrastructure

Justice K.N. Basha, a retired judge of the Madras High Court assumed charge as chairman of the Intellectual property Appallate Tribunal (IPAB). Mr. Basha is the fourth retired judge to assume office as Chairpersons since the inception of IPAB in 2003. The IPAB was constituted by the Union govt. to adjudicate cases related to trade mark patent, desin and geographical indications of goods. The Board has its headquarters in Chennai and holds circuit bench sittings in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.

Power generation suspended in first unit of Tuticorin station

One of the five units of Tuticorin Thermal Power Station suspended production after a breakdown. The first unit suffered a breakdown following a failure in a boiler tube. S. Valliappan, C.E. of TTPS said the problem occurred at 11.30 a.m. on 27th August. In concurrence with officials in Load Dispatching Centre, Chennai, the faulty units were shut down for repair works.

Aadhaar enrolment to continue longer

The civic body has put to rest residents concerns over the approaching the deadline for biometric enrolment under Aadhaar. The Corporation said it would continue the process of enumeration for the National population Register (NPR) until every single resident in the city was covered. This announcement comes in the wake of advertisements by the directorate of census operations, in newspapers, on a time-table for biometric enrolments.

Russia sends more warships to east Mediterranean

Russia sends more warships to east Mediterranean in an apparent response to the build-up of American and British forces as the crisis over Syria continues to escalate.

Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement bill passed by the Lok Sabha

The long-pending Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill is passed by the Lok Sabha. The key feature of the Bill is that the consent for 80 percent of land owners is needed for acquiring land for private projects and of 70 percent land owners for public-private projects.

Yasin Bhatkal arrested

In a major breakthrough for security agencies in India, Yasin Bhatkal, a key conspirator in several Bombay blasts and co-founder of the banned Indian Mujahideen (IM) is arrested from the India-Nepal border. he is one of India’s 12 most-wanted terrorists.

Dip in wind energy generation

With a sudden fall in wind energy production over the last two days, the state’s power managers had to resort to load shedding for a few hours in the morning in several parts of the state. Till a few days ago, the state has been enjoying no load shedding thanks to a combination of factors such as wind energy and capious flow into hydel reservoirs keen to ensure that many parts of the state do not experience another spell of prolonged hours of load shedding that they underwent last year, the managers have initiated steps to get commissioned additional units at the Mettur and North Chennai Power Station in September. Also, to tide over the problem for the time being, the purchase of power on a temporary basis is being resorted to so that load shedding is kept to minimum or avoided.

Now, one Malaria worker for every 500 houses in city

A rise in mosquito density in a number of neighbourhoods has forced the Chennai Corporation to allocate one maleria worker for every 500 households in the city. The malaria workers will shoulder responsibility of musquito control in each of the houses. If a resident complains about mosquitoes in any of the houses, the malaria worker concerned will be responsible. The worker will have to screen all 500 households in a week.

New super-heavy element

Scientists confirm the discovery of a new super-heavy element – with atomic number 115. It is announced that the new element may soon join the periodic table.

22-nation Arab League opposes western military attack against Syria

The 22-nation Arab League opposes the proposed Western military attack against Syria. The League however, says that it holds the Syrian regime responsible for the chemical attack on its own citizens.

Rupee value fall against the dollar

The rupee continues its free fall against the dollar touching a record low of 68.85.

Sethu Project ecologically destructive says coastal action network

The Coastal Action Network (CAN) has demanded the scropping of the Sethusamudram project which was ecologically unviable and for declaring the Adam Bridge or Ram Sethu as an international geographical heritage site. Addressing a press conference, Ossie Fernandes Co-carvener of the Network said he hoped that the Supreme Court, which had completed hearing for the case, would soon pass orders on the project. The apex court had in 2007 directed suspension of work on the project and instructed the centre to undertake a study of the impacts of the proposed new alignment K. gopalakrishnan, former director of the Geological Survey of India said the project area was ridden with four sets of deep crustel faults and prone to a recurrence of volcanic vents that have been reported in the past in the Gulf of Mannar.

Avenues bright for veterinary graduates

A bright future awaits those who choose veterinary and allied subjects for graduation. These courses are one of the most sought-after courses in the state. According to Mr. R. Prabakaran Vice Chancellor said Bachelor of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Fisheries were the two main courses, approved by the veterinary council of India. Apart from this, the University offered two B.Tech courses in Food and Dairy and Poultry Production Technologies.

Rare Chola paintings found in Thiruvottiyur temple

A photograph taken by a research scholar of the State archacology department on her mobile phone has helped unearth rare Chola-era paintings at an Adipuriswarar (Lord Shiva) temple in Tiruvottiyur. The findings, archaeologists said, were rare as this is the first time paintings of the Chola era have been discovered in Chennai, which experts believe was only a peripeheral part of the ancient dynasty.

Malala honoured International Children’s peace prize

Pakistani teenager Ms. Malala Yousafzai (16), an outspoken proponent of girls’ education who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, is awarded a top Dutch children’s honour, the International Children’s Peace Prize, for her activism. The prize, an initiative of the Dutch-based Kids Rights Foundation, was launched in 2005 by former Soviet leader Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev, when he chaired the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. It carries a cash value of $133,000 that is invested in projects related to the winner’s cause.

Afghan and Pakistan presidents hold talks in Isalamabad

Afghan President Mr. Hamid Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif hold talks in Islamabad, Pakistan. The talks cover matters of common interest such as the Afghan peace process, bilateral relations and the regional situation.

CCI approves 36 projects

The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) approves 36 projects in the road, railways, power, and oil and gas sectors, which had been stalled on account of various issues, including regulatory hurdles. The combined worth of these projects is 1,83,000 crore.

Agroforestry records rapid growth in Tamil Nadu study

The ‘World Flow’ study taken up by the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore, threw up a pleasant surprise. Tamil Nadu has recorded a rapid growth in  agroforestry and form forestry sectors. Various factors contributed to farmers taking up tree breeding on farm lands, the study revealed.

High alert along the coast

Coastel Security Group (CSG) personnel stepped up surveilance in coastal villages in the district in the wake of an installigence alert over the possible intrusion by terrorists based in Pakistan into Indian Territory through the Sri Lankan waters. The surveilance was taken up both on the 32 km. long coastal road in the district. Divided into five groups, the CSG personnel intercepted motorcycles, vans, taxis and four-wheelers and verified the driving records.

Vice Admiral visits INS Parundu

Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval command, paid a visit to INS Parundu, the Naval Air Station at Vehipuli near Ramanathapuram, Mr. Chopra visit assumes significance in the backdrop of the district police alarting all the departments and tightening coastal security following an anonymous call regarding introduces landing on the coast.

14 lakh write TNPSC exam

Around 14 lakh candidates wrote the Group-IV Examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) in 4755 centres across the State. Key answers will be uploaded in the TNPSC’s official website. As per schedule, the results are expected to be released in Oct. or Nov. The examination was held to fill vacancies in the parts of 3,531 junior assistants in Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service/ Judicial Ministerial Service and 1,738 typists in Tamil Nadu Ministerial Service / Secretariat Service / Judicial Ministerial Service.

Child custody to be decided only in country of habitat

The Madras H.C. has said that the custody of minor children can be decided only by courts in their country of habitat. Disposing of a dispute between an Indian origin doctor-couple over the custody of their Australia land children, the Bench, comprising justices C.T. Selvam, said it would be appropriate to allow the courts of the country, to which they belonged, decide upon custody and related issues. Rejecting a claim of the father, the Bench directed him to hand over the children to the mothers.

Devotees protest renovation of ancient temple

Historians, archaeologists and devotees are up in arms against the renovation of Thyagarajaswamy temple, popularly known as Sri Vadivudai Amman Temple in Tiruvottiyur. Temple authorites have removed granite slabs with inscriptions from the temple floor and are replacing them with rough granite. This ancient temple, classified as a paadal petra sthalam’  contains the most number of inscriptions in this part of the country.

Autos to have GPS, panic button

Soon people in the city will get to travel in autos that have meters filled with GPS and a panic button that passengers can press to alert officials about erring auto drivers. But this unforcement system may only be viable if there is tremendous logistical investment from the govt. as recent experience in Delhi shows. The panic button is to ensure the safety of commuters a passenger just needs to press it when she senses danger from stalkers or the driver himself. The GPs installed in the vehicle will immediately send details about the location and vehicle to the control room, which will send alerts to the police and transport officials.

World’s smallest autopilot

Scientists at the TU Delft Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, the Netherlands, announce that they have designed, built and tested the world’s smallest autopilot for tiny unmanned aircraft. This is hailed as a significant invention because a smaller and lighter autopilot allows these small flying robots to fly longer, fit into narrower spaces, or carry more payload such as cameras. That makes them more suitable to be used in rescue operations and the like.

Lok Sabha passes the Food Security Bill

The Lok Sabha passes the Food Security Bill. It goes through a protracted passage in the Lower House as opposition parties, ranging from BJP, AIADMK, CPI and Akali Dal insist on a vote on numerous amendaments including provisions for further reducing the rack rates for cheap food grains and making the law’s coverage universal. The lengthy process of going through a volley of amendments to the Bill and subsequent division, demanded by many Members, take several hours as the House sits till late into night to complete the legislative procedures.

Activists nail ‘ties’ in report on Cheyyur plant

Environmental activists and representatives of the fishermen villages of Kancheepuram district have charged that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the 4000 MW, Cheyyur had been constructed on a foundation of “blatant lies” that overlooked the Vibrent coastal ecology of the region.

HC gives two months to recruit computer insectors in schools

The school education department should commerce the process of recruitment of 652 computer insectors in schools immediately. A substaintial part of the exercise should be completed within two months. The Madras High Court has fixed the deadline for filling the vacancies in the post while passing orders on a contempt petition. It posted the petition for October 22 for filing of an action taken report.

Honorary degree for MIOT MD

In a departure from convention, University of Kalyani conferred in person the degree of science (honoris causa) to P.U.A. Mohandas, founder of MIOT at a function. Terming it unusual for a University to organise a special convocation, West Bengal governor and Chancellor of the University, M.K. Narayanan said though Dr. Mohandas was a friend, the degree was not conferred in that capacity.

Reservoir strengthening nears completion

The one year long project to strengthen the Red Hills reservoir, one of Chennai’s major sources for drinking water, is almost over. The work, which included plugging of holes in two masonry weirs and the strengthening and widening of the bund, was executed at a cost of   10.56 crore and is expected to be completed in two or three months. It is after two decades that a major project was initiated by the Water Resources Dept. to strengthen the reservoir created in 1876.

Ashes Test series win England

The fifth and final Ashes Test between Australia and hosts England ends in a draw. With this, England retain the Ashes by a 3-0 margin.

Belgium Grand Prix champion Sebastian Vettal

Reigning world champion German racer Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull wins the Belgiam Grand Prix Formula One championship in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso of Spain finishes second.

India wins gold medal at World Cup Archery Stage 4

The Indian trio of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buriuly win the Gold medal at the World Cup Archery Stage 4 in Wracklow, Poland. In the final, India beat world champions South Korea 219-215. This is the second successive Gold for the Indian trio, as they had also won the Gold at the Stage 3 meet held in Medellin, Colombia.

China stops construction along the border

Reports reveal that India has conveyed to China that it will not be possible to freeze infrastructure construction along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto boundary between the two countries. China had earlier proposed that the Indian side stop construction activities along the border in order to scale down tensions.

UP arrested a large no. of seers

The Uttar Pradesh Government clamps down on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s march-named the 84 Kosi Parikrama Yatra – for a Ram Temple in Ayodhya with the arrest of key leaders and a large number of seers.

Centre’s move to deport Tamil refugees disappointing

Amnesty International India has expressed disappointment over the centre’s order to deport three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. In a statement, its Chief Executive G. Ananthapadmanabhan, said the organisation was very concerned about the risk of torture around detainers being returned to Sri Lanka. It was extremely disappointing that the Union govt. was intent on sending Sri Lankan, in particular Tamil back to such an uncertain fate. “The Govt. of India has responsibility under international law to protect people at risk of torture and should not remove them if there is a threat to torture” he said.

DSP who gunned down notorious gauster receives medal

Ten years after the encounter killing of Chennai’s most notorious gangster Ayodhyakuppam Veeramani on Marina, the cap who fired the bullets received the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry for his during act. Reminscing that on July 27, 2003 on the beach, S. Vellaidurai, DSP who was then a Sub-Inspector with the Marina Police station said that he along with his colleque kingslay had gone to pickup Veeramani whom he had once arrested in Tiruchi for an offence.

State police to get modem weapanry

As part of the ongoing modernisation programme, the state polic are aquiring modern weaponing, gadgets and protective shields at a cost of  200 crore. Presenting the president medals to 549 police, prison and fire service personnel, Chennai, she said 14,611 vacancies at various levels in the force would be filled soon. In the current year 223 police stations, 10,704 residential quarters and other buildings were being constructed at an estimated cost of   1,695 crore.

Interim injunction brings relief to pottery workers

The Madras High Court granted an interim injunction restraining authorities from intercepting and imposing fines on pottery workers who quarry and transport clay for making idols for the coming Vinayaka Chaturthi, without paying the seigniorage fee of  1 lakh.

Metro work near airport brought to halt

Metro Rail work on the stretch between Officers’ Trading Academy  (OTA) and Chennai Airport has been temporarily suspended due to a delay in the execution of work. The constract for the work, which was awarded to Lanco Infratech Ltd. was awarded the contract for  178 crore in August 2011 for the construction of the elevated stretch between OTA and Chennai airport. It had completed only 30 percent of the work misled the immediate deadline and was for behind meeting the final target set for April 2014, said officials of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL).

Iran warns US on military intervention

Iran warns the US against military intervention in Syria, following the latter’s announcement of a punitive strike against the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons in its war with the rebel opposition.

India-China decided to hold joint military exercises

It is officially announced that India and China have decided to hold joint military exercises during the first fortnight of November 2013 in Chengdu, China. The last time such exercises were held was five years ago.

Thiruvannamalai gets govt. Medical College

Tamil Nadu where the rulling AIADMK govt. intends to establish a govt. medical college in every district, formally got the 19th suct instituion. When Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the Thiruvannamalai Medical College. The new facility in one of the backward districts of the state, will have 100 seats in the current academic year. With the Medical Council of India for adding 310 more seats in other institutions, the total number of medical seats in Tamil Nadu is 2,555. The number in the last academic year was 2,145 an official release said.

Law school may offer more courses

The Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS) in Srirangam taluk is likely to offer more courses, including B.Com., LLB (Honours) and LLM with different specialisations, from the next academic year. At present, the law school is offering a five year integrated BA., LLB. (Honour) degree from this academic year with an intake of 100 students 45 each under the quotas of Tamil Nadu and all India and 10  under NRI quota.

A look back at the East India Co.

In the Durbar Hall of Amir Mahal, the residence of the Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohd. Abdul Ali, historians and experts travelled back to the latter half of the 1700s to find if Mohd. Ali Khan Wallajah ancestor to the Prince of Arcot Baron Pigot – the than Governor of Madras and the Raja of Tanjore had a role of play in the transformation of the East India Co. from a trading co. to ruling power.

Pet shops come under trade licence regime

The traders of manufacturing and sole of food, articles for pet animals have been included in the existing trades list of the Chennai Corporation. The state govt. has notified the trade under the category of micro cottage industries. The licence fee for shops that have an area of upto 1000 sq.ft. will be  2,000. Shops larger than 1000 sq. ft. will pay a fee of   5,000. The notification was published as per Section 98A of Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act 1919.

Airport expansion turns damp squib

Air passengers may want to cost wary glasses upwards while walking inside the terminals of Chennai Airport. After all, on never knows when a false ceiling may collapse. False ceiling panels that collapse frequently, cracked glass panels and granite flooring toilets and pigeon droppings in the terminals, which cost over  2000 crore, have marred experience of lying for passengers.

China first place in medals tally in Asian Youth Games

Hosts China top the medals tally (93 medals including 46 gold) at the Asian Youth Games which concludes in Nanjing South Korea and Japan finish second and third, respectively.

IBSA block backs the US’s attempts

The IBSA bloc (comprising India, Brazil and South Africa) backs the US’s attempts at mediation that have led to the announcement of resumption of direct final status negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

Official statement reveals that India

An official statement reveals that India, which has the largest number of hungry people in the world, wastes fruits, grains and vegetables worth  44,000 crore every year due to lack of adequate storage infrastructure.

India become world 3rd largest internet users

Global digital measurement and analytics firm comScore announces that India has surpassed Japan to become the world’s third largest Internet user after China and the US.

India and Iraq sign

India and Iraq sign four important MoUs in New Delhi in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his visiting Iraqi counterpart Mr. Nouri al-Maliki. The MoUs include two crucial agreements in the field of energy and water resources management. This is the first Head of Government level visit between the two countries since 1975.

‘108’ most used for road accident cases

The city may will be the road accident capital of the country going by the emergency calls made to the 108 ambulance service. The city’s utilisation of 108 has been increasing but emergency case managers  say the ambulances were mostly sought for accident cases as against prognancies and other emergencies like chest pain.

Maritime museum to take two more years

Visitors to Mamallapuram will have to wait for two more years to get a glimpse of maritime heritage museum, as the decommissioned submarine INS Vagli – will be towed to the final destination only by Jan. 2014. A tourism official said that as per the original plan that as per the original plan, the submarine was to be towed to Mamallapuram from Chennai Port by Sept. and the museum project would be completed in 18 months. But the project suffered a setback due to the delay in choosing a consultant.

IOC to go ahead with Ennor LNG project

A host of contracts for the five million tonne per annum liquified natural gas terminal proposed in Ennore are to be awarded over the next few months with Indian Oil Corporation, which is setting up the project, deciding to go ahead with the construction.

Fate of Royapuram station rests on study

Southern Railway ask India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), a public sector consultancy firm to study the feasibility of converting Royapuram railway station into a terminal and retain it as a heritage structure. Speaking a press meet in the city, Surya Prakash Reddy, minister of state for Railway and divisional Railway manager Pradeep Kumar Mishra said a decision regarding the station would be arrive at once study was completed.

World’s most precise clock

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, come up with the world’s most precise clock made from the element “ytterbium”. The ticking rate of the clock varies less than two parts in one quintillion (one followed by 18 zeros). It is 10 times more accurate than any other device.

Anjana Thamake wins gold medal in 800m running

Anjana Thamake of India wins a Gold medal in 800m, running a personal best of 2 minutes 11.47 seconds at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China.

Robert Mugabe is sworn as Zimbabwe’s new President

Veteran leader Mr. Robert Mugabe is sworn in Zimbabwe’s President for another five-year term, extending his 33-year rule.

Cabinet negating two SC Bills

The Union Cabinet negating two Supreme Court verdicts approves the Bill which entails replacing the collegium system with a Judicial Appointments Commission, wherein it will have a say in appointment of Judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 High Courts.

Marine police acquire skills from coast guard

In a bid to enhance the seamanship of its personnel, the coastal security group of the Tamil Nadu Police has roped in the expertise of the Coast Guard. After weeks of strenuous training in seamanship, survival tactics, anti-pirate operations and navigational skills, the first batch of 60 police personnel in different ranks were designated as ‘skippers’ and given charge of boat operations.

Panchayats to be connected through optical fibre

Sam Pitroda, who was instrumental in shaping the telecom revolution in the country, underscored the need for localisation in the backdrop of globalisation besides claling upon youth to redefine their developmental outlook. Speaking after administrating the Sadhbhavana Day pledge at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth should change their mindset and undertake initiatives on their own without undermining their capacities. The programme, marking the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, also marked the fifth foundation day of the institute.

Move to protect materials from decayed, brown trees

In a move aimed at ensuring safety for motorists and other road users, a census of the dried trees in the city began. A Chennai based man governmental organisation, Tree Bank Trust, has launched this survey to identify the decayed trees that pose a threat to road users. K. Mullaivanan, Founder of the Trust, said about a dozen volunteers of belonging to the Trust would visit various areas in and around the city to identify the trees.

No travelator yet at new airport terminals

The new domestic and international terminals at Chennai airport were constructed at a cost of over  2000 crore, but still do not have travelators – moving walkways to transport people. With the two terminals nearly 800 metres apart, the lack of travelator is bound to effect passengers, especially those on transit, said an official of the Airpots Authority of India (AAI). The new travelator was part of the original airport expansion project, it was temporarily dropped owing to cost escalation.

GH to get more lab technicians, nurses

The strike by trainee doctors at Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital (GH) has expedited the requirement process for nurses and laboratory technicians. However, given the patient load, the hospital will continue to face a huge shortage of staff. Hospital authorities have planned to appoint 25 nurses and 15 laboratory technicians to ensure distribution of the work load. The hospital is expected to foot  7 to 8 lakh towards their recruitment.

Amma canteens an wheels soon

Mobile Amma Canteens will make an appearance in the city soon and will be seen whizzing past congested stretches. Following the inability of the Chennai Corporation to find enough plots or vacant space in buildings for commissioninig additional Amma Centres, the civic body has asked councillors to use ward development funds for commissioning mobile Amma canteens. Councillors had been asked to identify space for an additional four canteens in each ward to achieve the target of 1000 Amma foot outlets in the city by year end.

Rahul claims gold medal in weightlifting

R.V. Rahul claims Gold medal in the 77 kg boys’ weightligting competition at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China. Rahul lifted 142 kg in snatch and 168 kg in clean-and-jerk for a total of 310 kg.

35 years sentenced for Bradley

The US soldier and whistleblower Mr. Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison for the biggest breach of classified data in American history by providing files in WikiLeaks.

Pranab meets with Afghan V.P.

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee asserts during a meeting with Afghan Vice-President Mr. Mohammad Karim Khalili that India is committed to assisting Afghanistan in its critical period of transition, development and nation-building.

Singers from south to claim their due

Leading playback singers of South Indian film industry were present on Aug. 19th to mark their support for the Indian Singers’ Rights Association (ISRA), a copyrights society that will collect royalties from FM stations, broadcasters, mobile operators, hotels and others who commercially play recorded music.

Court refuses to restrain TRB from proceeding with advt.

The Madras High Court refused to grant an interim injunction restraiving the Teachers Recruitment Board from proceeding further with an advertisement of May this year relating to the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). The test was conducted on Augu. 17 and 18.

AIADMK, DMK MPs and PM to bought CHOGM in Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu parties used the floor of the Rajya Sabha for seeking to dissuade Prime Minister from accepting Sri Lanka’s invitation to attend the CHOGM summit in November. The AIADMK and the DMK made common cause to register their protest to coinside with the arrival S. Lanka External Affairs Minister Peiris to extand the invitation to the Prime Minister.

A 219-year journey from school to college

Unlike many heritage buildings in the city, the stately, yet functional arches and carridors of the College of Engineering, Guindy do not seem like an anachronism. The rectangular scarlet structure of the institute encases not just an architecturally fine courtyard and corridors, but also the evolution of technical in the city. When started as a survey school with eight students in 1794 at Fort St. George, shifted to several compuses including Kalas mahal in Chepauk before moving to its current premises on what is today the Anna University campus in 1920, according to ‘Glimpses of 200 years of history of the college of Engg. Guindy by Er. C.S. Kuppuraj. Today nearly 10,000 students studying.’

Former Pak. President charged Benazir’s assassination

Former Pakistan President General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy in the Benazir Bhutto assasination case by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi.

SEBI bids bonds for FII

SEBI auctions $9.34 billion worth Government bonds for Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) with bids worth a record $10.4 billion pouring in.

India raises the issue of heavy trade imbalance

India raises the issue of heavy trade imbalance with China and seeks immediate steps to facilitate Indian exports of pharmaceutical and agricultural products, buffalo meat and Information Technology serivces.

Port bats for elevated road

The Chennai Port has informed the high court that the elevated road project from Maduravoyal to the port is of grant significance in view of the development of a container terminal with a capacity of four million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) of containers per annum. The operation for this project will be selected soon and the letter of approval is likely to be issued in the first quarter of the financial year.

New quarters for nurses at Lady Lawley campus

Sandwiched between commercial complexes in Egmore, the sprawling Lady Lawley nurses quarters campus is quite a contrast to the bustle outside. The campus which houses century-old structures, is now getting a new building a hostel for staff nurses. Spread over neary seven acres, the campus houses a number a buildings while are now dilapidated.

Maternity centres to get special units for sick babies

The Chennai Corporation’s maternity centres will soon have special facilities to stabilise newborns who are unwell. Funds have been sanctioined for stabilisation units at five of the 16 meternity centres, and work had already begun at the  Saidapet Centre Corporation officials, said the plan was to set up units at all centres in a phased manner. The proposal is being implemented by the state govt. based on guidelines issued under the National Rural Health Mission.

Foundation day at institute to be celebrated

The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) is celebrating its foundation day on Aug. 20 at its campus in Sriperumbudur to commorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The highlight of the celebration will be the fifth RGNIYD foundation lecture to be delivered by Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National innovation council, Govt. fo India. RGNIYD functions as a vital resource centre coordinating, training, research, orientation, extension outreach, documentation and dissemination in the field of youth development.

Kush Kumar takes the first gold medal for India

Kush Kumar takes the first Gold medal for India beating Mohammad Syafia Mohd. Karnal of Malaysia in the boys’ squash final in the second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China.

Nadal wins Cincinnati Masters tennis title

Rafael Nadal of Spain wins the ATP Cincinnati Masters for the first time defeating John Isner of the US in the final. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus topples World No. 1 Serena Williams fo the US in the final to claim the women’s title.

Worst tragedy in Bihar

In the worst tragedy of its kind, over 28 people including women and children are crushed to death by Saharsa-Patna Rajyarani Express at Dhamara Ghat Station in Bihar’s Khagaria district.

TNPSC cancels selection of 73 candidates for Gr-I main exam.

The Tamil Nadu public Service Commission (TNPSC) has cancelled the selection of 73 candidates for the TNPSC Group-I (2011-12). TNPSC Chairman said “on verification of certificates, it is found that there are changed in eligibility status of 95 candidates”. TNPSC had released a list of 1330 selected candidates for the Group I main on May 16. As a number of such provisionally selected candidates were not eligible for the examination. TNPSC had to revise the list, increasing the no. of candidates to 1391.

Michel Djotodia sworn in President of Central African

The Seleka rebel coalition leader Mr. Michael Djotodia is officially sworn in as the President of Central African Republic.