October, 2013

Chennai’s radio stations to speak up for child rights

If the radio is emerging as a popular medium in Chennai, then it probably makes sense to board that vehicle to send messages out to the public. That is precisely what UNICEF has done. In order to beverage the power of the radio to create awareness on child rights and to influence public policy related to childre, the international organisation is looking at sensitising staff at private FM radio stations in Chennai.

Kebler 78b

Astronomers find the Earth’s twin, named Kepler 78b, which is 700 light years away and almost the same size and rocky composition except 2000oC hotter.

M.S. Swaminathan gets Indira Gandhi Award

Eminent agriculturalist and Father of Green Revolution in India, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan is honoured with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.

India women basketbal team win FIBA Asia championship

After a gap of 23 years, India defeat Kazakhstan in women basketball in FIBA Asia championship to post their first-ever Level-1 win.

China opens a new highway near AP

China opens a new highway near Arunachal Pradesh. According to the Chinese government, it links Tibet’s ‘last isolated country’, located near the border with Arunachal Pradesh with the rest of the country and will now provide all-weather access to the strategically important region.

NOTA option for voters

As per the direction of the Supreme Court the Election Commission finalises the election symbol for “None of the Above” (NOTA) option for voters to exercise in the forthcoming Assembly polls in five States.

Novelist Rajendra Yadav dies

Note Hindi writer and a prominent novelist Rajendra Yadav dies at the age of 84.

Kannur as the first zero-landless district

Union Minister for Rural Development Mr. Jairam Ramesh declares Kerala’s Kannur as the first zero-landless district in the country.

Major reform move to check the political interference in bureaucracy

In a major reform move to check the political interference in bureaucracy, the Supreme Court of India issues direction to the centre and the States to set up a Civil  Services Board (CSB), which will regulate the postings and other related matters.

Chief Minister firm on protecting natural resources

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa asserted in the Assembly that she was determined to ensure that there was neither any illegal exploitation of precious natural resources nor over exploitation of such minerals beyond the permitted norms of the govt. Explaining her govt’s position on the issue of quarrying of beach minerals, she said “the economic depends on efficient use of natural resources including minerals, water, land, forest and sources of energy.”

Amendment bill table

A bill to further amend the Tamil nadu Tax on Luxuries (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 was tabled in the Assembly. The bill was moved by Commercial Taxes and Registration Minister B.V. Ramanaa with the objective of raising the minimum charges for luxury taxes on minimal hotel room rents, as it was fixed more than a decade ago. The amendment will apply to all those hotels that charge ` 500 per room per day for accommodation.

KKNPP will generate 500 MW by Nov.

The first unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project will start generating 500 MW by November and 1,000 MW by Dec. Respeonding to a quasy raised by the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi leader M.H. Jawahirullah, said that the nuclear plant was generating 200 MW of power to start with when it was stopped for inspection. Once again, the nuclear power project unit had started generating power and the plant had been superconised with the power grid.

C.M. has ordered rise in NREGA wages

Municipal Administration Minister K.P. Munusamy told the Assembly that Chief Minister had issued directions for further increasing the wage provided under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in the state Replying to a calling attention motion, he said wages would be fixed taking into consideration the quantum of work. Te govt. in two and half years had created 97.11 crore mandays of work and 5,760 crore had been distributed as wages. The Chief Minister Jayalalithaa also allotted an additional 3,50 lakh crore.

By Jan. City to have five new foot overbridges

Pedestrian facilities are coming up in five prime locations in the city, at a cost of ` 30 crore. They are likely to be ready by Jan. The construction of foot over bridges (FOBs) with escalators, stairs and Chromepet bus stop, MEPZ in Tambaram, SBOA school in Thirumangalam, at the junction of MGR Salai Taramani Link Road and near Baby Nagar in Velacherry.

ASI set to exeavate fort in Pulicat

The Archaeological survey of India (ASI) is set to excavate a 400 year old fact in Pulicat, located about 60 km north of Chennai. It hope to unravel not only evidence 17th Century Dutch presence in Pulicat, but also that of possible Raman trade links dating back to 1st cnetury BCE. This would make Pulicat a significant archaeological site. Pulicat was a Dutch settlement and an active trading centre in the post. The Dutch built the fort in the early part of the 17th century, and named it Geldria. The fort was used until the 19th century when the British demolished it.

25 new counters at CMBT

A total of 25 ticket counters were opened at the Chennai Moffusil Bus Terminus (CMBT) in Koyambedu to aid travel during Deepavali. State transport minister V. Senthil Balaji opened the counters which are situated on the left side of CMBT’s lobby. “Earlier the bodies counters, were spread across the bus terminus passengers can book tickets to any district from any of the 25 counters”.

Miss Asia-Pacific world 2013

Ms. Sristhti Rana from Faridabad wins the Miss Asia-Pacific World 2013 crown in Seoul.

Sachin’s last match in Ranji Trophy

Playing for Ranji Trophy, Sachin Tendulkar scores match-winning 79 in his last innings for Mumbai defeating Haryana in Lahli village in Haryana.

World’s most powerful leader

in the power ranking released by Forbes, Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin ranks number one as world’s most powerful leader, followed by Mr. Barack Obama. Ms. Soniya Gandhi is at 3rd position in the world’s most powerful women ranking. While German Chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Ms. Dilma Rousseff are at number 1 and 2, respectively.

Low cost funds in US

Sensex closes at 3 years high at 21,033,97 points due to aggressive buying by foreign institutional investors with access to low-cost funds in the US.

Toilets in 348 spots, with more ad space, soon

The Chennai Corporation will Commission toilets in 348 spots across the city. Private players will design and build the toilets and maintain it for seven years. Residents will be able to use the toilets free of cost. The civic body has invited international bids from companies to commission the facilities with large advertisement space. The inadequate advt. space in toilets was a stumbling block for implementation of the project in the past. The new proposal includes permission for advertisement space measuring nine metre by three metre in each structures.

Queen of Heart Express stops by at Chennai

The Queen of Heart Express, an initiative to spread awareness among women on cardiovascular diseases at a young age, arrived in Chennai. The Queen of Heart Express was flagged of in New Delhi on the eve of World Heart Day. The awareness drive was launched by Biocan pharmaceuticals company. The compaign involves connecting a network of cities through a bus with theatre personalities creating awareness among people.

Encouraging tourism, the archaelogy way

Structures dating from the megalithic period in interior Tamil Nadu to latest findings of Subramani temple in Saluvan Kuppam near Tiger Cave at Mamallapuram were among the 200 photographs displayed as part of the two day thermatic photo exibition on Indian Tourism and South Indian Epigraphy that was inagurated. The photographs on display included those of excavation sites and archaecological evidence such as pottery and inscriptions”. The Exhibitioni with a brief history about the exhibits helped us to trace the history of south India, especially Tamil Nadu” said K. Prabhakaran, a visitor.

World’s first underwater rail link

Turkey opens the world’s first underwater rail link between the two continents. It runs under the Bosphorus, the strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and divides Istanbul between Asia and Europe.

India lose it position with World Bank list

India slips three positions to 134th spot in World Bank’s ‘case of doing business list of 189 economies’. Singapore retains its top position.

Air Marshal Arup Raha as new IAF chief

Government announces Air Marshal Arup Raha as new IAF chief. he will take over from Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne on December 31, 2013.

Salt Producers must market only iodised salt

Food safety department has insisted iodised salt. If any contravention was noticed in this regard, action would be taken against the salt producers. Iodine intake in required quantity is a must for proper functioning of brain for children. Studies have proved that the children whose diet consisted of the right quantity of iodine were intellectually far ahead of those children with iodine defficiency. Iodine deficiency also led to various heosth problems such as impaired brain, less intelligence quotient, abortion, birth of children with disabilities, etc.

Chennai lighthouse will be open to public from Nov. 14

From Nov. 14 onwards, public will be allowed to climb the top of Chennai lighthouse to have a panoramic view of the marina Beach, Bay of Bengal, Kamarajar Salai and a portion of the city. It is the fourth lighthouse in the city and the first major one on the  east coast to be thrown open to public. This will be followed by opening of Mamallapuram lighthouse in December.

Tambaram park is now hub of activity

Muthurangam Park an important landmark in West Tambaram, which was reduced to a barren piece of land due to years of neglect, has sprung back to life. The recently inaugurated part is attracting both local residents and visitors from other places. Named after the owner of the plot who donated it for the park, the public facility is spread across 3.75 acres.

Metro to have 1st class compartment

Chennai Metro Rail will have a first class compartment, and within it a women’s section, according to official sources and a bid document put up on its website. Both Delhi and Bangalore Metro Rail have only one class of compartments. The Delhi Metro Rail has a separate coach for women. “The first class will be close to the driver’s cab and a part of this coach will be reserved for women”, said an official of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd., (CMRL). The first class compartment will have 14 seats and the other compartments 44 seats each. Each train will also have four seats earmarked for the elderly and four for the physically challenged.

Over 1 lakh persons update their details on electoral polls

Over 1.15 lakh residents updated their details on the electoral rolls, at 984 special camps organised by the Chennai Corporation. As per the directions of the Election Commission of India for the special summary revision 2014, these were the find special camps in all designated centres (polling booths) of the 16 assembly constituencies of Chennai district ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Disputed Senkaku islands

Tensions between China and Japan further intensify with Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe warning China for activity on disputed Senkaku Islands.

RBI lowers GDP forecast to 4.8%

RBI lowers GDP forecast to 4.8% for the current fiscal, down from an earlier estimate of 5.7%.

Gas discoveries at Andhra coast

Oil Ministry clears taking back of five gas discoveries by Reliance Industries Ltd. in the KG-D6 block off the Andhra coast.

Miao-Vijayanagar road project

Centre approves the 157 km Miao-Vijaynagar road project that will connect the remote Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh along the India-Myanmar border.

INCHAM in Peru

Vice-President Mr. Hamid Ansari launches Indian Chamber of commerce (INCHAM) in Peru during his visit to the nation.

Mushrooming of cell phone towers in Chennai

The trade-off is as skewed as it gets in Chennai where the benefit of the telecom loom have come at the cost of an unchecked proliferation of cellphone towers near school,s residential hubs and hospitals, anxiety over the effects of non-ionizing radiation from there structures and a landscape befouled.

RAW alert led to interception of US vessel

According to defence sources, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, let to the interception of US-Vessel-MV seamen Guard Ohio-off the Tuticorin Coast in Oct 11. The ten-member crew and heavily armed guards on board the anti-piracy vessel were arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu Police based on a complaint lodged by the Indian Coast Guard.

Sopping complex rents to go up

The Chennai Corporation has commenced the process of increasing the rental rates for its shopping complexes across the city. The Corporation council is expected to pass a resolution increasing the rates in ten zones of the city. Until now, the rates have been low in all the shopping  complexes of the Corporation. They range between 10 and 50 per sq. ft. The revised rents will match the existinig rental values in the neighbourhood. The civic body owns 113 shopping complexes with 5,811 shops in the 15 zones of the city.

Vettal wins Indian Grandprix

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel wins Indian GP held at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, to clinch fourth successive F1 title with Indian GP hat-trick. 26-year-old has become the Formula One’s youngest 4-time world champion and only one to win his first four consecutively.

World’s largest airport

Dubai airport, set to be the world’s largest, is opened to passengers.

Green House gas emission of developed countries

A data analysis by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reveals that the developed countries have committed to cut greenhouse gas emission by a paltry three percent from 2011-20.

Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands are named ‘hope spots’

Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands are named as the new ‘hope spots’ by the International Union for conservation of Nature (IUCN) and oceanographer Mr. Sylvia Early of Mission Blue, an organisation involved in the study of oceans.

Dept. of Minerals and Mines reports

The Department of Minerals and Mines reports finding a treasure trove of metals and minerals in Bundelkhand that could be worth Rs. 4,000 crore.

Modi’s rally venue in Patna

Serial blasts rock Mr. Narendra Modi’s rally venue in Gandhi Maidan, Patna, killing five people. IM hand is suspected.

Transport vehicle tax can be paid online

The State Transport Department extended the facility for online payment of taxes to transport vehicles also. Hitherto, the facility, launched by Chief Minister in June last year, was available only for permanently registred non transport vehicles. Explaining the new system a senior Transport Department officer said that till Oct. 25, transport vehicle owners, who have to pay quarterly, half-yearly or annual tax, had to visit the Regional Transport Officiers to pay the taxes, and they had to plan and spare time to visit the RTO offices for this purpose.

Mother Teresa award for V. Shanta

When class XII student Shiloh Jessie Francisca was called to felicitate veteran oncologist and chairperson of cancer  Institute V. Shanta at a function, few had any idea what to expect. Shiloh gave statistics of the number of tobacco users, about how it affected youngesters and provided details of the acreage under tobacco versus the land under cultivation. She spoke of educating farmers and weaving them from tobacco cultivation to paddy and sugarcane. This, she said world be the answer to eradicating tobacco – related cancer Shiloh is one of the thousands of social ambassadors for Indian Development Foundation (farmerly Indian Leprosy Foundation). The IDF honours Dr. Shantha with the Mother Theresa Memorial Award 2013.

IIT-M opens its doors to artists

This weekened IIT-Madras will open its doors for people to come and point its walls, make sculptures and learn about art from experts. The art festival, Kalaikoodam, is being organised by members of the Fine Asks club of the institute. The students and other interested persons can take part in a graffiti-making event at the students facilities centre. Registration for the event is free. The thame of the event will be ‘Unleash-to free oneself from all the confromities’.

Rashid Khan win the BILT Open 2013 Golf Championship

Delhi’s Rashid Khan defeats Angad Cheema of Panchkula to win the BILT Open 2013 Golf Championship.

Ban on Saudi Women gain momentum

Campaign against the driving ban on women gains momentum in Saudi Arabia, with more than sixty women protesters hitting the streets to defy the ban.

Communal riots in few states

Data released by Ministry of Home Affairs shows that Uttar Pradesh tops in communal riots between January 2010 to March 2013, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Highest unemployment in Patna – NSSO

In a survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), Patna emerges as the city having highest unemployment rate among men (11.3%) and women (18.2%) in the year 2009-10.

US Boeing C-17 for IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) receives its fourth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from the US.

World Bank financial aid to Uttarakhand

World Bank approves aid of $250 million to Uttarakhand.

Rooftop solar plants

With the state govt. issuing guidelines on generation based incentive (GBI) responding installation of rooftop solar photo-voltaic (SPV) plants, domestic consumers will shortly be able to send their applications online to the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), the organisation identified by the govt. to implement the scheme of solar rooftop capital incentive. The incentive will be ` 20,000 per applicant for a plant of one kilowatt (KW). This will be in addition to 30 per cent subsidy from the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on capital cost.

Visitors seek better facilities at CoP office

Visitors to the new office of the Commissioner of Police on Poonamallee High Road are looking forward to better facilities. Those who have been to the ` 25 crore office complex said there was a lack of basic amenities such as drinking water, seating area, toilets and signboards. The 1.73 lakh sq.ft. nine storey buildinig stands on a 5.49 acre plot of land. Most of the facilities, including the public grievance redresal system, were shifted from the old commissionerate on Pantheon Road, Egmore.

World’s most efficient car

Volkswagen XL1 hybrid car, the world’s first 1-litre vehcile, debuts in Beijing. The vehicle, dubbed ‘the world’s most efficient car’, consumes only 0.9 litre of fuel when travelling 100 kilometres.

Chevalier award

France conferred its highest civilian honour – the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur – on activist Ms. Anjali Gopalan for her work on transgender and HIV-positive patients.

Ban on Uranium mining

Greenland’s parliament votes in favour of removing a 25-year-old ban on uranium mining.

Earthquake in Japan’s east coast

An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 strikes off Japan’s east coast, triggering small tsunamis but causing no apparent damages.

Homeless in Odisha & A.P.

Flood situation in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh intensifies leaving thousands homeless.

Global gender gap index

India ranks 101 out of 136 countries on a global gender gap index compiled by Geneva-based World Economic Forum.

Report on SC community

National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Rameshwar Oraon, submits the Sixth Report on  implementation of safeguards for the community for 2010-11 to the Hon’ble president Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

Vice-President’s Foreign visit

Vice-President Mr. Hamid Ansari leaves for three-nation visit to Peru, Cuba and the UK as part of India’s thrust towards Latin-America.

Big Bang Galaxy

Scientists discover the most distant galaxy ever. Galaxy z8-GND-5296 was created within 7-million years of Big Bang.

Britain’s Report on national daily

A report released in Britain’s national daily Guardian says that the US spied on 35 world leaders.

Cell phone targetted for spying

Issue of the US spying on its neighbours further intensifies with Germany Chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel hitting out at the US on the allegation that her cell phone was targeted for spying.

Indigenous copter cabin

Tata Sikorsky announces the production of India’s four hundred-percent indigenous 5-92 copter cabin.

Euros for Phailin victims

European Commission announces assistance of three-million Euros for Phailin victims.

FJPB’s joint venture

The Foreign Investments Promotion Board (FIPB) gives its nod to joint venture of Tata Sons Ltd. and Singpaore Airlines Ltd. (Tata-SIA), to set up a full service airline in India.

Military aid to Nepal

Nepal army says that India has resumed military aid to Nepal after nine years of suspension.

Manna Day passes away

Noted playback singer Manna Day dies in a Bengaluru hospital at the age of 94.

Southern grid gets first flow from Kudankulam

The first 1000 MW unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, now but one stage away from commission with the southern regional grid. Initially, at 2.45 a.m., the first reactor generated 75 MW and gradually notched up 160 MW. Subsequently, it was successfully transmitted to the southern grid at Athishekapatti on the outskirts of Tirunelveli after the KKNNP project authorities got the ‘connecting password’ from Bengalore.

Biggest fish seed farm to be operational soon

The biggest ever fish seed farm near Manimuthar Dam in Tirunelveli district is getting ready and is expected to become operational within a couple of months. According to Fisheries Department sources, at present, the form has 75 nursery ponds, eight rearing ponds and one breeder pond, where Katla, Rohu and Moigal speices of fresh water fishes are being raised. The NABARD allocated ` 12.70 crore under Rural infrastructure Development Fund to build the additional nursery ponds and packing shed.

Tengedco to buy 2,122 MW from 8 firms

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has permitted the Tangedco to purchase 2,122 MW from eight companies for 15 years. Of the eight companies, three will source power from plants in the state, accounting for 1,162 MW. The remaining five will have 950 MW supplied from plants outside the state.

New born units to be set up soon

To provide state of the art care to ailing newborns, the Chennai Corporation is setting up 16 newborn stabilisation units at its hospitals across the city. Mayor Saidai Duraisamy inaugurated the first unit at the 24 hour emergency obstetric care centre in Vadapalani. The 16 facilities are being commissioned at a cost of ` 2.4 crore.

Mini buses all set to roll out

Bus connectivity in the suburbs is set to get a boost, with the state govt. rolling out mini buses. The buses will be formally flagged off by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at a function to be held at Nehru Stadium. Though the routes for the mini buses have not been finalised as yet, most of them are likely to be in the suburbs. “The routes are being finalised and the process will be completed soon”.

Rajput, Malaika wins gold medal

World Cup Gold medallist Sanjeev Rajput wins the Gold in men’s 50-metre free rifle prone event in the Asian air gun shooting championship in Tehran, Iran.

Malaika Goel fetches India’s second Gold in the Asian shooting championship in Tehran in 10m pistol youth women’s event.

US President meets Pakistan President

US President Mr. Barack Obama meets Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif, signalling a warming up of relationship between the two countries.

Extradition treaty between India and Bangladesh

The extradition treaty between India and Bangladesh comes into effect with the handling over of the instruments of ratification. The treaty facilitates exchange of convicts or undertrials. However, it is not applicable to the political prisoners.

PM visit China

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh heads from Moscow to Beijing for a three-day visit. On the second day of his visit to China, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh signs a Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) with his Chinese counterpart Mr. Li Kequiang. Both countries agree that in any face-off on the Line of Actual Control, both parties will not use force of threaten to use force against each other and prevent exchange of fire or an armed conflict. MoU on nine deals including dams is also signed.

Centre gives clearance for two power projects

The much-awaited environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has been granted for the 4,000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project in Kancheepuram and the 1,320 MW Udangudi Thermal Power Project in Tuticorin. The Cheyyur project had been mooted by the Centre and the Udangudi project by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGESCO).

Aung-San Suu Kyi receive Sakhrov Human award 1990

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi receives post-dated Sakharov Human rights Pirze in Strabourg, Luxembourg. The prize was awarded to her in 1990 but she could not receive it.

Focus on drone deaths

The Amnesty International releases a report, titled ‘Will I be next’, which says that drone deaths tantamount to war crimes. The report is focussed on the drone  deaths in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

Lalu Prasad disqualified in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha Secretary-General Mr. S. Bal Shekar and RJD’s Mr. Lalu Prasad are disqualified from the Lok Sabha, for nearly 11 years.

KKNPP operation begins

The 1000-MWe Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant becomes operational in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district with its synchronisation with the Southern power grid.

New women’s hostels, to come up

Chief Minister ordered the opening 19 new hostels for the benefit of around 1,000 working women in the state. Such hostels are being run by the Social Welfare Department in eight places comprising two in Chennai and six in other districts. Considering the growing requirements of working women the Chief Minister ordered establishment of a hostel each in Coimbatore, Tiruvalur, Villupuram, Tiruchi, Peramablur, Sivagangai, Tirupur, Vellore, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli. Besides Chennai would have six hostels and Kancheepuram, three.

Funds to raise Cauvery storage

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gave administrative sanction of 287.20 crore to increase the water storage capacity in cauvery river and its tributaries for irrigation purpose and construction of a bridge across Coleroon river among others. The sum of 7.68 crore will be used for constructing 11 ground-level walls and 24 check dams in Thanjavur, Papanasam, Tiruvidaimaruthur and Pattukottai regions, ` 108 crore for constructing water storage facility across Maruthai River in Perambalur district.

India makes history in the World Boxing Championship

India makes history in the World Boxing Championship in Almaty (Kazakhstan) with five boxers reaching the quarterfinals for the first time. Surnit Sangwan, Vikash Malik, Satish Kumar, Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar are the quarter-finalists.

Nanjappa wins Silver medal in Air Gun championship

In the 6th Asian air gun championship in Tehran, Iran, Prakash Nanjappa wins silver in men’s 50m free pistol.

Wozniacki wins Luxembourg Open title

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki claims Luxembourg Open title after defeating Germany’s Annika Beck.

UK nuclear power station

The UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change says in a press release that the government and the French EDF Group have reached an agreement for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

Rashid Masood becomes the first MP to lose his seat

Congress member of the Rajya Sabha Mr. Rashid Masood becomes the first MP to lose his seat after the Supreme Court struck down a provision in the electoral law that protected a convicted lawmaker from disqualification.

First Indonesian bank in India

First Indonesian bank branch, Bank International Indonesia (BII), opens in India in Mumbai.

India agrees to initiate an exercise for a FTA

India agrees to initiate an exercise for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia to enhance economic ties.

14th Indo-Russia summit

At the end of 14th Indo-Russia summit, both countries release joint statement. The partnership is further extended with Russia giving India access to Glonass, which is Russia’s equivalent to the US Global positioning system. India is the only country which Russia has agreed to give access to.

Funds for Anna University offices & colleges

A sum of 150 crore for developing infrastructure at the Anna University regional offices and constitutent colleges across the state was allotted by Chief Minister According to an official release, 30 crore each would be for construction of buildings at the regional offices in Madurai and Coimbatore. Student hostals are to be constructed at a cost of ` 10 crore each in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli.

Heritate building get ` 11 cr.

The state govt. constituted an expert committee to preserve and restore the National Art Gallery in the museum complex at Egmore. The committee will play a key role in the restoration of the heritage building. Almost a decade after cracks appeared in the structure, the National Art Gallery has received ` 11 crore for restoration.

Anna University leaves publishers high and dry

Book publishers in the city have alleged that Anna University has not paid them for over 5,000 books that it procurred from them during its annual book fair held this August. The books, they say, are lying in the University. This year the exibition featured nearly three lakh titles, mainly an science and technology engineering and allied subjects. About 50 books sellers and publishing houses setup stalls. There was a 20 per cent discount an every book. The dealers said each of them expected to do business worth around ` 50,000 by displaying their collection of books on technology and engineering.

Precise radiation therapy soon at GH

In a boost to cancer care in the city, the Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital  (GH) will soon commission a Linear Accelerator for precise radiation therapy and set up a 15-bed special Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for cancer. The Union govt. has sanctioned ` 4.8 crore under the tertiary cancer care project for the linear accelerator. The linear accelerator was hitterto only available at the Arginar Anna Memorial Cancer Institute and Hospital at Kancheepuram, said doctors.