December, 2013

Vivekananda Ratham comes to Chennai

A golden coloured chariot that passed by the busy Kamarajar Salai attracted a lot of attention. A large number of school and college students and degnitaries gathered near Gandhi statue, the Marina Beach, to pay tribute to the Swami vivekananda Ratham that entered the city. Visitors to the Marina Beach also joined in as the chariot that had visited places across the state entered Chennai. Organised jointly by Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Gandhi peace foundation and Gandhi Integral Forum Trust, the event aimed to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Vivekananda and take his teachings to the people.

C.M. flags off 414 bus services

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa flagged off 414 bus services on 30th Dec. As part of the presentation of cheques for about 154 crores to 5,151 pensioners of the govt-run-transport corporations, towards terminal benefits, she honoured over cheque to from pensioners. She also declared open buildings of the Institute of Road and Transport Technology in Erode which were constructed at a cost of about 2.37 crore.

State Improves on cadaver donation

Tamil Nadu the acknowledged leader of cadaver transplant programme in the country, manages to find inspiration from patients  to mark new milestones every year. In 2013, the programme bettered its own post record substantially, establishing stronger networks and facilitating more cadaver transplant surgeries than ever before. In fact, there has been a 55 per cent increase in the number of deceased donors this year, compared to 2012. In 2012, there were 83 donors, while this year, the number climed to 129 donors, benefiting 385 patients.

Free CFLs for slum dwellers

Seven lakh slum dwellers are to get compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) free of cost in a few months. This will be in the initial phase of implementation of the scheme of free distribution of  CFLs. In the state, there are 14.62 lakh huts with power connections. The scheme has been designed to cover all the huts. Estimated to cost ` 8.77 crore, the measure envisages supply of a 9-watt CFL to each slum-dweller. About 40 megawatt (MW) of power would be saved.

Chennai city gets 10 new water supply projects

The Central Government has approved a proposal for 10 new water supply projects for Chennai City. The proposal includes water supply schemes for Pallikaranai, Chinnasekkadu, Puzhal, Sivapetu, Puthagaram, Kathirvedu, Vadaperum-bakkam, Theeyambakkam, Edyanchavadi, Sadayankuppam, Kadapakkam, Palavakkam, Mugalivakkam, Manali, Kathivakkam and Perungudi. The project have been sanctioned at an approved cost of ` 27,114 lakh and the centre will contribute 35 per cent towards the total cost.

Anna Arivalayam property tax to be reassessed

Chennai Corporation has reportedly identified underassement of property tax for the premises of Anna Arivalayam , the headquarters of DMK. As part of an initiative to reassess property tax for the buildings on the premises, revenue department officials carried out a field verification of the area of the main building, dispansary, studio and Kalaignar Arangam. The Corporation has also asked zonal assistant revenue officers to reassess property tax for similar buildings than measure more than 10,000 sq.ft. “At least 400 buildings in every zone are more than 10,000 sq.ft. Such buildings will be screened for reassessment”, said an official of the corporation.

Aadhaar enrolment drive extended by a month

The enrolment drive for Aadhaar numbers, scheduled to be completed today, has been extended by a month. This follows the request of the state govt. for extending the deadline, a senior official of the census operation says, adding that at the end of January, the position will be revivewed for any further extension.

Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honours List for the Year 2014

Fifteen Indian-origin persons, including educationist Ms. Asha Khemka, are named in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honours List for the Year 2014. Ms. Khemka has been named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for ther service to the deprived areas of the West Midlands.

First woman judge in Pakistan

Ms. Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan is appointed as the first woman judge of a federal sharia court in Pakistan.

Arup Raha takes over as the 24th Chief of the IAF

Arup Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, takes over as the 24th Chief of the Indian Air Force, succeeding Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne.