January, 2014

SC declines to review on unnatural sex illegal

Holding homosexuality or unnatural sex illegal, Supreme Court declines to review its December 11, 2013 judgement.

Fast patrol ship joins eastern fleet of coast guard

Abheek, a fast patrol vessel, joined the eastern fleet of the Coast Guard. The ship, equipped with sophisticated navigational and communication  seniors can be propelled to a speed of around 33 knots. Absheek could undertake surveillance, interdiction, rescue and medical evacuation. The ship will be based in Chennai, will be manned by five officers and 34 men.

Padma Shri for BARC Director

Sekhar Basu, Director of Bhabha Automic Research Centre and Chief Executive of the Nuclear Recycle Board, has been conferred the Padma Shri award. Dr. Basu has headed the BARC facilities in Kalpakkam since 1988, and is one of the architects of the 80 MW compact pressurised water reaction that will power Architects,the country’s nuclear-powered submarine. He was also given the responsibility of the nuclear recycle programme and constructed  reprocessing and waste management plants in Tarapur and Kalpakkam. He has a number of publications to his credit. He is now working on expansion programmes in the food and health sector of BARC, and is also involved in an international fusion reactor programme, ITER, France.

Makeover for roads near padestrian plaza

Roads around the proposed pedestrian plaza in T. Nagar will get a makeover with traffic and junction improvement works, Chennai Corporation has floated tenders foo traffic improvement works around the proposed facility. The change will facilitate optimium use of the proposed padestrian plaza covering 1400 metres of Thyagaraya Road from Bashyam Road near Panagal Park to Anna Salai. The proposal includes development of the stretch as a busy intersection of art commerce with animated and illuminated signs.

CMRL ends deal with contractor for stations

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. terminated its contract with Consolidated Construction Consortium Ltd. (CCCL). CCCL was responsible for the construction of stations including Koyambedu, CMBT, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Ashok Nagar, Ekkattuthangal, Alandur and St. Thomas Mount. Thus, a further delay in the trial run and operations is likely, according to CMRL officials. Construction of these station has suffered constant delays and stands incomplete now. The project was estimated to cost ` 14,600 crore. CMRL had sent two show cause notices to CCCL this month regarding the delay in the progress of work. But, the response by the company had not been satifactory, loading to the termination of the contract, a CMRL official said. Tenders will be called for shortly and the contract will be handedover to other successful bidders by Feb. end.

Insurance scheme extended to Lankan refugees

The Chief Minister’s comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme has been extended to those Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who are living outside  camps maintained by the state govt. Already, those living in the camps had been covered under the scheme. This would benefit 34,826 persons, who have registered thamselves with the local police stations as refugees. A direction to extend the scheme to them had been issued by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, according to an official release issued.

CM’s special award for Erode former

An Erode-based farmer, who received the CM’s special award for occomplishing the highest yield in the state, made a strong case against converting traditional irrigation canals into concrete structures. Lining of the canals will prevent groundwater from getting replenished. Concrete bunds also block seepage of water into fields. Had seepage of water been allowed one could achieve higher yield’s said N. Paramasivam, who received the award from Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The award included 5 lakh in cash and a medal worth 3,500 Mr. Paramasivam, from Nasiyanur in Erode produced 6,119 kg. of paddy per acre by adopting the system of rice intentification (SRI) cultivation method. He used BPT-5204 paddy seeds, known as ‘Samba masuri’, from the Erode block agricultural extension centre.

56th Annual Grammy Awards

In the 56th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Daft Punk wins five prizes, including Album of the Year.

Tunisia’s leaders sign the new constitution

Tunisia’s leaders sign the new constitution, a historic document seen as one of the most modern in the Arab world.

International probe into war crime

Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council passes a resolution calling for an international probe into the war crimes allegedly committed during country’s civil war.