February, 2014

Country’s first post office ATM opened

Union Finance Minister P. Chidamabram inaugurated the country’s first post office savings bank ATM at the Head Post Office in T. Nagar. The ATM was part of an IT modernisation project of the Department of Posts. He said a total of ` 4909 crore. had been allotted for the modernisation in the interim budget. “the launching of the ATM was a step towards making the department completely technology oriented one”, he said adding that the core Banking solutions (CBS) scheme would benefit as much as 1,55,000 post offices. The ATM world run on a trial basis for six months.

C.M. kick starts work on Super-critical power plant

Work on the state’s first super-critical thermal power plant of 660 megawatt (MW) to be set up on the premises of the Ennore Thermal Power Station (ETPS), was formally inaugurated by Chief Minister.  Estimated to cost of ` 4,956 crore, the power plant is expected to be commissioned in 42 months. It is called super critical as its technology is associated with better heat rate, less coal firing, less CO2 emission and more environment – friendly functions when compared to conventional plants using sub-critical technology.

Japan launches a a powerful next generation satellite

Japan launches a powerful next-generation weather satellite from Japanese space port at Tanegashima Island. The four-tonne spacecraft is jointly developed by the US and Japan.

Gandhi Peace Prize 2013

Well known Chipko pioneer and an eminent Gandhian, Mr. Chandi Prasad Bhatt is awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize 2013.

World’s biggest bitcoin exchange

World’s biggest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Cox, files for bankruptcy, saying it lost all its virtual coins due to hacking, Meanwhile, Vietnam bans bitcoin, declaring it a non-legal tender.

AP Assembly suspended

The Union Cabinet recommends imposing President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh while keeping the Assembly in suspended animation.

Work days raises MGNREGA

The Union Cabinet raises number of workdays under MGNREGA from 100 to 150. This will benefit more than 14 lakh families in the country.

New UK visa centre to make process easier

The UK visa Application centre of VFS Global in the city has moved to new premises that are bigger and promise applicants better services. The shift to the new premises, on the 2nd floor of Fagun Towers, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, comes in the backdrop of an increase by five per cent in the number of UK vises issued in India last year as compared to 2012.

Bonus marks for three doctors who served in remote areas

The Madras High Court has directed the Directorate of Medical Education to grant bonus marks to three doctors for their service in remote/difficult areas and publish the rank list accordingly for admission to post-graduate degree/diploma courses.

Ennore port renamed after Kamaraj

The third major port in Tamil Nadu at Ennore, has been renamed Kamarajar Port Ltd. The decision, which came a few days ago in the form of Union Cabinet approval, was formalised with Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan, unveiling a plaque at a function. With this Tamil Nadu has an airport in Chennai, and a seaport named after the legendary congress leader and former Chief Minister K. Kamaraj.