April, 2014

Cleaning of Cooum to commence in a month’s time

Finally, the blueprint to give Coovum River a facelift is ready to be implemented. Chennai Corporation officials said the work on Integrated Cooum River Eco Restoration plan will start immediately after the new Central Govt. is formed. This means in a month’s time, work on desilting the river front, improving the sewage and storm water drain networks, commence. The project will be rehabilitation of settlers and subsequent land acquisitions will be implemented over five years at a cost of3,833.62 crore. In the first phase, the state govt. has allotted 500 crore for works to be taken up this fiscal Discussions are on among various stakeholders to finalise the aspects to be initiated during the first phase.

Order imposing tax on Nokia set aside

In a major relief for Nokia India Pvt. Ltd. the Madras High Court set aside the Commercial Taxes Department’s order imposing a total tax of 2,400 crore on the company for three assessment years from 2009-10. While remanding the matter back to the CTD for fresh consideration by affording an opportunity of personnel hearing to the company, the court directed the Nokia India to deposit 10 per cent of the total tax demand ( 240 crore) as a pre-condition for reviving the orders of assessment. This sum has to be deposited within eight weeks.

Real Madrid win Champions League Football

Real Madrid beat Bayern Munic to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win in Munich, Germany. With 16 goals so far, Ronaldo has broken the record for the most goals in a European Cup or Champions League season.

India replaces Japan as the third largest economy in 2011

India replaces Japan as the third largest economy in 2011, according to the data released by the International Comparison Programme of the World Bank. The US retains the top spot, followed by China.

Soon, pre-book your autorickshaws top

Soon, you may be able to book an autorickshaw in advance just as you do with call taxis. The facility will be launched by the same organisation that launched the ‘SMS an auto’ facility. The ‘SMS an auto facility’ was introduced on April 10 with over 1,000 autorickshaws affiliated to the All-India Trade Union Congress and other unions. By simply sending a text message to 9944733111, passengers will be picked up from their doorsteps, at an additional cost of just ` 10 above the meter fare. The service is available 24×7. The autorickshaw occupation should be organised like the call services. This will benefit both the drivers and passengers.

Theosophical Society gets new president

Tim Boyd is the new president of the international Theosophical Society head-quarted in Adyar. Mr. Boyd, previously of the Theosophical Society in America, assumed charge as the eighth international president. Mr. Boyd, who lives in Illinois, received a worm reception from members here at a function organised in the city. The society has over 26,00 members spread over 70 countries. Mr. Boyd and Mr. Maithreya were nominated by the international general council for the position. In Chennai, the society has 14 lodges and 1,009 members.

UGC to go the online way to introduce open course

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to implement Massive Open Ontime Courses (MOOCs), its vice Chairman H. Devaraj has said. MOOCs will help students pursue distance education in a big way, he said, adding, “We have lot of e-content and e-patshala available with us with which we will implement the new system”.

Country’s oldest photographic society takes a fresh look

One of the most iconic emblems of photographic history in the world the Photographic Society of Madras refuses to be written off as a fossil of an antiquated era. By organising the first international digital Photography Salon in the city the Society – touted to be the oldest in the world – continues to remain relevant in contemporary times. The salon has on display the award-winning entires of a competition that reportedly received over 1,666 entries from across 22 countries.

World’s first ‘solar’ jet fuel

An EU-funded research project called Solar Jet produces the world’s first ‘solar’ jet fuel from water and carbon dioxide.

Best Coach of the Year

Best Indian Player of the Year Churchil brothers striker Balwant Singh is adjudged the ‘Best Indian Player of the Year’ and Ashley Westwood ‘Best Coach of the Year’ at the Football Players’ Association of India awards function.

Sun Pharma & Ranbaxy merger

The Andhra Pradesh High Court puts Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy merger on hold and issues order to BSE and NSE to maintain status quo on the matter.

President approves dissolution of the AP

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee approves dissolution of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and a fresh proclamation of Central Rule in the State.

European Union puts temporary ban on Indian Alphonso Mangoes

The European union puts temporary ban on Indian Alphonso mangoes and four vegetables from India after 207 consignments are found to be contaminated with pests.

Award for CORE Chennai project unit

The Chennai Project unit of the Central Organisation for Roadway Electrification (CORE) has bagged the shield for the best project in the country for completing track electrification for the highest route kilometeres during 2013-14. The 215 route kilometers commissioned under electric traction by the Chennai unit was the most by any of the ten project units across India.  R.P. Udayakumar, Chief Project Manager, Railway Electrification, Chennai Project Office, was recently presented with the shield by Project Office, was recently presented with the shield by Pradeep Kumar CORE, General Manager at Allahabad.

More Namma toilets for Tambaram soon

In two months time, nine more ‘Namma toilets’ will replace dilapidated and misused, public toilets. The state govt. has sanctioned the facilities in 385 locations across the states, as part of its initiative to provide decent sanitation facilities.

Engg. Seminar provides food for thought

A day-long seminar titled “A better world begins with you” held at IIT-Madras Research Park this post weekend saw a captivated audience comprising second-and third year engg. students. A platform for young engineers, the seminar saw the participation of over 120 students from the top five colleges of the State including Anna University, IIT-Madras and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). The promotion of a culture of quality over the price among customers, the predicament of choosing between researcha nd work experience and careers being determined by individuals or the employer were some of the topics which provoked stimulating discussions.

World’s fastes land animal Mite Paratarsotomus macropalpis

A Southern California mite Paratarsotomus macropalpis set a new record as world’s fastest land animal Cheetah was the last record holder.

Luis Suarez wins EPFA player of the Year Award

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wins England’s Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year award.

1000 old Nataraja idol return to India

The National Gallery of Australia at Canberra forfeits its right to retain the Chola-era 1,000-year old Nataraja, paving the way for an early return of the idol to India.

Transgender turnout is disappointing

While they were given the option of voting under the ‘others’ category, the turnout of the transgender community was rather “disappointing” in polling for the L.S. elections in Tamil Nadu. According to data of CEO, only 12.54% of the 3,341 voters registered under the ‘others’ category exercised their franchise. A number of reasons are cited for the low voting figures. First community members say the number of transgenders in the ‘others’ category is not reflective of the actual strength of the community.

Utilise share autos for feeder services

Share autorickshaws in the city want to plays a bigger role. Drivers and owners have approached the govt. to identify them as feeder services at important public transit locations like the MRTS stations, where the will be provided separate boys and other facilities,  “It will be beneficial for the commuters, especailly those who travel by MRTS’. But the current number of authorised share autos would not be sufficient for feeder services.

Scientists develop an “off switch”

Scientists develop an “off switch” for the brain to effectively shut down neural activity using light pulses.

Maria Sharapova win Porsche Grand Prix title

Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her third straight Porsche Grand Prix title by defeating Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Paralympic swimmier Sharath win 2 Bronze and 1 silver medal

Paralympic swimmer Sharath Gayakwad of India wins two Bronze and one Silver medals at the IDM Berlin 2014.

India grabs his fourth Asian Tour title

Anirban Lahiri of India grabs his fourth Asian Tour title and the first outside India at the CIMB Indonesian Masters golf in Jakarta.

South Korea’s PM resigns

South Korea’s Prime Minister Mr. Chung Hong-Won resigns over the sinking of a passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing.

Prithvi Defence vehicle is test fired

The maiden Prithvi Defence Vehicle is test fired from Wheeler Island, Odisah, meeting all the mission objectives.

41st Chief Justice of India

Justice Mr. Rajendra Mal Lodha is sworn in as the 41st Chief Justice of India by Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

 

Global Indian Award

Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, the founder and executive Chairman of Infosys, is honoured with the 2014 Canada India Foundation Chchalani Global Indian Award in Toronto, Canada.

Netherlands celebrates first ever “King’s Day

The Netherlands celebrates its first-ever “King’s Day” in honour of Willem Alexander.

Adhiban win silver medal in Chess

Grandmaster B. Adhiban of India clinches a Silver medal and also a berth at next year’s World Chess Cup after a draw with Yu of China in the final  round of Asian Continental chess championship at Sharjah, the UAE.

New unity govt. set with Hamas

Palestinian President Mr. Mahmud Abbas says that the new unity government, he is set to head with Hamas’ support, would reject violence and recognise Israel and existing agreements.

Barack Obama arrives four natiour tour

Mr. Barack Obama, who arrives in Kuala Lumpur on a four-nation tour through Asia, becomes the first sitting US President in nearly a half-century to visit Malaysia.

Akash Missile successfully

The Indian Air Force successfully test-fires two ground-to-air Akash missiles, which hit their targets flying 25 km away.

Supreme Court gives verdicts that Muslim women

The Supreme Court gives verdict that Muslim women are entitled to maintenance after divorce.

Voting peaks 73 per cent in Tamil Nadu

A visible surge in voter enthusiasm took the polling percentage to an impressive 73 in Tamil Nadu where all 39 Lok Sabha Constitutencies went to the polls on 24th yesterday polling was brisk and peaceful, barring a few stray incidents of violence. For the bone seat in neighbouring Puducherry, the turnout was also high, at 82.13 per cent.

FDA approves the first alternative to the long-used Pap

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the first alternative to the long-used Pap test as a primary screening method for cervical cancer.

Hindi film Siddharth win Beijing film festival

Indian-Canadian director Mr. Richie Mehta’s Hindi film Siddharth,  is the surprise winner at the Beijing film festival. The film, based on the story of a man’s search for his missing son, was chosen as the ‘Best Film’ by a seven-member jury.

Marshall Islands sues over nuclear race

Marshall Islands sues 9 nations, including China, North Korea, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Britain and the United States, over nuclear race.

Trilateral dialogue on U.S. and Japan issue

The United States and Japan issue a Joint Statement in Tokyo, emphasising the need to strengthen trilateral dialogue with India on a wide range of regional and global issues.

Major fire in New Delhi

A major fire engulfs a sprawling slum cluster as Masoodpur in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, leaving more than 1,000 families homeless and penniless.

Young voters account for 21.91% in the state

Every fifth voter in the states a young voter, meaning that such a voter belongs to the age group of 18 to 29. Of the total number of around 5.5 crore electors, the share of the community of young voters is around 21.91 per cent. In terms of absolute numbers, the strength of the young voters is 1,20,61,942. Of them, first time voters accounting for 15,08,473 constitute 2.74 per cent of the total electors.

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics discovers the the first sex-determining genes

A team from the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics discovers that the first sex-determining genes appeared in mammals some 180 million years ago.

Dato Lee Award 2013

Asian Squash Federation selects Indian Squash player Saurav Ghosal for the Dato Lee Award 2013, for being the outstanding Asian men’s player of the year in 2013.

WLBSA-World Billiards Championship

British Emma Bonney defeats India’s former champion R. Umadevi in the WLBSA-World Billiards Championship final in Leeds, the UK.

Obama urges talk on territorial dispute

The US President, Mr. Barack Obama, vows to defent Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urges Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its ‘dangerous’ nuclear programme.

Web-streaming of polling to ensure transparency

Aiming to ensure greater transparency, the Election Commission will arrange for web-streaming of polling to the public. About 60,817 polling stations will function in the state for the L.S. elections and the Alandur Assembly by-election, and 17,684 will be covered with web-streaming on polling day (April 24). To ensure continuous participation of people in the elections, the live streaming in these stations will also be made available for public viewing.

Kumbakonam fire-order appointing panel upheld

Nearly a decade after the school fire at Kumbakonam, which claimed the lives of 94 children, the Madras High Court uphold a single judge’s interim order, appointing a former High Court judge to go into the issue of payment of compensation to the families. Fourteen children were injured in the fire. The tragedy occured at the Shri Krishna (aided) Primary School on July 16, 2004.

T.N. clocks highest increase in voters in five years

Tamil Nadu has achieved the highest rate of increase in the number of electors in the country in the past five years. The states electrate has grown by 29.15%. In 2009, it was 4.16 crore. As per the electoral data released early this year, the total number went up to around 5.37 crore. In fact, after the latest round of inclusion of eligible electors, the strength has risen by 12.90 lakh, taking the tally to 5,50,42,876. Tamil Nadu’s rate of growth is more than double that of the country. The rate is 13.61% nationwide. Between 2009 and 2014, the country’s electorate went up from 71.7 crore to nearly 81.5 crore. In absolute numbers, Tamil Nadu’s strength of electors has grown by 1,21,32,222 next only to the highest of 1,83,44,923 recorded by Uttar Pradesh. But the rate of U.P. is 15.81%

Asian wrestling championship

Pooja Dhanda bags a Bronze medal in the women’s 58 kg class on the opening day of the Asian wrestling championship at Astana, Kazakhstan.

12 Years a Slave film win Oscar Award

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is named People’s  ‘most beautiful woman’, Lupita won Oscar for her portrayal of slave girl in 12 Years a Slave.

Portable digital devices

The DGCA allows the use of portable digital devices on aircraft in all phases of flight, except in-flight or airplane mode.

First India Ambassador to ASEAN

Mr. Suresh Kumar Reddy is appointed as the first India Ambassador to ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other East Asia Summit.

Scientists discover new mineral – Putnisite in Western Australia

Scientists discover new mineral – Putnisite – in Western Australia that is unique in structure and composition among the world’s 4,000 known mineral species.

Chitra Magimairaj win WLBSA world ladies snooker championships

India’s Chitra Magimairaj defeats Alena Asmolova of Belarus to win the seniors’ (40 and above) title at the WLBSA world ladies snooker championship in Leeds, England.

Neena breaks her own national record in 5000 race walk

Kerala K.T. Neena breaks her own national record in the girls’ 5,000m race walk by more than half a minute at the 11th National youth athletics championship in Bambolin, Goa.

Asia-Pacific navies including India and 21 other countries adopt an agreement

Asia-Pacific navies, including India and 21 other countries, adopt an agreement aimed at ensuring that miscommunication between naval vessels does not develop into conflict in the Pacific Ocean during the biennial conference of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in China.

Metro trial run to extend to Alandur

Starting next month, Chennai Metro Rail’s trial runs from Koyambedu will go right up to Alandur. This stretch is expected to be thrown open to the public in the next six months. Until now, the trial runs were taking place between Koyambedu and Ashok Nagar. Once the trial runs on the nearly 10 km. elevated stretch from Koyambedu to Alandur are completed satisfactorily, the authorities will move in for safety clearances.

SC lifts ban an iron mining in Goa

The Supreme Court lifts the two-year old iron mining ban on Goa, but puts an annual cap of 20 million tonnes on excavation.

First woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court

Justice Ms. Gorla Rohini takes oath as the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

Digital devices to monitor water levels

Digital devices are being installed at city reservoirs and various water distribution points to keep a tab on water levels through a centralised online network. Using the electronic data acquisition equipment and matrix display system, Chennai Metrowater will be able to monitor the entire process from the sourcing point to the distribution of drinking water to residents, round-the-clock.

Wawrinka wins Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka beats Roger Federer to win the Monte Caro Rolex Masters for the first time in a rare all Swiss final.

Joshna Chinnappa clinches her ningth WSA World Tour title

India’s Joshna Chinappa clinches her ninth WSA World Tour title of her career, defeating Rachael Grinham of Australia in the final of the Richmond squash Open in Virginia, the US.

BCCI appoints a three-member panel

The BCCI appoints a three-member panel to probe into the allegations of betting and spot-fixing during the sixth edition of IPL. The panellists are Mr. Jai Narayan Patel, Mr. R.K. Raghavan and Mr. Ravi Shastri.

International naval demonstration

Indian warship INS Shivalik sails to China’s Qingdao port for a multination naval show to mark the 65th anniversary celebrations of the PLA Navy, due to start on April 23rd. This is the first-time that navies of India and Pakistan are jointly participating in an international naval demonstration in a third country.

First time researchers produce human stem cells

For the first time, researchers produce human stem cells from early-stage embryos cloned from a man’s skin cells using the same cloning technique used to produce Dolly the sheep.

M.S. Subbulakshmi Award 2014

Mathangi Sathyamurthy, Karnataka musician, is selected for M.S. Subbulakshmi Award 2014.

Rajendra Singh, named Champion by White House, US

Indian-American professor, Mr. Rajendra Singh is named as one of ten solar Champions of change by the White House, the US.

Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to India

Acting President Mr. Oleksandr Turchynov of Ukraine unveils reform road map with the provision of elected councils for regions and rights for Russian speakers.

Four sub-stations to boost Chennai power supply

Chennai will receive more electricity in a few years with four high-capacity sub-stations being planned in the city. Now, the city and its neighbouring areas account for 3,000 MW, equivalent to one-fourth of the State’s average demand of 12,000 MW. The figure is likely to go up in the coming years. These substations, to be setup at Korattur, Manali, Sholinganallur and Guindy, will form part of the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JKA)- aided project.

Shanta among six honoured

The launch of the Nallore Virudhu awards function at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium in Mylapore saw six eminent personalities being felicitated for their outstanding contributions to society. V. Shanta, Chairperson of cancer Institute, was given the lifetime achievement award for her tireless work  in providing care for cancer patients and researching on the prevention and cure of the disease.

83 years of electric suburban rail

This April, the city’s suburban railways as we know it, turns 83. On April 2, 1931, the first electrically-operated railway service between Madras Beach and Tambaram was launched by Sir George Fredrick Stanley, the then governor of Madras. The newly-inaugurated rail road happened to be electrified in the country. It was only a month after the official inauguration that the service was opened to the public on May 11, 1931.

New planet, Kepler-186f

A new planet, Kepler-186f, is discovered using NASA’s kepler telescope. The Planet, dubbed as the Earth’s twin, is habitable with its own atmosphere and solid surface where liquid water and possibly life can exist.

ATP Monte Carlo Masters Tennis

Claiming his first victory over his compatriot Rafael Nadal in 10 years, David Ferrer of Spain ends Nadal’s 30-match winning streak on clay in the ATP Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals.

Algeria President win 4th term

Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins 4th term as the President of Algeria, garnering 81.53 percent of the votes.

Delhi police launched new helpline number

The toll-free helpline number 1064 is launched for complaints regarding Delhi Police officials.

UNESCO puts 15 additional sites

On World Heritage Day, the UNESCO puts 15 additional sites located in India in its tentative list of world heritage sites.

Balu Mahendra memorists loom over national awards

Master filmmaker Balu Mahendra who died recently, left his indelible mark on the 61st Nationla Film Awards. Not only did his last film, “Thalaimuraigal”, win the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, his student Ramu’s second future film, ‘Thanga Meengal’, was named the Best Tamil Film. The movie also won the best child artist award for Sadhana and the best lyricist award for Muthukumar.

Oldest ancestor of land-dwelling herbivores

Paleontologists unearth the oldest ancestor of land-dwelling herbivores with the discovery of a 300-million-year-old skeleton of the animal, called Eocasea martini.

Randstad Awards 2014

Microsoft is adjudged the most attractive employer in India, followed by Sony India.

Colombia Nobel winner dies

Legendary Nobel-winning Colombian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, dies at the age of 87. His works, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera are widely acclaimed.

Russia, US, EU and Ukraine agree on an accord to resolve the crisis in Ukraine

Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine agree on an accord to resolve the crisis in Ukraine through a constitutional reform that would grant more powers to Russian-speaking regions.

New Chief of the Naval Staff

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) clears the appointment of Vice Admiral Robin K. Dhowan as the new Chief of the Naval Staff.

‘Waterless urinal technology’

IIT-Delhi unveils the ‘waterless urinal technology’, which requires no flush, no water and no power.

61st National Film Awards

In the 61st National Film Awards,  ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ wins best popular film award and ‘Ship of Theseus’ as best feature film. Rajkumar Rao and Suraj Venjararnoodu are selected for best actor category and Geetanjali Thapa for best actress.

Canada stops funding to Sri Lanka

Canada announces suspending its funding to Commonwealth over the Secretariat’s silence on alleged war crimes and rights abuse in Sri Lanka.

Another first at Omandurar GH

The newly-installed bi-plane neurovascular catheterisation lab at the Govt. Multi-Speciality Hospital in Omandurar performed its first interventional procedure. The lab, which is the first one in the govt. sector in the state, paves way for keyhole invasive procedures from head to foot. “If a person has any vascular abnormality in the brain, like aneurysm, fistula or vascular brain tumours, we can perform the procedure without opening the brain. We can also operate on patients with acute stroke for removal of blood clots. The procedure is done through a small nick on the skin, like a keyhole surgery”.

Another milestone for Ilaiyaraja

A musical journey that began in 1976 with ‘Annakili’ is all set to reach a milestone, 38 years later. Music Director Ilaiyaraja will soon be composing music for his 1000th film, ‘Thaara Thappattai”. The films director Bala revealed this recently, much to the delight of the maestro’s fans who assembled at Thamukkam grounds in Madurai. The event-launch of the official Ilayaraja fan club-was telecost by a Tamil entertainment Channel on Tamil New Year Day.

Small buses bring cheer

The new small bus routes introduced some months ago have brought cheer to suburban commuters, who have thus far been dependent on autorickshaws to reach their destinations. In the southern suburbs, some of the bus routes introduced in the second phase include. S6 (Tambaram West) and S7 (Pallavaram-Pammal VOC Nagar). President of Chitalapakkam Muthulakshmi Nagar Welfare Association, L. Sundara-raman said, “We are happy that one more bus is available to go to Tambaram via Sanatorium, covering many parts of Chitlapakkam and I hope in future, the MTC will ply more small buses from Chitlapakkam tank.

RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviours in later generations

A study shows that stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviours in later generations.

ICC test team ranking

India is ranked third, South Africa first and Australia second in the ICC Test team rankings in the April 1, 2014 cut-off date.

Uninterrupted leave for woman staff

The Supreme Court rules that a Central Government woman staff can get uninterrupted leave for two years for child care.

Supreme Court recognises ‘transgenders’

The Supreme Court recognises ‘transgender’ as the third category of sex. It also recognises transgenders as socially and economically backward and entitled to job and education quota.

The best weekend gataway

In a congested city like Chennai a whiffof fresh air is something that residents long for. Parks have been providing that much needed lung space for residents of crowded localities, and many of them have turned into weekend hangouts for families. Several parks across the city have been drawing huge crowds-both young and old-during weekends. It is at parks that children get a chance to own around and play, say parents while they sit on the banches or lawns and keep an eye on them. Equipments such as sliding boards, swings and see-saws are a big hit among civilion.

INS Vagli reaches Mamallapuram

Visitors to Mamallapuram, the historic coasted town 60 km. from Chennai, have a new sight to be hold in the past few days, besides the world famous shore temple. It is the decommissioned submarine INS Vagli that is being readied to mounted on a specially constructed stage on the southern side of the temple. Over the next few days, the project will gather pace. The submarine will be mounted on the platform using  air ballons that will have the vessel on to makeshift track and set it up 200 metres from the shore.

Artificial blood made from human stem cells

In a ground-breaking trial, UK-based researchers test artificial blood made from human stem cells in patients for the first time.

Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 win Baroda

Baroda defeat Uttar Pradesh by 3 runs to win the Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 final in Mumbai.

Submarine for Malaysian plane

Bluefin 21 – a robotic submarine – is launched to solve the mystery of the disappeared Malaysian plane MH370.

Sixth round of India-China Strategic Dialouge

The sixth round of India-China Strategic Dialogue is held at Beijing between Foreign Secretary ms. Sujatha Singh and Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Mr. Liu Zhenmin.

Honour for Girisb Karnad

One of the greatest regrets that playwright, actor and film-maker Girish Karnad has is not learning Tamil. “I lived Madras for seven years, I had friends but I never learnt Tamil because of which I think I have lost a lot of richness in my life”, he said. Mr. Karna to receive the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha’s Nataka Choodamani award.