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.