May, 2014

Speech of Tagore recorded on a shellac disc

A treasured 1921 speech of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, recorded on a shellac disc, is preserved in a sound archive at Berlin’s Humboldt University in Germany.

Peter Mutharika is sworn in as President of Malawi

Mr. Peter Mutharika is sworn in as President of Malawi. He won the presidential election of Malawi by defeating previous President Ms. Joyce Banda.

“Abolition” of all GoMs and EGoMs

Heralding a new trend, the Narendra Modi government announces the “abolition” of all Groups of Ministers (GoMs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs). During UPA-II, 27 GoMs and 24 EGoMs were formed.

Screening camp educates over 100 expectant mothers

It was a day out for expectant mothers even as they got an opportunity to get themselves screened at the block Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kelambakkam. Staff of the Saidapet Health Unit Division (HUD), especially the village health nurses, brought 109 pregnant women, who are expecting their babies in one or two months from now, for a screening comp and food mela, recently.

Martyred officer gets Rotary award

Major Mukund Varadharajan the martyred Army Officer heiling from the city was awarded the Rotary’s ‘For the sake of Hanour’ award. The award honoured for his great intelligence and presence of mind even under adverse circumstances by moving the civilian population to safety from the danger zone. His bravery, will power and determination to kill the militants, despite the fact that he was critically injured, bears testimony to his patriotism, vigour and valour.

City hospital to network with SAARC nations

A city hospital will connect with medical students in various SAARC countries through a line demonstration of laparoscopic hernia and bariatric surgeries on May 31. Lifeline Rigid Hospitals will conduct the online surgical classes for Universities and Hospitals in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Oman. At least 80 to 100 students-in final year MBBS and MS – assistant professors and surgeons are expected to participate at each of these centres. This is part of the department of science and technology’s initiative to showcase Indian talent, such online classes will be held once a month from now.

Indian-Americans win Scripps National Spelling Bee

Two Indian-Americans – Mr. Sriram J, Hathwar and Mr. Ansun Sujoe – script history by becoming co-champions of the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.

US Air Force deploys long-distance surveilance

Intending to demonstrate its commitment to security in Asia and enhancing its ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations, the US Air Force deploys two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones in a northern Japan base.

Fierce dust storm damaged in Delhi

A fierce dust storm with wind gust of nearly 100 kmph ravages Delhi and adjoining areas, leaving about 9 people dead, more than 350 trees uprooted and about 3 aircraft damaged.

95 lakh card-holders to get freebies

Minister for Information and Special Schemes Implementation K.T. Rajendra Balaji said the remaining 95 lakh family card holders would set freebies in every district, the requirement, service centres, facilities for loading the stock andarrangements for speedy distribution Chief Minister had announced that 1.85 crore family card-holders under the Public Distribution System with rice as eligibility would get freebies.