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.

Jayalalithaa disburses aid to labour wing members

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa disbursed ` 53 lakh to 106 indigent members of the Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai (ATP), the Party’s labour union. This was in continuation of the practise of aiding the indigent members of the ATP, coinciding with the May Day celebrations. The election schedule delayed this year’s disbursal.

CMRL to pitch MTC feeder services at stations

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. (CMRL) will soar send a letter to the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) requesting them to make necessary arrangements for providing small buses a feeder services for its stations. This will enable passengers to hop onto a small bus operated by the MTC after exiting a CMRL stations. This buses will be operated near all the 32 Metro Rail stations and cover a five kilometre radius, said CMRL sources. The frequency of Metro Rail is expected to be one in five ministers during peak hours and one in 15 minutes during lean hours. So the number of small buses should be increased.

4-day Dutch film fest. begin in city

The city’s film cannoisseurs have much to be excited about this week. The Netherlands film festival is back this year offering movie buffs a window into the Dutch way of life through its Cinema, Boosting on electic state of 11 films, including shorts and features, the festival that was inaugurated, at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture will go on till the end of the month.

ICF to make more Germen-tech coaches

Production of Links Hofman Busch (LHB) Coaches, manufactured with German assistance, will increased at Integral Coach Factory in the coming years. The Caoches are used on the double-decker express train between Chennai and Bangalore, and in the future, they will be seen in other long-distance trains too. Last financial year, the 59 year-old factory rolled out 25 coaches. ICF set a target of 100 LHB coaches for the current financial year and 300 for 2015-16.

Mauryan period ring well unearthed

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) unearths a ring well 4.4 metres below the earth in Purana Quila. The well with a 70-centimetre diameter, is a characteristic of Mauryan period.

First Indian to get Harvard Medal

Mahindra Group Chairman Mr. Anand G. Mahindra becomes the first Indian to receive the prestigious Harvard Medal. He was chosen for this award for his dedication, generosity and service to the university.

Vyas Samman for the year 2013

Eminent Hindi writer Mr. Vishwanath Tripathi is awarded with the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2013 for his work Vyomkesh Darvesh.

Egypt’s first freely elected leader

Mr. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the General who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, wins the Presidential election with a landlide 93.3 percent of votes.

RIL announces going to take control of Network 18

Reliance Industries Ltd. announces that it is going to take control of Network 18, including CNN-IBN, IBN7, CNBC-TV18. This is going to be biggest-ever deal in the Indian media space.

External Affairs Minister holds telephonic discussion with US Secretary of State

External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj holds telephonic discussion with US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry on the two countries’ shared commitment to boost trade and economic ties to $500 billion.

IFA appoints Rakesh Kapur as Chairman.

Rakesh Kapur has been elected as the Chairman of the International Fertilizer Association at the recent IFA’s Annual Conference held in Marrakech, Morocco. He is the third Indian to hold this position in IFA’s 90 years’ history. IFA is the global Fertilizer Association having about 500 Members Worldwide representing 68 countries. IFA has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture.

Next host of Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in 2016 in China

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announces Chinese city of Kunshan as the next host of Thomas Cup and Uber Cup in 2016.

German Chancellor tops the Forbes annual list of fourth year in a row

German Chancellor, Ms. Angela Merkel tops the Forbes annual list of Most Powerful Women 2014 in the world for the fourth year in a row.

Maya Angelou passes away

The memorist, poet and author of the landmark book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (86), passes away in North Carolina.

Nripendra Mishra is appointed Principal Secretary to PM

Retired IAS officer and former chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Mr. Nripendra Mishra is appointed Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Mr. Narendray Modi.

G.I. status sought for Thirubuwanam silk saris

The Department of Handlooms and Textiles has applied for Geographical Indicator (G1) status for Thirubuvanam silk saries. The application was submitted to the Registry of Geographical Indication by the department on behalf of Thirubuvanam Silk Handloom Weavers Co-operative Production and sale Societ Limited (THICO Silks). Thirubuvanam is a town located near Kumbakonam.

Wind energy sector scheme to attract investment

The Indian Wind Power Association, representing wind power investors and generators, has appealed to the Union Govt. to reinstate the accelerated depreciation scheme, which has not been implemented for the last two years. The scheme was available for wind Energy from 1992 to 2012 and did not require budgetary allocation. Even now, it was available for reinvestments in other sources of renewable energy. About 80 per cent of the investment in renewable energy was set off in Income Tax in the first three years.  In 2011-12, the wind energy sector attracted investments to the tune of ` 19,000 crore and 3,200 MW was commissioned.

A lone MoS from Tamil Nadu in Modi Ministry

For the first time in 18 years, Tamil Ndu will not have a cabinet rank Minister at the centre. It has to be content with a single ministerial berth. BJP State President Pon. Radhakrishnan, elected from Kanyakumari, has been accommodated as a Minister of State (MoS). Though another Minister of State (Independent charge) Nirmala Sitharaman has her roots in Tamil Nadu, is likely to be elected to the R.S. from some other state. The hopes of Anbumani Ramados of the PMK, the only ally of the BJP that could win a seat, becaming a Minister were dashed.

Forms for health insurance

The ‘new health insurance’ for pensioners, including spouse/family pensioners, is to be implemented with effect from July 1, 2014, a press release said. The forms will be issued to the pensioner/family pensioner by the pension pay office / treasury / public sector bank at the time of mustering. The filled-in forms with photographs and proof of date of birth of spouse may be given to the pension pay office/treasury/public sector bank either in person or through messenger before  June 30, 2014. The pensioners / family pensoners shall take a copy of the filled-in forms and get an attestation from the pension dirbursing officer concerned. The forms can also be downloaded from the websites www.tn.gov.in or www.karuvoolam.in

24 hour weekly club foot clinic opens at GH

The city has got its second club foot clinic for treatment of the congenital deformity at Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Gen. Hospital (GH). This weekly outpatient clinic will function round-the-clock on Tuesdays. A clinic is already functioning at Institute of child Health, Egmore. The clinics have also been set up at the govt. hospitals in Thanjavur, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vellore and Dharmapuri. Two more will come up soon at the govt. hospitals in Nagercoil and Tuticorin.

Indian scientists sequenced human genome

Thirteen years after the human genome was sequenced, a group of Indian scientists working in Bengaluru, along with their US counterparts map over 17,000 proteins in 30 organs of the human body for the first time in world.

New look Ayodhya Nagar in 2 years

Tamil Nadu Slum Clerance Board has commerced demolition of dilapidisted tenaments at Ayodhya Nagar (earlier Ayodhya Kuppam), among the first ever slum rehabilitation projects in Chennai, launched in the early 1970’s. All the 704-tenaments housed in 42 multi-storeyed blocks will be demolished and new ones built in their place and handed over to occupants in two years. Demolition Commenced and by Sunday evening, two blocks were razed down. This is part of a massive state-wide project to reconstruct dilapitated tenements that are 3 or 4 decades old.

New terminal still months away from full operations

The arrivals hall at Chennai airport’s new international terminal is yet to be commissioned. The reasons quoted for the delay vary from lack of manpower to delays in construction of a baggage ramp. Seventeen months after the inauguration of the new facility while the domestic terminal is used for bolt departures and arrivals, the international terminal is used for departures.

Sworn youngest and fifth Prime Minister of Libia

Mr. Ahmed Maiteeq (42) is sworn  in as the youngest and fifth Prime Minister of Libya.

12 VVIP helicopters to Italy

The Defence Ministry scores a major legal victory against Agusta Westland in Italy and will be able to recover 1,927 crore of the 2,380 crore it had paid to the firm for the supply of 12 VVIP helicopters.

Narendra Modi is sworn in as the 15th PM

Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi is sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India, along with 44 members of his Council of Ministers, in one of the greatest event held in Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by over 5,000 guests, including heads/representatives of SAARC nations.

Excavation in Pulicat Fort area

Encouraged by the initial findings during trial trenches in the Fort area at Pulicat, month of the city, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has planned a detailed excavation in other parts of the mound, hoping to untravel the antiquarian origins of the site. The ASI has written to the Tamil Nadu Govt. for acquiring 11 acres or lease as no archaeological excavation has so far been done in this area. “The aim is to study the cultural sequence of the site and identify the beyout of Fort Geldira and its remains.

National Art Gallery building all set for restoration

The much-awaited restoration of the 105-year-old National Art Gallery (NAG) building, Chennai is likely to begin soon with the museum authorities handing over the building to the public works department (PWD) for restoration. The PWD will float bids for the project, which is expected to cost ` 11 crore. The project has to be carried out and carefully, considering the heritage value of the structure. An exhaustive analysis of the condition of the building has been executed by experts, who have also recommended the sequence of activities to be carried out.

Tourists forge ahead with travel plans to Thailand

India’s favourite tourist destination may be under martial law, but travel agents in the city say there haven’t been a significant number of cancellations to Thailand. “This year many people postponed their summer vocations due to the elections, but in the last 10 days we have had a large number of bookings to Thailand”.

Now, dial priest for the pooja at home

Pizzas and call taxis aren’t the only things that you can order over the phone and get delivered at your doorstep now-priests too are just a call away. Gana are the days when one had to scout temples or consult friends for getting a priest to perform rituals at home. An organisation called Astro Ved offers the services of a priest through the website www.priestservices.com. People can also dial a priest by calling their customer care nos. 9500095649 / 9600007573 / 9677299388. The service is priced from 500 to 22,000 and above.  “The cost varies according to the venue of the pooja”.

Japan wins Thomas Cup

Japan becomes only the fourth nation to lift the coveted Thomas Cup after they defeat five-time champions Malaysia in the epic final in New Delhi.

Nico Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg of Germany outruns Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to win the showcase Monaco Grand Prix for the second year in a row.

US President surprise visit to Bagram Air Base

Mr. Barack Obama, the US President, makes a surprise visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Hindustan Motor halts the production

Hindustan Motors halts the production of India’s iconic car, Ambassador. It was the first car to be made in India.

Youngest girl in the world to scale Mt. Everest

Malavath Poorna from Nizamabad district in Andhra Pradesh becomes the youngest girl (13) in the world to scale Mt. Everest.

Tamil Nadu preferred place for Chinese investments

Tamil Nadu is a preferred destination for chinese investments as it has good government and infrastructure, and is known for its industrial friendly climate, according to China’s Ambassador to India Wei Wei. Mr. Wei said there were about 600 Chinese students in the state, and 3,000 in India. “2014 is a frinedly exchange year between India and China”. Mr. Rosaiah said Tamil Nadu was a front-ranking state, the second largest contributor to India’s GDP, an IT and automobile hub and a tourist destinction. The Ambassador’s visit would further strengthen the bilateral ties and promote trade between the two countries and with Tamil Nadu, he said.

Tamil Nadu top in manufacturing sector

A study of the Union Planning Commission on the status of the business regulatory environment for the manufacturing sector has ranked Tamil Nadu one among top nine states. The study, covering 28 states during Sept. 2013 to Jan. 2014, was concluded in the context of the Planninc Commission’s identification of improvement of the business regulatory environment as a key factor for achieving growth in the manufacturing sector. In the economy of Tamil Nadu the share of the secondary sector is 30.24%, of which share of manufacturing is 20.74 per cent, says the State Planing Commission.

59 prisoners clear exams

Fifty-nine prisoners passed the SSLC examinations, the results of which were declared on May 23. The Trichi Central Prison was the second centre, after the Central Jail at Puzhal in Chennai, for the eligible prisoners to sit the examinations.

Disabled students notch up impressive totals look ahead

She’s just about 14, but Halima Afrose knows what she wants to be the United Nation’s Secretary General. May 23 was a big day for her with a score of 485/500 she had topped the Little Flower Convent’s blind school. Most city schools for the visually and hearing-impaired reported a 100 per cent pass rate, with toppers scoring well above 400 in many.

It’s Raining Ranks

Chennai may not have made it to the top five districts in terms of ranking, but it not only cornered 28 of the whopping 465 official three State ranks in the SSLC Class X examination, but also had a student scoring a centum in all the subjects. It was not just private schools, but also govt. schools which came out with a strong showing this year. Continuing with lost year’s trend, the third year since Samacheer Kalvi was introduced, it was raining State ranks and centums and academicians warned that it is increasingly becoming crowded at the top. This year while the number of centums in mathematics went down from 29,905 in 2013 to 18,682 in 2014, the number in Science rose steeply from 38,154 in 2013 to 69,560 this year. The centums in Social Science also increased from 19,680 to 26,554 this year.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins Cannes Film Festival prize

Turkey’s Mr. Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins the Palme d’Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Winter Sleep.

Real Madrid win UEFA Champions League Football title

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in extra time, helped by goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, to win a 10th UEFA Champions League Football title in Lisbon, Portugal.

China wins Uber Cup 13th time win

China retain the Uber Cup for 13th time with a 3-1 win over Japan in New Delhi, while Indian women’s team under the captaincy of Saina Nehwal earn the first-ever Bronze medal in the Uber Cup.

Tamil Nadu may gain from BJP’s growth agenda

Going by the BJP manifesto’s thrust on development, Tamil Nadu can hope to impress upon the new government at the centre the need to give quick sanctions and release funds for its long pending and critical infrastructure projects. Among the projects that require the Centre’s clearance are the extension of Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I (Washermenpet-Wimco Nagar, four projects for linking of rivers in Tamil Nadu and a desolination project at Perur near Chennai. The metro Rail Project extension has been awaiting the centre’s nod for the last three years. The state will also have to move the centre for approval of Phase-II as and when a detailed project report is neady.

Velachery MRTS station to get a call taxi stand

The Vello Velachery station of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is set of get a call taxi stand very soon. Southern Railway has finalised the contractor for operating the stand in the railway station that has become popular of late. The Katpadi railway station would also have a taxi stand. The call taxi stand at Velacherry station would be spread over an area of over 4,700 squares feet and the one at the Katpadi station would have an area of close to 2,000 sq.ft.

NASA releases the first ‘global selfie’

NASA releases the first ‘global selfie’ of the earth created by combining over 36,000 pictures clicked by individual people from more than 113 countries and regions.

India wins the Agzamov memorial International Open chess

Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta of India wins the Agzamov memotiral International open chess tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

New warheads missile tested

A new facility on which missile warheads can be propelled at supersonic speeds is inaugurated at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh.

World’s first develop a miniature kidney dialysis machine

In the world’s first such breakthrough, scientists develop a miniature kidney dialysis machine capable of treating the infants and have also for the first time used it to safely treat a newborn baby with multiple organ failure.

Anandiben Patel is sworn in first woman CM of Gujarat

Ms. Anandiben Patel (73) is sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat. She was serving as Gujarat Revenue Minister at the time of appointment.

Ajay Kumar Saroj wins the 1500m gold

Ajay Kumar Saroj wins the 1500m Gold as India bag give medals on the first day of the 2014 Youth Olympics Asian area qualification event in Bangkok, Thailand.

China signs a 30-year deal to buy Russian natural gas

China signs a 30-year deal to buy Russian natural gas worth $400 billion per year. The deal is signed on the second day of the two-day visit of Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin to China.

RBI allos STH and PTH

The Reserve Bank of India allows star trading houses (STH) and premier trading houses (PTH) to import gold under the 20:80 scheme.

Pawan Chamling is sworn in CM of Sikki

Mr. Pawan Chamling is sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for a record fifth consecutive term.

Naveen Patnaik is sworn in CM of Odisha

The Biju Janata Dal President Mr. Naveen Patnaik is sworn in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fourth consecutive term.

Modi invites all South countries to stand his swearing-in

In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister-designate Mr. Narendra Modi invites the Heads of Government of all  South Asian countries to attend his swearing-in.

SRM to open campus in Sikkim

In addition to their campus in Haryana SRM University will now open a campus in Sikkim. The new campus, which will be set up this academic, will be situated on a 50 acre plot. In the meanwhile, MBA and engineering courses have already begum at the 150 acre Haryana campus. SRM will also be setting up a law school at their Kattangulathur Campus. According to a release, a total of 1.4 lakh students wrote the entrance examination for the 7,000 seats at the University’s Ramapuram, Vadapalani and Kattangalathur Campuses.

When Pudukottai was a perfect host

The district accounts for large number of Choultries (Community halls) built during the Samasthanam era which were built by donors and rulers for ensuring comfortable stay for passengers, bulls and carts. Many of these choultries are now in a dilapidated condition. These choultries are a reflection of the heary past and reveal interesting information.

Four women go to Lok Sabha after long years

For the second time in the golitical history of Tamil Nadu, four women have been simultaneously elected  to Lok Sabha. The state had elected four women MPs in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. However, this is the first time that all the four women MPs elected belonged to the same party – the AIADMK. All the four AIADMK nominees – K. maragatham Kumaravel (Kancheepuram), Vasanthi Murugesan (Tenkasi reserved), V. Sathyabama (Tiruppur) and R. Vanaroja (Tiruvanna-malai) ramped home with decisive margins, though they were making electoral debut.

Post polls, work on infrastructure to pickup pace

Following the announcement of completion of the election process by the Election Commission of India, the Chennai Corporation resumed work on civic infrastructure accross the city. Mayor and standing committee members held meeting at Ripon Buildings to expedite the works. Pepole’s representatives were unable to hold meetings over the past few months owing to the model code of conduct. A number of councillors visited Ripon Buildings seeking speeding up of works that were held up because of elections.

Surender khanna Cricket Academy win first Dronacharya U-14 cricket

Surender Khanna Cricket Academy win the first Dronacharya U-14 cricket tournament in New Delhi.

Modi gives first speech in Parliament

Prime Minister – designate Mr. Narendra Modi gives his acceptance speech in Parliament, after being unanimously elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Celebrating 5 decades of exemplary monitorship

T.R. Balamani, the celebrated Carnatic artiste and teacher, topped to make the rhytam as many of her students sang in unison in an od to their Guru. At a felicitation at the Music Academy to mark her completion of 50 years as a teacher. Ms. Balamani was hailed as a mentor par excellence.

Maritime silk road plan

China sets up $1.6 billion fund to take forward its ambitious “maritime silk road plan” to build ports and boost maritime connectivity with Southeast Asian and Indian Ocean littoral countries.

Jitan Ram Manjhi is new Chief Minister of Bihar

Bihar’s Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Minister Scheduled Tribe Welfare Minister Mr. Jitan Ram Manjhi is declared the new Chief Minister of Bihar.

Jayalalithaa greets Modi

After testing a stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wasted no time in taking the lead to usher in a period of cordiality between the centre and the state when she greeted the prime minister – elect Narendra Modi on the BJP’s magnificient victory”. Jaya wished Mr. Modi and the Modi on the BJP’s magnificent victory”. Jaya wished Mr. Modi and the govt. under his stwardship “the very best” and noted that she looked forward to an “era of meaningful co-operation” between the centre and state.

Indian recurve archers win Silver and Bronze medals

Indian recurve archers win Silver and Bronze medals in the World Cup Stage II at Medellin, Colombia.

Novak Djokovic, Serena wins Rome Masters title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia beats Rafael Nadal of Spain for the fourth time in a row and claims his third Rome Masters title with an impressive victory 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Rome, Italy. In the women’s event, Serena Williams of the US successfully defends her title with a crushing victory over Italy’s Sara Errani.

Abducted more than 200 Nigerian school girls

The antagonism against Boko Haram further intensifies, after African leaders at a summit in Paris, France agree on a regional plan of action to combat the Islamist group that has abducted more than 200 Nigerian school girls.

Serbia and Bosnia after record rainfall turns the Sava river

Thousands are stranded in Serbia and Bosnia after record rainfall turns the Sava river into a deadly torrent and causes the worst floods in more than a century.

Nabam Tuki sworn in CM of AP

Congress leader, Mr. Nabam Tuki is sworn in at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar, as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second consecutive term.

Emphatic win for AIADMK in Tamil Nadu

Blazing a trail, the ruling AIADMK scored an emphatic victory in the Lok Sabha Election in Tamil Nadu winning 37 of the 39 seats on its own. The sterling performance has put the party, led by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, on course to becoming the third largest in the Lok Sabha. The only solace for the BJP was the victory of its state president, Pon. Radhakrishnan, in the Kanniyakumari constitutency in the south, where votes were polarised on religions lines. In north Tamil Nadu the attempted mobilisation of the vanniars seems to have benefited only the former Union Minister and PMK candidate, Anbumani Ramadoss who won from Dharmapuri. The AIADMK, despite its briliant performance, is unlikely to play a crucial role as the BJP has won majority on its own.

Bayern Munich win German Cup

Bayern Munich win the German Cup for a record 17th time with a 2-0 victory over rival Borussia Dortmund in Berlin, Germany.

Apple Inc and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit agree to settle all patent

Ending one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology, Apply Inc and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit agree to settle all patent litigation between them over the smartphones.

Lok Sabha Poll Outcome 2014

Total Seats : 543

Punjab (13) : SAD-4, BJP-2, AAP-4, Cong-3; Haryana (10) : BJP-7, INLD-2, Cong-1; Delhi (7) : BJP-7; Rajasthan (25) : BJP-25; Gujarat (26) : BJP-26; Madhya Pradesh (29) : BJP-27, Cong-2; Maharashtra (48) : BJP-23, Shiv Sena-18, S.Paksha-1, NCP-4, Cong-2; Karnataka (28) : BJP-17, Cong-9, JD(S)-2; J & K (6) : BJP-3; PDP-3; Goa (2) : BJP-2; Kerala (20) : Cong-8, CPM-5, Others-7; Tamilnadu (39) : AIADMK-37, BJP-1, PMK-1; Andhra (42) : TDP-16, BJP-3, TRS-11, YSRCP-9, Cong-2, AIMIM-1; Odisha (21) : BJD-20, BJP-1; Uttar Pradesh (80) : BJP-71, Apna Dal-2, SP-5, Cong-2; Himachal Pradesh (4) : BJP-4; Uttarakhand (5) : BJP-5; Bihar (40) : BJP-22, LJP-6, RLSP-3, RJD-4, JD(U)-2, Cong-2, NCP-1; Arunachal Pradesh (2): Cong-1, BJP-1; Sikkim (1) : SDF-1; Tripura (2) : CPM-2; Jharkhand (14) : BJP-12, JMM-2; Chhattisgarh (11) : BJP-10, Cong-1; Assam (14) : BJP-7, Cong-3, AIUDF-3, Ind-1; Nagaland (1) : NPF-1; Manipur (2): Cong-2; Mizoram (1) : Cong-1; Meghalaya (2) : Cong-1, NPP-1; West Bengal (42) : Trinamool Cong-34, Cong-4; CPM-2; BJP-2.

Union Territories : A & N Islands – BJP; Chandigarh – BJP; Daman & Diu-BJP; Dadra Nagar Haveli-BJP, Lakshadweep-NCP; Puducherry-AINRC.

NDA (National Democratic Allaince)-336

UPA (United Progressive Alliance)-59

Others-148

 

16TH GENERAL ELECTIONS – 2014

PARTY WINS TOTAL NO. OF SEATS

 

Bharatiya Janata Party   282

Communist Party of India             1

Communist Party of India (Marxist)         9

Indian National Congress              44

Nationalist Congress Party           6

Aam Aadmi Party             4

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra

Kazhagam           37

All India N.R. Congress   1

All India Trinamool Congress       34

All India United Democratic Front             3

Biju Janata Dal   20

Indian National Lok Dal  2

Indian Union Muslim League      2

Jammu & Kashmir Peoples

Democratic Party             3

Janata Dal (Secular)         2

Janata Dal (United)         2

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha             2

Kerala Congress (M)       1

Lok Jan Shakti Party        6

Naga Peoples Front        1

National Peoples Party  1

Pattali Makkal Katchi      1

Rashtriya Janata Dal        4

Revolutionary Socialist Party       1

Samajwadi Party              5

Shiromani Akali Dal          4

Shivsena              18

Sikkim Democratic Front               1

Telangana Rashtra Samithi           11

Telugu Desam   16

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul

Muslimeen         1

Apna Dal              2

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party            3

Swabhimani Paksha        1

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu

Congress Party  9

Independent     3

Total –   543

 

16TH GENERAL ELECTIONS – 2014

PARTYS VOTES IN PERCENTAGE

 

BJP         31.0%    INC         19.3%    BSP        4.1%      AITC       3.8%

SP           3.4%      ADMK   3.3%      CPM      3.2%      IND        3.0%

TDP        2.5%      YSRCP   2.5%      AAAP    2.0%      SHS        1.9%

DMK      1.7%      BJD         1.7%      NCP       1.6%      RJD         1.3%

TRS         1.2%      JD(U)     1.1%      CPI         0.8%      JD(S)      0.7%

SAD        0.7%      INLD      0.5%      AIUDF   0.4%      LJP          0.4%

DMDK   0.4%      PMK      0.3%      RSP        0.3%      JMM      0.3%

JVM       0.3%      MDMK  0.3%      AIFB       0.2%      SWP       0.2%

IUML     0.2%      BLSP      0.2%      CPI(ML)(L)          0.2%      NPF        0.2%

AD          0.1%      BMUP   0.1%      NOTA    1.1%

NARENDRA MODI

(An Epitome of integrity and Determination)

Nobody can forget May 16, 2014, i.e. the day on which the results of the 16th Lok Sabha elections were made public, because it is the day on which sixty-three year old Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi  showed the world that a democracy like India can boast of having quintessence of an ideal state. Mr. Modi’s journey from a tea stall to the Prime Minister Office seems like a fairy story. Had our country not been a democracy, a man like Mr. Modi could not have dreamt of laying claim to the top job despite all the faith India has reposed in him. It was his charm and popularity that the National Democratic Alliance could win 336 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party 282 of the total 543 seats. He became the Prime Minister of a great and vast country by dint of his conviction, selflessness and determination.

PM Mr. Narendra Modi was born into a poor family on September 17, 1950 in Vadnagar in Mehsana district of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency. He is the third of the six children born to a small teaseller, Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Heeraben. During his childhood, Mr. Modi assisted his father in earning bread by holding a kettle of tea in hand. His life, full of strife, gives one a glimpse of how one can touch unimaginable heights by dint of one’s determination and unflinching conviction.

After completing his schooling from Vadnagar, Mr. Modi jointed Gujarat University and became a pracharak (full-timer) in the Rashtria Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). A great organiser from the very beginning, he took up the challenging task of revitalising his political party from the grass-roots level. While his party formed a coalition government in 1990, it came to power with a two-thirds majority on its own in Gujarat in 1995. After the stepping down of Mr. Keshubhai Patel as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, mr. Modi was chosen for the post by the BJP on October 7, 2001. His administrative acumen, clear vision and personal integrity helped him register a landslide victory in the Assembly elections held in Gujarat in December 2002, following which he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the State for a full term on December 22, 2002. Mr. Modi led his party to victory in the 2007 Assembly elections and continued as the Chief Minister of the State. He again led his party to an astounding win in the December 2012 Assembly electioins and became the Chief Minister for the third consecutive term.

During the reign of Mr. Modi, Gujarat has made enviable progress. So much so that even the leading foreign journalists cannot help eulogising Mr. Modi for his working ethics and mass appeal.

Discovry of giant dinosaur

Palaeontologists in Argentina’s remote Patagonia region discover fossils of the largest dinosaur ever to roam on the earth. The dinosaur weighed equivalent to weight of more than 14 African elephants or about 100 tonnes.

Telugu Desham Party victorious

Telugu Desham Party led by Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu emerges victorious, winning 117 seats, in the 2014 Assembly elections of Andhra Pradesh.

Indian National Congress emerges victories

Indian National Congress led by the incumbent Chief Minister Mr. Nabam Tuki emerges victorious, winning 42 seats, in the 2014 Assembly elections of Arunachal Pradesh.

Biju Janata Dal emerges victories

Biju Janata Dal led by incumbent Chief Minister of the State, Mr. Naveen Patnaik emerges victorious, winning 117 seats, in the 2014 Assembly elections of Odisha.

16th Lok Sabha Elections Results

Results of the most-awaited General Elections 2014 for 543 parliamentary constituencies of India are announced. The National Democratic Alliance emerges as the majority coalition, winning 336 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party as the single largest party winning 282 seats. The United Progressive Alliance wins only 59 seats and the Congress, 44.

Wind energy generation on upswing in state

With the winds setting in, wind energy generation has started improving in the state and load shedding has come down during the last few days. According to data available on the website of Tamil Nadu Transmission Corpn. wind energy generation was 1,241 MW and it was 1,252 MW as against 14 MW on May 1 and 734 MW on April 30 evening. The State was purchasing more than 800 MW of power on May 1 and it has reduced to 571 MW on May 14. Tangedco in Coimbatore said that on most of the days since May 2, three phase supply has been provided in rural areas almost throughout the day. With increase in wind energy generation there was no load shedding on May 14.

Crossing rivers, building bridges

N. Tamilarasi may have studied only upto class XII but to ensure her son and other children in her village make the best of their schooling years, she has been crossing a river every day, for the past year. Tamilarasi, one of the 180 teachers who won the ‘Eureka Best Tutor Award’, wads through hip-deep water to travel from one village to another in Lalgudi drop her son at a middle school, and teach at the Eureka centre set up there.

New IM Module suspected to be behind Chennai blast

South Indian Mujahideen (SIM), a hitherto unknown separate module of the Indian Mujahideen, is now suspected to be behind the-twin blosts on the Bangalore-Gowahati Express at Chennai Central on May 1, according to investigators. While the blasts are seen as retaliation for the recent arrests of secret operatives in Chennai, whether they are linked to a larger transactional plot remains unclear. The low-intensity explosives placed in the train were facing the floor so as to minimise the impact of the blasts. They were triggered by a timer and not a remote control. Had the train been on time, the explosives would have gave off at Sulurpet in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, where the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, was to speak at an election rall in the evening in Nellore.

Bangladesh settled in the State before March 24, 1971

Meghalaya High Court in its historic judgement says that the nationals of Bangladesh, who settled in the State before March 24, 1971 should be treated as Indians.

Asiatic Society’s gold medal

Renowned Indological scholar Iravatham Mahadevan, known for his work on the Indus script, has been conferred. The Asiatic Society of Mumbai’s prestigious ‘Campbell Memorial Gold Medal’ for the year 2010-12 in recognition of his work in oriental research.

8 pairs of trains to be made Superfast Express

Eight pairs of trains are being renumbered and upgraded as Superfast Express with effect from July West Coast Express (16627/28 is being re-numbered as 22637/638 and the Allappy Express (16041/42) as 22639/640) with effect from July 13. Chennai-Shalimar (16323) is being re-numbered as 22641 and in the return direction, it is renumbered as 22642 from July 13. The Ernakulam-Patna (16309) is being renumbered as 22643/44 from July 17. Ahilayanga Express (16325) as 22645/46 from July 12. Korba-Thiruvananthapuram Express (16327) as 22647/48 from July 13, Yerkaud Express (16669/70) as 22649/50, Chennai-Palani Express (16001/2) as 22651/2.

Miss Koovagam

Miss Koovagam, a beauty pageant meant for transgenders held in Villupuram in connection with the annual Koothandavar festival Sadhaana of Vijayawada was declared the title winner, and Aishwarya of Erode the first runner-up and Namitha of Chennai the second runner-up. They were crowned by the actor couple Sarat Kumar and Radhika. Another transgender Geetha of Chennai, who performed well, was given a cash award of ` 2,500.

Annamalai University scraps entrance exam.

For the current academic year, Annamalai University will do away with the entrance examination and admit students to professional courses such as MBBS, BDS, BE and B.Sc (Agri) on the basis of their marks in the plus two examinations. The University would scrupulously follow the reservation system. At for the fee structure, it would follow last year’s model.

One more MRTs station

The Mundakkanni Amman Koil railway station located between Thirumailai and Light House railway stations on the mass rapid transit system (MRTS) line between Chennai Beach and Vellacherry will be thrown open to the public.