June, 2014

First transgender in Tamil Nadu gets engg. seat

Grace Banu became the first transgender in the state to get admission into an engineering college, through Anna University counselling for lateral entry, fighting many odds after her parents deserted her when she was studying Plus-Two. At the Anna University counselling for engineering courses (lateral entry) held at Alagappa Chettiyar College of Engg. and Technology, Karaikudi Banu, a diploma holder in Computer Engg; secured a seat in the self-financing Sri Krishna College of Engg., Arakkonam, to pursue Electrical and Electronics Engg. (EEE).

Colourful history of ‘Sungudi’

Madurai’s traditional textile ‘sungudi’ has withstood time by adopting itself to contemporary designs and techniques to suit the market.  Students of the Thiagarajar college had a taste of history as members of the Federation of Tie and Dye Hand Printed Textile cloth threw light on the origin of ‘sungudi’ at a workshop.

More antiques for Pudukkottai Museum

The over 100 year-old Govt. Museum at Pudukkottai will soon have additional antique items in its rich and varied collectioins. A host of ancient bronze idols are set to became added attractions at the museum a repositary of prized exhibits. Twenty-seven bronze idols have been shifted from the Madurai museum to the Pudukkottai museum for public display. The idols of varied sizes belong to different periods, ranging from the 12th century to the 15th century. The ‘Saivite’ idols of deities to be showcased include those of Somaskandar, Natarajar, Kaali and Chandrasekhar. The ‘Vaishnavite’ idols include deities of Vishnu and Krishna , besides that of Sathyabhama. The bronze idols are of one-and-half to three feet height, say museum authorities.

India’s PSLV-C23 is successfully

India’s PSLV-C23 is successfully launched with five foreign satellites of France, Germany, Canada and Singapore, lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on June 30, 2014.

Malala wins the 2014 Liberty Medal

Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani activist, wins the 2014 Liberty Medal given by the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia in the US.

International Film Festival

‘Kaafiron ki Namaaz’, a film by debutant director Ram Ramesh Sharma, wins four awards, including one for the best feature film at the third Ladakh International Film Festival.

Britain’s Justin Rose wins his sixth PGA Tour title

Britain’s Justin Rose wins his sixth PGA Tour title with his win of the $6.5 million Quicken Loans National in Maryland, the US.

India warships placed on standby Iraq

: India starts proceedings to evacuate about 600 Indians stranded in Iraq amidst its ongoing civil insurgency. Two Indian warships have been placed on standby.

Periyar memorial at Vaikom renovated

The memorial for Dravidar Kazhagam founder E.V. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, at Vaikom in Kerala has been renovated. Setup 20 years ago during Jayalalithaa’s first term as Chief Minister the memorial spread over 31,075 sq.ft. has been given a fresh look, at a cost of ` 25 lakh. A museum on the Dravidian leader, along with a four-foot-tall statue and a library, farms part of the memorial. The complex also has a children’s park says an official release.

A new theory on the ice age

A new theory on the ice age says the joining of North and South America changed the salinity of Pacific Ocean and caused the growth of major ice sheet across the Northern Hemisphere 2.6 million years ago.