July, 2014

Deep-sea Octopus

Scientists discover a deep-sea octopus in Submarine Canyon in central California that protected and tended her eggs until they hatched 4.5 years later – the longest egg-brooding period ever reported for any animal species.

22nd Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

Renowned film-maker, social worker and Sufi poet, Mr. Muzaffar Ali is chosen for the 22nd Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.

Indian Artistic gymanastic Dipa Karnakar historic commonwalth games

Dipa Karmakar wins a Bronze to become the first Indian woman and the second person from the country to clinch a historic Commonwealth Games medal in artistic gymnastic Vikas Gowda becomes the first person to win a Gold medal for India in Men’s Athletics in Commonwealth Games after Milkha Singh. Also, Babita Kumari in women’s freestyle 55 kg. category and Yogeshwar Dutt in men’s 65 kg win Gold medals for India.

Emergency regional summit – West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations

In an emergency regional summit, West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations impose stringent new rules to tackle the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the tropical virus and agree to launch a $100-million response plan.

26th Chief of Indian Army Dalbir Singh Suhag

Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag (59) takes over as the 26th Chief of 1.3 million strong Indian Army, succeeding Gen. Bikram Singh. An alumnus of Sainik School, Chittorgarh, he joined National Defence Academy in 1970 and was commissioned into 4/5 GR (FF) in June 1974.

P.V. Sindhu of India settles for Bronze

P.V. Sindhu of India settles for Bronze as she loses to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the semifinals of the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft data

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft data identifies 101 geysers on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, suggesting that it is possible for liquid water, to reach from the moon’s interior sea all the way to its surface.

German Sabine Lisicki creates a record of fastest serve

German Sabine Lisicki creates a record of fastest serve in the women’s tennis by serving at 131 miles per hour, in the Bank of the West Classic Stanford, USA.

Jacques Kallis retirement from all formats of international crickets

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (38), one of the greatest all-rounders, announces retirement from all formats of international Cricket.

G7 nations say, in a joint statement

The G-7 nations say, in a joint-statement, Russia will face further economic sanctions if it continues to support rebels in Ukraine.

Massive landslide flattens Malin village in Pune

A massive landslide flattens Malin village in Pune, Maharashtra, leaving more than 38 people dead and over 160 missing.

US Secretary of State arrives in New Delhi

The US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, arrives in New Delhi for the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue. The three-day visit of Mr. Kerry is expected to boost ties ahead of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in September 2014.

Iron age arts found at Kudumianmalai

Rock arts of Iron Age (Megalithic period), believed to be 4,000 years old have been discovered at Kudumianmalai in Pukukottai. The paintings are found in a rock about 30 feet high behind the Kudumianmalai temple. The paintings in red, black, and yellow are found in about 20 spots throughout the length of the rock on its eastern face. A man with a bow (in red), human figure, and an animal (in black), trees and creepers are a few of the legible paintings in the group. Since the paintings are drawn in the near vertical rocks most of them have been damaged because of vagaries of the weather and vandalism.

Obama wrote on control treaty to Russian president

In a letter to Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin, the US President Mr. Barack Obama accuses Russia of violating a 1987 arms control treaty when it allegedly ground-launched a Cruise missile.

Hamas and ISIS clash

Supporters of Hamas and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) clash with police and stage protest in Srinagar.

PM 5 day visit in Japan

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi leaves for five-day visit to Japan – his first bilateral trip outside the subcontinent.

T.N. stiffens norms for housing projects

To tighten control over groundwater extraction and transport in most parts of the state, the Tamil Nadu govt. has made it mandatory for ongoing and new housing projects with over six flats to obtain no objection certificates from the PWD’s groundwater wing. However, the new norm is not applicable to Chennai and 302 villages of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, which come under the Chennai Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation Act, 1987). Further more, it is not meant for individual houses and having projects of upto six flats. An official clarifies that the rule will not cover houses that have been constructed and occupied.

NASA’s Mars rover

NASA’s Mars rover, Opportunity, which landed on the ‘Red Planet’ in 2004, breaks the ‘out of this world’ distance record, accruing 40 kilometres of driving. It becomes the first vehicle to travel farther than any other man-made vehicle on the surface of another world.

Libya asked Indian to leave of ongoing violant

The Indian mission in Tripoli asks all Indians to leave Libya, in the wake of ongoing violent clashes between armed militia. There are about 4,500 Indians registered with the mission.

India between China resolve the flag meeting

India and China admit to intrusion by Chinese herdsmen into Ladakh a week ago, but both sides resolve the issue amicably through a flag meeting.

City schools far from disabled-friendly

Despite India being a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and with legislations like the Right to Education in place, city schools are far from inclusive, a recent study has found. The study on the status of ‘Inclusion of children with disabilities in registered schools’ conducted by Equals, Centre for Promotion of Social Justice in 34 city schools, found that only 47 per cent of the schools surveyed had enrolled children with disabilities. Of these only 19 per cent schools gave the number of students with disabilities enrolled. According to the study, as many as 76 per cent schools stated that they do not have an inclusive policy and only two of the 34 schools have such a policy.

Light is used to switch neurons on and off

MIT scientists switch bad memories for good ones in mice. They use a technique in which light is used to switch neurons on and off.

Pak. Army Chief is appointed as mediator and guarantor by PM

Pak Army Chief is appointed as ‘mediator’ and ‘guarantor’ by Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif for bringing the ongoing crisis between the Government and protesters to an end.

PMJDY is launched by PM

The PMJDY is launched by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, with a record opening of 1.5 crore bank accounts on the Day One. The scheme envisages financial inclusion of all Indians.

Chief Justice of Madras High Court

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was sworn as the Chief Justice of the Madras high Court on July 26. Mr. Justice Kaul, 55, is the 27th Chief Justice of the Madras High Court since Independence.

Aspirin – harmful drug

A new research finds that millions of people across the world taking a daily dose of aspirin to ward off heart attacks are actually increasing their risk.

Italy wins Tour de France in cycling

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy wins the 101st edition of the Tour de France in cycling. Nibali led the race for 18 days out of 21.

Three were killed on kidnap case

The wife of Cameroon’s Vice-Prime Minister is kidnapped and at least three people are killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Kolofata, Cameroon.

38 rioters are arrested for communal violence in Saharanpur

About 38 rioters are arrested for communal violence in Saharanpur. An apparent land dispute between Sikhs and Muslims sparked the violence in the Western Uttar Pradesh city a day back, which left three dead and 33 injured.

Parking lot to hold 2,000 cars

There are indications that the booking IT hub of Siruseri will soon get a multi-level car parking facility that should accommodate at least 2,000 cars and 50 buses at a given time. Siruseri, situated 24.5 kms from Madhya Kailash on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (Old Mahabalipuram Road), has seen a huge influx of motor vehicles, especially with the establishment of the IT park there in 1998 by SIPCOT. The Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC) recently appointed a consultant to prepare a feasibility study for a multi-level parking lot near the IT park.

Not to induct charge-sheeted persons

In a significant judgement seeking to decriminalise politics, the Supreme Court advises the Prime Minister and  Chief Ministers of the States not to induct charge-sheeted persons.

Kamarajar Port draws up expansion plan

Kamarajar Port Ltd. (KPL), formerly Ennore Port, has chalked out a ` 20 crore expansion plan to focilitate increased export of cars. As a new entrant, KPL is facing competition from the Chennai Port Trusts which exports about 3 lakh cars annually against 2.02 lakh units of KPL. The port was developing a 58,500 sq. metre car parking yard adjacent to the existing one to accommodate 4,000 cars. The work order would be issued next month, and the yard would be ready within 15 months. On completion, 17,000 cars can be parked at any given time.

Ilango adigal award to be instituted

Chief Minister told that an award named after Ilango Adigal, the author of Silapathikaram, would be given, every year to a scholar who diligently propagated the ideas and values of the epic. The award, to be presented on Tamil New Year’s Day, will carry ` 1 lakh in cash, a gold medal and a certificate. She also announced the institution of ‘Tamil Semmal’ awards to be given to 32 persons, one in each of the districts. The recipients would be given a cash award of ` 25,000 each.

Canada’s rhythmic gymnast Parricia Bezzoubenko – five gold medals win

Canada’s rhythmic gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko is crowned queen of the Commonwealth Games, after she completes a five-Gold-medal haul.

Illegal mining in Aravallis

A high-level environment protection panel says that illegal mining in Aravallis, despite the Supreme Court ban, has ruined the relic mountain range in Haryana and Rajasthan.

Children Crave sugar

A study published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that children crave sugar, because their brain uses twice as much glucose as a full-grown adult.

New scheme for skill development

With a view to giving a boost to 9.68 lakh Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the state especially to create manpower and infrastructure for these units. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced a new training programme on an outlay of ` 3250 cr. Under the ‘Amma Skill, Employment and Training Programme’, youths aged 18-25 will get six months’ training, along with employment in these enterprises. They will get a monthly stiped of ` 5,000, and after the training, the govt. will pay companies ` 12,000 for teaching the youths the skills. The students will be examined by the National Skill Development Corporation and given certificates. The govt. will bear this cost too. 25,000 persons would get training in the current year, and 30 per cent of the beneficiaries would be women.

Tiger cubs are the latest on the ramp

Three white tiger cubs and two Bengal tiger cubs are now the cynosure of all eyes at Vandalur zoo. The four-month-old cubs has been kept away  from the gaze of visitors as they were not ready to be released into the open area, said zoo authorities. The cubs had begun walking up and down the ramp, coming out of the water trough inside the enclosure and climbing the ramp through the sides. Soon after the cubs were born in March, the authorities fixed closed – circuit television cameras to monitor their growth. Visitors were able to watch the cubs on a televison screen. This arrangement was a hit with visitors of all ages. The cubs would be allowed to mingle with their father, as the male could attack the cubs, resulting in their death. The male tigers will be let out for public viewing only after the cubs and the mother are moved to the enclosure.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha takes over PM of Thailand

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha takes over as the Prime Minister of Thailand after he receives endorsement from King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thai Consul-General calls on Governor

Thailand Consul-General called on Governor K. Rosaiah at the Raj Bhavan. Mr. Triamjangarun said India and Thailand were culturally linked for centuries. The newly appointed Consul-General, to be headquartered in Chennai, said his country was keen on expanding trade and commerce with Tamil Nadu, Thailand, he pointed out, stood second among the ASEAN countries in the quality of life. Mr. Rosaiah said Tamil Nadu was an industrial hub and boosted quality higher educational institutions.

Jayakanthan’s stories as they first appeared

Popular Tamil writer Jayakanthan, winner of both Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith award, is again on the spotlight. A collection of 20 short stories written by him in the 1960s and the 1970s will give the reader the flavour of the period of his original writings, thanks to a London based orthopedician Dr. N. Ram an ardent fan of Jayakanthan.

Millennium celebration of Rajendra Chola’s coronation

The 1000th anniversary of the coronation of Chola rular Rajendra Chola will be celebrated at Gangaikonda Cholapuram for two days from July 24 unde rthe auspices of ‘Gangaikonda Cholapuram Mempaatu Kazhagam’. Emperor Rajendra Chola son of Raja Raja Chola, built a temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, which is a replica of the Big Temple in Thanjavur.

Chennai Monorial to be restructured

The state govt. has decided to restructure the Chennai Monorail project to attract potential developers for implementation under public-private partnership. Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji told that the project would be restructured for a length of 43.48 kms, consisting of two corridors to attract private bidders. The first line will run to 20.68 km. from Poonamallee to Kathipara. This will have a link from Vadapalani to Porur. The second line will link Vandalur near Tambaram to Velachery, crisscrossing 22.80 km.

A likely deal at WTO runs into risk as India refuses to yield

A likely deal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) runs into risk as India refuses to yield to pressure from the developed countries to accept easier custom rules without its food subsidy concerns being addressed.

Fibre glass statues

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates a museum with fibre glass statues of former Presidents in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Commonwealth Games opening gold win England

England’s triathlete Jodie Stimpson wins the opening Gold of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. And weightlifters Sukhen Dey and K. Sanjitha Chanu bag first medals for India in the event by winning a Gold medal each. In all, India win seven medals on the first day of Games.

President of Kabaddi League

The World Kabaddi League (WKL), with its eight teams, is launched in New Delhi. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, is appointed the president of the league.

Third Airplane tragedy in a week

In a third airplane tragedy in a week, Algerian airliner Boeing MD-83, crashes in Mali in Africa, killing all 116 on board.

First PM of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region

Mr. Fuad masum, who also served as the first Prime Minister of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region more than two decades ago, is appointed as the new President of Iraq after he wins an overwhelming majority of 211 votes to 17 in Parliament.

Proposal to raise FDI

Initiating first major reform of NDA, Cabinet gives nod for 2008 proposal to raise Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) cap in insurance from 26% to 49%.

Islamic caliphate

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau creates an Islamic caliphate in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza.

Third Roundtable on ASEAN-India

External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj leaves for a three-day visit to Vietnam where she will participate in the third Roundtable on ASEAN-India network of Think-Tanks (AINTT) in Hanoi.

20TH COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014

(July 23 to August 3, 2014)

Amid an enthusiastic crowd at the Celtic  Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain who is the titular Patron of the Commonwealth nations. Scotland hosted the CWG for the third time, Clyde, an anthropomorphic thistle named after the river that flows in Glasgow, was the official mascot of the CWG 2014. The Indian contingent of 215 members, headed by flag bearer and Olympic Silver medalist shooter Vijay Kumar, led the Parade of Nations, by virtue of being hosts in 2010 Delhi edition. In the 12-day grand multi-sport event, from July 23 to August 3, 2014, about 4,950 sportspersons from 71 different nations and territories of the erstwhile British Empire, competed in 17 sports and 261 medal events. India, however did not field any athletes in three disciplines – net ball, rugby sevens and triathlon.

England topped the medal chart of Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2014 by bagging 174 medals in total after 28 years; it was followed by Australia (137), Canada (82) and Scotland (53), India slumped to the fifth place in the medals tally from its second spot in the New Delhi Games edition. But there were some new breakthroughs and memorable moments for Indian athletes, who bagged a total of 64 medals, i.e. 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze. Moreover, some of the shooting and wrestling events as well as archery and tennis, which accounted for 16 of India’s Gold collection in 2010, were scrapped this time.

Indian wrestlers, shooters and weightlifters dominated the events, bagging a total of 13, 17 and 14 medals, respectively. The first medals for India at the CWG 2014 were bagged by weightlifters Sukhen Dey and K. Sanjitha Chanu, who won a Gold each in men’s 56 kg and women’s 48 kg, respectively. Sathish Sivalingam added third Gold in weightlifting by winning men’s 77 kg. Amit Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt stormed the men’s wrestling by winning Gold medals in 57 kg, 74 kg and 65 kg categories, respectively. Two more gold medals in wrestling were added by Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari in women’s 48 kg and 55 kg. respectively.

Shooters Abhinav Bindra and Jitu Rai won a Gold each in men’s 10m air rifle and 50m pistol, respectivel, while in women’s shooting. Apurvi Chandela and Rahi Sarnobat added two more Gold medals by winning the 10m air rifle and 25m pistol events, respectively. The duo of Dipika pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa helped India win its first-ever CWG squash Gold medal. Vikas Gowda win a Gold in men’s discus throw event and became the first person to win a Gold medal for India in men’s athletics in Commonwealth Games after Milkha Singh, Parupalli Kashyap won a Gold badminton men’s singles, becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win a Gold medal in the single event at the CWG. The number of Gold medals for India this time, at 15, was the lowest since 1998. Dipa Karmakar won a Bronze, and became the first Indian woman in the history of the CWG to clinch a medal artistic gymnastic.

The Glasgow CWG 2014 were hailed as “the standout games” in the history of the event. It closed on August 3, 2014. Australia will host the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2008 in Gold Coast City, Queensland.

ECR-OMR link road

A new link road between East Coast Road (ECR) and Rajiv Gandhi Salai or Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), spaining only 1.4 km, will be a reality shortly, with the state govt. sanctioning funds. The existing link roads are in Akkarai and Tiruvanimiyur, nearly 12 km. apart. This link road will be nearly midway between the old link roads. As per the alignment, the new link road will begin at Neelankarai on ECR and join the radial road at the Thoraipakkam junction. The State govt. has sanctioned ` 204 crore for the project.

India’s first multi-sensor moored observatory IndARC

India’s first multi-sensor moored observatory IndARC is successfully deployed in Kongsfjorden Fjord of the Arctic, roughly halfway between North Pole and Norway.

TCS becomes the first Indian company most valuable IT services

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) becomes the first Indian company to cross the Rs. 5-lakh-crore mark in market capitalisation. This makes it the second most valuable IT services company in the world.

Kallanai as agricultural heritage site likely soon

The Grand Anicut or Kallanai will soon be a part of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) if efforts by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) pay off. TNAU Vice-Chancellor K. Ramasamy told that following suggestion from eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan the institution had taken up the last and if the efforts frucified, it  would be the 11th such heritage site in the country.

Nuclear medicine dept. gets the nod

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has given the nod for the states first department of nuclear medicine in the govt. sector at the Govt. Multi Super Speciality Hospital at Omandurar Govt. Estate. Only a few prominent govt. hospitals in the country have the facility. Officials said though a number of private hospitals have nuclear medicine departments, this one will be a full-fledged department with all imaging facilities and treatment modalities under one roof.

Beach beautification plan takes shape

A turtle information centre at Neelankarai, sewage treatment plants for five fishing settlements and facilitates to use the treated water for conservator of local vegetation are the key changes suggested for the beach beautification project from Thiruvanmiyur to Neelankarai. Environment experts and marine biologists met Chennai Corporation officials to incorporate the changed in the draft detailed project report for beautification of Kathivakkam, Palavakkam and Neelankarai beaches.

C.M. seeks World Bank aid for infra projects

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa sought the World Bank’s support for infrastructure projects proposed in Tamil Nadu at a meeting with the bank’s president Jim Yong Kim. “The World Bank’s Country Partnership starting (CPS) in India proposes on integration, transformation and inclusion. In all these areas, Tamil Nadu remains a priority state for continued and enhanced support to Tamil Nadu fits in quite well with the bank’s own CPs in India”. She said the state held one of the largest and most successful portfolios of projects implemented with the bank’s assistance. Internations taken up with the bank’s assistance made a “significant contribution” to the state’s economic development.

Anti-cancer medicine – HIV

In one of the major scientific discoveries, Danish researchers use an anti-cancer medicine to activate HIV hidden in the cells of patients taking anti-HIV drugs, exposing the virus to the immune system and making it susceptible to the attack.

India tops the consumer confidence index

India tops the consumer confidence index in the second quarter of 2014, according to the global consumer confidence index study by Nielsen.

Sangita Kalanidhi Award

Eminent vocalist and Mridhangam exponent T.N. Gopalakrishnan, popularly known as TVG, has been chosen for this years Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy. “The executive committee of the Academy unanimously chosen T.V.G. for the Sangita Kalanidhi title and to preside over the 88th annual conference of the Academy on Dec. 15”.

Argentina Leonardo Mayer bags his first ATP title

Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer bags his first ATP title when he defeats Spaniard David Ferrer in the bet-at-home Open final in Hamburg, Germany.

India claim 95-run victory over England

Ishant Sharma’s seven for 74 helps India claim 95-run victory over England in the second Test at Lord’s, the UK and record its first overseas Test win in over three years and emerge the first victor at Lord’s after 28 years.

Licence for shipping with lifetime fee

The Ministry of Shipping begins issueing of licences with a lifetime fee and scraps annual renewal of licences for Indian ships and any other vessel charted by an Indian citizen or company.

New Arjun range tractors

Mahindra & Mahindra (M & M), on Aug. 20, launched its all-new Arjun range of tractors. It is built on company’s locally-developed high HP (horse power) platform, and incorporates several industry-first features. The objectives is to offer solutions for a range of farming applications under one product. The new Arjun Nov. range of tractors, which will be available in 52 HP and 57 HP variants, will be priced at`  7.15 lakh and ` 7.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), about ` 15,000 higher than its existing Arjun 605Di. The new model also offers A/C cabin version at a price of ` 9.5 lakh. The new platform has been developed at an investment of ` 250-300 crore.

Sewage treatment capacity of 478 MLD created in T.N.

Sewage treatment capacity of 478 million lires per day (MLD) has been created in Tamil Nadu under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP). providing this improvement a communication from the centre said that the Union Ministry of Enviornment and Forests had sanctioned projects to the tune of ` 915.93 crore since 2001. As part of the NRCP, projects for pollution abatment of the rivers of Adyar, Cooum, Cauvery, Tamiraparani, Vagai and Vennar were implemented in a host of cities and towns including Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, Erode, Karur and Mayiladuthurai.

C.M. opposes Sanskrit week order

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister to take steps to ‘modify’ a recent directive of the Union Human Resources Development Ministry to all states to celebrate ‘Sanskrit Week’ from August 7 to 13. “I request you to advice the officials to modify suitably the letter to enable each state and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools in that State to organise celebrations in tune with the language and culture of the state” she said in a letter to Mr. Modi.” This would be in keeping with the cultural and linguistic sensitivities in a diverse country like ours”. The circular from the Minister indicated that the ‘Sanskrit week’ celerations would be conducted by CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools in all states and the state govts. have been requested to organise such events. Political parties in Tamil Nadu have condemned the directive Chief Minister said. “It would have been more appropriate to organise a classical language week in each state based on the linguistic heritage that state”.

Sangita Kalanidhi award

Eminent vocalist and mridhangam exponent, Mr. T.V. Gopalakrishnan is chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy for the year 2014.

Rosberg wins Germany Grand Prix

Germany Nico Rosberg wins his home Grand Prix for Mercedes and extends his lead in the Formula One championship to 14 points.

‘Crime in India 2013’

A report titled “Crime in India 2013” released by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) says, out of total of 3,707 cases of rape registered in 2013 in India, neighbours were culprits in 33.9 percent cases and relatives in 7.3 percent cases. In 94.4 percent of the cases, the culprits were known to their victims.

21 farm co-operatives to be made urban credit socieites

Reflecting the growing urbanisation in the state, 21 primary agricultural co-operative credit societies (PACCS) in six districts will be converted into urban credit co-operative institutions. Co-operative Minister K. Raju, who replied to the debate on the demands for grants for the Co-operation, Food and  Consumer Protction Department, said that as the areas served by the PACCS, located in the vicinity of big towns, did not have farm lands, the socieites were not in a position to provide crop loans.

Velu Nachiyar memorial inaugurated

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated through video conference a memorial of “Veeramangai Rani Velu Nachiyar’, first queen to fight the British at Soorakulam, near Sivaganga. She also unveiled a life-size statute of the 18th century queen and a stupi of her guard ‘Veerathai’ Kuyili. Official sources said the memorial and six-foot bronze statue were built at a cost of ` 60 lakh and the five meter high stupi, located at the entrance of the mandapam, at a cost of ` 27.5 lakh. The memorial had come up on 1.09 acres with landscoping, the sources added.

Wozniacki wins Istanbul WTA title

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki wins her first title of the year defeating Italian Roberta Vinci in the Istanbul WTA final in Turkey.

Ukraine downed Malaysian Jet

Ukraine accuses Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence at crash site and claims of having evidence that the Russian crew operated the missile system that downed Malaysian Jet MH17.

45 deaths due to encephalitis

With 45 deaths due to encephalitis reported in the districts of north Bengal, the West Bengal government issues red-alert in seven districts of the region.

Congress is ineligible for the post of Leader of Opposition

Citing rules and traditions, Lok Sabha Speaker Ms. Sumitra Mahajan rules that Congress is ineligible for the post of Leader of Opposition as it failed to get minimum 10 percent of the seats.

City’s fifth reservoir to be ready by mid-2015

By this time next year, the city may have another reservoir to store and cater to its drinking water needs. The water resources department (WRD) is looking to expedite a ` 330 cr. project to merge the waterbodies at Thervoy Kandigai and Kannankottai villages to form a new reservoir in Tiruvallur. The reservoir will have a capacity to hold 500 million cubic feet of water. Over 90 per cent of the land required for the project has been acquired. “We have identified nearly 650 land owners and are in the process of providing them interim compensation. We plan to acquire the remaining 70 acres of patta land in a month”.

British council introduces guided section for English

Ensuring greater access through digital content, improving quality, and teacher training will be the focus areas of British council’s English language training programmes, said Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India. He was in the city to launch the English learning zone at the British Council Library. The zone which has been designed to facilitate self-learning, is stocked with digital as well as printed resources for English-language learning that can be used by anyone from young learners to teachers and those preparing examinations, such as the International English Language Testing System.

Malaria parasites in blood

An anti-tank Javelin missile detector, commonly used in warfare to detect the enemy, is found to rapidly identify malaria parasites in blood.

Bolivia becomes the first nation in the world to legalise child-labour

Bolivia becomes the first nation in the world to legalise child-labour from age 10.

Budget for Delhi

The ` 36,776 crore Budget for Delhi is presented in Parliament as Delhi is currently under President’s rule. The Budget announces ` 260 crore in Power subsidies and proposes no new taxes.

US air strikes on Islami state

The US warplanes and drones carry out 15 air strikes against Islamic State militants battling for the control of Mosul dam on the Tigris River in Iraq.

Improved night shelters soon

Specified height shelters will soon be commissioned by the Chennai Corporation for homeless people suffering from dementia. The shelters will be commssioned as part of the Corpn’s initiative to give the entire system of night shelter a makeover. There will be an addition of 40 shelters to the existing 28. “NGO with special expertise in coping with dementia will run one shelters for children some for transgenders and few for women.” The number of inmates in night shelters has increased from 180 last year to 1,030 now. “Families in night shelters will soon get separate homes”.

Malaysian Boeing 777 plane, MH-17, killin 295 people

A suspected missile strike over eastern Ukraine downs Malaysian Boeing 777 plane, MH-17, killing all 295 people on board.

RBI’s allotment for small banks

The Reserve bank of India (RBI) sets a minimum paid-up capital of ` 100 crore for those who wish to set up payments and small banks.

Commercial generation by Kudankulam first reactor

The first reactor of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power project, which started producing power to its maximum capacity of 1,000 MWe on June 7, is likely to begin commercial generation in the next 45 days at the end of mandatory tests. The reactor worked at its maximum capacity for over a week. Then, the generation was brought down to 900 MWe as instructed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. The KKNPP management will submit to the Board the results of the tests. The reactor will be shut down within a week for maintenance and mandatory tests that will take a month. We expect the reactor to start commercial generation in 45 days.

Chennai Metro to get a second depot

Chennai Metro Rail will soon have a second depot to facilitate better maintenance of trains when the other corridors become operational. This depot may be located near the Chennai airport. “It is not an immediate need. We are holding discussions with defence authorities to take over their land located opposite Chennai airport. Once land acquisition is over, we will gear up to begin construction of the depot.” Since we have to corridors (Washermenpet to Chennai airport and Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount), there will be a requirement for an additional depot to carryout maintenance of trains. Also, if technical problems arise in the Koyambedu depot, this will come to our rescue”, an other official said.

150 more Corporation teachers to be trained in English

For Rafala Ranji, a teacher at Chennai primary school in Tiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, the biggest takeaway from the three month English language training she underwent was that she was not afraid to speak the language anymore. She was one of the 100 teachers who were part of a pilot English language skill-development programme for Corporation teachers, handling mainly primary classes. With the Corporation offering English-medium education in several of its schools, they have tied up with Tech Mahindra Foundation, the CSR arm of Tech Mahindra, and Cambridge Assessement a not for profit department of the University of Cambridge-to-deliver a 48 hour programme covering English language and pedagogy for teachers.

Boost to housing, infrastructure in Chennai

Chief Minister unveiled new housing and infrastructure projects at a cost of over` 1,000 crore mainly for Chennai. The project include a 222 acre self-sufficient habitation at Kadambur near Maraimalai Nagar, reconstruction of 534 Slum clearance Board flats at Nochikuppam and 10,000 flats in Chennai and other cities. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly that the projects were necessary to keep pace with urbanisation and to meet the requirements of ever-increasing population.

New President sworn in Syria

Syria’s President Mr. Bashar al-Assad, who had won the June 2014 election, is sworn in for a new seven-year term.

PM and Russian President meet on the sidelines of BRICS summit

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. Mr. Modi invites Mr. Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic project.

UN reports a sharp fall in global AIDS-related deaths

The UN reports a sharp fall in global AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections. The decline by over a third in a decade raises hopes of beating the disease by 2030.

Largest number of poor in India – UN

A UN study reveals that India is home to the largest number of poor, with one-third of the world’s 1.2-billion extreme poor living here.

Pakistan court orders framing of murder charges against PM Mr. Nawas

A Pakistani court orders framing of murder charges against Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif and 21 others over violence at Tahirul Qadri’s headquarters that killed about 14 people.

Tiger reserve plans T-shirt design contest

As the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) complete 25 years of its existence the administration has planned a range of events. Mita Banerjee, Chief conservator of Forests and Field Director, KMTR, said that on the occasion of the KMTR completing 25 years (1988-2013), with the Mundanthurai sanctuary, having completed 50 years (1962-2012), the department planned to hold competitions, events, activities and awareness programmes for the general public and students. An all-India level T-shirt design contest, which will be open to all in two categories viz. students and professionals, will be held.

‘T.N. remains investors’ destination’

Industrialists, despite being wooed by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh prefer Tamil Nadu for investment, thanks to its law and order, technical manpower and strong leadership. Referring to the meeting held by Karrnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Coimbatore in January and the invitiation extended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to industralists for investment in Tada 60 km. from Chennai the Minister said that despite these developments, Tamil Nadu continued to get industrial projects.

Film institute gets ` 15 crore

The Tamil Nadu govt. has granted ` 15 crore to the MGR Govt. Film and Television Institute, Chennai for constructing two state-of the art shooting floors, Chief Minister said. making the announcement under the Assembly Rule 110, she said film producers and technicians had urged her to improve facilities at the Institute so that it could keep pace with the technologically fast evolving cine world.  So the govt. decided to built two studio floors on 2.5 acres lying vacant at the Institute.

Six-laning work of NH45 begins

Preparatory work has commenced for the six-laning of a 93 km stretch on the Chennai-Tiruchi highway (NH45 from Tambaram to Tindivanam. According to sources in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)), the consultant has begun preparing the land plan schedule that identifies govt. and private lands. The consultant is also drawing up the estimate for shifting of utilities along the road that is used by over 90,000 vehicles a day.