August, 2014

Doctors honoured

Director of medical education, S. Geethalakshmi, has received the ‘Best Teacher’ award, constituted by the Tamil Nadu Medical Council. The award was presented at a ceremony organised at Raj Bhavan on Aug. 27, and was given by governor K. Rosaiah. The Council has constituted five categories of awards – for best teacher, best non-teaching doctor, best doctor in rural and semi-rural service, and best doctor in specialty service. This year however, six doctors received the awards as the ‘best teacher’ award went to both Dr. Geethalakshmi and T. Chelliah, retired professor of medicine from Madurai Medical College.

WHO warns India against e-cigerettes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns India against the growing market for e-cigerettes in the country, underlining that the use of the device is no less harmful than the regular cigarettes.

P.V. Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win two World Championship medals

P.V. Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win two World Championship medals by defeating All-England champ  Shixian Wang to enter the semifinals of Badminton World  Championships in Denmark, which ensures her at least a second consecutive Bronze.

NATO asks Russia to halt its illegal military action in Ukraine

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) asks Russia to halt its ‘illegal’ military action in Ukraine after the West accuses Moscow of direct involvement in the conflict.

Grenade shells unearthed

Empty shells of hand grenades and materials that could be used for making landmines and grenades were unearthed from the Pachapalamalai Reserve Forest in the Mettuer taluk of Salem District. The Mettur Forest Division stumbled upon them while planting 8,500 saplings in the area near Kumbarapatti under the Kolathur town panchayat. After digging three feet the earthmover owner and driver, R. Samidurai, 28, found a drum containing iron materials and alerted the police. Superintendent of Police R. Sakthivel, along with a bomb detection and disposal squad,  checked the materials and found grenade shells, iron materials and pipes used for making landmines. They were found wrapped in plastic bags.

British guest house at Pachamalai Hills

A guest house constructed during the British period atop the scenic Pachamalai hills in the district is being given a facelift to accommodate tourists. The Forest Department is renovating the unused guest house atop Sengattupatti village at a cost of ` 2.3 crore from the funds provided by the State government under the Pachamalai eco-tourism project. Forest officials say a false ceiling would be provided inside the guest house. Power connection has been obtained. The Pachamalai is the only hilly terrain in Tiruchi district endowed with valleys, ridges, forest areas and waterfalls besides being a home for various species of birds, insects and animals. Among other works taken up at Pachamalai under the eco-tourism project are improvements to Koraiyar and Periyapakkalam Falls and construction of a dormitory.

Kush Kumar and Lakshya Ragavendra retain the under-19 titles

India’s Kush Kumar and Lakshya Ragavendran retain the boys’ and girls’ under-19 titles in contrasting styles on the final day of Indian Junior Open at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, T.N.

Quota of 12 cylinders at any time of the year

The Union Cabinet lifts the restriction of one LPG cylinder per month to a domestic consumer. Now, consumers can avail themselves of the quota of 12 cylinders at any time of the year.

` 1,000 cr. package for Tirunelveli, Tuticorin

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa unveiled a ` 1,000-crore package for the cities of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin. An official release said the government would spend ` 230 crore on a scheme for augmenting the drinking water supply and distribution network in the Tirunelveli Corporation. The tenders would be floated soon. An underground drainage system would be implemented, in phases, at a cost of ` 490 crore to prevent sewage from the uncovered areas in the corporation from polluting the Tamiraparani. Besides, roads to a length of 61 km would be re-laid at a cost of ` 35 crore. Modernisation of the bus terminus and a multi-parking facility were also on the cards.

Greater flamingos extend stay in Pulicat

The extended stay by greater flamingos at Pulicat Lake has surprised naturalists and bird lovers. The migratory birds usually stay between September and March in the part of the lake that falls within Andhra Pradesh limits. But their stay for four additional months in the lake falling within Tamil Nadu has surprised naturalists, who are unable to figure out why it has happened. A big colony of greater flamingos numbering nearly 1,500 is being seen in Annamalaicherry village on Pulicat lake. This village is located on the southern side of the lake. K.V.R.K. Thirunaranan of The Nature Trust said that over the last few years, greater flamingos have been extending their stay at the sanctuary. Normally, one can see the greater flamingos on the northern part of the lake, which falls under the Andhra Pradesh side and the colony occupies the lake until March. Once the water level increases, they move to the southern part of the take, in Tamil Nadu, he said.