September, 2014

Madras Fertilizers to tie-up with IOC for natural gas

Madras Fertilizers Ltd. (MFL) will tie-up with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to source natural gas as a feed-stock to produce urea. MFL was toying with the idea of either tying with IOC or Gas Authority of India to source natural gas. While the IOC’s Ennore-LNG terminal is likely to become operational by 2017, doubts have been raised regarding the completion of GAIL pipeline (Kochi-Koottanad-Mangalore-Bangalore). Hence, MFL has opted for the former.

Ambattur makes a green move

Continuing in its efforts to go green and become self sufficient, the Ambattur Industrial Estate will soon have its own facility to manage solid waste and treat effluent discharged by some units. Spread over 1,200 acres, the estate, which is in its 50th year, has about 1,500 small and medium enterprises – largely automobiles, garments and engineering manufacturers. For several years now, the estate has been grappling with issues of solid waste disposal because of erratic garbage clearance.

A tearful oath-taking

O. Panneerselvam, staunch loyalist of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for a second time on Sept. 29 by Governor K. Rosaiah, followed by the induction of other Ministers. The ceremony was emotionally charged with virtually every member of the new Cabinet breaking down. Mr. Panneerselvam succeeds party General Secretary Jayalalithaa after she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case by a Bangalore special court on 27th Sept. As the Governor invited him to take oath, Mr. Panneerselvam was in tears, but continued to read the pledge. He was seen wiping his tears frequently as his Cabinet colleagues began taking oath, most of them also in tears.

` 53 crore not accounted for

Special Court Judge J.M. Cunha has ruled that Ms. Jayalalithaa “could not satisfactorily account” for immovable properties and pecuniary resources to the tune of about ` 53.60 crore during the check period of the cases (1991-96). In the operational portion of the order, Justice Cunha said the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that as against the income of about Rs. 9.91 crore and expenditure of about ` 8.49 crore during the above period, the first accused in the case (Ms. Jayalalithaa) had “acquired and possessed in her name and in the names of A-2 to A-4 and in the names of business enterprises acquired in their names, immovable properties and pecuniary resources of the value of ` 53,60,49,954 which she could not satisfactorily account (for).”

Srirangam loses its VIP constitutency status

The unseating of Jayalalithaa as Chief Minister has triggered apprehensions among a section of voters in Srirangam that the constitutency may lose its prominence after development projects implemented in the past three years. Srirangam has lost its ‘VIP constituency’ status over-night. Ms. Jayalalithaa, its high-profile MLA for the past three years, brought development projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees to the constitutency. “No other elected representative has done so much to the constituency. We fear the development of the constituency will be affected. Nobody will be able to match her,” said R. Rangan, a watchman at a marriage hall in the town. Ever since her election, the town has got better roads and a cleaner environment. The town’s tourism infrastructure has got a push with a posh ‘yatri nivas’, a canopied pedestrian corridor between the Cauvery and the Rajagopuram and a butterfly park. Massive renovation has been taken up at the Ranganathaswamy Temple.

Violence across State

Violence erupted across Tamil Nadu soon after the special court in Bangalore held Chief Minister Jayalalithaa guilty of corruption. The protests by AIADMK cadre and sympathisers led to sporadic incidents of violence, even as shops, restaurants, malls and movie halls closed down across the State. Attacks on buses left public transport severely cut.

Jayalalithaa goes to Jail

An epic 18-year-long legal battle ended in less than five minutes on Sept. 27, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Jayalalithaa arrived at the Parappana Agrahara complex, Bangalore as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. By the time the curtains were drawn on the dramatic day, she had lost her post after having been found guilty of corruption. The three-time Chief Minister was sentenced to four years’ simple imprisonment and a ` 100-crore fine was imposed on her for offences under Sections 13(1)(e) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Her assets already attached by the court would be adjusted against this fine amount. In consequence, Ms. Jayalalithaa stood disqualified as an MLA and lost her position as Chief Minister. She would now be barred from contesting elections for the period of conviction plus six years – a total of 10 years. Her co-accused – Sasikala Natarajan, V. Sudhakaran and J. Elavarasi – were sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with a fine of ` 10 crore each. All four were sent to the prison, prosecution lawyers told reporters. It took only five minutes for the Special Judge trying the case, John Michael Cunha, to pronounce the order.

Tamil to be compulsory subject in T.N. schools

Tamil will be a compulsory subject in schools affiliated to various boards in the State from the next academic year. The act already includes the State Board and Matriculation schools. However, the order exempts Kendriya Vidyalayas, Sainik schools and Navodaya Vidyalayas which come under the “specified category” as per the Right to Education Act. An official of the School Education Department said the order would include CBSE and ICSE schools and would be implemented from the next academic year in phases. The schools would have to introduce Tamil for Class I from 2015-16 and scale it up to Class X by 2024-25, according to the order. CBSE schools in the city, however, have reacted with caution.

Space scientists root for GSLV-MK III success

After the Mars Orbiter Mission’s (MOM) resounding success in its maiden attempt, scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri, Tirunelveli are eagerly waiting to witness the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III engine’s performance during its proposed test flight in the next two months.

Van seizure blows the lid off Aavin scam

A minister lost his post, Nine arrests have so far been made. A few officials have been suspended. The Aavin’s loss could run into crores. This is how the Aavin came has unfolded over the past month. It was a chance seizure of a van by the Vellimedupettal police in a village near Tindivanam in a mid-night operation on August 19. After interogation, the police found out that milk was being pilfered from Chennai-bound tankers leaving the Tiruvannamalai chilling centre of the Vellore District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union.

Amma Cement

After unveiling a host of products and schemes using the Amma brand, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sept. 26, announced the launch of one more product – Amma Cement. To be sold at Rs. 190 a bag of 50 kg. the Amma Cement is an improvement on the sceheme of subsidised cement implemented by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime since January 2008. Under the old scheme, the price was kept at Rs. 200. The new sceheme is meant for the poor and the middle class, affected more than any other section by the rise in cement price.

Ambattur units bat for new industrial estate

With hardly any scope for industrial expansion in Ambattur, manufacturing units there are looking for space in and around Chennai to create an ancillary industrial estate. Established in 1964, the Ambattur industrial estate now stretches across 1,300 acres and is home to over 1,500 small and medium enterprises, specialising largely in automobile components. In keeping with the growth in engineering industries, several entrepreneurs want to expand their units but are unable to do so due to lack of space. The ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA) has decided to search for space so as to develop another industrial estate.

T.M. Krishna honoured

Singer T.M. Krishna was conferred the fifth Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal at the Music Academy on Sept. 15. Mallika Srinivasan, chairman of Tractors and Farm Equipments Limited, spoke of how the late Mrs. Sivasailam, an ardent lover carnatic music and a critic herself, often marvelled at the gnanam that Mr. Krishna had at an early age. “I recall the time when Krishna sent her the first copy of Margazhi Ragam for her review and she spent the last few weeks of her life both enjoying and responding to his request,” she said.

Graduates to get a high-tech boost

With a view to help engineering graduates stay abreast of the latest in information technology and increase their employability, the ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu (ICTACT) and EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) program are offering courses on Cloud infrastructure Services and big data analytics. The courses will be conducted in collaboration with ICTACT, a government of India, Tamil Nadu and industry initiative.

TTDC Hands over ` 3.13 cr. Dividend to CM

Tourism Minister SP. Shamuganathan on Sept. 23 handed over a cheque for ` 3.13 crore to Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa as dividend from the operations of Tamil nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) for 2013-14. The TTDC’s total net profit for the five years 2006 to 2010 (inclusive) stood at ` 12.99 crore. The past three years the total net profit more than tripled the amount made in the previous five years to ` 42.18 crore. During 2013, Tamil Nadu attracted the largest number of domestic tourists and stood second in attracting foreign tourists. During 2013-14, the TTDC netted a profit of ` 12.42 crore resulting in a dividend to the State government of ` 3.13 crore.

Asiad Bronze : Jaya Awards ` 20L to Dipika

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sept. 22 greeted Dipika Pallikal for winning the bronze medal in Women’s Squash singles event at the Asian Games and announced a cash award of ` 20 lakh in appreciation of her achievement.

Govt. Hospitals get Amma Canteens

With a view to provide quality food at nominal price to outpatients as well as attendants accompanying patients visiting state-run hospitals, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sept. 22 inaugurated Amma Unavagams in four more government hospitals in the metro. With this, the total number of Amma Unavagams in Chennai has gone upto 207.

Japanese bank donates to orphanage

A Japanese bank, on Sept. 20, made donations to an orphanage home in the presence of Consul-General of Japan, Masanori Nakano, on the occasion of its volunteer day. Mizuho Bank Ltd., Chennai branch, which was opened November last, donated mosquito nets, repellents, hand sanitisers and soaps to Seva Samajam Children’s Home in Pallipattu. Employees of the bank engaged with the children by demonstrating the importance of cleanliness and washing of hands. Additionally, they explained the basics of banking and saving to the children.

Plan to improve amenities at Big Temple

A series of measures have been planned to improve the amenities and enhance infrastructure at the Big Temple. Priority will be given for removal of encroachments around Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple and the construction of a new bridge across the Grand Anicut to decongest the temple surroundings. The corporation and the State departments of Archaeology, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, Tourism and the Police would take concerted efforts to improve amenities at the Big Temple and the Rajagopalaswamy Beerangimedu and nearby areas.

Nataraja idol sent to icon centre

Seventy-five-year-old N. Govindarajan of Sripuranthan was almost in tears seeing the ‘panchaloha’ idol of Lord Nataraja. It was after a decade that he was seeing the idol. It was stolen from Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple at Sripuranthan in the district before 2006. The 1,000-year-old idol, which was recently handed over to India by Australia. The idol weighing about 150 kg and standing about five feet in height, was neatly packed in a wooden box and brough in a police truck with tight security.

AC bus shelter at Asargana soon

A swanky ATM-attached air-conditioned bus stop will soon come up at Asargana near the Kathipara junction, Guindy. The ` 1.25 crore facility, initiated by the Cantonment Board of St. Thomas Mount and Pallavaram, is likely to be commissioned by January. It has been planned to build three more such units on 360 square feet each. Each will provide seating for 35 people and accommodate 45 standing. These shelters will have CCTV cameras and toilets. The construction work is being assigned to a private designer on a build, operate and transfer basis, and the design has been submitted for approval. Maintenance will be taken care of by the private sponsor for five years, and the facilities will have round-the-clock security. They will have a TV to provide information on the arrival of buses through GPS.

Decision on Sethu project in a month

A decision on the implementation of the Sethusamudram shipping canal project will be taken in a month, Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari said on 15th Sept. At a press conference in New Delhi, which was televised at the National Informatics Centre in Chennai, he said the RITES (formerly Rail India Technical and Economic Services) had completed its study, which would soon be placed before the Cabinet. However, Mr. Gadkari reiterated his statement made in Parliament in August that the Ram Sethu would not be broken to facilitate the project. The RITES study explored alternatives to the current alignment o save the structure.

CCTVs, a hit among citizens

The number of electronic eyes watching you, even in small lanes, has increased. According to CCTV dealers, many more residential associations in the city have started installing CCTV cameras. Most of the associations are installing the devices to reduce incidents of burglary and to watch out for suspicious movement in the locality. There have been instances of the cameras helping to nab burglars. The Electronic Security Association of India (ESAI), a non-profit National Organization of Security Systems Industry, says that there is a 30 percent increase in the number of CCTV cameras purchased by residential associations.

Manual scavengers yet to be rehabilitated

More than 150 workers have reportedly died in sewer manholes and septic tanks, in the past two decades in Tamil Nadu. Many of the deaths have been reported in the Chennai metropolitan area and its outlying neighbourhoods. The State government is yet to generate a comprehensive database on deaths of manual scavengers. Addressing a press conference on 15th Sept, representatives of a coalition of 15 organisations working for the welfare of manual scavengers and sanitary municipal workers said the government must necessarily compensate the families of the dead workers.

Coastal police stations to be ready in 10 months

The construction of coastal police stations in Tamil Nadu will be completed in 10 months, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has informed DMK MP Kanimozhi. In a letter to Ms. Kanimozhi, Mr. Rijiju said the State government has informed that the delay was due to the policy decision that the CPS function from government buildings. “According to reports from the State government, the construction of 27 CPS have been awarded, and the work will be completed in 10 months,” Mr. Rijiju informed Ms. Kanimozhi, who had raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha through a special mention. Phase II of the coastal security scheme, on an outlay of Rs. 1,580 crore, is being implemented from April 2011.

Classical Tamil Institute headless for 9 years

Created amid the celebration of Tamil getting the Classical language status in 2004, the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) has been functioning without a permanent director for almost nine years. When it was set up in March 2006, it was named the Centre of Excellence for Classical Tamil (CECT) and functioned from the Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysore. In 2008, it was shifted to Chennai, thanks to the efforts of the DMK president and then Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, and renamed the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT). It never had a permanent head. Prof. K. Ramasamy was appointed officer in-charge when it was established in 2006. He continued to hold the post even after it was shifted to Chennai. Later, Prof. S. Mohan was made director-in-charge.

Civic body plans spot of greenery over Metro Station

The Chennai Corporation has plans to develop a park over the Chennai Central Metro station, which is all set to become the largest Metro station in India. At a meeting with Chennai Corporation authorities on Sept. 12, officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) agreed to a proposal of extending the Ripon Buildings Park over the underground Metro station in Chennai Central. Waterproof structures will be created over the station to facilitate the creation of the park. A portion of the park, which will cover more than six acres of the premises of Ripon Buildings and Victoria Public Hall, will be developed on a waterproof concrete slab area, measuring 210 metres by 10 metres.

RTE reimbursement process to begin soon

In the coming week, the directorate of matriculation schools will start sending out forms to schools for reimhursement under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. According to the directorate of the 9,230 reserved seats in the city, excluding those in CBSE and ICSE schools, 5,556 seats or 60 per cent were filled this academic year. As per the Act, unaided, non-minority schools have to reserve 25 per cent of their seats, in the entry level, for children from ‘weaker sections of society’ and ‘disadvantaged groups’, and impart free education. “By next week, the forms will be sent out to schools through the inspectors of matriculation schools. By the end of the month, we hope to consolidate the data and send it to Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA),” said an official. For 2014-15, the component has been included in the SSA budget.

Cardless Cash Withdrawal

Customers of ICICI Bank can now transfer money from their account to anyone in India with a mobile number. The recipient – even if he/she does not have an account with any bank – can withdraw money round the-clock from ICICI Bank ATMs across the country. The money can be withdrawn without having a debit card also. The private bank has just launched a new service called Cardless Cash Withdrawal. The facility can be initiated by any ICICI Bank savings account customer (sender) by logging into internet banking at www.icicibank.com. The sender first needs to register the recipient’s name, mobile number and address. The sender will get a four-digit verification code, while the recipient a six-digit reference code over SMS. The recipient can withdraw cash from almost all ICICI Bank ATMs by entering mobile number cash amount along with the verification and reference code, within two days of the transaction. This service can also be used by the bank’s account-holders to withdraw cash from their own accounts without using a debit card. This new service initiative is part of the bank’s ongoing strategy to leverage on technology to enhance customer experience across banking channels, says a release from the bank.

Age-old manuscripts soon to be an online read

Thousands of rare and original palm-leaf and paper manuscripts at the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library here will soon be available to the public at the click of mouse. The 72,300 manuscripts, providing a deep insight into subjects as varied as the Vedas, the Agama Sastra, architecture and mathematics, are being digitised as part of a Tamil Nadu Government initiative to preserve the intellecutal heritage of the State. The digitised manuscripts will be hosted on the website of the Archaeology Department, which too is being modernised. The digitisation project will cover 15,000 “estampages,” impressions on paper of inscriptions on temple walls and pillars boulders or stones, all of which are under the custody of the Epigraphy Wing of the department. Nearly 5,000 of them have been digitised by now, say officials.

Wi-Fi on MTC’s select AC services soon

The MTC plans to launch Wi-Fi service on some of its select AC services on the stretch – the city’s information technology corridor. “Now there is Wi-Fi every where and people complete their business transactions while on the move. Hence, we do not want to lag behind”, a senior Transport Department official said. The MTC’s plan is aimed at increasing patronage from employees of the software firms along Rajiv Gandhi Salai. “Some of the commuters told us that they needed uninterrupted access to the Internet as they did a lot of their office work while travelling in buses.” the official said.

PSLV-C26 – IRNSS-1C

Oct. 16, 2014 : ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C26, successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), in the early morning hours of today (October 16, 2014) at 0132 hours IST from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This is the twenty seventh consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The ‘XL’ configuration of PSLV was used for this mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was successfully used six times. After the lift-off of PSLV-C26 with the ignition of the first stage, the important flight events, namely, stage and strap-on ignitions, heat-shield separation, stage and strap-on separations and satellite injection, took place as planned. After a flight of about 20 minutes 18 seconds, IRNSS-1C Satellite, weighing 1425 kg, was injected to an elliptical orbit of 282.56 km X 20,670 km, which is very close to the intended orbit. After injection, the solar panels of IRNSS-1C were deployed automatically. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (at Hassan, Karnataka) assumed the control of the satellite. In the coming days, four orbit manoeuvres will be conducted from Master Control Facility to position the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit at 83 deg East longitude.
IRNSS-1C is the third of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B, the first two satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on July 02, 2013 and April 04, 2014 respectively. Both IRNSS-1A and 1B are functioning satisfactorily from their designated geosynchronous orbital positions.

NOBEL PRIZE 2014

NOBEL PRIZE 2014
PEACE – The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.
Kailash – is an Indian child right activist and a global frontrunner against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries.
Malala Yousufsai – is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
MEDICINE
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O’Keefe, the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.
John O’Keefe – University College, London, United Kingdom.
May-Britt Moser – Centre for Neural Computation, Trondheim, Norway.
Edvard I. Moser – Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Trondheim, Norway.
PHYSICS
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.
Isamu Akalski – Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
Shuji Nakamura – is a Japanese-American professor at the Materials Department of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hiroshi Amano – Japanese physicist
CHEMISTRY
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.
William Esco Moerner – is an American physical chemist and chemical physicist with current work in the biophysics and imaging of single molecules.
Robert Eric Betzig – is an American physicist based at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.
Stefan Walter Hell – is a Romanian-born German physicist and one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany.
LITERATURE
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
Patrick Modiano (France) – “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
ECONOMICS
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014 was awarded to Jean Tirole “for his analysis of market power and regulation”.
Jean Tirole – Toulouse 1 Capitole University, Toulouse, France.

17TH ASIAN GAMES

(Incheon Sep. 19 – Oct. 4)
Incheon was awarded the right on April 17, 2007, defeating Delhi, India to host the Games. Incheon is the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to host the Asian Games.
Logo : Three Spotted seal siblings was unveiled on November 4, 2010 as official mascot of the Games in Songdo Island, Incheon. The three seals, known as “Barame”, “Chumuro” and “Vichuon”, means wind, dance and light in Korean language, is in accordance with the theme of main venue. The prototype was taken from Baengnyeong Island. According to the organisers, the mascot was chosen as symbolic to the future peace between South Korea and North Korea. 17th Asian games Participating in 45 Nations, 439 in 36 sports, 9501 Athletes.
India win medals (as on 23.9.2014) : • Gold by Jitu Rai in shooting: It was India’s first gold medal at Asian Games 2014. • Bronze by Shweta Chaudhry in shooting (10m range in air pistol): It was India’s first medal at Asian Games 2014• The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, is a multi-sport event celebrated in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014, with 439 events in 36 sports and disciplines set to feature in the Games.• Bronze by men’s team in shooting (10m air pistol) (Jitu Rai, Samresh Jung and Prakash Nanjappa)• Bronze by women’s team in badminton: It was India’s first medal in badminton since the team bronze won by the men in Seoul, 1986.• Bronze medal by Dipika Pallikal in squash: the first by an Indian woman squash player• Bronze by women’s team in shooting (25m) (Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed and Heena Sidhu)• Silver medal for Saurav Ghosal in Squash: India’s first in the discipline at Asian Games, at the Yeorumul Squash Courts • Bronze medal for Narender Grewal in men’s sanda (60kg) Wushu: • Bronze medal for Sanathoi Devi in women’s sanda (52kg) Wushu: • Team Bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event shooting: • Individual medal by winning the bronze in the men’s 10 metre Abhinav Bindra

17TH ASIAN GAMES MEDALS TALLY (TOP 10)

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total

1. China 151 108 83 342
2. South Korea 79 71 84 234
3. Japan 47 76 77 200
4. Kazakhstan 28 23 33 84
5. Iran 21 18 18 57
6. Thailand 12 7 28 47
7. North Korea 11 11 14 36
8. India 11 10 36 57
9. China Taipei 10 18 23 51
10. Qatar 10 0 4 14

NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS 2014

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee conferred honours in different categories on eminent sportspersons on August 29, 2014 at the National Sports Awards function at the Durbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
Arujna Award : Abhishek Verma (Archery), Tintu Luka (Athletics), H.N. Girisha (Para-athletics), V. Diju (Badminton), Geethu Anna Jose (Basketball), Manoj Kumar, Jai Bhagwan (Boxing), R. Ashwin (Cricket), Anirban Lahiri (Golf), Mamta Pujari (Kabaddi), Saji Thomas (Rowing), Heena Sidhu (Shooting), Anaka Alankamony (Squash), Tom Joseph (Volleyball), Renubala Chanu (Weightlifting), Sunil Kumar Rana (Wrestling).
Dhyan Chand Award : Gurmail Singh (Hockey), K.P. Thakkar (Swimming-diving), Zeeshan Ali (Tennis)
Dronacharya Award : Mahabir Prasad (Wrestling), N. Lingappa (Athletics*), G. Manoharan (Boxing*), Gurcharan Singh Gogi (Judo*), Jose Jacob (Rowing*)
Tenzing Norgay Award : Subedar Jagat Singh (Land Adventure), Passang Tenzing Sherpa (Land Adventure), MWO Surender Singh (Air Adventure), Wg. Cdr. (Retd.) Amit Chowdhur (Lifetime Achievements).
Maulana Abulkalam Azad Trophy : Punjabi University, Patiala.
* Lifetime Achievement.

US OPEN 2014

Men’s Singles : Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan, who is the first Asian to reach a Grand Slam final, in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the final in New York on September 8, 2014.
Women’s Singles : World No. 1 Serena Williams of USA won women’s singles title, beating Garoline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3. It was her sixth US Open crown and third consecutive. It is 18th Grand Slam of her career, equalling the tally of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
Men’s Doubles : Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) beat Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (Spain)
Women’s Doubles : Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy).
Mixed Doubles : Sania Mirza (India) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) beat Abigail Spears (USA) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico).

More power to Sunnis for defeating ISIS

US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry visits Baghdad and tells the newly formed Iraqi government under the Prime Minister, Mr. Haider al-Abadi, to quickly deliver more power to way Sunnis for defeating ISIS.

Approval to sale of stakes

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gives its approval to the sale of stakes in Coal India Ltd. (CIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC).

3 lakh pattas in 7 months – is government going too far?

Exceeding the target set for distribution of free house site ‘patta’ documents for three successive years, the State government has fixed an ambitious target for this fiscal – of which only seven months are left. While about 4.7 lakh free house site patta documents were given in the last three years, the target this year is three lakh. It is possible, say revenue authorities, as they had distributed 2.17 lakh documents last fiscal. Still, doubts linger as the government order was issued about 10 days ago following an announcement made by Revenue Minister R.B. Udhayakumar in the Assembly a month ago. Now that the government order has been passed, the authorities have begun working out district-wise targets under two categories – one-time regularisation scheme and the regular scheme.

India’s water-deficient villages

MIT scientists say that a desalination technology powered by solar panels could provide enough clean, potable drinking water to meet the needs of India’s water-deficient villages.

Jitu Rai clinches the 50 metre free pistol

Jitu Rai of India clinches the 50-metre free pistol Silver in the 51st World Championship in Granada.

Deadliest flood in Pakistan’s history

Nearly half a million people are hit by the deadliest flood in Pakistan’s history that is thought to have killed 243 people in the towns along the swollen Chenab river.

32nd Meeting of Ministers of Health

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan signs an MoU at the 32nd Meeting of Ministers of Health of Countries of the WHO South-east Asia Region held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. All the participants resolve to collaborate in the elimination of Kala-azar from their respective countries.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad All Hussein of Jordon urges Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international probe mandated by the Human Rights Council.

India formally signs a free trade agreeement

India formally signs a free trade agreement for services and investments with ASEAN. Philippines is the only ASEAN country yet to sign the pact.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter meets PM Narendra Modi

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in New Delhi to give an impetus to Indo-German ties.

CM wants Srirangam made heritage city

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has called for the inclusion of Srirangam in the Union government’s scheme for heritage cities. She made the suggesion when Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu called on her at the Secretariat. Mr. Naidu told journalists after the meeting that he informed her that Kancheepuram and Velankanni had been included in the scheme in the first phase. The suggestion for inclusion of Srirangam, made based on its historical and cultural background would “definitely” be considered in the next phase, he said.

Return of Ardhanareeswara sculpture gladdens residents

The return from Australia of the stolen stone scultpure of Ardhanareeswara, a 10th century artefact of the Chola era, has gladdened the residents of Vriddhachalam, and devotees in the region. Vriddhagireeswara temple at Vriddhachalam, had found its way to the Art Gallery of New Jersey, Sydney, the residents and officials of the Hindu Religious and Endowment Department were unaward of the theft. The French Institute of Pondicherry documented the sculpture in 1974. This meant the sculpture should have been stolen at a later date. There seemed to be no record available with HR & CE Department about the missing sculpture or the installation of the fake one.

71st Venice Film Festival

Court, an Indian movie written and directed by Indian writer Mr. Chaitanya Tamhane, wins the Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis award for a Debut Feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

Serena Williams wins her third consecutive US Open trophy

World number one Serena Williams wins her third consecutive US Open trophy, defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. While American twins Bob and Mike Brayan become the first doubles pair to win 100 titles together after they win the US Open final.

Mr. Abe is the first Japanese leader in 24 years to visit Sri Lanka

Mr. Shinzo Abe arrives in Colombo on a visit to boost ties between the two countries. Mr. Abe is the first Japanese leader in 24 years to visit Sri Lanka.

1000 crore assistance in addition

After an aerial survey of the flood affected regions, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi declares the Jammu and Kashmir floods a ‘national diseaster’ and announces ` 1,000-crore assistance in addition to ` 1,100 crore already made.

New study finds that optimal sleeping time

A new study finds that optimal sleeping time per night is 7 hours, 38 minutes for women and 7 hours, 46 minutes for men.

South Africa wins tri-series

South Africa clinch the tri-series, after they claim a six-wicket victory over Australia in the final of the series in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Health minister launches the biggest-ever anti-TB drug

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches the biggest-ever-anti-TB drug resistance survey in the country.

Venkaiah lauds State’s water sector initiatives

Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, who met Chief Minister Jaylalithaa at the Secretariat said, “Tamil Nadu is a pioneer” in rainwater harvesting under her leadership. He said the State was ahead of others in water recycling and desalination, and it established a system to pay for running and maintaining water supply schemes from water charges, something that was “the need of the hour.” Mr. Naidu said the Chief Minister had shown a “personal interest” in having toilets built in most of the girls schools. He and Ms. Jayalalithaa discussed ways of tapping, into the allocation from the MP Local Area Constituency Development Scheme for building toilets in the remaining schools.

City’s mangroves at risk, say experts

Stretches of mangroves along the Chennai coast are facing the threat of extinction due to pollution and overgrowth of invasive tree species, researchers caution. In Chennai, the trees, which offer protection from calamities such as taunamia, cyclones and hurricanes, are found along the perimeter of Theosophical Society, in a fragmented patch around islands on Adyar river, and at the junction of South Buckingham canal and Cooum river (behind the Madras University campus). They are also found in Ennore and Muttukkadu, say researchers. K. Ilangovan, a researcher on mangroves, said two species are found in the Adyar river, one in the Cooum and Muttukkadu, and three in the Ennore area. The mangroves in all these areas, which are now in a degraded condition, may have thrived on the coastline half a century ago, he observed. One of the mangrove species, Avicennia marina, is an exception, which can with stand high pollution levels, said Dr. Ilangovan.

World’s first super massive dinosaur

The world’s first super massive dinosaur (with a 37-foot neck and weight around 65 tonnes), even larger than seven T-rex put together, is discovered in southern Patagonia in Argentina. It is the largest dinosaur ever found.

India win ODI series against England

India lose the fifth and final match to the hosts but win the 5-match One-Day International (ODI) series played against England by 3-1. Suresh Raina of Indian wins the Man of the Series title.

Sania win third mixed doubles

India’s Sania Mirza clinches her third mixed doubles Grand Slam crown as she and partner Bruno Soares of Brazil win the US Open in New York.

Ukrainian President declares a ceasefire to end

The Ukrainian President declares a ceasefire to end nearly five months of fighting in the nation’s east after his representatives reach a deal with the Russian-backed rebels at peace talks.

Former Supreme Court Chief Judge Sworn in Kerala Governor

The former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. P. Sathasivam, is sworn in as the Governor of Kerala.

India signs a civil nuclear cooperation agreement

In a major step towards realising its nuclear energy ambitions, India signs a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Australia in New Delhi.

Rotary award honours teaching with a difference

One man can make a change, all that is needed is courage, conviction and confidence, said Namasivayam Reguraj, managing director of Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF). He was addressing the audience after being conferred Dronacharya Award 2014 by Rotary Club of Madras East on Sept. 3. The award was instituted 2008 to honour exemplary teachers who went beyond their call of duty to strive for excellence. Mr. Namasivayam Reguraj, in his address, was referring to former businessman Virendra (Sam) Singh, who started a school for girls in Uttar Pradesh and gave them money for attending classes. “He made a difference in the lives of girl children,” he said.

NATO Summit 2014 in Wales

The two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Summit 2014 begins in Wales, UK.

Australian PM two day visit in India

Australian Prime Minister Mr. Tony Abbott arrives in Mumbai on a two-day India visit.

New capital of the state in AP

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Chandrababu Naidu announces officially that Vijayawada and the surrounding VGTM (Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri) region will be the new capital of the State.

Postal ID cards to get more details

With postal identity cards becoming more popular, the postal department is considering adding more information and providing improved services. Since its launch in 2008, the Chennai city region of the department has issued over two lakh identity cards, which is accepted as a document for address proof by several government and private agencies. On an average, nearly 5,000 identity cards are being issued every month. Officials of the postal department said, at present, cardholders’ details like name, address and photograph are being printed on the identity cards. The department is now planning to add mobile numbers and Aadhaar card numbers to the list of details. These cards are used as proof of open bank and postal accounts, and get ration cards, LPG connections and passports. Officials said customers may walk into any post office and apply for a card by paying ` 270. The cost of the card under the tatkal systems is ` 600.

Tamil Wikipedia to publish two seminal works

In a move that could considerably bolster the freely-available database of Tamil articles online, Tamil Wikipedia has been given the licence to produce the entire collection of two seminal encyclopaedia works, under Creative Commons. Tamizh Valarchi Kazhagam (Tamil Development Council) an autonomous institution of the State government, recently granted permission to Tamil Wikipedia volunteers to publish its encyclopaedia works, Kalaikalangiyam and Kuzhandaigal Kalaikalangiyam. Explaining the significance of the permission, veteran Tamil Wikipedia author and volunteer, C.R. Selvakumar of University of Waterloo, said Kalaikalangiyam and Kuzhandaigal Kalaikalangiyam, both ten-volume sets of books, are among the highest accomplishments in the field of knowledge literature in the country.

Russian President calls on Ukrainian rebels and government forces

Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin calls on both Ukrainian rebels and government forces for ceasefire and agree to the broad terms of a truce ending their four-month war.

Eight slaughterhouses in the pipeline

The Chennai Corporation will construct eight satellite slaughterhouses in the city to prevent public health problems associated with unlicensed butcheries. Slaughter-houses for sheep and goats will be commissioned at Thiruvottiyur, Ambattur, Porur, Alandur and Sholinganallur. The ones at Thiruvottiyur, Porur and Sholinganallur will also have facilities to slaughter buffaloes. “Each of the slaughterhouses will be located 5 to 7 km from existing butcheries in extended areas,” said an official. Site selection has been completed in most of the areas and civic body is awaiting land transfer. The facilities will be commissioned within six months. In the last three months, a number of unlicensed meat stalls in extended areas have been closed down by the Corporation. “We are unable to regulate the unauthorised meat stalls without facilities for slaughter in added areas,” said the official. Allegations pertaining to slaughter of sick animals in many areas have also been recorded. Gastroenteritis and contamination of food have also been reported to the public health department.

IIT-M students get to sampel the IAF life

It was a breath-taking experience for physically challenged C.S. Niranjan, a third-year aero space engineering student of IIT-Madras (IIT-M). One of the 52 students of IIT-M at the Air Force station, Tambaram, Niranjan got an idea of just what a career with the Indian Air Force (IAF) would be like, through ‘Guardians of the Sky’, an interactive programme initiated by the IAF. Air Marshal S. Sukumar, air officer-in-charge personnel, IAF, flagged off a rally from the station. After experiencing parasailing, Niranjan said he was amazed at the experience that was “different from anything we learn in the classroom”. Similar views were expressed by Jadhav Dattareya, a fifth-year student of the department at IIT-M, who was excited to be part of the learning team. His first flight had strengthened his ambition to become a pilot.

Amma canteen wows Chandigarh Mayor

Facilities similar to Amma canteens will soon be commissioned in Chandigarh, said Chandigarh Mayor Harpool Chander Kalyan. Speaking to mediapersons after visiting the Amma canteen at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital Chennai on Sept. 1 Mr. Kalyan said a team of 25 officials visited the city to study its welfare measures including Amma canteens. “The food is hygienic and delicious. Our officials are studying the system,” be said. The scheme will be redesigned to suit conditions in Chandigarh. “The Amma canteens provide hygienic food for thousands of poor people. The model is worth emulating. We congratulate Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.” he said, adding that thousand of Chandigarh residents would benefit from the scheme.

Japan develop a new method to detect Ebola virus

Researchers at Nagasaki, Japan develop a new method to detect Ebola virus in 30 minutes, enabling doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award

Esplanade House & Shri Sakhargad Nivasini Devi Temple Complex bag the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards from India.

Russia declares NATO a ‘threat’

Russia declares NATO a ‘threat’ to its security after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defences in Eastern Europe.

First Muslim top law officer dies

Former Attorney General of India, G.E. Vahanvati, the first Muslim to become the top law officer of the country, dies at the age of 65 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

India thrash England by nine wickets in the fourth ODI

India thrash England by nine wickets in the fourth ODI to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series in Birmingham, UK. With 91 wins, M.S. Dhoni becomes the most successful Indian ODI captain.

Public sector banks make the mark

Public sector banks in the State have accounted for nearly 90 per cent of the accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). Of 10.41 lakh accounts opened throughout the State on the day the scheme was launched (August 28), 9,26,543 accounts were through the public sector banks; 87,075 accounts through regional rural banks and 27,963 accounts through private sector banks, according to data available with the State Level Bankers’ Committee.

Board extends noise pollution monitoring

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) just got around to listening to the ambient noise levels in Old Washermenpet, Shenoy Nagar, Sowcarpet, Velachery and Pallikaranai. Noise level-monitoring equipment has been installed at these locations and trials are on. The cost of the equipment (Rs. 70 lakh) has been shared by CPCB and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). Sources in TNPCB explained that noise levels would be recorded by a microphone and the data sent to a computer that would analyse the levels. The recording will be done 24×7 and the data transferred to the CPCB server every five seconds.

South Indian film awards

A host of popular celebrities – actors Kushboo, Sivakarthikeyan, Rana Daggubati, Devi Sri Prasad – came together to announce that the South Indian International Movie Awards 2014 (SIIMA) will be held in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on Sep. 12 and 13. Over two days, 20 film awards will be presented to the winners from each industry. Mr. Rana will host the show which will also feature performances by the likes of Silambarasan, Shriya Saran, Tamannah Bhatia and Devi Sri Prasad among others.

Awards for films on mental health

Scribbing, an inspiring short film on a child’s struggle with the learning disability dysgraphia and Fruitful, the moving story of a man battling bipolar disorder, were named joint first prize winners of ‘Frame of Mind’, an international film festival on mental health. Scribbling details the struggles of a mother trying to teach the child with the learning disability how to write alphabets and lays emphasis on the role of parents. The theme was also reflected the speech of the chief gust cinematographer P.C. Sreeram at the event organised by Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) and Indo-Cine Appreciation Forum (ICAF) at Russian Cultural Centre on Oct. 31, Mr. Sriram, who presented the SCARF-SUNDARAM FINANCE Awards for best short films, said: “I was never a good student and felt like an alien in school. It was my mother who identified (my talent) and put me on the right track.

Boat trip down the canal

Believe it or not, Boating may return to Buckingham canal. However, it’s not the portion near Chennai Central but a 45-km stretch from Thiruvanmiyur to Kalpakkam, where the canal looks like its original self which might see traffic and activity returning. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has been given a go-ahead by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) report along the South Buckingham Canal. The plan is to make this stretch of the canal suitable for navigation of cargo vessels of maximum 300 tonnes and movement of tourist and passenger vessels of reasonable size as well as construction of three terminals for loading and unloading of cargo. According to the plan, the canal needs dredging and banks have to be formed with excavated soil. It also requires dredging of sea mouths in Muttukadu and Kalpakkam and subsequent maintenance. Terminals have to be constructed at suitable locations for cargo and passenger operation with necessary facilities including weight bridges, truck parking and electrical sub-stations.

New blood test (TAM-TB assay)

A new blood test (TAM-TB assay) is developed to provide a fast and accurate tool to diagnose tuberculosis in children.

PM Modi’s visit to Japan, Tokyo pledges $33.8 billion

During Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, Tokyo pledges $33.8 billion over 5 years to aid infrastructure and two of Mr. Modi’s pet projects – cleaning Ganga and developing smart cities.

Functioning again Nalanda University in Bihar

1 : Nalanda University in Bihar’s Rajgir district becomes functional. The ancient university was destroyed by a medieval ruler 800 years ago. Students from 35 countries have applied to study at the varsity.

Iron fencing to stop pollution of canals

Raj Bhavan canal will be the first in the city to have galvanised iron fencing to prevent dumping of garbage by residents. “Work on commissioning the structure along a 1.5-km stretch is almost complete. We will complete the work in 20 days,” said an official. The flow of stormwater will however remain unhindered in neighbourhoods around Raj Bavan canal throughout this northeast monsoon. After the ` 5.5 crore makeover, residents of over 250 homes along the 1.5-km stretch from Velachery to Guindy will stop polluting the canal. Mosquito density in the area has been high because of the dumping of municipal solid waste in the canal.