October, 2014

Four police officials chosen for Gandhi Adigal police medal

Four police officials have been chosen for this year’s Gandhi Adigal police medal for their work in curbing illicit liquor. They are K. Balakrishnan, Addl. Dy. commissioner of Police, Prohibition Enforcement Wing, Tiruchi City; K. Shanmugam, Addl. Superintendent of Police, Prohibition Enforcement Wing, Kancheepuram Dist. P. Padmavathi, Inspector of Police, Central Investigation Unit, Tiruchi Zone, and M. Babu, Sub-Inspector of Police, Prohibition Enforcement Wing, Villupuram District.

A golden jubilee express that helped keep time

The Brindavan Express turned 50 on Oct. 1. For decades, the train was the most viable option for speedy daytime travel between the two State capitals – Madras and Bangalore. When the service first started, it would take less than 8 hours to reach Bangalore from Madras, with Katpadi and Jollarpet being the only halts in between. In 1966, the Brindavan Express, which until then was powered by a steam engine, was fitted with a diesel one, reducing running time by a good hour. “When the engine was converted to diesel, the train would run with two locos, making it all the more faster. By 1968, it was converted to a “corridor train” with buffet arrangements. On May 1 1969, the train was modernised with a new vestibuled rake. It boasted of two first class coaches, each having 44 revolving cushioned seats with adjustable footrests and 7 third class chair cars, providng to be hugely popular. The 220-mile journey now took only 5 hours. Fifty year on, the train may have lost its novelty but continues to be findly remembered.

Posters ‘blame’ it on Karnataka

Emotions are running high as people in the Cauvery delta areas respond to the ‘crisis’ set off by the verdict awarded by the Bangalore special court to the former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, in the disproportionate assets case. Posters that have appeared in large numbers in Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts – in the name of Tamilaga Vivasayigal Sangam and the AIADMK – accuse Karnataka of “avenging its string of losses” on the Cauvery issue by “nailing” her in this case.

Landing aid facility at airport

A new facility called Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) has been installed at the Chennai airport. It will help augmenting signals from the ground, using which the aircraft can land accurately. Deepak Shastri, regional executive director, southern region, Airports Authority of India (AAI), said Software fine-tuning is required for the new system to suit the country’s equatorial conditions. Once this is completed, the AAI would approach the Director General of Civil Aviation for the final certification and its commissioning, which is expected by April. The signal from the GBAS would cover a six-km radius and airports within this area can use the facility.