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India Non-permanent member of the UN Security Council

1 : India formally becomes, after a gap of 19 years, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Germany, Portugal, South Africa and Columbia, along with India, become the new non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

World Tennis Championship

Rafael Nadal of Spain wins the invitational World Tennis Championship, defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final in Dubai, Abu Dhabi.

India Non-permanent member of the UN Security Council

India formally becomes, after a gap of 19 years, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Germany, Portugal, South Africa and Columbia, along with India, become the new non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

Time is ripe for reform in Education

A plenary session on “challenges of Maintaining Quality Education” at the 98th Indian Science Congress gave a clarion sector, with speakers dwelling upon the drawbacks and inefficiencies of the current system. What emerged was a consensus of sorts over the need for an overhaul. Minister of state for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari reflected on the views of other speakers. Other speakers at the session, all senior educationist, took a swipe at the present system. While some attacked the syllabi and the rigidity of the system, others trained their guns at the practices surrounding the appointment of teaching staff and the evaluation of student.

Sachin scores the 51st century

4 : Sachin Tendulkar scores the 51st Test century of his career (146 off 314 balls) in the third and final Test against hosts South Africa in Cape Town.

Ratan Tata to get Nehru award

Tata group chairman Ratan Tata will be presented the Jawaharlal Nehru Award by P.M. Manmohan Singh at the 98th Indian Science Congress, for his constitutions to Indian society and development of the Nano car.

Cauvery bank renovation

The weakened banks of the Cauvery would be strengthened for which an allocation of ` 253 crore had been set apart, said Secretary to PWD. He said fifty percent of work had been completed and the rest would come to an end by Jan. 22.

700 year old shore temple to get a facelift soon

The reconstruction works on the 700-year-old Masilanathar Temple locoted right at the seafront of Tarangambadi in Nagapattinam district, is giving on at full swing. They are expected to be completed in a couple of month. In addition a separate plan is under consideration for the construction of a Rajagopuram.

Palli Arai with silver doors

The bedroom (Palli Arai) at Sri Meenakshi Temple at Madurai has been provided with silver doors, according to the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Temple, an official release said 70 kg. of Silver had been used for the door made by the Nagarathar (Chettiar Community). The door cost ` 35 lakh.

Lifetime Achivement Award

Dr. Avasarala Anusuya Devi pioneer of folk music treditions of Andhra Pradesh and the first women music composer of the All India Radio, was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by P. Susheela Trust, for the outstanding contributions to music.

Research centre to tackle mosquito menace

In a bid to study and contain the proliferation of mosquitoes in the city, a research centre would be setup in the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Tondiarpet, said Mayor. The Mayor was addressing a gathering at the flagging off of six catamarans in the coovum River in Sivannda Salai to intensity the programme against mosquitoes.

Mega Science Event

The stage is all set for the inauguration of the 98th editon of Indian Science Congress (ISC) by Prime Minister at the SRM University campus at Kattankulathur. The five day event will be attended by around 9,000 delegates from various parts of the globe as well as representatives from all states in the country.

Added attraction this year night – long Theru Koothu

Chennai Sangamam is back. And this year, the organisers promise a bigger and better festival. The fifth edition of the week-long folk art festival that opens in the city on Jan. 12, will have differently-abled artists and underprivileged children from govt. schools performing. Besides, an additional feature will be Theru Koothu, a night-long song, and dance drama resplendant of Tamil Nadu’s rich fashion as performed in the villages.

“Tamil call stronger than Protocol”

C.M. Karunanidhi said he did not go to the airport  to personally receive Prime Minister because he had a more important duty: serving the cause of Tamil Participating in the book release function of lyricist Vairamuthu’s ‘Aayiram Paadalgal’ a collection of 1000 songs of the poet. Karunanidhi said though he had a very important task of receiving the Prime Minister, he decided to attened the literary event. Quoting an anecdote from Tamil literary history in which Chera king Seraman Irumporai served an ordinary poet, he said: Similarly if this king (Karunanidhi) has came here by not going to receive even the PM, it only means service (Thondu) and duty to Tamil.

Karunanidhi gives PM a miss

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s love for Tamil, as he chose to put it, forced him to give a miss to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who arrived Chennai on 2nd April evening. After sitting for two hours at a function where a compilation of poems of Vairamuthu was released, C.M. said he had in the process skipped a “very important duty” receiving the PM. Here the DMK potriarch likened who farmed  a pact who slept on a Murusukkattil. After the function, he drove to the new Secretariate and held discussions with officials. Karunanidhi was scheduled to meet Singh at around 8.15 p.m., but  a  “slight change” in the PM’s itinary upset it, sources said.

98th Indian Science Congress in Chennai

3 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurates the 98th Indian Science Congress in Chennai, Tamil Nadu; the theme of the Congress is “Quality Education and Excellence in Science Research in Indian Universities”.

SPL plan to scan Theni Hills for extremists

In order to prevent intrusion of extremist elements into the isolated hilly areas and compaigning against the government, the Theni district administration has been directed to implement a special programme by ensuring all basic amenities to such villages and the provision of all welfare measures at their doorsteps. The govt. has also directed the administration to take all steps to promote the life style of the villagers.

Rehabilitation centre for Monkeys

Monkey manance haunting resident at several places in the district would come to an end soon with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department planning to set up a rescue and rehabilitation centre exclusively for monkeys at Alagar Koil Hills, according to District Forest Officer Rakesh Jumar J. He said the decission had been taken following complaints from the people residing at nearby areas and some other places in Madurai District.

KHS loses pace due to bankers’ attitudes

The unexplained “go-slow” by bankers in Madurai district to disburse loan to beneficiaries under the Kalaignar housing scheme prompted collector C. Kamaraj to warn that such an attitude will have serious implications for them including disciplinary action and withdrawal of government deposits from the banks. He said that he plans to call a meeting of all the 300 branch managers of banks in the district to get first-hand explanation from them for the tardy progress in processing loan applications. If the branch managers delay in processing applications, we will be compelled to recommend disciplinary action against them. Also we will withdraw. DRDA deposits with the banks.

Temple city welcomes New Year in traditional style

The usual bash thrown by hotels and clubs on the eve of new year notwith-standing, many Madurai residents preferred to commerce the year on a divine note throwing places of worship, most notably the Meanakshi temple. Long queues were seen outside the temple since morning, with devotees of various hues making it to the temple and pray, a feature that on old-timer says has been increasing with passing year. The scene at the fort of the picturesque Alagar hills was similar, with about 30,000 devotees seeking blessings and wish fulfilment.

Vishranthi Charitable Trust bags award

The Vishranthi Charitable Trust received the Hamsdhwani R. Ramachandran Award of Excellence from Gopalakrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal. Savithri Vaithi, founder and chairperson of Vishranthi, an old age home, received the award. According to the treasurer Natarajan Ramakrishnan the Trust gives individual care and attention to old woman, and makes their life better by serving all their needs. This year, the Vishranthi Trust has been awarded ` 15,000 for their services to old women, deserted by their children.

Chennai Book Fair

The 34th annual Chennai Book Fair will be open to public from 4th January. The fair is being held at the George Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, near Pachiappa’s College will be open to public till Jan. 17. More than 640 stalls are being put up with books in all languages. Publishers from new Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad and Bangalore will be participating.

Revolutionary new gadget

British defence scientists announce that they have developed what they claim is a revolutionary new gadget which can help soldiers pinpoint the exact position of enemy snipers 1,000 yards away. The new high-tech gadget — four inches square and weighing 300 grams — can be worn on a soldier’s arm; it is connected with a shoulder sensor which identifies the shooter’s location in an instant, thus enabling troops to fire back accurately.

Brazil’s first woman President

Ms. Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first woman President, assumes office; she succeeds Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

AUV designed and developed by CMERI

2 : The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), designed and developed by the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), Durgapur, is completed. The cylindrical AUV is capable of independently carrying out a plethora of underwater operations.

This DNA makes educational services profitable

DNA Easy Learning Pvt. Ltd., a Chennai based private innovative education company with over 10,000 students on its rolls as on date in Tamil Nadu, has set an agenda to take educational services available to all sections of the community, all with the use of a simple business model. “The DNA Easy Learning Programme can be offered as part of the school curriculam, either as electives or after-school activities.”

Leucoderma renamed in Tamil

A GO has been passed renaming Leucoderma and Vitiligo, referred to as “Vennkushtam’, and “Venkuttam” in Tamil as ‘Venpulligal”.

Permanent security wing for Meenakshi Temple likely

A proposal has been sent to the state govt. seeking approval for setting up a permanent security team for Meenakshi Sundereswarar Temple said P. Bala-subramaniam Commissioner of Police, Madurai city. He told reportes that  at present Armed  Police personnel are involved in the bandobust for the temple. Around 230 personnel from the security team in the present setup, he said. Meenwhile, the City Police had formulated a security scheme to create a special permanent security at the temple premises.

Stalin presents awards to best SHGS

Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin presented Manimekhalai awards to five village-level federations of self-help groups and 10 best self-help groups for the year 2009-10. While the federations of SHGs at village level have been given ` 3 lakh each, the best SHGs got ` 1 lakh each. Apart from these, awards and prizes to the best self help groups in all districts will be given by the collectors of respective districts in the State.

Rain relief work to be over by Jan. 5

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi ordered the collectors of districts that were affected by northeast monsoon rains to complete relief works, including distribution on compensation to the affected farmers and other sections of the society latest by Jan. 5. Also he said so during a three-hour discussions via video-conferencing from Fort St. George with the Collectors of 10 districts, hit by rains. The state govt. has sought an assistance of ` 1,832 crore to cope with the rain-damage and a central team also paid a three day visit to the flood-hit areas. Official sources said the team is likely to submit its report by Jan. 3 and within a couple of days, the centre is likely to announce interim relief.

Land acquisition delays for handloom project

Issues over land acquisition have delayed the ` 2 crore Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme in the state to be completed by March 2012, according to a top official from the handloom sector. B.B. Paul, Zonal Director of Weavers Service Centre that three clusters under the scheme in Kurinjipadi in Cuddalore district, Tiruvannamalai and Tiruchy were delayed due to lack of land. “Now we have identified the land and the project will be completed by March 2012”.

Usual Quota of Krishna Water

Water manages in Chennai are releived that the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal II in its order, has not made any changes to the quantum of water to be released for the City by the three upper Triparian states Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Krishna Tribunal has ruled that the three states should contribute 3.30 tmc ft of water each for Chennai’s drinking water supply between July and October while between  January and April, they should release 1.70 tmc ft. each in four equal instalments. PWD sources also said that there is adequate water for supply to people of Chennai and stated that the city has received 3.8 tmc ft. of water in the first phase of supply.