Jai Hind 1-S: World’s lightest satellite

Four students of Chennai build the world’s lightest and cheapest satellite weighing just 33.39 grams. The name of the satellite is ‘Jai Hind 1-S’ and would be launched in August 2018. It analyses data like temperature, UV density and vapour pressure, at various points of the satellite’s upward journey. This will help in research and the better understanding of the environment in outer space.

Chennai Super Kings lift their 3rd IPL title

Chennai Super Kings lifted their third Indian Premier League title after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in Mumbai. Shane Watson’s century helped Chennai to defeat Hyderabad. Shane Watson was declared as Man of the Match.

International Rail Coach Expo in Chennai

For the first time, an International Rail Coach Expo (IRCE) is being held in Chennai. The expo which is being held from 17th to 19th May will focus on Rail Coaches and train sets. It will be a unique platform to bring different suppliers under one roof and create synergy for “Make in India”.

IMD to add 30 Doppler radars in country

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will add 30 Doppler radars in the next two-three years across the country. Doppler radars provide precise information about thunderstorms, dust storms, hailstorms, rainfall and wind patterns. With a radius of 250km, they help in issuing nowcasts 2-3 hours prior to severe weather events. The first Doppler radar was installed in Chennai in 2002.

Prajnesh won maiden singles title

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has clinched his first ever singles tennis title on the ATP Challenger circuit.The 28-year-old from Chennai, ranked 260, pocketed $21,600 and earned 125 points. It was second final at the Challenger level for left-handed Prajnesh, who had lost the Pune summit clash to Sadio Doumbia in October 2016.

Indo-Korean joint exercise SAHYOG- HYEOBLYEOG

Indo-Korean joint anti-piracy, search & rescue exercise ‘SAHYOG- HYEOBLYEOG 2018’ was conducted off the Chennai coast.The joint exercise is a part of ongoing cooperative arrangements b/w the 2 coast guards for the past 12 years. The exercise aims to develop working level co-operation & enhance inter-operability in the fields of maritime search & rescue, anti-piracy operations.

Veteran director CV Rajendran passed away

Veteran director CV Rajendran passed away in Chennai after a prolonged illness.Rajendran had worked with some of the big names in the industry that included Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. He has also made films in other languages like Dulhan (Hindi), Thrimurthy (Kannada), and Chiranjeevi (Telugu). He brought together Sivaji Ganesan and Jayalalithaa and introduced Prabhu.

Vijay Sankar is Honorary Consul General

Vijay Sankar, deputy chairman of The Sanmar Group, has been appointed the Honorary Consul General for Denmark in Chennai. His consular district consists of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka and Puducherry. Mr Sankar succeeds his father N. Sankar and grandfather K. S. Narayanan, who had earlier served as Honorary Consuls for Denmark in south India.

AWBI headquarters shifted to Haryana

The headquarters of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has been shifted from Chennai to Haryana‘s Ballabhgarh for ?better coordination? between the environment ministry and the board. AWBI consists of 22 members even though the total number should be 28 as per the PCA Act. The new office will be at the eight-acre National Institute of Animal Welfare (NIAW) campus in the Delhi.

DefExpo to be organised

DefExpo 2018 will, for the first time, project India‘s Defence manufacturing capabilities to the world. DefExpo 2018 will brand India as a defence exporter of several defence systems and components for all three Services – Army, Navy and Air Force. The DefExpo is being held on sea-shore, along the East Coast road enroute Chennai to Mahabalipuram.

India’s 1st defence industrial corridor

The first of the two defense industrial production corridors, as announced in the Union Budget, will link Chennai & Bengaluru and will pass through Coimbatore and several other industrial clusters.The corridor shall provide impetus to the defence production industry in the country and in the region.The announcement on the second corridor would be made soon.

India, Japan hold joint naval exercise

Ships & aircraft of Indian Coast Guard & its Japanese counterpart conducted a joint naval drill in Chennai.As many as 9 ships & 8 aircraft of Indian Coast Guard along with Japanese Coast Guard Ship ‘Tsugaru’ with helo participated in the biennial Search & Rescue Exercise 2018. Observers from 17 countries and members of National Maritime Search & Rescue Board also witnessed the drill.

Gnani Sankaran passes away

Veteran Tamil writer, journalist and theatre personality, Gnani Sankaran, passed away at his residence in Chennai.He began his career at the Indian Express. Later, he edited a number of journals in Tamil and ran a theatre group, Pareeksha. His column O Pakkangal in popular Tamil weeklies was a big hit. He contested the Alandur by-poll unsuccessfully in April 2014 on Aam Aadmi Party ticket.

A new book on Rahul Dravid

In an attempt to immortalise Rahul Dravid, Sportwalk, a sports media and merchandise startup in Chennai has released a comic book titled ‘The Wall’.Hailing him as a superhero, the comic book has compiled 15 of the most glorious moments of his life. It is written by Himanshu.

Anand won World rapid championship

Viswanathan Anand lifted the World rapid chess championship in Riyadh on Thursday.The genius of Chennai, who defeated Magnus Carlsen of Norway earlier in the tournament, went on to finish on top with 10.5 points at the end of the 15th and final round.Anand won that mini-match against Fedoseev.

SBI changes name, IFSC codes of branches

Post merger of its 5 associates, SBI has changed names & IFSC codes of nearly 1,300 of its branches.The Bank has changed names & IFSC codes of branches located Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai & Kolkata and others.Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) is an 11-digit alpha-numeric code used to uniquely identify all bank branches participating in any RBI regulated funds transfer system.

UAE to open 3 new visa offices in India

United Arab Emirates will open 3 new consular offices in India soon.New offices in Chandigarh, Chennai & Hyderabad will help Indians in those regions to get UAE visas easily.At present there are 3 consular offices which are functioning in Mumbai, New Delhi & Thiruvananthapuram. The embassy has also launched a mobile app to serve both Emiratis & Indians during their travel in India & UAE.

India’s ATP event becomes Tata Open

India’s leading ATP event early next year will be called the Tata Open Maharashtra 2018, following Tata Sons deciding to associate with the competition via a 5 year sponsorship.The event is being hosted in Maharashtra for the first time, after it was moved from Chennai.Tata Open Maharashtra 2018 qualifying rounds will be played on December 30, 31 2017 while the main draw starts Jan 1, 2018

Madras High Court judge sworn in

Justice Satrughana Pujahari has been sworn in as Madras High Court judge. Justice Satrughana Pujahari had been transferred from the High Court of Orissa to the Madras High Court by a notification dated November 14, 2017. With his appointment, the total number of judges has gone up to 54 as against the sanctioned strength of 75.

Paes-Purav lift JSM Champaign trophy

Leander Paes and Purav Raja won the JSM Champaign Challenger trophy, their second title together, winning over Ruan Roelofse and Joe Salisbury. It was second title-clash for Paes and Raja pair. Raja before teaming up with Paes had won Bordeaux Challenger with Divij Sharan and also made the final of the ATP 250 Chennai Open with the Delhi left-hander.

Trisha becomes UNICEF celebrity advocate

Actor Trisha Krishnan was conferred the UNICEF celebrity advocate status for child rights at an event held in Chennai. She is the first actor from the South Indian film industry to receive this honour. Previously this honour was bestowed upon Bollywood celebrities like Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Raveena Tandon.

RBL opens all women branch in Chennai

Private sector RBL Bank inaugurated an all women branch in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The all-women branch in Chennai will be managed by eight women and will offer all products and services across liability and assets. This initiative is RBL Bank’s efforts in encouraging gender equality. It was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in Mumbai. It’s current CEO is Vishwavir Ahuja.

Chennai in UNESCO’s Creative cities list

64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur and Varanasi. Chennai has been for contribution in music. After this, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

RORO ships Chennai Port to Bangladesh

Nitin Gadkari digitally flagged off a Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) ship from Chennai Port to Mongla port in Bangladesh. M.V. IDM DOODLE, a RoRo cum general cargo vessel carried an export consignment of 185 trucks by Ashok Leyland to Bangladesh. Export of these trucks was earlier done through land route. Transport through the sea route will save about 15-20 days of travel time.

Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away

Noted Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi passed away in Chennai. He was 69 years old. He had been ill for a while. He has directed more than 150 movies in his 40 year career. He started his career as an art director for Kaliyalla Kalyanam in 1968. He made his debut as a director with the movie Ulsavam. He has won various awards like National Film Award, Kerala State Film Awards etc.

Lekh Tandon passes away

Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon has passed away. Lekh Tandon is best known for films like Amrapali, Agar Tum Na Hote and Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, Swades, Chennai Express and Rang De Basanti. He also helmed television serial Dil Dariya in 1988 through which he introduced Shah Rukh Khan. Lekh Tandon was bed-ridden for the last five to six months and was being fed through a pipe.

New Guinness Record at IISF Chennai 2017

At the second day of the India International Science Festival in Chennai, a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson was created. One thousand forty-nine students participated in the record-breaking session. The World record had students from Class 9 and Class 10. The biology lesson was delivered by Ms Lakhsmi Prabhu from Shri Shankar senior Secondary School.

Chennai Metro introduced cycle scheme

Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) has introduced a free bicycle ride scheme for its customers. To implement this scheme, CMRL has tied up with a private agency to provide 100-hours of bicycle ride free of cost every month. This scheme has been introduced to promote eco-friendly travel in the city. Commuters in Chennai can avail the benefit of this scheme at four metro stations.

Germany to help Indian Railways

Ministry of Railways and Germany signed a joint declaration of Intent, regarding carrying out of feasibility study on existing 643 kilometer Chennai-Kazipet corridor of Indian Railways. German Railways will assist Indian Railways to make country’s existing rail corridors semi high speed. The semi high speed trains will run at 200 km per hour.

57th National Open Athletics

The 57th National Open Athletics Championships will begin at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Around 1200 athletes from various states & departments/PSU would be taking part in the meet. Among the institutions to be represented include All India Police Sports Board, ONGC, LIC, apart from Railways & Services. The participants include country’s top track & field athletes.

Mukund wins title in ITF Futures

Top-seed Sasi Kumar Mukund has won his 2nd straight Futures title, beating compatriot Arjun Khade 6-3, 6-4 in singles final of LMW ITF Men’s Futures tennis tournament. Mukund, ranked 501 in ATP list currently, quelled the challenge of the big-serving Khade, who had done well in the two previous Futures events in Chennai. Earlier Mukund & Khade had teamed up for doubles but lost in the final.

Govt launches hackathon

13 : Ministry for Electronics & Information Technology has launched a nationwide hackathon ‘OpenGovDataHack’ to support & showcase potential ideas from inner India. NIC & IAMAI have collaborated to conduct hackathon at Jaipur, Chennai, Noida, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Hyderabad & Surat. It aims to enable participants to develop their ideas into apps/infographics primarily by use of open government data

JEE advanced to go completely online

Joint Entrance Examination for Indian Institute of Technology will go completely online from 2018. Joint Admission Board, which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in Chennai. Union HRD Ministry had earlier introduced the option of taking JEE-Mains online. JEE-Mains is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across India.

Pradhan commissions ICGS Shaurya

MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaurya in Vasco, Goa. ICGS Shaurya is an offshore patrol vessel designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard, fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment. The ship is planned to be based at Chennai under the administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard Region.

2-tier interest rate for savings A/Cs

12 : Indian Bank has introduced two tier interest rate structure for saving bank accounts. The bank will offer 4% interest per annum for incremental balance over Rs. 50 lakh and 3.50% per annum for balance up to Rs. 50 lakh. The new interest rate will be effective from August 16, 2017. Indian Bank is headquartered in Chennai and is one of the top performing public sector banks in India.

Dhaka to open diplomatic station

Bangladesh will soon open a new diplomatic station in Chennai. Main focus of the new diplomatic station will be to address the needs of Bangladeshi citizens who visit India for medical & educational purposes. Bangladesh emerged as the largest overseas user of India’s health sector during 2015-16. Bangladesh is opening 17 new diplomatic missions across the world, including the one in Chennai

PayPal launches innovation labs in India

PayPal has opened 2 innovation labs in India to support projects in the field of machine learning, artificial intelligence and other new technologies. The labs in Bangalore and Chennai are company’s first in India. PayPal has labs in the US and Singapore. Labs will also be integrated PayPal Incubator, which was launched in 2013, to develop & nurture the next generation of fintech startups.

India’s first unmanned tank

India’s 1st unmanned tank developed by DRDO has been rolled out of the Chennai lab. Muntra has 3 variants – surveillance, mine detection & reconnaissance in areas with nuclear & bio threats. Muntra-S has been developed for unmanned surveillance missions, whereas Muntra-M is built for detecting mines. It’s surveillance radar has an integrated camera that can be used to spy on ground target.

Chennai Open renamed

India’s lone ATP tournament, the Chennai Open, will now be held in Pune next year and would be henceforth called “Maharashtra Open”. The Chennai Open, owned by IMG and organised by IMG-Reliance, has been held in Chennai for the last 21 years. The Chennai Open became an important fixture on India’s international sporting calendar, drawing top players from across the world.

Manudev wins National Masters

Karnataka’s Manudev has won the first National Masters snooker tournament title in Chennai. Manudev got better of Alok Kumar of PSPB by 4 frames to 1 in the finals. Earlier in the semifinals, Manudev knocked out former Asian Games gold medallist Rafath Habib of RPSB 4-2. Manudev, Alok Kumar, Chirag Ramakrishnan and Rafath Habib have qualified for world 6 red & team championship snooker.

CSK and RR are back into the IPL

Board of Control for Cricket in India has welcomed the IPL franchises- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals back into the League. Both the franchises have completed 2 year suspension imposed by Supreme Court appointed justice (Retd.) Lodha Committee and will now participate in next year’s IPL. The 2 teams were found guilty of being involved in betting activities during 2013 IPL season.

Danfoss India wins Golden Peacock Award

Climate and energy efficiency solutions company Danfoss India has been conferred with the ‘Golden Peacock Award’ for Environment Management. The award was presented here during the 19th World Congress on Environment Management’ in the presence of Supreme Court Justice Kurien Joseph. The company has been recognised for its LEED Platinum rated constructed manufacturing facility in Chennai.

Malabar naval exercise begins

10 : US, Japanese and Indian navies have began Malabar Naval Exercise-2017 in Bay of Bengal, off the Chennai coast. Aim of this exercise is to increase inter-operability amongst the 3 navies as well as develop common understanding for maritime security operations. 16 warships including the world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, more than 95 aircraft and 2 submarines are joining the drill.

Afghanistan team to train in Chennai

Afghanistan Under-19 team will be trained in Chennai, ahead of the Under-19 World Cup qualifiers to be held in Singapore. The team will be trained at the CSS-Whatmore Centre for Cricket at SRMC campus. Chennai was chosen because it offers similar conditions to that of Singapore. Players will have net sessions, centre wicket practice and will play practice matches during their stay.

Most expensive city in India for expats

According to Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai is placed 57th on the list, while New Delhi is placed at 99. Mumbai ranked higher than major global cities such as Paris, Canberra, Seattle. Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata were the other Indian cities on the list. Luanda was named the costliest city globally for expats and Tunis is the least expensive.

L&T launches Floating Dock for Navy

First indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) to repair Indian Navy ships was launched at Larsen & Toubro Shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai. It will be handed over to Navy after 3 to 4 months of trial. It can take up to 8,000-tonne ships with draught up to 7m, including submarine. FDN-2 will move to Andaman & Nicobar Islands to be used for assets not only of Navy but also of other Services.

1st HC judge To Retire While Absconding

Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan, who has been missing since he faced arrest under the Contempt of Courts Act, retired, becoming the first HC judge to retire while absconding. In May, a 7 judge bench found him guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 6 months in jail. Before West Bengal Police could arrest him, he reportedly left for Chennai and has been untraceable ever since.

Abdul Rahman passes away

Tamil poet S. Abdul Rahman passed away in Chennai after a brief illness. He was popularly known as Kavikko. Abdul Rahman received several awards and honours such as ‘Kalaimamani’ title and ‘Agni Akshara’ Award. He also win the Sahitya Akademi award in 1999 for his collection of poems, Aalapanai. He even introduced Sufism to Tamil poetry and translated many Urdu and Hindi poems into Tamil.

Premier Futsal semifinal & final

Premier Futsal will host the two semifinals and the grand finale of the event’s second season in Dubai, making it the second Indian sporting event to go global after IPL. In order to host the three marquee matches, it has collaborated with Dubai Sports Council. Premier Futsal is an Indian franchise -based league takes place across Chennai and Goa in India from July 15 to July 24.

Viswanathan takes charge as COP

Senior IPS Officer A K Viswanathan today assumed charge as Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai. Viswanathan replaces Karan Singha. Viswanathan has held various responsibilities, including Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) and also as City Police Commissioner, Coimbatore. He was also in CBI on deputation and had served as Superintendent of Police in several districts.

Chinappa wins Asian squash title

Joshna Chinappa has scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal. In the men’s final, however, Saurav Ghosal went down fighting against No.1 seed Max Lee to finish second best. Both Chinappa and Pallikal train together at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai.

Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas win

Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas won the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in mens doubles category. The crown is the first of the season for Bopanna and Cuevas and the third overall for the Indian. Bopanna had earlier won the Chennai Open in January with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.

EC may cancel RK Nagar bypolls

The Election Commission is planning on scrapping a high-profile assembly bypoll in Chennai’s RK Nagar. The decision can come after tax authorities allegedly unearthed a large-scale bribery scandal to swing an election that might determine the ruling party’s future. The papers leaked to the media show that Sasikala faction gave more than ` 89.5 crore for distribution among RK Nagar voters

India’s first transgender SI of police

K Prithika Yashini has become the first transgender to become sub-inspector of police. Yashini, who had fought a long legal battle to join the police, visited the officer of the superintendent of police in Dharmapuri and submitted her joining documents. Prithika was born and raised as Pradeep Kumar in Chennai. She underwent a sex change surgery and became Prithika.

TN leads MHRD’s top-100 colleges list

A whopping 37 colleges in Tamil Nadu have made it to the rankings released by the Ministry of HRD, with three TN colleges coming in the top-10 list. Delhi’s Miranda House has the top spot in the list. Chennai’s Loyola College came in the number two spot. A total of 535 colleges have been ranked in this first-time exercise.

Srinath- India’s 46th Grandmaster

Chennai’s Srinath Narayanan is set to become India’s 46th Grandmaster after he defeated Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro at the ongoing Sharjah Masters 2017 chess tournament. He became India’s youngest FIDE-rated player in 2002 when he was just eight. He finished as joint winner in the U-12 World Championship in 2005 in France. Srinath became an International Master at the age of 14.

Litterateur Thiagarajan passes away

A noted Tamil litterateur, Thiagarajan, popularly known as Asokamitran passed away in Chennai last night after a brief illness. A well known novelist and essayist, Ashokamitran was noted for his subtlety and refreshing creativity in expression. His work “Appavin Snegithargal”, a collection of short stories won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1996.

Asia’s longest bidirectional road tunnel

23 : PM Modi will dedicate to the nation, Asia’s longest bi-directional road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on the 2nd of next month. The nearly 11-km long state-of-the-art tunnel will cut down travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by 2 hours. The road distance from Chenani and Nashri will now be 10.9 km, instead of the existing 41 km

Racing champion Ashwin Sundar dies

Former national racing champion Ashwin Sundar and his wife Niveditha died in a mishap. Ashwin Sundar was a race driver from India. He was born on 27 July 1985 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Sundar had won the national title in car racing and two-wheeler events on several occasions.

Ford to export Ecosport to North America

US automobile major Ford has decided to export the made-in-India Ecosport to North American markets. Ford produces Ecosport for more than 100 markets worldwide at six global locations. Since 2013, Ford has exported over 200,000 Ecosports made at its factory in Chennai. The majority of the company’s exports from India comprise the Ecosport and the Figo.

IMD predicts above normal temp in 2017

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted above normal temperature in most parts of the country during 2017 summer season. The maximum temperatures in March to May 2017 are likely to be warmer by more than 1°C in north, northwest and parts of central India. IMD has 6 Regional Meteorological Centers. These are located in Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi.

Nirmal Shekar passes away

Nirmal Shekar, former Sports Editor of The Hindu and former editor of Sportstar, passed away here on Feb. 1st night. He was 60. Nirmal, who was one of India’s most widely read sportswriters in a career that spanned more than three decades, joined The Hindu in 1980 and was with the institution till he retired. He was part of the visiting faculty in the Asian College of Journalism at Chennai

Chennai oil spill dooms turtles

A thick oily tide from the sea lapped at the coast of several fishing hamlets in north Chennai. This happened a day after two cargo ships, one of them an oil tanker, collided off Kamarajar Port in Ennore. Several dead turtles and hatchlings coated with the black oil were washed ashore. The spread of oil was seen on a 400-metre long stretch, 40 metres wide, near the Ernavur junction.

Breakdown of the Standard Model

The search for physics beyond the Standard Model which until now has explained all interactions between the elementary particles, is an important research. Scientists at IMSc, Chennai, came up with a calculation made at the LHCb experiment at CERN, which shows definitively that in a specific interaction, the standard model predictions are violated & there is indirect evidence of new physics.

Obama Sends $500M to UN Climate Fund

The US government has given $500m to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes office. The $500 million is the second transfer to the Green Climate Fund, whose aim is to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Mr Obama pledged in 2014 to give $3bn to help tackle the effects of climate change in the poorest countries.

Chennai Beat Mumbai to Win PBL 2017

Chennai Smashers defeated Mumbai Rockets 4-3 to win their maiden Premier Badminton League title. With both the teams winning two matches each, the final match between Ajay Jayaram of Mumbai and Tanongsak S of Chennai became the title clash. Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk sealed it for Chennai by beating Ajay Jayaram 9-11 11-7. Winners Chennai received prize money of ` 3 crore.

India End 2016 as No.1 Test Team

India have ended the year as the Number one ranked Test side after posting a 4-nil win over England in the five-match series. India won the final Test at Chennai by an innings and 75 runs. The series win helped India gain five points and they have moved to 120 points in the last Test team rankings update of 2016, 15 points ahead of second placed Australia. Pakistan was ranked third.

Ashwin, Jadeja go 1-2 in Test Rankings

Indian duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have made it to top slots in the ICC Test rankings of bowlers. Jadeja’s career best 10-wicket haul against England in the Chennai Test helped him vault to the second spot. Ravichandran Ashwin occupies the 1st position in the ICC rankings. This is just the second time the top two spots in the bowlers chart is occupied by India players.

Nair Enters Record Books with Triple Ton

Indian cricketer Karun Nair scored a triple century in the 5th Test match against England held in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. He became the second Indian cricketer to score triple century in Test Cricket after Virendra Sehwag. This was his 3rd test match. He scored 303 not out in 381 balls when the Indian captain declared the innings on 759-7.

Akbar Ebrahim is new FMSCI president

Veteran Akbar Ebrahim has been elected as the FMSCI president, replacing Zayn Khan to lead the Indian motorsport governing body. Ebrahim was elected president at the FMSCI Annual General Meeting, which was held in Chennai. Ebrahim replaces Khan, who took charge in September last year following the sudden death of incumbent R Bharath Raj.

Now people can withdraw cash from OLA

Now customers can withdraw money from OLA Cabs. Chennai-based Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) in association with OLA Cabs has launched mobile ATM service in Chennai. Customer/Public can withdraw an amount of ` 2,000 through the Indian Overseas Bank micro ATM, around 10 cabs are arranged for which covered various parts of the city.

INS Chennai Commissioned into Navy

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned INS Chennai, the third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer in the Kolkata class, in Mumbai. The shilp was built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai. INS Chennai is one of the largest destroyers in the Indian Navy’s fleet. The ship is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos & Barak-8 missiles.

Cilic confirms return to Chennai Open

World No. 6 Marin Cilic will be the biggest international star in the singles field at the upcoming Chennai Open, scheduled to begin on January 2. The 2014 U.S. Open champion confirmed his participation in India’s premium event at the SDAT tennis stadium in Nungambakkam. “I hope to break into the top five, and the top three, this year” he said.

First military heritage website launched

India’s first military heritage website, was launched by Glory Foundation at Chennai. A veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, city based Captain D.P. Ramachandran who is also the executive trustee of the foundation declared the war heroes of South India held great significance to the history of India.

Famous Lyricist Na Muthukumar passed away

Na Muthukumar passed away in Chennai at the age of 41 years. He was suffering from jaundice for the past few days. He won two national awards for the songs Ananda Yazhai Meetukiral in Thanga Meengal and Azhage Azhage in Saivam. He has written songs for more than 1000 films. In 2012 alone, he has written songs for about 102 films.

Yoga guru TKV Desikachar passes away

Renowned Yoga Guru TKV Desikachar has passed away following a brief illness in Chennai. He was 78 years old. He was known for transforming the way yoga was practiced and turned it into both a wellness concept and a therapy. He also founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram where today about 1000 students visit every month to learn yoga.

CM inaugurates five polytechnic colleges

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on 5th August inaugurated five new polytechnic colleges and these government arts and sciences colleges in various parts of the state. She also declared open new buildings for the Higher Education Department through the videoconferencing facility at the secretariat. The five polytechnic colleges include the one in RK Nagar, Chennai.

Resolution for the renaming of Madras High Court passed

The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution that the Madras High Court be renamed as Tamil Nadu High Court and not as High Court of Chennai as proposed by the Centre. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shanker Prasad with an aim to modify the names of the High Court’s (HCs) of Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras. The High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras will be known as the High Courts of Mumbai, Kolkata and Tamilnadu respectively.

Call it TN HC, says House resolution

The Tamil Nadu State Assembly on 31st July unanimously adopted a resolution moved by the Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, urging the Centre to change the name of Madras High Court to Tamil Nadu High Court instead of Chennai High Court as proposed. The Chief Minister also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to amend the High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016, introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19 to change the names of the High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras and annexed a copy of the resolution with the communication.

Upgraded WiFi service begins at Chennai Central Station

Upgraded WiFi service offering users high speed internet was launched at Chennai Central station on 24th July, by the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The minister, who was in Chennai, to launch several railway projects, also dedicated through videoconferencing the first green corridor in the country between Rameswaram and Manamadurai. All the trains on the 113 km stretch have been fitted with bio-toilets to obviate discharge of human waste on the tracks. “At Chennai Central, 99 across points and 36 access switches, which is among the largest in the nation, have been installed to provide seamless and fast wifi services to passengers,” he explained. With authorities yet to decide on pricing, users can browse the internet at high speeds for the first hair hour, after which the speed will reduce considerably.

India’s first Green Rail Corridor

Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu inaugurate 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch of India’s first Green Rail Corridor via video-conferencing from Chennai General Station.

Eco-restoration of Cooum

The state government is hoping to speed up from August the execution of the ambitious Cooum River Eco-restoration Plan. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) is likely to issue Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance for 20 sub-projects that hit the road block of after being identified as within the CRZ tidal zone. The government 19th July, submitted before the southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that senior officials would attend the July 25 meeting of MoEF&CC to push for CRZ clearance.

ICG’s mid-sea med evacuation off Chennai coast

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel on July 19, successfully carried out a mid-sea medical evacuation of a patient in rough seas, after receiving a distress call from a research vessel registered with Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). The evacuation was carried out about 290 nautical miles off Chennai coast, after Rajiv Kumar, an employee of Chennai-based firm Seapol, complained of abdominal pain. Seapol is entrusted with the task of manning and maintaining Sindhu Sadhana, a multi-disciplinary research vessel.

Suburban stations stink without toilets

The survey was carried out by Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, an NGO, which had filed the PIL in the High Court. The survey was undertaken on Beach-Velachery MRTS line, Central-Avadi line and Beach-Tambaram line. Senthil Arumugam, general secretary of the NGO, said although there has been some improvement, it is still not sufficient. “What is of concern is the guarantee that passenger facilities are maintained properly in the longer run. On the Beach-Velachery METS line, five stations, including Mylapore, Light House and Chepauk, have toilets in the first floor which are very likely to missed by users”.

Chennai boy top scorer from TN, secures 73rd rank in IIT-JEE exams

A student of PSBB Millenium School at Porur here, R. Raghul has topped the ITT-JEE (advanced) 2016 exams in Tamil Nadu. He was ranked 73rd in the All India level. A total of 660 candidates from Tamil Nadu have qualified to take the IIT admission counselling this year. Of the 1,47,878 who who took the test across the country, as many as 36,566qualified to apply for IIT counselling. Of those aspirants, 6,702 are from the ITT Madras zone, comprising Tamil Nadu. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry. As many as 31,996 boys of 1,47,878 who appeared for the test across the country and 4,570 girls among 27,778 cleared the hurdle.

800 shops to be added to food grain complex

Efforts are underway to add 800 shops to the Koyembedu Food Grains Market complex. Built at a cost of 69 crore, the complex currently has 490 shops. “There are plans to add 800 shops to the complex,” said Mahendra Parmar, secretary, Koyembedu Wholesale Food Grains Traders Association.

UK govt to hold researchers meet in Chennai on July 27

The UK government will hold a meet of researchers here on July 27 to make potential innovators focusing on Antimicrobial Resistance diagnostics aware of Logitude Prize of 10 million pounds funding available for the brightest of ideas to conserve antibiotics for future generations and revolutionise delivery of global healthcare. The prize is to encourage development of a revolutionary diagnostic test that is able to ‘do it all’, an exciting challenge for the diagnostics industry. Leading research institutions, universities and private individuals in Tamil Nadu working in the relevant area are invited for the meeting, said Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai.

It’s official : ‘Ayurvedic’ candy has marijuana

Now, it’s official. The laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of marijuana in the product which was sold to school students under the Ayurvedic medicine label “Tharang” at Tondiarpet. A -14year-old boy studying in the Corporation Higher Secondary School in North Chennai recently fell unconscious after consuming the product brought from a petty shop, located close to his school, along with his friends.

Need to begin work for addl. airport immediately

Chennai airport is likely to reach its saturation level in the next five years and the proposed Greenfield airport in Sriperumbudur needs to be put into operation by 2020-21, according to a report prepared by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The report ‘Comprehensive Integrated Masterplan for Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor’ prepared by JICA states that the additional airport in Chennai is necessary as the peak capacity of 23 million passengers of Chennai airport is expected to fall short of the rising demand in 2020-21. The report states that considering the time period of 2-3 years for land acquisition and development period of 3-4 years, the efforts for creation of this airport needs to begin immediately.

Coming, parks, cycle tracks along banks of Adyar

A total of nine parks, cycle tracks to the length of 5.5 km and walkways for 10.5 km – these are some of the things that the State government officials are planning along the 42-km banks of Adyar River in the third phase of its eco-restoration project. After the success of the first two phases of eco-restoration project along Adyar River by Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust, the officials have prepared a detailed plan for the third phase and are awaiting final clearance from the government. As per the draft plans, the nine parks would come up in a total area of 78,850 sq.m.

Learn how to collect stamps at the book fair

A stamp collectors’ society has setup stall, for the first time, at the Chennai Book Fair this year with the aim of reviving the dying hobby among the young and old. “Most children today don’t know much else other than their tablets and other electronic gadgets, but if they are introduced to hobbies such as this, they immediately take an interest in it. They only require an invitiation to the world of stamps.” explained Parekh.

Draft Development completed, Chennai Port the deepest in India

Chennai port is now the deepest port among the 12 major ports in India and can now handle large shipes, according to the Chennai Port chairman, Cyril George. Addressing a press conference here, George said that the port now has a draft of 15.5 metres and can cater to vessels with a tonnage of 8,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). “Earlier, the port could handle vessels with only 6,000 TEUs” explained the port chairman.

City airport set to go solar, shave off Rs. 8 crore from power bill

A 1.5 MW solar power plant will soon become operational at the Chennai airport, saving Rs. 8 crore in annual power expenses for the facility. This would be the first time in the history of the airport that it will be generating power for its consumption. According to officials, the installation of the panels on the roof of the cargo terminal has been completed and it will become operational any time after the election verdict is out. “It would reduce the power bill for us by Rs. 8 crore per annum. We are currently paying Rs. 20 crore to the electricity board every year.” said Deepak Shastri, director. Airports Authority of India, Chennai. In addition to the 1.5 MW power plant, the airport has plans to expand solar power generation on the premises. “We have already prepared a blueprint for setting up 7.5 MW or solar plants,” said Shastri.

New Mechanism to help track luggage at Chennai airport

The Airport Authority of India has brought in a new mechanism, the ‘First Bag Last Bag Information’ Passenger can put in the data of the bag upon loading, and find at what time it will come off the ramp. Under the system, the person, who loads the baggage, will be given a provision of inputting the first bag information, once he has kept the first bag onto the carousel and similarly punch in the last bag. The time from the aircraft arrival to the first bag will show how much time the ramp staff of the airlines have taken for baggage delivery said Shastri.

Chennai girl makes TN proud, bags UN prize

As the United Nations commemorated its first UN General Assembly resolution 70 years ago calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, on May 3, one family in Chennai was beaming with pride. Among the 11 artists honoured by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft and Hollywood actor as well as UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas for winning the United Nations Poster for Peace contest was 22-year-old Anjali Chandrashekar. Chandrashekar bagged the third prize and an award of $1,000, for her poster ‘Cutting Barriers through Peace’. She also received an honourable mention for another poster entry titled ‘Break Free’.

Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament

Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Belous emerges Champion while India’s Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi finishes second, sharing the spot with Russia’s Grachev Boris in Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament. raises Rs 175 crore from GIC, NVP

Chennai-based local listing services provider has raised Rs. 175 crore from the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore-GIC and Norwest Venture Partners. The Chennai-based company has about 50 lakh businesses listed on its platform. Satya Prabhakar is the Founder and CEO of

Wipro, HCL in race for Sebi’s fraud detection system upgrade

Tata Consultancy Services, HP, Wipro, Tech Mahindra and five other companies have evinced interest in assisting the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in upgradation of its fraud detection systems. The markets watchdog is planning to expand the capacity of its Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence System (DWBIS) installed at data centres in Mumbai and Chennai. DWIBS is used for speedy analysis of trade data to identify possible violations such as insider trading, share price manipulation, front running and pump-and-dump scams.

CSK Ltd. to be owned by one lakh shareholders

The Board of India Cements Ltd. (ICL) has cleared the decks for transfer of IPL franchise rights of Chennai Super Kings to its wholly owned subsidiary, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a cricket franchise will be owned by the shareholders of a company. The move will help shareholders of India Cements exercise their choice — to own only the cement business or the cricket franchise or both.

Bengaluru, Chennai, Surat among ‘100 Resilient Cities’

In its centenary year in 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation announced the 100 Resilient Cities project with a $100 million commitment to build urban resilience worldwide. The idea behind choosing is that cities have complex ecosystems and have a hard time organising themselves around what their key challenges are and the second is that too often the cities don’t access the resources or best practices efficiently enough. The project consists hiring of a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) in each city, or a senior person to work in municipal government usually with mayors, or in the Indian context, probably more with the commissioners with the breadth and gravitas to work across the sectors and silos and engage with private sector and civil society.