ISRO scientists test Vikas Engine

ISRO has successfully conducted a ground test of its high thrust version of the Vikas Engine that would improve the payload capability of the space agency’s launch vehicles. The Vikas Engine is the liquid rocket engine used to power the second stage of the ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The test was conducted at the ISRO Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka to release water

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and other States. The CWMA, which is yet to appoint full-time members, is scheduled to meet every 10 days during the monsoon months. The CWMA consists of a Chairman, a senior and eminent engineer, 2 whole-time members, 6 part-time members and a Secretary.

Tie up b/w Tamil Nadu Govt and Microsoft

Govt of Tamil Nadu has signed an agreement with Microsoft to improve integration of technology in teaching & learning in the state.The partnership aims to reform education sector, build tech capacity & enhance digital literacy across all levels. As a part of the agreement, Microsoft will adopt 7 schools identified by govt & train their teachers & students around building 21st century skills

Modi launches Amma two-wheeler scheme

PM Modi kickstarted the subsidised Amma two-wheeler scheme meant for working women, on the occasion of former Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s 70th birth anniversary.As part of the scheme, every beneficiary in the state of Tamil Nadu will be given 50% of the cost of a two- wheeler or a grant of ?25,000. Each year, one lakh working women would be covered under this scheme.

TN to host first ever Defence Expo

According to defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Tamil Nadu will host its first-ever bi-annual defence exhibition in April.The exhibition will take place from April 11 to 14 and nearly 80 countries are expected to take part in it.Arrangements will be made for the Navy, Army and Air Force to display their equipment in the exhibition.

Loan Agreement between TN & World Bank

Govt. of India, Govt. of TN & World Bank signed a $318 million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project.It will promote climate resilient agriculture technologies, improve water management practices, and increase market opportunities for small and marginal farmers.The $318 million loan from the IBRD has a 5 yr grace period & a maturity of 19 years.

CMFRI joins hands with ISRO

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has joined hands with ISRO to identify potential fishing zone, an area in the sea where fishes are seen in abundance. In the first phase, CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre of ISRO have jointly launched a research project for identifying, forecasting and monitoring PFZ in coastal and offshore waters of Tamil Nadu.

CCEA approves rail connectivity projects

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved three railway connectivity projects worth Rs. 3,940 crore in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. These projects would not only speed up the operation of goods and passenger trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting increases in traffic in the future. All the three projects are expected to be completed by the year 2020-2021.

Vande Mataram mandatory in TN School

The Madras High Court has issued an order making the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ compulsory in schools, colleges and Government offices in Tamil Nadu. The National Song shall be played and sung in all Schools/Colleges/Universities and other educational institutions atleast once a week. However, court added that a person shall not be forced it sing it provided he or she has valid reasons.

Tamil Nadu doubles MLAs’ salaries

Tamil Nadu govt has almost doubled the salary and allowances of its MLAs, taking their new pay from Rs. 55,000 per month to Rs. 105,000 per month. Govt. also announced an increase in MLAs Local Area Development Fund from Rs. 2 crore to 2.5 crore. The decision comes as farmers are protesting in Delhi to press for better crop prices and a loan waiver.