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    A patient being examined at the Department of Neurology at Thanjavur Medical College on Tuesday.— Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

    A patient being examined at the Department of Neurology at Thanjavur Medical College on Tuesday.— Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

    The Thanjavur Medical College has been granted its first Medical Super Speciality Course – DM Neurology.

    The Medical Council of India (MCI) has permitted one seat of three-year DM Neurology course from the 2015-16 academic year.

    Already the college has three surgical super speciality courses .

    Disclosing this to The Hindu , TMC Dean P.G.Sankaranarayanan said the MCI gave its nod after approving faculty, special equipment and infrastructure for the department. Candidates who have completed MD General Medicine and MD Paediatrics are eligible for selection through entrance examination for the course.

    Apart from addressing the neurological care needs of poor patients, particularly from rural and semi-urban areas, the course would usher in a definite improvement in the teaching component in the medical colleges in the zone, Dr.Sankaranarayanan said. Treatment for brain and spinal chord conditions such as stroke, myelitis and demyelinating disorders would see significant improvement.

    The Thanjavur Medical College was started in 1959 and at present offers postgraduate courses in psychiatry, orthopaedics, general surgery, general medicine, anaesthesia, dermatology, chest medicine, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, paediatrics, ophthalmology, and surgical super specialty courses such as neurosurgery, plastic surgery and paediatric surgery apart from the staple 150 MBBS seats every year.

    Candidates who have completed MD General Medicine and MD Paediatrics are eligible for the course

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National / by L. Renganathan / Thanjavur – May 30th, 2015

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    May 30th, 2015adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies

    Chennai : ‎

    In India, up to 7 of every 100 people contracting swine flu, succumb to it. On their death certificates, the cause of death is usually attributed to ‘respiratory failure’. To cut down on this margin, doctors at Apollo Hospitals attempted to give a 12-year-old patient with H1N1 a shot at improving their lung function, by putting her on an ECMO machine. Luckily for little Soubashree, after 19 days of intense treatment while on the ECMO, it worked like a charm. The child was kept on ECMO after being brought in with pneumonia on February 27, her lungs having failed even before she was brought to the Apollo Children’s Hospital.

    Shifted from Pondicherry in a critical state – where her O2 levels were hovering under 50% despite getting 100% supply externally. While on the road, her heart began to sink along with the lungs and the intensivist had his hands full trying to keep her alive with cardiac drugs. “He made a call and said ‘she needs ECMO asap’, and we agreed,” said Dr Indira Jayakumar, Paediatric ECMO Coordinator‎ and Consultant Emergency and Intensive Care, Apollo Children’s Hospital.

    Her father Balakumar recounted how there had been little hope while In Pondicherry, “For one week, we had been going to a local doctor who just said it was fever and gave her tablets. After she began fainting, we took her to the Children’s Hospital there, where nobody was helping us. Finally, one of them saw her and asked why we’d brought her in such a critical state. They said there was no hope. A local MLA there suggested that we contact Apollo in Chennai and though we didn’t have too much hope, we called. I was skeptical whether anyone would come at 2 am, but a whole team landed up,” he said, emotion writ large on his face.

    ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) is essentially a device that acts as an external heart-lung device, that takes the stress of both major organs. Usually used as a bridge for patients with end-stage heart or lung failure till a viable donor organ is available for transplant, the ECMO is now being looked at as a viable option for patients with acute respiratory failure with H1N1. “As soon as we put the patient on ECMO, the load is taken off the heart and the lungs. During this time, we aggressively target infections in the lung and get it to improve as soon as possible,” said Dr K Madhan Kumar, ECMO specialist and Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals. ‎Apollo’s Chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy and Vice Chairperson Dr Preetha Reddy were present to celebrate the occasion with the family.

    The machine takes in dark, oxygenless blood from the body of the patient and oxygenates it outside, before sending it into the body again. It can be used on a patient for up to 90 days, though patient conditions have been known to deteriorate after the 35 day mark. Expensive to the extent where it costs upwards of Rs 1 lakh a day, Apollo Is planning a paediatric programme for children who need ECMO at subsidised costs, called CARES, “What we’re looking to do is set up a trust so that children under the age of 16, who are quite at risk for respiratory trouble, can have access to lifesaving technology like ECMO at a subsidised cost. This will save plenty of lives, especially patients who are on the brink of death,” said Dr Paul Ramesh, ECMO Director and Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / May 29th, 2015

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    Udhagamandalam :

    The tenth consecutive year of the annual vintage car rally was held in style as about seventy vintage and classic cars trundled at Ooty’s main square on Saturday. The participants along with the audience thronged to gaze the old beauties. The rally organized by the Nilgiri Vintage and Classic Cars Association is being held in the hill resort.
    The city sported an imperial look with 70 cars and 20 two-wheelers of the vintage era majestically toured across the town to YWCA Anandhagiri ground near Ooty main bus stand.

    The number of cars witnessed this year at the show rose from 50 last year. Exclusives of the show included 1931 Baby Austin, 1946 make Wolsley, Austin, Dodge, Cowley, an American Ford Jeep, ‘Low Bonnet’ which was a part of the World War II, and MG TB make of 1939.

    While Low Bonnet appeared in Vijai’s ‘Kuruvi’, MG TB, owned by AVM production, appeared in Rajini’s ‘Shivaji’. Out of seventy, over thirty-five vintage participants drove from Chennai, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Namakkal and Erode and the rest from Bangalore and Cochin.

    1946 make Wolsley which was on display once belonged to the Mysore Maharaja. His collection also includes a 1954 Plymouth and a 1954 Austin both once owned by J R D Tata of which Plymouth was the car Tata used for his personal use.

    R Rajnikanth, president of the Nilgiri Vintage Car Association, who has an alluring collection of 9 cars, including a van, Dodge Kingsway and Austin said, “Maintaining vintage cars is not expensive. It can run around 50 to 60km per month,” adding that only the tyres are to be imported as other parts of the car are in good condition.

    Among the members in the Nilgiris Vintage and Classic Car Association, he has the highest number of cars.

    Conversing further about his passion, he added, “Vintage cars can run for about 100 years. The oldest I have is ‘Baby Austin’ which is 79 years old. It can run comfortably for another 25 years.”

    Apart from individual collectors, the Defence Service Staff College (DSSC), Wellington too owns high end vintage luxury cars such as Plymouth Savoy (1957) and a Mercedes Benz 200 (1967) which served many dignitaries including Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and former President Abdul Kalam during their visit to the summer retreat and still continues to serve the top officials of the DSSC.

    The vintage car association awards its winners. The show is partially sponsored by TaxiTaxi, a rental car concern.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Coimbatore / TNN / May 27th, 2015

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    May 29th, 2015adminBusiness & Economy
    Pushpalatha puts the finishing touch on her rocking horses at her workshop in Thanjavur. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ / The Hindu

    Pushpalatha puts the finishing touch on her rocking horses at her workshop in Thanjavur. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ / The Hindu

    Pushpalatha and her husband have been crafting wooden rocking horses for 15 years

    On the busy Moopanar Road opposite the head post office in Thanjavur, where the vehicular traffic roars up and down, making conversations difficult, J. Pushpalatha and her husband F. Joseph have been engaged in the craft of making rocking horses for the past 15 years.

    An errant head carpenter who vanished with the money to buy mango wood for a big order angered Pushpalatha so much that she decided to learn the art herself. “My husband was initially afraid of losing business and supported the carpenter, but when he ran away, and I decided to try my hand at making the rocking horses myself, he started to help me,” says Pushpalatha, 49, who has done a certificate course in carpentry and upholstery.

    The couple’s 10 feet by 20 feet shop has no electricity, and no room for anything else except the stock of mango wood planks used for creating these toys, but they are not complaining. “We spend Rs.3,300 on one rocking horse, but we sell it for Rs.1,300 only, as we’d like more children to be able to play with them,” says Pushpalatha. “This used to be a toy for children from rich families, but we are now supplying this, and the rocking swan, to schools as well.”

    Joseph, a former administrative worker at the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, also helps out with procuring the materials.

    Pushpalatha admits her first samples were rather disappointing. “But I picked up slowly through trial and error. It takes me a whole day to saw the different parts and assemble them, and around three days to paint the rocking horse,” she says. “We use seasoned mango wood because it’s the safest for children, and eucalyptus for the handles.”

    Each piece is individually measured and fitted into notches.

    Once the skeletal structure is nailed together, the entire toy is coated with ‘matti’ – a thick paste of chalk powder and plaster of Paris – and allowed to dry. A coating of red oxide follows next. This allows the toy’s sharper edges to be moulded.

    The horse is then sandpapered and smoothened to remove any stray splinters. “Since this will be used by many children, we have to be very careful about each part, especially the seat area,” says Pushpalatha. The horses assume their final shape with their caparisons painted on in bright colours.

    The toys, made in batches of 12, are available only at their humble premises (at an advance notice of 15 days) for now. “Many toy stores have approached us, but they want a higher price tag, which could hit business,” says Pushpalatha.

    Except the basic planks that are machine-sawn at the mill, everything else is assembled by hand at the Moopanar Road workshop.

    Pushpalatha and Joseph are proud to say that these toys helped them to put their son and daughter through college and become engineers. But they do worry about who will take over next. “We are ready to train anyone, but don’t have the facilities for it. If the government can provide artisans like us with a centre, we can easily conduct classes,” says Pushpalatha. “Otherwise this art will die.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Nahla Nainar / May 29th, 2015

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    Move to facilitate cultivation of crops in summer

    Giving some relief to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco), which found it difficult to provide power connections to farm pump sets, the Department of Agricultural Engineering has established 70 solar-powered pump sets in the district, , which could produce 2,800 kw of green energy per day.

    The solar-powered pumping system, with 80 per cent subsidy, will provide farmers energy security for irrigation throughout the year. Farmers in the district have taken a lead in setting up solar pump sets as they havewater sources such as open and bore wells, suitable for erecting 5 HP AC solar pump sets.

    The solar pump sets were operated for about eight hours a day, M. Yuvaraj, Executive Engineer, in-charge (Agricultural Engineering), said, while demonstrating their prowess during a press tour on Tuesday.

    He said the 70 solar pump sets would generate 8.40 lakh kw of energy a year.

    M. Sellamuthu, a farmer in Manakarai, had an open well but irrigation became expensive as his oil engine consumed a minimum of five litres of diesel a day. He had three and a half acres of land but cultivated just one crop in an acre all these days.

    “I never imagined that I could cultivate in summer,” an elated Sellamuthu said. He operated the newly established solar pump set for eight hours a day and was cultivating groundnut, pulses and vegetables in two and a half acres now. The recent summer rain has raised water level in the well and he is set to expand cultivation area by another acre.

    Mr. Yuvaraj said that the department had formed a group of 16 farmers of Scheduled Castes and backward classes and helped them rejuvenate a bore well and lay pipelines at a cost of Rs. 6 lakh under the State Balance Growth Fund with 90 per cent subsidy.

    Similarly, under the National Agriculture Development Programme, it had been proposed to dig community irrigation bore wells by forming 150 groups of 10 farmers each with total land holding of 25 acres this year.

    Each bore well with pipeline facilities would be established at an estimated cost of Rs. 7 lakh for a group with 50 per cent subsidy, he added.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Tamil Nadu / by D. J. Walter Scott / Sivaganga – May 28th, 2015

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    A visitor checking out the exhibits displayed at the Korean Exhibition at Fort St George | D Sampath Kumar

    A visitor checking out the exhibits displayed at the Korean Exhibition at Fort St George | D Sampath Kumar

    Chennai :

    Just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recalling the age-old cultural and business relations between South Korea and India in Seoul on Monday, Kyungsoo Kim, Consul General of South Korea in Chennai, revealed that his country indeed had a link with Tamil Nadu from the first Century AD., at a function held at Fort St George. Speaking at the inauguration of exhibition titled Museums of India and Korea, Kim said strong evidence to this connection lay in the common words used in Korean and Tamil languages even today. He narrated an interesting incident that took place just a day before, on Sunday, when he was visiting Mahabalipuram. As he was walking along the sea-shore, Kim heard his son calling him. When he turned back, he realised that it was not his son, but another child who was calling him Appaa. He learned, to his surprise, that the two languages shared some common words.

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    In all, he claimed, there were around 4,000 words in Korean and Tamil that had similar meaning, indicating the age-old connection between the two countries. It was the French missionaries in Korea who first noted the similarities between the two languages. Many of the names of ancient colonies of Southern Korea were the exact counterparts of Tamil words. Exhaustive as it is, linguistic similarities were not all. The Consul General pointed out that the way both people built their hutments were the same, so were some of the household utensils like ural (a heavy stone or wooden mortar) and ulakkai (long heavy wooden pestle). Experts say that agriculture, pottery, beads, textile, turtle boats, and many ancient industries and cultures in the two countries have stunning similarities.

    These similarities, they add, are not coincidences. Early Tamil people migrated to the Korean peninsula around the first century AD, noted N Kannan, Orissa Balu and Dr Nagarajan, all experts on the topic.

    The connect between the two cultures is believed to have started way back in CE 45, from the period of King Suro and Hok and Ayi of Pandian Kingdom. Incidentally, King Suro’s kingdom was named Karak, which has a Tamil (proto-Dravidian) meaning fish. “This view was confirmed by the Centre for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii. Both languages are agglutinative, follow the subject-object-verb order, nominal and adjectives follow the same syntax, particles are post positional, modifiers always precede modified words are some of the common features,” they say.

    Inaugurating the photo exhibition, R Kannan,  secretary, Culture, Museums, Tourism and Religious Endowments Departments, recalled the strong cultural connection between the two countries.

    Earlier, Consul General Kim released a CD on the museums in Tamil Nadu for the student community. K Moortheeswari, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, said the CD would be distributed to all schools in Tamil Nadu free of cost if they approached the Fort St George museum.

    The theme of this year’s International Museum Day is ‘Museums for a sustainable society’. It highlights the role of museums in raising public awareness about the need for a society that is less wasteful, more cooperative and that uses resources in a way that respects living systems, she added.

    The exhibition will be on till the end of May.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities>Chennai / by T. Muruganadham / May 20th, 2015

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    May 27th, 2015adminEducation, Records, All

    Madurai :

    As she expected, S Padmasandhya, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya I in Narimedu, secured good marks in the CBSE Plus Two results that were released on Monday. She scored 486 marks and emerged as the topper among the students in Madurai district. Padmasandhya, who aims to become a chartered accountant, is already busy preparing for the entrance exams.

    She scored 95 in English, 96 in Economics, 98 in Mathematics, 99 in Business Studies and 98 in Accountancy.

    She thanked her parents and school for their role in her success. Revising her lessons from the school and the help from her teachers during her preparation helped her secure good marks, she said. “Plus Two exam is not the end. You should keep away from stress. Studying too much without any diversion would not work,” she said.

    It was a pleasant surprise for M S Revanth, a student of Mahatma Montessori School in Madurai when the results came out, as he had scored 484 marks and emerged as the second topper in the district. “I expected only around 475. However, I gave my best shot and put in a lot of hard work to achieve this. My parents and teachers in the school helped me a lot. I want to study either Computer Science of Civil Engineering,” he said.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Madurai / TNN / May 26th, 2015

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    A well-known city-based film production company, Wide Angle Creations, which has produced Papanaasam with Kamal Haasan in the lead, played an important part in the making of Dheepan , which won the Palm D’ Or at the Cannes film festival.

    This would mean that Kalieaswari Srinivasan, who plays the lead, is not the only connection the film has with the city. The film, which was shot for not more than 7-8 days in parts of Mandappam (near Rameswaram), and Ooty among other places in Tamil Nadu, in the month of December and January, has actually made use of a number of local technicians and several hundred junior artistes.

    Suresh Balaje, one of the partners of Wide Angle Creations, said the Palm D’ Or came as a pleasant surprise./  Photo: R. Ragu / The Hindu

    Suresh Balaje, one of the partners of Wide Angle Creations, said the Palm D’ Or came as a pleasant surprise./ Photo: R. Ragu / The Hindu

    Suresh Balaje, one of the partners in the company that specialises in ‘line production’ in India, said that he did not really expect to win the big prize. “There was a lot of interest in the film because of Jacques Audiard, whose earlier films have been received well by the press. But, honestly, nobody was expecting to win, although everybody was proud that the film was selected in the competition section,” he said.

    While the crew only shot for a few days, it wasn’t a small-sized production, says George Pius, Mr. Balaje’s partner. He says that except for the camerawoman, Jacques Audiard, costumer and the art director, the support crew were all locals.

    Many of the actors and technical support staff of the film directed by Jacques Audiard were from India —Photo: Special Arrangement

    Many of the actors and technical support staff of the film directed by Jacques Audiard were from India —Photo: Special Arrangement

    “We erected a big set in Mandapam of a refugee-camp. We worked with hundreds of junior actors on the sets. Even the technical crew had very few people from France. They came with a small crew and the rest of the technicians were locals,” he explained.

    George Pius, who worked on the film, said that this recognition for Dheepan would likely open many doors, which were earlier not available for production companies from the South. “Previously, only companies from Mumbai were working with foreign productions. After this award, I hope companies like ours also get a look-in,” he said.

    Though Dheepan is a French production, it is said that at least 75 per cent of the film is in Tamil. Asked if he thought if the film would clear the censors, Mr. Balaje said, “ I do not think there is anything wrong with the film. It should release without a hassle,” he said.

    The awards for Dheepan are likely to flow as the film will also be in pole position to win the Best Foreign film at the Oscars next year.

    City-based Wide Angle Creations played a key role in the making of Dheepan

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Udhav Naig / Chennai – May 27th, 2015

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    The intention was to get chatty about cheese. But the conversation veered off to reveal how Kodaikanal’s best known family for producing cheese is famous for a lot more

    You will never get it wrong while visiting the Manis in Kodaikanal. A visit to their home is invariably greeted with the ‘eat cheese’ welcome! The plate loaded with rusk and toasts topped with the ‘Kodai Cheese’, the brand they are reputed for, lay in front of me temptingly through the interview. And honestly, the ‘cheese content’ of the assignment remained restricted only to eating. For, when you are sitting with the two ladies of the family – Lalitha Mani and Janani Harisanker, the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law duo – you can only hear and see how they share their homes, lives and hearts with animals, patients and people in general.

    The business of cheese is of course managed by Lalitha’s husband G.S.Mani and her son Harisanker. And both are mostly away at their newly established factory in Batlagundu (see box). But it is this dynamic pair of saas-bahu making news more often in Kodaikanal. They are either chasing tourists who make the Kodi roads dirty or rescuing stray animals from the streets or ensuring good medical care of patients in the hospital started by them.

    Lalitha Mani and Janai Harisanker. / Special Arrangement

    Lalitha Mani and Janai Harisanker. / Special Arrangement

    And when they are not doing social service, they are either landscaping their gardens or playing golf. Lailtha and Janani connect so well that you fall in love with them when they say, you can drop the ‘in-law’ bit from our relationship. “We are like mother and daughter,” they echo, asserting on the beautiful relationship.

    Janai Harisanker with Pebbles. Photo: Special Arrangement

    Janai Harisanker with Pebbles. Photo: Special Arrangement

    When Chennai-bred Janani wedded into the Mani family seven years ago, she was not sure whether her in-laws would be happy with her role as a silent volunteer for the Blue Cross, the 55-year-old animal welfare organisation based out of Chennai. She was even more upset when her mother told her that her adopted stray dog Pebbles, was missing her and refusing to eat. With much trepidation she checked with her mom-in-law if she could bring Pebbles over to Kodaikanal for a few days.

    “Pebbles is your dowry we will happily accept,” Lalitha told her newly-wedded daughter-in-law. That one line not only changed the relationship between the two women forever but it also made Pebbles a permanent resident of Kodaikanal.

    “Amma has an amazing way of dealing with people and is extremely supportive where she sees something good,” says Janani fondly about her mother-in-law. Lalitha returns it with, “And Janani is very friendly and caring”. But these are not just complimentary words for each other. They go much beyond in action.

    Just a few days ago, says Lalitha, while returning from work we saw people in the car ahead of us throwing chips wrappers out of the window. “We stopped and picked up the empty packets, overtook the car, handed over the packets back to them with the request that they should properly dispose them off,” narrates Lalitha. “And we both are pretty well known in the town for doing this,” laughs Janani.

    Though they are often referred to as the “dynamites of Kodi”, Lalitha worries about when people will ever learn to be responsible by themselves. The duo distributes garbage bins and bags to various agencies in the hill town and also places them at strategic locations in the heavily crowded tourist hotspot. But look at Kodi, rues Lalitha, how dirty it has become. She came post-marriage in the Seventies and finds it difficult to digest how the idyllic town with flowing streams has been reduced to such a trash spot.

    For her own peace, she along with her husband does the landscaping of her properties and much to her delight has found her daughter-in-law sharing the same interest. Janani being the quintessential nature lover and environmentalist is a student of urban architecture and of late has been doing projects in Coimbatore and Kodaikanal, particularly the villa properties. “I never encourage any exotic species of flora or fauna but only promote and integrate the locally known birds, animals and trees for perfect harmony with the territory and environment,” she says.

    Both of them are now trying to work out a waste management proposal for Kodi in collaboration with Wasteless from Auroville. While Lalitha feels there is not much hope, Janani says, there is still a chance to save the township.

    But it is her animal rescuing mission that sets Janani on a hyperactive schedule. In the last five years she has rescued 45 stray dogs and cats, all of whom have found a place either in her or Lalitha’s home, or in friend’s homes. She has attended 20-odd emergency calls and treated injured dogs, horses and cows. She practices reverse psychology with pony owners and makes them take care of their animals better.

    Animal welfare works with care and compassion, not threat,” she underlines.

    Both the women have also been instrumental in reviving one of the oldest units of SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals) in Kodaikanal. It was established in 1929 by the Americans and continued to work with the help of senior citizens of Kodi. But the association went defunct in 2002 following diversion of Government funds to the Dindigul unit of SPCA. So now it has been renamed Kodaikanal Protection and Care for Animals and Janani is in the forefront rescuing stray pups and kittens.

    In the middle of all this when does she find time for golf? With my father-in-law laying the first organic golf course in Kodi, I could not stay away from it for long being a sportsperson, smiles Janani, already on a winning spree in various city tournaments.

    Both her’s and Lalitha’s minds are cluttered with ideas to better the environment of their much loved town. “Recycling is the buzzword for everything now,” they say.

    The Kodai Cheese

    For four decades the “Kodai Cheese” brand has been popular for its special range and nutritious value. “We believe in creating our own brand and identity with value-added quality,” says Harisanker who now controls the business with his father G.S.Mani, who took over Kodi’s famous Cheese Factory from his father in 1977.

    Harisanker./  Photo: Special Arrangement

    Harisanker./ Photo: Special Arrangement

    The family has a word of mouth reputation to uphold and prides in producing boutique innovative cheese with techniques adopted from around the world.

    What started from a rural village as a family-owned dairy with six suppliers in 1972 has grown in magnitude manufacturing 150 metric tonnes of cheese every year. In the beginning horse-drawn wagon collected 50 litres of milk per day, today 4,000 litres of milk goes into the making of Cheddar, Mozarella, Ricotta, the Blue cheese and the latest handmade Cambrie. The entire line is made with fresh antibiotic-free milk, experience and from authentic recipes in eco-friendly way, according to Harisanker. The whey created in the cheese making process is used for making organic compost for the entire vegetation, fodder, flowers, fruit and other trees grown on their property.

    The KHMS Hospital

    The Kodaikanal Health and Medical Services is a Trust formed by G.S.Mani with six other trustees to cater to the health and medical needs of the residents and visitors to Kodaikanal. The trust runs the 16-bed hospital established in 2009 and is equipped with a pathology lab for basic investigation facilities and essential facilities like the ICU, Operation Theatre, Ultrasound, X-ray machine, pharmacy and an ambulance. “The idea is to stabilise the patient here in case of an emergency before they can travel to a big hospital in Madurai or Dindigul,” says Lalitha Mani, who holds charge of administrative responsibilities. The hospital caters to 25,000 patients in a year and the treatment is highly subsidised.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Soma Basu / Madurai – May 07th, 2015

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    Chennai :

    Noted social worker Savithri Devanesen, who ran the organisation Roofs for the Roofless after the death of her legendary husband, Chandran Devanesen passed away at her residence in Chennai on Wednesday. She was 99 and is survived by two sons.

    Her late husband Chandran was the first Indian to become principal of Madras Christian College, Tambaram. He founded Roofs for the Roofless in 1980 to ‘improve the quality of life for a better India’. After he passed away in 1982, Savithri took over the reins of the organisation.

    Over the years, the organisation took up several programmes in villages on health, primary education, sanitation and environment protection. It now supports work in 18 villages. Persons close to the family said, Savithri till recently used to work in her office and inspected the villages where the projects and programmes were underway.

    She is survived by her sons Dr Sudarshan Devanesen, a professor of family medicine who was honoured as the Member of the Order of Canada and Dr Dayalan Devanesen, director of Aboriginal Health, who too was honoured with the Member of Order of Australia.  Savithri’s funeral service will be held on Thursday at 2 pm at the St. Andrews Church, the Kirk, and 4 pm at the Kilpauk Cemetery.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / May 07th, 2015

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