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    November 30th, 2017adminLeaders


    He was a towering leader: TNCC

    Congress leader P. Vallal Peruman, who won three Lok Sabha elections from Chidambaram during 1984, 1989 and 1991, died at a private hospital in the city on Tuesday morning. He was 66.

    Peruman, a loyalist of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, also represented the Kattumannarkoil Assembly constituency during 2001-2006 on the DMK’s ‘Rising Sun’ symbol but as a member of the short-lived Congress Jananayaka Peravai, floated by Mr. Chidambaram. He was the Congress’ Chidambaram candidate in the 2016 general elections but was unsuccessful. Peruman was a medical doctor, trained at the Thanjavur Medical College.

    A condolence note from TNCC president Su. Thirunavukkarasar highlighted Peruman’s stature as a Dalit leader.

    “His loss is not only a loss to the Dalit community but to the whole State,” he added.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Tamil Nadu / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – November 29th, 2017

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    The team from Christian Medical College, Vellore, receiving the BMJ South Asia award from Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently. | Photo Credit: Handout/email

    The team from Christian Medical College, Vellore, receiving the BMJ South Asia award from Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently. | Photo Credit: Handout/email

    Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, has bagged the British Medical Journal (BMJ) South Asian award under the category “Quality Improvement Team” of the year 2017.

    Lallu Joseph, quality manager, along with Santosh Varughese, deputy director (Quality and HR) and Vikram Mathews, associate director (Admin), received the award from Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at New Delhi on November 18, a press release said.

    The BMJ awards South Asia 2017 recognises healthcare teams for their contribution towards the improvement in quality of healthcare across the region. The fourth edition of the awards received 2,015 nominations from eight countries – India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal and Bangladesh for 10 categories of awards such as healthcare quality, medical education, clinical excellence, innovation in technology and research.

    A total of 131 nominations were shortlisted in the first round for the 10 categories. The last round of jury presentations had 30 finalists, with CMC being the only institution that had two finalists, according to the release.

    The 30 finalists faced the jury consisting of eminent clinicians, healthcare leaders and industry veterans at New Delhi on November 17. Thirteen winners were announced in 10 categories – seven for India, two for Pakistan, two for Bangladesh and one each for Nepal and Sri Lanka.

    CMC bagged the award under the category “Quality Improvement Team” of the year for its hub and spoke model of quality management.

    In her presentation to the jury, Lallu Joseph said the quality management system at CMC involved the stakeholders of the departments and the central quality team as facilitators. “The benefits of this model in terms of trust, ownership, culture of openness and cost effectiveness have helped the hospital establish a strong quality culture, sustainability and improvement. The involvement of the clinical teams in the day-to-day quality management initiative is the major success of this model,” she said.

    J,V. Peter, director of CMC, said the award has provided their quality management systems the necessary visibility to encourage hospitals, to adopt the hub and spoke model, which will benefit the quality and safety of healthcare delivery in the country, the release said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Tamil Nadu / by Staff Reporter / Vellore – November 30th, 2017

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    November 29th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports



    On a sunny evening, two young girls artistically skated on a concrete rink at 100 feet Road in Nanganallur in the city. Their parents, who watch them twist and twirl, cheer them energetically.

    The two girls need no introduction in the area as they recently bagged prizes in CBSE national-level skating championship held at Bhopal. R S Lakshitha and K Srilakshana won gold and silver medal respectively.

    They were tutored by eminent master skaters, Sundar, Karthik and Mahesh. The members of Greater Chennai Skating Club, the girls started on the sport around two years ago. Their goals are similar too, to get into international competitions.

    The eight-year-olds are excited and passionate about the sport and aim to reach the international level.

    Lakshitha’’s mom, Sindhu, said, ‘She starts her day at 5 am to practise skating and to attend school. She is so passionate that she never looks for reasons to bunk.’

    Lakshitha has won two goals in the south zone competition, which took her to the national level. When asked about the popularity of the sport in the locality, Lakshitha’’s mother said the number of children opting for it has increased. ‘It is only in recent times that this change was noticed,’ she pointed out.

    A resident of Madipakkam, K Srilakshana won a gold and silver in the south zone competition and reached the national level.

    Both of them are multi-taskers as they are good in academics. The girls practise in the morning and evening. ‘We thank their masters for understanding their talent and giving it importance,’ Sindhu said.

    source: / News Today / Home / NT Bureau / November 29th, 2017

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    Undeterred by disabilities, Madhavi Latha knows how to fight back. A champion swimmer, she now heads the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India

    Polio at the age of seven months paralysed Madhavi Latha from the waist down. It left her with minimal movement in her hands and robbed her of her voice even. But with time and perseverance she managed to regain some control over her hands and her voice. The daughter of a school teacher father and a homemaker mother, Latha, was the youngest of four siblings in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana). The polio attack and her limited motor skills didn’t deter her from completing school and pursuing a college degree privately. After she completed her MSc in Math, she eventually got a job with a bank in Hyderabad, before moving on to Standard Chartered in Chennai

    And life seemed set for her, until 10 years ago when her limited movements led to a compression of her spinal cord and in turn compression of her lungs, leading doctors to give her not more than a year to live. Determined to fight back, as she always has since she was a baby, Latha turned to hydrotherapy to strengthen her muscles and ease the pressure on her spine. And that’s when she discovered her new love — swimming. Through sheer grit and determination, she began to swim competitively and went on to become the National Paralympic swimming champion when she won three gold medals in her category in 2011. No mean feat for someone with a disability as severe as hers and at the age of 40.

    Her win, silenced all the nay-sayers. “The first time I wanted to swim competitively at the corporate Olympiad, the organisers were not convinced. So, I had four people swimming around me for my security. In fact, when I first tried my hand at swimming, I didn’t have a coach. I self-learnt freestyle, which then convinced the coach to teach me the remaining styles. I wanted to set an example for other people with disabilities and so pushed myself further,” she says. Her tryst with swimming was a turning point in her life. “Moreover, being in water made my body light and the buoyancy helped me do all the things that I couldn’t outside of it,” she adds.


    Swimming, was only the beginning for this determined woman. She is now heading the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India that she set up in conjunction with others in 2014. “This came about when a UK-based NGO introduced me to the sport and encouraged me to promote it. It intrigued me as it is rather energetic and inculcates a great sense of team spirit in those involved in the sport. In the last three years we’ve managed to enrol 600 players from 14 states in the country — from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari,” she says, adding that this venture is not without its fair share of challenges either. “One of the biggest challenges is convincing people to encourage this sport; often it is concerns over players’ safety that comes to fore, since people aren’t convinced about just how much people with disabilities are capable of. Also, sports wheelchairs are not manufactured in India and are often imported, thereby raising costs. We’re also working towards making sports arenas more accessible for those with disabilities. When tournaments take place there are concerns about accessibility in terms of transport and accommodation. And since we know that a lot of these aren’t inclusive in nature yet, we go prepared, so there are no rude shocks upon our arrival.”

    For the Asian Para games

    • While the WBFI has received an invitation from the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation — Asia Oceania Zone, Madhavi Latha and the teams are working towards raising support to help them participate in the qualifiers in Thailand.
    • To arrange a training camp in Chennai for the national team (for men and women) to prepare for the qualifiers and to select 12 players in each team.
    • A coach from abroad to run this camp.
    • To send both the men’s and women’s teams to Thailand and pay their registration fees which amounts to ₹ 3.7 lakhs.
    • Madhavi Latha can be contacted on 9841609601
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    But this struggle is not new to Latha. “My parents always wanted me to be financially independent. So after completing my MSc in Mathematics, I even trained as a typist so I could get a typing job. That is when a cousin told me about jobs in banks that I could apply for. In 1991 I managed to land my first job with State Bank in Hyderabad; expectedly there was a lot of convincing to do. Having had to move to Hyderabad from my small town, I even learnt how to ride a scooter so I could commute and gradually moved on to driving a car. I eventually got an opportunity to join Standard Chartered and moved to Chennai for the new role in 2006,” she says.

    In the meantime, the lack of physical activity began taking a toll on her. “The exercises I’d been asked to do were rather painful and involved callipers being put from shoulder down. It felt like being in a cage and I neglected to follow up on them, not realising the seriousness of the consequences.”

    Even while she was pursuing her college degree privately, Latha began giving tuitions at home to students a couple of years younger than her. “I wanted to surround myself with people closer to my age so I didn’t miss college life as much,” she smiles.

    Today, she leads a busy life with her hands full with professional responsibilities at Standard Chartered and her role at the WBFI. “I want people to realise that people with disabilities can do a range of things as well. It’s important to sensitise people around them to lend adequate support. Currently our basketball team is gearing up for the qualifiers of the Asian Para Games that will be held in March 2018 in Bangkok. While our players have great potential, there’s a lot more we need in terms of support. And we are working towards ensuring that our teams qualify,” she says.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Society / by Ranjani Rajendra / November 27th, 2017

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    The hero stone discovered near Anadigambareswarar Temple in Anamalai shows two warriors’ valour. | Photo Credit: HANDOUT_E_MAIL

    The hero stone discovered near Anadigambareswarar Temple in Anamalai shows two warriors’ valour. | Photo Credit: HANDOUT_E_MAIL

    Dated around 16th century, it depicts an incident that could have taken place in the area

    A hero stone depicting the valour of two warriors has been discovered in a bush behind the Anadigambareswarar Temple in Anamalai. Assistant Professor of History, Rajapalayam Raju’s College, B. Kandasamy, who spotted the stone, says it has two warriors, three women and child. Hero stones are carved in memory of warriors’ valour and worshipped.

    In this case, it shows a warrior holding a jagged sword in his left hand. The portion depicting his right hand is damaged. The second warrior is seen holding a long sword in his right hand and a jagged sword in his left hand.


    One of the women is seen holding a garland and the child is seen supporting a warrior. The second woman is also seen holding a garland. The third woman is seen holding a hand fan and taking them to heaven after martyrdom.

    The stone, dated around 16th century, depicts an incident that could have taken place in the area.

    The warriors’ head gear, lower garment and the women’s lower garment are also clearly visible.

    The discovery of the stone assumes significance in the light of discovery of iron objects and another three-tier hero stone from near the Perumal Kovil Karadu in the area.

    The three-tier hero stone is now in the Coimbatore Museum, Mr. Kandasamy adds.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Coimbatore / by Karthik Madhavan / Coimbatore – November 20th, 2017

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    November 28th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    Ravichandran Ashwin continued to weave his magic in Tests as the Tamil Nadu offspinner became the fastest to reach 300 wickets during India’s comprehensive win against Sri Lanka in the Nagpur Test.

    Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to get to 300 Test wickets, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record as he spun India to a massive win over Sri Lanka in the Nagpur Test.(AFP)

    Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler to get to 300 Test wickets, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record as he spun India to a massive win over Sri Lanka in the Nagpur Test.(AFP)

    Ravichandran Ashwin has been a vital cog in India’s dominant run in Tests since 2015. In the last nine series against various opponents, Ashwin has been a trump card in Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team.

    During the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur, Ashwin spun himself into the record books with his haul of 4/63. He clean bowled Lahiru Gamage with a carrom ball to not only give India a massive innings and 239 runs victory, but became the fastest to reach 300 Test wickets.

    Ashwin’s magnificent feat, combined with India’s record win makes for some fascinating statistics. Here is a list of the major numbers accumulated by Ashwin and India during the course of this Test.

    54 – Number of Tests taken by Ravichandran Ashwin to get to 300 Test wickets. The previous best was 56 Tests by Australian pacer Dennis Lillee. When one looks at spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan took 58 Tests while Shane Warne achieved the feat in 61 matches. For India, Anil Kumble reached the mark in 66 Tests.

    52 – Number of wickets taken by Ashwin in 2017, the joint-most by a spinner. He is the third spinner to take over 50 wickets in a calendar year. Rangana Herath is tied with Ashwin while Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon is third with 51 wickets.

    46 – Number of wickets by Ashwin in eight Tests against Sri Lanka. He is third in the all-time list, with Harbhajan Singh (53) and Anil Kumble (74) ahead of him.

    186 – Number of wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin in the last two years. Since 2015, Ashwin has the second-best bowling average behind James Anderson, while in five-wicket hauls he leads the pack with 17. Rangana Herath is a distant second with 146 wickets.

    Innings and 239 runs – Victory margin for the Indian cricket team against Sri Lanka in the Nagpur Test, which is their joint-highest in terms of runs. They had achieved a similar margin of victory against Bangladesh in the Dhaka Test of 2007.

    8 – Number of innings victories by India against Sri Lanka in Tests, the most by India in Tests. The innings and 239-run defeat is the worst-ever for Sri Lanka.

    – Number of double centuries for Virat Kohli in Tests as captain, equalling the record set by Brian Lara. His tally equals Rahul Dravid’s mark while only Virender Sehwag is ahead of him with six.

    source: Hindustan Times / Home> India / by Siddharth Vishwanathan, Hindustan Times,New Delhi / November 27th, 2017

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    November 27th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion



    For many, frisbee is only a beach game or a pastime, but M Selvi (20) takes it seriously.

    This resident of Guindy in the city has been playing the sport from class six. She is an international player and aims to become an IAS officer. She speaks to News Today about her journey.

    When did you start playing frisbee?

    I was nine when my father taught me how to play frisbee. I initially played it during my leisure time. I eventually grew interest in it and started playing professionally.

    How important is sports in your life?

    I am doing my final year in political science. It is tough to balance studies and sports. However, I manage it with the help of my parents and teachers. I never give up my game for anything. It is my passion.

    What is your upcoming game?

    We are a team of 15. We are currently playing a national level game in Surat. We are also training for several upcoming international events.

    What are your goals in life?

    I have participated in several international games. The recent one was in London last year. I want to excel in this sport and represent India in more international events.

    Who/what is your biggest strength?

    My parents. They are the ones who keep motivating and encouraging me. I am busy with college and sport, and hence, hardly have time to spend with them. They understand and trust me in whatever I do. I also want to thank my coach and my team for believing in me.

    How do you handle pressure?

    There is lot of pressure to perform well in sports and studies. Although my parents encourage me, they want me to complete my degree. I have drawn up a timetable to create a balance between work and play. Once I injured my right leg and it needed surgery. I was confined to the bed for few months. It was testing time for me.

    Tell us about your future plans.

    There is no future for me without frisbee. I will continue to play and win medals. After I complete my degree, I want to study and become an IAS officer.

    Your advice to youngsters?

    A. Time management is important. Plan everything accordingly and work around your goal to achieve.

    Selvi can be reached at 9787683310.

    source: / News Today / Home / by M P Jesu Priya / November 27th, 2017

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    November 27th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy

    Mud, slush, dirt, rotting vegetables form the scene at wholesale markets like Koyamedu, Pookadai. Sacks of fresh vegetables stored in warehouses in unhygienic conditions.


    “Vegetables supplied to restaurants and B2B organisations are stored in substandard conditions FOR and I wanted to AND change that,” said Sanjay Sanjay Dasari, cofounder, Waycool, which has 450 B2B customers. The 24-year-old Dasari took a shot at entrepreneurship after graduating in finance and strategic management from Babson College near Boston.

    Setting up the company WayCool in July 2015, Dasari partnered with Karthik Jayaraman, a specialist in cold-chain storage. Other experienced hands such as Ashok Leyland MD  Vinod Dasari and Cavinkare’s C K Ranganathan advise the startup and hold positions on its board.

    In its initial months the team had to cope with the 2015 deluge. “Luckily, one of our early investors had a house on a higher level and we were able to save our fresh stock of vegetables. We also faced initial problems in understanding the nuances of the industry,” added the co-founder.

    Leveraging their USP — fresh vegetables, including exotic varieties like artichoke, broccoli, with minimal wastage (5%) at competitive prices — the startup has opened five retail outlets in Chennai under the name SunnyBee. Apart from retail customers, they also supply to restaurants and catering companies; sourcing from farmers in 10 states. The team visits farms each month for quality checks.

    “We have over 20,000 farmers on board. By tying up with us, we have increasing their earnings by 25%. We have also made it a point to network with small farmers rather than larger establishments; about 45% of our produce comes from farmers having under two acres of land,” added Dasari.

    Giving credit where its due and also ensuring source transparency, the firm provides information about the origin of the produce and details of the farmer to customers. It adds to the credibility of the brand and brings in repeat customers, they say. Waycool’s emphasis on hygiene does not end with the store, they engage with people on social media to highlight the extent of the problem. “We urge netizens to upload pictures with #spotted when they witness instances of vegetables and fruits being stored or transported in an unhygienic manner,” said Dasari. Latha Rajasekar, a regular customer, says, “I appreciate that in a market where dealers add artificial preservatives and dye vegetables to give them a fresh look, SunnyBee is 100% transparent. I feel safe consuming their products.” Transparency and low wastage also draw investors. Chief financial officer of Aspada Investments Kushal Agrawal said, “Structural challenges in India’s fresh produce supply chain, comprised of multiple intermediaries, lead to significant wastage (>30% by volume), lower prices for farmers, and poor quality produce at a high er price. As a sophisticated post-harvest supply chain firm WayCool is addressing these challenges with fewer intermediaries and careful handling of produce, thereby catering to a rapidly growing urban middle-class that demands safe, high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables.”

    In the future, the company plans to open a B2C retail outlet a month and bring in hyper exotic vegetables.

    (This series captures the startup ecosystem in the state)

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Chennai News / by Aparna Desikan / TNN / November 27th, 2017

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    November 26th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    About 50 instrumentalists shared the stage for this marathon programme | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    About 50 instrumentalists shared the stage for this marathon programme | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    All the musical instruments came together to celebrate Chennai

    ‘Nadalahari’ was a grand musical celebration of instruments at the Narada Gana Sabha. They were celebrating the UNESCO’s inclusion of Chennai in the Creative Cities Network. It was organised by Avasarala Kanyakumari, known for such grand shows with violins.

    Dedicated to the cause of instrumental music, Kanyakumari, in her welcome address, did mention the lack of opportunities for instrumentalists to perform solo and also the rasikas’ preference to vocal. Indeed, her grievance is genuine; listeners are not fully tuned to instrumental music unless they find something exotic in it.

    Guests of Honour K.N. Ramaswamy of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Haricharan Das of Musee Musicals were in full appreciation of Kanyakumari’s endeavours with zeal in promoting instrumental music among the audience.

    In this marathon programme, about 50 instrumentalists participated and performed in succession; so one can almost get to listen to all the popular instrumental artistes from Kadri Gopalnath’s saxophone to some very young learners performing veena, violin or mandolin.

    Opened with saxophone

    The programme started with Kadri playing the Bhairavi swarajati ‘Amba Kamakshi.’ Chitraveena Ravikiran and his students took over to present ‘Brochevarevarura’ (Khamas).

    It was time for the flute and R. Thyagarajan with his disciples played ‘Ramakathasudha’ (Madhymavati). R.S. Jayalakshmi’s group (veena) presented ‘Jagadeeswari’ in Mohanam. Multifacedted Palghat Sriram in the company of young artistes played ‘Telisirama.’

    Raju and Nagamani’s party impressed with ‘Thaye Tripurasundari’ (Suddha Saveri) followed by the majestic nagaswaram with a group presenting ‘Akhilandeswari’ (Dwijawanti). Notable inclusions were the solo presentation of raag Sindhubhairav by Pt. Janardhan Mitta on the sitar and raag Maru Behag by Balesh on the shehnai. The penultimate offering, Nadatanumanism (Siddha Ranajni) was by Kanyakumari with all the violinists and her students.

    In the grand finale, all the artists joined to thank the audience with ‘Entaro Mahanubhavulu’ (Sri). A host of percussion artists supported the instrumentalists in different combinations.

    What I have said may look like a report. But it was a celebration and celebrations are meant for sharing and enjoyment. The emcee Krishna Babu constantly talked about the enthusiasm of the artistes, who had gathered breaking all barriers — age, name and fame, etc. The aim was to participate and showcase their speciality. Nuggets on Chennai and its musical history were provided as interludes by Rasikapriya, during the change of artists. The glitches in the sound system — unavoidable perhaps, given the range of instruments and their frequencies — was overshadowed by the spirit of the artistes, who were in excellent form.

    The final piece reminded me of AIR’s ‘Vadya Vrinda’ — several artistes playing kritis in perfect unison. Perhaps Kanyakumari can think on those lines — live joint ventures with different instrumentalists, where each enjoys his space.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Music / by G. Swaminathan / November 23rd, 2017

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    Chennai :

    The headmaster from a State Board school and another from a government-aided school were selected for the national award for best teachers for 2016 instituted by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

    G J Manohar, headmaster and correspondent of Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chetpet, and A Edith Deva Thayanithi, headmistress of CSI Middle School, Saidapet, would receive their awards on September 5.

    An alumni of the Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chetpet, Manohar started as a teacher at the school in 1988. According to him, the award was given for the overall development of the school, quality of infrastructure and the academics. From after-school coaching classes, an open option especially for students who are first-generation learners who do not have proper facilities to remedial classes for lower classes, the school has been taking various initatives, he added.

    “The uniqueness of this school is we have a mixture of students from different economic classes,” he said with pride. Devotion, determination and dedication to work are the motto that can make a student dynamic, believes Edith Deva Thayanithi, one of the two national award-winners from the city.

    She started her career in teaching in 1987 in CSI Middle School in Tiruttani near Arakonam. After working in CSI schools in Perambur, she was made headmistress of the middle school in Saidapet.

    “In my school, 90 per cent of the children are from scavenging background. I gave scholarship and minority scholarship out of my own interest. I approached the Collector’s office to give the students the scholarship,” she said.

    During Chennai floods in 2015, she had opened the school for all flood victims. “Before I came to the Saidapet school, there was no proper building. I took iniative to construct the new building spending `32 lakh and also conducted science exhibition in the school,” said the winner of 2012 State award.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> State> Tamil Nadu / by Ashmita Gupta / Express News Service / September 02nd, 2017

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