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    PROUD MOMENT:Thenmozhi and Sister Stella who received awards for writings in Tamil and social work.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN

    PROUD MOMENT:Thenmozhi and Sister Stella who received awards for writings in Tamil and social work.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN

    At World Working Women’s Day

    Women achievers in various fields were honoured at the World Working Women’s Day observation organised by Department of Women’s studies, Bharathidasan University, here on Friday.

    Sister Stella, founder of Asisi Farm and Training Centre, Kanyakumari, was honoured for her social service and Thenmozhi, Tamil writer for her Tamil writings.

    Karpaga Kumaravel, Syndicate member, Bharathidasan University, gave the awards to the achievers.

    A. Puratchikodi, faculty, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Anna University, Chennai Regional Office, said sexist tendencies started even at the level of brining up children. Daughters were discriminated against sons. Preference for son still prevailed in spite of strides made in various fields.

    “Women are afraid to even walk on the streets of Delhi after 8 p.m. and they openly concede this,” Ms. Puratchikodi said.

    N. Manimekalai, Director and Head, Department of Women Studies, Bharathidasan University, said that inequality should be removed.

    Prizes distributed

    Prizes were distributed among winners in various competitions.

    Students of Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College here won the first prize for group dance.

    Students of Chettinad College of Arts and Science College won the second prize, and Bharathidasan University Constituent College at Lalgudi won the third prize.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Tiruchirapalli / by Special Correspondent / Tiruchi – March 28th, 2015

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    March 29th, 2015adminBusiness & Economy, Records, All
    Vinod Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland, (3rd from right), releasing a book ‘Dawn of a Golden Era’ during the aiema golden jubilee valedictory function, in chennai on saturday. (EPS)

    Vinod Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland, (3rd from right), releasing a book ‘Dawn of a Golden Era’ during the aiema golden jubilee valedictory function, in chennai on saturday. (EPS)

    Chennai :

    From 400 small scale units to around 2000 small and medium scale firms, Ambattur Industrial Estate has come a long way.

    To celebrate the estate’s Golden Jubilee year, members and officials of the Ambattur Industrial Estate Management Association (AIEMA) from all over the State gathered at ITC Grand Chola on Saturday and awarded its past office bearers for their contribution.

    “This industrial estate which was opened in 1963 has grown and is counted among the largest in the country today. This has only been possible because of the support we have got from several Government departments and of course our members. It’s an honour to be a part of its Golden Jubilee celebrations,” said R Shridharan, chairman, AIEMA.

    Shridharan went on to read out a few events the Association conducted in the past. “AIEMA has also been a part of the Tamil Nadu State ranking carrom tournament, kabaddi tournament, dental and diabetic camps. AIEMA has also been one of the first industry associations to make voluntary blood donation.”

    Vinod K Dasari, managing director, Ashok Leyland presided. He spoke about the association of Ashok Leyland with the units in the estate.

    “Today Ashok Leyland is worth `14,000 crore. This would not have been possible without the support of our employees and especially our suppliers, a large number of whom have their workshops at Ambattur Industrial Estate,” he said.

    “We have never had a single defect from their side, and we have been able to achieve fine quality because of these suppliers. I hope our relationship with AIEMA grows and strengthens over the years to come,” Dasari added.

    Sivagnanam, additional advisor to the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, said, “AIEMA has employed over two lakh people which is a herculean task even for ones running a 20,000 crore industry. I thank you for demonstrating your leadership and making AIEMA  a living example of hard work and dedication in this country.”

    Also present on the occasion were V Muthuswamy, president, TANSTIA and Gautham Venkatramani, executive director, India Pistons.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by ENS / March 28th, 2015

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    Chennai :

    Showering praise on Tamil poet-saint Kothai Andal, BJP MP Tarun Vijay on Wednesday said the Vaishnavite icon had challenged male supremacy 1300 years ago, inspiring women to assert their rights to make personal choices.

    Not only did he mention the lone woman saint of Vaishnavite tradition at the Women in Parliament Global Summit 2015 held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he also presented a portrait of Andal to the global chairperson of the summit, Sylvana Koch.

    Tarun Vijay said Andal’s legacy must be followed by women across the continents to make this planet happier and safer for women. “Gandhi said women don’t need protection, but a freedom to make choices and freedom to make decisions. Poetess Andal, who was born in Tamil Nadu 1300 years ago is a great symbol of that power. Making choices for her and challenging male domination in that era”, the BJP MP said.

    “India’s legacy is to respect women. I begin from Andal to Lal Dyad of Kashmir and to Sister Nivedita and Rani Gaidinliu, who fought against the British at the age of 16, and Indira Gandhi to our present day world boxing champion Mary Kom, India is a saga of women empowerment in a sea of gender discriminations.”

    He said India was leading the world with highest number of micro level women members of gram panchayats which is about 1.4 million. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign to help women resulted in a mission to build 12 million toilets helping girls and women. Revolutionary Jandhan scheme empowered women most and just a signature enabling exercise made them feel good and empowered.


    “I was in Ladakh to inaugurate this scheme when a bank manager asked a woman to sign on a form. She was perplexed and said, but sir, only big and influential people sign, I can merely write my name. When manager taught her to sign, that was a defining moment for her and she felt empowered. A mere opportunity to put a signature brings about a change in her life. Its the decision making power that she enjoys”, Tarun Vijay said. Place technology in the hands of women to change the world for betterment, he added.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service  / March 26th, 2015

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    March 22nd, 2015adminEducation, Records, All, World Opinion

    Vellore :

    An alumnus of VIT University has attempted to get into the Guinness World Record by memorizing 70,000 digits for the mathematical value of ‘Pi’. The documented feat, achieved on Saturday, will be sent to the Guinness World Record office in the UK shortly.

    VIT Chancellor G Viswanathan said, ‘We took the initiative to encourage our alumnus who was interested in breaking the world record by providing all logistic support.’

    25 year old Rajveer Meena, a native of Morchala village of Sawaimadhopur district in Rajasthan on Saturday was able to memorise 70,000 digits of the mathematical value of Pi. His memorisation was videographed and documented in the presence of 13 witnesses (representatives from media, NGOs, social organizations, professionals) and 20 professors from the VIT University and other colleges.

    While the world record for this is being held by Chao Lu of Shaanxi province in China in 2005 for reciting 67,890 digits of the value of Pi in 24 hours and 8 minutes, Rajveer has recited 70,000 digits in just 9 hours, seven minutes.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home>States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / March 22nd, 2015

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    Coimbatore :

    A programme created by the Anna University’s campus community radio, Anna FM, has won the first prize in a national competition conducted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

    Anna FM’s ‘Magalir Neram’ won the first prize in the Community Engagement category. The second prize in this category was for ‘Vuluthundu Vaalvom’ by Vayalaga Vanili of Kottampatti, Madurai.

    The prizes were announced by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley at the Fifth National Community Radio Sammelan in Delhi on Monday.

    The award includes Rs 50,000 cash, a medallion and a certificate.

    Anna FM, the first campus-based community radio in the country, started its operations in February 2004. It transmits radio programmes in a 15-km radius from the Anna University campus.

    Anna FM is getting this award for the second straight year. “Last year we won the award for a programme on transgenders. This year we won it for a programme explaining the problems of on sex workers and expectations from the government,” said S Gowri, Director, Educational Multimedia Centre, Anna University.

    A short film by the Educational Multimedia Research Centre has been shortlisted for screening at the Kolkatta film festival to be held from March 23, she added.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service  / March 20th, 2015

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    Madurai :

    In the 1960s, late freedom fighter Govindasamy Naidu had a dream where a sparrow appeared and told him to build a temple for Goddess Kali near the North Masi Street in Madurai (Tamil Nadu).

    In fact, an idol of the goddess and three tridents (her weapons) had been there for more than a century. However, there was no temple for the deity.

    The area, which is a concrete jungle now, was home to house sparrows then. Naidu believed that the goddess had sent one of the sparrows to tell him to build a temple for her.

    And it had not taken much time before the Sittukuruvi Kaliamman Temple was built in the area (‘Sittukuruvi’ in Tamil means sparrow)

    And sparrows continued to live in the vicinity of the temple.

    Renowned author of folklore A Sivasubramanian has said many local deities found an association with the fauna of the region.

    “Sparrows found a mention in the Sangam literature, dating back to 300 BC, where they are mentioned as ‘Manai Urai Kuruvi’ (bird that lives in the house),” he said.

    “Sittukuruvi Kali is one such example where even smaller birds living in the vicinity found an association with the deity. The surrounding areas were known for trading grain, and sparrows found it an ideal place to live,” he added.

    People believe that Sittukuruvi Kali is a powerful goddess. “She is a very powerful goddess and is known to cure lumps or pimples. If people pray to her for cure, she will cure them. And they will offer her salt in accordance with the custom,” said 80-year-old T Kothaiamma.

    For Kothaiamma, Sittukuruvi Kali has been her solace and strength after she lost her husband when she he was 25.

    The temple remains intact, so also is people’s faith in the temple. But the sparrows are missing.

    “Sparrows used to fly around the goddess. They flocked the area during festivals. But I can’t see them now. They all have gone,” bewailed Kothaiamma.

    The Sittukuruvi Kaliamman Temple in Madurai (TOI photo by Iniyan Lenin)

    Pujas are performed at the temple daily, and people say the goddess hear their prayers always.

    But will the sparrows ever return to the temple named after them?

    March 20 is observed as the Word Sparrow Day.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> Environment> Flora & Fauna / by J. Arockiaraj, TNN / March 19th, 2015

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    Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as president elect of Britain’s prestigious Royal Society. Ramakrishnan, who will be the first Indian-origin scientist to hold the post, was born in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied biology in the US.

    The result of a ballot held by the fellowship was confirmed at a meeting of the Society’s Council this week and Ramakrishnan, or Venki as he is popularly known, will take up the post on December 1, 2015, PTI reported.

    “I feel very touched that the Royal Society has chosen me for this job, especially because I only came to Britain 16 years ago from the US,” said the 63-year-old structural biologist who shared the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for discovering the precise structure of ribosomes ? the molecular machines that manufacture proteins inside all living cells.

    “I think in some ways the Royal Society, ever since its inception, has reflected the best traditions of openness in Britain. I think of Britain as a particularly open and tolerant society,” he told BBC.

    He is currently deputy director of the British Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University.

    He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003 and was knighted by Britain’s Queen in 2012.

    The Royal Society dates back to 1660 and its president is a key advocate for science in the UK and the world.

    Previous presidents of the Royal Society have included Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, Joseph Banks, Humphry Davy, and Ernest Rutherford.

    Ramakrishnan?will succeed geneticist Sir Paul Nurse, also a Nobel laureate.

    “Appointing the first Indian-born president of the Royal Society sends a strong message about the importance of the contribution of immigrants to British science,” said Blakemore, a Royal Society Fellow from the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

    The research for which Ramakrishnan shared the Nobel was commenced in the US, where he has spent much of his working life before moving to Cambridge in 1999. He shared the prize with Thomas Steitz, of Yale University, and Ada Yonath, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Jerusalem.

    The award recognised the team working out, between 2000 and 2002, the exact structure of a key part of the ribosome, the tiny molecular machine ? found in the cells of our body ? that turns the genetic code of living beings into the proteins from which they are made.

    “I knew the ribosome was going to be the focus of Nobel prizes. It stands at the crossroads of biology, between the gene and what comes out of the gene. But I had convinced myself I was not going to be a winner,” he said of his award.

    In winning the prize, Venki became the 13th member of staff of Cambridge’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology to win a Nobel; previous winners include Crick and Watson, discoverers of the structure of DNA.

    source: / / Home> World / New Delhi – March 20th, 2015
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    (From left) author Tulsi Badrinath, N. Ram and S. Muthiah at the book release function. Photo: R. Ravindran

    (From left) author Tulsi Badrinath, N. Ram and S. Muthiah at the book release function. Photo: R. Ravindran

    ‘Madras, Chennai and the Self: Conversations with the City’, a book that explores the metropolis through the personal stories of an eclectic cluster of 12 individuals, was launched on Wednesday.

    The author Tulsi Badrinath paints a portrait of a city that is both rooted in tradition and dynamically modern. Launching the book, N. Ram, chairman, Kasturi and Sons Ltd., said, “There is a certain familiarity when one reads the book, but there are also many surprises that the author brings out through her writing.”

    Historian S. Muthiah, who received the first copy of the book, said, “This book is by far the best among all the writing on Madras. It is a literary work on how the author sees the city of Chennai through the conversations she has with many people who call this place home.”

    Some of the personalities featured are Dalit writer and activist P. Sivakami, the Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, actor Vikram and priest and karate enthusiast K. Seshadri to name a few. By bringing together disparate narratives of people and the spaces they inhabit, Ms. Badrinath attempts to capture the flavour of a city that is both intimate and contemporary.

    The book launch concluded with a panel discussion with chronicler Sriram V. and scholar A.R. Venkatachalapathy interacting with the author.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Staff Reporter / Chennai – March 19th, 2015

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    Chennai :

    After a brief lull, efforts to convert the Institute of Anatomy building at Madras Medical College into a full-pledged museum have gained pace. A seven-member “core committee” headed by college Dr R Vimala, has been formed recently to work out the design and suggest the kind of exhibits.

    The decision to have a fullfledged museum was taken after the anatomy department was shifted to the new campus on the erstwhile Central prison premises in 2013.

    Dr R Vimala  said the museum would have exhibits of evolution of medicine at MMC, rare photographs, British-era certificates and documents, history of doyens of the alumni and historical events of the college. Also old equipment, medical devices would occupy a place. “We are looking forward to contribution of rare pictures of relevance to this Institution. Soon we will create a new email id, enabling people to share,” she added.

    Speaking to reporters on Monday, Dr Sudha Seshayyan, Director, MMC Institute of Anatomy, said the heritage structure, popularly known as ‘Red Fort’, would not be disturbed.  Only renovation to rectify the damages would be done. “We also seek help from government curator for maintaining the museum. Now, there are more than 1,000 specimens of which a few are century-old precious possessions. So funds for renovation works are invited. Once ready, it will be open for doctors, medical students and the public,” she added.

    Meanwhile, MMC alumni, starting from 1961 batch, have donated Rs 2 lakh till Saturday, giving hope that funds will pour in.

    Dr Sudha further said names of people donating above Rs 5 lakh would be inscribed on a plaque. It is estimated that the work for the conversion into museum would take another two years.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / March 17th, 2015

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    Cuddalore :

    In a rare discovery, researchers from the Annamalai University history department have found a 2,200-year-old stone mace head at Marungur village near Neyveli.

    It is believed that ancient people used the mace as a tool for both hunting and agricultural purposes. The wooden staff attached to the mace head allowed the tool to be used as a weapon.

    Sivaramakrishnan, an assistant professor hoped that further research would lead to more findings.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / March 18th, 2015

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