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    A.Preethi created a record of sorts when the drove the first Metro service. Photo: K.V.Srinivasan

    A.Preethi created a record of sorts when the drove the first Metro service. Photo: K.V.Srinivasan

    For Preethi, from the time she aspired to serve as a loco pilot in the Railways to driving the first train in Chennai Metro, it has been one exciting ride.

    As A. Preethi was about to ease the train out of the station during the maiden run of Chennai Metro Rail from Alandur to Koyambedu, she saw her mother and niece standing on the platform, eagerly watching the proceedings.

    A surprised Preethi immediately beckoned the two to get inside the train. But, her mother asked her to stay put and gestured that she would take the next train.

    “I am so proud of her,” Preethi’s mother said, even as her voice choked and her eyes welled up. “Initially, I did not want her to take this job. But now, I m so happy that she’s driving this train,” she said.

    For Preethi, from the time she aspired to serve as a loco pilot in the Railways to driving the first train in Chennai Metro, it has been one exciting ride. “I was absolutely thrilled. Beginning now, my concern is to drive carefully and keep passengers safe,” she added.

    While she is more than happy driving along this elevated stretch, Preethi is eager to drive through the tunnels of the Metro when the underground stretches become operational.

    After Preethi, it was Jayashree’s turn on the second train. Both of them bagged diplomas in electronics and communication before taking up jobs as train operators. Soon, five more women operators will join the team.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Sunitha Sekar  & T.K. Rohit / June 30th, 2015

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    June 29th, 2015adminEducation, Records, All, World Opinion
     Bridge and foundation course in English being inaugurated at Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in Tiruchi; C.K. Vishnu Narayanan of National College in Tiruchi.

    Bridge and foundation course in English being inaugurated at Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in Tiruchi; C.K. Vishnu Narayanan of National College in Tiruchi.

    C.K. Vishnu Narayanan, a second year B.Sc. (Physical Education and Sports Sciences) student of National College has been selected to participate in the BRICS Youth Summit to be held in Russia from July 1 to 7. He is a part of the 60-member Indian delegation of Department Youth Affairs (International Cooperation Cell) of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He has bagged a national award in yoga in 2013. He has participated in the 2014 Republic Day parade in New Delhi as a National Service Scheme volunteer. He learnt the basics of yoga practices during his childhood under his guru Kalari S.D. Benny in Thrissur. Since then, he had been performing on regional and national platforms. Earlier, he had secured Best Volunteer Award from the National Service Scheme in Kerala for 2013 and 2014.

    BRIDGE, FOUNDATION COURSE IN ENGLISH

    Bridge course will help students turn their aspirations into realities, said G. Balakrishnan, former vice-principal, St. Joseph’s College, while inaugurating the bridge and foundation course in English at Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College. He observed that the course bridges the gap between the school and college education, sharpens the intellect and helps orient the skills of the students. Good knowledge of English language could take students to greater heights. Students hailing from rural and Tamil medium could excel through rigorous practice and thirst for learning. During the interaction session, he helped students practice speaking simple and error free sentences. M. Jayanthi, Principal, and K. Renukadevi, Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, spoke.

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    LEARN ENGLISH WITH PROPER PRONUNCIATION

    Importance of learning English with proper pronunciation was emphasised by V. Sujatha, Principal, Cauvery College for Women, in her inaugural address at the Foundation English Course for the first year students organised by the Aurora Club of the Department of English Cauvery College for Women. R. Murugan, president, college executive committee, motivated the students to shed their inhibition and gain confidence by mastering the language. K.S. Dhanam, Associate Professor, Department of English, Periyar E.V.R. College, who was the resource person, explained how to overcome the hesitation to speak in English. R. Gobinathan, treasurer, college governing council, and Hilda M. Thenmoli, Head, Department of English, were present.

    AWARENESS PROGRAMME ON USE OF HELMETS

    Leo Club and National Service Scheme of Tiruchi Engineering College conducted an awareness programme on use of helmets.

    P. Gopalachandran, Inspector of Police, Siruganur, spoke on the importance of wearing helmets. S. Subramaniam, secretary, Sujatha Subramaniam, chairperson, and R.M. Ramachandran, Principal, were present.

    Compiled by G. Prasad

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Tamil Nadu / June 29th, 2015

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    June 29th, 2015adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies

    Chennai :

    More than 50% of lower leg amputations are estimated to be linked to diabetes. A therapeutic open footwear developed by scientists at Central Leather Research Institute now promises to reduce foot complications in diabetic patients by reducing abnormal distribution of foot pressure.

    The footwear, which scientists say is a vast improvement on the existing MCR and MCP footwear prescribed for diabetics, is made after estimating the risk category of a patient through a specially designed computer software. CLRI developed the footwear in collaboration with MV Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetes Research Centre and Novo Nordisk Education Foundation.

    The footwear, which scientists say is a vast improvement on the existing MCR and MCP footwear prescribed for diabetics, is made after estimating the risk category of a patient through a specially designed computer software. (Representative Image)

    The footwear, which scientists say is a vast improvement on the existing MCR and MCP footwear prescribed for diabetics, is made after estimating the risk category of a patient through a specially designed computer software. (Representative Image)

    MV Hospital for Diabetes head Dr Vijay Viswanathan said the footwear is for diabetics with either mild or moderate neuropathy, a dysfunction in peripheral nerves that can cause numbness or weakness. The CLRI labs have worked on features like rigid counter stiffener that can support the back of the feet and limit joint mobility and prevent shear stresses as well as fasteners that can be adjustable according to the foot volume. Such comfort factor was not there in the MCR and MCP footwear that have been available in the market for many years.

    “MCR and MCP footwear were not designed the perfect way,” said Dr Viswanathan. “They are more like rubber chappals with a toe grip. A person with neuropathy will not have any sensation or muscle power to hold to that grip. So, when more pressure is applied, the toes may bend,” he explained.

    The sole is made of polyurethane, with extra depth to provide a larger area for more effective pressure distribution, an outsole with special tread for better grip and traction, and an insole bed with layers of foam to provide added comfort and shock absorption for the wearer.

    Scientists at the shoe design and development centre (SDDC) in CLRI said in addition they have provided a specially derived angle of slant in the sole to give the ‘rocker’ effect which is essential to offload pressure from the sole of the feet. Based on clinical examination and replies to a questionnaire, the software computes the ‘diabetic risk threshold score’ which would indicate to the diabetologist the exact risk category to which the patient belonged. “There are 10 clinical parameters including sensitivity, vibration threshold and sugar levels that measure the diabetes risk threshold score,” the scientist said.

    CLRI director SR Wate said that anyone with foot problems could use the footwear. Head of business process division at CLRI K Srinivasan said that the research institute is now looking for more manufacturers to take up license and develop the footwear.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Science / by U. Tejonmayam, TNN / June 28th, 2015

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    June 28th, 2015adminRecords, All, Sports
    Chief guest Justice D. Hariparanthaman (centre) of Madras High Court hands over the senior division trophy to Hindustan Eagles.— PHOTO: M. MOORTHY

    Chief guest Justice D. Hariparanthaman (centre) of Madras High Court hands over the senior division trophy to Hindustan Eagles.— PHOTO: M. MOORTHY

    The annual day of the Chennai Football Association (CFA) was held here on Saturday. The winners and runners-up of various competitions conducted by the CFA were felicitated with cash awards and trophies.

    The chief guest Justice D. Hariparanthaman of Madras High Court gave away the prizes. In the 2014-15 season, 96 clubs participated in the various divisions of the CFA league, with more than 450 matches being held during this period at three venues. Hindustan Eagles won the senior division title and netted a prize money of Rs. two lakh, while runner-up Chennai FC was awarded Rs. one lakh.

    In the first division, Chennai City FC clinched the title winning all its 11 matches and securing promotion to the senior division along with runner-up Madras Sporting Union.

    D. Jebakumar of Chennai Customs was awarded the R. Muthuraman Rolling Trophy for ‘player of the year’. Eagles’ N.D. Opara received the T. Nagar FC rolling trophy for finishing as the top-scorer with 12 goals. He was also feted with the Tanveer Memorial top scorer award along with a cash prize of Rs. 5000. S.E. Bharanidharan was adjudged ‘referee of the year’.

    CFA also conducted inter-school and inter-college tournaments with Don Bosco, HSS Perambur winning the CFA-E. Vadivel Memorial inter-school tournament and Madras Christian College the CFA-Chennai City FC inter-college tournament.

    The chief guest also formally launched the website of the CFA www.cfa.net.in.

    Winners: Senior division: Hindustan Eagles; I division: Chennai City FC; II division: Chennai United FC; III division: Pachaiyappas SC; IV division: Sangeetha FC.

    Runner-up: Senior division: Chennai FC; I division: Madras Sporting Union; II division:Madona Matrix; III division: V.M. Football Club; IV division: Chennai Postal Audit

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Sport / by Sports Reporter / Chennai – June 28th, 2015

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    Collector (in-charge) Madhusoodhan Reddy congratulating the ‘Super 30’ group students who have been allotted seats in medical colleges, in Perambalur on Saturday.

    Collector (in-charge) Madhusoodhan Reddy congratulating the ‘Super 30’ group students who have been allotted seats in medical colleges, in Perambalur on Saturday.

    Standing on the threshold of realising his childhood dream of becoming a doctor, B.Prasanth, an Arunthathiyar student from a poor family of agricultural labourers from Irur in Perambalur district, is not sure whether his mother would be able to raise the fee for the course.

    He is one of the three Dalit students who have secured MBBS admission from a group of 57 students who were handpicked from government schools of the district for special coaching in Plus-Two under the ‘Super 30’ initiative of the district administration. A Dalit girl has bagged a BDS seat, bringing acclaim to the district and the special initiative.

    With a Plus-Two score of 1,108 marks and a cut-off of 193.25, Prasanth has been allotted a seat in the Chenglepet Government Medical College. Prasanth is supported by his mother, a farm hand. His father, also a farm worker, spends most of his earnings on liquor.

    “I have to pay a fee of Rs.11,000 now. My mother is trying to raise the money and officials have promised to arrange for a loan. But I am not sure whether these will materialise. I am looking for sponsors,” he said speaking to The Hindu over phone.

    P.Prakash of Ladapuram, with 1,140 marks in Plus-Two, and T.Aravindaraj of Kolathur, with a score of 1,119, have been allotted seats in the Stanley Government Medical College and Tuticorin Medical College, respectively. M.Manjula of Nattarmangalam, with a cut-off of 191.75, has been allotted a BDS seat in the Chennai Government Dental College and stands a chance of getting a MBBS seat as she is on the wait list. Inspired by District Collector Darez Ahamed, Prakash wants to enter the Civil Services after MBBS.

    All the four students belong to poor families of agricultural labourers, says N.Jayaraman, district coordinator, ‘Super 30’. There are about 15-20 other students from the group with good engineering cut-off marks and are hopeful of getting BE seats, he said. A brainchild of Mr.Darez Ahamed, the ‘Super 30’ idea is being implemented over the past couple of years in the district.

    All are from poor agricultural families and need assistance to pursue studies

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Tamil Nadu / by S. Ganesan / Perambalur – June 28th, 2015

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    During the Emergency, Express Estates, that's now a mall, was a refuge for opposition leaders / The Hindu

    During the Emergency, Express Estates, that’s now a mall, was a refuge for opposition leaders / The Hindu

    June 25 was the 40th anniversary of the infamous Emergency — the then Indira Gandhi Government’s audacious attempt to stifle democracy. Very few from the South opposed it, and yet, much of the momentum for the resistance came from a feisty press baron of Madras — Ramnath Goenka, the owner of the Indian Express Group of newspapers.

    Having come to Madras in the 1920s, with reportedly nothing more than “a lota and a nine-cubit dhoti,” to quote his biographer BG Verghese, Goenka was an all-India figure by the 1940s. Though his papers would later be published from many cities, Madras was always his headquarters, his residence being Hicks Bungalow on Patullos Road. His businesses operated from neighbouring Express Estates, a 23-acre property that he bought from the Madras Club for Rs. 14.85 lakhs in 1946. The quiet thoroughfare connecting the property to Mount Road is still Club House Road.

    It is said that when Emergency was declared, Goenka was in the ICU of a Calcutta hospital, recovering from a heart attack. Raring to get into the thick of battle, he disconnected the tubes and “stole out to board a taxi but was detected in time and brought back”. The Indian Express came out on June 25, 1975, with a blank first editorial while the Financial Express published Tagore’s poem, Where the Mind is Without Fear.

    A man who loved the good fight, Goenka challenged the Emergency in many ways. He helped in publishing Prajaniti, and its English counterpart, Everyman, vehicles that propagated the thoughts of Jayaprakash Narayan, the doughty opponent to Mrs Gandhi’s regime. The vast Express Estates was also where several leaders of the Opposition, most of them on the run from the police, could find safe haven. One among these was the firebrand George Fernandes. He had come first to the Spur Tank Road residence of tuberculosis specialist and Swatantra Party leader Dr Mathuram Santosham. On coming to know that the police were closing in, he was transferred to Express Estates.

    The powers-that-be did their best to stifle Goenka and his publications. There were moves to acquire the business by media houses in sympathy with the ruling party, and when this was resisted, there were, to quote BG Verghese, “raids, court cases, a long series of pre-censorship orders, stoppages of bank advances and advertisements”— in short, all the standard operating procedures of a draconian Government. Goenka, however, stood his ground, despite being in poor health throughout. The stress that he and his family withstood then later resulted in the early demise of his son Bhagwan Das.

    The battle against the Emergency gained ground and culminated in the General Elections in March 1977. That saw the landslide victory of the Janata Party and the first national debacle for the Congress. Goenka went on to fight other battles. The Express Estates is now a mall. But we do need a marker to commemorate the Marwari Media Man from Madras who fought the Emergency from there.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Sriram V. / June 26th, 2015

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    Coimbatore :

    P Senthilnathan, a surgeon from GEM hospital and Research Centre in the city, has been  appointed as the Asia Pacific expert committee member by the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (IHPBA), for promoting laparoscopic liver surgeries in India.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / June 27th, 2015

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    Udhagamandalam :

    As Europe celebrates the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, which changed the history of the continent, the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu too has found a reason to mark the occasion. Fifteen years before leading the British troops against Napoleon in 1815, the hero of Waterloo, Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley, described by Queen Victoria as ‘the greatest man England ever produced’, was on the borders of Nilgiris fighting the Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja of Wayanad. Details of this lesser known battle have been documented by the Nilgiri Documentation Centre (NDC).

    As the governor of Mysore, after the death of Tipu Sultan in 1799, Wellesley had to personally intervene to put down resistance from local chieftains, including Pazhassi Raja, who were believed to have been promised material support by Napoleon himself. Within a year, Kerala Varma was wandering the jungles of Wynad to stay free and was finally captured in 1805, historical records available with the NDC confirm. NDC director Dharmalingam Venugopal says, “Though the Nilgiris is situated in a remote part of South India, its history is intertwined with national and international history”.

    “Though Wellesley never visited the Nilgiris uplands, he had advocated establishing a sanatorium on the hills for British troops as recommended by John Sullivan in 1832,” adds Venugopal. According to him, Col John Ouchterlony chose the site of present day Wellington town for the sanatorium and a close associate of Wellesley, the Marques of Tweeddale, started work on a military barracks in 1851. After the death of Wellesley in 1852, the Marques suggested naming the military barracks after Wellesley. However, it was his successor, governor Sir Charles Trevelyan, who named the place Wellington in 1860. Historians too confirm the Nilgiris link to the Battle of Waterloo. Noted historian Narasiah says Wellesley fought Tipu in 1799.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Chennai / by Shanta Thiagarajan, TNN / June 23rd, 2015

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    Dindigul :

    A team of persons found a stone inscription established during Pandya King Sundarapandian at Sampalanayakkanpatti village near Palani on Thursday

    An archeology team found the historical stone at sambalanayakanpatti near palani on Thursday - Express Photo

    An archeology team found the historical stone at sambalanayakanpatti near palani on Thursday – Express Photo

    Based on the information, Narayanamurthy, an archeologist, and Thatchinamurthy, Director to MK university evening college and professors Kannimuthu, Rajavarman and Manivannan, visited Sampalanayakkanpatti village.

    They found a stone inscription belongs to 1256 AD and it is believed, it was established by Sithra Mezhi Periya Nattar traders group. The stone inscription has possessed a trisul, plough and a musical instrument on top of the stone which indicated the traders group.

    An archeology team found the historical stone at sambalanayakanpatti near palani on Thursday - Express Photo

    An archeology team found the historical stone at sambalanayakanpatti near palani on Thursday – Express Photo

    The 18 traders group of 18 country (places) ( 18 kooda Vanigar Kuzhu) erected  Desa Vinayagar temple after donating Oru Panam (one rupee) from each group, at Vaigavur Nadu (country) located near Periya Odai Kulam.

    They mentioned, the money should be utilized to perform poojas and other things at the temple. It should be performed till the Moon and Sun are here. The Sithra Mezhi Nattar traders group was familiar between 11 AD and 13 AD.

    It had possessed the rights to conduct local panchayat and to erect stone inscription equal to King. However, the Lord Pillair temple is not here at present.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / June 25th, 2015

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    The seeds of innovation sown by Gokuldas Thulsidas is continuing to help the region create wealth out of waste.

    Thulsidas Murarjee and his brother Keshavlal were Gujarati merchants from Porbander. In the 19th Century, They travelled between Porbander and Calicut and traded in nuts and silk from Persia and took back spices and tiles to Gujarat. It took them more than 10 days to do a one way trip in those days. On one such trip a storm delayed their return and they decided to visit Coimbatore. They liked the city and decided to settle down here. They lived in Vysial street and began trading in cottonseeds by procuring them from Pollachi. More than 100 years ago, they established Thulsidas Murarjee & Company and thus began their business tryst with Coimbatore.

    Thulsidas Murarjee had five sons and two daughters. The third and fourth sons, Gokuldas Thulsidas and Narsi Thulsidas continued with the firm. Gokuldas (1904 -1957) travelled on his motorbike to Pollachi for his work. He was an innovative entrepreneur. He used cottonseed waste as fillers in pillows and mattresses.

    Gokuldas Thulsidas

    Gokuldas Thulsidas

    Gokuldas was an excellent communicator who quoted extensively from the Thirukkural. He also spoke fluent Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, besides Gujarati. He had only studied only till the fifth standard. Gokuldas or Babu Sait as he was popularly known married Kesaribai from Calicut and the couple had one daughter and three sons – Suresh, Pratap and Arun. They lived Vysial street, spent a few years in Race Course before moving permanently to R.S.Puram.

    Gokuldas tied up with some foreigners who wanted cotton waste to make coarse yarn used in the manufacture of jeans. He procured and exported cotton waste from mills in Tamil Nadu and these included Rajapalayam Mills, C.S & W Mills, Lakshmi Mills, Radhakrishna Mills and Pioneer Mills. He exported cotton waste to USA, UK, Italy and Germany prior to the World War II. Later in 1951 he went to England and furthered his business knowledge. He was a pioneering Coimbatorean who unlocked the commercial potential of cotton waste in South India. Thanks to this vision and ability Thulsidas Murarjee & Company made a fortune those days.

    Gokuldas acquired the Managing Agency of Sharadha Mills during the early years of independence. The doyen of South Indian industry R.Venkataswamy Naidu was also associated with this venture and a dividend was declared within two years of their administration. Gokuldas visited the silk mills located in various parts of our country and studied their potential.

    Septugenarian Suresh fondly recalls his father, “My father was a workaholic and he took very good care of his family, employees and clients. He wanted me to learn business after my school education (Stanes School), but he passed away early. He built a maternity home in his mother Ramkurbai’s name in R.S.Puram. He promised my mother Kesaribai that he would build a school and temple.

    The Kikani family took this dream forward. We built the Satyanarayana Temple in R.S.Puram within a year of his death in order to make his dream come true. He was the agent for the global major Snia Viscose of Italy and motivated mills to use viscose yarn that was unheard of those days. He guaranteed returns to the early users of viscose. Balasubramanya Mills was his first customer.

    The Italian Directors of Snia Viscose, Dr.Spinelly and Cesar Rossi, often came home and ate with us. My father was an active Rotarian and was associated with the Rotary Club of Coimbatore and an avid Bridge player. He was very close to a number of leading mill owners such as G.K.Devarajulu, S.R.P.Ponnuswamy Chettiar, Karumuttu Thiagaraja Chettiar, G.R.Govindarajulu and others from across the country. He had excellent overseas contacts and several large ventures were born in Coimbatore as a result of his networking.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Rajesh Govindarajulu / June 19th, 2015

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