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    July 20th, 2014adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies


    The 24-year-old gives birth to a baby girl at the same hospital she was born in

    At 4.24 p.m. on Thursday, the first cry of a newborn brought back memories of an unforgettable day in 1990 for doctors at GG Hospital and a family from Tirunelveli.

    Twenty four years after she was born at the hospital, south India’s first test tube baby — Kamala Rathinam — delivered a girl at the same hospital. “She got married on September 8, 2013 and conceived naturally. She endured heavy labour pain this morning. We tried for seven hours to ensure a normal delivery but there was difficulty in opening of the mouth of the cervix. She underwent a caesarean section. She was due a week later but we did not want to take a chance,” Kamala Selvaraj, obstetrician and gynaecologist, GG Hospital, said.

    The baby weighed 2.8 kg and both mother and child are healthy, she added. An excited Dr. Selvaraj said that this case will remove any doubts in people’s minds about whether test tube babies can lead a normal life. Ms. Rathinam and her husband Rajesh Hariharan are software engineers working in Bangalore.

    “I was keen on bringing her to GG Hospital for delivery. We had ante natal check-ups done in Bangalore and came to Chennai during her eighth month of pregnancy,” Mr. Rajesh says.

    Kamala’s birth on August 1, 1990 marked a milestone in Assisted Reproductive Technology in south India, recall doctors. Her father Ramamurthy (70) wishes his wife was alive to see their granddaughter. “She died last year when my daughter had just conceived,” he said. He was 46 when Kamala Rathinam was born. “I knew that this procedure was new but they explained everything to me, and I was not afraid,” he said.

    Kamala was named after Dr. Selvaraj and his mother Ramarathinam, he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai> Health / by Serena Josephine. M / Chennai – July 11th, 2014

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    Chennai :

    Milk production in Tamil Nadu has gone up by 1.2 lakh litres per day and 18,356 new born calves were added to the cattle population as a result of the 36,000 milch cows distributed by the initiatives of Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, Animal Husbandary Minister TKM Chinnayya said on Saturday.

    Speaking at the valedictory of the 21st Annual Convention of Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology at the Madras Veterinary College, he said the 6 lakh goats distributed free by the government have more than doubled their population to increase to 14.86 lakh.

    According to him in the three years that the scheme has been implemented, about 1.2 lakh people who have received milch cows and over 1.5 lakh beneficiaries who have received goats are reaping the benefits of the scheme.

    He also informed that Tamil Nadu accounts for 17.71 per cent of the poultry population of the country and more than 90 per cent of poultry products exported from India originates from the state.

    The minister distributed several awards to the participating students and prize winning presentations at the conference which has drawn several delegates from the US and UK. Secretary to Government, Animal Husbandary, Dairying and Fisheries Department, S Vijayakumar, President of ISVIB, RK Singh, Dean of Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, USA, Cyril Clarke and Vice -Chancellor of TANUVAS, TJ Harikrishnan, were present on the occasion.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / July 20th, 2014

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    July 20th, 2014adminEducation, Records, All

    Trichy :

    A total of 32 alumni will be presented with the ‘distinguished alumnus’ award at the celebrations on Saturday. The 32 alumni members representing big corporate houses will be presented the award for their achievement in their respective fields.

    The success and contribution of the alumni are laudable. They lead some of the large business corporations, governmental departments, services, academia and others fields and most of them are expected to be present for the event as the institute has been sending out invites to every individual who passed out.

    Theyjas Srivas, pursuing master’s degree in the mechanical engineering department said that the faculty members are the strength at NIT-T.

    “NIT-Trichy stands like a monolithic structure among the peers because of its growth and leadership in the field of technical education. There is a month-long orientation programme for first year students immediately after their join. The objective of this orientation is to bring all students together on a common social-cultural platform and make them ready for a new learning experience,” which is unique, he says. He further added that focus on research and development is given priority and the collaboration with several universities abroad gives the students a lot of exposure.

    Santhosh G, a third-year production engineering student said, “Thrust is given to the use of ICT in teaching, learning and administration. A state of the art video-conferencing facility has been established in the campus. The classrooms are also enabled for video-conferencing through NKN (National Knowledge Network) that interconnects all government institutions including IITs, NITs through high bandwidth internet.”

    Meanwhile, enthusiastic students have also created a new website for the Golden Jubilee celebrations with a new logo and would be selling souvenirs bearing the logo.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Trichy / TNN / July 19th, 2014

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    July 16th, 2014adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies

    Coimbatore :

    The district got its first neo-natal ambulance for Coimbatore and two 108 ambulances exclusively for Valparai. The services was launched at Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Saturday.

    The neo-natal ambulance has transport incubators, ventilators and a multiport infusing system.

    The 108 ambulance will be stationed at the neo-natal intensive care unit, CMCH. and it would be operated for neo-natal cases only.

    Trained physicians who can handle neonatal cases will be available round the clock in the special neonatal ambulance. The state already has 33 neo-natal ambulances which have attended to an estimated 11,000 cases.

    Two more 108 ambulances were inaugurated for the Valparai region. The ambulance is a four wheel drive vehicle suitable for hilly areas.

    The 108 emergency ambulance services of the GVK emergency management and research institute has decided to operate one of the ambulances between Valparai and Mudis and another between Valparai and Sholaiyar.

    “It is difficult for residents of Valpari and neighbouring villages to reach the hospital quickly in an emergency.

    “These ambulances can take patients from remote areas to the Valparai GH quickly,” said George Kenneth, district manager, GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI). tnn Health minister C Vijayabaskar flagged off the vehicles on CMCH campus on Saturday. S P Velumani, minister for municipal administration and rural development, S Revwathy, Dean of Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and other government department officials participated in the function. Health Minister told the media persons that the Department of Cardiology would get two more additional doctors in CMCH for performing open-heart surgery.

    He also visited trauma ward and met the people who met accident few days ago near Pillur dam.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Coimbatore / TNN / July 14th, 2014

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    Cuddalore :

    A terracotta ring well, believed to be over 2,000 years old, was found near Cuddalore during the desilting work in a lake, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

    When the workers were desilting the Kondangi Lake near Cuddalore old town on Saturday, they found a strange round-shaped object and informed the Annamalai University’s History Department.

    A team, led by assistant professor J R Sivaramakrishnan of the Annamalai University,went to the spot  and examined the object on Sunday.

    Sivaramakrishnan said, “It is a terracotta ring well, which might be 2,200 years old. The ring well is 42 cm high with a radius of 54 cm. A 100 metres away, we found broken pieces of an urn. With all these findings, we could say there was a settlement here during the stone age.”

    He added that based on the stone manufacturing style, the ring well may date back to 2nd century BC.”

    Further he said that as the area from where the  ring well was found was full of sea sand, the place might have been a sea-area centuries ago.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States>Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / July 14th, 2014

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    A view of the historical shore temple at Mamallapuram, near Chennai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced that six more towns in the State would get the heritage tag File photo: K. Pichumani

    A view of the historical shore temple at Mamallapuram, near Chennai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced that six more towns in the State would get the heritage tag File photo: K. Pichumani

    Thirumuruganpoondi, Kazhugumalai, Swamimalai, Punnainallur Mariamman temple, Thirupuvanavasal and Thirubhuvanam added to the list of heritage towns in the State

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced Rs. 1 crore each for the infrastructure development of 10 ancient and historical towns in the State

    The Chief Minister told the Assembly that the State had already declared 64 places as historical and ancient towns and released Rs. 50 lakh each towards the infrastructure development of 60 towns.

    Now her government decided to increase the amount to Rs. 1 crore and accordingly Thiurparamkundram, Thiruvattar, Suchindram and Kodumudi would benefit from the announcement.

    She also included six more places in the list of ancient towns. They are Thirumuruganpoondi, Kazhugumalai, Swamimalai, Punnainallur Mariamman temple, Thirupuvanavasal and Thirubhuvanam

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – July 15th, 2014

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    July 12th, 2014adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies
    CMC director Dr Sunil Chandy having a look at the pre-analyser that was inaugurated on Friday | EXPRESS

    CMC director Dr Sunil Chandy having a look at the pre-analyser that was inaugurated on Friday | EXPRESS

    Vellore :

    The Christian Medical College Hospital here has emerged as the first hospital in the country to have established a fully-automated clinical biochemistry laboratory that can handle around 1000 samples an hour effortlessly.

    While the hospital had introduced automatic sample analysers sometime back, with the inauguration of a fully automated pre-analyser on Friday, the diagnosis of samples has now become a lot easier, safer and faster.

    Describing the automation move as ‘hallmark of excellence’, hospital director Dr Sunil Chandy said the push was a result of fusion of useful technology and human enterprise. While the hospital had been on relying on accurate, high- quality lab diagnosis to extend quality care services, the challenge all along has been on achieving prudent and regulated growth to meet the demand from the increasing patients flow, he added.

    Hitherto when a sample specimen was received, it went through a pre-analytical phase, comprising registering, centrifuging to separate the plasma or serum or other things, de-capping the tube, bar-coding and organising the samples before it was sent to the analyser machines for testing various parameters.

    All these steps were being done manually. It is during this phase that 70 per cent of errors occur and the technologists are maximally exposed to the sample.

    The new pre-analyser system offered by multinational company Roche has addressed these issues with a lot of simpler solutions. The bar-coded samples can be loaded on to the pre-analyser system now and the ‘pick and place’ robotic arm would sort the samples and load them on the analyser specific racks or carriers, which could be sent to the analysers for various tests.

    Also, Roche has developed customised software for the CMC, that integrates  the pre-analytics to the various analysers in the department and to the hospital information system.

    General Superintendent Dr Selvakumar, who is also the head of the Department of Clinical Bio-chemistry, said that it was a big leap of automation in the history of the hospital. According to him, the first level of lab automation was started in CMC in 1984 when analysers were introduced for the first time in the country that could handle 250 tests/hour.

    Then, bar-coding, pneumatic transport of samples from any part of the hospital followed over a period of time. With the introduction of the two pre-analysers now (each costing around `2.5 crore), the lab is fully automated to reduce the time taken for the tests by 50 per cent besides ensuring safety and accuracy of results.

    The lab is manned by 24 technicians, to conduct as many as 170 tests of blood, urine and cerebrospinal fluid on a daily basis. The 40-year-old lab, which was accredited by the NABH in 2002 is presently handling around 5,000 samples a day, which can be scaled up depending on the future needs, Selvakumar added.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by V. NarayanaMurthy / July 12th, 2014

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    At home in parallel worlds: Tanvi Shah

    At home in parallel worlds: Tanvi Shah

    She may be best known for her Grammy-winning song from Slumdog Millionaire, but there are more sides to the Chennai-based singer, songwriter and designer

    On early mornings, there’s only one place to find Tanvi Shah: out at sea. The calm descends within the moment she paddles out into the waters. With the sky above and little else around, Tanvi surfs the sea’s swells, thinking. From lyrics for her next song-writing project, to rehearsing rhythms and tunes, planning song videos, even deciding band placement spots and her performance moves, this is Tanvi’s “me, myself and I” time. The energy in the vast expanses fuels her inventive spirit and this Grammy-awarded singer, songwriter and designer is bubbling over with creative energy.

    This past Monday though, she’s as jittery as a spring wound tight. She hasn’t hit the water for three weeks, her band is scattered across town and she has a rehearsal to run for in an hour, for her big gig at Hard Rock on Thursday last. Start talking about her music though and Tanvi unwinds, relaxing in the obvious pleasure it gives her. “It’s a Latin night!” she says, “I’m going to be singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, French and I may even sneak in a Hebrew song if I can manage it.” Tanvi shot to fame in 2010 when her Spanish lyrics for ‘Jai-Ho’ won her the Grammy with A.R. Rahman and Gulzar, but her love for languages roots itself way back, in her college days, studying ceramics in the U.S.

    Born into a family proficient in design, Tanvi never envisioned herself a singer — “always some environment-friendly activist kind” — but her mother says she recognised voices in music even as a child. She grew up on Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar, and discovered Osibisa at 11, but her musical world was thrown open in an American college dormitory. With an Egyptian roommate who jived to Daniela Mercury on one side and Spanish friends who danced merengue, samba, salsa and tango on the other, Tanvi delved into a truly international culture at the Havana village parties she frequented in Washington DC. She encountered the Latin American greats — Sergio Mendez, Juanas, Pablo Alboran, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan — and though it took a while to understand their complex rhythm patterns, she wasn’t one to cower at a challenge.

    Back in India, a chance recording of her singing a karaoke cover, reached Rahman, and in 2004, he gave her her first break with ‘Fanaa’ in the film Yuva. From Delhi 6, to Slumdog MillionaireJaane Tu Ya Jaane NaEnthiranBiriyani and much more, Tanvi has worked the Hindi, Telugu and Tamil playback singing circuit for a decade now, most frequently with Rahman and Yuvan Shankar Raja. “Every time I’m at a Rahman recording, he throws me a challenge — let’s sing in Spanish today, let’s try a different style today — and I come away having learnt so much about music and language. I’ve been enormously blessed to work with directors who let me improvise, explore my own talent and draw out what they believe is my potential.”

    Outside films, Tanvi has collaborated with international artistes across genres, from Snoop Dogg, on the track ‘Snoop Dogg Millionaire’, to Spaniard Gustavo Alarco on her song ‘Lluvia Lejana’ and producer JHawk on her singles ‘Llamalo Amor’ and ‘Meant To Be’. Three more singles, “on love, life and just taking off on a holiday’ are set for release later this year and Tanvi currently won’t divulge news on more collaborations in the pipeline. With all this genre-hopping, is there a ‘Tanvi Shah sound’ that has evolved over time? “I don’t want there to be!” she says. I have the whole gamut of music genres available to me right now; restricting myself to one would be like eating just the cherry on the cake. I want the whole cake, the cream and the cherry!”

    At home in parallel worlds: Tanvi Shah / by Special Arrangement / The Hindu

    At home in parallel worlds: Tanvi Shah / by Special Arrangement / The Hindu

    This positive addiction to productivity is what also pushes Tanvi to lead a parallel career as designer for her label Tansha. Her little office on Chamiers Road is bursting with scrapbooks, lampshades she’s fashioned from discarded liquor bottles, phone covers sprinkled with her doodles, an up-cycled design table mounted on a bicycle and even a cherry blossom tree made of duct-tape climbing across her wall, all of it drilled, chain-sawed and hammered into place by hand. Shoulder pains, bruises and fractures aren’t really deterrents, says Tanvi. “I probably have too much energy bursting inside me. But it’s when my head finally hits the pillow at night and I know I’ve achieved something today, that I’m most satisfied.”

    It’s Thursday evening and the heavens have opened slushy chaos over Chennai. In a quiet corner of Hard Rock Cafe, Phoenix Mall, though, Tanvi Shah is a picture of peace. The tables around her are slowly filling up and midway through pre-concert photographs she casts quick glances at the lengthening line outside the entrance. Her band sets up on stage; Hard Rock breaks into its trademark YMCA dance, and the evening is set to begin.

    A clash of cymbals, drum rolls like thunder and Tanvi opens into the sharp, seductive notes of ‘Ojos Asi’, Shakira’s Arabic-Spanish number that translates to “Eyes like Yours”. Dressed in a flowing, floral bustier dress, Tanvi belly dances to the beats, hair bouncing, bangles jangling and everyone else’s feet tapping. It’s a mainstream welcome into her world of Latin American music. Her hope though, is to open her listeners to artistes less celebrated than Shakira and Enrique Iglesias. “Within Latin American music alone, there’s Merengue, Flamenco, Pambiche and much else, and under Merengue itself there are seven sub-sections. There’s a whole wide world out there,” she says.

    It’s a Portuguese song from Salvador Bahia up next, and Tanvi’s voice soars, all warmed up now and building from soft whispers into full-throated belting. She comes into her own in the Afro-Brazilian maracatu-dance inspired number about liberation. It’s all spunk and power in a call-and-answer sequence with her backing vocalists Roshni Sharon and Priya Krishnan, enough to get the crowd on their feet and dancing. For an audience that understands little Portuguese or Spanish, her music reaches out beyond language, and that’s how she wants it, “Music is universal, and as musicians we have the privilege to step into different cultures. Ninety per cent of the songs in the world say the same things, more or less, but it’s the difference in expression that really speaks to us.” Despite experimenting so broadly, Tanvi says she’s a stickler for perfection. Diction is her pet peeve and she goes into spiels about how the ‘s’ in Spanish is pronounced with a lisp in northern Spain and without one in Mexico, the difference in dialects and how all of this pans out while singing.

    By now, the room has transformed into something out of Tanvi’s college days and she takes the crowd with her to the Caribbean islands this time. Playing off the beautiful tones from Shyam Benjamin’s keyboard, she rouses the crowd into singing the chorus of a song that tells of an old woman who can solve any problem with three drops of her magic potion. For her musicians too, Tanvi’s choice of genre is something of a welcoming relief. In a culture popularising rock and fusion, jazz and blues, it’s been a while since any of them have done a Latin American music-only night. With Jeoraj Stanly on drums, Allwyn Paul on a whole host of percussion, Napier Peter Naveen Kumar on the bass and Donan Murray on guitars, the band is in full form all night. By the time the skies outside have let up, Tanvi is well into the closing crowd-pleasers Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ and Shakira’s ‘It’s Time For Africa’. When she finally steps off the stage, she’s tired but smiles and says, “Now, I’m happy!”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus / by Esther Elias / Chennai – July 11th, 2014

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    Ramanathapuram :
    Little did Kamatchi, a resident of Vilankudi village here, know that the tin box his family took out in a procession every year during temple festivals was a treasure trove until he decided to clean it.

    Kamatchi during the cleaning process found two copper plates inside the box with inscriptions in some old script. He took the plates to the Ramalinga Vilasam palace to show it to the curator Sakthivel, who deciphered the script and informed the Archaelogical Department. “The copper plates were gifted to the family of Vanni Muthuan, a resident of Vilankudi village and the temple priest, by Ramanathapuram king Regunatha Thevar alias Thirumalai Sethupathy in 1638 and 1645. Muthuan used to preside over the poojas at the Kamatchi Amman temple,” an archaeology department source said.

    The plates came in an ornate box, which was passed on from generation to generation. Later, it assumed a divine value and they began taking it out in procession during temple fests.

    Elaborating on the inscriptions on the plates, Sakthivel said, “The king in the inscriptions commands each farmer in 20 counties to donate one padi (one-and-a-half kg) paddy to the temple priest once a year.”

    “Farmers donating paddy as per the royal command would incur benefits equalling that of establishing 1,000 lingams in a temple or sinking 1,000 water tanks. However, those shunning the command would incur sins equalling that of killing their own mothers or a Brahmin or cow,” the curator said, adding that the inscriptions were engraved on the plates by a carpenter of Yeluvarkottai village.

    A source in the archeological department told Express that Kamatchi was allowed to retain the plates, as those were family heirlooms. “The plates are precious, but the family has been preserving it for centuries,” the source said. / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by Express News Service / July 10th, 2014

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    Coimbatore :

    On Tuesday afternoon A Saleem is getting ready to collect the body of a septuagenarian man he has never met before, from the GH mortuary. He is working on getting the vehicle ready to perform his last rites at a burial ground nearby.

    The 29-year-old is no priest, under-taker or mortuary van driver. He just believes that every dead person has the right to rest in peace and While most people probably believe the same, Saleem goes the extra mile to get ensures that dead people get a decent funeral. Saleem, through his organisation Jeevan Shanthy Trust, performs last rites for many unclaimed and unidentified bodies in the city every year. They have buried 154 bodies in the last 10 months.

    About five to 10 people from the trust, formed seven years ago but registered two years ago, are at GH every day to collect bodies that are released after postmortems. “We always carry incense stick, candles and camphor, so that we can perform rights according to Hindu, Muslim and Christian customs before burying them,” says Saleem.

    The bodies are usually buried at the Aathupaalam burial ground on Podanur Road. Saleem and the other members from the trust pool in money. for a garland and a white cloth to wrap the body.

    “It is difficult to identify the religion of an unclaimed body, so unless there is some identification, we go with our instincts,” says another trust member.

    The trust started this service seven years ago, when Saleem and his friends realised that bodies of relatives often become a burden for people from the economically weaker sections.

    “There were so many people who would have come

    from Trichy, Tirupur, Pollachi, Erode and other places who could not afford to pay for final rites, A mortuary van would charge a daily wage labourer a rent of 10,000 which is not affordable, ” says Saleem. “Then at crematoriums and burial grounds too, people would demand money for every little thing,” he says. “It was painful to see poor people, who are also emotionally devastated, being fleeced,” he adds. “We also realised that a lot bodies rot in the mortuary for days with no one coming to claim them,” he said.

    The trust now has 50 members which primarily s of Saleem’s college mates and friends. They do not raise funds from the public or any NGOs. “We pool in money for everything right from the vehicle, to the fuel for the vehicles, to cloth, garlands, candles and incense sticks,” says Saleem.

    The trust has managed to buy two vehicles — a maruti van and an ambulance, to run their service.

    The trust also transports a body from GH to their houses or villages km away, allowing the family to perform the last rites. “We initially pooled in money to buy a Maruti van to transport unidentified and unclaimed dead bodies to the burial ground,” says Saleem. “But we also use the vehicle to transport a poor man’s body to his village even if it is 500 km away, so his family can perform the last rites,” he adds. “Around six of us pool in 500 each, fill fuel for 3,000 and take the body,” he says.

    They rescue destitute people from the streets and pavements and admit them to the hospital. “Many are abandoned by their families after they tested positive for HIV. So we admit them to the GH, get the necessary tests done, collect and administer their medication. We also provide them with clothesWe also give them a bath and a plate to collect their food,” says Saleem.

    Their services are so well-known that 108 ambulance drivers and the police notify them in cases of unidentified bodies or destitute people they rescue.

    “We help them by filing FIRs for unclaimed bodies so that it makes their job easier. We have also seen them adopt many abandoned and destitute people from the street and admit them to the hospital,” said a police constable posted at GH.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Coimbatore / by Pratiksha Ramkumar, TNN / July 07th, 2014

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