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    March 22nd, 2015adminResources of Free Materials
    Chennai :
    The police department has opened a website, wherein, the details of missing persons or unidentified bodies can be viewed and tips furnished to the police by the general public.

    A submission to this effect was made by Additional Public Prosecutor A N Thambidurai before a division bench of the Madras High Court comprising Justices S Manikumar and Aruna Jagadeessan during the course of hearing a habeas corpus writ petition, to trace a missing man, last week.

    Thambidurai said that the details of the website, with phone numbers, have already been published in the news papers in all districts. In respect of Chennai, necessary publication would be effected shortly, he added.

    Additional Solicitor General G Rajagopalan submitted that the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development in New Delhi has already formed a national portal — Track Child — under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), for which guidelines too have been issued. The Ministry for Women and Child Development, New Delhi, has taken steps for effective computerised network to link Central Project Support Union (CPSU), State Child Protection Society, District Child Protection Units (DCPU), Child Care Instructions (CCIs), all police stations, Chief Welfare Committee Members (CWCs) and all Juvenile Justice Board Members (JJBs) to facilitate quick and early restoration of the missing children to their families. The website link is being made known to the public at large. Nodal Officers have been appointed to the ‘Track Child’ units in States and Union Territories.

    All directions contained in the earlier order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court dated September 25, 2014 would be implemented by the central government, in its letter and spirit, he added.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Siva Sekaran / March 22nd, 2015

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    V. Chandrasekar, a key member of the Forum, is assisted by his wife Vijayalakshmi in sorting out the books meant for distribution. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam / The Hindu

    V. Chandrasekar, a key member of the Forum, is assisted by his wife Vijayalakshmi in sorting out the books meant for distribution. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam / The Hindu

    In a role reversal, a few seniors in Besant Nagar are caring for youngsters.

    We tend to picture senior citizens as helpless and leaning heavily on others. And therefore, we are surprised when we see them serve people considerably younger than themselves.

    And I should admit I was more than surprised to discover such a group of seniors in Besant Nagar.

    Senior Citizens Group of Besant Nagar, founded in 2012, collects and distributes books to college students. Chandrasekhar, honorary president of the forum, says, “We sent a press release about our initiative to neighbourhood tabloids and made a few calls — that’s all it took to get started. Many came forward to donate their books. Many students from families with low incomes came to receive these free books.”

    Around 2,000 books on various subjects were collected in a week. Each student was allowed to take a single book.

    Similarly, during the last monsoon, we collected and distributed blankets to pavement dwellers in Besant Nagar. “It is not possible to go far away and distribute the blankets. So we restricted ourselves to Besant Nagar. Seven young volunteers helped us in the distribution of blankets, ,” says Chandrasekhar

    “Most of the forum members are pensioners and we set aside a part of our pension for this work,” says Chandrasekhar.

    This Forum for seniors encourages similar initiatives in other neighbourhoods. Chandrasekhar says, “Someone from Tambaram called to say he wanted to donate the books of his children. I asked him to distribute the books to deserving students in Tambaram. The idea is to serve the poor wherever they are found. Our forum is not registered and does not have a bank account. We accept assistance only in kind.”

    The Forum’s next plan is to collect and distribute walking sticks.

    “It also has plans to offer training in spoken English, group discussion and attending interviews for students from economically weak sections. Also, career counselling sessions will be organised,” he adds.

    The sessions will be conducted by V. Chandrasekhar, an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and a retired professor from Anna University and his wife C. Vijayalakshmi, an English teacher. V. Chandrasekhar is now a visiting professor at Anna University.

    Those keen on assisting the forum may call V. Chandrasekhar at 9884224480 or write to

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Downtown / by L. Kanthimathi  / Chennai – January 31st, 2015

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    R. Vetrivel and his wife Killiammal first noticed there was something wrong with their eight-year-old son when he felt dizzy at school.

    The couple, from Tiruppattur in Vellore district, took him to several government hospitals, before being referred to the neurosurgery department at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

    There, doctors found the young boy had a rare condition — a paediatric brain aneurysm — a condition in which a portion of the artery which supplies blood to the brain bulges and becomes weak. If the aneurysm ruptures, it releases blood into the skull, causing a stroke.

    “We performed a microsurgery on the child, delved deep into the brain, found the artery and clipped the protuberant portion, so that it does not pose a risk. This was only possible as we have recently bought two state-of-the-art microscopes costing Rs. 1 crore each. We also bought three aneurysm clips, each costing Rs. 20,000. The surgery was performed free, and it was only possible as we had funds from the Chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme,” said Ranganathan Jothi, head of the neurosurgery department.

    This is just one of the many complex procedures the department can now perform thanks to high-tech equipment, Dr. Jothi said, speaking at a press meet recently. “Now we perform three of four such surgeries every month,” he said.

    For 72-year-old Michael Raj, a surgery has changed his life. The retired driver suffered from uncontrolled twitching in the face accompanied by shooting pain. He had tried all kinds of medication but nothing had relieved him. “It was so bad that I couldn’t even brush my teeth,” he said. After a private hospital told him the surgery would cost Rs. 2 lakh, Mr. Raj came to GH.

    “An MRI scan revealed that a blood vessel was compressing a nerve. We performed a surgery to separate the nerve and the blood vessel, and now, even six months later, he is fine,” Dr. Jothi said.

    Two other complex surgeries were also performed recently on patients with problems in their vertebrae. “Since the screws, plates and rods required are patented products, they are all very expensive. But we were able to acquire them,” he said.

    All the patients are reportedly doing well.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Staff Reporter / Chennai – December 19th, 2014

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    Trichy :

    Due to changes in lifestyle, the country chicken ‘naatu kozhi’, once a common sight, has largely vanished from the homes in the state.

    It has been replaced by the juicier, cheaper and more easily available broiler chicken. However, country chicken varieties are slowly making a comeback in the district, thanks to the efforts of the department of animal husbandry.

    Under a scheme to boost country chicken breeding, the department is providing individuals and women self-help groups (SHGs) money and other incentives.

    It enables eligible applicants to get Rs 1,29,500 for every unit of native chicken breeding. One unit consists of 750 chickens, which will be given in three dues of 250 each.

    Half the money would be provided by banks, which has to be repaid later. The state government and the national bank for agriculture and rural development (NABARD) will provide 25% each of the total cost.

    The beneficiaries have to set up a shed and lights to create an atmosphere conducive for chicken breeding. For 2014-15, 160 people are receiving the units, worth Rs 2,07,20,000.

    The number of beneficiaries in 2013-14 and 2012-13 were 240 and 35 respectively, with a total cost of Rs 2,80,80,00 in 2013-14 and Rs 40,95,000 in 2012-13.

    Unlike broiler chicken, which has been said to create health problems in the long run, country chicken is bred in natural circumstances. Under the scheme, the chickens are fed with greens for healthy rearing. It takes around 75 days for a chicken to attain its full growth of 1.5 kg. Each kilogram of country chicken costs around Rs 300.

    District collector Jayashree Muralidharan said that the scheme had benefitted a lot of women and it gave an impetus to rear country chicken.

    Dr R Mohanarangam, joint director, department of animal husbandry, said that immunization drops were provided to the country chickens to protect them from diseases.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Trichy / December 09th, 2014

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    Noble gesture: The shed set up by Gayathri Trust near Chromepet bus station. /  Photo: G. Krishnaswamy / The Hindu

    Noble gesture: The shed set up by Gayathri Trust near Chromepet bus station. / Photo: G. Krishnaswamy / The Hindu

    Many an organisation in the city provides free water and buttermilk to the thirsty during summer. Here is an organisation which does this service a bit differently: they provide an unlimited supply of free butter milk. At 11 a.m. every day, people throng the stall put up Sree Gayathri Trust, Chromepet, to give way the buttermilk.

    “It’s our way of helping people get through summer. Buttermilk, apart from quenching thirst, is also good for health,” says G. Raghavan, founder, Sree Gayathri Trust.

    The stall was set up on Monday (April 21) in memory of professor S. Narasimhan of Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet.

    “The stall will be around till the end of May. Every day, around 300 litres of buttermilk will be served free, and I ensure that quality and hygienic buttermilk is served,” says Raghavan. The buttermilk is laced with curry leaves, coriander, salt and asafoetida. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus drivers halt their vehicles to have buttermilk in bottles. Daily around 600 people visit the stall, which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    “Sweating, tiredness, muscle cramps, nausea and headaches would reduce significantly if buttermilk is consumed. Very soon, I am going to distribute free curd rice packets for people to beat the summer,” he says.

    B. Raja, an autorickshaw driver, and a resident of Pallavaram says, “This buttermilk served here is tasty. Whenever I drive through this area, I make it a point to stop at the stall.”

    People from Pallavaram, Tambaram and Tambaram Sanatorium are also regular to the stall. Those who want to contribute towards this work, can contact G. Raghavan at 044 22654777 or at 9444022033.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Downtown / by T. S. Atul Swaminathan / Chennai – May 01st, 2014

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    A team of 300-odd youngsters will soon be seen on the streets of Tamil Nadu with their laptops.
    They are volunteers from Indian Linux Users Group (ILUG). who have embarked on a major mission to install Linux open source operating system to computers whose users love to get away from Windows.

    T. Shrinivasan, an active member of ILUG, said every year several lakhs of people buy desktop computers and laptops loaded with Windows ( Microsoft’s proprietary operating system) for a hefty rate.
    “When one can get more facilities with added security in Linux free of cost why should we invest more for a proprietary software?” Shrinivasan asked.
    Explaining the objective of the Linux Install Fest, which will take place between August 1 and 31, Shrinivasan said they liked to help the Linux community grow larger in size.
    “We have volunteers across the state who will go to houses/educational institutions to install Linux free of cost and we will also help them whenever they have any issues with Linux”, he added.
    P. Raman, another Linux enthusiast and ILUG member,  lamented that even though Tamil Nadu government installed Linux in its free laptops students had not used it.
    “Students don’t have awareness about Linux, which made us think of install fest. We want youngsters to join the Linux revolution across the state”, he said.
    Those interested either to volunteer the group or get Linux loaded onto their computer can browse: www.
    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> News> Current Affairs / by DC /  N. Arun Kumr / August 01st, 2013
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    Madurai :

    The Madurai District Legal Services Authority (MDLSA) has set up legal-aid clinics (LACs) at the offices of the top civil and police functionaries in the district. They will function three days in a week at the collectorate and in the offices of commissioner of police (CoP) and the superintendent of police (SP).

    Madurai district judge B Gokuldass inaugurated the LACs at the collectorate and the police commissionerate on Wednesday. Chief judicial magistrate S Saravanan Perumal unveiled the clinic  at the SP office in the city. Collector Anshul Misra, commissioner of police S Sanjay Mathur, SP T Jayachandran  and secretary of MDLSA sub-judge Jacintha Martin were present.

    MDLSA has been establishing LACs at several places in the district to provide basic legal services to the people. They have come up in Madurai, Vadipatty, Usilampatti, Thirumangalam and Melur taluks where people face geographical, social and other barriers for accessing legal services.

    The clinic at the district collectorate will function on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while the clinics at the offices of city police commissioner and SP will function on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each clinic will work with one legal-aid counsel who will be assisted by a para-legal volunteer trained by the MDLSA, said the sub-judge Jacintha.

    With the three new LACs, the Madurai city now has 14 LACs, said the sub-judge. Besides, four more clinics will be set up in this weekend, said the sub-judge.

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Madurai / TNN / April 04th, 2013

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    Three academics from the city are among the nine awardees selected for the Indian National Science Academy Awards, 2012. The INSA Teachers Awards was instituted to value consistent and high levels of teaching in colleges, universities and other higher educational institutions.

    Professor of Chemistry department of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras Dhamdodharan Ragavachari, professor A Subbiah Pandi of Presidency College and professor P Gautam of Anna University have been selected for the award. Professor Dhamodharan, who completed his PhD in UMASS at Amherst in the US, is also a senior Fulbright Research Fellow.

    The other awardees are professors Aniruddha Bhalchandra Pandit of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai; Achuthsankar S Nair of the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram; Anil J Elias of IIT-Delhi; Pratap Kumar Pati of   Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Raja Ram Yadav of the University of Allahabad; and Shibnath Mazumder of the University of Delhi.

    Nominees come from all disciplines of science and technology. The awardees will receive a scroll, a cash award of 50,000 and a one-time book grant of 20,000.

    source: / Home> City> Chennai / TNN, October 09th, 2012

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    From left) Actor Saranya Ponvannan, Malaysian actor Haanii Shivraj, South Indian Artists’ Association general secretary Radha Ravi and Malaysian Indian Congress Youth Wing Chairman T.Mohan at the inauguration of the Malaysian Indian Film Festival in Chennai on Monday. Photo: S.S.Kumar

    For the first time, movie buffs in the city will be treated to Malaysian Tamil movies. A three-day Malaysian Indian Film Festival opened at Sree Devi preview theatre, T.Nagar, on Monday.

    Unlike the Tamil film industry here, Malaysian Indian filmdom is small and has less patronage. Vijay, Chairman of Malaysian Indian Film Festival, said the Indian population in Malaysia is less than 10 per cent and Tamil-speaking population is much less. Only two Tamil movies were made between 1960 and 2000. After digitisation, the number of movies produced has gone up to six or seven a year.

    Majority of movies were made on shoe-string budget except for a few like ‘Appalam’, which was produced by a Malaysian company. “Most theatres there prefer to screen Tamil films produced in India and only one or two Tamil movies made in Malaysia get released in theatres.

    The major source of revenue is through DVD sales and there is no question of piracy,” he added.

    Actors also promote their movies by installing stalls at Thaipoosam festival. Haanii Shivraj, who took up acting two years ago, juggles between anchoring shows in Tamil channels here and acting in Malaysian Tamil films, said: “I gave up my job as flight stewardess and became full-time actor. There is no divide between television and films and many actors opt for TV serials for more recognition.”

    Of the 26 Malaysian Tamil movies that were released in theatres, 10 were nominated for screening in the festival. T.Mohan, Youth Wing Chairman, Malaysian Indian Congress, said the festival would provide a platform to recognise the talent of Malaysian technicians, improve the quality of movies and market films in India for more revenue.

    Inaugurating the festival, Radha Ravi, general secretary, South Indian Artists’ Association, said the Malaysian Tamil film technicians must seek opportunities to expand the industry and must develop better interaction with the Tamil filmdom here. Vagai Chandrasekar, treasurer of South Indian Artists’ Association, suggested the Malaysian Tamil film industry share its technical equipment and cast actors from Tamil Nadu as the movies would have better business in both the countries.

    E.Thangaraj, general secretary, Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation, said the fete was organised at short notice to promote new talent in the industry. The movies screened at the festival would be adjudged by actor Charlie, Fatima Babu, actor-turned-director Manobala for awards in six categories. Actor Saranya Ponvannan also took part.

    source: / News> Cities> Chennai / by Staff Reporter / January 10th, 2012