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Vadamalayan Hospitals used the occasion of Children's Day to create awareness on a healthy lifestyle among children by organising several competitions. More than 2,000 students from various schools in Madurai and the neighbouring districts, including Ramanathapuram, took part in the event.

Organised by the hospital's paediatric ward, the competitions included ‘healthy baby,' fancy dress, dance, essay writing and drawing for students between Standards I and V. Madurai Corporation Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellapa, gave away the prizes to the winners .

A food exhibition was also held during the event.

Apart from helping identify the talents of children, the event would also place emphasis on a healthy life style for children. In this direction, the topic in essay writing contest for students of Standard VI to X was ‘Diabetes and India.'

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 628799.ece


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The Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) is organising an awareness programme here on Friday on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) issue and its importance for powering economic growth in southern districts.

In a statement issued here, association president V. S. Manimaran said that electricity was vital for the prosperity of any nation, especially for India where demand for power far exceeded supply. This was particularly true for Tamil Nadu which had been facing four hours of power cuts. The inadequate power generation was also hampering the nation's growth and preventing it from reaching 10 per cent growth. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the State had reposed tremendous faith in the KKNPP, hoping that with its commissioning, the small units would experience some relief from power cuts.

The KKNPP was expected to provide around 1,000 MW to Tamil Nadu. In order to disseminate safety factors, he said that this meeting was being organised and several experts were scheduled to address it.

The speakers include R. Banerjee, KKNPP Project Director (third and fourth Reactors), V. Ponraj, Scientific Advisor to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, D.R. Karthikeyan, former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and N. Sivasubramanian, former scientist, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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More than a 100 complaints on civic problems were received over phone on the first day (Wednesday) of launching the complaint cell by the Madurai Corporation.

Though the residents complained of hearing “This telephone number does not exist” on dialling the toll-free number, 1800-425-8445, Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa promised to set right technical fault, if any, through the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. “Till such a time the toll-free number is set right, people can register their complaints over the other two numbers — 0452 2537214 or 2537215,” he said. Around 60 complaints were received till afternoon on Thursday.

Most of the problems were related to bad roads and non-removal of garbage, he said. Mr. Chellappa said that patch work to fill potholes on road were being carried out. Laying of roads could be taken up only after the monsoon got over.

On garbage removal, he said that sanitary workers were not removing the garbage from the dumper bins that did not have garbage to their full capacity. “It is because there will be problem in weighing the dumper bin placers at the dumping yard,” he said.

However, the Mayor has asked the officials to ensure that dumper bins around Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple should be removed every day. The Corporation had also taken on rent 20 tractors for garbage removal.

Mr. Chellappa said that efforts were being taken to prevent mixing of sewage with drinking water. “The Blue Brigade — a vehicle with special gadgets to detect underground leakage of drinking water — that has been left unused for several months will be put into good use,” he added. The Mayor has also instructed officials to conduct surprise checks on the functioning of sanitary workers.


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School children of Madurai district were immersed in an interesting task during the whole of October. They plunged into their favourite newspaper, The Hindu , to come out with the 10 best news items of their choice.

The compilation from various sections of The Hindu , which also contained the reasons for the choice, was presented to the school heads by November 3.

This pleasant task could even get them an award and recognition as a ‘Top News Presenter.' This exercise was THE HINDU Top 10 News Presentation Contest 2011 for students of higher classes. The participants were divided into two groups juniors (Standard VII and VIII) and seniors (Standard IX to XII), a Newspaper in Education initiative.

The response to the contest was so overwhelming that there were over 3,800 entries. Among them, 990 from juniors and 960 from seniors from 47 schools were chosen for the next level. At this stage, 139 entries were selected as the best presentations by a panel of judges.

Five from each category will qualify as the top 10 news presenters of the district.

The objective of the contest is to encourage the habit of reading newspaper, which is the window to the universe. The participants had to choose the top regional, State, national, international, science, sports and business news items.

Some children even chose attractive advertisements.

The selection of best entries was made by a panel of judges headed by R. Raja Govindasamy, Director, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, on the basis of style of presentation, level of understanding of the news item, type of news chosen (social interest and environment-related topics carried additional points), involvement, interpretation of news, originality, clarity in presentation and inference drawn.

All 139 children chosen for the final round will receive certificates and gift coupons from Athisayam Theme Park. Five schools with the maximum number of quality entries will get a trophy. The top 10 news presenters will be awarded a trophy and Rs. 1,000 each.

The Editor of The Hindu , Siddharth Varadarajan, will distribute the awards at a function to be held at Mahatma Montessori CBSE School, Surveyor Colony, Madurai, at 10 a.m. on December 10.

The presenting sponsor of the contest is Pothys, Madurai, with Velammal group of institutions and Athisayam Theme Park as associate sponsors.


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மதுரை மேயர் டில்லி பயணம்

மதுரை: டில்லியில் பிரதமர் மன்மோகன் சிங் நடத்தும் கூட்டத்தில், மதுரை மேயர் ராஜன் செல்லப்பா பங்கேற்கிறார். இந்தியாவில் 63 நகரங்களில் ஜவகர்லால் நேரு தேசிய நகர்புற புனரமைப்புத்திட்டம் செயல்படுத்தப்பட்டது. தமிழகத்தில் சென்னை, கோவை, மதுரை மாநகராட்சிகள், இத்திட்டத்தில் இடம்பெற்றன. இத்திட்டம் மூலம் மதுரைக்கு, 2006 ஜூன் 20ல் 2,496.98 கோடி ரூபாய் வழங்க மத்திய நகர்புற மேம்பாட்டு அமைச்சகம் ஒப்புதல் அளித்தது. இத்திட்டத்தின் இரண்டாவது பாகத்தை தொடங்க, மத்திய அரசு முடிவு செய்துள்ளது. இதற்காக நாளை, டில்லியில் பிரதமர் தலைமையில் நடக்கும் கூட்டத்தில், 63 நகரங்களின் மக்கள் பிரதிகள் பங்கேற்கின்றனர். நிதி ஆதாரமின்றி தவிக்கும் மதுரை மாநகராட்சிக்கு, ஜவகர்லால் நேரு தேசிய நகர்புற புனரமைப்புத்திட்டத்தின் இரண்டாம் பாகம் கிடைத்தால், கிடப்பில் கிடக்கும் பலதிட்டங்கள் உயிர் பெறும்.


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^^ Great news.. JJ Government is not allocating any fund to Madurai... Atleast JNNURM fund will help to save Madurai infrastructure.


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Sundar wrote:
Great news.. JJ Government is not allocating any fund to Madurai... Atleast JNNURM fund will help to save Madurai infrastructure.


If they give importance to the Infrastructure, I want them to give preference to the elevated roads in the various important road junctions planned by NHAI. :?: but let us wait with fingers crossed till they get the sufficient funds from the CG :shh:


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Southern Railway partially cancelled the operation of Vaigai Express between Madurai and Chennai Egmore on Friday due to cyclonic weather. According to a Southern Railway press release, 12635 Chennai Egmore-Madurai Vaigai Express was partially cancelled between Chennai Egmore and Tiruchi and operated between Tiruchi and Madurai. Similarly, the 12636 Madurai-Chennai Egmore Vaigai Express was partially cancelled between Tiruchi and Chennai Egmore.

The 12605 Chennai Egmore-Tiruchi Pallavan Express was cancelled and the 12606 Tiruchi-Chennai Egmore Pallavan Express was partially cancelled between Ariyalur and Chennai Egmore.

The 16179 Chennai Egmore-Mannargudi Mannai Express, 16180 Mannargudi-Chennai Egmore Mannai Express, 16175 Chennai Egmore-Karaikal Express, 16176 Karaikal-Chennai Egmore Express and 16115 Chennai Egmore-Puducherry Express were cancelled on Friday.

The 16735 Chennai Egmore-Tiruchendur Chendur Express, 16701 Chennai Egmore-Rameswaram Express, 16702 Rameswaram-Chennai Egmore Express, 16779 Tirupati-Madurai Express and 12793 Chennai Egmore-Madurai Biweekly Express were diverted through Villupuram, Virudhachalam and Tiruchi, instead of the main line.

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After bringing laurels to Madurai by winning three medals (two silver and a bronze) in the State-level competitions, Selva Prasanna, a fifth standard student of Mahatma Montessori Matriculation Higher Secondary School, K. K. Nagar, went one step ahead by winning four medals in the 25th South Zone Aquatic Championship organised by Karnataka Swimming Association at Basavanagudi in Bangalore from December 26 to 28.

Participating on behalf of the Tamil Nadu team, Selva Prasanna, who has been training at the Race Course Stadium Swimming Pool here, won one gold and three silver medals.

This is the first time a swimmer from Madurai had won a medal in the individual events at the zonal level. Selva Prasanna won silver medal in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle. While in the 50 m freestyle he clocked 32.47 seconds, in the 100 m freestyle he clocked 1:10.41 minutes. In the relay events, he won the gold in the 4x50 m freestlyle relay, clocking 2:11.94 minutes while in the 4x50 m medley relay he won the silver, clocking 2:29.87 minutes.

The winner was felicitated by Regional Sports Manager P. Shajoo, District Sports Officer V. Ramasubramanian, Madurai District Swimming Association secretary N. Kannan and swimming coach M. Vijaykumar at a function organised at the Race Course Stadium on Thursday.

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“Plan for the year from day one” — this was the message conveyed by Collector U. Sagayam to officials at the first weekly grievance meeting for the year conducted here on Monday.

He appealed to the officials of various departments to plan for the year in such a manner that they were able to achieve results.

Department-wise instructions

Transport Department was responsible for issuing fresh driving licences. At the same time, they should also keep a vigil on drunken driving and take stern action against erring motorists.

Public Works Department authorities should identify encroachments obstructing water bodies and remove them to facilitate free flow of water to the fields.

Agriculture Department officials should check on complaints of non-availability of fertilizers, and high prices and take action.

Education Department, particularly, Headmasters should prepare a time-table to achieve higher pass percentage in public examinations. Physical Education teachers should identify students with prowess in athletics and games and make them fit for their participation in events at the State and national levels.

Revenue Department officials must expedite processing of petitions received from public at the grievance meeting which alone would instil confidence among the public about the functioning of district administration.

“Just one officer cannot bring results or achieve anything. It is collective team work that brings results,” Mr. Sagayam said and hoped the officials would plan from day one of the calendar year.

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Later, the Collector distributed five sewing machines to beneficiaries on behalf of Backward Classes Welfare Department, on compassionate grounds gave away appointment orders to five persons for the post of office assistants (4) and one junior assistant. He also gave away old age pension orders. A total of 422 petitions were received, a release said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 770442.ece


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வழக்குப் பதியாத போலீஸ் மீது புகார் : : மதுரையில் அறிமுகம்

மதுரை: வழக்குப்பதிவு செய்யாமல் இழுத்தடிக்கும் போலீசார் குறித்து, எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்.,சில், எஸ்.பி., அலுவலகத்தில் புகார் செய்யும் முறை, தமிழகத்தில் முதன்முறையாக ஜன.,15ல் மதுரையில் அறிமுகமாகிறது.
குடிபோதையில் வாகனம் ஓட்டுவது உட்பட 20 விதிமீறல்களை தடுக்க, "வெய்கிள் டிராகிங் சிஸ்டம்' வசதி, கடந்த நவ., 8ல், தென் மாவட்டங்களில் முதன்முறையாக மதுரை மாவட்டத்தில் அறிமுகப்படுத்தப்பட்டது. இதற்கான சாப்ட்வேரில், தமிழகம் முழுவதுமுள்ள 1.50 கோடி வாகனங்களின் பதிவெண்கள் பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளன. பதிவெண்ணை குறிப்பிட்ட எண்ணுக்கு எஸ்.எம். எஸ்., மூலம் போலீஸ்
அனுப்பினால் போதும். மூன்று வினாடிகளில் வாகனத்தின் முழு விபரத்தையும் எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்.,சில் அறிய முடியும். "இவ்வசதியால் இதுவரை 19 திருட்டு வாகனங்கள் கண்டறியப்பட்டுள்ளது,'' என்கிறார், இந்த சாப்ட்வேரை உருவாக்கிய, மதுரை எஸ்.எஸ். காலனி "ஆக்மி சாப்ட்வேர் டெக்னாலஜி' இயக்குனர் எஸ்.கே. மாரியப்பன்.நமது நிருபரிடம் அவர் கூறியதாவது : குடிபோதையில் வாகனம் ஓட்டி மாட்டும்போது, அதுகுறித்த விபரமும் பதியப்படும். மீண்டும் அதே நபர் சிக்கும்போது,போலீசார் எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., அனுப்பினால், எத்தனை முறை விதிமீறல் செய்துள்ளார் என்ற விபரம் உடனுக்குடன் தெரிவிக்கும் வசதி உள்ளது. பதிவெண்ணை திருடர்கள் மாற்றினாலும், இன்ஜின் நம்பர், சேசிஸ் நம்பரை கொண்டு வண்டியின் முழுவிபரத்தையும் அறிய முடியும். இரு ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன், எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்.,சில்(97881 11000) புகார் செய்யும் முறை, மதுரையில் அறிமுகமானது. சில காரணங்களால் அது நிறுத்தப்பட்டு விட்டது. தற்போது, மீண்டும் இத்திட்டத்தை செயல்படுத்த ஆஸ்ரா கர்க் எஸ்.பி., கூறியுள்ளார். புகார் குறித்து பொதுமக்கள்எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., அனுப்பினால், அதை ஏற்றுக் கொண்டதற்கான மனு எண் புகார்தாரருக்கு உடனடியாகஅனுப்பப்படும். அந்த புகார் சம்பந்தப்பட்ட போலீஸ் அதிகாரிக்கு தெரிவிக்கப்படும். அவர் சம்பவ இடத்திற்கு சென்று, விசாரித்து நடவடிக்கை எடுப்பார். அதுகுறித்து எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., மூலம் எஸ்.பி., அலுவலகத்திற்கு தகவல் அனுப்புவார்.
போலீசார் வழக்குப்பதிவு செய்யாதது குறித்தும் எஸ்.பி., அலுவலகத்திற்கு பொதுமக்கள் எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., அனுப்பலாம். ஜன.,15ல் இவ்வசதியை அறிமுகப்படுத்த, போலீசார் திட்டமிட்டுள்ளனர், என்றார்.

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For the first time in several years, Jallikattu events at Palamedu and Alanganallur in the district passed off without any fatality . However, at the Alanganallur event on Tuesday, around 20 people were injured, of whom four were referred to the Government Rajaji Hospital.

Speaking to The Hindu after the event, Collector U. Sagayam said, “Thanks to strict enforcement of the norms laid down by Supreme Court and High Court, we have been able to conduct the events without loss of a single life.”

Among the safety measures taken was putting up of double barricades to prevent bulls from charging into the audience gallery. A sum of Rs. 10 lakh was spent from the Town Panchayat and Panchayat Union Funds on the barricades, gallery and other infrastructure.

A total of 18 ambulances and eight medical teams were positioned in the venue. Also, over 1,400 police personnel were deployed for security. In a first, around 100 village police personnel were pressed into service, he said.

Collection points were put up at the end of the arena to collect the bulls.

However, on a few occasions, several bulls returned from the end to the starting point, giving anxious moments to the bull tamers who found themselves surrounded by bulls.

Mr. Sagayam also said that while a total of 479 bull tamers had registered, four were rejected due to various conditions like having consumed alcohol. Further, 464 bulls were registered, of which 17 were rejected after examination by veterinarians.

Under the Madurai District Superintendent of Police Asra Garg, a posse of police personnel was posted inside the arena to evict bull tamers who violated the norms.

While scuffles broke out among bull tamers, police personnel intervened swiftly and brought the situation under control.

Some contestants were evicted for violating norms such as hitting the bull or pulling its tail. All registered contestants were given uniforms and those without one were evicted. The event began around 9.30 a.m. and concluded at 4 p.m.

Representatives of Animal Welfare Board of India and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals monitored the event with officials from the Departments of Revenue, Animal Husbandry and Police.

  • A total of 18 ambulances positioned in the venue
  • Over 1,400 police personnel deployed for security

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IPS officer Balanagadevi assumed charge as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police (Madurai Range) here on Thursday. Prior to the new posting, the officer had served in Hosur, Tiruvannamalai, and Coimbatore among other locations. The officer replaced Satyamurthi, who was transferred to Chennai in a recent shuffle by the State government. In a brief chat with reporters, Ms. Balanagadevi said that the police in Madurai Rural district and Virudhunagar district would focus on prevention of crimes and maintenance of law and order.

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Madurai is the second place for global launch of the product after Mumbai

Alstom Grid, a multinational company in electrical equipment, on Monday launched its next-generation products in integrated feeder management solutions – MiCOM P40 Agile Intelligent Electronic Devices and MiCOM S1 Agile – in Madurai.

The Temple City is the second place the products were being launched globally with ELECRAMA fair in Mumbai, held between January 18 and 22, being the first location, according to Ponniah Sankarakumar, Regional Marketing and Business Director, Alstom, Stafford (U.K.).

Addressing the launch function, attended by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) officials from several districts, he said that the company was keen on India as it was witnessing several developments.

Speaking about the new products, he said that they offered complete protection, control and monitoring of electrical power systems for digital sub stations.

He informed the TANGEDCO officials that the product was being manufactured at its factory in Pallavaram in Chennai for both domestic consumption and export.

The state-of-the-art unit at Pallavaram also manufactured a range of high-technology products such as electromechanical, numerical relays besides conventional and digital control system.

Company officials stated that Alstom had commissioned National Load Dispatch Centres, three Regional Load Dispatch Centres (of the total five in the country) and two Datacom Networks besides managing 70 per cent of the country's power flow through its smart technologies.

Krishnakumar Venkataraman, Product Manager (Marketing), Alstom, Stafford (U.K.), S. Sundararaman, Chief Engineer of TANGEDCO, Madurai Region, which comprised five southern districts, and A. Nachadalingam, Chief Engineer, TANGEDCO, took part. A leading player in integrated power plants for the production of electricity and air quality control systems, Alstom also provides solutions for various energy sources including coal, gas, nuclear, fuel-oil, hydropower and wind. Present in over 100 countries, the company recorded a sales of 20.9 billion Euros in 2010-11 financial year.

Alstom Grid India has been operating in the country for over 100 years and has invested 150 million Euros to set up three factories in Hosur and Padappai in Tamil Nadu besides one at Vadodara in Gujarat.

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