Wining a Bronze medal for India

Varsha and Aishwarya given a grand welcome at the New Delhi airport by the Yachting Association of India and Chennai Airport by the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association. by becoming the first ever Indian women to win a Bronze medal for India in sailing at the Asian Games. Varsha Gautham at 16 years of age, also made it to the history books by becoming the youngest athlete from India amongst the Indian medal winners at this Asian Games. The competition for the top positions was fierce and the difference in points between the three top positions is minimal.Aishwarya, who is 18 years old, is now in MOP Vaishnav college and is fully supported by them, while Varsha has completed 10th with 82.4%.

Wining a BronzeThe team is now looking forward to qualifying for the Olympic 2016 in the 49er FX Class, which is the Olympic Women’s Skiff class.Varsha and Aishwarya thanked the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India, the Sports Authority of India, the Tamil Nadu Government, the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, the Yachting Association of India and the Tamil Nadu Sailing Association for the key role played by each of them in their winning this medal.

They both also thanked their coaches Peter David Conway and Captain Amish Ved, without whom this would not have been possible. Their performance has drawn the attention of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for the immediate need for setting up a ‘Sailing Centre of Excellence’, with state of the art facilities which are tailored to the specific needs of the sport, at a site in Chennai which launches directly into the sea and has excellent sailing conditions throughout the year. Once such a centre is set up in Chennai, it will develop the enormous potential our country has for sailing and Chennai will soon be the sailing capital of India.


Scottish Dance Theatre India Tour 2014

Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company is touring India from 24th September to 21st October 2014 following sell out performances from a hugely successful 2012 tour. Scottish Dance Theatre is part of Dundee Rep Theatre which collaborates with both international and UK-based choreographers of outstanding calibre to produce high quality dance that is thought provoking and holds resonance in people’s lives. Scottish Dance Theatre contribute to a wealth of work made in Scotland and is highly regarded as an arts ambassador on a local, national and international level.

Scottish Dance Theatre“We were overwhelmed with the responses of the Indian audiences when we first toured the country in 2012” said Fleur Darkin, Artistic Director, Scottish Dance Theatre.Scottish Dance Theatre, with a highly acclaimed repertoire is constantly evolving, pushing boundaries and challenging expectations. Scottish Dance Theatre works as an intense, expressive community, under the brilliant and inspirational artistic direction of Fleur Darkin to produce spectacular and daring work that is propelled by the rhythm of the dancing body. Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India says : “British Council is delighted to once again partner with Scottish Dance Theatre after their debut in India two years ago.Scottish Dance Theatre’s performances in all four cities will feature work from three dynamic and talented choreographers from around the world in a compelling triple bill entitled Forces of Nature. Scottish Dance Theatre dancers are captivating and highly personable individuals.Scottish Dance Theatre is a Creative Scotland Foundation organisation and is funded by them to create and present high quality dance in Scotland, the UK and internationally. In addition to this regular support, they have supported this tour with an award from their International Fund. Scottish Dance Theatre performance was held on 1st October at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao and Lady Andal Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.



Whistling her way to Success

Swetha, a resident of Postal Colony 2nd Street, West Mambalam had completed her 18 hours whistling world record on 5th October 2014 from 4.52 am to 10.52 pm with Sankar’s Saadhaga Paravaigal Troupe. It was a triple record attempt, her name has been featured in the books of Asia Book Records, India Book of Records and Tamilnadu Book of Record. She whistled 196 songs it includes classical, devotional, M. K. Thayagaraja Bhagavathar to M. S. Viswanathan, hindi old classics unplugged, A. R. Rahman to Anirudh, Ilayaraja hits and challenging songs.She is a multi-faceted personality with undisputable talent in multi various arts forms, she is an astute singer, semi classical dancer, film editor, sound designer and amazing whistler.

whistingArt forms and entertainment are intertwined in her nerves as she began to enthral audience from as early as age of 5.She took to many stages as singer and now she is performing as whistler. She has to credit award winning documentary. Swetha developed keen interest in whistling and joined Indian Whistlers Association to master the art further. Her Midas Touch continues in whistling too. She has completed performing 250 exclusive shows.  She has to her credit of having made whistling tributes to the tunes created by legendary music directors like M. S. Viswanathan, Illayaraja, A. R. Rahman, Vidyasagar, and other eminent music composers. She has also whistled some of the popular numbers of Sivaji Ganesan penned by Kannadasan.She has completed more than 1000 shows throughout Tamilnadu and performed before the Tamilnadu Governor, His Excellency Surjit Singh Barnala at the Raj Bhavan. She has also performed at international venues.Film music directors have used her whistling skills in feature films. Swetha has also rendered her whistling performance in few unreleased movies and couple of Telugu and Kannada movies of Music Director Arul Dev. She can be contacted on 97890 63548.


JK Tyre launched Steel Wheels showroom in Chennai

Further strengthening its presence in South India, JK Tyre & Industries Limited launched its new Steel Wheels showroom in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 8th October 2014. The Steel Wheels showroom will be a one-stop shop with tyre solutions and will offer a complete umbrella of tyre-specific services. Spread over an area of 900 square feet, this showroom showcases JK Tyre’s new retail identity for its exclusive stores.

JK TYRE 1The ambience of the store is designed in a manner that makes buying new tyres, alloys and accessories a complete factual experience for consumers. The display and information kiosk help consumers choose the most suitable product for their vehicle. All JK Steel Wheels showrooms are equipped with modern features such as wheel servicing equipment, computerized wheel alignment & wheel balancing, automated tyre changing, nitrogen inflation and air care in addition to offering the complete suite of JK Tyre products.

Inaugurating the showroom, Mr. V.A.J. Manikantan, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. said, “We are extremely thrilled to launch the new Steel wheels showroom in the region.Also present at the inauguration, Mr. Nikesh Kumar, Proprietor, Indra Automotives said, “This has been a great association with one of India’s preferred tyre manufactures, JK Tyre. With the inauguration of this new facility, we expect to bring the high standards of services and product innovation from JK Tyre to consumer here and the adjoining area.”


World Last Week

Saturday 04th October

 The Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner in the world. It is the first major ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969.

 India’s Mars orbiter has sent a picture of regional dust storm activities over the northern hemisphere of the Red Planet.

 A new health study by medical researchers has found out that nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body.

 A 500-year-old banyan tree has been accorded tourist spot status at Sakhibata in Kendrapara district. The gigantic tree is spread across 1.3 acres.

Sunday 05th October

 Lake Baikal in southern Russia is the world’s deepest lake. It is 5,314 feet deep (1,637 meters) and it’s bottom is at 4,215 feet (1,285 meters) below sea level.

 Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute have found a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress.

 The Oberoi in Gurgaon has been voted World’s Leading Luxury Hotel for the third consecutive year by the World Travel Awards held in Doha, Qatar.

 An adventure holiday gave Sydneysider Ashley Newland all the impetus he needed to invent the “world’s smallest washing machine”.

Monday 06th October

 The Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York is 3.4 miles in length and has only eleven turns, but makes for one of the most challenging.

 Tourists visiting Dhanushkodi, the southern-most tip of this holy island can now enjoy a four-wheel bike drive on the beach sands.

 Turkish archaeologists have discovered a 1,200-year-old wooden object which they claim is an ancient equivalent of a tablet computer.

 Typhoon Phanfone lashed Japan, causing 12 to 15 foot waves on the northwest coast.

Tuesday 07th October

 British-American researcher John O’Keefe won the Nobel Medicine Prize with a Norwegian couple, Edvard and May-Britt Moser.

 There are more gadgets in the world than there are people, including a growing number that only communicate, according to data at GSMA Intelligence.

 At least 300 tons of the old Bay Bridge will live on in California public art projects that could include anything from light poles or street benches to large sculptures.

 The device was found within the remains of one of the 37 ships unearthed in the Yenikapi area of Istanbul, the Turkish capital.

Wednesday 08th October

 Italian street artist Mimmo Rubino, transformed a concrete mixing truck into a vibrant work of mobile art.

 A pair of experimental, oral antiviral drugs is safe and highly effective in the treatment of hepatitis C, a liver-damaging infectious disease, scientists have found.

 A defective sense of smell appears to be a good predictor of dying within five years, a new study has found.

 Named after Japanese legend Ronin 47 series of motorcycles consists, naturally, of only and exactly 47 individually built bikes.

Thursday 09th October

 Artist Alex Chinneck created illusion by making a building at one of London’s busiest tourist districts hover in mid-air.

 The study, from the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium has revealed that more than half of the factors involved in determining height of a person.

 Eighty seven year old Johanna Quaas is a regular competitor in the amateur competition Landes-Seniorenspiele staged in Saxony, Germany.

 A recent study suggests that women whose personalities tend toward the neurotic run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Friday 10th October

 Lip-reading computers that unlock with a word may soon become a possibility after a new study has found that every person moves their lips a little differently when they speak.

 China’s latest attraction is a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in Pingjiang county, in the province of Hunan, southern China.

 New scientific study shows the mind can stay active minutes after body shuts down, University of Southampton boffins claim.

 India along with Japan, the US, China and Canada will start work on the world’s biggest telescope on Hawaii Island.


Encouraging children to bring out their talents in art!!

A painting exhibition by Mrs.Meenakshi Gupta is on at “La Galerie D’Expression,” at Hotel Ambassador Pallava, till 15th October 2014. Mrs.Meenakshi Gupta is a proprietress and an art educator at ‘Creative Art Classes’, Anna Nagar East, Chennai. Meenakshi Gupta worked as arts and crafts teacher at Chennai Public School, handling classes from first to tenth standard. She has conducted art exhibitions at various levels. She is a trained art instructor from Malaysian art companies like Global Art India and world of colours. She worked as a merchandiser in Gokul Das Export, Bangalore and also helps her husband Mr. Ashish Gupta in his Florist and wedding decorations at “Greeen House Florist” at Ambassador Pallava hotel,Egmore, Chennai. Mrs.Meenakshi Gupta is a well trained and experienced Pidilite arts and crafts teacher.

Lady junctionShe did her Master of Art Education at Stella Maris College and also has a Bachelor degree in Home Science from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. and B.Ed from IGNOU. She did her diploma in Garment making, screen printing, tie-dye, batik art form and MS Office from S.C.S.Kothari Academy for Women, Kilpauk. She did a WEDP course from Canara Bank, Chennai. She attended a one day workshop on art therapy conducted by Ms.Seema Omar and a workshop at Illango Art Space. She has trained students from various schools. She had been an active member of a NGO Ladies Circle India. She has held posts like Chairperson of the Circle, Area Chairperson, National Treasurer and National Co-opted Trust treasurer.

She has undergone training from Dr.Reddys Foundation on Quality Education for Government and Government aided schools.She conducts summer and winter camps on arts and crafts .she was invited to Judge the AlI India Camlin 2013 Art contest at the zonal level held at various schools at Tamil Nadu.In January 2011 and February 2013, Meenakshi Gupta organized her first and second art exhibition along with her students at La Galerie D’Expressions, Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore. Each art work of her students at Creative Art Classes is very unique ,inspired by nature.To encourage the cause, famous senior Artist, sculptor and art Educationist Mr. A.V.Ilango interacted with children of creative art classes on 5th October 2014.The proceeds from the sale of art works will be used for education of lesser privileged. Meenakshi can be contacted on 9941951515.


Cleaning campaign at Vadapalani bus terminus

cleaning vadapalain bus terminusAs part of ‘Cleam India Campaign’ announced by Prime Minister Modi, a mass cleaning cup awareness program conducted by H. Raja (National Secretary, BJP) cleaned the premises of Vadapalani Bus Terminus, nearby roads it include 100 feet Road, 1st Avenue in Ashok Nagar on 6th October 2014 along with his party workers. Panigraha Sridhar (BJP’s Senior Party Member) said that hundreds of public actively participated in the camp and party workers collected the accumulated garbage in the deposable container.The awareness campaign will be conducted in the regular intervals, he added.


To accelerate growth and take business to greater heights!!

Mr. Zubair Ahmed, Sr. VP Indian Sub continent (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), has been appointed designate Head of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa for the proposed joint venture between GSK Consumer Healthcare and Novartis OTC. This proposed role expansion is announced as a part of the integration planning process for the proposed joint venture with Novartis. It is proposed he will take over this role following closure of the deal which is expected in the first half of 2015. Zubair Ahmed joined GSK Consumer Healthcare in 2007 and over the last seven years has been responsible for leading a team that has more than tripled revenues in the GSK India sub continent business.

Know yr neighbour 1In this new capacity his responsibility, in addition to the Indian Sub Continent business, will include Asia Pacific (including China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand), Middle East (including Turkey, Iran and Pakistan) and Africa. Commenting on this, Emma Walmsley, President GSK Consumer Healthcare, said “I am delighted to announce Zubair’s designate role in the proposed new structure. His business acumen, people management skills and sharp understanding of these markets will help us in our goal to accelerate growth across our emerging markets business.” The organisational structure under Zubair Ahmed will be the subject of a separate announcement.GSK Consumer Healthcare is a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline plc. of U.K, a global science based healthcare company. The Company has continually benefited from the technical and marketing inputs that have been available as a consequence of this association. GSK Consumer Healthcare is the largest player in the health food drinks industry. The Company with its manufacturing plants located in Nabha, Rajahmundry and Sonepat has a total workforce of about 3500 people.
GSK Consumer Healthcare has a strong marketing and distribution network in India comprising over 700 distributors and a direct coverage of over 8 lakh retail outlets. Its flagship product, Horlicks, is a widely regarded and highly respected brand for over 100 years. In addition to this, the Company also manufactures and markets Boost, Viva and Maltova in additional markets. GSK also distributes a number of products in diverse categories, which include Eno, Crocin and Iodex as well as products from the global portfolio like Parodontax and Sensodyne.


Flyover needed to decongest Koyambedu

A flyover at the junction of 100 Feet Road – Kaliamman Koil Street junction will go a long way in decongesting traffic movement. Vehicles piling up during rush hour are a common feature. The junction near Kaliamman Koil Street, which links Koyambedu with Virugambakkam, witnesses heavy traffic movement. Once a flyover is completed, two signal junctions on 100 Feet Road would become free of traffic signals.

flyover needed7According to Highways Department sources, the flyover would be designed in such a way that the buses do not cause hindrance to the traffic. Virugambakkam residents want the concerned officials to decongest traffic movement on Kaliamman Koil Street. Moreover if the road is widened, traffic congestion will reduce considerably on Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Arcot Road. Koyambedu Market road and the signal junction opposite CMBT bus terminus at Koyambedu also is in need of better regulation, especially at night when there is many out station bus movement.


Joy of Giving Week Celebration

Joy of giving weekOn 2nd October 2014 Surabi Trust in associating with Chennai Towers inaugurated a new skill development programme. Pooja was celebrated and Distribution of certificates to course completed. A Carnatic musical evening on national integration was performed by Students of Hyd.Siva at Thiru Nagar Park, Villivakkam, Chennai-49 on 4th October 2014.

A diabetic screening camp was conducted by Aruna Diabetic center at Kellys shelter home on 5th October 2014.Nearly 50 people were screened and were suggested further treatment. On the same day evening at Thriu Nagar, “Pattimandra pramukhar Dr.Madhu” spoke on ARAM and ethical values, also felicitated under “Saandror Potri” to the Local employees who are working in different sectors. Surabi Trust is a registered charitable Trust was established with the ultimate aim to serve the society.