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An impressive show by Chandra Ilango Art Foundation

Chandra Ilango Art Foundation presents South Indian Art Exhibition 2014 till 20th April 2014 at Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road,Chennai. Chandra Ilango Art Foundation was started in May 2012 by Artist A.V Ilango in the memory of his wife, Mrs. Chandra, a French professor who had a keen knowledge and interest in Visual Art. She has involved herself in supporting art programs, like choosing works of artists for international shows in France and other countries.

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The foundation that was started in her memory will function as a trust to support and develop Art, artists and art related activities in Chennai, especially artists from South India.The Third south Indian art show by Chandra Ilango Art Foundation is aimed at encouraging young artists of the 4 southern states including the union territories. The foundation has far reaching programs like supporting extra ordinary talents in visual fields in terms of sending artists and works abroad for international shows. The exhibition covers a broad range of art in mediums like painting, sculpture, graphic, photograph, drawing and mixed media.

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City Bee

Saliyar Monthly Meeting
The monthly meeting of Saliyar Mahajan Sangh Chennai Branch will be held at 11am on 27th April 2014 at Door No-4, Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Luz Corner, behind Vinayagar Temple) Mylapore, Chennai-4. For details contact A.Palanichamy on 9884603087.

Art of Photography
Konica Colour Lab and Studio at Nungambakkam conducts photography workshops at its training center on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm. The workshop is by a professional photographer. The workshop covers various types of photography and usage of different cameras. For details contact Konica Colour Lab and Studio, No-24and 25, Sivaganga Road, off Sterling Road, Nungambakkam,Chennai or call 42909898.

Drama Festival
The 25th Drama Festival of Kartik Fine Arts will be inaugurated on 22nd April at 6pm at Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall,TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai. The inaugural day will feature a Tamil Play titled Ada Kadavule by Sri Sathya Sai Creations at 7pm. The Drama fest is on till 5th May 2014.All are welcome.

Dance Fest
The 11th annual art and dance fest by Rukminidevi Natyakshetra Foundation will be held between 19th and 20th April 2014 at 6.30pm at Meenakshi Matriculation School, TVS Colony,Anna Nagar West Extension. For details call 9841009927.

Science Workshop
Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Nehru Children’s Cultural Association is organising a science workshop till 18th May 2014 at University of Madras, Guindy campus. Students studying in standards 5th to 9th can participate in the workshop. For details contact Nehru Children’s Cultural Association based at Thiruvanmiyur on 8144416484.

Group art shows
A group art show titled Landscapes Vs Mindscape is on at Gallery Sri Parvati, No-28/160, Eldams Road, Teynampet till 15th May 2014. An art show by Ramya Sadasivam titled Sitralaigalin Oorvalam will be held from 5th May 2014 at Lalith Kala Akademi, Greams Road, Chennai. The art shows will be open to view from 11am to 7pm.

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Carnatic Dance Festival

Bhavan’s Naatya Utsav was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Sri P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India at Bhavan’s TAG Auditorium, Kilpauk Chennai. Sri L. Sabaretnam, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, presided over the function and delivered the Presidential Address. Sri K. Parasaran, former Attorney General of India and Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai Kendra offered felicitations. This was followed by a dance recital by Ms. Malavika Sarukkai.

The Utsav was organized by the Bhavan Chennai Kendra in association with Apollo Hospitals Enterprise. The Chief Justice India presented the P. Obul Reddy and P. Gnanambal Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement to Malavika Sarukkai, for her outstanding contribution to Bharatanatyam. The award carried a purse of one lakh, a medallion and citation. He also presented the Bhavan’s Cultural Awards of Rs.25000/- each, a medallion and citation to Dr. M. Narmadha(violin), Smt. K. Gayatri (vocal), Sri S.R.G.S. Mohan Doass (Nadaswaram), B. Suchithra (Harikatha) and Master K. Sathyanarayanan (Keyboard). Sri K.N. Ramaswamy, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Chennai Kendra proposed the vote of thanks.

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Adding value to future developments!!

Meet Sesh Seshadri, the Director of Lonely Planet India. He is one of the most established names in the publishing industry today. Carving a niche for himself with a career spanning over four decades, he has played a vital role in Lonely Planet’s entry into the Indian market. His current role is to create a sustained and successful presence for Lonely Planet in India adding value to their future developments. He was associated with Oxford University Press for over 25 years. Sesh Seshadri credits much of his publishing knowledge and capability to Oxford University Press.

Know yr neighbr 1He had also worked with Dorling Kindersley Indian serving as Executive Director. He had played a key role in the company’s revamp strategy including warehousing, customer sales, marketing and publicity systems. Chennai based Sesh Seshadri is also a successful consultant and an entrepreneur. Sesh Seshadri established publishing consultancy company OVERLEAF in 1997 which passionately works towards furnishing classrooms with quality learning and providing world class teaching resources. Furthermore, he was the Founder Director at Textech that specializes in providing academic solutions in the form of books and e-books that enable publishers to create, manage, reproduce and distribute content. Sesh Seshadri comes from a family of publishing professionals with combined experience of more than 100 years.

Besides publishing and consulting he is very much interested in cricket, He enjoys south Indian Classical music and is also skilled to speak in several languages. Lonely Planet is the world’s most successful travel information provider having almost 40 years of experience in travel information space. Founded by Tony and Maureen Wheeler in 1973,Lonely Planet has published titles to almost every destination in the world and has sold over 100 million guides. Lonely Planet has brought its travel expertise yto India with the launch of its new series of travel guides titled Lonely Planet for the Indian Traveller. Lonely Planet India provides authentic and independent information tailored specifically for the Indian travelers needs. Content includes travel tips and information on iconic sights, shopping locations, Indian restaurants, family ideas and many more.

Lonely Planet promises Indian Travellors better travel planning, richer experience etc. Lonely Planet is well recognized by experts in the travel industry. Lonely Planet’s 226 authors from 37 countries personally travel to every destination written about. Lonely Planet’s collection consists of 450 different titles in 9 languages from thosed guides focused on countries, cities and regions, to activity guides, children’s books, pictorial and reference guides, travel literature and phrasebooks. Lonely Planet guide books are also the most recommended guides.

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60th Anniversary Celebration

Kasturbha Nilayam celebrated its 60th Anniversary in a grand manner on 10th April 2014 at Sankaralayam, Spur Tank Road, Chetpet, Chennai. During the function Mrs Chellamma Srinivasan and Mrs YG Parthasarathy were honoured and felicitated. Dr.K.S.Lakshmi, Principal of Meenakshi College, Kodambakkam presided over the function. Kasturbha Nilayam President, Dr.Shanthi Raghavan, President, Mrs Rajamma Venugopal-Secretary and Mrs.Jayashree Narayanan-Treasurer of Kasturbha Nilayam actively participated in conducting the 60th anniversary celebration to make the function a happy and memorable one.

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A cultural dance performance was done by students of Roja Kannan. Kasturbha Nilayam was started on the 11th of March 1953 by a group of service minded ladies, prominent among them were Mrs.Lakshmi Ramanathan, Smt Savithriammal, Mrs.Srirangam Ammal,Mrs..Kothanayaki Arumugam,Mrs YG Parthasarathy,Mrs K.Vedam and Mrs.Chellamma Srinivasan. Mrs Rajamma Venugopal took charge as secretary of Kasturbha Nilayam in 1961. Her devotion and dynamism are largely responsible for the growth and popularity of the Nilayam. Kala Kruthi the Music Wing of the Nilayam was inaugurated on 14th 1995. Mrs.Rajamma Venugopal has been ably assisted by Mrs Jayashree Narayanan. The dominating figure of the Nilayam is Secretary Mrs.Rajamma Venugopal. She deserves all praises for making the activities of Kasturbha Nilayam popular, colourful and for its present successful functioning. Under her guidance Kasturbha Nilayam will surely continue to grow from strength to strength. Kasturbha Nilayam is at No-15, Halls Road, Egmore.

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World Last Week

Saturday 05th April
 The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh meets Pope Francis for the first time during a five hour visit to Rome, receiving a gift for Prince George. It was the Queen’s first visit to Rome in 14 years.

 British authorities warned people with heart or lung conditions to avoid exertion as a combination of European emissions and Sahara dust created a “perfect storm” of pollution that blanketed London in smog.

 An Amish community banned from using machinery decided that sheer manpower was the best solution when it came to transporting a home. Dozens of men got together for lifting up the property and literally moving it.

 A loyal, a seven-year-old German shepherd named Tommy, attends mass every day at church in Italy. The German shepherd belonged to Maria Margherita Lochi. She adopted him when she found him abandoned in fields close to her home.

Sunday 06th April

 Adrian Tan is a Lighting Designer who brings theatrical plays to life. He turned his business card into an interactive medium. When the card is held against a light source, the words are revealed once again.

 The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. Scientists have found the Moon was formed nearly 100 million years after the start of the solar system. Researchers are that the Moon is about 4.5 billion years old.

 A study by Northwestern University found that the timing, intensity and duration of your light exposure during the day are linked to your weight. People exposed to morning sunlight are leaner than those who get afternoon sun light.

 Scientists at the University of Leicester have discovered that Noah’s Ark could have carried 70,000 animals. Noah’s Ark would have floated even with two of every animal in the world packed inside, scientists have calculated.

Monday 07th April

 India, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom joined hands to honour Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest poets of the Commonwealth, at the House of Commons. Tagore has a range of extraordinary achievements is the field of literature, music and art.

 Toronto-based web and graphic designer Ryan McArthur gives inspiring quotes by some of the most brilliant minds in the form of artistic illustrations. McArthur says he looks for inspiring quotes and wanted to simplify things.

 An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt could be one of the world’s oldest weather reports. Researchers at the University of Chicago believe the unusual weather patterns depicted on the slab were the result of a massive volcano explosion.

 China has taken underwater aquarium experience to a whole new level by coming up with the world’s largest aquarium at Hengqin Island. The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Chimelong Ocean Kingdom set five world records.

Tuesday 08th April

 A bison herd stampeding through Yellowstone National Park is not proof of an upcoming volcanic eruption, geologists and park officials have said, despite a recent viral video that implies the animals’ instincts tipped them off to an upcoming disaster.

 Enceladus, an icy moon in Saturn’s tow, is probably the amazing jets of water spurting off the satellite’s South Pole. A stunning image to support the fact comes from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

 U.S. researchers have launched a new atomic clock they say will neither gain nor lose a second in 300 million years. Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Colorado said that the clock, called NIST-F2, will serve “new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard.

 A 12 feet long, 500 pound sharp clawed dinosaur has been found by scientists to have roamed the earth along with Tyrannosaurus Rex around 66 million years ago. The new species called Anzu Wyliei was a giant raptor.

Wednesday 09th April

 Photographer Michael Kelley, spent a day photographing every departure at Los Angeles International Airport to illustrate how many planes take off in a given day. He snapped 370 photos. His final photograph showed 100 planes.

 A new study by researchers indicates that there are 21 facial expressions used to convey emotions. Among these facial expressions were the six, long-recognized basic emotions.

 Young Israeli-Russian photographer Asher Svidensky recently went off to document traditional Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. Once there, he encountered Ashol Pan, a 13-year-old girl who is the first female eagle hunter.

 Wildlife officials and volunteers of Arulagam, a Coimbatore-based NGO involved in vulture conservation, sighted five long-billed vultures in the north-eastern slopes of the Ooty Hills.

Thursday 10th April

 The Swedish band ABBA celebrated 40 years of breathtaking success with a party at Tate Modern Museum at London. The celebration was to highlight the great hit song titled Waterloo which had won the Eurovision contest back in April 1974.

 Crocodiles feed on vegetarian dishes inside a pen at a crocodile farm in Kariba, Zambabwe. The crocodiles are given a diet of proteins, minerals, vitamins, maize meals and water. This type of food will enhance the skin of the crocodiles.

 Ernesto, a Venezuelan daredevil has set a new Guinness world record by diving 14,000 feet with the smallest parachute. He jumped using a canopy the size of a bed sheet. During his decent, he used a parachute measuring only 35 square feet.

 Researchers have developed a new smart phone battery that can recharge in just 30 seconds. The devise could change the way of modern electronic usage and bring down charging time and power consumption.

Friday 11th April
 Medical experts have made many promising and life changing developments. Paralyzed man had a ray of hope when a medical team in America zapped his spinal cord with electricity, allowing him to stand and move his legs.

 US Navy has officially announced plans to deploy its first ever electromagnetic rail gun, a game changing device that fires projectiles without exploding over a distance of 160 kilometers at seven times the speed of sound. The devise is the future of naval combat.

 A London based architecture and Design Company has come up with a new solution to tackle smog. The bubble shaped domes, is aimed to tackle air pollution health hazards in China. The concept is based on the principals of Biomimetic architecture.

 An Australian has made himself a Gold plated Porshe sports car. He is delighted with the 24 gear speed machine saying it’s the quietest, impressive and a environmental friendly car having zero emission.

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Music and Dance Function

Charan Singh Sapra Sonu Sood With Rashmi Desai At Baisakhi Di RaatB-Town stars and dignitaries celebrated the colorful harvest festival of ‘Baisakhi’ in Mumbai with full enthusiasm, among foot tapping Punjabi music and folk dances. Standup Comedian Sunil Grover came in first and was seen in his popular avatar Gutthi making people breathless on his hilarious. Bollywood actors Sonu Sood was seen shaking his legs on Bhangra with Rashmi Desai and Congress leader Charan Singh Sapra., Punjabi actor and singer Gippy Garewal lured the audience with his thrilling performance. Singer and Anchor Satinder Satti gave an energetic performance and to make the function ‘Baisakhi Di Raat’ memorable.

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Honoured for her valuable work in Eye Care!!

Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham. She is the Medical Director of Radhatri Nethralaya, a super specialty eye hospital situated in T. Nagar, Chennai. Radhatri Nethralaya provides best medical and surgical eye care, with compassion and sensitivity to all patients. Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham was recently awarded the eleventh ophthalmology oration by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Tambaram Branch.

The award was in recognition of her work in the field of retina for the past fifteen years. The award was given by IMA state president Dr. Balasubramaniam and  Dr. Amutha K, President IMA Tambaram branch. Dr. Vasumathy gave an oration on “Retina: A window to our body” which focused on how examination of the retina shows what’s going wrong in the body.Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham is the consultant vitreoretinal surgeon. She has the distinction of being the alumnus of premier institutions such as Madras Medical College & RIO-GOH, Chennai where she completed her M.B.B.S & M.S Ophthalmology.

Lady Junction 1She did her vitreoretinal fellowship at L.V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad. She worked as a retina consultant for five years at Aravind Eye Hospital. At Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, she did her fellowship in pediatric retina and Electrophysiology. Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham is a member of All India Ophthalmologic Society (AIOS), Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association (TNOA), Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society (APSOS). She is a Governing council member of the vitreoretinal society of India. She has a distinguished academic record with fifteen gold medals including the best outgoing medical student for M.B.B.S and M.S Ophthalmology and the prestigious Rakesh Sharma memorial award conferred by All India Ophthalmologic Society (AIOS) for best work in ocular trauma in India in 2005 and 46 publications in peer reviewed national and international journals and several presentations in conferences and symposia.

Her area of expertise is endophthalmitis, electrophysiology, paediatric retinal disorders, especially Retinopathy of prematurity and ocular trauma. She has recently been conferred with the Hanumantha Reddy Award for the best work done in pediatric ophthalmology in India.  She is a member of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, having topped the FRCS examination in 1999. Dr. Vasumathy has been acknowledged as one of the top twenty women ophthalmologists in India by the Ophthalmology World Report.

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59th Railway Week Celebrations

The 59th Railway Week Celebrations by Southern Railway were conducted on 11thApril, 2014, Friday at Rajah Annamalai Mandram, Esplanade, Chennai – 108. Dr. H. Srinivas, Chief Personnel Officer / IR, Southern Raillway welcomed the gathering. Shri. Rakesh Misra, General Manager, Southern Railway addressed the Staff and Officers of Southern Railway who had gathered. Major General R.G. Krishnan, VSM, Officiating GOC, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala Area graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and gave away the awards to the meritorious railway men. Every year, Indian Railways celebrate Railway Week between 10th April – 16thApril in commemoration of the running of the first train on Indian soil in 1853 from Boribunder to Thane, a distance of 34 kms. During this occasion, awards are given to the meritorious Officers / Staff for their extraordinary contributions in their work.

Passenger safety and security remaining the foremost focus area, Southern Railway brought awareness in the minds of the staff in this regard and also launched major safety campaigns to seek the co-operation of the public. To strengthen passenger security, Integrated Security Systems have already been commissioned at 11 major stations and are to be commissioned shortly at 3 stations. The Chief Guest, Major General R.G. Krishnan, VSM, during his address, drew many parallels between the Indian Railways and the Indian Army. The Chief Guest then extended his congratulations to all the award winners. Shri. A. Narayanan, Deputy Chief Personnel Officer, Southern Railway delivered the vote of thanks.

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Parking menace at Parry’s Corner

DSC01145Nowadays parking problems persists along NSC Bose Road stretch in Parry’s which connects High Court, Broadway and Beach road. Broadway also lacks adequate parking space. Motorists find it difficult to park the vehicles. Other than authorized parking zones, a row of parked cars and bikes at Parry’s and near Flower Bazaar Police station creates inconvenience to the road users, mainly the pedestrians.

An inadequate parking spot makes motorists to park their vehicles along the road side, hindering traffic movement. The area residents suggest that a traffic policeman is needed to regulate the parking of vehicles along NSC Bose Road. Transport authorities stated that multiple parking systems will bring relief to the parking woes in Chennai city. Let the concerned authorities come up with an effective and improved parking system so as to solve the parking woes in the city.