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Lifetime Achievement Award by Rotary Club of Madras East

Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME) presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to music director Harris Jayaraj. This is the first time that RCME is giving away the lifetime achievement award to a music director. The award was sponsored by the VGP Group of companies in partnership with Rotary Club of Madras East. Governor K. Rosaiah presented the award to Harris Jayaraj. Harris Jayaraj has written scores and soundtracks for Tamil, Telugund Hindi films. Harris ventured into film scoring with Gautham Menon’s Minnale. The album was well received.

Know yr neighbour1The following soundtrack albums 12B and Majunu met with high acclaim and praise. Harris made his debut in Tollywood with Vasu. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director and ITFA Best Music Director Award for Kaakha Kaakha., Harris announced his first musical world tour titled “Harris on the Edge “. The tour featured live performance of Harris all over the world. Rotary Club of Madras East is part of Rotary district 3230, was inaugurated on 3rd April 1985 and has held Rotary principles and values enviably high.The women in Rotary, as part of the Inner Wheel, have been pursuing an active life, very supportive of the club’s activities. Often projects that have won accolades for the club, like the Paul Harris Cricket Carnival, would have been non-events without them being involved in actively. The club has been playing a very responsible role in the Rotary District and in the community that it functions in. It has made the community feel the useful role that it has been playing. The club has been in the thick of action conducting programmes and running projects that are pertinent and of value to the beneficiaries.
Additionally, it has been holding for several years in a row, national events and also awarding individuals for rendering distinguished service to the society.

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Heritage Car Rally 2015

Heritage car rallyThe Hindu Chennai-Pondy Heritage Car Rally presented by Golden Homes in association with Madras Heritage Motoring Club and Puducherry Tourism is scheduled for January 31 and 1st February 2015.Over 50 models of vintage cars and bikes will be part of the rally. The rally will be flagged off at 8am on January 31 from Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar.

Book Fair

Book Fair - City BeeA book fair will be organised at Shalom Children’s House Preschool on February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drawing, painting, essay writing, handwriting, vocal and dance competitions will be conducted. The registration fee is Rs.200.The event takes place at No.5065/8, 6th Street, Ram Nagar North, Madipakkam. For details, contact 72994 78181.

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Environment Awareness Competition

The NGC students winners in the Environmental Awareness competitions Essay, Oratorical, Quiz and Enviro Models held during 2014-15 under the instructions of Dr.H.Malleshappa IFS Director of Environment,were honoured with prizes, gifts and certificates on the spot.In recognition of their efforts performances and the teachers who encouraged the students were taken to Enviro Field trip to Arignar Anna Zoological Park on 28.01.2015 in a separate vehicle.

Environment AwarenessA total number of 70 students & teacher coordinators were guided by Mr.S.Saravanan of WWF and G.Thangaraj of NGC and explained the Biodiversity and the role of animals and birds in our eco system. A fewstudents felt that after a few years some animals and birds will become extinct and endangered and praised the Zoo’s hardwork and maintenance in saving the same. For details contact G.Thangaraj on 98840 23824.

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Awarded for Outstanding Contribution and service

TANKER Foundation’s 22nd Annual Charity and Awards Nite was held on Sunday, 25th January 2015 . The Krishnan Ang TANKER Foundation Endowment Lecture was delivered by Dr. K.V. Johny, a renowned nephrologist.He spoke on “Pioneering Contributions to Nephrology”.Chief Guest Sri. Dr. Radhakrishnan IAS Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Tamilnadu said that the government especially in Tamilnadu was now focusing on  non communicable diseases and a lot had been achieved with the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme.

AwardedThe Muthoot M. George Memorial TANKER & Kerala Kidney Research Foundation Young Investigator Award for outstanding research done in the field of Nephrology in India was awarded to Dr. Sreejith Parameswaran.The Renny Abraham TANKER Foundation Love for Service Award for a medical doctor who has gone beyond the call of duty in serving the underprivileged was awarded to Dr. Sunder Subramaniam.The La Renon TANKER Foundation For the Sake of Honour Award given to Dr. K.V. Johny.The K.Venkatanarayana TANKER Foundation Awareness Award given to Dr. Sunil Shroff Founder – MOHAN Foundation. Mrs.Latha   Kumaraswami,Managing Trustee,TANKER Foundation gave an update of the activities saying that TANKER Foundation.

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Scholarships distributed to Vidyodaya Students

Vidyodaya Schools Alumni Association had it’s Annual Reunion Dinner on 26th January 2015 at Vidyodaya School Auditorium,T.Nagar,Chennai. This dinner has been held for over 15 years so that past students may get together informally and get an update about school activities. During the function Scholarships of Rs.10,000/- each were distributed for needy students studying in Vidyodaya School.

Scholarship 1These scholarships have been given regularly by the alumni for over 9 years and the Alumni try their best to increase the number and amount every year. The annual reunion dinner was also an evening of fun and games, nostalgia and a sumptuous dinner. Vidyodaya Schools functioning at lNo.1,Thirumalai Road, T.Nagar, is a premier girls school which is 90years old and has always striven to give an all round holistic education for girls, focusing on academics, sports, cultural and overall development. Several well known and distinguished personalities have passed out of this esteemed institution.

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27th Annual Sports Day

Valliammal College for Women, Anna Nagar East, conducted its 27th annual sports day on the 24th of January 2015. The College Principal Dr. T.V.S. Padmaja welcomed the gathering. The day’s events started off with Mr. V. Chandrasekhar, Arjuna Awardee declaring the sports day open.

27th annual sports day 1There were a string of events with an orderly march past, sports events, cultural extravaganza, sports reports and address by the chief guest. Colourful balloons and fun filled the air. Mr. V. Chandrasekhar stressed on the importance of healthy living and how, exercises and playing or taking up a sport as a passion, leads to a person being in the pink of health. The Management members, Chairman Thiru. A.P. Maikandan, Mrs. Maikandan, Dr. S. Valavan, Mr. Natrajan, trust members along witnessed the function.

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World Last Week

Saturday 24th January

 Scientists have discovered a planet with a ring around it that is 200 times larger than that of Saturn.

 British scientists have discovered five Earth-sized planets around a distant star in the Milky Way galaxy leading to a possibility of finding life out there.

 The South African-Indian community has a critical role to play in the growth of the small business sector in the country’s economic hub, Gauteng province, according to its Premier David Makhura.

 A new look at four fossils has revealed that snakes’ earliest known ancestor lived as many as 70 million years earlier than thought, scientists said.

Sunday 25th January

 Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney have collaborated for new track ‘Four FiveSeconds’The soft and acoustic track is available at ihannaNow.com.

 Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and his family have donated 200,000 pounds towards the statue of Mahatma Gandhi planned for Parliament Square.

 A major study backed by the US and Australian governments has made a revolutionary breakthrough for cancer treatments, biotechno.

 Every city in the world have modern high speed transport systems. Now researchers are developing ways for High speed monorail trains.

Monday 26th January

 US President Barack Obama took a landmark trip to India on an invitation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Mod for Republic Day Celebration.

 People who tend to cheat are most suitable for politics than any other profession, claims a new study.

 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that India is “critical” to achieving success across the world body’s ambitious development as he conveyed his wishes to the country on its 66th Republic Day.

 Japanese stocks rose to a fresh one-month high on as expectations of strong corporate earnings and a weaker yen boosted investor sentiment.

Tuesday 27th January

 The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine’s Day, the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach.

 Scientists have successfully used human stem cells to generate new hair, paving the way for a potential new cure for baldness.

 Russia is exploring the possibility of a joint manned orbital station with India and China as part of a common strategy to create technological alliances for space giants.

 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 track.

Wednesday 28th January

 Girls who frequently consume sugary drinks tend to start their menstrual periods earlier, which can put them at an increased risk of %developing breast cancer later in life, a new study suggests.

 The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls at the time of the accident, Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) said.

 Xiaomi, launched the Mi 4 in India. The Mi 4 is aflagship smartphone and is placed in the high-end category. Sporting a Snapdragon 801 chipset, the Mi 4 is a premium-built Android-based handset priced at Rs 20,000.

 A major study backed by the US and Australian governments has made a revolutionary breakthrough,they have managed to unboil an ordinary egg.

Thursday 29th January

 Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali has hailed the US President Barrack Obama’s parting advice to India to uphold religious freedom and made a strong statement against fundamentalism and extremism.

 The Williams sisters and teenage Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys have been chosen for the United States as it seeks to return to the top group in the Fed Cup.

 There are many spacious parks and flower gardens across countries in the world. But one of the world biggest Flower Garden- Dubai Miracle Garden.

 The Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world. It is a continual range of highlands along the western coast of South America.

Friday 30th January

 Restored until 1962 and still seaworthy second largest museum ship in the world is found at the Maritime Museum of San Diego in San Diego, California.

 A common algae ommercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study.

 Researchers led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution exploited an unusual and untapped source of fuel study.

 The first solar car invented was a tiny 15-inch vehicle created by William G. Cobb of General Motors. Called the Sunmobile,

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World Last Week

Saturday 17th January 

 Researchers say that Zebras unique black-and-white coat. It helps them stay cool in the midday African heat.

 Environment, plays the starring role in determining the immune system, the body’s primary defence against disease, a new study of twins has shown.

 Amazon Studios announced that it will significantly expand into movie production by acquiring films for theatrical release.

 US President Barack Obama vowed to relentlessly hunt down terrorists from Pakistan to the streets of Paris.

Sunday 18th January

  A new study has provided a deeper insight into how stars and massive galaxies formed in the infancy of the Universe.

 E-retailer Flipkart has joined hands with online education pioneer TCYonline to offer a wide spread of test preparation tools.

 Cooper starrer real-life drama ‘American Sniper’ has opened well in a wide release by earning USD 90.2 million.

 Researchers have found that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number of specific problems and risky behaviour.

Monday 19th January

 A new study found that American kids take in more calories, fat and salt on days they eat pizza

 Unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol abuse and consuming too much fat have sparked an epidemic of diseases.

 Doctors in Britain have performed the first organ transplants from a new born in the UK.

 The researchers reviewed 47 prior studies on diseases linked to sitting around which is published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Tuesday 20th January

 New “smart mirrors” have recently been developed that allows people to virtually try on clothes, it has been reported.

 Drinking half a pint of beer a day may lower your risk of developing heart failure, a new large-scale study has claimed.

 Scientists have developed a novel instrument that can reveal the age of meteorites that fall on Earth.

 Four cups of coffee a day may protect against malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, a new study has claimed.

Wednesday 21st January

 Yemen’s president has reportedly struck a peace deal with Shia Houthi rebels who have captured key locations in the capital city of Sanaa.

 Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have tested some of the antibodies on mice and they have succeeded in using them to stop the development of malignant tumours.

 An Interstellar-style space-time tunnel may exist in the Milky Way and we could even travel through it, according to a new theory.

 Scientists from the University of Glasgow and Heriot-Watt University demon strated that applying a mask to an optical beam to give photons a spatial structure can reduce their speed.

Thursday 22nd January

 The Algiers Metro serving Algiers, the capital of Algeria is an important public transit and one of the biggest metro service on the world.

 A low flying helicopter would fly ahead of the rover almost every day, the US space agency said in a state

 A team of researchers has unveiled closest-ever details about the evolution of a comet that was in headlines during the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission.

 Nasa has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a new software that will enable scientists to work on Mars virtually using a wearable technology.

Friday 23rd January

 The end of the world has come a lot closer in the past three years, with every single person now in danger as climate change.

 conservationists have warned, after killing an estimated third of the world’s gorillas and chimpanzees since the 1990s.

 Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) are deliberating to send Rosetta spacecraft, which is still orbiting the comet.

 NASA has revealed that it is working on a small helicopter that could fly ahead of future Mars rovers to improve surveillance and navigation abilities on the alien planet.

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Aircel unites India with 10p/min STD

Chennai, January 2015: In its commitment of going the extra mile to delight customers, Aircel, one of India’s leading innovative telecom players, today launched industry’s first unlimited STD proposition – Uniting India @10p. The special pack will offer lowest ever unlimited on-net STD calls at 10p/min bundled with free limitless music pack. Aircel customers, new and existing, recharging with unlimited STD pack will enjoy additional benefits of Aircel’s limitless music pack absolutely free for 30 days. This revolutionizing offer will enable customers to stay connected anywhere in India and listen to their favorite music free of cost. Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said, “Aircel has successfully cemented its place as an innovative brand that always offers extra value to its customers.With now STD also at 10p/min, Aircel is offering best value for money proposition for its customers which will seamlessly connect them across the country.

Customers will be able to avail these benefits through simple and convenient packs. For new customers the special combo pack is available in Chennai ranging from, Rs.52 to Rs.159, with a validity of 90 days. The existing customers can simply recharge ranging from Rs.27 to Rs.161 which will be valid for 28 days. Aircel has always focused on offering its customers with a smart, relevant and innovative products and services. Recently, the company launched roaming and local calls @ 10p/ min

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Motivating and encouraging young minds

N.Subramanian, who always does his best to improve the educational requirements especially for primary school children has been concentrating more on village schools continuously on 15th.July (Kalvi Valarchi Naal/Kamarajar Birth Day); 15th.August (Independence Day); 5th.September (Teachers Day); 2nd.October (Gandhi Jayanthi) and 14th.November (Childrens Day).He had come to know about Chennai Corporation’s Night Shelters,(Ward No.127, Koyambedu) started (since few months back) functioning at Ayappa Nagar.He personally visited the place twice and found out about twenty three “school going girl children (from Std.I to VIII)” and four tiny tots of below five years attending an “Anganwadi”. On New Year eve, he offered eighteen ‘Lifco’ Thirukkural book (Tamil with meaning) to all the 18 primary class students of Std.

Doing his BestI to V. ;2.Five sets of books viz., one ‘lifco’ Thirukkural book, one ‘lifco’ Dictionary and a ‘TTK’ Atlas to the five high school students (3 in VI; 1 in VII and 1 in VIII);3.A set of pencil, eraser, sharpener and scale along with a ‘maxim’ card (an advice to students and an appreciation to teachers) to all these twenty three students. Indoor games were also distributed. N.Subramanian is a retired Office Superintendent from Southern Railway and doing a small (non-reciprocal) service for over a decade in the holy field of EDUCATION at grass root level to all the First Standard children (who are FRESHERS every year and their first time entry into the school is only at the age of six) studying in limited known schools of Village Panchayat Unions, Adi-Dravidar Welfare Department and Corporations / Municipalities, by spending a portion of my monthly pension regularly (with due cooperation of all my family members) by providing a set of supporting study materials Viz., a Thirukkural, a Dictionary and an Atlas apart from pencil, eraser, sharpener, scale and a note book, etc..(neatly packed and presented) in the form of a “GIFT HAMPER” since my retirement in 2001.

On all such occasions, we always used to keep few retired persons from teaching fraternity to share their rich experiences with the tiny tots.He wishes that his message to the public to do a service (I call it a “HELP”) in the holy field of EDUCATION AT GRASS ROOT LEVEL should reach in a larger area, so that the chance for many to follow suit will increase.