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Magic of art opens at Ramee Mall

Shalinya, The Magic of Art is a newly opened art gallery at Ramee Mall, Teynampet,Chennai.

The gallery owned by artist Shalini has a range of exclusive Tanjore paintings, original Kerala mural art works, artifacts and murals, handicraft articles from India.

The gallery is opened on all days from 11am to 8.30pm. As part of the inaugural offer, discounts are offered till 5th October 2013. For details call 9884751817.

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A Good Way To Encourage Underprivileged Children

ICWO Art Gallery was inaugurated on 18th September 2013 at ICWO Head Office, Anna Nagar. Leading, world famous and renowned artists like Ms.Vandhana Jain, Mr.Arun, Mr.Henry Daniel, Mr.Chelian.D, Mr.Pannerselvam,A.P., Mr.Trostsky Marudhu.M, Ms.Premalatha Seshadri, Mr.Hans Koushik, Ms.Anuradha.N, Ms.Lakshmi Jayakrishnan, Ms.Uma Gowtham, Mr.Barathan, Mr.Srinivasan, Mr.Balu, Mr.Kasa Vinay Kumar, Mr.Narendra Babu, Mr.Kalaiselvam and Mr.James Manic have donated their paintings for the Art Gallery.Prof. S.Suresh, Hony. Secretary, Voluntary Health Services, Chennai inaugurated the “ICWO Art Gallery.

”During the occasion a poster promoting the Art and the Artists was released. Speaking on the occasion, Prof.S.Suresh, Hony. Secretary, Voluntary Health Services said,“I am pleased to be a part of this effort to mobilize resources to support underprivileged children for their health and education.

Providing quality education will ensure upliftment of under privilege and will ensure to build economical status being a pioneer institution in health sector Voluntary Health Services provides affordable and quality health care services for poor and marginalized people.

I wish the effort of ICWO to be successful to help the needy”. ICWO is a non profit, non Governmental, Social work organization working for various developmental initiatives in specific focus to women and children for the past 19 years in Chennai. For details call 044-26184392, 65515742.

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Inauguration of a new Haemodialysis Machine

Almost 2.5 lakh people die of kidney failure in India every year. It is the third largest killer after malignancy and heart disease. Millions suffer from some form of kidney disease and many of them, particularly in India cannot afford the cost of treatment or care.TANKER (Tamilnad Kidney Research) Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organisation started in June 1993 with the aim of helping under-privileged patients with kidney disease by giving subsidised dialysis and one time financial help for medication, investigation and transplantation and spread awareness about kidney disease.

TANKER cares for those, the underprivileged, who suffer kidney problems of any kind, reversible or terminal, regardless of caste, creed, sex or religion. Sai T.P. Karunanandan Trust is a charitable organisation for the benefit of the downtrodden and needy. The TRUST is an independent non-profit organization that believes everyone should be empowered to take a proactive role in their health. Sai T.P Karunanandan Trust donated one Dialysis Machine for our needy patients on Wednesday 25th September 2013.

The Machine was inaugurated by Mrs. Lakshmi Anandan, Founder of Sai T.P. Karunanandan Trust. The cost of 1 dialysis machine is Rs. 6 Lakhs.Dr.Georgi Abraham ,Founder Trustee of TANKER welcomed everybody and said that dialysis was the need of the hour all over the country and that TANKER would also help in setting up subsidized dialysis units in other parts of the country.He also thanked our Honorable Chief Minister for the valuable Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme(CMCHIS) through which TANKER was able to give 80% of its patients free dialysis. Mrs.Latha Lumaraswami,Managing Trustee of TANKER gave an update of TANKER’s activities stating that TANKER had so far done over 1.25 lakhs dialyses and given donations of over Rs.87 Lakhs for the needy with kidney disease.500 Awareness programmes reaching out to over 90000 people and 40 screening camps for 4000 people had been conducted by their Awareness Head Mrs.Rajalakshmi Ravi and her team.She also said that TANKER’s Coimbatore dialysis unit in RVS hospital in Sulur was to be opened in October 2013.TANKER was grateful to all their donors and the media especially for all their help and support over the years. For details about Tanker Foundation call 43090998, 28273407 or visit www.tankerfoundation.org

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Sports Achievements Of Swathishi

Young tennis champion Swathishi Suresh, a 9th standard student of Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School has a good winning record at National and State Level rankings in tennis. She is trained at Chennai Corporation School Tennis Academy.

In the State Ranking level Swathishi won the KTC State Ranking Tennis Tournament (Girls Under-12 category), the Vellore Junior Open Tennis Tournament. She was also victorious in the Head Singarapillay State Ranking Tennis Tournament and the Namakkal Open State Ranking Tennis Tournament.

She also got the runners-up position in the YMCA Triangle Tennis Trust State Ranking Tournament and in the Prince Stale Level Tennis Tournament. In the National Level Swathishi won the Nataraj Tennis Academy National Level Tournament and the National Championship Series.

She got the runners-up position in the School Games Federation of India Nationals. Swathishi has a good winning record and an appreciable achievement in tennis. Swathishi resides at Senthil Nagar, Kolathur,Chennai. She can be contacted on 26500621, 9962510028.

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All India Crafts Mela

An all India Crafts Mela organized by Banu Priya Handicrafts is on at D.K.Kalyana Maaligai,W-114, 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar, (Near Roundtana) Chennai-40. The exhibition has on display handicrafts textiles & Handloom from various part of India. The products are done by talented craftsmen in India.

The exhibition has an incredible range of exhibits with includes Odisha paintings, Orissa saris, Rajasthan tops, Stone Painting, Children toys, Rajasthan silk painting, Jute bag from Calcutta, bowls, jewel boxes, Bed sheets & Bed spreads, Cushion cover, Curtains etc.

The exhibition has a special focus on kolu toys, sarees, dress Materials and jewellery. Special discounts are also offered. The exhibition is on till 7th October 2013.It is open from 10 a.m to 9.00pm.

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Saliyar Monthly Meeting

The monthly meeting of Saliyar Mahajan Sangh Chennai Branch will be held on 29th September 2013 at Door No-4, Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Luz Corner, behind Vinayagar Temple) Mylapore, Chennai-4. For details contact A.Palanichamy on 9884603087

Walkathon

The Tamil Nadu Senior Citizen’s Association proposes to organize a “Walkathon” at 8.00 am on Tuesday, 1st October 2013, at the Tower Park in Anna Nagar, Chennai.The march will be flagged off by Mr.C.Dorairaj, IPS (R) Former Additional Director General of Police, T.N.Government..

Bible Exhibition

IBL Bible Exhibition cum sale takes place from 30th September to 6th October 2013 from 9 am to 7 pm at Indian Bible Literature,No-67,Beracah Road,Kilpauk,Chennai-10. On Sunday,6th October the exhibition will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm. The expo will showcase many varieties and versions of the Holy Bible. Children books and play-learning materials will also be available. For details call 26425166, 26420077.

Model Competition

A National Level Working Model Competition and Exhibition organised by SMART (Software Manifest and Research Technologist will be held on 26th and 27th September 2013 at Shri Krishnaswamy College for Women, 6th Main Road,Anna Nagar,Chennai.For details contact the college office on 26262977, 26282977.

Free Dental Camp

Pooja Multispecialty Dental Care as part of its 12th anniversary celebrations is holding a free dental consultation and check up camp till 6th October 2013 from 9am to 9pm and from 9am to 1pm on Sundays. Special discounts are also offered for senior citizens, Pooja Multispecialty Dental Care is at N0-12, Ramachandran Street, Perambur. For details call 45571093, 25518591.

Free Eye Camp

Velammal Hospitals is conducting a free eye screening camp with consultation by Ophthalmologist. Refraction, visual accuracy and eye pressure tests will be held. The camp is on 29th September 2013 from 8am to 1pm. A screening camp for diabetic Retinopathy will be also conducts. Velammal Hospitals is at School Road, T.S.Krishna Nagar, Thirumangalam-Ambattur Industrial Estate Road. For details contact 49047000.

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Chennai Students Awarded For Designing Eco Bags

A grand function was held on 27th September 2013 at Taj Club House, Mount Road, Chennai to distribute Eco Bag Designer Awards-2013 to school students.

His Excellency, Mr.Patrick Suckling, Australian High Commissioner to India and Mr.David Holly, Australian Council-General to South India were the special guests for the function and gave away the awards to the children. Dr.Supraja Dharini, Founder and Chairperson of Tree Foundation in her address stated that the Eco Bag Designer of the Year Contest had received over 1345 bags with participation from 51 schools across the city. Every bag was unique. Everyone was a winner.

The best bags which stood out was selected and awarded prizes. The contest was organised to promote awareness on the importance of protecting the oceans, environment and avoiding the use of plastic bags.

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Regional Level Winners of Debating Matters Programme

Currently in its sixth year, Debating Matters Regional finals was held in Chennai on 25 September 2013.The South India Regional Finals was held on Wednesday 25 September 2013 in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai at IITM’s IC&SR Auditorium. PSBB Senior Secondary School, KK Nagar, Chennai were the Regional winners and Velammal International School, Chennai – were the Runners- up. The winners and runners up will proceed to the National Finals scheduled at New Delhi from 29 – 30 November 2013.

Debating Matters is run and managed by British Council, supported by the Institute of Ideas, UK (also project concept owners) and Wellcome Trust.

It is a new style of debating competition that challenges 16 to 18-year-old school students to engage with some of the pressing issues facing society in a rigorous and dynamic way. The day-long Regional Finals comprised of 15 debate rounds happening in three stages. Group stage (12 rounds), Semi-finals (2 rounds) and Finals (one). The national champions will then go over to the UK to take on the UK national champion in 2014.Dr.Guru Gujral, Head Society, British Council commented, “It is very exciting as this is the sixth year of the Debating Matters programme. Its growing bigger and better, this time we recorded 450+ schools registering for this competition.

This is a country wide programme and shows that it is not confined to any regions and is growing in geographical position. Wellcome Trust supports the UK and the debate with British Council managing the overall programme. Dr.K.Ramamurthy, Director-in-Charge, IIT Madras, commented, ‘The overall support and level of information provided by British Council for this programme amazed me. Special appreciation to them for providing a platform for the young students for sharing their thoughts and expressing themselves.

The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. More information on Debating Matters India programme can be found at https://www.britishcouncil.org.in/debatingmattersindia.

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Coastal Cleanup Day 2013

International Coastal Cleanup Day is celebrated world over to instill a sense of responsibility among general public on the problem of garbage dumped into the sea and its effects on marine life.About 680 Volunteers from various city Schools, Colleges, participated in the coastal cleanup activity, along Marina collected around 2.5 tonnes of garbage.

Tree Foundation’s Sea Turtle Protection Force (STFP) members and community volunteers of 25 coastal villages and Tree Roots & Shoots members of about 2300 members, also cleaned up their respective beaches between Neelankarai and Marakkanam, collecting around 8.6 tonnes in total.The representatives of institutions motivated the participants and flagged off the ‘Marine life on Tour’ float to show their solidarity towards a good environmental cause.

The students were inspired with the participation of the teachers and lecturers also in the cleanup of garbage on the beach along with them. Dr Supraja (Tree Foundation), highlighted the fact that ‘Floating in the ocean, a plastic bag looks a lot like a jellyfish to a sea turtle and marine mammal, which is one of their favourite foods.

And the chilling fact is that they can choke on these bags or starve to death with stomachs filled with plastic. In order to bring the much-needed attention to the damage, tons of wastage and millions of single-use plastic bags does to the marine wildlife and the environment this cleanup is conducted each year.

The ‘Marine Life on Tour’ float was flagged off form Marina Beach. It went around Mount Road, Raj Bhavan Road and the East Coast Road and ended at Injambakkam. Students from Queen Mary’s College, Kumararani Meena Muthiah College and Guru Nanak College,DAV Public, Velachery, AMM Matriculation, M.C.T.M. International School, Kaligi Ranganathan Montford MHSS and from KRM Public School actively participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign.

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National Level HR Workshop And Cultural Fest “ALTIUS”

The P.G. Dept. of Social Work (Shift II) of Madras School of Social Work organized a two day event titled “HR Workshop” and “Altius” on 20th and 21st September 2013.

The HR Workshop was conceived with the idea to help students to understand the employ-ability skills needed in the current scenario and preparing them for placements.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Fatima Vasanth, Principal & Secretary, Madras School of Social Work, Dr. PonLakshmanan, Former Jt. Commissioner of Labour, Govt. of Tamil Nadu was the chief guest.The Guest of Honour was Mr.AnnselyCarvalho, Head HR, Logitech Engineering & Designs India Pvt. Ltd., spoke on the topic “Transforming HR as a concept into Reality – Next Gen Employee Engagement Perspective.”

The first session of the workshop was titled “Decoding Labour Law” where Dr. PonLakshmanan and Mrs. KalaivaniSelvaraj, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Manual Workers, Welfare Board, Dept. of Labour, Tamil Nadu helped students understand the technicalities of various industrial acts.

The esteemed panelists include, Mr. Deenadayalan, CEO, CEO consultancy who played the moderator for the session & is also a proud alumni of MSSW, Mr. Nikhil Indrasenan, VP HR, Ranstad, Mr. Lakshmi Narayanan, CEO, Build HR, Mr. Victor, DGM HR, TVS Logistics & Mr. Samson, Regional Head HR, HCL Technologies.

The second day “Altius” was a Cultural Fest where students from various colleges participated in HR & Social Work events such as Best Manager, Corporate Quiz, Mime and Street Play.

Judges for the events include Mr.Chandran, MD & Chairman, Elegant Constructions, Mr.Keshav Kumar, MD & Chairman, SK Stone Products & Services Pvt. Ltd., Mr.Varun John,Talent Enhancement Leader, Cognizant, Kaloori Vino&Premji B, Founder& Director of Shasha Foundation. About 75 participants from over 15 colleges participated in the fest and the maximum student participation for the both the events were from “ITM Business School” and the overall trophy was won by “Stella Maris College”.

The prizes were distributed by Mr. I.Raj, Director HR, The Park Hotels who also spoke on requirements of employers. Madras School of Social Work is the first Institution for Social Work Education in South India and is well known for its pioneering efforts and the high quality of education it offers. Its alumni provide top-notch leadership for global corporate and civil society organizations. In 2012, a survey by Outlook Magazine rated MSSW as the fifth best Institution for Social Work education in India and first in South India.