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Moving Towards New Frontiers

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is a statutory body established by the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 for the regulation of the profession of Chartered Accountants in India . As one of the prominent accounting bodies worldwide, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has achieved recognition for its contribution in the fields of education, professional development, maintenance of high accounting, auditing and ethical standards.

CA. K Raghu

 

CA. K Raghu has now taken over as the supreme torch-bearer of Indian accountancy profession as the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the year 2014-15. An information technology maven regarded as a role model and mentor of the Next Generation Chartered Accountants, he was elected as the President by the 22nd Council of the Institute on February 12, 2014. He has gained deep insights into the profession as a fellow member of the ICAI having more than 23 years of impeccable professional standing.

A creative and visionary yet realistic and tech savvy, he craves for inclusive as well as exclusive growth of Indian accountancy profession. He has always dazzled his fellow members with his deep and visionary understanding of Information Technology ever since 1990 when he started serving the profession with an inextinguishable youthful enthusiasm. As a trusted and credible leader, he is widely known for his pioneering and far-reaching initiatives of web casting, e-learning and ICAI Web TV. He specialises in Taxation, Business and Technology Consulting. Sociable, friendly, warm, supportive and approachable, CA. K Raghu is also widely respected as an inspirational motivator.An illustrious and versatile professional, CA. K Raghu represents the ICAI in the Board of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), besides being the Chairman of XBRL India.

He has also represented ICAI in ‘High Level Steering Committee for Implementation of XBRL based Data Submissions by Banks’. He is also the Chairman of the Accounting Research Foundation (ARF) of ICAI. He has also shown his professional skills and acumen in all tasks and responsibilities assigned to him both at national as well as international level. In the Central Council of the Institute, he has been pro-actively involved in the functioning of the ICAI in various capacities.He proactively worked as Member Disciplinary Committee in 2010-11. He also won accolades of the profession as the Chairman of CMII, during which tenure he is particularly known for launch of ICAI Web TV (www.icaitv.com) and launch of ICAI Connect – Membership Revival Campaign. He was also a Vice Chairman of the Peer Review Board in 2011-12. He also served as Chairman Ethical Standards Board (ESB) and Vice Chairman of Financial Reporting Review Board in Council Year 2012-13. He was nominated as the Mentor for the New York Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the year 2008-09. As an avid academic and an orator of excellence, CA. K. Raghu has attended and contributed to numerous national and international seminars and conferences. Besides professional domain, he has also been involved in societal and economic causes all through these years.

Having a penchant and inclination for social service, CA. K Raghu is also an active Rotarian. He was awarded the “Best President Award” by RI District 3190 for conducting the 6th Mega Jaipur Foot Camp where more than 2350 patients were provided with artificial foot, calipers, crutches and wheel chairs free of cost. He is also a Paul Harris fellow of Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. His motto for the year 2014-15 is ‘Moving Towards New Frontiers”.

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Road safety awareness programme at Adyar

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A road safety awareness programme was recently held by SPi Global at Adyar signal and Madhya Kailash traffic junction. Safety pamphlets containing informative details about road safety and following traffic rules were distributed to the motorists. The programme was held in association with the Chennai City Traffic Police Department.

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World Last Week

Saturday 01st March 
 A artist cum carpenter, Wen Fuliang is doing designs on fragile egg shells. He began this ancient craft of egg carving simply has a hobby. Today Wen carves detailed forms on egg shells using his electric drill with a fine diamond bit on the end.

 A couple in China decided to wear gas masks for their wedding photo session, to highlight their concern and protest against the out of control pollution levels in the city. The couple put on gas masks to underscore the fact that their city is becoming toxic and uninhabitable.

 Elephants are always highly social and intelligent. Now researchers have found out that elephants engage themselves by forming a group hug when a fellow elephant is sad or depressed.

 A team of surgeons at New Castle Freeman Hospital, had carved out all the skin and muscle from the leg of 59 years old cancer patient Ian McGregor and then attached them on his forearm in order o keep them alive during surgery. The procedure was a giant leap for medical science.

Sunday 02nd March 

 Natalie Sisson, a native of New Zealand quit her job to travel around the world. Till date Natalie has traveled to 66 countries and visited 15 countries in the year 2013. She has no permanent residence and calls herself The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

 Researchers at John Hopkins University at Baltimore have discovered that the areas of the brain related to language showed more signs of response with musical behaviour. This proves that musician’s uses their brain parts associated with spoken language for creativity.

 rturo Licata, a 111 year old Italian was given the title of the world’s oldest living man by the Guinness Book of Records. Arturo was awarded the title after officials checked his birth and marriage records.

 Two rare copies of books that were signed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was sold for 64,8850 US Dollars at an auction in Los Angeles The books were editions of the future German Fuehrers political manifesto dedicated to Josef Bauer.

Monday 03rd March 

 Environment friendly electric buses may soon hit roads in Mysore, India. The buses would be launched as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Renewal Mission. Zero emission battery operated buses are ideal for cities in India which witnesses traffic congestion and pollution hazards.

 Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have developed a new battery that consumes sugar to generate electricity enough to power a smart phone for about 10 days. The bio-battery has a greater output per weight than typical electronic batteries.

 A mechanic in Western Greece has discovered a productive way of reusing unsold and abandoned cars. He is converting and remodeling the cars into agriculture friendly farm machinery. He combines the practical service of a farm vehicle with the comfort of driving a car.

 Scientists at New Castle University, England have identified certain seaweeds of being very effective at fat absorption which opens a new possibility for making foods healthier. Scientists stated that seaweed could reduce about 75 percent of fat than most of the medicines used for treatment.

Tuesday 04th March

 Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space movie Gravity got the maximum number of trophies during the Oscar Academy award ceremony held at Los Angeles. The movie won Oscars in technical categories for sound editing, visual effects, cinematography etc.

 Khurshid Hussein from Hyderabad, India now holds the Guinness Book of World Records for typing the most number of characters with his nose. He entered 103 characters in only 47.44 seconds.

 A 3D advertisement company has installed a film showing a crocodile climbing out of water and into a escalator with its mouth open. The advertisement film used for wildlife promotion campaign has terrified people using the escalator at a mall in Brazil.

 A large ancient virus that lied dormant in the Siberian permafrost for at least 30, 000 years has sprung back to life after a French scientist revived it in a laboratory. The virus was found buried 30 meters down in the frozen ground.

 Scientists have developed a new synthetic material for optical data storage. The new material is fast and cheap means of data storage since optical data storage does not require expensive magnetic materials.

Wednesday 05th March

 Angry people are more prone to heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems This was found out in a research conducted at Harvard School of Public Health.

 Doctors in London will undertake a path breaking procedure to reconstruct people faces, especially nose and ears from stem cells taken from body fat. A team has successfully grown cartilage in the lab and believes it could be used to reconstruct eyes and nose.

 Misao Okawa, the worlds oldest women celebrated her 116th birthday in Japan with a grand celebration. She is in good shape and likes eating her favourite food. Born on 5th March 1898, Misao has 3 children,4 grand children and 6 great grand children.

 Boeing Company has unveiled a smart phone which will delete all data if any attempt is made to open or tamper the smart phone. The secure tamper proof mobile phone runs on Google Inc Android operation system is useful for defence and home land security individuals.

 A Texas Tech University researcher found out that couples who use the same language similarly stay gather. The study revealed that people who use the same kind of function words are more likely to find a match. So people with matching ones grammar are ideal partners.

Thursday 06th March

 A new study by researchers at London University stated that global warming and rise of sea water level will hit numerous world heritage sites listed by UNESCO, like the Statue of Liberty, Tower of London and the Opera House at Sydney, Australia. With rise in temperature, about 136 heritage sights will sink, if no protection measures are taken.

 Scientists have developed an innovative new cancer fighting technique that can carry chemotherapy medication safely and release it inside the cancer sells without harming the healthy cells. This process can increase the drugs cancer killing effect.

 Two New Yourk artists, Emillie and Caria have developed an ice cream cone fitted with sensors that plays music every time is eaten by a person. The ice cream when eaten causes censors to send electronic signals to an attached arduino board to feed a computer containing melody tunes.

 The Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization had declined due to climate change. This was found by scientist form University of Cambridge, London who got evidence from Meghalaya, Oman and Arabian sea demonstrating an about weakening of the summer monsoon affected North East India 4100 years ago.

Friday 07th March

 An asteroid called 2014 DX110 passed between the moon and Earth an estimate of 217,000 miles from Earth which is approximately nine tenths of the distance between the moon and Earth.

 A 28 year old Chinese teacher, Xu Fei at a primary school in Wuhan City at Central China has lot of confusion to deal with in her class which as ten sets of identical twins. Nine of the ten set of twins are difficult to be identified because all have uniforms. School says its a coincidence that all twins ended up in one class.

 99 years old Dobri Dobrev living in Sofia, Bulgaria is a homeless man and a hero. He walks 25 kilometers every day collecting money. He does not use the money for himself but gives it to orphanages and lives on a minimum pension of 80 Euros he gets every month.

 The super fast bullet trains in Japan have become more passengers friendly. Foot baths will be equipped in the bullet trains to help passengers relax their feet as the train zips through the countryside. The train runs on a 148km route between Fukushima and Shinjo City in Yamagata.

 Scientists have discovered the worlds oldest cheese on the bodies of 3800 year old mummies buried in China’s Taklamakan Desert. The mummies were buried with cheese as a snack for them to enjoy in the afterlife.

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A Victory Story

R2_V10B17_80213_CO3_PULLS_01rl_0009.tiffAfter its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches south towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. The movie 300 Rise of Empire is a thrilling entertainer.

 

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Motivates and Inspires students

Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney Kanagaselvi, B.Sc, M.A, B.Ed is the Headmistress of St. Mark’s Middle School, Vepery High Road,Chennai for the past 28 years. She hails from a family of dedicated teachers. She has toiled relentlessly in maintaining high standards of the school. Her committed and dedicated teaching service s praiseworthy.

She has gone an extra mile to get uniforms, note books, lunch and pencil boxes etc for her students from well wishers and donors. She has been an effective teacher who motivates and inspires students. She has shown keen interest in learning by doing. She also conducts science exhibitions every year during the month of March. Her constant encouragement and motivation made the students of St Marks Middle school to win the first place for the project Chemistry is Fun, held at Daniel Thomas Mat Hr Sec School, Koyambedu.

D.Gayathri of std VIII participated in Inspire Award 2010-2011 and was victorious out of 160 competitors for her project on Renewable and Sustainable Energy. Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney interpersonal relationship with teachers, students and parents is commendable. Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney stated the special students are taught with extra love and care. World Vision India extended a helping hand on witnessing the untiring efforts taken by Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney in bringing street children to school. Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney also appreciated the support and help provided by Tamil Nadu Leather Tanners Exporters and Importers Association.

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Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney also takes interest in conducting activities of Scouts, JRC, Literary association, Health clubs, Eco clubs and Bible Club. Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney is indebted to her father Late Mr.J.J.Daniel and mother Mrs Ponnubai Daniel. Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney also remembered her opportunity of serving and listening to  Mother Theresa and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam whom she considers as her role models. Her success is mainly due to the support and encouragement provided by her husband Rev.Dr.D.Arul Samraj, HOD , Zoology Department. Madras Christian College.

She is also proud of her only son A.S.Ben Geoffrey who is pursuing B.Sc physics in MCC.  Mrs. J. D. Chalceydoney desires to be always with children serving them. She considers her humble service for little ones is like serving God.

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City Bee

Apparao Galleries Events
A music concert by Karthik Narayanan will be held at Apparao Galleries on 22nd March at 6pm.A Yarn Club talk on Handloom and Technology by Annapurna Mamidipudi & Wiebe Bijker will take place on 29th March at 6pm at Apparao Galleries, No-7, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam. For detail call: 9941012382 / 9941012385.

Traditional Handicrafts
A grand exhibition titled Dastkar Mela, showcasing a wide variety of traditional handicrafts and handlooms is on at Valluvar Kottam exhibition hall, Nungambakkam, Chennai. North Indian handlooms, wooden articles, toys and Bombay fashion jewellery are available. The exhibition is on till 16th March 2014.It is open on all days from 10am to 9pm.

Temple Cleaning
Loka Dharma Seva Foundation Trust, based at Kilpauk is organising a Uzhavara Pani event, a temple cleaning project at Mylapore Kapaleeshwarar Temple on 23rd March 2014 from 9am onwards. 108 mova oil lamps will be lit. A federation of temple cleaners will also be formed on the occasion. For details contact Dr.R.Subramanian on 24981559, 9444381476.

Tamil Poetry Competition
Gandhian Integrated Forum Trust is association with Harijian Sevak Sangh,T.Nagar Branch is organising a Tamil Poetry competition on 9th March 2014 at 10.30am at Gandhi Gallery, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya school campus located at No-58, Venkatanarayanan Road,T.Nagar,Chennai. For details contact P.Maruthi on 9176624283, 9381007304.

Car Rally
A car rally navigated by a visually challenged instructor will be flagged off on Sunday, 9th March 2014 from Hotel Savera, at 9am. For details call 9841288631, 9840165145.

Humour Club Meeting
Anna Nagar Humour Club is holding its monthly meeting on Sunday, 9th March 2014 at 4.00 p.m. at Shri Krishnaswami Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vaigai Colony (near Anna Nagar West Bus Depot), Anna Nagar West, Chennai.Prof. G.P. Ragini, Humorist, will be the Chief Guests and speak on “Humour In The Modern World”.

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Environment awareness competition

The Chennai District National Green Corps (NGC) conducted an environmental awareness competitions for students of Matric, Aided , Government and Corporation Schools at Sarada Vidyalaya Girls HSSchool, Burkit Road,T.Nagar,Chennai -17 under the guidance of Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu.

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Dr.M.Jayanthi IFS Additional Director, Department on Environment inaugurated the competitions in the presence of Mr.G.Thangaraj,Dist.Coordinator and Mrs.Kannagi Prabakaran HM of the school. Dr.M.Jayanthi in her address insisted the students to take oath on keeping Earth green and clean and pollution free. About 283 students from 89 schools participated in Drawing, Oratorical, Essay and Quiz competitions. Winners were appreciated with prizes and gifts. A tiger conversation awareness documentary film was screened on the occasion.

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An Author of Interesting Travel and Science Books

Meet author Srinath Perur. He writes on travel and science. He was in Chennai for the launch of his delightful, interesting and entertaining travelogue titled If Its Monday It Must Be Madurai. The book release function was organised by Fountain Ink magazine and Odyssey Book Store at the Odyssey outlet in Adyar on 25th February 2014.Srinath Perur has followed his muse writing as a freelancer on science, travel and books.

Know Your NegibourSome of the things he has written about includes the genetic origin of Indians, a month spent in a gated community, an unraveling expedition to the geographical center of India, understanding the fuss about Chetan Bhagat, the geography of Ramayana, Sachin Tendulkars last test as a mirror of a wider world and a dog that bit only foreigners. Srinath work has appeared in Open, Outlook, Traveller, The Caravan and Fountain Ink Magazines. So many Indians are travelling by road, sea and air. Author Srinath Perur felt compelled to tag along with them to record their stories and experiences.

The result is a collection that is part travel, part memorable and also partly a documentary of another aspect of the new aspiration India which looks at the funny and pigment side of the package travellers world. The book It Its Monday It Must Be Madurai is a delightful travelogue around ten conducted tours in India full of rich experiences. The book is also a reflection on the nature of popular travel today marked by the packaging of experience, formation of tourist’s economics and compulsive picture taking. The book entertains and enlightens and becomes an idiosyncratic portrait of India and its people.  In a nut shell the latest travel book titled  If Its Monday It Must Be Madurai by author Srinath Perur is a must read.

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Service Oriented Association Inaugurated

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The inaugural function and name board opening ceremony of Udhavum Ullam Service Youth Association Branch was recently held at Kovur Village. The chief guest for the event was Dr.Raghunathan, Medical Officer, Chennai Corporation Dispensary. For more details contact R.Sagayanathan, General Secretary of Udhavum Ullam Association on 9840018091.

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Latest facility at Chennai City Police Booths

DSC00380Chennai City Police Department is making good use of modern technology to promote and create safety awareness among the general public. Police booths with camera facility are found at busy intersections at various parts of the city. Now, LED information display facility, the first of its kind has been installed main Police booths at important signal junctions. A similar facility has also been installed at a Police Booth at Choolaimedu High Road