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World Last Week

Saturday 22nd November

 Audi of America revealed its new premium compact cars, with great styles, new unique engines and seven variants, at the L.A. Auto Show

 Studying why nails grow back unlike many body parts, researchers have identified a new group of nail stem cells that perform dual roles

 A study by US researchers found older couples who are in an unhappy marriage have a higher risk of heart disease than those in a happy marriage.

 Horses and rhinos probably originated on the Indian subcontinent, some 54.5 million years ago according to a new study of fossils found in Gujarat.

Sunday 23rd November

 Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank has warned

 A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators at a volleyball match in Afghanistan, killing 45 people.

 Scientists have revealed that changes to the structure of the protein histone H3.3 may play a key role in silencing genes that regulate cancer cell growth.

 Facebook has recently launched a new initiative ‘Say Thanks’ that will allow users to create personalised video cards for their friends.

Monday 24th November

 Scientists at Washington, USA, have found out that turtles are more closely related to birds and dinosaurs than to lizards and snakes.

 A white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager sparking weeks of riots in the US town of Ferguson would not be indicted.

 Indian Coast Guard Ship Sankalp went on a three-day visit to Singapore during which it will hold exercises with the counterpart maritime force.

 Scientists, including two of Indian-origin, have developed new synthetic platelets that mimic and outperform natural platelets at controlling bleeding.

Tuesday 25th November

 A researcher in the UK has developed a high-tech microscope that can make expensive tests for cancer diagnosis much cheaper.

 he world’s first zero-gravity 3D printer on the International Space Station (ISS) has created the first object in space.

 Archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement lying beneath the Aegean Sea, just off the coast of the Greek island of Delos.

 A daily tablespoon of yogurt can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly a fifth, according to a new Harvard study.

Wednesday 26th November

 Scientists have discovered a gene that protects people from the most common cause of stroke in young and middle-aged people.

 A new study has revealed that high-achieving women are not meeting their career goals they set for themselves in their 20s because of their husbands, and not children.

 Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci, famous for being an artist, scientist, inventor and musician, may also have been the first to identify hurricanes, scientists say.

 A couple has held a wedding ceremony in a 1.5 million litre seawater divers’ training tank in Scotland.

Thursday 27th November

 Microsoft founder Bill Gates has joined an anti-smoking campaign in China, home to the world’s largest number of smokers, featuring in a music video.

 Radio telescopes on Earth has beamed up 90,000 messages to Mars to commemorate the launch 50 years ago to the planet.

 Scientists stated that reading that section of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” activates some of the same regions in the brain.

 India’s exposure to extreme conditions like floods, drought, cyclones and heat waves is set to increase drastically between now and 2090.

 The unmanned flying vehicles the size of a pizza box are also a favourite tool for more unruly groups: pranksters and troublemakers.

Friday 28th November

 Scientists at CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute (C-MMACS), Bangalore, who work on discoveries in various fields, are introducing a weather-forecast module soon

 UK- based designer Chris LaBrooy made this cool series of renders showing colourful trucks bending beyond the laws of physics. He called it Tales of Auto Elasticity.

 Researchers at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium used a new chemical process to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains.

 A librarian in northern France made what may be the discovery of his lifetime when he uncovered a rare Shakespeare’s First Folio in his library’s collection.

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Special Students Activity progranne

Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Girls Higher Secondary School, T.Nagar, Exnora Greater Chennai and Lions club of T.Nagar Jointly organised a special program on “Students Social Activity- A Glimpse” at school premises.Lion Cap. Venkat Rajaram, President, Lions Club of Central Madras distributed the certificates and special prizes to the students. Mrs. K. Meena, H.M, AHMs, and Teachers, Lion Mrs. Andal Rajaram, Past President, Lion S.N.Hari Narayanan, Project Chairman, Mrs. Nirmala Sampath, Lions Club, R.Govindaraj President, Anand Laxman, Secretary, S.M.Vasu,Chairman,S.Srinivasan Project Co ordinator,(Exnora Greater Chennai) Mr. Raghupathy T.Nagar Exnora participated the above program.

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Tamil comic book launched

M. L. Rajesh, a resident of Erikarai Street, Nesapakkam, K. K. Nagar,Chennai has authored a first ever Tamil comic book ‘Maanavargalukkaga Mahatma’ abouta Gandhi life with rare information on 22nd November 2014 at The Indian Officers Association, Royapettah.

The book was released by Justice K. Karpaga Vinayagam (Chairperson, Tribunal Electricity and Petroleum National Gas, New Delhi) in presence of K. Lakshmikanthan Bharathi (Former District Collector, President, Thiruchengodu Gandhi Ashram and Vice-President, Madurai Gandhi Ashram), R. Gandhi (Senior Advocate, Madras High Court), A. P. J. Sheik Saleem (co-ordinator, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalaam Mission Gallery), Ramesh Kanna (Film Actor and Director), Kumar Rajendran (Advocate, Madras High Court) and other eminent personalities. For details and copies of the book contact 94440 19030 / 90430 21069.

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School students join Tree Bank to promote greenery

??????????The school students of St. Josephs High School, Nungambakkam had come together for a green cause. The students actively handed over saplings to Tree Bank Environment team and also collected waste plastic bags and plant seeds from the school campus. The students showed good interest towards creating a green and environment friendly planet, said Mr.G.Mullaivanam, Tree Bank Founder..Seesha conduct tree sapling distribution program at COG Wheel Trust,  on 25.11.2014 to insist the children at home about the importance of trees and teach them how to grow trees. Tree bank enviro team joined in the  programme and supplied tree saplings to Seesha.

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Green Bazaar at Besant Nagar

Green BazaarThe Alternative (10th Avenue, Ashok Nagar) will hold ‘Green Bazaar Edition 2 –Renew Restore Repeat’ a unique market to celebrate earth-friendly living’ on Sunday, 7th December from 9 a.m to 7 p.m at Spaces, 1, Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar featuring over a 100 sustainable products, activities and workshops to power better living for the community and the earth, everyday. A farmer’s market with fresh, organic produce will showcase the work of local farms in and around Chennai.There will be workshops from composting to kitchen gardening. Children will have ample space for all-day fun activities like nature walks, storytelling sessions and puppetry workshops, choir lessons and more.The Green Bazaar will feature the best of sustainable goodies. There will be special photography exhibitions, films, art installations all focused on the theme of Renew, Restore, Repeat.There is no entry fee and all are welcome. More details contact Aarti Mohan on 9845498045, E.Mail-aarti.mohan@thealternative.in

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Excellent sound artist and research!!

James Wyness is a composer, sound artist, performer and researcher based in the Scottish Borders. His raw materials range typically from field and experimental studio recordings to hand made acoustic and electronic instruments to found objects, which are edited and transformed in the digital domain to produce a range of creative outcomes, including composition, performance, stereo and multi-channel installation, work for fixed medium and digital publication Between the Web and the Loom goes to India.As part of the Parks New Festival, Between the Web and the Loom took place recently at Chennai at Forum Art Gallery based at Adyar.
He has done many interesting and wonderful projects.His Canalisation Project, is a collaborative project which combines composition and live performance, is currently being developed with a view to presenting long-form five day durational performances in 2015 and beyond.

Know yr neighbourHaving uncovered shared interests across composition, music and sound, the materiality of sound, anthropology, evolutionary biology and the life sciences generally, we discussed and refined over time a basic performative concept, then narrowed down and finalised our proposed actions and procedures. The Canalisation Project aims to take our musical interests into the performative domain, extending the compositional process by means of carrying out recvording activities employing multiple recording devices and methods of sound generation, yet restricting the process by carrying out the composition live and as an interacting duo. The envisaged performance involves several possible forms and realizations, both a short version, suited to a more traditional concert setting, and a long version, site-specific in focus and with a possible duration of up to several days. A first performance, hrlo’ prgap (‘reverse word’, from the Khmu language of South east Asia) was realised in 2011 – subsequent performances will have different titles. Maxwell’s Music is a project conceived and led by harpist Wendy Stewart.

Wendy is a seminal figure in Scottish traditional music and continues her contributions to the music of Scotland in the form of new compositions, performances, and tuition at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. A Sense of Place was a project devised for Howdenburn Primary School in order to arrive at a sense of place through visual art, crafts, sound and text. 58 Processions was developed in collaboration with Duncan Whitley in 2007 and 2008. During this time we moved back and forth between the field (the highly ritualised Easter processions taking place in the streets of Seville) and the studio, working with a growing archive of sound recordings from Semana Santa.
A multi-channel sound installation, 58 Processions, was delivered in August 2008 in The Crypt of St Pancras Church. The focus of our labour: the deconstruction of these complex soundscapes.In 2001 I began to build simple microtonal musical instruments. I started with a zither, then I tried a slit drum, a psaltery, a set of steel tube marimbas, four long gongs, more zithers, another psaltery, more slit drums, a giant mbira. I later added cut glass bowls, found percussion, aluminium cymbals and gongs.

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City Bee

Chennai Book Fair
The annual Chennai Book Fair organised by the Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI), is scheduled to be held from 9 January to 21 January at the YMCA Physical Education College Ground in Nandanam

Art and Paintings
Iba Arts and Crafts, located at Shenoy Nagar is aimed at promoting and encouraging artists and creative talents. The gallery provides a good platform for young upcoming artists.Iba Arts and Crafts gallery is at 12/55, 8th Cross Street,Shenoy Nagar West, Chennai.The online portal is www.ibastudio.com.

My Flag Project
In an ambitious attempt, Rotary International has embarked on the ‘Rotary My Flag My India’ project bringing together 50,000 passionate Indians to form the National Flag on Armed Forces National Flag Day (7 December) at 7 a.m at YMCA grounds, Nandanam. Interested people can register it online by logging onto www.rotaryflagmyindia.com

Gandhi Study Center
Gandhi Study Centre located at No-58, Venkatnarayana Road, T.Nagar,Chennai has started a postal education system called ‘Lets know Gandhi via Post. It is in both English and Tamil medium and is running it successfully. The registrations for this year have commenced. No age limit or qualification is required for this course. For more details contact 2434 0607/2434 6549, E-Mail : gandhicentre @gmail.com.

Drawing Exhibition
DakshinaChitra will be hosting an exhibition of drawings by artist Subramanian. He is well known for his expressive figurative compositions. He does all his art work in an extremely candid way using just his freestyle hand. The show is on till Sunday, Nov 30, 2014.

Personality Development
M.T.S. Academy Rainbow HRD NGO, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore are jointly organising a free personality development workshop till 30th November 2014 at MTS Academy, East Mada Street, Mylapore. For details, call 9444991415, 24951415.

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Prize distribution Function by Exnora

Exnora Club of Anna Nagar as part of its Silver Jubilee Celebration distributed glittering cups to the victorious Anna Nagar residents who had created kolus with ecology and environmental themes. The event got a good response. The function to give away prizes took place on 23rd November 2014. Mr.S.N.Balasubramanian, President of Exnora Club of Anna Nagar congratulated the prize winners.

Prize distribution functionThe first prize was bagged by Smt.Shanthi Baskar. The second prize was presented to Smt Saraswathi Ramachandran. The third prize was given to Smt Kalavenkat. Exnora Club of Anna Nagar is conducting programmes for encouraging a pollution free environment and keeping the living space neat, clean and free from all health hazards. During the function, Mr.C.G.Ratnam, Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer, Southern Railway (Retd) presented Danta Dhavana Churnam,(Ayurvedic Tooth Powder), IMCOPS,Thiruvanmiyur, to all the winner, stating its good health benefits.

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Heavy vehicle menace

Heavy vehiclesThese days there are lots of heavy vehicle movements in residential streets in Anna Nagar East, especially at E and F Block streets. Due to diversions to facilitate the ongoing metro train underground station construction work many motorists are going through residential streets from Anna Nagar 3rd Avenue to reach Chintamani and Kilpauk Garden Road. Moreover the speedy  movement of large buses in narrow streets surrounded by educational institutions in Anna Nagar E Block is a safety hazard.Bus and truck movement along narrow residential roads poses a hindrance. Criss-crosisng by two wheelers adds to the problem. It’s common to witness MTC buses plying through E-Block and F-Block streets at any time of the day.Better and effective regulation by Traffic policeman and metro rail workers will help the vehicle riders and pedestrians.