Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Foundry Tech-Coimbatore

Foundry Tech 2010” is an International Fair will provide the best opportunity for meeting of all professionals from Foundry industry under one roof and show providing Foundry equipment manufacturers, Heavy castings and valves manufacturers, technology providers, raw material suppliers, Foundry product manufacturers, service providers leading banks, etc.

Start Date   23-Jul-2010   End Date   26-Jul-2010


This International Industrial Trade Fair brought to you by CODISSIA - The Coimbatore District Small Industries Association, brings together the very best in technological advancement. INTEC is a congregation of various Industries exhibiting their finest innovations and services.

Tamil meet exhibition continues to draw visitors

Thousands of families and students from various schools continue to throng the World Classical Tamil Conference venue for seeing the exhibition and floats.
To decongest the stretch of Avanashi Road from Hope College rail over bridge to Peelamedu Airport, the authorities have parked the floats in the conference venue which has adequate parking space for vehicles.
This has helped in avoiding the blocking of Avanashi Road for entering the CIT college grounds for seeing the floats as well as to park vehicles.
The exhibition having 700 artefacts continues to attract large crowds.
To enter the exhibition hall, the public were seen standing in the queue for nearly three km braving the heat.
Police have deployed reinforcements for crowd control, queue regulation, traffic and parking regulations.
With the venue being flooded by people, a number of snack sellers, cool drink hawkers and ice cream vendors have established shops on the CODISSIA approach road from Avanashi Road.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Flyover at Gandhipuram, a much-needed facility

SOLUTION IN SIGHT:The busy Gandhipuram Junction in the city where a flyover will be built to ease traffic congestion. 

The Rs.100-crore project for a flyover at Gandhipuram in the city, announced by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at the valedictory of the World Classical Tamil Conference here on Sunday would provide a much-awaited solution to the traffic congestion at this point, Mayor R. Venkatachalam said on Monday.
“The flyover will be built with government funds and this will ease the burden on the Coimbatore Corporation,” the Mayor said.
The Corporation had planned four flyovers at intersections that witnessed traffic snarls for most part of the day. Apart from constructing one at Gandhipuram at Rs.127 crore, it identified Mettupalayam Road (Rs.87 crore), Kikani School (Rs.48 crore) and Lakshmi Mills Junction (Rs.54) for the three other flyovers, to be built under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
The Mayor said the mission directorate had asked the civic body to submit a revised detailed project report for these as it found the estimates in the first one high. “The revised reports are being prepared,” he said.
If the government funds the construction of the Gandhipuram flyover, it would provide a cushion to the Corporation, the Mayor said. “The funds the Corporation should have spent on it can be diverted to the other three flyovers projects,” he explained.
“As per the guidelines of the JNNURM, the Corporation has to meet 30 per cent of the cost of each project, while the Central and State governments will provide 50 per cent and 20 per cent respectively in the form of grants,” he said.
“But these are not the only flyovers that the city needs. When it expands over the next few years, more such facilities will be required to ensure smooth travel on city roads,” he said.

Monday, June 28, 2010

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World Classical Tamil Language Conference Concluded

Coimbatore to have Rs.100-crore flyover

Infrastructure development that marked the run-up to the five-day World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore city is set to continue after its conclusion.
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi announced in his valedictory address of the conference on Sunday that a flyover would be built at Rs.100 crore at Gandhipuram in the city where a botanical garden named “Semmozhi Poonga” would come up on 165 acres at Rs.20 crore.
Already, Gandhipuram was the busiest area in the city with a high volume of traffic. The proposed one-km flyover would help in decongesting this area, the Chief Minister said. Mr. Karunanidhi also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the launch of the botanical garden project.
On the State's commitment to sustain efforts for the development of Tamil, Mr. Karunanidhi said the World Tholkappiyar Classical Tamil Sangam, comprising international scholars, would start functioning in Madurai.
The Sangam would establish a permanent exhibition for displaying Dravidian language, art, culture and lifestyle. It would establish an archive of all aspects of Tamil and bring together centres of Tamil research that were scattered now. The Sangam would maintain a biographical data of Tamil scholars and establish contact with Tamil organisations across the world. As part of the emphasis on Tamil, a law would be enacted to accord preference in employment to those who study in Tamil medium.
Mr. Karunanidhi said the conference resolved to request the Central government for sufficient allocation of funds for research and development of Tamil at least on a par with the funds provided for a similar initiative on Sanskrit.
Through two other resolutions, the conference urged the Centre to accord official language status for Tamil and that it should be the language of use in the Madras High Court.
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja handed over to the Chief Minister the first copies of two stamps – one on the logo of the Conference and another on Tamil scholar Robert Caldwell. Given the significance of the meet, the stamp on the Conference was released.
The Chief Minister released two volumes of etymological dictionaries and gave first copies of the publications to Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan. Among those present on the occasion were Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin, Union Ministers for Textiles and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Dayanidhi Maran and M.K. Alagiri, Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi, Special Officer for the WCTC K. Allaudin and Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath.

Karunanidhi announces road map for Tamil promotion

Union Telecom and Information Technology Minister A. Raja hands over a special postal stamp to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi after its release at the valedictory function of the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore on Sunday. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is also seen. 

The first World Classical Tamil Conference here came to an end on Sunday with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi announcing a plan of action for Tamil promotion and development.
Delivering the valedictory address of the five-day conference, Mr. Karunanidhi said a Rs.100-crore fund would be established for Tamil development. This would be a follow-up to the “good work” done at the meet.
The Chief Minister said efforts would be taken for translating well-known Tamil works into other Indian, Asian and European languages. Significant works of other languages would also be translated to Tamil. The government would create “genetic heritage gardens” in five distinct zones of the State as spelt out in the Sangam poetry.
Noting the presence of Union Ministers for Finance and Home Affairs Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram on the occasion, the Chief Minister appealed to the Centre to extend financial assistance for a number of initiatives announced by him.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Call for incentives to those taking up Tamil computing projects

Prize distribution held for winners of Internet meet contests
The State government should provide incentives to those who carry out projects in Tamil computing, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT-Kanpur and local organising committee of the Tamil Internet Conference (TIC) 2010 M. Anandakrishnan said on Saturday.
About one lakh projects were taken up in colleges in the State every year. However, only a handful of them pertained to Tamil computing, he told a function to mark the distribution of prizes to students who won contests organised as part of the TIC.
Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin gave away the prizes to the State-level winners and also released a special souvenir that had 130 articles. Emphasising that greater support should be given to promote the use of Tamil computing, he said that the State government should declare a policy that in the computers purchased for government departments, schools and colleges, the opening screen should be in Tamil when booted.

Youths spread awareness of Tamil on the web

Group of volunteers engage public
At the Internet Exhibition at the CODISSIA grounds, a group of volunteers is actively engaging with the public. It wants to inform people how Tamil is being used on the Internet and how they can benefit and also contribute.
“Volunteers are teaching how to type in Tamil, how to use Tamil on mobile phones, projecting the Tamil content on the web, among others,” says A. Ravishankar at the stall.
“It is important to let the public know because when they understand that they can read Tamil content on the Web, they will avail an Internet connection.”
The group is also engaged in taking online encyclopaedia Wikipedia to the public. “Not many are aware that a free online encyclopaedia, that too in Tamil, is available,” says Mr. Ravishankar, an administrator at Tamil Wiki.
Being an administrator, he enjoys the privilege of monitoring content, editing them and deleting those that are radical, inflammatory and factually incorrect. He has been an administrator since 2005.
At present, Tamil Wiki has 15,000 members, including 250 active contributors. The credit for starting Tamil Wiki goes to Mayooranathan, a Sri Lankan Tamil working in the United Arab Emirates.

Language is the key to development: UNESCO Director

‘We will showcase how the State has set an example in promoting Tamil'
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) firmly believes that preserving and promoting language is the key to development in any sphere of activity. In line with this conviction, the organisation encourages nations to promote activities to save the languages facing extinction and develop others, Director and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka Armoogum Parsuramen said on the sidelines of the World Classical Tamil Conference (WCTC) here on Saturday.

Modern Tamil literature's resonance akin to Sangam's, says expert

George L. Hart speaks on uniqueness of classical Tamil
Modern Tamil literature has the resonance and power of words that the Sangam literature possessed, according to George L. Hart, Professor of Tamil language, University of California, Berkeley, United States.
Just as the Sangam literature had mirrored the lives of people, modern writing in Tamil too had the ability to describe human conditions,
Professor Hart told delegates of the World Classical Tamil Conference on Saturday, expressing his admiration over the continuity in Tamil literary traditions.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

This Way

Showcasing uses and reach of information technology

From the basics in the use of internet to e-governance in government establishments, a wide range of applications of information technology is on display at the Internet Exhibition that was opened on Thursday by Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Armoogam Parasuramen, as part of the World Classical Tamil Conference at CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex.
Various departments of the government and private firms have put up 124 stalls where vehicle tracking system, online tax payment, networking of government hospitals and net-enabled service centres and animation techniques are demonstrated. The exhibition will be on till June 27, the concluding day of the conference.
Mr. Parasuramen, Union Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran and State Minister for Information Technology Poongothai Aladi Aruna visited the stalls spread over two halls.

Of ‘madikkanini' and ‘tharavu'

After typing on the madikkanini, the penachchemippam is taken out to save the tharavu. Wondering what is all this?
These are the Tamil equivalents of computer terms in English. The first means laptop, the second pen drive and third data. To make computers easier and friendlier to the Tamil populace, a list of Tamil equivalents of computer terms has been placed at the Tamil Internet Exhibition at the CODISSIA complex here.
There are more than 200 terms which have been classified into six categories. The first is General or podhu, the second Office Applications or aluvalaga payanpaadugal, the third Internet or inaiyam, the fourth Network or pinaiyam, the fifth Database or tharavuththalam and the last Programming or niralakkam.
The list draws a lot of people, some of who even memorise the Tamil terms. S. Ganesamoorthy of Madurai appreciates the efforts taken to translate the words and list the same.
“I find it interesting and informative. But then it could have been better if visitors were given a handbook to carry home the information.” Many visitors placed similar demands.
And reading the list makes everybody a Tamil-literate valaivaasi (netizen).

Underlying language of Indus script, Proto-Dravidian: Asko Parpola

Asko Parpola, Professor-Emeritus of Indology, Institue of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland delivering a Lecture on `A Dravidian Solution to the Indus Script Problem' at the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore on Friday.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Call for innovation to promote Tamil on Web

An official at the internet exhibition of the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore on Thursday. 

In taking Tamil to the Net-savvy next generation, governments, society and netizens must share their experiences and expertise, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education S. Iswaran said on Thursday.
For, the next generation was likely to use the Web more for its day-to-day needs, and to promote Tamil in that network a lot of innovation was needed, he said inaugurating the plenary session of the Tamil Internet Conference, held concurrently with the World Classical Tamil Conference here.

‘Special' performance moves audience to tears

Raghava Lawrence, founder of Lawrence Charitable Trust, with his dance troupe members after a stellar performance at the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore on Thursday.

The performance of the “special” students of Raghava Lawrence, actor and dance master, was, perhaps, the shortest programme (10 minutes) so far to be performed on stage at the World Classical Tamil Conference on Thursday. Yet, what a performance it turned out to be!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Picture, Info from Tamil Dinamalar

Slideshows in HINDU website

Grand pageantry at world Tamil meet

Cultural troupes perfroming in the pageantry procession organised as part of the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore on Wednesday 

An eight-km stretch of the arterial Avanashi Road in the city turned into a colourful canvas on Wednesday evening, with a 40-float pageantry depicting various memorable phases of Tamil Nadu's culture, literature and history.
The three-hour procession of tableaux was part of the inauguration of the World Classical Tamil Conference that began here in the morning. The floats symbolised the spirit of the conference, providing an insight into the rich legacy of Tamils.
After inaugurating the conference in the morning, President Pratibha Patil, along with Governor Surjith Singh Barnala and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi watched the floats from specially erected dais.
The floats provided vivid images of the achievements of the Tamil people, right from literary excellence to economic strength. Love, friendship, devotion, valour, love for nature, unity, architecture in the State, pioneering shipping for trade, the bravery of women, the sacrifice of revolutionary warriors, the contribution of farmers and toilers and an emphasis on environment protection were among the 40 themes presented by the floats.
Riding horses, men in traditional attire waved flags of the conference and led the pageantry. They were followed by a group playing the nagaswaram.
The first float was a part of this musical treat. Titled “Ceremonial Music,” it had the statue of saint-poet Tiruvalluvar. The second float titled “ Kurinji” showed how Tamils related themselves closely with nature. The hospitality of Tamil people was brought out in a float “Palai.” The verdict of King Manuneedhi Cholan ordering the execution of his son for killing a calf, Kannagi's fury that burnt Madurai for injustice meted out to her, Manimegalai providing food to the poor with “akshayapatram,” the concept of sharing promoted by Pandya King Ezhamperuvaluthi, poet Mahakavi Bharathi's unity of mankind and his sync with nature were also the subjects of floats.
The last float had LED screens playing the conference theme song. The crowd erupted into a roar when a shot of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at a literary work appeared on the screen.


President hails role of Tamil ethos in Indian identity and progress

President Pratibha Patil presents the 'Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Classical Tamil Award' to Asko Parpola at the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is also seen.

The first World Classical Tamil Conference got off to a rousing start here on Wednesday in the presence of a massive gathering. Distinguished speakers, led by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, hailed Tamil, which has the oldest literature among the living languages of the world.
Inaugurating the five-day event, the President said that many concepts intrinsic to India's society and critical to its polity were found in Tamil discourse over the millennia. The message of peace, universality and the spirit of equality was propounded in a Sangam poem more than 2000 years ago, she said, referring to a poem in Purananooru.

Confluence of people at the Classical Tamil conference

MURUKKUS FOR SALE: A woman sells snacks at the World Classical Tamil conference in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, it looked like all roads led to the CODISSIA Complex, the venue of the five-day World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore. The entire city seemed to be celebrating and the venue was an ocean of people.
The conference venue, a 4.4 lakh sq.ft. pandal, with a seating capacity of about 50,000, was overflowing with delegates, participants, invitees and onlookers and even as the proceedings were on, people continued to come in large numbers. Men and women, young and old, from different parts of the State came in groups, with family members and friends. “Idhu namma vizha”, one of the visitors said as he came into the venue.
Vendors had spread their wares on the footpath outside the conference complex and some were selling their goods, ranging from murukkus, puffed rice, CDs, bags and shirts, even at the complex.
“We are 50 of us who have come from Madurai, Dindigul and Palani. We came last night. We have brought murukkus to sell at the conference on all the five days and also to watch the proceedings,” said R. Jeyanthi from Madurai. She hoped to sell more during the procession on Wednesday evening.
Rajalakshmi (12) came with her father to sell peanuts and the two of them stayed at the parking space. She was unhappy that she was not able to go inside the pandal to have a glimpse of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.
Another vendor at the complex, M. Durairaj from Dharmapuri, had brought puffed rice to sell at the conference.
The food counters opened at 8 a.m. “Our stall had food for about 500 people and it got over immediately,” said Gurumoorthy of RHR Hotels.
Some of the onlookers lined up on either sides of the road near the pandal with hand fans that had pictures of the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.
Large LCD and plasma screens were placed in different parts of the complex to help people watch the proceedings. As the conference started, even some of those seated at the rear end of the pandal turned to the screens to catch a glimpse of the dais.
As the inaugural came to an end, it was time to get ready for the next event for the day — the evening procession — and people started gathering on Avinashi Road for the pageantry.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Deputy Chief Minister opens rail overbridge in Coimbatore

Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin gets a feel of the new bridge he opened near SNR College at Peelamedu in Coimbatore on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Tuesday declared open two bridges and two roads and also unveiled the plaque for a Thiruvalluvar Statue at Gopalapuram near Tamil Nadu-Kerala border on the Pollachi-Palakkad Road.
The rail overbridge at Hope College Junction on the Coimbatore-Irugur section was constructed at a cost of Rs. 4.80 lakh, creating a six-lane road for traffic.

President arrives for Tamil meet

President Pratibha Patil being received by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at Coimbatore Airport on Tuesday. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala is in the picture.

President Pratibha Patil arrived at Coimbatore Airport by a special aircraft on Tuesday night to take part in the inauguration of the World Classical Tamil Conference on Wednesday morning and to witness the procession of floats in the evening. 

Coimbatore all decked up for grand Tamil meet

LANDMARK EVENT: The site of an exhibition in the foreground and the main event venue in the background are awash with light as Coimbatore awaits the grand opening of the World Classical Tamil Conference on Wednesday.