Sunday, October 31, 2010

From SSC-CBE forum

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Shifting of Central Prison: resolution adopted to allot 75 acres at Vellalore

 The Coimbatore Corporation Council meeting on Friday adopted a resolution allotting 75 acres at Vellalore to shift the Central Prison.
The resolution said that the Government had decided to create a world class botanical garden on 165 acres of Central Prison.
For which 45.4 acres had already been handed over to the Municipal Administration and Drinking Water Supply Department. A convention centre and a multi-tier parking too will come up on the land.
The town bus stand will be expanded. The 75 acres proposed for the prison was part of the 654 acres belonging to the Corporation.
The meeting was presided over by Mayor R. Venkatachalam. Deputy Mayor N. Karthik and Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra were present.
Another resolution recorded the Government Order regarding the expansion of the corporation limits by incorporating Kurichi, Kuniamuthur, Kavundampalayam – all municipalities, Saravanampatty, Kalapatti, Vellalore, Vadavalli, Thudialur, Veerakeralam, Perur – all town panchayats and Chinniampalayam and Vilankurichi – panchayats.
Regarding the inclusion of Vellakinar, Chinnavedampatti and Irugur, Mr.Mishra said that they had not been considered because they had not grown to the extent of becoming an urban local body. Councillors wanted the delimitation or reorganisation of wards and zones to be done effectively.
The required staff strength should be made available when these areas became part of the corporation, they said. Another resolution was adopted to provide footpath and decorative lights at VOC Park-Nehru Stadium area. It was decided to call expression of interest to take up the work. It was decided to buy dustbins at a cost of Rs. 1.42 crore. Two bins would be given to each house to segregate waste at source.
When a resolution was taken up to rent out a building for Fisheries Development Corporation, councillors suggested that an aquarium be established at VOC Park. Mr. Mishra said that a proposal had already been sent to the Government in this regard.

From SSC-CBE forum

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Activists oppose plan to turn Coimbatore wetlands into parks

Green activists are fiercely opposing a Rs 127-crore proposal to turn the critical wetlands of Coimbatore into tourist parks. The eight lakes dotting the Coimbatore city provide shelter to migratory birds, especially painted storks and pelicans, but have now turned into a dumping yard for construction debris and sewage. 

The corporation, which recently took over the maintenance of the lakes from the Public Works Department on a 90-year-old lease, has received a proposal from a consortium of international consultancy agencies, Scott Wilson and Almondz, to "beautify" them with walk ways, bird parks, musical garden, herbal park, ayurvedic resort and children's play area. The proposal is for a 25-year-lease of the lakes for beautification and maintenance. Fifty per cent of the funds allotted for the project will be used on the lakes and tanks, while the rest will be used on the Sanganoor Canal. The canal runs parallel to the river Noyyal and originates from the Tadakam valley, which is close to Marudamalai. 

But environmentalists have shot down the proposal, saying any move to commercialize the project would harm the delicate ecological balance of the water bodies in the city. Corporation commissioner Anshul Mishra who held a meeting with environmentalists on Tuesday, said the civic body had no funds to maintain the lakes. "The corporation has not yet taken a final decision on the proposal. We will not decide without weighing the pros and cons," he said. 

But activists did not agree with the commissioner's explanation that the local body did not have enough funds to maintain the lakes. They said the local body should never have taken over the responsibility from the PWD as it did recently if it did not have enough funds. 

Activists also alleged that they were kept in the dark about the proposal in its initial stages. "No one in Coimbatore knows about the international agency. They should have tapped the local organizations before choosing the agency. We don't know what basis the agency was chosen," an activist said. 

Vanitha Mohan of Siruthuli, an NGO working for environment protection, said recharging of the ground water table was crucial in ensuring the health of water bodies. "The corporation has enough land to create entertainment centres. The eight lakes can be turned into lung spaces and trees could be planted along the water bodies," she said.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

‘Natyanjali’ dance festival at Perur temple

The Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis organized ‘Natyanjali’ at the Perur Patteswarar temple on September 24, 25 and 26. Performers from Coimbatore, Chennai, Neyveli, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Suratkal took part in the event. Apart from Bharathanatyam, ‘Natyanjali’ had presentations of Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Therukuthu.

From SSC-CBE forum

Smart Guard Systems bags prestigious Coimbatore City Surveillance Project

Wireless infrastructure will enable the transmission of the video from the camera and encoders installed at various traffic signals and important junctions in Coimbatore city.

Moreover, Smart Monitor Nova (a Video Management Software) will be set up at the control room to facilitate the monitoring of the live feed of various cameras located across Coimbatore City, enabling SGS’ Surveillance Solution to make the city highly safe and secure.

Smart Guard will supply 200 one channel encoders and Video Management Software to Coimbatore City Surveillance Project, through its channel partner Netcom Online Solutions India  Ltd.

The Encoder will be needed to convert analog systems into the IP Surveillance and Smart Monitor Nova; a robust Video Management Software required for Centre Monitoring. 

Smart Monitor Nova, the robust and enterprise level software, multiple codecs like MJPEG, MPEG4 and H.264 and it also accepts HD and megapixel video streams from Network Cameras and encoders. 

The Video Management Software helps to view live video from multiple sources locally and remotely over the Internet, Record video from multiple sources and play it back later, locally or remotely and Export previously recorded video to preserve it and to present it as evidence.

Furthermore, the Video Management Software Supports major brands of Network (IP) cameras, devices and servers and easily integrate with unlimited number of cameras and clients. The Software has many other advanced features, which will be helpful in this Project.

Expressing his views on this success, Gurudas Parwani, CEO Smart Guard Systems said “We are extremely pleased to win this contract. It will serve to further consolidate our positioning in the Indian  and especially the South Indian Market, enhancing our penetration into the markets easily with the help of our channel partners."

"We are witnessing heightened interest in the Indian cities going for the ‘Smart City concepts’. We strongly believe that installing IP Surveillance systems will significantly improve safety standards in Coimbatore City and enhance security, making it a Smart City."

"Moreover, for  customers already using analog cameras, we will help them to convert their systems to IP Surveillance in a highly cost effective way.”

Friday, October 22, 2010


Indian Navy felicitates CWG gold medalists

The Indian Navy on Thursday felicitated ace shooters Omkar Singh and Harpreet Singh, who won gold medals in the recently concluded XIXth Commonwealth Games, in a ceremony held at INS Agrani base station in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city.
Harpreet Singh, who was in high spirits on the occasion, said that he is now sweating hard to bag more medals for India in the upcoming Asian Games, which is scheduled to take place in China's Guangzhou city from November 12 to 27.
"Now I am focusing on the forthcoming Asian Games. I am preparing well and hoping to win medal also," said Harpreet Singh.
Omkar Singh said that the gold medals won by him at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, have encouraged many people, who are now showing immense interest in sport of shooting.
"Now a lot of guys and the family members and the children and even old people, who are having some power to hold the pistol have become interested in shooting," said Omkar Singh.
Both the gold medallists believe that India still lacks stars in the sport of shooting and the Central Government should therefore build more shooting ranges and provide better infrastructure to support such players. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Coimbatore Food Guide

The Cascade. Chinese Restaurant from Chennai is going to spread wings in Coimbatore too.
They have 4 outlets in Chennai and they deal with authentic Chinese Cuisine.
They have already started their work @ Coimbatore. Their new venue will be adjacent to Suguna Marriage Hall @ Nava India, Peelamedu. They will be serving food in 2 months.

From CBE forum

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Shooters make city of Coimbatore proud

Two shooters from Coimbatore - Omkar Singh and Harpreet Singh made the city proud after winning five gold medals and a silver medal for the country in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at New Delhi.

Omkar Singh won as many as three gold medals - 50m free pistol, 100m air pistol singles and 100m air pistol double, while he also bagged a silver in 50m air pistol doubles category.

Another one from the same city, Harpreet Singh won a gold in 25m centre fire pistol in singles and doubles.

Both Omkar and Harpreet, who are working in IAF, returned to the city on Saturday along with coach Sanjay Tatti and were given a warm welcome at the airport by District Collector P Umanath and top IAF officials.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Myx and mash - THE HINDU

Myx, the latest entry on Race Course, has already made a mark
Myx is a breath of fresh air south of Avanashi Road. The food's good, not too expensive and the place is quite swanky. Located just below Indulge on Race Course, Myx offers both Indian and East Asian cuisines.
We begin with the apple mojito— a tangy drink with mint and tiny bits of green apple jelly. It's refreshing to say the least and, is a great way to begin your meal or cheer you up for the rest of the day.
Myx's sister concern Indulge is known for its momos. You can get them down here too. The vegetarian momos, stuffed with onion and shreds of carrot, are as good is their chicken filled counterparts. The fried variant, called wantons, is also worth trying.
Nice ambience
Myx's interiors deserve a mention. At night, it wears an amber hue. Lights from tea glasses dot the counter inside, as the starlight and the green garden light streams through the glass walls. It's not surprising, that on all my visits here, I've found more women patrons than men. They just know aesthetics better.
The whole set up— the furniture, the crockery, the woks suspended from the ceiling at the reception, the curtains and pictures on the wall, take it's ambience a notch above the competition. Almost deliberately, to ward of evil eyes perhaps, there is some shabby tape work, at the entrance, displaying the restaurant's name. Coming back to the food, the murgh nishapuri is a good spicy chicken starter. It is tandoor cooked and its Lucknowi spices run deep.
Veg variety
For veggies who want spicy, try the laal wala dum ka paneer or the kalimirch ka paneer, a Myx speciality.
All the starters are quite good. Making a meal out of them is a nice idea.
For the main course, we go for olive naans. Yes, you read it right, olive naans. These naans, coated with olive oil and bits of olive, smell a bit Greek. But they do make everything, you scoop with them, tastier. Try it with the fiery mushroom corn gravy or dum aloo Punjabi. The latter is a time tested delight of little potatoes in a red, medium-spicy gravy. It goes well with anything.
In the Chinese menu, the diced chicken in black pepper sauce is recommended. Not only does it work wonders for any simple nose and throat ailments, but also makes a good takeaway. Sit with a tub of it watching films on a rainy night. It has succulent chicken pieces, fresh off the bird, with a really fresh flavour. The spicy sliced lamb Peking style is also a good bet. It has a soothing tomato flavour going for it and, it's really not that spicy. But those fond of the earthy flavour of lamb, may find it hard to gather as it is camouflaged well with the sauces and spices.
I am partial towards desserts. If I remember Myx for anything, it is the date filled pancake, honey coated and served with ice cream. It's crispy yet chewy. Delicious.
 Weekends can be crowded. Take a menu home with you so you can place your orders on phone, before you leave. The waiters, cute that they are, can be too slow and steady for your appetite.

From CBE forum

From CBE forum

Carlson on Path to Exceed 100 Hotels in Operation in India by 2015

Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it plans to have more than 100 hotels in operation in India by 2015. This was announced by Hubert Joly, Carlson president and chief executive officer, during a signing ceremony for two new hotel agreements in India.
Setting the momentum for its robust expansion, Carlson announced that after opening eight hotels in 2010, it is planning to add at least 15 more hotels in 2011.
"We are delighted to be bringing great hotels to market across our brands and to have such a strong infrastructure and team here in India," said Hubert Joly, Carlson president and chief executive officer.
Carlson, which opened three hotels in the first half of the year, is scheduled to open another five hotels by the year end. These include the 178-room Radisson Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar, the 120-room Radisson Hotel Rudrapur, the 73-room Country Inn & Suites Gurgaon Sector 12, the 94-room Park Plaza Ahmedabad and the 80-room Park Plaza Faridabad.
Carlson, which is India's largest international hotel company, also signed two new hotel agreements in west and south Indiafor the 275-room Radisson Blu Hotel Mumbai Malad and the 110-room Park Plaza Coimbatore.
Park Plaza Coimbatore
Owned by Sabari Inn Private Limited, the USD 15 million hotel is scheduled to open next year. Only four kilometres from the Coimbatore International Airport, it will feature four suites, 14 deluxe and 92 executive rooms. Food and beverage options will include a restaurant, coffee shop, rooftop restaurant and bar. There will also be two banquet halls that can accommodate up to 500 guests each, as well as two board rooms seating up to 40 people.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

RBEI launches EMC lab in Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Oct 7 (IBNS) Robert Bosch Engineering and Business SolutionsLtd (RBEI), the engineering and IT services subsidiary of Bosch in India, has launched a state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Lab here.

RBEI, on Thursday, said the lab will help enhance the reliability of automotive components like Electronic Control Units (ECUs).
V. K. Viswanathan, President – Bosch Group/India and Managing Director, Bosch Limited, said, “With its highly-qualified engineers, Coimbatore has a great deal to offer a technology company like RBEI. This new infrastructure investment is just one example that illustrates how important Coimbatore is to both RBEI’s, and Bosch in India’s future growth.”
The new lab will begin with ECU testing for all automotive Electronic control units and later other products in non-Automotive areas.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Shriya's suggestion to Trisha

Shriya Saran is one of the few actresses in south who maintains a hourglass figure. The actress thanks regular yoga practice and exercise for helping her maintain the physique.
And now, she is giving health tips to her peers, or at least to Trisha as far as we know. Trisha had recently tweeted saying that the Chennai branch of a popular yoga centre is awesome.
"Healthy food, great spa, good ambience. Must visit". the actress, who just completed shooting an ad film with Vikram for a popular tea brand, tells with avidly.
Replying to Trisha, Shriya, who is a regular to the yoga centre's headquarters in Coimbatore, said, "You must go to the ashram in Coimbatore. Beautiful."

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

National sports campus

Chandigarh: Union human resource development minister, Kapil Sibal gave an assurance to the people of Haryana on Friday to set up a campus of National Sports University, Coimbatore at Rohtak.
Sibal, who was addressing the people after laying the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Garnawathi, Rohtak, said during the last five years Haryana has been setting up new records in every field of development.
The state is poised for becoming the centre of education and Rohtak would be the next satellite city of Delhi, he added.
Praising the leadership of Haryana, Sibal said the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda encouragement for all-round development is the reason why the state has reached new pinnacles of development.
Expressing his concern over the brain drain, he said that today alumni of our reputed institutes of management managed multinational companies in foreign countries.
The trend would have to be reversed. Our talented graduates should manage the economy of our country, he added.
Terming education as the base of development, Sibal said the main difference between our country and the developed countries was that of education.
The percentage of students going to colleges from schools was 40 to 50 in developed countries as compared to 12.4% in our country. The central government has decided to increase this rate up to 30% by the year 2020.
He said, “Today, 20 crore children go to school in our country, which stood at two-third of the total population of America and out of these school children, only 1.4 crore go to colleges for higher study, which is a big challenge for us.”

Friday, October 1, 2010