Chennai ● Monday ● 4 July 2011
Subash Lakhotia felicitated two people who cleared the IAS exam. 4,000 chartered accountants to attend ICAI’s conference.
K Devarajan inaugurated the new Sindhi model school
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● PROPERTY ACQUISITION TROUBLE SEES MOOLAKADAI FAIL TO TAKE OFF
Land delay stalls Porur flyover
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July 3: Inordinate delay in land acquisition has hit construction work of Porur and Moolakadai flyovers. While work on the Porur project has been stalled for the last few months, the Moolakadai flyover work, launched in January, has not taken off for want of land. According to sources in the highways department, the `35 crore-flyover work at Porur junction was launched in March 2010 and be ready by August 2011. But, the construction is only in the initial stages because of the delay in land acquisition, said an official. Once complete, the Porur flyover will benefit motorists travelling between Anna Salai-Poonamallee High Road and Arcot Road and is expected to
A file picture of Maduravoyal MLA G. Beem Rao inspecting progress of Porur flyover work on June — DC 13, 2011.
reduce congestion in the area. “The revenue authorities
have paid compensation for taking over the land for construction of the flyover.
We hope to get the sanction for the demolition process by next week. Immediately after taking possession of the land, the construction work would begin and the flyover would be ready in a year,” the official added. Then state finance minister K. Anbazhagan laid the foundation stone for the `50 crore Moolakadai flyover on Grand Northern Trunk Road in January 2011. “Without land acquisition, we could not start work on this project,” a senior highways official said, adding that his department has handed over money to the special deputy collector to pay compensation for land acquisition. “As soon as land acquisition is completed, we will begin full-fledged construction work,” the official said.
A young girl admires a carved wooden elephant at an exhibition of handicrafts from Rajasthan, at the — DC Poompuhar showroom on Anna Salai.
Shrines remain gateway to Chennai history
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“Revolutionary poet Bharathiyar used to live near Kalikambal Temple while he was working for a Tamil newspaper called Swadesha Mithran. His devotion for the ‘Shakti’ was such that he wrote 180 hymns, the most of famous of which is Yadhumagi Ninrai Nee Kali, Yengum Nirainthai, a favourite of Carnatic musicians,” said 79-year-old K.R. Santhana Krishnan. Kachaleeswarar Temple, which is over 800 years old, is said to have existed since the Narasimha Pallava period and has an interesting story regarding its history. Dhalavayi Chettiar, the Dubash of Robert Clive, saw a dream in which Lord Shiva granted him permission to pray at a small Shiva shrine in George Town but not to travel all the way to Kanchipuram to worship. Dhal-
A tree that was cut down on Mettupalayam Road in Coimbatore for road-widening work has not yet been removed, affecting free flow of traffic. — DC
July 3: Old-timers believe that the business houses that have replaced the agraharams on the streets close to Sri Kalikambal Kamateswarar Temple and Kachaleeswarar Temple on Armenian street in George Town pose little threat to the sanctity of the shrines that boasts of a rich heritage. ‘On this day on October 3, 1677 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj visited this shrine,’ says a wooden plank placed inside Kalikambal Kamateswarar temple. According to N. Kasinathan, 88, a resident of George Town, Shivaji was on a visit to the fast developing town outside Fort St. George, a small trading outpost set by the English. “In those times the sea used to break on the area where today’s Beach Station is located. Shivaji probably took a dip in the sea and then offered prayers to the deity at the temple,” Mr Kasinathan said.
avai Chettiar then made every effort to turn the small shrine into a larger temple. “As a young boy in the early sixties I remember Sengalipuram Anantha Rama Diksheethar delivering Upanyassams at the temple. Among the audience would be Rajaji, Kalki Krishnamurthi, M.S. Subbulakshmi and freedom fighter T.S. Sadasivam,” said Sankara Subramaniam, a social activist. The temple is the only one in the city which has a water tank with perennial natural supply of water, he added.
A priest (above) at Kachaleeswarar Temple offers pooja to 63 Nayanmars idols.
Women come out of the historical Kalikambal Kamateswarar Temple at Armenian Street in — DC George Town.
Saxena in judicial custody till July 17
July 3: Sun Pictures CEO Hansraj Saxena was arrested Sunday evening on charges of cheating a film distributor to the tune of `82.5 lakh. The media honcho was booked under section 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC
and sent to Puzhal jail after a magistrate remanded him to judicial custody until July 17. He was also charged with section 385 (putting person in fear of injury to commit extortion) and section 506 (criminal intimidation). Saxena was arrested following a complaint from T.S. Selvaraj, distributor of
Kandan Films in Salem, who alleged that Sun Pictures had failed to pay him a sum of `82,53,374 lakh for the distribution rights of the film Theerathavilayattu pillai across Salem district. Selvaraj has also alleged that Saxena and his aides had threatened him of ‘dire consequences’ when he
approached them for his money. Complainant Selvaraj who submitted a letter to the Chennai city police commissioner J.K. Tripathy alleged that Saxena had sold him the rights to distribute the Kollywood film in Salem district for `1.25 crore, of which Selvaraj had paid up `82.5 lakh.
However, after the film was complete, Saxena went ahead and distributed the film in Salem under the Sun banner, owned by the Maran brothers. Selvaraj stated that on January 5, Saxena called him to the Sun Network office at Foreshore Estate, confined him there illegally, and coerced him to sign on a blank paper.
Salem Express hit by snag, delays trains
Chennai: Several trains proceeding towards Chennai got delayed for more than two hours after the Salem Express developed a technical problem on Sunday. The engine snag that occurred during the early hours resulted in the train getting held up at Olakur near Tindivanam. Railway technicians rushed to spot after the driver alerted the nearby railway station. However, the problem was solved and service restored only after two hours due to which more incoming trains, Mangalore Express, Nellai Express Pandian Express, Rock Fort Express, Ananthapuri Express, Rameshwaram Express and Sethu Express, got delayed.
Signs to be official language soon
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The engine snag resulted in the train getting held up at Olakur near Tindivanam
July 3: Sign language is expected to soon be on the list of official languages of India. The Union human resource ministry has initiated a pilot study to find the grammar and structure of sign language used across India. Three young hearing challenged people with diplomas in sign language from Coimbatore, along with researchers of Mysorebased Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIII), are developing a lexicon for sign language for the ministry. They have interacted with more than 250 hearing challenged persons and are now finalising the draft. The three field workers, who belong to the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya (RMV) in Coimbatore, and the CIII researchers hope to complete the pilot project by December. Following this, a nationallevel study will be conducted by the ministry to integrate common signs of all
North Indian tourists admire the exquisite stone work of the Pallava sculptors as they walk past ‘Arjuna’s Penance’ at Mahabalipuram, on Sunday. — DC
Plea to upgrade PHC into peripheral hospital
A group of hearing-impaired youngsters engage in a serious discussion.
states in the official language. According to the Association of Sign Language Interpreters in India, over seven million people in India are categorised as deaf. Rajesh Sachdeva, directorin charge of CIII, and researcher L. Ramamoorthy told Deccan Chronicle that avenues should be explored to use the sign language. “Sign language is no more
the language of hearingimpaired persons. Data on text structures, signs and symbols used by deaf persons would be studied. Based on the national research report, we will recommend to the government to recognise sign language as an official language,” they said. Swami Anuragananda of RMV said the research team had met deaf persons in schools, public places and
marriage halls to know how the signs are communicated among the large audience. He added that sign language should be taught to teachers, doctors and professionals in all walks of life. “Learning sign language will be useful for the general population to avoid language barriers in our multilingual country,” Swami Anuragananda added.
July 3: Residents of Porur have been demanding the state government to upgrade the primary health centre in their area into a government peripheral hospital to meet the growing needs of people. The Porur PHC caters to over six lakh people living in Valasaravakkam, Madhuravoyal, Ramapuram, Nolambur, Nerkunram and Vanagaram areas. The few staff at the PHC is unable to handle the number of patients the center receives from all the six districts. The 5-acre land in which the centre was initially set
up has gradually shrunk to 4 acres over the years. The center, which has 14 beds, has just four doctors and five nurses who are unable to provide treatment for the large number of people who turn up from 9 am to 4 pm. “There is a huge difference in the doctor-patient ratio in this primary health centre and only if more doctors are appointed we can get quality treatment,” says Chellam, an autorickshaw driver and a resident of Nolambur. This apart, the narrow and damaged roads leading to the PHC result in very few buses plying in the route. “We are forced to hire autorickshaws at an exorbi-
tant fare to reach the PHC. Overall, each trip for a check up costs us a minimum of `300,” said Meena, who is 6-months pregnant and is taking treatment from the Porur PHC. With mostly pregnant women, elderly people and children coming to the hospital, the residents feel that they cannot afford to spend much every time. “The hospital has a lot of space where all the departments occupy separate buildings. If they can shell out a little more money to build a single block that accommodates all the departments, the PHC can be converted into a government peripheral hospital,” says Chellam.