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THE TIMES OF INDIA, KOCHI | THRISSUR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
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The public charitable trust formed by Federal Bank, has invited applications for the foundation’s scholarships for 2011-12. Students studying in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in any of the government/aided/ selffinancing colleges are eligible for reimbursement of 100% of tuition fees, subject to a maximum of Rs 75,000 per year. The courses are Medicine (MBBS), Engineering (BE/ BTech), Agriculture (BSc), Nursing (BSc) and MBA.
Even an elephant can only stand so much
Thiruvanikkavu Rajagopalan Had Been On The Move For Hours Before Reaching Cherai To Participate In A Competition Meant To Pander To The Spectators’ Vanity
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Power cuts: Power will be disrupted in the following areas: Jawahar Road, Illikkal, Kappalandimukku, Mangattumukku, Kilikkadu, Koovapadam and Town hall from 10 am to 12 pm on Thursday; from 9 am to 5.30 pm in Puthiya Road and Apollo Road on Thursday; near Statue Junction, Market, Kottakakam, Ambili Nagar and Chakkamkulangara from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday; near Panampilly Nagar shopping complex and KMA Road from 9 am to 5.30 pm on Thursday. Five excel in abacus test: Five school students
from Ernakulam District have excelled in the recently concluded 5th state-level talent competition on abacus and mental arithmetic organized by Kochi-based SMA Abacus. More than 1,000 participants from across the state competed in different level and group wise categories.
t was a close call for thousands of devotees who came to the Goureeswaram temple on Wednesday morning at the specially built podium to watch the prestigious ‘thalapokkamatsaram’ (height competition) between two of the tallest elephants gathered there. As the two competitors, Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan and Cherpulassery Parthan, caparisoned and decked-up were led to the podium, there was a huge commotion. People started running helter-skelter and chasing them was tusker, Thiruvanikkavu Rajagopalan. The elephant that was being given a bath suddenly started running and chasing people. With the mahout on The elephant his back, he reached the podium was brought where the other two elephants were from Thrissur standing. Immediately the mahouts of the two competitors separated the to Ernakulam last tuskers so as to ensure that it would week without not become an all-out pachyderm war. the required Rajagopalan ran around for about half an hour. However, there was no permission from damage to life and property as it hap- the district forest pened in the open grounds. He was officer. tied and chained by mahouts. Later, he was taken away to a cooler spot and V K Venkitachalam I SECRETARY, HERITAGE tied under a tree. After the incident, the ‘tha- ANIMAL TASK FORCE lapokkamatsaram’ began and the crowd returned to watch the two ele1 Steps should be taken to phants raising the heads ensure that elephants are not to show their gait. Fivetortured in captivity and this time winner Mangalamwill guarantee general kunnu Ayyappan won the public safety to an extent competition.
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WHAT THE RULES SAY | As per the government order dated January 5, 2012
coordination committee should be included as members 3 Committee must meet before the festival season and ensure that captive elephants are in good health and ready to participate in the programme. Their health should be certified 4 Apart from traditional temple festivals, no new festivities involving elephants should be encouraged 5 No two elephants should be made to stand very close to each other, especially during public events 6 Elephants in musth should not be used for festivities. No iron rods should be used to poke them during festivals 7 Care should be taken to tie elephant in places where there is shade, food and water 8 Local authorities have to make sure that people do not disturb the animal during a ritual or when it is resting
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2 At the district level, a committee should be set up with the collector as chairman, divisional forest officer as the convener. City police commissioner or SP, district animal husbandry officer and representatives from elephant owners association, fire force, all Kerala elephant employees union, Kerala festival
Thrissur: Thrissur-based Heritage Animal Task Force sent a letter to chief minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday seeking a high-level inquiry into the Cherai incident in which an elephant ran amok creating panic among the public gathered to attend the Goureeshwara temple festival. In the letter, secretary of the association V K Venkitachalam alleged that the elephant Thiruvanikkavu Rajagopalan had been forced to work for the past three days without any rest. “The elephant was brought from Thrissur to Ernakulam last week without the required permission from the district forest officer. It was brought to Cherai right after the ‘ezhunnellippu’ ritual in the early morning at Nayarambalam Kochambalam temple in Ernakulam. Earlier, on the previous day it , had to participate in the ‘ezhunnellippu’ ritual at Kurumassery temple too,” Venkitachalam said in the letter. “Cherai incident reveals that the owner and mahouts of Thiruvanikkavu Rajagopalan had been suppressing its musth (a periodic condition in elephants characterized by highly aggressive behaviour) with the help of medicines,” the letter said. “As per the law, a local veterinary doctor is supposed to check whether the elephant is able to walk, sit or lie properly without the command of the mahout, in the presence of forest range officer and DySP This will ensure whether the . elephant is fit, tired or in musth. If this had been carried out, the Cherai incident would not have happened,” Venkitachalam said.
Kochi: Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) on Wednesday gave clearance for the Kochi-Bengaluru pipeline being laid by the GAIL to carry gas from the Petronet LNG terminal coming up at Kochi. “The MoEF has just given us the green signal after we submitted the letter from the Kerala government strongly recommending clearance for the pipeline,’’ deputy general manager of the GAIL, K P Ramesh told TOI here over telephone from Bengaluru. The MoEF had recently written to the Kerala Government suggesting that the work on the pipeline be put on hold till the settlement of the litigations over 4.33 hectares of forest land enroute the pipeline in the Palakkad region. Kerala Forest secretary Sajan Peter then wrote to the MoEF officials recalling that that the litigations had nothing do with the environmental impact of the project, but was related only to the ownership of the land. The GAIL had not demanded ownership of the land but has applied only “right of use’’ of the land to lay the pipeline. The GAIL officials had also promised that they were ready to pay the compensation for the land was as per the rules, whoever has been selected as the owner after the litigations are settled. “Now we will be able to complete the Rs3,250 crore pipe-laying project by May 2013 as originally scheduled. There are five stretches of the pipeline passing through Kerala and contracts for four stretches have already been awarded and the remaining one also will be awarded soon. However, the first phase of the pipeline from LNG terminal to Amabalamukal and Udyogamandal will be completed before this October when the terminal will start commercial operation,’’ Ramesh said.
Art exhibition: ‘Permanent Miracle,’ an exhibition of paintings by T G Jyotilal will be held from February 8-14 at Durbar Hall Art Centre, Ernakulam. Birthday bash: Kathakali performer Kalamandalam RamanKutty Poduval’s 88th birthday celebrations will be held by Kalasagar (NGO) with the support of Ministry of Culture on May 28 at Rohini Kalyanada Mandapam, Guruvayur. Website launched: Kukutree, a web-based platform was launched on Thursday. It provides various facilities including online gaming and personality development for kids.
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The department of industries and commerce will organize a one-day technical workshop for micro small enterprises and public sector undertakings with various organizations under the defence department on February 10.
Kochi: The Southern Naval Command here will soon add a ship damage control simulator to its state-of-theart training modules. Expected to be commissioned in March this year, it is the second of its kind in India. The other is located at INS Shivaji, Lonavala near Pune. Built at a cost of Rs 29 crores by Goa Shipyard Limited, the simulator would be able to simulate damage to a warship during enemy attack. It will mimic situations like flooding, smoke due to fire and high-pressure air leak. Trainees will have to perform damage control exercise while immersed in water or in total darkness to get the ship back, and make it battle worthy. Navy sources revealed to TOI that the simulator has been designed indigenously, the construction of which is
IMPRESSIVE: A simulator at the Southern Naval Command, Kochi
expected to get completed soon. “The interior of the three-decked structure, mounted on pivots, resembles a warship and rolls on hydraulic actuators up to 20 degrees at different speeds to replicate the various harsh conditions and movements at sea. All the movements are microprocessor-
based and will duplicate damage situations like deck leaks, distorted hatches and ruptured high pressure pipes. Using CCTV systems, instructors will monitor each training session and can direct trainees on damage control. Twenty five trainees can undergo exercise at a time and can pre-
pare them for hardships of battle at sea. The simulator also will act as a training ground for men at different stages in their career,” the navy sources said. The structure measuring 14.6m (length), 6.7m (width) and 7.5m (height) will simulate three areas: accommodation, engine room and alley way It has a capacity to store 250 tonnes of water. A trainee would be exposed to a sudden gush of water. Then as he enters the compartment, he should be able to plug the leak in a short time with the tools he has and with the aid of his fellow trainees. This would be followed by a fire drill which will engage the trainees to operate in a dense smoke-filled compartment. The sound effects, movements and darkness will provide a good training ground for navy personnel, the sources added.
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Kochi: Shopkeepers transferring music to mobile chips have to think twice, as they may require Cell Muzik licence to sideload or download music to mobile phones. The licensing system was intoduced in Kochi on Wednesday. As per the new licensing system every mobile shop owner should have a valid Cell Muzik licence from South India Digital Music Management (SIDMM) that is authorized to issue permits by South Indian Music Companies Association (SIMCA). The new licence entitles the shopkeeper to load unlimited music files onto customer’s mobiles. Sridhar Swaminathan, secretary of SIMCA said that sideloading music onto mobile chips without a valid licence is punishable under the Copyright Act of 1957. “Our aim is to help shopkeepers to do their job without any fear of legal hassles or issues. The annual licence fee, which is between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000, will be decided based on the size and business potential of the mobile shop,” he said. Swaminathan also said the licensing will be implemented in the state with the support of police officers.
Kochi: Only one college in the state has been constructed on the lines of the Cambridge University London, , and it is in Kochi. And this college is older than the famed St Xavier’s colleges in masterpiece Odakkuzhal Kolkata and Mumbai, Chen- while he was a faculty of the nai Loyola, and St Stephen’s, college. The transition of MaDelhi. And it is none other layalam poetry from romantithan Maharaja’s, Ernaku- cism to modernity can be lam. traced to Maharaja’s with Do you have any clue how many towering figures in litbig the 136-year-old college erature, who were students campus was? here, drawing inspiration Well, the Irvin Park, from its ambience. Changamwhich later became Subash puzha Krishna Pillai, VylopBose Park, was originally the pilli Sreedhara Menon, G botanical Sankara garden of MAHARAJAKEEYAM-2012 Pillai, P Sathe colchidananlege. And dan and Baoriginally the Park Avenue lachandran Chullikkad are , Road which connects Durbar alumni. Nobel laureate GunHall Road and Shanmugham ter Grass had an interactive Road was a road running session with the students of through the campus. the college way back in 1973 It was Reverend Xeily the when he was not known to , founder principal of the col- many And in 2006, renowned . lege, who decided to con- linguist Nom Chomsky delivstruct the college buildings ered a lecture at the centenon the lines of Cambridge ary hall of the college. University He designed the . The college history hall principal’s room in such a too has witnessed history beway that a person looking ing made. The Kerala Cricket from the room could see the Association was formed here opposite shore of Lake Vem- 51 years ago. The college has banad on the western side. produced over half-a-dozen On the literary front, the Ranji players, K Balachanwinner of first Jnanpith G dran and Jayaram being the Sankara Kurup, wrote his prominent names.
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Kochi: One of the chief sevaks of the Chinmaya International Foundation, philanthropist Shantha Balakrishnan (76) passed away in Kochi. Known for her immense contributions to charity , Shantha Balakrishnan took over the activities at
the Tripunithura Chinmaya Mission as secretary after the demise of her husband Achyuth Balakrishnan. As secretary of the Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tripunithura, the school rose to new heights of academic
excellence under her stewardship. Hailing from the well-known Ambadi family in Tripunithura, Shantha Balakrishnan also started the Ambady Ammu Amma Chinmaya Vidyalaya in school. She was also sponsoring the study of six students. The cremation took place on Wednesday noon at 1 pm.
Kochi: There is a major star war on Facebook with Mammootty and Mohanlal going neck and neck with regard to virtual friends. Though, it has been a couple of years since these two entered the web world, it was only in the last month that their fan base saw a two-fold increase. Though the social networking site has been used by film stars in other languages to promote their films for quite some time, the Malayalam superstars and their fans realized the strength of this media only recently It was on. ly after the number of Mammootty’s friends touched the one lakh mark that Mohanlal’s fans woke up. The next few days saw about 75,000 friends being added to Lal’s list, an increase by 100%. Now actormohanlal, the FB account run by Mohanlal fans, has around 1,54,000 friends, while mr.mammootty .com, the account owned by
Mammootty and Mohanlal fans fighting it out to increase ‘friends’
Mammootty has around , 1,40,000 friends. “On Facebook, there are some seven or eight groups in the name of Mohanlal. These had been created by his fans, and not Lalettan. Netizen’s support to Lalettan had thus remained scattered. So, we decided to promote one of the accounts. That’s how the number jumped in a short span,” said S Sajeevan, general secretary Worldwide On, line Mohanlal Fans Association. “It was only six months since Mammukka became active on FB. Since then his posts have been getting wide response. However, other stars who claim wide fan base on FB, get poor response to
their posts,’’ said Abdul Manaf, CEO, Easy Software, the designers of Mammootty’s website. “We do not use any tactics to increase the fan base. It’s Mammukka’s own account and he uses it to interact with netizens on a wide range of socially relevant issues. Moreover, the increase in the number of his friends happened not overnight, but at a steady pace,” Manaf added. Some Malayalam stars have reportedly been employing social media strategy companies to increase their fan base overnight. Such companies make use of hacked FB accounts to add more friends to their clients,” an IT expert said. These stars have also begun to focus more on promoting their films through FB. They have realized that most films disappear from cinemas after a week or so, and that the initial collection hence plays a crucial role in the producer getting his money back.
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