International probe demanded into Sri Lankan genocide

The Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia, P. Ramasamy has demanded an international inquiry into the war crimes that were committed against the Tamils in Sri Lanka, adding that an internal probe was ‘not justifiable.’

The Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia, P. Ramasamy has demanded an international inquiry into the war crimes that were committed against the Tamils in Sri Lanka, adding that an internal probe was ‘not justifiable.’

Stressing that the world countries put pressure on the United Nations to conduct an international probe into the genocide, he said, “It is not justifiable to have own probe against those who were responsible for the genocide in the nation.” He was speaking to the reporters at the Coimbatore airport.

Ramasamy had accompanied MDMK leader Vaiko to Tirupur to look into the preparatory works for the party’s much-awaited conference in Palladam onSeptember 15. In the current political scenario, with the relationships between MDMK and DMK running into rough weathers following the defection of key members of the former to the latter, the meeting has acquired special significance.

Cyrus Poonawalla buys Mumbai’s Lincoln House for Rs 750 crore

Pune-based industrialist Cyrus Poonawalla has purchased a US government-owned palace property called Lincoln House at Breach Candy in south Mumbai for a whopping Rs 750 crore.

New Delhi: Pune-based industrialist Cyrus Poonawalla has purchased a US government-owned palace property called Lincoln House at Breach Candy in south Mumbai for a whopping Rs 750 crore.

It makes it the largest ever real estate deal in the country’s financial capital. The two-acre, sea-facing property housed the American consulate for several decades before it relocated to the city’s new business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex four years ago.

Lincoln House, formerly known as Wankaner Palace, was built in 1938 by the Maharaja of Wankaner (in central Gujarat).

In 2011, the US government had set a reserve price of Rs 850 crore for the property, but found few takers.

The Poonawallas will make few changes to the house which was earlier used as an office by the US consulate.

The high-profile deal comes within a week of leading industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla setting a record last week when he paid Rs 425 crore for Jatia House in the plush Malabar Hill area.

Covai Post article helps mobilize funds for accident victim

It is overwhelming to see a couple of people who made use of this platform to collect funds for the boy’s treatment and his family. One such person is Jaikumar M., resident of Mahadevapuram in Mettupalayam. “I circulated the link of the story on Whatsapp groups and I made an appeal to known persons to contribute in their capacity,” Jaikumar said.

Last month on August 26, ‘The Covai Post’ reported the news of S. Krishnan, a 19-year-old Government Arts College student who lost his limbs while trying to board a passenger train to Coimbatore from Mettupalayam. An appeal was made for monetary help and the contact information of the boy’s mother was shared.

It is overwhelming to see a couple of people who made use of this platform to collect funds for the boy’s treatment and his family. One such person is Jaikumar M., Company Commander of Coimbatore District Home Guards. “I circulated the link of the story on Whatsapp groups and I made an appeal to known persons to contribute in their capacity,” Jaikumar said.

The Chairman of Mettupalayam Municipality D Sathees Kumar was also instrumental in mobilizing funds for the train accident victim. He forwarded voice appeals on What’s app groups and helped in raising funds for the family.

Another person who also spread the news of Krishnan is Advocate Rahman who is also from Mettupalayam. “I was very moved by what that boy and his family were going through. This motivated me to help them. I have collected funds and handed them over to the boy’s father,” Rahman says.

So far a total amount of Rs. 58,150 has been given to Krishnan’s family. A resident of Mettupalayam, the family has temporarily shifted to Coimbatore as they are finding it difficult to travel to Coimbatore for the boy’s follow-up treatment. Krishnan has been discharged from the private hospital where he was undergoing treatment. However, he has to visit the hospital for regular follow-up treatment.

The family has taken a small place on lease in Saibaba Colony. Depending on Krishnan’s progress and his response to treatment, doctors in the private hospital will decide in about six months time about fitting artificial limbs.

Philanthropy and prayers from all sides have helped Krishnan. “I wish things get back to normal for the boy and his family. I hope my little contribution of rupees Rs. 14,800 helps Krishnan,“ Suresh, Proprietor, Mahalakshmi Ceramics, said. Another major contribution of over Rs. 30,000 came from Rahman and his team. A few students also made their contributions.A fellow traveler of Rahman and an employee of a private club in the city, Vidhya also mobilized Rs 20,000 for the boy. Some kind donors who did not wish to be named also contributed in cash.

Area Commander of Coimbatore District Balaji Raju instilled confidence in the boy and assured him that the organisation would take efforts to get him a job so that he could sustain his livelihood.

Every small contribution in cash or kind means a lot to Krishnan and his family. Those wanting to contribute can contact his mother Devaki S. at 99420-46485.

Feast on Streets’ takes to the streets

Three friends from Coimbatore who were inspired by Alfred’s ‘feast on streets’ concept so much so that they have started this in Coimbatore.

Facebook group Mom’s Kitchen brought friends Murk Selvi, Tony Anand Singh and Senthil Ganesh from Coimbatore in touch with Alfred Jose from Chennai. Three friends from Coimbatore who were inspired by Alfred’s ‘feast on streets’ concept so much so that they have started this in Coimbatore.

Alfred, the 35-year-old trainer from Chennai is a foodie himself. He considers himself fortunate to be able to eat all three meals every day. He is involved in the job of offering soft skill and management training. His clients include members of corporate houses and educational institutions. Alfred’s job requires him to travel to many places. While he drives around in his car, the sight of hungry people on the streets saddens him. Thus was born the idea of making one healthy and nutritious meal available to them.

From the year 2011, Alfred has been distributing packets of food to such people on the streets of Chennai. It was in March this year that he decided to take this concept to the next level. With a little help from his friends and a lot of planning, ‘feast on streets’ has gotten bigger and better. “We have divided Chennai city into four parts. Every Thursday, with the help of a group of volunteers we distribute packets of food to needy people of that particular area.” Alfred says.

Back home in Coimbatore, ‘feast on streets’ started by three friends just a week ago, has received tremendous contribution. “About 190 packets of food, 200 packets of biscuits, three cases of water bottles, blankets and fruits were distributed to the needy people on the streets.” Alfred says. The group of friends went around areas like railway station and CMCH distributing food packets and water.

‘Feast on streets’ is not an NGO, a formal group or an organization. Contributions in form of cash, food packets, fruits, biscuit packets and blankets are welcome. The group can be contacted at 80562-11279.

Leopard sighted by 3 students

Ajith, a Class X student, along with his brother, was returning home, when he noticed the animal cross the road some 10 metres away. He immediately ran house and informed his parents.

The elusive leopard, which was spotted by women who went for their morning walks, was reportedly seen by three students on the roads of Thudiyalur last evening.

According to the police, Ajith, a Class X student, along with his brother, was returning home, when he noticed the animal cross the road some 10 metres away. He immediately ran house and informed his parents. Meanwhile, reports surfaced that another student too had seen the animal in the Meenakshi Garden area. He said that he saw the leopard moving near the bushes.

Following the reports, officials of the forest department arrived at the scene and assured the residents that they would drive the stray leopard away.

Passion for theater continues at PSG CAS

“An art-form is incomplete if doesn’t address the issues of the society. Theatre is a platform to stand up for yourself and humanity,” says Dr. L. Ramrajan, staff-in-charge of the Drama Club of PSG CAS. “It gives a sense of social responsibility and teaches the importance of social integrity to the students, who otherwise have less awareness of the real society,” he adds.

“An art-form is incomplete if doesn’t address the issues of the society. Theater is a platform to stand up for yourself and humanity,” says Dr. L. Ramrajan, staff-in-charge of the Drama Club of PSG CAS. “It gives a sense of social responsibility and teaches the importance of social integrity to the students, who otherwise have less awareness of the real society,” he adds.

As part of a two-day acting workshop conducted by the club, the student-members of the drama club were seen fine-tuning their acting, expressions, and voice projection techniques under the guidance of Aravindhan, a writer, theater personality and a former student of acclaimed dramatist Badal Sarkar. When asked about the youngsters and theater, Aravindhan said, “The love for theater among these students is fascinating. But the problem with youngsters today is that they confine their social responsibility to the social media. They should step into the streets and perform. Artistes of today are intimidated by various factors unlike olden days, when the ruling class was scared of the artistes. But in spite of it all, theater will flourish in the hands of young intellectuals and literature enthusiasts.”

The students undergoing training were as excited as their trainer. Vinitha, a fresher, said, “This workshop is a place to learn and enjoy. Drama club helped me discover the actor in me.” Another fresher, Karthick said, “It’s always fun to act. I love doing it.” Hari, the head of actors in the club, said, “We’re concentrating more on the Third Theater (street plays), as we gear up for a national level cultural fest.”

The enthusiasm of the students and the dedication of the trainers in passing the art to the next generation send a strong message that theater is in safe hands.

Potato prices to remain stable this winter: TNAU

While onions continue to bring tears to the eyes, the prices of potatoes will continue to remain stable and easy on the pocket this season, says the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

While onions continue to bring tears to the eyes, the prices of potatoes will continue to remain stable and easy on the pocket this season, says the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Potatoes are normally sown in the months of September and October (Kadaibogam season) and harvested in December – January. Nilgiri districts are the main cultivation areas in Tamil Nadu, with Kufri Jyoti and Jalandhar being the most popular varieties.

This season, the TNAU has fixed the farm gate price of good quality potatoes at Rs.19 to 21 per kilo. The prices were calculated based on the price fluctuation in the past 23 years at the Nilgiris Co-operative Marketing Society (NCMS), Mettupalayam.

India is the second highest producer of potatoes in the world after China. A regular part of the staple diet in India, the country produced 449 lakhs tonnes of potatoes over 20.60 lakh hectares in 2014-15. Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, and Bihar contribute to more than 90 percent of the total production.

Future of toddy caught in the alcohol war

Even as sporadic protests continue against TASMAC and the sale of alcohol in the state, the Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists Association has demanded that the DMK clarify its stand on toddy – if the party considers toddy as a health beverage or as liquor.

Even as sporadic protests continue against TASMAC and the sale of alcohol in the state, the Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists Association has demanded that the DMK clarify its stand on toddy – if the party considers toddy as a health beverage or as liquor.

The DMK, in its election manifesto has announced that, if voted to power, it would impose complete prohibition in the state. In a written representation to the DMK election manifesto committee, led by T.R. Baalu, the secretary of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturists Association, S. Nallasami has asked the DMK to explain if toddy is a health beverage or liquor. He has also demanded to know if the party would lift the decade-long ban on toddy.

Nallasami has also asked the party to define its policies on water irrigation, uninterrupted electricity power supply to the farmers, and crop procurement.