AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa was today sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time.
She was administered the oath of office by the Governor K Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Along with Jayalalithaa, 28 other ministers also took the oath. The ceremony was attended by actor Rajinikanth, ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan.
In a meeting on Friday, 67-year old Jayalalithaa was elected as the leader of the legislative party by the chairman of the party presidium E Madusudanan and the law makers at the party headquarters.
Panneerselvam, the treasurer of the party, moved a resolution proposing her name as the Party leader, which was endorsed by Electricity Minister Natham R Vishwanathan, and was then made public.
In the year 2011, the AIADMK party won the elections and Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the Chief Minister. After being convicted in the Bangalore High court, Panneerselvam overtook her position and became the next Chief Minster. She was enforced to resign as the Chief Minster over the 18-year old disproportionate assets case.
Large hoardings with the message of “Welcome Mother (Varuga Thaye)”, “Dharma has won”, were put in various parts of the city.
The roads were decorated with festoons, mango leaves and party flags thereby spreading the message of her return in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly. She will hold the portfolios of home, police, public, all India services, general administration and district revenue officers. Many old faces including Panneerselvam as Minister of Finance, Natham R Viswanathan as Electricity Minister and R Vaithilingam as Housing Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami and P Mohan have been retained by her in the governing council.
At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.
“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.
“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.
Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.
“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.
“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.
BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.
Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)
Rameswaram, September 15, 2017 : Off the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, some 500 km south of Chennai, lies Pamban Island. Seemingly a stone’s throw from neighboring Sri Lanka, this is an island steeped in historical significance, and with some of the most resilient people alive.
One of the longest sea bridges in the country, the iconic Pamban Bridge connects the mainland with the island, also known as Rameswaram Island. With breathtaking views of the Bay of Bengal, the journey to the island over this bridge rewinds one to colonial times, when it was built by the British to improve trade relations with Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
Built in 1914 as India’s first-ever sea bridge, the 6,700-foot structure is in itself an engineering and historical marvel that has withstood several of nature’s furies — from storms to cyclones.
The bridge initially ran up to the southeastern tip of the island, Dhanushkodi, now a ghost town. After a cyclone hit it in 1964, Dhanushkodi was washed away by the sea and is now a mere skeleton of the town it once was.
Remnants of its railway lines, church and the devastated dwellings of people can still be seen, though in very poor shape.
From the tip of the region, cell phone networks welcome one to Sri Lanka.
Visible from here is the Adam’s Bridge — a former land link between India and Sri Lanka, now undersea — that is also known as Rama Setu, the bridge believed to have been built by Lord Rama’s army to rescue Sita from Lanka.
Nambavel, a 50-year-old, says there can be no other home for him than Dhanushkodi, of pristine waters and picturesque views of the Bay of Bengal. Three generations of his family have lived here. Although the deadly cyclone forced many to migrate to villages around, some 50 families, including Nambavel’s, refused to leave.
“This has been our home for as long as we’ve known. We grew up playing in the sea water, then learnt to make our living through fishing or running petty shops,” Nambavel told this visiting IANS correspondent.
“Even as many people we know migrated to nearby villages, there’s no home like Dhanushkodi for us — the sea is everything,” he said.
With sea levels rising around the world due to global warming, the region is constantly threatened by nature. But that does not deter Nambavel: “Even if another cyclone is close, most of us would like to be here, a land we’ve grown up in.”
Surrounded by sea and sand, the town cannot grow any crops and has no provision for electricity due to the wind velocity in the area. It is only the solar panels, an initiative of late President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who hailed from Rameswaram, that light up the shacks of the few residents.
With Rameswaram considered one of the holiest places for Hindus, a majority of visitors make temples the focus of their travels.
Aiming to showcase the rich cultural and historical heritage of the island, apart from the much-visited temples, Utsa Majumder, the General Manager of the newly-launched Hyatt Place, Rameswaram, is working extensively on various itineraries that uncover the untrodden places in and around the region.
“There’s a lot more that the Rameswaram Island can offer than just the temples it is mostly known for. We want people to know that Rameswaram can be an experiential destination and not just a pilgrimage spot,” Majumder told IANS.
“From historic places that have stood the test of time to some incredible architecture and engineering like the Pamban Bridge, there’s a lot a tourist can see here,” she added.
The hotel offers these itineraries to travelers according to their interests, allowing them to explore different facets of the region, along with menus that present the cuisines of the land — from kuzhi paniyaram (rice batter dumplings) to kara kozhumbu (a spicy tamarind gravy).
The region also celebrates its much-beloved son Abdul Kalam. His two-storeyed house on Mosque Street is filled with thousands of his books and is always bustling with people.
A Rs 15-crore memorial to India’s “Missile Man”, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27, has also grown rather quickly as a tourist attraction. The memorial houses a copy of the last speech Kalam delivered at IIM-Shillong on July 27, 2015, a number of pictures of his meetings with world leaders, and a host of other objects.
As an island that is yearning to receive a boost to its tourism, even a bottle of water bought from a shack in Dhanushkodi goes towards supporting a family.
Reaching there: Flights to Madurai, the nearest airport, from all major cities. From Madurai, Rameswaram can be reached in 3 hrs 30 min (160 kms) by road.
For the picturesque views from a train, pick one that is available almost every hour to Rameswaram from Madurai Railway Station.
Stay: There are four-star, three-star hotels and smaller lodges in the town.
Best time to visit: October to March as the temperatures drop and stay between 20 to 30 degrees C, making travel easier. (IANS)
Rajinikanth starrer ‘2.0’ is set to be released on January 25, 2018
It is one of the most expensive films of all time, surpassing even Baahubali
The teaser and trailer will be released in November and December respectively
New Delhi, September 8, 2017: One of the most expensive films of all time, Rajinikanth starrer ‘2.0’ is all set to hit screens on January 25, 2018. Ever since the first look of the movie released in November 2016, it has created a frenzy among fans, who have, since then, been eagerly waiting for the movie, the trailer, or at least the teaser to show up.
2.0, initially, was scheduled for a Diwali release. Fans were disappointed with the announcement by the movie makers, of the movie being postponed to January 25, 2018.
“We are working on world class VFX, and it is taking time. An extensive portion of the visual effects work will be carried out in the USA, and our team is working in full swing now. So, we have zeroed in on January 25th, 2018 as the worldwide release date,” Raju Mahalingam told PTI.
In an end to this disappointment, however, the crew has an exciting update for the fans, the wait now is not too long. The creative head for the film has confirmed that the teaser and trailer will be released in November and December respectively, according to The Indian Express report.
“Festivities to Begin” Come Oct -Audio Release in Dubai!!! Nov-Teaser in Hyderabad and Dec-Trailer in Namma Singara Chennai!!! 2.0 Loading!!” Raju Mahalingam, the creative head of Lyca Productions, tweeted from his personal handle.
"Festivities to Begin" Come Oct -Audio Release in Dubai!!! Nov-Teaser in Hyderabad and Dec-Trailer in Namma Singara Chennai!!! 2.0 Loading!!
The team of 2.0, appears to have planned to cover places of all sorts in order to make the launch an even bigger event. The film will be released in Spanish, Chinese and Korean languages as well along with Tamil, according to the Times of India report.
2.0 is a sequel to the 2011 film ‘Robot’ (Enthiran in Tamil), in which Rajinikanth shared the screen space with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan He’s going to reprise his character as chitti and Dr Vaseegaran in the upcoming film, however, Akshay Kumar would be a new element playing a negative role in the movie.
Akshay playing the antagonist opposite Rajinikanth has been one major reason for the buzz among the viewers. Akshay is making his debut in the south industry with 2.0. Akshay’s extraordinary look with golden eyeballs, long nails, rough eyebrows and a bizarre hairstyle has only added to the already beefed up excitement.
Amy Jackson is the actress in the movie and the film’s music is by AR Rahman.
The Sci-Fi movie has surpassed Baahubali when it comes to expense, which was reportedly made in the budget of Rs 150 crore.
-Prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha