Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Tuesday, Aug 03, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
Tamil Nadu
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

Tamil Nadu - Chennai Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Reporter's Diary

The father of the `White Revolution', Verghese Kurien, who was in Chennai last week, said that he had just visited Sri Lanka to negotiate the setting up a dairy unit there. When the Government provided him security cover, Dr. Kurien thought that it was to protect him from Tamil militants. He politely declined the security saying he had been in Chennai for a long time and he expected no threat from Tamils. But it turned out that the security cover was not to guard him against Tamil militants but to protect him from multinational companies like Nestle and dairy giants from Australia and News Zealand, who the Lankan authorities feared might `kidnap' him.

* * *

Mum's the word all this week. Specially new mums. And one lucky new mother can win a gift hamper if she is one of the first 50 callers to 24730856 and can answer five questions posed by S. Jayam, of Vijaya Health Centre. Dr. Jayam who is also the south zone co-ordinator for Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, is conducting a survey on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, which recommends "Exclusive Breastfeeding: the Gold Standard -- safe, sound, sustainable." Make that call, and you might be the winner.

* * *

Necessity is the mother of ingenuity. Last week, it was time to change one of the signals at the Mount Road Anand Theatre junction. However, the regular truck with the special escalator that is used for changing signals was apparently not available. Not to be daunted by such a minor detail, the traffic policeman on duty at the spot stopped a water tanker and had the driver park it right under the signal. The workers then scrambled up the tanker and fixed the light. Meanwhile, the policeman diverted other vehicles and ensured that traffic did not pile up at the busy junction.

* * *

When the 13 speakers on the platform of the function to inaugurate development schemes in Zone Three of the Chennai Corporation threatened to mention each other's names 169 times with their, "Avargale, Avargale," routine of programmes, K. Manivasan, Joint Commissioner (Health) narrated a story from Albert Einstein's life. "Someone asked him the formula for success and he replied, `A+B+C=Success. A is for hard work, B is playing for a healthy body and mind and C is not talking too much.'" The other speakers probably got the cue for success and the programme ended with the national anthem in a very short while.

* * *

Drivers of city buses can turn nasty at times. A senior citizen from Vengaivaasal boarded an M 21 bus to reach Tambaram early one day last week. En route the driver did not halt the bus at stops such as Rajakilpakkam and Mahalakshmi Nagar but drove to the Camp Road bus stand near Selaiyur. However, another speeding bus overtook this vehicle and picked up the passengers at Camp Road stop. The driver of the M 21 bus continued to drive the bus at a breakneck speed and brought the vehicle to a screeching halt near East Tambaram, startling everyone. Perhaps it is time for some of the city bus drivers to go through a training programme similar to the one conducted by the traffic police for truck and van drivers.

* * *

A Plus two student of Sri Ramakrishna Mission Boys (Main) School has some unusual talents. Apart from being accomplished in creating artistic paper cuttings, K. Manikandan (17) draws straight lines in criss-cross fashion, which appear like a jigsaw puzzle. But he asks others to look at it from an unusual angle. And one can well make out a pattern as a few English words appear. Words such "Sri Ramakrishna Mission School', or `Self-help is the best help'. He says he uses the refraction of light effectively. He folds an ordinary blank paper many times, cuts away several portions of it with a tiny pair of scissors and when he unfolds, it shows an artistic flowery pattern. The 17-year-old wants to use his hobby in a big way, later.

* * *

K. Manikandan.)

(Contributed by S.Vydhianathan, Dhanya Parthasarathy, Ramya Kannan, Swahilya, and K. Manikandan.)

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Tamil Nadu

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu