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Skandha Sasti Festival 2014 - Thirukalyaanam
 
31st October 2014 Photo: Senthil Pattar, Sivakasi Skandha Sasti Festival 2014 - Thirukalyaanam As a part of Skandha Sasti Festival 2014, Thirukalyanam takes place on 30th October 2014, Thursday, at Sivasubramaniaswamy Thirukovil, Sivakasi. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple. Special pujas were performed and prasadams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-10-31

Sub Collector launches My Clean Sivakasi
 
31st October 2014 Sub Collector launches My Clean Sivakasi Sub Collector Mr.Amar Kushwahaa, Virudhunagar District launches "Namadhu Nagaram Thooimai Nagaram" in Sivakasi town, on 30th October 2014, Thursday. On every Saturday, the selected two wards in Sivakasi Municipality will be cleaned from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. As a part of "Namadhu Nagaram Thooimai Nagaram" Mr.Amar Kushwahaa directed Sivakasi Municipality to take stern action against those who throw garbage in the open and anyone doing it repeatedly would be penalised. Lets join hands to "MY CLEAN SIVAKASI" and make Sivakasi a clean town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-31

ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar to be held at AJ College
 
31st October 2014 Courtesy: ProfR.D.Sivakumar, Head, Department of M.Com(CA), ANJAC, Sivakasi ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar to be held at AJ College A two-day ICSSR (New Delhi) sponsored National level seminar on "Indian Service Secotors in the Information and Communication Technology Era: Emerging Trends, Issues and Prospects" to be held in Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi on 18th & 19th December 2014. The national seminar is going to be organised by The Department of Commerce (Computer Applications), ANJAC, Sivakasi. Organising Commitee Mr.V.Ayyan Kodiswaran, Correspondent, ANJAC Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Patron & Principal, ANJAC Dr.V.Madasamy, Seminar Convener, Professor & Head, Department of Commerce (Computer Applications) The important dates are as follows: Submission of Abstract with Registration Form: 18-11-2014 Submission of full length paper: 30-11-2014 All future correspondence by e-mail only. Registration fee The completed registration form shall be sent to the convener along with a DD for Rs.300/- (Rs.300 as additional fee for publication of book with ISBN) drawn in favour of The Princiapl, ANJAC, Sivakasi payable at Sivakasi on or before 18th November 2014. The author and co-author should register seperatelt. Free accommodation only will be provided to participants in college hostels on request based on first come first served. Note Registration fee includes cost of seminar kit, lunch and refreshment. No T.A. & D.A. will be provided to the participants For further details please contact 9489088111, 8220691234, 9486370438, e-mail: commerce.ces.anjac@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-31

Night rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi
 
30th October 2014 Night rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi Rains on Wednesday night (two spells) brought the maximum temperatures in Chennai down to below 32 decree Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded in Sivakasi town is 31 degree Celsius. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was 34 degree Celsius. Sivakasi likely to get more rains for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-10-30

Graveyards were cleaned for Kallarai Thirunaal
 
30th October 2014 Graveyards were cleaned for Kallarai Thirunaal Remembering the dead, Day of the Dead will be performed, every year on 2nd November. Day of the Dead is focused on Catholics gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. On the eve of this event, the bushes in the graveyards were cleaned, by the volunteers, yesterday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-30

A drizzling start and hot sunny day for Sivakasi
 
29th October 2014 A drizzling start and hot sunny day for Sivakasi There was a drizzling start for Sivakasi town, today. But as the day progressed, the skies were clear and blue. It was hot sunny day for Sivakasi. There was mild shower in the town on yesterday night. And day before yesterday, mild drizzle makes the road wet and fails to drench Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-10-29

Hundreds witnessed Soorasamharam in Sivakasi
 
29th October 2014 Hundreds witnessed Soorasamharam in Sivakasi Today, hundreds of pilgrims witnessed Soorasamhaaram, conducted as part of the Kandha Sasti festival at the Subramaniaswamy Thirukovil at Sivakasi. The Soorasamhaaram began at around 5 p.m., with the idol of Lord Murugan and those of Sooran were taken out in a procession from Murugan Kovil to the four car streets of Sivakasi, where the ritual was held. With the devotees raising the slogan Kandhanukku Arohara, Muruganukku Arohara Lord Muruga killed Sooran. Earlier Soorasamharam organised by Sivan Kovil has been taken place in the four car street. The devotees offered a series of pujas after Soorasamhaaram. Some Sivakasians observed fast for the last six days and took food after seeing the Soorasamhaaram, as a symbol of good winning over the evil. Prasadhams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-10-29

Power Shut Down for Maintenance work in Sivakasi
 
28th October 2014 Power Shut Down for Maintenance work in Sivakasi Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-10-28

Soorasamharam tomorrow at Sivakasi
 
28th October 2014 Soorasamharam tomorrow at Sivakasi Skandha Sasti Soorasamharam will be held in four car streets of Sivakasi, tomorrow evening. Thirukalyanam will be held at Sivasubramaniaswamy kovil on 30th October 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-28

Sivakasi wakes up to a rainy morning
 
27th October 2014 Sivakasi wakes up to a rainy morning Sivakasians woke up to a rainy morning today, thanks to the heavily overcast sky. After playing a hide and seek on Sunday, showers hit many parts of Sivakasi town, today. Though Sivakasi has been experiencing cloudy days and a dip in day temperature for some time now, rains had been evading several areas. Today, Sivakasians woke up to sharp showers from 05:35 a.m. to 05:50 a.m.. Sivakasians may escape the warm weather for some more days and there may be showers till the weekend, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

KVIZ RVCE 2014
 
27th October 2014 KVIZ RVCE 2014 Date: 01-11-2014, Saturday Venue: Renganayaki Varatharajan College of Engineering, Sivakasi-Sattur Main Road, via Thayilpatti, Salvarpatti. Sivakasi - 626 128. Last Date for registration: 30-10-2014, Thursday Quiz competition (Maths, Physics, Chemistry & General Knowledge) for +2 students. Free transport facility. For further details contact +91-94877-69076, 97093-63753, 04562-234506, 234567, e-mail id: rvce222@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

Diwali cracker fumes dousing dengue
 
27th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Diwali cracker fumes dousing dengue NEW DELHI: The nip in the air and the thick Diwali smoke — its been lower this year as per the pollution data, but good enough to spell the doom for Aedes — could signal the beginning of the end of the dengue outbreak. A week, is what experts predict, should take the disease to die its natural death. The number of fresh cases has already reduced, with 56 reported in the past 24 hours compared to 80-90 per day range since the beginning of the month. Meanwhile, one person died at the AIIMS on Sunday, taking the dengue death toll in the Capital to 46. The total number of dengue cases in the Capital has now crossed the 2,000-mark, touching 2,051. In 2003, the last epidemic year, the total number of cases reported was 2,882. Of the fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours, 22 were those who had visited the fever screening OPD of AIIMS and diagnosed with the disease, and had to be admitted. Thirty others have been discharged from the hospital, which now has 179 dengue patients admitted and 60 others under observation. The numbers attending the special OPD too have also halved with just 1,000 patients reporting in the past two days compared to about 1,000 patients per day earlier. According to AIIMS medical superintendent, Dr D K Sharma: "This, to my mind, is the fallout of the lowering of temperature that causes the dengue mosquito to cease breeding. In about a week or so, we should see the end of the outbreak." Agrees Dr Anoop Misra, consultant, internal medicine, Fortis Group of Hospitals: "The virus has an incubation period of 3-13 days. As it is the mosquito density had been going down because of the temperature change and now the cracker smoke, even though it was lower this year, would be the final death knell. Even if the smoke was not that dense, the damage to Aedes has been done." The dengue mosquito, according to health experts, stops breeding at 18 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in the city on Sunday was 20 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Delhi and NCR have so far seen 28 cases of chikungunya. The total number for the country is 1,665 with no confirmed deaths from the disease so far.
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

Sharp showers at afternoon
 
27th October 2014 Sharp showers at afternoon Sharp showers in Sivakasi town brought delight to Sivakasians reeling under sweltering heat today. It was brighter day, at afternoon around 01:35 p.m. Sivakasi received sharp showers until 01:50 p.m.. Sivakasi weatherman forecast a cloudy sky and showers or thundershowers in Sivakasi town, for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

Dud it was this year, but will Sivakasi sparkle in 2015?
 
26th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Dud it was this year, but will Sivakasi sparkle in 2015? The units will restart work in another 10 days — for Diwali in 2015. Many manufacturers are apprehensive of the future, however. Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (Tanfama) in Sivakasi has estimated that nearly Rs1,000 crore volume of fireworks stock is lying unsold in the town. "For years we have been warning the Centre about Chinese fireworks. We are feeling the full impact now," says A Mariappan, member of Tanfama. He adds that he had been noticing a decline in orders from north Indian dealers year over year due to Chinese fireworks. "When booking commenced last year, we could see that this year would be tough for us," he said. The full impact would be known when the dealers finish their stocktaking. "After Diwali we will know the impact of Chinese fireworks when our dealers get back to us", says V Kesavan, proprietor of Nayagi Fireworks. M Mahalakshmi, district secretary of Fireworks Workers Association, says that workers too are feeling the impact of Chinese fireworks. "We keep hearing from our workers that manufacturers are cutting back and their wages are decreasing. We are planning to make a proper study on the impact after Diwali," she said. Cheaper Chinese firecrackers that use banned chlorates will remain a draw until the government ramps up its measures, says industry leaders. G Abiruban, president of Tanfama, says Central and state governments were proactive in announcing a ban on Chinese fireworks and district administrations came out with official statements explaining the ban. But follow-up action has been missing, he adds. Tanfama has written to the ministry of industries and commerce asking that criminal action should be taken on people selling and storing Chinese fireworks. Seizure of fireworks and destruction along with prison terms for smugglers would send strong signals. "Only when they feel the pinch of stringent action, the people involved in importing and selling will avoid placing orders next year. Without that the ban will have no effect whatsoever," Abiruban said. Mariappan stressed that the task is not difficult. And the right agency to do this is Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), which has the mandate to crack down on the use of banned chlorates. "With a wide network across the country and being in-charge of all explosives establishments, PESO has it in them to do this job. In two days, they can put a lid on Chinese fireworks," he said. "Inspecting fireworks warehouses under PESO control and initiating actions like revoking explosives licenses is all the department needs to do to wipe out Chinese fireworks from the country", he added. A section of manufacturers is optimistic and sees Chinese fireworks as only the latest in a long history of challenges the industry has faced. "There is lot of creativity coming in through third-generation entrepreneurs from manufacturers families. In spite of struggles, Sivakasi has a tradition of innovation that has helped it to overcome challenges," says Rajasingh Chelladurai of Jumbo Fireworks. For instance, old timers recall new noise pollution regulations in the 1990s that threatened to shut down the industry. But the enterprising manufacturers managed to set things right and came out with alternatives such as pyro and aerial fireworks. Sivakasis entrepreneurs have diversified their business over decades, turning the town into a hub not just for fireworks but also for printing and calendar making. Sivakasi is known for its educational institutions too today. With some support from government, the industry may well overcome the Chinese challenge and move to the next level, say observers.
 
News posted on 2014-10-26

Diwali 2014: Firecracker industry faces R 200 crore loss even after 15-20% price rise
 
25th October 2014 Diwali 2014: Firecracker industry faces R 200 crore loss even after 15-20% price rise New Delhi: As the market sets itself for the light festival "Deepavali" the prices of firecrackers also marked an increase from 15-20 percent. But, Indias cracker industry could not find enough relief despite the price rise. The cyclonic storm in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir are considered as the reason behind this. Also, due to weak monsoon the rural areas of the agricultural based states registered a decrease in demand. In India the annual turnover of firecracker industry is Rs. 3,000 crore and are mostly the domestic units are located in Tamil Nadu. Nearly 80 per cent of countrys total crackers are manufactured in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu and its surrounding villages. However, manufacturing of firecrackers whether legally or illegally in other parts of the country and with the increasing import from China is reducing the influence of Sivakasis production in the market. V Murthy, Director Jubilient Cracker Private Limited talking to Money Bhaskar said that this year the firecracker industry has faced 35% less demand as compared to previous year. However, before diwali good demand for crackers was seen in some areas still Sivakasi fireworks industry could not gain much as the manufacturing was closed due to rain. Sivakasi presently has 728 firecracker manufacturing units out of which 200 are bigger units. The total turnover of the industry is Rs. 3000 crore. The cracker industry provides employment to nearly 3 lakh people. Of these, 1.75 million people are directly linked to the industry. According to Narendra Gupta, President Fireworks and General Traders Welfare Association, Delhi due to expensive raw material the manufacturing cost of firecrackers has increased. That led to an increase in the price of firecrackers this year. The impact of the increase in prices is seen in the demand for crackers. The floods in Jammu and Kashmir paralyzed the business of Rs. 60 crore. While in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha cyclone incurred a loss of Rs. 110 crore to the industry. The demand for crackers mainly comes from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. Approximate State Turnover Bihar Rs. 240 crore Jharkhand 110 crore Uttar Pradesh Rs. 190 crore Maharashtra Rs. 180 crore Punjab Rs. 160 crore
 
News posted on 2014-10-25

Dist. Collector inaugurates 150th free mental health camp
 
25th October 2014 Dist. Collector inaugurates 150th free mental health camp The 150th free mental health camp was inaugurated by District Collector Hariharan, on 19th October 2014, Sunday at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam. The camp was successfully organised jointly by M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai and Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy. Sairam Varathan presided over the function. In connection with 150th camp, drawing competition was organised. First three prizes were won by Michael David, Venkatesan and Jaya Ramachandran. Prizes were distributed. Dr.C.Ramasubramaniam, founder and consultant psychiatrist, M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, Sairam Dr.Pasupathi, Dr.Machavel were present on the occassion. Around 300 people were benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries undertaken Pranic Healing Treatment. Narayan Seva has been done for 600 people. 40 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 16th November 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-25

Northeast monsoon brings good rainfall to Sivakasi
 
25th October 2014 Northeast monsoon brings good rainfall to Sivakasi The Northeast monsoon has become active in Sivakasi town and brought copious rains to the town. The Northeast monsoon rains have commenced over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and adjoining areas of south Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on October 18, 2014. Today Sivakasi received good rain from 05:10 p.m. to 05:50 p.m.. And it is still drizzling. The rain was accompanied by lightening and thunders. Sivakasi set to get more north east monsoon rain for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temerature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-25

How Sivakasi redeemed itself
 
24th October 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard How Sivakasi redeemed itself Just days after Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigns against child labour, photographs captured children with barefeet clearing waste from the Yamuna. In the second of a five-part series, we take a look at how the firecracker capital of India is showing the way B Bagyalakshmi, S Mahalakshmi and K Sankaralingam have two things in common. All used to work in firecracker and matchbox making units at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. However, they rebuilt their lives after studying at the National Child Labour Project (NCLP)’s special training centres, run with the financial assistance from Central and state governments. While Bagyalakshmi had scored the second rank, Mahalakshmi came third in the higher secondary examinations last year in the state. Sankaralingam has joined the Tamil Nadu Special Police. The three have become symbols of change that Virudunagar district, where Sivakasi is located, has seen over the past few years. Besides Sivakasi, Sattur and Rajapalayam also had many cracker-making units that employed children. Today, Sivakasi is inching towards achieving the distinction of becoming a ‘zero’ child labour industrial cluster in the state, housing 800 cracker factories. According to social activists, Sivakasi and adjoining areas, located about 565 km from Chennai, are suited for cracker production, thanks to dry climate and availability of cheap labour. The cracker industry in Sivakasi is estimated to be worth about Rs 3,500 crore, accounting for 70 per cent of the total cracker production in the country. A senior government official associated with the project says, “Child labour in Sivakasi is now history.” According to him, the number of special training centres for educating children rescued from factories has come down to 19 from 120. The total number of students studying in these centres is 650, down from earlier 10,000. After taking temporary training at the centres, these children are admitted to government schools and then sent to colleges. The official says the key to success of the project was regular monitoring of the students through volunteers stationed in villages. K Pandiarajan, Virudhunagar MLA, says now children do not constitute even one per cent of the total workforce. Besides the state government’s efforts, the factors that worked to bring an end to child labour were a concerted campaign by voluntary sector organisations, social pressure on parents and high levels of automation in the factories. Media and regular court interventions also played a major role. District Collector T N Hariharan had sent about 100,000 letters to villagers, explaining to them the necessity of education, the problems relating to child labour and early marriage. In those letters, he gave his mobile number, the project director’s number and a helpline number. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say the drive helped as villagers now know whom to call if there are any complaints regarding child labour. Frequent raids and searches have also helped the cause. K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Association, says while everyone has a word of advice on child labour and makes baseless allegations, nobody takes the trouble of proving their claims. The association has also written to Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel laureate, to prove his claim that the cracker industry still employs over 100,000 child labourers. Mariappan admitted child labour was once rampant in the area. A senior industry official alleged that NGOs operating in Virudhunagar get Rs 20 crore every year as aid and it’s in their interest to keep the child labour issue alive. NGOs dismiss the charge. V Rajagopal, president, NEEDS, an NGO operating in the Virudhunagar district, and state convener of Campaign against Child Labour, says in remote parts of the district, the practice of child labour still continues. “Yes, there is a reduction of around 20-25 per cent in child labour but we still have a long way to go,” says Rajagopal. The other major issue is illegal units in rural pockets, which are strongholds of the Dalit community. “We are not able to get into these pockets to curtail child labour. If we do, it turns out to be a caste issue. Besides, they have strong political support,” says Mariyappan.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

Cracker of a Diwali: From actors to abstract art
 
24th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Cracker of a Diwali: From actors to abstract art CHENNAI: The firecracker industry, from the 70s until a few years ago liberally picked its product titles and mascots off Hindi film tabloids. Zeenat Aman, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Sunny Leone, Deepika Padukone and successive bombshells of each era were co-opted to enhance the marketability of fireworks called Raat ki Rani, Siren, Phataka, Item Bomb and Chamak Chalo. "In the 80s, before the Internet, we-d cut out photographs from magazines like Cine Blitz and Stardust and give them to our "designers"," says D Mathan, director of Lima Fireworks, whose Dragon brand has now upgraded to metallic and glittering packaging that could pass for a mithai box. "As a small player, I have to stand out," he says. Firecracker art - spectacularly kitschy and panoptic - has evolved through the ages, beginning with hand-drawn images of birds and flowers and goddess Lakshmi, followed by Raja Ravi Varma-inspired calendar art, poster art, screen sirens, cartoons, action figures, to arrive at abstraction. "Its about fonts that denote the USP of the product, and attractive packaging that uses metallic boards and glitter wrap," says G Abiruben, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. Sexy women, he insists, are passe as far as packaging goes. "My grandfather Ayyan Nadar who started a firecracker unit in 1923, printed labels that were designed by hand. My own catalogue of 236 products could have anything, from the image of a magician, to pictures of children, to images of Spiderman, Ben 10, Barbie, Chota Bheem and Dora," says Abiruben, MD of Ayyan Fireworks. "I could buy original images from a photographer, or have my designer put together packaging that combines fluorescent hearts on metallic board with cellophane and cutouts (this packs a brand of flowerpots called Dil Se). For my Shogun Bomb, I designed a Japanese warlord for the label; for Jadugar, I bought a photographer of someone dressed as a magician." Sivakasi, hotbed of home-use explosives, is reputed to contain about 800 manufacturing units, and while heavyweights like Standard, Ayyan and Sri Kaliswari (brand Cock) are careful about attracting lawsuits through the unlawful appropriation of actresses, there are smaller units that dip into the slow-moving stream of popular culture and pick what comes to hand. This might include a snapshot of an industrial-size explosion. Dont be surprised to see the image repeat itself next year. Or to see Katrina Kaif resurface even if she flops at the box-office. "Only about 30% of the labels change every year to keep our outlay low," says Mathan, "In any case, the sales of some products like Lakshmi bomb and bird crackers rely on their unchanging design. However, manufacturers in Sivakasi refrain from printing images of gods and goddesses because they-re discarded after use."Apparently, no such reservations with Sunny Leone.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

Kandha Sasti Festival begins
 
24th October 2014 Kandha Sasti Festival begins Every year Kandha Sasti festival is celebrated in Sivakasi Subramaniam Temple and in Sivan Kovil. Kandha Sasti Festival began in Sivakasi from today. The six days fasting started from 24th October and ends on 29th October 2014, Wednesday. On the final day of the fasting i.e., on 29th October 2014, 2 Surasamharams will be held, in Sivakasi four car street. On the next day of Sura Samharam, Thirukalyanam will be taken place in Sivakasi Swami Subramaniam temple.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

AAACET student won medal in Inter Zone Power Lifting Tournament
 
24th October 2014 AAACET student won medal in Inter Zone Power Lifting Tournament The student of AAA College of Engineering and Technology,Sivakasi Selvan Karthik S of Second Year Mechanical Engineering Department has secured SECOND place in Anna University Inter Zone Power Lifting Tournament in 93 Kg category with 175kg in BackSquad,107.5kg in Bench Press. 190 kg in Dead Lift and a total of 472.5kg organized by Namakkal, Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology on 18-10-2014 and 19th October 2014, Sunday. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and faculties cordially eulogizes the champ for bringing eminence to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

EXCELSIA - 14
 
24th October 2014 EXCELSIA - 14 Selvan G.Venkatesh of Second Year Electrical & Electronics Engineering department and Selvan R.Bhubalan of Second Year Mechanical Engineering department & have won SECOND prize in “BEARS Vs BULLS” Stock Market Simulation at EXCELSIA’14 organized by the Department of Management Studies of MEPCO SCHLENK on October 18th 2014. The Management, Principal and faculties heart fully admired the achievers for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

Non stop firecrackers sound mark Diwali celebration
 
23rd October 2014 Non stop firecrackers sound mark Diwali celebration Diwali was celebrated with fun on 22nd October 2014, Wednesday, in Sivakasi. Being the Diwali eve, the shopping remained the main highlight in the town, especially in NRKR Road. There was non stop Diwali celebration in Sivakasi from 21st October 2014, night to 22nd October 2014 night. In fact, Sivakasians begin bursting of crackers well before the festival of Diwali. In many households, the day began with a pre-dawn oil bath and donning of new clothes before prayers. People thronged Mutton and Chicken stall from 02:00 a.m.. There was crowed in the stalls till 12:00 p.m.. Devotees thronged temple and special abhisegams has been taken place in all the temples. In the morning, the women prepared sweet dishes such as Mundhrikothu, Paniyaaram, Ulundha Vada, Aama Vada and Gulab Jamun. Sivakasians make and shared sweets with friends and relatives. Sivakasians were eager in watching the new released movies in theatres. There was huge crowd in front of Cinema theatres. Majority of the theatres were house full. Some Sivakasians showed their interest towards special Diwali shows broadcasted in Television. The festival of lights, Diwali, brings fun, joy and togetherness. Children and youth eagerly look forward for the arrival of the festival. Everyone was with their new dresses and fired crackers. It was difficult for Sivakasians to travel from one place to another, as there was no auto service on Diwali Festival. Motorists remaining stuck, because of roadless roads youngers firing crackers in the roads for last two days, with out break, in all the streets of Sivakasi. So Sivakasians avoid roaming on Diwali days. Sivakasi has been seen with non stop sound and colourful lights throughout the festival. And all age sections enjoyed the festival.
 
News posted on 2014-10-23

Northeast monsoon sets in, heavy rain to lash Sivakasi
 
23rd October 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Northeast monsoon sets in, heavy rain to lash Sivakasi The northeast monsoon has set in over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. On Saturday, the Meteorological Department formally announced the onset of the monsoon. Most places across Sivakasi town experienced rainfall and today some parts recorded heavy spell from 09:20 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.. And it is drizzling from 11:45 a.m.. Yesterday, there was mild drizzle at morning and evening time. The mild did not post any hurdle for Sivakasians to celebrate Diwali Celebration. Heavy and widespread rains are expected to occur in Sivakasi town till 29th October 2014, Thursday with the onset of northeast monsoon on Saturday. It is expected to intensify in the coming days with squally winds, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-23

Sivakasians hone their skills in the kitchen
 
22nd October 2014 Sivakasians hone their skills in the kitchen In Sivakasi, a popular practice during the festival of lights is to exchange sweets and gifts with their near and dear ones. Sivakasians were busy for the last two days and hone their skills in the kitchen and prepared delicious Murukku, Seedai, Gulab Jamun, Athurasam and so on....
 
News posted on 2014-10-22

Happy Diwali
 
22nd October 2014 Happy Diwali The city which reduce your sorrows in the form of sparklers, blast your worries & colours up your sky in the form of crackers..... Proud to be a Sivakasian as a pioneer in Indian Fireworks Industries. May this Diwali be filled with Fun & Excitement, Wish u all a happy & safe Diwali,.....
 
News posted on 2014-10-22

Sivakasi greets Diwali with drizzle
 
22nd October 2014 Sivakasi greets Diwali with drizzle Pleasant weather accompanied by drizzle greeted the Sivakasians for Diwali. The north east monsoon drizzle begins in the midnight of diwali and it still continues and dark clouds kept hovered the town. There is a slim possiblities for rain in Sivakasi, today. For the next one week skies will be cloudy with a chances of rain / drizzle with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-22

North East Monsoon showers on 20th Oct.
 
21st October 2014 North East Monsoon showers on 20th Oct. There was mild showers at morning, evening and night time for several minutes on 20th October 2014, Monday. Pleasant climate likely to continue for next one week in Sivakasi. And Sivakasians welcomes the day with drizzle and dark clouds kept hovering the town, today. Sivakasians are busy shopping dress materials for Diwali, as bonus has been received today afternoon.
 
News posted on 2014-10-21

Thousands thronged NRKR road for Diwali shopping
 
21st October 2014 Thousands thronged NRKR road for Diwali shopping Diwali is just a few hours away, the shopping frenzy has hit Sivakasians really hard, in Sivakasi town. Diwali Festive shopping caused massive traffic jams in almost all parts of Sivakasi for the last three days. As thousands of shoppers thronged NRKR Road to make their last minute purchases, traffic was crippled on the key junctions of the town. Everyone carrying gift boxes, diwali dresses, sweet boxes and home appliances with big smile on their face.
 
News posted on 2014-10-21

Rain wipes out Sunday morning Diwali sale
 
19th October 2014 Rain wipes out Sunday morning Diwali sale There was non stop drizzle and occassional sharp showers in Sivakasi from yesterday night 10:55 p.m.. and it continues. For last few days hundreds of roadside vendors mushroomed in NRKR road Sivakasi and they keep busy on selling footwears, balloons, toys, Diwali dress materials, decorative items, household materials and so on. And todays rain wipes out Sunday morning Diwali sale. For few Sivakasians, North East monsoon showers on Sunday did not dampen the spirit of Diwali shoppers in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Chinese fireworks keep Sivakasi units on its toes
 
18th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Chinese fireworks keep Sivakasi units on its toes SIVAKASI: Sivakasi, the fireworks hub of country with 700 odd fireworks units, is buzzing with outlets selling fireworks. However, manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed as Chinese fireworks smuggled into the country illegally are taking its toll on their business in the market. V Kesavan of Nayagi Fireworks said retail business is picking up in Sivakasi Town. "After pooja holidays, retail sales has really gained steam and many outlets have come up," he said. The manufacturers have come out with various gift packs and new variety of fireworks for this year as well. Rajasingh Chelladurai of Jumbo Fireworks said there is lot of creativity among fireworks manufacturers as third generation of entrepreneurs have taken charge of the companies. "There are lot of miniature varieties of all fireworks. This year, we are introducing crackers manufactured entirely through mechanization. The results will be good for these machine-made crackers and they will be below permitted noise level," he said. Likewise, many manufacturers have come out with a variety of pyro-techniques and colour combination of aerial fireworks, industry sources said. G Abiruban, president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) said that market is sluggish but business is picking up as Diwali is nearing. "Fortunately, the influx of Chinese fireworks into Tamil Nadu is minimal and sales in the state will be good," he said. Hundreds throng Sivakasi town for fireworks purchase but transporting fireworks through public transport is not safe. "People can use their private vehicles to transport fireworks for their own consumption. But transporting fireworks through train or bus is banned and people should keep away from such practices," Abiruban said. Meanwhile, fireworks manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed about Chinese fireworks eating away into Indian market. "We will know impact of Chinese fireworks once Diwali is over after we get feedback from our dealers across the country," said Abiruban. A Mariappan, member of TANFAMA insisted that enforcement agencies act tough on Chinese fireworks. "By this time, Chinese fireworks would have sneaked into the Indian market and players who smuggled them will find every way to sell them off. If enforcement agencies like district administration and police act tough, the merchants will be dissuaded from purchasing fresh stocks next year," he pointed out.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Dont carry fireworks in buses, trains
 
19th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Dont carry fireworks in buses, trains MADURAI: As Diwali is just a few days away officials are on their toes to prevent transportation of fireworks in public transport and creating awareness among public on safety during the festival. Road transport officials and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are monitoring buses and trains as well as sensitising public not to transport fireworks by buses or trains to prevent any untoward incident. After advertising about the dangers of transporting fireworks in buses, regional transport office (RTO) staff are inspecting buses plying from Madurai. A special team has been deployed at Chittampatti Toll Gate on the national highway towards Chennai to comb both government and private buses. Similar teams are present in strategic locations at all national highways. N Ravichandran, RTO (enforcement) has said the drive commenced from Thursday and will be carried out till Diwali weekend. "Motor vehicle inspectors and RTO staff are inspecting both private buses and government buses. We have already given advertisements warning people not to transport fireworks. Action will be taken against public carrying fireworks in government buses. Omni bus operators were also instructed not to transport any fireworks consignments and if they are caught, complaint against them will be sent to the head office in Chennai," he said. Meanwhile, RPF personnel are combing trains for the last few days. Sensitising public, RPF along with railway police personnel are distributing pamphlets to travelling public urging them not to carry fireworks. A special team was deployed in Thiruthangal and Sivakasi railway stations screening passengers and luggage for fireworks. Besides, one canine from the dog squad is exclusively trained to detect fireworks and it has been deployed checking baggage and luggage, said P Sankar Kutty, divisional security commissioner of Madurai division. "We have started the inspection from last one week and it will continue till Diwali. Special attention is being given to Thiruthangal and Sivakasi railway stations from where fireworks could be possibly transported by public", he said. Meanwhile, fire and rescue service personnel are sensitising school students about safe handling of fireworks while celebrating Diwali. From October 13 onwards, personnel from every fire station - 10 stations in Madurai division - are visiting schools in their locality carrying out demonstrations to students. T Saravanakumar, district fire officer said the personnel are creating basic awareness among students to be careful with fireworks and necessary precautionary measures to be taken while handling them. Every station was asked to conduct demonstration in at least one school per day, he said.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Customs to crack down on sale of Chinese fireworks
 
19th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Customs to crack down on sale of Chinese fireworks CHENNAI: Just a few days ahead of Diwali, customs officials are planning to crackdown on sale of Chinese fireworks in the city as the products are banned in the country. Surprise checks will be conducted at retail outlets and godowns and fireworks manufactured abroad will be seized. The department has formed a special team to conduct checks at fireworks shops, said a statement from the office of the commissioner of customs (exports). The move comes after intelligence inputs showed that smuggled fireworks of foreign origin containing hazardous chemicals were being sold in the retail markets. "As the imported fireworks are manufactured using dangerous and hazardous chemicals, they can ignite or explode spontaneously. This can cause severe accidents," said a customs official. Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman recently said the government would crack down on their sale. "The government has not given and will not give permission to import foreign firecrackers. It is illegal and has an adverse effect on the employment sector, especially in regions like Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu," the minister said. In addition to small shops, huge retail outlets are being opened across the city ahead of Diwali on October 22. However, authorities do not have wherewithal to inspect all these shops for violations. Chennai customs is planning to step in to check violation of import rules. Fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi have been against Chinese firecrackers in the markets. They say Chinese firecrackers are being imported due to lack of clarity in policies. Madurai bench of Madras high court has also directed the central government to conduct checks and control sale of imported fire crackers. The direction came following public interest litigation was filed by a resident of Sivakasi. A public interest litigation filed before Madurai bench of Madras high court sought a direction to the union finance secretary to order inspection of all ports to seize illegally imported explosives.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Showers Fail to Dampen Diwali Shoppers Spirit
 
18th October 2014 Showers Fail to Dampen Diwali Shoppers Spirit The non stop north east monsoon showers for the last two days did not dampen the spirit of Diwali shoppers in Sivakasi town. Textile showrooms & Fireworks Showrooms were swarmed by people with only three days to go for Diwali. Most of the showrooms at NRKR Road were decorated with fancy items and large paper models of fireworks were kept on display at the entrance to grab the attention of the customers. Wading through the rains and the water clogged roads of NRKR Road and way to bus stand, determined shoppers made their final purchases. If it was an adventure for the shopper in confronting the poor pothole-filled water clogged roads, it was equally tough for the shopkeepers especially roadside vendors and hackers. Despite the North East Monsoon rains, the shoppers continued walking through the roads with large shopping bags on the way. The crowds may not have been as high as before but the area is still packed, and Tuesday (21-10-2014) is definitely going to see a huge turnout, as workers get their Diwali bonus.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

How to identify Chinese crackers?
 
18th October 2014 How to identify Chinese crackers? So, how does one identify Chinese crackers? You don’t need to be a Sherlock Holmes to do the sleuthing. “There are several ways to identify them. For instance, the language and brand name on the pack manufactured in India would always be in English; on a Chinese pack, it would be Mandarin. Besides, it is mandatory for Indian packs to specify information like the Maximum Retail Price (MRP), instructions about how to handle the crackers and the address of the manufacturer. You won’t find them on Chinese crackers,” says A.P.Selvaraj, former president of TANFAMA, Sivakasi. Why Chinese crackers are cheaper? Chinese fireworks uses chlorides and per-chlorides in place of aluminium powder and nitrates used by Indian units. 1kg of Aluminium powder costs Rs.300 while 1kg Potassium Chloride costs Rs.40-60. Small amount of chlorides is sufficient. 5 to 10 grams of chlorides equal to 100 to 200 grams of aluminium powder used at Sivakasi. Chinese fireworks cheaper by atleast 40% more colourful. Banned Chinese Crackers: Chinese Fireworks uses highly volatile chlorides, per chlorides which is banned in India. Dangers of Chinese Crackers: The Chinese firework products include potassium chlorate, which is a dangerous chemical and can ignite or explode spontaneously when mixed with a combustible material.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Northeast Monsoon begins in Sivakasi
 
18th October 2014 Northeast Monsoon begins in Sivakasi The break over of much awaited North East Monsoon Rainfall brings relief. And it is forecast that it would bring in more rainfall than usual. Today Sivakasi received rain showers from early morning and it still drizzling and it is non stop. The weather continue to stay pleasantly humid and the sky remain cloudy. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 2-3 days. Sivakasi may experience a maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and minimum temperature is 24 degree celsius, which is slightly below normal.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Northeast Monsoon rain in Sivakasi, schools declare holiday
 
18th October 2014 Northeast Monsoon rain in Sivakasi, schools declare holiday Few aided schools and matriculation schools in Sivakasi has declared a holiday following non stop drizzle and showers since midnight. The weatherman says the rain is due to North East Monsoon. It has forecast continuous rain across Sivakasi town over the next twenty four hours.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

No Power Shut Down today
 
18th October 2014 No Power Shut Down today Power Shut Down for the month of October 2014, in Sivakasi areas was scheduled today (18-10-2014, Saturday). The power shut down date has been postponed. Power Shut Down date will be announced soon. Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Sivakasi records lowest minimum temperature
 
18th October 2014 Sivakasi records lowest minimum temperature Today, Sivakasi records lowest maximum - 27 degree celsiuc and minimum temperature 24 degree celsius for the year 2014. The non stop drizzle and occassional showers stopped at 10:55 p.m.. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 7 days. Sivakasi may experience a maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and minimum temperature is 24 degree celsius, which is slightly below normal.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Cracker sellers have a blast online
 
18th October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Herald Cracker sellers have a blast online “Happy Day”, “Super Star Blue”, “Break Dance”, “Fire Phoenix” and “Gold Glitter” are not horses taking part in a derby. They are the latest names of crackers which are available for online purchase ahead of Deepavali. Online crackers stores are popular among consumers especially youngsters. Many online firecracker retailers, based in Chennai, have received huge purchase orders from various cities across the country and some of them have stopped taking further orders. Sivakasi and Virudhunagar districts in Tamil Nadu which are India’s nerve centre of the industry produces 90 per cent of the country’s requirement every year. It exports 80 per cent of its production to other states, including neighbouring Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Since transporting crackers through postal and courier services is prohibited, online sellers uses their own vehicles to deliver the products. “In the last couple of years, cracker producers in Tamil Nadu have come up with an unique idea by setting up online stores to avoid the troubles of setting up a physical shop, since it requires stringent norms and formalities. The online purchase is just like any other e-commerce website,” said A Asaithambi, senior advisory committee member, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association. According to him, purchase of crackers through online does not involve any risk since the delivery is done by the retailers. Many online portals display high resolution pictures of all varieties of fireworks and crackers which is followed by comprehensive description along with the prices tags. The payments are usually made through credit or debit cards as per the customer’s wish. However, through the website, people can purchase crackers that are above a fixed amount. “Now we deliver the products only to Tamil Nadu and Bangalore. We use our own vehicles to deliver the products on time (depending upon the destinations),” said an official from Peacock Crackers, a leading online trader in the country. The company no longer accepts orders from other states since the products could not be delivered in right time at this juncture. “We expect more than 20 per cent sales higher than last year,” the official said Everyday more than 7,000 people visit the website. Occasionally in case that the company is not able to deliver the crackers, customers are entitled for a refund and the queries are addressed within 24 hours.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Non stop rain showers drenched school students
 
17th October 2014 Non stop rain showers drenched school students Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at morning 7:20 a.m.. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians especially students and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. Rain was non stop and students reached the school drenched. Rain stops at 09:05 a.m. but drizzle continues. A few spells of rain are expected for next one week in Sivakasi town, with average maximum & minimum temperature of 30 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Stitching job in full swing
 
17th October 2014 Courtesy: Venus Tailors, Sivakasi Stitching job in full swing With Diwali round the corner, guess who are in great demand in the Fireworks city? Its the tailors across the town. Their demand is so palpable that the whirrs of their sewing machines have already filled the air. Sivakasians have already started queuing up outside the tailoring shops to stitch clothes for both men and women. As Sivakasi tailors are fully booked and rushing to meet deadlines for the Diwali season many of them have stopped taking new orders. A tailor said sivakasiweekly.com that, tailoring staff had to be paid for the extra hours put in as they had to rush to meet the demand and complete the work in time for Diwali.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Power shutdown tomorrow
 
17th October 2014 Power shutdown tomorrow There will be power shutdown in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. on 18th October 2014, Saturday, owing to maintenance works to be undertaken.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Sivakasi factories hit hard
 
17th October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Sivakasi factories hit hard Chennai: With Deepavali around the corner, cracker manufacturers in Sivakasi are facing challenges in marketing their products due to various factors. Chinese crackers already imported into the country have reduced the sales of Indian crackers by 40 per cent, according to V. Ramamoorthy, manufacturer of Jubilant Crackers Pvt Ltd, Sivakasi. Indian cracker manufactures lack incentives to export their goods to other countries. “Other than those manufacturers who have their individual outlets in foreign countries, none of us have the opportunity to export our products. The government should help us. Even if we are willing to export, we do not have proper facilities to take it forward,” said Ramamoorthy, pointing out to the demands from the US and Nigeria for Indian crackers. “For the last 15 years, Sivakasi Fireworks Association has been appealing to the Central government regarding the issue of exports. This year too, a petition has been filed for the creation of a separate ministry for the export of crackers so that there would be a structured format.” he added. According to Mayank Kumar, Commissioner of Customs (Exports), Chennai, there has not been any export of crackers from Chennai this year. Non-uniformity in the issue of licence to retailers to sell the crackers is another reason for the downfall of cracker sales according to the members of Sivakasi Fireworks Association. “We need at least 15 days time for steady sales of crackers. There has to be a transparent method in the issue of licence and that should be granted at least 45 days prior to Deepavali, so that retailers can be confident about their sales strategy and plan accordingly,” said Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA). “There are around 760 cracker manufacturing units in Sivakasi. But the demand is comparatively low compared to the production rate,” added Abiruben.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Night rain causes power cut in Sivakasi
 
16th October 2014 Photo: Kailash KPR Night rain causes power cut in Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced steady rain, last night, for more than 15 minutes. The temperature falls down to 25 degree Celsius. There was steady rain from 01:20 a.m. to 01:45 a.m.. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water and brings temporary relief from water crisis. A few spells of rain are expected for next ten days in Sivakasi town, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 25 degree celsius. There was no power supply from 01:30 a.m. to 05:30 a.m.. In Sivakasi, families having small kids, aged and elderly people had more harrowing times, yesterday night. Due to power outage Sivakasians had sleepless night. Sivakasians are also unable to sleep in the terrace due to the lack of lights after dark was resulting in security issues. Further, the terrace were wet due to rain.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Jewel One Gold & Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale
 
16th October 2014 Jewel One Gold & Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 17,18 & 19 October 2014, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Venue: Bell Hotel, No.123, Thiruthangal Road, Sivakasi - 626 123. For further details contact 04562-225180, 8220017621 / Toll free: 18001033916
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

A drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
16th October 2014 A drizzling start for Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle for several minutes, at today morning. The temperature falls down to 25 degree Celsius. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. Night rain and several spells of drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. Today the climate will be cloudy and there will be occasional drizzling / rain. There is a chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 25 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Sharp showers for 10 minutes
 
16th October 2014 Sharp showers for 10 minutes There was sharp showers for minutes from 02:55 p.m. to 03:05 p.m., today. And it was dizzling often and dont pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Diwali toy guns
 
16th October 2014 Diwali toy guns Whenever festivals such as Navaratri, Diwali, Christmas or New Year’s Day approach, Gift shops in Sivakasi start concentrating on the sale of festival-related articles. Sivakasi shop owners procure articles such as colourful roll cap toys price ranging from Rs.30/- to Rs.250/- and other decorating materials, well in advance of the Diwali festival. Roll cap is Rs.40/- per box. A visit to some of the gift shops in Sivakasi Bazar showed Colourful toy guns in various sizes being hung in front of the shops, and shoppers busy buying them.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Beware: Madras Eye is spreading in Sivakasi
 
15th October 2014 Beware: Madras Eye is spreading in Sivakasi The recent rains might bring some respite to Sivakasians but rains also bring a slew of diseases with it. Since the beginning of the rains in Sivakasi, more people are being affected with Conjunctivitis or what is popularly known as Madras Eye. Cases of Madras Eye, a highly contagious but self-limiting eye ailment, are on the rise in Sivakasi town for the last one week. Symptoms of Madras Eye Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid Increased amount of tears Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep Green or white discharge from the eye Itchy eyes Burning eyes Blurred vision Increased sensitivity to light Dont let it spread If you are infected Wear dark glasses and stay away from public places Avoid sharing towels, handkerchiefs and pillows Use sterlite cotton and wipes to clean the eye Wash hands frequently Consult eye specialist immediately
 
News posted on 2014-10-15

Diwali Fireworks sale picks up in Sivakasi
 
14th October 2014 Diwali Fireworks sale picks up in Sivakasi As Diwali is just a week away, sales picks up for fireworks traders for the last one week, in Sivakasi. Diwali crackers buyers from various States, cities, towns and villages are eager in visiting fireworks showrooms and buying the fancy items in fireworks. Due to increase in floating population in the town, there was high traffic jam in the major roads, at all the times. All the fireworks shops and showrooms were overcrowded. Everyone carrying fireworks gift boxes and diwali crackers with big smile on their face, with 30 to 40% discount. A big air balloon was float near bus stand and travellers and Sivakasians were wowing on the balloon which can be seen from very far distance.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Dear Diwali: Prices of fireworks, sweets up
 
14th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Dear Diwali: Prices of fireworks, sweets up CHENNAI: Be prepared to pay at least 25% more for sweets this Diwali. Traditional favourite Mysorepa is selling at 400 a kg, up from 270 to 340 last year. Other sweets too have witnessed a 25% to 35% rise in prices. Caterers and famous sweet shops in the city cite increase in labour and input costs as reasons for higher prices. For example, the price per kg of sugar is only marginally higher than last year at 36 but prices of ghee and cooking oil have witnessed a steep increase. Price of ghee has risen from 290 to 400 a kg. "Daily wages paid to labourers during festival season have gone up. While last year, a labourer sought 1,000 for a day, this year it is not possible to get the same person even if he is offered 1,300," said Chellappa, a caterer in Mylapore. "Unless we pay the money demanded by them, the quality of the sweet or savoury suffers," he said. Regular customers have placed orders for Diwali but we expect more orders by next week as many will try to get sweets fresh mostly a day before the festival, he said. Grand Sweets and Snacks, which has shops all over the city this year, has increased prices across the board. "We need to maintain quality and therefore use good quality ghee, oil and other ingredients. These ingredients cost more," said an official of the sweet shop chain. Despite only a week being left, Diwali business is yet to gain momentum, he said. "At present regular customers inquire about the availability and delivery of sweets before Diwali and leave," he said. A Suresh, a caterer in Pallikaranai, is pricing a kilogram of Mysorepa and Badusha at 350 against last years price of 270. "I have got some orders. This year the prices of sweets and savouries will be higher due to higher input costs," said Suresh. Fireworks prices are 7% to 10% higher compared to last year. "Our raw material and transport costs have increased in the last one year. Like each year, this February, wages were hiked and transport costs have increased due to increase in diesel prices. For us these two constitute a major part of the input costs," said G Adiruben, president of Sivakasi-based Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Steep Rise in Prices of Firecrackers
 
14th October 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Steep Rise in Prices of Firecrackers THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Celebrating Deepavali with firecrackers could be costly this year as the prices of fireworks have soared by about 30 per cent. The rise in prices is attributed to shortage of labour in fireworks industry and the stringent safety measures imposed by the State Government on the industry. Firecracker traders in the city expressed concern at the business prospects this Deepavali season. ‘’The factory prices of firecrackers have increased by 30 per cent when compared to last time. Sivakasi, the hub of the firecracker industry in the south India, is facing shortage of trained workers. It is learnt that the enforcement of safety measures on a big scale at the firework factories in Sivakasi has also contributed to the rise in prices this time,’’ said Sureshkumar, owner of Suresh Fireworks in Chalai market. Some of the traders who conducted sales of firecrackers in earlier years have decided not to do so this time because of the price rise in firecracker products. ‘’I decided not to conduct sales of firecrackers this Deepavali, as the prices have risen exorbitantly,’’ said Majid, a trader in Chalai who conducted business till last year. Last year also, there was an increase in prices of firecrackers by 35 per cent. According to the fireworks traders here in the city, the sales tax on fireworks has also been increased by as much as 25 per ccent in addition to the rise in the temporary licence fee. The traders will also have to pay a sum of Rs 2000 to the Fire and Safety Services Department.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Flower pot and chakkaram at one go
 
14th October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Flower pot and chakkaram at one go Chennai: Flower pots and ground chakkaram in a combo and a new range of colorful crackers are out this Deepavali to lure shoppers. As colors denote good spirit and gaiety, colorful garland crackers that burst in multiple colors will be added to the all time favourite 100 wala crackers. French shots that burst for around half an hour with over 1,000 colorful sprinkles that darts the sky, is another attraction that is targeted towards elite customers. One of its newest kind, it costs Rs 12,000 in the retail market. Manufacturers have also ventured into e-commerce. Retailers have their own websites that display the list of crackers and their prices. They have also tied up with other web portals through ads, so that their audience is not left out. “We have a feedback forum on our website that helps us understand the needs of customers, so that we can improvise our products every year. It has become a matter of pride for rich people to show off with the longest garland crackers which are costly. On a quantitative basis, colorful flowerpots and rockets are much sought after,” said V.Ramamoorthy, Jubilant Crackers Pvt Ltd, Sivakasi. Sivakasi has made a turnover of around `5,000 crore so far in the crackers trade. Although Chinese crackers have come earlier into the market at cheap rates, traders say that quality Indian products are ahead of the hazardous Chinese brands. “Our crackers cater to regional needs like environmental safety and preferences of Indian people,” said T.Srinivasan, a distributor from Chennai who distributes crackers to over 160 outlets. “The perchlorates added in the Chinese crackers cannot be absorbed easily by plants, which adds to air pollution and its ill effects. In case of accidents, these causes a bigger damage due to their chemical content,” added Ramamoorthy. The nitrate content in Indian brands is absorbed quickly by plants and do not cause damage to the environment, according to manufacturers. “Every manufacturer has come up with new varieties of crackers this year. Customers should ask for new arrivals when they shop for crackers as there are more than ten new varieties that they can look out for,” said Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association (TANFAMA). Fountain and aerial varieties have also increased this season. As the varieties have increased, TANFAMA has worked on regularizing the maximum retail price (MRP) of crackers, in order to avoid fake discounts that are offered after raising the prices triple fold. “80% of the retailers have complied,” added Abiruben.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Fireworks manufacturers wary of influx of Chinese crackers
 
13th October 2014 Courtesy: The Economic Times Fireworks manufacturers wary of influx of Chinese crackers SIVAKASI: With less than 10 days to go for Diwali, Tamil Nadu fireworks manufacturers are gearing up for the festival with new varieties of crackers to compete against those made in Chinese as their influx was posing a threat to the Rs 3000-crore domestic industry. Eight new varieties of crackers have been introduced for the festival which falls on October 22, and the cost ranges from Rs 2150 to Rs 11,350, manufacturers and retailers here said. Sivanadar, a local retailer, said "panorama-500", which would burst for 500 seconds, would cost Rs 11,350. Bullet train is another variety, he said. "We have introduced more varieties this year to compete with the Chinese varieties," he said. Tamil Nadu Fireworks Manufacturers Association General Secretary Sundar and K.Chitraijothi, an expert and advisor to manufacturers of Indian Crackers, claimed Chinese fireworks might be a cheaper, but are harmful to the environment. "Our crackers are definitely far better in quality and safety. They can be burst anywhere but Chinese crackers can be burst only by experts in an open ground," they claimed. Indian crackers use raw materials like newspapers, cardboards and jute while Chinese ones have chlorates or per-chlorates, they said. Abiruben, President, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), said Chinese crackers could burst even due to small friction. But the Centre has asserted that the possession or sale of fireworks of foreign origin is "illegal and punishable" and has tightened its grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers which are reportedly flooding the market by issuing a public notification warning importers and public of legal consequences. Association members said price of domestic crackers had been hiked by five per cent this year, though costs of raw materials like cardboard and sulphur had gone up by 15 per cent. This was taking into account the competition posed by the Chinese crackers, they said. Chitraijothi said government should encourage only Indian varieties as the fireworks are handled mostly by children. Explosives department officials said fireworks are smuggled into the country through the container route. Though the government had ordered seizure of containers, the customs department did not have adequate facility to seize containers having crackers. They had only one scanning equipment at Tuticorin, they said. The department is keeping strict vigil as it wanted to promote local manufacturing of crackers which provided jobs to five lakh people in the Rs 3,000-crore industry, official said. There were about 800 fireworks factories in Virudhunagar district alone. Officials should ensure that traders do not display Chinese crackers or those of any other country except India. The Centre had started strictly imposing the Explosives Act against Chinese crackers, Chitraijoti said. The government imposed the ban on foreign crackers on a plea from various manufacturers. However,there was information that foreign fireworks had been smuggled in, in 2000 containers. What was now needed was banning the display of Chinese crackers. This would be possible only if local officials stepped up efforts, Chitraijoti said. Sivanadar said people in urban areas demand only Indian crackers. Besides retailers did not want to take a risk by selling Chinese crackers.
 
News posted on 2014-10-13

PM-s Make in India slogan goes up in flames
 
11th October 2014 Courtesy: Bangalore Mirror PM-s Make in India slogan goes up in flames Tamil Nadu Fireworks Association says Chinese items flooding markets ahead of Diwali With Diwali around the corner the countrys several thousand crore fireworks industry is in jitters due to smuggling of illegal Chinese fireworks -- from rockets to sparklers -- into the country. "This year we expect a 30 percent drop in offtake due to smuggled Chinese brands," said G Abiruben, prident of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. The issue is not only about monetary loss. The Chinese fireworks are manufactured using friction sensitive materials. Banned chemicals such as potassium chloride are used which pose a threat to the end users, Abiruban told Bangalore Mirror. The fireworks market in the country is about Rs 6,000 crore per annum. At Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu alone there are around 700 manufacturers who produce 80 percent of the fireworks produced in the country, said a marketing representative at Standard Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks manufacturers. Balaji S of Anil Fireworks in Sivakasi said that as many as 1,000 containers have been seized in different ports in the country so far. "China discovered the huge market for fireworks in India and started tapping it since last year. They use cheap raw materials and dangerous chemicals," Standard Fireworks marketing personnel who doesnt want to be quoted. It has been however stated that the raw materials used in Chinese crackers give them more colour and display. The industry has sought the help of Nirmala Sitharaman, union minister for commerce and industry. "The government has taken up the issue seriously and written to all chief ministers for action. It has also promised further steps," Abiruben noted.
 
News posted on 2014-10-12

Chinese crackers continue to worry indigenous makers
 
12th October 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Chinese crackers continue to worry indigenous makers With less than a fortnight to go for Deepavali, and with cracker shops starting to come up all across the city, manufacturers and wholesalers are worried that Chinese crackers may be sold on a large scale on the eve of the festival. K. Mariappan, member of senior advisory committee, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Association (TNFAMA), said that according to estimates, at least Rs. 600 crore worth of Chinese crackers had entered the country and were available at retail outlets. “We are worried about the survival of the industry. The Chinese goods are substandard and contain harmful substances,” he alleged, adding that the city police had to crack down on them. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court recently directed the Centre to conduct raids nationwide and seize Chinese crackers that had been illegally imported, Mr. Mariappan added. N. Raja, president, Tamil Nadu Pattasu Thozhil Thozhilalar Nala Sangam, said they had announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh to those who seized Chinese crackers. “If the sale of indigenous crackers is affected, it will also affect us workers. To encourage brands from Sivakasi this year, we are creating Deepavali sandhais at YMCA Kottivakkam, Express Avenue, YMCA Royapettah and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai. These outlets will sell crackers of all major brands at nominal cost,” said Mr. Raja, who is also a wholesaler. All the sandhais, except the one at Express Avenue, will be open from October 15. The one at the mall , with 36 shops, will open a day later. Meanwhile, traders have also begun putting up shops on Island Grounds. Asked about the sale of cracker gift boxes at higher MRPs, Mr. Mariappan said the prices were printed on the boxed due to pressure from retailers. But this year, most of the 800 manufacturers in Sivakasi have decided to print the price at only thrice the MRP as various taxes and transport charges had to be taken into account.
 
News posted on 2014-10-12

Chinese ChotaBheem crackers raise safety questions
 
12th October 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Chinese "Chota Bheem" crackers raise safety questions "Chota Bheem" is a name familiar to children in India. But it has now become a brand for crackers made in China. Packed in covers with "Chota Bheem" logo and "Made in China" reference, questions are being raised over the sale and safety of these “highly hazardous” fireworks. A circular issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry states that fireworks of foreign origin are illegally brought into India under false declarations. These smuggled items contain chemicals such as Potassium Chlorate, which is a dangerous and hazardous chemical that can ignite or explode spontaneously. “The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in India. It is illegal and punishable under the law,” the circular says. It also mentions that sale or possession of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest police station. G. Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association (TANFAMA), told The Hindu that Indian crackers are non-friction-sensitive, whereas Chinese crackers are friction-sensitive. If a child handles a Chinese cracker wrongly, it will explode on his face due to the presence of potassium chlorate. In Sivakasi, we use only safe chemicals,” he explains. “There will be high-decibel noise from Chinese products but safety is doubtful,” says A. P. Selvarajan, past president of TANFAMA. Since the fuse size is less, it is highly dangerous to hold them in hand. “To whom will the people complain if something happens while bursting crackers made in China? Here, at least, you can identify the manufacturer. Understanding the severity of the situation, the government must prevent any more arrival of containers with crackers from China,” says Mr. Abiruben.
 
News posted on 2014-10-12

Yoga & Health Programme at AAACET
 
11th October 2014 AAACET’s Yoga & Health Programme Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology inaugurated the YOGA & HEALTH programme on 8th October 2014 at college A/C seminar hall. Shri.Ambal Muthumani, Proprietor/ Abis Coffee, Virudhunagar was the Guest of honor of the day. In his opening speech, he recalled the proverb “Sound Mind in a Sound body.” He insisted that there should be harmony between Body, Mind and Soul. The regular practice of YOGA helps in gaining attention focus and concentration, especially important for the students and reduces stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It also helps in increasing the capability of observation, the power of memory, backups to withhold their ambition and aids to lead a healthy life. With National Level awardees he demonstrated the practices of YOGA. The students also actively involved themselves and gained proper knowledge about the art of YOGA. Correspondent Dr. P.Ganesan, in his speech quoted his real life experience about how the practice of YOGA and healthy food habits helped him lead a lively life. He then reiterated the students to practice YOGA regularly for a blissful life. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, JointSecretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the programme to carte an awareness among the students regarding the health and importance of YOGA for the students community.
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

AAACET host Ball Badminton Tournament
 
11th October 2014 AAACET host Ball Badminton Tournament Anna University Zone XVII Men’s Ball Badminton Tournament was organized at AAA College of Engineering &Technology; Sivakasi on 8/10/14 and 9/10/14.From the Zone XVII, 9 engineering college teams had participated in the tournament. Dindigul, PSNA College of Engineering bagged the FIRST place, R.V. School of Engineering, Dindigul secured the SECOND place and the THIRD place was received by S.S.M. Engineering College, Dindigul. Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi awarded the winning teams with trophy and medals. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and Physical Director Mr.D.Babu have organized the tournament with a motive to help the students to understand thyself and their strength through sports and to be benefited with physical fitness.
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

Sri Shenbaga Vinayagar School students showcase bright ideas at science expo
 
11th October 2014 Sri Shenbaga Vinayagar School students showcase bright ideas at science expo With a view to stimulating an interest in science and creativity among school students, Sethu Institute of Technology organised ‘Science Exhibition Thought for Technology 14’ (SETT 14) on their college premises in Kariapatti near here on Thursday. The students had envisioned a range of innovative ideas in various branches of science. Students of Sri Shenbaga Vinayagar Matriculation School, Sivakasi, had come up with working models to explain the principles of hydraulics. “Elevators in buildings, and bridges which need to be drawn to allow ships to pass under them, can be operated on hydraulic power. Use of hydraulic power will result in saving of electricity and reduction in use of fossil fuels,” said A.V. Siva, a student.
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

Chinese Exports Hit Sivakasi Firecracker Makers
 
11th October 2014 Chinese Exports Hit Sivakasi Firecracker Makers For over five lakh Sivakasi people, it may be a dark Diwali as the threat from Chinese firecracker exports looms large. Abundant firecrackers imports from Chinese markets have hit Tamil Nadu-s firecrackers manufacturing industry — the biggest in India. Illegal import of Chinese firecrackers has forever been a trouble for Indian manufacturers, however, it was never as threatening to them as it is this time round. If Chinese firecrackers flood the Indian markets, it would suffer a loss of ₹6,000 crore. "Two years ago, the illegal imports of Chinese firecrackers were sporadic. But this year it has been phenomenal, threatening the domestic industry-s very existence. Nearly 35% of the products made for this year-s Diwali remain unsold because of clandestine imports of several container loads of Chinese products," Sivakasi-s Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TNFAMA) president G. Abiruben told IANS. The Indian firecrackers manufacturing industries saw their worst fears coming true when demands for bulk orders slumped severely in November-December last year. "Normally orders are placed around that time by distributors. Orders for this Diwali came down drastically as compared to 2012," TNFAMA senior advisory committee member K. Mariappan said. He added that the imports of Chinese goods have been happening illegally, without licences and the government has not taken a strong stance at the increasing illegal Chinese poaching of Indian firecrackers market. "Earlier the central government used to seize container loads of Chinese firecrackers. Instead of being destroyed, the seized products were handed back to the illegal importers after levying a fine. Those products later found their way into the market through other channels," Mariappan said. The central government had assured the Indian manufacturers that they would issue warning against illegal imports, but nothing has happened yet, he added. Mariappan further said that the Indian firecracker factories have to follow strict rules and has to ensure authenticity of the products they are selling, which is not applicable in case of Chinese importers who make most out of it leaving Indian industry crumbling behind it. "Our products have to comply with the noise pollution standard levels and also the packaging rules. Our packets should specify the maximum retail price, the phone numbers in case of any emergency and usage methods whereas no such stipulations are there for the Chinese products," he said. Worried about this year-s business and families of employers working at Sivakasi-s firecracker manufacturing industries, he raised his concern about the flourishing illegal Chinese market and its dreadful impact and complained about the lack of facilities to export their products in other countries. "If external products are allowed to come in, the domestic industry will be wiped out," Mariappan said, adding, "We can export our products but our ports do not accept firecrackers as storage facilities are not sufficient. While the Indian gates are open for illegal imports, the gates are closed for legal exports."
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

Possession, Sale of Foreign Origin Fireworks Illegal,Punishable
 
10th October 2014 Courtesy: The Indian Republic Possession, Sale of Foreign Origin Fireworks Illegal,Punishable Ahead of Diwali, the Commerce and Industry Ministry today said possession and sale of the fireworks of foreign origin is “illegal and punishable” under the Law. It has been brought to the notice of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) that fireworks of foreign origin were illegally brought into India under false declarations, the ministry said in a statement. It said various fireworks associations have informed that these smuggled items include ‘Potassium Chlorate’, a dangerous and hazardous chemical which can ignite or explode spontaneously. The Tamilnadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association has also informed that illegal fireworks of foreign origin have penetrated into the country in large quantities and they are likely to be sold through retail outlets extensively during coming Diwali season, it added. “Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable under the Law. Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest Police Station for suitable action,” the statement said. Fireworks in India have been declared as restricted item in respect of import by Director General of Foreign Trade. The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in the country. Till date, no licence for import of fireworks has been granted under the Explosives Rules, 2008 by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation, a subordinate office of the DIPP.
 
News posted on 2014-10-10

Free Medical Camp to be held
 
10th October 2014 Free Medical Camp to be held Date: 12-10-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Ja Bose Kanchana Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Forum of Physiotherapists Echo Screening, Telimedicine, Diabetes Check up, Cholestral Check up, Bone Density Check up... For further details contact +91-7373087272, 04562-272711, 272722
 
News posted on 2014-10-10

Railroad worm after rain
 
10th October 2014 Railroad worm after rain As rainy season starts, railroad worms follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall for last few weeks. As a result of the rain, there are lot of train worms found in the lawns of Sivakasi. Children following the train worms and playing with it. During rain earthworm also seen.
 
News posted on 2014-10-10

Diwali gets a swadeshi push
 
9th October 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Diwali gets a swadeshi push After Centre warning on sale or use of foreign firecrackers, BJP plans to popularise use of diyas by Diwali. After the Narendra Modi government clamped on sale of foreign firecrackers, largely imported from China, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to encourage people to use more diyas, or earthen lamps, instead of cheap China-manufactured lights. On Monday, the department of industrial policy and promotion, under the commerce ministry, had issued a statement that possession and sale of imported firecrackers were illegal. Though no country was named in the statement, the step was aimed at stopping the entry of Chinese crackers. These have flooded the domestic markets in recent years, at the expense of local manufacturers. The move comes barely a fortnight after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India. In Tamil Nadu, home to Indias Rs 3,000-crore domestic firework industry, the ban on Chinese crackers is seen by some as an attempt by the BJP-led government at the Centre to make inroads in the southern state at a time when the stock of the ruling AIADMK is down, due to J Jayalalithaas conviction for illegally amassing wealth.Sivakasi and the villages in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu produce around 80 per cent of the countrys fireworks. "The new government seems to have understood the industrys problem and reacted positively," said K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. He said illegal Chinese firecrackers worth Rs 600 crore have already been dumped into the country this year. "It is not a question of business loss alone. These Chinese crackers are also a threat to life, as they use potassium chlorate, a highly unstable and hazardous compound which can ignite or explode spontaneously," said Siva Balan of Pooja Fireworks. The BJP also plans to revive "deep daan", a practice of offering earthen lamps in lakes and rivers between Dhanteras and Diwali. Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali. "Deep daan is considered auspicious and is friendly to the environment," said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma. He said it would help thousands of potters in villages and towns to earn a livelihood. Sharma says he doesnt view deep daan as an attempt to target products manufactured by China or any other country. "What we want to encourage is the PMs "Make in India" concept, where the product should be manufactured in India for our buyers," he said. The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has welcomed the Narendra Modi governments move to restrict the sale of Chinese firecrackers. Ashwani Mahajan, its national co-convenor, said the government should also look at the import of cheap toys from China, studies of which have found use plastic that is toxic and harmful to the health of children. "Sivakasi firecracker industry was dying. The manufacturers had also started importing cheaper Chinese raw material. The Chinese-made firecrackers are of poor quality compared to those made in Sivakasi. But the industry couldnt withstand the onslaught of cheaper Chinese firecrackers and raw material," said Mahajan. He claimed the SJMs Chennai branch, led by S Gurumurthy, a known economist and proponent of their view, played an important role in highlighting the problems of the industry at Sivakasi to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. "At the end of the day, Indian interests are paramount and anything that involves employment and livelihood of thousands of people. We also need to be sensitive about the risks they run if anything is dumped as part of unfair trade practices," said BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli. A few years earlier, the domestic firework industry had made representations to then Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and his deputy, Sudarsana Natchiappan, on the need to issue a public notice warning of punishment under Section 9B(1) in the Explosives Act, to anybody trying to import, store and sell foreign fireworks. But the request was not heeded. Just before the Lok Sabha polls, Modi, during his campaign trail, had come down heavily on the then UPA government for letting the domestic firecracker industry "die".
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Change in pattern of train services
 
9th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Change in pattern of train services MADURAI : The railways has announced changes in pattern of some train services on three days to facilitate construction works in some sections of the Madurai railway division. According to a statement, the changes are made on October 8 (Wednesday), October 12 (Sunday) and October 15 (Wednesday) to facilitate construction of limited use subways in Virudhunagar - Tulukapatti and Virudhunagar - Sivakasi sections on these days. The trains partially cancelled on October 8 and 12 are: train no. 22627 Trichy - Tirunelveli Intercity Express between Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli. This train will return as train no. 22628 from Virudhunagar to Trichy as per its scheduled timings. Train no. 56769 Palani - Tiruchendur passenger is partially cancelled between Virudhunagar - Tirunelveli. This train will return as train no. 56770 from Virudhunagar to Palani as per schedule. Train no. 56770 Tiruchendur - Palani passenger is partially cancelled between Tirunelveli - Virudhunagar and it will return as train no. 56769 from Tirunelveli to Tiruchendur as per schedule. Train no. 56319 Nagercoil - Coimbatore passenger is partially cancelled between Sattur - Madurai. This train will return as train no. 56320 from Sattur to Nagercoil as per its scheduled timings. Train no. 56320 Coimbatore - Nagercoil passenger is partially cancelled between Madurai - Sattur. This train will return as train no. 56319 from Madurai to Coimbatore at 3pm with a delay of 90 minutes. Passengers alighting or boarding by train nos. 22627/22628 Trichy -Tirunelveli - Trichy Intercity Express at Virudhunagar, Sattur and Kovilpatti will be transported by buses to and from Tirunelveli on these two days. Trains fully cancelled on the three days are: train no. 56733 Madurai - Sengottai passenger and train no. 56734 Sengottai - Madurai passenger. tnn
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Mild drizzle for few seconds
 
9th October 2014 Mild drizzle for few seconds Today, dark clouds kept hovering Sivakasi town from 04:00 p.m. onwards. There was very mild drizzle in the town and it fails to make the road wet. And the climate remains pleasant for the last few weeks. For the next 10 days, skies will be cloudy with the chances for drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Pournami Lunar Eclipse
 
9th October 2014 Pournami Lunar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse occur until 07:05 p.m., yesterday. Temples in Sivakasi remained close until 07:05 p.m.. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Dark Diwali for 500,000 families in Sivakasi
 
8th October 2014 Courtesy: One India Dark Diwali for 500,000 families in Sivakasi Chennai, Oct 8: It may not be a cracker of a Diwali this year for about 500,000 families in Tamil Nadus Sivakasi town - Indias biggest firecrackers manufacturing hub - as they fear getting swamped by Chinese firecrackers. "Two years back the illegal imports of Chinese firecrackers were sporadic. But this year it was phenomenal, threatening the domestic industrys very existence," G. Abiruben, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TNFAMA), Sivakasi, told IANS over phone. "Nearly 35 percent of the products made for this years Diwali remain unsold because of clandestine imports of several container loads of Chinese products," he said. Chinese firecrackers pose a threat to the Rs.6,000 crore Indian firecracker industry which is gearing up for Diwali Oct 23. Conservatively, industry experts estimate that the value of clandestine imports of Chinese firecrackers is around Rs.600 crore for about 2,000 containers. The central government has said that advertisements would be issued in the dailies warning of action against illegal imports of firecrackers, but no such publicity has been given till date though the time is running out, industry officials complain. K. Mariappan, member of senior advisory committee, TNFAMA, told IANS: "Earlier the central government used to seize container loads of Chinese firecrackers. Instead of destroying the seized products they were given back to the illegal importers after levying a fine. Those products later found their way into the market." He said the chief controller of explosives based in Nagpur has to give the sanction to destroy the seized fireworks and no such sanction has been given till date. Sivakasi, also known as "kutti" or "mini Japan", is one of the oldest and biggest firecracker manufacturing hubs in India. Nearly 90 percent of the countrys fireworks are made in Sivakasi. Also, 80 percent of the safety matches are made here. Low rainfall and dry climate are conducive for this industry to thrive. Some of the products are also used by the airports to scare away birds. According to Mariappan, imports of firecrackers need licence from the central government. And no import licence has been issued till now to anybody. The Indian industry realised the seriousness of the Chinese threat when their order intake came down drastically around November-December of 2013. "Normally orders are placed around that time by distributors. Orders for this Diwali came down drastically as compared to 2012," Mariappan said. The orders for next Diwali will be taken during this November-December and industry officials feel that only when the central and state governments start cracking down on illegal imports would the domestic industry survive. Mariappan said: "The Indian industry has been fully meeting the domestic demand and the imports from China are not to meet the excess of demand over supply. It is mainly to take advantage of the cheap Chinese products." He said the use of potassium chlorates while making firecrackers is banned in India, whereas no such ban exists in China. "We use potassium nitrate (price Rs.70/kg) and aluminium powder (Rs.250/kg) whereas the potassium chlorates used by the Chinese costs just Rs.25/kg. This gives huge price advantage for the Chinese products over ours," Mariappan said. Additionally, the Indian manufacturers have to pay excise and sales tax adding to the products cost. As a result, the price of Indian products is higher by around 40 percent. According to Abiruben, firecrackers made with potassium chlorates are friction sensitive and have to be handled very carefully. "Our products have to comply with the noise pollution levels and also the packaging rules. Our packets should specify the maximum retail price, the phone numbers in case of any emergency and usage methods whereas no such stipulations are there for Chinese products," he said. Mariappan said containers with Chinese firecrackers come into India through different points like Navi Mumbai, Tuticorin and others. The Chinese products are targeted at the Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi markets on which the Indian industry is largely dependent. Queried as to the type of firecrackers that are illegally imported into India, he said mostly it is aerial shots and children products that are brought in. "If other products are allowed to come in, then the domestic industry will be wiped out," he added. According to Abiruben, the Indian fireworks industry is entirely home grown and there are around 60 ancillary sectors that are dependent on this industry. The firecracker industry in China is around Rs.30,000 crore catering to domestic as well as export markets. "We can export our products but our ports do not accept firecrackers as storage facilities are not sufficient. While the Indian gates are open for illegal imports, the gates are closed for legal exports," Mariappan
 
News posted on 2014-10-08

Bakrid celebrated in Sivakasi
 
8th October 2014 Bakrid celebrated in Sivakasi Sivakasians celebrated Bakrid festival - the festival of sacrifice, on 6th October 2014, Monday. In Sivakasi, Bakrid dawns with the resounding of Allahu Akbar, the declaration that god is great. Sivakasians weared new dress and proceed to for public prayers. The Bakrid festivity at home commence after the ceremonial prayer with hearty feasts followed by social visits. In Sivakasi, the delicious Qurbani were distributed to non muslims.
 
News posted on 2014-10-08

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
8th October 2014 Drizzle fails to make the road wet Today there was drizzle at evening for few minutes. Drizzle fails to make the road wet. Earlier on 7th October 2014, Tuesday, drizzle drenched Sivakasi town. Sivakasi received drizzle from 06:30 p.m. and it continues till night.
 
News posted on 2014-10-08

Khadi discount sale begins in Sivakasi
 
7th October 2014 Khadi discount sale begins in Sivakasi Dr.V.K.Kathiravan inaugurated khadi sales here on 2nd October 2014, Thursday. Marking the Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations, he paid homage to the leaders and inaugurated the Diwali Discount Sale. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, received the first sale from Mr.P.Ravichandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft, Sivakasi. Mr.P.Ravichandran said sivakasiweekly.com that, every year Diwali Discount Sale at Sarvodaya Sangh begins from Gandhi Jayanti and a 20 per cent discount would be offered for saree varieties. The discount sale would go up to Diwali, he added.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Fancy Fireworks High on Customers List This Year
 
7th October 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Fancy Fireworks High on Customers List This Year SIVAKASI: With Deepavali nearing, several people from across the State are making a beeline to Sivakasi, which is the manufacturing hub of fire-crackers in the country, to buy crackers. Of late, many people have developed a liking for fancy fire-crackers and started purchasing them on a large-scale, said many cracker-sellers whom this reporter spoke to. Every year during this festival of lights, the crackers shops are set up on either side of the Sattur- Sivakasi and the Sivakasi- Virudhunagar Roads and all these make-shift establishments make roaring business. M Karuppasamy of Tirupur, who has come by car to Sivakasi to purchase fire-crackers, said, “I come here just days ahead of Deepavali to buy crackers for my family, as no festival of lights is complete without them.” He said he has come along with his friends to get the fancy fire-crackers that go up in the sky and emit different colours, they are beautiful to watch.” “Moreover, my children like only these types of fire- crackers and they have asked me to buy only them. I intend spending nearly `6,000 on those fancy ones,” he added, with a smile. “Though during this time of the year, several fire-cracker shops are opened across the State, we prefer coming to Sivakasi, as the fire-crackers are cheaper here than in any other place,” said a businessman Gopalakrishnan from Coimbatore. He said he has come along with his family. “When I was young, I used to burst bombs and the walas, but now my children prefer fancy fire-crackers. They are available in different colours, which are feast for the eyes. I feel such fire-crackers are safe, as they do not burst in the ground,” he said. Nilesh Kanna, a college student from Chennai, said he has come to Sivakasi along with his friends in a car to purchase fire-crackers. He said that last year, he had bought them for `5, 000, but didn’t get value for money, so I decided to reach Sivakasi as the fire-crackers are cheaper here. Initially, I shelled out `6,000, but after seeing the price and the quantity, I decided to spend `3, 000 more. Most of the fire-crackers that I’d bought were fancy ones, as they are colourful and beautiful as they fly into the night sky.” He said, “I live in an apartment in Chennai, and so I can’t bursts bombs. Hence, this time, it’s only the fancy ones I bought so that they can be lit from the terrace of the apartment building.” Ganesh, who owns a cracker shop in Sivakasi, said there are only a few more days left for Deepavali, and already many customers were flocking Sivakasi to buy fire-crackers, mostly the fancy ones. There are different types of fancy fire-crackers ranging from single shot upto 500 shots. The moment the customers enter the shop they look for fancy crackers and buy them in large numbers. Only after purchasing them, they look for others such as flower pots, chakkars, walas, sparklers, bombs etc, Ganesh pointed out. For this season, over 500 shops would be opened in Virudhunagar district. Several people from the nearby villages in the district get short-term employment (for nearly two months) during the season, said a trader.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Sivakasi industries shocked as power cuts are back
 
7th October 2014 Sivakasi industries shocked as power cuts are back From 29th September 2014, Sivakasi is reeling under unscheduled power cuts for more than three to four hours. Several Printing units that were shut down last year because of frequent power cuts. Small and medium scale industries in Sivakasi town are facing an acute manufacturing crisis because power interruptions are more frequent and unscheduled. With the revival of unannounced power cuts, Sivakasi industries are staring at an uncertain future.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Drizzle for few minutes
 
7th October 2014 Drizzle for few minutes There was mild drizzle from 04:40 p.m. to 04:55 p.m.. Mild drizzle brings down the temperature and did not pose hurdle to Sivakasians. Drizzle for few minutes makes the road wet.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Bakrid Mubarak
 
6th October 2014 Dear Sivakasians, Bakrid Mubarak! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
6th October 2014 - M.G.Ramesh Drizzle makes the road wet Yesterday, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. A heavy rain showers Saturday overnight into early Sunday morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. There was mild shower from 06:45 p.m. to 07:15 p.m.. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

TN private schools withdraw circular for Tuesdays shutdown against Jaya-s conviction
 
6th October 2014 Courtesy: IBN Live TN private schools withdraw circular for Tuesdays shutdown against Jaya-s conviction Chennai: Hours after a holiday was declared for private schools in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, the circular has now been withdrawn. Over 4,500 private schools in Tamil Nadu and more than 170 private engineering colleges had planned to remain shut on Tuesday in support of former chief minister Jayalalithaa. The holiday was declared by the Federation of Association of Private Schools in Tamil Nadu. School correspondents, principals and teachers across the state had also decided to participate in a demonstration on Tuesday in Chennai. The decision had been criticised by several academicians, parents and the opposition parties who said that schools and colleges were using students to further a political agenda. The PMK had also decided to move the Madras High Court against private schools declaring a holiday on Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

Roaring Thunders, Lightning & Drizzling
 
6th October 2014 Roaring Thunders, Lightning & Drizzling The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening 06:00 p.m.. Thunders roared accompanied with winds at 06:35 p.m.. There was mild drizzle from 06:40 p.m. to 06:45 p.m.. Drizzle makes the road wet and fails to drench Sivakasi. And thunders still roaring...
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

Sivakasi hit by thunder, lightning, rain
 
5th October 2014 Sivakasi hit by thunder, lightning, rain Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed Sivakasi town on 4th October 2014, Saturday. The heavy downpour that started around 07.20 p.m. and continued till 08:45 p.m., catching people off guard, and many had to take shelter in front of commercial outlets and under trees. There was mild drizzle from 05:55 p.m. To 07:15p.m.. Power supply got disrupted from 07:40 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in a few areas (PKN Road and Solai Colony), and roads were flooded. The water stagnation on the roads dug for the execution of the drainage scheme in various parts of the town led to traffic snarls and the worst hit were the two-wheeler riders. The unseemly rain also resulted in several cancelled outdoor events and threw life out of gear for many Sivakasians. The northeast monsoon will bring in more thunderstorms to Sivakasi and its neighbourhood, for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-05

Kamaraj Memorial Day Observed in Sivakasi
 
4th October 2014 Courtesy: Mr.Suruli Vel Pandian, Secretary, Kamaraj Vaasagar Salai Kamaraj Memorial Day Observed in Sivakasi Kamaraj Memorial Day was observed in Sivakasi, in Sivakasi Kamaraj Vaasagar Saalai, on 2nd October 2014, Thursday. The chief guest for the function was C.M.Arumugam. Mr.Cheirmathurai addressed the gathering and delivered speech on Kamaraj. Special pujas were performed to the great leaders Gandhiji and Perunthalaivar Kamaraj. Arathi has been taken. The chief guest and members paying homage to Kamaraj. The street people of PKN Colony paid floral tributes at the memorial. Later, in Sivakasi Rojapoothayammal Kalyaana Mandapam, food were distributed for 1000 people. Mr.Suruli Vel Pandian said sivakasiweekly.com that, they are providing food for 1000 people, since 1977, on Kamaraj Death Anniversary.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Narendra Modi govt to promote a desi Diwali
 
4th October 2014 Narendra Modi govt to promote a desi Diwali After the Narendra Modi government clamped on sale of foreign firecrackers, largely imported from China, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to encourage people to use more diyas, or earthen lamps, instead of cheap China-manufactured lights. On Monday, the department of industrial policy and promotion, under the commerce ministry, had issued a statement that possession and sale of imported firecrackers were illegal. Though no country was named in the statement, the step was aimed at stopping the entry of Chinese crackers. These have flooded the domestic markets in recent years, at the expense of local manufacturers. The move comes barely a fortnight after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India. DIWALI DIRECTION The department of industrial policy and promotion, under the commerce ministry, had issued a statement on Monday that possession and sale of imported firecrackers were illegal Though no country was named in the statement, the step was aimed at stopping the entry of Chinese firecrackers The Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has welcomed the Modi government’s move to restrict the sale of Chinese firecrackers In Tamil Nadu, home to India’s Rs 3,000-crore domestic firework industry, the ban on Chinese crackers is seen by some as an attempt by the BJP-led government at the Centre to make inroads in the state at a time when the stock of the ruling AIADMK is down following J Jayalalithaa’s conviction in the disproportionate assets case In Tamil Nadu, home to India’s Rs 3,000-crore domestic firework industry, the ban on Chinese crackers is seen by some as an attempt by the BJP-led government at the Centre to make inroads in the southern state at a time when the stock of the ruling AIADMK is down, due to J Jayalalithaa’s conviction for illegally amassing wealth. Sivakasi and the villages in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu produce around 80 per cent of the country’s fireworks. “The new government seems to have understood the industry’s problem and reacted positively,” said K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association. He said illegal Chinese firecrackers worth Rs 600 crore has already been dumped into the country this year. “It is not a question of business loss alone. These Chinese crackers are also a threat to life, as they use potassium chlorate, a highly unstable and hazardous compound which can ignite or explode spontaneously,” said Siva Balan of Pooja Fireworks. The BJP also plans to revive “deep daan”, a practice of offering earthen lamps in lakes and rivers between Dhanteras and Diwali. Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali. “Deep daan is considered auspicious and is friendly to the environment,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma. He said it would help thousands of potters in villages and towns to earn a livelihood. Sharma says he doesn’t view deep daan as an attempt to target products manufactured by China or any other country. “What we want to encourage is the PM’s ‘Make in India’ concept, where the product should be manufactured in India for our buyers,” he said. The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has welcomed the Narendra Modi government’s move to restrict the sale of Chinese firecrackers. Ashwani Mahajan, its national co-convenor, said the government should also look at the import of cheap toys from China, studies of which have found use plastic that is toxic and harmful to the health of children. “Sivakasi firecracker industry was dying. The manufacturers had also started importing cheaper Chinese raw material. The Chinese-made firecrackers are of poor quality compared to those made in Sivakasi. But the industry couldn’t withstand the onslaught of cheaper Chinese firecrackers and raw material,” said Mahajan. He claimed the SJM’s Chennai branch, led by S Gurumurthy, a known economist and proponent of their view, played an important role in highlighting the problems of the industry at Sivakasi to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “At the end of the day, Indian interests are paramount and anything that involves employment and livelihood of thousands of people. We also need to be sensitive about the risks they run if anything is dumped as part of unfair trade practices,” said Nalin Kohli. A few years earlier, the domestic firework industry had made representations to then Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and his deputy, Sudarsana Natchiappan, on the need to issue a public notice warning of punishment under Section 9B(1) in the Explosives Act, to anybody trying to import, store and sell foreign fireworks. But the request was not heeded. Just before the Lok Sabha polls, Modi, during his campaign trail, had come down heavily on the then UPA government for letting the domestic firecracker industry “die”.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Ban on Chinese firecrackers hard to enforce
 
4th Octboer 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Ban on Chinese firecrackers hard to enforce NEW DELHI: With Dussehra round the corner and Diwali three weeks away, the central government has suddenly remembered the rules banning imported crackers (read Chinese fireworks) on the grounds that they dont meet standards due to a high potassium chlorate content, which makes production cheaper but hazardous. The crackers are also polluting. The Union minister of state for commerce and industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, said in a conference on Monday that the government hasnt given permission or any licence for the import of firecrackers. But these Chinese crackers were never allowed in the country. Then how is it that they have been flooding the market every festive season, so much so that Diwali seems incomplete without them? This time the government has issued strict instructions to stop their sale. TOI spoke to traders in Sadar Bazar and Chandni Chowk dealing in crackers and they seem to have overnight turned environmentally conscious and vowed not to sell the Chinese varieties. Rakesh Tanwar, a trader on Qutub Road, sells crackers all round the year. "This is good news for us as we use only India-made crackers from Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu). Moreover, these (Chinese) crackers are hazardous." Potassium chlorate is believed to add colour and gives height to the fireworks. Another trader, Narinder Kumar, explained that Indian crackers are made using potassium nitrate and aluminium powder, which escalates the cost by three times compared to potassium chlorate. "There is no way that Indian crackers can be sold at the price of Chinese as the cost is much more." However, those who have already placed orders in China are now staring at huge losses as their consignments will be seized at ports. "Usually, traders go to China and place orders. On an average, each trader would suffer a loss of Rs 2-3 crore. A pack of 12 rockets, not the fancy ones, usually cost a trader around Rs 30-35 whereas a Chinese pack would cost Rs 18," said Tanwar. Many traders said it would be hard to crack down on Chinese crackers. Sunil Kumar, a Chinese crackers seller, said, "The consignments that have reached and the stock in circulation have to be sold. No new orders will be placed as customs officials are very vigilant nowadays." Recently, four consignments carrying Chinese fireworks worth Rs 3.6 crore were seized in Navi Mumbai. After China, India is the second largest producer of firecrackers, which is a Rs 3,000 crore industry, and Sivakasi alone caters to 80% of Indias needs. Tamil Nadus former CM, Jayalalithaa, had written in April to the Prime Ministers office asking the customs department to be more effective and check smuggling. Even Narendra Modi in a rally in Tamila Nadu before Lok Sabha polls had criticized the Centre for letting fireworks units bleed.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Centre wont permit import of Chinese firecrackers, minister says
 
4th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Centre wont permit import of Chinese firecrackers, minister says CHENNAI: The Central Government would take stern action against those who import Chinese firecrackers, Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday. The minister, who was in Chennai to attend a function of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), said the government would ensure that Chinese firecrackers do not flood the Diwali markets in the country, eating into the earnings of the traditional Indian firecracker industry. She said instructions had been given to officials at all ports across the country to confiscate firecracker consignments. "The government has not given and will not give permission to import foreign firecrackers. It is illegal and has an adverse effect on the employment sector, especially in regions like Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu," the minister said. The government would take all necessary measures to protect the interests of those who earn their livelihood from firecracker and matchbox industries, she added. Firecracker manufacturers in Sivakasi have been up in arms against the free flow of Chinese firecrackers into the Indian markets. They say Chinese firecrackers are imported due to lack of clarity in policies. The minister also stressed on the need to maintain law and order situation in Tamil Nadu in the aftermath of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa-s imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case. She said normal life should not be affected and the Tamil Nadu government and police should take all steps to maintain normalcy across the state.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Dussehra utsav 2014
 
4th October 2014 Dussehra utsav 2014 Dhasara Utsav 2014 was held in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Muppidaariamman (Kaichakarriamman) temple - Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Temple, on 3rd October 2014, Friday. While one half of the Navaratri Festival - Ambu Aeithal - , that stands for the Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran, in Sivakasi. Hundreds of devotees witnessed samhaaram of Mahisaasuran. Some devotees came out with Lord Kaliamman, God Vinayaka, God Murugan make overs.The organisers (Muthu Fireworks Industries, Sivakasi) burst crackers and paper shots, at the time of the samharam of Mahisaasooran. Whistles, kulavai and claps rent the air. Earlier procession takes place in the four car street of Sivakasi. As the part of the Utsav, fireworks display were taken place in a grand manner.10th day of Navarathiri festival in Sivakasi ends with Dushara. And it entertains all sections of people in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Happy Vijayadhasami
 
3rd October 2014 Happy Vijayadhasami - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-03

Sivakasi celebrated Ayutha Poojai
 
3rd October 2014 Sivakasi celebrated Ayutha Poojai Ayudha Puja is a part of the Navarathiri festival which is usually celebrated on the ninth day of Navratri festival. It is a celebration involving the worship of the tools which makes ones living. It is believed that by placing these implements in front of the Divine on this day will ritually purify the tools. On the eve of Navaratri Festival, Pakka Vaazhai was placed in almost all the offices across the town. Sivakasians worshiped Goddess Saraswathi and Lakshmi along with their friends, relatives and workers. And distributed them Sundal, Aval Pori and Vilaam Pazham. On account of Saraswathi Pooja majority of the offices and industries announced half day holiday, in Sivakasi. In some houses Kolu was celebrated in a grand manner. Some worshiped by placing school book and notes in front of the Goddess.
 
News posted on 2014-10-03

School reopens on 7th October
 
3rd October 2014 School reopens on 7th October Aided Schools and Matriculation Schools in Sivakasi scheduled to be open on 6th October 2014, Monday. The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday declared that Monday would be a public holiday on account of Bakrid. The holiday was declared after chief kazi Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub had written a letter to the state government saying that since the moon for the month of Zulhaj was not sighted on September 25, Bakrid would be celebrated on October 6, instead of October 5. He had requested the government to change the holiday to Monday. "The government, after careful consideration of the matter, has decided to change the public holiday from Sunday to Monday on the occasion of Bakrid under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881," chief secretary Mohan Verghese Chunkath said in an order. Some schools in Sivakasi announced that the school will be reopen by 7th October 2014, Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-03

The Last Minute Ayutha Pooja Shopping
 
2nd October 2014 The Last Minute Ayutha Pooja Shopping Today, the shopping frenzy for Ayutha Pooja has hit Sivakasians really hard, in Sivakasi town. Navaratri Festive shopping caused massive traffic jams in almost all parts of Sivakasi from yesterday afternoon onwards. As thousands of shoppers thronged four car streets of Sivakasi to make their last minute purchases, traffic was crippled on the key junctions of the town. Everyone carrying has been seen with vaalai, pori and vilambalam. In Sivakasi, Price of 1 vilambalam is Rs.15 - Rs.20/- and Vaalai Kannu is Rs.30 to Rs.40/-.
 
News posted on 2014-10-02

ஆயுத பூஜை
 
2nd October 2014 ஆயுத பூஜை - சர‌ஸ்வ‌‌தி பூஜை வாழ்த்துகள்.. - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-02

No Chinese fireworks this Deepavali, import banned
 
2nd October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle No Chinese fireworks this Deepavali, import banned Chennai: This Deepavali may be less colourful for consumers with no Chinese fireworks in the sky. But it will be a most cheerful one for domestic fireworks manufacturers. The Rs 3,000-crore Sivakasi fireworks industry, employing over three lakh people, will have a celebration of sorts this season, thanks to the latest Central notification banning the import of Chinese crackers. With about Rs 300-crore business being weaned away by cheap Chinese imports last year, the industry was worried if it would be able to double the business this year. This had impelled the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturer’s Association (TNFAMA) to make a representation to the Modi government to save their industry. . “We submitted a memorandum to the Centre last month highlighting the safety issues of cheap Chinese crackers,” said Mr G. Abiruben, president of TNFAMA. These crackers use potassium chloride which is a friction-sensitive material. This is not just banned in India but emit hazardous smoke, particularly harmful for children,” he added. Taking cognisance of their plight, the Centre issued a public notification on Monday night, just about three weeks before Deepavali, that it is illegal to possess or sell imported crackers this year. Confirming this, Ms Nirmala Seetharaman, minister of state for commerce and industry, said, “Last night (Monday), we have issued a notification and advertisement that it is illegal to sell imported crackers in retail, since there has been no permit given to anyone to import crackers. If found in markets, investigation would be made on how it found its way into India.” Chinese crackers are imported by Nepal. They are then shipped through Kolkata, Mumbai and Kandla ports, However, these crackers, which are cheaper and brighter, find their way into the country mixed with Chinese toy imports. “As these crackers are being produced in large numbers and use banned chemicals, they come cheap,” said Mr Ansg. Arasan, a leading manufacturer and past president of TNFAMA. A huge consignment of Rs 3.6 crore worth of material was seized last month at Mumbai port. “But thanks to the central notification this time, the state government has also been alerted on such illegal imports and we can surely have a safe and happy diwali this time,” Mr Arasan said.
 
News posted on 2014-10-02

This October in Sivakasi
 
1st October 2014 This October in Sivakasi Kamarajar Memorial Day Celebration Date: 02-10-2014, Thursday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Kamarajar Vaasagasalai, Old Virudhunagar Road, Sivakasi Dussehra Utsav 2014 Date: 03-10-2014, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. - Moolavar Abhisegam, 03:30 p.m. - Ursavar Abhisegam, 07:00 p.m. - Kuthirai Vaaganathil Goddess Magisaasuramarthini Procession in Four Car Street, Soorasamhaaram, Fireworks Display and Manjal Neeraaduthal. Venue: Badrakali amman kovil, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 12-10-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 19-10-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 26-10-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

India tightens grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers
 
1st October 2014 Courtesy: The Economic Times India tightens grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers CHENNAI: Tightening its grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers which are reportedly flooding the Indian market, the Centre has issued a public notification warning importers and public of the legal consequences they would face if involved with it. "We have taken action. Last night we have issued a notification and advertisement that it is illegal to sell imported crackers in retail, since there has been no permit given to anyone to import crackers. If found in markets, investigation would be made on how it found its way into India," Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, she said her Ministry has also written to all Chief Ministers to take action against those responsible. "Advertisements and public notifications would follow on under what sections this act is illegal," she said. Clarifying on the claims by some that permits were obtained under the Explosives Act, she said specific permission has to be taken to import crackers. "But I am making it clear here that no permission has been given to anyone for importing crackers. So, illegal import, possession and selling of crackers from other countries is undoubtedly a crime." She recalled a meeting last month with representatives from the firecrackers industry from Tamil Nadu, where they complained of Chinese crackers illegally entering the markets through sea and posing a major threat to their livelihood. Firecrackers is one of the major industries in Tamil Nadu, centered around Sivakasi and is the source of livelihood for lakhs of families. A sizeable printing industry is also dependent on this sector.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
1st October 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai, in association with Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi organised 149th Free Mental Health Camp at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi on 21st September 2014, Sunday. A team of three doctors examined the patients. Around 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy also actively participated, in the camp. Around 255 people were screened and benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries get Pranic Healing Treatment, for free. Narayana Seva has been done for around 600 people.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Gov to crack down on illegal imports of firecrackers: Sitharaman
 
1st October 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Gov to crack down on illegal imports of firecrackers: Sitharaman The central government will take stringent action against illegal imports of firecrackers and any imports of firecrackers is illegal as the government has not given licence to anybody for such imports, said Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry. Speaking to the reporters in the sidelines of EPS 1995 Pensioners Felicitation Function organised by the Employee-s Provident Fund Organisation, Sitharaman said, "We are acting very seriously on illegal crackers. Government has not given permission for import of firecrackers." She said that a delegation of the firecracker industry along with BJP Organisation Secretary has met her in Delhi and alleged that a large quantity of firecrackers are imported illegally from China, brought in containers, kept in some unknown place and distributed in the market. They also said that these products are cheap in price, but has safety issues. Besides, they added that it is also a threat to the industry in India, she added. Firecrackers works is a labour intensive process and it gives a livelihood to a large number of people. It is a main employment opportunity in dry areas like Sivakasi. She recalled that Sivakasi has been manufacturing fire crackers and match sticks for several years there and the related printing industry has also flourished there. "We have taken immediate action on it. We have issued a public notice yesterday night itself and will be issuing advertisements to make public aware that selling illegal firecrackers in retail is a crime. It will be conveyed to the public without leaving any doubt," she said. The government has urged the public to inform presence of illegal crackers in any retail shop and the authorities would check the details including who has sold it and from which port it has come in. The government would take stringent action against such incidence. "We have sent letter to all the Chief Ministers including of Tamil Nadu, stating that the States has the responsibility to take action against illegal firecrackers, since the Law and Order is a State subject. We will advertise the sections under which the sales of illegal firecrackers will be eligible for punishment," she said. She also clarified that the while there is a false information that these firecrackers might be imported under Explosives Act, there should be specific permission to import firecrackers under the Act and the centre has not given any such specific permission to anybody. "If somebody claims that they have imported under the Explosives Act, it is illegal and is a big crime. We have not given license to anybody for that," she said. The government is also strengthening the port authorities to check such consignments, she said. As reported earlier, the Sivakasi industry is estimated to be Rs 3,000 crore and on average the industry works for 200 days in a year. Around 300,000 people are engaged in making fire cracker products in and around Sivakasi, which caters to 80 per cent of India-s needs. According to earlier reports, around Rs 300 crore worth of firecrackers were imported from China last year and this year, it is expected to double, affecting the industry in Sivakasi to a higher extend.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Sivakasi welcomes October with rain
 
1st October 2014 Sivakasi welcomes October with rain Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town, today. Band of clouds developed during late evening around 8:00 p.m.. The sudden change of climate at late evening in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians. Today, after a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and rain hit Sivakasi for 20 minutes (from 08:20 p.m. to 08:40 p.m.). Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water and brings temporary relief from water crisis. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next five days. And the maximum and minimum temperature will be 34 and 26 degree celsius respectively, for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM Mr. Panneerselvam, 63, succeeds J. Jayalalithaa as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This makes him the 28th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu since 1920. The chief minister and his cabinet will go to the secretariat and sign. They are leaving to Bangalore by flight at 4.45 pm today. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and the cabinet ministers coming out of Durbar Hall. Photo: B. Aravind Kumar 14.34: OPS, as he is known in the party circles, became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 2001 in similar circumstances. 14.20: No change in the cabinet, say official sources. 14.15: Minister for Information Technology, Mukkur N. Subramanian in tears. Minister for Information Technology, Mukkur N. Subramanian in tears. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan 13.45: Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji, Minister for Handloom & Textiles S. Gokula Indira and Industries Minister SP Velumani in tears. 13.42: With the AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in prison, the Ministers cry one after another while taking oath. 13.40: Social welfare minister B. Valarmathi breaks into tears as she signs. From right: Ministers Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Vaithilingam and Natham Viswanathan at the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan on Monday. Photo: S.R. Ragunathan 13.36: Ministers Vaithilingam, Edappadi K. Palaniswami are in tears as they take oath. The new CM in tears at Raj Bhavan, Chennai. Photo: S.R. Ragunathan 13.30: The new chief minister breaks down as he takes oath. 13.29: O. Panneerselvam takes oath as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Mr. Panneerselvam, 63, was elected the leader of the AIADMK’s legislature party on Sunday evening following four-year prison term to party general secretary J. Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case. Following her conviction, Jayalalithaa was lodged in the Bangalore Central Jail. AIADMK activists are on hunger strike in various parts of the state protesting the conviction of their leader in the case. Some fishermen in Kanyakumari did not venture out into the sea on Monday, protesting their leader’s conviction. Several members of parliament belonging to the AIADMK are in Bangalore to meet their jailed leader.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Crackers Enter Through Cracks at Borders, Ports
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Crackers Enter Through Cracks at Borders, Ports The entry of Chinese firecrackers into India, materials classified as “explosive items” by the Directorate of Foreign Trade, has been exploding in the last half a decade. And most of these consignments are entering through Indian ports and porous borders, allege manufacturers. In fact, the magnitude of the issue of smuggled Chinese ‘explosives’ into the country even led to the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court to order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the issue on September 25. The court ordered the investigation after a public interest litigation was filed by one Muthukrishnan from Sivakasi after the seizure of several lakh worth of Chinese firecrackers in a godown in Sivakasi. The ease with which the crackers are being smuggled into the country is surprising. According to sources, the Customs Department filed an affidavit during the case that said that they could not possibly check every container because of the lack of equipment at the Tuticorin Port, where the shipment was alleged to have landed. In fact, manufacturers said that less than 20 out of the 500 or more containers that landed in the port were screened. And it is through ports like these and borders like Nepal that the majority of these firecrackers enter India, says K Mariappan of TANFAMA. “They are mixed along or declared as toys and brought into the country. The importers then distribute them to dealers on the market,” he charges. The statements gain credibility when taken with the fact that the Ministry of Commerce itself stated that there were more than 23 such seizures through 2011 - 2014. Manufacturers may have themselves to blame for state of affairs though, as most say that illegal imports started increasing when unscrupulous manufacturers started smuggling Chinese goods to market as their own. “One of the first such cases back in 2002 was found to have been perpetrated by one of our own members,” says a source within TANFAMA, adding that the most recent consignment was also probably delivered to a godown by one such manufacturer. But in the last few years, the illegal imports have taken a life of their own, to the extent that Sivakasi’s industry itself is on the brink of collapse.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Cheap, Illegal Chinese Firecrackers Devour Sivakasi
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Cheap, Illegal Chinese Firecrackers Devour Sivakasi When representatives of the Sivakasi fireworks industry recently urged Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman to help stop the sale of illegal Chinese crackers at the retail point this Diwali season, they put the spotlight on the cancer of smuggling that has been growing for over a decade. For example, last year, the Union home ministry had issued an alert on the possibility of as many as 700 containers of banned Chinese firecrackers entering India through various ports. Yet there was no widespread crackdown, which is why smugglers are still importing it with impunity. Quantifying the impact on the Sivakasi industry, TANFAMA says their sales to distributors this year has dropped by a whopping 35 per cent – up by 10 per cent as compared to last Diwali. How do the cracker containers escape detection? It happens because of a variety of factors. One, they are mislabeled as toys or other goods for easy access. Hundreds of container loads of Chinese crackers have already reached retail shops through distributors for Diwali, informs T Kannan, general secretary of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association (TIFMA). According to A P Selvaraj, former president of TANFAMA, “The Chinese consignments go direct to the distributors, which is one reason why they are sourcing fewer products from Sivakasi.” Second, as Customs officials in Tuticorin Port recently admitted before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, they don’t have enough equipment or manpower to scan all incoming containers. The court was appalled to learn that they have just one scanner and manage to scan just 20 random containers a day. Then there is the question of collusion. Smuggling crackers is big business. It cannot thrive without patronage. “Officials should find out how big influential buyers are making money transaction for Chinese crackers. Recently, officials seized around seven containers of Chinese crackers in Chennai. The person who brought them in, committed suicide as he incurred huge loss. That is the way forward. If officials raid godowns of cracker dealers and retailers and find Chinese products, they should immediately destroy them. Once they incur huge loss, they would be wary of handling smuggled goods,” Kannan suggests. Till recently, a few big manufacturers from Sivakasi too were allegedly involved in the import of Chinese crackers. They desisted after a stern warning, claims Kannan. Fireworks products in India can be broadly split into three categories — good, medium and poor. Chinese crackers usually compete in the poor and medium segments. “A packet of Bijili crackers, currently sold in the market for `32 is supposed to have 100 pieces per packet. But some packs may have just 60 to 80 crackers, of which 20 may not burst because of low quality. In contrast, the Chinese equivalent of Bijili has up to 60 crackers a pack and is sold for `28. Lower cost and better quality would draw customers towards Chinese crackers,” Selvaraj said. “In all, about 150 varieties of crackers are being manufactured in India. At present only five to six varieties of small Chinese crackers are being imported. Shopkeepers hardsell Chinese products as compared to the domestic ones because of the bigger profit margin,” he points out. So, how does one identify Chinese crackers? You don’t need to be a Sherlock Holmes to do the sleuthing. “There are several ways to identify them. For instance, the language and brand name on the pack manufactured in India would always be in English; on a Chinese pack, it would be Mandarin. Besides, it is mandatory for Indian packs to specify information like the Maximum Retail Price (MRP), instructions about how to handle the crackers and the address of the manufacturer. You won’t find them on Chinese crackers,” says Selvaraj. But how are Chinese crackers cheaper than those in Sivakasi? Blame it on the crippling restrictions imposed on the industry by the Union government, gripes Kannan. “The restrictions range from the choice of chemicals to the method of manufacture in India. There are no such curbs in China,” he claims. In India, there are various norms on how a unit must function, including the work site, the number of employees, type and quantity of chemicals used. While it’s true that a few small units in and around Sivakasi flout the rule book to cut cost, they are exceptions. In contrast, in China, there are no norms. You can easily find 100 employees working in one big cracker unit hall there, something that is not allowed in India. In some places in China, crackers are manufactured in multi-storied residential buildings. Imagine the scale of disaster should a fire accident occur at the unit there. But that doesn’t seem to bother them. Also, there are no restrictions on the type of chemicals the quantity used, informs Kannan.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Sale of imported fireworks illegal, punishable: Govt
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Amid complaints of rising illegal imports of fireworks from China ahead of Diwali, the government today said that possession and sale of imported fireworks is "illegal and punishable". It has been brought to the notice of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) that fireworks of foreign origin were illegally brought into India under false declarations, the ministry said in a statement. It said various fireworks associations have informed that these smuggled items include Potassium Chlorate, a dangerous and hazardous chemical which can ignite or explode spontaneously. The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) has also informed that illegal fireworks of foreign origin have penetrated into the country in large quantities and they are likely to be sold through retail outlets extensively during coming Diwali season, it added. "Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable under the Law. Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest Police Station for suitable action," the statement said. Fireworks in India have been declared as restricted item in respect of import by Director General of Foreign Trade. The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in the country. Till date, no licence for import of fireworks has been granted under the Explosives Rules, 2008 by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation, a subordinate office of the DIPP. In August, TANFAMA has alleged that fireworks from China worth Rs 600 crore had already been imported and hoarded in North Indian states. It said that imports may affect job prospects of 10 lakh workers employed in fireworks units in India. According to reports, Sivakasi, the manufacturing hub of Indias fireworks industry, has reported a 35 per cent decline in sales this year due to smuggling of fireworks from China.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Dangers of Chinese fireworks
 
30th September 2014 Dangers of Chinese fireworks Chinese crackers use potassium chlorate, which was banned in India way back in 1992. The ban was imposed because the substance is toxic and can harm you if it comes in contact with the skin or eyes. Mixtures containing chlorates are notoriously sensitive to shock, friction and temperature change. Yet, Chinese units use potassium chlorate for various reasons, including its low input cost as compared to potassium nitrate.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi
 
30th September 2014 Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi town today. The drizzle, which started in the early morning hours continued for most part of the day, forcing people to stay indoors. Sivakasi received sharp showers between 10:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.. Sivakasi to receive moderate rain over next 7 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Heavy rain hits normal life in Sivakasi
 
30th September 2014 30th September 2014 Heavy rain hits normal life in Sivakasi Rain continued to lash many parts of Sivakasi town for the second consecutive day Tuesday throwing normal life out of gear. Today skies bulged with dark clouds and rain lashed Sivakasi town at early morning, afternoon and evening. Sivakasi received good showers from 02:35 p.m. to 03:25 p.m.. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. And there is chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

ANJAC News: Statistical Solutions To Biological Problems
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: Dr. P. Samuel, Assistant professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC Statistical Solutions To Biological Problems On behalf of the Department of Biotechnology of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous) - Sivakasi, with the esteemed approval from the CORRESPONDENT’s Chair, a One day state level workshop entitled “STATISTICAL SOLUTIONS TO BIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS” has been organized on 23rd September 2014, Tuesday. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC and addressed the gathering about the significance of statistical interpretation in the present research scenario. He also stated the importance of workshop and significantly insisted about the mode of “Learning by Doing” procedure in modern teaching. Dr.D.N.P.Sudarmani, Head Department of Biotechnology has delivered the welcome address to the gatherings. Workshop manual was released during the occasion by Prof. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC. Dr.K.Sivakumar, Associate professor, Department of Biotechnology was the chief guest of the workshop. He was invited from Karpaga Vinayaga College of Engineering and Technology, Kancheepuram to cater the minds and to expertise them in statistics. The whole day was split in to two sessions according to the present need based expectations of the students, research scholars and faculty. Both the sessions were very interactive and also participants have exhibited their hidden talents through generating biological problem and solved them through statistical approach. Around 143 students and faculty represented from different district like Thanjavur, Namakkal, Madurai, Trichy and Virudhunagar. Dr.J.Vijayakumar, Assistant professor [Young scientist - SERB], had delivered welcome address to the students during the valedictory function. Prof. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal felicitates the occasion and gave the certificates to the participants. Dr.P.Samuel, Assistant Professor and organizer of the workshop has delivered the vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

350th Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
29th September 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva 350th Homeopathy Camp Organised The 350th Free Homeopathy Camp was successfully organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 31st August 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. Sairam Vijay, State Vice President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy was the chief guest for the function. In his speech he highlighted the Trust will soon open a website and can have the facility to update camp news and service news instantly. Sairam Homeopathy Dr.Machavel and Dr.Pasupathi were present on the occassion. Sairam Homeopathy Dr.Machavel, Dr.Pasupathi and their team participated and screened 95 patients. Patients were treated for various diseases. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost.
 
News posted on 2014-09-29

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
29th September 2014 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall from 03:40 p.m. to 03:55 p.m.. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Sivakasi to receive moderate rain over next 7 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-29

Mushrooms popping up in lawns
 
29th September 2014 Mushrooms popping up in lawns As rainy season starts, mushrooms follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall for the last one week. And along with the moist weather comes newly blooming mushrooms in the lawns of Sivakasi town. Some Sivakasians picked it, cooked and eaten the mushrooms. Some have the fear even to touch it. They thought the mushrooms grown during rainy season are poisonous.
 
News posted on 2014-09-29

Chinese firecrackers raise smoke, Madras HC orders CBI probe
 
28th September 2014 Chinese firecrackers raise smoke, Madras HC orders CBI probe Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu has suffered major loss due to the dumping of Chinese crackers Chennai : Even as the diplomatic euphoria over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent Indian visit is yet to die down, the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench on Thursday ordered a probe by the CBI into the illegal dumping of Chinese firecrackers in India. Manufacturers of fireworks in India’s cracker hub of Sivakasi in southern Tamil Nadu, which is hailed as a Little Japan, have been ruing that they have suffered a huge business loss ahead of Diwali due to the dumping of Chinese crackers. While the issue was recently taken up with Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, a Sivakasi-based man Muthukrishnan moved the Madras High Court seeking a probe into the illegal import of Chinese crackers. Recently, the police in Sivakasi had raided a warehouse where huge consignments of Chinese fireworks were illegally stocked up. The counsel for the petitioner alleged that crackers manufactured in the land of the dragon were being sold across the country for throwaway prices affecting the traditional manufacturers from Sivakasi. He pointed out that as year as 2002, the Director of Foreign Trade had issued a communication to the Customs Department to treat Chinese crackers as ‘explosive items’. Despite, this the flow of crackers from India’s northeastern neighbour has not stopped. In fact, the Noida police had seized 600 containers of Chinese fireworks. These crackers were also being smuggled into the country through the Nepal border by road. The HC bench pointed out that various cases of illegal sales of Chinese crackers have been registered in many parts of India and since the police has limited jurisdiction it would be appropriate for a central agency like the CBI to probe the issue which has a bearing on the Indian economy.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

Fireworks industry seeks curbs on imported crackers
 
28th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Fireworks industry seeks curbs on imported crackers This Deepavali, firecrackers may be available for the same price as last year. And, it may not be a positive development. Industry sources complain that this trend, the result of the influx of Chinese crackers, has affected local manufacturers who have been forced to slash their prices. Also, they allege that many of the crackers are of questionable quality. Members of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks Industry and Workers Protective Organisation claim that nearly 25 per cent of firecrackers sold are imported Chinese crackers of substandard quality. They cost at least 10 per cent less as they are made using banned chemicals such as chlorate and perchlorate, industry sources allege. The organisation’s president N. Raasa said the number of orders ahead of the festival has dropped by about 50 per cent. “A few dealers are waiting to flood the market with illegally imported Chinese crackers. The government must take measures to curb such poor quality crackers,” he said. The imported crackers may affect over five lakh workers who are directly and indirectly employed in over 840 firecracker units. Pointing out that containers consisting of illegally-imported crackers worth Rs.100 crore were seized over the past one year, members said the seized goods must not be provided for re-tender or sales. They also demanded that the government provide temporary licences to set up firecracker shops a fortnight ahead of the festival. Besides Chennai traders, who are preparing to set up stalls in Island Grounds, merchants from Sivakasi plan to set up about 70 shops in areas including Koyambedu, Royapettah and Kottivakkam.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

CBI to Probe Dumping of China Cracker
 
28th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express CBI to Probe Dumping of China Cracker MADURAI: With Deepavali around the corner and manufacturers in the fireworks hub of India, Sivakasi, feeling economically threatened by their Chinese counterparts, the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) on Thursday ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the illegal dumping of crackers made in China. A bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan ordered the inquiry by the central agency since several cases of dumping of Chinese fireworks has been registered in various part of the country. The judges also felt that the local police would not be fully equipped to investigate the issue as it had a nationwide bearing. Also, it was believed that the Chinese consignment was being brought to India from the sea route as well. The bench gave the direction on a public interest litigation petition filed by a Sivakasi-based man Muthukrishnan who alleged that tonnes of Chinese crackers were illegally stocked up in the country. Even the police in Sivakasi had seized the banned Chinese made crackers. Petitioner’s counsel Ananthamurugan contended that in 2002 itself the Director of Foreign Trade had issued a circular to the Customs Department advising it to treat Chinese fireworks as “explosive items.” Despite this, Chinese fireworks were being routinely transported into India through various routes including the Nepal border. He pointed out that several complaints have been received about the easy availability of crackers from China in north India. In fact, 600 containers of Chinese fireworks were seized in Noida sometime ago. The counsel further said that so far no license has been issued to anyone to import firecrackers from China or to sell these crackers in India. The petitioner pleaded for a probe by a central agency as the Tamil Nadu police had limited jurisdiction in this case had ramifications across the country. Besides, the sale of Chinese crackers adversely impacted the economy of the country. Accepting the contentions, the court directed the CBI to probe into illegal entry and sale of Chinese crackers in India.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

Livelihood of 5 lakh people at stake
 
28th September 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Livelihood of 5 lakh people at stake MADURAI: The Madras high court Madurai bench on Thursday observed that the arrival of banned Chinese fireworks into India will destroy the employment of five lakh people and affect their livelihood seriously. It further said that the issue should be viewed seriously and swift action must be taken on a war-footing by the officials. About 800 fireworks factories are situated in Virdhunagar district and about five lakh people who are directly and indirectly involved depend on these industries. The division bench of justices N. Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan which passed order transferring the Sivakasi Town police-s investigation of seizure of Chinese fireworks in Sivakasi on May 14, said the fireworks industry is valued at Rs 2,000 crores and it should not be allowed to be destroyed by banned fireworks. The executive magistrate (collector) and police officials should carryout inspections as per Rule 128(4) of the Explosive Rules periodically, the judge said. The court also took the note of various fire accidents that occurred in Sivakasi during manufacturing of fire crackers, which resulted in loss of numerous people and damage of property continuously. "It is reported that about 300 people died in the last 10 years. Therefore, the deputy chief controller of explosives, Virudhunagar-s collector and its revenue officer should strictly oversee as to whether safety procedures to be adopted in the industry are followed by the companies, for which they should do periodical inspections," the order said. The court also said that while manufacturing the fireworks, the workers have to deal with chemicals and they are continuously exposed to them which may cause many diseases including skin and respiratory. Accordingly, the court directed the state-s home secretary and the above-said three officials to give appropriate directions to the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association ( TANFAMA) to follow the rules strictly.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

Pleasant Climate likely to continue
 
28th September 2014 Pleasant Climate likely to continue With temperature pegged below 26 degree Celsius, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Last week the maximum average temperature is around 37 degree celsius, now the temperature fell down to 32 degree Celsius. Sun too shy to show up its face, for last one week. Today, many parts of Sivakasi Town experienced very mild showers, after a cloudy start. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning and it is drizzling often and it continues. The next one week, the climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of heavy wind, drizzle and rain. The mild shower adds more chillness on the climate and also make the road wet. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

HC orders CBI probe into sale of Chinese fireworks
 
27th September 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India HC orders CBI probe into sale of Chinese fireworks MADURAI: Search, seize and destroy. This, in effect, is the crux of an order by the Madras high court, which ordered CBI probe into illegal import of China-made crackers. It asked customs, revenue intelligence and other enforcement agencies to undertake concerted efforts to "prevent, check and detect" Chinese crackers flooding the country, putting the nation-s economy and children-s safety in peril. A division bench consisting of justices N Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan, delivering a judgment on a PIL filed by A Muthukrishnan of Sivakasi on Wednesday, said: "As safety, security and economy of our country is involved in this matter, CBI alone is competent to investigate the offences." Asking the CBI director to take over a pending case registered by Sivakasi police, the bench said even if the local police had laid chargesheet in the matter, it should be transferred to the CBI and the central agency must do re-investigation. "The crime, importing of Chinese crackers involves not only offences under the Explosive Substances Act and its connected Rules, but also under the Customs Act. Similar prohibited goods were already seized in Mumbai, Ghaziabad, Mundra (Kutch), Gujarat and Chennai on various dates. The clandestine import of Chinese crackers has become all-India racket perpetrated by organized groups, and the state police authorities may not be in a position and jurisdiction to conduct the investigation. Therefore, only a central agency would be in a position to conduct an investigation properly throughout the nation," justice Kirubakaran, who wrote the judgment for the bench, observed. "All importers, stockists, distributors and retailers of Chinese fireworks have to be forthwith identified. Their places should be raided and Chinese crackers seized," the bench said adding that agencies must register FIRs and arrest them forthwith. On May 14 this year, Sivakasi tahsildar seized the banned Chinese fireworks from a sales depot in Sivakasi, and registered an FIR on May 17. During the previous hearing, the court was informed that in 2011-12 six cases were filed, in 2012-13 a total of nine cases were filed. Six cases in 2013-14 and two in 2014-15 were registered in the country. After going through the counter-affidavit filed by the customs, the court said there was a lack of coordination and cooperation among various government agencies, and added that they should take emergent steps to install proper mechanism/safeguards in all sea ports and airports to scan a majority of containers so as to rule out any contraband goods at the point of entry itself. "Instead of taking appropriate safeguards to verify/check goods at the entry point itself, there is no point in conducting investigation after allowing the prohibited items in, and after facing consequences," Justice Kirubakaran observed. He also wanted the government to government publicise the dangers of Chinese fireworks and undertake awareness campaigns on the issue. Chinese fireworks contain prohibited chemical substances, chlorides and penchlorides which give more colours and better display, but they are highly volatile, friction-sensitive, dangerous for environment and users. Hence, the Centre-s Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization is against the use of such fireworks, and has negatived fireworks imports from China, the court has been informed.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

A Drizzling Start for the weekend
 
27th September 2014 A Drizzling Start for the weekend Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle for several minutes, at today morning. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate but fails to make the road wet. Now the skies are clear and little hot temperature prevails in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

Quarterly exam holiday begins
 
27th September 2014 Quarterly exam holiday begins Quarterly exam holiday begins from 26th September 2014, Friday onwards, for majority of the schools in Sivakasi. After a two weeks gap, school goers beginning to play cricket, gilli, goeli, football, shuttle cock, tennis, watching tv and playing video games and play stations. Some have gone for vacation tours. Majority of the schools are scheduled to reopen on 6th October 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

Moderate rain in Sivakasi
 
27th September 2014 Moderate rain in Sivakasi Dark clouds kept hovering over the town during evening time (03:30 p.m.), and bringing down the temperature. And it was rained for around 20 minutes, from 4:20 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Rain accompanied by thunders and winds. And the climate remains cloudy. The downpour has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Rain likely to continue for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 26 and maximum of 33 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

kidney screening camp at Sivakasi
 
26th September 2014 Kidney screening camp at Sivakasi Date: 27-09-2014, Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Jaycees Junior School, Near Palaniandavar Theatre, Sivakasi Registration Fee: Rs.200/- Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi & Madurai Meenakshi Mission Hospital For further assistance please contact 9344190009, 9843077427, 9443378716, 9443362547
 
News posted on 2014-09-26

Rains lash Sivakasi for third time in a week
 
26th September 2014 Rains lash Sivakasi for third time in a week In Sivakasi, sudden development of clouds and strong winds accompanied by thundershowers at afternoon caused rains, which are part of pre-monsoon weather. There was sharp showers in Sivakasi between 12:25 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.. Intermittent rains and gusty winds will continue to prevail in Sivakasi town over the next 48 hours.
 
News posted on 2014-09-26

Paadum Paravaigal 2014
 
26th September 2014 Paadum Paravaigal 2014 Date: 27-09-2014, Saturday Time: 05:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Navathaniya Varthagargal Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.N.Jeganathan, Rtd. Dy. Collector, Tamilnadu Compere: Ms.Kanmani Rajan, Anna University, Chennai Rounds: Boys Solo, Girls Solo & Duet Musical Support: Everest Orchestra Judges: CA. Jagatheesan, CA. Laxmi Roopa Organisers: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler
 
News posted on 2014-09-26

Golu begins amid religious fervour
 
25th September 2014 Golu begins amid religious fervour Temples across Sivakasi town, including the historic Sivakasi Sivan Kovil, Mariamman Kovil, Murugan Kovil, Kadai Kovil, Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil, Badrakaliamman Kovil hogged the limelight as the nine-day Navaratri Golu festival began on 24th September 2014, Wednesday, with religious fervour and traditional enthusiasm. Kolu display in Sivakasi temples draw huge number of devotees to the temple to see it.
 
News posted on 2014-09-25

Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu
 
24th September 2014 Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu Temples and some homes in Sivakasi were set arranged and displayed Kolu on stairs created from wood on 23rd September 2014, as Sivakasians get ready to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu from 24th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014. Many shops in Sivakasi town have set up makeshift stalls to display Kolu dolls, decorative items in different forms. Stores have also come up with a colourful decorative papers and serial lights. Dolls of deities made of clay and paper mache are arranged aesthetically.
 
News posted on 2014-09-24

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
24th September 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet At 04:40 p.m. today, it was drizzling occasionally for several minutes and the drizzle makes the road wet. The drizzle in the evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Now dark clouds kept hovering Sivakasi town. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 35 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-24

Sivakasi Perummal Temple pulls in big crowd for Puratasi
 
23rd September 2014 Sivakasi Perummal Temple pulls in big crowd for Puratasi Purattasi Saturday an auspicious day for Lord Perummal. During Purattasi Saturday, many devotees visited perummal temple and offer prayers to the Lord. In Sivakasi, hundreds of devotees thronged Sivakasi Arulmighu Venkatachalapathy Perummal Thirukovil on the first Saturday of Purattasi (20th September 2014, Saturday). Long queues of devotees were seen outside the temple. Devotees offer their prayer to the lord, from 04:30 a.m. onwards. Special pujas were performed and devotees offer Tulsi Garland to Lord Perummal and Betal garland to Hanuman. In Sivakasi Tulsi Garland priced Rs.20/- to Rs.25/- per garland. The rush continued for several hours. Bhajan was arranged in the temple. The roadside vendors selling flowers and fruits did brisk business as devotees made purchases of these items.
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

Roaring thunders but no rain
 
23rd September 2014 Roaring thunders but no rain Today, the gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening 04:00 p.m.. Thunders roared accompanied with winds at 04:30 p.m.. There was mild drizzle from 04:40 p.m. to 04:45 p.m.. Drizzle makes the road wet and fails to drench Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

Rain hits Sivakasi
 
23rd September 2014 Rain hits Sivakasi Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town, today. Band of clouds developed during evening around 4:00 p.m.. Today, at 05:40 p.m. to 06:20 p.m., Sivakasi received sharp showers which brought a sigh of relief to Sivakasians, who had been braving sweltering heat in the town. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water and brings temporary relief from water crisis. The downpour has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next five days. And the maximum and minimum temperature will fell down to 35 and 26 degree celsius respectively, for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

Sivakasi received copious rain
 
23rd September 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Sivakasi received copious rain After a sharp shower from 05:40 p.m. to 06:15 p.m.., rain lashed Sivakasi town from 06:20 p.m. to 06:40 p.m.. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Thunders roaring and it is drizzling now....
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

SBCP on a sapling planting drive
 
22nd September 2014 SBCP on a sapling planting drive NSS volunteers of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy organised environment awareness campaign by planting saplings at the college premises on 20th September 2014, Saturday. Prof.P.Solairaj, Principal, SBCP, presided over the function. Prof.R.Sudhar Singh, Vice Principal, Prof.S.Reghurath Pandian, NSS Unit Programme Officer, SBCP, and staff were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-09-22

Rain lashes Sivakasi
 
22nd September 2014 Rain lashes Sivakasi Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening, bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable during the past one week. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, today, at evening from 04:56 p.m. to 05:15 p.m. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. And still drizzle continues. For next one week sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 36 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-22

All set to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu 2014
 
22nd September 2014 All set to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu 2014 As a part of Navarathiri Festival 2014, majority of the temples in Sivakasi and some Sivakasians at their home, arrange and display Golu on stairs created from wood. Navarathiri Kolu will be held from 24th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014. Arrangement works for installing stairs and arranging dolls and decorative works are at full swing.
 
News posted on 2014-09-22

Awareness rally on eye donation
 
21st September 2014 Awareness rally on eye donation A rally was organized in Sivakasi town jointly by the Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City on 3rd September 2014, Wednesday to mark the 30th national eye donation fortnight with an aim to increase public awareness regarding eye donation. Honourable P.Manivannan, Revenue Divisional Officer, Sivakasi, flagged off the rally from Sivakasi Kamarajar statue, at 10:00 a.m.. Lion Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, PDG Lion. S.Surendran MJF, Past District Governor (2006-2007), Lion.Dr.J.Ganesh MJF, District Chairperson for Eye Donation (Since 2007), Lion.Dr.N.Dhanasekaran, President (2009-10) were present on the occassion. Students of schools, college and activists of different social organisations took part in this rally which moved around the four car streets of Sivakasi town. They held placards in support of eye donation and also distributed pamphlets to eradicate myths and wrong beliefs related to eye donation.
 
News posted on 2014-09-21

Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
20th September 2014 Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in some areas and 01:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m. in few areas, as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-09-20

Power shutdown tomorrow
 
19th September 2014 Power shutdown tomorrow There will be power shutdown in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas from 01:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 20th September 2014, Saturday, owing to maintenance works to be undertaken.
 
News posted on 2014-09-19

10% discount on Kolu dolls at Sivakasi Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan
 
19th September 2014 10% discount on Kolu dolls at Sivakasi Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan Sivakasi Khadi Kraft Showroom, certified by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), offers 10% discount on Kolu Dolls. Dolls of deities made of clay and paper mache are arranged aesthetically, in the Sivakasi Khadi Showroom. The price of dolls ranged from Rs.40 to Rs.3,000, according to Mr.Ravi Chandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft Showroom Sivakasi. The Navarathri dolls exhibition would go till Navarathiri Festival. The exhibition will be open for public from 10:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. on all days, expect Sundays, till 2nd October, 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-19

ANJAC: One day state level workshop
 
19th September 2014 Courtesy: Dr. P. Samuel, Assistant professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC One day state level workshop Date: 23-09-2014, Tuesday Venue: Seminar Hall, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Autonomous, Sivakasi Program: One day state level workshop Program Title: “Statistical Solutions to Biological Problems” Inauguration: Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC Chief Guest: Dr.K.Sivakumar, Associate professor, Department of Biotechnology, Karpaga Vinayagar College of Engineering & Technology, Kancheepuram. Organized By: Department of Biotechnology, ANJAC, Sivakasi Funded by: THE MANAGEMENT - ANJAC.
 
News posted on 2014-09-19

Sivakasi Kids Carnival 2014
 
18th September 2014 Sivakasi Kids Carnival 2014 Date: 28-09-2014, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. Venue: I Play - I Learn, 5/159, Shembagam Colony, (Near CSI Church), Satchiyapuram, Sivakasi - 626 124. Registration Fee - Rs.50/- Presentation ceremony will be held at 05:30 p.m. to 06:30 p.m. For registration please contact 9952166121 / 9952366521
 
News posted on 2014-09-18

Chinese fireworks worth Rs.3.6 cr seized in Mumbai
 
18th September 2014 Courtesy: India Today Chinese fireworks worth Rs.3.6 cr seized in Mumbai Ahead of the festive season, Made in China firecrackers, being illegally shipped into India, have been seized in Navi Mumbai. Four accused have also been arrested in the case. The consignment they were trying to sneak in is worth Rs.3.61 crore, said Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) oficicials, who seized three firecracker containers in Kalamboli some days back. The containers, they said, were stacked without mandatory customs procedures or payment of customs duty. The DRI on verification found that "no bill of entry had been filed for the clearance of the said goods contained in these containers and that the print of bill of entry submitted with the Container Freight Station (CFS) for removal of the goods was fabricated." According to rules, the import of fireworks is restricted as per the Foreign Trade Policy in force and is permitted only against a valid licence/permission issued by the appropriate authority. IndiaToday.in has an exclusive copy of remand application filed by DRI on September 16, 2014, in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Urban, district Raigad, against the accused. The remand application said, "From the above investigation, it appears that all accused are the part of an organised gang involved in the illegal import of fireworks (crackers) by procuring IECs against monetary consideration and importing goods by mis-declaration and who also had prior knowledge of the contents of the containers smuggled without filing bill of entry or payment of customs duty. The import of fireworks (crackers) falling under Tariff item 3604100 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 is restricted under the Foreign Trade Policy 2004-2009." The application further said, "In the present case, the importer had no such licence. The firecrackers being highly inflammable, its transportation and storage by ship is very dangerous to men who handle it and the property where it is stored." A senior DRI official said, "Such acts not only cause loss to the exchequer or breach of import restriction but also give rise to grave public safety and national security issues as the modus operandi adopted by the cartel can be used to smuggle all kind of contraband materials into the country." {mosimage}The firecrackers, seized by the DRI team, clearly show that it was manufactured in China (See pics). The exclusive pictures available with IndiaToday.in show "Made in China" written on the packaging. Just a year ago, in October 2013, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had alerted the state governments about made-in-China fireworks making it to Indian shores. MHA was concerned since such fireworks contain Potassium Chlorate - an explosive chemical. In a letter to all chief secretaries ahead of Diwali last year, MHA had alerted that more than 600 containers of fireworks were likely to be smuggled from China through various ports such as Kandla, Mumbai, Kolkata and Tuticorin. "The firework products include Potassium Chlorate, which is a dangerous chemical and can ignite or explode spontaneously when mixed with a combustible material. Moreover, the Indian fireworks industry is under threat from these products as these are low priced due to usage of potassium chlorate," the letter had said. The Chinese fireworks are also giving a tough time to manufacturers down south in Tamil Nadu especially in Sivakasi and villages of Virudhunagar district where around 80 per cent of fireworks is manufactured. Around 3,00,000 people are engaged in the sector. China is the world-s largest fireworks manufacturer, exporting nearly 95 per cent of its production, earning Rs.5,000 crore every year. Therefore, there is no chance of Sivakasi matching that figure. And Indian manufacturers have been constantly complaining about problems they face due to illegal import of Chinese firecrackers. "Chinese products are cheaper and technologically superior, suited for consumer-s needs. For example, we are not allowed to use Potassium Chloride, which adds colour and height to the fireworks. But China uses it blatantly. Similarly, Potassium Perchloride is banned in India, but used in China. We are living in the kerosene-era, whereas China is in the CFL-age," said J Tamilselvan, president of the Sivakasi-based Indian Fireworks Association. The investigative agency DRI expects more seizure in the coming days as many more containers are likely to be imported to fulfill the rising demands of Dussera and Diwali festivals in India.
 
News posted on 2014-09-18

Stop Flooding of Illegal Chinese Fireworks
 
17th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Stop Flooding of Illegal Chinese Fireworks Chinese fireworks are banned in India. Yet, the market is flooded with such products. This is because every other day, at least one container carrying Chinese fireworks slips through the Indian ports. The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association has claimed that with Deepavali round the corner, there has been a 35 per cent drop in the sale of fireworks this year. India’s fireworks industry is based at Sivakasi, a small town in southern Tamil Nadu, which was also famous for the film poster printing industry. The fireworks and matches industry is in the small and medium sector and employs a large number of people round the year, though it is a seasonal business. Over the decades, the industry has earned a name for quality and quantity. It is able to meet the need for fireworks all over India during festivals like Deepavali, Christmas and New Year. That the industry received a huge order from the US during the 200th anniversary celebrations of American Independence in 1976 was a reflection of the trust it enjoys. Yet, the manufacturers in Sivakasi are unable to compete with their counterparts in China mainly on the price front. Since fireworks have virtually no shelf life and they are used as soon as they are bought, the consumer would go for the cheapest. Few bother about quality while buying fireworks as affordability is the main consideration, though poor quality stuff can cause accidents. Nobody knows for sure how China is able to produce goods so cheap and dump them in markets like India’s. In this case, the issue is quite different. Licences to import Chinese fireworks are not given. Such items reach the market only because the importers are hand in glove with the customs authorities. Goods cannot pass through the ports without the connivance of the ports and customs authorities. If such illegal consignments can reach the market, there is no guarantee that terrorist outfits would not be able to smuggle weapons and bombs in this manner. The government should immediately stop this illegal business.
 
News posted on 2014-09-17

ANJAC NEWS: Guest lecture on spot the error
 
17th September 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Guest lecture on spot the error The Post Graduate Department of English has planned to organize a guest lecture for the II M.A. English, II M.Sc. Maths and II M.Com (C.A.) on 20th September 2014, Saturday. Prof. Muruganandham, Dept. Of English from Rajapalayam Rajus College, Rajapalayam will address the students on the topic "Spot the Error".
 
News posted on 2014-09-17

ANJAC lifts Legacy 2014 overall trophy
 
17th September 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi ANJAC lifts Legacy 2014 overall trophy Our college Fine Arts Team consisting of 40 students and 6 staff members participated in the Legacy 2014, an intercollegiate cultural competition held at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi on 5th & 6th September 2014. Legacy 2014 was attended by 40 Colleges including 35 Engineering Colleges and 5 Arts and Science Colleges. ANJAC Fine Arts lifted the overall championship for the second time in succession. The students, staff and Convenor were appreciated by the Principal Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, the Correspondent Thiru V.Ayyan Kodiswaran and the members of Management Committee.
 
News posted on 2014-09-17

Illegal China Crackers Smoke out 35 Percent Sivakasi Biz
 
16th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Illegal China Crackers Smoke out 35 Percent Sivakasi Biz SIVAKASI: Amid buzz over the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, here’s a sobering thought. Illegal dumping of Chinese products in India has reached menacing proportions, threatening the domestic industry’s survival. Take firecrackers. Sivakasi, the manufacturing hub of India’s fireworks industry, has reported a whopping 35 per cent drop in sales this year because of proliferation of Chinese products. Remember, Chinese fireworks are banned in India, yet on an average, at least one cracker container slips through our ports every alternate day. With Diwali round the corner, members of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) have thrown up their hands in exasperation. Pointing out that Chinese goods have actually reached sales points across the country, they demanded an immediate nationwide ban on their sale. The livelihood of nearly five lakh people who depend on the industry is at stake, they warned. Till last year, the Sivakasi industry was getting big orders of something like `50 lakh from wholesalers. Those orders have dropped in a big way, TANFAMA president G Abiruban revealed here on Monday. “We met Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on September 11 and urged her to send a letter to all states to prevent the sale of the banned crackers,” he said. She promised action, he added. The Modi government prides itself on pulling no punches even while interacting with visiting heads of state. Will it do so with Xi on illegal dumping? Watch this space. Ban Sale Immediately,industry urges Govt Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association president G Abiruban appealed to Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman to curb the sale of banned Chinese firecrackers across India. She has promised help, Abiruban said.
 
News posted on 2014-09-16

Tapasyogi Nandhi launches music CD
 
16th September 2014 Tapasyogi Nandhi launches music CD Tapasyogi Nandhi, based in Los Angeles, may not be a familiar name for now, but the spiritual teacher could well reconnect with India and all that he had left behind once his book on "mastering the consciousness" is published. Nandhi, who has a significant following in the US and is married to a certain "Kali from California" has an interesting past. Born to a family of entrepreneurs in Sivakasi, the strapping man in his youth was married to Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, and went by the name of Athipan Bose. Nandhi remembers his ex-wife fondly, who had eventually remarried, and divorced again before being linked to a fellow scam-tainted colleague. "I have known Kanimozhi to be a sensitive, caring and ethical person (during my marriage years). When I read of her, the scam and the huge news, it felt awful. I do know that entering politics means stepping into all forms of praise and criticism and its drama. I choose to stay away from all this and I do not want to judge her," he said to the diarist. Their contact has been limited over the years. Especially since Nandhi had a "death experience" and woke up in a cave in Arunachal Pradesh to his epiphany. According to this monk who quit his business, the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers that happened soon after he had landed in the US triggered his spiritual work. The first part of his book details the story of his interesting life just before marrying Kanimozhi, his short stint as a son-in-law to Karunanidhi and the early stirrings of his spiritual turn. The second and third parts deal with his take on yoga and consciousness. "My life is full, and has a purpose," he says, with the equanimity of someone who has been there, done that.
 
News posted on 2014-09-16

Drizzled but no rain in Sivakasi
 
15th September 2014 Drizzled but no rain in Sivakasi Yesterday, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at afternoon. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was few drizzles at aftenoon though the sky was cloudy at noon. Around 6:15 it was drizzling for several hours and the drizzle fails to make the road wet. No rain disappointed Sivakasians for the second consecutive day.
 
News posted on 2014-09-15

AAACET celebrates SONYFEST 2014
 
15th September 2014 AAACET celebrates SONYFEST 2014 AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi celebrated SONYFEST’14 a grand Intra-cultural Programme for the students at college A/C Seminar Hall, on September 12th 2014. Shri.A.P.Selvarajan, Managing Director Kaliswari Fireworks was the Guest of honour. The Chief Guest in his special address inscribed the glory of the college in its magnificient infrastructure and the international standard. He highlighted the significance of SONYFEST in his talk as the programme identifies the inane talents and shuns away fear, shyness and hesitation from the students. He further said that the programme paves way to create professional behavior in the interview also. He indicated that India has less man power in the field of manufacturing and advised the students to be manufacturers. He reiterated the urge to save agriculture from the point of extinct. He recalled Prime Minister’s words and insisted that the students have to work hard to achieve success. Over the course of 30 days, various on stage and off stage competitions. The on-stage performance on the day of SONYFEST’14 displayed the importance of culture and welcoming the modernity. The students gave ground breaking performances on the stage. The Seminar Hall was vibrant with the cheer of the students. Mrs. L. Gayathri Devi, Coordinator of Sony Fest’ 14 was applauded for the cooperation of the students and the smooth conduct of the program. The Chief Guest of the day awarded the best performers. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the programme with a motive to develop the individualism and bring out their innate talents and leadership qualities of the students.
 
News posted on 2014-09-15

Memory Management Programme at SFRC
 
15th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Memory Management Programme at SFRC A one-day “Memory Management Programme” was conducted by The Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, for the Government Higher Secondary School, Reserve Line, Sivakasi, on 27th August 2014, Wednesday, for more than 100 students.
 
News posted on 2014-09-15

Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi
 
14th September 2014 Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi For the past two days, rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi. Today afternoon, skies bulged with dark clouds and Sivakasians expected a heavy downpour, but Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle from 03:20 p.m. to 03:25 p.m.. The mild drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. For next one week only light showers are expected, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 26 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-09-14

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
13th September 2014 Drizzle fails to make the road wet There was mild drizzle from 06:55 p.m., on 12th September 2014, Friday, in Sivakasi. But the mild drizzle for few minutes in the town fails to make the road wet. Drizzle at the late evening did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For next four days sky will be partly cloudy with a slim possibilities of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 & 26 degree Celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

Lions School celebrates 46th anniversary
 
13th September 2014 Lions School celebrates 46th anniversary The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrated 46th School Day and Parents Day on 26th August 2014, Tuesday, at Lion A Vairaprakasam - Meera Vairaprakasam Campus, The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Senior Campus. The school report was presented by Dr.Aiyavoo T Mony Ph.D, Principal. Mr.Saravana Kumar, addressed as Parents Representative. Mr.Karunakaran, New India Assurance Company Ltd., was the chief guest for the function. The Chief Guest distributed medals, prizes and certificates those who secured first three ranks in their class for the academic year 2013-14. And he distributed momento to the teachers of Class X and XII for bringing out meritorius results. A wonderful cultural programme was presented by the students. Lion K.Ambulirajan, Secretary & Correspondent and other Lions Club of Sivakasi members were present on the occasion. Earlier Mr.A.Vaira Prakasam, Former President, The Lions Club of Sivakasi, inaugurated Science Park, at the school premises.
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

Acupuncture camp for Mentally Challenged
 
13th September 2014 Headmaster M.Balraj memorial Acupuncture camp for Mentally Challenged Date: 18-09-2014, Thursday Time: 06:00 p.m. Venue: Azhagan Kaapagam, 861-B, National Colony, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.M.Navaraj, Naveen Reproductive Syndicate, Sivakasi, will distribute medicines Organisers: Azhagan Seva Sangam & Rotary Club of Sivakasi Central
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
13th September 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet Today, skies were clear during morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and drizzle makes the road wet at evening. There was mild drizzle from 03:38 p.m. to 03:50 p.m. and the drizzle makes the road wet. Drizzle did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Climate will be cloudy for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 37 degree Celsius, with chances of drizzle / rain.
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi
 
12th September 2014 The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi From 11th September 2014, Thursday, you might have seen moon in the daytime, in Sivakasi town. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next two or three days, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-09-12

Petrol Price in Sivakasi
 
12th September 2014 Courtesy: Mr.R.P.Natarajan,Manager,HP Autocare Centre, Sivakasi Petrol Price in Sivakasi Petrol Price = Rs.71.92 per litre Diesel Price = Rs.63.74 per litre
 
News posted on 2014-09-12

Sivakasi Khadi Kolu dolls sale opens
 
11th September 2014 Sivakasi Khadi Kolu dolls sale opens In Sivakasi, the much-awaited Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)-s annual Kolu (Navarathri dolls) exhibition opened to public on 10th September 2014, Wednesday, setting the tone for the coming Navarathri festival. The price of dolls ranged from Rs.35 to Rs.1,040, according to Mr.Ravi Chandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft, Sivakasi. The Navarathri dolls exhibition would go till Navarathiri Festival. The exhibition will be open for public from 10:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. on all days, expect Sundays, till 2nd October, 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-11

Quarterly Examination begins
 
11th September 2014 Quarterly Examination begins Quarterly examination begins for State Board and Matriculation schools from day before yesterday (09-09-2014, Tuesday), in Sivakasi town. Majority of the schools declared half day holiday for students during quarterly exams, some schools conducting special classes. Quarterly examination holiday begins from 26th September 2014, Saturday. And schools will be reopened by 6th October 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-11

Hot and sultry weather in Sivakasi
 
10th September 2014 Hot and sultry weather in Sivakasi According to the latest weather update in Sivakasi, maximum temperature recorded in Sivakasi yesterday was 37.77°C, which is above normal average. Sivakasi is experiencing heat wave for the past 4 days. Tomorrow, the day temperature will remain in the high-thirties. Hot day conditions prevailed till the late evening. Sivakasi to continue to reel under heat wave for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-09-10

AJ College lifts LEGACY-14 overall trophy
 
10th September 2014 AJ College lifts LEGACY-14 overall trophy Sivakasi Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), lifted the overall championship trophy (LEGACY 2014) inter-collegiate cultural competitions for students of Arts & Science College and Engineering College, organised by MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, on 6th september 2014, Saturday. Sethu Engineering College, Kariappatti, scored 250 points, 30 points less than the champions, to bag the runners-up trophy while the third place went to Madurai Thiagarajar Engineering College, which bagged 150 points. A total of 900 students from 40 colleges participated in 30 events conducted at various venues on the college premises. Chief guest of the valedictory function, gave away the trophies and prizes.
 
News posted on 2014-09-10

Sivakasi Weather: Sweaty, Sultry day ends with drizzle
 
10th September 2014 Sivakasi Weather: Sweaty, Sultry day ends with drizzle Today, Sivakasi witnessed a brief spell of sharp showers from 06:45 p.m. to 06:55 p.m. with hot afternoon and a rather pleasant evening. Sivakasi weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions on Thursday with the possibility of light rain. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 37°C and 27°C respectively. The maximum temperature registered today was 38°C while the minimum was 27°C.
 
News posted on 2014-09-10

Pournami Poojai Performed in Sivakasi
 
9th September 2014 Pournami Poojai Performed in Sivakasi Yesterday, on Full Moon Day, Pournami Poojai was performed in majority of the temples in Sivakasi town. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-09-09

Neurung 2014 Android Workshop @ MEPCO
 
8th September 2014 Neurung 2014 Android Workshop Date: 27-09-2014, Saturday Venue: MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi REGISTRATION FEE: For CSI/IEEE Members : Rs. 300 For Non - Members : Rs. 350 REQUISITES: Participants those who are registering as Members of IEEE/CSI must bring their IEEE/CSI membership card while attending the workshop DD should be taken in Favour of : MSEC - IEEE (USA) STUDENT BRANCH payable at Sivakasi Last Date for reception of DD: 23-09-2014, Tuesday Organisers: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College For further details contact 9942013290 (Mr. C.Kalyana Sundaram., AP/ECE)(Please contact only during working hours : 09:00 a.m - 04:30 p.m) Email: neurung2k14@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-09-08

A hot sunny day for Sivakasi
 
8th September 2014 A hot sunny day for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi residents have been experiencing hot weather. Sivakasi recorded 37 degree Celsius. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot blow in Sivakasi temperature. Sky will remain cloudy for next two days, with a chances for drizzle and rain from tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2014-09-08

Blood donation camp organised at AAACET
 
8th September 2014 Blood donation camp organised at AAACET AAA College of Engineering & Technology and Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler organized Blood Camp in the college premises on 08th September 2014, Monday. Dr.P.Ganesan, the Correspondent inaugurated the Camp. Dr. T. Ayyanar, Chief Doctor, Government Hospital, Sivakasi felicitated the camp. Rtn.PHF.S.M.Naina Mohamed, President, Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler delivered the welcome address. In his address, he elucidated the students, the benefits of blood donation and also guaranteed that this will not affect the donor in any means. Dr.K.Arulmozhi, the Principal delighted over conducting the First Blood Donation Camp and acknowledged the spirit of social service in the young minds. The students and the faculty members actively involved themselves in the camp and 60 members donated blood. The NSS Team of AAA co-ordinated the camp. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi organized the camp with an objective to promote the awareness of blood donation among the students.
 
News posted on 2014-09-08

Happy Onam
 
7th September 2014 Happy Onam Onam greetings to all ! Best wishes for Health, Happiness and Prosperity. - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-09-07

Sun, Moon acquire rainbow halo on the same day in Sivakasi
 
7th September 2014 Sun, Moon acquire rainbow halo on the same day in Sivakasi In Sivakasi, A rainbow-coloured "Sun halo" that lingered from 10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in a cloudy sky generated much curiosity among the Sivakasians on 6th September 2014, Saturday. At Saturday night a halo was visible around the Moon, for several hours. It is caused by tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere. "The colours are the result of refraction, much like in a rainbow, with the sunlight passing through water droplets and getting refracted. Ice crystals form in the cloud when the temperature is very low." Sivakasians captured the rare phenomenon in their mobile phone, digital cameras and camcorders.
 
News posted on 2014-09-07

A brighter start ends with drizzle
 
6th September 2014 A brighter start ends with drizzle After a hot day on 5th September 2014, Friday, the evening brought some relief to Sivakasians. A drizzle followed the strong wind on Friday evening, which cooled down the weather. It was drizzled for several hours from 06:30 p.m., but the mild drizzle did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians and the drizzle failed to make the road wet.
 
News posted on 2014-09-06

Sun halo surprises Sivakasians
 
6th September 2014 Sun halo surprises Sivakasians Today, Sivakasians were surprised by a rainbow halo that formed around the sun sometime around 10:45 a.m.. The surprise turned into curiosity when the phenomenon intensified and the halo became very prominent in the seven colours of the rainbow. Such Sun halo is formed when water droplets that accumulate around the sun evaporate. When there is differential moisture content in the atmosphere surrounding the sun, evaporation takes place and because of the proximity of the sun, the white of the water is scattered into seven colours and hence the rainbow effect.
 
News posted on 2014-09-06

Light drizzle makes for pleasant morning
 
6th September 2014 Light drizzle makes for pleasant morning A light drizzle was experienced in many parts of Sivakasi town today and a slight decrease in temperature made the day pleasant. Morning drizzle kept the temperature pleasant throughout Saturday in and around Sivakasi. It was cloudier throughout the day, but there was no rain/drizzle in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-09-06

Happy Teachers Day
 
Dear Teacher, Thanks for making us what we are today. Happy Teachers Day! Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-09-05

ANJAC alumni P Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor
 
5th September 2014 Courtesy: The Indian Express ANJAC alumni P Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam was on Friday sworn in as Kerala Governor. 65-year-old Sathasivam, whose appointment triggered debate in legal and political circles on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a former CJI, is the 23rd Governor of the state. He was administered the oath of office by Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Justice Ashok Bhushan, at the Raj Bhavan here. He is the first Chief Justice of India to be appointed to the post which is lower in warrant of precedence to the CJI. He is also the first non-political person appointed for a gubernatorial post by the new NDA government. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha P J Kurien and Kerala Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan were present at the function. After his appointment on September 3, Sathasivam had said, “I can utilise my service to the people of the state in a better way compared to other politicians.” “I want to utilise my experience for the people of the particular state (Kerala),” he had said. Sathasivam, who was appointed as Governor of Kerala replacing Sheila Dikshit, retired as CJI in April this year.
 
News posted on 2014-09-05

Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor
 
5th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor Former chief justice of India (CJI) P. Sathasivam was sworn in as the new Governor of Kerala on Friday morning. The acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Ashok Bhushan, administered the oath to Mr. Sathasivam at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Mr. Sathasivam is the first former CJI to become the Governor of a state. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues, top officials were present on the occasion. Mr. Sathasivam succeeds former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who had resigned last week and flew out of the state on Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-05

30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration
 
3rd September 2014 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, Poetry Writing, Quiz, Rangoli, and Drawing Competitions on Eye Donation Awareness was organised as a part of 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration at Lions Cosmos Hall, Sivakasi on 2nd September 2014, Tuesday. Lion.Sivagami S.Arumugam MJF was the chief guest for the programme. The chief gust distributed prizes and certificates to the winners. Lion.Dr.N.Dhanasekaran, President (2009-10) propsed vote of thanks. Lion.Dr.J.Ganesh MJF, District Chairperson for Eye Donation, Lion.G.Ramar, President (2011-12) and members of Lions Club of Sivakasi cracker City were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2014-09-03

A chance for Drizzle in Sivakasi
 
2nd September 2014 A chance for Drizzle in Sivakasi For the next one week the climate in Sivakasi is expected to remain cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature expected to hover around 34 and 27 degrees Celsius. There may be chances for drizzle / rain and lightning, in Sivakasi Town. And the climate in Sivakasi is expected to be pleasant for the next one week with chances of drizzle / rain.
 
News posted on 2014-09-02

TECHNEST-14
 
2nd September 2014 TECHNEST-14 Date: 12-09-2014, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. Venue: ANJAC, Sivakasi Organisers: Departments of CS & IT (UG) and IT & M (PG)
 
News posted on 2014-09-02

This September in Sivakasi
 
1st September 2014 This September in Sivakasi 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli and drawing competition on Eye Donation Awareness Date: 02-09-2014, Tuesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Lions Cosmos Hall, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City Eye Donation Awareness Rally 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Date: 03-09-2014, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City Eye Camp Date: 14-09-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 21-09-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 28-09-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-09-01

Patch works on Old Virudhunagar road completed
 
1st September 2014 Patch works on Old Virudhunagar road completed For those who drive down to old Virudhunagar Road, Sivakasi stretch, the rainy months ahead may not be a problem as the Sivakasi Municipality has completed the patchwork work, making the road better. The patch work on old Virudhunagar road has been completed today.
 
News posted on 2014-09-01

Mild drizzle and hot day for Sivakasi
 
1st September 2014 Mild drizzle and hot day for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze and mild drizzle at 08:10 p.m. to 08:13 p.m. early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. And the skies were clear at morning and evening with hot temperature in the town. Earlier on 30th September 2014, Saturday, there was mild drizzle at 06:45 p.m. to 06:55 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-09-01

Ganesha Idol Procession and Immersion
 
31st August 2014 Ganesha Idol Procession and Immersion in Sivakasi As a part of Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival, Idol Immersion of Lord Ganesha was performed, today, in Sivakasi, at 06:00 p.m.. Thousands of devotees on Sunday night took part in the procession ahead of the immersion of 45 Vinayaka idols installed in the major places of the town. The Vinayaga idol was taken out in a grand procession from Sivakasi Mariamman Temple. It passed through main roads of the town before immersion. The Idol Radhams were decorated with flowers, festoons, garlands and balloons.A few groups of devotees carried out mulaipaari, paavai vilakku while others danced throughout the procession accompanied with band sets. Even children dressed in colourful attires marched all along the route. The town police made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peace during the procession. The traffic movement was restricted and parking was banned near Mariamman Temple for several hours in the evening due to the procession. All the idols were immersed near Jakkammaal Kovil.
 
News posted on 2014-08-31

Mild drizzle for few minutes on 29th Aug
 
30th August 2014 Mild drizzle for few minutes on 29th Aug After a cloudier start, there was mild drizzle at 02:00 p.m. to 02:04 p.m., in Sivakasi, on 29th August 2014, Friday. The mild drizzle in the town did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Manaivinala Vetpu to be held
 
30th August 2014 Manaivinala Vetpu to be held Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 04:30 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram (Town Thava maiyam), 697, PKSA Arumugam Road, Opp. to Srinivasa Departmental Store, Sivakasi - 626 189. Registration fee Rs.100/- Organiser: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram Arakkatalai, Sivakasi For further details contact 9442775192, 9443725089, 9952162980, 999490420
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration
 
30th August 2014 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli and drawing competition on Eye Donation Awareness Date: 02-09-2014, Tuesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Lions Cosmos Hall, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Eye Donation Awareness Rally
 
30th August 2014 Eye Donation Awareness Rally 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Date: 03-09-2014, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Coming up next in Sivakasi
 
30th August 2014 Coming up next in Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Vinayakar Idol Procession and Immersion Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 05:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Immersion will be held at Sakkammal Kovil backside. Manaivinala Vetpu to be held Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 04:30 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram (Town Thava maiyam), 697, PKSA Arumugam Road, Opp. to Srinivasa Departmental Store, Sivakasi - 626 189. Registration fee Rs.100/- Organiser: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram Arakkatalai, Sivakasi For further details contact 9442775192, 9443725089, 9952162980, 999490420 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli and drawing competition on Eye Donation Awareness Date: 02-09-2014, Tuesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Lions Cosmos Hall, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City Eye Donation Awareness Rally 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Date: 03-09-2014, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Dark clouds but no rain
 
30th August 2014 Dark clouds but no rain Today, black clouds hovered in the evening, but unluckily there was no drizzle / rain in Sivakasi town. There was mild drizzle for few seconds at afternoon 02:50 p.m.. For next one week, the climate will be partly cloudy and there may be chance for drizzle or rain for next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 93 and 71 degree fahrenheit respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Happy Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
28th August 2014 Happy Vinayakar Chathurthi Hoping this Ganesh Chatrurthi Will be the start of year that Brings happiness for you. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-08-29

Vinayakar Chathurthi festival triggers flower price hike
 
28th August 2014 Vinayakar Chathurthi festival triggers flower price hike The increasing demand for the Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival have triggered price hike for arugambul maalai (Rs.20/- per maalai), flowers, plantain leaf (5 leaves - Rs.20/-), vilambalam (Rs.20 - Rs.25) banana, coconut (Rs.20), aval, pori, kumkum and sandal paste. Last minute Vinayakar Chathurthi shopping rush leaves people stranded all over Sivakasi town, yesterday. Hundreds of commuters were virtually stranded on roads as the jams extended for hours in four car streets of Sivakasi. Most marketplaces in Sivakasi remained packed and finding parking space was very difficult. Four car streets of Sivakasi was jammed in the peak hours of the morning as hundreds of families descended to buy arugampul maalai, thengaai pazham, vilaampazham and pori. Though prices have gone up 20% to 40%, it has not deterred Sivakasi customers from buying the essential things for the festival.
 
News posted on 2014-08-29

Sivakasi celebrates Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
29th August 2014 Sivakasi celebrates Vinayakar Chathurthi Today, the birth of Ganesh - destroyer of obstacles, is celebrated across Sivakasi town with much gusto and merriment. Special poojas were performed at all the temples in the town. Early in the morning, Special Poojas, Abhishegams and Maha Ganapathy Homams were performed to Lord Ganesa. People offered prayers to the God and offered him kozhukattai, Pongal, Sundal and Vilaam Pazham. Lord Vinayaka idols have been installed in various places across Sivakasi town including PKN Road, NRKR Road, Near Bus Stand, Solai Colony, Near Sivan Kovil and other key junctions, where devotees flocked in large numbers and sought blessings. Vinayakar Idol procession and immersion will be held on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-29

Sivakasi manufacturers worried over smuggled Chinese fireworks
 
27th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Sivakasi manufacturers worried over smuggled Chinese fireworks As Diwali advances, Sivakasi - the country-s fireworks hub - buzzes with activity, manufacturing fireworks to light up the sky. But manufacturers are apprehensive that smuggled Chinese fireworks may impact them a great deal.  This year has been a period of turmoil for both manufacturers and workers of fireworks units in Sivakasi.  The units closed down indefinitely for two weeks in the month of May as the owners protested against a hike in explosive license fee, but the underlying fear driving the agitation was Chinese fireworks smuggled into India. AMSG Ashokan of "We Two" brand estimates that roughly 500 containers full of Chinese fireworks may be smuggled in for diwali this year, essentially to cater to north Indian markets. "Sivakasi is steadily losing its share of fireworks business since many units have come up in North India too. We will lose more, if Chinese fireworks are not curtailed from entering Indian markets illegally," he said.  In the month of May, officials seized consignments of Chinese fireworks within Sivakasi which opened a can of worms. It was alleged that some manufacturers were involved in the import of Chinese fireworks.  More than the bigger players who have established a brand name across the country, smaller players in industry will be worst hit by Chinese products, said N Raja, president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Workers Protection Movement in Sivakasi. "The wholesale merchants in the north may prefer branded Indian fireworks and substitute the rest of demand with Chinese fireworks," he said. T Kannan, secretary of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association (TIFMA) in Sivakasi, says that Chinese fireworks are openly sold in Delhi. Many officials are not aware that Chinese fireworks are illegal and have been smuggled into the country, he said.  Sivakasi manufacturers say that Chinese fireworks contain chlorides and perchlorides. The use of these chemicals in fireworks manufacturing is banned in our country since these chemicals are highly volatile and environmentally hazardous. "Chlorides give Chinese fireworks more colour and better display but they are dangerous for consumers," said A Mariappan, vice president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. After the Chinese fireworks were seized in Sivakasi, the manufacturers took to the high court bench in Madurai demanding that the government should act. However it was revealed that not all containers could be screened in harbours making it difficult for authorities to curb Chinese fireworks import. Suppliers hope the court will ask Centre to crack down. "All we need from the Union ministry is that it should publicize the fact that Chinese fireworks are illegal," says Mariappan.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

Sivakasi play school kids celebrated Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
27th August 2014 Sivakasi play school kids celebrated Vinayakar Chathurthi The Sivakasi play School celebrated Ganesha Chathurthi, today, near Sivan Kovil. Around 45 Vinayaka idols were placed in the key junctions of Sivakasi town. Near Sivakasi Sivan Kovil a large Ganesha idol was installed for Vinayakar Chathurthi Celebration. Around 20 kids from a play school participated in the Ganesha Puja celebrations. Special puja was performed. Students were distributed prasadham.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

All set for Vinayaka Chathurthi
 
27th August 2014 All set for Vinayaka Chathurthi 45 Ganesha idols being kept at the key junctions of Sivakasi town as part of the forthcoming Vinayaka Chaturthi. Vinayaka temples in Sivakasi were decorated with festoons, decorative lights and papers. Procession and Vinayaka idol immersion will be taken place on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

BIO BEATZ-14 state level intercollegiate meet at ANJAC
 
27th August 2014 Courtesy: Dr.P.Samuel, Assistant professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC BIO BEATZ-14 state level intercollegiate meet at ANJAC Department of Biotechnology, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), one day state level intercollegiate meet – BIO BEATZ’14 was organized on 26th August 2014, Tuesday, in the college seminar hall. The state level intercollegiate meet was inaugurated by Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal by lighting kuthuvizhaku and delivered inaugural address. During the thought provoking inaugural address to the student gatherings he insisted that mere targeting towards the champion’s trophy is not at all a matter of importance but every student have to develop their self interest towards active participation in this type of program. Dr.J.Vijayakumar, Assistant professor gave the welcome address. Around 112 students accompanied with their faculty representing various colleges from Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem and other cities were actively came forwarded, participated and exhibited their hidden talents. In the same day, during the valedictory session Dr.D.N.P.Sudarmani, Head, Department of Biotechnology had welcomed the gatherings. Thiru.A.Ramamurthy, president of ANJAC, gave away the certificates and prizes to the winners. The students from Lady Doak College of Madurai had won the overall champion’s trophy of the one day state level meet. Mrs.P.Sugapriya Menaga, Assistant professor cum organizing secretary of the state level meet delivered the vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

Vinayakar Idols Arrived in Sivakasi
 
27th August 2014 Vinayakar Idols Arrived in Sivakasi Sivakasi devotees are set to accord welcome to Lord Vinayaka on account of Vinayakar Chathurthi on 29th August 2014, Friday. Sivakasians are seen busy making last minute preparations for the Vinayakar Chathurthi festival. Yesterday, Lord Vinayakas idols ranging from large, medium to small were installed in key junctions of the Sivakasi town. Vinayakar Chathurthi is an important functions of sivakasi and celebrated grandly every year. Ganesh Chatthurthi is on 29th August 2014, Friday. In Sivakasi, the procession and immersion of idols will be taken place on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-27

Ganesha idol immersion is on 31st August
 
27th August 2014 Ganesha idol immersion is on 31st August Ganesh Chatthurthi is on 29th August 2014, Friday, and Sivakasi celebrates the function in a grand manner every year. In Sivakasi, the procession and immersion of idols will be taken place on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-27

Hot sunny day on 26th Aug
 
26th August 2014 Hot sunny day on 26th Aug Sivakasi residents have been experiencing hot weather for the past two days. On Monday, Sivakasi recorded 37 degree Celsius. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot blow in Sivakasi temperature. Sky will remain cloudy for next one week, with a chances for drizzle and rain from 29th August 2014, Friday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-26

Illegal Chinese Crackers
 
26th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Chinese Crackers Worth Rs. 600 Crore Imported Illegally in Tamil Nadu Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association today alleged that fireworks from China worth Rs. 600 crore had been imported and hoarded in North Indian states. In a memorandum to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Association Vice President Asaithambi said chinese crackers had been imported illegally and wanted the Central government to warn customs and central excise officials about the illegal import of fireworks from China. They would be sold during the Diwali festival season and this would affect job prospects of 10 lakh workers employed in fireworks units in India, he said. Officials had seized chinese crackers worth Rs.10.31 crore in the last four years.
 
News posted on 2014-08-26

China calls: In Sivakasi dud Diwali looms
 
26th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India China calls: In Sivakasi dud Diwali looms As Diwali advances, Sivakasi - the country-s fireworks hub - buzzes with activity, manufacturing fireworks to light up the sky. But manufacturers are apprehensive that smuggled Chinese fireworks may impact them a great deal. This year has been a period of turmoil for both manufacturers and workers of fireworks units in Sivakasi. The units closed down indefinitely for two weeks in the month of May as the owners protested against a hike in explosive license fee, but the underlying fear driving the agitation was Chinese fireworks smuggled into India. AMSG Ashokan of "We Two" brand estimates that roughly 500 containers full of Chinese fireworks may be smuggled in for diwali this year, essentially to cater to north Indian markets. "Sivakasi is steadily losing its share of fireworks business since many units have come up in North India too. We will lose more, if Chinese fireworks are not curtailed from entering Indian markets illegally," he said. In the month of May, officials seized consignments of Chinese fireworks within Sivakasi which opened a can of worms. It was alleged that some manufacturers were involved in the import of Chinese fireworks. More than the bigger players who have established a brand name across the country, smaller players in industry will be worst hit by Chinese products, said N Raja, president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Workers Protection Movement in Sivakasi. "The wholesale merchants in the north may prefer branded Indian fireworks and substitute the rest of demand with Chinese fireworks," he said. T Kannan, secretary of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association (TIFMA) in Sivakasi, says that Chinese fireworks are openly sold in Delhi. Many officials are not aware that Chinese fireworks are illegal and have been smuggled into the country, he said. Sivakasi manufacturers say that Chinese fireworks contain chlorides and perchlorides. The use of these chemicals in fireworks manufacturing is banned in our country since these chemicals are highly volatile and environmentally hazardous. "Chlorides give Chinese fireworks more colour and better display but they are dangerous for consumers," said A Mariappan, vice president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. After the Chinese fireworks were seized in Sivakasi, the manufacturers took to the high court bench in Madurai demanding that the government should act. However it was revealed that not all containers could be screened in harbours making it difficult for authorities to curb Chinese fireworks import. Suppliers hope the court will ask Centre to crack down. "All we need from the Union ministry is that it should publicize the fact that Chinese fireworks are illegal," says Mariappan.
 
News posted on 2014-08-26

Sivakasians beware of fuel theft
 
25th August 2014 Sivakasians beware of fuel theft Petrol theft have been on the rise, in Sivakasi area. The residents of Sivakasi Palaniandavarpuram Colony, National Colony and Amman Kovilpatti complain of petrol theft. Most of the vehicles parked in front of their houses will be emptied overnight. Sivakasians are asked to inform the police when they go out of town so that they can keep an eye on their houses during routine patrols.
 
News posted on 2014-08-25

Free eye camp conducted
 
25th August 2014 Free eye camp conducted Sivakasi Khaitan Steel Mart and Sankara Eye Hospital on 10th August 2014, Sunday conducted a free eye screening camp. Doctor and staff from Sankara Eye Hospital screened participants at the camp. The organisers would send those identified by the doctors for surgery to the hospital, where they would be operated free of cost. Plus, the patients would also get free boarding and lodging and lens. Those in need of spectacles would also get one.
 
News posted on 2014-08-25

A few sharp showers on 22nd Aug
 
23rd August 2014 A few sharp showers on 22nd Aug A drizzle that started at around 3.48 p.m. turned into a sudden downpour for few minutes at 05:00 to 05:15 p.m. and 06:00 p.m. to 06:10 p.m.. However, later it was drizzling for few hours. The recent rains in Sivakasi brings smile on the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Free Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
23rd August 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Homeopathy Camp Organised Free Homeopathy Camp The 349th Free Homeopathy Camp was successfully organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 27th July 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. 91 patients were treated for various diseases by Homeopathy Dr.T.A.Machavel and his team. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi, actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Sathya Sai Aanmeega Saadhanai Mugaam
 
23rd August 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Sathya Sai Aanmeega Saadhanai Mugaam Sri Sathya Sai Seva Trust Virudhunagar District Tamilnadu, India, organised Sathya Sai Aanmeega Saadhanai Mugaam, at Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Samithy Premises, on 27th August 2014, Sunday. Sairam Saraswathi Ammal was the chief guest for the programme. Around 100 members participated in the event. Dr.Pasupathi and other Sathya Sai members were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Rain brings joy
 
23rd August 2014 Rain brings joy Today, Sivakasi were in for a surprise as the blazing sun gave way to cool breeze and layers of clouds brought down the mercury, making the weather pleasant. There was sharp showers from 01:00 p.m. to 01:20 p.m. and drizzle for several minutes. And Sivakasi received moderate rain from 01:35 p.m. 01:50 p.m.. The unusually pleasant conditions will continue for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
23rd August 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy in association with MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, jointly organised the 148th free mental health camp, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 17th August 2014, Sunday. 245 people were benefited out of this camp. Narayan Seva has been done for 500 people. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 21st September 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Sivakasi Police arrested director Saran
 
22nd August 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Sivakasi Police arrested director Saran Sivakasi police on Friday arrested Tamil film director Saran on Thursday in connection with a cheque fraud case. While the director was shooting for his Aaayirathil Iruvar, which has actor Vinay in the lead, at Tirunelveli, the Sivakasi town police armed with an arrest warrant took him in to custody early in the day. The film crew were shocked and the shooting was suspended. The police produced him before the Sivakasi judicial magistrate who, however, enlarged him on bail in the evening with two-member surety. JM Jospeh Joy had on August 12, 2014, issued an arrest warrant against Saran in a cheque fraud case and had asked the police to present him before the court. The warrant was issued following his failure to appear in the court for a case filed by a Sivakasi-based printer Gnanasekaran on August 22, 2011. In his complaint, Gnanasekaran said that he had printed wall posters as requested by Saran for a film titled ‘Muni’ which he produced. The director, he claimed, had given him a cheque for Rs 50 lakh towards the order he had placed but the cheque dated December 18, 2010, bounced. Later, Gnansekaran moved the JM court which on Friday granted bail to the director on being produced. Emerging out of the court, Saran told reporters that the case against him was foisted and he would face it legally and he left for Tirunelveli to resume the shooting for his upcoming movie. Saran has directed films like films like Kadhal Mannan, Amarkalam, Gemini, Vasool Raja MBBS and Attagasam among others.
 
News posted on 2014-08-22

Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrated in Sivakasi
 
22nd August 2014 Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrated in Sivakasi Special prayers, colourful pageantry and recital of bhajans marked the Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations at Sivakasi town, on 17th August 2014. Special prayers and offerings were also made. Children dressed as Krishna, Radha and several other characters from the Puranas. Dance programme and recital of bhajans were conducted as part of the Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations.
 
News posted on 2014-08-22

Sivakasi drenched in rains
 
22nd August 2014 Sivakasi drenched in rains After two days of sunshine, Sivakasi town received heavy showers from 04:25 p.m. to 04:50 p.m.. Ealier at 03:00 p.m. Today, after a bright start, as the day progressed a band of cloud and rain hit Sivakasi, at evening. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water and brings temporary relief from water crisis, once again. The downpour has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians especially students and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. There was drizzle from 03:48 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. and drizzling continues. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next five days. And the maximum and minimum temperature will fell down to 34 and 26 degree celsius respectively, for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-08-22

Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi celebrated
 
21st August 2014 Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi celebrated Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi was celebrated on 13th August 2014, Wednesday, in majority of the Vinayaka Temples in Sivakasi. Special pujas were performed. Ganapathy Homam was performed in morning and evening as a part of Laksharchanai. Vinayakar Chathurthi is on 29th August 2014, Friday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-21

Scheduled power cut for 5 hours
 
21st August 2014 Scheduled power cut for 5 hours After two months with no power cuts relief, residents in most parts of the Sivakasi town experienced two hours of power disruption between 06:00 a.m. and08:00 a.m., in addition there is no power supply from at 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. and one more hour at evening time, for the last two days. The recent five hours scheduled power cuts in Sivakasi have forced industries to use diesel generators, which are turning out to be a very costly proposition.
 
News posted on 2014-08-21

Feel Employable Programme at AAACET
 
20th August 2014 Feel Employable Programme at AAACET College for Leadership & Human Resource Development (CLHRD), Mangalore with AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized Feel Employable Programme with a vision to help students redefine themselves through reinforcement of Human Resource. The 3 Day programme was effectively carried out by Prof.Sunney Tharappan, Director CLHRD and the resource persons Mr.Chitrakumar, Prof.R.Victor, Prof.Dhanam, Prof.Chaarlas, Prof.Motti Thomas and Mr.Murali Subramanian. The objective of the training is to provide better self-esteem of every individual and make them evolve as employable candidates. The resource persons identified the musk in every individual, kindled positive thinking and refined attitude, developed the positive outlook towards their career and pruned their moral values. The mock interview sessions certified their level of excellence and further guided them to perfectionism. The students felt elated and thanked the management for providing a wonderful opportunity to redefine them.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

AAACET student secured second place in Carrom Tournament
 
20th August 2014 AAACET student secured second place in Carrom Tournament Selvi V.Gayathri, II yr Computer Science & Engineering Department of AAA College of Engineering and Technology has secured SECOND place in Youth Girls-21 category in the Virudhunagar District Level Ranking Carrom Tournament held at Muslim Merchants Community Hall, Sivakasi on 31st July to 3rd August 2014. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganeshan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA(UK)., Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and faculties congratulated the achiever for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
20th August 2014 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi There is power shut cut for 2 to 4 hours a day, in Sivakasi, for the last 2 days. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator. Sivakasians had no clue when supply would be cut off or restored. Power situation had worsened commercial and non commercial users in Sivakasi, once again.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

Adi Thapasu Kaatchi
 
20th August 2014 Adi Thapasu Kaatchi Adi Thapasu Kaatchi was held in Sivakasi Sri Shenbaga Vinayakar Temple campus, on 9th August 2014, Saturday. The way lead to Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil wore a festive look. The balloon, toy sellers and vendors arranged stalls on either side of the road near the temple. Procession of the goddess taken place around the temple. At 06:00 p.m. Thavasu Kaatchi was held. Hundreds of devotees witnessed Thavasi Kaatchi and special pujas were performed. At 7:00 p.m., the organisers The Hindu Nadargal Shenbagakutty Vagaiyaraa Dhayaathigal Sangam, Sivakasi, arranged Sorpozhivu on Arul Tharum Amman by Kalaimamani, Munaivar, Jaya TV and Cine Fame Nagaisuvai Thendral Prof.Ku.Gnanasamandhan.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

Independence Day celebration at AAACET
 
19th August 2014 Independence Day celebration at AAACET The 68th Independence Day was commemorated in AAA College of Engineering & Technology. Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan hoisted the National Flag. Selvi Aishwarya Lakshmi, recalled the sacrifice of the great leaders and freedom fighters in her patriarchal speech. Selvi K.Lavanya and Selvi A.Jeya Gowri presented the meaning and the correct pronunciation of our national anthem. Selvan S.Arun Kumar and Selvan V.Ramesh Narayanan team performed a MIME depicting the talents of Indian youths. The students took oath along with the Principal to uplift the nation through their service as technologists. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., M.B.A(UK) and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi exchanged their Independence Day wishes among the faculty members and students.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

BSNL cable in PAP Colony damaged
 
19th August 2014 BSNL cable in PAP Colony damaged The telephone cable network of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in PAP colony and Karuppanan street has been damaged on 14th August 2014, Saturday. The damage of cable had left bsnl telephone subscribers and broadband users in the lurch. The problem was resolved on 18th August 2014, Monday evening.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

Sharp drizzle for 30 minutes in Sivakasi
 
19th August 2014 Sharp drizzle for 30 minutes in Sivakasi Yesterday, there was sharp drizzle from 08:50 p.m. to 09:20 p.m., in Sivakasi. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by thunder the town was seen flooded and clogged. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. The recent rain for the last two days brought some temporary relief from water crisis.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

Mild drizzle for few minutes
 
19th August 2014 Mild drizzle for few minutes Today, there was mild drizzle at afternoon, for few minutes from 02:20 p.m. to 02:25 p.m., in Sivakasi. Drizzle makes the road wet. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 36 degree celsius and 27 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2014
 
18th August 2014 All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament Date: 18-08-2014, Monday to 24-08-2014, Sunday Venue: AJ Stadium, Sivakasi 1200 Players from 20 States. Organisers: Virudhunagar District Badminton Association & AJ Stadium, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Vetrinichayam 2014 at AAACET
 
18th August 2014 Vetrinichayam 2014 at AAACET AAA College of Engineering & Technology and Kamarajar Social Welfare Trust organized Vetrinichayam’14, a Career Guidance Programme for the +2 students of the schools around Virudhunagar Town was conducted on 9th August 2014 in the A/C Seminar Hall. Nearly 2500 students benefited out of the Programme. There were two sessions in the morning and afternoon. Thiru.V.Jeyakumar M.A., B. Ed., M. Phil., Virudhunagar Chief Education Oficer, Thiru.P.Ramachandran M.A., B. Ed., M. Phil., Virudhunagar District Education Officer, Thiru. YSM S. Sandhanathan, Ex. Virudhunagar District Governor and Thiru Dr.P.Mahendravel, Director Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank were the Guests of Honour. Thiru V. Jeyakumar motivated the students to enter into civil service to promote the welfare of the nation. The sessions were skillfully directed by the subject experts: Mr.John Wesley, PG Assist, Chemistry, Mr.Ganesan, PG Assist, Physics, Mr.M.RamaKrishnan, PG. Assist. Chemistry, Mr.Sheik Mehaboob, PG Assist. Mathematics, Mr.Pandiyan, PG Assist. Mathematics and Dr.Ibrahim, PG. Assist. Biology. They rightly guided the students about how to prepare themselves before and during the time of the Public Examinations. Mr.John Wesley quoted “Public Examination is not a Marathon but a 100m Run when it is skillfully planned.” The instructions given covered all the layers of the students. The students registered their feedback at the end and their words recorded the success of the programme. The Principal happily announced that an for the first time in Virudhunagar District, an IAS Academy is to be started in the college. Delicious Lunch and Swift Transportation were provided by the Management. Sincere thanks to Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B. E., MBA (UK) and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi for organizing the programme.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Mr. Virudhunagar Classic 2014
 
18th August 2014 Mr. Virudhunagar Classic 2014 Rotary Club Sivakasi Sparkler in association with Virudhunagar District Body Builders Association in association organised 5th Mr.Virudhunagar Classic Contest on 10th August 2014, Sunday at Sivakasi Kaakaa Shunmuga Nadar Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi. The contest was held for 7 categories (Below 50kgs, 55kgs, 60kgs, 65kgs, 70kgs, 75kgs and above 75kgs). 109 contestants from 17 Gyms of Virudhunagar District participated in the contest. Mr.A.Gnanasekar, President, VDWLA, inaugurated the contest. Mr.A.S.P.Arumuga Selvan, President VDBBA and M.G.Sundareswaran, Secretary,Virudhunagar District Body Builders Association, were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Strong wind & sharp showers causes power outage
 
18th August 2014 Strong wind & sharp showers causes power outage Yesterday-s strong wind and sharp showers accompanied with thunders and lightning from 03:40 p.m. to 05:20 p.m. in Sivakasi causes power cuts in Sivakasi. 7cm rain recorded in Sivakasi. Trees were uprooted in the strong wind, in many areas of Sivakasi. There was no power for an hour, in many areas. It was drizzling occassionally at night.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

BSNL 3g fails to gather speed in Sivakasi
 
18th August 2014 BSNL 3g fails to gather speed in Sivakasi From 16th August 2014, Saturday afternoon, BSNL 3g fails to gather speed, in Sivakasi town. And it was connected in 2g and Sivakasians were suffering due to slow internet connection and disruption of data 2g connectivity. And there was problem in mobile connectivity also. And the problem was resolved on 18th August 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Rain for the second consecutive day in Sivakasi
 
18th August 2014 Rain for the second consecutive day in Sivakasi Rain continued to lash Sivakasi town and its outskirts for the second consecutive day on Monday, leaving several parts of the town waterlogged. The day witnessed heavy downpour during evening from 04:25 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. and it rained for half an hour unceasingly. And it is drizzling for last half an hour. Rain slowed down the pace of Sivakasi town life as vehicles had to move cautiously through the roads filled with potholes. Electricity supply were disrupted in several places.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Registration for RYLA-14
 
17th August 2014 Registration for RYLA-14 Date: September 25-28, 2014 RYLA-14 for College Students (boys and girls) from all over India. * Intense in-house leadership training programe with holistic approach * Tools and techniques to unleash your fullest potential * Chance to refine & re-define yourself. A professional faculty panel to enhance your leadership qualities. Registration fee Rs.3300/- 55 participants only Venue: Green Coconut Resort, East Coast Road, Chennai Host: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Town, RI Dist 3212 For registration contact 9944334827, 9843228179, 9994322205
 
News posted on 2014-08-17

Happy Krishna Jayanthi
 
17th August 2014 Happy Krishna Jayanthi Wish you all a very happy SREE KRISHNA JAYANTHI. - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-08-17

Rain lashes Sivakasi town
 
17th august 2014 Rain lashes Sivakasi town Today at 3:40 pm band of clouds hovered Sivakasi town and sharp showers accompanied by thunders and strong winds lashed Sivakasi town for an hour and rain continues. Rainwater harvesting systems installed in houses received copious amount of water. Todays rain brings smile on the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-08-17

Power shut down date postponed
 
16th August 2014 Power shut down date postponed Power Shut Down for the month of August 2014, in Sivakasi areas was scheduled today. The power shut down date has been postponed. Power Shut Down date will be announced soon. Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.
 
News posted on 2014-08-16

Happy Independence Day
 
15th August 2014 Happy Independence Day =--..__..-=-._. !=--..__..-=-._; !=- -..__..-=_; !=--..__..-=-._; ! ! ! ! Lets Take Decision To Value Our Nation Wont Forget Those Sacrifices, Who Gave Us Freedom Now Its Our Turn To Have A Reformation. Happy Independence Day To All.
 
News posted on 2014-08-15

Sivakasi celebrates Independence Day
 
15th August 2014 Sivakasi celebrates Independence Day Sivakasi celebrated the country-s 68th Independence Day by unfurling the national flag and organising cultural events to mark the occasion, today. Indian flags were placed at key junctions of Sivakasi town. Sivakasians were seen with flag pinned in their shirt. Majority of the schools in Sivakasi conducted cultural programme to celebrate Independence Day. To mark the celebrations, an assemblage of events took place ranging from patriotic songs to dances. Skits were presented by the school students of different classes to commemorate the freedom struggle. Sweets were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-08-15

Independence Day celebrated at SBCP
 
15th August 2014 Courtesy: Prof.S.Reghupathi Pandian, NSS Programme Officer, SBCP Independence Day celebrated at SBCP Today, the 68th Indian Independence Day was celebrated with much patriotic zeal at Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy, Sivakasi. NSS Unit of SBCP organised the function. Dr.P.SOLAIRAJ, Principal, SBCP, welcomed the gathering. Chief guest Mr.Hariram Sundravel, Management Team Member, hoisted the national flag and offered Independence Day address. In his speech he highlighted that students should gain knowledge to tackle problem in this competitive world. Chief Guest gave away Certificates to NSS students. Sweets were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-08-15

The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi
 
14th August 2014 The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi From 12th August 2014, Tuesday, you might have seen moon in the daytime, in Sivakasi town. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next one or two days, in Sivakasi. Special pujas were performed in majority of the Sivakasi temples on full moon day including the Pournami Pooja (10th August 2014, Sunday). Some Sivakasians observed fasting on full moon day. Usually, the Pournami Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after sighting the Moon. Some Sivakasi devotees only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Rajmahal Kudumba Thiruvizha
 
14th August 2014 Rajmahal Kudumba Thiruvizha Date: 15-08-2014, Sunday Time: 02:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Navadhaniya Varthaga Sanga Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Rangoli, Drawing Competitions, Mehandi and On the spot games Organiser: Rajmahal, Madurai For registration contact 9944393952, 9894491019, 9092502688
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

AAACET student won Gold medal in Kickboxing
 
14th August 2014 AAACET student won Gold medal in Kickboxing The 14th TNKA TamilNadu State Level Kickboxing Championship-2014, was organized by the Virudhunagar Kickboxing Association(VKA) at Marakkannu Chettiyar Kalyana Mandapam, Rajapalayam from 26th – 27th July 2014. The Student of AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Selvan T.G.PARI of First Year Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department has won GOLD Medal under the 94 kg Weight Class in the tournament. Thiru Power S.Pandian, President Tamilnadu Kickboxing Association (TNKA) honored the contender with GOLD medal. The Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan,Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P.Ganeshan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar, Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi, Physical Director Mr.D.Babu and faculties admired the achiever for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Start Up Nursery by Nativelead Foundation at AAACET
 
14th August 2014 Start Up Nursery by Nativelead Foundation AAA College of Engineering & Technology’s Entrepreneurship Development Cell and Nativelead Foundation has organized a two days Start Up Nursery (SUN) programme for the students on August 1st & 2nd 2014 at the college. The Trainers Mrs.P.Archana & Mr.J.Stalin Jacob from Nativelead Foundation leaded the programme. The students were divided into groups and were assigned with projects to come out with new innovative business ideas. The groups presented their Business Proposals to the trainers and were evaluated. Aimed at developing the interpersonal skills and team work, the programme achieved success. The arrangements for the programme were well organized by Chairman Thiru.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA (UK), and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi with an intention to develop entrepreneurship skills among the students.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Eye Donation Awareness Camp at AAACET
 
14th August 2014 Eye Donation Awareness Camp at AAACET The LIONS CLUB OF SIVAKASI with NSS and YRC of AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized 725th Eye Donation Awareness Camp on August 11th 2014, Monday, at College A/C Seminar Hall. Lion Dr.J.Ganesh MJF, District Chairperson for Eye Donation, the guest speaker of the session was felicitated by Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., M.B.A.(UK), Joint Secretary. The 600 students of AAA actively participated in the camp. The session was so interactive and the students enthusiastically participated in the questionnaire. The active participants were rewarded with gifts from the Lions Club and were distributed by Mrs. Grahalakshmi Karvannan, Member Panjurajan Amaravathy Trust. The chief guest’s inspiring speech about importance of donating eyes helped the students to understand the needs and benefits of eye donation. He clearly explained how one could equip oneself to donate his eyes. The students registered their feedback and their impact would surely impact the society. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the camp with a motive of creating awareness about the importance of Eye Donation to the students.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
14th August 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet Today, there was mild drizzle from 05:55 p.m. to 06:25 p.m., in Sivakasi. The mild drizzle for 30 minutes makes the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance for drizzle.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
13th August 2014 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 15-08-2014, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital and Alumni Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Kamaraj School won overall trophy
 
13th August 2014 Kamaraj School won overall trophy in Carrom Tournament Virudhunagar District Carrom Association organised a four day Virudhunagar District Level Ranking Carrom Tournament from 31st July 2014, Thursday to 3rd August 2014, Sunday, at Sivakasi Muslim Thirumana Mahal. Mr.A.P.Selvarajan, President, VDCA, inaugurated the tournament. Sivakasi K.Kamarajar Matriculation Hr. Sec. School won the overall trophy. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, distributed prizes to the winners, on 3rd August 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Raksha bandhan celebrated in Sivakasi
 
13th August 2014 Raksha bandhan celebrated in Sivakasi The festival of Raksha bandhan was celebrated with fervour across Sivakasi Town on 10th August 2014, Wednesday. Sisters tied sacred rakhi on the wrist of their brothers after performing special puja. Siblings exchanged good wishes by offering sweets, chocolates and gifts on the occasion of Raksha bandhan. Brisk sale of gifts, rakhis and sweets were witnessed throughout the day, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi
 
13th August 2014 Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi for the last one week. Today afternoon, skies bulged with dark clouds and Sivakasians expected a heavy downpour, but Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle from 03:38 p.m. to 03:46 p.m.. The mild drizzle makes the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. There was sharp drizzle from 4:28 p.m. to 04:34 p.m.. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies Sivakasi students were drenched. For next one week only light showers are expected, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 26 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Power Shut Down on 16th Aug
 
12th August 2014 Power Shut Down on 16th Aug There may be power shut down from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas, for maintenance purpose for the month of August 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-08-12

Aadi Pournami Puja Performed in Sivakasi
 
12th August 2014 Aadi Pournami Puja Performed in Sivakasi On 10th August 2014, Sunday, on Full Moon Day, Pournami Poojai was performed in majority of the temples in Sivakasi town. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues. Usually, the Pournami Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after sighting the Moon. Some Sivakasi devotees only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for five days.
 
News posted on 2014-08-12

Chinese Crackers: Puratchithalaivi gives Lok Sabha some light moments
 
11th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Chinese Crackers: Puratchithalaivi gives Lok Sabha some light moments NEW DELHI: The AIADMK salutation " Pratchithalaivi Tamil Tai Amma" seems to have caught the imagination of the Lok Sabha. There were some moments of laughter in the lower House on Friday after an AIADMK leader quintessentially began his question on import of Chinese goods with "Pratchithalaivi Tamil Tai Amma". As if participating in the collective mirth of the House, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied in the same vein in Tamil saying "Puraichithalaivi Amma-s" letter had been received and government was working on it. The entire House, from treasury to opposition benches, started thumping the desk and chanting "Amma Amma". This was, perhaps, the first instance when a minister had replied to a question in Tamil in the House. AIADMK MP T Radhakrishnan, speaking in Tamil, had raised the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India harming the domestic industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu that virtually caters to the entire demand of firecrackers in the country. He referred to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha-s letters to the Centre in this regard and wanted to know what action has been taken. Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair-s permission to reply in Tamil. "The letter sent by Puraichithalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader amma) has been received. Necessary action will be taken in response," she said in Tamil as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was seen grinning. The entire House, meanwhile, thumped desk and laughed.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Sivakasi Fireworks Issue: Minister-s reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha
 
11th August 2014 Sivakasi Fireworks Issue: Minister-s reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time in the Lok Sabha, a minister spoke in Tamil to respond to a question put in Tamil. Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair-s permission to reply in Tamil to a supplementary posed by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan. The member raised the the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India harming the domestic industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu that virtually caters to the entire demand of firecrackers in the country. He referred to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha-s letters to the Centre in this regard and wanted to know what action has been taken. Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman-s reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town
 
11th August 2014 Dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. Band of clouds developed during afternoon around 02:45 p.m.. Today, at afternoon, Sivakasi received mild drizzle from 01:00 p.m. to 01:05 p.m., which brought a sigh of relief to Sivakasians, who had been braving sweltering heat in the town. Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town right now and bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable, today morning. The sudden change of climate in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians and expected a rainfall. And it is drizzling from 01:20 p.m.. and it continues. For next one week, sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain / strong winds, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 & 21 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Sharp showers drench Sivakasi in afternoon
 
11th August 2014 Photo: Ram Sharp showers drench Sivakasi in afternoon A warm and humid Monday in Sivakasi ended in a spell of sharp shower in the afternoon, bringing much awaited relief for the town. Sivakasi experienced intermittent, sharp showers from around 01:20 p.m. to 03:15 p.m., today. While the rain has brought cheer among Sivakasians who were concerned about decreasing groundwater level for the past few months, it has led to water-logging and damaged roads. For next one week, sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain / strong winds, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 & 21 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Happy Raksha Bandhan
 
10th August 2014 Happy Raksha Bandhan Celebrate the eternal bond sister and brother. Happy Raksha Bandhan! - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-08-10

Dist. Collector, MP, MLA at Sadha Sandi Yagam
 
10th August 2014 Dist. Collector, MP, MLA at Sadha Sandi Yagam Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam is performed for the welfare of Sivakasi based business, for last two days. Today, Virudhunagar District Collector Mr.Hariharan, K.T.Rajendra Balaji, Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation, Radha Krishnan, M.P., and Dr.V.K.kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality were present on the occasion. Verses were recited by 50+ priests. Temple decked up with lights for Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam.
 
News posted on 2014-08-10

Thousands witness Sadha Sandi Yagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil
 
10th August 2014 Thousands witness Sadha Sandi Yagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil Thousands of people thronged Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil and witnessed Maha Sadha Sandi Yagam Kalasa Poojai, today. Special yagam for Sadha Sandi Yagam was conducted at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. Virudhunagar District Collector Mr.Hariharan, K.T.Rajendra Balaji, Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation, Radha Krishnan, M.P., and Dr.V.K.kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality were present on the occasion. Verses were recited by 50+ priests. Temple decked up with lights for Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam. Devotees were seen thronging the temple since morning. Temple authorities - Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees. This puja is conducted for the last three days, for the well being of the Sivakasi town businesses such as Fireworks, Matchworks and Printing.
 
News posted on 2014-08-10

Adi Thabasu Therottam at Sivakasi
 
9th August 2014 Adi Thabasu Therottam On the eve of Adi Thapasu, procession of Sivan Kovil Temple car taken place in the four car streets of Sivakasi, on 7th August 2014, Thursday. Adi Thapasu festival is going to be celebrated today, in Sivakasi. This event will be celebrated every year in a grand manner in Sivakasi Shenbaga Kutty Vinayagar Kovil Theppakulam. Today Thabasu Katchi will be held at 06:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Mild drizzle for several hours makes the road wet
 
9th August 2014 Mild drizzle for several hours makes the road wet Yesterday, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle (at 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.) in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. There was mild drizzle from 06:30 p.m. to 09:45 p.m. and the drizzle makes the road wet. And the mild drizzle did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Today the climate will be cloudy and there will be occasional drizzling / rain. For next one week sky will be cloudy with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius, with a chace for drizzle.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Sivakasi women observed Varalakshmi Vratham
 
9th August 2014 Sivakasi women observed Varalakshmi Vratham In Sivakasi, married women clad in traditional dresses performed "Varalakshmi Vratam" with religious fervour in their houses as well as in temples to invoke the blessings of goddess Lakshmi who grants boons. Woemn shared pleasantries and exchanged kumkum and bangles at their houses. Prasadams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Nirmala Sitharaman replies in Tamil in Lok Sabha
 
9th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Nirmala Sitharaman replies in Tamil in Lok Sabha NEW DELHI: Perhaps for the first time in the Lok Sabha, a minister spoke in Tamil to respond to a question put in Tamil. Minister of state for commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair-s permission to reply in Tamil to a supplementary posed by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan. The member raised the the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India harming the domestic industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu that virtually caters to the entire demand of firecrackers in the country. He referred to Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa-s letters to the Centre in this regard and wanted to know what action has been taken. "The letter sent by revolutionary leader amma (an honorific used by AIADMK cadre for Jayalalithaa) has been received. Necessary action will be taken in response," she said as members of the treasury benches thumped the desks. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was occupying a front row seat, was seen smiling.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Tamil Sizzles Into LS With a Bang on Fireworks Issue
 
9th August 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Tamil Sizzles Into LS With a Bang on Fireworks Issue NEW DELHI: Members of the Lok Sabha on Friday received a pleasant surprise when the Minister of State for Commerce responded in Tamil to a supplementary question in Tamil by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan. This was perhaps the first time a minister has spoken in Tamil during Question Hour. Radhakrishnan, a first-time MP from Virudhunagar, had raised the issue of illegal transportation of Chinese crackers to India, which is affecting the massive Sivakasi fireworks industry. He wanted to know from the Commerce Minister what action the Centre has taken, as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the issue. Seeking the speaker’s permission to speak in Tamil, Sitharaman said the letter has been received by the government. “The letter sent by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma has been received. Necessary action will be taken in response,” she said, as members of the Treasury benches thumped the desks. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was occupying a front row seat, was seen smiling. Raising the important question related to the livelihoods of over two lakh workers in Sivakasi, Radhakrishanan, who hails from Anaiyur Panchayat in West Sivakasi, said that fireworks are being illegally transported from China to India through the land and water routes. “They are brought through Nepal also. There is a substantial loss of revenue to the Union government besides affecting the lives of workers,” Radhakrishnan had said in Parliament.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Maha Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai begins
 
8th August 2014 Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai begins Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam at Sivakasi Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil begins from today morning 05:30 a.m. onwards. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund has made elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Poojai. The 3 days yagam at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple attracted a steady stream of visitors in the very first day of Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai. This puja is conducted for the well being of the Sivakasi town businesses such as Fireworks, Matchworks and Printing.
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

Breastfeeding week observed at SFR College
 
8th August 2014 Breastfeeding week observed at SFR College As a part of World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, SFR College for Women, Sivakasi, in association with The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Madurai Branch and Inner Wheel Club of Sivakasi Pyro Town, Sivakasi, organised an awareness programme on breastfeeding at the college campus, today. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality and Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam stressed the importance of breast feeding.
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

Aadi Thabasu Festival 2014 at Sivakasi
 
8th August 2014 Aadi Thabasu Festival 2014 at Sivakasi Date: 09-08-2014, Saturday Venue: Sri Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil Campus Time: 06:00 p.m. - Thabasukaatchi Time: 07:00 p.m. - Arul Tharum Amman - Kalaimamani, Munaivar, Jaya TV and Cine Fame Nagaisuvai Thendral Prof.Ku.Gnanasamandhan, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Organisers: The Hindu Nadargal Shenbagakutty Vagaiyaraa Dhayaathigal Sangam, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

Volleyball District School Girls Championship
 
8th August 2014 Volleyball District School Girls Championship - Valedictory Function Date: 09-08-2014, Saturday Time: 05:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan G.Vijayakumar Volleyball Academy, Sivakasi G.Nagarajan, B.Sc., Chairman - VDVA will preside over the function G.V.Karthik, President, VDVA will distribute prizes Organisers: Virudhunagar District Volleyball Association, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

Sivakasi experienced mild shower
 
8th August 2014 Sivakasi experienced mild shower Today, Sivakasi town experienced mild shower from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.. Mild drizzles not even able to make the road wet. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week, in Sivakasi, with the average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 27 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

World Hepatitis Day 2014 observed at AJ College
 
7th August 2014 World Hepatitis Day 2014 observed at AJ College An awareness camp on hepatitis and its treatment marked the "World Hepatitis Day" celebrations at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), Sivakasi, on 28th July 2014, Monday. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, spoke on the modern techniques available to treat hepatitis. The programme was organised by Yellow Ribbon Club and Department of Microbiology, ANJAC.
 
News posted on 2014-08-07

Coming up next in Sivakasi
 
7th August 2014 Coming up next in Sivakasi Guest Lecture on How to Enhance the Reading Skill Guest Speaker: Librarian Mr.t. Kasirajan, ANJAC Date: 07-08-2014, Thursday Time: 02:00 p.m. Venue: ANJAC, Sivakasi Organiser: Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam Date: 08-08-2014 to 10-08-2014, Friday to Sunday Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Sunday) Venue: Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil Mr. Virudhunagar Classic Date: 10-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Kaakka Shunmuga Nadar Thirumana Mandapam, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Virudhunagar District Body Builders Welfare Society, Friends Gym and Lion Gym Eye Camp Date: 10-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Guest lecture on Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act Date: 16-08-2014, Saturday Time: 02:00 p.m. Venue: ANJAC, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.T.Maruthanayagam, Assistant Prof. in English, Rajapalayam Rajus College Organiser: Phoenix Literary Association of the Post Graduate Department of English, ANJAC
 
News posted on 2014-08-07

All set for Sadha Sandi Yaagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil
 
6th August 2014 Courtesy: Visakan Rajagopal All set for Sadha Sandi Yaagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil Sivakasi Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil has made elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Poojai slated to be held, from 8th August to 10th August 2014. The Yaaga decoration work has been almost completed. And the temple wore festive look. It is expected that Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple will attract a steady stream of visitors for Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai. This puja is conducted for the well being of the Sivakasi town businesses such as Fireworks, Matchworks and Printing.
 
News posted on 2014-08-06

World Breastfeeding Week observed at SKC
 
6th August 2014 World Breastfeeding Week observed at SKC As a part of World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, NSS unit of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, in association with The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Madurai Branch and Inner Wheel Club of Sivakasi Pyro Town, Sivakasi, organised an awareness programme on breastfeeding at the college conference hall, today. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Dr.Arthi Dargarh and Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam stressed the importance of breast feeding.
 
News posted on 2014-08-06

Guest lecture on Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act
 
6th August 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Guest lecture on Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act The Phoenix Literary Association of the Post Graduate Department of English, ANJAC has planned to organise a guest lecture for the students of I M.A. and II M.A. English on 16.8.2014. Mr.T.Maruthanayagam, Assistant Prof. in English, Rajapalayam Rajus College will deliver a lecture on "Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act". Ms.M.Akila, Vice-President of the Association and Assistant Professor in English will deliver the welcome address and S.Subbuthai of II M.A. English, Secretary will propose vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-08-06

Friendship Day celebrated with fun, in Sivakasi
 
5th August 2014 Friendship Day celebrated with fun, in Sivakasi Sivakasians celebrated Friendship Day celebrated with fun, on 3rd August 2014, Sunday. At a time when sending greetings through social networking sites and mobiles is the norm, Sivakasians took time off on Sunday to celebrate Friendship Day. Dressed in their best, Sivakasians, especially school and college students, gathered at their friends home, swimming pools, hotels, with people hosting gettogether parties. And tied bands to celebrate the bonds of friendship.
 
News posted on 2014-08-05

Breast Feeding Week Observed at Sivakasi GH
 
5th August 2014 Breast Feeding Week Observed at Sivakasi GH World Breastfeeding Week observed at Sivakasi Government Hospital, on 2nd August 2014, Saturday. The programme was organised jointly by The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Madurai Branch, Inner Wheel Club of Sivakasi Pyro Town and Sivakasi Municipality, to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality presided over the awarness camp. Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam, Annai Nursing Home, was the chief guest for the programme. Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam stressed the importance of breast feeding. Dr.Ayyanar, Blood Bank Officer, Sivakasi Govt. Hospital, Inner Wheel Club members, Government Hospital staff were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-08-05

Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam
 
5th August 2014 Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam Date: 08-08-2014 to 10-08-2014, Friday to Sunday Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Sunday) Venue: Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil
 
News posted on 2014-08-05

Sivakasi student to present project at NASA
 
4th August 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Sivakasi student to present project at NASA To present project to NASA’s mass convention on August 9 A team of students from Chennai will visit National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S., to present a project on developing a ‘fly-by’ machine that will make possible a manned mission to Mars in 2018. The eight-student team, named ‘The Indo-Martian Express’ from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, had sent a 50-page report to U.S.-based private organisation Inspiration Mars. The organisation had announced an online global competition in September 2013, inviting a 50-page project on ‘mission to Mars with humans possible’ after its own project on fly-by machine was rejected by NASA. Vishnu Prasad Ram, a third-year student of the college who hails from Sivakasi, will present the team’s project to NASA’s mass convention in Houston on August 9. At a press conference here, he said the team took about six months to complete the project. A natural fly-by machine would travel around the surface of Mars by using its gravity. It would return to the Earth, after completing a full circle, using its gravitational force. This machine would take 510 days to reach the Earth after completing its mission, he said. “In our project, we suggested a method to reduce the duration of the mission by converting the elliptical path to the hyperbolic path with a powered fly-by machine. In this process, the machine will be pushed into the space and switched on once it entered the space and would use its fuel to accelerate so the number of days could be lessened. By using our powered fly-by concept, a total of 70 days of the mission could be reduced and the whole process completed in 431 days,” he explained. “The project prepared by our team addresses all mission aspects, which include the trajectory, propulsion, life support systems, radiation shielding considering the safety of humans in the machine, cost estimate, atmospheric re-entry and a development schedule,” he added. With close to 58 entries from across the globe, students from the Chennai college made the country proud by making it to the finals of the International Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest, a world wide competition involving the design of two-persons mars fly-by mission for 2018. “It’s a matter of great delight and brings a lot of pride to the State and the region as it was a competition organised by such an eminent and recognised research centre NASA” said N. Siva Subramanian, Project Consultant and former ISRO scientist.
 
News posted on 2014-08-04

Sivakasi student for NASA
 
4th August 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Sivakasi student for NASA A team of students from Chennai will visit National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to present a project on developing a ‘flyby’ machine that will make possible the manned mission to Mars in 2018. The eight-student team named ‘The Indo-Martian Express’ from Sri Venkateswara Engineering College had sent a 50-page report to U.S.-based private organisation Inspiration Mars on March 15. The organisation had announced an online global competition in September 2013 inviting a 50-page project on ‘mission to Mars with humans possible’ after its own project on flyby machine was rejected by NASA. Vishnu Prasad Ram, a third-year student of the college, hailing from Sivakasi, would present the team’s project to NASA’s mass convention in Houston on August 9. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, he said that the team of eight students took about 6 months to complete the project. According to him, a natural flyby machine would travel around the surface of Mars by using its gravity. It would return to Earth, after completing a full circle, using its gravitational force. This machine would take 510 days to reach Earth after completing its mission. “In our project, we suggested a method to reduce the duration of the mission by converting the elliptical path to the hyperbolic path with a powered flyby machine. In this process, the machine would be pushed into the space and switched on once it entered the space and would use its fuel to accelerate so the number of days could be lessened. By using our powered flyby concept, a total of 70 days of the mission could be reduced and the whole process completed in 431 days,” he explained. “The project prepared by our team addresses all mission aspects which include the trajectory, propulsion, life support systems, radiation shielding considering the safety of humans in the machine, cost estimate, atmospheric re-entry and a development schedule,” Mr. Ram added. With close to 58 entries from across the globe, students from the Chennai college made the country proud by making it to the finals of the International Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest, a world wide competition involving the design of two-persons mars flyby mission for 2018. “It’s a matter of great delight and brings a lot of pride to the state and the region as it was a competition organised by such an eminent and recognised research centre NASA” said N. Siva Subramanian, Project Consultant and former ISRO scientist. He added that every institution in the country should bring adequate provision for students to explore in such areas by promoting international events.
 
News posted on 2014-08-04

Happy Friendship Day
 
Dear Sivakasians, Happy Friendship Day! - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-08-03

Sivakasi welcomes Friendship day with drizzle
 
3rd August 2014 Sivakasi welcomes Friendship day with drizzle Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle for several minutes, at today morning. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle (at 08:45 a.m.) in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. The mild drizzle in the evening time did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Today the climate will be cloudy and there will be occasional drizzling / rain.
 
News posted on 2014-08-03

Guest Lecture on How to Enhance the Reading Skill
 
3rd August 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Guest Lecture on How to Enhance the Reading Skill The post graduate department of English has planned to organise a guest lecture for the students of M.A. English on 7.8.2014. Librarian Mr.t. Kasirajan, will deliver a lecture on "How to Enhance the Reading Skill".
 
News posted on 2014-08-03

MOU signed
 
2nd August 2014 MOU signed In Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Department of Zoology organized the MoU programme on Friday 18th July 2014. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, inaugurated the Guest lecture programme. Dr.K.Dharmaraj, Co-ordinator, College-Industries Collaboration Cell gave the welcome address. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Dr. Nagamani Balagurusamy Professor& Head, Biorem Lab, School of Biological sciences, (Autonomous) University of Coahuila, Mexico along with the Departments of Zoology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Botany of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), Sivakasi. Dr.Nagamani Balagurusamy delivered the Guest lecture on the topic “Whether microorganism are intelligent than all of us” UG& PG students of Life sciences participated in this Guest lecture. He also discussed about the recent applications of microbes with the use of Molecular biology techniques.
 
News posted on 2014-08-02

This August in Sivakasi
 
1st August 2014 This August in Sivakasi Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam Date: 08-08-2014 to 10-08-2014, Friday to Sunday Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Sunday) Venue: Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil Mr. Virudhunagar Classic Date: 10-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Kaakka Shunmuga Nadar Thirumana Mandapam, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Virudhunagar District Body Builders Welfare Society, Friends Gym and Lion Gym Eye Camp Date: 10-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 17-08-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-01

World Breastfeeding Week observed at Sivakasi Urban PHC
 
1st August 2014 World Breastfeeding Week observed at Sivakasi Urban PHC Today, World Breastfeeding Week observed at Sivakasi Urban Primary Health Centre. The programme was organised jointly by The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Madurai Branch, Inner Wheel Club of Sivakasi Pyro Town and Sivakasi Municipality, to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality presided over the awarness camp. Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam, Annai Nursing Home, was the chief guest for the programme. Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam stressed the importance of breast feeding. And he also pointed out that it was very essential for the newborn to have breast milk, that would tone up the immune system and keep the baby healthy. Apart from the significance of breastfeeding, the harmful effects of tin food were also explained to the mothers. Inner Wheel Club members, Urban PHC staff members were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-08-01

Mr. Virudhunagar Classic to be held at Sivakasi
 
1st August 2014 Mr. Virudhunagar Classic to be held at Sivakasi Date: 10-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Kaakka Shunmuga Nadar Thirumana Mandapam, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Virudhunagar District Body Builders Welfare Society, Friends Gym and Lion Gym
 
News posted on 2014-08-01

Cloudier start but no rain for Sivakasi
 
1st August 2014 Cloudier start but no rain for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. It was drizzling for few seconds at 07:30 a.m.. At afternoon the skies were clear and it was hot. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle for the next one week with average minimum and maximum temperature of 36 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-08-01

Join hands to remove water-depleting Karuvelam Trees – Dr.V.K.Kathiravan
 
31st July 2014 Join hands to remove water-depleting Karuvelam Trees – Dr.V.K.Kathiravan In a press conference, Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, said, let us join hands to remove water depleting Karuvelam maram in Sivakasi town. The press meet was arranged by Sivakasi Municipality in association with Sivakasi Pasumai Iyakkam, on 30th July 2014, Wednesday, at Sudarson Plaza. More than 20 reporters from Print media and TV media were present during the Press Meet. Addressing the press conference Dr.V.K.Kathiravan said, in a move to conserve water, Sivakasi Municipality has taken out several initiative measures to clear Karuvelam Trees (Prosopis Juliflora), in Sivakasi town. He asked public and Social Clubs and other associations in Sivakasi to join hands to remove Seemai Karuvelam. Clearing Karuvelam maram would improve water table in Sivakasi, he added.
 
News posted on 2014-07-31

In Sivakasi Vegetable Market: Lemon turns dearer
 
30th July 2014 In Sivakasi Vegetable Market: Lemon turns dearer During summer, Lemon, which is most sought for being a thirst quencher, has turned dearer in recent weeks in Sivakasi town. A kg of lemon was priced at Rs.20 in the Sivakasi Anna Vegetable market, last week. In the retail markets, one lemon costs Rs.2/-. Last month it was sold out for Rs.160/- per kg.. The fall in price of lemon brings smile in the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-07-30

Mega Exchange Mela - YAMAHA Sivakasi
 
30th July 2014 Mega Exchange Mela - YAMAHA Sivakasi Date: 30,31 and Aug 01, 2014, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Venue: AMS Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: YAMAHA Showroom, Swanaa Motors, 377 A1, Virudhunagar Road, Sivakasi For further details contact 7373065534, 04562-231531 / 231631
 
News posted on 2014-07-30

Friendship Day fervour grips Sivakasi
 
30th July 2014 Friendship Day fervour grips Sivakasi Sivakasians are flocking Sivakasi gift shops to send a whacky message or to pick up a surprise gift for their friends. Popular gift shops and showrooms in Sivakasi have stocked up a mind-boggling range of gift articles. Sivakasi Ramesh Store has added more than 100 varieties of friendship bands. Leather bands, flashy beads and trendy wrist wraps are included in the wide collection. The range of gifts includes varieties of friendship day chocolates, key chains, cute soft toys, friendship chains and finger rings. Nothing conveys those deep feelings of warmth more effectively than greeting cards. The shop has a wide collection of greeting cards, from naughty ones to meaningful notes on friendship, the array is a shoppers delight. Friendship Day cards and Rakhis in various hues being hung in front of the shop and shoppers busy buying them. Friendship Day Rakhi price ranges from Rs.3/- to Rs.60/. And they also offer Colourful Rakhis to celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
 
News posted on 2014-07-30

Ramadan Mubarak!
 
Dear Sivakasians, As the crescent moon is sighted.... And the holy month of RAMADAN begins... may ALLAH bless you with happiness and grace your home with warmth & peace! Ramadan Mubarak! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-07-29

Muslim street glowing with lights
 
29th July 2014 Courtesy: Syed Abu Siddique Muslim street glowing with lights Muslim street wore festive look, as hundreds of colorful lights set the street aglow. There are also hundreds of serial lits to mark the 2014 Ramadan Festival in Sivakasi. The street was dazzlingly light up yesterday night and celebrated EID.
 
News posted on 2014-07-29

Sivakasi celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr
 
29th July 2014 Sivakasi celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr Marking the end of the month-long Ramzan fasting, Muslims from all walks of life in Sivakasi Town gathered to celebrate Ramzan on 29th July 2014, Tuesday after the sighting of the new moon. Wearing new clothes, the Muslim devotees gathered at mosques to offer prayers in the town. Special prayers mark Ramzan celebrations. After the prayers were over, Sivakasians greeted by embracing each other. Muslims shared Briyani to non muslim neighbours and friends, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-29

Check entry of Chinese crackers: AIADMK MP
 
28th July 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Check entry of Chinese crackers: AIADMK MP The fireworks units at Sivakasi, which account for 90 per cent of crackers and other fireworks made in India, have been affected by illegal entry of Chinese crackers on a large scale, T. Radhakrishnan, AIADMK MP for Virdhunagar, has said. Though imports of Chinese crackers and fireworks have been banned, they clandestinely reach the Indian market through various channels, he said in a notice drawing the government of India’s attention to the issue in the Lok Sabha a few days ago. Chinese crackers found their way to India not only by container shipments through ports but also by road passing through Nepal, he said, urging the Centre to take effective steps to curb their smuggling. This posed a threat to the livelihood of two lakh people in Virdhunagar district, who depended on fireworks manufacture, he said. Even shipments of crackers seized by Customs officials were later auctioned by the authorities. The first-time MP urged that all ports be equipped with more sophisticated scanning facilities to detect such surreptitious shipments, and that the seized crackers be quickly “destroyed” without being allowed to be auctioned in the domestic market. The public should also be made aware of the “dangers” of Chinese crackers through campaigns, he said. When contacted, Mr. Radhakrishnan said he gave his submission in writing under Rule 377 of the Lok Sabha on July 24.
 
News posted on 2014-07-28

Prides 2014: SHN Girls School lifts overall trophy
 
28th July 2014 Courtesy: Vel Shankar, Alumni, The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School Prides 2014: SHN Girls School lifts overall trophy PRIDES - District Level Inter School Culturals is organised every year by the alumni association of The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School. The alumni association of the school are conducting the PRIDES for the fourteenth consecutive year. This year PRIDES 2014 was oragnised by 2010-11 batch. Chief guest for PRIDES 2014 was Dr.K.Thiagarajan, Controller of Explosives PESO, Government of India, Sivakasi. Ln. K.Ambulirajan, Correspondent, The Sivakasi Lions Mat. Hr. Sec. School, was the Guest of Honour for the function. Dr.Aiyavoo.T.Mony, Principal and Ln.A.Kumaravel, President, Lions Club of Sivakasi were present on the occassion. PRIDES 2014 gave an opportunity to the school students to showcase their talents. 450 school students from 11 schools from various regions of Virudhunagar District participated in the event. Events such as Group dance, Solo dance, Quiz, Fashion walk, Singing, Elocution, Treasure hunt, Egg art, Paper art and Photography were conducted. Lunch was arranged for the gathering. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School stood in the first place and won the winners trophy. VSKD Girls Matriculation Higher Secondary School bagged the second place. Participation certificates and prizes were distributed by the chief guest.
 
News posted on 2014-07-28

Mild drizzle for few seconds
 
28th July 2014 Mild drizzle for few seconds Today evening, at 04:00 p.m., Sivakasi town experienced mild drizzle for a few seconds accompanied by strong winds. Drizzle for few seconds not able to make the road wet, but brings down the temperature down. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. And the temperature remains cloudy. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with a slim possibilities of rain on weekend, with average maximum temperature of 37 degree celsisus and minimum of 27.
 
News posted on 2014-07-28

Shab-e-barat observed in Sivakasi
 
26th July 2014 Courtesy: Syed Abu Siddique Shab-e-barat observed in Sivakasi Sivakasi Muslims observed, "Shab-e-Qadr", the night of power, on Friday. Also known as "Lailatul-Qadr", the event is observed on the 27 day of Ramzan. The night is considered auspicious as QURAN was revealed to Prophet Mohammed. Sivakasi devotees turned in large numbers at the special prayers and sermons organised at different mosques around Sivakasi town. Ramzan will be celebrated on 29th July 2014, Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2014-07-26

Lions School swimmers scoop 22 medals
 
26th July 2014 Lions School swimmers scoop 22 medals The students of The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School have bagged as many as 22 medals in the District-level swimming competitions held at Virudhunagar Hindu Nadars Senthikumara Nadar College, Virudhunagar, on 18th July 2014, Friday. The medal haul included five gold, eight silver and nine bronze. The students, trained by coach Sakravarthy, had mostly excelled in the events such as butterfly, breast stroke, free style and back stroke. Akilan of 12th standard has to his credit 4 gold medals in 50m & 100m free style and 50m & 100m breast stroke. Jeganath bagged one gold in 50m butterfly, one silver in 50m free style and one bronze in 100m free style. Two bronze medals went to Aravind (50m & 100m free style). Naren sweeps one silver and one bronze. Madhesh got two silvers (50m & 100m back stroke). Hari Prasanth won one silver in 50m butterfly. Velmurugan got two bronze (50m & 100m breast stroke). Visveshwaran got two silver in 50m & 100m breast stroke. Two bronze medals went to Ishant (50m & 100m back stroke) and Sanjay Vishnu won one silver (100m breast stroke) and one bronze (50m breast stroke). The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School won the overall championship trophy. Ayyavoo T. Moni, lauded the efforts of the swimmers and their coach Sakravarthy.
 
News posted on 2014-07-26

Sivakasi Y-s DOM - Installation Ceremony
 
25th July 2014 Sivakasi Y-s DOM - Installation Ceremony Date: 27-07-2014, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. Venue: Hotel Chidambaram, Gandhi Road, Sivakasi HRM. Y-sm. C.R.Raghunadhan, Imm. Past Regional Director - South India Region has kindly accepted to be the installing officer PWAF. Y-sm. G.Ramkumar, District Governor - South Central District will induct the new members. Organisers: Sivakasi Y-s DOM
 
News posted on 2014-07-25

Coming up next
 
25th July 2014 Coming up next Rotary Sparkling Stars 2014 - Virudhunagar District Youth Festival Date: 26-07-2014, Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. onwards Venue: The Sivakasi Master Printers Association Hall, Sivakasi Organisers: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration @ Sivakasi Jaycees School Inauguration of West Block Building, Digitalised Labs and Smart Classrooms. Date: 26-07-2014, Saturday Time: 05:30 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vilampatti Road, Sivakasi Chief Guest: JCI. Sen. K.Vallabhdas, National President 1974, JCI India Organisers: Sivakasi Jaycees Charities K.S.S.Periakaruppa Nadar - K.S.S.Palaniappa Nadar Sivakasi Jaycees Nursery School and K.P.A.T.Dharmaraj Nadar - Rojapputhayammal Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. Prides 2014 - District Level Inter School Competition Date: 27-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:30 a.m. Venue: The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Oranisers: Alumni Assosiation (The Class of 2011), The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Hr. Secondary School, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Sivakasi Y-s DOM - Installation Ceremony Date: 27-07-2014, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. Venue: Hotel Chidambaram, Gandhi Road, Sivakasi HRM. Y-sm. C.R.Raghunadhan, Imm. Past Regional Director - South India Region has kindly accepted to be the installing officer PWAF. Y-sm. G.Ramkumar, District Governor - South Central District will induct the new members. Organisers: Sivakasi Y-s DOM
 
News posted on 2014-07-25

Prides 2014
 
25th July 2014 Prides 2014 - District Level Inter School Competition Date: 27-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:30 a.m. Venue: The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Oranisers: Alumni Assosiation (The Class of 2011), The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Hr. Secondary School, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-07-25

Dr.V.K.Kathiravan flagged off rainwater harvesting awareness rally
 
25th July 2014 Dr.V.K.Kathiravan flagged off rainwater harvesting awareness rally Today, about 500 Sivakasi school and college students in Sivakasi town took out an awareness rally on the need to effectively harvest rain water. The rally was organised by the Sivakasi Municipality to create awareness among the Sivakasians on the need to make arrangements to store rainwater. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality flagged off the rally at the Sivakasi Municipality premises. The students carried awareness placards on the need for proper rainwater harvesting to face the acute drinking water crisis. Sivakasi Municipality Officials and Sivakasi Municipality Ward Councillors also took part in the rally.
 
News posted on 2014-07-25

Frequent and Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi
 
24th July 2014 Frequent and Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi Sivakasi town have been facing power cuts ranging between 1-2 hours of frequent and unannounced power cuts, for last two days. The unscheduled and unannounced power cut has left Sivakasi industrialists, businessmen, traders, micro and macro industries and homemakers in the lurch. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator.
 
News posted on 2014-07-24

Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration @ Sivakasi Jaycees School
 
24th July 2014 Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration @ Sivakasi Jaycees School Inauguration of West Block Building, Digitalised Labs and Smart Classrooms. Date: 26-07-2014, Saturday Time: 05:30 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vilampatti Road, Sivakasi Chief Guest: JCI. Sen. K.Vallabhdas, National President 1974, JCI India Organisers: Sivakasi Jaycees Charities K.S.S.Periakaruppa Nadar - K.S.S.Palaniappa Nadar Sivakasi Jaycees Nursery School and K.P.A.T.Dharmaraj Nadar - Rojapputhayammal Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-24

Rotary Sparkling Stars 2014
 
24th July 2014 Rotary Sparkling Stars 2014 - Virudhunagar District Youth Festival Date: 26-07-2014, Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. onwards Venue: The Sivakasi Master Printers Association Hall, Sivakasi Organisers: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler
 
News posted on 2014-07-24

Awareness programme on rainwater harvesting held at VSKD School
 
24th July 2014 Awareness programme on rainwater harvesting held at VSKD School Today, Sivakasi Municipality conducted an awareness programme for the students of Sivakasi VSKD Higher Secondary School on the importance of implementing rainwater harvesting in houses to tackle water crisis. More than 100 students took part in the programme that was organised at the school premises. Inaugurating the programme, Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, said that the prevailing drinking water shortage and depleting underground water table in Sivakasi town has left no other option but to collect and make optimum use of the minimum available rainwater in Sivakasi. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan has asked the school students to plant saplings on their birthday and other occassions, and take care of them to make them environmentally conscious. Nurture more trees and get more oxygen. Apart from oxygen production, trees also absorb the carbon dioxide in the air, whose increased level is a major cause for global warming, he added. Earlier on 23rd July 2014, Wednesday, an awareness campaign on rainwater harvesting, held at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-24

Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi
 
23rd July 2014 Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. There is 25% chance for shower, mainly across Sivakasi town, but this is only a slim possibility. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle for the next three days with average maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-07-23

147th free mental health camp
 
23rd July 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva 147th free mental health camp Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy in association with MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, jointly organised the 147th free mental health camp, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 20th July 2014, Sunday. 255 people were benefited out of this camp. Narayan Seva has been done for 600 people. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 17th August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-07-23

Sivakasians beware of Vinayaka Idol theft
 
22nd July 2014 Sivakasians beware of Vinayaka Idol theft Vinayakar idol theft on the rise in Sivakasi area. Last month, a Vinayakar idol was stolen near Amathur, last month. The theft of the idol took place at midnight. A gang decamped with the two and a half feet Vinayagar idol and the culprits are yet to be nabbed. Last year, 3 vinayaka idols were stolen near PKN Road, National Colony and Coronation Colony. Sivakasians are asked to inform the police when they go out of town so that they can keep an eye on their houses during routine patrols and by beat constables.
 
News posted on 2014-07-22

Free Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
22nd July 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Homeopathy Camp The 348th Free Homeopathy Camp was successfully organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 29th July 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. 105 patients were treated for various diseases by Homeopathy Dr.Pasupathi and his team. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi, actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 27th July 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-07-22

Twin institutes in Sivakasi: imparting print education
 
21st July 2014 Courtesy: PrintWeek Twin institutes in Sivakasi: imparting print education Known across the world for its printing industry with the second largest number of offset printing machines in the world, next to Gutenberg (Germany), Sivakasi is also one of the pioneer cities imparting print education. The twin institutes - Sivakasi Institute of Printing Technology (SIPT) and Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College (AGPC) – are playing vital role in nurturing technicians and supervisory staff for a large number of printing establishments, mushrooming in and around the area of Sivakasi, popularly called as ‘Kutty Japan’ in South India. Here is a brief. he year 1977 by the Sivakasi Master Printers’ Association (SMPA) with the name ‘Graphics Arts School’, Sivakasi Institute of Printing Technology (SIPT) initially offered certificate course in ‘printing technology’ only. Government of Madras accorded affiliation for conducting certificate course in ‘photo engraving and camera operation’, ‘lithographic printing,’ lithographic platemaking’, ‘hand composition’ and ‘proof reading’. Later, in the academic year 1983-84, ‘diploma in printing technology’ was introduced and the name of the institute was changed as SPMA’s Sivakasi Institute of Printing Technology. To promote and to protect the printing units in the city, the Sivakasi Master Printers’ Association was established in 1948. Members of the association felt the need for skilled workers such as artist, plate makers, printers and computer operators, and to train these workers, Graphics Arts School was established. Initially the institute was intended for training students in various printing process and now the scope and vision of SIPT have been widened to all disciplines of technology including the ‘packaging technology’. The institute was shifted to a new campus at Meenakshipuram in the year 2007 comprising about 24.3 acre space having numerous units of buildings and good infrastructure like vast class rooms, laboratories for all branches, workshops, computer centers, staff rooms, etc of totaling about 10,000 sq m area. The latest and sophisticated machines were installed in this new location of the institute which include: flat-bed colour scanner, horizontal process camera, Hamada mini offset machine, Polygraph single colour machine, two colour flexography machine, semiautomatic cutting machine, Proteck auto plate processor, single colour gravure machine, thermal lamination machine, DuPont flexo plate exposure and processor, etc. The laboratories and workshops are fully equipped with the latest and best equipments, and are spacious and designed to provide a natural environment for study and stimulate the inherent creativity of the students. The institute also conducts short term basic and advanced technical courses during holidays at nominal rates, and staff training programme for strengthening staff-student relationships. The placements of students have never been an issue, as many companies inerested in getting passing out students offer opportunities regularly. The companies who recently visited the institute for campus interviews include: ITC, Chennai; Protrol Process Control Instrumentation Pvt Ltd, Bangalore; AutoPrint Machinery Pvt Ltd, Coimbatore; Srinivas Fine Arts Ltd, Standard Press (India) Pvt Ltd, Majestic Offset Printers, Sel Jegat Printers Pvt Ltd, Jothi Art Calendar, Coronation Security Printers Pvt Ltd and Madan Cards from Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-21

Heidelberg-powered Centre to boost print in Sivakasi
 
20th July 2014 Courtesy: Print Week Heidelberg-powered Centre to boost print in Sivakasi It has been more than a year since a common Centre for printing unit has been set up under the cluster development programme near Tiruthangal. This Centre, which is the brainchild of Sivakasi Master Printers Association, is part of the special purpose vehicle (SPV), Unigraa Printing Solutions Private. The cluster programme has the support of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. According to a government spokesman, "The capability of SSI units can be improved only by adopting the cluster approach. The Tamil Nadu State Government is taking speedy and effective action for development of Industrial Cluster in Tamil Nadu. District Industries Centres are implementing product-based clusters." The Cluster in Tiruthangal is part of this scheme. Despite an increase in print production in India, the Rs 1,500-crore printing industry in Sivakasi is going through a slump. Many printing units are idle or running fewer shifts. Printing units – mostly SMEs – are encountering power cuts and a slowdown in their traditional businesses of notebooks, stationery, calendars, text books, novels and labels. Today, 80% of the 6,000 units in and around Sivakasi are medium and small sized and are unable to make capital investment in top technology. “An individual firm in Sivakasi cannot make huge investment because of the huge mismatch in the turnover, ROCE and the capital investment. Investing in a pre-owned kit will not result in quality in printing,: said AMSG Ashokan, the president of the All India Federation of Master Printers, who is hosting the GC meet. Which is how the print industry opted for the cluster development programme promoted by the Centre to meet the investment for machinery, according to one of the directors of the SPV, VS Raveendran, who is also the director of Sel Jegat. 30 members of the printers association raised the funds for the Rs 15-crore project. “While the Centre gave a grant of 70 per cent, the State contributed 10 per cent,” Raveendran said. The common facility centre is located on a four-acre land and houses a 12,000 sqft building. "A five-colour Heidelberg with varnish coating has been installed.” he said. On cards is a CTP kit and an imported Japanese cutting machine. Raveendran added, any player in the industry could use the facility for a nominal charge. The Sivakasi Master Printers Association plans to provide hands-on training to the students from the two print institutions in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-20

Pamex show in December 2015 in Mumbai
 
20th July 2014 Courtesy: PrintWeek Pamex show in December 2015 in Mumbai The big news from Sivakasi is Pamex moves out of Delhi. The tenth edition of the show in 2015 will be hosted in Mumbai from 9 to 12 December. This announcement was made on 19 July during the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) governing council meeting in Sivakasi. To ensure a professional show, Print-Packaging.com will co-organise the show along with the AIFMP. Anil Arora, the director of Print-Packaging.com was formally introduced to the AIFMP GC members. After which he made a presentation etching out the game-plan for the show. The ninth edition of Pamex was hosted in 2013 . At that time, Tafcon, co-organised the the show in 14-17 November at the India Expo Centre & Mart, NCR Delhi. The industry response to this development has been positive. This is due to two reasons. Top members of IPAMA who host PrintPack said, "It means the old formula of one big print show (PrintPack) in Delhi and another big show (Pamex) in rest of India has been revived. This is good for the betterment of the print industry." The other reason, according to a top AIFMP member is, "two of Mumbais premier print associations, The Bombay Master Printers Association and the Mumbai Mudrak Sangh have decided to work unitedly. Its a win-win for both associations, as well as the innumerable printers who are well wishers of both the associations."
 
News posted on 2014-07-20

Printex 2014 : Ramu Ramanathan explores printing trends
 
19th July 2014 Courtesy: Print Week Printex 2014 : Ramu Ramanathan explores printing trends PrintWeek India’s editor, Ramu Ramanathan, delivered a guest lecture to printing students at Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College, Sivakasi on 16 July 2014. In the two-hour session, Ramanathan spoke about success stories and industry trends. In his sleek presentation defining the A to Z of printing industry, Ramanathan covered trends, growth areas, new applications and emerging sectors of Indian printing industry. He motivated the students to ‘think big’ to achieve success in their chosen field. He also spoke about successful print companies in India such as The Hindu, Vistaprint, Repro India, Parksons, Glo Digital Press, who have achieved printing excellence in India. During his visit to the institute, Ramanathan witnessed laboratory facilities and digital classrooms for distance education programme. He also interacted with Prof Nanda Kumar, principal of the institute and other faculty members about the institute’s initiatives and student placements.
 
News posted on 2014-07-19

Three-day printing expo begins at Sivakasi
 
19th July 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Three-day printing expo begins at Sivakasi A three-day conference-cum-exhibition on printing and allied machineries, Sivakasi Printex 2014, organised by Sivakasi Master Printers’ Association began here on Friday. The exhibition is aimed at popularising the industry and to attract new players, especially younger generation into the industry which was growing at a faster pace, said president of All India Federation of Master Printers A.M.S.G. Ashokan. “Awareness of the opportunities in the printing industry was lacking among entrepreneurs. Besides catering to the growing printing and packaging needs of various industries, the export avenues too in the sector was increasing,” Mr. Ashokan said. Sivakasi had over 6,000 printing and other allied units. The fireworks and matches industries were the major customers for the printing industry, he said. These two sectors alone contributed to around 70 per cent of the jobs to the printing units. Besides the industry was into printing books, diaries, packing materials and labels among others. “While the annual turnover is estimated to be around Rs.2,000 crore, the export last year was around Rs.200 crore,” he said. The exhibition has on display several digital printers, cutting and folding machines, box-making machines, paper products, spare parts for the machineries, chemicals and consumables in over 100 stalls.
 
News posted on 2014-07-19

Guest Lecture and Memorandum of Understanding
 
19th July 2014 Courtesy: Dr.D.Isaac Dhinakaran, Assistant Professor, Dept of Biotech, ANJAC Guest Lecture and Memorandum of Understanding In Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, the Department of Biotechnology organized the Guest lecture & MoU on Friday 18th July 2014. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, inaugurated the Guest lecture programme. Dr.K.Dharmaraj, Co-ordinator, College-Industries Collaboration Cell gave the welcome address. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Dr.Nagamani Balagurusamy Professor & Head, Biorem Lab, School of Biological sciences, (Autonomous) University of Coahuila, Mexico along with the Departments of Biotechnology, Microbiology, Botany and Zoology of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), Sivakasi. Dr.Nagamani Balagurusamy delivered the Guest lecture on the topic “Whether microorganism are intelligent than all of us” UG& PG students of Life sciences participated in this Guest lecture. He also discussed about the recent applications of microbes with the use of Molecular biology techniques.
 
News posted on 2014-07-19

Sivakasi School toppers honoured
 
19th July 2014 Sivakasi School toppers honoured The school toppers in tenth and twelfth public examinations were presented with Gold and Silver medals by Mr.R.Jegadeesh Sankar, Director, The Orient Colour Craft, Sivakasi. The function was organised by Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Vaasaga Saalai, at Rojappoothayammal Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 18th July 2014, Friday. Mr.S.Chermathurai, President, Kamaraj Vaasaga Saalai welcomed the gathering. Mr.M.P.Palanivel, Eswari Picture Mart, presided over the function. Mr.R.Jegadeesh Sankar was the Chief Guest and Mr.J.Albert Selvaraj, H.M.(R) SHNV Higher Secondary School, was the Guest of Honour, for the function. Chief guest and guest of honour were honoured with shawl and momento. The school toppers were presented along with their parents and relatives. Leoram Sidharth, Lingesh & Vidya Rathna of The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Swetha of VSKD Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Maheswaran of SHNV Higher Secondary School, Lavanya of SHNV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Archana of Shenbaga Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School and G.Srinithi of YRTV Matriculation Hr. Sec. School came third in state level by scoring 497 marks, in SSLC Examination 2014 and they were honoured with gold medals. Sharmila from Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, secured first place in State-level (Vocational Course - Textiles Dress Making Group) and she was honoured with silver medal. Around 45 students were honoured on the presentation ceremony. Earlier elocution contest on the topic Kamaraj was conducted. Twelve students participated. The chief guest gave away prizes to the winners and consolidation prizes to all the participants. The function was well organised by Mr.M.Surulivel Pandian, Secretary, Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Vaasaga Saalai. Dinner was arranged for the gathering.
 
News posted on 2014-07-19

Sivakasi Printex creates impact with 100 exhibitors
 
19th July 2014 Courtesy: Print Week Sivakasi Printex creates impact with 100 exhibitors A three-day conference-cum-exhibition on printing and allied machineries, Sivakasi Printex 2014, organised by Sivakasi Master Printers Association was inaugurated on 18 July. The exhibition has more than 100 stalls. The biggest stall belongs to Redland who have more than 70 installations in Sivakasi. P Babu stated the news from the show was Redlands alliance with Petratto and Bowes. Meanwhile both Autoprint and Welbound are showcasing live demos of the Reckoner VDP 65 and the six clamp Welbound 2000. Other marquee names at the show with a basic display are: Cosmo Films, Insight, Kodak, KMI, Provin, TechNova, etc. Besides this, there are digital printers, stitching, cutting and folding machines, box-making machines, paper products (from ITC, Ballarpur, International Paper, TNPL, SMI Coated, Sripathi Paper and Boards, Leaf Trading), spare parts, chemicals and consumables. The president of the All India Federation of Master Printers, AMSG Ashokan stated during the inauguration, "Awareness in the printing industry was lacking among entrepreneurs. Besides catering to the growing printing and packaging needs of various industries, the export avenues in the sector was increasing." Sivakasi has more than 6,000 printing and other allied units. The fireworks and matches industries remain the top top customers for the printing industry, he said. These two sectors contributed to 70 per cent of the jobs to the printing units. Besides the Sivakasi print industry produced books, diaries, packing materials and labels. “With an annual turnover which is estimated to be Rs 2,000 crore, the print export from Sivakasi in the previous financial year was Rs.200 crore,” Ashokan said. He added, "In spite of a grim market situation, the future looks good."
 
News posted on 2014-07-19

Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
19th July 2014 Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 01:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town, for the month of July 2014. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-19

A comeback story
 
18th July 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu A comeback story Depression was five times more in A. Subramanian’s life till a decade ago. Today, he is a changed man having overcome every odd with grit With some hesitation, A. Subramanian says that he is “successful”. For a decade, life wreaked havoc on him. But today he has taken himself and his four sons out of insanity and hopelessness on to the road of recovery with the help of lot of good people. “My faith in humanity is intact,” he says. As the owner of a goshala recognised by the Animal Welfare Board (AWB), Subramanian has also turned into an ambassador for people suffering from mental disabilities. His is a heartwarming story of overcoming the fear of living and now he goes door-to-door advocating timely medical intervention and the importance of regular medication for mentally ill patients. Nearly two decades after his wife, Seeniammal’s death, he laments that he failed to see the signs of depression in her. She used to work in the Child Welfare Department in Kadayanallur. “She was the central force of the family and always happy in the midst of children,” he says. Subramanian thinks he had empowered his wife by allowing her to work and run the family but what he was not able to see was how she was slowly losing grip after giving birth to their fourth son in 1992. She never complained about anything and he never took her to a doctor. And suddenly one day in 1996 she was gone. The boys ranged from four to 11, 15 and 19 years then were deeply attached to the mother. They all went into shock unable to reconcile to the loss. Now that she was gone, there would be no love and no food either, they believed. Subramanian’s world fell apart. He too lost his sleep and appetite as one by one, the boys dropped out of school. “They started exhibiting similar symptoms of restlessness, anger bursts, violent behaviour,” he says. “There were days when I would return from work in the farmer’s market to find them all dishevelled and if I tried to feed them, they would beat me up.” The deterioration in behaviour of his children added to Subramanian’s worries and he too went into depression and a state of forgetfulness. He never thought his family would survive the emotional turmoil till a neighbour advised him to go to a free medical camp in Sivakasi. This one journey that he took from Kadayanallur to Sivakasi with his paranoia sons, changed the course of their lives. All five of them were diagnosed with various types of mental disorders from schizophrenia to bipolar mood disorder, hyperactivity with borderline mental retardation and depression. Luckily, they were taken under the fold of Madurai-based M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation and have been under treatment for the last 12 years. Today, none of them shows any trace of what they went through barely a decade ago. They are on lifelong medication, but each of them feels better now and that is what is important. Subramanian has made himself self-sufficient. Few years ago, he started an NGO, Amma Trust, to maintain cattle of various temples and landlords in the region and also to take care of stray cattle. His work was recognised by the AWB and the Centre allotted him land for running a goshala. Now, he makes his income from the cowdung and the milk selling 1,000 litres to Aavin daily. But, he asserts, whenever I find time I go around telling people my story and refer patients to medical camps run by the Trust. Though he also dreams of starting a research centre for dairy products, to help mentally challenged people is what he wants to do always and foremost. “I see some purpose in life if I am able to help the vulnerable,” he says. In his own little way he tries to rehabilitate some of the mentally challenged individuals in his village who are under medication by giving each of them a cow free of cost. “They will have some source of income,” he says. (Making a difference is a fortnightly column about ordinary people and events that leave an extraordinary impact on us. E-mail soma.basu@thehindu.co.in to tell her about someone you know who is making a difference)
 
News posted on 2014-07-18

Sivakasi Printex 2014 Trade Show inaugurated
 
18th July 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Sivakasi Printex 2014 Trade Show inaugurated Today, the Sivakasi Printex 2014 Trade Show was inaugurated at The Sivakasi Master Printers Association Kalyana Mandapam. More than 100 exhibitors from different regions of the country are participating in the Printex 2014. The Sivakasi Printex 2014 features Printing, Packaging, Book Binding and Consumables. All kinds of printing and packaging equipment, both indigenous and imported, would be kept on display. Sivakasi Printex 2014 would be an opportunity for Sivakasi entrepreneurs in printing industry to enhance their quality. A seminar on "Enrich your Attitude" for entrepreneurs and students was held today. The seminar was inaugurated by lighting kuthu vilakku by Mr.A.M.S.G.Ashokan, Mr.A.Marirajan, Mr.W.Michael Alex, Mr.Venkatraman and Mr.Kumaravel. Inaugural address was delivered by Mr.G.D.Nataraj Prabhu. Dr.RAjendrakumar Anayath delivered a speech on Values and the modern world. Presentation by W.Michael Amick, Jr. President, International Paper India Limited was held at 11:00 a.m.. Mr.Ramu Ramanathan delivered a speech on The Importance of Communication. Mr.P.N.Sridhar, Chief Manager Marketing ITC Limited delivered a speech. Question and answer session was held at the end of the seminar. At afternoon session, Prof. Ramachandran will deliver a speech on Let Dream Come True, Balance Score Card by Mr.C.N.Ashok, Family Business - Challenges in Growth and Succession by Mr.C.A.A. Selva Ganesh. Vote of thanks will be delivered by Mr.N.V.Muralitharan, Past President. The exhibition time is 10:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. and the Printex 2014 Trade Show Registration is free. Sivakasi Printex 2014 ends on 20th July 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-07-18

Sivakasi Printex 2014 - Registration is free
 
18th July 2014 Sivakasi Printex 2014 - Registration is free Today, the Sivakasi Printex 2014 Trade Show was inaugurated at The Sivakasi Master Printers Association Kalyana Mandapam. More than 100 exhibitors from different regions of the country are participating in the Printex 2014. The Sivakasi Printex 2014 features Printing, Packaging, Book Binding and Consumables. All kinds of printing and packaging equipment, both indigenous and imported, would be kept on display. Sivakasi Printex 2014 would be an opportunity for Sivakasi entrepreneurs in printing industry to enhance their quality. The exhibition time is 10:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. and the Printex 2014 Trade Show Registration is free. Sivakasi Printex 2014 trade show ends on 20th July 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-07-18

The Daytime Moon
 
17th July 2014 The Daytime Moon From today, you might have seen moon during the daytime, in Sivakasi town. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next three to four days, in Sivakasi. Earlier on 12th July 2014, Saturday, on full moon day, Guru Poornima Pooja was performed. Some Sivakasians observed fasting on full moon day.
 
News posted on 2014-07-17

Badrakaliamman Kovil getting ready for Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam
 
17th July 2014 Badrakaliamman Kovil getting ready for Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam Construction of yaaga Kundam work is going on in full swing, at Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, for the last one week. Around 20 workers involved in constructing the yaaga kundam. Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam is going to be held from 08-08-2014, Friday to 10-08-2014, Sunday, at the temple premises. Maha Yaagam will be taken place on all the three days. On 10th August 2014, Sunday, Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam will be held from 10:30 a.m. To 12:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-07-17

Theatres at burns treatment centre yet to operate
 
16th July 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Theatres at burns treatment centre yet to operate Chief Minister opened them on June 23 Two operation theatres at the Centre of Excellence for Burns Treatment at the government hospital in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu are yet to become functional, even two weeks after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa opened them. The Chief Minister opened the super-speciality service through videoconference on June 23. Though the need for such a facility was felt for long, the Rs.4.50-crore proposal was renewed only after the September 5, 2012 fire at Om Sakthi Fireworks Industry, which claimed 41 lives. But the facility could not offer full-fledged services without the operation theatres. “The theatres have not been declared fit. Officials of the Department of Micro-Biology have to inspect them, and proper fumigation has to be done,” an official of the Health Department said on Sunday. Similarly, several instruments required for the theatres are yet to be delivered. “The indent for the instruments has been sent to the government. We expect them to be delivered soon. By July-end, the centre will function with all modern facilities,” the official said. Four fire accidents have occurred in Virudhunagar district since June 23, and they have killed 12 persons. Except a few, most of the victims were taken to other hospitals such as the government hospital at Virudhunagar and the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. “The very purpose of the Centre of Excellence is to avoid delay in rushing victims to a super-speciality hospital. Many workers with burns have lost their lives in transit to Madurai,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader N. Muthuraj said. The former Director for Public Health, S. Elango, said the number of fire accidents was the highest in Sivakasi, and this necessitated such a facility.
 
News posted on 2014-07-16

Aani Therottam Festival at Thiruthangal
 
16th July 2014 Aani Therottam Festival at Thiruthangal As a part of 13 days Aani Festival 2014, Therottam was held, on 14th July 2014, Monday, at Thiruthangal. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Nindra Narayana Perummal and Sengamalathaayar, at 09:10 a.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Nindra Narayana Perummal and Sengamalathaayar. Mr.Ravichandran, President, Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil Arangaval, Mrs.Dhanalakshmi Ganesamoorthy, Chairman, Thiruthangal Municipality, Mr.Sakthivel, Vice Chairman, Mr.Balakrishnan, Ex MLA, Mr.Murugan, Committee Member and other members of Nindra Narayana Perummal Thirukovil were present on the occassion. Thiruthangal devotees pulled the temple car and it reched the destination at 10:45 a.m.. Devotees prepared and offered pongal to the deities. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Thiruthangal Traffic Constable, regulated the large gathering. Thiruthangal devotees captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras.
 
News posted on 2014-07-16

Guru Poornima celebrated in Sivakasi
 
16th July 2014 Guru Poornima celebrated in Sivakasi Guru Poornima was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm all over Sivakasi town on 12th july 2014, Saturday. Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil and Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil in particular, were thronged by devotees all through the day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues. You can see the Moon at daytime from tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-07-16

Staff Development Programme @ ANJAC
 
16th July 2014 Courtesy: Ms.G.Karunya, Assistant Professor of Biotechnology, & Dean, Centre for Technology Enhaced Learning, ANJAC, Sivakasi Staff Development Programme On 14th and 15th July 2014, Centre for Technology Enhance Learning (CTEL) organised a Staff Development Programme to train the faculties on ICT enabled teaching and learning. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, inaugurated the training programme. Ms.G.Karunya, Co-ordinator, CTEL welcomed the gathering. Mr.T.Marimuthu, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Application and Mr.B.Venkatesh, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Visual Communication trained the faculty members on preparing e-content, online quiz making, learning material (MLM). About 50 faculty members from various disciplines attended the training. The training programme focuses on preparation of e-learning material in simple topics for the first year under graduate students of all disciplines.
 
News posted on 2014-07-16

Sivakasi celebrates birth anniversary of Kamaraj
 
15th July 2014 Sivakasi celebrates birth anniversary of Kamaraj Today, the 112th birth anniversary of freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K.Kamaraj, was celebrated across Sivakasi town. Sivakasians celebrated the 112th birth anniversary of late leader K.Kamaraj by hoisting flag and distributing sweets, pongal, handkerchief, free books and notebooks to the poor students. Various camps were also conducted to mark the occasion. Earlier on 13th July 2014, a massive blood donation camp held at Velankanni Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. A record 475 units of blood was collected at the camp.
 
News posted on 2014-07-15

Management seminar at Sivakasi
 
15th July 2014 Courtesy: PrintWeek Management seminar at Sivakasi Sivakasi Master Printers’ Association (SMPA) is organising a day long management seminar ‘Enrich Your Attitude’ at SMPA Hall in Sivakasi on 18 July 2014. The seminar which is being held on the first day of the Sivakasi Printex 2014 is divided in to four sessions and will include six speakers who will shed light on varied aspects concerning the print industry. The six speakers who will address the gathered delegates includes Rajendra Kumar Anayath, director, the Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences, Rampraveen Swaminathan, vice president, International Papers, C N Ashok, managing director, Autoprint, M Ramchandran, Ex-HOD of English, ANJA College, CA A Selva Ganesh and Ramu Ramanathan, group editor, Haymarket Media India. The speakers will talk about various aspects of management starting from ‘Values of the modern world’, ‘The importance of communication’, ‘Balanced scorecard’ and ‘Family business – Challenges in growth and succession’. Sivakasi Printex 2014 will kick off on 18 July 2014. The three day event will be open till 20 July 2014, it will exhibit various machineries and consumables for the printing, packaging and converting industry.
 
News posted on 2014-07-15

Awareness Programme Organised at AAACET
 
15th July 2014 Awareness Programme Organised at AAACET Narcotics Control Bureau organized an awareness programme on the topic “Heroes Becoming Zeroes by Drug Abuse” at AAA College of Engineering &Technology campus on 10th July 2014, Thursday. Dr.M.Vijaya Saravanan MD., PG Dip in Public Health., Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Mr.J.Appukuttan, Intelligence Officer Narcotics Control Bureau, the guests of honor of the day delivered an insatiable talk on the Drug Abuse and its Noxious Effects on Psychological behavior of humans. Furthermore, they elaborated vital statistics about the drug abuse in Indian youths and insisted on the social responsibilities of youths and advised them not to ever give in to the human toll illegal drugs. Selvan Pradeep, II yr CSE, Selvan H.Kishore, II yr CSE and Selvi V.Gayathri, II yr CSE secured the top three places respectively in the painting competition conducted on July 9th 2014, which was a part of the programme. Mr.J.Appukuttan distributed the certificates for the winners. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the programme to guide the youths of AAACET in creating a Drug Free Society.
 
News posted on 2014-07-15

Inaugural Function of SOFTCOM Association
 
14th July 2014 Inaugural Function of SOFTCOM Association SOFTCOM Association was inaugurated on 30th June 2014, Monday, The Department of M.Com.(CA), ANJAC, Sivakasi. Mr.R.D.Sivakumar, Head, Department of M.Com.(CA), ANJAC presided over the function. Chief Guest for the function was Mr.K.Vengatesh,Head, Department of Visual Communication, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), Sivakasi. He gave a lecture on the topic “Personality Development” for the M.Com.(CA) Students. In his speech, he highlighted the interview and group discussion tips.
 
News posted on 2014-07-14

116th Free eye camp conducted
 
14th July 2014 Courtesy: Mr.Pawan Khaitan, Organiser 116th Free eye camp conducted Sivakasi Khaitan Steel Mart and Sankara Eye Hospital on 13th July 2014, Sunday conducted a free eye screening camp. According to a release from the organisers, they conducted the free camp for 116th time at the Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion, between 09:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m.. Doctor and staff from Sankara Eye Hospital screened 140 participants at the camp. The organisers would send those identified (40 patients) by the doctors for surgery to the hospital, where they would be operated free of cost. Plus, the patients would also get free boarding and lodging and lens. Those in need of spectacles would also get one.
 
News posted on 2014-07-14

Today in Sivakasi
 
13th July 2014 Today in Sivakasi Blood Donation camp Date: 13-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and Sivakasi Government Hospital Eye Camp Date: 13-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart
 
News posted on 2014-07-13

475 units collected at blood donation camp
 
13th July 2014 475 units collected at Sivakasi blood donation camp A record 475 units of blood was collected at a camp organised by the Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and Sivakasi Government Hospital at the Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi to mark the 112th birthday of Karmaveerar Kamaraj. This is the 11th time that Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu has organised such a camp in connection with the day. Overwhelming response from the student community, coordinated efforts of Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and well-thought out plan were primarily the reasons for this successful massive blood donation camp, in Sivakasi Town. The highlight of the blood donation camp, was physically challenged people came on their own and donated blood. A team of twelve staff was headed by Dr.Ayyanar, Blood Bank Medical Officer, Sivakasi Government Hospital, for the camp. Blood donors were provided with glucose, orange fruit and biscuits, as refreshment. The organisers distributed certificates of appreciation and blood-donor cards to the blood donors. The camp was well supported by NSS volunteers from Thiruthangal Kalaimagal School. Tree saplings were distributed to all the donors. There was live coverage and broadcast of the camp by the local cable channels. The camp bagged huge appreciation from doctors and medical staff.
 
News posted on 2014-07-13

Water motors seized
 
12th July 2014 Water motors seized Sivakasi Municipality have seized around 150 electric motor pumps from Sivakasians who were allegedly involved in illegal tapping of water from pipelines, in the past one year. A team led by Sivakasi Municipality officials went around all the wards of Sivakasi and conducted a surprise inspection among the households engaged in illegal tapping of water and seizing the motors. Officials said that, there will be disconnection of water supply to those houses which were using the illegal motors, and also added that they would not be returned to the owners at any cost. The severed connections are restored on payment of a fine of Rs.12,500.
 
News posted on 2014-07-12

Pizzakaaran - One Day Chef Contest
 
12th July 2014 Pizzakaaran 1st Anniversary Celebration One Day Chef Contest Date: 30-08-2014, Saturday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Kaliswari Le Orchids, Sivakasi Enrolment charge: Rs.50/- per team Maximum 4 members per team Enroll yourself Decorate your own Pizza Have your preparation for free Win prize worth Rs.1000/- For further details contact 7373748686
 
News posted on 2014-07-12

A Drizzling Start for Sivakasi
 
11th July 2014 A Drizzling Start for Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle for several hours, at today morning. The temperature falls down to 23 degree Celsius. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate and also drenched Sivakasi. The mild drizzle in the morning time did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. And now the skies are clear and there was strong wind for last three days. There is a chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-07-11

Drizzle greets Sivakasi
 
10th July 2014 Drizzle greets Sivakasi Today Sivakasians woke up to a pleasant cloudy weather, after a sizzling and sultry fortnight. The chill weather, which set in right from the break of dawn, and expected to be continued to the evening much to the delight of the Sivakasians. A faint drizzle also greeted Sivakasi in the morning time for a very brief period, bringing the much-needed respite from the sweltering heat. Sky will be cloudy for next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 26 degree celsius with a chance of drizzle.
 
News posted on 2014-07-10

Budget 2014: Matchbox to be cheaper
 
10th July 2014 Budget 2014: Matchbox to be cheaper Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday spared the common man from price hike by keeping duties on commonly used day-to-day items unchanged but made it costlier for smokers and tobacco consumers with a steep increase in excise rate in tax proposals in Budget 2014-15. Following is a list of what will now become cheaper and what will be costlier: Cheaper * Matchbox * CRT television * LED/LCD TVs especially below 19 inch * Footwear priced between Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 per pair * Soaps * E-book readers * Desktop, laptops and tablets * RO based water purifiers * LED Lights, fixtures and lamps * Pre forms of precious and semi-precious stones * Sports gloves * Branded petrol * Life micro insurance policies * HIV/AIDS drugs and diagnostic kits * DDT insecticides Costlier * Cigarettes * Aerated drinks with sugar * Pan masala * Gutka and chewing tobacco * Jarda scented tobacco * Radio taxi * Imported electronic products * Portable X-ray machines * Half cut/broken diamonds
 
News posted on 2014-07-10

Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi
 
10th July 2014 Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi Last week the maximum and minimum average temperature is around 39 and 31 degree celsius and now it falls down to 35 and 26 degree Celsius, in Sivakasi. Chill breeze, mild showers, cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Sun too shy to show up its face, for last two days. Today, many parts of Sivakasi Town experienced very mild showers, after a cloudy start. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning and it is drizzling often and it continues. For the next three days, the climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is likely to continue.
 
News posted on 2014-07-10

Guest Lecture on “Differentiation that Made the Difference” @ AAACET
 
9th July 2014 A Guest Lecture on “Differentiation that Made the Difference” Industry Institute Interaction Cell of AAACET organized a Guest Lecture on Differentiation that Made the Difference in the College on 07 July, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the A/C Seminar Hall. Mr.R.G.Chandramogan, Chairman and Managing Director of Arun Ice cream and Hatsun Agro Products was the Guest of Honour of the Day. The Guest shared his real-life challenges, handling problems and success formula towards the path of making their firm to an international standard. He highlighted the scope of the entrepreneurs in the future market. His guidance was so helpful to the students to visualize the viable future market and to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The young and booming entrepreneurs of AAACET were gifted to be a part of the program as it was so inspiring to set their goal to become a successful entrepreneur. Special thanks to Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members for organizing the program to guide them to evolve as successful leaders.
 
News posted on 2014-07-09

Mild drizzle for few seconds
 
9th July 2014 Mild drizzle for few seconds Today morning, there was mild drizzle for few seconds, at 08:55 a.m., in Sivakasi. Drizzle for few seconds not able to make the road wet, but brings down the temperature down. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. And the temperature remains cloudy. For the next two days sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 degree celsius and 28 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-07-09

Free Medical Camp organised by AAACET
 
9th July 2014 Free Medical Camp organised by AAACET KAMARAJAR SOCIAL WELFARE TRUST,Virudhunagar in association with AAA College of Engineering & Technology, Sivakasi and with the support of Velammal Medical Hospitals, Madurai organized a FREE MEDICAL CAMP on 06th July, 2014 (Sunday) at A.P.S.Girls Middle School Virudhunagar commemorating PerunThalaivar K.Kamarajar’s 112th Birthday Celebration. The camp was organized with an objective to provide general free medical check-up for the public in and around Virudhunagar. Around 586 public availed the free medical camp service and benefited.The AAACET’s NSS Volunteers eagerly participated and rendered their service in the Camp.
 
News posted on 2014-07-09

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
9th July 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet Today, skies were clear during morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and drizzle makes the road wet at evening. It was drizzling for several minutes from 03:50 p.m. and the drizzle makes the road wet. Drizzle did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Climate will be cloudy for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 35 degree Celsius, with chances of drizzle.
 
News posted on 2014-07-09

Care to exercise?
 
8th July 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Care to exercise? Spare time for exercise Students do have time to exercise and involve in sports or any other physical activity. They can do moderate exercises. School life is the time to groom oneself, which also includes physical exercise and one should spare time for it. G.M.B. Raaga Sudhan Class 9, Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Don’t be couch potatoes We have time for TV, computer and mobile games. But when it comes to exercising, we do not have enough time. Parents and teachers should push children to exercise and show them that exercising can be fun. We should all make exercising a daily routine and not be "couch-potatoes."
 
News posted on 2014-07-08

Science City sets young minds thinking
 
8th July 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Science City sets young minds thinking Academicians promote idea of research in pure sciences among students through a training programme Mohana from Sivakasi, a postgraduate student in chemistry, knows what she wants to do after completing her course: she would take up research and identify a drug for treatment of cancer. “The present generation of anti-cancer drugs, one of which is cisplatin, contains the heavy-metal platinum, which causes many side-effects, including damage to healthy cells and tissues surrounding the malignant tumour. Now, I want to discover or identify a complex, based on ruthenium and flavonoids, which will have fewer side-effects,” she says.
 
News posted on 2014-07-08

Suggestion to expand Silk Production in Sivakasi
 
8th July 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Suggestion to expand Silk Production in Sivakasi Tamil Nadu government was keen on increasing production of raw silk in the state through various mesures, state Rural Industries and Labour Welfare Minister P Mohan said today. Presently, the state ranked fourth in raw silk production, with the cultivation of mulberry in 33,861 acres, with an yield of about 1,000 tonnes annually, he said here. Government wanted to increase the mulberry cultivation to 3,000 tonnes a year, he said and suggested that the officials should take steps to expand the silk production to Sattur and Sivakasi areas also. "Every panchayat should have mulberry cultivation. Now 327 new silk growers were involved in mulberry cultivation, which could be done by women, even at home," he said. The state government had given an incentive subsidy of Rs 3.48 crore for silk growers. In this current year, Rs 10.80 crore had been allocated for the Silk Project. The Minister was speaking at a meeting organised by the Regional Sericultural Research Insitute (Salem) and Tamil Nadu Silk Development Department for distribution of welfare schemes to silk growers here to tune of Rs 3.82 crore. He also inaugurated a silk technology development exhibition.
 
News posted on 2014-07-08

Hot sunny day ends with moderate rain
 
7th July 2014 Hot sunny day ends with moderate rain Yesterday, after a long, hot day, Sivakasians were greeted by a moderate rain, at evening, in Sivakasi,. Dark clouds kept hovering over the town during evening time, bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable. And it was rained for around 20 minutes, from 4:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Today the climate remains cloudy. The moderate rain has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next three days, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 33 degree celsius and 27 degree celsisus.
 
News posted on 2014-07-07

Black Clouds hovered but no rain
 
7th July 2014 Black Clouds hovered but no rain Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning, today. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning and afternoon. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was no rain in the morning hours though the sky was cloudy throughout the day. A cloudy start but no rain disappointed the Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-07-07

District level Football Tournament
 
5th July 2014 District level Football Tournament Date: 06-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Venue: Annamalai Unnamalai Ammal Municipal School, Sivakasi First Prize - Rs.3001/- Second Prize- Rs.2001/- Third Prize - Rs.1001/- Organisers: SHNV Football Club, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-07-05

Barricades placed to regulate traffic in Sivakasi
 
5th July 2014 Barricades placed to regulate traffic in Sivakasi Sivakasi Traffic Police have begun placing barricades to regulate traffic in Sivakasi Bazar. Sivakasi Traffic Police put up barricades along the entire stretch of East Car Street. To ensure free flow of traffic, Sivakasi Traffic Police have installed such barricades at a number of places across the town.
 
News posted on 2014-07-05

Beware of fake Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currencies, in Sivakasi
 
3rd July 2014 Beware of fake Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currencies, in Sivakasi Some customers of Sivakasi Petrol Bunks pass off fake currency notes and petrol pump attendants cannot do much about it in the peak hours. A petrol bunk dealer in Sivakasi said sivakasiweekly.com that, daily we are getting 2 to 3 fake currencies especially in the denomination of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000/- and he asked the public to be cautious as counterfeit currency notes are in circulation, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-07-04

Blood Donation Camp @ Kalaimagal Hr. Sec. School
 
4th July 2014 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 06-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Thiruthangal Organisers: Kamarajar Makkal Nala Sangam and Thiruthangal Government Hospital
 
News posted on 2014-07-04

Blood Donation camp to be held
 
3rd July 2014 Blood Donation camp to be held Date: 13-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and Sivakasi Government Hospital
 
News posted on 2014-07-03

Kaliswari Group Lights up Printing Division
 
3rd July 2014 Courtesy: Heidelberg India "The Perfect Match" – Sivakasi-s Kaliswari Group Lights up Printing Division with Heidelberg Solutions Sivakasi-s Kaliswari Group, a leading manufacturer and global exporter of Fireworks, added sparkle to its in-house printing division, by recently investing in Heidelberg solutions. Although Pyrotechnics is the primary business, the Kaliswari umbrella brings together other diverse business verticals, including educational institutions, Transport and Hotels. An in-house printing division caters to the labeling and packaging needs of the Group-s own Fireworks business. From humble beginnings as a "Match factory" founded by Shanmuga Nadar in 1923, the 90-year old company exploded into prominence and growth after expanding into fireworks. The Kaliswari group manufactures and sells fireworks under the well-established and reputed "Cock" brand. Today, the group of companies has 30 plus factories, employing nearly 9,000 staff. In a latest move, the Kaliswari Group has installed the Heidelberg Pro C 751 digital press for its internal applications. Ideal for cost-effective production on very short runs, the digital press can print up to 75 A4 pages/minute with paper density or grammages of up to 300 GSM. The oil-free PxP toner ensures optimum image quality of up to 4800 dpi resolution, which is close to results achieved with offset printers. The digital press can handle paper sizes between 3.94 × 5.51 inches and 13.00 × 19.20 inches. Mr. A. P. Selvarajan, the Director of Kaliswari Group, is an ardent admirer of Heidelberg equipments. "We still have the original Heidelberg cylinder presses that were used during early days of operation. The equipments are in perfect working condition even today" he beams. "The Heidelberg Pro C 751 is the latest jewel in our crown. Easy to use, it offers an exceptional range of functions and outstanding print quality". Mr. Manoharan, Senior Manager of the Group nods in affirmation, before adding, "We use the Heidelberg Pro C 751 mostly for test-printing and sampling specialty paper and boards for packaging purposes. The print matches offset quality. Also, it helps save considerable time and money that we would otherwise spend on outsourcing." Although it was started as an offshoot of the Fireworks division, the in-house printing unit at Kaliswari is well endowed with state-of-the-art equipments. Prepress facilities include CtP, multi-colour offset presses and flexo printing presses, while the Postpress portfolio features Polar cutters, die-cutters and folder gluers. In addition to the Pro C 751, the Kaliswari Group has also invested in a Heidelberg Polar N 115 plus cutting equipment. This programmable, high-speed cutter, which is used for cutting paper, cardstock, paper board, and plastic foils, comes with an 18.5 inches colour display and touch screen operations to avoid errors in programming. The Polar N 115 plus offers shortest make-ready times, thanks to intuitive cutting programs. The patented Direct Positioning System (DPS) of the Polar N 115 plus ensures mechanical positioning accuracy of 1/100 mm, thereby offering the greatest cutting accuracy. An added advantage is the nickel-refined, wider machine table that facilitates easy handling of sheets. The standard model has extensive features to boost productivity by up to 20%. Higher productivity can be achieved by additional, programmable functions. "Life is a lot easier with the Polar N 115 plus", quips Manoharan. "The Polar cutter reduces the time usually spent on labeling and small-sized packaging jobs". The senior manager expects the Heidelberg equipments to play a crucial role during Diwali season. "Fireworks production usually peaks before Diwali, when its boom time for business. The printing unit operates in all shifts to match packaging with production. The print jobs involve specialized hot- and cold-foil embossing, and die-cut designs to make the packaging of these Pyro products more attractive. Both the press and cutter will come in handy, especially at the time." Year after year, the Kaliswari Group focuses on churning out quality products with minimum risk to its 9,000 employees. As a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative, the Group has a tie-up with the Indian Government-s Department of Science & Technology, to research the possibility of machine-made Fireworks in a bid to eliminate risks. The Kaliswari Group is a happy customer and plans to shop again at Heidelberg. "Heidelberg is a trusted brand worldwide and our experience with Heidelberg has been spectacular. With these equipment-s, the ROI is significant.", Selvarajan ends on an excited note.
 
News posted on 2014-07-03

Sivakasi back to its hot climate
 
3rd July 2014 Sivakasi back to its hot climate After a cool days with drizzle and breeze on this week, Sivakasi back to its hot climate. Today, Sivakasi residents have been experiencing hot weather. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot blow in Sivakasi temperature. Sky will remain partly cloudy for next one week, with a chances for drizzle and rain. Today the maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 39 and 28 degrees Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-07-03

Over 340 take part in free eye camp
 
2nd July 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Over 340 take part in free eye camp Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi and Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai jointly organised a free eye check-up and cataract operation camp, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 15th June 2014, Sunday. The camp began with prayer and bhajan songs. A team of 30 Medical experts was led by three Ophthalmologists from Madurai Aravind Eye Hospital examined the patients at the camp. 340 patients were screened under various eye tests. Of them, 103 patients were referred for free surgery to be conducted at Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai. The free services will include eye check up and refraction for glasses, medicines, eye surgery and glasses at discount rate. Around 70 volunteers from Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Sevaa Samidhi supported and organised the camp, in a systematic manner.
 
News posted on 2014-07-02

Screen Print India to organise six roadshows
 
2nd July 2014 Courtesy: Print Week India Screen Print India to organise six roadshows The 12th Screen Print India is scheduled to be held at The International Centre, Goa between 18-21 September 2014. Screen Print India, an exhibition focusing on the screen, digital and textile printing industry in India has been endorsed by 12 industry associations from across India and the globe. Screen Print India is organising six roadshows in six cities in South India which includes Chennai, Sivakasi, Madurai, Tiruppur, Bengaluru and Hubli between 30 June – 7 July 2014 to promote participation for the flagship event in Goa. The roadshow will showcase new techniques and special effects in screen printing, textile and garment printing as well as glass and ceramic printing solutions. Major exhibitors at the four day show includes Epson India, Fujifilm Sericol, HP India, Grafica Flextronica, Kunal Enterprises, Repro Graphics and Skyscreen.
 
News posted on 2014-07-02

Phoenix Literary Association inauguration held on 10th July
 
2nd July 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC Phoenix Literary Association inauguration held on 10th July The Post Graduate Department of English has planned to inaugurate its association on 10th July 2014, Friday. Mr.A.Shyamraj, B.E. Principal Trainer, Beehive Communication Club, Virudhunagar will deliver the inaugural address on the topic "Effective Communication". Ms.M.Akila, Asst. Prof. in English (P.G) and Vice-President will give the introductory remarks. Ms.S.Subbuthai, Secretary II M.A. English will deliver the welcome address. Ms.S.Saranya, I M.A. English will propose Vote of Thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-07-02

This July in Sivakasi
 
1st July 2014 This July in Sivakasi Bangle Mela at Sivakasi TATA Goldplus Date: 25-06-2014 to 06-07-2014 Venue: TATA GOLD PLUS, No.108, South Car Street, Sivakasi - 626123. More than 1000 attractive designs. Making & wastage charges per gram are just Rs.199/- or Rs.299/- only.* For further details contact 04562-233055/66 Kabaddi Championship to be held Date: 05-07-2014, Saturday Time: 10:00 p.m. onwards, Flood Light Match Organisers: Maamannar Marudhupandiar Nagar & Marudhu Boys Kabaddi Team Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 06-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Thiruthangal Organisers: Kamarajar Makkal Nala Sangam and Thiruthangal Government Hospital Blood Donation camp Date: 13-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and Sivakasi Government Hospital Eye Camp Date: 13-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Sivakasi PRINTEX 2014 - National Level Seminar & Exhibition Date: 18-07-2014 (Friday) to 20-07-2014 (Sunday) Seminar (Enrich your attitude) will be held on 18th July 2014, Friday. Venue: Sivakasi Master Printers Association Kalyana Mandapam, 425 Railway Feeder Road, Sivakasi. For further details contact +91-4562-221083, email id: sivakasiprintex2014@gmail.com , smpasivakasi@gmail.com Free Mental Health Camp Date: 20-07-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-07-01

Sivakasi welcomes July with Drizzle
 
1st July 2014 Sivakasi welcomes July with Drizzle Drizzle from 04:31 p.m. to 04:40 p.m. makes the road wet and brings the temperature down and also drenched Sivakasi, today. Band of clouds developed during evening around 4:00 p.m., accompanied by strong winds. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians especially students and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle in the coming days. For next one week the sky will be cloudy and there is chance for drizzle in Sivakasi. The maximum and minimum temperature will be around 37 degree Celsius and 27 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-07-01

Happy Doctors Day & Chartered Accountants Day
 
1st July 2014 Happy Doctors Day Doctors lead a Hectic Lifestyle to Keep Us Healthy. As a result they hardly get Any Time to Take Care of Their Own Health. On this Doctor’s Day, We all should resolve to Take Care of Our Doctor and Wish them Good Health to Show Our Appreciation for Their Service to Mankind. Happy Doctors Day. - www.sivakasiweekly.com Happy Chartered Accountants Day Happy CA day! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-07-01

Cloudier start for Sivakasi
 
30th June 2014 Cloudier start for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. There is 25% chance for shower, mainly across Sivakasi town, but this is only a slim possibility. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle for the next three days.
 
News posted on 2014-06-30

Sivakasi PRINTEX 2014 - National Level Seminar & Exhibition
 
30th June 2014 Sivakasi PRINTEX 2014 - National Level Seminar & Exhibition Date: 18-07-2014 (Friday) to 20-07-2014 (Sunday) Seminar (Enrich your attitude) will be held on 18th July 2014, Friday. Venue: Sivakasi Master Printers Association Kalyana Mandapam, 425 Railway Feeder Road, Sivakasi. For further details contact +91-4562-221083, email id: sivakasiprintex2014@gmail.com , smpasivakasi@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-06-30

Heidelberg adds firepower to Kaliswari
 
30th June 2014 Courtesy: Asian Printer Online Heidelberg adds firepower to Kaliswari One of India’s leading fireworks manufacturers, Sivakasi’s Kaliswari Group has increased its in house print shop’s capabilities with the addition of two solutions from Heidelberg. The company’s investment sees the addition of a Pro C751 digital press (pictured above) and a Polar N 115 plus cutter. A P Selvarajan, director of Kaliswari Group, say the company values its association with Heidelberg. He says, “We still have the original Heidelberg cylinder presses that were used during early days of operation. The equipment is in perfect working condition even today. While pyrotechnics forms Kaliswari’s primary business, the company’s umbrella brings together other diverse business verticals, including educational institutions, Transport and Hotels. The in house printing division caters to the labelling and packaging needs of the Group’s own Fireworks business. The Pro C751 digital printer will cater for the company’s internal applications. M Manoharan, senior manager at Kaliswari Group says, “We use the Heidelberg Pro C 751 mostly for test-printing and sampling specialty paper and boards for packaging purposes. The print matches offset quality. Also, it helps save considerable time and money that we would otherwise spend on outsourcing.” The printer uses oil-free PxP toner to improve image quality, delivering up to 4800dpi resolution, which he says comes to results achieved with offset printers. The printer can handle paper sizes between 3.94 × 5.51 inches and 13.00 × 19.20 inches. A P Selverajan sees it as the ideal solution for cost-effective production on short runs; it can print up to 75 A4ppm with on stock up to 300gsm. He says, “The Heidelberg Pro C 751 is the latest jewel in our crown. Easy to use, it offers an exceptional range of functions and outstanding print quality.” The Polar N 115 Plus, a programmable high-speed cutter, has application for cutting paper, cardstock, paper board, and plastic foils. It comes with an 18.5 inch colour display and touch screen operations to avoid errors in programming. It offers short makeready times, largely thanks to its intuitive cutting programmes. Manoharan says, “Life is a lot easier with the Polar N 115 plus. The Polar cutter reduces the time usually spent on labelling and small-sized packaging jobs.” Heidelberg says the Polar N115 Plus’s patented Direct Positioning System ensures mechanical positioning accuracy of 1/100 mm, offering excellent cutting accuracy. Its nickel-refined, wider machine table helps facilitate easy handling of sheets. The company says that the standard model has extensive features that can boost productivity by up to 20 per cent, adding that print shops can achieve higher productivity by using additional, programmable functions. Manoharan expects the new equipment to play a crucial role during Diwali season. He says, “Fireworks production usually peaks before Diwali, when its boom time for business. The printing unit operates in all shifts to match packaging with production. The print jobs involve specialised hot- and cold-foil embossing, and die-cut designs to make the packaging of these Pyro products more attractive. Both the press and cutter will come in handy, especially at the time.”
 
News posted on 2014-06-30

Sivakasi experiences cool breeze
 
30th June 2014 Sivakasi experiences cool breeze Since the last two to three days, Sivakasi town has been receiving good breeze, providing relief to the Sivakasians from scorching heat. Dew was also experienced at evening. The cool weather, coming after several hot days, has come as a welcome change. There was strong wind at 04:30 p.m. to 05:25 p.m.. And thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening. But rains were not experienced during this period.
 
News posted on 2014-06-30

Sivakasi for fire crackers, Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan says
 
29th June 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Herald Sivakasi for fire crackers, Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan says TN model Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan appealed to the State government to take a cue from neighbouring Tamil Nadu in industrial development. He said, Karnataka is ranked seventh in industrial development in the nation, while Maharashtra is ranked first and Tamil Nadu second. In Tamil Nadu, every district is known for its distinctiveness, with Coimbatore popular for automobile products, Erode for textiles and Sivakasi for fire crackers, to name a few. However, in Karnataka, barring Bangalore that is overcrowded by industries and Mysore that is witnessing tremendous growth, no district is industry-friendly. Mandya district is crying for attention, while Tumkur and Chitradurga are yet to make a start.
 
News posted on 2014-06-29

Bangle Mela at Sivakasi TATA Goldplus
 
29th June 2014 Bangle Mela at Sivakasi TATA Goldplus Date: 25-06-2014 to 06-07-2014 Venue: TATA GOLD PLUS, No.108, South Car Street, Sivakasi - 626123. More than 1000 attractive designs. Making & wastage charges per gram are just Rs.199/- or Rs.299/- only.* For further details contact 04562-233055/66
 
News posted on 2014-06-29

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
28th June 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised The 145th Free Mental Health Camp was jointly organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy and M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 15th June 2014, Sunday. 245 people were benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries undertaken Pranic Healing Treatment. Eye camp was also organised on the same venue, in association with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Narayan Seva has been done for 700 people. 70 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 20th July 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-06-28

At last, drizzle brings down the temperature
 
28th June 2014 At last, drizzle brings down the temperature Drizzle from 04:00 p.m. to 04:15 p.m. brought welcome relief albeit briefly to the Sivakasians today. Sivakasians had hot days for last one month with a rise in temperature but the sudden drizzle at today evening came as a pleasant treat bringing down the increasing mercury levels. And there was short spell of drizzle from 05:48 p.m. to 05:55p.m.. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 38 degree celsius and 28 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-06-28

Announcement from Sivakasi Municipality
 
27th June 2014 Announcement from Sivakasi Municipality Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, has appealed to the Sivakasi people to create rainwater harvesting structures in their houses. Rain Water Harvesting Structure in houses and office premises would be made compulsory from 30th June, 2014, Monday. Sivakasi Municipality will take necessary actions to those who violating the mandatory / compulsory installation of Rain Water Harvesting Systems in their premises. To create awareness on Rain Water Harvesting System, rallies were taken out by Sivakasi school students for last one month.
 
News posted on 2014-06-27

Unscheduled Power Cuts in Sivakasi
 
27th June 2014 Unscheduled Power Cuts in Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi town have been facing power cuts ranging between 2-3 hours of power cut. The unscheduled and unannounced power cut has left Sivakasi industrialists, businessmen, traders, micro and macro industries and homemakers in the lurch. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator, once again. And Sivakasi have also started facing low-voltage problem over the past few days.
 
News posted on 2014-06-27

Govt Hospitals Get Rs 40-crore Infra Boost
 
26th June 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Govt Hospitals Get Rs 40-crore Infra Boost Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated a slew of amenities and refurbished buildings at various State-run hospitals, through video-conferencing, on Wednesday. In all, the CM inaugurated schemes executed by the Health and Family Welfare department worth `40.35 crore at various locations across Tamil Nadu. At the Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital in the city, the CM inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Auditorium that has been refurbished at a cost of `1.9 crore. In addition, a newly procured CT scanner was also inaugurated. She also declared open the emergency care centre that was constructed at Padianallur, in nearby Tiruvallur district. In Salem Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, the CM inaugurated their newly constructed examination hall, library which have been built at a cost of `4.47 crore. Patients seeking medical assistance will now be able to utilise the facilities at the new block at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, build at a cost of `6.38 crore -- with facilities including a state-of-the-art ICU, outpatient ward, maternity ward, 66 beds and chambers for professors and doctors. Other new buildings inaugurated by the CM included upgraded Primary Health Centres in four places, including Thirthamalai in Dharmapuri, and a new mortuary at the Nagapattinam GH The burns unit functioning at the Sivakasi GH, has now been upgraded as a Centre of Excellence and was recognised and inaugurated by the Chief Minister.
 
News posted on 2014-06-26

CM inaugurated Burns Ward at Sivakasi GH through Video Conferencing
 
25th June 2014 CM inaugurated Burns Ward at Sivakasi GH through Video Conferencing Today, TamilNadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha inaugurated the Burns Ward at Sivakasi GH through Video Conferencing, at 02:00 p.m.. Among the modern facilities at the centre is the centralised oxygen supply to the Intensive Care Unit, operation theatre and post-operative ward. The ward also has a C-Arm facility to deal with multiple injuries such as fractures and soft tissue injuries, ventilators, an anaesthetic work station and theatre ceiling lights with LED lamps. The air-conditioned ward has Fowler’s cot for the convenience of patients with alpha bed that would prevent them from developing bed sore. The cost incurred to set up the entire facility, including construction of building, appointment of specialist doctors, purchase of modern equipment, furniture, linen and stores, is Rs.4.50 crore. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Dr.Ayyanar, Blood Bank Officer, Sivakasi Government Hospital were present on the ocassion.
 
News posted on 2014-06-25

JACKO: recalling the King of Pop 5 years after his death
 
25th June 2014 JACKO: recalling the King of Pop 5 years after his death Five years ago today, the music world lost a pop icon when Michael Jackson died suddenly from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. At the time, the 50-year-old performer and father of three was mired in debt, struggling to shake off an image still tarnished by allegations of child molestation (though he was cleared) and risking everything for a highly ambitious and intensely physical comeback concert series. His passing — as well as the details that emerged about his secretive life in the subsequent legal battles surrounding his death — kicked off a massive, international wave of nostalgia that has kept him in the headlines, inspired films and shows as well as sparked a musical resurgence (including award show "performances" and the release of several posthumous albums) in the years since. Michael Jackson-s estate is making more money five years after his death than he was at the prime of his career, says author of book Michael Jackson Inc
 
News posted on 2014-06-25

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
24th June 2014 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 06-07-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Thiruthangal Organisers: Kamarajar Makkal Nala Sangam and Thiruthangal Government Hospital
 
News posted on 2014-06-24

Kabaddi Championship to be held
 
24th June 2014 Kabaddi Championship to be held Date: 05-07-2014, Saturday Time: 10:00 p.m. onwards, Flood Light Match Organisers: Maamannar Marudhupandiar Nagar & Marudhu Boys Kabaddi Team
 
News posted on 2014-06-24

Mangoes to delight Sivakasians
 
23rd June 2014 Mangoes to delight Sivakasians The markets across Sivakasi town don a shade of yellow and green mangoes, for last one month. Sivakasi roadside vendors say the season will peak in May and June when much-in-demand mango varieties such as Alphonso, Paalamani, Rajapalayam Sappattai and Imam Pasand, Killi Mookku from Rajapalayam come in bulk. Panchavarnam sells at Rs.25/- a kg; and Sappattai Mambalam at Rs.35/- a kg.
 
News posted on 2014-06-23

Prestige Exchange Offer
 
22nd June 2014 Exchange / upgrade any old cooker, cookware or kitchen appliances of any brand in any condition for any new Prestige product and get fabulous discounts. Date : 20-06-2014 to 22-06-2014, Friday to Sunday Venue: Sundaram Chettiar Seeniammal Kalyaana Mandapam, AVT Pada Salai Road, Near Court, Sivakasi. Organisers: Prestige Smart Kitchen, No. 519 B, Opposite to Balasanka TVS, Thiruthangal Road, Sivakasi - 626 123. For further details contact 9944930825
 
News posted on 2014-06-22

Free Eye Camp organised by Sankara Eye Hospital
 
21st June 2014 Free Eye Camp organised by Sankara Eye Hospital Sankara Eye Hospital in association with Khaitan Steel Mart, Sivakasi jointly organised 115th Free Eye camp, on 8th June 2014, Sunday, an eye screening and cataract surgery camp held here at the Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion. Patients were screened under various refractive errors and other diseases by a team of ophthalmologists from Sankara Eye Hospital. Of them, some patients were referred for free surgery to be conducted at Sanakara Eye Hospital. Facilities such as treatment, operations including IOL, lodging and boarding are provided free of cost. Next camp will be held on 13th July 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-06-21

Power Shut Down for Maintenance in Sivakasi
 
21st June 2014 Power Shut Down for Maintenance in Sivakasi Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 04:15 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-06-21

JUDO Championship 2014-2015
 
21st June 2014 Tamilnadu State 24 Sub Junior JUDO Championship 2014 - 2015 Date: 20th to 22nd June 2014, Friday to Sunday Venue: KMKA Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Thiruthangal Chief Guest: W.I.Devaram, IPS (DGP) Rtd., Chairman, Tamilnadu State Judo Association Organisers: A.Sivakumar B.A., D.Ped., NSNIS (Judo), Secretary, Virudhunagar District Judo Association
 
News posted on 2014-06-21

Book Exhibition & CD Fair at Sivakasi
 
20th June 2014 Chithirai Thamizh Puthaandu 2014 Book Exhibition & CD Fair at Sivakasi Date: 16-06-2014, Monday to 29-06-2014, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Ulaga Madhaa Periyandavar Swamigal Samudhaya Koodam, Near Nadar Lodge, Sivakasi 10% discount for all books Special discounts for CD
 
News posted on 2014-06-20

Welcome move by the Sivakasi Municipality
 
20th June 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Welcome move by the Sivakasi Municipality Once again, Sivakasi Municipality enforced a major eco-friendly move by banning the use of polythene carry bags in Sivakasi Town. The move to ban polythene carry bags was because they were found to be a major cause for blockage in drainage and water channels in the town. As polythene carry bags get dumped everywhere, the Sivakasi drainage system is getting affected and it is leading to mosquito breeding and also the soil loses fertility. For last four days, at early morning, near Kadai Kovil, Sivakasi Municipality Officials distributing one Manja Pai for free, for those who carry plastic bags for shopping and they educate consumers about the dangers of using plastic products. Sivakasi Municipality is merely raising the awareness of Sivakasi consumers to change their habits and to stop using non-biodegradable plastic bags. Distributing manja pai for free of cost is a welcome move by the Sivakasi Municipality, to reduce plastic bags usage in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-06-20

Initiatives to ensure health and welfare workers
 
19th June 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Initiatives to ensure health and welfare workers As part of efforts to ensure the health and welfare of workers and their families, the State government has rolled out a number of initiatives. A training centre has been established at Sivakasi by the Department of Labour to impart skilled training to workers in fireworks’ factories. Final touches are being given by the Public Works Department to complete the civic works there. A mobile team headed by an additional director has been formed to monitor the factories and so far this year, 399 inspections have been carried out.
 
News posted on 2014-06-19

Facebook goes down in Sivakasi
 
19th June 2014 Facebook goes down in Sivakasi Access to Facebook-s website and apps went down at 01:25 p.m. to 01:55 p.m., shutting out thousands of Sivakasi FB users for a brief period. For about half an hour, Sivakasians who tried to access Facebook in Sivakasi received the following message: "Sorry, something went wrong. We-re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can." Problems were also reported across multiple nations in Asia and the Middle East (United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel and India).
 
News posted on 2014-06-19

YRTVians bags 7 medals in Asian Adithada Championship
 
19th June 2014 YRTVians bags 7 medals in Asian Adithada Championship YRTV Matriculation Higher Secondary School bagged 7 medals, in First Asian Adithada Championship 2014, held at Coimbatore. The championship was organised by Adithada Foundation. The gold medal was won by Nandha Krishnan (5th Standard), while silver was bagged by Jaijigishaa (3rd Standard) and she won 1 bronze medal and 2 bronze medals went to Rohit (2nd Standard) and 2 bronze medals for Rakshanya (7th Standard). Thilagavathy Ravindran, Correspondent, YRTV School, Murali, Principal, YRTV, Mahalakshmi, HM. YRTV School, lauded the efforts of the Silambam players and their coach Mahendran.
 
News posted on 2014-06-19

TN safety match industry seeks excise duty exemption
 
18th June 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu BusinessLine TN safety match industry seeks excise duty exemption Safety match industry in Tamil Nadu is seeking excise duty exemption to bring down costs and compete with the unorganised sector. Also, lifestyle changes including falling smoking habits, increased use of lighters and stove igniters have hit demand growth. Usage of safety matches should have increased by 7.5 per cent annually but has been stagnant for over a decade, according to J. Devadoss, Secretary, South India Match Manufacturers Association. Annually, the safety match industry produces nearly 60 lakh bundles with each bundle having 24,000 match sticks, he told Business Line. Ten years ago, there were nearly 10,000 safety match factories in southern India employing nearly 7.50 lakh people. This has now dropped to nearly 1,000 units employing 50,000. Some of the biggest production centres include Kovilpatti, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar, Ettayyapuram and Sattur, he said. The industry has urged the government to scrap excise duty for safety matches. This will reduce the disparity in the cost of production of matches between the organised and unorganised sectors.The government should safeguard the industry which sells a box of 50 match sticks for ₹ One , he said. Devadoss said the organised match manufacturers are not in a level playing field to face competition from the unorganised sector due to this anomaly in Excise duty payment of 8 to 12 per cent depending up on the category of the unit. In 2006, the Excise department allowed sale of chemical dipped splints to anybody on payment of ad valorem duty by the machine made match industry. Traders purchasing chemical dipped splints from machine made units started manufacturing their own brand without licences like Central Excise ESI, Arms Act and Factory Act. According to Central Excise, the industry’s annual turnover is around ₹2,100 crore. The government should get Excise revenue of around ₹100 crore, but the government record shows that the collection for the last financial year was only ₹46.06 crore. This means for over 50 per cent of the matches marketed in India by the unorganised sector, Excise duty has not been paid. This in turn affects those units paying the duty and follow all government norms, he said.
 
News posted on 2014-06-18

State-of-the-art burns ward ready in Sivakasi
 
18th June 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu State-of-the-art burns ward ready in Sivakasi “It will be a boon for those from southern districts” A burns ward set up under the Centre of Excellence for Burns Treatment at the Government Hospital here is getting ready with state-of-the-art medical equipment and specialist medical officers to treat victims of fire accidents, especially those occurring in cracker industries. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will soon inaugurate the facility. Ms Jayalalithaa had ordered establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Burns Treatment following the worst-ever fireworks accident at Muthalipatti near here on September 5, 2012, in which 40 persons were killed and several others injured. The need for such a facility has long been felt as the victims of fire accidents die often due to lack of quality medical attention during the golden hour. Many patients succumbed to the burns on their way to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. Among the modern facilities at the centre is the centralised oxygen supply to the Intensive Care Unit, operation theatre and post-operative ward. The ward also has a C-Arm facility to deal with multiple injuries such as fractures and soft tissue injuries, ventilators, an anaesthetic work station and theatre ceiling lights with LED lamps. The air-conditioned ward has Fowler’s cot for the convenience of patients with alpha bed that would prevent them from developing bed sore. The cost incurred to set up the entire facility, including construction of building, appointment of specialist doctors, purchase of modern equipment, furniture, linen and stores, is Rs.4.50 crore. Joint Director (Health) M. Kathiresan said five specialist doctors – a plastic surgeon, general surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon, anaesthetist and a physician – had been appointed. Besides, a physiotherapist, 15 staff nurses, a lab technician, hospital staff and sanitary workers had been posted, he said. The facility would be a boon to all the southern districts as far as burns treatment was concerned. It would also be a trauma care centre, he added. Minister for Information and Special Schemes Implementation K.T. Rajendra Balaji inspected the 52-beded ward on Sunday. Virudhunagar MP T. Radhakrishnan and Collector T.N. Hariharan were among those who accompanied him.
 
News posted on 2014-06-18

Minnoolaakam Certificate Presentation Ceremony @ SKC
 
18th June 2014 Minnoolaakam Certificate Presentation Ceremony @ SKC Date: 19-06-2014, Thursday Time: 09:30 a.m. Venue: Conference Hall A/c, Sri Kaliswari College, Autonomous, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Narayanan Kannan, Putra University, Malaysia & Subashini Tremell, Germany Organisers: Department of Tamil, SKC and Tamil Marabu Arakkattalai
 
News posted on 2014-06-18

Look for daytime moon each morning this week
 
17th June 2014 Look for daytime moon each morning this week From today morning, you might have seen moon in the daytime, in Sivakasi town. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next three or four days, in Sivakasi. Earlier, on 5th June 2014, Thursday, special pujas were performed in majority of the Sivakasi temples on full moon day including the Pournami Pooja. Some Sivakasians observed fasting on full moon day.
 
News posted on 2014-06-17

Strictly No Parking in No Parking Zone in Sivakasi
 
16th June 2014 Photo: Ravindran Strictly No Parking in No Parking Zone in Sivakasi Sivakasi Traffic Police Constables are now tying vehicles together with a long chain and deflating tyres of vehicles breaking traffic rules such as parking in no-parking area and travelling in one way roads. Now the Sivakasi traffic police is quite strict about the rules they set in Sivakasi town. These implemented rules, helps them to manage traffic easily.
 
News posted on 2014-06-16

More hot days to come
 
16th June 2014 More hot days to come Today, Sivakasi experienced another cruelly hot day, with the maximum temperature settling at 39 degrees Celsius, a frightening two degrees higher than what is normal for this time of the year. The minimum at 27 degrees Celsius. In Sivakasi, most of the Sivakasians preferred to remain indoors while those who had to go out to work were seen fretting and fuming. Tender coconut vendors, juice sellers, and Ice Apple & Padhaneer sellers had a busy day. Hot days to continue for a few more days in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-06-16

Kaliswari Group of Sivakasi gets heidelberg-s digital and cutting solutions
 
15th June 2014 Courtesy: Print Week Kaliswari Group of Sivakasi gets heidelberg-s digital and cutting solutions Sivakasi-based Kaliswari Group, a leading manufacturer and global exporter of fireworks has recently invested in a series of Heidelberg solutions, a Pro C751 digital press and a Polar N115 cutting machine. Established in 1923, Kaliswari Group caters not only to fireworks but has a diversified presence in educational institutions, transport and hotels. An in-house printing division caters to the labelling and packaging needs of the group’s own fireworks business. In a latest move, the Kaliswari Group installed the Heidelberg Pro C751 digital press for its internal applications. A P Selvarajan, director of Kaliswari Group and an ardent admirer of Heidelberg equipments said, “Heidelberg is a trusted brand worldwide and our experience with Heidelberg has been spectacular. With these equipment’s, the ROI is significant. We still have the original Heidelberg cylinder presses that were used during early days of operation. The equipments are in perfect working condition even today.” “The Heidelberg Pro C751 is the latest jewel in our crown. It is easy to use and offers an exceptional range of functions and outstanding print quality,” he added. Ideal for cost-effective production on very short runs, the digital press prints up to 75 A4 pages/minute with grammages of up to 300 GSM. The oil-free PxP toner ensures optimum image quality of up to 4800 dpi resolution, close to results achieved with offset printers. The digital press can handle paper sizes between 3.94×5.51 inches to 13×19.20 inches. Manoharan, senior manager at the group said, “We use the Heidelberg Pro C751 mostly for test-printing and sampling specialty paper and boards for packaging purposes. The print matches offset quality. Also, it helps save considerable time and money that we would otherwise spend on outsourcing.” In addition to the Pro C751, the Kaliswari Group has also invested in a Heidelberg Polar N115 plus cutting equipment. According to Manoharan, the Polar cutter makes life a lot easier. “It practically reduces the time usually spent on labeling and small-sized packaging jobs,” he said. The high-speed programmable cutter Polar N115 plus offers shortest make-ready times. The machine can be used for cutting paper, cardstock, paper board, and plastic foils and comes with an 18.5 inches colour display and touch screen operations to avoid errors in programming. “Fireworks production usually peaks before Diwali, when its boom time for business. The printing unit operates in all shifts to match packaging with production. The print jobs involve specialized hot- and cold-foil embossing, and die-cut designs to make the packaging of these pyro products more attractive. Both the press and cutter will come in handy, especially at the time,” said Manoharan. Kaliswari-s shopfloor is well endowed with state-of-the-art equipments including a CTP, multi-colour offset presses and flexo printing presses, while the post-press portfolio features Polar cutters, die-cutters and folder gluers.
 
News posted on 2014-06-15

Acupuncture camp for Mentally Challenged
 
14th June 2014 Headmaster M.Balraj memorial Acupuncture camp for Mentally Challenged Date: 16-06-2014, Monday Time: 06:00 p.m. Venue: Azhagan Kaapagam, 861-B, National Colony, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.S.Kannan, M/s. Vasantha Sparklers, Kannan & Co., Sivakasi Mrs.K.Jeyalakshmi will distribute uniforms & medicines Organisers: Azhagan Seva Sangam & Rotary Club of Sivakasi Central
 
News posted on 2014-06-14

Dosa Fest
 
14th June 2014 Appans Kudumba Unnavagam - Dosa Festival Varities: Chicken Dosa, Mutton Dosa, Egg Dosa, Chicken Egg Dosa, Chicken Mutton Dosa, Mutton Egg Dosa, Punjabi Dosa, Pepper Chicken Dosa, Prawn Dosa, Manjoorian Dosa, Kothu Curry Dosa, Mushroom Dosa, Cauliflower Dosa, Paneer Dosa and Veg. Dosa Price ranges from Rs.30/- to Rs.50/- Date: 11-06-2014 to 18-06-2014 Time: 06:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
 
News posted on 2014-06-14

Jewel One Gold & Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale
 
13th June 2014 Jewel One Gold & Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 13,14 & 15 June 2014, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Venue: Bell Hotel, No.123, Thiruthangal Road, Sivakasi - 626 123. For further details contact 04567222200 / Toll free: 18001033916
 
News posted on 2014-06-13

Pournami Poojai Performed
 
13th June 2014 Pournami Poojai Performed Yesterday, on Full Moon Day, Pournami Poojai was performed in majority of the temples in Sivakasi town. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-06-13

Sivakasi fireworks units shut down due to superstition, convention
 
13th June 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Sivakasi fireworks units shut down due to superstition, convention Fireworks manufacturers of Sivakasi closed down more than 700 of their units on Thursday, risking Rs 50 crore loss, fearing that an astrological prediction about accidents could come true. While the ostensible reason for the mass shutdown was a convention organized by a forum against Chinese fireworks, sources said elderly members in the industry found a mention in an astrological calendar about Thursday being an inauspicious day when fireworks explosions could occur. Sivakasi, the countrys fireworks hub, has seen several accidents every year that kill hundreds of workers. Forty people were killed in one of the worst accidents in Om Sakthi Fireworks in Sivakasi on September 6, 2012. The accident occurred on a day when similar planetary positions and conditions prevailed and it was a Thursday, a manufacturer, who is a staunch believer of astrology warned the industry, sources said. Based on the prediction, fireworks manufacturers decided to suspend operations for a day. Workers were told they were being given a day off to take part in the convention, seeking to persuade the government to ban exports of Chinese fireworks. "Most of the owners felt it was better not to take a chance and decided to suspend operations on Thursday," said A M S G Ashokan of We Two Brand. Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) vice-president A Mariappan said besides such a fear among the owners, workers were keen to participate in the convention organised by the Tamil Nadu Fireworks & Workers Protection Movement against Chinese fireworks. "Workers wanted to participate in the event and owners, uncomfortable with the astrological prediction, decided to close down operations to give them a day off," Mariappan said. He estimated Rs 50 crore loss due to the one-day shutdown. "It was a closed holiday without pay. We will compensate by working on a holiday," he added. However, the workers association claimed they had no choice but to go with the "whims and fancies" of the owners. "Workers were not paid for almost a week during the total lockout in April to protest the hike in explosives license fee," rued Fireworks Workers Association in Sivakasi district secretary M Mahalakshmi. Later in the day, the convention passed resolutions mainly urging the Union government to ban exports of Chinese fireworks. The forum also urged authorities to destroy Chinese fireworks consignments seized by officials and punish the smugglers. A resolution urged the state government to regulate small units functioning under district revenue officer license and demanded that owners abolish sub-contract and leasing methods, suspected to be reasons behind the accidents at fireworks units.
 
News posted on 2014-06-13

Power outage at Sivakasi PAP Colony
 
13th June 2014 Power outage at Sivakasi PAP Colony There was power outage from 09:45 a.m. to 05:35 p.m. at Palaniandavarpuram Colony, Sivakasi, today. A transformer problem near Sivakasi Junior Jaycees School caused a power outage for about eight hours. Power was restored at 05:35 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-06-13

Free Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
12th June 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Homeopathy Camp Organised At Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, the 347th Free Homeopathy Camp was organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 25th May 2014, Sunday. 105 patients were screened under various tests by Homeopathy Dr.Pasupathi and his team. Patients were treated for various diseases. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi, actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 29th June 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-06-12

Jamun fruit price soars
 
12th June 2014 Jamun fruit price soars In Sivakasi, this year, the price of Jamun Fruit (Naaval Pazham) is going through the roof. Price of Jamun Fruit is Rs.200 to Rs.240 a kg.. The road side vendors of Jamun attribute price rise to supply constraints. It is expected that there will be fall in price within 2 weeks. But the soaring price has not dampened the demand for the fruit, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-06-12

Rally stresses importance of rainwater harvesting
 
11th June 2014 Rally stresses importance of rainwater harvesting A rally to raise awareness on the importance of rainwater harvesting was taken out in Sivakasi town on 10th June 2014, Tuesday. Sivakasi Municipality has launched a campaign on Tuesday to promote awareness among Sivakasians on the importance of rainwater harvesting. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School students took out a rally as a part of the campaign. Flagged off by Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, at the School premises in the presence of school management member Mrs.A.Vijaya Mohini, the rally passed through important thoroughfares including the four car streets of Sivakasi. SHNG students raised slogans asking the Sivakasians to create structures in their homes and offices to harvest rainwater effectively.
 
News posted on 2014-06-11

Eye camp to be held
 
10th June 2014 Eye camp to be held Date: 15-06-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi & Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
 
News posted on 2014-06-10

Mild drizzle for few seconds
 
10th June 2014 Mild drizzle for few seconds There was mild drizzle at today afternoon, for few seconds, at 02:35 p.m., in Sivakasi. Drizzle for few seconds not able to make the road wet, but brings down the temperature down. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. Maximum temperature fell to 36 degree celsius today and it may further fell down to 32 degree celsius for the coming days. For the next two days sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 degree celsius and 28 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-06-10

Fireworks industry hails cancellation of hike in fees
 
9th June 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Fireworks industry hails cancellation of hike in fees The fireworks industry has welcomed the cancellation of the contentious order, increasing various licence fees for the industry. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in a June 5 order, has announced the cancellation of the March order and made a “nominal” revision of the fees with effect from April 1 this year. The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association (TANFAMA) and The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers’ Association (TIFMA) have welcomed the decision to increase the fees at a “reasonable” rate. “Earlier, the fee revision was proposed up to 27 times. The proposed fee that was hiked up to Rs. 4 lakh earlier now has been fixed at Rs. 28,000. We welcome it and thank leaders of all parties, including Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who stood by the industry,” said TANFAMA president A.P. Selvaraj. The hike is at the rate of 30-37 per cent for various licences, A. S. Arjun Raja, president of the TIFMA, has said. The fees were increased last in 2008. The associations organised a strike against the increase when electioneering for the Lok Sabha polls peaked. Consequently, officials of the Ministry of Commerce invited their representatives for talks. “It is a victory for our protest,” Mr. Arjun Raja said. Mr. Selvaraj said the new order also dispelled speculation on an attempt at opening the Indian market for Chinese crackers. “Earlier, the officials proposed to do away with all testing fees for imported crackers. Now, those proposals have been rolled back,” he said. Parliament ratification However, the TANFAMA still wants the Centre not to delegate its power for revision of fees to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Its vice-president K. Mariappan, who had challenged in the High Court the delegation of power for fees revision, said the Explosives Act, 1884, which governs all rules for the industry, exempted delegation of powers by the Centre to any body for fee revision. “We want Parliament to ratify all fee revisions for the fireworks industry in future. Otherwise, officials might revise the fees as per their wish,” Mr. Selvaraj said.
 
News posted on 2014-06-09

Nagpur to host print meet on 28 June
 
9th June 2014 Courtesy: Print Week Nagpur to host print meet on 28 June The Printers Guild in Nagpur will host a knowledge session for the print fraternity on 28 June at Hotel Hardeo. Arvind Mardikar of Printers Guild, Nagpur informed us that, "the programme will include a press conference at the Patrkar Bhavan, Nagpur. This will be followed by the knowledge session at the banquet hall which includes an overview of the print industry by Ramu Ramanathan of PrintWeek India and a keynote by AMSG Ashokan, the president of the All India Federation of Master Printers. AMSG Ashokan, the president of All India Federation of Master Printers, comes with many stints in government committees including the vice president of the Sivakasi municipality and is the present chairman of Capexil. He has been known as a formidable battler for long-term care interests. At the Federation, he faces major challenges in advancing the cause of the AIFMP, its affiliate association and the Indian print industry, in general. He will spell out his plans and concerns, both near and long-term for the Indian print industry. PrintWeek India along with the Printers Guild will host a roundtable for top print firm CEOs on 29 June. In the past one year, PrintWeek India has organised roundtables in cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru (two), Coimbatore, Faridabad, Kochi, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Pune.
 
News posted on 2014-06-09

Licence fee reduced for manufacturing explosives
 
8th June 2014 Licence fee reduced for manufacturing explosives The Ministry of Commerce and Industry revised the manufacturing explosives licence fee. Earlier, in a notification, dated 20 March, 2014, the Director of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, said fees payable by the industry would be revised under the Explosives Rules, 2008. The revision of fees — from about five times to 27 times — is totally unjustified. The annual licence fee to manufacture explosives of Class 1 or 7 (exceeding 200 kilograms at a time) has been revised to Rs.66,000 from a maximum of Rs.15,000. Similarly, the annual licence fee for possessing fireworks of Class 7 explosives in magazine has been increased to Rs.4 lakh from Rs.15,000, the industry sources say. To protest the department-s decision, the industry go for an indefinite strike and staged hunger strike at TANFAMA, on 15th April 2014. Now the new Government reduces the licence fee for manufacturing explosives and that brings smile in the face of Sivakasians. 1330 kgs, Old Tarrif - Rs. 13,500, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 33,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.16,300 1712 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 41,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.18,350 2032 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 47,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.18,650 3027 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 67,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.19,650 4759 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs.1,02,000,Revised Tariff - Rs.21,400 Magazine Godown 20,000 kgs, Old Tarrif - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 40,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.17,000 30,000 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 60,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.18,000 50,000 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 1,00,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.20,000 1,00,000 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs. 2,00,000, Revised Tariff - Rs.22,000 2,00,000 kgs, Old Tariff - Rs. 15,000, Unilaterally Revised Tariff - Rs.4,00,000,Revised Tariff - Rs.27,000
 
News posted on 2014-06-08

Sivakasi YES team to US
 
8th June 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Sivakasi YES team to US A 100-member delegation visits America to study business opportunities and improve bilateral trade If the delegation of Young Entrepreneur School (YES), a youth development programme of the Tamil Nadu Chamber Foundation, signs a trade contract during their visit to the popular brand’s Visitors’ Centre in San Francisco, Madurai can expect a Levi’s jeans manufacturing unit. “It is part of our plan,” says V. Neethi Mohan, Chairman, YES. “The Visitors Centre is a permanent installation in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Levi Strauss and Co. showcasing the company’s history and business. We will be visiting the Levi’s facility on June 23.” The 17-day trip is titled as "Bizcover America". Members drawn from various YES centres such as Chennai, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Karur and Sivakasi leave on June 8. The delegation will also visit US India Business Council, a premier business organisation representing America’s top companies investing in India. They have planned to visit New York, Washington, Niagara, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “We have also planned to visit ZAPPOS.com, a popular online store for shoes and clothes based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The store is presently owned by Amazon.com. We will be there to study their business culture and understand their core values,” he says. The team’s prime focus is to improve trade links in food processing and garment industries. According to Neethi Mohan, e-commerce is a rapidly growing business in the country as the total business done through online shops in the country at present stands at around one billion dollars and it is expected to grow up to 76 billion dollars by 2020. “Already showrooms are being converted into warehouses and businessmen are showing keen interest in e-commerce,” he says. “The team will study the business models, tools for business development and their best practices. The key objective is to increase volume of bilateral trade and promote industrial investments,” says S. Rethinavelu, chairman of the foundation. The group will also be at the Infocomm 2014, one of the largest professional AV shows in the world with more than 950 exhibitors from over 110 countries attending.
 
News posted on 2014-06-08

Podhigai TV retelecast Sivakasi Programme Today
 
7th June 2014 Podhigai TV retelecast Sivakasi Programme Today Podhigai TV retelecasting Sivakasi Programmes today, at 11:00 a.m.. The variety programme was held at SOP Kalyana Mandapam and was telecasted in DD Podhigai on 1st May 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-06-07

Sultry Weather in Sivakasi
 
7th June 2014 Sultry Weather in Sivakasi For the third consecutive day, Sivakasi town went through a harsh spell of scorching sun. Until earlier this June, the weather used to be cool, especially, in the nights, due to few spells of rain in May and June. June 5 was one of the hottest days of the year so far, in Sivakasi town. The temperature in Sivakasi might go up further for another two or three days.
 
News posted on 2014-06-07

Heat is on
 
6th June 2014 Heat is on Sultry weather is upon Sivakasi residents, for the last three days. Even as weather observatories recorded close to normal day temperature on 3rd June 2014, Tuesday, Sivakasi residents are experiencing more heat. Sivakasi registered 39 degree Celsius against its normal of 38 degree Celsius during this month. Temperatures have been rising above normal levels in Sivakasi, as dry weather conditions prevail. Sivakasians said that residents on the move would feel that the day was hotter than it actually is. The sun-s rays begin to hit at a sharp angle around this time and people who are outdoors begin to experience the discomfort. Travelling during noon hours in Sivakasi town is especially difficult, said Kannan, Prop. Screen Printer.
 
News posted on 2014-06-06

Vaikasi Therottam in Sivakasi
 
6th June 2014 Vaikasi Therottam in Sivakasi Sivan devotees thronged Sivakasi Viswanathan Visalakshmi Amman Thirukovil to participate in the annual temple car festival held as part of the 11 day Vaikasi Festival, today. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Sivan and Visalakshi, the event began from Sivan Kovil at 09:15 a.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities. The procession covered the four car streets of Sivakasi town. The temple car procession was accompanied with band set and Kerala Chenda Melam. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Hindu Arakattalaithurai, regulated the large gathering. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras.
 
News posted on 2014-06-06

Sivakasi TDR bags three medals in Malaysian IMAC 2014
 
5th June 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Sivakasi TDR bags three medals in Malaysian IMAC 2014 T.D.Rajendran, 78, runs his own business of exporting medicinal herbs in Sivakasi. He participated in 28th Malaysian International Masters Athletics Championships 2014 organised by The Malaysian Masters Athletic Association (MMAA), on 31-05-2014 & 01-06-2014, at Pahang, Malaysia. He took the first place in the 1500m and 5000m in the 75-79 age category and bags two gold medals. And in 5km Race Walking he took the third place and won bronze medal. TDR has earned laurels for Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-06-05

Heat hits Sivakasi Town
 
5th June 2014 Heat hits Sivakasi Town Today, Sivakasians have begun to feel the heat, of a sultry kind, right from the early hours of the day. Travelling on the Sivakasi roads even as early as 08:00 a.m. is now tiring due to the unrelenting heat. The day temperature with 40 degree celsius has hovered over Sivakasi is two degrees above normal on most days. Clear skies brings hot air and increased temperature level in the town. The weatherman has forecast that Sivakasi will experience a day temperature of 39 degree Celsius till 8th June 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-06-05

Drive to check rainwater harvesting systems in Sivakasi
 
4th June 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Drive to check rainwater harvesting systems in Sivakasi Shortage of water is a common problem in Sivakasi town. Rainwater harvesting is a simple and economical process through which the common man can save water. Sivakasi Municipality Chairman Dr.V.K.Kathiravan has appealed to the Sivakasi people to create rainwater harvesting structures in their houses. Sivakasi Municipality has taken up a month long special survey on proper functioning of the rainwater harvesting structures set up on domestic and commercial campus in Sivakasi town. The survey by Sivakasi Municipality will insist on setting up rainwater harvesting structures at new buildings under construction or the ones constructed in the past few years without the Rain Harvesting System. The owners of the property without Rain Harvesting System are being persuaded to set up the Rain Water Harvesting System immediately. Sivakasi Municipality will take necessary actions to those who violating the mandatory / compulsory installation of Rain Water Harvesting Systems in their premises.
 
News posted on 2014-06-04

Entrance for M.A. English at ANJAC
 
4th June 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College Entrance for M.A. English at ANJAC The Admission for the Post graduate department of English for the Academic Year 2014 -2015 is going to commence from 5th June 2014, Thursday. The students who are willing to join the course can apply and attend the entrance test in the Dept. of English at 10.30 a.m. on 5.6.2014.
 
News posted on 2014-06-04

Sivakasians spend sleepless nights due to power cuts
 
4th June 2014 Sivakasians spend sleepless nights due to power cuts Yesterday, there was One hour power cuts almost every other hour at night. There was power cuts from 06:10 p.m. to 07:10 p.m., 08:10 p.m. to 09:10 p.m., 10:10 p.m. to 10:35 p.m.. Unscheduled power cuts on yesterday night causes sleepless nights to Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-06-04

Plums season begins in Sivakasi
 
3rd June 2014 Plums season begins in Sivakasi With summer around the corner, locally grown fruits are vying for the attention of Sivakasi fruit lovers. Among them, watermelons and Ice Apple heaped up in Sivakasi Bazar and roadside shops, are most enticing. Jack fruit season begins in Sivakasi town. Plums vendors have been mushrooming in the town, for the few days. Many of them can be seen displaying hundreds of red coloured plums in the roadside. Sivakasi buyers busy in buying the seasonal fruit plums. The selling price of Plums in Sivakasi is between Rs.120 a kg.. A fruit seller near Agni Vinayakar Kovil said sivakasiweekly.com that the Plums season starts in May and goes on till July.
 
News posted on 2014-06-03

Sivakasi school goers back to school
 
2nd June 2014 Sivakasi school goers back to school After the summer holidays, most schools in Sivakasi, reopens today. Some Sivakasi kids are thrilled to meet their old friends and new classmates, some are a little apprehensive about their first day at school because of all things new, from new teachers, new friends to new worries, and may be even a new school. Earlier on 1st June 2014, Sunday, Sivakasi parents have thronged Sivakasi Bazar and plunged into the race for school uniforms, textbooks, shoes, bags, pencil boxes and watercanes for their children. Today, Sivakasi school goers returned to their classrooms for another academic year. Some Matriculation schools in Sivakasi will be reopen by 5th June 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-06-02

A rainy beginning to June
 
2nd June 2014 A rainy beginning to June Sivakasians were in for a surprise today as Sivakasi received steady rainfall for 40 minutes. Though the day was hot, the afternoon showers brought down the temperature, in Sivakasi. Even though the day saw sunny skies at a temperature of 39 degree Celsius, dark clouds that gathered gave way to a steady drizzle from 05:00 p.m.. And Sivakasi experienced steady showers till 05:40 p.m.. For next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance of rain / drizzle, with average minimum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and maximum of 40 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-06-02

This June in Sivakasi
 
1st June 2014 This June in Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 08-06-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 15-06-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 29-06-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-06-01

AJ college Principal retires today
 
31st May 2014 AJ college Principal retires today The Principal of the Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous) Sivakasi, Dr.S.Baskaran, is retiring from service tomorrow after 30 years of teaching at the ANJA College Sivakasi. He had made several valuable contributions towards the progress of the AJ college on various fronts and the prime among them was that it was during his tenure as Principal that the college had earned Best College Award with NAAC score of 3.67 as "College of Excellence" and "Community College". He also won "Best College Teacher" and "Environmental Protector" Awards from Tamil Nadu Government. A grand send-off has been arranged in his honour at the AJ College here on May 31, 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-05-31

The New Principal of ANJAC
 
30th May 2014 The New Principal of ANJAC Dr.V.Pandiarajan has been appointed as the New Principal of Ayya Nadar Janaki Amman College (Autonomous), Sivakasi. Congratulations Sir and all the very best to lead the college into greater heights.
 
News posted on 2014-05-30

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
28th May 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet At late evening today, it was drizzling for several minutes and the drizzle makes the road wet. Drizzle accompanied by hundreds of thunders and lightening. The drizzle in the late evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 39 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-05-28

Mild drizzle for few minutes
 
27th May 2014 Mild drizzle for few minutes Yesterday, there was mild drizzle at late evening, for few minutes from 07:20 p.m. to 07:30 p.m., in Sivakasi. Drizzle makes the road and brings down the temperature down. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 38 degree celsius and 27 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-05-27

YRTV girl secured State Third in SSLC
 
27th May 2014 YRTV girl secured State Third in SSLC The class X board exams results were announced on Friday, May 23. Across Sivakasi town, scenes of anxiety turned to jubilation as several students were State toppers. Sri Nidhi of YRTV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, secured State Third in SSLC exam by scoring 497 marks out of 500. Srinidhi has earned laurels for her school.
 
News posted on 2014-05-27

Strong wind & rain causes power outage
 
26th May 2014 Strong wind & rain causes power outage Yesterday the summer rain accompanied with strong winds, thunders and sharp showers causes power outages in Sivakasi. Trees were uprooted in the strong wind, in many areas of Sivakasi. There was no power from 05:30 p.m. to 09:45 p.m., in many areas.
 
News posted on 2014-05-26

114th Free eye camp organised
 
26th May 2014 Courtesy: Mr. Pawan Khaitan 114th Free Eye Camp Organised Sankara Eye Hospital in association with Khaitan Steel Mart, Sivakasi jointly organised 114 Free Eye camp, on 11th May 2014, Sunday, an eye screening and cataract surgery camp held here at the Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion. Patients were screened under various refractive errors and other diseases by a team of ophthalmologists from Sankara Eye Hospital. Of them, some patients were referred for free surgery to be conducted at Sanakara Eye Hospital. The free services will include eye check up and refraction for glasses, medicines, eye surgery and glasses at discount rate. As a part of the camp food were distributed for all the beneficiaries. A team of 6 volunteers from Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College participated in the camp. Facilities such as treatment, operations including IOL, lodging and boarding are provided free of cost. Next camp will be held on 8th June 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-05-26

Sivakasi gets ready for school reopening
 
26th May 2014 Sivakasi gets ready for school reopening In Sivakasi, shoppping stores and shoe showrooms are lining up deals and offers for school essentials as students gear up to return to schools after a two-month summer break. As the demand for these trendy bags is high this season, the Sivakasi Bazar is flooded with these bags with prices ranging from Rs.220/- to Rs.850/- and shoes ranging from Rs.300/- to Rs.800/-. Many shops and showrooms in Sivakasi Bazar, which have a good stock of such trendy bags (Chhota Beem, Ben10, Dora and so on0), are doing brisk business with the school reopening date fast approaching. School kids are busy in buying shoes, shocks, lunch box, school note books, school stationeries such as pen, pencils, box, erasers and water colours. Sivakasi parents also have no other option but to agree with the wishes of their children. Lots of roadside vendors has been mushroomed in Sivakasi town and busy making money by selling shoes for Rs.100/- and school bags for Rs.50/- to Rs.100/-. It is expected that the sale will be double by this weekend.
 
News posted on 2014-05-26

VSKD Swetha scores centum in four subjects
 
25th May 2014 VSKD Swetha scores centum in four subjects Swetha, a student of VSKD Matriculation Higher Secondary School Sivakasi came third in the State by scoring 497. She got centum in four subjects - English, Maths, Science and Social Studies, and scored 97 in Tamil. Swetha has earned laurels for Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-05-25

Free mental health camp organised
 
25th May 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free mental health camp organised Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy in association with MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, jointly organised the 145th free mental health camp, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 18th May 2014, Sunday. 245 people were benefited out of this camp. Narayan Seva has been done for 500 people. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 15th June 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-05-25

Summer rain lashes Sivakasi
 
25th May 2014 Summer rain lashes Sivakasi The summer showers that lashed Sivakasi town from 05:30 p.m. to 05:55 p.m., today, provided some respite from the sweltering weather. The sky had remained overcast since 24th May 2014, Saturday morning and it started drizzling Sunday evening. The rain, accompanied by lightning, strong wind and thunders, picked up momentum. More rains to come in 24 hours.
 
News posted on 2014-05-25

8 Sivakasians secure state rank in SSLC exam
 
24th May 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan 8 Sivakasians secure state rank in SSLC exam Eight students from Sivakasi, among 321 students, who came secured third place in State-level, brought laurels to their schools in Virudhunagar district in the SSLC examination results announced on 23rd May 2014, Friday. Leoram Sidharth, Lingesh & Vidya Rathna of The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Swetha of VSKD Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Maheswaran of SHNV Higher Secondary School, Lavanya of SHNV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Archana of Shenbaga Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Deepika of Good Shepard Matriculation Higher Secondary School came third in state level by scoring 497 marks. The school teachers and their friends celebrated their victory by distributing sweets to other students.
 
News posted on 2014-05-24

Thiruthangal Girl Student Makes Her Town Proud
 
24th May 2014 Thiruthangal Girl Student Makes Her Town Proud Jothilakshmi from the KMK Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Thiruthangal has emerged one among the 321 third rank holders in the SSLC examination in the State. She came third in state level by scoring 497 marks and makes her town proud.
 
News posted on 2014-05-24

School reopens on 2nd June
 
23rd May 2014 School reopens on 2nd June Majority of the aided and Matriculations schools in Sivakasi will reopen on 2nd June 2014, Monday for 2014-2015 academic year. Few Matriculation schools will be reopen by 5th June 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-05-23

Sivakasi steps up fight against Chinese crackers
 
23rd May 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Sivakasi steps up fight against Chinese crackers Customs officials promise to prevent import of Chinese goods. Stepping up its fight against smuggled Chinese fireworks in the hub of Indian crackers industry, Tamil Nadu Cracker Industry Workers Protection Association has announced cash rewards of up to Rs.10 lakh for those giving information about the presence of Chinese crackers. The unregistered association has pasted posters all over Sivakasi stating that any person providing information about a container load of Chinese crackers would be rewarded with Rs.10 lakh. Information about a truckload of the banned goods would fetch Rs.5 lakh and a van load Rs.2 lakh, say the posters. The posters have come up against the backdrop of the association members seizing, with the help of revenue officials, Chinese crackers from a shop in Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district on May 14. “Till now, police have not arrested the accused and no investigation is made into the case to find out the seller and the importer of the goods,” association president N. Raja told The Hindu . Mr. Raja, a cracker dealer here, said the association formed in 2012 had around 1,000 members — all workers in fireworks units, cracker shopkeepers and marginal manufacturers. Alleging that some leading manufacturers were stealthily importing crackers from China, he said it would affect not only the manufacturers, but also around five lakh workers. “We fear that some manufacturers are illegally importing cheap, unfinished Chinese goods and pack them to look like Indian fireworks. Some companies have orders for phenomenal quantity of crackers, though they have very few factories and limited number of workers. How do they meet their orders?” Mr. Raja asked. The association has also announced a cash reward of Rs.5 lakh for tip-offs about such units. Asked how an unregistered association could promise huge rewards, he said some of the leading manufacturers were ready to support it to safeguard the industry. President of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association A.P. Selvaraj said the association could not take action against any members without proof. He said the association would tip off about members if they imported or stocked Chinese crackers. Similarly, the association would not do any business with those involved in selling Chinese crackers. Customs officials had promised to take all measures to prevent smuggling of Chinese goods, he added.
 
News posted on 2014-05-23

Eye camp to be held
 
22nd May 2014 Eye camp to be held Date: 25-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Vel BSS Computer Education, NRKR Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Anil Eye Hospital, Sivakasi & Sri Vel BSS Computer Education, Sivakasi For further details contact 04562279926
 
News posted on 2014-05-22

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
21st May 2014 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi For last three days, there is power shut cut for 2 to 3 hours a day, in Sivakasi. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator. Sivakasians had no clue when supply would be cut off or restored. Power situation had worsened commercial and non commercial users in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-05-21

The Moon in the Daytime, in Sivakasi
 
21st May 2014 The Moon in the Daytime, in Sivakasi For last 2-3 days you might have seen moon in the daytime, in Sivakasi. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next one or two days, in Sivakasi. Special pujas were performed in majority of the Sivakasi temples on full moon day including the Chitra Pournami Pooja on 14th May 2014, Wednesday. Some Sivakasians observed fasting on full moon day. Usually, the Pournami Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after sighting the Moon. Some Sivakasi devotees only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers.
 
News posted on 2014-05-21

Black clouds hovered but no rain
 
21st May 2014 Black clouds hovered but no rain Today, black clouds hovered in the afternoon and it was thundering for several hours, but unluckily there was no rain in Sivakasi town. Sivakasians hope that there would be summer rain to tackle water crisis problem. For next one week, the climate will be partly cloudy and there may be chance for drizzle or rain for next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 40 and 29 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-05-21

Wanted
 
21st May 2014 Wanted School: The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Wanted: PGT in Maths to teach Primary Classes, Resident Gent Study Supervisors, Resident PETs Willing candidates are to meet the Principal at once with their original certificates. For further details contact sivakasilionsschool@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-05-21

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
21st May 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet At late evening today, it was drizzling occasionally for several minutes and the drizzle makes the road wet. The drizzle in the late evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 39 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-05-21

Michael Jackson hologram performs Slave To The Rhythm
 
20th May 2014 Michael Jackson hologram performs Slave To The Rhythm Michael Jackson hologram performs Slave To The Rhythm... and gets standing ovation at Billboard Music Awards 2014. He died in June 2009 but Michael Jackson-s music is still having audiences everywhere on their feet. And on Sunday night (19th May 2014) a hologram of the late King Of Pop rocked the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The hologram, which was amazingly realistic, performed Slave To The Rhythm and even moonwalked across the stage. The track is off Jackson-s new posthumous album Xscape and was introduced by Ludacris, alongside his Rising Star co-hosts Kesha and Brad Paisley. The hologram danced around the stage in a golden jacket and red trousers with fire shooting all around him, before appearing alongside several dancers, and began with Michael on a throne. The onstage resurrection garnered a standing ovation by the massive star-studded audience, who were clearly moved by the performance nearly five years after his death - but it might not have happened. Only on Friday did a federal judge rule that the Billboard Music Awards could use the hologram, rejecting efforts from tech companies seeking to block the digital performance.
 
News posted on 2014-05-20

Art of Living class
 
20th May 2014 Art of Living class Date: 20-05-2014, Tuesday to 25-05-2014, Sunday Time: 06:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m., 06:30 a.m. to 08:30 a.m. Venue: Sri Ayyappan Kovil Mandapam, Srivilliputhur Road, Sivakasi For further details contact 9443409175, 9842125657
 
News posted on 2014-05-20

Sivakasi gets summer rain
 
20th May 2014 Sivakasi gets summer rain After days of sweltering heat, Sivakasians were in for a pleasant surprise as clouds finally opened up and cooled the earth with refreshing rain accompanied with strong winds, lightening and thunders, today evening at 05:20 p.m. to 05:35 p.m.. Though the increasing temperature over the last few days had the Sivakasi town hoping for rain, it caught everyone by surprise when the skies darkened and it started pouring all of a sudden. The most enjoyable part was probably the strong and cool winds in Sivakasi that accompanied the rain. Much before the rain came in full force, the trees in Sivakasi swayed in the breeze, as if dancing with joy. There was thunder and lightning too, which, so to speak, added the sound and light effects to the dancing trees. Rains likely continue for next one week with maximum temperature of 40 degree celsisus and minimum of 29 degree celsisus.
 
News posted on 2014-05-20

Former child workers make a mark
 
18th May 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Former child workers make a mark Gopal once worked as a bonded labourer and Mahalakshmi made matchboxes S. Gopal was 11 years old when he was indentured as a bonded labourer in a weaving unit near his house in Namakkal district for three years for just Rs.15,000. His family needed the money for the marriage of his third elder sister’s marriage. His day of deliverance came when his differently abled elder brother Kathirvel scored 491 marks in the SSLC examinations and used his cash price of Rs. 10,000 to redeem his brother. On Friday, Gopal proved for the second time what he is capable of. After scoring 471 marks in the SSLC examinations, he has secured 1,144 marks in the Plus Two examinations. The story of S. Mahalakshmi of Sivakasi, who has scored 1068 marks, is also no different. When children of her age were practising the alphabet, she was making matchboxes to augment her family income. Both Gopal and Mahalakshmi entered the corridors of education at the intervention of officials of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP). Seven students, who once supported their families as child labourers, have scored more than 1,000 marks in the Plus Two examinations and are waiting to join professional courses. Former child labourers were re-admitted to schools after completing a three-year bridge course at a special training centre (STC). “My brother Kathirvel, a differently abled person, is my role model. He scored 1,165 in the Plus-Two examinations in 2011 and is doing MBBS at Stanley Medical College, Chennai,” said Gopal, expressing his desire to become a veterinarian or a dentist. Gopal, a student of the Government Higher Secondary School for Boys at Vennanthur in Namakkal, said he decided to apply for re-totalling in Mathematics and Chemistry as he expected a better score. Mahalakshmi continued to lag behind and realised her potential only in Class VIII after tireless efforts. “It was not easy for me to follow the subjects along with other children,” she said, recalling her days in school.
 
News posted on 2014-05-18

Radhakrishnan of AIADMK wins the Virudhunagar constituency
 
17th May 2014 Radhakrishnan of AIADMK wins the Virudhunagar constituency Radhakrishnan T of AIADMK WINS the Virudhunagar Constituency with 406694 votes in Lok Sabha Election,Virudhunagar Constituency of Tamil nadu. Radhakrishnan T WINS by a margin of 145551 compared to his/her immediate rival Vaiko of MDMK. RADHAKRISHNAN T, AIADMK - 406694 VAIKO, MDMK - 261143 RETHINAVELU S, DMK - 241505 MANICKAM TAGORE B, INC - 38482 SAMUELRAJ K, CPoI(M) - 20157 Check out this link for full result http://www.sivakasiweekly.com/virudhunagar-mp-2014-election-result.html
 
News posted on 2014-05-17

Felicitation Fiesta for the acquisition of CE
 
17th May 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College Felicitation Fiesta for the acquisition of CE The Management of ANJAC has planned to organise a Felicitation Fiesta for the staff members of ANJAC on 21.5.2014 at 6.30 p.m. Dr.Kalyani Mathivanan, Vice Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and Dr.P.P.Chelladurai, Member Syndicate, Director of Youth welfare Studies, MKU will felicitate the staff members. Dr.S.Baskaran, Principal, ANJAC will also deliver his felicitation address. Thiru.A.Ramamurthy, President, ANJAC will distribute mementos for the staff members on behalf of the Management. Correspondent Thiru.V.Ayyan Kodiswaran will propose Vote of Thanks. The Management has also planned to provide dinner for all the teaching and non-teaching faculty. The Fiesta is organised as the mark of recognition for the hard work and the support rendered by the staff members to achieve CE status and bring laurels to the campus to stand in unique way by focusing mainly on the development of rural students.
 
News posted on 2014-05-17

AIADMK leads in Sivakasi
 
16th May 2014 AIADMK leads in Sivakasi AIADMK candidate leads with 190701 votes in Virudhunagar Constituency, Lok Sabha Election 2014. MDMK-s Vaiko with 125647 votes was way behind AIADMK candidate Radhakrishnan. Rethinavelu is in 3rd position with 117341 votes. AIADMK party begins to fire crackers in the four car streets and bazar from morning 11 a.m.. Visit updated result in http://www.sivakasiweekly.com/virudhunagar-mp-2014-election-result.html
 
News posted on 2014-05-16

Virudhunagar Constituency Election Result Online
 
16th May 2014 Virudhunagar Constituency Election Result Online. Check out 2014 Virudhunagar Constituency Election Result Online in the below given link: http://www.sivakasiweekly.com/virudhunagar-mp-2014-election-result.html
 
News posted on 2014-05-16

AIADMK leads with 406232 votes
 
16th May 2014 AIADMK leads with 406232 votes AIADMK candidate Radhakrishnan leads with 406232 votes. Vaiko (MDMK) gets 260317 votes. Rethinavelu (DMK) gets 241089 votes.
 
News posted on 2014-05-16

T.D.Rajendran to participate in Malaysia Athlete Meet
 
14th May 2014 T.D.Rajendran to participate in Malaysia Athlete Meet T.D.Rajendran, 78, runs his own business of exporting medicinal herbs in Sivakasi. He began walking and running only about 6-7 years ago, to improve his health in general. He walks or runs every alternate day for about 10 km and exercises at home 3 days a week when he is not walking or running. Being quite new to running, he was quite eager to learn about how to improve his speed as well as resolve issues with shoe-selection, which had led him to run barefoot in his events. He took the 4th place in the 5000m in the 75-79 age category, in 33rd National Masters Athletic Championship, held at the Kanteerava stadium. He also complete the full Marathon (The Wipro Chennai Marathon 2013) in 6 hours. This year he is going to participate in Malaysia Athelte Meet 2014. Good luck to our Super Senior Sivakasian, We are all cheering you on! We are very very proud of you.
 
News posted on 2014-05-14

Free Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
14th May 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Homeopathy Camp Organised The 346th Free Homeopathy Camp was successfully organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 27th April 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. Homeopathy Dr.Pasupathi and his team participated and screened 117 patients. Patients were treated for various diseases. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi, actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 25th May 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-05-14

Super rain saves Sivakasi
 
14th May 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Super rain saves Sivakasi In Sivakasi, after a long, hot day, Sivakasians were greeted by a sudden downpour, at evening, today. Dark clouds kept hovering over the town during evening time, bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable during the past few days and there was no sign of rain, today. But unexpectedly it was rained for around one hour, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rain accompanied by thunders, lightening and winds. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Due to shortage of water in Sivakasi and problem in Manur Water pipeline, water supply through pipeline by Municipality has been supplied once in 15-18 days. Usually it was supplied once in four days. Today, the super rain not only chilled Sivakasi grounds but also filled the water tanks of Sivakasians. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. And it is still drizzling. For the next two days sky will be cloudy and on next week there is a chance for drizzle / rain, with average maximum temperature of 40 degree celsius and minimum of 29 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-05-14

Mission Mars Possible, Sivakasian lads to Tell NASA
 
13th May 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Mission Mars Possible, Sivakasian lads to Tell NASA Eight students of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering in Chennai will visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to present a project on developing a "flyby" machine that will make possible the "mission to Mars with human beings" in 2018. The students, who submitted a 50-page project on March 15, were selected and will present their project to NASAs mass convention on August 9. Speaking about the project at a function organised by the Virudhunagar Rotary Club on Sunday, S Vishnuram Barath of Sivakasi, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said that United States-based Inspiration Mars, which had sent a project on flyby machine and rejected by NASA, announced an online global competition in September 2013 inviting a 50-page project on "mission to Mars with humans possible" that had to be submitted by March 15, 2014. He said that he, along with V Vishal, Vijul L Shah, Anand Sundarajan, Mohit R Tagore, S Vishwanath, V Sathya Subramanian and S B Vishnu Kothar of the college, had studied the project for about two months and then came out with an idea for the mission. Elaborating on the project, Vishnuram said that the machine would go around the surface of Mars by using its gravity and after completing a circle, the machine would come back to Earth by using its gravitational force. This is called a natural flyby machine, which would take 510 days to reach Earth after completing its mission. “In our project, we suggested a method to reduce the number of days for the mission by converting the elliptical path to the hyperbolic path powered by the flyby, which is our main concept. In this process, the machine would be pushed into the space and be switched on once it reaches the space and would use its fuel to accelerate so the number of days could be reduced. By using the powered flyby concept, a total of 70 days of the mission can be reduced and the whole process can be completed in 431 days,” Vishnuram explained. “When there are humans inside the machine, there is a possibility for them to get cancer by Sun-s radiation, and considering the safety of the humans in the machine, we suggested this method. Moreover, the cost of food and clothing would come down and the space for them can be used to have other equipment in the machine,” he said.
 
News posted on 2014-05-13

Mission to Mars Possible - Sivakasi Vishnu Ram Barath
 
13th May 2014 Courtesy: Live Chennai Mission to Mars Possible - Sivakasi Vishnu Ram Barath About eight students from Sri Venketeshwara College of Engineering, Chennai will pop into National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to put on their project on crafting a "flyby" tool that will avail "Assignment to Mars along with the Humans", by 2018. After the demo of this project on 15 March, it got selected and gets a go-ahead signal to depict it to the NASAs mass gathering on 9 August. On the occasion of the Virudunagar Rotary Club function on Sunday, S Vishnu Ram Barath, a student of Venketeshwara College of Engineering said that, he all along with his friends including V Vishal, Vijul L Shah, Anand Sundarajan, Mohit R Tagore, S Vishwanath, V Sathya Subramanian and S B Vishnu Kothar, had analyzed the venture for nearly two months and then roll up with an outline for the assignment. Vishnu ram, continued his elaborative speech about the project, stating that this machine will go all-around the shell surface of the Planet Mars using its gravity force. After completing one full circle around the Mars, the machine will reach the Earth with the assistance of the gravitational force. This machine operates with a target of reaching the earth within 510 days of travel. Main objective of our project is to reduce the travel days around the Mars to reach Earth within 510 days, by using the hyperbolic path instead of the elliptical path, he added.
 
News posted on 2014-05-13

Cloudy sky & strong wind but no rain on 11th May
 
12th May 2014 Cloudy sky & strong wind but no rain on 11th May Yesterday, skies were clear during morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud at afternoon. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was no rain in the afternoon (at 03:45 p.m.) hours though the sky was cloudy throughout the day. There was strong wind accompanied by black clouds at afternoon and evening. No rain disappointed Sivakasians. For next one week sky will be partly cloudy with a chance of drizzle on 17th May 2014. Average maximum temperature will be 38 degree Celsius and minimum temperature will be 28.
 
News posted on 2014-05-12

Temple chariot reaches destination
 
12th May 2014 Temple chariot reaches destination Hundreds of devotees resumed pulling the chariots of the deities in the Chithirai Pongal Therottam Festival on 9th May 2014, Friday, and the chariots reached their destination, on 11th May 2014, Sunday. The main ritual of the annual Chithirai Pongal chariot festival started Friday at 4.30 p.m., and the decorated small Vinayaka car reached its destination in around one hour. The Badrakaliamman deity temple car reached its destination on yesterday. The Chithirai Pongal festival ends 11 days later when the deities make their way back home to the Sivakasi Kadai Kovil. Today kadaisi thiruvizhaa will be held.
 
News posted on 2014-05-12

Thunders, Strong Winds and Drizzle in Sivakasi
 
12th May 2014 Thunders, Strong Winds and Drizzle in Sivakasi Cool breeze, thunders, lightning and mild showers, an overcast sky and respite from heat, Sivakasi weather has pleasant for the last two days. Temperatures are cooling but still no rain, in Sivakasi town. Today, there was drizzle in Sivakasi at evening for five minutes, but added no rain. The next one week is going to be equally pleasant with a chance of drizzle and rain.
 
News posted on 2014-05-12

Blood donation camp to be held
 
11th May 2014 Blood donation camp to be held Date: 18-05-2014, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Viswanatham Orratchi Ondriya Uyarnilai Palli, Viswanatham Organisers: Viswanatham Friends Blood Club and Government Hospital, Sivakasi For further details contact 9486736817, 9003811045
 
News posted on 2014-05-11

Sivakasian secured State First in Textiles Dress Making
 
10th May 2014 Sivakasian secured State First in Textiles Dress Making Sharmila from Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, secured first place in State-level (Vocational Course - Textiles Dress Making Group), brought laurels to her school in the Plus Two Higher Secondary examination results announced on 9th May 2014, Friday. She scored 186 marks in Textiles Dress Making subject, 185 in Tamil, 115 in English, 154 in Home Science, 200 in Practical I and 200 in Practical II, total - 1040.
 
News posted on 2014-05-10

Sivakasi Lions School bags District Rank
 
10th May 2014 Sivakasi Lions School bags District Rank Deepa Priya and Sathya Priya of The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, secured the Virudhunagar District Third Rank with 1184. Gnana Selvaraj of PACM Hr. Sec. School, Rajapalayam came first scoring 1,187 marks while Gayathri of Rajapalayam Chinmaya Vidyalaya School, Mohana Priya (Rajapalayam Chinmaya Vidyalaya School) and Nivetha of Virudhunagar PSCN secured 1,186, 1,184 & 1,184 marks respectively. Sharmila from Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, secured first place in State-level (Vocational Course - Textiles Dress Making Group), brought laurels to her school in the Plus Two Higher Secondary examination results announced on 9th May 2014, Friday. She scored 186 marks in Textiles Dress Making subject, 185 in Tamil, 115 in English, 154 in Home Science, 200 in Practical I and 200 in Practical II, total - 1040.
 
News posted on 2014-05-10

14 schools in Sivakasi register cent percent pass
 
10th May 2014 14 schools in Sivakasi register cent percent pass 14 schools in Sivakasi register cent per cent pass in Plus Two examinations 2014. SHN Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Hindu Devamar Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi VSKD Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi SHNV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi SNM Mehta Jain Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi YRTV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Kamarajar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi SNM Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Shenbaga Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi NPSS NRKR Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Viswanatham
 
News posted on 2014-05-10

Exciting Exhibition ends on 11th May
 
9th May 2014 Exciting Exhibition ends on 11th May The 66th Annual Sivakasi Chithirai Pongal Exhibition started from 27th April 2014, April, at SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. The entrance ticket is priced at Rs.10 and will be the same on all the days. The 66th Sivakasi exhibition offers a variety of articles including toys, garments, ornaments, electronic goods, books and snacks. To excite and entertain Sivakasians, the exhibition have Giant Wheel, Tora Tora, The Columbus Ship, toy train and many toy rides for kids, and many more fun-filled activities filled the space. The giant wheel and other amusement rides are a hit among Sivakasi youngsters at the Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition and charging about Rs.40 to Rs.80 per person, for a ride. Parking charges for bike is Rs.10/- and Bicycle is Rs.5/-. The exhibition will also have stalls such as Delhi Appalams, Milagaai Bajji, Panji Mittai (Cotton Candy) and Ornaments. The 66th Annual Exhibition in Sivakasi is exciting and entertaining all sections of people in Sivakasi town. Exhibition ends on 11th May 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-05-09

Chithirai Pongal Therottam 2014
 
9th May 2014 Chithirai Pongal Therottam 2014 As a part of Chithirai Pongal 2014, Therottam was held, today, at four car streets. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Badrakaliamman and Vinayaka, the event began from Theradimukku at 04:00 p.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Goddess Badrakaliamman and Vinayaka. The procession covered the four car streets of Sivakasi town. Enthusiastic devotees, including large number of school and college students, pulled the car through the four Car Streets of Sivakasi town. The decorated small Vinayaka car reached its destination in around one hour. The big temple car procession began at 05:25 p.m. and it reached near Agni Vinayakar Kovil turning. Devotees prepared and offered pongal to the Goddess. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. A huge crowd witnessed the colourfully decorated car from the top of various buildings. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras. It is expected that the temple car will reach its destination in one or two days.
 
News posted on 2014-05-09

Fireworks display show at Badrakaliamman Kovil
 
8th May 2014 Fireworks display show at Badrakaliamman Kovil On 7th May 2014, Wednesday, at 09:25 p.m.., a wowing fireworks display has been arranged. Thousands thronged the Badrakaliamman Kovil and enjoyed watching the show. A large number of Sivakasians witnessed the colourful fireworks show from the top of their home and various buildings. Sivakasians captured the colourful moments of the fireworks display show in their mobile phones and digital cameras. Earlier special pujas were performed to Goddess Badrakaliamman and devotees offered prayers. Sivakasians are busy in shopping and tasting the delicious Karuppatti Mittai and Vellai Mittai. Kayirukuthu festival entertains all sections of people in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-05-08

Special Class Begins for 10th @ 12th
 
8th May 2014 Special Class Begins for 10th & 12th Majority of the Matriculation and aided Schools in Sivakasi has began conducting special classes for current 10th and 12th standard students, from the starting of May 2014. After the annual examinations were over by the first and second week of April 2014, most of the higher secondary schools in Sivakasi are functioning with the SSLC and Plus Two students attending classes regularly during their summer vacation. And these special classes are likely continue till the school reopens.
 
News posted on 2014-05-08

Sharp showers makes the road wet
 
8th May 2014 Photo: Mr.Dheepanraj Sharp showers makes the road wet Today, skies were clear during morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and drizzle makes the road wet at afternoon from 01:45 p.m. to 01:55 p.m.. And it was drizzling occassionally and the climate remains cloudy. The next one week is also expected to remain partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature expected to hover around 36 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively, with chances of drizzle and rain.
 
News posted on 2014-05-08

Devotees throng Badrakaliamman Temple amidst rain
 
7th May 2014 Devotees throng Badrakaliamman Temple amidst rain Chithirai Pongal Kayirukuthu festival was celebrated in Sivakasi, today. Large number of devotees take part in Vesham Poduthal ( swearing of white and black dots in their body and having neem leaves in their hands ) and sings the song Aahoi Ayyaahoi. Devotees carried mulaipaari, agni chatti, 1000 kannu paanai, and maavilakku. Some devotees perform nerthikadan such as Padha Kaanikai, Kan Malar, Muthu Poduthal, Kayirukuthudhal and mottai podudhal. Sevaral fans club and Social Clubs in Sivakasi distributed free Butter Milks, Rose milk, Sarbath, Lemon Juices and Paanai Karam to the public. The devotees did vesham poduthal braving the showers which began in the early morning and continues throughout the day. While many devotees carried umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain, the majority of them made do without any sort of protection. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. Earlier, there was huge crowd seen in all the mutton and chicken stalls, throughout the day. In Sivakasi, price of Mutton is Rs.550 a kg. and Chicken is Rs.160 a kg..
 
News posted on 2014-05-07

First Annual Day Celebration at AAACET
 
7th May 2014 First Annual Day Celebration at AAACET AAA College of Engineering & Technology-s first Annual Day brought out the creative best of the students. Thiru R. Muthumani, B.Sc., Proprietor of Ambal & Abis Coffee, Virudhunagar presided over the function. Dr. K. Arulmozhi, the Principal presented the Annual Report of the academic year 2013 – 14 and highlighted the achievements of the students. Chief Guest, Thiru. R. Muthumani delivered an inspiring speech for the students on setting goal for a bright future. To achieve the goal, the students have to be social in their responsibility and utilize their time and think productively was his message. A traditional touch to the celebration was marked by the opening dance, Bharatanatyam, the traditional dance of Tamil Nadu. The performance of the students blended the rich heritage of the country and the rock style of the western dance. The drama brought to life the beauty of Shakespeare-s stage. The winners in various competitions and the top 10 academic achievers in the first semester were honored andawarded with prizes by the Chief Guest. The arrangements were well organized by Chairman Thiru. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar and Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi.
 
News posted on 2014-05-07

Rains lash Sivakasi, cause inconvenience to devotees
 
7th May 2014 Rains lash Sivakasi, cause inconvenience to devotees Today-s heavy rains disrupted Kayirukuthu festival mood at Sivakasi, forcing devotees run for shelter at different places. The heavy cloudburst for last two days, which began early morning today, continued for hours together, causing extreme inconvenience to the visiting devotees to Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil. Today skies bulged with dark clouds and rain lashed Sivakasi town at early morning, afternoon and evening. Sivakasi received good showers from 11:35 a.m. to 11:50 p.m., 03:40 p.m. to 04:30 p.m., 02:20 p.m. to 02:50 p.m.. Todays rain not only chilled Sivakasi grounds but also filled the water tanks of Sivakasians. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. And there is chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-05-07

Happy Chithirai Pongal
 
6th May 2014 Dear Sivakasians, Wish you and your family a very happy Chithirai Pongal. - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-05-06

A few minutes of rain
 
6th May 2014 A few minutes of rain Sharp showers greeted Sivakasi residents today morning between 11:05 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. making them hopeful of a favourable weather in the town, for the next one week. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied the town was seen flooded and clogged. The rain gods were intent on playing hide-and-seek and now the dense clouds are over the Sivakasi town. Sivakasi likely to get more rain, today.
 
News posted on 2014-05-06

Rain brings welcome relief for Sivakasi
 
6th May 2014 Rain brings welcome relief for Sivakasi After playing hide and seek for the past one week, the much awaited rain finally made its presence felt in Sivakasi town, today. The town not only woke up to an overcast sky and drizzle, but it also received heavy rain in morning, afternoon (12:05 p.m. to 12:20 p.m., 03:20 p.m. to 03:35 p.m.) and evening. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle in the coming days.
 
News posted on 2014-05-06

Sivakasi celebrates Chithirai Pongal
 
6th May 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Sivakasi celebrates Chithirai Pongal Chithirai Pongal Festival was celebrated in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, today. The way leading to the temple wore a festive look. The balloon, toy sellers and vendors arranged stalls on either side of the road near Badrakaliamman Kovil. The temple has been decked up with festoons, flowers, lights and banners for the Chithirai Pongal Festival. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple to offer worship. Sivakasians prepared and offered pongal for Badrakaliamman. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. Paadha Kanikai, muthu poduthal were offered by the devotees, for last week. Some devotees carried out Aayiramkan Paanai. In recent years some devotees carrying out Agni Chatti on Pongal Festival, rather than on Kayirukuthu Festival. Devotees throng Badrakaliamman Kovil amidst drizzle and rain. Majority of Sivakasians, in their home prepared traditional Kathirikaai and Murungaikaai Puli Kulambu.
 
News posted on 2014-05-06

Warning sign boards - Beware of thieves
 
6th May 2014 Warning sign boards - Beware of thieves Devotees taking part in the Sivakasi Chithirai Pongal 2014 and Kayirukuthu Festival celebrations were advised to be wary of snatch thieves. Warning sign boards were put up in the Temple Campus to remind the devotees and handbill notice were distributed by the Devasthanam.
 
News posted on 2014-05-06

A rainy start for Sivakasi
 
5th May 2014 A rainy start for Sivakasi Early morning, many parts of Sivakasi Town experienced very mild showers after a cloudy start, today. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. There was sharp shower in Sivakasi for 10 minutes from 8:25 a.m to 08:45 a.m.. The sharp shower adds more chillness on the climate and also drenched Sivakasi town. It is expected that, rain would prolong in Sivakasi for next few days with maximum 33 degree Celsius and minimum 26 degree Celsius, due to low pressure in coastal regions.
 
News posted on 2014-05-05

Chithirai Festival - Local Holiday
 
5th May 2014 Chithirai Festival - Local Holiday Majority of the commercial establishments and industrial units in Sivakasi has declared May 5 (Monday) as a local holiday for the annual Chithirai festival in the Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil. In lieu of May 5, May 4 (Sunday) was a working day. And there will be local holiday on 7th May 2014, Wednesday for Kayirukuthu festival.
 
News posted on 2014-05-05

Sharp showers for ten minutes
 
5th May 2014 Sharp showers for ten minutes Today, a dense cloud cover took over Sivakasi during the later part of the afternoon, accompanied by a sharp showers and drizzling at 02:00 p.m. to 02:15 p.m.. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Sivakasi Town can look forward to cooler weather over the next few days following the spell of sharp showers on last week and it was drizzling for a long at evening. And it is expected that, temperatures to remain more or less the same with the maximum at 28 and the minimum at 26 degree Celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-05-05

Devotees throng 5aam thriuvizha mandagapadi amidst drizzle
 
4th May 2014 Devotees throng 5aam thriuvizha mandagapadi amidst drizzle Incessant rainfall did not deter devotees from queuing up to offer puja to the goddess Badrakaliamman on the occasion of 5aam Thiruvizhaa on 3rd May 2014, Saturday, at Mandagapadi place, Sivakasi. Thousands of devotees thronged Mandagapadi for darshan on the special occasion. The devotees stood in queues from 06:00 p.m. braving the showers which began in the evening and lasted till 09:40 p.m.. While many devotees carried umbrellas to protect themselves from the rain, the majority of them made do without any sort of protection.
 
News posted on 2014-05-04

5-aam Thiruvizhaa - Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran
 
4th May 2014 5-aam Thiruvizhaa - Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran Chithirai Pongal 5-aam Thiruvizhaa was held at mandagapadi place, organised by Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Javuli Varthagargal Sangam, today, at 02:00 a.m.. While one half of the Chithirai Pongal 5-aam Thiruvizhaa, that stands for the Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran. That takes place in the four car street of Sivakasi. Devotees worshiped Badrakaliamman in mandagapadi. The place of mandagapadi was decorated with festoons, garlands, flowers, thoranais attractive colour papers and decorative lights. Police securities were tighten to control over the crowd. Sivakasi Municipality workers cleaned the mandagapadi premises, at the midnight. Their services are splendid and invaluable. Sharply at 02:00 a.m., amman in black saree weeded out Mahisaasuran. Hundreds of devotees witnessed samhaaram of Mahisaasuran. Whistles, kulavai and claps rent the air. Thousands of Flower pots were lighten in the centre of the road. The organisers burst crackers and paper shots, at the time of the Soorasamharam of Mahisaasooran. As the part of the Soorasamhaaram, fireworks display were taken place in a grand manner. After seeing Badrakaaliamman killing Mahisaasooran, as a symbol of good winning over the evil, devotees worshiped Badrakaliamman in mandagapadi place. Special abhishekam and poojas were made to Badrakaliamman at mandagapadi, amman idol was sent back to Kadai kovil. People also visited 6-aam thiruvizhaa mandagapadi place. It is getting decorated with glasses, flowers, festoons, colour papers and the work is still in progress, to entertain the Sivakasians today night.
 
News posted on 2014-05-04

Over one lakh visit Sivakasi Exhibition
 
4th May 2014 Over one lakh visit Sivakasi Exhibition The 66th Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition started from 27th April 2013, Sunday, at SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. The entrance ticket is priced at Rs.10 and will be the same on all the days. The 66th exhibition offers a variety of articles including toys, garments, ornaments, electronic goods, books and snacks. To excite and entertain Sivakasians, the exhibition have Giant Wheel, Tora Tora, The Columbus Ship, toy train and many toy rides for kids, and many more fun-filled activities filled the space. The giant wheel and other amusement rides are a hit among Sivakasi youngsters at the Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition and charging about Rs.40 to Rs.80 per person, for a ride. The exhibition will also have stalls such as Delhi Appalams, Milagaai Bajji, Panji Mittai (Cotton Candy) and Ornaments. Over one lakh visited Sivakasi Exhibition, today. The 66th Annual Exhibition in Sivakasi is exciting and entertaining all sections of people in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-05-04

5aam Thiruvizha begins
 
3rd April 2014 5aam Thiruvizha begins Chithirai Pongal 5aam Thiruvizhaa begins at mandagapadi place, from today morning. The fifth day festival will be organised by Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Javuli Varthagargal Sangam. 5aam Thiruvizhaa is attracting a steady stream of visitors who flock to the Mandagapadi from today morning. And in the evening Sivakasians are going to enjoy the festive buzz of 5aam Thiruvizhaa. Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran will be held at 02:00 a.m. (04-05-2014).
 
News posted on 2014-05-03

Drizzle drenched Sivakasi
 
3rd May 2014 Drizzle drenched Sivakasi The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening. It was drizzling for long hours since evening 06:50 p.m.. Drizzle for several hours makes the road wet and brings the temperature down and also drenched Sivakasi. It was drizzling for the fifth consecutive day in Sivakasi. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle in the coming days. For next one week the sky will be cloudy and there is chance for drizzle and rain in Sivakasi. The maximum and minimum temperature will be around 35 degree Celsius and 27 degree Celsius. Drizzling during 5aam Thiruvizhaa, did not pose any hurdle to the devotees who visited and offered special prayer at Mandagapadi.
 
News posted on 2014-05-03

Blood Donation Camp Organised on Palm Sunday
 
2nd May 2014 Blood Donation Camp Organised on Palm Sunday Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association in association with Sivakasi Government Hospital organised a blood donation camp at Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi on 13th April 2014, Sunday. The blood was collected by the team of doctors of Government Hospital, Sivakasi under the supervision of Dr.Ayyanar, Incharge Blood Bank. The camp was well supported by the members of Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association. The blood donors were given a certificate and refreshments such as fruits and lemon juice. The organisers distributed certificates of appreciation and blood-donor cards to the blood donors. Earlier Kuruntholai bavani has been taken place.
 
News posted on 2014-05-02

East Car Street is now two way
 
2nd May 2014 East Car Street is now two way Sivakasi Traffic Police re-imposed the one way rule at East Car Street, from January 2014. Sivakasi Traffic Police installed barricades near Sivakasi Agni Vinayakar Temple Junction and awareness on the new traffic regulation would be created among the traders and general public from February 2014. Infrequent visitors to Sivakasi Bazar were confused on imposing of the new rule. The normally busy East Car Street wore deserted look. Shop owners and general public asked to reconsider the newly imposed one-way rule. And from April 2014 the rule was reconsidered and Sivakasi Traffic Police removed the barricades and now East Car Street is two way and the Street getting busy again.
 
News posted on 2014-05-02

Drizzle for the fourth consecutive day
 
2nd May 2014 Drizzle for the fourth consecutive day Today, thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening, bringing down the temperature. There was few drizzle for few minutes from 06:50 p.m.. It was drizzling for the fourth consecutive day in Sivakasi. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was no rain in the evening hours though the sky was cloudy throughout evening. No rain disappointed the Sivakasians, once again.
 
News posted on 2014-05-02

This May in Sivakasi
 
1st May 2014 This May in Sivakasi Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 01-05-2014, Thursday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Venue: Annadhaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital & V.Kaliappan (In memory of S.Velayutha Nadar - Rathinammal) 3-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 01-05-2014, Thursday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Kaakka Group of Industries, Sivakasi 66th Annual Exhibition Date: 27-04-2014, Sunday to 11-05-2014, Sunday Time: 05:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Venue: SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi 4-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 02-05-2014, Friday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: A.P.R.S.P.Pavanasa Nadar & Sons, M/s. National Match Works, Sivakasi 5-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 03-05-2014, Saturday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Surasamhaaram Date: 04-05-2014, Sunday Time: 03:00 a.m. Venue: Arisi Kottai Mandagapadi, Four Car Street, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Javuli Varthagargal Sangam, Sivakasi 6-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 04-05-2014, Sunday Amman Idol Procession at 06:00 p.m. Chithirai Pongal Mandagapadi Venue: Sivan Sanathi Date: 05-05-2014, Monday Kalugetram at 05:00 a.m. @ Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Navadhaaniya Vargargal Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 7-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 05-05-2014, Monday Amman Idol Procession at 07:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Kothamaargal Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 8-aam Thiruvizhaa Chithirai Pongal 2014 Date: 06-05-2014, Tuesday Amman Idol Procession at 05:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Rajapalayam, Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Mahamai Fund, Rajapalayam 9-aam Thiruvizhaa Kayirukuthu Festival Date: 07-05-2014, Wednesday Amman Idol Procession at 07:00 p.m. Fireworks Display Show at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Pugaiyilai Fund, Sivakasi 10-aam Thiruvizhaa Chithirai Pongal Therottam Date: 08-05-2014, Thursday Venue: Four Car Street, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 11-aam Thiruvizhaa Kadaisi Thiruvizhaa Sri Mariamman, Sri Badrakaliamman Idol Procession at 05:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m. Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Panju Varthagargal Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 11-05-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 18-05-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 25-05-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-05-01

3aam Thiruvizhaa Celebrated
 
1st May 2014 3aam Thiruvizhaa Celebrated Sivakasi Chithirai Pongal Moonam Thiruvizhaa was celebrated, today. Third day festival of Chithirai Pongal 2014 was organised by Sri Kaliswari Group of Industries, Sivakasi. At 7:35 p.m. Badrakaliamman Procession in Parvadha Vaaghanam has been taken place from Kadai kovil to Badrakaliamman Kovil. The procession of The Traditional Kerala Pancha Vaathiyam, Singari Melam and Deeba Vilakku procession in front of the Radhams added to the festive spirit. In the procession, Sivakasi kids were wowed by seeing Lord Vinayaka, Lord Murugan in dancing peacock and Amman. Sivakasians captured the golden moments of Chithirai Pongal Moonam Thiruvizhaa procession in their mobile phones and digital cameras. Light music was performed by Murali Orchestra at SHNV Girls Higher Secondary School. Thousands of Sivakasians witnessed moonam thiruvizhaa festival and exhibition.
 
News posted on 2014-05-01

Drizzle likely to continue in Sivakasi
 
1st May 2014 Drizzle likely to continue in Sivakasi For the last few days in Sivakasi, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Today, Sivakasi and its neighbourhood received mild shower from 07:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.. The mild drizzle in the evening time did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians during the Moonaam Thiruvizhaa. Pleasant climate likely to continue for next one week with a chance of drizzle and rain, with average minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 36 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-05-01

Sivakasi cracker units should adopt modern technology
 
30th April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Business Line Sivakasi cracker units should adopt modern technology The firecracker industry in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, can be made safer for the workers by modernising production and adopting safer technologies, said G Thyagarajan, former Director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai. Speaking at the Foundation Day celebrations on Wednesday, he lauded CSIR-CLRI for its environment-friendly practices and improving the working conditions in tanneries in Kolkata. Pollution levels were brought down after the tanneries relocated to the Calcutta Leather Complex, which set safety standards for workers and incorporated environment-friendly practices, he recalled. So many people die in Sivakasi because of the hazardous working conditions, he said, adding that an effort similar to that taken for the Kolkata tanneries will benefit the firecracker industry. SP Thyagarajan, Professor of Eminence and Dean, Sri Ramachandra University, pointed out the contribution of the leather research institute in coming up with newer methods to augment production and cut costs for the leather industry. AB Mandal, Director of the CSIR-CLRI, said researchers at the institute hold technology patents for cleaner production, and the industry should make use of them. The institute also announced a tie-up with Vaniyambadi Tanners Enviro Control Systems, which represents 120 tanneries in Vaniyambadi, Tamil Nadu, to help them implement pollution control measures. Sayeed Ahmed Pakkar, Director, Vanitec, said CLRI will receive ₹10 lakh from the tanners for its assistance.
 
News posted on 2014-04-30

Yet another drizzling day in Sivakasi
 
30th April 2014 Yet another drizzling day in Sivakasi Cool breeze, mild showers, an overcast sky and respite from heat, Sivakasi weather has pleasant for the past three days. Temperatures are cooling but still no rain, in Sivakasi town. Today, there was drizzle in Sivakasi at evening for more than 20 minutes, but added no rain. The next 10 days are going to be equally pleasant with a chance of drizzle and rain.
 
News posted on 2014-04-30

5aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi getting ready
 
30th April 2014 5aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi getting ready 5aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi is getting ready for Chithirai Pongal 2014, in Sivakasi town, for last few days. Around 5 workers involved in decorating Mandagapadi place at Arisi Kottai, Sivakasi Bazar. Cloth decoration work has also been taken place in full swing for 6aam Thiruvizhaa Mandagapadi in Sivan Sanathi. Chithirai Pongal 5aam Thiruvizhaa will be held on 3rd May 2014, Saturday and 6aam Thiruvizhaa is on 4th May 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-30

Certificate Verification goes Online at ANJAC
 
29th April 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Certificate Verification goes Online at ANJAC The Controller of Examination of ANJAC introduces Genuineness Verification Online @ www.anjaconline.directverify.in This facility will be useful for the stake holders and the employers for pre-verification facility and faster direct verification facility respectively. It will also be helpful for the international acceptance for Visa processing. For further assistance contact : Controller of Examination Office - 04562 - 255866
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

Sivakasi wants firepower to fight China rockets
 
29th April 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Sivakasi wants firepower to fight China rockets Between April 7 and 16, the town of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu wore a deserted look. Those 10 days saw manufacturing units in the hub of India-s firecracker industry going on an indefinite strike to protest both the steep increase in the various charges related to manufacturing explosives and the government-s inability to slow the import of Chinese incendiaries into the country. While the industry lost an estimated Rs 15 crore a day during the period, the strike had the desired result - the Union ministry of commerce and industry invited industry representatives for talks on Monday, just three days before Tamil Nadu goes to the polls on April 24. The protest over the "User Fees Notice (Explosives)" issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion was withdrawn temporarily by the industry body, the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA). At the meeting, officials of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion agreed to follow the old rules for the time being. They told TANFAMA representatives to wait till the elections were over and the model code of conduct was withdrawn for any permanent solution to their grievances over the new rules and enhanced fees. A participant at the meeting felt that the final fate of the ministry-s notification, which according to him is ultra vires, lies with the courts. He said that it was likely the issue would be taken to court once elections are over. Sivakasi and the villages in the Virudhunagar district of the state produce around 80 per cent of the country-s fireworks. Around 300,000 people are engaged in the manufacture of firecrackers. On March 20, they were in for a shock when the steep revision of various fees was notified. The annual fee levied on storage of fireworks up to 200 tonnes was raised from Rs 15,000 to Rs 4 lakh, an increase of over 25 times, while the charges for storage of lesser amounts went up to Rs 66,000. The cost of a four-month competency certificate mandatory for a foreman of a manufacturing unit also went up from Rs 100 to Rs 3,000. "The department has also relaxed various taxes prescribed for different categories of crackers," alleges K Mariappan, vice-president, TANFAMA. "All these steps clearly show they are laying a strong foundation for the free inflow of Chinese imports.
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

Fireworks Fee Burden
 
29th April 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Adding to the burden The changes in the fee structure have stumped the owners of the firecracker factories in Sivakasi. "We really dont know what to do and are surprised that the government has done something like this," says a senior industry representative. The Rs 3,000-crore business is labour intensive, and plagued by health and fire hazards. It has also been criticised in the past for being reliant on child labour. The industry was only now starting to modernise and install safety measures and induct safer technology. The additional costs under the new notification will now put further financial pressure on the manufacturing units. As it is, Sivakasi is already wary of competition from China, the world-s largest producer of fireworks. According to Mariappan, last year around Rs 300 crore worth of firecrackers, most of them of the aerial type, were imported from China. He says, "We have received information that more orders have been placed this year by sellers and the import is expected to double." The ministry of home affairs had written to all state governments in 2013, highlighting the dangers of smuggled Chinese fireworks that contain potassium chlorate, a compound banned in India, and the need to deal strictly with people found in possession of such fireworks. TANFAMA was content that such a guideline would help protect it from the onslaught of the Chinese products. But the March 20 "User Fee Notice" was a bolt out of the blue. However, more than the increase in the rates, what alarmed the industry was the inclusion in the notice of the fee for an import licence for Class 7 explosives, that is, fireworks. This raised suspicions that the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, or PESO, which has so far never granted import licences for incendiaries, would now change tack. In its representations to the government, the fireworks industry has expressed apprehension that a new post has been created in the Nagpur office of PESO to process the applications for import and export of explosives and fireworks. Ruing that the Explosives Act makes no distinction between explosives and fireworks, the industry has also demanded a separate set of rules to govern fireworks since the current legal guidelines are meant to govern high explosives and are, therefore, too stringent for fireworks. Because China allows certain cheap chemicals, like potassium chlorate, for use in pyrotechnics there, the cost of production is low, unlike in India where the use of such raw materials is banned. "Chinese firecrackers are cheaper than Indian products, but they use hazardous compounds," says Siva Balan of Pooja Fireworks. To check the flow of the Chinese products into the country, the industry has appealed to both Anand Sharma, Union commerce and industry minister, and EM Sudarsana Natchiappan, minister of state for commerce and industry, stressing the need to issue a public notice warning of punishment under Section 9B (1) of the Explosives Act to anybody trying to import, store and sell foreign fireworks. TANFAMA will now have to wait for the elections to be over for any step regarding the withdrawal of the notification. Ironically, on May 16, when the poll results are announced, the victory of the winning candidates will be greeted, as usual, by the bursting of firecrackers. These will have been made, in all likelihood, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

Political bomb
 
29th April 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Political bomb The plight of the people engaged in the pyrotechnic business has become a political hot potato in poll season. All parties, with an eye on the votes, have taken up the issue in their political agendas. The Virudhunagar seat, under which the town falls, is considered an important constituency, having produced two chief ministers: P S Kumarasamy Raja and K Kamaraj. The Virudhunagar Lok Sabha constituency comprises the assembly segments of Virudhunagar, Sivakasi, Aruppukottai and Sattur. During his two-day campaign across six constituencies in Tamil Nadu last week, Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party-s prime ministerial candidate, came down heavily on the Centre for letting this fireworks units "die". Assuring the people at Sivakasi - Vaiko, president of the MDMK, an ally of BJP, is contesting from the seat - that if his party came to power he would help the cracker industry, he said, "Sivakasi has reached a stage where it is dying. The reasons are the hefty licence fees and the help being given to Chinese imports." Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa too has urged the Centre to immediately withdraw the notice on the new user fees, while asking the customs to more effectively check the smuggling of Chinese fireworks. In a letter to the prime minister, she wrote, "I am very surprised that the government of India went ahead with issuing such a sensitive policy order after the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. Not only is this an act bereft of any understanding of the etiquette of parliamentary democracy, but it also constitutes a violation of the model code of conduct." She also said, "Chinese fireworks use the cheaper chlorate raw materials that are banned in India and so they not only affect domestic employment, but also represent serious safety and environmental hazards." DMK-s candidate, S Rethinavelu, has also raked up the issue. Describing the import of Chinese crackers as a threat to the domestic industry, he said that he would fight tooth and nail for the Sivakasi cracker industry. THE FIRE CRACKER INDUSTRY Number of people it employs: 300,000 Number of legal units: 780 Number of illegal units: 700 Total value: Rs 3,000 crore Growth: 10 per cent annually Value of exports: Rs 150 crore Value of the allied industry: Rs 1,500 crore Value of imports from China: Rs 300 crore
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

No rain disappointed Sivakasians once again
 
29th April 2014 No rain disappointed Sivakasians once again Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was no rain in the morning hours though the sky was cloudy throughout the day. There was strong wind accompanied by thunders at afternoon and evening. Around 3:15 it was drizzling for few minutes and the drizzle makes the road wet. No rain disappointed Sivakasians once again.
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

Chithirai Pongal IrandaamThiruvizhaa
 
29th April 2014 Chithirai Pongal Irandaam Thiruvizhaa Date: 30-04-2014, Wednesday Amman Idol Procession at 07:00 p.m. Fireworks Display Show at 07:45 p.m. Bakthi Isai - Irai Isai Thendral Kalaimaamani Veeramani Raaju at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: K.A.A.Sankaralinga Nadar, K.A.A.Arunachala Nadar & Family, M/s.Asia Match Company Private Limited, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

Thousands witnessed Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram
 
29th April 2014 Thousands witnessed Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram The 11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival commenced at Sivakasi Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Temple with the flag hoisting ceremony, today. Special pujas were performed on the chief deity Badrakaliamman. The priests also performed special pujas on the flag post, where the holy flag was hoisted. Thousands witnessed Kodiyetram Festival. Some devotees prepared Pongal and offered to Badrakaliamman. Light music was arranged. Vijay TV fame Sri Nisha and Prasannaa enthralled the audience for more than two hours. After Kodiyetram event, Fireworks display has been made. Kumududhanam will begins from tomorrow onwards.
 
News posted on 2014-04-29

Netrikadan dolls begins arriving for Chithirai Pongal
 
28th April 2014 Netrikadan dolls begins arriving for Chithirai Pongal Netrikadan dolls are in high demand this week, as Chithirai Pongal, the festival of Sivakasi, Sivakasians offer Netrikadan dolls such as Hands, Legs, Baby and House to Goddess Badrakaliamman. Supplies have already started to trickle in, but traders near Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Kovil expect supplies to increase over the next two days.
 
News posted on 2014-04-28

Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam
 
28th April 2014 Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam Sri Sathya Sai Baba-s Aaradhana Mahotsavam (death anniversary) was observed in Sivakasi under the auspices of Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 27th April 2014, Sunday. The Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy also distributed free Annadhanam at Malli Puthur, Anbu Illam, Annai Sadha Anbu Illam and near Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi. Special prayers and bhajans were organised at evening. Sairam S.Vinayaga Prabhu, Convenor, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samity, Sivakasi, welcomed the gathering. Villupaattu on Sri Sathaya Sai Avadhaara Vaibhavam was performed by Sri Sai Madhuram Group, Chennai. The Villupattu enthralled the audience for around two hours. Mr.S.Baghavan Das proposed vote of thanks. Special prayer was performed by Dr.T.A.Pasupathi. And Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam ends up with Mangala Arathi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-28

Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram is on tomorrow
 
28th April 2014 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram is on tomorrow The 11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival will begin with flag hoisting ceremony (Kodiyetram) on 29th April 2014, Tuesday, at Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, from 07:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.. There will be fireworks display, after Kodiyetram at 10:30 p.m.. Light Music Manual Orchestra will be performed by Balu & Balu Innisai Kulu. Onnaam Thiruvizha will be organised by Ayyan Fireworks Factory Private Limited, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-28

Chithirai Pongal Onnaam Thiruvizha Special
 
28th April 2014 Chithirai Pongal Onnaam Thiruvizha Special Light Music Manual Orchestra by Balu & Balu Innisai Kulu Airtel Super Singer Fame Sri Nisha & Roshan Date: 28-04-2014, Tuesday Time: 08:30 p.m. Venue: Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil Campus, Sivakasi Fireworks Display Show at 10:30 p.m. Organisers: Ayyan Fireworks Factory Private Limited, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-04-28

All set for Chithirai Pongal 2014
 
27th April 2014 All set for Chithirai Pongal 2014 Chithirai Pongal decoration work is going on in full swing, at Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, for last few days. The 11 days festival starts from 29th April 2014, Tuesday with Kodiyettram event, at the temple premises. Chithirai Pongal is going to be held on 6th May 2014, Tuesday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 7th May 2014, Wednesday. The decorative works for Chithirai Pongal Utsav has been taken place, in Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil for last two days, in the temple campus and the way leading to the temple is getting a festive look. It is expected that the light decoration work will be completed by today night. Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple is attracting a steady stream of visitors who flock to the premises in the evenings to enjoy the festive buzz of Chithirai Pongal.
 
News posted on 2014-04-27

May Day Celebration at S.O.P. Kalyana Mandapam
 
26th April 2014 May Day Celebration Pattimandram, Modern Tamil Play, Thappaattam, Oyilattam, Karagaattam, Silambattam, Periya Kuchiyaattam, Kolaattam, Kaliaattam & Village Dance Date: 26-04-2014, Saturday Time: 05:00 p.m. onwards Venue: S.O.P. Thirumana Mandapam A/c, Sivakasi The show will be broadcasted in DD Podhigai Channel on 1st May 2014, Thursday. For further details contact 94882-47674, 9486030605, 8903685595, 9787232541
 
News posted on 2014-04-26

Coming up next
 
26th April 2014 Coming up next May Day Celebration Pattimandram, Modern Tamil Play, Thappaattam, Oyilattam, Karagaattam, Silambattam, Periya Kuchiyaattam, Kolaattam, Kaliaattam & Village Dance Date: 26-04-2014, Saturday Time: 05:00 p.m. onwards Venue: S.O.P. Thirumana Mandapam A/c, Sivakasi The show will be broadcasted in DD Podhigai Channel on 1st May 2014, Thursday. For further details contact 94882-47674, 9486030605, 8903685595, 9787232541 Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi. Annadhaanam Sri Sathya Sai Memorial Day Date: 27-04-2014, Sunday Time: 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: E55, PKSA Arumugam Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi. 66th Annual Exhibition Date: 27-04-2014, Sunday to 11-05-2014, Sunday Time: 05:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Venue: SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Kodiyetram Festival Date: 29-04-2014, Tuesday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund & Sri Badrakaliamman - Sri Mariamman Devasthanam, Sivakasi 1-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 29-04-2014, Tuesday Fireworks Display Show at 08:00 p.m. Amman Idol Procession Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: A.P.R.S.P.Ayya Nadar & Sons, Sivakasi 2-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 30-04-2014, Wednesday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: K.A.A.Sankaralinga Nadar, K.A.A.Arunachala Nadar & Family, M/s.Asia Match Company Private Limited, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-26

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
26th April 2014 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 01-05-2014, Thursday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Venue: Annadhaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital & V.Kaliappan (In memory of S.Velayutha Nadar - Rathinammal)
 
News posted on 2014-04-26

Virudhunagar constituency recorded a turnout of 74.03%
 
25th April 2014 Virudhunagar constituency recorded a turnout of 74.03% VIrudhunagar Loksabha constituency was formerly the Sivakasi Constituency. The constituency has a total of 13,13,035 Voters. Male- 6,50,443; Female- 6,62,505. Neither the hot weather, nor long queues deterred Sivakasi voters from exercising their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls that were held on 24th April 2014, Thursday. This was pretty much the scene in Virudhunagar district where voting was by and large peaceful except for minor incidents that were mostly brought under control immediately. Virudhunagar constituency recorded a turnout of 74.03%. Sivakasians those who are active on social media networking websites, post their inked finger photos.
 
News posted on 2014-04-25

11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival begins from 29th April
 
25th April 2014 11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival begins from 29th April Sri Badrakaliamman Chithirai Pongal Utsav Kodiyetram Festival Date: 29-04-2014, Tuesday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund & Sri Badrakaliamman - Sri Mariamman Devasthanam, Sivakasi 1-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 29-04-2014, Tuesday Fireworks Display Show at 08:00 p.m. Amman Idol Procession Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: A.P.R.S.P.Ayya Nadar & Sons, Sivakasi 2-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 30-04-2014, Wednesday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: K.A.A.Sankaralinga Nadar, K.A.A.Arunachala Nadar & Family, M/s.Asia Match Company Private Limited, Sivakasi. 3-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 01-05-2014, Thursday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Kaakka Group of Industries, Sivakasi 4-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 02-05-2014, Friday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: A.P.R.S.P.Pavanasa Nadar & Sons, M/s. National Match Works, Sivakasi 5-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 03-05-2014, Saturday Amman Idol Procession at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Surasamhaaram Date: 04-05-2014, Sunday Time: 03:00 a.m. Venue: Arisi Kottai Mandagapadi, Four Car Street, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Javuli Varthagargal Sangam, Sivakasi 6-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 04-05-2014, Sunday Amman Idol Procession at 06:00 p.m. Chithirai Pongal Mandagapadi Venue: Sivan Sanathi Date: 05-05-2014, Monday Kalugetram at 05:00 a.m. @ Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Navadhaaniya Vargargal Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 7-aam Thiruvizhaa Date: 05-05-2014, Monday Amman Idol Procession at 07:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Kothamaargal Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 8-aam Thiruvizhaa Chithirai Pongal 2014 Date: 06-05-2014, Tuesday Amman Idol Procession at 05:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Rajapalayam, Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Mahamai Fund, Rajapalayam 9-aam Thiruvizhaa Kayirukuthu Festival Date: 07-05-2014, Wednesday Amman Idol Procession at 07:00 p.m. Fireworks Display Show at 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Pugaiyilai Fund, Sivakasi 10-aam Thiruvizhaa Chithirai Pongal Therottam Date: 08-05-2014, Thursday Venue: Four Car Street, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 11-aam Thiruvizhaa Kadaisi Thiruvizhaa Sri Mariamman, Sri Badrakaliamman Idol Procession at 05:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m. Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Panju Varthagargal Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-04-25

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
25th April 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised The 144th Free Mental Health Camp was jointly organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy and M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 20th March 2014, Sunday. 245 people were benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries undertaken Pranic Healing Treatment. Narayan Seva has been done for 550 people. 40 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 18th May 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-25

Your Vote. Your Voice. Make it Count.
 
24th April 2014 Your Vote. Your Voice. Make it Count. Voting is the responsibility of every citizen. It is the only way to ensure that "our voice is heard". We have to vote for the best candidate instead of politicians. Voters should assess politicians on the basis of their track record. Cast your vote, choose a efficacious government. - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-04-24

Polling begins on brisk note in Sivakasi
 
24th April 2014 Polling begins on brisk note in Sivakasi At polling booth in Sivakasi in Virudhunagar constituency, voters turned out enthusiastically, many of them queuing up before 7am. At Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, young and old queued up early in the morning. Several people present outside the polling station were seen greeting the leader. Mrs.Shenbagavalli, 25, was excited to cast her vote for the very first time. "Last time I didnt manage to vote, so I was determined to vote this time" she said.
 
News posted on 2014-04-24

SDP by AARC of ANJAC
 
23rd April 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi SDP by AARC of ANJAC Academic Affairs and Research Cell of ANJAC organised a staff development programme for the staff members of ANJAC on 22.4.2014. Dr.P.Veluchamy, Dean, AARC delivered the welcome address. Dr.V.Pandiarajan, Principal i/c delivered the Presidential address. Dr.K.Lingakumar, Associate Professor of Botany(P.G) delivered his address on Research Enrichment and pointed out the funding agencies to be sought to apply for Major and Minor research Projects. He stressed the importance of applying for research projects for the improvement of individual-s research potential. Dr.M.Selvakumar, Asst. Prof. of Commerce (P.G) delivered his address on the preparation of research proposals. He also highlighted the expectation and allocation of budgets of the funding agencies like ICSSR, UGC, DST, etc. Dr. Saravanan, Asst. Co-ordinator of AARC proposed Vote of Thanks. Three staff members from each department were deputed to attend the meeting.
 
News posted on 2014-04-23

TASMAC outlets to be shut for 3 days
 
23rd April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu TASMAC outlets to be shut for 3 days All TASMAC liquor outlets and bars attached to them will remain closed for three days from April 22 in view of the Lok Sabha elections. The liquor outlets and bars will be closed from 10 a.m. on April 22 to midnight of April 24. They would be closed on May 16 when the counting of votes is slated, an official release here said. A training programme for the officials of election reception team was conducted at the Collectorate here on Sunday. The officials were briefed on Election Commission guidelines to be followed.The officials were directed to function in a neutral manner and initiate appropriate action on poll-related violations. The norms to be followed by them while receiving the electronic voting machines and poll-related documents from zonal officers upon completion of election process were explained. Collector and District Election Officer Darez Ahamed presided over the programme. They would also be closed on May 16 when the counting of votes is slated.
 
News posted on 2014-04-23

Voters can carry any of 11 documents
 
23rd April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Voters can carry any of 11 documents The Election Commission of India has announced on Tuesday that voters can carryany of the 11 photo identity documents to establish their identity in the absence of Electoral Photo Identity Card says releases from the District Election Officer. The alternate photo ID cards are: Passport, Driving Licence, Service Identity Card with photograph issued by the Central/State government PSUs/Public Limited Companies, Pass books with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office, PAN card, Aadhar Card, Smar Card issued by RGI under NPR; MGNRGEA Job Card, Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the Ministry of Labour; Pension document with photograph and Authenticated Photo Voter Slip.
 
News posted on 2014-04-23

Mandagapadi getting ready for 2014 Chithirai Pongal
 
23rd April 2014 Mandagapadi getting ready for Chithirai Pongal Mandagapadi getting ready for Chithirai Pongal 2014, in Sivakasi town, for last few days. Around 20 workers involved in constructing and decorating 25 feet Mandagapadi place near Theradi Mukku. 2014 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyettram will be held on 30th April 2014, Wednesday, 5aam thiruvizha and Surasamharam will be held on 3rd May 2014, Saturday, 6aam mandagapadi thiruvizha will be held on 4th May 2014, Sunday and Pongal is on 6th May 2014, Tuesday and Kayirukuthu will be held on 7th May 2014, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-23

Cloudier but no rain disappointed Sivakasians
 
23rd April 2014 Cloudier but no rain disappointed Sivakasians Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was no rain in the morning hours though the sky was cloudy throughout the day. A cloudy start but no rain disappointed the Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-04-23

2 hours power cut in Sivakasi
 
22nd April 2014 2 hours power cut in Sivakasi After a season of uninterrupted supply, power cuts are back in Sivakasi for last two months. Earlier the power cut was for more than 6 hours a day. For last 3 weeks the power cut timing was reduced to 2 hours a day, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator.
 
News posted on 2014-04-22

Five minutes of rain in Sivakasi
 
22nd April 2014 Five minutes of rain in Sivakasi Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town, today. Band of clouds developed during afternoon around 4:00 p.m.. Today, at evening, Sivakasi received sharp showers for five minutes from 4:05 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. which brought a sigh of relief to Sivakasians, who had been braving sweltering heat in the town, during the past one month. The sudden change of climate in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians. But unluckily the rain was disappeared. Sivakasians expecting a heavy rain to get relief from water crisis prevails in the town. The next five days are also expected to remain partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature expected to hover around 37 and 29 degrees Celsius, with a chances for drizzle and rain, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-22

Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
21st April 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Homeopathy Camp Organised The 345th Free Homeopathy Camp was organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 30th March 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. Homeopathy Dr.Pasupathi and his team participated and screened 112 patients. Patients were treated for various diseases. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost. Next Camp will be held on 27th April 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-04-21

Cloud cover & drizzle in Sivakasi
 
21st April 2014 Cloud cover & drizzle in Sivakasi Today, the weather remained hot and cloudy sometimes, even though the cloud cover continued to spread over Sivakasi. Daytime temperatures rose to 37 degrees Celsius in Sivakasi. Humidity levels were considerably low at evening. Some areas in Sivakasi received a light drizzle at 05:00 p.m. for five minutes. Sivakasians can expect similar weather over the next two days. Sivakasians expecting heavy rainfall to tackle water crisis problem in this summer season. Sivakasi to face severe water crisis if there is no rain in the coming days.
 
News posted on 2014-04-21

Exhibition begins from 27th April
 
19th April 2014 Exhibition begins from 27th April The 66th Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition begins from 27th April 2014, Sunday at SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, to entertain Sivakasians. Time of the exhibition is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Some of the entertaining shows to be arranged are Giant Wheel, Tora Tora, The Columbus Ship, toy train and many toy rides. Exhibition ends on 11th May 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-19

Summer vacation begins for Sivakasi School goers
 
18th April 2014 Summer vacation begins for Sivakasi School goers For school goers summer vacation begins from 16th April 2014, Wednesday. Interestingly, for Some Matriculation schools summer vacation for 2014 begins from 3rd April 2014 itself. Lot of summer camps started for this summer vacation. Children in Sivakasi eagerly joined too many classes in a day, with their friends. Some prefer to play video games, computer games, mobile games and play stations. Some school gangers play cricket, shuttle cock and foot ball in roadside. Some planned to spend their holidays in tourist places and some are seriously watching cartoon channels and IPL matches in TV. For Government aided schools, summer vacation begins from 1st May 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-18

Petrol price cut by .89 paise per litre in Sivakasi
 
18th April 2014 Courtesy: Mr.R.P.Natarajan,Manager,HP Autocare Centre, Sivakasi Petrol price cut by .89 paise per litre in Sivakasi In Sivakasi, petrol price was on Monday cut by .89 paise per litre with effect from midnight on 14th April 2014. The fuel costs Rs.74.99 per litre from midnight of 14th April 2014, against Rs.75.88. Fall in petrol price brings smile on the face of common man, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-18

Distribution of booth slips on in Sivakasi
 
18th April 2014 Courtesy: S.Raju, Sivakasi Municipality Distribution of booth slips on in Sivakasi The distribution of booth slips began in Sivakasi town on 16th April 2014, Wednesday. Sivakasi has 54 polling booths. Booth-level Sivakasi Municipality officials would carry out door-to-door distribution of the booth slips. Only the Sivakasi Municipality officers would be authorised to distribute the slips. The voter or any member of the family could sign and procure the slip. Booth slips distribution will continue till April 19, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-18

SDP by IQAC at ANJAC
 
17th April 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi SDP by IQAC at ANJAC A Staff Development Programme was organised for the staff members of ANJAC by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell, ANJAC on 16th April 2014, Wednesday. Dr.V.Ramasubramanian, Executive Member of IQAC welcomed the gathering. Dr.S.Baskaran, Principal delivered the Presidential address and introduced the chief guest. In his Prsidential address the Principal highlighted the role of the teachers, the necessity of their updation for their success. He also said that like students the teacher should also do home work for effective teaching. Dr.R.M.Chidambaram, former Dean of Management Studies, Alagappa University, Karaikudi was the chief guest. He delivered his address on the topic "Teaching Learning Transaction". He enthralled the attention of the teachers and hold them under his spell by telling various anecdotes which were very interesting and quoted some examples to elucidate the techniques to be handled by the teachers. He enlightened the teachers by suggesting some tips for their successful career. Dr.M.K.Rajan one of the Executive members of IQAC proposed Vote of Thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-04-17

Fireworks factories withdraw indefinite strike
 
17th April 2014 Courtesy: Web India Fireworks factories withdraw indefinite strike After a 12-day ordeal, fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi have withdrawn their indefinite strike and resumed production today. All the 800 licensed fireworks factories, affiliated to Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) have resumed production activities this morning, TANFAMA President A.P.Selvaraj announced. The fireworks factories in Sivakasi region went an indefinite strike on April five last to protest against an order of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry that unilaterally revised various fees, including the license fee. The Director of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in a notification, dated March 20, 2014 stated that fees payable by the fireworks industry would be revised under the Explosives Rules, 2008 and as per the new notification, the revision of fees was increased from about five to 27 times, paving way for the import of Chinese crackers. The TANFAMA observed a day-s bandh and hunger strike in Sivakasi on April 15, which was supported by 36 trade bodies and associations.
 
News posted on 2014-04-17

Fireworks manufacturers invited for talks in Delhi
 
17th April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Fireworks manufacturers invited for talks in Delhi Fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi have been invited to New Delhi for talks on April 21 with officials in the Department of Industrial Policy and to discuss the concerns raised by the cracker industry. The meeting has been arranged following the bandh observed in Sivakasi by over 800 fireworks units on Tuesday with participation of manufacturers, workers and 36 associations from different spheres which extended solidarity to "Save Sivakasi" call. On Wednesday, an emergency meeting of manufacturers and associations was convened here to discuss the next course of action and how to take up their issues with the Centre. The fireworks manufacturers have been primarily objecting to the explosives licence fee which has been increased by 27 times from Rs.15,000 to Rs.4 lakh and illegal import of crackers from China, a move which they feel has affected the domestic fireworks industry, especially in Sivakasi. A.P. Selvaraj, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), told The Hindu after the meeting that they received communication from the Commerce Ministry, inviting for talks to hear their grievances. Officials from the explosives division will also take part in the April 21 meeting. In view of the talks, the fireworks manufacturers have decided to resume production from Thursday. “We are strictly opposing the revision of licence fee for fireworks units. If nothing positive happens at the meeting, we will take up the issue with the new government at the Centre,” Mr. Selvaraj also said. A 10-member delegation of fireworks manufacturers, representing three associations, will attend the meeting. He said the next action plan will be chalked out in June first week after hearing the response from the government. The bandh and hunger strike call on Tuesday evoked a good response from people in and around Sivakasi, besides political parties. MDMK general secretary Vaiko and CPI(M) general secretary G. Ramakrishnan were among those who visited the fireworks manufacturers to extend their solidarity.
 
News posted on 2014-04-17

24-hour general strike impacts normal life in Sivakasi
 
16th April 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India 24-hour general strike impacts normal life in Sivakasi The buzzing Sivakasi town in Virudhunagar district came to a standstill on Tuesday as the 24-hour general strike called by the associations came into force. Altogether, 25 associations in Sivakasi including those belonging to the plastic bag manufacturers, vegetable vendors, general merchants, accountants, bus drivers and tax payers participated in the strike extending their support to the fireworks industry which went on an indefinite lockout from April 5. With its unique work culture, Sivakasi industries never went on a known strike till last year when the workers struck work in support of their owners. A Kartheeswaran (52) from Sivakasi said the strike was a great success with most of the commercial establishments shutting their shops. "Fireworks industry is the backbone of the region and employs most of the people. The entire economy will come to a standstill if the industry is crippled," he said. The genesis of fireworks industry is coupled with match industries when two enterprising businessmen from Sivakasi learnt the nuances of match-making and fireworks in 1923 and started the industry. Over the period, the industry grew into 700 more fireworks units employing as many as three lakh people, the biggest in the region where agriculture failed in the beginning of the 20th century. A Marirajan, president of Master Printers Association in Sivakasi said that they took part in the strike in support of the fireworks industry. "Most of the industries in Sivakasi were started to support matches and fireworks and they are interwoven with each other. If firework units take a hit, it will cause ripple effect in every industry of Sivakasi," he explained. For instance, the printing industry in Sivakasi that has earned nationwide reputation for its diaries and calendars depends on fireworks industry printing labels for the fireworks, he pointed out. The fireworks manufacturers meanwhile staged a day-long hunger strike on the TANFAMA office premises condemning the fee hike and import of Chinese fireworks. G Athipathi of Aiyan fireworks said the government should clarify its stand on Chinese fireworks. "The industry here is not allowed to use chloride in manufacturing which is an environmentally safe practice. We use nitrates in its place which inflates the manufacturing cost but Chinese use chloride. Hence, there is no level playing grounds for us if the Chinese fireworks allowed to be imported," he said. The manufacturers have called for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future course of action.
 
News posted on 2014-04-16

Eerie silence engulfs Sivakasi as fireworks manufacturers shut shop
 
16th April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Eerie silence engulfs Sivakasi as fireworks manufacturers shut shop The country-s bustling cracker capital, Sivakasi, went into silent mode on Tuesday as hundreds of fireworks units observed bandh protesting against the "Chinese intrusion" and abnormal increase in explosives licence fee. As many as 843 cracker manufacturing factories and the allied businesses were shut down for the day raising concerns over the very survival of Sivakasi. Manufacturers, workers and general public congregated in large numbers on the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) premises here early in the morning, suspending production of fireworks for the day. While the fireworks manufacturers have urged the Centre to immediately revoke and withdraw the order issued in March hiking the licence fee from Rs.15,000 to Rs.4 lakh, they also condemned the illegal import and smuggling of crackers from China. Expressing solidarity to the striking Sivakasi cracker industry, the general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Vaiko has said that he will make all-out efforts to save Sivakasi and protect the livelihood of lakhs of workers depending on fireworks industry. “I am closely associated with the fireworks industry and know their hardships. Sivakasi crackers are famous across the country and it earned a distinction for itself. It enjoys monopoly in crackers and that position must be safeguarded,” Mr. Vaiko said. “What was the UPA doing?” The MDMK chief questioned what was the UPA government doing in New Delhi when containers of crackers were being smuggled illegally into India from China. “This issue will be taken up with NDA’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the new government will have to reverse the decision to hike the licence fee for fireworks units,” he added. A. P. Selvaraj, president, TANFAMA, has said that 36 associations and trade bodies have rallied behind the "save Sivakasi" campaign and they are vehemently opposing the import/smuggling of crackers from China since it is a threat to livelihood. He has appealed to crackers units, match factories and allied units in printing and packaging to give national-level support for Sivakasi to retain its position. Posters with messages “no work because of illegal cheap unsafe Chinese fireworks,” “chase away Chinese intrusion” and “save Indian fireworks” were pasted at the venue of hunger strike. Fireworks units and several shops remained closed for the day in and around Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-16

Licence Fee Hike Is Cracker Of a Poll Issue
 
16th April 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Licence Fee Hike Is Cracker Of a Poll Issue All the candidates belonging to major political parties, who are contesting in the coming Lok Sabha elections, lined up in Sivakasi to support the hunger strike of the fireworks manufacturers and in the process garner votes for their parties. The parties, however, said they did not come to the fast to get votes but to seek support to their candidature. The MDMK chief Vaiko, who was one of them, said that if the BJP strong man and Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi comes to power in this election, all the rules imposed on the cracker industry would be scrapped. Former DMK Minister K K S S R Ramachandran said that all the parties should stay united and show their support to the cracker industry. The DMK’s Virudhunagar constituency candidate S Rethinavelu said that he would also fight for the cracker industry. He said that a committee should be formed with the officials from the cracker industry in order to frame the rules for the industry. The DMK candidate further said that Chinese crackers should not enter India as they were a threat to the domestic industry. The State secretary of CPM G Ramakrishnan, who called on the fireworks manufacturers along with the party’s Virudhunagar constituency candidate K Samuelraj, said that the Central government should immediately ban the import of Chinese crackers illegally and cancel the fees hike imposed on the cracker industry. He said that as agriculture activity was not encouraged in the Virudhunagar district, around five lakh people depend on the cracker units for their livelihood. The Minister for Information and Special Programme Implementation and the AIADMK district secretary K T Rajendra Balaji, who took part in the hunger strike, said that he has raised the issue with the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and she knows that he is here. He also assured that the Chief Minister would take this issue in the national level and would speak to the owners of the cracker units in order to find a permanent solution to this problem after the elections. He also requested the cracker unit owners to withdraw their indefinite strike and see to it that the workers’ livelihood was not affected.
 
News posted on 2014-04-16

Sivakasi Industrial units & shops down shutters
 
15th April 2014 Sivakasi Industrial units & shops down shutters Protesting against the steep hike in the fireworks licence fee for manufacturing explosives and to stop importing cheap Chinese fireworks to India, members of 33 associations in Sivakasi downed their shutters and staged a one-day protest fast, at TANFAMA Centre, today. The usually busy NRKR Road, Vegetable Market, Bus Stand, Thiruthangal Road and Four Car Streets Sivakasi-s wholesale hub for perishable goods and other goods, wore a deserted look, today.
 
News posted on 2014-04-15

33 Associations stage hunger strike at Sivakasi TANFAMA
 
15th April 2014 33 Associations stage hunger strike at Sivakasi TANFAMA Today, 33 assocations from Sivakasi & Thiruthangal staged a one day hunger strike at TANFAMA Centre, to protest against the steep hike in the fireworks licence fee for manufacturing explosives and to stop importing cheap Chinese fireworks to India. Over a thousand people gathered at TANFAMA and actively participated to vent their feelings. Sivakasi industrial units and shops downed their shutters and participated in the one-day strike. They also demanded relaxation on several controls, which were not practicable.
 
News posted on 2014-04-15

தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்&
 
அன்புடையீர், இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் - சிவகாசி வீக்லி
 
News posted on 2014-04-14

Sivakasians to go on one day strike
 
14th April 2014 Sivakasians to go on one day strike Protesting an order of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry that “unilaterally revised” various fees for the industry, Sivakasi Fireworks units has been down shuttered and to go on an indefinite strike from 5th April 2014, Saturday. The industry suspects that the move was an attempt to allow mass import of cheap Chinese fireworks to India and destroy the domestic industry. To protest the steep hike in the fireworks licence fee for manufacturing explosives and to stop importing cheap Chinese fireworks to India, 14 associations (Printers Association, Matches Manufacturers Association, Sivakasi Traders Association, Sivakasi Grocery Shop Assocation, Navathaniya Varthagargal, Vegetable Traders Association, Paper Merchants Association, Transporters Association, Sivakasi Crackers Traders Association, Sivakasi Fireworks Agents, Accounts Associations, Sivakasi Polybag Manufacturers Association and Thiruthangal Traders Association) in Sivakasi to go on one day strike on 15th April 2014. TANFAMA to stage hunger strike from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m., at TANFAMA Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-14

Flower prices skyrocket
 
14th April 2014 Flower prices skyrocket Due to Chithirai Vishu Festival, flower prices were skyrocketed in Sivakasi. As per the Sivakasi Flower Market rates, Sevanthi — that would cost Rs.180 on a normal day — now goes for Rs.300 a kg. Meanwhile the rates of roses have also been pushed up. The 120 rupees kilo Rose have jumped over to 200 rupees per kilo. It is expected that flower price will fall back to normal in one or two days.
 
News posted on 2014-04-14

Sivakasians take part in Palm Sunday
 
13th April 2014 Sivakasians take part in Palm Sunday Today, marking the beginning of the Holy Week, hundreds of Sivakasi Roman Catholic Christians participated in a "Palm Sunday" procession (Kurutholai Bavani) taken out from Velangannni Matha Higher Secondary School to RC Church. Even as the hundreds of Christians gathered at Velangannni Matha Higher Secondary School singing "Hosanna…" Bishop of Sivakasi RC Church holding coconut fronds, led the Palm Sunday procession. Special prayers were offered at the churches on culmination of the processions.
 
News posted on 2014-04-13

Tamil Puthaandu Special at Sivakasi
 
13th April 2014 Tamil Puthaandu Special at Sivakasi Chithirai Visukani Special Date: 14-04-2014, Monday Annadhanam will be held at 11:30 a.m. 1008 Thiruvilakku poojai Time: 05:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Sangam, Sivakasi Tamil Puthandu Special Annaabisegham Date: 14-04-2014, Monday Time: 08:00 a.m. Venue: Agni Vinayakar Thirukovil, Sivakasi Annadhanam will be held Organisers: Sivakasi Bazar Traders
 
News posted on 2014-04-13

A reunion after 40 years at SHNG
 
12th April 2014 A reunion after 40 years at SHNG An annual alumnae meeting of the Former Students of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School was held at the SHNG School on 6th April 2014, Sunday. Belonging to the 1971-1975 SSLC batch students of SHNG they met for the first time on the school campus, after four decades. With many of them in 55s and looking back at life they had spent 40 years later and comparing the notes with classmates is something they have never even dreamt of. Mrs.V.Grahapushpam, Trichy, said that we were delighted to see our teachers and classmates, after 4 decades. Few teachers past 80 and were felicitated. Mrs.A.Vijaya Mohini, President, Alumnae Association of SHNG Higher Secondary School, was present on the occassion. Students of Sivakasi CSI School For The Mentally Retarded were honoured at the function. A wonderful cultural programme was presented by the students of Saradha Ashram Students and SHNG Alumnae Association. The alumnae contribute their donation to the Correspondent, SHNG Hr. Sec. School. And the alumnae also contributed school uniforms to the students. Dinner was arranged for the gathering.
 
News posted on 2014-04-12

Indefinite strike by Sivakasi fireworks units
 
10th April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Indefinite strike by Sivakasi fireworks units S. Sundar Protest revision of fees, suspect bid to open Indian market to Chinese crackers Fireworks units and cracker transporters have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Saturday, protesting an order of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry that “unilaterally revised” various fees for the industry. The industry suspects that the move was an attempt to allow mass import of cheap Chinese fireworks to India and destroy the domestic industry. In a notification, dated 20 March, 2014, the Director of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, said fees payable by the industry would be revised under the Explosives Rules, 2008. The revision of fees — from about five times to 27 times — is totally unjustified. The annual licence fee to manufacture explosives of Class 1 or 7 (exceeding 200 kilograms at a time) has been revised to Rs.66,000 from a maximum of Rs.15,000. Similarly, the annual licence fee for possessing fireworks of Class 7 explosives in magazine has been increased to Rs.4 lakh from Rs.15,000, the industry sources say. “This has led to manyfold increase in fees,” Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association president A.P. Selvaraj says. Around 500 units have magazines that could store up to two lakh kg of fireworks. “The transporters who have around 50 magazines will also be affected,” association vice-president K. Mariappan says. The industry is more concerned about certain changes made in the clauses of the Explosives Rules, which, they say, are aimed at encouraging import of Chinese fireworks. Two important rules – the ceiling of 125 decibels of sound created by cracker burst and the ban on use of potassium chlorate in cracker manufacturing – are being diluted during mandatory testing of fireworks in Departmental Testing Stations, the manufacturers complain. “Chinese crackers don’t have any decibel ceiling. Similarly, they contain cheap, highly dangerous potassium chlorate. These two clauses had hitherto been preventing legal import of Chinese crackers,” Mr. Mariappan adds. The industry has challenged the notification stating that the provisions of the Explosives Act, 1884, have exempted delegation of powers by the Centre to anybody for revision of licence fees. Mr. Selvaraj says the issue has been taken up with the Centre. If a favourable reply is not received by Friday, the units will be closed indefinitely from Saturday, rendering over three lakh workers jobless.
 
News posted on 2014-04-11

Sivakasi fires against fee hike, Chinese imports
 
11th April 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Sivakasi fires against fee hike, Chinese imports Thousands of fire cracker units in Sivakasi, the hub of India-s fire cracker industry, are on an indefinite strike against the steep increase in the licence fee for manufacturing explosives and also against the government-s inability to arrest Chinese imports into the country. Chinese imports are expected to double this year to Rs 600 crore. Around 300,000 people are engaged in making fire cracker products in and around Sivakasi, which caters to 80 per cent of India-s needs. K Mariappan, vice president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces, said, last year around 500 containers with full load of firecrackers were imported, estimated to be valued at Rs 300 crore and this year "we have got information that orders were placed and import is expected to double." Most of these are aerial firecrackers. "Chinese firecrackers are cheaper than ours because of the cheaper raw material, but are very hazardous and dangerous," said Siva Balan of Pooja Fireworks. The industry made a representation to the Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and to Union minister of state for commerce and industry EM Sudarsana Natchiappan in February and also met all the secretaries and stressed a public notice should be made in the newspaper that anybody trying to import, store and sell fireworks will be punishable under Section 9B (1)a. On March 20, 2014, the department of Industrial Policy and Promotion gave an order, which increased the fees to "unimaginable" levels. For example, the storage fee was raised to Rs 400,000 from Rs 15,000, an increase of 2,700 per cent. Licence fee for magazine was increased to Rs 66,000 per year, an increase of around 450 per cent; for a four-month certificate for the supervisor it was increased to Rs 3,000 from Rs 100. "Besides, they also relaxed various text prescribed for crackers. All these steps clearly show they are laying a strong foundation for free inflow of Chinese imports and they (the bureaucrats) are pushing Chinese imports,” he alleged. All these have been done without the knowledge of the ministers who are busy with Lok Sabha elections, he alleged. In a move to protest the department-s decision, the industry has decided to go in for an indefinite strike. The estimated loss for the industry is Rs 15 crore a day. The Sivakasi industry is estimated to be Rs 3,000 crore and on average the industry works for 200 days in a year.
 
News posted on 2014-04-11

Lockout of Sivakasi units leaves 3 lakh workers in lurch
 
11th April 2014 Courtesy: Times of India Lockout of Sivakasi units leaves 3 lakh workers in lurch With fireworks manufacturers declaring an indefinite lockout to protest the steep hike in the licence fee for manufacturing explosives, nearly three lakh workers are staring at unemployment. For decades now, the fireworks units have been the sole employer for thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of Sivakasi town, which accounts for nearly 80% of all the fireworks produced in the country and has an annual turnover of Rs 2,000 crore. With the general election round the corner, the issue has become the talking point in the high profile constituency where MDMK chief Vaiko is among the candidates. Sitting Congress MP Manick Tagore claimed that he has discussed the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - the new fee has been proposed by the ministry of Commerce and Industry-who has promised to revoke the hike. Other leaders including Vaiko, DMK leader M K Stalin and AIADMK minister K T K Rajendra Balaji have promised to help the industry and the workers.
 
News posted on 2014-04-11

Staff Club Meet at ANJAC
 
11th April 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Staff Club Meet at ANJAC The Staff Club of ANJAC has planned to organise a meeting to felicitate the retiring staff members on 21st April 2014, Monday. The retiring staff members will be felicitated both by the management and the staff club members of ANJAC. On account of Staff Club various sports events were conducted for the teaching staff and the winners will be given prizes on that day.
 
News posted on 2014-04-11

Felicitation to the Retiring Staff members of ANJAC
 
10th April 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Felicitation to the Retiring Staff members of ANJAC The 22nd College Council of ANJAC was held on 9th April 2014, Wednesday. The Council meet was specially organised for the felicitation of the retiring staff members of ANJAC. The retiring personalities retire from their service from the 31st of May after their decades of service at ANJAC. The meeting began with Dr.S.Baskaran, Principal-s felicitation address. Initially he thanked all the heads of the departments for having co-operated with him and made the campus achieve its glory during his tenure. He wished all the members to pursue the path of success even after his retirement. He also acknowledged the services rendered by the Professors, Dr.S.Elangovan, Head, Dept. of Commerce (R), Mr.M.Rajasekaran, Head, Dept. of B.B.A., Dr.V.Balasubramanian, Head, Dept. of Zoology (U.G), and Librarian Thiru.T.Kasirajan. The toast proposal for the five retiring personalities was made by Dr.S.Johnson to Thiru T.Kasirajan, Dr.M.K.Rajan to Dr.V.Balasubramanian, Dr.R.Jeyaram to Mr.M.Rajasekar, Dr.R.Manohar to Dr.S.Elangovan and Dr.L.Isaiarasu to Dr.S.Baskaran. All the retiring personalities replied to the toast by sharing their experiences at ANJAC, expressing their gratitude to ANJAC management and former Principals, glorifying the campus for having taught them so many experiences in improving their expertise. The meeting ended with sumptuous feast.
 
News posted on 2014-04-10

CE status to ANJAC
 
10th April 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi CE status to ANJAC ANJAC is promoted to the status "College of Excellence" by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from its previous status College with Potential for Excellence. The attainment of this status will enhance the scope of research among the students of ANJAC who hail mainly from the educationally backward areas. With the grant of Rs.2 crores from the UGC the college has drafted many plans for the upgradation of the campus especially on the installation of automated library. Only two colleges were given the status in Tamil Nadu AYYA NADAR JANAKI AMMAL College is one among the two. And eight colleges were given the CE status all over India. The Hindu-s special correspondent from Chennai talked to Dr.S.Baskaran, Principal over phone on 8.4.2014 and published the matter
 
News posted on 2014-04-10

AJ College gets status of excellence
 
10th April 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu AJ College gets status of excellence The University Grants Commission (UGC) has certified Loyola College, Chennai, and Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, as "College of Excellence." The certification, for a period of five years till 2019, comes with a grant of Rs. 2 crore for each college to upgrade its facilities. In an effort to improve higher education a decade ago, the ministry of human resources and the UGC had selected around 200 colleges across the country, and provided them funds to upgrade facilities. In March, 48 colleges were asked to present their performance, and, based on their achievement, eight colleges had been chosen for the College of Excellence status. K.S. Antonysamy, associate professor of English at Loyola College, said, “The funds will be used to further research, make classrooms IT-enabled, and improve the outreach and extension programmes.” Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College principal S. Baskaran said the funds would be used to upgrade laboratories, for library automation and establishing a trans-disciplinary research centre besides developing software for teaching soft skills. The college has a number of IAS and IPS officers among its alumni, besides the present Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam.
 
News posted on 2014-04-10

Coming up next
 
9th April 2014 Coming up next 2014 Panguni Pongal Therottam Date: 09-04-2014, Wednesday Time: 04:00 p.m. Venue: Theradi Mukku, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund Eye Camp Date: 13-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Blood Donation Camp Date: 13-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association and Sivakasi Government Hospital Sing Hallelujah Featuring: Joseph Stanley Selvaraj Date: 13-04-2014, Sunday Venue: Sivakasi Church of God CD release service at 06:30 p.m. Dinner will be served following the service. Organisers: Pastor A.Selvaraj & Family & David & Dona Braun
 
News posted on 2014-04-09

2014 Panguni Pongal Therottam
 
9th April 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Panguni Pongal Therottam A large number of devotees thronged near Sivakasi Theradimukku to participate in the annual temple car festival held as part of the Sivakasi Panguni Pongal Festival, today. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Mariamman and Vinayaka, the event began from Theradimukku at 04:00 p.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Goddess Mariamman and Vinayaka. The procession covered the four car streets of Sivakasi town. Enthusiastic devotees, including large number of school and college students, pulled the car through the four Car Streets of Sivakasi town. The decorated small Vinayaka car reached its destination in around one hour. The big temple car procession began at 05:15 p.m.. Devotees prepared and offered pongal to the Goddess. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. A huge crowd witnessed the colourfully decorated car from the top of various buildings. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras. It is expected that the temple car will reach its destination in one or two days.
 
News posted on 2014-04-09

Panguni Pongal Oyilattam
 
8th April 2014 Panguni Pongal Oyilattam As a part of Sivakasi 2014 Panguni Pongal Festival, Oyilattam was performed at 11:00 a.m., at Mariamman Temple campus. Hundreds witnessed the Oyilattam performance. Around 20 artists staged Oyilattam and said the history of Goddess Mariamman. Earlier the procession of Goddess Idol has been taken place from Mandagapadi to Mariaaman Temple, at 08:00 a.m.. Special pujas has been performed to the Amman. Devotees in large numbers prepared pongal and offered to the Goddess. Today also, some devotees did padhakanikkai, muthu poduthal and mudi kanikkai netrikadans. Roadside vendors and hawkers wind up their stalls, at afternoon. The 10 days Panguni Pongal Festival ends up with Oyilattam performance.
 
News posted on 2014-04-08

Strong winds and moderate rain in Sivakasi
 
8th April 2014 Strong winds and moderate rain in Sivakasi Sivakasians heaved a sigh of relief after drizzling for 40 minutes (from 03:10 p.m. to 03:50 p.m.) with gusty winds lashed the town, today afternoon. Strong winds pushed the sand and dusts. Strong winds brought down the branches of trees. The sudden rain brought down the temperature in Sivakasi which had been hovering around 37 degrees Celsius in the afternoon and fell down to 28 degree Celsius. The weather continue to stay pleasantly humid and the sky remain partly cloudy for the next five days.
 
News posted on 2014-04-08

Kayirukuthu Festival - Panguni Pongal 2014
 
7th April 2014 Kayirukuthu Festival - Panguni Pongal 2014 Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Panguni Pongal 2014 - Kayirukuthu festival was celebrated in Sivakasi, today. Large number of devotees take part in Vesham Poduthal ( swearing of white and black dots in their body and having neem leaves in their hands ) and raised the Aahoi Ayyaahoi slogans. Devotees carried mulaipaari, agni chatti, 1000 kannu paanai, and maavilakku. Some devotees perform nerthikadan such as Padha Kaanikai, Kan Malar, Muthu Poduthal, Kayirukuthudhal and mottai podudhal. Sevaral fans club and Social Clubs in Sivakasi distributed free Butter Milks, Rose milk, Sarbath, Lemon Juices and Paanai Karam to the people. Procession has been taken place from Mariamman Kovil to Mandapadi place and the idol has been kept in Mandapadi and the idol will be kept once again in the temple by tomorrow. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. There was live coverage and broadcast of the festival by the local cable tv networks. Kayirukuthu festival entertains all sections of people in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-04-07

Thousands witnessed Panguni Pongal Mandagapadi
 
7th April 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Thousands witnessed Panguni Pongal Mandagapadi As a part of Panguni Pongal, Mandagapadi held at Sivakasi Arisi Kottai. The place of mandagapadi was decorated with fruits, festoons, garlands, flowers, thoranais attractive colour papers and decorative lights. The mandagapadi place were decked up for the special day. Devotees from the nearby villages and Sivakasians will throng the mandagapadi place throughout today night to offer prayers to the deity. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. After worshiping the Goddess, Sivakasians are busy in buying the traditional Vellai Mittaai and Karuppatti Mittaai. Kayirukuthu Mandagapadi was organised by Sri Sirrambala Nadar Vagaiyaraakal.
 
News posted on 2014-04-07

Sivakasi celebrates Panguni Pongal
 
6th April 2014 Sivakasi celebrates Panguni Pongal Sivakasi celebrates Panguni Pongal in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, today. Numerous shops were placed around the temple, a week before the celebration. Majority of the offices and industries declared local holidays for 3 days. Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil has been decked up with festoons, flowers, lights and banners for the Sivakasi Panguni Pongal Festival. Sivakasians prepared and offered pongal for Mariamman from 4th April 2014 onwards. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. Paadha Kanikai, muthu poduthal were offered by the devotees to Lord Mariamman. Some devotees carried out Aayiramkan Paanai. Majority of Sivakasians, in their home prepared traditional Kathirikaai and Murungaikaai Puli Kulambu. Today, the temple remains open throughout the night and special prayers will be performed. Tomorrow, Kayirukuthu festival will be held.
 
News posted on 2014-04-06

Panguni Pongal Therottam is on 9th April
 
6th April 2014 Panguni Pongal Therottam is on 9th April Panguni Pongal Therottam will be held on 8th April 2014, Tuesday. The decoration work of Peryia Ther is in full swing and it is expected to be completed by today. And Chinna Ther decoration work will be completed by tomorrow. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund members makes necessary arrangements for Therottam Festival.
 
News posted on 2014-04-06

Warning sign boards - Beware of thieves
 
5th April 2014 Photo Courtesy: Mr.Dheepanraj Warning sign boards - Beware of thieves Devotees taking part in the Sivakasi Panguni Pongal 2014 and Kayirukuthu Festival celebrations were advised to be wary of snatch thieves. Warning sign boards were put up in the Temple Campus to remind the devotees and handbill notice were distributed by the Devasthanam.
 
News posted on 2014-04-05

Toy sellers do brisk business
 
5th April 2014 Toy sellers do brisk business Roadside vendors, toy sellers and shacks encroach the roadsides (Ambedkar Statue to Velanganni Matha Hr. Sec. School) selling all kinds of colourful toys and balloons, wares, fancy ornaments, electronic goods attracting women and kids alike. Sivakasi kids enjoying a range of panji mittai, Delhi appalams, Milahai Bhaaji, Sivakasi women busy buying bangles, anklets and earrings, children crying for toys and balloons and smiles returning on their faces when the demand is met. To excite and entertain Sivakasians, the Panguni Pongal Festival 2014 have many toy rides for kids, and many more fun-filled activities filled the space. From yesterday onwards, festival and local toy sellers make the most of the crowds.
 
News posted on 2014-04-05

Paravai Kavadi Vehicle is getting ready
 
5th April 2014 Paravai Kavadi Vehicle is getting ready Paravai Kavadi and Vel Kavadi Vehicle is getting ready for Sivakasi Panguni Pongal 2014 Festival. As a part of Sivakasi Panguni Pongal devotees perform paravai kavadi on Kayirukuthu Festival. Those who perform paravai kavadi and Vel Kavadi observe fasting for 21 days. The paravai kavadi vehicle is getting ready for last one week and the decoration work is expected to be completed by tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2014-04-05

Thunders but no rain in Sivakasi
 
5th April 2014 Thunders but no rain in Sivakasi After a long hot day the sky was little clouded over Sivakasi with some thunders today. The weatherman has forecast a slight dip in temperature but ruled out the possibility of rain. For next three days sky will be partly cloudy with a chance of drizzle on 7th April 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-05

Career Guidance Programme at AAACET
 
5th April 2014 Career Guidance Programme at AAACET AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized the Career Guidance Programme on April 5, 2014. The educational opportunities are well elucidated by the team of experts. Er.Dinesh Arunachalam, Quality Assurance Manager, Fiberlink Software Pvt.,Ltd.(IBM company), Bangaloreflashed light on the career opportunities in professional fields. Prof.R.SIVAKUMAR, Catalyst IAS Academyand Assistant Professor in Loyola College expounded the importance of Civil Services Sectors andCivil Service Examinations. Dr.R.Jayaraman, Member Secretary of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development(Tamilnadu)highlighted the Government funds available for the budding entrepreneurs. He also motivatedthemto be an entrepreneur and mapped them the path to entrepreneurship. Mr.Padmanaban, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of Indiafocused the financial support the students can avail from the banks and the procedure about how to apply for the bank loans. Dr.K.Arulmozhi, Principal,spotlighted the branches of studies in the professional fields and their career prospects. On this occasion, the students were provided with a handy booklet about the courses available in the college. Bus facilities were arranged from Madurai, Virudhunagar, Aruppukottai, Rajapalayam, Kovilpatti, Sattur and Sivakasi to pick up the students and the parents. The participants wereprovided with sumptuous food. Chairman, Thiru.P.Panjurajan, Secretary, Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent, Dr.P.Ganesan, Er.K.Vignesh Kumar and Dr.K.Arulmozhi piloted the programme in a grand manner.
 
News posted on 2014-04-05

Mandagapadi place getting ready for Panguni Pongal 2014
 
4th April 2014 Mandagapadi place getting ready for Panguni Pongal 2014 As a part of Sivakasi Panguni Pongal Festival 2014, Mandagapadi will be held at Arisi Kottaai, Sivakasi Bazar. The cleaning work of Mandagapadi place begins from today onwards, decoration work will begin by tomorrow. It is expected that cleaning work will be completed by today evening.
 
News posted on 2014-04-04

Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Panguni Pongal
 
4th April 2014 Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Panguni Pongal A festive mood has enveloped Sivakasi Mariamman Temple with decorative lights illuminating the campus and shopping stalls in the Temple Campus and other key junctions of Sivakasi town. Sand and clay make pots, Kaal, kai, baby dolls have arrived in most of the shops. Roadside vendors and stalls have already started selling fancy ornaments, ballons and toys for kids and elders alike. Panguni Pongal is a day away and as it is Friday, devotees carried out Padhakaanikai, Muthu Poduthal in large numbers. Devotees arrived in large numbers at the Mariamman temple and offered special prayers. Long queues of devotees were seen outside the temple. The devotees also offered coconuts at the temple. Kummududhaanam begins from 31st March 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-04-04

Career Guidance Programme at AAACET
 
3rd April 2014 Career Guidance Programme at AAACET Date: 05-04-2014, Saturday Venue: A/C Seminar Hall, AAA College of Engineering & Technology, Amathur Village, Sivakasi Bus facilty will be available from Sivakasi, Sattur, Virudhunagar, Kovilpatti, Rajapalayam, Madurai & Aruppukottai. Lunch & High Tea will be provided. For registration send sms CGP to 9443167210, 9443011453, 9486636500 & 9865277331
 
News posted on 2014-04-03

Neem flower blossom
 
3rd April 2014 Neem flower blossom Recently neem trees are covered with white Neem flower blossoms, in Sivakasi. The skeleton look of the tree is now changed completly to greeny form. Roads in Sivakasi were seen with shedded neem leaves, earlier. Now its neem flowers turn and it indicates the begining of the summer season, in Sivakasi. Beat the heat of this summer under the shadow of a neem tree.
 
News posted on 2014-04-03

Election Commision Complaints Toll Free Phone Number
 
3rd April 2014 Election Commision Complaints Toll Free Phone Number Virudhunagar District Administration has taken several measures to ensure transparency in the polling process, with an aim to ensure free and fair conduct of Lok Sabha elections. Polling in Virudhunagar District will be held on 24th April 2014,Thursday as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India. District administration has commissioned a toll free telephone number ( 1800 425 7039 ) to receive complaints with regard to elections and polling process.
 
News posted on 2014-04-03

Free Diabetes Camp Organised at Sivakasi Diabetes Club
 
2nd April 2014 Free Diabetes Camp Organised A free diabetes awareness and detection camp was organised by Rajesh Clinic in association with Sivakasi Diabetes Club, here on 23rd March 2014, Sunday, at Sivakasi Diabetes Club, Sivakasi. In the LCD projector, Diabetes awareness slides were screened. Mr.Albert Selvaraj, President, Sivakasi Diabetes Club, Mrs.Annaamalaithayammal, Director, were present in the diabetes camp. Counseling regarding diet and exercise was given by Dr.A.Ganesh Moorthy. Dr.A.Ganesh Moorthy and his 10 members team screened diabetic patients. Proper medical support and free tablets, syrup and Pro Calcium Tin was also provided to patients.
 
News posted on 2014-04-02

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
2nd April 2014 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi For last few days, Sivakasi town have been facing power cuts ranging between 2-5 hours of power cut daily. The unscheduled power cuts extend to more than two hours in the day time. The unscheduled and unannounced power cut has left Sivakasi industrialists, businessmen, traders, micro and macro industries and homemakers in the lurch. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator, once again.
 
News posted on 2014-04-02

The begining of the new FY 2014-15
 
1st April 2014 The begining of the new FY 2014-15 Financial year 2014-15 begins from today. In Sivakasi, some companies did poojas and started new account from last Sunday. And majority of the companies begins their new financial year, today, with Special pooja with their family members, staff and friends. Offices were decorated with garlands and swearing Sandhanams and Kunkumams in the accounts notes and books. Most of the Sivakasians plan many resolutions and set targets for their organizations, for this Financial year 2014-15. Sivakasians are the best and they deserve it and wish them continued success.
 
News posted on 2014-04-01

This April in Sivakasi
 
1st April 2014 This April in Sivakasi Panguni Pongal 2014 Date: 06-04-2014, Sunday Kayirukuthu Date: 07-04-2014, Monday Venue: Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Therottam Date: 08-04-2014, Wednesday Venue: Four Car Street, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 13-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Blood Donation Camp Date: 13-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association and Sivakasi Government Hospital Free Mental Health Camp Date: 20-04-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-04-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-04-01

Happy Ugadi
 
Dear Sivakasians, Wishing you and your family A very HAPPY NEW YEAR on the auspicious occassion of UGADI! - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-03-31

Ice Apple Season in Sivakasi
 
31st March 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Ice Apple Season in Sivakasi Padhaneer and Pana Nungu has turned Sivakasi town-s favourite drink during summer season. The hottest days of the summer is the season for Pana Nungu (Ice Apple) and watermelon. The best remedy to keep out bodies heat is to drink Padhaneer. For last few weeks, the most common sights in Sivakasi town is, motorcycles and cars parked in front of Nungu and tasted the natural nutrition to beat the heat of the summer. In Sivakasi, price of one Pana Nungu is Rs.5. Plain Padhaneer priced Rs.10 and Nungu Padhaneer is Rs.20-. Sivakasi Nungu Vendors procure Nungu from Surandai and more than 50 roadside vendors shops has been placed in the main areas of Sivakasi town. Most of these Nungu vendors loads get exhausted even before afternoon. Sivakasians prefer tender coconuts and Padhaneer as a healthy refresher in the hot season of Summer instead of other soft drinks. Always, there remains demand for these natural nutrition during summer season, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-03-31

Netrikadan Dolls sale picks up in Sivakasi
 
31st March 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Netrikadan Dolls sale picks up in Sivakasi Netrikadan dolls made of sand and clay, sale picks up from yesterday onwards. As Nerthikadan some devotees carried hand, leg, baby dolls made of sand and clay, Ayiramkan paanai and Agni Chatti and offered to Goddess Mariamman. Clay dolls vendors have been mushrooming in the town, for the last two days, near Mariamman Kovil and Church. Many of them can be seen displaying their colourful dolls, muthus and pots. In Sivakasi, clay doll price ranges from Rs.50/- and price of agni chatti / aayiramkan paanai is Rs.100/-, and one packet Muthu is Rs.20/-. Some devotees began to offer the dolls to amman from yesterday onwards. A vendor near Roman Catholic Church said sivakasiweekly.com that the sale of dolls and pots will be doubled during pongal and kayirukuthu festival.
 
News posted on 2014-03-31

2014 Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Kodiyetram
 
30th March 2014 2014 Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Kodiyetram The 10 days Panguni Pongal Festival commenced at Sivakasi Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Temple with the flag hoisting ceremony, today. Special pujas were performed on the chief deity Mariamman. The priests also performed special pujas on the flag post, where the holy flag was hoisted. Thousands witnessed Kodiyetram Festival. Light music was arranged. After Kodiyetram event, Fireworks display has been made. Kumududhanam will begins from tomorrow onwards.
 
News posted on 2014-03-30

World Tuberculosis Day observed at SBCP
 
29th March 2014 World Tuberculosis Day observed at SBCP The NSS Unit of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy observed World Tuberculosis Day and World Water Day, on 26th March 2014, Wednesday, at the college premises. Prof.P.Solairaj, Principal, SBCP, presided over the function. Dr.Visu and Dr.Manthri Kumar were the chief guests for the function. The medicines for Tuberculosis is available free of cost, at Government Hospitals. TB can be cured by intaking TB medicines for at least six to eight months regularly. The programme was organised by Prof.Regurath Pandian, NSS Unit Programme Officer, SBCP.
 
News posted on 2014-03-29

Meet of the Youth Festival Winners at ANJAC
 
29th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Meet of the Youth Festival Winners at ANJAC The fine arts students of ANJAC lifted the over all trophy of 29th Madural Kamaraj University Youth Festival on 16.3.2014. The winners were congratulated by the Correspondent, Thiru V. Ayyan Kodiswaran in a meet held on 22.3.14. Dr. S. Baskaran, Principal appreciated the winners. Dr. K. Lingakumar, Convener of ANJAC Fine Arts felicitated the staff members who were in-charge of training students in various literary and non-literary events.
 
News posted on 2014-03-29

Sivakasi wore festive look
 
29th March 2014 Sivakasi wore festive look Sivakasi Mariamman Temple wore festive look, as thousands of colorful lights set the temple aglow. There are also hundreds of serial lit Mariamman, Vinayakar, Soolaayutham structures to mark the 2014 Panguni Pongal Festival in Sivakasi. This year attractive serial lights in blue, green and red colour decorated trees and plants in the Mariamman Temple Campus. The temple dazzlingly light up every night until April second week and has become a much-awaited Panguni Pongal and Kayirukuthu event for Sivakasians and visitors alike. Kodiyetram event will be held on 30th March 2014, tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2014-03-29

Adieu to II M.A. English students
 
28th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Adieu to II M.A. English students The students of I M.A. English is going to say "Good Bye" to their seniors (II M.A. English students) during the Farewell which is going to be held on 2nd April 2014, Wednesday. Dr.S.Baskaran, Principal will preside over the function.
 
News posted on 2014-03-28

Second Slot NAAC Sensitization Programme at ANJAC
 
28th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Second Slot NAAC Sensitization Programme at ANJAC The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of ANJAC organized the second slot of NAAC sensitization programme on 27th March 2014, Thursday. Dr.V.Pandiarajan, Co-ordinator of IQAC welcomed the gathering. Mr,M.Moovendhan, briefed the key aspects of the criterion “Governance, Leadership and Management, Dr.N.Senthil Kumar highlighted the main aspects of “Teaching, Learning and Evaluation Strategies”, and Dr.M.K.Rajan concluded the programme by explaining the important aspects in the “Research” component. The sensitization programme was really an eye opener for the newly inducted staff members of IQAC. Dr.V.Pandiarajan, Co-ordinator of IQAC proposed Vote of Thanks besides acknowledging the support rendered by the Principal, Dr.S.Baskaran in organizing such programmes for the progress of the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-03-28

Temple chariot taking shape for Therottam
 
28th March 2014 Temple chariot taking shape for Therottam Constructing work of chinna ther and periya ther for the Panguni Pongal 2014 Therottam Festival has been taken up in full swing, in Sivakasi. For last two days assembling of wooden part of the ther taken place and it is expected to be completed by three days. And cloth decoration work begins from next week onwards.
 
News posted on 2014-03-28

Panguni Pongal Kodiyetram is on 30th March 2014
 
28th March 2014 Panguni Pongal Kodiyetram is on 30th March 2014 Panguni Pongal Festival 2014 Kodiyetram event will be held on 30th March 2014, Sunday, at Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi. Kumududhanam will begins from 31st March 2014, Monday, onwards. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund and Sri Badrakaliamman – Mariamman Devasthanam, Sivakasi, makes necessary arrangements for Therottam Festival.
 
News posted on 2014-03-28

First Slot NAAC Sensitization Programme at ANJAC
 
27th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi First Slot NAAC Sensitization Programme at ANJAC The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of ANJAC organized the first slot of NAAC sensitization programme on 26th March 2014, Wednesday. Dr.R.Manohar, Assistant Co-ordinator of IQAC welcomed the gathering. Dr. S. Baskaran, Principal briefed the purpose of the programme. He stressed the importance of preparing NAAC report effectively and set the wheel started rolling towards the forthcoming accreditation. Dr.L.Isaiarasu highlighted the key aspects of the criterion “Curricular Aspects”. Mrs.P.Tamilselvi elaborated the criterion “Infrastructure”, Dr. V. Ramasubramanian explained the criterion “Students Support”, Dr.M.Meenakshi Sundaram described the key points of the criterion “Extension Activities” and Mr.R.Jegannathan pointed out the important aspects of the criterion “Innovation and Best Practices”. All the newly enrolled staff members of IQAC attended the meeting.
 
News posted on 2014-03-27

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
27th March 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised The 143rd Free Mental Health Camp was jointly organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy and M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 16th March 2014, Sunday. 274 people were benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries undertaken Pranic Healing Treatment. Narayan Seva has been done for 550 people. 40 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 20th April 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-03-27

Mariamman Temple glowing with lights
 
27th March 2014 Mariamman Temple glowing with lights Sivakasi Mariamman Temple wore festive look, as hundreds of colorful lights set the temple aglow. There are also hundreds of serial lit Soolaayutham structures to mark the 2014 Panguni Pongal Festival in Sivakasi. Work to light up the temple started last week and it is expected to be completed by 28th March 2014, Friday. The temple will dazzlingly light up every night until April second week and has become a much-awaited Panguni Pongal and Kayirukuthu event for Sivakasians and visitors alike.
 
News posted on 2014-03-27

Englishdom SFRC Memoralia-14
 
26th March 2014 Englishdom SFRC Memoralia-14 - Fabulous Get - Together Date: 29-03-2014, Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Venue: Navathaniya Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Registration Fee: Rs.500/- Organisers: Alumnae, Department of English, SFR College for Women, Sivakasi For further details contact Mrs.C.Elavarasi - 04562-220386, Mrs.P.Sri Vanitha - p.srivanitha@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-03-26

Modhi Vilaiyaadu Paapaa
 
25th March 2014 S.Ve.Shekaher-s Modhi Vilaiyaadu Paapaa Date: 30-03-2014, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Grahadurai, Bhavani Ammaal Thirumana Mandapam, Near Ulavar Sandhai, Sivakasi Entry Ticket: Rs.1,000/- & Rs.2,000/- Ticket Booking Centres: Puppys Bakery, Appans Hotel, Marudham Restaurant, Sarojini Super Market and Fashion World For further details contact 9943009403, 9442588977, 9843355551 Organiser: Rajapalayam Sivakasi Round Table - 158.
 
News posted on 2014-03-25

Coming up next in Sivakasi
 
25th March 2014 Coming up next in Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 30-03-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy S.Ve.Shekaher-s Modhi Vilaiyaadu Paapaa Date: 30-03-2014, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Grahadurai, Bhavani Ammaal Thirumana Mandapam, Near Ulavar Sandhai, Sivakasi Entry Ticket: Rs.1,000/- & Rs.2,000/- Ticket Booking Centres: Puppys Bakery, Appans Hotel, Marudham Restaurant, Sarojini Super Market and Fashion World For further details contact 9943009403, 9442588977, 9843355551 Organiser: Rajapalayam Sivakasi Round Table - 158. Panguni Pongal 2014 Kodiyetram Festival Time: 08:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organiser: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Mahamai Fund & Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman - Sri Mariamman Devasthaanam, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-03-25

Guest Lecture on Effective Research Report
 
25th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Guest Lecture on Effective Research Report The Phoenix Literary Association of the Post Graduate Department of English, ANJAC arranged a Guest lecture and Valedictory function on 25th March 2014, Tuesday for the I and the II M.A. students. Dr.S.Cinthana, Assistant Professor of English, V.V.V. College Virudhunagar delivered a lecture on the topic "Effective Research Report". And Valedictory address was also delivered by her. The programme was organised by Mrs.S.Suganya, Asst. Prof. of English and Vice- President of the association and J.D.Arputha Samrajan of I M.A. English, the Secretary of the Association made the arrangements. Prizes were distributed by the chief guest for the winners of various literary events which were held in the academic year 2013-2014. Mr.Pulugandi of I M.A. English delivered the welcome address. S.T.Muthu mari of II M.A. English proposed Vote of Thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-03-25

Eye Camp Organised by Sathya Sai Seva Samithy
 
24th March 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Eye Camp Organised by Sathya Sai Seva Samithy On 16th March 2014, Sunday, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi in association with Madurai Aravind Eye Hospital organised free eye camp, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi. A team of 25 Medical experts was led by four Ophthalmologists and they examined the patients at the camp. Total of 278 people were examined by the doctors out of whom 74 were identified for free surgery to be performed at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. The camp was supported by 40 volunteers from Sri Sathya Seva Samidhi. Spectacles were given at concessional rates.
 
News posted on 2014-03-24

Seminar on Mobile Application Development at SKC
 
24th March 2014 Seminar on Mobile Application Development at SKC On 11th March 2014, Tuesday, the Department of B.C.A. and I.T., Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi organised a seminar on the topic Mobile Application Development. Mrs.Kanmani, Principal, SKC, presided over the function. Ms.R.Muthulakshmi, Head, Department of B.C.A. & I.T., welcomed the gathering. Chief guest for the function was Mr.Gajendran Ganesapandian, Paypal, Chennai. In his speech he highlighted Android OS and mobile application development tools. Earlier Mrs.Kanmani honored the chief guest by presenting him a shield.
 
News posted on 2014-03-24

Temple chariots cleaning work begins
 
24th March 2014 Temple chariots cleaning work begins As a part of Sivakasi Panguni Pongal Festival 2014, Therottam will be held at four car streets of Sivakasi. The cleaning work of temple chariots begins from today onwards, painting and decoration work will begin by this weekend. It is expected that cleaning work will be completed by tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2014-03-24

Kallarai Theru celebrated Therukattu Pongal
 
23rd March 2014 Kallarai Theru celebrated Therukattu Pongal On 22nd March 2014, Saturday, Sivakasi Kallarai Theru celebrated Therukattu Pongal. On the occassion of Therukettu Pongal Kallarai Theru was decorated with colour papers, festoons, flowers, thoranais, Veppilai thoranais, decorative serial lights, tube lights and focus lights. Music systems arrangements was made at the entrance of the streets. Special puja were performed for Arasaradi Kaaliamman. As a part of Therukettu Pongal Festival, mulaipari, milk pots and agni chatti are carried out by the street people. Villupattu was arranged. Annadhaanam has been done.
 
News posted on 2014-03-23

Paalkudam Procession
 
21st March 2014 Paalkudam Procession As a part of Sivakasi Therukattu Pongal Festival 2014, Sivakasians took out a pal kudam procession from PKN Road Ayyanar Temple to Kallarai Theru, Sivakasi. Around 50 persons carried the milk pots today. Special puja were performed. Balaabishegam was performed to the goddess and annadhanam was done.
 
News posted on 2014-03-21

2014 Panguni Pongal Offer sale begins
 
21st March 2014 2014 Panguni Pongal Offer sale begins As Panguni Pongal is just two weeks away, most of the Sivakasi textiles stores and fast moving consumer goods shops, seen outside with signboards such as 60 percent off, 40 percent flat discount and buy one get one free. Majority of the Sivakasi shop owners offer heavy discounts and it is impossible not to shop. In Sivakasi, the Panguni Pongal Festival Offer Sale is on from 15th March 2014 till Chithirai Pongal. The shops in Sivakasi town begins to pull crowds as because of Panguni Pongal Festival Offer Sale.
 
News posted on 2014-03-21

AAACET student bags second prize in Talent Show
 
21st March 2014 AAACET student bags second prize in Talent Show Selvi. AnnaPoorani K, I yr. CSE of AAA College of Engineering & Technology has won SECOND prize in the TALENT SHOW organized by Viswas Academy, Aruppukottai on March 16th 2014, Sunday. The Management, the Principal and the faculties heart-fully eulogize the investment analysts of AAACET for embellishing the institution’s grandeur.
 
News posted on 2014-03-21

No rain disappointed Sivakasians
 
21st March 2014 No rain disappointed Sivakasians Yesterday, Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was no rain in the afternoon hours though the sky was cloudy and it was drizzling for seconds at 03:10 p.m., in Sivakasi. A cloudy start for afternoon but no rain disappointed the Sivakasians. Today maximum temperature will be 36 degree Celsius (average) while the minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-03-21

Drizzle for few seconds
 
20th March 2014 Drizzle for few seconds Today morning, Sivakasi town experienced mild drizzle for a few seconds. Today maximum temperature will be 35 degree Celsius (average) while the minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius, in Sivakasi. There may be chances for drizzle, in Sivakasi Town for next two days. And sky will be cloudy for next one week. Sivakasians expecting a heavy rain to get relief from water crisis prevails in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-03-20

All set for Panguni Pongal 2014
 
20th March 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan All set for Panguni Pongal 2014 Panguni Pongal decoration work is going on in full swing, at Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, for last few days. The 10 days festival starts from 30th March 2014, Sunday with Kodiyettram event, at the temple premises. Panguni Pongal is going to be held on 6th April 2014, Sunday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 7th April 2014, Monday. The decorative works for Panguni Pongal Utsav has been taken place, in Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil for last two days, in the temple campus and the way leading to the temple is getting a festive look. It is expected that the Pandhal decoration work will be completed by today evening.
 
News posted on 2014-03-20

Reflective jacket for Sivakasi Municipality sanitary workers
 
19th March 2014 Reflective jacket for Sivakasi Municipality sanitary workers Sanitary workers of Sivakasi Municipality would be equipped with reflective jackets (fluorescent green colour), cap (orange colour) face masks and hand gloves. The Municipality has recently purchased the equipment for all its 167 sanitary workers who are deployed in solid waste management exercise in Sivakasi town. These modern protective gear were provided to safeguard Sivakasi Municipality Sanitary Workers from health hazards they face during their day-to-day work. Sanitary workers began to wear the modern protective gears for last one week.
 
News posted on 2014-03-19

Sivakasi Panguni Pongal is on 6th April 2014
 
19th March 2014 Sivakasi Panguni Pongal is on 6th April 2014 This year Sivakasi Mariamman Panguni Pongal festival is going to be held on 6th April 2014, Sunday and Kayirukuthu Festival will be celebrated on 7th April 2014, Monday. Utharavu Ketkum Naal was held on 16th March 2014, Sunday, at Sivakasi. Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Chithirai Pongal will be held on 6th May 2014, Tuesday and Kayirukuthu on 7th May 2014, Wednesday. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund members were participated in the Utharavu Ketkum event.
 
News posted on 2014-03-19

Campus Drive at ANJAC
 
19th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Campus Drive at ANJAC Placement Cell of ANJAC arranged for the campus drive on 13th March 2014, Thursday. The students of III B.A. and II M.A. wrote written test in the first round and faced Personal interview in the second round. S.T.Muthu Mari of II M.A. English was selected and was given offer letter on 19th March 2014, Wednesday. She is selected as the Spoken English Trainer to Bee Hive Communication Centre. Mr.Shyam Raj, Chief Executive of Bee Hive Communication Centre handed over the offer letter to the Co-ordinator of Placement Cell, Mr.Madhu Prasad, Assistant Prof. of B.B.A..
 
News posted on 2014-03-19

TN 84 Z - The new identity for Sivakasi
 
18th March 2014 TN 84 Z - The new identity for Sivakasi From the last week of February 2014, new vehicles registered in Sivakasi RTO will bear the code TN 84 Z. Motorists who have purchased new cars, two-wheelers and other vehicles from March 2014 and registered with Sivakasi RTO will get TN 84 Z series numbers for their vehicle. “Last week I purchased a new two wheeler and I am happy to get the new registration series TN 84 Z” says a youth of Sivakasi PKN Colony. You might see lot of new vehicles bearing FOR REGISTRATION, in Sivakasi town, soon you will see them bearing the TN 84 Z series numbers. And its time to say good bye to TN 67.
 
News posted on 2014-03-18

Pournami Puja Performed at Sivakasi
 
18th March 2014 Pournami Puja Performed at Sivakasi On 16th March 2014, Sunday, on Full Moon Day, Pournami Poojai was performed in majority of the temples in Sivakasi town. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues. Sunday evening was celebrated by lighting huge bonfires as part of the Holi celebration when Sivakasi Marwaris gather near the fire to fill the air with folk songs and dances, near Velayutharastha, Sivakasi. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-03-18

Festival of colours celebrated at Sivakasi
 
17th March 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Festival of colours celebrated at Sivakasi The festival of colours "HOLI" was celebrated in Sivakasi, today, by Sivakasi Marwaris. Revellers splashed colour on each other as they exchanged hugs and embraces across the roads in Sivakasi to celebrate the festival of colours. Many areas in Sivakasi wore a multi-colour look as revelers came out to join the festivities. Children had most of the fun as they sprayed coloured water using water guns and hurled water-filled balloons on people. The festival of colours not only entertains the Children and young but also the old, they too threw dry colour on others and blessed the young.
 
News posted on 2014-03-17

ANJAC lifts MKU Youth Festival Trophy
 
17th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi ANJAC lifts MKU Youth Festival Trophy ANJAC fine arts team conquered success in the 29th Madurai Kamaraj University Youth Festival held at C.P.A. College, Bodi on 15th and 16th March 2014, Saturday & Sunday. ANJAC won the over all trophy and retained its last year victory.
 
News posted on 2014-03-17

Holika Dahan 2014
 
17th March 2014 Holika Dahan 2014 On 16th March 2014, Sunday evening was celebrated by lighting huge bonfires as part of the Holi celebration when people gather near the fire to fill the air with folk songs and dances, near Velayutharastha, Sivakasi. Around 100 Sivakasi Marwaris participated on the occasion. Mr.Ankur Biyani said sivakasiweekly.com that, crowd gathered near Velayutharastha to watch the lighting of a bonfire, which is known as Holika Dahan. And the fire traditionally marks the beginning of the Holi festival, and colors are thrown the following day, he added.
 
News posted on 2014-03-17

Holi Puno to be held today
 
16th March 2014 Holi Puno to be held today The long awaited time of the year is back for Sivakasi Marwaris when they celebrate the festival of colours, Holi. The festivities are a symbol of the triumph of good over evil. Today Holi Puno will be celebrated near Velayutharastha Road, from 06:00 p.m. onwards. This year, the main Holi day falls on March 17.
 
News posted on 2014-03-16

Nitty-Gritty of Communicative English
 
16th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Nitty-Gritty of Communicative English Phoenix Literary Association of the Post Graduate dept. of English, ANJAC organised a guest lecture for the I and II M.A. English students on 15th March 2014, Saturday. Mr.S.Venkatesh Asst. Prof. in English, Rajapalayam Rajus-s College delivered a lecture on the topic "Nitty-Gritty of Communicative English". Mr.S.P.Ashok Kumar I M.A. English was the Master of the Ceremony. Mr.S.Veyilu Muthu Pandian II M.A. English welcomed the gathering. Mr.Aravindh I M.A. English proposed Vote of Thanks. Mrs.S.Suganya, Asst. Prof. in English and Vice-President of the Association made the necessary arrangements.
 
News posted on 2014-03-16

Mazhai Kanji - Special Pooja to appease rain
 
15th March 2014 Mazhai Kanji - Special Pooja to appease rain As a part of Therukattu Pongal Festival, few streets in Sivakasi organised Mazhai Kanji fest - special Pooja to appease rain in the town. Mazhai Kanji has been prepared and special pujas were performed for Muthaalamman. And offered the godess Mazhai Kanji, to invoke the rain god. The street people take part in the services in large numbers and pray for bountiful rains. Believing that, after offering the puja, they will receive enough rainfall in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-03-15

No Power Shut Down today
 
15th March 2014 No Power Shut Down today Power Shut Down for the month of March 2014, in Sivakasi areas was scheduled today (15-04-2014, Saturday). The power shut down date has been postponed. Power Shut Down date will be announced soon. Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.
 
News posted on 2014-03-15

Power shutdown tomorrow
 
14th March 2014 Power shutdown tomorrow There will be power shutdown between 09:00 a.m. and 05.30 p.m. on 15th March 2014, Saturday at Sivakasi and Thiruthangal area in view of monthly maintenance works.
 
News posted on 2014-03-14

Health Food Festival at Sivakasi
 
14th March 2014 Health Food Festival at Sivakasi Date: 05-04-2013 and 06-04-2013, Saturday & Sunday Time: 06:30 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Saiva Velaalar Thirumana Mandapam, Sivakasi Fees: Kids - Rs.30/-, Adults - Rs.150/- Drawing Competition for Kids Topic: Iyarkkai Soolalil Vilanguhal, Iyarkkai Soolalil Manidhan Last Date for submission: 31-03-2014, Monday Submit to REPCO Bank, 189, South Car Street, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-03-14

Crash Course on E-learning
 
13th March 2014 Crash Course on E-learning Date: 19-04-2014 onwards Time: 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Course Duration: 10 days Objectives of the Course * To know the importance of e-learning * To design webpages * To be aware of the power of HTML * To create an interactive multimedia e-learning modules * To gain knowledge on video lecture Organiser: Department of M.Com (CA), ANJAC For further details contact Mr.R.D.Sivakumar, Asst. Prof. and Head, Dept. of M.Com(CA), ANJAC, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-03-13

NAAC Sensitisation Programme at ANJAC
 
13th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi NAAC Sensitisation Programme at ANJAC The Internal Quality and Assurance Cell of ANJAC organised a sensitisation programme for the newly deputed staff members of IQAC along with the Executive Members on 12th March 2014, Wednesday. Dr.V.Pandiarajan, Co-ordinator of IQAC welcomed the members. Dr.S.Baskaran, Principal, ANJAC delivered his address regarding the criteria which have to be submitted for the next accreditation. He advised the staff members to take up the task of preparing NAAC criteria with involvement and then only the work can be done with ease and comfort. Dr.Manohar, Asst. co-ordinator proposed Vote of Thanks. He too asked the staff members to cope up with the future endeavour of IQAC for the successful progress of the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-03-13

Sivakasi printers get technical treat
 
13th March 2014 Courtesy: Print Week Sivakasi printers get technical treat Heidelberg, in association with printers of Sivakasi conducted two technical seminars in the respective cities on on January 24, 2014, Friday. In Sivakasi, Heidelberg’s technical team discussed topics such as quality control, press maintenance, ink-water balance and pre-press know-how among others for the benefit of the 80 press operators and supervisors. The highlight of the day-long show was ‘Problem Matrix Solutions’ poster, the troubleshooting poster presented by Heidelberg for addressing technical issues in printing. Ganesh Kumar of Heidelberg made a presentation titled Gutenberg 2.0, projecting the future of printing.
 
News posted on 2014-03-13

Sivakasi Celebrates Therukattu Pongal
 
13th March 2014 - Pavala Rajesh Kumar Jeyabalan Sivakasi Celebrates Therukattu Pongal Theru kattu Pongal is celebrated on Masi month of Tamil Calendar every year, in Sivakasi and the festival is famous in majority streets of the town. Therukkettu Pongal is celebrated in Sivakasi for more than 100 years. The spirit of Therukettu Pongal encourages the feeling of brotherhood in the street and even the enemies turn friend on this day. People of all communities and even religions participate in this entertaining street festival and strengthen the secular fabric of the street. Each street has Idol, commonly Amman (Muthaalamman) idol and workshipped by the street people. Before a week of the festival, sprouted grains (Mulaipari) are produced in pots and kept in a dark room. For eight days, Kummi will be performed by the girls and women of the street, accompanying kummi song, in front of the small temple (Poodam). A sum of amount collected as Therukattu Pongal Vari from each family of the street and the committee members of the street organise Therukattu Pongal. On the occassion of Therukettu Pongal the street are decorated with colour papers, festoons, flowers, thoranais, Veppilai thoranais, decorative serial lights, tube lights and focus lights. Music systems arrangements will be made at the entrance of the streets. Games, competitions will be conducted. Dance, drama will be performed by the Street kids, in a pre arranged stage. Chief guest of the theru kettu pongal, distribute prizes to the winners. Chief Guest may be usually, the ward councillor or the Chairman or the famous personalities of the town. As a part of Therukettu Pongal Festival, mulaipari and milk pots are carried out by the street people. In the mulaipaari procession, girls and women of the respective streets carry earthen pots with grown grains (nine different types of grains) inside on their heads and walk towards Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Theppakulam where the content is dissolved. The street people go with their street mates accompanying with Maela Thaalam, to the temples and special poojas will be done for the wellness of the street people. After their arrival to the street, special archanai will be performed to the goddess of the street. Annadhaanam will also be done, in some streets. Pongal are prepared and distributed to all the families, on the next day. Auctions will be taken place. People get flower garlands, lemon garlands, amman sarees through auction. The festival will be concluded with immersion of the created idol in the well or Theppakulam.
 
News posted on 2014-03-13

Youth Festival to be held at CPA College, Bodi
 
12th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC Youth Festival to be held at CPA College, Bodi The 29th Madurai Kamaraj University Youth Festival is going to be held at C.P.A. College. Bodinayakanur on 15.3.14 and 16.3.2014. 25 students from ANJAC are going to participate in the Youth Festival. Dr.K.Linga Kumar, Associate Professor of Botany (P.G.) and the convener of Fine Arts does the needful for the successful participation. ANJAC won the over all trophy four times in a row. And so all the participants are motivated to retain the glory in this year too.
 
News posted on 2014-03-12

Special Pooja to appease rain in Sivakasi
 
12th March 2014 Special Pooja to appease rain in Sivakasi Special Balabisegam to Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Date: 14-03-2014, Friday Time: 07:00 a.m. Venue: Procession from Sivakasi Kadai Kovil to Badrakaliamman Kovil Prayer: Prayer and Pooja for rainfall and betterment of the country. Organisers : Arulmighu Badra Kalaiamman - Mariamman Kovil Devasadhanam, S.S. Annamalai Nadar - Seethalakshmiammal & S.S.A.Baskaran - B.Sumathi, B.Deepak Amarnath and D.Prajitha, Ravindra Fireworks, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-03-12

Madhumaram - Street Theatre
 
12th March 2014 Madhumaram - Street Theatre Date: 14-03-2014, Friday Time: 05:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. Venue: NRKR Ravindran Thilagavathy Kalaiarangam, Sivakasi Arts Club Street Theatre Performers: ANJAC students Chief Guest: Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality Welcome Address: Mrs.M.Thilagabama, President, Sivakasi Arts Club Vote of Thanks: Mrs.T.Sasi Priya, Treasurer, Sivakasi Arts Club Organisers: Mr.S.Kutralam, Secretary, Sivakasi Arts Club
 
News posted on 2014-03-12

Phonemic symbols
 
11th March 2014 Courtesy: Prof. B.Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC Phonemic symbols Phoenix Literary Association of ANJAC, organised a guest lecture on "Phonetics". Master R. Ramkumar, a child prodigy of V std. RJ Manthra School, Virudhunagar, delivered a lecture on Phonemic symbols to the students of III B.A., I M.A., and II M.A English students on 10th March 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-03-11

Parents Teachers Meet at AAACET
 
11th March 2014 Parents Teachers Meet at AAACET The Parents Teachers Meet in AAA College of Engineering & Technology for the academic year 2013 – 14 was conducted on 8th March, 2014. Dr.P.Karvannan, the Secretary, Dr.P.Ganesan, the Correspondent, Er. K. Vignesh Kumar, the Joint Secretary and Dr.K.Arulmozhi, the Principal and the management members honoured the meet by their august presence. Mr.G.Selva Shanmugam, Director of Sri Kaliswari Fireworks Pvt. Ltd addressed the parents and the students in the perspective of acquiring knowledge. He highlighted the importance of updating the knowledge in the core field and mastering life skills. There was an open discussion between the parents and the management.
 
News posted on 2014-03-11

Talentia 2014