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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New Delhi/Chennai/Kumbakonam
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At the same time GoTN shall also concentrate on improving roads, bridges. For ex. Kumbakonam Old Pallakari 150 years old bridge damaged. No announcement yet for reconstruction.
Annaikari 150 years old bridge is also required new replacement bridge. Let GotN construct and name on any King/Leaders. Public will be benefited. Votes could also be grabbed.
Hundreds of temples of olden era badly requires attention. Let them renovate them.
Finally, present TNJ Dist. Collector is working like ADMK's propaganda secretary for 2014 Parliament election in TNJ Dist.
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CTO to send its last telegram on July 15
The Central Telegraph Office (CTO), a landmark near Thanjvaur railway station, might send out its last telegram on July 15.
For the office, in operation for the last several decades and from the current location since the early sixties, it’s been quite a journey from its days of Morse code to the present web-based telegram system introduced in 2011.
Though cellular phones, internet, email, and webcam facilities, have sounded the death knell for telegrams, there are still some entities that use it.
"We book 50 telegrams and receive about 40 to 50 telegrams every day. Though the number of marriage greetings and condolence messages has come down, financial institutions and business houses still use it. So do ex-servicemen,” said Vijayal, an employee of the office for the past 34 years.
Xavier, a retired telegraphist, reminiscence: "we used to send 3,000 to 4,000 telegrams in the form of Morse code. I joined the department in 1966 after a month’s training in Morse code in Chennai along with 79 others. That was eight months theory and one month practical training. We worked as both clerks who receive the messages and also as telegraphists who transmit the messages using the code.”
While separate telegraph offices were established at district headquarters and were called Central Telegraph Office (CTO), it functioned along with post offices as a separate wing in small towns.
With telegrams as the only mode of quick transmission in those days, presspersons used that facility till early nineties for sending news.
The CTO in Thanjavur even had a separate room for presspersons.
“Some trade unions are now fighting for retaining the facility,” said a retired telegraphist.
Though many staff of the CTO have been moved to other departments, the employees who are still there and presspersons become nostalgic whenever they talk about telegrams.
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