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Old February 14th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #181
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Waterless flush: Is there anything like this in use in India. Few years back I remember one of the Engineers from Chennai demonstrated it to Chennai Corporation.

http://www.waterless.com/video.php
yes, it is available but donno if it is used anywhere.

http://www.hindu.com/pp/2007/01/27/s...2700181400.htm
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Old February 14th, 2007, 07:56 PM   #182
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yes, it is available but donno if it is used anywhere.

http://www.hindu.com/pp/2007/01/27/s...2700181400.htm
Thanks. I don't know why it didn't become popular. The article talks about the blueseal technology as in the video. The engineer as I mentioned used some fragrant oil which I guess is not bio-degradable. May be that's why it got shot down.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #183
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Chennai-made micro-satellite to be launched in September

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Anusat, a micro-satellite developed by Anna University in Chennai, will be launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket in September, a top official said on Tuesday.

"We are encouraging such programmes which help institutions make test satellites," Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman G Madhavan Nair told reporters on the sidelines of a book release function. The 50 kg micro-satellite is being designed and fabricated by Anna University's academicians and students as part of a project sponsored by ISRO.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 12:23 AM   #184
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guys, see this clip....very funny

HI-TECH Chennai Police

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Old February 15th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #185
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Old February 15th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #186
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Chennai is the second largest market for mobilephones in the world and this had prompted leading phone-makers to set up manufacturing units in Tamilnadu, M Velmurugan, director, Tamilnadu Industrial Guidance and Export Promotion Bureau, said here yesterday. Velmurugan said Chennai had become one of the affordable cities in the world to set up manufacturing units owing to factors such as the availability of skilled manpower at low cost.

He further said the dismantling of the licence quota raj after the liberalisation of the economy in the 1990s had ushered in an industrial and investor- friendly climate in the country. He said Chennai had made rapid strides in information and communication technology of late. 'Chennai has become the nerve centre in this technology with a band width of 13.52 tbps (terra bytes per second) which is the largest in the country,' he added.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 01:36 AM   #187
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Medha joins protest against nuclear project

Says she would take the agitation to the national stage

http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/16/stor...1620460800.htm

KOODANKULAM: Activist Medha Patkar has joined hands with the Makkal Urimai Paathukaappu Iyakkam (Movement to Protect People's Rights) in its protest against the Koodankulam nuclear power project.

Ms. Patkar came here on Thursday to participate in a daylong hunger strike. All business establishments at Koodankulam had downed shutters. Students from the St. Anne's Higher Secondary School took part in the fast.
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What do these guys want ? No industries / no power generation, only agriculture ? They want India to be a land of tribals. Its time people should unite across India and protest for industrialization.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 01:47 AM   #188
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Many in koodankulam, Tirunelveli district donot know who Medha Patkar is. The 2000 odd farmers joined the fast fearing that their farm lands would be taken up for the expansion. The koodankulam project officials say that the expansion would be within the existing complex.

I firmly beleive this controversy would fizzle out in sometime. Development projects like koodankulam are atmost necessity for this district.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 01:51 AM   #189
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Says she would take the agitation to the national stage

http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/16/stor...1620460800.htm

What do these guys want ? No industries / no power generation, only agriculture ? They want India to be a land of tribals. Its time people should unite across India and protest for industrialization.
unfortunately, people like Medha get a lot of positive media coverage and that builds her image as a 'fighter for deprived class'. And of course politicians when it suits them don't mind supporting her. She knows this weakness of political class and she exploits it fully. Like Left supported her protest against Narmada dam and BJP rubbed shoulders with her in Singur.
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Old February 16th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #190
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Acquisition of land for developmental purpose runs into problem most of the times since the compensation is not calculated @ market price, the original compensation is pilfered on the way and when it reaches the original owner, it is almost nil, bogus records are created to avail the compensation or politicians use this issue for their own benefits.

The recent Tata car factory case seems to a better manged one than most of the earlier problems.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 12:46 AM   #191
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All Chennai autorickshaws to switch over to LPG within a year

2,500-strong MTC fleet to follow suit the year after

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Residents of the metropolis may get to breathe cleaner air in the next two years, with the State Government deciding to phase out liquid fuel in buses and autorickshaws and switch over to eco-friendly gaseous fuel.

"We have decided to follow the example set by New Delhi and clean up Chennai's air. Within the next year, all 50,000 autos in the city will be asked to switch over to liquefied petroleum gas, followed by all 2,500 Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses the next year," Transport Minister K.N. Nehru has told The Hindu . Suitable amendments will be made to the Motor Vehicles Act to facilitate this. Unlike New Delhi, constraints in supply infrastructure may prevent Chennai from switching over to compressed natural gas (CNG) initially. Instead, the Government will build upon the existing network of auto LPG dispensing stations (ALDS), while continuing to explore the option of switching over to CNG.

The decision follows recommendations made by the Environment department.

"We are talking with Indian Oil Corporation to set up more ALDS, in addition to the existing 23 supply points, including those by other oil companies, to meet the fuel needs of 50,000 autos currently plying on city roads. While the oil company has given us a commitment to do so in the next four months, it has asked for some more time to set up more ALDS to cater for the MTC fleet," Mr. Nehru said. The four-month period should be enough for autorickshaws to start retrofitting their vehicles with LPG conversion kits, the Minister said. The Government would give Rs. 2,000 as subsidy for each kit and encourage vehicle owners to seek loans to cover the rest of the cost.

Even with its 17 lakh and growing vehicle population, Chennai has recorded respirable suspended particulate matter, suspended particulate matter, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen levels only slightly higher than the National Ambient Air Quality standards, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board officials said. This would make the clean-up job so much easier.
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Old February 19th, 2007, 08:54 PM   #192
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WIKI CAMP @ TIDEL PARK, CHENNAI ON 25 FEBRUARY:

There is goimg to be a bloggers meet again at Chennai. Wikipedia chief is coming. Any of the forumers going to attend? If possible, we can meet at the sidelines.

Plane Mad! Can you brief the forum on the camp?
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Old February 20th, 2007, 05:00 AM   #193
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Huge real estate deal in the pipeline ...

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/1640506.cms

NEW DELHI: A Multi-bagger deal linked to real estate assets could be in the offing. Telecom equipment maker Himachal Futuristic Communications (HFCL) is understood to have put its 74% stake in Hindustan Teleprinters (HTL) on the block. HFCL is believed to be looking to unlock the value of real estate owned by HTL in Chennai and has put a price tag of Rs 1,000-1,100 crore.

If the deal goes through at the asking rate, it will be one of the biggest deals in the Indian real estate sector, next only to Unitech’s purchase of a 340-acre plot in Greater Noida for Rs 1,582 crore.

HFCL had acquired majority stake in HTL as part of the latter’s disinvestment process.
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Old February 20th, 2007, 09:21 AM   #194
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Like all such events, this is an unconference, which means that the participants run the show and i beleive it will be similar to barcamp that was held in chennai last year.
Theres a list of topics here . 200 buck for entry will include food.
Kannan, you attending? I doubt if i can make it to the city next sunday.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 01:01 AM   #195
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Now helmets compulsory on Chennai roads

http://www.ibnlive.com/videos/34046/...nai-roads.html

With 7.4 million 2 wheelers in TN of which 1.5 million is in Chennai alone, im not sure how far they can implement this rule in a short notice. The rule also calls for the pillion rider to wear a helmet. Can the helmet manufacturers supply so much helmets. Will this demand cause many substandard helmets to be introduced into the market.

I feel the government is a bit too fast in implementing this rule.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 01:09 AM   #196
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It reminds of the huge demand for the PVC pipes and concrete slabs that arised when the Govt. issued a deadline for installing rainwater-harvesting systems in all existing buildings across the state..

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Old February 21st, 2007, 02:07 AM   #197
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It's good from a motorbike safety perspective, and its good to see Chennai once again innovate on the road safety front, after trailing Delhi, Hyd, and B'lore for a little while.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 02:16 AM   #198
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I remember that helmets were made compulsory by the ADMK Govt from 1984 and until late 1980s, before they were made ‘optional’. Sometime in 1999, New Indian Express campaigned for making helmets mandatory and even organised signature petitions to the then DMK government. But nothing happened. Over the years, statistics time and again have confirmed that vast majority of the fatal injuries could have been avoided if a helmet had been used. Now a PIL is pending before Madras HC seeking a directive to the police authorities to make helmets compulsory, thats why the govt is implementing this rule now
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Old February 21st, 2007, 03:05 AM   #199
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about the Tamil film popularity in Japan mentioned in Chenni Prjoects thread..

The real reason for the popularity of Tamil films in Japan can nenver be ascertained, but I can shed some insight into it. It is not just Tamil films that made it 'big' in Japan. Cultures from world over make their impact there. But from our point of view, Rajani, Manisha Koirala and Arvind Swamy became popular from then on. The Japanese ( especially the teen girls ) got captivated by the image of a dark skinned tall man in his 40s ( despite looking 'rogue' by their standards ) helping out elderly women, the poor and even cute looking Indian cows ( ). This mixed with him, defeating an army of villans simply captured the imagination of a certain section of Japanese.

Older Manisha Koirala films and Rajani films were translated and released along with other new Tamil/Bollywood films. Thalapathi was one such example. Rajani doing his Samurai style war song with Shobana.. hoped to make it big. Not sure how it was recieved. Later on many Bollywood and Tamil films were dubbed/ translated into Japanese but only some of them made it big.

Lets now put things into context, this trend is merely a blib in comparison to the Hollywood followers in Japan. Japan has a tradition of copying other cultures.. English themesd parks, clothing, food, film etc. It simply doesnt mean Indian films or Tamil films have taken Japan by storm. It is simply a part of their evolving fascination with foreign culture.. and some how some Indian starts managed to capture their imagination. From the Indian perspective, I think it was a good platform to grow from, but somehow the Tamil film industry didnt manage to make much out of it in terms of profit or image like how Bollywood seem to be doing now with its success in the western world.

Lessons to learn from Bollywood in branding and marketting for the Tamil film industry..

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Old February 21st, 2007, 03:10 AM   #200
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i think 'muthu' was the film to be released (dubbed/with subtitles?) in Japanese. .both rajni and meena became popular..i didnt knew that bombay was dubbed to Japanese, do u have any source?

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