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Old August 8th, 2012, 05:40 AM   #4381
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எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., மூலம் மின்கட்டணம் அறியலாம் நெல்லையில் புதிய வசதி விரைவில் துவக்கம்
திருநெல்வேலி : நெல்லை மாவட்டத்தில் மின்நுகர்வோர்களுக்கு மின்கட்டணத்தொகை, மின்தடை விபரத்தை எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., மூலம் தெரிவிக்கும் திட்டம் விரைவில் துவக்கப்படவுள்ளது.
நெல்லை மாவட்டத்தின் பல்வேறு பகுதிகளில் மின் விநியோகத்தை சீர்செய்யவும், குறைந்த மின்னழுத்தப்பிரச்னையை சரிசெய்யவும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க பொதுமக்கள் சார்பில் வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டு வந்தது.
இதன் எதிரொலியாக நெல்லை மாநகராட்சி, தென்காசி, சங்கரன்கோவில், அம்பாசமுத்திரம், புளியங்குடி, கடையநல்லூர், வி.கே.புரம் உள்ளிட்ட பகுதிகளில் திருத்தியமைக்கப்பட்ட, விரைவுபடுத்தப்பட்ட மின் மேம்பாடு மற்றும் சீரமைப்புத்திட்டத்தின் கீழ் மேம்பாட்டுப்பணிகளை மேற்கொள்ள மின்உற்பத்தி, பகிர்மானக்கழகம் நடவடிக்கை மேற்கொண்டு வருகிறது.
இதுகுறித்து நெல்லை மின்பகிர்மான வட்ட மேற்பார்வை பொறியாளர் சுப்பிரமணியன் வெளியிட்ட அறிக்கையில், ""நெல்லையில் குறைந்த மின்னழுத்த பிரச்னையை சரிசெய்ய பாளை. சமாதானபுரம், உடையார்பட்டி (தச்சநல்லூர்), புதிய பஸ்ஸ்டாண்ட் பகுதியில் புதிய துணை மின்நிலையம் அமைக்கப்படவுள்ளது.
புதிதாக மின்பாதைகள் அமைத்து சீரான மின்சப்ளை அளிக்கப்படவுள்ளது. மின்கம்பிகளில் பழுது ஏற்படுவதை தடுக்க உயரழுத்த, தாழ்வழுத்த மின்கம்பிகள் மாற்றம் செய்யப்படவுள்ளது. சிறிய மின்திறன் கொண்ட புதிய மின்மாற்றிகள் ஆங்காங்கே அமைக்கப்படவுள்ளது.
தரம் மிகுந்த புதிய மீட்டர்கள் பொருத்தப்படவுள்ளது. மின்நுகர்வோர்களுக்கு மின் கட்டணத்தொகை, மின்தடை விபரம், இதர சேவைகளை எஸ்.எம்.எஸ்., இ.மெயில் மூலம் தெரிவிக்க, தகவலை பெற விரைவில் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படவுள்ளது. இத்திட்டத்தை செயல்படுத்த மின் நுகர்வோரின் செல்போன், டெலிபோன் எண்கள் சேகரிக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றன.
அம்பாசமுத்திரத்தில் புதிய துணை மின்நிலையம் அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. தென்காசியில் மங்கம்மாள் ரோட்டில் துணை மின்நிலையம் அமைக்க பணிகள் நடக்கிறது. மின்தடையை உடனுக்குடன் சரிசெய்ய மின்மாற்றி, அனைத்து பழுதுநீக்கும் கருவிகள், தகவல் தொடர்பு வசதிகள் நிறைந்த நடமாடும் மின்தடை நீக்கும் வாகன சேவை அளிக்கப்படவுள்ளது.
நவுயுகா தனியார் நிறுவனம் மூலம் மின் நுகர்வோர்களின் அனைத்து பயன்பாட்டு தகவல்களையும் பெற ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. தகவல்கள் சேகரிக்க வரும் நவயுகா ஊழியர்களிடம் போன் எண், இ.மெயில் முகவரி உள்ளிட்ட விபரங்களை நுகர்வோர்கள் தவறாமல் அளிக்க வேண்டும். இதன் மூலம் மின் பயன்பாட்டுத்தொகை, மின்தடை விபரங்கள், மின்கட்டணம் செலுத்திய விபரத்தை நுகர்வோர்கள் அறிந்து கொள்ள வசதியாக இருக்கும்.'' என தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

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Old August 8th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #4384
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How to reach Thirukkurungudi







Thirukkurungudi, considered the southern home of Lord Vishnu, is under renovation.S. Prabhu

When Thirumangai Azhwar, who built the huge walls of Srirangam and contributed in no small measure to the temple there, sought moksham, Lord Ranganatha directed him to visit his ‘Southern Home.’ Accordingly, Thirumangai went to the Vamana Kshetram of Thiru Kurungudiand performed services invoking the blessings of Lord Azhagiya Nambi and composed the last of his sacred verses (Paasurams) on the Lord before attaining moksha at Thirukkurungudi. Hence, it is believed that ‘Vaikuntam’ (the ultimate destination for Vaishnavites) is in ‘calling distance’ from the Lord’s Southern Home, at Thirukkurungudi.

Thiru Kurungudiis also home to the Vaishnava tradition of ‘Kaisika Ekadesi.’ Kaisika Nataka, the story of Kaisika Puranam, is a form of worship of the Lord through dance, music and drama and is presented on Kaisika Ekadesi.

The story of Nambaaduvan

Kaisika Puraana is the story of Nambaaduvan, who belongs to a backward class, and his love for Thiru KurungudiNambi. Embarrassed to enter the temple during the day as he was considered low in society, he would stand outside the temple with a veena in hand and sing in praise of Lord Nambi, through the night. Nambaaduvan shared with a demon (rakshasa, who had earlier threatened to consume him) the Kaisika Puranam, the songs which he had sung on Kaisika Ekadesi in front of Lord Nambi thus helping the demon secure Vaikunta moksham.

It is believed that those who observe fasting (upavasam) and sing and/or listen to the Kaisika Puranam on the Kaisika Ekadesi Day will attain Vaikunta moksham.

Residing at Thirukkurungudi, Ramanuja visited other Divyadesams such as Thiruvattaru and Thiruvan Parisaram. While at the Divyadesam in Tiruvananthapuram, Ramanuja wanted to return quickly to Thirukkurungudi.

Answering Ramanuja’s prayers, Lord Anantha Padmanabhaswamy directed Garuda to carry him to Thirukkurungudi. And to Ramanuja’s surprise, he was on top of the Thiru Kurungudirock at the blink of an eye.

It was also here at the Thiru Kurunguditemple that Lord Nambi took the role of a disciple and obtained Vaishnava initiation from Ramanuja. Hence, the Lord here is referred to as ‘Vaishnava Nambi.’

Araiyar Sevai originated at Thiru Kurungudiand was first introduced by Nathamuni. Legend has it that Lord Nambi, hiding behind a wall on Bashyam Street (South Mada Street), used to watch the young Araiyars practise this difficult art form for hours. Hence, the Lord here is also referred to as ‘Gaana Priyan.’

There are several stone inscriptions found within the temple complex. A 10th Century AD inscription refers to the gifting of 25 sheep while an early 14th Century AD inscription on the Northern wall, dating back to the rule of Sundara Pandya II, mentions about the gift of a land to Lord Nambi. Another inscription dating back to the Pandya period indicates the gift of 25 cows for supply of ghee for lighting the lamp.

Garuda Sevai on the fifth day of Panguni is a special occasion. Kaisika Ekadesi is one of the big highlights at this temple.

Spruced up

Spread over 18 acres the temple, which has a five-tier rajagopuram and five prakarams, the Eastern temple tower, all the mandapams, vahanams, vimanams, the prakarams and the huge outer walls, is currently being renovated. There are several exquisite sculptures and beautiful images inside the temple that date back to the Nayak period. To expedite and complete the renovation work at the earliest donations are solicited from devotees. Those interested may contact 94432 05739.

Thiru Kurungudiis located about 40 km from Tirunelveli (11 km from Nanguneri) off the Nagercoil Highway at the foot of the Mahendra Hill on the Western Ghat. From Chennai, one can take the Kanyakumari/Ananthapuri Express to Valliyur. From here, one can reach Thirukkurungkudi (10 km) in 20 minutes by boarding the Papanasam bound bus via Ervadi.

By car, one can reach the shrine in 45 minutes from Tirunelveli. One can also visit Vaanamamalai Divyadesam in Nanguneri.

Quick Facts

Moolavar: Azhagiya Nambi

Thayar: Kurungudi Valli

Temple Time: 8 a.m.-12 noon and 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Special features

Araiyar Sevai originated here.

The place is referred to as the ‘Southern Home’ of Lord Vishnu.

Lord Vishnu took the role of a disciple and obtained Vaishnava initiation from Ramanuja at the place.

Thirumangai Azhwar attained moksham at the place.

How to reach Thiru Kurungudi

Thiru Kurungud iis located about 40 km from Tirunelveli (11 km from Nanguneri) off the Nagercoil Highway at the foot of the Mahendra Hill on the Western Ghat. From Chennai, one can take the Kanyakumari/Ananthapuri Express to Valliyur. From here, one can reach Thirukkurungkudi (10 km) in 20 minutes by boarding the Papanasam bound bus via Ervadi.

By car, one can reach the shrine in 45 minutes from Tirunelveli. One can also visit Vaanamamalai Divyadesam in Nanguneri.

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Thomas Cook launches 26 forex branches


MUMBAI, AUG 8:
Thomas Cook (India), a travel and travel related financial services company, has launched 26 foreign exchange branches and Gold Circle Partner (franchisee) outlets across the country.

New towns and cities introduced into its network include Tirunelveli, Salem, Guntur, Puducherry, Kollam, Batala, Moga, Siwan, Ghaziabad, Ratnagiri, Porbunder and Jalgaon.

Each outlet will provide customers accessibility of services such as inward remittances via MoneyGram and Xpress Money, products such as currency notes in 26 global currencies, travellers’ cheques, drafts and wires, prepaid forex cards, university fee remittance and wholesale foreign exchange.

In addition, Thomas Cook (India) offers travel services (air and rail tickets, holiday packages, insurance and visa and passport assistance) through these outlets.

Commenting on the expansion, Mahesh Iyer, Head of Foreign Exchange, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, said: “Our strategic intent was two-pronged — leverage the strong growth in the outbound travel market (leisure, overseas student and employment) coupled with our consumer centric outreach. That is to get to our customers’ doorstep, especially in the emerging regional tier II and III markets.”

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CM allots Rs 750 cr for urban development


Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today allocated Rs 750 crore to carry out development works in urban areas. Out of the total Rs 750 crore, Rs 500 crore will be used for Corporations and Municipalities barring Chennai and Rs 250 crore will be used for Town Panchayats.

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According to an official release here, the Chief Minister has also ordered to construct new buildings to Town Panchayat offices considering the fact that the flow of people to these offices had increased.

The release said as per the 2011 census, 48.45 per cent people were living in urban areas and it was expected to increase to 67 per cent in the next 20 years by 2030.

There was a compelling need to provide all basic amenities to the people in the wake of people migrating to urban areas for job and the rapid pace of urbanisation, it said,

Keeping this in mind, Jayalalithaa launched the Integrated Urban Development Mission, aimed at providing all basic amenities like drinking water, sewerage treatment, health, sanitation, rain water harvesting, roads, streets, solid waste management, parking lots, bus bays and parks in all Corporations and Municipalities.

She had also announced that these works would be undertaken at a total cost of Rs 6654.03 crore (Rs 5890.12 crore for Corporations and Rs 763.91 crore for Municipalities).

Under the project, She had allocated Rs 757.28 crore in the first phase during 2011-12 and works were being taken up in Corporations and Municipalities.

Similarly for the current year 2012-13, Jayalalithaa announced allocation of Rs 750 crore (Rs 500 crore for Corporations and Rs 250 crore for Municipalities) to take up various projects under the Integrated Urban Development Mission in the State.

The release said the Chief Minister, taking into consideration the increase in number of people visiting the Panchayat offices, today ordered construction of new offices for all Panchayats in the State, which were at present functioning in old buildings.

Under this project, 15 Panchayats would get new buildings at a cost of Rs 40 lakh each during the current year. She has allocated Rs six crore for this.

The Chief Minister also announced allocation of Rs one crore for construction of the office of Assistant Directorate of Panchayats, Tirunelveli Zone. This would help in improving the services rendered to the people in Corporations, Municipalities and Panchayats.

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Tirunelveli remains worse of all municipal corporations in Tamilnadu. That is a fact. A CFC, RmKV, Pothys doesn't make this a good 'town'.
Democracy means supression of minority. Flee abroad guys. India is still stingy partiality nation
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Old August 9th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #4388
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DPR on East Coast Circuit tourism in three months


Tamil Nadu is the only southern State to get ADB funding: Minister

A Detailed Project Report (DPR) for promotion of the East Coast Circuit covering nine places of importance for tourism in the State would be submitted by a consultant in three months, Tourism Minister S. Gokula Indira said on Wednesday.

Incidentally, Tamil Nadu, along with Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, has been selected by Asian Development Bank (ADB) for an Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism. To be implemented over five years with a total outlay of Rs.450 crore, it will cover the East Coast Circuit (a pilgrimage and heritage circuit) and the Southern Circuit (a pilgrimage and eco-circuit).

Talking to The Hindu , she said, “Tamil Nadu is the only southern State to get ADB funding. After getting the DPR, we will take steps to launch the programme in the Eastern Coast Circuit covering Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts. Later, we will focus on the Southern Circuit covering Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanniyakumari districts. About 70 per cent of the funding will come from ADB and balance from the State government.”

Chairing the first meeting of the State Level Steering Committee on ADB, she said the programme intended to enhance economic growth and provision of livelihood opportunities for local communities through tourism infrastructure development.

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An official release said the project aimed at improving basic urban infrastructure, improving last mile connectivity; enhancing quality of natural and cultural tourist spots with the help of local communities.

The Steering Committee approved the setting up of a Project Management Unit at Chennai and Project Implementation Unit at Poompuhar in Nagapattinam district with necessary infrastructure; authorised Tamil Nadu Tourism to appoint a project management consultant and a design and supervision consultant and take measures to speed up implementation of the project and follow the timeframe.

At the meeting, the Minister, as well as Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi, advised officials to start the project work quickly and undertake preliminary works expeditiously.
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ADB to support Rs 450 cr tourism project in TN
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The Tamil Nadu tourism department is implementing a Rs 450-crore project along with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In the first phase, the department would take up the East Coast circuit followed by the Southern circuit. The main focus will be on improving infrastructure and safety.

The first meeting of the State Level Steering Committee in this regard was held here on Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu is one among the four states selected by ADB for the Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism. TN is the only southern state with the other being Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The programme targets enhanced economic growth and provision of livelihood opportunities for local communities through tourism infrastructure development.
The East Coast circuit (pilgrimage and heritage) would cover Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts. The Southern circuit (pilgrimage and eco) would cover Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts, according to an official release.

The project will be implemented over a period of five years with a total outlay of around Rs 450 crore. It would include improvement of basic urban infrastructure and incidental services at existing and emerging tourist destinations and gateways, improved connectivity to tourist attractions focusing, enhanced quality of natural and cultural tourist attractions to ensure convenience and safety for visitors and greater participation by local communities among others.

The committee also approved setting up of a project management unit at Chennai and a project implementation unit at Poompuhar in Nagapattinam district.

It authorised Tamil Nadu Tourism to take necessary steps to appoint project management and design and supervision consultants, the release said.
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Rs 450 cr tourism projects take off Deccan Chronicle

n a move aimed at improving infrastructure in a big way with generous funding by Asian Development Bank, the state government on Wednesday gave its nod for establishing a Project Management Unit here and a Project Implementation Unit at Poompuhar in Nagapattinam district to ensure the implementation of East Coast Circuit and Southern Circuit in the state.

The two circuits: East Coast Circuit (pilgrimage and heritage circuit) covering Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts and Southern Circuit (pilgrimage and eco-circuit) covering Pudukottai, Sivagangai, Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari districts, will be implemented over five years period with a total outlay of Rs 450 crore. The project will ensure enhanced tourist arrivals through quality infrastructure.

In the first phase, the East Coast Circuit will be executed and the Southern Circuit will be taken up subsequently.

This would also ensure incidental services at existing and emerging tourist destinations and gateways; improved connectivity, enhanced quality of natural and cultural tourist attractions to ensure convenience and safety for visitors and greater participation by local communities in tourism-related economic and livelihood activities. Besides it will promote private sector participation and small businesses.

As per the instructions of chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, tourism minister S. Gokula Indira chaired the first meeting of state-level steering committee on ADB-aided tourism projects for TN at the secretariat here on Wednesday.

Ms Gokula Indira and chief secretary Debendranath Sarangi told the officials to commence the project at once.

According to the minister, project management consultant, design and supervision consultant for the project will be appointed soon.

The chief minister had already ordered officials to take steps to preserve natural and cultural heritage.
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You can see the status of the property tax, water charges paid till this year. But still corporation is still working with these issues.

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http://210.212.242.69/ is new Tirunelveli corporation website.
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Old August 11th, 2012, 04:55 AM   #4392
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Tirunelveli to get three more PACBs

Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju, who reviewed the performance of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Banks in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Virudhunagar districts here on Friday, informed that PACBs would soon be inaugurated at Vannikonenthal, Paavoorchathram and Sankar Nagar in the district for the benefit of farming community.

Moreover, the PACBs at Paappaankulam and Ittamozhi in the district would get a strong room, each at a cost of Rs. 5 lakh, the Minister announced. Chairing the review meeting at the Tirunelveli District Central Cooperative Bank, Mr. Raju said the new PACBs to come up at Vannikonenthal, Paavoorchathram and Sankar Nagar, where horticulture activities were quite impressive round-the-year, would be of great help to farmers, especially horticulturists, who can easily avail themselves of the loans and other subsidised assistances extended by the State Government.

He said Rs. 3.30 crore had been earmarked for constructing strong rooms in 50 PACBs and 16 Primary Agriculture Rural Development Banks across the State and two PACBs at Ittamozhi and Paappaankulam would get it under this scheme.

He instructed the officials to accord highest priority for interest-free loans to the differently-abled persons as Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had allotted Rs. 15 crore in this connection for the current fiscal.As 100 branches of City Cooperative Banks and District Central Cooperative Banks were being computerized on an outlay of Rs. 15 crore, the Tirunelveli District Central Cooperative Bank and its branches at Kalakkad and Nanguneri would be modernised.
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1916 Kalimark | South-side soda


Achance visit to a petty shop in affluent Besant Nagar, Chennai, brought 30-year-old Deepak Chander a portion of unexpected joy recently. While waiting for his change, he spotted a bottle of Kalimark Bovonto at the store. The tangy, grape-flavoured, light soda drink has remained this foodie and poker enthusiast’s favourite since he first tasted it as a boy.




“I was so excited to find it in the city. I love the flavour,” he says. “Though I’ve lived in Chennai all along, my father’s native place is Kanchipuram. We spent summer vacations there and the fridge would always be stocked with Bovonto. I had not seen it in the city until now. Every time I look at a bottle of Bovonto, my memories of the summer holidays come flooding back,” he adds with a laugh.

Children who grew up in Tamil Nadu could not have escaped seeing an advertisement for Kalimark Bovonto, popular amid a range of cool drinks brought out by Kali Aerated Water Works.

Started by P.V.S.K. Palaniappan in 1916, the company was named after his father, Kaliappan, who was a coffee and cardamom exporter. Palaniappan, who was 23 at the time, wanted to step away from his father’s business and try something different. “The idea struck him when he saw cool drinks manufactured by Spencer’s being sold on board trains (Spencer’s and Co., founded in 1865, was a store that retailed imported goods—it catered to British expatriates and the Indian elite). When he mooted the idea of manufacturing a local brand to his circle of friends, it was met with an enthusiastic response,” says his grandson K.P.R. Sakthivel, proprietor, Kali Aerated Water Works, Chennai, and the eldest member of the family today.

With his wife Unnamallai Ammal’s help, Palaniappan bought a hand-operated machine which could inject gas into water and pressurize it after 100 turns of the machine’s lever. Three bottles of soda could be cranked out of it. These were then removed and corked by hand. With shopkeepers encouraging him to ramp up production, Palaniappan moved the unit out of his house and into his first factory in Virudhunagar district in 1916, the same year he had started the unit at home. Subsequent units opened at a gap of every four years, in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirappalli, Kumbakonam, Chennai and Karaikudi.

“At that time, a dozen was equal to 14 numbers. Our marketing strategy was for shopkeepers to buy a dozen but pay only for 12 bottles. The business was not affected even during the freedom struggle. Our glass bottles were imported from Germany,” Sakthivel notes.

As the business flourished, Palaniappan’s sons—K.P. Rajendran, K.P. Dharmarajan and K.P. Ganesan, along with their sister G. Damayanthi Ammal and her son G. Soundarapandian—helped him oversee it until his death in 1964. Four of Rajendran’s children and Dharmarajan’s five sons then stepped into the business.





Sakthivel, Rajendran’s eldest son, joined the firm at the Chennai unit in 1971 after completing his college education. His cousins, K.P.D. Rajendran and K.P.D. Krishnamoorthy, began looking after the Tirunelveli and Tiruchirappalli units in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Soundarapandian was in charge of the unit at Kumbakonam while K.P.R. Nageswaran, Sakthivel’s brother, looked after the unit in Karaikudi.

As the volume of business grew, the partners wanted to dissolve the “joint family nature” of the business. Consequently, from 1 April 1977, the existing branches were made independent and could use their own financial investment, machinery and other infrastructural facilities. However, business was carried out under the banner of Kali Aerated Water Works, with the name of a particular unit mentioned in brackets to distinguish one from the other. In order to avoid confusion in the future, the family members entered into an agreement on 12 March 1993 under which the right to use the trade name and trademarks was redefined among themselves to remove doubt and ambiguity.

Subsequently, two new units were opened in Salem and Karur in 1994 and 2005, respectively. All the units have been built to handle capacities of 500-1,000 crates per day. While Palaniappan’s hand-operated machine gave three bottles of soda after a hundred turns, the semi-automatic machines in the factory churn out 30 bottles of soft drinks within a minute. Each crate holds 24 half-litre bottles and nine 1.5-litre bottles. The firm also makes 200ml and 300ml glass bottles which are priced at Rs. 10 and Rs. 12, respectively, in the market.




Compared to the other brands in the market, the Kalimark brand, with a net worth of around Rs. 100 crore according to Sakthivel, does lose out on the competitive edge because its volumes are much lower than that of its rivals and because the company follows a strict “cash-on-carry” policy. “One of our biggest challenges today is that shopkeepers demand discounts, refrigerators and credit to stock our products. We do not offer any of these, either to the stockists or retailers. As a result, we are not stocked by most supermarket chains. We tell retailers that even if they can’t stock 10 of our cases, we are content if they stock one. We have 60 distributors in Chennai city who reach out to about 10,000 outlets,” Sakthivel notes.

With multinational players dominating the market and the local brand having a fragmented presence in the state, the fourth generation of family members decided last year to come together, reunite the family and revive the business. The partners pooled in funds and have now set up a Rs. 15 crore manufacturing unit called Kalis Sparkling Water P. Ltd in Nilakottai, Dindigul, which has the capacity to produce up to 10,000 cases per day. Sakthivel is the managing director and chairman of this unit. Currently, it manufactures 1.5-litre PET bottles for Bovonto and supplies the product to its sister factories across the state.

“We intend to invest about Rs. 50 crore more and set up two more units in Salem and Chennai. We have a wide reach over Tamil Nadu. We want to extend this to south India and then to all of India. With greater manufacturing, we can market our products better as well,” Sakthivel adds.

Terming the reunion the business’ biggest achievement, he points out that his grandparents continue to be an inspiration. “Our grandparents worked hard to build the business. It is up to us to secure it. Though we are not in the same rung as our competitors today, we are still here. Now, we only intend to go higher.”


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Jewellery industry witnessing polarisation, says Thangamayil JMD




The Rs 1,130-crore Madurai-based Thangamayil Jewellery Ltd is open to forging tie ups with mutual funds for exchanging gold fund units for jewellery purchase by the unit holders.

It is also preparing to launch online purchase of ornaments for delivery across the country for which it was negotiating with a major courier company and insurance player.

Speaking to Business Line at Coimbatore, Ba. Ramesh, Joint Managing Director, Thangamayil Jewellery, said it was essential for business entities to adapt to changing times to stay ahead of competition.

From the earlier days when he was hesitant to accept debit/credit cards for business transactions, he has seen the credit/debit card purchases accounting for a business volume of Rs 15 lakh a day in his chain.

The way forward

Ramesh says he is willing to forge an alliance with mutual funds for accepting gold fund units for jewellery purchase of equivalent value. He sensed a big business opportunity in this space as he could build a strong customer relationship.

Another business opportunity he was pursuing was introduction of online purchase of jewellery. He said online buying has picked up in areas like books, electronic goods or garments and he sensed good opportunity for jewellery business too in this. Buyers could go to the company Web site, select the product code and order and make payment online.

He said the software to enable online purchase is being developed by an in-house team and he was also speaking with a major courier company and an insurance company. He expected the facility to be ready for launch by the year-end.

He said he was keen to adapt innovative practices to enhance reach. There was a gradual shift in the jewellery trade from the unorganised sector to the organised sector. Due to the polarisation taking place in the industry, the small buyers too are turning towards corporate institutions, even for small purchases like mangalyam. The share of the organised sector was a mere 2 per cent and it was the unorganised sector that dominated the jewellery business. But this was changing.

Small town advantage

Explaining the advantage of entering small towns, Ramesh said once he established his brand in small/rural towns, he would be a dominant player in the business there quickly. But in bigger cities, penetrating the market would take a much longer time, making creation of brand awareness that much more difficult.

Ramesh said the industry has been able to turn even the month of Aadi, normally considered to be inauspicious, as a major season for purchase of gold. The Akshaya Trithya and the Aadi seasons have now become a major sales period for the industry and he reckoned that nearly 20 per cent of the annual sales for his company took place during this period. He said all the showrooms have reached break even levels.

He said the industry has also benefited by the levy of VAT which has brought down the price difference between, say, Mumbai and Chennai markets or between Chennai and other cities in Tamil Nadu. A major problem they faced earlier was sourcing the bullion. But with banks themselves delivering gold in major towns to the industry, the extra cost incurred in buying gold has come down, bringing about uniformity in basic price. When GST comes, this would usher in greater price stability across the country.

Plans for Chennai

Ramesh, outlining the roadmap for entering the Chennai city, said he planned to enter the Chennai market by 2014-15. In the current financial year, he expected the number of showrooms under his fold to go up to 27 (at present there are 20 showrooms across the State). During 2013-14, he expected 12-20 more showrooms to be opened, based on bankers' support. The idea was to have major hubs in Salem, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli to which the smaller branches would be linked.

He said once this exercise was completed in the coming two years, he would be ready to launch his business in Chennai. By then, Thangamayil Jewellery would have about 40-50 showrooms dotted all over Tamil Nadu
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More facilities to come-up at Courtallam

Development works on an outlay of Rs. 5 crore will be executed at Courtallam to attract more visitors to the tourist destination, Minister for Tourism S. Gokula Indra has said.

Addressing the ‘Saaral Thiruvizhaa 2012’ valediction held on Friday night, Ms. Gokula Indra said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had infused fresh blood into the State’s tourism industry by implementing revolutionary programmes to attract more visitors to the tourist destinations across Tamil Nadu.

As the Chief Minister had allowed Rs. 5 crore for executing more development works at Courtallam, it would certainly pull more visitors to the ‘Spa of the South’. “We’ve now initiated the process of identifying the works to be taken-up under this allocation,” she said.

Minister for Khadi and Village Industries P. Senthurpandian, District Revenue Officer P. Umamaheshwari and others spoke.
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Eleven constituent arts and science colleges have been opened, one each in Edapadi (Salem district), Kanyakumari (Kanyakumari), Vedasandur (Dindigul), Modakurichi (Erode), (Thirumangalam (Madurai), Thiruvottiyur (Tiruvallur), Paramakudi (Ramanathapuram), Kadayanallur (Tirunelveli), Aruppukottai (Virudhunagar), Nagapattinam (Nagpattinam) and Arakkonam (Vellore).

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Power weeder, a boon to Tirunelveli farmers



A right solution to acute labour shortage problem

At a time when the farmers are struggling to find manpower to work in their fields after the free rice scheme and National Rural Employment Guarantee Programmes were introduced, the power weeder introduced by the Department of Agriculture in this agrarian district have become a boon for landowners.

Power weeder, a new intervention by the Department of Agriculture to help farmers practice System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in an easy manner, has become handy for paddy cultivators. Demonstration is being organised to familiarise power weeder with farmers. Power weeders are being distributed to farmers as one of the components of SRI demonstration scheme under National Agricultural Development Programme that aims at achieving 4 per cent annual growth in agriculture sector during 11th Plan period by ensuring holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors.

A total of 147 power weeders, each costing Rs. 27,400, were distributed for free to farmers in Tirunelveli district last year. SRI demonstrations had been organised as clusters by the Department of Agriculture and one power weeder is distributed to a SRI cluster of 20 hectares. The farmers of the SRI cluster use the power weeder among themselves on rotational basis.

Under SRI method of cultivation of paddy, 14 days old, single paddy seedlings are transplanted at a spacing of 22.5 cm X 22.5 cm. The weeds grown in the field are puddled in to the soil by use of cono-weeder or power weeder on 10, 20, 30, and 40th days after transplantation of paddy. Timely labour availability is one of the rarest resources in agriculture today and the farmers face severe shortage of timely labour for their cultivation. The only way to tide away the labour shortage is to engage machinery and equipment in all stages of cultivation.

Weeding in paddy cultivation is a high labour-consuming inter-cultivation activity and costs approximately Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000 per acre. The paddy power weeder that runs on petrol covers an acre of weeding in 2 to 2.5 hours by consuming 1 litre of petrol per hour. A skilled labourer can cover 5 to 6 acres of paddy weeding in a day depending upon the soil texture and field conditions. Engaging a power weeder saves the farmer nearly Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 3,000 per acre of paddy cultivation and hence it is becoming popular among the farmers.

Joint Director of Agriculture, Tirunelveli, K. Soundararajan, who inaugurated the power weeder demonstration at Papanasam in Ambasamudram block, said that it had been planned to distribute 90 power weeders at 50 per cent subsidy (limited to Rs. 15,000 per power weeder) to SRI farmers in the district under Integrated Cereals Development Programme during current fiscal. He has appealed to the farming community to engage mechanisation in all stages of cultivation to tide away labour shortage, and increase productivity and production of food crops.

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Subsidy to set up poultry farms

: Collector T.N. Hariharan has invited entrepreneurs and members of self help groups to come forward to set up poultry farms by availing themselves of 50 per cent subsidy from a new scheme announced by the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa.

In a statement, he said that the State Government would provide 25 per cent subsidy for setting up sheds. Besides, the beneficiaries could also get another 25 per cent subsidy under the NABARD’s poultry venture capital fund. The entrepreneurs could raise the remaining 50 per cent capital through bank loans also.

The Government was also providing subsidy for rearing from 1,000 to 5,000 birds. The State Government has selected Virudhunagar, Villuppuram, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts for implementing the new scheme.

The applicants should possess the required piece of land in their name or in any of the relative’s names.

The benefit of the scheme could be extended for those who are already in poultry business for setting up of sheds and for expansion of their farms.

The selected entrepreneurs would be given a five-day training by Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, the statement said.

Further information could be obtained from the Joint Director, Animal Husbandry, Assistant Directors in Virudhunagar, Srivilliputtur and veterinary doctors in the panchayat unions.
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