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 RECERVATION OF VANNIYARS 

Synopsis

  • HC judgement, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai said it is of the opinion that the law did not provide any substantial basis to treat Vanniyar as a separate group compared to others among MBCs.
  • The Supreme Court Thursday upheld the Madras High Court judgement striking down the law brought in Tamil Nadu last year providing 10.5 per cent reservation to Vanniyars, within the Most Backward Classes (MBC) community, in government jobs and admissions to educational institutions

Key Highlights:

  • The top court it was done solely on the basis of numbers without adequate data to show the relative backwardness of the Vanniyar community.
  • HC judgement, a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai  is of the opinion that the law did not provide any substantial basis to treat Vanniyar as a separate group compared to others among MBCs. Thus, the 2021 Act is ultra vires the Constitution
  • The SC  the  state government had committed an error in accepting the recommendations of the Tamil Nadu Backward Classes Commission chairman on the basis of which it made the law as they were based on the Janarthanam Commission Report that relied on antiquated data.
  • The Madras HC had ruled that the law brought in by the then AIADMK government shortly before the elections was without quantifiable data on the socio-educational status of the Vanniyars.
  • Justice L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai observed that the State Government failed to provide data that Vanniyars required to be treated as a separate group within the MBCs.
  • It was of the opinion that the Constitution (105th Amendment) Act, 2021 has prospective effect and therefore during the enactment of the 2021 Act .

 

DISCOVERY OF AECHEOLOGICAL OBJECTS 

Synopsis:

  • In the last assembly session, Tamil Nadu First Minister MK Stalin had announced that archeological excavations would be carried out at 7 places in Tamil Nadu to identify the ancient biological civilization of the Tamils to the world

Key Highlights:

  • On the road from Tulukkar Patti village to Kannanallur village in Nellai district, there is a lifeless hill. This area is called Vilangadu.
  • The excavation work was started by the Speaker of Tamil Nadu Appavu and the Minister of Industry Thangam Tennarasu.
  • Rs. 15 crore has been allocated for excavation work. Preliminary excavations are being carried out accordingly. 
  • Numerous reddish-black, black-and-white, white-spotted, black-and-red-colored pottery, pottery, and pottery with symbols have been found in abundance.
  • Jewelry in a variety of colors and up to 36 rare types of archeological artifacts have been found. All of these items are being collected separately
  • . Its director Vasantha Kumar said that it is to be sent to the Archaeological Survey of Delhi for study
  •  Many more rare types of archeological artifacts are likely to be available as they are considered to be part of the Iron Age burial ground. This work will continue until the end of April.

 

THE ASIAS MOST VALUABLE BRAND AWARDS 

Synopsis:

  • The award presentation ceremony of “The Asia’s Most Valuable Brand Awards”, presented by MythFocus, was successfully held at The Mira Hong Kong
  •  A number of both local and international corporations were honoured for their outstanding performance or innovative achievements in their industries. The winning companies were carefully selected by an independent awards panel, professionally and impartially
  • Standing out from the rest of the candidates has proven these winners to be highly competitive, thus worth recognizing  

Key Highlights:

  • The superior geographical location of Hong Kong allows companies across different industries to stand out and thrive on success. With the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, local companies have been expanding their market towards the Mainland, in accordance with the national development strategy implemented by the Chinese government.
  • In addition to maintaining competitiveness in the service level, in recent years more and more enterprises have been fulfilling their social responsibilities and contributing more to the development of cities and the environment.
  • The winning companies came from a wide range of industries, which include China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited, New World Development Company Limited, Gamania Digital Entertainment (HK) Co Ltd, I-Access, etc.
  • Various renowned celebrities were invited to present the awards, which includes the current Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Dr Bernard Chan Pak-li, and Mr. Micky Yan Wai Kiu, the former chairman of The Outstanding Young Persons’ Association whom at the same time is the founder and chairman of VQ Foundation Limited
  • Our honorable guests also shared their expertise and experience in managing business locally and in the Mainland. Through exchanging ideas and inspirations, both parties looked forwarded to co-operating in the near future.

 

TAMILNADU STUDENTS ACHEIVEMENT IN THE NATIONAL STATUE COMPETITION 

Synopsis

  • Tamil Nadu students' achievement in the national statue competition
  • Bearded students won 24 medals in the national level fungus competition held in Bangalore.
  • Bearded Lakshmi Vidyalaya Matriculation High School students from Dindigul district participated in the national level fun competition held in Bangalore

​​​​​​​Key Highlights:

  • Tamil Nadu students' achievement in the national statue competition
  • Bearded Lakshmi Vidyalaya Matriculation High School students from Dindigul district participated in the national level fun competition held in Bangalore.
  • Received a total of 24 medals, including eight gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals.
  • The winning students were felicitated by the school's Rector Chandrasekaran, Principal Ramesh, Deputy Principal Vidya and teachers. 
  • V. Haripalan won the gold medal in the 9-year-old Nedungambu and Thodukambu categories. Youngster won the gold medal and V. Nidarshini won the gold medal in the 14-year-old women's swordsmanship category.
  •  The competition was divided into two teams as there were more than 35 people in the same weight category.
  • In the 20-year-old women's category, P. Deekshita won the gold medal in the scrolls category, in the 16-year-old category, M. Paraniraj won the gold medal in the scrolls category, and in the 17-year-old category, Velkambu and Suriya won the gold medal. Apart from these, there are many more bronze medalists.

 

 HOCKEY WOMENS JUNIOR WORLD CUP 

Synopsis :

  • The ninth edition of the FIH Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup starts on April 1 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. It’s an event that was originally scheduled to take place in December, but had to be postponed four months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the outbreak of Omicron variant.

Key Highlights:

  • There are a few changes in the roster this time, as traditional powerhouses Australia, New Zealand and Spain opted to skip the event because of the pandemic.
  •  A few days before the start of the tournament, the FIH announced that, “Ukrainian Hockey Association has informed us today that their Women’s Junior team will not be able to participate in the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup eventually, despite its tireless efforts to try to make it possible.”
  • The team of Ukraine will not be replaced. Therefore, the event will be played with 15 teams, with Pool B comprising of South Africa, England and Ireland. The matches of Ukraine will be cancelled.
  • But there won’t be any shortage of big teams present at the competition, as the four different winners of the event - the Netherlands (three-time champions), two-time winners South Korea and Argentina, and champions at the inaugural edition in 1989, Germany will compete.Teams and format The 15 teams present in Potchefstroom - just over 120 km away from Johannesburg - have been slotted into four groups.Each team will play the other once, and the top two teams at the end of the league stage move forward to the knockout rounds that start with the quarterfinals. A win earns three points, a point for a draw and none for a loss.

HOCKEY WOMENS JUNIOR WORLD CUP 

Synopsis :

  • The ninth edition of the FIH Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup starts on April 1 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. It’s an event that was originally scheduled to take place in December, but had to be postponed four months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the outbreak of Omicron variant.

Key Highlights:

  • There are a few changes in the roster this time, as traditional powerhouses Australia, New Zealand and Spain opted to skip the event because of the pandemic.
  •  A few days before the start of the tournament, the FIH announced that, “Ukrainian Hockey Association has informed us today that their Women’s Junior team will not be able to participate in the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup eventually, despite its tireless efforts to try to make it possible.”
  • The team of Ukraine will not be replaced. Therefore, the event will be played with 15 teams, with Pool B comprising of South Africa, England and Ireland. The matches of Ukraine will be cancelled.
  • But there won’t be any shortage of big teams present at the competition, as the four different winners of the event - the Netherlands (three-time champions), two-time winners South Korea and Argentina, and champions at the inaugural edition in 1989, Germany will compete.
  • Teams and format The 15 teams present in Potchefstroom - just over 120 km away from Johannesburg - have been slotted into four groups.
  • Each team will play the other once, and the top two teams at the end of the league stage move forward to the knockout rounds that start with the quarterfinals. A win earns three points, a point for a draw and none for a loss.

 

NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA TAKES CHARGE  

Synopsis

Dr.S. Raju, Additional Director General and National Mission Head-III and IV, GSI has taken over the charge of Director General (DG) of Geological Survey of India (GSI) . He has also supplemented in geology of Tamil Nadu especially, establishing the metamorphic and techtono-magmatic history of the Satyamangalam Group of rocks.

Highlights:

  •  He hails from Pasuvanthanai village, near Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu and heowns under graduation in Geology from V.O.C. College, Thoothukudiand Masters in Geologyfrom Presidency College, Chennai.
  •  He was awarded doctoral degree in Geology from University of Lucknow for his outstanding contribution to the field of petrography and geochemistry of dykes of BundelkhandCraton.
  • He has several research publications on national/international journals to his credits.
  • Dr.S. Raju joined Geological Survey of India in 1988. During the initial period of hiscareer, he was instrumental in geological mapping of Bundelkhand Granitic Complex in Uttar Pradesh and alsoexecuted investigation on gold mineralization and carried out geo-environmental appraisal of Jhansi district of Bundelkhand Region, Uttar Pradesh.With his expertise,
  • He has also served as Deputy Director General of State Unit: Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, GSI Chennai from 2015 to 2018, during his tenure he has expedited several mapping and mineral exploration projects of Tamil Nadu.

  

 

 

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