T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
MARCH 17, 2017
TESY OF PRASA
Prasatt Arumugam is
the first Singaporean to hike
the Trail and he does so to
raise funds for Children’s
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ary-Raoli Todgarh Sanctuary in
Ajmer and Udaipur, Mount Abu
tion Reserve in Sirohi and Jalore,
Jhalana Aamagarh Conservation
Reserve in Jaipur, Jawai Conserva-
tion Reserve in Pali and Khetri
Bansyal Conservation Reserve in
Cyber security start-up hub
to come up in Coimbatore
INDIA’S first cyber security hub
— Amrita University Cybersecu-
rity Startup Hub — will come up
in Coimbatore in a joint venture
by Amrita Technology Business
Incubator and Amrita Center
for Cyber Security Systems and
Officials from the institution
said the upcoming hub will bring
together research, funding and
industry on the same platform.
The focus areas will include
mobile, cloud, cyber-physical
systems, digital forensics, cryptog-
raphy and malware analysis.
Plenty seats but low demand
in Hyderabad colleges
OWING to the excessive
number of seats left un-
filled, Hyderabad will not
allow new colleges offer-
ing professional courses
including degree courses
for the third consecutive
An official told the
Deccan Chronicle: “More
than one lakh seats are
left unfilled in degree
Floatel inaugurated in Mumbai
A THREE-deck luxury yacht (above), Maharashtra’s first floatel,
was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on March
11. AB Celestial, built in the United States, is moored on the
Bandra Reclamation shore of the Arabian Sea, towards the Mahim
end, with an exclusive approach road.
The site offers a view of the sea, the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra-Worli
Sea Link and an uninterrupted skyline of the maximum city from
Bandra to Worli with several prominent landmarks.
The floatel is a joint venture by AB Hospitality and the
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.
carparks at two busy locations at
Unit-II near Rajmahal Square and
Rajasthan is India’s first state
to launch project on leopards
IN A bid to do raise Rajasthan’s
declining leopard population, it
has started a project to conserve
the big cats by improving their
prey base, mitigating conflicts with
humans and managing poaching.
It is the first state in India to
launch such a project, which will
cost Rs7 crores.
It will run in eight sanctuar-
ies — Jaisamand Sanctuary in
Udaipur, Bassi Sanctuary in
Chittorgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary
in Baran, Kumbhalgarh Sanctu-
colleges… Some of the colleges
are running classes with just 10
students per class… Managements
are being told to offer courses that
are in demand and leave others to
neighbouring colleges, so that they
General secretary of the
Telangana Private Degree Col-
leges Association T. Vijay Bhaskar
Reddy said it is difficult to survive
and that “the supply is more while
the demand is less as far as higher
education is concerned”.
10 million tonnes of oil
discovered in Assam
TEN million metric tonnes of
reserve oil has been discovered by
the Oil and Natural Gas Corpora-
tion (ONGC) in Assam and it is
said to be the biggest discovery in
the state after a gap of three years.
The area of the discovery falls in
Jorhat district and two wells — at
Sufayam and Dayalpur. Director
(onshore) of ONGC Ved Prakash
Mahawar said: “We are now put-
ting enhanced focus on produc-
tion besides continuing with our
exploration activities. As soon as
we make onshore discoveries of
oil or gas, our target is to soon
start production from them.
For the first time in three years
we have made reserve accretion
in Assam of 10 million metric
Within two months’ time we
created facilities and put these two
fields into production.”
Tamil Nadu farmers protest
with skulls of dead farmers
ONE hundred and seventy-four
farmers in Tamil Nadu staged
a hunger strike outside the
residence of Former Lok Sabha
Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma in
Delhi on March 14, demanding
networking all rivers under the
Smart Waterways project (below).
Their protests were fuelled by
many incidences of farmer sui-
cides caused by one of the worst
droughts the state has faced in
The men were dressed in loin
cloths and dhotis, while the
women wore only their petticoat.
They carried begging bowls
made of clay and skulls of dead
On March 10, Agriculture
minister Radha Ram Mohan Singh
said that “substantial financial
assistance would be given to Tamil
Nadu for tackling the drought
situation in the state”.
A team had visited Tamil Nadu
to assess the drought situation and
has submitted its report, which
will be taken up at a meeting of
the high-level committee soon.
Delhi to provide free treatment
to accident victims
DELHI health minister Satyendra
Jain has announced that the state
government will provide free
treatment to all accident victims in
the national capital.
“If there is any accident case
within Delhi and the victim is
admitted to any hospital, includ-
ing privates ones...then Delhi
government will bear the entire
cost of the treatment. The victim
does not have to pay anything,”
said Mr Jain.
He announced this at the inau-
guration of new ventilator ma-
chines at the Delhi government’s
Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan
Hyderabad ranks top
in quality of living again
HYDERABAD has emerged as the
city with the best quality of living
in India for the third year in a row,
according to Mercer’s Quality of
Living rankings 2017.
For the second year in a row,
Delhi continues to be ranked the
lowest, amongst the surveyed
Both Hyderabad and Pune
rank higher for quality of living
than Mumbai and Delhi, globally
ranked at 154 and 161 respec-
Principal and India practice
leader of Global Mobility Ruchika
Pal said “the survey highlights that
Indian cities that have been part
of the survey haven’t made much
progress on the quality of liv-
ing scale since last year”, except
Chennai, whose score has margin-
ally improved mainly on account
of public transport, including
buses and a recently expanded
two-line metro system.
Pre-book your parking spot
from home in Bhubaneswar
PEOPLE living in Bhubaneswar
can soon book their parking space
from an app before they leave
The service will be launched by
Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited
Official sources said pre-book-
ing can be done at 5,500 street
parking lots and 1,500 multi-story
carparks. So far, the BSCL has
decided to set up multi-storey
March 17, 2017
Moving Tipu’s armoury
Slowly... The historic Tipu Sultan armoury being moved at Srirangapatna near Mysuru.
The 1,000-tonne structure, built by
Tipu Sultan 225 years ago, is being
moved 130m to give way to a rail line
ORK on the Bengaluru-Mysuru railway
track doubling started in 2013, but it
could not be completed because one of
the armouries built by Tipu Sultan, a ruler of My-
sore who was killed by the British in 1799, stood
in the way in Srirangapatna.
The Indian Railways has finally managed to
move the armoury with the help of a Delhi-based
firm and a US company.
Its new home is about 130 metres from the
Shifting the armoury has not been an easy task.
It is 13.33 metres by 10.12 metres in size and
weighs close to 1,000 tonnes.
The walls are more than a metre thick and the
foundation was found to be filled with boulders.
The armoury was constructed with lime (calci-
um hydroxide), stone and mortar which has been
lined and compacted with a mixture of eggs, jag-
gery and soapnuts.
A good part of it is under the ground to keep
Tipu Sultan built eight such armouries across
Srirangapatna, which was his capital. The aim was
to store enough ammunition to keep the enemy
India Today reported that after digging through
tonnes of mud around the armoury, beams were
inserted to lift the massive structure.
Five main rams and 11 cross beams were used
to make the makeshift frame. The entire structure
was then lifted with the help of 37 lifting jacks.
The shifting is being done by a joint venture
team involving US firm Wolfe House Movers and
Indian firm PSL Engineering.
March 17, 2017
HE glitz and glamour of cinema can
change a person, but not the multi-
faceted Shruti Haasan, who believes
it has only made her stronger.
She says she is still the same person who
enjoys doing what she likes and remains
accessible to her friends.
Shruti sees cinema as more than just as
“It becomes your world when you see it
as art,” she told IANS.
“I’ve been acting for eight years. When
I look back, I realise cinema has made
me stronger. Nothing else about me has
changed despite growing up as the daugh-
ter of Kamal Haasan and Sarika. I’m still
the same person for my friends and I still
enjoy doing what I like.”
Shruti had a shaky start to her career,
with films such as Luck, Anaganaga O
Dheerudu and 7am Arivu not doing well.
She doesn’t regret doing these films.
“In these films, I did the best I could and
followed the instructions of my directors.
An actor can’t be solely responsible for
a film failing or succeeding. The fate of
a film depends on so many other fac-
tors,” she said.
She also said she doesn’t look at
failures like others do.
“What people see as a big failure
— I don’t necessarily look at it the
same way. I’m proud of films like
Oh My Friend and 7am Arivu be-
cause they were special. Some-
thing about them stands out
even today,” she said.
It was with Pawan Kalyan’s
Telugu actioner Gabbar Singh, a
remake of Dabangg, that Shruti
catapulted to the big league.
“I’ll always be grateful to Pawan
Kalyan for giving me an opportu-
nity to be part of the project. A
star of his calibre could have eas-
ily said no to me. But he was very
supportive and I’ll never forget it,”
she said, expressing immense joy
in reuniting with him in upcoming
Telugu actioner Katamarayudu.
“It will always be special to work
with him,” she said.
Basking in the success of SI3, the
third part in the Singam franchise,
Shruti feels proud to be part of the
“The reception has been won-
derful. The success of the Singam
franchise is proof of how much
people have enjoyed the series,”
The film opened to mixed re-
views, and critics pointed out that
Shruti had little to contribute.
“I have nothing to complain
about my role. You can’t judge a
role by its screen time or by the
number of scenes. I was part of
‘D-Day’ for just 11 minutes but
people loved it. Sometimes even
if you happen to be part of a film
from the first to last frame, there’s
no guarantee that people might
like it,” she said.
Shruti wants to continue work-
ing across industries and strongly
believes in the reach of commer-
“I will try and do roles that in-
terest me. I have no qualms of
being part of commercial cin-
ema because I believe there’s
great reach in such films,” she
Shruti, who has three films
in her kitty, including the
mega-budget Tamil historic
drama Sanghamitra, says
she loves being busy.
“My work takes me ev-
erywhere. The only thing
about travelling that gets
to me is packing and
I really love my job
and I’m grateful that
I’m this busy,” she
March 17, 2017
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