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Irai Isai by JAYA TV fame Nellai Vasu
 
5th May 2016 Irai Isai by JAYA TV fame Nellai Vasu As a part of Chithirai Pongal Irandaam Thiruvizha, Irai Isai was organised by Pioneer Group of Industries, on 4th May 2016, Wednesday, at Pthirakaliamman Temple, Sivakasi. Devotees thronged the temple and special pujas were performed to amman.
 
News posted on 2016-05-05

Chithirai Pongal begins with kodiyetram
 
4th May 2016 Chithirai Pongal begins with kodiyetram The 11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival commenced at Sivakasi Sri Arulmighu Pathirakaliamman Temple with the flag hoisting ceremony, on 3rd May 2016, Tuesday. Special pujas were performed on the chief deity Badrakaliamman. The priests also performed special pujas on the flag post, where the holy flag was hoisted. Thousands witnessed Kodiyetram Festival. Some devotees prepared Pongal and offered to Badrakaliamman. Light music was arranged. Vijay TV fame Irwin Victoria and Sowmya enthralled the audience for more than two hours. After Kodiyetram event, Fireworks display has been made.
 
News posted on 2016-05-04

Sivakasians enthralled by Irwin & Sowmya performance
 
4th May 2016 Sivakasians enthralled by Irwin & Sowmya performance As a part of Chithirai Pongal 2016 Flag Hoisting Ceremony, Sivakasi Ayyan Fireworks Industries organised light music at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple. Balu and Balu Shruthi orchestra enthralled audience for two hours. Thousands of Sivakasians were present on the occasion. The performance of Vijay TV fame Airtel Super Singer Irwin Victoria & Sowmya was a festive cheer for Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2016-05-04

AAACET celebrates College Day
 
3rd May 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET AAACET celebrates College Day Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology’s 3rd Annual Day on April 30,2016 brought out the creative best of the students. Thiru A.M.S.G. Ashokan, B.Com., Managing Director Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College and Arasan Aluminum Industries Ltd. presided over the function. Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, welcomed the gathering,followed by Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK),Dr. K. Arulmozhi, the Principal presented the Annual Report of the academic year 2015-16 and highlighted the achievements of the students. Thiru P. Panjurajan – Tmy. P. Amaravathy Endowment, Dr. P. Karvannan – Tmy. K. Grahalakshmi Endowment, Dr. P. Ganesan – Tmy. G. Sasimala Endowments and Er. K. Vignesh Kumar – Tmy. V. Abirami Endowment was awarded to the best performers in Academics, Co-curricular, Extra-curricular and Sports respectively. The Chief Guest distributed the awards and the prizes. The Chief Guest delivered an inspiring speech for the students on studying with no worries keeping the dreams and efforts of their parents in their minds.He added that “Marks are just decimals, work hard and learn more beyond the curriculum and keep on updating your knowledge “. He motivated the budding technocrats of AAA to create Alumnae, share the knowledge to the younger generation yet to come. A traditional touch to the celebration was marked by the opening dance, Bharatanatyam, the traditional dance of Tamil Nadu. The performance of the students blended the rich heritage of the country and the rock style of the western dance. The Annual Day arrangements were well organized by Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and faculties.
 
News posted on 2016-05-03

Irandaam Thiruvizhaa
 
3rd May 2016 Irandaam Thiruvizhaa Irai Isai - Jaya TV Fame Nellai Vaasu Date: 04-05-2016, Wednesday Time: 07:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Badrakaliamman Temple, Sivakasi Organiers: Asia Match Company Private Limited, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-05-03

Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram to be held tomorrow
 
2nd May 2016 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram to be held tomorrow The 10 days annual Chithirai Pongal Festival will begin with flag hoisting ceremony on 3rd May 2016, Tuesday, at Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukoyil, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2016-05-02

Ondraam Thiruzhuvizha
 
2nd May 2016 Ondraam Thiruzhuvizha Balu & Balu Manual Orchestra Singers: Vijay TV Airtel Super Singer Fame Irwin Victoria & Sowmya Date: 03-05-2016, Tuesday Time: 08:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Badrakaliamman Temple, Sivakasi Organisers: Ayyan Group of Industries, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-05-02

Election fever begins at Sivakasi
 
1st May 2016 Election fever begins at Sivakasi Election fever begins at Sivakasi, as all the parties kickstarted thier election campaign. Election fever picks up momentum with aspirants of various political parties intensifying their campaigns ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled on May 16.
 
News posted on 2016-05-01

Coming up this May
 
1st May 2016 Coming up this May Blood Donation Camp Date: 01-05-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil Mandapam Organisers: Ayyappan Kovil & Sivakasi Government Hospital Blood Donation Camp Date: 01-05-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Rojappoothayammaal Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Thala Fans & Sivakasi Government Hospital Firecrackers Machinery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 29-04-2016 to 01-05-2016, Friday to Sunday Time: 09:35 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: J Paper Cups, Madurai For further details contact 9443383959 , 9442183949 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram Date: 03-05-2016, Sunday Time: 07:35 p.m. onwards Venue: Badrakaliamman Temple, Sivakasi Organisers: Hindu Nadar Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 2016 Chithirai Pongal Date: 10-04-2016, Tuesday Kayirukuthu Date: 11-04-2016, Wednesday Eye Camp Date: 08-05-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 15-05-2016, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 29-05-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-05-01

Happy Labour Day 2016
 
1st May 2016 Happy Labour Day 2016 Lets celebrate the efforts of all labourers Who built up this great land To what it is now Happy Labour Day 2016
 
News posted on 2016-05-01

Blood Donation Camp to be held tomorrow
 
30th April 2016 Blood Donation Camp to be held tomorrow Date: 01-05-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil Mandapam Organisers: Ayyappan Kovil & Sivakasi Government Hospital Blood Donation Camp Date: 01-05-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Rojappoothayammaal Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Thala Fans & Sivakasi Government Hospital
 
News posted on 2016-04-30

Firecrackers Machinery Exhibition cum Sale
 
29th April 2016 Firecrackers Machinery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 29-04-2016 to 01-05-2016, Friday to Sunday Time: 09:35 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: J Paper Cups, Madurai For further details contact 9443383959 , 9442183949
 
News posted on 2016-04-29

Sivakasi man who became Governor of PNG province
 
29th April 2016 Sivakasi man who became Governor of PNG province Port Moresby, Apr 29 (PTI) For Sasindran Muthuvel, the first Indian-origin Governor in Papua New Guinea (PNG), it has been an eventful journey since he left Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu in search of livelihood over 20 years ago and arrived here after seeing a job advertisement. 41-year-old Muthuvel said he came to PNG to take up a job as a manager in a retail shop. "I thought I will be getting closer to Australia and later I will migrate to that country as a skilled immigrant," he recalled. But destiny had planned something else for him. The shop was shut down and he started his own outlet which expanded into a chain. With rising popularity, he decided to jump into the electoral fray and became Governor of West New Britain in 2009. "I came to Malaysia in 1995 after completing Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Periyakulam and spotted an advertisement in a newspaper in 1997 about an opening in PNG," he told PTI here. "It is actually this advertisement which changed my life completely," he said. Muthuvel became manager of a retail outlet which was owned by a Singaporean national. But "my owner decided to wind up business here and return. "I was shocked with the sudden turn of events. I was left with two options -- either to return or to find my way out in the Island and I chose the latter," he said and added with a smile "I do not have any regrets". "I started a small chain of retail outlets by the name of Hamammas which means in local language I am happy and returned home to get married," he said. His wife Subha hails from Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. Both husband and wife worked hard to expand their business. "We started charity work and extended help to the needy. I do not know how I became popular but then I decided to jump into the electoral arena as I got my citizenship in May 2007. "I floated a new party and contested the elections and won. Later I joined the ruling Peoples National Party," he said. MORE PTI SKL RT
 
News posted on 2016-04-29

Hon. Sasindran Muthuvel, MP,B.SC (HORT), P.G.D.B.M, P.B.S.A
 
29th April 2016 Hon. Sasindran Muthuvel, MP,B.SC (HORT), P.G.D.B.M, P.B.S.A Ministerial Portfolio Governor Electorate West New Britain Province Party People-s National Congress (P.N.C) Date of Election 22 July 2012 Votes Received 24,853 Contact Details Parliament Office National Parliament P O Parliament House WAIGANI, N.C.D Papua New Guinea Telephone: 3277623/3112768 Fax: 3277480/3112052 Email: governorwnb@online.net.pg Electorate Office P O Box 287, KIMBE, West New Britain Telephone: 9835015/9835016 Fax: 9835013 Email: pngsasi@gmail.com Parliamentary Services Current: Governor for West New Britain Province, Governor, West New Britain Provincial Government, Chairman, Finance Committee -West New Britain Provincial Government, Parliamentary Deputy Chairman – HIV/AIDS Advocacy, Parliamentary Member – Public Sector Reform & Service Delivery, Parliamentary Member – Industry & Industrial Relation Biography Religion: Hindu Primary Education: S.H.N.V.Hr. Primary School, Sivakasi, TN, South India Secondary Education: S.H.N.V.Hr. Secondary School, Sivakasi, TN, South India Tertiary Education: Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Periyakulam, South India Achievements: 2014: Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award presented by the President of Republic of India, Hon Pranab Mukerjee in India 2012: First Indian origin to be elected in Papua New Guinea as a Member of Parliament 2009: Initiated as Chief “Swara, a major clan in Central Nakanai, West New Britain Province. Community Interests: Business Last Occupation Prior to Elections: Managing Director for; Hamamas Trading Ltd, Fairways Ltd (Centrepoint Kimbe) Mathura Trading Ltd and Sustainable Agriculture
 
News posted on 2016-04-29

Mandagapadi getting ready for Chithirai Pongal
 
27th April 2016 Mandagapadi getting ready for Chithirai Pongal Chithirai Pongal 6aam Thiruvizha is going to be held on 8th May 2016, Sunday. Construction of Mandagapadi work is in full swing for the past one week. It is expected to be completed in 7 days.
 
News posted on 2016-04-27

College Day celebrated at SBCP
 
26th April 2016 - The Hindu College Day celebrated at SBCP Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy, Sivakasi, celebrated its 28th Founder’s Day and College Day on April 8. S. Sriram Ashok, Correspondent, presided over the function. P. Solairaj, Principal, read the annual report of the college. A. Abdul Hassan Sathali, Principal, College of Pharmacy, Madurai Medical College, was the chief guest. S. Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of the College Governing Council, offered felicitations. Earlier, R. Sutharsingh, Vice-Principal, welcomed the gathering. S. Stephen Ambrose, Professor of Pharmacology Department, proposed the vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2016-04-26

Kutty Japan Wants a Not-so-Cracking Job
 
26th April 2016 - The Hindu Kutty Japan Wants a Not-so-Cracking Job If ever there was a town seated on a heap of explosives, yet going about its business ignoring the imminent threat, it’s Sivakasi. If the hundreds of firecracker units here give jobs to thousands, the cost at which the bread is earned is exorbitant. All those entering the premises daily know very well that it could be their last day, for all it takes to snuff out the lives of many is a small spark. As the Assembly constituency gears up for the polls, the top-priority among the voters is alternative employment opportunities for the educated younger generation. One of the seven Assembly constituencies in the drought-prone Virudhunagar district, Sivakasi is a major hub for cracker and printing industries in the country. Often called ‘Kutty Japan’ due to its advanced industrial set up, over five lakh people are dependent on the pyrotechnic industry for their livelihood. Sivakasi meets about 55 to 60 per cent of India’s requirement of safety matches, employing nearly 55 per cent of the work force in 3,500 units spread across Sivakasi and Sattur. There are nearly 450 fireworks factories, giving direct employment to about 40,000 and indirect jobs to one lakh in ancillary units like box making, sales and distribution. However, the very units that provide jobs to thousands have been responsible for deaths of many as well in scores of mishaps. In one such unit works R Ramakrishnan (40) from Ramasamypuram. “I have been working here for the past 15 years. I know very well the trade and the dangers involved. Today, even educated youngsters work at cracker units due to lack of better job prospects. I have two sons doing school, and I don’t want them to follow in my footsteps. The government ought to take steps to open new avenues for the educated youth,” says Ramakrishnan. For V Kani (39), from Muthalnaickenpatti near Sattur, it’s the meagre wages that makes the profession a taboo for his children. “Despite being in this line of work for over 13 years, I take home a measly `300 a day. I have three children at school. It’s rather difficult for me to make ends meet. Moreover, mushrooming of illegal units has reduced the number of work days,” says Kani, adding that officials ought to crack their whip on such units, as they were not only robbing people of their livelihood, but also putting lives of many at risk. In a dry region, erratic water supply could spell doom, feels 32-year-old S Sendhilkumar. “During summers, there is a widespread drinking water crisis. The civic bodies manage to supply water only once in a week or 10 days. For the poor, it is impossible to shell out money for bubble top cans,” the firecracker unit worker adds. Another area the town aces is in the printing industry. Renowned world over for its advanced printing set up, the 450 units in Sivakasi employ over 50,000 people. High-security jobs like printing bank cheque books, flight and lottery tickets are undertaken by the units. The printers here have successfully competed with international bidders in bagging orders for children’s books, magazines, trade labels among others. DID YOU KNOW? Sivakasi was given the name ‘Kutty Japan’ by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru due to its widespread industrial activity P Ayya Nadar, an entrepreneur, and A Shunmuga Nadar jointly established the first match unit in Sivakasi called ‘The South India Lucifer Match Industry’ in 1923 S Kaliappa Nadar paved the way for printing industry by establishing Sivakasi Industrial Printing Works in 1937 Sivakasi has the second largest concentration of Litho and Offset machines after Guttenburg in Germany I’ve been working here for the past 15 years. I know the dangers involved. Today, even educated youth work at cracker units due to lack of better job prospects — R Ramakrishnan, Cracker unit worker During summer, there is drinking water crisis. Civic bodies supply water only once in a week. For the poor, it is impossible to shell out money for bubble top cans — S Sendhilkumar, Cracker unit worker.
 
News posted on 2016-04-26

Free eye camp to be held tomorrow
 
23rd April 2016 Free eye camp to be held tomorrow Date: 24-04-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Amman Kovilpatti School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital, Srivilliputhur & JCI Sivakasi For further details contact 8124310823
 
News posted on 2016-04-23

Chithirai Pongal is on 10th May
 
23rd April 2016 Chithirai Pongal is on 10th May The 10 days annual chithirai pongal begins from 3rd May 2016. Chithirai Pongal is on 10th May 2016, Tuesday and Kayirukuthu festival is on 11th May 2016, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2016-04-23

Karachi Biscuits now at Sivakasi
 
22nd April 2016 Karachi Biscuits now at Sivakasi The World Famous Hyderabad Karachi Biscuits now available at Sivakasi. The shop was inaugurated recently at Velayutha Rastha Road, Sivakasi. A wide range of Karachi Biscuits such as Fruit Biscuits, Cashew Biscuits, Pista Biscuits, Chocolate Biscuits, Badam Pista Biscuits, Osmania Buiscuits and Almond Biscuits are available. Sree Lalitha & Co., Palaniappa Lodge Complex, Opposite to Lovely Offset, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2016-04-22

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
21st April 2016 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Yesterday, after a hot sultry day, bands of clouds formed at evening 04:20 p.m.. Surprisingly Sivakasi receives moderate rain for around 30 minutes. The rain was accompanied with thunders. Rain chills down the hot temperature, that prevails in the town, for the past 2 months. However, the nearby town Thiruthangal fails to receive rain. Srivilliputhur also receives moderate rain. Today also Sivakasi likely to receive rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-04-21

Mandagapadi bamboo logs arrives
 
21st April 2016 Mandagapadi bamboo logs arrives Mandagapadi Chithirai Pongal 6aam Thiruvizha is going to be held on 8th May 2016, Sunday. Today, baboo logs and sand has been arrived to construct Mandagapadi. It may take 15 days to complete the 40 feet mandagapadi construction and decoration work.
 
News posted on 2016-04-21

Panguni Pongal Kadaisi Thiruvizha held
 
18th April 2016 Photo: Ramachandra Pandian Panguni Pongal Kadaisi Thiruvizha held As a part of 2016 Panguni Pongal Festival, Manjal Neerattu Thiruvizha was held on the last day of the festival. Kadaisi thiruvizha was held on 16th April 2016, Saturday. On the occasion of the kadaisi thiruvizha, Sivakasians were busy buying the delicious karuppatti and cheeni mittai. Manjal neerattu was held at the four car streets of Sivakasi. And it ends at Kadai Kovil at 10:30 p.m.. Turmeric mixed water were splashed and sprayed on devotees.
 
News posted on 2016-04-18

Voters awareness rally taken out
 
16th April 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Voters awareness rally taken out Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized an awareness rally programme on 100% Election Polling at Sivakasi on April 9,2016 and at Thiruthangal on April 14,2016 around 4:00 p.m. Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi waved the flag and commenced the rally. Around 150 students and 30 faculty members enthusiastically participated in the rally. The rally started near Dr.Kamaraj Hospital Sivakasi and covered the four car streets and winded up near Sivakasi Bus stand. In Thiruthangal the rally started near Kaliamman Temple and went through Karumariamman Temple, Kalaimagal School and winded up at Kaliamman Temple. The students and staff passed on the importance and rights of Voting among the public. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the program to create an awareness to the public regarding the importance of 100% polling in the election.
 
News posted on 2016-04-16

Cloudier but no rain
 
16th April 2016 Cloudier but no rain Yesterday, Sky was cloudier throughout the day, in Sivakasi. But there was no rain occurred in the town. Today, it was a brighter start, at evening bands of clouds gathered, but Sivakasi fails to receive rain. For the next 7 days sky will be partly cloudy with average maximum and minimum temperature of 39 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-04-16

Temple chariot reaches destination
 
16th April 2016 Photo: Saravana Kumaran, Arun Prasanth, Arunjunai Ananth, Thirupathi Temple chariot reaches destination Panguni Pongal Therottam begins on 13th April 2016, Wednesday. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deity Mariamman, the third day of therottam began. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Goddess Mariamman. The decorated periya ther reached its destination. Earlier devotees prepared and offered pongal to the Goddess. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. A huge crowd witnessed the colourfully decorated car from the top of various buildings. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras. And today is panguni pongal 2016 kadaisi thiruvizha and Sivakasians busy in buying karuppatti mittal and vellai mittai.
 
News posted on 2016-04-16

Happy Tamil New Year
 
14th April 2016 Happy Tamil New Year துர்முகி தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
 
News posted on 2016-04-14

Panguni Pongal Therottam 2016
 
14th April 2016 Panguni Pongal Therottam 2016 A large number of devotees thronged near Sivakasi Theradimukku to participate in the annual temple car festival held as part of the Sivakasi 2016 Panguni Pongal Festival, yesterday. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Mariamman and Vinayaka, the event began from Theradimukku at 04:00 p.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Goddess Mariamman and Vinayaka. The procession covered the four car streets of Sivakasi town. Enthusiastic devotees, including large number of school and college students, pulled the car through the four Car Streets of Sivakasi town. The decorated small Vinayaka car reached its destination in around one hour. The big temple car procession began at 05:15 p.m.. Devotees prepared and offered pongal to the Goddess. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. A huge crowd witnessed the colourfully decorated car from the top of various buildings. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras. It is expected that the temple car will reach its destination by 15th April 2016, Friday.
 
News posted on 2016-04-14

Oyilattam Performed for Panguni Pongal
 
13th April 2016 Oyilattam Performed for Panguni Pongal As a part of Sivakasi 2016 Panguni Pongal Festival, Oyilattam was performed at 10:30 a.m., at Mariamman Temple campus. Hundreds witnessed the Oyilattam performance. Around 20 artists staged Oyilattam and said the history of Goddess Mariamman. Earlier the procession of Goddess Idol has been taken place from Mandagapadi to Mariaaman Temple, at 08:00 a.m.. Special pujas has been performed to the Amman. Devotees in large numbers prepared pongal and offered to the Goddess. Some devotees did padhakanikkai, muthu poduthal and mudi kanikkai netrikadans. Roadside vendors and hawkers wind up their stalls, at afternoon.
 
News posted on 2016-04-13

Kayiru kuthu Utsav
 
12th April 2016 Kayiru kuthu Utsav - Panguni Pongal 2016 Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Panguni Pongal 2016 - Kayirukuthu festival was celebrated in Sivakasi, yesterday. Large number of devotees take part in Vesham Poduthal ( swearing of white and black dots in their body and having neem leaves in their hands ) and raised the Aahoi Ayyaahoi Aaathaathaa Periyaathaa slogans. Devotees carried mulaipaari, agni chatti, 1000 kannu paanai, and maavilakku. Some devotees perform nerthikadan such as Padha Kaanikai, Kan Malar, Muthu Poduthal, Kayirukuthudhal and mottai podudhal. Sevaral fans club and Social Clubs in Sivakasi distributed free Sambar Rice, Butter Milks, Lemon Juices and Paanai Karam to the people. Mandagapadi was decorated with festoons, fruits and flowers. Thousands visited mandagapadi and offered their prayers to Amman. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. There was live coverage and broadcast of the festival by the local cable tv networks. Kayirukuthu festival entertains all sections of people in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2016-04-12

Rain surprises Sivakasians
 
10th April 2016 Rain surprises Sivakasians Yesterday, a sudden spell of rain caught Sivakasians by surprise, bringing the chill back to the town, after 2 months. Rains lashed various parts of Sivakasi town accompanied with thunders and lightning from 07:40 p.m. to 08:15 p.m., inundating low-lying areas. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Hundreds of roadside vendors and Panguni Pongal Devotees were highly affected due to rain. For the next 7 days sky will be partly cloudy with slim possibilities for rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 39 and 37 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-04-10

Mariamman Kovil pulls crowd for Panguni Pongal
 
10th April 2016 Mariamman Kovil pulls crowd for Panguni Pongal Today, Sivakasi celebrates Panguni Pongal Festival in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil. Numerous shops were placed around the temple, a week before the celebration. Majority of the offices and industries declared local holidays for 2 days. Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil has been decked up with festoons, flowers, lights and banners for the Sivakasi Panguni Pongal Festival. Sivakasians prepared and offered pongal for Mariamman, for the past 3 days. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. Paadha Kanikai, muthu poduthal were offered by the devotees to Lord Mariamman. Some devotees carried out Aayiramkan Paanai. Majority of Sivakasians, in their home prepared traditional Kathirikaai and Murungaikaai Puli Kulambu. Today, the temple remains open throughout the night and special prayers will be performed. Tomorrow, Kayirukuthu festival will be held.
 
News posted on 2016-04-10

Mariamman Kovil wears a festive look for Panguni Pongal
 
9th April 2016 Mariamman Kovil wears a festive look for Panguni Pongal The 10 day annual Sivakasi Panguni Pongal at Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil begins on 3rd April 2016, Sunday with the traditional Kodiyettram (flag hoisting) ceremony. Devotees started thronging Mariamman Kovil, for the last one week. Mariamman Temple was decorated with colourful decorative lights, festoons, clothes and flowers. The way leading to Sivakasi Mariamman Temple wore a festive look, with roadside vendors and balloon sellers.
 
News posted on 2016-04-09

Police security tightened for Panguni Pongal
 
9th April 2016 Police security tightened for Panguni Pongal Today police security has been tightened in Mariamman Temple, for conducting Panguni Pongal in a smooth manner. Hundereds of policemen and police women were arrived, today, at 04:00 p.m.. The CCTV cameras were installed at the Mariamman temple campus as well as inside the temple to monitor the pilgrim movement in the temple.
 
News posted on 2016-04-09

The thirst for service
 
8th April 2016 - The Hindu The thirst for service Soroptimist International Madurai chapter gets a new team With their successful run on service to others, Soroptimist International (SI) - Madurai chapter installed a new team for the year. President ship of Latha Abiruben was handed over to Sangeetha Ranjit Soundarajan, who took over the responsibility on a promising note. The SI members all dressed up in colours of fuchsia glimmered with their determination to help the deprived. As SI Madurai enters the seventh year, the team has become stronger and wider with more sustainable projects. Soroptimist International is a worldwide non-governmental organisation for women started in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland to work for the benefit of underprivileged women and girls across the world. Latha Abiruben in her tenure executed various useful projects for the people of Madurai. Her environment friendly project yielded good response from the public. The best picks from the previous year include, ‘save earth’ marathon, mega organic expo, distribution of go green stickers and the various awareness campaigns for women. “I still get calls from people with queries about organic farming. The expo helped to open up the minds of people to transform their lives into a healthy living” says the former president. For this year, Sangeetha Ranjith Soundarajan too has useful projects in her bucket list. She plans to give priority to projects on hygiene and grooming and ‘educate to lead’ as she feels these would be of immense benefit to women and children.
 
News posted on 2016-04-08

Summer Classes to be held at SIS
 
7th April 2016 Summer Classes to be held at SIS Date: 15-04-2016 to 20-05-2016 Age: 5 years & above Music Modules, Drawing & Painting, Dance Modules, Chess & Carom Venue: Sidharajaa International School, Near Mani Nagar Bus Stop, Sivakasi For registration contact 7092263451, 8428052251
 
News posted on 2016-04-07

Nerthikadan Dolls arrives ahead of Panguni Pongal
 
7th April 2016 Nerthikadan Dolls arrives ahead of Panguni Pongal Netrikadan dolls (pommai) made of sand and clay, starts arriving Sivakasi town for the last five days. As Nerthikadan some devotees carried hand, leg, baby dolls made of sand and clay, Ayiramkan paanai and Agni Chatti and offered to Goddess Mariamman, for Panguni Pongal Festival. Clay dolls vendors have been mushrooming in the town, for the last two days, near Mariamman Kovil and Church. Many of them can be seen displaying their colourful dolls, muthus and pots. In Sivakasi, clay doll price ranges from Rs.50/- and price of agni chatti / aayiramkan paanai is Rs.110/-, and one packet Muthu is Rs.20/-. Some devotees began to offer the dolls to amman from flag hoisting ceremony onwards. It is expected that the sale of dolls and pots will be doubled during pongal and kayirukuthu festival.
 
News posted on 2016-04-07

ANJA College won MICROFIESTA overall shield
 
5th March 2016 - The Hindu ANJA College won MICROFIESTA overall shield A students’ function, MICROFIESTA’ 2016, was organised by the Department of Immunology and Microbiology of The American College, Madurai, on March 15. Principal M. Davamani Christober, in his inaugural address, elaborated on the MoU the college signed with Concordia College, New York, USA. K. Navaneethakannan, Director, PG Department, highlighted the involvement of students in organising seminars and meetings. M. Andrew Pradeep, UG Head, spoke about various competitions. Fifteen colleges and institutions from various parts of Tamil Nadu participated in the function. Competitions were conducted and prizes distributed by J. Helan Ratna Monica, Bursar. ANJA College, Sivakasi, won the overall shield. Stella Mary, president, Microfiesta, proposed the vote of thanks. Bavithra Devi and Rajeshwar, students’ secretaries of Microfiesta, had made the arrangements.
 
News posted on 2016-04-05

Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Kodiyetram
 
4th April 2016 Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Kodiyetram Yesterday, the 10 days Panguni Pongal Festival commenced at Sivakasi Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Temple with the flag hoisting ceremony. Special pujas were performed on the chief deity Mariamman. The priests also performed special pujas on the flag post, where the holy flag was hoisted. Thousands witnessed Kodiyetram Festival. Light music was arranged. After Kodiyetram event, Fireworks display has been made. Panguni Pongal is on 10th April and Kayirukuthu is on 11th April 2016.
 
News posted on 2016-04-04

NSS Special Camp conducted by SBCP
 
4th April 2016 NSS Special Camp conducted by SBCP The NSS unit of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy organised a special NSS camp from 25th to 31st March 2016. The camp was inaugurated by Prof.P.Solairaj, Principal, in the presence of Mr.R.Sudarsingh, Vice Principal, SBCP. Dengue, Chikungunya awareness camp, voter awareness camp, aids awareness campaign, veterinary camp were organised. The camp was organised by Prof.Regurath Pandian, Programme Officer, NSS Unit, SBCP.
 
News posted on 2016-04-04

Ragland Pre School Admission Open
 
2nd April 2016 Ragland Pre School Admission Open Toddler: 1.5 - 2.5 years Pre School: 2.5 - 3.5 years For admission contact 9445844325 Ragland Pre School, 25, Kamarajar Salai, Gangakulam Road, Satchiyapuram
 
News posted on 2016-04-02

Mariamman Kovil glowing with lights
 
2nd April 2016 Mariamman Kovil glowing with lights Sivakasi Mariamman Temple wore festive look, as thousands of colorful lights set the temple aglow. There are also hundreds of serial lit GOD & GODDESS structures to mark the 2016 Panguni Pongal Festival in Sivakasi. Work to light up the temple started last week and it is expected to be completed by tomorrow. The temple will dazzlingly light up every night until April second week and has become a much-awaited Panguni Pongal and Kayirukuthu event for Sivakasians and visitors alike.
 
News posted on 2016-04-02

Coming up this April
 
1st April 2016 Coming up this April Panguni Pongal Kodiyetram Date: 03-04-2016, Sunday Time: 07:35 p.m. onwards Venue: Mariamman Temple, Sivakasi Organisers: Hindu Nadar Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi 2016 Panguni Pongal Date: 10-04-2016, Sunday Kayirukuthu Date: 11-04-2016, Monday Eye Camp Date: 10-04-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 17-04-2016, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 24-04-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-04-01

The beginning of the new
 
1st April 2016 The beginning of the new FY 2016-17 Financial year 2016-17 begins from today. In Sivakasi, some companies did poojas and started new account from last Sunday. And majority of the companies begins their new financial year, today, with Special pooja with their family members, staff and friends. Offices were decorated with garlands and swearing Sandhanams and Kunkumams in the accounts notes and books. Most of the Sivakasians plan many resolutions and set targets for their organizations, for this Financial year 2016-17. Sivakasians are the best and they deserve it and wish them continued success.
 
News posted on 2016-04-01

Panthal Decoration Work in full swing
 
31st March 2016 Panthal Decoration Work in full swing Panguni Pongal Panthal decoration work is going on in full swing, at Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, for the past one week. The 10 days festival starts from 3rd April 2016, Sunday with Kodiyettram event, at the temple premises. Panguni Pongal is going to be held on 10th April 2016, Sunday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 11th April 2016, Monday. The decorative works for Panguni Pongal Utsav has been taken place, in Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil for last one week, in the temple campus and the way leading to the temple is getting a festive look. It is expected that the Pandhal decoration work will be completed in two days.
 
News posted on 2016-03-31

Panguni Pongal Kodiyetram is on 3rd April
 
31st March 2016 Panguni Pongal Kodiyetram is on 3rd April The 10 days annual Panguni Pongal Festival begins on 3rd April 2016, Sunday, with flag hoisting ceremony. This year Virudhunagar Panguni Pongal is going to be held on 3rd April 2016, whereas Sivakasi celebrates on 10th April 2016, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2016-03-31

Free Eye Camp organised at AAA College
 
30th March 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Free Eye Camp organised at AAA College Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology’s Rotary club, NSS, YRC and Dr Anil Kumar’s Eye Hospital, Sivakasi organized Eye Checkup Camp in the college premises on 29th March, 2016. Dr.R.K.Rasmi, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Anil Kumar’s Eye Hospital, Sivakasi felicitated the camp with her team. Dr. K. Arulmozhi, the Principal delighted over conducting the Eye Check-up Camp.The students and the faculty members actively involved themselves in the camp and 400 students and 35 faculty members utilized the camp. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi organized the camp well and good with a motive of creating awareness about Eye Care among the students.
 
News posted on 2016-03-30

Drizzling start but no rain
 
29th March 2016 Drizzling start but no rain Today, the sky was clear and it was brighter throughout the day. A band of clouds formed at evening at 4:00 p.m.. Earlier at morning Sivakasi receives mild showers for a long. However drizzle fails to turn as rain. For the next 7 days sky will be cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 36 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-03-29

Rain forecast for Sivakasi over 48 hours
 
28th March 2016 Rain forecast for Sivakasi over 48 hours The weatherman has forecast there will be rain over Sivakasi town for the next three days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-03-28

Temperature fell down to 35 degree celsius
 
28th March 2016 Temperature fell down to 35 degree celsius For the past one month, Sivakasi town prevails with hot Sivakasi town experienced a hot weather (with maximum and minimum temperature of 38 and 28 degree celsius) in the town for the past one month. Sivakasi recorded a scorching 39 degree Celsius, its highest maximum temperature for the year 2016. Today there was sudden fall in temperature from 38 degree to 35 degree and cool breeze prevails in Sivakasi town from evening 04:00 pm.. The fall in temperature brings temporary relief from summer heat.
 
News posted on 2016-03-28

Black Clouds, Thunders, Mild Drizzle, Cool Breeze
 
28th March 2016 Black Clouds, Thunders, Mild Drizzle, Cool Breeze Today Sivakasi town experienced mild drizzle from 04:00 p.m., accompanied with cool breeze and thunders. However, Sivakasi fails to receive rain. Nearby town, Sattur, Elayirampannai, receives moderate rainfall at evening. The mild drizzle brings down the temperature in the town.
 
News posted on 2016-03-28

Free medical camp to be held tomorrow
 
26th March 2016 Free medical camp to be held tomorrow Date: 27-03-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Amman Kovilpatti School, Sivakasi Organisers: The Lions Club of Sivakasi, JCI Sivakasi & Velammal Medical College, Madurai.
 
News posted on 2016-03-26

Festival of colours celebrated at Sivakasi
 
26th March 2016 Festival of colours celebrated at Sivakasi On 24th March 2016, Thursday, the festival of colours "HOLI" was celebrated in Sivakasi, by Sivakasi Marwaris. Revellers splashed colour on each other as they exchanged hugs and embraces across the roads in Sivakasi to celebrate the festival of colours. Many areas in Sivakasi wore a multi-colour look as revelers came out to join the festivities. Children had most of the fun as they sprayed coloured water using water guns and hurled water-filled balloons on people. The festival of colours not only entertains the Children and young but also the old, they too threw dry colour on others and blessed the young.
 
News posted on 2016-03-26

AAA College students achievements at IIT
 
24th March 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET AAA College students achievements at IIT IIT,Roorkee’s Cognizance and Finlandlabs had organized three days National Level Techtainment “APPFLUXUS2k16” on March 18, 19 and 20,2016 at IIT Roorkee campus. Over 10,000 students from various streams from all over India had participated in the fest. 5 students from Electronics and communication Engineering department and 7 students from Computer Science and Engineering represented AAACET at the fest. In the “BigData“ event, AAA students team Selvan R.Sanoj Kumar , Selvan P.Raja Ganesh, Selvan H.Kishore, Selvan G.Guruprakash, Selvi Deepika, Selvi P.Hemalatha, and Selvi M.Bhavithra of Computer Science and Engineering department competed against 19 other teams and won SECOND prize. And in the event “Robofest” AAA students Selvan.R.Senthil Kumar, Selvan.M.Muthu Selvan, Selvan S.Ramesh Kumar, Selvan V.Vikram and Selvi.R.Padma Shanthi of Electronics and communication Engineering department had competed against 15 teams and secured THIRD prize in the event. Chairman Shri P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan,Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and staff members cordially admired the achievers for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2016-03-24

SpartAAA 2k16 organized at AAA College
 
24th March 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET SpartAAA 2k16 organized at AAA College Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology had organized a National Level Intercollegiate Technical Symposium “SpartAAA 2k16” for Civil, CSE, ECE, EEE and Mechanical engineering departments on March 23, 2016 at college premises. Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi welcomed the gathering and delivered the inaugural address. Around 220 students from various engineering colleges in and around Virudhunagar district had eagerly participated in the fest. The symposium covered events like Paper Presentation, Code Cracking, Poster presentation, Mr. Machinist, Connections, Water Rocketry, Technical Quiz etc., The winners of various events were honored with shields and certificates. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and all department staffs made necessary arrangements for the successful commencement of the programme.
 
News posted on 2016-03-24

Palm Sunday Procession held at Sivakasi
 
22nd March 2016 Palm Sunday Procession held at Sivakasi Marking the commencement of the holy week, Sivakasi Christians celebrated Palm Sunday with religious fervour, on 20th March 2016, Sunday. The traditional procession by the faithful holding blessed palm fronds prior to the mass was held from Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School to Sivakasi Lourdes Church. Palm Sunday Procession and Prayer was organised by Parish Council, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2016-03-22

Eye Camp to be held tomorrow
 
19th March 2016 Eye Camp to be held tomorrow Date: 20-03-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy & Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
 
News posted on 2016-03-19

Blood Donation Camp is on 20th March
 
19th March 2016 Blood Donation Camp is on 20th March Date: 20-03-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital & RC Church Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-03-19

Church compound wall work in full swing
 
17th March 2016 Church compound wall work in full swing For the past five days construction of church compound wall work in full swing, in Sivakasi. Compound wall of church partially demolished and constructed. It is expected that the work will be completed in 2-3 days.
 
News posted on 2016-03-17

Panguni Pongal is on 10th April
 
17th March 2016 Panguni Pongal is on 10th April This year Panguni Pongal is going to be held on 10th April 2016, Sunday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 11th April 2016, Monday. Kodiyetram will be held on 3rd April 2016, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2016-03-17

Sivakasi temperature touches 38 degree
 
15th March 2016 Sivakasi temperature touches 38 degree Due to clear sunlight in last few days, both day and night temperatures are scaling steadily in Sivakasi town. Scorcher of a day expected with maximum temperature touching 38-39C, for the next one month.
 
News posted on 2016-03-15

Badminton Tournament to be held
 
14th March 2016 Badminton Tournament to be held Date: 19-03-2016 & 20-03-2016 Category: Doubles, Day Night Match Venue: Fireworks Representatives Recreation Club, 61, Chairman Shunmugam Road, Sivakasi. For further details contact J.Kalirajan (Majestic Sports)- 04562-222244
 
News posted on 2016-03-14

Sivakasi Celebrates Therukattu Pongal
 
14th March 2016 Sivakasi Celebrates Therukattu Pongal Theru kattu Pongal is celebrated on Masi month of Tamil Calendar every year, in Sivakasi and the festival is famous in majority streets of the town. Therukkettu Pongal is celebrated in Sivakasi for more than 100 years. The spirit of Therukettu Pongal encourages the feeling of brotherhood in the street and even the enemies turn friend on this day. People of all communities and even religions participate in this entertaining street festival and strengthen the secular fabric of the street. Each street has Idol, commonly Amman (Muthaalamman) idol and workshipped by the street people. Before a week of the festival, sprouted grains (Mulaipari) are produced in pots and kept in a dark room. For eight days, Kummi will be performed by the girls and women of the street, accompanying kummi song, in front of the small temple (Poodam). A sum of amount collected as Therukattu Pongal Vari from each family of the street and the committee members of the street organise Therukattu Pongal. On the occassion of Therukettu Pongal the street are decorated with colour papers, festoons, flowers, thoranais, Veppilai thoranais, decorative serial lights, tube lights and focus lights. Music systems arrangements will be made at the entrance of the streets. Games, competitions will be conducted. Dance, drama will be performed by the Street kids, in a pre arranged stage. Chief guest of the theru kettu pongal, distribute prizes to the winners. Chief Guest may be usually, the ward councillor or the Chairman or the famous personalities of the town. As a part of Therukettu Pongal Festival, mulaipari and milk pots are carried out by the street people. In the mulaipaari procession, girls and women of the respective streets carry earthen pots with grown grains (nine different types of grains) inside on their heads and walk towards Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Theppakulam where the content is dissolved. The street people go with their street mates accompanying with Maela Thaalam, to the temples and special poojas will be done for the wellness of the street people. After their arrival to the street, special archanai will be performed to the goddess of the street. Annadhaanam will also be done, in some streets. Pongal are prepared and distributed to all the families, on the next day. Auctions will be taken place. People get flower garlands, lemon garlands, amman sarees through auction. The festival will be concluded with immersion of the created idol in the well or Theppakulam.
 
News posted on 2016-03-14

Sivakasi Boy Invents Low-Cost Fire Extinguisher
 
12th March 2016 - The Better India Sivakasi Boy Invents Low-Cost Fire Extinguisher Sivakasi is the centre of the fireworks industry in Tamil Nadu, feeding nearly 90% of the country’s demand for fireworks. It’s also where a number of fire mishaps have occurred, leading to many casualties. The 13-year-old son of one such victim (who luckily survived) has developed an inexpensive fire extinguisher that triggers a water motor when it senses heat. Jayakumar, a Class 9 student, wanted to focus on preventing mishaps and subduing fires before they spread, ever since his mother, a daily labourer at one of these factories, suffered serious burns during an accident. The young teenager decided he wanted to invent something that would keep his mother and others like her safe at work. Developed with the help of his science teacher, Karunai Das, the extinguisher has a heat sensor that detects a rise in temperature that could be caused due to friction. This triggers an alarm, which is connected to a water tank and a motor. A sprinkler that will douse the flames is activated without delay. Jayakumar demonstrated the device at the Beyond Carlton Memorial function on February 27, where he explained the process with the help of a sensor and a cardboard model of a factory. Jayakumar isn’t a stranger to innovating. Before this, he worked on developing an LPG gas leak sensor that works on the same principle, which won him national recognition. He is now working with his teacher to develop the fire extinguisher model on a larger scale.
 
News posted on 2016-03-12

21 flying squads for Virudhunagar
 
8th March 2016 - The Hindu 21 flying squads for Virudhunagar Twenty-one flying squads have been formed to monitor implementation of the model code of conduct in all the seven Assembly constituencies of Virudhunagar district. These squads have been provided with GPS-fitted vehicles and are monitored from a control room at the Collector’s office. According to a press release from Collector V. Rajaraman, 21 static squads and seven video surveillance teams have been formed, at the rate of three squads for each Assembly constituency. Complaints of poll code violations can be lodged with the round-the-clock control room functioning at the Collectorate by dialling 1950 or 04562252466. The following are the contact details of the Returning Officer for each Assembly constituency in the district: Rajapalayam: R. Rajaram, District Supply and Consumer Protection Officer, 94450 00353; Srivilliputtur: Sankaran Pillai, Assistant Commissioner (Excise), 99441 35205; Sattur: Dhanalingam, District Backward Classes and Minorities’ Welfare Officer, 94454 77844; Sivakasi: Amar Kushwaha, Sub-Collector, 94450 00474; Virudhunagar: Murugesan, District Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Officer, 94867 21188; Aruppukottai: M. Selvi, Revenue Divisional Officer, 94450 00475 and Tiruchuli: N. Thiagarajan, Special Deputy Collector (Social Welfare Schemes), 89037 25518.
 
News posted on 2016-03-08

Class 9 student develops fire safety device
 
8th March 2016 - Deccan Herald Class 9 student develops fire safety device A ninth standard student of a government high school in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, has developed a fire safety device with a heat sensor. Demonstrating the working of the instrument at an event organised by "Beyond Carlton," a people-s initiative for fire safety, here on Saturday, M Jayakumar said that developed the device after his mother suffered burns while working at a fire cracker unit. Jayakumar has been named as a "Young Scientist" by Siva Subramanian, a scientist with the Isro. “The device has a heat sensor which is activated when the temperature goes up turning on the indicator, alarm and motor,” Jayakumar said, while explaining the working of the equipment he developed six months ago. “I want my mother to be safe and also my society. Hence, took up the project . Along with the support of teachers, I researched about fire safety devices on the Internet,” he added. Jayakumar said that around 95 per cent of his classmates parents were employed in fire cracker units. He narrated a recent incident in his district wherein about 10 people died while working in one such unit. Karunai Das, a science teacher who helped Jayakumar in his project, said that his next plan was to develop the model on a larger scale. Two outstanding fire service men from the City, Venkatesh Nayak and S N Nagesh , who saved lives during fire accidents were felicitated on the occasion. While Nayak rescued two lives during Orion Mall fire tragedy, Nagesh rescued people during a fire mishap at Manyata Tech Park.
 
News posted on 2016-03-08

Happy Women-s Day
 
A graceful woman gets strength from troubles, smiles when distressed and grows even stronger with prayers and hope. Wishing you a very HAPPY WOMEN-S DAY, so be grateful because today is your day! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2016-03-08

Officials honoured for Flag Day collection
 
5th March 2016 - The Hindu Officials honoured for Flag Day collection VIRUDHUNAGAR: The Collector, V. Rajaraman, presented a certificate from the Governor and a silver medal to 11 officials of Virudhunagar district for their outstanding work in Flag Day collection in 2012 and 2013 here on Monday. Seven other officials received the Chief Secretary’s certificate and silver medal from the Collector. According to an official press release, N. Tenzing Balaiah, NCC Officer of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, received the Chief Secretary’s certificate and a silver medal for collecting Rs. 1.2 lakh in 2013. Students of the college contributed Rs. 2.7 lakh in 2014 and Rs. 3.58 lakh in 2015 for Flag Day. Award for SP The Collector presented a cash award of Rs. 3,000 and a memento to the Superintendent of Police, P. Aravindan, for collecting the maximum amount in salary saving scheme in the district in 2014-15. Awards for the best performing small savings agents, including a woman agent V. Krithiga, were also given away by Mr. Rajaram on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2016-03-05

Son of fireworks unit worker develops safety device
 
5th March 2016 - The Hindu Son of fireworks unit worker develops safety device A 13-year-old boy, who doesnt even have the luxury of footwear and studies in class IX, at a government high school in Sivakasi, the hub of firework factories in Tamil Nadu, developed a fire safety device so that his mother, a labourer at a fireworks factory, remains safe. The diminutive M Jayakumar, accompanied by his science teacher Karunaidas, was felicitated by Beyond Carlton at their sixth memorial day in Bengaluru on Saturday. The boy was not well-versed in English, but spoke impeccable Tamil and had the audience enthralled with his knowledge, for which he earned a standing ovation. “The device works based on an alarm circuit completed by a heat sensor. One of the main reasons for fire accidents is friction, which will increase the temperature. Any rise in the room temperature will trigger this device,” said Jayakumar. The device is not just an alarm; the circuit is connected to a water tank and a motor, which will sprinkle water in the factory, dousing the fire. Three years ago, Jayakumars mother Panjavarnam had sustained severe burn injuries in an accident at a fireworks factory. That had a lasting impact on the young boy. Karunaidas, his science teacher was discussing a project to develop a mobile app to alert the fire service and police station of fire mishap in the fireworks factories in Sivakasi. He recalled that Jayakumar stood up in the class questioned the use of such an app. “He said the focus should be to prevent mishaps, which changed the projects focus altogether,” recalled Mr. Karunaidas. The fire safety device is not his first project. He had developed an LPG gas leak alarm two years ago, based on the same principle, with a gas sensor. The project won him national recognition.
 
News posted on 2016-03-05

SIS FEAT 2016
 
3rd March 2016 SIS FEAT 2016 For the consecutive year, SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL organized “SIS FEAT 2016” (Competition for Kids) on 19.02.2016, Sunday in the school campus. Kids under the age 2 to 7 are participated in the events like Cake Decoration, Fireless Cooking, Clay Modelling, Rhythm and Art from wastage. Around 90 students had been participated in the events. Totally 75 parents are participated in the parental programme delivered by Ms.Jhansi Rani, Assistant Prof. in S.F.R College, Sivakasi. The Chief guests for function are Mr.R.Baskar, Inspector of Police, Sivakasi, Mr.P.C.Sudharsanan, Director of Sidharajaa International School and Ms.U.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal of Sidharajaa International School.
 
News posted on 2016-03-03

Maths Quest-16 - Awarding Ceremony held at AAA College
 
3rd March 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Maths Quest-16 - Awarding Ceremony held at AAA College Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized the “Maths Quest’16- Awarding Ceremony” programme for the +2 students who scored good marks in the Maths Quest’16 -Mathematics Examination conducted on January 31, 2016 at the college, where 1700, +2 students enthusiastically participated from 52 different schools. Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi delivered the welcome address. In his address he highlighted the demands of engineers in the job market and also advised the students to face the public examinations with confidence and wished them all the success in their endeavors. Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK) felicitated the programme and honored the top scorers with certificates and cash prizes. The correspondent in his speech he insisted the students to have clear ambition and develop their practical application skills. He also urged them to contribute the educational sector. Later the parents and the students shared their views about the programme.the students thanked the management for helping them boost up their skills and also requested to conduct programmes that covers one word questions for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, that would help them score centum. The top scorers were rewarded with certificates and cash prize Rs.10,000 for 4 students who scored 200 out of 200 and Rs.5,000 for 2 students those scored 199 out of 200 and Rs.2,500 for 2 students those scored 199 out of 200.The rest were awarded with Rs.1000 for scoring 190/200,totally with an amount of Rs.1 lakh. Chairman Shri P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK) and Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi had well organized the programme with a motive of offering the students written practice, time management and to score high marks in their public examination.
 
News posted on 2016-03-03

Coming up this March
 
1st March 2016 Coming up this March Eye Camp Date: 13-03-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 20-03-2016, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-03-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-03-01

National Science Day Celebration at AAA College
 
1st March 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET National Science Day Celebration at AAA College Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering and Technology’s Department of Humanities & Science, had celebrated Science Day on 26th February 2016 at college premises. Shri.P.Pandaram Senior Scientist, KKNPP, Koodankulam was the guest of honor of the day. As a part of the celebration students have presented 40 innovative science projects and demonstrated. The chief guest insisted the students to conserve the energy for the future generation and also added that the development of the nation relies mainly on the sustainable development of energy resources. He advised the students to contribute as much as they could to develop the economic growth of the nation. At the end of the program the chief guest awarded prizes for the best three science projects presented by the students. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi had organized the programme to create a platform for the students exhibit their creative projects.
 
News posted on 2016-03-01

Staff Development Programme Organised
 
1st March 2016 - Dr.P.Samuel,Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC Staff Development Programme Organised at ANJAC On behalf of Life Science Cluster Departments of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi a staff development programme was organized on 22/02/2016 in the Conference hall. Dr. N.K.Udaya Prakash, Director (R&D), MARINA labs, Chennai was invited as guest of honour. Dr. D.N.P.Sudarmani, Assistant Professor presided over the programme. Dr. P.Samuel, Assistant Professor delivered the welcome address to the gatherings. Dr. Udaya Prakash during the technical session addressed on the most thrust area entitled “Aerobiology; Patentable findings in interdisciplinary science”. During the session he stressed on the microbial flora especially the distribution of spores of fungi in the trophosphere and its influence on the development of generalized allergies among the urban population. During the lecture he shared his views on “Chennai Pollen Calendar” which clearly describes the seasonal availability of pollen in the atmosphere and its relationship to the development of respiratory tract infection among the risk prone urban population. Further he discussed on merging the ideas of engineering science with modern life science to develop novel crafts like Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) equipped with camera to collect the data regarding the pattern of distribution of pollen in the atmosphere. He also stated the influence of fungi flora on the development of health risk in farmers working in the farm house. Through one of his case study, he made it possible to forecast disease of economically important crop plants using UAV. UAV could also be exploited in disease forecasting in thrust areas like medical, agriculture, veterinary science and in palynological sciences. Towards the end of the session he targeted on owning patents against the findings. He has clarified the doubts regarding patents raised by the staff members through simple steps. Dr. S. Balaji, Assistant professor, delivered vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2016-03-01

Make in India Meeting held at Sivakasi
 
27th February 2016 Make in India Meeting held at Sivakasi Make in India meeting was held at Sivakasi JA Bose Kalyana Mandapam, on 19th February 2016, Friday, with fire cracker manufacturers. In the meeting, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry said the manufacturers had told her that it was a happier Deepavali last year as the government had intervened to check the entry of Chinese firecrackers into the market. “No licence is given for importing firecrackers and hence entry of foreign made firecrackers into the Indian market is illegal. Steps were taken to seize and destroy foreign-made firecrackers. The State governments too extended their cooperation. The drive will continue this year too,” she said.
 
News posted on 2016-02-27

Sivakasi Marathon 2016 to be held tomorrow
 
27th February 2016 Sivakasi Marathon 2016 to be held tomorrow Date: 28-02-2016, Sunday Time: 05:30 onwards Venue: NPSSRK Rotary Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cosmos.
 
News posted on 2016-02-27

No electricity shocks Sivakasians
 
26th February 2016 No electricity shocks Sivakasians Sivakasi TNEB announced power shut down from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m., for maintenance purpose, for the month of February, on 25th February 2016. But there was power outage in the town and power resumed at 08:15 p.m., only. It was annoying day for Sivakasi, as the climate was too hot alongwith no power.
 
News posted on 2016-02-26

Mild drizzle in Sivakasi
 
26th February 2016 Mild drizzle in Sivakasi Today Sivakasi town experienced mild drizzle at morning. However the drizzle fails to make the road wet. The sky was cloudier until 10:30 a.m.. And the sun turns bright, as the day progressed. Today Sivakasi weather touches 35 degree celsius. For the next one week, sky will be partly cloudy, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-02-26

Golden Chariot procession held
 
25th February 2016 Golden Chariot procession held As a part of Murugan Kovil Kumbabhisekam, golden chariot procession was held, at the four car street, on 19th February 2016, Friday. Hundreds of devotees witnessed the same and raised the slogan Muruganukku Arohara. Special pujas were performed.
 
News posted on 2016-02-25

Summer nears, neem leaves begins to shed
 
25th February 2016 Summer nears, neem leaves begins to shed As summer is nearing, neem tree begins to shed its leaves for the past one month, in Sivakasi town. The leaves colour has been changed from green to yellow and a huge amount of neem leaves falling in the roadsides and drains. In a month, the tree sheds all the leaves and will give skeleton look and seen with bare branches and the branch system is clearly visible. The new leaves will be grown within a month and gives new look to the tree and gives more shadow than other trees, in summer days. The shedding of neem leaves is one of the signs of the begining of the summer season, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2016-02-25

Seminar on Overseas Courses held
 
25th February 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Seminar on Overseas Courses held Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology had organized a seminar for the students on Overseas Courses February 24, 2016 at college’s A/C Seminar Hall. Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi welcomed the gathering and delivered the inaugural address. In his address he highlighted how the Higher Education and Research and Development are evolving in India and Ireland and gave a short intro about Mr. J. John Christopher Director, Pearson BTEC and his contribution to AAACET. Mr.J.John Christopher, Director,Cornerstone Pearson BTEC gave brief intro about the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland and its tie ups and various employability opportunities offered by them. Mr.Anthony Commins, Course Leader, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland the chief guest of the programme gave broad insights about the various courses offered and their students placement in different fields. He also talked about the emerging industrial Internet of Things. The programme winded up with a special discussion with the students clearing their queries about the courses offered. The students were enlightened by his lecture and benefited with a clear scope about Overseas Higher Education. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi made necessary arrangements for the successful commencement of the programme.
 
News posted on 2016-02-25

Demand for upgradation of EPFO in Sivakasi
 
22nd February 2016 - The Hindu Demand for upgradation of EPFO in Sivakasi Sivakasi Development Organisation has sought upgradation of the Employees’ Provident Fund Office (EPFO) in Sivakasi to a sub-regional office for better facilities for the 2.50 lakh subscribers and 20,000 pensioners of PF. In a statement, its president, A.P. Selvarajan, said that the present office was functioning like a district office with limited services. Pensioners have to go all the way to the regional office in Madurai to get their grievances, if any, redressed. Though the EPFO was conducting grievance day meeting in Sivakasi at regular intervals, he said the two-decade-old demand for the setting up of a sub-regional office at Sivakasi has not fructified. Mr. Selvarajan pointed out that Nagercoil which had just 75,000 subscribers has got a sub-regional office. But, the office in Sivakasi with 2.50 lakh subscribers has not been upgraded to a sub-regional office, Mr. Selvarajan said. The statement also said that every year a new sub-regional office of the EPFO was being opened in the neighbouring States that gives a lot of relief to the subscribers and pensioners in getting their benefits. 2.50 lakh subscribers and 20,000 pensioners of PF will benefit from this upgradation
 
News posted on 2016-02-22

Former Muslim School Correspondent passes away
 
19th February 2016 Former Muslim School Correspondent passes away Former Muslim School Correspondent Hajee. M.S. HATHEEM Ex Municipality Concilor, passes away on 17th February 2016, Wednesday, at Sivakasi. He was buried in the cemetery with proper Islamic rituals, on 18th February 2016, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2016-02-19

Maha Kumbabishekam held at Murugan Kovil
 
19th February 2016 Maha Kumbabishekam held at Murugan Kovil Today, hundreds of devotees witnessed the Maha Kumbabishekam (consecration) of Sivakasi Mariamman Temple, at 09:00 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.. Holy water was poured on the Kovil kalasams atop the rajagopuram and other towers amid chanting of hymns and mantras. Special pujas were performed from the morning. The holy water was sprinkled on devotees immediately after the kumbabishekam through sprinklers. The temple and campus were decked with pandhals, colour papers and festoons. Sivakasians captured Temple photos and Kumbabhisekam moments in their cameras and mobile phones.
 
News posted on 2016-02-19

Business Meet to be held today - YES
 
17th February 2016 Business Meet to be held today - YES Day & Date: Wednesday, 17th February, 2016 Time: 4.00 p.m Venue: Bell Hotel (Board Room, 3rd Floor), Sivakasi. Topic: CHALLENGES FACED BY SIVAKASI INDUSTRIES AND THE OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW OUT OF IT Guest Speaker: Mr. V. L. Ramakrishnan, CEO of Shiksha Financial Services India Pvt. Ltd., Chennai. About the guest speaker: Mr. VL Ramakrishnan was a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary with, 20+ yr experience across BFSI with extensive experience in the retail lending (Auto, Housing, PL, MFI) business. More recently, he was co-founder and CFO at Suroyday Micro Finance. Earlier, he was with DCB Bank, GE Capital, Cholamandalam Finance and Modi Xerox. Agenda:- 1. 4.00 p.m : Registration 2. 4.30 p.m : Snippets 3. 4.45 p.m : Business Session 4. 6.00 p.m : Tea Break 5. 6.15 p.m : Business Session 6. 7.30 p.m : Dinner
 
News posted on 2016-02-17

All set for Murugan Kovil Maha Kumbabhisekam
 
17th February 2016 All set for Murugan Kovil Maha Kumbabhisekam Maha Kumbabhisekam for Sivakasi Sivasubramaniaswami temple is scheduled to be held on 19th February 2016, Friday. The kumbabhisekam rituals begins with Ganapathi homam today. The temple gopurams were decorated with festoons, fruits, papers and colourful lights.
 
News posted on 2016-02-17

Cloudier start but no drizzle
 
17th February 2016 Cloudier start but no drizzle Sivakasi town has been receiving good breeze, providing relief to the Sivakasians from scorching heat for the last 45 days. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. However, the sun turns bright as the day progressed. Sivakasi set to get mild drizzle for the next one week with average minimum and maximum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2016-02-17

Murugan Kovil glowing with lights and paints
 
16th February 2016 Murugan Kovil glowing with lights and paints Sivakasi Arulmighu SivaSubramaniya Swami Thirukovil Kumbabhisekam is going to be held on 19th February 2016, Friday, from 09:00 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.. Temple renovation work enters final phase and the temple is glowing with serial light decoration.
 
News posted on 2016-02-16

New bus stand at Thiruthangal
 
16th February 2016 New bus stand at Thiruthangal The new Thiruthangal Bus Stand was inaugurated by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa through video conference. Efforts made by Minister for Information and Special Programme Implementation K.T. Rajendhira Balaji, Municipal Chairman Dhanalakshmi Ganesan, and Vice-Chairman P. Sakthivel yields results. An area of 1.5 acres on Sivakasi-Virudhunagar Main Road (near Karuppasamy Kovil) and the bus stand was constructed at a cost of Rs. 3.69 crore. The municipality shared the expenditure and contributed a sum of Rs. 40 lakh and the rest was received from the State Government.
 
News posted on 2016-02-16

Blood Donation Camp held at AAA College
 
15th February 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Blood Donation Camp held at AAA College Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology’s Rotary club, NSS, YRC and Government Hospital, Sivakasi organized Blood Donation Camp in the college premises on 12th February, 2016. Dr.B.Shailesh Babu, Government Hospital, Sivakasi felicitated the camp. Dr. K. Arulmozhi, the Principal delighted over conducting the Second Blood Donation Camp and acknowledged the spirit of social service in the young minds. The students and the faculty members actively involved themselves in the camp and 150 students and 30 faculty members donated blood. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi organized the camp with an objective to promote the awareness of blood donation among the students.
 
News posted on 2016-02-15

Patchwork in full swing at Sivakasi
 
11th February 2016 Patchwork in full swing at Sivakasi Road patchwork in full swing at major roads in Sivakasi town. For those who drive down may not have problem as the Sivakasi Municipality has completed the patchwork work, making the road better.
 
News posted on 2016-02-11

AAA student secured first position in Weight Lifting
 
11th February 2016 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET AAA student secured first position in Weight Lifting The student of AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi Selvan Karthik.S Third Year Mechanical Engineering Department has secured FIRST place and created 8 records in Weight Lifting Championship under 94 KG category organized by Virudhunagar weight Lifting Association and Sivakasi, Veera Hanuman Gym, in the memory of Sivakasi Saffire Groups Thiru.A.Ayyanathan, Virudhunagar District Weight Lifting Championship 2015-16 on February 07 , 2016. The Champ was also rewarded with cash prize of Rs.10,000/- by Thiru.A.Ghanasekaran, Chairman Virudhunagar Weight Lifting Association. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and faculties cordially eulogizes the champ for bringing eminence to the institution.
 
News posted on 2016-02-11

Murugan Kovil Kumbabhisekam is on 19th Feb
 
10th February 2016 Murugan Kovil Kumbabhisekam is on 19th Feb Sivakasi Subramaniyasamy Thirukovil Kumbabhisekam is going to be held on 19th February 2016, Friday, between 09:00 a.m. and 10:25 a.m..
 
News posted on 2016-02-10

Mary Matha Festival 2016
 
10th February 2016 Mary Matha Festival 2016 As a part of Navanaal Mary Matha Festival 2016, procession of Mary Matha Idol has been taken out in Sivakasi, on 6th February 2016, Saturday. The way leading to the shrine wore a festive look. The balloon, toy sellers and vendors arranged stalls on either side of the road near Indian Bakery. Sivakasi Catholic church Bishop started the festival with a Holy Mass at around 6:30 p.m.. Devotees in large numbers participated in the festival and prayed for their well-being. Large numbers of pilgrims gathered on the Shrine. Special prayers were performed. The Church Chariot was decorated with attractive colourful lights. Procession began at 10:00 p.m.. Thousands of devotees witnessed the procession that takes place at the four streets of Sivakasi. Church volunteers and Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association members also helped in regulating the devotees. The Navanaal function concluded with Kodi Irakkam function, on 7th February 2016, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2016-02-10

ROTO FEST Inter School Competition held
 
6th February 2016 ROTO FEST Inter School Competition held The Rotary Club of Sivakasi conducted an inter-school competition "Roto Fest" at N.P.S.S.R.K. Rotary Matriculation, Viswanatham, on January 29. Club president and chief guest Rtn. MPHF. R.P. Ramamoorthy and Rty. Ann. Vijaya Sundari Ramamoorthy declared the fest open. Seventeen schools participated in the competition that had events such as rangoli, Tamil essay writing competition and villupattu among others. The team from N.P.S.S.R.K. Rotary Matriculation won the Pioneer Ashok Memorial Trophy.
 
News posted on 2016-02-06

Extension activity carried out
 
6th February 2016 - Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College Extension activity carried out The students of the Post Graduate Department of English carried out an Extension Activity at Lovely Offset Printers pvt. Limited, Sivakasi, today. This programme is arranged especially for students to get exposed to the corporate environment. There was an interaction with the Executives of the firm regarding Business English in Corporate Sectors. Students trained the staff members in oral and written communication skills. Mrs. J. Vinayaga Vidhya, Assistant Professor in English accompanied the students.
 
News posted on 2016-02-06

Royal Chudi - Opening Ceremony
 
5th February 2016 Royal Chudi - Opening Ceremony Date: 12-02-2016, Friday Venue: 18/1B, Sattur Road, Sivakasi - 626 123. Phone: 04562-272163, 9442220438 email: royalchudi@gmail.com website: www.royalchudi.com
 
News posted on 2016-02-05

TIME National Scholarship Test 2016
 
5th February 2016 TIME National Scholarship Test 2016 Date: 07-02-2016, Sunday Time: 8th 9th Std (09:30 a.m.) , 6th, 7th Std (10:45 a.m.) Venue: TIME, No.36, A, Chairman Arunachalam Road, Sivakasi & TIME, No.417, TTK Road, Ramesh Complex, Virudhunagar Win up to Rs.1,00,000/- worth of scholarship Registration Fee: Rs.50/- For registration contact 9698581555 (Virudhunagar) , 9698581333 (Sivakasi)
 
News posted on 2016-02-05

ANJAC clinches overall trophy
 
2nd February 2016 - Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College ANJAC clinches overall trophy The students of the Post Graduate Department of English, ANJAC participated in the State Level Inter Collegiate competition organised by APA college for Women, Palani on 29th January 2016, Friday. Among the twelve colleges participated Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College students clinched the overall trophy.
 
News posted on 2016-02-02

Science Exhibition to be held at ANJAC
 
1st February 2016 - Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College Science Exhibition to be held at ANJAC A two day Science Exhibition is going to be organised at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi on 2.2.2016and 3.2.2016. The exhibition is arranged for the betterment of school children in Virudhunagar District to enhance their knowledge in the field of science and technology. The exhibits are prepared in the form of working models and experiments by science students, the arts students are going to present models and the language students are going to display models, enact skit and perform tableau. Thiru. V. Ayyan Kodiswaran, the Correspondent of ANJAC will inaugurate the exhibition in the Auditorium at 10.00a.m. On 2.2.2016.
 
News posted on 2016-02-01

Circus to entertain Sivakasians
 
1st February 2016 Circus to entertain Sivakasians Date: 22-01-2016 to 15-02-2016 Show Time: 01:00 p.m., 04:00 p.m. and 07:00 p.m. Ticket: Rs.40, Rs.70, Rs.100, Rs.150 Venue: Coronation Bus Stop Junction Organiser: The Great Indian Circus For ticket bookings please contact 9487889960
 
News posted on 2016-02-01

Coming up this February
 
1st February 2016 Coming up this February Circus to entertain Sivakasians Date: 22-01-2016 to 15-02-2016 Show Time: 01:00 p.m., 04:00 p.m. and 07:00 p.m. Ticket: Rs.40, Rs.70, Rs.100, Rs.150 Venue: Coronation Bus Stop Junction Organiser: The Great Indian Circus For ticket bookings please contact 9487889960 Science Exhibition to be held at ANJAC A two day Science Exhibition is going to be organised at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi on 2.2.2016and 3.2.2016. The exhibition is arranged for the betterment of school children in Virudhunagar District to enhance their knowledge in the field of science and technology. The exhibits are prepared in the form of working models and experiments by science students, the arts students are going to present models and the language students are going to display models, enact skit and perform tableau. Thiru. V. Ayyan Kodiswaran, the Correspondent of ANJAC will inaugurate the exhibition in the Auditorium at 10.00a.m. On 2.2.2016. Eye Camp Date: 14-02-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 21-02-2016, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 28-02-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-02-01

Nava Naal Festival begins with flag hoisting
 
30th January 2016 Nava Naal Festival begins with flag hoisting The 10 days Mary Matha Festival begins with flag hoisting ceremony at Sivakasi St. Lourdes Church, on 29th January 2016, Friday. Devotees thronged the shrine at the evening for the 10 days annual festival at the church. A holy mass was held to mark the start of the festival. The church administration made elaborate arrangements for visiting pilgrims. Bishop conducted special prayers. The way to the church wore festive look. St. Lourdes Church decorated with colourful lights, festoons and colour papers.
 
News posted on 2016-01-30

FUNDING RECEIVED
 
29th January 2016 - The Hindu FUNDING RECEIVED The Department of Mechanical Engineering of Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai, has received a research and development funding of Rs. 16.49 lakh from the Department of Science and Technology for the project “Automated button feeding riveting machine for garment Industries” developed by G. Manikandan, Professor and Head, M. Maran and A. Arun Senthil Kumar, co-principal investigators. The project is the outcome of consultancy work carried out for Penguin Apparels. The department also received Rs. 17 lakh from the DST for the development of safe, human-powered and low-cost multipurpose machine for fireworks industries in Sivakasi for the team comprising Dr. Manikandan, V. Anbumalar and P. Rajesh Kanna. This project is the outcome of consultancy work carried out for Sri Kaliswari Fireworks, Sivakasi. The aim of the project is to develop a low-cost machine operated by human power for manufacturing fireworks considering the safety of labour.
 
News posted on 2016-01-29

NATIONAL YOUTH DAY
 
29th January 2016 - The Hindu NATIONAL YOUTH DAY The Centre for Vivekananda Studies of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, celebrated National Youth Day on January 12 in which various competitions were conducted for students. K. Nalini, Coordinator of Centre for Vivekananda Studies, welcomed the gathering. V. Pandiyarajan, Principal, presided over the function and highlighted the various teachings of Swami Vivekananda. He also distributed prizes to the winners of competitions. R. Selvakumar proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2016-01-29

PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS
 
29th January 2016 - The Hindu PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS The Extension Activity Cell of the Department of Biotechnology of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, conducted a programme to mentor government school students at Sukkiravarpatti on January 6 under the Rashtviya Avishkar Abhiyan. Twelve students and two staff members, S. Amarnath Pandian and K. Siva, delivered lectures on dengue fever, malaria, bird flu, swine flu and rat fever and suggested measures to control them.
 
News posted on 2016-01-29

15.25 lakh voters in Virudhunagar
 
28th January 2016 - The Hindu 15.25 lakh voters in Virudhunagar A total of 15,25,040 voters are in Virudhunagar district as per the final electoral roll released on Wednesday. Sivakasi Assembly constituency has the highest number of voters among the seven constituencies in the district. The list, released by Collector V. Rajaraman in the presence of representatives from recognised political parties, showed that women were higher in number with 50.7 per cent of them. There were 132 voters who had identified their gender as ‘others’. As per the list, there were 2,34,432 voters in Sivakasi constituency, 2,21,788 voters in Rajapalayam constituency, 2,30,368 voters in Srivilliputhur constituency, 2,22,271 voters in Sattur constituency, 2,05,887 in Virudhunagar constituency, 2,04,976 voters in Aruppukottai constituency and 2,05,318 in Tiruchuli constituency. Mr. Rajaraman said that after the release of the draft electoral roll in September 2015, 30,549 eligible voters had been added to the roll from among 33,406 applications received for addition. He said that actions were being taken to issue the voter identity cards to all the newly registered voters on January 25, 2016.
 
News posted on 2016-01-28

Making voting all-inclusive
 
28th January 2016 - The Hindu Making voting all-inclusive With the aim of making voting in the coming Assembly election more inclusive, Virudhunagar district administration has launched a unique exercise of enrolling physically challenged persons, especially the hearing and speech impaired, for elector’s photo identity card (EPIC). Taking advantage of the four-year B. Tech. course for speech and hearing impaired persons offered by Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil, officials involved in election work conducted a special awareness-cum-enrolment camp at the deemed university last week. “Our objective is to make the voting process all-inclusive. We were able to enrol 158 students for EPIC at Kalasalingam University camp,” said V. Rajaraman, Collector. Officials, led by Sivakasi Sub-Collector Amar Kushawha, communicated to the students the need to exercise their franchise. Certain complex issues were explained in sign language by the teachers. The university offers B. Tech. in Civil, Computer Science, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering streams for students with a pass in SSLC exam. Concessions are also offered to students for stay and study. It had also been planned to organise special EPIC enrolment camps in colleges across the district, said Mr. Amar. Students above 18 years of age and who had not got EPIC in their home towns would be enrolled online with the help of data entry operators at the camps. These camps would be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on January 25.
 
News posted on 2016-01-28

Orientation programme organised
 
28th January 2106 - The Hindu Orientation programme organised An orientation programme on inter-personal communication skills was conducted at the school on January 2 for teachers. M. Rajasekaran, Dean, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, the resource person, highlighted the significance of communication in an effective teaching-learning process. He advised the participants to develop positive interpretation, appreciation, gratitude and empathy towards students and avoid sarcasm, grudges and emotional traits.
 
News posted on 2016-01-28

Sivakasi Town Celebrated Republic Day
 
27th January 2016 Sivakasi Town Celebrated Republic Day Flag hoisting and cultural programmes were conducted in various parts of Sivakasi town on 26th January 2016, Tuesday to mark the country-s 67th Republic Day celebrations. Unfurling the tri-colour, taking the salute and reviewing the guard of honour in Sivakasi Schools and Colleges, cultural programmes and distribution of assistance marked the Republic Day celebrations in Sivakasi town on last Sunday. Sivakasians were seen with flag pinned in their shirt.
 
News posted on 2016-01-27

Therukattu Pongal Celebrated at Solai Colony
 
27th January 2016 Therukattu Pongal Celebrated at Solai Colony To mark the Thai Pongal Festival Sivakasi Solai Colony organised Therukattu Pongal on 15th January 2016, Friday. People of all communities in Solai Colony and even religions participate in the entertaining street festival and strengthen the secular fabric of the Solai Colony street. The street was decorated with colour papers, festoons, flowers, thoranais, Veppilai thoranais, decorative serial lights, tube lights and focus lights. Music systems arrangements was made at the entrance of the street. Games, competitions was conducted. Dance, drama was performed by the Solai Colony kids, in a pre arranged stage. Chief guest Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, distributed prizes to the winners.
 
News posted on 2016-01-27

Pulse Polio 2016 - Sivakasi
 
27th January 2016 Pulse Polio 2016 - Sivakasi On 17th January 2016, Sunday, the first phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation was held in Sivakasi. Twenty plus booths were set out to give Polio Immunisation Drops to kids of 0-5 years, in Sivakasi. In addition to that Mobile Teams covered some key areas such bus stands, main roads and bazars, and gave Polio Immunisation Drops. Sivakasi Government Hospital and some Private Hospitals also gave Immunisation Drops. Booths were placed in Schools, Sathunavu (Anganwaadi), Mahamaipandu Hospitals and Vaasagar Saalais. The service began at 07:00 a.m. and ends at 05:00 p.m.. Around 150 staff deployed for this service which includes Staff from Sivakasi Municipality, Training students from Nursing College and other supporting workers. The Polio vaccine were stored in refrigerators between +2�C and +8�C. Parents were caustious and bring their kids to the booths and make them to had drops. Kids who had Polio Immunisation Drops, had an ink mark on their finger like the vote mark. It was a sign of getting immunized against the deadly Polio. The II phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation campaign will be held on 21st February 2016, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2016-01-27

Announced power shut down
 
25th January 2016 Announced power shut down There was announced power shut down in few areas Sivakasi town, from 01:00 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. on 23rd January 2016, Saturday, for maintenance purpose.
 
News posted on 2016-01-25

Maha Kumbabishekam held at Mariamman Kovil
 
25th January 2016 Maha Kumbabishekam held at Mariamman Kovil Thousands of devotees witnessed the Maha Kumbabishekam (consecration) of Sivakasi Mariamman Temple, on 20th January 2016, Wednesday. Holy water was poured on the Kovil kalasams atop the rajagopuram and other towers amid chanting of hymns and mantras. Special pujas were performed from the morning. The holy water was sprinkled on devotees immediately after the kumbabishekam through sprinklers from 05:40 to 05:50 a.m.. The temple and campus were decked with pandhals, colour papers and festoons. Annadhaanam has been done throughtout the day. Devotees thronged Mariamman Kovil throughout the day. Sivakasians captured Temple photos and Kumbabhisekam moments in their cameras and mobile phones and eagerly took selfie near Rajagopuram. Local holiday was declared for Virudhunagar District, due to Kumbabhisekam festival at Anadal Kovil, Srivilliputhur. The festival was well organised by Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Mahamai Fund.
 
News posted on 2016-01-25

Mariamman Kovil glowing with lights
 
19th January 2015 Mariamman Kovil glowing with lights Mariamman Kovil is glowing with lights and the way leading to the temple wore a festive look. The Kumbabhisegam event begins with Ganapathy Homam, from yesterday. Special yagams will be held for the next one day at the specially arranged yaaga saalai. Kumbabhisekam to be held on tomorrow from 05:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m..
 
News posted on 2016-01-19

All set for Kumbabhisekam
 
19th January 2016 All set for Kumbabhisekam Sivakasi Mariamman Temple is all set for Kumbabhisekam. Today devotees were allowed to enter karuvoolam to place silver, golden coins in the peedam, from 08:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. The temple is now glittering with glowing paints and lights. Yagams has been performed for the past two days. Kumbabhisekam to be held from 05:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m., tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2016-01-19

Virudhunagar Collector declares local holiday for kumbabishekam
 
19th January 2016 Virudhunagar Collector declares local holiday for kumbabishekam As kumbabhishekam in Srivilliputhur Andal Kovil and Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil to be held on 20 January 2016, Wednesday, the District Collector declares local holiday for schools and government offices on Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2016-01-19

Mariamman Kovil renovation work enters final phase
 
17th January 2016 Mariamman Kovil renovation work enters final phase Work on the renovation of major shrines, gopurams and the Rajagopuram has been entered final phase in Mariamman Kovil Sivakasi. Kumbabhisekam is just two days away and the renovation work is in full swing around the clock. Painting works will be completed by tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2016-01-17

Yaaga Saalai Peedam getting ready for Kumbabhisekam
 
17th January 2016 Yaaga Saalai Peedam getting ready for Kumbabhisekam For the past 15 days making of yaaga saalai peedam was in full swing, now it enters the final phase. From tomorrow morning 05:00 a.m. onwards Yaagams will be performed for Kumbabhisekam.
 
News posted on 2016-01-17

Mariamman Kovil glowing with new look
 
17th January 2016 Mariamman Kovil glowing with new look For the past 5 months all shrines, pillars, towers and idols would be given a water wash to clear dust and oil deposits and the old paint had been cleared at the rajagopuram and a primer material has been applied as a binding material on all towers and painted. And now the temple gives glittering look. Kumbabhisekam to be held on 20th January 2016, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2016-01-17

Road Safety Week - Rally held in Sivakasi
 
14th January 2016 Road Safety Week - Rally held in Sivakasi The Road Safety Week is organised every year to create awareness among general public to improve the safety on road. Road Safety Week 2016 is being observed in India from January 11 to January 17. As a part of Road Safety Week 2016, Sivakasi school students took part in awareness rally on 12th January 2016, Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2016-01-14

Balaalayam performed for Varasithi Vinayakar
 
14th January 2016 Balaalayam performed for Varasithi Vinayakar As a part of Mariamman Kovil Kumbabhisekam, balaalayam performed for Varasithi Vinayakar, on 11th January 2016, Monday. The Vinayakar idol near Mariamman Kovil Teppakkulam is now getting newer look.
 
News posted on 2016-01-14

Painting work for Manimandapam
 
14th January 2016 Painting work for Manimandapam For the past two days, painting work for Mariamman Kovil Manimandapam and Temple Arch is going on in full swing. It is expected that the painting work will be completed in 2-3 days.
 
News posted on 2016-01-14

Pongal sale moving to top gear
 
13th January 2015 Pongal sale moving to top gear As Pongal festival is just a day away, sale of the goods required for the traditional celebration of the harvest festival is gradually moving to top gear in Sivakasi town. Sugarcane, the inseparable constituent of Pongal celebrations, from Madurai, Theni and Tiruchi districts, is flooding the Sivakasi markets for the past three days. A bundle with 12 canes was sold between Rs.400 and Rs.450. Palm tuber (Panangkilangu) is Rs.30/- (10 pieces), Manjal kattu Rs.40/-.
 
News posted on 2016-01-13

Power outage in Sivakasi
 
13th January 2016 Power outage in Sivakasi There was no power supply from 12:00 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Sivakasi town. And there was power outage from 03:00 p.m. and the power did not resume till 06:00 p.m.. The outage is due to problem in Tuticorin Thermal Power Station.
 
News posted on 2016-01-13

Swarasangamam 2016
 
12th January 2016 Swarasangamam 2016 Swarasangamam, a Carnatic music fest was organised by Mrs.Prema Rajasekaran, at Sivakasi Arts Club, on 10th January 2016, Sunday. The musical festival began at 6:30 p.m.. Musicians from Chennai adds background music for the Swara Sangamam Fest. Around 15 students gave their performance, captivating the audience for about around two hours. At the end of the programme, singers got blessings from Mrs.Prema Rajasekaran and presented her a momento. Swara Sangamam fest turned as the real musical feast for the Sivakasi music lovers.
 
News posted on 2016-01-12

SIS FEAT 2016 (Inter Pre School Competition)
 
12th January 2016 SIS FEAT 2016 (Inter Pre School Competition) Sidharajaa International School (CBSE Curriculum) is launching SIS FEAT 2016 (Inter Pre School Competition) on 19th February 2016, Friday, in their school premises. The kids with age 2 to 6 are eligible to participate in the events. The competitions like Clay modelling, Fireless cooking, Art from wastage, Rhymes and Cake decoration. There is no registration fee for the participants. For registration contact: Ms.U.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal, Sidharajaa International School Office: 04562-277557 , Mobile: 96880 30557 & 90421 46087 SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (CBSE Curriculum) 208, Gandhi Road, Mani Nagar Bus stop, SIVAKASI – 626123. Website: http://www.sidharajaaschool.in/
 
News posted on 2016-01-12

Mariamman Temple Arch getting new look
 
11th January 2016 Mariamman Temple Arch getting new look The old paints had been cleared in Mariamman Temple Arch and the painting work for ARCH and temple walls are in full swing. It is expected that the painting work will be completed by this weekend. Kumbabhisekam is going to be held on 20th January 2015, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2016-01-11

Hanuman Jayanti Procession
 
11th January 2016 Hanuman Jayanti Procession As a part of Hanuman Jayanti, Hanuman idol procession was held on 10th January 2015, Sunday, at the four car streets of Sivakasi. Hundreds of devotees witnessed the procession. Women devotees sung bhajans.
 
News posted on 2016-01-11

Nithyashree Mahadevan to entertain Sivakasians
 
11th January 2016 Nithyashree Mahadevan to entertain Sivakasians The 71st Annual Margazhi Festival at Sivakasi, is going to be concluded with the performance of Cine Fame Play back Singer Carnatic Music Singer NithyaShree Mahadevan, on 14th January 2016, Thursday, at Badrakaliamman Kovil, from 06:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m..
 
News posted on 2016-01-11

Mini Marathon to be held tommorow
 
9th January 2016 Mini Marathon to be held tommorow Date: 10-01-2015, Sunday Time: 05:30 a.m. Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Municipal Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi Organisers: Vanitha Fireworks, Sivakasi Participants should be 16 years and above Winners are rewarded with cash prize and certificates First Prize : Rs.5,000/- Second Prize : Rs.2,000/- Third Prize : Rs.1,000/- All participants are rewarded with special gifts For registration please contact 9994439379
 
News posted on 2016-01-09

Free eye camp organised
 
9th January 2015 Free eye camp organised A free eye camp organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy was held here on 20th December 2015, Sunday at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy organised this eye camp along with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. A team of 15 Medical experts was led by four Ophthalmologists from Madurai Aravind Eye Hospital examined the patients at the camp. 300 plus patients were screened under various eye tests. Of them, several patients were referred for free surgery to be conducted at Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai. The free services will include eye check up and refraction for glasses, medicines, eye surgery and glasses at discount rate. Around 60 volunteers from Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Sevaa Samidhi supported and organised the camp, in a systematic manner.
 
News posted on 2016-01-09

Mariamman temple renovation in full swing
 
9th January 2015 Mariamman temple renovation in full swing Work on the renovation of Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil is in full swing. With the painting of the gopurams and rajagopuram nearing completion, the authorities have now turned their attention to clearing the soot and dust at various shrines in side the temple. Kumbabhisekam is going to be held on 20th January 2015, Wednesday, at 05:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m..
 
News posted on 2016-01-09

Jurassic Park Exhibition ends on 24th Jan
 
8th January 2016 Jurassic Park Exhibition ends on 24th Jan Date: 23-12-2015 to 24-01-2016 Time: 06:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Venue: Near Sivakasi Bus Stand Organiser: Success Media
 
News posted on 2016-01-08

Recent trends in biological science
 
5th January 2016 - The Hindu conference on "Recent trends in biological science" A conference on "Recent trends in biological science" was organised by the Department of Microbiology, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, on December 22. Olga. L. Sharko, Senior Research Scientist, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, in her lecture on ‘Bioconjugation and its applications,’ focused on the application of protein, lipid and glycolipid conjugates in immune-diagnosis. The conference was inaugurated by V. Ayyan Kodiswaran, correspondent. V. Pandiyarajan, Principal, presided over the inaugural session. Research scholars and students from 40 research institutes, universities and colleges from across the country presented their research papers.
 
News posted on 2016-01-05

VALLUVAR VIZHA conducted at SFR College
 
2nd January 2016 - The Hindu VALLUVAR VIZHA conducted at SFR College The Department of Tamil of Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, conducted Valluvar Vizha on December 11 with a talk on “Valluvarum Periyarum” by K. Parthibaraja of Sacred Heart College, Tiruppattur. J. Buvaneswari, Assistant Professor of Tamil, welcomed the gathering. Dr. Parthibaraja brought out the similarities and dissimilarities between Valluvar and Periyar in his talk. S. Manjual, I M.A. (Tamil), proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2016-01-02

JOB FAIR Conducted at SKC
 
2nd January 2016 - The Hindu JOB FAIR Conducted at SKC The Placement Cell of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, conducted a campus job fair from December 16 to 18 in which six companies – CCD, SRM Infotech, EOS Globe, HNH Tekeservices, IDBI Federal Insurance Company and DXI Consultancy Services – participated. Over 350 students from affiliated colleges of Madurai Kamaraj University attended the fair. S. Krishnamurthy, Principal, gave away job offer letters to 132 students. The Exnora Cell and National Service Scheme units of the college organised a dengue awareness rally on December 23. The rally, flagged off by Dr. Krishnamurthy, went around the four car streets of Sivakasi. Students carried placards and distributed pamphlets on the symptoms and control of dengue.
 
News posted on 2016-01-02

Happy New Year 2016
 
Dear Sivakasi Weekly Readers! We are wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2016. Thanks for reading us in 2015! - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2016-01-01

Coming up this January
 
1st January 2016 Coming up this January Book Exhibition in Sivakasi Date: 11-12-2015, Friday to 03-01-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: New Century Book House Jurassic Park Exhibition Date: 23-12-2015 to 24-01-2016 Time: 06:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Venue: Near Sivakasi Bus Stand Organiser: Success Media Eye Camp Date: 10-01-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 17-01-2016, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Kumbaabisekam Date: 20-01-2016, Wednesday Time: 05:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m. Venue: Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 24-01-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2016-01-01

Non stop drizzle on 29th December
 
31st December 2015 Non stop drizzle on 29th December Following the sudden downpour, Sivakasi receives non stop drizzle on 29th December 2015. Sivakasi town also experienced drizzle during early morning on 30th December 2015. For the next 10 days sky will be partly cloudy with no chances for rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-31

Guest Lecture on How to Channel the Creativity within You
 
30th December 2015 - Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College Guest Lecture on How to Channel the Creativity within You The post graduate department of English has planned to organise a guest lecture on "How to Channel the Creativity within You". Mrs. Anuja Chandra Mouli, emerging Indian best seller will address the students of I and II M. A. English. The guest lecture will be between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. On 30.12.15.
 
News posted on 2015-12-30

ANJAC organised Literary Rangoli Competition
 
30th December 2015 - Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College ANJAC organised Literary Rangoli Competition Phoenix Literary Association of the post graduate department of English, ANJAC organised Literary Rangoli Competition for the students of I and II M. A. English students on 29.12.15.
 
News posted on 2015-12-30

Sudden downpour for few minutes
 
29th December 2015 Sudden downpour for few minutes Sivakasi receives sudden downpour for around ten minutes between 06:50 p.m. to 07:10 p.m., today. It was flooding within few minutes of rain. Earlier Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle occasionally. For the next 10 days sky will be partly cloudy with slim possibilities of rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-29

Mandala Poojai held in Sivakasi
 
28th December 2015 Mandala Poojai held in Sivakasi The 41-days Mandala Pooja ends on December 27, 2014, Sunday. On the concluding day, most of the temples in Sivakasi were decorated with festoons and flowers. Swamy Ayyappan devotees sing bhajans from 06:00 p.m. onwards. Special poojas were performed for Swamy Ayyappan. The program concluded with Annadhaanam. Sivakasi town experienced occasional drizzle from 05:45 p.m. on 27th December 2015. There was non stop drizzle at night and early morning today.
 
News posted on 2015-12-28

Drizzling.... cool climate in Sivakasi
 
28th December 2015 Drizzling.... cool climate in Sivakasi Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze from early morning till 12:00 p.m.. Sky was cloudier throughout the day. For the next ten days sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-28

Ther Kolam marks Arudra Dharshanam Festival
 
26th December 2015 Ther Kolam marks Arudra Dharshanam Festival On the auspicious festival of Thiruvathirai, most of the Sivakasians decorate the entrance of the house with beautiful ther kolams (Knot or Twisted & Rangoli Kolam). And the Ther Kolam marks Thiruvathirai Festival in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2015-12-26

Sugarcane is Rs.30/-
 
26th December 2015 Sugarcane is Rs.30/- Palm Tuber (panam kizhangu) are in high demand this month, as Thiruvathirai festival is considered incomplete without these mouth watering palm tuber and edible Sugarcane. The price of one sugarcane is Rs.30 and bunch (12 sugarcanes) of sugarcane is Rs.300, in Sivakasi. 10 piece of Panam Kilangu prices Rs.35 to Rs.40. Last year one sugarcane priced Rs.40/- and a bunch was Rs.400/-.
 
News posted on 2015-12-26

Thousands witnessed Thiruvathirai Festival
 
26th December 2015 Thousands witnessed Thiruvathirai Festival Thousands of devotees witnessed Thiruvathira / Arudhra Darisanam Festival at Sivakasi, today. Sevaral houses in Sivakasi was decorated with radham kolams. Roadside shops such as Panangilangu, Karumbhu, balloon, toys, idols of gods, electric goods, flowers shops were placed in the key junctions of the town. Special rituals were held at the temple in the morning in connection with the festival. The idol of Sivakasi Sivan Kovil Natarajar, Sivakasi Subramaniasamy Kovil Natarajar and Sivakasi Kadai Kovil Amman and Kamatchi Amman were carried out for procession, in the four car streets of Sivakasi, at morning. The procession of a caparisoned elephants in front of the Radhams added to the festive spirit. The three big temple car were fully decorated with Manjal Sevandhi Poo. Children in Sivakasi were wowed by seeing the three big rathas in the bazar. Namam has been put for all the devotees. After worshipping all the Gods, Sivakasians bought Panangilangu and Karumbhu. 10 piece of cooked Panangilangu price ranges from Rs.40- and Karumbu Rs.35/-. For Thiruvathirai Festival, Kali were prepared in most of the houses in Sivakasi and some observed fasting. Thiruvathirai Festival entertained all age groups, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-12-26

Sweet shops pulls crowd for Christmas Festival
 
25th December 2015 Sweet shops pulls crowd for Christmas Festival In Sivakasi, Christmas trees are decorated and cribs highlighting the birth of Jesus are set up in front of houses and churches. Christmas celebrations are incomplete without sweets and cakes which are distributed to friends, neighbours and relatives as a gesture of giving and sharing. Cake shops in Sivakasi are decorated with stars and lights. Shops in Sivakasi are a bustle of activity with customers making purchases for Christmas. Sivakasi kids too are merry and are waiting for Santa Claus who will arrive with lots of gifts. Let the Christmas this year bring joy, peace and happiness.
 
News posted on 2015-12-25

Sivakasi celebrates Christmas
 
25th December 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Christmas The Sivakasi Christians flocked to their respective churches to partake in the celebrations on Christmas Eve. Churches across the Sivakasi town wore a festive look, all adorned with twinkling stars, colourful lights and attractive cribs. The Sivakasi churches brimmed with faithful turning up in large numbers to attend the special Mass. Choirs, Christmas trees and decors added more charm. Dressed in new outfits, hundreds attended midnight special xmas prayers held in various churches in Sivakasi. Special events were organised in most of the churches where members exhibited their talents through cultural performances. In Sivakasi, Christians shared delicious cakes and Briyani to non Christians neighbours. After attending prayers, some Sivakasians celebrated Christmas by firing crackers. The pastor also wished everyone a very happy and peaceful new year.
 
News posted on 2015-12-25

Railway division on the green track
 
24th December 2015 - The Hindu Railway division on the green track Solar power plant Madurai Division has chosen Sivakasi and Tiruppuvanam railway stations for setting up solar power plants with an installed capacity of 1.2 kWp each. The off-grid plants would energise some lights and fans in the railway stations. “The power plant would have batteries connected that store power during the day time and to power the lights and fans during nights,” Mr. Surendran said. The plants, at a cost of Rs. 1.40 lakh each, are expected to be commissioned by December end.
 
News posted on 2015-12-24

Sivakasi receives 3 cm rain on 19th Dec
 
22nd December 2015 Sivakasi receives 3 cm rain on 19th Dec On 19th December 2015, Sivakasi town receives 3 cm rainfall. There was three four spells of sharp showers drenched Sivakasi. Sivakasi expereinced downpour between 06:00 p.m. and 07:15 p.m.. On 23rd December 2015, Sunday, it was drizzling start for Sivakasi, however Sivakasi fails to receive rain. Sky was clear and bright throughout the day, on 21st December 2015, Monday.
 
News posted on 2015-12-22

SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME at SKC
 
22nd December 2015 - The Hindu SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The Department of Physics of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, organised a skill development programme on “Solar panel installation-cum-servicing and maintenance” in association with MSME E-Club of Virudhunagar district from November 30 to December 5 in which 41 science students took part. A meeting was organised during the programme on December 3 in which M. Ramkumar, Assistant General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, spoke about various loan schemes available for entrepreneurs. A.P. Selvarajan, secretary, delivered the presidential address. S. Krishnamurthy, Principal, offered felicitations. Programme coordinator S. Karuppiah welcomed the gathering and G. Krithiga Subramanian, Head, Department of Physics, proposed a vote of thanks. The Faculty Academic Forum of the college conducted a programme on “Student counselling” on December 1 in which Sudha Prasanna, counsellor, spoke about the misconceptions about counselling and held an interactive session with teachers on suicide attempts, quarrels at home and complexes. P.K. Balamurugan, Vice-Principal, welcomed the gathering. K. Jeyajothi of Department of BCA proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-12-22

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME at SFRC
 
22nd December 2015 - The Hindu ORIENTATION PROGRAMME The Research Centre in Commerce of the Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, conducted an orientation programme on “Career opportunities for commerce students” in which V. Sri Vidhya of A.K.D. Dharma Raja Women’s College, Rajapalayam, spoke about career opportunities in banking sector. M. Srimahal Vahini and J. Poornima of Sivakasi Head Post Office addressed the students on career opportunities in financial sector and recruitment and selection procedures of India Post respectively. S. Latha, Associate Professor of Commerce, welcomed the gathering. K. Rajeswari, Head, Department of Commerce, delivered the presidential address. Second year M. Com. student G. Sankareswari proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-12-22

Book Exhibition in Sivakasi
 
22nd December 2015 Book Exhibition in Sivakasi Date: 11-12-2015, Friday to 03-01-2016, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: New Century Book House
 
News posted on 2015-12-22

Sivakasi receives 3 cm rainfall on 18th Dec.
 
19th December 2015 Sivakasi receives 3 cm rainfall on 18th Dec. Yesterday, Sivakasi town receives 3 cm rainfall. Today, Sivakasians welcomes the day with rain and occasional drizzle at early morning. Earlier on Friday night there was occasional drizzle and sharp showers at midnight. Sivakasi likely to receive rainfall for next two days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-19

Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall
 
19th December 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall Today, Sivakasi town receives rain between 05:00 a.m. and 05:15 a.m., 02:00 p.m. to 03:05 p.m., 05:10 p.m. to 05:25 p.m. and also experienced occasional drizzle throughout the day. Sivakasi likely to get rain for the next two days with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-19

1008 Thiruvilakku Procession held
 
19th December 2015 1008 Thiruvilakku Procession held On 17th December 2015, Thursday, Margazhi 1 of Tamil Calendar, 1008 Thiruvilakku Procession was staged in Sivakasi, by Sivakasi Nadar Magalir Mandrams. Girls and women carried thiruvilakku from Sivakasi Kadai Kovil to Pathirakaliamman Thirukovil. Dr.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality was the chief guest. Procession was inaugurated by Mrs.Vijayamohini Annamalaisamy, President, Sri Kaliswari Nadar Magalir Mandram, Sivakasi, in the presence of Mr.Rajappan, Sri Kaliswari Group of Industries and Mr.Annamalaisamy, Sri Kaliswari Group of Industries. Around 14 Nadar Magalir Mandra members were participated in the procession. Special pujas were performed to Goddess Muppidaariamman. Kulavai rent the air. Devotees offered special prayers and prasadams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2015-12-19

The month of Colour Kolam begins
 
18th December 2015 The month of Colour Kolam begins In Sivakasi, the month of Margazhi in Tamil Calendar is special for Prasangam in Badrakaliamman Kovil, some Sivakasians visit to temples early in the morning and majority of the Sivakasians decorate their house with coloured Kolams (Rangoli) and white kolam powder. And yesterday is Margazhi 1 and Sivakasi draw colour kolams through out Margazhi month. Sivakasians during Margazhi month, do not mind on cool breeze and snow in the early morning and they add coloured powder for the winter.
 
News posted on 2015-12-18

Xmas trees, stars, lights mark Christmas countdown
 
18th December 2015 Xmas trees, stars, lights mark Christmas countdown Sivakasi Christian house and some Non Christian house have a Christmas stars hanging outside for the entire season and a Christmas wreath on the front door. Colourful streamers, glittering stars, decorative lights and trees are all harbingers of Christmas Festival in Sivakasi town. Churches and several Sivakasi hotels were decorated with stars, Christmas trees and wreath. Jesus dolls were placed and exhibited.
 
News posted on 2015-12-18

Rain lashes Sivakasi
 
18th December 2015 Rain lashes Sivakasi Today, after a sweltry heat for the past one week, Sivakasi received sharp showers which brought a sigh of relief to Sivakasians. Sivakasi expereienced mild shower from 10:10 a.m. and it continues till 12:15 p.m.. Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi between 12:30 p.m. to 01:25 p.m. and drizzle continues till 02:20 p.m. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy, with slim possibilities for rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-18

AAA college student wins Gold Medal
 
17th December 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET AAA college student wins Gold Medal The student of AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi Selvan Karthik S of Third Year Mechanical Engineering Department has secured GOLD Medal in Anna University Inter Zone Weight Lifting Championship 2015-16 in 94 Kg category at RVS College Of Engineering And Technology, Coimbatore on 11-12-2015 and 12-12-2015. He is going to represent Anna University in the All India Inter University Weight Lifting Championship 2015 at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and faculties cordially eulogizes the champ for bringing eminence to the institution.
 
News posted on 2015-12-17

Sangabhishekam held at Sivan Kovil
 
16th December 2015 Photo: Kanmani Sangabhishekam held at Sivan Kovil On account of the last Karthigai month Somavaram on 14th December 2015, Monday, there was a special 1008 sangabhishekam for Lord Kasi Viswanatha Swamy at Sivakasi Sivan Kovil. Special alankaram has been made and deeparadanai followed by prasad distribution. Hundreds of devotees witnessed Sangabhishekam.
 
News posted on 2015-12-16

Eye camp to be held on 20th December
 
16th December 2015 Eye camp to be held on 20th December Date: 20-12-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi & Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai For further details contact 9894416135, 9488100444, 9865710555
 
News posted on 2015-12-16

Minimum temperature fell down to 20 degree celsius
 
16th December 2015 Minimum temperature fell down to 20 degree celsius Today, the minimum temperature fell down to 20 degree celsius, in Sivakasi town. The climate in Sivakasi slowly gearing to change for the month of Margali. For the last two months the average minimum temperature lies between 23 and 24 degree celsius. Now it fell down to 20. Yesterday Sivakasi receives mild drizzle at late evening. There was occasional drizzle at midnight and at today early morning Sivakasians greets the day with drizzle.
 
News posted on 2015-12-16

Xmas & New Year Offer sale begins
 
15th December 2015 Xmas & New Year Offer sale begins As Christmas is just two weeks away, most of the Sivakasi textiles stores and fast moving consumer goods shops, seen outside with signboards such as 60 percent off, 40 percent flat discount and buy one get one free. Majority of the Sivakasi shop owners offer heavy discounts and it is impossible not to shop. In Sivakasi, the Xmas and New Year Offer Sale is on from last week and continues till New Year. The shops in Sivakasi town begins to pull crowds as because of Xmas Festival Offer Sale.
 
News posted on 2015-12-15

Its Christmas Season in Sivakasi
 
15th December 2015 Its Christmas Season in Sivakasi Christmas is getting nearer and gift shops in Sivakasi start concentrating on the sale of colourful Christmas stars, Santa Claus mask, X-mas dress, idols, xmas trees, bells and other decorating materials, well in advance of the Christmas festival. A visit to some of the gift shops in Sivakasi Bazar showed Christmas stars in various hues being hung in front of the shops, and shoppers busy buying them. Christmas star price ranges from Rs.10/- to Rs.650/-, Christmas Trees price is Rs.50/- to Rs.1,000/- and Christmas Santa Claus dress price starts from Rs.275/- onwards. The shops have also started selling 2016 calendars and diaries.
 
News posted on 2015-12-15

Drizzling Sivakasi
 
14th December 2015 Drizzling Sivakasi There was occasional drizzle on 11th and 12th December 2015, in Sivakasi town. Yesterday, it was cloudier throughout the day, but Sivakasi fails to receive drizzle / rain. For the next two days sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-14

YES - Sivakasi - MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS)
 
14th December 2015 YES - Sivakasi - MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS) Topic: MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS) Speaker: Mr. V. Neethi Mohan, Chairman - YES, MD, Vaighai Agro Products Limited, Madurai Day & Date: 15th December, 2015, Tuesday Time: 4.00 p.m Venue: Bell Hotel (Board Room, 3rd Floor) For further assistance please contact yessvks@gmail.com , yes.secretary@gmail.com AGENDA 1. 4.00 p.m : Registration 2. 4.30 p.m : Snippets 3. 4.45 p.m : Business Session 4. 6.00 p.m : Tea Break 5. 6.15 p.m : Business Session 6. 7.30 p.m : Dinner
 
News posted on 2015-12-14

Drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
11th December 2015 Drizzling start for Sivakasi Sivakasi receives non stop drizzle from early morning today. It continues till 07:40 a.m.. There was sudden sharp showers occasionally. For the next three days sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius. Yesterday, Sivakasi receives mild drizzle, but did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-12-11

Margazhi Peruvizha begins from today
 
11th December 2015 Margazhi Peruvizha begins from today The 70th Annual Margazhi Peruvizha begins from today, at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Kovil. Every year, the programme was organised by Arunagirinathar Sabai at Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil. This year due to renovation work at Mariamman Kovil for Kumbabhisekam, Margazhi Peruvizha is scheduled to held at Muthamizh Mandram, Badrakaliamman Kovil. The Margazhi fest ends on 14th January 2015. Mrs.Nithyashree Mahadevan is going to perform on the final day of the margali festival 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-12-11

Special passport camp to be held at AJ College
 
9th December 2015 - The Hindu Special passport camp to be held at AJ College The Madurai Regional Passport Office will conduct a special passport seva camp at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, on December 12 and 13 for the residents of Virudhunagar district. According to a press release from S. Manishwar Raja, Regional Passport Officer, a special application, which works over Internet in a secured manner, will be used at the camp for processing passport applications. The camp will be held between 9.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. adopting online appointment model for normal passport applications. Tatkaal and Police Clearance Certificate applications will not be entertained at the camp. Applicants should log on towww.passport india.gov.into register their applications online, generate an Application Registration Number, pay the required fee and schedule an appointment before coming to the passport seva camp. They should appear at the camp at the allocated time with the printout of ARN, two passport size photographs, originals of supporting documents and one set of their self-attested copies. The timings of appointment will be released at 2 p.m. on December 12.
 
News posted on 2015-12-09

Resume Writing - SKC
 
9th December 2015 - The Hindu Resume Writing - SKC A lecture on Resume writing was delivered at Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, for its UGC-Community College students on November 18 by K. P. Atista of Mepco Schlenk Engineering College. In his presidential address, P.K. Balamurugan, Vice-Principal, observed that diploma course students could aspire for jobs not only at home but also abroad. Ms. Athista explained how resume differed from bio-data and curriculum vitae. S. Karuppiah, Nodal Officer, welcomed the gathering. K. Rajendran, senior faculty, proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-12-09

Sivakasi receives drizzle
 
9th December 2015 Sivakasi receives drizzle Yesterday, the sky was cloudier throughout the day. There was occasional drizzle in the town and evening there was non stop drizzle till midnight and Sivakasians begins the day with drizzle, at early morning. There was mild drizzle at noon, the mild drizzle fails to make the road wet. For the next 7 days sky will be cloudy with slim possibilities for rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-09

Margazhi Peruvizha to be held at Badrakaliamman Temple
 
8th December 2015 Margazhi Peruvizha to be held at Badrakaliamman Temple Every year the annual Margazhi Peruvizha by Arunagirinathar Sabai, held at Sivakasi Mariamman Temple. This year due to renovation work for Mariamman Kovil Kumbabhisekam, Margazhi Peruvizha is scheduled to be held at Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi, from 11th December 2015, Friday.
 
News posted on 2015-12-08

Drizzling start but no rain
 
8th December 2015 Drizzling start but no rain Sivakasi receives non stop drizzle at early morning, till 07:30 a.m., but fails to receive rainfall. It was cloudier through out the day and Sivakasi receives occasional mild drizzle. Mild drizzle fails to make the road wet. For the next 5 days sky will be cloudy with chances for rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-08

250 units collected at blood donation camp
 
8th December 2015 250 units collected at blood donation camp 250 units of blood was collected at a camp organised by the Sivakasi Kamalhasan Narpani Mandram and Sivakasi Government Hospital at the Paper Merchants Association Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 6th December 2015, Sunday. Blood donors were provided with glucose, orange fruit and biscuits, as refreshment. The organisers distributed certificates of appreciation and blood-donor cards to the blood donors.
 
News posted on 2015-12-08

Drizzling... Drizzling... Drizzling
 
7th December 2015 Drizzling... Drizzling... Drizzling It was drizzling for a long and the climate is cool for the last three days. Yesterday, there was occasional drizzle through out the day. Sivakasi and its neighborhood fails to receive rainfall for the past one week. But the climate remains pleasant.
 
News posted on 2015-12-07

Max. Temperature fell down to 24 degree
 
7th December 2015 Max. Temperature fell down to 24 degree Today, Sivakasi records lowest maximum - 24 degree celsius and minimum temperature 22 degree celsius for the year 2015, for the second time. Earlier on 15th November 2015, Sivakasi records Maximum and Minimum temperature as 24 and 21 degree celsius. The non stop drizzle and occasional showers results in fall in temperature. The prime cold of the year witness last few days and reduced the temperature in Sivakasi town. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 7 days. Sivakasi may experience a maximum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and minimum temperature is 23 degree celsius, which is slightly below normal.
 
News posted on 2015-12-07

Pleasant climate likely to continue
 
7th December 2015 Pleasant climate likely to continue With maximum & minimum temperature pegged below 25 and 22 degree Celsius, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds, weather has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. It was cloudier throughout the day and drizzling occasionally. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is likely to continue, for the next few weeks.
 
News posted on 2015-12-07

Drizzling Sivakasi
 
5th December 2015 Drizzling Sivakasi There was non stop drizzle in Sivakasi town, on 4th December 2015, Friday, between 07:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. There was occasional drizzle at midnight and early morning today. Sky was cloudier through out the day and Sivakasi receives occasional drizzle. Sivakasi likely to get more rain for the next three days.
 
News posted on 2015-12-05

Inspire camp held at MEPCO
 
5th December 2015 - The Hindu Inspire camp held at MEPCO A five-day Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (Inspire) camp began at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College here on Monday. Two hundred and one students from 52 schools are attending the camp, which is organised by the Department of Chemistry of the college with the objective of creating science awareness among the student community and attract young talent to advanced studies and research in basic sciences. Speech on global warming In his inaugural address, V. Mariappan, Scientific Officer, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, spoke about the importance of basic sciences, global warming and preserving the nature. He appealed to the students to have greater interest in studying science and come up with innovative concepts and technologies. Explaining the impact of carbon emission on the environment, he wanted the students to walk small distances, instead of using motorcycles, and use public transport instead of cars. Nature should be nurtured in order to maintain ecological balance and hence, wherever possible, saplings should be planted. S. Arivazhagan, Principal, in his presidential address, stressed the relevance and importance of basic sciences. N. Krishnamurthy, coordinator of the camp, welcomed the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-12-05

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
5th December 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 06-12-2015, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Paper Merchants Association, Sivakasi Organisers: Kamalhasan Narpani, Sivakasi and Government Hospital For further details contact 9994110895, 9171870170
 
News posted on 2015-12-05

Cloudier but no rain
 
3rd December 2015 Cloudier but no rain Today, Sky was cloudier throughout the day, in Sivakasi. There was occasional drizzle at afternoon and evening, but the drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. For the next 10 days Sky will be cloudy with chances of rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 27 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-04

Sivakasi receives 3 cm rainfall
 
3rd December 2015 Sivakasi receives 3 cm rainfall Yesterday Sivakasi receives 3 cm rainfall. Srivilliputhur receives highest rainfall of 12 cm in Virudhunagar District, whereas Cuddalor receives highest rainfall of 13 cm, in Tamilnadu. Sivakasi experienced a non stop drizzle from 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 a.m.. For the next 10 days, Sivakasi likely to get more rains with maximum and minimum temperature of 27 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-03

Volleyball Tournament held at AAA College
 
2nd December 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Volleyball Tournament held at AAA College Anna University Zone XVII Womens Volleyball Tournament was organized at AAA College of Engineering &Technology; Sivakasi on 28/11/15.From the Zone XVII, 5 engineering college teams had participated in the tournament. Virudhunagar, Kamaraj College of Engineering bagged the FIRST place, PSNA College of Engineering, Dindigul secured the SECOND place and the THIRD place was received by Sri Vidya Engineering College. Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi awarded the winning teams with trophy and medals. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and Physical Director Mr.D.Babu have organized the tournament with a motive to help the students to understand thyself and their strength through sports and to be benefited with physical fitness.
 
News posted on 2015-12-02

Coming up this December in Sivakasi
 
2nd December 2015 Coming up this December in Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 13-12-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart 1008 Thiruvilakku Procession Date: 17-12-2015, Thursday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Kadai Kovil to Mupidaariamman Kovil Organisers: Sivakasi Magalir Mandram Free Mental Health Camp Date: 20-12-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-12-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-12-02

Beware of Hand Foot and Mouth disease
 
2nd December 2015 Beware of Hand Foot and Mouth disease The showers have been a welcome relief from the oppressive heat over the past one month in Tamilnadu, but they have also led to a host of viral infections spreading in Sivakasi and other towns. The weather has played between hot and rainy, doctors have seen a rise in the number of hand- foot-and-mouth disease cases among children. Itchy lesions The disease causes boils and itchy lesions to form around the foot, near the knee, from the elbows to the palms and in the mouth too. It is accompanied with a body ache and fever. Parents should not mistake it for chicken pox or measles. An increase in the fluid intake, keeping the child at home and paracetamol to treat the fever can help manage the disease. Other infections Apart from hand-foot-and-mouth disease, Dr. Yamuna said patients with other infections such as viral pharyngitis (congested throat, mild fever and runny nose) and exanthema subitum (also a viral infection in which after a fever, red spots are seen around the neck) have also come in. Diarrhoeal disorders and respiratory infections too are keeping doctors busy this season. There has also been a slight increase in the number of dengue cases we are seeing, said L.N. Padmasini of the Paediatric Medicine Department at Sri Ramachandra University. Doctors say residents should stay at home if unwell, wash their hands regularly and drink a lot of liquids and make sure their water and food are hygienic to ensure that no secondary infection develops. What is hand-foot-and-mouth disease? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than five years of age. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rashes. How is it caused? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus (group). The illness spreads by person-to-person contact with an infected persons nasal secretions or throat discharge, saliva, fluid from blisters, stool or respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after a cough or sneeze. What are the symptoms? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease symptoms include fever, sore throat, painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks, a red rash, without itching but sometimes with blistering, on the palms, soles and sometimes the buttocks, and loss of appetite. How do you treat it? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is usually a minor illness causing only a few days of fever and relatively mild signs and symptoms. Contact your doctor if mouth sores or a sore throat keep your child from drinking fluids or if symptoms worsen. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), a disease of cattle, sheep, and swine. However, the two diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related.
 
News posted on 2015-12-02

Drizzle for few minutes
 
2nd December 2015 Drizzle for few minutes It was cloudier throughout the day, and Sivakasi receives occasional drizzle, but the drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdles to the Sivakasians. For the next ten days, sky will be cloudy and Sivakasi likely to receive rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 27 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-02

Sivakasi receives rain for 15 minutes
 
2nd December 2015 Sivakasi receives rain for 15 minutes After a cloudier start, Sivakasi receives sharp showers between 06:10 p.m. to 06:30 p.m.. Drizzle follows after the sharp showers. For the next 10 days, sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 27 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-12-02

Moderate rain in Sivakasi
 
30th November 2015 Moderate rain in Sivakasi Yesterday, at evening, Sivakasi town receives moderate rain between 03:45 p.m. to 04:20 p.m.. Following the rain there was occasional drizzle and sharp showers. Sivakasi receives 1 cm rainfall. It was a drizzling start for Sivakasians, at early morning. Sivakasi town likely to get more rains for the next 10 days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 23 degree celsius, precipitation will be 80%, humidity 80%.
 
News posted on 2015-11-30

Daily chances of rain are coming this week
 
28th November 2015 Daily chances of rain are coming this week There is a chance for rain / drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius, with chance of 80 to 90% rain, from 30th November 2015, Monday.
 
News posted on 2015-11-28

Festival of lights celebrated in Sivakasi
 
26th November 2015 Festival of lights celebrated in Sivakasi Karthigai, the festival of lights or Mini Diwali was celebrated with fervor in Sivakasi, yesterday. In front of their homes Sivakasians drew beautiful deepam kolams. For lunch Sivakasians prepared 26 varieties of side dishes, some with 19 and 21 varieties. Thirukarthigais delicious sweets Kadalai urundai and Pori Kadalai Urundai were prepared and eaten by Sivakasians and shared them with their neighbours, friends and relatives. At evening Sivakasians lighten earthen oil lamps (ahal vilakku) in rows all over the floor and walls and some Sivakasians has switched over to the scented candles in different colours. Sivakasians celebrate Thiru Karthigai with enthusiasm, religious fervour by lighting lamps and bursting crackers.
 
News posted on 2015-11-26

Thoppu Karuppasamy Kovil Kumbabishekam held
 
25th November 2015 - Arun Prasanth Thoppu Karuppasamy Kovil Kumbabishekam held Hundreds of people witnessed the mahakumbabishekam of Thoppu Karuppasamy Kovil (Near Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School) at Sivakasi, on 23rd November 2015, Monday. Holy water was poured on kalasams of Thoppu Karuppasamy Kovil Gopuram. Holy water was poured on the Kovil kalasams atop the gopuram towers amid chanting of hymns and mantras. Special pujas were performed from the morning. The holy water was sprinkled on devotees immediately after the kumbabishekam through sprinklers.
 
News posted on 2015-11-25

Drizzle drenched Sivakasi
 
25th November 2015 Drizzle drenched Sivakasi Yesterday Sivakasi town receives drizzle between 07:30 p.m. to 09:00 p.m., there was occasional drizzle at midnight. Sky was partly cloudy today and Sivakasians begins the day with drizzle. For the next 5 days sky will be partly cloudy, with slim possibilities for rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-25

All set to celebrate Karthigai Thirunal
 
25th November 2015 All set to celebrate Karthigai Thirunal Three days Karthigai festival will be celebrated in Sivakasi town from today onwards. Sivakasi temple organizers have made all necessary preparations (lighting of chokkapalam) to celebrate the festival. Sivakasians appeared to be busy shopping aga vilakku (clay lamps), candles and vegetables in markets showing great enthusiasm for the festival.
 
News posted on 2015-11-25

Rain chances going down for Sivakasi
 
24th November 2015 Rain chances going down for Sivakasi Sivakasi receives rainfall for the last 10 days. Today the sky was partly cloudy and the town fails to receive drizzle / rain. Yesterday Sivakasi receives 1 cm rainfall. For the next 10 days sky will be cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-24

Dt. Collector declared holiday for Schools
 
23rd November 2015 Dt. Collector declared holiday for Schools There was non stop drizzle and rain in Virudhunagar district for the past few days. Due to rain, streets are flooded and very difficult for students to go to schools. Rajaraman, District collector, Virudhunagar District has declared holiday for schools due to rain in Virudhunagar district today. For the next two days Sivakasi will receive rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-23

Sivakasi receives 2 cm rain
 
23rd November 2015 Sivakasi receives 2 cm rain Yesterday Sivakasi received 2 cm rainfall. Today, after a bright start Sivakasi gets rain from 01:45 p.m. to 01:55 p.m.. There was occasional drizzle at evening. Now the climate is pleasant in the town. Due to rain Virudhunagar District Collector Rajaraman declared holiday for schools, today.
 
News posted on 2015-11-23

Non stop drizzle drenched Sivakasi
 
22nd November 2015 Non stop drizzle drenched Sivakasi Sivakasi receives non stop drizzle between 07:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., today. Earlier there was occasional drizzle in the night and morning. Yesterday Sivakasi receives 1 cm rainfall. Sivakasi gets moderate rainfall from 02:00 p.m. and it continues till 03:30 p.m.. Following the moderate rain, drizzle continues. Today maximum temperature fell down to 26 degree celsius. For the next three days Sivakasi likely to get more rainfall, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-11-22

Schools declared holiday due to rain
 
21st November 2015 Schools declared holiday due to rain As low depression is formed in Bay of Bengal sea, Virudhunagar district in Tamilnadu is getting heavy rain for the past four days. Due to rain, streets are flooded and very difficult for students to go to schools. As usual, November and December month is getting heavy rain. Thus, district collector has declared holiday for schools due to rain in Virudhunagar district today. For the next three days Sivakasi will receive rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-21

Sharp showers for few minutes
 
21st November 2015 Sharp showers for few minutes Today, Sivakasi receives sharp showers for few minutes, from 05:35 p.m. to 05:45 p.m.. And the town experienced occasional drizzle at day time. On 20th November 2015, Sivakasi town received 1 cm rainfall. For the next three days, Sivakasi will get more rainfall, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-21

Power Shut Down - maintenance work carried out
 
21st November 2015 Power Shut Down - maintenance work carried out Today, TNEB carried out maintenance work for the month of November. Power supply was disrupted between 01:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-11-21

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
20th November 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 29-11-2015, Sunday Time: 08:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathiya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi and Sivakasi Govenment Hospital For further details contact 9894416135, 9488100444, 9865710555
 
News posted on 2015-11-20

Rain for the fourth consecutive day
 
20th November 2015 Rain for the fourth consecutive day Sivakasi receives rainfall between 03:45 a.m. and 04:10 a.m., in the early morning and it was a moderate rain and Sivakasi was cloudier throughout the day with occasional drizzle. There was heavy downpour from 02:00 p.m. to 02:25 p.m.. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. Sivakasi receives 2 cm rainfall on 19th November 2015. For the next three days Sivakasi will receive rain / drizzle with maximum and minimum temperature of 27 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-20

Rain hits Sivakasi
 
19th November 2015 Rain hits Sivakasi On 18th November 2015, Sivakasi receives steady shower for around one hour. Within minutes of a steady rain the town was seen flooded and clogged. Yesterday Sivakasi receives 3 cm rainfall. Water reservoirs in Sivakasi experienced good influx of water.
 
News posted on 2015-11-19

Heavy rain for the third consecutive day
 
19th November 2015 Heavy rain for the third consecutive day Sivakasi receives heavy rainfall between 05:45 p.m. to 06:45 p.m., today. Rains accompanied with lightnings and thunders. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Motorists find difficult to wade through the floodwaters on busy roads after heavy rain lashed Sivakasi. The climate will remain cloudy for next ten days with chances of heavy rainfall, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-11-19

Midnight rain lashes Sivakasi
 
18th November 2015 Midnight rain lashes Sivakasi Sivakasi receives heavy rainfall accompanied with hundreds of lightnings and thunders at yesterday night, between 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. There was occasional drizzle during night and early morning. There was no power supply in Sivakasi from 10:45 p.m. and power resume at 12:30 a.m.. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. A few spells of rain are expected for next ten days in Sivakasi town, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-18

Soorasamharam performed in Sivakasi
 
18th November 2015 Photo: RAJEE, SREE Soorasamharam performed in Sivakasi Yesterday, hundreds of pilgrims witnessed Soorasamhaaram, conducted as part of the Kandha Sasti festival at the Sivan Kovil at Sivakasi. The Soorasamhaaram began at around 04:30 p.m., with the idol of Lord Murugan and those of Sooran were taken out in a procession from Sivan Kovil to the four car streets of Sivakasi, where the ritual was held. With the devotees raising the slogan Kandhanukku Arohara, Muruganukku Arohara Lord Muruga killed Sooran. The devotees offered a series of pujas after Soorasamhaaram. Some Sivakasians observed fast for the last six days and took food after seeing the Soorasamhaaram, as a symbol of good winning over the evil. Prasadhams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2015-11-18

Sivakasi records 10 cm rainfall
 
18th November 2015 Sivakasi records 10 cm rainfall Yesterday night Sivakasi receives heavy rainfall between 10:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m.. A few spells of rain are expected for next ten days in Sivakasi town, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius. In Tamilnadu, Sivakasi receives highest rainfall on 17th November 2015, Tuesday. This is the highest rainfall in Sivakasi, in last 5 years. The Chief amounts of rainfall recorded in centimetres are:Tamil Nadu: Sivakasi (Virudhunagar Dist) 10, Virudhunagar (Virudhunagar Dist) 9, Rajapalayam (Virudhunagar Dist) 8, Kovilankulam (Virudhunagar Dist), Tirumayam (Pudukkottai Dist), Tirumangalam (Madurai Dist), Illuppur (Pudukkottai Dist), Tondi (Ramanathapuram Dist), Illayangudi (Sivaganga Dist), Surangudi (Toothukudi Dist) 6 each, Aruppukottai (Virudhunagar Dist), Marungapuri (Trichy Dist), Kalugumalai (Toothukudi Dist), Sattur (Virudhunagar Dist) 5 each, Chittampatti (Madurai Dist), Vadipatti (Madurai Dist), Kadaladi (Ramanathapuram Dist), Melur (Madurai Dist), Paramakudi (Ramanathapuram Dist) 4 each, Arimalam (Pudukkottai Dist), Pudukottai (Pudukkottai Dist), Mudukulatur (Ramanathapuram Dist) 3 each, R.s.mangalam (Ramanathapuram Dist), Sholavandan (Madurai Dist), Tirupuvanam (Sivaganga Dist), Chinnakalar (Coimbatore Dist), Srivaikuntam (Toothukudi Dist), Peraiyur (Madurai Dist).
 
News posted on 2015-11-18

Fireworks fizzle out
 
17th November 2015 - News Today Fireworks fizzle out Chennai: Though Deepavali was celebrated with traditional fervour in Tamilnadu, rain in the last two days dampened the sale of crackers in the city. Rajagopalan of Elango Sales Agency says, "Crackers and other fireworks are mostly sold in the last week of Deepavali. Particularly, more than 50 per cent of the sale happens two days before the festival since most of the people get salary, bonus and other financial benefits in the last minute. But, in Chennai, those two days witnessed heavy rain." He went on explain that rain as such was not the problem, but waterlogging was. "Though the rain stops in a few hours, there is waterlogging in many places. So, most of the customers remained indoors for safety and other reasons. This resulted in big dip in sales." He said they had bought crackers worth Rs 20,000 but less than 40 per cent was sold. "Since we are retailers, we are left with no option but to continue to offer heavy discounts of 50 to 60 per cent for the next few days to clear the stock," he moaned. While retailers and distributors faced last-minute loss due to the rain, wholesale agents and shops were the worst affected. Says Ayyanaar, proprietor of Abhirami Fireworks Agency, "This season, many wholesale agents also set up shops. We must note that agents in wholesale trade make big profits only if sales are high. But two days of heavy rain played havoc with our business. We had stock worth lakhs, but sale was low. So, we are facing heavy loss this time." Like him, many traders planned to make good revenue and so bought goods at wholesale price directly from firework manufacturers from Sivakasi. "Like me, it is a sad time for them also." Though the rain stopped for a few hours on Deepavali morning, it was already too late for the traders. Moreover, in some shops, water seepage damaged stocks. Apart from sales being dull over the past few days, the heavy rain on Sunday dampened the mood of the customers, feel many traders. Deepavali shoppers faced a harrowing time wading through knee-deep water on busy streets. Apart from the heavy rain and cyclone warning, waterlogging kept customers away from the citys cracker shops.
 
News posted on 2015-11-17

Campaigns played key role in containing fire accidents
 
17th November 2015 - The Hindu Planning, campaigns played key role in containing fire accidents: DFO Madurai region received 33 fire calls on Deepavali day In eight districts of the region, the fire and rescue services officers received 33 calls on Deepavali day, said District Fire Officer (Madurai region) R. Saravanakumar here on Wednesday. Describing the nature of calls as small and nothing major, the officer said that in Madurai city alone six fire calls were received on the festival day. Close to 20 persons were injured while bursting crackers and the fire was more due to crackers falling on hutments. The fire and rescue services department personnel had planned the strategy in such a way that standby fire tenders (other than those in the fire station) were located at vantage points. The idea was to minimise the response time. On receipt of a call, the vehicles were moved quickly so that the fire was put out instantly and prevented from spreading further, Mr. Saravanakumar said. The tenders were stationed at Simmakkal and Vilakuthoon areas of Madurai city. Unlike last years Deepavali, when it was rainy, this time, the weather was sunny in most parts of Madurai region. Attributing better planning and sustained awareness campaigns as reasons for the low rate of fire calls, the DFO said that there was no major fire reported due to bursting of crackers on Deepavali day. Right from interacting with students and general public, the fire officers displayed safe methods and modes to burst crackers. The coordination with many educational institutions and other agencies paved way for dissemination of safe practices. In fact, for the first time, over 150 outlets, which sold crackers, issued pamphlets to their customers on how to burst crackers safely. The education in handling of crackers helped the people in handling many innovative varieties with low decibel levels introduced by fireworks units of Sivakasi. For instance, a variety called rocket launchers opened up in the sky with different colours, but had to be lit up in open grounds only, officers said. Yet another factor for low fire calls was that the day was not windy. Many open spaces and huts remained wet till noon.
 
News posted on 2015-11-17

Sivakasi manufacturers enjoy a good Diwali
 
17th November 2015 - The Times of India Sivakasi manufacturers enjoy a good Diwali, wants to focus on exports TRICHY: In Sivakasi, the fireworks manufacturing hub of the country, things have quietened down for now after the bustle of Diwali. The manufacturers, who are happy with the returns this season as the central governments intervention kept the presence of Chinese fireworks at a minimum, are already predicting consistent growth in the coming year. President of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association, G Abiruban said the north Indian market had been good and the central governments stern action had kept Chinese fireworks at bay. During the previous season, the industry suffered a loss of nearly Rs1,000 crore due to smuggling of Chinese fireworks, predominantly to the north Indian market. In Tamil Nadu too, the state government issued licences in time to open the retail shops. However, incessant rain in the state, especially in Chennai, dampened the sales. Not even half of the usual volume could be sold due to the rain, he said. "The trend in north India was promising, though we suffered a setback in Tamil Nadu due to the rain," he said. President of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association, T Kannan also felt the same. The prices of fireworks were reasonable when compared to last year. "Other than a few incidents where Chinese fireworks were caught in the North, the turnover was handsome this Diwali. This will steady the industry and we anticipate consistent business during next Diwali as well," he said. Like in this season, fireworks makers will come out with creative ideas for the next Diwali as well, industrial sources said. The industry is also working on research and development of eco-friendly, less-polluting fireworks. Meanwhile, the manufacturers this year will push harder for the promotion of export of fireworks. Due to the restrictions at ports since fireworks are classified as hazardous cargo, exports from Sivakasi is nearly zero in spite of huge potential in European and South Eastern countries. "We will approach the central government with the proposal of turning Tuticorin into a hub for handling firework exports and we are already working in this regard," said Abiruban. Once exports are made possible, the industry turnover of Rs6,000 crore per annum could be doubled, according to manufacturers. However, above all, the industry is hoping for an accident-free season. Nearly half a dozen workers die every year in accidents at fireworks units. With the level of mechanization increasing in the industry, the accidents will gradually come down, sources said.
 
News posted on 2015-11-17

Drizzle but no rain
 
17th November 2015 Drizzle but no rain Today, the sky was clear and it was brighter throughout the day. A band of clouds formed at evening and Sivakasi receives drizzle from 06:00 p.m. and continues till 07:20 p.m.. However drizzle fails to turn as rain. Sivakasi likely to get more rain / drizzle for the next 10 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-17

Soorasamharam festival at Sivakasi tomorrow
 
16th November 2015 Soorasamharam festival at Sivakasi tomorrow As a part of Skanda Sasti Festival , Soorasamharam will be performed in Sivakasi every year. Soorasamharam festival 2015, will be held on 17th November 2015, Tuesday, at Sivakasi Four Car Streets, from 04:30 p.m. onwards. Every year, there will be two Soorasamharams held at the same venue, but this year due to renovation work in Murugan Kovil for KUMBABHISEGAM, no Soorasamharam will be performed in MURUGAN TEMPLE.
 
News posted on 2015-11-16

Drizzling Sivakasi
 
16th November 2015 Drizzling Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi town experienced non stop drizzle from 03:35 p.m. and it continues till 07:00 p.m.. The non stop drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Climate will be cloudy for next one week, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree Celsius respectively, with chances of rain. Earlier on yesterday, Sivakasi receives occasional drizzle, and it was cloudier throughout the day.
 
News posted on 2015-11-16

Sivakasi records lowest maximum temperature
 
15th November 2015 Sivakasi records lowest maximum temperature Today, Sivakasi records lowest maximum - 24 degree celsius and minimum temperature 21 degree celsius for the year 2015. The non stop drizzle and occasional showers results in fall in temperature. The prime cold of the year witness last few days and reduced the temperature in Sivakasi town. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 7 days. Sivakasi may experience a maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and minimum temperature is 24 degree celsius, which is slightly below normal.
 
News posted on 2015-11-15

Sivakasi celebrates Children-s Day
 
14th November 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Children-s Day The birth anniversary of first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru which is observed as Children Day nationwide was celebrated by majority of the schools in Sivakasi, today. Some school children entertained the parents and visitors with various cultural programmes and conducted fun activities, and Science Exhibition, thus celebrating the children day in true sense. Chief guest gave away prizes to winners of various events.
 
News posted on 2015-11-14

Non stop drizzle drenched Sivakasi
 
14th November 2015 Non stop drizzle drenched Sivakasi Today, thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town throughout the day and Sivakasi receives drizzle round around the clock. Non stop drizzle leaves Sivakasi life out of gear. Rain likely to be continue for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-14

Midnight rain hits Sivakasi
 
13th November 2015 Midnight rain hits Sivakasi Today at 02:00 a.m., there was sudden pour for more than one hour in Sivakasi town. Sivakasi was lashed by heavy rains on night that left many low-lying areas waterlogged. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Dark clouds were seen in Sivakasi since last two days. After the rainfall on early morning, there was gradual fall in Sivakasi weather. there was non stop drizzling from 02:00 p.m. to 04:30 p.m.. And there was occasional drizzle. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 7 days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius. The cyclonic circulation, which is over South Andaman Sea will induce a low-pressure area over south-east Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours, i.e. by November 14 or 15. This low-pressure area will gradually start moving in a north-west direction and thereafter may intensify into a well-marked low-pressure area. Chances of the system turning into a depression are high if conditions remain as they are. Owing to this system, rainfall activity will increase over parts of Coastal Tamil Nadu from November 16 and continue with same intensity till November 20.
 
News posted on 2015-11-13

Kandha Sasti Festival begins
 
13th November 2015 Kandha Sasti Festival begins Every year Kandha Sasti festival is celebrated in Sivakasi Subramaniam Temple and in Sivan Kovil. Kandha Sasti Festival began in Sivakasi from 12th November 2015, Thursday. The six days fasting started from 12th November and ends on 17th November 2015, Tuesday. On the final day of the fasting i.e., on 17th November 2015, 2 Surasamharams will be held, in Sivakasi four car street. On the next day of Sura Samharam, Thirukalyanam will be taken place in Sivakasi Swami Subramaniam temple.
 
News posted on 2015-11-13

Moderate rain in Sivakasi
 
12th November 2015 Moderate rain in Sivakasi On 11th November 2015, Sivakasi starts the day with moderate rain at early morning. There was steady shower between 04:00 p.m. to 04:35 p.m.. Within minutes of a steady rain the town was seen flooded and clogged. It was drizzling occasionally. On 9th November there was sharp showers at 11:00 a.m.. Luckily there was no rain on that day. No rain brings smile on the face of roadside vendors. Today Sivakasi there was drizzling start for Sivakasi. Climate is cool, breeze and drizzling and it is pleasant. Sivakasi to receive moderate rain over next 7 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-12

Diwali pulls crowd in mutton stall
 
11th November 2015 Diwali pulls crowd in mutton stall The festival of lights pulls huge crowd in all chicken and mutton stalls in Sivakasi town. There was a lengthy queue and crowd in every stalls. One kg. Chicken is Rs.160/- to Rs.170/- and Mutton is Rs.550/-.
 
News posted on 2015-11-11

Sivakasi celebrates Diwali
 
11th November 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Diwali Diwali was celebrated with fun on 10th November 2015, Tuesday, in Sivakasi. Being the Diwali eve, the shopping remained the main highlight in the town, especially in NRKR Road. There was non stop Diwali celebration in Sivakasi from 9th November 2015, night to 10th November 2015 night. In fact, Sivakasians begin bursting of crackers well before the festival of Diwali. In many households, the day began with a pre-dawn oil bath and donning of new clothes before prayers. People thronged Mutton and Chicken stall from 02:00 a.m.. There was crowed in the stalls till 12:00 p.m.. Devotees thronged temple and special abhisegams has been taken place in all the temples. In the morning, the women prepared sweet dishes such as Mundhrikothu, Paniyaaram, Ulundha Vada, Aama Vada and Gulab Jamun. Sivakasians make and shared sweets with friends and relatives. Sivakasians were eager in watching the new released movies in theatres. There was huge crowd in front of Cinema theatres. Majority of the theatres were house full - Thoongavanam, Vedhalam. Some Sivakasians showed their interest towards special Diwali shows broadcasted in Television - Bahubali, Mari. The festival of lights, Diwali, brings fun, joy and togetherness. Children and youth eagerly look forward for the arrival of the festival. Everyone was with their new dresses and fired crackers. Sivakasians taking crazy selfies with crackers and fireworks displays. It was difficult for Sivakasians to travel from one place to another, as there was no auto service on Diwali Festival. Motorists remaining stuck, because of roadless roads youngers firing crackers in the roads for last two days, with out break, in all the streets of Sivakasi. So Sivakasians avoid roaming on Diwali days. Sivakasi has been seen with non stop sound and colourful lights throughout the festival. And all age sections enjoyed the festival.
 
News posted on 2015-11-11

Diwali pulls huge crowd in petrol bunks
 
9th November 2015 Diwali pulls huge crowd in petrol bunks The festival of lights pulls huge crowd in all petrol bunks in Sivakasi town. There was a lengthy queue and crowd in every petroleum pumps. And it is expected that the same will be continued for the next two days.
 
News posted on 2015-11-09

Diwali feast for Thala fans
 
9th November 2015 Diwali feast for Thala fans The much awaited Vedhaalam and Thoongaavanam, will hit the screen on Diwali. Theatres in Sivakasi will screen special show for the die hard fans at 09:00 a.m.. Banners of their stars were sprouted near all the theatres.
 
News posted on 2015-11-09

Lions School lifts Dream Big Trophy
 
6th November 2015 - Karthik Lions School lifts Dream Big Trophy On 1st November 2015, Sunday, Kamarajar Makkal Nala Sangam, Thiruthangal, organised a mega inter school meet at Thiruthangal. Students from around 20 schools from Virudhunagar District participated in the inter school meet. The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School stood in the first place and won the winners trophy. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Girls Higher Secondary School bagged the second place. Participation certificates and prizes were distributed by the chief guest. The event was sponsored by RVCE, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-11-06

The Festival of Lights and Sounds is Here
 
6th November 2015 - The New Indian Express The Festival of Lights and Sounds is Here THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Its the time again to make merry with colourful fireworks and crackers. Business is gaining momentum in cracker shops that are open for the special seasonal sales in the city areas. The choices are sure to let the customers spoilt for choice as a wide gamut of fireworks wonders in many hues, shapes and sizes are ready to be picked in the market. The nerve centre of cracker sales, the Chalai market, has a beeline of shops, both big and small, where buyers queue up ahead of Diwali day to burst into festivities. From a packet of poothiris priced at Rs 10, the range touches a high of Rs 1,000 for a grand gift box with an assorted mix of items. Sivakasi, as usual, tops this time as well for being the largest production house from where materials are sourced. Majority of materials are manufactured in Sivakasi. This time around, some Delhi-made cracker products are here. The units in Sivakasi bring them from there and make it available for us, says a trader with MMK Traders in Chalai. The Delhi-wallahs are special in their own way with a set of firecrackers resembling a rotund piece of mass. Vendors claim these crackers can produce a sparkling fire fountain that would stay for several minutes. A box of four pieces of this type costs Rs 500. Its miniature version is available at Rs 250 for the same number of pieces. Most shops are open early this week. The business touches its peak on coming weekend and Sunday as customers prefer holiday shopping and take children to choose according to their preference. We also prepare crackers for bulk orders from traders and buyers, says another wholesaler. Gift boxes, that have been a fad over the past few years, too have takers. These are available from Rs 250 to Rs 1,000, as contents differ. Other than the contents, it is noteworthy that the makers are careful in doing the packaging with eyecandy pictorial depictions. The tallest poothiris and rockets are the A-listers in this category. A trend lapped up by the busy bees, online cracker trade has opened its door to woo customers this time as well. This year, Malappadakkam.com, the one-stop destination over the past four years, opened its doors from the month of October itself. It has four packages on offer.
 
News posted on 2015-11-06

Diwali sale picks up
 
6th November 2015 Diwali sale picks up The countdown to Diwali has begun with less than a week to go for the festival of lights. Sivakasians have started thronging NRKR Road, for Diwali shopping. Hundreds of pavement sellers have been mushroomed in the last one week. Sivakasians busy buying them. And the road is busy around the clock. The sellers expected that the sale will be doubled in the last two days.
 
News posted on 2015-11-06

Jail for carrying fireworks on trains: RPF
 
5th November 2015 - The Hindu Jail for carrying fireworks on trains: RPF Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Madurai Division has stepped up vigil against passengers carrying crackers on trains ahead of Deepavali festival. Divisional Security Commissioner P. Shankaran Kutty, who led an awareness campaign against carrying inflammable articles on trains at Madurai junction, warned the passengers that violators could be jailed for up to three years and imposed a fine of Rs. 1,000 under Section 164 of the Railway Act, 1989. Mr. Shankaran Kutty said that special teams had been formed to keep a tab on passengers trying to smuggle in crackers from Sivakasi, the hub of fireworks manufacturing, at Virudhunagar, Sattur and Sivakasi. Sniffer dogs Sniffer dogs and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squads had already been deployed at these stations to check baggage of passengers. Besides, RPF personnel in civvies had also been posted to maintain vigil. Mr. Shankaran Kutty said that crackers that were highly inflammable could lead to disasters on moving trains. Transportation of fireworks is allowed only in private vehicles and not in public carriers like trains and buses, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-11-05

ALUMNI MEET at SKC
 
5th November 2015 ALUMNI MEET at SKC The 11th Annual Alumni Meet 2015 was celebrated at Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, on September 24. A.P. Selvarajan, college secretary, who presided over the event, appealed to the alumni to become entrepreneurs and providers of jobs to others. He cited the examples of leading entrepreneurs who had humble beginnings. P. Venkatesh Kumar, secretary of Alumni Association, presented the annual report. Competitions, Teachers Day celebration and guest lectures formed the highlights of the meet. S. Krishnamurthy, Principal, in his address, said the alumni were duty-bound to support the college. P.K. Balamurugan, Vice-Principal, illustrated cases of entrepreneurs with minimum investments serving the society in big ways. R. Muthulakshmi, Vice-Principal, said that a database could be created to keep regular touch with the alumni. K. Siva, Alumni Association member and Assistant Professor, Department of Bio-Technology, welcomed the gathering. V. Subashree, Alumni and Assistant Professor, Department of HMCS, proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-11-05

A drizzling start but no rain
 
5th November 2015 A drizzling start but no rain Sivakasians greet with drizzle and chill breeze, early morning today. But Sivakasi fails to receive North East Monsoon rain today. Todays drizzle did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. Sivakasi likely to get rain for the next days with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-05

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
4th November 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today at early morning, Sivakasi receives moderate rain for around 30 minutes. The rain was accompanied with thunders. Within minutes of a steady shower the town was seen flooded and clogged. Sivakasi likely to get more North East Monsoon rains for the next 10 days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-04

North East Monsoon rain lashes Sivakasi
 
4th November 2015 North East Monsoon rain lashes Sivakasi Today, thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, today, at evening from 05:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. And still drizzle continues. For next 10 days sky will be cloudy with chances of North East Monsoon rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-04

Chinese dragon to light up this Diwali
 
3rd November 2015 - The Times of India Chinese dragon to light up this Diwali Get ready for a rather uncanny Chinese invasion this Diwali. Right from stickers depicting "Lakshmijis footsteps", "Shubh Labh" along with decorative toran adorning doorsteps and even the fire crackers that light up the night sky have been made in China. "We earn around Rs 1,000 to 1,500 from sale of decorative lanterns, artificial flowers and fairy lights. Almost all of it is from Chinese manufacturers who send it to Mumbai after which it arrives in the city. The price range of these goods is Rs 50 to Rs 500 which is affordable and thus sells more. While margin on a single product is less, bulk sale gives up to 20 per cent profit," says Jayesh Kanani, an electronics store owner near Gandhi Road. "Invasion of Chinese products, especially in crackers and plastic items, has hit small manufacturers and seasonal traders. Most manufacturers have now turned traders and are selling Chinese items. Despite being cheap these Chinese items yield quite good profit margin for the traders," said Arvind Gajera, secretary , Federation of Industries Association (FIA). It is not only big sellers but also the flea market participants that swear by Chinese products. Anwar Rangwala, a sticker and decorative items seller, shows the new varieties that have just landed in the city this week. The biggest draw is Chinese firecrackers. While Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu still rules the roost as far as the industry is concerned, the Chinese variants have made deep inroads due to variety and cheaper prices."This year, exploding matchsticks and string firecrackers is doing good business," said Jayant Modi, a shopkeeper near Raipur Darwaja.
 
News posted on 2015-11-03

Chinese crackers make inroads into Surat
 
3rd November 2015 - The Times of India Chinese crackers make inroads into Surat SURAT: Chinese crackers have found their way on to the shelves of firecracker retailers and wholesalers in the Diamond City despite any clearance for their import from central government. There are six cracker wholesalers, who supply to the retailers of the Rs 20 crore market in the city. While the Chinese crackers are banned in India, they are being sold in the Diamond City. Unlike previous Diwalis, this time around the residents in Surat will be making maximum use of fireworks imported from China. The ratio of fireworks manufactured in Sivakasi and China which are being sold in the Diamond City is 60:40. Firecracker dealers said Chinese fireworks have penetrated into the Diamond City and may soon end the monopoly of Sivakasi crackers. While manufacturers of Sivakasi are stuck with making traditional fireworks, Chinese are introducing new varieties every year. The prices of Chinese crackers are also reasonable. "There is no comparison in the prices of crackers from China and Sivakasi. They have different varieties and qualities. Quality of Chinese cracker is customized as per the need of youngsters and children," a firecracker wholesaler said. He added, "We know Chinese crackers are banned in India, but we businessmen sell whatever is supplied to us. It is the responsibility of the central government to stop entry of Chinese crackers into India." Another wholesaler said, "Customers are asking for Chinese crackers. There are many varieties that attract customers. Their quality is superb."
 
News posted on 2015-11-03

All souls day observed in Sivakasi
 
2nd November 2015 All souls day observed in Sivakasi Sivakasi Catholic community observed All Souls Day (Kallarai Thirunaal), today. This special day, also known as the Day of the Dead, is set aside to remember and honor the dead in one-s family and follows All Saints- Day. Its an opportunity to remember together those who have died more recently, especially those who have loved and miss. The annual Day of the Dead is observed for family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Graves were decorated with garlands. Special prayers has been taken place amidst North East Monsoon rain. After the prayer has been completed, fruits and sweets were distributed to the people who are residing near Graveyard.
 
News posted on 2015-11-02

Yet another rainy day
 
2nd November 2015 Yet another rainy day Today, there was non stop drizzle from early morning and it continues till 08:15 a.m.. Sivakasi receives moderate rain between 11:15 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.. It was cloudier throughout the day. There was occasional drizzle occurs in the town. Sivakasi will receive north east monsoon rainfall for the next 10 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-02

A rainy start for November
 
1st November 2015 A rainy start for November Sivakasi welcomes November with several spells of rains at early morning, today. Sivakasi receives sharp showers on 31st October 2015, Saturday night, between 07:30 p.m. and 08:20 p.m.. Sivakasi likely to get more rain for the next 10 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius. Diwali is just 10 days away, 2015 North East Monsoon affects Fireworks business in all the ways.
 
News posted on 2015-11-01

Eesal after rain
 
1st November 2015 Eesal after rain As rainy season starts, Eesal follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall for last few days. As a result of 2015 North east Monsoon rain, thousands of Eesal found in the post lamps and in front of the bouses of Sivakasi. In morning times, thousands of Eesal wings would have been seen in front of the house. During rain earthworm also seen.
 
News posted on 2015-11-01

Chinese crackers? Not this Diwali
 
1st November 2015 - The Telegraph Chinese crackers? Not this Diwali Fancy Chinese fireworks that have been lighting up your Diwali for the past few years will be out of reach following a directive issued by the Centre. The Union government has asked all states to take action against any illegal shipment of crackers from China. Any imported consignment of crackers will be treated as illegal. Police will keep a close watch on sale of such crackers in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar markets. Deputy commissioner of police, Cuttack, Sanjeev Arora said they would make sure that traders abide by the rules of not selling Chinese crackers before issuing temporary licences for setting up stalls. "Special drives will be launched to ensure that no Chinese crackers are sold," he said. The state government has also asked all collectors to keep a vigil on sale of illegal fireworks in their respective districts. The police issue temporary licences for setting up stalls to sell fireworks in the run up to the Diwali. Usually, 300 licences are issued every year in Cuttack and 450 in Bhubaneswar. Though the possession and sale of foreign-made explosives is a punishable offence under the guidelines of Explosive Act, Chinese fireworks have been easily available in the markets here. Fire safety officer B.B. Das said: "We will issue guidelines to the cops and other agencies to strictly follow the pollution control norms. Whether it is Indian-made fire-crackers or Chinese items, norms are applicable to all so that accidents can be averted." Pollution control board official B.N. Bhol said: "No crackers with sound capacity of more than 125 decibels will be allowed to be sold in the market." While the local manufacturers are happy with the ban on the sale of Chinese crackers, consumers are unhappy. "Usually, fancy crackers are preferred by children and Chinese crackers are also cheaper than those made in India," said Kishore Patnaik, a resident of College Square. Sushil Sahu, 58, who has been in the cracker business for the past 25 years, also admitted to the proliferation of fancy Chinese crackers. However, he has avoided either storing or selling fancy crackers owing to the hazards involved in them. "Such fancy crackers contain potassium chlorate, which is dangerous, and they also have hazardous chemical that can explode easily," said Sahu. Traders in Berhampur have welcomed the decision. "The move will benefit local manufacturers," said Rajendra Kumar Jena, who is in the business for the past few decades. He said earlier the traders used to get the Chinese crackers from Delhi and Mumbai. Inku Gouda, president of Sri Sri Balunkeswar Fireworks Traders Association, said: "Traders mainly depend on supply from Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, and Nalabanta and Ankuspur in Ganjam. The restriction on Chinese crackers would mean local crackers would flood the market." The fireworks trade in the state is worth around Rs 50 crore with Bhubaneswar and Cuttack accounting for Rs 20 crore.
 
News posted on 2015-11-01

Drive to check sale of Chinese crackers
 
1st November 2015 - The Hindu Drive to check sale of Chinese crackers With Deepavali round the corner, a district-level squad has started to check for any sale of Chinese fire crackers across the district. Officials said the government has not permitted import and sale of Chinese crackers. Four-member team Hence, following a direction, the Collector had formed a four-member team to keep an eye on sale of Chinese crackers in the district. Kandipan, Inspector of Police, Ponnai, S. Narasimhan, Tahsildar of Vellore Flying Squad and two representatives from the Fire and Rescue Services and Vellore Corporation were members of the squad. The State government has banned sale of Chinese crackers. We launched the drive to inspect the crackers kept for sale in outlets on Wednesday. We inspected the crackers kept at the Karpagam cooperative supermarket, S. Narasimhan, member of the squad said. Outlets inspected On Thursday, the team inspected cracker outlets in Vellore Town including at Officers Line, Kagithapattarai and Long Bazaar. Nearly 10 outlets have been checked so far. The team will conduct inspections in shops and godowns storing crackers across the district till Deepavali, he added. Some of the cracker boxes contained Chinese letters printed on them. It also said that it has been manufactured in technical collaboration with Standard Fireworks China Ltd. The officials said that they sought a clarification from the manufacturer in this regard. The machine was imported from China and it was found to be a printing error. It was confirmed that the crackers were manufactured in Sivakasi, they said. In case, Chinese crackers were found in any shops in the district, the stock would be seized and legal action will be taken on those who sell the banned crackers, officials added.
 
News posted on 2015-11-01

Officials conduct raids to unearth Chinese crackers
 
1st November 2015 - The Hindu Officials conduct raids to unearth Chinese crackers The Customs and Preventive Commissionerate authorities on a tip-off that Chinese made firecrackers were illegally imported into the country, conducted raids at different places across the State on Thursday. The authorities could not detect any Chinese made crackers, except for firecrackers, which had labels in Chinese language, in Vizianagaram. Such stocks were detained for further investigation and during earlier raids, similar Chinese brands were found in Duvva in West Godavari district, which have been referred to Sivakasi for authentication, said S.K.Rahman, Commissioner of Customs and Preventive, A.P. according to a press release. Chinese firecrackers should not be bought or used as they were hazardous, explode spontaneously and were made using cheap chemicals. In case any vendors or godowns housed such stocks, people could inform the same to Customs and Preventive Commissionerate authorities over phone numbers: 98498-48060, 98855-66233 and 98666-32834, Mr. Rahman said.
 
News posted on 2015-11-01

North East Monsoon rain hits Sivakasi
 
1st November 2015 North East Monsoon rain hits Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall from 01:00 p.m. to 01:35 p.m.. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind and thunders the town was seen flooded and clogged. The recent North East Monsoon affects Fireworks Business badly. Sivakasi to receive moderate rain over next 10 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-11-01

Non stop drizzle hit normal life
 
31st October 2015 Non stop drizzle hit normal life A fresh spell of seasonal North East Monsoon hit normal life in Sivakasi town today. There was non stop drizzling from early morning and it continues till 11:15 a.m.. The school and office goers were drenched in the non stop drizzle. It badly affects the fireworks business too. Sivakasi EB office wore desert like look, due to rain. Due to server problem, for the past few months, Sivakasians need to stand in long queues to pay their bills, today, due to rain, very few paid their bills and the counter was totally free. Most of the Sivakasians carried umbrella to protect them from the long lasting drizzle. A few spells of rain are expected for the next ten days in Sivakasi town, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-31

Staff Enrichment Programme Organised
 
30th October 2015 - Prof. B. Rathika, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJA College Staff Enrichment Programme Organised The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College organised Staff Enrichment Programme on 30th October 2015, Friday. Mr. G. Abiruben, MBA, Secretary, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College Committee inaugurated the programme. Dr. V. Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC delivered the Welcome Address. Rev. Dr. Xavier Alphonse, Formerly Member, UGC, New Delhi, Founder - Director, ICRDCE, Chennai delivered his address on "Fundamental Approaches to Higher Education Today and Role of Teachers in Promoting Fundamental Higher Education ". Dr. R. Manohar, Co-ordinator, IQAC proposed Vote of Thanks. The programme was arranged by Dr. N. Senthil Kumar, Assistant Co-ordinator, IQAC, ANJAC.
 
News posted on 2015-10-30

Sivakasi set to lose some more this Diwali
 
30th October 2015 - Business Standard Sivakasi set to lose some more this Diwali Sivakasi, the country-s main centre for production of fireworks, is caught in the grip of illegal Chinese imports, increasingly tough rules and legal threats to bursting of crackers during Diwali. Three years ago, around 300,000 people were employed in making fireworks in and around this small town, 500 km from here. The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association estimates employment has declined to 200,000. Of Sivakasis 848 factories, 150 are up for sale and the number will double by next year, according to the Association. The town produces 85 per cent of the country-s fireworks. K Mariappan, senior member in the advisory council for the Association, said the Rs 4,000-crore industry at Sivakasi had lost almost half its business to illegal Chinese imports and on account of stiffer rules and legal threats to fireworks. The association claimed 2,000 containers of illegal Chinese fireworks had arrived in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab for this Diwali. Government sources agreed the contraband was coming in through ports. A consignment worth Rs 17.4 crore was recently seized at Mumbai, an official said. He added barely 10 per cent of containers were checked because of inadequate scanning infrastructure. An industry representative said the commerce ministry was trying to curb illegal imports but its instructions had not been converted into action on the ground. Rajasingh Chelladhurai, managing director of Jumbo Fireworks, said during the months before Diwali in earlier years, workers at Sivakasi worked round the clock. Today, workers work only during the day. Chinese fireworks are 50 per cent cheaper than those made at Sivakasi. Chinese fireworks are produced using potassium chlorate, which can ignite on friction. Such fireworks are dangerous, yet people buy them because they are cheaper, Association members said. The Supreme Court recently said it would consider limiting fireworks on Diwali to between 5 pm and 10 pm. Hearing a petition filed in the name of three toddlers, seeking a ban, a bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Amitava Roy asked the solicitor-general to respond within a week to six suggestions provided by the petitioners counsel, A M Singhvi. The next hearing is on Tuesday. An employee of Kaliswari Fireworks, one of Sivakasis largest units, said, "The emission by fireworks manufactured in China have been determined as hazardous because they do not meet the prescribed standards." India is the largest producer of fireworks in the world, after China. Yet it was missing a Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore export opportunity to China, the Association claimed. "Many countries are ready to buy Sivakasi products. India will gain global respect by exploiting the export market," it added.
 
News posted on 2015-10-30

North East Monsoon dampens business in Sivakasi
 
29th October 2015 North East Monsoon dampens business in Sivakasi North East Monsoon rain lashed several parts of the town for the second consecutive day, in Sivakasi, today. With just two weeks left for the Festival of Lights, fireworks manufacturers were busy preparing and packing crackers in over 700 units. The recent rains delays loading and unloading works in trucks. The recent monsoon rains causing inconvenience to the fireworks manufacturers, traders and transporters. Sivakasi likely to get more rains for the next 10 days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-29

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
29th October 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today, after a bright start, Sivakasi town received moderate rain between 03:55 p.m. to 04:25 p.m.. Black clouds kept hover the town and the climate is pleasant with occasional drizzle. For the second consecutive day, Sivakasi receives northeast monsoon rain. Sivakasi sets to get more rain for the next 10 days with maximum and minimum 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-29

Temperature pegged below 30 degree
 
28th October 2015 Temperature pegged below 30 degree Chill breeze, drizzling, cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate, for North East Monsoon 2015. Sivakasians greet with drizzle and chill breeze in the day time. Maximum and minimum temperature pegged below 28 and 23 degree celsus respectively. There was occasional drizzle at day time and the climate was cloudier throughout the day. The climate in Sivakasi town is very pleasant. The climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 23 degree celsius, for the next ten days.
 
News posted on 2015-10-28

SC refuses to ban Diwali crackers
 
28th October 2015 - Hindustan Times SC refuses to ban Diwali crackers, directs Centre to spread awareness The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to ban bursting of crackers on Diwali saying it was not possible to give orders that cannot be implemented. After all people may claim they have a right to burst crackers...therefore cannot give a direction hurriedly, a bench headed by chief Justice HL Dattu said. The top court, however, reiterated its earlier decision that crackers cannot be used between 10pm and 6am while disposing off a petition filed in the name of three infants calling for a blanket ban. Earlier, the Centre in its reply to the notice indicated it was not in favour of a blanket ban saying bursting of crackers during Diwali is not the only cause for air pollution. The Centre said the causes and mitigation of air pollution is multi-sectoral in nature and air pollution may be prevented, abated and controlled by a multi-disciplinary approach through joint efforts of various ministries/departments. The petition filed through the legal guardians of the infants demanded, among other things, a total ban on the use of firecrackers during festivals. Hindu organisations countered the petition saying bursting crackers on Diwali has been the Hindu tradition for hundreds of years and implementing a complete ban will hurt their religious sentiments. The petition was also opposed by organisation of firecracker manufacturers saying the ban would seriously affect the industry and the livelihood of lakhs of workers.
 
News posted on 2015-10-28

Cant put blanket ban on Diwali crackers
 
28th October 2015 - India Today Cant put blanket ban on Diwali crackers Centre has told Supreme Court that its not in favour of putting a blanket on crackers on Diwali. While replying to a PIL seeking a complete ban on crackers on Diwali, the Centre on Tuesday told the apex court that guidelines on the issue already exist. Citing a judgment by the Supreme Court in 2001, the Centre said that the ruling allows bursting of crackers from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm. Now, the apex court will hear the matter on Wednesday. Arjun Gopal, Aarav Bhandari and Zoya Rao Bhasin, all aged between 6 and 14 months, had knocked the doors of the Supreme Court seeking immediate steps to curb Delhis fatal air pollution including ban on fire crackers during Diwali. Admitting their petition, a bench headed by chief justice HL Dattu issued notices to the Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Board and the Centre seeking their response by October 16. Appearing for the infants, who moved court through their legal guardians, senior lawyer Kapil Sibal had claimed that the Delhi government had Rs 387 crore to combat pollution, but at least 87 per cent of the funds lie unused. Filed with the help of advocate Pooja Dhar, the petition demands among other things, a total ban on the use of firecrackers, sparklers, and explosives during festivals. They have also sought an interim stay before the ensuing Diwali. The PIL also sought ban on burning of seasonal crops, strict action against those who dump dust, malba and other pollutants without following rules and immediate introduction of Bharat-V or better emission norms into operation uniformly across country.
 
News posted on 2015-10-28

North East Monsoon drenched Sivakasi
 
28th October 2015 North East Monsoon drenched Sivakasi The much awaited North East Monsoon begins from today, in Tamilnadu. Sivakasi receives moderate rain between 06:35 p.m. to 07:00 p.m., today. There was occasional drizzle occurs in the town. The Meteorological department predicted that the North East Monsoon rain will be stronger in the coming days. Sky will be cloudy with chances for rain for the next 10 days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-28

Northeast monsoon likely to set in on October 28
 
27th October 2015 Northeast monsoon likely to set in on October 28 CHENNAI: Northeast monsoon is likely to set in over Tamil Nadu and some other southern parts of the country from October 28 following "favourable conditions," India Meteorolical Department (IMD) said today. "Conditions are favourable for the commencement of northeast monsoon rainfall over Tamilnadu and Kerala and adjoining areas of south Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka around (October) 28," IMD said in a bulletin. Northeast monsoon, which is usually active from October to December, brings the bulk of Tamil Nadus annual rainfall. In Sivakasi, for the 10 days sky will be cloudy with chances for rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-27

Chances of rain are coming this week
 
26th October 2015 Chances of rain are coming this week There is a chance for rain / drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 30 and 23 degree celsius, with chance of 70% to 80% rain.
 
News posted on 2015-10-26

Religious feelings trip Sivakasi firecrackers
 
24th October 2015 - Manorama Online Religious feelings trip Sivakasi firecrackers Chennai: G. Abiruben, President of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks Manufactures Association, said that the district authorities of Sivakasi have charged the firecracker industry of hurting religious sentiment. "We have received a letter from the district administration to take into account the religious sentiments of the people while manufacturing the crackers," Abiruben said. The reference is to the bursting of crackers with the images of Hindu gods and goddesses printed on them. He said a reply had been sent to the administration citing a Supreme Court ruling permitting the manufacture and sale of such crackers. Sivakasi, the hub of the firecracker industry in the country, is located 535 km from Chennai in Virudhunagar district. "On Diwali, we pray to goddess Lakshmi and also burst crackers with her image, said Uma Ravichandran, coordinator of the Tamil Nadu chapter of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. "The image of the goddess is torn into pieces and people stamp over it. This is not good," Ravichandran said. Countering her, Abiruben asked as to what happens to newspapers and wedding invitations that carry images of Hindu gods and goddesses "Once the newspapers or wedding invitations serve their purposes, we throw them out or use it for various purposes. Similarly is the case with the crackers that have the images of god or goddess," Abiruben said. "Lakshmi Vedi", "Vishnu Vedi", "Krishna Vedi" are some of the firecrackers made in Sivakasi. Needless to say, they do carry the images of goddess Lakshmi and gods Vishnu and Krishna. Incidentally, Lakshmi Vedi has existed for more than 50 years, and is one of the popular varieties in the market. Curiously, both Abiruben and Ravichandran do not agree to the possibility of having the pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses on the wrapper and not on individual crackers. According to Ravichandran, only a government order banning the manufacture of such crackers will be effective in protecting the religious sentiments of the people. Meanwhile, Abiruben said that firecracker manufacturers in Sivakasi were working only for three days a week due to lack of orders - possibly due to huge illegal imports from China. "Normally factories would be running three shifts now. But production is restricted to only three days due to lack of orders," he said. According to him, the firecracker industry in Sivakasi is pegged at around Rs.6,000 crore. This year, the impact of illegal Chinese imports is estimated to be in the region of around 30 percent. "Dealers are scared of placing orders fearing illegal imports from China flooding the market as Diwali nears," Abiruben said.
 
News posted on 2015-10-24

Sharp showers for few minutes
 
24th October 2015 Sharp showers for few minutes Today, after a bright start, Sivakasi experienced sharp showers for few minutes between 06:55 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.. Sharp showers make the road wet. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances for rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-24

Dussehra utsav 2015
 
23rd October 2015 Dussehra utsav 2015 Dhasara Utsav 2015 was held in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Muppidaariamman (Kaichakarriamman) temple - Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Temple, on 23rd October 2015, Thursday. While one half of the Navaratri Festival - Ambu Aeithal - , that stands for the Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran, in Sivakasi. Hundreds of devotees witnessed samhaaram of Mahisaasuran. Some devotees came out with Lord Kaliamman, God Vinayaka, God Murugan make overs.The organisers burst crackers and paper shots, at the time of the samharam of Mahisaasooran. Whistles, kulavai and claps rent the air. Earlier procession takes place in the four car street of Sivakasi. Devotees from Kulasekarapattinam take part in the festival. As the part of the Utsav, fireworks display were taken place in a grand manner. 10th day of Navarathiri festival in Sivakasi ends with Dushara. And it entertains all sections of people in the town.
 
News posted on 2015-10-23

Ayudha Puja celebrated at Sivakasi
 
22nd October 2015 Ayudha Puja celebrated at Sivakasi As a part of Navaratri Festival, Ayudha Puja, the traditional festival was celebrated across the Sivakasi town, yesterday. All the temple shrines such as Mupidaaraiamman Kovil (Katchakaara Amman Kovil), Badrakaliamman Kovil, Sivan Kovil and other shrines were colourfully decorated for the festival. People offered special prayers on the occasion. Ayudha Puja was celebrated at the place of work. Sivakasians worshipped the tools, vehicles, electrical appliances or instruments that are used in their occupation. Majority of the offices in Sivakasi were decorated and seen with Pakkavaazhai at their gate. All the implements that are part of ones occupation and were cleaned properly, polished and decorated. They were smeared with Sandhanam and Kungumam. Special puja were performed. Prasadams such as sundal, pori and vilampazham were distributed to the family, friends, relatives and workers. Price of on Vilambalam is Rs.20/- to Rs.30/-. , one set of Pakkavaazhai is Rs.20/-., Pori Pocket Rs.10/-.. On this special occasion, Sivakasi receives mild shower but the drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-10-22

Rain for the third consecutive day
 
20th October 2015 Rain for the third consecutive day Today the sun hardly made an appearance and the weather continued to be cloudy. Sivakasi experienced steady rain between 11:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. for the third consecutive day. And it was drizzling occasionally. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. For the next three days climate will be cloudy with chances of rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-20

Navaratri Festival Sale Picks Up in Sivakasi
 
19th October 2015 Navaratri Festival Sale Picks Up in Sivakasi Whenever festivals such as Diwali, Christmas approach, shops in Sivakasi start concentrating on the sale of festival-related articles. Sivakasi shop owners procure articles such as colour papers, idols, clour clothes and other decorating materials, well in advance of the Navaratri festival. A visit to some of the shops in Sivakasi Bazar showed Navaratri decorative materials in various hues being hung in front of the shops, and shoppers busy buying them. Price starts from Rs.10/-. The sales will be doubled by tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2015-10-19

Rain lashes Sivakasi town
 
19th October 2015 Photo: Dheepanraj Rain lashes Sivakasi town Yesterday, Sivakasi expereiences drizzle occasionally. Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening, bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, yesterday, at evening from 03:55 p.m. to 04:20 p.m. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. After the rain, it was drizzling occasionally. Rain affects crackers market yesterday. For next three days sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-19

Rain for the second consecutive day
 
19th October 2015 Rain for the second consecutive day Today, Sivakasi received rain between 03:45 p.m. to 04:20 p.m., for the second consecutive day. Roads remained inundated for a few hours. Steady rain accompanied with few thunders and lightnings. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Besides, the people had to endure filth and garbage on the roads as water receded. For the next 3 days sky will be cloudy with chances for rain / drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-19

Chances for rain coming this week
 
18th October 2015 Chances for rain coming this week Yesterday evening Sivakasi receives mild drizzle at evening. The mild drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. Sivakasi weather will be cloudy for the next four days with chances for rain / drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-18

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
18th October 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain With temperature pegged below 27 degree Celsius, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Last week the maximum average temperature is around 34 degree celsius, now the temperature fell down to 27 degree Celsius and minimum weather is 23 degree celsius. Today, Sivakasi received moderate rain between 11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.. Following the sharp showers, it was drizzling occasionally. Sivakasi receives steady rain without strong winds, thunders and lightnings. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Rain brings smile in the face of Sivakasians. More rain likely to continue for the next two days with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-18

Sathya Sai Seva Samithy organised free eye camp
 
17th October 2015 Sathya Sai Seva Samithy organised free eye camp A free eye camp organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy was held here on 20th October 2015, Sunday at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy organised this eye camp along with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. A team of 15 Medical experts was led by four Ophthalmologists from Madurai Aravind Eye Hospital examined the patients at the camp. 300 plus patients were screened under various eye tests. Of them, several patients were referred for free surgery to be conducted at Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai. The free services will include eye check up and refraction for glasses, medicines, eye surgery and glasses at discount rate. Around 60 volunteers from Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Sevaa Samidhi supported and organised the camp, in a systematic manner.
 
News posted on 2015-10-17

Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
17th October 2015 Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-10-17

Now religious feelings trip Sivakasi firecrackers
 
17th October 2015 - Daiji World Now religious feelings trip Sivakasi firecrackers Chennai, Oct 17 (IANS): Even as the alleged illegal imports from China have forced the firecracker industry at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu to cut down production, it now faces the charge of hurting religious sentiment. G. Abiruben, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks Manufactures Association, said district authorities had told them to respect religious feelings while producing firecrackers. "We have received a letter from the district administration to take into account the religious sentiments of the people while manufacturing the crackers," Abiruben told IANS. The reference is to the bursting of crackers with the images of Hindu gods and goddesses printed on them. He said a reply had been sent to the administration citing a Supreme Court ruling permitting the manufacture and sale of such crackers. Sivakasi, the hub of the firecracker industry in the country, is located 535 km from Chennai in Virudhunagar district. Said Uma Ravichandran, coordinator of the Tamil Nadu chapter of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti: "On Diwali, we pray to goddess Lakshmi and also burst crackers with her image. "The image of the goddess is torn into pieces and people stamp over it. This is not good," Ravichandran told IANS. Countering her, Abiruben asked what happens to newspapers and wedding invitations that carry images of Hindu gods and goddesses? "Once the newspapers or wedding invitations serve their purposes, we throw them out or use it for various purposes. Similarly is the case with the crackers that have the images of god or goddess," Abiruben said. "Lakshmi Vedi", "Vishnu Vedi", "Krishna Vedi" are some of the firecrackers made in Sivakasi. Needless to say, they do carry the images of goddess Lakshmi and gods Vishnu and Krishna. Incidentally, Lakshmi Vedi has existed for more than 50 years, and is one of the popular varieties in the market. Curiously, both Abiruben and Ravichandran do not agree to the possibility of having the pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses on the wrapper and not on individual crackers. According to Ravichandran, only a government order banning the manufacture of such crackers will be effective in protecting the religious sentiments of the people. Meanwhile, Abiruben said that firecracker manufacturers in Sivakasi were working only for three days a week due to lack of orders - possibly due to huge illegal imports from China. "Normally factories would be running three shifts now. But production is restricted to only three days due to lack of orders," he said. According to him, the firecracker industry in Sivakasi is pegged at around Rs.6,000 crore. This year, the impact of illegal Chinese imports is estimated to be in the region of around 30 percent. "Dealers are scared of placing orders fearing illegal imports from China flooding the market as Diwali nears," Abiruben said.
 
News posted on 2015-10-17

No More Deities on Fire-crackers?
 
16th October 2015 - The New Indian Express No More Deities on Fire-crackers? VIRUDHUNAGAR: Following a petition sent by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Maha Sabha to the district administration seeking a ban on the use the picture of deities in firecrackers, the District Revenue Officer (DRO) has sent a circular to the members of the fire-cracker manufacturers association in that connection. On September 29, the State president of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Maha Sabha K Rajasekar sent the petition to the Virudhunagar District Collector V Rajaraman, urging the officials to ban the use of picture of deities such as Lakshmi, Ganesh, Saraswathi on the fire-crackers. The fire-cracker manufacturers in Sivakasi tend to use the picture of deities. After people burst such fire-crackers, the picture of the deities lies on the ground and people tend to stamp it. Following the petition, the DRO sent the circular to the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) and to the Small Fireworks Association urging them to avoid picture of deities in the fire-crackers. However, the circular sent by the district administration has evoked a mixed response from the fire-cracker manufacturers. Commenting on the issue, the president of Small Fireworks Association G Vinayaga Moorthy said, Considering the circular sent by the district administration, we are planning to not use the picture of the deities in the future. TANFAMA president G Abiruben explained that the industry has been using the pictures of the deities in the fire-cracker labels since 1924. He explained that there is a Supreme Court ruling that the picture of the deities should not be used by anyone. We are no way affecting the sentiments of the people, we will continue to follow the rule, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-10-16

Golu begins amid religious fervour
 
16th October 2015 Golu begins amid religious fervour Temples across Sivakasi town, including the historic Sivakasi Sivan Kovil, Kadai Kovil, Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil, Badrakaliamman Kovil hogged the limelight as the nine-day Navaratri Golu festival began on 13th October 2015, Tuesday, with religious fervour and traditional enthusiasm. Kolu display in Sivakasi temples draw huge number of devotees to the temple to see it. This year there will be no Kolu display at Mariamman Temple and Murugan Temple due to temple renovation work for Kumbabisegam.
 
News posted on 2015-10-16

Book Printer of the Year (Academic &Trade) 2015: SFA Print
 
15th October 2015 - Print Week Book Printer of the Year (Academic &Trade) 2015: SFA Print SFA Print, a sister concern of Sivakasi-based Srinivas Group, wins the Book Printer of the Year Award for recreating a series of rare editions of books, originally published in 1867. While the judges were looking for high-quality printing married to precision in binding, in the series of Thiruvarutpa books, they found much more to admire. Recreating the books in their original glory needed critical inputs, and in the hands of those who executed the job at the print firm, the very act of printing became a work of art, said the judges. There were four books in total. Two of them had run lengths of 5,000 copies, one had 10,000 while the fourth had 500 copies. All the books were laminated on the front and the back after they were structured page-wise, to ensure that the broken pages remained intact. Each page of the editions was scanned individually and cleaned up to avoid dust. From pagination to pre-press and print, it was all produced in-house. Hot-foiling was perfected on the Sujatha foiling machine and was debossed. Ochsners semi-automatic machine was used for edge gilding. For hard-case binding, the Kolbus case-maker and hard cover line were deployed. Finally, to protect the corners of the board, manual pneumatic machine gave it the finishing touches. The covers had one-colour cloth material while four-colour was used for the inner sections. The 68gsm natural shade pharma paper and 120gsm natural shade Maplitho paper from ITC were used for the text and 130gsm Hi-Kote art paper was used for the cover. The company, which wins its maiden PrintWeek India Award, is one of the top book plants in Sivakasi. Located on a nine-acre plot, surrounded by peacocks and rare flora and fauna, the SFA Print unit is housed in a 37,000 sq/mt of built-up area. SFA has a team strength of 250 people, who work with a Heidelberg Suprasetter A105 and Heidelberg Speedmaster SM102P, Mitsubishi Diamond LS 1000, KBA Planeta V54, Komori LP37, Komori LP40, plus a raft of pre-press and finishing kit. SFA Print (Sivakasi) Tel: +91 82206 33111 | srinivas@sfaprint.co.in
 
News posted on 2015-10-15

Pleasant climate in Sivakasi
 
13th October 2015 Pleasant climate in Sivakasi Yesterday, Sivakasi receives mild drizzle occasionally and the climate is pleasant for the past two days. Today, it was a cloudier start for Sivakasi. Today-s humidity will be 75%, precipitation 0%, wind speed 2 km/h , maximum and minimum temperature 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-13

Chinese Bang Takes the Buck Out of Sivakasi Crackers
 
13th October 2015 - The New Indian Express Chinese Bang Takes the Buck Out of Sivakasi Crackers CHENNAI: November 10 is Deepavali and Indias skies will light up with a million fireworks as it has done for decades. This year will be no different for the scores of households that set off those lights in the sky. But for the town that has traditionally made over 80 per cent of those fireworks, it will not be one of frantic enterprise and bustling activity. For Sivakasi, Indias little Japan, it will be the second consecutive year that sales have fallen, production has dipped as the Chinese dragon devours yet another piece of a limited market pie. At least, that is what the industry fears. One of those fears has already come true. The last four months preceding Deepavali have always been the period when production at Sivakasi would be at over 90 per cent. Three years ago, manufacturing units slashing production during this period would have been unthinkable. Which is why president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) G Abirubens statement comes as a stark reminder of what two years have done to the industry. We are currently producing only three days a week, he admitted to Express. Our capacity utilisation is currently at 50 per cent, at a time when it used to be 90 per cent just three years ago, said G V Shyamsundar, director (sales), WeTwo Fireworks Industries. The reason is simple. There just arent enough orders. According to TANFAMA, order books have taken a severe dent. The average fall across order books is over 30 per cent this year, compared to last year. Retailers are just not willing to give orders anymore, said Abiruben. At the core of the sales decline is the influx of illegal Chinese fireworks into the Indian market that started last year. Considering that the fall in orders and sales was nearly 20 per cent last year, the industry is looking at a dip in Deepavali sales of almost 50 per cent. While last years decimation of Sivakasis market share was caused by a very porous border, this year, the sales decline is largely because of another reason. Retailers tell us that they are apprehensive of hidden stocks of Chinese goods flooding the market at the last moment. This is what happened last year and recently, during Vinayaka Chaturthi this year, said Abiruben. Last years sales drop was also caused by initial inaction from the government until Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman gave firm instructions to authorities to look into the matter. This year, government monitoring of the influx has been far better. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and Customs department have seized several consignments of illegal imports from China and less than a week ago, Sitharaman tweeted that the DRI seized 285 MT of illegal firecrackers during August-September. A volume that is nearly triple that of what was seized (104 MT) during the whole of 2014-15. A large portion of these firecrackers were Chinese. The government has been incredibly proactive this year. There have been several raids and a lot of seizures. Nearly 50 containers of such fireworks were seized in the Mumbai Port recently. But retailers are worried about the goods that came into the country last year, Abiruben said. The effect that Chinese firecrackers on the open market have on their Indian counterparts is no secret. Not only are they cheap, up to half the price, they are also colourful and give a bigger bang for the buck. On the flip side, they are also several times more dangerous. The standard explosive substance used in Chinese firecrackers is potassium chlorate and perchlorates both of which are banned in India due to their instability and explosive power. While the extent to which Chinese fireworks enter the Indian market can only be perceived in the last two weeks before the festival, the effect they have had on the manufacturing base is already set in stone. The size of the industry is set to decline to Rs 4,000 crore this year, from Rs 5,000-plus crore two years ago. And Sivakasis workers are working half the time and taking home half the pay. For Sivakasi, this Diwali is already a pretty dark one.
 
News posted on 2015-10-13

Innovative Education in SIS
 
12th October 2015 Innovative Education in SIS For the first time in Virudhunagar district, Sidharajaa International School (CBSE) is conducting an Innovative practice on Friday in every week as an ACTIVITY DAY. The students of various programmes from PRE K.G to Grade II are involved in the ACTIVITY DAY. The activities like water Games, Sand Games and Art works are educated to impart students along with the CBSE curriculum. As Ms.U.SAKTHI Veeralakshmi, the principal, stated that, our SIS motto of curriculum is to make aware of knowledge in science experiments (Physics and Chemistry) and application of that knowledge in their real life. In the Afternoon session, there will be a movie time, to enhance the communication skills among students. The science experiments which have been conducted so far are listed below for your kind information. List of Activities: Activity 1: Sink or Float Activity 2: Will it dissolve in water? Activity 3: Will it absorb or repel water? Activity 4: What happens when different objects soak in water? List of Experiments: Experiment 1: Diffusion Experiment Experiment 2: Water Walking Experiment 3: Awareness on water pollution Experiment 4: Apple Float, Egg Float Experiment 5: Orange sink Mr.P.C.Sudharsanan, Executive Director of SIS pointed that, their school will be more focused on Innovative kind of education for enriching the student knowledge to meet out the global market. Vijayadhasami Admission for the programmes Nursery, PRE KG and LKG will be in the process, he added.
 
News posted on 2015-10-12

Drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
12th October 2015 Drizzling start for Sivakasi Sivakasi receives occasional drizzle on 11th October 2015, night and at early morning today. There was sharp drizzle from 08:00 p.m. to 08:20 p.m., yesterday. Night rain brings the temperature down. Now the climate is cloudier and pleasant. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-12

WhatsApp Huge Hit Among Retailers, Buyers of Crackers as Sivakasi Goes for Social Media Marketing
 
11th October 2015 - The New Indian Express WhatsApp Huge Hit Among Retailers, Buyers of Crackers as Sivakasi Goes for Social Media Marketing VIRUDHUNAGAR: With barely a month left for the festival of lights Deepavali, cracker sellers in Sivakasi seem to have smartened up and are making optimal use of the social media to boost sales. According to sources, the sale of crackers that was badly hit due to the influx of the cheaper Chinese crackers got a shot in the arm after they figured a way to advertise their products in the social media, especially WhatsApp. The new initiative is a welcome move for the customers as they do not have to rush to cracker shops, which is crowded at this time of the year. They can simply go through the products on WhatsApp and place their orders from the comfort of their homes. Prompt home delivery is made. V Sivaraman, a cracker dealer, said We gave handouts to people about the varieties of crackers on sale. Interested persons call us and we send our price list and pictures to them through WhatsApp. After that they place orders, which is promptly delivered. It is very effective as people are not forced to visit crowded shops to purchase crackers, said another cracker dealer L Mariappan. This year new varieties such Sports Series and Cartoon Galatta introduced by Sony Fireworks is proving to be a big hit. Another manufacturer has introduced a see through gift box. T Ganesan, an authorised dealer of Sony Fireworks, said most people prefer fancy crackers as they are very colourful. There are several varieties of fancy crackers. Usually the fancy crackers would be of sizes ranging between 2 to 4.5 inches. This year the newly introduced Sports Series and Cartoon Galatta are 5 inches and cost `260 per piece, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-10-11

Sivakasi gears to celebrate Navarathiri Golu 2015
 
11th October 2015 Sivakasi gears to celebrate Navarathiri Golu 2015 As a part of Navarathiri Festival 2015, majority of the temples in Sivakasi and some Sivakasians at their home, arrange and display Golu on stairs created from wood. Navarathiri Kolu will be held from 13rd October 2015 to 22nd October 2015. Arrangement works for installing stairs and arranging dolls and decorative works are at full swing.
 
News posted on 2015-10-11

Drizzle but no rain
 
11th October 2015 Drizzle but no rain After a hot sunny day, black clouds formed at around 05:30 p.m.. There was mild shower from 05:45 p.m.. There was sharp showers from 06:00 p.m. to 06:15 p.m.. And the black clouds hover over the town and Sivakasi fails to receive rain, today. There is chance for drizzle / rain for the next five days with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 & 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-11

Rainbow appears today in Sivakasi
 
11th October 2015 Photo: Chandrasekar Rainbow appears today in Sivakasi A stunning rainbow has appeared over Sivakasi town, today evening. Sivakasians were treated to a rainbow over the skies for 10 minutes. The colour intensity reduced after almost 10 minutes and the rainbow faded away.
 
News posted on 2015-10-11

Sivakasi Khadi Kolu dolls sale opens
 
10th October 2015 Sivakasi Khadi Kolu dolls sale opens In Sivakasi, the much-awaited Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)-s annual Kolu (Navarathri dolls) exhibition opened to public on 2nd October 2015, Friday, setting the tone for the coming Navarathri festival. The price of dolls ranged from Rs.35 to Rs.1,200, according to Mr.Ravi Chandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft, Sivakasi. The Navarathri dolls exhibition would go till Navarathiri Festival. The exhibition will be open for public from 10:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. on all days, expect Sundays, till 23rd October 2015, Friday.
 
News posted on 2015-10-10

Brighter day with drizzle
 
10th October 2015 Brighter day with drizzle It was hot and bright day for Sivakasi. Sivakasi receives sharp drizzle from 02:05 p.m. to 02:20 p.m. and makes the road wet. Occasional drizzle brings the temperature down. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances for rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-10

Safety awareness programme organised for fireworks workers
 
9th October 2015 Safety awareness programme organised for fireworks workers Employees health and safety department organised a safety awareness programme at Sqny Fireworks, Annupankulam, on 6th October 2015, Tuesday. Mr.Srinivasan, Additional Director, Madurai Zone, Mrs.Sai Nalina, Joint Director, talks on various aspects of safety for the fireworks workers. Around 145 fireworks workers participated in the awareness programme. Mr.Chidambaranathan, Deputy Director, Sivakasi Division, Deputy Directors, Virudhunagar Division : Mr.RaviChandran and Mr.P.Rajesh Kumar, were present on the awareness programme. As a part of the awareness programme, the workers take a pledge to ensure that they will stick to safe working procedures in firework units.
 
News posted on 2015-10-09

Sri Sathya Sai Baba-s 90th Birthday Celebration
 
8th October 2015 Sri Sathya Sai Baba-s 90th Birthday Celebration Date: 11-10-2015, Sunday Time: 05:20 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. Venue: AMS Ganeshan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi, 63, North Car Street, Sivakasi For further assistance please contact 9894416135, 9488100444, 9865710555
 
News posted on 2015-10-08

A giant winner
 
7th October 2015 - The Hindu A giant winner A winner by a mile, at least from the point of view of visitors to the recent exhibition of prize-winning printed materials held recently in the city in connection with the Awards Function for the annual all-India printing excellence contest, was a giant Bhagavad Gita produced by Srinivas Fine Arts of Sivakasi. This 28.5 cm by 35.8cm, 672-page mega edition weighs 6 kg when packed with its accompaniments. It has been printed on a special, thick eco-friendly paper from Sweden using special eco-friendly vegetable inks from Japan that will ensure neither deterioration of the book nor fading of its text for a guaranteed 250 years. Magnificently bound in soft leather with lettering and design scribed with gold foil that will not deteriorate, the book contains on each page beautifully laid-out text in Sanskrit with translation in English and Hindi. The 18 chapters of text comprising all 700 verses of the Gita is supplemented with reproductions of 150 paintings by G.L.N. Sinha, in the Chitra Sutra of Vishnudarmottara Purana tradition. The fore-edges of the pages have been gilded in gold and the golden metal corners of the cover boards enhance the classiness of the publication. The book comes in a solid antique-looking box with artistic embossing and foiling, embellished with Swarovski crystals. The box is supplied with a stylised metal lock. And to make this mega edition easy to read, it comes with an antique-styled wooden reading stand that is itself a masterpiece in design and execution. It can be folded and rotated to suit the readers comfort. The stand rests on smooth, carved metal legs. A laser cut metal book-marker with a delicate peacock feather design and a tassel accompaniment comes with the book. The first copy was gifted last April to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I wonder how many of this book priced at Rs. 38,750 he has gifted to leaders around the world. Certainly it is proving to be a gift many of the super-rich like to present, for the first edition, I am told, has been sold out and a second edition has been printed. From the mega to the mini is the motto of Srinivas Fine Arts which has also produced a mini Gita of size 4.5 x 6 cm comprising 848 pages. With text in Sanskrit and English, and black-and-white drawings, this miniature edition is every bit a noteworthy contrast.
 
News posted on 2015-10-07

Sivakasi guns for online fireworks
 
6th October 2015 - Deccan Herald Sivakasi guns for online fireworks Great Splendor, Cheers, Mumbai by Night, Sensation, Platinum Rain! Do you think these are names of liquors, which decorate the bar or duty-free shops? No, they are not! These are the latest Diwali arrivals of crackers for purchase online for this year, which is expected give a moral boost to the crisis-ridden fireworks industry in Sivakasi and Virudhunagar districts of Tamil Nadu, the countrys nerve centre of the business. Of late, the cracker industry is losing its local light and sound in the country due to an influx of Chinese fireworks which reportedly contain highly combustible chemicals, which perhaps emit instant sparks. As the latest online cracker stores is proving to be a hit among the consumers especially among youngsters, many firecracker retailers, based in the state and in the capital Chennai, have already received huge purchase orders from various cities in the country including neighbouring Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Apart from Sivakasi and Virudhunagar districts of Tamil Nadu, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Pudukottai, Dharmapuri, Tuticorin and Salem too make up Indias epicentre of cracker manufacturers producing 90 per cent of the countrys requirement, every year. They sell 80 per cent of the total production to other states. Improvised courier Since transport of crackers through postal and courier services is strictly prohibited, online sellers use their own vehicles to deliver the products on time (depending upon the destinations). Last year, cracker sales were about Rs 5,000 crore, and this time, it is expected to increase by more than 10 per cent due to the online initiative, A Asaithambi, senior advisory committee member, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), told Deccan Herald. Giving justification to his claim, Asaithambi asserted that the intrusion of Chinese fireworks will not be there in online cracker sales. According to him, in the recent past, cracker producers in Tamil Nadu have come up with a unique idea by setting up online stores to avoid the troubles in setting up a physical shop, since it requires several stringent norms and formalities. Stating that online purchase is just like any other eCommerce website, Asaithambi said that purchase of crackers online does not involve any risk, since the delivery is done by the retailers. It is best to purchase crackers online instead of going to shops, since there are rains during Diwali, V Jagannathan, a cracker consumer, said. Now we deliver the products to Tamil Nadu and other southern states. We use our own vehicles to dispatch the products in time , said an official from peacockcrackers.com, a leading online cracker trader in the country. Claiming that the sales of crackers through online was about Rs 250 crore last year, he said, We expect more than 20 per cent rise in sales this Diwali season. Every day, the website logs more than 8,000 people visits. Today, the cracker industry in both Sivakasi and Virudhunagar is estimated to be worth around Rs 2,500 crore.
 
News posted on 2015-10-06

Drizzling Sivakasi
 
5th October 2015 Drizzling Sivakasi Today morning, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze and drizzling. It was cloudier at day time and it drizzling several minutes and the climate remains pleasant for the past few days. However the drizzle did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. Sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-05

Kejriwal urges Centre to ban Chinese firecrackers
 
5th October 2015 - Deccan Herald Kejriwal urges Centre to ban Chinese firecrackers Claiming gains from last years curbs on Chinese crackers during the Diwali festival, the Delhi government has approached the Centre to once again put restrictions on the polluting fireworks from the neighbouring country. Cost of potassium chlorate, the raw material used in Chinese crackers, is only Rs 50 per kg as compared to the aluminium powder used in Indian crackers, which costs Rs 300 a kg, said a cracker dealer in Sadar Bazar on Sunday. However, the traders who deal in Indian fireworks fear that the Chinese variants might get smuggled in despite the central governments restrictions. After China, India is the second largest producer of firecrackers in the world. The Indian cracker industry is worth Rs 3,000 crore and Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu alone caters to 80 per cent demand of the domestic demand. The Delhi governments letter to the Central governments Customs Department urged for the continuation of the ban on the harmful crackers from China. Chinese fireworks are cheap, but are harmful to our environment, said an official. The Arvind Kejriwal government is also planning to put out advertisements calling public to give up the use of Chinese crackers.
 
News posted on 2015-10-05

Schools to reopen tomorrow in Sivakasi
 
4th October 2015 Schools to reopen tomorrow in Sivakasi After a 10 days quarterly examination holidays, schools to reopen tomorrow in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-10-04

Lorry strike likely to affect the fireworks industry
 
4th October 2015 Lorry strike likely to affect the fireworks industry Movement of fireworks and other goods were affected in Tamil Nadu as truckers began a nationwide strike from last Thursday to press for their various demands. The strike is likely to affect the fireworks industry in Sivakasi. "It is time to transport the last batch of fireworks to north India. If the strike prolongs, it will result in clogging of stock", said T Kannan, president of the Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association.
 
News posted on 2015-10-04

CENTRE ASKS STATE TO BAN SMUGGLED FIREWORKS
 
4th Ocotber 2015 - The Pioneer Photo: Dheepan CENTRE ASKS STATE TO BAN SMUGGLED FIREWORKS With illegal fireworks smuggled from China through various ports of the country, the Union Government has urged the Odisha Government to impose ban on importing and marketing of these smuggled items. As Diwali is approaching fast, the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has urged the State Government to be vigilant over the issue. And the Centre has requested the State Government to impose a total ban on import or marketing of illegal fireworks. Mostly illegal fireworks are coming through the major ports under false declaration. Mainly Potassium Chlorate, which is a dangerous and hazardous chemical and can explode spontaneously, is being illegally imported. The illegal fireworks are being imported through the ports like Mumbai, Kandla, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Tuticorin. All the fireworks are illegally imported in the container cargo. A senior officer in State Government said fireworks smuggled from foreign origins are mostly done outside the State as there is hardly any major fireworks industry in Odisha. However, the State Government has all along asked the District Magistrates to keep a vigil on marketing of illegal fireworks in their respective districts. As the DMs are empowered to issue licence to store and market fireworks, the State Government has issued clear-cut orders in this regard. Though Odisha is having two ports, Paradip and Dhamra, both handle bulk cargo. However last year, the Paradip Port has started a facility of container cargo for seafood export. The fireworks trade in Odisha annually hardly makes Rs 25 crore worth business and the State mostly depends on Sivakasi and Raipur for the products. In coastal Odisha, crackers are mostly manufactured at Padmapur in Cuttack district. About 3,000 unorganised labourers of more than 600 families belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities of Padmapur and its adjacent Trilochanpur, Mahajanpur, Purbakachha, Madhyakachha, Campati, Hatikana, Bahadalpatana and Jagannathpatana manufacture crackers to earn their shares of profits. In south Odisha, three places in Ganjam district, Nalabanta, Ankuspur and Balakrushnapur, crackers are produced by several unorganised labourers. Fireworks from these places are supplied to many areas of south Odisha including Kandhamal, Boudh, Gajapati, Rayagada and many parts of Ganjam district. So far western Odisha is concerned, it mostly depends on the Raipur market, which is cheaper and provides quality products.
 
News posted on 2015-10-04

India Vigilant Against Firecracker Smuggling
 
4th October 2015 - The New Indian Express Photo: Dheepanraj India Vigilant Against Firecracker Smuggling NEW DELHI: As the festive season approaches, the Indian government assured people that it will continue to guard against illegal imports of firecrackers that have shot up this year in the run up to Diwali. "During 2015-16 (August to September) Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) & the Customs have seized 285 tonnes of illegal firecrackers. During whole of 2014-15, 101 million tonne was seized. Action initiated in consultation with Controller of Explosive for destruction of confiscated," tweeted Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The Hindu festival of lights Diwali, which falls on November 11 this year, is celebrated across India by bursting of lot of fire crackers. In September, Sitharaman said that the central government did not give go ahead for import of Chinese crackers, and asked all the state governments to take actions against illegal import of such items. Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is the fireworks hub of India, employing more than two lakh people both directly and indirectly.
 
News posted on 2015-10-04

Drizzling start, hot climate
 
3rd October 2015 Drizzling start, hot climate It was drizzling for several minutes at early morning. The climate was pleasant. Later the climate geared to bright and brighter more. However the maximum temperature is 33 degree celsius. Last week it was around 37 degree. There is chance for rain / drizzle for the next 7 days with maximum and minimum temperature 33 and 23.
 
News posted on 2015-10-03

Free Oil Service
 
3rd October 2015 Free Oil Service Date: 17th to 20th October 2015 Venue: Thirumala Auto Works, Thiruthangal Road, Sivakasi, Royal Auto Works, Satchiyapuram, Manikandan Auto Works, Satchiyapuram & AMS Auto Works, Kattalaipatti Organiser: Nanban Traders For further details contact 9659656970, 7200610291
 
News posted on 2015-10-03

Briyani Festival to be held tomorrow
 
3rd October 2015 Briyani Festival to be held on 4th Oct. Date: 04-10-2015, Sunday Time: 12:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Rojapoothayammal Mandapam, Sivakasi Ticket: Rs.160/- This festival is a fund raising event for CSI Mentally retarded Orphanage School, Satchiyapuram, Sivakasi For further details please contact 9965574342, 9489173993
 
News posted on 2015-10-03

Sub Collector inaugurates Diwali sale at Sarvodaya Sangh
 
2nd October 2015 Sub Collector inaugurates Diwali sale at Sarvodaya Sangh Today, Virudhunagar District Sub Collector inaugurated khadi sales, at Ramanathapuram Central Sarvodaya Sangh, Sivakasi. Sub Collector, inaugurated the 2015 Diwali Discount Sale by lighting kuthuvilakku. Marking the Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations, he paid homage to the leaders. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, received the first pattu sale from Mr.P.Ravichandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft, Sivakasi. Mr.Govindaraj, Vijayam Mess, Mr.L.Balasubramanian & Mr.L.Arunagiri, Vijaya Fine Arts, were present in the inaugural function. Mr.N.Rajendran, Sectretary, Mr.S.Saravanan, Treasurer, Mr.P.Ravichandran, Branch Manager and Staff member, Ramanathapuram Central Sarvodaya Sangh were present on the occasion. Mr.P.Ravichandran said sivakasiweekly.com that, last year the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan sold khadi products worth Rs.1.65 crore, while it aimed at a sale of Rs.2 crore this year. Every year Diwali Discount Sale at Sarvodaya Sangh begins from Gandhi Jayanti and a 20 per cent discount would be offered for saree varieties. The discount sale would go up to Diwali, he added.
 
News posted on 2015-10-02

Kamarajar Memorial Day Observed in Sivakasi
 
2nd October 2015 Kamarajar Memorial Day Observed in Sivakasi Today, Kamarajar Memorial Day was observed in Sivakasi, in Sivakasi Kamaraj Vaasagar Saalai. Mr.Cheirmathurai addressed the gathering and delivered speech on Kamaraj. Special pujas were performed to the great leaders Gandhiji and Perunthalaivar Kamaraj. Arathi has been taken. The chief guest and members paying homage to Kamaraj. The street people of PKN Colony paid floral tributes at the memorial. Later, in Sivakasi Rojapoothayammal Kalyaana Mandapam, food were distributed for 1000 people. Mr.Suruli Vel Pandian said sivakasiweekly.com that, they are providing food for 1000 people, since 1977, on Kamaraj Death Anniversary.
 
News posted on 2015-10-02

A brighter start ends with drizzle
 
2nd October 2015 A brighter start ends with drizzle Today, a bright start to the day was end in scattered drizzle at evening and drizzle with band of clouds developed during evening around 04:00 p.m.. Skies were clear this morning. Drizzle at evening makes the road wet, and brings down the temperature. For the next one week climate will be cloudy, with chances for rain, with maximum temperature of 33 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-02

Coming up this October in Sivakasi
 
1st October 2015 Coming up this October in Sivakasi Blood Donation Camp to be held on 2nd Oct Date: 02-10-2015, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arulmigu Sri Ayyappan Allayam, Annadhana Mandapam, 46-H, Srivilliputhur Road, Sivakasi. Organisers: Sivakasi Arulmigu Sri Ayyappan Sangam and Sivakasi Government Hospital Blood donation camp on 2nd Oct Date: 02-09-2015, Friday Time: 09: a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Thakkar Sports Club, Chathiram Street, Near Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Central, Thakkar Sports Club and Sivakasi Government Hospital Briyani Festival to be held on 4th Oct. Date: 04-10-2015, Sunday Time: 12:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Rojapoothayammal Mandapam, Sivakasi Ticket: Rs.160/- This festival is a fund raising event for CSI Mentally retarded Orphanage School, Satchiyapuram, Sivakasi For further details please contact 9965574342, 9489173993 ROBOTICS Class SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Date: September 28th to October 4th, 2015 Class: Standard IV to standard XII Registration fee: Rs.1000/- Course duration: 15 Hours The registration fee includes course materials, tool kit and certificate. For further details Contact: Ms.U.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal / SIS, Office: 04562-277557, Mobile No(s): 96880 30557, 90421 46087. Eye Camp Date: 11-10-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 18-10-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 25-10-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-10-01

Sivakasi greets October with drizzle
 
1st October 2015 Sivakasi greets October with drizzle Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze throughout the day. There was gradual dip in the temperature for the past two days. Occasionally there was drizzle and the drizzle did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-01

Puli fever in Sivakasi
 
1st October 2015 Puli fever in Sivakasi The much awaited movie "Puli" released today in Sivakasi BIG CINEMAS Ganesh and BalaGanesh and this has Illaiya Thalapathi Vijay in the lead along with the awesome beauty Shruti Hassan and Hansika Motwani. Puli stars Sudeep and Sridevi in the lead roles. Adlabs Ganesh and Balaganesh pulls crowd in the very early morning. Theatres were decorated with festoons, colour papers and Actor Vijays banners. A special show was arranged at morning 07:00 a.m., for the die hard fans of Actor Vijay. And this film is a real feast for the Thalapathi fans.
 
News posted on 2015-10-01

Happy Municipality Day
 
1st October 2015 Happy Municipality Day Happy Sivakasi Municipality Day wishes to Chairman, Commissioner, Ward Councillors, Officers, Staff and Sanitary Workers. - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2015-10-01

Cloudier, Drizzling but no rain
 
1st October 2015 Cloudier, Drizzling but no rain Yesterday, it was cloudier throughout the day and it was often drizzling but fails to rain. Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze and drizzle early morning. Sivakasians expected moderate rain but receives only occasional drizzle. A cloudy start but no rain disappointed the Sivakasians. Sky will be cloudy tomorrow with slim possibilities for drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-10-01

Max. Temperature pegged below 27 deg. Celsius
 
30th September 2015 Max. Temperature pegged below 27 deg. Celsius Rains on Tuesday night (two spells) brought the maximum temperatures in Sivakasi down from 37 degree celsius to below 27 degree Celsius. Last week, the maximum temperature recorded in Sivakasi town is 37 degree Celsius. It is the very pleasant weather similar to ooty kodaikanal the hill stations of the state, which took back. Sivakasi likely to get more rains for the next two days.
 
News posted on 2015-09-30

Rain & drizzle leaves Sivakasi life out of gear
 
30th September 2015 Rain & drizzle leaves Sivakasi life out of gear Two spells of heavy rain and non stop drizzle for around four hours left the Sivakasians in complete chaos on Tuesday, inflicting immense sufferings on the Sivakasi dwellers. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. Rain causes power cut for around two hours from 06:30 p.m. to 08:15 p.m.. There was no brisk sale for the roadside hotels / food stalls and they wind up earlier, due to non stop drizzle. Sivakasi may experience heavy rainfall with thunder showers in the next 24 hours, with maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-30

Pleasant climate in Sivakasi
 
30th September 2015 Pleasant climate in Sivakasi Chill breeze, drizzling, cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Sivakasians greet the day with drizzle and chill breeze in the early morning. Maximum and minimum temperature pegged below 27 and 23 degree celsus respectively. There was occasional drizzle at day time and the climate was cloudier throughout the day. But Sivakasi fails to receive rain today. Now the climate in Sivakasi town is very pleasant. The climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 23 degree celsius, for the next two days.
 
News posted on 2015-09-30

Blood donation camp on 2nd Oct
 
30th September 2015 Blood donation camp on 2nd Oct Date: 02-09-2015, Friday Time: 09: a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Thakkar Sports Club, Chathiram Street, Near Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Central, Thakkar Sports Club and Sivakasi Government Hospital
 
News posted on 2015-09-30

MOULD YOUR KID AS A VEDIC EXPERT IN SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
 
29th September 2015 MOULD YOUR KID AS A VEDIC EXPERT IN SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (CBSE Curriculum), Sivakasi has offered a summer camp on VEDIC MATHS for all the students from Standard IV to standard XII. The training programme has been scheduled for a week from September 28th to October 4th, 2015. The training programme detail is furnished below: Registration fee: Rs.950/- Course duration: 15 Hours The registration fee itself includes course materials, tool kit and certificate. Further details Contact: Ms.U.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal / SIS, Office: 04562-277557, Mobile No(s): 96880 30557, 90421 46087.
 
News posted on 2015-09-29

Two spells of heavy rain lashes Sivakasi
 
29th September 2015 Photo: Vignesh Karthik, Arun Kumar, Pavesh Two spells of heavy rain lashes Sivakasi Heavy rains threw normal life out of gear in Sivakasi town, today. After receiving moderate rain between 04:15 p.m. to 05:10 p.m., Sivakasi has again been lashed by heavy rain from 05:30 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.. Showers were consistent from 07:00 p.m. to 08:15 p.m. and its drizzling. The first rain spell accompanied with strong winds, whereas second rain spell accompanied with hundreds of lightnings and thunders. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. The weather in Sivakasi is expected to remain the same for another 2 to 3 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 30 and 24 degree celsius. Rainfall will however vary in intensity.
 
News posted on 2015-09-29

Sivakasi receives sharp drizzles for few minutes
 
28th September 2015 Sivakasi receives sharp drizzles for few minutes Today, the sky was partly cloudy in Sivakasi town. Dark clouds kept hovered Sivakasi around 05:00 p.m., and Sivakasi receives sharp drizzles for few minutes and fails to rain. The nearby towns amathur, virudhunagar and aruppukottai receives moderate rain at afternoon. For the next three days sky will be cloudy with chances for rain / drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-28

Sivakasi hit by rain, lightnings, thunders
 
27th September 2015 Sivakasi hit by rain, lightnings, thunders Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed Sivakasi town on 26th September 2015, Saturday. The heavy downpour that started around 09.10 p.m. and continued till 09:55 p.m., catching people off guard, and many had to take shelter in front of commercial outlets and under trees. There was mild drizzle from 06:10 p.m.. It was a great relief to Sivakasians who was basking under the hot summer because of the sudden rain which splashed the town. Hundreds of lightnings strikes for around one hour. Lightning and thunders threatened Sivakasians in all the ways. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances of rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-27

Blood Donation Camp to be held on 2nd Oct
 
26th September 2015 - Sree Ramakrishna C Blood Donation Camp to be held on 2nd Oct Date: 02-10-2015, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arulmigu Sri Ayyappan Allayam, Annadhana Mandapam, 46-H, Srivilliputhur Road, Sivakasi. Organisers: Sivakasi Arulmigu Sri Ayyappan Sangam and Sivakasi Government Hospital
 
News posted on 2015-09-26

Will Sivakasi join the the Make in India chorus
 
26th September 2015 - The Hindu Will Sivakasi join the "Make in India" chorus? Its about two years now since the V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust at Tuticorin decided to allow export of fireworks. The export of fireworks from Sivakasi is in limbo now, though small quantities are being sent to Sri Lanka and Maldives, says G. Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (Tanfama). The then Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, mooted the setting up of a special economic zone for cracker units, exclusively for exports, in Virudhunagar district and a fireworks magazine-cum-cargo house in the vicinity of the VOC port at a meeting held in Madurai on October 18, 2013. Mr. Natchiappan, who addressed a national conference on fireworks in Sivakasi in November 2013, also suggested a meeting of representatives of 15 countries with fireworks manufacturers through the respective embassies to facilitate exports. But the export is miniscule in the absence of clear cut guidelines on shipment from the VOC port. The association has already made a representation to the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, to open up the VOC port, the nearest to Sivakasi, for export of fireworks. The Minister has assured to take up the issue with the Ministry of Shipping, says Mr. Abiruben. A leading manufacturer in Sivakasi says that they will explore the possibility of exporting consignments through the Chennai port also, from where high-end explosives are shipped now. Again, a warehouse to stock pre-shipment goods is required in proximity to Chennai as it will be difficult to transport the consignments from Sivakasi in short notice. A gateway to send samples for export should be provided at the Chennai airport for Sivakasi products. However, Tuticorin port is ideally located for development as hub of fireworks export, says Mr. Abiruben, who is confident of garnering at least 10 per cent of the export market of Rs. 20000 crore, now monopolised by China. It is possible to achieve an export target of Rs. 2000 crore by 2020 and this will mean expansion of the Sivakasi industry and three lakh more employment opportunities, he says. The industry, which is threatened by the invasion of Chinese crackers, looks at the export avenue for growth, in the context of the Make in India campaign. Sivakasi fireworks industry does not depend on foreign knowhow or technology to expand or come out with new products. Leading manufacturers like the Sri Kaliswari Fireworks have their own research and development facility, employing locals. Many countries are ready to buy Sivakasi products. India will gain global respect by exploiting the export market for fireworks, says A. P. Selvarajan, former president, Tanfama. The export of fireworks from Sivakasi is in limbo
 
News posted on 2015-09-26

Quarterly exam holiday begins
 
25th September 2015 Quarterly exam holiday begins Quarterly exam holiday begins from 26th September 2015, Friday onwards, for majority of the schools in Sivakasi. After a two weeks gap, school goers beginning to play cricket, gilli, goeli, football, shuttle cock, tennis, watching tv and playing video games and play stations. Some have gone for vacation tours. Schools in Sivakasi are scheduled to reopen on 5th October 2015, Monday.
 
News posted on 2015-09-25

Purattasi brings down meat sales & price in Sivakasi
 
25th September 2015 Purattasi brings down meat sales & price in Sivakasi Following the commencement of Tamil month Purattasi (mid-September to mid-October), last week, meat sale in Sivakasi town has fallen by 40%. Hindus usually prefer to keep away from consuming non-vegetarian food as the month is considered auspicious for Lord Perumal. Subsequently, the choice of non-vegetarian items in hotels also dipped due to this. Chicken sold at Rs.160/- per kg in previous months was priced at Rs.140/- starting from last week. Prices were slashed due to reduced demand and it is usual for the sales to dip this Purattasi month. Like chicken, mutton sales also dropped by 40% though the price of the meat which is around Rs.550/- per kg did not come down. Unlike chicken, mutton prices dont fluctuate, according to butchers.
 
News posted on 2015-09-25

MOULD YOUR KID AS A ROBOT EXPERT IN SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
 
24th September 2015 MOULD YOUR KID AS A ROBOT EXPERT IN SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL As an extension activity, SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (CBSE Curriculum), Sivakasi has offered a summer camp on ROBOTICS for all the students from Standard IV to standard XII. The training programme has been scheduled for a week from September 28th to October 4th, 2015. The training programme detail is furnished below: Registration fee: Rs.1000/- Course duration: 15 Hours The registration fee includes course materials, tool kit and certificate. For further details Contact: Ms.U.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal / SIS, Office: 04562-277557, Mobile No(s): 96880 30557, 90421 46087.
 
News posted on 2015-09-24

Eid Mubarak
 
24th September 2015 Eid Mubarak May the magic of this EID,bring lots of happiness and Joy in your life,So you can celebrate it with,all your friends. Eid Mubarak!
 
News posted on 2015-09-24

Sivakasi celebrates Bakrid
 
24th September 2015 Photo: Fiaz Ahmed, Asan Bathurudeen Sivakasi celebrates Bakrid Today, Sivakasians celebrated Bakrid festival - the festival of sacrifice. In Sivakasi, Bakrid dawns with the resounding of Allahu Akbar, the declaration that god is great. Sivakasians weared new dress and proceed to for public prayers. The Bakrid festivity at home commence after the ceremonial prayer with hearty feasts followed by social visits. In Sivakasi, the delicious Qurbani were distributed to non muslims.
 
News posted on 2015-09-24

Black clouds, thunders and lightnings fails to rain
 
24th September 2015 Black clouds, thunders and lightnings fails to rain Today, the climate was partly cloudy in Sivakasi town. At 04:30 p.m. black clouds gathered and it was lightning and thundering for an hour, but fails to rain in the town. Sivakasi receives sharp showers between 04:55 p.m. to 05: 20 p.m.. The sharp showers brings down the temperature down. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances (60%) for drizzle / rain with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-24

Chinese fireworks smoking out India-s Sivakasi
 
23rd September 2015 Photo: Dheepanraj Chinese fireworks smoking out India-s Sivakasi Diwali or Deepavali is a Hindu festival whose importance is comparable only to Christmas and the Chinese New Year. Celebrated with light and fireworks to mark the victory of the good over evil, Deepavali is some weeks away. But the town of Sivakasi in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu will have little to fete. Many homes there will be engulfed in darkness and a feeling of dispirited sorrow. For, Sivakasi, the most important centre of fireworks industry in India, has been virtually throttled by illegal imports from China. Its fireworks are certainly not as qualitatively good as those made in Sivakasi, which has over many decades achieved a high standard of safety, and established a brand value based on trust. Parents are confident that Sivakasi products are safe to be handled by their children. However, in these days of financial hardship, faced across continents, Chinese goods often produced with cheap labour in their sweat factories have begun to have an edge over Indian fireworks. An important reason is the killing pricing, which Sivakasi factories are unable to match. The Chinese prices are so low that they are naturally tempting for a consumer and this unhealthy competition, as some aver, is smoking out the livelihood of thousands in Sivakasi a town that virtually survives on the fireworks industry. The 750-odd fireworks units in Sivakasi have had to cut their output by a third and this means that this commercial enterprise cannot run on the fifth gear during the festival season, as has been the case traditionally. Workers are not being asked to do overtime, which means less income for them. Additional overtime wages are an annual bonanza they have been enjoying all these years. Worse, the factories have been operating only four days a week since August 25. Normally, they ought to have been functioning seven days a week, with many more hours of overtime thrown in. The Chinese fireworks have just about destroyed all this. Chinese goods began their unlawful journey into India in 2013. That year, says G. Abiruben, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks Manufacturers Association, only ten kinds of fireworks came into India from across the Himalayas. This year, the number is a whopping 215 the increase is incredible, but painfully true. The best part of this whole clandestine business is that these Chinese products are smuggled along with other legal imports which may be toys or electronics. And most of these fireworks are sold in small unauthorised shops and even by pavement vendors. Some estimates place the figure of smuggled Chinese stuff at Rs 5,000 million (US$76 million), and given the low pricing, the actual quantity of fireworks sold may well be huge. Some 200 containers of illegal Chinese fireworks, worth Rs 4,000 million (US$60 million), were smuggled into India in 2014 leading to a dip in production; most of it is normally undertaken on the basis of firm orders placed months in advance. A hundred units at Sivakasi had to pull their shutters down that year. And who bothers about quality as long as prices are low. One, the money spent is as good as ash, and two, safety is still not a pressing issue in India. Most people tend to let their children take risks playing with fireworks that may be awfully dangerous. But safety has been a key issue with the Rs 6,000 million (US$91 million) Sivakasi fireworks industry. Since 1920, the Sivakasi units have been producing user-friendly stuff. But the Chinese goods are made with potassium chlorate, which is a high-end explosive and a banned chemical. Who will be answerable in case accidents occur when children use Chinese products, asks Abiruben. Sivakasi uses only aluminium powder and nitrate of salts which are safe. Although there is an India-government ban on the use of potassium chlorate, and goods made out of this are confiscated, implementation has been tardy. There are not enough men to inspect fireworks en masse to weed out the spurious and the lethal. Things can get worse in the next couple of years when China will be able to make fireworks with aluminium powder and nitrate of salts. Plans are now afoot. Sivakasi may well be completely crippled by fiery Chinese fireworks if illegal imports are allowed to rule the market.
 
News posted on 2015-09-23

Sivakasi receives copious rain
 
23rd September 2015 Photo: Natarajan J Sivakasi receives copious rain After a bright hot sunnny day, thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during afternoon. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, today, at afternoon from 02:00 p.m. to 03:45 p.m. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Rain brings smile in the face of Sivakasians. Drizzle begins from 05:45 p.m.. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-23

Rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi
 
23rd September 2015 Rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi received moderate rain for one hour between 02:00 p.m. to 03:45 p.m., bringing relief to Sivakasians reeling under intense heat wave, for the past 2 weeks. Todays rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi. And now the climate is pleasant. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-23

Rain brings temporary relief from water crisis
 
23rd September 2015 Rain brings temporary relief from water crisis Todays rain between 02:00 p.m. & 03:45 p.m. and 05:45 p.m. & 06:15 p.m. brought some temporary relief from water crisis, in Sivakasi. Due to shortage of water in Sivakasi, water supply through pipeline by Municipality has been supplied once in 10-15 days. Usually it was supplied once in four days. Lack of rain in the town resulted in decreasing ground level water. Todays rain not only chilled Sivakasi grounds but also filled the water tanks of Sivakasians. The rain brings smile on the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-09-23

NAEP awards on 25 September
 
22nd September 2015 - Print Week NAEP awards on 25 September The 10th edition of The National Awards for Excellence in Printing will be held on 25 September, at Hotel Leela Palace Chennai, by the host association, Sivakasi Master Printers Association (SMPA), on behalf of AIFMP. The NAEP was instituted by the All India Federation of Master Printers, New Delhi (AIFMP) in 1999 to celebrate the quest for quality that is at the heart of the printing industry. According to a press release by the Delhi-headquartered Federation, the aim of these awards is to showcase Indian printers achievements and contributions and to create awareness about their capabilities. This year we have regularised the award categories. Previously it was 600 and now we have confined it to 120 awards by the state-of-the-art method of equal level platform for fight micro, small and medium, large. By this way, we are able to achieve the spectacular figure of 1477 entries, with restrictions of only five entries per company, said A M S G Ashokan, chairman, NAEP. At the end of a long and tedious jury process, 105 entries won Gold, 110 entries won Silver and 121 entries were certified, he added. Nobel Prize nominee, Prof MS Swaminathan, founder chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, who is hailed as "the Indian Father of Green Revolution" and Dr Sivan director and scientist, ISRO, Trivandrum, will be the guests of honour.
 
News posted on 2015-09-22

Mini-marathon organised
 
21st September 2015 - The Hindu Mini-marathon organised Over 1,200 students, including girls, participated in a mini-marathon organised at Kalasalingam University in Virudhunagar district on Sunday. The university organised the marathon at the district level, and it was flagged off by Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Muralidaran in the presence of University Chancellor Sridharan and others. University Director Sasi Anand Sridharan presented Anandammal Memorial prizes and certificates to the winners S. Gunalan of Kalaimagal High School, Ramachandrapuram, P. Muthiah of SHNV School, Sivakasi (second prize), and M. Ramkumar of SSHN School, Muhavoor (third prize). In the girls category, the prizes were given to G. Larabharani of SHNV School, K. Kousalyakani of Kalaimagal School, Ramachandrapuram, and R. Muthulakshmi of Hindu Higher Secondary School, Watrap. The overall championship award was given to the Ramachandrapuram school.
 
News posted on 2015-09-21

Chinese crackers a threat to Sivakasi
 
21st September 2015 - The Hindu Chinese crackers a threat to Sivakasi Illegal import of firecrackers forces about 750 units to cut production by about 30 % September is the time when production goes into the fifth gear. Workers are paid overtime wages. Lorries carrying cracker cartons leave Sivakasi by the dozen everyday. Today, employees leave for home early as a majority of about 750 fireworks units in the Sivakasi belt of Virudhunagar district have been working only four days a week from August 25. Information of entry of the Chinese dragon trickled into Sivakasi in the post-Deepavali market feedback of 2013. It was brought to the attention of Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman on September 11, 2014. We are happy about the proactive measures initiated by Ms. Sitharaman. At the same time, we are much worried about the increasing number of varieties reaching India from just 10 in 2013 to 210 in 2015, says G. Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (Tanfama). A positive aspect has been the seizure of Chinese fireworks in the last couple of years, starting from sealing of 50 containers in Mumbai to the recent sealing of two godowns in Punjab. According to A. P. Selvarajan, former Tanfama president, the contraband is smuggled in containers along with toys and electronic goods. Chinese crackers find their way into India along with items imported for Holi celebration, he says. He wants surveillance to be tightened at ports. The products, industry leaders suspect, are stocked in unconventional places and sold through temporary retailers, mostly platform vendors. It should be possible to track the route of clandestine entry from the platform, says Mr. Selvarajan. Harmful products The implications of the Chinese invasion into the fireworks industry, according to industry sources, are manifold. Besides severely impacting the Sivakasi industry, which accounts for an annual turnover of Rs. 6000 crore, the products are harmful, especially for children. From 1920, the Sivakasi industry has been producing user-friendly products. But the Chinese goods are made with potassium chlorate, which is a high-end explosive and a banned chemical. Who will be answerable in case accidents occur when children use Chinese products, asks Mr. Abiruben. Sivakasi units use only aluminium powder and nitrate of salts. Apart from safety concerns, the Chinese products mean a loss of revenue to the countrys exchequer. Our products attract 12.5 per cent excise duty, 15 per cent value added tax and two per cent central sales tax. The loss of tax revenue is directly proportional to the volume of sale of Chinese fireworks, says Mr. Abiruben. The disposal of Chinese goods, whenever they are confiscated, may be a problem for the enforcement officials. Mr. Abiruben says Sivakasi units are well-equipped to dispose of the contraband in a scientific manner and they are willing to take up the task. With sensitisation and adequate manpower, it will be possible to stop the Chinese threat. Mr. Selvarajan says that immediate action is necessary to save the Sivakasi industry as, otherwise, the Chinese units are capable of coming out with products using aluminium powder and nitrate in two years.
 
News posted on 2015-09-21

Sivakasi has the most number of voters in Virudhunagar District
 
20th September 2015 - The Hindu Sivakasi has the most number of voters in Virudhunagar District The seven Assembly segments of Virudhunagar district have a total of 15,12,250 voters, including 7,65494 women voters, in the draft voter list released on Tuesday. The number of voters in the district has gone up by 21,258 since last publication in January 2015. Collector V. Rajaraman released the draft voter list at the Collectorate which was received by representatives of political parties. The number of male voters in the district was 7,46,631. The district had 125 others. Among the segments, Sivakasi has the most number of voters 2,31,154, and Aruppukottai the least number of voters 2,03,271. Later addressing representatives of recognised political parties, Mr. Rajaraman asked them to appoint their agents in the newly formed 50 polling booths in the district. All persons who would have completed 18 years of age on January 01, 2016 were eligible for including their names in the electoral roll during the summary revision of the voter list to be taken up between September 15 and October 14. Similarly, deletion of voters and incorporation of corrections would be taken up during the period, he added. People were asked to submit relevant forms for inclusion, deletion and making corrections with the designated officer in the polling booths, tahsildars, municipal commissioners or revenue divisional officers concerned. The parts of the voter list relevant to every panchayat would be read out at the special gram sabha meetings to be held at the panchayats on September 16 and 30, he added. Special camps at the polling booths would be held on Sundays September 20 and October 4. The final voter list would be released on January 11, 2016, the Collector said. District Revenue Officer C. Muthukumaran, Sub-Collector (Sivakasi) Amar Kushwaha, Personal Assistant to Collector (general) Nagajothi, and Tahsildar (Election) Sridhar were also present.
 
News posted on 2015-09-20

SFA: Reviving a Tamil classic
 
20th September 2015 - Print Week SFA: Reviving a Tamil classic A rare book, Thiruvarutpa 1867 edition, torn and broken, was recreated once again, maintaining the books originality by SFA Print. The book, which was submitted as an entry for the PrintWeek India Awards, was produced by SFA for their customer Arutpa Pathippagam, Mettukuppam. The book, with an initial print run of 5000 copies, elicited a lot of praise from the jury panel. The reason was simple. Consider this: the book was laminated on the front and the back. After it was structured pagewise to ensure the broken pages remain intact. Each page of the book was scanned individually and cleaned up to avoid the dust. The pagination, pre-press and print, were all produced in-house. Hot foiling was perfected on the Sujatha foiling M/C and debossing. Ochsners semi automatic machine was used for edge gliding. For hard-case binding, a Kolbus case-maker and hard cover line were deployed. Finally, to protect the corners of the board, manual pneumatic machine gave it a fishing point. The cloth material was used on the cover with one colour and a four-colour was used for the inner sections. The 68 gsm natural shade of pharma paper and 120 gsm natural shade maplitho paper from ITC was used for the text and a 130 gsm of Hikote art paper was used for the cover. A brief look at SFA SFA is one of the top five book plants in Sivakasi. Located on a nine-acre plot with peacocks and the rarest of flora and fauna, the SFA Print unit is housed in a 37,000 sq/mtrs of built-up area. SFA has a team strength of 250, who work with a Heidelberg Suprasetter A105 and Heidelberg Speedmaster SM102P, Mitsubishi Diamond LS 1000, KBA Planeta V54, Komori LP37, Komori LP40 plus a raft of pre-press and finishing kit in their factory. Founded in 2011, SFA is a sister company of Srinivas Group and deals with print production: labels to textile mills, fireworks and matchbox industry. Over the past five years, the group has transformed into a production unit which includes map printing plus stationery, with significant presence in pan India and UK. Srinivas Viswanathan, managing director, SFA Print shares his experience. He says, Printing was our family business and it was started by Vivekanand (uncle) and his brothers in 1964. Earlier, the company was dealing in trade business but later it was re-modelled from a trading company to a printing press and observing the various aspects of the book making, it has been a learning experience for me. This was the early phase of SFA. After completing my graduation, I started my career in print production. Later, I started to market the stationery products. Around that time, I moved to Bengaluru and started taking care of the Bengaluru commercial printing unit. During my training, I always followed a mantra of "Go ahead and keep trying" and even today its been the same. SFA has fully supported my decision during my journey," he says. He shares, Being connected with print, we have been working in packaging and innovative stationery segment and will continue this for the future as well. We have also seen steady growth in consumerism, pharmaceutical, packaging and innovative stationery market. After the family crisis in the last few years, it was a challenging time for all of us and for the family as well. Due to which, we shifted to Sivakasi in 2011 and the collective support and experience has helped us to overcome the situation and stabilise the company in the market. According to Vishwanathan, There has been a change in the mindset of the printers and a lot of printers are trying to fit in an old business strategy. However, from the age of block printing, we have seen the transformation in the printing industry from letterpress to offset printing. The 3D print is a much talked technology alongside with digital. The technology is advancing and it is moving at a rapid speed and it is important to move with the flow, but there are problems which still exist like infrastructural facilities and availability of labour. Plus, there is minimal support from the government. About MatrikaS Branding and innovation are essential to be ahead in a competitive market. Thats how, the brand MatrikaS was born. At MatrikaS, Vishwanathan says, "The clients are offered products such as notebooks, personalised journals, visitors book and registers, ring books and diaries. Every quarterly, we launch one new product in the market, with an innovative design." He adds "In Sivakasi, the diaries and stationery items have been the centre of excellence, although the digital segment has significantly transformed with new technology and the applications are available in the market, and has been providing cost effective with customised solutions to the clients. In future, the offset and digital will not only co-exist but will also complement each other. Sivakasi has been providing job opportunities to umpteen numbers of people and we are sure that it will bounce back to its routine. Viswanathan states, In todays commodity market, every business is competitive and the market shares are brunt and the cost is at higher front. We dont compromise on the quality standards. Also few months ago, we had visited a plant and everyone at the plant spoke about the business model, which has top-down the net profits and their role to benefit the bottom line of an organisation because every individual has their own impact to its organisation. Every industry has more or less the same approach. The bottom line is nothing but the collective net income figure of an organisation. A company that is growing shall have its net earnings and it is said to be strengthening at the bottom line. All individuals at every stage of production play an important role for improvement. Going forward Talking about the structure of the management Viswanathan, added that, "The directors and the board of directors are the decisions makers for the company. The organisation is divided into managers, analysts for marketing, finance and administration. Being a part of the print sector, I am passionate about the industry and I am committed to do my best for the industry and to my hometown." Viswanathan concludes, The youth are the driving force and they are the need for the industry. Its our responsibility to encourage and tap the potential of each individual. During the courses, the students of the colleges should be taken for plant visits, training seminars y their management and workshops held by BMPA and Government Institute of Printing Technology (GIPT) for students has been a good initiative in Mumbai. On 28 May, 2015, we had a factory visit for students in Kanchipuram.
 
News posted on 2015-09-20

Thousands take part in Ganesh idol immersion procession
 
20th September 2015 Thousands take part in Ganesh idol immersion procession As a part of Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival, Idol Immersion of Lord Vinayaka was performed, today, in Sivakasi, at 06:00 p.m.. Over 40 idols put up and worshipped in the town during Ganesh puja were immersed in the Sakkammal Kovil Theppam, today. The Idol Radhams were decorated with flowers, festoons, garlands and lights. Few devotees carried out mulaipaari, paavai vilakku while others danced throughout the procession accompanied with band sets. Even children dressed in colourful attires marched all along the route. This year Bahubali Vinayaka delighted all devotees. Heavy police bandobust marked the occasion. A team of divers were kept stand by at the immersion point. The idols were brought to Sakkamal Kovil Theppam following the route map given by the police and the organizers. The idols were taken into the waters and immersed one by one. Thousands take part in Ganesh idol immersion procession.
 
News posted on 2015-09-20

SONYFEST - 15
 
19th September 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET SONYFEST - 15 AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi celebrated SONYFEST - 15 a grand Intra-cultural Programme for the students at college A/C Seminar Hall, on 18th September 2015. Dr. V. K. Kathiravan, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., Sivakasi Municipal Chairman, was the Guest of honour. The Chief Guest in his special address inscribed the students soulful performance took his breath away and reminded him a lot about his childhood. He advised the students to build more confidence, Discipline and Social responsibility. He recalled the Gandhijis quote Be the change you want to see and advised the students its the right age to be social responsible. He insisted the students to make a plastic free India, harvest rain water and to keep the environment clean. Then the Chief Guest of the day awarded the best performers. Over the course of 30 days, various on stage and off stage competitions. The on-stage performance on the day of SONYFEST-15 displayed the importance of culture and welcoming the modernity. The students gave ground breaking performances on the stage. The Seminar Hall was vibrant with the cheer of the students. Mrs. P.S.R.Senthil Maharaj, Coordinator of Sony Fest 15 was applauded for the cooperation of the students and the smooth conduct of the program. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent, Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the programme with a motive to develop the individualism and bring out their innate talents and leadership qualities of the students.
 
News posted on 2015-09-19

Eye camp to be held tomorrow
 
19th September 2015 Eye camp to be held tomorrow Date: 20-09-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Satya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi & Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai
 
News posted on 2015-09-19

Vinayaka Idol immersion on 20th Sep
 
19th September 2015 Vinayaka Idol immersion on 20th Sep As a part of Vinayakar Chathurthi, Ganesha Idol Procession and Immersion held every year, in Sivakasi. This year, Police have given permission for immersion on 20th September 2015, Sunday. The organisers have been sternly told to stick to the routes permitted for the idol procession on the day of immersion.
 
News posted on 2015-09-19

Next Education-s Teacher workshop at Sivakasi
 
19th September 2015 - Arun Venkataramani Next Education-s Teacher workshop at Sivakasi India-s Leading Educational Solutions Provider, Next Education India Private limited conducted a Pre-Primary workshop for teachers in Virudhanagar district. This teacher training session was held at Sidharajaa International School, Sivakasi. The session helped teachers develop ideas and strategies to better handle kindergarten children. The session was named PILLARS to emphasize the fact that Pre Primary education is the base for children-s growth. Teachers from nearly 20 schools in Virudhunagar district participated in this workshop. The session was conducted by academic expert Ms.Crescentia Aubert and Presided over by Regional Manager Desingh Raj. Sr.Area Manager Ashok, Area Manager Palanichamy and Marketing Manager Arun were also present.
 
News posted on 2015-09-19

One day Training programme on Enriching Research competency using SPSS and AMOS software
 
18th September 2015 One day Training programme on Enriching Research competency using SPSS and AMOS software Date: 31-10-2015, Saturday Venue: Dr.Radha Krishnan Seminar Hall, TIFAC Core Building Ground Floor, Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil - 626 126. Organisers: Centre for Extension Activities Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil Registration Fee: Research Scholars (M.Phil & Ph.D) and faculty members - Rs.250/- Last date for confirmation of Participant along with Registration fee 26-10-2015 For further details contact Dr.S.Rajaram, Associate Professor / MBA, Kalasalingam University @ pcsrajaram@yahoo.co.in
 
News posted on 2015-09-18

Vinayakar Chathurthi celebrated at Hayagrivas School
 
18th September 2015 Vinayakar Chathurthi celebrated at Hayagrivas School Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated at Hayagrivas International School, Sivakasi, on 16th September 2015, Wednesday. The campus was decorated with flowers and festoons. There was a fragrance of pious incense sticks and aarti to welcome God. The faculty members enjoyed the Aarti and prayed for their wishes to be fulfilled. The little ones relished the sumptuous sweets. Management members and Dr.B.Chandrasekharan, Principal, Hayagrivas International School were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-09-18

Vinayakar Chathurthi Celebration
 
17th September 2015 Vinayakar Chathurthi Celebration Vinayakar Chathurthi is a spectacular festival, honoring Lord Ganesha. In Sivakasi Ganesh Utsav is celebrated across the town. Rice flakes, bermuda grass, coconut and guava are the most sought after items on Vinakaya Chathurthi. Arugampul garland has already seen a price rise of Rs.5 each but traders say it will return to normal on 18th September 2015. Around 53 vinayaka idols were installed in the key junctions of Sivakasi. Police have given permission for immersion on 20th September 2015, Sunday. The organisers have been sternly told to stick to the routes permitted for the idol procession on the day of immersion.
 
News posted on 2015-09-17

Sivakasi greets Vinayakar Chathurthi with drizzle
 
17th September 2015 Sivakasi greets Vinayakar Chathurthi with drizzle Today, Sivakasi receives drizzle for several minutes, between 08:40 to 09:05 a.m.. The mild drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For the next 5 days, sky will be partly cloudy with slim possibilities of drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-17

Daily chances of rain are coming this week
 
16th September 2015 Daily chances of rain are coming this week There is a chance for rain / drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius, with chance of 70% to 80% rain. The upcoming rain may help to tackle the water problem in the town.
 
News posted on 2015-09-16

53 Vinayakar Idols installed in Sivakasi
 
16th September 2015 53 Vinayakar Idols installed in Sivakasi Sivakasi devotees are set to accord welcome to Lord Vinayaka on account of Vinayakar Chathurthi on 17th September 2015, Thursday. Sivakasians are seen busy making last minute preparations for the Vinayakar Chathurthi festival. Yesterday, Lord Vinayakas idols ranging from large, medium to small were installed in key junctions of the Sivakasi town. Vinayakar Chathurthi is an important functions of sivakasi and celebrated grandly every year. In Sivakasi, the procession and immersion of idols will be taken place on 20th September 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-09-16

CueMath Learning Program at Sivakasi
 
15th September 2015 CueMath Learning Program at Sivakasi Venue : 115 - i, Velayutham Road, sivakasi.(near state bank) Fees : Rs.1200 per month. Date : Its monthly based classes. (Classes will be condcuted three days in a week, one hour each day) For further details contact 9750353800 CueMath classes is a unique Math Learning Program for classes UKG to 8th Standard. ★ An Innovative Worksheet and Technology based learning system. ★ Focuses on School curriculum, Mathematical Reasoning, Word problems and Mental Mathematics. ★ Very helpful for your child to excel at any competitive exams like Olympiads, NTSE, KVPY, JEE,CAT,MAT,TOEFL etc..., ★ Curriculum designed by Alumni of IIT DELHI, IIM AHMEDABAD and STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Kindly Enroll your child with Cuemath today and Build the foundation of a Successful Career.
 
News posted on 2015-09-15

Bermuda Grass demand picks up ahead of Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
15th September 2015 Bermuda Grass demand picks up ahead of Vinayakar Chathurthi Ganesha devotees think Vinayakar Chathurthi festivals are the best time to worship Ganapathi with Bermuda Grass (Arugampul) Garlands, as it is considered auspicious. Devotees attitude has resulted in a trend of rising Arugampul sales during Vinayakar chathurthi festival. Today, the price of one Bermuda Grass Garland is Rs.10/-, tomorrow and day after tomorrow the price will be Rs.15/- to Rs.20/-.. Price of Rose flower is Rs.300/- per kg., in normal days it is Rs.200/- a kg.. It is expected that the price of all the flowers will be sky rocketed in two days.
 
News posted on 2015-09-15

Sivakasi all set for Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
14th September 2015 Sivakasi all set for Vinayakar Chathurthi All set for Vinayakar Chathurthi celebration, in Sivakasi town. Sivakasians get their shopping lists out as Ganesh Chaturthi is just 2 days away. Over 50 idols ranges from small to big sizes were arrived Sivakasi, yesterday. It is expected that all the idols will be installed in 2 days. Immersion and procession of idols will be held on 20th September 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-09-14

Rainbow Surprises Sivakasians for 20 minutes
 
14th September 2015 Photo: Natarajan Rainbow Surprises Sivakasians for 20 minutes Yesterday, Sivakasians were surprised by a rainbow that formed after a mild showers around 06.05 p.m. to 06:10 a.m.. The surprise turned into curiosity when the rainbow became very prominent in the seven colours. As the rainbow appeared at early morning, very people watched it. The colour intensity reduced after almost 20 minutes and the rainbow faded away. For the next 4 days sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 25 degree celsius. Theres chance for drizzle / rain from 18th September 2015, Friday.
 
News posted on 2015-09-14

MEPCO lifts 2015 Carnival Title
 
14th September 2015 MEPCO lifts 2015 Carnival Title JCI Sivakasi organised 14th Jaycee Carnival - 2015 (Inter-College Cultural Mela for VVS Gnanasambandan Nadar - Seetha Lakshmi Ammal Ever Rolling Trophy), at Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, on 13th September 2015, Sunday. Jc. HGF. G.Subburaj, President - Sivakasi Jaycees Charities, Sivakasi Jaycees Social Welfare Trust, sponsored Jaycee Carnival. Students of 10 colleges from various regions of Virudhunagar District participated in the Inter College Cultural Mela. Various events such as Rangoli, Ad mad and Dance were conducted. Chief Guest distributed prizes and participation certificates. Mepco Schlenk Engineering College has won the overall Trophy. Lunch was arranged for the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-09-14

No clearance for Chinese crackers
 
13th September 2015 - The Hindu No clearance for Chinese crackers Nirmala Sitharaman says it is State governments responsibility to take action The Centre has not given any clearance for import of Chinese crackers and has in fact asked all State governments to take action against any illegal shipment of such products, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Nirmala Sitharaman said here in Chennai. It is the responsibility of the State government. We have requested for action to be taken against those involved in import of Chinese crackers, she said. Chinese fireworks are a big a threat to Tamil Nadu, as 80 per cent of them come from here. Sivakasi, 75 km from Madurai, is the fireworks hub of India, employing more than two lakh people directly and indirectly. The firecracker industry started here in the 1960s and is synonymous with the town. Crackers are also produced in places such as Indore, Raipur, Nagpur, and certain parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Sensing that the Chinese firecrackers would hamper the industry at Sivakasi, which is worth more than Rs 5,000 crore, the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), an association representing members of the industry has appealed to the Centre and submitted a letter last week on this issue. In its letter, TANFAMA mentioned that although fireworks had been classified as a restricted commodity for import by the DGFT, Chinese fireworks have been illegally imported for the last few years, and this has grown to become a menace to the indigenous fireworks industry. Hence, this practice must be curbed with war footing. The Centre is taking all actions to curb Chinese crackers. We want them to sensitise this issue and take action whenever they seize such products, G Abiruben, President, TANFAMA said. As many as 500 containers of Chinese fireworks enter India every year in the name of toys and electronic goods. Because of this, industry members say, Sivakasi incurred a loss of Rs 1,000 crore (ballpark figure). PCA Asaithambi, partner at Lord Fireworks, says, Last year, some of these Chinese crackers could not be sold because of regular monitoring during the festive season. But these products were sold when no one is watching. A P Selvaraj, managing partner of Kaliswari Fireworks, says, This year, production has been low so the government should look this issue seriously, he requests. Not safe to use We are saying no to Chinese fireworks not because of competition. These crackers are not safe to use and can explode, explains Asaithambi. The Chinese crackers contain high level of potassium chlorate, a hazardous chemical. Using this chemical reduces the cost of manufacturing crackers. In India, potassium nitrate and aluminium powder are the key raw material used by the industry. The price of these two chemicals is slightly higher. So, the cost of crackers made here is more than that of Chinese crackers. People should realise that safety is more important than cost, said another cracker-maker in Sivakasi. Chinese fireworks are a big a threat to Tamil Nadu, as 80 per cent of them come from Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-09-13

Ninaithale Innikkum Isai Anjali
 
12th September 2015 Rajamaalikaa Ninaithale Innikkum Isai Anjali Date: 13-09-2015, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Kammavar Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Entry: Free Organisers: Sivakasi Siva For further details contact 8870534994, 9043366650
 
News posted on 2015-09-12

National workshop on Integration of LSRW to Enhance Communication Skills to be held on 18th Sep.
 
12th September 2015 - Mrs.B.Rathika, Head of the Department of English, (P.G), ANJAC National workshop on Integration of LSRW to Enhance Communication Skills to be held on 18th Sep. The postgraduate department of English, ANJAC has planned to organise a one day national workshop on "Integration of LSRW to Enhance Communication Skills" on 18.9.2015. Correspondent Thiru. V. Ayyan Kodiswaran, B.Tech. will inaugurate the workshop. Dr. V. Pandiyarajan, Principal will deliver the Presidential Address. Dr. J. Johnsekar, Head, Research Department of English, The American College, Madurai will be the resource person in the morning session. Mr. Allen, Learning and Development, Samcruz consultancy, Hyderabad will train the participants in the afternoon session. This workshop is organized for the teaching faculty and research scholars.
 
News posted on 2015-09-12

2015 Jaycee Carnival to be held on tomorrow
 
12th September 2015 14th Jaycee Carnival Day - Inter College Cultural Mela for VVS Gnana Sambandan Nadar - Seetha Lakshmi Ammal Ever Rolling Trophy Date: 13-09-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: JCI Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-09-12

Mariamman Kovil Kumbabishekam to be held on Thai
 
11th September 2015 Mariamman Kovil Kumbabishekam to be held on Thai Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Kumbabishekam is expected to be held on Thai month in Tamil Calendar. To retain the shrine-s antiquity, renovation and painting works is being carried out for the past 2 months. It would be completed by January 2016.
 
News posted on 2015-09-11

Petrol Price in Sivakasi
 
11th September 2015 Petrol Price in Sivakasi Petrol - Rs.61.80 / litre Diesel - Rs.46.35 / litre Power Petrol - Rs. 64.51 / litre Turbo Diesel - Rs. 49.57 / litre.
 
News posted on 2015-09-11

JCI Sivakasi - Wealth Day
 
11th September 2015 JCI Sivakasi - Wealth Day Date: 12-09-2015, Saturday Time: 11:00 a.m. Venue: Govenment Hospital, Sivakasi Guest of Honour: T.Rajalakshmi Thangathirupathi Contributing Energetic Food to Government Hospital Labour Ward Patients Organisers: JCI Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-09-11

Menaka Cards Showroom to open on 17th Sep.
 
11th September 2015 Menaka Cards Showroom to open on 17th Sep. Date: 17-09-2015, Thursday Time:10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Venue: 1834/9B, PKN Road, Sivakasi - 616 189. All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-09-11

Drizzle for few minutes
 
10th September 2015 Drizzle for few minutes Today at 12:05 p.m. Sivakasi town received a drizzle for few minutes. Drizzle makes the road wet. It was cloudier throughout evening, but there was no rain in the town. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-10

Vinayakar Chathurthi idol immersion to be held on 20th Sep
 
10t September 2015 Vinayakar Chathurthi idol immersion to be held on 20th Sep As a part of Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival, Ganesha idol procession and immersion festival will be held at Sivakasi, every year. This year the procession and immersion scheduled to be held on 20th September 2015, Sunday, from Mariamman Kovil to Jakkammal Kovil Theppam. Idol procession starts from 05:30 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-09-10

Industry Visit
 
9th September 2015 - Mrs.B.Rathika, Head of the Department of English, (P.G), ANJAC Industry Visit The postgraduate department of English of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College has planned to send the students of I and II M. A. English for an I. V. to Lovely offset printers. 66 students will be taken to the I. V. On 10.9.2015. The role of learning English and other foreign languages in the printing field will be highlighted to them. Job opportunities like proof readers and translators are also the feasible areas for them to be inducted in the job market without much struggle in the competitive world.
 
News posted on 2015-09-09

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
9th September 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet It was partly cloudy today, in Sivakasi. Sivakasi received occasional drizzle at day time and the mild drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For next four days sky will be partly cloudy with a slim possibilities of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 & 24 degree Celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-09-09

Beware of Vinayaka Idol theft
 
9th September 2015 Beware of Vinayaka Idol theft As Vinayakar Chathurthi is just a few days away, Vinayakar idol theft on the rise in Tamilnadu. Last year, a 200 year old Vinayakar idol was stolen near Amathur and in Sivakasi lots of Ganesha idols were stolen in the past 5 years during Vinayakar Chathurthi. Beware of Vinayaka Idol theft in your area.
 
News posted on 2015-09-09

Mild drizzle for few minutes
 
8th September 2015 Mild drizzle for few minutes Today, after a cloudier start, Sivakasi received mild showers for few minutes, between 11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. The mild drizzle makes the road wet and brings down the temperature. It was cloudier at day time and at evening the Sun was brighter. For the next one week, sky will be cloudier with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-08

Signature Edition of Bhagavad Gita - Srinivas Fine Arts
 
8th September 2015 - The Hindu Signature Edition of Bhagavad Gita - Srinivas Fine Arts The Signature Edition of Bhagavad Gita, published by Srinivas Fine Arts Pvt Ltd, Sivakasi, has been crafted out of most precious eco-friendly material. It has been printed on FSC certified and acid-free paper designed to last for many years, Sunil Neotia of Pages Book Shop explained. The book is printed with environmental-friendly vegetable inks made of natural ingredients. The entire book is encased in an exclusive antique book styled box with artistic foiling and embossing. It has Bhagvad Gita in Sanskrit with Hindi and English translations. There are a number of paintings by well-known artist G.L.N. Simha. The metal bookmarker has a beautiful peacock feather design engraved on it with a tassel. This is a limited edition with only 5,000 copies printed and out of the 10 copies received by Pages seven have already been sold, Mr. Sunil said.
 
News posted on 2015-09-08

Ban sale of Chinese fireworks, says Anbumani
 
8th September 2015 - The Hindu Ban sale of Chinese fireworks, says Anbumani Pattali Makkal Katchi leader and Member of Parliament Anbumani Ramadoss has urged the Centre to ban the import and sale of Chinese fireworks in the country. The imports have been posing a major threat to the Rs. 6,000 crore Indian fireworks industry. In a letter to Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, he said that in the last six years more than 600 containers of Chinese fireworks were falsely classified and imported as toys. These containers are targeted at Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi, which are major markets for Indian players. The import of Chinese crackers has led to nearly 35 per cent of Indian fireworks remaining unsold last year causing a huge loss to the industry that employs more than five lakh persons directly. The countrys cracker hub Sivakasi, is home to about 90 per cent of the fireworks production in the country. The town now faces a huge threat of getting swamped by machine made Chinese firecrackers, he said in his letter, a copy of which was released to the press. The imports have been posing a major threat to the Rs. 6,000 crore Indian fireworks industry
 
News posted on 2015-09-08

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
7th September 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today the sky was darker throughout the day. Rain plays hide and seek for the past one week. Luckily today, Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall from 02:10 p.m. to 03:30 p.m.. Sharp showers accompanied with winds. It was drizzling for long hours. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. For the next one week climate in Sivakasi will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-07

Free Physiotherapy Medical Camp
 
7th September 2015 Free Physiotherapy Medical Camp Date: 7,8,9 September 2015 (Monday to Wednesday) Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Poorna Physiotherapy Clinic, 407, Gandhi Road, Near Malligai Restaurant, Sivakasi Physiotherapist: Dr.M.Gopi For registration please contact +91-98650-82646
 
News posted on 2015-09-07

Sivakasi celebrates Sree Krishna Jayanthi
 
5th September 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Sree Krishna Jayanthi Today, special prayers, colourful pageantry and recital of bhajans marked the Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations at Sivakasi town. Special prayers and offerings were also made. Children dressed as Krishna, Radha and several other characters from the Puranas. Dance programme and recital of bhajans were conducted as part of the Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations.
 
News posted on 2015-09-05

Happy Teachers Day
 
5th September 2015 Happy Teachers Day A good teacher is like a candle burning, it consumes itself to light the way for others. Happy Teachers Day.... - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2015-09-05

Cool climate but no rain
 
5th September 2015 Cool climate but no rain Cool breeze, an overcast sky and respite from heat, Sivakasi weather has pleasant for the past three days. Temperatures are cooling but still no rain, in Sivakasi town. Today, sky was cloudier throughout the day, but added no rain. For next one week sky will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-09-05

Drizzle, breeze cool Sivakasi
 
4th September 2015 Drizzle, breeze cool Sivakasi Today, a slight drizzle during afternoon along with cloudy skies and breeze gave Sivakasi town a much-needed breather from the heat on the past one month. The maximum temperature dipped from 37 to 27 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature stood at 25 degree Celsius. The climate is expected to be the same for the next five days with chances of drizzle / rain. Todays drizzle between 03:15 p.m. to 04:00 p.m. makes the road wet but did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. Earlier on 3rd September 2015, Thursday, Sasi Nagar received sharp showers for 5 minutes.
 
News posted on 2015-09-04

Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
4th September 2015 Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town, for the month of September 2015. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-09-04

Cloudier day but no rain
 
3rd September 2015 Cloudier day but no rain It was cloudier through out the day, but Sivakasi did not receive rain / drizzle. A bands of clouds formed at 02:30 p.m. and continues till 05:30 p.m., but fails to rain. No rain for the second consecutive day disappointed Sivakasians. There is chance for rain for the next five days with maximim and minimum temperature of 34 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-03

16 More Taluks to Boost Revenue Dept Work: CM
 
2nd September 2015 - The New Indian Express 16 More Taluks to Boost Revenue Dept Work: CM CHENNAI: With a view to provide the services of the government expeditiously to the public, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced that 16 more taluks and five more revenue divisions would be created during the current financial year at a total expenditure of Rs 17.65 crore. The new taluks would be created by bifurcating and restructuring some of the existing taluks and revenue divisions. With this, the total number of taluks in the State would go up from 269 to 285,while the number of revenue divisions would go up from 80 to 85. Making a suo motu statement in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister said, during the past four years, four revenue divisions, 49 new taluks and 59 firkas have been created in the state with a view to expedite the services of the Revenue Department. To strengthen this effort further, 16 more taluks would be created at an expenditure of Rs 16 crore. Stating that there was no revenue division in Chennai district, the Chief Minister said, during the current year, two new revenue divisions with Egmore and Tondiarpet as their headquarters would be formed. Similarly, Madurai Revenue Division would be bifurcated to form a revenue division with Melur as its headquarters. Coimbatore division would be bifurcated to form a new division Coimbatore North. Sivakasi division would be bifurcated to form a new division with Sattur as its headquarters in Virudhunagar. The new Revenue Divisions would be created at a total expenditure of Rs 1.65 crore.
 
News posted on 2015-09-02

Govt gets cracking against illegal import of Chinese firecrackers
 
2nd September 2015 - The Hindu Business Line Govt gets cracking against illegal import of Chinese firecrackers NEW DELHI: With Chinese fireworks finding their way into the Indian market despite import restrictions, the government has sprung into action well before the festival season to check the smuggling of the cheap but dangerous crackers from across the border. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has already written to the Central Bureau of Excise and Customs and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to take pre-emptive action to stop illegal imports, an official from the DGFT told BusinessLine. The DGFT has asked the Customs Department to sensitise its officers on the possibility of smuggling of firecrackers from China through mis-representation of cargo. The illegal shipments usually start sometime in September so there is still time to step up vigil, the official said. Firecrackers are often camouflaged as toys when shipped illegally from China. Unlike toys, firecracker is a restricted item and cannot be imported without licence. Since the DGFT refrains from giving licence, firecracker import is practically banned. The DGFT has also written to the DIPP asking it to persuade State governments to alert their police forces and ensure frequent raids on shops that sell illegally procured crackers. The States will also be asked to advertise against smuggled Chinese crackers to raise awareness amongst people who may not know about the import restrictions and also the associated health hazards. Most Chinese crackers have potassium chlorate, a highly explosive chemical, which is banned in India, the official said. Domestic units complain It is at the behest of the domestic firecracker industry, which suffered an estimated loss of ₹200-400 crore last year because of illegal imports from China, that the government is attempting to act early this time. Representatives of the firecracker industry met us and voiced their concern over the huge losses they might suffer this year as well if the government doesnt act on time, the DGFT official said. Manufacturers from Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, accounting for almost 80 per cent of firecrackers produced in the country, had told the government that nearly 35 per cent of their products were unsold last year because of smuggled Chinese fireworks. In India, the firecracker industry is estimated at ₹3,000 crore and supports more than five lakh people. The Department of Revenue Intelligence has given notices to a number of traders for illegally importing fireworks from China last year.
 
News posted on 2015-09-02

Coming up this September in Sivakasi
 
1st September 2015 Coming up this September in Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 13-09-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 20-09-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Vinayakar Chathurthi Idol Procession and Immersion Date: 20-09-2015, Sunday Time: 05:30 p.m. onwards Procession: Sri Mariamman Temple to Jakkamaal Kovil Theppam All are welcome. Homeopathy Camp Date: 27-09-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-09-01

Roaring thunders without rain disappointed Sivakasians
 
1st September 2015 Roaring thunders without rain disappointed Sivakasians Black clouds that gathered around 05:00 p.m., in Sivakasi town, today, gave hope of a heavy rain but resulted in no rain / drizzle. Black thunders accompanied by lightnings and thunders without rain disappointed Sivakasians. For the next 5 days sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-09-01

Petrol & Diesel Price in Sivakasi
 
31st August 2015 Petrol & Diesel Price in Sivakasi Petrol - Rs.63.82 / litre Diesel - Rs.46.87 / litre Power Petrol - Rs. 66.54 / litre Turbo Diesel - Rs. 50.09 / litre
 
News posted on 2015-08-31

Chances of drizzle are coming this week
 
31st August 2015 Chances of drizzle are coming this week There is a chance for rain / drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 25 degree celsius, with 60% precipitation. Drizzle may starts from 3rd September 2015, Thursday, and the climate will be cool for a week.
 
News posted on 2015-08-31

Hero Passion Pro New Model Launched at Sivakasi MJ Motors
 
29th August 2015 - Muthu Kumar Hero Passion Pro New Model Launched at Sivakasi MJ Motors Hero Passion Pro New Model Launched at Sivakasi MJ Motors, on 28th August 2015, Friday. The new model bike was launched by Mr.A.Mookan RTO Grade I and Mr.K.Chandran, Chairman, MJ Group. MJ Motors staff were present at the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-08-29

Sivakasi temperature touches 37 degrees Celsius
 
29th August 2015 Sivakasi temperature touches 37 degrees Celsius Today, the temperature in Sivakasi town touched 37 degrees Celsius. Throughout the day it was scorching outside. There is chances for drizzle or rain from 2nd September 2015, Wednesday, onwards, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-29

Sivakasi celebrates Raksha Bandhan
 
29th August 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Raksha Bandhan Today, the festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated with fervour across Sivakasi Town. Sisters tied sacred rakhi on the wrist of their brothers after performing special puja. Siblings exchanged good wishes by offering sweets, chocolates and gifts on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Brisk sale of gifts, rakhis and sweets were witnessed throughout the day, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-08-29

Sivakasi women observed Varalakshmi Vratham
 
28th August 2015 Sivakasi women observed Varalakshmi Vratham Today, in Sivakasi, married women clad in traditional dresses performed "Varalakshmi Vratam" with religious fervour in their houses as well as in temples to invoke the blessings of goddess Lakshmi who grants boons. Woemn shared pleasantries and exchanged kumkum and bangles at their houses. Prasadams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2015-08-28

Happy Onam
 
28th August 2015 Happy Onam Onam greetings to all ! Best wishes for Health, Happiness and Prosperity. - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2015-08-28

Kattabomman Continues to Roar in Theatre
 
27th August 2015 Kattabomman Continues to Roar in Theatre Such has been Sivaji-s screen magic that the film Veerapandiya Kattabomman continues to draw fans in droves 56 years after it first hit the screens. In Sivakasi, when the movie was re-released, his fans distributed sweets, burst crackers and performed aarthi to a cutout of the actor at Sivakasi Palaniandavar Theatre. There are hoardings of him everywhere near Palaniandavar Theatre, some with garlands and photos of members of his fans clubs. Every time Sivaji appeared on screen, loud cheers rent the air with most fans giving him a standing ovation. Whistles and claps rent the air for the dialogue "manjal araithu pani purindhaaya". Really the recently screened latest version Kattabomman film entertains all section of people.
 
News posted on 2015-08-27

WIN YOUR WEAKNESS - SFR College
 
26th August 2015 - The Hindu WIN YOUR WEAKNESS A counselling programme on "Win your weakness" was organised by the College Union and Counselling Cell of Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, recently. A. Raja Annamalai, Executive Director, Fynn Soft, spoke on the theme of the programme. The college president, Thilagavathy, secretary Aruna Ashok and Principal D. Sasireka also addressed the students. B. Theresita Mary Shanthi, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, welcomed the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-08-26

ON TAX REFORMS - SKC
 
26th August 2015 - The Hindu ON TAX REFORMS - SKC The Department of Management Studies of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, organised a two-day national-level conference on Tax reforms in India opportunities and challenges, with S. Natanagopal, Chartered Accountant, as the resource person. In his address, Mr. Natanagopal explained the roles and responsibilities of people and organisations and planned and unplanned expenditure. He also elaborated on direct tax and indirect tax calculation procedures on products and services. He advised the participants to read the newspaper daily and keep themselves abreast of the latest business happenings. In his presidential address, A. P. Selvarajan, secretary, spoke on the various types of taxes in India. S. Krishnamurthy, Principal, in his address, said that the conference should discuss solutions for tax reform issues in India. P.K. Balamurugan, Vice-Principal, offered felicitations. N.R. Nagarajan, convener of the conference, welcomed the gathering. P. Venkatesh Kumar, Assistant Professor of Management Studies, proposed a vote of thanks. In the technical session, K. Vaitheeswaran, advocate, highlighted the need for tax reforms. He pointed out the lapses in multi-layer tax system which imposed hardships on trade and commerce and anchored the need for the introduction of GST.
 
News posted on 2015-08-26

SFRC organised self-employment programme
 
24th August 2015 - The Hindu SFRC organised self-employment programme As an extension activity of the National Service Scheme, Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, organised a self-employment programme for members of women self-help groups at Samynatham on August 9. Programme Officer S. Dhanalakshmi spoke on the objectives of the programme. S. Siva Sakthi, Craft Teacher, Shree Poornima Craft, Sivakasi, provided training in tailoring to 30 members.
 
News posted on 2015-08-24

Orientation Meet organised at SKIMT
 
24th August 2015 - The Hindu Orientation Meet organised at SKIMT Sri Kaliswari Institute of Management and Technology, Sivakasi, organised first year MBA orientation programme on August 14. G. Ashok Kannan, first year MBA student, welcomed gathering. The first year MBA students introduced themselves along with their aims. They also expressed their feedback about the bridge course they undertook for the past one month. A.P. Selvarajan, Secretary, Sri Kaliswari Institute of Management and Technology, presided over the function and delivered the keynote address. He advised the students to make reading a habit by reading Business Line and Economic Times so as to be aware of the business trends and latest developments. He asked the students to spend more time in library. S. Krishnamurthy, Principal, Sri Kaliswari College, in his felicitation pointed out that changes are taking day by day and the students should update themselves by acquiring complete and thorough knowledge of their functional area. C. Anitha, first year MBA student, proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-08-24

RVCE organised programme on employability skills
 
24th August 2015 - The Hindu RVCE organised programme on employability skills Renganayagi Varatharaj College of Engineering, Sivakasi, organised a one day programme on employability skills on August 8. Dr. Ravi Thilagan, Head HR Financial Software and Systems, Chennai, delivered the keynote address. Dr. P. Koteeswaran, Training Head, welcomed the gathering, Brindha J Ragavan, Correspondent, highlighted the importance of skills for placement and P. Dinesh Kumar, Placement Officer, proposed a vote of thanks. Devakottai Chairman Manicka Vasagam School through Tamil Nadu Science Forum conducted a programme to create awareness of science. It also conducted a drawing competition for students. Teacher Kalavalli welcomed the guests. Students Dhanalakshmi and Gayathri spoke on science and its features. The Headmaster L. Chokalingam spoke. Tamil Nadu Science Forum, Sivaganga district secretary, Jeevanandham, spoke on the national childrens science camp. In a drawing competition student Dhanam bagged the first prize, while Parameshwari and Sumthira bagged second and third prizes respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-08-24

Street-corner campaign planned to focus on safety
 
24th August 2015 - The Hindu Street-corner campaign planned to focus on safety The Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health will screen plays on safety during street-corner campaign in and around Sivakasi, to sensitise the workers in match and fireworks industries to the importance of adhering to safety measures, said C. Gnanasekara Baburao, Director of Industrial Safety and Health. Presiding over the conference on Best safety practices organised by the Tiruchi Zone of Confederation of Indian Industry and the Directorate here on Saturday, he said that the State government had opened a training centre at Sivakasi recently for imparting training on safety to those working in fireworks and match industries. Incidentally, a compact disc containing a play was prepared by the Tiruchi chapter of the National Safety Council and it depicted the importance of safety, he said. Worker-friendly patti mandram would form part of the show. Mr. Baburao said the Tiruchi NSC unit had been adjudged the Centre of Excellence and has been selected for a rolling trophy for safety instituted by the directorate. The directorate would hold a workshop for doctors attached to Occupational Health Centres of various hazardous industries across the state. Physicians of these centres play a key role in checking occupational health hazards and the workshop will evolve a strategy for guiding doctors towards achieving the desired goals he said. The workshop would sensitise both doctors and employees to the importance of ensuring physical fitness. He appealed to executives and boards of directors of various industries in the central region not to be complacent on investment in safety. Investment on safety ensures productivity, profitability and promotes quality, he said. B. Alagesan, Additional Director, Industrial Safety and Health, said there was an overwhelming response from industries in Tiruchi region for the competition on best safety practices. More than 50 papers were received for the contest of which 18 were shortlisted for todays workshop. V. Sundararaju, former Joint Chief Inspector of Factories, said executives should adopt a critical analysis of safety aspects at their units. Sustained effort should be taken for identification of hazards, failure mode analysis, preventive measures, implementation of safety aspects, he said. R.A. Krishnakumar, Chairman of Tiruchi Zone of CII also Executive Director of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, said a closer interaction between the Directorate of Industrial Safety, health and industries was being witnessed in the recent years.
 
News posted on 2015-08-24

No rain disappointed Sivakasians
 
22nd August 2015 No rain disappointed Sivakasians Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. Sivakasians expected rain but there was no rain in the morning hours though the sky was cloudy throughout the day. A cloudy start but no rain disappointed the Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-22

Safety course for Sivakasi workers
 
21st August 2015 - The Times of India Safety course for Sivakasi workers SIVAKASI: Heres some good news for those workers involved in the countrys fireworks hub of Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district. An exclusive course, which is believed to be a first-of-its-kind, to train workers on fireworks and match works safety has been launched in the town by the Sri Kaliswari College. The course, with grant from the University Grants Commission (UGC) is offered part-time under its community college and is expected to come as a boost to the town, which has been witnessing several fatal accidents over the past few years. Fireworks and match works industries using highly volatile chemical mixtures are hazardous and accident prone. Accidents are frequent especially in the fireworks industry claiming at least half-a-dozen lives every year with the worst accident having taken place in Mudalipatti on September 5, 2012 which claimed 40 lives. The one-man commission formed after the accident placed various suggestions to make it safe including training the workforce in the basics of industrial safety. According to college sources, the community college was allotted to them since they applied with this specific course on safety in fireworks and match works industry. Considering the 700 more fireworks units and hundreds of match works units nestled in this small town, the course will be ideal for the area, they said. UGC has sanctioned Rs 62 lakh as two year grant to offer the course, college authorities said. The one-year course will be free of cost where students will get Rs 1,000 stipend per month. Minimum qualification to enrol in the course is a pass in Plus 2. Classes will be held from 3 to 6pm and the course content will include chemicals used in matches and fireworks, manufacturing methods of these chemicals, use in the production, standard operating procedures and industrial safety in fireworks and match making units. The course will have both practical and theoretical sessions where chemistry and physics professors of Sri Kaliswari College and experts from petroleum and explosives safety organisation (PESO), fire and rescue department, labour welfare and industrial safety will take classes for the candidates. The practical classes will be held in the fireworks and match units of Sivakasi. The course was officially inaugurated by additional director of industrial safety and welfare, A Srinivasan at a function held in Sivakasi on Sunday. Presiding over the function, A P Selvarajan, chairman of the college and leading fireworks maker in Sivakasi said the major objective of the course is to create an accident-free fireworks and match works industry in Sivakasi. By sharing the technological knowhow with one another, accidents could be averted and the candidates taking up the course should strive towards the goal of accident-free industry, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-08-21

Kaliswari group add India-s first Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92
 
21st August 2015 - Print Week Kaliswari group add India-s first Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 Sivakasi-based Kaliswari group have added Indias first ever Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 to their in-house printing division. Established in 1923 as a match factory, the company made huge strides after expanding into the fireworks industry and established the reputed Cock brand. Today, the company controls over 30 factories and has an employee count exceeding 9,000 across diverse verticals, such as educational institutions, transportation and hotels. The in-house printing unit caters to the printing and packaging needs for all the group companies. We are more than happy to invest in the first Speedmaster CS 92 press in India. The format and production speeds of the CS92 score an A+, but the wow factor is the assured savings in plate and paper costs, AP Selvarajan, director of Kaliswari Group. Launched in April 2015 at the Print China exhibition, CS 92 is the first-of-its-kind press for Heidelberg in the 92 cm format. According to Heidelberg, the press has a production speed of 15,000 sheets per hour and is claimed to handle substrates with thickness ranging from 0.03 mm 0.6 mm. The unique format is expected to cater to about 90% of commercial print products and is said to offer almost 20% savings in plate costs. I was thoroughly impressed by the technical advantages that the Speedmaster CS92 had to offer, after watching a demo at Print China and signed up for the press the very next month, said Selvarajan. The Speedmaster CS 92 is based on the extremely successful press format the Speedmaster CD 102. This ensures stable print quality throughout the entire run, exceptionally easy operation, and outstanding productivity. Developed by Heidelberg engineers in Germany and equipped with high performance components such as the fully automated Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus delivery with pile heights of 1.3 meter (51.18 in), contact-free AirTransfer System, stable inking and Alcolor dampening with Variosystem, IntelliStart for easy make-ready making it a reliable and secure investment. In addition, the press can be converted for UV operation as well, said Ganesh Kumar, senior sales manager of Heidelberg India for the Sivakasi region. The installation is currently in the works and the press is expected to be operational by this month-end, concluded Kumar.
 
News posted on 2015-08-21

Hot sunny day for Sivakasi
 
20th August 2015 Hot sunny day for Sivakasi It was a hot, sunny day in Sivakasi Town as the maximum temperature settled at 36 degrees Celsius. The skies remain clear through the day and turn cloudy towards the evening. Today the maximum and minimum temperatures hovered around 36 and 25 degrees Celsius. Sky will be partly cloudy for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-20

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
18th August 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet Yesterday, there was mild drizzle at late evening and the drizzle did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians and it fails to make the road wet. Today, it was partly cloudy, and a bands of black clouds formed but Sivakasi did not receive rain today.
 
News posted on 2015-08-18

Vinayaka School lifts Talentia 2015
 
18th August 2015 Vinayaka School lifts Talentia 2015 Jaycee Talentia 2015 (The Prestigous Inter-School Cultural Mela for NSM Sankarapandia Nadar Memorial Ever Rolling Trophy - Sponsored by Jc.HGF.S.RAmar) was conducted by JCI Sivakasi, at Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vilampatti, Sivakasi, on 9th August 2015, Sunday. Around 10 schools participated in the Inter-School Competition and show-cased their talents. Events such as Rangoli, Design Your Bag, Solo Singing, Ad-Mad and Non Classical Dance were conducted. Chief Guest and Guest of Honour were honoured with memontos. Chief Guest distributed participation certificates and gave away prizes to the winners. Sivakasi Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School lifts the 19th Talentia 2015 Title, for the first time.
 
News posted on 2015-08-18

Sudden downpour surprises Sivakasians
 
16th August 2015 Sudden downpour surprises Sivakasians Yesterday, Sivakasians were surprised by sudden downpour between 04:40 p.m. to 05:05 p.m.. There was occasional drizzle at night. The sudden spell of rain caught Sivakasians by surprise, bringing the chill back to the town. And there the rain causes power cut for around one hour. Today it was cloudier day and Sivakasi town receives drizzling occasionally. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-16

Heavy rain lashes Sivakasi town today
 
16th August 2015 Heavy rain lashes Sivakasi town today Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening, bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable during the past one month. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, today, at evening from 03:45 p.m. to 04:40 p.m. Heavy rain accompanied with strong wind. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. And still drizzle continues. For next one week sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-16

Rain brings out earthworms
 
16th August 2015 Rain brings out earthworms Sivakasi received heavy rainfall on 16th August 2015, Sunday, for one hour. The heavy downpour brings out earthworms from the lawns. Sivakasi received non stop and steady rain between 03:45 p.m. and 04:40 p.m.. It was drizzling at late evening for several hours. Thousands of earthworms were seen during and after rainfall. There was no power supply for around half an hour.
 
News posted on 2015-08-16

Sivakasi celebrates Independence Day
 
16th August 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Independence Day Yesterday, Sivakasi celebrated the country-s 69th Independence Day by unfurling the national flag and organising cultural events to mark the occasion, today. Indian flags were placed at key junctions of Sivakasi town. Sivakasians were seen with flag pinned in their shirt. Majority of the schools in Sivakasi conducted cultural programme to celebrate Independence Day. To mark the celebrations, an assemblage of events took place ranging from patriotic songs to dances. Skits were presented by the school students of different classes to commemorate the freedom struggle. Sweets were distributed.
 
News posted on 2015-08-16

Daily chances of rain are coming this week
 
16th August 2015 Daily chances of rain are coming this week There is a chance for rain / drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius, with chance of 70% to 80% rain. The upcoming rain may help to tackle the water problem in the town.
 
News posted on 2015-08-16

Independence day celebrated at AAACET
 
15th August 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Independence day celebrated at AAACET The 69th Independence Day was commemorated in AAA College of Engineering & Technology.Sivakasi. Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan hoisted the National Flag. The students of AAA Selvi.Adlin Esther and Selvi Anne Sheryl recalled the sacrifices of our patriots and urged the youths to unite together to fight against terrorism. Then they paid homage to Dr.A.P.J.Adbul Kalam and took oath to make his dream come true. Selvan.Vigneshwaran delivered the patriotic poetry of the Independence day. Chairman Shri.P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B. E., MBA (UK) and Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi exchanged their Independence Day wishes among the faculty members and students.
 
News posted on 2015-08-15

Computer training programme at AGCP
 
15th August 2015 Computer training programme at AGCP Arasan Ganesan College of Preceptors organised a one day computer training programme for the faculties and students of AGCP, at the college campus. Prof.Rajasekaran of Computer Department welcomed the gathering. Mr.A.P.Selva Kumar, Principal, AGCP, inaugurated the training programme. Prof.Nagendran & Prof.Jegan from Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College were the guest speakers for the training programme. Guest speakers highlighted the computer basics, uses of MS Powerpoint and uses of internet. Prof.Kannan makes arrangement for the programme.
 
News posted on 2015-08-15

National Flag sale picks up
 
14th August 2015 National Flag sale picks up Shops and gift showrooms in Sivakasi, concentrating on selling Indian National Flags, Bands with tri colours, Flag pins, Flag Stickers, Tri colour straps and show case articles. Prices of these items ranges from Rs.7 to Rs.500/-. Shoppers are busy in buying Flags for Independence Day Celebration.
 
News posted on 2015-08-14

Temples attracts huge crowd for Aadi Velli
 
14th August 2015 Temples attracts huge crowd for Aadi Velli As Aadi Velli is an auspicious day, temples in Sivakasi attracts huge crowd of devotees, from the early morning today. In majority of the temples special pujas were performed. And the temple pulls crowd throughout the day. In some temples Annadhanam has been done.
 
News posted on 2015-08-14

Drizzle makes the road wet on 13th Aug
 
14th August 2015 Drizzle makes the road wet on 13th Aug Yesterday, Sivakasi town experienced mild drizzle at morning time, for the second consecutive day. Drizzle makes the road wet, however, as the day progressed, it was hot and brighter. There is chance for drizzle for one week, from coming Monday, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-14

Mr. Virudhunagar Classic 2015
 
13th August 2015 Mr. Virudhunagar Classic 2015 Gokul Fitness Centre, Bodyline Gym, Veerahanuman Gym, Friends Gym jointly organised 6th Mr.Virudhunagar Classic Contest on 9th August 2015, Sunday at Sivakasi Kaakaa Shunmuga Nadar Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi. The contest was held for 7 categories (Below 50kgs, 55kgs, 60kgs, 65kgs, 70kgs, 75kgs and above 75kgs). Around 100 contestants from 20 Gyms of Virudhunagar District participated in the contest.
 
News posted on 2015-08-13

A drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
12th August 2015 A drizzling start for Sivakasi Sivakasi town received mild drizzle, at today morning. The temperature falls down to 25 degree Celsius. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. Sky was cloudier till 10:30 a.m., today. For the next four days sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 27 degree celsius. There will be chances for drizzle from 16th Aug to 20th Aug with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-12

TMB opens new branch at Sivakasi PAP Colony
 
12th July 2015 TMB opens new branch at Sivakasi PAP Colony On 3rd August 2015, Monday, Tuticorin-based Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd has opened a new branch at D.No.102, Gnanagiri Road, Palani Andavar Puram Colony, Sivakasi. Already the bank own its branch near Sivakasi Sivan Temple. On the same day, TMB ATM (909th TMB Surabhi ATM) was also launched near Mariamman Kovil.
 
News posted on 2015-08-12

BTEC Employability Training Programme inaugurated
 
9th August 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET BTEC Employability Training Programme inaugurated Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology had inaugurated the Employability Training programme for the students BTEC with Cornerstone International College,Chennai on August 8,2015 at colleges A/C seminar hall. All the students and Parents participated in the inaugural function. Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi welcomed the gathering and Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan delivered the felicitation address. Shri.John Christopher, Managing Director, Cornerstone International College, Chennai the chief guest of the ceremony gave insights about the current employability opportunities available for various fields and the skillset the students need to develop thyself to get employed. He encouraged the students to equip themselves with latest technologies and soft skills to avail the employment opportunities. Subsequently the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the college and Cornerstone International College. All facilities are well arranged and got appreciation from the parents. We are thankful to the Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members.
 
News posted on 2015-08-09

Blood Donation Camp to be held on 9th August
 
7th August 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held on 9th August Date: 09-08-2015, Sunday Time: 08:30 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: CM Thirumana Mahal, Murugan Theatre, Thiruthangal Organiser: Panaikkarangal Kalvi & Samugasevai Arakkattalai For further details contact N.K.Manivel : 97882-26044
 
News posted on 2015-08-07

Mr.Virudhunagar Classic to be held
 
7th August 2015 Mr.Virudhunagar Classic to be held Date: 09-08-2015, Sunday Time: 10:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Kakka Shunmuga Nadar Thirumana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Gokul Fitness Centre, Bodyline Gym, Veerahanuman Gym, Friends Gym
 
News posted on 2015-08-07

Cricket tournament to be held on 15th Aug
 
6th August 2015 - Guru Prasath Cricket tournament to be held on 15th Aug Date: 15-07-2015, Saturday Venue: Pachayamman Kovil Ground, Naranapuram Pudur Registration Fee: Rs.800/- per team Last date for registration: 07-08-2015, Friday Organiser: Sivakasi Star Cricket Team For registration contact +91-96986-14243
 
News posted on 2015-08-06

Rambutan is Rs.240/ a kg.
 
6th August 2015 Rambutan is Rs.240/ a kg. As Courtallam season starts, Rambutan fruit follows. In Sivakasi price of Mangosteen fruit is Rs.240/- per kg.. The season will ends in one month.
 
News posted on 2015-08-06

Pleasant evening through this week for Sivakasi
 
6th August 2015 Pleasant evening through this week for Sivakasi In Sivakasi, after weeks of unpredictable weather patterns, August began on pleasant note. For the past three days Sivakasians saw mercury level dipping down to a breezy 25 degree celsius with the occasional drizzle characterizing the evening time. This is a welcome change from the inconsistent heat waves that struck the city peaking at 39 degrees last month. It was hot during day time and cloudier at noon and drizzling at evening. Yesterday Sivakasi town received occasional drizzle at afternoon and evening. There was sharp showers for few minutes at evening and night. Sky will be partly cloudy for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-06

Extension programme organised at ANJAC
 
6th August 2015 - The Hindu Extension programme organised at ANJAC The Department of Hindi, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, organised an extension programme in collaboration with Sivakasi Hindi Teachers Association on July 19. It was inaugurated by V. Pandiyarajan, Principal. K. Vijaya Bhaskar Naidu, Head of the Department, welcomed the gathering. The Principal, in his address, said that the programme would help students to learn innovative methods to attain skills in Hindi. Twenty Hindi teachers trained about 400 students to appear for eight levels of Hindi examination. M.S. Sadhasivan, president, Sivakasi Hindi Teachers Association, proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-08-06

Of paper, passion and art
 
6th August 2015 - The Hindu Of paper, passion and art Differently-abled paper quilling artiste Gunavathi Chandrasekaran has come a long way from being a simple home-maker to a successful entrepreneur It all happened fifteen months ago when this 38-year-old Chinnalapatti housewife visited one of her neighbours for the routine evening gossip. There was a woman teaching paper quilling and I sat for half-an-hour and learnt how to make basic shapes, recalls Gunavathy Chandrasekaran. She had little idea then that paper quilling would change her life. Today, Gunavathi is a successful entrepreneur with an annual turnover of over Rs.6,00,000 and a clientele spread across the state. What she started as a hobby gradually became her passion and is now a business. I set out making little jhumkas and jewellery. Soon, they sold like hotcakes among my friends and family. Women started wearing the paper jewellery to weddings and occasions and the demand went up. In three months time, Gunavathy designed 3,500 pairs of Jhumkas and sold them across exhibitions. Her supportive husband Chandrasekaran, who runs a printing business in Sivakasi, would sit with her, inserting hooks to the earrings. Without his motivation and help, I wouldnt have tasted success. Gunavathy makes jewellery, wall-hangings, home-decors, corporate gifts and miniature art pieces out of paper quilling. The prices range from Rs.30 and Rs.4,000. Every day, she neatly cuts strips of papers in various lengths and thickness and rolls them tightly with the help of a quilling needle. Quilling is a tedious job and consumes much time and energy, she says. Even while asleep, I dream of designs and I keep a paper and pen by my bedside, so that I make a sketch right then. All my products are appreciated for the finesse, colour combination and the life. I give them all multiple coatings of adhesive and a special varnish that binds the quilled layers of paper together. She has showcased her products in various expos and sells through mail and blog. As a craftsperson certified by the Handicrafts Marketing and Service Extension Centre, Nagercoil, Gunavathy conducts workshops and training session for school and college students, underprivileged and orphan children. She also has plans to teach the art to prisoners, differently-abled and destitute women and start a women Self-help group of her own. At a recent SIPPO expo in Coimbatore, she made sales worth Rs.80,000. As a class X drop out, I never dreamt of making so much money in just 10 days, she says. Born in a business family and married into a household of doctors, Gunavathy never felt the need to earn for herself. However, she was bored with the monotony in life and would often slip into depression. I used to wallow in self-pity, she says, revealing that a polio attack crippled her as a two-year-old. But I didnt let it bog me down. I have always liked to get counted as normal. I had many inspirations and one among them was Dr. APJ. Abdul Kalam, says Gunavathy. I have read all his books and am deeply saddened by his sudden demise. I regret I couldnt even meet him once. I have decided to make a quilling portrait of him. Gunavathy has won women of excellence awards from various clubs and organisations and the Poompuhar award by Tamil Nadu Government. For further details contact gunasquilling@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2015-08-06

Third Induction Programme organised at AAACET
 
4th August 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Third Induction Programme organised at AAACET Third Induction Programme for the batch 2015-2019 was organized in AA CET on 3rd August 2015 around 10O clock in the college A/C seminar hall. Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA(UK) and Principal Dr.K.Arul Mozhi explained the previous academic year achievements and welcomed the students. Chief Guest Shri V.Udhaya Shankar, Head for Tamilanadu, Kerala & Pondicherry, NASSCOM motivated the students about how to work during the years of studies towards achieving their goals. He also reinsisted the importance of bondage between the students and their parents to develop their personality. There was a Discussion between the parents and AAA family members. All facilities are well arranged and got appreciation from the parents. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-08-04

Mild drizzle for few minutes
 
4th August 2015 Mild drizzle for few minutes Today at 01:00 p.m. Sivakasi town received a mild drizzle for few minutes. Bands of clouds formed at 01:00 p.m., but the drizzle fails to make the road wet. It was cloudier throughout evening, but there was no rain in the town. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-04

Amma inaugurates nursing room in Sivakasi bus stand
 
3rd August 2015 Amma inaugurates nursing room in Sivakasi bus stand Today Tamil Nadu CM Selvi. J. Jayalalitha inaugurated nursing room in Sivakasi bus stand through video conference. Ensuring privacy for mothers breastfeeding their newborns, separate rooms was set up in Sivakasi bus stand for them. Each of these rooms would have a separate enclosure with chairs, water facilities and toilets, which would ensure privacy to them. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality and other officials were present on the inauguration function.
 
News posted on 2015-08-03

Sudden rain brings down temperature
 
3rd August 2015 Sudden rain brings down temperature Sivakasi got a welcome break from the hot spell as several areas in the town received rain showers bringing down the temperature to 32 degrees Celsius as against last week-s high of 37 degrees Celsius. Towards the evening the weather had become windy and pleasant. It was a hot day, at afternoon, black clouds gathered and Sivakasi received rain between 02:35 p.m. and 03:05 p.m.. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with average maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-08-03

Guru Purnima celebrated in Sivakasi
 
3rd August 2015 Guru Purnima celebrated in Sivakasi Guru Poornima was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm all over Sivakasi town on 30th july 2015, Thursday. Sivakasi temples were thronged by devotees all through the day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues.
 
News posted on 2015-08-03

Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
1st August 2015 Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-08-01

SFF - Clean Sivakasi Velayutharastha, today
 
1st August 2015 SFF - Clean Sivakasi Velayutharastha Date: 01-08-2015, Saturday Time: 10:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. Venue: Sivakasi Velayutharastha Road Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends, Sivakasi To join hands please contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088
 
News posted on 2015-08-01

Coming up this August in Sivakasi
 
1st August 2015 Coming up this August in Sivakasi SFF - Clean Sivakasi Velayutharastha Date: 01-08-2015, Saturday Time: 10:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. Venue: Sivakasi Velayutharastha Road Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends, Sivakasi To join hands please contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088 TMB Branch Opening Ceremony, Date: 03-08-2015, Monday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: D.No. 102, Gnanagiri Road, PAP Colony, Sivakasi. For further details contact Branch Manager Mr.B.Kamaraj : 8973710888 All are welcome. State Level Football Tournament Date: 02-08-2015 to 09-08-2015 Time: 04:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Municipality Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: AKP Sports Club, Sivakasi All are welcome. Inauguration of VIII Batch - AGCP Date: 03-08-2015, Monday Time: 10:30 a.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan College of Preceptors, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Dr.A.Shunmugasundaram, HOD (Retd.), / Chemistry, VHNSN College, Virudhunagar All are welcome. Eye Camp Date: 09-08-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 16-08-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 30-08-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-08-01

Sivakasians take out rally as a tribute to Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam
 
1st August 2015 Photo: Karthik Sivakasians take out rally as a tribute to Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam A large number of members Kamarajar Makal Nala Sangam, Nanbarkal Ratha Dhaana Kulu, Rotary club of Thiruthangal, Lions club of Thiruthangal, JCI Thiruthangal, Fans of Vijay, Ajith & Kamal, Sivakasi Facebook Friends took out a silent procession in the town. Around 200 people from Thiruthangal and Sivakasi participated in the rally.
 
News posted on 2015-08-01

State Level Football Tournament starts tomorrow
 
1st August 2015 State Level Football Tournament starts tomorrow Date: 02-08-2015 to 09-08-2015 Time: 04:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Municipality Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: AKP Sports Club, Sivakasi All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-08-01

Power Shut Down, tomorrow
 
31st July 2015 Power Shut Down, tomorrow There may be power shut down from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas, for maintenance purpose for the month of July 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-07-31

Google-s tribute to missile man APJ Abdul Kalam
 
29th July 2015 - Business Today Google-s tribute to missile man APJ Abdul Kalam Google paid a special homage to missile man A. P. J. Abdul Kalam by displaying a black ribbon on its homepage. The solemn mark of respect on Google India homepage only testifies to the universal appeal the former President exercised on the minds of people, especially the youth, from small-towners to net-savvy urban folks. Google, known for remembering past icons and marking important occasions and anniversaries through its characteristic doodles, has in the past paid tribute to several Indians, including filmmaker Satyajit Ray, mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi and cine icon Raj Kapoor among others. For Kalam, perhaps reflecting the simplicity that he stood for all his life, the search giant has used no doodle but just a black ribbon placed below the search tab, and on running the mouse iver it reads, In memory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Tributes have been pouring in from home and abroad to pay respects to the countrys missile man whose life inspires countless Indians. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and host of world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin have joined in paying tribute to the former head of the state. Bihar government has decided to name an agricultural college in Kisanganj after him. Incidentally, Kalam was the brain behind the revival of the Nalanda University.
 
News posted on 2015-07-31

No shows in Sivakasi Cinema Theatres
 
31st July 2015 Photo: M.G.Ramesh No shows in Sivakasi Cinema Theatres As a mark of respect to the departed leader Abdul Kalam, there was no shows screened in Sivakasi Cinema Theatres, yesterday. All the theatres in Sivakasi has announced that screening films was remain closed 30th July, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2015-07-31

AAACET students baggged prize in poetry reciting competition
 
31st July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET AAACET students baggged prize in poetry reciting competition The students of AAA college of Engineering & Technology,Sivakasi Selvi. Rajalakshmi C of II Year Electronics & Communication Engineering department for winning FIRST prize and Selvi. Bamu Priya K of III Year Computer Science Engineering for securing FOURTH place in Pavaenthar Bharathithasan poetry reciting competition organized by Murasoli Arakkattalai at K.K.S.S.N. Middle School, Virudhunagar on July 25, 2015. Selvi Rajalakshmi C has been selected for the next State Level competition at Anna Arivaliyam. The Chief Guests Mr. Thangam Thennarasu M.L.A and Mr. K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran Ex.Minister awarded the prizes to the winners.
 
News posted on 2015-07-31

Inauguration of VIII Batch - AGCP
 
31st July 2015 Inauguration of VIII Batch - AGCP Date: 03-08-2015, Monday Time: 10:30 a.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan College of Preceptors, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Dr.A.Shunmugasundaram, HOD (Retd.), / Chemistry, VHNSN College, Virudhunagar All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-07-31

Sivakasi shops and industries down shutters to mourn Kalam
 
29th July 2015 Sivakasi shops and industries down shutters to mourn Kalam In Sivakasi, as a mark of respect to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who passed away on 27th July 2015, Monday, fireworks industries, match factories, printing works, retailers and petrol pumps will down shutters on Thursday. Many of them will remain closed during his funeral. Shop will down shutters from 6 a.m. to noon. Petrol stations, medical shops was also closed during Kalam-s funeral. In Sivakasi, individuals and other organisations put up giant banners, flex boards and wall posters of Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, with slogans in prominent places of the town. All sections of society in Sivakasi town came together to condole the demise of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Posters of the late former President, with descriptions of his words of inspiration and encouragement, were put up at the key junctions of Sivakasi. Several organisations in Sivakasi mourned the demise of the former President through condolence meetings and several persons paid tributes by observing silence.
 
News posted on 2015-07-30

Rainbow delights Sivakasians
 
29th July 2015 Rainbow delights Sivakasians Yesterday, Sivakasians were surprised by rainbow that formed after moderate rain for 40 minutes at evening. The surprise turned into curiosity when the rainbow became very prominent in the seven colours, and unfortunately a bands of black clouds hides a portion of rainbow. All age sections of people surprisingly watched the rainbow show that takes place in the sky. The colour intensity reduced after almost 10 minutes and the rainbow faded away.
 
News posted on 2015-07-29

TN Govt Declares Public Holiday on 30th July
 
29th July 2015 TN Govt Declares Public Holiday on 30th July With the funeral of former President A P J Abdul Kalam slated on July 30 at Rameswaram, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a public holiday on Thursday "as a mark of respect" to the departed soul. The government "has decided" to announce public holiday on July 30 to private and government educational institutions and establishments under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, "as a mark of respect" to him, an official release here said. The last rites of former President APJ Abdul Kalam will be held at his native place at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu on Thursday.
 
News posted on 2015-07-29

Spontaneous mourning for Kalam
 
29th July 2015 Spontaneous mourning for Kalam In Sivakasi, individuals and other organisations put up giant banners, flex boards and wall posters of Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, with slogans in prominent places of the town. All sections of society in Sivakasi town came together to condole the demise of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Posters of the late former President, with descriptions of his words of inspiration and encouragement, were put up at the key junctions of Sivakasi. Several organisations in Sivakasi mourned the demise of the former President through condolence meetings and several persons paid tributes by observing silence.
 
News posted on 2015-07-29

Rain surprises Sivakasi
 
28th July 2015 Photo: Dheepanraj Rain surprises Sivakasi Today, surprisingly the rain showers that lashed Sivakasi town from 04:35 p.m. to 05:15 p.m. provided some respite from the sweltering weather. The rain, accompanied by lightning, strong wind and thunders for more than 30 minutes, picked up momentum. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. Yesterday rain plays hide and seek, it was hotter at day time and cloudier, darker but fails to rain. Today, the nearby town Thiruthangal receives mild drizzle. Sky will be partly cloudy for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-07-28

Kalams death: Sivakasi schools declared holiday
 
28th July 2015 Photo: Vasanth Kumar Kalams death: Sivakasi schools declared holiday As a mark of respect for former President A P J Abdul Kalam who passed away in Shillong on Monday night, few private schools in Sivakasi, declared holiday, today. However, there was no official declaration of a holiday by the state government and there is no holiday for SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School and other Government aided schools.
 
News posted on 2015-07-28

Bell Fruit is Rs.240/- a kg.
 
27th July 2015 Bell Fruit is Rs.240/- a kg. Fruit sellers in Sivakasi procured Bell Fruit from Courtallam and selling the seasonal Bell fruit. The selling price of Bell Fruit in Sivakasi is Rs.240/- a kg.. Fruit buyers are eagerly buying the Ppanjali Pazham. A fruit seller near Agni Vinayagar Kovil said sivakasiweekly.com that, Paneer Pazham could lower blood pressure and sugar levels. The season will end up by the month of August. Bell Fruit will tricks the tongue with three different flavours, he added.
 
News posted on 2015-07-27

Lions School lifts SPARKLING STARS trophy
 
27th July 2015 Photo: Raj Kumar Lions School lifts SPARKLING STARS trophy On 25th July 2015, Saturday, at Sivakasi Master Printers Kalyana Mandapam, Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler organised inter school competition SPARKLING STARS 2015. Nearly 500 school children participated in the event. SPARKLING STARS 2015 gave an opportunity to the Sivakasi children to showcase their talents. Events such as Fancy dress competition, Singing, Dance were conducted. Lunch was arranged for the gathering. The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School stood in the first place and won the winners trophy (V.S.S.Chellappa Nadar Seenithayammaal Trophy). Participation certificates and prizes were distributed by the chief guest.
 
News posted on 2015-07-27

Aarohanam 2015 Cultural Fest organised
 
27th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Aarohanam 2015 Cultural Fest organised On behalf of Madurai Sahodya School Complex, Sivakasi , AAA International School organized Aarohanam 2015 Cultural Fest at AAA College of Engineering & Technology on July 25, 2015, Saturday. Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Mrs.Aruna, M.Visvessvar M.Sc.,M.B.A.,B.Ed., Sr.Principal, Adhyapana School, Madurai lighted kuthuvilakku and inaugurated the fest. About 29 CBSE schools with around 2200 CBSE school students participated in various 31 cultural events. The chief guest Er.S.Raja B.E., Chartered Engineer & Former Secretary S.Velaichamy Nadar Polytechnic College, Virudhunagar honored the winners with prizes and certificates. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P.Ganesan, JointSecretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,M.B.A., (UK), Mrs.M.Thilaga Adhavan Principal, AAA International school and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members had well organized the programme.
 
News posted on 2015-07-27

Verse Recitation competition to be held on 27th July
 
25th July 2015 - Mrs.B.Rathika, Head of the Department of English, (P.G), ANJAC Verse Recitation competition to be held on 27th July The post graduate department of English has planned to organise Verse Recitation competition for the M.A. English students on 27th July 2015, Monday.
 
News posted on 2015-07-25

SSLC, HSC school toppers felicitated
 
25th July 2015 SSLC, HSC school toppers felicitated The school toppers in tenth and twelfth public examinations were presented with Gold and Silver medals by Mr.K.A.Sathyaanandam, Director, Sri Krishna Paper Stores, Sivakasi. The function was organised by Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Vaasaga Saalai, at Rojappoothayammal Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 17th July 2015, Friday. Mr.S.Chermathurai, President, Kamaraj Vaasaga Saalai welcomed the gathering. Mr.M.P.Palanivel, Eswari Picture Mart, presided over the function. Mr.K.A.Sathyaanandam was the Chief Guest and Mr.K.Kaliappan, was the Guest of Honour, for the function. Chief guest and guest of honour were honoured with shawl and momento. 10th and 12th school toppers were felicitated on the presentation ceremony. Earlier elocution contest on the topic Kamaraj was conducted. The chief guest gave away prizes to the winners and consolidation prizes to all the participants. The function was well organised by Mr.M.Surulivel Pandian, Secretary, Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Vaasaga Saalai. Dinner was arranged for the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-07-25

Hot climate in Sivakasi
 
25th July 2015 Hot climate in Sivakasi For the past three days, Sivakasi residents have been experiencing hot weather. Sivakasi recorded 35 degree Celsius. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot blow in Sivakasi temperature. Today, Sivakasians, particularly those spending more time outdoors, felt more heat because of clear skies during the day. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-07-25

Aarohanam-2015 Cultural Fest to be held on 25th July
 
24th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Aarohanam-2015 Cultural Fest to be held on 25th July Date: 25-07-2015, Saturday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Venue: AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi Organiser: AAA International School, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-07-24

Welcome party for M.A. English students to be held today
 
23rd July 2015 - Mrs.B.Rathika, Head of the Department of English, (P.G), ANJAC Welcome party for M.A. English students to be held today The Post Graduate Department of English has planned to organise welcome party for the freshers who have joined M.A. English in the academic year 2015. The programme will be held in the seminar hall at 4.15p.m. On 23.7.2015. Dr. V. Pandiyarajan, Principal will deliver the Presidential Address.
 
News posted on 2015-07-23

More Homes Catch Fire Than Factories
 
23rd July 2015 - The New Indian Express More Homes Catch Fire Than Factories CHENNAI: Its households and not commercial establishments or factories that contributed to a majority of fire accidents in Tamil Nadu last year, going by the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The data, essentially complied based on the number of FIRs registered by the State police, show that of the 1,594 persons killed in the fire mishaps in Tamil Nadu in 2014, fires at residential buildings were responsible for 690 deaths. This is over 43 per cent of the casualties. In contrast, only 10 lives were lost in fire accidents at match factories in the State, which is known for frequent fire accidents in belts like Sivakasi. In other types of factories, there was just one case recorded in which only one person was injured. Commercial buildings witnessed just 11 cases of fire accidents costing the lives of 10 persons. Even in residences, the main reason for fire accidents is electricity leak. People are careless with electrical appliances. Many dont bother to switch off electrical appliances, which is the main reason for such accidents, says a senior official with the Fire and Rescue Services. Women are the victims in a majority of the cases. Out of the 690 victims of fire accidents in households, 421 are women.
 
News posted on 2015-07-23

Mortuary awaits inauguration
 
23rd July 2015 Mortuary awaits inauguration Six bodies of the workers who were killed in a road accident on Wednesday night were kept in the cramped old mortuary room at the Government Hospital here after post-mortem, even as a new spacious mortuary building with cold storage facility remained locked, awaiting formal inauguration. The State government has spent Rs. 68 lakh on the new building where 12 bodies can be preserved after post-mortem. The proposal for the new facility was sent to the authorities after the worst-ever fire accident at Om Muruga Fireworks occurred at Muthalipatti near here in which 38 persons were killed on September 5, 2012, an official in the Health Department said. This was necessitated as the small building of the old mortuary in the GH here could not be used to carry out post-mortem on so many bodies. Many bodies were taken to other Government Hospitals in the district, the official said. The proposal included cold storage facility to preserve the bodies as relatives of the victims of accidents in fireworks units often refuse to take the bodies in protest. The new mortuary with all electrical facilities, separate room for doctors and police personnel was handed over to the hospital authorities at least two weeks ago, the official said. However, it was among few other medical facilities to be formally inaugurated soon hence could not be used on Wednesday. The new mortuary could have been used to preserve the bodies. But, the officials did not do that stating that it was not formally inaugurated, CPI (M) Sivakasi Union secretary N. Muthuraja said.
 
News posted on 2015-07-23

Drizzle drenched Sivakasi on 21st July
 
22nd July 2015 Drizzle drenched Sivakasi on 21st July After a cloudier day, there was sharp drizzle for ten minutes from 06:10 p.m. to 06:25 p.m.. The sharp showers drenched and brought down the temperature in Sivakasi. There was mild drizzle at night also. And today Sivakasians greet the day with showers. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-07-22

Mangosteen fruit season
 
22nd July 2015 Mangosteen fruit season As Courtallam season starts, mangosteen fruit follows. In Sivakasi price of Mangosteen fruit is Rs.240/- per kg.. The season will ends in one or two months.
 
News posted on 2015-07-22

Fear of pesticides drives residents to rooftop gardening
 
21st July 2015 - The Times of India Fear of pesticides drives residents to rooftop gardening MADURAI: Saraswathi Badri has been maintaining a terrace garden in her house for the past year. The soft skill trainer believes that this a better option than buying greens from the market, which are mostly sprayed with pesticides. "These pesticides create body disorders in the long run," she said. Like Badri, many others in the city have been opting for rooftop gardens, where they grow organic vegetables and fruits. For the uninitiated, there are plenty of experts to guide them. Some grow medicinal plants as well, essentially turning self-dependant when it comes to the needs of the family. M Poornachitra, 30, is a horticulture graduate who has been growing banana plants back in her hometown Sivakasi. "As a graduate of horticulture, maintaining a terrace garden has always been my dream. Because I did not have much space on my house terrace, I decided to grow plants in Sivakasi, where I have a bigger space," she said. Experts in organic food say vegetables grown in the house and the ones purchased from the market have a different aroma. An expert in organic food M Durga said, "Vegetables like brinjal have a peculiar taste if it is purchased from the market. You can feel the layer of pesticides sprayed on the vegetable." Experts can help you with the beginning process. A coconut brick made of coconut residues is usually used. The brick disintegrates when soaked in water. The powder is then mixed with vermi compost and dried cow dung and kept on a plastic tray. The seeds are sown on this mixture. Interest in rooftop gardening grew especially after the release of the movie "36 Vayadhinile" in which the lead actress actively promotes this kind of rooftop farming. The problem of excess use of pesticides on plants had also made big news recently. D Archana, a homemaker who promotes terrace gardening in schools, said, "Many seem to have come forward after the movies release. Also, more people are conscious of the harmful effects of pesticides these days."
 
News posted on 2015-07-21

Sivakasi and Aadi 1: Mystery of a holiday
 
21st July 2015 Photo: Dheepanraj - The Times of India Sivakasi and Aadi 1: Mystery of a holiday VIRUDHUNAGAR: As many as 1.5 lakh workers employed at more than 700 fireworks manufacturing units in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu got an extended weekend thanks to an age old custom, as the Tamil month of Aadi began on Friday. Fearing bad luck and inauspicious days ahead, fireworks industry in Sivakasi has been observing Aadi 1 as a holiday for several decades. Sticking to the custom, nearly 728 big and small fireworks units declared a holiday for their workers on Aadi 1. And as Aadi 1 fell on Friday this year, the workers are enjoying three days of holiday this year. According to industrial sources, the custom has been there for many decades, starting from the initial years of fireworks industry in the town. The ancestors of manufacturers used to tell them that Aadi 1 is an inauspicious day and they should be careful in the month. "Even when we were children, Aadi 1 was a holiday for units and our elders used to say that some major untoward incident happened on that day. But till date no one knows what exactly happened on this day in the past," said A Mariappan, a fireworks manufacturer and former functionary of Tamil Nadu Fireworks & Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA). Fireworks manufacturing began in the town in the 1940s. Over the years the fear psychosis kept Aadi 1 as holiday, according to him. The manufacturers think that Aadi is a dangerous month. It is considered the most windy month and so there is a greater chance of fire accidents. Industrial sources said most of the major fire accidents happened in Aadi. "Wind velocity is high in this month and chances of accidents are high. Apart from declaring Aadi 1 as holiday, fireworks manufacturers keep a watchful eye on their units in the entire month", said T Kannan, secretary of the Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association.
 
News posted on 2015-07-21

Drizzling, chill breeze and cool climate in Sivakasi
 
21st July 2015 Drizzling, chill breeze and cool climate in Sivakasi Chill breeze, cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate, for the last three days. Sun too shy to show up its face. For the next one week, the climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 25 degree celsius. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is drizzling often and it is likely to continue. Yesterday also Sivakasi town experienced mild showers occasionally.
 
News posted on 2015-07-21

Training programme held to enhance spoken and written skills
 
20th July 2015 - Mrs.B.Rathika, Head of the Department of English, (P.G), ANJAC Training programme held to enhance spoken and written skills The Post graduate department of English, ANJAC has offered a consultancy service to the middle level staff members of Lovely Offset Printers. They are given training to enhance their spoken and written skills. The training was given for the period of thirty days. The training came to an end on 16.7.2015. Mr.K.Senthilkumar, Director, Lovely Offset Printers, Sivakasi is going to handover the acknowledgment letter to the Principal Dr.V.Pandiarajan on 20.7.2015.
 
News posted on 2015-07-20

Adi Thapasu begins with flag hoisting
 
20th July 2015 Photo: Sri Adi Thapasu begins with flag hoisting Today morning, the 9 days annual ADI THAPASU commenced at Sivakasi Kasi Viswanathar Temple with the flag hoisting ceremony. Special pujas were performed. The priests also performed special pujas on the flag post, where the holy flag was hoisted. Hundreds witnessed Kodiyetram Festival.
 
News posted on 2015-07-20

Courtallam experienced the perfect season
 
20th July 2015 Photo: Shenbaga Moorthy Courtallam experienced the perfect season Courtallam experienced the perfect season, for the last two weeks. Sivakasians flooded towards Courtallam from the very first day of the season. Crowd is fine on week days too. As it was Ramzan holidays, Courtallam pulls huge crowd on last saturday. Sivakasi witnessed Courtallam Season by receiving drizzle and pleasant climate for the last one week.
 
News posted on 2015-07-20

YES - Sivakasi: Business Seminar
 
20th July 2015 YES - Sivakasi: Business Seminar Topic: HOW TO IDENTIFY OTHER BUSINESSES APART FROM FAMILY BUSINESS? Guest Speaker: Mr. Anand Kamat, MD, Maya Traders, Kamat Group, Mangalore. Date: 21-07-2015, Tuesday Time: 04:00 p.m. Venue: Hotel Bell, Sivakasi Agenda:- 4.00 p.m : Registration 4.30 p.m : Snippets 4.45 p.m : Business Session 6.00 p.m : Tea Break 6.15 p.m : Business Session 7.40 p.m : Dinner
 
News posted on 2015-07-20

Lecture on Photo Journalism held at AJ College
 
18th July 2015 Lecture on Photo Journalism held at AJ College The Post Graduate Department of English of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College organized a Guest Lecture for the I and the II M.A. English students on 16.7.2015, Thursday. Mr.P.Kaliraj II M.A. English welcomed the gathering. Mrs.B.Rathika, Head of the Department of English, (P.G) delivered the Presidential Address. The lecture was organized in two sessions. In the morning session between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Mrs.Yamunai Selvan, Research Scholar, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, delivered a lecture on Introduction to Journalism. He highlighted the types of journalism and opportunities prevailed in the field of journalism for the students of English literature. In the afternoon session K.Manikkam, Assistant Professor in Journalism, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli addressed the students on the topic Photo Journalism from 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. He also highlighted the speciality of Wedding Journalism and its scope. The Students gave feed backs at the end of the programme Ms.V.Pavithra, I M.A.English proposed Vote of Thanks. The meeting was arranged by Mrs.M.Akila, the Vice-President of the Phoenix Literary Association.
 
News posted on 2015-07-18

Happy Ramadan
 
18th July 2015 Happy Ramadan May the auspicious occasion of Eid Bless you with peace And bring joy to your heart and home. Happy Eid Mubarak 2015 - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2015-07-18

On the first day of Aadi, Sivakasi fireworks industry downs shutters
 
18th July 2015 Photo: Dheepanraj - The Times of India VIRUDHUNAGAR: Fearing bad luck and inauspicious days ahead, fireworks units in Sivakasi closed their shutters for a day as the Tamil month Aadi began on Friday. It is an age-old custom for the industry to declare the first day of Aadi as holiday. On the rest of the days of Aadi, the industrialists walk on a tight rope as fear of dreadful incidents loom among them. Nearly 728 fireworks units, both big and small, in and around Sivakasi declared a holiday for their workers and combined it with the weekend to make it a three-day holiday. According to people associated with the fireworks industry in Sivakasi, the custom had begun from the time the industry began taking shape in the town several decades ago. Their ancestors used to tell them that Aadi 1 was an inauspicious day, and that the chance for bad luck continued throughout the month. "Even when we were children, Aadi 1 was a holiday for the units. Our elders used to tell us that some catastrophe had happened on that day in the past. But till date, nobody knows what exactly had happened," said A Mariappan, a fireworks manufacturer and former functionary of Tamil Nadu Fireworks & Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA). Over the years, the fear psychosis kept the holiday going, he added. The manufacturers consider the entire month of Aadi to be dangerous. Considered as the windiest month of the year, the manufacturers believe that static electricity is more in this month and it can trigger accidents in the units. Most of the major accidents in the town occurred in Aadi, industrial sources said. "Wind velocity is high in this month and chances of accidents are high. Fireworks manufacturers keep a watchful eye on their units throughout the month," said T Kannan, secretary, The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association. Aadi is also the month of celebrities and workers may like to celebrate. With the business witnessing a slowdown this year, many of the smaller units prefer to go on extended holidays like this one to cut cost, sources said.
 
News posted on 2015-07-18

Students come up with safety device
 
18th July 2015 - The Hindu Students come up with safety device A team of students of P.S.R. Engineering College, Sivakasi, has come out with a rail safety device, which is capable of preventing accidents caused by the presence of objects on track. The security sensor, which is now in test mode, comes with three sensors, aerial transformers, micro controller and receiver sensor. Its first sensor will identify objects, such as stone; the second one will identify animals or human beings; and the third sensor will find out damage to track. The sensors are capable of sending alarms to the locomotive driver and the nearest railway station. The micro controllers in the device can measure damage to rail track within a distance of 10 metres and send out an alarm. According to a press release, the radio frequency meter will send radio magnetic waves to the railway office about the objects identified on the trains path. The receiver sensor can detect dangerous objects near the rail track and send verbal messages to officials. The security sensor has been devised by V. Ram Prasath, R. Subburaj and Sripadmanathan, final-year electronics and communication engineering students, under the guidance of Balasubramanian, Assistant Professor.
 
News posted on 2015-07-18

Ramadan celebrated in Sivakasi
 
18th July 2015 Photo: Dharmaraj Ramadan celebrated in Sivakasi Ramadan was celebrated in Sivakasi, today. Perunnaal namaskaaram, the mass prayers, were held at mosques in the town. Wearing new Ramzan garments, thousands of people, including women and children attended the prayers. During the festival, Muslims exchange gifts and greet their neighbours as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood. During the nombu time, Sivakasi Muslims gift biryani packs and nombu kanjis to Hindu and Christian neighbours. Some Hindus too observed fasting on this special occasion, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-07-18

Pleasant climate likely to continue
 
17th July 2015 Pleasant climate likely to continue With maximum & minimum temperature pegged below 33 and 25 degree Celsius, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds, the Courtallam season climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. It was cloudier throughout the day and drizzle often at morning, afternoon and evening. Wind speed is 24 km/hr, today. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is likely to continue, for the next few weeks.
 
News posted on 2015-07-17

Inauguration of AAACETs CSE Department Students Association
 
16th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Inauguration of AAACETs CSE Department Students Association Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering and Technologys CSE Department Students Association TRACE was inaugurated on July 13, 2015. Er. T. Shanmuga Babu, Infrastructure Specialist, IBM, India, the Chief Guest inaugurated the Association. The Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi delivered the presidential address. In this address, he advised the students to be more enthusiastic about their core and utilize the opportunities available at IBM. The chief guest pointed out the revolution made in Cloud Computing and Big data and he also highlighted the various job opportunities available in the IT field. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and CSE faculty members had well organized the programme.
 
News posted on 2015-07-16

Inauguration of AAACETs Mechanical Engineering Department Association
 
16th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Inauguration of AAACETs Mechanical Engineering Department Association Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering and technologys Mechanical Engineering Department Association was inaugurated on July 10, 2015. Dr.A.Samuelraja, Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering,Thiagarajar College of Engineering Madurai was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the association . M.Monisha, II Year student welcomed the gathering. Dr.K.Arulmozhi, principal delivered the inaugural address. During his speech, he advised the students to actively participate in association activities. He addressed students to learn more beyond curriculum. Dr.C.Senthil Kumar, Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department delivered key note address. During his speech, he stressed association should be active and vibrant by conducting programmes regularly for the students. A guest lecture on recent advancements in IC engines was arranged. The detailed working and internal parts of IC engines and recent technological developments and issues were also presented through power point and animations. R.Bhuvanesh III Year student proposed the vote of thanks. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and Mechanical Engineering Department faculty members made necessary arrangements for the programme.
 
News posted on 2015-07-16

Cloudier, drizzling Sivakasi
 
16th July 2015 Cloudier, drizzling Sivakasi Yesterday, the sky was cloudier throughout the day. There was mild drizzle occasionally at afternoon, evening and night. Maximum temperature pegged down to 34 degree celsius. Climate will be partly cloudy for the next one week, with chances for drizzle on 21, 22 and 23rd July 2015, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-07-16

Adi Offer Sale in Sivakasi
 
16th July 2015 Adi Offer Sale in Sivakasi Though the Adi month of Tamil Calendar is said to be inauspicious, the attractive deals offered by Sivakasi retailers make it impossible even for a conservative buyer to defer his purchase. Most of the Sivakasi textiles stores and fast moving consumer goods shops, seen outside with signboards such as 60 percent off, 40 percent flat discount and buy one get one free, 3 shirts Rs.500, 3 churidhar Rs.500, 3 pants Rs.666. Majority of the Sivakasi shop owners offer heavy discounts and it is impossible not to shop. The shops in Sivakasi town pull crowds as because of Adi Offer Sale.
 
News posted on 2015-07-16

Ramzan sale picks up in Sivakasi
 
16th July 2015 Ramzan sale picks up in Sivakasi With hardly two days left for Ramzan, the festival that caps the month long Ramzan fasting, everyone is out on a shopping binge, in Sivakasi. In the last few days it has peaked with all roads, especially NRKR road. Majority of the Sivakasi shop owners offer heavy discounts for Ramzan and Adi, and it is impossible not to shop. The shops in Sivakasi town pull crowds as because of Ramzan and Adi Offer Sale.
 
News posted on 2015-07-16

Mechanical Engineering Association inaugurated at PSREC
 
15th July 2015 - The Hindu Mechanical Engineering Association inaugurated at PSREC Mechanical Engineering Association of P.S.R. Engineering College, Sivakasi, was inaugurated by T. Ramprabhu, Assistant Director, DRDO, Bengaluru, recently. Correspondent R. Solaisamy presided over the function. S. Alagappan welcomed the gathering. K. R. Viswanthan, Director, addressed the students. Principal B.G. Vishnuram delivered the presidential address. Dr. Ramprabhu listed various opportunities available for mechanical engineering students in aerospace industries and explained the importance of four skills design, simulation, production and testing of components required to get employed in the industry. K. Ganesan, coordinator of the association, introduced the office-bearers. M. Harish Mohammed proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-07-15

Guest lecture on Photo Journalism
 
15th July 2015 - Mrs.M.Akila, Asst.Prof. in English (P.G.), ANJAC, (Vice-President - Phoenix Lit.Association) Guest lecture on Photo Journalism The Post Graduate Department of English of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, has arranged for a Guest Lecture under PHOENIX Literary Association between 10:00 a.m. and 04:00 p.m. on 16.07.2015, Thursday. Mr.Manikkam M.J.& M.C., M.Phil., Asst. Prof. of Journalism, M.S. University, Tirunelveli, and Mr.Yamunai Rajan, Ph.D. Scholar, M.S.University, Tirunelveli, have given their consent to give a talk on the topic "Photo Journalism".
 
News posted on 2015-07-15

Cycle rally held to create awareness on Digital India
 
15th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Cycle rally held to create awareness on Digital India Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized an awareness cycle rally programme on our Prime Ministers Vision Clean India and Digital India at Thiruthangal on July 15, 2015. Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi waved the flag and commenced the cycle rally. Around 200 students and 30 faculty members enthusiastically participated in the rally. The rally started from Thiruthangal Kurukku pathai Sony Depo and went through Kaliamman Kovil and winded up at AAA International School campus. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the program to create an awareness to the public regarding our Prime Ministers Vision Clean India and Digital India.
 
News posted on 2015-07-15

Cycle rally on creating awareness on Digital India & Clean India
 
14th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Cycle rally on creating awareness on Digital India & Clean India Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized an awareness cycle rally programme on our Prime Ministers Vision Clean India and Digital India at Sivakasi on July 13, 2015. Thiru A.N.Annamalaisamy , Director, Sri Kaliswari Fireworks, Sivakasi, the chief guest along with our Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi waved the flag and commenced the cycle rally. Around 150 students and 30 faculty members enthusiastically participated in the rally. The rally started from Sivakasi Bus stand and covered the four car streets and winded up near Palaniandavar theatre. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the program to create an awareness to the public regarding our Prime Ministers Vision Clean India and Digital India.
 
News posted on 2015-07-14

408 units collected at Sivakasi blood donation camp
 
13th July 2015 408 units collected at Sivakasi blood donation camp 408 units of blood was collected at a camp organised by the Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and Sivakasi Government Hospital at the Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi to mark the 113rd birthday of Karmaveerar Kamaraj. This is the 12th time that Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu has organised such a camp in connection with the day. Overwhelming response from the student community, coordinated efforts of Kamarajar Retha Dhaana Kulu and well-thought out plan were primarily the reasons for this successful massive blood donation camp, in Sivakasi Town. The highlight of the blood donation camp, was physically challenged people came on their own and donated blood. A team of twelve staff was headed by Dr.Ayyanar, Blood Bank Medical Officer, Sivakasi Government Hospital, for the camp. Blood donors were provided with glucose, orange fruit and biscuits, as refreshment. The organisers distributed certificates of appreciation and blood-donor cards to the blood donors. The camp was well supported by Karate students and NSS volunteers from Thiruthangal Kalaimagal School. They welcomed and cheered the visitors by claps and music bands. Tree saplings were distributed to all the donors. There was live coverage and broadcast of the camp by the local cable channels. The camp bagged huge appreciation from doctors and medical staff.
 
News posted on 2015-07-13

Shanthi Bakery got new look
 
13th July 2015 Shanthi Bakery got new look Shanthi Bakery has got new look on last month, and now it is more modern-looking design, and spacious too. The bakery offers pastries, 20+ varieties of cakes, 15 sweet items, 8 kinds of savories and freshly-baked bread.
 
News posted on 2015-07-13

Future of matchbox industry worth Rs 1,500 crore fading away with time
 
11th July 2015 - ET Retail Future of matchbox industry worth Rs 1,500 crore fading away with time KOCHI: With the certainty with which a lit matchstick burns out, the future of the Rs 1,500 crore matchbox industry is slowly, but surely fading away. Industry revenues have declined 25 per cent in a few years and about 8,000 units have shut down in a decade. For the 1,500 to 2,000 units that remain 90 per cent of which are concentrated in a few districts of Tamil Nadu it is just a wait before the flame eventually burns out. Widespread use of gas lighters at home and to an extent, increased awareness on the harmful effects of smoking and its ban in public spaces, and rising cost of production have all sounded the death knell of the once thriving industry. Even the few large companies that manufacture match boxes are struggling. Wimco, once the largest match company in the country, is a case in point. ITC acquired the entire shareholding of the company four years ago. All the four production units of erstwhile Wimco at Ambernath, Chennai, Kolkata and Bareilly are now shut, the last one this year. ITC is sourcing the matches from small companies in Tamil Nadu and marketing it under its brand. Popular Wimco match brands Aim, I Kno, Homelite and Ship are now marketed by ITC. Aim continues to be the largest selling brand. "Sustained escalation in prices of raw materials on the one hand and proliferation of cheaper low quality products on the other continue to exert severe pressure on sales volumes and margins," says V M Rajasekharan, chief executive, agarbatti and matches business of ITC Ltd. Annual production has dropped from 800 lakh bundles to 700 lakh bundles (one bundle equals 600 match boxes). Yet supply outstrips demand. For a while, exports to Africa, offered a glimmer of hope. That too is fading away. "African countries too have started local production. So gradually their demand may also wane over the years," observes Gurusamy Janarthanan, proprietor of The President Match Company in Sivakasi. Indian manufacturers are also wilting under stiff competition from countries like Pakistan. While India sells at $10 per 1,000 boxes globally, Pakistan is able to attract buyers with rates of $7 to $8. Though Indian matches are superior in quality, the prices have become the deciding factor. India exports around Rs 240 crore worth of matches annually. "Besides dollar benefits ($1 is over Rs 100 Pakistani rupee), Pakistan has other advantages like abundant raw material for making splints and cheap labour. Consequently, they are able to sell at a lower price. It has become a buyer-s market," points out Ramesh Prabhu, former secretary of All India Chamber of Match Industries based at Sivakasi. For making match boxes of exportable quality India imports sturdier poplar wood from abroad to make splints, which has added to the cost of production. The industry uses "matti" wood available in Kerala for making the splints for the domestic market. Apart from trouble on the export front, government policies are also hurting smaller firms. The reduction of export incentive from 5 per cent to 2 per cent and the exclusion of match industry from small scale category will adversely hit the industry, according to manufacturers. The latter could allow large-scale manufacturers to enter the fray. "Removal from small category is ostensibly being done to upgrade the industry in terms of quality and productivity. But we have already achieved that and besides the fate of around 1.5 lakh workers engaged in making matches will be uncertain as the large companies will be fully mechanised," said J Devadoss, secretary of South India Match Manufacturers Association of Kovilpatti. Almost half of the total units are mechanized and the matches produced by them attract a duty of 12 per cent. To evade dut, the chemical dipped splints produced by many mechanized units are sold through unorganized sector. "The unorganised sector needs only a small godown since they have to just pack the matches. As a result the government-s excise duty revenue has dropped to Rs 46 crore from Rs 100 crore from matches." Devadoss added. The industry is arguing for removal of duty or uniform taxation and re-inclusion in the small scale category for better prospects. Rajasekharan feels introduction of GST may create supportive environment to enable the industry to become globally competitive.
 
News posted on 2015-07-11

Gift of education - for poor children
 
11th July 2015 - The Hindu "Gift of education" for poor children Scholarships and learning materials to pursue education were handed over to poor children and former child workers at a function organised by Udhavum Ullangal, a Chennai-based service organisation, at Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Tiruthangal, on Sunday. The gift of education was presented to former child workers recovered by the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) by C. Ramasubramanian, State Nodal Officer, District Mental Health Programme, and B. Ramachandran, District Educational Officer. T. Narayanasamy, Project Officer, NCLP, addressed the gathering. The children, who received the scholarship, included those who had scored high marks in this years public examinations. B. Shankar Mahadevan, founder, Udhavum Ullangal, said that the organisation had been providing assistance to children from underprivileged background to pursue education for the last 15 years. In Sivakasi, the focus had been on former child workers. Mentorship sessions were being held in Sivakasi once in two months to guide the children. Sessions at these classes were handled by those pursuing higher education with assistance from Udhavum Ullangal. Mr. Shankar Mahadevan pointed out that two women, who were rescued from child labour by the NCLP, were now working as nurses in Tirunelveli, after qualifying themselves in nursing with Udhavum Ullangal assistance. The award of scholarship could be extended further with assistance from philanthropists of Virudhunagar and Sivakasi, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-07-11

Dengue awareness programme organised
 
10th July 2015 Dengue awareness programme organised Dengue Awareness Programme was organised by Sivakasi Municipality at Ragaland Matriculation School and The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, to create awareness about the dengue fever and promotion of healthy environment in Sivakasi town, last week. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality told the students about means to prevent themselves from dengue fever. Sivakasi Municipality Officiala and School Staff were present on the occasion. Students enthusiastically took part in the interaction session. At the end of the session, chief guest cleared the doubts raised by the students.
 
News posted on 2015-07-10

Cycle rally to be held on 13th July
 
10th July 2015 Cycle rally to be held on 13th July AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi is going to conduct an awareness rally programme on CLEAN INDIA and DIGITAL INDIA at Sivakasi,Virudhunagar and Thiruthangal on 130/07/2015,14/07/2015 and 15/07/2015 respectively. Route Map of Cycle Rally of AAA College of Engg. And Tech. Students- At Virudhunagar Date : 14-07-2015 Time : 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM 1. Railway Station - Gandhi Statue (Starting Point) 2. Apsara Theatre 3. KKVS Middle School 4. Main Bazaar 5. Virudhunagar Municipality 6. MGR Statue Signal 7. Aathu Palam 8. Hajee P. Syed Mohamed Hr. Sec. School 9. Kalpallivasal Street 10. Old Bus Stand 11. Meenambigai Bungalow 12. Madurai Road Church 13. State Bank Of India 14. K.V.S. Hr. Sec. School- Opposite Vacant Site (Finishing Point) Route Map of Cycle Rally of AAA College of Engg. And Tech. Students At Sivakasi Date : 13-07-2015 Time : 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM 1. Near Bus Stand (Kani Lakshmi Clinic)- (Starting Point) 2. Kavitha Textiles 3. South Car Street 4. SHNV School 5. Water Tank 6. Pillaiyar Kovil Stop 7. Kamarajar Statue 8. Town Police Station 9. North Car Street 10. Murugan Kovil 11. Theradi Mukku 12. Ambetkar Statue 13. Mariamman Kovil 14. ICICI Bank 15. Oorani Medu 16. Old Virudhunagar Road 17. Jaycees Junior School 18. Palaniandavar Theatre ( Finishing Point ) Route Map of Cycle Rally of AAA College of Engg. And Tech. Students At Thiruthangal Date : 15-07-2015 Time : 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM 1. Kurukku Paathai ( Sony Trasport Point) (Starting Point) 2. Railway Gate 3. Kaliamman Kovil 4. Anna Statue 5. Mariamman Kovil 6. North Car Street 7. West Car Street 8. Thevar Statue 9. Thiruthangal Police Station 10. AAA International School Ground ( Finishing Point )
 
News posted on 2015-07-10

Yoga Day observed
 
9th July 2015 - The Hindu Yoga Day observed The International Yoga Day was observed at Sivakasi Hindu Nadars Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, on June 22 with a yoga demonstration by students. The physical education teacher, Sobana Selva Rani, delivered a speech on the importance of yoga. JOB FAIR The AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Amathur, organised a job fair on June 27 aimed at creating an open and wide-ranging employment opportunities for candidates from south Tamil Nadu Engineering. Around 3600 candidates attended the job fair in which Magus, Visteon, Aegis, Mphasis, Eureka Forbes, Slon Systems, CSS corp. HGS, Kochar and other companies participated. A. Tensingh, correspondent, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, presided over the inaugural function. K. Arulmozhi, Principal, welcomed the participants. Rajiv Rama Chandran proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-07-09

Creating safety awareness through play
 
9th July 2015 - The Hindu Creating safety awareness through play A play on adopting the safety measures at hazardous industries such as petroleum and chemical units staged as a part of the two-day training programme on fire prevention and protection, organised by the National Safety Council, Mumbai, and Tiruchi Chapter, besides the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health here on Saturday, prompted officials to work on a strategy for using cultural programmes for creating awareness of safety at fire-prone factories, particularly the match industries in Sivakasi. Explaining the salient features of the play, C. Gnanasekara Babu Rao, Director, Industrial Safety and Health, said the directorate would soon work on a programme for creating awareness among the workers of match industries in Sivakasi about the importance of safety measures. He advised B. Alagesan, Additional Director of Industrial Safety and Health, Tiruchi, to furnish the compact disc on the stage so that it could be played among the workers of Sivakasi. He said a majority of workers at Sivakasi were quite unaware of safety measures and the screening of the plays would have a greater impact on them. Mr. Alagesan said the play centred around a debate whether it is commitment or gadget which contributed to safety applications in industries. A popular sequence from the Tamil film Tiruvilaiyadal was used, in a modified form, for the debate on commitment over gadget and it ends up with a moral that it is commitment towards safety which is more important than the simple gadget. S. Prabakaran, Safety Head, Dalmia Cements (Bharath), co-ordinator, said that the play had been staged at various places and safety-related seminars for the past several years. A team of workers of Dalmia Cements (Bharath) participated in the play.
 
News posted on 2015-07-09

Building a community of young readers
 
9th July 2015 - The Hindu Building a community of young readers Uma believes reading for just fun is very important in the development of a childs overall personality. Kids, she says, learn the best no matter what they are learning with sensitive guidance. Now, many parents tell her that the time children spend at the reading club is the most potent learning time of the day. But feels Uma, it is equally important for parents to participate. When children choose their own books to read, it also helps them to engage in habitual, passionate and independent reading. You only need to create the right culture, says Uma, and children will shape it into a cherished habit. Reading expert J Uma Meenakshi says: Parental involvement comes first in encouraging children to pick up the reading habit at an early age. Parental involvement means every parent should do Read Aloud sessions with the child every day. Parents should start as early as possible, even when the child is a few months old. And later when the child grows, read alouds should be made interactive involving the child in picture, character, story related discussions. The child has to be attractively taken through any book. Parents should create a good reading atmosphere, make available age appropriate books and also be alert and sensitive to the childs interest. But books must be always made accessible to the child. Parents have to be role models when it comes to reading, whether they read magazines, news papers or books. The content does not matter, the regularity matters which the child sees. It is only after initiation at home that schools, libraries and reading clubs can support and enhance a childs reading habit.
 
News posted on 2015-07-09

Industry mourns the demise of Nataraj Prabhu
 
8th July 2015 - Print Week Industry mourns the demise of Nataraj Prabhu Natraj Prabhu, past president, All India Federation of the Master Printers (AIFMP) is no more. The 59-year old passed away on 6 July 2015 in Sivakasi. Prabhu was the owner of Coronation Security Printers in Sivakasi and was the president of AIFMP for the year 1993-1994. A graduate in mechanical engineering, he was highly knowledgeable and contributed immensely to the print industry. During his tenure as the president with AIFMP, Prabhu was instrumental in obtaining the first office premises in Defence Colony for the association. Moreover, he took up various initiatives with the government and had arranged for the import of secondhand machinery in India, back in 1981. His industry colleagues offered condolences and fondly remembered him for his contribution to print and as an individual. The industry has lost a visionary. Despite coming from an affluent background, he was very humble and down to earth. He always ensured that we get the best hospitality when we were in Sivakasi. Anand Limaye, India Printing Works, Mumbai He was a dynamic individual and was the first president in 40 years to open an office for the association. Under the leadership of Prabhu, The first AIFMP conference was arranged in Kochi, Kerala. The three-day event saw more than 1,800 printers participating, which was a huge success in the industry. His contribution and the knowledge he shared in that one year as a president was fascinating. R Suresh, past secretary at AIFMP (during the tenure of Prabhu) Natraj Prabhu was a simple and straight forward person, who has dedicatedly worked for our industry. He was also personally involved in causes related to government and educational institutions to promote print technology. He believed in a uniform sales tax structure for printers across the country for a healthy competition. P Chander, who served as the past president of Madras Printers and Lithographers Association (MPLA), and president of the All India Federation of Master Printers.
 
News posted on 2015-07-08

Erratic supply of wax keeps match producers out of race
 
8th July 2015 - The Hindu Erratic supply of wax keeps match producers out of race The safety match manufacturing industry is facing a contraction of paraffin wax, one of the key raw materials for manufacturing wax matches, owing to erratic supply. The unreliable supply has affected the production, according to J. Devadoss, secretary, South India Match Manufacturers Association. Normally, around three lakh bundles of wax matches could be produced in a month from 140 factories in Kovilpatti, Sattur, Sivakasi and Elayirampannai. But the production had been reduced to 2.60 lakh tonnes. Every factory required a minimum of three tonnes of wax. The stakeholders of this industry had been relying largely on Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited for the required quantity of this key material. But, the supply chain management carried out through the government agency was not catering to the needs of manufacturers, he said on Tuesday. The unreliable supply of wax had prompted several manufacturers to rely on imports from China, where quality was not up to the mark. As a result, production cost also escalated by 10 per cent. By incurring high production cost, the producers were not able to compete in the market. Around twenty containers of wax a month was imported. Around 1,100 grams of wax is required to produce 600 match boxes in a bundle. It costs Rs.340 to produce a bundle, he said. Though match production was categorised as semi-mechanised, other than frame filling work done with the help of machines, workers were principally involved in box filling, packing and chemical dipping. Besides the shortage, the manufacturers had to bear the labour cost also, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-07-08

ATMs to be commissioned in Sivakasi post office soon
 
8th July 2015 - The Hindu ATMs to be commissioned in Sivakasi post office soon Automated Teller Machines will be commissioned in Sivakasi, Palayamkottai and Tirunelveli post offices shortly. Efforts are on to bring all post offices in southern region under core banking system (CBS) as part of digitisation programme to provide better service to customers, according to J. Charukeshi, Postmaster General, Southern Region (Madurai). Inaugurating an ATM the 16{+t}{+h}in the State and the second in the district at Dindigul Head Post Office here on Monday, she said that construction work for ATM centres was over in all the 29 head post offices in Madurai region. After net connectivity was provided, other head post offices would get ATM facility. The postal department had undergone an end-to-end IT modernisation project to equip itself with requisite modern tools and technologies, provide best customer service and improve operational efficiency. We have plans to digitise post offices by the year-end, she said. Modernisation would rebuild rural postal infrastructure to create institutional last-mile connectivity for service delivery and IT-based services, including for banking, insurance and government schemes such as MGNREGS and social security scheme, in 1.54 lakh post offices in the country, 1.29 lakh of which were in rural areas. The first ATM in the region was inaugurated in Karaikudi on May 30 and the second in Palani on June 12. Already, 2,590 post offices, including head and sub post offices, in the State had migrated to the CBS platform, she noted. Response to Selva Magal Scheme was very good. About 60,000 customers joined the scheme in April and May, Ms. Charukeshi added. Orientation training was being given to postal staff to handle modern tools for delivering quick service to customers. Rupee ATM card would be given to all savings bank account-holders to enable them to withdraw any amount through postal ATMs. They should maintain a minimum balance of Rs. 500, she said. Senior Superintendent of Posts Chandrasekar Kakkamanu and Assistant Superintendent of Posts V. Srinivasan were present.
 
News posted on 2015-07-08

Free eye camp organised
 
6th July 2015 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free eye camp organised A free eye camp organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy was held here on 21st June 2015, Sunday at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi. Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy organised this eye camp along with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. A team of 20 Medical experts was led by three Ophthalmologists from Madurai Aravind Eye Hospital examined the patients at the camp. 430 patients were screened under various eye tests. Of them, 96 patients were referred for free surgery to be conducted at Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai. The free services will include eye check up and refraction for glasses, medicines, eye surgery and glasses at discount rate. Around 60 volunteers from Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Sevaa Samidhi supported and organised the camp, in a systematic manner.
 
News posted on 2015-07-06

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
6th July 2015 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised Free Mental Health Camp Organised Free Mental Health Camp was jointly organised by Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy and M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 21st June 2015, Sunday. 296 people were benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries undertaken Pranic Healing Treatment. Eye camp was also organised on the same venue, in association with Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Narayan Seva has been done for 600 people. 60 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 19th July 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-07-06

Abacus, Robotics training programmes
 
4th July 2015 Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes For the first time in Sivakasi, SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (CBSE curriculum) is offering Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes for all the school students (age group 6 to 16) in and around Sivakasi taluk from 08.07.2015 onwards. The training programme will be scheduled for 2 hours per week with a nominal fee of Rs.250 per month. For registration kindly contact the mobile:9688030557.
 
News posted on 2015-07-04

Building a community of young readers
 
4th July 2015 - The Hindu Building a community of young readers J. Uma Meenakshi shares how she strikes a chord with children by nurturing the reader inside them Reading is not just for schools, declares J.Uma Meenakshi, first a passionate 42-km full marathoner who is also by choice the brain behind a Childrens Reading and Activity Club in small town Sivakasi. In between her dance, bakery and piano classes, she is totally dedicated to introducing children between three to eight years to reading good books. Children these days read only their school text booksnothing more, she rues. But I want them to grow into book lovers, she adds. Inside Kinder Park -- a play school she started more than a decade ago -- it is a sight every Tuesday and Thursday evening you cannot avoid admiring. The session starts at 5.30 p.m. but many of the three-year-olds walk in smiling much before time and Uma doesnt mind at all. With a loud chirpy voice, she greets each of them by name and the children straight head for the book shelf to pick up a book of their choice. Some look intently at the pictures, some read quietly, some struggle to read while some others read aloud to another friend. Some just talk about a book they read or saw elsewhere, some flip through the pages of not one but several books and some fight too. Uma does not interfere in the cacophony. She just watches them and let them be because, she says, they all are able to engage themselves instantly. Once all the children arrive, Uma sets aside 30 minutes of Me-Time with books. And later for an hour she reads out to them either a story or any other theme-based book. The session is complete with props, matching toys and puppets and filled with laughter and emotions as Uma enacts out every dialogue and every scene. Sometimes she leaves the story halfway and asks her young listeners to give their own twist to the end and then read about the actual ending later either at home or in their school libraries or at the club. This way, says Uma, their curiosity, imagination and interest levels remain high. The fact that she has been able to run the reading club in this small town for two years now with an ever growing number of members speaks of her efforts, sincerity and popularity. It was her maternal instinct with two pre-school kids at home that guided her to this venture. Dissatisfied with the facilities available in her hometown, she visited schools in Chennai and Bangalore and came up with her own fun-based curriculum for tiny tots. Given the dearth of good playschools and English teaching skills in Sivakasi, the school topper and an engineering graduate lost no time in getting students. Since she cant manage more than 45 in one batch, Uma says her heart aches to reject applications during admission time every year. What she, however, guarantees is the quality and confidence of her students who are easily grabbed by some of the best schools later. But as she pre-schooled the little ones, she realised reading was nowhere in their list of activities, crazily hooked on to gadgets that they were. It is very crucial to inculcate the reading habit in children in their first five years, says Uma, and parents have to understand their childrens need to learn and enjoy reading independently. Uma remained focussed on the children she taught or met at different places in Sivakasi. A small survey with the parents of her school over the years left her appalled as she found neither the regular schools encouraged nor parents gave importance to reading beyond classroom textbooks and school hours. Adults are so syllabus and marks-driven that they forget to even pause and think how animated reading makes a child happy and encourages bonding and socialising, she says. You dont just read to sound like an intellectual but it helps to refine so many other aspects of your personality, says Uma. Two autumns ago, she decided to gather a group of children in the evening after her play school hours to discuss stories ranging from fantasy to adventures and classic. To her pleasant surprise, half of her own school children turned up promptly without any persuasion though she had to keep reminding some parents that the reading club was not a class but a creative relaxation forum for the children. There is no greater impact on students reading growth than giving them time to read, asserts Uma. Likewise her Read to Rock Club opened a fascinating world of books and possibilities for the kids. Today, there is such an over-crowding at her reading club that she has been compelled to divide the children into two batches. She gets 45 kids in the three to five years group and another 35 in the six to eight years category. Her work is creditworthy because surrounding cities and districts lack such an effort.
 
News posted on 2015-07-04

Phoenix Literary Association inaugurated at ANJAC
 
4th July 2015 Phoenix Literary Association inaugurated at ANJAC The Post Graduate Department of English organized the inaugural function of its Phoenix Literary Association on 3rd July 2015, Friday. Dr.D.Mathialagan, Head, Department of English, IRTT, Erode was the chief guest. He addressed the students on the scope of English Literature in career opportunities and the credentials to be acquired to develop Effective Communication Skills. The lecture was arranged for the students of I M.A. , II M.A. English and the employees of Lovely Offset Printers who undergo a month training programme under the Consultancy Services offered by the Post Graduate Department of English. Miss.R.Selvalakshmi of II M.A. English welcomed the gathering. Mrs.B.Rathika, Head, Department of English(P.G.) delivered the Presidential Address. Miss.E.Abinaya of I M.A. English proposed vote of Thanks. Miss.M.Kalaiselvi of II M. A. English was the master of the ceremony. Mrs.M.Akila, Assistant Professor in English, made the arrangements for the function.
 
News posted on 2015-07-04

Pournami Poojai Performed
 
4th July 2015 Pournami Poojai Performed On 1st July 2015, Wednesday, on Full Moon Day, Pournami Poojai was performed in majority of the temples in Sivakasi town. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. Devotees worshiped and offered their prayers by standing in the long queues. Usually, the Pournami Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after sighting the Moon. Some Sivakasi devotees only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2015-07-04

Power shut down: maintenance work carried out today
 
4th July 2015 Power shut down: maintenance work carried out today Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 1:00 p.m. to 05:15 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi. Earlier on 20th June 2015, TNEB carried out maintenance work.
 
News posted on 2015-07-04

SFF Inaugural Function
 
3rd July 2015 SFF Inaugural Function Date: 05-07-2015 Time: 10:30 a.m. Venue: Sudharsanam Driving School Hall, Near Sakkammaal Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends For further details contact 9843622088
 
News posted on 2015-07-03

District level Football Tournament
 
3rd July 2015 District level Football Tournament Date: 05-07-2015,Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi Organisers: SHNV Football Club, Sivakasi For further details contact 9962053631
 
News posted on 2015-07-03

Aani Thirumanjanam Celebrated
 
2nd July 2015 Aani Thirumanjanam Celebrated In Sivakasi Kasi Vishwanathar Temple, Aani Thirumanjanam was celebrated, last month. Devotees thronged the temple. The word "Thirumanjanam" means Holy bath. Aani Thirumanjanam (Tamil month spanning June-July) is a special day (Uthram Nakshtram) when an Abhishekam is performed for Lord Nataraja . It is believed that Lord Nataraja gives darshan to his devotees in the months Aani and Margazhi. The evening concluded with Aarthi and Prasadam was distributed.
 
News posted on 2015-07-02

Coming up this July in Sivakasi
 
1st July 2015 Coming up this July in Sivakasi Blood Donation Camp Date: 01-07-2015, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: ICAI Bhawan, 128, Velayutham Road, Near Railway Station, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Branch of SIRC of ICAI and Government Hospital Blood Bank, Sivakasi All are cordially invited to donate blood and save life. District level Football Tournament Date: 05-07-2015,Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi Organisers: SHNV Football Club, Sivakasi For further details contact 9962053631 SFF Inauguration Function Date: 05-07-2015 Time: 10:30 a.m. Venue: Sudharsanam Driving School Hall, Near Sakkammaal Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends For further details contact 9843622088 Blood donation camp to be held on 12th July Date: 12-07-2015, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Kamarajar Blood Donation Group and Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9894845035 Eye Camp Date: 12-07-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 19-07-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 26-07-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-07-01

Blood Donation Camp to be held today
 
1st July 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held today Date: 01-07-2015, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: ICAI Bhawan, 128, Velayutham Road, Near Railway Station, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Branch of SIRC of ICAI and Government Hospital Blood Bank, Sivakasi All are cordially invited to donate blood and save life. Please confirm your participation by prior registration with either to sivakasi@icai.org or 9566722609
 
News posted on 2015-07-01

PHOENIX Literary Association inaugural function to be held on 3rd July
 
1st July 2015 - Mrs.M.Akila, Asst.Prof. in English (P.G.), ANJAC,(The Vice-President of Phoenix Lit.Association) PHOENIX Literary Association inaugural function to be held on 3rd July The Post Graduate Department of English of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College,Sivakasi, has planned to inaugurate the PHOENIX Literary Association between 2 p.m. and 4p.m. on 03.07.2015. Dr.D.Mathialagan, Head, IRTT,Salem, has given his consent to inaugurate the Association and deliver a lecture on the topic "Effective English communication".
 
News posted on 2015-07-01

Steel headed Sivakasians
 
1st July 2015 Steel headed Sivakasians Tamilnadu Government currently enforces helmet compulsion for two-wheelers. In Tamilnadu, wearing of helmets for motorcyclists would be made compulsory from 1st July 2015, Wednesday. Those who violate the rule would be fined for Rs.100/-. Sivakasians thronged renowned outlets to buy branded helmets (BSI and ISI Mark) for the last one week. Sivakasians are steel headed and fibre headed, now. At present 7 out of 10 is wearing helmet in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-07-01

Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes
 
30th June 2015 Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes For the first time in Sivakasi, SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (CBSE curriculum) is offering Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes for all the school students (age group 6 to 16) in and around Sivakasi taluk from 08.07.2015 onwards. The training programme will be scheduled for 2 hours per week with a nominal fee of Rs.250 per month. For registration kindly contact the mobile:9688030557.
 
News posted on 2015-06-30

Sivakasi is on Smart / Amrut City list
 
30th June 2015 Sivakasi is on Smart / Amrut City list Under SMART City / AMRUT scheme, 12 Cities and 20 Municipality towns from Tamilnadu have been listed. Sivakasi and Rajapalayam town from Virudhunagar District is listed under the SMART City Scheme. As per the plan, 100 cities will be developed under the Smart Cities project and 500 cities and towns will be renewed under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
 
News posted on 2015-06-30

Helmet Awareness Mini Marathon Race held
 
30th June 2015 Helmet Awareness Mini Marathon Race held Mini Marathon Race was held in Sivakasi, on 28th June 2015, Sunday. 10km Mini Marathon run took off to a rousing start from Satchiyapuram early morning. Over 1,000 participants took part in the event organized by Sivakasi Traffic Police and Kamal Fans Club. Sivakasi roads were brimming with enthusiastic runners of various age groups. Sir T.D.Rajendran was also participated in the Mini Marathon Race. The entire Sivakasi Mini Marathon Race was well organized and participants did not face any inconvenience regarding the route as volunteers were present at every nook and corner. Water and refreshments were also provided to participants at various intervals. Ambulance and medical team also followed the runners of each category of race. A.P.Selvarajan, Sri Kaliswari Group gave away prizes and certificates to all the winners. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-06-30

Abacus, Robotics Training Programmes
 
29th June 2015 Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes For the first time in Sivakasi, SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (CBSE curriculum) is offering Abacus, Robotics, Vedic Maths, Musical yoga training programmes for all the school students (age group 6 to 16) in and around Sivakasi taluk from 08.07.2015 onwards. The training programme will be scheduled for 2 hours per week with a nominal fee of Rs.250 per month. For registration kindly contact the mobile:9688030557.
 
News posted on 2015-06-29

Blood donation camp to be held on 12th July
 
29th June 2015 Blood donation camp to be held on 12th July Date: 12-07-2015, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Kamarajar Blood Donation Group and Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9894845035
 
News posted on 2015-06-29

Sivakasi witnessed Courtallam Season
 
27th June 2015 Sivakasi witnessed Courtallam Season Sivakasi witnessed Courtallam Season by receiving drizzle and pleasant climate for the last two weeks. Yesterday, the sky was partly cloudier and at evening bands of clouds progressed and there was drizzle at late evening, between 06:30 p.m. to 07:10 p.m. and Sivakasi received occasional drizzle. Today, there was mild drizzle at morning.
 
News posted on 2015-06-27

Mega Job Fair Organised at AAACET
 
27th June 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Mega Job Fair Organised at AAACET Today, AAA College of Engineering & Technology had organized JOB FAIR 2015, aimed at creating an open and wide-ranging employment opportunities for the South-Tamilnadu Engineering, Arts and Science (UG and PG) and Polytechnic students. Thiru.A.Tensingh B.Com AVL, Director Standard Fireworks (P) Ltd.,, Correspondent Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, President Hindu Nadar Mahamai Fund, Sivakasi presided over the function. Dr.K.Arulmozhi, the Principal delivered the welcome address. Dr.Rajiv Rama Chandran, Director Nuture Education Solution thanked the management for organizing the Mega Job fair for the public and added its a good initiative in offering employment opportunities to their students. In this job fair Magus, Visteon, Aegis, Mphasis, Eureka Forbes, Slon Systems, CSS corp, HGS, Kochar and many other companies participated and recruited their employees. Around 3600 degree holders participated and used this opportunity. The Job Fair arrangements were well organized by Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary, Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent, Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary, Dr.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., M.B.A.(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and faculties.
 
News posted on 2015-06-27

Anti Drug Day: School students take out rally
 
27th June 2015 Anti Drug Day: School students take out rally Over 100 Sivakasi school students of Junior Red Cross participated in a rally to create awareness about the anti-drug abuse day to be observed on June 26, 2015, Friday. The rally was taken out in the four car streets and the school studens walked the street shouting slogans and holding placards reading anti-drug messages. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality and other officials were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-06-27

Helmet awareness rally take out by Rajni and Ajith Fans
 
27th June 2015 Helmet awareness rally take out by Rajni and Ajith Fans More than 50 fans of Super Star Rajinikanth and Ultimate Star Ajithkumar, took out rally today, from Sivakasi Bus Stand to Coronation Bus Stop, to create awareness of the importance of wearing helmets. The participants carrying placards with awareness messages about safe driving and prevention of head injuries.
 
News posted on 2015-06-27

Sharp showers take Sivakasi by surprise
 
26th June 2015 Sharp showers take Sivakasi by surprise Yesterday, Sivakasians were in for a surprise when there were sudden showers, between 09:05 p.m. to 09:20 p.m.. The weather throughout the day was partly cloudy. Today, there was mild drizzle at 12:00 p.m. and the drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 25 degree celsius and there is chances for drizzle on 30th June 2015, Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2015-06-26

Virudhunagar District Badminton Championship - 2015
 
25th June 2015 Virudhunagar District Badminton Championship - 2015 Date: 27,28th June 2015, Saturday, Sunday Inauguration on 27-06-2015, Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. Prize Distribution on 28th June 2015, Sunday Time: 05:00 p.m. Venue: A.J.Stadium For further details contact 9994920063 , ajsenthiappan@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2015-06-25

Rainbow surprises Sivakasians for second time in a week
 
25th June 2015 Photo: Saravanan Perumal Rainbow surprises Sivakasians for second time in a week Sivakasians were surprised by the rainbow that formed yesterday evening, for the second time this week. The surprise turned into curiosity when the rainbow became very prominent at 05:20 p.m. in the seven colours. All age sections of people surprisingly watched the rainbow show that takes place in the sky. The colour intensity reduced after almost 20 minutes and the rainbow faded away. Even though there was no rain / drizzle in the town, the rain bow appears and surprises Sivakasians for 20 minutes. Early double rainbow appeared on 22nd June 2015, Monday.
 
News posted on 2015-06-25

Petrol Price in Sivakasi
 
24th June 2015 Petrol Price in Sivakasi Petrol - Rs.73.17 per litre Power - Rs.73.17 per litre Diesel - Rs.55.07 per litre Racer - Rs. 280/-
 
News posted on 2015-06-24

Helmet awareness Mini Marathon Race
 
24th June 2015 Helmet awareness Mini Marathon Race Date: 28-06-2015, Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. Starting Point: Reserveline Ground Ending Point: SHNV Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Age limit: Above 16 For further details contact Poorvika Mobile Showroom - 9940939399, Police - 8300047811
 
News posted on 2015-06-24

A MAP FOR GROWTH - Young Entrepreneur School Sivakasi
 
23rd June 2015 A MAP FOR GROWTH - Young Entrepreneur School Sivakasi Day & Date: Wednesday, 24th June 2015 Time: 4.00 p.m Venue: Bell Hotel (Board Room, 3rd Floor), Sivakasi. Topic: STRATEGY : A MAP FOR GROWTH Guest Speaker: Mr. Vijay Samuel Benjamin, Founder - Director, Lighthouse Leadership Talent Management (P) Ltd, Chennai. Mr. Vijay Samuel Benjamin has been involved in Corporate Training for the last 9 years and has trained over 15,000 individuals Pan-India & Asia including Middle East. Agenda:- 1. 4.00 p.m : Registration 2. 4.30 p.m : Business Session 3. 6.00 p.m : Tea Break 4. 6.15 p.m : Business Session 5. 7.40 p.m : Dinner
 
News posted on 2015-06-23

One day life skill education programme
 
23rd June 2015 One day life skill education programme Date: 27-06-2015, Saturday Time: 09:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Hindu Thevamar Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Chief Guest: P.K.Balasubramanian, President, School Education Committee Guest of Honour: G.Chandran, Secretary, School Education Committee Head Master: M.Narayanasamy Chief Coach: P.Thanikaivelpandian, Chief Life Skill Coach, Nikhil Foundation Organiser: Nikhil Foundation, Madurai For further details contact 9003659270 , email nikhilfoundation.eyte@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2015-06-23

Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi
 
23rd June 2015 Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi For the past five days, Sivakasi town have been facing power cuts ranging between 15-30 minutes of unannounced power cuts. The unscheduled and unannounced power cut has left Sivakasi industrialists, businessmen, traders, micro and macro industries and homemakers in the lurch. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator. Whenever power goes off, Sivakasians are clueless as to when it will come back. There was no power at yesterday night between 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-06-23

BRIDGE - JCI Sivakasi
 
23rd June 2015 BRIDGE - JCI Sivakasi On 21st June 2015, Sunday, JCI Sivakasi organised BRIDGE (Charter Day cum JCI Centenary Year Celebration), at Master Printers Association Mahal A/C, Sivakasi. Chief Guest for the programme was JCI.Sen.A.M.S.G.Ashokan (Past State Vice President - JCI India) and Guest of Honour was JCI. HGF. A.R.Arun (Executive Vice President, Area-B, JCI India), and Moderator for the event was JCI. Sen. S.N.N.Sivapiran (Past President - JCI Sivakasi). Jc.HGF.B.Vembar, Charter President, JCI. Sen. T.Kathiresan, Past President, JFM. J.Robert, President, JCI Sivakasi, Past Presidents and other members were present on the event. Dinner was arranged for the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-06-23

Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
22nd June 2015 Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out On 20th June 2015, Saturday, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m., and in few areas power resumed at 07:00 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-06-22

Double Rainbow Surprises Sivakasians
 
22nd June 2015 Photo: Ram Double Rainbow Surprises Sivakasians Sivakasians were surprised by double rainbow that formed after a drizzle for few minutes at evening. The surprise turned into curiosity when the double rainbow became very prominent in the seven colours. All age sections of people surprisingly watched the rainbow show that takes place in the sky. The colour intensity reduced after almost 10 minutes and the rainbow faded away. Yesterday, at evening, Sivakasi receives drizzle for few minutes and sky was cloudier throughout the day.
 
News posted on 2015-06-22

Helmet awareness rally taken out
 
21st June 2015 Photo: Aravind Kumar Helmet awareness rally taken out Today, to sensitise Sivakasi bike riders to the need for wearing helmets, an awareness rally was taken out from Satchiyapuram. Since the High Court made it mandatory to wear helmets from July 1, the district police has stepped up awareness campaigns. Wearing helmets, campaigners, including Sivakasi Thala Fans, police personnel and other volunteers took out the rally, which was flagged off from Satchiyapuram. Two-wheelers with helmets could reduce fatal risks on roads. The campaigners carried placards, which appealed to two-wheeler riders to "ensure safe driving with helmets to prevent fatal accident" and "ride bikes by using helmets will save your lives".
 
News posted on 2015-06-21

Mega Job Fair at AAACET
 
20th June 2015 Mega Job Fair at AAACET Patron Panjurajan-Amaravathy Trust has planned to organize a Mega Job Fair, at AAA College of Engineering and Technology on June 27,2015, Saturday. The fair aims at providing employability for the South-Tamilnadu students who have their degree under any discipline Engineering, Arts and Science (UG and PG) and Polytechnic. The fair serves as a means to unite the demands of the employers and the skill-set of the students for employability, thereby serving as the platform for an open and wide-ranging employment opportunities. Around 15 creditable companies are partaking in the fair.
 
News posted on 2015-06-20

Bagful of Talent
 
20th June 2015 - The Hindu Bagful of Talent With her exclusive range of silk bags making waves from Palayamkottai to Philadelphia, homemaker-turned entrepreneur Ranitha Rajendrasingh is emerging as a self-taught designer I am not into serious business yet, says Ranitha Rajendrasingh even as a caller from Gujarat places an order with her for 300 handbags in pure silk. Married into the leading industrial Bell family in Sivakasi at the age of 19, Ranitha says even after 36 years she is unable to act and think commercially. And that is because her attitude to life is exceptionally creative. Born into a family of doctors, Ranitha chose the needle and sewing thread over the scalpel and knife much early in life but had never dreamt that one day she would sit pretty as the founder-owner of Nehas Bags making and selling niche bags to customers. Her range of bags that includes purses, clutches, handbags, shoulder bags and mobile covers is not as expensive as the designer brands. But made of pure silk, her bags are certainly no less desirable. She may still be in the Not Known list but the fact is in the last one decade her bags have been liked by customers not only in India but also in USA, U.K, Australia and Dubai. Ranitha realises her business is expanding and it makes her nervous. I am just a housewife with a hobby to stitch, she says and admits she was pushed, encouraged and supported by family and friends to launch her own business. And that too started accidentally because till the turn of the millennium she was happy just stitching pretty frocks for her own and friends daughters and grandchildren. If Banu, a young Muslim seamstress from the interiors of Palayamkottai had not come to her asking for help, says Ranitha, she would have never ventured out of her comfort zone. For two years I supported her financially and in exchange she helped me with all my stitching and embroidery work at home. With children married and settled and her husband mostly away on tours, it struck Ranitha to start something on her own. She chose making handbags because her mother loved them. I bought one bag from the market and different types of fabric including denim, cotton, velvet, corduroy, rexin, satin and pure silk, says Ranitha of her initiation into the work. The readymade bag was torn apart to understand what all goes into the making of one. And then with help from Banu and another tailor, she put all her creative ideas together and randomly made 50 pieces in different shapes, sizes, colours and embroidery patterns. Soon there was a visitor from Belgium at her home and she displayed all the bags in front of her to choose one. To Ranithas surprise, the lady instantly picked up the bright green purse made with pure silk. I felt the other bags looked prettier but she said the silk one was exquisite and exclusive. Following this, Ranitha made a trip to Sri Lanka with her batch of freshly crafted bags. Most of her friends there too chose the silk bags over the rest. This enabled Ranitha to sense the demand for silk in the market. In 2004, a Silk Mart ad caught her attention and for the first time she stepped out of Palayamkottai to participate in the 100 per cent silk products exhibition in Bangalore with a consignment of 500 ladies handbags stitched within a fortnight. Not only she sold every piece that had a price tag ranging from Rs.90 to 900, but she also clocked customised orders for over 200,000 bags. I never expected so much appreciation for my work, says Ranitha. It was a turning point for her. She had many customers telling her that while they wore expensive kanjeevarams and other silk saris to parties, weddings and other functions, they ended up carrying mismatched leather bags in black or brown. Those days silk bags were not common and those that were available in the market were very expensive. With people willing to make a style statement, Ranitha knew where to put her money, time and energy in. She registered herself under SSI and named her company after her first granddaughter. The company is now Silk-Mark certified by the Central Government Silk Board, validating the usage of pure Indian silk and has12 male and 25 female workers, all of whom have been trained by Ranitha from the scratch. Ranitha takes pride in the fact that she has been able to take out few villagers from their traditional occupation of rolling beedis and given them a healthy working environment and several other benefits. It takes minimum six months to train them to proficiency, she says. While the unique products with pretty patterns are all hand embroidered to perfection, to keep up with the demand, Ranitha has acquired an advanced computer embedded machine that does the rest of the stitching and zipping work fast. She is full of praise for her staff for their passion and precision. At present the team makes bags only in pure silk and on orders in spun silk.
 
News posted on 2015-06-20

Bagful of Talent
 
20th June 2015 - The Hindu Bagful of Talent Ranitha says quality of the product is her focus and she feels happy when her customers come and report to her of no damage even in old purchases. It makes me immensely happy then and I sit down to play my veena or piano or do some gardening, she smiles. Ranitha gives all ideas, designs and patterns for her bags and picks up the raw material herself including the different types of handles done in rope, beads, strap, tube, cane, metal, fibre or wooden. She says now women bring their expensive silk saris over and ask her to make a matching purse or clutch for an occasion. She has also started getting orders for bridal clutches, birthday and wedding day return gifts and corporate gifts. Last year she supplied 400 silk bags for delegates at a medical conference in Andhra Pradesh. Though she has slightly scaled up her price, Ranitha says her customers are prepared to pay. I fulfil their requirements and complete their attire ensemble artistically. Product profile: Nehas exclusive Ladies Handbags are available at its outlets in: Bell Hotel, Sivakasi; Hotel J.C.Residency in Kodaikanal and Madurai. Her showroom is housed inside the Bell School Campus on Madurai-Tiruchendur Road, Palayamkottai. She has tied up with Just Dial, Indiamart, Snapdeal etc and gone online to reach directly to the customers. On an average, depending on the order, 50 to 70 bags are manufactured at the unit. The catalogue lists over 500 models and for online Ranitha is focussing on 70-odd exclusive varieties. Take a look at the aesthetic creations on: www.nehasbags.com She has also diversified into other products like wall hangings with verses from the Bible, birthday pillows, head bands, cushion covers, party and flower girl frocks.
 
News posted on 2015-06-20

Today-s wind speed in Sivakasi is 27 km/h
 
20th June 2015 Today-s wind speed in Sivakasi is 27 km/h Today, in Sivakasi the windy conditions were being experienced and today the wind speed touched upto 27 km per hour. And it causes dust storm in the town. Tomorrow the wind speed will be 24 km/h and it will be reduced half for the next 7 days, to 13 km/h.
 
News posted on 2015-06-20

BRIDGE - JCI Sivakasi
 
19th June 2015 BRIDGE - JCI Sivakasi Charter Day Cum JCI Centinary Year Celebration Date: 21-06-2015, Sunday Time: 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. Venue: Master Printers Association Mahal A/c, Sivakasi Organisers: JCI Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-06-19

Road lines painted in Sivakasi
 
19th June 2015 Road lines painted in Sivakasi Amid safety concerns in Sivakasi, the road lines were painted, last month. The recently painted road lines helps the Sivakasi motorists guesstimating where speed breakers, lane lines and centre lines are located. To ensure free flow of traffic, Sivakasi Traffic Police have installed barricades at a number of places across the town.
 
News posted on 2015-06-19

Courtallam Season begins, Sivakasi is cloudier and drizzling
 
18th June 2015 Courtallam Season begins, Sivakasi is cloudier and drizzling The much awaited Courtallam season commenced, this week. Usually the season begins on first week of June, this year the season begins on 3rd week of June. Following the sudden start of the monsoon and consequent drizzle in Courtallam, the falls in Courtallam started receiving good inflow of water. Sivakasians flooded towards Courtallam from the very first day of the season. As it is Courtallam season, there is a sudden change in climate in Sivakasi town also. It is cloudy throughout the day and often drizzles, in Sivakasi, there was mild drizzle at morning, afternoon and evening. The drizzle did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. It is the right time to enjoy the showers of Courtallam.
 
News posted on 2015-06-18

Loan & Exchange Mela - TVS
 
17th June 2015 Loan & Exchange Mela - TVS Date: 17,18 & 19, June 2015, Wednesday to Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organiser: Balasanka TVS, Thiruthangal Road, Sivakasi Bring RC book of your old vehicle 2 xerox copies of Ration card 6 passport size photos 1 xerox copy of voter id 1 xerox copy of property tax receipt For further details contact 9976671177
 
News posted on 2015-06-17

Pradhosam held on 14th June
 
17th June 2015 Pradhosam held on 14th June In Sivakasi, on 14th June 2015, Sunday, Prathosam prayers was conducted, at evening. Prathosam is a day of importance for Lord Shiva and it occurs twice every month once during the growing moon period and once during the waning moon period. The offering of prayers on Prathosam day to both Lord Shiva and Nandhi is believed to destroy our sins and shower his blessings. In Sivakasi, Prathosam is an important event in Sivan Kovil. Special prayers were offered. Hundreds of devotees were presented on the auspicious occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-06-17

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
16th June 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet Yesterday, at late evening, Sivakasi receives mild drizzle occasionally, but, it fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. For the next 10 days sky will be partly cloudy with average maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 24 degree celsius. There is chance for drizzle / rain, today, in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2015-06-16

SMUGGLED CHINESE FIRECRACKERS WORTH RS 17.2 CR SEIZED BY DRI
 
15th June 2015 - Mumbai Mirror By Manish Pachouly SMUGGLED CHINESE FIRECRACKERS WORTH RS 17.2 CR SEIZED BY DRI The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)-Mumbai has unearthed a major firecracker smuggling racket, and has seized Rs 17.2-crore worth material that was being smuggled from China. This is the biggest firecracker smuggling racket busted by any agency in the country. The DRI got a tipoff about the smuggling attempt a fortnight ago. Around eight days ago, the DRI seized six containers, each 40-ft-long, that arrived at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Officially, the consignments were declared as that of water glasses, ceramic coffee mugs and paper kites. "They were huge containers and we kept checking them for the last eight days. The checking of the last container was carried out on Friday," a DRI official said. On opening the containers, the officials found cargo of officially declared goods in first two to three rows. "However, on removing these rows, we found the boxes of firecrackers," the official said. The official consignment of glasses, coffee mugs and kites was found to be worth Rs 34 lakh. On the import documents, the DRI officials found names and addresses of six different groups based in various parts of the city. "Most of the addresses were in chawls and there were no such people or group found," the official said. The DRI officials said that they seized the consignment before the same could be cleared from the port, hence couldnt find the people or the agents who would have got it cleared. "We have the information about the people involved and are hunting for them," the official said.
 
News posted on 2015-06-15

Chinese crackers worth Rs 17 crore seized near Mumbai
 
15th June 2015 - Deccan Chronicle Chinese crackers worth Rs 17 crore seized near Mumbai Mumbai: In one of the biggest seizures of its kind, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized Chinese-made firecrackers worth Rs 17.2 crore in containers at the JNPT port in Uran on Saturday, which were misdeclared as cutlery items and kites. The agency is trying to trace the consignee and believes the seizure was a part of a massive racket that is aimed at harming the local firecrackers industry. According to sources in the agency, they seized six containers, around 40-feet-long, that had been sent from China. According to the documentation, the containers were said to contain water glasses, ceramic coffee mugs, paper kites, but on examination were found to contain huge cache of firecrackers, concealed behind the first few rows of cover cargo. The firecrackers are valued at over Rs 17.2 crore and while the cover cargo has been valued at around Rs 34 lakh, said a DRI officer. Smuggling of cheap Chinese firecrackers is a big problem, not just from the safety angle, but also economically since they pose a big threat to the Indian firecracker industry that is predominantly based in Sivakasi and Silvasa, officer said. The seizure was possible since the tip off received was very specific, he told.
 
News posted on 2015-06-15

Today in Sivakasi
 
14th June 2015 Badminton Tournament 2015 Virudhunagar District Non-Medalist Men-s Doubles Indoor Badminton Tournament Date: 14-06-2015, Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. onwards Venue: AJ Stadium, Sivakasi Entry Fee: Rs.500 per team For registration contact 9894845452, 9894098840, 9442142160 Organiser: Mr.Ayyan Kodiswaran Eye Camp Date: 14-06-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Blood Donation Camp to be held tomorrow Date: 14-06-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Iniya Yoga & Iyarkkai Maruthuvamanai, Near Irrattai Silai, Coronation Colony, Sivakasi Organisers: Friends Blood Donation Group & Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9843545631, 9791667038, 9943592599
 
News posted on 2015-06-14

PRIDES 2015 - Lights Camera Action
 
13th June 2015 - Viswa Bharath PRIDES 2015 - District Level Inter School Culturals Event Name: Lights Camera Action Date: 26-07-2015, Sunday Time: 12:00 p.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Senior Campus Organisers: Alumni, The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School (2012 Batch) Duration: 5+2 min per team Participants: Min. 5 , Max.8, Only one team per school Rules 1. Shoot a best thematic short film of your own choice. 2. All the characters shown in the film must be of same school and they must present while projecting the short film. 3. No vulgarity should be permitted. 4. You should present your short film in a separate CD & Pend Drive Weightage: Concept, Editing and Direction, Acting, Professionalism For further details contact event co-ordinators Mithun - 9f487521422, Ravichandar - 9487508019
 
News posted on 2015-06-13

Blood Donation Camp to be held tomorrow
 
13th June 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held tomorrow Date: 14-06-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Iniya Yoga & Iyarkkai Maruthuvamanai, Near Irrattai Silai, Coronation Colony, Sivakasi Organisers: Friends Blood Donation Group & Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9843545631, 9791667038, 9943592599
 
News posted on 2015-06-13

Old age home opening ceremony to be held on 28th June
 
12th June 2015 Old age home opening ceremony to be held on 28th June Vivekanandar Foundation - Old age home and ladies hostel - milk warming ceremony Date: 19-06-2015, Friday Time: 06:00 a.m. Venue: Vivekanandar Foundation, Sivakasi - Virudhunagar Road, Opp. to MEPCO College, Kaariseri Village, Madhyasenai Panchayat, Sivakasi. All are welcome. Vivekanandar Foundation - Old age home and ladies hostel - opening ceremony Date: 28-06-2015, Sunday Time: 10:30 a.m. Venue: Vivekanandar Foundation, Sivakasi - Virudhunagar Road, Opp. to MEPCO College, Kaariseri Village, Madhyasenai Panchayat, Sivakasi. All are welcome. For further details contact Er.S.N.N.Sivapiran, Founder Trustee, +91-94433-79637 , email id: vivekanandarfoundation@yahoo.com
 
News posted on 2015-06-12

Sivakasi traders down shutters in protest against attack on traders
 
11th June 2015 Sivakasi traders down shutters in protest against attack on traders The Sivakasi traders here today kept all business establishments closed to protest the attack on Anna Vegetable Market traders. The Sivakasi traders condemned the attack on traders. Routine life in Sivakasi was completely paralysed as all traders closed their shops condemning the attack on town-s Anna Vegetable Market President Kamalamoorthy (60), Vice President Ganesan (40) and Member Murugesan (33) and demanding criminal action against those behind the attack. To register their protest, traders downed the shutters. The following associations down shutters their shops; Anna Vegetable Market Sangam, Sivakasi Anaithu Varthagargal Sangam, Bazar Vyaabarigal Sangam, Bus Stand Traders Association, Siru Vyabarigal Sangam and Nadaipadhai Vyabarigal Sangam.
 
News posted on 2015-06-11

Hot weather in Sivakasi
 
10th June 2015 Hot weather in Sivakasi Last few days reminded Sivakasians of the scorching days of late Summer. After a month of pleasant weather, Sivakasi had experienced warm weather for the past one month with the temperature steadily on the rise. Today, the maximum temperature soared to 36 degree Celsius, the highest so far this month, in Sivakasi town. The hot winds persisted until late evening. And Sivakasians usually experience this kind of weather in Summer. Travelling, even after 4:00 p.m., was tiring. There is chances for drizzle for the next 4 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-06-10

Renovation work starts at Mariamman Kovil
 
10th June 2015 Renovation work starts at Mariamman Kovil Renovation work at Sivakasi Mariamman temple has been going on in full swing. The Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai has drafted a plan to give complete facelift to the temple, which was last renovated in 2002, for Kumbabisegam. The first phase of renovation work starts from this week. Renovation work includes kodimaram (Dwajasthambam or Flag Mast), Thanga Kalasam, Thanga Vimanam, floor works, painting work. Amman idol and wooden kodimaram has been placed near rajagopuram. Kumbabisegam will be held in 2016.
 
News posted on 2015-06-10

Jaya inaugurates office buildings for Water Resources Department
 
9th June 2015 - The New Indian Express Jayalalithaa inaugurated office buildings for Water Resources Department at Sathayamangalam. Similar offices at Nagercoil, residential quarters for PWD staff at Amaravathy Nagar in Udumalpet, office buildings for Raj Bhavan in Nilgiris, new buildings at Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district were other bulidings declared open by the Chief Minister on Monday. Finance and PWD Minister O Panneerselvam, Commercial Taxes and Registration Minister MC Sampath, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister S Sundararaj, Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan, Advisor to the State government, Sheela Balakrishnan, and senior officials were among those present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-06-09

Cusat pulls up printing press
 
9th June 2015 - The Hindu Cusat pulls up printing press The Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has pulled up the management of a printing press in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, for the poor quality printing of question papers for its Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015. Senior varsity officials have asked the company representatives to explain why action should not be taken against them for the alleged lapses that eventually resulted in the delay in publication of the results of the common admission test for various courses offered by Cusat. The Hindu has learnt that the printing unit management rejected the allegation that they were responsible for the poor quality of printing. They blamed the varsity employees for not taking adequate care while clearing the question papers before going in to the press. But the varsity authorities rejected these claims and held the printing press responsible for the poor quality of printing. The management of the printing press unit tried to convince the university authorities that they had successfully undertaken the printing of question papers of CAT for long. But the Cusat administration was not satisfied with the reply. The varsity authorities also told the printing press management that such errors could not be justified owing to the national character and acceptance for the common admission test. The CAT results had got delayed compared to the previous years following the confusion over the distribution of marks for questions that were not legible in the CAT for B. Tech exams. Many invigilators had reported that at least 10 to 15 questions in the B. Tech entrance exam held on May 2 were not legible and difficult to read.
 
News posted on 2015-06-09

Rail users seek special train to Courtallam
 
7th June 2015 - NYOOOZ Rail users seek special train to Courtallam A merchant from Sivakasi visiting Courtallam with family said trains were the best mode of transport. "A road journey to Courtellam is cumbersome and exhaustive. Train is a safe mode of transport, especially if you are going with your family," he said. After the southwest monsoon begins, the Courtallam falls in Tiruneveli is expected to overflow with water, attracting lakhs of tourists. Rail users from the region urged railway authorities to operate special trains in the next three months to Sengotta- 6km away from Courtallam- to clear the rush, similar to the way they operate special trains during festivals. Rail users also urged the Madurai division to extend the biweekly Silambu Express from Manamadurai to Sengotta during the season. The season at Courtallam, which starts with fresh showers of southwest monsoon, will go on till the end of August. It is possible to get to Courtallam through National Highway 208 connecting Madurai and Kollam but the road has many curves and is considered dangerous. Three pairs of passenger trains between Madurai and Sengotta and the Podhigai Express from Chennai provide rail connectivity to the area. S P Jeyapragasam, former member of Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee and president of Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants Association Limited, said the railways could operate special trains during Courtallam season.
 
News posted on 2015-06-07

A co-operative society on the lines of Sivakasi would be formed
 
7th June 2015 - Business Standard A co-operative society on the lines of Sivakasi would be formed Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy today announced 21 projects as a solution to the immediate problems of coastal Alappuzha district. For protecting the coastal area from sea erosion a project of Rs 131.64 crore has been included. This is inclusive of the Rs 46.39-crore that was sanctioned earlier for constructing a permanent sea wall of 79 km in the district. Special projects are there for construction of sea walls at Purakkad and Arthunkal area. He also said apart from this, sea wall construction activities would commence soon at Harippad and Arattupuzha. While Rs 65 lakh would be given to IIT, Madras, to conduct an expert study regarding this, Rs 5.9 crore would be given to re-start the working of Komalapuram spinning mill. It has been proposed to form Bhavanabharatham cooperative society with district collector as chairman for constructing houses for the homeless. The project will be carried out with the fund collected from voluntary organisations and from corporate social responsibility fund of various companies. Chandy also informed that the expert committee on urban development would recommend the developments to be carried out in Chengannur, which is one of the base camp of Sabarimala pilgrim centre. A co-operative society on the lines of Sivakasi would be formed with sub collector as chairperson in the Thuravoor region to provide protection and job security for 1,500 people involved in cracker manufacturing. Also, 50 more paddy husker machines would be bought for the Kuttanadu farming region, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-06-07

Rs 363 Cr Worth Water Schemes Launched
 
5th June 2015 - The New Indian Express Rs 363 Cr Worth Water Schemes Launched CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday launched integrated drinking water schemes commissioned at Rs 813.54 crore by the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, which would benefit over a thousand rural habitations across Tamil Nadu. Jaya inaugurated the scheme through video conferencing at a function held at the Secretariat on Friday. The schemes include the Rs 363-crore drinking water project for the people in the municipalities of Virudhunagar, Rajapalayam, Srivilluputhur, Sivakasi, Aruppukottai, Kariyapatti, Siruchuzhi and Narikkudi, all in Virudhunagar district. The scheme undertaken in Salem at Rs 270 crore would benefit Attur and Narasingapuram municipalities besides 20 town panchayats and 12 panchayat unions. At Uthakuli union in Tirupur district, the 27.57 crore scheme would provide drinking water for about 250 households. At Tiruchy district, the Rs 16.16 crore project that was inaugurated by the Chief Minister would benefit over a thousand households. Similarly, the Rs 17 crore scheme for Thanjavur district and Rs 14.94 crore scheme for Erode were also inaugurated during the function. Municipal Administration and Water Supply Minister S P Velumani, Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan, advisor to the government, Sheela Balakrishnan, department secretary K Phanindra Reddy, TWAD board MD C Vijayaraj Kumar were among those present.
 
News posted on 2015-06-05

English learning gives competitive edge
 
5th June 2015 - The Hindu English learning gives competitive edge English learning enhanced the employability level of students and also provided an edge in any field in a competitive environment, said Ian Cawley, Global Manager, Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA), a no-for-profit organisation of the University of Cambridge. Mr. Cawley, who was here to interact with leaders of educational institutions, said that English had become essential for Indian students who were lacking in soft skills. The CELA provided tailor-made modules to learn English to different sections of people at the school and college levels. It worked in partnership with several higher education institutions and governments. For the University of Cambridge, one of the oldest universities of the world, which houses the biggest research department, it is an educational mission, said Mr. Cawley, speaking about the partnerships entered with governments and universities across the world to facilitate reforms in education. In Tamil Nadu, the CELA has 12 centres of excellence that are involved in enhancing the English skills of students. Among them, four Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai; National College of Engineering, Kovilpatti; Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, and Kalasalingam University, Krishnankovil are in south Tamil Nadu. Referring to a 2014 survey which said that 83 per cent of Indian engineering graduates were unfit for employment due to lack of soft skills, Mr. Cawley said that the CELA had English teaching modules even for corporation schools, using the latest technology. It was involved in implementation of Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English in Gujarat since 2007. The objective of the programme is to develop English language proficiency among the youth, with Cambridge curriculum, through an established network of 630 centres. Such programmes could be launched in other States also, he said. The CELA through its packages and tests opened doors to higher education and improved employment opportunities.
 
News posted on 2015-06-05

Showers at end of hot day
 
4th June 2015 Showers at end of hot day Today-s evening showers came as a much needed relief for the Sivakasians who experienced yet another hot day. The sharp showers, drenched Sivakasi within a minute. Todays light showers have helped to bring down the day temperature from 35 to 29 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-06-04

Petrol Price in Sivakasi
 
3rd June 2015 Petrol Price in Sivakasi In Sivakasi Petrol Price is Rs.69.78 a litre, Diesel Rs.56.53 per litre, Power Petrol Rs.72.49/litre.
 
News posted on 2015-06-03

Coming up this June in Sivakasi
 
3rd June 2015 Coming up this June in Sivakasi Badminton Tournament 2015 Virudhunagar District Non-Medalist Men-s Doubles Indoor Badminton Tournament Date: 14-06-2015, Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. onwards Venue: AJ Stadium, Sivakasi Entry Fee: Rs.500 per team For registration contact 9894845452, 9894098840, 9442142160 Organiser: Mr.Ayyan Kodiswaran Eye Camp Date: 14-06-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 21-06-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 28-06-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-06-03

Prathosam prayers conducted
 
3rd June 2015 In Sivakasi, on 31st May 2015, Sunday, Prathosam prayers was conducted, at evening. Prathosam is a day of importance for Lord Shiva and it occurs twice every month once during the growing moon period and once during the waning moon period. In both these periods, the 1 hour before and 1 hour after sunset and approximately, 4.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M. (the time we see stars) will constitute PRADHOSAM. It is on Prathosam that Lord Shiva danced between two horns of NANDHI DEVA. The offering of prayers on Prathosam day to both Lord Shiva and Nandhi is believed to destroy our sins and shower his blessings. In Sivakasi, Prathosam is an important event in Sivan Kovil. Special prayers were offered. Hundreds of devotees were presented on the auspicious occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-06-03

Pleasant climate likely to continue
 
3rd June 2015 Pleasant climate likely to continue After a hot sunny day, bands of clouds formed at evening 03:45 p.m.. It was drizzling occasionally and did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. Skies are darker and it is thundering.... cool breeze brings down the maximum temperature from 37 to 26 degree celsius and minimum weather is 26 degree celsius. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week, with chances for rain / drizzle.
 
News posted on 2015-06-03

Rain surprises Sivakasians
 
3rd June 2015 Rain surprises Sivakasians Today at late evening, there was non stop drizzling from 06:30 p.m. and a sudden spell of rain caught Sivakasians by surprise, bringing the chill back to the town. Rains lashed various parts of Sivakasi town from 07:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m., inundating low-lying areas. Rain accompanied by thunders and lightnings. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. And it was drizzling for long hours. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next three days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-06-03

Rain hits Sivakasi at midnight
 
2nd June 2015 Rain hits Sivakasi at midnight After a sweltry heat for the past one month, Sivakasi town unexpectedly receives rain for one hour at midnight today, from 12:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.. Following the rain, it was drizzling for several minutes. Sivakasians were surprised by the midnight rain. Sivakasi was lashed by heavy rains on night that left many low-lying areas waterlogged. Earlier last week, Virudhunagar received good rainfall for three days. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-06-02

School goers back to school
 
1st June 2015 School goers back to school After the summer holidays, most schools in Sivakasi, reopens today. Some Sivakasi kids are thrilled to meet their old friends and new classmates, some are a little apprehensive about their first day at school because of all things new, from new teachers, new friends to new worries, and may be even a new school. Earlier on 31st May 2015, Sunday, Sivakasi parents have thronged Sivakasi Bazar and plunged into the race for school uniforms, textbooks, shoes, bags, pencil boxes and watercanes for their children. Today, Sivakasi school goers returned to their classrooms for another academic year. Some Matriculation schools in Sivakasi will be reopen by 3rd and 4th June 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-06-01

Sidharajaa School shifted to Mani Nagar
 
31st May 2015 Sidharajaa School shifted to Mani Nagar Sivakasi Sidharajaa International School (CBSE Curriculum), is shifted from Kattalapatti Road to Sivakasi Mani Nagar. The newly opened CBSE school will be opened from 17th June, 2015, Wednesday. Positive growth, the well being and safety of our children of Sidharajaa International School (SIS) is the top most concern and we are shifting our classes to Mani Nagar place for pleasant environment. The admission for PRE K.G, L.K.G, U.K.G, Grade I and Grade II are under process till 15.07.2015 (Monday) says Mr.P.C.Sudharsanan, Chairman, Sidharajaa International School.
 
News posted on 2015-05-31

Brisk sales of school accessories
 
30th May 2015 Brisk sales of school accessories For the past one week, Sivakasi bazar is filled with families as parents and children look to buy materials in time for reopening of the schools. Compared to last year, the prices of these stationary items have skyrocketed. In Sivakasi, the prices of stationary goods like school bags, lunch boxes, shoes and uniforms too have risen by about 15%. Parents who want to make their children happy are left with little option but to quietly buy the goods at the price they are offered.
 
News posted on 2015-05-30

Mariamman Idol kept near Rajagopuram
 
30th May 2015 Mariamman Idol kept near Rajagopuram Sri Arulmighu Mariamman idol was kept near Mariamman Kovil Rajagopuram, after special prayers and rituals, on 29th May 2015, Friday. Kumbabisekam will be held on 2016, after completion of temple renovation works such as thanga kodimaram, thanga vimanam and thanga kalasam. Devotees throng the temple to pray Goddess Mariamman, as they are allowed to pray the goddess very near the idol. A wooden Kodimaram was placed in front of the temple.
 
News posted on 2015-05-30

Sivakasi Rehabilitation-model to be tried at Thuravoor
 
29th May 2015 - The New Indian Express Sivakasi Rehabilitation-model A Sivakasi-model cracker manufacturers society will come up at Thuravoor for rehabilitating about 1,500 cracker manufacturers in the locality. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has approved the project submitted by sub-collector D Balamurali. A co-operative society will be set up under the district collector for rehabilitating 1,500 cracker manufacturing workers at Thuravoor area. They will be rehabilitated toeing the line with the Sivakasi model, Chandy said. On the excess land in R-block at Kuttanad, he said it will be given back to 217 landless farmers there.Though earlier the government had given the excess land to 217 farmers, they lost it following the foul play of Kuttamangalam Co-operative Bank and real estate mafia. The government has started procedures for taking over the land from the mafia and the land will be given back to the farmers after completing all legal formalities,Chandy said. For the procurement of coconut husk, the coir workers in the district will get Rs 1.30 per husk. They will get the amount apart from their daily wages, he said. The Chief Minister announced that Kunchan Nambiar memorial museum will be set up at Ambalappuzha. A sum of Rs 29 crore has been sanctioned for constructing Mundakkal bridge and the state government will soon give the nod for the Rs 11.03 crore for Arattupuzha Tsunami project. The Nerekadavu bridge construction proposal will also begin soon, he added.Chandy said the Health Department has been directed to buy more medicines from the Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited. He said that the Malabar Cements Pallippuram unit will be re-opened on May 26 and the sale of cements will also be launched on the inaugural day. He said that all fishermen, who had lost their houses following sea erosion, will be given new houses, which would be constructed by the Fisheries Department. Relaxation of norms will be allowed while constructing such houses for the fishermen.The balance vacant seats which are available in the Fisheries Technical High School at Arthunkal, will be allotted to non-fishermen community, after allotting seats to the children from fishermen community. However, the children of the non-fishermen will not get the special financial assistance being given to the children of fishermen, Chandy said.The Chinese nets in the Kollam-Kottapuram waterway will be removed with the help of the fishermen. The presence of these nets are the major hindrance for the opening of the waterway for the movement of cargo, he said. The state government will also soon clear the dues in connection with the paddy procurement from Kuttanad.
 
News posted on 2015-05-29

Illegal import of Chinese fireworks threaten livelihood of lakhs of workers at Sivakasi
 
29th May 2015 - IBN LIVE Illegal import of Chinese fireworks threaten livelihood of lakhs of workers at Sivakasi Sivakasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is extensively promoting his "Make in India" campaign but workers at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu want him to invest in the project more. For more than 70 years, the small town of Sivakasi has been manufacturing fireworks but the illegal import of Chinese fireworks is threatening not just the livelihood of lakhs of workers but also the industry as a whole. Around 200 containers of illegal Chinese fireworks worth Rs 400 crore were smuggled into the country in 2014 resulting in number of orders going down and nearly a 100 factories out of the 800 are now up for sale. Deepak Amarnath, Partner at The Ravindra Fireworks, said, "There are smaller units in Sivakasi that are basically run by the advanced paid by the people who buy fireworks from them. They are hesitant to pay them. So they cant run their business without the money coming into Sivakasi. Nothing has shut down yet. So people are slowing down the production rate. My company is 10 to 15 per cent down in production rate. Whereas another company would be 50 to 60 per cent down in production rate." Though the import, possession and sale of foreign origin fireworks is illegal in India as per the 2008 Explosives Act, manufacturers say the Central and state governments are just not doing enough to check smuggling. G Abiruben, TANFAMA President, said, "Nobody has been booked under this illegal possession as yet. Only if people are booked will people understand this is a crime. And that is going to spread. Under the law if illegally smuggled fireworks is seized it has to be destroyed. No case of destruction has happened today so the material is actually lying somewhere which is not safe or being sold off due to some other process." One of the primary reasons manufacturers from Sivakasi are simply unable to compete with Chinese fireworks is because of the huge price difference. Traditionally fireworks made in China are more dangerous since they use potassium chlorate, a chemical banned in India. Sivakasi uses potassium nitrate and aluminium powder which is safer but more expensive. Rajasingh Chelladurai, Jumbo Fireworks Director, said, "The cost factor is one thing and the raw material is other and when it goes for sale there is also central excise duty and the local taxes and all these add up the cost to the dealer. So naturally, he has to keep his profit. So when it reaches the consumer, it becomes very high." Though china is the biggest producer and exporter of fire works, Sivakasi had so far had held off the Chinese invasion. Now the industry says if they are to survive they will need Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make some investments in his "Make in India" dream.
 
News posted on 2015-05-29

Vaikasi Brahmotsavam 2015: Thirukalyanam utsavam
 
28th May 2015 Photo: Dhanalakshmi Vaikasi Brahmotsavam 2015: Thirukalyanam utsavam As a part of 10 days annual Vaikasi Brahmotsavam Festival, Thirukalyanam utsavam was held on 25th and 26th May 2015, Midnight, at Sivakasi Kasi Viswanatha Swami temple. Hundreds of devotees take part on the special occasion of Thirukalyanam event. Special prayers were offered.
 
News posted on 2015-05-28

Vaikasi Brahmotsavam 2015 - Therottam
 
28th May 2015 Photo: Dhanalakshmi Vaikasi Brahmotsavam 2015 - Therottam Sivan devotees thronged Sivakasi Viswanathan Visalakshmi Amman Thirukovil to participate in the annual temple car festival held as part of the 11 day Vaikasi Brahmotsavam Festival, on, 27th May 2015, Wednesday, at 07:00 a.m.. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Sivan and Visalakshi, the event began from Sivan Kovil at 07:15 a.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities. The procession covered the four car streets of Sivakasi town. The temple car procession was accompanied with band set and Kerala Chenda Melam. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Hindu Arakattalaithurai, regulated the large gathering. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras.
 
News posted on 2015-05-28

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
28th May 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet After 10days of hot and sweltering climate in Sivakasi town, Sivakasi climate slightly changing to cloudier today. The skies were cloudier throughout the day. And there was mild drizzle from 04:30 p.m. to 04:35 p.m. and there was very mild drizzle occasionally. But the drizzle fails to make the road wet.
 
News posted on 2015-05-28

Maintenance work carried out
 
28th May 2015 Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., as TNEB carried out monthly maintenance works in the town. Also, during the shutdown, tree branches would be cut and take up regular maintenance work, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-05-28

Sivakasi Mariamman idol to be kept outside the temple on tomorrow
 
28th May 2015 Sivakasi Mariamman idol to be kept outside the temple on tomorrow On 29th May 2015, Friday, Sivakasi Mariamman idol to be kept outside the temple, for Kumbabishekam. For that concrete poodaaram has been built for the last three days. Around 5 workers engaged in building the poodaaram. Tomorrow important rituals will be performed to kept the goddess idol outside the temple. For Kumbabishekam, renovation work of kodimaram (Dwajasthambam or Flag Mast), Thanga Kalasam, Thanga Vimanam will be held from next week.
 
News posted on 2015-05-28

Plus Two toppers felicitated
 
26th May 2015 - The Hindu Plus Two toppers felicitated The Department of School Education, Chennai, and P.S.R Engineering College here, in collaboration with JCI Dynamic, Sivakasi, felicitated toppers of the higher secondary examinations recently. Kannappan, Director of School Education, felicitated the toppers and the heads of institutions that registered centum results. Chief guest Justice M. Chockalingam said that the commendable success of the achievers belonged to their parents and emphasised on the importance of taking smart decisions when under pressure. K. R.Viswanathan, Director (Academic), P.S.R Engineering College; D. Janakiraman, Head, JCI-Dynamic; R. Solaisamy, Managing Trustee, P.S.R Group of Institutions; V. Jeyakumar, Chief Educational Officer, Virudhunagar; and R. Swaminathan, Chief Educational Officer, Tirunelveli, spoke.
 
News posted on 2015-05-26

Challenge converted into opportunity
 
26th May 2015 - The Hindu Challenge converted into opportunity S. Manimekalai and S. Girija of Suviseshamuthu Christian Mission Girls Higher Secondary School at Satchiyapuram near Sivakasi are special children with a common deficiency residual vision, with 80 to 90 per cent loss. Girija has an added disadvantage, a nervous problem. But both of them made their scribes sweat it out in the SSLC examination. As a result, they have emerged toppers in the State among physically challenged children. The duo and three other special children have passed the SSLC examination from this school. They were mainstreamed with normal children under the Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage Programme. Manimekalai, with a score of 474 and ranked second in the State, wants to enter Civil Services to put an end to corruption and serve children like her. The daughter of a worker in a fireworks manufacturing unit, Manimekalai is brought to school on a bicycle by her uncle Palpandian for the last seven years. Girija, with 468 and ranked third, wants to be a Chartered Accountant to help the poor and start a school for the visually challenged. The school has been training them by providing magnifiers, tape recorders and book readers offered by philanthropists, says S. Rajadurai, correspondent. They are among the 25 special children studying in standard sixth to twelfth in the school. The combined efforts of teachers, resource teachers and normal students helped them in doing well in examinations, says S. Mercy Deborah, Headmistress. The encouragement was so high that the school got special permission for a child with hearing disability to appear for English, an exempted subject.
 
News posted on 2015-05-26

Hard Work Pays for 50 Former Child Labourers
 
26th May 2015 - The New Indian Express Hard Work Pays for 50 Former Child Labourers VIRUDHUNAGAR/NAMAKKAL/COIMBATORE: Fifty school dropouts rescued from child labour and placed for formal education by the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) have cleared Class X in three districts. Indumathi, who was placed in Venkateswara Vidyalaya HSS, Gobichettipalayam, Erode, scored a centum in mathematics and science and a total of 490 marks out of 500 marks. Indumathi went with her mother to a power loom when she was spotted by NCLP officials eight years ago at Veppadai. Later she was admitted to a special school, said Antony Jennit, NCLP project coordinator. Three students secured Virudhunagar district ranks under the NCLP circle: K Ramesh Kannan from Kalaimagal HSS, Thiruthangal, Sivakasi, got the district first rank scoring 479 marks; T Ranjithkumar from A V HSS, Sattur was placed second with 472 marks; and M Ponselvan from Kamak HSS, Krishnaperi, Sivakasi got the third rank with 462. NCLP Project Director T Narayanasamy said the 45 students came from poor families which compelled them to work in firecracker, safety match and printing units. NCLP officials rescued and admitted them to NCLP special training centre. Once they completed their fifth standard, they were admitted in regular schools. The NCLP teachers would monitor them till they completed Plus Two. The NCLP would get sponsors for them to continue their higher education. All the students rescued as child labourers work hard, and show a great interest in studies, added Narayanasamy. Two visually impaired girls, S Manimegalai and S Girija from the SCMS Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, secured State ranks in the differently-abled category. Manimegalai got the State second rank with 474 marks. She said her father Sundaram and mother were daily wage labourers in Sivakasi. I wish to become an IAS officer and serve the people, she said. Girija, who stood State third with 468 marks, scored a centum in science. She said her father Sivakadaksham was a temple priest in Sivakasi. I want to start my own business and employ hundreds of differently-abled people, she added.
 
News posted on 2015-05-26

Sivakasi Amma Unavagam inaugurated
 
25th May 2015 Sivakasi Amma Unavagam inaugurated On 24th May 2015, Sunday, Sivakasi Amma Unavagam was declared open in the KUTTY JAPAN TOWN through video-conferencing by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa from Chennai. Dr.V.K. Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality visited the canteen that was established near the Sivakasi Anna Vegetable Market. Sivakasi Amma canteens will serve idlies, for breakfast, at a cost of Re.1 an idly. The food in the afternoon will include sambar rice at Rs.5 and curd rice at Rs.3. The rice for the canteens will be procured at subsidised cost from the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) and groceries from the Government cooperatives.
 
News posted on 2015-05-25

Float festival held at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Kovil
 
23rd May 2015 Float festival held at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Kovil Yesterday, as a part of Chithirai Pongal Festival 2015, Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai organised float festival, for the first time, at Sivakasi Pathirakaliamman Kovil, Teppakulam. Thousands of devotees thronged the Sri Badrakaliamman Temple tank for the float festival, which was held on 22nd May 2015, Friday. The temple was decorated with colourful lights. The presiding deity of the temple, Goddess Badrakali Amman was taken on the grand float, decorated with flowers and colourful appendages. Devotional light music was arranged.
 
News posted on 2015-05-23

Temple car getting ready for Vaikasi Brahmotsavam
 
23rd May 2015 Temple car getting ready for Vaikasi Brahmotsavam As a part of 10 days annual festival Vaikasi Brahmotsavam, in Sivakasi, Therottam will be held, every year. Vaikasi Brahmotsavam Therottam is on 27th May 2015, Wednesday. Cleaning work of the temple car is in full swing. Around five people engaged in the cleaning and decoration work. It is expected that the decoration work will be completed by 25th May 2015, Monday. Therottam will be held at the four car streets of Sivakasi, at 07:00 a.m..
 
News posted on 2015-05-23

Temple Car is under the shed
 
22nd May 2015 Temple Car is under the shed Yesterday the peria ther and chinna ther were covered with sheds. Around 5 workers engaged in the shed work. It will be opened on 2016 panguni pongal festival.
 
News posted on 2015-05-22

Three Sivakasians secure state rank in SSLC exam
 
22nd May 2015 Three Sivakasians secure state rank in SSLC exam Three students from Sivakasi, among 540 students, who came secured third place in State-level, brought laurels to their schools in Virudhunagar district in the SSLC examination results announced on 21st May 2015, Thursday. S.Dharani of Kammavar SNM Matriculation Higher Secondary School, S.Pradheepa Bharathi of VSKD Matriculation Higher Secondary School, and Akshaya Kumar of YRTV School came third in state level by scoring 497 marks. The school teachers and their friends celebrated their victory by distributing sweets to other students. Last year nine Sivakasians scored 497 and secured state rank and this year it was slipped to three.
 
News posted on 2015-05-22

Jasmine price sky rocketed from Rs.100 to Rs.500
 
21st May 2015 Jasmine price sky rocketed from Rs.100 to Rs.500 As it is Kalyana Muhurtham for the past one week, prices of flowers have shot up. In Sivakasi, Jasmine price ranges from Rs.700 per kg.. Jasmine flower is just a dream for Sivakasi commoners this wedding season as it costs Rs.500 to Rs.700 per kg.. Earlier last week it was just Rs.100 a kg..Sivakasi florist expected that the price of Jasmine flower will fall back to normal in one month. And Sivakasians prefer buying Rose Aaram, which cost just Rs.10/- to Rs.20/-.
 
News posted on 2015-05-21

Mild drizzle for few minutes at evening
 
20th May 2015 Mild drizzle for few minutes at evening Yesterday, skies were clear at the morning. At evening, dark clouds developed and there was drizzle around 6:30 p.m. for few minutes. But drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-20

Vaikasi Visakam Festival begins with Kodiyetram
 
20th May 2015 Vaikasi Visakam Festival begins with Kodiyetram On 19th May 2015, Tuesday, the 10 days annual Vaikasi Visakam Festival begins with flag hoisting ceremony at, Sivakasi Sivan Kovil. Hundreds of devotees witnessed the kodiyetram event. Special prayers were offered.
 
News posted on 2015-05-20

Ban on plastic returns in Sivakasi
 
19th May 2015 Ban on plastic returns in Sivakasi Sivakasi Municiaplity has re-enforced the ban on use of plastic items lesser than 40 microns in thickness. The ban will be effective from 1st June 2015, Monday. Sivakasi Municipality had earlier enforced the ban in 1st January 2012 and in August 2013. Despite the ban, many small shops in Sivakasi continued to use thin plastic bags. Customers later dumped these bags around garbage bins, which ultimately clogged storm water drains. The ban is back in Sivakasi. Sivakasi Municipality enforced a major eco-friendly move by banning the use of polythene carry bags in Sivakasi Town from 1st June 2015. Action would be taken to prevent carrying of polythene bags. A fine will be imposed on anyone violating the ban.
 
News posted on 2015-05-19

School uniforms sale picks up in Sivakasi
 
19th May 2015 School uniforms sale picks up in Sivakasi With just two weeks left for the schools to reopen after the 2015 summer vacation, the sale of uniforms has started to pick up, in Sivakasi town. For the past one week, there was brisk sale of uniform cloths in Sivakasi textile showrooms. Some shops offer discounts for the school uniforms. A textile showroom offers 2 pants for Rs.500, 4 trousers for Rs.500, 3 uniform shirts for Rs.500, 2 sets of Churidhar for Rs.500/- and so on. There was heavy rush in tailor shops for stitching the uniforms.
 
News posted on 2015-05-19

A brighter start ends with drizzle
 
19th May 2015 A brighter start ends with drizzle A bright start to the day was end in scattered drizzle at evening and drizzle with band of clouds developed during evening around 03:00 p.m.. Skies were clear this morning. Drizzle between 03:25 p.m. and 03:45 p.m. at evening drenched the town, and brings down the temperature. For the next one week climate will be partly cloudy, with maximum temperature of 34 degree Celsius and minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-18

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
16th May 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today, Sivakasi received moderate rain between 11:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.. Following the sharp showers, it was drizzling occasionally. Sharp showers accompanied with thunders and winds. There was drizzle from 01:40 p.m. to 02:30 p.m. and the drizzle drenched Sivakasi. Maximum temperature fell down to 29 degree celsius and climate remains cloudy and pleasant. More rain likely to continue for the next two days with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-16

Theppathiruvizha to be held on 22nd May
 
16th May 2015 Chithirai Pongal Theppathiruvizha to be held on 22nd May Date: 22-05-2015, Friday Time: 07:00 p.m. onwards Devotional light music will be held at 06:30 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai
 
News posted on 2015-05-16

Bye bye Agni Nakshatram 2015
 
16th May 2015 Bye bye Agni Nakshatram 2015 Agni Nakshatram or Khatri, regarded as the hottest spell during summer in Tamilnadu. Agni Nakshatram for this year begins from 5th May 2015, Tuesday and ends on 22nd May 2015, Friday. Contrarily for the last two years Sivakasi receives good rainfall during summer season. This year also the climate in Sivakasi is pleasant with moderate summer rains, during Akni Naksatram season. In Sivakasi, for the next 10 days, temperature will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius. And it shows that there will be no impact of Agni Nakshatram, in Sivakasi, for 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-05-16

This Bhagavad Gita not for sale
 
16th May 2015 - The Hindu This Bhagavad Gita not for sale Bookshop owner procures signature edition Those who buy books at Sudhita Book Centre on the Main Road got awestruck at the sight of a huge and attractive book that stands amid the literature and stationery. That is not for sale, says Kiran Karumuri, proprietor of the bookshop, who owns two copies of the precious book the signature edition of The Bhagavad Gita, published by Sivakasi-based Nightingale Products. This is the worlds costliest edition of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, as its cover price is Rs. 39,500. It is a limited edition work and the publishers released only 360 copies into the international market, explains Mr. Kiran, who booked his copies online six months ago. As the two copies were delivered at his doorstep, he presented one of those copies to his guru and kept the second one for himself. A second generation bookseller from Kakinada, Mr. Kiran was in touch with Srinivasa Fine Arts in Sivakasi, that firm that is known for bringing out qualitative diaries under the brand name Nightingale every year. When I got to know about the signature edition, I have placed my order without second thought, he says while explaining the salient features of the edition to his customers. This Bhagavad Gita is crafted with worlds most precious eco-friendly materials, which are collected from as many as 25 nations. Acid-free paper and eco-friendly inks are being used and a guarantee of 250 years has been given by the publishers, he says. English and Hindi translations of all the Slokas were given and the paintings were done by renowned artist G.L.N. Simha basing on Chitra Sutra of Vishnu Dharmottara Purana that dwells on guidelines for divine paintings. All the pages are gold plated and embossing work on the cover page with Swarovski crystals needs a special mention. Gold-plated replica of peacock feather has been given as bookmark, explains Mr. Kiran. For the convenience of the booklovers who evince interest in having a glimpse of the rare work, the proud owner is moving the book on the foldable and rotatable bookstand that was given along with the book. Reading this edition of Bhagavad Gita is certainly a unique experience, Mr. Kiran says while browsing the golden gilded edges of the pages. Sudhita Book Centre proprietor Kiran says this is the worlds costliest edition of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, as its cover price is Rs. 39,500. It is a limited edition work and the publishers released only 360 copies in the international market.
 
News posted on 2015-05-16

Golden Heart 2015
 
14th May 2015 Golden Heart 2015 Date: 24-05-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue:AVT Municipality Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Age Limit: 0-16 yo Organisers: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler & Apollo Children-s Hospital For further details contact 9843764447, 9443472578, 9655745865, 9443545081
 
News posted on 2015-05-14

Sivakasi receives sharp showers at late evening on 13th May
 
14th May 2015 Photo: Vishwa Bhai Sivakasi receives sharp showers at late evening on 13th May On 13th May 2015, Wednesday, Sivakasi received sharp showers from 07:50 p.m. to 08:35 p.m.. Following the sharp showers, it was drizzling occasionally. At late evening, the sky looks reddish for long hours. Sivakasi weather fell down to 32 degree celsius. Earlier it was around 38 degree celsius. The recent rains and drizzles brought down the temperature in Sivakasi and brought relief from Agni Nakshathram / Kathiri Veyil 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-05-14

Moderate rain at Midnight in Sivakasi town
 
13th May 2015 Moderate rain at Midnight in Sivakasi town There was moderate rainfall in Sivakasi at 12:10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.. Sivakasians were surprised with a sudden downpour. Following rainfall, it was drizzling occasionally. Rain at night brings down the maximum temperature to 31 degree celsius. Rains likely to continue for the next 5 days.
 
News posted on 2015-05-13

Yoga for School Students
 
13th May 2015 Yoga for School Students Date: 11-05-2015 to 16-05-2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Town Thava Maiyam, Opp. to Srinivas Departmental Store, Sivakasi Organisers: Manavalakkalai Mandram, Sivakasi Registration Fee: Rs.300/- For registration contact 9443725089
 
News posted on 2015-05-13

Rain for the second consecutive day in Sivakasi
 
12th May 2015 Rain for the second consecutive day in Sivakasi The downpour that lashed Sivakasi town and its suburbs on Monday morning brought the much required respite from the summer heat. And Sivakasi received rain between 12:40 p.m. to 01:20 p.m., for the second consecutive day. Roads remained inundated for a few hours. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. The rain has stepped up the inflow into Mariamman Theppakulam. Inflow of rain water to Sirukulam and Peria Kulam remains ZERO.
 
News posted on 2015-05-12

Sivakasi gets 21mm rainfall on 11th May
 
12th May 2015 Sivakasi gets 21mm rainfall on 11th May Sivakasians were in for a surprise, today, as Sivakasi received rainfall for the second consecutive day. Yesterday Sivakasi gets 2.1 cm rainfall, between 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.. Though the "Agni Nakshatram / Kathiri Veyil" or the peak summer season began on 5th May 2015, Tuesday, the heavy downpour for the last two days brought down the temperature. Sivakasi likely to get more rain for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-12

S. Selva Swasthika Virudhunagar District Topper in HSC Exam 2015
 
12th May 2015 S. Selva Swasthika Virudhunagar District Topper in HSC Exam 2015 R. Gurushankar of KVS Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Virudhunagar, and S. Selva Swasthika of Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, topped the results with an identical score of 1185, in Virudhunagar District. S. Selva Swasthika mark details; Tamil 196, English 193, Economics 197, Commerce 199, Accountancy 200, Business Mathematcis 200.
 
News posted on 2015-05-12

Drizzle drenched Sivakasi on Sunday
 
11th May 2015 Drizzle drenched Sivakasi on Sunday On 10th May 2015, drizzle drenched Sivakasi, at evening. Though the sky was cloudy throughout the day, Sivakasi fails to receive rain. There was drizzle from 05:00 p.m. and continues till night. Drizzle for long hours drenched Sivakasi and chilled the grounds of Sivakasi. Devotees pulled temple chariot amidst drizzle and the temple car reached its destination.
 
News posted on 2015-05-11

Yet another cloudier day for Sivakasi
 
11th May 2015 Yet another cloudier day for Sivakasi Yesterday-s night drizzle brings down the temperature in Sivakasi town. And the climate is cloudier and often drizzling. Cool climate and black clouds with occasional drizzle and the climate has been slowly changing. Sivakasi likely to get more rain for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-11

Temple Chariot reach the destination
 
11th May 2015 Photo: Ram Temple Chariot reach the destination Yesterday, temple Chariot reach the destination, at 06:00 p.m.. Chithirai Pongal therottam begins on 8th May 2015, Friday, Chinna Ther reached its destination on the very first day and peria ther reched its destination on Sunday. Admist drizzle, hundreds of devotees pulled the temple chariot. Kadaisi thiruvizha is going to be held today.
 
News posted on 2015-05-11

Summer downpour provides Sivakasians relief from heat
 
11th May 2015 Summer downpour provides Sivakasians relief from heat In Sivakasi, an overnight drizzle, which turned into a heavy downpour during the day, today, caught most Sivakasians off guard. Umbrellas were hurriedly brought and Sivakasians were trying to ward off not only the rain but also from being splashed by passing vehicles with water from puddles on the road. There was heavy downpour from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.. Low lying areas were knee deep water. The rain provided much needed relief from consistently high temperatures over the past few weeks. While Sivakasi witnessed an occasional drizzle following the rain. Today the maximum weather fell down to 28 degree celsius and minimum to 23 degree celsius. There is chance for rain / drizzle for next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-11

Sivakasi received copious rain
 
11th May 2015 Sivakasi received copious rain Today, rain lashed Sivakasi town, at morning from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The rain poured so hard and so fast that some two wheelers especially mopeds were left stuck in the water, needing to be rescued. For drivers and commuters, the voyage home was just as problematic. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-05-11

Sivakasi likely to get more drizzle / rain for the next one week
 
11th May 2015 Sivakasi likely to get more drizzle / rain for the next one week Today Sivakasi received heavy downpour between 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.. Sivakasi likely to get drizzle / rain for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius. The rain will be a welcome relief for this Summer.
 
News posted on 2015-05-11

Happy Mother-s Day
 
10th May 2015 Happy Mother-s Day As many as the stars on the sky, so do I have as much regards to the woman who brought me to this world, Happy Mother-s Day!
 
News posted on 2015-05-10

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
10th May 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 17-05-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Vishwanatham Ooraatchi Ondriya Uyarnilai Palli, Vishwanatham Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital & Vishwanatham Friends Blood Donation Group For further details contact 9486736817, 9003811045
 
News posted on 2015-05-10

Former worker wants to be a teacher
 
10th May 2015 - The Hindu Former worker wants to be a teacher Having lost her mother at the age of three, C. Muthuselvi of Tiruthangal was rolling dummies for firecrackers till she was admitted to the Rs. 100 school (a reference to the special training centre run under National Child Labour Project) across the street in 2008. On Thursday, she walked into the Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women in Sivakasi to get an application form for admission to B.A. (English Literature). With her score of 1,135, Muthuselvi of Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Tiruthangal, can walk into any top-ranking college. When her peers clamour for professional courses with lesser scores, Muthuselvi says, I want to be a teacher. This has been my childhood dream. She is among the 73 children, including 27 Dalit students, mainstreamed by the NCLP to have passed Plus Two this year. The NCLP in Virudhunagar district has scored a centum with all its children getting through. K. Gowsalya of S.R.N. Higher Secondary School, Tiruthangal, a former worker in fireworks, has scored 1,103. R. Alaguraj of Thevamar Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, who was assisting his father in hair dressing, has scored 1,051. Muthuselvis father works in a printing unit for daily wages and her aged grandmother, Mariammal, takes care of her. I assist my grandmother in her night idli shop in Muthumari Nagar from 9 p.m. to midnight. I wake up at 4 a.m. to continue my study, says Muthuselvi. She wants to do B. Ed. to become a teacher. Virudhunagar district has 19 special training centres of the NCLP where child workers and school dropouts are provided elementary education before being integrated in mainstream schools. We now have 166 former child workers of Virudhunagar district pursuing higher education, of whom 14 are in engineering colleges and three are studying law, says T. Narayanasamy, Project Director, NCLP. Integration of child workers with mainstream education is effected with the involvement of NCLP instructors, who closely follow the children right from a young age. The children identified by the NCLP are aged 9 to 14 years. We strive to provide the best education for these children. We get them admitted to private schools with private sponsorship, says M. Sivajothi, an NCLP instructor.
 
News posted on 2015-05-10

2015 Chithirai Pongal Therottam
 
9th May 2015 Photo: Arun Prasanth 2015 Chithirai Pongal Therottam As a part of 2015 Chithirai Pongal Festival, Therottam was held, yesterday, at four car streets. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deities, Badrakaliamman and Vinayaka, the event began from Theradimukku at 04:00 p.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Goddess Badrakaliamman and Vinayaka. The procession covered the four car streets of Sivakasi town. Enthusiastic devotees, including large number of school and college students, pulled the car through the four Car Streets of Sivakasi town. The decorated small Vinayaka car reached its destination in around one hour. The big temple car procession began at 05:35 p.m.. Devotees prepared and offered pongal to the Goddess. Hundreds of people witnessed Therottam Festival in Sivakasi. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. A huge crowd witnessed the colourfully decorated car from the top of various buildings. Some Sivakasians captured the golden moments of therottam in their mobile phones and digital cameras. It is expected that the temple car will reach its destination in one or two days. Caught unawares by the non stop rain, thunders and lightnings most Sivakasians especially devotees those who attended therottam festival and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. There was sharp showers between 06:00 p.m. to 07:40 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-05-09

Exhibition ends tomorrow
 
9th May 2015 Exhibition ends tomorrow The 67th Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition will ends on 10th May 2015, Sunday. The entrance ticket is priced at Rs.10 and will be the same on all the days. The 67th exhibition offers a variety of articles including toys, garments, ornaments, electronic goods, books and snacks. To excite and entertain Sivakasians, the exhibition have Giant Wheel, Tora Tora, The Columbus Ship, toy train and many toy rides for kids, and many more fun-filled activities filled the space. The giant wheel and other amusement rides are a hit among Sivakasi youngsters at the Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition and charging about Rs.40 to Rs.80 per person, for a ride. The exhibition will also have stalls such as Delhi Appalams, Milagaai Bajji, Panji Mittai (Cotton Candy) and Ornaments. The 67th Annual Exhibition in Sivakasi is exciting and entertaining all sections of people in Sivakasi town. Dont miss to visit and enjoy the exhibition.
 
News posted on 2015-05-09

All set for Chithirai Pongal Therottam
 
8th May 2015 All set for Chithirai Pongal Therottam As a part of Chithirai Pongal Annual Festival, Therottam will be held every year, in the four car streets of Sivakasi. Yesterday, vadam thoduthal event was held at 10:30 a.m.. The procession spots were marked with white lines on either side of the road. Today Therottam will begins from 04:30 p.m. onwards.
 
News posted on 2015-05-08

Rain causes power cut in Sivakasi
 
8th May 2015 Rain causes power cut in Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced steady rain, from 06:20 p.m. to 07:40 p.m., today, accompanied by non stop lightening and thunders for 75 minutes. And the heavy rain causes power outage in the town. There was no power supply from 06:15 p.m.. Power resumed at 08:05 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-05-08

Summer rain lashes Sivakasi town
 
8th May 2015 Summer rain lashes Sivakasi town Today, surprisingly the summer showers that lashed Sivakasi town from 06:00 p.m. to 07:40 p.m. provided some respite from the sweltering weather. The rain, accompanied by thousands of lightning, strong wind and thunders for more than two hours, picked up momentum. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. Several low-lying areas in the town were inundated after the incessant heavy rain. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. And still drizzle continues. Lightning and thunders are threatening Sivakasians like anything. The rain poured so hard and so fast that some two wheelers especially mopeds were left stuck in the water, needing to be rescued. For drivers and commuters, the voyage home was just as problematic. The rain made it hard to see, while the pools of water made it hard to drive and in some cases Sivakasi motorists were unable to move. Caught unawares by the non stop rain, thunders and lightnings most Sivakasians especially devotees those who attended therottam festival and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. More rains / drizzle to come in for next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-08

Non stop lightning and thunders for two hours
 
8th May 2015 Photo: Ram Non stop lightning and thunders for two hours There was non stop lightning and thunders for two hours in Sivakasi town, today. It was a great relief to Sivakasians who was basking under the hot summer because of the sudden rain which splashed the town. Today evening at about 06.00 p.m. it started with a drizzle. Few minutes later there was thunder and lightning and for the next two hours, the rain pounded Sivakasi and its suburbs. This sudden rain which chilled Sivakasi town also created a ruckus to the office goers and motorists. Thousands of lightnings strikes for two hours. Lightning and thunders threatened Sivakasians in all the ways.
 
News posted on 2015-05-08

International FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament at Sivakasi
 
7th May 2015 International FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament at Sivakasi Date: 17/05/2015 to 21/05/2015 Venue: SIPT, Sivakasi Total prize Rs.3 lakhs Register now @ email: sivakasichess@gmail.com , mobile: 07200511667
 
News posted on 2015-05-07

Sivakasi Lions school student bring laurels to Sivakasi
 
7th May 2015 Sivakasi Lions school student bring laurels to Sivakasi Selva Sastika of The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School secured 1185 marks in Higher Secondary Examination 2015. Selva Swasthika came first in Virudhunagar District by scoring 1185 marks. And she brought laurels to her school and the town.
 
News posted on 2015-05-07

Pyrotech Fireworks Display Show
 
7th May 2015 - Akilesvar Mosi, Aravind Kumar Karthikeyan Pyrotech Fireworks Display Show Yesterday, at 09:25 p.m.., a wowing fireworks display has been arranged, for Chithirai Pongal Festival 2015. Thousands thronged the Badrakaliamman Kovil and enjoyed watching the show. A large number of Sivakasians witnessed the colourful fireworks show from the top of their home and various buildings. Sivakasians captured the colourful moments of the fireworks display show in their mobile phones and digital cameras. Earlier special pujas were performed to Goddess Badrakaliamman and devotees offered prayers. Sivakasians are busy in shopping and tasting the delicious Karuppatti Mittai and Vellai Mittai. Kayirukuthu festival entertains all sections of people in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-05-07

Chithirai Pongal Kayirukuthu Thiruvizhaa 2015
 
6th May 2015 Chithirai Pongal Kayirukuthu Thiruvizhaa 2015 Chithirai Pongal Kayirukuthu festival was celebrated in Sivakasi, today. Large number of devotees take part in Vesham Poduthal ( swearing of white and black dots in their body and having neem leaves in their hands ) and sings the song Aahoi Ayyaahoi. Devotees carried mulaipaari, agni chatti, 1000 kannu paanai, and maavilakku. Some devotees perform nerthikadan such as Padha Kaanikai, Kan Malar, Muthu Poduthal, Kayirukuthudhal and mottai podudhal. Sevaral fans club and Social Clubs in Sivakasi distributed free Butter Milks, Rose milk, Sarbath, Lemon Juices and Paanai Karam to the public. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner.
 
News posted on 2015-05-06

Devotees fulfilled their nerthikadan
 
6th May 2015 Devotees fulfilled their nerthikadan As a part of Chithirai Pongal Festival 2015, devotees fulfilled their nerthikadan-s such as mudi kannikai, pommai kannikai, muthu poduthal, agni chatti, 1000 kan paanai, mulaipaari, vesam poduthal. Thousands of devotees fulfilled their nerthikadan. Devotees also offered pongal to Goddess Badrakaliamman, on the auspicious day of Kayirukuthu thiruvizha.
 
News posted on 2015-05-06

Devotees take out Agni Chatti
 
6th May 2015 Devotees take out Agni Chatti Hundreds of devotees take out akni chatti, on the auspicious festival of Chithirai Pongal 2015. From early morning devotees fulfilled their vows to Goddess Badrakaliamman. Devotees those who carried out Aknisatti was accompanied with music bands such as mela thaalam, thaara thappattai and band sets. After offering prayer to Lord Karuppasamy, at Karuppasamy Kovil, devotees completed their nerthikadan at Pathirakaliamman Kovil. Devotees carried out akni chatti till 08:00 p.m. today.
 
News posted on 2015-05-06

Drizzling for second consecutive year on Kayirukuthu festival
 
6th May 2015 Drizzling for second consecutive year on Kayirukuthu festival As like last year, it was drizzling today afternoon, on Kayirukuthu festival. Last year Sivakasi received sharp showers during early hours of morning. This year there was sharp showers from 03:00 p.m. to 03:15 p.m.. Sivakasi likely to get more rain / drizzle for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-06

Sivakasi celebrates Chithirai Pongal
 
5th May 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Chithirai Pongal Chithirai Pongal Festival was celebrated in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, today. The way leading to the temple wore a festive look. The balloon, toy sellers and vendors arranged stalls on either side of the road near Badrakaliamman Kovil. The temple has been decked up with festoons, flowers, lights and banners for the Chithirai Pongal Festival. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple to offer worship. Sivakasians prepared and offered pongal for Badrakaliamman. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai arranged the festival in a grand and in an systematic manner. The temple and police administration have made special arrangements to conduct the festival in a smooth manner. Paadha Kanikai, muthu poduthal were offered by the devotees, for last week. Some devotees carried out Aayiramkan Paanai. Majority of Sivakasians, in their home prepared traditional Kathirikaai and Murungaikaai Puli Kulambu.
 
News posted on 2015-05-05

Rain brings horror to wayside vendors
 
5th May 2015 Rain brings horror to wayside vendors Around 25 shops were placed near Badrakaliamman Kovil, for Chithirai Pongal festival, today-s rain, affects all the stalls. With sudden occurrence of rain at afternoon, roadside vendors found it difficult to protect their wares. Devotees who were thronging Badrakaliamman temple ran helter-skelter in search of some shield to cover from rain. Very few devotees visited after the rain. Moderate to heavy rain continued for about 30 to 40 minutes from 03:15 p.m., in Sivakasi town. It is expected the situation will be normal and the temple will attracts more devotees, tonight. Chithirai Pongal roadside vendors suffered loss of business due to rainfall. Vendors pray to stop rain for the next one day.
 
News posted on 2015-05-05

Rain for the second consecutive year on Chithirai Pongal
 
5th May 2015 Rain for the second consecutive year on Chithirai Pongal Last year rain lashed on Chithirai Pongal and Kayirukuthu Festival, in Sivakasi town. And this year also, Sivakasi received good rain on the day of Chithirai Pongal. After playing hide and seek for the past one month, the much awaited rain finally made its presence felt in Sivakasi town, today. As predicted two weeks back by weatherman, the skies turned black and started drizzling and sharp showers at afternoon. Moderate to heavy rain continued for about 30 to 40 minutes from 03:15 p.m. to 04:05 p.m., in Sivakasi town. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle, for the next week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-05

7aam thiruvizha celebrated with seer varisai
 
5th May 2015 7aam thiruvizha celebrated with seer varisai Yesterday, 7aam thiruvizha was organised by Sivakasi Nadargal Kothamaargal Magamai. On the auspicious occasion of 7aam thiruvizha amman was in SAYANA thirukolam (padutha nilaiyil amman veedhi vulaa). The procession of amman takes place accompanied with Chendai melam and SEER VARISAI (fan, mixer, grinder, fan, valayalgal, paathirangal). Hundreds witnessed the procession and SEER VARISAI event at Kadai Kovil, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-05-05

Hundreds witnessed Kalugettram
 
4th May 2015 Hundreds witnessed Kalugettram As a part of Chithirai Pongal Festival, Kalugettram event was held today, morning. Hundreds witnessed the traditional Kalugettram event, at 05:30 a.m.. Fireworks display held following the event of Kalugettram. 10 minutes fireworks display entertains all section of people. Sivakasians captured the golden moments in their mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras.
 
News posted on 2015-05-04

Japanese Language class begins from 7th May
 
4th May 2015 Japanese Language class begins from 7th May In Sivakasi, Sidharajaa International School (CBSE Curriculum), Japanese Language class begins from 7th May 2015, Thursday. To learn Japanese Language please contact 04562-227557, 9688030557, 9042146087, email: admin@sidharajaaschool.in , Website: www.sidharajaaschool.in .
 
News posted on 2015-05-04

Chithirai Pongal Therottam is on 8th May
 
4th May 2015 Photo: Ram Chithirai Pongal Therottam is on 8th May As a part of Chithirai Pongal Annual Festival, Therottam will be held, every year, in the four car streets of Sivakasi. Vadam pidithal event will be held on 7th May 2015, Thursday and Therottam is on 8th May 2015, Friday. Decoration work for chinna thaer and periya ther has been already completed on last week.
 
News posted on 2015-05-04

Soorasamharam - 5aam Thiruvizhaa Chithirai Pongal
 
3rd May 2015 Photo: Aravind Kumar Karthikeyan Soorasamharam - 5aam Thiruvizhaa Chithirai Pongal Chithirai Pongal 5-aam Thiruvizhaa Soorasamharam was held at mandagapadi place, organised by Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Javuli Varthagargal Sangam, today, at 02:00 a.m.. While one half of the Chithirai Pongal 5-aam Thiruvizhaa, that stands for the Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran. That takes place in the four car street of Sivakasi. Devotees worshiped Badrakaliamman in mandagapadi. The place of mandagapadi was decorated with festoons, garlands, flowers, thoranais attractive colour papers and decorative lights. Police securities were tighten to control over the crowd. Sivakasi Municipality workers cleaned the mandagapadi premises, at the midnight. Their services are splendid and invaluable. Sharply at 02:00 a.m., amman in black saree weeded out Mahisaasuran. Hundreds of devotees witnessed samhaaram of Mahisaasuran. Whistles, kulavai and claps rent the air. Thousands of Flower pots were lighten in the centre of the road. The organisers burst crackers and paper shots, at the time of the Soorasamharam of Mahisaasooran. As the part of the Soorasamhaaram, fireworks display were taken place in a grand manner. After seeing Badrakaaliamman killing Mahisaasooran, as a symbol of good winning over the evil, devotees worshiped Badrakaliamman in mandagapadi place. Special abhishekam and poojas were made to Badrakaliamman at mandagapadi, amman idol was sent back to Kadai kovil. People also visited 6-aam thiruvizhaa mandagapadi place. It is getting decorated with glasses, flowers, festoons, colour papers and the work is still in progress, to entertain the Sivakasians today night.
 
News posted on 2015-05-03

Crop failure in north India rattles Sivakasi cracker manufacturers
 
3rd May 2015 - The Times of India Crop failure in north India rattles Sivakasi cracker manufacturers SIVAKASI: Unexpected rainfall resulting in crop failure in several parts of north India has given a scare to firework manufacturers at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. They fear that the orders will further slump, affecting the already ailing industry. The Rs 2,000-crore industry in this small town in Virudhunagar district has been witnessing a steady decline in the last three years with 150 of the 800 fireworks units turning sick and 40 being shut down. Nearly 100 units are up for sale, but there are hardly any prospective buyers since the economy of the town has seen a recessionary trend in the last three years, according to industry sources. "We are scared of the crop failure in north India because north is a significant market for us. Most of the players have piled up stocks but dealers from north are yet to appear," said A Mariappan, former vice-president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA). V Ragavan of Nayagi Fireworks, one of the big players at Sivakasi, said good harvests and handsome economic situation in northern states were key for the health of the fireworks industry at Sivakasi. "Not many months are left for Diwali, but dealers havent yet come. It is going to be difficult year for both small and big players this year. We hope that at least Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh markets will be better this year," he said. The downfall will affect more than 1.5 lakh direct employees and 1.75 lakh others, who work either in auxiliary industries or with service providers.
 
News posted on 2015-05-03

Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi
 
3rd May 2015 Photo: Maheswaran Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi There was sharp showers between 03:40 to 04:05 p.m., in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering hot day, Sivakasi receives moderate rain at evening. Sharp showers brings cheers and surprises Sivakasians. Theres chance for drizzle / rain for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-05-03

Sivakasians starts thronging 6aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi
 
3rd May 2015 Sivakasians starts thronging 6aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi Today, from evening, Sivakasians starts thronging 6aam thiruvizha mandagapadi. As a part of Chithirai Pongal, 6aam mandagapadi was organised by Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai. On the special occasion, the mandagapadi near Sivakasi Sivan Sannathi, Theradi Mukku, was decorated with 40 feet mandapadi - colourful clothes, glasses, lights, festoons and colourful papers. Tomorrow at 05:30 a.m. kalugetram will be held. It is expected that over one lakh will visit mandagapadi and Sivakasi exhibition, today.
 
News posted on 2015-05-03

Aindhaam Thiruvizhaa - Soorasamhaaram at 02:30 a.m. on 03-05-2015
 
2nd May 2015 Aindhaam Thiruvizhaa - Soorasamhaaram Date: 03-05-2015, Sunday Time: 02:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Four Car Streets, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadargal Javuli Varthagargal Sangam
 
News posted on 2015-05-02

Kalugetram on 4th May
 
2nd May 2015 Kalugetram on 4th May Date: 04-05-2015, Monday Time: 05:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Hindu Nadargal Uravinmurai, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-05-02

Fourth day festival celebrated
 
2nd May 2015 Fourth day festival celebrated On the occasion of fourth day festival of Chithirai Pongal 2015, Amman (Vedhala Vaganam) procession was held at four car street. Hundreds witnessed the procession. Special pujas were performed in Kadai Kovil and in Pathirakaliamman Kovil.
 
News posted on 2015-05-02

Hundreds witnessed 5aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi
 
2nd May 2015 Hundreds witnessed 5aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi Thousands of devotees thronged Mandagapadi for darshan on the special occasion of 5aam thiruvizha - Chithirai Pongal. Mandagapadi was decorated with hundreds of yellow color lights, festoons and papers. The devotees stood in queues from 06:00 p.m.. The fifth day festival was organised by Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Javuli Varthagargal Sangam. 5aam Thiruvizhaa is attracting a steady stream of visitors who flock to the Mandagapadi from today morning. And Sivakasians are enjoying the festive buzz of 5aam Thiruvizhaa. Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran will be held at 02:00 a.m. (03-05-2015).
 
News posted on 2015-05-02

Coming up in May 2015
 
1st May 2015 Coming up in May 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held on 1st May Date: 01-05-2015, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Venue: Arulmigu Sri Ayyappan Aalaya Annadhaana Mandapam, Srivilliputhur Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital in association, S.Velayutha Nadar - Rathinammaal, V.Kaliappan. Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 01-05-2015, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Kamarajar Park, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Dr.K.Kathiravan, Chariman, Sivakasi Municipality Organisers: Sivakasi Thala Fans & Sivakasi Government Hospital. Aindhaam Thruvizhaa Date: 02-05-2015, Saturday Time: 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 a.m. Venue: Arisi Kottaai Mandagapadi Samhaaram of Mahisaasuran Date: 03-05-2015, Sunday Time: 02:00 a.m. onwards, Venue: Four Car Street, Sivakasi Aarraam Thiruvizhaa Date: 03-05-2015, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. to 06:00 a.m. Venue: Theradi Mukku, Near Sivan Sannathi Kalugettram Date: 04-05-2015, Monday Time: 06:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Chithirai Pongal Date: 05-05-2015, Tuesday Kayirukuthu Date: 06-05-2015, Wednesday Venue: Badrakaliamman Kovil, Sivakasi Therottam Date: 08-05-2015, Thursday Venue: Four Car Street, Sivakasi Certificate Course in Japanese Language - Nihongono Jugyo Date: 07-05-2015 to 23-05-2015 Venue: Sidharajaa International School, CBSE CURRICULUM, Katalapatti Road, Sivakasi School Students (from VI standard to XII standard Time: 09:00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Hours: 30 Fee: Rs.4,000/- College Students, ITI Diploma Time: 11:15 a.m. to 01.15 p.m. Hours: 30 Fee: Rs.5,400/- Businessman, Professionals Time: 06:00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m. Hours: 30 Fee: Rs.6,500/- For further details contact 04562-227557, 9688030557, 9042146087, email: admin@sidharajaaschool.in Website: www.sidharajaaschool.in Eye Camp Date: 10-05-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion Organisers: Sankara Eye Hospital and Khaitan Steel Mart Free Mental Health Camp Date: 17-05-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 31-05-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-05-01

Third day Chithirai Pongal Festival
 
1st May 2015 Third day Chithirai Pongal Festival Sivakasi Chithirai Pongal Moonrraam Thiruvizhaa was celebrated on 30th April 2015, Thursday. Third day festival of Chithirai Pongal 2015 was organised by Kaliswari Group of Industries, Sivakasi. At 08:00 p.m. Badrakaliamman Procession in Parvadha Vaaghanam has been taken place from Kadai kovil to Badrakaliamman Kovil. The procession of The Traditional Kerala Pancha Vaathiyam, Singari Melam and Deeba Vilakku procession in front of the Radhams added to the festive spirit. In the procession, Sivakasi kids were wowed by seeing laughing Chettiar doll and Goddess Saraswathi. Sivakasians captured the golden moments of Chithirai Pongal Moonam Thiruvizhaa procession in their mobile phones and digital cameras. Cinema play back singer Legend L.R.Eswari & Gana Bala performed and entertained Sivakasians, at SHN Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. Light music was performed by Joswa Shruthi Orchestra, Chennai. Thousands of Sivakasians witnessed moonam thiruvizhaa festival and exhibition.
 
News posted on 2015-05-01

Legend L.R.Eswari and Gana Bala was a festive cheer for Sivakasians
 
1st May 2015 Legend L.R.Eswari and Gana Bala was a festive cheer for Sivakasians As a part of Chithirai Pongal 2015 Third Day Festival, Sivakasi Sri Kaliswari Group of Industries organised light music at Sivakasi SHN Girls Higher Secondary School. Joswa Shruthi orchestra enthralled audience from 10:30 p.m. to 01:30 a.m.. Thousands of Sivakasians thronged SHN Girls School. The performance of Cinema Play Back Singer Legend L.R.Eswari and Gana Bala was a festive cheer for Sivakasians. Whistles and claps rent the air.
 
News posted on 2015-05-01

Small matchbox units face crisis
 
1st May 2015 - The Hindu Small matchbox units face crisis The survival of safety match manufacturers has become uncertain after the government excluded the industry from small-scale sector. The new regulation, that came into effect on April 1, allowed large-scale manufacturers to produce matchboxes. It would certainly be an uphill task for small manufacturers in this traditional industry to compete with large-scale operators, according to J. Devadoss, secretary, South India Match Manufacturers Association, Kovilpatti. The new regulation stated that large-scale operation was allowed in this industry to upgrade it to compete at the global level. The labour-intensive match manufacturing industry flourished in those days, creating large-scale employment opportunities in drought-prone areas. Though large-scale production was allowed in the early 1960s, there was a production ceiling of 5,000 million matchboxes per annum. The ceiling was effected to safeguard the interests of small-scale manufacturers, who largely relied on manpower, Mr. Devadoss noted. He said in the existing situation, the stakeholders were content with mechanisation of manufacturing units and there was no necessity to upgrade them further. Currently, the production was going beyond consumption and this situation had caused accumulation of matchboxes. Unfortunately the global demand for matchboxes was also waning, he told The Hindu on Sunday. If large-scale manufacturers started producing matchboxes, the future of 1,900 small manufacturers in Kovilpatti, Sattur, Sivakasi, Elayirampannai and Ettayapuram would be bleak. Besides, the fate of 1,50,000 direct and indirect workers relying on this industry would be sealed, he said. Once all production units were mechanised fully, necessity for large workforce would remain a big question. Hence, the government should reconsider this regulation and permit only small manufacturers to protect this industry. Around 300 semi-mechanised match factories and 40 fully mechanised units were being operational in the region, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-05-01

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
30th April 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 01-05-2015, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Kamarajar Park, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Dr.K.Kathiravan, Chariman, Sivakasi Municipality Organisers: Sivakasi Thala Fans & Sivakasi Government Hospital.
 
News posted on 2015-04-30

Irandaam Thiruvizhaa celebrated with religious fervor
 
30th April 2015 Irandaam Thiruvizhaa celebrated with religious fervor Irandaam Thiruvizhaa celebrated with religious fervor, on 29th April 2015, Wednesday, at Badrakaliamman Kovil, Sivakasi. At 07:45 p.m. fireworks display was arranged and hundreds of devotees witnessed the same. Innisai Katcheri was arranged and the second day festival was arranged by Pioneer Groups, Sivakasi. Sri Pathirakaliamman procession was held.
 
News posted on 2015-04-30

Sharp showers take Sivakasi by surprise
 
30th April 2015 Sharp showers take Sivakasi by surprise Sivakasians were in for a surprise when there were sudden showers today evening, between 05:20 p.m. to 06:05 p.m.. The weather throughout the day was partly cloudy. Sudden sharp showers, accompanied by thunder and lightning, in Sivakasi town, immediately bringing down the temperature. Sivakasians, who had been suffering due to the sweltering heat this week, heaved a sigh of relief. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 25 degree celsius and there is chances for rain on 5th and 6th May 2015, i.e., on Chithirai Pongal & Kayirukuthu Festival.
 
News posted on 2015-04-30

Chithirai Pongal begins with flag hoisting ceremony
 
29th April 2015 Photo: Rajalakshmi, Lakshmi Devi Chithirai Pongal begins with flag hoisting ceremony The 11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival commenced at Sivakasi Sri Arulmighu Pathirakaliamman Temple with the flag hoisting ceremony, on 28th April 2015, Tuesday. Special pujas were performed on the chief deity Badrakaliamman. The priests also performed special pujas on the flag post, where the holy flag was hoisted. Thousands witnessed Kodiyetram Festival. Some devotees prepared Pongal and offered to Badrakaliamman. Light music was arranged. Vijay TV fame Sai Saran and Sukanya enthralled the audience for more than two hours. After Kodiyetram event, Fireworks display has been made.
 
News posted on 2015-04-29

Sivakasians enthralled by Balu & Balu Shruthi performance
 
29th April 2015 Sivakasians enthralled by Balu & Balu Shruthi performance As a part of Chithirai Pongal 2015 Flag Hoisting Ceremony, Sivakasi Ayyan Fireworks Industries organised light music at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple. Balu and Balu Shruthi orchestra enthralled audience for two hours. Thousands of Sivakasians were present on the occasion. The performance of Vijay TV fame Airtel Super Singer Sai Charan and Sukanya was a festive cheer for Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-04-29

Badrakaliamman Kovil glowing with lights
 
29th April 2015 Badrakaliamman Kovil glowing with lights Sivakasi Mariamman Temple wore festive look, as thousands of colorful lights set the temple aglow. There are serial lit to mark the 2015 Chithirai Pongal Festival in Sivakasi. The temple will dazzlingly light up every night until May first week and has become a much-awaited Moondraam Thiruvizhaa, Aindhaam Thiruvizhaa and Aaaraam Thiruvizhaa, Chithirai Pongal and Kayirukuthu event for Sivakasians and visitors alike.
 
News posted on 2015-04-29

Fireworks Display held for Kodiyetram
 
29th April 2015 Fireworks Display held for Kodiyetram As a part of Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram, Sivakasi Ayyan Fireworks Industries organised a fireworks display show, following Light Music by Balu and Balu Shruthi, Chennai. Thousands thronged the Badrakaliamman Kovil and enjoyed watching the show. Earlier special pujas were performed to Goddess Badrakaliamman and devotees offered prayers, on the special occasion of flag hoisting ceremony.
 
News posted on 2015-04-29

Connecting Hearts in Service
 
28th April 2015 - The Hindu Connecting Hearts in Service With renewed enthusiasm and energy a new team of Soroptimist International (SI) Madurai-Chapter was installed at a simple ceremony last weekend. The outgoing president Dr.Sudha Dheep pinned the badge on Latha Abiruben, who took over charge with several new projects in her wish list for the year 2015-16. The SI members dressed in the evenings colour code peach sashayed in their lovely saris that brought out the best of silks, cotton, chiffon, crepe and georgettes and the not-to-be missed pearl accessories. But behind the elegant get-up what is transparent are the lives that are also so useful, honourable and compassionate. The charming ladies no doubt have control over their own lives. They are educated and confident. They are empowered. But more importantly they use their knowledge and wealth to leverage more resources, support more causes, help more people and pass on to their circles of influence and networks. It is the motivation to improve the quality of life of others that drives organisations such as these. The SI was started in 1921 by 80 women in Oakland as an international volunteer organisation for business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities across the world. The Madurai Chapter launched in 2010 has 30-odd members from Madurai, Sivakasi, Dindigul and Rajapalayam. Belonging to different professions, they have all joined hands and their hearts to make a difference in the lives of others, lighten the burden of someone and transform the lives of women and girls. If Dr.Sudha Dheep during her term initiated innovative projects that addressed the challenges faced by young girls, abused women and ignorant mothers (namely, the good touch bad touch, emotion management and leadership skills project in schools, educating college girls on violence against women and pre-marital counselling and awareness and screening health camps for women), Latha Abiruben too has her priorities laid out that will have a socially relevant impact on people. Latha Abiruben, the proprietrix of Greenvision Vermicompost, is well known for her environment-friendly projects and rallies in her hometown Sivakasi. Under her leadership, the most ambitious SI project for the year is the proposed installation of a solar traffic island. A work in progress, it is likely to be ready by the year end (see Graphic). The most immediate activity slated is the health awareness programme for women to be launched on May 10 coinciding with Mothers Day with a free health check-up camp for women at Devadoss Multi-speciality Hospitals. Awareness campaigns on cervical cancer, osteoporosis, prevention of hair loss during pregnancy, motherhood and much more will be carried through the following week observed as Womens Health Week. A Save Earth marathon will mark the World Environment Day celebration on June 5 along with the launch of the solar traffic island project. SI Madurai will also distribute Go Green stickers to vehicles that get their pollution checks done. The Soroptifest Organic Expo will be the next big and first of its kind organic fair in the city that will exhort the people to shift towards a natural living. From July 31 to August 2, the mega exhibition will bring under one roof a host of eco-friendly products at Hotel Fortune Pandiyan. The lifestyle shift is poised to grow, says Latha, with a slow but growing demand for organic and natural products. The expo will showcase solar and green building products, wind power, organic fertilizers and bio-pesticides, natural fibre, green cosmetics, organic ornaments and apparels, furnishings, fitness and nutrition products. Cooking demos, dance, fashion and mime shows and contests for families and children will add to the entertainment value. During the past five years the SI Madurai has been working on minimising the use of hazardous plastic material, waste segregation and disposal, responsible waste management, promoting the use of khambas for home composting of organic waste, creating and maintaining green spaces in the city such as the Cosmo Green Park near P.T.Rajan Hall and economically empowering the women in their adopted village Kalikapen. All the projects will continue in the same spirit, says Latha, whose team now consists of Sangeetha as vice president, Divyeah Ramu as the secretary and Jayanthi Raja as the treasurer. All SI members not only share their time, knowledge and talents but also financial resources to light up the lives of the differently-abled and poor and needy girls. Every year, the members individually or collectively offer scholarships to select girls in different categories to complete basic or pursue higher studies. Service is rooted in love. In a world filled with chaos and strife when somebody stops to give a hand to serve, it only reaffirms the famous saying, not for ourselves alone are we born.
 
News posted on 2015-04-28

Summer rain leaves exhibition shopkeepers worried
 
27th April 2015 Photo: Arun Sankar Summer rain leaves exhibition shopkeepers worried Untimely summer rain that lashed Sivakasi town, yesterday, has left shopkeepers at exhibition worried. The rain left exhibition ground waterlogged. People had to wade through the water in most places. Very few people visited the Chithirai Pongal Exhibition. It is expected that over one lakh will visit exhibition on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th day of Chithirai Pongal Festival.
 
News posted on 2015-04-27

Nerthikadan Dolls begins arriving for Chithirai Pongal
 
27th April 2015 Nerthikadan Dolls begins arriving for Chithirai Pongal Netrikadan dolls (pommai) made of sand and clay, starts arriving Sivakasi town. As Nerthikadan some devotees carried hand, leg, baby dolls made of sand and clay, Ayiramkan paanai and Agni Chatti and offered to Goddess Pathirakaliamman, for Chithirai Pongal Festival. Many of them can be seen displaying their colourful dolls, muthus and pots. In Sivakasi, clay doll price ranges from Rs.60/- and price of agni chatti / aayiramkan paanai is Rs.100/-, and one packet Muthu is Rs.20/-. Some devotees began to offer the dolls to amman from yesterday onwards. It is expected that the sale of dolls and pots will be doubled during pongal and kayirukuthu festival.
 
News posted on 2015-04-27

A few minutes of drizzle
 
27th April 2015 A few minutes of drizzle Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi, for the past 15 days. Today afternoon, skies bulged with dark clouds and Sivakasians expected a heavy downpour, but Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle from 01:10 p.m. to 01:15 p.m.. The mild drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. The rain gods were intent on playing hide-and-seek and now the dense clouds are over the Sivakasi town. For the next one week aky will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 23 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-04-27

Blood Donation Camp to be held on 1st May
 
27th April 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held on 1st May Date: 01-05-2015, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Venue: Arulmigu Sri Ayyappan Aalaya Annadhaana Mandapam, Srivilliputhur Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital in association, S.Velayutha Nadar - Rathinammaal, V.Kaliappan.
 
News posted on 2015-04-27

Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Chithirai Thiruvizhaa
 
27th April 2015 Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Chithirai Thiruvizhaa The 11 days Chithirai Pongal festival will be celebrated in Sivakasi from 28th April 2015, Tuesday. Chithirai Pongal organizers have made all necessary preparations to celebrate the festival. Sivakasians showing great enthusiasm for the Chithirai festival. Decoration work for 5aam thiruvizhaa, 6aam thiruvizhaa is in full swing. Tomorrow is kodiyetram / onnaam thiruvizhaa. The town wore festive look.
 
News posted on 2015-04-27

Chithirai Pongal Onnaam Thiruvizha Special - Super Singer Sai Saran
 
26th Aprl 2015 Chithirai Pongal Onnaam Thiruvizha Special - Super Singer Sai Saran Light Music Manual Orchestra by Balu & Balu Innisai Kulu Airtel Super Singer Fame Suganya & Saisaran Date: 28-04-2015, Tuesday Time: 08:30 p.m. Venue: Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil Campus, Sivakasi Fireworks Display Show at 10:30 p.m. Organisers: Ayyan Fireworks Factory Private Limited, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-04-26

LR Eswari & Gaana Bala - Chithirai Pongal Moonnaam Thiruvizha Special
 
26th April 2015 LR Eswari & Gaana Bala - Chithirai Pongal Moonnaam Thiruvizha Special Light Music Manual Orchestra by Joswa Sruthi Cine Fame - Play back singer L.R.Eswari, Gana Bala Date: 30-04-2015, Thursday Time: 10:15 p.m. Venue: SHN Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Kaliswari Group of Industries, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-04-26

Quilling and Paper Crafts
 
26th April 2015 Quilling and Paper Crafts Date: 8th May 2015 onwards Time:05:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue:1/408 H2, Baradhi Nagar, opp. to Gnanam Compound, NGO colony, SIVAKASI 626124 Fees: Rs.1,700/- including materials For further details contact +91-96003-47565
 
News posted on 2015-04-26

Light decoration work in full swing
 
26th April 2015 Light decoration work in full swing Chithirai Pongal light decoration work is going on in full swing, at Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, for the last few days. The 11 days festival starts from 28th April 2015, Tuesday with Kodiyettram event, at the temple premises. Chithirai Pongal is going to be held on 5th May 2015, Tuesday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 6th May 2015, Wednesday. The decorative works for Chithirai Pongal Utsav has been taken place, in Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil for last two days, in the temple campus and the way leading to the temple is getting a festive look. Pandhal work has been completed. It is expected that the light decoration work will be completed by today night. Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple is attracting a steady stream of visitors who flock to the premises in the evenings to enjoy the festive buzz of Chithirai Pongal.
 
News posted on 2015-04-26

Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi
 
26th April 2015 Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi For the past two weeks, rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi. Today evening, skies bulged with dark clouds and Sivakasians expected a heavy downpour, but Sivakasi experienced drizzle from 04:10 p.m. to 04:50 p.m.. Drizzle and sharp showers drenched Sivakasi. For next one week sky will be partly cloudy, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-04-26

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
26th April 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall from 05:45 p.m. to 06:05 p.m., today. Within minutes of a steady shower the town was seen flooded and clogged. There is slim possibilities for rain for the next 10 days.
 
News posted on 2015-04-26

Sivakasi enjoys pleasant weather
 
25th April 2015 Sivakasi enjoys pleasant weather Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze throughout morning. Sun shows up its face at 12:20 p.m.. Chill breeze, cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. The pleasant climate likely to continue for next two days, with maximum of minimum temperature of 32 and 23 degree celsius. Yesterday, it was cloudier at evening, with roaring thunders and lightning, but unluckily there was no rain. Thiruthangal experienced drizzle, yesterday evening.
 
News posted on 2015-04-25

Hot Sunny Day for Sivakasi