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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
 
25th April 2015 Hot Sunny Day for Sivakasi After a cloudy start, Sivakasi experienced cool breeze till 12:00 p.m.. Sivakasians enjoyed the cool climate. Unluckily, the Sun turns bright and it was sweltering hot day for Sivakasi. It was hot and sky were clear till 05:30 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-04-25

Sivakasi fireworks industry sends out SOS
 
24th April 2015 - The Times of India Sivakasi fireworks industry sends out SOS SIVAKASI: There is less noise in the fireworks hub this year. At a time when Sivakasi should be crackling with preparations for Diwali, at least 100 fireworks units are up for sale. Work orders have come down and workers in many of the small units are jobless. While workers are worried about their daily wages, employers are struggling to save the Rs 2,000 crore industry. Of the 800 fireworks units, 150 units, mostly small factories, have turned sick and 40 have closed operations. Some 100 units are up for sale with owners looking for prospective buyers with not many in sight. "Smaller units are caught in a cash crush because we run our units on advances we receive from our dealers in north India. None of the dealers have turned up so far. Banks are closely watching the scenario and are hesitant to provide any loans. How do we procure raw materials and pay the workers wages?" asked a small player in the town. The situation appeared precarious, said former vice-president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) A Mariappan. "When production season starts for the next Diwali, it is normal for five or six companies to be sold and bought. But, we have learnt that more than 100 units are up for sale now, which is alarming. The fireworks industry in Sivakasi is in serious trouble," he said. Though many want to sell off their units, it is hard to find a buyer who would be ready to pick up a sick unit and fight the odds of a dwindling market and restrictions from Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation, said president of Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association ( TIFMA) in Sivakasi T Kannan. "Under the circumstances, it is hard to buy a fireworks unit and run it on profit," he said. The situation is no better for larger players either. Rajasingh Chelladurai of Jumbo Fireworks, one of the big companies in Sivakasi, said economy remained weak across the country. "Fireworks are always a luxury that can be skipped in the Diwali budget. Unless the economy revives for good, it is very difficult to save the industry. All players, both big and small, have loads of accumulated stock from last year which cannot be sold without demand," Chelladurai pointed out. Seasoned players like Rajasingh, Mariappan and Kannan know this is just the beginning because the fireworks industry is intertwined with other industries in the town like printing, matches and pyro supplies. It is only a matter of time before the slowdown in demand affected every sector, bringing Sivakasi to a grinding halt, they said. District secretary of Fireworks Workers Association M Mahalakshmi said the huge workforce of Sivakasi was in serious trouble. "Without adequate work, workers do not get even 70% of their earlier wages. Most of them borrow heavily with the hope of paying back when the production picks up," she said. "Various factors have pushed the industry to ruins. We appealed to ministers hailing from the region and the state government to look into the situation. But in spite of repeated petitions, the ministers are yet to act. The entire state machinery seems to be in a kind of slumber," a frustrated Mahalakshmi said.
 
News posted on 2015-04-24

Graduation Day Celebrated at SKC
 
24th April 2015 - The Hindu Graduation Day Celebrated at SKC Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, organised its 11th Graduation Day on April 2 with K. Uthayasuriyan, Controller of Examinations, Alagappa University, as the chief guest. The college secretary, A.P. Selvarajan, declared the Graduation Day open. Principal S. Krishnamurthy welcomed the gathering. Dr. Uthayasuriyan, in his address, wanted the students to transmit knowledge and culture to the next generation. He insisted that students should aim for self-development and work for the development of society. He distributed degree certificates to 656 graduates. Of them, 505 were undergraduates, 143 postgraduates and 8 M.Phil scholars. Rank holders were honoured at the function.
 
News posted on 2015-04-24

Sharp Showers and Rainbow Surprises Sivakasians
 
23rd April 2015 Sharp Showers and Rainbow Surprises Sivakasians Sivakasians were surprised by a rainbow that formed after a sharp showers around 5.20 p.m. to 06:00 p.m.. The surprise turned into curiosity when the 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. Earlier sky was very clear in the morning and it was a hot sunny day for Sivakasi. It was hot throughout the day. Surprisingly Sivakasi received sharp showers.
 
News posted on 2015-04-23

5aam & 6aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi getting ready
 
22nd April 2015 5aam & 6aam Thiruvizha Mandagapadi getting ready Aindhaam and aaraam thiruvizhaa mandagapadi getting ready for Chithirai Pongal 2015, in Sivakasi town, for the last two days. Around 20 workers involved in constructing and decorating 25 feet Mandagapadi place near Theradi Mukku. 2015 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyettram will be held on 28th April 2015, Tuesday, 5aam thiruvizha and Surasamharam will be held on 2nd May 2015, Saturday, 6aam mandagapadi thiruvizha will be held on 3rd May 2015, Sunday and Pongal is on 5th May 2015, Tuesday and Kayirukuthu will be held on 6th May 2015, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2015-04-22

Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram is on 28th April
 
21st April 2015 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram is on 28th April The 11 days Chithirai Pongal Festival will begin with flag hoisting ceremony (Kodiyetram) on 28th April 2015, Tuesday, at Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, from 07:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.. There will be fireworks display, after Kodiyetram at 10:30 p.m.. Light Music Manual Orchestra will be performed. Onnaam Thiruvizha will be organised by Ayyan Fireworks Factory Private Limited, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-04-21

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
21st April 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet Today after a cloudy and pleasant start, it was cloudy throughout the day. There was mild drizzle at 01:00 p.m. and drizzle occasionally. Following the drizzle, sky was bright. At 05:30 p.m. there was mild shower for few minutes. But drizzle at afternoon and evening fails to make the road wet. Climate in Sivakasi is pleasant. Chances for drizzle / rain for the next 10 days, in Sivakasi, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-21

Pandhal removal work in full swing
 
21st April 2015 Pandhal removal work in full swing For the last two days, pandhal removal work is in full swing, in Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi. Around 5 people engaged in the pandhal removal work. It is expected that the pandhal removal work will be completed in two days. Pandhal was set and decorated for Panguni Pongal Festival for the past one month.
 
News posted on 2015-04-21

Gold rush in Sivakasi on Akshaya Tritiya
 
21st April 2015 Gold rush in Sivakasi on Akshaya Tritiya Today, shops selling jewellery in Sivakasi town were crowded with customers. Some shops seemed to have got extra staff to cater to Akshaya Tritiya crowd. All the Sivakasi Showrooms were buzzing with activity and packed with people. Many showrooms in Sivakasi opened at around 8.00 a.m. to cater to the rush. For last two weeks, Jewelers in Sivakasi had introduced many schemes to attract the customers. The schemes will be continued for next few weeks. The huge crowd at almost every gold showroom in Sivakasi is a proof for how well, the auspicious angle attached to the day has appealed to the Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-04-21

Exhibition begins from 24th April
 
20th April 2015 Exhibition begins from 24th April The 67th Annual Chithirai Pongal Exhibition begins from 24th April 2015, Friday at SHNV Boys Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, to entertain Sivakasians. Time of the exhibition is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Some of the entertaining shows to be arranged are Giant Wheel, Tora Tora, The Columbus Ship, toy train and many toy rides. For advertisements contact 9843048911. Exhibition ends on 10th May 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-04-20

Certificate Course in Japanese Language
 
20th April 2015 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
 
News posted on 2015-04-20

Another day of disappointment
 
20th April 2015 Another day of disappointment Dark clouds hover over the skies of Sivakasi, at 03:00 p.m. to 04:30 p.m.. However, there was no rain despite weatherman-s announcement. Like the earlier ten days, dark clouds appear on the horizon in Sivakasi, giving Sivakasians hopes of a good rain. But disappointing for the last 10 days. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 23 degree celsius. Sivakasi satisfied with occasional sharp showers and drizzle, today, between 03:30 p.m. to 04:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-04-20

Drizzle for the 7th consecutive day
 
19th April 2015 Drizzle for the 7th consecutive day Yesterday, at late evening, it was drizzling occasionally for long hours and the drizzle makes the road wet. The night drizzle did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Earlier it was a hot sunny day with clear skies. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next four days, with average minimum temperature of 24 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 32 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-19

Ice Apple Season in Sivakasi
 
19th April 2015 Ice Apple Season in Sivakasi Padhaneer and Pana Nungu has turned Sivakasi town-s favourite drink during summer season. The hottest days of the summer is the season for Pana Nungu (Ice Apple) and watermelon. The best remedy to keep out bodies heat is to drink Padhaneer. For last few weeks, the most common sights in Sivakasi town is, motorcycles and cars parked in front of Nungu and tasted the natural nutrition to beat the heat of the summer. In Sivakasi, price of one Pana Nungu is Rs.5/- to Rs.6/-. Plain Padhaneer priced Rs.10 and Nungu Padhaneer is Rs.20-. Sivakasi Nungu Vendors procure Nungu from Surandai and more than 50 roadside vendors shops has been placed in the main areas of Sivakasi town. Most of these Nungu vendors loads get exhausted even before afternoon. Sivakasians prefer tender coconuts and Padhaneer as a healthy refresher in the hot season of Summer instead of other soft drinks. Always, there remains demand for these natural nutrition during summer season, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-04-19

College Day celebrated at MEPCO
 
18th April 2015 College Day celebrated at MEPCO Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, celebrated its 31st College Day on March 28. The chief guest, P. R. Vasudeva Rao, Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, in his address, said that the country provided immense opportunities for well qualified students. He urged the students to constantly read articles by eminent authors and technologists so that they could get a pragmatic outlook of life. He reminded the students that irrespective of their family background it was their hard work, perseverance, passion and desire to contribute to the society that would help them grow. The secretary, Sv.K.M. Ramalingam, welcomed the gathering. A. Vairaprakasam, president of the college, presided over the function. S. Arivazhagan, Principal, presented the annual report. The students and staff were felicitated for their scholastic achievements during the prize distribution ceremony. Students, who had scored top marks in their higher secondary examination and chosen Mepco Schlenk Engineering College for higher education, were presented with scholarships. Sports performers with top scores in university examinations till the third semester were also given scholarships. A total of 98 scholarships were awarded on the day. The celebration concluded with a cultural programme and music performance by students.
 
News posted on 2015-04-18

Return of the Sparrow
 
18th April 2015 Return of the Sparrow A study conducted by Balaji, a research scholar at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, concluded that sparrows prefer artificial nests more. “Sparrow is a bird that lives around human habitations. They are dependent on human practices. They don’t build a nest on trees like other birds. They choose safe secure corners, lofts and boxes,” says Balaji. A sparrow’s diet includes dry seeds or millets and grains like rice or wheat. “Earlier, the women used to dry grains on the terrace and draw maakolam (kolam with rice flour) on the doorsteps and the sparrows found their food there.”
 
News posted on 2015-04-18

Power Shut Down Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
18th April 2015 Power Shut Down Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 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 2015-04-18

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
16th April 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet After a cloudier start, at early morning today, as the day progressed, the skies were clear and bright. Around 03:15 p.m. blue clouds turned black. There was mild shower at 04:40 p.m.. But drizzle fails to make the road wet. Now the climate in Sivakasi is pleasant. There is possibility for drizzle or rain for the next four days with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-17

Sivakasi receives moderate rain at night
 
17th April 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain at night At around 09:20 p.m. Sivakasians were surprised with a sudden downpour. There was steady shower between 09:20 p.m. to 09:35 p.m., 09:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and often it was drizzling accompanied with thunders and lightening. And it was drizzling till 10:35 p.m.. Thiruthangal also received moderate rain. Rain at night brings down the maximum temperature to 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-17

Embroidery & Handicrafts classes
 
16th April 2015 Embroidery & Handicrafts classes Date: 20-04-2015 to 12-05-2015 Embroidery Class (Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) - Fees - Rs.500 Handicrafts (Time: 12:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.) - Fees - Rs.500 Zari Work (Basic) (Time: 12:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.) - Fees - Rs.750 Venue: 34, Muslim Middle Street, Sivakasi For further details contact K.Shenbaga Bhavani - 9677964537, B.Rabiyathul Bazariya - 9486739183
 
News posted on 2015-04-16

The sky turns blue
 
16th April 2015 The sky turns blue Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze throughout the day. Due to drizzle accompanied with lightning and thunders for long hours on yesterday evening and night, there was gradual dip in the temperature (31 & 23 degree celsius). It was dark in the morning and now the sky turns blue from 09:15 a.m. onwards.
 
News posted on 2015-04-16

College Day celebrated at PSREC
 
16th April 2015 - Prof.Amutha Shanmugam, AP(Sr.Gr.)/IT, PSREC, Sivakasi College Day celebrated at PSREC The 7th College day and 7th Sports day of P.S.R.Rengasamy College of Engineering for Women, Sivakasi was celebrated on 3rd April, 2015 at the college auditorium. Thiru R.Solaisamy, Managing Trustee of P.S.R Group of Institutions presided over the function. Mrs.S.Deepa, AP/CSE welcomed the gathering. The Principal, Dr.K.Ramsamy honoured the chief guest and presented the annual report of the college which included various achievements and endeavors of the college in the academic year 2014-15. The Chief Guest Mrs. R.Vijayalakshmi, the Trustee of P.S.R Group of Institutions distributed the prizes for academic achievers and class toppers. Students with 100% attendance record, winners of various sports events for both students. Faculty members who produced good academic results were honored by cash awards. The students exhibited their talents in dance, music and acting through various cultural events. The vote of thanks proposed by Mrs.V.Dhanam, AP/ECE.
 
News posted on 2015-04-16

Drizzle for the fifth consecutive day
 
16th April 2015 Drizzle for the fifth consecutive day It was drizzling in Sivakasi for the fifth consecutive day. But drizzle fails to downpour. Skies were clear until evening. At around 05:00 p.m. black clouds started forming and there was occasional drizzling accompanied with thunders and lightning. For the next one week there is slim possibilities for drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-16

Not quite a cracking season
 
15th April 2015 Courtesy: The Hindu Not quite a cracking season While the celebration of Vishu is synonymous with firecrackers, it has not been a cracking sale this season. Traders in Kochi are worried as the hike in prices has blown the air out of firecracker market. “The sales are yet to pick up as the number of shoppers dropped compared to previous years. The summer rains and decline in arrival of stocks from Sivakasi owing to a lorry strike have also affected our prospects,” said a wholesale firecracker merchant in Kochi. According to him, only 30-40 per cent of the stock available could be sold so far as prices have increased by almost 25 per cent over last year’s rate. The consequent dip in sales has forced retail traders to sell on marginal profits, he added. Most retailers say the demand for noisy crackers has gone down drastically this year, while that of light-emanating ones has increased. Apart from the new introductions to the market that hit the market this time, on offer are also the good old favourites like sparklers, flower pots, sky and bottle rockets, ground wheels etc, apart from a couple of fancy additions. Of the total stocks in the local market, about 75 per cent is from Sivakasi while the remaining stock comes from the domestic production units. Meanwhile, the Controller of explosives has intensified raids across the various fire-cracker production and sale units to check the smuggling of banned fire crackers from China. “We are yet to trace any Chinese products in the markets but have issued show-cause notices to a couple of merchants for stocking excess quantity beyond the permitted level,” said T.O. Sasi, Deputy Chief Controller of Explosive.
 
News posted on 2015-04-15

Chinese fireworks getting popular
 
15th April 2015 Courtesy: NYOOOZ Chinese fireworks getting popular One could mistake the queue outside firecracker shops in the city for the ones near the Bevco outlets. Hundreds of people are waiting patiently at the shops to purchase the latest entrants in the field for celebrating Vishu. Kinder Joy, Kiddies Joy, Kit Kat. .. are not just chocolates any more, but the latest varieties of firecrackers in the local market, especially targeting the children. The traditional varieties of firecrackers like the fountains and sparkles are still in vogue, but the children mostly prefer the Chinese varieties for their added colour and visual splendour. The parents too prefer them for they are not as dangerous as the traditional varieties. “They can even be used indoors,” Malathi, a homemaker from Karapparamba said. The entrance of Chinese firecrackers in the market has brought about some major changes.The splendour that one used to witness only as part of large fireworks display during temple festivals is now accessible to everyone. The large cylindrical firecrackers have now been compressed without compromising on the splendour. All those things like ‘parachutes’ flying down during fireworks display, double or triple shots in one package are now available for everyone to use. “The Chinese crackers are made using superior technology. Most popular fireworks factories in Sivakasi send their staff to China to learn these techniques. They are very colourful,” said Udaya Sankar, who owns a major firecracker outlet in the city.The Chinese varieties are not much different from the traditional ones. Every year a small new technique is added.
 
News posted on 2015-04-15

43rd Graduation Day held at SFR college
 
15th April 2015 Courtesy: The Hindu 43rd Graduation Day held at SFR college The 43rd Graduation Day of The Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, was held on March 27. A.E. Muthunayagam, Advisor, Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, who distributed degree certificates to 989 graduates, postgraduates and M. Phil. scholars, highlighted in his address that getting a degree did not mean the end of a journey but the beginning of the path to seek knowledge. He advised the graduates to apply their knowledge for the wellbeing of people. D. Sasireka, Principal, welcomed the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-04-15

Drizzling but no rain
 
15th April 2015 Drizzling but no rain After a hot sunny day, black clouds formed at around 03:30 p.m.. There was mild shower from 03:35 p.m.. There was sharp showers from 05:30 p.m. to 05:40 p.m.. And the black clouds hover over the town for long hours and drizzling occasionally and Sivakasi fails to receive rain for the last three days. There is chance for drizzle / rain for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 & 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-15

Happy Tamil New Year
 
14th April 2015 இனிய தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2015-04-14

Dark clouds hover over Sivakasi town
 
14th April 2015 Dark clouds hover over Sivakasi town Today the skies were clear till afternoon. Around 03:30 p.m. clouds formed so dense over Sivakasi. There was mild drizzle from 03:45 p.m. to 04:10 p.m. in several areas. Yesterday, it was drizzling for a long time from evening, till night. But the rain forming in the cloud has been unable to fall down in a steady shower. Dark clouds hover over Sivakasi town. Now the climate in Sivakasi is pleasant.
 
News posted on 2015-04-14

Birth Anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar celebrated
 
14th April 2015 Photo: Chandra Rajan, Muthu Masanam Birth Anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar celebrated The 124th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was celebrated in Sivakasi today. The constructed Ambedkar-s memorial statue was decorated and garlanded. As a part of Dr.Ambedkar-s birthday anniversary blood donation camp was organised by Kamal Narpani Mandram, Sivakasi. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality was chief guest for the function. And Dr.Ambedkars photos were exhibited in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-04-14

Cloudier & drizzling Sivakasi
 
13th April 2015 Cloudier & drizzling Sivakasi Sky was cloudier throughout the day. There was mild drizzle from 02:45 p.m.. Dark clouds developed at 03:30 p.m. and there was sharp showers from 03:45 p.m. to 04:05 p.m.. and it was drizzling often. Maximum temperature pegged down to 27 degree celsius. There is chance for drizzle / rain for the next one week in Sivakasi with average maximum and minimum of 33 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-13

Sivakasi gear up for Tamil New Year
 
13th April 2015 Sivakasi gear up for Tamil New Year Many temples are being ready for the Tamil New Year special pujas as a heavy rush of devotees is expected on tomorrow. Agni Vinayakar Kovil is decorated with balls, festoons, papers and clothes. Special puja will be held for Tamil New Year at 08:00 a.m.. 1008 Kuthuvilakku puja is going to be held at Sri Ayyappan Kovil, Sivakasi. Devotees pay obeisance to their revered deity on the first day of the Tamil new year.
 
News posted on 2015-04-13

Today in Sivakasi
 
12th April 2015 Today in Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 12-04-2015, 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 Walk in Interview Date: 12-04-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 onwards Venue: Sidharajaa International School, Kattalapatti Road, Near Himalaya Water Service, Sivakasi SIS (CBSE School) looking for Female candidates for the following subjects; Kinder Garden English maths Physics Chemistry Computer Science Biology Position: Kinter Garden, Grade I & Grade II Desired Candidate Profile: UG with B.Ed Graduation in relevant specialization / PG with M.Ed Graduation in relevant specialization / UG in Engineering & Technology / Master Degree in relevant specialisation Experience: Fresher can also apply Salary: Negotiable based on experience Interested candidates can apply along with your 2 set of photos, original certificates, one set of photostat attested certificates and curriculum vitae. Note: No TA & DA will be provided for the candidates. For further details contact 04562-227557 / email id: admin@sidharajaaschool.in Website: www.sidharajaaschool.in Blood Donation Camp Date: 12-04-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Venue: Ooraatchi Ondriya Thodakkappalli, Lingapuram Colony, Sivakasi Organisers: Lingapuram Colony Friends Blood Donation Group & Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9994677423, 9994097545, 9843579711, 9751457612
 
News posted on 2015-04-12

Sivakasi College Students Design e-wheel chair
 
12th April 2015 Courtesy: News Hub Sivakasi College Students Design e-wheel chair A team of B. E. (Electronics and Communication) students of P.S.R. Engineering College, Sivakasi, has designed an innovative wheel chair which will be of immense help to physically challenged and elderly persons. The innovative e-wheel chair, which works on electro-magnetic induction principle, has a unique feature: it can also monitor the heartbeat and body temperature of the person using it. According to a press release from P. S. R. Engineering College, the wheel chair can be operated with a mini magnet placed in the tongue of the user. The chair will move in the direction of the movement of the tongue. Four magnetic sensors fitted to a head-set control the movement of the chair. The pulse sensor and temperature sensor will continuously monitor the heart beat and body temperature and if any abnormal condition is detected they will send an automatic alert message to a pre-stored mobile number. The laboratory model of the e-wheel chair, designed by N. Neerkaathalingam, R. Madhusudhan and R. Thirupathi, under the guidance of K. Raja, Assistant Professor, Department of ECE, costs around Rs. 16, 000. The model works on a 12 volt battery and more features such as solar power storage, monitoring user location and prolonged battery life for long-distance travel can be added to it, says the press release.
 
News posted on 2015-04-12

Panguni Pongal Manjal Neeratu Thiruvizha held
 
12th April 2015 - Aravind Kumar Panguni Pongal Manjal Neeratu Thiruvizha held As a part of Panguni Pongal Festival, Manjal Neerattu Thiruvizha was held on the last day of the festival. Kadaisi thiruvizha was held on yesterday night. 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 2015-04-12

Roaring Thunders, Lightning & Drizzling
 
12th April 2015 Roaring Thunders, Lightning & Drizzling The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening 05:00 p.m.. Thunders roared accompanied with lightning at 05:15 p.m.. There was sharp showers from 05:20 p.m. to 05:40 p.m.. Drizzle drenched Sivakasi. And thunders still roaring... with black clouds kept hovering Sivakasi town...
 
News posted on 2015-04-12

Daily chances of rain are coming this week
 
12th April 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 32 and 23 degree celsius, with chance of 80 to 90% rain. The upcoming rain may help to tackle the water crisis problem for this summer.
 
News posted on 2015-04-12

College Day Celebrated at AAA College
 
11th April 2015 - Mr.L.Anton Bright Maradona, PRO, AAACET College Day Celebrated at AAA College Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology’s Second Annual Day on 3rd April 2015, Friday, brought out the creative best of the students. Thiru N.Sivasubramanian B.E., M.B.A., Senior Scientist, Chief General Manager (Rtd) ISROpresided over the function. Dr. K. Arulmozhi, the Principal presented the Annual Report of the academic year 2014-15 and highlighted the achievements of the students. Thiru P. Panjurajan – Tmy. P. Amaravathy Endowment, Dr.P.Karvannan – Tmt.K.Grahalakshmi Endowment, Dr.P.Ganesan – Tmt.G.Sasimala Endowments and Er.K.Vignesh Kumar – Tmt.V.Abirami Endowment were 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 setting goal for a bright future. Being a Scientist, the Chief Guest gave experiential speech summarizing his achievements. Like a rainfall that never knows where it lands but has the ability to make a change in the land wherever it falls, the students at this stage may not have a clear vision of what he has to do but should render a service that makes a change in the society he belongs to. Knowledge is acquired only when learning happens with understanding. With the launch of Mangalayan, Indians topped in sending the first satellite that costs low and the one that reached Moon in a very short period of time. He insisted that the Revolution down the ages was a fruitful effect of the growth of knowledge. The Indians Talent was the backbone of the IT revolution that happened in India. He motivated the budding technocrats of AAA to create Alumnae, share the knowledge to the younger generation yet to come. Knowledge in its real sense has to aid the students achieve the goal and derive success. Personality and Discipline are the key factors to pave way to success. The students have to be social in their responsibility and utilize their time and think productively was his message. 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 2015-04-11

National Level Conference held at PSREC
 
11th April 2015 - Prof.Amutha Shanmugam, AP(Sr.Gr.)/IT, PSREC, Sivakasi National Level Conference held at PSREC Department of ECE organized a national level conference on Emerging Communication Trends (NCECT-15). Thiru R.Solaisamy, Managing trustee presided over the function. Dr.K.Valarmathi, Prof/ECE, welcomed the gathering. Dr.P.Ranjith Kumar, Prof/ECE, introduced the chief guest and Prof C.K.Ramar HOD/ECE briefed about the papers received for the conference.Dr.B.G.Vishnuram, Principal inaugurated the conference. During his speech, he expressed about recent developments in the field of communication. Dr.K.R.Viswanathan, Director (Academics) highlighted the importance of communication and its applications. Chief Guest Dr.J.Sheeba Rani, Associate Professor/Avionics, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (Department of Space, Government of India) released the first copy of conference proceedings and delivered keynote address. She addressed on recent developments in communication and value added courses. More than 150 papers were received among these 85 papers were selected. Students, faculty members and research scholars from various institutions across the country actively participated in the conference. Professors and students of Electronics and Communication Engineering department made necessary arrangements for the conference.
 
News posted on 2015-04-11

Temple chariot reached destination
 
11th April 2015 Photo: Ram, Arun Sankar, Selvamurugan Jeganathan, Ajay Ganesh Temple chariot reached destination Panguni Pongal Therottam begins on 8th April 2015, Wednesday. Usually Therottam completed in 3 days. This year it takes four days to reach the original destination, near Perummal Kovil. After special pujas were performed to the presiding deity Mariamman, the fourth day of therottam began from Sivakasi Murugan Kovil at 04:00 p.m.. Devotees pulled the decorated temple car which carried the idols of presiding deities Goddess Mariamman. The decorated periya ther reached its destination at 06:00 p.m.. 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 2015 kadaisi thiruvizha and Sivakasians busy in buying karuppatti mittal and vellai mittai.
 
News posted on 2015-04-11

Walk in Interview- Sidharajaa International School
 
10th April 2015 Walk in Interview Date: 12-04-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 onwards Venue: Sidharajaa International School, Kattalapatti Road, Near Himalaya Water Service, Sivakasi SIS (CBSE School) looking for Female candidates for the following subjects; Kinder Garden English maths Physics Chemistry Computer Science Biology Position: Kinter Garden, Grade I & Grade II Desired Candidate Profile: UG with B.Ed Graduation in relevant specialization / PG with M.Ed Graduation in relevant specialization / UG in Engineering & Technology / Master Degree in relevant specialisation Experience: Fresher can also apply Salary: Negotiable based on experience Interested candidates can apply along with your 2 set of photos, original certificates, one set of photostat attested certificates and curriculum vitae. Note: No TA & DA will be provided for the candidates. For further details contact 04562-227557 / email id: admin@sidharajaaschool.in Website: www.sidharajaaschool.in
 
News posted on 2015-04-10

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
10th April 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 12-04-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m. Venue: Ooraatchi Ondriya Thodakkappalli, Lingapuram Colony, Sivakasi Organisers: Lingapuram Colony Friends Blood Donation Group & Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9994677423, 9994097545, 9843579711, 9751457612
 
News posted on 2015-04-10

Partly Cloudy Day in Sivakasi
 
10th April 2015 Partly Cloudy Day in Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. The sky was clear and turned partly cloudy at afternoon and it was cloudy at evening. However there was no drizzle or rain for the town. Today the maximum and minimum temperature settled at 31 & 24 degree celsius. For the next 5 days, climate will be partly cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain on 13th to 16th April 2014.
 
News posted on 2015-04-10

An Innovative Tongue Controlled E-Wheel Chair For Physically Challenged
 
9th April 2015 - Prof.Amutha Shanmugam, AP(Sr.Gr.)/IT, PSREC, Sivakasi An Innovative Tongue Controlled E-Wheel Chair For Physically Challenged A batch of final year students studying in B.E Electronics and Communication Engineering at P.S.R Engineering College Sivakasi, designed an innovative E-wheel chair for physically challenged and aged persons. The students, Mr N. Neerkaathalingam, Mr. R. Madhusudhan and Mr. R. Thirupathi have successfully completed the project under the guidance of Mr. K. Raja, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering. The innovative E- Wheel Chair is working under the principle of Electro Magnetic induction. The unique feature of the E- Wheel chair is to monitor the health condition likes Heart Beat Rate and Body Temperature of the person who is operating the E-Wheel chair. A mini-magnet is placed at their tongue, which operates the four magnetic sensors fitted in the headset. The function of this vehicle can be controlled by just moving the tongue in the desired direction. For example, if the person needs to move the vehicle in forward direction, he just needs to move his tongue towards forward sensors placed on the headset. If he moves his tongue to the left side, the vehicle will turn to the left side, likewise for all directions. The sensor readings are transmitted via Radio Frequency to the PIC microcontroller. The master controller controls the driver circuit of the motor which is fixed in the vehicle. The health condition of the person is monitored by Pulse sensor and Temperature sensor which are placed inside the E-Wheel chair. The pulse sensor continuously monitors the heart beat rate of the person and the temperature sensor monitors the body temperature. If any abnormal condition is detected by the sensors, then an alert message will be send automatically to the pre-stored mobile number stored in the memory by GSM Technology. The operation of this vehicle requires only 12V battery. The Laboratory model of this vehicle cost around Rs.16,000. The developed model can be extended in future such as poster rotation, solar storage for power saving, prolong battery life to travel long distances, Monitoring user location through Google Maps and Wandering in the garden etc., We thank the support rendered by the Managing Trustee Thiru.R.Solaisamy, Principal B.G.Vishnuram , Head of Department (ECE) and Faculty Members.
 
News posted on 2015-04-09

Campaign on Prevention & Control of Dengue Fever
 
9th April 2015 - Mr.L.Anton Bright Maradona, PRO, AAACET Campaign on Prevention & Control of Dengue Fever Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology have organized an awareness campaign on Prevention & Control measures of Dengue fever in Amathur village on 27th March 2015. The student volunteers from NSS and Rotaract Club of AAA eagerly participated in the campaign and visited the public and schools in Amathur explained the causes and precautions to control Dengue Fever. They also cleaned the breeding places of Aedes mosquitoes the major cause of the dengue fever. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan,Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., M.B.A.(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi organized the campaign to create an awareness of Dengue prevention and control measures among the public.
 
News posted on 2015-04-09

Kidney disease awareness programme conducted
 
9th April 2015 - Mr.L.Anton Bright Maradona, PRO, AAACET Kidney disease awareness programme conducted Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology have organized an awareness programme on Kidney Diseases and Precautions at A/C seminar hall on 27th March 2015. Dr.T.R.Murali, Urologist, Apollo Hospitals Madurai, presided over the programme. In his address, he said “Kidney disease has reached in an alarming situation now days.Kidney diseases are silent killers. Our modern lifestyle is much more responsible for creating problems of kidneys.”He explained about the various functions of kidney, symptoms of kidney diseases and precautions to prevent kidney diseases. He advised the students to be fit and active, have a balanced diet and to take lot of water. 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 create an awareness of Kidney Diseases among the students.
 
News posted on 2015-04-09

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
9th April 2015 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today after a sweltering hot day, bands of clouds developed at 02:30 p.m. and sharp showers drenched Sivakasi. Sharp showers accompanied with lightning and thunders. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Today-s rain brings welcome relief on hot summer days.
 
News posted on 2015-04-09

PAP Colony Water Tower gets new look
 
8th April 2015 PAP Colony Water Tower gets new look Few weeks back, the water tower in PAP colony was refurbished. Around 10 workers were engaged in the refurbishing work. Earlier the water tower was painted in ivory colour and now it has been changed to green colour. The new green paint coat gives a new and fresh look to the water tower and also the location. And it is attractive too.
 
News posted on 2015-04-08

Fruit juices have cropped up across Sivakasi town
 
8th April 2015 Fruit juices have cropped up across Sivakasi town Over the past few days, the maximum temperature has been slightly above normal in Sivakasi town. Sivakasians note that though the mornings are chilly, it becomes hot throughout the day. Sivakasians, particularly those spending more time outdoors in Sivakasi, may feel more heat because of clear skies during the day, in the town. Fruit juices have cropped up across Sivakasi town for the past few weeks. Roadside fruit juice centres sold orange juices at Rs.30/-. Sivakasi roadside vendors have begun cashing in on the fruit juices. It is the time for the fruit juice lovers to taste the juice to beat the heat of the Summer.
 
News posted on 2015-04-08

Swings were unistalled
 
8th April 2015 Swings were unistalled Swings installed for Panguni Pongal Festival in Sivakasi town has been uninstalled, today. Columbus swing, car swing, inflatable bounce installed near velavan mini bazar for panguni pongal, was uninstalled, at afternoon.
 
News posted on 2015-04-08

Cloudier day but no drizzle or rain
 
8th April 2015 Cloudier day but no drizzle or rain Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning, with reddish sky. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at morning hours. Sivakasians expected light shower 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. Sky will be cloudy tomorrow with slim possibilities for drizzle, with maximum and minimum temperature of 36 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-04-08

2015 Panguni Pongal Therottam
 
8th April 2015 2015 Panguni Pongal Therottam A large number of devotees thronged near Sivakasi Theradimukku to participate in the annual temple car festival held as part of the Sivakasi 2015 Panguni Pongal Festival, today. 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 05:00 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.
 
News posted on 2015-04-08

Panguni Pongal Oyilattam 2015
 
7th April 2015 Panguni Pongal Oyilattam 2015 As a part of Sivakasi 2015 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. Today also, some devotees did padhakanikkai, muthu poduthal and mudi kanikkai netrikadans. Roadside vendors and hawkers wind up their stalls, at afternoon. Therottam will be held on 8th April 2014.
 
News posted on 2015-04-07

All set for Therottam
 
7th April 2015 All set for Therottam As a part of 10 days annual Panguni Pongal Festival, therottam will be held. 2015 panguni pongal therottam will be held on 8th April 2015, Wednesday. All decoration work for the temple chariot has been finished on 4th April 2015, Saturday. Procession of temple car will be taken place from 04:00 p.m., at the four car streets of Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-04-07

Paravai Kavadi performed
 
7th April 2015 - Aravind Kumar Karthikeyan Paravai Kavadi performed As a part of Panguni Pongal Festival, paravai kavadi was performed, yesterday, at Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi. Two devotees from Sivakasi performed “Paravai Kavadi” (bird kavadi) to fulfill their debt vows. 21 agni chatti was also carried out by few devotees.
 
News posted on 2015-04-07

Karuppatti Mittai sale picks up
 
7th April 2015 Karuppatti Mittai sale picks up After visiting panguni pongal mandagapadi, Sivakasians were busy in buying cheeni mittai and karuppatti mittai. Roadside vendors were mushroomed in the key junctions of Sivakasi bazar. The delicious karuppatti & cheeni mittai price ranges from Rs.150 to Rs.180 per kg..
 
News posted on 2015-04-07

Chicken & Mutton stalls in Sivakasi pulls huge crowd
 
6th April 2015 Chicken & Mutton stalls in Sivakasi pulls huge crowd As it is Kayirukuthu Festival today, Chicken & Mutton stalls in Sivakasi pulls huge crowd. Around 100 stalls has been placed in the major streets of the town. In Sivakasi, Chicken price Rs.160 per kg. , mutton Rs.500 to Rs.600 per kg..
 
News posted on 2015-04-06

Kayirukuthu Festival - Panguni Pongal 2015
 
6th April 2015 Kayirukuthu Festival - Panguni Pongal 2015 Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil Panguni Pongal 2015 - 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 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. Procession has been taken place from Mariamman Kovil to Mandapadi place and the idol has been kept in Mandapadi and the idol will be kept once again in the temple by tomorrow. 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 2015-04-06

Thousands witnessed Panguni Pongal Mandagapadi
 
6th April 2015 - Aravind Kumar Karthikeyan Thousands witnessed Panguni Pongal Mandagapadi As a part of Panguni Pongal, Mandagapadi held at Sivakasi Arisi Kottai, today. The place of mandagapadi was decorated with fruits, festoons, garlands, flowers, thoranais attractive colour papers and decorative lights. The mandagapadi place were decked up for the special day. Devotees from the nearby villages and Sivakasians will throng the mandagapadi place throughout today night to offer prayers to the deity. A huge posse of policemen, assisted by Traffic Constable and volunteers of Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, regulated the large gathering. After worshiping the Goddess, Sivakasians are busy in buying the traditional Vellai Mittaai and Karuppatti Mittaai. Kayirukuthu Mandagapadi was organised by Sri Sirrambala Nadar Vagaiyaraakal.
 
News posted on 2015-04-06

Panguni Pongal pulls crowd in Mariamman Kovil
 
5th April 2015 Panguni Pongal pulls crowd in Mariamman Kovil 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 from 3rd April 2015, Friday onwards. 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 2015-04-05

Devotees thronged Karuppasamy Kovil
 
5th April 2015 Devotees thronged Karuppasamy Kovil As a part of Panguni Pongal, devotees perform nerthikadans such as muthu poduthal, pommai, ayiram kan paanai. After visiting and offered prayers in Karuppasamy Kovil, devotees offer their nerthikadans at Mariamman Temple. Hundreds of devotees thronged Karuppasamy Kovil, today morning. Roads leading to Mariamman and Karuppasamy temple were crowded with people offering nerthikadans, buttermilk, rosemilk, fruits, clay doll sellers, archanai materials etc., to devotees who visited the temple. There was heavy police bandobust to manage the crowd.
 
News posted on 2015-04-05

Panguni Pongal Oyilattam is on 7th April
 
5th April 2015 Panguni Pongal Oyilattam is on 7th April Date: 07-04-2015, Tuesday Time: 11:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamil mandram, Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai
 
News posted on 2015-04-05

Nadunishi Katchi in Sivakasi Theatres
 
5th April 2015 Nadunishi Katchi in Sivakasi Theatres In connection with Panguni Pongal Festival 2015, on 5th and 6th April 2015, some cinema theatres in Sivakasi arranged midnight shows ( nadunishi kaatchigal ) , for the devotees from nearby villages of Sivakasi town. And the show time will be at 01:30 a.m..
 
News posted on 2015-04-05

Columbus swing entertains Sivakasians
 
5th April 2015 Columbus swing entertains Sivakasians As a part of Panguni Pongal Festival 2015, columbus swing, small bike rides, small giant wheels, inflatable bounce were installed near Velavan Mini Bazar. With children riding on the miniature version of rangaraatinam (giant wheel), varieties of earthern nerthikadan dolls, pots stacked up for sale on the roadside, vendors selling paasimani maalai, cotton candy, milagai bajji, toy sellers around Mariamman temple resembled an exhibition look. Roads leading to the temple were crowded with people offering waters, buttermilk, rosemilk, fruits to devotees who visited the temple. There was heavy police bandobust to manage the crowd.
 
News posted on 2015-04-05

Sivakasi celebrates Panguni Pongal 2015
 
5th April 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Panguni Pongal 2015 Today, devotees from many parts of Virudhunagar district will congregate at Mariamman Temple in Sivakasi to celebrate Panguni Pongal. The Panguni Pongal Festival began at the temple, managed by the Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Devasthanam, on 29th March 2015, Sunday with the auspicious flag hoisting. Devotees from in and around Sivakasi observe a penance for 21 days before the day of preparing Panguni Pongal. A host of cultural programmes, including stage plays by leading drama troupes, are conducted in the evenings on festival days to entertain devotees. 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 2015-04-05

Sivakasi Temples to Remain Closed During Eclipse
 
4th April 2015 Sivakasi Temples to Remain Closed During Eclipse Today, owing to an instance of lunar eclipse late in the afternoon, a change has been effected in the Pooja schedule in Sivakasi temples. Temples in Sivakasi will remain closed from 03:46 p.m. to 07:15 p.m.. In Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil, all pujas for Panguni Pongal has been scheduled after 08:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-04-04

Wanted Female Graduate For Vodafone Mini store
 
4th April 2015 Wanted Female Graduate For Vodafone Mini store (A.S.N. Marketing) Job : customer representative executive Time : 10 Am to 8 Pm Salary : Rs 6000/- + incentive Location : sivakasi Please Forward Your resume to abilashsivakasi@gmail.com. Candidates will be selected only after interview. For more details please Contact on : 88070 46038
 
News posted on 2015-04-04

Panguni Pongal Special Dharshan will begin at 8 p.m.
 
4th April 2015 Panguni Pongal Special Dharshan will begin at 8 p.m. Due to Lunar Eclipse, all the temples in Sivakasi are closed and it will be opened by 08:00 p.m.. In Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil special pujas for Panguni Pongal will begins from 08:00 p.m.. For the past 3 days, devotees throng the temple and did nerthikadans. Yesterday pournami pujas was performed in a grand manner at Mariamman Temple.
 
News posted on 2015-04-04

Sivakasi gears for Panguni Pongal celebration
 
4th April 2015 Sivakasi gears for Panguni Pongal celebration A festive mood has enveloped Sivakasi Mariamman Temple with decorative lights illuminating the campus and shopping stalls in the Temple Campus and other key junctions of Sivakasi town. Sand and clay make pots, Kaal, kai, baby dolls have arrived in most of the shops. Roadside vendors and stalls have already started selling fancy ornaments, ballons and toys for kids and elders alike. Panguni Pongal is just a day away, devotees carried out Padhakaanikai, Muthu Poduthal in large numbers. Devotees arrived in large numbers at the Mariamman temple and offered special prayers. Long queues of devotees were seen outside the temple, for the last three days. The devotees also offered coconuts at the temple. As it is lunar eclipse today, temple remained close and it will be open at 08:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-04-04

The lights were turned off in Mariamman Temple
 
4th April 2015 The lights were turned off in Mariamman Temple Due to lunar eclipse, the decorated lights in mariamman temple for panguni pongal festival has been turned off. And the temple lost the festival look. At 08:00 p.m. the temple was opened and all the lights were switched on and devotees thronged the temple and offered special prayers.
 
News posted on 2015-04-04

Police security tightened in Mariamman Temple
 
4th April 2015 Police security tightened in Mariamman Temple 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 07:00 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 2015-04-04

Raattinam begins arriving for Panguni Pongal
 
3rd March 2015 Raattinam begins arriving for Panguni Pongal For the last two days, Raattinam begins arriving for Panguni Pongal Festival, in Sivakasi town. Some raatinams are not yet installed, it is expected that it will be installed by tomorrow evening. With children riding on the miniature version of rangaraatinam, bike raatinam, toys raatinam, kuthirai raatinam and varieties of nerthikadan dolls and earthern pots stacked up for sale on the roadside, vendors selling ornaments and toy sellers and several other items put up by villagers for sale, the key junctions around Sivakasi Mariamman temple resembled a village fair.
 
News posted on 2015-04-03

Panguni Pongal Festival 2015 : Warning sign boards
 
2nd April 2015 Warning sign boards - Beware of thieves Devotees taking part in the Sivakasi Panguni Pongal 2015 and Kayirukuthu Festival celebrations were advised to be wary of snatch thieves. Warning sign boards were put up in the Temple Campus to remind the devotees and handbill notice were distributed by the Devasthanam.
 
News posted on 2015-04-02

Paravai Kavadi Vehicle is getting ready
 
2nd April 2015 Paravai Kavadi Vehicle is getting ready Paravai Kavadi and Vel Kavadi Vehicle is getting ready for Sivakasi Panguni Pongal 2015 Festival. As a part of Sivakasi Panguni Pongal devotees perform paravai kavadi on Kayirukuthu Festival. Those who perform paravai kavadi and Vel Kavadi observe fasting for 21 days. The paravai kavadi vehicle is getting ready for last one week and the decoration work is expected to be completed by Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-04-02

Mandagapadi place getting ready for Panguni Pongal 2015
 
2nd April 2015 Mandagapadi place getting ready for Panguni Pongal 2015 As a part of Sivakasi Panguni Pongal Festival 2015, Mandagapadi will be held at Arisi Kottaai, Sivakasi Bazar, on 6th April 2015, Monday. The cleaning work of Mandagapadi place begins from today onwards, decoration work will begin by tomorrow. It is expected that cleaning work will be completed by today evening.
 
News posted on 2015-04-02

Flex Banners Sprouted for Panguni Pongal
 
2nd April 2015 Flex Banners Sprouted for Panguni Pongal Today within no time huge banners were sprouted at key junctions of Sivakasi Mariamman Temple. Political parties, social clubs and around 25 plus fan clubs in Sivakasi town readied themselves for the biggest Panguni Pongal Festival 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-04-02

Coming up in April 2015
 
1st April 2015 Coming up in April 2015 TEN X Diamonds Spot - Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 1st to 4th April 2015, Wednesday to Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Vijay Jewellery, 98, South Car Street, Sivakasi Phone: 04562-225595 Panguni Pongal 2015 Date: 05-04-2015, Sunday Venue: Sri Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Kayirukuthu 2015 Date: 06-04-2015, Monday Venue: Sri Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Mandagapadi Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Panguni Pongal 2015 Therottam Date: 08-04-2015, Wednesday Venue: Four Car Streets Time: 05:00 p.m. onwards Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Eye Camp Date: 12-04-2015, 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: 19-04-2015, 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: 26-04-2015, 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 Chithirai Pongal Kodiyetram Date: 28-04-2015, Tuesday Time: 08:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Pathirakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai
 
News posted on 2015-04-01

Sidharajaa School organised SIS FEAT 2015 for kids
 
1st April 2015 Sidharajaa School organised SIS FEAT 2015 for kids SIDHARAJAA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL organized “SIS FEAT 2015” (Competition for Kids) on 29.03.2015, Sunday in the school campus. Around 25 kids under the age 3 to 7 were participated in the events like Cake Decoration, Fireless Cooking, Clay Modelling, Memory Testing and Vocabulary Testing. The Chief guests for the Inaugural function was Chief guest is Mr.Asan Badhurudheen, Vice Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality and Guest of Honours were Mr.N.Bala Guru, Ward Councillor, Sivakasi. Ms.P.Kamalavathy, Inspector of Police, Sivakasi, was the chief guest for the Valedictory Function. Ms.Magayar Arasi, Inspector of Police, Sivakasi, Mr.P.C.Sudharsanan, President of Sidharajaa International School, Mr.Albert Selvaraj, Former Principal, S.H.N.V Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi, Adviser, Sidharajaa International School and Ms.U.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal of Sidharajaa Interantional School, were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-04-01

2nd Annual Day to be held at AAACET
 
1st April 2015 - Mr.L.Anton Bright Maradona, PRO, AAACET 2nd Annual Day to be held at AAACET Date: 03-04-2015, Friday Time: 04:00 p.m. Chief Guest: Mr.N.Sivasubramanian, Senior Scientist, Chief General Manager (Rtd) ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram Venue: Seminar Hall A/C, AAA College of Engineering & Technology All are welcome
 
News posted on 2015-04-01

Cloudier but no rain
 
1st April 2015 Cloudier but no rain 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 light shower 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.
 
News posted on 2015-04-01

District level sports meet for B.Ed. students held at AGCP
 
31st March 2015 District level sports meet for B.Ed. Students held at AGCP Virudhunagar district level sports and cultural meet for B.Ed. college students was organised by Sivakasi Arasan Ganesan College of Preceptors on 28th March 2015 (saturday) at Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College ground. Students from 14 colleges participated in the meet. The meet was inaugurated by Mr. Nandakumar, Principal of Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College. Individual championship for men was shared by L.Prakash of Arasan Ganesan college of Preceptors and P.Marimuthu of SRV College of Education and individual championship for women was won by M.Kumutha of Sri vasta college of Education. Overall championship was won by Akshaya College of Education, Karthigaipatti. The medals and certificates was distributed by Mr.C.D.Chakkaravarthy, DSP, Virudhunagar in the Valedictory function.
 
News posted on 2015-03-31

Kaliswari Magalir Mandram celebrates 5th Anniversary
 
31st March 2015 Kaliswari Magalir Mandram celebrates 5th Anniversary On 21st March 2015, Saturday, Sri Kaliswari Magalir Mandram celebrated 5th year anniversary at, Kaliswari Le Orchids. Around 50 members participated in the event. Mrs.Amsa welcomed the gathering. Mrs.Chandralekha, President, Mullai Magalir Mandram, was the chief guest for the function. Dance and Silambam was performed by the students. Mrs.Vijaya Mohini, President, Sri Kaliswari Magalir Mandram was present on the occasion. Dinner was arranged for the gathering.
 
News posted on 2015-03-31

Nerthikadan Dolls begins arriving in Sivakasi
 
31st March 2015 Nerthikadan Dolls begins arriving in Sivakasi Netrikadan dolls (pommai) made of sand and clay, starts arriving Sivakasi town for the last two 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.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 2015-03-31

Hot Sunny Day with drizzle for few seconds
 
31st March 2015 Hot Sunny Day with drizzle for few seconds The sky were clear and bright for the last few weeks, Sivakasians, who had been braving sweltering heat with scorching heat of summer. There was sudden change in climate at 03:55 p.m. today, bands of clouds formed and there was mild drizzle for few seconds, within no time the climate turns hot with scorching heat.
 
News posted on 2015-03-31

PSR Engineering College celebrates College Day
 
31st March 2015 - Prof.Amutha Shanmugam, AP(Sr.Gr.)/IT, PSREC, Sivakasi PSR Engineering College celebrates College Day Sixteenth College Day of P.S.R Engineering College was held on 29.03.2015. Thiru. R.Solaisamy, Managing Trustee & Correspondent and Tmt. S.Vijayalakshmi Solaisamy, Trustee P.S.R Group of Institutions, presided over the function. Prof.Dr.Robert Ravi HOD/Civil welcomed the gathering. Dr.B.G.Vishnuram, Principal presented the annual report for the academic year 2014-2015. Dr.K.Vimaladevi HoD/IT introduced the Chief Guest Hon’ble Justice Tmt.S.Vimala Judge, Madras High Court, Chennai. College Correspondent presented the memento to the chief guest. Chief Guest delivered the special address. In her address she insisted the greatness of hard work in achieving great heights in studies. Students only can create a new and young world. College Magazine was released by the Principal. Academic prize winners (students) were felicitated by the chief Guest. Faculty members who have produced 100% results and published papers in national and international journals were recognized and given cash awards. Students presented various cultural activities. Dr.Pitchipoo, Prof & Head/Mech proposed vote of thanks. The event was organized by Dr. S. Ramesh, Dean (Academics), Heads of the various disciplines, faculty members and students.
 
News posted on 2015-03-31

Graduation Day celebrated at PSR Engineering College
 
31st March 2015 - Prof.Amutha Shanmugam, AP(Sr.Gr.)/IT, PSREC, Sivakasi Graduation Day celebrated at PSR Engineering College The 12th Graduation Day of P.S.R. Engineering College and 3rd Graduation Day of P.S.R. Rengasamy College of Engineering for women held on 29th March, 2015 in the college auditorium. A total of 517 students of the P.S.R. Engineering College and 262 students of the P.S.R. Rengasamy College of Engineering for women received degree certificates. Honourable Tmt. Justice S.Vimala, Judge, Madras High Court, Chennai was the Chief Guest. She gave away degree certificates and medals to the graduates and postgraduates including 27 University Rank holders. In her graduation day address, the Chief Guest appreciated the valuable service of Thiru. R.Solaisamy, Managing Trustee and Tmt. S.Vijayalakshmi Solaisamy, P.S.R Group of Institutions for running an Engineering institution exclusively for women students. She also congratulated the Management, Principals& Faculty members for imparting quality technical education to the rural students towards attaining perfection in various engineering fields. She said that the ratio of men and women graduates in 2010 was 3:2 but in 2050 the number of women graduates would exceed the men graduates. She emphasized the need of education in developing the socio-economic life of the rural students. She insisted the paramount importance of Education in eradicating social evil practices like Child-labour system. She further advised the students to utilize the thinking power for the constructive purpose. And she firmly stated that innovative thinking is the key for success in life. Dr.B.G.Vishnuram, Principal, P.S.R. Engineering College & Dr.K.Ramasamy, Principal, P.S.R. Rengasamy College of Engineering for women, welcomed the gathering and read the Academic report. Dr.K.R.Viswanathan, Director (Academics) introduced the Chief Guest. He described the career history of the Chief Guest in detail. Dr. S. Ramesh, Dean (Academics), Heads of the various disciplines, faculty members, high court dignitaries, students, parents, press and media were also present during the event.
 
News posted on 2015-03-31

Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale
 
30th March 2015 TEN X Diamonds Spot - Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 1st to 4th April 2015, Wednesday to Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Vijay Jewellery, 98, South Car Street, Sivakasi Phone: 04562-225595
 
News posted on 2015-03-30

Blood Donation Camp Organised on Palm Sunday
 
30th March 2015 Blood Donation Camp Organised on Palm Sunday On the occasion of Kurutholai Sunday, Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association in association with Sivakasi Government Hospital organised a blood donation camp at Velanganni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. 61 units of blood was collected by the team of doctors of Government Hospital, Sivakasi under the supervision of Dr.Ayyanar, Incharge Blood Bank. The camp was well supported by the members of Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association. The blood donors were given a certificate and refreshments such as fruits and lemon juice. The organisers distributed certificates of appreciation and blood-donor cards to the blood donors.
 
News posted on 2015-03-30

Palm Sunday observed with fervour
 
29th March 2015 - Annaraj Palm Sunday observed with fervour Today, Kurutholai Sunday, which marks the commencement of the "Holy Week" leading to Easter, was observed by Sivakasi Christians with various ceremonies. Special services were held in Sivakasi Lourdes Church to mark the occasion with palm leaves being blessed and distributed to the faithful. Hundreds of devotees participated in the processions holding the palm leaves, from Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School to Sivakasi Lourdes Church. It was followed by Holy mass. Palm branches are considered symbols of joy and victory.
 
News posted on 2015-03-29

David Dharmaraj leads Palm Sunday Procession
 
29th March 2015 - Annaraj David Dharmaraj leads Palm Sunday Procession Marking the commencement of the holy week, Sivakasi Christians celebrated Palm Sunday with religious fervour, today. 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. Parish Priest Rev. Fr. I.David Dharmaraj, Decon lead the Palm Sunday service at the Sivakasi Lourdes Church. Palm Sunday Procession and Prayer was organised by Parish Council, Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-03-29

Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Flag Hoisting
 
29th March 2015 Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Flag Hoisting Today, 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.
 
News posted on 2015-03-29

SIS FEAT 2015 - Competition for kids
 
28th March 2015 SIS FEAT 2015 - Competition for kids Date: 29-03-2015, Sunday Inaugural Function Time: 10:00 a.m. Chief Guest: Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality Guest of Honours: Mr.Asan Badhurudheen, Vice Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Mr.N.Bala Guru, Ward Councillor, Sivakasi, Mr.Albert Selvaraj, Former Principal, SHNV Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi, Adviser, Sidharajaa International School Valedictory Function Time: 12:00 p.m. Chief Guest: Mr.A.C.Vellaiyan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sivakasi Sub Division Guest of Honours: Ms.Muniyammal Rajasekaran, President, Anaiyoor (PO), Sivakasi, Mr.Santhana Maripandiyan, Ward Councillor, Sivakasi, Ms.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal, Sidharajaa International School Venue: Sidharajaa International School, Kattalaipatti Road, Sivakasi (West) - 626 124 For further details contact 04562-2275557 , e-mail: admin@sidharajaaschool.in Website: sidharajaaschool.in All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-03-28

Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil wore festive look
 
28th March 2015 Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil wore festive look The 10 day annual Sivakasi Panguni Pongal at Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil will begin on 29th March 2015, Sunday with the traditional Kodiyettram (flag hoisting) ceremony. Devotees started thronging Mariamman Kovil, from yesterday onwards. Mariamman Temple was decorated with colourful decorative lights, festoons, clothes and flowers. The way leading to Sivakasi Mariamman Temple wore a festive look.
 
News posted on 2015-03-28

Shri Vethathiri Maharishi remembered on 9th death anniversary
 
28th March 2015 - Rajalakshmi Shri Vethathiri Maharishi remembered on 9th death anniversary On the occassion of Vethathiri Maharishi-s ninth death anniversary, silent meditations were conducted at Sivakasi Manavalakkalai Mandram, Town Thavamaiyam, from 09:45 a.m. to 02:00 p.m., today. Followers paid homage to Vethathiri Maharishi. Mr.Sreenivasan, South Side School, gave away mementoes. Around 50 followers were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-03-28

Tomorrow events in Sivakasi
 
28th March 2015 Palm Sunday Date: 29-03-3025, Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi to St.Lurdu Church Organisers: St.Lurdu Church Homeopathy Camp Date: 29-03-2015, 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 Blood Donation Camp Date: 29-03-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Catholic Commercialists Association, Sivakasi Date: 29-03-2015, Sunday Inaugural Function Time: 10:00 a.m. Chief Guest: Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality Guest of Honours: Mr.Asan Badhurudheen, Vice Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Mr.N.Bala Guru, Ward Councillor, Sivakasi, Mr.Albert Selvaraj, Former Principal, SHNV Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi, Adviser, Sidharajaa International School Valedictory Function Time: 12:00 p.m. Chief Guest: Mr.A.C.Vellaiyan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sivakasi Sub Division Guest of Honours: Ms.Muniyammal Rajasekaran, President, Anaiyoor (PO), Sivakasi, Mr.Santhana Maripandiyan, Ward Councillor, Sivakasi, Ms.Sakthi Veeralakshmi, Principal, Sidharajaa International School Venue: Sidharajaa International School, Kattalaipatti Road, Sivakasi (West) - 626 124 For further details contact 04562-2275557 , e-mail: admin@sidharajaaschool.in Website: sidharajaaschool.in All are welcome. Panguni Pongal Kodiyettram on 29th March Date: 29-03-2015, Sunday Time: 08:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai
 
News posted on 2015-03-28

Summer 2015: Music Class
 
26th March 2015 Summer 2015: Music Class Guitar, Keyboard, Rhythm Pad Venue: Mercy Music Institute, No.131/12, MCAP Complex, Chairman Shanmugam Road, Sivakasi For further details contact 9003915228, 04562-323335
 
News posted on 2015-03-27

Panguni Pongal 2015 : Mariamman Kovil glowing with lights
 
27th March 2015 Panguni Pongal 2015 : Mariamman Kovile 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 2015 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 first week and has become a much-awaited Panguni Pongal and Kayirukuthu event for Sivakasians and visitors alike.
 
News posted on 2015-03-27

SFF cleaned Sivakasi Mani Nagar Road
 
26th March 2015 SFF cleaned Sivakasi Mani Nagar Road On 21st March 2015, Saturday, Sivakasi Facebook Friends members got down to the task of cleaning the Sivakasi Mani Nagar Road, that is used by several thousand people every day. And they cleaned the dirt streaked and sands in the road at midnight. Around 20+ members eagerly engaged in the cleaning work. Hats off to SFF.
 
News posted on 2015-03-26

Summer 2015 : Watermelon vendors popping up in Sivakasi
 
26th March 2015 Summer 2015 : Watermelon vendors popping up in Sivakasi For the last few weeks, in Sivakasi, watermelons, a juicy fruit usually associated with summer, have started popping up in street corners and fruit and vegetable markets. In Sivakasi, roadside vendors sell Watermelon for prices ranging from Rs.15 a kg to Rs.20 a kg. A piece of watermelon goes at the same retail rate Rs.5. Sivakasi roadside vendors have begun cashing in on the watermelons. It is the time for the fruit lovers to taste the fleshy melons to beat the heat of Summer.
 
News posted on 2015-03-26

Panguni Pongal Kodiyettram on 29th March
 
25th March 2015 Panguni Pongal Kodiyettram on 29th March Date: 29-03-2015, Sunday Time: 08:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai
 
News posted on 2015-03-25

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
25th March 2015 Free Mental Health Camp Organised M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai, in association with Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi organised 155th Free Mental Health Camp at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi on 22nd March 2015, Sunday. A team of three doctors examined the patients. Around 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy also actively participated, in the camp. Around 285 people were screened and benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries get Pranic Healing Treatment, for free. Narayana Seva has been done for around 500 people.
 
News posted on 2015-03-25

Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi
 
24th March 2015 Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi Sivakasi town have been facing power cuts ranging between 1-2 hours of unannounced power cuts, for last one week. 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.
 
News posted on 2015-03-24

Kurutholai Sunday on 29th March
 
24th March 2015 Kurutholai Sunday on 29th March Date: 29-03-3025, Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Velankanni Matha Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi to St.Lurdu Church Organisers: St.Lurdu Church
 
News posted on 2015-03-24

Panguni Pongal Textile Mela 2015
 
24th March 2015 Panguni Pongal Textile Mela 2015 Date: 26th to 29th March 2015, Thursday to Sunday Time: 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Navathaniya Thirumana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Dhanya Saree Shop, Rathina Mala Sarees & Nethras Chudithars Saree, Churidhar, Designer Tops, Leggings, Inners, Inskirts, Bath Towels, Bed Spreads, Kurtis & Semi Stitched Designer Suits Collections. email: dhanyamela@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2015-03-24

Now platform ticket to cost Rs.10
 
24th March 2015 Courtesy: The Times of India Railways have doubled the cost of platform tickets to Rs 10 with effect from April 1. The rate of platform ticket will be increased from Rs 5 to Rs 10 per ticket, and all concerned have been given instruction regarding this, according to a railway ministry release on Monday. Railways have given directions to all Zonal Railways to print the revised tickets on top priority and ensure supply to all stations well in time. However, till such time the tickets are printed, the existing stock of tickets will be used with the rate corrected with a stamp. The software is being modified accordingly so that revised rate is collected at the counters. Additionally, the divisional railway managers (DRMs) have been empowered to increase the rate of a platform ticket beyond Rs 10 to regulate rush at platforms during specific occasions like fairs and rallies. Platforms witness heavy rush during fairs or rallies causing inconvenience to other passengers.
 
News posted on 2015-03-24

Panguni Pongal - Panthal Decoration Work in full swing
 
23rd March 2015 Panguni Pongal - Panthal Decoration Work in full swing Panguni Pongal Panthal decoration work is going on in full swing, at Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, from 22nd March 2015, Sunday, onwards. The 10 days festival starts from 29th March 2015, Sunday with Kodiyettram event, at the temple premises. Panguni Pongal is going to be held on 5th April 2015, Sunday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 6th April 2015, Monday. The decorative works for Panguni Pongal Utsav has been taken place, in Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil for last two days, 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 2015-03-23

Panguni Pongal Offer sale begins
 
23rd March 2015 Panguni Pongal Offer sale begins As Panguni Pongal 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 Panguni Pongal Festival Offer Sale is on from 14th March 2015 till Chithirai Pongal. The shops in Sivakasi town begins to pull crowds as because of Panguni Pongal Festival Offer Sale.
 
News posted on 2015-03-23

Panguni Pongal Therottam is on 8th April
 
23rd March 2015 Panguni Pongal Therottam is on 8th April As a part of Panguni Pongal, therottam will be held in the four car streets of Sivakasi every year. This year Panguni Pongal Therottam will be held from 8th April 2015, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2015-03-23

Temple chariot getting ready for Therottam
 
23rd March 2015 Temple chariot getting ready for Therottam The decoration work of Chinna Ther and Peryia Ther is in full swing and it is expected to be completed in three days. Around 8 workers engaged in the chariot decoration work. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund members makes necessary arrangements for Therottam Festival. 2015 Panguni Pongal Therottam will be held on 8th April, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2015-03-23

Hundreds witnessed Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil Kumbabishekam
 
22nd March 2015 Hundreds witnessed Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil Kumbabishekam Today, hundreds of people witnessed the mahakumbabishekam of Shenbaga Vinayakar Thirukovil at Sivakasi. Holy water was poured on kalasams of Shembaga Vinayakar Kovil Rajagopuram at 11.00 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.
 
News posted on 2015-03-22

Kishkinta Ladies Choice New Showroom inaugurated
 
22nd March 2015 Kishkinta Ladies Choice New Showroom inaugurated Today, exclusively for ladies, Kishkinta readymade Showroom was inaugurated in New Road. Showroom was decorated with balloons, festoons and papers. The new showroom opening ceremony was attended by a large number of guests and customers.
 
News posted on 2015-03-22

Project to root out karuvelam trees in Thiruthangal
 
21st March 2015 Project to root out karuvelam trees in Thiruthangal Date: 22-03-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 onwards Venue: Urunjikkulam, Near Karuppasamy Kovil, Thiruthangal Chief Guest: K.T.Rajendra Balaji, Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation Organisers: JCI Thiruthanga & Thiruthangal Municipality For further details contact 9443123796, 9443380023
 
News posted on 2015-03-21

Inauguration of Rotaract Club in AAACET
 
21st March 2015 Courtesy: Mr.L.Anton Bright Maradona, PRO, AAACET Inauguration of Rotaract Club in AAACET Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology and Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler had organized the inaugural of ROTARACT club on 5th March 2015 in the college’s A/C seminar hall. Rtn.PDS.MPHF.Dr.S.Sheik Saleem, was the guest of honor of the programme and installed the students as members of the Rotaract club of AAA college of Engineering & Technology, Sivakasi. In his speech he insisted that communication skills and personality development is necessary for all the engineering students to get employed. The aim of Rotaract club should be making efforts in developing those skills in students. He added that Procrastination is the major drawback and a vicious disease among the students’ community and it should be uprooted. He also acknowledged the youths to possess the spirit of social service in their minds and should develop the society. 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 organized the programme to carte skills and social responsibility among the students community.
 
News posted on 2015-03-21

Dengue Awareness Programme at AAACET
 
21st March 2015 Courtesy: Mr.L.Anton Bright Maradona, PRO, AAACET Dengue Awareness Programme at AAACET Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology have organized an awareness programme on Prevention & Control measures of Dengue fever in our college’s A/C seminar hall on 17th March 2015. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., Sivakasi Municipal Chairman, presided over the programme. In his address, he explained the cause and effects of dengue fever. He elucidated the students about the main cause for Dengue fever the Aedes mosquitoes, its breeding farms and also demonstrated the means to prevent its breeding in stagnant rain water. He insisted the students to keep their surroundings clean and added that “Together we can bring change; we should take responsibility to eradicate Dengue”. 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 create an awareness of Dengue prevention and control measures among the students.
 
News posted on 2015-03-21

Free cleft lip and palate surgery camp to be held
 
21st March 2015 Free cleft lip and palate surgery camp to be held Date: 22-03-2015, Sunday Time: 02:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m. Venue: Swami Vidyalaya Nursery School, 3/1393/2, Sattur Road, Near PRC Depot, Sivakasi Free Food, Accommodation, Transportation, Surgery Organisers: Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre, Smile Train Cleft Lip/Palate Centre-MMHRC Lake Area, Melur Road, Madurai 625107 For further details contact +91-9994224079
 
News posted on 2015-03-21

Kallarai Theru celebrates Therukattu Pongal
 
20th March 2015 Kallarai Theru celebrates Therukattu Pongal Today, Sivakasi Kallarai Theru celebrates Therukattu Pongal. On the occassion of Therukettu Pongal Kallarai Theru was decorated with colour papers, festoons, flowers, thoranais, Veppilai thoranais, decorative serial lights, tube lights and focus lights. Special puja were performed for Arasaradi Kaaliamman. As a part of Therukettu Pongal Festival, mulaipari, milk pots and agni chatti are carried out by the street people.
 
News posted on 2015-03-20

SFF - Clean Sivakasi on tomorrow
 
20th March 2015 SFF - Clean Sivakasi on tomorrow Date: 21-03-2015, Saturday Time: 10:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Mani Nagar Roundana to Court Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends, Sivakasi For further assistance please contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088 , Mr.Kannan - 7868034022
 
News posted on 2015-03-20

Sathya Sai Seva Samithy organised free eye camp
 
19th March 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 15th March 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. 350 plus patients were screened under various eye tests. Of them, 68 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 2015-03-19

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
19th March 2015 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi There is power shut cut for 2 hours a day, in Sivakasi, for the last 2 days. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator. Sivakasians had no clue when supply would be cut off or restored. Power situation had worsened commercial and non commercial users in Sivakasi, once again.
 
News posted on 2015-03-19

Summer hot with 2 hours power cut
 
18th March 2015 Summer hot with 2 hours power cut Today majority of the areas in Sivakasi faced 2hours power cut from 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m.. With extreme summer conditions refusing to relent, power cuts in Sivakasi worsened the situation for Sivakasians. These are expected to continue till the end of 2015 Summer.
 
News posted on 2015-03-18

Mazhai Kanji - Special Pooja to appease rain
 
18th March 2015 Mazhai Kanji - Special Pooja to appease rain As a part of 2015 Therukattu Pongal Festival, few streets in Sivakasi organised Mazhai Kanji fest - special Pooja to appease rain in the town. Mazhai Kanji has been prepared and special pujas were performed for Goddess Muthaalamman. And offered the godess Mazhai Kanji, to invoke the rain god. The street people take part in the services in large numbers and pray for bountiful rains. Believing that, after offering the puja, they will receive enough rainfall in the town.
 
News posted on 2015-03-18

Jaycees School student brings laurels to Sivakasi
 
17th March 2015 Jaycees School student brings laurels to Sivakasi Vidya Lakshmi of The Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School won 1st prize in State Level Yogasana Competition, held at Madurai Medical College, Madurai, on 23rd August, 2014, organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra. And she also won 1st prize in District Level Yogasana Comeptition, held at Virudhunagar, on 7th February 2015, organised by Sports Development Authority of Tamilnadu. She brings laurels to Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-03-17

Therukkattu Pongal celebrated at PKSA Road
 
17th March 2015 Therukkattu Pongal celebrated at PKSA Road Therukkattu Pongal was celebrated at PKSA Road, Sivakasi, on 15th March 2015, Sunday. Special pujas were performed for Goddess Muthalamman. The street wore festive look. Pongal distributed to the members of the street.
 
News posted on 2015-03-17

Hot climate likely to continue in Sivakasi
 
17th March 2015 Hot climate likely to continue in Sivakasi Today, 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. Hot climate likely to continue for the next one week. Summer is nearing and day time temperature rises steadily. Today, Sivakasians, particularly those spending more time outdoors, felt more heat because of clear skies during the day. Several makeshift shops in Sivakasi selling tender coconut and fruit juices have already started dotting the key junctions of the town.
 
News posted on 2015-03-17

Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Kodi Satdhudhal
 
16th March 2015 Panguni Pongal Festival begins with Kodi Satdhudhal Yesterday Kodi Satdhudhal performed at Sivakasi Mariamman Kovil, following Utharavu Ketkkum event at Sri Arulmighu Pathirakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi. Hundreds of devotees witnessed the event. Panguni Pongal is on 5th April 2015, Sunday. In these 21 days devotees (those who carry agni chatti, kayiru kuthu, kanikkai seluthudhal) will observe fasting and perform nerthikadan, on Kayirukuthu Day (on 6th April 2015, Monday).
 
News posted on 2015-03-16

Roaring Thunders, Sharp Showers and Dark Clouds
 
16th March 2015 Photo: Ravi Sankar Roaring Thunders, Sharp Showers and Dark Clouds Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town, today. Band of clouds developed at 2:00 p.m.. The sudden change of climate at afternoon in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians. TAfter a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and sharp showers and drizzles hit Sivakasi occasionally. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by thunders the town was seen flooded and clogged. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. Following the sharp showers, it was drizzling till 03:20 p.m.. Weather will be cloudy for the next two days.
 
News posted on 2015-03-16

Thoorigai Book Releasing Ceremony
 
16th March 2015 Thoorigai Book Releasing Ceremony Thoorigai Book releasing ceremony was held on 15th March 2015, Sunday, at Master Printers Association Kalayana Mandapam, Sivakasi. The function was inaugurated by Mafoi Pandiyarajan, Virudhunagar MLA, in the presence of Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality. K.T. Rajendra balaji, Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation, was the chief guest for the book releasing ceremony. The function was organised by Sivakasi Artist Association.
 
News posted on 2015-03-16

Hot sunny day ends with moderate rain
 
16th March 2015 Hot sunny day ends with moderate rain Today, after a hot sweltering sunny day, Sivakasians were greeted by a moderate rain, at afternoon, in Sivakasi. Dark clouds kept hovering over the town at 02:00 p.m., bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable, at morning. And there was sharp showers for several minutes, followed by drizzles till 03:20 p.m.. The climate remains cloudy. The moderate rain has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next two days, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 33 degree celsius and 23 degree celsisus.
 
News posted on 2015-03-16

PKN Colony celebrated 30th year Therukkattu Pongal
 
16th March 2015 PKN Colony celebrated 30th year Therukkattu Pongal On 15th March 2015, Sivakasi PKN Colony celebrated 30th year Therukkattu Pongal. Street has been decorated with festoons, colour papers and lights. Special prayers has been offered to goddess Muthaalamman. Games conducted for kids. As a part of therukattu pongal, mulaipari was carried out by the street women.
 
News posted on 2015-03-16

Today in Sivakasi
 
15th March 2015 Today in Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 05-03-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi & Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai Free Mental Health Camp Date: 15-03-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Thoorigai - Sivakasi Artist Association Date: 15-03-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Master Printers Association, AMS Ganesan - Saraswathi Ammal A/c Community Hall, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Artist Association For further details contact Mr.P.Silvester - 9843057371 SFF Friends Meet Date: 15-03-2015, Sunday Time: 10:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Sudarson Hall, Near Jakkammal Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends 2015 Panguni Pongal Kodi Satduthal Thiruvizha Date: 15-03-2015, Sunday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-03-15

Sivakasi National Colony celebrates Therukkattu Pongal
 
15th March 2015 Sivakasi National Colony celebrates Therukkattu Pongal National Colony is celebrating 2015 Therukattu Pongal, as a part of the festival, mulaipaari was carried out by the National Colony women. National Colony was decorated with colour papers, thoranais, Veppilai thoranais, decorative serial lights, tube lights and focus lights. Music systems were placed at the entrance of the streets. Games, competitions were conducted.
 
News posted on 2015-03-15

Pleasant Climate in Sivakasi
 
15th March 2015 Pleasant Climate in Sivakasi Chill breeze, cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Today after a bright start, clouds developed at 01:00 p.m. and there was mild drizzle for few minutes and it is often drizzling, but mild shower fails to make the road wet. There was sharp drizzle between 02:40 and 02:55 p.m. & 03:40 to 04:05 p.m.. The sharp drizzles drenched Sivakasi. The climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 22 degree celsius. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is likely to continue.
 
News posted on 2015-03-15

Sivakasi Artist Association organised Art Exhibition
 
15th March 2015 Sivakasi Artist Association organised Art Exhibition Today, Sivakasi Artist Association organised Art Exhibition, at Master Printers Association Kalayana Mandapam. Hundreds of Drawing Arts were exhibited. The exhibition includes works by a wide range of Sivakasi artists, both familiar and school students. Hundreds of Sivakasians visited the exhibition.
 
News posted on 2015-03-15

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
14th March 2015 Drizzle fails to make the road wet After a cloudy and drizzle start, at early morning today, the weather fell down to 31 and 22 degree celsius. And it is drizzling for long hours, but drizzle fails to make the road wet. Now the climate in Sivakasi is pleasant.
 
News posted on 2015-03-14

Drizzle drenched Sivakasi
 
14th March 2015 Drizzle drenched Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning, with mild drizzle. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at 11:15 a.m. and there was sharp drizzles for 20 minutes. It was drizzling for long hours since morning. Drizzle for several hours makes the road wet and brings the temperature down and also drenched Sivakasi. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle in the coming days. For next four days the sky will be cloudy and there is chance for drizzle and rain in Sivakasi. The maximum and minimum temperature will be around 32 degree Celsius and 23 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-03-14

Sivakasi received copious rain
 
14th March 2015 Photo: Ragupathi Sivakasi received copious rain Today, after a long hours of mild drizzle at morning and afternoon, thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, today, at evening from 05:15 p.m. to 06:15 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. And still drizzle continues. For next four days sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 23 degree celsius. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Rain brings smile in the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-03-14

2015 Panguni Pongal Kodi Saatrudhal Thiruvizhaa tomorrow
 
14th March 2015 2015 Panguni Pongal Kodi Saatrudhal Thiruvizhaa tomorrow 2015 Panguni Pongal Kodi Saatrudhal Thiruvizhaa is on tomorrow, at Sri Arulmighu Mariamman Thirukovil, from 06:00 p.m. onwards. From the day of kodi satrudhal, panguni pongal falls on the 21st day, i.e. on 5th April 2015, Sunday. In these 21 days devotees (those who carry agni chatti, kayiru kuthu, kanikkai seluthudhal) will observe fasting and perform nerthikadan.
 
News posted on 2015-03-14

Subramania Swamy Kovil Street celebrated Therukattu Pongal
 
13th March 2015 Subramania Swamy Kovil Street celebrated Therukattu Pongal Last week, Sivakasi Subramania Swamy Kovil Street celebrated Therukattu Pongal. On the occassion of Therukettu Pongal the Subramania Swamy Kovil 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 was conducted. Dance, drama will be performed by the Street kids, in a pre arranged stage. Special prayers has been conducted for Vadakathiamman.
 
News posted on 2015-03-13

Vembakottai taluk to be formed soon
 
12th March 2015 Courtesy: News Hub Vembakottai taluk to be formed soon A new taluk, with Vembakottai as headquarters, would be formed soon in Virudhunagar district, said T.S. Sridhar, Commissioner for Revenue Administration, on Friday. Speaking at a function at Ezhayirampannai to mark the commencement of fourth cycle of distribution of government freebies, Mr. Sridhar said that the new taluk would be formed by annexing areas carved out of Sivakasi and Sattur taluks. The government was keen on ensuring that there should not be any delay in benefits of welfare schemes reaching the people and hence, it had planned to create 15 more taluks, in addition to the 49 taluks created in the last three years. Free mixies, grinders and fans had been distributed to 90 lakh family cardholders so far and 45 more cardholders would get them this year. The Minister for Revenue, R. B. Udhayakumar, said that the AMMA scheme, which was meant to redress people’s grievances at their doorsteps, had dealt with 33 lakh petitions so far. The Minister for Information and Publicity and Special Programme Implementation, K. T. Rajenthra Bhalaji, said that freebies had been distributed to over 2.53 lakh cardholders in Virudhunagar district in the last three years. The Collector, V. Rajaraman, welcomed the gathering. Free mixies, grinders and fans were given away to 4, 797 beneficiaries at Ezhayirampannai, Gundayiruppu, Alangulam and Kallamanaickanpatti in Sivakasi taluk on Friday, according to an official press release.
 
News posted on 2015-03-12

Panguni Pongal is on 5th April
 
12th March 2015 Panguni Pongal is on 5th April This year Panguni Pongal is going to be held on 5th April 2015, Sunday and Kayiru Kuthu Festival is on 6th April 2015, Monday. Chithirai Pongal is on 5th May 2015, Tuesday and Kayirukuthu Festival is on 6th May 2015, Wednesday.
 
News posted on 2015-03-12

Free eye camp on 15th March
 
11th March 2015 Free eye camp on 15th March Date: 15-03-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai & Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy
 
News posted on 2015-03-11

45th National Safety Day observed at Sivakasi
 
10th March 2015 - M.G.Ramesh 45th National Safety Day observed at Sivakasi As a part of 45th National Safety Day, a safety awareness rally was taken out from AAA college of Engineering and Technology to Amathur, on 4th March 2015, Wednesday. Around 500 fireworks employees participated in the rally. They carried placards with fireworks safety awareness slogans.
 
News posted on 2015-03-10

Valluvar Day celebrated at SFR College
 
10th March 2015 Courtesy: News Hub Valluvar Day celebrated at SFR College The Department of Tamil of The Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi celebrated Valluvar Day on February 19 with a lecture on ‘Valluvar Kaattum Vazhigal’ by T. Balaji of Virudhunagar Senthilkumara Nadar College highlighting truth and education. B. Ponni, Head, Department of Tamil, presided over the programme. R. Vijayapriya welcomed the gathering and P. Jeyalakshmi proposed a vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-03-10

PAP Colony Pillaiyar Kovil street celebrated Therukattu Pongal
 
9th March 2015 PAP Colony Pillaiyar Kovil street celebrated Therukattu Pongal On 7th and 8th March 2015, Saturday and Sunday, Sivakasi Palaniandavarpuram Colony Pillaiyar Kovil Street Sivakasians celebrated Therukattu Pongal. People of all communities in PAP 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.
 
News posted on 2015-03-09

Sivakasi Ajith fans welcomes the arrival of KUTTY THALA with posters
 
9th March 2015 Sivakasi Ajith fans welcomes the arrival of KUTTY THALA with posters Star actor AJITH and Shalini were blessed with a boy baby on 2nd March 2015, Monday. In Sivakasi Ajith fans distributed cakes and sweets on the arrival of the KUTTY THALA. Posters and banners with welcoming wishes to the new born Kutty Thala and Ajith family, has been seen in many streets.
 
News posted on 2015-03-09

Thoorigai - Sivakasi Artist Association
 
9th March 2015 Thoorigai - Sivakasi Artist Association Date: 15-03-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Master Printers Association, AMS Ganesan - Saraswathi Ammal A/c Community Hall, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Artist Association For further details contact Mr.P.Silvester - 9843057371
 
News posted on 2015-03-09

Happy Women-s Day
 
8th March 2015 Happy Women-s Day Behind every successful man is a woman who is getting ahead of him! Three cheers to the woman of tomorrow! Happy Woman-s Day! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2015-03-08

Festival of colours celebrated at Sivakasi
 
7th March 2015 Festival of colours celebrated at Sivakasi On 6th March 2015, Friday, 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 2015-03-07

Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
7th March 2015 Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 01:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in some areas power resumed at 05:30 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 2015-03-07

Free eye camp tomorrow
 
7th March 2015 Free eye camp tomorrow Sivakasi Khaitan Steel Mart, District Blindness Control society and Sankara Eye Hospital Madurai will jointly organise a free eye camp at Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion, Sivakasi, on 08-03-2015, Sunday, from 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-03-07

Sivakasi Marathon 2015
 
6th March 2015 Sivakasi Marathon 2015 On 1st March 2015, Sunday, the Seventh Sivakasi Marathon, 42.2km, 10km run took off to a rousing start from Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Municipality Higher Secondary School Play Ground early morning. Over 8,000 participants took part in the event organized by Lions Club of Sivakasi Cosmos. In fact all the roads of Sivakasi led to AU School early morning which was brimming with enthusiastic runners of various age groups. Sivakasi school goers and college boys and girls were present in huge numbers to participate in the event and needless to say the mood was quite upbeat among the participants. The entire Sivakasi Marathon 2015 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. The dignitaries on the dais gave away prizes and certificates to all the winners of various categories of the race.
 
News posted on 2015-03-06

HSC Exam starts today
 
5th March 2015 HSC Exam starts today Best Wishes to all Students - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2015-03-05

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
5th March 2015 Drizzle makes the road wet 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 afternoon. It was drizzling for long hours since evening 02:55 p.m.. Drizzle for several hours accompanied by theunders and lightning makes the road wet and brings the temperature down and also drenched Sivakasi. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle in the coming days. For next one week the sky will be cloudy and there is chance for drizzle in Sivakasi. The maximum and minimum temperature will be around 34 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-03-05

Pongal & Pookuzhi Thiruvizha Today
 
3rd March 2015 Pongal & Pookuzhi Thiruvizha Date: 03-03-2015, Tuesday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Kaliamman Sri Karumariamman Kovil Organisers: Sivakasi Peraandammaal Therukkattu
 
News posted on 2015-03-03

Sunshine with drizzle in Sivakasi
 
2nd March 2015 Sunshine with drizzle in Sivakasi After a sweltering hot day, there was mild shower from 04:13 to 04:20 p.m., today, at Sivakasi. It was drizzle with hot sunshine at evening. And the mild drizzle did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For the next 10 days sky will be partly cloudy with chances for drizzle with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-03-02

Seven Wonders Exhibition ends on 8th March
 
2nd March 2015 Seven Wonders Exhibition ends on 8th March An exhibition in Sivakasi will replicate the 7 Wonders of the world, from 5th February 2015. The entrance ticket is priced at Rs.30 and will be the same on all the days. The 7 wonders exhibition offers a variety of articles including toys, garments, ornaments, electronic goods 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. Exhibition and charging about Rs.50 per person, for a ride. The exhibition will also have stalls such as Delhi Appalams, Milagaai Bajji, Panji Mittai (Cotton Candy) and Ornaments. Sivakasians capture snaps in front of the replicated seven wonders of the world. The seven wonders exhibition is exciting and entertaining all sections of people in Sivakasi town and it ends on 8th March 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-03-02

Coming up in March 2015
 
1st March 2015 Coming up in March 2015 Sivakasi Marathon 2015 Date: 01-03-2015, Sunday Time: 05:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Municipality Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cosmos 7 wonders exhibition Date: 08-02-2015 to 08-03-2015 Time: 04:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Venue: Near Sivakasi Bus Stand Eye Camp Date: 08-03-2015, 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: 15-03-2015, 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: 29-03-2015, 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 2015-03-01

Therukattu Pongal season begins in Sivakasi
 
1st March 2015 - M.G.Ramesh Therukattu Pongal season begins in Sivakasi Therukattu Pongal season begins in Sivakasi. Theru kattu Pongal is celebrated on Masi month (February end and March) 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. Streets wore festive look for the last few days and therukattu pongal is a real feast for the Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-03-01

Holi festival begins in Sivakasi
 
1st March 2015 - M.G.Ramesh Holi festival begins in Sivakasi Sivakasi Marwaris start playing with colours, from yesterday onwards. Around 100 marwaris gathered at Sivakasi Rotary Hall on 28th February 2015, Saturday. Marwaris flocking to the Rotary Hall to enjoy the dance party, on the spot games followed by playing holi with colours. tals. This year Holika Dahan is on March 5 and Holi on March 6.
 
News posted on 2015-03-01

1BHK
 
27th February 2015 1BHK Date: 01-03-2015, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. Venue: Hotel Sparkle Inn, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.V.S.Balaraman, Industrialist, Thiruthangal Faculty: Jc.M.Neethi Gurusamy Organisers: JCI Sivakasi Dynamic All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-02-27

Black Clouds, Roaring Thunders & Lightning in Sivakasi
 
27th February 2015 Black Clouds, Roaring Thunders & Lightning in Sivakasi Today, with temperature pegged below 25 degree Celsius, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds and the climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. After days of sweltering heat, Sivakasians were in for a pleasant surprise as clouds finally opened up and cooled the earth with refreshing drizzle accompanied with strong winds, lightening and thunders, today evening at 06:00 p.m.. There was no rain in the town. There was very mild shower on 26th February 2015 for few seconds at 07:30 p.m.. The cooler temperature likely to continue for next one week with a chance of drizzle and rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-02-27

Non stop drizzle drenched Sivakasi
 
27th February 2015 Non stop drizzle drenched Sivakasi Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening 05:40 p.m., bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable during the past one month. The sudden change of climate in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians. Today, after a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud accompanied with thunders and lightning for an hour and drizzle follows. It is drizzling from 06:45 p.m. and still it continues (08:50 p.m.) and likely to be continued for a long. Caught unaware office goers were drenched. Now the climate in Sivakasi is pleasant. Drizzle likely to be continue for the next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-02-27

Deepening and strengthening of Mariamman Kovil Theppakkulam
 
26th February 2015 Deepening and strengthening of Mariamman Kovil Theppakkulam Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai is under taking deepening of Mariamman Kovil Theppakkulam, for the past few days. Around 15 workers engaged in the deepening of the pond using machines. It is expected that the work will be completed in two or three weeks.
 
News posted on 2015-02-26

SFF - Clean Sivakasi on 28th Feb
 
26th February 2015 SFF - Clean Sivakasi on 28th Feb Date: 28-02-2015, Saturday Time: 10:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Vilakku Thoon Opposite to Kavitha Textiles Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends, Sivakasi For further assistance please contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088 , Mr.Kannan - 7868034022
 
News posted on 2015-02-26

Sivakasi Marathon on 1st March
 
25th February 2015 Sivakasi Marathon on 1st March Date: 01-03-2015, Sunday Time: 05:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Municipality Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi For registration contact A.Ramesh - 9843088847 Last date for registration - 26-02-2015, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2015-02-25

Kodikkaai is Rs.200 per kg.
 
25th February 2015 Kodikkaai is Rs.200 per kg. Kodikka season begins in Sivakasi, from the mid of January. Kodikkaai vendors procure it from nearby villages and have started camping in the major areas of Sivakasi town. In Sivakasi, the price of one kg Kodikkaai is Rs.200 - to Rs.220 depending on the size and quality. A vendor in NRKR road said sivakasiweekly.com that, the season will end up in two months. Because of their skyrocketing prices, Kodikkaai failed to attract many buyers in Sivakasi Town market.
 
News posted on 2015-02-25

Sigaram Thoduvom
 
24th February 2015 Sigaram Thoduvom Date: 26-02-2015, Thursday Time: 03:30 p.m. Venue: SNM Matric Hr. Sec. School, Paraipatti, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.V.Balakrishnan, Ex. MLA., President, SNM Matric School, Paraipatti, Sivakasi Guest of Honour: Mr.K.Ravichandran, Secretary, SNM Matric School, Paraipatti, Sivakasi Keynote Speaker: Kalaimamani Prof.K.Gnanasambantham Organisers: JCI Sivakasi Dynamic All are welcome
 
News posted on 2015-02-24

Pulse Polio Drive at Sivakasi Railway Station
 
24th February 2015 Pulse Polio Drive at Sivakasi Railway Station The second phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation was held in Sivakasi on 22nd February 2015, Sunday. The NSS Unit of Sivakasi Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic conducted Pulse Polio Drive at Sivakasi Railway Station. Around 10 staff and NSS volunteers of AGP involved in the service. To help travellers, centre at railway station opened from 07:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-02-24

State level basket tournament at Sivakasi
 
23rd February 2015 State level basket tournament at Sivakasi Date: 22,23 & 24-02-2015, Sunday to Tuesday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Sivakasi All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-02-23

Pulse Polio 2015
 
23rd February 2015 Pulse Polio 2015 The second phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation was held in Sivakasi on 22nd February 2015, Sunday. Around Twenty Two booths were set out to give Polio Immunisation Drops to kids of 0-5 years, in Sivakasi. In addition to that Three Mobile Teams covered some key areas such as 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 Colleges and other supporting workers. Sivakasians 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. Ealier the I phase of Pulse Polio Immunisation campaign was held on 18th January 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-02-23

Autumn for neem
 
21st February 2015 Autumn for neem As summer is nearing, neem tree begins to shed its leaves for the last few weeks, in Sivakasi town. The leaves colour has been changed from green to yellow and neem leaves falling heavily 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 2015-02-21

Koondhappanai Ayyanar Kovil celebrates Maha Sivaratri Festival
 
21st February 2015 Koondhappanai Ayyanar Kovil celebrates Maha Sivaratri Festival On 17th February 2015, Tuesday, Koondhappanai Ayyanar Kovil celebrates Maha Sivaratri. Paalkudam has been carried out by the devotees. Special puja for the family deities has been performed. The members of Koondhappanai Ayyanar Kovil prepared and offered pongal to presiding deity AYYANAR.
 
News posted on 2015-02-21

Devotees worshiped family deities on Maha Sivaratri
 
21st February 2015 Devotees worshiped family deities on Maha Sivaratri On 17th February 2015, devotees of various temples thronged Sivakasi and worshiped their family deities on the auspicious occasion. Sivakasi traffic police made elaborate arrangements for the smooth flow of traffic to ensure orderly movement of devotees near all the temples. Most of the temples in Sivakasi wore festive look and devotees thronged their family deity temple and performed special prayers.
 
News posted on 2015-02-21

SFF - Clean Sivakasi on tomorrow
 
20th February 2015 SFF - Clean Sivakasi on tomorrow Date: 21-02-2015, Saturday Time: 10:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Kamarajar Statue to Vegetable Market Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends, Sivakasi For further assistance please contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088 , Mr.Kannan - 7868034022
 
News posted on 2015-02-20

Maha Sivaratri Celebrated in Sivakasi
 
18th February 2015 Maha Sivaratri Celebrated in Sivakasi Yesterday, Maha Sivaratri was celebrated with devotion and traditional fervour across Sivakasi Town. Long queues were seen at Sivan Kovil and other temples right from early hours. Special prayers and abishegams has been performed. Sivakasi Sivan Kovil managements made elaborate arrangements for the proper dharsan of pilgrims attending Sivaratri celebrations. Sivakasi traffic police made elaborate arrangements for the smooth flow of traffic to ensure orderly movement of devotees near Sivan Kovil. On the occasion of Sivaratri Sivakasians prepared Mocha Payir Kulambu.
 
News posted on 2015-02-18

1008 Thiruvilakku Poojai at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil
 
18th February 2015 Photo: Balamurali Sankar 1008 Thiruvilakku Poojai at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil To mark the Maha Sivaratri Festival 2015, Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Sangam in association with Mata Amritanandamayi organised 1008 Kuthuvilakku Poojai, Annadhaanam and Pushpanjali Poojai on 17th February 2015, Tuesday, at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil. The temple was decorated with festoons, colour papers and attractive lights. Sivakasi Ayyappan Temple attracts scores of devotees for the Maha Sivaratri. Special pujas were performed and devotees offered prayers on the occasion. Annadhanam has been done at 12:00 p.m.. As many as 1008 vilakkus were lit on the occasion. Women from various areas of Sivakasi Town performed 1008 vilakku poojai around 6:00 p.m., at the temple premises. And Pushpanjali Pooja was performed at 08:00 p.m.. Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Sangam made special arrangements to conduct 1008 Kuthu Vilakku Puja. Swami Ramakrishnananda puriji(Mata Amritanandamayi Math) conducted the 1008 thiruvilakku poojai.
 
News posted on 2015-02-18

Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Maha Sivaratri
 
17th February 2015 Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Maha Sivaratri Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Maha Sivaratri, tonight. All the temples in the town wore festive look. Temples were decorated with festoons, valai thoranai, papers, serial lights. In connection with Maha Sivaratri Festival 2015, Annadhaanam has been done at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil and 1008 thiru vilakku puja was performed, today.
 
News posted on 2015-02-17

AAA college student bags silver medal in TIES 2015
 
17th February 2015 AAA college student bags silver medal in TIES 2015 Tamil Nadu Inter Engineering Sports (TIES-2015) was organized by Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai from 29th January to 12th February 2015. Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering and Technology’s team of 35 students actively participated in the tournament, in which Selvan Karthik S of Second Year Mechanical Engineering has secured Second Place and has won SILVER medal in the event Weight Lifting under 85 KG and has secured Third Place and has won BRONZE medal in the event Best Physique under 90 KG class. Mr. M. Kodantha Raman Former Mr.Tamilnadu honored the champ with medal & 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 faculties cordially eulogizes the champ for bringing successive eminence to the institution.
 
News posted on 2015-02-17

Sivakasian won second prize in National Level Photography Festival
 
17th February 2015 Sivakasian won second prize in National Level Photography Festival Selvan. Vetrivel Rajan K of I Year Mechanical Engineering has won SECOND prize in Street Photography at Enfoque 2015 a two-day Inter-Institutional National Level Photography Festival organized in Kalasalingam University on 7th & 8th February 2015. Mr. Satya Mohan, Reporter and Videographer of Sun TV and Jeya TV, the Chief Guest honored the student with cash prize of amount Rs.1000/-and certificate. 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 eulogized the ambient PhotoG for bringing eminence to the institution.
 
News posted on 2015-02-17

AAA college student secured first place in Weight Lifting Championships 2015
 
17th February 2015 AAA college student secured first place in Weight Lifting Championships 2015 Selvan Karthik S of Second Year Mechanical Engineering, AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi has secured FIRST place in the Virudhunagar District-s 29th Men Weight Lifting Championships -2015 under 85 Kg category with a 10 year record break of 116 kg in Snatch, 130 kg in Clean & Jerk and a total of 246kg, at Virudhunagar Kamarajar Gym on February 1st 2015 organized by Virudhunagar District Weight Lifting Association. He was lionized and feted for the Record Break. 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 acclaimed his considerable success and congratulated him.
 
News posted on 2015-02-17

Heidelberg India-s Sivakasi seminar stresses on pre-press
 
16th February 2015 Courtesy: Print Week Heidelberg India-s Sivakasi seminar stresses on pre-press Heidelberg India on 28 January, 2015 organised a seminar on pre-press in Sivakasi at the Sivakasi Master Printers Associations premises. The event witnessed more than 100 printers in and around the printing hub of South India. Ashokan Krishnamoorthy, deputy general manager for pre-press solutions, Heidelberg India, commented, “Sivakasi is "Home" to Heidelberg. You can find Heidelberg machines in every nook and corner of this wonderful town. Pre-press being a pivotal aspect for both commercial and packaging printing clients, we believe the seminar will impart immense value to the participants.” The event was a promotional campaign by Heidelberg India to promote its pre-press solution, Prinect workflow. Speaking on the promotional campaign, Krishnamoorthy added, “In the current scenario print buyers are most demanding and to cater to their needs, printers spend considerable time on pre-press for correction, imposition, editing and colour correction. But, with Heidelberg-s Prinect workflow systems, the tasks can be simplified.” The seminar was followed by a two-day training session on pre-press solutions at the same venue. The interactive session had participants create their own pre-press files with the help of Heidelberg-s Prinect workflow. Heidelberg experts expounded on pre-press tools and options, including the creation of qualified PDF, imposition, integration, colour correction, trapping and coating etc. Demos on various tools related to packaging workflow were also shown to the printers. Mohammed Rafi of Olympic Prints, one of the participants in the seminar quoted, “The training was informative and insightful. In our line of business, last-minute corrections and pagination changes from the client-s side are inevitable, but with the Prinect-s PDF tool box, we can perform miracles outright”. Ganesh Kumar, senior sales manager of Heidelberg stated “We have a firm footprint in Sivakasi with a strong base of pre-press, press and post-press installations. The Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 press powers businesses at the Sivakasi printing cluster, a central-government-aided facility to help any player in the industry execute print jobs at a nominal charge”. Srinivas Fine Arts, Safire Prints, Gupta Printers, Bell Printers, Kaliswari Fireworks, Lakshmi Priya Offset, Shanmuga Offset, Jayaram Cards and Orient lithographers were a few companies among the list of attendees.
 
News posted on 2015-02-16

1008 thiruvilakku poojai at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil
 
15th February 2015 1008 thiruvilakku poojai at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil Date: 17-02-2015, Tuesday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil Annadhanam will be held at 12:00 p.m. Organisers: Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Sangam
 
News posted on 2015-02-15

Loan & Exchange Mela - TVS
 
15th February 2015 Loan & Exchange Mela - TVS Date: 18,19 & 20, February 2015, Wednesday to Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: 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 2015-02-15

Annual Sports Day celebrated at ANJAC
 
14th February 2015 Annual Sports Day celebrated at ANJAC On 7th February 2015, Saturday, Sivakasi Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College celebrated its annual sports day. Mr.Ayyan Kodeeswaran, Correspondent, ANJAC, presided over the function. Prof. Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC, welcomed the gathering. The event was started with march-past and lighting of Olympic Torch. Mr.Natarajan, Former Athlete, was the chief guest for the function. Mrs.Niranjana Kodeeswaran distributed prizes and certificates to the winners. Paul Jeeva Singh, Physical Director read the sports report. Manojkumar delivered vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2015-02-14

Navanaal Festival - Mary Matha Idol Procession
 
14th February 2015 Navanaal Festival - Mary Matha Idol Procession Today, as a part of Navanaal Mary Matha Festival 2015, procession of Mary Matha Idol has been taken out in Sivakasi. 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. Tomorrow the Navanaal function concluded with Kodi Irakkam function.
 
News posted on 2015-02-14

Dengue prevention measures by Sivakasi Municipality
 
13th February 2015 Dengue prevention measures by Sivakasi Municipality Sivakasi Municipality has appealed to Sivakasians to extend their cooperation to the dengue prevention steps taken by the civic body by preventing stagnation of water in open containers. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, said Sivakasi residents should ensure that there was no open container filled with water such as broken plastic pots, Aatural, Thotti and Coconut shells to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Drinking water overhead tanks should be cleaned once every two weeks using bleaching powder. Notices also distributed to Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2015-02-13

Mary Matha Procession on 14th Feb
 
12th February 2015 Mary Matha Procession on 14th Feb As a part of Annual Navanaal Mary Matha Festival, Mary Matha Idol procession will be held on 14th February 2015, Saturday, at the four car streets of Sivakasi. The way leading to the shrine wore a festive look. And special prayers is conducted for the last six days.
 
News posted on 2015-02-12

1965-66 batch students of Thiruthangal SR Govt. School celebrates Golden Jubilee
 
11th February 2015 1965-66 batch students of Thiruthangal SR Govt. School celebrates Golden Jubilee On 8th February 2015, Sunday, a reunion was arranged by the alumni of Thiruthangal SR Government Higher Secondary School, Thiruthangal, at Kani Mahal, Thiruthangal. Belonging to the 1965-1966 11th standard batch students of SR School they met for the first time on the school campus, after five decades.
 
News posted on 2015-02-11

Thiruthangal Kaaliamman Kovil Kumbabhisegam
 
10th February 2015 Thiruthangal Kaaliamman Kovil Kumbabhisegam On 8th February 2015, Sunday, Maha Kumbabishekam (consecration) of Thiruthangal Kaaliamman Kovil, held, hundreds of devotees witnessed the Kumbabisekam festival. 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. Annadhaanam has been done. The festival was well organised by Thiruthangal Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai.
 
News posted on 2015-02-10

Today in Sivakasi
 
Today in Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 08-02-2015, 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 Alumni Meet at Velankanni Madha Hr. Sec. School Date: 08-02-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Velankanni Madha Hr. Sec. School Organisers: Old Students Association Kaaliamman Kovil Kumbaabisehgam Date: 08-02-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. Procession: 07:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Arumighu Kaaliamman Thirukovil, Thiruthangal Organisers: Thiruthangal Nadar Uravinmurai Golden Jubilee Year - SR Govt. Hr. Sec. School Date: 08-02-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. Venue: Kani Mahal, Thiruthangal Organisers: Alumni Association SR Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Thiruthangal
 
News posted on 2015-02-08

10 day festival at Sivakasi St. Lourdes Church begins with flag hoisting
 
7th February 2015 10 day festival at Sivakasi St. Lourdes Church begins with flag hoisting The 10 days Mary Matha Festival begins with flag hoisting ceremony at Sivakasi St. Lourdes Church, on 6th February 2015, 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 2015-02-07

World Cancer Day observed at SBCP
 
7th February 2015 World Cancer Day observed at SBCP On 4th February 2015, Wednesday, NSS unit of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy observed World Cancer Day. Prof.P.Solairaj presided over the function. In his speech Prof.P.Solairaj said that, if cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, proper treatment would enable curing of the disease. Prof.Sonia delivered vote of thanks. Meeting arrangements has been done by Prof.Reghurath Pandian, NSS Unit Programme Officer, SBCP.
 
News posted on 2015-02-07

Think big, start small and keep moving, says C.K.Kumaravel, CEO, Naturals
 
6th February 2015 Think big, start small and keep moving, says C.K.Kumaravel, CEO, Naturals JCI Sivakasi Dynamic organised a business seminar on the topic "Love your failures" on 5th February 2015, Thursday, at Hotel Sparkle Inn, Sivakasi. Jc.HGF.D.Janakiraman welcomed the gathering. C.K.Kumaravel, Co-founder of Naturals Beauty Salon India Private Limited, was the chief guest and Dr.P.Ganesan, Correspondent, AAA College of Engineering and Technology, was the guest of honour for the business meet. In his speech, the chief guest highlighted that, "My efforts only failed and not me". And he explained how did he overcome his business failures and how he conceptualised Naturals with his wife Veenas help. Ever since, there has been no looking back, he says. His business mantra is "Think big, start small and keep moving". At the end of the session Mr.C.K.Kumaravel, cleared the doubts raised by the participants.
 
News posted on 2015-02-06

Cool Breeze, Drizzling Sivakasi
 
5th February 2015 Cool Breeze, Drizzling Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle, from 07:10 a.m.. The maximum and minimum temperature falls down to 32 and 21 degree Celsius respectively. The mild drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. The mild drizzle in the town did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Climate will be partly cloudy for next one week, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 22 degree Celsius respectively. Earlier on yesterday evening there was mild drizzle at 06:25 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-02-05

Yennai Arindhaal fever in Sivakasi
 
5th February 2015 Photo: Thala Muthupandian , Hari Prasad Yennai Arindhaal fever in Sivakasi The much awaited movie "Yennai Arindhaal" released today in Sivakasi BIG CINEMAS, SRI PALANIANDAVAR THEATRE and this has Thala Ajithkumar in the lead along with the awesome beauty Trisha and Anushka. PALANIANDAVAR THEATRE, Adlabs Ganesh and Balaganesh pulls crowd in the very early morning. Theatres were decorated with festoons, colour papers and Thala Ajith Kumars banners. And this film is a real feast for the Thala fans. And today PALANIANDAVAR THEATRE installed air conditioning systems.
 
News posted on 2015-02-05

Thaipusa Theppa Thiruvizha 2015
 
4th February 2015 Thaipusa Theppa Thiruvizha 2015 Arulmighu Sri SivaSubramaniaswami Valli Theivanai Theppa Utsav Date: 04-02-2015, Wednesday Time: 07:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Matchbox manufacturers Association, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2015-02-04

AAACET organised TN State Junior Carom championship 2014-15
 
4th February 2015 AAACET organised TN State Junior Carom championship 2014-15 Tamilnadu Carrom Association had organized 56th Tamilnadu State Junior Carom championship 2014-15 at AAA College of Engineering & Technology, Sivakasi from 3/1/2015 to 5/1/2015. Shri.G.A.Ganesh Kumar, Director Arasan Group of Industries and Dr. P.Ganesan, Correspondent inaugurated the tournament. 168 Junior Boys & 88 Junior Girls (Below 18 years of age) from 16 districts of Tamilnadu have actively participated in the tournament. In Junior Boys, Selvan Venkatesh representing Chennai district won the first prize and in Junior Girls, Selvi Ishwarya representing Madurai District won the First prize. Shri.Ramasubramania Raja, Sports & Youth Welfare Officer,Virudhunagar District DSO and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi honored the winners with prizes and trophies. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P.Ganesan, JointSecretary Er. K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and Physical Director D.Babu had organized the tournament with a motive of creating a healthy competition and sportsmanship among the students and the tournament had been successful one.
 
News posted on 2015-02-04

Hot day ends with cooler weather
 
4th February 2015 Hot day ends with cooler weather Today, skies were clear during morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud, at the noon. But there is no rain / drizzle in the town. Today maximum temperature will be 31 degree Celsius (average) while the minimum temperature will be 22 degree Celsius, in Sivakasi. The next ten days are also expected to remain partly cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature expected to hover around 32 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-02-04

Kalvi Vizhipunarvu Mugam organised at AAACET
 
4th February 2015 Kalvi Vizhipunarvu Mugam organised at AAACET Virudhunagar District School Education Department, AAA College of Engineering & technology and Virudhunagar Kamarajar Social Welfare Trust organized Kalvi Vizhipunarvu Mugam in AAA College Seminar Hall on 25th January 2015, Sunday. Shri.V.Jeyakumar, Chief Education Officer (CEO) was the Chief Guest of the day and his august presence graced the occasion. The programme was honoured by the presence of the District Educational Officer (DEO) Shri.P.Ramachandran. The pleasing austerity of the CEO’s Felicitation Address was directed to the parents and their ultimate role to bring about the nation’s desired change in the educational arena. He nailed his argument down with the Governmental stratagem – nearly twenty thousand crores – available for the students to continue their education with no hindrance. He also highlighted the resolute and the undaunted role of the Virudhunagar Teachers who are dedicated to promote the educational standard of the rural students. He requested the parents to help retain the Virudhunagar District’s constant feats for the past few years. The DEO in his Special Address reiterated the duties of the Students, Parents, Teachers, Headmasters and the Educational Officers to foster the educational standard. The Principal’s Speech was very captivating as he elucidated the nuances of a planned study. He thanked the Kamarajar Socail Welfare Department and Virudhunagar District School Education Department for organizing the programme. He assured that the Panjurajan Amaravathy Trust is very much considerate about nurturing education among the rural people. The trust offers Free Education for the economically backward students who excel in his board exam with distinction. The Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan provoked the students’ outlook towards life. He presented them a different dimension of life wherein they could be the masters and not the employees. The Guest Speaker, Shri.K.Narayanan added feather to the glory of the programme. His speech effectuated the students’ psychological trauma of educational stress to a clear schedule of planning, practice and implementation of exam preparation. Of late, his speech was a gift of the gab to the students’ who look forward their board examinations at the eleventh hour with much fuss and frustration. He guaranteed them that they could even act and achieve at the brink of the exam. He was successful in attaining his end result by making the students realize their impulse and they establishing in them great hope and confidence. We are very grateful to our Chariman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi for their accomplishments of the planned objectives in bringing up remarkable changes in the young minds.
 
News posted on 2015-02-04

Thousands witnessed Thaipusam Theppa Thiruvizha
 
4th February 2015 Thousands witnessed Thaipusam Theppa Thiruvizha On the occasion of Thaipoosam Festival 2015, Theppa Thiruvizha was held today at Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil. Thousands of devotees witnessed the Theppa Thiruvizha. Lord Subramaniaswami and his consort Valli Theivanai, deities from the Sri SivaSubramaniaswami temple, were brought in a procession from the temple to the tank of Badrakaliamman Kovil. The float was pulled around with the use of ropes. The brightly decorated float drew large crowds in the evening.The temple wore festive look. Every year Thaipusam Theppa THiruvizha held at Chemtty Theppam, this year for the first time it took place in Badrakaliamman Temple and pulls huge crowd.
 
News posted on 2015-02-04

Love your failures
 
3rd February 2015 Love your failures Date: 05-02-2015, Thursday Time: 06:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Hotel Sparkle Inn, Sivakasi Chief Guest: C.K.Kumaravel, CEO, Naturals Guest of Honour: Dr.P.Ganesan, Correspondent, AAA College of Engineering and Technology Organisers: JCI Sivakasi Dynamic All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2015-02-03

Thaipusam Therottam - Chatta Thaer
 
3rd February 2015 Thaipusam Therottam - Chatta Thaer Today morning, as a part of Thai Poosam Festival, chatta thaer procession was held, in the four car streets of Sivakasi Town. The chatta thaer stands an impressive 25 feet tall, made of pieces of wood and covered with colourful clothes, festoons and flowers. Sivakasi Murugan devotees drawn chariot of Lord Muruga from Agni Vinayakar Kovil to Sivakasi Subramaniaswamy Thirukovil. The priests by then have conducted puja for the Deity, at Murugan Temple. Golden chariot procession will be held today at 08:00 p.m., in the four car streets.
 
News posted on 2015-02-03

Thaipusam 2015 - Golden Chariot Procession
 
3rd February 2015 Thaipusam 2015 - Golden Chariot Procession Tonight, more than thousand Murugan devotees witnessed the Thaipoosam Golden chariot festival of Sivakasi Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple. Special prayers and worship were offered to Lord Murugan, since early morning. Sivakasi Town Police and Traffic Constables stepped up security measures in view of the golden car procession. The golden chariot glitters and the whole structure made of gold and covered with gold, donned with colorful and dazzling lights. Illuminating the quiet darkness at 07:00 p.m., the procession slowly moves ahead, stopping at numerous temples (Kadai Kovil, Agni Vinayakar Kovil) and key junction along the routes of four car streets of the town where pujas and archanais were performed for the benefit of the hundreds of Sivakasians lined up. Sivakasi Murugan devotees chanted Aroharaa relentlessly and drew the golden chariot on the four car streets. Majority of the Sivakasians captured the golden moments of golden chariot in their mobile phones and digital cameras. Sivakasi Palasarakku Vyaabaarigal Sangam made arrangements for the smooth conduct of the festival.
 
News posted on 2015-02-03

All set for Thaipusam Therottam
 
2nd February 2015 All set for Thaipusam Therottam In Sivakasi, all set for Thaipusam festival. Chariot procession will be held on 3rd February 2015, Tuesday. Chatta Ther decoration work has been completed on last Saturday. Procession of Chatta Ther will be taken place at 08:00 a.m. and Golden Chariot procession at 08:00 p.m., at the four car streets of Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-02-02

Alumni Meet at Sivakasi SKIMT
 
2nd February 2015 Courtesy: The Hindu ALUMNI MEET Sri Kaliswari Institute of Management and Technology organised an alumni meet on January 11. S. Shanmugam, Principal / Director, SKIMT, Sivakasi, presided over the meeting and asked the alumni to visit the college more frequently and narrate their work experiences with the students and help them to develop the right attitude. In his felicitation address, K. Natarajan, Founder-Director, SKIMT, asked the alumni to train the present set of MBA students and help them reach greater heights.
 
News posted on 2015-02-02

Cultural Programme at Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College
 
2nd February 2015 - The Hindu CULTURAL PROGRAMME Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic College, Sivakasi, organised Eves’ Fest, an inter-polytechnic cultural programme and inter-school cultural programme on January 3 in which seven colleges took part. Dr. Selvarathi, Dean Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, in her valedictory address, motivated the girl students to face challenges with confidence and said that they were the source of energy, strength and bliss. The Eves Rolling Rajeswari Vijayakumar Trophy was won by Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal Polytechnic College, Sivakasi, and the Ms. Talentia Award was bagged by Ishwarya of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal Polytechnic College.
 
News posted on 2015-02-02

Coming up in February 2015
 
1st December 2015 Coming up in February 2015 AIRCEL - Sagar Communications opening ceremony Date: 02-02-2015, Monday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 10:25 p.m. Venue: 98/B1, Chairman Shunmugam Road, Near Canara Bank, Sivakasi All are Welcome Thaipusam Therottam Chatta Ther Date: 03-01-2015, Tuesday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Golden Chariot Procession Time: 08:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Four car streets, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 08-02-2015, 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: 15-02-2015, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Polio Drive Date: 22-02-2015, Sunday Time: 07:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Venue: GH, Hospitals, Anganwadis, Schools, Colleges Homeopathy Camp Date: 22-02-2015, 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 2015-02-01

AIRCEL - Sagar Communications opening ceremony
 
31st January 2015 AIRCEL - Sagar Communications opening ceremony Date: 02-02-2015, Monday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 10:25 p.m. Venue: 98/B1, Chairman Shunmugam Road, Near Canara Bank, Sivakasi All are Welcome
 
News posted on 2015-01-31

AAACET student won gold medal in TN State Senior Novices Boxing Championship
 
31st January 2015 AAACET student won gold medal in TN State Senior Novices Boxing Championship T.G.Pari, II Year EEE, AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi staged the Institution’s fame at the state level by securing FIRST Place (under 91+ kg category) in TAMILNADU STATE SENIOR NOVICES BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS - 2015 organized by BOXING ASSOCIATION of Kanchipuram District at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Chennai on 24th to 26th January 2015. He outsmarted the other finalists’ performance and grabbed the GOLD Medal and thereby added feather to his cap and a pearl to the crown of the institution. 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 2015-01-31

Trending: Net Seat Cover
 
31st January 2015 Trending: Net Seat Cover For the past few months Sivakasi bike lovers switch to normal seat cover to air mesh fabric 3D seat cover made of polyester. In Sivakasi, Net Cover price starts from Rs.350 onwards. Pros: Looks attractive Easily dry during rainy season Cons: No Grip Difficult to clean the dust
 
News posted on 2015-01-31

Chatta Ther getting ready for Thaipusam Therottam
 
29th January 2015 Chatta Ther getting ready for Thaipusam Therottam As a part of Thai Pooram Festival, Therottam will be held at the four car streets of Sivakasi town on 3rd February 2015, Tuesday, at 08:00 a.m.. The Sivakasi chatta thaer is getting ready for the last one week and decoration work of the car has been taken place and it is expected to be completed by two days. Hindu Nadar Palasarakku Sangam makes necessary arrangements for Therottam Festival. Sivakasi Murugan Kovil Golden Temple Car Therottam will be taken place at 08:00 p.m. onwards in the four car streets of Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2015-01-29

GYAN MITRA-15 - MEPCO
 
29th January 2015 GYAN MITRA-15 It is a Two Days National Level Techno-Management Symposium GYAN MITRA 15 organised during February 20-21, 2015. This symposium is organized by all Students Professional Societies together as a mega event with Fifteen Workshops on Emerging Technologies, Paper Presentations in Fourteen Parallel Sessions and Sixty Technical Events The symposium provides avenue for students to present their latest innovations, findings, and trends in advanced technology, tools, techniques and strategies relevant to the Engineering fraternity. For registration contact Convener, GYAN MITRA-15, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, Mepco Engineering College Post-626005, Virudhunagar Dt. Tamilnadu, India Email: gyanmitra15@gmail.com Contact Person Dr. S. Selva Nidhyananthan AP(Sr.Gr.)/ECE Phone Number :+91-9790446233 Mr. N. Vasiraja AP (Sr.Gr.)/MECH Phone Number :+91-9442007551
 
News posted on 2015-01-29

The place near Sivan Kovil turn out to be parking zone
 
29th January 2015 The place near Sivan Kovil turn out to be parking zone In Sivakasi town, if there is one stretch that can be officially designated the longest illegal parking zone, it has to be the place near Sivakasi Sivan Temple. Hundreds of two wheelers are parked on the main road in the mornings and evenings. Often Sivakasi Traffic Police Constables make announcements and sometimes tied vehicles together with a long chain and deflating tyres of vehicles breaking traffic rules such as parking in no-parking area and travelling in one way roads. But these efforts were failed. Recently the Sivakasi Traffic Police announced that the place near Sivan Kovil as parking zone, they marked parking zone with borders. And it brings relief for the public and these implemented rules, helps the Sivakasi Traffic Police to manage traffic easily.
 
News posted on 2015-01-29

Cloudier start for Sivakasi
 
29th January 2015 Cloudier start for Sivakasi 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. There is only a slim possibility for drizzle. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 21 degree celsius. Last two weeks the climate in Sivakasi is unbearably hot.
 
News posted on 2015-01-28

Sri Kumaran Thangamaligai - Exhibition cum sale in Sivakasi
 
29th January 2015 Sri Kumaran Thangamaligai - Exhibition cum sale in Sivakasi Date: 30-01-2015, Friday to 01-02-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Kaliswari Le Orchids Mall, 96/1, Chairman A.Shunmuga Nadar Road, Sivakasi - 626123. For further details contact 0452-2374666 , 9500988836
 
News posted on 2015-01-28

QMAZE 2015 - ANJAC
 
27th January 2015 QMAZE 2015 - ANJAC Date: 06-02-2015 , Friday Time: 10:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Seminar Hall, ANJAC Technical Symposium for UG and PG RULES Two teams per college. One team from PG and One team from UG. Separate prizes will be given for both UG & PG. Maximum 8 members per team can be allowed. Registration fee is Rs. 100/- per Student. Registration must be through online and payment will be collected on the spot.No spot registration. Time clashes will not be encouraged. Judges decision will be final. Rules will not be changed under any circumstances. Strict discipline should be maintained. Tie-up will be resolved by firing additional questions. Mobile phone will not be allowed during the events. [Except WhatsApp event.] Doubts regarding the rules are been clarified before the commencement of the event. For further details contact R.Venkadesh Kumar,M.C.A.,M.Phil., Assistant Professor +919840978382 T.Marimuthu,M.C.A.,M.Phil., Assistant Professor +919442666425
 
News posted on 2015-01-27

66th Republic Day celebrated at SBCP
 
27th January 2015 66th Republic Day celebrated at SBCP Yesterday, the 66th Republic Day was celebrated at Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy, Sivakasi. Prof.P.Solairaj, Principal, SBCP, presided over the function and welcomed the gathering. Hoisting the national flag at the college campus, Mr. Hariram Sundaravel, Governing Council member of SBCP offered Republic Day Address. Staff and Students took the Republic Day Pledge. The Programme was organised by Prof.S.Reghurath Pandian, NSS Unit Programme Officer, SBCP.
 
News posted on 2015-01-27

Facebook, Instagram go down, get back up again
 
27th January 2015 Facebook, Instagram go down, get back up again Today, Shortly after 12:10 a.m. ET, Facebook and Instagram went down, leaving millions of users around the world briefly unable to post selfies or humblebrag. In Sivakasi, FB users were greeted with a message that said, "Sorry, something went wrong." For others, the page wouldnt load. About 52 minutes later, both sites were up and running. Facebook said the outage wasnt a third party attack but "instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems."
 
News posted on 2015-01-27

Happy Republic Day
 
Dear Readers, Waking Up Every Day In A Peaceful Nation Is Not As Easy As It May Seem To Be. We All Need To Be Proud Of The Peaceful Atmosphere In Our Nation. Happy Republic Nation. - Team Sivakasi Weekly.
 
News posted on 2015-01-26

Sivakasi Municipality Celebrates Republic Day
 
26th January 2015 Sivakasi Municipality Celebrates Republic Day Today, the 66th Republic Day was celebrated in a grand manner by the Local Authority at Sivakasi Municipality Campus, Sivakasi. The Tricolour was hoisted by Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality followed by the rendition of the National Anthem. Earlier, N.Manohar, Commissioner, Sivakasi Municipality welcomed the gathering. Mr.K.A.A.Asan Baduredeen, Vice Chairman, ward concillors and public were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2015-01-26

Sivakasi gear up for Thaipusam
 
26th January 2015 Sivakasi gear up for Thaipusam All set for Thaipusam Festival 2015, in Sivakasi town. Pandhal decoration work has been done in Sivakasi Murugan Kovil on 24th January 2015, Saturday. Chatta Ther and Golden Chariot procession will be held on 3rd February 2015, Tuesday, at the four car streets of Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2015-01-26

Alumni Meet Organised at ANJAC
 
25th January 2015 Alumni Meet Organised at ANJAC The Post Graduate Department English organized an Alumni meeting of 2012 batch students on 24th January, 2015, Saturday. The meet began with the prayer song sung by Isabella of I M.A. English. J.D.Arputhasamrajan of II M.A.English welcomed the gathering. Mrs.B.Rathika, Head, Department of English (P.G.) delivered the Presidential Address. S.T.Muthumari, Raj Kumar, Nowsath Ali, veilu muthupandian, Subasakthi, and Jansi rani, the alumni addressed their juniors. Selvalakshmi of I M.A. English proposed vote of Thanks. Kalaiselvi of I M.A. English compered the meet. Ms.M.Akila, Assistant Professor in English made arrangements for the meeting.
 
News posted on 2015-01-25

Maintenance Work Carried Out - Power Shut Down
 
24th December 2015 Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 08:20 a.m. to 06:00 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 2015-01-24

Video vans for dengue awareness
 
24th January 2015 Courtesy: The Hindu Video vans for dengue awareness To raise awareness of ways to prevent dengue, vans screening awareness videos and short films on preventive measures are touring the district. According to a statement from Collector V. Rajaraman, the vans toured Sattur, Aruppukottai, Sivakasi, Srivilliputtur and Thiruthangal municipalities. The vans will tour the seven municipalities of Virudhunagar, Aruppukottai, Srivilliputtur, Sivakasi, Thiruthangal, Sattur and Rajapalayam and select panchayats in the next few days.
 
News posted on 2015-01-24

Thaipusam on 3rd Feb 2015
 
24th January 2015 Thaipusam on 3rd Feb 2015 Thaipusam is an important festival in Sivakasi town, dedicated to Lord Muruga. This year Thaipusam is on 3rd February 2015, Tuesday. Golden Chariot procession will be held in the four car streets of Sivakasi, on Thaipusam.
 
News posted on 2015-01-24

Aathichudi - Book Publication Ceremony
 
23rd January 2015 Aathichudi - Book Publication Ceremony Date: 31-01-2015, Saturday Time: 03:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Vinayakar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Senior Citizen Association, Sivakasi For further details contact Mr. J.Albert Selvaraj - 9442225545
 
News posted on 2015-01-23

Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi
 
23rd January 2015 Unannounced Power Cuts in Sivakasi Sivakasi town have been facing power cuts ranging between 1-2 hours of unannounced power cuts, for last one week. 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. There may be power shut down on 24th January 2015, Saturday, for maintenance work for the month of January 2015, from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2015-01-23

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
23rd January 2015 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised The 153rd 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 18th January 2015, Sunday. 275 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. Narayan Seva has been done for 560 people. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 15th February 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-01-23

JCI Sivakasi Pongal Vanna Kolangal 2015
 
21st January 2015 JCI Sivakasi Pongal Vanna Kolangal 2015 Contest: Pongal Vanna Kolangal Date: 01-02-2015, Sunday Venue: Sivakasi Jaycees Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vilampatti Road, Sivakasi Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Age limit: Above 13 years Only for Girls Organisers: JCI Sivakasi and Kavitha Textiles Sivakasi Last date for registration: 19-01-2015, Thursday First 60 registered contestants are allowed. Size alloted for Kolam: 5 x 5 ft. Kolams minimum size must be 3 x 3 ft. Only colour kolam powders allowed. Participants should not use any other materials to draw kolam. Participants should bring kolam powders. Free Bus facility arranged from Palaniandavar Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Kolam Topic for public: Jallikattu Kaalai First Prize: Kanchipuram Pattu Saree Second Prize: Panaras Pattu Saree Third Prize: Churidhar Kolam Topic for School Students: Vannathu Poochi First Prize: Kanchipuram Pattu Saree Second Prize: Panaras Pattu Saree Third Prize: Churidhar For registration contact Jc.A.Madhavan, Saravana Stores - 98948-45452 Jc.S.Vignesh, Ayyanar Sweets - 94431-39483
 
News posted on 2015-01-21

Free eye camp organised
 
20th January 2015 Free eye camp organised Sivakasi Khaitan Steel Mart and Sankara Eye Hospital on 11th January 2015, Sunday conducted free eye screening camp. The organisers conducted the free camp for 122nd time at the Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion, between 09:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m.. Doctor and staff from Sankara Eye Hospital screened participants at the camp. The organisers would send those identified by the doctors for surgery to the hospital, where they would be operated free of cost. Plus, the patients would also get free boarding and lodging and lens. Those in need of spectacles would also get one. Next camp will be held on 8th February 2015.
 
News posted on 2015-01-20

Lecture on Leadership Quality
 
20th January 2015 Lecture on Leadership Quality The Department of M.Com.(CA) organized a Soft Skill Training on 7th January 2015, Wednesday. Asst. Prof. R.D.Sivakumar, Head, Department of M.Com.(CA), ANJAC, Sivakasi presided over the function. Chief Guest Ms.M.Maheswari, M.Com. (CA).,M.Phil., Search Optimisation, Associate Projector, Weuphoria Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Sivakasi gave a lecture on the topic  “Leadership Quality” for the M.Com.(CA) Students. In her speech she highlighted the qualities of a leader and team communication.
 
News posted on 2015-01-20

MGR remembered on 98th birthday
 
20th January 2015 MGR remembered on 98th birthday On 17th January 2015, Saturday, hundreds of Sivakasi fans of MGR celebrated the ex-Chief Minister and actor-s birthday on Saturday by distributing sweets and playing his songs on loudspeakers. Puratchi Thalaivar-s banners sprouted at key junctions in Sivakasi town, and the Sivakasi fans and AIADMK party have made all the arrangements for the special birthday of their immortal star MGR.
 
News posted on 2015-01-20

Pulse Polio 2015 - Sivakasi
 
18th January 2015 Pulse Polio 2015 - Sivakasi Today, 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 22nd February 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-01-18

44 balls, 16 sixes, 149 runs - AB De Villiers
 
18th January 2015 44 balls, 16 sixes, 149 runs - AB De Villiers Stats highlights from an incredible day in Johannesburg, where AB de Villiers smashed the record for the fastest ODI ton. 31 Balls in which AB de Villiers got to his hundred, a world record. The previous record was held by Corey Anderson who scored a 36-ball hundred against West Indies in Queenstown in 2014. 16 Balls in which De Villiers got to his fifty, another world record. The previous record was held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 50 of 17 balls against Pakistan in 1996. 16 Number of sixes hit by De Villiers, equaling the world record for the most sixes in an ODI innings, by Rohit Sharma during his innings of 209 against Australia in 2013. 17.2 The partnership run rate during the 192-run stand, off 67 balls, between Amla and de Villiers. This is the highest run rate for a 100-plus partnership against any Test playing nation. 2 Number of times that de Villiers has scored a hundred after coming in to bat after the 30th over. He came in to bat in the 39th over in this game. The previous occasion was when he scored a century after coming in to bat in the 33rd over against India, in 2010. Since recorded history, de Villiers is the only batsman to score a century after coming in to bat after the 30th over, and he has done it twice. 40 Minutes in which De Villiers got to his hundred. He needed only 19 minutes to reach his fifty. 339 De Villiers strike rate during his innings of 149, which is the highest strike rate for a 50-plus knock and the first time that a batsman has made a 100-plus score at a 300-plus strike rate. 163 Runs scored by South Africa in the last ten overs of their innings, the most by any team since 2001, prior to which complete ball-by-ball data is not available. 95 Runs conceded by Jerome Taylor, the most ever by a West Indian bowler. Jason Holder conceded 91 runs, the second most ever. No West Indian bowler had previously conceded 90 runs in an ODI. 1 Number of previous instances where two bowlers have conceded 90-plus runs in an ODI innings, before Taylor and Holder in this game. Zimbabwes Brian Vitori and Elton Chigumbura conceded 105 and 92 runs respectively in an ODI against New Zealand in 2012. 3 Number of batsmen who scored centuries, Hashim Amla (153), Rilee Rossouw (128) and de Villiers (149). This is the first instance of three batsman scoring hundreds in the same innings in an ODI. 439 The total score posted by South Africa, the second highest in ODIs. The record is 443, by Sri Lanka against Netherlands in 2006.
 
News posted on 2015-01-18

Pugaiyillaa Pongalo Pongal
 
17th January 2015 Pugaiyillaa Pongalo Pongal Date: 11-01-2015 to 21-01-2015 Do not burn old things on bhogi. Donate it. Donate old things to the below given address APS Kalyana Mandapam, Thiruthangal CM Mahal, Thiruthangal Kalaimagal Hr. Sec. School, Thiruthangal Eway Tickets, Thiruthangal For further details contact J.Gugan - 9677908240
 
News posted on 2015-01-17

Nila Vembu Kudineer distribution tomorrow
 
17th January 2015 Nila Vembu Kudineer distribution tomorrow Date: 18-01-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital & Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath For further details contact 9843011353 , 7871872108
 
News posted on 2015-01-17

ANJAC – M.Com.(CA) External Academic Audit
 
17th January 2015 ANJAC – M.Com.(CA) External Academic Audit The Internal Quality and Assurance Cell of ANJAC arranged the external audit on 14th January, 2014, Wednesday for M.Com. (Computer Applications) Department regarding the performance of the Department in the academic year 2013-2014. Mr.R.D.Sivakumar, M.Sc.,M.Phil.M.Tech., Assistant Professor and Head, Department of M.Com (CA) and Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science highlighted the Department activities. All the M.Com.(CA) Staff members and Dr.S.Raja, Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Vivekananda College,  Tiruvedakam were participated in this meeting. Dr.S.Raja, Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Vivekananda College, Tiruvedakam audited the M.Com.(CA) Department. After the scrutiny of the report submitted by the Department concerned the expert opined his appreciation regarding the activities carried out in the M.Com. (CA) Department and suggested the steps to be carried out in the forthcoming year (2014-15).
 
News posted on 2015-01-17

Solai Colony Celebrated Therukattu Pongal
 
17th January 2015 Solai Colony Celebrated Therukattu Pongal To mark the Thai Pongal Festival Sivakasi Solai Colony organised Therukattu Pongal on 15th January 2014, Thursday. 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 distributed prizes to the winners.
 
News posted on 2015-01-17

Pongal Celebration @ SBCP
 
17th January 2015 Pongal Celebration @ SBCP Sivakasi Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy organised Pongal celebrations at its campus, on 13th January 2015, Tuesday. The college Principal Prof.Solairaj led the celebrations, in the presence of Prof. Sudarsingh, Vice Principal, SBCP. Faculty and students participated in the celebrations, where pongal was cooked. The college had organised rangoli, tug of war and pot breaking game (uri adithal) for students. The students whole-heartedly participated in all the games and enjoyed the celebration. Prof. Reghurathi Pandian delivered speech on Swami Vivekananda. The celebration was followed by the distribution of sweet pongal and sugarcane.
 
News posted on 2015-01-17

Seminar on File Handling System
 
17th January 2015 Seminar on File Handling System The Department of M.Com.(CA), ANJAC, organized a Guest Lecture on 30th December 2014, Tuesday. Asst. Prof. R.D.Sivakumar, Head, Department of M.Com.(CA), ANJAC, Sivakasi presided over the function. Chief Guest Mr.R.Saravanakumar, P.G. Assistant and HR, Rajavignesh Higher Secondary School, Ariyalur  gave a lecture on the topic  “File Handling System” for the M.Com.(CA) Students. In his speech he highlighted the importance of file handling system and file operations.
 
News posted on 2015-01-17

Sivakasi celebrates Maattu Pongal
 
16th January 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Maattu Pongal Today, Mattu Pongal was celebrated in Sivakasi with traditional fervour. Livestock such as bulls, bullocks and cows have been worshipped during Maattu Pongal Festival. The horns of these cattle are decorated and painted with colourful paints. Sivakasians offered the livestock with Pongal, Sweets and Bananas.
 
News posted on 2015-01-16

Chicken & Mutton stalls pulls crowd
 
16th January 2015 Chicken & Mutton stalls pulls crowd As it is Karinaal today, Chicken & Mutton stalls in Sivakasi pulls huge crowd. Around 100 stalls has been placed in the major streets of the town. In Sivakasi, Chicken price Rs.120 to Rs.140 per kg. , mutton Rs.550 to Rs.600 per kg..
 
News posted on 2015-01-16

Obituary
 
16th January 2015 Obituary Asst. Prof. Dr. V. Thirumalai Arasu, M.Sc.,Ph.D., Department of Microbiology(UG & PG), passed away on 15.01.2015. - ANJAC MICRO STUDENTS
 
News posted on 2015-01-16

Sivakasi celebrates Pongal
 
15th January 2015 Sivakasi celebrates Pongal Pongal, the harvest festival, was celebrated with fervour in Sivakasi town, today. The colourful Rangoli and Dot kolams on the streets and houses decorated with kannupilla chedi and manjal chedi, majal chedi, karumbu and flowers marked the day as Sivakasians welcomed the auspicious Tamil month of "Thai". Sivakasians exchanged greetings with friends and relatives and distributed pongal. In Sivakasi many households celebrated Pongal, but many shops, commercial establishments remained closed, for three days.
 
News posted on 2015-01-15

Colour Kolam mark Pongal Festival
 
15th January 2015 Colour Kolam mark Pongal Festival On the auspicious festival of Thai Pongal, most of the Sivakasians decorate the entrance of the house with beautiful Pongal Panai, Karumbu kolams (Knot or Twisted & Rangoli Kolam). And the Pongal Panai & Karumbu Kolam marks Thai Pongal Festival in Sivakasi town. During the Pongal season, people eat sugar canes and decorate the houses with kolam which is made using different colours.
 
News posted on 2015-01-15

Poetess Thilagabama @ Pongal Kaviyarangam @ DD Podhigai
 
14th January 2015 Poetess Thilagabama @ Pongal Kaviyarangam Date: 15-01-2015, Thursday Time: 04:00 p.m. TV Channel: DD Podhigai.
 
News posted on 2015-01-14

Sale of Stencil Rangoli picks up
 
14th January 2015 Sale of Stencil Rangoli picks up Stencil Rangoli Kolam roadside vendors have been mushrooming in the town, for the last one month. Many of them can be seen displaying hundreds of colourful design pattern and they show demos in the roadside. Sivakasi buyers busy in buying the stencils with big smile in the face. The selling price of Stencil Rangoli in Sivakasi is between Rs.15 and Rs.30/-.
 
News posted on 2015-01-14

Happy Pongal
 
Dear Sivakasians, Hope you rejoice in the charm of your tradition! Wish you & your family a very Happy Pongal! Team Sivakasi Weekly.
 
News posted on 2015-01-14

Sugarcane begins arriving in Sivakasi
 
13th January 2015 Sugarcane begins arriving in Sivakasi As the Pongal Festival is just a day away, truckloads of sugarcane and Panangilangu begin arriving in Sivakasi town for last two days. Pongal Festival is considered incomplete without these juicy canes. The edible black sugarcane variety, a must at every household celebrating the Pongal festival, was sold at Rs.350 /- a bunch (15 canes) one piece of sugarcane cost Rs.40/- to Rs.50, near Sivan Kovil, the main wholesale market in Sivakasi. Turmeric and ginger plants, which are other essential crops for the festival, will also arrive on 14th January 2015, Wednesday. Sugarcane to turn expensive this Pongal also.
 
News posted on 2015-01-13

Kolam Books sale picks up
 
13th January 2015 Kolam Books sale picks up Margazhi - The month of Colour Kolam begins on 16th December 2014, Tuesday. Many Sivakasians draw kolams with colour kola powder. Sivakasi Kolam Book traders, who sell the Rangoli and Pulli Kolam Books are the most sought during Margazhi month of Tamil calendar and Pongal Festival. Sivakasians were busy buying the kolam books. A trader near New Road, said sivakasiweekly.com that, as it is Margali month we start concentrating on the sale of Kolam Books and colour kola podi also. In Sivakasi Kolam Book price ranges from Rs.12/- to Rs.30/-.
 
News posted on 2015-01-13

Awareness rally mark Road Safety Week in Sivakasi
 
13th January 2015 Photo: Vignesh Awareness rally mark Road Safety Week in Sivakasi Today, awareness rally mark Road Safety Week in Sivakasi, and road safety week observed from 11th to 17th January 2015. Rally participants carried banners and posters with messages on road safety. The rally passed through the Sivakasi four car streets. Pamphlets on road safety rules, crossing roads carefully, avoiding drink driving, haphazard parking of vehicles and adhering to traffic signals were distributed at the rally.
 
News posted on 2015-01-13

SBCP conducted Swachh Bharat drive in Thiruthangal GH
 
13th January 2015 SBCP conducted Swachh Bharat drive in Thiruthangal GH NSS unit of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy conducted Swachh Bharat drive in Thiruthangal Government Hospital, on 9th January 2015, Friday. 60 NSS volunteers, Asst. Prof. William Arputha Sundar, Asst. Prof. Natarajan, Asst. Prof. Mangayarkarasi and Asst. Prof. RegurathPandian, NSS Programme Officer participated in the programme and created a clean atmosphere at Thiruthangal Government Hospital and surroundings.
 
News posted on 2015-01-13

Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrated in Sivakasi town
 
12th January 2015 Mr.Asan Bathurudeen Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrated in Sivakasi town Eid Milad-un-Nabi which marks the birthday of Prophet Mohammed was celebrated with fervour by the Sivakasi Muslim community in the city on 4th January 2015, Sunday. Prayers were offered in various mosques where the faithful gathered in large numbers to meet and greet each other. As a part of Milad Nabi 2015, various competitions such as elocution, singing, essay writing were conducted to children, on 11th January 2015, Sunday, at Sivakasi Peria Pallivasal.
 
News posted on 2015-01-12

Sivakasi Municipality initiate anti dengue drive
 
12th January 2015 Sivakasi Municipality initiate anti dengue drive The Sivakasi Municipality has been taking measures to control mosquito breeding and create awareness among public on dengue prevention, for the last few days. Sivakasi Municipality has taken up anti-larval measures in the municipality wards and fogging is also being carried out. The local body had also distributed nilavembu kashaayam as a preventive measure for dengue to public on each ward each day basis.
 
News posted on 2015-01-12

SFF cleaned Sivakasi Bus Stand today
 
11th January 2015 SFF cleaned Sivakasi Bus Stand today Today Sivakasi Facebook Friends cleaned the dirt streaked Sivakasi bus stand from 02:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m.. Sivakasi Facebook Friends member, Sivakasi Kamal Haasan and Rajnikant fans, got down to the task of cleaning the Sivakasi bus stand that is used by several thousand people every day. After cleaning the litter, garbage and filth, they also cleaned Sivakasi bus stand with water by spraying phenoyl and bleaching powder in order to ensure that there was no spread of infection. As cleanliness measures, they kept SFF dust bins inside bus stand with the slogan "Kuppaiyai inge podavum". Hats of SFF member.
 
News posted on 2015-01-11

Sivakasi printing industry grapples with loss of orders
 
10th January 2015 Courtesy: Business Standard Sivakasi printing industry grapples with loss of orders Sivakasi-s Rs 1,500-crore printing industry - which is dominated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) - continues to face challenges, though its counterpart in the rest of the country is seeing signs of revival. Industry representatives said that many units are idle and those that are operational are running at low capacity. There has been a slowdown in the traditional businesses of notebooks, stationery, calendars, text books, novels and labels, and this has been aggravated by power cuts and shortages of paper and labour. The slowdown has forced many companies - from the private and the public sector - to cut orders for dairies and calendars. Life Insurance Corporation of India used to place orders for 30 lakh dairies with Sivakasi-s printers every year. This year the order was won by larger firms from outside Tamil Nadu, who bid lower, said industry sources. Besides, even text books ordered by Tamil Nadu-s schools are currently being printed from neighbouring states, they said. Lower demand has also increased the pressure on prices, hurting margins, they added. An industry representative said that annual business size has shrunk by 40 per cent. "We are not able to deliver orders in time and Chennai is fast picking up in offset printing with the power advantage." There are about 6,000 SMEs in and around Sivakasi, which is also the hub for the matches and firecracker industries. Dogged by scarcity of capital, these units have failed to upgrade their facilities. The industry has now opted for a cluster development programme promoted by the Centre to meet the cost of machinery. About 30 members of the printers association have raised funds for the Rs 15-crore project, while the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government contributed grants of 70 per cent and 10 per cent respectively. The association is also readying plans for a second cluster. A five-colour Heidelberg machine has been installed in the common facility centre. On the cards are a CTP kit and an imported Japanese cutting machine. Any player in the industry can use the facility for a nominal charge. The Sivakasi Master Printers Association (SMPA) plans to train students from the Sivakasi Institute of Printing Technology run by the association. V Ganesh Kumar, a director of SFA Print Pvt Ltd and treasurer of SMPA, rues the fact that Sivakasi-s earlier speciality such as quality artists and binding and stitching facilities are no longer required in the age of computerised printing. "We should offer something unique for people to come to us and we are discussing what it could be and how to achieve it," he said. "Printers must invest in the latest machinery and focus on niche segments", added K Selvakumar, director, Lovely Offset Printers Pvt Ltd -- a company that was also hit by the domestic slowdown, but has sustained itself through export orders, which is a growing opportunity, he said. "There is a huge export market opening up for printing companies, considering that China is no longer cost-competitive. Customers from the US, UK and other countries are looking for better suppliers in India, but there should be quality in their work," said Selvakumar. "If you ask the last generation, they would say that the printing industry in Sivakasi has never faced such a slowdown in the last 30 years. But we, the young generation, see an opportunity," said Murali Manoj, director, Moorthy Offset Printers Pvt Ltd. The company shifted its focus to packaging two years ago and has seen orders flow in even in the current tough times.
 
News posted on 2015-01-10

YRTV wins second place in The Hindu Young World Quiz competition
 
10th January 2015 Courtesy: The Hindu YRTV wins second place in The Hindu Young World Quiz competition Playing the fastest finger first; frantically pressing buzzers; quickly writing down the answers; and cheering enthusiastically for every point scored — these and much more were part of the action-packed 15th edition of The Hindu Young World Quiz held at the Thiagarajar College here on Tuesday. For the first time, a quiz was conducted in the sub-junior category for students of classes III to V which saw a huge turnout of 110 teams from Madurai, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Sivakasi, Kanyakumari, Ramanathapuram and other southern districts. Six teams qualified for the finals after the written preliminary round. The questions tossed at them by quizmaster V. V. Ramanan covered a very wide canvas . V. Dhanush Aditya and A. Aadhithya, both of class V from Aditya Birla Public School, Ariyalur, were the runaway winners with a margin of five short of a ton, at the end of the exciting finals. In the second place were K. N. T. K. Thiyagesh of class IV and J. Davidson of class V from the Y. R. T. V. Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, while V. Shriram Ananth and K. Jaideep Vishnu, both of class V from the Mahatma CBSE School, Madurai, bagged the third place. The teams from R. S. K. Higher Secondary School, Tiruchi; A.U.P.E.T. Chinmaya Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Tirunelveli; and Pushpalatha Vidya Mandir, Tirunelveli, bagged the fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.
 
News posted on 2015-01-10

Chess tournament to be held on 11th Jan
 
9th January 2015 Chess tournament to be held Date: 11-01-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Shunmuga Nadar Road, Near Anna Vegetable Market, Sivakasi category: Age: below 9, 12, 15 Registration fees: Rs.70/- The deadline for registration is 10th Jan 2015, 02:00 p.m. For further details contact 9677956616
 
News posted on 2015-01-09

Milad Nabi Flag Hoisting
 
8th January 2015 - Asan Bathurudeen Milad Nabi Flag Hoisting Date: 11-01-2015, Sunday Venue: Sivakasi Periya Pallivasal Flag hoisting, Children-s program, spiritual speech for ladies, spiritual speech to all. All are invited.
 
News posted on 2015-01-08

Swachh Sivakasi Bus Stand
 
8th January 2015 Swachh Sivakasi Bus Stand Date: 11-01-2015, Sunday Time: 02:30 a.m. to 06:30 a.m. Venue: Sivakasi Bus Stand Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends and Fans of Actor Kamal Hassan, Sivakasi For further details contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088
 
News posted on 2015-01-08

AAACET student brings laurels to Sivakasi
 
8th January 2015 AAACET student brings laurels to Sivakasi T.G.Pari of Second Year Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department from AAA College of Engineering & Technology, Sivakasi has added a feather to his cap and to the glory of the institution by winning Silver medal (under 91 kg category) in Tamilnadu State Senior Men Boxing Championships – 2014 organized by Boxing Association Of Tamilnadu at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Chennai on 29th to 31st December 2014. Among the tough competitors, he has laid a milestone in his success journey by topping to the final 3 and by bagging a Silver Medal. 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 2015-01-08

Dhanya & Rathinamala Shop Textile Mela
 
7th January 2015 Dhanya & Rathinamala Shop Textile Mela Date: 8,9,10-01-2015, Thursday to Saturday Time: 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Rathina Mala Sarees, Near KSSP Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Avail 5% discount For further details contact 9487569771, 9786498911
 
News posted on 2015-01-07

Pournami Poojai Performed in Sivakasi
 
6th January 2015 Pournami Poojai Performed in Sivakasi Day before yesterday, 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. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2015-01-06

Pulse Polio drive on Jan 18 & Feb 22
 
6th January 2015 Pulse Polio drive on Jan 18 & Feb 22 In Sivakasi, children below the age of five will be administered polio vaccine at the Pulse Polio campaign on 18th January 2015, Sunday. Hospitals, maternity hospitals, family welfare centres in the town, anganwadis, health centres, railway and bus stations, community halls and schools would function on 19th January 2015 to carry out the immunisation. The campaign would be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The next campaign will be held on 22nd February 2015, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2015-01-06

Price of one sugarcane is Rs.40/-
 
5th January 2015 Price of one sugarcane is Rs.40/- The price of edible sugarcane, leaving a sour note among Thiruvathirai festival shoppers thronging the markets in Sivakasi, today. The price of one sugarcane is Rs.40 and bunch (12 sugarcanes) of sugarcane is Rs.350, in Sivakasi. Because of its souring price, the sweet Sugarcane remain out of reach for the common man in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2015-01-05

Thousands witnessed Arudhra Darisanam
 
5th January 2015 Thousands witnessed Arudhra Darisanam 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.40/-. 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 2015-01-05

Ther Kolam marks Thiruvathirai Festival
 
5th January 2015 Ther Kolam marks Thiruvathirai 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 2015-01-05

Acupressure, Sujok and Vibration Therapy Camp
 
4th January 2015 Acupressure, Sujok and Vibration Therapy Camp Date:05-01-2015 to 10-01-2015,Monday to Saturday Time:10:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. , 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue:Sivakasi Chamber of Trader Promotion Organisers: All India Marwari Yuva Munch, Sivakasi Registration fees Rs.50/- (6 days treatment free) For further details contact Mr.Pawan Kothari - 9442275381 Mr.Deepak Vaishnav - 8144412341 Mr.Ashish Bardia - 9943009403 Mr.Vishal Rathi - 9843187145
 
News posted on 2015-01-04

School reopens in Sivakasi
 
3rd January 2015 School reopens in Sivakasi After one week half yearly exam holidays, most of the aided and matriculation schools in Sivakasi reopens from yesterday onwards. School goers have been seen in their school uniform. For 10th and 12th Standard students special classes were conducted throughout half yearly examination holidays.
 
News posted on 2015-01-03

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
3rd January 2015 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 04-01-2015, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Ganapathi Electricals, Near Rathnavilas Bus Stop, Sivakasi Organisers: Nanbargal Rethadhaana Kulu and Sivakasi Government Hospital For further details contact 9787645002
 
News posted on 2015-01-03

Ahead of Thiruvathirai, Palm Tuber begins arriving in Sivakasi
 
2nd January 2015 Ahead of Thiruvathirai, Palm Tuber begins arriving in Sivakasi Palm Tuber (panam kizhangu) are in high demand this month, as Thiruvathirai festival is considered incomplete without these mouth watering palm tuber. Supplies have already started to trickle in, but vendors at Sivakasi market expect supplies to increase over in the next two days. 10 piece of Panam Kilangu prices Rs.35 to Rs.40.
 
News posted on 2015-01-02

Thiruvathirai is on 5th Jan
 
2nd January 2015 Thiruvathirai is on 5th Jan Thiruvathirai or Arudhra Darisanam is a famous festival celebrated every year in Margali month of Tamil Calendar (December / January) Thiruvadirai Naksatra. This year Thiruvathirai is on 5th January 2015, Monday. Temple car procession will be taken in the four car streets of Sivakasi. Next Arudra Dharisanam also falls on 2015 itself i.e. on 26th December 2015, Saturday.
 
News posted on 2015-01-02

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
2nd January 2015 Drizzle makes the road wet Today at 06:50 p.m. to 07:05 p.m. Sivakasi town received mild drizzle and the drizzle makes the road wet. The drizzle in the late evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next three days, with average minimum temperature of 21 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 30 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2015-01-02

Drizzle greets Sivakasians on First Day of New Year 2015
 
1st January 2015 Drizzle greets Sivakasians on First Day of New Year 2015 Many parts of Sivakasi town experienced light rain in the morning, while the weather remained pleasant for the rest of the day, bringing down the temperature. The temperature in the town saw a dip, going down to 30-22 degrees Celsius with a generally cloudy condition.
 
News posted on 2015-01-01

Sivakasi celebrates New Year 2015
 
1st January 2015 Sivakasi celebrates New Year 2015 At the stroke of midnight, wild celebrations broke out in Sivakasi town. Sivakasians burst firecrackers from 10:00 p.m. onwards and danced to the popular numbers to welcome the New Year 2015. In crackers city, a vivid and eye-catching non stop display of fireworks for more than two hours adorned the midnight skies throughout Sivakasi. "Happy New Year" rent the air as the revellers greeted each other on roads, hotels, clubs and other venues of the New Year parties. Majority of the houses in Sivakasi were decorated with Kolams with New Year Greet. Special prayers were performed in temples and churches.
 
News posted on 2015-01-01

Perummal Kovil pulls crowd for Vaikunda Ekadesi
 
1st January 2015 Perummal Kovil pulls crowd for Vaikunda Ekadesi Sivakasi Arulmighu Venkatachalapathy Perummal Thirukovil has made elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi festival slated to be held, today night. Kadai Kovil and Perumal Temple wore festive look. Long queues of devotees were seen outside the Sivakasi Arulmighu Venkatachalapathy Perumal Temple. Devotees offer their prayer to the lord, from early morning. Today night, it is expected that thousands of devotees will witness Vaikunda Ekathasi Festival in Sivakasi. Sorkkavasal will be open, tonight. Vaikunda Ekadesi is a major festival in Thiruthangal town( Thiruthangal Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple ).
 
News posted on 2015-01-01

Sivakasi getting ready for Vaikunda Ekadesi Festival
 
31st December 2014 Sivakasi getting ready for Vaikunda Ekadesi Festival Sivakasi Arulmighu Venkatachalapathy Perummal Thirukovil has made elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi festival slated to be held, tomorrow night. Stage decoration work will be completed by tomorrow. Kadai Kovil and Perumal Temple wore festive look. Tomorrow night, it is expected that thousands of devotees will witness Vaikunda Ekathasi Festival in Sivakasi. Sorkkavasal will be open, on 1st January 2015, night. Vaikunda Ekadesi is a major festival in Thiruthangal town( Thiruthangal Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple ).
 
News posted on 2014-12-31

2014 ends with moderate rain
 
31st December 2014 2014 ends with moderate rain There was cloudy weather throughout the day and rain showers at Sivakasi town, from 03:10 p.m. to 03:55 p.m., as the year draws to a close and a new one begins. Similar conditions are expected for the next two days with drop in temperature.
 
News posted on 2014-12-31

Happy New year 2015
 
Dear Sivakasians, May the new year bring to you warmth of love, and a light to guide your path towards a positive destination. Happy New Year! - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-12-31

Coming up in January 2015
 
1st January 2015 Coming up in January 2015 Book Exhibition Date: 13-12-2014 to 05-01-2015 Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: New Century Book House, Madurai Vaikunda Ekadesi - Sorkka Vaasal Thirappu Date: 01-01-2015, Thursday Time: 06:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Sivakasi Perummal Kovil Arupadai Azhaganin Arul Thirangal By: Tmt. M.Gnanapoongothai, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Date: 30-12-2014 to 04-01-2015, Tuesday to Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Arudra Darisanam / Thiruvaathirai Date: 05-01-2015, Monday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Four car streets, Sivakasi Mahangal Dharishanam By: Senjol Varidhi, Gnanavaani Navukkarasi Mrs.Ilampirai Manimaran, M.A.,M.Phil., Date: 05 to 08-01-2015, Monday to Thursday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Adiyavar Perumai By: Soloviyar Porkizhi Kavingar, Thirumandhira Solmani S.S.M.Sundaram M.Com., M.Phil., Date: 09-01-2015, 10-01-2015, Friday & Saturday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 11-01-2015, 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 Siruvar Sirumiyar Naatyia Nigaltchi Sri Arunagiri Nadhar Sabai - Maadhar Sabai, Sivakasi Date: 11-01-2015, Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Adiyavar Perumai By: Soloviyar Porkizhi Kavingar, Thirumandhira Solmani S.S.M.Sundaram M.Com., M.Phil., Date: 12-01-2015, Monday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Thirupugazh Amirtham By: Sivakasi Tmt. B.Premalatha, M.A., M.A., M.Phil., Date: 13-01-2015, Tuesday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Free Mental Health Camp Date: 18-01-2015, 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: 25-01-2015, 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 2014-12-31

Puthaandu Kondaattam
 
30th December 2014 Puthaandu Kondaattam Date: 31-12-2014- Wednesday Time: 07:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Charities A/c. Thirumana Mandapam, Near Ullavar Santhai, Sivakasi Sun Music fame Anisha, Cine fame Bonda Mani, Kingkong and Benjamin. Ticket: Rs.200 & Rs.500/- Organisers: Gangai TV & Eternal Tours For tickets contact 9159011555, 9443124688
 
News posted on 2014-12-30

Alumni Meet 2015
 
30th December 2014 Alumni Meet 2015 Date: 26-01-2015, Monday Time: 09: 00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. Venue: Annamalai Nadar Unnamalaiammal Municipality Hr. Sec. School Subscription fee Rs.250 per year For further details contact 9865707695, 9488054158, 9488488069, 9245377879, 9944284034, 8940025377, 9443381747
 
News posted on 2014-12-30

The unusual red skies at evening delight Sivakasians
 
30th December 2014 Photo: Andrew Arul The unusual red skies at evening delight Sivakasians Today it was amazing to watch the unusual red skies after the sunset, in Sivakasi town. Sivakasians captured the unusual red skies in their mobile phones and digital cameras. It is due to striking particles in the atmosphere by the Sun.
 
News posted on 2014-12-30

Sivakasi Branch of SIRC of ICAI involves in Swachh Sivakasi
 
29th December 2014 Sivakasi Branch of SIRC of ICAI involves in Swachh Sivakasi On 28th December 2014, Sunday, Sivakasi Branch of SIRC of ICAI engaged in Swachh Sivakasi. The programme was inaugurated by Mr.Abirupen Grahadurai and an enthusiastic bunch of students and members of ICAI cleaned Sivakasi Velayutharastha Road.
 
News posted on 2014-12-29

1008 Thiruvilakku Poojai
 
29th December 2014 1008 Thiruvilakku Poojai As a part of Mandala Poojai, Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Sangam organised 1008 Kuthuvilakku Poojai, on 28th December 2014, Sunday, at Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil. The temple was decorated with festoons, colour papers and attractive lights. Sivakasi Ayyappan Temple attracts scores of devotees for the mandala poojai and 1008 Thiruvilakku poojai. Special pujas were performed and devotees offered prayers on the occasion. As many as 1008 vilakkus were lit on the occasion. Women from various areas of Sivakasi Town performed 1008 vilakku poojai around 6:00 p.m., at the temple premises. Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Ayyappan Sangam made special arrangements to conduct 1008 Kuthu Vilakku Puja.
 
News posted on 2014-12-29

Sivakasi Thiruthangal Road extension work
 
29th December 2014 Sivakasi Thiruthangal Road extension work Road extension work is in full swing in Sivakasi Thiruthangal main road and it is expected to be completed by tomorrow. Around 20 people engaged in the road laying work. Road is extended on both the sides.
 
News posted on 2014-12-29

Rain surprise Sivakasians
 
29th December 2014 Rain surprise Sivakasians Today at late evening, a sudden spell of rain caught Sivakasians by surprise, bringing the chill back to the town. Rains lashed various parts of Sivakasi town from 07:38 p.m. to 08:15 p.m., inundating low-lying areas. The downpour brought cheers for Sivakasians. And still its drizzling. 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 five days, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-12-29

Isha Yoga
 
28th December 2014 Isha Yoga Date: 31-12-2014, Wednesday Time: 06:00 p.m onwards Venue: Navathaniya Varthagargal Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi For further assistance please contact 9715671160, 9150192113
 
News posted on 2014-12-28

Mild drizzle for few minutes
 
28th December 2014 Mild drizzle for few minutes Today, there was mild drizzle at morning, for few minutes from 08:50 a.m. to 08:55 a.m., in Sivakasi. Drizzle fails to make the road wet. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 28 degree celsius and 23 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-12-28

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
27th December 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet Yesterday, Sivakasi town received mild drizzle around 08:15 p.m. and the drizzle makes the road wet. The drizzle in the late evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next three days, with average minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 28 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-12-27

Season of December Poo in Sivakasi
 
27th December 2014 Season of December Poo in Sivakasi December Poo were up for sale across Sivakasi town for last few weeks. A florist said sivakasiweekly.com that, the season of December Poo will end up in one or two weeks. And the price of December Poo is Rs.40/- per kg., she added.
 
News posted on 2014-12-27

Mandala Poojai in Sivakasi
 
27th December 2014 Photo: Senthil Pattar Mandala Poojai in Sivakasi The 41-days Mandala Pooja will ends on December 27, 2014, Saturday. On the concluding day, most of the temples will be decorated with festoons and flowers. Swamy Ayyappan devotees will sing bhajans from 06:00 p.m. onwards. Special poojas will performed for Swamy Ayyappan. The program will be concluded with Annadhaanam.
 
News posted on 2014-12-27

Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam 2014
 
26th December 2014 Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam 2014 Date: 27-12-2014, Saturday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sivakasi Temples Annadhanam will be held after Mandala Pooja.
 
News posted on 2014-12-26

Free eye camp organised
 
26th December 2014 Free eye camp organised Sivakasi Khaitan Steel Mart and Sankara Eye Hospital on 14th December 2014, Sunday conducted free eye screening camp. According to a release from the organisers, they conducted the free camp for 121st time at the Sivakasi Chamber of Trade Promotion, between 09:00 a.m. and 02:00 p.m.. Doctor and staff from Sankara Eye Hospital screened participants at the camp. The organisers would send those identified by the doctors for surgery to the hospital, where they would be operated free of cost. Plus, the patients would also get free boarding and lodging and lens. Those in need of spectacles would also get one. Next camp will be held on 11th January 2015.
 
News posted on 2014-12-26

Sivakasi Vegetable Market: Mochai Kai turns dearer
 
26th December 2014 Sivakasi Vegetable Market: Mochai Kai turns dearer As it is Mochai Kai season, Mochai Kai is most sought for Kulambhu, Side dish and Snacks and it has turned dearer in recent weeks in Sivakasi town. A kg of Mochai Kai was priced at Rs.30 in the Sivakasi Anna Vegetable market, last week. In the retail markets, it costs Rs.40/-. The season will follow until January end. The mochai kai season and low price brings smile on the face of common man in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-12-26

Cloudier start but no rain for Sivakasi
 
26th December 2014 Cloudier start but no rain for Sivakasi Sivakasi town has been receiving good breeze, providing relief to the Sivakasians from scorching heat. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. There was very mild drizzle for few seconds at 11:30 a.m.. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle for the next one week with average minimum and maximum temperature of 30 and 21 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-12-26

Sivakasi celebrates Christmas
 
25th December 2014 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 2014-12-25

Sivakasi gears up for Christmas Festival
 
24th December 2014 Sivakasi gears up for Christmas Festival Christmas is round the corner and celebrations are in full event for the most important festival of the year by the Sivakasi Christians. Shopping is in full swing and one can see stars, lights, decorative and Christmas cards sold in abundance. 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 2014-12-24

Unscheduled power cuts return in Sivakasi
 
24th December 2014 Unscheduled power cuts return in Sivakasi Sivakasi town is back to days of unscheduled power cuts. For the last four days, Sivakasi electricity consumers are facing two to three of power cut a day. The situation is likely to continue. The unscheduled power cuts is hitting Sivakasi industrial operations and forced manufacturers and traders to use generators.
 
News posted on 2014-12-24

Power cuts crippple printing industry in Sivakasi
 
24th December 2014 Power cuts crippple printing industry in Sivakasi Sivakasi is the hub of calendar and diary printing, in India. New year is just a week away and calendar units are busy printing them. However, this time around, calendar manufacturers are worried despite ample orders. Frequent power cuts for the last four days in Sivakasi, have derailed production schedules and manufacturers fear they may fail to meet business commitments. The recent unscheduled power cuts has hit them hard with printers wondering if they can deliver the orders of clients in time. In last three years, many printing entrepreneurs in Sivakasi have shut their businesses partially or completely.
 
News posted on 2014-12-24

MGR death anniversary observed
 
24th December 2014 MGR death anniversary observed Today, hundreds of Sivakasi fans of MGR observed the ex-Chief Minister and actor-s death anniversary by observing silence prayer for one minute and playing his songs on loudspeakers. His followers paid floral tributes. After paying tributes, his followers took a pledge to follow MGR-s ideals. Sivakasi TNEB also observed MGR-s death anniversary by garlanding his photos and offering special prayers.
 
News posted on 2014-12-24

Sivakasi GH sets new record
 
23rd December 2014 Courtesy: Ln.Ravindran Sivakasi GH sets new record Today Sivakasi Government Hospital reaches the new milestone by collecting 5000+ units of blood for this year, which was highest among non metropolitan cities. And Sivakasi Government Hospital sets new record and its eligible to avail the equipment that separate the blood into red blood corpuscles, white blood corpuscles and plasma and platelets. Currently to avail this facility, people of Sivakasi and adjacent areas need to go Tirunelveli and Madurai. Few months back Virudhunagar gets the facility, as it is district head quarters.
 
News posted on 2014-12-23

Hanuman Jeyanti celebrated in Sivakasi
 
22nd December 2014 Photo: Senthil Pattar Hanuman Jeyanti celebrated in Sivakasi On 21st December 2014, Sunday, Hanuman Jeyanthi was celebrated in Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple, Ayyappan Kovil, Sivakasi Perummal Kovil and Sivan Kovil. Sivakasi Hanuman devotees observed fasting and recited Hanuman mantras. Vadai and vetrilai garlands were offered for Lord Hanuman. Special pujas were performed for Lord Hanuman. Prasadhams were distributed. A one week Hanuman Jayanti Bhajan Mela was organised by Vishva Hindu Parishad, near Sivakasi Sivan Kovil.
 
News posted on 2014-12-22

Kudos to Sivakasi Municipality and Sivakasi Facebook Friends
 
22nd December 2014 Photo: Sivakasi Siruvan Kudos to Sivakasi Municipality and Sivakasi Facebook Friends For the last one week Sivakasi Municipality is organising sanitation and hygiene awareness campaigns in various wards and public places of Sivakasi town. On 21st December 2014, Sunday, Sivakasi Facebook Friends in association with Sivakasi Municipality organised Awareness Camp, at Sivakasi Kamarajar Park. Awareness raised through various programmes like cultural dance and drama. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Mr.Ravindran, Commissioner, Sivakasi Municipality and Sivakasi Facebook Friends members were presented on the awareness campaign.
 
News posted on 2014-12-22

Finally calendar season begins in Sivakasi
 
21st December 2014 Finally calendar season begins in Sivakasi With New Year 2015 is fast approaching, calendar and diary printing job is in full swing, in Sivakasi Town. New Year is just two weeks away, and yet all the printing units and allied industries are already seeing Sivakasians, Keralites and other State people lining up outside the offsets, in Sivakasi. All the offsets in Sivakasi are working at full swing in printing, cutting and tin mounting. Five years back calendar season begins from Adi 18 i.e. August and goes on till second week of January, but now calendar and diary season picks from December to January. Thats really a blow to calendar and diary industry in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-12-21

Free medical camp for mentally challenged children
 
20th December 2014 Free medical camp for mentally challenged children Valediction of 201st free medical camp by Azhagan Seva Sangam, Sivakasi for mentally challenged children was held on 19th December 2014, Friday, at Azhagan Kaappagam Special School, Sivakasi. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, was the chief guest & he distributed magnetic belts and medicines to the children. 74 children benefited out of this camp.
 
News posted on 2014-12-20

Awareness campaign to be held
 
20th December 2014 Awareness campaign to be held Date: 21-12-2014, Sunday Time: 04:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Sivakasi Kamarajar Park, Near Badrakaliamman Kovil, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Facebook Friends and Sivakasi Municipality For further details contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088 , Mr.Sivakasi Siruvan - 7868034022 All are welcome.
 
News posted on 2014-12-20

Half Yearly Exam Holiday Begins
 
20th December 2014 Half Yearly Exam Holiday Begins Half yearly exam holiday begins from today onwards, for majority of the aided and matriculation 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. Half yearly exam holidays will be of special because of the xmas and new year celebration. Some schools in Sivakasi will conduct special classes for the 10th and 12th standard students, in half yearly examination holidays. School will be reopen on 2nd January 2015, Friday.
 
News posted on 2014-12-20

Drizzling start for the third consecutive day, but no rain
 
20th December 2014 Drizzling start for the third consecutive day, but no rain Margali month brings along pleasant weather, as the temperature and humidity levels remain low, in Sivakasi. Sivakasi received mild shower for the third consecutive day, but adds no rain. The cloudy days, light drizzles and a pleasant breeze has made the temperatures dip to 26 & 21 degrees Celsius during day, leading to a "hill station-like" experience among the Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-12-20

Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi
 
19th December 2014 Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi With maximum & minimum temperature pegged below 26 and 22 degree Celsius, chill breeze, mild showers cool climate and black clouds, the Margali month climate has been slowly changing up Sivakasi Climate. Yesterday, it was cloudier throughout the day and drizzle often at morning, afternoon and evening. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is likely to continue, for the next few weeks.
 
News posted on 2014-12-19

A Drizzling Start for Sivakasi
 
18th December 2014 A Drizzling Start for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle, during early morning. The maximum and minimum temperature falls down to 27 and 22 degree Celsius respectively. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. The mild drizzle in the evening time did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Today the climate will be cloudy and there will be occasional drizzling / rain. There is a chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 27 and 22 degree Celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-12-18

Santa Claus visit to Sivakasi houses
 
18th December 2014 Santa Claus visit to Sivakasi houses Streets of Sivakasi Town got a very special visit from the one and only Santa Claus. Santa Claus accompanied with music bands and they staged some dramas. And Prayer has been conducted in some houses. Santa Claus brought some presents with him to distribute to some lucky girls and boys of the streets. Santa presents gifts to Children and family for Christmas 2014, in Sivakasi town. Santa Claus entertain both Christians and non Christians, in Sivakasi streets.
 
News posted on 2014-12-18

Xmas trees, stars, lights mark Christmas countdown
 
18th December 2014 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 2014-12-18

Cloudy, Drizzling Sivakasi
 
17th December 2014 Cloudy, Drizzling Sivakasi Sivakasi town received light shower at 11:15 a.m. for few minutes, today. Even after the drizzle subsided, climate continues to be cloudy. More drizzle expected for the next two days. The mild shower adds more chillness. Pleasant fall in weather to continue through the end of the week, in Sivakasi, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 28 degree celsius and 22 degree celsius respectively. Moreover the winter is here in Sivakasi, to relax and enjoy the warmth of mild coldness and sunshine that enhance along the enchanting Margali festival season.
 
News posted on 2014-12-17

1008 Thiruvilakku Procession Staged
 
17th December 2014 1008 Thiruvilakku Procession Staged On 16th December 2014, Tuesday, 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, Mr.Annamalaisamy, Sri Kaliswari Group of Industries and Mr.Duraisamy Nadar. Around 14 Nadar Magalir Mandra members were participated in the procession. Special pujas were performed to Goddess Pathirakaliamman. Kulavai rent the air. Devotees offered special prayers and prasadams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-12-17

Its Christmas Season in Sivakasi
 
17th December 2014 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 2015 calendars and diaries.
 
News posted on 2014-12-17

Margazhi - The month of Colour Kolam
 
16th December 2014 Margazhi - The month of Colour Kolam In Sivakasi, the month of Margazhi in Tamil Calendar is special for Prasangam in Mariamman 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 today 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 2014-12-16

Essay writing and elocution competition to be held
 
16th December 2014 Essay writing and elocution competition to be held Date: 25-12-2014, Thursday Time: 03:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Book Exhibition, Sivakasi Arasan Ganesan Thirumana Mandapam For further details contact Mr.Mahendran - 9486252849
 
News posted on 2014-12-16

Book exhibition delights Sivakasi readers
 
15th December 2014 Book exhibition delights Sivakasi readers An exhibition cum sale of books organised by the New Century Book House, Madurai in association with National Book Trust, New Delhi, was inaugurated at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi on 13th December 2014, Saturday. Book lovers can find some very good books that have gone out of circulation from the market and many rare books have been found in this book exhibition. There are over 2,00,000 titles. A wide collection of books of different streams for all age groups are on display at the exhibition. Sivakasi Book lovers can avail 10 percent discount. The book exhibition will end on 5th January, 2015, Monday. This book exhibition is really a good feast for Sivakasi book lovers.
 
News posted on 2014-12-15

Swachh Bharat drive at Sivakasi
 
14th December 2014 Swachh Bharat drive at Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi RSS volunteers and public cleaned Sivakasi Children Park, Kamarajar Park, Gnanagiri Road, PAP Colony and Water Tank (PAP Colony). Students from various schools were eagerly participated in the drive. Mr.Nagalingam, Mr.Arumugasamy were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2014-12-14

Margazhi Peruvizha begins with Theiviga Innisai
 
13th December 2014 Margazhi Peruvizha begins with Theiviga Innisai Sivakasi Mariamman Temple is celebrating Margazhi Bhajans & Prangams for the last 69 years. This year the festival begins on 12th December 2014 and goes on till 13th January 2014. The events will be conducted by Sri Arunagirinadhar Sabai - Madhar Sabhai. Yesterday, Margazhi Peruvizha begins at Muthamizh Medai, Mariamman Kovil, with Theiviga Innisai by Mrs.Niranjana Kodeeswaran and Mrs.Latha Abiruben. Sevarkodiyetru Vizha will be held on 16th December 2014, Tuesday, at 04:00 a.m.. Mr.K.A.A.A.Tenzing will hoist the flag and inaugurated the Margazhi Bhajan.
 
News posted on 2014-12-13

Half yearly examination begins
 
13th December 2014 Half yearly examination begins For most of the aided and matriculations schools in Sivakasi, half yearly examination begins from this week onwards. Majority of the schools declared half day holiday for students during half yearly, some schools conducting special classes. Half yearly examination holiday begins from 20th December 2014, Saturday. Schools will be scheduled to be open by 2nd January 2015, Friday.
 
News posted on 2014-12-13

Sivakasi Facebook Friends Meet 2014
 
12th December 2014 Sivakasi Facebook Friends Meet 2014 Date: 14-12-2014, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Rotary Vijaya Kumar Hall A/c, Velayutharastha Road, Op. to LIC, Sivakasi For further details contact Mr.Saravanakanth - 9843622088 , Mr.Sivakasi Siruvan - 7868034022 Lets join hands to foster growth of Sivakasi town
 
News posted on 2014-12-12

Rajini-s Linga pulls crowd in theatre
 
12th Decmber 2014 Rajini-s Linga pulls crowd in theatre The much awaited movie "Lingaa" released today in Sivakasi adlabs and this has superstar Rajnikanth in the lead along with the awesome beauty Anushka and the big girl with bold curves Sonakshi Sinha as the leading ladies. Adlabs Ganesh and Balaganesh pulls crowd in the very early morning. Theatres were decorated with festoons, colour papers and Rajnikanths banners. Sivakasi Rajini fans cut 60kgs birthday cake. Elephant was seen in the theatre with the caption of Linga Super Star Rajini 65. And this film is a real feast for the Rajini fans on Thalaivars birthday.
 
News posted on 2014-12-12

Welcome move by Lions School
 
12th December 2014 Welcome move by Lions School Last week, The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School sent notices to all parents asking them to deactivate their children-s Facebook accounts. The school request parents to ensure this by filling the form along with their signature. And the parents should take responsibility for the same. All parents supporting the move to ban the social networking site such as FB, Twitter and Google+ for children.
 
News posted on 2014-12-12

Yoga class conducted for MEPCO College faculties
 
11th December 2014 Yoga class conducted for MEPCO College faculties Sivakasi VM Manavalakkalai Mandram Arakkattalai organised Yoga class for MEPCO college students at the college premises, on 5th December 2014, Friday. Perasiriyar Nagarajan conducted the yoga class for the college staff. They are taught physical exercises, pranayama, kayakalpa yoga(to improve life force and maintain youthfulness) and meditations.
 
News posted on 2014-12-11

Drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
10th December 2014 Drizzling start for Sivakasi Cool breeze, mild showers, an overcast sky and respite from heat, Sivakasi weather has pleasant climate today. Temperatures are cooling but still no rain, in Sivakasi town. Today, there was drizzle in Sivakasi at early morning for few minutes, but added no rain. The next one week are going to be equally pleasant with a chance of drizzle and rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-12-10

69th Margali Fest
 
10th December 2014 69th Margali Fest Nityaanjali Theiviga Innisai By: Thirumathi Niranjana Kodieswaran and Thirumathi Latha Abiruben Date: 12-12-2014 and 13-12-2014, Friday and Saturday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Karunaikku Arunagiri By: Tmt. Siva. Santhi Ravibalan Date: 14-12-2014, & 15-12-2014, Saturday & Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Adiyavar Perumai By: Soloviyar Porkizhi Kavingar, Thirumandhira Solmani S.S.M.Sundaram M.Com., M.Phil., Date: 15-12-2014, 16-12-2014, Monday & Tuesday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Vazhvin Nerimuraigal By: Tmt. Kavitha Jawahar Date: 17-12-2014, 18-12-2014, Wednesday & Thursday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Ammayappar Arulum, Kandhan Karaunayum By: Kayilaimani Sithaandha Rathinam Mrs.Vimala Subramaniyan, M.A., M.Phil., Date: 19, 20 & 21-12-2014, Friday to Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Mahangal Dharishanam By: Senjol Varidhi, Gnanavaani Navukkarasi Mrs.Ilampirai Manimaran, M.A.,M.Phil., Date: 22 to 27-12-2014, Monday to Saturday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Sivanaamathin Mahathuvangal By: Arumuganeri, Selvi. M.S.Prisha Date: 28-12-2014 to 29-12-2014, Sunday and Monday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Arupadai Azhaganin Arul Thirangal By: Tmt. M.Gnanapoongothai, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Date: 30-12-2014 to 04-01-2015, Tuesday to Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Mahangal Dharishanam By: Senjol Varidhi, Gnanavaani Navukkarasi Mrs.Ilampirai Manimaran, M.A.,M.Phil., Date: 05 to 08-01-2015, Monday to Thursday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Adiyavar Perumai By: Soloviyar Porkizhi Kavingar, Thirumandhira Solmani S.S.M.Sundaram M.Com., M.Phil., Date: 09-01-2015, 10-01-2015, Friday & Saturday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Siruvar Sirumiyar Naatyia Nigaltchi Sri Arunagiri Nadhar Sabai - Maadhar Sabai, Sivakasi Date: 11-01-2015, Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Adiyavar Perumai By: Soloviyar Porkizhi Kavingar, Thirumandhira Solmani S.S.M.Sundaram M.Com., M.Phil., Date: 12-01-2015, Monday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Thirupugazh Amirtham By: Sivakasi Tmt. B.Premalatha, M.A., M.A., M.Phil., Date: 13-01-2015, Tuesday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-12-10

Sivakasi Weather: Drizzle brings temperature down
 
10th December 2014 Sivakasi Weather: Drizzle brings temperature down A slight drizzle in Sivakasi town, reduced the day temperature by two to three degrees. The day temperature was recorded as 29 degrees Celsius, last week it was at 32 degree. The minimum temperature also reduced by four degrees (last week it was around 26 degree) and was recorded as 22 degrees Celsius. After a mild drizzle in the early morning and afternoon in Sivakasi, the temperature saw a sudden fall. Over the last few days, however, it has been hovering around 30 to 22 degrees Celsius. It has predicted that Sivakasi was likely to experience drizzle / rainfall for the next two days.
 
News posted on 2014-12-10

Muthamizh medai getting ready for Sivakasi Margazhi Fest 2014
 
7th December 2014 Muthamizh medai getting ready for Sivakasi Margazhi Fest 2014 The 69th Margazhi Fest of Sivakasi Arunagirinathar Sabai - Mathar Sabai begins from 12th December 2014, Friday. And the fest ends on 13th January 2015, Tuesday. Setting up of pandhal for muthamizh medai work is in full swing. It is expected that the Pandhal decoration work will be completed by today evening. Kodiyetram will be held on 16th December 2014, at 04:30 a.m..
 
News posted on 2014-12-07

Sevarkodiyetru Vizha - Sivakasi Margazhi Fest 2014
 
7th December 2014 Sevarkodiyetru Vizha - Sivakasi Margazhi Fest 2014 Date: 16-12-2014, Tuesday Time: 04:30 a.m. Venue: Sri Mariamman Kovil Sivakasi Mr.K.A.A.A.Tenzing will hoist the flag and inaugurated the Margazhi Bhajan Organisers: Sri Arungagiri Nadhar Sabhai - Madhar Sabai, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-12-07

Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Karthigai Thirunal
 
5th December 2014 Sivakasi gears up 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 2014-12-05

Happy Karthigai
 
5th December 2014 Happy Karthigai May the auspicious festival of lights, illuminate your life in the year ahead with... Happiness and prosperity! Happy Karthigai
 
News posted on 2014-12-05

World AIDS Day observed at SBCP
 
4th December 2014 World AIDS Day observed at SBCP NSS Unit and Red Ribbon Club of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy observed World AIDS Day on 1st December 2014, Monday. Prof. R.Sudharsingh, Vice Principal, presided over the function, in the presence of Assistant Professor S.Muthu Krishnan. The chief guest highlighted the HIV awareness tips and providing treatment to the infected persons. Prof.Reghurath Pandian, NSS Unit Programme Officer, organised the programme.
 
News posted on 2014-12-04

Clay lamps sell in town as Karthigai Deepam nears
 
3rd November 2014 Clay lamps sell in town as Karthigai Deepam nears As Karthigal Festival is just two days away, households in Sivakasi town are busy shopping for dainty clay pots. Different models of lamps made of clay are on display by the roadside vendors and hawkers, near Sivan Kovil, Mariamman Kovil and NRKR Road. A hawker near Sivakasi Sivan Kovil said sivakasiweekly.com that, the price of the clay lamps (agal vilakku) ranges from Rs.3 to Rs.150/-. This Karthigai season, Sivakasi residents can choose from over 50 varieties of clay lamps (agal vilakku) to decorate their homes. He catered it from Manamadurai and he expected that the sales will be doubled by tomorrow, as the clay lamps which are a must for Karthigai Deepam.
 
News posted on 2014-12-03

Pleasant climate likely to continue in Sivakasi
 
2nd December 2014 Pleasant climate likely to continue 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 30 and 20 degree celsius. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant and it is likely to continue.
 
News posted on 2014-12-02

Hundreds witness Sivakasi Ayyanar Kovil kumbabishekam
 
2nd December 2014 Hundreds witness Sivakasi Ayyanar Kovil kumbabishekam Hundreds of devotees witnessed the Maha Kumbabishekam (consecration) of Sivakasi Sri Koondhappanai Ayyanar Swami Temple, on 28th November 2014, Friday. 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. Annadhaanam has been done for three days. The festival was well organised by Sivakasi Hindu Rajakula Agamudaiyaar Devargal.
 
News posted on 2014-12-02

This December in Sivakasi
 
1st December 2014 This December in Sivakasi 69th Margali Fest Nityaanjali Theiviga Innisai By: Thirumathi Niranjana Kodieswaran and Thirumathi Latha Abiruben Date: 12-12-2014 and 13-12-2014, Friday and Saturday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Karunaikku Arunagiri By: Tmt. Siva. Santhi Ravibalan Date: 14-12-2014, & 15-12-2014, Saturday & Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Adiyavar Perumai By: Soloviyar Porkizhi Kavingar, Thirumandhira Solmani S.S.M.Sundaram M.Com., M.Phil., Date: 15-12-2014, 16-12-2014, Monday & Tuesday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Vazhvin Nerimuraigal By: Tmt. Kavitha Jawahar Date: 17-12-2014, 18-12-2014, Wednesday & Thursday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Ammayappar Arulum, Kandhan Karaunayum By: Kayilaimani Sithaandha Rathinam Mrs.Vimala Subramaniyan, M.A., M.Phil., Date: 19, 20 & 21-12-2014, Friday to Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Mahangal Dharishanam By: Senjol Varidhi, Gnanavaani Navukkarasi Mrs.Ilampirai Manimaran, M.A.,M.Phil., Date: 22 to 27-12-2014, Monday to Saturday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Sivanaamathin Mahathuvangal By: Arumuganeri, Selvi. M.S.Prisha Date: 28-12-2014 to 29-12-2014, Sunday and Monday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Arupadai Azhaganin Arul Thirangal By: Tmt. M.Gnanapoongothai, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Date: 30-12-2014 to 04-01-2015, Tuesday to Sunday Time: 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Muthamizh Maedai, Arulmighu Mariamman Kovil, Sivakasi Book Exhibition Date: 13-12-2014 to 05-01-2015 Time: 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: New Century Book House, Madurai Eye Camp Date: 14-12-2014, 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: 17-12-2014, Wednesday Time: 06:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Kadai Kovil to Badrakaliamman Kovil Organisers: Sivakasi Nadar Magalir Mandram ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar to be held at AJ College A two-day ICSSR (New Delhi) sponsored National level seminar on "Indian Service Secotors in the Information and Communication Technology Era: Emerging Trends, Issues and Prospects" to be held in Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi on 18th & 19th December 2014. The national seminar is going to be organised by The Department of Commerce (Computer Applications), ANJAC, Sivakasi. Free Mental Health Camp Date: 21-12-2014, Sunday Time: 08:45 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan Ganesan Kalyaana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi Essay writing and elocution competition to be held Date: 25-12-2014, Thursday Time: 03:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Book Exhibition, Sivakasi Arasan Ganesan Thirumana Mandapam For further details contact Mr.Mahendran - 9486252849 Homeopathy Camp Date: 28-12-2014, 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 2014-12-01

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
25th November 2014 Drizzle fails to make the road wet Yesterday, there was mild drizzle at evening, in Sivakasi. Mild drizzle for several minutes in the town fails to make the road wet. Drizzle at the late evening did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For next one week sky will be partly cloudy with a slim possibilities of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 30 & 22 degree Celsius respectively. But the weather in Sivakasi is now pleasant.
 
News posted on 2014-11-25

FEEL Teacher Programme at AAACET
 
25th November 2014 FEEL Teacher Programme at AAACET Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology with Mangalore, College for Leadership and Human Resource Development CLHRD have organized FEEL TEACHER, a 3day Learning & Development Intervention for faculties of AAACET, AAA International School & Glory Matriculation School at AAACET campus on 7th,8th and 9th November 2014. Director and Facilitator AIM INSIGHTS, The HRD Group, Prof. Sunney Tharappan along with his team provided valuable insights to faculties. 90 faculties from the institutions eagerly participated in the programme. Prof. Tharappan discussed issues like human traits, values, interest inculcation, and human relations skills including corporal punishment. “It is important that parents and teachers take into consideration the feelings of children which are being almost wholly ignored at present,” he stressed and added. “Studies have proved that teachers have a crucial role to play and efforts should be made to switch their methods from institution centered to student-centered teaching,”  He advised the faculties to protect the self-esteem of student in an increasingly competitive academic system. “Comparisons tend to destroy the child’s confidence and if unchecked, could curb his or her development,” The 3 day programme covered 12 different sessions of Group discussions, Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Thinking exercises, Listening skills, Team Building activities and Human Relationship. The programme helped the faculties to understand “What we are? What’s our importance in uplifting the society by intellectually empowering 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, Principal Ms.M.Kartheeswari(Glory Matriculation School) and Principal Ms.S.Thilaga (AAA International School) have organized the programme with a motive to develop human relations and cognitive skills among the faculties to incorporate them in their classrooms.
 
News posted on 2014-11-25

Quality conscious Sivikasi firework makers postpone production following rain
 
24th November 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India (Nov.5, 2014) Quality conscious Sivikasi firework makers postpone production following rain MADURAI: Under normal circumstances, Sivakasi should have commenced its fireworks production for the next years Diwali by now. However, fireworks manufacturers are planning to postpone the production for two more weeks as the region is receiving rain which may hamper the quality of their products. Sivakasi - the fireworks hub of the country - shuts down one week before Diwali and resumes its production ten days after the festival of lights. However, this year production may delay further since fireworks production need sunlight and lesser moisture in the air. "Most of the units have completed offering prayers ahead of next season but production has not started since it is raining," said A M S G Ashokan of We Two Brand fireworks. A Mariappan, member of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), said high moisture in air would impact the quality of fireworks, especially in colourful fireworks items. "We have decided to wait for two more weeks before starting the production since we anticipate more rains," he said.
 
News posted on 2014-11-24

Cloudier day with drizzle
 
24th November 2014 Cloudier day with drizzle Yesterday evening, it was drizzling occasionally for several minutes and the drizzle makes the road wet. The drizzle in the evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Now dark clouds kept hovering Sivakasi town. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 22 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-24

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
24th November 2014 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi Sivakasi is reeling under unscheduled power cuts for more than three to four hours, for the last two days. Small and medium scale industries in Sivakasi town are facing an acute manufacturing crisis because power interruptions are more frequent and unscheduled. With the revival of unannounced power cuts, Sivakasi industries are staring at an uncertain future.
 
News posted on 2014-11-24

Where faith matches medicine
 
22nd November 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Where faith matches medicine Plan to extend model to Puliyampatti where people throng St. Antony’s Church Treatment of mental illness has witnessed a paradigm shift with community involvement in the southern districts in a big way. The ‘Sivakasi model,’ experimented since 2002, has inspired psychiatrists to replicate it in other districts. This model is the most viable to treat psychiatric illness as it involves the community, a service organisation and the government. It has also successfully got rid of the stigma associated with mental illness by taking treatment away from medical institutions to the doorstep of patients, says C. Ramasubramanian, State Nodal Officer, District Mental Health Programme. It all began in 2002 when a group of psychiatrists, led by Dr. Ramasubramanian, began the free mental health camp, with the involvement of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (SSSSO), Tamil Nadu, M. S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai, and local philanthropists. It is organised on the fourth Sunday of every month. In the beginning, patients from Virudhunagar district attended the camp where free consultation, medicines for one month and food are provided. Now, patients from seven southern districts benefit from it. The added feature is the presence of District Differently Abled Rehabilitation Officer to sanction maintenance grant, identity card and bus pass to persons with mental illness. The all-India president of SSSSO, V. Srinivasan, said at the 150th camp that similar camps would be organised in all districts of Tamil Nadu. The M. S. Chellamuthu Trust will train volunteers for the camps. Problems of follow up, absence of local psychiatrists, after-effects of medicine and expenditure are addressed in the Sivakasi model. Volunteers of the service organisation are trained as lay counsellors by exposing them to causes, symptoms and myths of mental illness; medicines and their side-effects and how to identify relapse, says K. S. P. Janardhan Babu of M. S. Chellamuthu Trust. A reliable monitoring mechanism has been put in place by entrusting 10 families of mentally ill persons to each of the trained volunteers, who make periodic home visits. Efforts are on to provide vocational rehabilitation locally for those cured of their illness. An amalgam of the Sivakasi model and the ‘Dava Duva’ model of Mira Datar Dargah of Ahmedabad is the ‘Margamum Maruthuvamum’ model, a marriage of faith and medicine. The trust plans to extend this model to Puliyampatti in Tuticorin district where people throng the St. Antony’s Church to get their mental illness cured, says Mr. Babu.
 
News posted on 2014-11-23

Temperature pegged below 30 degree Celsius
 
22nd November 2014 Temperature pegged below 30 degree Celsius With temperature pegged below 30 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 32 degree celsius, now the temperature fell down to 29 degree Celsius. Sun too shy to show up its face, for last few days. Today, many parts of Sivakasi Town experienced very mild showers, after a cloudy start, in the early morning. For the next 10 days, the climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle and rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 29 and 22 degree celsius. The mild shower adds more chillness on the climate and also make the road wet. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant.
 
News posted on 2014-11-22

Pleasant climate likely to continue
 
22nd November 2014 Pleasant climate likely to continue 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 29 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-22

Moderate rain on 20th Nov
 
21st November 2014 Moderate rain on 20th Nov There was moderate rain in Sivakasi town on 20th November 2014. It was cloudier through out the day and occassional drizzle. It was drizzling often at night. There is chance for drizzle for the next 10 days, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 30 and 22 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-21

Night rain cools Sivakasi
 
21st November 2014 Night rain cools Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi records second lowest maximum - 28 degree celsiuc and minimum temperature 23 degree celsius for the year 2014. Night drizzle in Sivakasi town led to a drop in temperature, yesterday. Dark clouds were seen in Sivakasi since Thursday morning. After the rainfall on Thursday night, there was gradual fall in Sivakasi weather. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 7 days.
 
News posted on 2014-11-21

Sivakasi cloudy weather with drizzle
 
21st November 2014 Sivakasi cloudy weather with drizzle Sivakasi town received mild drizzle from the early morning until 09:05 a.m.. Drizzle for long hours in the town chills down the ground. Even after the drizzle subsided, climate continues to be cloudy, throughout the day. Drizzle once again begins from 06:10 p.m. and it continues. And today maximum temperature fell down to 27 degree celsius. More drizzle expected for the next two days. Pleasant fall weather to continue through the end of the week, in Sivakasi, with maximum and minimum temperature of 30 degree celsius and 22 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-11-21

Student brings laurels to AAA college
 
20th November 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Student brings laurels to AAA college S. Karthik, a student of the second year Mechanical Engineering Department of the AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi, won the silver medal in the Anna University Inter Zone weightlifting tournament in 85 Kg category. The competition was held at the JJ College of Engineering and Technology on October 25 and 26. College Chairman P. Panjurajan, secretary P. Karvannan, Correspondent P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary K. Vignesh Kumar, Principal K. Arulmozhi and the faculty members honoured the winner.
 
News posted on 2014-11-20

Sabarimala Ayyappan Viratham begins in Sivakasi
 
19th November 2014 Sabarimala Ayyappan Viratham begins Sabarimala Ayyappan Viratham starts on the 1st day of Tamil month Kaarthigai ( falls on November 17 this year ) for the devotees who intend to Pray Lord Ayyappan on the Mandala Pooja Day. In Sivakasi Ayyappan Kovil Temple and in other Sivakasi temples Ayyappan Devotees started 41 days vratham by putting Thulasi Mala and Rudraksha Mala with Lord Ayyappa locket in the neck. Mala is accepted by Periya Swami / Guru Swami. Special pujas were performed and devotees sung bajans.
 
News posted on 2014-11-19

Drizzling start but no rain
 
19th November 2014 Drizzling start but no rain Sivakasians woke up to a cool day. Many parts of the town experienced mild drizzle in the morning, while the weather remained pleasant for the rest of the day, bringing down the temperature below 30 degree celsius. The maximum temperature in Sivakasi town will fell down to 29 degrees Celsius by 20th November 2014 with a generally cloudy condition, with a chances of drizzle / rain, for the next one week. Average minimum temperature will be around 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-19

A special campaign for name transfer of electricity service, today
 
18th November 2014 A special campaign for name transfer of electricity service, today The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Sivakasi, will conduct a special campaign for name transfer of electricity service connection, today, from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-11-18

Drizzling Sivakasi
 
18th November 2014 Drizzling Sivakasi Sivakasi town received moderate rain between 01:20 p.m. to 02:25 p.m.. And mild drizzle continues till 03:35 p.m.. Even after the drizzle subsided, climate continues to be cloudy. It has been cloudy all day through. Drizzle once again begins from 05:45 p.m. and it continues. More drizzle expected for the next two days. Pleasant fall weather to continue through the end of the week, in Sivakasi, with maximum and minimum temperature of 30 degree celsius and 23 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-11-18

Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
16th November 2014 Power Shut Down - Maintenance Work Carried Out On 15th November 2014, Saturday, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 11:00 a.m. to 4:15 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 2014-11-16

Kadai Kovil Amman Idol procession
 
15th November 2014 Kadai Kovil Amman Idol procession Kadai Kovil Amman Idol procession taken place on 14th November 2014, Friday, from Kadai Kovil to KSSP Kalayana Madapam. The idol was placed in the mandapam at morning. Special rituals were held at the temple in the morning in connection with the amman procession, by the street people. And the amman idol was return back to Kadai Kovil at night. Devotees stood near their home and worshiped the amman and offered special prayers. Fire displays were made by the therukettu people. Hundreds of devotees witnessed the procession. This procession to Solai Colony takes place every year on Aipasi Maathaandha vellikilammai.
 
News posted on 2014-11-15

Cloudy, occassional drizzle
 
15th November 2014 Cloudy, occassional drizzle It is going to be a generally overcast day with occasional light rain or drizzle in Sivakasi town. It is expected to be a predominantly fine day with sunny intervals and variable cloud amounts. There was mild drizzle at 11:00 a.m. for few minutes and Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle between 12:20 to 12:30 p.m.. For next one week sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle & rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 30 and 22 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-11-15

Happy Children-s Day
 
14th October 2014 Happy Children-s Day Time for some splashing fun cheers n jolly time for everyone coz its CHILDREN-S DAY. May the love n laugher always stay on every child-s face...... HAPPY CHILDREN-S DAY! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-11-14

Drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
14th November 2014 Drizzling start for Sivakasi Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning and it was cloudier in the day time. For the next 10 days, the climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of drizzle and rain. The mild shower adds more chillness on the climate and also make the road wet. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant. It is drizzling from 01:30 p.m. and the sky is cloudier. Maximum and minimum temperature fell down to 30 and 23 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-11-14

Sivakasi schools celebrates Children-s Day
 
14th November 2014 Sivakasi schools 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 2014-11-14

Welcome move by Sivakasi Municipality
 
13th November 2014 Welcome move by Sivakasi Municipality As a precautionary measure for dengue fever,Sivakasi Municipality carried out an awareness campaign in Sivakasi limits. Municipality Officials provide temephos solutions to all the Sivakasi residents. One of the official said that, adding up temephos solution to the water container or standing water in the house will reduce and kills mosquito breeds in order to reduce the population of dengue carrying mosquitoes. Fight against Dengue is a welcome move by the Municipality of Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-11-13

Exhibition cum sale - Malabar Gold & Diamond
 
12th November 2014 Exhibition cum sale - Malabar Gold & Diamond Date: 15, 16-11-2014, Saturday & Sunday Time: 10:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Sri Kaliswari Le Orchids, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-11-12

Sivakasi receives good rain
 
11th November 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Sivakasi receives good rain Today, a band of clouds hovered Sivakasi town at 05:00 p.m. and there was mild drizzle from 05:25 p.m. and suddenly drizzle turns downpour. And Sivakasi received good rainfall until 06:15 p.m. and thunder roars and drizzling continues. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with chances for drizzle and rain, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-11

IOB new branch in Sivakasi begins service from 13th Nov.
 
10th November 2014 IOB new branch in Sivakasi begins service from 13th Nov. Date: 13-11-2014, Wednesday IOB SME - Sivakasi Branch will be at your service from 13-11-2014 Address: Indian Overseas Bank, D.No.462, Ground Floor, PKSA Arumuga Nadar Road, Sivakasi For further details contact Mr.C.Sekar, Chief Manager - 8056196357
 
News posted on 2014-11-10

Thattaan, The Helicopter
 
10th November 2014 Photo: Ram Thattaan, The Helicopter As rainy season starts, Thattaan (Dragonflies) follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall in October 2014. Recent rains brings out thousands of brown and pink tinted Dragonflies and that hovering over lawns and shrubs like helicopters, in Sivakasi. Thattaan (The Helicopters) are capable of long distance migrations and it appears to follow the rains, from the monsoon season in Sivakasi town, every year.
 
News posted on 2014-11-10

Jasmine prices sky-rocket in Sivakasi
 
8th November 2014 Jasmine prices sky-rocket in Sivakasi As Thirumana Muhurtham is nearing, prices of flowers have shot up. In Sivakasi, Jasmine price ranges from Rs.2,000 to Rs.2,200 per kg.. Jasmine flower is just a dream for Sivakasi commoners this wedding season as it costs Rs.2,000 per kg.. Sivakasi florist expected that the price of Jasmine flower will fall back to normal in one week. And Sivakasians prefer buying Rose Aaram, which cost just Rs.20/-.
 
News posted on 2014-11-08

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
8th November 2014 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi Sivakasi is reeling under unscheduled power cuts for more than two to three hours, for the last two days. Small and medium scale industries in Sivakasi town are facing an acute manufacturing crisis because power interruptions are more frequent and unscheduled. With the revival of unannounced power cuts, Sivakasi industries are staring at an uncertain future.
 
News posted on 2014-11-08

Child labour in Sivakasi is now history
 
7th November 2014 Child labour in Sivakasi is now history Today, Sivakasi is inching towards achieving the distinction of becoming a ‘zero’ child labour industrial cluster in the state, housing 800 cracker factories. According to social activists, Sivakasi and adjoining areas, located about 565 km from Chennai, are suited for cracker production, thanks to dry climate and availability of cheap labour. The cracker industry in Sivakasi is estimated to be worth about Rs 3,500 crore, accounting for 70 per cent of the total cracker production in the country. A senior government official associated with the project says, “Child labour in Sivakasi is now history.” According to him, the number of special training centres for educating children rescued from factories has come down to 19 from 120. The total number of students studying in these centres is 650, down from earlier 10,000. After taking temporary training at the centres, these children are admitted to government schools and then sent to colleges. The official says the key to success of the project was regular monitoring of the students through volunteers stationed in villages. K Pandiarajan, Virudhunagar MLA, says now children do not constitute even one per cent of the total workforce. Besides the state government’s efforts, the factors that worked to bring an end to child labour were a concerted campaign by voluntary sector organisations, social pressure on parents and high levels of automation in the factories. Media and regular court interventions also played a major role. District Collector T N Hariharan had sent about 100,000 letters to villagers, explaining to them the necessity of education, the problems relating to child labour and early marriage. In those letters, he gave his mobile number, the project director’s number and a helpline number. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say the drive helped as villagers now know whom to call if there are any complaints regarding child labour. Frequent raids and searches have also helped the cause. K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Association, says while everyone has a word of advice on child labour and makes baseless allegations, nobody takes the trouble of proving their claims. The association has also written to Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel laureate, to prove his claim that the cracker industry still employs over 100,000 child labourers. Mariappan admitted child labour was once rampant in the area. A senior industry official alleged that NGOs operating in Virudhunagar get Rs 20 crore every year as aid and it’s in their interest to keep the child labour issue alive.
 
News posted on 2014-11-07

Annabhishekam performed in Sivakasi
 
7th November 2014 Photo: Raja Iyer, Enjar Annabhishekam performed in Sivakasi Yesterday morning, hundreds of devotees offered worship to Lord Siva at Sivakasi Sivan Kovil. A huge quantity of rice was cooked for the Maha Annabhishekam. Special Annabhishekam poojas were performed in the evening to Lord Siva and other deities at Sivakasi Sri Subramaniasamy Thirukovil. In Enjar Aaladieswaran kovil also Annabhishekam performed. Annabhishekam is held on full moon day in the seventh month of every year Aippasi (Tamil calendar), for Siva Lingam, the presiding deity of all Siva temples. Devotees believe that performing Annabhishekam to the lord on this day would rid them of all their problems. Annabhishekam (bathing the image of the deity with cooked raw rice), is one of the rituals devotees look forward to. There is a belief that there will be sumptuous rain in the land if annabhishekam is performed.
 
News posted on 2014-11-07

Sivakasi back to hot climate
 
7th November 2014 Sivakasi back to hot climate After a month of Northeast monsoon rains, drizzles and cool days with breeze, Sivakasi back to its hot climate. Sivakasi residents have been experiencing partial sunny weather, for the last 3 days. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot weather in Sivakasi temperature. Sky will remain partly cloudy for next three days with maximum and minimum temperatures around 33 and 24 degrees Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-07

Fireworks production postponed as rain plays spoilsport in Sivakasi
 
5th November 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Fireworks production postponed as rain plays spoilsport in Sivakasi Fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi are playing a wait-and-watch game to begin production as they feel that the rain due to northeast monsoon may play spoilsport. Under normal circumstances, units in Sivakasi should have commenced their production by now for next Diwali. However, the manufacturers are planning to postpone it for two more weeks due to the climatic conditions. Every year, Sivakasi usually shuts down only a week before Diwali and resumes production 10 days post the festival. However, this year, production may be delayed further since the fireworks need sunlight and lesser moisture in the air. "Most of the units have completed offering prayers ahead of the next season but production has not started because of the rain," said A M S G Ashokan of We Two Brand fireworks. A Mariappan, member of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) says that high moisture in air will impact the quality of fireworks especially in colourful items. "We have decided to wait for two more weeks before starting the production since we anticipate more rains," he stated. However, this delay has impacted other industries especially allied ones supporting fireworks due to which thousands of workers have to bear loss of livelihood. L Baskar, running a unit supplying cardboard moulds for pyro fireworks said that many industries like theirs are directly linked to fireworks. "When they (fireworks) shut their units, we have to obviously close down our units. But it will pick up again once the rain stops. Till then, we need to manage this delay," he said. However, life will not be easy for many workers, said M Mahalakshmi, district secretary of Fireworks Workers Association in Sivakasi. "Many will borrow weekly loans from loan sharks and end up paying huge interests. Moreover the bonus money they had received was hardly enough to celebrate Diwali and manage this period without work," she said. "We are planning to demand the owners and government to make some arrangements like supporting workers with minimum compensation when there is no work," she said. "We are waiting for the rain to end as we have to gear up for Christmas and New Year demand. Moreover, wedding season will be at its peak during winter months in North India and we have to supply fireworks as well," said Ashokan.
 
News posted on 2014-11-06

Flying winged termites
 
5th November 2014 Flying winged termites Its been northeast monsoon rainy season in Sivakasi for the last few weeks and its pretty consistently rained almost every day. This years monsoon rain probably the best kind of rainy season, in Sivakasi town. It rain often at evening time. Flying winged termites are attracted to the light and they come out in droves when it rains. You might seen flying winged termites are all over the street lamps. And they were all over the houses lobby stairway area since its lit up. And after few hours it shed its wings and lose its life. As north east monsoon ends, it does not rain much anymore, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-11-05

Happy Muharram!
 
4th November 2014 Dear Sivakasi Weekly Visitors, May your new year be filled with peace, happiness and joy. Happy Muharram! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-11-04

Drizzling Sivakasi - Max. Temperature fell down to 28 degree
 
4th November 2014 Drizzling Sivakasi The non stop drizzle from 01:45 p.m. in Sivakasi town led to a drop in temperature, today. Dark clouds were seen in Sivakasi since today early morning. Cool climate prevails in Sivakasi town for the last two days. Maximum temperature is 28 and minimum is 23 degree celsius. The prime cold of the year witness last few days and reduced the temperature in Sivakasi town. For the next one week sky will be partly cloudy.
 
News posted on 2014-11-04

Sivakasi Weather: Very slim chance of rain this week
 
5th November 2014 Sivakasi Weather: Very slim chance of rain this week There is very slim chance of rain / drizzle this week, in Sivakasi town. Climate in Sivakasi is expected to be partly sunny for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 23 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-04

Evening drizzle cools Sivakasi
 
3rd November 2014 Evening drizzle cools Sivakasi Evening drizzle in Sivakasi town led to a drop in temperature, yesterday. Dark clouds were seen in Sivakasi since Sunday morning. After the rainfall on Saturday night, there was gradual fall in Sivakasi weather. There was mild drizzle from 04:25 p.m. onwards and continues till today morning. And Sivakasi town is now experiencing pleasant climate.
 
News posted on 2014-11-03

Rain turns Sivakasi powerless
 
3rd November 2014 Rain turns Sivakasi powerless Recent rain in Sivakasi turns Sivakasi powerless. There was power outage on day before yesterday night, due to rain. There was no power supply from 05:20 p.m. to 08:20 p.m. in PKN Colony, Solai colony. In Sivakasi Bazar power resumed at 07:45 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-11-03

Rain brings out earthworms
 
3rd November 2014 Rain brings out earthworms The recent rains in Sivakasi, brings out earthworms, railroad worms from the lawns. As rainy season starts, railroad worms follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall for last few weeks. As a result of the rain, there are lot of railroad worms and earthworms found in the lawns of Sivakasi. Children wowing and playing with railroad and earthworms.
 
News posted on 2014-11-03

Rain causes power cut in Sivakasi
 
2nd November 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Rain causes power cut in Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced steady rain, from 08:20 p.m. to 09:20 p.m.. And the heavy rain causes power outage in the town. There was no power supply from 08:45 p.m. to 04:30 a.m.. In Sivakasi, families having small kids, aged and elderly people had more harrowing times, yesterday night. Due to power outage Sivakasians had sleepless night. Sivakasians are also unable to sleep in the terrace due to the lack of lights after dark was resulting in security issues. Further, the terrace were wet due to rain.
 
News posted on 2014-11-02

Sivakasians greets November with heavy rain
 
2nd November 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Sivakasians greets November with heavy rain Sivakasians greets November with heavy rain from 08:20 p.m. to 09:20 p.m.. Rains accompanied with lightening. The temperature falls down to 24 degree Celsius. There was occasional rain showers and drizzle in the midnight. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water and brings relief from water crisis. 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. A few spells of rain are expected for next three days in Sivakasi town, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-11-02

All souls day observed in Sivakasi
 
2nd November 2014 All souls day observed in Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi Catholic community observed All Souls Day (Kallarai Thirunaal). 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. After the prayer has been completed, fruits and sweets were distributed to the people who are residing near Graveyard.
 
News posted on 2014-11-02

This November in Sivakasi
 
1st November 2014 This November in Sivakasi God India Cleanup Day God India Cleanup Day Date: 02-11-2014, Sunday Time: 06:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Sivakasi four car streets Organisers: God India Trust, 608, Patti Theru, Sivakasi - 626123 For further details contact 9486484692 All Souls Day - Kallarai Thirunaal Date: 02-11-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Organisers: Roman Catholic Church, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 09-11-2014, 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: 16-11-2014, 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: 30-11-2014, 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 2014-11-01

e-content designing & development
 
1st November 2014 Courtesy: Ms.G.Karunya, Assistant Professor of Biotechnology, & Dean, Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, ANJAC, Sivakasi On 30th October 2014, Centre for Technology Enhance Learning (CTEL) & Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized a Staff Development Programme to train the faculties on e - content designing & development, at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, inaugurated the training programme. Dr.R.Manohar, Dean, IQAC welcomed the gathering. Mr.T.Marimuthu, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Application and Mr.B.Venkatesh, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Visual Communication trained the faculty members on preparing e-content. About 85 faculty members from various disciplines attended the training. The training programme focuses on preparation of e-learning material in simple topics with the objective of micro teaching.
 
News posted on 2014-11-01

Sivakasi: Petrol price slashed by Rs 2.55/ltr; Diesel cut by Rs 2.40
 
1st November 2014 Courtesy: Mr.R.P.Natarajan,Manager,HP Autocare Centre, Sivakasi Sivakasi: Petrol price slashed by Rs 2.55/ltr; Diesel cut by Rs 2.40 State-owned oil companies slashed the prices of petrol and diesel from Friday midnight due to fall in international brent crude oil prices. In Sivakasi town, petrol price has been cut by Rs.2.55 a litre whereas the price of diesel has been slashed by Rs. 2.40 per litre. Petrol will cost Rs.67.43 a litre in Sivakasi as against Rs.69.98 at present. Diesel price slashed from Rs.60.10 to Rs.57.70. The sixth reduction in Petrol price since August and second reduction in Diesel price brings smile on the face of common man in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-11-01

Sivakasi Town: God India Cleanup Day
 
1st November 2014 God India Cleanup Day God India Cleanup Day Date: 02-11-2014, Sunday Time: 06:30 a.m. onwards Venue: Sivakasi four car streets Organisers: God India Trust, 608, Patti Theru, Sivakasi - 626123 For further details contact 9486484692
 
News posted on 2014-11-01

Skandha Sasti Festival 2014 - Thirukalyaanam
 
31st October 2014 Photo: Senthil Pattar, Sivakasi Skandha Sasti Festival 2014 - Thirukalyaanam As a part of Skandha Sasti Festival 2014, Thirukalyanam takes place on 30th October 2014, Thursday, at Sivasubramaniaswamy Thirukovil, Sivakasi. Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple. Special pujas were performed and prasadams were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-10-31

Sub Collector launches My Clean Sivakasi
 
31st October 2014 Sub Collector launches My Clean Sivakasi Sub Collector Mr.Amar Kushwahaa, Virudhunagar District launches "Namadhu Nagaram Thooimai Nagaram" in Sivakasi town, on 30th October 2014, Thursday. On every Saturday, the selected two wards in Sivakasi Municipality will be cleaned from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. As a part of "Namadhu Nagaram Thooimai Nagaram" Mr.Amar Kushwahaa directed Sivakasi Municipality to take stern action against those who throw garbage in the open and anyone doing it repeatedly would be penalised. Lets join hands to "MY CLEAN SIVAKASI" and make Sivakasi a clean town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-31

ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar to be held at AJ College
 
31st October 2014 Courtesy: ProfR.D.Sivakumar, Head, Department of M.Com(CA), ANJAC, Sivakasi ICSSR Sponsored National Seminar to be held at AJ College A two-day ICSSR (New Delhi) sponsored National level seminar on "Indian Service Secotors in the Information and Communication Technology Era: Emerging Trends, Issues and Prospects" to be held in Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi on 18th & 19th December 2014. The national seminar is going to be organised by The Department of Commerce (Computer Applications), ANJAC, Sivakasi. Organising Commitee Mr.V.Ayyan Kodiswaran, Correspondent, ANJAC Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Patron & Principal, ANJAC Dr.V.Madasamy, Seminar Convener, Professor & Head, Department of Commerce (Computer Applications) The important dates are as follows: Submission of Abstract with Registration Form: 18-11-2014 Submission of full length paper: 30-11-2014 All future correspondence by e-mail only. Registration fee The completed registration form shall be sent to the convener along with a DD for Rs.300/- (Rs.300 as additional fee for publication of book with ISBN) drawn in favour of The Princiapl, ANJAC, Sivakasi payable at Sivakasi on or before 18th November 2014. The author and co-author should register seperatelt. Free accommodation only will be provided to participants in college hostels on request based on first come first served. Note Registration fee includes cost of seminar kit, lunch and refreshment. No T.A. & D.A. will be provided to the participants For further details please contact 9489088111, 8220691234, 9486370438, e-mail: commerce.ces.anjac@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-31

Night rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi
 
30th October 2014 Night rain brings temperature down in Sivakasi Rains on Wednesday night (two spells) brought the maximum temperatures in Sivakasi down to below 32 decree Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded in Sivakasi town is 31 degree Celsius. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was 34 degree Celsius. Sivakasi likely to get more rains for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-10-30

Graveyards were cleaned for Kallarai Thirunaal
 
30th October 2014 Graveyards were cleaned for Kallarai Thirunaal Remembering the dead, Day of the Dead will be performed, every year on 2nd November. Day of the Dead is focused on Catholics gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. On the eve of this event, the bushes in the graveyards were cleaned, by the volunteers, yesterday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-30

A drizzling start and hot sunny day for Sivakasi
 
29th October 2014 A drizzling start and hot sunny day for Sivakasi There was a drizzling start for Sivakasi town, today. But as the day progressed, the skies were clear and blue. It was hot sunny day for Sivakasi. There was mild shower in the town on yesterday night. And day before yesterday, mild drizzle makes the road wet and fails to drench Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-10-29

Hundreds witnessed Soorasamharam in Sivakasi
 
29th October 2014 Hundreds witnessed Soorasamharam in Sivakasi Today, hundreds of pilgrims witnessed Soorasamhaaram, conducted as part of the Kandha Sasti festival at the Subramaniaswamy Thirukovil at Sivakasi. The Soorasamhaaram began at around 5 p.m., with the idol of Lord Murugan and those of Sooran were taken out in a procession from Murugan 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. Earlier Soorasamharam organised by Sivan Kovil has been taken place in the four car street. 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 2014-10-29

Power Shut Down for Maintenance work in Sivakasi
 
28th October 2014 Power Shut Down for Maintenance work in Sivakasi Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 06:00 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 2014-10-28

Soorasamharam tomorrow at Sivakasi
 
28th October 2014 Soorasamharam tomorrow at Sivakasi Skandha Sasti Soorasamharam will be held in four car streets of Sivakasi, tomorrow evening. Thirukalyanam will be held at Sivasubramaniaswamy kovil on 30th October 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-28

Sivakasi wakes up to a rainy morning
 
27th October 2014 Sivakasi wakes up to a rainy morning Sivakasians woke up to a rainy morning today, thanks to the heavily overcast sky. After playing a hide and seek on Sunday, showers hit many parts of Sivakasi town, today. Though Sivakasi has been experiencing cloudy days and a dip in day temperature for some time now, rains had been evading several areas. Today, Sivakasians woke up to sharp showers from 05:35 a.m. to 05:50 a.m.. Sivakasians may escape the warm weather for some more days and there may be showers till the weekend, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

KVIZ RVCE 2014
 
27th October 2014 KVIZ RVCE 2014 Date: 01-11-2014, Saturday Venue: Renganayaki Varatharajan College of Engineering, Sivakasi-Sattur Main Road, via Thayilpatti, Salvarpatti. Sivakasi - 626 128. Last Date for registration: 30-10-2014, Thursday Quiz competition (Maths, Physics, Chemistry & General Knowledge) for +2 students. Free transport facility. For further details contact +91-94877-69076, 97093-63753, 04562-234506, 234567, e-mail id: rvce222@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

Diwali cracker fumes dousing dengue
 
27th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Diwali cracker fumes dousing dengue NEW DELHI: The nip in the air and the thick Diwali smoke — its been lower this year as per the pollution data, but good enough to spell the doom for Aedes — could signal the beginning of the end of the dengue outbreak. A week, is what experts predict, should take the disease to die its natural death. The number of fresh cases has already reduced, with 56 reported in the past 24 hours compared to 80-90 per day range since the beginning of the month. Meanwhile, one person died at the AIIMS on Sunday, taking the dengue death toll in the Capital to 46. The total number of dengue cases in the Capital has now crossed the 2,000-mark, touching 2,051. In 2003, the last epidemic year, the total number of cases reported was 2,882. Of the fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours, 22 were those who had visited the fever screening OPD of AIIMS and diagnosed with the disease, and had to be admitted. Thirty others have been discharged from the hospital, which now has 179 dengue patients admitted and 60 others under observation. The numbers attending the special OPD too have also halved with just 1,000 patients reporting in the past two days compared to about 1,000 patients per day earlier. According to AIIMS medical superintendent, Dr D K Sharma: "This, to my mind, is the fallout of the lowering of temperature that causes the dengue mosquito to cease breeding. In about a week or so, we should see the end of the outbreak." Agrees Dr Anoop Misra, consultant, internal medicine, Fortis Group of Hospitals: "The virus has an incubation period of 3-13 days. As it is the mosquito density had been going down because of the temperature change and now the cracker smoke, even though it was lower this year, would be the final death knell. Even if the smoke was not that dense, the damage to Aedes has been done." The dengue mosquito, according to health experts, stops breeding at 18 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in the city on Sunday was 20 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Delhi and NCR have so far seen 28 cases of chikungunya. The total number for the country is 1,665 with no confirmed deaths from the disease so far.
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

Sharp showers at afternoon
 
27th October 2014 Sharp showers at afternoon Sharp showers in Sivakasi town brought delight to Sivakasians reeling under sweltering heat today. It was brighter day, at afternoon around 01:35 p.m. Sivakasi received sharp showers until 01:50 p.m.. Sivakasi weatherman forecast a cloudy sky and showers or thundershowers in Sivakasi town, for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-10-27

Dud it was this year, but will Sivakasi sparkle in 2015?
 
26th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Dud it was this year, but will Sivakasi sparkle in 2015? The units will restart work in another 10 days — for Diwali in 2015. Many manufacturers are apprehensive of the future, however. Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (Tanfama) in Sivakasi has estimated that nearly Rs1,000 crore volume of fireworks stock is lying unsold in the town. "For years we have been warning the Centre about Chinese fireworks. We are feeling the full impact now," says A Mariappan, member of Tanfama. He adds that he had been noticing a decline in orders from north Indian dealers year over year due to Chinese fireworks. "When booking commenced last year, we could see that this year would be tough for us," he said. The full impact would be known when the dealers finish their stocktaking. "After Diwali we will know the impact of Chinese fireworks when our dealers get back to us", says V Kesavan, proprietor of Nayagi Fireworks. M Mahalakshmi, district secretary of Fireworks Workers Association, says that workers too are feeling the impact of Chinese fireworks. "We keep hearing from our workers that manufacturers are cutting back and their wages are decreasing. We are planning to make a proper study on the impact after Diwali," she said. Cheaper Chinese firecrackers that use banned chlorates will remain a draw until the government ramps up its measures, says industry leaders. G Abiruban, president of Tanfama, says Central and state governments were proactive in announcing a ban on Chinese fireworks and district administrations came out with official statements explaining the ban. But follow-up action has been missing, he adds. Tanfama has written to the ministry of industries and commerce asking that criminal action should be taken on people selling and storing Chinese fireworks. Seizure of fireworks and destruction along with prison terms for smugglers would send strong signals. "Only when they feel the pinch of stringent action, the people involved in importing and selling will avoid placing orders next year. Without that the ban will have no effect whatsoever," Abiruban said. Mariappan stressed that the task is not difficult. And the right agency to do this is Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), which has the mandate to crack down on the use of banned chlorates. "With a wide network across the country and being in-charge of all explosives establishments, PESO has it in them to do this job. In two days, they can put a lid on Chinese fireworks," he said. "Inspecting fireworks warehouses under PESO control and initiating actions like revoking explosives licenses is all the department needs to do to wipe out Chinese fireworks from the country", he added. A section of manufacturers is optimistic and sees Chinese fireworks as only the latest in a long history of challenges the industry has faced. "There is lot of creativity coming in through third-generation entrepreneurs from manufacturers families. In spite of struggles, Sivakasi has a tradition of innovation that has helped it to overcome challenges," says Rajasingh Chelladurai of Jumbo Fireworks. For instance, old timers recall new noise pollution regulations in the 1990s that threatened to shut down the industry. But the enterprising manufacturers managed to set things right and came out with alternatives such as pyro and aerial fireworks. Sivakasis entrepreneurs have diversified their business over decades, turning the town into a hub not just for fireworks but also for printing and calendar making. Sivakasi is known for its educational institutions too today. With some support from government, the industry may well overcome the Chinese challenge and move to the next level, say observers.
 
News posted on 2014-10-26

Diwali 2014: Firecracker industry faces R 200 crore loss even after 15-20% price rise
 
25th October 2014 Diwali 2014: Firecracker industry faces R 200 crore loss even after 15-20% price rise New Delhi: As the market sets itself for the light festival "Deepavali" the prices of firecrackers also marked an increase from 15-20 percent. But, Indias cracker industry could not find enough relief despite the price rise. The cyclonic storm in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir are considered as the reason behind this. Also, due to weak monsoon the rural areas of the agricultural based states registered a decrease in demand. In India the annual turnover of firecracker industry is Rs. 3,000 crore and are mostly the domestic units are located in Tamil Nadu. Nearly 80 per cent of countrys total crackers are manufactured in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu and its surrounding villages. However, manufacturing of firecrackers whether legally or illegally in other parts of the country and with the increasing import from China is reducing the influence of Sivakasis production in the market. V Murthy, Director Jubilient Cracker Private Limited talking to Money Bhaskar said that this year the firecracker industry has faced 35% less demand as compared to previous year. However, before diwali good demand for crackers was seen in some areas still Sivakasi fireworks industry could not gain much as the manufacturing was closed due to rain. Sivakasi presently has 728 firecracker manufacturing units out of which 200 are bigger units. The total turnover of the industry is Rs. 3000 crore. The cracker industry provides employment to nearly 3 lakh people. Of these, 1.75 million people are directly linked to the industry. According to Narendra Gupta, President Fireworks and General Traders Welfare Association, Delhi due to expensive raw material the manufacturing cost of firecrackers has increased. That led to an increase in the price of firecrackers this year. The impact of the increase in prices is seen in the demand for crackers. The floods in Jammu and Kashmir paralyzed the business of Rs. 60 crore. While in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha cyclone incurred a loss of Rs. 110 crore to the industry. The demand for crackers mainly comes from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. Approximate State Turnover Bihar Rs. 240 crore Jharkhand 110 crore Uttar Pradesh Rs. 190 crore Maharashtra Rs. 180 crore Punjab Rs. 160 crore
 
News posted on 2014-10-25

Dist. Collector inaugurates 150th free mental health camp
 
25th October 2014 Dist. Collector inaugurates 150th free mental health camp The 150th free mental health camp was inaugurated by District Collector Hariharan, on 19th October 2014, Sunday at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam. The camp was successfully organised jointly by M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai and Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy. Sairam Varathan presided over the function. In connection with 150th camp, drawing competition was organised. First three prizes were won by Michael David, Venkatesan and Jaya Ramachandran. Prizes were distributed. Dr.C.Ramasubramaniam, founder and consultant psychiatrist, M.S.Chellamuthu Trust, Sairam Dr.Pasupathi, Dr.Machavel were present on the occassion. Around 300 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. Narayan Seva has been done for 600 people. 40 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 16th November 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-25

Northeast monsoon brings good rainfall to Sivakasi
 
25th October 2014 Northeast monsoon brings good rainfall to Sivakasi The Northeast monsoon has become active in Sivakasi town and brought copious rains to the town. The Northeast monsoon rains have commenced over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and adjoining areas of south Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on October 18, 2014. Today Sivakasi received good rain from 05:10 p.m. to 05:50 p.m.. And it is still drizzling. The rain was accompanied by lightening and thunders. Sivakasi set to get more north east monsoon rain for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temerature of 32 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-25

How Sivakasi redeemed itself
 
24th October 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard How Sivakasi redeemed itself Just days after Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigns against child labour, photographs captured children with barefeet clearing waste from the Yamuna. In the second of a five-part series, we take a look at how the firecracker capital of India is showing the way B Bagyalakshmi, S Mahalakshmi and K Sankaralingam have two things in common. All used to work in firecracker and matchbox making units at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. However, they rebuilt their lives after studying at the National Child Labour Project (NCLP)’s special training centres, run with the financial assistance from Central and state governments. While Bagyalakshmi had scored the second rank, Mahalakshmi came third in the higher secondary examinations last year in the state. Sankaralingam has joined the Tamil Nadu Special Police. The three have become symbols of change that Virudunagar district, where Sivakasi is located, has seen over the past few years. Besides Sivakasi, Sattur and Rajapalayam also had many cracker-making units that employed children. Today, Sivakasi is inching towards achieving the distinction of becoming a ‘zero’ child labour industrial cluster in the state, housing 800 cracker factories. According to social activists, Sivakasi and adjoining areas, located about 565 km from Chennai, are suited for cracker production, thanks to dry climate and availability of cheap labour. The cracker industry in Sivakasi is estimated to be worth about Rs 3,500 crore, accounting for 70 per cent of the total cracker production in the country. A senior government official associated with the project says, “Child labour in Sivakasi is now history.” According to him, the number of special training centres for educating children rescued from factories has come down to 19 from 120. The total number of students studying in these centres is 650, down from earlier 10,000. After taking temporary training at the centres, these children are admitted to government schools and then sent to colleges. The official says the key to success of the project was regular monitoring of the students through volunteers stationed in villages. K Pandiarajan, Virudhunagar MLA, says now children do not constitute even one per cent of the total workforce. Besides the state government’s efforts, the factors that worked to bring an end to child labour were a concerted campaign by voluntary sector organisations, social pressure on parents and high levels of automation in the factories. Media and regular court interventions also played a major role. District Collector T N Hariharan had sent about 100,000 letters to villagers, explaining to them the necessity of education, the problems relating to child labour and early marriage. In those letters, he gave his mobile number, the project director’s number and a helpline number. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say the drive helped as villagers now know whom to call if there are any complaints regarding child labour. Frequent raids and searches have also helped the cause. K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Association, says while everyone has a word of advice on child labour and makes baseless allegations, nobody takes the trouble of proving their claims. The association has also written to Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel laureate, to prove his claim that the cracker industry still employs over 100,000 child labourers. Mariappan admitted child labour was once rampant in the area. A senior industry official alleged that NGOs operating in Virudhunagar get Rs 20 crore every year as aid and it’s in their interest to keep the child labour issue alive. NGOs dismiss the charge. V Rajagopal, president, NEEDS, an NGO operating in the Virudhunagar district, and state convener of Campaign against Child Labour, says in remote parts of the district, the practice of child labour still continues. “Yes, there is a reduction of around 20-25 per cent in child labour but we still have a long way to go,” says Rajagopal. The other major issue is illegal units in rural pockets, which are strongholds of the Dalit community. “We are not able to get into these pockets to curtail child labour. If we do, it turns out to be a caste issue. Besides, they have strong political support,” says Mariyappan.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

Cracker of a Diwali: From actors to abstract art
 
24th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Cracker of a Diwali: From actors to abstract art CHENNAI: The firecracker industry, from the 70s until a few years ago liberally picked its product titles and mascots off Hindi film tabloids. Zeenat Aman, Juhi Chawla, Madhuri Dixit, Sunny Leone, Deepika Padukone and successive bombshells of each era were co-opted to enhance the marketability of fireworks called Raat ki Rani, Siren, Phataka, Item Bomb and Chamak Chalo. "In the 80s, before the Internet, we-d cut out photographs from magazines like Cine Blitz and Stardust and give them to our "designers"," says D Mathan, director of Lima Fireworks, whose Dragon brand has now upgraded to metallic and glittering packaging that could pass for a mithai box. "As a small player, I have to stand out," he says. Firecracker art - spectacularly kitschy and panoptic - has evolved through the ages, beginning with hand-drawn images of birds and flowers and goddess Lakshmi, followed by Raja Ravi Varma-inspired calendar art, poster art, screen sirens, cartoons, action figures, to arrive at abstraction. "Its about fonts that denote the USP of the product, and attractive packaging that uses metallic boards and glitter wrap," says G Abiruben, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. Sexy women, he insists, are passe as far as packaging goes. "My grandfather Ayyan Nadar who started a firecracker unit in 1923, printed labels that were designed by hand. My own catalogue of 236 products could have anything, from the image of a magician, to pictures of children, to images of Spiderman, Ben 10, Barbie, Chota Bheem and Dora," says Abiruben, MD of Ayyan Fireworks. "I could buy original images from a photographer, or have my designer put together packaging that combines fluorescent hearts on metallic board with cellophane and cutouts (this packs a brand of flowerpots called Dil Se). For my Shogun Bomb, I designed a Japanese warlord for the label; for Jadugar, I bought a photographer of someone dressed as a magician." Sivakasi, hotbed of home-use explosives, is reputed to contain about 800 manufacturing units, and while heavyweights like Standard, Ayyan and Sri Kaliswari (brand Cock) are careful about attracting lawsuits through the unlawful appropriation of actresses, there are smaller units that dip into the slow-moving stream of popular culture and pick what comes to hand. This might include a snapshot of an industrial-size explosion. Dont be surprised to see the image repeat itself next year. Or to see Katrina Kaif resurface even if she flops at the box-office. "Only about 30% of the labels change every year to keep our outlay low," says Mathan, "In any case, the sales of some products like Lakshmi bomb and bird crackers rely on their unchanging design. However, manufacturers in Sivakasi refrain from printing images of gods and goddesses because they-re discarded after use."Apparently, no such reservations with Sunny Leone.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

Kandha Sasti Festival begins
 
24th October 2014 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 today. The six days fasting started from 24th October and ends on 29th October 2014, Wednesday. On the final day of the fasting i.e., on 29th October 2014, 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 2014-10-24

AAACET student won medal in Inter Zone Power Lifting Tournament
 
24th October 2014 AAACET student won medal in Inter Zone Power Lifting Tournament The student of AAA College of Engineering and Technology,Sivakasi Selvan Karthik S of Second Year Mechanical Engineering Department has secured SECOND place in Anna University Inter Zone Power Lifting Tournament in 93 Kg category with 175kg in BackSquad,107.5kg in Bench Press. 190 kg in Dead Lift and a total of 472.5kg organized by Namakkal, Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology on 18-10-2014 and 19th October 2014, Sunday. 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 2014-10-24

EXCELSIA - 14
 
24th October 2014 EXCELSIA - 14 Selvan G.Venkatesh of Second Year Electrical & Electronics Engineering department and Selvan R.Bhubalan of Second Year Mechanical Engineering department & have won SECOND prize in “BEARS Vs BULLS” Stock Market Simulation at EXCELSIA’14 organized by the Department of Management Studies of MEPCO SCHLENK on October 18th 2014. The Management, Principal and faculties heart fully admired the achievers for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-10-24

Non stop firecrackers sound mark Diwali celebration
 
23rd October 2014 Non stop firecrackers sound mark Diwali celebration Diwali was celebrated with fun on 22nd October 2014, Wednesday, 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 21st October 2014, night to 22nd October 2014 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. Some Sivakasians showed their interest towards special Diwali shows broadcasted in Television. 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. 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 2014-10-23

Northeast monsoon sets in, heavy rain to lash Sivakasi
 
23rd October 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Northeast monsoon sets in, heavy rain to lash Sivakasi The northeast monsoon has set in over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. On Saturday, the Meteorological Department formally announced the onset of the monsoon. Most places across Sivakasi town experienced rainfall and today some parts recorded heavy spell from 09:20 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.. And it is drizzling from 11:45 a.m.. Yesterday, there was mild drizzle at morning and evening time. The mild did not post any hurdle for Sivakasians to celebrate Diwali Celebration. Heavy and widespread rains are expected to occur in Sivakasi town till 29th October 2014, Thursday with the onset of northeast monsoon on Saturday. It is expected to intensify in the coming days with squally winds, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-23

Sivakasians hone their skills in the kitchen
 
22nd October 2014 Sivakasians hone their skills in the kitchen In Sivakasi, a popular practice during the festival of lights is to exchange sweets and gifts with their near and dear ones. Sivakasians were busy for the last two days and hone their skills in the kitchen and prepared delicious Murukku, Seedai, Gulab Jamun, Athurasam and so on....
 
News posted on 2014-10-22

Happy Diwali
 
22nd October 2014 Happy Diwali The city which reduce your sorrows in the form of sparklers, blast your worries & colours up your sky in the form of crackers..... Proud to be a Sivakasian as a pioneer in Indian Fireworks Industries. May this Diwali be filled with Fun & Excitement, Wish u all a happy & safe Diwali,.....
 
News posted on 2014-10-22

Sivakasi greets Diwali with drizzle
 
22nd October 2014 Sivakasi greets Diwali with drizzle Pleasant weather accompanied by drizzle greeted the Sivakasians for Diwali. The north east monsoon drizzle begins in the midnight of diwali and it still continues and dark clouds kept hovered the town. There is a slim possiblities for rain in Sivakasi, today. For the next one week skies will be cloudy with a chances of rain / drizzle with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 24 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-22

North East Monsoon showers on 20th Oct.
 
21st October 2014 North East Monsoon showers on 20th Oct. There was mild showers at morning, evening and night time for several minutes on 20th October 2014, Monday. Pleasant climate likely to continue for next one week in Sivakasi. And Sivakasians welcomes the day with drizzle and dark clouds kept hovering the town, today. Sivakasians are busy shopping dress materials for Diwali, as bonus has been received today afternoon.
 
News posted on 2014-10-21

Thousands thronged NRKR road for Diwali shopping
 
21st October 2014 Thousands thronged NRKR road for Diwali shopping Diwali is just a few hours away, the shopping frenzy has hit Sivakasians really hard, in Sivakasi town. Diwali Festive shopping caused massive traffic jams in almost all parts of Sivakasi for the last three days. As thousands of shoppers thronged NRKR Road to make their last minute purchases, traffic was crippled on the key junctions of the town. Everyone carrying gift boxes, diwali dresses, sweet boxes and home appliances with big smile on their face.
 
News posted on 2014-10-21

Rain wipes out Sunday morning Diwali sale
 
19th October 2014 Rain wipes out Sunday morning Diwali sale There was non stop drizzle and occassional sharp showers in Sivakasi from yesterday night 10:55 p.m.. and it continues. For last few days hundreds of roadside vendors mushroomed in NRKR road Sivakasi and they keep busy on selling footwears, balloons, toys, Diwali dress materials, decorative items, household materials and so on. And todays rain wipes out Sunday morning Diwali sale. For few Sivakasians, North East monsoon showers on Sunday did not dampen the spirit of Diwali shoppers in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Chinese fireworks keep Sivakasi units on its toes
 
18th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Chinese fireworks keep Sivakasi units on its toes SIVAKASI: Sivakasi, the fireworks hub of country with 700 odd fireworks units, is buzzing with outlets selling fireworks. However, manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed as Chinese fireworks smuggled into the country illegally are taking its toll on their business in the market. V Kesavan of Nayagi Fireworks said retail business is picking up in Sivakasi Town. "After pooja holidays, retail sales has really gained steam and many outlets have come up," he said. The manufacturers have come out with various gift packs and new variety of fireworks for this year as well. Rajasingh Chelladurai of Jumbo Fireworks said there is lot of creativity among fireworks manufacturers as third generation of entrepreneurs have taken charge of the companies. "There are lot of miniature varieties of all fireworks. This year, we are introducing crackers manufactured entirely through mechanization. The results will be good for these machine-made crackers and they will be below permitted noise level," he said. Likewise, many manufacturers have come out with a variety of pyro-techniques and colour combination of aerial fireworks, industry sources said. G Abiruban, president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) said that market is sluggish but business is picking up as Diwali is nearing. "Fortunately, the influx of Chinese fireworks into Tamil Nadu is minimal and sales in the state will be good," he said. Hundreds throng Sivakasi town for fireworks purchase but transporting fireworks through public transport is not safe. "People can use their private vehicles to transport fireworks for their own consumption. But transporting fireworks through train or bus is banned and people should keep away from such practices," Abiruban said. Meanwhile, fireworks manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed about Chinese fireworks eating away into Indian market. "We will know impact of Chinese fireworks once Diwali is over after we get feedback from our dealers across the country," said Abiruban. A Mariappan, member of TANFAMA insisted that enforcement agencies act tough on Chinese fireworks. "By this time, Chinese fireworks would have sneaked into the Indian market and players who smuggled them will find every way to sell them off. If enforcement agencies like district administration and police act tough, the merchants will be dissuaded from purchasing fresh stocks next year," he pointed out.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Dont carry fireworks in buses, trains
 
19th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Dont carry fireworks in buses, trains MADURAI: As Diwali is just a few days away officials are on their toes to prevent transportation of fireworks in public transport and creating awareness among public on safety during the festival. Road transport officials and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are monitoring buses and trains as well as sensitising public not to transport fireworks by buses or trains to prevent any untoward incident. After advertising about the dangers of transporting fireworks in buses, regional transport office (RTO) staff are inspecting buses plying from Madurai. A special team has been deployed at Chittampatti Toll Gate on the national highway towards Chennai to comb both government and private buses. Similar teams are present in strategic locations at all national highways. N Ravichandran, RTO (enforcement) has said the drive commenced from Thursday and will be carried out till Diwali weekend. "Motor vehicle inspectors and RTO staff are inspecting both private buses and government buses. We have already given advertisements warning people not to transport fireworks. Action will be taken against public carrying fireworks in government buses. Omni bus operators were also instructed not to transport any fireworks consignments and if they are caught, complaint against them will be sent to the head office in Chennai," he said. Meanwhile, RPF personnel are combing trains for the last few days. Sensitising public, RPF along with railway police personnel are distributing pamphlets to travelling public urging them not to carry fireworks. A special team was deployed in Thiruthangal and Sivakasi railway stations screening passengers and luggage for fireworks. Besides, one canine from the dog squad is exclusively trained to detect fireworks and it has been deployed checking baggage and luggage, said P Sankar Kutty, divisional security commissioner of Madurai division. "We have started the inspection from last one week and it will continue till Diwali. Special attention is being given to Thiruthangal and Sivakasi railway stations from where fireworks could be possibly transported by public", he said. Meanwhile, fire and rescue service personnel are sensitising school students about safe handling of fireworks while celebrating Diwali. From October 13 onwards, personnel from every fire station - 10 stations in Madurai division - are visiting schools in their locality carrying out demonstrations to students. T Saravanakumar, district fire officer said the personnel are creating basic awareness among students to be careful with fireworks and necessary precautionary measures to be taken while handling them. Every station was asked to conduct demonstration in at least one school per day, he said.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Customs to crack down on sale of Chinese fireworks
 
19th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Customs to crack down on sale of Chinese fireworks CHENNAI: Just a few days ahead of Diwali, customs officials are planning to crackdown on sale of Chinese fireworks in the city as the products are banned in the country. Surprise checks will be conducted at retail outlets and godowns and fireworks manufactured abroad will be seized. The department has formed a special team to conduct checks at fireworks shops, said a statement from the office of the commissioner of customs (exports). The move comes after intelligence inputs showed that smuggled fireworks of foreign origin containing hazardous chemicals were being sold in the retail markets. "As the imported fireworks are manufactured using dangerous and hazardous chemicals, they can ignite or explode spontaneously. This can cause severe accidents," said a customs official. Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman recently said the government would crack down on their sale. "The government has not given and will not give permission to import foreign firecrackers. It is illegal and has an adverse effect on the employment sector, especially in regions like Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu," the minister said. In addition to small shops, huge retail outlets are being opened across the city ahead of Diwali on October 22. However, authorities do not have wherewithal to inspect all these shops for violations. Chennai customs is planning to step in to check violation of import rules. Fireworks manufacturers in Sivakasi have been against Chinese firecrackers in the markets. They say Chinese firecrackers are being imported due to lack of clarity in policies. Madurai bench of Madras high court has also directed the central government to conduct checks and control sale of imported fire crackers. The direction came following public interest litigation was filed by a resident of Sivakasi. A public interest litigation filed before Madurai bench of Madras high court sought a direction to the union finance secretary to order inspection of all ports to seize illegally imported explosives.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

Showers Fail to Dampen Diwali Shoppers Spirit
 
18th October 2014 Showers Fail to Dampen Diwali Shoppers Spirit The non stop north east monsoon showers for the last two days did not dampen the spirit of Diwali shoppers in Sivakasi town. Textile showrooms & Fireworks Showrooms were swarmed by people with only three days to go for Diwali. Most of the showrooms at NRKR Road were decorated with fancy items and large paper models of fireworks were kept on display at the entrance to grab the attention of the customers. Wading through the rains and the water clogged roads of NRKR Road and way to bus stand, determined shoppers made their final purchases. If it was an adventure for the shopper in confronting the poor pothole-filled water clogged roads, it was equally tough for the shopkeepers especially roadside vendors and hackers. Despite the North East Monsoon rains, the shoppers continued walking through the roads with large shopping bags on the way. The crowds may not have been as high as before but the area is still packed, and Tuesday (21-10-2014) is definitely going to see a huge turnout, as workers get their Diwali bonus.
 
News posted on 2014-10-19

How to identify Chinese crackers?
 
18th October 2014 How to identify Chinese crackers? So, how does one identify Chinese crackers? You don’t need to be a Sherlock Holmes to do the sleuthing. “There are several ways to identify them. For instance, the language and brand name on the pack manufactured in India would always be in English; on a Chinese pack, it would be Mandarin. Besides, it is mandatory for Indian packs to specify information like the Maximum Retail Price (MRP), instructions about how to handle the crackers and the address of the manufacturer. You won’t find them on Chinese crackers,” says A.P.Selvaraj, former president of TANFAMA, Sivakasi. Why Chinese crackers are cheaper? Chinese fireworks uses chlorides and per-chlorides in place of aluminium powder and nitrates used by Indian units. 1kg of Aluminium powder costs Rs.300 while 1kg Potassium Chloride costs Rs.40-60. Small amount of chlorides is sufficient. 5 to 10 grams of chlorides equal to 100 to 200 grams of aluminium powder used at Sivakasi. Chinese fireworks cheaper by atleast 40% more colourful. Banned Chinese Crackers: Chinese Fireworks uses highly volatile chlorides, per chlorides which is banned in India. Dangers of Chinese Crackers: The Chinese firework products include potassium chlorate, which is a dangerous chemical and can ignite or explode spontaneously when mixed with a combustible material.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Northeast Monsoon begins in Sivakasi
 
18th October 2014 Northeast Monsoon begins in Sivakasi The break over of much awaited North East Monsoon Rainfall brings relief. And it is forecast that it would bring in more rainfall than usual. Today Sivakasi received rain showers from early morning and it still drizzling and it is non stop. The weather continue to stay pleasantly humid and the sky remain cloudy. Sivakasi town and its fringes are expected to receive showers during the next 2-3 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 2014-10-18

Northeast Monsoon rain in Sivakasi, schools declare holiday
 
18th October 2014 Northeast Monsoon rain in Sivakasi, schools declare holiday Few aided schools and matriculation schools in Sivakasi has declared a holiday following non stop drizzle and showers since midnight. The weatherman says the rain is due to North East Monsoon. It has forecast continuous rain across Sivakasi town over the next twenty four hours.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

No Power Shut Down today
 
18th October 2014 No Power Shut Down today Power Shut Down for the month of October 2014, in Sivakasi areas was scheduled today (18-10-2014, Saturday). The power shut down date has been postponed. Power Shut Down date will be announced soon. Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Sivakasi records lowest minimum temperature
 
18th October 2014 Sivakasi records lowest minimum temperature Today, Sivakasi records lowest maximum - 27 degree celsiuc and minimum temperature 24 degree celsius for the year 2014. The non stop drizzle and occassional showers stopped at 10:55 p.m.. 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 2014-10-18

Cracker sellers have a blast online
 
18th October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Herald Cracker sellers have a blast online “Happy Day”, “Super Star Blue”, “Break Dance”, “Fire Phoenix” and “Gold Glitter” are not horses taking part in a derby. They are the latest names of crackers which are available for online purchase ahead of Deepavali. Online crackers stores are popular among consumers especially youngsters. Many online firecracker retailers, based in Chennai, have received huge purchase orders from various cities across the country and some of them have stopped taking further orders. Sivakasi and Virudhunagar districts in Tamil Nadu which are India’s nerve centre of the industry produces 90 per cent of the country’s requirement every year. It exports 80 per cent of its production to other states, including neighbouring Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Since transporting crackers through postal and courier services is prohibited, online sellers uses their own vehicles to deliver the products. “In the last couple of years, cracker producers in Tamil Nadu have come up with an unique idea by setting up online stores to avoid the troubles of setting up a physical shop, since it requires stringent norms and formalities. The online purchase is just like any other e-commerce website,” said A Asaithambi, senior advisory committee member, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association. According to him, purchase of crackers through online does not involve any risk since the delivery is done by the retailers. Many online portals display high resolution pictures of all varieties of fireworks and crackers which is followed by comprehensive description along with the prices tags. The payments are usually made through credit or debit cards as per the customer’s wish. However, through the website, people can purchase crackers that are above a fixed amount. “Now we deliver the products only to Tamil Nadu and Bangalore. We use our own vehicles to deliver the products on time (depending upon the destinations),” said an official from Peacock Crackers, a leading online trader in the country. The company no longer accepts orders from other states since the products could not be delivered in right time at this juncture. “We expect more than 20 per cent sales higher than last year,” the official said Everyday more than 7,000 people visit the website. Occasionally in case that the company is not able to deliver the crackers, customers are entitled for a refund and the queries are addressed within 24 hours.
 
News posted on 2014-10-18

Non stop rain showers drenched school students
 
17th October 2014 Non stop rain showers drenched school students 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 morning 7:20 a.m.. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians especially students and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. Rain was non stop and students reached the school drenched. Rain stops at 09:05 a.m. but drizzle continues. A few spells of rain are expected for next one week in Sivakasi town, with average maximum & minimum temperature of 30 and 25 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Stitching job in full swing
 
17th October 2014 Courtesy: Venus Tailors, Sivakasi Stitching job in full swing With Diwali round the corner, guess who are in great demand in the Fireworks city? Its the tailors across the town. Their demand is so palpable that the whirrs of their sewing machines have already filled the air. Sivakasians have already started queuing up outside the tailoring shops to stitch clothes for both men and women. As Sivakasi tailors are fully booked and rushing to meet deadlines for the Diwali season many of them have stopped taking new orders. A tailor said sivakasiweekly.com that, tailoring staff had to be paid for the extra hours put in as they had to rush to meet the demand and complete the work in time for Diwali.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Power shutdown tomorrow
 
17th October 2014 Power shutdown tomorrow There will be power shutdown in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. on 18th October 2014, Saturday, owing to maintenance works to be undertaken.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Sivakasi factories hit hard
 
17th October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Sivakasi factories hit hard Chennai: With Deepavali around the corner, cracker manufacturers in Sivakasi are facing challenges in marketing their products due to various factors. Chinese crackers already imported into the country have reduced the sales of Indian crackers by 40 per cent, according to V. Ramamoorthy, manufacturer of Jubilant Crackers Pvt Ltd, Sivakasi. Indian cracker manufactures lack incentives to export their goods to other countries. “Other than those manufacturers who have their individual outlets in foreign countries, none of us have the opportunity to export our products. The government should help us. Even if we are willing to export, we do not have proper facilities to take it forward,” said Ramamoorthy, pointing out to the demands from the US and Nigeria for Indian crackers. “For the last 15 years, Sivakasi Fireworks Association has been appealing to the Central government regarding the issue of exports. This year too, a petition has been filed for the creation of a separate ministry for the export of crackers so that there would be a structured format.” he added. According to Mayank Kumar, Commissioner of Customs (Exports), Chennai, there has not been any export of crackers from Chennai this year. Non-uniformity in the issue of licence to retailers to sell the crackers is another reason for the downfall of cracker sales according to the members of Sivakasi Fireworks Association. “We need at least 15 days time for steady sales of crackers. There has to be a transparent method in the issue of licence and that should be granted at least 45 days prior to Deepavali, so that retailers can be confident about their sales strategy and plan accordingly,” said Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA). “There are around 760 cracker manufacturing units in Sivakasi. But the demand is comparatively low compared to the production rate,” added Abiruben.
 
News posted on 2014-10-17

Night rain causes power cut in Sivakasi
 
16th October 2014 Photo: Kailash KPR Night rain causes power cut in Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced steady rain, last night, for more than 15 minutes. The temperature falls down to 25 degree Celsius. There was steady rain from 01:20 a.m. to 01:45 a.m.. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water and brings temporary relief from water crisis. A few spells of rain are expected for next ten days in Sivakasi town, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 25 degree celsius. There was no power supply from 01:30 a.m. to 05:30 a.m.. In Sivakasi, families having small kids, aged and elderly people had more harrowing times, yesterday night. Due to power outage Sivakasians had sleepless night. Sivakasians are also unable to sleep in the terrace due to the lack of lights after dark was resulting in security issues. Further, the terrace were wet due to rain.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Jewel One Gold & Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale
 
16th October 2014 Jewel One Gold & Diamond Jewellery Exhibition cum Sale Date: 17,18 & 19 October 2014, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Venue: Bell Hotel, No.123, Thiruthangal Road, Sivakasi - 626 123. For further details contact 04562-225180, 8220017621 / Toll free: 18001033916
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

A drizzling start for Sivakasi
 
16th October 2014 A drizzling start for Sivakasi Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle for several minutes, 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. Night rain and several spells of drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. Today the climate will be cloudy and there will be occasional drizzling / rain. There is a chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 31 and 25 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Sharp showers for 10 minutes
 
16th October 2014 Sharp showers for 10 minutes There was sharp showers for minutes from 02:55 p.m. to 03:05 p.m., today. And it was dizzling often and dont pose any hurdles to Sivakasians. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week in Sivakasi town.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Diwali toy guns
 
16th October 2014 Diwali toy guns Whenever festivals such as Navaratri, Diwali, Christmas or New Year’s Day approach, Gift shops in Sivakasi start concentrating on the sale of festival-related articles. Sivakasi shop owners procure articles such as colourful roll cap toys price ranging from Rs.30/- to Rs.250/- and other decorating materials, well in advance of the Diwali festival. Roll cap is Rs.40/- per box. A visit to some of the gift shops in Sivakasi Bazar showed Colourful toy guns in various sizes being hung in front of the shops, and shoppers busy buying them.
 
News posted on 2014-10-16

Beware: Madras Eye is spreading in Sivakasi
 
15th October 2014 Beware: Madras Eye is spreading in Sivakasi The recent rains might bring some respite to Sivakasians but rains also bring a slew of diseases with it. Since the beginning of the rains in Sivakasi, more people are being affected with Conjunctivitis or what is popularly known as Madras Eye. Cases of Madras Eye, a highly contagious but self-limiting eye ailment, are on the rise in Sivakasi town for the last one week. Symptoms of Madras Eye Redness in the white of the eye or inner eyelid Increased amount of tears Thick yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep Green or white discharge from the eye Itchy eyes Burning eyes Blurred vision Increased sensitivity to light Dont let it spread If you are infected Wear dark glasses and stay away from public places Avoid sharing towels, handkerchiefs and pillows Use sterlite cotton and wipes to clean the eye Wash hands frequently Consult eye specialist immediately
 
News posted on 2014-10-15

Diwali Fireworks sale picks up in Sivakasi
 
14th October 2014 Diwali Fireworks sale picks up in Sivakasi As Diwali is just a week away, sales picks up for fireworks traders for the last one week, in Sivakasi. Diwali crackers buyers from various States, cities, towns and villages are eager in visiting fireworks showrooms and buying the fancy items in fireworks. Due to increase in floating population in the town, there was high traffic jam in the major roads, at all the times. All the fireworks shops and showrooms were overcrowded. Everyone carrying fireworks gift boxes and diwali crackers with big smile on their face, with 30 to 40% discount. A big air balloon was float near bus stand and travellers and Sivakasians were wowing on the balloon which can be seen from very far distance.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Dear Diwali: Prices of fireworks, sweets up
 
14th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Dear Diwali: Prices of fireworks, sweets up CHENNAI: Be prepared to pay at least 25% more for sweets this Diwali. Traditional favourite Mysorepa is selling at 400 a kg, up from 270 to 340 last year. Other sweets too have witnessed a 25% to 35% rise in prices. Caterers and famous sweet shops in the city cite increase in labour and input costs as reasons for higher prices. For example, the price per kg of sugar is only marginally higher than last year at 36 but prices of ghee and cooking oil have witnessed a steep increase. Price of ghee has risen from 290 to 400 a kg. "Daily wages paid to labourers during festival season have gone up. While last year, a labourer sought 1,000 for a day, this year it is not possible to get the same person even if he is offered 1,300," said Chellappa, a caterer in Mylapore. "Unless we pay the money demanded by them, the quality of the sweet or savoury suffers," he said. Regular customers have placed orders for Diwali but we expect more orders by next week as many will try to get sweets fresh mostly a day before the festival, he said. Grand Sweets and Snacks, which has shops all over the city this year, has increased prices across the board. "We need to maintain quality and therefore use good quality ghee, oil and other ingredients. These ingredients cost more," said an official of the sweet shop chain. Despite only a week being left, Diwali business is yet to gain momentum, he said. "At present regular customers inquire about the availability and delivery of sweets before Diwali and leave," he said. A Suresh, a caterer in Pallikaranai, is pricing a kilogram of Mysorepa and Badusha at 350 against last years price of 270. "I have got some orders. This year the prices of sweets and savouries will be higher due to higher input costs," said Suresh. Fireworks prices are 7% to 10% higher compared to last year. "Our raw material and transport costs have increased in the last one year. Like each year, this February, wages were hiked and transport costs have increased due to increase in diesel prices. For us these two constitute a major part of the input costs," said G Adiruben, president of Sivakasi-based Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Steep Rise in Prices of Firecrackers
 
14th October 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Steep Rise in Prices of Firecrackers THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Celebrating Deepavali with firecrackers could be costly this year as the prices of fireworks have soared by about 30 per cent. The rise in prices is attributed to shortage of labour in fireworks industry and the stringent safety measures imposed by the State Government on the industry. Firecracker traders in the city expressed concern at the business prospects this Deepavali season. ‘’The factory prices of firecrackers have increased by 30 per cent when compared to last time. Sivakasi, the hub of the firecracker industry in the south India, is facing shortage of trained workers. It is learnt that the enforcement of safety measures on a big scale at the firework factories in Sivakasi has also contributed to the rise in prices this time,’’ said Sureshkumar, owner of Suresh Fireworks in Chalai market. Some of the traders who conducted sales of firecrackers in earlier years have decided not to do so this time because of the price rise in firecracker products. ‘’I decided not to conduct sales of firecrackers this Deepavali, as the prices have risen exorbitantly,’’ said Majid, a trader in Chalai who conducted business till last year. Last year also, there was an increase in prices of firecrackers by 35 per cent. According to the fireworks traders here in the city, the sales tax on fireworks has also been increased by as much as 25 per ccent in addition to the rise in the temporary licence fee. The traders will also have to pay a sum of Rs 2000 to the Fire and Safety Services Department.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Flower pot and chakkaram at one go
 
14th October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Flower pot and chakkaram at one go Chennai: Flower pots and ground chakkaram in a combo and a new range of colorful crackers are out this Deepavali to lure shoppers. As colors denote good spirit and gaiety, colorful garland crackers that burst in multiple colors will be added to the all time favourite 100 wala crackers. French shots that burst for around half an hour with over 1,000 colorful sprinkles that darts the sky, is another attraction that is targeted towards elite customers. One of its newest kind, it costs Rs 12,000 in the retail market. Manufacturers have also ventured into e-commerce. Retailers have their own websites that display the list of crackers and their prices. They have also tied up with other web portals through ads, so that their audience is not left out. “We have a feedback forum on our website that helps us understand the needs of customers, so that we can improvise our products every year. It has become a matter of pride for rich people to show off with the longest garland crackers which are costly. On a quantitative basis, colorful flowerpots and rockets are much sought after,” said V.Ramamoorthy, Jubilant Crackers Pvt Ltd, Sivakasi. Sivakasi has made a turnover of around `5,000 crore so far in the crackers trade. Although Chinese crackers have come earlier into the market at cheap rates, traders say that quality Indian products are ahead of the hazardous Chinese brands. “Our crackers cater to regional needs like environmental safety and preferences of Indian people,” said T.Srinivasan, a distributor from Chennai who distributes crackers to over 160 outlets. “The perchlorates added in the Chinese crackers cannot be absorbed easily by plants, which adds to air pollution and its ill effects. In case of accidents, these causes a bigger damage due to their chemical content,” added Ramamoorthy. The nitrate content in Indian brands is absorbed quickly by plants and do not cause damage to the environment, according to manufacturers. “Every manufacturer has come up with new varieties of crackers this year. Customers should ask for new arrivals when they shop for crackers as there are more than ten new varieties that they can look out for,” said Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association (TANFAMA). Fountain and aerial varieties have also increased this season. As the varieties have increased, TANFAMA has worked on regularizing the maximum retail price (MRP) of crackers, in order to avoid fake discounts that are offered after raising the prices triple fold. “80% of the retailers have complied,” added Abiruben.
 
News posted on 2014-10-14

Fireworks manufacturers wary of influx of Chinese crackers
 
13th October 2014 Courtesy: The Economic Times Fireworks manufacturers wary of influx of Chinese crackers SIVAKASI: With less than 10 days to go for Diwali, Tamil Nadu fireworks manufacturers are gearing up for the festival with new varieties of crackers to compete against those made in Chinese as their influx was posing a threat to the Rs 3000-crore domestic industry. Eight new varieties of crackers have been introduced for the festival which falls on October 22, and the cost ranges from Rs 2150 to Rs 11,350, manufacturers and retailers here said. Sivanadar, a local retailer, said "panorama-500", which would burst for 500 seconds, would cost Rs 11,350. Bullet train is another variety, he said. "We have introduced more varieties this year to compete with the Chinese varieties," he said. Tamil Nadu Fireworks Manufacturers Association General Secretary Sundar and K.Chitraijothi, an expert and advisor to manufacturers of Indian Crackers, claimed Chinese fireworks might be a cheaper, but are harmful to the environment. "Our crackers are definitely far better in quality and safety. They can be burst anywhere but Chinese crackers can be burst only by experts in an open ground," they claimed. Indian crackers use raw materials like newspapers, cardboards and jute while Chinese ones have chlorates or per-chlorates, they said. Abiruben, President, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA), said Chinese crackers could burst even due to small friction. But the Centre has asserted that the possession or sale of fireworks of foreign origin is "illegal and punishable" and has tightened its grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers which are reportedly flooding the market by issuing a public notification warning importers and public of legal consequences. Association members said price of domestic crackers had been hiked by five per cent this year, though costs of raw materials like cardboard and sulphur had gone up by 15 per cent. This was taking into account the competition posed by the Chinese crackers, they said. Chitraijothi said government should encourage only Indian varieties as the fireworks are handled mostly by children. Explosives department officials said fireworks are smuggled into the country through the container route. Though the government had ordered seizure of containers, the customs department did not have adequate facility to seize containers having crackers. They had only one scanning equipment at Tuticorin, they said. The department is keeping strict vigil as it wanted to promote local manufacturing of crackers which provided jobs to five lakh people in the Rs 3,000-crore industry, official said. There were about 800 fireworks factories in Virudhunagar district alone. Officials should ensure that traders do not display Chinese crackers or those of any other country except India. The Centre had started strictly imposing the Explosives Act against Chinese crackers, Chitraijoti said. The government imposed the ban on foreign crackers on a plea from various manufacturers. However,there was information that foreign fireworks had been smuggled in, in 2000 containers. What was now needed was banning the display of Chinese crackers. This would be possible only if local officials stepped up efforts, Chitraijoti said. Sivanadar said people in urban areas demand only Indian crackers. Besides retailers did not want to take a risk by selling Chinese crackers.
 
News posted on 2014-10-13

PM-s Make in India slogan goes up in flames
 
11th October 2014 Courtesy: Bangalore Mirror PM-s Make in India slogan goes up in flames Tamil Nadu Fireworks Association says Chinese items flooding markets ahead of Diwali With Diwali around the corner the countrys several thousand crore fireworks industry is in jitters due to smuggling of illegal Chinese fireworks -- from rockets to sparklers -- into the country. "This year we expect a 30 percent drop in offtake due to smuggled Chinese brands," said G Abiruben, prident of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. The issue is not only about monetary loss. The Chinese fireworks are manufactured using friction sensitive materials. Banned chemicals such as potassium chloride are used which pose a threat to the end users, Abiruban told Bangalore Mirror. The fireworks market in the country is about Rs 6,000 crore per annum. At Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu alone there are around 700 manufacturers who produce 80 percent of the fireworks produced in the country, said a marketing representative at Standard Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks manufacturers. Balaji S of Anil Fireworks in Sivakasi said that as many as 1,000 containers have been seized in different ports in the country so far. "China discovered the huge market for fireworks in India and started tapping it since last year. They use cheap raw materials and dangerous chemicals," Standard Fireworks marketing personnel who doesnt want to be quoted. It has been however stated that the raw materials used in Chinese crackers give them more colour and display. The industry has sought the help of Nirmala Sitharaman, union minister for commerce and industry. "The government has taken up the issue seriously and written to all chief ministers for action. It has also promised further steps," Abiruben noted.
 
News posted on 2014-10-12

Chinese crackers continue to worry indigenous makers
 
12th October 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Chinese crackers continue to worry indigenous makers With less than a fortnight to go for Deepavali, and with cracker shops starting to come up all across the city, manufacturers and wholesalers are worried that Chinese crackers may be sold on a large scale on the eve of the festival. K. Mariappan, member of senior advisory committee, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Association (TNFAMA), said that according to estimates, at least Rs. 600 crore worth of Chinese crackers had entered the country and were available at retail outlets. “We are worried about the survival of the industry. The Chinese goods are substandard and contain harmful substances,” he alleged, adding that the city police had to crack down on them. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court recently directed the Centre to conduct raids nationwide and seize Chinese crackers that had been illegally imported, Mr. Mariappan added. N. Raja, president, Tamil Nadu Pattasu Thozhil Thozhilalar Nala Sangam, said they had announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh to those who seized Chinese crackers. “If the sale of indigenous crackers is affected, it will also affect us workers. To encourage brands from Sivakasi this year, we are creating Deepavali sandhais at YMCA Kottivakkam, Express Avenue, YMCA Royapettah and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai. These outlets will sell crackers of all major brands at nominal cost,” said Mr. Raja, who is also a wholesaler. All the sandhais, except the one at Express Avenue, will be open from October 15. The one at the mall , with 36 shops, will open a day later. Meanwhile, traders have also begun putting up shops on Island Grounds. Asked about the sale of cracker gift boxes at higher MRPs, Mr. Mariappan said the prices were printed on the boxed due to pressure from retailers. But this year, most of the 800 manufacturers in Sivakasi have decided to print the price at only thrice the MRP as various taxes and transport charges had to be taken into account.
 
News posted on 2014-10-12

Chinese ChotaBheem crackers raise safety questions
 
12th October 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Chinese "Chota Bheem" crackers raise safety questions "Chota Bheem" is a name familiar to children in India. But it has now become a brand for crackers made in China. Packed in covers with "Chota Bheem" logo and "Made in China" reference, questions are being raised over the sale and safety of these “highly hazardous” fireworks. A circular issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry states that fireworks of foreign origin are illegally brought into India under false declarations. These smuggled items contain chemicals such as Potassium Chlorate, which is a dangerous and hazardous chemical that can ignite or explode spontaneously. “The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in India. It is illegal and punishable under the law,” the circular says. It also mentions that sale or possession of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest police station. G. Abiruben, president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association (TANFAMA), told The Hindu that Indian crackers are non-friction-sensitive, whereas Chinese crackers are friction-sensitive. If a child handles a Chinese cracker wrongly, it will explode on his face due to the presence of potassium chlorate. In Sivakasi, we use only safe chemicals,” he explains. “There will be high-decibel noise from Chinese products but safety is doubtful,” says A. P. Selvarajan, past president of TANFAMA. Since the fuse size is less, it is highly dangerous to hold them in hand. “To whom will the people complain if something happens while bursting crackers made in China? Here, at least, you can identify the manufacturer. Understanding the severity of the situation, the government must prevent any more arrival of containers with crackers from China,” says Mr. Abiruben.
 
News posted on 2014-10-12

Yoga & Health Programme at AAACET
 
11th October 2014 AAACET’s Yoga & Health Programme Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering & Technology inaugurated the YOGA & HEALTH programme on 8th October 2014 at college A/C seminar hall. Shri.Ambal Muthumani, Proprietor/ Abis Coffee, Virudhunagar was the Guest of honor of the day. In his opening speech, he recalled the proverb “Sound Mind in a Sound body.” He insisted that there should be harmony between Body, Mind and Soul. The regular practice of YOGA helps in gaining attention focus and concentration, especially important for the students and reduces stress and tension in the physical body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It also helps in increasing the capability of observation, the power of memory, backups to withhold their ambition and aids to lead a healthy life. With National Level awardees he demonstrated the practices of YOGA. The students also actively involved themselves and gained proper knowledge about the art of YOGA. Correspondent Dr. P.Ganesan, in his speech quoted his real life experience about how the practice of YOGA and healthy food habits helped him lead a lively life. He then reiterated the students to practice YOGA regularly for a blissful life. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan, JointSecretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA(UK), Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and the AAA Family members have organized the programme to carte an awareness among the students regarding the health and importance of YOGA for the students community.
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

AAACET host Ball Badminton Tournament
 
11th October 2014 AAACET host Ball Badminton Tournament Anna University Zone XVII Men’s Ball Badminton Tournament was organized at AAA College of Engineering &Technology; Sivakasi on 8/10/14 and 9/10/14.From the Zone XVII, 9 engineering college teams had participated in the tournament. Dindigul, PSNA College of Engineering bagged the FIRST place, R.V. School of Engineering, Dindigul secured the SECOND place and the THIRD place was received by S.S.M. Engineering College, Dindigul. 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 2014-10-11

Sri Shenbaga Vinayagar School students showcase bright ideas at science expo
 
11th October 2014 Sri Shenbaga Vinayagar School students showcase bright ideas at science expo With a view to stimulating an interest in science and creativity among school students, Sethu Institute of Technology organised ‘Science Exhibition Thought for Technology 14’ (SETT 14) on their college premises in Kariapatti near here on Thursday. The students had envisioned a range of innovative ideas in various branches of science. Students of Sri Shenbaga Vinayagar Matriculation School, Sivakasi, had come up with working models to explain the principles of hydraulics. “Elevators in buildings, and bridges which need to be drawn to allow ships to pass under them, can be operated on hydraulic power. Use of hydraulic power will result in saving of electricity and reduction in use of fossil fuels,” said A.V. Siva, a student.
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

Chinese Exports Hit Sivakasi Firecracker Makers
 
11th October 2014 Chinese Exports Hit Sivakasi Firecracker Makers For over five lakh Sivakasi people, it may be a dark Diwali as the threat from Chinese firecracker exports looms large. Abundant firecrackers imports from Chinese markets have hit Tamil Nadu-s firecrackers manufacturing industry — the biggest in India. Illegal import of Chinese firecrackers has forever been a trouble for Indian manufacturers, however, it was never as threatening to them as it is this time round. If Chinese firecrackers flood the Indian markets, it would suffer a loss of ₹6,000 crore. "Two years ago, the illegal imports of Chinese firecrackers were sporadic. But this year it has been phenomenal, threatening the domestic industry-s very existence. Nearly 35% of the products made for this year-s Diwali remain unsold because of clandestine imports of several container loads of Chinese products," Sivakasi-s Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TNFAMA) president G. Abiruben told IANS. The Indian firecrackers manufacturing industries saw their worst fears coming true when demands for bulk orders slumped severely in November-December last year. "Normally orders are placed around that time by distributors. Orders for this Diwali came down drastically as compared to 2012," TNFAMA senior advisory committee member K. Mariappan said. He added that the imports of Chinese goods have been happening illegally, without licences and the government has not taken a strong stance at the increasing illegal Chinese poaching of Indian firecrackers market. "Earlier the central government used to seize container loads of Chinese firecrackers. Instead of being destroyed, the seized products were handed back to the illegal importers after levying a fine. Those products later found their way into the market through other channels," Mariappan said. The central government had assured the Indian manufacturers that they would issue warning against illegal imports, but nothing has happened yet, he added. Mariappan further said that the Indian firecracker factories have to follow strict rules and has to ensure authenticity of the products they are selling, which is not applicable in case of Chinese importers who make most out of it leaving Indian industry crumbling behind it. "Our products have to comply with the noise pollution standard levels and also the packaging rules. Our packets should specify the maximum retail price, the phone numbers in case of any emergency and usage methods whereas no such stipulations are there for the Chinese products," he said. Worried about this year-s business and families of employers working at Sivakasi-s firecracker manufacturing industries, he raised his concern about the flourishing illegal Chinese market and its dreadful impact and complained about the lack of facilities to export their products in other countries. "If external products are allowed to come in, the domestic industry will be wiped out," Mariappan said, adding, "We can export our products but our ports do not accept firecrackers as storage facilities are not sufficient. While the Indian gates are open for illegal imports, the gates are closed for legal exports."
 
News posted on 2014-10-11

Possession, Sale of Foreign Origin Fireworks Illegal,Punishable
 
10th October 2014 Courtesy: The Indian Republic Possession, Sale of Foreign Origin Fireworks Illegal,Punishable Ahead of Diwali, the Commerce and Industry Ministry today said possession and sale of the fireworks of foreign origin is “illegal and punishable” under the Law. It has been brought to the notice of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) that fireworks of foreign origin were illegally brought into India under false declarations, the ministry said in a statement. It said various fireworks associations have informed that these smuggled items include ‘Potassium Chlorate’, a dangerous and hazardous chemical which can ignite or explode spontaneously. The Tamilnadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association has also informed that illegal fireworks of foreign origin have penetrated into the country in large quantities and they are likely to be sold through retail outlets extensively during coming Diwali season, it added. “Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable under the Law. Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest Police Station for suitable action,” the statement said. Fireworks in India have been declared as restricted item in respect of import by Director General of Foreign Trade. The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in the country. Till date, no licence for import of fireworks has been granted under the Explosives Rules, 2008 by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation, a subordinate office of the DIPP.
 
News posted on 2014-10-10

Free Medical Camp to be held
 
10th October 2014 Free Medical Camp to be held Date: 12-10-2014, Sunday Time: 08:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Ja Bose Kanchana Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Organisers: Forum of Physiotherapists Echo Screening, Telimedicine, Diabetes Check up, Cholestral Check up, Bone Density Check up... For further details contact +91-7373087272, 04562-272711, 272722
 
News posted on 2014-10-10

Railroad worm after rain
 
10th October 2014 Railroad worm after rain As rainy season starts, railroad worms follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall for last few weeks. As a result of the rain, there are lot of train worms found in the lawns of Sivakasi. Children following the train worms and playing with it. During rain earthworm also seen.
 
News posted on 2014-10-10

Diwali gets a swadeshi push
 
9th October 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Diwali gets a swadeshi push After Centre warning on sale or use of foreign firecrackers, BJP plans to popularise use of diyas by Diwali. After the Narendra Modi government clamped on sale of foreign firecrackers, largely imported from China, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to encourage people to use more diyas, or earthen lamps, instead of cheap China-manufactured lights. On Monday, the department of industrial policy and promotion, under the commerce ministry, had issued a statement that possession and sale of imported firecrackers were illegal. Though no country was named in the statement, the step was aimed at stopping the entry of Chinese crackers. These have flooded the domestic markets in recent years, at the expense of local manufacturers. The move comes barely a fortnight after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India. In Tamil Nadu, home to Indias Rs 3,000-crore domestic firework industry, the ban on Chinese crackers is seen by some as an attempt by the BJP-led government at the Centre to make inroads in the southern state at a time when the stock of the ruling AIADMK is down, due to J Jayalalithaas conviction for illegally amassing wealth.Sivakasi and the villages in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu produce around 80 per cent of the countrys fireworks. "The new government seems to have understood the industrys problem and reacted positively," said K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. He said illegal Chinese firecrackers worth Rs 600 crore have already been dumped into the country this year. "It is not a question of business loss alone. These Chinese crackers are also a threat to life, as they use potassium chlorate, a highly unstable and hazardous compound which can ignite or explode spontaneously," said Siva Balan of Pooja Fireworks. The BJP also plans to revive "deep daan", a practice of offering earthen lamps in lakes and rivers between Dhanteras and Diwali. Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali. "Deep daan is considered auspicious and is friendly to the environment," said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma. He said it would help thousands of potters in villages and towns to earn a livelihood. Sharma says he doesnt view deep daan as an attempt to target products manufactured by China or any other country. "What we want to encourage is the PMs "Make in India" concept, where the product should be manufactured in India for our buyers," he said. The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has welcomed the Narendra Modi governments move to restrict the sale of Chinese firecrackers. Ashwani Mahajan, its national co-convenor, said the government should also look at the import of cheap toys from China, studies of which have found use plastic that is toxic and harmful to the health of children. "Sivakasi firecracker industry was dying. The manufacturers had also started importing cheaper Chinese raw material. The Chinese-made firecrackers are of poor quality compared to those made in Sivakasi. But the industry couldnt withstand the onslaught of cheaper Chinese firecrackers and raw material," said Mahajan. He claimed the SJMs Chennai branch, led by S Gurumurthy, a known economist and proponent of their view, played an important role in highlighting the problems of the industry at Sivakasi to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. "At the end of the day, Indian interests are paramount and anything that involves employment and livelihood of thousands of people. We also need to be sensitive about the risks they run if anything is dumped as part of unfair trade practices," said BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli. A few years earlier, the domestic firework industry had made representations to then Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and his deputy, Sudarsana Natchiappan, on the need to issue a public notice warning of punishment under Section 9B(1) in the Explosives Act, to anybody trying to import, store and sell foreign fireworks. But the request was not heeded. Just before the Lok Sabha polls, Modi, during his campaign trail, had come down heavily on the then UPA government for letting the domestic firecracker industry "die".
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Change in pattern of train services
 
9th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Change in pattern of train services MADURAI : The railways has announced changes in pattern of some train services on three days to facilitate construction works in some sections of the Madurai railway division. According to a statement, the changes are made on October 8 (Wednesday), October 12 (Sunday) and October 15 (Wednesday) to facilitate construction of limited use subways in Virudhunagar - Tulukapatti and Virudhunagar - Sivakasi sections on these days. The trains partially cancelled on October 8 and 12 are: train no. 22627 Trichy - Tirunelveli Intercity Express between Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli. This train will return as train no. 22628 from Virudhunagar to Trichy as per its scheduled timings. Train no. 56769 Palani - Tiruchendur passenger is partially cancelled between Virudhunagar - Tirunelveli. This train will return as train no. 56770 from Virudhunagar to Palani as per schedule. Train no. 56770 Tiruchendur - Palani passenger is partially cancelled between Tirunelveli - Virudhunagar and it will return as train no. 56769 from Tirunelveli to Tiruchendur as per schedule. Train no. 56319 Nagercoil - Coimbatore passenger is partially cancelled between Sattur - Madurai. This train will return as train no. 56320 from Sattur to Nagercoil as per its scheduled timings. Train no. 56320 Coimbatore - Nagercoil passenger is partially cancelled between Madurai - Sattur. This train will return as train no. 56319 from Madurai to Coimbatore at 3pm with a delay of 90 minutes. Passengers alighting or boarding by train nos. 22627/22628 Trichy -Tirunelveli - Trichy Intercity Express at Virudhunagar, Sattur and Kovilpatti will be transported by buses to and from Tirunelveli on these two days. Trains fully cancelled on the three days are: train no. 56733 Madurai - Sengottai passenger and train no. 56734 Sengottai - Madurai passenger. tnn
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Mild drizzle for few seconds
 
9th October 2014 Mild drizzle for few seconds Today, dark clouds kept hovering Sivakasi town from 04:00 p.m. onwards. There was very mild drizzle in the town and it fails to make the road wet. And the climate remains pleasant for the last few weeks. For the next 10 days, skies will be cloudy with the chances for drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Pournami Lunar Eclipse
 
9th October 2014 Pournami Lunar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse occur until 07:05 p.m., yesterday. Temples in Sivakasi remained close until 07:05 p.m.. Special pujas were performed on the special occasion of full moon day. Prasadams were distributed to the devotees. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-10-09

Dark Diwali for 500,000 families in Sivakasi
 
8th October 2014 Courtesy: One India Dark Diwali for 500,000 families in Sivakasi Chennai, Oct 8: It may not be a cracker of a Diwali this year for about 500,000 families in Tamil Nadus Sivakasi town - Indias biggest firecrackers manufacturing hub - as they fear getting swamped by Chinese firecrackers. "Two years back the illegal imports of Chinese firecrackers were sporadic. But this year it was phenomenal, threatening the domestic industrys very existence," G. Abiruben, president of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TNFAMA), Sivakasi, told IANS over phone. "Nearly 35 percent of the products made for this years Diwali remain unsold because of clandestine imports of several container loads of Chinese products," he said. Chinese firecrackers pose a threat to the Rs.6,000 crore Indian firecracker industry which is gearing up for Diwali Oct 23. Conservatively, industry experts estimate that the value of clandestine imports of Chinese firecrackers is around Rs.600 crore for about 2,000 containers. The central government has said that advertisements would be issued in the dailies warning of action against illegal imports of firecrackers, but no such publicity has been given till date though the time is running out, industry officials complain. K. Mariappan, member of senior advisory committee, TNFAMA, told IANS: "Earlier the central government used to seize container loads of Chinese firecrackers. Instead of destroying the seized products they were given back to the illegal importers after levying a fine. Those products later found their way into the market." He said the chief controller of explosives based in Nagpur has to give the sanction to destroy the seized fireworks and no such sanction has been given till date. Sivakasi, also known as "kutti" or "mini Japan", is one of the oldest and biggest firecracker manufacturing hubs in India. Nearly 90 percent of the countrys fireworks are made in Sivakasi. Also, 80 percent of the safety matches are made here. Low rainfall and dry climate are conducive for this industry to thrive. Some of the products are also used by the airports to scare away birds. According to Mariappan, imports of firecrackers need licence from the central government. And no import licence has been issued till now to anybody. The Indian industry realised the seriousness of the Chinese threat when their order intake came down drastically around November-December of 2013. "Normally orders are placed around that time by distributors. Orders for this Diwali came down drastically as compared to 2012," Mariappan said. The orders for next Diwali will be taken during this November-December and industry officials feel that only when the central and state governments start cracking down on illegal imports would the domestic industry survive. Mariappan said: "The Indian industry has been fully meeting the domestic demand and the imports from China are not to meet the excess of demand over supply. It is mainly to take advantage of the cheap Chinese products." He said the use of potassium chlorates while making firecrackers is banned in India, whereas no such ban exists in China. "We use potassium nitrate (price Rs.70/kg) and aluminium powder (Rs.250/kg) whereas the potassium chlorates used by the Chinese costs just Rs.25/kg. This gives huge price advantage for the Chinese products over ours," Mariappan said. Additionally, the Indian manufacturers have to pay excise and sales tax adding to the products cost. As a result, the price of Indian products is higher by around 40 percent. According to Abiruben, firecrackers made with potassium chlorates are friction sensitive and have to be handled very carefully. "Our products have to comply with the noise pollution levels and also the packaging rules. Our packets should specify the maximum retail price, the phone numbers in case of any emergency and usage methods whereas no such stipulations are there for Chinese products," he said. Mariappan said containers with Chinese firecrackers come into India through different points like Navi Mumbai, Tuticorin and others. The Chinese products are targeted at the Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi markets on which the Indian industry is largely dependent. Queried as to the type of firecrackers that are illegally imported into India, he said mostly it is aerial shots and children products that are brought in. "If other products are allowed to come in, then the domestic industry will be wiped out," he added. According to Abiruben, the Indian fireworks industry is entirely home grown and there are around 60 ancillary sectors that are dependent on this industry. The firecracker industry in China is around Rs.30,000 crore catering to domestic as well as export markets. "We can export our products but our ports do not accept firecrackers as storage facilities are not sufficient. While the Indian gates are open for illegal imports, the gates are closed for legal exports," Mariappan
 
News posted on 2014-10-08

Bakrid celebrated in Sivakasi
 
8th October 2014 Bakrid celebrated in Sivakasi Sivakasians celebrated Bakrid festival - the festival of sacrifice, on 6th October 2014, Monday. 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 2014-10-08

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
8th October 2014 Drizzle fails to make the road wet Today there was drizzle at evening for few minutes. Drizzle fails to make the road wet. Earlier on 7th October 2014, Tuesday, drizzle drenched Sivakasi town. Sivakasi received drizzle from 06:30 p.m. and it continues till night.
 
News posted on 2014-10-08

Khadi discount sale begins in Sivakasi
 
7th October 2014 Khadi discount sale begins in Sivakasi Dr.V.K.Kathiravan inaugurated khadi sales here on 2nd October 2014, Thursday. Marking the Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations, he paid homage to the leaders and inaugurated the Diwali Discount Sale. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, received the first sale from Mr.P.Ravichandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft, Sivakasi. Mr.P.Ravichandran said sivakasiweekly.com that, 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 2014-10-07

Fancy Fireworks High on Customers List This Year
 
7th October 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Fancy Fireworks High on Customers List This Year SIVAKASI: With Deepavali nearing, several people from across the State are making a beeline to Sivakasi, which is the manufacturing hub of fire-crackers in the country, to buy crackers. Of late, many people have developed a liking for fancy fire-crackers and started purchasing them on a large-scale, said many cracker-sellers whom this reporter spoke to. Every year during this festival of lights, the crackers shops are set up on either side of the Sattur- Sivakasi and the Sivakasi- Virudhunagar Roads and all these make-shift establishments make roaring business. M Karuppasamy of Tirupur, who has come by car to Sivakasi to purchase fire-crackers, said, “I come here just days ahead of Deepavali to buy crackers for my family, as no festival of lights is complete without them.” He said he has come along with his friends to get the fancy fire-crackers that go up in the sky and emit different colours, they are beautiful to watch.” “Moreover, my children like only these types of fire- crackers and they have asked me to buy only them. I intend spending nearly `6,000 on those fancy ones,” he added, with a smile. “Though during this time of the year, several fire-cracker shops are opened across the State, we prefer coming to Sivakasi, as the fire-crackers are cheaper here than in any other place,” said a businessman Gopalakrishnan from Coimbatore. He said he has come along with his family. “When I was young, I used to burst bombs and the walas, but now my children prefer fancy fire-crackers. They are available in different colours, which are feast for the eyes. I feel such fire-crackers are safe, as they do not burst in the ground,” he said. Nilesh Kanna, a college student from Chennai, said he has come to Sivakasi along with his friends in a car to purchase fire-crackers. He said that last year, he had bought them for `5, 000, but didn’t get value for money, so I decided to reach Sivakasi as the fire-crackers are cheaper here. Initially, I shelled out `6,000, but after seeing the price and the quantity, I decided to spend `3, 000 more. Most of the fire-crackers that I’d bought were fancy ones, as they are colourful and beautiful as they fly into the night sky.” He said, “I live in an apartment in Chennai, and so I can’t bursts bombs. Hence, this time, it’s only the fancy ones I bought so that they can be lit from the terrace of the apartment building.” Ganesh, who owns a cracker shop in Sivakasi, said there are only a few more days left for Deepavali, and already many customers were flocking Sivakasi to buy fire-crackers, mostly the fancy ones. There are different types of fancy fire-crackers ranging from single shot upto 500 shots. The moment the customers enter the shop they look for fancy crackers and buy them in large numbers. Only after purchasing them, they look for others such as flower pots, chakkars, walas, sparklers, bombs etc, Ganesh pointed out. For this season, over 500 shops would be opened in Virudhunagar district. Several people from the nearby villages in the district get short-term employment (for nearly two months) during the season, said a trader.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Sivakasi industries shocked as power cuts are back
 
7th October 2014 Sivakasi industries shocked as power cuts are back From 29th September 2014, Sivakasi is reeling under unscheduled power cuts for more than three to four hours. Several Printing units that were shut down last year because of frequent power cuts. Small and medium scale industries in Sivakasi town are facing an acute manufacturing crisis because power interruptions are more frequent and unscheduled. With the revival of unannounced power cuts, Sivakasi industries are staring at an uncertain future.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Drizzle for few minutes
 
7th October 2014 Drizzle for few minutes There was mild drizzle from 04:40 p.m. to 04:55 p.m.. Mild drizzle brings down the temperature and did not pose hurdle to Sivakasians. Drizzle for few minutes makes the road wet.
 
News posted on 2014-10-07

Bakrid Mubarak
 
6th October 2014 Dear Sivakasians, Bakrid Mubarak! - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
6th October 2014 - M.G.Ramesh Drizzle makes the road wet Yesterday, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze early morning. A heavy rain showers Saturday overnight into early Sunday morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. There was mild shower from 06:45 p.m. to 07:15 p.m.. Sivakasi set to get some more drizzle for the next one week with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

TN private schools withdraw circular for Tuesdays shutdown against Jaya-s conviction
 
6th October 2014 Courtesy: IBN Live TN private schools withdraw circular for Tuesdays shutdown against Jaya-s conviction Chennai: Hours after a holiday was declared for private schools in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, the circular has now been withdrawn. Over 4,500 private schools in Tamil Nadu and more than 170 private engineering colleges had planned to remain shut on Tuesday in support of former chief minister Jayalalithaa. The holiday was declared by the Federation of Association of Private Schools in Tamil Nadu. School correspondents, principals and teachers across the state had also decided to participate in a demonstration on Tuesday in Chennai. The decision had been criticised by several academicians, parents and the opposition parties who said that schools and colleges were using students to further a political agenda. The PMK had also decided to move the Madras High Court against private schools declaring a holiday on Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

Roaring Thunders, Lightning & Drizzling
 
6th October 2014 Roaring Thunders, Lightning & Drizzling The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening 06:00 p.m.. Thunders roared accompanied with winds at 06:35 p.m.. There was mild drizzle from 06:40 p.m. to 06:45 p.m.. Drizzle makes the road wet and fails to drench Sivakasi. And thunders still roaring...
 
News posted on 2014-10-06

Sivakasi hit by thunder, lightning, rain
 
5th October 2014 Sivakasi hit by thunder, lightning, rain Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning lashed Sivakasi town on 4th October 2014, Saturday. The heavy downpour that started around 07.20 p.m. and continued till 08:45 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 05:55 p.m. To 07:15p.m.. Power supply got disrupted from 07:40 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in a few areas (PKN Road and Solai Colony), and roads were flooded. The water stagnation on the roads dug for the execution of the drainage scheme in various parts of the town led to traffic snarls and the worst hit were the two-wheeler riders. The unseemly rain also resulted in several cancelled outdoor events and threw life out of gear for many Sivakasians. The northeast monsoon will bring in more thunderstorms to Sivakasi and its neighbourhood, for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-10-05

Kamaraj Memorial Day Observed in Sivakasi
 
4th October 2014 Courtesy: Mr.Suruli Vel Pandian, Secretary, Kamaraj Vaasagar Salai Kamaraj Memorial Day Observed in Sivakasi Kamaraj Memorial Day was observed in Sivakasi, in Sivakasi Kamaraj Vaasagar Saalai, on 2nd October 2014, Thursday. The chief guest for the function was C.M.Arumugam. 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 2014-10-04

Narendra Modi govt to promote a desi Diwali
 
4th October 2014 Narendra Modi govt to promote a desi Diwali After the Narendra Modi government clamped on sale of foreign firecrackers, largely imported from China, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to encourage people to use more diyas, or earthen lamps, instead of cheap China-manufactured lights. On Monday, the department of industrial policy and promotion, under the commerce ministry, had issued a statement that possession and sale of imported firecrackers were illegal. Though no country was named in the statement, the step was aimed at stopping the entry of Chinese crackers. These have flooded the domestic markets in recent years, at the expense of local manufacturers. The move comes barely a fortnight after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India. DIWALI DIRECTION The department of industrial policy and promotion, under the commerce ministry, had issued a statement on Monday that possession and sale of imported firecrackers were illegal Though no country was named in the statement, the step was aimed at stopping the entry of Chinese firecrackers The Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has welcomed the Modi government’s move to restrict the sale of Chinese firecrackers In Tamil Nadu, home to India’s Rs 3,000-crore domestic firework industry, the ban on Chinese crackers is seen by some as an attempt by the BJP-led government at the Centre to make inroads in the state at a time when the stock of the ruling AIADMK is down following J Jayalalithaa’s conviction in the disproportionate assets case In Tamil Nadu, home to India’s Rs 3,000-crore domestic firework industry, the ban on Chinese crackers is seen by some as an attempt by the BJP-led government at the Centre to make inroads in the southern state at a time when the stock of the ruling AIADMK is down, due to J Jayalalithaa’s conviction for illegally amassing wealth. Sivakasi and the villages in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu produce around 80 per cent of the country’s fireworks. “The new government seems to have understood the industry’s problem and reacted positively,” said K Mariappan, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association. He said illegal Chinese firecrackers worth Rs 600 crore has already been dumped into the country this year. “It is not a question of business loss alone. These Chinese crackers are also a threat to life, as they use potassium chlorate, a highly unstable and hazardous compound which can ignite or explode spontaneously,” said Siva Balan of Pooja Fireworks. The BJP also plans to revive “deep daan”, a practice of offering earthen lamps in lakes and rivers between Dhanteras and Diwali. Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali. “Deep daan is considered auspicious and is friendly to the environment,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma. He said it would help thousands of potters in villages and towns to earn a livelihood. Sharma says he doesn’t view deep daan as an attempt to target products manufactured by China or any other country. “What we want to encourage is the PM’s ‘Make in India’ concept, where the product should be manufactured in India for our buyers,” he said. The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has welcomed the Narendra Modi government’s move to restrict the sale of Chinese firecrackers. Ashwani Mahajan, its national co-convenor, said the government should also look at the import of cheap toys from China, studies of which have found use plastic that is toxic and harmful to the health of children. “Sivakasi firecracker industry was dying. The manufacturers had also started importing cheaper Chinese raw material. The Chinese-made firecrackers are of poor quality compared to those made in Sivakasi. But the industry couldn’t withstand the onslaught of cheaper Chinese firecrackers and raw material,” said Mahajan. He claimed the SJM’s Chennai branch, led by S Gurumurthy, a known economist and proponent of their view, played an important role in highlighting the problems of the industry at Sivakasi to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “At the end of the day, Indian interests are paramount and anything that involves employment and livelihood of thousands of people. We also need to be sensitive about the risks they run if anything is dumped as part of unfair trade practices,” said Nalin Kohli. A few years earlier, the domestic firework industry had made representations to then Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma and his deputy, Sudarsana Natchiappan, on the need to issue a public notice warning of punishment under Section 9B(1) in the Explosives Act, to anybody trying to import, store and sell foreign fireworks. But the request was not heeded. Just before the Lok Sabha polls, Modi, during his campaign trail, had come down heavily on the then UPA government for letting the domestic firecracker industry “die”.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Ban on Chinese firecrackers hard to enforce
 
4th Octboer 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Ban on Chinese firecrackers hard to enforce NEW DELHI: With Dussehra round the corner and Diwali three weeks away, the central government has suddenly remembered the rules banning imported crackers (read Chinese fireworks) on the grounds that they dont meet standards due to a high potassium chlorate content, which makes production cheaper but hazardous. The crackers are also polluting. The Union minister of state for commerce and industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, said in a conference on Monday that the government hasnt given permission or any licence for the import of firecrackers. But these Chinese crackers were never allowed in the country. Then how is it that they have been flooding the market every festive season, so much so that Diwali seems incomplete without them? This time the government has issued strict instructions to stop their sale. TOI spoke to traders in Sadar Bazar and Chandni Chowk dealing in crackers and they seem to have overnight turned environmentally conscious and vowed not to sell the Chinese varieties. Rakesh Tanwar, a trader on Qutub Road, sells crackers all round the year. "This is good news for us as we use only India-made crackers from Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu). Moreover, these (Chinese) crackers are hazardous." Potassium chlorate is believed to add colour and gives height to the fireworks. Another trader, Narinder Kumar, explained that Indian crackers are made using potassium nitrate and aluminium powder, which escalates the cost by three times compared to potassium chlorate. "There is no way that Indian crackers can be sold at the price of Chinese as the cost is much more." However, those who have already placed orders in China are now staring at huge losses as their consignments will be seized at ports. "Usually, traders go to China and place orders. On an average, each trader would suffer a loss of Rs 2-3 crore. A pack of 12 rockets, not the fancy ones, usually cost a trader around Rs 30-35 whereas a Chinese pack would cost Rs 18," said Tanwar. Many traders said it would be hard to crack down on Chinese crackers. Sunil Kumar, a Chinese crackers seller, said, "The consignments that have reached and the stock in circulation have to be sold. No new orders will be placed as customs officials are very vigilant nowadays." Recently, four consignments carrying Chinese fireworks worth Rs 3.6 crore were seized in Navi Mumbai. After China, India is the second largest producer of firecrackers, which is a Rs 3,000 crore industry, and Sivakasi alone caters to 80% of Indias needs. Tamil Nadus former CM, Jayalalithaa, had written in April to the Prime Ministers office asking the customs department to be more effective and check smuggling. Even Narendra Modi in a rally in Tamila Nadu before Lok Sabha polls had criticized the Centre for letting fireworks units bleed.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Centre wont permit import of Chinese firecrackers, minister says
 
4th October 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Centre wont permit import of Chinese firecrackers, minister says CHENNAI: The Central Government would take stern action against those who import Chinese firecrackers, Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday. The minister, who was in Chennai to attend a function of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), said the government would ensure that Chinese firecrackers do not flood the Diwali markets in the country, eating into the earnings of the traditional Indian firecracker industry. She said instructions had been given to officials at all ports across the country to confiscate firecracker consignments. "The government has not given and will not give permission to import foreign firecrackers. It is illegal and has an adverse effect on the employment sector, especially in regions like Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu," the minister said. The government would take all necessary measures to protect the interests of those who earn their livelihood from firecracker and matchbox industries, she added. Firecracker manufacturers in Sivakasi have been up in arms against the free flow of Chinese firecrackers into the Indian markets. They say Chinese firecrackers are imported due to lack of clarity in policies. The minister also stressed on the need to maintain law and order situation in Tamil Nadu in the aftermath of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa-s imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case. She said normal life should not be affected and the Tamil Nadu government and police should take all steps to maintain normalcy across the state.
 
News posted on 2014-10-04

Dussehra utsav 2014
 
4th October 2014 Dussehra utsav 2014 Dhasara Utsav 2014 was held in Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Muppidaariamman (Kaichakarriamman) temple - Sri Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Temple, on 3rd October 2014, Friday. 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 (Muthu Fireworks Industries, Sivakasi) 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. 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 2014-10-04

Happy Vijayadhasami
 
3rd October 2014 Happy Vijayadhasami - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-03

Sivakasi celebrated Ayutha Poojai
 
3rd October 2014 Sivakasi celebrated Ayutha Poojai Ayudha Puja is a part of the Navarathiri festival which is usually celebrated on the ninth day of Navratri festival. It is a celebration involving the worship of the tools which makes ones living. It is believed that by placing these implements in front of the Divine on this day will ritually purify the tools. On the eve of Navaratri Festival, Pakka Vaazhai was placed in almost all the offices across the town. Sivakasians worshiped Goddess Saraswathi and Lakshmi along with their friends, relatives and workers. And distributed them Sundal, Aval Pori and Vilaam Pazham. On account of Saraswathi Pooja majority of the offices and industries announced half day holiday, in Sivakasi. In some houses Kolu was celebrated in a grand manner. Some worshiped by placing school book and notes in front of the Goddess.
 
News posted on 2014-10-03

School reopens on 7th October
 
3rd October 2014 School reopens on 7th October Aided Schools and Matriculation Schools in Sivakasi scheduled to be open on 6th October 2014, Monday. The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday declared that Monday would be a public holiday on account of Bakrid. The holiday was declared after chief kazi Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub had written a letter to the state government saying that since the moon for the month of Zulhaj was not sighted on September 25, Bakrid would be celebrated on October 6, instead of October 5. He had requested the government to change the holiday to Monday. "The government, after careful consideration of the matter, has decided to change the public holiday from Sunday to Monday on the occasion of Bakrid under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881," chief secretary Mohan Verghese Chunkath said in an order. Some schools in Sivakasi announced that the school will be reopen by 7th October 2014, Tuesday.
 
News posted on 2014-10-03

The Last Minute Ayutha Pooja Shopping
 
2nd October 2014 The Last Minute Ayutha Pooja Shopping Today, the shopping frenzy for Ayutha Pooja has hit Sivakasians really hard, in Sivakasi town. Navaratri Festive shopping caused massive traffic jams in almost all parts of Sivakasi from yesterday afternoon onwards. As thousands of shoppers thronged four car streets of Sivakasi to make their last minute purchases, traffic was crippled on the key junctions of the town. Everyone carrying has been seen with vaalai, pori and vilambalam. In Sivakasi, Price of 1 vilambalam is Rs.15 - Rs.20/- and Vaalai Kannu is Rs.30 to Rs.40/-.
 
News posted on 2014-10-02

ஆயுத பூஜை
 
2nd October 2014 ஆயுத பூஜை - சர‌ஸ்வ‌‌தி பூஜை வாழ்த்துகள்.. - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-10-02

No Chinese fireworks this Deepavali, import banned
 
2nd October 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle No Chinese fireworks this Deepavali, import banned Chennai: This Deepavali may be less colourful for consumers with no Chinese fireworks in the sky. But it will be a most cheerful one for domestic fireworks manufacturers. The Rs 3,000-crore Sivakasi fireworks industry, employing over three lakh people, will have a celebration of sorts this season, thanks to the latest Central notification banning the import of Chinese crackers. With about Rs 300-crore business being weaned away by cheap Chinese imports last year, the industry was worried if it would be able to double the business this year. This had impelled the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturer’s Association (TNFAMA) to make a representation to the Modi government to save their industry. . “We submitted a memorandum to the Centre last month highlighting the safety issues of cheap Chinese crackers,” said Mr G. Abiruben, president of TNFAMA. These crackers use potassium chloride which is a friction-sensitive material. This is not just banned in India but emit hazardous smoke, particularly harmful for children,” he added. Taking cognisance of their plight, the Centre issued a public notification on Monday night, just about three weeks before Deepavali, that it is illegal to possess or sell imported crackers this year. Confirming this, Ms Nirmala Seetharaman, minister of state for commerce and industry, said, “Last night (Monday), we have issued a notification and advertisement that it is illegal to sell imported crackers in retail, since there has been no permit given to anyone to import crackers. If found in markets, investigation would be made on how it found its way into India.” Chinese crackers are imported by Nepal. They are then shipped through Kolkata, Mumbai and Kandla ports, However, these crackers, which are cheaper and brighter, find their way into the country mixed with Chinese toy imports. “As these crackers are being produced in large numbers and use banned chemicals, they come cheap,” said Mr Ansg. Arasan, a leading manufacturer and past president of TNFAMA. A huge consignment of Rs 3.6 crore worth of material was seized last month at Mumbai port. “But thanks to the central notification this time, the state government has also been alerted on such illegal imports and we can surely have a safe and happy diwali this time,” Mr Arasan said.
 
News posted on 2014-10-02

This October in Sivakasi
 
1st October 2014 This October in Sivakasi Kamarajar Memorial Day Celebration Date: 02-10-2014, Thursday Time: 08:00 a.m. onwards Venue: Kamarajar Vaasagasalai, Old Virudhunagar Road, Sivakasi Dussehra Utsav 2014 Date: 03-10-2014, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. - Moolavar Abhisegam, 03:30 p.m. - Ursavar Abhisegam, 07:00 p.m. - Kuthirai Vaaganathil Goddess Magisaasuramarthini Procession in Four Car Street, Soorasamhaaram, Fireworks Display and Manjal Neeraaduthal. Venue: Badrakali amman kovil, Sivakasi Eye Camp Date: 12-10-2014, 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: 19-10-2014, 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: 26-10-2014, 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 2014-10-01

India tightens grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers
 
1st October 2014 Courtesy: The Economic Times India tightens grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers CHENNAI: Tightening its grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers which are reportedly flooding the Indian market, the Centre has issued a public notification warning importers and public of the legal consequences they would face if involved with it. "We have taken action. Last night we have issued a notification and advertisement that it is illegal to sell imported crackers in retail, since there has been no permit given to anyone to import crackers. If found in markets, investigation would be made on how it found its way into India," Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, she said her Ministry has also written to all Chief Ministers to take action against those responsible. "Advertisements and public notifications would follow on under what sections this act is illegal," she said. Clarifying on the claims by some that permits were obtained under the Explosives Act, she said specific permission has to be taken to import crackers. "But I am making it clear here that no permission has been given to anyone for importing crackers. So, illegal import, possession and selling of crackers from other countries is undoubtedly a crime." She recalled a meeting last month with representatives from the firecrackers industry from Tamil Nadu, where they complained of Chinese crackers illegally entering the markets through sea and posing a major threat to their livelihood. Firecrackers is one of the major industries in Tamil Nadu, centered around Sivakasi and is the source of livelihood for lakhs of families. A sizeable printing industry is also dependent on this sector.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
1st October 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised M.S.Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, Madurai, in association with Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi organised 149th Free Mental Health Camp at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi on 21st September 2014, Sunday. A team of three doctors examined the patients. Around 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy also actively participated, in the camp. Around 255 people were screened and benefited out of this camp. Free medicines were provided for a period of one month. As a part of the camp, some beneficiaries get Pranic Healing Treatment, for free. Narayana Seva has been done for around 600 people.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Gov to crack down on illegal imports of firecrackers: Sitharaman
 
1st October 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Gov to crack down on illegal imports of firecrackers: Sitharaman The central government will take stringent action against illegal imports of firecrackers and any imports of firecrackers is illegal as the government has not given licence to anybody for such imports, said Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry. Speaking to the reporters in the sidelines of EPS 1995 Pensioners Felicitation Function organised by the Employee-s Provident Fund Organisation, Sitharaman said, "We are acting very seriously on illegal crackers. Government has not given permission for import of firecrackers." She said that a delegation of the firecracker industry along with BJP Organisation Secretary has met her in Delhi and alleged that a large quantity of firecrackers are imported illegally from China, brought in containers, kept in some unknown place and distributed in the market. They also said that these products are cheap in price, but has safety issues. Besides, they added that it is also a threat to the industry in India, she added. Firecrackers works is a labour intensive process and it gives a livelihood to a large number of people. It is a main employment opportunity in dry areas like Sivakasi. She recalled that Sivakasi has been manufacturing fire crackers and match sticks for several years there and the related printing industry has also flourished there. "We have taken immediate action on it. We have issued a public notice yesterday night itself and will be issuing advertisements to make public aware that selling illegal firecrackers in retail is a crime. It will be conveyed to the public without leaving any doubt," she said. The government has urged the public to inform presence of illegal crackers in any retail shop and the authorities would check the details including who has sold it and from which port it has come in. The government would take stringent action against such incidence. "We have sent letter to all the Chief Ministers including of Tamil Nadu, stating that the States has the responsibility to take action against illegal firecrackers, since the Law and Order is a State subject. We will advertise the sections under which the sales of illegal firecrackers will be eligible for punishment," she said. She also clarified that the while there is a false information that these firecrackers might be imported under Explosives Act, there should be specific permission to import firecrackers under the Act and the centre has not given any such specific permission to anybody. "If somebody claims that they have imported under the Explosives Act, it is illegal and is a big crime. We have not given license to anybody for that," she said. The government is also strengthening the port authorities to check such consignments, she said. As reported earlier, the Sivakasi industry is estimated to be Rs 3,000 crore and on average the industry works for 200 days in a year. Around 300,000 people are engaged in making fire cracker products in and around Sivakasi, which caters to 80 per cent of India-s needs. According to earlier reports, around Rs 300 crore worth of firecrackers were imported from China last year and this year, it is expected to double, affecting the industry in Sivakasi to a higher extend.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Sivakasi welcomes October with rain
 
1st October 2014 Sivakasi welcomes October with rain Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town, today. Band of clouds developed during late evening around 8:00 p.m.. The sudden change of climate at late evening in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians. Today, after a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and rain hit Sivakasi for 20 minutes (from 08:20 p.m. to 08:40 p.m.). 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 and brings temporary relief from water crisis. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next five days. And the maximum and minimum temperature will be 34 and 26 degree celsius respectively, for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-10-01

Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Tearful Panneerselvam takes oath as Tamil Nadu CM Mr. Panneerselvam, 63, succeeds J. Jayalalithaa as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This makes him the 28th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu since 1920. The chief minister and his cabinet will go to the secretariat and sign. They are leaving to Bangalore by flight at 4.45 pm today. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and the cabinet ministers coming out of Durbar Hall. Photo: B. Aravind Kumar 14.34: OPS, as he is known in the party circles, became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 2001 in similar circumstances. 14.20: No change in the cabinet, say official sources. 14.15: Minister for Information Technology, Mukkur N. Subramanian in tears. Minister for Information Technology, Mukkur N. Subramanian in tears. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan 13.45: Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji, Minister for Handloom & Textiles S. Gokula Indira and Industries Minister SP Velumani in tears. 13.42: With the AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in prison, the Ministers cry one after another while taking oath. 13.40: Social welfare minister B. Valarmathi breaks into tears as she signs. From right: Ministers Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Vaithilingam and Natham Viswanathan at the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan on Monday. Photo: S.R. Ragunathan 13.36: Ministers Vaithilingam, Edappadi K. Palaniswami are in tears as they take oath. The new CM in tears at Raj Bhavan, Chennai. Photo: S.R. Ragunathan 13.30: The new chief minister breaks down as he takes oath. 13.29: O. Panneerselvam takes oath as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Mr. Panneerselvam, 63, was elected the leader of the AIADMK’s legislature party on Sunday evening following four-year prison term to party general secretary J. Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case. Following her conviction, Jayalalithaa was lodged in the Bangalore Central Jail. AIADMK activists are on hunger strike in various parts of the state protesting the conviction of their leader in the case. Some fishermen in Kanyakumari did not venture out into the sea on Monday, protesting their leader’s conviction. Several members of parliament belonging to the AIADMK are in Bangalore to meet their jailed leader.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Crackers Enter Through Cracks at Borders, Ports
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Crackers Enter Through Cracks at Borders, Ports The entry of Chinese firecrackers into India, materials classified as “explosive items” by the Directorate of Foreign Trade, has been exploding in the last half a decade. And most of these consignments are entering through Indian ports and porous borders, allege manufacturers. In fact, the magnitude of the issue of smuggled Chinese ‘explosives’ into the country even led to the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court to order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the issue on September 25. The court ordered the investigation after a public interest litigation was filed by one Muthukrishnan from Sivakasi after the seizure of several lakh worth of Chinese firecrackers in a godown in Sivakasi. The ease with which the crackers are being smuggled into the country is surprising. According to sources, the Customs Department filed an affidavit during the case that said that they could not possibly check every container because of the lack of equipment at the Tuticorin Port, where the shipment was alleged to have landed. In fact, manufacturers said that less than 20 out of the 500 or more containers that landed in the port were screened. And it is through ports like these and borders like Nepal that the majority of these firecrackers enter India, says K Mariappan of TANFAMA. “They are mixed along or declared as toys and brought into the country. The importers then distribute them to dealers on the market,” he charges. The statements gain credibility when taken with the fact that the Ministry of Commerce itself stated that there were more than 23 such seizures through 2011 - 2014. Manufacturers may have themselves to blame for state of affairs though, as most say that illegal imports started increasing when unscrupulous manufacturers started smuggling Chinese goods to market as their own. “One of the first such cases back in 2002 was found to have been perpetrated by one of our own members,” says a source within TANFAMA, adding that the most recent consignment was also probably delivered to a godown by one such manufacturer. But in the last few years, the illegal imports have taken a life of their own, to the extent that Sivakasi’s industry itself is on the brink of collapse.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Cheap, Illegal Chinese Firecrackers Devour Sivakasi
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Cheap, Illegal Chinese Firecrackers Devour Sivakasi When representatives of the Sivakasi fireworks industry recently urged Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman to help stop the sale of illegal Chinese crackers at the retail point this Diwali season, they put the spotlight on the cancer of smuggling that has been growing for over a decade. For example, last year, the Union home ministry had issued an alert on the possibility of as many as 700 containers of banned Chinese firecrackers entering India through various ports. Yet there was no widespread crackdown, which is why smugglers are still importing it with impunity. Quantifying the impact on the Sivakasi industry, TANFAMA says their sales to distributors this year has dropped by a whopping 35 per cent – up by 10 per cent as compared to last Diwali. How do the cracker containers escape detection? It happens because of a variety of factors. One, they are mislabeled as toys or other goods for easy access. Hundreds of container loads of Chinese crackers have already reached retail shops through distributors for Diwali, informs T Kannan, general secretary of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association (TIFMA). According to A P Selvaraj, former president of TANFAMA, “The Chinese consignments go direct to the distributors, which is one reason why they are sourcing fewer products from Sivakasi.” Second, as Customs officials in Tuticorin Port recently admitted before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, they don’t have enough equipment or manpower to scan all incoming containers. The court was appalled to learn that they have just one scanner and manage to scan just 20 random containers a day. Then there is the question of collusion. Smuggling crackers is big business. It cannot thrive without patronage. “Officials should find out how big influential buyers are making money transaction for Chinese crackers. Recently, officials seized around seven containers of Chinese crackers in Chennai. The person who brought them in, committed suicide as he incurred huge loss. That is the way forward. If officials raid godowns of cracker dealers and retailers and find Chinese products, they should immediately destroy them. Once they incur huge loss, they would be wary of handling smuggled goods,” Kannan suggests. Till recently, a few big manufacturers from Sivakasi too were allegedly involved in the import of Chinese crackers. They desisted after a stern warning, claims Kannan. Fireworks products in India can be broadly split into three categories — good, medium and poor. Chinese crackers usually compete in the poor and medium segments. “A packet of Bijili crackers, currently sold in the market for `32 is supposed to have 100 pieces per packet. But some packs may have just 60 to 80 crackers, of which 20 may not burst because of low quality. In contrast, the Chinese equivalent of Bijili has up to 60 crackers a pack and is sold for `28. Lower cost and better quality would draw customers towards Chinese crackers,” Selvaraj said. “In all, about 150 varieties of crackers are being manufactured in India. At present only five to six varieties of small Chinese crackers are being imported. Shopkeepers hardsell Chinese products as compared to the domestic ones because of the bigger profit margin,” he points out. So, how does one identify Chinese crackers? You don’t need to be a Sherlock Holmes to do the sleuthing. “There are several ways to identify them. For instance, the language and brand name on the pack manufactured in India would always be in English; on a Chinese pack, it would be Mandarin. Besides, it is mandatory for Indian packs to specify information like the Maximum Retail Price (MRP), instructions about how to handle the crackers and the address of the manufacturer. You won’t find them on Chinese crackers,” says Selvaraj. But how are Chinese crackers cheaper than those in Sivakasi? Blame it on the crippling restrictions imposed on the industry by the Union government, gripes Kannan. “The restrictions range from the choice of chemicals to the method of manufacture in India. There are no such curbs in China,” he claims. In India, there are various norms on how a unit must function, including the work site, the number of employees, type and quantity of chemicals used. While it’s true that a few small units in and around Sivakasi flout the rule book to cut cost, they are exceptions. In contrast, in China, there are no norms. You can easily find 100 employees working in one big cracker unit hall there, something that is not allowed in India. In some places in China, crackers are manufactured in multi-storied residential buildings. Imagine the scale of disaster should a fire accident occur at the unit there. But that doesn’t seem to bother them. Also, there are no restrictions on the type of chemicals the quantity used, informs Kannan.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Sale of imported fireworks illegal, punishable: Govt
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: Business Standard Amid complaints of rising illegal imports of fireworks from China ahead of Diwali, the government today said that possession and sale of imported fireworks is "illegal and punishable". It has been brought to the notice of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) that fireworks of foreign origin were illegally brought into India under false declarations, the ministry said in a statement. It said various fireworks associations have informed that these smuggled items include Potassium Chlorate, a dangerous and hazardous chemical which can ignite or explode spontaneously. The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) has also informed that illegal fireworks of foreign origin have penetrated into the country in large quantities and they are likely to be sold through retail outlets extensively during coming Diwali season, it added. "Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable under the Law. Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest Police Station for suitable action," the statement said. Fireworks in India have been declared as restricted item in respect of import by Director General of Foreign Trade. The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in the country. Till date, no licence for import of fireworks has been granted under the Explosives Rules, 2008 by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation, a subordinate office of the DIPP. In August, TANFAMA has alleged that fireworks from China worth Rs 600 crore had already been imported and hoarded in North Indian states. It said that imports may affect job prospects of 10 lakh workers employed in fireworks units in India. According to reports, Sivakasi, the manufacturing hub of Indias fireworks industry, has reported a 35 per cent decline in sales this year due to smuggling of fireworks from China.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Dangers of Chinese fireworks
 
30th September 2014 Dangers of Chinese fireworks Chinese crackers use potassium chlorate, which was banned in India way back in 1992. The ban was imposed because the substance is toxic and can harm you if it comes in contact with the skin or eyes. Mixtures containing chlorates are notoriously sensitive to shock, friction and temperature change. Yet, Chinese units use potassium chlorate for various reasons, including its low input cost as compared to potassium nitrate.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi
 
30th September 2014 Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi Sharp showers drenched Sivakasi town today. The drizzle, which started in the early morning hours continued for most part of the day, forcing people to stay indoors. Sivakasi received sharp showers between 10:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.. Sivakasi to receive moderate rain over next 7 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

Heavy rain hits normal life in Sivakasi
 
30th September 2014 30th September 2014 Heavy rain hits normal life in Sivakasi Rain continued to lash many parts of Sivakasi town for the second consecutive day Tuesday throwing normal life out of gear. Today skies bulged with dark clouds and rain lashed Sivakasi town at early morning, afternoon and evening. Sivakasi received good showers from 02:35 p.m. to 03:25 p.m.. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. And there is chance for drizzle / rain in Sivakasi for next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

ANJAC News: Statistical Solutions To Biological Problems
 
30th September 2014 Courtesy: Dr. P. Samuel, Assistant professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC Statistical Solutions To Biological Problems On behalf of the Department of Biotechnology of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous) - Sivakasi, with the esteemed approval from the CORRESPONDENT’s Chair, a One day state level workshop entitled “STATISTICAL SOLUTIONS TO BIOLOGICAL PROBLEMS” has been organized on 23rd September 2014, Tuesday. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC and addressed the gathering about the significance of statistical interpretation in the present research scenario. He also stated the importance of workshop and significantly insisted about the mode of “Learning by Doing” procedure in modern teaching. Dr.D.N.P.Sudarmani, Head Department of Biotechnology has delivered the welcome address to the gatherings. Workshop manual was released during the occasion by Prof. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC. Dr.K.Sivakumar, Associate professor, Department of Biotechnology was the chief guest of the workshop. He was invited from Karpaga Vinayaga College of Engineering and Technology, Kancheepuram to cater the minds and to expertise them in statistics. The whole day was split in to two sessions according to the present need based expectations of the students, research scholars and faculty. Both the sessions were very interactive and also participants have exhibited their hidden talents through generating biological problem and solved them through statistical approach. Around 143 students and faculty represented from different district like Thanjavur, Namakkal, Madurai, Trichy and Virudhunagar. Dr.J.Vijayakumar, Assistant professor [Young scientist - SERB], had delivered welcome address to the students during the valedictory function. Prof. Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal felicitates the occasion and gave the certificates to the participants. Dr.P.Samuel, Assistant Professor and organizer of the workshop has delivered the vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-09-30

350th Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
29th September 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva 350th Homeopathy Camp Organised The 350th Free Homeopathy Camp was successfully organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 31st August 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. Sairam Vijay, State Vice President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy was the chief guest for the function. In his speech he highlighted the Trust will soon open a website and can have the facility to update camp news and service news instantly. Sairam Homeopathy Dr.Machavel and Dr.Pasupathi were present on the occassion. Sairam Homeopathy Dr.Machavel, Dr.Pasupathi and their team participated and screened 95 patients. Patients were treated for various diseases. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost.
 
News posted on 2014-09-29

Sivakasi receives moderate rain
 
29th September 2014 Sivakasi receives moderate rain Today Sivakasi receives moderate rainfall from 03:40 p.m. to 03:55 p.m.. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by strong wind the town was seen flooded and clogged. Sivakasi to receive moderate rain over next 7 days with maximum and minimum temperature of 33 and 26 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-29

Mushrooms popping up in lawns
 
29th September 2014 Mushrooms popping up in lawns As rainy season starts, mushrooms follow. In Sivakasi, there was good rainfall for the last one week. And along with the moist weather comes newly blooming mushrooms in the lawns of Sivakasi town. Some Sivakasians picked it, cooked and eaten the mushrooms. Some have the fear even to touch it. They thought the mushrooms grown during rainy season are poisonous.
 
News posted on 2014-09-29

Chinese firecrackers raise smoke, Madras HC orders CBI probe
 
28th September 2014 Chinese firecrackers raise smoke, Madras HC orders CBI probe Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu has suffered major loss due to the dumping of Chinese crackers Chennai : Even as the diplomatic euphoria over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent Indian visit is yet to die down, the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench on Thursday ordered a probe by the CBI into the illegal dumping of Chinese firecrackers in India. Manufacturers of fireworks in India’s cracker hub of Sivakasi in southern Tamil Nadu, which is hailed as a Little Japan, have been ruing that they have suffered a huge business loss ahead of Diwali due to the dumping of Chinese crackers. While the issue was recently taken up with Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, a Sivakasi-based man Muthukrishnan moved the Madras High Court seeking a probe into the illegal import of Chinese crackers. Recently, the police in Sivakasi had raided a warehouse where huge consignments of Chinese fireworks were illegally stocked up. The counsel for the petitioner alleged that crackers manufactured in the land of the dragon were being sold across the country for throwaway prices affecting the traditional manufacturers from Sivakasi. He pointed out that as year as 2002, the Director of Foreign Trade had issued a communication to the Customs Department to treat Chinese crackers as ‘explosive items’. Despite, this the flow of crackers from India’s northeastern neighbour has not stopped. In fact, the Noida police had seized 600 containers of Chinese fireworks. These crackers were also being smuggled into the country through the Nepal border by road. The HC bench pointed out that various cases of illegal sales of Chinese crackers have been registered in many parts of India and since the police has limited jurisdiction it would be appropriate for a central agency like the CBI to probe the issue which has a bearing on the Indian economy.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

Fireworks industry seeks curbs on imported crackers
 
28th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Fireworks industry seeks curbs on imported crackers This Deepavali, firecrackers may be available for the same price as last year. And, it may not be a positive development. Industry sources complain that this trend, the result of the influx of Chinese crackers, has affected local manufacturers who have been forced to slash their prices. Also, they allege that many of the crackers are of questionable quality. Members of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks Industry and Workers Protective Organisation claim that nearly 25 per cent of firecrackers sold are imported Chinese crackers of substandard quality. They cost at least 10 per cent less as they are made using banned chemicals such as chlorate and perchlorate, industry sources allege. The organisation’s president N. Raasa said the number of orders ahead of the festival has dropped by about 50 per cent. “A few dealers are waiting to flood the market with illegally imported Chinese crackers. The government must take measures to curb such poor quality crackers,” he said. The imported crackers may affect over five lakh workers who are directly and indirectly employed in over 840 firecracker units. Pointing out that containers consisting of illegally-imported crackers worth Rs.100 crore were seized over the past one year, members said the seized goods must not be provided for re-tender or sales. They also demanded that the government provide temporary licences to set up firecracker shops a fortnight ahead of the festival. Besides Chennai traders, who are preparing to set up stalls in Island Grounds, merchants from Sivakasi plan to set up about 70 shops in areas including Koyambedu, Royapettah and Kottivakkam.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

CBI to Probe Dumping of China Cracker
 
28th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express CBI to Probe Dumping of China Cracker MADURAI: With Deepavali around the corner and manufacturers in the fireworks hub of India, Sivakasi, feeling economically threatened by their Chinese counterparts, the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) on Thursday ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the illegal dumping of crackers made in China. A bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan ordered the inquiry by the central agency since several cases of dumping of Chinese fireworks has been registered in various part of the country. The judges also felt that the local police would not be fully equipped to investigate the issue as it had a nationwide bearing. Also, it was believed that the Chinese consignment was being brought to India from the sea route as well. The bench gave the direction on a public interest litigation petition filed by a Sivakasi-based man Muthukrishnan who alleged that tonnes of Chinese crackers were illegally stocked up in the country. Even the police in Sivakasi had seized the banned Chinese made crackers. Petitioner’s counsel Ananthamurugan contended that in 2002 itself the Director of Foreign Trade had issued a circular to the Customs Department advising it to treat Chinese fireworks as “explosive items.” Despite this, Chinese fireworks were being routinely transported into India through various routes including the Nepal border. He pointed out that several complaints have been received about the easy availability of crackers from China in north India. In fact, 600 containers of Chinese fireworks were seized in Noida sometime ago. The counsel further said that so far no license has been issued to anyone to import firecrackers from China or to sell these crackers in India. The petitioner pleaded for a probe by a central agency as the Tamil Nadu police had limited jurisdiction in this case had ramifications across the country. Besides, the sale of Chinese crackers adversely impacted the economy of the country. Accepting the contentions, the court directed the CBI to probe into illegal entry and sale of Chinese crackers in India.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

Livelihood of 5 lakh people at stake
 
28th September 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Livelihood of 5 lakh people at stake MADURAI: The Madras high court Madurai bench on Thursday observed that the arrival of banned Chinese fireworks into India will destroy the employment of five lakh people and affect their livelihood seriously. It further said that the issue should be viewed seriously and swift action must be taken on a war-footing by the officials. About 800 fireworks factories are situated in Virdhunagar district and about five lakh people who are directly and indirectly involved depend on these industries. The division bench of justices N. Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan which passed order transferring the Sivakasi Town police-s investigation of seizure of Chinese fireworks in Sivakasi on May 14, said the fireworks industry is valued at Rs 2,000 crores and it should not be allowed to be destroyed by banned fireworks. The executive magistrate (collector) and police officials should carryout inspections as per Rule 128(4) of the Explosive Rules periodically, the judge said. The court also took the note of various fire accidents that occurred in Sivakasi during manufacturing of fire crackers, which resulted in loss of numerous people and damage of property continuously. "It is reported that about 300 people died in the last 10 years. Therefore, the deputy chief controller of explosives, Virudhunagar-s collector and its revenue officer should strictly oversee as to whether safety procedures to be adopted in the industry are followed by the companies, for which they should do periodical inspections," the order said. The court also said that while manufacturing the fireworks, the workers have to deal with chemicals and they are continuously exposed to them which may cause many diseases including skin and respiratory. Accordingly, the court directed the state-s home secretary and the above-said three officials to give appropriate directions to the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association ( TANFAMA) to follow the rules strictly.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

Pleasant Climate likely to continue
 
28th September 2014 Pleasant Climate likely to continue With temperature pegged below 26 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 37 degree celsius, now the temperature fell down to 32 degree Celsius. Sun too shy to show up its face, for last one week. Today, many parts of Sivakasi Town experienced very mild showers, after a cloudy start. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning and it is drizzling often and it continues. The next one week, the climate is expected to remain cloudy with the chances of heavy wind, drizzle and rain. The mild shower adds more chillness on the climate and also make the road wet. Now the weather in Sivakasi town is pleasant.
 
News posted on 2014-09-28

HC orders CBI probe into sale of Chinese fireworks
 
27th September 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India HC orders CBI probe into sale of Chinese fireworks MADURAI: Search, seize and destroy. This, in effect, is the crux of an order by the Madras high court, which ordered CBI probe into illegal import of China-made crackers. It asked customs, revenue intelligence and other enforcement agencies to undertake concerted efforts to "prevent, check and detect" Chinese crackers flooding the country, putting the nation-s economy and children-s safety in peril. A division bench consisting of justices N Kirubakaran and S Vaidyanathan, delivering a judgment on a PIL filed by A Muthukrishnan of Sivakasi on Wednesday, said: "As safety, security and economy of our country is involved in this matter, CBI alone is competent to investigate the offences." Asking the CBI director to take over a pending case registered by Sivakasi police, the bench said even if the local police had laid chargesheet in the matter, it should be transferred to the CBI and the central agency must do re-investigation. "The crime, importing of Chinese crackers involves not only offences under the Explosive Substances Act and its connected Rules, but also under the Customs Act. Similar prohibited goods were already seized in Mumbai, Ghaziabad, Mundra (Kutch), Gujarat and Chennai on various dates. The clandestine import of Chinese crackers has become all-India racket perpetrated by organized groups, and the state police authorities may not be in a position and jurisdiction to conduct the investigation. Therefore, only a central agency would be in a position to conduct an investigation properly throughout the nation," justice Kirubakaran, who wrote the judgment for the bench, observed. "All importers, stockists, distributors and retailers of Chinese fireworks have to be forthwith identified. Their places should be raided and Chinese crackers seized," the bench said adding that agencies must register FIRs and arrest them forthwith. On May 14 this year, Sivakasi tahsildar seized the banned Chinese fireworks from a sales depot in Sivakasi, and registered an FIR on May 17. During the previous hearing, the court was informed that in 2011-12 six cases were filed, in 2012-13 a total of nine cases were filed. Six cases in 2013-14 and two in 2014-15 were registered in the country. After going through the counter-affidavit filed by the customs, the court said there was a lack of coordination and cooperation among various government agencies, and added that they should take emergent steps to install proper mechanism/safeguards in all sea ports and airports to scan a majority of containers so as to rule out any contraband goods at the point of entry itself. "Instead of taking appropriate safeguards to verify/check goods at the entry point itself, there is no point in conducting investigation after allowing the prohibited items in, and after facing consequences," Justice Kirubakaran observed. He also wanted the government to government publicise the dangers of Chinese fireworks and undertake awareness campaigns on the issue. Chinese fireworks contain prohibited chemical substances, chlorides and penchlorides which give more colours and better display, but they are highly volatile, friction-sensitive, dangerous for environment and users. Hence, the Centre-s Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization is against the use of such fireworks, and has negatived fireworks imports from China, the court has been informed.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

A Drizzling Start for the weekend
 
27th September 2014 A Drizzling Start for the weekend Sivakasi town experienced a mild drizzle for several minutes, at today morning. Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle in the town adds more chillness on the climate but fails to make the road wet. Now the skies are clear and little hot temperature prevails in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

Quarterly exam holiday begins
 
27th September 2014 Quarterly exam holiday begins Quarterly exam holiday begins from 26th September 2014, 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. Majority of the schools are scheduled to reopen on 6th October 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

Moderate rain in Sivakasi
 
27th September 2014 Moderate rain in Sivakasi Dark clouds kept hovering over the town during evening time (03:30 p.m.), and bringing down the temperature. And it was rained for around 20 minutes, from 4:20 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. Rain accompanied by thunders and winds. And the climate remains cloudy. The downpour has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Rain likely to continue for the next one week, with maximum and minimum temperature of 26 and maximum of 33 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-09-27

kidney screening camp at Sivakasi
 
26th September 2014 Kidney screening camp at Sivakasi Date: 27-09-2014, Saturday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Jaycees Junior School, Near Palaniandavar Theatre, Sivakasi Registration Fee: Rs.200/- Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi & Madurai Meenakshi Mission Hospital For further assistance please contact 9344190009, 9843077427, 9443378716, 9443362547
 
News posted on 2014-09-26

Rains lash Sivakasi for third time in a week
 
26th September 2014 Rains lash Sivakasi for third time in a week In Sivakasi, sudden development of clouds and strong winds accompanied by thundershowers at afternoon caused rains, which are part of pre-monsoon weather. There was sharp showers in Sivakasi between 12:25 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.. Intermittent rains and gusty winds will continue to prevail in Sivakasi town over the next 48 hours.
 
News posted on 2014-09-26

Paadum Paravaigal 2014
 
26th September 2014 Paadum Paravaigal 2014 Date: 27-09-2014, Saturday Time: 05:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Navathaniya Varthagargal Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.N.Jeganathan, Rtd. Dy. Collector, Tamilnadu Compere: Ms.Kanmani Rajan, Anna University, Chennai Rounds: Boys Solo, Girls Solo & Duet Musical Support: Everest Orchestra Judges: CA. Jagatheesan, CA. Laxmi Roopa Organisers: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler
 
News posted on 2014-09-26

Golu begins amid religious fervour
 
25th September 2014 Golu begins amid religious fervour Temples across Sivakasi town, including the historic Sivakasi Sivan Kovil, Mariamman Kovil, Murugan Kovil, Kadai Kovil, Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil, Badrakaliamman Kovil hogged the limelight as the nine-day Navaratri Golu festival began on 24th September 2014, Wednesday, with religious fervour and traditional enthusiasm. Kolu display in Sivakasi temples draw huge number of devotees to the temple to see it.
 
News posted on 2014-09-25

Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu
 
24th September 2014 Sivakasi gears up to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu Temples and some homes in Sivakasi were set arranged and displayed Kolu on stairs created from wood on 23rd September 2014, as Sivakasians get ready to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu from 24th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014. Many shops in Sivakasi town have set up makeshift stalls to display Kolu dolls, decorative items in different forms. Stores have also come up with a colourful decorative papers and serial lights. Dolls of deities made of clay and paper mache are arranged aesthetically.
 
News posted on 2014-09-24

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
24th September 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet At 04:40 p.m. today, it was drizzling occasionally for several minutes and the drizzle makes the road wet. The drizzle in the evening did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Now dark clouds kept hovering Sivakasi town. Drizzle / rain likely to continue for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 35 degree Celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-24

Sivakasi Perummal Temple pulls in big crowd for Puratasi
 
23rd September 2014 Sivakasi Perummal Temple pulls in big crowd for Puratasi Purattasi Saturday an auspicious day for Lord Perummal. During Purattasi Saturday, many devotees visited perummal temple and offer prayers to the Lord. In Sivakasi, hundreds of devotees thronged Sivakasi Arulmighu Venkatachalapathy Perummal Thirukovil on the first Saturday of Purattasi (20th September 2014, Saturday). Long queues of devotees were seen outside the temple. Devotees offer their prayer to the lord, from 04:30 a.m. onwards. Special pujas were performed and devotees offer Tulsi Garland to Lord Perummal and Betal garland to Hanuman. In Sivakasi Tulsi Garland priced Rs.20/- to Rs.25/- per garland. The rush continued for several hours. Bhajan was arranged in the temple. The roadside vendors selling flowers and fruits did brisk business as devotees made purchases of these items.
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

Roaring thunders but no rain
 
23rd September 2014 Roaring thunders but no rain Today, the gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at evening 04:00 p.m.. Thunders roared accompanied with winds at 04:30 p.m.. There was mild drizzle from 04:40 p.m. to 04:45 p.m.. Drizzle makes the road wet and fails to drench Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

Rain hits Sivakasi
 
23rd September 2014 Rain hits Sivakasi Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town, today. Band of clouds developed during evening around 4:00 p.m.. Today, at 05:40 p.m. to 06:20 p.m., Sivakasi received sharp showers which brought a sigh of relief to Sivakasians, who had been braving sweltering heat in the town. 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 and brings temporary relief from water crisis. The downpour has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next five days. And the maximum and minimum temperature will fell down to 35 and 26 degree celsius respectively, for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

Sivakasi received copious rain
 
23rd September 2014 Photo: Dheepanraj Sivakasi received copious rain After a sharp shower from 05:40 p.m. to 06:15 p.m.., rain lashed Sivakasi town from 06:20 p.m. to 06:40 p.m.. Rain water harvesting systems, installed in buildings, received copious amount of water. Thunders roaring and it is drizzling now....
 
News posted on 2014-09-23

SBCP on a sapling planting drive
 
22nd September 2014 SBCP on a sapling planting drive NSS volunteers of Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy organised environment awareness campaign by planting saplings at the college premises on 20th September 2014, Saturday. Prof.P.Solairaj, Principal, SBCP, presided over the function. Prof.R.Sudhar Singh, Vice Principal, Prof.S.Reghurath Pandian, NSS Unit Programme Officer, SBCP, and staff were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-09-22

Rain lashes Sivakasi
 
22nd September 2014 Rain lashes Sivakasi Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town during evening, bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable during the past one week. Rain lashed Sivakasi town, today, at evening from 04:56 p.m. to 05:15 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. And still drizzle continues. For next one week sky will be cloudy with chances of rain with maximum and minimum temperature of 36 and 27 degree celsius.
 
News posted on 2014-09-22

All set to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu 2014
 
22nd September 2014 All set to celebrate Navarathiri Kolu 2014 As a part of Navarathiri Festival 2014, 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 24th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014. Arrangement works for installing stairs and arranging dolls and decorative works are at full swing.
 
News posted on 2014-09-22

Awareness rally on eye donation
 
21st September 2014 Awareness rally on eye donation A rally was organized in Sivakasi town jointly by the Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City on 3rd September 2014, Wednesday to mark the 30th national eye donation fortnight with an aim to increase public awareness regarding eye donation. Honourable P.Manivannan, Revenue Divisional Officer, Sivakasi, flagged off the rally from Sivakasi Kamarajar statue, at 10:00 a.m.. Lion Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, PDG Lion. S.Surendran MJF, Past District Governor (2006-2007), Lion.Dr.J.Ganesh MJF, District Chairperson for Eye Donation (Since 2007), Lion.Dr.N.Dhanasekaran, President (2009-10) were present on the occassion. Students of schools, college and activists of different social organisations took part in this rally which moved around the four car streets of Sivakasi town. They held placards in support of eye donation and also distributed pamphlets to eradicate myths and wrong beliefs related to eye donation.
 
News posted on 2014-09-21

Maintenance Work Carried Out
 
20th September 2014 Maintenance Work Carried Out Today, power supply in Sivakasi and adjoining areas was disrupted from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in some areas and 01:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m. in few areas, 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 2014-09-20

Power shutdown tomorrow
 
19th September 2014 Power shutdown tomorrow There will be power shutdown in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas from 01:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 20th September 2014, Saturday, owing to maintenance works to be undertaken.
 
News posted on 2014-09-19

10% discount on Kolu dolls at Sivakasi Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan
 
19th September 2014 10% discount on Kolu dolls at Sivakasi Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan Sivakasi Khadi Kraft Showroom, certified by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), offers 10% discount on Kolu Dolls. Dolls of deities made of clay and paper mache are arranged aesthetically, in the Sivakasi Khadi Showroom. The price of dolls ranged from Rs.40 to Rs.3,000, according to Mr.Ravi Chandran, Manager, Khadi Kraft Showroom 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 2nd October, 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-19

ANJAC: One day state level workshop
 
19th September 2014 Courtesy: Dr. P. Samuel, Assistant professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC One day state level workshop Date: 23-09-2014, Tuesday Venue: Seminar Hall, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Autonomous, Sivakasi Program: One day state level workshop Program Title: “Statistical Solutions to Biological Problems” Inauguration: Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal, ANJAC Chief Guest: Dr.K.Sivakumar, Associate professor, Department of Biotechnology, Karpaga Vinayagar College of Engineering & Technology, Kancheepuram. Organized By: Department of Biotechnology, ANJAC, Sivakasi Funded by: THE MANAGEMENT - ANJAC.
 
News posted on 2014-09-19

Sivakasi Kids Carnival 2014
 
18th September 2014 Sivakasi Kids Carnival 2014 Date: 28-09-2014, Sunday Time: 09:30 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. Venue: I Play - I Learn, 5/159, Shembagam Colony, (Near CSI Church), Satchiyapuram, Sivakasi - 626 124. Registration Fee - Rs.50/- Presentation ceremony will be held at 05:30 p.m. to 06:30 p.m. For registration please contact 9952166121 / 9952366521
 
News posted on 2014-09-18

Chinese fireworks worth Rs.3.6 cr seized in Mumbai
 
18th September 2014 Courtesy: India Today Chinese fireworks worth Rs.3.6 cr seized in Mumbai Ahead of the festive season, Made in China firecrackers, being illegally shipped into India, have been seized in Navi Mumbai. Four accused have also been arrested in the case. The consignment they were trying to sneak in is worth Rs.3.61 crore, said Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) oficicials, who seized three firecracker containers in Kalamboli some days back. The containers, they said, were stacked without mandatory customs procedures or payment of customs duty. The DRI on verification found that "no bill of entry had been filed for the clearance of the said goods contained in these containers and that the print of bill of entry submitted with the Container Freight Station (CFS) for removal of the goods was fabricated." According to rules, the import of fireworks is restricted as per the Foreign Trade Policy in force and is permitted only against a valid licence/permission issued by the appropriate authority. IndiaToday.in has an exclusive copy of remand application filed by DRI on September 16, 2014, in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class, Urban, district Raigad, against the accused. The remand application said, "From the above investigation, it appears that all accused are the part of an organised gang involved in the illegal import of fireworks (crackers) by procuring IECs against monetary consideration and importing goods by mis-declaration and who also had prior knowledge of the contents of the containers smuggled without filing bill of entry or payment of customs duty. The import of fireworks (crackers) falling under Tariff item 3604100 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 is restricted under the Foreign Trade Policy 2004-2009." The application further said, "In the present case, the importer had no such licence. The firecrackers being highly inflammable, its transportation and storage by ship is very dangerous to men who handle it and the property where it is stored." A senior DRI official said, "Such acts not only cause loss to the exchequer or breach of import restriction but also give rise to grave public safety and national security issues as the modus operandi adopted by the cartel can be used to smuggle all kind of contraband materials into the country." {mosimage}The firecrackers, seized by the DRI team, clearly show that it was manufactured in China (See pics). The exclusive pictures available with IndiaToday.in show "Made in China" written on the packaging. Just a year ago, in October 2013, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had alerted the state governments about made-in-China fireworks making it to Indian shores. MHA was concerned since such fireworks contain Potassium Chlorate - an explosive chemical. In a letter to all chief secretaries ahead of Diwali last year, MHA had alerted that more than 600 containers of fireworks were likely to be smuggled from China through various ports such as Kandla, Mumbai, Kolkata and Tuticorin. "The firework products include Potassium Chlorate, which is a dangerous chemical and can ignite or explode spontaneously when mixed with a combustible material. Moreover, the Indian fireworks industry is under threat from these products as these are low priced due to usage of potassium chlorate," the letter had said. The Chinese fireworks are also giving a tough time to manufacturers down south in Tamil Nadu especially in Sivakasi and villages of Virudhunagar district where around 80 per cent of fireworks is manufactured. Around 3,00,000 people are engaged in the sector. China is the world-s largest fireworks manufacturer, exporting nearly 95 per cent of its production, earning Rs.5,000 crore every year. Therefore, there is no chance of Sivakasi matching that figure. And Indian manufacturers have been constantly complaining about problems they face due to illegal import of Chinese firecrackers. "Chinese products are cheaper and technologically superior, suited for consumer-s needs. For example, we are not allowed to use Potassium Chloride, which adds colour and height to the fireworks. But China uses it blatantly. Similarly, Potassium Perchloride is banned in India, but used in China. We are living in the kerosene-era, whereas China is in the CFL-age," said J Tamilselvan, president of the Sivakasi-based Indian Fireworks Association. The investigative agency DRI expects more seizure in the coming days as many more containers are likely to be imported to fulfill the rising demands of Dussera and Diwali festivals in India.
 
News posted on 2014-09-18

Stop Flooding of Illegal Chinese Fireworks
 
17th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Stop Flooding of Illegal Chinese Fireworks Chinese fireworks are banned in India. Yet, the market is flooded with such products. This is because every other day, at least one container carrying Chinese fireworks slips through the Indian ports. The Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association has claimed that with Deepavali round the corner, there has been a 35 per cent drop in the sale of fireworks this year. India’s fireworks industry is based at Sivakasi, a small town in southern Tamil Nadu, which was also famous for the film poster printing industry. The fireworks and matches industry is in the small and medium sector and employs a large number of people round the year, though it is a seasonal business. Over the decades, the industry has earned a name for quality and quantity. It is able to meet the need for fireworks all over India during festivals like Deepavali, Christmas and New Year. That the industry received a huge order from the US during the 200th anniversary celebrations of American Independence in 1976 was a reflection of the trust it enjoys. Yet, the manufacturers in Sivakasi are unable to compete with their counterparts in China mainly on the price front. Since fireworks have virtually no shelf life and they are used as soon as they are bought, the consumer would go for the cheapest. Few bother about quality while buying fireworks as affordability is the main consideration, though poor quality stuff can cause accidents. Nobody knows for sure how China is able to produce goods so cheap and dump them in markets like India’s. In this case, the issue is quite different. Licences to import Chinese fireworks are not given. Such items reach the market only because the importers are hand in glove with the customs authorities. Goods cannot pass through the ports without the connivance of the ports and customs authorities. If such illegal consignments can reach the market, there is no guarantee that terrorist outfits would not be able to smuggle weapons and bombs in this manner. The government should immediately stop this illegal business.
 
News posted on 2014-09-17

ANJAC NEWS: Guest lecture on spot the error
 
17th September 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Guest lecture on spot the error The Post Graduate Department of English has planned to organize a guest lecture for the II M.A. English, II M.Sc. Maths and II M.Com (C.A.) on 20th September 2014, Saturday. Prof. Muruganandham, Dept. Of English from Rajapalayam Rajus College, Rajapalayam will address the students on the topic "Spot the Error".
 
News posted on 2014-09-17

ANJAC lifts Legacy 2014 overall trophy
 
17th September 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi ANJAC lifts Legacy 2014 overall trophy Our college Fine Arts Team consisting of 40 students and 6 staff members participated in the Legacy 2014, an intercollegiate cultural competition held at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi on 5th & 6th September 2014. Legacy 2014 was attended by 40 Colleges including 35 Engineering Colleges and 5 Arts and Science Colleges. ANJAC Fine Arts lifted the overall championship for the second time in succession. The students, staff and Convenor were appreciated by the Principal Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, the Correspondent Thiru V.Ayyan Kodiswaran and the members of Management Committee.
 
News posted on 2014-09-17

Illegal China Crackers Smoke out 35 Percent Sivakasi Biz
 
16th September 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Illegal China Crackers Smoke out 35 Percent Sivakasi Biz SIVAKASI: Amid buzz over the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, here’s a sobering thought. Illegal dumping of Chinese products in India has reached menacing proportions, threatening the domestic industry’s survival. Take firecrackers. Sivakasi, the manufacturing hub of India’s fireworks industry, has reported a whopping 35 per cent drop in sales this year because of proliferation of Chinese products. Remember, Chinese fireworks are banned in India, yet on an average, at least one cracker container slips through our ports every alternate day. With Diwali round the corner, members of the Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) have thrown up their hands in exasperation. Pointing out that Chinese goods have actually reached sales points across the country, they demanded an immediate nationwide ban on their sale. The livelihood of nearly five lakh people who depend on the industry is at stake, they warned. Till last year, the Sivakasi industry was getting big orders of something like `50 lakh from wholesalers. Those orders have dropped in a big way, TANFAMA president G Abiruban revealed here on Monday. “We met Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on September 11 and urged her to send a letter to all states to prevent the sale of the banned crackers,” he said. She promised action, he added. The Modi government prides itself on pulling no punches even while interacting with visiting heads of state. Will it do so with Xi on illegal dumping? Watch this space. Ban Sale Immediately,industry urges Govt Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association president G Abiruban appealed to Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman to curb the sale of banned Chinese firecrackers across India. She has promised help, Abiruban said.
 
News posted on 2014-09-16

Tapasyogi Nandhi launches music CD
 
16th September 2014 Tapasyogi Nandhi launches music CD Tapasyogi Nandhi, based in Los Angeles, may not be a familiar name for now, but the spiritual teacher could well reconnect with India and all that he had left behind once his book on "mastering the consciousness" is published. Nandhi, who has a significant following in the US and is married to a certain "Kali from California" has an interesting past. Born to a family of entrepreneurs in Sivakasi, the strapping man in his youth was married to Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, and went by the name of Athipan Bose. Nandhi remembers his ex-wife fondly, who had eventually remarried, and divorced again before being linked to a fellow scam-tainted colleague. "I have known Kanimozhi to be a sensitive, caring and ethical person (during my marriage years). When I read of her, the scam and the huge news, it felt awful. I do know that entering politics means stepping into all forms of praise and criticism and its drama. I choose to stay away from all this and I do not want to judge her," he said to the diarist. Their contact has been limited over the years. Especially since Nandhi had a "death experience" and woke up in a cave in Arunachal Pradesh to his epiphany. According to this monk who quit his business, the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers that happened soon after he had landed in the US triggered his spiritual work. The first part of his book details the story of his interesting life just before marrying Kanimozhi, his short stint as a son-in-law to Karunanidhi and the early stirrings of his spiritual turn. The second and third parts deal with his take on yoga and consciousness. "My life is full, and has a purpose," he says, with the equanimity of someone who has been there, done that.
 
News posted on 2014-09-16

Drizzled but no rain in Sivakasi
 
15th September 2014 Drizzled but no rain in Sivakasi Yesterday, 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 afternoon. Sivakasians expected a heavy rain but there was few drizzles at aftenoon though the sky was cloudy at noon. Around 6:15 it was drizzling for several hours and the drizzle fails to make the road wet. No rain disappointed Sivakasians for the second consecutive day.
 
News posted on 2014-09-15

AAACET celebrates SONYFEST 2014
 
15th September 2014 AAACET celebrates SONYFEST 2014 AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Sivakasi celebrated SONYFEST’14 a grand Intra-cultural Programme for the students at college A/C Seminar Hall, on September 12th 2014. Shri.A.P.Selvarajan, Managing Director Kaliswari Fireworks was the Guest of honour. The Chief Guest in his special address inscribed the glory of the college in its magnificient infrastructure and the international standard. He highlighted the significance of SONYFEST in his talk as the programme identifies the inane talents and shuns away fear, shyness and hesitation from the students. He further said that the programme paves way to create professional behavior in the interview also. He indicated that India has less man power in the field of manufacturing and advised the students to be manufacturers. He reiterated the urge to save agriculture from the point of extinct. He recalled Prime Minister’s words and insisted that the students have to work hard to achieve success. Over the course of 30 days, various on stage and off stage competitions. The on-stage performance on the day of SONYFEST’14 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. L. Gayathri Devi, Coordinator of Sony Fest’ 14 was applauded for the cooperation of the students and the smooth conduct of the program. The Chief Guest of the day awarded the best performers. 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 2014-09-15

Memory Management Programme at SFRC
 
15th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Memory Management Programme at SFRC A one-day “Memory Management Programme” was conducted by The Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, for the Government Higher Secondary School, Reserve Line, Sivakasi, on 27th August 2014, Wednesday, for more than 100 students.
 
News posted on 2014-09-15

Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi
 
14th September 2014 Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi For the past two days, rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi. Today afternoon, skies bulged with dark clouds and Sivakasians expected a heavy downpour, but Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle from 03:20 p.m. to 03:25 p.m.. The mild drizzle fails to make the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. For next one week only light showers are expected, with maximum and minimum temperature of 37 and 26 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-09-14

Drizzle fails to make the road wet
 
13th September 2014 Drizzle fails to make the road wet There was mild drizzle from 06:55 p.m., on 12th September 2014, Friday, in Sivakasi. But the mild drizzle for few minutes in the town fails to make the road wet. Drizzle at the late evening 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 37 & 26 degree Celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

Lions School celebrates 46th anniversary
 
13th September 2014 Lions School celebrates 46th anniversary The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrated 46th School Day and Parents Day on 26th August 2014, Tuesday, at Lion A Vairaprakasam - Meera Vairaprakasam Campus, The Sivakasi Lions Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Senior Campus. The school report was presented by Dr.Aiyavoo T Mony Ph.D, Principal. Mr.Saravana Kumar, addressed as Parents Representative. Mr.Karunakaran, New India Assurance Company Ltd., was the chief guest for the function. The Chief Guest distributed medals, prizes and certificates those who secured first three ranks in their class for the academic year 2013-14. And he distributed momento to the teachers of Class X and XII for bringing out meritorius results. A wonderful cultural programme was presented by the students. Lion K.Ambulirajan, Secretary & Correspondent and other Lions Club of Sivakasi members were present on the occasion. Earlier Mr.A.Vaira Prakasam, Former President, The Lions Club of Sivakasi, inaugurated Science Park, at the school premises.
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

Acupuncture camp for Mentally Challenged
 
13th September 2014 Headmaster M.Balraj memorial Acupuncture camp for Mentally Challenged Date: 18-09-2014, Thursday Time: 06:00 p.m. Venue: Azhagan Kaapagam, 861-B, National Colony, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.M.Navaraj, Naveen Reproductive Syndicate, Sivakasi, will distribute medicines Organisers: Azhagan Seva Sangam & Rotary Club of Sivakasi Central
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
13th September 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet Today, skies were clear during morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. After a sweltering day, as the day progressed a band of cloud and drizzle makes the road wet at evening. There was mild drizzle from 03:38 p.m. to 03:50 p.m. and the drizzle makes the road wet. Drizzle did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Climate will be cloudy for next one week, with average minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and maximum temperature of 37 degree Celsius, with chances of drizzle / rain.
 
News posted on 2014-09-13

The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi
 
12th September 2014 The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi From 11th September 2014, Thursday, you might have seen moon in the daytime, in Sivakasi town. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next two or three days, in Sivakasi.
 
News posted on 2014-09-12

Petrol Price in Sivakasi
 
12th September 2014 Courtesy: Mr.R.P.Natarajan,Manager,HP Autocare Centre, Sivakasi Petrol Price in Sivakasi Petrol Price = Rs.71.92 per litre Diesel Price = Rs.63.74 per litre
 
News posted on 2014-09-12

Sivakasi Khadi Kolu dolls sale opens
 
11th September 2014 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 10th September 2014, Wednesday, setting the tone for the coming Navarathri festival. The price of dolls ranged from Rs.35 to Rs.1,040, 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 2nd October, 2014, Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-11

Quarterly Examination begins
 
11th September 2014 Quarterly Examination begins Quarterly examination begins for State Board and Matriculation schools from day before yesterday (09-09-2014, Tuesday), in Sivakasi town. Majority of the schools declared half day holiday for students during quarterly exams, some schools conducting special classes. Quarterly examination holiday begins from 26th September 2014, Saturday. And schools will be reopened by 6th October 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-11

Hot and sultry weather in Sivakasi
 
10th September 2014 Hot and sultry weather in Sivakasi According to the latest weather update in Sivakasi, maximum temperature recorded in Sivakasi yesterday was 37.77°C, which is above normal average. Sivakasi is experiencing heat wave for the past 4 days. Tomorrow, the day temperature will remain in the high-thirties. Hot day conditions prevailed till the late evening. Sivakasi to continue to reel under heat wave for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-09-10

AJ College lifts LEGACY-14 overall trophy
 
10th September 2014 AJ College lifts LEGACY-14 overall trophy Sivakasi Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), lifted the overall championship trophy (LEGACY 2014) inter-collegiate cultural competitions for students of Arts & Science College and Engineering College, organised by MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, on 6th september 2014, Saturday. Sethu Engineering College, Kariappatti, scored 250 points, 30 points less than the champions, to bag the runners-up trophy while the third place went to Madurai Thiagarajar Engineering College, which bagged 150 points. A total of 900 students from 40 colleges participated in 30 events conducted at various venues on the college premises. Chief guest of the valedictory function, gave away the trophies and prizes.
 
News posted on 2014-09-10

Sivakasi Weather: Sweaty, Sultry day ends with drizzle
 
10th September 2014 Sivakasi Weather: Sweaty, Sultry day ends with drizzle Today, Sivakasi witnessed a brief spell of sharp showers from 06:45 p.m. to 06:55 p.m. with hot afternoon and a rather pleasant evening. Sivakasi weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions on Thursday with the possibility of light rain. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 37°C and 27°C respectively. The maximum temperature registered today was 38°C while the minimum was 27°C.
 
News posted on 2014-09-10

Pournami Poojai Performed in Sivakasi
 
9th September 2014 Pournami Poojai Performed in Sivakasi Yesterday, 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. You can see the Moon at daytime from day after tomorrow onwards in Sivakasi, for three to five days.
 
News posted on 2014-09-09

Neurung 2014 Android Workshop @ MEPCO
 
8th September 2014 Neurung 2014 Android Workshop Date: 27-09-2014, Saturday Venue: MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi REGISTRATION FEE: For CSI/IEEE Members : Rs. 300 For Non - Members : Rs. 350 REQUISITES: Participants those who are registering as Members of IEEE/CSI must bring their IEEE/CSI membership card while attending the workshop DD should be taken in Favour of : MSEC - IEEE (USA) STUDENT BRANCH payable at Sivakasi Last Date for reception of DD: 23-09-2014, Tuesday Organisers: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College For further details contact 9942013290 (Mr. C.Kalyana Sundaram., AP/ECE)(Please contact only during working hours : 09:00 a.m - 04:30 p.m) Email: neurung2k14@gmail.com
 
News posted on 2014-09-08

A hot sunny day for Sivakasi
 
8th September 2014 A hot sunny day for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasi residents have been experiencing hot weather. Sivakasi recorded 37 degree Celsius. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot blow in Sivakasi temperature. Sky will remain cloudy for next two days, with a chances for drizzle and rain from tomorrow.
 
News posted on 2014-09-08

Blood donation camp organised at AAACET
 
8th September 2014 Blood donation camp organised at AAACET AAA College of Engineering & Technology and Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler organized Blood Camp in the college premises on 08th September 2014, Monday. Dr.P.Ganesan, the Correspondent inaugurated the Camp. Dr. T. Ayyanar, Chief Doctor, Government Hospital, Sivakasi felicitated the camp. Rtn.PHF.S.M.Naina Mohamed, President, Rotary Club of Sivakasi Sparkler delivered the welcome address. In his address, he elucidated the students, the benefits of blood donation and also guaranteed that this will not affect the donor in any means. Dr.K.Arulmozhi, the Principal delighted over conducting the First 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 60 members donated blood. The NSS Team of AAA co-ordinated 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 with an objective to promote the awareness of blood donation among the students.
 
News posted on 2014-09-08

Happy Onam
 
7th September 2014 Happy Onam Onam greetings to all ! Best wishes for Health, Happiness and Prosperity. - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-09-07

Sun, Moon acquire rainbow halo on the same day in Sivakasi
 
7th September 2014 Sun, Moon acquire rainbow halo on the same day in Sivakasi In Sivakasi, A rainbow-coloured "Sun halo" that lingered from 10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in a cloudy sky generated much curiosity among the Sivakasians on 6th September 2014, Saturday. At Saturday night a halo was visible around the Moon, for several hours. It is caused by tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere. "The colours are the result of refraction, much like in a rainbow, with the sunlight passing through water droplets and getting refracted. Ice crystals form in the cloud when the temperature is very low." Sivakasians captured the rare phenomenon in their mobile phone, digital cameras and camcorders.
 
News posted on 2014-09-07

A brighter start ends with drizzle
 
6th September 2014 A brighter start ends with drizzle After a hot day on 5th September 2014, Friday, the evening brought some relief to Sivakasians. A drizzle followed the strong wind on Friday evening, which cooled down the weather. It was drizzled for several hours from 06:30 p.m., but the mild drizzle did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians and the drizzle failed to make the road wet.
 
News posted on 2014-09-06

Sun halo surprises Sivakasians
 
6th September 2014 Sun halo surprises Sivakasians Today, Sivakasians were surprised by a rainbow halo that formed around the sun sometime around 10:45 a.m.. The surprise turned into curiosity when the phenomenon intensified and the halo became very prominent in the seven colours of the rainbow. Such Sun halo is formed when water droplets that accumulate around the sun evaporate. When there is differential moisture content in the atmosphere surrounding the sun, evaporation takes place and because of the proximity of the sun, the white of the water is scattered into seven colours and hence the rainbow effect.
 
News posted on 2014-09-06

Light drizzle makes for pleasant morning
 
6th September 2014 Light drizzle makes for pleasant morning A light drizzle was experienced in many parts of Sivakasi town today and a slight decrease in temperature made the day pleasant. Morning drizzle kept the temperature pleasant throughout Saturday in and around Sivakasi. It was cloudier throughout the day, but there was no rain/drizzle in the town.
 
News posted on 2014-09-06

Happy Teachers Day
 
Dear Teacher, Thanks for making us what we are today. Happy Teachers Day! Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-09-05

ANJAC alumni P Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor
 
5th September 2014 Courtesy: The Indian Express ANJAC alumni P Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam was on Friday sworn in as Kerala Governor. 65-year-old Sathasivam, whose appointment triggered debate in legal and political circles on the propriety of giving gubernatorial assignment to a former CJI, is the 23rd Governor of the state. He was administered the oath of office by Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Justice Ashok Bhushan, at the Raj Bhavan here. He is the first Chief Justice of India to be appointed to the post which is lower in warrant of precedence to the CJI. He is also the first non-political person appointed for a gubernatorial post by the new NDA government. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha P J Kurien and Kerala Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan were present at the function. After his appointment on September 3, Sathasivam had said, “I can utilise my service to the people of the state in a better way compared to other politicians.” “I want to utilise my experience for the people of the particular state (Kerala),” he had said. Sathasivam, who was appointed as Governor of Kerala replacing Sheila Dikshit, retired as CJI in April this year.
 
News posted on 2014-09-05

Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor
 
5th September 2014 Courtesy: The Hindu Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor Former chief justice of India (CJI) P. Sathasivam was sworn in as the new Governor of Kerala on Friday morning. The acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Ashok Bhushan, administered the oath to Mr. Sathasivam at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Mr. Sathasivam is the first former CJI to become the Governor of a state. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his cabinet colleagues, top officials were present on the occasion. Mr. Sathasivam succeeds former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who had resigned last week and flew out of the state on Thursday.
 
News posted on 2014-09-05

30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration
 
3rd September 2014 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, Poetry Writing, Quiz, Rangoli, and Drawing Competitions on Eye Donation Awareness was organised as a part of 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration at Lions Cosmos Hall, Sivakasi on 2nd September 2014, Tuesday. Lion.Sivagami S.Arumugam MJF was the chief guest for the programme. The chief gust distributed prizes and certificates to the winners. Lion.Dr.N.Dhanasekaran, President (2009-10) propsed vote of thanks. Lion.Dr.J.Ganesh MJF, District Chairperson for Eye Donation, Lion.G.Ramar, President (2011-12) and members of Lions Club of Sivakasi cracker City were present on the occasion.
 
News posted on 2014-09-03

A chance for Drizzle in Sivakasi
 
2nd September 2014 A chance for Drizzle in Sivakasi For the next one week the climate in Sivakasi is expected to remain cloudy with maximum and minimum temperature expected to hover around 34 and 27 degrees Celsius. There may be chances for drizzle / rain and lightning, in Sivakasi Town. And the climate in Sivakasi is expected to be pleasant for the next one week with chances of drizzle / rain.
 
News posted on 2014-09-02

TECHNEST-14
 
2nd September 2014 TECHNEST-14 Date: 12-09-2014, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. Venue: ANJAC, Sivakasi Organisers: Departments of CS & IT (UG) and IT & M (PG)
 
News posted on 2014-09-02

This September in Sivakasi
 
1st September 2014 This September in Sivakasi 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli and drawing competition on Eye Donation Awareness Date: 02-09-2014, Tuesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Lions Cosmos Hall, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City Eye Donation Awareness Rally 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Date: 03-09-2014, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City Eye Camp Date: 14-09-2014, 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: 21-09-2014, 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: 28-09-2014, 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 2014-09-01

Patch works on Old Virudhunagar road completed
 
1st September 2014 Patch works on Old Virudhunagar road completed For those who drive down to old Virudhunagar Road, Sivakasi stretch, the rainy months ahead may not be a problem as the Sivakasi Municipality has completed the patchwork work, making the road better. The patch work on old Virudhunagar road has been completed today.
 
News posted on 2014-09-01

Mild drizzle and hot day for Sivakasi
 
1st September 2014 Mild drizzle and hot day for Sivakasi Today, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a cool breeze and mild drizzle at 08:10 p.m. to 08:13 p.m. early morning. The gradual dip in the temperature began after cloud cover lifted from over Sivakasi town at early morning. And the skies were clear at morning and evening with hot temperature in the town. Earlier on 30th September 2014, Saturday, there was mild drizzle at 06:45 p.m. to 06:55 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-09-01

Ganesha Idol Procession and Immersion
 
31st August 2014 Ganesha Idol Procession and Immersion in Sivakasi As a part of Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival, Idol Immersion of Lord Ganesha was performed, today, in Sivakasi, at 06:00 p.m.. Thousands of devotees on Sunday night took part in the procession ahead of the immersion of 45 Vinayaka idols installed in the major places of the town. The Vinayaga idol was taken out in a grand procession from Sivakasi Mariamman Temple. It passed through main roads of the town before immersion. The Idol Radhams were decorated with flowers, festoons, garlands and balloons.A few groups of 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. The town police made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peace during the procession. The traffic movement was restricted and parking was banned near Mariamman Temple for several hours in the evening due to the procession. All the idols were immersed near Jakkammaal Kovil.
 
News posted on 2014-08-31

Mild drizzle for few minutes on 29th Aug
 
30th August 2014 Mild drizzle for few minutes on 29th Aug After a cloudier start, there was mild drizzle at 02:00 p.m. to 02:04 p.m., in Sivakasi, on 29th August 2014, Friday. The mild drizzle in the town did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Manaivinala Vetpu to be held
 
30th August 2014 Manaivinala Vetpu to be held Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 04:30 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram (Town Thava maiyam), 697, PKSA Arumugam Road, Opp. to Srinivasa Departmental Store, Sivakasi - 626 189. Registration fee Rs.100/- Organiser: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram Arakkatalai, Sivakasi For further details contact 9442775192, 9443725089, 9952162980, 999490420
 
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30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration
 
30th August 2014 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli and drawing competition on Eye Donation Awareness Date: 02-09-2014, Tuesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Lions Cosmos Hall, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Eye Donation Awareness Rally
 
30th August 2014 Eye Donation Awareness Rally 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Date: 03-09-2014, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Coming up next in Sivakasi
 
30th August 2014 Coming up next in Sivakasi Homeopathy Camp Date: 31-08-2014, 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 Vinayakar Idol Procession and Immersion Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 05:30 p.m. onwards Venue: Arulmighu Sri Mariamman Thirukovil, Sivakasi Immersion will be held at Sakkammal Kovil backside. Manaivinala Vetpu to be held Date: 31-08-2014, Sunday Time: 04:30 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram (Town Thava maiyam), 697, PKSA Arumugam Road, Opp. to Srinivasa Departmental Store, Sivakasi - 626 189. Registration fee Rs.100/- Organiser: Sivakasi V.M.Manavalaikkalai Mandram Arakkatalai, Sivakasi For further details contact 9442775192, 9443725089, 9952162980, 999490420 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Essay, poetry writing, quiz, rangoli and drawing competition on Eye Donation Awareness Date: 02-09-2014, Tuesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Lions Cosmos Hall, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City Eye Donation Awareness Rally 30th National Eye Donation Fortnight Celebration Date: 03-09-2014, Wednesday Time: 10:00 a.m. Venue: Kamarajar Statue, Sivakasi Organisers: Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Dark clouds but no rain
 
30th August 2014 Dark clouds but no rain Today, black clouds hovered in the evening, but unluckily there was no drizzle / rain in Sivakasi town. There was mild drizzle for few seconds at afternoon 02:50 p.m.. For next one week, the climate will be partly cloudy and there may be chance for drizzle or rain for next one week with maximum and minimum temperature of 93 and 71 degree fahrenheit respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-30

Happy Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
28th August 2014 Happy Vinayakar Chathurthi Hoping this Ganesh Chatrurthi Will be the start of year that Brings happiness for you. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! - Team Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-08-29

Vinayakar Chathurthi festival triggers flower price hike
 
28th August 2014 Vinayakar Chathurthi festival triggers flower price hike The increasing demand for the Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival have triggered price hike for arugambul maalai (Rs.20/- per maalai), flowers, plantain leaf (5 leaves - Rs.20/-), vilambalam (Rs.20 - Rs.25) banana, coconut (Rs.20), aval, pori, kumkum and sandal paste. Last minute Vinayakar Chathurthi shopping rush leaves people stranded all over Sivakasi town, yesterday. Hundreds of commuters were virtually stranded on roads as the jams extended for hours in four car streets of Sivakasi. Most marketplaces in Sivakasi remained packed and finding parking space was very difficult. Four car streets of Sivakasi was jammed in the peak hours of the morning as hundreds of families descended to buy arugampul maalai, thengaai pazham, vilaampazham and pori. Though prices have gone up 20% to 40%, it has not deterred Sivakasi customers from buying the essential things for the festival.
 
News posted on 2014-08-29

Sivakasi celebrates Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
29th August 2014 Sivakasi celebrates Vinayakar Chathurthi Today, the birth of Ganesh - destroyer of obstacles, is celebrated across Sivakasi town with much gusto and merriment. Special poojas were performed at all the temples in the town. Early in the morning, Special Poojas, Abhishegams and Maha Ganapathy Homams were performed to Lord Ganesa. People offered prayers to the God and offered him kozhukattai, Pongal, Sundal and Vilaam Pazham. Lord Vinayaka idols have been installed in various places across Sivakasi town including PKN Road, NRKR Road, Near Bus Stand, Solai Colony, Near Sivan Kovil and other key junctions, where devotees flocked in large numbers and sought blessings. Vinayakar Idol procession and immersion will be held on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-29

Sivakasi manufacturers worried over smuggled Chinese fireworks
 
27th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Sivakasi manufacturers worried over smuggled Chinese fireworks As Diwali advances, Sivakasi - the country-s fireworks hub - buzzes with activity, manufacturing fireworks to light up the sky. But manufacturers are apprehensive that smuggled Chinese fireworks may impact them a great deal.  This year has been a period of turmoil for both manufacturers and workers of fireworks units in Sivakasi.  The units closed down indefinitely for two weeks in the month of May as the owners protested against a hike in explosive license fee, but the underlying fear driving the agitation was Chinese fireworks smuggled into India. AMSG Ashokan of "We Two" brand estimates that roughly 500 containers full of Chinese fireworks may be smuggled in for diwali this year, essentially to cater to north Indian markets. "Sivakasi is steadily losing its share of fireworks business since many units have come up in North India too. We will lose more, if Chinese fireworks are not curtailed from entering Indian markets illegally," he said.  In the month of May, officials seized consignments of Chinese fireworks within Sivakasi which opened a can of worms. It was alleged that some manufacturers were involved in the import of Chinese fireworks.  More than the bigger players who have established a brand name across the country, smaller players in industry will be worst hit by Chinese products, said N Raja, president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Workers Protection Movement in Sivakasi. "The wholesale merchants in the north may prefer branded Indian fireworks and substitute the rest of demand with Chinese fireworks," he said. T Kannan, secretary of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association (TIFMA) in Sivakasi, says that Chinese fireworks are openly sold in Delhi. Many officials are not aware that Chinese fireworks are illegal and have been smuggled into the country, he said.  Sivakasi manufacturers say that Chinese fireworks contain chlorides and perchlorides. The use of these chemicals in fireworks manufacturing is banned in our country since these chemicals are highly volatile and environmentally hazardous. "Chlorides give Chinese fireworks more colour and better display but they are dangerous for consumers," said A Mariappan, vice president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. After the Chinese fireworks were seized in Sivakasi, the manufacturers took to the high court bench in Madurai demanding that the government should act. However it was revealed that not all containers could be screened in harbours making it difficult for authorities to curb Chinese fireworks import. Suppliers hope the court will ask Centre to crack down. "All we need from the Union ministry is that it should publicize the fact that Chinese fireworks are illegal," says Mariappan.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

Sivakasi play school kids celebrated Vinayakar Chathurthi
 
27th August 2014 Sivakasi play school kids celebrated Vinayakar Chathurthi The Sivakasi play School celebrated Ganesha Chathurthi, today, near Sivan Kovil. Around 45 Vinayaka idols were placed in the key junctions of Sivakasi town. Near Sivakasi Sivan Kovil a large Ganesha idol was installed for Vinayakar Chathurthi Celebration. Around 20 kids from a play school participated in the Ganesha Puja celebrations. Special puja was performed. Students were distributed prasadham.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

All set for Vinayaka Chathurthi
 
27th August 2014 All set for Vinayaka Chathurthi 45 Ganesha idols being kept at the key junctions of Sivakasi town as part of the forthcoming Vinayaka Chaturthi. Vinayaka temples in Sivakasi were decorated with festoons, decorative lights and papers. Procession and Vinayaka idol immersion will be taken place on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

BIO BEATZ-14 state level intercollegiate meet at ANJAC
 
27th August 2014 Courtesy: Dr.P.Samuel, Assistant professor, Dept. of Biotechnology, ANJAC BIO BEATZ-14 state level intercollegiate meet at ANJAC Department of Biotechnology, Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), one day state level intercollegiate meet – BIO BEATZ’14 was organized on 26th August 2014, Tuesday, in the college seminar hall. The state level intercollegiate meet was inaugurated by Dr.V.Pandiyarajan, Principal by lighting kuthuvizhaku and delivered inaugural address. During the thought provoking inaugural address to the student gatherings he insisted that mere targeting towards the champion’s trophy is not at all a matter of importance but every student have to develop their self interest towards active participation in this type of program. Dr.J.Vijayakumar, Assistant professor gave the welcome address. Around 112 students accompanied with their faculty representing various colleges from Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem and other cities were actively came forwarded, participated and exhibited their hidden talents. In the same day, during the valedictory session Dr.D.N.P.Sudarmani, Head, Department of Biotechnology had welcomed the gatherings. Thiru.A.Ramamurthy, president of ANJAC, gave away the certificates and prizes to the winners. The students from Lady Doak College of Madurai had won the overall champion’s trophy of the one day state level meet. Mrs.P.Sugapriya Menaga, Assistant professor cum organizing secretary of the state level meet delivered the vote of thanks.
 
News posted on 2014-08-28

Vinayakar Idols Arrived in Sivakasi
 
27th August 2014 Vinayakar Idols Arrived in Sivakasi Sivakasi devotees are set to accord welcome to Lord Vinayaka on account of Vinayakar Chathurthi on 29th August 2014, Friday. 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. Ganesh Chatthurthi is on 29th August 2014, Friday. In Sivakasi, the procession and immersion of idols will be taken place on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-27

Ganesha idol immersion is on 31st August
 
27th August 2014 Ganesha idol immersion is on 31st August Ganesh Chatthurthi is on 29th August 2014, Friday, and Sivakasi celebrates the function in a grand manner every year. In Sivakasi, the procession and immersion of idols will be taken place on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-27

Hot sunny day on 26th Aug
 
26th August 2014 Hot sunny day on 26th Aug Sivakasi residents have been experiencing hot weather for the past two days. On Monday, Sivakasi recorded 37 degree Celsius. The blue sky with white clouds had been responsible for the hot blow in Sivakasi temperature. Sky will remain cloudy for next one week, with a chances for drizzle and rain from 29th August 2014, Friday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-26

Illegal Chinese Crackers
 
26th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Chinese Crackers Worth Rs. 600 Crore Imported Illegally in Tamil Nadu Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association today alleged that fireworks from China worth Rs. 600 crore had been imported and hoarded in North Indian states. In a memorandum to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Association Vice President Asaithambi said chinese crackers had been imported illegally and wanted the Central government to warn customs and central excise officials about the illegal import of fireworks from China. They would be sold during the Diwali festival season and this would affect job prospects of 10 lakh workers employed in fireworks units in India, he said. Officials had seized chinese crackers worth Rs.10.31 crore in the last four years.
 
News posted on 2014-08-26

China calls: In Sivakasi dud Diwali looms
 
26th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India China calls: In Sivakasi dud Diwali looms As Diwali advances, Sivakasi - the country-s fireworks hub - buzzes with activity, manufacturing fireworks to light up the sky. But manufacturers are apprehensive that smuggled Chinese fireworks may impact them a great deal. This year has been a period of turmoil for both manufacturers and workers of fireworks units in Sivakasi. The units closed down indefinitely for two weeks in the month of May as the owners protested against a hike in explosive license fee, but the underlying fear driving the agitation was Chinese fireworks smuggled into India. AMSG Ashokan of "We Two" brand estimates that roughly 500 containers full of Chinese fireworks may be smuggled in for diwali this year, essentially to cater to north Indian markets. "Sivakasi is steadily losing its share of fireworks business since many units have come up in North India too. We will lose more, if Chinese fireworks are not curtailed from entering Indian markets illegally," he said. In the month of May, officials seized consignments of Chinese fireworks within Sivakasi which opened a can of worms. It was alleged that some manufacturers were involved in the import of Chinese fireworks. More than the bigger players who have established a brand name across the country, smaller players in industry will be worst hit by Chinese products, said N Raja, president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Workers Protection Movement in Sivakasi. "The wholesale merchants in the north may prefer branded Indian fireworks and substitute the rest of demand with Chinese fireworks," he said. T Kannan, secretary of The Indian Fireworks Manufacturers Association (TIFMA) in Sivakasi, says that Chinese fireworks are openly sold in Delhi. Many officials are not aware that Chinese fireworks are illegal and have been smuggled into the country, he said. Sivakasi manufacturers say that Chinese fireworks contain chlorides and perchlorides. The use of these chemicals in fireworks manufacturing is banned in our country since these chemicals are highly volatile and environmentally hazardous. "Chlorides give Chinese fireworks more colour and better display but they are dangerous for consumers," said A Mariappan, vice president of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. After the Chinese fireworks were seized in Sivakasi, the manufacturers took to the high court bench in Madurai demanding that the government should act. However it was revealed that not all containers could be screened in harbours making it difficult for authorities to curb Chinese fireworks import. Suppliers hope the court will ask Centre to crack down. "All we need from the Union ministry is that it should publicize the fact that Chinese fireworks are illegal," says Mariappan.
 
News posted on 2014-08-26

Sivakasians beware of fuel theft
 
25th August 2014 Sivakasians beware of fuel theft Petrol theft have been on the rise, in Sivakasi area. The residents of Sivakasi Palaniandavarpuram Colony, National Colony and Amman Kovilpatti complain of petrol theft. Most of the vehicles parked in front of their houses will be emptied overnight. Sivakasians are asked to inform the police when they go out of town so that they can keep an eye on their houses during routine patrols.
 
News posted on 2014-08-25

Free eye camp conducted
 
25th August 2014 Free eye camp conducted Sivakasi Khaitan Steel Mart and Sankara Eye Hospital on 10th August 2014, Sunday conducted a free eye screening camp. Doctor and staff from Sankara Eye Hospital screened participants at the camp. The organisers would send those identified by the doctors for surgery to the hospital, where they would be operated free of cost. Plus, the patients would also get free boarding and lodging and lens. Those in need of spectacles would also get one.
 
News posted on 2014-08-25

A few sharp showers on 22nd Aug
 
23rd August 2014 A few sharp showers on 22nd Aug A drizzle that started at around 3.48 p.m. turned into a sudden downpour for few minutes at 05:00 to 05:15 p.m. and 06:00 p.m. to 06:10 p.m.. However, later it was drizzling for few hours. The recent rains in Sivakasi brings smile on the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Free Homeopathy Camp Organised
 
23rd August 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Homeopathy Camp Organised Free Homeopathy Camp The 349th Free Homeopathy Camp was successfully organised by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy, Sivakasi, on 27th July 2014, Sunday, at Coronation Girls Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi. 91 patients were treated for various diseases by Homeopathy Dr.T.A.Machavel and his team. Patients suffering from diseases were given medicines free of cost. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy Sivakasi, actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 31st August 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Sathya Sai Aanmeega Saadhanai Mugaam
 
23rd August 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Sathya Sai Aanmeega Saadhanai Mugaam Sri Sathya Sai Seva Trust Virudhunagar District Tamilnadu, India, organised Sathya Sai Aanmeega Saadhanai Mugaam, at Sivakasi Sri Sathya Sai Samithy Premises, on 27th August 2014, Sunday. Sairam Saraswathi Ammal was the chief guest for the programme. Around 100 members participated in the event. Dr.Pasupathi and other Sathya Sai members were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Rain brings joy
 
23rd August 2014 Rain brings joy Today, Sivakasi were in for a surprise as the blazing sun gave way to cool breeze and layers of clouds brought down the mercury, making the weather pleasant. There was sharp showers from 01:00 p.m. to 01:20 p.m. and drizzle for several minutes. And Sivakasi received moderate rain from 01:35 p.m. 01:50 p.m.. The unusually pleasant conditions will continue for the next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Free Mental Health Camp Organised
 
23rd August 2014 Courtesy: Sairam Siva Free Mental Health Camp Organised Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy in association with MS Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation, jointly organised the 148th free mental health camp, at Arasan Ganesan Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi, on 17th August 2014, Sunday. 245 people were benefited out of this camp. Narayan Seva has been done for 500 people. 30 volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithy has been actively participated in the camp. Next camp will be held on 21st September 2014, Sunday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-23

Sivakasi Police arrested director Saran
 
22nd August 2014 Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Sivakasi Police arrested director Saran Sivakasi police on Friday arrested Tamil film director Saran on Thursday in connection with a cheque fraud case. While the director was shooting for his Aaayirathil Iruvar, which has actor Vinay in the lead, at Tirunelveli, the Sivakasi town police armed with an arrest warrant took him in to custody early in the day. The film crew were shocked and the shooting was suspended. The police produced him before the Sivakasi judicial magistrate who, however, enlarged him on bail in the evening with two-member surety. JM Jospeh Joy had on August 12, 2014, issued an arrest warrant against Saran in a cheque fraud case and had asked the police to present him before the court. The warrant was issued following his failure to appear in the court for a case filed by a Sivakasi-based printer Gnanasekaran on August 22, 2011. In his complaint, Gnanasekaran said that he had printed wall posters as requested by Saran for a film titled ‘Muni’ which he produced. The director, he claimed, had given him a cheque for Rs 50 lakh towards the order he had placed but the cheque dated December 18, 2010, bounced. Later, Gnansekaran moved the JM court which on Friday granted bail to the director on being produced. Emerging out of the court, Saran told reporters that the case against him was foisted and he would face it legally and he left for Tirunelveli to resume the shooting for his upcoming movie. Saran has directed films like films like Kadhal Mannan, Amarkalam, Gemini, Vasool Raja MBBS and Attagasam among others.
 
News posted on 2014-08-22

Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrated in Sivakasi
 
22nd August 2014 Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrated in Sivakasi Special prayers, colourful pageantry and recital of bhajans marked the Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations at Sivakasi town, on 17th August 2014. 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 2014-08-22

Sivakasi drenched in rains
 
22nd August 2014 Sivakasi drenched in rains After two days of sunshine, Sivakasi town received heavy showers from 04:25 p.m. to 04:50 p.m.. Ealier at 03:00 p.m. Today, after a bright start, as the day progressed a band of cloud and rain hit Sivakasi, at evening. 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 and brings temporary relief from water crisis, once again. The downpour has come as a welcome relief for the Sivakasians. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies most Sivakasians especially students and office-goers, in the absence of umbrellas, were drenched. They took shelter inside nearby buildings, temple pandhals and tea shops. There was drizzle from 03:48 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. and drizzling continues. Sivakasi weather expected to remain cloudy and there is chance for drizzle / rain for next five days. And the maximum and minimum temperature will fell down to 34 and 26 degree celsius respectively, for next one week.
 
News posted on 2014-08-22

Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi celebrated
 
21st August 2014 Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi celebrated Maha Sankatahara Chaturthi was celebrated on 13th August 2014, Wednesday, in majority of the Vinayaka Temples in Sivakasi. Special pujas were performed. Ganapathy Homam was performed in morning and evening as a part of Laksharchanai. Vinayakar Chathurthi is on 29th August 2014, Friday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-21

Scheduled power cut for 5 hours
 
21st August 2014 Scheduled power cut for 5 hours After two months with no power cuts relief, residents in most parts of the Sivakasi town experienced two hours of power disruption between 06:00 a.m. and08:00 a.m., in addition there is no power supply from at 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. and one more hour at evening time, for the last two days. The recent five hours scheduled power cuts in Sivakasi have forced industries to use diesel generators, which are turning out to be a very costly proposition.
 
News posted on 2014-08-21

Feel Employable Programme at AAACET
 
20th August 2014 Feel Employable Programme at AAACET College for Leadership & Human Resource Development (CLHRD), Mangalore with AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized Feel Employable Programme with a vision to help students redefine themselves through reinforcement of Human Resource. The 3 Day programme was effectively carried out by Prof.Sunney Tharappan, Director CLHRD and the resource persons Mr.Chitrakumar, Prof.R.Victor, Prof.Dhanam, Prof.Chaarlas, Prof.Motti Thomas and Mr.Murali Subramanian. The objective of the training is to provide better self-esteem of every individual and make them evolve as employable candidates. The resource persons identified the musk in every individual, kindled positive thinking and refined attitude, developed the positive outlook towards their career and pruned their moral values. The mock interview sessions certified their level of excellence and further guided them to perfectionism. The students felt elated and thanked the management for providing a wonderful opportunity to redefine them.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

AAACET student secured second place in Carrom Tournament
 
20th August 2014 AAACET student secured second place in Carrom Tournament Selvi V.Gayathri, II yr Computer Science & Engineering Department of AAA College of Engineering and Technology has secured SECOND place in Youth Girls-21 category in the Virudhunagar District Level Ranking Carrom Tournament held at Muslim Merchants Community Hall, Sivakasi on 31st July to 3rd August 2014. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganeshan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E.,MBA(UK)., Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi and faculties congratulated the achiever for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

Power cuts are back in Sivakasi
 
20th August 2014 Power cuts are back in Sivakasi There is power shut cut for 2 to 4 hours a day, in Sivakasi, for the last 2 days. The recent power cuts forced the traders and manufacturers to use the generator. Sivakasians had no clue when supply would be cut off or restored. Power situation had worsened commercial and non commercial users in Sivakasi, once again.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

Adi Thapasu Kaatchi
 
20th August 2014 Adi Thapasu Kaatchi Adi Thapasu Kaatchi was held in Sivakasi Sri Shenbaga Vinayakar Temple campus, on 9th August 2014, Saturday. The way lead to Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil wore a festive look. The balloon, toy sellers and vendors arranged stalls on either side of the road near the temple. Procession of the goddess taken place around the temple. At 06:00 p.m. Thavasu Kaatchi was held. Hundreds of devotees witnessed Thavasi Kaatchi and special pujas were performed. At 7:00 p.m., the organisers The Hindu Nadargal Shenbagakutty Vagaiyaraa Dhayaathigal Sangam, Sivakasi, arranged Sorpozhivu on Arul Tharum Amman by Kalaimamani, Munaivar, Jaya TV and Cine Fame Nagaisuvai Thendral Prof.Ku.Gnanasamandhan.
 
News posted on 2014-08-20

Independence Day celebration at AAACET
 
19th August 2014 Independence Day celebration at AAACET The 68th Independence Day was commemorated in AAA College of Engineering & Technology. Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan hoisted the National Flag. Selvi Aishwarya Lakshmi, recalled the sacrifice of the great leaders and freedom fighters in her patriarchal speech. Selvi K.Lavanya and Selvi A.Jeya Gowri presented the meaning and the correct pronunciation of our national anthem. Selvan S.Arun Kumar and Selvan V.Ramesh Narayanan team performed a MIME depicting the talents of Indian youths. The students took oath along with the Principal to uplift the nation through their service as technologists. Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan, Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr.P.Ganesan and Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., M.B.A(UK) and Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi exchanged their Independence Day wishes among the faculty members and students.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

BSNL cable in PAP Colony damaged
 
19th August 2014 BSNL cable in PAP Colony damaged The telephone cable network of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in PAP colony and Karuppanan street has been damaged on 14th August 2014, Saturday. The damage of cable had left bsnl telephone subscribers and broadband users in the lurch. The problem was resolved on 18th August 2014, Monday evening.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

Sharp drizzle for 30 minutes in Sivakasi
 
19th August 2014 Sharp drizzle for 30 minutes in Sivakasi Yesterday, there was sharp drizzle from 08:50 p.m. to 09:20 p.m., in Sivakasi. Within minutes of a steady rain accompanied by thunder the town was seen flooded and clogged. The drains were overflowed and the roads remained flooded for some hours. Rainy onslaughts leave several roads damaged, in Sivakasi. The recent rain for the last two days brought some temporary relief from water crisis.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

Mild drizzle for few minutes
 
19th August 2014 Mild drizzle for few minutes Today, there was mild drizzle at afternoon, for few minutes from 02:20 p.m. to 02:25 p.m., in Sivakasi. Drizzle makes the road wet. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. For the next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain, with maximum and minimum temperature of 36 degree celsius and 27 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-19

Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2014
 
18th August 2014 All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament Date: 18-08-2014, Monday to 24-08-2014, Sunday Venue: AJ Stadium, Sivakasi 1200 Players from 20 States. Organisers: Virudhunagar District Badminton Association & AJ Stadium, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Vetrinichayam 2014 at AAACET
 
18th August 2014 Vetrinichayam 2014 at AAACET AAA College of Engineering & Technology and Kamarajar Social Welfare Trust organized Vetrinichayam’14, a Career Guidance Programme for the +2 students of the schools around Virudhunagar Town was conducted on 9th August 2014 in the A/C Seminar Hall. Nearly 2500 students benefited out of the Programme. There were two sessions in the morning and afternoon. Thiru.V.Jeyakumar M.A., B. Ed., M. Phil., Virudhunagar Chief Education Oficer, Thiru.P.Ramachandran M.A., B. Ed., M. Phil., Virudhunagar District Education Officer, Thiru. YSM S. Sandhanathan, Ex. Virudhunagar District Governor and Thiru Dr.P.Mahendravel, Director Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank were the Guests of Honour. Thiru V. Jeyakumar motivated the students to enter into civil service to promote the welfare of the nation. The sessions were skillfully directed by the subject experts: Mr.John Wesley, PG Assist, Chemistry, Mr.Ganesan, PG Assist, Physics, Mr.M.RamaKrishnan, PG. Assist. Chemistry, Mr.Sheik Mehaboob, PG Assist. Mathematics, Mr.Pandiyan, PG Assist. Mathematics and Dr.Ibrahim, PG. Assist. Biology. They rightly guided the students about how to prepare themselves before and during the time of the Public Examinations. Mr.John Wesley quoted “Public Examination is not a Marathon but a 100m Run when it is skillfully planned.” The instructions given covered all the layers of the students. The students registered their feedback at the end and their words recorded the success of the programme. The Principal happily announced that an for the first time in Virudhunagar District, an IAS Academy is to be started in the college. Delicious Lunch and Swift Transportation were provided by the Management. Sincere thanks to 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 for organizing the programme.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Mr. Virudhunagar Classic 2014
 
18th August 2014 Mr. Virudhunagar Classic 2014 Rotary Club Sivakasi Sparkler in association with Virudhunagar District Body Builders Association in association organised 5th Mr.Virudhunagar Classic Contest on 10th August 2014, 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). 109 contestants from 17 Gyms of Virudhunagar District participated in the contest. Mr.A.Gnanasekar, President, VDWLA, inaugurated the contest. Mr.A.S.P.Arumuga Selvan, President VDBBA and M.G.Sundareswaran, Secretary,Virudhunagar District Body Builders Association, were present on the occassion.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Strong wind & sharp showers causes power outage
 
18th August 2014 Strong wind & sharp showers causes power outage Yesterday-s strong wind and sharp showers accompanied with thunders and lightning from 03:40 p.m. to 05:20 p.m. in Sivakasi causes power cuts in Sivakasi. 7cm rain recorded in Sivakasi. Trees were uprooted in the strong wind, in many areas of Sivakasi. There was no power for an hour, in many areas. It was drizzling occassionally at night.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

BSNL 3g fails to gather speed in Sivakasi
 
18th August 2014 BSNL 3g fails to gather speed in Sivakasi From 16th August 2014, Saturday afternoon, BSNL 3g fails to gather speed, in Sivakasi town. And it was connected in 2g and Sivakasians were suffering due to slow internet connection and disruption of data 2g connectivity. And there was problem in mobile connectivity also. And the problem was resolved on 18th August 2014, Monday.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Rain for the second consecutive day in Sivakasi
 
18th August 2014 Rain for the second consecutive day in Sivakasi Rain continued to lash Sivakasi town and its outskirts for the second consecutive day on Monday, leaving several parts of the town waterlogged. The day witnessed heavy downpour during evening from 04:25 p.m. to 05:00 p.m. and it rained for half an hour unceasingly. And it is drizzling for last half an hour. Rain slowed down the pace of Sivakasi town life as vehicles had to move cautiously through the roads filled with potholes. Electricity supply were disrupted in several places.
 
News posted on 2014-08-18

Registration for RYLA-14
 
17th August 2014 Registration for RYLA-14 Date: September 25-28, 2014 RYLA-14 for College Students (boys and girls) from all over India. * Intense in-house leadership training programe with holistic approach * Tools and techniques to unleash your fullest potential * Chance to refine & re-define yourself. A professional faculty panel to enhance your leadership qualities. Registration fee Rs.3300/- 55 participants only Venue: Green Coconut Resort, East Coast Road, Chennai Host: Rotary Club of Sivakasi Town, RI Dist 3212 For registration contact 9944334827, 9843228179, 9994322205
 
News posted on 2014-08-17

Happy Krishna Jayanthi
 
17th August 2014 Happy Krishna Jayanthi Wish you all a very happy SREE KRISHNA JAYANTHI. - www.sivakasiweekly.com
 
News posted on 2014-08-17

Rain lashes Sivakasi town
 
17th august 2014 Rain lashes Sivakasi town Today at 3:40 pm band of clouds hovered Sivakasi town and sharp showers accompanied by thunders and strong winds lashed Sivakasi town for an hour and rain continues. Rainwater harvesting systems installed in houses received copious amount of water. Todays rain brings smile on the face of Sivakasians.
 
News posted on 2014-08-17

Power shut down date postponed
 
16th August 2014 Power shut down date postponed Power Shut Down for the month of August 2014, in Sivakasi areas was scheduled today. The power shut down date has been postponed. Power Shut Down date will be announced soon. Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.
 
News posted on 2014-08-16

Happy Independence Day
 
15th August 2014 Happy Independence Day =--..__..-=-._. !=--..__..-=-._; !=- -..__..-=_; !=--..__..-=-._; ! ! ! ! Lets Take Decision To Value Our Nation Wont Forget Those Sacrifices, Who Gave Us Freedom Now Its Our Turn To Have A Reformation. Happy Independence Day To All.
 
News posted on 2014-08-15

Sivakasi celebrates Independence Day
 
15th August 2014 Sivakasi celebrates Independence Day Sivakasi celebrated the country-s 68th 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 2014-08-15

Independence Day celebrated at SBCP
 
15th August 2014 Courtesy: Prof.S.Reghupathi Pandian, NSS Programme Officer, SBCP Independence Day celebrated at SBCP Today, the 68th Indian Independence Day was celebrated with much patriotic zeal at Sankaralingam Bhuvaneswari College of Pharmacy, Sivakasi. NSS Unit of SBCP organised the function. Dr.P.SOLAIRAJ, Principal, SBCP, welcomed the gathering. Chief guest Mr.Hariram Sundravel, Management Team Member, hoisted the national flag and offered Independence Day address. In his speech he highlighted that students should gain knowledge to tackle problem in this competitive world. Chief Guest gave away Certificates to NSS students. Sweets were distributed.
 
News posted on 2014-08-15

The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi
 
14th August 2014 The Daytime Moon, in Sivakasi From 12th August 2014, Tuesday, you might have seen moon in the daytime, in Sivakasi town. This is because, after Full Moon, the Moon continues in its orbit, moving slowly towards the Sun on the opposite side, and again Sun and Moon can be seen at the same time in the morning sky. You can see the moon at daytime for next one or two days, in Sivakasi. Special pujas were performed in majority of the Sivakasi temples on full moon day including the Pournami Pooja (10th August 2014, Sunday). Some Sivakasians observed fasting on full moon day. 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.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Rajmahal Kudumba Thiruvizha
 
14th August 2014 Rajmahal Kudumba Thiruvizha Date: 15-08-2014, Sunday Time: 02:00 p.m. onwards Venue: Navadhaniya Varthaga Sanga Kalyana Mandapam, Sivakasi Rangoli, Drawing Competitions, Mehandi and On the spot games Organiser: Rajmahal, Madurai For registration contact 9944393952, 9894491019, 9092502688
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

AAACET student won Gold medal in Kickboxing
 
14th August 2014 AAACET student won Gold medal in Kickboxing The 14th TNKA TamilNadu State Level Kickboxing Championship-2014, was organized by the Virudhunagar Kickboxing Association(VKA) at Marakkannu Chettiyar Kalyana Mandapam, Rajapalayam from 26th – 27th July 2014. The Student of AAA College of Engineering and Technology, Selvan T.G.PARI of First Year Electrical & Electronics Engineering Department has won GOLD Medal under the 94 kg Weight Class in the tournament. Thiru Power S.Pandian, President Tamilnadu Kickboxing Association (TNKA) honored the contender with GOLD medal. The Chairman Shri.P.Panjurajan,Secretary Dr.P.Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P.Ganeshan, Joint Secretary Er.K.Vignesh Kumar, Principal Dr.K.Arulmozhi, Physical Director Mr.D.Babu and faculties admired the achiever for bringing laurels to the institution.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Start Up Nursery by Nativelead Foundation at AAACET
 
14th August 2014 Start Up Nursery by Nativelead Foundation AAA College of Engineering & Technology’s Entrepreneurship Development Cell and Nativelead Foundation has organized a two days Start Up Nursery (SUN) programme for the students on August 1st & 2nd 2014 at the college. The Trainers Mrs.P.Archana & Mr.J.Stalin Jacob from Nativelead Foundation leaded the programme. The students were divided into groups and were assigned with projects to come out with new innovative business ideas. The groups presented their Business Proposals to the trainers and were evaluated. Aimed at developing the interpersonal skills and team work, the programme achieved success. The arrangements for the programme were well organized by Chairman Thiru.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 with an intention to develop entrepreneurship skills among the students.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Eye Donation Awareness Camp at AAACET
 
14th August 2014 Eye Donation Awareness Camp at AAACET The LIONS CLUB OF SIVAKASI with NSS and YRC of AAA College of Engineering & Technology organized 725th Eye Donation Awareness Camp on August 11th 2014, Monday, at College A/C Seminar Hall. Lion Dr.J.Ganesh MJF, District Chairperson for Eye Donation, the guest speaker of the session was felicitated by Er.K.Vignesh Kumar B.E., M.B.A.(UK), Joint Secretary. The 600 students of AAA actively participated in the camp. The session was so interactive and the students enthusiastically participated in the questionnaire. The active participants were rewarded with gifts from the Lions Club and were distributed by Mrs. Grahalakshmi Karvannan, Member Panjurajan Amaravathy Trust. The chief guest’s inspiring speech about importance of donating eyes helped the students to understand the needs and benefits of eye donation. He clearly explained how one could equip oneself to donate his eyes. The students registered their feedback and their impact would surely impact the society. 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 camp with a motive of creating awareness about the importance of Eye Donation to the students.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Drizzle makes the road wet
 
14th August 2014 Drizzle makes the road wet Today, there was mild drizzle from 05:55 p.m. to 06:25 p.m., in Sivakasi. The mild drizzle for 30 minutes makes the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to Sivakasians. For next one week sky will be cloudy with a chance for drizzle.
 
News posted on 2014-08-14

Blood Donation Camp to be held
 
13th August 2014 Blood Donation Camp to be held Date: 15-08-2014, Friday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Venue: Sivakasi Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi Organisers: Sivakasi Government Hospital and Alumni Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Kamaraj School won overall trophy
 
13th August 2014 Kamaraj School won overall trophy in Carrom Tournament Virudhunagar District Carrom Association organised a four day Virudhunagar District Level Ranking Carrom Tournament from 31st July 2014, Thursday to 3rd August 2014, Sunday, at Sivakasi Muslim Thirumana Mahal. Mr.A.P.Selvarajan, President, VDCA, inaugurated the tournament. Sivakasi K.Kamarajar Matriculation Hr. Sec. School won the overall trophy. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, distributed prizes to the winners, on 3rd August 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Raksha bandhan celebrated in Sivakasi
 
13th August 2014 Raksha bandhan celebrated in Sivakasi The festival of Raksha bandhan was celebrated with fervour across Sivakasi Town on 10th August 2014, Wednesday. 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 2014-08-13

Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi
 
13th August 2014 Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi Rain plays hide-and-seek in Sivakasi for the last one week. Today afternoon, skies bulged with dark clouds and Sivakasians expected a heavy downpour, but Sivakasi experienced mild drizzle from 03:38 p.m. to 03:46 p.m.. The mild drizzle makes the road wet and did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. There was sharp drizzle from 4:28 p.m. to 04:34 p.m.. Caught unawares by the sudden opening of the skies Sivakasi students were drenched. For next one week only light showers are expected, with maximum and minimum temperature of 32 and 26 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-13

Power Shut Down on 16th Aug
 
12th August 2014 Power Shut Down on 16th Aug There may be power shut down from 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. in Sivakasi and Thiruthangal areas, for maintenance purpose for the month of August 2014.
 
News posted on 2014-08-12

Aadi Pournami Puja Performed in Sivakasi
 
12th August 2014 Aadi Pournami Puja Performed in Sivakasi On 10th August 2014, Sunday, 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 onwards in Sivakasi, for five days.
 
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Chinese Crackers: Puratchithalaivi gives Lok Sabha some light moments
 
11th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Chinese Crackers: Puratchithalaivi gives Lok Sabha some light moments NEW DELHI: The AIADMK salutation " Pratchithalaivi Tamil Tai Amma" seems to have caught the imagination of the Lok Sabha. There were some moments of laughter in the lower House on Friday after an AIADMK leader quintessentially began his question on import of Chinese goods with "Pratchithalaivi Tamil Tai Amma". As if participating in the collective mirth of the House, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied in the same vein in Tamil saying "Puraichithalaivi Amma-s" letter had been received and government was working on it. The entire House, from treasury to opposition benches, started thumping the desk and chanting "Amma Amma". This was, perhaps, the first instance when a minister had replied to a question in Tamil in the House. AIADMK MP T Radhakrishnan, speaking in Tamil, had raised the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India harming the domestic industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu that virtually caters to the entire demand of firecrackers in the country. He referred to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha-s letters to the Centre in this regard and wanted to know what action has been taken. Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair-s permission to reply in Tamil. "The letter sent by Puraichithalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader amma) has been received. Necessary action will be taken in response," she said in Tamil as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was seen grinning. The entire House, meanwhile, thumped desk and laughed.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Sivakasi Fireworks Issue: Minister-s reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha
 
11th August 2014 Sivakasi Fireworks Issue: Minister-s reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha New Delhi: Perhaps for the first time in the Lok Sabha, a minister spoke in Tamil to respond to a question put in Tamil. Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair-s permission to reply in Tamil to a supplementary posed by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan. The member raised the the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India harming the domestic industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu that virtually caters to the entire demand of firecrackers in the country. He referred to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha-s letters to the Centre in this regard and wanted to know what action has been taken. Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman-s reply in Tamil earns applause in Lok Sabha.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town
 
11th August 2014 Dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town Skies are clear this morning with hot temperatures in Sivakasi town. Band of clouds developed during afternoon around 02:45 p.m.. Today, at afternoon, Sivakasi received mild drizzle from 01:00 p.m. to 01:05 p.m., which brought a sigh of relief to Sivakasians, who had been braving sweltering heat in the town. Thick dark clouds kept hovering over Sivakasi town right now and bringing down the temperature which had become unbearable, today morning. The sudden change of climate in Sivakasi has brought cheers to the Sivakasians and expected a rainfall. And it is drizzling from 01:20 p.m.. and it continues. For next one week, sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain / strong winds, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 & 21 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Sharp showers drench Sivakasi in afternoon
 
11th August 2014 Photo: Ram Sharp showers drench Sivakasi in afternoon A warm and humid Monday in Sivakasi ended in a spell of sharp shower in the afternoon, bringing much awaited relief for the town. Sivakasi experienced intermittent, sharp showers from around 01:20 p.m. to 03:15 p.m., today. While the rain has brought cheer among Sivakasians who were concerned about decreasing groundwater level for the past few months, it has led to water-logging and damaged roads. For next one week, sky will be cloudy with a chance of drizzle / rain / strong winds, with average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 & 21 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-11

Happy Raksha Bandhan
 
10th August 2014 Happy Raksha Bandhan Celebrate the eternal bond sister and brother. Happy Raksha Bandhan! - Sivakasi Weekly
 
News posted on 2014-08-10

Dist. Collector, MP, MLA at Sadha Sandi Yagam
 
10th August 2014 Dist. Collector, MP, MLA at Sadha Sandi Yagam Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam is performed for the welfare of Sivakasi based business, for last two days. Today, Virudhunagar District Collector Mr.Hariharan, K.T.Rajendra Balaji, Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation, Radha Krishnan, M.P., and Dr.V.K.kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality were present on the occasion. Verses were recited by 50+ priests. Temple decked up with lights for Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam.
 
News posted on 2014-08-10

Thousands witness Sadha Sandi Yagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil
 
10th August 2014 Thousands witness Sadha Sandi Yagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil Thousands of people thronged Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil and witnessed Maha Sadha Sandi Yagam Kalasa Poojai, today. Special yagam for Sadha Sandi Yagam was conducted at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. Virudhunagar District Collector Mr.Hariharan, K.T.Rajendra Balaji, Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation, Radha Krishnan, M.P., and Dr.V.K.kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality were present on the occasion. Verses were recited by 50+ priests. Temple decked up with lights for Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam. Devotees were seen thronging the temple since morning. Temple authorities - Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees. This puja is conducted for the last three days, for the well being of the Sivakasi town businesses such as Fireworks, Matchworks and Printing.
 
News posted on 2014-08-10

Adi Thabasu Therottam at Sivakasi
 
9th August 2014 Adi Thabasu Therottam On the eve of Adi Thapasu, procession of Sivan Kovil Temple car taken place in the four car streets of Sivakasi, on 7th August 2014, Thursday. Adi Thapasu festival is going to be celebrated today, in Sivakasi. This event will be celebrated every year in a grand manner in Sivakasi Shenbaga Kutty Vinayagar Kovil Theppakulam. Today Thabasu Katchi will be held at 06:00 p.m..
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Mild drizzle for several hours makes the road wet
 
9th August 2014 Mild drizzle for several hours makes the road wet Yesterday, Sivakasians began the day on a pleasant note, with a drizzle and a cool breeze early morning. The drizzle (at 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.) in the town adds more chillness on the climate. Sky remains cloudy. There was mild drizzle from 06:30 p.m. to 09:45 p.m. and the drizzle makes the road wet. And the mild drizzle did not pose any hurdle to the Sivakasians. Today the climate will be cloudy and there will be occasional drizzling / rain. For next one week sky will be cloudy with average maximum and minimum temperature of 34 and 26 degree celsius, with a chace for drizzle.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Sivakasi women observed Varalakshmi Vratham
 
9th August 2014 Sivakasi women observed Varalakshmi Vratham 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 2014-08-09

Nirmala Sitharaman replies in Tamil in Lok Sabha
 
9th August 2014 Courtesy: The Times of India Nirmala Sitharaman replies in Tamil in Lok Sabha NEW DELHI: Perhaps for the first time in the Lok Sabha, a minister spoke in Tamil to respond to a question put in Tamil. Minister of state for commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is married into a Telugu family in Andhra Pradesh, sought the chair-s permission to reply in Tamil to a supplementary posed by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan. The member raised the the matter of Chinese crackers being brought illegally into India harming the domestic industry in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu that virtually caters to the entire demand of firecrackers in the country. He referred to Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa-s letters to the Centre in this regard and wanted to know what action has been taken. "The letter sent by revolutionary leader amma (an honorific used by AIADMK cadre for Jayalalithaa) has been received. Necessary action will be taken in response," she said as members of the treasury benches thumped the desks. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was occupying a front row seat, was seen smiling.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Tamil Sizzles Into LS With a Bang on Fireworks Issue
 
9th August 2014 Courtesy: The New Indian Express Tamil Sizzles Into LS With a Bang on Fireworks Issue NEW DELHI: Members of the Lok Sabha on Friday received a pleasant surprise when the Minister of State for Commerce responded in Tamil to a supplementary question in Tamil by AIADMK member T Radhakrishnan. This was perhaps the first time a minister has spoken in Tamil during Question Hour. Radhakrishnan, a first-time MP from Virudhunagar, had raised the issue of illegal transportation of Chinese crackers to India, which is affecting the massive Sivakasi fireworks industry. He wanted to know from the Commerce Minister what action the Centre has taken, as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the issue. Seeking the speaker’s permission to speak in Tamil, Sitharaman said the letter has been received by the government. “The letter sent by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma has been received. Necessary action will be taken in response,” she said, as members of the Treasury benches thumped the desks. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was occupying a front row seat, was seen smiling. Raising the important question related to the livelihoods of over two lakh workers in Sivakasi, Radhakrishanan, who hails from Anaiyur Panchayat in West Sivakasi, said that fireworks are being illegally transported from China to India through the land and water routes. “They are brought through Nepal also. There is a substantial loss of revenue to the Union government besides affecting the lives of workers,” Radhakrishnan had said in Parliament.
 
News posted on 2014-08-09

Maha Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai begins
 
8th August 2014 Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai begins Maha Sadha Sandi Kalasa Yagam at Sivakasi Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil begins from today morning 05:30 a.m. onwards. Sivakasi Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Mahamai Fund has made elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Poojai. The 3 days yagam at Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple attracted a steady stream of visitors in the very first day of Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai. This puja is conducted for the well being of the Sivakasi town businesses such as Fireworks, Matchworks and Printing.
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

Breastfeeding week observed at SFR College
 
8th August 2014 Breastfeeding week observed at SFR College As a part of World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, SFR College for Women, Sivakasi, in association with The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Madurai Branch and Inner Wheel Club of Sivakasi Pyro Town, Sivakasi, organised an awareness programme on breastfeeding at the college campus, today. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality and Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam stressed the importance of breast feeding.
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

Aadi Thabasu Festival 2014 at Sivakasi
 
8th August 2014 Aadi Thabasu Festival 2014 at Sivakasi Date: 09-08-2014, Saturday Venue: Sri Shenbaga Vinayakar Kovil Campus Time: 06:00 p.m. - Thabasukaatchi Time: 07:00 p.m. - Arul Tharum Amman - Kalaimamani, Munaivar, Jaya TV and Cine Fame Nagaisuvai Thendral Prof.Ku.Gnanasamandhan, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Organisers: The Hindu Nadargal Shenbagakutty Vagaiyaraa Dhayaathigal Sangam, Sivakasi
 
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Volleyball District School Girls Championship
 
8th August 2014 Volleyball District School Girls Championship - Valedictory Function Date: 09-08-2014, Saturday Time: 05:00 p.m. Venue: Arasan G.Vijayakumar Volleyball Academy, Sivakasi G.Nagarajan, B.Sc., Chairman - VDVA will preside over the function G.V.Karthik, President, VDVA will distribute prizes Organisers: Virudhunagar District Volleyball Association, Sivakasi
 
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Sivakasi experienced mild shower
 
8th August 2014 Sivakasi experienced mild shower Today, Sivakasi town experienced mild shower from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.. Mild drizzles not even able to make the road wet. The mild drizzle in the town did not post any hurdle to Sivakasians. Pleasant climate likely to continue for the next one week, in Sivakasi, with the average maximum and minimum temperature of 35 and 27 degree celsius respectively.
 
News posted on 2014-08-08

World Hepatitis Day 2014 observed at AJ College
 
7th August 2014 World Hepatitis Day 2014 observed at AJ College An awareness camp on hepatitis and its treatment marked the "World Hepatitis Day" celebrations at Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College (Autonomous), Sivakasi, on 28th July 2014, Monday. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, spoke on the modern techniques available to treat hepatitis. The programme was organised by Yellow Ribbon Club and Department of Microbiology, ANJAC.
 
News posted on 2014-08-07

Coming up next in Sivakasi
 
7th August 2014 Coming up next in Sivakasi Guest Lecture on How to Enhance the Reading Skill Guest Speaker: Librarian Mr.t. Kasirajan, ANJAC Date: 07-08-2014, Thursday Time: 02:00 p.m. Venue: ANJAC, Sivakasi Organiser: Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Abhisegam Date: 08-08-2014 to 10-08-2014, Friday to Sunday Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Sunday) Venue: Sivakasi Arulmighu Sri Badrakaliamman Thirukovil Mr. Virudhunagar Classic Date: 10-08-2014, Sunday Time: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Venue: Kaakka Shunmuga Nadar Thirumana Mandapam, Vembakottai Road, Sivakasi Organisers: Virudhunagar District Body Builders Welfare Society, Friends Gym and Lion Gym Eye Camp Date: 10-08-2014, 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 Guest lecture on Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act Date: 16-08-2014, Saturday Time: 02:00 p.m. Venue: ANJAC, Sivakasi Chief Guest: Mr.T.Maruthanayagam, Assistant Prof. in English, Rajapalayam Rajus College Organiser: Phoenix Literary Association of the Post Graduate Department of English, ANJAC
 
News posted on 2014-08-07

All set for Sadha Sandi Yaagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil
 
6th August 2014 Courtesy: Visakan Rajagopal All set for Sadha Sandi Yaagam at Badrakaliamman Kovil Sivakasi Arulmighu Badrakaliamman Thirukovil has made elaborate arrangements for the grand conduct of the Sadha Sandi Yaaga Kalasa Poojai slated to be held, from 8th August to 10th August 2014. The Yaaga decoration work has been almost completed. And the temple wore festive look. It is expected that Sivakasi Badrakaliamman Temple will attract a steady stream of visitors for Sadha Sandi Yaaga Poojai. This puja is conducted for the well being of the Sivakasi town businesses such as Fireworks, Matchworks and Printing.
 
News posted on 2014-08-06

World Breastfeeding Week observed at SKC
 
6th August 2014 World Breastfeeding Week observed at SKC As a part of World Breastfeeding Week Celebration, NSS unit of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, in association with The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Madurai Branch and Inner Wheel Club of Sivakasi Pyro Town, Sivakasi, organised an awareness programme on breastfeeding at the college conference hall, today. Dr.V.K.Kathiravan, Chairman, Sivakasi Municipality, Dr.Arthi Dargarh and Dr.K.Venkatasubramaniam stressed the importance of breast feeding.
 
News posted on 2014-08-06

Guest lecture on Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act
 
6th August 2014 Courtesy: Prof.Rathika Boobalan, Head, Dept. of English(PG), ANJAC, Sivakasi Guest lecture on Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act The Phoenix Literary Association of the Post Graduate Department of English, ANJAC has planned to organise a guest lecture for the students of I M.A. and II M.A. English on 16.8.2014. Mr.T.Maruthanayagam, Assistant Prof. in English, Rajapalayam Rajus College will deliver a lecture on "Fundamental Laws and Right to Information Act". Ms.M.Akila, Vice-President of the Association and Assistant Professor in English will deliver the welcome address and S.Subbuthai of II M.A. English,