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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inauguration of AAACET’s CSE Department Student’s Association
 
16th July 2015 - L.Anton Bright Maradona B.E.,M.B.A., HR/PRO, AAACET Inauguration of AAACET’s CSE Department Student’s Association Sivakasi, AAA College of Engineering and Technology’s CSE Department Student’s Association “TRACE” was inaugurated on July 13, 2015. Er. T. Shanmuga Babu, Infrastructure Specialist, IBM, India, the Chief Guest inaugurated the Association. The Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi delivered the presidential address. In this address, he advised the students to be more enthusiastic about their core and utilize the opportunities available at IBM. The chief guest pointed out the revolution made in Cloud Computing and Big data and he also highlighted the various job opportunities available in the IT field. Chairman Shri. P. Panjurajan, Secretary Dr. P. Karvannan, Correspondent Dr. P. Ganesan, Joint Secretary Er. K. Vignesh Kumar B.E., MBA (UK), Principal Dr. K. Arulmozhi and CSE faculty members had well organized the programme.
 
News posted on 2015-07-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gift of education - for poor children
 
11th July 2015 - The Hindu "Gift of education" for poor children Scholarships and learning materials to pursue education were handed over to poor children and former child workers at a function organised by Udhavum Ullangal, a Chennai-based service organisation, at Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Tiruthangal, on Sunday. The ‘gift of education’ was presented to former child workers recovered by the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) by C. Ramasubramanian, State Nodal Officer, District Mental Health Programme, and B. Ramachandran, District Educational Officer. T. Narayanasamy, Project Officer, NCLP, addressed the gathering. The children, who received the scholarship, included those who had scored high marks in this year’s public examinations. B. Shankar Mahadevan, founder, Udhavum Ullangal, said that the organisation had been providing assistance to children from underprivileged background to pursue education for the last 15 years. In Sivakasi, the focus had been on former child workers. Mentorship sessions were being held in Sivakasi once in two months to guide the children. Sessions at these classes were handled by those pursuing higher education with assistance from Udhavum Ullangal. Mr. Shankar Mahadevan pointed out that two women, who were rescued from child labour by the NCLP, were now working as nurses in Tirunelveli, after qualifying themselves in nursing with Udhavum Ullangal assistance. The award of scholarship could be extended further with assistance from philanthropists of Virudhunagar and Sivakasi, he said.
 
News posted on 2015-07-11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Building a community of young readers
 
4th July 2015 - The Hindu Building a community of young readers J. Uma Meenakshi shares how she strikes a chord with children by nurturing the reader inside them Reading is not just for schools, declares J.Uma Meenakshi, first a passionate 42-km full marathoner who is also by choice the brain behind a Children’s Reading and Activity Club in small town Sivakasi. In between her dance, bakery and piano classes, she is totally dedicated to introducing children between three to eight years to reading good books. “Children these days read only their school text books…nothing more,” she rues. “But I want them to grow into book lovers,” she adds. Inside Kinder Park -- a play school she started more than a decade ago -- it is a sight every Tuesday and Thursday evening you cannot avoid admiring. The session starts at 5.30 p.m. but many of the three-year-olds walk in smiling much before time and Uma doesn’t mind at all. With a loud chirpy voice, she greets each of them by name and the children straight head for the book shelf to pick up a book of their choice. Some look intently at the pictures, some read quietly, some struggle to read while some others read aloud to another friend. Some just talk about a book they read or saw elsewhere, some flip through the pages of not one but several books and some fight too. Uma does not interfere in the cacophony. She just watches them and let them be because, she says, they all are able to engage themselves instantly. Once all the children arrive, Uma sets aside 30 minutes of ‘Me-Time’ with books. And later for an hour she reads out to them either a story or any other theme-based book. The session is complete with props, matching toys and puppets and filled with laughter and emotions as Uma enacts out every dialogue and every scene. Sometimes she leaves the story halfway and asks her young listeners to give their own twist to the end and then read about the actual ending later either at home or in their school libraries or at the club. This way, says Uma, their curiosity, imagination and interest levels remain high. The fact that she has been able to run the reading club in this small town for two years now with an ever growing number of members speaks of her efforts, sincerity and popularity. It was her maternal instinct with two pre-school kids at home that guided her to this venture. Dissatisfied with the facilities available in her hometown, she visited schools in Chennai and Bangalore and came up with her own fun-based curriculum for tiny tots. Given the dearth of good playschools and English teaching skills in Sivakasi, the school topper and an engineering graduate lost no time in getting students. Since she can’t manage more than 45 in one batch, Uma says her heart aches to reject applications during admission time every year. What she, however, guarantees is the quality and confidence of her students who are easily grabbed by some of the best schools later. But as she pre-schooled the little ones, she realised reading was nowhere in their list of activities, crazily hooked on to gadgets that they were. “It is very crucial to inculcate the reading habit in children in their first five years,” says Uma, “and parents have to understand their children’s need to learn and enjoy reading independently.” Uma remained focussed on the children she taught or met at different places in Sivakasi. A small survey with the parents of her school over the years left her appalled as she found neither the regular schools encouraged nor parents gave importance to reading beyond classroom textbooks and school hours. “Adults are so syllabus and marks-driven that they forget to even pause and think how animated reading makes a child happy and encourages bonding and socialising,” she says. “You don’t just read to sound like an intellectual but it helps to refine so many other aspects of your personality,” says Uma. Two autumns ago, she decided to gather a group of children in the evening after her play school hours to discuss stories ranging from fantasy to adventures and classic. To her pleasant surprise, half of her own school children turned up promptly without any persuasion though she had to keep reminding some parents that the reading club was not a class but a creative relaxation forum for the children. “There is no greater impact on students’ reading growth than giving them time to read,” asserts Uma. Likewise her ‘Read to Rock’ Club opened a fascinating world of books and possibilities for the kids. Today, there is such an over-crowding at her reading club that she has been compelled to divide the children into two batches. She gets 45 kids in the three to five years group and another 35 in the six to eight years category. Her work is creditworthy because surrounding cities and districts lack such an effort.
 
News posted on 2015-07-04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former worker wants to be a teacher
 
10th May 2015 - The Hindu Former worker wants to be a teacher Having lost her mother at the age of three, C. Muthuselvi of Tiruthangal was rolling dummies for firecrackers till she was admitted to the ‘Rs. 100 school’ (a reference to the special training centre run under National Child Labour Project) across the street in 2008. On Thursday, she walked into the Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women in Sivakasi to get an application form for admission to B.A. (English Literature). With her score of 1,135, Muthuselvi of Kalaimagal Higher Secondary School, Tiruthangal, can walk into any top-ranking college. When her peers clamour for professional courses with lesser scores, Muthuselvi says, “I want to be a teacher. This has been my childhood dream.” She is among the 73 children, including 27 Dalit students, mainstreamed by the NCLP to have passed Plus Two this year. The NCLP in Virudhunagar district has scored a centum with all its children getting through. K. Gowsalya of S.R.N. Higher Secondary School, Tiruthangal, a former worker in fireworks, has scored 1,103. R. Alaguraj of Thevamar Higher Secondary School, Sivakasi, who was assisting his father in hair dressing, has scored 1,051. Muthuselvi’s father works in a printing unit for daily wages and her aged grandmother, Mariammal, takes care of her. “I assist my grandmother in her night idli shop in Muthumari Nagar from 9 p.m. to midnight. I wake up at 4 a.m. to continue my study,” says Muthuselvi. She wants to do B. Ed. to become a teacher. Virudhunagar district has 19 special training centres of the NCLP where child workers and school dropouts are provided elementary education before being integrated in mainstream schools. “We now have 166 former child workers of Virudhunagar district pursuing higher education, of whom 14 are in engineering colleges and three are studying law,” says T. Narayanasamy, Project Director, NCLP. Integration of child workers with mainstream education is effected with the involvement of NCLP instructors, who closely follow the children right from a young age. The children identified by the NCLP are aged 9 to 14 years. “We strive to provide the best education for these children. We get them admitted to private schools with private sponsorship,” says M. Sivajothi, an NCLP instructor.
 
News posted on 2015-05-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hot Sunny Day for Sivakasi
 
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