VSK Chennai Sandesh

Chennai Sandesh
June 7, 2013
Till Date They Travel By Bullock Cart To Their  Kula Devata Temple.
Hundreds of families living in 56 villages around Kamudhi town in Ramanathapuram district travel 80 kilometres en masse once in a year to a Shiva temple in adjoining Virudhunagar district, because it is their Kula Devata. They all belong to a single community. The significant part is that till date they use only bullock cart for this trip. They rent 500 bullock carts, paying Rs. 9,000 for each cart. They also shell out Rs 100 per bull as fodder cost.  If a family fails to find a cart, it rents a tractor to make good the trip.  The temple is administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board of the state government. But the temple officials hand over the temple to the Kamudhi families on all here days of the Kula Devata pooja. This year the pooja was conducted last week. 

Seminary Head In Sex Scandal: Crass Anarchy Beneath The Cross
M. Gnanavaram (58), Principal of the Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, has been accused of  sexual harassment of a tribal woman research scholar from Manipur. He was her guide. Earlier, in April this year, a section of the faculty of the seminary had approached the Madurai district collector Anshul Mishra demanding a probe into the allegations of sexual harassment, misappropriation of funds and nepotism against the principal. Gnanavaram had also withheld a UGC scholarship to the tune of Rs 6.5 lakh due to her as she did not comply with his demands. The woman had joined the seminary to pursue her doctoral studies in 2008. The faculty had alleged that there were a large number of sexual harassment incidents in the past three years, but they were not reported. Following this, the collector ordered the police to investigate the allegations against the principal. The FIR was finally filed in the presence of the woman on May 28. The report said a case was registered under the provisions of SC/ST Act and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act (Based on a report in NAGALAND POST!) .

Surendar of Theni and Vigyan Bharati
The name ‘Vigyan Bharati’ suddenly caught the imagination of residents of Theni, a far flung place in a hill area down south. Reason: A schoolboy of this town has won the second prize in this year’s all India competition for school children on topic science held in Indore recently. Surendar, the boy, studying in the NSKB High School in the town, received the prize amount of Rs 21,000 and a certificate. VB karyakartha says he formed part of a contingent of 21 successful candidates in the state level contest from Tamilnadu. Needless to say, dignitaries of Surendar’s school and town made a beeline to his house to congratulate him. Of course, such honour is not quite new to Surendar; he had won in a Young Scientist contest held earlier by an engineering college nearby.   

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  1. Interesting fact about Chennai