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Tamil Nadu's first auto ambulance service finds mention in Mann Ki Baat


If we want to know about the exemplary services rendered by many unsung heroes of our society, we should surely listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio broadcast "Mann Ki Baat".

The auto ambulance service initiative of Ms Radhika Shastry of Nilgiri district found a mention in Mann Ki Baat today. During the programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Radhika Shastry has started the AmbuRx (Amburex) Project. The purpose of this project is to provide easy transport for the treatment of patients in hilly areas. Radhika runs a cafe in Coonoor. She raised funds for AmbuRx from her cafe colleagues. Today six AmbuRx are serving in the Nilgiri hills and are coming to the aid of patients in remote parts during the time of emergency. An AmbuRx is equipped with a Stretcher, Oxygen Cylinder, First Aid Box and other things."

Following the acknowledgement of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Shri L Murugan spoke to Radhika Shastry over the phone and congratulated her. Later, in a tweet, Mr Murugan said this compassionate gesture by her in Nilgiris will motivate others and also improve health facilities in the region.

As the Central and State Governments are taking innumerable active measures in the fight against the global pandemic, the first auto ambulance service initiative that was launched in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu has received wide appreciation from the public. This project which has been introduced in collaboration with various organisations houses all medical facilities including oxygen.

This auto ambulance has been designed in such a way as to reach hilly areas where the normal Government-run ambulances are unable to reach. With the ability to travel across narrow paths and aid sick people to get timely treatment, this new service is indeed a blessing in disguise.

Ms Shastry said she initiated this project with the intention to serve the community in any possible way. At present six auto ambulances are plying in Coonoor, Kothagiri and Udhagamandalam, she added.


Tamilnadu gets new DGP, Head of Police Force

Dr C Sylendra Babu IPS (1987) batch has been appointed as the Director-General of Police (Head of Police Force), Tamil Nadu.

JK Tripathy, IPS, the current DGP of the state is due for retirement on 30th June 2021.

Sylendra Babu IPS born in 1962 in Kuzhithurai Kanyakumari District has a distinguished career in Indian Police Force.  


18th May 2021 - Government of Tamilnadu sends proposal to Union Public Service Commission to convene the empanelment committee meeting to prepare a panel of IPS officers

28th June 2021 - UPSC convenes Empanelment Committee meeting in New Delhi and recommended a panel of names of IPS officers as suitable for appointment to the post of DGP

29th June 2021 - Government appoints Dr C Sylendra Babu IPS, (1987) as Director General of Police (Head of Police Force), Tamil Nadu and head of Police force with effect from 01.07.2021

Timeline of Sylendra Babu IPS Tenure and Ranks held

1989 - Assistant Superintendent of Police - ASP
1992 - Superintendent of Police - SP
2001 - Deputy Inspector General - DIG
2007 - Inspector General - IG
2012 - Additional Director-General of Police - ADGP
2019 - Director-General of Police
2021 - Director-General of Police & Head of Police


President's medal for devotion to duty
Prime Minister's medal for life-saving
Chief Minister's medal for gallantry
Chief Minister's medal for devotion to duty
TN Special Task Force Police Medal for gallantry, bravery and heroic action
President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service
Chief Minister's medal for excellence in public service

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Tamil Nadu government extends lockdown with relaxations


Tamil Nadu government has extended the lockdown till 5th July 2021. A few more relaxations have also been announced.  

All the districts have been placed in three categories depending on their number of cases and separate guidelines have been announced for them accordingly.

Category 1 - 11 Districts (Coimbatore, Nilgris, Erode, Tiruppur, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Mayiladuthurai)

6am - 7pm

  1. Tea Shops (Only Parcel)
  2. Roadside eateries (Only Parcel)
  3. Beauty Parlors, Spas and Salon

9am - 7pm

  1. Electronics and Electrical Shop
  2. Hardware Shop
  3. School Books and related shops
  4. Shoe wear
  5. Utensils, Fancy, Photo Studio, Tailors, pHOTO cOPY sHOPS
  6. Home Electronics Sales and Service Shops
  7. Vehicle Sales and Service
  8. Vehicle Spare parts
  9. Mobile and accessories Sales
  10. Computer Hardware, Software, Electronic Appliance spare parts
  11. Construction-related shops

6am - 9pm

  1. Sweets Shops
  2. Hotels, Restaurants and Bakeries (Only Parcel)
  3. E-Commerce
  4. 100% workforce in important government departments
  5. 50% workforce in other government departments
  6. 50% workforce in private companies
  7. 50% workforce in banks and Financial Services 
  8. 20% workforce in IT companies
  9. 100% workforce in Export and related companies
  10. 33% workforce in other companies 

Category 2 - Districts - Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindugal, Kallakurichi, Kanniyakumari, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Ranipettai, Sivaganagai, Theni, Thenkasi, Thirunelveli, Thirupathur, Thiruvannamalai, Thoothukudi, Thiruchirapalli, Villupuram, Velore and Virudhunagar

6am - 7pm

Roadside eateries (Only Parcel)

9am - 7pm

  1. Utensils, Fancy, Photo Studio, Tailors, PhotoCopy Shops
  2. Mobile and accessories Sales
  3. Computer Hardware, Software, Electronic Appliance spare parts

Bus frequency with 50% capacity for Interdistrict and Intra District services

Category 3 - Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet and Thiruvallur districts

  1. 100% workforce in Private Companies
  2. Religious places will be opened. Pooja not allowed
  3. Museums and Places under Archaeological Survey of India 10 am - 5 pm

9 AM - 7 PM

Cloth Stores without AC and 50% capacity
Jewellery Shops without AC and 50% capacity
Shopping Malls without the functioning of Theatre and Play area

6am - 9pm



Beaches will be open from 5 am - 9 am

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Tamil Nadu Govt constitutes Economic Advisory Council


Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today stated that the government is constituting an Economic Advisory Council to the chief minister with Noble Laureate Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as a member.

The Governor informed this during his address on the first day of the newly constituted Tamil Nadu assembly.

The other members of the advisory council are former Reserve Bank of India Governor, Raghuram Rajan, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, Aravind Subramanian, Development Economist Jean Dreze and former union finance secretary S Narayan.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit also said, "The government will revitalize the state's economy and ensure that the benefits of economic development reach all segments of the society after the recommendations of the Economic advisory committee."

The Governor informed that a white paper detailing the exact position of the state's finances will be released in July to make the people of the state fully informed. A detailed and in-depth study on the overall debt burden of the state and improving the fiscal position will be conducted.


Tamil Nadu extends lockdown with relaxations, details inside


The Tamil Nadu Government has extended the lockdown in the state by one more week till the 28th of June. Further relaxations have also been announced.

New Guidelines:-

  1. Existing restrictions retained in 11 districts in the west and central region.
  2. In 23 other districts, more services have been permitted and establishments have been allowed to operate for extended hours.
  3. Public transport resumed with 50 per cent occupancy. Non-AC buses to be operated in four districts in and around the Chennai region (Chennai, Thiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet). There are also no travel restrictions, also autos and taxis will be allowed without e-registration in these 4 districts.
  4. All state government offices can operate with 100 per cent attendance and private offices can function with 50 per cent attendance. 
  5. Shops selling vessels and opticals, besides photocopy shops and photo studios can function.
  6. Provision, vegetables, fruit shops and meat shops can function from 6 am to 7 pm.
  7. Food outlets can function from 6 am to 9 pm, but only parcel services will be allowed. Tea shops can function from 6 am to 7 pm. But only parcel services will be allowed in the above four districts.
  8. E-commerce for food delivery and other e-commerce services can operate between 6 am to 9 pm.    
  9. Automobile showrooms and service centres can function.
  10. Sports-related training and sports competitions can be held without spectators in the above four districts.
  11. Metro rail services will resume with 50 per cent occupancy.
  12. Film and TV serials shooting can resume with 100 people maximum.

#TamilNadu #COVID19

Sea water desalination system brings relief to drought prone Tamil Nadu village


Narippaiyur, a village in Ramanathapuram District, a drought-prone area situated in the South-East corner of Tamil Nadu will benefit from 20,000 litres per day of fresh water produced from seawater – thanks to the solar thermal Forward Osmosis (FO) seawater desalination system installed in the place.

The customized demand-driven convergent water solution through FO will supply two litres of good quality drinking water per person per day for 10,000 people in the village, successfully overcoming a major drinking water shortage in the village. The FO system facilitates high recovery, low energy consumption, the potential for resource recovery, especially in solutions of high osmotic pressure, less fouling of the membrane because of low-pressure operation, easier and more effective cleaning of the membrane, longer membrane life and lower operating costs.

Tamil Nadu IIT Madras in collaboration with Empereal – KGDS Renewable Energy has successfully established and demonstrated this system to address prevalent and emerging water challenges in Mission Mode in the village.

Ramanathapuram District, situated in the South-East corner of Tamil Nadu, is severely affected by the scarcity of potable water due to salinity, brackishness and also poor sources of groundwater. The district of 4,23,000 hectares has a long coastal line measuring about 265 kilometres accounting for nearly 1/4th of the total length of the coastal line of the state.

The Water Technology Initiative, Department of Science & Technology (DST) has supported this field-based effort in the district through the consortium members led by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), KGiSL Institute of Technology (KITE), Empereal– KGDS Renewable Energy (P) and ICT Mumbai.

The seawater FO technology operates at near 2 bar pressure, unlike seawater RO that operates at 50 bar pressure. It is versatile, has high energy efficiency and low operation and maintenance costs compared to other technologies.

The produced water will be supplied to the local people with the support of villagers and panchayat. This initiative of DST can pave way for scaling up the emerging technology in various coastal rural areas of the country to address the drinking water shortage.


ADB, India sign USD 484 million loan to upgrade road network in Tamil Nadu industrial corridor


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India here today signed a USD 484 million loan to improve transport connectivity and facilitate industrial development in the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC) in the state of Tamil Nadu.

CKIC is part of India's East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC), which stretches from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu and connects India to the production networks of South, Southeast, and East Asia. ADB is the lead partner of the Government of India in developing ECEC.

Mr Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, signed an agreement for the Tamil Nadu Industrial Connectivity Project on behalf of the Government of India, while Mr Takeo Konishi, Country Director for ADB in India, signed for ADB.

"The project is key to providing seamless road connectivity across industrial clusters, transport gateways and consumption centers, and help reduce logistics and production costs for CKIC's targeted industries to boost their competitiveness," remarked Mr Mishra.

"The project is part of the priority infrastructure projects identified for corridor development under the ADB-supported CKIC comprehensive development plan," said Mr Konishi. "The overall objective is to spur industrial transformation through provisioning of essential transport, energy and urban infrastructure for holistic development of industrial growth centres."

The project will upgrade about 590 km of state highways in the CKIC influence areas that cover 23 of the 32 districts between Chennai and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Enhanced connectivity of industrial hubs with hinterland and ports will particularly help increase the participation of Indian manufacturing in global production networks and global value chains, thereby creating jobs along the corridor.

In line with Strategy 2030, ADB's long-term corporate strategy, the project emphasises sustainability, climate change resilience, and road safety elements. Seven-year contracts are provided for long-term maintenance of road projects. Climate change adaptation measures will be incorporated in highway upgrades, including improved drainage, raised road embankments in critical sections, and resizing bridges and culverts. The project will also strengthen road safety improvement programs through advanced technologies for road monitoring and enforcement. In addition, the project will help improve the planning capacity of Tamil Nadu’s Highways and Minor Ports Department.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.


Tamil Nadu Govt extends lockdown, details given below


Tamil Nadu Government has extended the lockdown for one more week from June 14th till 6 AM of 21st of June with some relaxations.

Salient features of the Guidelines:-

  1. Beauty salons and spas can operate without air conditioning from 6 AM to 5 PM on condition that only 50 per cent of the usual customers are allowed at a time.
  2. Government Parks, Parks under the control of Local Bodies, and playgrounds can be open from 6 AM to 9 AM for walking only.
  3. Agricultural Equipment, Pump set repair shops shall operate from 9 AM to 5 PM.
  4. Spectacle sales and repair shops shall operate from 9 AM to 2 PM.
  5. Pottery and handicraft manufacture and sales shall operate from 6 AM to 5 PM.
  6. Home appliance stores and repair shops for mixers, grinders, televisions etc., shall operate from 9 AM to 2 PM.
  7. Tasmac stores shall operate from 10 AM to 5 PM.
  8. Mobile phone shops can operate from 9 AM to 2 PM.
  9. Shops selling construction materials can operate from 9 AM to 2 PM.
  10. Administrative work related to student admissions will be allowed in schools, colleges and universities.
  11. Only 20 per cent of employees or 10 people are allowed to work in IT / IT service companies.
  12. Housing companies (HFCs), Non-bank financial institutions (NBFCs) and all insurance companies shall operate with 33 per cent of employees.

However, 11 districts including Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvaroor, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai are reporting high number of cases and hence will continue to be under strict lockdown.

#COVID19 #TamilNadu

COVID19: Tamil Nadu Status 3nd June 2021

  1. Number of active cases till yesterday - 2,88,702
  2. Number of persons tested positive today - 24,405
  3. Number of COVID-19 positive patients discharged - 32,221
  4. Total number of deaths today - 460
  5. Number of active cases as of today - 2,80,426
  6. Total Number of samples tested by RT-PCR today - 1,79,438

#TamilNadu #COVID19