Renovated airport to receive Tamil conference delegates

Change in air:Work in progress at Coimbatore airport

Change in air:Work in progress at Coimbatore airport

CHENNAI: The terminal building at the Coimbatore airport is being expanded and the newly constructed area will be used exclusively for domestic and international arrivals. It is expected to be ready for receiving delegates for the World Classical Tamil Conference.

D. Devaraj, Regional Executive Director, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Southern Region, has told The Hindu that after the expansion, the building area will go up from 6,000 sq m to 14,000 sq m. The enhanced terminal building area will be able to handle up to 700 passengers in both arrival and departure sections.

The work began in January last year and AAI has so far spent Rs.78 crore.

A new parallel taxi track, laid at a cost of Rs.31 crore; four state-of-the-art fire tenders; extension of runway; new fire station and a workshop are some of the other facilities added to the airport.

The new parallel taxi track was commissioned recently, Mr. Devaraj said.

Originally there was no air-condition facility at the Coimbatore airport. However, the expanded area will be totally air-conditioned. Facilities such as escalators and lifts will be added to it.

AAI will also provide two aerobridges at the Coimbatore airport. It is planning to dismantle aerobridges at the old Bangalore airport and re-install them in Coimbatore.

The AAI has asked the State government to allocate 613 acres for the new terminal building.

The existing area of the airport is only 603 acres. If the State government allocates the land, facilities, including a new apron, will be constructed. The new building will be able to handle a total of 1,200 passengers in both arrival and departure sections. AAI has finalised the plan.

Work on three new parking bays and increasing the car parking facility are some of the other development works taking place at the airport.

At present the airport sees 42 aircraft movements per day and handles 3050 passengers, Mr. Devaraj adds.

Source : The Hindu


Youth awaits chance for promoting Tamil ambigrams at Tamil meet

AWAITING A CHANCE:S. Gowtham displaying his Tamil ambigrams.

AWAITING A CHANCE:S. Gowtham displaying his Tamil ambigrams.

Coimbatore: Even as the entire State is gearing up for the World Classical Tamil Conference, here is S. Gowtham, a student of Computer Science at Amrita School of Engineering with a series of Tamil ambigrams that can take the language a step forward.

Ambigram is a design or art form that may be read as one or more words when looked at angles of 90 or 180 degrees. The words readable in the other angles may be the same or different from the original words. One such ambigram that Gowtham has created is Kalaignar that can also be read as Muthalvar (Chief Minister).

“Tamil can be a very flexible language for ambigrams,” says Gowtham. He adds that the language is older than the ambigrams and has the ability to blend itself with other languages which could help in mutual understanding between people of different nationalities, thus, helping break language barriers. With ambigrams, proficiency in a particular language would no longer be an issue.

Ambigrams came into focus after the release of books by Dan Brown namely the ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’. They can be very helpful in passing secret messages between defence personnel and networking services.

Gowtham says that there are many English ambigrams available on the Net but when it comes to Tamil, there are hardly any. He has done around 20 Ambigrams, a few of them being The Hindu-Unmai (Genuine), DMK-Tamil, out of his passion for the language and wishes to get them into the World Classical Tamil Conference and prove that Tamil is one of the best Asian languages ever.

Gowtham looks forward to creating ambigrams that can be used to compress text. One of the main features of ambigrams is that it can compress and encrypt the text in a single step. He says that with the help of ambigrams one can compress a given text to half of its size. Gowtham is currently working on his book for ambigrams that will contain 676 combinations of letters.

The World Classical Tamil Conference that will contain great Tamil literary works can have a space for Tamil ambigrams that can generate curiosity amongst the public. He looks forward to a chance to draw the attention of the scholars to do more Tamil ambigrams with their help. At present, he is on his own and there are no set standards or guidelines for preparing Tamil ambigrams. “I want these ambigrams to become popular to take Tamil to more people and make them understand the rich legacy of this language.”

He is at present knocking the doors of the Collector and officials involved in World Classical Tamil Conference arrangements for a chance in the form of a small corner in the exhibition hall. Once ambigrams make a foray into Tamil, they will become more popular, he says. For details, contact Gowtham at 9865249072 or 9865162509.

Source : The Hindu

Classical Tamil meet not party affair: Karunanidhi

Classical Tamil meet not party affair: Karunanidhi

Classical Tamil meet not party affair: Karunanidhi

Chennai: Chief Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday pulled up party cadre for overzealously filling Coimbatore city with party flags and banners ahead of the World Classical Tamil Conference. “The conference should not be made a party affair,” he warned.

In a statement, Mr. Karunanidhi expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made for the meet to be held from June 23-27 but said he was disturbed to note the presence of a large number of party flags and festoons bearing pictures of DMK leaders on all roads leading from Coimbatore airport to V.O.C Grounds and in many other parts of the city. “I was informed that M.K. Stalin, who visited the city a day earlier, also observed it and reprimanded partymen.”

Stating categorically that the World Classical Tamil Conference was being organised by the Tamil Nadu government in an apolitical manner for the development of Tamil language and Tamils, Mr. Karunanidhi said: “I am very focussed that not even an iota of suspicion should arise that it is a party affair. But I am surprised to see the Coimbatore district leaders are yet to understand my intentions.”

Mr. Karunanidhi advised his partymen to replace party flags and banners with placards carrying the conference symbol, banners portraying scenes from Sangam literature, portraits of Tamil kings and poets aesthetically without causing any hindrance to the public, to please the lakhs of residents and visiting scholars and to showcase the history and Tamil language and culture.

Source : The Hindu

Hop-on hop-off bus services in Coimbatore for Tamil meet

Hop-on hop-off bus services in Coimbatore for Tamil meet

Hop-on hop-off bus services in Coimbatore for Tamil meet

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) will introduce hop-on hop-off bus services in Coimbatore city for a week to cash in on the World Classical Tamil Conference (June 23-27),. “This is the first time that several services are being introduced in Coimbatore. The hop-on hop-off tour with three buses will be introduced two days prior to the actual event. It will be extended if there is a good response. During this period, we are also thinking of operating services to Mysore and Bangalore from Coimbatore,” a TTDC official told The Hindu.

As per the itinerary, the hop-on hop-off bus will cover CODISSIA, Saradhamba temple, Koniamman temple, botanical garden, Maruthamalai temple, Perur temple and railway station. The fare per person is Rs.250.

TTDC has also announced five one-day special package tours, starting and ending at Coimbatore, covering Udhagamandalam, Topslip, Karamadai and Maruthamalai. The tariff includes transport, entry fee, toll charges, parking fee, food and accommodation. Two-day tours will cover Mettupalayam, Kallar farm, Pykara, Mudumalai, Udhagamandalam and Coonoor.

TTDC has also prepared a brochure listing places of interest, temples, hotels, tourist facilities and connectivity.

Source : The Hindu

Stalin reviews Tamil conference works

Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath explaining to Deputy Chief Minister

Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath explaining to Deputy Chief Minister

COIMBATORE: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Sunday inspected various development works being carried out in the city for the World Classical Tamil Conference which will be held here from June 23 to 27.

Mr. Stalin sought details about the progress in the Rs. 55-crore underground power cable laying work on Avanashi Road and Trichy Road, the Rs. 60-crore road works being carried out at 72 places, the Rs. 16-crore road widening work being undertaken on Trichy Road, the Rs. 50-crore road improvement work under way on Mettupalayam Road and the Rs. 26.31-crore work on 76 roads executed by the Corporation.

He also enquired with officials on the improvement made in the works on N.S.R. Road, Rangavilas Mill Road and Masakalipalayam Road – all taken up at Rs. 13 crore. He asked about the progress made 279 bus shelters, being put up with public-private partnership.

An officials release said he also sought information about the ‘Semmozhi Poonga’, the park being set up on 45 acres at Rs. 20 crore, the Rs. 8-crore bus stand on Mettupalayam Road and the Rs.30-crore Vadavalli-Kavundampalayam drinking water supply scheme.

The Deputy Chief Minister also inspected the V.O.C Grounds where 40 floats were being assembled for the conference. He inspected the entrance to the V.O.C. Park and the five places on Avinashi Road where VIPS and dignitaries would witness the procession on June 23.

Mr. Stalin also visited the CODISSIA complex and inspected two conference halls, seating arrangements and the audio/video facilities that were being set up. He asked the officials concerned to complete the works by the first week of June.

Ministers Pongalur N. Palanisamy, M.P. Saminathan and K. Ramachandran were among those who accompanied Mr. Stalin.

Source : The Hindu

More ambulances for city during Tamil meet

Inspection: Health Minister M.R.K. Paneerselvam checking a sump from which drinking water will be supplied to the World Classical Tamil Conference venue, in Coimbatore on Thursday. Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy (right), Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath (second right) and Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra (left) are in the picture

Inspection: Health Minister M.R.K. Paneerselvam checking a sump from which drinking water will be supplied to the World Classical Tamil Conference venue, in Coimbatore on Thursday. Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy (right), Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath (second right) and Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra (left) are in the picture

COIMBATORE: As many as 20 ambulances of the 108 toll free service and the creation of exclusive wards are some of the measures that will be carried out to ensure that a good health care apparatus is in place in the city during the World Classical Tamil Conference from June 23 to 27.

Listing these measures to presspersons after a review of the arrangements here on Thursday, Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam said 13 ambulances were already available in Coimbatore under the joint programme of the State Government and the Emergency Management and Research Institute.

The additional ambulances would help in bolstering the emergency care system during the conference, he said.

The Coimbatore Corporation would carry out intensive measures to ensure hygiene across the city during the five days of the conference. The Department of Public Health would carry out mosquito control measures in the areas surrounding the city.

The State Government had sanctioned Rs.8 crore to the Corporation and the health department to carry out sanitation and diseases-prevention measures during the conference, the Minister said.

The review meeting discussed the emergency medical care arrangements for delegates.

“Private hospitals in the city have offered to create a 50-bed ward each to treat delegates of the conference if they experience health problems,” Mr. Panneerselvam, who heads the Health Committee for the conference, said.

A three-bed health centre would be established outside the conference venue, the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex. A five-bed centre would be put up inside the venue.


Besides doctors and paramedical staff, all necessary equipment and adequate stock of medicines would be available at these centres.

A co-ordinator would be appointed and this person would function from the Collectorate.

A medical helpline (phone number 2211000) would be available during the conference.

Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath, who took part in the review, said 20 lines would be provided under this helpline.

The Minister, however, said there would be no screening of delegates/visitors for A (H1N1) influenza.

The Union Government itself had withdrawn screening. When the case of a flu positive woman, admitted to a private hospital in the city early this month, was pointed out, the Minister said a panic should not be created now. There was no indigenous case in Coimbatore.

Stating that Tamil Nadu had been successful in tackling the flu, Mr. Panneerselvam asserted that the health department would take swift action to contain any spread if a positive case was found. Constant surveillance would be maintained, he said.

As for hygiene across the city, the Minister said the Corporation had 2,600 conservancy workers. It would engage another 400 to meet the conservancy requirement during the conference.

Mr. Panneerselvam said a special team of 20 Food Inspectors of the Corporation would go around the city to ensure that the food served at various outlets was safe for consumption.

Health Secretary V.K. Subburaj, Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra and officials of the Department of Public Health took part in the meeting.

Source : The Hindu

Complete Tamil meet works at the earliest: Velu

Coimbatore: Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Chairman of the Hospitality Committee for the coming World Classical Tamil Conference, E.V. Velu on Tuesday told officials to complete works relating to food courts, restaurants at the earliest.

Arrangements should be visitor-friendly with adequate counters to ensure easy access. Mr. Velu was addressing a meeting of the hospitality committee to take stock of the progress in works and speed up the pending works.

Arrangements reviewed

Mr.Velu reviewed the arrangements being made for the kitchens for mass cooking.

He reviewed the safety arrangements in the kitchens. He asked officials to be ready for any emergencies.

Considering the crowd inflow and time available for lunch, he exhorted the officials to make additional counters for ensuring easy access.

The committee members visited the CODISSIA Trade Fair complex, the venue for the conference, and inspected the works for food courts and counters. The Minister also inspected and enquired about the modern kitchen equipments made available for cooking large quantity of food in quickest possible time.

Source : The Hindu