World Classical Tamil Conference propaganda vehicle flagged off

In harmony:Students of Anna University taking out a rally in Thanjavur on Sunday to mark the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore.

In harmony:Students of Anna University taking out a rally in Thanjavur on Sunday to mark the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held in Coimbatore.

KARUR: Collector J. Uma Maheswari flagged off the World Classical Tamil meet special propaganda vehicle that commenced its three-day tour of Karur district on Monday.

The vehicle would tour various places in the district to create awareness among the public on the several aspects and significance of the World Classical Tamil Meet to be held in Coimbatore between June 23 and 27.

The Department of Information and Public Relations has arranged the tour of the propaganda vehicle.

The vehicle, adorned with a large logo of the meet, would have a sound and light show encapsulating the theme song penned by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and with the music scored by A.R. Rahman.

The propaganda vehicle commenced its journey from Nagappattinam district and has since toured Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tiruchi, Ariyalur and Perambalur districts before reaching Karur.

District Revenue Officer C. Munirathinam, DMK district organizer Nanniyur G. Rajendran, Krishnarayapuram MLA P. Kamaraj, District Panchayat Chairperson Poovai Ramesh Babu, Karur Municipality chairperson P. Sivakamasundari, were present on the occasion.


Students of Pattukottai campus of the Anna University, Tiruchi, participated in a marathon race to create awareness about the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held at Coimbatore from June 23 to 27, here on Sunday. S. S. Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for Finance, flagged off the race from Sivaganga park. M. S. Shanmugham, Collector, K. Rukmani, Vice-Chancellor (in charge), Anna University- Tiruchi, J. Raja, Registrar (in charge), Tiruchi, M. Madankumar, Special Officer, Anna University, Tiruchi participated in the function.

The students ran via West Main Street, South Main Street, Kondirajapalayam, Government Tourist Bungalow, Head Post Office and concluded at Railway Station. Students shouted slogans like “Semmozhi Thamizh Vazhga” and “Annai Thamizhai Kappom.”

Source : The Hindu

Almost 90 per cent of Tamil conference works completed



COIMBATORE: Most of the infrastructure development and city beautification works related to the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held here from June 23 to 27 have been completed, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said here on Tuesday.

Inaugurating a bus stand and a drinking water scheme, Mr. Stalin told reporters that 85 per cent to 90 per cent of the works had been completed and the rest would be over in two or three days. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi might arrive in Coimbatore on June 20 for the conference.

As for the 40 floats showcasing the history and culture of the State and the development of Tamil language, Mr. Stalin said these would remain on display as an exhibition for a week after the conference.

The floats would be taken out in a procession titled ‘Iniyavai Naarpathu’ on June 23, the inaugural day of the conference. He also reviewed conference-related works.

Source: The Hindu

Additional buses to ply for World Tamil Conference

Coimbatore: A total of 250 special buses from various districts in Tamil Nadu and 50 special buses from places having Tamil population – such as Tiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Mysore – will be operated during the World Classical Tamil Conference from June 23 to 27, said Chairman of the Transportation Committee and Minister for Highways and Ports, M.P. Saminathan on Monday.

Mr.Saminathan was talking to reporters after reviewing the progress of works relating to face lift for Coimbatore Junction including amenities at the junction including the parking space.

Mr.Saminathan said that Rs. 10 crore was being spent towards improvements to Coimbatore Junction and Coimbatore North Junction in addition to various development works across Coimbatore.

The Minister was accompanied by former MP K.R. Subbayan, District Collector P. Umanath and Railway Station Manager, L. Chinnaraju.

On Monday, Revenue Minister, I. Periyasamy along with Rural Industries and Animal Husbandry Minister, Pongalur N. Palanisamy reviewed the arrangements at the conference pandal, exhibition hall, Internet centre, media centre and food court.

Mr.Periyasamy said that the exhibition would have 700 numbers of artefacts reflecting Tamil culture, history, legacy and tradition.

The conference pandal is being erected in an unprecedented manner to accommodate 50,000 persons.

Mr.Periasamy said that a 12,000 sq. ft. media centre is coming up with computer facilities and Internet enabling the media persons to send news and photographs.


He also inspected the works for setting up counters for distribution of food packets to the visitors.

Mr.Periyasamy also inspected the works for preparation of floats under the theme “Iniyavai Narpathu” for the procession on June 23.

Source : The Hindu

Helpline launched for Tamil meet

CHECKING IT OUT:Parithi Ellamvazhuthi, Information Minister, makes the first call after launching the Aircel helpline number for the World Classical Tamil Conference, in Chennai on Tuesday. K.V.P. Baskar, operations director–south, Aircel Cellular, is in the picture.

CHECKING IT OUT:Parithi Ellamvazhuthi, Information Minister, makes the first call after launching the Aircel helpline number for the World Classical Tamil Conference, in Chennai on Tuesday. K.V.P. Baskar, operations director–south, Aircel Cellular, is in the picture.

Chennai: Information Minister Parithi Ellamvazhuthi has launched a helpline to cater for visitors to the World Classical Tamil Conference.

Making the first call to Aircel’s helpline number 73 73 00 00 00, Mr. Ellamvazhuthi said the helpline would offer information on events, including venues, speakers, timings and cultural programmes, travel and accommodation, emergency information and contact details of committees, control room and helpdesks.

K.V.P. Baskar, operations director – south, Aircel, said that the 24-hour helpline would offer assistance in both Tamil and English from June 15 to 29.

Users could call the number from any mobile or landline phone. The call cost would be that of a local call.

Along with the helpline, Aircel, in association with Coimbatore city police, would place 15 helpdesks at strategic locations across the city during the entire week of the conference to assist visitors in security-related queries, guidance on routes, locations and maps. Free mobile charge stations would be set up at the venues.

“Useful contribution”

Unveiling the helpline number, N. Ram, Editor-in-chief, TheHindu, said the helpline was a practical and useful contribution to the historic event.

The public relations and publicity committee came up with the idea of the theme song to be written by Chief Minister and composed by A.R. Rahman, which was successfully launched. “Going by downloads of the theme song from the internet, it is a real success and widely appreciated,” Mr. Ram said.

The demand to make Tamil a classical language was long pending for over 100 years. The DMK, especially the Chief Minister, was able to make a decisive push when favourable political circumstances presented, he said. There was a need to raise awareness among younger generation as there was some concern that the youth was losing touch with the rich literary heritage of major languages, Mr. Ram noted.

He said that the important challenge was to motivate the younger generation to use Tamil on the Net.

There was tremendous use of Chinese and Mandarin on internet. “Internet use grows not just by providing infrastructure but by a rich content to attract people to the Net,” Mr. Ram added.

Source : The Hindu

New publicity tool for Tamil meet

A hot air balloon displayed to the public in Villupuram on Tuesday.

A hot air balloon displayed to the public in Villupuram on Tuesday.

VILLUPURAM: The publicity division of the World Classical Tamil Conference is using a giant-size hot air balloon as a tool for reaching out to people.

The balloon was displayed to the public for the first time in the State at Kamarajar Municipal Boys’ School grounds here on Tuesday. The event was inaugurated by Collector R. Palanisamy. Superintendent of Police P. Pakalavan, Municipal Chairman R. Janakaraj, and Public Relations Officer M. Palanisamy were present.

Mr. Palanisamy said that the balloon would be taken to various districts such as Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli and finally, Coimbatore.

Source : The Hindu

Renowned scholar yet to get invitation for Tamil meet



Tirupur: N. Subrahmanian (95), a scholar and winner of literary award from the State Government in 1972, will be sitting in the serene environment of his son’s house at Udumalpet, when the World Classical Tamil Conference begins at the nearby Coimbatore city on June 23.

The man who wrote renowned works – ‘Sangam polity’ and ‘History of India’- which fetched him the literary award from the Tamil Nadu Government, however, has no regrets that he is yet to get the invitation for the conference. Interestingly, Mr. Subrahmanian had received the award from M. Karunanidhi, who was the Chief Minister.

Unperturbed, he is busy with his next literary projects defying the age factor.

Mr. Subrahmanian, who served as a lecturer in Jain College, Madras, and Madras University, and then as professor and head of history department in Madurai varsity, had also worked in the Tamil Encyclopaedia Department attached to Madras University in the 1950s.

“I took up the job in the Encyclopaedia Department after resigning from the Revenue Department,” he said.

Impressed with his scholarly skills, it was none other than the then Education Minister Avinashilingam Chettiar who offered him the post of sub-editor in the Encyclopaedia Department.

Mr. Subrahmanian, who obtained his doctorate from Annamalai University, had also completed a four-year ‘title course’ of ‘Tamil Vidwan’ from Madras University.

An author of 152 books published in Tamil and English, this retired emeritus professor of North-Eastern Hill University, a Central University at Shillong in Meghalaya, is now translating Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Les Miserables’ and some of the Shakespearean works into Tamil.

Source: The Hindu