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Trek your way up

The Tamil Nadu Tourism Department's eco-tourism wing has planned halfa–dozen trekking tours to Top Slip. With an aim to create awareness among communities and tourists about the eco-tourism spots and prevent the usage of biodegradable products,

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Thiruvilakku pooja conducted

How to use glucometers? Glucometers are useful devices to identify blood sugar values in seconds. Before using glucometer, wash your hands and completely dry them with a clean towel. It is advisable to test the blood from the left hand fingers, so that it will not pain during our routine activities since we don't often use our left hands. It is better to prick in the left hand middle or ring finger, which is often less used. Wipe over the finger side, with dry cotton, where you want to prick. Load the glucose strip in the glucometer and verify the code every time. And also check for the expiry date of glucose strips. Press your finger tip with other finger in such a way that it collects some pooled blood from the finger tip. Prick the finger's side; not the bulb tip, as bulb tips are more painful due to the presence of more nerve endings. Prick the finger side with sterile needle or sterile needle loaded in plunger. Once the blood drop symbol appears on the glucometers, you can apply blood to the strips. Depending upon the brand of glucometer, either blood has to be applied to the strips before or after loading in the glucometer. We can test blood sugar in glucometers once in two weeks or whenever we had a doubt about glycemic status (both low and high sugar). Nowadays we have glucowatch which monitor blood sugar in every five seconds using inotoporosis.

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SRM Nightingale Matric. HSS celebrated 'Thiruvilakku pooja' on November 30 at 5 p.m. Karunakaran, Tamil teacher welcomed the gathering. The chief guest was Va s a n t h a R a j a g o p a l , proprietor of Athreya garments. She has been training students in devotional music through her 'Vanamalika group'. In her address she appreciated the management for preserving

the tradition and culture. The concept of group prayer through these celebrations was highlighted in her address. The girls lit the lamps and the pooja started with vedic chanting of mantras by the purohit. The idol of goddess 'Sakthi' was kept decorated on the lamp was an eye catching one. On the occasion, the whole campus was lit with lamps and it was a feast to the eyes.


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Award for self-employed disabled persons Nandini Voice for The Deprived, an NGO, honoured self-employed disabled persons on November 29 in a meeting held at Mylapore organised in connection with the World Disabled Day. Tw e n t y t w o d i s a b l e d persons, hailing from different parts of the State, who were involved in different self-employment activities were honoured with cash award, gift and certificate. Five disabled persons from Dindigul, M a d u r a i , P e r a m b a l u r, Villupuram and Chennai who have been working

towards the cause of the disabled persons were also honoured. Swami Gautamananda, president, Sri Ramakrishna Math, distributed the awards in the presence of Gnani, writer and social activist. Speaking on the occasion, Swami Gautamananda quoted extensively from the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and stressed the need for self-confidence and pride in one’s activity and chosen profession. Gnani stressed the need for education to achieve success.

Winter camps Hansel & Gratel is conducting art, craft and story telling camp for those in the age group of four and 12 years. The classes will be held from December 21 to 31, between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. There will be story telling, role play, mask making, Origami, pot painting,

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Lifetime Achievement award for Balamuralikrishna

Nungambakkam Cultural Academy Trust presented the Lifetime Achievement A w a r d t o D r Balamuralikrishna at a

function organised in connection with the inauguration of the Academy's 40th year fine arts festival. G.Srinivasan,

chairman and managing director, United Indian Insurance Co handed over t h e a w a r d s . Vo c a l i s t Sowmya, dancer Shylaja

Ramji and theatre personality Karur Rangarajan were honoured with Sangeetha Kala Siromani, Nrithya Kala Siromani and Nataka Kala Siromani awards. Dr S Natarajan, secretary of the academy welcomed the gathering. Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetti presided. A Natarajan, former Doordarshan director and danseuse Padma Subramniam felicitated the awardees. Students of Sheela Unnikrishnan presented a dance drama Janani Jagad Karani, depicting the several incarnations of goddess. The fine arts festival which will be on for 42 days and will have namasankeerthanam, Carnatic concerts, dance and drama.

Bank inaugurated the festival. Ghatam maestro and Grammy awardee T H Vikku Vinayakram was

conferred with Gana Padmam. Kathak dance exponent Jayanat Kaustuar was conferred with the Naatya Padmam and theatre personality Y Gee Mahendran was conferred with Naataka Padma. A.Natarajan, former Doordarshan Director felicitated the artistes. He d e s c r i b e d D r. N a l l i Kuppuswamy Chetti , president of the Sabha as a trend setter as artistes belonging to laya and nadha are being given the awards in this music season at the various sabhas. Former minister R.M.Veerappan, graced the occasion. Kathak and bharathanatyam exponent Divya Kasturi compeered the programme.

Awards galore

Brahma Gana Sabha`s December Art Festival kickstarted with an award function at Sivagami

Pethachi Auditorium on December3. M.S.Sundar arajan, chairman & managing director of Indian

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Regional Brain Bee quiz contest held

Award for Murali of Sri Krishna Sweets

The Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) & Metro Cash &

Carry honoured India's finest chefs and stalwarts from the hospitality industry

at the award ceremony held recently at the Fourth IFCA National Culinary Congress, Hyderabad. The IFCA Humanitarian Award 2007 was presented to Murali, MD of Sri Krishna Sweets. The IFCA Chef of the Year Award 2007 and 2008 went to chef Sheetharam Prasaad and chef Vijaya Baskaran respectively. In all 14 awards were there recognising the efforts made by the chefs.

Convention centre inaugurated

Smt Sigapi Achi Convention centre at Chettinad Health City (CHC), Kelambakkam, was inaugurated by His Excellency, Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu on November 15 in conjunction with the second anniversary celebrations of the health c i t y. T h e C o n v e n t i o n Centre has been named

after late wife of Dr. MAM Ramaswmay, MP. Smt. Sigapi Achi was an embodiment of patience, love and care. It was she who laid the foundation stone for the Chettinad Health City in 2005. The convention centre consists of a 1200 seater gallery type air-conditioned auditorium, a mini auditorium, a gallery type

conference hall and seminar hall, a banquet hall, air-conditioned and non air-conditioned accommodation and a food court. The eco-friendly campus also houses a full fledged Indian Overseas Bank, ICICI ATM, a beauty parlour, gymnasium and a browsing centre. His Excellency Shri Barnala, appreciated the university for its foresight in providing state of the art infrastructure, introducing innovative courses in emerging areas and its laudable service to the community in this semi u r b a n a r e a o f Kelambakkam and being an active participant in all the Government and Non Government initiatives in health care promotions. On the occasion, a documentary film on Sigapi Achi was screened.

Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women, in association with the Indian Brain Bee organised the 3rd Chennai Regional Brain Bee-2010 Quiz (Neuroscience) contest for first year students of Intermediate and class 11 students, who were interested in pursuing a career in health sciences on November 29. The Brain Bee Quiz is a live question and answer competition about neuroscience is an attempt to motivate youth to learn about the brain, capture their imagination and inspire them to pursue careers in bio-medical brain research. Dr. Rajeswari Ramachandran, former deputy director, ICMR conducted the quiz. The chief guest Gautam Vaid, s e c r e t a r y, G S S J a i n College, Vepery distributed

the prizes. Meenakshi Chennai in the Indian Sundaram of D.A.V Senior N a t i o n a l B r a i n B e e S e c o n d a r y S c h o o l , Championship to be held in

Mogappair won the first prize, Jacob John of D.A.V Senior Secondary School, Mogappair won the second prize and R.S Gayathri of Lalaji Omega International School won the third prize. The first and second prize winners will represent

the city in the last week of March, 2010. The Indian Brain Bee champion will participate in the International Brain Bee finals scheduled to take place on 12-14th, August,2010 in San Diego, California, USA,

Campaign on AIDS awareness

Residents of West Mambalam, under the guidance of S Ashok Kumar, recently organised

an AIDS Awareness campaign in nearby schools and colleges. The campaigners obtained

signatures from students of schools and colleges to work against AIDS. Music director Deva also joined them by putting his signature. G.N. Shenbagam, (a spinster and former Govt. employee of the Printing & Stationery division) and also a resident of Lake View Road pledged to donate her body to the Madras Medical College. And she is the 75th person to donate body for medical reaserch. Those who wish to know more about organ/body donation can ct.: Ashok on 97908 77798.

Chennai boy wins Helen Keller Award

December 2 has been a special day for a special child, twice over. This year, G J Siddharth is just back from Delhi after receiving the prestigious National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) Helen Keller award from union human resources development minister Kapil Sibal. The award is in recognition of his exemplary work in helping disabled people find

positions of equality and dignity in the workplace. Siddharth is the only person from south India to have received the award this year. On the same day in 2005, Siddharth was picked up from his home in Nandanam and driven to the airport to meet India's First Citizen, the then President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. The President had earlier responded to Sidharth's

email, saying, “You are indeed a great role model to the able-bodied as well as special children. When I visit Chennai, I will be happy to meet you.” Siddharth's is a story of courage and determination. Immediately after birth, he was infected with jaundice. It was only after four years that Siddharth was diagnosed as suffering from cerebral palsy. Following a year at the Spastics Society of India, Bangalore, Siddharth was admitted to the Spastics Society of India, Madras (now Vidya Sagar). He proved to be an excellent student and in 1995 moved to a normal s c h o o l , B o s t o n Matriculation HS School, Nandanam. In Class 10, Siddharth scored 80%; he could not draw diagrams and was not allowed to do the practical examination.

In Class 12, he cleared the Board examination scoring 90% overall. After completing B Com from Vivekananda College in 2002, he went on to complete his MA Economics from Loyola College in 2004; he aggregated 74% in four semesters. He is now an executive with Royal Bank of Scotland, RBS Group . “It is a very responsible job. I check export and import documents for mistakes based on international banking standards and practice. The support from my colleagues is almost unbelievable,” explains Siddharth, who is the first Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) with cerebral palsy in India. His mission is to carry out social work, particularly for uplifting the lives of people with multiple disabilities.

Project display on road safety GRT Mahalakshmi Vidyalaya Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, conducted a project display on Children and Road Safety on December 4 at the school premises. A colourful and interesting display of models, project and charts

in order to create awareness among the tinytots about the safety rules and traffic signs marked the occasion. T h e r e w a s a n overwhelming response from the KG students and their parents.


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The science of laughter “A day without laughter is a day wasted," said comedian Charlie Chaplin and today the scientist fraternity is agreeing to the same. Laughter is a wonderful signal. Laughter is a great thing -- that's why we've all heard the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. It brings you to the "present moment". When we laugh, we automatically experience the consciousness of the present. Laughter therapy is being used to cure ailments. When we laugh, the body releases anti-depressing chemicals in to the system. The best thing about laughter is that when you laugh your body starts radiating grace and beauty. Laughing comes from

within and what you need is what it is designed to do. just some sense of humour. Laughter is also a great When you look around, you meditation. Laughter is one of the best medicines because it is inexpensive, abundant and noni n t r u s i v e . Laughter brings beauty and grace to our being! It adds "life" to your movements. Here's a small joke! Interviewer to millionaire: To whom do you owe your success as a millionaire?" Millionaire: "I owe everything to my wife." Interviewer: "Wow, she must be some great w o m a n . Interviewer: "What were will see people and there you before you married will always be opportunity to her?" laugh. What you have to do Millionaire: "A billionaire" is just slow down a bit and And why are you waiting. take notice. Start finding humour and There is something about s t a r t l a u g h i n g . humour and laughter that Vadapalani Times wishes causes the immune system you a Happy Sunday!!! to "turn on" metabolically and do more effectively - Vikram V

Rosary Matric to launch alumni association

Rosary Matriculation Higher Secondary School is all set to launch its alumni association on December 19. Initiated and pursued by the old students with the blessings of the

management, the alumni meet is for batches of 1999 and before. The association will be a place for old students to cherish the memories and meet and renew old

Winning smiles: M.Murali, M.D., of Sri Krihna Sweets being handed over the Best Educationalist Award 2009 by Dr.P.Mannar Jawahar, Vice Chancellor, Anna University.

Commerce carnival at SSRV

The students of the Commerce department of Sri Sitaram Vidyalaya (SSRV) presented a project titled “Comm Caseta” on December 2. The project was inaugurated by S.V. Ramaswamy, secretary, Sri Ram Samaj. Bowmick Prodyot, president, Rotary Club, Madras South, R.Chandrasekar, director, Yo u t h S e r v i c e , K.Sivaraman, managing director 'Fulcrum', Sri K.Subramanian, school se cre ta ry, L e e l a Parthasarathy, principal were present. contacts. For more details, call: T h e s c h o o l p r i n c i p a l 9 8 4 1 6 7 9 7 1 7 / 9 8 4 0 0 appreciated the students for 2 4 5 8 5 / 9 9 6 2 0 11 3 1 0 / t h e i r h a d w o r k a n d enthusiasm and added that 98840 36200. Email: rosarymatriculation the project helps to make the learning process simple

and interesting. Under the guidance of the Commerce teacher Lakshmi Devi, 'An introduction to the world of Commerce' – models depicting barter economy, international trade, advertisement, banking, insurance, kinds of

organizations and stock exchange were exhibited and were explained by the students. Students of GRT Mahalakshmi Vidyalaya Mat. Hr. Sec School, SRM Nightingale, Little Flower Mat. Hr. Sec. School and various nearby schools visited the project.


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Annual project day held

invocation song. Prof. Mythili Prakash of Department of Computer Science of Shri Sankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for women inaugurated the project. S c h o o l p r i n c i p a l P. K . Padma welcomed the gathering and the c o r r e s p o n d e n t

Nature's secret unveiled

G. Naagarajan honoured the chief guest. The topic chosen for this year was Vigyan Shashtra wherein the students of Std. I to XI dealt on various

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Oxford Matric Hr. Sec. School, West Mambalam, Chennai – 33, conducted its Annual Project on Science a n d Te c h n o l o g y o n November 27th and 28th at the school premises. The students got an opportunity to display their scientific skills and creativity. The programme started with the

topics such as plant life, modern methods of cultivation, amazing facts about animals and plants, rare species of animals. Alternate sources of energy for our lives, advances in physical science, advancement in medicine, earth science, space technology and information technology also had inspired the students. They explained their exhibits with the help of charts and working models. The highlight of the project was the primary students who explained at length about the ill-effects of smoking and liquor, and the importance of first aid. Nearby schools and parents visited the exhibition and appreciated the project.

A range of herbal cosmetic products were launched r e c e n t l y i n t h e c i t y. Sreeram, managing partner of Nature Beauty Traders said that the products are a fusion of modern cosmetic technology and age old natural beauty secrets from the tropical island of Srilanka. The product launch also had fashion show associated with it in which city's own designer Sidney Sladen came out with some wonderful creations in yellow and orange. Top models Rachel Bayros,

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