Tamil Nadu

Lenovo to make Smartphones in Chennai with Flextronics under Make in India initiative

Chinese personal computer and smartphone giant Lenovo has roped with electronics contract manufacturer Flextronics to start manufacturing facility in Sriperambudur, near Chennai.

Lenovo has forayed in Indian smartphone manufacturing sector after the latest entrant Foxconn who will manufacture the phones in its facility and will invest $ 5 billion over a period of five years in India.

Lenovo will start local manufacturing smartphones of it’s both brands Lenovo and Motorola which it acquired from Google last year at its Sriperambudur facility.

Lenovo’s development comes as another boost for the government’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign which will establish local manufacture units with an annual production capacity of 6 million units smartphones and expects employment to 1,500 persons.

Currently Lenovo manufactures around three million PCs and laptops at Puducherry, near Chennai but didn’t have smartphone manufacturing unit in India.

It should be noted that India is the third largest smartphone market in the world.

Note: Sriperambudur earlier had Nokia manufacturing facility which later suspended its operations resulting 30,000 people losing jobs, 50% of them were women.


Tamil Nadu tops in organ donation in India

Tamil Nadu state has topped in organ donation in the country by harvesting organs of 683 persons and donating them to over 3000 beneficiaries.

It was announced by State Health Minister C Vijaya Bhaskar after state observed Organ Donation Day on 13th August 2015.

In Tamil Nadu, the overall organ transplantations included 144 heart transplants, 636 liver transplants, 1233 kidney, 69 lung transplants, 4 pancreas, 618 heart valves, 2 small bowels, 1,032 cornea, 22 skin and 2 blood vessels.

The success of the voluntarily organ donation in the state has been attributed of Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu (TATN) which was established in 2008. The TATN had played pivotal role in streamlining organ transplantation in the state.


South Indian states to constitute Inter-State Coordination Council to resolve forest-related issues

South Indian states have decided to constitute ‘Southern Forest Ministers’ Interstate Coordination Council (ISCC) to improve concerted collective efforts for protection of forests and wildlife of the region.

Decision in this regard was taken in a conference of forest ministers of southern states held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The council will have full-time secretariat which will function in the respective Forest Departments of member states for ensuring ecological, socio-economic and livelihood security of the region.

Member states of this council will consists of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Pudducherry and Karnataka. After its establishment Kerala Minister for Forests Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will be its President for the first year.

Southern Forest Ministers’ Conference: In this conference member states agreed to address issues related elephant poaching and smuggling of forest wealth especially smuggling of sandalwood and red sanders in the region.

These southern states also are planning to establish a regional wildlife crime control bureau in the line with the National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.