Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Government bans Ketoprofen drug to save vultures

Tamil Nadu state government has banned Ketoprofen, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to save critically endangered vulture population in the state.

This drug has been banned in the three western districts of state viz in Erode, Coimbatore and Nilgiris where the vulture population is in danger.

Ketoprofen is extensively used for veterinary purposes and as an alternative to banned veterinary painkiller Diclofenac. It is believed that Ketoprofen causes same effect on the vulture population caused by Diclofenac.

Deadly effects of Diclofenac on Vultures

  • Vultures act as scavengers, preying on dead animals as they have a robust digestive system which can even digest disease-causing pathogens found in rotting meat of dead.
  • But they are not able to break down Diclofenac and die of renal failure or kidney after eating carcasses of cattle administered drug.
  • Meloxicam is an alternative drug which can be used instead of Diclofenac and Ketoprofen.

Earlier in 2006, Union Government had banned the use of veterinary drug Diclofenac for treating cattle and in September 2015 its sale in multi-dose vial was banned for human use.


Adani Ports inks MoU with L&T for Kattupalli Port Operations

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to oversee operations of Kattupalli Port in Tamil Nadu.

The non-binding MoU will empower L&T Shipbuilding to manage and operate the port with an effect from October 2015.

Under this pact APSEZ will be responsible for EBIDTA gains and losses arising from the port operation for this period.

APSEZ is part of the Adani group led by Gautum Adani is one of India’s leading business houses with a revenue of over 10 billion dollars.

Presently the subsidiary company operates ports in Mundra, Tuna-Tekra (Kandla), Hazira and Dahej in Gujarat. It also operates, Dhamra in Odisha and specialised coal handling facilities in Mormugao in Goa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier in June 2015, APSEZ received Kerala government’s nod for developing the 4,089-crore rupees Vizhinjam International Deepwater Seaport project with 4-year timeframe for commissioning.

Vizhinjam port port is strategically located very close to international shipping route and has the potential to become the biggest trans-shipment hub in the region. It will help in cost saving to Indian trade as the boxes can be trans-shipped at a lower cost.


Dr. Jacob Tsimerman wins 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

Mathematician Dr. Jacob Tsimerman from Canada has been chosen for the prestigious 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize.

Presently he is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Canada and his mathematics research work is primarily in the field of Number Theory and surrounding topics.

He will be conferred with the prize during the International Conference on Number Theory to be held at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.

About SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

  • The award has been named after great Indian Mathematician autodidact Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • It was established in 2005 by Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) University.
  • It is an annual award bestowed on young mathematicians for his outstanding contributions to areas of mathematics influenced by the Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • Criteria: The age limit for the prize is 32 because Ramanujan had achieved so much in his brief life of 32 years.
  • The prize is given annually to recipient at Kumbakonam which is Ramanujan’s hometown.
  • It should be noted that every year 22nd December is observed as National Mathematics Day to mark birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • Srinivasa Ramanujan is considered as doyen of number theory, infinite series, mathematical analysis, and making formulas and equations without any formal training in pure mathematics.