Tamil Nadu Current Affairs

Tamil Comedy Actor Kumarimuthu passes away

Legendary Tamil Comedian Kumarimuthu passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu due to some age-related ailments. He was 77.

He was known for his comic roles and had starred in nearly 50 films in his career spanning over three-decades. He was best known for his signature laugh.

His debut film was Nandu in 1981. Some of his other best films are Sahadevan Mahadevan, Idhu Namma Aalu, Marumagan and Oru Oorla Oru Rajakumari.

He was also associated with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Party in his brief stint in politics.

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Tiruchirapalli city wins Behavioural Change Communication Award

Tiruchirapalli city in Tamil Nadu has won best city performer in Behavioral change Communication Award.

The award was bestowed upon Trichy city commissioner Vijayalakshmi from Union Minister of urban Development Venkaiah Naiadu in the Swach Sarvekshan function.

Key facts

  • Tiruchirapalli city has shown the way in cleanliness and hygiene.
  • It also is open defecation free city and strictly follows effective solid waste management. Special awareness was created to tell people to use public toilets and individual toilets.
  • The city has ranked third in clean city award and is among the 15 leader cities along with Mysuru (1st), Chandigarh (2nd) and New Delhi (4th).
  • City corporation workers are also doing a commendable job to keep city clean by removing solid waste on time from waste boxes.
  • Solid waste management initiatives implemented in city also have been applauded by the Union Urban Development Ministry.

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Invasive species of snowflake coral discovered off coast of Thiruvananthapuram

Recently scientists have discovered presence of several colonies of an invasive species of snowflake coral (Carijoa riisei) off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari.

They were discovered at 10 metre depth off Kovalam (Thiruvananthapuram) and 18 metre depth off Enayam (Kanyakumari). Scientists have noted that these fast-growing alien species could pose a serious threat to the marine ecology of the region.

About Snowflake Corals

  • The snowflake coral is native of the tropical Western Atlantic and Caribbean. For first in 1972 it was reported as an invasive species from Hawaii. Since then, it has spread to countries like Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • It is considered an invasive species because it has capacity to dominate space and crowd out other marine organisms.
  • It is known to inhabit reefs and underwater structures such as piers and shipwreck. It can also attach itself to metal, concrete and even plastic.
  • In India, it has been reported from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gulf of Mannar (Tamil Nadu), Gulf of Kutch (Gujarat) and Goa.

Threats

  • As it has capacity to thickly settle and occupy a variety of surfaces it can destabilise the marine ecosystem.
  • It can crowd out other marine species like corals, algae, sponges, ascidians that are mainly contributing to the rich marine biodiversity of the region.

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