Tamil Nadu

CIC recommends government to allow use of ordinary postal stamp as RTI fee instrument

Central Information Commission (CIC) has recommended Central government to allow people seeking information under RTI Act to use postal stamps as application fee.

Two Information Commissioners – R K Jain and Raghubir Singh in two separate cases have made a common recommendation to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for implementing postal stamps as a mode of payment of RTI fee thus reducing hassles of applicants.

At present, RTI users now have to pay a fee of Rs 10 either in cash, bank demand draft or Indian Postal Order to get information.  By accepting postal stamps for RTI fee recommendation, it may help government to resolve many difficulties in payment.

Besides it may also help in preventing wastage of public money in returning or rejecting the IPOs or spending much larger amounts than Rs 10, for realising Rs 10, and avoidable litigation.  Tamil Nadu government already has this provision and allowed payment of RTI fee by affixing court fee stamps.

Daily Thanthi- First Tamil Paper launched in UAE

Daily Thanthi is the first Tamil newspaper launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This daily was launched by Tamil actors Prasanna and his wife Sneha Prasanna.  Bala Aditya, director of Dina Thanthi, opened the event.  The 12-page launch edition was distributed among the guests. The newspaper will be published from the Khaleej Times office located in Dubai.

This newspaper will be part of Daily Thanthi often known as Dina Thanthi which is published in major Indian cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore and Mumbai. It will serve Tamil population residing in UAE as their population in the UAE has grown over the years.

North east monsoon gets active over South India

The northeast monsoon is active over south India, according to the IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) which has forecast rain or thundershowers in the region.

The northeast monsoon is expected to be vigorous over Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and southern interior of Karnataka, and active over Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Most places in Rayalaseema, Karnataka and Lakshadweep, and many places in coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are already experiencing rainfall.

About Northeast Monsoon

The period between October to December in peninsular India is referred to as the northeast monsoon season. The northeast monsoon used to be called ‘post-monsoon season’ or ‘retreating southwest monsoon season’.

The northeast monsoon is a major period of rainfall activity over the southern peninsula, especially coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and the Tamilnadu-Pondicherry region. For Tamilnadu, this is the main rainy season accounting for about 48% of the annual rainfall.

Generally, northeast monsoon rains occur in spells of about 3 to 4 days duration. Spells exceeding 4 days occur less often and there are long spells of dry weather with little or no rain. Rainfall is concentrated in the afternoon, evening or early part of the night, except when a depression is formed nearby.