Tamil Nadu

Legendary music director MS Viswanathan passes away

Doyen music composer Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 87.

The veteran musician had composed music for over a thousand films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and was fondly called as the King of Light Music (Mellisai Mannar in Tamil).

About MS Viswanathan

  • He was born on 24 June 1928 in Elapulli in Palakkad district of Kerala.
  • He had entered the film career as a child artist starring as the Bala Murugan in the film Kannagi. He had composed music for over 1700 films in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.
  • Some of his best films include Sumaithaangi, Paasamalara, Aayirathil Oruvan, Server Sundaram and Enga Veetu Pillai.
  • He has the distinction of having worked with 4 chief ministers from the film world. They are MG Ramachandran, NT Ramarao, M.Karunanidhi and J.Jayalalithaa.
  • Awards: Kalaimamani (A jewel for art) of Tamil Nadu Government and several other prestigious music awards.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has conferred the Thirai Isai Chakravarthy (in Tamil means The Emperor of Cine Music) title.


MoEFCC holds meeting with 6 states to review ESA demarcation progess in Western Ghats

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) held a meeting with 6 states in New Delhi to review the progress of demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) along the Western Ghats region.

The crucial meeting discussed the progress made by states to physically demarcate ESA in this region in order to decide the further course of action in the ambit of recommendations made by Kasturirangan Committee report (2013).

The meeting was chaired by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and was attained by environment Ministers of six States viz. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Key facts of meeting

  • No final decision was taken in this meeting as it will be taken by end of August 2015.
  • Focus: To set policy guidelines to conserve the biodiversity of the Western Ghats region.
  • Provide adequate opportunities for livelihood security to the local people in the broad paradigm of ESA.
  • Positive promotion of environment friendly and socially inclusive development in this region.

Earlier, MoEFCC on the request of these six States had allowed them to the demarcation of ESA within their jurisdiction by physical verification in the Western Ghats region. States were asked to submit their proposals to the Ministry by 30 June 2015. However, Kerala is only state which had undertaken such an exercise and submitted its report.

It should be noted that only in those areas demarcated as ecologically sensitive zones (ESZ) in ESA, commercial mining and polluting industries will be completely banned.

Facts: Kasturirangan committee had recommended that about 37 per cent areas in the Western Ghats to be declared as an ESA, surpassing the recommendation of Madhav Gadgil report (2010). Madhav Gadgil report had recommended declaration of entire Western Ghats region as an ESA.


Adani Group inks MoU with Tamil Nadu Government to set up 650 MW solar power plant

Adani Group has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tamil Nadu Government to set up 650 Mega Watt (MW) solar power plant in Ramanathapuram district.

The group will set up five solar power units at a cost of 4,536 crore rupees. Around 70 per cent of the investment will be through internal accruals, while the reaming investment will be from institutional investors and debt.

The construction process of project is expected to begin in July 2015 and it will be operational by February or March 2016.

The entire power produced from the project will be purchased by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (Tangedco) at cost of 7.01rupees per unit for the next 25 years.

It should be noted that this plant will help state to meet its solar power target set it solar energy policy launched in 2012. Till date Tamil Nadu government has signed agreements with 32 private players for purchasing 1,084 MW.

Besides Tamil Nadu, Adani group is setting up solar plants different states across India including in Rajasthan (5,000 MW), Jharkhand (10,000 MW) and Gujarat (5,000 MW).