Tamil Nadu Current Affairs

Eminent Tamil Lyricist Na Muthukumar passes away

Eminent poet and lyricist Na Muthukumar passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu following an illness. He was 41.

He was known for his critically acclaimed literary work and Tamil film songs. He also had won two national awards.

About Na Muthukumar

  • Born on 12 July 1975 in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.
  • He had entered the film industry with a dream of becoming a director and had worked as an associate for Balumahendra.
  • But his knowledge in Tamil language and literature led him to the area of song-writing. He had first wrote songs for director Seeman’s film Veeranadai
  • He has written more than 1,000 lyrics in various movies and also penned novel “Silk City” in Tamil.
  • Awards and Honours: He had won two national awards for his lyrics “Anandha Yazhai Meetukirazh” in “Thanga Meenkazh” and “Azhagae Azhagae” in “Saivam”.

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Unit I of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project dedicated to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin dedicated the first unit of the ambitious Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu to the nation.

KKNPP was dedicated by the leaders through video conferencing from Delhi and Moscow. It has India’s single largest nuclear generation unit with capacity of 1000 megawatt (MW)

Key Facts

  • The KKNPP is located in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, around 650 km from Chennai. It is built under India-Russian Nuclear agreement of 1988.
  • KKNPP is India’s nuclear power plant to use imported PWR technology. It has VVER (Water-Water Energetic Reactor) type light water reactors.
  • The reactors are built by the NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport Company, a subsidiary of Rosatom.
  • The Unit I of the KKNPP is already in service since December 2014 and was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.
  • The first unit till now more than 10,800 million units of power and the plant had attained criticality in July 2013
  • The Unit II (1000 MW capactity) of the KKNPP had achieved criticality in July 2016 will begin power production by end of August 2016.
  • Besides, preliminary works are also going on for the construction of third and fourth reactors with Russian technical expertise.
  • KKNPP has enhanced safety features which were incorporated in the water cooled, water moderated reactor complex after the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan.

India-Russian Nuclear agreement of 1988: It was signed between the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Soviet leader Mikahil Gorbachev in November 1988. The agreement was revived in 1998 with Russia and construction works started in March 2002 due to the political and economic upheaval in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Note: The allocation power generated from KKNPP-I & II (2000 MW) include Tamil Nadu (925 MW), Karnataka (442 MW), Kerala (266 MW), Puducherry (67 MW). While 300 MW remains unallocated.

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Veteran Tamil writer-producer Panchu Arunachalam passes away

Veteran film producer, screenplay and script writer Panchu Arunachalam passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu following brief illness. He was 75.

He had mostly worked in Tamil cinema and had introduced Ilayaraja (renowned film composer) as music director in his film Annakili. He had made most of films starring Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.

About Panchu Arunachalam

  • Born on 18 June 1941 in Sirukoodalpatti in Tamil Nadu. He was mentored by poet Kannadasan who was his uncle.
  • As a writer, he has worked in 100 films and also has written song lyrics for more than 200 films. He had produced films under his production banner named P. A. Arts.[
  • Some of his famous movies are Sakalakala Vallavan, Murattu Kaalai and Apoorva Sagodhargal.
  • He had worked with Rajinikanth in 23 films, including Pokkiri Raja, Kazhugu and Paayum Puli among others.

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