Tamil Nadu Current Affairs

India’s first Medipark will be set up in Tamil Nadu

India’s first Medipark (Medical Park) will be set up in Tamil Nadu at Chengalpet near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It will boast of the first medical devices manufacturing park in the country.

In this regard, the Union Cabinet has allowed HLL Lifecare, a miniratna public sector company to sub-lease over 300 acres of land for the purpose.

How it will be formed?

  • The Medipark will be funded through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with HLL being a 50% shareholder.
  • HLL will sublease 330.10 acres of land to investors, through a transparent bidding process to investors desirous to set up manufacturing units for medical equipment and devices.
  • It will be developed in phases with completion period of seven years. In the first phase, physical infrastructure will be developed.


  • First manufacturing cluster in the medical technology sector in the country envisaged to boost local manufacturing of hi-end products at a significantly lower cost.
  • Play a significant role in the development of medical devices and technology industry and allied disciplines under the Make in India initiative
  • Help in providing in affordable healthcare delivery, particularly in diagnostic services to a large section of people.


The first of its kind Medipark project will lay roadmap to reduce the dependence on imports of medical equipment and devices. It will create a strong base for the growth of indigenous and domestic industry by providing access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology.


Tamil Nadu tops list of endemic flowering plants: BSI

According to the recent publication released by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest number flowering plants in the country.

The publication titled Endemic Vascular Plants of India also revealed that almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India are endemic to the country.

Key Facts

  • Of the total 18,259 flowering plants reported in the country, 4,303 (over 23%) are found only in India or they are endemic to the country.
  • Of these, Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest number of species with 410, followed by Kerala (357 species) and Maharashtra (278 species).
  • In case of the geographical distribution of endemic plants, Western Ghats tops the list with about 2,116 species, followed by the Eastern Himalayas with 466 species. These two regions are among the biodiversity hot spots of the country.
  • At least 37 species of Black plum Syzyguim (Jamun), 274 species of orchids and 10 varieties of Musa (banana) are found only in the country.
  • Four different varieties of roses, 2 herbs and 2 climbers and 12 species of jasmines are exclusively found in India.
  • There are 45 species of black pepper family, 19 species of ginger and 13 different kinds of large cardamom endemic to India.
  • There are also 40 species of bamboos (Bambusoideae) endemic to India.
  • Some of the plants species are restricted to only certain areas of the country like an insectivorous plant Nepenthes khasiana which is only found in the Khasi hills of Meghalaya.


Tamil film Visaranai selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2017

The Tamil film “Visaranai” has been selected as the India’s official entry to Oscars 2017 (89th Academy Awards) in the Foreign Language Film category.

The film has been directed by Vetrimaran and is produced by actor Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films. It is based on M.Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up.

Key Facts

  • The film is based on true events recorded in novel Lock Up about autorickshaw driver, who shares his experience after he and three of his friends are arrested on false charges.
  • It documents four migrant workers who suffer police brutality and corruption after being jailed on false charges.
  • It starrs Dinesh Ravi, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Ajay Ghosh, Anandhi and Aadukalam Murugadoss.
  • Awards and Honours: At 72nd Venice Film Festival it had won the Amnesty International Italia Award.
  • At the 63rd National Film Awards, it had won three honours viz. Best Supporting Actor for Samuthirakani, Best Feature Film in Tamil and Best Editing for Kishore Te.