Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that Vellore district of state would be trifurcated into Vellore, Ranipet and Tirupattur districts. Vellore will be headquarters of these 2 new districts. With creation of two more districts the total number of districts in state would become 37.
The Chief Minister also announced that starting from 2019, November 1 would be celebrated as Tamil Nadu Day to commemorate state’s creation day. Tamil Nadu was created on November 1, 1956.
In any state the idea behind creating new districts is, generally, that it is expected to make governance easier or sometimes, decision is driven by local demands. In this case, people had been demanding carving out of new districts from Vellore district, which has 13 assembly segments.
Vellore District: It was created in 1989 by bifurcating North Arcot district into Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts. It is one of the largest districts in state by area and has 13 Assembly constituencies. It is divided between 3 Lok Sabha constituencies- Vellore, Tiruvannamalai and Arakkonam.
Other District Division: In 2018 Tamil Nadu state government had carved out Kallakurichi district from Villupuram district. . In July 2019, TN govenment announced its decision to carve out Tenkasi district from Tirunelveli district and Chengalpet district from Kancheepuram district.
District in India
In India larger states have a higher number of districts such as Uttar Pradesh leads the count with 75 district, followed by Madhya Pradesh (52), while smallest state, Goa (2), has lowest number.
However, number of districts in a state is not always a function of area of state (or of its population). For example, Andhra Pradesh is 7th largest state by area in the country but has among smallest counts of districts at 13. As such, it has only 1 district for every 12,000 sq-km, which is largest average size for a district in any Indian state.
President of India Ramnath Kovind awarded Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman to following scholars of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, Classical Malayalam and Classical Odiya for year 2019: –
Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awardees
SANSKRIT: (1) Dr. Ashok thapliyal; (2) Prof. SujataTripathi; (3) Dr.Sanju Mishra; (4) Dr. Abhijit Hanmant Joshi; (5) Dr.SharachchandraDwivedi
PALI: Anoma Shriram Sakhare
PRAKRIT: Ashish Kumar Jain
ARABIC: Dr. Fauzan ahmad
PERSIAN: (1) ER.M. Shahbaz Alam
CLASSICAL KANNADA: (1)G B harisha; (2) S. Karthik; (3) Dr. M. Byrappa
CLASSICAL TELUGU: (1) Dr. Addanki Srinivas; (2) Dr. V. Triveni; (3) Dr. DK Prabhakar
CLASSICAL MALAYALAM: (1) Dr. Rajeev RR; (2) Shri Santhosh Thottingal
CLASSICAL ODIA: Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty
In addition to this President also awarded certificate of honor to following scholars of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, Classical Malayalam and Classical Odiya for year 2019.
List of Awardees of Certificate of Honor –
SANSKRIT: (1) Sripada Satyanarayanamurthy; (2) RajendraNathSarma; (3) Prof. Ramji Thakur; (4) Prof. Chand KiranSaluja; (5) Dr. ShriKrishan Sharma; (6) Dr. V. Ramakrishna Bhatt; (7) Vidwan Janardana Hegde; (8) Dr. Kala acharya; (9) Prof. (Dr.) Harekrishna Satapathy; (10) Pandit Satya Dev Sharma; (11) Banwari Lal Gaur; (12) Dr. VS Karunakaran; (13) Prof. Yugal Kishor Mishra; (14) Pandit Manudev Bhattacharya; (15) Subuddhi Charan Goswami
PALI: Dr. Uma Shankar Vyas
PRAKRIT: Kamal Chand Sogani
ARABIC: (1) Faizanullah Farooqi; (2) Mohammad iqbal Husain; (3) Dr Mohd. Samiullah Khan
PERSIAN: (1) Dr. Iraq Raza Zaidi; (2) Chander Shekhar (3) Mohammad sidiq Niazmand
CLASSICAL KANNADA: Shri Hampa Nagarajaiah
CLASSICAL TELUGU: Ravva Srihari
CLASSICAL MALAYALAM: Dr.CP Achuthan Unny
CLASSICAL ODIA: Dr. Antaryami mishra
About Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman
The awards are annually conferred on the Independence Day. They were instituted in 2002 by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
It is awarded to young scholars between 30 to 45 years of age. It carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
These awards conferred to recognise contribution of scholars in the field of nine languages viz. Sanskrit, Prakrit, Persian, Pali, Arabic, Classical Oriya, Classical Kannada, Classical Malayalam and Classical Telugu.
Certificate of Honour
It was introduced in 1958 to honour scholars of Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic languages and later in 1996 it was extended to cover Prakrit and Pali as well.
It is awarded to scholars aged 60 years and above. It carries a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000.
NOTE Exemptions: These awards are not given posthumously and to scholars who have been awarded earlier, or who are convicted in criminal case or against whom criminal case is pending in court.