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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:53 am 
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Sparrow census takes wing

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When Blessie, a second year student, determinedly stepped out on a mission of tailing sparrows on Sunday afternoon, she did not expect to return home many hours later, disappointed. “A friend and I spent hours walking up and down all 14 crosses of Bharathi Nagar twice, but we didn't chance on a single sparrow. The only consolation was an empty sparrow's nest.”

Fortunately, unlike Blessie, some of her friends from Bishop Heber College who participated in the sparrow census organised by the Nature Club and Department of Environmental Studies, got luckier.

Over 60 students were roped in to take a sparrow count in and around Tiruchi as part of World Sparrow Day. There has been growing concern worldwide on dwindling numbers of house sparrows as the ubiquitous creature whose trill we woke up to every morning is now uncommon in our neighbourhoods.

According to the sparrow count, almost no birds have been sighted in residential areas in the heart of the city like Cantonment, Thillai Nagar, Puthur and Woraiyur. “Though this is a cause for concern, it was heartening to find sparrows are still found in localities on the fringe of city limits. The numbers are also encouraging in rural pockets,” says A.Relton, staff advisor, Nature Club.

According to results obtained from the project, Panjapur topped the list with a count of 32 sparrows, followed by Ariyavur and Alithurai. The census took wing when club members grew anxious failing to spot house sparrows on a campus that boasts around 60 varieties of birds.

No place to nest

Students were apprised prior to the study on how to distinguish male and female sparrows by identifying specific characteristics. “For instance the male has a black or white patch on the throat while the female is of a uniform shade,” says Nissie adding that members also looked for common nesting spots like eaves of houses, crevices and grooves. “The sparrow is a cavity nester and change in architectural styles is one of the reasons behind falling numbers. There are a few houses with thatched roofs or tiles that make for nesting places,” adds Mr. Relton.

A combination of reasons such as urbanisation, pollution and even possible radiation emitted from cell phone towers have been attributed to the elusiveness of the bird.

Unavailability of organic, chemical-free food grains may be responsible for lesser success in breeding rate of sparrows, believe bird watchers.

The Department of Environmental Studies of the college also conducted a short study to evaluate if cell phone towers kept the birds at bay, but could find no established correlation.

Students feel individual and collective efforts are necessary to ensure that the sparrow is not something we encounter only in books. “Putting out a little grain and water for the sparrows as a daily ritual could be an interesting hobby,” suggests Asha, a student.

The college plans to distribute ‘sparrow boxes'- boxes with holes for nesting- in areas that have showed significant numbers to save whatever remains of the bird population in the vicinity of the city. School children would be roped in to ensure the birds are undisturbed.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:08 pm 
Chennai Super Kings eyes 20% growth in revenues

India Cements-owned Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is expecting a 15-20 per cent growth in revenues during the coming season, which starts on April 4, said its vice president - marketing Rakesh Singh.

“The increase in sponsorship, increase in cost of tickets and sales of merchandise are the primary reasons for the growth,” he said, without commenting on specifics. The team has roped in two more sponsors — LifeOk, a new Hindi entertainment channel, and Washington Apple, a fruit-brand.

Last season, the team clocked a revenue of around Rs 140 crore.

The existing sponsors include AirCel, Gulf Oil, TI Cycles, Mansion House, Reebok, The Hindu, UniverCell, Café Coffee Day and Hello FM.

Some of the merchandise products the team sells include caps, shorts, T-shirts, 3-D mugs and sports bottle . “We will also now focus on fashion and lifestyle brands, including CSK ties, polo apparels along with others in the non-CSK colours,” he said.

Last year, the team clocked around Rs 2.5 crore from the sale of merchandise through Reebok and another Rs 1 crore from its merchandise partner Cool Maal. “We are expecting around three times of this during the upcoming season,” said Singh.

“We will increase our presence in Tier-II towns like Tiruchy, Madurai and Tirnueveli in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, the team is planning to partially pass on the entertainment tax, which was recently announced by the Tamil Nadu Government, to its fans. In September last year, the state government had introduced a Bill, which said 25 per cent would be levied as entertainment tax for IPL matches on the total sum of cash, including the tax amount paid, for getting permission to hold the T20 matches (as part of the IPL) in Chennai.

“We would go for some rearrangements in the ticket cost structure by which partially we will pass on the burden to the fans,” he said.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Dear Mr Ramesh Kamak,
You people are doing a great work... Number does not matter ... The Job matters .
In developing small cities like Trichy, you people have created such great awareness and are doing a great work..
I have been following Trichy trekkers through years ...
Unfortunately i am not able to involve physically with the team....
Every time you people arrange a trek, we get new photos and new information on that .....
My sincere wish is that, Trichy Trekkers should develop/get mass support just like Chennai Trekkers...
I am trying my bit to create awareness on your work...
Cheers ...Best wishes....
I posted that photos on Chennai Trkkeing Club just as a booster

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From: Ramesh Kamak <rameshkamak@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: Just for Info
To: srirsridhar2@gmail.com


Dear Sridhar....we need the involement of more members to enable us to do more events. We need to enlarge our circle. Chennai Trekking club has more than 13000 members with 500 being added every month (mostly IT professionals), wheras we have just 300+. We need more members. However, we just started.....

Ramesh Kamak


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tp://www.chennaitrekkers.org/



Just for Info.... I recently happened to see this trekking website ...http://www.chennaitrekkers.org/ Interesting .... Nice to know their initiative and activities .... Cheers


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:55 pm 
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Message from the Trichy Trekkers Group on Mar. 19

Hi Friends...yesterday's Birdwatching trip was superb.1000's of birds were there, and I wished more of you could have joined us. We started the day by seeing a Jackal, which is quite rare in these parts. All of us, were able to shoot some good pics. of the birds.

Given below is a list of birds we saw during our trip yesterday....complied by Sundaraman.
Wetland Birds
1.Little Cormorant
2.Darter or Snake Bird
3.Small Blue Kingfisher
4.White Breasted Kingfisher
5.Pied Kingfisher
6.Little Grebe or Dab Chick
7.Spot Billed Duck
8.Open Billed Stork
9.Painted Stork
10.Pond Heron
11.Little Egret
12.Large Egret
13.Cattle Egret
14.White Ibis
15.Eurasian Spoonbill
16.Brahminy Kite
17.Large Pied Wagtail
18.Grey Wagtail
19.Coot
20.Black Winged Stilt
21.Red Wattled Lapwing
22.Little Ringed Plover
23.Gull Billed Tern
24.Black Tailed Godwit

Woodland Birds
25.Asian Koel
26.Black Drongo or King Crow
27.Blue Tailed Bee Eater
28.Purple Rumped Sunbird
29.Ashy Wren Warbler or Ashy Prinia
30.Baya Weaver Bird
31.Common Myna
32.Brahminy Myna
33.White Headed Babler
34.Indian Robin
35.Turtle Dove
36.Spotted Dove
37.Rose Ringed Parakeet

Other Birds which could not be classified as woodland or wetland

38.Palm Swift
39.Bush Lark
40.Paddyfield Pipit
By the way, MARCH 20th is World Sparrows Day. To know what you can do, please click on
http://www.worldsparrowday.org/ for more information.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:59 pm 
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Bird Watching @ Karavetti

Bird Watching trip this Sunday, March 18th near Trichy. One will be Karavetti Lake and 2 other lakes nearby. We plan to leave by 5am and we should be back in Trichy by lunch time. Those who are intrested in joining this trip please call JV Ramesh 98424-93451 rameshjvalwin@gmail.com to confirm your seat. We will be limiting the number to just 7. The cost will be on equal-sharing basis.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:37 am 
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MR.Raja wrote:
Multipurpose indoor stadium nearing completion

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The construction of a multipurpose indoor stadium at Anna Stadium complex here is nearing completion. The multipurpose indoor stadium is coming up at a cost of Rs. 1.77 crore. Ninety per cent of the works have been completed.

- Once in place, the stadium can host a range of events including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis with a capacity to accommodate more than 1,200 spectators.

Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, who inspected the progress of the works here on Saturday, directed the officials to expedite the works.

She also discussed the development works to be undertaken at Anna Stadium with the officials.

B. Ravinder, executive engineer, building construction and maintenance division, Public Works Department; Asokan, assistant divisional engineer, PWD; and P. Kalaiselvan, District Sports Officer, were present.

- A synthetic hockey turf of international standard has already been created at Anna Stadium, which is also getting a synthetic athletics track with flood lights.

- A squash court is coming up at the sprawling stadium complex.

- The other facilities in the Anna Stadium include flood-lit volleyball court, football ground, swimming pool, gymnasium and a sports hostel.


Adding to the above mentioned facilities the stadium also has a Clay Tennis Court and an indoor Shuttle Court.


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Multipurpose indoor stadium nearing completion

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The construction of a multipurpose indoor stadium at Anna Stadium complex here is nearing completion. The multipurpose indoor stadium is coming up at a cost of Rs. 1.77 crore. Ninety per cent of the works have been completed.

- Once in place, the stadium can host a range of events including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis with a capacity to accommodate more than 1,200 spectators.

Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, who inspected the progress of the works here on Saturday, directed the officials to expedite the works.

She also discussed the development works to be undertaken at Anna Stadium with the officials.

B. Ravinder, executive engineer, building construction and maintenance division, Public Works Department; Asokan, assistant divisional engineer, PWD; and P. Kalaiselvan, District Sports Officer, were present.

- A synthetic hockey turf of international standard has already been created at Anna Stadium, which is also getting a synthetic athletics track with flood lights.

- A squash court is coming up at the sprawling stadium complex.

- The other facilities in the Anna Stadium include flood-lit volleyball court, football ground, swimming pool, gymnasium and a sports hostel.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:20 pm 
The blanket experience

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A trekker's team relives its trail across river Zanskar

A river notorious for extreme turbulence spends one month every year in frozen submission to the elements around it — the harshest of winters and the towering mountains of Ladakh through which it reaches the Indus. Frozen throughout January and February, the Zanskar River is a snow-white blanket that winds a length of 160 kilometres, recently popular as the Chadar Trail.

Meet J. Ramanan, Vrinda Ramanan, Saravanan, Mahesh Khanna and K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar from the Trichy Science and Adventure Club, who have recently returned from Zanskar as the first group from the State to attempt this trek, a trail until now explored by foreigners and just a handful of Indians.

“The Chadar lets you see the river's perspective, while it flows beneath you with a pulsating presence,” says Ramanan, who founded the club along with his wife Vrinda. For the couple, formally trained in mountaineering, this was their 30th Himalayan expedition. However, it was a debut trek over the Chadar for the entire group, joined by five more trekkers from around the country.

“For centuries, Zanskaris have been crossing the frozen trail by foot for trade and in case of emergencies,” says Vrinda, adding that most of them leave their villages when the winter is at its peak. “With the trail becoming popular, a few of the locals now stay behind to work as guides and support staff for trekking groups.”

Mahesh talks about the route they took. “We spent two days at Leh to acclimatise ourselves to the altitude and climate. We drove to Chilling, walked to Tilat Do and the next day we began our trek.” The group stopped at Markala, Trips Cave and other points before encountering their most anxious moment at Nyerak Pullu.

“After we passed a frozen waterfall, we came across the group which had left before us. The trail ahead hadn't frozen fully, making it impossible to walk over,” recalls Ramanan, for whom the unstable ground made it one of the most challenging treks ever. With snow fall quickly following, the trekkers were back on the trail, though they had to be roped up for safety. From the last stop, Tsarak Do, the group drove to Padum, their destination. Says Vrinda, “We reached Padum on January 26 and took part in the Republic Day celebrations there. It was extremely touching.”

On their way back on the Chadar, the group sighted a variety of wildlife endemic to the region. “We spotted the Himalayan magpie, yellow-billed chough, snow wolves, kiangs, chakoris and lammergeier, the biggest among vultures,” says Ramnath. They also came across pug marks of snow leopards and a frozen Himalayan red fox that bore marks from a predator.

Being the only doctor on board, Dr. Saravanan had to ensure that everyone was well during the trek. “Though we experienced mountain sickness initially, we were all right throughout as we had extremely effective gear and were prepared both mentally and physically,” he says. Generally, in conditions as harsh as this, people can get affected by hypothermia, frostbite and severe sunburns.

Completing the trek two days ahead of schedule, the group visited several monasteries and were taken to the homes of the locals. “With sunshine being such a luxury in their simple lives, the Zanskaris have utilised solar energy in some very interesting ways we all could emulate,” says Vrinda.

For Ramanan, it is a once in a lifetime experience: “It's not a trek that can be done more than once. The river freezes only for a month, you need to be extremely fit and the trek requires human help throughout because mules cannot walk on the ice.” Besides, he adds, the trek can cost up to Rs 1 lakh per head to organise.

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1 or 2 tennis courts available in BHEL Township...


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