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Corporation opens park, yoga hall for women

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The Hindu      07.09.2010

Corporation opens park, yoga hall for women

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The park has been constructed at Rs. 20 lakh


New facility:The park with walkers' path and meditation centre opened for women by the Coimbatore Corporation at K.G. Layout at Saibaba Colony in the city. —

COIMBATORE: Of the 40 new parks the Coimbatore Corporation opened from Wednesday to Friday across the city, the one at K.G. Layout (Ward 62) is special: it is only for women and children.

Spread over nearly 4,000 sq.ft., it has a 200-metre walkers' path, a play area of 400 sq.ft and a hall of more than 200 sq.ft. that can be used for various purposes. The park has been constructed at Rs. 20 lakh.

“Perhaps, we may be the first Corporation in the State to open a park and other facilities in it only for women and small children,” Mayor R. Venkatachalam says. “While on a review of works in the run-up to the World Classical Tamil Conference in June-July, Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin was surprised to know that we have built a park for women,” he recalls.

“Many women in this area had asked for such a facility because they were not comfortable in the other parks that were open to both men and women,” the Mayor explains.

Ward councillor R. Gayathri adds: “They looked for safety in the evenings and that was why we worked on this project”. Watchmen will be posted at the park to keep unauthorised persons away.

“The city already has parks for children and senior citizens. So, it is only appropriate to have one for women,” she says. The hall can be used for various purposes. Aerobics, yoga and meditation can be practised from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

It will be open to a laughter club and for cooking and painting classes. After a break from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., it will open again for music and dance classes and also spoken English, Tamil and Hindi. All these sessions from morning till evening will be held in turns during the week and the hall is not big enough for simultaneous activities.

“We also plan to offer this space as a study centre for Plus-One and Plus-Two students in the locality from 9 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Two computers will be installed,” the councillor says.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 04:20

50,000 new SHGs planned this fiscal

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The Hindu     29.07.2010

50,000 new SHGs planned this fiscal

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Coimbatore: The Government is making efforts to form 50,000 new women's self-help groups (SHG) during this fiscal. Of which 30,000 would be in rural areas and 20,000 in urban areas, said Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Women's Development Corporation, K. Gopal on Tuesday.

He was speaking at a meeting organised to review the implementation of schemes for women. Mr. Gopal said that in Coimbatore, 1,650 women's SHG would be formed. He asked elected representatives of local bodies and voluntary organisations to strive for the effective functioning of these SHGs .

Mr. Gopal said that those working under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and tribals should be roped into these SHGs, he said.


A total of 70,000 women SHGs in Tamil Nadu would be provided with revolving fund and loans. Each SHG would get a revolving fund of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 60,000 as loan. Under the SGSY scheme, self-help groups would be provided with loans ranging from Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs.

Best performing SHG would get Rs. 1 lakh as incentive from the Government.

In addition, the State Government has planned to train 25,000 youth with the assistance of industrial training institutions and private institutions.

Talks are on with bankers to ensure financial assistance of Rs. 3,000 crore for these SHGs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:36

Traders appeal for representation in Legislative Council

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The Hindu 06.05.2010

Traders appeal for representation in Legislative Council

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Say it will help them voice grievances effectively

— Photo: K.Pichumani

Finance Minister K.Anbazhagan giving away a tailoring machine at the Traders' day function organised by Federation of Tamilnadu Merchants Associations in Chennai on Wednesday. (From left): S.N.M. Ubayadhullah, Commercial Taxes Minister, and Chennai Mayor M.Subramanian and Federation president C. Periasamy, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: The Federation of Tamilnadu Merchants Associations has appealed to the State government to give representation for traders in the Legislative Council to be formed in the State.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a Traders' Day meeting organised by the federation here on Wednesday.

C. Periasami, president of the federation, said representation would help them to voice their grievances effectively.

By another resolution, the meeting urged the State government and local bodies in the State to issue all government communication in Tamil. The resolution said though there was a government order to this effect it had not been followed by many departments. The federation wanted all corporations and municipalities to organise pre-budget meetings with local traders to know the demands of the trade.

Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan said traders played a vital in society as they acted as a link between the people and government. Listing out various concessions and incentives offered by the State government, he said the DMK considered merchants as people with social responsibility and not as profit-makers.

Minister for Commercial Taxes S.N.M. Ubayadullah said it was during the previous DMK regimes that many commodities were brought under the single-point tax system from multi-point tax.

Mayor M. Subramanian thanked the traders for immediately effecting the Corporation order on name boards of shops in Tamil.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 07:37

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