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Chennai Metro Rail – Young woman steers Chennai’s first metro train

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inaugurated Chennai Metro Rail Limited’s passenger services between Alandur and Koyambedu. She flagged of a train through video conferencing from the secretariat. After that, a train left Alalndur station at 12:14 pm and reached Koyambedu at 12:35 pm.

Chennai Metro

The first train which left at 12:15 p.m. from Alandur to Koyambedu was driven by A.Preethi, a 28-year-old diploma holder in engineering from Government Dharmambal Polytechnic College in Chennai.

Chennai on Monday (June 29, 2015) joined the league of cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Jaipur which have metro rail systems.

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Grand Slam (Tennis)

TGrand slamhe Grand Slam tournaments, also called Majors, are the four most important annual tennis events. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid January, the French Open in May / June, Wimbledon in June / July, and the US Open in August / September. Each tournament is played over a period of two weeks. The Australian and US tournaments are played on hard courts, the French on clay, and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905. However, of these four, only Wimbledon was a major before 1924/25, the time when all four became designated Grand Slam tournaments.

The term Grand Slam also, and originally, refers to the achievement of winning all four major championships in a single calendar year within one of the five events: men’s and women’s singles; men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles. In doubles, one team may accomplish a Grand Slam playing together or one player may achieve it with different partners. The term “Grand Slam” without qualification refers to winning the four majors in a single calendar year.

The first definitive Grand Slam, of the current four majors, was accomplished when Don Budge won all four men’s singles Majors in 1938. To date, 17 players have completed a Grand Slam. Of these players, three have won multiple Grand Slams: Rod Laver accomplished the feat twice in men’s singles; Margaret Court accomplished the feat three times, in two different disciplines – once in women’s singles and twice in mixed doubles; and Esther Vergeer completed a grand slam twice in Women’s wheelchair doubles.

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Kilometre Zero and Tiger Capital of India

In many countries, Kilometre Zero (also written km 0) is a particular location (often in the nation’s capital city), from which distances are traditionally measured. They were markers where drivers could set their odometers to follow directions in early guide books.

Zero Mile

INDIA: Zero Mile Stone is a monument locating the geographical center of India in the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra. The Zero Mile Stone was erected by the British who used this point to measure all the distances. The Zero Mile Stone consists of four horses and a pillar made up of sandstone.

Nagpur is also called the “Tiger Capital of India” as it connects many tiger reserves in India to the world.Nagpur lies at the dead centre of the country with the Zero Mile marker indicating the geographical centre of India.

 

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Sports Corner

  • Saina NehwalSaina Nehwal (born 17 March 1990): India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on March 28, 2015 (Saturday) became the first woman badminton player from the country to be ranked number one in the world.

 

  • ICC World Cup 2015ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Final (March 29, 2015): Australia win by 7 wickets

Man of the Match – James Faulkner

Man of the Tournament – Mitchell Starc

World cup wins

Teams

Years

5

Australia

1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015

2

West Indies

1975, 1979

2

India

1983, 2011

1

Pakistan

1992

1

Sri Lanka

1996

 

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World Consumer Rights Day 2015: Consumers Rights to Healthy Food

March 15 – World Consumer Rights Day

logoOn March 15, 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech on consumer rights which led to the creation of the Consumer Bill of Rights. Consumer rights activist Anwar Fazal later proposed the observance of a “World Consumer Rights Day” marking that date, and on 15 March 1983 consumer organizations began observing that date as an occasion to promote basic rights of consumers.

World Consumer Rights Day is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement. Participants observe the day by promoting the basic rights of all consumers, demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and protesting about the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

2015 Consumer Rights Day Theme: Consumers Rights to Healthy Food

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Happy Women’s Day 2015

Happy Womens Day!

 

The Supreme Court of India

Supreme Court of IndiaThe Supreme Court of India is the highest judicial forum and final court of appeal under the Constitution of India, the highest constitutional court, with the power of constitutional review. It comprises the Chief Justice of India and 30 other judges (30+1). It has original, appellate and advisory jurisdictions.

In 1861 the Indian High Courts Act 1861 was enacted to create High Courts for various provinces and abolished Supreme Courts at Calcutta, Madras and Bombay and also the Sadar Adalats in Presidency towns which had acted as the highest court in their respective regions. These new High Courts had the distinction of being the highest Courts for all cases till the creation of Federal Court of India under the Government of India Act 1935. The Federal Court had jurisdiction to solve disputes between provinces and federal states and hear appeal against Judgments from High Courts.

The Supreme Court of India came into being on 28 January 1950. It replaced both the Federal Court of India and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which were at the apex of the Indian court system.

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