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JAYA IS BACK
Caption: J. Jayalalithaa is seen taking oath this morning as the CM of TN.

Chennai, May 23- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary J. Jayalalithaa was this morning sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time, after 236 days of political exile, at a glittering ceremony organised in the jam-packed Madras University Centenary Auditorium.

She was administered oath of Office and Secrecy by Governor Dr. K. Rosaiah.

The Governor also administered oath of Office and Secrecy to 27 Ministers of the Jayalalithaa Cabinet at the ceremony.

Dignitaries including Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, Superstar Rajnikanth, actor Sharath Kumar, ex-BCCI President N. Srinivasan, A.C. Muthaiah and others were present.

It may be recalled that, a single Judge Bench of the Karnataka High Court, presided by Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy, on May 11, 2015, had quashed a Special Court ord...more

     Special Coverage   
   Jayalalithaa DA case
   Interaction on movie ‘Badlapur’ held
   Man loses Rs. 44,000 to conman after giving details of his Debit card
   35-year-old man rapes minor girl
   Wife files sexual harassment case against husband
   Government puts off CET results by a week
   “Don’t shift Classical Centre from Mysuru to Bengaluru”
   NIE Professor receives Research Award
   SJCE Professor bags Best Ph.D Thesis award
 


DUBAI DREAMS...

Caption: Global village: Here almost every country in the world is represented with its goods and services on display for sale. India too is represented.

I believe there is more to life if you have more money in your pocket. And one of the places for Indians to get that ‘more to life’ is Dubai, a dream world created out of a desert of sand and sun beside the sea. Wonder why no one talks of beaches of Dubai like they speak of beaches of Goa or Mangaluru Coast here in India. The neighbour Sharjah, however, boasts of beaches. Yes, if you go to Dubai for a long holiday, then you can take on other UAE countries too — Abu Dhabi, Oman, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah. The Al Aqah Beach resort at Fujairah city, two hour from Dubai is for the rich and famous, the Le Meridien stands tall there.

However, I spent my days, this third time to UAE, at Dubai except for a day in Sharjah. I decided to extend my Royal Rajasthan on Wheels (RROW) holiday to Dubai, apparently because I had ‘more money’ left in my pocket. Some times I feel like blowing up the budgeted money on holidays and return home light ! Extra money in the pocket like extra fat in the body, must be burnt. So headed to Dubai from Delhi on 18th January 2015.

As a country UAE, with Abu Dhabi as its capital, is very young, having been formed in 1971, but each of its member countries or Sheikdoms is rich and prosperous. These Trucial States of Middle East were under British protection till 1971. When British left, wisdom dawned on them to form United Arab Emirates (UAE) — ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ There is a lesson for many countries in this world, specially Muslim world.

This time we went to Abu Dhabi chiefly to see the famous Mosque opened in 2007 which is magnificent beyond compare. Worth making a visit if only to see this Mosque.

Anchored in Dubai, there was no dearth of tourist interest places. Even if you stay for a month or even longer, there are places to see each day. Dubai is a co...more

     Feature Article  
PAGES FROM HISTORY: I AM 80 AND A BIG THANK YOU

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore

I am eighty now and I write this in all humility and gratefulness to my readers for following my weekly column and for your affection. Time and chance have always helped me. Eighty years ago I was born to a highly traditional family which had intimate connections with the Jagadgurus of Sringeri Sharada Peetha. I proudly remember my grandfather Aradikoppam Subramanya Sastri, a great scholar in Sanskrit who was a tutor to the great pontiff His Holiness Chandrasekhara Bharati Swamiji. At the invitation of the Maharaja of Mysore, he was sent to Mysore to become a Professor at Maharaja’s Sanskrit College and he served that institution with great distinction and consequently became close to the Mysore Palace. As a young boy of ten or so I wanted to become a scholar emulating my grandfather and that became my aim.

After passing my Intermediate (PUC), I joined the MA Indology course to study under the great South Indian scholar Padma Bhushana K.A. Nilakanta Sastri at Maharaja’s college, Mysore. This was a turning point in my career because I was a student of Nilakanta Sastri who was held in great esteem throughout the country. Just a telephone call by Sastriji to Dr. B.K. Thapar of the Archaeological Survey of India got me a job of Exploration Officer in ASI. At that time I was noticed by Prof. Oruganti Ramachandrayya of the Andhra University and he took me to his Department as a Faculty, even without an application. Professors had such powers in those days. But my mind was wandering in USA and I wanted to study at Harvard, perhaps the best and reputed University in the world.

At that time, an advertisement calling for Fullbright Scholarships appeared in newspapers. I applied to this scholarship with the blessings of my Professor Nilakanta Sastri. Dr. Olive Reddick was the Director of United States Education Foundation in India. I cleared t...more



 
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