Daily Archives: December 28, 2014

Tarun Vijay honoured by Malaysian Tamils

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 28 (IANS) Malaysia’s Tamil community has honoured BJP MP Tarun Vijay with the “Thirukkural Thuthar” award for promoting the ancient work of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar.

Malaysian Indian Congress leader S. Samy Vellu presented the award to Tarun Vijay at a function here.

Samy Vellu described the Bharatiya Janata Party leader as “a warrior king for all Tamils” for taking up the cause of Tamil, Thiruvalluvar and the latter’s classic, “Thirukkural”.

“Thirukkural” dates back to Sangam literature and is considered one of the greatest works ever written in Tamil. It has 1,330 couplets.

In his speech, Tarun Vijay said the love of the Tamil diaspora was a life changing experience for him.

“I shall do all I can to promote Tamil and the great icons of literature for the unity of north and south (India).

“It is unfortunate that the icon … Thiruvalluvar was not introduced in (northern India).”

He lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for announcing a Thiruvalluvar birth anniversary celebrations in northern India.

The programme was organised by a Tamil writers group, Persatuan Penulis Penulis Tamil Malaysia.

“India is not just Tulsidas and Valmiki unless we include Thiruvalluvar, Subramanian Bharathi and Andal,” Tarun Vijay said to thunderous applause.

“We cannot have an India represented by Ashoka and Vikramaditya alone unless we include the great Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas also.”

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Missing AirAsia flight: India puts 3 ships, plane on standby

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India has put on standby three ships and a maritime surveillance aircraft for assistance in the search operation after an AirAsia flight with 162 people on board today went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore after losing contact with air traffic controllers.

Indian Navy sources said one ship in Bay of Bengal and another two in Andaman Sea have been put on standby.

Along with these, a P-8I aircraft has also been put on standby. The aircraft is used for maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare operations.

“The assets have been put on standby in view of the gravity of situation. They will be rushed into service as and when any order is issued,” the sources said.

A Singaporean transport official said Flight QZ8501 lost contact with Jakarta Air Traffic Control just after 07:24 hours local time.

The aircraft was in the Indonesian Flight Information Region (FIR), more than 200 nautical miles southeast of the Singapore-Jakarta FIR boundary, when contact was lost, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.

Contact with the plane was lost 42 minutes after takeoff. No Indian national was on board.

DH

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