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3 day food festival begins

The Coimbatore District Hoteliers Association has organized “street style” food festival near CODISSIA ground as a part of Coimbatore Vizha. It’s a 3 day festival Inagurated on Friday. It has 140 outlets and nearly 85 brands.

Enjoy a wide variety of fast foods, ice cream,veg and non veg items and many more. As it’s a street style theme setup you can see petti kadai, kili josiyam and so on. Visitors can also win prizes based on hourly lucky draws.

Entry fee is Rs30 per person and it’s open from 5pm-11 pm.

Enjoy your fun filled weekend at the food festival and please do share your experience. Happy weekend!




Hello again!

Hello Coimbatorians,

Thanks for all the support that you have given me in the past years.  Due to personal commitments I was unable to blog so far for the last few years.  Now I am back with more focus to add more interesting information happening in and around Coimbatore.

Let’s connect frequently.

Teacher’s to undergo trainning

All teachers, appointed by colleges, will have to undergo a one-week intensive training at the university before they join duty, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University G. Thiruvasagam said here on Monday.

“Most of the teachers appointed to teach in colleges are post-graduates or doctorates. They have not done B.Ed. or M.Phil. Hence, the quality of teaching is not up to the mark. Knowing the subject and teaching it are two different things. Hence, this training,” he said.The training would include pedagogy, teaching methods, effective syllabus designing, question paper setting, interactive methods of teaching and communication, etc.

The 60-hour training would be mandatory for acquiring a qualification approval. The onus for sending the teachers would lie on the colleges that have appointed them.The colleges would have to pay Rs. 1,000 towards the cost of training each teacher.

Sourse:The Hindu

Jet Airways Konnect chennai to CBE deal….

Book Chennai to Coimbatore Jet Airways Konnect flight tickets online. Jet Konnect is a new low cost airline own by Jet Airways India. Use Chennai to Coimbatore flight schedule given below for your travel planning. Also avail benefits of various flight offers from directly from airlines as well as Online Travel agents.Jet Airways Konnect fly three times from Chennai to Coimbatore. Flight number of these flights are 9W 2725, 9W 2753 and 9W 2755. You can get departure time and arrival time details by searching the flights using the right panel booking engine. Book now and get excellent flight deals on Jet AIrways.

Flight No. From To Service
9W 2725 Chennai Coimbatore Jet Airways Konnect
9W 2753 Chennai Coimbatore Jet Airways Konnect
9W 2755 Chennai Coimbatore Jet Airways Konnect

4 more swine flu cases

Four more swine flu cases were reported in the national capital, taking the total number of influenza A (H1N1) cases in India to 35, health officials said here Wednesday.
“Four more people tested positive for the swine flu Wednesday morning,” Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia told IANS.

She said three men and one woman were hospitalised at the Airport Health Organisation hospital (APHO).

Walia said one of the affected people one had arrived here from Singapore, while another had come from Canada and two from Washington.

“They have been kept in isolation and their contacts are being identified,” she said.

In the Punjab city of Jalandhar, one more student was quarantined with swine flu symptoms Wednesday after he complained of a running nose, bodyache and high fever, officials said.

He is among the group of 31 students and three teachers of the Guru Amar Das Public School that went to New York and Florida on an educational trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Eight of his fellow students have already been detected with swine flu.

Of the 35 cases in India, 13 were reported in Hyderabad, eight in Jalandhar, nine in Delhi, two each in Mumbai and Coimbatore and one in Goa.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 76 countries have officially reported 35,928 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 163 deaths. Most of these deaths have been reported from Mexico and the US.

Campus hiring lacks vigour

Engineering institutions in and around Coimbatore admit to a slowdown in campus hiring. “There is a slowdown, but we cannot say placements are bad,” a placement officer of one of the colleges, preferring anonymity, said.

Sources say there has been at least a 15 to 20 per cent drop in the number of IT companies that visited the various campuses for hiring this year compared to the last.While around 60 per cent of the eligible students of the 2009 batch have just about managed an offer from some company or the other, the fate of the students who are expected to pass out in May 2010 ‘remains uncertain’, say college sources.

The worst in the IT job Market, it appears, is yet to come.

Placement officers, meanwhile, are working overtime to get IT companies to visit their campus, invite core engineering companies to hire students, search the headhunt columns and identify new companies that look to hire technical talent. “It is not easy,” they say.Job fairs, which used to attract thousands of job seekers from in and around the region, are now in the past. The fervour appears to have gone, with companies drastically cutting down the hiring numbers.

The number of combined recruitment initiatives have also fallen from 15 to 20 two years ago to less than six at present. Such initiatives used to happen in a big way earlier. Now, select companies, it is learnt, inform the institutions about their hiring intentions and request the concerned institution to identify potential candidates for the combined recruitment drive.

In waiting

The concern is not just about the slowdown on the recruitment front. Placement officers say that a good number of the 2008 batch students are still waiting for a call letter from their prospective employers.“They are releasing the letter in batches, but the delay is turning out to be an anxious wait for the student, parents and the institution,” the source said.

About 10,000-15,000 freshers (from this region) are picked off to campus every year by various IT companies. In view of the slowdown in the IT job market, a good number of them would probably look for jobs in the specific area in which they pursued their studies.


BMW Cars

While many manufacturers are closing down plants to stop piling up inventory, BMW has defied the downturn, at least  in India. BMW’s specialist ‘M’ or the ‘Motorsport’ division has improved on sales internationally and the BMW brand as a whole has posted impressive sales in India.

The Bavarians say they have recorded a 100% growth in the sales of their cars here in India in 2008. BMW, which had already delivered 2,700 cars in India by the end of November this year, plans to get to the 2,800 figure by the end of this month.

Given that BMW had only sold 1,387 cars in India last year, the above figures are certainly commendable. And while the company does expect sales to dip in 2009, it still plans to increase its dealership network, spreading to relatively smaller tier 2 cities like Ludhiana, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur and Coimbatore.

This should balance the sales and keep it stable.
BMW’s Chennai plant runs on a single shift producing 3000 cars a year but expect it to run in two shifts if the demand increases.

Definitely interesting that BMW is still performing well in certain markets and this can be comparable to the Eastern Europe market where the BMW SAV sales have been nothing but impressive for the past year. Many of the X6s and X5s manufactured here in the States found a home in these markets, of course, at a premium price.

This is an exclusive article for BMW Blog from indianautosblog.com

TNDALU Law Admission 2009

Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University (TNDALU) provides admission into Law courses. The University provide 5 year BL degree course at in the colleges listed below. As the name says the university is situated in Tamil Nadu, southern India. The admission to different colleges depend strictly on the performance of the candidate in the entrance exam. Better the rank you get, more is the probability of you getting admission in your favourite college. So gear up and work hard for the examination.

Government Law Colleges:

Dr.Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai 600 104

Government Law College, Madurai 625 020

Government Law College, Tiruchirapalli 620 023

Government Law College, Coimbatore 641 046

Government Law College, Tirunelveli 627 011

Government Law College, Chengalpattu-603 001


1. Candidate must have clear 10+2 level with minimum of 45 % aggregate from any of the reputed Institute.

2. 5 % relaxation is given to the SC/ ST candidates.

3. Employed candidates are not eligible for admission.

4. Candidate must not be more than 21 years of age.

5. Those candidates who are currently pursuing their 12th class can also apply for this program.

Key Dates:

1. Commencement of sale of application form: Last week of May, 2009.

2. Last date of submission of application form: Second week of June, 2009.

Contact Detail:

“Poompozhil”, 5, P.S. Kumarasamy Raja Salai,

Chennai 600 028

Lakshmi mills shifts operation from Coimbatore

The Coimbatore-based Lakshmi Mills Company has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that in view of the recessionary trend in the market and considering the condition of the machinery in its Coimbatore unit, a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) has been given effect. Hence, the unit here stopped production since December 18.

The company, which was started in 1910, has units in Coimbatore, Kovilpatti and Palladam. The one in Coimbatore has 31,968 spindles and 114 looms. The installed capacity at the Palladam unit is 56,112 spindles and at Kovilpatti 62,928 spindles.

A company source told The Hindu that it was only shifting operations to Palladam and Kovilpatti from Coimbatore. The workers were given the option of shifting to the units in these two places or taking the VRS, which was open till the end of this month.

M. Arumugam, general secretary of the Coimbatore District Mill Workers’ Union, affiliated to the AITUC, said the unit here had 325 permanent workers. Of this, 125 had opted for the VRS and 45 opted to shift to the units in Palladam and Kovilpatti. “Our demand is to run the Coimbatore unit,” he said.

Source:The Hindu

Coimbatore – Phenomenal Growth ahead

A study report put together for Kishore Biyani’s Future Capital Research and National Council of Applied Economic Research’s (NCAER), has identified 20 top Indian cities, which though accounting for only 10% of the country’s population, will generate as much as 60% of its surplus income and 31% of its disposable income.  The authors have classified these 20 large cities, which accounted for nearly $100-billion of consumption expenditure in 2007-08, in three groups comprising;

Megacities (8) – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune

Boomtowns (7) – Surat, Kanpur, Jaipur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Bhopal and Coimbatore.

Niche Cities (5) – Faridabad, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Jalandhar.

According to the report:

  • These 20 cities despite impending economic slowdown, for the next eight years (2008-2016), will grow at a healthy rate of 10.1% per annum, compared to other cities growing at 7.9% per annum. In the past three years (2005-08), the top 20 have registered a growth of 11.2% per annum.
  • In the next eight years by 2016, while, the share of middle-income household ($6,000 to $30,000 per annum) in these twenty cities will increase from current 39% to 55%, the share of high-income households (more than $30,000 per annum) will increase three-fold to 13%. The share of very low-income households (below $3,000 per annum)not surprisingly, would come down by half from 16% now to 7% by 2016.
  • There is a 52% increase in spending as households graduate from low-income to middle class segment. The demand for the durables, for example, may go up by a substantial 84%, says the study.
  • In the next 40-odd years by 2050, share of the urban population in India will almost become equal (45%) to that of the rural population (55%). Currently, the ratio is 30:70 in favour of the rural population. This rapid urbanisation will mean an additional 379-million people in urban India.

So what does this mean for the coimbatore. It is going to be a very strong player in the economy of TN. The industries , including IT, will be moving from Chennai / Bangalore to CBE which will trigger an avalanche of retailers, consumer products (including auto dealers, banks, insurance, thrifts ) and therefore housing and real estate.

So we need a better and bigger airport, infrastructure for roads, railways, telecommunications, law and order, general public infrastructure ( like water , sanitation etc.)

Is it a tall order to ask this , given the magnitude of change predicted. ?