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Student of Lankan origin manhandled at Madras Uni

Resuming her speech by reiterating that the government machinery was really prepared for any disaster in Chennai, Ms. Nirmala said “there is hue and cry, putting the blame on others. Everybody knows who is responsible. The rains are responsible.” Even as Ms. Nirmala tried to answer his questions, senior university staff forced Pulendrarasa to sit down. A student of political science, a French national of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, was manhandled by Madras University staff when he raised questions about flood relief operations at a seminar organised by the educational body, The Hindu newspaper reported.Jonas Anton Pulendrarasa, a PG student of International Relations at Madras University, questioned IAS officer S.Jothi Nirmala, who was delivering a lecture on ‘Managing disaster: A case study of Chennai Floods 2015.” read more

Just 35 working days until Innovation Award deadline

There are only 35 working days to go before the entry deadline to SMMT’s third Award for Automotive Innovation sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times. Ahead of the midnight 2 September deadline, the wide range of entries received so far reflects the full scope of UK automotive engineering and design.The Award recognises innovations within UK automotive manufacturing, design and engineering, acknowledging ideas that deliver excellence in the sector. Short-listed entries for this year will be featured at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 27 November in front of an audience of 1,000 industry people, when the winner will be announced.Confirmed judges on the highly experienced panel will be GKN Driveline Chief Engineer, Dave Salt, Industrial Editor The Times, Robert Lea, television presenter and low carbon automotive enthusiast, Robert Llewellyn, Director Business Growth Fund, Ian Downing, and SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt.Last year’s winner was Jaguar Land Rover and its 4×4 plug-in hybrid concept, Land Rover Range_e, while Gordon Murray Design scooped the 2010 Award for its iStream manufacturing process.The Award is open to members and non-members, engaged in any aspect of the automotive industry in the UK. Entries should be for innovations created no earlier than 1 January 2010. Entry is free and open to anyone, be it an individual, team, department or a submission on behalf of an organisation, provided there is a link with the UK sector.To enter, please download the entry form from the SMMT website: who have already submitted their entry can register for updates by e-mailing [email protected] Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more