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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

A contended Kalianger sees his 86, today

By Gopal Ethiraj

Chennai, 0 3 June, (Asiantribune.com): The DMK supremo and Chief Minister Kalaigner M. Karunanidhi turns 86 todayKarunanidhi turns 86 todayKarunanidhi s 86th birthday today (June 3) is being celebrated with a great pomp and show in Chennai and throughout the state.

There is an added spirit this time: his piloting safely the UPA-alliance victory in the state, UPA capturing power at the centre and finding as many berths in the cabinet as he wanted, settling his politics-ambitious children in power, elevating his son Stalin as Deputy CM without any hitch. A good balancing act. Karunanidhi must be more than contended; he deserves a good celebration.

In this connection the CM presented himself at the party headquarters at 9 a.m. for receiving his partymen, leaders of all walks of life, after first paying respects to his mentors at their respective memorials, Annadurai, and Periyar.

Leaders of all political parties started greeting from yesterday onwards: Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan singh, Governor Surjith Singh Barnala, K.V. Thangakyabalu, all ministers and the opposition leaders among others greeted him.

Earlier the party senior and Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan had made request to party cadres, not to crowd at the CMs house, but stream in at the Arivalayam, owing to Kalainger s health condition.

The birthday celebrations had commenced yesterday itself in the city. Party flags, festoon and lighted cutouts marked the routes to the Arivalayam and his house. The partys women wing and literary wing took a day of celebrations at Kalaivanar arangam. A seminar on title Kalaigner in the view of Women, was inaugurated by rajya Sabha MP and CMs daughter Kanimozhi, followed by a pattimandram on The reason for Kalaigner s continuous victor— principles or achievements;

Evening there a musical programme by the literary wing, followed by a meeting and felicitation function to distribute awards in the name of Kalainger. The 10,000 money bag (Porkizhi) was presented with citation by finance minister Anbazhagan to Karaikkudi Anjezhthu. The felicitator included Power Minister Arcot Veeraswamy,Paruthi Ilamvathi, Ponnambala Adigalar. Pulavar Nannan, selva ganapathi and Thennavan.

This evening there is a public meeting organized at the Island grounds, in which the Kalainger is participating abd getting felicitated. Presided over by Minister anbazhagan, Dy.CM M.K.Stalin, Ministers Arcot Veeraswami, Duraimurugan, Parithi Ilamvazahuthi are to address.

As Tamil development day

In the meantime, the vice chancellor of Thanjai Tamil University Rajendran has said that the birthday of Kalainger Karunanidhi this year would be celebrated as Tamil development day. He also said that three new projects commences on this day. They are: computerization of old and ancient Tamil palm leaves at a cost of Rs. 5.48 lakhs; to get the rare Tamil palm leaves from the Nation archives and preserve them at its archives at a cost of rs. 1.25 lakhs(the government has allotted Rs. 20 laksh for the collection of the rare palm leaves from Thanjur area and

Birthday gold for new babies

Babies born in Chennai corporation hospitals for 15 days from June 3, the 86th birthday of chief minister, M. Karunanidhi, will be given a one gram gold ring, provided they are given Tamil names, the Chennai Mayor M. Subramanian has declared yesterday.
The mayor said that deputy CM, M. K. Stalin, would give away the rings to parents at a function.
The mayor informed that parents of the newborns can obtain birth certificates free of cost at these hospitals. When they produce the birth certificates, the parents would receive the gold ring.

Govt. launches student eye-care scheme

The state government is launching an eye-care scheme for students studying in standards 6,7 and 8 in connection with the CM s birthday. This project will go on till Anna birthday in September this year, and would be at a cost of Rs. 6 crores.

- Asian Tribune -

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