3-day expo on ‘Chennai Tomorrow' opens

July 24, 2010:
Special Correspondent
The Hindu - Online edition of India's National Newspaper

CHENNAI: A three-day exhibition on “Chennai Tomorrow,” organised by the Pasumai Thayagam, a wing of the Pattali Makkal Katchi, was declared open at Ashok Nagar on Friday by its founder S. Ramadoss.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Dr. Ramadoss said it was unfortunate that Chennai had become ‘not a liveable city' as land, air, and water were getting more and more polluted. No effective steps had been taken to arrest pollution.

Increasing vehicle population had already led to traffic congestion in many parts of the city. Construction of over-bridges or subways at road junctions would not solve the problem as these would only increase the congestion. Similarly a majority of water bodies in the city were either polluted by letting out sewerages or had disappeared due to encroachments. Environment had been systematically degraded. “If we allow these dreadful things to continue then the future generation will not pardon us,” he said.

Pasumai Thayagam by organising such exhibitions wanted to create awareness among people against these evil effects, he added.

Earlier, Pasumai Thayagam chairperson Sowmya Anbumani said the exhibition highlighted evil effects of smoking, junk foods, obesity, and tobacco. She said the exhibition apart from offering solutions to the above evils, would screen short films to create awareness among the people, especially among school children. She claimed that ‘Pasumai Thayagam' was the only organisation in the State, which was concerned about the health of the people. That why it had been selected as an advisory body for the United Nations.


SMOKE FREE CHENNAI – AWARENESS PROGRAM at CHENNAI

SMOKE FREE CHENNAI – AWARENESS PROGRAM at CHENNAI

May 31, 2010: On 31st May 2010 PASUMAI THAAYAGAM (Green Motherland) organized Smoke Free Chennai - Awareness Program at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

The focus of the campaign is “promoting 100% Smoke Free Environment models in Chennai Corporation and thereby reducing exposure to secondhand smoke as envisaged in the law for smoke-free public places and workplaces.”


PROTEST AGAINST SMOKING SCENES in ASAL MOVIE

PROTEST AGAINST SMOKING SCENES in ASAL MOVIE

Feb 02, 2010: On 2nd February 2010 PASUMAI THAAYAGAM (Green Motherland) organized – Protest against Smoking Scenes in ASAL Movie, by PASUMAI THAAYAGAM at Sangam Cinemas, PH Road, Kilpauk, Chennai.

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India-350 International day of climate action-October 24 Human Chain for a fair and just deal on climate change

India-350 International day of climate action

CHENNAI, Oct 24th, 2009: October 24th, 2009 was called "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history," with more than 5200 events in 181 countries. We increased pressure throughout the Copenhagen climate talks: we lobbied inside, we protested outside, and we organized thousands of candlelight vigils with partners around the world.

But now the Copenhagen climate talks have come and gone, and we don't have the fair, ambitious, and binding treaty this global movement--and the latest science--demands.

But this is not over: 2010 will be a crucial year for the growth of the movement--and for its evolution.


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On 29th September 2009 PASUMAI THAAYAGAM (Green Motherland) organized ONLY 100 DAYS TO SAVE THE EARTH – Climate Awareness Program at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

The focus of the campaign is “Fair and Effective outcome at Copenhagen, based on historical responsibility and equity.”

Former Union Minister of State for Railways Mr. A.K. Moorthy, Chennai Corporation’s 10th Zonal Chairman Mr. Jayaraman and many others participated.

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Gear up to fight farm council Act: Ramadoss

Gear up to fight farm council Act: Ramadoss
CHENNAI, Sep 10, 2009: PMK founder leader Dr S Ramadoss on Wednesday asked the farmers’ representatives to be prepared to launch mass agitations to get the Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Council Act (TNSACA), 2009 repealed that ‘affected’ the traditional rights of agriculturists.

Addressing a meet on “TN State Agricultural Council Act and the right to traditional agricultural knowledge,” organised by TN Uzhavar Periyakkam and Pasumai Thaayagam here for farmers, Ramadoss said TNSACA should be repealed as it affected the rights of farmers and denied them their own traditional knowledge in farming practices.

Unveiling a three-step strategy to get the Act scrapped, Ramadoss said a seminar on the ill-effects of the legislation would be organised exclusively for the State MLAs as a first step.

“The next step must be to meet the Chief Minister and apprise him of the problems posed by the Act,” he said adding that a mass protest meeting of State farmers should be organised in Chennai if nothing worked out.

“The time has ripened for such a mass protest and this legislation has brought us together.” It is high time to stem the large scale desertification in many parts of Tamil Nadu and steps should be taken to stop this.

Chair, Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, New Delhi, a collective of agricultural scientists, economists and bio-technologists, Devinder Sharma, said TNSACA would be the last nail in the Tamil Nadu farmers’ coffin.

“If we allowed this legislation, ten years from now on, there will be no single farmer in the State,” he said and added that the farm initiatives of the State and Central governments, far from addressing real issues, speeded up the process of driving out farmers from their lands making them industrial labourers.

PASUMAI THAAYAGAM CLIMATE ACTION CAMPAIGN COPENHAGEN COUNTDOWN CLOCK opening faction at 1st Phase, Spencer Plaza

In India, PASUMAI THAAYAGAM (Green Motherland) launched the CLIMATE ACTION CAMPAIGN on July 25, 2009. Member of Parliament and Former Indian Health Minister Dr. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS opened the COPENHAGEN COUNTDOWN CLOCK at the entrance of Spencer's Plaza, Chennai (Kindly see the attached photo). The Climate Action campaign will continue till December 12, 2009 and it will have numerous events in coming days.

SPENCER PLAZA one of the biggest shopping malls in South Asia, is located on Mount Road (officially known as Anna Salai), and is one of the landmarks of the modern Chennai, Tamil Nadu State. 

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