Kumbakonam has been identified as one among the four railway stations in Southern Railway Zone for redevelopment aimed at providing new amenities and augmenting the existing ones for passengers to enhance their travel experience. The Southern Railway Construction Organisation has been entrusted with the task of executing the proposed redevelopment project at Kumbakonam — an important station falling under the limits of the Tiruchi Railway Division. The General Manager, Southern Railway, has nominated a senior official of the organisation as in-charge officer to carry out the project. Having identified the temple town that attracts devotees from all over the country, for redevelopment, the railway administration has now planned to engage a consultant to come out with a master plan after inspecting the station and ascertaining the existing facilities and the new passenger amenities that could be put in place. The railway authorities will soon float a tender to fix the consultant … [Read more...] about Master plan for redevelopment of Kumbakonam station on the anvil
Mercedes is celebrating 55 years of its AMG performance brand with a limited-edition AMG CLA 45 "coupe" called Edition 55. It has four doors, but features a sportier roof line than a sedan, hence the name. The company's AMG nameplate denotes higher-powered engines and improved aerodynamics, and the 2023 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 "Edition 55," comes with the company's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's found in several of its high-performance vehicles. Paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all wheel drive, the coupe is capable of 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The company says that it can jump from zero to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. That's a step above the base CLA, which comes with a turbo 2.0-liter inline-four engine making 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Edition 55 is decked out in Cosmos Black Metallic with a few hints of red, and features a number of AMG's packages enhancing its style and aerodynamic … [Read more...] about Mercedes celebrates 55 years of AMG with a limited edition CLA 45 coupe.
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC)-run Education and Training Centre for children with different abilities at Vashi, is a message imprinted on its colourful walls: ‘No pity.’ At first glance, the five-storey centre appears to be like any other institute, nestled in tranquil surroundings. As you explore each of its therapeutic sections, you encounter smiling faces everywhere — an indication of the patience of professionals who deal with people with disabilities every day, helping them integrate into the mainstream. Over the years, the centre has added the gamut of prevention and rehabilitation services, and is aptly known by its acronym, ‘etc’. It caters to the education, therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of newborns, infants, children and adults with hearing, intellectual, learning and multiple disabilities. “etc stands for all disabilities, all age groups, all services, all under one roof,” says Dr. Varsha Bhagat, Director. … [Read more...] about At Navi Mumbai, a one-stop centre for all disabilities
Comedian Larry Grayson was a massive star of television and stage in the 1970s and 1980s, yet we hardly hear anything about him any more. His shows are never repeated, and he seems to be left out of tributes to the golden age of comedy – something he was very much a major part of. It’s almost as though he has been airbrushed from entertainment history. At his peak, hosting Larry Grayson’s Generation Game on BBC1 every Saturday evening, he was attracting audiences of well over 20 million – even more viewers than his predecessor, Bruce Forsyth. Those who do remember Larry will smile at just being reminded of him leaning on the back of his trademark bentwood chair, with his quirky catchphrases: “Seems like a nice boy” … “Look at the muck on ‘ere”… and, of course, “Shut that door”. His many fans will also fondly remember his invisible entourage of ne’er-do-wells who featured in his scandalous monologues – Slack Alice, Apricot Lil, Pop-It-In-Pete the postman, Sterilised Stan … [Read more...] about Inside comedian Larry Grayson’s personal life – from relationships to changes of name