Newsletter - September 2018


Solid Waste Management

Hand in Hand India, Chennai

To commemorate the ‘World Tourism Day’, a string of events were organized by the Tourism Department in the governments schools of Pamban, Thangachimadam and Rameswaram. Essay and drawing competitions were conducted in each of these schools based on the “Swachh Bharat’ theme. On 27 September 2018, the ‘World Tourism Day’, a felicitation ceremony was organized at the Green Rameswaram Trust building to award the winners of the competitions.The District Collector Mr. K. Veera Raghava Rao, I.A.S. was the chief guest at the event, and presented the awards to the winners. 

Rasi Vanam

Mithuna (Midhunam)
Pala Indigo Tree

Botanical Name: Wrightia tinctoria R.Br.
Tamil Name: Vetpaalai
Sanskrit Name: Svetakutaja
English Name: Pala Indigo Tree


Deciduous trees; up to 15 m; bark 8-10 mm thick, grey, smooth; outer layer thin, inner layer thick, brittle, creamy; blaze greenish-yellow; latex milky white. Leaves simple, opposite, distichous, estipulate; petiole 2-5 mm long, stout, glabrous; lamina 3.5-11 x 2-4 cm, oblong-lanceolate or elliptic-ovate; base acute; apex acuminate or caudate acuminate; margin entire, glabrous, glaucous beneath, chartaceous; lateral nerves 5-10 pairs, slender, arched, pinnate, prominent, inter-costae reticulate. Flower bisexual, white, scented, in terminal cymes appearing along with new leaves; pedicel 1.5 mm long, bracts 2, minute; calyx lobes 5, with membranous margin, 2 mm, ovate, obtuse, ciliate, glandular inside; corolla salver shaped, lobes 5, broad lobes 12 x 5 mm, oblong, obtuse, throat with 1-2 series of erect, fimbriate corona scales, tube 1.5-2mm; stamens 5, inserted on the mouth of the tube, anthers sagitate, spurred at base, conniving and adhering to the stigma; disc absent; carpels 2, free, many ovuled, style filiform, stigma ovoid, usually with a toothed basal ring. Fruit of 2 follicular mericarps, 15-45 cm long, slender, smooth, green, cylindric, cohering at the tip; seed 16 mm long, black, commate at one end. (India Biodiversity
M. Subramanian
Project Officer
C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre

Landscaping and Beautification

Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation

Sapling Distribution Function

On September 5, 2018 Green Rameswaram Team organized a function of sapling distribution function with the support of our partner Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam International Foundation.The function was held at our Green School - Sri Parvathavarthini Amman Girls Higher Secondary School, Rameswaram. The programme started with the Prayer by the students. Smt.Kamala, Headmistress welcomed the gathering.

Livelihood Opportunities

Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep


Workshop on Pasumaiyum and Thooimaiyum

On September 30, 2018 Green Rameswaram conducted a workshop on Pasumaiyum and Thoomaiyum. We invited our Pasumai group members to attend the workshop. Around 66 pasumai group members attended the workshop. Session started with the Introduction to Pasumai Rameswaram activities. We started exploring the definition of Pasumai. Group members together concluded that living in tune with nature is Pasumai. Then we started exploring what is living in tune with the nature. Lots of exchanges of ideas, ideologies, cross questions and myths shared. Beauty is that for every question or counter they themselves had the answer. Then we concluded that to begin with following roducts may be explored in our pasumai groups

Participatory Eco Tourism
Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep

World Tourism Day Celebrations– September 27, 2018

World Tourism Day celebrations started with a series of Programmes with the participation of NSS Students from Schools.

Rangoli Competition in Sri Parvathavarthini Amman Girls Higher Secondary School

Students from SPA Girls Higher Secondary school participated in the Rangoli Competition held on 24th September, 2018. 50 Students participated in the Competition under the theme - Eco Tourism. Green Rameswaram Coordinated the event

Green Health Free Siddha Varma Medical Camp

Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

Siddha Varma Camp

Third Free Siddha Medical Camp was organized on 18th September 2018. Dinamalar again associated and promoted the programme through media publications.

This programme was held in Mohabeer Dharmasala, Office of Green Rameswaram Project. Yoga and Varma goes hand to hand. It has inter-links. Since Yoga has been widely practiced and taught at Mohabeer Dharmasala, it is fitting that Varma camp has been held at this place.

Camp started with a prayer and lighting of the lamp. Dr.Ganapathy gave inaugural speech. The treatment to patients was given from 10 am to 2 pm. 470 patients were benefited from the event, out of 470, around 200 were ladies. Medicines were also provided free of cost.

Our Associate - Partner

Adwaith Lakshmi Industries Limited

From a flagship company of Adwaitham, Adwaith Lakshmi Industries Limited, has diversified into various areas of perfection - etching a legend of success with various companies spanning from Cotton Yarn, Bobbin Holders, Textile Machinery Components, Terry Towel and Terry Made ups to Ring Travellers, from the same flagship company of Adwaitham, Titan Paints and Chemicals Limited coexists diversifying into Paints and Powder Coatings.

Our Technology Partner

Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), IIT Madras

Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), IIT Madras is an initiative of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India to enable development and dissemination of demand-driven Science & Technology interventions in rural areas by technical institutions. At present, RuTAGs are functioning in six other IITs (Guwahati, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Delhi, Mumbai and Kanpur) to cater to surrounding areas. Functioning since 2004, RuTAG, IITM facilitates development of rural-centric feasible technical interventions as per identified demand by functioning as a catalyzing mechanism between organizations expressing the need for an intervention and academic/ R&D institutions with the required expertise.

Social Capital

Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

Swachhtha Hi Seva

On 15 th September 2018, Swachhtha Hi Seva Campaign commenced

International Coastal Cleanup Day was inaugurated by Ms.N.Kamini, Deputy inspector General of Police (Ramanathapuram Range). Shri.Vasudeo, Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra also shared the Dias during the event. Shri.M.Venkatesan, Station Commander, Mandapam Station of Indian Coastal Guard said the objective of observing the day every year was not only to clean up the beaches but also to create awareness and sensitize the people on the need to keep the coastline pollution-free. School students, ICG Team and Green Rameswaram volunteers took part in the Cleaning drive. Around 150 volunteers cleaned the beach.