Incidentally, Lyca Productions had in 2014 faced opposition in Tamil Nadu when various pro-Tamil parties and organisations including VCK and TVK had opposed its producing of the movie ‘Kaththi’ (Knife), starring popular star Vijay.They had alleged that the proprietor of Lyca Productions, Allirajah Subaskaran, had close business ties with then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, often criticised in Tamil Nadu for the death of civilian Tamils during the final assault on rebel LTTE in 2009.Lyca Productions had then refuted the allegations. Velmurugan, who had spearheaded the protest against Lyca Productions in 2014, said Rajinikanth “has great respect and following among Sri Lankan Tamils” and therefore he should not commit himself to the programme.He questioned whether there were no actors in Sri Lanka who could be used for this purpose.“There is a big political conspiracy behind this and Rajinikanth should not fall prey to this,” he said.Gnanam Foundation has constructed homes for the relocation of displaced Sri Lankan Tamils affected by the civil war as part of the ‘Lyca Housing Scheme’ in Chinna Thampan and Puliyankulam regions in Vavuniya district in Jaffna.Lyca Productions’ Creative Head Raju Mahalingam in a statement yesterday said when they approached Rajinikanth to “grace the event as the chief guest, he readily agreed to be part of the function.” “There are efforts to involve him in the ethnic issue. Superstar (Rajinikanth) should not get involved in this matter and I say this as a friend,” the pro-Tamil leader told a Tamil TV channel. The mega star is scheduled to hand over the homes built by Lyca Group’s Gnanam Foundation for displaced Tamils in northern Jaffna.The actor is currently shooting for ace director Shankar’s “2.0”, a sequel to the duo’s earlier hit “Enthiran,” starring Rajinikanth and produced by Lyca Productions. Thirumavalvan said he had no problem with the commercial motive of Rajinikanth’s visit to Sri Lanka but said he felt there could be a “political motive” behind it. Superstar Rajinikanth’s visit to Sri Lanka next month to inaugurate a housing scheme has met with opposition from pro-Tamil outfits here, who cautioned him from getting “involved” in the emotive ethnic issue, the Press Trust of India reported.Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) urged the top actor not go ahead with his two-day visit starting April 9 during which he is slated to hand over 150 houses to displaced Tamils. “So he should be careful about this and it would be good if he could avoid visiting Sri Lanka,” he said.TVK founder and former MLA T Velmurugan said the actor should not “fall prey” to the efforts to paint a rosy picture of Sinhala-Tamil relations in the island nation.“At a time when Tamils are seeking justice for the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, Rajinikanth’s visit does not augur well. This is an attempt by Sri Lankan government through Lyca to create an image that Sinhalas and Tamils are living unitedly,” he told PTI. VCK founder Thol.Thirumavalavan alleged that efforts were on to “involve” the ‘Enthiran’ star in the ethnic issue in the lsland nation.
Nanotron Technologies GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sensera Ltd, and industrial safety solutions provider Selectronic have announced their first joint product: the PDS2400 Collision Avoidance Solution (CAS) for open-pit mine safety. “The PDS2400 is an RF-based proximity detection solution that supports collision awareness and proximity warning between fast moving vehicles, as well as between vehicles and people. Unlike competitor solutions, it provides a turnkey, ready-to-go system, which requires zero calibration before use.” The new PDS2400 will be available in Q2 2019.The new solution helps mine operators ensure that they comply with all relevant safety legislation, such as Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) regulations in the USA. The PDS2400 CAS solution includes state-of-the-art vehicle systems with Controller Area Network (CAN) bus-based displays and personnel tags with wireless Qi chargers, and operates for up to 50 hours between charges.The PDS2400 provides proximity alerts with two viewing options: quad sectors or hex sectors. The standard system provides an accuracy of 1m over long ranges of 100m or more, while an optional dual-mode tag can provide even higher accuracy down to 10cm at short ranges of 10 m.For high reliability, the system provides robust resistance against electromagnetic disturbances, whilst the personnel tag utilises a ‘body pervasive’ antenna design. There are three adjustable warning zones, and the vehicle system provides ‘nuisance alarm suppression’ for the driver.Dr Jens Albers, CEO of Nanotron, said: “Selectronic is very well known for its innovative mining safety solutions, and the PDS2400 proximity solution leverages nanotron’s strength in location awareness to bring an entirely new level of accuracy and simplicity to the industry.”Jens Richter, Managing Director of Selectronic, said: “Nanotron’s market-leading expertise in location awareness has enabled us to quickly and economically develop a powerful, robust, industry-grade collision avoidance system.”The PDS2400 uses Nanotron’s tag-ready swarm bee products, a family of smart RF modules with ready-made anchors. Swarm bee enables Selectronic to provide a modular solution, with a common pin-out and API, which simplifies development and hardware integration, and thereby greatly reduces time-to-market.With a coverage range of up to 500m, swarm bee modules can track objects with an accuracy down to 10 cm. They provide a power-efficient approach that extends battery life of mobile devices and smoothly scales up and down to meet specific customer requirements.