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4 killed in lorry-bus collision

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Krishnagiri FEB. 1 . Four persons were killed and 17 injured in a lorry-bus collision at Kannandahalli here today.

According to the police, a trailer lorry, proceeding from Tirupathur to Kaveripattinam, ran over three women standing at the bus stop and then collided head-on with a government bus going from Tiruvannamalai to Bangalore.

Baagiyam (50), Vijayapoorini (40), Lakshmi (45) and Govindaraj (40), bus conductor, died on the spot. Three of the seriously-injured were referred to a Bangalore hospital. The remaining were admitted to the Krishnagiri Government Hospital.

Van knocks down four dead

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE FEB. 1 . In a series of accidents, a van proceeding from Villupuram to Neyveli fatally knocked down four persons at Poongunam near Panruti here today.

After hitting a cyclist, Suresh alias Selvam (22), the driver, Radhakrishnan (32) of T.Pudupatti, lost control of the vehicle, and knocked down two other cyclists, Panneer Selvam (40) and his son Rajkumar (12).

Later, the van also hit a pedestrian, Sakunthala (42). While the first three victims died on the spot, the woman died in hospital. Three others, Sudhakar (19), Ulaga Arivu (20) and Arumugham (27), who sustained injuries, were admitted to the Cuddalore Government Hospital.

The police have arrested the driver.

3 child labourers rescued

By Our Staff Reporter

VELLORE FEB. 1 . Three children below 14, working in welding units and a rice mundy at Gudiyatham, were rescued on Wednesday. They would be admitted to school.

A team of officials found G. Sathya (13) and Y. Sadique (13) working in two different welding units on Pudupet Road and at Chittoor Gate, and P. Askar Ali (11) working in a rice shop on Aliyar Street.

Illicit arrack destroyed

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COIMBATORE FEB. 1 . Nearly 10,100 litres of fermented wash and 1,615 litres of illicitly distilled arrack were destroyed by the Prohibition Enforcement Wings (PEWs) of the Coimbatore rural police and Erode police in a joint raid.

The three-day raid, from January 29, seized the arrack and fermented wash from Rayarpalayam, Bhavanisagar, Sathyamangalam and Gobichettipalayam in Erode district and Cheyyur, Sirumugai and Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, PEW, Coimbatore, A.S. Nandakumar, said 30 persons, including three women, were arrested. Seventynine drums used for storing the arrack were also destroyed.

Mill owner's house burgled

By Our Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri FEB. 1 . Burglars broke open into the house of a local rice mill owner and reportedly stole 38 sovereigns of gold jewellery and Rs. 17, 000 in cash at Uthangarai here yesterday. According to the police, the miscreants threatened the inmates with weapons and took away the valuables and the money.

Leaders' Bakrid greetings

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CHENNAI FEB. 1 . The Governor, the Chief Minister and leaders of political parties have greeted the Muslims on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid).

``Let the feast of sacrifice revive the spirit of dedication and total surrender to the larger purposes of humanity,'' the Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, said in a statement.

The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, said in her message that the festival of Bakrid illustrated the spirit of sacrifice for a holy cause and it should be emulated by all.

The Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, S. Thirunavukkarasar, said the festival sought to deliver peace and happiness to others.

The DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, said that the public should pledge to uphold brotherhood, especially when communal unity was threatened.

The MDMK general secretary, Vaiko, said his party would strive for peace and communal harmony in the State.

The PMK leader, S. Ramadoss, called for a sense of selflessness and sacrifice among the public.

The Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam State president, M.H. Jawahirullah, said people should pray for a lasting brotherhood. Special Bakrid prayers will be held at Kamarajar Arangam at 7.30 a.m. and opposite the War Memorial Hall at 9 a.m.

Panther trapped in house

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE FEB. 1 . A panther entered the house of a meat stall worker in Valparai but was trapped in it when his wife bolted the front and back doors from outside. Efforts by Forest Department personnel to trap the carnivore in a cage began in the morning.

According to department sources, Kuruvammal (50), stepped out of her house when her husband, Shanmugam (55) was leaving for work around 4.30 a.m. After he left, she noticed the panther sneaking into the house. An alarmed Kuruvammal had the presence of mind to lock the door from outside.

She then rushed to the rear door and locked it. The villagers informed the forest officials who brought a cage and placed it at the front door. Since morning they had been dropping lit crackers through an opening in the roof to scare the animal into entering the cage. However, till night, the efforts did not yield the desired result.

Deer saved

By Our Staff Reporter

Udhagamandalam FEB. 1 . A muntjak (barking deer) from the Dhoddalada forest area strayed into Manjoor near here around noon yesterday. With stray dogs chasing it, the deer ran into a commercial part of the town and entered a vegetable shop. Jeep drivers rescued the deer and handed it over to forest officials. After attending to its injuries, the officials released the animal into its habitat.

Health camps

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM FEB. 1 . Comprehensive health camps, or `health melas' will be held at the health sub-centres (HSC) in the district from February 3 to 14, under the Swasthya Jagrukta Maah" scheme.

The camps will be held at 111 HSCs in the Nagapattinam Lok Sabha constituency, and 147 HSCs in the Mayiladuthurai constituency, the Collector, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, said in a press release.

Human rights forum plea

By Our Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI FEB. 1 . The Human Rights Organisation has urged the Government to introduce human rights education from Standard VI.

The resolution was adopted at a meeting held here recently.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI FEB. 1 . The level in the Mettur dam stood at 30.72 feet today. The inflow was 220 cusecs, and there was no discharge.

Hospital inaugurated

By Our Staff Reporter

Tirunelveli Feb.1. The Minister for Industries, Nainar Nagendran, today inaugurated the Galaxy Speciality Hospital, promoted by five leading doctors here on the North By-pass Road, Vannarpettai, with an investment of Rs.6 crores.

While the Collector, Sunil Paliwal, inaugurated the spiral CT scan and perfusion scan, the Commissioner, Tirunelveli Corporation, Harmander Singh, declared open the Lithotripter - Dornier.

The Senior Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, inaugurated the Endoscopy and Colonoscopy laboratory, the Director, Annai Velankannai Hospitals, Palayamkottai, R. Authilingam, declared open the twin theatre - cardiac O.T. with laminar flow and the vice-president, Measi New College, Chennai, S.C.M. Jamaldeen, inaugurated ICCU with Intra-Aortic Balloon Pulsation facility.

Float festival

By Our Special Correspondent

MADURAI FEB.1. Despite the scorching Sun, a large number of devotees witnessed the float festival of the Subramanyaswami shrine at the temple tank at Tirupparankunram, one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga, on the outskirts of the city this morning.

The deities, Subramanya and Deivanai, were placed on a decorated float and taken around the tank thrice. The devotees hauled the float with the `vadam'.

Earlier, the processional deities were brought along the main streets.

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