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Vasan's appeal to cadres

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 14. The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president, G.K. Vasan, today appealed to his partymen to take part in the protest demonstrations planned by the Democratic Progressive Alliance before district Collectorates on May 17 demanding among other things the dismissal of the Sports and Youth Welfare Minister, Inbathamizhan, from the Cabinet.

In a statement here, he said the demonstration is aimed at highlighting the demand for the arrest of Mr. Inbathamizhan, for the introduction of `gun culture', by opening fire at the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate for the Sivakasi Lok Sabha constituency, Sippiparai A. Ravichandran.

He accused the State Government of ``indulging in murder of democracy by deliberately deleting the names of thousands of electors including those belonging to the minority communities, government employees, persons who would not exercise their franchise in favour of the ruling party and committed voters from the electoral rolls.''

Priority for tea growers: Prabhu

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 14. ``My top priority will be to alleviate the sufferings of farmers of Coimbatore and small tea growers of the Nilgiris district,'' said R. Prabhu, who was elected in the Congress ticket from the Nilgiris constituency.

Talking to reporters at the Chennai airport on his arrival from Coimbatore and later leaving for New Delhi to meet the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Prabhu said for the past five years, the tea growers in the Nilgiris were faced with complex problems especially from the tax front.

Speaking about the resounding victory for the Democratic Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu, he said this triumph would perhaps pave the way for the Assembly elections and sent out sharp signals to strengthen of the Congress foothold in Tamil Nadu.

Join govt., DMK urged

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 14. The Indian Union Muslim League leader, E. Ahammed, today called on the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president, M. Karunanidhi, and requested him to join the next government at the Centre.

The IUML is a constituent of the seven-party Democratic Progressive Alliance led by the DMK in Tamil Nadu.

AIADMK men commit suicide

By Our Tamil Nadu Bureau

Tirunelveli May 14. Pained at the party's rout in the just-concluded Lok Sabha election, two All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadres consumed poison last night.

E. Ayyappan (29), a labourer hailing from Valliyoor here, consumed poison after the AIADMK-led alliance in the State lost all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Though Ayyappan was rushed to the hospital, he died this morning.

Janakiraman (50), a resident of Thalaganikuppam village near Brahmadesam in Villupuram, committed suicide. It is learnt that in a suicide note Janakiraman said that he could not put up with the ignominy of the defeat of the AIADMK candidates.

The Minister, C.Ve. Shangmugham, consoled the bereaved family today.

Vacation sitting modified

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 14. Partially modifying an earlier notification on sitting of judges during the summer vacation, the Madras High Court has said that Justice N.V. Balasubramanian and Justice N. Kannadasan will first sit in a Division Bench on May 18, unless and otherwise notified for other days also, for disposal of very urgent Bench matters.

After the Bench works, the judges will sit single on the same date and if necessary for other days also to dispose of urgent matters.

Justice C. Nagappan will sit single on May 18.

The work allotment is: Mr. Justice Balasubramanian — writ petition (general misc., and Article 227), civil matters (single). Mr. Justice Nagappan — admission of criminal appeal and criminal O.P., bail and anticipatory bail. Mr. Justice Kannadasan — all writ petitions other than general misc. and Article 227. The date of filing is May 17, says a High Court notification.

Farmers Day postponed to June

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI MAY 14. The State-level Farmers Day, to be held at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, from May 16 to 18, has been postponed to June 5-7 in view of election protocol requirements, says a press release.

PG admissions to farm varsity

By Our Staff Reporter

Coimbatore May 14. Candidates seeking admissions to postgraduate and doctoral degree programmes in the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University should submit their applications by June 9 for postgraduate programmes and August 31 for doctoral programmes. Details are available on the university web site www.tnau.ac.in, says a release.

Commemorative stamp

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 14. The Department of Posts is releasing a commemorative postage stamp, in the denomination of Rs. 5, on ``Siddhar Swamigal'' tomorrow.

According to the Chief Postmaster-General, Tamil Nadu Circle, Chennai, stamps, first-day covers and information sheets will be available for sale at all philatelic bureau/counters from the date of issue.

Technology Day celebrated

By Our Staff Reporter

Thanjavur May 14. Technology Day was celebrated at the Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy here on Tuesday, according to a press release issued here.

R. Kandaswamy, Registrar, said SASTRA, which has project tie-up with Defence Research and Development Organisations (DRDO), will contribute to technology innovation and upgradation.

P. S. Srinivasan, Dean, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, T. R. Sivaramakrishnan, Department of Electronics and Communications, and K. G. Seshadri, Dean, Humanities and Sciences, spoke.

Ryots find fault with Govt.

By Our Staff Reporter

MAYILADUTURAI MAY 14. The policy adopted by the Tamil Nadu Government led to the rout of the AIADMK in the Lok Sabha elections, said K. G. Krishnamoorthy, a progressive farmer of Mayiladuturai and vice-president of the combined Thanjavur District Farmers Association, today.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy said the State Government did nothing to rescue the farmers who suffered heavy losses due to drought in the Cauvery delta. Besides, it did not provide free power supply and infrastructure facilities to the farmers and failed to solve the Cauvery dispute.

The Government was taught a lesson for its anti-farmers' policy.

Sports camp in Nagapattinam

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM MAY 14. The Nagapattinam district unit of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu is conducting a district-level summer sports coaching camp for boys and girls from May 14 to 31 at the district sports stadium here, said the Collector, M. Veera Shanmuga Moni, here today.

He said coaching would be given in volleyball, kho kho, basketball, hockey, football and athletics. Those who are below 16 years of age and those who had won the Republic Day and Bharathiar Day sports events could participate in the camp.

Arts camp in Thanjavur

By Our Staff Reporter

Thanjavur May 14. The Department of Art and Culture is organising a summer camp for the benefit of students in Thanjavur for 10 days from May 17, according to a press release issued here by R. Muthu, Regional Assistant Director of Culture.

The camp will be held at Jawahar Bal Bhavan at Rajah's Higher Secondary School.

Bharata Natyam, vocal, handicrafts, folk dances like karahattam, photography, mrithangam, keyboard, karate and silambam will be taught. Children in the age group of five and 16 can participate.

Besides, Jawahar Bal Bhavan has been organising similar classes at the same school on payment of Rs. five per child. With the help of Jawahar Bal Bhavan at New Delhi, a computer training is given at the office of the Department of Art and Culture on payment of Rs. 50 per child.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI MAY 14. Water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 27.00 feet today. The inflow was 1,757 cusecs and the discharge 148 cusecs.

Two sisters murdered

By Our Staff Reporter

Ramanathapuram May 14. Two women of a family were murdered today near Kamudhi in Ramanathapuram district. According to police sources, the bodies of Mariapushpam (50) and her sister, Logimary, were recovered at Thiruchiluvaipuram near Kamudhi. On a complaint from Logimary's husband, the police have registered a case against Soosai, husband of Mariapushpam.

Autorickshaw set ablaze

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI May 14. Three unidentified persons set afire an autorickshaw at Perumalpuram last night over a petty quarrel.

The police said the autorickshaw of S. Shanmugavel (33) of Jothipuram under the Palayamkottai police station limits was hired by the trio yesterday. When they reportedly refused to give the hire charges, Mr. Shanmugavel, also driver of the vehicle, had an altercation with them. Agitated over this, they thrashed Mr. Shanmugavel and set the autorickshaw ablaze and the vehicle was destroyed completely before the fire service personnel reached the spot.

Based on a complaint from Mr. Shanmugavel, the Perumalpuram police are investigating.

Training

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI MAY 14. The RUDSET Institute will provide a month-long free training in repair and servicing of air-conditioners and refrigerators. Those in the age group of 18 to 35 and have studied up to Standard VIII are eligible. For more details, contact the Director, RUDSET Institute, Airport Road, Perungudi, Madurai, or dial 2690609.

Plea to farmers

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE MAY 14. The Collector, K. Balachandran, has informed that the monthly agriculturists' grievances day would be held on May 28 at 10 a.m. at the District Development Council meeting hall, Collectorate. The farmers' association representatives and farmers may represent their grievances for redressal.

Heavy rain in Erode

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE MAY.14. Erode and its surrounding areas received heavy rain this evening.

The town experienced rain from 5.30 p.m. followed by lightning and thunder.

The rain also disrupted traffic due to water stagnation in Brough Road, Municipal daily Market and Fort area.

Power shutdown

By Our Staff Reporter

Krishnagiri May 14. Power supply will be disrupted in the following areas between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 15 due to shutdown of the Hosur sub-station: Sempatti, Bagalur, Zuzuvadi, Denkanikottai, Hosur, Tali, Kelamangalam and Berigai.

Similarly, in view of shutdown of the Krishnagiri sub-station, power supply will be disrupted in the following areas between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on May 15: Veppanapalli, Alapatti, Krishnagiri, Elathiri and Jegadevi.

Grievances day

By Our Staff Reporter

Krishnagiri May 14. The Superintending Engineer of the Dharmapuri Electricity Distribution Circle will be conducting a grievances day meeting on May 18 at the office of the Executive Engineer at Hosur.

Applications invited

By Our Staff Reporter

Coimbatore May 14. The study centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University at the G. R. Damodaran College of Science would issue application forms for the July 2004 session of the MBA programme till May 31.

A release said those who wanted applications could contact the Coordinator, G. R. Damodaran College of Science, Civil Aerodrome Post, Avanashi Road, Coimbatore-641014.

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