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Jayalalithaa meets Governor
CHENNAI Aug. 28. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, called on the Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, at Raj Bhavan here this evening. The meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes, was described by government sources as a "courtesy call."
Ms. Jayalalithaa's meeting comes a day after the ruling All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam filed a petition in the Supreme Court on the issue of removal, transfer or appointment of Governors. The petition, filed in the name of the party's members of Parliament, referred to rumours and reports in a section of the media about the possible shifting of the present incumbent in Chennai's Raj Bhavan.
POTA detenus on fast
VELLORE Aug. 28. Three of the six suspected women naxalites detained in the Special Prison for Women here for the last two years in connection with cases filed against them under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) began an indefinite fast in the prison today.
Anandi, Joyce Mary and Rita Mary are agitating in support of their demand for withdrawal of cases against them in the light of the decision of the Centre to repeal the POTA. The fasting women, along with Vijaya, Yasodha and Sathya Mary, were arrested for their alleged involvement in the violent incidents in Uthangkarai police station limits in Dharmapuri district about two years ago.
`Hold polls to water-user bodies'
MADURAI AUG. 28. Presidents of water users' associations in southern districts have urged the Government to conduct election for all associations as per the Water Management Act 2001.
A seminar organised for the association presidents of Madurai, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Theni, Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Pudukottai districts by the Tamil Nadu Farmers' Institute for Water Resources said training should be given to farmers and officials of the Public Works Department and responsibilities of irrigation should be handed over to the associations.
Another resolution demanded that the Rs. 100 maintenance assistance per hectare should be distributed to all farmers and the statistics regarding water bodies should be given to the association, the institute State coordinator, K. Dhakshinamoorthy, said in a statement.
Film industry appeal
CHENNAI AUG. 28. A film industry delegation met the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and explained the difficulties caused by the Karnataka Government's order that any film other than that in Kannada should not be released anywhere in Karnataka for seven weeks. The delegation, comprising Jaya Bhachan, Yash Chopra, L. Suresh, Bonie Kapoor and Kapil, accompanied by the Secretary of the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh, explained to the Prime Minister how the ban would affect the industry, more so regional cinemas. It also met the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Jaipal Reddy, and the Secretary and presented a memorandum to them, says a release from the Film Federation of India.
More flights to Hyderabad
CHENNAI AUG. 28. Indian Airlines (IA) will increase the frequency of flights on the Hyderabad-Tirupati-Hyderabad sector to four a week from August 30.
The increase from the existing two flights is to meet the heavy demand of passengers visiting Tirupati, an Indian Airlines release said.
Following the decision, the IC-943/944 flight will be operated on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with an A-320 aircraft. With the additional services, the total seats will go up to 1,160 a week.
The IC-943 service will leave Hyderabad at 11.30 a.m. and reach Tirupati at 12.25 p.m. In the return direction, IC 944 will leave Tirupati at 01.05 p.m. and reach Hyderabad at 2 p.m. IA promotional one-way economy class fare of Rs. 2,180, recently introduced on the sector will be valid till October 15, says the release.
CHENNAI AUG. 28. A retired judge of the Madras High Court, P. Shanmugam, has been appointed Vice-Chairman of the Bangalore Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).
His tenure will be for five years from the date he assumes charge or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, says an August 27 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training.
The mild-mannered Justice Shanmugam, who was appointed judge of the Madras High Court in October 1994, attained superannuation in March this year. Shortly after his appointment he was transferred to the Kerala High Court, from where he returned to Tamil Nadu in March 1999.
CHENNAI AUG. 28. A weekly adalat, presided over by P. Mohandoss, VII Metropolitan Magistrate, in the Chennai Central Prison, has disposed of 65 cases, benefiting 54 undertrials. All the beneficiaries have been released immediately as they have already served the sentence period.
While Selvam, facing assault and criminal intimidation cases, and Kennady, facing theft cases, were sentenced to 18 months each after they pleaded guilty, Kamaraj, involved in three robbery cases, was awarded 15-month imprisonment, according to the adalat counsel, V. Kannadasan.
Though 120 cases were listed before him, Mr. Mohandoss could not dispose of 55 cases as the police had not filed charge sheets.
All the accused in those cases were ready to plead guilty and get released. Unless the police file charge sheets, trial cannot begin. Most of the cases which were not chargesheeted came from the B and C limit police stations.
One killed in accident
Tirunelveli Aug.28. A woman was killed and her husband injured when a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus hit their two-wheeler near Courtallam on Friday night.
The police said Sudalayandi (60) of Kadavohaththi near Courtallam and his wife, Maalayammaal (52), were returning home in the moped from Courtallam. When they reached the Kadavohaththi junction, the bus going to Tirunelveli hit the two-wheeler, killing Maalayammaal on the spot. Mr. Sudalayandi has been admitted to the Tenkasi Government Hospital.
The Courtallam police have arrested the driver, Jayaseelan.
Boy fatally knocked down
Paramakudi Aug.28. A fiver-year-old boy was fatally knocked down by a private van here today.
According to sources, a van going to Virudhunagar from Ramanathapuram this morning knocked down Aravind, son of Pandi, of Pagaivendi, when he was going along the roadside with his uncle.
3 held with lottery tickets
Tirunelveli Aug.28. The Tirunelveli Junction police today arrested three persons for allegedly selling lottery tickets.
The police said a surprise check was conducted in some of the shops at Tirunelveli Junction and law-enforcers seized Rs. 16,500-worth lottery tickets from two shops.
Sankarakutraalam (40), Siva (26) and Subramanian (26) of Tirunelveli Junction were arrested.
The police seized Rs.580 from them.
Cigarette cartons stolen
Tuticorin Aug.28. The Naalaattinpuththur police are on the lookout for unidentified persons, who stole cigarette cartons from a lorry.
The police said the lorry was going to Nagercoil after loading the cartons at Coimbatore. When the driver, Subramanian, parked the lorry at Naalaattinpuththur this morning to have breakfast, he noticed that the tarpaulin covering the cigarette cartons had been untied and four cartons of cigarette, worth Rs.85,000, were missing.
Based on a complaint from R. Suyamburaj, representative of the cigarette company in Nagercoil, the Naalaattinpuththur police are investigating.
Admission date extended
Tirunelveli Aug.28. The last date of admission for MCA, MCA (Lateral Entry), M.Sc. Software Technology and Management, Networking and Information Technology, PGDCA and PGDIT courses being offered by the Directorate of Distance and Continuing Education of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University has been extended up to August 31.
According to a statement, admissions for these courses will be held at the Kamaraj College, Tuticorin, the Adittanar College of Arts and Science, Tiruchendur, the S.T. Hindu College, Nagercoil, the Schaffter Hall, Palayamkottai, and the Office of DD and CE, Abhishegapatti.
Classes for the new and the existing students of these courses will begin on September 4.
Admissions for undergraduate, postgraduate, certificate, diploma and M.Phil. courses will be held till August 30.
Fast for more doctors
PUDUKOTTAI AUG. 28 . A section of Communist Party of India (Marxist) cadres observed a day-long fast here today, urging the authorities to post more doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the Government Raniyar Maternity Wing functioning in the town.
The cadres also wanted the authorities to take steps to make the Maternity Wing, which is presently attached to the Government Headquarters Hospital, Pudukottai, function independently. The fast was led by the party's town secretary S.R.M. Raja, the police here said.
KARUR AUG. 28 . To highlight their 11-point charter of demands including protest against frequent price revision of petro products, increasing foreign equity in insurance, telecommunication and civil aviation sectors, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) conducted street-corner meetings in various parts of Karur district.
The State Government's reluctance to withdraw laws such as TESMA and its ``high-handedness'' were also condemned by speakers at the meetings held at Punjai Pugalur, Thottackurichi, Velayuthampalayam, Pugalur Railway Station, Aariyur, Ellaimedu, K.Paramathi, Gandhigramam, Puliyur, Kadavur, Krishnarayapuram, Aravakurichi and Kulithalai.
The district secretary of the party, S. Rangarajan, the CITU district secretary, G. Jeevanandam, the Karur town secretary, Jyothi Basu, and others participated in the meetings.
PUDUKOTTAI AUG. 2 8. A 25-year old man allegedly murdered his father at Adappanvayal in the town following a family quarrel yesterday. The police identified the victim as Rangasamy (70) of Adappanvayal.
According to the police, a wordy duel broke out between Rangasamy and his son Mahalingam in their house and the latter allegedly attacked his father with a wooden log. Rangasamy was rushed to the Government Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. The Thirugokarnam police have registered a case.
ERODE AUG 28. On the complaint of Emmampoondi Village Administrative Officer, police recovered the body of 70-year-old woman near a bush at Emmampoondi Panimaramedu. Her neck bore injuries. Police suspect it to be a case of murder and are investigating.
ERODE AUG 28. Police are on the hunt for six persons in a murder case. According to police, Kunjupaiyan, 60 of Annanagar, Kattupalayam was a habitual liquor addict and used to quarrel violently with his wife and other family members.
Two days back, Kunjupaiyan demanded money from his wife, Kulandaiammal, his son Madesh and other family members. She refused and left the house with her son to stay with her daughter. It is stated Kunjupaiyan went there and threatened his wife.
Following this, Kulandaiammal, her son Madesh, two daughters and sons-in-laws went to Kunjupaiyan and beat him to death. After murdering him, it is alleged that the six put the dead body in a gunny bag and threw it into the canal. A case of murder has been registered and search is on for the six.
Krishnagiri Aug 28 . Three persons, involved in brewing arrack, were arrested in a raid undertaken by the Prohibition Enforcement Wing personnel at Denkanikottai here on Friday. According to police, in a raid held at Anjetti, Manjagondapalli and Denkanikottai three persons were arrested and 1,200 litres of illicit arrack destroyed.
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