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Poll rolls publication postponed

CHENNAI SEPT. 7. The Election Commission has deferred the publication of rolls due on September 15 to November 1.

According to a release from the Chief Electoral Officer, the change was effected as the EC proposed to take ``necessary corrective measures to check deficiencies in the system of revision of rolls on the basis of the report of the committee constituted to enquire into the omission of names from the electoral rolls'' of the State.

Donation for Annadhanam

CHENNAI SEPT. 7. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, today donated her three months salary of Rs. 30,000 to three temples towards the `Annadanam' scheme.

An official release here said the Chief Minister had been donating her salary to the designated temples in the State from March 2002 for implementing the scheme.

She donated her salary for May, June and July to the Kallalagar temple at Alagarkoil in Madurai district, the Kapaleeswarar temple at Mylapore here and the Veera Anjaneyaswami temple at Tiruppathiripuliyur in Cuddalore district.

Seventh body found

By Our Staff Reporter

KOLLAM Sept. 7. The last of the seven bodies of those drowned in a trawling boat off the Kollam coast on the night of August 29 was retrieved today. Seven workers drowned when the boat went down after being rammed by a ship. While the bodies of six persons were retrieved three days later by Navy divers, they could not locate the body of the seventh person inside the boat which had sunk to a depth of more than 50 metres.

This morning the officials of the Marine Enforcement accompanied by relatives of the deceased were scanning the sea when they found a body, in a decomposed state, floating 26 nautical miles off the Karunagapally coast. The relatives identified the body as that of Jayaseelan (29).

The body was brought ashore at Shakthikulangra in the evening. The Collector, B. Sreenivas, made arrangements for conducting an autopsy soon afterwards to enable the relatives take the body to Vaniyakudi in Kanyakumari district this night itself.

`Nedunchezhian not ill-treated'

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE SEPT. 7. The Bangalore Central Prison authorities have denied charges of ``inhuman treatment'' to Tamil scholar N. Nedunchezhian who is lodged there.

Academicians and political leaders in Madurai had criticised the ``inhuman treatment'' meted out to the scholar and 12 others.

The Karnataka police had on July 4 arrested Mr. Nedunchezhian on charges of hatching a conspiracy to make the Kolar Gold Fields region a part of Tamil Nadu.

V.S. Raja, Senior Superintendent of the Central Prison, told The Hindu that Mr. Nedunchezhian was provided with all amenities prescribed in the Jail Manual. ``We have not received any complaint of harassment of or inhuman treatment to Mr. Nedunchezhian till now,'' he said.

4 held for cylinder blast

By Our Staff Reporter

Tirunelveli Sept. 7. The police have arrested four persons in connection with yesterday's cooking gas cylinder blast, in which K. Annapoorani of Sindupoondurai here sustained minor injuries. She told the police that ``the accident was orchestrated by her husband and in-laws to kill her, as she refused to bring more dowry.''

Following this, her husband Krishnan, brother-in-law Kannan, sister-in-law Kalyani and mother-in-law Ranganayaki were arrested and remanded to custody.

The blast also pulled down a portion of her house. During interrogation, she reportedly told the police that she was subjected to torture for the past several months after she refused to get more dowry from her father.

Yesterday, Mr. Kannan and the others locked her in a room, opened the cooking gas cylinder and allegedly threw a burning matchstick into the room. However, she escaped with minor injuries as a water-filled synthetic tank fell on the cylinder when the building collapsed.

Customs men unearth racket

CHENNAI SEPT. 7. Tuticorin customs have unearthed a major racket of use of fake Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) licences and Transfer of Release Advises (TRA) used for importing goods through Tuticorin customs. They were being sent for verification to the emanating customs authorities.

M. Veeraiyan, Commissioner of Customs, Tuticorin, in a release, said investigation found as fake 35 numbers of such TRAs used for import during January 2004 to July 2004. The duty evasion was Rs. 4 crores.

According to Tuticorin-based importers, they were taken for a ride by unscrupulous dealers and brokers based in Kanpur and Mumbai. Two of the importers paid Rs. 43 lakhs towards the duty payable on the imports made using such fake DEPB licence and TRAs.

Six held for selling ganja

By Our Staff Reporter

PALANI SEPT. 7. The police today arrested six persons on charges of selling dry ganja in Palani town and its periphery. About 13 kg of ganja was seized from them.

Acting on a tip-off, the police conducted surprise raids in three places in Palani and Keeranur areas and arrested Sinthamani, Ammakannu and Selvaraj of Palani town and Easwari Sivasamy and Muthusamy of Erode district.

Heroin seizure

Our Chennai Staff Reporter reports

The Narcotic Intelligence Bureau has seized 260 gm of heroin, reported to be worth Rs. 26 lakhs in the international market, following the arrest of a 35-year-old man at Puzhal, Chennai.

A press note said a special team on Sunday intercepted A. Rajendran on the Kolkata Highway following a tip-off. Investigations are on to ascertain from where he bought the narcotic substance and for whom it was meant. A city court remanded Rajendran, belonging to Athur in Salem district, to custody for 15 days.

Inquiry ordered

KARUR SEPT.7. The Collector, G. Ramamoorthy, today ordered inquiry into allegations levelled against the principal-in-charge of the Government Teacher Training Institute, Chinnatharapuram.

Some women trainees met Mr. Ramamoorthy and complained to him of certain `undesirable acts' by the principal-in-charge, G. Pandian (55). The Collector dispatched the RDO, L. Nirmalraj, to the institute for an on-the-spot enquiry.

Meeting

Thanjavur Sept.7 . The Collector, J. Radhakrishnan, today exhorted all officials to work together to bring the district to the first place in the State in respect of implementation of development works.

He presided over a meeting to review the development works taken up under 20-point programme in the State.

As against the family planning target of 18,000, only 5849 operations had been conducted.

He said that the people could contact Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board engineers over phone on 246210 and air their grievances in respect of implementation of underground drainage scheme in the town.

V. Rajaraman, District Revenue Officer, P. Rajendran, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, participated in the meeting.

Demonstration

Thanjavur Sept.7 . Members of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, affiliated to the Communist Party of India staged a demonstration here today. They demanded speedy disbursement of crop loans by cooperative and nationalised banks.

V. Durai Manickam, general secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal sangam, Chandrakumar, district secretary, All India Trade Union Congress, participated in the agitation.

G. Palanisamy, MLA, participated in the demonstration held at Thiruthuraipoondi and Sivapunniyam, MLA, participated in the agitation held at Mannargudi.

Mettur level

Tiruchi SEPT.7. The water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 82.03 feet today. The inflow was 14,842 cusecs and the discharge was 10,000 cusecs.

Suicide alleged

Ramanathapuram Sept.7. Kavitha (16), daughter of Karupaiah of Yenthal, near Thondi, allegedly committed suicide today.

According to sources, when the family members were away, Kavitha poured kerosene on her and lit herself. She was admitted to the Ramanathapuram Government Hospital with 90 per cent burns. However, she died. Thondi police have registered a case.

Two held with lottery tickets

THENI SEPT.7. Jaffurulla Khan, eighth ward councillor of Uthamapalyam panchayat and his son, Mohammad Raja, were arrested on a charge of selling lottery tickets in their area. The police seized 60 lottery tickets from them.

Man relieved

of gold chain

Nagercoil Sept.7. The police are on the lookout for some unidentified persons who relieved Jeyachandran (33) of Mulackumood of seven sovereigns of gold ornaments in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to sources, Jeyachandran was returning home after purchasing household articles, when they intercepted him and relieved him of his chain and ring worth Rs.35,000.

Body recovered

Nagercoil Sept.7. The police today recovered the body of an aged woman from the shores of Munchirai.

According to the police, Ganammbal (70) of Munchirrai was reported missing since last Saturday.

Meanwhile, fishermen in the coastal areas of Munchirai found the body and based on their

Complaint, the police recovered the body.

Action on pleas reviewed

MADURAI SEPT.7. The Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women Chairperson, V. Vasanthi Devi, on Monday held a meeting with officials of the Police, Revenue and Social Welfare Departments at the government guesthouse here, to review the action taken on the petitions received from affected women.

A total of 22 petitions, pending since 2002, were taken up for review. She lauded the officials for promptly responding to the petitioners' plea and for helping women file the First Information Report.

She urged the officials to bring those involved in rape cases to book.

Most of the cases reviewed pertained to the atrocities allegedly committed against women.

Power shutdown

THENI SEPT.7. There will be no power supply in the following areas between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday owing to maintenance work to be carried out at the Kadamalaigundu sub-station: Kadamalaigundu, Athankaraipatti, Paluthu, Kumananthozhu, Duraisamypuram, Kombaithozhu Gandamanur, Varushanadu, Mayiladumparai, Aruguveli and nearby areas.

Water level

MADURAI SEPT.7. The level in the Periyar dam today stood at 116.7 feet with an inflow of 354 cusecs and a discharge of 975 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 41.34 feet with an inflow of 482 cusecs and a discharge of 930 cusecs. The combined Periyar storage was 3011 mcft.

The Periyar dam received a maximum rainfall of 8 mm, followed by Gudalur and Tekkadi - 6 mm each, Shanmuganadi - 3 mm and Kuppanampatti 2 mm.

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