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Newborn found in tank
PERAMBALUR SEPT.16 . The body of a newborn was found floating in a tank at Nayanganai Piriyaal village near Jayamkondam this evening. It was found packed in a polythene bag. The police have registered a case.
Thanjavur Sept.16 . The South Zone Cultural Centre will hold training classes in fine arts such as vocal, veena, violin, mrithangam and painting for school students here from October 23, its Director, K. Phanindra Reddy, said in a press release here today.
Classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Students in the age group of eight and 15 will be admitted. Training will be given free of cost in the first year but Rs.50 will be charged from the second year. Others who want to join the course have to pay Rs.75.
Applications can be sent to the Director before September 30.
TIRUCHI SEPT.16 . The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Tiruchi, will operate special buses to various temple towns in Tiruchi, Karur and Perambalur districts on September 18 and 25 and October 2, 9 and 16 to clear extra rush of passengers on Saturdays in `Purattasi,' the Tamil month.
The buses would be operated on the following routes: Tiruchi-Gunaseelam (Prasanna Venkatachalapthi Temple), Tiruchi-Thiruvellarai (Bundarikasha Perumal Temple), Tiruchi-Srirangam (Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple), Karur-Thanthorimalai (Kalyana Venkatramanaswamy Temple), Ariyalur-Kallankurichi (Kaliyuga Varadharaja Perumal Temple) and Thuraiyur-Perumalmalai (Prasanna Venkatachalapathi Temple), according to a TNSTC release.
PUDUKOTTAI SEPT.16 . The Collector Jatindranath Swain, has called upon anganwadi workers to ensure that Pudukottai was not a district deficient in nutrition.
Presiding over the valedictory function of the 23rd National Nutrition Week held here recently, he said toilets were being constructed in all 1,459 anganwadi centres functioning in the district. He stressed the need to construct toilets in all houses.
He distributed Rs. one lakh to the husband of a deceased anganwadi worker of Gandarvakottai Union, and distributed prizes to students who emerged successful in various competitions.
Earlier, a rally was taken out from Public Office Buildings to Town Hall.
Thanjavur Sept.16 . There will be no power supply in the following areas in Thanjavur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday since maintenance work will be undertaken, according to a press release from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board: Arulananda Nagar, Yagappa Nagar, Pudukottai Road, Keelavasal, bus stand, East Street, South Street, West Street, Vandikara Street, Nagai Road, Manambuchavadi, Burma Colony, Marys Corner.
Tiruchi Sept. 16. The water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 81.30 feet today. The inflow was 22,417 cusecs and the discharge 5,890 cusecs.
Same Bench to hear MP's plea
CHENNAI SEPT. 16. A quo warranto petition, filed by two AIADMK MPs, against the Accountant-General, T. Teethan, which came up before a Bench comprising Justice N. Dhinakar and Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla, on Wednesday was directed to be posted before Justice M. Karpagavinayagam and Justice S. Ashok Kumar for further hearing.
Citing that most of the arguments were advanced by counsel for the petitioners before the earlier Bench, Mr. Justice Dhinakar said the matter should go only before that Bench for further submissions.
P.G. Narayanan and K. Malaisamy, MPs, filed the petition alleging that the official had committed a "constitutional impropriety" by addressing the media even before audited accounts were placed in the Assembly.
The First Bench, comprising the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy, and Mr. Justice Ashok Kumar, heard the matter first, before the composition of the Bench changed with Justice M. Karpagavinayagam sharing the dais with the Chief Justice at a subsequent hearing.
Later, when the case was posted before a Bench comprising Mr. Justice Karpagavinayagam and Mr. Justice Ashok Kumar, counsel for the petitioners filed a memo requesting that the matter be heard by the First Bench consisting of the Chief Justice and Mr. Justice Karpagavinayagam, on the ground that arguments for about 50 minutes were already advanced before it.
However, when the request was not acceded to, counsel N. Jothi made elaborate submissions and clarified that he did not intend casting aspersions on any judge or judges by filing the memorandum.
3 bodies recovered
ERODE SEPT. 16. The Kadambur police this morning recovered three bodies of school children from a big pond at Sujilkarai in the Sathyamangalam forest area. According to the police, Manikandan (6), his sister Sudha (11) and Rangasamy (8), all belonging to Sujilkarai, were drowned when they were bathing in the Maduraiveeran Kuttai on way back from school last evening.
Late last night the parents complained that the children were missing and the Kadambur police, with the help of the Special Task Force (on the trail of forest brigand Veerappan), began a search and found the bodies floating in the pond.
Water release from Aliyar dam
CHENNAI SEPT. 16. The State Government today directed release of water from the Aliyar dam to meet the irrigation needs in the `A' Zone of the Aliyar basin in Coimbatore district.
In a statement here, the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, said the decision was taken following pleas from farmers to release water for standing crop on 22,116 acres. Water would be released for 85 days.
The storage in the dam as on Wednesday was 2.845 tmcft., she said.
Anna medal for firemen
CHENNAI SEPT. 16. S. Veeramani, assistant divisional officer (ADO), Fire Prevention Squad, South Chennai; B. Nandagopalan ADO, Karur and S.J. Esaiya Paulraj, station officer, Kancheepuram of the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services department have been awarded the Chief Minister's Fire Service Medal (Anna Medal) for outstanding devotion to duty. The award carries a lumpsum grant of Rs. 3,000 each.
N. Venkateswaran, leading fireman, Tuticorin; K. Srinivasagam, leading fireman, Erode; P. Sivadasan, driver mechanic, Karur; C. Kannan, fireman driver, Chennai North; S. Natarajan, fireman driver, Tiruchi, and G. Lourdusamy, fireman, Tiruchi have also been honoured with the award. They are eligible to a lumpsum grant of Rs. 2,000 each.
K. Kumar, station officer, Kumbakonam fire station, Thanjavur, has been awarded the medal for gallantry and he will receive a grant of Rs. 5,000.
Karunanidhi at Kotagiri
Udhagamandalam Sept.16. The DMK chief, M. Karunanidhi, arrived at Kotagiri late last night from Coimbatore. He was accompanied by some family members and the former minister, Durai Murugan.
Party sources said the leader was at Kotagiri taking a break from his hectic schedule.
He would be there probably till September 19.
Life sentence for two
NAMAKKAL SEPT. 16. The Fast Track Court judge, R. Duraisamy, sentenced to life two persons here yesterday after they were found guilty of murdering a man over a property dispute in 1999.
S. Balusamy (45) and his son Karthik of Panankattur near Tiruchengode were found guilty of murdering Balusamy's brother, Subramanian, on October 8, 1999.
The judge also slapped a fine of Rs. 2,000 each on Balusamy and Karthik.
3 killed in van-lorry collision
MADURAI SEPT. 16. Three persons were killed and nine injured in a van-lorry collision at Kottampatti near here today.
According to police sources, the van collided head-on with a chemical-laden lorry on the outskirts of Kottampatti this evening.
While M. Jayaraman (45), L. Thangavelu (45) and S. Pushpa (60) of Tiruchi died on the spot, nine other van passengers suffered grievous injuries and were rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital by the Highway Patrol and locals.
The passengers from Tiruchi were returning after attending a marriage function at Madurai.
Dharmapuri Sept. 16 . Heavy rain lashed various parts of Dharmapuri for the second consecutive day on Wednesday with Dharmapuri town recording 72.6 mm.
The average rainfall recorded in other areas in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. today is as follows: (in mm) Collectorate 28, Pennagaram 21 and Pappireddipatti 8.
The average rainfall recorded in Krishnagiri is as follows: Nedungal 15, Bengondapuram 24.6, Uthangarai 13.4, Krishnagiri 3.6, Denkanikottai 6, Tali 13, Anjetti 3.6 and Barur 9.6.
Dharmapuri Sept. 16 . Two persons were arrested at Kambainallur here on Tuesday in connection with the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl on January 15. The two later produced in the Harur court and remanded to custody.
According to the police Jayakumar (23) and Madesh (22) allegedly raped the girl and clobbered her with a hammer. They threw the body in the Sengottai forests near Kambainallur.
Based on a complaint logded by her father, Durai, the police recovered the body and conducted a post-mortem. Following further investigations the police arrested the accused.
ERODE SEPT. 16. More than 50 construction workers of NGGO colony, Erode, on Wednesday presented a memorandum to the Collector, D. Karthikeyan, seeking help in getting back about Rs. 30 lakhs they had given as loan to two persons in Surampatty.
Apprehensive that they won't get back the money, they appealed to the Collector to instruct the police to initiate action in this regard. The Collector assured that he would do the needful.
Krishnagiri Sept.16. Two were killed and six seriously injured when a tempo overturned at Kothapalli near Bagalur here yesterday.
According to the police, eight farm labourers from Bangalore were travelling to Bagalur when the vehicle lost control while negotiating a curve and turned turtle. Munirathnam (18) and a 60-year-old man, whose identity is yet to be known, died on the spot. Others, who were seriously injured, were admitted to the Hosur General Hospital.
`Don't use gas cylinders to operate vehicles'
Nagercoil Sept.16. Stern action will be taken against those who use gas cylinders to run cars and autorickshaws, the Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni, has said.
He said in a release the Government was distributing two types of cylinders (14 kg and 5 kg) to customers at subsidized rates for cooking. Similarly 19 kg cylinders and 47 kg cylinders were also supplied for use at hospitals, hotels and canteens.
But some persons were found using these cylinders to operate cars and autorikshaws. The police would take action against violators, the Collector added.
Facilitation centre opened
Nagercoil Sept.16. The Agriculture department has opened a facilitation centre at the office of the Joint Director of Agriculture, Krishnankoil here.
The centre will advise farmers regarding technologies to be adopted during the ensuing samba season (Kumpa Poo), the Joint Director of Agriculture, N. Jeyakumar, has said.
He said in a release that information on water and input positions, availability of paddy seeds and coconut seedlings could be had from the centre, which would function from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September 17 to October 8 except Sundays.
CPI cadres take out march
THENI SEPT.16. Members of the Communist Party of India in Theni taluk today took out a march demanding that the district administration release water in the PTR channel for irrigation on 5,000 acres.
The march started at Kamatchipuram and ended at Nehru Statue in front of the Theni Central bus stand.
Addressing the gathering, the CPI taluk secretary, Thirumal Kozhundhu, said that agriculture land on both sides of the PTR channel and the connecting canals had been barren, as farmers did not take up farming for long.
He urged the Public Works Department to desilt all distribution canals to reach water up to tail end areas.
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