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Seven TNLA activists held

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE Oct. 3. The police have nabbed seven persons belonging to the proscribed Tamil National Liberation Army (TNLA).

The sources said last night Farook Khan (27), president, TNLA State assets protection committee, and his accomplice, Jagan (28) of Kundu Uppalavadi, were said to have been moving under suspicious circumstances.

Weapons such as daggers and sickles were found in their possession. The duo was arrested and remanded to custody.

The police traced S. Manohar (20), G. Sridhar (25) and S. Aasaithambi (18) in a lodge at Neyveli, and based on their confession R. Annadurai (28) and V. Sakthivel (27) were arrested.

The police seized from them one sickle, two cellphones and one motorcycle.

Fake stamp papers seized

By Our Staff Reporter

Coimbatore Oct. 3. Two persons were arrested and counterfeit stamp papers seized, following a raid conducted on a house at Avanashi in Coimbatore district today.

A release here said a special team found counterfeit stamp papers of value Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 1,000, besides equipment and supplies for printing the sheets.

The team also found counterfeit currency notes in the denomination of Rs. 100, a new motorcycle and a television set.

Jayaraj (50) and Raja (48) were remanded to judicial custody.

Woman constable found hanging

By Our Staff Reporter

Coimbatore Oct. 3. A woman constable attached to the Tamil Nadu Special Police was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her house at the police quarters at Kovaipudur here today.

The Perur police recovered the body of Anu Navamani (26) and sent it to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital for post-mortem.

Two students drowned

By Our Staff Reporter

Pondicherry Oct. 3. Two undergraduate students of Thanjavur, R. Manikandan and P. Arunkumar, were drowned in the sea here today. The bodies were later retrieved. They were part of a six-member team who had come on an excursion to Pondicherry.

10 child labourers rescued

By Our Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri Oct. 3. Ten child labourers who were found working in automobile workshops were rescued here yesterday. According to official sources, a team conducted raids in nine establishments and rescued the child labourers. Steps were taken to admit them to special schools.

Held for brewing arrack

By Our Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri Oct. 3. As many as 61 persons including 22 women involved in brewing arrack were arrested in a raid by the Prohibition Enforcement Wing personnel in the district yesterday. The police said a total of 7,420 litres of fermented wash and 1,370 litres of illicit arrack were destroyed.

Vasan leads cycle rally

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI OCT. 3. The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president, G.K. Vasan, today led a cycle rally to highlight the achievements of the first 100 days of the United Progressive Alliance Government headed by the Congress, at the Centre.

Mr. Vasan, accompanied by a large number of party cadres, launched the rally from the Villivakkam bus terminus here.

`Tirupur' Kumaran centenary

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI OCT. 3. The State Government will organise functions to celebrate the birth centenary of the martyr, `Tirupur' Kumaran, who had carved out a niche for himself in the history of the freedom struggle.

An official release said here today that the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had issued directions to hold functions to mark the centenary of Kumaran.

Following a request made by the Chief Minister, the Centre decided to release a special postal stamp to honour the memory of the martyr at Chennimalai in Erode district tomorrow, the release said.

Blackflag demonstration

By Our Staff Reporter

NAMAKKAL OCT. 3. The police arrested 117 Congress workers, including the Namakkal MLA, when they staged a blackflag demonstration against the Bharatiya Janata Party national president, M. Venkaiah Naidu, during his visit here today to attend his party's State unit general council meeting.

The Congressmen, protesting Mr. Naidu's attack on the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance Government's policies at a public rally here last night, came as a group to the Anna Statue near the bus stand here this morning with black flags.

Even as they were waiting for Mr. Naidu, the police tried to whisk them away, but the Congressmen led by the district president, K.K. Veerappan, and including the Namakkal MLA, Jayakumar, took out a black flag march from there to the town police station, where they all courted arrest.

Those arrested included 12 women. The arrested were released in the evening.

MDMK office-bearers meeting

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI OCT. 3. A two-day meeting of office-bearers of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam began here today to take stock of the political situation and forge strategies for the party.

The presidium chairman, L. Ganesan, chaired the meeting of the high power committee and the district secretaries' meeting. Tomorrow, the party's political advisory committee will meet.

Float festival

By Our Staff Reporter

THANJAVUR OCT. 3.

Thousands of devotees witnessed the float festival of the Sri Punnainallur Mariamman Temple held tonight.

The temple is under the control of the Thanjavur Palace Devasthanam.

A large number of dignitaries, including Babaji Raja Bhonsle, hereditary trustee of the Devasthanam, took part in the festival.

Rare fish creates panic

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM OCT. 3. The passers-by on the Vettar bridge on the Nagore-Karaikal Road near here were in panic, after seeing thousands of snake-like fish, measuring 18-30 inches, in the river on Saturday, mistaking it for poisonous snakes.

Hundreds of people from nearby villages rushed to the spot.

The crowd dispersed after a marine biology professor told them it was a different species of fish.

Body found

By Our Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI OCT. 3. The body of a man, aged around 60, was found on Sukranviduthi Main Road near Karambakudi today.

The police here said the identity was not known. The Karambakudi police have registered a case.

Cycle rallies

By Our Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI OCT. 3.

Congress cadres took out cycle rallies in various places in the district today, to highlight the achievements of the United Progressive Alliance Government during its first 100 days in office.

The police said the rallies were taken out at Thirumayam, Nakudi, Arimalam and Annavasal.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI OCT. 3. The level in the Mettur dam stood at 85.91 feet today. The inflow was 7,715 cusecs, and the discharge 2,997 cusecs.

Suicide alleged

By Our Staff Reporter

Nagercoil Oct.3. Anand (17), son of Rajendaran of Vadasery, a student, allegedly committed suicide, consuming pesticide today.

According to the police, Anand had been suffering from shoulder pain for the last three months and unable to bear the pain, he took the extreme step.

House burgled

By Our Staff Reporter

Nagercoil Oct.3. The police are on the lookout for some unidentified persons, who had burgled the house of a research scholar on Saturday night.

According to the police, Bala Murugan (29), of Vilathivilai under the Rajakkamangalam police station limits, was away in Chennai when they entered the house and ran away with 10 sovereigns of gold ornaments.

Fine imposed

By Our Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL OCT.3. The District Supplies Department imposed a fine of Rs.4,350 on salesmen for irregularities in some ration shops on Saturday.

In a release, the District Supply Officer, R. Varadharaju, said officials conducted surprise raids in 162 fair price shops and detected irregularities in maintaining sales records and stock registers.

Water level

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI OCT.3. The level in the Periyar dam today stood at 116.80 feet with an inflow of 850 cusecs and a discharge of 875 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 46.16 feet with an inflow of 723 cusecs and a discharge of 30 cusecs. The Periyar dam recorded a rainfall of 41 mm, followed by Tekkadi - 12 mm.

Found dead

By Our Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri Oct.3. A 30-year-old woman and her son were found hanging in their house at Poonayanur here today. According to the police, Santoshi (30) and her son, Selvamani (14) were staying in the house. When the door of the house was not opened for a long time this morning neighbours became suspicious and informed the police. The police broke open the door and found Santoshi and Selvamani dead. Family dispute is said to be the reason. Investigation is on.

Medical camp

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE OCT.3. On behalf of the Erode District Retired Officials Association, a free medical check-up camp for the retired personnel was conducted today in Surya Hospital, Erode. Dr Saravanan examined over 75 retired personnel.

Drowns

By Our Staff Reporter

Udhagamandalam Oct.3. Daniel, (17), and some of his friends were playing near his house above the old garden road, when he accidentally fell into a water tank. Since Daniel did not know swimming he drowned before efforts could be made to rescue him. A case was registered.

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