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Four of family commit suicide

COIMBATORE NOV. 27. Four members of a family, including a six-year-old boy, committed suicide, consuming cyanide mixed cool drinks. The family head, Veerasamy (52), an iron scrap merchant, who survived the attempt, was admitted to a private hospital here.

The police said Veerasamy, going through a depression because of family problems, with his wife Vasanthi (45), son Arunraj (23) and daughter Devi (25) consumed cool drinks mixed with cyanide. Kaushik (6), son of Devi, was given cyanide mixed in milk. Veerasamy was upset over the recent death of his eight-year-old, mentally challenged daughter Sakthimani.

Devi's separation from her husband Srinivasan added to his depression. "Neither poverty nor bad debts were the reason for the suicide," a suicide note said.

Life term for female infanticide

KRISHNAGIRI NOV. 26 . The Krishnagiri First Additional District Sessions Judge, M. Nandan, awarded life imprisonment to three persons here on Thursday, on the charge of committing a female infanticide. According to the prosecution, Kavitha, wife of Madhu of Oddapatti, had given birth to a third girl child on December 13, 2000. But the child died two days later.

Following instructions from the district administration, the body was exhumed and post-mortem done on suspicion of female infanticide.

On investigation, it was found that Kavitha, along with her mother Valarmathi and Madhu, had fed the child with a poisonous herbal solution (kallipal). After further investigations, the police arrested the accused.

Girl killed as bus overturns

By Our Special Correspondent

METTUR NOV. 26. A five-year-old girl was killed and 15 others, including 13 students, were injured when a bus belonging to a private matriculation School at Kaveri Nagar, here overturned on the Mettur Pass this morning.

The police said the driver of the bus, carrying 30 children and teachers to the school, lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn on the ghat road. It overturned and after hitting the parapet wall.

Monisha, a Class I student, was caught under the bus, and she died on the spot.

Thirteen schoolchildren and two teachers were admitted to the Mettur Government Hospital.

Aditya (7), Suhashini (8), Saranya (14) and two teachers, who sustained serious head injuries, were taken to the Salem Government Medical College Hospital. The senior police and revenue officials held an enquiry at the spot. The police are looking for the driver, Saravanan.

Gang held with weapons

PONDICHERRY NOV. 26 . A gang of five was arrested for travelling with weapons.

The police said the gang was arrested during a routine vehicle search near Nanonkuppam under the Ariyankuppam police limits.

Two policemen searching the bus bound to Tindivanam from Cuddalore found the youths suspicious. When we frisked them, we found three sickles."

All of them were from Cuddalore, and four were involved in murders. The Tamil Nadu police wanted one of them in another murder case, the Superintendent of Police, B. Ramesh Kandan, told presspersons.

A case has been registered for attempt of murder and possessing weapons.

Headmaster held

ERODE NOV. 26. The Kangeyam police today arrested Subramanian, headmaster of the Ottapalayam Panchayat Elementary School, on the charge of beating up a Standard II boy a few days ago.

It is said that when Santhosh (7) complained to his parents, they questioned the headmaster. The next day, four persons attacked Perumal and Santhy, allegedly at the instigation of Mr. Subramanian.

The couple sustained injuries and were treated in the Kangeyam Government Hospital.

On a complaint by Santhy, the police arrested the four assailants.

Last date extended

By Our Speical Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 26 . The Institute of Distance Education (IDE), University of Madras, has extended the last date for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses under the regular stream up to December 17, and for the calendar year courses, including MBA, MCA, M.Sc (IT), BLIS, MLIS and diploma courses, up to December 22.

In a release here, the Director, G. Manoharan, said the "prospectus and application forms are available for sale for Rs.110 on the institute's premises as well as at the spot admission centres. Applications can also be obtained by post on sending a request letter with a demand draft for Rs.160 drawn in favour of the Director.

Medical Council president

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 26 . A. Murughanaathan has been elected president of the Tamil Nadu Medical Council for a two-year term, from November 23.

Dr. Murughanaathan is a past president of the State unit of the Indian Medical Association and past rotary district governor.

Review meet

By Our Special Correspondent

SALEM NOV 26. The Secretary for Prohibition and Enforcement and the nodal officer for development works for the Salem district, P. Selvam conducted a review meeting today with the officials on various development works being carried out in the district.

Mr. Selvam also distributed welfare measures to rehabilitate 13 persons who had denounced illicit brewing in the district. A sum of Rs 15,000 each was awarded to them. The Collector, A. Sukumaran and others participated.

Earlier the Collector inaugurated the Total sanitation programme for the Panchayat union leaders at Thongum Poonga here today. He also released a booklet on sanitation. The Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, T.M.S. Manimanthri, Aisistant Director (Panchayat) Deenadayalan and others took part in the programme in which union leaders were trained in sanitation programmes and projects.

Murdered

ERODE NOV.26. A youth was murdered. According to police, Shanmugam, 33 and Manickkam, 20,both residing in Annai Sathyanagar within Karungalpalayam police limits were coolies. Last night in a petty quarrel, it was said that Shanmugam strangled the neck of Manickkam who fell and died. On a complaint, Karungalapalayam police have registered a case against Shanmugam and are searching for him.

Shifted

ERODE NOV.26. The municipal burning ghat was shifted today to the municipal graveyard, located on the banks of river Cauvery, said the Municipal Chairman, M. Subramanian. He told mediapersons that to facilitate the construction of the electric crematorium in the existing burning ghat and its adjacent land, the present burning ghat had been shifted to the other side of Cauvery road.

He said four sheds were erected with platforms, for the cremation of dead bodies. All facilities like bathing ghat, toilet etc was provided in the new place.

Headmaster held

ERODE NOV.26. A school headmaster was arrested here for beating a student. According to police some days back the Headmaster of Ottapalayam Panchayat Elementary School in Kangeyam taluk, Subramaniam beat a second standard student, Santhosh, 7, who reported it to his parents.

His father, Perumal and mother, Santhy enquired with the headmaster and returned home. On the next day, at the alleged instigation of the headmaster, Subramaniam, four persons assaulted Perumal and Santhy, who underwent treatment in Kangeyam Government Hospital.

Three days back Santhy made a complaint against the four and the Kangeyam police arrested them. Investigation is on.

Farmer electrocuted

TIRUNELVELI NOV.26. A farmer was electrocuted when he accidentally stepped on a live electric wire as he was going to his farm today.

The police said S. Pavun Durai (48) of Reddiyarpatti under the Ooththumalai police station limits went to his farm this morning to irrigate the plants and accidentally stepped on a live electric wire.

The Ooththumalai police are investigating.

Agitations planned

TIRUNELVELI NOV.26. Urging the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to implement the upgraded scales, the Administrative Staff Association of All India Radio and Doordharshan has decided to conduct a series of agitations from December 7.

According the Unit Secretary, K.R.K. Pandian, the lunch hour gate meeting would be held at all stations across the country and the day-long dharna would be held in the State capitals, including the Metro Stations on December 9, 14 and 17.

Relay fast dharna at all State headquarters (15 zones) would be conducted from December 20 to December 24 to press the demand, Mr. Pandian said.

Demonstration

Tuticorin Nov.26. Members of the Highway Road Workers Union took out a procession here on Thursday evening, urging the authorities concerned to reinstate them.

Wires stolen

Tuticorin Nov.26. The police are on the lookout for some unidentified persons, who stole electric wires belonging to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board on Thursday.

The police have launched an investigation on the basis of a complaint lodged by Mohammed Mohaideen, junior engineer, that 2,318 metre was missing from the Maravanmadam area.

CPI (M) demo

Tuticorin Nov.26. Communist Party of India (Marxist) cadres staged demonstrations at various parts of the district on Thursday evening, protesting the stance taken by the Bharatiya Janata Party on the arrest of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.

Sources said the demonstrations took place at Tuticorin, Muthiapuram, Ottapidaram, Alwarthurunagari, Tiruchendur and Eral.

Surprise check in train

TIRUCHI NOV 26 . Officials of the Tiruchi Railway Division conducted a surprise check in the Chennai-bound Pallavan Express between Tiruchi and Villupuram yesterday.

Six cases of ticket-less travel were detected and a sum of Rs. 2,240 was realised as penalty. The drive was led by H.M. Dinesh, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Tiruchi Division, officials here said.

Grievance

day

TIRUCHI NOV.26 . The Tiruchi Railway Division conducted an employee grievance day here today.

It was chaired by the Division's Assistant Personnel Officer, K. Rajasekhar, and the Tiruchi Junction Station Manager, S.B. Parameswaran.

Officials said that out of 15 petitions received yesterday, 14 were redressed. A total of 10 petitions were received today which were under examination.

Sikhs offer worship

TIRUCHI NOV. 26 . Sindhis and Sikhs offered worship at the Sindhi Dharmasala on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Special bhajans and aradhanas marked the occasion. Over 300 persons belonging to the Sikh and Sindhi communities participated in the celebration, said Madan Lal Makhija, vice-president, Sindhi Panchayat Association.

`Deepam'

festival

TIRUCHI NOV.26 . The Karthigai Deepam festival was celebrated with usual gaiety here today. While residents decorated their houses with earthen lamps a massive lamp was lit atop the Rock Fort Thayumanaswamy Temple.

`Chockapanais' were lit in temples, including the Thayumanaswamy Temple and the Srirangam Ranganathswamy Temple. Enthusiastic youth and women organised collages of lamps in a few public places amidst bursting of firecrackers.

An "Ila Vilakku" was lit in front of the Dakshinamurthy sannidhi at the Rock Fort on Thursday. A massive light was lit in front of the Uchipillaiyarr sannidhi on Friday.

According to the temple authorities, about 1000 litres of "illupai" oil, gingely oil and ghee would be used for keeping the lamp aglow over the next three days.

Power shutdown

PERAMBALUR NOV.26. There will be no power supply on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at T. Pazhur, Jayamkondam, Andimadam, Meensuritty and Udayarpalayam due to maintenance work at the Jayamkondam sub-station, says a press release from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI NOV.26 . The water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 102.85 feet today. The inflow was 4,255 cusecs and the discharge 5,000 cusecs.

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