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Pension for building workers welcomed

ARIYALUR: The AITUC has welcomed the decision of the State Government to sanction a pension of Rs.200 per month to those construction workers, who are above 60 years of age.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the district committee meeting of the AITUC held here, which also welcomed the decision on the salary of panchayat workers. — Staff Reporter

Power shutdown

THANJAVUR: There will be no power supply in the following areas between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on April 26, owing to the maintenance work to be carried out at the Thirupanandal sub-station: Cholapuram, Palakudi, Anaikarai, Thathuvanchery and Sikkal Nayakkanpettai. — Staff Reporter

Govt. decision hailed

PERAMBALUR: The State secretary of the Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam, R. Raja Chidambaram, has welcomed the Government's decision to withdraw the Extension of the New Veeranam Project. Mr. Raja Chidambaram said the government's decision would ensure irrigational facility for the farmers of Ariyalur and surrounding villages. — Staff Reporter

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 53.49 feet today. The inflow was 405 cusecs and the discharge 800 cusecs. — Staff Reporter

Two killed

ERODE: Two persons were killed in a road accident near here on Saturday. According to the police, Natarajan (30) of Coimbatore and Manickkam (45) were killed near Varapalayam junction when their van collided with a lorry. They were proceeding to Coimbatore from Dharapuram, and the lorry was coming from Uthiyur. - Staff Reporter

Heavy rain

ERODE: The dry tracts of Anthiyur, Athani and Burgur forests received heavy rain followed by gale on Saturday night. The gale damaged over ten thatched huts in Perumapalayam, Kakayanure and Burgur area. The weekly shandy at Chennampatty and Mylambadi was affected, and four roadside trees in Athani area were uprooted. Lamp posts in Vijayapuram and Oricheripudur were uprooted. Chitode, Bhavani and Gobichettipalayam also received rain. In Chitode, an old dilapidated building collapsed. - Staff Reporter

Grievances day

ERODE: The grievances day meeting for the Erode Urban division electricity consumers will be conducted on April 26 at 10.30 a.m. at the Executive Engineer Office on EVN Road. - Staff Reporter

Kerosene seized

ERODE: Two persons were held here by the Food Cell Police for stocking excess kerosene meant for public distribution system. According to the District Revenue Officer, K. Nagarajan, a tanker lorry of a kerosene wholesale dealer in Sathyamangalam was intercepted and 645 litres of kerosene seized. The DRO said that the kerosene was being taken to be sold at premium prices. - Staff Reporter

Awards presented

ERODE: The awards, Kalai Elamani, Kalai Valarmani, Kalai Chudarmani, Kalai Nanmani and Kalai Mudumani were presented to five persons here by the Erode MLA K.S. Thennarasu on Saturday at a function organized by the Department of Arts and Culture. He said that the Government had sanctioned Rs. 15 lakhs for awards to artists in various fields. As many as 170 artists in various fields were granted with identity cards in the district. The District Supply Officer, Velusamy, presided. - Staff Reporter

Man's body found

Tuticorin : The body of a man aged around 35 years was found at Naalkinaru bus stand in Tiruchendur on Saturday.

According to police sources, medical examination of the body revealed that the man had died due to an illness.

Tiruchendur police are investigating, based on a complaint lodged by Muthukrishnan, Village Assistant, Keezh Tiruchendur. — Staff Reporter.

Five arrested for gambling

Tuticorin : The police arrested five persons on the charge of gambling at public places in raids conducted here on Saturday.

Michael Raj, Manoharan, Gnanasekhar, Michael and Sigamani were picked up from a ground at Tharuvaikulam. They were remanded under Section 12 of TN Gambling Act. — Staff Reporter.

Fire destroys casuarinas trees

Tuticorin: A fire broke at a casuarina plantation at Kovilpatti on Saturday.

The police said Rs.12,000 worth of casuarina trees were destroyed in the fire. The plantation was owned by one Velmurugan. — Staff Reporter.

Woman struck dead

by lightning

TIRUNELVELI : A farmhand was struck dead by lightning on Saturday evening.

Police said S. Mariammal (45) of Paaraipatti under the Thiruvengadam police station limits had gone to the farm to bring back her cattle to the house. When she was returning home, it began to rain and later lightning struck her dead.

As she failed to return home, the family members searched for her and found her body lying in the farm.

— Staff Reporter.

Railway recruitment drive

CHENNAI: The Railway Recruitment Board, Chennai, on Sunday conducted a recruitment drive for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe candidates in Tamil Nadu.

About 97,000 candidates were selected for the written examination for 29 posts of ticket collectors and four posts of train clerks. About 30 to 33 per cent of the candidates attended the examination held at 168 centres in Chennai, Tiruchi, Thanajvur, Madurai and Tirunelveli. In Chennai, of the 63,000 candidates for whom call letters were sent only 21,000 sat for the examination.

While all posts of ticket collectors are reserved for ST candidates, three posts of train clerks are for scheduled tribes.

As a next move to clear the backlog in posts for ST candidates, the Board will conduct an examination for 90 posts in Group D and all the posts are reserved for ST only, says a board official. — Special Correspondent

CPI(M) meet at Ooty

UDHAGAMANDALAM: Ooty will host the Communist Part of India (Marxist) State Committee meeting from April 26 to 28, said N. Vasu, Nilgiris district secretary. In all, 85 delegates would participate in the meeting, being organised here for the first time.

Among them would be the Central Committee member, K. Varadharajan; the State secretary, N. Varadharajan, and the CITU State general secretary, A. Soundarajan. Anti-people policies of the AIADMK Government, problems of small tea growers of the Nilgiris, problems confronting the ailing Hindustan Photo Films and the land problem in Gudalur are in the meeting's agenda. — Our Staff Reporter

Jawan buried

THANJAVUR: The body of J. Nelson, an Army jawan, who died in an operation against militants in Jammu region on April 21, was brought to Eachanviduthi, his native village, near Tiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur district.

The body was buried with full state and military honours at the village. V. Rajaraman, District Revenue Officer, and Ashok Kumar Das, Superintendent of Police, represented the State Government at the funeral. — Staff Reporter

Fast by professors

CHENNAI. Members of the Professors Forum of Madras University (PFMU) staged a day's fast on Saturday, highlighting their demand for regularisation of the services of lecturers on probation.

"Our repeated pleas both written and oral during negotiations for a positive action from the University administration has so far elicited little response. The administration only asking for more time... saying the matter is still under consideration," said the general secretary of the Forum, N. Deiva Sundaram, adding that the teachers were forced to undertake the fast.

Prof. Deiva Sundaram said the teachers and students were also using the occasion to highlight their other demands to the university to improve infrastructure. — Special Correspondent

Brachytherapy launched

CHENNAI: Paterson Cancer Center, on the premises of Vijaya Health Centre, has launched micro-selectron high dose rate brachytherapy to augment radiotherapy services for cancer patients.

Brachytherapy involving treatment of malignant diseases by irradiation with small sealed source applied in close proximity to the tumour forms an important branch of radiotherapy. With this mode of therapy, a high radiation dose can be delivered locally to the tumour without involving surrounding normal tissues, said S. Vijayaraghavan, managing director.

— Staff Reporter

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