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Stamp, coin to mark Big Temple millennium

G. Srinivasan and T. Ramakrishnan

— Photo: M. Moorthy

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi releasing a stamp on Big Temple at the Millennium Celebrations in Thanjavur on Sunday. Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan and Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology A. Raja are in the picture.

THANJAVUR: The curtains came down on the five-day-long millennium celebration of the Big Temple here on Sunday with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi making a slew of announcements and the release of a special postal stamp and a five- rupee coin.

At a function held at the Armed Reserve Police training grounds here, the Chief Minister said that a paddy variety would be named as Rajarajan 1000. A number of infrastructure development schemes for Thanjavur would be taken up, including improvement of roads, widening of the Irwin Bridge and creation of wings in the Thanjavur Medical College-Hospital for trauma care and cancer treatment. Referring to the State government's sanction of Rs. 25 crore for the schemes, Mr Karunanidhi said the Union government had also announced the sanction of Rs. 25 crore but the State government was yet to receive the amount. He wanted Union Ministers G.K. Vasan and V. Narayanaswamy to ensure that the funds were released. Union Minister for Communications A. Raja handed over the first copy of the new stamp to Mr Vasan. Union Minister of State for Finance S.S. Palanimanickam presented the inaugural coin to Mr Narayanaswamy. Praising the greatness of the Chola emperor, Mr Karunanidhi said the administration of the emperor was famous for its elaborate system of land measurement and taxation. The proceeds collected through taxes were used for the welfare of people The Chief Minister presented 1,000 coins to Padma Subrahmanyam for the dance programme organised at the Big Temple on Saturday in which she and 1,000 dancers participated.

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