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Ex-Minister's wife dies in smash

KARUR MAY 31. The former Minister, Pongalur N. Palanisamy's wife and nephew died when their car and a cement-laden lorry collided at Kulathurpatti near here today.

Vijayalakshmi Palanisamy (50) and A. Muthukumaravelu (25) died on the spot. It is said they were returning to Pongalur after attending a marriage here.

In the impact of the collision the car was reduced to a metal heap. Fire and Rescue Services personnel extricated the bodies and sent them to the Karur Government Hospital.

The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, visited the hospital and paid homage to the deceased.

5 killed in collision

Ramanathapuram MAY 31. Five persons of a marriage party died on the spot in a collision between a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus and a car at Theluchathanallur, near Paramakudi last night. The injured included the bridegroom, Balamurugan (26), working as a warder in the Madurai Central Prison. The Tata Sumo car was carrying the marriage party from Ramanathapuram to Madurai and the bus was going from Madurai to Ramanathapuram. Among the deceased are Vetriselvan and Periadurai, who worked as warders in the Central Prison. The other victims are Vydyanathan, Sivamani and Ashok Kumar.

5 die in accident

KANCHEEPURAM MAY 31. Five persons were killed and two others were injured in a road accident on the GST Road near Acharapakkam this evening. According to the police, a car from Dindigul and a mini van proceeding towards Tindivanam collided at Rettaimalai near Acharapakkam killing four persons in the car on the spot and a woman travelling in the mini van died on way to hospital. The injured were admitted to the Government Hospital.

6 held, weapons seized

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE MAY 31. The New Town police last night arrested, Babu alias Farook Khan (27), a former activist of the Tamizhar Viduthalai Iyakkam, and five others and seized from them sharp-edged weapons. The judicial magistrate-I court today remanded them to judicial custody.

The police said Farook Khan of Pudhukuppam, who was facing some cases, was travelling from Pondicherry to Cuddalore in an autorickshaw along with Saravanan (25), Tamizhalagan (29), Ramesh (30) and Manikandan (29), all of Kundu Uppalavadi. When highway patrol personnel stopped the speeding autorickshaw for checking, the occupants reportedly picked up a quarrel. Therefore, they were handed over to the police, who were carrying out a vehicle check on the Cuddalore— Pondicherry border.

It is said Farook Khan was in the habit of moving with a group of persons to fend off his rivals. The autorickshaw driver, Manikandan (26) of Manjakuppam also was detained.

TVI cadre held

PERAMBALUR MAY 31. A Tamizhar Viduthalai Iyakkam (TVI) cadre, K.Siva alias Ezhumalai (27) was arrested by the police when he allegedly attempted to kidnap a person at knife-point near Andimadam on Sunday.

Siva who was allegedly involved in a vehicle lifting case, came to Varadarajanpettai near Andimadam on a two-wheeler and threatened K.Dhanvel (38) not to testify in the case and abducted him. Dhanavel, however, managed to escape at Salakarai near Varadarajanpettai and preferred a complaint with the Andimadam police.

The police registered a case under Section 341 (waylaying), 323 (Assault), 506 (2) (Threat to murder) and 364 (kidnap) of the IPC and produced Siva before the Judicial Magistrate, Jayamkondam, who remanded him to 15 days' judicial custody. Siva, who hails from Alapakkam in the Cuddalore district, was formerly a car-driver of the TVI leader, Suba Ilavarasan, the police said.

EPFO to allot security number

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 31. The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is in the process of allotting National Social Security Number (NSSN) to all subscribers of the EPF scheme, 1952. To allot the number, employers are required to furnish the basic data of members in the prescribed forms/floppy. Only with that data the office can organise camps at the establishments or nearer to the establishments for taking the photographs of subscribers.

All employers of covered establishments under the EPF and MP Act, 1952, falling under the jurisdiction of Sub-accounts Office, Tambaram, Chennai 45, are advised to furnish the data of their employees in the prescribed proforma/floppy within 15 days. The specimen form and other instructions can be obtained from this office. The employers are also advised to contact the Public Relations Officer, or the Assistant P.F.Commissioner in person for further clarification.

The security number will enable subscribers to get settlement early and also avoid transfer of their PF accounts from one place to another in the event of change of employment.

Bader Sayeed back in Wakf Board

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MAY 31. Bader Sayeed has been elected Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Wakf Board. The election took place in a meeting held today at the board office, says an official release. She resigned from the position to contest in the recent parliamentary election and lost from the South Chennai constituency.

Campaign

By Our Special Correspondent

SALEM MAY 31. The members of Pasumai Thayagam launched a signature campaign in front of the cinema halls and public places to urge the State and Central governments and the Censor Board to take steps to prevent cine artistes, particularly heroes, from smoking on the screen.

The cadres, led by its urban organiser, C.P. Satriya Sekhar, collected signatures from the public against the evils of smoking. They also wanted a ban on cine scenes that depicted actors smoking cigarettes. Memoranda also had been sent to the Union minister for Health in this regard.

Awards

Coimbatore MAY 31. Prizes will be awarded for the best agricultural produce displayed by farmers during the State-level Farmers' Day to be held from June 5 to 7.

In a release, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has requested farmers to participate in the `Best Farm Produces' contest by displaying their farm produce.

Relief centre set up

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM MAY 31. An emergency accident relief centre of the State Government was set up on the Cuddalore-Mysore National Highway at Agarakadambanur in Kilvelur taluk in this district yesterday.

The Collector, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, who inaugurated the centre, said it would act immediately when informed of an accident. He said the centre had been provided with an ambulance. The public could inform the centre by calling 1033, and help accident victims on the national highway.

Awareness programme

TIRUCHI MAY 31. The need to provide economic support to eunuchs, and prevent them from resorting to sex trade, was underlined by the speakers at an awareness programme on `Sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS', sponsored by `Snegitham', a non governmental organisation, here recently.

The NGO promised to take steps to provide alternative trades to eunuchs, so that they would not only be able to lead a decent life, but also escape the influence of killer diseases like AIDS.

The eunuchs said poverty forced them to take to sex trade. They pleaded for self-employment opportunities, which, they felt, were not adequate.

Petitions' panel visit

NAGAPATTINAM MAY 31. The Tamil Nadu Assembly Petitions Committee, headed by P.M. Narasimhan, the Government's chief whip, is coming to Nagapattinam on June 3, to take action on the public interest petitions received from the district.

The Collector, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, said here today that the 10-member all-MLA committee would meet at the Collectorate at 10 a.m. on June 3 and discuss with the Collector and other officials about the action taken on the petitions.

The members of the committee are: M.S. Chandrasekaran, R. Eswaran, N. Ranganathan, G. Kothandaraman, K.P. Munusamy, Sundarambal, Chakrapani, P. Ranganathan, K. Kandasamy and K. Murugavelrajan.

Focus on schizophrenia

TIRUCHI MAY 31. The need to create an awareness among the masses of schizophrenia was stressed at the inauguration of a function to mark `World Schizophrenia Day', organised by the Sowmanasya Hospital and the `Anbalayam,' a service organisation, here recently.

Balasubramaniam from the hospital explained the causes of the disease, which was mainly associated with cerebral malfunctioning. He urged rehabilitation centres to spare no efforts to render proper therapy to the needy.

B.K. Malliga, Director, Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Tiruchi, explained the importance of Rajayoga meditation as a healing tool to maintain mental equilibrium.

A few beneficiaries who had been relieved of their ailment, through the rehabilitation wing of Anbalayam, explained how they were able to start a new life.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI MAY 31. Water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 30.80 feet, today. The inflow was 3215 cusecs and the discharge 148 cusecs.

Ban on fishing lifted

NAGERCOIL MAY 31

Fishermen of Kanyakumari district today ventured into the sea after a gap of 45 days.

The Government banned fishing for 45 days from April 15, to preserve marine resources.

Following the lifting of the ban, fishermen of Chinnamuttam set out for fishing.

Car festivals

NAGERCOIL MAY 31

Thousands of devotees from different parts of the State witnessed the car festival of the Bhagavathy Amman Temple at Kanyakumari today.

Earlier the idol of Bhagavathy Amman was taken out in procession after special pujas and abisekams. The devotees drew the highly decorated car along the four streets.

Devotees from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kerala took part in the car festival of the Ayya Vaikundar Temple at Swamythoppu near Tamaraikulam.

Assumes charge

DINDIGUL MAY 31 The Superintendent of Police, M. Kandasamy, today said priority would be given to law and order.

He was talking to presspersons here after assuming office.

Mr. Kandasamy started his career as a Sub-Inspector at Thenkasi in Tirunelveli district. He held various posts, including the Additional Superintendent of Police for Dharmapuri, and as Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Madurai.

Power shutdown

THENI MAY 31 There will be no power supply between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the following areas, owing to maintenance work at the Vannathiparai sub-station: Goodalur, Angoorpalayam, Kullappagoundenpatti, Karunakkamuthampatti, Surulipatti, Narayanathevanpatti, Lower Camp, Upper Manalar, Lower Manalar and nearby areas.

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