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`Release arrears'

CHENNAI July 13. The Tamil Nadu Housing Board Workers Progressive Union has appealed to the Chief Minister to release the Pay Commission arrears due to them.

In a memorandum, the union said that while accepting the Pay Commission recommendation, the Government issued an order stating that 60 per cent of the arrears would be credited to the provident fund account of the employees and it would be released after five years. But three months after the completion of the five-year period, the Housing Board had not released the amount to the workers.

It is learnt that the Board had adopted a resolution for releasing the arrears to the workers and it was sent to the Government for its approval.

Jawan's death condoled

CHENNAI JULY 13. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, has condoled the death of Shahul Hameed, Army jawan, in an operation against the militants at Kund in Anantnag district in Jammu and Kashmir on July 10.

An official release here said Ms. Jayalalithaa, in her condolence message yesterday, said she was anguished to know the death of Hameed, a resident of Kodaikanal in Dindigul district.

``I express deep condolences to members of the bereaved family on my behalf and on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Government.''

She directed the Collector and the Superintendent of Police to pay homage to Hameed by attending the last rites. The Chief Minister also issued orders to release a special grant of Rs. 5 lakhs to the jawan's family.

Internet usage increased

CHENNAI JULY 13. Touchtel, telecom service provider from Bharti Infotel, has announced a bonanza for its DSL customers to further increase the usage and penetration of the broadband in Tamil Nadu.

New as well as existing customers can avail themselves of unlimited free Internet usage between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. on DSL, paying Rs. 49 a month, in addition to the rental as per the chosen DSL tariff plan. Touchtel DSL customers currently avail themselves of free Internet usage ranging from 10 to 25 hours as per the tariff plan chosen. The offer is valid till July 31.

Circuit Bench sought

By Our Staff Reporter

Coimbatore July 12. The Coimbatore Bar Association today resolved to request the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court to sanction a circuit bench of the High Court here.

Following requests from a section of the advocates last week for annexing Coimbatore district to the Madurai Bench, the association president, K. Shivashanmugam, convened a meeting today.

The advocates contended that Madurai was closer to Coimbatore than Chennai.

However, the meeting decided to reiterate its long-pending demand for a circuit bench. A delegation would meet the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy.

Jan Shatabdi extended

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI JULY 13. The Thanjavur-Coimbatore-Thanjavur Jan Shatabdi expresses (trains 2083/2084) have been extended till August 15, a Southern Railway release said here today.

PMK demonstration

CHENNAI JULY 13. The Pattali Makkal Katchi today staged a demonstration here against the ``indifferent attitude'' of the State Government to the ``education mess.''

Holding placards, its legislators and volunteers symbolically struck gongs for ``waking up the Government from slumber.''

The PMK president, G.K. Mani, said the scenario from primary education to higher education was one of ``coma.'' There were numerous vacancies in teacher posts in government schools, ``dual headmasters'' in the wake of the confusion over transfers.

Technical education was governed by judicial rulings rather than by policy pronouncements, Mr. Mani said, demanding that the Government should not abide by recommendations of the S.S. Subramani and A. Raman panels. Instead, it should form new committees, which will take care of the interests of students belonging to economically-weaker sections.

Mr. Mani wanted the Anna University Vice-Chancellor, E. Balagurusamy, to quit over the issue of 22 disputed questions that appeared in the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations this year.

Generator room gutted

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM JULY 13. The generator room of a petrol bunk at Nagore was destroyed in a fire this afternoon. Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Nagapattinam rushed to the spot with two fire tenders and put out the blaze in 45 minutes. An electric short circuit is said to be the cause.

Cyclist killed in accident

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM JULY 13 . A 55-year-old man, working in a tea shop at Thaikal near Sirkazhi, was fatally knocked down by a vehicle last evening.

The Kollidam police have registered a case, and launched a search for the vehicle.

Pirated CDs seized

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM JULY 13. The police have arrested Sampath (25) and Dawood (21) of Velankanni today for selling pirated CDs of new Tamil films, and recovered 150 CDs from their shop at Velankanni.

They were produced before the Judicial Magistrate-I here and remanded to judicial custody for 15 days.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI JULY 13. The level in the Mettur dam stood at 67.68 feet today. The inflow was 16, 295 cusecs, and there was no discharge.

Two killed

By Our Staff Reporter

Tuticorin July 13. Two women were killed and five others injured when a brick-laden lorry overturned near Alwarthirunagari today.

The police said B. Pappa (40), a widow of Indra Nagar in Eral and A. Valarmathi of Alanthalai near Tiruchendur were killed on the spot.

Lottery tickets seized

By Our Staff Reporter

Tirunelveli July 13. The Tirunelveli junction police tonight seized Rs.5 lakh worth lottery tickets from a godown at Sindhpoondurai.

The police said Ganesan of Sindhpoondurai, Jai Ganesh of Thiyagaraja Nagar and Siva of Palayamkottai were picked up from a shop at Tirunelveli Junction around 6.30 p.m.

Based on their information, the police checked the godown and seized the lottery tickets, brought from Ariyankaavu in Kerala.

The police are on the lookout for Sankarakutraalam.

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