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Assembly summoned

CHENNAI NOV. 9 . The Governor, S.S. Barnala, yesterday summoned a meeting of the Assembly on November 16, according to an Assembly release.

Fertilizer supply to be monitored

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Nov. 9. The Commissionerate of Agriculture will monitor fertilizer supply by manufacturers weekly and distribution to farmers by district officials daily.

This decision was taken at a meeting of manufacturers with the Agriculture and Food and Cooperation Ministers here recently.

The Agriculture Minister, K. Pandurengan, who presided, asked the manufacturers to supply fertilizers to farmers in time as favourable conditions prevailed for a good harvest.

The manufacturers gave the assurance that they would supply 1.35 lakh tonnes of urea, 0.225 lakh tonnes of DAP, 0.426 lakh tonnes of MOP, 0.24 lakh tonnes of LMT of 17:17:17 complex and 0.068 lakh million tonnes of super phosphate this month.

The Commissioner, Jagmohan Singh Raju, said the department had planned for timely supply of fertilizers. A grievance cell was set up in all agricultural offices in the districts and in the Commissioner's office here. A separate officer would hear the grievances of farmers in the cell, which would all days including holidays.

`Submit life certificates'

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Nov. 9. All employees provident fund pensioners, drawing pension through banks/post offices, are requested to submit their life/non-re-marriage certificates to the respective paying banks/ post offices before November 30. The certificate forms are available there. Pension will be stopped from January 2005 to those who fail to submit the certificates before the deadline, according to an EPF release.

Court orders attachment of bus

NAGAPATTINAM NOV. 9. The Nagapattinam chief judicial magistrate, Jonatham Gnaniah, today ordered attachment of a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus for its failure to settle a compensation of Rs.16.73 lakhs to an accident victim.

According to the prosecution, Gunasekaran (45) of Velipalayam here, sustained serious injuries when the KSRTC bus which he boarded at Nagapattinam met with an accident on August 19, 1999 near Pampa in Kerala. He filed a petition seeking a compensation from the KSRTC.

The CJM on February 3 this year ordered the KSRTC to pay him a compensation but it failed to honour the court orders. A KSRTC bus which came to the Nagapattinam bus stand today was seized and brought to the court campus.

Two lorry drivers killed

VELLORE Nov. 9. Two lorry drivers were killed and three others were injured when the vehicles collided head-on at Karai junction at Ranipet today.

T. Irulappasamy (25) of Ettayapuram in Tuticorin district who was driving the BHEL-bound truck and R. Ajay (20) of Howrah, who drove the Chennai-bound container lorry died on the spot. The injured were treated as outpatients in the Government Hospital, Walajapet.

Gold, silver coins found

VELLORE Nov. 9. Govindasamy of Ammananguppam in Katpadi taluk discovered a mud pot containing 18 ancient gold coins weighing 61 grams and a copper pot containing 25 silver coins weighing 141 grams while digging the earth in the backyard of his house for constructing a toilet on Tuesday.

On information, the Katpadi tahsildar, Selvaraj, handed over the coins to the District Collector, S. Gopalakrishnan.

Durai Murugan kin in court

VELLORE Nov. 9. Santhakumari, wife of former the DMK Minister, Durai Murugan; his son, Kadiranand, daughter-in-law, Sangeetha, and brother, Durai Singaram appeared in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Vellore, on Tuesday in connection with a disproportionate wealth case filed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption against Mr.Durai Murugan and his four family members in October 2002. When the case came up in the court today, except Mr.Durai Murugan, the other family members were present. The court was informed that the former Minister could not appear before the CJM since he was undergoing medical treatment for a heart ailment. The CJM, Rajagopal, posted the case for December 7.

Special train to Madurai

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Nov. 9. Special trains will be operated between Madurai and Chennai Egmore to clear the extra waitlisted passengers.

Train 614 will leave Madurai at 6.30 p.m. on November 14 (Sunday) and reach Chennai Egmore at 4.30 a.m. the next day. Train 0613 will leave Egmore at 7.45 p.m. on December 15 (Monday) and arrive Madurai at 5.30 a.m. the next day.

Reservation will commence on November 10 (Wednesday), according to a railway release.

College memorial

THANJAVUR NOV. 9. Works, costing Rs. 35 lakhs, will be taken up by the Chatram administration, The Collector, J. Radhakrishnan, said today.

At the general body meeting of the Chatram administration, held here today, he said that to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Government Rajah's College at Thiruvaiyaru, a memorial, costing Rs. 10 lakhs, would be constructed. Shopping complexes would be constructed at Orathanadu and Darasuram in Thanjavur district and Aranthangi and Meemeesal in Pudukottai district. The Muthambal chatram at Orathanadu would be converted into a court complex, he said.

Social activist dead

By Our Staff Reporter

THANJAVUR NOV. 9. C. Vedammal, 76, wife of freedom fighter R. Singaram, died at Keelavannipatti near Orathanadu today.

Mother of the Communist Party of India State assistant secretary, C. Mahendran, and the AITUC district secretary, C. Chandrakumar, Vedammal took part in various social movements.

The cremation will take place at Keelavannipatti at 10 a.m. tomorrow.


ERODE NOV. 9 . A timber merchant was killed in a road accident early this morning. According to the police, Muthuswamy (41) of Muthuchettipalayam was returning in a car from Thanjavur to Avinashi with another timber merchant Arumugam. Near Olapalayam within Vellakoil police limits, the driver lost control and the vehicle dashed against a tree. While Muthuswamy died on the spot, Arumugam and the driver, Sakthivel, who sustained injuries, were removed to the Government Hospital, Kangeyam.


Krishnagiri Nov. 9 . The Collector, Mangat Ram Sharma, will conduct a mass contact programme at Sivampatti panchayat in Pocchampalli taluk on November 10 at 11 a.m. He will distribute welfare measures to the villagers of Nagampatti, Sivampatti, Mathur and Pocchampalli.

Grievances day

ERODE NOV. 9 . The grievances meeting for the TNEB consumers of Perundurai would be conducted on November 12 at 3 p.m. at the office of the Executive Engineer, Perundurai.

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