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Sampath panel term extended

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 18. The term of the Justice K. Sampath Commission, which is inquiring into the causes and circumstances that led to the July 16 fire accident in an aided primary school at Kumbakonam, has been extended by four more months, according to a State Government gazette.

TEL workers on a day's strike

By Our Staff Reporter

VELLORE Nov.18. Workers of the state-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Explosives Ltd., (TEL) at Christianpet near Katpadi went on a one-day strike on Thursday demanding bonus, wage revision, promotion policy and fixation of 8-hour duty.

The workers, numbering about 600, belonging to all trade unions, stayed away from work.

Forms for Plus-Two candidates

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI NOV. 18. Application forms for private candidates appearing in the March 2005 standard XII public examination will be issued from November 22 to December 15.

The forms, to be obtained in person, will be available at the Directorate of Government Examinations, College Road in Chennai and in the offices of Chief Educational Officers, District Educational Officers and Joint Director (Education) of Pondicherry. The offices of the Regional Deputy Director of Government Examinations in Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Cuddalore and Vellore will also issue the forms.

The last date for submitting filled-in application forms, together with enclosures, is December 15 and they should be sent only by registered post to S. Madhavan, Additional Secretary (Higher Secondary), Directorate of Government Examinations.

A Directorate release said the examination fee should be paid by a demand draft, drawn in favour of the `Director of Government Examinations, Chennai' and payable at Chennai. The fee for regular private candidates is Rs. 50 a subject and Rs. 35 for other charges. For direct private candidates, it is Rs. 187. Under the marks improvement scheme, the fee is Rs. 600 and Rs. 35 for other charges.

Prince of Arcot plea to Muslims

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Nov. 18. The Prince of Arcot, Mohammed Abdul Ali, has appealed to Muslims to shed extremism in the name of Islam. Muslims should take a pledge to live in peace and universal brotherhood and condemn violence, hatred and bloodshed in the name of religion or language, said Mr. Abdul Ali at an Id party hosted by him in honour of the Malaysian High Commissioner in India, Dato Zulkifly Ab. Rahman and his wife.

Extending his warm greetings, Mr. Zulkifly Rahman recalled his country's continued friendship and solidarity with India. He evinced keen interest in the political history of Carnatic under Nawabs during the 18th and 19th century.

The Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu , N. Ram, stressed the need for communal harmony and secularism. Judges of Madras High Court, members of Parliament, members of diplomatic corps and leaders from various religions participated.

Karthigai Deepam specials

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Nov. 18. Special trains will be operated to Tiruvannamalai from Tambaram and Villupuram in connection with the Karthigai Deepam festival.

The Tambaram-Tiruvannamalai passenger special will leave Tambaram at 9.30 a.m. on November 25 and reach Tiruvannamalai at 2 p.m, the same day. In the return direction, it will leave Tiruvannamalai at 11 p.m. on November 25 and arrive Tambaram at 7 a.m., the next day.

Train 846 Villupuram-Tiruvannamalai Passenger will be extended to Vellore on November 26. It will leave Villupuram at 5.30 p.m. and reach Vellore at 10.15 p.m. Train 841 Tiruvannamalai-Villupuram Passenger will leave from Vellore on November 27. It will leave Vellore at 4.30 a.m. and reach Villupuram at 8.45 a.m., according to a railway release.

3 killed in accident

By Our Staff Reporter

Thanjavur Nov. 18. Three persons were killed and five others were injured in a collision between a car and a State Transport Corporation bus at Punnainallur near here this evening. The car with eight persons was coming from Ammapettai to Punnainallur and the bus was going from Thanjavur to Velankanni.

Marimuthu (35), his sister Malathi (25) and Malathi's three-year-old daughter, Hamsadharini, died on the spot. Thiruvalarselvi, wife of Marimuthu; Dharani (6), daughter of Malathi; Dhanalakshmi, mother of Marimuthu;, Ajeetha, sister of Malathi, and Madhavan, car driver, sustained injuries. The injured were admitted to Thanjavur Medical College hospital. The police said Marimuthu of Paravakottai near Mannargudi had married Thiruvalarselvi only four days ago and the couple, along with family members, were coming to the Punnainallur Marimman temple.

Sainik school entrance test

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 18. An All-India entrance examination to select boys for admission to standards VI and IX for 2005-06 in the Sainik School, Amaravathi Nagar in Coimbatore district, will be held on January 9.

For standard VI, the boys must be aged between 10 and 11 and for standard IX, the age eligibility is between 13 and 14. Forms can be obtained from the principal on the applicants sending a demand draft for Rs. 325 (Rs 225 for SC/ST) and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The request for the application should contain particulars of the class for which admission is sought and also the category of the candidate in case he belongs to SC/ST. The last date for receipt of filled-up applications is December 11, 2004, according to a school release.

Cash, mobile phone missing

By Our Staff Reporter

Tuticorin Nov.18. Unidentified persons stole cash and a mobile phone from two devotees, who visited Tiruchendur to witness the `Soorasamharam' on the Subramaniaswamy Temple premises on Wednesday.

The police said foreign currencies worth Rs.20,000 were stolen from the bag of Soorya Prakash (35), a resident of Malayasia, while offering prayers.

The mobile phone of Palani was also stolen while he was performing some rituals near the temple.

Man killed

By Our Staff Reporter

Ramanathapuram Nov.18. One person was today killed at Keezhakottai near here in a road accident.

According to sources, the accident occurred, when a tractor, which was driven by Eswaran (37) son of Chinnappan belonging to Thirupuvanam in Sivaganga district, overturned at Keezhakottai.

Salesmen fined

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI NOV.18. The district administration has imposed a fine of Rs.97,122 on some of the salesmen of the ration shops in the district after irregularities were found in the registers and the actual stocks of the essential commodities.

According to the Collector, Atul Anand, over 1,180 ration shops in the district were inspected during October 2004, in which shortage of 415 kg rice, 277 kg sugar, 547.50 litre kerosene and 117.50 kg of wheat was detected.

The inspection also revealed extra stocks of 308 kg rice, 97 kg sugar, 108 litre kerosene and 37 kg wheat.

Moreover, the officials found that the shopkeepers had sold 1,409 kg rice, 560 kg sugar, 861.50 litre kerosene and 57 kg wheat by preparing bogus bills and seized 173 bogus ration cards.


By Our Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI NOV.18 . Members of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association staged demonstrations in front of taluk offices in the district today seeking reinstatement of road workers as per the Madras High Court direction.

Police sources here said they staged demonstrations at Pudukottai, Aranthangi, Thirumayam, Gandarvakottai, Keeranur, Avudaiyarkoil and Iluppur. In Pudukottai, the demonstration was led by the district president of the association, Prabhakaran.


By Our Staff Reporter

PERAMBALUR NOV. 18 . Members of the Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam staged a demonstration here today.

They said that the Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, should not be given bail.

The district secretary of the party, Lakshmanan, led the agitation.

Polio campaign

By Our Staff Reporter

Thanjavur Nov.18 . Polio drops will be administered to children on Sunday, says the Collector, J. Radhakrishnan, in a press release.

It has been planned to immunise 2,76,984 children through 1510 centres. A total of 6040 staff will be involved. Drops will be administered from 7-00 a.m. to 5-00 p.m. Staff of health, nutrition, social welfare, revenue, rural development, education and members of voluntary organisations will participate in the programme.


By Our Staff Reporter

Krishnagiri Nov.18. A 48-year-old man died after consuming poison at Vepannapalli here on Wednesday. According to the police, Srinivasa Gowdu, a farmer had reportedly committed suicide following his inability to repay his debts.

The Vepannapalli police have registered a case and are investigating.

Grievances day

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE NOV.18. The Superintending Engineer, Gobi Electricity Distribution Circle, A. Mannu, has said that the grievances day for the Gobi division electricity consumers would be held on November 20 at 10.30 a.m. at the Executive Engineer office, Opposite to Government Hospital, Gobichettipalayam.

He wanted the electricity consumers to avail this opportunity.

Plea to farmers

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE NOV.18. The Collector, D. Karthikeyan, said that that the monthly agriculturists grievance day would be held on November 26 at 10 a.m. in the Collectorate, District Development Council meeting hall.

He wanted the farmers and Agriculturist Associations to avail the opportunity and represent their genuine grievances for redressal.

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