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Delhi girl missing

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE DEC. 4 . Jeevan Jothi Sharma (23) from Delhi, who came to Chidambaram to attend contact classes at Annamalai University, has been missing since November 24.

The police said Ms. Sharma attended classes under the distance education programme from November 11 to 24. She stayed at Nirmala Higher

Secondary School in the town.

According to the complaint filed by her brother, Ranjan Sharma, she called the family on November 24, saying that she would travel back home by the Tamil Nadu Express. Had she taken the train, she should have reached Delhi on November 25.

Relatives in Chennai also said Ms. Sharma did not visit them.

Meningitis camps for pilgrims

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI DEC. 4. The Tamil Nadu State Haj committee will hold an inoculation campaign against meningitis for all persons undertaking the pilgrimage in 2005.

For pilgrims from Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, inoculation camps will be held at the Haj House, 2, De-Mellows Road, Choolai, Chennai-600 112, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 4 and 5 and for pilgrims from the Vellore district at the district panchayat office, Vellore, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on December 6, according to an official release.

For all others undertaking the pilgrimage through the Tamil Nadu State Haj Committee and private travel agencies, the inoculation camps will be held at the Haj House, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from December 11 to 17.

The pilgrims undertaking the tour through the State committee are requested to get themselves inoculated free of cost at the camps. A certificate testifying to inoculation should be produced before boarding the Haj flights.

Title for Balamuralikrishna

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI DEC. 4 . Veteran Carnatic musician M Balamuralikrishna, Bharatanatyam exponent Anita Ratnam and Tamil drama artiste Raadhu were conferred with Sangeetha Kala Siromani, Nrithya Kala Siromani and Nataka Kala Siromani awards by the Nungambakkam Cultural Academy Trust at its 35th anniversary and fine arts festival which began today.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank, M.B.N. Rao, and Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti gave away the awards. A citation, a garland, and a cash award constituted the award.

Dr. Balamuralikrishna was chosen for his contribution to carnatic music, Ms.Ratnam for the cause of Bharatanatyam and Mr.Raadhu for his contribution to the Tamil theatre.

J. Sridharan, Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Chennai, Natarajan, former Director, Chennai Doordarshan Kendra, and Padma Subrahmanyam, dancer, offered felicitations.

The president, Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti, and the general secretary, S. Natarajan, said the cultural festival would go on till January 10.

Additional Labour Commissioner

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI DEC. 4. N. Malik Feroze Khan, IAS, Joint Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, has been transferred and posted as Additional Commissioner of Labour, vice Santhosh Babu, IAS, who has been granted leave.


By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI DEC. 4 . R. Narayanasamy, Director of Matriculation Schools, has been appointed Member of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission.

An official release here today said the appointment would take effect from the date of his assuming charge for a period of six years, or "till he attains the age of 62 years, whichever is earlier." In the morning, serving and retired officers paid floral tributes at the War Memorial.

Phone tariff revised

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI DEC. 4 . The Tamil Nadu Telecom Circle has revised its tariff plan 140, with effect from December 1. The STD calls made to mobile customers outside the Licence Service Area will cost Rs.2 a minute. All other STD calls made to destinations outside the service area will be at Rs.2.40, irrespective of the distance.

Security deposit has been waived for corporate customers booking five or more post-paid connections in the corporate name, says an official release.

Two killed

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI DEC.4. Two persons, including a fish-trader, were killed when a load-autorickshaw collided against a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus near here today.

The police said the fish-laden autorickshaw was coming to Tirunelveli from Idinthakarai, a coastal hamlet under the Koodankulam police station limits, this morning. When the vehicle reached Aayankulam-Tirunelveli-Nagercoil National Highway Junction, it dashed against the TNSTC bus going to Nagercoil from Tirunelveli.

While the driver of the autorickshaw E. Abdullah (25) of Panagudi was killed on the spot, the fish-trader, P. Raj (48), of Idinthakarai, sustained injuries. He died at the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital.

Bike stolen

By Our Staff Reporter

Tuticorin Dec.4. The police are on the lookout for some unidentified persons who stole the bike of Kannaraj at Tiruchendur on Thursday.

According to the police, Kannaraj lodged a complaint that his bike had been missing from the parking lot situated near the Tiruchendur Temple since December 3.

Cyclist killed

By Our Staff Reporter

Tuticorin Dec.4. Perumal (36) was arrested by the Tuticorin south police on Friday on a charge of killing a cyclist at Millerpuram Junction.

The cyclist sustained head injuries and died at hospital, sources said.

House burgled

By Our Staff Reporter

Tiruvarur Dec.4. Two persons looted 40 sovereigns of gold and a mangala sutra weighing 10 sovereigns from a house on the South Street at Thirukannamangai in Tiruvarur district on Friday night.

According to the police, the culprits gained entry into the house of Ganesan through the first floor and looted 40 sovereigns of gold ornaments kept in a bureau even as the inmates were sleeping.

Later, they tried to snatch the mangala sutra (thali chain) of Malarvizhi, wife of Ganesan. As she woke up and raised an alarm, Ganesan got up, but he was attacked with a log of wood by the culprits. Later, they snatched the mangala sutra and decamped with the booty.

Medical camp

By Our Staff Reporter

Thanjavur Dec.4 . Pace Charitable Trust, a voluntary organisation, will organise a free medical camp for women at Thennankudi in Peravurani taluk on December 19.

In a press release, its secretary, P. Subramanian, said that the camp would be held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Panchayat Union School. Scan and X-ray facilities will be available.

Homam planned

By Our Staff Reporter

Thanjavur Dec.4. A guru parihara homam will be performed at the Guru Bhagawan Sannidhi inside the Sri Vasishteswaraswamy Temple at Thittai in the district on January 2, in view of the New Year.

According to a release, the homam will start from 7 a.m. on January 2 and continue till 1 p.m. People born in Mesham, Midunam, Kadagam, Kanni, Thulam, Danusu and Kumbam can do the pariharam, paying Rs.250. Those who cannot pay the amount in person could send money order or demand draft for Rs 250 to the Executive Officer, Sri Vasishteswaraswamy Temple, Thenkudi Thittai, 613 003, Thanjavur district with their name, star, rasi, lagnam and address.

Mettur level

By Our Special Correspondent

Tiruchi Dec. 4 . The water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 100.37 feet today. The inflow was 3,883 cusecs and the discharge 8,000 cusecs.

Grievances day

By Our Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri Dec.4. The Superintending Engineer of the Dharmapuri Electricity Distribution Circle will be conducting a Grievances Day meeting on December 7 at the office of the Executive Engineer at Harur. On December 9 at the office of the Executive Engineer at Dharmapuri. .

Special patta transfer

By Our Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri Dec.4. A special drive for effecting speedy patta transfers is being held in Palacode taluk from December 7. The camps would be held as follows: Maarandahalli, Revenue Inspector's Office (RIO)-December 7, Vellisandhai RIO-December 14, Karimangalam RIO-December 21, Palacode Tahsildar's Office-December 28.

Traffic disruption

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE DEC.4. Traffic was restored after 14 hours on Bannari-Thimbam ghat road. A ten-wheeler trucker lorry, carrying maize, was going from Mysore to Sathy last night. While crossing the 27 hairpin bends on Thimbam ghat road, the driver lost control over the vehicle, dashed against the parapet wall on the 27th hairpin bend last night around 10 p.m. This led to disruption of traffic with more than 1,000 vehicles on either side of the hairpin bends parked on the road and waiting for clearance. After battling for more than five hours today, the police removed the lorry and cleared the traffic around 1 p.m.

The passengers travelling in the buses had to wait for more than ten hours in the buses and other lorry drivers said that often incidents on Thimbam ghat road and the police not to allow big truckers and heavy load lorries to cross the ghat road.

Life term for murder

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE DEC.4. The District Judge, R. Mohandoss awarded life sentence to Vadivel, a coolie, for murdering a relative. According to prosecution, Balu, 50, used to demand money from his relative Vadivel, 27 of Kalipalayam for his expenses. Vadivel was unable to bear the frequent demand for money and on January 23 this year he went early morning to the local Mariamman temple and attacked Balu with an aruval when the latter was asleep.

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