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Notice to IIT on student's plea

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI APRIL 11. A writ petition, filed by a student, alleging that no proper reservation of seats had been made in the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras for candidates from backward communities and SC/STs, will be heard by a Division Bench along with a public interest litigation petition on the same matter.

Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam, before whom the petition filed by G. Kamalakannan, came up this morning, admitted the plea and ordered notices to the respondent-officials. He said the matter could be decided by a Division Bench where a PIL on the same subject was already pending.

500 in fray for RLB polls

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI APRIL 11. Five hundred candidates will contest for 182 seats in the rural local bodies (RLB) in the casual and byelections to be held on April 19.

There will be about 150 contestants in 25 seats of urban local bodies, according to a release issued by the State Election Commission.

No nominations were filed for the casual vacancies in Nattarmangalam of Madurai district and Kottakatchiyendal of Virdhunagar district, both falling under the category of RLB. In respect of the Pappapatti and Keeripatti RLBs of Madurai, two candidates would contest in each of the places for the post of the president.

Repair to highways cleared

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI APRIL 11. The Union Minister for Shipping, Surface Transport and Highways, T.R. Baalu, has approved repair works to be carried out on three tsunami-damaged sections of the National Highways in Tamil Nadu.

The Rs. 9.41-crore works are: construction of a retaining wall on NH-45A in the Villupuram NH division, restoration of damage on NH-45-A in Thanjavur NH division, and restoration of damage on NH-210 Ramanathapuram NH division, says a Press Information Bureau release.

Idols stolen

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI APRIL 11. The Alangulam police are on the look for culprits who stole five bronze idols from a temple.

The police said the culprits gained entry into the temple on a hillock close to the Alangulam-Tenkasi main road and took away the idols of Rama, Seetha, Lakshmana and Krishnan and three crowns of the goddess.

Two fishermen missing

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI APRIL 11. Two fishermen of Idinthakarai, a coastal hamlet under Koodankulam police station limits, went missing while fishing in the high seas early today.

According to the villagers, Edwin (45), L. Xavier Rajesh (20), Rahilan and his son, Dimal, ventured into the sea in a fibreglass boat early this morning. As the sea became rough suddenly, the boat capsized. All the four were thrown off into the sea.Though Rahilan and Dimal were saved by fishermen in the vicinity, Edwin and Xavier Rajesh were reportedly drowned. Fishermen set out in 30 boats in search of the duo.

Sainik school admission

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI APRIL 11. Sixtyfive candidates have been provisionally selected for admission to standard VI at Sainik School, Amaravathi Nagar, Coimbatore district.

For standard IX, 10 candidates have been selected. Admissions will be taken up from April 25 to 28. The results have been displayed on the notice board of the Public Relations Unit, Ministry of Defence, Fort St. George, Chennai-600 009, says a Press Information Bureau release.

Left stir against curbs

By Our Staff Reporter

SIVAGANGA APRIL 11. The Communist Party of India activists today staged a demonstration in front of the palace here demanding the Reserve Bank of India to withdraw the order restricting the functioning of the Sivaganga District Cooperative Bank Ltd and its 29 branches.

S. Gunasekaran, district secretary, presided. The agitators condemned the attitude of the State and Central Governments in accusing each other for the maladministration of the bank instead of finding solutions.

They also demanded that deposits of poor people be repaid immediately and demanded severe action against those responsible for the present situation.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists also staged a demonstration in front of the bus stand.

Elected to panchayats

By Our Staff Reporter

THENI APRIL 11. I. Rangasamy and R. Athikannu were declared presidents of the Govindhanagaram and Kamatchipuram panchayats on the closing day of withdrawal of nominations today. No one filed nominations against them.

R. Deepa was elected unopposed for the fourth ward of the Theni union, S. Bhaskaran for the first ward of the Andipatti union and P. Balu for the first ward of the Bodinaickanur union. However, three persons are in the fray for the 6th ward of Uthamapalayam panchayat union, five persons for the 26th ward of Periakulam Municipality and two persons for the 22nd ward of Cumbum Municipality. Polling will be held on April 19 and counting on April 20.

Held for kidnap, rape of girl

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN APRIL 11. The police today arrested one Muniasamy on charges of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and raping her on March 19.

According to the police, Muniasamy kidnapped the girl while she was going to a tailoring school at Vallinayagapuram near Kovilpatti. He allegedly later raped her several times after threatening her.

The All-Woman Police Station at Kovilpatti investigated the case.

Dies in accident

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN APRIL 11. A 40-year-old man died after he fell from his motorbike near Kayathar today.

The police said Pandi was traveling from Kovilpatty to Tirunelveli when the accident occurred at Arsankulam, coming under the Kayathar police station limits.

The bike skid on the road and the rider injured himself on a milestone. He suffered serious head injuries and died on the spot.

The Kayathar police are investigating the case.

Boy missing

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN APRIL 11. A Standard IX student of TDTA School at Perianayagapuram here has been missing since March 28.

The police said Mandiramoorthy (14) left his house on the day he was found missing with Rs 9,900 and has not returned since.

The Pudukottai police have registered a case and launched an investigation into the incident.

Caught stealing

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN APRIL 11. A 29-year-old youth was caught red-handed while he was attempting to steal copper plates from a private firm situated on the Tuticorin - Tiruchendur road here on Sunday evening.

The police said Jayakumar managed to jump over the compound wall of the company without being noticed.

But, the security guard caught him while he was about to escape with the looted items.

The Arumuganeri police have registered a case.

Heavy rain

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGERCOIL APRIL 11. Heavy rains lashed various parts of the district on Monday and the sky remained overcast throughout the day.

TNGEA members stage demo

By Our Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI APRIL 11. Members of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA) staged a demonstration here today in support of their demands.

The demands included withdrawal of ESMA and TESMA acts and merger of 50 per cent Dearness Allowance with basic pay.

The members earlier took out a rally from the Public Office Compound here covering various parts of the town and returned to the same place where they staged the demonstration.

Small savings target exceeded

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUVARUR APRIL 11. The Tiruvarur district has exceeded the small savings target for the year 2003-2004, according to the Collector, P.Ekambaram.Against a target of Rs.25 crores, the district has mobilised Rs.26.20 crores, the Collector said in a press release issued here today.

"This is 14.21 crores more than the previous year collection," the collector added.

With a view to promote small savings habit among the public, 406 women volunteers have been appointed in the district for the purpose.

The Government has provided the district a small savings an incentive of Rs. 26 lakhs using which various development works have been taken up, the Collector said.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI APRIL 11. The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 52.72 feet today. The inflow was 2928 cusecs and the discharge 100 cusecs.

Three killed in accidents

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE APRIL 11 . Two persons were killed in a road accident on Sunday near Gobichettipalayam.

According to the police, Mustafa alias Babu (30) of Tirupur and his friend Jayakumar (30) of Kangeyam were travelling on a motorcycle on the Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Main Road.

Near Makkinamkombai village, their vehicle collided with a bus, and they were injured.

Both died on the way to the Gobichettipalayam Government Hospital.

In another accident on Sunday near Kolappalure, Gobichettipalayam, the vehicle in which Sekar (22) and his friend were travelling, dashed against a milestone.

Sekar died on the spot.

The friend who was with him sustained minor injuries.

Rectified spirit seized

By Our Staff Reporter

ERODE APRIL 11 . Rectified spirit estimated at Rs. one lakh, smuggled from Karnataka to Kerala, was seized today in Sathyamangalam.

According to the police, on information, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sathyamangalam, Mohan Navaz, and police personnel conducted a vehicle check on the Sathyamangalam Main Road.

The police stopped a Maruthi van and seized 35 plastic cans containing a total of 535 litres of rectified spirit.

The driver Viju (30) of Kollam was arrested.

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