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Chidambaram's nephew killed in accident

MADURAI: L. Palaniappan, nephew of Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, was among three persons killed in a road accident on the outskirts of Tirumangalam near here on Wednesday.

According to police, Palaniappan (45), a resident of Chennai, and three others were returning to Madurai from Virudhunagar in a car this morning when the vehicle rammed a roadside tree.

While Palaniappan and N. Selvaraj alias Rajaram (55) of Tirunagar died on the spot, C. Selvamani (45) of Tirupparankundram died in a private hospital here. The condition of another unidentified person was said to be critical. The Fire and Rescue Department personnel were pressed into service to retrieve the bodies from the mangled remains of the car. — Staff Reporter

Pedestrian bridge collapses

THANJAVUR: Thanjavur Collector M. Veera Shanmugha Moni on Wednesday inspected the wooden pedestrian bridge across Vennar between Kalanchery village and Papanasam which collapsed after water was released into the river. He directed the officials to immediately repair the bridge to enable schoolchildren of Kalanchery to cross over to Papanasam to attend school.

The bridge is the only link for people of Kalanchery to cross the Vennar and go to Papanasam.

According to residents of Kalanchery, an old road bridge connecting Kalanchery and Papanasam in the same place collapsed a year ago. A new bridge is under construction near the old one. — Staff Reporter

TTDC wins Hospitality award

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Tourism has won the Hospitality India 2005 award for "Best State Tourism in Marketing Efforts."

The "Enchanting Tamil Nadu — experience yourself," the campaign followed by participation in domestic and international travel marts, and positioning of Tamil Nadu as a heritage and experience tourism destination placed Tamil Nadu ahead of other States.

Hospitality India is a magazine of tourism, travel, hotels, restaurants, culture, environment and heritage. It celebrated its 10th year of publication.

The award was given away by Jagdish Tytler, Union Minister for Overseas Affairs, and General Rawat, the Uttaranchal Minister for Tourism, at a function in New Delhi. Shaktikanta Das, Commissioner of Tourism and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) received the award. — Special Correspondent

Stay vacated in

Serija Banu case

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday vacated the stay imposed on the proceedings of a narcotics case against Janarthini alias Serija Banu and her mother Rameeja (45).

The Bench had last year admitted a criminal revision petition moved by the accused and granted an interim stay of all further proceedings.

According to the accused, the post of presiding officer in the Special Court for narcotics cases was vacant and hence the Principal District and Sessions Judge was placed in full additional charge. Claiming that a judge cannot hold additional charge as per Section 36 of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, they objected to the trial.

Stating that the main revision petition could be decided only later because it involved an intricate question of law requiring elaborate arguments, Justice S.R. Singharavelu vacated the stay and posted the revision petition after a month. — Staff Reporter

Two killed, three hurt as lorry overturns

Tuticorin: Two persons died and three sustained injuries when a lorry overturned at Naalaattinputhur on Tuesday night.

Police said the deceased, Muthuvelsamy (32) and Krishnasamy (38), and the injured, Krishnan (45), Muthusamy (45) and Karuppasamy (55), were travelling on top of the lorry laden with sand when the accident occured on Katturamanpatti main road. — Staff Reporter

Two held for theft

Tuticorin: The police arrested two persons on the charge of stealing two wristwatches from a house at Masarpatti on the wee hours of Wednesday.

Police said Arumugam (34) and Pandi (44) stole the watches from the house of Chandran (43), who was sleeping outside his house owing to hot and humid condition inside the house. The accused were remanded to custody. — Staff Reporter

Woman relieved of chain

Nagercoil: The police are on the look out for an unidentified person, who relieved a chain from a woman on Tuesday.

According to sources, Amala of Puviyur near Thenthamaraikulam was going to a temple when the culprit snatched her chain worth Rs.7,500.

The police have registered a case and are investigating. — Staff Reporter

Girl electrocuted

Nagercoil: A four-year-old girl was electrocuted on Wednesday.

Densimary, daughter of Jandanisan of Simon Colony near Colachel had touched a live wire at the temporary shelter constructed by the Government for the benefit of tsunami-affected fisherfolk.

The police have registered a case and are investigating. — Staff Reporter

Four boats seized for using banned nets

Ramanathapuram: Coast Guard personnel in Mandapam seized four mechanised boats for using banned nets.

According to sources, they surrounded the boats, using banned nets, during patrolling. Later they handed over the boats to fisheries officials. — Staff Reporter

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