Water levelMADURAI: The water level in the Periyar dam stood at 120.40 feet (136 feet) with an inflow of 311 cusecs and a discharge of 1005 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 45.08 feet (71 feet) with an inflow of 601 cusecs and a discharge of 41 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 3774 mcft.

The Periyar dam recorded a rainfall of 6 mm, followed by Tekkadi, Vaigai dam and Manjalar dam - 2 mm each and Shanmuganadi - 1 mm.

Refugees arrive in MaduraiOne hundred and forty three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees reached a temporary refugee camp at Saptur in the district on Wednesday. The refugees, mostly from Trincomalee and Mannar districts of Sri Lanka, arrived on the Rameswaram coast on Tuesday with the help of illegal boat operators. Due to congestion in the Mandapam and other refugee camps, rehabilitation officials are sending the refugees to temporary camps established in other districts, police said.

Final photo rollsThe final photo rolls for by-election in the Madurai (Central) constituency will be published on September 5, instead of August 31. This is to facilitate inclusion of new applicants in the photo rolls. The revision works are in the final stages of completion, according to an official release.

Rural talent testRural talent test for school students will be held at three centres in the district on September 3. Students who have passed eighth standard and now studying in ninth class will be appearing for the test, according to officials in the Department of School Education here.

The State Government would grant a scholarship of Rs.1,000 per year to 50 boys and 50 girls in the district who emerge successful in the test.

In Madurai district, 1071 students will take the test and the centres are: Government Girls Higher Secondary Schools at Maapalayam, Melur and Tirumangalam.

The scholarship amount will be given till the students complete their Plus Two.

Power shutdownThere will be no power supply in the following areas between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday (September 2) owing to the maintenance work to be carried out at the Vadipatti sub-station: Vadipatti, Katchaikatti, Rayapuram, Semminipatti, Kulasekerankottai, Kutladampatti, Ramainpatti, Chokkalingapuram, Thethur, Kozhinjipatti, T. Mettupatti, Vadugapatti, Andipatti, Kattakulam, Mettuneerethan and Nagari. Staff Reporter