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CHENNAI: The northeast monsoon continued to be active with the persistence of a trough of low pressure nearly for two weeks.

Many places in the State received rain. During the 24-hour-period that ended at 8-30 a.m. on Sunday, Avinashi registered 12 cm, Coonoor - 11 cm, Pollachi 8 cm and Bhavani 7 cm.

Rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in many places of the State and Pondicherry, according to the Meteorological office. Special Correspondent

RDO to inquire into student's death

SALEM: The Government has instituted an RDO enquiry into the death of a student, Sukanya, of Fatima Girls Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Omalur. She was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the school well. The incident triggered mob violence.

Mettur Revenue Divisional Officer Shanthi will conduct the enquiry and submit a report. The Omalur police have registered cases under Section 306 of IPC against office assistant Kumar (35) and watchman Arulnayagam (47) of the school. Joint Director (Higher Secondary) Karuppasamy also held an enquiry. Staff Reporter

Bodies of 2 Ayyappa devotees recovered

Coimbatore: Rescue teams on Sunday recovered the bodies of two of the five Ayyappa devotees washed away in flash flood at Panchalinga Falls in Thirumurthy hills on Saturday. They hailed from Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district. The police, fire and rescue services personnel and local villagers had commenced rescue operations on Saturday. Eyewitnesses identified the victims as Ezhumalai (35), Nandakumar (10), Mahendran (24), Manikandan (15) and Chandrasekhar (36). On Sunday, the teams recovered the bodies of Manikandan and Chandrasekhar . Staff Reporter

Labourers faint after inhaling gas

SALEM: Four contract labourers of the Southern Iron and Steel Company Limited fainted after they inhaled gas, suspected to be carbon monoxide, which leaked from a pipeline inside the factory at Mecheri near here on Sunday. They were rushed to hospital and declared out of danger. According to sources, contractor labourers Murugan (24), Selvam (27), Mariappan (25) and Kumar (24) were attending to maintenance works in the gas pipeline. The police were yet to register a case. Staff Reporter

MDMK headquarters secretary appointed

CHENNAI: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko has appointed K.S.Radhakrishnan as headquarters secretary of the party. In a statement here on Sunday, Mr. Vaiko said Kumari Vijayakumar would be the new women's wing secretary of the party. Special Correspondent

Haj panel appointed

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi on Sunday appointed a 15-member Haj Committee comprising eminent personalities of the Muslim community.

The Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali and legislators J.M. Aroon Rasheed, H. Abdul Basith and K.Hussan Ali are among the members. Secretary (Highways) K. Allaudin will be the Government representative, an official release said. Special Correspondent

Sri Lankan national arrested

RAMANATHAPURAM: The police on Sunday arrested a Sri Lankan national for

illegally staying in the State.

Sources said Mohamed Ibrahim, son of Mohamed Ismail of Guru Nagal district in

Sri Lanka was staying at Erwadi without any document.

Acting on tip off, the police arrested him under the Passport Act. Further investigation is on.

Core banking network

KARAIKUDI: The Karaikudi branch of the State Bank of India has been brought under the core banking network, according to Selladurai, Chief Manager of the branch.

He said that customers could avail the facility from Monday. Karaikudi branch was the 268th branch in the Chennai circle and 50th branch in the Madurai region to join in the core banking network.

Heavy rain

Nagercoil: Heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the district for the second day on Sunday.

Officials of the Public Works Department decided to release 408 cusecs of water from the Pechipparai dam. However the flow into the dam was 867 cusecs.

As the catchement areas recorded heavy rain on Sunday, the water level in all the four dams is about to cross the danger mark. Meanwhile, the district administration has decided to release 625 cusecs from the Perunchani dam, which recorded 793 cusecs of inflow. Staff Reporter

Medical camp

Udhagamandalam: A free medical camp (uterus and breast screening) was organised under the aegis of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), the Nilgiris and the Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, at the S.M. Hospital here. Such a camp was being organised for the first time by the IRCS, said its chairman K.R. Mani. About 150 women aged between 20 and 60 were screened by a team of specialists headed by Montisori of Ramakrishna hospital. The reports would be received within a month. IRCS secretary K. Gopal inaugurated the camp.

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Rice bags seized

THANJAVUR: A lorry transporting smuggled rice was intercepted by flying squad officials at Punnainallur Mariamman Koil near here on Sunday.

Those who came in the lorry escaped. When officials checked the lorry, they found 12 tonnes of rice in 240 bags. The rice bags were seized and handed over to the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC). A case was registered at Tamil University Police station.

VAT: 4 per cent tax for drugs

Thanjavur: Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam Wholesale Drug Traders Association has said that drugs will be sold at four per cent tax from January 1, when Value Added Tax (VAT) regime is introduced in Tamil Nadu.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of the general council of the association here on Sunday. The association said that efforts would be taken to make drugs easily available in all the places in the three districts. In view of VAT introduction from January, drugs will be given on credit only for thirty days.

C. Chidambaram, Thanjavur district functionary, V.G.Somasundaram, State secretary, and PLA.Chidambaram, former State president, participated.

Sharp showers

PUDUKOTTAI: Parts of Pudukottai district experienced moderate to sharp showers on Monday, raising the hopes of farmers who have taken up cultivation of rain-fed and paddy crops. For the 24 hours ended at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Meemisal registered the maximum of 57.2 mm of rain, followed by Pudukottai 29, Tirumayam 24, Annavasal 22.2, K. Pudupatti 20, Aranthangi 18, Iluppur 15.6, Arimalam 13, Viralimalai 12 and Avydayarkoil 9.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level at the Mettur dam stood at 111.15 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Sunday. The inflow was 10,543 cusecs, and the discharge 100 cusecs.

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Agri grievances day

ERODE: Collector D. Karthikeyan said the monthly farmers' grievances day would be conducted on Friday (November 24) at Erode Collectorate District Development Council hall at 10.30 a.m. He wanted the Farmers and Farmer's Association representatives to represent their reasonable grievances for redressal.

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Water released

ERODE: Collector D. Karthikeyan informed in a press release on Saturday that water has been released in the Kalingarayan canal for the irrigation of second turn and third turn crops in the Kalingarayan ayacut, from November 16 to April 30, 2007, as per the existing rules. He wanted the farmers to use the water economically.

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Minister distributes welfare measures

ERODE: Highways and Ports Minister M. P. Saminathan distributed Rs. 11 lakh as welfare measures to 185 persons at a function held on Saturday evening at Vellakoil. The Palani MP, S.K. Karvendan, and others spoke. Collector D. Karthikeyan presided.

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Indira Gandhi birthday celebrated

ERODE: On behalf of the Erode Town Congress Committee, the birthday of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was celebrated on Sunday. Erode District Congress president P.M. Palanisamy MLA, Erode town Congress President Kuppanna Chandru and others garlanded the portrait of Ms. Gandhi. Congress members celebrated the birthday in other parts also. - Staff Reporter

Heavy rain in Kanyakumari district

Nagercoil: Heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the district for the second day on Sunday.

Officials of the Public Works Department decided to release 408 cusecs of water from the Pechipparai dam.

However the flow into the dam was 867 cusecs.

As the catchement areas recorded heavy rain on Sunday, the water level in all the four dams is about to cross the danger mark.

Meanwhile, the district administration has decided to release 625 cusecs from the Perunchani dam, which recorded 793 cusecs of inflow.

The maximum amount of rainfall of 47.6 mm was recorded at Pechipparai followed by 16 in Boothapandi, 15.4 in Surulode, 9.6 in Perunchani, 9.2 in Puthen dam, 8.5 in Kannimar and 7.6 in Kottaram.

The level in Pechipparai stood as 46.15 feet against the total capacity of 48 feet, 73.05 feet in Perunchani (77 feet), 16.70 feet in Chittar I (18 feet) and 16.80 feet in Chittar II (18 feet).

Power shutdown

TIRUNELVELI: Power supply in the following areas will be affected between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on November 21, as monthly maintenance works will be carried out at the Old Pettai sub-station: Tirunelveli Town, Old Pettai, Gandhi Nagar, Pettai, Thiruppanikarisalkulam, Vaagaikulam, Kunnathur and Pettai Industrial Estate, according to a release. Staff Reporter

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