DMK candidate for Rajya Sabha electionCHENNAI: Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi announced that the party would field K.P.K. Kumaran for the Rajya Sabha seat vacancy caused by the resignation of actor Sarathkumar. The actor resigned after he switched sides to the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Special Correspondent

Screening of films on Kamaraj hailedCHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnasswamy on Friday welcomed Information Minister Parithi Ilamvazhuthi's announcement that short films on the late K. Kamaraj would be screened at his memorial here in the forenoon daily. He said screening of the short films and broadcasting his speeches at the memorial would enlighten the visitors on Kamaraj's role in history. Special Correspondent

Tourist trainCHENNAI: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, in association with Travel Times (India), is operating Bharat Dharshan Tourist train to Kasi, Gaya, Allahabad, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Delhi, Agra and Mathura on July 15 in connection with "Adi Amavasai." The special train will leave Madurai via Tiruchi, Villupuram and Chennai where the tourists can board the train. The cost of the package is Rs. 6,818, inclusive of service tax.

Interested persons may contact 044-28461131/ 28461113/28461579. Special Correspondent

Essay, poetry contests in TamilCHENNAI: Pottramarai, a Chennai-based organisation devoted to literature, has planned essay, poetry writing contests in Tamil.

The essay competition is for college students and the topic is "India will lead the way to the world." Each entry should not exceed 500 words.

Anyone can take part in the poetry contest, for which the maximum number of words is 20. The contests have been planned on the occasion of the first anniversary of the organisation and a function will be held here on July 16.

An award has also been instituted for Tamil teachers with national outlook. Entries should be sent to Pottramarai, 19 Elegant Apartments, Hindi Prachar Sabha, T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017 on or before June 30. Special Correspondent

Recruitment of BSF constables CHENNAI: The Border Security Force has invited applications from male candidates from the South for the post of 802 constables (general duty) on temporary basis.

It is likely to be regularised. Candidates should be between 18 and 23 years as on August 1, 2006. Upper age limit is relaxable by three years for OBC (including BC and MBC) and five years for SC/ST candidates. The educational qualification is minimum matric or standard X pass.

Applications in the prescribed form along with required documents should reach the DIG and Commandant, Subsidiary Training Centre, Border Security Force, PO-AFS Yelahanka, Bangalore - 560063 not later than July 15, 2006. Special Correspondent

43 more refugees arriveRAMANATHAPURAM: The arrival of refugees has once again increased with the arrival of 43 refugees landing at Arichamunai in Dhanushkodi on Friday. The refugees including 14 women and 17 children reached the shore on three fibre boats. They were from Vavuniya and Jaffna areas in Sri Lanka. All refugees sought asylum at Dhanushkodi police station.

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Applications for admissionTIRUCHI: The last date for submission of applications for admission to various courses of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University-Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute in Kumulur near here, has been fixed at June 26.

In a press release issued here on Friday, the Dean of the College, K. Rangasamy said applications would be available for admission to B. Tech (Agricultural Engineering, Food Processing Engineering, Agricultural Bio-technology, Energy & Environmental Engineering; Bio-informatics); B.Sc

(Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Home Science).

Last date extendedTIRUCHI: The last date for submitting applications to under-graduate programmes offered by the TNAU- Anbil Dharmalingam Agricultural College and Research Institute in Tiruchi has been extended up to June 26, according to a press release issued by its Dean, S. Jebaraj here on Friday.

Collector's inspectionPERAMBALUR: The District Collector, Anil Meshram conducted a surprise inspection of a few fair price shops at Esanai near here on Thursday.

He inspected the quality of rice being supplied to the card-holders and advised the salespersons to return if rice of inferior quality was supplied to them.

Job fairThanjavur: The Bharath College of Science and Management will organise a job fair on June 28 and June 29 at Thanjavur.

The companies such as HCL, L and T Infotech, HSBC, Trigent, Cybernet Software Systems, Infoview Technologies, Extech Solutions, Premier Evolvics, Acenet Technology, Chennai Silks, Soliton Technologies, Titan Industries and GE Ltd, would open counters in the fair, N. Ganesan, secretary of the college, said.

Over 2000 qualified youngsters are expected to be employed on the basis of their qualification and communicative skills. Interested candidates could enroll their names in the college office on payment of Rs 200 alongwith a resume and two passport size photographs.

More details could be obtained through telephone.

The numbers are: 04362-574481, 9865443899.

Fast observedTIRUCHI: Members of the Makkal Tamizhagam party on Friday observed a day-long fast at Mela Chinthamani in the city urging the Central and State Governments to install the statue of King Raja Raja Cholan inside the Big Temple at Thanjavur.

The fast was led by the Makkal Tamizhagam founder president, Puratchi Kavidasan.

The party said the statue of the great Chola king installed outside the temple was troubling the minds of the Tamilians. As the Big Temple had been built by the King, the Central and State Governments should take steps to install his statue inside the temple precincts, the party members said.

Mettur levelTiruchi: The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 106.86 feet on Friday.

The inflow was 4,668 cusecs and the outflow 12,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

MLA checks quality of roadTIRUNELVELI: Tirunelveli MLA N. Maalairaja said samples from the east, south and west car street roads around Sri Nellaiyappar temple would be collected and sent for testing, "as quality of this 1,350-metre stretch is very poor". Mr. Maalairaja, who came to the spot on Thursday with the City Engineer, Tirunelveli Corporation, Jai Xavier, and the Executive Engineer (Planning), Narayanan Nair, checked the quality of this stretch with a crowbar.

He said samples would be randomly collected from the stretch, laid at a cost of Rs. 13 lakh, and sent to the Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli, to ascertain the quality of materials used in laying the road.

Welfare aid distributedTuticorin: Collector R. Palaniyandi distributed welfare aid worth Rs. 41,300 to physically challenged students at a function held under the aegis of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan here recently. He gave away tricycles to Karthikeyan, Sreenivasan (both T D T A Middle School, Vadakoor) and Kanagavalli, Caldwell Higher Secondary School.

Saranya and Divan Mohideen received hearing aid from him. He distributed `Abacus kits' to 13 Block Resource Centres.

Fatally knocked downTuticorin: T. Thangamuthu (54) was fatally knocked down by a speeding lorry when he was walking along Tuticorin-Madurai highway on Thursday. The incident took place at Alagapuri under Masarpatti police station limits. He suffered severe injuries and died on the way to Madurai Government Hospital.

Held with lottery ticketsTuticorin: Meeran (41) was arrested at Kulasekarapattinam on Thursday on the charge of possessing lottery tickets for selling them. In all, 306 lottery tickets were seized from him.

Arrested for theftTuticorin: The Kovilpatti West police on Friday arrested R. Velpandi, who had stolen a `kuthuvilakku' from a house situated at Inam Maniyachi on Thursday. The accused entered the house of Mariammal (25) when she was fast asleep and decamped with the `kuthuvilakku.' \

The stolen material was recovered from the accused later.

Encroachments removedErode: Erode municipal officials removed encroachments in Thirunagar Colony area on Friday. The authorities removed 10 shops and two business establishments in the area. Merchants whose shops were removed staged a road blockade protesting against the eviction. They were removed by the police. - Staff Reporter

Jewellers down shuttersERODE: All the 200 and odd jewellers here downed their shutters on Friday. According to the Jewellers Association representatives, the Perundurai police visited some shops along with a few accused in a theft case and told the jewellers that the culprits had sold some stolen jewels to them. They wanted them to return the jewels. The jewellers said they were not receiving stolen jewels. The jewellers took out a procession to the district police office and submitted a memorandum with the officials. - Staff Reporter

Woman, son found deadSALEM: A woman and her son were found hanging in their house in Ramanathapuram in Kannankurchi.

The police said Vijayalakshmi (55) and her son Mohanakrishnan (32) have committed suicide. - Staff Reporter

Viral fever suspectedSALEM: Hundreds of people from Kadaiyampatti, Omalur and nearby areas thronged hospital and primary health centres in Omalur on Thursday with symptoms of viral fever.

Health officials said they had taken up preventive measures to control the spread of the viral fever in the area. - Staff Reporter