Two killedTuticorin: Two persons who were walking along with a herd of goats were fatally knocked down by an indentified vehicle here in the wee hours of Saturday.

The police said P Gurusamy (72) and his grandson, Suresh (20), were on their way to a market to sell the goats when the accident took place near the New Bus Stand. Three goats were killed.

Immunisation driveTuticorin: The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for pulse polio immunisation drive to be held on April 9. Sources said 1,60,000 children were expected to be administered polio drops, through 1,062 booths established in the district. Staff Reporter

Water supply downERODE: Due to poor flow in the Cauvery river, pumping of water has been reduced, said the Erode Municipal Commissioner, K.R. Selvaraj. In a press release on Friday, he said that due to poor discharge from the Mettur Reservoir into the river, only a little quantity of water was pumped for public distribution.

Fitting electric motors to the main line to draw water was an offence. If such connections were not removed, the district administration would remove it, and disconnect water supply, the Commissioner warned. - Staff Reporter

Kambams removedERODE: All the three kambams erected at Periya Mariamman, Chinna Mariamman and Vaikkal Mariamman Temples were removed on Saturday evening, taken in procession and immersed at the Kalingarayan canal. They were planted on March 25, in view of the annual Mariamman temple.

During the procession along the main roads, devotees emptied salt and pepper, and water over the kambams. Heavy security was in place for the procession. - Staff Reporter

Election dutyERODE: Retired police constables, Inspectors and Sub Inspectors will be deployed for election duty, said the Superintendent of Police (In-charge) P.C. Thenmozhi. In a press release here on Saturday, she said that those willing could register their names with the election cell at the Superintendent of Police Office, or call up 0424 2250100.

The Collector, D. Karthikeyan, said that ex-servicemen would be roped in for election duty. He urged them to collect applications from the Assistant Director of Ex-servicemen Welfare Office at Jawan's Bhavan, Gandhiji Road, and submit them on or before April 20. - Staff Reporter

Holiday declaredERODE: April 11 has been declared a local holiday, in view of the

kundam (fire walking) festival at Bannari Amman Temple. In a release, the Collector, D. Karthikeyan, said that Government offices would remain closed, but banks would function. SSLC and other examinations would be held as per schedule. In compensation, April 22 would be a working day. - Staff Reporter

Students drownERODE: Two students trying to collect a cricket ball from a well, fell into it and drowned on Friday. According to the police, Hanifa (12), son of Mohammed Rafiq of Sangunagar, here, in Class VII, and his friend Vijay (12) son of Duraisamy of the same area, were playing cricket when the incident occurred. - Staff Reporter

Strike continuesSALEM: The indefinite strike by the employees of the State Bank of India continued here disrupting banking operations for the sixth day on Saturday. The employees also staged a demonstration near their office at Fort on Friday evening. The employees are on strike demanding pension revision. - Staff Reporter

Summer campTIRUCHI: A free summer sloka camp for school and college students would be organised under the auspices of the Sringeri Sankara Mutt in the City from April 10.

The 50-day camp, to be held at the Mutt premises at Amma Mandapam Road in Srirangam, can also be attended by parents of the students.

Mettur levelTiruchi: The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 112.61 feet on Saturday. The inflow was 1,211 cusecs and the outflow, 2000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

AppointedCHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Government on Saturday posted Sonal Misra as new Superintendent of Police for Erode district. Mrs. Misra, who was till now Commandant, Tamil Nadu Special Police IV Battalion, Kovaipudur, Coimbatore, succeeds P. Nagarajan, who has been sanctioned medical leave. Special Correspondent

Open varsity results on websiteCHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Open University has released the results for the undergraduate and B.Ed degree programmes (B.A in Tamil, English, Economics, History, Bachelor of Tourism Studies, B.Com, B.B.A, B.C.A and B.Ed only).

Students can access the results on the following websites:,, and

Students can apply for revaluation, retotalling and Xerox copies of answer scripts for which the application forms can be downloaded from the above websites or can be had from the TNOU office in Chennai.

Applications in the prescribed format should be sent to the Controller of Examinations, TNOU, DOTE campus, Guindy, Chennai 600 025, along with a relevant fee on or before April 28, a press release here said. Special Correspondent

Alagappa varsity V-C to visit AustraliaChennai: P. Kanniappan, Vice-Chancellor of the Alagappa University, Karaikudi, will present a paper on "University and Social Responsibilities" at a conference of executive heads to be conducted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities from Sunday to Wednesday, a press release here said.

The conference is being hosted by the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Mr. Kanniappan will also visit various Australian Universities to explore possibilities of a formal tie-up. Special Correspondent

Course in animal welfareCHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is to offer a six month certificate course in Animal Welfare through distance education (print and online web-based modes) in English.

The eligibility is a degree from a recognised university.

Application form and prospectus for both modes can be downloaded from www.animalsciences

The last date for submission of completed applications is May 5, according to a university press release. Special Correspondent

Isha Foundation to open 206 schoolsCHENNAI: `Isha Education Initiative', a wing of the Isha Foundation, will set up 206 schools, one each in every taluk in Tamil Nadu, over the next five years. The schools are expected to serve over five lakh underprivileged students.

Announcing this, Jaggi Vasudev, founder of the Isha Foundation, said the first of the schools, Isha Vidhya Matriculation School will be set up in Santhegounden Palayam in Coimbatore district and is expected to be fully operational by end June.

"Setting up the Isha Education Initiative is the realisation of a long-cherished dream to make rural India self-reliant for its manpower needs. This initiative will create a huge resource base and provide education facilities that are at par with global standards," he explained.

The Isha Vidya Matriculation School seeks to develop overall personality of students and bridge the gap between the quality of education available in metros and rural areas. Special Correspondent