International temple summit in Mumbai

MADURAI: Joint Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments of Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple here will present a paper on "Revival of glorified old practices" at the International Temple Summit - 2006 to be held in Mumbai on January 28 and 29.

The summit being held under the aegis of the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Mumbai, is the first of its kind in Asia. The Joint Commissioner, P. Bhaskaran, has been invited by the trust to present a paper on temple management. Union Minister for Tourism Renuka Choudhary is the chief guest. Officials from more than 22 temples will take part in the summit.

The 690 kg bell from London donated by a philanthropist in 1862, fetching holy water from the Vaigai for performing abhishekam, verifying accounts on a daily basis and renovating the silver palanquin are some of the subjects that would figure in the presentation. - Staff Reporter

Dance festival in Thanjavur Big Temple

THANJAVUR: Brahan Natyanjali will be held at the Big Temple here on February 26, 27 and 28 to mark Mahasivarathri.

According to V. Varadarajan, president, Brahan Natyanjali Foundation, bharathanatyam artists who want to participate in the festival can send applications with name, organisation from where they learnt the dance, photo, address, phone number, certificates if any received from All-India Radio and their grade to president, Brahan Natyanjali Foundation, Dr. V.V.R. Complex, Arulananda Nagar, Thanjavur 613 007, Tamil Nadu before February 5. They can also contact over phone (098424-55765, 04362-291569, 292413).

Individual artists should be more than 16 years and should have performed arangetram. New artists will be given priority this year. Group dances and dance dramas will also be given priority. - Staff Reporter

Special fares from

Sri Lankan Airlines

CHENNAI: Sri Lankan Airlines has announced a fare scheme covering destinations of the Far East from all its stations in south India. Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are the areas to be covered. The scheme is applicable to the airlines' destinations in Bangalore, Chennai, Tiruchi, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Hyderabad, says a release.

The special fares are 30 per cent lower than normal They are applicable till February 7 and are valid for travel till March 7. - Special Correspondent

Order to stop

new SISI courses

CHENNAI: The competent authority, after review of training courses offered in collaboration with private entities under the banner of Small Industries Service Institute, ordered on November 21, 2005, that all new admissions be stopped 'in public interest.'

However, training will be continued for candidates admitted on or before December 5, 2005.

For further details, call: 22341785/22341011. - Special Correspondent

Strike called off

PONDICHERRY: The 22-day old strike by the Ministerial employees of Pondicherry was called off with immediate effect and all the staff would resume duty on Friday, says convener of the Ministerial Staff's Unified Action Committee P. Lakshmanasamy.

A delegation of the committee had a meeting with Chief Minister N. Rangasamy earlier and his assurances were by and large 'satisfactory.'

Mr. Lakshmanasamy thanked the Lt. Governor and the Chief Minister. - Special Correspondent

"Remember freedom fighters"

Thanjavur: People, particularly youth, should remember the freedom fighters and great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi for ever as it is their sacrifice which gave us freedom, said K.Thulasiah Vandayar, secretary and correspondent, Sri AVVM Pushpam college at Poondi near here on Thursday.

He hoisted the national flag at the Republic day celebrations at the college. He said that the secular fabric of the country should be strengthened by living with brotherhood irrespective of religious and caste divisions.

Molybdenum plates missing

TIRUCHI: Molybdenum plates, weighing 108 kilograms, were reportedly missing from the Heavy Alloy Penetration Project (HAPP) factory at Navalpattu near here recently. The plates were said to be missing on January 22. The Navalpattu police have registered a case.

Mettur level

Tiruchi: The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 112.49 feet on Thursday. The inflow was 2,204 cusecs and the outflow, 3,997 cusecs .

- Staff Reporter