Girl, mother stabbed

TIRUNELVELI: The Shencottai Police are on the look out for a youth who allegedly stabbed a Plus Two girl student and her mother on Wednesday night.

According to police, Ramar Pandian, a jobless youth from Karkudi near Shencottai, had entered the house of M. Kanaga (16) of the same area and threatened her to marry him at knifepoint.

When her mother, M. Piramu (48), intervened, Pandian had stabbed both and fled. The women were later admitted to the hospital.

Contact seminar

TIRUNELVELI: Contact seminar for some of the courses offered by the Directorate of Distance Education, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, is being conducted on March 3 and 4 at Palayamkottai.

In a statement, the Director (in-charge), DD and CE, J. Paulraj Joseph, said that seminars for M.Phil. (Tamil, English, History, Commerce, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Education) MBA first year and MA (Criminology) first year and BA (Afsal-Al-Ulama) would be held at St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai.

Moreover, admission for the courses (calendar year 2007) would be held at the venue and application can be had by submitting the demand draft for Rs. 100 drawn in favour of The Registrar, MSU, payable at Tirunelveli. Original certificates would be returned to the applicants after verification.

BSNL awards

NAGERCOIL: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited played a leading role in popularising mobile phones among rural subscribers by its low tariff and better coverage, the General Manager (mobile services), Krishnan, has said. He was distributing the annual Bharat Sanchar Sarathy Awards and Sanchar Seva Padak Awards to meritorious employees.

Man killed

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Umesh Kannan of Kallikudi, who was standing on the bus stop near the Virudhunagar-Sivakasi road junction, was killed on the spot when a private bus ploughed through roadside shops on Friday evening. The police said the driver lost control of the speeding bus. After hitting the shops, it fell on its side injuring 18 passengers.

They were taken to the Government Hospital. - Staff Reporter

Science exhibition

NAMAKKAL: A science exhibition, `Mysteries of Science,' was held at the Dr M S Udayamurthy School of Excellence here to mark the National Science Day. A press release from the school said that students from Standard 1 to 10 displayed their works and projects, both working and non-working models at this exhibition. The prominent models that attracted attention included the waste paper recycling, tsunami warning alarm, working model of principal of pocket etc. The children of Kindergarten section also displayed their exhibits and with the help of their parents, explained them in detail.

Lok Adalat

SALEM: The Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority will conduct a Lok Adalat and mediation camp on the Integrated Court premises here on March 3. Its Member Secretary G.M. Akbar Ali said that about 900 cases would be taken up during the exercise conducted on instructions from Chief Justice A.P. Shah. High Court Judges Justice Jayachandran and Justice Jothimani, retired judges, judges from Salem courts and lawyers would participate.

Jayalalithaa greets Chief Minister Badal

CHENNAI: General secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Jayalalithaa on Friday greeted Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

In a message, she said, "With your rich experience and wisdom, I am sure Punjab will prosper and progress under your leadership."

The AIADMK headquarters in a release said Ms. Jayalalithaa had been invited for the swearing-in ceremony, but had sent the felicitation message, as she was not in a position to attend the function. Special Correspondent

Dharna by urban coop. bank employees

CHENNAI: Employees of urban cooperative banks staged dharna in front of T.Nagar Cooperative Bank here on Friday in support of their eight-point charter of demands, which included 12 per cent flat increase in pay for all urban bank employees with retrospective effect from July 1, 2001, basic pay on a par with central cooperative bank, and increase in house rent and city compensatory allowances.

They urged the Government to remove discrepancies in the government order on wage revision for urban bank employees. Special Correspondent

Financial aid for Adi Dravidar, ST writers

CHENNAI: The Government will provide financial assistance to ten outstanding writers belonging to Adi Dravidar and Scheduled Tribes, including Dalit Christians.

An official release here said the funds would be released from the Dalit and Tribal Welfare Activities Foundation.

Apart from this, a non-Dalit author would be awarded for writing about Dalits. Assistance up to Rs.20,000 would be provided.

Those who want to avail the assistance should apply before March 31 to the Director, Adi Dravida Welfare, Chennai-600 005. Special Correspondent

ESIC website inaugurated

CHENNAI: A website of the Employees State Insurance Corporation, Regional office, Chennai, has been inaugurated. has interactive facility for registering grievances/queries which will be replied to within 72 hours. General information about ESI is also available.

Inaugurating the website, Labour and Employment Secretary Ramesh Kumar Khanna stressed the need for extending the ESI scheme to new areas and sectors and advised the administration to computerise all dispensaries in the State so as to strengthen the service of the delivery system.

Additional Commissioner and Regional Director Ms. S. Thomas sought the State Government's cooperation in extending the scheme, according to a corporation press release. Special Correspondent

Fishermen call

off strike

NAGAPATTINAM: Fishermen belonging to eight coastal villages of Nagapattinam district, who were on strike to protest against the attack by the Sri Lankan Navy, resumed fishing on Friday.

Fisheries department officials said the fishermen ventured into the sea after talks with panchayatdars of coastal hamlets. Special Correspondent