3 children found dead in irrigation well

Krishnagiri: Three children were found dead under suspicious circumstances in an irrigation well at Periyakottapalli near here on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Chenappan (8), Thirumalaiselvan (5) and Yogesh (3). Fire and Rescue Services personnel retrieved the bodies and sent them for post-mortem. Staff Reporter

Rice mill owners' appeal to Government

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Rice Mill Owners' Federation has appealed to the State Government not to collect one per cent cess from millers who were procuring paddy directly from farmers.

The federation in a statement here on Wednesday said the millers were now paying the cess for the paddy they purchased from the State marketing committee. But officials were insisting that the millers pay the levy even for the paddy purchased directly from the farmers. It demanded that the Government increase the low tension power supply from 150 HP to 250 HP for rice mills to facilitate modernisation and increase their productivity.

Expressing concern over frequent inspection by pollution control board officials, the federation said though the mills were given green card status, they were subjected to "harassment" by officials. The State Government should take steps to implement the Centre's order of green card status to the mills, the statement added. Special Correspondent

Off-campus recruitment drive

COIMBATORE: The Anna University will organise an off-campus recruitment drive for the 2006 batch graduates of the self-financing engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu at the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, on March 31.

A release from university director P. Mannar Jawahar said the drive would be held under the aegis of the "Tamil Nadu State Level Placement Programme (TNSLPP). The HCL BPO would recruit candidates for the post of Technical Support Officers. The candidates should be a BE or B.Tech from any branch or an MCA or M. Sc. from the disciplines of Computer Science, Electronics or Information Technology.

Candidates fulfilling these criteria could appear for the drive at the venue with two passport size photographs, photocopies of X, XII and qualifying degree certificates. Further information will be available on the university's website www.annauniv.edu. Staff Reporter

Rs. 77.70 crore for road works

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu has sanctioned Rs. 77.70 crore for road improvement works under revamped Central Road Fund Scheme in Tamil Nadu. The amount will be used for widening and strengthening 26 road stretches of State Highways, major district roads and other district roads. The districts are Tiruvannamalai, Vellore , Dharmapuri, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Virudhunagar, Salem, Sivagangai, Coimbatore, Nagapattinam, Kancheepuram, Dindigul, Chennai, Tanjavur, Namakkal, Madurai, Tiruvallur, Karur, Ramanathapuram, Tiruvarur and Chidambaram. Special Correspondent

Dry day

Udhagamandalam: The Nilgiris Collector, Santosh K.Misra, has in a press note issued here on Wednesday said that all the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) shops and bars should remain closed on March 31 and April 1 on account of Mahavir Jayanthi and the birth anniversary of Nabigal Nayagam respectively. He cautioned that stringent action would be taken against those who fail to comply with the order of the Government.

Homage to JD(S) leader

Udhagamandalam: An all-party meeting was held here on Wednesday to pay homage to the president of the Nilgiris District Janata Dal (S) N. Chickiah who died on Monday. Former MLA K. Hutchi Gowder presided. A condolence resolution was passed.

Mahalingam to be felicitated

Coimbatore: A felicitation function, for N. Mahalingam, industrialist, on his being conferred the Padmabhushan, will be organised by the Kumaraguru College of Technology on the college premises on March 30. G. Lakshmipathy will preside over the function. Tamilaruvi Manian, Member of the State Planning Commission will be the chief guest. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam merit scholarships of Rs. 10,000 will be given away to 420 students on the occasion.

Project inauguration

Coimbatore: The Anns Club of Coimbatore Uptown will inaugurate `Gentle Touch', 3H Project of Rotary International at Ashirwad Spastic Centre, 1, Subramaniam Street, R.S. Puram, on March 30. PHF. Captain Mathews, Chairman, District Membership Development Committee will be the chief guest. Two arrested for smuggling PDS items

RAMANATHAPURAM: Two persons, T. Mari and Thirumalai Pillai of Pudusanthai Road of Karaikudi in Sivaganga district, were arrested under the Essential Commodities Act. The Collector, R. Kirlosh Kuamar, said that the duo were involved in several cases of smuggling of essential commodities meant for public distribution system.

Equipment given to 39 disabled persons

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Collector, R. Kirlosh Kumar, distributed various equipment, worth Rs.1.19 crore, to physically challenged people on Wednesday. He said 39 persons of Mudukulathur and Kadaladi constituency received the benefits such as tricycles, wheel-chairs, hearing-aid and others.

10,800 kg of rice seized

RAMANATHAPURAM: A flying squad, led by Tahsildar Karaunakaran and Deputy Tahsildar Sundaramoorthy, on Wednesday seized 10,800 kg of PDS rice at Gandhi Nagar near Mandapam.

Water level

MADURAI: The water level in the Periyar dam stood at 109 feet (136 feet) with no inflow and discharge. The level in the Vaigai dam was 31.10 feet (71 feet) with a discharge of 41 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 818 mcft. Staff Reporter

New Collector for Karaikal district

Nagapattinam: N. Vasantha Kumar on Tuesday took charge as Collector of Karaikal district in the Union Territory of Puducherry vice K. Sudhir Kumar, who proceeded on leave. Dr. Vasantha Kumar, a native of Salem district, was a Doctor of Medicine.

He belongs to the 2004 IAS batch. Earlier, he served as Sub-Collector in Puducherry. Special Correspondent

Election norms discussed

PUDUKOTTAI: A meeting to elicit the views of the officials on the changes needed in the current local body election norms was held here on Wednesday.

The State Election Commissioner, D. Chandrasekaran, presided over the meeting in which the officials involved in the last local body elections in the district participated. Holding of elections in the municipal wards using the electronics voting machine, publication of draft electoral rolls of the local body elections once a year, post-election works were discussed.

The District Collector, S. J. Chiru; Superintendent of Police, Kapil Kumar C. Saratkar; Chief Election Officer (Municipalities), Chandrasekaran; District Revenue Officer, A. Tamilmani; Pudukottai Municipal Commissioner, Mehbooba and other officials participated. Special Correspondent

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 79.03 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Wednesday. The inflow was 1,319 cusecs and the discharge from the dam was 1,700 cusecs. Special Correspondent

Demonstration staged

ERODE: The relatives of a person who died in a private hospital staged a demonstration before the hospital with the body on Wednesday.

Rajkumar (48) of Tiruchengode, a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation driver, was operated upon by an ENT surgeon for throat pain. Later, he developed complications and was admitted in a private hospital where he died on Tuesday night.

The relatives of the deceased alleging foul play resorted to the protest. However, the doctors and the police explained to the relatives of Rajkumar about the treatment provided to him and pacified them. Following this, the protestors called off the agitation.

Found dead

ERODE: One person was found murdered on Wednesday. According to the police, the body of Palanisamy (59) of Vennankoil near Gobichetttipalayam was found with bleeding injuries on a private land at Thingalure. Further investigation is on.

Road blocked

SALEM: Residents of Arisipalayam blocked the traffic on Four Roads on Wednesday in protest against the erratic supply of drinking water to their area.

Earlier on Tuesday, they blocked the traffic on Thammannan Chetti road. They claimed that the Salem Corporation had not supplied water to their area for the past seven days. Police personnel rushed to the spot and pacified the agitators. Traffic was affected for a short period.

Three murdered

Tuticorin: Three persons were murdered at Kulathattankurichi near here on Wednesday.

According to police sources, M. Pandian (30) killed his wife, Mariammal (25), Devi (27) and Petchiammal (55) with a knife near a chilly field, owing to personal motive.

The accused was later hospitalised after he attempted to commit suicide.

Venue changed

Tirunelveli: The district administration has changed the venue for public hearing on nuclear power plant project at Koodankulam. Accordingly, the hearing would be held on March 31 at VOC Grounds at Palayamkottai.

Earlier, it was planned to be held at the Collectorate, official sources said.

Two injured

Tirunelveli: Two persons sustained injuries when a bridge under construction collapsed near here on Wednesday.

The police said that two construction workers, Mahendran and Lagan, both hailing from Orissa, were hospitalised.