Rs. 31.81 crore sanctioned for State

CHENNAI: The Union Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned Rs. 31.81 crore to Tamil Nadu as the first instalment of the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission for 2007-08.

The allocation is provisional and may be enhanced during the course of the year. The fund is to be utilised for execution/completion of schemes to provide safe drinking water facilities to rural habitations and schools. Of the released amount, 15 per cent may be utilised for operation and maintenance of water bodies in rural areas and up to 5 per cent spent on sustainability measures. The amount should not be used for testing water quality as there is a separate fund for the purpose. The State has been directed to involve Panchayat Raj institutions in implementation of the projects, according to a release here. Special Correspondent

Vice-Chancellor's appeal to scientists

COIMBATORE: Rice research should target a jump in yield to the tune of 12 tonnes per hectare, Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University C. Ramasamy told scientists here recently.

This target could be achieved by introducing specific interventions with emerging technologies in the fields of biotechnology, microbiology, agronomy, biocontrol and mechanisation, he said. Mr. Ramasamy said the university's website would soon open a new section which would update information on the new technologies employed in research. Around 150 scientists from the university participated in the meet on rice. Staff Reporter

TNOU results released

CHENNAI: The results of the term-end examinations for MBA, PGDIM, DIM, B.Com, B.Sc, BTS, BCA, BBA, B.Ed, M.Com, MSY, M.Sc, BA/MA programmes and diploma/certificate programmes for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 batch of arrear students of the Tamil Nadu Open University have been published in the following websites: www.tnou.ac.in, www.southindia.com/tnou, www.chennaionline.com, www.webulagam.com and www.tnoutnf.org.

Students can apply for revaluation, retotalling and for Xerox copy of answer scripts in the prescribed application form to the Controller of Examinations, DOTE campus, Guindy, Chennai 600 025 on or before May 20, a press release says. Special Correspondent

Scholarships offered to Indian students

COIMBATORE: The University of New South Wales in Singapore is offering scholarships for Indian students with a good academic record. They include grants, one-time tuition grant, full tuition fee, part-time tuition fee and one-year scholarship to fund undergraduate studies. The university offers a range of courses in commerce, engineering and international studies. Students can also take up part-time work up to 16 hours during the study term. Combined degree programmes such as commerce and media/international studies and science, Bachelor of Engineering and commerce/media are also available. For details, contact 044-42139446 or log on to www.unswasia.edu.sg. Staff Reporter

Check caste discrimination: CPI(M)

PUDUKOTTAI: The district wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has sought the State Government's immediate intervention to check the caste-based discrimination prevailing in parts of the district.

Condemning the alleged attempt to molest the fidelity of a dalit woman, Kaliyammal (32), and the consequent murder of her husband, Mari (45) by a landlord Thillairajan at Pattamangalam village near Avudayarkovil recently, the party's district secretary, M. Chinnadurai said that this was the second incident testifying the humiliation being meted out to the socially-weaker sections.

Mr. Chinnadurai said that the State Government should nip in the bud the `casteist forces' through strict action. A special and close vigil should be kept against those humiliating the lower-caste persons and the depressed sections of the society.

Over 1,000 screened at health camp

KARUR: Over 1000 persons, including 470 women and 223 children, were screened at a Varummun Kappom special health camp conducted at the Panchayat Union Middle School, Sukkaliyur, near here. A total of 15 persons have been referred for continued treatment. The highlight of the camp was blood donation by 25 students of the Kaliammal Teacher Training Institution, Thirumanilayur.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 75.81 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Monday. The inflow was 1,275 cusecs and the discharge from the dam was 1,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

Protest against delimitation

Nagercoil: The activists of Communist Party of India (M) staged a demonstration here on Monday to protest against the Election Commission's decision to merge the Padmanabhapuram Assembly segment (the erstwhile capital of Travancore State) with Colachel and Thiruvattar Assembly segments.

They were arrested and later released. A.V. Bellarmine, MP, Leema Rose and John Joseph, MLAs, and District Secretary, S. Noor Mohammed participated in the agitation.

Road roko

Nagercoil: Activists of the Congress resorted to road roko at Rajakkamangalam for an alleged assault on one of their members and his wife by the police on Monday.

According to sources, the police registered a case against Thankathurai and his wife. To protest against the arrest, the MLA of Colachel, Jeyapaul, squatted on the road at Rajakkamangalam with his followers.

The police persuaded them to withdraw their agitation.

Distributed

ERODE: The Erode Adi Dravida and Tribal Welfare Department has granted milch animals worth Rs. 75,000 to five tribal women. Speaking at the distribution function, the District Revenue Officer, V. Santha, said the women would get reasonable income each month. She said the animals were purchased at a cost of Rs. 15,000 each. Out of five tribal women, two are from Burgur hill area and three from Sathyamangalam forest area.

Pigs set free

SALEM: A group of pig rearers blocked a Salem Corporation van carrying pigs, which were caught in a few residential colonies, and set them all free, protesting against the civic administration's drive to remove pigs in the city.

Following complaints, the Corporation had deputed a team of workers to remove the pigs.

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