New V-C for MGR medical varsity

CHENNAI: Meer Mustafa Hussain, Head of the Department of Neonatology, Institute of Child Health, Egmore, will be the next Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University.

The Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on Wednesday appointed Dr.Hussain to the post, to serve for a period of three years from the date of his assuming office. Dr. Hussain who succeeds C.V. Bhirmanandam, is also additional professor of paediatrics, ICH. Special Correspondent

Another chance for MBA, MCA candidates

COIMBATORE: The School of Distance Education of Bharathiar University has given another chance for MBA and MCA candidates who had secured admission in the 2006-07 batch, but failed to remit the fee on the stipulated date. They can now pay the fee before December 8, a varsity release says.

Candidates intending to join the MBA and MCA courses for the year 2007 will not have to undergo an entrance test. They can secure direct admission if they fulfil the right eligibility criteria. Application forms are available.The last date for admission to M. Phil courses for the year 2006-07 has been extended to December 29. For all other courses the last date would be December 15. Staff Reporter

Mark certificates for private candidates

CHENNAI: Private candidates who appeared for the Higher Secondary examination held in September and October 2006 have been asked to collect their mark certificates between November 23 and November 27 from their examination centres. Certificates would be issued on all days except Sundays, says a press release from the Directorate of Government Examinations.

Mark certificates will be sent by post to candidates who have submitted a self-addressed envelope. Candidates may also apply for photocopies of scripts of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Botany and Zoology papers. Candidates can also apply for re-totalling.

Candidates applying for photocopies of answer scripts may obtain application forms from the Directorate of Government Examinations, Chennai-6, or respective educational offices. Candidates will need to send a demand draft drawn from a nationalised bank in favour of `Director of Government Examinations, Chennai-6' payable in Chennai.

Charges: photocopy - Rs.275 per subject; re-totalling: part-I language, part -II English and Biology - Rs.305 per subject; other subjects - Rs.205 per subject.

Last date for submission of filled-in-applications is December 1, 2006. Staff Reporter

Pakistan journalists call on Prince of Arcot

CHENNAI: Journalists from various media organisations of Pakistan called on the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, on Tuesday during their visit to the city.

They evinced keen interest in the political history of the Carnatic under the Nawabs during the 17th and 18th century and their religious policies towards non-Muslims in South India.

The journalists also discussed India-Pakistan relationship between people-to-people. Special Correspondent

Photographing for EPIC begins

ERODE: Photographing for Electronic Photo Identification cards (EPIC) to be distributed for voters, who have not taken the card, has commenced on Wednesday in the district. The photos would be taken at the doorsteps of the voters. The work was inaugurated on Wednesday at Sudhanandhen Nagar by the Revenue Divisional Officer, Erode, Kumaravel Pandiyan. - Staff Reporter

Share auto strike continues

ERODE: About fifty share autos continued strike on Wednesday, for the second day, demanding the Government to permit them to carry ten passengers and also appealing the police and regional transport personnel not to book cases against them if they carry more than the prescribed number of passengers. However, the Transport Department officials said that if the share auto drivers carry more than five passengers, they would book cases against the drivers and if it was done repeatedly the permit of the share autos would be seized.

- Staff Reporter

Chain snatched

ERODE: A woman, who snatched a gold chain of another woman, was arrested. According to the police, Saraswathy (55), wife of Ponnusamy, living in Oricheri village near Appakudal, was sitting inside her house on Tuesday evening. A woman entered the house and snatched her five-and-a- half sovereign gold chain and escaped. Saraswathy could not see the thief as she was suffering from night blindness. On information from some villagers the police searched the house of Ponnal of Oricheripudur village and recovered

the chain. - Staff Reporter

Body of infant found

Dharmapuri: The body of a new born boy was found in a sewer near the ophthalmic ward at Dharmapuri Government Hospital here on Wednesday. The police said sanitary workers who went to clean the sewers noticed the body. They immediately alerted the police who sent it for post-mortem examination.

- Staff Reporter

Distribution of mark statements

MADURAI: Mark statements for the September/October 2006 Higher Secondary Examinations will be distributed to the candidates from Thursday.

According to a press release issued here by the Chief Educational Officer, R. Randurangan, on Wednesday, students can get their mark statements at the following centres: Government Higher Secondary School, Usilampatti; P. K. N. Boys Higher Secondary School, Tirumangalam; Lourdu Annai Girls Higher Secondary School, K. Pudur, and Setupati Higher Secondary School, North Veli Street.

Traffic disrupted

DINDIGUL: Traffic was completely disrupted for an hour, as a railway gatekeeper could not open the closed railway gate at Balakrishanpuram near Dindigul, as wires snapped.

The gate was closed to allow the Palghat-Madurai passenger train to pass through the gates around 11.45 a.m.

When the gatekeeper attempted to open the gate after departure of the train, the wires attached to the gate were snapped. The gatekeeper temporarily repaired the gates and allowed the vehicles to go. Meanwhile, all buses stranded on both directions were diverted via Malapatti.

Chief Minister's announcement hailed

MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu Advocates Tamil Sangam has hailed the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's announcement on introduction of Tamil as the official language of Madras High Court. According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, the executive committee of the association had passed a resolution appreciating the gesture.

Staff Reporter

Demonstration against Sethu project

Nagapattinam: Members of the Vangakadal Meen Thozhilalar Union and the Movement Against Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project, staged a demonstration near the bus stand here on Tuesday demanding the Centre to give up the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project stating that it will affect lakhs of families.

Vedavalli, president of the Vangakadal Meen Thozhilalar Union, who led the demonstration.

Farmer washed away

PERAMBALUR: The body of a farmer, C. Karunanidhi (48) of Keezha Peramabalur, was washed ashore on the banks of the Vellar on Monday. The farmer was washed away on Sunday when he tried to cross the river to reach the fields, police said. The Kunnam police have registered a case and are investigating.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level at the Mettur dam stood at 113.100 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Wednesday. The inflow was 9,942 cusecs and the discharge 100 cusecs. Staff Reporter