Candidate seeks anticipatory bail
MADURAI: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate for the Madurai Central Assembly Constituency V. V. Rajan Chellappa, his son R. Raja Sathian and another party worker M. Arumugam have moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court for an anticipatory bail.
The South Gate police here recently registered a case against them under Sections 147 (rioting), 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and 506 II (criminal intimidation). However, the applicants claimed the case against them was politically motivated.
Similarly, former MPs S. T. K. Jakkaiyan, S. N. Rajendran and S. Muthumani and former MLA V.R. Rajangam and former Minister V. Somasundaram of the AIADMK have jointly filed a separate anticipatory bail application in another case against them.
They were charged with bribing voters in the Madurai Central Assembly constituency.
The Thideer Nagar Police have registered a case against them under the Representation of People's Act and a few other provisions of the IPC. Staff Reporter
Kanchi case hearing on October 30
PUDUCHERRY: Principal Sessions Judge M. Chinnapandi on Monday posted the hearing in the Kanchi Sankararaman murder case to October 30 as 11 of the accused, including Kanchi Acharya Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, were not present in the court.
A Special Leave Petition relating to the continuance of the Special Public Prosecutor, appointed by the Tamil Nadu Government in the case in Puducherry, is pending in the Supreme Court.
The apex court had stayed further proceedings in the case till the disposal of the SLP. Staff Reporter
Three-phase security for elections
CHENNAI: A three-phase security has been planned for the local body elections, said Director-General of Police D Mukherjee here on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Mukherjee said bandobust had been arranged in such a manner that there were adequate personnel during pre-poll, poll and post-poll periods.
During the pre-poll, the police would ensure that there was no untoward incident during the electioneering.
On the polling day, additional security personnel would be deployed at sensitive booths.
After the polls, police would be deployed at all places where ballot boxes would be stored for counting purposes.
Apart from Tamil Nadu police, personnel from three other States would join the bandobust duty, Mr Mukherjee said.
As a preventive measure, over 1000 anti-socials were arrested across the State so far, he said.
Mill workers threaten strike
Coimbatore: The Coimbatore, Erode District Textile Mill Workers Joint Action Committee has threatened direct action such as strike if no settlement is reached at the ongoing bonus talks before October 15.
In a release here, JAC secretary K. G. Jagannathan has urged the managements of private and National Textile Corporation (NTC) mills to arrive at an early settlement of the issue.
ERODE: A grievances meeting for Erode urban TNEB consumers would be held on October 10 at the office of the Superintending Engineer. - Staff Reporter
ERODE: Erode and its surrounding areas experienced very heavy rain on Sunday. Perundurai recorded 24 mm of rainfall; Erode - 21 mm; Gobichettipalayam - 18 mm; Bhavani - 15.6 mm; Dharapuram - 10 mm; Sathyamangalam - 7 mm; Kangeyam - 6.6mm. Chitode, Nasiyanure, Kavindapady and Ammapet also experienced very heavy rain.
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ERODE: As the model code of conduct for local body elections was in force, the weekly grievances meeting would be held only from October 30, Collector D. Karthikeyan said. However, over fifty individuals turned up at the Collectorate on Monday with petitions. A few left the petitions with departments concerned.
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SALEM: Four persons were killed and 19 sustained injuries in various accidents in Salem on Sunday and Monday.
At an accident near Karipatti, two died on the spot when the bus in which they were travelling lost control and hit a roadside tree. The Karipatti police said that the victims were residents of Vaithyanathapuram and nearby villages in Perambalur district and was on a tour to Mettur and Tirupati.
The two killed were Koothappan (60) and Arumugam (55), residents of Vaithyanathapuram. As many as 19 persons, including 10 women, who suffered injuries were taken to the Salem Government Medical College Hospital. Of them four were treated as out patients and the rest were admitted to the hospital.
In another accident, Nallammal (75) of Narasothipatti was killed when a car hit her near Reddiyur on Sunday.
In yet another accident, a temple priest Senthil Nathan (63) of Kondalampatti was killed when a lorry hit his motorcycle. He died on the spot. - Staff Reporter
Signal work at Tiruchi may delay trains
TIRUCHI: A major signal work will be taken up at the Tiruchi railway junction from October 10 to 16, as part of the gauge conversion of the Tiruchi - Pudukottai sector.
Consequently, there may be a delay in the arrival and departure of trains from all directions at the junction, a press release from the Southern Railway issued here on Monday said.
The release said that the departure and arrival of trains on the nominated platforms was also subject to change.
Criminal action against salesman
PUDUKOTTAI: Criminal proceedings will be initiated against Rajandran, a salesperson of a fair price shop at Namanasamudram in Tirumayam taluk in the district for having smuggled essential commodities to private merchants.
The District Supply Officer (in-charge), M. Manoharan, said Rajendran was suspended following the shortage of commodities 650 kg of rice and 150 kg of wheat both worth Rs.13,000 in the shop. The shortage came to light during a recent raid on the shop by the Cooperative Department officials.
Thrift society posts Rs.52-lakh net profit
Tiruchi: The Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation Employees Cooperative Thrift Society fetched a net profit of Rs. 52 lakh during the year 2004-05. The society secured financial assistance from the Tiruchi District Central Cooperative Bank and sanctioned loans to the tune of Rs. 12.31 crore to its members during the year, the Special Officer of the society, Saraswathi, said.
TIRUCHI: The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 95.49 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Monday with an inflow of 9,564 cusecs and a discharge of 15,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter
Rape charges against doctors withdrawn
TIRUNELVELI: N. Vidhya, who levelled rape charges against two leading doctors here, has backtracked from the allegations she had made in her complaint.
When she was produced before the Fourth Judicial Magistrate (in-charge), Nagararajn, on Monday, Ms. Vidhya said the sexual harassment charges she had levelled against doctors Sivaramakrishnan and his doctor-son, Harishankar were not true. However, Judge Nagarajan said medical examination should be conducted on her on October 10.She should be kept in a home until she was produced before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on October 12.
Free siddha medicines
TIRUNELVELI: Siddha medicines for chikungunya are available free of cost at the Siddha Dispensary on the premises of Collectorate.
To mark the free distribution of siddha medicines for these problems, Collector G. Prakash inaugurated a special siddha medical camp at the Siddha Dispensary on Monday.
Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, F. Abdul Razick, District Siddha Medical Officer Dhamayanthi, Deputy Director, Health Services, S. Uma and Siddha practitioner Subash participated. Staff Reporter
MADURAI: The water level in the Periyar dam stood at 117.70 feet (136 feet) with an inflow of 746 cusecs and a discharge of 950 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 55.58 feet (71 feet) with an inflow of 742 cusecs and a discharge of 41 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 4499 mcft.
The rainfall recorded in various places (in mm) is: Sothuparai dam 21, Kallandiri 17, Vaigai dam 16, Manjalar dam 16, Tekkadi 5, Peranai 4.2, Periyar dam 4, Gudalur and Melur 2 each. Staff Reporter