MeetingErode: A mass contact programme would be held at Kizankundal near Moolanure, Dharapuram taluk, on August 9. - Staff Reporter

KilledERODE: A 35-year-old man was killed in a bizarre accident near Nambiyur on Sunday. According to the police, Bannari of Kasipalayam near Gobichettipalayam and Raman of ottupullampalayam were having tea at a stall in Bhodichinnampalayam near Nambiyur, when a car plunged into the stall, injuring both. Bannari died on the way to the hospital, and Raman was hospitalised. - Staff Reporter

Seven heldERODE: Seven persons who tried to smuggle three tonnes of Public Distribution Scheme (PDS) rice in Dharapuram were arrested on Sunday. According to the police, the night patrol noticed a lorry in front of the Kannan Nagar PDS outlet in Dharapuram. The lorry contained 65 bags of PDS rice. The police seized the rice and the lorry. - Staff Reporter

Lorry owners' pleaNAMAKKAL: The State Lorry Owners' Federation-Tamil Nadu has urged the Centre to control the prices of tyres. In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, the association pointed out that the tyre manufacturers had resorted to frequent price hike every three months, thus, putting the transport industry in distress. A 30 per cent increase had been registered between January 2005 and July 2005 in the price of tyres. The industry was already reeling under the price hike of petroleum products and spare parts. Hence, the Government should interfere and control the price hike of tyres. It should also take steps to import rubber and tyres to tackle the situation, it demanded. - Special Correspondent

Found hangingSALEM: A woman constable was found hanging in her house in the Police Housing Quarters at Annathanapatti here on Monday. According to police, Dhanalashmi (28), who was working as a constable in the Salem Town Women Police station, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house. Her husband, Gopalakrishnan was also a constable working at the Annathanapatti police station here. Further investigation was on. - Special Correspondent

Killed in accidentSALEM: A watchman was crushed to death when a lorry hit the bicycle he was riding on Sunday night. Police said that Kuppusamy (60), who was working as a watchman in a private company at Kamarajar Road here, was killed on the spot when the lorry hit the bicycle. The driver was absconding. - Special Correspondent

Rain lashes SalemSALEM: Heavy rain lashed Salem and its suburbs on Monday evening inundating low-lying areas. The rains that lasted for nearly 30 minutes, caused heavy discomfiture to students. - Special Correspondent

Bharathiar University Vice-ChancellorCHENNAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala has appointed G. Thiruvasagam, principal, Yadava College, Madurai, as new Vice-Chancellor of the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, for a period of three years from the date of assumption of office, a press release here said. Special Correspondent

Districts on basis of constituencies hailedCHENNAI: The idea of forming districts on the basis of the Lok Sabha constituencies is worth considering. Time will come for implementing it, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi told the Assembly on Monday.

He replied to a question from V. Sivapunniyam of the Communist Party of India.

G.K. Mani of the Pattali Makkal Katchi and C. Govindasamy of the CPI (M) wanted Tirupur made a separate district. The Chief Minister said that when the issue of making big districts into small districts came up , the matter would also be taken up. Special Correspondent

Kumari Ananthan admitted to hospitalDINDIGUL: Congress leader Kumari Ananthan was admitted to a private hospital here on Monday.

Mr. Ananthan complained of chest pain and giddiness while he was travelling in a train. On information, railway officials at Dindigul station took him to a private hospital immediately. He was kept in the intensive care unit for five hours. His condition was stable, doctors said. Staff Reporter

Dhanushkodi Adithan's right arm amputatedTuticorin: Dhanushkodi Adithan, Tirunelveli MP, underwent a five-hour complex surgery at the AVM Hospital. M.V. Lakshmanan, chief medical officer, told reporters here on Monday that the right arm of Mr. Adithan was amputated from the upper limb portion since the blood vessels below were completely ruptured.

The hospital sources said the condition of Mr. Adithan was "stable" though he was still in ventilator support. Staff Reporter

Bus burning case reports before courtSALEM: The reports of the Dharmapuri Collector and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor on the Dharmapuri bus burning incident were placed before the First Additional District Sessions Court here on Monday.

The judge D. Krishna Raja, after asking the Special Public Prosecutor R. Srinivasan and the defence counsel Parthasarathy to go through these reports, had adjourned the case to August 17. Special Correspondent

New office-bearers electedCHENNAI: The Director-Commercial of the Hyderabad-based Tibrewala Electronics Limited, D.L.S. Sreshti, has been elected chairman of the Southern India Regional Council of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

The elections were held on July 30, according to a press release. The other new office-bearers of the council are the Deputy Financial Controller of Kochi-based Travancore-Cochin Chemicals Limited, Sunil Chacko (vice-chairman); a practising Cost Accountant in Bangalore, A. Om Prakash (secretary); and the Secunderabad-based practising Cost Accountant, A.V.N.S. Nageswara Rao, (treasurer). Staff Reporter

Firewood guttedTuticorin: In a fire, 37,000 tonnes of firewood kept on the premises of a private firm at Eppothumvendran near here was destroyed. The loss was estimated at Rs.four crore.

Life term for youthTIRUNELVELI: The court here has sentenced a youth to life imprisonment. According to prosecution, E. Arumguam of Kesavasamudram murdered P. Arumugam (45).

Councillors acquittedTIRUNELVELI: A court here has acquitted two councillors.

According to prosecution, the DMK and Congress councillors of Tirunelveli Corporation, except Sidha Azhagu Subramanian of the Congress, staged a walkout from the council meeting held in 2005 after they were not satisfied with the reply of the Mayor over the underground drainage scheme. When Mr. Subramanian preferred to participate in the meeting, he was attacked by Vijayan of Congress and Navaneethan of DMK. Staff Reporter

Three killed in accidentKARUR: Three persons were killed when two cars collided with one another on the Karur-Dindigul Highway on Sunday.

According to the police, a car proceeding from Dindigul to Karur, collided with another going to Theni while trying to overtake a moped. J.A. Tabul Bikni Timur Ali (26) who was driving one of the cars and K. Sekar (38) who was riding the moped were killed. Pillion rider K. Velusamy (37) died at a private hospital. R. Rajeswari (60) of Theni, travelling in one of the cars was injured.

DemonstrationPUDUKOTTAI: The Advani Peravai members staged a demonstration near the old bus stand here on Sunday demanding that the Government slap a ban on soft drinks. Its vice-president Siva Sakthi Ganesh led the agitation.

SASTRA upgrades infrastructure

Thanjavur: The Centre for Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine (CARISM) at Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) here has added to its infrastructure facility a 300 MHz nucelar magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.

NMR spectroscopy is one of the most powerful techniques for structural elucidation and solution conformational analysis of organic and inorganic compounds and biomacromolecules, said R.Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, SASTRA.

It is time consuming and causes delay in research and publications.

Mettur levelTIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 107.38 feet on Monday against its full level of 120 feet. The inflow was 7,567 cusecs and the outflow 17,976 cusecs. Staff Reporter