Assumes chargeCHENNAI: C.R. Ravichandran took over as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT), Chennai-I replacing S.K. Datta, who has been posted to Pune in the same capacity. Prior to the Chennai posting, Mr.Ravichandran was the CCIT in Coimbatore. Special Correspondent

Railway reservation CHENNAI: Reservation is available in train no 811 Tambaram-Nagapattinam/Nagore specials leaving Tambaram at 8.45 p.m. on September 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and arriving Nagapattinam at 6.50 a.m., the next day. In the return direction, train no 812 will leave Nagore at 10.30 p.m. and Nagapattinam at 11.45 p.m. on August 31, September 2, 4, 6 and 8 and arrive Tambaram at 9.45 a.m., the next day, according to a release. Special Correspondent

Undertrial on fast in CoimbatoreCoimbatore: An Al-Umma undertrial in the Coimbatore serial blasts case Nazar alias Pal Nazar is on fast for the second day on Wednesday.

According to police sources, he has complained that his mother Alima and family members were "ill-treated and abused" by the security staff when they came to the Central Prison on Monday for meeting him. The ill treatment and abuse had taken place in the name of frisking. In protest, he had gone on fast since Wednesday demanding action against the staff. The undertrials have also petitioned special court judge K. Uthirapathy in this connection on Wednesday. Staff Reporter

Minister's directive to Housing Board officialsCHENNAI: Housing and Slum Clearance Minister Suba Thangavelan on Tuesday held discussion with department officials regarding implementation of various announcements made by him in the Assembly during the demand on the Housing Ministry.

The Minister directed Housing Board officials to take steps for early disposal of cases pertaining to land acquisition filed in various courts in the State by landowners. On long-pending cases, he asked them to have personal discussion with landowners for an amicable settlement. Special Correspondent

Bill to amend ST Act introduced in AssemblyCHENNAI: A Bill to amend the Tamil Nadu General Sales Tax Act, 1959 was introduced in the Assembly on Wednesday. Introducing the Bill, Minister for Commercial Taxes S.N.M.Ubayadullah said in the budget speech for 2006-2007, it was announced to exempt the licensed software with complete Tamil version, hank yarn and gum benzoin (Sambirani) from levy of Sales Tax. Accordingly, a notification under Sub Section (1) of Section 59 of the Tamil Nadu General Sales Tax, 1959 had been issued to amend its first, second and third schedules. Special Correspondent

Hundi burgled at templePorayar: The silver `hundi' at the Lord Amirdakadeswara temple at Tirukkadaiyur has been broke open and belongings taken away, police said on Wednesday. The losses were yet to be ascertained. The temple is closed everyday between 12 noon and 4 p.m. The hundi was found broken by temple employees, who opened the temple for evening prayers. Sniffer dogs and finger print experts have been summoned. PTI

Killed in accidentERODE: One person was killed when a lorry ran over a person who was sleeping on the roadside. According to the police, Antony (30) of Naripallam near Erode was working in a tannery in the same area. On Tuesday evening, a lorry loaded with chemicals came to the tannery and after unloading, when the vehicle was leaving the premises ran over Antony, who was sleeping near the compound wall of the factory. He died on way to the hospital. The Chitode police are investigating. - Staff Reporter

Four held, jewellery recoveredERODE: Four persons have been arrested in connection with theft cases and 62 sovereigns of gold jewellery and four motorcycles were seized from them. Following a complaint from Padma, wife of Dr. Ganesan of Kumilankuttai, Erode, that a person who came in a motorcycle had snatched her gold chain weighing seven sovereigns, the police had formed a special team to nab the culprit.

During vehicle check at Teachers Colony on Tuesday, the team noticed four persons in two motorcycles waiting in a suspicious manner. On questioning, they said that they belonged to Salem district and were involved in various criminal activities. The police recovered 62 sovereigns of gold jewellery from them. They were later

remanded to judicial custody. - Staff Reporter

InjuredSALEM: Nine passengers sustained injuries when a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus, in which they travelled, hit the parapet of a bridge and overturned near Omalur early on Wednesday.

According to the police, the bus proceeding towards Salem from Bangalore lost control.

The injured were rushed to the Omalur Government Hospital, Salem Government Medical College Hospital and nearby private hospitals.

- Staff Reporter

ArrestedNAMAKKAL: A team of district supply and food cell officials seized 174 litres of kerosene meant for distribution under the Public Distribution System (PDS), and arrested a shopkeeper here recently.

According to official sources, on instructions from the Collector G. Sundaramurthi, the team raided various commercial establishments in the town.

KilledSALEM: A youth was killed and another injured in a road accident here on Wednesday.

According to the police. Murugesan (25) of Vedukathampatti and Gandhirajan of Andipatti were travelling on a motorcycle, when a lorry hit their vehicle. - Staff Reporter Collector's orderPUDUKOTTAI: Collector S.J. Chiru has ordered the re-designing of a kitchen under construction at a noon meal centre at a middle school in Kundrandarkoil block. He was inspecting the on-going rural works in the block on Wednesday.

Mr. Chiru checked the kitchen to ascertain the provision for letting out the smoke. When the facility was found to be poor, he ordered the authorities to re-design the structure and set up chimneys. Mr. Chiru told the officials to complete the work in a week's time.

Fishermen returnPUDUKOTTAI: Three fishermen Muniasamy (35), Selvendran (30) and Chandran (32), who were reportedly missing since Monday, returned home on Wednesday. A snag in their mechanised boat delayed the return, police said. A group of fishermen who went on a search on Tuesday spotted them in the mid-sea. The fishermen returned to Kottaipattinam early on Wednesday.

Sentenced to lifeKARUR: District Sessions Judge A. Ayyappan on Wednesday sentenced a 42-year-old man to life for murdering his second wife.

K. Periyasamy of Valluvar Nagar, Vaipudur near Kulithalai, was arrested on charges of murdering Jayamani on April 18, 2004. Sources said that problems had cropped up when Periyasamy wanted to marry another woman. Following a fight, he hacked Jayamani to death.

Mettur levelTiruchi: Water level at the Mettur dam stood at 115.68 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Wednesday. The inflow was 9,734 cusecs and outflow 20,000 cusecs. - Staff Reporter

Harmony marks idol immersionTuticorin: Communal harmony marked the immersion of Vinayaka idols in the district on Wednesday.

A total of 89 idols, which were placed at different locations as part of the Vinayaka Chaturti festival, were taken out in a procession to immerse them in sea at Tiruchendur.

The procession was given a rousing reception by the Muslim population at Kayalpattinam. Reciprocating the gesture, the Hindu community garlanded the Muslims, before the immersion of the idols. Idols from Arumuganeri, Thattamadom, Paramankurichi, Sattakulam, Meignanapuram, Nazareth, Eral, Tiruchendur and Ranimaharajapuram were immersed.

Free technical seminarTIRUNELVELI: Tandem, a Palayamkottai-based computer education institute, conducts a free technical seminar on September 3.

According the Director (marketing), S. Sundara Pandian, the seminar to be held at Hotel Raja Palace, Palayamkottai, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., will focus on networking, software testing, security and systems administration.

The Assistant Systems Engineer, TCS, Bangalore, Ganesh Pandian, and the Network Engineer F.L. Smidth, Chennai, D.S. Prince, will address the participants.

For registration, students may contact Mr. Sundara Pandian at 98940-20340.

Staff Reporter