Contributions added to relief fundCHENNAI: A total of Rs.12,19,302 contributed on the occasion of the 83rd birthday of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi would be remitted to the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund, an official release said here on Saturday. Instead of presenting garlands to the Chief Minister, people made cash contributions to the tune of Rs. 6,79,802 by way of `hundi' collection. Besides, a garland of 83 gold coins worth Rs. 5,39,500 to mark his age was also presented. Both the cash and gold coins would be added to the fund. Special Correspondent

Selection committee constitutedCHENNAI: K.P. Sivasubramanian, retired judge will be the chairperson of the committee constituted to select a chairman for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission. The Chief Secretary and Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority, New Delhi, will be members. The constitution of the committee was notified on Friday. It has been given three months and will recommend a panel of two names. Special Correspondent

Programme on renewable energyCHENNAI: There is an urgent need to promote new and reliable energy sources that are either alternative or supplementary to the conventional sources, said A. Elangovan, Chairman and Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency.

Addressing participants of the National Training Programme on Renewable Energy for Media persons here on Saturday, he said media had an important role of spreading awareness about the escalating cost and dwindling energy sources. While tapping of solar, wind and biomass energy was satisfactory, a lot more was to be done on the tidal and geo-thermal energy fronts.

D.S. Malik, course director, said work on a project report for 5 MW tidal energy scheme in West Bengal had already started and said the Union Ministry for Non-Conventional Energy Sources was "very much on the job."

Participants were given certificates at the end of the programme. Special Correspondent

Special Train to MangaloreCHENNAI: Southern Railway is operating a special train from Chennai Central to Mangalore on June 4. The train No. 0661 will leave Central at 4 p.m. and reach Mangalore at 8 a.m. the next day. Reservation for the train will begin on Sunday, says a railway release. Special Correspondent

Application forms for MBBS/BDSCHENNAI: The application and prospectus for admission to first year M.B.B.S/B.D.S course for 2006-07 will be issued in all Government medical colleges and the Tamil Nadu Government Dental College, Chennai, on all days from June 5 till 3 p.m. on June 19. The last date for receiving the completed forms at the office of the Selection Committee is June 19, a release here said.

The cost of application for the M.B.B.S/B.D.S course is Rs. 500 and the cost of applications for each special category is Rs. 100. Applications can be obtained on payment of the required amount through demand draft in favour of the Secretary, Selection Committee, payable at Chennai. SC/ST candidates are exempted from payment of the cost. Applications can also be downloaded from http://www.tnhealth.org and submitted along with the prescribed demand draft. Those seeking admission under special category should also fill up the general category form. The DD should not be dated earlier than June 3, the release said. Special Correspondent

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