BARC golden jubilee celebration in ChennaiCHENNAI: The golden jubilee celebration of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre will begin here on Monday.

To be organised by BARC-Kalpakkam, the celebration will be inaugurated by M.S. Swaminathan, veteran agriculture scientist, at a function at the Kalpakkam nuclear complex. S. Banerjee, Director of BARC, Mumbai, will preside. S.D. Misra, Director, Nuclear Recycle Group, BARC, will release a brochure on the activities of the BARC facilities. At Kalpakkam, the centre has divisions such as Centralised Waste Management Facility, Water and Steam Chemistry Division, Kalpakkam Reprocessing Plant and the Nuclear Desalination Demonstration Project. The Nuclear Recycle Group is also setting up three facilities Waste Immobilisation Plant, Power Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant and Spent Fuel Storage Facility. Special Correspondent

Colleges willing to surrender seatsCHENNAI: The All-India Medical and Engineering Colleges Association has suggested to the Higher Education Minister that member-colleges of the association are willing to surrender to the Government 60 per cent of seats in their institutions if they belong to the minority category and 70 per cent in respect of others.

Even in the case of the seats that are to be filled up by the college managements, the admission can be done through a single window system conducted by Anna University, association president T.D. Naidu, said.

While the Government can fix a "reasonable fee" for students who come under the Government quota, it should allow the managements to collect a "nominal fee" in respect of students falling under the other category. Special Correspondent

Cooperative employees Federation's demandCHENNAI: A federation of employees of cooperative societies, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), has demanded the regularisation of services of those who were recruited to cooperative societies after July 1980.

A delegation of the federation (Tamizhnadu Kooturavu Uzhiyar Sammelanam) led by P.M. Kumar met the Secretary of the Food, Civil Supplies and Cooperation department, S. Machendranathan, and demanded merger of 50 per cent of dearness allowance with basic pay.

A release issued by general secretary A. Krishnamoorthy said a Government Order issued in March 2001, safeguarding the interests of about 23,000 employees, should be implemented. Vacancies should be filled by upgrading the posts. Special Correspondent

B.Ed entrance examCHENNAI: As the UGC NET examination is slated for June 25, the entrance examination to B.Ed course which was scheduled for that date, will be held on July 2 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Consequent to the rescheduling of the examination, the application forms for admission to the course would be issued in Government, aided and self-financing education training colleges from July 2 to July 18. The last date for submission of filled-in applications is July 18 till 5 p.m., says an official release. Special Correspondent

Assumes chargeCHENNAI: P. Senthil Kumar has taken over as Commercial Manager Tamil Nadu for Air India. Mr. Kumar, who will be based in Chennai, was till recently Regional Manager for Saudi Arabia, Manager Zimbabwe and Egypt.

Mr. Kumar replaces P.S. Rajagopal, who has been posted to New York as the Regional Manager - East Coast, U.S. Special Correspondent

No mysterious fever: CollectorRAJAPALAYAM: Collector S.S. Jawahar on Friday inspected Chatrapatti near here to get first hand information on the alleged spread of a mysterious fever in the region.

He said that there was no patient suffering from any kind of mysterious fever. Four doctors were camping to monitor the health situation. Besides, the primary health centre here would function round-the-clock and adequate medicines had been stocked.

The Collector ordered the officials to take immediate steps to discharge stagnant water in the region. Fogging would be done to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Mr. Jawahar also urged the people to keep their surroundings clean.

Water to be released from Vaigai damMADURAI: The Public Works Department will begin release of water from the Vaigai dam for irrigating ayacut in the first reach of the Vaigai, between Peranai and Viraganur dam at 6 a.m. on Saturday. Five hundred cusecs of water will be released for 10 days and on the 11th day only 220 cusecs will be let out.

It may be recalled that the water release for irrigating the Cumbum valley and double crop area began on June 1. The water level in the Periyar dam on Friday stood at 122.5 feet with an inflow of 401 cusecs and a discharge of 1100 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 56.56 feet with an inflow of 506 cusecs and a discharge of 600 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 5321 mcft.

Retreaders begin strikeMADURAI: Fifty-four member companies of the Southern Region Retreaders Association began a two-day strike in the 10 southern districts to protest the `exorbitant' rise in prices of rubber and other raw materials on Friday.

Its secretary K. Sivakumar said that the rubber price had increased by around 100 per cent in the last six months. The Union Government should check the export of rubber from India, which, he said, had led to the increase in price. Smaller players in the industry and traders of old tyres also supported the association.

Date extendedMADURAI: The Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Madurai Kamaraj University, has extended the last date for submission of applications for joining herbal medicine and beautician courses.

According to a press release, the classes for the six-month course in herbal medicine will be conducted between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and for the three-month beautician course between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The classes, which include theory and practical sessions, will begin on June 19. Students, who have passed SSLC and above, can join the course. There is no age limit for the beautician course.

Applications and details are available at the Office of the Director, Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Madurai Kamaraj University, Alagarkovil Road, Madurai-625002.

Outstation candidates can get their application forms by sending a money order for Rs.30 and a self-addressed envelope, affixing stamps for Rs.5.

New scheme introducedUdhagamandalam: The Department of Posts had introduced a new scheme for the benefit of its Savings Bank account holders here on Friday.

According to the Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices, D. Balachandran, under the scheme the customers can get money from their accounts through their postmen.

The money will be delivered at their houses.

- Special Correspondent

Free eye campCoimbatore: Moses Gnanabaranam Eye Hospital is organising a free eye camp on June 10 at TELC Church at Arulpuram near Tirupur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on June 11 at Suriya Complex, Thudialur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Staff Reporter

Three killed in road accidentTIRUCHI: Three persons were killed and three others sustained injuries in a road accident involving a van and a container lorry on the Tiruchi - Chennai national highway at Koothur near Samayapuram in the district on Friday.

The lorry carrying some articles was on its way to Chennai from Tirunelveli and the container lorry was proceeding to Tuticorin from Chennai when the two vehicles collided head-on.

The occupants of the van - Prateep (22), Belco (22) and Franklin (30), all hailing from Kanyakumari district, died on the spot, while those travelling in the container lorry including its driver Immanuel, who has been cited as the accused in the case, sustained injuries. The Samayapuram police have registered a case, police sources here said.

Woman murdered by husbandTIRUCHI: A 22-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by her husband in their house at Pothapatti near Puthanatham in Tiruchi district on Wednesday night. Pichaiammal was married to Rangaraj three and half years ago. Rangaraj, employed in a tea stall at Chennai, used to visit his home once in two months.

According to the police, Rangaraj suspected his wife's conduct, which led to a quarrel between the two. In a fit of rage, he strangulated his wife's neck with a rope. The victim was a coolie worker. The Puthanatham police have registered a case.

Mettur levelTiruchi: The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 114.94 feet on Friday. The inflow was 6,061cusecs and the outflow 2,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

Attempt to murder womanTIRUNELVELI: The Kalakkad police are looking for a youth and his mother for allegedly setting ablaze a woman.

The police said P. Murugesan (29) of Keezhapaththai under Kalakkad police station limits had mortgaged gold ornaments of his wife, M. Nambinachiyar (25), in a bank recently. When she pestered her husband to repay the loan immediately, Murugesan and his mother, Pattu, allegedly set Nambinachiyar ablaze on Wednesday. After being rescued by neighbours, the victim was admitted to the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital.

Bid to commit suicideTIRUNELVELI: A student reportedly attempted to commit suicide.

Police said C. Vijayalakshmi (15) of Narikkudi near Sankarankovil, was studying in a school at Vannikonendal. As she was detained in standard IX owing to her poor performance, she was admitted in the same class.

In this background, she allegedly consumed poison on Thursday and came to the classroom, where she vomited. Realising that the student had consumed poison, she was rushed to the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital.

Anti-socials heldTuticorin: As part of a Statewide crackdown, 107 anti-social elements out of a total 223, identified in the district, were arrested till Friday.

Superintendent of Police Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal said the arrest was made in the last three days. The arrest was made following instructions from the Director General of Police.

No mysterious feverRAJAPALAYAM: Virudhunagar Collector S.S. Jawahar on Friday inspected Chatrapatti near here to get first-hand information on reported spread of a mysterious fever in the region.

He said no patient was suffering from any kind of mysterious fever. Four doctors were camping to monitor the situation. Besides, the primary health centre here would function round the clock and adequate medicines had been stocked.

He ordered officials to take immediate steps to discharge stagnant water in the region. Fogging would be done to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.