Dak adalatERODE: The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Erode, informed on Tuesday in a press release that the Dak Adalat Day would be conducted on July 7 in the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices Office, Gandhiji Road, Erode. The public may send their complaints and suggestions to the office by post on or before July 3. - Staff Reporter

Agri grievances dayERODE: Erode Collector D. Karthikeyan informed on Tuesday that the farmers grievances day would be conducted on June 30 at 10.30 a.m. at the District Development Council hall in Collectorate. He wanted the farmers and farmers' associations to represent their grievances. - Staff Reporter

Admission to hostelsERODE: Collector D. Karthikeyan informed on Tuesday in a press release that admission would be made to 40 BC and MBC hostels in Erode district. Students should apply before June 30 for admission to the school hostels and before July 31 for college hostel admission. After the admission Free books and uniforms would be given to school students after the admission. Details can be collected from the Backward Class Officer, Collectorate, Erode. - Staff Reporter

NLC disinvestment: DK agitation todayTIRUNELVELI: Protesting the Centre's decision to relinquish the shares of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) would stage a demonstration in Neyveli on June 28, party president K. Veeramani, has said.

Speaking to reporters at Courtallam on Monday, Mr. Veeramani, who had come to participate the party's `Periyariyal Payirchi Mugaam,' said the Union Government should immediately stop its move to sell shares of profit-making units such as NLC.

Condemning the "attack" on Tamil areas in Sri Lanka, he said the island nation was playing a "double role," as it was "pounding Tamil areas with aerial bombing" while holding peace talks.

He said a month-long campaign to propagate the ideals of the party would commence on July 14.

Teacher educators meetTuticorin: A meeting of Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTEs) working in 13 Block Resource Centres functioning under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was held here on Tuesday.

S.G. Kumaradoss, Assistant District Programme Co-ordinator of SSA, briefed BRTEs of their functions and detailed them methods that needed to be followed to enhance competitiveness. They were taught on the method to collect data on dropouts. P. Murugesan, statistical officer, SSA, was present. Staff Reporter

SASTRA counselling concludesThanjavur: Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) retained its top position as the most popular branch this year for admission to B.Tech programme at Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Acadedmy (SASTRA).

According to S.Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean Planning, all the seats in ECE branch were filled on the June 22, 2006, the first day of counselling. The cut-off mark for ECE was 1,106. The seat matrix was displayed on screens erected at various places. It was updated regularly. The counselling ended on Sunday.

Water release on turn systemThanjavur: Turn system of water release will be introduced for kuruvai cultivation from Grand Anicut from 6 p.m. on June 30.

Accordingly, Vennar would get the first turn for six days from June 30,

according to a press release issued here by K. Nallusamy, Superintending Engineer, PWD, Thanjavur circle. Cauvery would get its turn from 6 p.m. on July 6. However, water would be continuously released into Kollidam and Grand Anicut canal.

Wage revision soughtPUDUKOTTAI: Members of the BSNL Employees' Union staged a demonstration in front of the BSNL office here on Tuesday, demanding revision in wages and pension benefits. The Pudukottai branch secretary union, Asaithamby, led the agitation.

Mettur levelTiruchi: The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 104.71 feet on Tuesday. The inflow was 3,777 cusecs and the outflow 12,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

Clarification on waiver of crop loansCHENNAI: The State Government has made it clear that waiving of crop loans would not in any way affect the functioning of cooperative banks and the Government would continue to give crop loans to farmers.

In an official statement here on Tuesday, the Government said while writing off loans of Rs. 6,866 crore, it had said that the amount would be returned to cooperative banks in five years through instalments. In the first phase it had given Rs. 100 crore to the banks for disbursement. It was ready to give more funds if necessary. Besides it was taking steps to get refinance for the cooperative banks from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. So far the cooperative banks had given loans to the tune of Rs. 130 crore, including Rs. 30 crore from their own funds, the statement added. Special Correspondent

Talks on third front going on: JayalalithaaCHENNAI: All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam General Secretary Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said Telugu Desam Party leader N. Chandrababu Naidu and Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh were in touch with her on forming a third political alternative in the country. In a statement here, she said the leaders had been holding discussions with her on the issue for the past two years. Referring to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's remark that Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders had clarified that she would not be part of the third front, she said she had not stated that the CPI (M) leaders had spoken to her on forming a third alternative. Special Correspondent

Special supplementary examCHENNAI: Special supplementary examinations for students who failed in the S.S.L.C. and O.S.L.C examinations held in April this year (and examinations conducted in previous years) will be held from July 6 to July 15 this year. A Directorate of Government Examinations release said candidates who have registered themselves for the examinations could collect their hall tickets from July 3 to 5 from their schools. Private candidates could collect the hall tickets from distribution centres in their educational districts. Staff Reporter

Thirumagan gets bailCHENNAI: The Madras High Court has granted anticipatory bail to E.V.R. Thirumagan, son of Union Minister E.V.K.S. Elangovan. Justice K.N. Basha passed the order on Tuesday, directing him to appear before the investigating officer in Erode daily for a week. The Erode North police had registered case against Mr. Thirumagan on June 19 in connection with a clash among Youth Congress cadres and the alleged attack on one Thendral Mani. Special Correspondent

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