Jayalalithaa to visit Andipatti on January 9

THENI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will visit Andipatti, her constituency, on January 9 to inaugurate the district police office and distribute aid to beneficiaries, say sources. Collector Rajesh Lakhoni convened a special meeting, attended by officials of all departments, on Tuesday to discuss arrangements for the Chief Minister's visit. - Staff Reporter

Official posting

CHENNAI: The State Government has posted Promode Kant, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, as the Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation Ltd., Coonoor. His posting, in the place of Rakesh Vasisht, will be on deputation basis. - Special Correspondent

Tension at palace as police assault tourist

NAGERCOIL: Tension prevailed on the premises of the wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram, the erstwhile capital of Travancore State, after the Kerala police assaulted a tourist from Bihar on Tuesday. Police said a group of tourists from Bihar came to visit the palace. When one of them, a doctor, was taking a video of the palace, a constable objected to it. However the doctor told him that he remitted fee to take the video. A wordy quarrel erupted between the tourist and the police. Nine police men who were posted recently to look after the security of the palace, assaulted the doctor. The doctor, who sustained injuries, was later treated as an outpatient in Government headquarter hospital at Thuckalay. - Staff Reporter

Higher procurement

price for milk sought

VILLUPURAM: United Farmers' Association president C. Vaiyapuri has urged the Aavin to increase the procurement price of milk by Rs. 2 a litre to offset the enhanced production cost. In a representation to the Government, Mr. Vaiyapuri urged the Government to make available fodder and cattle feed at reasonable prices. Due to floods fodder availability had dwindled and the prices of feed had gone up significantly. In several places haystacks were submerged and had become unfit for consumption, forcing the farmers to incur heavy expenditure on the maintenance of livestock.

The price of the feed had gone up to over Rs. 450 per a 60 kg bag against Rs. 390 earlier. - Special Correspondent

Farmers seek subsidy

as seed prices go up

CUDDALORE: Owing to prolonged spells of rain, Bengal gram and green gram seeds are in short supply, resulting in the escalation of prices in the market.

According to V. Kannan, president of the Kollidam-Keelanai Paasana Vivasayigal Sangham, the seeds that were earlier sold at Rs. 10 to Rs. 15 a kg were now being sold at Rs. 50. In a representation to Collector Gagandeep Singh Bedi, he said the farmers usually sow the seed during January, particularly before Pongal festival. But the steep rise in seed prices had dampened their spirit in going for these crops. To take up cultivation of these crops, the Collector should make available adequate quantity of seeds at subsidised prices, he said. - Special Correspondent

CME programme

CHENNAI: The first Winter Indo-American CME programme will be held at Hotel Taj Coromandel in Chennai on January 7 and 8.

Organised jointly by the American Association of Physicians, Association of Physicians of India - Tamil Nadu State Chapter and American Tamil Medical Association, the conference is scheduled to be inaugurated by the United States Consul General, David Hopper, says a release. - Special Correspondent

Two women murdered in separate incidents

Tuticorin: Two women were murdered in separate incidents here on Tuesday.

Periyammal, 35, wife of Alagarsamy, was murdered at Puthupatti under Koppampatti police station limits. Murugan, 27, a relative of the deceased, was arrested and remanded to custody.

In the other incident, Ayyaperumal, 38, killed his wife Lakshmi, 34, at Vilathikulam. According to police sources, the accused suspected her fidelity and killed her with a sickle. The couple have three children.

The accused is at large.

Bomb threat

TIRUNELVELI: Sniffer dogs and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad personnel searched for explosives in and around the district court complex on Tirunelveli-Tuticorin highway on Tuesday following a bomb threat.

Sources said the police received an anonymous warning that witnesses of a murder case would be exterminated near the court premises on Tuesday.

The police, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), N. Bhaskaran, searched for explosives after closing the main gate. Those who entered the court complex were frisked with metal detectors. - Staff Reporter

Water release

ERODE: Collector D. Karthikeyan said here on Tuesday that water for irrigation of dry crops would be released in the Lower Bhavani Project canal from January 5 to April 30. Turn system would be introduced in the release of water, he said and asked farmers to raise only dry crops and use the water economically.

- Staff Reporter

Postal pension adalat

ERODE: Postmaster General, Western Range, Coimbatore, in a press release here on Tuesday said that the regional level Pension Adalat of Western Region would be conducted on January 19 at 3 p.m. in the Regional Office Conference hall, Coimbatore.

Grievances, if any, regarding the unsettled pension cases at divisional level may be sent to the Postmaster General, Western Region, Coimbatore - 641 002 on or before January 7 by post or in person, for redressal.

- Staff Reporter

Plea to Government

ERODE: Members of the Nadar Community urged the State Government to include them in the Most Backward list.

At the Kongu Region Nadar Sanga meeting held here on Tuesday, the members said that most of the Nadar community people were living below the poverty line and they should be made as Most Backward, so that they could get more benefits from the Government.

- Staff Reporter

Road Safety Week

ERODE: The regional transport officials are observing the Road Safety Week in the district from Monday.

To create awareness among the people about the importance of following traffic rules and road safety, a rally would be taken out on January 7, in which students, auto, taxi and bus drivers will participate. - Staff Reporter

Tusker found dead

ERODE: An aged tusker was found dead in the interior forest. Tribal people and some forest officials noticed the body of the male elephant inside the Kadambur forest in Sathyamangalam taluk and informed it to the District Forest Officer, Sathyamangalam. A team of forest personnel and a Veterinary doctor rushed to the spot. The Forest officials said that there was no foul play in the death of the elephant, as the tusks were intact with the elephant.

- Staff Reporter

Man killed

SALEM: A lorry cleaner was killed on the spot when a tanker lorry ran him over in Kondalampatti here on Monday night.

According to the police, C. Venkatagiri (50), a native of Andhra Pradesh, was checking the air pressure of the tyres, when the accident took place. - Staff Reporter

Man killed by tanker lorry

SALEM: A lorry cleaner was killed on the spot when a tanker lorry ran him over in Kondalampatti here on Monday night.

According to the police, C. Venkatagiri (50), a native of Andhra Pradesh, was checking the air pressure of the tyres, when the accident took place.

The Kondalampatti police have registered a case in this regard. - Staff Reporter

Seminar on Mathematics

SALEM: The Department of Mathematics of Shri Sakthikailassh Women's College organised a seminar 'Mathematics made easier' here recently.

Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics, Periyar University Thandapani spoke on the evolution of mathematics and the concept of calculus during the seminar.

Correspondent of the College K. Senthilkumar was present. - Staff Reporter