AIADMK general council postponed

CHENNAI: The general council of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has been postponed from January 29 to February 4.

Party general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa made the announcement here on Monday. The executive committee will meet the same day. The time and venue remain unchanged: 10 a.m. at Vijaya Seshmahal. - Special Correspondent

Three IPS Officers transferred

CHENNAI: In a minor reshuffle, the Government has transferred three IPS officials. K. Gopalakrishnan has been appointed Deputy Inspector-General (Training) in an existing vacancy, says an official release.

While M. Ramasubramani has been posted as Commandant, Tamil Nadu Special Police, XIV Battalion at Palani, R. Tamil Chandran, Superintendent of Police, Idol Wing police, has been posted as SP, Nagapattinam district. - Special Correspondent

Awards for 1,500 police personnel

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Constabulary Medals, announced on the occasion of Pongal, will be presented to 1,500 police personnel in constable, head constable and equivalent ranks.

The Chief Minister's Fire Service Medals will be given to 80 Fire and Rescue Services personnel in the firemen, leading firemen and equivalent ranks and the Prison Medal for good service to 20 personnel in the ranks of Warders Grade-I and Grade-II.

The recipients are eligible to draw a monthly allowance of Rs. 40 or Rs. 50, depending on their ranks from February 1.

The medals will be presented at a ceremonial parade at the district headquarters on a convenient date, according to an official release. - Special Correspondent


CHENNAI: Gandhigram Rural Institute Vice-Chancellor T. Karunakaran has been nominated to represent the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on the Council of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for 2005-06.

An official release said Dr. Karunakaran would participate in the conference of executive heads of the ACU in Adelaide, Australia, in April 2006. - Special Correspondent

Test for recruitment of lecturers

VELLORE: The Teachers' Recruitment Board will conduct a written test for recruitment of lecturers for engineering and polytechnic colleges in all districts on February 26.

According to a release by the Chief Educational Officer (CEO), R. Pichai, application forms for the test will be sold at the office of the CEO in the Collectorate at Sathuvachari here between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from January 16 to 27 on all days except Sundays on payment of Rs. 600 (Rs. 300 in the case of SC/ST/blind candidates) through a crossed demand draft drawn in favour of Teachers Recruitment Board, Chennai-6 and payable in Chennai.

The completed application forms should be sent to the office of the CEO here before January 27. - Special Correspondent

Thaiyil Mahotsavam

KANCHEEPURAM: The Thaiyil Mahotsavam celebrated in view of the Thirunakshatram of Sri Thirumazhisai Alwar at Sri Yathokthakari temple, will be held on January 17.

The presiding deity Periya Perumal, mounted on a 'sesha vahanam,' and the idol of Sri Thirumazhisai Alwar will be taken in a procession from the temple to Orikkai village where anointment and 'sathumarai' will be performed on the Palar riverbed in the afternoon, according N. Narayanan, hereditary trustee. - Staff Reporter

Free dhotis, saris to be distributed

PUDUKOTTAI: Free dhothis and saris will be given to cardholders whose monthly income was Rs. 2,000 or less. It would also benefit Anthyodhaya Anna Yojana cardholders, Fisheries Minister M. Radhakrishnan.

A total number of 3.59 lakh family cardholders in the district would be provided free dhothis and saris, he said at Thirumayam recently.

Eligible people could approach village administrative officer and obtain coupons.

The District Collector P. Sonai, the District Revenue Officer, K. Gopalakrishnan, administration officials and local bodies representatives participated.

Buses from new stand

PERAMBALUR: All town and mini buses will operate from the new bus stand with effect from February 1.

A decision to this effect was taken at the Traffic Advisory Committee meeting held here recently.

The District Collector, D. Vivekanandan, who presided over the meeting, said separate lots had been allotted for parking the mini buses and town buses.

He said a separate plan for regulating traffic at Jayamkondam and Ariyalur municipal limts, was being worked out.

The Superintendent of Police, P. Parasuraman participated.

Grievance day

KARUR: The pensioners' grievances day meeting for pensioners in Karur would be conducted at the Collectorate here on February 28. Petitions regarding grievances should be submitted in duplicate to the District Collector, Karur, either by post or to the Personal Assistant to Collector (Accounts) in person before February 6, according to the District Collector, A. Karthik.

Water level

Mettur: Water level at the Mettur dam stood at 114.54 feet on Monday. The inflow was 2,408 cusecs and the outflow, 6,024 cusecs .

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Woman held in dowry case

Nagercoil: The Kuzuthurai police on Sunday arrested a woman in a dowry case.

According to sources, Bright of Koottamavu was working as a professor in a private college at Madurai.

He married Mary Jacqueline of Kurumathurai near Kaliakkavilai on February 2, 2004.

Her parents gave Rs. 3 lakh in cash and 50 sovereigns of golden ornaments as dowry. But Bright demanded Rs. 20 lakh more as dowry and used to harass his wife. Unable to bear the torture, she lodged a complaint with all women police station.

The police arrested her mother-in-law Stella and are on the look out for Bright and her father-in-law Vedamanickkam and one more person, Helen.

Bid to break open ATM: youth held

Nagercoil: The police on Monday arrested a person on the charge of trying to break automatic teller machine of a bank at Vadaserry on Monday.

According to sources, a police team noticed a person inside an automatic teller machine centre.

During interrogation, he told the police that as he was in urgent need of money he tried to break the machine. He was handed over to district crime branch police for further action.

Woman ends life

Nagercoil: A woman on Monday committed self-immolation.

According sources, Lekshmi (46) of Alambarai near Kaliyal took this extreme step after her husband Nesamony died recently.

Two killed in road accident

TIRUNELVELI: Two persons, including a 60-year-old woman, were killed and 14 others injured when a van overturned near Thazhaiyuththu near here on Monday.

Police said Khadhar, a fruit merchant of East Govindapuram in Dindigul district, and his relative Abbas came to Aaththangaraipallivaasal with their family members in a van and a car.

When they were returning home, the van overturned. S. Noorjahan (60) and A. Asif (13) were killed on the spot while 14 others injured.

Fire tenders rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to hospitals.

Couple electrocuted

TIRUNELVELI: A couple was electrocuted and another women injured at Athoor in Tuticorin district on Monday.

Police said that when A. Avudaiyammal (40) was drying the wet clothes in a hanger, it accidentally came into contact with a live electric wire and got electrocuted.

As her husband S. Paramasivan (55) tried to rescue her, he received electric shock and died on the spot.

S. Petchiammal (45), a neighbour, tried to save the couple and was injured. She has been admitted to the hospital.

Dak adalat

ERODE: The Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Erode, said on Monday that it was proposed to conduct a Dak adalat (postal grievances) on January 23 at 10 a.m. at the office of the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Gandhiji road, Erode, for the redressal of grievances of the public on the various services provided by the Department of Posts in the Erode division. He said the public should send their grievances and suggestions to him on or before January 19 by post or in person, so that they may peruse the same and provide suitable reply on January 23.

Guideline value of land revised

ERODE: The guideline value of land in the district has been revised, said the District Collector, D. Karthikeyan, in a press release here on Monday. He said based on the complaint that there was no uniform rate for land in the villages. So the district administration had decided to revise the guideline value of land. Special officials were deputed to the villages and fresh guideline values were fixed for 539 revenue villages in the district.

The details of the old guideline value and revised rate were kept in all the villages for public view. He wanted the public to make their suggestions after examining the old and new rates to him. If necessary, the changes would be made in the revised rates.

Appointment letters given

RASIPURAM: A total of 48 candidates were given appointment letters in the job fair organised by the Paavai Engineering College at Pachal near here recently.

A release said companies including MPhasis, Hurix Systems, HCL, SPI Technologies and KGISL participated in the fair. The companies conducted aptitude tests and group discussions and examined the listening and comprehension skills of the candidates during the selection process. A total of 918 candidates from various parts of the State attended. Earlier, Chairman of Paavai Group of Educational Institutions V. Natarajan inaugurated the fair.


SALEM: A team of foreign nationals visited the AVS College of Arts and Science and participated in a seminar titled 'Know thyself' held here recently.

The team included representatives from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Ukraine, Vietnam, Taiwan and Australia. They spoke on the art of concentration and improving memory skills and also interacted with the students.