MLAs urged to ensure flood relief distribution

CHENNAI: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday asked MLAs to help the Government in ensuring that all the people in the flood-affected areas received the relief package. Intervening in the debate on the Interim Budget for 2006-2007, she said it had been the Government's stand that no needy person in the affected areas should be left out. If any victim had not received the package, the members could bring it to the notice of the Government for distribution of relief, she said.

P.M. Narasimhan (AIADMK) said during the last over four years, the Chief Minister had received 21.39 lakh petitions against the 16.18 lakh petitions submitted to her predecessor from 1996 to 2001. Action had been taken on 92.53 per cent of the petitions received by the Chief Minister. - Special Correspondent

Tiruchi-Howrah Express made superfast

CHENNAI: Train no. 6804/6803 Tiruchi-Howrah-Tiruchi (bi-weekly) Expresses will be converted into superfast expresses and renumbered as train no 2664/2663 Expresses with effect from January 24 ex-Tiruchi and from January 26 from Howrah, says a railway release. - Special Correspondent

Andamans post offices

to sell stamp paper

CHENNAI: From January 25, judicial and non-judicial stamp paper will be made available from seven post offices in Andaman and Nicobar islands. These will be sold at face value and no commission will be charged.

The stamp papers will be sold from Port Blair HO, Bambooflat, W/Gunj, Rangat, Mayabunder, Diglipur and Hutbay SOs. The facility will be inaugurated by Lt. Governor Ram Kapse at Raj Niwas on Wednesday. - Special Correspondent

Programme on nuclear energy for teachers

CHENNAI: An awareness programme in nuclear energy has been planned for teachers of science, engineering and medicine working in universities and colleges in and around the city. To be held on February 3, the event will include a visit to nuclear plants at Kalpakkam.

The registration will be on a first-cum-first served basis. Those interested can register their names with J. Daniel Chellappa, senior scientist and head, public awareness cell, Department of Atomic Energy, Shastri Bhavan, Chennai 600 006 (phone: 044-28253993; fax:044-28275696; e-mail: - Special Correspondent

Judges appointed

CHENNAI: A day after the State Government bifurcated the Madurai judicial district and constituted separate sessions, judicial magistrate and district munsif courts in Theni district, the High Court has appointed judges to all the newly sanctioned courts.

As per the January 23 the notification, the new judicial district of Theni shall have a District and Sessions Judge, two subordinate judges and five district munsifs. The district court shall have jurisdiction over Periyakulam, Theni, Andipatti, Uthamapalayam and Bodinayakkanur sub-divisions. However, the Government has asked the Official Receiver of Madurai district to hold additional charge of Theni district as well "until the appointment of a separate Official Receiver for Theni district."

On Tuesday, the High Court appointed V. Ramamoorthy, the first Principal District Judge of Theni. He has been transferred from Villupuram district. S. Somasekaran, transferred from Madurai, shall be the Chief Judicial Magistrate of the newly sanctioned court. While M. Chandran has been posted district munsif, T.P. Vadivelu has been appointed judicial magistrate. - Special Correspondent

Woman kills sons, herself

ERODE: Due to family quarrel a woman murdered her two sons and also committed suicide. According to police, Mathi, 26, wife of Azhagan, 30 of Thurusanampalayam near Burgur forest area was having illicit relations with her brother-in-law, Giri. A quarrel ensued between them when she threw her two sons, Thambadi, 3 and another one-year-old boy into a well at Thurusanampalayam. She also jumped into the well and committed suicide. Police registered a case against Azhagan for not informing them . - Staff Reporter

Power shutdown

ERODE: The Executive Engineer, TNEB, Kangeyam said that due to maintenance work in the Rasathavalasu 110/33-11 KV electricity sub-station, there would be no power supply in Vellakoil, Dasavanaickkenpatty, Puduppai, Theethampalayam, Kurukkathi, Lakkamanaickkenpatty, Oodayam, Mettupalayam, Muthur, Chinnamuthur, Chettiarpalayam, Pappini, Vazhathottavalasu, Veeracholapuram, Pachampalayam, Kangeyampalayam and Bhagavathypalayam on January 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Staff Reporter

Drop in paddy yield

ERODE: Due to unseasonal rain in the LBP ayacut, the paddy yield has come down, said the LBP Ryots Association President C. Nallasami. He said usually the farmers got 40 bags (each 50 kg) but now they had received 30 bags per acre. Further the prices too had come down. - Staff Reporter