Man killed as van plunges into well

ERODE: The driver of a van was killed when the vehicle fell into a roadside well near Dharapuram on Friday. The police have identified the deceased as Kumaravel, the van owner. The accident occurred when he tried to negotiate a curve. Two persons, including a student,

travelling in the van, escaped with minor injuries.Fire in temple pandal

ERODE: A fire was noticed in the pandal of Perumal temple in Kottaimedu, near Dharapuram, on Friday while renovation was going on.

Timely action by local residents helped avert a major accident.

The Dharapuram Fire and Rescue Service personnel rushed to the spot immediately and extinguished the fire.

Raids conducted

ERODE: The Cooperative Department officials conducted simultaneous raids on 56 ration shops on January 19. They detected some malpractices in some shops and collected a fine of Rs. 13,000 from the salesmen.