When the Anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project protestors staged a demonstration off the beach of Anu Vijay Township recently, the residential complex of workers, engineers and Russian experts working with the upcoming nuclear park, around 3,000 police personnel were deployed at various points. Around 1,500 policemen and members of Rapid Action Force were deployed on the Anu Vijay Township beach to prevent the entry of the protestors into the residential area. Braving the hot sun, the police personnel had to stand on the beach from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anticipating health problems that may be triggered by the hot and humid conditions on that day, Tirunelveli Collector C. Samayamoorthy ordered deployment of a team of doctors on the beach. Chief Medical Officer of Radhapuram Government Hospital K. Kumaramurugan and Kallikulam Primary Health Centre doctor K.C. Ramalingam were seen moving around along with the paramedical team on the beach as early as 8.45 a.m. itself and enquired the police personnel about their health. The medical team remained at the beach till the last policeman left the place by 2 p.m.
With the long duration of load shedding having returned to haunt the public even as a hot summer has set in, officials attached to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) have to face the people’s wrath even at night. Having left with no other option, the officials patiently respond to people’s queries on the power cuts, particularly at night. When a few places under Perumalpuram area of Tangedco in Palayamkottai suffered low-voltage and affected operation of motor pumps for several days, the officials visited affected areas and took remedial measures at amazing speed which was never seen before. “At a time when load-shedding is in force, we’ve to ensure quality power supply to the residents at least whenever it is available... So we took the swift action,” said an official.
Students of Sarah Tucker College, Palayamkottai, who graduated in 1963, gathered in their alma mater recently and celebrated the golden jubilee of their graduation. Twenty students (1959-63 batch), met on the college premises. Eight of them were from Chennai. Following the thanksgiving service held in the college chapel, Daisy Paul, former Professor of English, gave the message.
Principal Jasmine Mathialagan presided over a meeting held later. Members of the staff, who taught them then, and Jessie Jeyakumar, one of the old students and national awardee for best teacher, were honoured. Dr. Mathialagan and Dr. Nirmala Thangaraj, secretary, Old Students Association of Sarah Tucker College, felicitated those who completed 50 years of their graduation. Jubilation echoed in the reminiscences shared by them. With moist eyes, Meera Koilpillai, one of the old students, expressed her gratitude to the teachers, who moulded her with high values of life.
Two saplings were planted by the old students in front of the college to mark the golden jubilee. In the afternoon, they visited their classrooms that brought back the 50-year old pleasant memories. Mrs. Jessie Jeyakumar, former headmistress, Sarah Tucker Higher Secondary School, had made the arrangements for the meet.
P. SUDHAKAR IN TIRUNELVELI