Help Lankan Tamils on humanitarian grounds: MDMK

TIRUCHI, MAY 7. The MDMK general secretary, Mr. Vaiko, expressed hope last night that the Tamil Eelam, for which the LTTE has been long waging a struggle, will become a reality soon.

Declaring open the new party building, he said that the Indian Government should extend all possible help to the Tamils in Jaffna on humanitarian grounds.

Mr. S. Natarajan, district secretary of the party, presided.

Messrs. M. Kannappan, Union Minister of State for Non- Conventional Energy, Mr. Gingee Ramachandran, Union Minister of State for Textiles, Mr. L. Ganesan, chairman, MDMK general council and others poke. Mr. A. Malarmannan, Tiruchi city secretary, welcomed the gathering.

Road closed

The closure of the Tiruchi-Karur national highway for movement of vehicles for over 12 hours yesterday in view of the opening of the MDMK new office building caused much hardship to the public. Since all vehicles proceeding from Tiruchi to Karur were diverted via Musiri and Kulitalai, there were frequent traffic jams on the Tiruchi-Musiri road.

Commuters wondered how the authorities could permit the closure of traffic on a national highway for permitting a political party to organise a party function. They recalled how the MDMK had demolished a portion of the building constructed in violation of the rules, in the same site two years ago after it was served with a notice by Tiruchi Corporation.

Ordnance unit sought

PONDICHERRY, MAY 7. The Pondicherry-based Dravida Peravai has urged the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, to set up an ordnance factory or tank factory in the Union Territory to tackle ``unemployment.''

Mr. N. Nandhivarman, general secretary of the Peravai, said here today that at present there was no major centrally sponsored factory in Pondicherry.