Veerasamy flays AIADMK lawyers

CHENNAI: Minister for Electricity Arcot N. Veerasamy on Saturday criticised the protest staged by advocates belonging to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the High Court complex during the last few days.

In a statement here, Mr. Veerasamy said the people were surprised at acts such as burning of an effigy despite the Supreme Court's order that no agitation should be launched within the court complexes, attacking a police officer who tried to prevent it and covering the corridors leading to the chambers of the judges with flowers by the advocates. Special Correspondent

Gored to death by elephant

Nagercoil: A two-wheeler rider was gored to death by an elephant near Marthandam on Friday.

The pachyderm, one of the 17 elephants that participated in a Kodai Vizha procession of Padmeshwari Amman temple, ran amok after the two-wheeler rammed into it.

The elephant turned its ire on Babu (32), vegetable vendor of Marthandam. The seriously injured Babu died on way to a hospital. The police have registered a case. Staff Reporter

Jayalalithaa's charge refuted

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M. Krishnasswamy has refuted the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa's charge that the Congress was adopting a "non-committal approach" and was "not taking a clear stand" on the Cauvery issue.

In a statement here on Saturday, the TNCC president said the Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz had clearly said that the award would be implemented within a year.

Mr. Krishnasswamy said the fact that normality restored in Karnataka had given a sigh of relief to those who had faith in the unity of the country. Instead of probing who was the winner or the loser in the award one should look into the fact that the overall interest of farmers was protected. Special Correspondent

IPS officers reshuffled

CHENNAI: The State Government has promoted Ashok Kumar Das and posted him as the new Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli city, in the latest round of reshuffle of IPS officers. Mr. Das, who was hitherto Superintendent, Tiruchirappalli district, has been promoted Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) and posted as Tirunelveli Commissioner.

S.S. Krishnamoorthy who was hitherto DIG, Kancheepuram range, is the new DIG of Ramanathapuram range. He succeeds Abhay Kumar Singh who has been posted as DIG, Training-II, Chennai.

On promotion, Rajesh Das, who was Commandant, Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP)-II Battalion, Avadi, has been posted DIG, Training-I, Chennai.

A. Kallyamoorthy, who was Commandant, TSP-III Battalion, Veerapuram, is the new Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, Tiruchirappalli city vice N.Rajasekaran who has been posted as Superintendent, Tiruchirappalli district. Special Correspondent

Job fair held in college

ERODE: `Kongu Job Fair' was conducted at the Kongu Arts and Science College on Friday in which 2,002 students from various streams participated.

Companies, which participated in the recruitment drive, included 24/7 Customer Service, Cygnus Softeck, Roselle Consulting, Aircel, SCM Textiles, Premier Institute of Apparel Management and KGISL.

M. Jayakumar, Head, Extension Department, Bharathiar University, who inaugurated the job fair said usually job fairs are organised in engineering colleges. He urged the students to grab the opportunity as there is no substitute for work experience.

A.V. Kumarasamy, joint secretary, Kongu Vellalar Institute of Technology Trust, presided over the meeting.

R.M. Devaraja, Correspondent, C. Swaminathan, Principal, and others spoke.

Appointment orders were given to some of the students at the programme.

Special buses

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Tiruchi Region, will operate 60 special buses on February 16 and 17 to Omandhur in connection with the `Mahasivarathri' festival. A press release from the Transport Corporation here said the special buses would be operated from Central bus stand, Chathiram bus stand, Thuraiyur, Musiri and Perambalur to Omanthur.

Review meeting

TIRUCHI: The Dairy Development Minister, U. Mathivanan, reviewed the production of milk at a meeting held at the Tiruchi District Cooperative Milk Producers' Union here on Friday. The need for The Minister advised the officials to disburse cash without any delato the milk societies and procure milk from the farmers.

Selected for BPO jobs

TIRUCHI: Fifty-five Commerce students were selected for Business Process Outsourcing jobs on the first of the three-day campus interview conducted by Tata Consultancy Services at St. Joseph's College on Friday. While 39 were selected for data entry jobs, the rest were chosen for voice-based operations.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 83.58 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Saturday. The inflow was 231 cusecs and the discharge was 2,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

Stolen articles worth Rs.5 lakh seized

Tuticorin: The police on Saturday seized stolen articles worth Rs.5 lakh from the town and arrested 13 persons, eight men and five women, in this connection. In all, two DVD players, two mobile phone sets, one amplifier, one speaker, three motorbikes, one colour television set, 181 saris, churidars, and a few readymade cloth items, were recovered from them. Speaking to presspersons, the Superintendent of Police, John Nicholson said the 13-member gang under Subbiah (30), stole various articles from textile shops situated at Madurai, Erode, Tirunelveli, Salem and Tuticorin, operating in batches.

Student consumes poison

TIRUNELVELI: S. Selvaraj, a Plus Two student, allegedly consumed poison after being reportedly harassed by his teachers for altering his marks in the school records.

20 refugees rescued

RAMANATHAPURAM: Fishermen of Rameswaram rescued 20 Sri Lankan refugees on Saturday who were stranded at the 3rd islet for the past three days.

According to sources, a boat from Talaimannar landed them at the islet on February 7. The refugees said they had been struggling for water and food since then.

The fishermen brought them to the shore. Staff Reporter