TAMIL NADU

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Two students drowned in well

TIRUPUR: Two students drowned in an abandoned well on a farm at Puliankadu in Veerapandi Panchayat on the outskirts of Tirupur on Friday.

B. Ibrahim Batcha (14) and V. Sakthivel (14), who were studying in class VIII at a municipal higher secondary school, were trying their hand at fishing. Fire and Rescue Services personnel recovered the bodies. Staff Reporter

Indian revises unchecked fare

CHENNAI: Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) has revised its unchecked fare between Chennai and Hyderabad.

The new fare will come into effect on February 15.

A release said the one way basic fare is Rs. 595 (excluding taxes and levies). Inclusive of taxes and levies it will come to Rs 1,570.

The `Easy fare level - 4' known as `I' class fares have also been revised on the same sector.

The fares are valid till September 30.

In tune with a seasonal promotional scheme, Indian had revised unchecked fare and easy fares on various sectors from stations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala recently, the release said. For further information contact Indian travel helpline 1407 or the toll free number 1800-180-1407. Staff Reporter

Transfer counselling meeting

CHENNAI: Transfer counselling meeting will be conducted for Tamil pandits and Block Resource Teacher Educator in government schools and Block Resource Centres of Chennai district on February 17 and 20 from 10 a.m., according to a press release.

Counselling for transfers within the district will be held on February 17.

For those seeking inter-district transfer, it will be on February 20.

The venue is the Chief Educational Office, Saidapet, Chennai-15. Special Correspondent

Nursing entrance test on February 25

CHENNAI: B.Sc Nursing/General Nursing and Midwifery entrance examination 2007 will be conducted at the Officers Training Academy, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai at 9.30 a.m. on February 25.

Candidates should report at the academy, according to an official press release. Special Correspondent

Public information campaign

CHENNAI: The 12th edition of the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign will be inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Law and Justice K. Venkatapathy at Ulundurpet in Villupuram district on February 18.

The Minister will also inaugurate an info expo organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at the Panchayat Union Office complex, Vriddachalam Road, Ulundurpet, an official release said.

The five-day campaign will focus on Bharat Nirman, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, National Rural Health Mission, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Right to Information Act and other welfare schemes of the Centre.

As part of the programme, the Press Information Bureau, Chennai, and the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity will jointly organise an exhibition at Ulundurpet. Special Correspondent

History-sheeters held

TIRUNELVELI: A total of 36 rowdies wanted in connection with various cases were arrested on Thursday night.

The police also recovered deadly weapons from them.

The Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli city, Ashok Kumar Das, who assumed office couple of days ago, has planned intensive night patrols and surprise checks. Strategies for the operations would be finalised at the right time, police said.

Minister to attend public hearing

TIRUNELVELI: The Minister for Electricity, Arcot N. Veerasamy, is expected to participate in a public hearing on the proposed expansion of Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project to be held on March 31.

According to the Collector, G. Prakash, Mr. Veerasamy is expected to participate in the meeting and not chair the same.

Inspection

NAGERCOIL: Collector Swarna inspected various tourism spots in Kanyakumari recently for making the district more tourist-friendly.

She visited all the four car streets of Kanyakumari and Vauthurai and directed the officials to provide infrastructure facilities to domestic and foreign tourists.

Bicycles distributed

Nagercoil: The Collector, Swarna, handed over 116 free bicycles to students during a function held at Agastheeswaram Government Higher Secondary School here on Friday.

She said that the Government was committed to ensuring the welfare of the wards of the poor and down trodden in different parts of the district.

The Chief Educational Officer, Muthuswamy, the Revenue Divisional Officer, Ponnam Perumal, and other officials participated the function.

Women end life

MADURAI: Two women committed suicide here in different incidents since Thursday evening.

The police said that K. Pasunkili (65) of Maruthupandiyar Nagar and M. Muthulakshmi (26) of Solai Azhagupuram resorted to self-immolation "unable to bear chronic stomach pain." - Staff Reporter

CM to visit Thanjavur on February 22

Thanjavur: Elaborate arrangements have been made for the visit of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to Thanjavur on February 22.

The Chief Minister, at a public meeting at Thilakar Thidal, will launch welfare schemes for farmers and farm labourers. Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin arrives here on February 21 and will review department works with officials, according to S.S. Palanimanickam, Union Minister of State for Finance.

NSS camp

NAGAPATTINAM: The NSS units of Srinivasa Subbaraya Polytechnic College at Puttur near Sirkazhi is conducting a 10-day special camp from February 19 in its adopted villages of Kannangulam and Ayangudipallam on the theme `Healthy youth for healthy India.'

According to P. Bhoopathy, principal, NSS programme officers S. Nagarajan and N. Ayyappan, would conduct the camp to create awareness of general health, HIV/AIDS, among others, by arranging guest lectures in the evening on all the 10 days.

It has been proposed to provide soft skill training to the volunteers, he added in a release.

`Roto Expo 07'

TIRUCHI: The Rotary Club of Tiruchi Metro RI District 3000 will conduct `Roto Expo 07' at the `G' corner exhibition ground, Golden Rock, from February 17 to March 4.

The Minister for Forest, N. Selvaraj, will inaugurate the exhibition on Saturday.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 82.73 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Friday.

The inflow was 231 cusecs and the discharge from the dam was 1,500 cusecs.

Special Correspondent

Four fishermen arrested

RAMANATHAPURAM: The police on Friday arrested four fishermen on the charge of using dynamite for fishing.

Sources said the police surrounded Ramesh (21), Ganesan (36), Anand (21) and Selvam (20) of Thondi when they were trying to fix dynamite bomb at mid sea. A fibre glass boat was also seized.

Water level

MADURAI: The entire Periyar credit in Vaigai dam has been wiped off in the last two days of irrigation meant for tail-end areas of Periyar Main Canal.

The Public Works Department officials had to take 9 mcft of water from Vaigai credit too for irrigation purpose.

The level in the Vaigai dam came down to 29.33 feet (71 feet) with no inflow. Only 41 cusecs was being discharged for meeting drinking water requirements of Madurai city, Sedapatti and Andipatti.

The level in the Periyar dam stood at 112.50 feet (136 feet) with no inflow and a discharge of 300 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit was 1,303 mcft.

Two commit suicide

MADURAI: Two women committed suicide in the city in different incidents since Thursday evening.

The police claimed that both, K. Pasunkili (65) of Maruthupandiyar Nagar and M. Muthulakshmi (26) of Solai Azhagupuram, resorted to self immolation "unable to bear chronic stomach pain."

36 rowdies held

TIRUNELVELI: A total of 36 rowdies wanted in connection with various cases were arrested on Thursday night. The police also recovered deadly weapons from them.

The Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli city, Ashok Kumar Das, who assumed office couple of days ago, has planned intensive night patrols and surprise checks. Strategies for the operations would be finalised at the right time, police said.

Promoting tourism

NAGERCOIL: Collector Swarna inspected various tourism spots in Kanyakumari recently for making the district more tourist-friendly.

She visited all the four car streets of Kanyakumari and Vauthurai and directed the officials to provide infrastructure facilities to domestic and foreign tourists.

Customers' meet

Udhagamandalam: The Udhagamandalam branch of the Syndicate Bank organised a customers' meet on Friday. Distribution of sanction orders for loans by the Executive Director, Udhagamandalam Social Service Society, Fr Jayakumar, and the Executive Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Department, R. Raja, marked the occasion. The senior branch manager, G. Vizaya Kumar, recalled the long association of the branch with this hill station and its role in ensuring the economic progress of the town. The assistant manager, V. Ilayaraja, presided over the meeting and Rajkumar, assistant manager, proposed a vote of thanks.

Medical camp

Coimbatore: MedIndia Hospitals will organise a free medical consultation camp for diagnosis of digestive diseases for 100 registrants and blood test for Hepatitis B for the first 50 registrants on February 18 at 3 p.m. at MedIndia Hospitals at Ramnagar. Registration can be done from February 14 to 17. Phone: 2232565 and 2230090.

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