"Tribunal award discriminatory"

CHENNAI: The final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was "discriminatory," said Vaiko, general secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), here on Saturday.

Speaking at a fast organised by MDMK activists in protest against injustice meted out to Tamils, Mr. Vaiko feared threat to the lives and properties of Tamils in Karnataka.

The award would adversely affect farmers in the Delta region, he said.

E. Madhusudhanan, AIADMK presidium chairman, inaugurated the fast. C. Sathya, deputy general secretary, MDMK, Nanjil Sampath, propaganda secretary, K.S. Radhakrishnan, headquarters secretary, G. Nanmaran, party spokesperson, were among those participated. Staff Reporter

AIADMK activists to observe fast

CHENNAI: General secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Jayalalithaa on Friday said the party activists would observe a dawn-to-dusk fast in Villupuram on February 21 protesting against the alleged proposal to shift the maternity hospital run by the municipality to a new venue. In a statement here, Ms. Jayalalithaa said the 59 year-old hospital had been functioning in Villupuram at the site donated by a philanthropist.

The fast would be led by AIADMK organising secretary S. Muthusamy, she said and added that party activists, including functionaries of the front organisations, would take part in it. Special Correspondent

Torture victims resent STF presence

METTUR: Resenting the presence of Special Task Force (STF) personnel, a majority of the 33 torture victims who were to receive the compensation awarded by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for their sufferings, refused to attend a function. Only four persons Alamelu, (Rs. 5 lakh), Backiam (Rs. 2 lakh), Lakshmi (Rs. 3 lakh) and Sekara (Rs. 2 lakh) turned up at the function organised by the Salem District administration here on Saturday.

They protested against the presence of a DSP and a few STF personnel at the venue. The Government had ordered disbursal of Rs 1.5 crore as compensation to 33 victims. Special Correspondent

Civil-military liaison conference

CHENNAI: Issues relating to internal security, maintenance of essential services during natural calamities and welfare of ex-service personnel will be discussed at a civil-military liaison conference here on February 21.

A defence press release said armed forces and civil administrators participating in the meet, a first in four years, would also discuss law and order, aid to civil authorities and problems facing ex-servicemen.

Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy, General Officer Commanding, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala Area, Major General B. Sivasankar, and Director General of Police would attend the meeting, along with senior officers of Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and civil administration. The conference aims at creating an environment of mutual respect, understanding and cordiality between the military and civil authorities in Tamil Nadu. Special Correspondent

16 refugees rescued

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Coast Guard personnel on Saturday rescued 16 Sri Lankan refugees from the third Islet.

Sources said they were found stranded at the Islet without food or water for the last two days as the boatmen landed them at the unmanned Islet.

Raid in camp

RAMANATHAPURAM: The police on Saturday conducted a surprise raid at the Mandapam camp near here.

Several contingents of police personnel led by t Superintendent of Police R. Thirugnanam, searched the houses, where the refugees were given shelter, and some of the locked houses in the camp. The raid was conducted based on an instruction from the Director General of Police, D. Mukherjee.

Girl ends life

MADURAI: D. Divya (16), a Standard XI student, allegedly committed suicide in the classroom on her school premises at Arapalayam here on Saturday. The police said the student had brought with her kerosene in a bottle. After all the students had left the classroom, she set herself ablaze.

Water level

MADURAI: The level in the Periyar dam stood at 112.40 feet (full level 136 feet) with an inflow of 87 cusecs and a discharge of 275 cusecs. The level in the Vaigai dam was 29.20 feet (full level 71 feet) with no inflow and a discharge of 41 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 1,281 mcft. Staff Reporter

Phone-in programme

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi station of All India Radio, in its main channel, will broadcast special phone-in programmes to benefit the candidates appearing for the Plus Two examinations.

An official release issued here on Saturday said that the first programme on English and Zoology would be on air from 10 a.m. on February 18. The second programme to clarify the students' doubts in Physics and Chemistry would be broadcast from 11 a.m. on February 25. Candidates can get their doubts in the above subjects clarified by dialling 0431-2416888 or 2411691, the release added.

Special buses

TIRUCHI: The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) will operate about 100 special buses from different parts of Tiruchi, Karur and Dindigul districts from February 22 to 25 in connection with the Veerapur car festival. Special buses would be operated round the clock from Tiruchi, Karur, Kulithalai, Thuraiyur, Musiri, Thogaimalai, Vaiyampatti, Palaiyam and Dindigul, a press release of the TNSTC issued here on Saturday said.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 82.61 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Saturday. The inflow was 231 cusecs and the discharge from the dam was 1,500 cusecs. Staff Reporter

Multimedia campaign

TIRUNELVELI: A multimedia campaign Government Departments and welfare schemes would be conducted at Nehru Auditorium from February 28, according to the Collector, G. Prakash.

BSNL agents

TIRUNELVELI: Tirunelveli Telecom District of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has plans to appoint direct selling agents to help customers.

According to sources, the agents will be allowed to sell prepaid re-charge coupons, Sancharnet cards and India Telephone Cards. Application forms can be obtained in person from the Sub-Divisional Engineer (Marketing), Office of the General Manager, BSNL, Vannarpettai, Tirunelveli - 627 003 on or before February 28.


NAGERCOIL: The police rescued 14 bonded labourers from a brick kiln at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari district on Saturday.


TUTICORIN: The Assistant Superintendent of Police (Kovilpatti), Aswin Kotnis Mukund, has been transferred and posted as Aide-de-camp (ADC) to the Governor Surjit Singh Barnala. Official sources said that the Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) Rajendra Prasad, will hold additional charge of Kovilpatti sub-division till new sub-divisional officer is posted. - Staff Reporter

Two killed

ERODE: Two persons

died and three others sustained injuries in a road accident on Friday

night. According to the police, a bus proceeding

to Mysore from Salem hit a car at the Chitode Four Road junction. After hitting the car the bus also hit another van and stopped after ramming

into a roadside tree. Nithyanandham (35)

of Mysore and Subramaniam (55) of Sankari Illampillai village were killed.

The injured were admitted to Erode Government Headquarters Hospital.

- Staff Reporter

Three electrocuted

ERODE: Three persons were electrocuted here on Friday night. Police said, three friends - Ramasamy (40), Moorthy (20) and Madesh (43) of Sanjeevirayankoil Gandhinagar, Bangalapudur - while crossing a ragi field, accidentally came in contact with a life electric wire. The electric wire was used to scare the wild animals. Bangalapudur police are investigating.

- Staff Reporter

Nominated to BU Syndicate

ERODE: P. Sathyamoorthy, Correspondent of

Kongu Engineering College, Maharaja Engineering College, Maharaja College for Women, Maharaja

Prithivi Engineering College and six other educational institutions has been nominated as Member to the Syndicate of the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. The Governor of Tamil Nadu also the Chancellor of the University Surjit Singh Barnala has granted the nomination of Sathyamoorthy

to the Syndicate.

- Staff Reporter

Road accident

SALEM: A person was

killed when a lorry hit

his motorcycle in Steel Plant Road here on Friday night. The police said Premananth sustained serious injuries and

died on the way to

hospital. Steel Plant

Police registered a case.

- Staff Reporter