Two killed in fire accident

SIVAKASI: Two workers were killed, and two others seriously injured, in a fire at a cracker unit here on Thursday.

While I. Samuel (40) was killed on the spot, M. Senthil Pandi (23) succumbed to burns at the government hospital. The police said friction while mixing explosive chemicals had led to the fire. The injured were identified as K. Karuppasamy (25) and S. Muthumani (45). Staff Reporter

Effigy burnt

TIRUNELVELI: A group of advocates on Thursday burnt an effigy of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of the district court complex on the Tirunelveli-Tuticorin Highway, protesting against the attack on Indian fishermen by the island nation's Navy.

The Palayamkottai police registered a case. Staff Reporter

State offers land for airport project

NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu Government is learnt to have made an offer to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for making available nearly 700 to 800 acres for expansion and restructuring of the Chennai airport.

Ministry sources said the State Government's offer was received on Wednesday and would be examined by officials to ascertain the feasibility of constructing a second runway at the airport. The sources said the Ministry would decide within a week. Special Correspondent

Centre of excellence to be set up

CHENNAI: The Department of Science and Technology has committed Rs.4.11 crore for setting up a centre of excellence in the field of Molecular Oncology at the Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar. It will be spread over five years.

The centre will study some of the common cancers in south India such as breast, cervical and gastric cancer using the microarray technology for identifying biomarkers. This could help in developing novel therapeutic strategies, according to a Cancer Institute release.

Director and Scientific Director T. Rajkumar will be in charge of the centre. Special Correspondent

Velu rules out closure of Tuticorin station

CHENNAI: Minister of State for Railways R.Velu has ruled out the closure of Tuticorin railway station. It will continue to function and the question of shifting it to Milavittan did not arise. Loading and unloading of freight will continue at Milavittan, he told reporters here on Thursday. While one group is seeking closure of the station, another is demanding its shift to Milavittan to ease traffic congestion in the town. Special Correspondent

Civil suit seeks stay on film release

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has asked Chennai-based Prasad Laboratory to withhold Rs. 30 lakh before delivering prints of `Mayakannadi.'

Justice V. Ramasubramanian passed the interim order on a civil suit filed by Mindscreen Private Limited, which had leased out film equipment to Chellammai Celluloids Private Limited, which produced the film.

The suit said as per the agreement, the producer was to pay the amount before the film was released or completed.

The release was set for April 14. Special Correspondent

SI selection process

SALEM: Candidates, who applied for the post of Sub Inspector and failed to attend the selection process held earlier due to unavoidable reasons, can attend the process on April 6. A release said candidates who had not received call letters could also participate in the process. They should bring in their educational certificates and others documents to take part in the process. They should be present at the Armed Reserve ground in Kumarasamipatti at 6 a.m.


SALEM: A personal effectiveness workshop on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques for great thoughts and emotions for achievement will be held at the Hotel LRN Excellency from April 19 to 21.

A press release said V. Aravinda Krishnan, NLP Master Practitioner, would conduct the workshop. NLP exercises would help improve clarity of thinking, memory and emotional strength and stability. It would help participants to understand the importance of right brain function. Industrialists, executives, supervisors, professionals, entrepreneurs, faculty members and students could attend the programme. More information could be obtained from 0427-2241655 or 94421-41655

Chosen for

scientist award

SALEM: A. Thandapani, Professor in Mathematics, Periyar University, was selected for the Tamil Nadu Scientist Award 2006 by the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, a university press release said.

Lorry driver killed

METTUR: Pandiyan of Ambur, a lorry driver, was killed and two others sustained injuries in a road accident here on Thursday.- Staff Reporter

Security arrangements

PUDUKOTTAI: Adequate security arrangements would be made for the car festival of Narthamalai Muthumariamman Temple on April 9, the Collector, S.J. Chiru, has said.

He was speaking at a consultative meeting here on Thursday.

A police contingent headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police, comprising nine inspectors, 28 sub-inspectors, 40 head constables and 170 constables would be deployed. A team of 39 fire personnel would also be on duty.

All overhead water tanks had been cleaned and about 125 sanitary workers would be drafted for duty. A medical team would also be stationed at the village.

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation would operate about 50 special buses to Narthamalai on the festival day, he said.

Union Minister inspects work

PUDUKOTTAI: The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, S. Reghupathy, inspected development work being executed under the Tsunami Emergency Assistance Scheme at Manamelkudi and Avudayarkovil unions on Thursday.

The work includes 41 of the 44 road work sanctioned at a cost of Rs. 6.12 crore in the two unions.

Development work

PERAMBALUR: The Collector, Anil Meshram, inspected development work at the villages selected under Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam in Alathur panchayat union on Tuesday. Mr. Meshram inspected a desilted tank at Jaarai and a site where a playground has been planned for Government Higher Secondary School.

He also visited Kurur and inspected the development work at a playground and desilting of a local tank. He told the officials to complete the work in time.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 78.14 feet against its full level of 120 feet on Thursday.

The inflow was 972 cusecs and the discharge, 2,000 cusecs. - Staff Reporter

Submit returns

TIRUNELVELI: Employers covered under the Employees' Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952 should submit their annual returns in Form 3A and 6A for the year 2006 - 2007 on or before April 30.

All employers in the revenue districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanayakumari should submit the annual returns in floppy discs along with a hard copy on or before April 30 to avoid prosecution proceedings.

Returns can also be submitted electronically by downloading the form from >www.epfindia.nic.in or >www.epfochennai.tn.nic.in

For further clarifications, employers may contact Mr. Varghese through >epftnv@sancharnet.in or >epfotnv@dataone.in.

College closed indefinitely

TIRUNELVELI: A private college at Papanasam was closed indefinitely after a section of the students went on rampage on Thursday.

College sources said the non-teaching staff refused to open the classrooms and laboratories since they had an argument with some of the teachers. When the students came to know about the protest by the non-teaching staff members, they smashed the glass panes, flowerpots and lights.

The police rushed to the spot and pacified the students.

The college administration has decided to close the college indefinitely until the problem is sorted out.

Couple commit suicide

Tuticorin: A couple allegedly committed suicide here on Thursday.

The police said that K. Selvaraj (41) was affected with cancer, which was not cured even after medical attention. Hence he and his wife took the extreme step.

Youth found dead

Tuticorin: A man aged about 35 years was found dead here on Wednesday. The body was found at Jeyaraj road.

The Central police are investigating based on a complaint lodged by Village Administrative Officer of Tuticorin, Moorthy.



Tuticorin: P. Murugan, a linesman working on contract with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, was electrocuted while attending a fault in a service line at Seidunganallur on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter


Coimbatore: Sai Krupa will conduct special bhajans at the Swagatham Sai Mandir on Anaikatti Road, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, on April 6. The bhajans will be conducted by Maruthi Prasad and party from Bangalore. For details, call 9344741423. - Staff Reporter


Coimbatore: The Government College of Education for Women will conduct a seminar on `The Use of Education Technology in Teacher Education.' Lecturers teaching colleges of education can send in their papers (in hard copy and soft copy) to the Principal, Government College of Education for Women, Coimbatore, on or before April 12.

M.Ed students and research scholars in education can also send their papers. For details, call Mary Lily Pushpam, convenor, at 9842168239.

- Staff Reporter


Coimbatore: Maharaja Arts and Science College will conduct the sixth Annual Convocation on April 8 at 4 p.m. at the Celebration Castle of Maharaja Theme Parks and Resorts Limited at Neelambur. R. Radhakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Coimbatore, will be the chief guest.

- Staff Reporter

Appeal to public

DINDIGUL: A cash award of Rs.200 will be given to those who give informtion about cancellation of ration cards ,and Rs.500 for passing information about ration rice smuggling. The public may contact the Civil Supplies Tahsildar, or District Supply Officer, or the control room functioning at the collectorate at 0451-2432600, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

Cell constituted

DINDIGUL: A special cell has been constituted in the development section of the Collectorate on Thursday to solve drinking water problems and to enable people to pass information about drinking water crisis and other related issues. The contact number of the cell is: 0451-2460382, according to Collector R. Vasuki. She urged people to use water judiciously.

Kamban festival

KARAIKUDI: Kamban festival was celebrated at Karaikudi recently.

Madras High Court Judge V. Ramasubramanian inaugurated the three-day festival. Tiruchi Mayor Charubala Thondaman presided over the function. Leading speakers S. Sathiaseelan, G. Saminathan and K. Gnanasambandhan spoke. PL. Paniappan, secretary, Kamban Kazhagam, donated Rs.1 lakh to the body on the occasion. Trustees N. Meyyapan, Sakthi Thirunavukarasu, PR. Chockalingam and N.L.N.S. Perianan were present.

Water level

MADURAI: The level in the Periyar dam on Thursday stood at 108.80 feet (full level 136 feet) with no inflow and no discharge. The level in the Vaigai dam was 30.02 feet (full level 71 feet) with no inflow and a discharge of 41 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 740 mcft.

Staff Reporter