Woman found dead

PERAMBALUR: The body of a narikurava woman, Jaya (35) of Virudhachalam in the adjoining Cuddalore district, was found in an open well on the campus of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board office on Thursday.

The Permbalur town police recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem.

A case has been registered and further investigation is on. - Staff Reporter.

Polling booths shifted

PERAMBALUR: Two polling booths (Men and Women) in the Perambalur Assembly segment have been shifted to nearby places.

In a release issued here on Thursday, the Electoral Registering Officer for Perambalur Assembly constituency, S. Shanmugam, said the booth number 116, on the Perambalur Panchayat union office premises, has been converted into the computer section of the panchayat office. The booth has been shifted to the Eva Mary Coak Girls' Higher Secondary School.

The booth number 129 at the Panchayat Union Elementary School in Perambalur, which has since been demolished, will function at the nearby R.C. Fathima Primary School. - Staff Reporter.

Two killed in mishap

Tuticorin: Two persons died and one was injured when a wood-laden lorry collided with another lorry carrying sand on Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli highway during the wee hours of Friday.

The deceased were identified as Hameed and Dilip, driver and cleaner of the lorry carrying wood. The injured was Seshayan (49), driver of the other lorry.

The Pudukottai police have registered a case and are investigating. - Staff Reporter.

Woman arrested

Tuticorin: A 27-year-old woman was arrested on the charge of indulging in immoral activities at Kovilpatti on Thursday.

The police said the woman was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by Balakrishnan (30) that she tried to 'lure' him into immoral activities while standing at Kovilpatti bus stand. The accused was remanded to custody under the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act, the police added. - StaffReporter.

Caution on disease

ERODE: The blue tongue disease in sheep at Vellakoil, Kangeyam, Moolanure, Dharapuram, Chennimalai, Uthukuli, Anthiyur and Erode spreads through flies and mosquitoes, said Collector D. Karthikeyan.

He urged farmers to approach veterinary doctors for medicines, if they noticed symptoms of the disease in sheep. - Staff Reporter

Collector's announcement

ERODE: Family card holders who submitted applications for renewal may collect ration articles for January by producing the old card (1998-2003) said Collector D. Karthikeyan on Friday.

A few people failed to renew their family cards and the Government had given time till December to submit applications for renewal. Though the cards were renewed a few failed to collect them by producing the old card.

Those who failed to collect the new family cards could approach respective Taluk Supply Officers with old cards. - Staff Reporter

182 bags of ration rice seized

ERODE: The Flying Squad officials and the Food Cell police seized 182 bags of ration rice from a rice mill. On Friday, the Collector said that the officials conducted a raid on the rice mill at Karumandampalayam near Kodumudi recently.

The rice meant for the supply to family card holders, worth Rs. 1.35 lakhs, was found concealed at the rice mill. Duraisamy running the rice mill under lease was arrested. - Staff Reporter

Woman killed in road accident

SALEM: A 60-year-old woman was killed in an accident here on Thursday.

The police said that Kuppayi of old Sooramangalam was run over by a car while she was crossing the road. She was admitted to a hospital where she died. - Staff Reporter

Nine more refugees reach Rameswaram

MADURAI: Nine more Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka reached Rameswaram early on Friday. According to police sources, the refugees, including three children, left Thalaimannar were dropped by illegal boat operators on an island near Arichalmunai at around 2 a.m. Local fishermenin the area helped them reach the coast. The refugees told police that a war situation was prevailing in the island nation. The Sri Lankan Navy personnel were "harassing" Tamils in Mannar and other areas following attacks (on their vehicles/boats) by the LTTE. Most of the refugees belonged to Pesalai. They were shifted to the refugee camp at Mandapam. - Staff Reporter

Government move on CET confusing: PMK

CHENNAI: Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss has described the Government's decision on the common entrance test as "confusing." It will lead to confusion and legal complications. The new procedure may be challenged in court. The revised admission procedure will be disadvantageous to State board students, as the CBSE students may do very well in the entrance test, cornering a majority of the seats in professional colleges. The move is an attempt to create the impression that the Government has abolished CET. If the Government is serious it should enact a legislation, in consultation with educationists and legal luminaries to abolish the test, he said on Friday. - Special Correspondent

Right to Information Act enquiries

CHENNAI: The Office of the Accountant-General (Accounts and Entitlement), Tamil Nadu, has announced that Public Information Officer W.J. Arulsingh can be contacted for information sought under Right to Information Act, 2005.

While he can be approached for obtaining information under Section 4(1) of the Act, queries pertaining to personal grievances such GPF account or pension benefits must be addressed to the respective group officers. The PIO will not be responsible for redressal of grievances. Details regarding the fee to be paid while seeking information under the Act are available on the website - http://agae.tn.nic.in. - Special Correspondent

Examination to recruit teachers

CHENNAI: The Teachers Recruitment Board proposes to conduct a written examination to fill up 193 posts of lecturer in Government engineering colleges and polytechnics.

An official release, which did not provide information about the date of the examination, said sale of the application forms would begin on January 16 at the offices of the Chief Educational Officers in all districts. Details regarding the vacancies and the mode of application were available on the notice board of the Board at DPI Compound, College Road, Chennai. On Internet, the details are available on http://trb.tn.nic.in and >http://www.chennaionline.com/trb. - Staff Reporter

Electricity employees to launch campaign

CHENNAI:The Central Organisation of Tamil Nadu Electricity Employees will organise a State-wide campaign to highlight the fact that the power utility must remain in the public sector. The campaign, which will begin on January 20, will end on January 30. It will also focus on "anti-people provisions" of the Electricity Act. The COTEE wanted the provisions amended. The decisions were taken at its State conference at Salem between January 7 and 9. S. Pancharatnam was elected president and S.S. Subramanian, general secretary. - Special Correspondent

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