High Court restrains Tamil magazineCHENNAI: The Madras High Court has restrained a Tamil biweekly, Nakheeran, from publishing "defamatory" articles, cartoons and caricatures of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her friend N. Sasikalaa in any manner.

Justice M. Chockalingam granted the interim injunction on a civil suit, which sought Rs. 2 crore damages from the magazine, on the ground that the magazine had published derogatory news articles and caricatures in its issues. The order read: "The court is of the considered opinion that from the materials available, a prima facie case is made out for granting temporary injunction restraining the respondents from publishing in its future publications articles, caricatures, news items and cartoons that are defamatory or derogatory in nature in Nakheeran or in any of its special editions or any publications of the respondents till the disposal of the civil suit preferred by Ms. Jayalalithaa and Ms. Sasikalaa." Special Correspondent

New AIADMK district secretaryCHENNAI: AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday appointed a new secretary for the Vellore East district unit of the party. In a statement here, she said the present district secretary P. Neelakandan was relieved from the post with immediate effect. V.R. Chandran, who was Vellore block secretary of the AIADMK, would replace him. Special Correspondent

Indian flights rescheduledCHENNAI: Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) has rescheduled some of its services operating from and to Delhi from March 16 to 25 (both days inclusive) due to "operational reasons."

According to a release, the service IC-802 will leave Chennai on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9-10 p.m. and reach Delhi at 11-40 p.m. On other days, the service IC-802 will leave Chennai at 9-55 p.m. and reach Delhi at 25 minutes past midnight.

The service (IC-429) will leave Delhi on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11-30 a.m. and arrive Chennai at 2 p.m. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the flight will leave Delhi at 12-15 p.m. and arrive Chennai at 2-45 p.m.

The service (IC-801) will leave Delhi on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. and arrive Chennai at 8-30 p.m. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the flight will leave Delhi at 6-45 p.m. and arrive Chennai at 9-15 p.m. The service (IC-540) will leave Delhi on Wednesdays and Sundays at 7-30 p.m. and arrive Chennai at 10 p.m. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the service will leave Delhi at 8 p.m. and arrive Chennai at 10-30 p.m. Special Correspondent

Road shows on Andaman islandsCHENNAI: The Andaman administration is to organise road shows in 10 cities in the country to create awareness about the various attractions of the island. The programme will go on till March 24, a release said.

Designated public information officerCHENNAI: S. Vasudevan, Senior Deputy Accountant-General (Administration), has been designated Public Information Officer (PIO) for the office of the Accountant-General (Commercial and Receipt Audit), Tamil Nadu, under the Right to Information Act. Information can be obtained from PIO, Office of the Accountant-General (C and RA), Tamil Nadu, "Lekha Pariksha Bhavan", 361, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai-600 018, a release said. Special Correspondent

Six get life term in murder caseTIRUNELVELI: A Fast Track Court here has sentenced six persons to life-term imprisonment for murdering a youth. According to the prosecution, M. Vijay Kumar (25) of Nallaankulam under the Ervadi police station limits had personal enmity with Selvaraj (55) of the same area. In this backdrop, Vijay Kumar destroyed banana saplings in the farm of Selvaraj. In retaliation, Selvaraj, his sons Vijay Kumar (25) and Krishnan (33), relatives Ravi (25), Kanagavel (30) and Murugan (25) attacked Vijay Kumar and his relative Martin on May 31, 2004.

While Vijay Kumar was killed on the spot, Martin was injured severely.

The judge Vanangaamudi sentenced all the six accused to life-term imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 3,000 each on them.

One held for murderTIRUNELVELI: The Palayamkottai police have arrested a person and are searching for two more persons in a murder case.

The police said that a gang murdered Kasi Murugan (50) of Melanaththam near Esakkiamman temple on A.R. Line Road when he was returning home last night.

They launched an intensive manhunt and nabbed Muthu alias Sorimuthu, a mercenary from Tirunelveli within 30 minutes. Based on the information provided by him, they were looking for Chinna Esakki of Puthukkudi, Mani of Seythunganallur, Kumar of Tirunelveli and Sivasamy of Melanaththam. While Chinna Esakki surrendered before a Sivagiri court, Mani surrendered before a Kovilpatti court on Thursday.

Hunt is on to nab Kumar and Sivasamy.

House burgledTuticorin: A house at Kovilpatti was burgled on Wednesday. The police said burglars took away 11 sovereigns of jewels when the inmates were away. R. Durairaj (61) has lodged a complaint.

Search for threeTuticorin: The police are searching for three persons, who had deceived Nagu Rediyar (34) of Gandhi Nagar at Kovilpatti. V. Muthupandi (40), Santhi (31), wife of Krishnasamy, and Amutha (31), wife of Ganesan, promised Rediyar a lucrative job abroad and took Rs. 85,000 from him as processing fee a few months ago. Rediyar came to know that he was duped.

Telecom employees stage dharnaTuticorin: Members of National Federation of Telecom Employees, Tuticorin wing, staged a dharna in front of BSNL General Manager's office here on Wednesday.

Its district president S. Balu said the authorities should set up two more bill collection counters for cell phone users one at Customer Service Centre in the telephone exchange and another at GM's office to clear the rush of customers.

About 40 cell phone towers should be established to strengthen the signal in the district and replace outdated electronic switches at Chidambara Nagar and Puthiamputhur exchanges. The authorities should distribute protective gears to linemen and establish toolboxes at Tiruchendur and Srivaikundam.

Grievance dayKARUR: The farmers' grievance day for this month would be held at 11 a.m. on March 24 at the Collectorate here. The Karur Collector, A. Karthik has urged the farmers to submit petitions regarding agriculture in time for the officials to take action on their demands.

World Consumer Day observedTIRUCHI: `World Consumer Day' was observed under the auspices of the Department of Food and Consumer Protection here on Thursday.

Speakers stressed the significance of the consumer movement.

District Revenue Officer P. Senthilkumar distributed prizes to students who had won in several competitions held as part of observance of the day. The secretary of the Tamil Nadu Consumer Protection Council, S. Pushpavanam, was among those who spoke.

Temple renovationTIRUCHI: A sum of Rs.70 lakhs has been spent through donor works for the renovation of Sri Brahmma Sampath Gowri Sametha Sri Brahmmapuriswarar Temple at Tirupattur near Siruganaur in the district.

The works included renovation of the Rajagopuram and vimanas of the sanctum sanctorum and other deities, strengthening of the sprawling terrace with tiles, reinforcing of mandapams and the compound. The Fit Person, V. Vetrichelvan, said that the temple car would be renovated at a cost of Rs. five lakhs sanctioned by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Board. The rituals associated with the `mahakumbabhishekam', which falls on Friday, began on Wednesday when the first `kaala puja' was performed at the `yagasalai'.

Mettur levelTiruchi:The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 113.92 feet on Thursday. The inflow was 2,465 cusecs and the outflow, 1,000 cusecs. Staff Reporter

Fatal fallERODE: A four-and-a-half year old boy, who fell into drainage on Wednesday night died. According to police, Santhosh, son of Aaruchamy, accidentally fell into the sewage channel behind his house on MGR Street, Veerappanchatram. Though he was admitted to the Government Hospital, he died. The Erode North police are investigating.

- Staff Reporter

193 bags of rice seizedERODE: A total of 193 bags of rice meant for supply through ration shops was seized by Revenue officials on Wednesday. A release from the Collector said during vehicle checks, officials

noticed a lorry with rice bags abandoned near Dharapuram on the Dharapuram - Udumalpet main road. The officials seized the lorry with the load and registered a case. - Staff Reporter

ArrestedERODE: About 100 Revolutionary Youth Front volunteers, who attempted to picket the Municipal office on Thursday against the conduct of Hindu Community Protection Conference here on March 18 and 19 were arrested and removed by the police. - Staff Reporter

SeminarERODE: The Textile Committee will conduct a seminar and an expo on saving energy here on March 19 and 20, said the Cluster Development Agent of the Textile Committee, G. Ramesh Babu. Talking to newsmen on Thursday, he said the Secretary, Textile Committee, Rajiv Agarwal, and others will participate. The meet aims to share the energy audit findings and cost saving measures for the benefit of the textile industry. - Staff Reporter