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Around the City

Temperature

TIRUCHI, NOV. 29. The city today registered a maximum temperature of 29.6 degree Celsius and a minimum of 20.6 degree Celsius.

Picketing

The parents and relatives of the 14-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool here on Sunday picketed road in front of the Government Hospital here today protesting against the reported delay in conducting a postmortem on the body of the deceased.

The police said the protestors suddenly squatted on the busy road for about 20 minutes. The police personnel pacified them. The postmortem was later conducted and the body handed over to the boy's parents, the sources said.

Woman arrested

The Airport Police today arrested a 27-year-old woman after the Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) seal in her passport was found fake. Zarina, hailing from Ariyalur taluk in Perambalur district, arrived here by flight UL-131 this morning. The immigration officials, who checked her passport found the ECNR seal forged. On questioning, she was found to have studied only up to Standard IX. She was handed over to the airport police, who arrested and later remanded her, airport sources said.

The sources said Zarina had left for Doha through the Chennai airport early this month where her husband Muthaleef is employed. She was held on her return.

Newborn abandoned

A newly born girl child was found abandoned close to a gutter at Thippiranthotti Street on East Boulevard Road here yesterday. The child was later handed over to the maternity-child care centre, police sources said.

Councillor's death condoled

The Corporation Council today condoled the death of councillor R. Shenbagavalli, who died recently. A scheduled meeting of the council was adjourned sine die after adopting a condolence resolution.

Mrs. Shenbagavalli had represented Ward No 20. Party leaders and councillors, cutting across political lines, paid glowing tributes to the deceased and expressed their condolences to the bereaved family.

The Mayor, Sarubala R. Tondaiman, recalled the services rendered by Mrs. Shenbagavalli for the development of her ward.

Tax collection drive

The Corporation will launch an intensive tax collection drive from December 1 to 15 to realise property and water tax and other non-tax demands for the second half of this financial year.

All seven online computerised service centres of the Corporation will function on all days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the period, including weekends, to enable taxpayers to remit their property and water tax and other non-tax dues. The taxes can be remitted through online counters at designated bank branches also, the Corporation Commissioner, Harmander Singh, said in a release.

Mr. Singh appealed to the taxpayers to remit their dues in time. Legal action would be initiated against defaulters, he said.

Mettur level

The level in the Mettur dam stood at 101.90 feet today. The inflow was 3,904 cusecs and the discharge 6,558 cusecs.

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