TAMIL NADU

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Karunanidhi's gesture to students

Chennai: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi has sanctioned a grant of Rs. 25,000 each to 22 poor students in B.E/B.Tech courses who had sought financial assistance from the Government, a release here said. The assistance will be given out of the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund.

Mr. Karunanidhi has also ordered financial assistance of Rs. one lakh to a girl whose parents committed suicide in Madurai in 2002, a release here said.

The money, to be given out of the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund, would be used to meet the educational expenses of the girl. Special Correspondent

Award for NGO

CHENNAI: A Chennai-based non governmental organisation working against child sexual abuse Tulir CPHCSA has been chosen to receive the Women's World Summit Foundation prize given on the occasion of World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse.

The first prize, $3000, will be given to Vidya Reddy, founder, Tulir, at a ceremony to be held in Geneva after a conference-debate on child abuse. Other laureate organisations include the Queen Rania Family and Child center at Jordan River Foundation; Association Najdeh in Lebanon and the Cercle de Reflexion et d'Action pour Christ, Togo. Special Correspondent

25 kg of white

powder seized

CHENNAI: Officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Chennai, seized 25 kg of white powder, believed to be Ephedrine, a controlled substance under the Narcotic Drugs and Pyschotropic Substances Act, 1985.

According to P. Babu, DRI Additional Director-General, based on a tip off, officers stepped up surveillance near the West Mada Church Road in Royapuram, on Sunday. They spotted a person on a motorcycle with a big white bag on the petrol tank waiting in front of a hotel. On enquiry, the person revealed that the bag was brought by him as per the directions of his neighbour to hand it over to another person.

On examination, the bag contained two polythene bags with the white powder.

The persons was arrested and remanded to judicial custody. A motorcycle was also seized. Special Correspondent

Opinion sought on common varsities Bill

CHENNAI: The State Government, which has decided to bring a Common University Bill, has invited suggestions from university and college teachers, principals, managements and academicians on the matter. In a release here on Tuesday, Member-Secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education S. Baskaran said the Government had already constituted an expert committee for the purpose. The suggestions shall pertain to various university forums and their functions. The views could be submitted either in person or by post to Member-Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, Lady Wellingdon College Campus, Kamarajar Salai, Triplicane, Chennai-5. Representations could also be sent by fax to 044-28446486 or to e-mail address: tansche_ >edu@yahoo.co.in Special Correspondent

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