`Names yet to be proposed'

CHENNAI March 11. The Centre has told the Madras High Court that the State Government was yet to propose names for appointment as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).

In a counter-affidavit filed in response to a batch of writ petitions seeking direction to appoint presiding officers for the SAT, which has remained defunct after the retirement of its Chairman, Justice I. David Christian last year, the Centre said that as on date no proposal for appointment was under consideration.

"The role of the Union of India on a proposal containing recommendations for appointment to SAT begins after the State Government sends a proposal with the recommendation of a selection committee and formal approval of the Governor. Such a proposal requires consultation of the Chief Justice of India," it said.

On the abolition of the Tribunals, the counter said the Tamil Nadu Government had sent a proposal. As there is no provision to permit abolition of an Administrative Tribunal, appropriate legislation is being contemplated by the Ministry of Law and Justice to be placed before the Parliament. The batch of petitions is pending before a division Bench, comprising Justice M. Karpagavinayagam and Justice C. Nagappan.

Weather station at varsity

TIRUCHI March 11. Bharathidasan University has commissioned a new automated weather station in its Department of Geography, to report rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature, wind direction, windspeed and relative humidity.

The weather sensors will monitor and convert these parameters into electrical signals, which will be fed into a remote data acquisition unit and computer, says A. Ganesh, head of the Department.

All the sensors use the latest solid-state semiconductor technology and a design to ensure trouble-free performance.

Installing the weather station on Wednesday, the Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, said management of natural resources had become significant for social well being without disturbing the environment. Care and concern for the environment was a high priority in research. Round-the-clock weather monitoring was essential for logistical purposes, environmental management and disaster prediction. For wider use, data would be sent from the Department of Geography to the university's Informatics Centre. The public can also access the standard observations from the university web site, www.bdu.ac.in.

`Set up science varsity'

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI March 11. The Madras University Teachers Association has urged the Union Government to set up a science university in Chennai under the proposed National Science and Research Foundation.

While welcoming the Union Cabinet's decision to establish the foundation and two universities in Kolkata and Pune, the association said one such university should be formed in Chennai. It was one of the three cities where universities came into being for the first time in the country in 1857. A science university here would cater for the needs of south India. The association pointed out that Tamil Nadu was a forerunner in the field of education.

Memorandum submitted

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI March 11. The All-India Federation of Backward Classes and Employees' Welfare Associations submitted a memorandum to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension in New Delhi on Thursday.

The memorandum, submitted by the federation patron, V. Narayanasamy, to the committee chairman, E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, demanded the abolition of creamy layer concept, reservation in promotion for other backward classes and clearance of backlog in vacancies.

Heroin seized at Koyambedu

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI March 11. Nearly 300 gms of heroin was seized by Narcotics Control Bureau officials here on Wednesday. Three persons were arrested.

The drugs were seized from Abdul Vaheed and Shafeek of Thiruvananthapuram at the Koyambedu mofussil bus terminus while on way to Kerala, said the Bureau's south zonal director, Shankar Jiwal.

Angappan of Royapuram who allegedly supplied the drug, which had come from Madhya Pradesh. All three were remanded to judicial custody. The south zonal unit has so far seized 21.805 kg of heroin this year. Sixteen persons, including eight Sri Lankans, were arrested.

Tsunami relief

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI March 11. Rane Group and its employees have contributed over Rs. 30 lakhs towards tsunami relief in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. A cheque for Rs. 20,87,161 was handed over to the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, on February 28. A cheque for Rs. 10,09,042 was presented to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekara Reddy, yesterday. A contribution of Rs.2.50 lakhs was also made to Bhoomika Trust, Chennai, on December 30, 2004, said a company release.

Man murdered

Tuticorin March 11. A 30-year-old-man killed his father with a sickle at Varadarajapuram near here today.

The police said Poovalingam had a difference of opinion with his father, Kanthaiah Gounder, and murdered him.

Woman cheated

Tuticorin March 11. The All Women Police today arrested Abdul Parakath on a charge of cheating a 24-year-old girl.

The police said the accused told the girl that his son was an IAS officer belonging to Jammu and Kashmir cadre, before their marriage, which took place in 2003.

The girl recently found that her husband was not an IAS officer and lodged a complaint.

The police are now on the lookout for Muhaideen, Parakath's son, and two others.

Assault case

Tuticorin March 11. The police are on the lookout for Muthukrishnan on a charge of assaulting his neighbour, Mandiram, at Thalamuthu Nagar on Thursday.

The police said the accused attacked the complainant with a sickle and inflicted injuries on the right thigh, owing to enmity.

Chain snatched

Nagercoil March 11. Some unidentified persons snatched a gold chain of the wife of George Kutty Joseph, a retired professor, at his house at Paramarthalingapuram near here on Thursday.

According to the police, they snatched the chain when Mary was fast asleep. The worth of the chain is Rs.25,000

VCDs seized

Tuticorin March 11. The police seized pirated VCDs at Srivaikuntam and arrested Isaki (20) during a raid on Thursday evening.

According to the police, 25 VCDs of latest Tamil films were seized. The accused was remanded in custody.

Cycle stolen

Tuticorin March 11. The police today arrested Petchimuthu (34) for allegedly stealing a cycle here on Thursday night.

According to the police sources, the accused stole the cycle of Charles (36) parked at the Tharuvai grounds here.

Collector's tour programme on web site

Thanjavur March 11 . The people of Thanjavur can log on to know the tour programme of the Collector, M.Veera Shanmugha Moni.

NAAC recognition

Thanjavur March 11 . The National Accreditation and Assessment Council of the University Grants Commission has given 80 to 85 marks i.e., B++ grade to Khadir Mohideen College at Adhirampattinam.

A NAAC team visited the college on February 1 and 2 and assessed the quality of education being imparted, talent of the Principal and the teaching staff, benefits derived by students of Backward Classes, standard of research and service rendered by the National Service Scheme wing and National Cadet Corps.

Selection of medical officers

Thanjavur March 11. Interviews to fill vacant posts of medical officers at Primary Health Centres, Government Hospitals and medical college in this district will be held at the Collectorate on March 16 and March 17, says the Collector, M.Veera Shanmugha Moni, in a press release.

Those who have registered their names in employment exchange and administrators in Chennai can participate in the interview.

Names of those to whom call letters had been sent to participate in the interview were displayed at the office of the Collector here, the Deputy Director (health), Thanjavur, the Joint Director (health), Kumbakonam, and Thanjavur Medical college.

Those who have not received the letters but found their names in the list can participate in the interview. Further information can be had from the office of the Deputy Director (health), Thanjavur, he said.

Reward for villages

Tiruvarur March 11 . Adi Dravida villages in Tiruvarur district where untouchability is not practised will be identified and paid Rs.1 lakh as award for taking up development works, said the Collector, P. Ekambaram, today.

In a press release, he said that the villages should be places where Adi Dravidars use public tanks, drinking water wells freely along with others and should not be discriminated against in tea shops and other shops.

Such villages will be selected by a committee comprising Collector, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, District Revenue Officer, District Adi Dravida Welfare Officer. The village panchayat can use this award for developing infrastructure facilities.

Mettur level

Tiruchi March 11 . The water level at the Mettur reservoir stood at 54.30 feet today. The inflow was 197 cusecs and the discharge 900 cusecs.

Held for

killing wife

ERODE MARch 11 . A 60-year-old man was arrested today at Kavindapady for murdering his wife. According to the Bhavani police, Palani, of Ettikuttypalayam near Appakudal, was a priest. His son Murugan replaced him as a priest, as the villagers were unhappy with Palani's behaviour.

Irritated at this, Palani had a quarrel with his wife Nallammal (50) on Thursday, during which he hacked her to death.

Later, Palani attacked his son at the temple, and set three huts of his relatives afire.

Murugan is undergoing treatment at the Bhavani Government Hospital.

Bomb hoax

Dharmapuri March 11 . A nationalised bank in Dharmapuri received an anonymous threat letter today.

It stated that a bomb had been planted at one of the banks there and would go off shortly.

A search by the bomb squad and sniffer dogs proved that the letter was hoax.