TAMIL NADU

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Woman commits suicide

By Our Staff Reporter

NAGERCOIL MARCH 24. A newly married woman committed suicide by consuming poison on Thursday.

According to the police, Sundar Singh of Lekshmipuram near Colachel married Sandhya of Tambaram recently. Meanwhile when Sundar Singh refused to allow her wife to visit her mother's house, a dejected Sandhya took this extreme step. Later, the police recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem.

The police have registered a case and are investigating.

Man jumps in front of train

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI MARCH 24. An engineer committed suicide by jumping in front of a train on Wednesday.

P. Gangadhar (27) of Maharaja Nagar could not get any job. Frustrated over this, he reportedly jumped in front of the train at TVS Nagar and died on the spot.

Four held for gambling

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN MARCH 24. Four persons were arrested during raids last evening, on the charges of gambling at public places.

The police told mediapersons that Thangaraj (67), Mottaisamy (32), Vedanarayan (45) and Kasi (57), were arrested at an open ground at Athanoor falling under the Eppothumvendran police station limits.

The accused were remanded under Section 12 of Tamil Nadu Gambling Act, the police said.

Man fatally hit by motorcycle

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TUTICORIN MARCH 24. A 60-year-old man was fatally knocked down by a motorcycle, while he was walking along Tuticorin-Tiruneveli highway on Wednesday night.

The police said Perumal suffered serious injuries to his head and right leg and he succumbed after admission to the Tuticorin Medical College and Hospital.

The South police have registered a case.

Two wanted in assault case

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN MARCH 24. The police are looking out for Muthu and Kumaraswamy on the charge of assaulting a 21-year-old youth at Tiruchendur in the wee hours today.

According to police officials, the duo hit Essakimuthu with soft drink bottles and inflicted injuries to him.

The Tiruchendur police are investigating.

Tuberculosis Day observed

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TIRUNELVELI MARCH 24 . The World Tuberculosis Day was observed in the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital today.

Professor of Department of General Medicine, V. Umadevi, the Dean, TVMCH, R. Saraswathi, and the deputy director, Department of Health Services (Tuberculosis), District Tuberculosis Centre, Tenkasi, C. Muthukumar, stressed the need for conducting confirmatory tests with the sputum of the patients instead of greatly relying upon X-ray reports.

The Head, Department of Orthopaedics and Deputy Superintendent, TVMCH, Ramaguru, inaugurated an exhibition on tuberculosis. Prizes were distributed to the students who won the quiz competitions conducted to mark the World Tuberculosis Day.

7 fishermen to be released

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TUTICORIN MARCH 24 . Seven Sri Lankan fishermen, arrested by the Coast Guard on Tuesday for venturing into the Indian waters without permission, will be released this week.

Official sources said the decision was taken after a joint interrogation committee, headed by the Collector, questioned the fishermen here today.

Besides the Collector, the committee comprised officials of the Coast Guard, the Fisheries Department, the Intelligence Bureau, the 'Q' Branch and the police. It concluded that strong winds set the boat adrift after the vessel developed a snag.

Inspector killed in accident

By Our Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE MARCH 24. An inspector was killed in the early hours today in a road accident on Avanashi Road near Thekkalur.

The police said T. Devendran, attached to the Karumathampatty station, was returning home in his jeep after his night rounds, when a cement ash-laden lorry hit his vehicle. The inspector hailed from Ilandaikulam in Ramanathapuram district. A case has been registered against the driver, Ravikumar.

Murder suspected

By Our Staff Reporter

VIRUDHUNAGAR MARCH 24. A 12-year-old boy, found dead in a well at Soolakarai here yesterday, is suspect to have been killed by one of his relatives after a family quarrel.

The police said the deceased was J. Mohammed Ismail, Std. VII student of an Aruppukottai school. His father, Jaffer Ali, alleged that one of his relatives, a youth, warned him of dire consequences when he denied him money.

The youth was absconding, the police said.

Two drowned in temple tank

By Our Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM MARCH 24. Two devotees were drowned in the temple tank at Mylam near here today.

Fire Service and Rescue personnel retrieved the body of Govindaraj (22) and were searching for that of Kannadasan (25), both of Panicapakkam in Panruti block.

The police said the two, along with their friends, came to the temple in connection with the Panguni uthiram festival. After tonsuring their heads, they went to the tank for a dip. Govindaraj fell into the tank and was drowned. Kannadasan died when he tried to save him.

Gold biscuits seized, three held

By Our Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM MARCH 24. A highway patrol arrested three persons for possessing, without documents, gold biscuits, jewels and cash, all worth Rs. 60 lakhs, on Villupuram-Pondicherry Road on Tuesday night.

Mahendra Kumar (36) of Villupuram, Bharat Kumar (26) and Mohanraj (28) of Chennai were today remanded to judicial custody.

The police said the patrol halted the car on suspicion and arrested the three, as they did not give any convincing explanation about the possession of bullion.

Data on fish stock

By Our Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN MARCH 24 . The satellite data, released by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad, has indicated that fish stock will be available 26-31 km northeast of the nTuticorin coast till March 26.

Sources in the Fisheries College and Research Institute here said a large quantity of fish would be available 15-20 km off Veerapandipattinam, 14-19 km southeast of Kanyakumari, 9-14 km off Mandapam , and 7-12 km off Vembar. The data was released through the institute.

Award for heritage tourism

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MARCH 24 . The Tamil Nadu Tourism Department has bagged the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) international award for promoting "Chettinad heritage tourism".

The Egyptian Tourism Minister, Ahmed El Mghradby, gave away the award at the International Tourism Bourse, Berlin, to Shaktikanta Das, Commissioner of Tourism and Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC).

According to Mr. Das, the emphasis is on providing a rare "experience" as a few Chettinad houses and mansions are being converted into heritage resorts.

Stamps released

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CHENNAI MARCH 24 . The Department of Posts today released a block of four postage stamps, on the "flora and fauna of North East India", in the denomination of Rs.5 each.

The stamps depicts clouded leopard, mishmi Takin, Dillenia India Linn and the pitcher plant. The stamps, first day covers, and information brochures are available at all philatelic bureau/counters, says a release from the Chief Postmaster General, Tamil Nadu Circle, Chennai.

Special trains

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MARCH 24 . Southern Railway will operate more special trains to Bangalore during the summer.

Train 0684 Chennai Central-Bangalore weekly special will leave at 9.45 p.m. on all Sundays and reach Bangalore at 5.15 a.m. the next day. Train 0684 will leave Bangalore at 9.30 p.m. on all Fridays and arrive here at 4.35 a.m. the next day. The services will be available from April 17 to June 26 from Chennai and from April 15 to June 24 from Bangalore.

A special train will run from Chennai Central to Jodhpur. It will leave at 3.30 p.m. on March 28 and reach Jodhpur at 12.10 p.m. on March 30. Reservation will begin on March 25, says a railway release.

Deemed university status

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI MARCH 24 . The Centre has granted deemed university status to the Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, on the advice of the University Grants Commission.

A March 18 notification, issued by the Union Human Resources Development Ministry, said the deemed university would include the Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, the Saveetha College of Nursing and the Saveetha College of Physiotherapy. Started in 1986, the Saveetha Dental College offers Bachelor of Dental Surgery with an intake of 100 students and Masters in Dental Surgery in eight specialities, besides Ph.D programmes in four specialities. Attached to these institutions is a 100-bed free general hospital. The Colleges of Nursing and Physiotherapy offer courses at the bachelors and master level.

The Saveetha Medical and Educational Trust president, N. Veeraiyan, assumed the position of Chancellor.

Mr. Veeraiyan said he hoped to bring in an engineering college and another college for occupational therapy run by the trust under the deemed university.

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