Jayalalithaa to visit Thanjavur

Thanjavur: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will be visiting Thanjavur on July 20. She will distribute benefits to people and lay the foundation stone for various projects besides declaring open some completed welfare projects. M. Veera Shanmugha Moni, Thanjavur Collector, held discussions with officials on Tuesday regarding preparations for the Chief Minister's visit. — Special Correspondent

Hotel employee killed

KANCHEEPURAM: A hotel-employee was killed in a hit-and-run road accident on GST Road near Chengalpattu in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to police, Gopal (50) of Mamandur was fatally knocked down by a speeding vehicle when he tried to cross the road at around 5-15 a.m.

In another accident on Monday night, a woman passenger was killed. The accident occurred at Ilyankuppam on the East Coast Road at around 8 p.m. when the driver of a private stage carrier moved the vehicle without knowing whether the passenger had alighted. As a result, the back wheel rolled over the victim Karpagam (48) killing her on the spot. The bus was proceeding from Chengalpattu to Sadras. — Staff Reporter

Bus burning case

adjourned to July 11

SALEM: The trial in the Dharmapuri bus burning case has been adjourned to July 11 in view of the Statewide lawyers' strike.

The Special Public Prosecutor, R. Srinivasan, told the judge of the Salem Additional District Sessions court, D. Krishna Raja, on Tuesday that defence lawyers could not attend the proceedings due to the strike. The judge postponed it to July 11. — Special Correspondent

VHP expresses concern over Ayodhya incident

CHENNAI: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday demanded that the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, own moral responsibility over the terrorist attack in Ayodhya and resign.

Expressing concern over the vulnerability of the security system for the Ayodhya temple, S. Vedantam, VHP international vice-president, said the Centre and all the State Governments should take a serious view of the security threat being faced by the country and take firm action to crush terrorism. — Special Correspondent

Insurance law diploma results today

CHENNAI: The Post Graduate Diploma in General Insurance Law and Practice Examination results will be published on Wednesday.

According to a release from the Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University, the results of the examinations held in May will be displayed on the notice boards of the respective training centres. The candidates can collect their mark statements from these centres.

USEFI presentation on student visas

CHENNAI: The United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), Chennai will hold a presentation on student visas here on Friday.

16 huts gutted

Tuticorin: An accidental fire at Thalamuthu Nagar on Tuesday destroyed 16 huts. No casualty was reported. Official sources told mediapersons that the reason was yet to be ascertained. They exact amount of loss could be known only after a comprehensive estimate was prepared. — Staff Reporter

Five held with lottery tickets

Tuticorin: The police seized huge amount of lottery tickets from Kovilpatti on Monday.

Police said Ramasamy (34), Ponramesh (30), Perumal (35), Sooryanarayan(32) and Balan (43) were taken into custody from Bharatidasan Street while they were in possession of 4,800 lottery tickets.

The accused were remanded in the custody. — Staff Reporter

Held on assault charge

Tuticorin: The police have arrested Vijayaraj (49) on the charge of assaulting an elderly woman at South Panaiyoor near here on Monday.

Sources said the accused assaulted Chellammal with a sickle after a wordy duel.

The woman was admitted to Vilathikulam Government Hospital.

The Kulathur police investigated the case. — Staff Reporter

Relief distributed to fire accident victims

Tuticorin: The Collector, V. Chandrasekaran, on Tuesday distributed aid to the tune of Rs.1.8 lakhs to 36 persons, who suffered burns during a fire at a matchbox manufacturing unit at Kovilpatti in 2002.

Each person was given Rs. 5,000, which was allocated from the Chief

Minister's Public Relief Fund.

He told this reporter later that those who come across errors in entries in the newly distributed family cards should bring it to the notice of the Taluk Supply Officer. All typographical errors including mistakes in spelling of names and omissions would be duly corrected. — Staff Reporter

Held on charge of abusing head constable

Tuticorin: Three women were arrested at Eral near here on Monday on the charge of abusing a woman head constable and obstructing her from delivering her duties subsequently.

Police said Kamakshi (40), Muthulakshmi (45) and Jayalakshmi (28), all native of Guruvarpatti village, abused Estherprema and prevented her from delivering her duty while she was at the police station. — Staff Reporter

Man killed, 3 injured

in accident

ERODE: A 60-year-old man was killed in an accident on Tuesday. According to the police, Palanisamy of Thoppampatty Chinna Goundenpalayam near Dharapuram was on his way to Madathupalayam on a moped. On the way, he picked up his friend Marimuthu, his relative Thangaraj and his daughter Sudha (12).

When it came near Chinnakarai village, a speeding Minidor auto hit the moped, killing Palanisamy on the spot. Others sustained serious injuries and are undergoing treatment at Dharapuram Government Hospital. Police said the accident was due to overloading. Dharapuram police have registered a case. - Staff Reporter

Tsunami fear grips coastal areas

NAGAPATTINAM: People living in the coastal areas of Nagapattinam district are in the grip of tsunami fear following rumours that the killer waves will strike the coast again on Wednesday night, the Amavasai day (New Moon Day).

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale reported in Indonesia on Tuesday aggravated their fears.

However, the fishermen community people living near the shore at Akkaraipettai, Keechankuppam and other places in the district were vigilant and were ready to move to safer places.

Revenue and police officials allayed the fears of the people in the coastal villages stating that they had no information about the tsunami. — Staff Reporter

Vasectomy camp

from July 11

Thanjavur: In connection with the world population day on July 11, no scalpel vasectomy special mega camp will be held from July 11 to July 15 at Government hospitals at Kumbakonam and Pattukottai in Thanjavur district, according to the Collector, M. Veera Shanmugha Moni.

It is an easy process in which the operation would be done in five minutes. The Government is giving an incentive of Rs.175 for those who undergo no scalpel vasectomy. — Special Correspondent

Mettur level

Tiruchi: The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 52.60 feet today. The inflow was 139 cusecs and the discharge, 900 cusecs. — Staff Reporter

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