TAMIL NADU

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Training for drivers of unorganised sector

CHENNAI: The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, T.R. Baalu, has sanctioned Rs. 53.25 lakhs for imparting training to 7,500 drivers under the "Refresher Training for Heavy Motor Vehicle Drivers in Unorganised Sector" scheme. The training will be imparted by Ashok Leyland Driver/Service Training Centre, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu.

Last month, the Minister had sanctioned Rs. 3 crores to 28 NGOs across the country, including some State-run institutes to impart training to drivers in the unorganised sector under this scheme. — Special Correspondent

New Public Secretary

CHENNAI: Sanwat Ram, IAS, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation Limited, has been posted to act as Secretary, Public and Rehabilitation Department vice Pavan Raina, IAS, holding additional charge. — Special Correspondent

Army guest house at Tirumala

CHENNAI: The General-officer-Commanding of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka Area, Major Gen. Paramjit Singh, laid the foundation for a modern three-storeyed guest house at Tirumala-Tirupati on Monday.

The guest house will provide accommodation to Defence personnel who have no such facility at Tirumala. With the Army authorities requesting the Andhra Pradesh Government and the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams administration, suitable land on lease for constructing a Sainik Guest house was made. The guest house will come up at an estimated cost of Rs. 85 lakhs, in a project, under the Army Welfare Fund. S. Patmanabhan, Andhra Pradesh Sub-Area Commander, Brig. U.W. Deshmukh, attended the function. — Special Correspondent

Train services resume

UDHAGAMANDALAM: Train services between Udhagamandalam and Mettupalayam resumed on Monday.

The services were cancelled on Sunday after heavy rain caused landslips between Kallar and Hillgrove.

The debris, including huge boulders, was removed on Sunday afternoon. — Staff Reporter

MBA classes

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Open University's M.B.A classes for the second, third and fourth semesters will begin from November 19 at the TNOU Learning Resource Centre, 27, Taylor's Road, Kilpauk.

The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays till December 18, says a release.

World Heritage Week

CHENNAI : The Archaeological Survey of India will organise a series of activities to mark the World Heritage Week beginning November 19.

On November 19, monument preservation efforts by N.S.S volunteers at Mamallapuram will be showcased, along with special visits by the physically challenged youth.

The next day, there will be a cultural awareness programme at Gingee. A photo exhibition will be held at Natesan Vidyalaya, Mannivakkam, on November 21 and 22.

On November 24, World Heritage Site plaques will be unveiled in the Brihadiswara temple at Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airatesvara temple at Darasuram. On November 25, a symposium will be held in the Brihadiswara temple at Thanjavur. Painting and oratorical competitions for children will be held at Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram, says a release. — Special Correspondent

Convocation held

ERODE: Knowledge and education distinguished a literate from an illiterate, Retired Judge of Madras High Court, Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam, said on Saturday. At the convocation held at Cherraan's Arts Science College, Thittuparai near Kangeyam, he awarded degrees to students. In his presidential address, the Chairman and Correspondent of the college K.C. Palanisamy advised students to equip themselves to face today's challenges. College Advisor N. Sethupathi and Principal S. Vadivelu spoke. - Staff Reporter

`Allow toddy tapping'

ERODE: BJP State president C.P. Radhakrishnan has expressed his support to the demand of the Federation of Farmers' Association to allow farmers to tap and sell toddy. Mr. Radhakrishnan, in a letter to federation secretary C. Nallasami, stated that though he was in favour of prohibition in the State, he supported the demand for opening of toddy shops. He said that the Government had permitted operation of IMFL shops and hence there was no harm in allowing selling of toddy. If prohibition was declared, toddy shops should also be closed. - Staff Reporter

Financial assistance

PUDUKOTTAI: The Collector, P. Sonai, handed over a cheque for Rs.15,200 each under the `Girl Child Protection Programme' to nine mothers on Monday. He also received petitions from members of the public at the weekly mass contact day programme.

Grievance day

PUDUKOTTAI: The Pensioners' grievances day meeting will be held at the Collectorate here from 10.30 a.m. on December 20. Collector P. Sonai said on Monday that pensioners and their heirs could submit a copy of their petitions to the Collectorate immediately.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 120.01 feet on Monday. The inflow was 12,560 cusecs and the outflow 12,016 cusecs.

— Staff Reporter

Robbers arrested

TIRUNELVELI : The police arrested six persons in connection with robberies near Tharuvai under the Munneerpallam police station limits.

Speaking to reporters here, the Superintendent of Police, Anand Kumar Somani, said some of the people, who crossed the Tharuvai Bridge, were relieved of their valuables by a group of unidentified persons.

The police arrested C. Venkat (25) of Veeravanallur, R. Murugan alias Madras Murugan (28) of Melagaram, V. Ashok Kumar (29) of Indra Nagar near Shencottai, C. Sugumar (27) of Palayamkottai, M. Mahesh alias Mari Selvam alias Sam Daniel (23) of Piraanoor near Shencottai, and T. Raja Mohammed (37) of Shencottai were arrested and three gold chains, two mobile phones and a car were recovered from them.

As Venkat, a history-sheeter, required money to meet the case expenses, he formed a gang and started robbery. "The hunt is on to nab four more culprits of this gang. Moreover, we are constantly and closely watching the movements of the criminals, who have been released from the jail", Mr. Somani said. — Staff Reporter.

Hostel inmate dies

TIRUNELVELI : A hostel inmate of a girls' higher secondary school near Palayamkottai bus-stand died on Sunday.

The police said that K. Lakshmi (15), a 10th Standard student hailing from VOC Nagar near Suththamalli, was in the hostel. As she suffered from "severe stomach pain" on Sunday morning, she was rushed to a private hospital near the All India Radio station. But she died on way.

The body was later taken to the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital for post-mortem.

The Palayamkottai police are investigating.

Man attacked

TUTICORIN: The police are on the lookout for two unidentified persons who allegedly assaulted Raja (26) here on Sunday night.

The police said the accused along with the complainant went to a theatre to watch a movie. While the movie was being screened, the two got into an argument and subsequently the accused attacked Raja with a knife, injuring him on his forehead.

The injured was later admitted to the Tuticorin government hospital.

Staff Reporter.

Two killed in road accident

TIRUNELVELI : Two persons, including a woman, were killed and eight others injured in a road accident at Chettikulam about 80 km from here on Sunday night.

According to the police, a group of people from Idinthakarai, a coastal hamlet under the Koodankulam police station limits, had gone to Nagercoil to purchase cloths for a marriage to be held on November 20. When they were returning home in a trekker jeep, it dashed against a limestone-laden lorry on the Chettikulam bypass road.

A group of Chettikulam residents, led by their panchayat president, N. Vijayan, carried out rescue operations immediately and sent the victims to the Asaripallam Medical College Hospital and a private nursing home at Idalaakkudi near Nagercoil, where three persons have been kept in the Intensive Care Unit.

The bride, L. Sahayam (25), and the jeep driver, X. Wellington (30) died on the spot. Of the eight injured, including three women, the condition of a woman is said to be critical.

Assumes office

TIRUNELVELI : The new Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, Vijay Kumar, assumed office here on Monday.

The 1987 batch IPS officer from Bihar has served as Assistant Superintendent of Police and Joint Superintendent of Police in Kanyakumari between 1991 and 1993, Superintendent of Police, Virudhunagar, Villupuram and Thiruvannamalai districts and Commissioner of Police, Madurai City. — Staff Reporter.

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