TAMIL NADU

Briefly

Laboratory opened at ICF

CHENNAI: A new computer-based training laboratory and a modern lecture hall were inaugurated at the Integral Coach Factory here on Saturday by Railway Board Member (Mechanical) R.R. Bhandari.

The laboratory with 14 computers is equipped with CBT software and CNC training simulation software. The lecture hall is fully equipped with LCD projector, DVD system and a compact public address system. The new additions would ensure better training of the employees in the latest technologies and improve their working skills, says an ICF release. — Special Correspondent

Wealth case hearing adjourned

BANGALORE: The disproportionate assets case involving Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and four others — Sasikala, V.N. Sudhagaran, Illavarasi and T.T.V. Dinakaran — has been adjourned till January 21.

The Supreme Court had transferred the case to Bangalore from Chennai, and a Special Court under Justice A.S. Pachhapure was constituted to try the cases. Since the Supreme Court has stayed the proceedings in the Special Court, the judge adjourned further hearing on the matter. — Staff Reporter

Snag delays IA flight to Singapore

CHENNAI: An Indian Airlines Airbus-300 flight which took off from the Anna International terminal with 167 passengers in the wee hours of Saturday for Singapore, returned to the base after being airborne for over two hours as the wide-bodied jet developed an "engineering snag."

The snag was rectified with men and material coming from Mumbai. The delayed flight then took off Singapore around 4-35 p.m. with 154 passengers as some of them were accommodated in an earlier flight. — Special Correspondent

Electronics goods seized

CHENNAI: Watches, watch movements, computer mother boards and compact flash memory (San Disk) of foreign origin worth Rs. 60 lakhs were seized by officers of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Chennai, from nine short visit passengers who had arrived from Hong Kong/Singapore via Colombo on Friday.

According to D.K. Srinivas, Additional Director of DRI, when the baggage brought by the passengers were examined they found these electronic goods. Five passengers were arrested and remanded to judicial custody. — Special Correspondent

Diesel seized

TUTICORIN: The police have seized 2,030 litres of diesel kept in 58 cans from a mechanised boat here on Friday.Police sources said a team led by the Superintendent of Police Mahesh Aggarwal, on information that fuel and explosives were being brought in a country boat, lay in wait. As soon as they saw the police personnel, the crew tried to return to deep waters raising suspicion. The police party chased them and seized the boat, but the four-member crew jumped into the sea and escaped. It was found the cans with diesel were kept in the boat. The police are on the look out for the accused. — Staff Reporter

Pondy Government seeks Central aid

PONDICHERRY: The Pondicherry Government has sought Rs. 202 crores towards flood relief. The demand for assistance was placed before the Central team, which held discussions with officials, prior to their visit to the rain-affected areas in Pondicherry on Saturday.Officials told the team that 90 per cent of the damage was in Karaikal and the agriculture sector had been severely affected. — Staff Reporter

Demonstration

Tuticorin: Members of Ulaikum Makkal Viduthalai Iyakkam staged a demonstration here on Friday, demanding authorities concerned to close down Sterlite Industries Limited for "emission of poisonous substances into air and thereby causing health hazards" to residents of Tuticorin.

The agitators pointed out that even the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had issued a show cause notice to the unit for violation of Air, Water and Hazardous Waste Management Act, after a sub-committee of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee during its visit to the unit on July 17 found that the unit was not fully complying with the environmental norms set by the Government.

Held for assault on youth

Tuticorin: The police on Friday arrested Santhanamuthu (39) on a charge of assaulting Muthu (20), a tea stall owner, at Matha Nagar near here on Wednesday.

Police said the accused took a cup of tea from the tea stall on Wednesday night and refused to pay for it. When Muthu questioned it, he was attacked with a stick.

The complainant who suffered head injuries in the attack was later admitted to Tuticorin GH for treatment. The accused was remanded to judicial custody.

Four nabbed for chain snatching

Tuticorin: The police arrested four persons who were allegedly involved in various chain snatching cases that took place at Tiruchendur on November 16.

Police said while Krishnan and Raj were arrested for snatching a two sovereign chain of Subbulakshmi while she was offering prayers at the temple, Kaliyamoorthy was arrested for taking away a four sovereign chain wore by Alwar (48), while he was standing at Tiruchendur bus stand.

Kishore Kumar was taken into the custody for snatching a four sovereign chain of Subramanian, when he was standing at the sea. The accused were remanded to judicial custody.

Arrested for rash driving

Tuticorin: The police on Friday arrested Bose (30), who had allegedly driven a lorry rashly and hit a car near Masarpatti on Wednesday.

Police said the lorry hit the car driven by Velyutham (28) on Kotankipatti-Pandalkudi sector. Velayutham suffered injuries on his left leg.

House burgled

Nagercoil: The police are on the lookout for some unidentified persons who burgled the house of an engineer here in the early hours of Friday.

According to police, Madhusoodanan Nair of Nagercoil, an engineer in a private firm in Bangalore was out of station when the theft occurred.

Awareness rally

DINDIGUL: Hundreds of students took part in an awareness marathon run in Dindigul town insisting on administrating natural resources scientifically.

The run, flagged off by the Collector, S. Murugaia, was started at Nehruji Memorial Higher Secondary School and reached Gandhiji Memorial Government Boys Higher School in the town. — Staff Reporter

Double murder

NAGAPATTINAM: Sekar, a 45-year-old casual labourer of Nagore, allegedly hacked his wife, Chandra (35), and nephew Murugaiyan (55) to death at his residence in Nagore near here on Friday night. He is also said to have attacked a neighbour Vaduvammal (60) with a sickle causing serious injuries. The woman was admitted to the government headquarters hospital here. Police sources said a family quarrel was said to be the reason for the murders. Top police officials visited the spot. Sekar was arrested late on Friday night.

Donation for stadium

KARUR: Senthil Balaji, district secretary, AIADMK students' wing, handed over a cheque for Rs.25,000 to Collector A. Karthik at the Collectorate here on Friday for the construction of the new stadium here. The AIADMK party district secretary, Raja N. Palanisamy, and leaders including Shahul Hameed, were present.

Honoured

PERAMBALUR: Twenty-two persons who had invested in small savings for Rs.3.95 lakhs were honoured at a function on Friday.

Power shutdown

PUDUKOTTAI: There will be no power supply in the following areas from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 22 owing to maintenance work to be taken up at the Pudukottai Town I Feeder: Thirugokarnam, Thilagar Thidal, Machuvadi, North Main Street, Kamarajapuram, Ganesh Nagar, Bose Nagar, Ayyanarpuram, Gandhi Nagar, Usilangulam, Ashok Nagar, Sathiyamoorthy Nagar, Nizam Colony, Kalif Nagar and Golden Nagar.

Mettur level

TIRUCHI: The level in the Mettur dam stood at 119.97 feet on Saturday. The inflow was 10,975 cusecs and the outflow 11,889 cusecs.

— Staff Reporter

Three held for demanding dowry

ERODE: The police on Saturday arrested three persons for harassing a woman by demanding dowry from her. The police said Selvaraj (35) of Sikkanapuram, near Dharapuram, married Devi five years back. For the last several days he and his parents were demanding her to bring money from her parents or sign a paper permitting Selvaraj to get a second marriage.

Mrs. Devi filed a complaint at the Dharapuram All Women Police Station. After an inquiry Selvaraj and his parents, Senapathy and Valliathal, were arrested.

Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary celebrated

ERODE: On behalf of the Erode District Congress Committee, the birthday of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was celebrated here on Saturday. The DCC president, R. M. Palanisamy, garlanded the portrait of Indira Gandhi.