TAMIL NADU

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3 AIADMK cadres held

By Our Staff Reporter

VIRUDHUNAGAR APRIL 24. Three All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadres have been arrested in connection with an assault on journalist K. Senthalaikumar here on Thursday. According to the police, Manikandan, Ramesh and Thangaraj allegedly beat up the journalist, working for a private television channel, who videographed vehicles parked outside the Virudhunagar Collectorate, while the AIADMK candidate for the Sivakasi Lok Sabha seat, P. Kannan, was filing his nomination.

The three were charged with wrongful restraint and causing hurt.

10-year RI for possessing ganja

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Coimbatore April 24. The Special Judge of the Essential Commodities Court, G.V. Sankara Ganesha Murthy, yesterday convicted and sentenced K.V. Ramasamy (62) of Nambiyur near Gobichettipalayam to undergo 10-year rigorous imprisonment on charges of possessing 22 kg of ganja. The officials from the Customs Preventive Unit, Salem, arrested him in October 2002 under the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The judge also awarded a fine of Rs. 1 lakh and in default, he would have to undergo two more years of imprisonment.

Sankara Jayanthi

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Kancheepuram April 24. Anointment of Adi Sankara's granite idol on Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Vishwa Maha Vidyalaya (deemed university) campus, Enathur, near here with milk, sandal paste, tender coconut water and flowers marked the Sankara Jayanthi today.

Pandits belonging to Kanchi Mutt performed the ceremony amidst chanting of Vedas, in the presence of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi and Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi. Later special poojas were performed on the Mutt premises here in the afternoon and the panchaloha idol of Adi Sankara was taken in procession in the evening. Vedic scholars were also honoured at the Mutt.

Short-term courses

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CHENNAI APRIL 24. The Dr. J.C. Kumarappa Institute of Rural Technology and Development, run by the Gandhiniketan Ashram, is offering short-term training courses in various trades including leather processing and finishing, electronics and electrical appliances, pottery, two-wheeler mechanism, etc.

The next session of the courses, ranging from two weeks to six months, is scheduled to start in the first week of June, according to the institute principal, R. Rajendran. Those interested may contact the T. Kallupatty-based institute's principal for details.

Data entry training for women

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CHENNAI APRIL 24. The Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited is organising a data entry training course for women. Admission to the free, 30-day programme, organised in association with the Information Technology Academy, is open for women aged between 18 and 30 having a minimum educational qualification of a pass in Plus-Two. The academy will find suitable placements for successful candidates, says an official release.

Interested candidates can attend a walk-in interview on April 30 at the Corporation's office on Anna Salai.

`Preserve traditional arts'

By Our Special Correspondent

Briefly

CHENNAI APRIL 24. Music, dance and drama were traditional arts of the country which should be preserved and nurtured for posterity, the principal general manager (Operations), BSNL, Tamil Nadu Circle, T.S. Kuppuswamy, said here today.

Presiding over a nine-day summer drama festival, organised by Kartik Fine Arts here, he said these arts should not be allowed to fade away as they represented the civilisation of the country. He appealed to sabhas to encourage young and budding artistes, especially those who were interested in making experiments.

Earlier inaugurating the festival, the chairman, Kartik Fine Arts, L. Sabaretnam, said that only new dramas were staged during the festival and prizes were given to best dramas.

TNPCEE begins

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TIRUCHI APRIL 24 . About 5,546 candidates took the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination in Tiruchi district today.

The examinations were conducted in two zones, one coordinated by the Bishop Heber College and another by the National Institute of Technology. The students took their examination at 12 centres.

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operated special services from the Chathiram Bus Stand and the Central Bus Stand to the examination centres.

DRDA profile for SHGs

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PERAMBALUR APRIL 24 . The District Rural Development Agency will release a list of profile of economic activities to benefit the members of self-help groups.

The list is aimed at providing various choices to women members of the SHGs and to improve their skills on a professional basis.

The profile will provide various details such as the scale of finance and the quantum of subsidy to be released by the DRDA. The profile will be released at a function to be held here on Wednesday.

Mettur level

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI APRIL 24 . The level in the Mettur reservoir stood at 25.73 feet today. The inflow was 295 cusecs and discharge 40 cusecs.

Rain in Kanyakumari

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NAGERCOIL APRIL 24. Several low-laying areas here and suburbs were inundated as Kanyakumari district experienced rain today.

Pedestrians were seen wading through water in the Meenakshipuram, Vadasery, Kottar and Parvathypuram areas.

Water level

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI APRIL 24. The level in the Periyar dam stood at 108.5 feet.

The level in the Vaigai dam was 23.49 feet with a discharge of 30 cusecs.

The combined Periyar credit stood at 775 mcft. Following is the amount of rainfall registered in the last 24 hours ended at 8.30 a.m. today: Periyar dam - 16 mm and Tekkadi - 6 mm.

Man commits suicide

By Our Staff Reporter

Ramanathapuram April 24. Ayyappan (18), of Emaneswaram, today committed suicide, consuming poison owing to acute stomach pain. The police sent the body to the Government Headquarter Hospital for post mortem.

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