Rajya Sabha polls announced

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI JUNE 1. The Election Commission today announced the poll programme for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu to fill up six vacancies arising this month.

The notification will be issued on June 4 and the last date for filing nominations is June 11. Scrutiny will be taken up the next day and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is June 14. Polling, if necessary, will be held on June 21 and counting of votes would be taken up the same day, according to an official press release.

Prisoner dies in hospital

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CUDDALORE JUNE 1. A remand prisoner in the Cuddalore Central Jail, N. Kora Narayanan (23) of Nainarpalayam in Kallakurchi taluk, died soon after admission to the government hospital here today.

According to the jail superintendent, K. Thiagarajan, the prisoner had been suffering from "depressed neurosis," and was treated at least five times in the hospital. Today he was sweating profusely and felt uneasy.

Kora Narayanan was said to have been involved in eight house-breaking cases in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts. He was brought to the Central jail on December 14, 2003.

His was last discharge from the hospital was on May 22, 2004. The Old Town Police have registered a case.

Recruitment of religious teachers

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CHENNAI JUNE 1. The Army is recruiting religious teachers in the rank of junior commissioned officers from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Male graduates between 27 and 34 and having 155 cm height, 50 kg weight and 77 cm chest measurement are eligible.

According to a Press Information Bureau release, for the Pandit category, candidates should have studied Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhushan in Hindi or its equivalent in regional languages. Those who have passed BA with Sanskrit/Hindi as one of the elective (main) subjects are also eligible. For Granthi, they should have studied Vidwan in Punjabi or should have passed BA with Punjabi as one of the elective (main) subjects. For Maulvi, candidates should be Maulvi Alim in Arabic, Adib Alim in Urdu in regional language. Those not having these qualifications but having BA degree with Arbic/Urdu as one of the elective (main) subjects are also eligible. Eligible persons should send their applications to "Zonal Recruiting Office, Fort St. George, Chennai-09" before July 16.

`Expedite VCs appointment'

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CHENNAI JUNE 1. The Governing body of the Tamil Nadu Government Collegiate Teachers Association (TNGCTA) has appealed to the State to expedite the appointment of Vice-Chancellors for the Tiruchi Barathidasan, Salem Periyar and Karaikudi Alagappa universities.

In the absence of the Vice-Chancellor administrative work was impeded, members of the governing body said at a meeting on Sunday. They appealed to the Government to appoint a new director for the Collegiate Education department.

In a statement, the members alleged that the present director was reluctant to implement the orders issued by the Government to restore service benefits to teachers who participated in last year's strike.

Thailand visa service

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI JUNE 1. The Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi, the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kolkata and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Mumbai will provide a Thai visas issuance service regularly in Chennai.

The service will be available on Wednesday to Friday, every first and third week of the month. The new service in Chennai will begin on June 9 to 11.

According to a press release, in the visa issuance facility in Chennai, the submission time is from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and the collection time is between 2 and 3 p.m. Visa application forms priced at Rs.10 can be obtained from the Thai Airways International Office here.

The demand draft for the visa fee should be drawn payable to Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi. The tourist visa fee is Rs.1,250 and the transit visa fee is Rs.1,000 per entry. The Chennai office at 31, Haddows Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600 034 will not accept any cash and other methods of payment.

Award for IGCAR director

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CHENNAI JUNE 1. Baldev Raj, a distinguished scientist and Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, has been selected for the prestigious International Committee of Non-Destructive (ICNDT) Testing Research Award for 2000-2004.

This award is in recognition of his research and the impact of his contribution in the area of Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Science and Technology. The award is given to the best researcher internationally once in four years. It is open for competition among 65 countries, which are members of the ICNDT.

Anish Kumar, a Ph.D student of Dr. Baldev Raj gets the Young Achiever award (2000-2004) from the same forum for his contribution in "Materials characterisation using ultrasound methodology and modelling."

According to an IGCAR release, the awards would be presented during the inaugural ceremony of the 16th World Conference on NDT at Montreal, Canada, in August this year.

10 injured as van overturns

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Dharmapuri June 1. Ten persons were seriously injured when a van overturned at Nallampalli here today.

Police said that ten farmers from Dharmapuri were travelling in the van to the local market when it overturned.

The injured had been admitted to the Dharmapuri General Hospital.


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Dharmapuri June 1. A 24-year-old man was killed when lightning struck him at Periyampatti here on Monday. Police said Chandran was returning home from his farm at Pennagaram when the incident happened.


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ERODE June 1. Two youth were arrested by the Erode North Police on charges of chain snatching and recovered 17 sovereigns of gold jewels from them.

The police said that on instructions from the Superintendent of Police, P. Balasubramanian, Arunkumar, 20, and Prabhu, 19, of Erode were arrested.

Grievances day

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Udhagamandalam June 1. The Nilgiris Collector, K. Sellamuthu, in a press note here today stated that, hereafter, grievances redressal meetings would be held exclusively for self-help groups.

They would be conducted at the panchayat union offices in Ooty, Coonoor, Gudalur and Kotagiri on the first and third Monday of every month. The first meeting would be held on June 7 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Woman killed

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TIRUNELVELI JUNE 1 . A woman was killed in a road accident near Palayamkottai today.

The police said C. Thamizh Selvi (45) of Palayam Chettikulam was going to market with her brother-in-law in a two-wheeler. When they reached the Clock Tower at Shanthi Nagar, the vehicle overturned. Thamizh Selvi sustained head injuries. She was taken to the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital, where she died.

Commits suicide

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NAGERCOIL JUNE 1 . A rubber estate worker committed suicide by consuming poison Today.

Charles (35) of Maniyankuli near Kulasekaram took the extreme step, as he could not repay the loans he had borrowed from various persons. The police sent the body for a post-mortem.

Cash snatched from worker

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NAGERCOIL JUNE 1 . The police are on the look-out for a gang of five, which attacked a worker and snatched Rs. 10,000 from him on Monday.

There was a long-pending dispute between Sathyaraj of Nambadi near Nithiravilai and Gangasabapathy of the same village. A quarrel erupted between them, when Sahul Hameed, friend of Sathyaraj, intervened and tried to make a compromise. Ganasabapathy and his friends stabbed him and lifted Rs. 10,000 from his pocket.

Training for weavers

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NAGERCOIL JUNE 1 . The National Institute of Fashion Technology will organise a three-day training programme from June 2 with a view to uplifting the economic status of handloom weavers.

The Assistant Director for Handlooms and Textiles, M. Devendaran, said

weavers from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts would participate in the programme. The NIFT Registrar, S. Devadas, and the Commissioner of Handlooms and Textiles, S. Subburaj, would attend the programme.

House burgled

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TIRUNELVELI JUNE 1. The Valliyoor police are on the look-out for a culprit who burgled the house of a teacher.

The police said an unidentified person entered the house of S. Muthu of Ambedkar Nagar near Valliyoor early this morning, and made away with three sovereigns of gold ornaments and Rs. 2,300 in cash.

Fatally knocked down

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NAGERCOIL JUNE 1 . A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident on Tuesday.

The police said Vijay Kwsi of Myladi was going to Anjugramam in a motorcycle, when a van hit his vehicle. He died on way to hospital.

Foundation laid

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TIRUNELVELI JUNE 1 . The Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, laid the foundation stone for a Rs. 300-crore private cement factory at Munainjipatti on Monday.

The former President, R. Venkatraman, took part in the function.

Power shutdown

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THENI JUNE 1 . There will be no power supply between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the following areas for maintenance work at the Mathurapuri sub station: Mathurapuri, Annanji, Alli Nagaram, Letchumipuram, Krishnapuram, Karuthupatti, Vadapudhupatti, Meenakshipuram and nearby areas.

Wife, daughter murdered

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PERAMBALUR JUNE 1. Jayaraman (48) of Soundarapandian Nagar near Jayamkondam allegedly murdered his wife and daughter today.

According to the police, he attacked his wife Vijayalakshmi (37) with an iron rod when she was fast asleep, and his daughter Thavamani (13) when she rushed to rescue her mother.

While the woman died on the spot, the girl died on way to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital.

The police are searching for Jayaraman.

SI sustains injuries

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PERAMBALUR June 1 . Sozhamuthu, Sub-Inspector, sustained minor injuries when he was attacked by a murder accused here on Monday.

The incident occurred when he went to execute non-bailable warrant on Ranjithkumar (24) and Senthilkumaran (24), both allegedly involved in the murder of the former Perambalur town panchayat president, K. Selvaraj.

Ranjithkumar reportedly refused to receive the warrant and attacked the SI with a sickle.

However, he was overpowered and taken into custody by other police personnel.

Assumes charge

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PUDUKOTTAI JUNE 1. R. Arumugam assumed charge as the Superintendent of Police for Pudukottai district on Monday.

The outgoing SP, Anand Kumar Somani, handed over the charge to Mr. Arumugam, who was till recently the Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime and traffic), Tiruchi.

Mr. Somani has been posted to Sivaganga district.