Special officer's room locked up

THANJAVUR OCT. 2. The Employees Provident Fund organisation `locked' the room of the special officer of the Thanjavur Cooperative Printing Press here two days ago for non-payment of nearly Rs. 16 lakhs due to the EPF. The EPF authorities have also asked the customers not to make payment to the press but remit the amount to the EPF.

The action has come as a shock to about 85 employees working in the six-decade old press. They have not been getting full salary for nearly two-and-a-half years. They have been getting only Rs. 1,500 a month in the last 30 months.

Representations to the Thanjavur Collector and the Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Thanjavur, to take steps to put the press on the right track did not materialise so far. Similarly, there has been no response on voluntary retirement sought by several employees.The workers appealed to J. Radhakrishnan, Collector, to take steps to streamline the press and to ensure full salary for them.

Farm workers observe fast

NAGAPATTINAM OCT. 2. Hundreds of agricultural workers belonging to the Tamil Maanila Vivasaya Thozhilalargal Sangam observed fast here today. Their demands included reservation in private sector and to stop the atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

At Thanjavur, hundreds of agricultural workers observed fast in front of the Collector's office at Panagal buildings.

Traders stage protest

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Oct. 2. Traders, affiliated to Tamilnadu Vanigar Sangankalin Peravai, observed fast in different parts of the State to protest against dumping of foreign goods in the Indian market. In Chennai, the traders organised the fast in front of State Guest House. The peravai president, T. Vellaiyan, said the traders decided to observe the agitation on Gandhi Jayanthi day as Mahatma Gandhi gave a call to boycott foreign goods.

Tax cut for mini-buses

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Oct. 2. The Government has notified a steep reduction in tax rates for mini-buses plying in unserved rural areas and the ghat sectors. The rate has been reduced to Rs. 160 from 400 a seat every quarter for mini-buses plying in unserved rural areas and from Rs. 400 to 100 in the ghat sectors.

6 killed in car-lorry collision

DINDIGUL OCT. 2. Six persons including two women and a child were killed and three children injured in a car-lorry collision on the Dindigul bypass road here today.

The deceased were Sanjay Joshi (31), his wife Rekha (28), Roshan (33), his wife Sharmila (28), his daughter Sneha (7) and car driver Gopi (28). Aman (5), son of Roshan, and Abesha (5) and Ashika (2), daughters of Sanjay, were admitted to the Dindigul Government Hospital. The lorry driver, Balakrishnan (39) of Periakulam, was arrested.

It is said their car, proceeding to Kodaikanal from Chennai, collided head-on with the rubber wood-laden lorry, going to Chennai from Kollam. While four persons died on the spot, two others died on way to hospital.

The front portion of the car was completely damaged and ceiling ripped apart. The diesel tank of the lorry was cut off. However, the lorry driver escaped unhurt.

Fire and police personnel cut open the metal body of the car and removed the bodies to the Dindigul Government Hospital for post-mortem.

Acharya to visit Chengalpattu

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI OCT. 2. The Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswati, will stay at Chengalpattu on October 4 and 5 on his way to Madurai via Pondicherry. He is visiting the town after about 25 years. The Acharya will arrive at Chengalpattu from Sriperumbudur via Singaperumal Koil around 5 p.m. on October 4. He will watch bhajans, deliver a discourse and perform pujas. From Chengalpattu, he will go to Acharapakkam, according to a Sankara Seva Samithi release.

Competition for school children

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI OCT. 2. In connection with Children's Day celebrations, M.T.S. Academy and the Nehru Yuva Kendra will jointly organise an Arivukkalanjiyam Award 2004 competition for children from LKG to standard IX between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on November 6 at Mylapore here. Nearly 10 competitions including recitation, oration and drawing competition will be conducted for children in the city at three levels. The first prize, Arivu Malar award, is Rs. 1,000, second prize, Arivu Thalir award, Rs. 700, and third prize, Arivu Thulir award will be Rs. 500. Two consolation prizes of Rs. 250 each would be given.

The participant who scores the highest points in all the 10 competitions will be given the Arivukkalanjiyam award at all the three levels.

Rain in Erode

ERODE OCT.2. Erode and its surrounding areas have received very heavy rain last night. Erode recorded 36 mm of rainfall, Gobichettipalayam 29 mm, Bhavani 8.4 mm, Sathyamangalam 8 mm. Kangeyam, Kodumudi, Perundurai and Dharapuram also received medium showers.

There was no rainfall in the catchment area of Lower Bhavani Project reservoir at Bhavanisagar and the level had not risen. Today the level stood at 78.51 feet against the full level of 120 feet.

Special train

Coimbatore Oct. 2 . The Southern Railway will operate a special train on Sunday to clear the extra rush on the Coimbatore-Chennai sector. The train (No. 624) will depart at 23.45 hrs from Coimbatore and reach Chennai at 08.15 hrs on Monday, according to a Southern Railway release.The train will run via Erode-Jolarpettai and advance reservation is available, the release said.

Three held

ERODE OCT.2. Three persons were arrested today in connection with the murder of a retired Headmaster. According to police, Sarojini, wife of Retired Headmaster of a school at Chennimalai, Palanisamy of Chennimalai lodged a complaint with the police in April, stating that her husband, Palanisamy was missing for some days.

Following this up police traced the body of Palanisamy some days later in a decomposed state in Ammapet on the banks of Cauvery. Meganathan of Ammapet, his relative Sampathkumar and friend Arumugam were arrested.

Police said Meganathan was running a mechanic shop at Chennimalai and had borrowed some money from Palanisamy. When the latter demanded repayment Meganathan took Palanisamy in a car and strangled him to death.

Discount for books


Publications of the Saraswathi Mahal Library will be sold at 50 per cent discount till the end of this month in view of the 227th birth anniversary of the founder of the library, Maharatta King Serfoji, the Collector and Director of the Library, J. Radhakrishnan, said here today.

Takes charge

THANJAVUR OCT.2. K. Nallusamy, assumed office as the new Superintending Engineer of the Public Works Department (irrigation), Thanjavur circle, here yesterday.

Earlier, he was the Executive Engineer (Cauvery division), Thanjavur, and promoted as the Superintending Engineer recently.


T.Joseph Gnanadoss has assumed office as the Chief Engineer, PWD (water resources organisation), Tiruchi region.

He succeeds P.R.Meenakshisundaram, who retired recently. Previously, Mr. Gnanadoss was Superintending Engineer, Veeranam Project division, Chidambaram.

Rebate sale inaugurated

PERAMBALUR OCT.2 . The Khadi and Village Industries Board has opened five special temporary retail outlets at Veppur, Veppanthattai, Alathur Gate, Sendurai and Andimadam in view of the Deepavali. Inaugurating the rebate sale of khadi products here today, the District Revenue Officer, V. Krishnamurthy, said these shops would remain open on Sundays also till the festival.

Three special teams would visit schools and colleges in Perambalur, Ariyalur and Jayamkondam to boost the sale this year. A sales target of Rs.61 lakhs has been fixed for the current fiscal for the district.

The Assistant Director, KVIB, N. Subburaman, spoke.

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