Unscheduled landing

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 29 . A Singapore Airlines Boeing-777 jetliner flying to Athens made an "unscheduled landing" at the Chennai airport in the early hours of today as one of the passenger complained of chest pain.

According to airport sources, the airport doctor attended on the Greek national, who was rushed to the Apollo Hospitals here. The flight (SQ-348), which landed here at 2.53 a.m., departed at 5.20 a.m.

`Outdated bullets' seized

By Our Special Correspondent

VILLUPURAM NOV. 29. The Villupuram police have seized over 28,000 rounds of `outdated bullets' from the premises of a scrap merchant at Pappanchavadi near here today. They have booked a case under Section 102 of Criminal Procedure Code (abandoned articles).

The police said the merchant had imported seven containerloads of waste metallic objects from South Africa through a Singapore agent. In one of the containers, the bullets were found. On a complaint by Balasubramanian, Superintendent of the Excise Department, a bomb squad cut open the bullets and found that these were not live. These were just lead projectiles, said the Villupuram Superintendent of Police, K. Periaiah.

Generally, after the rounds were fired the projectiles would lose shape, but in this case these were intact.

Crack on rails

By Our Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL NOV. 29 . A Chennai-Nagercoil special train was stopped near Vellode for about 20 minutes today after a crack on the rails on the Dindigul-Madurai route was detected.

Railway workers attended to repairs at a welding point and allowed the train to pass, officials said. They suspect that the crack might have occurred owing to change in climate.

Special postage stamps

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 29 . The Department of Posts has released a set of two special postage stamps, in the denomination of Rs.15 each, on "The Aga Khan award for architecture: Agra Fort 2004". A miniature sheet priced at Rs.30 has also been released for sale.

The stamps, the first-day cover and the information sheet are available for sale at all philatelic bureaux/counters, says a press release.

Awards for small entrepreneurs

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 29 . The Union Government will give three national awards to outstanding entrepreneurs and for quality products and research and development efforts in small scale industries.

Besides the first, second and third prizes, a special recognition award for entrepreneurs from each applicant State/Union Territory will be given. There will be two special prizes on a par with the first national award to honour an outstanding woman and an SC/ST entrepreneur for 2003.

Details, applications and the procedure for submitting the applications can be had in person or by post from the Director, Small Industries Service Institute, 65/1, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai-600 032. Application details can be obtained also from the general managers, district industries centres. The last date for receipt of filled-in applications at the SISI is November 30.

New Additional Secretary

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV. 29 . P. Sonai, Additional Commissioner of Land Administration (Cinema and Irrigation), has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary, Home Department.

An official release here said orders on the appointment of Mr. Sonai's successor would be issued separately.

Train halt at Unjalur

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI NOV.29 . Twenty trains will stop at Unjalur for a minute for six days from December 30 to January 4, in connection with the 76th aradhana of Satguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal.

A Southern Railway release said here today that the Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, issued orders, following demands from rail-users, passenger associations, elected representatives and pilgrims.

The Madurai-Jammu Tawi Weekly Link Express, the Nagercoil-Mumbai CST Weekly Express, the Chennai Egmore-Erode Express, the Thanjavur-Mysore Express, the Tuticorin-Mysore Express, the Tiruchi-Ernakulam Express, the Nagercoil-Chennai Central Weekly Express, the Tirunelveli-Erode Passenger, the Tiruchi-Palghat Town passenger and the Nagercoil-Coimbatore fast passenger, in both directions, will stop at Unjalur.

Life term for three

By Our Special Correspondent

SALEM NOV. 29 . The Fast Track Court II judge, Mohammed Ali, today sentenced three persons, all brothers, to life imprisonment for having murdered their uncle over a land dispute.

According to the prosecution, Settu, Ramesh and Sathish of Papparathanpatti, killed Govindarajan (24), their father's brother, in June 2001.

The Jalakandapuram police arrested five persons, including their mother Anandayee (45) and her brother Selvan.

Anandayee and Selvan were acquitted.

In another case, two persons were sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a person at Ulipuram in the district. Mani and Selvam alias Selvaraj, who worked in a rig lorry, killed their manager, Palaniappan, while attempting to loot cash from him in March 2003.


stage demonstration

By Our Staff Reporter

Nagercoil Nov 29. Residents of Villukuri, Karinchancode, Harijan Colony, Kuthiraipanthivilai, Manthoppu, Madathattuvilai, Manakkarai, Appattuvilai, Paruthiyarai Thottam, Thikkanamcode, Kappiyarai and Nattalam staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Monday, demanding either compensation or an alternative site to construct houses while laying the `four-lane-road' between Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram for a stretch of 70 km.

The president of Villukuri panchayat, Lekshmi, and the former panchayat union president of Thuckalay, Soosai Mariyan, led the agitation.


relieved of chain

By Our Staff Reporter

Nagercoil Nov 29. The police are looking out for a servant, who relieved a housewife of her 10-sovereign gold chain on Monday.

According to the police, Selvaraj (29) was working as a servant with Benedict Rajan of Kulasekaram. When Mr. Benedict Rajan was away in Nagercoil, Selvaraj used the opportunity to relieve her of her chain.

The police have registered a case.

ESI scheme

for Shencottah suburbs

By Our Staff Reporter

MADURAI NOV.29. The Employees' State Insurance Corporation has proposed to extend the ESI scheme to the revenue villages of Piranoor, Elathoor, Vallam and the hamlet of Kottakulam in Shencottah taluk in Tirunelveli district, from December 1.

In a statement here today, the Joint Director of the ESI Corporation, A. S. Meeran, said that those covered under the scheme could get medical benefits through the ESI dispensary No. 34, ward No. 2, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Shencottah.

For further details contact the Branch Manager, ESI Corporation, First Floor, 221 D, Amman Sannathi, Tenkasi, or the Joint Director, ESI Corporation, Sub Regional Office, IV Main Road, K. K. Nagar, Madurai.

Relief distributed

By Our Staff Reporter

Tuticorin Nov. 29. The Collector, V. Chandrasekaran, today distributed compensation to six persons, whose relatives were killed in lightning.

He gave away Rs.50,000 each to the kin of the six deceased and Rs.15,000 each to those who suffered injuries.

He also distributed Rs.10,000 each to 23 widows under the Distress Relief Scheme.

Aid assured to SHGs

By Our Staff Reporter

Nagercoil Nov. 29. The General Manager of State Bank of India, P. Pradeep Kumar, visited rural branches in Kanyakumari district and interacted with the members of self-help groups.

In Nagercoil main branch, he enquired about the service with customers and held discussions with representatives of non-voluntary organisations, farmers and planters at Thadikkaramkonam.

He assured to farmers and the SHG members that the bank would extend assistance to them to improve their socio-economic status.

M.G. Vaidyan, Deputy General Manager (Agri), O. Henry Francis, Chief Manager (Rural Dev.) and V. Chidambaram, Assistant General Manager accompanied the General Manager.

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