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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Close aide of Veerappan surrenders in Chennai

Murugesan, a close aide of slain forest brigand Veerappan, who had been evading the police dragnet for long, on Friday surrendered before the judicial magistrate at Mathurantakam near here, police said.

Murugesan, who was arrested on January 25, 1994, came out on bail on November 13, 1999, on condition that he should sign the register at 'Q' branch CID office, Cuddalore every Monday. But he abstained from signing from November 6, 2000 and had been absconding for the past six years, police said. Murugesan alias Alapakkam Murugesan alias Cheziyan, was an active cadre of the outlawed Tamil Nadu Liberation Army and was involved in a number of cases, including attacks on police stations in Cuddalore district and a bomb blast at a Gandhi statue at Villupuram town.

Due to pressure applied by special teams, which closely monitored his movements, he surrendered before the Magistrate, who remanded him to 15 days judicial custody at Central Prison, Cuddalore, police said.

Bureau Report

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

English a must in IT world:Dayanidhi Maran

Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran has said that English language is an asset for the country in forging ahead in software industry in the world. Inaugurating a Computer Centre in Government Arts College here on Tuesday, he said knowledge on IT and computer could be gained effectively with the aid of English.

Nearly 5 percent of our population were proficient in English language. They can speak and write well in English. Though the neighbouring China remains top in international electronic trade, the country has been unable to do well in computer market.

Since Chinese had not acquired, sufficient knowledge in English, the country failed to corner significant position in the software business, he said and added “though Tamil is a lifeline, youth should master English”. He called up on the youth to prepare themselves for a computer revolution. Maran said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had launched a scheme for providing computers to Government Arts and Science Colleges in the State which would assist the students to gain sufficient knowledge in IT field.

He said unlike America, Japan and Europe, our country has a tremendous youth power. More than 70 percent of total youth population reside in rural area and the rest in urban centres. The Government will take necessary steps for setting up special economic zone in Villupuram next year, he assured.

Minister for Higher Education K Ponmudi, MP K Dhanraj and MLA Pushparaj also spoke.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

M.K.Stalin justifies move on mayoral polls

Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin justified the Government's move to go in for indirect elections to the posts of Mayors of Municipal Corporations and chairpersons of Municipalities and Town Panchayats.
The need for the change arose because in Villupuram, the head of the urban local bodies belonged to one party while some other party enjoyed a majority in the councils. This resulted in the aspirations of people not being fulfilled. Citing the examples of Villupuram and Vriddhachalam municipalities, the Minister said that after the 2001 elections, meetings of municipal councils could not take place.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Special trains

Southern Railway will run special trains between Chennai Egmore and Tiruchi to clear extra rush of passengers.

Train no. 0633 will leave Egmore at 8.20 p.m. on August 16 and reach Tiruchi at 4.30 a.m. the next day. Train no. 0634 will leave at 9 p.m. on August 15 and reach Egmore at 4 a.m. the next day. The specials will stop at Vriddhachalam, Villupuram, Chengalpattu and Tambaram. Train no. 0634 will stop at Mambalam too.

The composition will be two AC two-tier and two AC three-tier, 10 sleeper class, two general second class and two luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Reservation will begin on August 15.

Pharma park to come up in Nanguneri SEZ

Drugs worth over Rs.500 crore will be manufactured, says Health Minister

  • Dialysis machines to be provided in every district hospital
  • 23 private drug factories set up in State in three months

  • A 250-acre pharma park will be set up within the Nanguneri Special Economic Zone in Tirunelveli, Health Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran announced in the Assembly

    Between 40 and 50 large and small pharmaceutical manufacturers and eight to 10 allied institutions would set up shop in the Nanguneri SEZ, providing 2,800 direct jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs. It was estimated that drugs worth over Rs. 500 crore would be manufactured.

    Mr. Ramachandran said 23 private drug factories were set up in various parts of the State in the last three months. In the previous regime, applications from several pharma companies for licences were pending, forcing them to move to other States. Now a qualified drug controller had been appointed and was processing the applications.

    An institute on the lines of the Government Thoracic Hospital would be set up in Madurai to address issues of tuberculosis and co-infection with HIV in the State. All government hospitals would be equipped, over the course of the year, to conduct HIV tests.

    Mr. Ramachandran said steps had been taken to screen for HIV in all district, sub-district hospitals and block Primary Health Centres. The number of centres providing anti-retro viral therapy for persons living with HIV/AIDS with a low CD4 count would be increased by five to touch 20 across the State. The new centres would come up at a cost of Rs. 1.86 crore and would be located within the government hospitals in Villupuram.

    A total of 161 primary health centres in the districts affected by tsunami would be given state-of-the-art machines to take care of newborns. The total cost of the project, to be supported by UNICEF, was Rs. 1.15 crore.

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