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Saturday, November 25, 2006

147 hospitalised due to food poisoning in TN (Sify News)

As many as 147 people, many of them school students below 15, were admitted to a government hospital with suspected symptoms of food poisoning at Siruvathaaru village in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

villupuram market getting very bad environment

villupuram market getting to bad view and due to incresing rubishes and people where also not intrested to take steps in this issue and villupuram muncipal corparation all not intrested to take any future steps on villupuram market .

SBI ATMs to be set up at villupuram railway stations .

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) will be installed at Villupuram railway stations as per a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the State Bank of India (SBI), according to R C Jat, divisional railway manager (DRM), Trichy.

They would be located in such a way that both general public as well as railway passengers could access to the ATMS round-the-clock. Apart from SBI ATM, Canara Bank will also install its ATM at Tiruchirapalli junction, said Jat.

Jat said the railways is also planning to set up budget hotels at Puducherry, Thanjavur and Trichy Fort railway stations for the benefit of passengers. To be run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the proposed hotels would provide 24-hour services by selling eatables inside railway stations.

The Trichy railway division had drawn up a blueprint for undertaking major improvements in passenger amenities at Trichy, Villupuram, Srirangam, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Vridhachalam, Myladuthurai, Tiruvarur and Ariyalur railway stations at a cost of Rs 21 crore.

The project includes beautification of the railway stations, improvisation in landscaping, provision of retiring rooms, upgradation of lighting system, etc.

For Trichy junction alone, Rs 6.05 crore has been allotted for beautification and provision of various facilities such as air conditioned dormitory-cum passenger lounge, multiple closed TV circuits, LED display indicating coach formation and touch-screen for the waiting passengers.

He said the electrification of the 178-km railway track between Villupuram and Tiruchirapalli junction has already been taken up.

The Rs 96.66-crore project has been awarded to CORE (Central Organisation for Railway Electrification, Allahabad) and the segment between Villupuram and Vridhachalam would be energised by March 2007.

Among the important gauge conversion project-taking place in the division, Vridhachalam-Athur-Salem section will be completed by March 2007. The Rs 105 crore project for the 83 kms stretch is handled by RVNL (Railway Vidyut Nigam Limited) and the work was in progress as per schedule.

Jat said that the overall performance of the division was very encouraging. The division has netted Rs 60.7 crore as passenger earnings in the first seven months of the year (April-October, 2006) as against Rs 55 crore during the corresponding period last year, thereby recording a growth rate of 19 percent.

The freight earnings touched Rs 69.79 crore in the first seven months as against Rs 45.8 crore for the same period last year. The division is hopeful of achieving the target of Rs 273 crore overall earnings in the current fiscal.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Even though king ,Setback for Ponmudi at Villupuram

VILLUPURAM: Even while the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-led alliance is maintaining a lead in the local body elections in the district, it has suffered a setback in Villupuram municipal ward No. 10, where Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi has his residence.

M. Mallika of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has won the seat by a margin of 19 votes. She polled 416 votes against Congress candidate R. Muthulakshmi's 397 and R. Santha's (Independent) seven. After the results were declared, there was a demand for recount which was not conceded. So far, results have been declared in 28 of the 36 wards. The DMK has got 17, AIADMK 7, PMK 3, and MDMK 1. The DMK candidates for wards 4 and 35 have been elected unopposed.

In Tindivanam Municipality, results have been declared in 17 of the 33 wards: DMK 7, AIADMK 4, PMK 3, DPI 1 and Independents 2. In the Kallakurichi Municipality, results are out in 18 of the 21 wards: DMK 5, AIADMK 4, DMDK 2, Congress 1, PMK 1, and Independents 5.
The results are known for 157 of the 243 Town Panchayats.
The DMK got 59, AIADMK 41, Congress 14, DMDK 6, PMK 3, MDMK 2, DPI 2, and Independents 30.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

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DMK keen to uphold alliance dharma, says Karunanidhi

Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Sunday that his party was keen to uphold "alliance dharma," and cited the disciplinary action taken against 20 DMK functionaries even before the results of Saturday's elections were out.

Joining issue with Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss on charges of cross-voting in elections for heads of local bodies, Mr Karunanidhi, in a seven-page statement, acknowledged that as in every other party, "a few" DMK members might have committed mistakes and disobeyed directives. Disciplinary action was promptly initiated against them. The list included three MLAs.
Referring to the PMK's contention that some of its nominees lost because of the DMK, the Chief Minister said the DMK too had suffered due to `rebel' candidates.
Responding to Dr. Ramadoss' strong statement, Mr Karunanidhi referred to the defeat of the DMK's nominee for the chairmanship of Kancheepuram municipality. Though the PMK was said to be responsible, he did not like to accuse the party.

PMK member Sridhar decided to contest for the Kancheepuram panchayat union chairmanship, though the DMK's Kumar was in the fray. Despite DMK deputy general secretary M.K. Stalin pointing it out to PMK leader A.K. Moorthy, Mr. Sridhar contested the election, which ended in a dispute. In several other local bodies in Kancheepuram district, the DMK had ensured the victory of the PMK candidates.

The seat had been allotted to the CPI as per the understanding among constituents of the Democratic Progressive Alliance.
Mr. Karunanidhi mentioned how the DMK had ensured the victory of the PMK candidates in several local bodies in Villupuram.
Deputy Mayor post
When the PMK represented, seeking the deputy mayor post in corporations, the DMK had suggested that the PMK field a Scheduled Caste candidate for the post in Chennai. Though the DMK had announced its candidate, it was willing to withdraw the nominee and concede the PMK's demand.
In a massive democratic exercise, when a few committed mistakes, irrespective of their party affiliation, steps should be taken to sort out their differences through talks, instead of rushing to the Press.
"Not to find fault"
"Even this explanation is given to dispel any efforts for creating discord between the parties following the publication of news reports in the Press. This is not to find fault with other parties," Mr Karunanidhi said.
It was a fact that every party was affected because of mistakes committed by lower-level members of constituents of the alliance.
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