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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Centre approves road repair work for 26 stretches in Tamil Nadu

VILLUPURAM:June 21: The Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, has approved a sum of Rs 31.50 crore for road improvement work under Central Road Fund Scheme in Tamil Nadu.

The Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister T R Baalu announced in Tamil nadu today that the amount will be used for widening and strengthening of 14 road stretches of state highways, major districts roads and other district roads in the State.

The roads which will be taken up under this project comprises improvements to
Strengthening Arcot Villupuram Road km 110/0-114/4 at a cost of Rs.150 lakh in Thiruvannamalai.

The Ministry had earlier sanctioned an amount or Rs 77.70 crore in March this year for carrying out Road Improvement Work in 26 Road Stretches in Tamil Nadu, said an official release issued here today.

Friday, June 08, 2007

AIADMK cadres take to streets; burn CM`s effigies

VILLUPURAM: Hundreds of AIADMK workers and several senior leaders were today arrested as they enforced road blockades across the state to protest Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's alleged derogatory remarks against party supremo J Jayalalithaa.

Shouting slogans against Karunanidhi, the party workers, including a large number of women, blocked roads in different places in this city and burnt figures of Karunanidhi in effigy and copies of DMK organ 'Murasoli', police said.

A police inspector suffered burns on his legs when he tried to prevent agitators from burning copies of 'Murasoli" near Kottaikuppam in Villupuram district, they said.

Several senior AIADMK leaders like presidium chairman E Madhusudanan, organising secretary Sulochana Sampath, former ministers D Jayakumar and B Valarmathi were among those arrested.

Madhusudanan alleged Karunanidhi had been making derogatory remarks against Jayalalithaa and "he has insulted the womenfolk, which is highly condemnable".

Sources said around 2,500 workers, including 1,100 women, were arrested in the capital while the figure might cross 5,000 all over the state.

Commuters bore the brunt of the protests as traffic was paralysed on the arterial Anna road here leading to serpentine queues of vehicles.

Accusing Karunanidhi of making "derogatory" remarks against her while joining issue with her over her vow to eliminate the DMK, Jayalalithaa had on Tuesday said AIADMK cadres would not be mere spectators if he went on making such remarks.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Resistance motivated by politics, says Stalin

VILLUPURAM: Amidst controversies over the choice of site and opposition from the AIADMK and the PMK, Local Administration Minister MK Stalin laid the foundation stone for Villupuram government medical college.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the 15th government medical college at Munidiyampakkam, Vikravandi Union, near Villupuram yesterday, Stalin took a dig at the AIADMK and the PMK by saying that 'some' were 'doing politics' by opposing the government medical at Mundiyambakkam.

Showering praise on his Cabinet colleague Ponmudi, Stalin said the Higher Education Minister was responsible for several infrastructural facilities for the district like the new bus terminus and collector office in Villupuram and the Tindivanam-combined water supply scheme.

'The Villupuram Medical college will be built on an estimate of Rs100 crore. While Rs 80 crore would be earmarked for construction purposes, Rs 20 crore will be spent on buying equipment for the institution,' the Local Administration Minister said.

The college would be spread in 18.20 hectare and would have all the requisite facilities. It would offer 100 undergraduate medical seats taking the total number of seats in the State to 1745, Stalin explained and informed that the construction works will be over by March 2008.

'We are implementing all that we had undertaken in the election manifesto,' he said and added that under the Anna Renaissance Scheme all the 12,618 village panchayats in the State would be developed.

As a first step, 2001 village panchayats have been selected and development works are being carried out at a cost Rs 20 laksh for each village. The scheme would be extended to also cover all the 561 town panchayats.

In Villupuram district, out of the 15 town panchayats, in the first phase 4 were selected and development works are being done at a cost of Rs 35 lakhs for each local body, Stalin said.

Minister for Health, KKSSR Ramachandran presided over the function, and the a host of others particiapated, including Higher Education Minister Ponmudi, Union Minister Venkatapathi, and District Collector Brajendra Navneet.

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