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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tamil Nadu railway stations on bomb alert

VILLUPURAM: Several railway stations in Tamil Nadu were on high alert on Tuesday in the wake of a bomb threat even as the state police chief said that there was no specific intelligence report warning of terror attacks.
The station master at Tindivanam received a post card warning him that bombs would explode at 30 different places in the next 35 days if Al-Umma chief SA Basha was not released from Coimbatore prison. Basha is the main accused and is under trial in the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast cases.
Security was beefed up at Cuddalore, Villupuram and Vriddachalam railway stations.
According to the police, the letter also said that militants trained in terrorist camps in Kashmir had entered Tamil Nadu and were planning to attack Tiruchirapalli and Vellore prisons.
The Director General of Police P Rajendran said on Tuesday: "the state is calm and peaceful".
The police chief denied reports that hardcore ultras have infiltrated into the state. "There is no specific information of any extremist alert from the intelligence bureau to us," Rajendran said.
He told the media on Tuesday that a warning received two days before was part of an all-India alert "issued immediately after the Hyderabad blasts only to beef up security measures as a precautionary measure."
"We are maintaining a close watch on suspicious elements in the state and collecting information on foreigners who are overstaying in the state."
He also warned against "those spreading rumours about terrorist attacks in the state".
Police in Chennai said that a young Bangladeshi woman arrested in connection with the Hyderabad blasts had studied in Vellore for more than three years.
Sahi Rafjani had lived in Katpadi near Vellore and studied for her BA degree course in Auxilium Women's College at Katpadi, the police said. She had also supported the medical treatment of her father at the Vellore Christian Medical College.

Gandhi statue damaged

VILLUPURAM: A 37- year-old Mahatma Gandhi statue, was razed to the ground, when a tractor rammed into it on Saturday.The statue was set up on the Pandit Nehru Road by the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on January 8, 1970. Former Chief Minister K Kamaraj had inaugurated the statue in a function. The maintenance of the statue was handed over to the Villupuram Municipality.According to sources, the tractor was transporting a huge quantity of sugarcane to a sugarmill in Ariyur on Saturday. The driver lost control over the vehicle and rammed against the statue.On getting information, Municipal Chairman Janakaraj, tahsildar Raju and Congress leaders, went to the spot. They then decided to set up a new statue at the same place.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Marathon laying stress on importance of sports held

VILLUPURAM: The Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority, Rotary Clubs and the District Athletics Association organised a marathon to stress on the importance of sports here on Wednesday.
The event was held in three categories — men, boys and girls. District Collector Brajendra Navnit, who flagged off the marathon, called upon the students to involve themselves in sports, besides concentrating on their studies. MLA S. Pushparaj, Villupuram Municipal Chairman K. Janakaraj and Rotary District Governor Sivagnana Selvam participated. The winners were given cash prizes of Rs.5,000, Rs.3,000 and Rs.2,000 and certificates in each category.
The following are the winners in different categories:
Men – S. Murugan and K. Ranjit of Arignar Anna government arts college, Villupuram, and A. Arunkumar of Thirukkoilur. Boys – S. Anandbabu and N. Moovendan of Kamarajar municipal higher secondary school, Villupuram, and, D. Vijaya of Manalurpet government higher secondary school.
Girls – S. Seethalakshmi of Thirunavalur government girls higher secondary school, K. Indira of Virattikuppam government higher secondary school and K. Sasirekha of Villupuram government girls higher secondary school.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

How to get to JIPMER, Spandan, Pondicherry

1. The closest airport is in Chennai, which is around 135 kms from Puducherry (approx. 2 ½ hrs. journey). Chennai has excellent connections with almost all cities in India and direction connection to Europe, USA, Middle East and South East Asia. Trichy airport is 220 kms away. Bangalore (320 kms) and Madurai are the other nearby airports.

2. Though Puducherry is on the rail map journey by train to and from Puducherry is not very popular. Villupuram is the nearest junction, it is fairly well connected to places like Chennai, Madurai and Trichy.

3. Puducherry is well connected to all districts and major towns of various states like Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andra Pradesh. Puducherry is best accessible by road, either by bus or by taxi. There are frequent buses, almost every 15 minutes in the day from Chennai’s new bus stand in Koyembedu.

4.The express buses takes 3 ½ hours to reach Puducherry. Preferably take the buses coming by the East Coast Road via Mahabalipuram, instead of the National Highway, as the ECR is far more scenic with shimmering sea to give you company most of the way.

There are frequent buses to Puducherry from places like Chidambaram, Thanjavur Trichy and Coimbatore. Especially private luxury buses are connecting Puducherry with other major cities in Tamil Nadu and Bangalore.

1) Teams arriving at the Chennai Central Railway Station can take local buses no. 15B, 15F or auto rickshaws (charges ranging from Rs.70 to 90) to reach the central bus stand (CMBT), Koyambedu. From there one can take the Chennai- Pondicherry / Chennai-Chidambaram/ Chennai- Cuddalore Bye pass bus to get to JIPMER directly. Please remember to get down at the JIPMER(Gorimedu ) bus-stop .You can also take the ECR route from Chennai to reach the Pondicherry bus stand from where auto rickshaws are available for Rs.25 to 40.
2) Colleges coming from south via Cuddalore or Villupuram should disembark at the Pondicherry bus stand and take an auto to get to JIPMER.
3) For colleges from Bangalore and its surroundings, direct bus services are available, run by PRTC, KSRTC and private bus services.(8 hours)

MK blaming PMK for violence: Ramadoss

Villupuram, August 16: PMK leader S Ramadoss today alleged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was trying to blame his party for instigating violence and said the DMK patriarch should clarify his statement accusing some parties of resorting to protests to develop themselves.
"Karunanidhi's statement indicating that the PMK is trying to disturb peace and is resorting to violence has anguished me," Ramadoss, whose party supports the ruling DMK from outside, told reporters here.
The chief minister was attempting to brand the PMK as a party instigating violence, he charged.
Karunanidhi, in a statement issued on August 14, had said a situation had emerged where some parties were saying anything and resorting to any kind of protest to develop themselves. He also warned that the time to take a decision was nearing.
Ramadoss cited the murder of six persons in communal clashes in Tenkasi and said the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated.
The state government was not making attempts to solve differences with its allies on major issues through dialogue, he said. The PMK was only expressing opinions and holding protests to attract the attention of the government to the people's issues, he said while reiterating that his party's support for the DMK government would continue.
Even the Left parties supporting the UPA government were criticising it, he said adding no partner of the coalition at the Centre was flaying them for such actions. (Agencies)
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