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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Anbumani flags off train service from Vriddachalam

CUDDALORE: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss flagged off the train bound for Salem on the newly completed railway line from Vriddachalam.

Speaking at a meeting before the inauguration on Sunday, Minister of State for Railways R Velu said that the State Government had provided 50 percent of the total cost of Rs 187.09 crore for the gauge conversion work on the 139-kilometre-long railway line.

The Railways department, which proposed to take up doubling the arterial railway link from Dindigul to Villupuram, had submitted a proposal to the Planning Commission.

The commission, in turn, had sought that 50 percent of the finances for the project be met by the State Government.

For the last four years, the Ministry of Railways had allotted Rs 4,000 crore for a number of projects in the State.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss said that the Central Government had been implementing an ambitious National Rural Health Project in the country over the last few years.

''It has been introduced in 5.2 lakh villages and will be extended to the remaining one lakh villages next year,'' he added.

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Kidnapped for ransom, 10-yr-old dies shouting

VILLUPURAM: The body of a 10-yearold school boy from Villupuram district, who was kidnapped on Wednesday by a gang for ransom, was dug up from the forest area at Vedal village in the district on Sunday.

The boy reportedly died when the kidnappers tried to gag him to prevent shouting. The body was retrieved based on the information from one of the two youths arrested for the kidnap and murder.

Manikandan alias Deva, son of Ramamoorthy, a realtor from Marakkanam in Villupuram district, was missing from November 21.

Ramamoorthy had lodged a complaint with Marakkanam police. Meanwhile, he received an anonymous call demanding a ransom of Rs 7 lakh.

The caller wanted the money to be handed over in Chennai. The police traced the phone call to a village in Kancheepuram district. There they secured Hariharan (20), a relative of Ramamoorthy.

During interrogation, Hariharan admitted to having kidnapped the boy, with the help of his associates — Thenarasu (21) and Sathyamoorthy of Vedal village — to make some quick money.

As the boy died while they were trying to silence him, they buried the body in a remote area in Vedal.

Monday, November 12, 2007

‘Shuttle service’ between Villupuram, Puducherry sought

VILLUPURAM/PUDUCHERRY: Leader of the Pattali Makkal Katchi in Parliament M. Ramadass has requested the Railway Ministry to introduce a “shuttle service” between Villupuram and Puducherry.

In a letter to Union Railway Minister, he said that as the gauge conversion between Puducherry and Villupuram was complete, shuttle train service could be introduced thrice a day. He also requested the Minister to introduce a daily express train from Puducherry to Bangalore via Villupuram, Vriddhachalam and Salem.

“Since both Puducherry and Bangalore are emerging as Information Technology cities, such a service will facilitate the exchange of experts. This will help the economy of both,” he said.

Mr. Ramadass also requested the Minister to explore the possibility of connecting Mahe and Yanam with Puducherry through new trains.

A new service could be introduced from Puducherry to Mahe via Villupuram, Vriddhachalam, Salem, Coimbatore and Calicut.

Mr. Ramadass said the Kakinada-Chennai Express could be extended to Puducherry for the benefit of people visiting Yanam.
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