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Air India diverts flight to Mumbai after freak accident in Tiruchirappalli

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The wheels of an Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu hit the airport's compound wall while taking off with 136 passengers on Friday. All passengers and crew are safe, an official said.
 
The flight IX-611 which took off at around 1.20 a.m., was then diverted to Mumbai where it made an emergency landing safely around 5.40 a.m. An alternative flight was arranged to take the passengers to Dubai.
 
Air India has taken the pilot and co-pilot off duties pending an investigation and the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has been informed of the incident, the airline tweeted.
 
While the damage to the Boeing B737-800 airplane's wheels is not known, a portion of the nearly five-foot high compound wall at the Tiruchirappalli Airport was damaged, an airport official told IANS.
 
The airport authorities have started a probe into the freak accident while technicians in Mumbai are examining the damaged aircraft.
 
On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the Tiruchirappalli airport and inspected the damage.
 
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Air India flight taking off hits wall in Tiruchirappalli, lands safely in Mumbai

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The wheels of an Air India Express flight to Dubai from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu hit the airport's compound wall while taking off with 130 passengers on Friday.
 
The flight which took off at around 1.20 a.m., was then diverted to Mumbai where it landed safely.
 
While the damage to the Boeing B737-800 airplane's wheels is not known, a portion of the compound wall has been damaged.
 
Officials at the airport police station told IANS that the compound wall was around five feet.
 
On hearing about the incident Tamil Nadu Tourism Minister N. Natarajan visited the airport and inspected the damage.
 
Tiruchirappalli is about 350 km from here.
 
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IndiGo introduces two new daily services to Singapore from Kolkata, Tiruchirappalli

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo today said it would introduce two new daily services to Singapore from Kolkata and Tiruchirappalli with effect from September 15.
 
"The new flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travellers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options," a press release from the airline said.
 
Mr. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to operate our first daily non-stop flights between Kolkata-Singapore and Tiruchirappalli-Singapore starting September 15. IndiGo has completed 12 years of successful operations in the India market as a low cost carrier, and adding new flights to its network will further augment the connectivity that we aspire to provide to our customers. It is our constant endeavour to provide our customers on-time, courteous and hassle-free service, and an affordable flying experience always.”
 
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CBI busts smuggling racket at Trichy airport, books 19

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday said it has booked 19 persons, including six Customs officials posted at the Tiruchirapalli International Airport, on charge of involvement in the smuggling of gold and other valuables.
 
The CBI has registered cases against these persons under the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged criminal conspiracy, public servant taking undue advantage, influencing and bribing public servants and abetment to crime.
 
Among those named in the FIR filed in Madurai are senior Customs officials like Assistant Commissioner M. Venkatesulu, two Superintendents S. Ramakrishnan and Kalugasalamoorthy, and three other Customs officials.
 
The CBI received reliable information that Customs officials at the airport were allowing smugglers to bring in valuables without payment of duties from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.
 
The CBI conducted surprise checks on August 5 and 6 at the airport and noticed that people waiting near the airport's arrival gate had paid money to some passengers.
 
These passengers later returned with goods loaded on trolleys. The accused Customs officials allegedly did not open all the baggage for checking.
 
The CBI officials seized Rs 904,000 kept in a safe allegedly belonging to a Customs official Freddy Esward.
 
The accused private persons were regular travellers abroad.
 
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Ten dead, five injured as van rams into truck near Tiruchirappalli

 
Ten dead after van collides with truck in Tamil Nadu
Ten people died and five others suffered injuries when a passenger van carrying them crashed into a truck from behind between Tiruchirappali and Madurai on National Highway 45 in Tamil Nadu late last night.
 
The mishap occurred around 11 pm yesterday at Thuvarankurichi in Tiruchirappalli district when the van was on its way from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu to Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, district superintendent of police P S C Kalyan told NetIndian over the telephone.
 
He said the deceased included five men, three women, a boy and a girl. The injured, including the driver of the van, were rushed to the government General Hospital in Tiruchirappalli. The victims were all related to each other.
 
According to various accounts, the driver of the speeding van -- a Tempo Traveller -- apparently lost control over the vehicle, probably after dozing off at the wheel, and could not stop it in time when the truck, carrying a borewell rig, turned right at a roundabout on the highway.
 
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Ernakulam-Howrah Antyodaya Express, Sri Ganganagar-Tiruchirappalli Humsafar Express flagged off

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off two trains -- the first Antyodaya Express between Ernakulam in Kerala and Howrah in West Bengal and the fourth Humsafar Express between Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan and Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu.
 
Antyodaya Express is a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, for the common man to be operated on dense routes. It will have facilities like  cushioned luggage racks which can serve as seats additional hand holds in doorway area, J-Hook near longitudinal luggage racks, multiple unit cables at both ends of the coach, vestibuled ends for internal movement of the passengers, drinking water dispenser, mobile phone charging points, fire extinguisher with anti-theft lock, FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) modular toilets, toilet occupation indication display board, LED lights, anti-graffiti coating for exterior painting, and so on.
 
Humsafar Express is a fully air-conditioned 3-AC service with facilities like GPS-based Passenger Information System, Passenger announcement System, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTVs, comfortable seats, mobile and laptop charging points, integrated Braille display, LCD display above compartment doors in the aisle, fire retardant curtains, and so on.
 
Mr. Prabhu said the Railways would soon launch Tejas and Uday Express trains also.
 
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Mukherjee says knowledge, innovation are underpinning of progress, prosperity

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President Pranab Mukherjee has said that knowledge and innovation are the underpinning of progress and prosperity in the 21st century and India can derive competitive advantage in this age of globalisation only from an eco-system that is conducive to new learning and research.
 
"Using innovation as a bridge, we must muster enough technological prowess to be counted as an advanced nation," he said in his address at the golden jubilee celebrations of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu on Saturday.
 
"Yet, given the present socio-economic condition of our country, the thrust of research must be to erase backwardness and wipe out deprivation. Innovations must improve the state of the underserved, who want a positive difference in their lives. Institutions like yours must support ingenuous ideas that promise betterment for those aspiring to rise up the socio-economic ladder – help a farmer till the soil better, an artisan perfect his craft or a small entrepreneur improve the productivity of his venture," he said.
 
In this context, he expressed happiness that the NIT had a Centre for Rural Technology aimed at developing modern and cost effective technologies for application in the rural areas.
 
NIT Tiruchirappalli is one of the top technical schools and one of the largest suppliers of engineers in the country. Formerly called Regional Engineering College, it was started in 1964.
 
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"Tracing the origins of the older NITs like yours, one can draw a parallel with the genesis of post-1947 modern industrial India, when steel plants, refineries, dams and heavy engineering industries were being set up. Most of these NITs were established in rural locations or in green-field industrial sites, with the aim to spur local development. Your institute, which was set up alongside BHEL, was one of them. Such vision brought about a pulsating eco-system of industry and technical institution that fostered close interaction. The NITs have made remarkable progress over the years. That their growth since inception is primarily the result of indigenous efforts, without help from foreign institutions, is truly praiseworthy," he told the gathering.
 
Mr Mukherjee said that another notable feature of the NIT system was its student mix, which by design has a national character, making each campus a microcosmic-Bharat. 
 
"The bright young minds – the would-be engineers and scientists - are an asset to the nation. Hopes and expectations from them are many. I am confident that the students, including those of this institute, will understand their responsibilities well. They will always, with a sense of obligation, perform their duty for the well-being of their fellow countrymen and development of the nation," he said.
 
The President called for efforts to improve the international rankings of Indian educational institutions and noted that India had recently become a permanent member of the Washington Accord, which is an international accreditation agreement amongst 17 countries for professional engineering degrees.
 
He also stressed the need to address faculty shortages, improve the industrial linkages of educational institutions and upgrade infrastructure.
 
"ICT networks must be utilized fully to enable knowledge sharing and intellectual collaboration beyond the campus. Academic cooperation is a must for healthy exchange of ideas and expansion of knowledge boundaries," he said.
 
He said e-classrooms must be made available for smarter dissemination of lectures and tutorials. 
 
"I am told that NIT Tiruchirappalli is working on the concept of virtual campus, which if executed will enable greater access to better quality education," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said NITs must work towards promoting scientific temper in their students. 
 
"We pin our hopes on IITs, NITs and other technical institutions to nurture world-class, professionally-competent engineers who will not only take India to new heights in technology but also improve the quality of life of our countrymen. We must, therefore, develop in our budding engineers an understanding of the society. I am pleased to know that students of this Institute are being exposed to the world outside through initiatives like Joy of Giving that provide service to orphanages and the needy," he added.
 
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CPWD signs MoU with IIM Trichy to construct its permanent campus

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The government's Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has entered into an agreement with Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Tiruchirapalli for  undertaking the project management consultancy for the construction of its permanent campus.
 
This will include the planning, designing and construction of the new campus, an official press release said here. 
 
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today in Delhi in the presence of Mr V.K. Gupta, Director General, CPWD and Dr. Prafulla Agnihotri, Director, IIM Trichy. 
 
CPWD will meet the expectations in building the permanent campus of this management institute, Mr Gupta said. 
 
The permanent campus will come up on a 68 hectares site which has been allotted by the government of Tamil Nadu. The campus, which will accommodate 1500 students and 300 faculty and staff members, will be fully self-sufficient for its residents and shall comprise academic facilities, hostels for the students, residences for the faculty and staff, recreational facilities and a well-equipped Management Development Centre.
 
The master planning and designing of the campus has been entrusted to a firm of leading architects. The construction of this Rs. 450 crore project will begin during March-April 2014 and is expected to be completed by March 2016. IIM Trichy aims to have a green campus and would be self-sufficient in terms of its water requirements in 5-7 years of its operations, the release said.
 
IIM Tiruchirappalli is the eleventh IIM in the country and began its activities in 2011. 
 
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PM calls for expansion of manufacturing to generate productive employment

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday that the country needed to expand manufacturing substantially, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of its gross domestic product to generate productive employment for its large and growing labour force.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaking at the dedication ceremony of BHEL’s Power Plant Piping Unit & Unit-II High Pressure Boiler Plant, in Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu on July 2, 2013.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaking at the dedication ceremony of BHEL’s Power Plant Piping Unit & Unit-II High Pressure Boiler Plant, in Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu on July 2, 2013.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country needed to expand manufacturing substantially, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of its gross domestic product (GDP) to generate productive employment for its large and growing labour force.
 
Speaking after dedicating to the nation the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited's (BHEL) Power Plant Piping Unit at Thirumayam and the second unit of its High Pressure Boiler Plant at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Dr Singh also called for a large scale capacity addition programme to address the current power deficit and to meet the needs of the country's expanding economy.
 
"The Government is targeting a capacity addition of more than 100,000 MW, including renewables, in the 12th Five Year Plan.
 
"In the 11th Five Year Plan, the country added around 55,000 MW of generation capacity which is more than twice the addition achieved in the 10th Five Year Plan. 
 
"Out of this Bharat Heavy Electricals alone accounted for almost half. This shows the critical role that the company plays in one of the key sectors of our economy," he said.
 
Dr Singh said the projects exemplified the Government's commitment for the development of the backward regions of the country.
 
"There are numerous benefits that such new manufacturing units bring to an area. They bring new employment opportunities for the youth. In addition to direct jobs, they also generate indirect employment through small businesses and service providers. There is a boost to skill development as such manufacturing units induct apprentices for training. There is also an increase in trade and commerce in the area, contributing to an overall rise in prosperity. I am sure that some of these benefits are already accruing to the people of Thirumayam and its surrounding areas," he said.
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Dr Singh said climate change had become an urgent concern across the globe. 
 
"India is among the countries that would be the most seriously impacted by the consequences of climate change. We need to develop ways and means to reduce our carbon footprint through technological innovation. In our country, more than 50% of power comes from coal-based generation, which is a major emitter of greenhouse gases," he said.
 
In this context, he expressed happiness that BHEL had taken initiatives for the development of ultra super critical technology in line with the Government's mission for deployment of clean coal technologies. 
 
He said the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission seeks to develop 20,000 MW of solar power generating capacity by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan. 
 
"Its success has the potential of enhancing India’s energy security, and contributing handsomely to our efforts to combat climate change," he said.
 
He hoped that BHEL would not only take the lead in solar energy in terms of power generation but also in the development of solar power technology in India. 
 
"This is a difficult commercial decision, but well worth taking in the long term interest of our country," he added.
 
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Case against TN Minister on female doctor's complaint

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The Government Headquarters hospital police station here has registered a case against Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments, Law and Justice and Prisons M Paranjothi.

This was done on the direction given by a court on a petition filed by Rani, a medical practitioner, recently in which she claimed that Paranjothi had married her and that he had grabbed money 
and other properties from her. She also accused him of threatening her.
 
The police yesterday registered a case against Paranjothi under section 294 (B), 223, 406,420, 493 and 506/2 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a detailed report has been filed before the Judicial Magistrate IV Pushparani here, the sources said.
 
Magistrate Pushparani had earlier directed the Government Hospital Police Station to register a case on a complaint preferred by the  city-based woman doctor and submit a report to the court today. 
 
Paranjothi, also the urban district secretary of the AIADMK, was elected from the Tiruchirapalli West Assembly constituency in the bye-election held in October this year.
 
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3 killed, 20 injured in road accident in Tamil Nadu

Three people, including a four-year-old girl, were killed and 20 others injured when the private bus in which they were travelling dashed against the compound wall of a private factory at Thonpaimanaickenpatti village on the Tiruchirapalli-Madurai National Highway near here early today.
 
Police said the deceased were identified as Ravichandran (38) of Thiruganal, his sister-in-law and his daughter Apoorva.
 
While Ravichandran died on the spot, his sister-in-law and daughter died in the Government Hospital in Tiruchirapalli. The injured were admitted in the same hospital, police added.
 
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AIADMK retains Trichy West seat in Tamil Nadu Assembly

The ruling AIADMK today retained the Tiruchirapalli West Assembly consitituency seat with its candidate M Paranjothi defeating DMK's K N Nehru by over 14,000 votes in the October 13 bye-election.

The seat fell vacant following the death of AIADMK member Mariam Pitchai in a road accident.

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Bodies of 8 Tiruchi victims of Nepal plane crash handed over to kin

The bodies of eight members of the Tiruchirapalli chapter of Builder Associaton of India (BAI), who were among the 19 people killed in the aircrash in the Nepalese capital of Kathmadu last Sunday, were brought here from Chennai early this morning.


14 killed, 35 hurt in collision between buses in Tamil Nadu

In a gruesome accident, 14 villagers, including eight women and a child, were crushed to death and 35 others injured when a local state transport corporation bus, in which they were travelling, collided with a private bus at Nanjampatti near here this afternoon.


10 killed, 40 injured as two buses collide in Tamil Nadu

At least ten people were killed and about 40 others injured when two buses collided near Koilpatti on the Tiruchirapalli-Madurai national highway this afternoon.


Police said a private bus from Tiruchirapalli was proceeding to Thiruvananthapuram, when it dashed against a Government bus at Koilpatti between Tiruchi and Thuvarankuruchi on the highway.


Senior police officials have rushed to the spot and rescue operations are going on. The injured were admitted to a local government hospital, police added.


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Former DMK Minister K N Nehru arrested in Tamil Nadu

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In a pre-dawn operation, police arrested DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Minister K N Nehru, former DMK MLA Anbil Periyasamy and a few others in connection with a case of alleged land grabbing.

Mr Nehru, a former Transport Minister, was at his office-cum-residence at Thillai Nagar, when a police team arrested him, stating that he had forcibly bought land from one "Thuraiyur" Srinivasan for building "Kalaignar Arivalayam", a party office.

Mr Nehru, who sensed police plan to arrest him soon after the AIADMK came to power and had been thwarting the move for the past one month by obtaining court orders , was the second former Minister to be arrested in connection with land grabbing cases after Veerapandi S Arumugam.

Mr Nehru’s arrest came a day after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa declared on the floor of the Assembly that the government would take action against all those who were involved in land grabbing and would not spare anyone, whoever they might be.

Mr Nehru was having tea at around 0545 hrs in his office, when a police team arrested him. Police whisked him away along with Periyasamy to a community hall, where partymen have gathered in large numbers and condemned the police for arresting the former Minister and foisting cases.

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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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Tamil Nadu Minister N Mariam Pitchai killed in road accident

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa paying her last respects to N Mariam Pitchai, newly sworn-in Tamil Nadu Minister for Environment and Pollution Control, who was killed in a road accident, in Tiruchirappalli on Monday. UNI PHOTO
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa paying her last respects to N Mariam Pitchai, newly sworn-in Tamil Nadu Minister for Environment and Pollution Control, who was killed in a road accident, in Tiruchirappalli on Monday. UNI PHOTO

Tamil Nadu Minister for Environment and Pollution Control N Mariam Pitchai (60) was killed on the spot in a road accident near Padalur on the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai National Highway here today.

Tamil Nadu Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare N R Sivapathi, who was following Mariam Pitchai in another car, was also reportedly injured in the mishap. He, along with other injured people, was admitted to SRM Hospital near Samayapuram.

Police sources said the Minister, who was sworn in on May 15, was going to Chennai to attend the oath taking ceremony of newly elected legislators of 14th Tamil Nadu State Assembly.

Police sources said while nearing Padalur, the Minister’s official car driver Anan attempted to overtake a lorry, which was ahead of the car.

But suddenly the lorry swerved to the right and hit the left side of the car. Mariam Pitchai, who was sitting in the front seat, was killed on the spot, while Personal Security Officer (PSO) Maheswaram, driver Anand and three party workers - Venkatesan, Karthik and Srinivasan - suffered injuries.

Party sources said Mariam Pitchai, who was also given charge of Minorities Welfare, including Wakf, garlanded Mutharayar Statue at Othakkadai in Tiruchirapalli city before proceeding to Chennai.

Mariam Pitchai was representing AIADMK from Tiruchirapalli (West) assembly constituency. He had defeated former DMK Minister K N Nehru in the assembly elections and this was his first time as a minister.

He had resigned as a councillor in the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation and contested the assembly election for the first time.

The body of the Minister was brought to Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital at Tiruchirapalli, where a large number of party workers and leaders had assembled.

Party sources said Chief Minister J Jayalalitha was expected to visit Tiruchirapalli this evening to pay homage to the departed minister.

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Rs 5.11 cr stashed in bus seized in Tamil Nadu


Revenue and police officials confiscated Rs 5.11 crore in unaccounted cash stashed in a bus parked inside a depot of a private bus transport company at Ponnagar here today.


This was said to be the first major seizure of money in the state after the notification of 14th State Assembly Election scheduled to be held on April 13.


Talking to newpersons here this morning, Ms S Sangeetha, Revenue Divisional Officer and Returning Officer of Tiruchirapalli West, who led the team, said that, based on specific information, the officials conducted the raid at 0200 hrs and effected the seizure.


The cash was neatly packed in six travel bags and kept on the top of the bus. The cash, in denominations of Rs 1,000, Rs 500 and Rs 100, totalled Rs 5,11,27000.


The bus was impounded and the cash handed over to Income Tax Department, the official added.


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Jaya releases poll manifesto, promises more freebies

AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa being received with flowers by supporters during her election campaigning, in Tiruchirappalli on March 24, 2011. UNI PHOTO
AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa being received with flowers by supporters during her election campaigning, in Tiruchirappalli on March 24, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Seeking to outdo the ruling DMK's election manifesto, the opposition AIADMK today came out with a bigger pack of freebies, promising free fans, grinders and mixies to household women and free laptops for all school and college students, if the party was voted to power in the April 13 Assembly elections.

Releasing the party's election manifesto after filing her nomination papers to seek election from Srirangam constituency, Ms Jayalalithaa stunned the Opposition camp by announcing a slew of freebies, clearly outsmarting the DMK.

Describing the manifesto, as "growth oriented", Ms Jayalalithaa said, "As far as I am concerned, I announce only what I can do," clearly countering the Opposition propoganda that she would stop all freebies if she came to power.

If the DMK had promised free mixie or grinder to the household women, Ms Jayalalithaa announced that if AIADMK was voted to power, it would provide free fan, mixie and grinder. "It is not either this or that, but all the three," she said.

Similarly, if the DMK promised free laptops to backward class and scheduled caste students and later enlarged it to all students, entering government and government-aided engineering colleges, the AIADMK promised free laptops to all school and college students.

All plus-one, plus-two school students and all college students, studying in Arts and Science and professional colleges, irrespective of their social and economic status, would be given free laptops, Ms Jayalalithaa promised.

Like the DMK's promise of free bus passes to senior citizens, the AIADMK also announced free bus passes to those who completed 58 years of age to travel in local buses and visit nearby villages.

Seeking to dispell Opposition's campaign that she would do away with marriage assistance and financial assistance being given to pregnant women, Ms Jayalalithaa announced that if the AIADMK were voted back to power, she would give a cash assistance of Rs 12,000 to pregnant women.

She announced a marriage assistance of Rs 25,000 and four gm of gold for making "thali" (mangalsutra). In case of diploma and degree holders, the cash asistance would be Rs 50,000 and four gm of gold for making "thali".

To counter the DMK's promise of free concrete houses, Ms Jayalalithaa announced modern green houses with solar powered lights to three lakh people, who were below the poverty line with a subsidy of Rs 1.80 lakh.

For 40 lakh middle class families, the green houses would be provided with Rs 1 lakh subsidy. For others, who do not own houses, the government would give three cents of land free of cost.

Ms Jayalalithaa promised to generate 5,000 MW of power and set up solar parks to generate 3,000 MW of power by the year 2013. In four years, three phase power would be ensured to all in the state.

Using the wastes generated in Municipalities and Corporations, 1,000 MW of power would be generated by the year 2012 and all 151 Municipalities and Corporations would be made environment-friendly, she said.

If the AIADMK were voted back to power, it would set up bio-gas plants in all the village panchayats to produce 200 KV of bio-gas. This would proivde 64,000 new job opportunities, she said.

Ms Jayalalithaa also announced a restructuredd medical insurance scheme to counter the DMK's free medical insurance programme and announced "Hospitals on Wheels". She also announced setting up of round-the-clock tele-medicine centres in 1,500 villages.

She said the AIADMK, if voted back to power, would provide 20 litres of mineral water free of cost to the households.

If the DMK has announced four months maternity leave for government employees, Ms Jayalalithaa promised six months maternity leave.

To prevent school drop outs, she said the AIDAMK would provide cash assistance ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 to deserving students. She also announced four sets of free uniforms and free footwear to school students.

Asked about the logic behind announcing freebies, when she criticised the DMK government for the populist schemes, the AIADMK leader said the party's manifesto was growth oriented and the freebies would be given out of the revenue earned from the growth schemes.

She said the DMK government has left a total debt of Rs 1 lakh crore and the AIADMK, on coming to power, would retrieve the state and make it one of the top states in the country.

Alleging that Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, his ministerial colleagues and "mercenaries" have amassed wealth, she said the AIADMK would retrieve the properties and give them to those they belonged to.

She said her party would firmly deal with law and order and take stern action against those who tried to create law and order problems.

The AIADMK would take measures to protect the lives of fishermen, who were attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy, when they set out for fishing, she added.

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IIM Tiruchi to start PGP courses from June 2011


The newly-established Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu will start its post-graduate programmes in management from the academic year commencing June 2011.


Addressing a press conference here yesterday, IIM-T Director Prafulla Agnihotri said it had already started the admission procedure for the first batch of PGP students. It planned to invite about 60 students this year for the PGP, he said.


He said the selection of faculty is going on, for which the institute has received over 360 applications for 12 full-time positions.


The applications were received from different countries, including the United States, France, Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), apart from India. The recruitment exercise is expected to be completed by the end of this month.


"IIM-T aims to prepare young minds who can contribute to the betterment of society. It is also aiming to create an environment that will encourage students having diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence in the field of their choice, through functional and relevant education," he said.


Talking about the learning process in the new IIM-T, Prof Agnihotri said a philosophy of "experiential learning" where students will be encouraged to learn through field work, projects and live assignments in the industry along with case-based methodology, will be adopted.


The other IIMs are located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore, Shillong, Ranchi, Rohtak, and Raipur. Two more IIMs are being set up in Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.


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Tamil Nadu theatre owners to stall release of Vijay's new film


The Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association today announced that it would stall the release of popular actor Vijay's coming film "Kavalan" as well as his future releases.


A press release from the Association here said a resolution to this effect was adopted at their meeting.


Theatre owners across the state have suffered losses by screening Vijay's earlier film "Sura", it claimed.


The Association had urged the actor to compensate the losses they had suffered, on humanitarian grounds. But as the actor did not respond favourably,the Association decided on this course of action, the release added.


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GEECL signs MoU with Tamil Nadu govt. for CBM production in Mannargudi block


Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited (GEECL), the first company of India to commercially produce gas from coal bed methane (CBM) blocks, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government for the development of Mannargudi block as a CBM production site.


Earlier, in June 2010, GEECL was awarded the Mannargudi block located near Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu in the fourth round of CBM bidding conducted by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and signed Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) in July 2010.


Under the MoU, the Tamil Nadu government will provide for issuance of Petroleum Exploration Licence and facilitate necessary environmental clearances for the project.


Additionally, the state goverment will help the company in obtaining Right of Use for laying pipeline and other infrastructure facilities.


On its part, GEECL will make an initial investment of up to Rs. 100 crore during the exploration stage of Mannargudi block. Once the project viability is established, the company is expected to make substantial investments to the tune of Rs. 3,500 crore depending on the commercial viability of the project.


"We are the first company to commercially produce CBM in India and Mannargudi block in Tamil Nadu comes to us with a lot of promise," Mr Y K Modi, Chairman & CEO, GEECL, said.


"We remain committed to the state of Tamil Nadu and will ensure a sincere effort in developing the Mannargudi block," he said.



Mr. Prashant Modi, President and Chief Operating Officer, GEECL, added: "The Mannargudi block, once it achieves optimal production, will generate direct and indirect employment for over 1500 people. The project will also contribute comprehensive revenue to the State Government in the form of royalty and VAT."


GEECL is currently producing CBM from its block in Raniganj, West Bengal, which spans an aggregate area of 210 sq.km. GEECL has already invested over Rs.800 crores in the block and plans to make large investments in the near future.


From its Raniganj block, the company is supplying CBM to various industrial customers in and around Asansol/Durgapur, West Bengal and has also been supplying compressed natural gas (CNG) to vehicles through India Oil Corporation outlets and has plans to start supplying CNG through Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., outlets as well.



The Mannargudi block is spread over an area of 691sq.km.(effective area for CBM operations is 667 sq.km.) and the CBM resource is estimated at 0.98 tcf, as per the estimation of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH).


GEECL plans to drill 50 core holes and 30 pilot wells in the region to begin with while further drilling will depend on the results of the initial phase.



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3 of family die in road mishap in Tamil Nadu


Three members of a family, including a little girl, died on the spot while three others were injured when a van in which they were travelling plunged into a roadside canal at Vathalai near here on the Thiruchipalli-Salem highway near last night.


Police said the deceased were identified as M Anguraj (57), his wife Babykala (50) and their grand daughter Akshaya (3).


The van was carrying them to Samayapuram temple from Salem. The injured were rescued by local villagers and later treated at a nearby hospital.


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