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Times Chennai, E Paper 24 July 2009

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VOL: 3 ISSUE 4Chennai, July 24, 2009
Chennai, July 24:
Madras High Court hasordered eviction of theViduthalai ChiruthaikalKatchi (VCK), led by TholThirumavalavan, MP,headquarters from a pieceof land in Ashok Nagar inChennai, declaring it anencroachment.Mr Justice MJayapaul directed theCommissioner of Police totake back possession ofthe land in question fromthe encroachers within 15days.The case wasfiled by Mr DittakaviAnanthaPadmanabhamoorthy,Mr Kandhukuri Saibabaand Mr KandhukuriRamasubramaniam,represented by Mr K VSivaram Prasad, againstMambalam- GuindyTashildar, the Inspectorof Police of R-3 PoliceStation Ashok Nagar, CVedha Arun Nagarajan, PK Ali Akbar, SParamanandam, M SMani and A CShanmugam.The caserelates to a piece of landwhere the VCKheadquarters is located.According to thepetition, the propertybelonged to thepetitioners asbequeathed to them bythe will of Ms M LakshmiDevi, the petitioners'aunt.The property,according to thepetitioners, has beenunder dispute due to anumber of encroachmentattempts, but thecontroversy relating tothe VCK, however, beganin 2007.On April 13,2007, an encroachmentattempt was thwartedafter a complaint wasmade to theCommissioner of Police.Subsequently, ahearing was held by theMambalam-GunindyTahsildar, who passed anorder on May 25, 2007 infavour of Veda ArunNagarajan.Since then theVCK headquarters hadfunctioned from the saidproperty.The petitionersheld that the Tahsildarfailed to consider theearlier orders by the civilcourts and the MadrasHigh Court in 1997 and2004, which granted thepetitioners the right, titleand possession over thesaid property.The High Courtyesterday held that theorder of the Mambalam-Guindy Tahsildhar asfrivolous and nullified theorder and directed theCommissioner of Police toremove the encroachers.
HC declares encroachment
VCK HQ to be evicted 
Chennai, July 24 :
With aview to encourageconsumption of bananas, atwo-day Banana Festivalwould be held at the IslandGrounds here on July 25and 26.About 22 varietiesof banana grown in thestate would be on display atthe festival, TourismSecretary V Irai Anbu toldreporters here lastevening.The Tamil NaduTourism DevelopmentCorporation (TTDC) andthe Tourism departmentwould jointly organise theevent.It was for the firsttime a festival was beingheld, aimed at encouragingthe consumption ofbananas besides giving afillip to the sale of value-added banana products.''If it drawstremendous response frompublic, we will make it aregular event,'' headded.Dr Irai Anbusaid banana-based fooditems would be preparedby catering institutes andwould be kept for sale.Apart fromready-to-use food itemswith banana as theirbasic ingredient,processed foods andproducts made ofbanana fibre would alsobe displayed at thefestival to be held on a10,000 sq ft area.The BananaWholesale MerchantsAssociation at theKoyambedu Marketwould also participate inthe event.It would be likea consumer-expo,wherein people couldhave fun and relax.''Toy train forchildren would be anadded attraction and acultural show, includingfolk arts, will also featureas part of the festival,''the Secretary said.It would serveas a platform to learnabout various banana-based food items thatcould be prepared athome.''Besidesshowcasing differentvarieties of bananas, anawarness would becreated among thepublic on its high fibrecontent and medicinalvalue,'' he said.TTDCmanaging director A CMohandoss said theDelhi Tourism Board hasproposed to conduct aBanana Festival in NewDelhi in association withwith the Tamil NaduTourism Departmentduring winter.
TTDC's Banana Festbegins Jul 25
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Chennai, July 24 :
MadrasHigh Court has grantedtime till August three for theauthorities to file counter toa writ petition, seeking adirection to the Chancellorof Anna University -Coimbatore and others totake action against theVice-Chancellor, anddirected the police toinvestigate the complaintof corruption made againsthim.When thematter came up beforethe First Bench headedby Chief Justice H LGokhale, therespondents, particularlyVice-Chancellor RRadhakrishnan, soughttime to file counter.Following this,the bench granted timetill August three andposted the matter forAugust six.In his petition,Mr S Sivapandi, anadvocate, submitted DrRadhakrishnan, afterassuming office, 'startedmisusing the power forpersonal ends.' Thebench also made an oralobservation that the Vice-Chancellor may quit hispost and face the caseand investigation.
VC case: More time for counter
Chennai, July 24 :
MadrasHigh Court has set asidean order of the MambalamPolice here refusingpermission for the PeriyarDravidar Kazhagam(PDK)to hold a public meetingand release a compact discon the Sri Lankan Tamils inApril this year.In the orderallowing a petitionchallenging the denial ofpolice permission, MsJustice K Suguna said thatsince the reason for whichpermission had beenrefused did not exist now,she was setting aside theimpugned order.She directedthe petitioner to submitan application to thepolice regarding the dateof the public meeting andthe release of the CD.The judgedirected on receipt of theapplication, the policeshould pass orders onthe same in accordancewith law.In his petition,Mr Thapasi Kumaran,South Chennai DistrictPresident of PDK,submitted he had soughtpolice permission to holdthe public meeting andrelease of the CD 'IniYenna Seyya Pogirom'(what are we going todo?).As per theimpugned order, on theground of generalelection andapprehending a law andorder problem,permission was refused.Now, accordingto Petitioner's Counsel SDoraisamy, the electionwas over and the reasonfor which permission hadbeen denied did not exist.
Police order set aside
Virudhunagar, July 24 :
 With three more people,including two women,succumbing to their burninjuries this morning, thetoll in the recentdevastating inferno at aprivate fireworksmanufacturing unit inNamaskarithanpattiVillage near Sivakasi herehas risen to 15.Police sourcessaid P Saraswathi (45),who was undergoingtreatment in thegovernment hospital atSivakasi and IKaruppaiah (36) and YVijayalakshmi (34)admitted to a privatehospital and GovernmentRajaji Hospital (GRH)respectively at Maduraisuccumbed.taking the toll to 15 so far.As many as 21seriously injured peoplewere still undergoingintensive treatment ingovernment hospitals atSivakasi and Madurai,the sources added.The tragedyoccurred when theworkers were filling upexplosive powder infancy cracker varieties,including rockets, in SriKrishna Fire Worksfactory.Eight workers,including three women,were killed and 44injured, few of themseriously in thedevastating fire on July20.
Toll up in fireworks unit mishap
Cuddalore, July 24 :
 Unidentified armed menbarged into the house ofa 60-year-old man andhacked him and his sonto death while inflicingserious injuries on hiswife at Varagoorpettai,near Chidambaram ofthis district past midnightlate night.Police heretoday saidRajamanickam (60) andhis son Murugan (32)died on the spot whileRajamanickam's wifeKasturi (55) sufferedserious injuries.Kasturi wasrushed to JIPMER inPuducherry where hercondition was reported tobe critical.The bodies wereremoved to the GeneralHospital here for post-mortem.Police pressedsniffer dogs and fingerprintexperts into service.A special teamwas constituted to nab theaccused.
Armed gang kills father,son; mom critical
AMutt manager and awoman were arrestedthis evening for cheatingthe head of the UdaseenBavaji Mutt in a landtransaction worth Rs sixcrore.Police here saidSelvaraj (50), a local,was working as managerfor the Mutt headed byVasanthdas Bavaji ofOrissa.The Mutt hadproperties worth severalcrores in various placesin Tamil Nadu.VasanthdasBavaji (87) knew onlyHindi. Selvaraj obtaineda power of attorney fromthe swamiji and allegedlysold five acre land worthRs six crore inManimangalam in thisdistrict, belonging to theMutt, to one Jhansi Raniof Chennai, the policesaid.Selvarajmanaged to cheatVasanthdas using hisignorance of Hindi. Whenthe Mutt head got doubtsabout the property,Selvaraj used to show himfake documents.Meanwhile,Jhansi Rani sold the landusing the power of attorneydocuments.A complaint waslodged with the police whoarrested the duo.
2 held for selling mutt property
Chennai, July 24:
Out ofevery one rupee spent bythe Tamil NaduGovernment, only threepaise goes toward Healthand Family Welfare,according to the 2007-08Accountant General,Accounts and Entitlementsreport.For interestpayments, the stategovernment spends 11paise and it spends 11paise for education, 10paise for pension payment,nine paise for payment ofsalaries, six for repaymentof debt, nine paise for loansand grants, seven for socialwelfare and nutrition, fivefor agriculture and ruraldevelopment, three paisefor health and familywelfare and the balance 29paise for otherexpenditure, the reportsaid.It said everyrupee spent was met byraising public debt (13paise), revenue receipts(83 paise), operating onreserves with bank (twopaise) and recovery ofloans and advances (twopaise).Revenuereceipts (83 paise)comprises tax revenue(66 paise), non taxrevenue (six paise) andgrants-in-aid fromCentral Governmet (11paise).The cumulativepublic debt at the end of2007-08 stood at Rs57,183 crore. The mainsources of funds wereborrowings, tax revenue,non-tax revenue, grants-in-aid and publicaccounts, the reportadded
How the rupee is spent in TN
with them to curbcorruption in society.The SMS,which reads ''FightCorruption : Complaintson Central GovernmentOffices/ Banks/ PSUsplease contact SPCBI:ACB:CHENNAI 044-28255899/SMS ONLY9444049224/Email:sp1acchn@cbi.gov.in, hadbeen sent to all themobile users in TamilNadu and Puducherry,numbering more thanfive million.It urges thepeople to pass oninformation regardingcorruption in CentralGovernmentDepartments, Banks orPSUs by contacting theSuperintendent of Police,CBI, ACB, Chennai eitherin person, over phone orthrough e-mail and lodgeeither complaint or pass oninformation, the releaseadded.
Chennai, July 24:
AntiCorruption Branch ofCentral Bureau ofInvestigation (CBI) haslaunched a statewidecampaign againstcorruption through SMSon mobile phones, joining hands with thepublic.According to apress release here today,the compaign is an effortto fight against corruptionby reaching out to thepeople and joining hands
SMS campaign to fight corruption
arrested, Vice Presidentof the CII Karur zone metone Saravanan, a textileowner and promissedhim to obtain export orderfor his firm.Mr Saravananalso gave a sum of Rs 83lakhs and a handloomgoods worth Rs 15 lakhto the arrested. Despitethe repeated requestmade by Mr Saravanan, thearrested neither honour hiscommitment nor returnedback the money andhandloom goods.Mr Saravananlodged a complaint with thepolice, based on hiscomplaint, police arrestedViji and remanded him to judicial custody,policeadded.
Karur, July 24:
Policearrested an office-bearerof the Karur zone unit ofthe Confederation ofIndian Industry (CII), forcheating a sum of Rs 83lakh from a textile ownerby giving false promisethat he would obtainexport order to him, herelast night.Police said, the
CII office-bearer arrestedin Cheating case in Karur
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Chennai, Jul 24 :
The cityPolice today cracked the45-day-old jewellerybroker Suresh Kumarmurder case with the arrestof a jewellery shopemployee hailing fromRajasthan.The mutilatedbody parts of SureshKumar, who was in jewellery business besidesowning a travel agency,were recovered fromvarious parts of the city onJune nine this year.However, the skull was yetto be traced.Special teams,formed to crack the case,pursued various leadsbefore arrestingNemichand Chowdhryfrom Rajasthan by tracingthe calls received byKumar on his mobile.Chennai PoliceCommissioner TRajendran told reportershere today Chowdhry hadconfessed to killingKumar with an eye on hisgold.''It was apremeditated murder,''the Commissioner said.Chowdhry, whowas employed in a jewellery shop, invitedSuresh Kumar to hisresidence afterconvincing him that hewould purchase 2.150 kgof gold from him.In fact, SureshKumar was on his way tosell the gold jewellery toGopi, a jeweller fromKerala, when he wasstopped by Chowdhry.During thecourse of investigations,Gopi was alsointerrogated and policecame to a conclusion thathe was not involved in themurder.Chowdhry tookSuresh Kumar to hishouse, fatally attackedhim with an iron rod androbbed the 2.150 kg goldon his person. Later, hecut the body into piecesand threw them invarious parts of the city.Mr Rajendran saidChowdhry, who waspreviously in silver jewellery business, hadsustained losses andincurred debts to the tuneof Rs ten lakh.It was apremeditated murder ashe had sent his family toRajasthan about a weekago and took a flight toNew Delhi a day afterkilling Suresh Kumar.After staying inNew Delhi for a fortnight,he joined his family inRajasthan beforereturning to Chennai,leading to his arrest.Police, whoraided his house earlytoday, also recovered thestolen jewellery from him.
Brutal murder case of  jewellery broker solved
Chennai, July 24:
Withmajor opposition partiesranged against electronicvoting machines (EVM),the Election Commissionhas decided to buy newmachines for the five TamilNadu by-elections slatedfor Aug 18.Speaking toreporters here Thursday,Tamil Nadu Chief ElectoralOfficer Naresh Gupta said:'The new machines willhave advanced featureslike reading time wisepolling and the number ofvotes polled at a particulartime.'He said the newmachines were needed asthe existing machines werenearly 15 years old.By-elections arescheduled in the fiveconstituencies of Bargur,Thondamuthur, Cumbum,Illayangudi andSrivaikundam.According toGupta, two governmentcompanies BharatElectronics Ltd andElectronics Corp of IndiaLtd will manufacture theEVMs.He said pollingwill be recorded live in allbooths. He urged allpolitical parties toparticipate in theelections.Tamil Nadu'smajor opposition partyAIADMK and its allyMDMK have announcedtheir decision to boycottthe by-elections, allegingthat the exercise wouldnot be free and fair.They have alsoexpressed fears that theEVMs may not be tamperproof.Mr Gupta saidto ensure free and fairpolls, it has also beenproposed to have live-recording in pollingstations, for which abeginning was made inKanniyakumari,Maduraiand Chennai districts inthe recent Lok Sabhaelections. ''Efforts arealso being made to havea communication planand adopt the SMS-based system ofmonitoring the pollingstations as done inTripura,'' he said.Urging all thepolitical parties to extendtheir cooperation toensure free and fairbyelections, Mr Guptasaid the election officerswould hold consultationswith the local leaders ofvarious parties in the fiveAssembly constituencies-- Bargur, Thondamuthur,Cumbum, Ilayangudi andSrivaikuntam.Asked aboutdeployment ofparamilitary forces onsecurity duty for polling,he said it has to bedecided by the CentralElection Commission.Mr Gupta saidthe EC had written to theTamil Nadu governmenturging it not to include theareas coming under thefive Assemblyconstituencies going forthe by-elections in thefree health insurancescheme to be launchedby it.
New electronic voting machinesfor Tamil Nadu by-elections
Chennai, July 24: A
fterraids at recreation clubs inT Nagar, the city policecommissioner has orderedthe closure of two. Fourmore clubs have beenrecommended for closure.On Wednesday night,police raided three otherclubs, arrested 36 personswho were gambling, andrecovered Rs 7,000 incash.Acting on a tip-off, teams headed by RKannabiran, T Nagarassistant commissioner ofpolice (ACP), and PManoharan, VadapalaniACP, arrestedemployees and membersat two clubs in PondyBazaar and one inVadapalani. Somemanaged to scale thecompound wall andescape; others werearrested.“We’ve beentold to go tough againstillegal clubs. We haveidentified at least 20 suchclubs in T Nagar and sentletters to the departmentconcerned to cancel thelicences,” T Nagardeputy commissioner ofpolice G Sampath Kumarsaid.According topolice sources, the citypolice commissioner hasgiven his officers a freehand to take actionagainst persons runningillegal recreation clubs inChennai. Many of theclubs, police haveidentified, are run withblessings from localpoliticians, withoutlicences.
Three T Nagar clubs raided,36 arrested for gambling
The dictionaryis especially designed forlearners of English,including teachers,translators and generalreaders.A first of its kindpublished by the Oxford,it draws upon the OxfordPress' rich and variedtradition of publishingtrusted dictionariesthroughout the world.The word listhas been researchedand selected keeping inmind the frequency ofusage, the continuousevolution of languageand its ready absorptionof regional influence.Apart fromregional words like'Rasam', 'Ghatam' and'Sambhar' that havebecome part of every dayreferences in English,Indian- English usage suchas auto-rickshaw,ayurveda, bandh, carnaticmusic and playback singerare also included in thisdictionary.Detailed notes inTamil have also beenadded to a subjectvocabulary that coversgeography, geology,mathematics, science,computing, law andmedicines with illustrationin many cases.
New Delhi, July 24 :
 'Ghatam', 'Sambhar','Vada', 'Samosa' and'Rasam' are new entriesin the latest publication ofthe Oxford's English-English-Tamil dictionary.According to apress release hereOxford, which issynonymous with theworld's most trusteddictionaries, todayannounced thepublication of theEnglish-English-Tamildictionary, latest in thelists of publication by theOxford Press Universityunder its Bilingualdictionaries programme.
Oxford launches newEnglish-English-Tamil dictionary
said he had alreadyreceived the consent ofhis wife and children fordonating the house,worth Rs eight crore,either to the stateGovernment or theKalaignar Trust for thenoble cause.The ChiefMinister wished that thehospital be named afterhis parents ''AnjugamMuthuvelar''.Mr Karunanidhi said hehad already bequeathedhis house in the name ofhis children in 1968 andthe same had beenregistered in their names.''As ChiefMinister of Tamil Nadu, Ionly own thisGopalapuram residenceand a 14-acre land atKattur Village in my nativeTiruvarur district'', he said.Mr Karunanidhisaid like other ChiefMinisters in the country henever chose to live in aseparate bungalow,though the officials insistthat he move to agovernment bungalowwhenever he becameChief Minister.He said despitespace constraint,whenever visitors,including foreigndignatories came to meethim, he chose to meetthem in his house itself.
Chennai, July 24 :
TamilNadu Chief Minister andDMK president MKarunanidhi Thursdayannounced that hisGopalapuram residencein the city would bedonated to the stategovernment after hisliftime, to be convertedinto a free hospital totreat the poor.The ChiefMinister, who turnedemotional, made thissurprise announcementat the launch of''Kalaignar InsuranceScheme for Life SavingTreatment'', here thisevening.Mr Karunanidhi
MK's Gopalapuram house to bedonated to state govt to run free hospital
Chennai, July 24 :
Union Health MinisterGhulam Nabi Azad onThursday expressedconcern over thegrowing population in thecountry and called uponall state governments tolaunch programmes tostablise the populationgrowth.Inauguratingthe Tamil Nadugovernment's ''KalaignarInsurance Scheme forLife Saving Treatment'',a pioneering healthinsurance scheme forthe poor, here, Mr Azadsaid it was a matter ofregret that ''nobody istalking about familyplanning and birthcontrol though thegrowth is alarming.''Lamenting that thepopulation wasincreasing on the onehand and the size of theland was dwindlingeveryday, he said theIndian populationconstituted 17 per cent ofthe world's population,but the landscape of thecountry was just two percent of the globe.''The carryingcapacity is alreadydwindling. The two percent land cannot carrythe load of 17 per cent ofpopulation,'' he said,adding the populationwas increasing everyyear, while the size of theland was diminishingalmost everyday withconstruction of millionsof houses, hospitals andschools.A large portionof agricultural lands werebeing converted to buildhouses and otherbuildings and ''if thisscenario is allowed tocontinue, how can wesurvive and how long canwe survive,'' he asked.''Therefore, weas a country should riseto the occasion and takeimmediate steps tostablise the population,''he said.Pointing out thehost of social welfare andhealth care schemesbeing implemented bythe Centre and stategovernments, Mr Azadsaid the ''whole thing willcome to naught, if we failto check the growingpopulation.''Mr Azadcongratulated the TamilNadu Health Departmentin general and ChiefMinister M Karunanidhi inparticular for stabilsing thepopulation growth in thestate. ''Tamil Nadu is innumber one position in sofar as the stabilisation ofpopulation is concerned,''he said. The Union Ministersaid he was extremelyhappy to inaugurate theKalaignar HealthInsurance Scheme, apioneering scheme inproviding life savingtreatment to one crore poorfamilies in the state.Stating that TamilNadu was the leading statein the provision of healthcare schemes, Mr Azadsaid, ''Health insurancescheme is one morefeather in the cap ofKalaignar (Chief Minister MKarunanidhi).'' Tamil Naduhad made significanceprogress in implementingschemes for developinghuman resources andpolicies and programmesin the health care sector.Many decadesago late Chief Minister KKamaraj showed the wayby introducing the noonmeal scheme, he said.
Azad expresses concernover population growth

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