CHENNAI, June 9: The Tamil Film Industry, already bogged down by the
conflict between producers and distributors over modalities of film
purchase, is facing a new threat--the Film Employees Federation of South
India (FEFSA) has threatened that employees belonging to 25 affiliated
unions would cease to offer professional services to Tamil Film Producers
Council members, starting June 10. This is in response to the council's
stand that production of Tamil films will be suspended from August 1. The
council has also decided to take steps to reduce costs of production by
40%. Council president K Rajagopalan clarified that the decision to suspend
production was only an act of self-discipline, but FEFSA President S
Vijayan sees it as a move to reduce employees' wages.
CHENNAI, June 9: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said that
he does not subscribe to the belief that the Thanjavur Big Temple, scene of
the ghastly fire accident last week, is a jinxed one for politicians.
Reacting to reports that he had used a side entrance to the temple instead
of the main one while visiting the accident spot, he said he had only gone
the way by which he was escorted by police officials. Contrary to belief
that any politician who visited the temple would either lose power or die,
Karunanidhi said he had scored resounding political victories after his
earlier visits to the temple.
CHENNAI, June 9: The delayed south-west monsoon has advanced into Kerala,
Lakshadweep and parts of Tamil Nadu. The monsoon traditionally hits the
Kerala coast on June 1. Under its influence, rainfall has been predicted at
various places in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Lakshadweep islands.
THANJAVUR, June 9: The Mahakumbabhishekam of the Brahadeeshwara temple
here, scene of a ghastly fire accident during a yagasala pooja last week,
was performed today. Thousands of devotees witnessed the ceremony.
TIRUNELVELI, June 9: Members of PMK, National Platform of Mass Organisation
and the Working Class Liberation Front staged a demonstration outside the
Collectorate today, demanding a ban on garnet mining along the coastal
areas of the southern districts. The leader of the demonstration and PMK
chief, S Ramadoss later presented a memorandum explaining the environmental
degradation caused by the mining activity.
BANGALORE, June 8: Public, industries and restaurants under the purview of
the Bangalore City Corporation have been earned agianst littering within
certain specified areas including MG Road, Brigade Road, Jayanagar shopping
complex and sorrounding areas. Violators will be fined between Rs 10 and Rs
200, and this anti-littering drive will be effected from June 10.
CHENNAI, June 9: The Tamil Nadu Veterinary And Animal Sciences Department
and the NABARD have launched a programme for the rural candidates to
optimise dairy technology and avail of financial linkage facilities. This
is expectced to create maximum employment and prepare milk-based and
agro-based food at a cheaper cost, facilitate starting of indenpendent
units with the aid of NABARD and develop a coopperative approach for better
HYDERABAD, June 9: Two patients suffering from asthma died of exhaution
while waiting for the traditional fish medicine offered at Doodhbowli here
on June 9. The patients were identified as Mohammed Yaseen (76) and Atmaram
Sadhuji (67), from UP and Maharashtra respectively. They were said to have
been waiting for over five hours in queue for their turn to take the
treatment. Over two lakh persons congregated at the town to take the wonder
cure, administered by the Bathina Gowd family on `mrugashira karti' day
each year. The treatment comprises of some herbal drug inserted into a
particular species of fish, which the patient has to swallow live.
MADURAI, June 9: Bootlegging is reportedly rife in Vedaranyam town
panchayat limits. Two families are reportedly involved in clandestine
brewing, with the alleged support of political bigwigs. Complaints to the
police have resulted in some quantities of liquor being seized, but no
arrests have been made.
CHENNAI, June 9: The Director-General of Police (DGP) of Tamil Nadu, K K
Rajasekharan Nair cautioned the public against lighting crackers in public
places, especially where there are large congregations, as accidents such
as the recent fire mishap in the Thanjavur Big Temple might occur. He also
denied allegations that the police were not quick enough to rescue the
victims on the fire, as the crowds were huge and there was only one open
gateway, which made the rescue operations difficult.
CHENNAI, June 9: A housewife, Jagatheeswari, has been arrested for
murdering the mother of her daughter's friend at the latter's residence.
Jagatheeswari had reportedly been in the habit of borrowing jewellery from
Manonmani, mother of her daughter Sangeetha's friend. However, Manonmani
put a stop to the practice. Jagatheeswari allegedly came to the house
intending to steal some of the jewellery, but was caught in the act. In the
ensuing quarrel, Jagatheeswari allegedly assaulted Manonmani with a steel
rod, killing her on the spot.
TIRUNELVELI, June 9: Two persons, Pechimuthu (57) and Sudalaimani (24) were
murdered by persons involved in illicit arrack distillation ana sale of
arrack. While the culprits murdered Pechimuthu thiinking that his son,
Balasaravanan, had informed the police about them. However, the other
victim, a passerby in a cycle, who was an employee in a private mill was
murdered in the clash.
BANGALORE, June 8: The musical fountain at the LRDE park outside the
planetarium in Bangalore was inaugurated again, this time by the CM, J H
Patel. When confronted by angry congress supporters of Jaffer Sharief,
former Central Railway Minister, who demanded why the park was being
inaugurated for a second time when it was already opened by the former CM,
H D Deve Gowda and why the foundation stone was removed. The state minister
for horticulture, D T Jayakumar pacified the crowds by replying that the
foundation stone had to be removed to facilitate the laying of the lawns.
CHENNAI, June 9: The Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO)
and the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limitd (ELCOT) have jointly
invited private participants to"come build a dream world"--and IT park.
Bids have been invited from private parties to design, develop, construct,
own and operate the facility, which is envisaged to be of world standards.
Facilities to be offered include global connectivity, training and
exhibition centres and residential complexes. The park is to come up on 200
acres of land at Siruseri village, 15 km from here.
CHENNAI, June 9: The recently introduced 'peak-hour specials' have been
very successful in terms of revenue collection, and the public seem to be
satisfied with this timely service. These 50 silver-grey coloured buses
which are operated only for eight hours in a day collect as much as Rs
1,300 per vehicle as against the 'PP' or 'LSS' services that ply an entire
day an collect upto Rs ,300 or Rs 2,500 per vehicle.
BANGALORE, June 9: Compassion Unlimited Plus Action organised a pet show
with a difference at the Cubbon Park Bal Bhavan here. Turtles, snakes,
dogs, including an exotic Afghan Hound, and even a civet cat, were
displayed by proud owners. Set up by Crystal Rogers in 1991 to spread
information about compassion to animals, the organisation held the show for
the benefit of urban youngsters.
CHENNAI, June 6: The Federation of Doctors, Medical Practitioners and
Institutions of Tamil Nadu has dropped its protest plan for June 11,
agianst police action on doctors for alleged medical negligence, following
a meeting with the CM, M Karunanidhi. The CM assured that a committee of
doctors and forensic science exportes would be formed to decide the course
of action to be followed in case of complaint of medical negligence.
CHENNAI, June 9: Hampered by five-and-a-half metres of cloth, women
outnumber men by far when it comes to fatalities in any major disaster. The
graceful saree, much admired in the West, proves the woman's undoing in
such cases, as she is unable to make a quick escape. The recent fire
accident and stampede at the Brahadeeshwarar temple at Thanjavur is a case
in point. Of the 40 persons who died, 31 were women. Dr A R Santhakumar,
Chairman of the Centure for Disaster Mitigation, Anna University, who is to
study the temple disaster, said the saree was also a cause of disaster in
other ways. Among construction workers, saree ends often get caught in
concrete mixing machines or vibrators, dragging the women in. Also, the
saree sends the fire rating soaring, calculated as it is on the basis of
quantity of inflammable material.
CHENNAI, June 9: A surgical team led by the chief vascular surgeon of
Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals, M R Girinath, performed a unique syrgery
which could be an alternative for the conventional coronary bypass surgery.
Performed for the first time in the world, this surgery used a left atrio
aortic bypass and reduces the cost of disposables and offers the patient a
quicker recovery, which means shorter stay at the hospital.