News for Tuesday, June 10


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Crisis threatens Tamil film industry

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.
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No jinx associated with Big Temple: TN CM

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.
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SW monsoon strikes Kerala, TN

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.
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Mahakumbabhishekam of Big Temple performed

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.
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PMK volunteers demand ban on garnet mining

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.
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BCC anti-littering drive from June 10

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.
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Programme for rural dairy development inaugurated

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 marketing.
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Two asthma patients die waiting for treatment

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.
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Vedaranyam: Bootleggers' paradise?

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.
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DGP cautions against lighting crackers in public

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.
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Housewife arrested for murder

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.
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Two murdered in Tachanallur

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.
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Musical fountain inaugurated again at LRDE park

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.
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IT park proposed in Chennai

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.
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'Peak-hour specials' collect maximum revenue

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.
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"Compassion" pet show in B'lore

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.
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Doctors cancel protest plan

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.
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Tied down by the saree

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.
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Alternative surgery to coronary bypass performed

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.
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