Biking Queens all for women empowerment

Kanyakumari: “We are riding for a passion and taking up social causes. Women in our country have a lot of inhibitions about their talent. There is also widespread inferiority complex among them. Through this journey, we will be informing women about their rights and make them aware of the different occupations they can take up to earn a living,” said all women rider group Biking Queens, Dr Sarika Mehta. She

Lankan navy arrests three TN fishermen

Rameswaram: Three fishermen from Tamilnadu were today arrested by the Sri Lankan navy for allegedly fishing off Neduntheevu, near the Lankan coast, the sixth such incident this month. The fishermen from Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district have been taken to Kangesanthurai port, the police said. Their boat was also seized for allegedly intruding into Lankan territory and poaching in their zone, they said. On Friday, eight fishermen from Nagapattinam district were arrested

Trainee officers graduate from BARC

Chennai: As many as 33 trainee scientific officers from BARC training school at IGCAR, Kalpakkam, completed their training and graduated yesterday. Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), distributed the Homi Bhabha prizes to toppers, a release from Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), said. This was the 11th batch that graduated yesterday, it said. In his address, Basu emphasised the enhanced role of atomic

One kg gold seized from passenger

Coimbatore: Customs officials arrested an passenger of Air Arabia for carrying gold by concealing in electronic gadgets. The officials, on suspicion, intercepted the passenger Abdul Gafoor, who arrived from Kuwait via Sharjah in the early hours yesterday, police said. On examination, the officials found gold concealed in electronic goods, weighing about 1 kg, valued at Rs 30 lakh. Gafoor, hailing from Kozhikode in Kerala was arrested and remanded to judicial

Rs 2 crore worth redsander logs seized in TN

Ramanathapuram: Redsander wood logs worth about Rs 2 crore were seized from a lorry at Pattinamkathan check-post near here and arrested its driver, police said. The lorry was en route to Rameswaram from Andhra Pradesh when the police checked it on suspicion. As the lorry was parked for a long time, police got suspicious and checked it. They found the red sander wood logs hidden behind onion bags. The wood

Dalit man killed in clash over love failure

Chennai: A 30-year-old dalit was killed in clash over a love affair between a vanniyar youth and a dalit girl at Pulirampakkam in Tiruvannamalai on Sunday. According to reports, the deceased identified as M Venkatesan, son of Madhavan was killed while involving in the fight. His brother Adi Kesavan, 21, and three others, Ganapathy, Dhayalan and Vijayraj also sustained serious injuries in the clash. Venkatesan died at 3 am today

Woman killed in wall collapse in Thanjavur

Thanjavur: A 32-year-old woman was killed and her husband suffered injuries after a wall of an under construction building collapsed on them, in the district, police said today. The incident occurred last evening when Palanisami and Sakunthala hailing from Vadakurankaduthurai, had gone to the construction site to pour water on the wall, which suddenly collapsed on them, they said. While the woman succumbed on the way to hospital, Palanisami was

CM: Do not term Amma canteen as loss

Salem: Chief Minister K Palaniswami yesterday asserted that Amma canteens, offering low-cost food, were service oriented for welfare of the poor and would continue to be administered well as before. The usage of the term ‘loss’ was not correct, he told reporters here when asked about reports that the government was contemplating sizing down the number of the canteens, named after late chief minister Jayalalithaa, in view of reported loss made by

Periyar University suspends student-activist

Coimbatore: A post-graduate woman student of Periyar University in Salem has been suspended, days after being detained under Goondas Act for allegedly instigating students to protest against some government projects. In view of her detention under the stringent Goondas Act, Valarmathi has been suspended by the university, police sources in the central prison here, where she is lodged, said yesterday quoting information received from the university. Valarmathi, a journalism student,

'BJP opposing Kamal shows collusion with AIADMK'

Kancheepuram: DMK Working President M K Stalin yesterday said BJP’s opposition to actor Kamal Haasan in the backdrop of his criticism of the Tamilnadu government only showed a collusion between it and the ruling AIADMK. Stalin, who has rallied behind Haasan, said while the top actor was speaking about ‘corruption’ in the AIADMK regime, he was being opposed by the BJP. “It is becoming known from this that there is

Four held for poaching wild boars

Dindigul: Four persons were today arrested for allegedly poaching wild boars, protected under the Wildlife Act, at a village near hilly Kodaikanal in the district, police said. Acting on a tip-off, forest department officials nabbed the four who allegedly used an explosive mine trap to poach the wild boars at Kundupatti. They had hunted one or two boars using the trap, police said adding further investigation was on.