Porayar survivors recall scary tale of depot collapse

Porayar: When the unstable building fell on them during the wee hours of today, the few surviving members of the Transport Department could do nothing but wait for another half-an-hour, stuck in the rubbel, all the while crying out for help. Since the accident happened early in the morning, there were not many witnesses other than the victims themselves and according to sources, other staff of the Transport Department rushed

CM rushes help to Porayar following depot collapse

Chennai / Porayar: Eight employees of Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) were crushed to death when the roof of an over 60-year-old building at Porayar bus depot in Nagapattinam district collapsed early this morning. According to official sources, the unfortunate incident occurred at 3.30 am when 11 members of the bus crew were sleeping after shift change on the first and ground floor of the building. Firefighters from Porayar station

8 TNSTC staff die in building collapse in Nagai

Nagapattinam: A portion of an over six-decade-old building of the Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation’s (TNSTC’s) Porayar branch in the district collapsed this morning, killing eight crew members, the police said. Three others suffered injuries, they added. The crew members of the TNSTC were sleeping in the building, constructed in 1952, when it collapsed around 3.30 am, killing them on the spot, they said. Three others who suffered injuries were rushed to Karaikal General Hospital.

Eight poachers arrested and fined; gun seized

Erode: Eight poachers were arrested and a country gun seized from them at Sennampatty forest area in the district, forest department officials said. They were also slapped with a fine of Rs 25,000 each by the District Forest Officer, before whom they were produced. The forest department officials said a team entered the Komarayanure and Sennampatty forest areas on a tip off that the poachers were moving around there in

Dengue will be under control in 10-15 days: Minister

Thanjavur: Dengue would be brought under control in another 10 to 15 days, Tamilnadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said. He said the incidents of dengue fever have come down due to the state government taking steps on a war-footing to check the vector-borne disease. Incidents of dengue fever have come down in Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Chennai and Thanjavur districts, the minister told reporters after visiting the Thanjavur medical college hospital. He

Many TN villages give up crackers for birds' sake

Chennai: In a striking example of showing empathy towards winged creatures, several villages in Tamilnadu today celebrated Deepavali without bursting firecrackers to avoid scaring the birds and bats in their areas. For a long time, people of Koothankulam village, in Tirunelveli district, which has a bird sanctuary, have avoided bursting firecrackers during the festival. Interestingly, they also avoid using loudspeakers in places of worship or during family functions out of

Income tax official missing; search on to trace him

Coimbatore: A 37-year-old Income Tax official from the city was reported missing since 13 October and a search is on to trace him, police said. Shivakumar’s father in his complaint to police stated that his son had not returned after he left home at 6 am on 13 October. Police are investigating whether he had gone to his relative’s house or he had been kidnapped by someone, they said. Two

'TN following ideals of AIADMK founder MGR'

Coimbatore: Tamilnadu government was functioning on the right path as dreamt by AIADMK founder late M G Ramachandran, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambudurai said. The performance of the Government was good and it was following the ideals and path of the MGR with the support of the people, Thambidurai told reporters here. He exuded confidence that the two leaves symbol would be allotted to the ruling party, which has

Relief to retired transport corporation employees

Tiruchirappalli: The government transport corporations in Tamilnadu have been directed to pay an interim relief of Rs 4000 to its retired employees who had not received their retirement benefits. As many as 25846 persons would get the benefit. The relief was being ordered following the direction from the Madras High Court which ordered interim relief for the workers whose retirement benefits had not been settled. Those who had retired before

Ready to contest R K Nagar by-poll: Dhinakaran

Tiruchi: Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran said he is ready to contest the R K Nagar by-poll, elections for which are to be held before 31 December, but it would be party general secretary V K Sasikala who would name the candidate. “The party General Secretary V K Sasikala will select the candidate and announce the name,” he said. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of

Complaint lodged against Tiruchi temple management

Tiruchirappalli: A complaint was lodged on the alleged sale of old door frames by the management of th Sri Rangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple near here, police said. The frames are considered significant for their sculptural and antique value, police said. The complainant Rangarajan said more than 50 kalasams of the temple towers which were removed during the renovation were also missing. Police said action would be taken against the temple