'Surface engineering should get more attention'

Vellore: Surface engineering stream should be focused more in academics and in industrial point of view, said Turbo Energy, Sholingur, executive director Dasarathy. He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day national conference on Surface Science and Technology (NCSST2017) at VIT Chennai campus on Monday. Quoting examples like, how improved surface finish could reduce consumption of diesel fuel, how good nickel coatings improve wear resistance, and how machining of exotic titanium

Abscess removed from wild elephant near Kovai

Coimbatore: A large abscess from the left foreleg of a 25-year-old elephant was removed by forest department veterinarians at Anaikatti on the city outskirts. The villagers found the jumbo struggling to walk and informed Forest Department officials on Friday. The veterinarians, who rushed to the spot, rejuvenated the elephant by feeding it sugarcane, salt and other fodder, after which they decided to perform the surgery. However, it hid in a

Father, son questioned for neighbour's murder

Coimbatore: A father and son have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the murder of their septuagenarian neighbour at Chettipalayam on the outskirts of the city. The police said the two had objected to Palanisamy (70), building a compound wall for his proposed house on his land, which they alleged, encroached on their land. The duo noticed Palanisamy at the construction site Sunday and him with a

Elephant under treatment escapes to jungles

Coimbatore: A 25-year old male elephant, which was under treatment for abscess on its left foreleg has gone into the jungles near Anaikatti some 25 km from here, on the outskirts. The villagers of Kondanur and Panapallam have informed the Forest Department about the movement of the elephant, which is struggling to walk two days ago. Department officials, along with forest veterinary surgeon rushed to the area and provided food, fruits

No plot against Sasikala, kin: Union minister

Tiruchirappalli: Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan said there was no conspiracy in the raids conducted on premises linked to jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and her relatives and held that the Income Tax department’s actions were based on information. The minister of state for finance rejected deposed AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s charge of conspiracy. Dhinakaran had alleged that the multi-city searches at 187 places conducted since 9 November were a

Russia eyes over 50% localisation for new Kudankulam reactors

Mumbai: Russia, which is building the 6,000-mw Kudankulam nuclear plant, plans to raise localisation to more than 50 per cent for the upcoming units at the Tamilnadu plant from the present 20 per cent levels. Rosatom, the Russian partner for state-run Nuclear Power Corporation (NPCIL), is supplying the water-water energetic reactors (VVER reactors), for the Kudankulam nuclear plant, which currently generates 2,000 mw (2x 1,000 mw). ‘Already, two units of

Huge haul of pirated CDs

Coimbatore: Anti-Piracy Cell officials raided a house at Tirupur near here and seized CDS of old and new Tamil films besides pornographic movies. One person has been arrested in this connection, police said. The officials raided the house of one Durai following a tip-off and seized two CD writers, 750 Tamil Film CDs and 20 porno CDs, police said. They also seized a computer. Durai was produced before a court

TN Bar Council prohibits 742 advocates from practising

Chennai: The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has prohibited 742 lawyers from practising law, pending disposal of showcause notices to be issued against them. All these lawyers had pursued legal education based on degrees obtained through the open university system, the bar council said. A communication issued by the council’s secretary C Raja Kumar said the special committee of the council had passed a resolution to this effect

Mechanised boats fishermen assn withdraw protest

Rameswaram: The Mechanised boat fishermen association members here today withdrew their three-day-old strike following talks with the State minister Manikandan. The minister assured them that their cyclone relief funds will be distributed shortly and urged them to withdraw their indefinite strike, according to Tamilnadu-Puducherry fishermen’s association secretary N J Bose. He said the minister also assured them about taking up other demands including release of the state fishermen from Sri

Three held for questioning on killing an elephant

Ooty: Three persons were taken into custody for questioning on their involvement in killing an elephant and taking it tusks near Gudalur, some 100 kms from here. Based on information from the villagers, forest department officials carried out searches and nabbed the three Cherampadi on Tamilnadu-Kerala Border and taken into custody for questioning. Preliminary inquiry revealed the involvement of another three persons in the incident, department sources said.