Steam voyage summer special train services on NMR

Coimbatore: The Southern Railway will operate Heritage Steam Voyage summer special train services in the Nilgiri Mountain Railways (NMR) section between Mettupalayam and Coonoor from 31 March to 24 June on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a total 52 services, a Salem division release said today. The train would start from Mettupalayam at 9.10 AM and will reach Coonoor at 12.30 PM with stoppages at Kallar and Hillgrove. In

MMK seeks release of decade-old prisoners

Coimbatore: Manityaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) urged the Government to release those life prisoners who have served more than 10 years in jails in Tamilnadu. Talking to reporters after visiting some convicts in the Central jail here, MMK President Prof M H Jawahirulla said that the Government could release them under Article 161 (to grant pardon, remit or commute sentences in certain cases) of the constitution. The Chief Minister Edapadi K

Prayer homes of Pentecostal Church attacked

Madurai: Prayer homes of the Pentecostal church were attacked at two places in the city, allegedly by members of the Hindu Munnani. Police, quoting a pastor Ravi Jacob, who filed a complaint, said the group burnt some pamphlets and copies of the Bible and abused pastors and the faithful at the homes at Koodal Nagar and Sikkandar Chavadi areas on Sunday. Jacob said 10 persons came to his house that

Theni forest fire: First responder's tale

Chennai: In light of the recent tragedy where 11 trekkers died caught in a forest fire that engulfed the Kurangani area of Theni district, a police officer who was one of the first responders in the rescue mission recalls heart melting scenes that he witnessed: “I was among the 250 police personnel from Theni and Erode who were involved in the rescue operations. The fire started at around 2.30 pm

Theni forest fire: Toll rises to 11, injured shifted

Chennai: One more person today succumbed to the injuries suffered during the forest fire at Kurangani hills in Theni, taking the toll to 11. Divya of Erode died at a Madurai hospital, without responding to treatment. Her husband Vivek, who too climbed the mountain along with her, died on Monday. The couple were newly-married. Four more are still to come out of the critical state and two patients who suffered

Rules are simple, must follow to enter forest: TN

Theni: Trekking expedition to any forest area or wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu requires prior approval from Forest and Wildlife authorities and the procedure to get nod is simple, an official said on Monday. The trekkers who were caught in a forest fire in the Western Ghat’s Kurangani Hill ranges did not have permission for an expedition, according to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami. Ten people – seven women