Rs 8.50 crore fine for illegal quarrying in Erode

Erode: A whopping fine of Rs 8.50 crore has been slapped on a quarry owner by the Revenue Department for alleged illegal quarrying of soil and gravel in the district during 2011-16. Erode Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Narmadha Devi levied the fine on S Prakash of Perodu village for carrying out quarrying without licence, Tahsildar Veenerselvam said today. This was the highest fine imposed on a quarry owner by the

Kandoori festival begins at Nagore

Nagapattinam: The 460th annual Kandoori festival has commenced at nearby Nagore Dargah, a famous Muslim pilgrim centre, with the hoisting of the holy flag. The 14-day long festival began last night after the holy flag was brought in a procession and hoisted, head of the Dargah Committee Syed Mohammed Kalifa said. The Kandoori festival is held to commemorate the death anniversary of 16th century saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed Quadir Wali, who

Man stands upside down in protest against NEET

Tiruvannamalai: Opposing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, a man yesterday did handstand for sometime in the Collectorate here alleging that it will hurt the interests of students. Kolanjiyappan, who claimed to be a teacher in a private school got into the handstand position and rested his legs against a wall and remained in that posture for sometime at the Collectorate premises. When asked by police and journalists, he said he was resorting to handstand to register

PWF joins Neduvasal protest

Pudukottai: Protests against the proposed hydrocarbon extraction and exploration project continued today at nearby Neduvasal, demanding that the Centre shelve it. Villagers and others from nearby hamlets staged a protest at Neduvasal and hoisted black flags there. Students from several parts of Tamilnadu also participated in the protest. CPI(M) State Secretary G Ramakrishnan said due to hydrocarbon extraction project, “a situation is arising wherein the livelihood of the people will be affected not only in Neduvasal village but in

Car of AIADMK MLA gheraoed by villagers

Cuddalore: Cuddalore District Collector T P Rajesh and AIADMK MLA of Virudhachalam T Kalaichelvan were gheraoed by villagers at Siruvamnbar, who were not satisfied with replies for provision of basic amenities like roads and drinking water at a grievance day meeting here yesterday. Tahsildar R Venugopal told reporters that the villagers submitted a memorandum to Collector and the MLA. Besides roads and drinking water, they also demanded compensation for crop loss in view of the drought. The

TNAU student bags national award

Coimbatore: P Sivaraj, a Ph.D student of Tamilnadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has received Student of the year award 2016. The national award, carrying a citation, was in recognition to his outstanding contribution for undertaking students welfare activities and empowering the youth in Agriculture in the State of Tamilnadu, a TNAU press release said. Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution C R Chaudhary presented the award to

Students sparked protest in Neduvasal

Chennai: Ever since 2017 unfolded, a number of issues have been rocking the State. Now, it is the turn of the anti-hyrdocarbon extraction protest. Despite the protests taking place in various hamlets and towns in the Cauvery delta region and the rest of Tamilnadu, it all commenced in a small village, Neduvasal, in Pudukottai district. It took the form of protests started by the villagers and joined by college students

Centre hurrying with hydrocarbon project: Vaiko

Madurai: MDMK leader Vaiko charged the Centre with doing injustice to Tamilnadu by trying to rush through with the hydrocarbon project and sought to know why it should sacrifice for the benefit of other States. “The Central government is doing injustice to Tamilnadu by hurrying to implement the Hydrocarbon project. Why should Tamilnadu sacrifice for the benefit of other States?,” he asked. Describing the hydrocarbon project as a ‘destructive’ one,

'Yoga needs to be introduced in schools'

Coimbatore: The Tamilnadu government said it is considering to introduce yoga in schools, particularly in rural areas. “The government is holding discussions with yoga experts, as students need not only education, but extra-curricular activities like yoga,” School Education Minister K S Sengottayan told reporters at the airport here. On the 18 February trust vote, he said AIADMK MLAs had kept their cool during the ruckus in the assembly and proved

High Court tells Tamilnadu to eradicate seemai karuvelam

Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court today ordered the State government to promulgate a special act to eradicate Seemai Karuvelam (prosopis Julifl ora) shrub within two months time. The judges Justice A Selavam and Justice P Kalairasan today observed that a few district Collectors have not cleared the shrubs up to the expected level. “Only 15 per cent of the seemai karuvelam has been removed and the

Actress case: ‘Pulsar’ Suni moved to Kovai

Coimbatore: The police team probing the abduction and sexual harassment of Malayalam actress launched a search to trace the person who had accompanied ‘Pulsar’ Suni, the key accused in the case, and Vijesh, his accomplice, during their stay in Coimbatore. According to reports, a police team headed by K G Babu Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Aluva, arrived in Coimbatore with the two accused on Sunday morning. According to sources, there