Agitation against hydrocarbon project withdrawn

Pudukottai: People of Nallandarkollai in the district yesterday withdrew their 37 day old agitation against the hydrocarbon project following talks with the sub collector Amreet who assured that the project would not be implemented against their wishes. They threw their ration card, aadhaar card, licence, voter ID card on the road as part of their agitation. They feared that their livelihood would be be affected if the project was implemented.

Atheist murder case: Accused sent to judicial custody

Coimbatore: Three persons arrested in connection with the murder of a Dravida Viduthalai Kazhakam worker, Farooq, were produced yesterday before a court here and remanded to judicial custody, the police said. Asrath, Saddam Hussain and Samshuddin were produced before the fifth Judicial Magistrate Court, after being questioned by the police for two days and remanded. Asrath was remanded till 28 March and the other two, till 3 April. The Judicial Magistrate

15 godowns of VV Minerals group sealed in Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli(TN): As many as 15 godowns run by sand mining company, V V Minerals, in the district were sealed for allegedly trying to export mineral sand illegally, using forged documents. Deputy Collector, Vishnu Vardhan inspected the godowns and factories owned by the company and sealed them for storing illegally mined sand, the officials said. Assistant Director of Mines, Krishna Mohan had been suspended for allegedly forging the signature of the

Neduvasal project will not affect agricultural lands: ONGC

Chennai: In view of several misconceptions, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) clarified that it is not carrying out exploration of shale gas or coal bed methane in Cauvery Basin and does not have any such plan. In a press release, it dismissed apprehensions raised by farmers that coal bed methane and shale gas were sought to be extracted at Neduvasal. The statement said that it is the

Vasan says TMC has no faith in by-elections

Coimbatore: Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) president G K Vasan today said the party decided not to contest the 12 April R K Nagar by-election as it has no faith in by-polls. It was the duty of the Election Commission to instil confidence among the voters and political parties by ensuring free and fair polls, as normally the ruling party won such by-polls, Vasan told reporters here yesterday. Vasan, who was here to participate

High-speed trial run on Podanur-Pollachi track

Chennai: Southern Railway has asked all users of railway lines between Podanur – Pollachi section to not to approach or trespass the railway line tomorrow (24 March), as Commissioner of Railway Safety (Southern Circle, Bangalore) will be conducting high speed trial run in the stretch. The trial run will take place between 2 pm and 7 pm. The release further stated that the Railway Safety Commissioner will inspect the newly-converted broad

All buildings must have RWH, says expert

Vellore: The importance of rainwater harvesting (RWH) was stressed by Sekhar Raghavan, director, Rain Centre, Chennai. He was delivering a special lecture on ‘Challenges in Water Conservation’ organised by the Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering of the School of Civil and Chemical Engineering (SCALE) of VIT University as part of the water conservation week celebrations in connection with World Water Day at VIT campus here on Wednesday. Raghavan