French nationals in Pondy vote for their Prez

Puducherry: French nationals from Puducherry and regions coming under the jurisdiction of that nation’s consulate, cast their votes in the first round of French Presidential elections, here today. A 92-year-old woman Marie Antoinette, who was among the early voters, told that she has been exercising her franchise in every presidential poll without fail. Voters, who were infirm and aged were helped by the staff on duty to reach the booths

'Tamilnadu maintains high standards in food safety'

Chennai: The  Centre  has  allocated  Rs  500 crore to upgrade Food Testing Centres (Lab) across the country, CEO of food regulator FSSAI, Pawan  Kumar Agarwal, said. Two labs in Tamilnadu would be taken up for upgradation, he said at a meeting in Coimbatore. The Centre had also decided to partner with 124 private testing labs, he said, adding that FSSAI would take efforts to incorporate some suggestions given by private

Revised curriculum will help more students, says AICTE

Coimbatore: As part of transforming the education system and making students more employable, AICTE said it is taking steps to periodically revise the curriculum to meet the needs of industry and other sectors. AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said this was being done considering complaints that nearly 60 per cent of those passing out of technical education institutions are not industry-ready and still require honing. Speaking to reporters on the

Demonetised currency worth Rs 51.56 lakh seized; 5 held

Karaikudi: Demonetised currency notes worth Rs 51.56 lakh were seized from five persons near a city school, the police said. The currency was seized during a check of vehicles near New Vidyagiri school here, police said. Old Rs 500 notes worth Rs 10,19,500 and Rs 1,000 notes worth Rs 41,37,000 were recovered from the men, who have been arrested, they said. A case has been registered against them under Specified

5 lakh hotels, food joints to participate in bandh

Coimbatore: Nearly five lakh hotels and food joints in Tamilnadu will participate in the 25 April dawn to dusk State-wide bandh to express solidarity with the farmers agitating in New Delhi to get their demands redressed. Since various trade and commercial bodies have decided to join the bandh called by a few political parties,hotels in the State also decided to down their shutters on that day, Tamilnadu Hotel Owners Association President,

Anti-liquor protesters target building owners

Coimbatore: Anti-liquor protesters have turned their ire on building-owners for renting out their premises to enable relocate liquor shops, within 500 metres of national highways, ordered to be shut. A large number of women last night laid siege to the house of one Kannankumar for renting out his premises to the government to open an outlet on Kanuvai-Pannimadai Road in Thudiyalur on the city’s outskirts, police said. A similar incident

Periyar, Anna statues in Erode shifted

Erode: A life-size statue of social reformer E V Ramasamy and a bust-size one of former Chief Minister C N Annadurai at a busy junction of five roads here is to be shifted to Paneerselvam Park. Officials said the junction is often congestion and there are traffic jams when politicians and members of the public gather to pay tribute to the two leaders. Hence, the district administration and police officials

Tamil scholar bags Presidential award

Puducherry: A post doctoral scholar working in the French Institute of Puducherry has bagged the Presidential award for classical Tamil for 2015-2016. A release from the French Institute here said President Pranab Mukherjee will present the award to Dr V Prakash at an exclusive investiture ceremony at Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 9 May. Prakash is doing research on contemporary Tamil culture in the institute, the release said.

Tamilnadu ranks 5th in Internet readiness

Chennai: Delhi has emerged as the top ranked State in terms of overall Internet readiness, overtaking last year’s winner Maharashtra according to a report titled ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’, published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Nielsen. The capital city-State is followed by Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamilnadu a press release said. Delhi gets this rank primarily because of its fabulous e-infrastructure and

Srilankan Airlines bags award

Chennai: SriLankan Airlines received the Best International Airline – Asia award at the second annual Tamilnadu Tourism Awards for the second successive year. A press release said that the airline has also won World’s Leading Airline Operating to the Indian Ocean Region at the World Travel Awards, Best Full Service Airline in Central and South Asia for the second consecutive year at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards, Most Innovative

Plastic bags removed from bull's stomach

Thanjavur: Veterinarians at an institute here have removed 38.4 kg of plastic bags and a LED bulb from the stomach of a bull. The bull, used for jallikattu (bull taming sport), was brought to Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC) of Veterinary College and Research Institute here by its owner Ayyappan of Tiruchi district yesterday following anorexia and debility. On examination it was diagnosed that the animal has acute ruminal impaction