100 high schools to be upgraded in Tamilnadu

Erode: Nearly 100 Government high schools in Tamilnadu would be upgraded into higher secondary schools from the academic year 2017-18. Similarly, 150 government middle schools would also be upgraded into high schools, Education Minister K A Sengottiyan, said speaking at a function in Gobichettipalayam. He said the results of the tenth and plus two examinations would be declared in time.

Excavation work at Keezhadi will continue: Union Minister

Sivaganga: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma denied there were plans to stop excavation at Keezhadi in this district, saying there has been “rewarding results” from the site, dating back to 2nd Century BC. Referring to opposition from some sections to the transfer of an official overseeing the excavation process, Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, said it was a routine exercise. “I just want to put end to all queries and confusion by saying

TN govt machinery working efficiently, says EPS

Salem (TN): Tamilnadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the government machinery was “working expeditiously” and that he had signed over 1,500 files since taking over in February. “About 70 days have passed since I took over (as Chief Minister). And I have signed 1,560 files. Not a single file is pending,” he told reporters here. His remarks come amid allegations by oppositions parties, especially the DMK, that the government was

Kodanadu murder: Three men from Kerala questioned

Ooty: Three Kerala natives have been detained for questioning in a case of recent break-in and murder of a security guard of a bungalow at Kodanadu Estate, often visited late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The estate figures in the disproportionate assets case involving jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and Jayalalithaa, among others. The trio – Satishan from Pudukkad, Shibu from Kodakara and Santosh from Vellakulangara near Thrissur, were taken into custody based on

Teacher gives her best and jewels to govt school

Chennai: Have you ever visited a government panchayat school? If films have given you images of schools with damaged chairs, cracked floors, etc., it is time to change your opinion. Annapurna Mohan – teacher of class 3 at Panchayat Union Primary School, Kandhadu in Villupuram district – transformed her class into a well-equipped smart classroom by selling her jewels. The updated classroom features smart boards in a well-furnished room, holding

Elephant stuck in slush, choked to death in TN

Coimbatore: A 10-year-old female elephant choked to death after it allegedly got stuck in the slush near Anaikatti in the rural limits,forest department officials said. Villagers noticed the pachyderm trapped in the slushy mud at Sembikarai and informed the officials, who rushed to the spot. However, efforts to rescue the elephant using an earthmover failed, as large quantity of mud had entered its mouth, choking it to death, department sources said. The carcass was buried there

BJP president Amit Shah to visit TN

Coimbatore: BJP president Amit Shah will undertake a three-day visit of Tamilnadu from 10 May, Textile Minister Smriti Irani said. Shah would be in Chennai on 10 and 11 May to attend some party functions and also hold discussions with State unit leaders, she said during an interaction with BJP office-bearers and workers in nearby Tirupur. Shah will visit Coimbatore on 12 May and interact with party workers, BJP sources said. Irani highlighted the BJP’s resounding

Encroachments near Thiruparankundram temple to go

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here directed the Madurai district administration to remove encroachments along the road around the famous Thiruparankundram hill temple near here. A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and Athinathan passed the order on a PIL filed by one Karthick. The petitioner submitted that Thiruparankundram Murugan temple is an important and famous place of worship, visited by lakhs of people from across the country and other parts of the world. The indiscriminate

Three children drown in pond in Tiruvarur district

Tiruvarur: Three children, including two girls allegedly drowned while taking bath in a pond near here, the police said. The incident occurred this morning when the trio had gone to bathe in the pond and strayed into deep waters and drowned, they said. The bodies have been retrieved and sent for post mortem, they added.

Breakthrough elude police in Kodanadu break-in

Ooty: Investigations continued into the recent break-in and murder of a security guard at a bungalow in nearby Kodanadu Estate, frequented by late chief minister Jayalalithaa, with the police interrogating a guard who escaped the attack for the second day. The police suspect whether guard Krishna Bahadur, who escaped with minor injuries in the attack by a 10-member gang on 24 April had any links with the assailant or helped them to break open a

Water being supplied at Point Calimere sanctuary

Nagapattinam: The Forest Department has taken steps to provide drinking water to animals and birds at the Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary, which is reeling under unprecedented drought this year. Out of the 58 natural water bodies in the sanctuary, water is available only in a few. In addition, there were seven artificial tanks – four inside and three outside the sanctuary, Kodikarai Forest Ranger Ayub Khan said. These artificial tanks are being filled