No Indian devotees at Kachchathivu fest: Lanka Navy

Colombo: None of the Indian pilgrims have attended the annual festival at a famous church in Sri Lanka’s Katchatheevu island amid tensions between both the countries following the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Lankan navy. The two-day event which began yesterday was significant for the navy as it had completed building of the new St Anthony’s church. Sri Lanka’s Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne said that no Indian devotees were present. “This is due

Fire causes damage to marshland at Kodai

Dindigul: A fire has caused extensive damage to the Gymkhana marshland at the hill station of Kodaikanal in this district. Officials said the fire broke out about ten days ago in the marshland and destroyed about ten acres of vegetation. The blaze was extinguished after three days, they said. According to officials, the marshland is under the control of both fisheries department and the local administration (Municipality). They said one of the reasons for the blaze occurring

Swami Vivekananda museum at Kumbakonam station

Kumbakonam: A museum commemorating the visit of Swami Vivekananda to this temple town on his return from Chicago World Parliament of Religions would be built at the railway station here, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said yesterday. Vivekananda gave the message “Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is achieved” after returning to India from Chicago in 1897, in commemoration of it the railways would construct the museum, he said. Prabhu

Ponnar, OPS, Stalin meet fishermen

Rameswaram: Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, rebel AIADMK faction head O Panneerselvam and DMK leader M K Stalin on Saturday met protesting fishermen, who are on a stir against the killing of their colleague allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy last week. Speaking to reporters after meeting the fi shermen, Radhakrishnan said Sri Lanka had assured India during the tripartite talks in Delhi that they would not shoot Indian fi shermen

'S&T is integral part of Indian culture'

Vellore: Science and Technology have always been an integral part of Indian culture, said Central University of Tamilnadu Vice-Chancellor A P Dash. Inaugurating a national level symposium-cum-workshop – “Explore. Evolve. Emblaze” organised by Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Bio Sciences & Technology, VIT University to mark 4th National DNA Day 2017 at Vellore recently, he said natural philosophy, as it was termed in those ancient times, was pursued vigorously

Govt school turns from worst to best

Coimbatore: Once considered the worst in the district, with teachers fearing to go there for classes due to presence of venomous snakes and a haven for anti-socials, a government school here has now become one of the best with 100 per cent result in the 10th standard exams last year. This was made possible due to the efforts of Robert Bosche Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI), which “adopted” and gave

Five killed in fire at fireworks factory

Sivakasi: Five workers, including three women, were killed and four others injured in a fire that broke out at a fireworks factory near here. Four sheds of the factory were gutted in the fire which killed five workers, police said, adding the cause of the fire is being probed.

Hold trust vote by secret ballot, we will win: rebel AIADMK

Coimbatore: Rebel AIADMK leader K Pandiarajan today claimed his faction would “emerge victorious” if the trust motion is put to vote again through secret ballot and exuded confidence of winning the April 12 RK Nagar bypoll. Stating that former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam-led faction had yesterday moved the Supreme Court seeking a secret ballot for trust vote, he said “if it’s done, we are confident of winning majority.” “All the

Fast against KNPP expansion in TN

Tirunelveli: To protest against the reported expansion plans of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), fast protest would be conducted from March last week, anti-nuclear energy activist S P Udayakumar said here. Without having a clear policy for the removal of highly hazardous nuclear wastes, the NPCIL has planned the expansion of KNPP, he told reporters here.

Centre assures drought relief for TN

New Delhi: Government assured members from Tamilnadu that the State will soon get ‘substantial financial assistance’ from the Centre for tackling drought. “I assure you that substantial financial assistance would be given to Tamilnadu for tackling the drought situation in the state,” Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said while replying to a supplementary during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha. He said a Central team had visited the State to assess the drought situation and has submitted

2 men in oil firm kidnapped by pirates

Tirunelveli: Two men working in an oil company in South Sudan have reportedly been abducted by pirates off that nation’s coast. Family members of Mithun Ganesh (22) and Edward Ambrose (42) hailing from Vadakkankulam, South Tirunelveli district, said they had received information from the company. Their family members received the information from the authorities of the oil firm; they were abducted by sea pirates while on duty aboard the cargo ship off the Sudan coast. They submitted