TN govt hikes pension for heirs of freedom fighters

Chennai: The Tamilnadu government has hiked the family pension of the heirs of freedom fighters from Rs 6,500 to Rs 7,500.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami made the announcement after hoisting the national flag at the ramparts of Fort St George this morning.

The Chief Minister, who is hoisting the flag for the second consecutive year, earlier reviewed a police guard of honour from an open jeep.

He also announced  2 per cent reservation for sportspersons in government jobs. The jobs will be provided in government and public-run companies, said the Chief Minister.

The Kalpana Chawla award, instituted for bravery shown by a woman, was presented to Muthumari of Coimbatore for single-handedly tackling a leopard and driving it away with a wooden log.

Tirupur was awarded the best municipal corporation award.

Anna University’s space research centre Diksha bagged the Abdul Kalam award for its scientific work.