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Derogatory comment by Politician on Nirmala Sitharaman: Bad Fortune, Widow and ?

Vanathi Srinivasan, a prominent MLA representing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Coimbatore South, recently took a firm stand against derogatory remarks made by Kavignar Iniyavan towards women politicians, specifically targeting Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The incident occurred during an event organized by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), prompting Srinivasan to announce via X (formerly [] The post Derogatory comment by Politician on Nirmala Sitharaman: Bad Fortune, Widow and ? appeared first on Tfipost.com .

TFIPOST 20 Jun 2024 12:54 pm

Heavy rain forecast in Tamil Nadu till June 23

CHENNAI: Several parts of the state will continue to receive heavy rain till June 23 and the maximum temperature is likely to be near normal. The southwest monsoon will be vigorous over Nilgiris and ghat areas of Coimbatore district, where heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast for June 22 and 23. Tiruppur, Dindigul, Theni, Erode, Salem and Dharmapuri districts may receive heavy rain. Chennai will receive light to moderate rain for the next two days, according to the regional meteorological centre here. The city has been witnessing thunderstorms, lighting and heavy showers for the past two days during late evenings and night. In the last 24 hours ending 8.30am on Wednesday, Devala in Nilgiris received the highest rainfall of 13cm followed by 11cm at Arcot in Ranipet. Several other weather stations in Pudukkottai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur have also received good rains in the range of 6-10 cm. In Chennai, Tiruvottiyur received 9cm. Anna Nagar, Nungambakkam, Teynampet, TVK Nagar, Manali received 7cm of rainfall. Corporation officials said that most parts of the city, including Thiruvottiyur and parts of Manali did not have prolonged waterlogging after the rain on Tuesday night and briefly on Wednesday afternoon. Of the 2,624km of storm water drains, 1,242 km have been taken up for desilting now after completing 755 kilometres. Only very few low lying areas experienced some amount of waterlogging but even those were drained out before morning. There is only one isolated spot in Perambur that is left and we will complete draining water from there by Wednesday afternoon, a senior official said.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 9:06 am

Cop reinstated after 23 yrs, Madras HC says dismissal too harsh a punishment

CHENNAI: Finding the punishment of removal from service disproportionate to the charges against him, the Madras High Court has ordered the reinstatement of a policeman, M Balachandran, 23 years after he was sacked from the force for indiscipline. The order was passed by a division bench of Justices S M Subramaniam and C Kumarappan recently, on an appeal filed by Balachandran, who was dismissed from service on the charges of writing anonymous letters to an inspector of the Coimbatore B-4 police station in 1998. He was charged with causing shame to the police department and the government as the letters were titled Grievances of Policemen. Tamil Nadu! Come to the rescue of bonded labourers. Balachandran was later removed from the service. His attempts to seek relief through the Tamil Nadu Administrative Tribunal and the High Court proved futile as the latter had dismissed his petition. He then filed an appeal challenging this order. Stating that his writing of anonymous letters was misconduct, the division bench highlighted that the letters were not written against particular higher officials, but seemed to be written out of frustration. Therefore, the punishment of dismissal from service, in our opinion, is harsh, the bench said, adding that the disciplinary authority ought to have taken a lenient view regarding the quantum of punishment since he had revealed that the letters were written due to instigation by his colleagues. A humane and logical approach is required to regulate the disciplinary aspects in the force, the bench said. Furthermore, it noted that remaining out of service for about 23 years and the pendency of his petition before the tribunal for about 20 years are themselves punishment for the appellant. The bench set aside the 2019 order of the HC and directed the respondent officials to reinstate him into service within four weeks. Once reinstated, Balachandran will have nine years in service before retirement, according to the order. The bench said that he is not entitled to back wages or any other monetary benefits for the period he was out of service. However, it added that he is entitled to continuity of service only for the limited purpose of reckoning the qualifying services for pension benefits.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 8:44 am

Life convict who jumped parole arrested in Coimbatore

PUDUCHERRY: A special police team from Puducherry, on Tuesday evening in Coimbatore, arrested a life convict who had allegedly fled after he was let out on a three-day parole leave. Following court proceedings, the life convict was remanded back to jail the next day. The Mudaliarpet Police said the convict, S Karuna alias Manogaran (50) from Anitha Nagar, was associated with 15 cases and had been serving a life sentence at the Central Prison in Kalapet for over twenty years in connection with a 1997 murder case. Karuna failed to return on June 14, after a three-day parole leave to meet his allegedly ill wife. As he had given no intimation of his absence, the prison police visited his house, which was found locked, said sources. Following a complaint from Prison Superintendent Baskaran, the Mudaliarpet Police registered a case and initiated a search. On Monday, Inspector R Senthil Kumar issued a lookout notice for Karuna. A special police team was formed and by tracking his mobile phone signal, they searched for him in Tirupati. On Tuesday, they arrested two men -- Murugan (50) of Mudaliarpet and Vijayakumar (47) of Pooranankuppam -- for allegedly helping Karuna flee. The same evening, a special team arrested Karuna, who had been hiding in a house in Coimbatore. He was brought to Puducherry on Wednesday, and following an inquiry and court proceedings, he was remanded back to jail, however, the police are yet to reveal the details of his hideout and arrest. Sources said Karuna had taken parole leave 33 times previously, and his movements were supposed to be closely monitored by the police in the respective area. However, only after the prison officials filed a complaint the Mudaliarpet police initiated the search, added sources.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 8:26 am

Coimbatore NGO inaugurates free Pre-Loved Clothes Outlet to aid needy

COIMBATORE: A Coimbatore-based NGO in collaboration with the Coimbatore District Rural Development Agency inaugurated a Pre-Loved Clothes Outlet (PLCO) for needy people at Bodipalayam Village near Madukkarai on Wednesday. Coimbatore district Collector Kranthi Kumar Pati inaugurated the camp at Bodipalayam village, in front of the Seerapalayam village panchayat office. The outlet aims to give needy people a shopping experience while ensuring they reuse used dresses and the worn-out dresses are properly recycled. The project is being run with the support of social workers. M Ganesh, managing trustee of Helping Hearts, said it was the 144th camp conducted by the NGO. He also added that they have partnered with AUMM Clothing Foundation which recycles the dresses, Krishna Foundation collects the used dresses and Annapoorna Truck and Taxi which supports in logistics. After processing, storage and recycling of clothes, the clothes are subjected to quality checks after separating usable garments. The buttons, zips and other damages are mended before washing, ironing and packing, and through this process, we get the used clothes as refurbished ones. The pre-owned clothes outlet offers used clothing items for free of cost to beneficiaries, making needy underprivileged people use it, said Ganesh. The initiative was started in March 2023 and this was the 144th camp. Around nine camps are conducted in a month. In Coimbatore district, camps have been held in seven blocks so far. Nearly 100 villages have been covered in the last year in which at least 30,000 people have benefited and at least 60,000 clothes got reused. Also, around 3 tons of worn-out clothes got recycled and donated, said the organisers. The initiative to reuse and recycle clothes would help avoid unused clothes ending up in landfills. By repurposing and redistributing pre-owned clothes, we reduce landfills and promote a culture of reuse and recycling within the community. The shopping outlet provides a space where people can come together, share resources, and support one another, thus strengthening social bonds and promoting a sense of belonging within the community, said Sabarieshwaran Rathinasamy, a programme coordinator. He said that each shopper could take two sets of dresses and around 200 to 300 people would benefit in every village.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 7:59 am

TNAU UG rank list out; four score perfect 200

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) released the undergraduate admission rank list for the 2024-25 academic year here on Wednesday with as many as four applicants scoring a perfect 200. The university received 33,973 applications for the undergraduate courses at TNAU, Tamil Nadu Dr J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University (TNJFU) and Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University (AU) from May 7 to June 12 under the online application for combined admissions, said TNAU Vice-Chancellor (V-C) V Geethalakshmi who met media-persons and released the rank list at the university. In the rank list, four female candidates G Dhivya from Villupuram, T Sarmila from Cuddalore, K S Maureen from Tirunelveli and R Naveena from Ariyalur have scored perfect 202/200. As many as eight students who secured 199.50/200 are in second place and 10 students with 199/200 took third place, she said. Out of the total 33,973 applicants, 29,969 (11,447 males, 18,522 females) are eligible to attend the counselling. The first phase of general category counselling for admission to three institutions will be held from June 22 to 24 online, the V-C said. The V-C informed TNAU received 234 applications for 20 seats of ex-servicemen, 10,053 applications for the 413 seats of 7.5% reservation, 701 applications for 20 seats of eminent sportspersons and 126 applications for 84 seats of differently-abled and 1,900 applications for 242 seats of vocational. Geethalakshmi said 9,134 applications were received for the 100 BSc Agriculture and Horticulture seats in the Tamil medium. Also, 2,555 applications were received for 1,000 seats for diploma courses. Unlike previous years, first-year students will be taken on exposure visits in the second week of August and colleges will be reopened on September 15, she added. The agricultural university will be filling 5,361 seats for 14 UG courses, 371 for six UG courses and three vocational courses at TNJFU and 340 seats for three UG courses at AU. Three of the four students with a perfect score told TNIE they would be joining medical courses elsewhere. The sole exception is T Sarmila, the daughter of a carpenter. The Cuddalore native told TNIE that she would like to enrol for the BSc Agriculture course at AU. Her ambition is to become an IAS officer.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 7:45 am

Ward Watch | Selvapuram residents in Coimbatore demand prompt action on road encroachments

Residents have also highlighted issues with the erratic waste collection system

The Hindu 19 Jun 2024 8:03 pm

Anna University to launch B.E. Electronics (VLSI Design) at Coimbatore Regional Campus from 2024 - The Hindu

Anna University to launch B.E. Electronics (VLSI Design) at Coimbatore Regional Campus from 2024 The Hindu

Google News 19 Jun 2024 6:46 pm

Cave dining, drunk dessert, and more at Coimbatore's Cahyo cafe - The Hindu

Cave dining, drunk dessert, and more at Coimbatore's Cahyo cafe The Hindu

Google News 19 Jun 2024 6:25 pm

Coimbatore Corporation begins drive to retrieve OSR plots, remove encroachments

Of the 2,232 OSR sites identified, the Corporation has managed to get 1,137 transferred to it; work is underway to complete identification and take possession of the other sites as well, officials said

The Hindu 19 Jun 2024 4:48 pm

TN forms panel to prepare green logistics plan for Chennai

CHENNAI: In a bid to decarbonise the logistics sector by promoting green logistics, the state government has formed a 22-member Chennai City Logistics Coordination Committee headed by special officer of Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority I Jayakumar as chairperson, a government order has said. According to sources, the state is preparing a city logistics plan for Chennai and Coimbatore. While Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation is preparing the logistics plan for Coimbatore, CUMTA is preparing the plan for Chennai. The other important members of the committee include Chennai corporation commissioner, managing director of Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation and managing director of Chennai Metro Rail among others. A CUMTA official said the committee will help develop a logistics plan for Chennai metropolitan area that maps the current freight performance of the city, to define its present and future needs, quick reform areas and long-term plan of action. The plan will also take into account futuristic technology, including flying taxis for supply of cargo across the city. Though only a workshop has been held, the setting up of the entire infrastructure for the drones will take time, the official said. We also held a stakeholders conference with the Madras Chamber of Commerce. The committee will be working with academic institutions, civil society organisations (community-based organisations, traders associations, resident welfare associations) and non-governmental organisations to host stakeholder consultations for evaluating city-specific enablers and formulating implementable action plans. According to the GO, meetings of the city logistics coordination panel will be held once in a quarter and at shorter intervals as determined by the chairperson. The government has released a logistics policy for the next five years, which is aimed at developing the sector in the state to support economic growth. The policy includes an integrated logistics plan for the next decade to align with emerging requirements and industry developments. One of the key objectives of the policy is to reduce the environmental impact of logistics sector by promoting a shift from road to eco-friendly rail and coastal shipping.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 10:03 am

Spiritual tourism to infra: 17 tier-II/III cities are next realty hotspots

Coimbatore, Indore and Kochi, amongst others emerged as locations having high potential as satellite office markets.

Business Standard 19 Jun 2024 9:37 am

Fifth suspect arrested in Salem-Kochi highway carjacking attempt

COIMBATORE: Another suspect, who was part of a gang that waylaid a Kerala-bound car on the Salem-Kochi national highway and attempted to rob the occupants early on Friday, was arrested by the Coimbatore district police on Tuesday. The accused, K Vishnu (28) of Karekkattu Parambu of Keralas Palakkad district, was the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the robbery bid. He was the fifth person to be arrested in connection with the case. Police sources said that four others K Sivadas (29) Ramesh Babu (27), M Vishnu (28) from Chittur and M Ajay (24) from Nallepilly were arrested on Sunday. Vishnu was serving in the Army and had come on vacation on April 4. However, he did not return to his posting after the vacation, the police said. Nine people in three vehicles chased the car of one Aslam Siddique (27) of Ernakulam and launched an attack, 200 metres before the L&T toll plaza on the highway near Madukkarai early on Friday. However, Siddique and two of his friends knocked down the doors of the miscreants car and fled. Videos of the assailants chasing and attacking Siddiques car were captured on the dash cameras and were doing rounds on social media. Due to the public mobility at the toll plaza, the gang stopped chasing them and fled. Following the incident, Siddique complained to the Madukkarai police on Friday. Based on the video evidence and footage collected from toll plazas, police traced the gang and arrested four of them on Sunday. The investigation revealed that the gang had received information that Siddique was carrying unaccounted cash in the car, which later turned out to be false. Siddique, who works in advertising, was returning from Bengaluru along with his two friends after purchasing computers and accessories, the police said. Three special teams are working towards arresting four other suspects, police sources said. Kovai cops to set up check post on NH following Fridays attempted robbery

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:27 am

Four held for selling synthetic drugs in Tamil Nadu

COIMBATORE: City police booked five people and arrested four of them in two separate cases for allegedly smuggling and selling contraband and synthetic drugs. Based on a tip of, Karumbukadai police on Monday booked J Kaja Hussain (24), a resident of Arun Nagar in Theethipalayam, and M Feroz Khan (29) of North Housing Unit in Selvapuram owners of a furniture shop under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 as they had 2.5 grams of methamphetamine and contraband in their possession. Hussain already had three cases against him. They were arrested and remanded to prison. In another case, based on a tip of the Prohibition Enforcement Wing (PEW) police in the city booked G Arun (28), a native of Palakkad, Kerala, F Russel Francis (32), of Onapalayam, and T Jitender Singh Bhangu (35), a native of Ludhiana, Punjab were caught near Sivaram Nagar junction on Sungam bypass road on Monday morning with 5 grams of methamphetamine and a small quantity of ganja in their possession. However, Arun managed to escape. Three mobile phones, a digital weighing machine, drugs, and contraband were seized.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:21 am

Three arrested in Rs 3 crore iridium scam, released on bail

COIMBATORE: Kuniyamuthur police on Monday arrested three persons in connection with a case of cheating a businessman of more than Rs 3 crores. Later, they were released on conditional bail. The arrested persons were identified as V Pon Muruganandam (56) from Arumuganeri in Thoothukudi district, Balaji (35) from Kalakkad in Tirunelveli district and S Rajanarayanan (48) from Old Chettikulam in Tirunelveli district. Police said, M Sirajudin (44) from Wayanad in Kerala, has been running a construction company in Qatar since 2008. Nissar from Kannur in Kerala befriended Sirajudin and proposed a business plan of investing in the iridium sales business, promising 100% profit. He further said his friends Ferozhkhan (43) from Kuniyamuthur in Coimbatore and Ashrafkhan from Kerala were having iridium. Believing their words, Sirajudin paid Rs 1.50 crore in cash to Ferozhkhan and Ashrafkhan on August 29, 2013. Later, Ferozhkhan and his accomplices received an overall of Rs 3.92 crores from Sirajudin from August 2013 to June 03, 2024, in multiple instalments. Not only did Ferozhkhannot get any profit from Sirajudin, but he was threatened with dire consequences when asked. Based on a complaint from Sirajudin, Kuniyamuthur police registered a case against Ferozhkhan and his accomplices under sections 406, 420 and 506 (ii) of IPC. The police issued a summons to Ferozhkhan to appear before them last week. As he failed to appear, police checked his call details, following which they came to know that he often spoke with Pon Murugan over the phone. The officials intercepted a car at a toll plaza near Ulundurpet and arrested Pon Muruganandam and two others who were sitting next to Ferozhkhan. However, Ferozhkhan escaped the police. The police seized a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) and Rs 20 lakh cash from them. Two special teams were formed to nab Ferozhkhan, his wife Saliyabeevi and his friend Ashrafkhan. Preliminary inquiry revealed that a notorious rowdy Rocket Raja was a close friend of Ferozhkhan and he also threatened Sirajuddin over the phone. The police also registereda case against Rocket Raja. The arrested persons were produced before a judicial magistrate and later, they were released on conditional bail, said police.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:20 am

Felix bail plea: Police seek time to file counter-affidavit

CHENNAI: Justice TV Thamilselvi of Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Coimbatore city police cyber crime wing to file a counter-affidavit by June 24 to the bail application filed by YouTuber Felix Gerald, in connection with the case registered against him over telecasting the controversial interview of jailed YouTuber and political commentator Savukku Shankar allegedly making derogatory remarks against women police personnel. When the bail application came up for hearing, the police sought time to file the counter-affidavit. Felix, who had aired the interview on his YouTube channel RedPiX, was arrested by the Tiruchy police on May 10, and the Coimbatore police registered a case and formally effected the arrest later. He has alleged that the police have registered multiple cases against him with an intention to confine him in prison for a long time. Madras HC bins anticipatory bail petition of Gerald

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:56 am

Kovai cops to set up check post on NH following Fridays attempted robbery

COIMBATORE: In the wake of a highway robbery attempt on the Salem - Kochi National Highway in the Coimbatore district on Friday, Coimbatore (Rural) police are planning to set up a check post along the 26-kilometre stretch and increase patrolling. According to sources the stretch between Neelambur and Walayar usually witnesses highway robberies. The number of such crimes is high between Neelambur and Madukkarai, where the road has just two lanes and a large area is vacant on both sides. Other than the vehicular movement, there are no establishments in most of the areas. Taking advantage of this, gangs attempt robbery on the moving vehicles. We had one patrol team on the stretch and now it has been increased to four. Each team attached to the stations Madukkarai, Chettipalayam and Sulur police stations would have at least three policemen and they would work continuously for two shifts, said police superintendent V Badrinarayanan. The police superintendent also added that the CCTV monitoring system installed on the stretch played a significant role in tracing the gang engaged in a robbery attempt on Friday morning. We have been discussing opening a check post or outpost on the Salem- Kochi national highway in the view of strengthening the monitoring and vehicle checking. Also, we are working to increase the CCTV surveillance system to monitor the vehicle movements, he added. According to police sources the Kerala-based gang on Friday targeted the car belonging to a Kerala businessman based on information about transporting money (Hawala). But no cash was transported in the car and we suspect that the gang attacked the wrong vehicle. However, it was confirmed that illegal money transportation is being held on the route. Intensifying the vehicle check through check posts would prevent such activities and police outposts will help the public by regular monitoring.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:29 am

Coimbatore International Airport receives hoax bomb threat

The threat was received on the Airport Authority of India email id on Tuesday afternoon; the unknown sender had also sent the same email to several other airports in the country

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 8:37 pm

Parents seeking admission for children under RTE quota in Coimbatore resent one-km norm

Private schools continue to levy miscellanous fee from students admitted under the Act

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 7:26 pm

All Clear After Chennai, Jaipur Airports Among 40 That Got Bomb Threat Mails

Five major airports - Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Patna in Bihar, Vadodara in Gujarat, and Jaipur in Rajasthan - were among several that received bomb warning e-mails Tuesday in a worrying uptick of similar threats to schools and hospitals.

NDTV 18 Jun 2024 7:15 pm

Travel tips: Coimbatore is called the Manchester of South India, visit these 10 wonderful places here

Coimbatore is a very beautiful city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu which is also called the Manchester of South India. In the last two decades in Coimbatore, there has been major improvement and development in terms of education and industrialization. There are many philosophical places here that promote all types of tourism. In terms of faith, there are many temples here which devotees come here to visit and in terms of tourism, there are many waterfalls and hills here which attract tourists. Today in this episode we are going to tell you about some wonderful places in Coimbatore which will give you a lot of pleasure to visit. # Marudhamalai Hill Temple Situated at an altitude of about 500 feet on the Western Ghats, Marudhamalai Temple is situated on top of a hill from where you can get to see beautiful views of the hill. The beauty of the temple does not stop here only, the Dravidian architecture of the temple is also worth seeing. Lord Murugan or Kartikeya is the main deity of the temple. Another feature of this temple is that it grows medicinal herbs that are used to make Ayurvedic medicines. # Adiyogi Shiva Statue The famous Adiyogi Shiva statue in Coimbatore is one of the best places to visit in Coimbatore. The statue stands at a height of 112 feet which makes it the tallest statue in the world. Situated amidst the lush green foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, the statue is also surrounded by lush green fields. The statue is of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, and the place is celebrated by Shaivites in India and abroad. The statue is completely sculpted out of 500 tons of steel. The name Adiyogi means the first practitioner of yoga. Hence, this Coimbatore tourist spot also pays tribute to the ancient art of yoga. # Kodiveri Dam The Kodiveri Dam is located on the Bhavani River near Sathyamangalam in Tamil Nadu. The dam is located at a distance of about 15 km from Gobichettipalayam towards Sathyamangalam. The river water flowing through the dam forms a small waterfall which is a pure visual delight. The thundering waterfall is not too heavy and falls gently on the ground. For this reason, it is safe to take a dip in the waterfall or even enjoy swimming. Kodiveri Dam is a scenic picnic spot and a major tourist attraction of the place. The dam is not only a tourist destination but it also provides irrigation water for more than 25000 hectares of land. A park has also been built at the foot of the dam which has many attractions, rides, and games for the entertainment of the tourists. # Vaidehi Falls Vaidehi Falls is located about 35 km from Coimbatore city. People who are coming to visit Coimbatore must also visit Vaidehi Waterfalls. Vaidehi Falls is known for its grandeur. The waterfall has attracted a large number of tourists due to its natural charm and beauty. By visiting this place, you can sit peacefully and take lots of pictures of the waterfall. # Sri Ayyappan Temple Sri Ayyappan Temple in Coimbatore is one of the tourist places near Coimbatore for its rich beauty. This temple resembles the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. People in Coimbatore can pray here instead of traveling a long distance to the original temple itself. Devotees consider the temple as the second Sabarimala temple and visit this place frequently. Additionally, the style of the temple also reflects the style of the original temple. The method of worship is also seen in the fashion of the Sabarimala temple. If you do not have enough time to visit Kerala, then you must visit the Sri Ayyappan Temple here. # Monkey Falls Monkey Falls is a natural waterfall located near the upper ghat of Pollachi-Valparai Road in the Annamalai Hills range in Coimbatore and is a roadside stop located at a distance of 65 km from Coimbatore. Monkey Falls is about 30 km from Pollachi. Surrounded by dense evergreen forest and the Anamalai ranges, Monkey Falls is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Coimbatore for those who want to walk amidst surreal nature. It is one of the best Coimbatore tourist places. Permission must be taken from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department a night before the trek date. # Kovai Kondattam One of the top tourist attractions in Coimbatore, this park is considered to be a fun place to spend some quality time with your family and friends. Kovai Kondattam is an amusement park known for its many water and rides, dashing cars, wave pool, aqua dance, rock climbing, video parlor, etc. Other popular attractions of this park include a joint wheel, pirate ship, water slides, merry-go-round, food stalls, waterfalls, etc. You will get tired of roaming around in this amusement park but the things to see here will not end. # Velliangiri Mountains The Velliangiri Mountains in Coimbatore are among the famous places to visit near the city. The hills are a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and are located in the heart of the Western Ghats. The hill is also known by its other name 'Saptagiri or Seven Mountains'. The mountain is considered to be a highly spiritual place similar to Mount Kailash. Many local cars and buses take tourists to the Velliangiri Mountains, and you can avail them to reach the place. If you are a staunch follower of Lord Shiva then Velliangiri Mountains should not be missed in any case. # VOC Park and Zoo The VOC Park and Zoo, also known as V.O. known as Chidambaranar Park, is an amusement park and zoological garden that is mostly visited by the locals of Coimbatore for recreational purposes. The park and zoo are a favorite picnic spot for families who want to make their children aware of the animal world. The park has a playground for children, an aquarium, and a Jurassic park where not only children but adults can also have fun. The zoo has over 500 animals from around 30 species including birds, mammals, and reptiles. # Black Thunder Amusement Park Black Thunder Theme Park is a water park in Coimbatore. Black Thunder Park is a popular destination among teenagers and kids. The huge park has an area of 75 acres and has an assortment of water-themed rides. Some of the major rides here include dashing boats, a volcano, a dragon coaster, a kiddies pool, a wave pool to a wild river ride. When you get tired of sightseeing and touring in Coimbatore, you can just spend some time and relax in this park. Take your friends and family along for a good time and enjoy the amazing food from the eateries located within the premises of the park. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 18 Jun 2024 6:52 pm

Here Are Some Vadais Suttufied By DMK With Just Mouth For Political Hoodwinking

DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin while speaking at the DMK Mupperum Vizha in Coimbatore said that the BJP will fry fritters with just the mouth (vaayala The post Here Are Some Vadais Suttufied By DMK With Just Mouth For Political Hoodwinking appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 18 Jun 2024 2:44 pm

Savukku Shankar case | YouTuber Felix Jerald moves Madras High Court seeking bail

The Court granted time till June 24 for the Coimbatore Cyber Crime police to fie its counter affidavit to the bail plea; Mr. Jerald has contended that he was only the interviewer, and had not made the derogatory remarks Mr. Shankar has been accused of making

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 1:58 pm

Karthik Raja to perform in Coimbatore on August 17 - Afternoon News

Karthik Raja to perform in Coimbatore on August 17 Afternoon News

Google News 18 Jun 2024 12:57 pm

Action sought on illegal ads on buses in Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) raised concerns over 'illegal' advertisements on govt buses in Tamil Nadu, referencing their 2009 PIL which involved the Madras high court. K Kathirmathiyon from CCC mentioned that many TNSTC buses are displaying full-body advertisements, violating TMVR rules by not obtaining a licence from the Regional Transport Authority.

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 10:46 am

Coimbatore's Ondipudur government school a picture of neglect

COIMBATORE: Though the school education department had instructed headmasters (HMs) to ensure school campuses were cleaned before reopening, the campus of the boys government higher secondary school at Ondipudur is overrun with bushes, littered with liquor bottles, and tobacco products. Parents said due to poor administration, the children are facing several issues like drinking water shortage and unclean toilets resulting in open defecation. Further, they alleged that Chief Educational Officer R Balamurali did not take action on their complaints this regard. During a visit to the school on Monday, this reporter saw several empty liquor bottles, matchboxes, and packets of tobacco products near the toilet building, and overgrown bushes behind classrooms. Moreover, hundreds of unused benches were dumped on the terrace. Toilets used by Class III to Class VI students were poorly maintained. C Kathir, a parent, told TNIE that as the toilets are in poor condition, students are forced to relieve themselves in the open behind classrooms. Despite common toilets being constructed by an NGO for the high and higher secondary class students, the HM does not allow students from Class VI to X to use them, he added. A teacher from the school who did not wish to be named said the drinking water tank has not been cleaned for more than two years and three water dispensers that were brought for the use of students remain idle. Though the school education department allocated grants to maintain the school campus, it is filled with bushes and students face threat from reptiles, he said adding, police intervention is needed as use of tobacco products is high among students and miscreants enter the school campus at night to consume liquor. A member of the school management committee alleged that the school is not just weak on the administrative side but also in academics as well. Last year the Class X pass percentage in the school was 69 per cent and this year it went down to 66 per cent. She added that none of the students are aware of the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) exam from this school which indicates that even teachers do not care about the students. Admissions has also come down and few parents got their children transferred to other schools, she further said. Another parent, K Vasudevan (name changed) told TNIE , The school atmosphere is so bad because of the HMs inability. We filed a complaint regarding all the issues to the CEO last month. However, action has not been taken, We request the higher authorities to transfer the HM and regarding this, we will be meeting the district collector Kranthi Kumar Patti soon. The school premises houses the District Education Office (DEO) for private and District Institute of Educational and Training (DIET). Repeated attempts to contact CEO R Balamurali and HM T Paulraj went in vain Collector Pati said he would take the necessary steps after an inquiry.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 7:58 am

Two years on, Coimbatore corporation yet to publicise new wards

COIMBATORE: Two years have passed since ward boundaries were redrawn in the city, but the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) is yet to install new street boards mentioning the new ward numbers and zone details. The CCMC budget for FY 2023-24 and 2024-25 featured announcements about installation of new street name boards, but they remain on paper till date. The delimitation exercise was carried out in 2022 ahead of the urban local body elections and all the ward numbers were changed. Two years have passed since the new corporation council was elected, yet people are unaware of new ward numbers and zones. The name boards across the 100 wards in the 5 zones are yet to be changed. The civic body is yet to replace damaged concrete name boards which were installed decades ago. People and social activists have been urging the civic body to install boards featuring new ward numbers, zone names and contact details of the respective ward officials. Many people get to know their ward details only through the street name boards , but the boards in several localities are damaged and have been left unattended by the civic body, said S Vivin Saravan, a social activist. Speaking to TNIE , CCMC Commissioner M Sivaguru Prabakaran said, We have announced in this years budget about installing new street name boards in the city. Steps will be taken to install them by this year end. A survey of all the roads across the city needs to be completed. Once the preliminary works are over, we shall install new street name boards similar to the ones installed by the GCC in Chennai with street name, ward number, zone name and pin code of the area. He also revealed that some councillors have requested to add their name & phone numbers on the street name boards, while some of them have opposed it. As councillors may change every five years, its not feasible to change the names & numbers on the boards often. We shall take a final call on the matter later he added.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 7:48 am

Modi cried over Tamil Nadu LS result: DMK mouthpiece

The daily said the DMK president, in his address at the 'Mupperum Vizha' on June 15 in Coimbatore, stood tall by dedicating the victory to the DMK cadres, workers of parties of the INDIA bloc and all the leaders of the alliance parties.

Rediff 17 Jun 2024 6:32 pm

No rift in Tamil Nadu BJP, says Vanathi Srinivasan

Vanathi Srinivasan, BJP national women's wing president, denies rift among state leaders in Coimbatore. She dismisses rumors of party confusion and highlights BJP's growth in Tamil Nadu.

The Times of India 17 Jun 2024 3:10 pm

A male tiger was captured, treated, and released inside Anamalai tiger reserve

COIMBATORE: Veterinarians, officials, and staff of the Tirupur forest division of the Anamalai tiger reserve have successfully captured a male tiger and released it in the home range after treating its injury which was caused by a snare. The animal, aged between eight and nine years, fell into one of the three cages after being attracted to a goat inside the cage at Amaravathy forest range in Tirupur division of ATR on Saturday. After 24 hours of gap, the animal was sedated on Sunday morning by assistant veterinary surgeon E Vijayaragavan along with Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) forest veterinary officer S Sathasivam. Devendra Kumar Meena, deputy director of the Tirupur division of ATR, told TNIE that the animal was given sedation to carry out smooth treatment, and the treatment commenced 20 minutes after the animal fell into a semi-conscious state. Initially, the officials suspected that a snare (sharp wire) intruded on the animal's body, and now they have confirmed that only a rope that was used to tie cattle was locked in the lower back of the big cat body, causing injury to him. We suspect that the poachers could have kept the snare using only a rope near the tribal settlements in the division targeting wild boar or spotted deer since keeping only a rope is also the practice of the poachers to capture the wild animals for consuming meat. However, unexpectedly, the rope caught in the big cat's body. The rope caused injury to the animal externally and there is no deep injury to him, he said. A team of staff is monitoring the animal, which is active and delivering roaring sounds similar to the other tigers. We have taken biological samples from the animal during the treatment, which lasted for one and a half hours, for analysis, added Devandra Kumar Meena According to sources, the animal was found injured while assessing the camera trap images during the end of May, and three cages have been setup to capture the animal. Animal activity was also monitored using the 80 camera traps at 40 different locations in the Amaravathy forest range. The Chief Wildlife Warden Srinivas R Reddy has also issued an order to tranquilise the animal on June 6. After nine days of continues operation, the animal fell into one of the cages on June 15. S Ramasubramanian conservator of forests in the Coimbatore district and field director of ATR congratulated the sixteen members of the team led by Devndra Kumar Meena for successfully capturing, treating and releasing the animal back into the wild.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 1:56 pm

Officials fret as wild jumbo spotted gobbling plastic waste in TN's Gudalur

COIMBATORE: A viral video of an elephant consuming plastic waste along with the leftover food on the roadside at Nellakottai on the Gudalur Sultan Bathery road left activists and forest officials worried. A tourist who was driving from Kerala shot the video, and shared it on social media. Though activists had earlier spotted plastic paper, sanitary napkins, and masks in elephant dung in Maruthamalai foothills and Gudalur, this is the first evidence of an elephant consuming plastic. Consuming plastic will not harm an elephant. But if food is stale, it will cause health issues for them, a forest veterinarian said on the condition of anonymity. Since elephants have a simple digestive system, nearly 40 to 50% of whatever they consume will not be digested and released through dung. Elephants suffer diarrhoea and other infection if they consume stale food, chutney, sambar etc that are thrown along the roadsides. A scientific study should be carried out to find out the effects when animals, especially elephants, consume plastics, he said. N Sadiq Ali, founder of the Wildlife and Nature Conservation Trust (WNCT) said The incident shows the poor handling of solid waste by Nellakottai municipality since plastic usage is banned across the district. The collector M Aruna should order all municipalities and panchayats to clear waste on a regular basis for the welfare of wild animals. Hoardings should be placed whereever possible to raise awareness among tourists to prevent them from dumping garbage in the open. Stating that elephant consuming plastic was rare, a senior official of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) said it is difficult to find out who dumps garbage in the open as covering the roadside using CCTV cameras is a Herculean task.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:42 am

Probe ordered into cops indifference to Coimbatore highway attack complaint

KOCHI: Ernakulam Rural Police Chief Vaibhav Saxena has directed the Special Branch DySP to investigate and submit a report on the allegation of laxity on the part of Kunnathunadu police in hearing the complaint of two youths who had a narrow escape from a highway robbery bid near Madukkarai on the outskirts of Coimbatore in the early hours of Friday. When Pattimattom residents M Aslam Siddiq and Charles Reji reached the police station to report the incident after they returned home on Saturday, the SI simply asked them to give their address and go home without even hearing their woes. According to the victims, the Kunnathunadu police did not show the vigilance and care shown by the Madukkarai police to listen to their complaints and take action. We escaped from more than ten assailants. They came in three cars. Except for the driver of the vehicle that intercepted our car, all were masked. Though we panicked following the attack, we managed to drive off quickly, Aslam told reporters on Sunday. The approach of the local police only added to their pain, he said. The Special Branch DySP will soon file a report, said an officer with the rural police. According to the complainants, an armed gang waylaid the car in which Aslam, Charles, and two employees of their firm were travelling on the Salem-Kochi national highway from Bengaluru to Kochi. The gangsters started breaking the windshield of the car with steel rods but Aslam rushed his car to a nearby toll plaza. As the place has CCTV surveillance and public movement, the gang withdrew from its attempt and fled. Aslam and Charles, who run a designing firm in Kochi, were accompanied by their employees Nithin and Ajeesh. They had gone to Bengaluru on Wednesday to purchase computers. On Friday, around 2.30 am, while they were heading towards Walayar, the gang blocked their path half a kilometre before the L&T toll plaza. Four masked men with weapons got out of the cars, surrounded Aslams vehicle, and started to break its windshield. Meanwhile, Aslam started to drive the car towards Walayar but the gang chased it. Soon after the car reached the L&T toll plaza, the gang withdrew, sensing public presence and surveillance. After parking the car, Aslam lodged a complaint with the Madukkarai police in the morning. Reportedly, the Kerala-bound travellers had a large amount of cash with them and somebody who knew it attempted to rob them on the highway. Meanwhile, the Madukkarai police have arrested four persons belonging to Chittoor in Palakkad district, including a soldier with the Indian Army. All the accused have been remanded to judicial custody.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:26 am

Four from Kerala arrested for robbery bid on Salem Kochi Highway near Coimbatore - The Hindu

Four from Kerala arrested for robbery bid on Salem Kochi Highway near Coimbatore The Hindu

Google News 17 Jun 2024 12:13 am

Coimbatore pride march rings demands for reservation, marriage rights

We advocate for families to accept queer individuals and end discrimination against them, said queer rights activist Kalki Subramaniam

The Hindu 16 Jun 2024 7:54 pm

The Hindu GM takes over as Coimbatore Advertising Club president - The Hindu

The Hindu GM takes over as Coimbatore Advertising Club president The Hindu

Google News 16 Jun 2024 7:23 pm

Kaalan Fry To Kongunadu Biryani, 10 Must-Try Dishes In Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore - Times Now

Kaalan Fry To Kongunadu Biryani, 10 Must-Try Dishes In Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore Times Now

Google News 16 Jun 2024 1:00 pm

Labourer gets 22 years jail for sexual assault of girl in Tamil Nadu

COIMBATORE: A 30-year-old man was awarded 22 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a girl in 2019. The Special Court under the POCSO Act sentenced K Ramkumar, a daily wage worker, on Friday for 20 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 under the POCSO Act and another two years and a fine of Rs 5,000 under IPC Section 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation.) Police said Ramkumar was the girl's neighbour. He had sexually assaulted her by forcefully taking her inside her house when her parents went to work on June 15, 2019, and several times after that. He had also threatened her not to reveal anything. Unable to bear his torture, the minor told about the ordeal to her father who then filed a complaint at the Selvapuram Police station on January 1, 2020. Prabhadevi, Inspector of the Selvapuram police station, registered a case and arrested Ramkumar. More than 27 cases including robbery and theft are pending against Ramkumar in various police stations in Coimbatore district. G Kulasekaran, Sessions Judge, delivered the judgement sentencing Ramkumar.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:52 am

240 seats not Modis victory, they show his poll defeat, says Stalin

COIMBATORE: We have made those who planned to change the Constitution of India bow down before it, said DMK president and Chief Minister MK Stalin here on Saturday. He was addressing a gathering as part of the partys Mupperum Vizha programme held at CODISSIA ground in Coimbatore on Saturday. Addressing the gathering, Stalin said, My brother Rahuls single sweet box was enough to spoil the aura that Modi was trying to create during his eight visits to the state. Many doubted if we could win all 40 seats. But I was optimistic. In the 2004 elections, our leader Kalaingar gave us a similar 40-seat victory. At that time, AIADMK was the ruling party. To say it in Kalaignars words, this is the INDIA alliances 41st victory. Reiterating his statement that BJP should be isolated in order to defeat it, the chief minister said in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, as many as 28 parties formed a coalition - INDIA bloc for the purpose. But the BJP tried its very best to disrupt the alliance with the help of I-T, ED & CBI and by threatening us. They froze the bank accounts of Congress and Communist parties and even arrested the chief ministers of Delhi and Jharkhand, he said, adding the saffron party had also tried to spread hatred in their campaigns. Stalin said despite all this efforts, the BJP could win only 240 seats. These seats are not Modis victory. They show his defeat. If Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had not extended their support to the BJP, they wouldnt have majority. Modi became PM because of them (Naidu and Nitish). Its the democracy and the Constitution which we believe in that have won in this election, he said. Stalin pointed out that in the last five years, the MPs of the DMK alliance had performed very well, asking a total of 9,695 questions, participating in 1,949 debates and bringing in 59 individual bills. Even when the BJP had a majority, our MPs had turned everyones heads with their debates, and now with a minority BJP, there is no backing down. I want to say to the people of Tamil Nadu who have given me these 40 MPs that I am sure they will act as a bullwark and will stop the BJP that is trying to change the Constitution of India. The chief minister asked what could be a better centenary gift to Kalaignar than the 40/40. Let the Assembly elections come, DMK will win in all the seats held by AIADMK. I am not saying this out of arrogance but with confidence. And the confidence comes from the welfare schemes that we have extended to the people of Tamil Nadu. Lets start our journey from today towards the goal of winning more than 200 seats in the 2026 assembly elections, he added. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K Selvaperunthagai said the chief ministers of other states are looking up to Stalins progressive schemes such as Pudhumai Penn, Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam, etc. Criticising AIADMKs announcement that it will not contest in the Vikravandi bypoll, Communist Party of India state secretary R Mutharasan said the move indicates that the AIADMK is having an indirect alliance with the BJP. Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary Balakrishnan said the people boycotted AIADMK leader Edappadi K Palaniswami in the Lok Sabha election, fearing this, he boycotted the Vikaravandi bypoll.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:47 am

Tigress found dead, autopsy points to injuries from infighting

COIMBATORE: A tigress aged between eight and nine years was found dead at the Uliyur Reserve Forest in Sirumugai Forest Range on Friday. A team of three veterinarians who conducted the postmortem said the big cat could have died due to a fight with another tiger. The carcass of the animal was found in a river on Friday afternoon by Anti-Poaching Watchers during a regular patrol inside the forest. The river is a branch of the backwaters of the Bhavanisagar Dam, said Sirumugai forest range officer K Manoj who ordered the autopsy. Checking the injuries on the carcass, a veterinarian explained that the infighting could have happened two days ago and the animal took shelter in the river water as it was not able to bear the pain, irritation and bleeding caused during the fight. During the fight, the trachea of the female tiger was completely damaged by another tiger. This led to a respiration problem and an inability to hunt on its own and it died. The tigress also has injuries in the neck, shoulder, abdomen, hind legs etc, he added. The veterinarian said there were several injury marks on the animal's body but there may be multiple reasons behind its death. He also said they are clueless about what forced the animals to fight together. If a male tiger attacks a female, the reason could be that the latter might have refused to mate with the former. If a tigress attacked another female it is a territorial fight. Moreover, we cannot say from the injuries whether a male or female tiger had attacked the tigress, he explained. The autopsy was held by Sadhasivam, Forest Veterinary Officer of Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR); Thiyagarajan, Assistant Veterinary surgeon of Sirumugai; and Vediyppan, Assistant Veterinary Surgeon of Erumporai. The postmortem was held in the presence of District Forest Officer N Jayaraj and NGO representatives. After the postmortem, the animal was burnt nearby as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:45 am

Coimbatore government Arts and Science College fills 80% seats after first-round counselling

The college offers 23 UG programmes with sanctioned strength of 1,433.

The Hindu 16 Jun 2024 8:22 am

INDIA bloc defeated Modi in Lok Sabha elections: TN CM Stalin

Coimbatore: The victory of the INDI Alliance in the Lok Sabha poll was historic as the people deprived the BJP of a decisive mandate to form the government on its own, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said here on Saturday. Narendra Modi became prime minister only due to the support extended by Chief Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 15 Jun 2024 11:31 pm

Madras HC asks for Sustainable minimum stipend to Junior Lawyers

Young practitioners from outside find high cost of living untenable In a significant ruling, the Madras High Court has directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to ensure that an advocate or senior advocate employing the services of junior advocates in major cities of Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai pay them a minimum stipend [] The post Madras HC asks for Sustainable minimum stipend to Junior Lawyers appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 15 Jun 2024 11:28 pm

Town panchayats in Coimbatore district struggle to keep up with solid waste management

According to a private waste management company operating in three panchayat blocks, only 10-20% of collected waste undergoes processing

The Hindu 15 Jun 2024 5:53 pm

T.N. Forest Department, Southern Railway officials inspect tracks near Coimbatore to improve safety of wild elephants

Officials discussed the necessity of an additional underpass, the removal of barriers and the installation of solar-powered lights to enable loco pilots to spot, from a distance, wild animals that come close to the tracks

The Hindu 15 Jun 2024 11:33 am

Forest Department, Railways jointly inspect tracks near Coimbatore to improve safety of wild elephants - The Hindu

Forest Department, Railways jointly inspect tracks near Coimbatore to improve safety of wild elephants The Hindu

Google News 15 Jun 2024 11:33 am

10,020 old buses will be phased out in a year, says TN transport Minister SS Sivasankar

TIRUCHY: Identifying 10,020 of the total 20,116 buses under the states transport corporations as overaged, Transport Minister SS Sivasankar said they would be phased out to make way for the induction of a mix including e-buses, low-floor coaches, refurbished and retrofitted buses converted to run on LNG and CNG fuel technologies. All these would be done as part of the modernisation plan that would be implemented within a year, assured the minister in an interview to TNIE. Blaming the previous AIADMK government for the condition several of the current buses are in, which has also drawn flak from various quarters, the minister said, They failed to procure an adequate number of new buses for which we are facing the heat now. During the five years of DMK rule between 2006 and 2011, as many as 15,005 new buses were procured for the transport corporations. A total of 14,489 buses were, however, only brought in all of the AIADMKs 10 years of continuous ruling since 2011, Sivasankar said. The department requires some more time to address the gap, he added. Mentioning the incumbent DMK government having allotted funds to procure 7,682 new buses the minister said, This includes procurement of 2,166 buses and 500 e-buses with financial assistance from German-based bank KfW, and another 16 buses under the special area development programme (SADP). Apart from this, 1500 old buses that are fit enough are undergoing refurbishment. Of the 7,682 new buses, 832 have already hit the roads as on May 31. Further, out of the 1,500 buses undergoing refurbishment, 860 have been inducted into the fleet, the minister said. Pointing out that 10,020 buses of the total fleet operated by all the eight transport corporations in the state have been identified as overaged, Sivasankar said the immediate task of the transport department is hence to take the old vehicles off the roads. As per new norms formulated in 2021, buses of state express transport corporation (SETC) are overaged and should be replaced at the end of seven years or on completion of 12 lakh kilometres, whichever comes earlier. Similarly, the buses of all other state transport corporations should be replaced at the end of nine years or on completion of 12 lakh kilometres. We are inducting new buses as and when they are supplied by the manufacturers. This includes 552 low-floor buses in the first phase to facilitate smoother travel for the elderly and persons with disabilities. A majority of these low-floor buses will be inducted in Chennai while the rest will be put in use in cities like Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchy, he added. With these steps, the issue of overaged buses should be sorted out in six months, Sivasankar said.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 8:00 am

Tangedco procures 11K transformers with unique ID for better monitoring

CHENNAI: As part of reforms in distribution sector, Tangedco has purchased 11,000 transformers, each marked with a unique identification number. This move will help the utility accurately monitor and assess the performance of these transformers. A senior official told TNIE, With these identification numbers, it is easy to track the transformers history, including the date of purchase and installation, location, model, guarantee details, and more. As a pilot project, we have installed these transformers in major cities like Chennai, Tiruchy, Madurai, and Coimbatore. A few transformers have also already been distributed to other regions. Highlighting the benefits of unique numbers, another official said, Our current identification processes for distribution transformers are manual. To address this, we plan to integrate them with unique numbers ensuring effective tracking and utilisation. These numbers will be prominently displayed on transformers at a visible height. Currently, a team of officials is visiting the sellers and assigning numbers to the transformers. Before delivery, the seller will place the unique number on the transformers. Records will be maintained in Tangedcos integrated computer servers. In the second phase, Tangedco has ordered 9,140 new transformers with unique numbers. These transformers are expected to be delivered by the companies concerned in the near future.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 7:56 am

Gang waylays car on Salem-Kochi NH, tries to rob Kerala businessman

COIMBATORE: A daring highway robbery bid near Madukkarai on the outskirts of Coimbatore city early morning on Friday fizzled out due to the courage and presence of mind of a Kerala-based businessman whose car was intercepted by an armed masked gang. The four-member gang came in three cars and waylaid the car in which the businessman, M Aslam Siddiq (28), and his three employees were travelling on the Salem-Kochi national highway from Bengaluru to Ernakulam in Kerala. The gangsters started breaking the windshield of the car with steel rods but Siddiq rushed his car to a nearby toll plaza. As the place has CCTV surveillance and public movement, the gang withdrew from its attempt and fled, said police. Sources said Siddiq, son of Moideen of Ernakulam, runs an advertising firm in Kochi. Siddiq and his employees Charles, Nithin and Ajeesh had gone to Bengaluru two days ago to purchase computers. Around 2.30 am, when their car was heading to Walayar on the Salem-Kochi national highway, the gang blocked their way half a kilometre before the L&T toll plaza. Four masked men with weapons got out of the cars, surrounded Siddiqs vehicle and started to break its windshield. Meanwhile, one of the passengers started to drive the car towards Walayar but the gang gave chase. Soon after the businessmans car reached the L& T toll plaza on the highway, the gang withdrew, sensing the publics presence and surveillance. After parking the car, Siddiq complained to Madukkarai Police in the morning. It is said the Kerala-bound travellers had a large amount of cash with them and somebody who knew it attempted to rob them on the highway. A team has been formed to investigate the case. Meanwhile, the Madukkarai police interrogated the complainant as to whether he had rivalry with any gangs.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 7:19 am

Project Zero Drugs in Schools to curb use of banned tobacco products, drugs among students in Coimbatore

The police have planned for a meeting with teachers and principals of schools to introduce them about the project, and implement it with their support

The Hindu 14 Jun 2024 9:06 pm

Police, Drugs Control Department join hands to curb prescription drug abuse in Coimbatore

Most of these prescription drugs, which are misused, are smuggled from Karnataka and other States, says Coimbatore City Police Commissioner V. Balakrishnan

The Hindu 14 Jun 2024 8:43 pm

Vain Advertisement TN BJP President Annamalai Slams DMKs Coimbatore Event Mupperum Vizha Citing Neglect Of Peoples Issues

The Tamil Nadu BJP President, K. Annamalai, has criticized the DMK governments decision to hold a three-year anniversary celebration, Mupperum Vizha, in Coimbatore on 15 June 2024, led by Chief The post Vain Advertisement TN BJP President Annamalai Slams DMKs Coimbatore Event Mupperum Vizha Citing Neglect Of Peoples Issues appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 14 Jun 2024 10:40 am

Green cover in Kovai to be increased two-fold

COIMBATORE: The state government plans to increase the green cover two-fold in Coimbatore district in the next five years, stated State Industries Minister TRB Rajaa here on Wednesday. Speaking at the 21st anniversary of Coimbatore-based environmental organisation Siruthuli, Rajaa said the government has planned to carry out rejuvenation work in the identified 34 tributaries of River Noyyal in Coimbatore soon. He assured the state governments full cooperation with environmental organisations like Siruthuli for their work towards protecting water bodies and increasing tree cover. He appealed to the organisation to expand their social work to places other than Coimbatore district. Pointing to the Tamil Nadu governments effort towards the conservation of the environment, the minister said the government has implemented a scheme to save palm trees and also launched an initiative to increase their number. Over 1 crore palm saplings have been planted across the state after the rollout of the plan. The government has been working to increase green cover in the state from 23.8% to 33% by associating with the public and environmental organisations. The target cannot be achieved easily without the peoples coordination, he said. Rajaa observed that the emission of carbon was very low in the state due to the adoption of renewable energy. Minister for Housing and Urban Development S Muthusamy, Minister for Information and Publicity MP Saminathan, Siruthulis Managing Trustee Vanitha Mohan and other trustees participated in the event.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 9:47 am

Madras HC sets Rs 20,000 minimum monthly pay for junior lawyers in major TN cities

CHENNAI: In a bid to alleviate the struggles of poorly paid junior lawyers, the Madras High Court has fixed a minimum monthly remuneration of Rs 20,000 for those practising in major cities and Rs 15,000 in the rest of the state. The court directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTNP) to issue guidelines in this regard. The minimum remuneration was fixed by a division bench of Justices SM Subramaniam and C Kumarappan while hearing a petition regarding the Advocates Welfare Fund. Any advocate/senior advocate employing the services of junior advocates shall pay a minimum stipend of Rs 20,000 per month for advocates practising in the major cities of Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. The minimum amount is derived taking into consideration the cost of living and expenditure costs prevalent as of today, the bench said in the order passed on Wednesday. The minimum pay in the rest of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has been fixed at Rs 15,000. The bench further stressed that the remuneration fixed by the court shall be paid to all the junior lawyers irrespective of their gender. Though this systemic issue of gender pay gap is beginning to gain attention, this issue is rarely spoken about, it said. Pointing out that young lawyers, especially from the marginalised sections of society, hold immense potential, the bench said providing them an adequate monthly stipend in return for their services will serve as a catalyst for their development. The orders were passed on a petition filed by Farida Begum, an advocate of Puducherry, seeking a direction to the authorities concerned to pay from the Advocates Welfare Fund as per the rules. The bench directed the BCTNP to issue necessary circulars, instructions or guidelines within four weeks regarding payment of the minimum remuneration. It also ordered BCTN and the Puducherry government and the recognised bar associations of Puducherry and Karaikkal to coordinate and finalise a proposal to enhance the welfare fund, which is intended to support the lawyers in need of help.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 9:45 am

Savukku Shankar withdrew fast in jail after threat by cops

MADURAI: The counsel of incarcerated YouTuber Savukku Shankar on Thursday told media persons in Madurai that Shankar had observed a two-day hunger strike inside Puzhal central prison to condemn the alleged mistreatment meted out to him. Gopalakrishnan said that Shankar was not getting any provisions that are generally permitted for inmates in Puzhal. Earlier, Shankar was lodged at a separate cell, meant for mentally ill patients in the Coimbatore central prison. We had requested to transfer him from Coimbatore prison to Puzhal to avoid the treatment. But, Shankars treatment in Puzhal prison is no different. He is being monitored by a police personnel round the clock, which has become a form of mental torture for him, said Gopalakrishnan. The issue will be brought to the knowledge of the court. To condemn the treatment in the prison, Shankar observed a two-day hunger strike. But he was forced to call it off by the officials. When approached for proper treatment for his fractured hand, the prison officials maintained that they were yet to get relevant medical documents. He did not get proper treatment until the court intervened on June 6, he added. Meanwhile, the bail petition moved by Shankar before the special court, dealing with cases under the EC and NDPS Acts in connection with his ganja case, was adjourned by Special Judge M Chenkamalaselvan to June 15. Madras High Court to hear habeas corpus petition for YouTuber 'Savukku' Shankar's release in regular course Youtuber Savukku Shankars judicial custody in ganja case extended, lodged in Coimbatore jail

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 8:16 am

A satyagrahi who funded the education of countless women in the Kongu region

T.S. Avinashilingam, who was born in 1903, established an orphanage in Coimbatore after gaining a law degree in 1924. As the Education Minister of the Madras Presidency, he advocated Tamil as the medium in secondary education. He initiated a scheme aimed at holistic development rather than turning out clerks and subordinates

The Hindu 14 Jun 2024 12:18 am