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Financial assistance arrears given to 43 poor artists

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Source : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

Financial assistance arrears given to 43 poor artists

Special Correspondent

Beneficiaries include sculptors, thavil, nadaswaram and street play artists

— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

FULFILLING THE NEED: Vellore Collector C. Rajendran handing over a cheque for Rs.8000 towards arrears of monthly financial assistance to an artisan at the Collectorate in Vellore on Monday. Additional Collector A. Suganthi is in the picture.

VELLORE: Vellore Collector C. Rajendran handed over cheques for Rs.8000 each towards payment of arrears of monthly financial assistance at the rate of Rs.1000 per month for eight months to 43 artistes and artisans belonging to the weaker sections during the weekly ‘manu needhi naal’ (public grievances redressal day) meeting held at the Collectorate here on Monday. The beneficiaries included sculptors, thavil and nadhaswaram artistes and street play artists.

There was huge crowd at the ‘manu needhi naal’ meeting on Monday, since the weekly meeting was held after a gap of 12 weeks, and for the first time after the recent Lok Sabha elections. The weekly public grievances redressal day meetings as well as the monthly agriculturists grievances day meetings were suspended till May 28, following the Election Commission notification of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Collector received a total of 624 petitions from the public on Monday. The petitions related mostly to land patta, patta transfers, employment, loans, financial assistance, free house site pattas, assistance for the differently-abled, old age pension, police protection and electricity connections. The Collector forwarded the petitions to the concerned department officials for immediate action.

Mr.Rajendran also handed over cheques for Rs.25,000 each towards financial assistance to 12 beneficiaries to meet their expenses on heart surgery under the Tamil Nadu State Cardiac Patients Financial Assistance Scheme. Besides, he distributed cheques of Rs.20,000 each towards financial assistance to 12 beneficiaries under the Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammayar Marriage Assistance Scheme.

One of the petitioners a retired nutritious meal organiser of Katpadi requested for payment of his gratuity arrears, while another petitioner –an old age pensioner–from Vellore said that his old age pension (OAP) was stopped after he received it for seven months. He petitioned the Collector to restore his OAP.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 12:55

Students' plea to save general machinist course in Corporation School

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

Students’ plea to save general machinist course in Corporation school

Staff Reporter

The school had produced a topper in the recent Plus Two examinations

Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

WORRIED: Students of Kamaraj Corporation Higher Secondary School in Pettai near Tirunelveli who submitted a petition to Tirunelveli Collector R. Palaniyandi on Monday.—

TIRUNELVELI: A group of students from Corporation Higher Secondary School at Pettai near here submitted a petition to Collector R. Palaniyandi on Monday during the weekly grievance day meeting, appealing to him to continue the general machinist vocational section in their school.

The students said the section, having a Rs. 1 lakh-worth lathe, drilling machine, grinding machine and other equipment, had produced a school topper _ P. Muthupattan _ who had scored 1068 out of 1200 in the recently declared Plus Two results.

At a time when the students are coming forward to join this course, some teachers and school officials are allegedly discouraging them.

Even after the Director of School Education had assured them that the course would not be discontinued, the school administration was working overtime to close it, the students alleged.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 12:42

Trichi Airport's Rs.80-crore Integrated Terminal Operational

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

Tiruchi airport’s Rs. 80-crore integrated terminal operational

Staff Reporter

With 11,800 square metres of floor space, it can handle 400 passengers


Majestic: The facade of the new terminal at Tiruchi Airport. —File photo: R. Ashok; (Right) D. Devaraj, Regional Executive Director, (S.R.) Airport Authority of India.

TIRUCHI: The new Integrated Terminal Building at the Tiruchi Airport constructed at a cost of Rs. 80 crore was commissioned on Monday.

A domestic flight was operated on Sunday for trial. Henceforth, all flights will be operated from the new terminal. On an average, six to seven international flights and five domestic flights are operated daily from the airport.

With a total floor space of 11,800 square metres in the two-storey building, the terminal has a capacity to handle 400 passengers at a time. Described by officials of Airports Authority of India as of ‘international standard,’ the terminal features two aerobridges, and a provision has been made for a third aerobridge.

Additional personnel of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have been requisitioned and necessary equipment installed over the past three months since the terminal was inaugurated to avoid further delay in commissioning it, the Regional Executive Director, Southern Region, Airports Authority of India, D. Devaraj, said, adding that the expansion of the airport was undertaken owing to increasing patronage.

To a query, Mr. Devaraj said that a decision on user charges to be collected from the airlines for Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE) was yet to be arrived at. The possibility for utilising the existing terminal building for cargo operations would be explored, he said.

The expansion project of the Chennai Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2010, the Regional Executive Director, Southern Region, Airports Authority of India (AAI), D. Devaraj, said on Monday. The modernisation work includes extension of the secondary runway across the Adyar river.

The outlay for the AAI Southern Region for 2009-10 has been fixed at Rs. 3,000 crore. Over the last five years modernisation works to the tune of Rs. 125 crore each have been undertaken in Tiruchi and Madurai Airports. Works amounting to Rs. 90 crore and Rs. 70 crore were in progress at Mangalore and Coimbatore airports, he said.

Responding to a question, Mr. Devaraj said that as of now, the AAI has received no proposal from any airline for making use of the Salem airport.

The airport has recorded 4.6 lakh passenger arrivals and departures during 2008-09, registering 18 per cent growth. Tiruchi airport stands first in the country in terms of rate of growth over the past five years, Airport Director S. Sreekumar said.

According to Collector T. Soundiah, 430 acres will be acquired and handed over to the AAI within six months for the airport expansion.

The AAI intends to expand the runway to 12,500 feet from the present 8,000 feet.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 12:21

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