Man arrested for smuggling gold from Sharjah

Coimbatore: A 24-year-old MBA graduate from Kerala has been arrested at the city airport for smuggling gold worth Rs 1.15 crore into the country from Sharjah. M Amalraj, of Ernakulam in Kerala, was lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison under judicial custody on Tuesday. According to an official source, officials attached to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had caught Amalraj four days ago when he flew down to the city from Sharjah by Air Arabia airlines. He was found carrying a single piece of steel roller, which he said…

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‘Heritage lines should be free of hawkers and encroachments’

Udhagamandalam: Railway stations on heritage lines such as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) should be free of hawkers and encroachments, observed the parliamentary committee on estimates at a meeting in Ooty on Saturday. The meeting was held between the 12-member committee and eight senior officials of southern railway headed by general manager R K Kulshrestha on ‘estimates and development on eco-tourism in Indian railways’. According to railway officials, the salient features of NMR were briefed to the MPs through a presentation. On emission of smoke from NMR, Kulshrestha said steam…

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6th street at KK Pudur to get new road

Coimbatore: Residents of K K Pudur on Tuesday morning heaved a sigh of relief after city corporation officials landed up in their area with a road roller and tar. They have been petitioning the civic body for about one and half years to lay the road in Manian Vellalar Street, also called sixth street. The road was dug up to lay the main pipeline for Siruvani water almost two years ago. “The corporation seems to have finally decided to heed to our petitions,” says Sumathi K, a resident of Venkittapuram,…

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Thudiyalur residents oppose Rs 20-cr rail over-bridge project

Coimbatore: The fate of rail over-bridge at Thudiyalur hangs in balance with residents refusing to give up their land for the Rs 20 crore project that would ease truck and container traffic on Irugur main road. At least 62 residents would have to part with their land for the project.Residents said there was no need for the rail over-bridge that would connect NGGO Colony and Teachers Colony. “Our opinions were not considered before the project was proposed, studied or approved,” a resident said. Earlier this year, the highways department had…

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This TN village woos children to school with gold, cash

Coimbatore: The villagers of Konarpalayam, near Annur in Coimbatore, have found a novel way to boost enrolment in the primary school there – they are offering a one-gram gold coin, Rs 5,000 and two sets of free uniform for the first 10 children who enrol. Their effort has paid dividends. “Three children have joined the school,” says a beaming Rajesh Chandrakumar Y, headmaster of the school. “Three more students have shown an interest in joining. I will get them tomorrow.” The school which started in 1996 with 165 students gradually…

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Corpn to replace 100-year-old tech to improve water supply

Coimbatore: In order to improve the water distribution system in the city, the civic body is all set to take a giant leap forward by replacing more than 100-year-old technique, which had been in use since the British era, with the pressure management technique. The result will be equitable distribution.“The move will help us to ensure that equal amount of good quality water is distributed to all the households,” a senior corporation official said. The major development will be implementation of hydraulic pressure modelling technology, said a source with Suez…

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‘Scrap green corridor project’

Coimbatore: CPI (Maoist) leader Roopesh raised slogans against the state machinery for ‘oppressing people’ as he was taken to the court of third additional district judge here on Tuesday. Roopesh, who was lodged at the Thrissur Central Prison in Kerala, was escorted to the city by a police team. The court extended his judicial custody to July 31. As he was escorted to the Coimbatore Central Prison from the court, Roopesh raised slogans against the Salem-Chennai eight-lane green corridor project and demanded the state government to withdraw the project immediately.…

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Car fatally knocks down 81-yr-old man

Coimbatore: An 81-year-old man was killed while crossing the road at PN Pudur here on Tuesday. The victim owned a medical shop in the area. A speeding car rammed him and hit a cyclist who was standing on the roadside. However, the driver managed to escape after the incident. The deceased was identified as R Subbaiah of PN Pudur. He was hit by the car near Plague Mariamman temple. Subbaiah was thrown off the road and the driver unable to control the vehicle again rammed a cyclist, M Subramani, 50,…

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CPM leader asks govt to make papers on water supply public

Coimbatore: CPM politburo member, G Ramakrishnan demanded that the state government make the contract signed with Suez Projects for water supply scheme in Coimbatore public.Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Ramakrishnan said the government and the Coimbatore corporation were misleading the public on the drinking water supply privatisation project. He said Coimbatore corporation has failed to clarify the apprehensions raised by the people about the multi-crore project. “The newspaper advertisement issued by the civic body on the project was misleading and contradictory,” he said urging that the state government and corporation…

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