Nature trail turns into a course in history

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Coimbatore: A nature trail along the Singanallur lake in the city turned into a crash course on the history of man-made water bodies in the district on Sunday morning. Historian and writer CR Elangovan, who led the trail organised by the city corporation and the Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Education (Cube), narrated the history of the region’s water bodies, from ancient times to the British era and to their present condition. He said the construction of networked lakes for cattle rearing and farming were necessitated by the topography…

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Apply online, let cops verify staff credentials for Rs 1,000

Coimbatore: Private companies can soon verify details of their newly-recruited employees online through the crime and criminal tracking network and systems (CCTNS), a comprehensive system for effective policing through e-governance by integrating crime data and records from police stations across the country into a core application software. As per reports, the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) is likely to introduce the option for online job verification in its website in three weeks. Private employers can apply online for verification of their newly-recruited employees and download the certificate. They have to,…

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TNAU to give coconut saplings to farmers

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Never in his life had coconut farmer T Sathyamoorthi from Pattayankadu witnessed such devastation. The 45-year-old, who had raised coconut trees on his seven-acre patch of land in Thanjavur district, has nothing today. “Life was very smooth and comfortable. Overnight, everything changed,” he said. The devastation caused by cyclone Gaja has left many coconut farmers in deep distress. Thanjavur collector A Annathurai estimates 43 lakh trees may have been lost. With predictions of more rain in the delta districts in the coming days, their future is rather bleak, say farmers.…

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Education dept seeks status of aided schoolteachers

Coimbatore: The school education department has written to the chief education officers of the districts demanding the number of teachers in government-aided schools. The department said the teachers in government-aided schools and the surplus posts should be compiled across the revenue districts. The communication said the teacher-student ratio for Classes VI to VIII should be 1:35 and 1:40 for Classes IX and X. Against the specified ratios, if there are excess teachers in government-aided schools, they should be transferred to other aided schools in the district. “The teachers should be…

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Police to probe attack at Hindu activist’s house

Coimbatore: Unidentified people have allegedly hurled a crude petrol bomb at the house of a 45-year-old Hindu outfit leader at Pannimadai here on Saturday night. Police, however, said there was no evidence to prove such an incident and they have formed a special team to find out the truth. The state youth wing secretary of Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha, Subash, said in his compliant to the Thudiyalur police that two unidentified people had hurled crude petrol bomb at his house around 10pm on Saturday and managed to flee. He said…

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18-yr-old man found murdered, search on to arrest accused

Coimbatore: An 18-year-old youth was found murdered at Pappampatti Pirivu here on Sunday morning. The deceased was identified as A Ajaykumar of MGR Nagar at Pappampatti Pirivu. “He was working as an assistant in an engineering workshop and had left home at 10pm on Saturday. After visiting a bakery located near Pappampatti Four Road along with his friends, Ajaykumar and a friend had bought liquor from a Tasmac bar around 11pm. His body was found along the road near Pappampatti Mahakavi Nagar. Two deep injuries were found on the head,”…

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Old corporation areas to get LED street lights

Coimbatore: After replacing sodium-vapour street lights in added areas of the city corporation with LED lamps, the civic body is planning to install the energy-saving lamps in 60 wards in the old corporation limits. The work will commence from January, a senior corporation official said. “After LED street lights were installed at 40 zones of the added areas about four years ago, we could save 42% on power bills,” he told TOI. “We are waiting for the approval from the state government. Once we get the nod, tender will be…

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SUV mows down 2 men on motorcycle

Tirupur: Two 19-year-old men were killed after a sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided with the motorcycle they were travelling on in the city on Saturday. The deceased were identified as P Santhiraswaran and S Yogeshwaran, residents of Sirupooluvapatti. According to a police officer, Yogeshwaran was employed with a knitwear unit, while Santhiraswaran was yet to land a job. The accident took place on Saturday evening when the two friends were heading to a petrol bunk. When they reached Sirupooluvapatti-15 on Velampalayam Road, Santhiraswaran, who was riding the motorcycle, attempted to…

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