Sesquicentennial celebration of the Nilgiris district kicks-off

Udhagamandalam: Declaring the Nilgiris as ‘Organic district’, municipal administration minister S P Velumami said the district would become completely organic in the next three years. He inaugurated the sesquicentennial celebration of the Nilgiris district at RCTC building in Ooty on Monday. The function was organized by the district administration. To mark the occasion, a logo of Nilgiris district sesquicentennial (1868-2018) was released besides a special postal cover depicting the heritage building of the Nilgiris Collector’s office and Kurinji flower. The special postal cover was designed by Gokul Gowder, a Badaga…

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Bharathiar univ adopts caution as UGC calls for distance education applications

Coimbatore: Following a communication from the University Grants Commission, calling for applications from higher education institutions to offer open and distance learning (ODL) programmes, officials from the Bharathiar University said they would discus and go ahead with it.In a notification regarding the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Third Amendment Regulations, 2018, the apex body had said the higher education institutions, which do not have a CGPA of 3.26 in the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score – a mandatory criteria to run distance education programmes – can…

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UK official recalls his association with Nilgiris

Udhagamandalam: Recalling his association with the Nilgiris, British high commission defence advisor Brigadier Mark said the Nilgiris is a place to be celebrated and it will see another sesquicentennial in a more prosperous and happy way. Incidentally, Goldsack was in Ooty on this day on a personal visit. Goldsack said, “I was at one time a resident of the Nilgiris. I studied at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) during 1998-99. I was introduced to India at this wonderful place. I have always enjoyed meeting the people here.” He added,…

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Jail warden booked for harassing wife

Coimbatore: The all- woman police (central) registered an FIR on Sunday against the prison warder for harassing his wife. Thirty eight-year-old K Boopathi of Gandhipuram was working as a prison warder at Coonoor sub-jail in Nilgiris district. He married Sudha, 34, of Salem in 2007. Boopathi allegedly harassed his wife and demanded 15 sovereigns of gold ornaments and cash to buy a motorcycle. Therefore, her parents lodged a complaint with the all women police, Salem and FIR was registered against him. However, later, based on Boopathi’s request, her parents withdrew…

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Video of Tamil Nadu kid advising mom goes viral on social media

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TIRUPUR: A video of a city-based four-year-old girl urging her mother to be kind and not to beat her if she does anything wrong has gone viral on social media. P Smithika, 4, has become a hit on social media after her video went viral since last week. The video was captured by her mother in a cell phone. In the video, teary-eyed Smithika tells her mother: “If (we) do anything wrong, (please) do not beat me but kindly tell me not to do so, we will obey.” The video…

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Singanallur folk fear for safety as burglars strike at house, shop in a day

COIMBATORE: Fear has gripped the residents of Singanallur after burglar(s) struck at a house and a garment shop in the area in the early hours of Saturday. In the first incident, unidentified person(s) broke into the house of an elderly man and made away with gold ornaments worth more than Rs 5 lakh. According to police, the burglary took place when S Eswaran, 60, a retired bank official, was away in Chennai along with his family members to visit his daughter. “He had gone to Chennai on Friday.” On Saturday…

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Dowry case lodged against central prison warden

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COIMBATORE: Mother-in-law of a central prison warden on Sunday lodged a dowry harassment case against him, saying he, along with his family members, had been assaulting her daughter demanding gold ornaments weighing 15 sovereigns. In her compliant, R Parvathi, 50, of Annathanapatti in Salem, said her daughter B Sudha, 34, was married to K Boopathi, 40, of Gandhipuram, for more than a decade. Boopathi, she said, was a first grade prison warden with the Coimbatore Central Prison. “Problems started a year into the wedding when my daughter became pregnant.” Boopathi,…

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Tamil Nadu: Central prisons raided after inmates’ plush lives leak

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Facing flak from several quarters after photographs of Puzhal central jail inmates enjoying an extravagant lifestyle emerged few days back, the state police woke up and conducted simultaneous searches in Coimbatore, Salem and Cuddalore central prisons on Sunday. But the surprise searches by police teams that lasted for several hours yielded nothing substantial. In Coimbatore, the team comprising 60 police personnel seized only a handful of beedi and cigarette packets from the inmates. In Cuddalore and Salem prisons, officials said they have not seized any prohibited item during the searches.…

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Motorcycle seized from youth held for plotting to kill Hindu leaders

Coimbatore: Police have seized a motorcycle from one of the Muslim youths arrested for his involvement in hatching a conspiracy to murder Hindu outfit leaders in the city.On September 2, the city police had arrested five Muslim youths – R Ashik, 25, of Thirumal Street; S Samsuddeen, 20, of Pallavaram; S Ismail, 25, of Tindivanam in Villupuram district; S Salavudeen, 25, of Chennai; and I Jaffar Sadiq Ali, 29 , of Vyasarpadi in Chennai – for plotting to finish off Hindu Makkal Katchi founder Arjun Sampath and Sakthi Sena leader…

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Bid to start NEET coaching during exams draws flak

Coimbatore: Government schoolteachers and students have raised objections to the state government’s move to inaugurate coaching classes for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) during the ongoing quarterly examinations. The school education department along with a private institute has decided to start special classes to train students for NEET and JEE from Saturday. The quarterly examinations for higher secondary classes started on September 10 and would end on September 22. “How will we prepare for our physics examination which falls on Monday after attending two-day long coaching classes,” said one…

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