Pricol workers stage protest

Coimbatore: Members of the Coimbatore District Pricol Workers Union under All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) on Monday staged a protest in front of the firm’s corporate office at Race Course condemning the move to allegedly withhold the amount for unused leaves and also for not giving them the amount under children’s education benefits. According to the protesters, about 800 workers of the firm are members of their union and only around 300 people are members of the trade union under the firm. As to undermine their strength,…

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Law of the jungle prevails in state, says TTV

Coimbatore: AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said he would initiate legal action against police officers who booked ‘false’ cases and arrested his partymen in Coimbatore. Slamming the Edappadi K Palaniswami government, after visiting the Coimbatore central prison on Monday to meet his partymen lodged there, Dhinakaran alleged that the law of the jungle was prevailing in the state to silence political opponents. “I will approach the courts to take action against those policemen who foisted cases against AMMK cadres,’’ he said. Dhinakaran said though his party cadre were the victims of…

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Class X students seek accountancy group

Coimbatore: Class X students of Government Higher Secondary School in Vellalore along with their parents approached the district collector on Monday seeking his intervention to start accountancy group in English medium in their school.The students said that the school administration was not willing to start the commerce and accountancy group as they want to start only science groups aiming to produce doctors and engineers. The students said they were scared that science group would be tough and hence prefer commerce and accountancy. English medium was introduced in the school five…

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Textile mills see good growth

Coimbatore: With cotton prices remaining stable and ruling at lower levels compared to the international market, textile mills have seen a sharp improvement in their fortunes. Export of cotton yarn, fabric, made-ups and handloom products surged 18% year-on-year (y-o-y) or by $884 million in April. “The yarn market has gained momentum in recent times and the unsold yarn stock level is one of the lowest in the recent years,” said P Nataraj, chairman, Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA). “The demand for coarse and medium counts, especially open-end yarn, both in…

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18 sovereigns, Rs 75,000 stolen from house

Coimbatore: Burglars broke into a house at Maruthur in Vellalore and decamped with about 18 sovereign of gold jewellery and Rs 75,000. House owner Sampth Kumar had found the front door broke open on Sunday. “The victim, along with this family, had left Coimbatore to spend time with relatives on Friday and returned on Sunday morning only to find the door open and valuables scattered. Cash amounting to Rs 75,000 kept in the drawer of a table and 18 sovereign of gold jewellery that were kept in the almirah were…

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100 wetlands to be protected in state

As many as a hundred waterbodies in the state will get an additional protective ring as the State Wetland Authority is all set to notify them as ‘priority wetlands’, bringing in a series of measures for better conservation. After the notification, these wetlands will become protected waterbodies and intensive conservation measures will be taken to maintain and improve them. Forty-nine wetlands have already been selected and documentation of data that includes information such as area of the wetland, its boundaries, biodiversity information and ecological values is under way. The Coimbatore-based…

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Priority wetlands to have 50m buffer zone

The 100 notified wetlands will have a buffer zone of 50metres around it. In this buffer zone, construction of a permanent nature except for boat jetties will not be allowed. The fifty metres will be calculated from the mean high flood level observed in the past ten years. Under various Acts such as the Wild Life Protection Act, Forest Regulation Act, and Coastal Regulation Zone Notification a few waterbodies have been protected. But urban wetlands do not come under any of these regulations. Rampant dumping of construction debris, solid waste,…

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Anamalai Tiger Reserve to get bigger by 146sqkm

Tirupur: Area under the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) will be expanded from 958.59sqkm to 1,104sqkm with the state government directing Kodaikanal wildlife sanctuary in Dindigul district to handover 146sqkm from its buffer zone. ATR, one of four tiger reserves in Tamil Nadu, spreads across Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts. It was known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park before it was declared a tiger reserve in 2007. “As per the national tiger conservation authority, entire core and buffer areas should be functioning…

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Couple demands action against middleman, bank official

Tirupur: A married couple has approached the district administration seeking action against a middleman and a bank official, who allegedly cheated them of Rs 35 lakh. In a petition, Bhavani Selvaraj of JJ Nagar in Veerapandi said, “My husband Krishnamurthy was working as construction supervisor. To build a house in Muthanapalayam, he availed home loan worth Rs 15 lakh from a private home loan company. Later, to take a business loan, we approached Selvakumar of Ramanathapuram, who promised to help to get loan from a nationalised bank. Selvakumar claimed that…

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L&T to set up Rs 100 crore facility to make rocket motors for ISRO

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COIMBATORE: Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is all set to expand its defence component manufacturing facility in the district and set up an exclusive factory on its Malumichampatti campus to manufacture rocket motors for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The total investment on current facility is Rs 500 crore and the company is planning to invest an additional Rs 100 crore for the new project. J D Patil, director, defence, L&T, said the factory would be ready within this financial year. “We have produced motors for Akash, which is an…

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