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Saturday, February 24, 2007

National Volleyball league championship to be held in Tuticorin

Tuticorin is one of the three centres, for conducting the preliminary round-1 in the National Volleyball league championship for men and women this year. The other two centres will be Hindalco, Renukoot (U.P) and Payyanoor Kerala.

The National league volleyball championship (Preliminary Round - 3) will be conducted at the temporary stadium at the Seena Vaana Government High School ground, Tuticorin from Feb. 27 to March 4.

Six teams in the men's section and four in women's section are taking part in the six-day championship.

The teams:

Men: ONGC, Dehra Dun, Punjab Police, IOB Chennai, Southern Railway, Chennai, The Muthoott group, Kerala and Jatra, Jatra Surt Sangha, Kerala.

Women: KSEB Thiruvananthapuram, Eastern Railway, Dr. Sivanthi Club, Chennai and Karnataka Police.

Action sought against cable operators in Tuticorin

Members of the Tuticorin Cinema Theatre Owners Association today submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police, Sandeep Rai Rathore, demanding action against the cable operators who indulge in telecasting films violating the Copyrights Act.

The TCTOA members, who met Mr Rathore at the District Police Office (DPO), pointed out that due to the illegal telecast of latest films, viewers preferred to stay in the luxury of their homes to watch the movies rather than spend ticket fares, leaving the theatres wore deserted look on many occasions. ``As a result, the profit of theatres gets eroded and the owners are finding it difficult to remit the entertainment tax'', they told the police official.

The members asked the SP to take action against the erring cable operators and initiate measures to curb the availability of VCDs in the open market.

Rare Crab Species `Corystes cassivelaunus,' found in Tuticorin

The Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI) here has recorded `Corystes cassivelaunus,' a reddish brown `masked crab,' for the first time along the Indian coast in the Gulf of Mannar.

Belonging to the family of Corystidae, the species was traced by a team headed by T. Vaitheeswaran, a research fellow at the institute, at a depth of 100 metres. They were conducting an underwater survey to assess crab biodiversity in the Gulf of Mannar this week.

"The crab found was a female, measuring four cm weighing nine gm. It was identified by its elongated oval carapace, which is brown in colour," V.K. Venkataramani, FCRI Dean said.

The species is usually found in temperate waters along British and French coast. "It lays eggs on sandy beaches and feeds on invertebrates such as polychaete worms and bivalve mollusks," he said.

The females carry eggs for about 10 months and have the capability to reproduce for several years.

Source: The Hindu

Tuticorin Municipal Council meeting held on Thursday

Noisy scenes and boycott by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillors marred the proceedings of the Tuticorin Municipal Council meeting on Thursday.

Commotion began when the Chairperson, R. Kasturi Thangam, sought permission of the council to submit a memorandum to the authorities concerned for shifting the Tuticorin Railway Station to Milavittan.

"Shifting of the station will avoid traffic congestion in the town during the closure of three railway gates," she said.

Twelve AIADMK councillors, led by N. Suresh Kumar (Ward 8), protested the move saying that instead of shifting the station, flyovers should be constructed over the gates.

"Shifting is not feasible, considering logistic difficulties," the councillors said.

When Ms. Thangam refused to heed to their views, the AIADMK councillors boycotted the proceedings. They tore copies of the council's resolution to protest the "autocratic" governance of the municipal administration.

Tension prevailed for a while outside the hall as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam councillors came out and got into a wordy duel with them. The police intervened and eased the tension.

Earlier, Ms. Thangam told the council that infrastructure development works at a cost of Rs 83.42 lakh, earmarked under the 12th State Finance Commission, would be taken up during the current fiscal.

Of the total amount, Rs. 26.85 lakh would be utilised to strengthen Kandasamypuram Main Road, South Cotton Road, Krishnarajapuram Fifth Street and Boopalrayapuram Sixth Street.

The remaining amount would be used to purchase a dumper placer, a weighing machine and garbage bins, all part of efforts to strengthen the ongoing solid waste management project and to settle outstanding dues to the Electricity Board.

Source: The Hindu

Workshop on interview techniques conducted in Tuticorin

A workshop on `Interview techniques' organised by the Annammal College of Education for Women was held on its premises in Tuticorin recently.

Resource person N. Rajalingam, faculty, Department of Management, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, explained the groundwork to be done by a candidate before facing an interview board. He also spoke on the `dos' and `don'ts' while preparaing curriculum vitae and how it could be readied to impress an interviewer.

Jewellers Protest in Tuticorin

Jewellery shops in the Tuticorin City closed thier Jewellery Shops on Thursday to protest police enquiry against a jeweller for getting goods from a "thief" . They said that the police took the owner of a shop to Thermal Nagar Police Station "unnecessarily and behaved in a rude manner." According to the police, he was taken to the station as he refused to give back the stolen goods.

Special medical camp conducted in Tuticorin

The Department of Health conducted a special medical camp under the `Varumun Kappom' scheme at Tuticorin on Friday.

It was organised to provide comprehensive health check up to the people residing in the jurisdiction of Mapillayoorani Primary Health Centre.

The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P. Geetha Jeevan, the Collector, R. Palaniyandi and the Deputy Director of Health Services, S. Uma, supervised the proceedings at the camp.

A team of 20 doctors and 30 para-medical staff examined about 700 people for communicable and non-communicable diseases. Minor ailments were attended to.

Blood and urine tests were carried out and modern gadgets such as semi auto analysers were used. Pregnant women underwent tests on ultra sonogram to check for abnormalities.

As many as 45 electro cardio gram tests were conducted. Ms. Uma said that allopathic medicines worth Rs. 7,500 and siddha medicines worth Rs. 1,800 were distributed free of cost.

Referral and follow up camps would be held at institutions such as Tuticorin Medical College and Hospital and Government Hospitals at taluk headquarters.

The entire data collected from the camp would be computerised and used for planning purposes.

Official sources said that a total of 252 camps would be organised in the district under the `Varumun Kappom' scheme before March 31, 2009.

Source: The Hindu

3.5 lakh larvae sea ranched in Tuticorin

A total of 3.5 lakh larvae of `Panulirus homarus,' a spiny lobster species, was sea ranched into the Gulf of Mannar by Fisheries College and Research Institute in Tuticorin on Friday.

The ranching was carried out by the institute as part of a Union Ministry of Environment and Forests-funded project titled `Conservation of lobsters in the Gulf of Mannar region.'

The lobsters were reared at the institute's marine biological laboratory by C.B.T. Rajagopalasamy and B. Srikrishnadhas, both from the Department of Fisheries Biology and Capture Fisheries, FCRI.

"A female lobster weighing 500 gm and a male lobster weighing 600 gm were bred in a fibre-reinforced plastic tank of 1,000 litre capacity and the larvae produced were grown to a length of 2 mm., before it was sea ranched," V.K. Venkataramani, FCRI Dean said.

Sea ranching of lobsters would enhance its population in the region, which was fast diminishing since 2002.

He told the fishermen to put back egg-bearing lobsters, caught in the nets, into sea to augment its production. "Every stakeholder should make efforts to prevent the destruction of coral beds in the Gulf of Mannar, which too caused the depletion of lobsters," he added.

Source: The Hindu

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Inter-collegiate quiz held at Tuticorin

An inter-collegiate quiz competition for undergraduate students of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University was conducted by A.P.C. Veerabahu Endowment for Science and Technology at V.O.C. College in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

The team from Mallankara Catholic College, Kaliyikkavilai, represented by J. Shameel and S. Ajeesha, won. The team from G. Venkataswamy Naidu College, Kovilpatti, represented by G. Rajendran and N. Mohammed Ghouse, finished second.

The team from A.P.C. Mahalaxmi College for Women, Tuticorin, comprising C. Navukkarasi and A. Deena Mahalakshmi, finished third.

In all, 17 colleges took part in the competition.

G. Sukumar, Associate Professor of Micro Biology at Fisheries College and Research Institute, was the quizmaster.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Four held for attempt to smuggle sea cucumbers from Tuticorin

The police on 20th Feb. arrested four persons who were attempting to smuggle huge quantities of sea cucumbers, gastropods and starfish to Sri Lanka via Rameswaram.

Three motorised country boats, two cars, two motorcycles, 250 kg of `beche-de-mer' (dried processed sea cucumber), 250 kg of live sea cucumber, 172 gastropods, 300 litres of diesel, six LPG cylinders and 10 mobile phone sets, totally worth Rs.16 lakh, were seized from the accused.

According to experts, sea cucumbers, believed to have aphrodisiac properties, are widely used in Southeast Asian countries for preparing a health soup. A kilogram of sea cucumber fetched $50 in the international market.

Superintendent of Police John Nicholson told reporters that a police patrol team nabbed the accused from Threspuram shore. "Their interrogation revealed they were working for Meeraza and had transported contraband posing a threat to national security to Rameswaram. From there it was handed over to middlemen enroute to Sri Lanka."

The police are now on the look out for Meeraza, his accomplice Kannan and a "prominent" person of Ramanathapuram district.

Mr. Nicholson said patrolling had been strengthened along the 120-km coastline in the district. "We have established 11 coastal check-posts, besides five check-posts set up by the Coast Guard, to prevent infiltration and smuggling of goods to Sri Lanka."

Source: The Hindu

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Workshop on English skills held in Tuticorin

A two-day workshop on `Techniques to improve skills in English' conducted by the Department of Education for teachers of Standards IX and X at Government and Government aided schools, concluded at Subbiah Vidyalayam Girls Higher Secondary School in Tuticorin on 17th Feb.

Interacting with the participants, Susan Sylvan, a retired language teacher from California, explained the salient features of `brain-based' education techniques followed in the U.S.

"Teachers should make use of the brain functions effectively to make learning more convenient," she said. Teachers should prepare the students for the classes by telling them what they would be taught for the day, before the commencement of any session, like preparing ground to plant a seed.

She called upon the teachers to develop the senses of children by asking them to change a poem into a sentence of prose that summarises what the author said.

The teachers should promote the value of English as a link language, which in turn would help the youth when they had to communicate with the outside world.

About 80 teachers attended the workshop.

Monday, February 19, 2007

70-year Old Man on World Bicycle Tour Visits Tuticorin

A 70-year old native of Rome on a world tour on bicycle, reached Tuticorin on 19th Feb.morning after covering 75,000 kms.

Januriver started his bicycle tour from Rome in 2000 and would end it in Beijing in 2008, the venue of next Olympics, after covering 73 countries, a release from the district sports department said.

In India he would be covering 4,500 kms spread across four states -- Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, kerala and Maharashtra.

He had arrived in Chennai on January 24. He left Tuticorin today to Tiruchendur and then to Nagercoil, on his way to Kerala.

Source: Zee News

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Rs 500 crore SSN Institutions in Tuticorin

The Chennai-based SSN (Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar) Institutions will invest Rs 500 crore on building educational campuses in Tuticorin.

The campus at Tuticorin costing Rs 500 crore is proposed by academic year 2009. "It will come up on 1,000 acres of land that they've planned to acquire. The center would focus on providing under graduate and graduate courses in science, maths, physics, economics and law.

SSN Educational and Charitable Trust, which controls the institution, was founded by Mr Shiv Nadar (Founder of the HCL group and Chairman of HCL Technologies).All the proposed projects would be financed by SSN Trust.

The trust had applied for Deemed University status in June 2006 and expects to get it by academic year 2007.

Excerpts from Hindu Business Line

Mock drill on disaster management held in Tuticorin

The Fire and Rescue Services Department conducted a mock drill on disaster management techniques was held in Tuticorin on 15th February, to create awareness of the methods, which should be followed, at the time of calamities such as tsunami, earthquake and cyclone.

The drill named Service and Rescue was held at the Fishermen Colony near the sea adjacent to the Tuticorin Port Trust Guest House.

A team of officials led by R. G. Jeyakanthan, District Fire Officer, demonstrated the steps that should be followed as soon as the region received warning on tsunami.

The firemen exhibited techniques involved in evacuation of large number of people including children, aged persons and physically challenged people, quickly. They showed how to rescue people as well boats that got washed away by tidal waves using ropes.

Search and rescue techniques that should be adopted to save lives of people from debris, soon after an earthquake, was also displayed.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

New facilities at Tuticorin fisheries college inaugurated

The Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, N. Balaraman, on Wednesday inaugurated a biotechnology laboratory, 20 larvae rearing tanks, an examination hall and a training centre for coastal aquaculture, at the Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI) here.

Mr. Balaraman also inaugurated a training programme on aquaculture techniques for 60 women members of self-help groups functioning at Tharuivaikulam and Anandamadam Pacheri.

FCRI Dean V.K. Venkataramani said that the tanks were established at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. They would rear larvae of shrimps, marine ornamental fish and fin fish on a large.

The training centre for aquaculture was set up on an outlay of Rs. eight lakh using funds allocated by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and District Rural Development Agency.

"It's to disseminate aquaculture technologies such as crab and lobster fattening, seaweed culture and shrimp brood stock maintenance to potential entrepreneurs and members of various SHGs," Professor and Head of Maritech Research Centre at FCRI, S. Felix, said.

Source: The Hindu

New seafood processing unit to come up at Tuticorin Fisheries College

The Fisheries College and Research Institute will establish a production-cum-demonstration unit for `seafood processing and value-addition' on its premises here at a cost of Rs.45.5 lakhs allocated by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi, before the end of the current fiscal.

Of the project cost, Rs.5.5 lakh will be utilised for construction of the building and Rs.30 lakh for the establishment of cold storage, a water purification plant, a power washer, an effluent treatment plant, an air blast freezer and food processors. The rest will be earmarked for purchase of glassware, chemicals and packaging material.

50 kg of seahorses seized, 3 arrested in Tuticorin

Thalamuthunagar police seized about 50 kg of seahorses on Monday and registered cases against three persons in this connection.

The capture and sale of hippocampus, the endangered marine organism commonly known as seahorse, is banned under the Wildlife Act.

Police said nine others, including a cinema house owner, have been detained on suspicion and are being interrogated.

It is suspected that the consignment of seahorses was to be smuggled to Sri Lanka through Thoothukudi.

Police had earlier conducted an intensive search in the area based on a tip-off and recovered 10 kg of seahorses. They arrested Muthuravi (27) of Indiranagar in Thoothukudi and based on information furnished by him arrested two others - Saravanan (27) of Thalamuthunagar and Muthukutty (48) of Thermal Nagar Camp-I, Thoothukudi.

A total of four sacks containing 40 kg of preserved seahorses was also recovered from the duo.

According to SP Y John Nicholson, police are on the lookout for M K Muhaideen (45) of Kayalpattinam, who is alleged to have links with the accused.

The seized consignment is reported to be worth Rs 15 lakh in the international market.

Source: NewIndPress

Sunday, February 11, 2007

FCI puts Tuticorin Port in dock

The Food Corporation of India, Thoothukudi, recently sought diversion of a ship carrying wheat imports for it to the Chennai Port from the Tuticorin Port. The communication had some accusing fingers pointed at the TPT.

In his message to the FCI Executive Director (South), the Assistant General Manager of the corporation recommended diversion of the vessel mv YICK WING from Tuticorin Port to Chennai Port “...due to the active North East Monsoon, non-availability of required covered accommodation at Tuticorin Port, including a transit shed, and the non-cooperation of the port trust authorities to FCI.”

It was also stated that the TPT was adamant on imposing Penal Berth Hire charges on the FCI stevedoring contractor, though the vessel was discharged within the ‘free time’.

The communication was forwarded to the FCI headquarters in New Delhi with some additions.

The Executive Director, in his message, stated that the TPT lacked covered storage facilities and added: “The vessel can be unloaded in Chennai Port without any difficulty as we are getting the required help and cooperation from the Chennai Port Trust authorities.”

These messages from the FCI officials prompted the Tenkasi MP, M Appadurai, to write to the Union Minister for Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. Later, the MP too sought an order to divert the vessel to the Chennai Port, “considering the ground realities”.

Meanwhile, M/s Vicnivaas, a stevedoring agency, also came out complaining of the lack of storage facilities at the Tuticorin Port. According to sources in the company, the TPT management recently dismantled a shed that was on the land the company had taken on lease but failed to renew.

While the company defined the act as one borne out of personal enmity, the absence of the shed certainly did not help the TPT.

When this website's newspaper’s correspondent contacted TPT chairman N K Regupathy for his comments, he received a stock reply, “I am busy”.

However, a TPT official, requesting anonymity, told this website's newspaper that the letters by FCI-Thoothukudi and Tenkasi MP Appadurai had not come to the notice of the TPT authorities.

On the allegations about the lack of covered storage facilities at the port, the officer said the port had six godowns and two transit sheds that would be judiciously allotted among the private cargo handling agencies and the FCI.

Normally only about 20-30 percent of the storage space available at the port was in constant use, aided by prompt clearance of stored cargo. Nevertheless, this year a problem arose due to the bulk arrival of 6.21 lakh tonnes of wheat imported by the FCI during the last five months of 2006 as against the nil import of wheat during the same period the previous year.

The cargo took up 80 percent of the storage space and had not been cleared due to which TPT had to levy Penal Berth Hire on the stevedoring agency, explained the officer.

Commenting on the removal of the storage shed erected by Vicnivaas, the official clarified that it was only a temporary shed.

The structure was pulled down as the company’s licence period had expired and as per the port rules, while surrendering the land, the licensee should remove any temporary structure on it, the official said.

He, however, admitted that the FCI allegations should be given serious consideration as it could affect the business volume of Tuticorin port.

Source: New Ind Press

Orissa Art and Craft Fair inaugurated in Tuticorin

Municipal Chairperson R. Kasturi Thangam, inaugurated a 11-day Orissa Art and Craft Fair organised by the Utkal Hastasilpa Society, here on Saturday.

The fair offers a wide range of handloom and handicraft items from across the country, for all age groups and `pockets'.

Sarees priced between Rs.300 and Rs.1,500 have been exhibited in bold and unusual patterns with a subtle blend of colours.

The traditional Sambalpur sari is being offered at Rs 1,500.

Colourful Rajasthani and Kashmiri churidhars are available from Rs.300 to Rs 400.

The beautiful folk paintings from Orissa known as `Patachitra' (canvas-picture), which can adorn the walls, are offered in the range of Rs.200 to Rs.1,200.

The entire paintings have mythological theme.

In the handicraft section, wood-carvings from Saharanpur, brass work from Moradabad and madhubani painting from Bihar, are exhibited.

Gem stone paintings from Rajasthan, priced at Rs.300, look gorgeous.

Exquisite dresses from Rajasthan and Haryana, for both men and women, along with bed-spreads and door curtains are also available at the fair.

The stone carvings and palm leaf engravings made by the artisans from Orissa, are the other attractions.

"Stone carvings were made by craftsmen, who are the descendents of the builders of Jagannath and Konark temples in Orissa," says Bhagyarathi Jadhav, manager of the fair.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Interface between farmers, financial institutions

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) organised an interface between farmers and financial institutions here on Friday to augment agriculture and allied activities in the district.

Representatives of Farmer's Clubs formed by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Suguna Poultry Farms Limited, and officials from NABARD and IOB, attended the programme.

K. Venkatesan, Zonal Manager, Suguna Poultry Farms Limited, explained the salient features and merits of contract farming in poultry sector, as well as the scope of poultry business in the country, to enthuse the farmers from this region to take up poultry rearing on a large scale.

He told them the `dos' and `donts' that farmers needed to be aware when they take up poultry rearing business.

In return, members of FCs at Aathanoor, Eppothumvendran, Sawyerpuram and Athimarapatti villages, told Mr. Venkatesan about their desire to supply maize cultivated by them on a massive scale here to the industry as poultry feed.

G. Venugopal, senior regional manager, IOB, said that interface of the kind would help the farmers and the banks since the latter would be able to improve their priority sector lending performance along with the new business tie-up.

R. Bharat Kumar, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, was present.

Source: The Hindu

Minister disburses welfare assistance in Tuticorin

Minister for Animal Husbandry P. Geetha Jeevan distributed welfare assistance worth Rs. 30.20 lakh to 199 beneficiaries at a function held at Collectorate here on Friday.

Of them, 190 persons received marriage assistance of Rs. 15,000 each under the Moovalar Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance Scheme, eight couples got aid to the tune of Rs. 20,000 each under the Inter-caste Marriage Assistance Scheme and one received Rs. 10,000 under E.V.R. Maniammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance Scheme.

Ms. Jeevan said so far during the current fiscal, Rs. 92.55 lakh was disbursed as marriage assistance to 617 beneficiaries. Similarly, Rs. 5.40 lakh was given away to 28 couples, who had preformed inter-caste marriage, Rs. 10,000 to a widow for her remarriage and Rs. 2.7 lakh for the marriage of 27 orphan girls during the current financial year.

Collector R. Palaniyandi was present. Later at another function, she gave away free cycles to 104 students and educational assistance worth Rs. 2.37 lakh to 264 children in tsunami affected region.

Source: The Hindu

Tuticorin Fishermen meet Collector

Fishermen from Threspuram met the Collector R. Palaniyandi and the Superintendent of Police John Nicholson on Friday and asked them to take steps to reduce the `exorbitant' commission levied by auctioneers on the fish catch from them.

Around 500 fishermen owning country boats were on strike since Thursday, to protest the recent decision by the auctioneers to increase the commission on the catch from 6.25 per cent to 10 per cent. The fishermen wanted the auctioneers to stop the practice of taking away large quantity of fish from the catch as `gift' and subsequently selling it for high prices, rather than using it at their respective households.

Fishermen said they would keep off from the sea till the Collector finds an amicable solution to their problems.

Source: The Hindu

108.35 acres of wasteland to be developed in Tuticorin

The district administration will develop 108.35 acres of wasteland, distributed to 71 landless farm labourers under free land scheme, into cultivable land, adopting a `cluster-based' approach before the end of current fiscal.

The area identified under the project, situated at Kovilpatti, Ettayapuram and Sattankulam blocks, was divided into nine clusters, with each bunch having land spread over 10 to 16.75 acres, owned by a group of six to 14 farmers.

"In the first phase, we had taken up the conversion of wasteland at four clusters identified at Chettikurichi and Cinnamalaikundru, and during the final phase development works would be carried out at five clusters situated at Pidaneri, Manchanayakanpatti and Nambipuram villages," Collector R. Palaniyandi told The Hindu .

Of the Rs. 27.01 lakh earmarked for the cluster-based activities, Rs. 3.37 lakh would be utilised for land development, Rs. 2.74 lakh for planting various crops, Rs. 7.18 lakh for establishment of borewells at the rate of one for every cluster, Rs. 5.70 lakh for setting up irrigation systems, and Rs. 8 lakh for construction of two open wells at Nambipuram under Ettayapuram block.

"Under land development component, we would shape the land after clearing the entire wildly grown Prosophis Juliflora plants and plough it using tillers before planting the crops," said N. Pandiarajan, Project Officer, District Watershed Development Agency.

To augment irrigation, micro irrigation systems would be established, once the water sources like wells were constructed.

Dr. Palaniyandi said that cluster-based approach to develop land would be useful to farmers for judiciously using water resources and increasing profitability."

Source: The Hindu

Tuticorin Fishermen keep off sea

About 500-odd fishermen owning country boats at Threspuram, one of the busiest fishing hamlets in the state, kept themselves off from the sea here on Thursday. They were protesting against the exorbitant commission levied by the auctioneers operating at the fishing landing centre situated in Tuticorin.

According to the fishermen, the auctioneers had increased the commission on the catch from 6.25 per cent to 10 per cent recently.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Medical negligence kills woman in Tuticorin

In a case of sheer medical callousness, a woman who was admitted at a government hospital in Tamil Nadu for a surgery lost her life as she waited for over four hours for the surgeon to turn up.

Subiah's wife needed a laparotomy and the best address the poor carpenter knew was the government medical college hospital in Tuticorin.

He could not afford Rs 25, 000 that any private hospital would charge for the surgery.

But on the day of the operation the surgeon who was to operate upon Subiah's wife just did not turn up even four hours after the appointed time.

Left unattended, the patient died of excruciating pain.

"We need justice. We poor people can go only to the government hospital. We can't go to private hospitals," said Ramaselvi, victim's daughter-in-law.

So far, no action has been taken against the doctor.

The hospital claims that the surgeon was very much on the campus that day but decided to postpone the surgery after the patient's condition worsened.

But there's no explanation on why the surgeon did not visit the waiting patient or inform the family.

When NDTV took up the issue with state health minister, he promised action against the guilty.

"We've asked them to probe and give a report to me and the district collector. We will take action against whoever is found responsible," said K K S S R Ramachandran, Health Minister.

While for poor patients the government hospital is the only resort. Sadly, for some doctors, saving poor lives seem to be not a priority.

Source: NDTV

Chief Electoral Officer, Naresh Gupta reviews preparatory work in Tuticorin

Chief Electoral Officer, Naresh Gupta, has said that the ongoing exercise of photographing voters for preparation of photo electoral rolls in the district would be completed during the first week of April and the draft rolls would be published in the middle of April.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday soon after reviewing the works for preparation of photo poll rolls, he said 83 per cent of the work was over.

The exercise of deleting the names of electors who were either dead or migrated to other districts, and those who did not reside at the addresses given in the list, published on September 27, 2006, was on and the process would be completed in another 15 days.

"It was expected that about seven per cent of names of electors found in the list would be deleted," he said. "Once the deletion process was completed, the coverage of photo electoral rolls would touch 90 per cent in the district."

The figure was expected to scale further up to 95 per cent at the time of publishing the draft photo poll rolls in mid-April, since steps would be taken to photograph the left-out voters too, as far as possible.

Revenue Divisional Officers of Tuticorin, Tiruchendur and Kovilpatti sub-divisions, S. Karunanidhi, Maruthanayakam and Sudalmani Pandian, respectively took part in the meeting.

Source: The Hindu

Peaceful polling in Tuticorin district

Polling for the posts of two village panchayat presidents, three village panchayat ward members and one town panchayat ward member in the district ended on Thursday.

A total of 55.4 per cent of electors exercised their franchise in the byelections held for the posts of presidents and ward members of village panchayats, while 84.7 percent of electors cast their votes to elect the ward member at Eral Town Panchayat.

Segmentwise, 73.1 per cent of the total 2,267 electors went to the polling station to elect the president of Meerankulam village panchayat and 50.2 per cent cast their votes to elect the president of Kulasekarapattinam village panchayat.

In the polls held to the posts of ward members at Padmanama Mangalam, Umarikadu and Tharuvaikulam village panchayats, 36.4 per cent, 66.3 per cent and 48.7 per cent electors exercised their franchise.

The counting is slated for February 9.

Official sources said that a total of 20 candidates were elected to the posts of village panchayat ward members, being the only candidates in the contest.

Similarly, Subbammal and Dhandayuthapani were elected to the posts of presidents of Paraikootam (Ottapidaram block) and Sivagnanapuram (Vilathikulam block) village panchayats, unopposed.

No election was held at ward number one of Moolakarai village panchayat under Tiruchendur block, since there was no contestant in the fray.

Source: The Hindu

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

French luxury liner Visits Tuticorin port

Giving a fillip to tourism in the region, m.v. Le Levant, a French luxury cruise liner, arrived with 64 tourists (59 Americans, one German, three Britons and an Indian) and 53 crew members onboard, at Tuticorin port on 5th January.

Designed for elite group of discerning cruise travellers, the 100-metre long vessel was equipped with 45 cabins over five decks and it has a shallow draught of 3.5 metres, allowing her to move close to the shore and sail through inland waterways.

The Tuticorin Port Trust officials gave a red carpet welcome to the tourists at the berth.

The entire visitors then embarked upon a sightseeing trip to historic and ancient places in Madurai in luxury coaches, en route to Chennai.

The tourists will board the vessel back at Chennai on February 8 and the voyage will continue to Visakhapattinam and Paradip, before culminating the trip at Kolkatta on February 14.Of the 64 tourists arrived here, 53 had boarded the ship when it touched the Indian coast at Mumbai on January 29, after it had sailed in from Muscat.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Judge from Germany visits Tuticorin to gain an insight into judicial system

Raimund Scherr, a judge from the constitutional court of Germany, completed a two-day visit to the Tuticorin city on Monday, as part of a project to study the judicial and criminal justice system in this part of the country.

He made a surprise visit to the North police station on Sunday and exchanged information with the police officials.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police (Town sub-division), Mohammed Ghori, explained to the German judge how a First Information Report (FIR) was registered soon after the occurrence of a crime.

Mr. Scherr told the police officials that top priority was given to human rights by the police and the judicial system in Germany.

He explained to them the procedures followed in the criminal justice system there.

On Monday morning, he visited the District Court complex and Tuticorin Bar Association office and interacted with the District Judge P. Gokul Das, Chief Judicial Magistrate Prabhudas, Judicial Magistrates and senior lawyers.

Shobana dazzles Tuticorin with eclectic performance

With a vibrant dance performance, Shobana, a national-award winning actress and danseuse, kept the audience spellbound at Abirami Mahal here on Sunday.

A disciple of Chitra Visweswaran and Padma Subramaniam, she presented a blend of dance forms at `Dance Fusion,' a programme organised by Kerala Samajam, Tuticorin chapter.

The programme started with a performance titled `Anjali' with music composed by violin maestros Ganesh and Kumaresh. Ms Shobana and her troupe followed it with a few numbers describing Shiva.

The recital of traditional `Kailasavasa Varnam,' with the lyrics in Malayalam, was eclectic and the dancers performed it with consummate ease. A powerful inner rhythm guiding her, Shobana recited `Shyama', one of her offerings.

The one-and-a-half hour show ended with a dance played to the tune of `Vande Mataram,' composed by A. R. Rahman.

According to Kerala Samajam sources, a major portion of the earnings from the show will be utilised for social causes.

Source: The Hindu

1,172 free TV sets to be distributed in Tuticorin

Collector R. Palaniyandi has said that the administration had made elaborate arrangements for the second phase of free distribution of colour television sets in the district from February 15.

Speaking to presspersons in Tuticorin on Monday, he said that a 1,172 television sets would be distributed to the poor from one village panchayat at each of the seven Assembly constituencies in the district.

Of the 1,172 beneficiaries identified, 94 were from Rajavinkoil village panchayat (Ottapidaram constituency), 116 from Kumarasakkanapuram (Vilathikulam), 185 from Sinthalakarai (Kovilpatti), 155 from Alikudi (Sattankulam), 159 from Vadakusilukai (Srivaikundam), 104 from Melapudukudi (Tiruchendur) and 359 were from Mullakadu (Tuticorin).

In the subsequent months, we have planned to distribute colour television sets at a rate of 7,000 sets a month, to reach the target of 80,000 envisaged for the district, before December 31," Dr. Palaniyandi said.

On the selection of beneficiaries, he said that the TVs were distributed to ration card holders who did not own a colour television set.

Besides, the beneficiary should be a resident of a village panchayat having power and cable TV connection.

The Collector said that 4,900 free Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) connections would be distributed under `free gas connection scheme' in the district on February 25, as part of the second phase of distribution.

Of them, 700 persons from Tuticorin taluk and 600 each from Srivaikundam, Tiruchendur, Sattankulam, Kovilpatti, Vilathikulam, Ottapidaram and Ettayapuram taluks, would receive the connection and stove.

Under the third phase of distribution, 2,486 poor persons, who face hardships in cooking by using kerosene and firewood, would be benefited.

Later, the Collector gave away welfare assistance worth Rs 35,000 to three beneficiaries, under various government schemes, at the grievance day meeting at the Collectorate.

Source: The Hindu

Monday, February 05, 2007

Team from Japan visits Tuticorin

A five-member technical team from Pan Pacific Copper, Japan, visited the Tuticorin City recently to study the industrial practices followed here.

They held an interaction with top officials from Sterlite Copper, an industrial house situated at SIPCOT Industrial Estate off Tuticorin-Madurai Highway.

Kishore Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Sterlite Industries (I) Limited, explained to foreign delegates the safety, quality, human resources and environment norms followed by the company to comply with international market specifications.

In return, the Japanese team shared their experience in the manufacturing of refined copper and precious metals since the company was established by Nippon Mining and Metals and Mitsui Mining and Smelting in October 2000.They explained how the firm tapped the potential for copper in East Asia as the demand rose in tandem with the economic development of the region over the last few years.

Diamond jubilee celebration of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute held in Tuticorin

A yearlong diamond jubilee celebration of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), under the Union Ministry of Agriculture, commenced in Tuticorin recently .

The institute organised an exhibition on its premises to elucidate the culture of pearl and oyster, seed production of sea cucumbers and marine biodiversity of the Gulf of Mannar to college and schools students.

Different varieties of ornamental fish such as groupers and cat fish, along with sponges and corals, were displayed. The marine aquarium on the premises was thrown open to visitors. The institute plans to conduct quiz and elocution competitions for children and hold `brainstorming' sessions to disseminate information on marine creatures through out the year.

The Principal Scientist at CMFRI, P. Muthiah, said that the institute would intensify research to develop technologies for breeding and seed production of groupers, ornamental fish and sea breams in the diamond jubilee year.

Besides, plans are afoot to strengthen the database on marine fish landings through enhanced surveys.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Hostels for SC, ST students opened in Tuticorin

The Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare, A. Tamilarasi, laid the foundation stone for two community halls and inaugurated four hostels for SC/ST students in various parts of the district on 3rd January.

Official sources said that the community halls, coming up at Adi Dravidar colonies in Muthammalpuram and Ottudanpatti, would be established on an outlay of Rs six lakh each.

The Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation (TAHDCO) would complete the construction of both the halls during the first quarter of the next fiscal (2007-08), the sources said. Of the four new hostel buildings opened, one each was established at Chillankulam and M.K.Nagar, and two at Subbammalpuram, all under Ottapidaram taluk. The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P. Geetha Jeevan, the Collector, R. Palaniyandi, and the Secretary (Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare) to the Government, P.A. Ramiah, were present.

`Fisfest' - Inter-collegiate cultural fest held in Tuticorin

The 10th inter-collegiate cultural competitions, `Fisfest', conducted by Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tuticorin concluded on 2nd January.

In all, 250 students from 13 colleges took part in the event. Competitions were held in vocal, group dance, instrumental music, flower arrangement, rangoli and painting.

Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar, and M.D.T. Hindu College, Tirunelveli, bagged the overall first and second prizes.

Janani of Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar, and Franklin of M.D.T. Hindu College, Tirunelveli, were adjudged `Miss Fisfest' and `Mr. Fisfest' respectively for bagging the maximum number of individual titles.

A. Christian, Managing Director, Britto Seafoods, distributed prizes. V.K. Venkataramani, Dean, FCRI, was present.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New Buses from Tuticorin connecting Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur flagged off

3 Buses to Conect Tuticorin with Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur, at a cost of Rs.11 lakhs each.

The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P. Geetha Jeevan, flagged off four new bus services of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) and State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) at the Tuticorin New Bus Stand yesterday.

Three of the services are being operated by TNSTC from Tuticorin to Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur daily in both directions. Newly built buses, each costing Rs 11 lakh, have been brought in.

The other daily service, operated by SETC on ultra deluxe bus, is between Eral near here to Chennai via Tuticorin, Aruppukottai, Madurai, Tiruchi, Ulundurpet and Villupuram.

Official sources said that the tariff for Tuticorin-Salem service (via Aruppukotai, Madurai, Dindigul, Karur and Namakkal) was fixed at Rs. 130, while Coimbatore bound passengers would be charged Rs. 117. The fare from Tuticorin to Tirupur was fixed at Rs 106.

Ms. Jeevan said that about 25 demands of bus passengers and various trade associations in the district pertaining to new services and extension of existing services were redressed by the State Government in the last eight months.

R. Palaniyandi, Collector, complimented the TNSTC, Tirunelveli Division, for improving the average fuel efficiency from 4.15 km for every litre of diesel to 5.15 km during the current fiscal.

Manonmaniam Sundaranar University conducts workshop on career guidance in Tuticorin

The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University conducted a workshop on `Personal effectiveness, healthcare and career guidance,' at V.O.C. College, yesterday, as part of human resource development programme for the youth.

Interacting with students from different colleges, X. Rosary Mary, Director, Department of Youth Welfare at the varsity, stressed upon the need for a paradigm shift from efficiency to effectiveness for overall growth of human beings, especially youth.

"What's the use of a person possessing efficiency in abundance without knowing how to use it effectively," she said, adding that, "effectiveness implies awareness of where one is heading."

Ms. Mary explained the concept of `theme centred interaction' (TCI), a participatory learning method to facilitate personality development.

Resource persons from different walks of life took classes on `career guidance' and `healthcare' during the afternoon session.

Students from 21 colleges affiliated to Manomaniam Sundaranar University attended the workshop. Certificates were distributed at the valedictory.

GOvernment Employees protest to withdraw false cases

Members of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association, Tamil Nadu Revenue Officials' Association and Tamil Nadu Rural Development Officers Association, staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate in Tuticorin, yesterday. They were protesting against "foisting of cases" by the police against a few revenue officials. They alleged that the police took up a case against M. Natarajan and Saminathan, based on "false complaints" lodged by a few lawyers at Tiruchendur.

They appealed to the Collector to intervene and take steps to withdraw the "false cases" against the officials. About 200 people took part in the agitation.

IBM Research centre to come up at Kovilpatti

The multi-national computer giant, IBM, and National Engineering College, have signed an agreement on Thursday to establish a Centre of Excellence for IBM web sphere software at Kovilpatti.

The centre will be established under the umbrella of IBM Academic Initiative, a global exercise launched by the company to groom computer talent.

College authorities said that the centre would create opportunities for students to carry out research in emerging areas of information technology.

According to the pact, both parties will form a steering committee to work closely with educators to teach students the skills required to keep themselves abreast of changes in the sector.

The centre will focus on web technologies and train students on high-end systems. A three-day international conference on `Advances in electronics and communications, organised by the National Engineering College, commenced on its premises on Thursday.

Goerg Boeck from Berlin University of Technology explained the development of RF-CMOS technologies, RF-architectures and re-configurability principles for mobile communication.About 30 scientists from New Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Dehra Dun presented research papers on the inaugural day on various topics such as real time emulation for embedded system validation, multi user detection for continuous speech using quantum signal processing and voice controlled power wheelchair.

"With NASSCOM-Mckinsey report-2006 predicting a shortfall of more than five lakh technically skilled professionals by 2010, it is important for the industry to contribute to the growth of high-end technical education in the country and hence the decision to forge relationship with the college," said R. Dhamodaran, director, Software Group and Developer Relations, IBM India.

Tuticorin Railway Station to be upgraded at Rs. 1 Crore

Hemant Kumar, Divisional Manager, Southern Railway (Madurai division), has said that the Tuticorin railway station would be upgraded to a `model station', enhancing the infrastructure facilities by leaps and bounds.

Interacting with a group of industrialists, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin, recently, he said that new facilities like foot over-bridge connecting the first and second platforms, a VIP lounge and a waiting hall, among others, would be established at an `estimated outlay' of Rs.1 crore to help the station attain the status.

On the plea of industrialists to have an overnight train connecting Tuticorin with Coimbatore, he said the request would be considered only after the double laning work between Madurai and Dindigul was completed.

"Presently, the track on the sector was utilised 125 per cent of its capacity between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., the following day, and hence there was no possibility of introducing a new train," he told them.

When some industrialists pointed out the `pathetic' condition of the majority of coaches used of Pearl City Express (Tuticorin to Chennai Egmore), whereas good coaches were used in other trains originating from the division, the Divisional Manager said "we are not showing any step motherly attitude to the passengers here".

"At the moment, coach requirement was far exceeding the production. We are expecting more new coaches, since plans are afoot to augment coach production at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, and the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, besides a new coach production unit in the country," he said.

Replying to the suggestion by D.R. Kodeeswaran, secretary, ICCIT, for more ticket counters at Tuticorin railway station, Mr Kumar said "if it was found that a reservation clerk was handling more than 200 requisitions/applications per shift, we would allot more counters".

On the demand for a change in the departure time of Pearl City Express on its return journey from Chennai Egmore to Tuticorin, he said the division had already suggested the Southern Railway head quarters in this regard.

Move to conserve lobster in the Gulf of Mannar

Five lakh larvae of `Panulirus Homarus,' a spiny lobster species, reared by the Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), a constituent college of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, were sea ranched into the Gulf of Mannar at Tuticorin on 26th January.

Dr.V.K. Venkataramani, Dean, FCRI, said "sea ranching was carried out as part of a Centre-funded research project titled `Conservation of Lobster in the Gulf of Mannar', since it's the most effective solution for enhancing the spiny lobster stock. Spiny lobster resources were fast depleting in the Gulf of Mannar region owing to unscientific fishing techniques.

According to him, lobster catch in Tuticorin coast fell to 41 tonnes in 2004 from 169 tonnes recorded in 2002.

On the breeding techniques adopted by the institute, Dr. Venkataramani said that a mother lobster weighed 600 grams and a male lobster weighed 700 grams, were allowed to bred in a specially made Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP) tank of 1,000 litre capacity at the Marine Biological Laboratory at the institute.

A team of scientists at the institute comprising C.B.T. Rajagopalasamy, B. Srikrishnadhas and T. Vaitheeswaran, monitored the growth of the newly bred larve, till it reached 3 mm under laboratory conditions, before sea ranching it.

Dr. Venkataramani appealed to the fishermen to release back the egg bearing lobsters caught in the `lobster nets' or `trawl nets', into the sea, to enhance the production of lobsters.

Delay in environmental clearance slowed down progress of port

N. K. Raghupathy, chairman, Tuticorin Port Trust (TPT), has said that delay in according environmental clearance to the infrastructural developments during the last two years, to meet the increasing volume of cargo traffic, has a bit slowed down the progress of the port.

Mr. Raghupathy said that the TPT managed to register growth continuously for the last five fiscals and record cargo traffic to the tune of 171 lakh tonnes handled during 2005-06 fiscal. The net surplus during the last five years has increased from around Rs.40 crore in 2001-02 to about Rs.100 crore in 2006-07.

According to him, the Centre should quickly clear the entire development projects envisaged for the augmentation of port facilities here during the XI Five Year Plan, to help the port to remain competitive in the changing global trade scenario. The Chairman said the Union Minister for Shipping, T.R. Baalu, has announced investment of around Rs.7,000 crore for the development of port during the 11th plan period.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Collector tells banks to grant loans to youth

The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, asked the banks in the district to take steps to expedite disbursal of loan to unemployed youth under Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana (PMRY).

"A total of 112 requests had been pending with various banks as on December 31, 2006," he said.

Mr. Palaniyandi was reviewing the performance of the banks during the first three quarters of the current fiscal at the 101st Standing Committee Meeting of District Consultative Committee for Banking Development.

The meeting was organised by the lead bank (State Bank of India) here on Wednesday.

Under Swarnajayanthi Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), credit-linked subsidy was disbursed to 224 self-help groups of the total 319 applications sent to the banks, he said.

Mr. Palaniyandi directed the banks concerned to expedite the disbursal of loans to 42 physically challenged persons, who sought credit for economic activities under the SGSY scheme.

Under the land purchase scheme of Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing Development Corporation (TAHDCO), credit was sanctioned to 73 of the 161 applications sent to the banks.

Loans had been sanctioned to a total of 582 SC/ST persons under TAHDCO scheme to start business ventures. "Banks should process the remaining applications at the earliest," he said.

Source: The Hindu

Groynes planned along three coastal hamlets

Groynes are the boulders placed by humans that jut out to sea to capture sand and form a beach. Found to be ineffective because they only cause erosion on the opposite side of the rock wall.

The Public Works Department (PWD) will put up groynes at three coastal hamlets in the southern districts of Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. This will be on a total outlay of Rs 15.18 crore from the State exchequer to protect the villages from sea erosion.

Official sources said that the groynes would come up at Threspuram in Tuticorin district, one of the busiest fishing hamlets in the State, Idinthakarai in Tirunelveli district and Enayam Puthanthurai in Kanyakumari district.

The construction would commence next fiscal (2007-08) and be completed within 12 months.

Of the total cost, Rs 6.41 crore was earmarked for Threspuram, Rs 5.62 crore for Idinthakarai and Rs 3.15 crore for Kanyakumari district.

Stones of different sizes would be used for the construction, making it permeable. It would be laid in `bedding,' `core,' `armour' and `toe mount' layers, complying with international standards.

These structures, resembling hockey sticks, would deflect high velocity currents, the sources said.

The PWD would conduct numerical model, bathymetric and physical model studies at the three places prior to the commencement of work, to study tidal effect and depth of the sea. The structures would be configured based on the findings.

Sources also said that they were seeking expertise from Department of Ocean Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, to carry out the study.

Source: The Hindu

Thursday, February 01, 2007

More trains to Tuticorin requested

The Tuticorin District Passengers' Welfare Association (TDPWA) has urged the Ministry of Railways to introduce more trains to Tuticorin, as major industrial houses like Sterlite, SPIC and Tuticorin Alkali and Chemicals, heavy water plant and port, were located in the town.

M. Piramanayagam, secretary of TDPWA, in a memorandum submitted to the Divisional Manager of Southern Railway (Madurai division), said that it is really pathetic that only two express trains, one to Chennai Egmore and another to Mysore, were operated from this industrial town, keeping the station idle for major part of the day.

He pointed out that considering the convenience of people to attend the cases coming up before the High Court Bench in Madurai, a passenger train should be operated between Tuticorin and Madurai in the morning.

The association also demanded that an overnight express train connecting Tuticorin with Coimbatore should be introduced to augment trading activities.

"The service will be of immense help to the people here, who are working in various textile mills in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode, and for the industrialists from that region to visit the port to supervise the export of their cargo consignments," Mr. Piramanayagam said.

According to the TDPWA members, speed of the Tuticorin-Tirunelveli passenger train should be increased.

"Presently, the train takes three hours to cover a distance of 50-odd km, whereas public transport buses cover the same distance in just an hour's time and hence there was poor patronage for the train service," they noted in the memorandum.

The authorities were asked to run special trains between Tuticorin and Chennai during all festive seasons, without fail.

Source: The Hindu

Pulses cultivation sees a boom in Tuticorin district

Pulses cultivation in the district has witnessed a boom this fiscal, as the productivity and cultivation area exceeded the target multi-fold.

While the productivity increased from 400 kg per hectare last fiscal to 700 kg per hectare this financial year, the cultivation area of pulses was 54,394 hectares by the end of the third quarter of the current fiscal itself against an annual target of 25,000 hectares.

Of the 54,394 hectares covered, black gram was raised on 26,479 hectares, green gram on 27,501 hectares, cowpea on 810 hectares, soya bean on 77 hectares and other pulses on 77 hectares, at Ottapidaram, Kayathar, Kovilpatti, Vilathikulam, Pudur and Tuticorin blocks.

The average area covered under pulses in the district during the last 10 financial years stood at 32,744 hectares, with a maximum coverage of 45,543 hectares achieved in 2005-06 fiscal.Experts attributed the phenomenal growth in the sector to various factors such as proper dissemination of technology from the laboratory to the field, favourable monsoon and a paradigm shift from cotton cultivation to pulses, owing to fall in cotton prices and a simultaneous rise in the price of pulses.

The Agriculture department had distributed 56.48 tonnes of high yielding certified seeds of pulses at subsidized rates to the farmers during between April 1 and December 31, which increased the productivity.

Besides, the department distributed bio-fertilisers like rhizobium and helped the farmers to apply di-ammonium phosphate on the foliage of pulse crops in a scientific manner. The rise in the demand of pulses for consumption owing to its nutritive value too was a reason that more farmers showed interest in raising the crop, which eventually contributed to the increase in the area covered.

Source: The Hindu