Sonia launches breakfast scheme


August 14 2002

Congress president and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sonia Gandhi today inaugurated the Rajiv Gandhi free breakfast scheme for school children implemented by the Pondicherry Education dept, which would cost Rs 8 crore annually.

Launching the scheme, she said there should be proper monitoring of the implementation of the welfare schemes. Implementation of the schemes was not enough but efforts should also be made to see whether the schemes reached the targeted group, she added.

Sonia said she was happy to note that the literacy rate in the Union Territory was much higher than the national average. It stood at 81.49 per cent against 55.5 per cent at the national level, she pointed out.

She said backward classes should be given preference in the implementation of welfare schemes.

The free breakfast scheme would help poor students from the rural areas to compete with others as they would gain strength, she said.

Under the scheme, milk and bread would be supplied to all children, studying in the government schools. Nearly 1.25 lakh students would be covered by the scheme.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy presided over the function.

Sonia also declared open a complex to house the Education department named after veteran Congress leader K Kamaraj.

CPI workers held for picketing at karaikal


August 14 2002

Around 200 volunteers of the CPI were arrested at Karaikal today when they attempted to picket the regional administrator's office there, pressing their charter of demands.

Their demands included immediate steps to solve the acute drinking water problem in Karaikal region, an enclave of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, and supply of 40 kg of rice per each ration cardholders.

Earlier, they took out a rally in the town.

Mirinda joins hands with Baba


Aug 14 2002

How about keeping yourself cool and listening to songs of the latest sensation, Baba?

Have Mirinda and get an audio cassette of Baba at a special price of Rs 35

According to a press release, all that buyers of pet packs of Mirinda 500 ml,1 litre,1.5 litres or 2 litres have to do is to exchange the label on them for a cassette of the film.

The cassette is originally priced at Rs 50.

Governor, CM greet people for Independence Day


Aug 14 2002

Governor P S Ramamohan Rao and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and leaders of various political parties have expressed their greetings to the people on the eve of the 55th anniversary of the nations independence.

In his message, Ramamohan Rao said this is an occasion to tender our sincere and respectful homage to all those whose sacrifices, small and big, brought us independence and renew our resolve to make India, a great and prosperous country whose voices of peace, tolerance and universal brotherhood is heard and respected in the comity of nations.

Extending her hearty independence day greetings to the people, Jayalalithaa said tomorrow would be thanks-giving day for those martyrs who have sacrificed everything for the sake of the liberation of their motherland.

This is the time to shed all our differences including the caste and creed and reveal the nationalistic fervour, she said and added that people should express their solidarity behind the soldiers who were involved in safe-guarding the integrity of the nation at the borders.

The govt headed by me has been implementing various welfare schemes to make Tamilnadu the number one State and the people should co-operate with the government in this regard, she added.

Greeting the people, TNCC president EVKS Elangovan has said that the citizens on this day should remember the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. He urged the people to stand united and fight against casteism, factionalism and terrorism which is posing a great threat to the nation.

He further said the TMCs merger with the Congress today is a milestone in the history of Tamilnadu politics and added that after the merger, the Congress would emerge as a major reckoning force and revive Kamaraj rule in the State.

Conveying his independence day greetingss, Syed Moinuddin, chief hereditary trustee and Muthuvalli, Dargah Hazrath Syed Moosa Sha Khaderi has urged the people to take a firm resolve to guard the nations tradition of tolerance, for, that is the soul of our culture and civilisation, that is the spirit of our constitution and the secret of coherence in this vast country as a united nation, against the poison of communalism, which has caused so much violence and hatred in some parts of our country.

Sheikh Dawood, president, Tamil Maanila Muslim League also conveyed his greetinmgs on the occasion.

Madurai police chief gets a clean chit


Aug 13 2002

The Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, has assured the Director-General of Police, B.P. Nailwal, that no action will be taken against the Madurai Commissioner of Police, M.V.N. Surya Prasad, for the lathicharge on DMK workers in Madurai on August 9.

Mr. Nailwal, who apprised the Chief Minister of the happenings in Madurai on her return from Hyderabad, said in a statement that Mr. Prasad discharged his duties in a ``fair and competent manner''.

Describing reports of the meeting between the Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao and Mr. Prasad as ``politically motivated and malicious'', the DGP said the Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police and the Corporation Commissioner received the Governor ``as per protocol and as is customary''. All of them accompanied the Governor to the Circuit House.

``There was no occasion when the Commissioner of Police met the Governor alone. The Governor did not make any reference to or any enquiry about the incident alluded by newspapers. The Governor discussed only general matters with the officers who met him,'' the DGP clarified. No report on the incident was sought for by the Governor and no report was submitted.