A pondy teacher to go on two-wheeler expedition

Pondicherry

May 17 2002

A teacher in the Govt-run Bharathiar Palkalaikoodam, S. Seetharaman, here will undertake an expedition on a two-wheeler to spread the message of humanism among the people.

The expedition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pondicherry midtown will begin tomorrow with the Local Administration Minister, A. Elumalai, flagging off it at a function at Gandhi Thidal.

Mr. Seetharaman had already completed an expedition on bicycle pedalling through several towns and villages to create awareness on art among the people. Now he would cover 5000 kms to reach Wagha, the border point.

He said he would pass through Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

S. P. Deepa secures top rank in Pondy state

Pondicherry

May 17 2002

The Thiruvalluvar Govt Girls HSS in Pondicherry and ten privately managed schools have achieved cent per cent passes in the plus two public examination results which were relased today.

The ten private schools are... Petit Seminaire HSS, St Joseph of Cluny Girls HSS Lawspet, Immaculate Heart of Mary`s Girls HSS,Amalorpavam HSS, St Patrick`s HSS, Vivekananda HSS Sellaperumalpet, Sankara Vidyalaya ECR Road,Seventh Day Adventist HSS Pondicherry , Sri Sankar`s Vidhyalaya Villianoor and Alpha Matriculation School at Mangalakshmi Nagar.

S. P. Deepa of the Amalorpavam HSS is the first ranker at the Pondicherry State level with 1182 out of 1200 marks. K. V. Mukundhan of the Petit Seminaire HSS has notched the second rank at the State level with 1179 marks.

R Saravana Perumal of Vivekananda HSS at Sellaperumalpet with 1178 marks is the third ranker and the third rank has been shared by D Sri Ram of St Patrick's HSS Saradambal Nagar.The Tiruvalluvar Government GHSS has registered cent per cent pass with all its 281 girl students emerging successful at the examination.

Fr.Dominic Rosario Principal of Petit Seminaire HSS said that all the 245 students presented by the school emerged triumphant with 30 of them scoring cent per cent in Mathematics.The Amalorpavam HSS which has established a record of having produced the State first ranker has also emerged with cent per cent pass as all the 185 students of the school have passed.

Deepa`s father S.Palani who is working in CPWD at Delhi told this Correspondent at the school that his daughter was very firm that she should have the education in Amalorpavam school.

Secretary to the Department of Education, R. I. Jai Prakash and the Director of Education G.Theva Neethi Dhas said that out of 6810 students who appeared for the examination from both the government and private institutions as many as 5930 students have come out successful, recording a pass percentage of 87.08.

By and large students who had preferred French in the optional language had emerged with good percentage of marks in the aggregate.

The government`s prize scheme of Rs 1 lakh for cent percent pass by a school in the government sector in urban area would be awarded to the Tiruvalluvar GGHSS and in the rural sector the K. K. GHSS at Madagadipet would be handed similar amount as the school has achieved 92.24 per cent result.

We stand by the Govt.... Sonia gandhi

Newdelhi

May 17 2002

Political affiliations and personal differences were kept aside and the Opposition parties today pledged unconditional support to the Govt in its response to the killing in Kaluchak near Jammu. Constructive suggestions were offered and the call for a strong action was, by and large, tempered with restraint. Parties such as the AIADMK and the Shiv Sena, however, did ask for a "military response''.

The thrust of the Opposition leaders' speeches was that though they supported the Government, it should evolve a comprehensive game plan and not rely on others to fight its battle against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

The tone of the debate was set by the Leader of the Opposition, Sonia Gandhi. The Congress "would continue to stand by the Government on vital national issues,'' she said and urged the Government to evolve a comprehensive strategy and not to resort to strong words alone. "Rhetoric is no substitute for strategy and vision. The Government should take the nation into confidence on its strategy''.

Ms. Gandhi's speech stood out both for its bi-partisan nature and its constructive approach. Even when she pulled up the Government on the wisdom or lack of it on some of its policies, like the success of its diplomatic effort or troop mobilisation on the border, it was done without rancour. "Our diplomatic effort has been found wanting, and the outrage has also exposed the weakness in our security apparatus,'' she said.

The Congress president was forthright in her condemnation of Pakistan, its role and designs on the country. She described the Kaluchak incident as a manifestation of the proxy war being waged from across the border. "It is now clear that a large section of the Pakistan establishment does not want peace.''

Ms. Gandhi was equally forthright in referring to the attitude of the United States on the issue. "We must ask ourselves whether the international coalition against terror has helped us in anyway.'' There was little wisdom in expecting others to fight our battle against terrorism. "Ultimately, we have to combat terrorism within our borders by ourselves''.

Support for the Government came from other parties as well, with the AIADMK favouring an all-out war with Pakistan. The BSP, RJD, TDP, CPI and the TMC, while reiterating their support to the Government, urged it to evolve a comprehensive strategy to deal with the situation.

Former Pondy minister Perumal Raja dead

Pondicherry

May 15 2002

DMK veteran and former public works minister in Pondicherry G Perumal Raja died of a heart attack at his residence here today.

He was 74 and is survived by wife, four sons and four daughters.

Perumal Raja had been a minister from 1980 to 1983. He was instrumental for the growth of the DMK in the Union territory.

Local holiday for Karaikal on May 15 2002

Pondicherry

May 13 2002

Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry, Dr Rajani Rai, has declared May 15 as a special local holiday for all institutions in Karaikal region in view of the festival at the famous shrine of Aayiramkali Amman there.

The next day is declared a restricted holiday for the region.

A communication from the Home Department said today the holiday on May 15 was not declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act.