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Start extensive encroachment eviction drive: federation

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Source : The Hindu Date : 14.06.2009

Start extensive encroachment eviction drive: federation

Special Correspondent


Representation sent to Collector

Petty shops must be shifted


TIRUCHI: The Federation of Consumer and Service Organisations has urged the district administration and the Corporation to take up an extensive encroachment eviction drive in the city, especially to clear the pedestrian pavements.

In a representation to the Collector, M.Sekaran, Convener of the federation, pointed that the Corporation had constructed pedestrian pavements along some of the arterial roads here but most of them had been encroached upon by vendors and commercial establishments.

Welcoming the recent encroachment eviction drive on the NSB Road, he appealed to the civic body and the police to ensure that the hawkers and vendors did not return to occupy the newly built pedestrian pavement along the Teppakulam on the road.

He demanded that the vendors and hawkers occupying vantage position beneath the famous Mainguard Gate also be shifted out.

The petty shops, allotted by the Corporation, in congested areas such as the Mainguard Gate, Heber Road and Bharathidasan Salai, should be shifted.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2009 07:44
 

Caution on water release for drinking purpose

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Source : The Hindu Date : 14.06.2009

Caution on water release for drinking purpose

S. Sundar

MADURAI: The commencement of irrigation season has put Public Works Department officials in a tight spot in releasing water from the Periyar dam to replenish the Vaigai dam for meeting the drinking water needs of Madurai city.

The Corporation has managed alternate day of water supply in the city throughout the summer with water drawn at regular intervals from Periyar dam. However, the PWD has stopped discharging water from Periyar dam since June 1 as the irrigation season for the first crop of the double crop area of Cumbum Valley began.

Out of the 192 mcft of water in Vaigai dam, the 90-mcft is the useful storage. Corporation Chief Engineer, K. Sakthivel said that the present storage could last till June 27.

Meanwhile, the local body on Friday renewed its demand to augment storage in Vaigai dam with Periyar water. But, the PWD officials are waiting for the Government nod to discharge water. “We have to release water for irrigation on or after June 1 as and when the level reaches 112 feet. The ryots may object to the water release (for drinking purpose) at present saying that it would jeopardise their interest. We have to get Government’s clearance,” a PWD engineer said.

Besides, the PWD officials are wary of immediate release as they fear that adequate quantum of water might not reach Vaigai reservoir after passing through the dry riverbed from Periyar dam.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2009 07:34
 

Corpn. launches career guidance programme

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Source : The Hindu Date : 13.06.2009

Corpn. launches career guidance programme

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It aims at helping students from Corporation schools realise their dreams

– Photo: K. Ananthan

Wise Speak: Mayor R. Venkatachalam speaking at a career guidance programme at Corporation Siddhapudur Higher Secondary School in the city on Friday.

COIMBATORE: In a measure aimed at raising the standards of the students of its schools to those of elite private institutions in the city, the Coimbatore Corporation launched on Friday a career guidance programme for those studying in classes IX to Plus-Two in the Corporation schools.

It’s a brain-child of Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra. Experts in various fields, including Army officials, would take an hour’s class once a week for the target group of students as part of the programme.

The aim was to enable students from Corporation schools realise their dreams. Superintendent of Police at Jind in Haryana B. Sathish Balan, who was present at the launch, turned out to be the role model for the students to emulate. His case was special because of having been a student of the Coimbatore Corporation’s school at Masakalipalayam in the city.

Citing Mr. Balan’s achievement of getting into the IPS, Mayor R. Venkatachalam said this showed that the students of the Corporation schools could scale great heights if they were focussed on a rewarding career. “We want to provide you with proper guidance and facilities,” he told students at the Corporation school at Sidhapudur.

“The Commissioner has stressed the need to make our students competitive. We will also conduct medical camps to ensure the students were in good health,” the Mayor said.

Mr. Balan said students of Government schools lacked information and guidance on career options. “It is not as though they did not have ambitions.” Given their background, these students would have already faced many tough situations.

Therefore, it would not be difficult for them to overcome hurdles. But, they needed proper guidance.

Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise C. Rajendiran called upon the students to focus on improving confidence-level and communication skill. Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam studied in a Government school, he pointed out.

Deputy Commissioner of the Corporation V. Shanta urged the students to set career goals while in school itself. “Know of the opportunities and choose one based on your strengths,” she said, pointing out that many students chose courses in higher education that they were not interested in and attributed this to pressure from parents. “Job satisfaction is vital and start working early on the options before you,” she said.

Reader in Department of Political Science at Government Arts College P. Kanagaraj explained how to prepare for civil services. Reading newspapers and watching news channels closely every day were some of the requirements. Communication skill, especially in English, was another vital area.

The Hindu is part of the career guidance programme, under the aegis of its Newspaper in Education (NIE) initiative. An NIE co-ordinator explained how The Hindu provided both information and education through its main section and supplements.

She highlighted the areas such as education and employment covered under supplements such as Young World, Education Plus and Opportunities.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 15:04
 


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