News at a Glance

Michel Daniel, France

Mystery Fever Causes Death of College Girl

An MBA girl student Marichelvi, of Meenakshi College, died of a mysterious fever. The shocked students began a sit-in-strike accusing the administration of negligence. They also involved the teaching staff for denying permission for treatment.

The principal, however, said it was beyond her responsibility because the girl could have developed fever during the holidays.

The father of the deceased knew about his daughter’s fever but, as a farm worker, he had no time to take care of his daughter’s heath.

A one-day off has been decided for day-scholars and three days for hostel residents to get to know more details about what exactly happened. It may be recalled a similar incident already happened in another college a few weeks ago.

Exchange Programme between American College and United States

A memorandum of understanding has been signed in 2008 between The American College and the Appalachian State University, USA. Selected students of any discipline of the American College in Madurai will have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate or post graduate study for a period of six months to one year in the University of New Carolina, USA. Students will be provided food and accommodation and will have to pay for the air fare, visa and medical insurance. The programme would enable students acquire a fi rst hand experience of cross cultural living.

New Water Purifi ers Installed

A new water purifi er as been installed in the paediatric section of Government Rajaji Hospital to provide pure drinking to the children undergoing treatment and another one at the nurse’s hostel. Each unit costs Rs. 4.5 lakh and can convert 1000 litres of salt water in one hour. The daily consumption of water for the hospital from bore wells and Corporation drinking water is, at least, 3.5 lakh litres. Nevertheless, it doesn’t cover their needs for a day. Resident Medical Offi cer Dr. Balasubramanian, Dr. Chandrasekaran, Head, Department of Anesthesiology, and others doctors were present during the inauguration by Dr. S M Sivakumar.

Lorries Collide

Lorries Collide

A food grain lorry with six workers collided head on with a vegetable lorry near the bridge in Thoppur area and killed three of the travelers. The other three who suffered serious injuries were taken to the Government Rajaji Hospital for treatment. Balasekaran, vegetable lorry driver was arrested.

Road Mishap

A policeman was killed because of the removal of a roundabout near Periyar Bus Stand, the busiest place in the city. In another instance a bus knocked down an Armed Reserve policeman who was riding back home on a two wheeler. The back wheel of the bus ran over his head killing him on the spot.

Christmas at Grace Kennett Foundation

On December 12, it was an advance Christmas for patients, staff and children in Grace Kennett Foundation in Madurai. The special guest was Rev. Dr. Gnanavaram, Principal of Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai. Dr Augustus Samuel Dodd, Chief Medical Superintendent, GKF, welcomed the gathering. Two Santa Clauses arrived riding bicycles and distributed sweets. After an hour, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner.,

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January 2010 Issue