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    ...In a recent discovery, Chennai-based Tamil scholar and archeologist Dr Priya Krishnan and Vinod, an archeology enthusiast, have discovered two Sati stones, at Kulasekaranallur village in Tuticorin district. Estimated to be dating back to 17th or 18th century- when the Nayak kings ruled — locals say the stones were erected for widows of local heroes who died fighting the British. According to local accounts, many men from the region have fought against the British under the leadership of polygar chieftain Veerapandiya Kattabomman. The first stone, which depicts a man holding a dagger and seated along with his wife, is named Chinnapayum Puli. The female figurine, which holds a water lily, is adorned with ornaments. ...

    TOI on Oct. 11, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...Acrimony between trawl boat fishermen and their mechanised boat brethren that has been festering for over two decades in the Tuticorin region has manifested itself in a marked manner in the past 10 days.The uneasy calm has made way for a volatile situation. Trawl boat fishermen have been staging protests demanding they be granted extended fishing hours. They claim that only Tuticorin fishermen were facing restrictions contravening the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Marine Fisheries Regulation Act 1983 that permit trawl boats to fish from 5 am to 9 pm. They say their mechanised boat counterparts are having a free run. The Gulf of Mannar sea that stretches from coastal Ramanathapuram through Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts up to Sri Lanka is one of the biodiversity rich marine areas of Asia. Thousands of fishermen of these coastal regions depend on the sea area for their livelihood. ...

    TOI on Sept. 25, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...When she dug deeper, Abhinaya found that the spears have been an intrinsic part of folk religion and temples in southern Tamil Nadu, with impalement being the state punishment during the 6th and 7th centuries AD in Madurai. In those days, the condemned person’s body was pierced lengthwise through a sharp stake and the victim was left to die a slow and painful death. Abhinaya found that the stone impalement devices in the Govindhankoil temple had engravings of the images of village deities like Muniasamy and Oorvalsamy. “Villagers pay obeisance to these deities by making them an offering of millets, rice, fruits and coconut. ...

    TOI on April 24, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...An official in the highways department said the 9.5km road has been constructed in two stretches. The first is a 5km stretch from Mukuntharayarchathiram to Dhanushkodi while the second is from Dhanushkodi to Arichalmunai. Gabion boxes have been installed on both sides of the road to protect it from sand deposits (caused by the high velocity of wind) and high and low tides. “Over a period of time, these boxes will turn into boulders, thanks to moisture from the sea and sand deposits,” said the official. Sun-kissed beaches, the ruins of an old church or just the thrill of experiencing the eeriness of a ghost town surrounded by the deep sea – Dhanushkodi has a lot to offer to tourists. ...

    TOI on Nov. 4, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...While Indian fishermen say this is an effort to crush their ability to fish again in Palk waters, Sri Lankan fishermen accuse them of destroying their marine wealth through destructive fishing practices. Previous talks facilitated between fishermen of the two countries by the TN government ended in a deadlock over the issue of bottom trawling (fishing along the sea floor) by Indian fishermen. While the Sri Lankan side asked Indian fishermen to stop using bottom trawling among five other demands, Indian fishermen agreed to all of them but sought time to phase out bottom trawling. ...

    TOI on Nov. 2, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...The incident reminded us of the stories of pearl fishers of Tuticorin, some 1,200 of them now, are still plying their trade. There are no pearls to be fished out, and they eke out a living by dredging up leftover chanks from the depths of the Gulf of Mannar. Whether it is plunging into the depths of the sea for chanks or pearls, the format for a pearl fisher is nonetheless the same or rather a dangerous one. While earlier, pearl or chank harvesting demanded pearl fishers to dive down the sea floor with the help of a heavy stone, pick up pearl oysters and chanks before they run out of breath, and then get pulled by their mates to the surface, the practice has evolved into a more dangerous form in the past five years. Chank fishers today use compressors to pump air to divers working under water. ...

    TOI on Aug. 31, 2016, 3:31 p.m.

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    ...The manufacture of fireworks involves the three major steps of chemical mixing, filling and finishing. Most accidents occur during the mixing and filling stages as they involve the use of highly combustible chemicals like Aluminum powder which may trigger a fire when exposed to moisture. Fancy fireworks, which emit colours and sounds, need the use of chemical pellets made of a cocktail of chemicals. In most of the recent accidents, these chemical pellets were involved in one way or the other. The accidents occurred while making or drying the pellets. “Mechanisation is happening at gradual stages at least in chemical mixing. ...

    TOI on July 29, 2016, 3:42 p.m.