16
Monday
September 2019
7:40 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Offbeat
When donkeys lent a helping hand to TN poll officials
 
Chennai: While GPS-fitted vehicles are deployed to transport poll materials like EVMs in the State, such technology or vehicles do not always help; especially when it comes to hilly terrains of Tamil Nadu to send across election paraphernalia.

Particularly, where there are no roads to reach hamlets on hill tops -leave alone motorable ones- the challenge is more pronounced and carrying EVMs, and control units within the stipulated time frame is no mean task.

A slew of such remote villages are spread across Tamil Nadu including those atop hills in the districts of Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Namakkal, and Theni with voters ranging between 300 and 1,100 in a given polling station.

Several booths in remote locations like Kottur in the Pennagaram region of Dharmapuri and hamlets on Bothamalai in Namakkal pose the challenge of rocky terrain too.

To surmount the challenge, poll officials loaded election materials -neatly packed in gunny bags- on donkeys and ponies and they carried some of the luggage on their heads to reach the designated polling stations and the ardous journey was in the range of 9 to 11 kilometers on the hills.

Vellakkevi and Pallathukadu in the Kodaikanal hill ranges (Dindigul), Kathiripatti (Erode) and Kedamalai (Namakkal) were among the hilly villages officials reached overcoming the challenges with the help of donkeys and ponies.

Also, some villages like Vellakkevi are located amid dense forests and poll officials were assisted by the anti-naxal police personnel to reach the hamlets.


A to Z on How to Deal with CAT Verbal Ability Section
FastTrack Preparation books for JEE Main 2019 Mathematics
Rottweiler: How to Grow and Care? / Video
Deacon Kevin Mundackal speaks about his vocation to priesthood / Exclusive Interview
Interview with S Sameera, Civil Service 28th Rank Holder / Video
ALIEXPRESS MAY SALE : GET UPTO 70% OFF ON MAJOR CATEGORIES
Saajan Saji Cyriac on Dog Training and Things to Care
Jeevamsamayi Resembles Melodies of 1990s / Song Review / Deepika Nalla pattu / Part #1
What led to currency deficiency in India? Facts you must know / Video
Egg Roast recipe by Omana Jacob / Video
Records till date / IPL 2018 Special Video
IPL 2018 Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad / Video
IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals looks for a royal comeback / Video
Dalit Activists march supporting harthal / Video
Drudging ship rams Venduruthy Bridge in Cochin / Exclusive visuals
Dalit harthal supporters block vehicles / Video
Fr Jose Puthrukkayil on sufferings in jail / Exclusive Interview
IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab Team Looks for Solid Performances / Video
IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings Eyes a Memorable Comeback / Video
IPL 2018 Teams: Mumbai Indians Eyes to Retain IPL Champions Trophy / Video
KERALA NEWS
Government to rebuild Palarivattom flyover
 Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to demolish and rebuild Palarivattom flyover as  
CM demands PSC questions in Malayalam
Tipplers guzzle Rs 487 crore worth liqour during onam
candidate selection for Pala by-election is an internal matter of KC(M): Chandy
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Hong Kong returns to violence with tear gas and Molotovs
 Hong Kong: Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons at hardcore pro-democracy proteste
36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river: DRC police
Underfire PM calls up Hulk, claims 'huge' Brexit progress
Former PM Cameron 'sorry' for Brexit divisions
NATIONAL NEWS
21 Indians killed in 2,050 ceasefire violations by Pak this year: MEA
 New Delhi: The Pakistani Army has resorted to more than 2,050 unprovoked ceasefire violations this y
Dearth of quality people in north India: Labour minister on unemployment
Will implement NRC in Haryana, says Khattar
One nation-one language will never be a reality: Jairam Ramesh
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2019 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.