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Postpone entrance test: CPI(M)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 8. The CPI(M) State secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan, has urged the Centre and the examination board to postpone the All-India Medical Entrance Examination scheduled to be held on Easter Day. In a statement here today, he said that since the Supreme Court had rejected the plea for postponing the examination, only the Centre had the authority to give any direction in this regard to the board. He felt that scheduling of examination on that day could be seen only as part of disregard for the important days of Chrstians and Muslims ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre. Mr. Vijayan also protested against the withdrawal of holiday on Good Friday in Gujarat.

World Puzzle Championship

Novax Media, the representative of the World Puzzle Federation which organises the world puzzle championships, will propose Thiruvananthapuram as a venue of the World Puzzle Championship 2006 at the general assembly meeting of the Federation to be held in Croatia in October. This was the outcome of the discussions which Hendrik Hardeman, Director, Novax Media, held with Baby Mathew, chairman, Somatheeram Group of Resorts, who had agreed to host it in Thiruvananthapuram. If the general council agrees, the championship will be held in the second week of October. Some 150 participants from 24 countries will participate in the five-day event.

`Publish report on Muthanga'

KOLLAM April 8. The SC\ST Human Rights Protection Council has called upon the State Government to publish the report of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on the Muthanga developments. A meeting of the council here today criticised the State Government for not giving any compensation to the family members of Jogi who was killed in police firing at Muthanga. A statement in this connection from the council secretary, V. Krishnankutty, alleged that the State Government was trying to hush up the SHRC report which recommended compensation to the victims of police atrocities at Muthanga.

KDF to contest three seats

The Kerala Dalit Federation (KDF) will field candidates at three constituencies in the State for the coming Lok Sabha elections. At a press conference here today, the KDF State president, P. Ramabhadran, gave the names of the constituencies as Kollam, Manjeri and Kozhikode. In Kollam, Mr. Ramabhadran is the candidate. At Manjeri, the candidate is the KDF State general secretary, K.P.C. Kutty Master, and in Kozhikode, another secretary of the KDF, V. Haridasan. The KDF will also field a candidate for the by-election at the Wadakkanchery Assembly constituency. All of them would contest as independent candidates.

Workshop on press photography

KOCHI April 8. A workshop on press photography, organised by the Kerala Press Academy on its Silver Jubilee year for full-time press photographers, will be held at the Light and Life Academy, Ootty, from April 22 to April 28. The workshop will be led by Paul Libert, Brooks Institute of Photography, California. The academy will pay the full course fee of Rs. 12,500 for the first 10 applicants. The other expenses should be met by the applicants. Applications should be sent through the respective editors to the Kerala Press Academy before April 13.

Stay against proceedings

The Kerala High Court has stayed all proceedings initiated by the Kerala State Housing Board (KSHB) for recovering an additional amount of Rs. 1 lakh from a couple who had been allotted the Board's one-bed room flat in the Vasanth Nagar Housing Colony, Palarivattom. The stay would remain in force for two weeks. The order was passed by Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair on a writ petition filed by George Martin and his wife. According to them, the price for their flat had been fixed at Rs. 1,15,500 in 1992. In fact, he had fully paid back the principal amount and interest in 1997. They had now received a notice for paying Rs. 1.02 lakhs before March 31.

High Court dismisses petition

The Kerala High Court has dismissed as withdrawn a writ petition seeking to conduct Elavoor `thookkam', which had been suspended for the last 16 years. The petition was filed by the Temple Upadeshaka Samithy secretary, K.K. Kuttan. The petitioner withdrew the petition after the court observed that it was a civil dispute and a writ petition could not be filed before the court. The Kerala Uranma Devaswom Board had earlier opposed the writ petition. The performance of `thookam' had discontinued in 1987 and `poomudal' had been performing in lieu of `thookam'.

RSS condemns CPI(M) warning

he RSS has condemned the warning, allegedly given by senior CPI(M) leaders, that the murder of a CPI(M) prisoner in the Kannur jail will be avenged after the May 10 elections. The RSS State secretary, A.R. Mohanan, said this `warning' was issued the CPI(M) senior leaders, V.S. Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan, at an election campaign meeting and hence should be viewed seriously. He wanted the Government to take steps against them. He urged the Government to ban both the leaders from speaking at public meetings.

Tanker lorries to strike work

The All-Kerala Tank Trucks Owners and Workers Co-ordination Committee has decided to keep their vehicles off the road on April 17, 18, and 19 in protest against the decision of petroleum companies not to allow vehicles of more than 15 years old to carry petroleum products. It also demanded revision in lorry rent. The co-ordinator of the committee, M. Ebrahimkutty, said the managements of the petroleum companies and the Central and State Governments were not prepared to hold talks. He said the petroleum companies had no right to say that they would not allow old trucks to carry petroleum products.

Poll observers for Ernakulam

The Election Commission has deputed three election observers each for Ernakulam and Muvattupuzha constituencies. Of the three, one will be the observer of campaign expenses. The observers for Ernakulam are: Archana Nigam (ICAS); M.Samuel (IAS, Andhra Pradesh); and Kumar Aravind Singh Deo (IAS, Uttar Pradesh). Those for Muvattupuzha are: Jyothi Shankar (IRS); Birchand Gosh Dastidar (IAS, West Bengal); and, Naha Kishore Singh (IAS, Tripura). Some of the observers will arrive on April 16. The Commission deputes three observers each, mostly senior civil service officers, for every Lok Sabha constituency.

Sena candidate against Murali

THRISSUR April 8. The Shiv Sena has decided to field K. Shajil Kumar as its candidate in the Assembly by-election at Wadakkanchery. This was announced by the party spokesman, Pallikkal Sunil, at a press conference here today. He said the Sena would conduct campaign against the `anti-Hindu' stand taken by the Electricity Minister and Congress candidate in the constituency, K. Muraleedharan, on the Marad issue.


KOZHIKODE April 8. The Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Academy organised a workshop on "Road safety and making roads accident-free'' here on Wednesday to mark the World Health Organisation Day. Inaugurating the workshop, the city police commissioner, T. K. Vinodkumar, said the present day life-style and increase in the number of vehicles were the main reasons behind road accidents. The situation wherein persons without proper eligibility criteria possessing a driving licence also contributed to a certain extent in causing road accidents, he said.


A short term refresher course on "concrete reinforcement and detailing'' would be organised from April 21 to 23 at the NIT Calicut. The course is tailored to meet the needs of design engineers, site supervisors and contractors.

Theatre camp

The Athitheya painting-theatre camp began at the Government Training College here today. The camp will be on till April 10.

Election observers

PALAKKAD April 8. The Election Commission has appointed Election Observers for the Palakkad and Ottappalam Lok Sabha constituencies in the district. The Election Observers for the Palakkad Lok Sabha constituency were Dhamarang Garg, Narendra Kumar and Jopi Pande and for the Ottappalam Lok Sabha constituency Chandraprakash Bhargava, Ramesh Chand Kapi and Rajendra Singh.

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