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Transport employees' plea THIRUVANANTHAPURAM JUNE 27. The Kerala State Transport Employees' Union has urged the KSRTC management to restore the pay scale enjoyed by the employees of its security wing. The union, in a statement, said here today that these employees had been appointed by the Public Service Commission, but the KSRTC management had decided to stop the practice of paying monthly salary and give them allowances given to empanelled employees.

Raids criticised

The Kerala Civil Supplies Officers' Association has alleged that the recent raids on the ration sub-depots run by the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation and the subsequent suspension orders served on 11 employees were ill-motivated. In a statement here, the association alleged that the stock-taking was not done properly by weighing each item. Instead, only the number of sacks was counted and the stock declared as short. The employees were forcibly made to sign statements regarding the position of stocks while the ration items were being distributed. The Association demanded that the mass suspension of employees be withdrawn.

Adventure sports award

The Kerala Adventure Sports Award, instituted by the Deseeya Malayala Vedi, has been given to Anil Kurumassery, a former member of the Ernakulam district swimming team. The award was given for his adventurous fete in swimming the 2-km distance from the Ernakulam boat jetty to the Bolghatty Palace, with his hands and feet tied. The award, carrying a purse of Rs. 15,000 and a citation, would be presented to Mr. Kurumassery on July 15 at a function to be held in Thiruvananthapuram.

Honour for B.M. Suhara

The noted litterateur, B.M. Suhara, has been selected for the K. Balakrishnan Memorial Award instituted by the K. Balakrishnan Smaraka Samithi for 2004. The award committee chairman, T.J. Chandrachoodan, told reporters here today that the award comprising Rs. 10,001, a citation and a statuette would be presented to Ms. Suhara at a function to be held at the K. Balakrishnan Memorial in Pettah on July 16. Suhara was selected for the award in honour of her contribution to Malayalam literature, Prof. Chandrachoodan said.

`Legislation need of the hour'

KOZHIKODE JUNE 27. A national-level legislation on admissions to private medical colleges is needed, according to the Maharashtra Health Minister, Digvijay Khanvilkar. Inaugurating a symposium on `Practicality and necessity of united front politics', organised by the CKG Symposium Committee on the death anniversary of the freedom fighter and KPCC president of the undivided Congress, C.K. Govindan Nair here today, Mr. Khanvilkar called for a national policy on the matter of admissions to private medical colleges. "A policy that ensures that only the brightest get admissions (in these colleges) on the basis of merit should be framed", he said. Although he had great respect for the court verdict, it was unnecessary in this case to go to the court. The law could be framed at the Legislature itself, he suggested. Stressing that the youth in the country were moving in the wrong direction, Mr. Khanvilkar said that the need of the hour was to instil confidence in them.

`UPA policies being watched'

The LDF convener, Paloli Mohammedkutty, today said that the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) approach towards issues relating to Iraq and Palestine were being keenly watched. Inaugurating a meeting organised by the district Congress (S) committee to remember the contributions of the Congress leader, C.K. Govindan Nair here today, Mr. Mohammedkutty said that the previous NDA Government had surrendered to the imperialist forces on these issues. The Congress (S) State president, Ramachandran Kadannappally, presided over the meeting. Sulaiman Rawther and Karakulam Krishnapillai, Congress (S) State general secretaries, spoke.

Vanilla growers' meeting

A gathering of vanilla growers from Kerala and representatives of farmers from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will be held at the Paramount Tower here on June 29, under the aegis of All Kerala Vanilla Growers Association. The meeting will discuss the ways and means to combat the covert attempts being made by vested interests to bring about a fall in the price of raw vanilla beans and processed vanilla. A kg of processed vanilla fetched Rs. 30,000 earlier. Now, the price had dropped to Rs.10,000. Similar problems were also being faced with regard to the price of raw vanilla beans, the president pf the association, Benjamin Easaw, said. More details regarding the meeting can be had on phone numbers 9447426683 or 9447447060.

Special police team

KOCHI JUNE 27. A special team will be formed to consult the former police officers who have handled cases similar to the murders committed recently. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by the Director General of Police (DGP), P.K. Hormese Tharakan, in the city today. Senior officers of the police, Crime Branch and Special Branch attended the meeting that reviewed the progress of the investigation in the murders at Edappally, Kacheripadi and Mala. It is learnt that the DGP has asked to improve communication with resident associations for better crime prevention.

`Globalisation rules unfair'

The 92nd session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), recently concluded at Geneva, has demanded a change in the current rules of globalisation with a view to benefiting the global workforce at large. ``Many rules governing globalisation are unfair, the results unbalanced and the course unsustainable, but the potential is there,'' it noted. ``Change is possible. It is the common sense thing to do,'' the report of the Secretary General on 'Making decent work a global goal', pointed out.

It observed that the governance of globalisation must be based on universally-shared values and respect for human rights.

A fair globalisation that created opportunities for all should become a global goal to be pursued by every country and by the international community, it noted, according to the HMS national president, Thampan Thomas, who was among the 24-member Indian delegation which attended the session. - UNI

Plea to end cinema bandh

Thiruvananthapuram June 27. The Shiv Sena has urged the Government to initiate steps to find a solution to the crisis in the film industry in the State. In a statement issued here today, the Shiv Sena Kerala rajapramukh, M.S. Bhuvanachandran, pointed out that the State was losing revenues worth crores owing to the cinema bandh. The Shiv Sena leader said that even the nine theatres owned by the Government in the State were closed citing non-availability of film prints from distributors.

Global NRI meet

The second three-day Global NRI meet, being organised by the Global NRI Foundation, will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from August 6. A reception committee headed by the Dean, Faculty of Science of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, K.P. Rajappan Nair, has been constituted for organising the meet, according to a release from the foundation.

Survey on electronic meters

The Confederation of Consumer Vigilance Centre will conduct a survey on the working of electronic meters being installed by the Kerala State Electricity Board. A decision to this effect was decided at a symposium organised by the centre here today, said a release issued here today.

Painting classes

Chitrakalamandalam has invited applications from school and college students for training in painting and drawing. The classes will be on Saturdays and Sundays. Further details could be sought from Chitrakalamandalam, Sreekanteswaram East Road, Thakaraparambu, Thiruvananthapuram-23 or telephones: 2471311 or 2465942.

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