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TKM College

to reopen tomorrow

KOLLAM July 31. The first year degree classes at the T.K.M. College of Arts and Science College, which was closed indefinitely following violence on the campus, will reopen on Monday. All first year degree students should come to the college at 10 a.m. along with their parents, the principal, A. K. Hashim, today said.

Financial aid

The district unit of the State Information Technology Centre (SITC) has announced a scheme to provide financial assistance to the youth from the weaker section of society to pursue computer education. At a press conference here the SITC president, S. Unnikrishna Kurup, and the general secretary, I. Jalaluddin, said the unit had allocated Rs. 5 lakhs for the purpose. The scheme is part of the SITC programme to give a people's orientation to computer education, which has tremendous employment potential. Those interested should the application with copies of the ration card showing income, their educational qualification and a recommendation letter from the members of a local body. The applications should be submitted by August 20 to the general secretary, SITC, Kollam-691021. Details could be availed on phone number 3092777.

SBT hikes FCNR interest

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM JULY 31. The State Bank of Travancore hiked the interest on FCNR term deposits in US dollars, Pound Sterling and the Euro for periods less than two years with effect from today. The revised rates of deposits for one year to less than two years are 2.18 per cent for US dollars, 5.13 per cent for Pound Sterling and 2.14 per cent for the Euro.

Inter-Church Council protest

The Inter-Church Council for Education has criticised political parties and students organisations which opposed the recent Supreme Court order on self-financing professional colleges. In a statement today it said that the opposition could be seen only as a challenge to the democratic culture. It was also a threat to the democratic administrative set up and rule of law. The growth of a culture of threat and violence was an indication of the weakening of democracy. The Council deplored what it described as the bid by some sections to impose their will on others by silencing the media, attacking the police and threatening the law courts.

Foundation day

The two-day 40th founding day celebrations of the All India Central Bank Officers Federation got under way in Thiruvananthapuram today. A blood donation camp organised in connection with it was inaugurated by the Mayor, J. Chandra. It was followed by a seminar on `Banking habits among students'. The highlight of the seminar was an interaction with the students. Trade union leaders will speak at a meeting being held tomorrow.

Federation opposes fish import

The Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation has protested against the clearance given by the Centre to import varieties of fish found in the coastal waters of the southern States and Goa from Thailand exempting customs duty. Its president, T. Peter, said in a statement today that it would adversely affect the traditional and small fishermen. It would also affect the fisherwomen engaged in the vending of fish. He asked the Centre not to forget that the other countries like the USA were at the same time imposing import duty on prawn exports from India.

Row over KSEB contract

KOCHI JULY 31. The Kerala State Electricity Board Petty Contractors and Contract Line Workers' Union has alleged that the work for laying the 11KV underground cable was being done at an exorbitant cost. About 50 km. of cable had already been laid in Ernakulam and Kozhikode by using the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) machine, the representatives of the union said at a press conference here today. The HDD work incurs about seven times the cost of manual contract work, according to them. They said the new contract had deprived them of their work. Alleging corruption in the deal, they demanded that an inquiry be ordered into the awarding of the contract. K.P.Kosalaramadas, K.P.Baburaj, A.J.Bastian, N.J.Albert and others participated in the press meet.

B.Sc. Nursing results

The results of the entrance test for B. Sc. Nursing courses under the self-financing institutes will be available from August 3. A press release from the Association of the Management of Self-Financing Nursing Colleges of Kerala said here today that all its members would declare the results of the entrance test on Tuesday.

Services resumed

THRISSUR JULY 31. As the strike by the private bus operators' entered the sixth day today some of the buses resumed operations in Thrissur district though a vast majority of them are still remaining off the road.

Vehicle stir

on Tuesday

THRISSUR JULY 31. The CITU has called for a vehicle hartal in the district on Tuesday to protest against the police decision to seize the vehicles which brought the DYFI activists for the violent march in the town on Wednesday. The CITU leaders said only two-wheelers have been exempted from the strike. The traders have reportedly called for a State-wide hartal on Tuesday to express solidarity with the striking bus owners, and now that the CITU has called for a vehicle strike it will almost be a bandh in the district on that day.

`Give relief to port workers'

ALAPPUZHA JULY 31. The Alappuzha Thuramukha Tozhilali Samrakshana Samithy demanded that the former workers of Alappuzha port be granted an aid from the Chief Minister's relief fund. In a statement here today, the samithy secretary, B. Ansary, said while the workers had welcomed the efforts of the State Government to revive the Alappuzha port as a marina port, the Government should help the former workers of the port who had lost their job. Mr. Ansary demanded that the port workers be given free ration till the work of the marina was completed.

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