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Vacancies for B.Tech. courses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM SEPT. 26. There are vacancies available under the management quota in Electronics and Communication, Computer Science and Information Technology branches for the B.Tech. courses in the engineering colleges under the Institute of Human Resource Development, at Kallooppara, Karunagappally, Attingal, Cherthala, Kottarakkara and Poonjar. Eligible candidates seeking admission to the vacant seats may contact the Principal of the college concerned with relevant documents on September 29, 30 or October 1, for completing their admission formalities. They will be required to pay the annual tuition fee of Rs. 38,700 at the time of admission. Students who had not appeared for the entrance test conducted by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations or failed to figure in the rank list drawn up subsequently, will also be considered, provided they are otherwise eligible for admission.

Reallotment for MBBS/BDS

The procedures for admission to the MBBS and BDS courses for the current year will be completed on September 30. Those cancelling the admission after this date would have to pay a sum of Rs. 1 lakh as compensation to the Government. All the higher options should be cancelled before September 30. The fourth round of allotment of seats to the MBBS/BDS courses will be held here on September 28. Subsequent to this, students reallotted a different course or college will have to complete their admission formalities before September 30, according to the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations.

SFI plans march

Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) will march to taluk headquarters in the State on September 28, in protest against the Government's "inaction" on the problems in the self-financing professional education front. According to a press note issued here today, the Chief Minister, through various circulars, has gone against the promises given to the student leaders by the Government during the discussions held on August 5. In such a situation, strong agitations against the Government had become inevitable, the release added.

AKG birth centenary seminar

The AKG Centre for Research and Studies will organise a seminar on `Class Struggle in the Era of Globalisation: Lessons from AKG', in Thiruvananthapuram on October 3 to mark the birth centenary of A.K. Gopalan. The seminar would be addressed by Samar Mukherjee, V.S. Achuthanandan, Pinarayi Vijayan, E. Balanandan, P. Karunakaran, P.K.R. Warrier, O.N.V. Kurup, P.K. Chandranandan, A. Kanaran, N. Ram, Sashikumar, K. Gopalakrishnan and A.K. Raghavan Nambiar. The main presentation would be by the economist, Prabhat Patnaik. One representative each from among farmers, labourers, students, youth, women, Adivasis and mass organisations would respond to the presentation, an AKG Centre release said here today.

FCI employees to strike work

The Kerala State FCI Workers Federation is planning to organise a Statewide strike against the move to close down FCI depots. It would organise a convention in Thrissur on October 17 to finalise its agitational programme. The federation general secretary, E. Shanavaskhan, said in a statement that two-thirds of the depots had already been dosed down. Besides, the FCI had decided to entrust distribution of wheat to private monopolies. This would lead to closure of all depots, affecting more than 4,000 families of workers and others associated with operation of the depots. The move is also intended to bypass a court order that the workers should be recognised as employees.

Campaign on grama sabhas

The Swaraj Kerala, a forum for Gandhian societal perspective and action, will spearhead a campaign to strengthen grama sabhas from October 2 to 11. The objective is the creation of self-sustained and self-reliant panchayats. Various voluntary and other organisations would participate in the campaign.

Assistance to ex-servicemen

The Sainik Welfare Board will provide assistance from the Amalgamated fund to ex-servicemen staying in old age homes. The Director of Sainik Welfare said in an official release that ex-servicemen may contact the directorate or district offices to get the assistance.

Website on local bodies

The Department of Local Self-Government has launched a website with about one-lakh pages, giving information about the department and 1,215 local self-Governments in the State. The website carries information on the formation of each local body, statistics, election data, telephone numbers and general information. The site also has eight volumes of study documents on the Panchayati Raj system, constitutional provisions and full text of Acts and rules related to local self-Governments, reports of commissions on decentralised planning, studies, e-book, maps, photos and videos. The site, developed under the technical supervision of the Information Kerala Mission, is the largest site in Malayalam, an official release said.

Change in fee `impractical'

KOZHIKODE SEPT. 26. The Education Minister, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, today said that it was "impractical" to change fees this year for the management quota seats in self-financing engineering colleges that were controlled by quasi-Government bodies. Talking to reporters here, the Minister said that counselling for almost 95 per cent of the seats in these colleges had been completed. The Central legislation with regard to fee structure was expected next year, he said adding that otherwise, the Government would go in for a common formula next year.

`Resist bank takeover move'

KOCHI SEPT. 26. A convention of shareholders, employees and customers of Federal Bank held under the aegis of the Federal Bank Protection Council here on Saturday passed a unanimous resolution to resist any move by the ICICI Bank to take control of Federal Bank. The resolution urged the shareholders to vote against ICICI Bank's candidates in the Director Board at the annual general meeting of Federal Bank to be held on September 27.

The convention also urged the Union Finance Minister and the RBI to put a stop to steps undertaken by any bank to take control of another bank. K.Chandran Pillai, MP, K. Mohammad Ali, MLA, Saju Paul, MLA, K.P. Chackochan, Federal Bank Shareholders' Association vice-president, S. Sivasankara Pillai, CPI central committee member, P.M. Joseph, P.V. Mathew and P.N. Nandakumaran Nair, Federal Bank officers' association leaders, spoke.

The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, has already written to the Union Government to take appropriate steps to stop the takeover, according to the representatives of bank employees.

Yuvajana Vedi plans march

KOCHI SEPT. 26. Yuvajana Vedi will take out protest marches to the residence of the Minister for Public Works, M.K. Muneer, on October 9 in protest against the move to build an Expressway. The march to the Minister's official residence in Thiruvananthapuram will be led by the Yuvajana Vedi State president, P.S. Rajagopalan, and the march at the Minister's native place in Kozhikode will be led by the Yuvajana Vedi State secretary, K.G. Santhosh Kumar. The march to the ministerial residence will be inaugurated by the CPI(ML) Red Flag State secretary, P.C. Unnichekkan, on October 9.

Meet to discuss water crisis

PALAKKAD SEPT. 26. The Water Resources Minister, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, has convened a meeting of MPs, MLAs and presidents of local self-Governments at the Town Hall here on Monday to discuss about the drinking and irrigation water supply schemes of the district.

Some parts of the district are facing drinking and irrigation water problems. The district had faced drought for the last couple of years. The farmers of Chittur taluk are faced with the problem of non-availability of irrigation water from the inter-State Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP).

MBA course inauguration

KANNUR SEPT. 26. The first batch of the MBA programme being introduced by the Institute of Cooperative Management, Kannur, (ICMK) in collaboration with the Kannur University will be inaugurated at a function on the ICMK campus at Parassinikkadavu here on September 27. A press release by the ICMK here said that the secretary of the National Council for Cooperative Training, New Delhi, L.D. Ahuja, would inaugurate the first batch. The ICMK has been in the field of management development by way of designing management education and training programmes for the last one decade, the release said.

Office-bearers elected

Thrissur SepT. 26. C. Vijayan and M. Madhavankutty have been elected president and secretary respectively of the Thiruvambadi Devaswom. M.C.S. Menon and P. Chandrasekharan are the new vice-president and joint secretary respectively. The other members of the executive committee are P. Achyut Kumar, M. Ambujaksha Menon, Thiyyadi Balakrishnan, Deepa Menon, T. Gopakumar, T. M. Gopalakrishnan, M. Gopalakrishna Menon, Kanakappilly Gopinathan, K. Madhavan, Puliyangottu Radhakrishnan, M. Rajendran, V. Ramankutty, P. Unnikrishna Menon, P. Venugopalan and K. Vijayaraghavan. The term of the committee is three years.

Chief Minister to hold adalat

KOCHI SEPT. 26 . The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, will hold an adalat in the district on October 19, as part of his mass contact programme. The complaints and memoranda for the adalat will be received at the Collectorate till 5 p.m. September 30.

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