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EC annuls decision
The Muvattupuzha municipal secretary's decision to accept the resignation of one of the elected councillors was annulled by the State Election Commissioner today, following the councillor's contention that it was `extracted' from him `using threats'. The councillor P.G. Suresh Kumar, in his deposition before the State Election Commissioner, said that the municipal chairman, some of the CPI(M) councillors and certain local leaders had forced him to write the resignation letter using threats. The letter was handed over to the secretary by the chairman himself. As per the Kerala Municipalities Act, a councillor, if he wants to resign, has to submit his resignation to the secretary in person. Or, he can send it by post after having it attested by a gazetted officer. In this case, the municipal chairman had acted as an intermediary, thereby making the resignation letter invalid, the State Election Commissioner said in a press release.
Scope of Ayurveda stressed
Varkala Radhakrishnan, MP, has drawn the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy's attention to the immense potential for developing Kerala into a `world destination centre in Ayurveda' by utilising the financial assistance available from the Centre. In a letter to the Chief Minister today, he said the Union Government had increased the Plan allocation for Ayurveda substantially. Kerala, where this traditional system of treatment is most advanced, deserves a major chunk of the allocation. He urged Mr. Chandy to submit to the Centre a detailed project to make the best use of the opportunity. Along with his letter, Mr. Radhakrishnan sent the outline of such a project to Mr. Chandy so that the State Government could work on the details in consultation with experts in the field.
The BSNL will release on November 17 the connections to those who had booked for prepaid (Excel) connections on September 1 and 2. As many as 52,144 persons had booked on those two days. They can collect their SIM cards from the booking centre or the distributor concerned by producing the original booking coupon and identity card. In all 2.2 lakh bookings were made from Septembrer1 to 8. The SIM cards for the remaining persons will be released in phases during this and the coming months. Recharge coupons in "3+1 Festival Offer" have been made available in all BSNL sales counters and to the distributors. Under this scheme, one coupon is given free when three recharge coupons are purchased together. The offer is valid only up to November15. These coupons are to be used before December 31.
SBI's Diwali offer
The State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced the interest on housing, car, personal and festival loans in connection with Diwali. The reduced rates are 7.25 per cent for housing loans for 20 years, 8 and 8.50 per cent for car loans for three and three to seven years respectively, 11 per cent for personal loans for four years and festival loan for one year and 10.50 per cent for two wheeler loans for three years. It will be applicable to those who take loans from November 8 to 15.
Honour for architect
B.S. Bhooshan, a Karnataka-based Malayali architect has been selected for the Indian Institute of Architects' award for excellence in architecture in the residential architecture category this year. It is a house designed by him in Indiranagar in Bangalore which won for him the prestigious award. He is currently visiting professor of architecture in the BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore. He is a recipient of several national awards.
KTDC Sabarimala service
The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) proposes to run bus services from Thiruvananthapuram to Sabarimala, as in the past, during the coming season also. The services will commence on Novembere16. Advance reservation can be made at the Tourist Reception Centre at Thampanoor. The service which will leave at 9 p.m. every day will return by 8 p.m. the next day. As the service is being operated with luxury coaches, the fare is Rs.350 per head.
The interview scheduled to be held in the Kollam District PSC Office for the post of Staff Nurse in the Insurance Medical Service Department on November 8 has been postponed to November 12 because of the hartal called by the BJP on that day to protest against the hike in the prices of petroleum products. There is, however, no change in the interviews scheduled to be held in the Wayanad District PSC Office on November 8.
The last date for remitting the rubber cultivators share of Rs.1,000 for 2003-04 to the price stabilisation fund is being extended to November 30. An official press note said today that this was being done on the basis of the request of the cultivators.
Man kills pregnant wife
A pregnant woman was hacked to death at Rajakkad in Idukki today by her husband, the police said. Shybi (26) was killed by Shelji (31) of Thekkukanam, near Rajakkad, on Saturday morning following a quarrel. Later, the man along with his elder son came to the house of a neighbour and informed them of his act. The body of the woman was found in a mutilated state. The police have registered a case and took him into custody.
Exhibition on diabetes
The Amrita Diabetic Welfare Association will host a three-day exhibition on diabetes at the Ernakulam Town Hall from November 11. The exhibition will highlight various aspects of diabetes and latest treatment processes involving insulin pumps and transplantation of pancreas. Quiz competitions and debates will also be organised.
A seminar on `Eco-femisim' will be organised by the Women's Cell of Providence Women's College on November 10. Dr. Janaky Sreedharan, Dr. Mini Prasad, Dr. R. Viswanathan and Dr. T.K. Anandy will be the resource persons, the College Principal said in a press release here today.
The Tamil Sangham will conduct indoor games for its members at the Calicut Co-operative Bank auditorium, Kallai Road, at 10 a.m. on November 7. A special course on `Leadership in daily life' will also be conducted at 3 p.m. on the same day, according to a press release here today.
Facility for the payment of telephone bills will be functional at the Koothuparamba telephone exchange from November 11, according to a press release by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in Kannur.
Mobile and land phone bills as well as post-due date bills will be accepted at the online counter, the release said. The counter will have the facility to issue duplicate bills.
The BSNL here will hold a telecom adalat in the last week of November to settle the pending complaints and grievances of its subscribers in the Kannur and Kasaragod districts and Mahe. Complaints typed or in written neatly by hand with required details should be sent to K.C. Varkey, Public Relations Officer, Office of the General Manager (Telecom District), Thavakkara, Kannur.
Award giving function postponed
The Malankara Mar Thoma Church has postponed the function to give the Mar Thoma Church Award to November 10 in view of the hartal on November 8. This year's recipient is Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, ISRO Chairman.The Mar Thoma Metropolitan, Philipose Mar Chrisostum, will present the award, comprising Rs. 1 lakh and a citation, to Dr. Nair at a function to be held at the Church Council Hall at 3 p.m. on November 10.
Air fare reduced
Air India has reduced the fares for its Gulf sector services. The fares have been lowered by 15 to 25 per cent following a drop in passenger traffic. The reduced fares will be in force till December 15. A heavy outflow of passengers to the Gulf region is usually experienced during the months of August and September. It is now common practice among airline companies, including Air India, to hike the fares during this period. The fares are hiked to earn maximum returns. However, the passenger traffic drops considerably with the schools in the Gulf countries reopening by mid-September. With the occupancy percentage dropping, airline companies roll back the hike in fares.
The Amrita Diabetic Welfare Association will host a three-day exhibition on diabetes at the Ernakulam Town Hall from November 11. The exhibition will highlight various aspects of diabetes and latest treatment processes involving insulin pumps and transplantation of pancreas. Quiz competitions and debates will also be organised. A canteen serving snacks specially made for diabetic patients will be another highlight of the programme. Cultural programmes will be held in the evenings. The event is being organised to coincide with the Diabetes Day that falls on November 14.
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