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Government fees to stay

THIRUVANANTHAPUARM Jan. 16. The Government has issued orders stipulating that students who had secured admissions to various self-financing colleges from the Government quota in 2003-'04 need pay fees only at rates applicable to Government college students during the subsequent years. An official press note said today that the order would be applicable to Government quota students in self-financing medical, dental, siddha, homoeo, pharmacy and nursing colleges. The order has been issued in view of memorandums received by the Health Minister, K. K. Ramachandran, complaining that the self-financing college managements were demanding fees at high rates fixed by the Justice K.T. Thomas Commission for students who had secured admission in the 2004-'05 batch, the release said.

`Go deep into Kiliroor case'

The CPI(M) State secretary, Pinarayi Vijayan, has asked the Government to bring to light the identity of persons ``who had worked behind the scene to push to death Shari S. Nair, prime witness in the Kiliroor sex racket case.'' Citing news reports to the effect that chemical examination had revealed presence of metal content beyond permissible limits in Shari's body, Mr. Vijayan said that the reports strengthened the suspicion that Shari's death was a case of planned murder. If the Government was not prepared to bring those who had worked behind the scene in the girl's death, it would have to face the wrath of the masses, he said.

RSP criticises Government

The RSP State secretary, T. J. Chandrachoodan, has accused the Government of having gone back on its word to provide free fishing gear to the tsunami-affected fisherfolk in the State. In a statement here on Saturday, Prof. Chandrachoodan said that at an all-party conference convened to discuss the relief measures, the Government had promised to provide fishing gear free to the fisherfolk who had lost their implements in the tsunami . Referring to the Government's decision to sanction housing loans to the tsunami victims on the basis of certificates issued by caste organisations, he said the decision would hurt the State's secular fabric and lead to large-scale corruption.

MBA admission

Candidates seeking admission to the full-time MBA programme at the department of business administration, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, should have a valid score in the Management Aptitude Test conducted by the All Indian Management Association, a press note said.

Tree felling: truck confiscated

KOLLAM Jan. 16. The Achenkovil range of the Forest Department on Saturday confiscated a Tamil Nadu registered truck that had been used by an inter-State gang for transporting logs illegally felled from the forests under the range in June last. The range officer of the division, G. Prasad, said that in the operation, four rosewood trees worth Rs. 4 lakhs and two teak trees worth Rs. 1.5 lakhs had been felled and transported to Parasala. Though six persons involved in the operation had been arrested, the truck used for the same remained elusive. The truck was produced before the Divisional Forest Officer to be confiscated under Section 61 (A) of the same Act.

Bank manager bags award

Kozhikode Jan. 16. Catholic Syrian Bank manager, Lisy, has been selected for the best budding novelist award instituted by Mathrubhoomi books. Her novel ``Mumbai,'' depicting the real life story of the inhabitants in the commercial capital of the country, has been selected for the award from among 332 entries, the selection committee chairman and writer, M. Mukundan, said in a release here today. - UNI

High Court complex opening

Kochi Jan. 1 6. The new complex of the Kerala High Court will be inaugurated here on February 11. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, met the Chief Justice, B. Subashan Reddy, and held discussions with him in this regard on Saturday. Later, talking to reporters, Mr. Chandy said there was no `secret' meeting and the discussions centred around the inauguration of the new complex. It has not yet been decided who would inaugurate the new complex, built at an estimated cost of Rs. 100 crores, he said. The proposal to convert the present complex, housing the Kerala High Court, into a judicial academy to train magistrates would be decided at the next Cabinet meeting, he said. The Advocate General, M. Ratna Singh, was also present. - PTI

17 passengers denied clearance

Nedumbassery JAN. 16. Seventeen passengers bound for Dubai were denied passage by the emigration wing at the Cochin International Airport after some discrepancies were detected in their travelling documents. These passengers, who were from Maharashtra, came here by the Air India flight. All of them were having visiting visas and were about to take the Air India flight, AI 935, bound for Dubai at 1.50 p.m. They were denied passage after the emigration officials found some discrepancies in their return tickets. Passengers travelling abroad on visit visas are expected to produce return tickets for securing clearance from the Protector of Emigrants (PoE). Details of these tickets, including ticket number, will be furnished in the clearance issued by the PoE. However, the emigration officials found that the details of the return tickets produced for clearance from PoE varied from the tickets produced at the airport, following which they were denied passage.

Flower show

PATHANAMTHITTA JAN. 16. The flower show, Thiruvalla Pushpamela-2005, organised by the Horticulture Development Society, will be held at the Public Stadium in Thiruvalla from January 18 to 23. In a statement issued here today, the society president, Prasad Thomas Kodiyatt and the convener, Roji Kattassery, said that the local MLA, Elizabeth Mammen, would inaugurate the flower show at a meeting to be held at the public stadium at 5 p.m. on January 18. A colourful proclamation procession will also be held in Thiruvalla town on January 18, Mr. Thomas said.

Medical camp

THRISSUR JAN. 16. The Ayyanthole Lions Club and the Sitaram Ayurveda Hospital are organising a free ayurveda medical camp on January 26. Six ayurvedic experts will examine those with ailments including cervical spondylitis and periarthritis at the camp at Sitaram Hospital from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who want to register can contact on phone number 0487-2443891, according to a release from the organisers.

Ayurveda medical camp

THRISSUR JAN. 16. The Ayyanthole Lions Club and the Sitaram Ayurveda Hospital are organising a free ayurveda medical camp on January 26. Six ayurvedic experts will examine those with ailments including cervical spondylitis and periarthritis at the camp at Sitaram Hospital from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who want to register can contact on phone number 0487-2443891.

Spiritual discourse

Gita Tatwasameeksha, the spiritual discourse series by Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha based on the `slokas' of Bhagavad Gita, was inaugurated here today by the Speaker, Therambil Ramakrishnan. The discourse this time is covering the tenth chapter of Bhagavad Gita. It will continue till January 23.

Elephant runs amok

Kottayam Jan. 16 . Tension prevailed at Pampady here today after an elephant ran amok. The pachyderm knocked down a police constable while he was feeding it. Later, it uprooted a few trees. Later, the mahout brought the tusker under control. — UNI

Body washed

ashore

Thiruvananthapuram Jan. 16. One more body, believed to be that of a victim of the tsunami, was found at Kattoor along the Alappuzha coast today. The police said the body was in a decomposed state and that it could not be ascertained whether it was that of a man or a woman. — PTI

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