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Vinod elected ABVP State president

Thrissur: A. Vinod of Malappuram and V.P. Rajeevan of Kozhikode were elected State president and secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) respectively at its 25th State conference here. The other office-bearers are M.J. Jayashree, P.P. Rajesh, P. Rajeev (vice-presidents), E.P. Ashamol, M. Anand, K. Rakesh, P. Sudheer (joint secretaries) and S. Manu (treasurer). The two-day State conference concluded here on Sunday. - Staff Reporter

Rock-climbing camp at Neyyar Dam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An all-India rock-climbing training camp is being conducted by 15 Kerala Bn NCC, Thiruvalla, under the auspices of NCC Group Headquarters, Kottayam, at Neyyar Dam, near here. The cadets are being taught the techniques of river crossing, vertical climbing, also known as `jhummar' climbing; rock climbing; and rappelling, according to a press release quoting the camp commandant, Lt.Col. Joy Choudhury. As many as 156 senior division cadets and 92 junior cadets from all over the country are attending the camp, which began on November 4. It will end on Tuesday. - Special Correspondent

Madhu Dandavate mourned

KOCHI: The Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) national president Thampan Thomas has condoled the death of Madhu Dandavate, veteran Socialist leader and former Union Minister. Mr. Thomas, in his condolence message, said that Dandavate had made practical the message of Gandhiji on the simplicity and integrity of life through his own life. He was a close friend and guide, who had been closely associated with the HMS, even without occupying any office, Mr. Thomas said. - Staff Reporter

Inter-medicos debate

KOCHI: College of Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, is conducting an all-Kerala inter-medicos debate, Amrita Samvad '05 on November 19 at AIMS, Kochi. The topic for the debate is `Technological advancements - do they distort the human face of medicine.' - Staff Reporter

Elected CBEU office-bearers

KANNUR: M. Venugopal and S. Ramakrishnan were elected State president and general secretary respectively of the Canara Bank Employees' Union (CBEU) on the concluding day of the union's State conference here on Sunday. The other office-bearers of the CBEU are A.P. Kunhamu, C.D. Jossan and P.S. Raveendranath (vice-presidents). The conference ended with a warning of intensive agitation against the merger of public sector banks. - Staff Reporter

Man knifed to death KOLLAM: Mohandas, 44, was knifed to death on Sunday afternoon at Punthalathazham in the city. The police said his wife's brother Banarjee, who is absconding, committed the murder. The accused saw his father being assaulted by Mohandas over a property dispute, and this led to the murder. The body will be handed over to relatives after post-mortem at the district hospital on Monday. The Kollam East Police have registered a case. — Staff Reporter

Yajna performed

Thrissur: `Maharudra Maha Yajna' was performed by 150 Vedic scholars from different parts of south India at the Pazhayanadakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple here on Sunday. According to the organising committee, the yajna was being performed for world peace. "This is the 52nd Maharudra Yajna being performed here," said a committee member. The rites began with the Maha Ganapathy homam at 4 a.m. Recital of the Taittariya Upanishad followed. The holy water for the `kalasas' was brought from the Vadakkunnatha Temple. — Staff Reporter

Students injured

Thrissur: Thirty students of a private tuition centre suffered minor injuries when the bus in which they were travelling collided with a lorry at Chalakudy on Sunday morning. The students were returning from an excursion to Bangalore. — Staff Reporter

Body found

Thrissur: The body of Shaju, 27, of Oravakkode, Nenmara, was found on platform one after the Bangalore-Kanyakumari Express left the Thrissur Railway Station at 8.45 a.m. on Sunday. The body was handed over to relatives after post-mortem, the railway police said. — Staff Reporter

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