Passports issued

KOCHI: The Regional Passport Office, Kochi, has processed and issued passports for applications received till January 12, 2007. Passports have been despatched in the week ending March 23, 2007, according to the Regional Passport Officer. Staff Reporter

Award for K.R. Gouri

KOCHI: Former Minister K.R. Gouri has been selected for this year's P.S. John Endowment Award instituted by the Ernakulam Press Club.

The award is being given to persons who have made comprehensive contribution to Kerala society. The award, instituted in memory of one of the founding members and former president of the Ernakulam Press Club and former bureau chief of Malayala Manorama P.S. John, carries a citation and Rs. 10,000. Staff Reporter

New Bolero launched

KOCHI: Mahindra & Mahindra has launched the new Bolero, the second generation of the country's most popular sports-utility vehicle. The new Bolero has been styled with a wide array of interior and exterior features. The new Bolero is competitively priced, ranging from Bolero DI BS II at Rs.4.52 lakh to Bolero SLX BS II at Rs.5.72 lakh (ex showroom, Kochi), according to a press release. Special Correspondent

Grand Master award

KOCHI: Geeyem Motors, the flagship Chevrolet dealership of General Motors India, has bagged the Asia Pacific Grand Master award for 2006 for the fourth time in a row, said a press release. At a function held at Sydney, Australia, Babu Moopan, CMD of Geeyem Motors, received the award from Nick Reilly, Vice-President, General Motors Corporation. Jim Raymond, executive director, Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing, General Motors Asia Pacific, and Rajeev Chabba, managing director, General Motors India, were also present. Special Correspondent