Achuthanandan's intervention sought

Kochi: K.V. Thomas, MLA, has sought the intervention of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan for ensuring the timely completion of the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme for Kochi. The Union Government allotted Rs.149 crore for the programme. The project is to be completed in 2008, Prof. Thomas pointed out in a memorandum. - Staff Reporter

Tax compounding for gold dealers

Kochi: Gold dealers who wish to opt for the compounding system of payment of tax for 2006-07 should file their applications on or before November 30. Late submissions without sufficient cause would not be accepted, said a statement issued by the Commercial Taxes Deputy Commissioner, Ernakulam. - Staff Reporter

Painting competition for school students

Kochi: Sivagiri Vidyaniketan School, Aluva, will organise a painting and drawing competition for students on November 25 on its main campus. Rolling trophies and prizes will be presented to schools scoring maximum points. Merit certificates and prizes will be awarded to the winners. More details can be had from the school (phone: 2626490). - Staff Reporter

National youth pastoral conference

KOCHI: The Indian Catholic Youth Movement will organise a national youth pastoral conference and strategic planning workshop here from November 26 to 30. Director of Kerala Catholic Youth Movement director Fr. Sebastian Puthen said here on Wednesday that discussions on evolving a national youth policy would be held on the occasion. Delegates from various parts of the country would attend the conference. - Staff Reporter

Chakkulathukavu Pongala festival

KOCHI: The Pongala Mahotsavam will be held at Sree Bhagavathy Temple at Chakkulathukavu on December 4. Various rituals would be held as part of the festival, K.K. Gopalakrishnan Nair, president of the temple development samithi, said here on Wednesday. All arrangements were made for the smooth conduct of the festival, he said. - Staff Reporter