Preparations on for I-Day celebrationsKOCHI: Preparations are under way for Independence Day celebrations that will be held at the Ambedkar Stadium. A blueprint for the celebrations was prepared at a meeting convened by District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish. A parade, a band competition and patriotic songs will be part of the celebrations. Besides the police, Sea Cadets Corps, Naval NCC, Scouts and Guides and Junior Red Cross will be part of the parade, said a press release. Training for the parade will take place on August 11, 12 and 14 at the stadium. Sixteen awards will be given away to those who perform well in the parade in various sections. - Staff Reporter

Youth Hostels' Association DayKOCHI: Founder's Day celebrations of the Youth Hostels' Association will be held at Cochin Youth Hostel on August 26. The reception committee for the same will be formed at the Thrikakkara Youth Hostel hall on August 9 at 3 p.m. - Staff Reporter

Anti-war meetingKOCHI: Ernakulam chapter of the All India Anti-Imperialist Forum will organise an anti-war meeting at High Court jetty on August 8 to mark the Hiroshima Day. Cor Episcopa Thomas Kandathil will inaugurate the meeting. - Staff Reporter

Stock market classesKOCHI: The Capital Market Institute of the Cochin Stock Exchange will conduct classes on subjects like basics of stock market and how to invest in stocks for beginners. Classes, which will be held at Cochin Stock Exchange on August 12 at 10 a.m., will be free. There will be practical sessions and chances will be given to open depository accounts. Further details are available at phone numbers 3048521, 3048527 or 94471 55623. - Staff Reporter

Academic activitiesKOCHI: Activities of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetom for the current academic year were inaugurated by R. Sreelekha, Inspector General of Police and managing director of Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala. General secretary of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math Swami Poornamritanandapuri was present. - Staff Reporter

ElectedKOCHI: P.M. Mohammed Haneef, working president of Cochin Port Staff Association (CPSA) and general secretary of All India Port and Dock Workers' Federation, was elected to international committee of the port and dock section of the International Transport Workers Federation.