CSI office-bearersKOCHI: G. Viswanathan has been elected the chairman of the Computer Society of India, Cochin Chapter for 2006-2007. The new secretary is M.D. Samrajesh. Biju M.G. was elected the treasurer. Staff Reporter

Certificate courseKOCHI: Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery, will conduct a certificate course for Creche/Play School teachers in the first week of May. Those interested in attending the course may get the details on phone: 2550190. Staff Reporter

Reception committeeKOCHI: A reception committee for the Shathachandikayaagam, to be held from May 19 to 21 at Ernakulathappan ground, has been formed. Swami Poornandapuri of the Amritanandamayi Math is the patron of the committee. K.P. Radhakrishna Menon, former Ombudsman, is the chairman of the committee while Kaithapram Vishwanathan is the vice-chairman. Staff Reporter

SeminarKOCHI: Writer Kamala Das will be the chief guest at the valedictory session of the seminar on the Portrayal of woman in the Literature of Western Regional Indian Languages in the Last Two Decades. The programme will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday at the International School of Photonics auditorium at Cochin University of Science and Technology. Staff Reporter

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