Flower show from today

PATHANAMTHITTA: A flower show, organised by the Kozhencherry Agri-Horti Society, Agriculture Department and Kozhencherry grama

panchayat, will be held at the panchayat stadium in Kozhencherry from January 29 to February 4. Mar Thoma Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostum will inaugurate it at 10.30 am on Monday. Society president Jnanamma Thomas Muthoot will preside. K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA, will inaugurate the pavilion. Aranmula MLA K.C. Rajagopal will open the agriculture exhibition.

Course in networking

Kozhikode: A short-term course in networking, LAN implementation and administration will be organised at IBM Advanced Career Education Centre at National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C) campus, near here. The minimum eligibility is pass in Plus Two. Only those with working knowledge of computers need apply. Those interested should apply before January 31. For details, contact NITC IBM Ace Centre, ph: 0495 228 6526.

Elephant collapses

THRISSUR: An elephant taken to Manathala for the `chandanakkudam' festival collapsed at Erattapuzha on Sunday. The elephant, Mahadevan, 43, owned by Chethallur Babu of Perinthalmanna, collapsed after being chained near the Erattupuzha Mohiyuddin mosque. Animal lovers alleged that the elephant was not fed properly. A team of veterinarians led by P.B. Giridas administered glucose. After two-and-a-half hours of treatment, costing Rs.20,000, the elephant got back on its feet. The veterinarians advised a week's rest and vitamin-rich food for the elephant. Staff Reporter

147 marriages held at Guruvayur

THRISSUR: 147 marriages were held at the Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple on Sunday. 750 `choroonu' ceremonies were also held. Thousands also offered prayers at the temple. Staff Reporter

Kerala Congress (Secular) meet

KOCHI: Kerala Congress (Secular) will organise State-level leaders' meet on Monday. The meet will be held at Bharat Tourist Home. Staff Reporter

Silver jubilee celebrated

KOCHI: The silver jubilee of `Kripa,' a training and rehabilitation centre for the physically affected, was celebrated on Sunday. A souvenir was released on the occasion. Staff Reporter

Guptan Nair Award for Leelavathi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Critic and writer M. Leelavathi has been chosen for the first S. Guptan Nair Award. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.10,000, citation and a medal. The former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran would present the award at a function here on February 6, first anniversary of Prof. Guptan Nair's death. Special Correspondent

Award for Valiathan

KANNUR: M.S. Valiathan, former Director of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, will be presented the A.K. Nair Memorial Award instituted by the Mumbai-based Leela Group of Companies and the North Malabar Chamber of Commerce here. Leela Group chairman Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair will present the award to Dr. Valiathan at a function at the Chamber Hall here on January 29. Staff Reporter

`No plan to hike Supplyco prices'

PALAKKAD: Minister for Civil Supplies C. Divakaran said the Government had no plans to hike the prices of essential commodities sold through the Civil Supplies Corporation's Maveli stores . Inaugurating a Maveli store at Chalavara near here on Sunday the Minister said the Government was taking steps to streamline the public distribution system. Staff Reporter

Award for space scientist

PATHANAMTHITTA:The Melpadom Attumalil Georgekutty Merit Award, instituted by the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, was presented to George Joseph, space scientist and Director of the Dehra Dun-based Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific, in Thiruvalla on Friday. Mar Thoma Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostum, presented the award. Isaac Mar Peelexinos Metropolitan spoke. Dr. Joseph, a pioneer in satellite-based imaging sensors in the country, delivered the keynote address. Staff Reporter