Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The International Youth Hostel Federation conference will begin in Kochi on December 6. Nearly 25 delegates representing 85 countries will participate. The conference will be held at the Bolghatty Palace Hotel.

The delegates will be given a public reception at the government youth hostel at Thrikkakara on December 8 at 5.30 p.m. The Shyam S. Prabidhini award instituted by the Youth Hostels Association Greater Cochin chapter will be presented to Santhosh George Kulangara on the occasion. The fifth national Munnar tea garden trekking 2008 will begin on January 25. For details, contact telephone number: 9961213737.