Warm send-off to PresidentKOCHI: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was given a warm send-off at the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery on Wednesday at the end of his two-day visit to the State. The President left for New Delhi. Fisheries Minister S. Sarma presented the President with an album of pictures of the visit, prepared by the Information and Public Relations Department. Governor R.L. Bhatia; Kerala High Court Chief Justice V.K. Bali; Mr. Sarma; Lonappan Nambadan, MP; Jose Thettayil, A.M. Yousuf, K. Babu, all MLAs; Chief Secretary Lissie Jacob; DGP Raman Srivastava; and District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish were present. Staff Reporter

KSEB pay day on FridayTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Employees of the Kerala State Electricity Board will get their pay packets for this month on December 22, ahead of the usual date , in view of Christmas. Part-time contingency and `CLR' workers on the monthly payroll too will receive the wages on that day, KSEB said in a press release. KSEB pensioners and family pensioners will start receiving the pensions for the month from December 23 onwards. Special Correspondent

Chief Minister gets President's name wrongThrissur: Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan got President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's name wrong at a function here on Wednesday. In his address at the valedictory function of programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the State, the Chief Minister referred to the President as `Abdul Kalam Azad.' Staff Reporter

Pilgrim diesPATHANAMTHITTA: A 26-year-old Sabarimala pilgrim, identified as Mohanavel, of Kavara Street, VOC Marg, Selam, Tamil Nadu, died of cardiac arrest while climbing the Appachimedu on the Pampa-Sannidhanam trekking path around 9.10 p.m. on Tuesday. Staff Reporter

KVVS meetingPATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala Vanika Vaisya Sanghom (KVVS) district meet will be held at Co-operative College here on December 23 and 24. At a press conference here on Wednesday, Sanghom office-bearers said Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA, would inaugurate the meet on Saturday.

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Postal adalatPATHANAMTHITTA: The Department of Posts will hold a district-level adalat at the office of the Superintendent of Post Offices here at 11 a.m. on December 26 to settle complaints pertaining to post offices. Staff Reporter

Malanadu MahotsavomPATHANAMTHITTA: The Malanadu Mahotsavom, organised by the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samiti, will be held at the District Stadium here from January 4 to 14, organising committee general convener, Khan Shahjahan said. Staff Reporter