Music talent hunt launched

KOCHI: Idea cellular in association with Asianet channel has announced a 'Star Singer' contest to provide a platform to young singers. The aspirants should get an Idea mobile connection and dial 4560101 to get the details about the contest, said B. Ramakrishna, chief operating officer of the company.

- Special Correspondent

District leadership camp begins today

KOCHI: The district leadership training camp, organised by the Kerala Padma Saleeya Sangham, will be held on Sunday in Ernakulam. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, sangham State president M. Balakrishnan and district secretary K.K. Raveendran said the Padma Saleeya community should be given reservation in education and job opportunities. The camp will be held at Friday Club, M.E.S. Library Hall, Kaloor.

- Staff Reporter

Award announced

KOCHI: Veteran percussionist and classical arts scholar A.S.N. Nambeesan will be awarded this year's Venkichan Puraskaram, instituted by Kshetra Kalaswadaka Samithy, Kalady. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, award committee chairman T.N. Vasudevan said that Nambeesan was chosen for his contributions in promoting Kerala's traditional percussion instruments. Nambeesan will be given the award on January 26 evening at the Pallavur Kunjikutta Marar memorial meeting to be held at Puzhakkaakkavu Devi Temple, Muvattupuzha.

- Staff Reporter

Traffic regulations

Kochi: Traffic on the Aluva Ashokapuram-HMT Kalamassery stretch of the NAD-HMT road has been regulated till January 22 owing to the tarring work that is now under way. Traffic has been diverted via Kodikuthimala-Choondy road, Combara-Edathala road and Manalimukku-Thevakkal roads, according to a press release from the District Administration here.

- Staff Reporter