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MACTA flays KVVES statement

ALAPPUZHA: The MACTA Production Executives Council has deplored the statement of Kerala Vyapari Vyavasai Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) State president T. Naziruddin that the samithi will block Inspector General of Police Rishi Raj Singh who is conducting raids at video shops to confiscate fake CDs of Malayalam cinemas. Council State president A. Kabir said the statement of Naziruddin proved that he had deteriorated as the protector of black marketers and those who violated law. By protecting those who trade fake CDs, Mr. Naziruddin was destroying cinema industry, Mr. Kabir said. Staff Reporter

Loan for farmers' cooperatives

THRISSUR: A sum of Rs.25 crore would be disbursed as loans to cole land farmers' cooperatives at seven per cent interest for three months, C.K. Chandrappan, MP, has said. Mr. Chandrappan on Thursday said this was decided at a meeting of the District Consultative Committee, chaired by Collector M. Beena. Staff Reporter

`Sahasra Kalasam' at Guruvayur

Thrissur: `Sahasra Kalasam' will be performed at Guruvayur Srikrishna Temple from February 20 to 27. Guruvayur Devaswom chairman K.V. Nambiar said Rs.2.85 lakh and Rs.51.18 lakh had been earmarked for the `Sahasra Kalasam' and the temple festival respectively. Staff Reporter

Award for Narayanan Bhattathiripad

THRISSUR: K.P.C. Narayanan Bhattathiripad has been selected for the Sree Sastha Award instituted by the Arattupuzha Kshetra Kshema Samithy. The award, carrying a gold medal and citation, will be presented at a function at Arattupuzha on March 25. Staff Reporter

Entries invited

Thrissur: The Yavanika Nataka Vedi has invited entries for a drama competition. Scripts of one-act plays should be sent to the organisers (Kallattu Veedu, Koncheri Road, Mulankunnathukavu) before Saturday, said a press release. Staff Reporter

1,000 litres of spirit seized

KOLLAM: More than 1,000 litres of spirit was seized in an Excise raid at a house at Mynagapally. Excise Inspector B. Suresh, who led the raid, said one Biju Koshy Vaidyan was arrested. The team also seized spurious Indian made foreign liquor from another house located less than 100 m away. Thirty bottles of spurious rum were seized from here. The owner of the house, Sunil Wilson, managed to escape. Staff Reporter

Call for probe into spirit smuggling

KOLLAM: The Kollam diocese unit of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) Prohibition Council has called for a high level probe into the rampant spirit smuggling in the district. In a statement here on Wednesday, council secretary G. Joseph wanted all those behind the spirit smuggling racket exposed and arrested. The KCBC council warned of launching an agitation. The council wanted the faithful to observe January 28 as `prohibition Sunday'. Staff Reporter

Award for Akkitham, Deshabhimani

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri has won this year's poetry award instituted by Mahakavi Pandalam Kerala Varma Smaraka Samithi. He gets the award for the volume of his collected works, the samithi said in a press release here on Thursday. The samithi's award for the best editorial in Malayalam journals was won by Deshabhimani daily for its editorial titled `Karutha Neethi' (Black Justice) published on July 31, 2006. The poetry award carries a purse of Rs.10,000 and the media award Rs.5,000, besides a certificate and a plaque each. Special Correspondent

Farmer commits suicide

THRISSUR: An 83-year-old farmer died after consuming poison at Ollur, near here, on Thursday.

Relatives told the police that Rappayi of Puthen Peedika in Nandipulam was rushed to a hospital in Puthukad around 1 p.m., but his life could not be saved. Relatives said that Rappayi had been served an eviction notice for default of loan repayment. Rappayi was in a state of worry after his health deteriorated in the past few months, the police said. Staff Reporter

Koya remanded

Kochi: The Ernakulam Judicial First Class Magistrate I on Thursday remanded to police custody R.O. Koya who was arrested in connection with the seizure of air guns and pistols from a private freight godown in Kochi. He was remanded till January 22.The weapons were seized on January 13 during a routine clearance check by Customs officials at the freight terminal. Staff Reporter

Marad: notification on CBI probe

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government issued a notification on Wednesday to facilitate investigation of the Marad violence and related incidents by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This is on the basis of the recommendation of the Thomas P. Joseph Commission of Enquiry for a CBI probe into the incident on Marad beach near Kozhikode on May 2, 2003. Special, Correspondent

Water levels decrease

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The water levels of major reservoirs in Kerala have come down. According to figures released by the Central Water Commission for the week ending January 15, the water level at Idukki decreased from 2378.18 ft. to 2375.85 ft., at Idamalayar from 528.74 ft. to 524.97 ft., and at Kallada from 368.67 ft. to 367.19 ft. When compared to the water levels recorded during the same period last year, Kallada and Idukki reservoirs showed a decrease of 8.96 ft. and 9.63 ft., respectively, while Idamalayar showed an increase of 1.41 ft. Staff Reporter