Plan to boost milk, egg production

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Department of Animal Husbandry is planning to boost milk, meat and egg production by working in tandem with the local self-government institutions (LSGIs). This was decided at a joint meeting of district panchayat presidents, officials of the Departments of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Kerala Livestock Development Board, Milma and Kerala Feeds chaired by Minister for Animal Husbandry C. Divakaran here on Monday. Special Correspondent

Applications invited for LLB course

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) has invited applications for the entrance examination for admission to the five-year LLB course-2007 at Government Law Colleges in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode. A release issued here said the examination would be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode on June 10. Applicants should have completed 17 years of age as on December 31, 2007. The application form can be downloaded from the CEE's web site from May 1. Completed applications will be accepted till 5 p.m. on May 24. Staff Reporter

CBI may file report tomorrow

Kochi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday could not file the final report in the SSLC question paper leak case as the CBI official brought the files containing the report to the court after the court rose in the evening. The CBI conducted the investigation in the SSLC question paper leak case on a High Court directive. The report is likely to be filed on May 2. Staff Reporter

Petition filed against Mandira Bedi

Kozhikode: A petition seeking to prosecute actress and television presenter Mandira Bedi and fashion designer Satya Paul on charges of insulting the national flag was filed before the Kozhikode Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here on Monday. Kozhikode First Class Judicial Magistrate V.Prakashan, who is in charge of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, posted for hearing the petition on May 10 under Section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. K.K. Pushparaj, hailing from Koyilandy in the district, filed the petition under Section 190 (1) (c) of the Central Act II. Staff Reporter

Directive to pensioners

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Defence pensioners and family pensioners who have done identification in the months of May, June, July 2006 are to get themselves identified before May 15 either at the DPDO, Thiruvananthapuram or submit life certificate at banks from where they draw pension in the respective months in 2007. Those submitting life certificates at banks should ensure despatch of the life certificate to the DPDO in time with the signature duly endorsed by the bank manager. Non-identification/ non-receipt of the certificate at the DPDO in time may result in suspension of pension till identification, a release said. Special Correspondent

KC(J) protest

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Congress(J) will take out a Parliament march on May 16 demanding protection of the agricultural sector of the State. V.Surendran Pillai, vice-chairman, and George Sebastian, general secretary, said here on Monday that party chairman P.J. Joseph would inaugurate it. Special Correspondent

Telephone bills through post offices

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Some 524 branch post offices and 122 ED sub-offices in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta districts will accept payment of BSNL landline telephone bills from Tuesday. This is in addition to the post offices where this facility already exists. In case of any difficulty in tendering the bills at the above post offices, customers should contact the Divisional Superintendent concerned in Thiruvananthapuram (North), Thiruvananthapuram (South), Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvalla postal divisions. Special Correspondent

Ban religious bodies: Sudhakaran

THRISSUR: Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran has said that organisations formed on the basis of religion and caste should be disbanded. He was addressing the district conference of the Kerala Police Association here on Monday. "Sree Narayana Guru did not say that he wanted money-lenders as followers.

It is a pity that people who lend money and wear gold ornaments talk about social reform," Mr. Sudhakaran said. The Minister said that the LDF Government would initiate reforms in the State's cultural and religious fields just as it would implement socio-economic programmes.

Staff Reporter

Elephant turns violent

THRISSUR: An elephant named Popson Unnikrishnan became violent at the Koodalmanikya Temple in Irinjalakuda on Monday. A mahout, Vinod, 27, of Kochi, was injured and admitted to the Irinjalakuda taluk hospital. The elephant was brought to control within a few minutes. Staff Reporter