PDP to support LDF in bypoll

KOZHIKODE: The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has decided to back the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the Thiruvambadi bypoll to be held on December 4, PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj said. Talking to mediapersons here on Thursday, Mr. Siraj said the decision to this effect was taken at the Central Action Committee (CAC) of the party. The decision was taken as Abdul Nasir Maudany agreed to the opinion of the CAC, Kozhikode district committee and the Thiruvambadi Mandalam Committee of the party to support the LDF. Staff Reporter

Action against forest officials

PALAKKAD: The office of Minister for Forest Benoy Viswom has informed that action is being taken against some forest officials of Attappady forest range in Mannarkad Forest Division in connection with the felling of a large number of sandalwood trees in Mallikkonam forest area of Pudur panchayat in Attappady Hills last week. Nearly 200 trees, 10 to 20 years old, were found felled. The natural sandalwood growth is spread over 36 hectares of forest land at Mallikkonam where over 5,000 trees stand. Staff Reporter

Award for Vizhinjam seaport CEO

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Jayakumar, Chief Executive Officer, Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited, has received the `Rashtra Pratibha Puraskar' instituted by the Integrated Council for Socio-Economic Progress, Delhi, in recognition of his outstanding achievements, excellence and experience in his field of activities development and management of ports and ocean engineering. Staff Reporter

Guru Vision logo released

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sree Narayana Guru was modern Buddha who taught society the significance of organisational might, Education Minister M.A. Baby has said. Releasing the logo of Guru Vision television channel here on Wednesday evening, Mr. Baby said that the Guru, a man of few words, was a wonder. The channel being launched in his name should propagate his principles and lead society. Special Correspondent

Sportsman dies

KOTTAYAM: One of the participants in the sports competitions organised by the Department of Forests and Wildlife died after finishing second in the 100-metre dash. T.T.Ravi (54), a class four employee at the Devikolam office of the department, participated in the sprint for veterans. After coming second, Mr. Ravi complained of uneasiness and was immediately taken to Kottayam Medical College Hospital where he died. He leaves behind his wife and two children. Staff Reporter