Seminar to mark EMS birth anniversaryMALAPPURAM: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will celebrate the birth anniversary of E.M.S. Namboodiripad by organising a two-day national seminar. The seminar, titled "The World of E.M.S.," will begin at Pulamanthol, near Perinthalmanna, on Monday morning.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate the event at 9.30 a.m. Sukumar Azhikode, writer and critic, will deliver an E.M.S. memorial speech. The seminar will discuss the changing trends in Kerala's socio-politics. CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate a session on "New Kerala" on Monday afternoon. Minister for Local Administration Paloli Mohammed Kutty will preside over the function.

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury will inaugurate the valedictory session on Tuesday afternoon. Staff Reporter

Yuva Morcha flays Left stanceThiruvananthapuram: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha has criticised the Left parties for calling the June 13 general strike, terming it a `deception.' In a statement here on Sunday, the organisation said the Left parties should have put pressure on the Government to get the oil companies to reduce prices of petroleum products. Besides, the LDF Government in Kerala should come forward to announce a cut in the increase in sales tax on petrol and diesel. Special Correspondent

NGO Association not to join June 13 strikeThiruvananthapuram: The NGO Association has announced that it would not join the June 13 general strike called by the Left parties. In a statement here, the association said Left service organisations were merely enacting the history of forging anti-Centre agitations whenever it came to power in Kerala. Special Correspondent

Power workers' protestThiruvananthapuram: The All-India Federation of Electricity Employees has flayed the Central decision to extend the time for restructuring of the electricity boards of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab. In a statement here on Sunday, the federation alleged that the Centre was forcing the States to privatise electricity boards by bifurcating them. Special Correspondent

Drops stir planKOZHIKODE: The strike called by the employees of Bank of Baroda on June 12 stands cancelled following talks with the management, a release from the Bank of Baroda Employees Union said here. Staff Reporter

Man electrocutedKOLLAM: A 37-year-old man was electrocuted on Sunday morning at Pooyapally. He was identified as Babu Koshy. It was while cutting a tree that the accident happened. An 11 KV electric line was passing by the tree. While engaged in cutting the tree, he came into contact with the line. Although he was rushed to a private hospital at Kottiyam, he was declared dead on arrival. Staff Reporter

Installed governorKOLLAM: M. Vinayachandran was installed as the Governor of Y's Men International, District-V at a function held here on Sunday. He was formally installed by Regional Director of Y's Men International, South West India Region V.A.A. Shukur. Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran was the chief Guest. Staff Reporter

Admitted to hospitalThiruvananthapuram: A 35-year-old man has been admitted with serious injuries to Medical College Hospital after the bike he was riding collided with a mini-lorry at Karette on Sunday evening. He was identified as Madhu of Kallara. Staff Reporter

Succumbs to injuriesThiruvananthapuram: Velappan (58), a resident of Anayara, Pettah, who sustained severe spinal injuries after he fell from a coconut palm on Sunday morning died at Medical College Hospital. Staff Reporter

Children drownedAlappuzha: Two children drowned in a pond at Kodamadhuruth here on Sunday morning. The police said Salma, 7, and Tausiq, 4, children of a merchant, were playing near the pond close to their house when the incident occurred. UNI

Pyrotechnician to leave hospitalThrissur: Gireesh, 22, a pyrotechnician who suffered severe burns in a blast that occurred on May 5 at a site at Padukkad, near here, where firecrackers were being made for the Thrissur Pooram celebrations, will be discharged from Jubilee Mission Medical College on Monday, according to a press release. Seven pyrotechnicians were killed and several injured in the blast. Staff Reporter

Free distribution of artificial limbsKozhikode: The first phase of the camp for the free distribution of artificial limbs will be held at St. Joseph's College Devagiri here on June 24 and 25 under the aegis of the Hope Malabar Region, Devagiri College unit, and Middle Hill Publications with the assistance of the Ministry of Social Welfare. As many as 2,000 orthopaedically disabled will be provided assistance through the initiative. The programme is being carried out in three phases. Preliminary examination and measurements will be taken at the first stage. Persons from Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad , Malappuram, Palakkad and Thrissur can apply for assistance. For details and application form, contact telephone numbers 9847742992, 9847768616, 9895111895, 0495-2502395. Staff Reporter

Feast of St. AnthoniosKozhikode: The Feast of St. Anthonios will be celebrated at Santa Cruz Kurishupalli on Bank Road here from June 13 to 18. Jesuit House rector Father Xavier Veliyakam will preside over the inaugural rituals. Holy mass, Holy Communion and novena will be held as part of the rituals. Father Thomas Panakkal will lead the holy mass June 18. Staff Reporter