NCC Chief to visit Kochi, LakshadweepKOCHI: The Director General National Cadet Corps, Lt. General M.C. Bhandari, will visit Kochi and Lakshadweep from April 17 to 22 in connection with the first-ever National Integration Camp of the NCC being held in Lakshadweep. This camp, which commenced on April 13, has participants from all the 16 NCC Directorates in the country and is aimed at giving the cadets a glimpse of the socio-cultural life in the islands and foster national integration through greater interaction between the cadets and the public. The camp will conclude on April 23. - Staff Reporter

Blasts: police on alert in cityKOZHIKODE: The city police are on alert following the twin blasts at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on Friday. City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh said mobile patrolling had been introduced in the city limits. Police squads will check the vehicles at various places in the city and suburbs as part of the alert sounded in the country and in the State. Bomb squads will also be pressed into service. Staff Reporter

Passengers detainedNEDUMBASSERY: Immigration officials at the Cochin International Airport on Saturday detained three passengers on the charge of possessing forged passports. Chandran, 37, hailing from Nedumangad; Hamza, 39, from Thrissur and Mohammed Shamzeer, 29, from Kannur, were detained when they arrived here from Dubai on a Mahan Air flight. - A Correspondent

Maha-Sarasvatha yajnam at ChakkulathukavuPATHANAMTHITTA: The Maha-Sarasvatha Yajnam began at the Chakkulahukavu Bhagavthy Temple with the Asthadravya Ganapati homom on Friday.

Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University M.K. Ramachandran Nair inaugurated the yajnam by lighting a ceremonial lamp at a simple function held at the temple auditorium. The yajnam will conclude with the auspicious Brahmakalasabhishekom on April 23. Staff Reporter