CPI(M) website on 'Kerala march'

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI(M) State committee on Saturday launched an interactive web site, www.cpimkeralamarch.org, in connection with the "Kerala march" planned by the LDF highlighting the "failures" of the UDF Government. The march is scheduled to start from Majeswaram on Sunday and conclude here on January 25. The website comprises the detailed schedule of the march, the route which it takes and the details of those lead the march, apart from an interactive response section. The website is in both English and Malayalam.

Inaugurating the website, the noted academic G. Balamohanan Thampi said it would help the party assess the people's response to its programmes. CPI(M) central committee member M. A. Baby said the website would be updated on a regular basis till the march ended. - Staff Repoter

High Court staff's plea

Kochi: The Kerala High Court Staff Association has urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy not to implement the recommendations of the Chief Justice that the retirement age of the staff be raised to 58. The association said that they were making the demand in view of the acute unemployment problems faced by the State. They had also given memorandum in this regard to the Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan and Ministers. - Staff Reporter

BIS call to consumers

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Bureau of Indian Standards has asked consumers to buy only Hallmarked jewellery. This follows the order issued by the Reserve Bank of India to all scheduled commercial banks to give preference to Hallmarked jewellery while sanctioning gold loans.

The BIS said in an official press note here on Saturday that the order would encourage the practice of Hallmarking and that would ensure the long-term interests of the consumers, lenders and the industry. The note added that Hallmarking ensured the quality of gold used in jewellery in respect of caratage, fineness and purity. - Special Correspondent

Office-bearers elected

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: K.Muthukrishnan Nair and S. Jitrus have been re-elected as the president and general secretary respectively of the Secretariat Pensioners Welfare Association. The other office-bearers are B. Leelakumari, vice president, M. Ramankutty Menon, secretary and C.S. Gopalakrishna Menon, treasurer. - Special Correspondent

Adalats at 104 village offices in Kollam

KOLLAM: Minister for Labour Babu Divakaran will inaugurate a district-level public grievances redressal adalat on January 3 at the Kollam West Village Office. Adalats in this connection will be held for 15 days at 104 village offices in the district. As many as 5,304 complaints will be taken up at the adalats.

Seat allotment

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The allotment to the 25 Government seats each in the B.Sc. Nursing(Ayurveda) and B.Pharm (Ayurveda) newly sanctioned at the Parassinikkadavu Self-financing Ayurveda College will be held at 10 a.m. on January 12 at the Adhyapaka Bhavan here.