Thiruvanchoor gets charge of health

Thiruvananthapuram: Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will hold additional charge of the Health portfolio subsequent to the resignation of K.K. Ramachandran.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is expected to recommend to the Governor the decision. Mr. Radhakrishnan had been holding additional charge of the Forest portfolio and it was only last week that he relinquished it when a new minister was inducted.

Mr. Radhakrishnan had conducted the affairs of the Forest Department, one of the most controversial ones, with aplomb. Apparently, his record in handling the department has helped a lot in the party leadership and the Chief Minister deciding to hand him additional charge. - Special Correspondent

Bomb squad combs Thrissur railway station

Thrissur: The Thrissur railway station was searched by the Railway police and the bomb squad on Monday morning. There were anxious moments at the station when the bomb squad combed the platforms. The trains were not searched. The Railway police said there was no bomb threat and that it was a routine exercise. - Staff Reporter

Sutharya Keralam number changed

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sutharya Keralam, the Chief Minister's public grievances redressal programme, has been allotted a new telephone number. It is 155300 and it will come into effect tomorrow. The STD code is not required for contacting the number from anywhere in Kerala. The public can convey their complaints on the number between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on working days. These complaints will enter a computer directly and from it go to the Sutharya Keralam Cell functioning in the Secretariat. The Sutharya Keralam Programme is televised by the Doordarshan from 7.15 p.m. on Saturdays and 8.30 a.m. on Sundays. The public can also get their doubts on the services provided by various departments of the Government cleared by contacting this number. - Special Correspondent

DCC plea to return land to Karbala Trust

KOLLAM: The Kollam District Congress Committee on Monday passed a resolution calling upon the State Government to return the land at Karbala Junction in the city to the Karbala Trust and the Kollam Diocese. The land which was allocated by the Government to the trust and the diocese in 1991 was on Monday taken possession by the Government effecting a Kerala High Court Order of May 29, 2000. The DCC resolution said that as the land had been with the trust and the diocese for over a decade, it should be given back to them. - Staff Reporter

Medical camp

KOLLAM: Mayor N. Padmalochanan inaugurated a medical camp at the Kollam District Jail. The camp was jointly organised by the Saint Thomas Mar Thoma Church and the Kollam City Rotary Club. The camp benefited the more than 180 inmates of the jail and 40 members of the jail staff. - Staff Reporter.

Eye camp

KOLLAM: The Kollam YMCA in association with the District Blind Control Society is organising a free eye camp and cataract operation programme at the YMCA Hall here on January 28. The camp will be led by a team of experts from the Aravind Eye Hospital. Those wanting to attend the camp should register their names with the YMCA general secretary. - Staff Reporter.


PATHANAMTHITTA: K.S. Rajashekharan Nair, sub-divisional engineer attached to the Pathanamthitta Telecom division of the Kerala Circle of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has been elected the national vice-president of the All-India BSNL Executives Association. The election was held at the all-India conference of the association held at Hyderabad recently. - Staff Reporter