The Kerala State Tamil Protection Council has thanked the Kerala government for declaring local holiday for Pongal, the Tamil New Year day, on January 15, in the Tamil linguistic minority districts of Palakkad, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram. Its general secretary M. Peechimuthu in a statement here on Thursday has also thanked the Tamil Nadu government for taking up the matter with the Kerala government. — Staff Reporter

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