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VS call to make State self-sufficient

Onam week: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, wife, Vasumathi, and Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran, enjoying a Panchavadyam performance at Kerala Tourism’s Onam celebrations in the capital on Tuesday. —

Onam week: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, wife, Vasumathi, and Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran, enjoying a Panchavadyam performance at Kerala Tourism’s Onam celebrations in the capital on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: S. Gopakumar

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Cessna aircraft showering floral petals with the evening sun in the backdrop. A perfect setting for unveiling Kerala Tourism’s week-long Onam celebrations.

And Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan lighted the lamp with a call to make Kerala self-sufficient in rice, fruits, and vegetables — in tune with the spirit of Kerala’s harvest festival.

Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, the venue of the State-level inauguration, erupted into celebration as the aircraft of the Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy here showered floral petals on three occasions flying past the nearby St. Joseph’s cathedral.

In his inaugural address, the Chief Minister described the Free Trade Agreement between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an ‘Onam gift’ to Kerala. He urged the Central government to make amendments to the pact to protect the interests of the State.



Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who presided over the function, presented an ‘onakodi’ to the Chief Minister.

Mohanlal honoured

Actor Mohanlal, who completes 30 years in the filmdom, was honoured. The Chief Minister presented him an onakodi and a memento and draped him in ‘ponnada’ on behalf of the government.

Mementoes were presented by Mayor C. Jayan Babu, Mr. Balakrishnan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Vijayakumar. Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, who was the chief guest, also draped the actor in ponnada.

A mega show, ‘Nannipoorvam Mohanlal,’ was the highlight of the function.

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