KERALA

Briefly

Road Safety Bill

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Assembly passed the Kerala Road Safety Authority Bill, 2006, after a three-hour discussion on Thursday, with Transport Minister Mathew T. Thomas, who piloted it, accepting many of the suggestions mooted by the members on either side. The Bill envisages setting up a Road Safety Authority to improve the road safety standards in the State. - Special Correspondent

Debt relief panel

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The former judge of the Kerala High Court K.A. Abdul Ghafoor has been chosen to head the State Agricultural Debt Relief Commission. Making a special statement in the Assembly on Thursday, Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan said the commission would have M.K. Bhaskaran, leader of the CPI(M)-led Keala Karshaka Sanghom, Sathyan Mokeri, State-general secretary of the CPI-led All India Kisan Sabha, and M. Chandrasekharan Nair and M.K. Jacob, agricultural scientists, as its members. - Special Correspondent

Proceedings stayed

Kochi: A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice M.N. Krishnan stayed further proceedings pending before the Lok Ayukta against the former Health Minister K.K. Ramachandran. The Bench issued the order on an appeal filed by the former Minister against a single judge's verdict dismissing his plea against the action of the Lok Ayukta in entertaining a complaint from the association of Ayurveda college teachers.

SSLC exams on course: Baby

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Education Minister M.A. Baby has said here has been no leak of SSLC question papers or any irregularity in the conduct of the examination so far. Mr. Baby said in the House that there was some confusion over the erroneous printing of the paper number on the bundles of one Arabic question paper. This had not resulted in any mistaken use of the question papers. The Minister said the Government would address any grievance that the 12 students of the SSLC examination centre at Panur where the confusion over the markings on the question paper had occurred. The press where the question paper in question had been printed had admitted that it was a mistake that had crept in at the printing stage. However, the Government would still look into the matter to see if anyone in the Education Department was responsible for it, the Minister said.