Around the City

Employees' stir settled

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 17. The seven month-old strike by a section of employees of the Pankaj Hotel in the city has been settled. The representatives of the management and the workers reached an agreement in the presence of Babu Divakaran, the Minister for Labour. As per the settlement, of the 44 workers who were on strike, 17 will leave the job on their own and they will be paid Rs.8,000 each in lieu of their wages during the period of agitation. The others will resume duty and are eligible to receive Rs.4,000 each.

No issue of


The State Librarian has informed that there books from the Public Library would not be issued in the afternoon on March 18. This is in view of the inauguration of the Children's Library Complex on the premises of the State Central Library in Palayam.

Video film fete

The South-West Region of the Federation of Film Societies of India, will organise an international video film festival here from May 25 to 30. Documentaries and short films made in India over the last two years will be screened in the competition section. The best film in each category will be presented the John Abraham National Award, carrying a cash prize of Rs.25,000, a citation and a statuette. There will also be a separate package for music videos. Details can be had by contacting the organising committee at ffsikeralam@

PTA meeting

A meeting of the general body of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Government College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, has been scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. on March 19, according to an official release issued here today.

`Quest 05'

The students of the Department of Electronics and Communication of Sree Chitra Tirunal College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, will host the `Quest 05,' a cultural event, on March 19 and 20. The technical and cultural extravaganza will be held at the Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan in the city. Choreo video; fashion show; `anthakshari'; mock press and solo music will form part of the cultural


College fete

The Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, will conduct a two-day inter-collegiate technical fete, Smriti '05, at the Kanakakkunnu Palace from March 19. Around 30 colleges from all over the State are expected to participate in the fete, according to a press release. The line-up of events includes paper presentation, quiz, flash animation and digital arts.

Dharna held

The Save Education Committee organised a dharna before the Secretariat today demanding the release of the blocked stipend of students of the Open School and sanctioning of additional stipend for meeting related expenditure such as examination fees. The dharna was inaugurated by B.K. Rajagopal.

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