KERALA

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Avani Avittom today

KOCHI: Arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the ``Yajurveda Upakarmam'' or the Avani Avittom on Friday by the Ernakulam Gramajana Samooham. At the Ernakulam Gramajana Samooham two, the ritual will be held for two batches from 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. At the Ernakulam Kinattinkara Samooham, rituals will be held for two batches from 6 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. At Ravipuram Srikrishna Temple Oottupura and the Andhra Cultural Association Hall, Panampilly Nagar, the function will begin at 9 a.m. — Staff Reporter

BSNL `Open Session'

KOCHI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will conduct an `Open Session' for its customers under the Kolencherry Telecom Division on August 25 at 2.30 p.m. The meeting will be held at YMCA Hall, Kolencherry. Complaints and grievances of customers of Mazhuvennur, Puthenkurish, Chottanikkara, Mulanthuruthy, Kolenchery, Arakunnam and Keecheri exchanges will be considered in the session. Customers may contact the Divisional Engineer, BSNL, Kolencherry before August 23 to register their complaints. — Staff Reporter

CII meet on service tax

KOCHI: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Kerala is organising an interactive session on Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax on August 19 at the Hotel Avenue Centre, Kochi.

P. Ayyam Perumal, Commissioner, Central Excise, and D.D. Ingty, Commissioner, Customs, are participating in the session. — Staff Reporter

Decision hailed

KOCHI: The Union Bank OBC Officers and Employees' Welfare Association, Kerala, has hailed the decision of the UDF Government to restore the bank holiday in commemoration of the birth anniversary of the State's great social revolutionary Sree Narayana Guru. It used to be a holiday in the pre-emergency period. — Staff Reporter

Passports

KOCHI: Regional Passport Office here has processed and issued passports for applications received till July 4, 2005, where police verification has been completed. Passports have been despatched last week. — Staff Reporter

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