KERALA

Award for Sara Joseph, Innocent

THRISSUR, AUG. 21. The Venkitangu Expatriates Association (Vexas) will present its `Excellence award' for this year to the writer and women's activist, Sara Joseph, the cine actor, Innocent, the entrepreneur and social activist, Joy Alukkas, and the Chairman and Managing Director of the Mother Hospital, M. Ali.

According to the office-bearers of the association, which has been constituted by the expatriates from Venkitangu panchayat, near Guruvayur, in the district, the awards would be presented at a function to be held in the panchayat on August 24.

Essay contest winners

Announcing this at a press conference here today, they said the awards for the winners of the essay competition conducted by the association on the theme `Venkitangu My Village' would also be presented on the occasion. The Minister for Local Self-Government, Cherkkalam Abdulla, will present the awards.