KERALA

Briefly

Protest against online lottery

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala State Lottery Samrakshana Samithi (KSLSS) will lay siege to online lottery centres in the State, if the Government fails to act against them, samithi State general convener Saleem P.Chacko said.

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Saleem said that the samithi would launch an agitation against the "Government move" to permit online lotteries in the State.

He alleged a high-level conspiracy in "permitting and promoting" online lottery centres, which is legally banned in the State. — Staff Reporter

Power theft

detected

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Anti-Power Theft Squad of the Electricity Board detected theft and misuse of power amounting to Rs. 7.61 lakhs in the course of 85 inspections held in the State in the last three days.

According to an official release on Monday, the irregularities were detected at the Mary Matha Rice Mill at Kalady in Ernakulam district, S.M. Tourist Home in Erattupetta and in the case of a few domestic consumers. — Special Correspondent

Conference of Dravidian linguists

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 33rd All-India Conference of Dravidian Linguists will be held at the International School of Dravidian Linguistics in Menamkulam here from June 16 to 18. Over 170 delegates from different parts of India and a few foreign delegates from the U.S., Pakistan and the Netherlands will attend the conference.

As many as 75 research papers on linguistics, culture, speech synthesis, translation and related topics will be presented and discussed at the conference, which is to be inaugurated by the Education Minister. — Staff Reporter

Joint Council protest

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Joint Council of State Service Organisations has protested against what it described a bid to create 36 posts in the Institute of Land Management, which comes under the Revenue Department, and make backdoor appointments to these posts.

Its general secretary C.R. Jose Prakash said in a statement on Monday that the decision was taken in haste by the governing body of the institution, which was chaired by the Revenue Minister. The file was rushed to the Government within two days and if the Finance Department and the Cabinet concurred, the appointments would be made immediately.

He felt that there was scope for large-scale corruption behind the move.

He urged the Government to either reject the governing body's recommendation or make the appointments only through the PSC, if they were absolutely necessary. — Special Correspondent

Pension to be paid

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government has sanctioned Rs.21.47 crores for paying the agricultural workers pension from April to June 2003.

S. Sreenivasan, Labour Commissioner, said here today that the amount was being sanctioned to the DLOs. The DLOs will pass it on to the local bodies for distribution to the beneficiaries. — Special Correspondent

Man killed in road accident

PATHANAMTHITTA: Liju K. Mathai, 29, of Kalayil in Kumbanad-Kadapra near Kozhencherry was killed when a tanker lorry ran him over on Monday morning. His scooter and the lorry collided at Pullad near Kozhencherry.

The deceased was running a Bible shop at Maramon. The Koipram Police have registered a case. — Staff Reporter

Crime Branch probe sought

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Kerala Dalit Panthers has demanded a Crime Branch inquiry into the death of Gopalan, 50, from Omalloor near here in February. The body was found in the Raktakantaswami Temple pond at Omalloor on February 20.

At a press conference here on Monday, leaders of the organisation said they had submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister, Minister for SC/ST Welfare and Director-General of Police, seeking the inquiry. — Staff Reporter

Protest march

KOLLAM: The Velichikala Action Council will organise a march to the Palliman Village Office near here on June 18 in protest against the failure of the authorities concerned to take action against an allegedly unauthorised clay mine at Velichikala. The council alleges that the mine was posing serious health problems in the area. The decision to take out the march was taken at a people's convention organised by the council on Monday. — Staff Reporter

Guruvarsham programme

KOLLAM: Kerala High Court judge K. Thankappan will inaugurate Guruvarsham-150, a function organised by the Kollam district unit of the Bharatheeya Abibhasaka Parishad here on June 26. The inaugural function will be presided over by Sree Narayana Dharama Paripalana Yogam general secretary Vellapally Natesan. General secretary of Nair Service Society P.K. Narayana Panikkar will deliver the commemorative address. — Staff Reporter

Arrested

KOLLAM: A man wanted by the police in several cases, such as an alleged attack on a constable, was nabbed by the Kadakkal Police at a court complex here on Monday. He was identified as Edison Mathew, 26.

He had come to appear before the court in a case pertaining to a second charge-sheet on the Kuppana hooch tragedy case.

Edison is the sixth accused in this case and was out on bail in it. — Staff Reporter

Bus-shelters: GIDA looks for sponsors

KOCHI: The Goshree Island Development Authority (GIDA), as part of its efforts to give finishing touches to the Goshree Road, has called for sponsors for building six bus-shelters along the road between the Ernakulam end and Vypeen. The shelters will have to be built at Bolghatty, Vallarpadam and Vypeen. — Staff Reporter

Syndicate panel finds fault with principal

KOCHI: A syndicate sub-committee of Mahatma Gandhi University has found the Principal of St. Albert's College here responsible for disruption of the centralised valuation camp of fourth semester postgraduate examinations, scheduled to begin at the college on Monday. The sub-committee members V. Sasidharan and C.S. Menon, who visited the college today, collected evidence from the principal. They will submit a report to the Vice-Chancellor within two days. — Staff Reporter

Golden mast installed at temple

PATHANAMTHITTA: Hundreds of devotees thronged Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple on Monday to witness the installation of the golden temple mast. Tantri Kantaru Neelakantaru led the rituals. — Staff Reporter

District meet

KASARAGOD: The district conference of the women's wing of the Kerala Non-Gazetted Officers Association will be held at Kanhangad on June 23. A reception committee headed by the Kanhangad municipal chairperson T. V. Shylaja has been constituted for the smooth conduct of the meet. — Staff Reporter

Health Inspectors' plea

KASARAGOD: The Health Inspectors Union has demanded that the power to issue birth and death certificates be given to them. This was resolved at the district meet of the union held at Kanhangad recently. — Staff Reporter

Animation workshop

KOZHIKODE: CADD Centre, Calicut conducted a Animax 2005, a workshop on multimedia and animation in two sessions here on Saturday. P.V. Gangadharan, chairman of Kerala State Films Development Corporation, inaugurated the programme. CADD Centre Training Services national manager Mathai Chackochen launched the multimedia division of the centre. — Staff Reporter

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