KERALA

Briefly

Contribution

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Minerals and Metals has contributed Rs. 80 lakhs to the Chief Minister's Calamity Relief Fund. A cheque for the amount was handed over to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by Industries Minister V.K. Ebrahim Kunju here on Friday. K.P. Rajendran, managing director; G.Sasi, general manager, and the representatives of the labour unions were also present. — Special Correspondent

Onam fairs

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Civil Supplies Corporation will organise Onam metro fairs in five cities from August 30 to September 14. District fairs will be held at district headquarters from September 5.

In addition, Supplyco Onam markets will function at 85 major centres from September 10 to 14. Essential commodities and vegetables will be supplied at reduced rates at these fairs and around 2,000 outlets of the Supplyco, which comprises Labham Markets, Sabari Supermarkets and Sabari Stores during the festival period. — Special Correspondent

RBI cautions public

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Reserve Bank of India has brought to the notice of the general public the practice of some entities, accepting advance money from the public for purchase of lottery tickets, by using its name, the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, and regulations issued there under in their advertisement in newspapers, TV channels and movie houses.

The bank clarified that it had not issued any instructions on the conduct of such schemes nor had it approved these schemes. — Staff Reporter

Control rooms to check illicit liquor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance Minister Vakkom Purushothaman on Friday directed the opening of control rooms in all districts to check sale of illicit liquor during Onam.

They will function 24 hours from the offices of the Assistant Excise Commissioners. Special squads will also be formed.

The Minister told a meeting of excise officials that inspections at check posts should be intensified. He said any attacks on officials during raids would be dealt with strongly. — Special Correspondent

Number of wards up

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The number of wards in the local bodies has gone up by 3,460 to 20,555 following delimitation based on Census 2001. It was 17,095 in the last election.

The number of wards in the 999 grama panchayats has increased from 13,255 to 16,139; 152 block panchayats from 1,638 to 2005; 14 district panchayats from 307 to 339; 53 municipalities from 1,597 to 1,756 and five corporations from 298 to 316.

The number of wards in each district is as follows : Thiruvananthapuram - 1,741, Kollam - 1529, Pathanamthitta - 974, Alappuzha - 1,455, Kottayam - 1,434, Idukki - 894, Ernakulam - 1876, Thrissur - 1942, Palakkad - 1,792, Malappuram - 2,286, Kozhikode - 1659, Wayanad - 521, Kannur - 1,650 and Kasaragod - 802. — Special Correspondent

Reception to E. Ahamed

KOLLAM: The district unit of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) will host a public reception to the Union Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahamed, at Kollurvila Pallmukku Junction at 6 p.m. on August 20. The meeting, to be presided over by IUML district president A. Yunus Kunju, will be inaugurated by IUML general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty — Staff Reporter

Memorial lecture

KOTTAYAM: The fourth V.K. Kuriakose Memorial Oration will be held at Kottayam Government Dental College on Saturday. C. Chandrasekharan Nair, Head of Department of Prosthodontics, Maruthy Dental College, Bangalore, will speak on Maxillofacial Prosthetic Rehabilitation. The oration , in memory of Dr. V.K. Kuriakose, former Professor and the first Head of the Department of Dentistry at Kottayam Medical College, has been instituted by the Academic Forum at Government Dental College and the Central Kerala branch of Indian Dental Association. — Staff Reporter

Convention

KOTTAYAM: The Dalit Educational Rights Protection Council will hold a convention here on Saturday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Supreme Court verdict on professional education. P.C. George, MLA, will inaugurate. K.K.S. Das will preside. — Staff Reporter

Corporation official gheraoed

THRISSUR: A section of the staff in the electricity wing of the Thrissur Corporation gheraoed assistant secretary of the corporation in charge of the electricity wing Jayakumar. According to sources, the staff affiliated to the INTUC launched the agitation. — Staff Reporter

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