KERALA

Briefly

Lok Sabha byelection result today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Counting of votes polled in the November 18 Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha byelection will begin at 8 a. m. on Tuesday.

The votes will be taken up for counting on the basis of Assembly segments, with 14 tables for each of them.

The result is likely to be known before noon as the polling was conducted using electronic voting machines. The main contenders in the byelection were V.S. Sivakumar (United Democratic Front), Pannian Ravindran (Left Democratic Front) and C.K. Padmanabhan (Bharatiya Janata Party). — Special Correspondent

Rural water supply programme

AIR special bulletin

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The regional news unit of Akashavani, Thiruvananthapuram, will broadcast special Lok Sabha byelection bulletins on Tuesday. The special bulletins will be broadcast at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.

The duration of the news bulletins at 12.30 p.m. and 6.20 p.m. on Tuesday will be extended by five minutes. Apart from this, election result would be available on AIR's `News on Phone' service by dialling 125900. — Special Correspondent

Additional AC

three-tier coach

Thiruvananthapuram: The railways have provided one more additional AC 3-Tier coach in three express trains running from Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram to Guwahati and Jaipur. According to the railways, the additional coach had been introduced in the 5623/5624 Ernakulam-Guwahati Express, the 5627/5628 Thiruvananthapuram-Guwahati Express and the 2977/2978 Ernakulam-Jaipur Express. — Staff Reporter

SFI begins satyagraha

KOTTAYAM: The Students Federation of India (SFI) on Monday launched an indefinite satyagraha before the MG University demanding stringent action against those involved in the sexual assault against a first year student at the School of Medical Education (SME). The former district secretary of the CPI(M) and State committee member Vaikom Viswan inaugurated the satyagraha. State secretary of the All India Students Federation (AISF) Mahesh Kakkath at a press conference called for cancelling the affiliation of the SME. He also wanted the dismissal of the Principal. — Staff Reporter

Postal adalat on December 20

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A postal adalat will be conducted by the Thiruvananthapuram South postal division on December 20. Complaints regarding postal services in the division should be sent to M. Balan, Superintendent of Post Offices, Thiruvananthapuram South Division, Thiruvananthapuram: 695 014, before December 9. The cover should be super-scribed Postal Adalat. Only complaints already filed at consumer care centres at the division level will be considered. Common complaints regarding postal services and fresh complaints will not be entertained. — Special Correspondent

IAF recruitment

rally in January

MALAPPURAM: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has invited applications from youngsters for various posts. The recruitment rally will be held in Kozhikode in January. Those who have passed the Plus Two examination with 50 per cent marks in mathematics, physics and English and aged below 22 can apply for technical posts. Those with a three-year polytechnic certificate can also apply. Those who have passed the 10th standard examination with 50 per cent marks and aged 16 to 20 can apply for non-technical posts.

Graduate diploma-holders in teaching can apply for education instructor posts. Graduates with one year's teaching experience or postgraduates with a second class can also apply for these posts. The applicants should be aged between 20 and 28. — Staff Reporter

Inauguration

KOLLAM: The new building of the Kaikulangara Nair Service Society (NSS) Karayogam will be inaugurated by NSS Kollam Taluk Union president S.R. Rajagopal at 2.30 p.m. on November 27. Following the inaugural function, elder members of the karayogam will be feliciated. — Staff Reporter

IFFK: date extended

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The last date for submitting applications for delegate pass for the 10th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has been extended up to November 30. The festival will begin here on December 9 and conclude on December 16. A release issued by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy here on Monday said that the delegates' pass could be obtained directly from the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) office or by sending a demand draft of Rs.200 drawn in favour of the FFSI secretary. — Staff Reporter

Suspended

Thiruvananthapuram: The KSRTC on Monday placed under suspension three mechanics at the Pala unit for fixing the tyre of a superfast bus bound for Bangalore improperly.

A release said an investigation revealed that the tyres had not been fixed properly. __ Staff Reporter

College managers' directive

KOTTAYAM: The Kerala Private College Managements Association has directed the principals to conduct the elections to the students' union following the indirect system, which was followed last year. In a press note issued here, the association said it had directed the principals to follow the procedure followed last year in the light of the directive of the Kerala High Court. — Staff Reporter

Probe sought into `custodial torture'

Kozhikode: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), on Monday, demanded an inquiry into the alleged torture in custody of Salim, 24, in Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad district. Salim of Kozhikode had gone to Sultan Bathery to meet his brother. — Special Correspondent

Dharna today

KOZHIKODE: Traders under the aegis of the Kozhikode district unit of the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) will stage a dharna in front of the Income Tax and Excise office here on Tuesday, as part of a State-wide protest against the entry of foreign direct investment in the retail trade sector. KVVES district president K. Hassan Koya said similar protests would be held in other centres in the State. — Staff Reporter

`Keralolsavam'

KOZHIKODE: The district Keralolsavam will be held on December 22 and 23 at Atholi here. A meeting held at the Collectorate in this connection on Monday was presided over by district panchayat president K.P. Kunahmmedkutty. The panchayat-level contests will be completed by November 30 and the block-level contests by December 10 — Staff Reporter