KERALA

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Human rights award for Krishna Iyer

KOCHI: Governor R.L. Bhatia will present the `human rights lifetime achievement award' to the jurist V.R. Krishna Iyer here on Monday.

The award, sponsored by the Krishna Menon Memorial Society and the Human Rights Initiative, is to honour Mr. Krishna Iyer's relentless campaign for human rights for more than half a century.

A host of public personalities and activists will felicitate Mr. Krishna Iyer, who has turned 90. A book on his life, authored by E.X. Joseph, will be released at the ceremony. — Special Correspondent

Sanction for 3,258 anganwadis

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Union Government has sanctioned 3,258 more anganwadi centres to the State under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). It has asked the State Government to prepare district or project-wise allocation of the anganwadis under the existing ICDS projects across Kerala immediately. Minister for Industries and Social Welfare V.K. Ibrahim Kunju said that location for anganwadis would be decided giving priority to tribal, coastal, slum and other backward areas. The Minister added that as many as 3,258 anganwadi workers and the same number of helpers would be recruited for running the new anganwadis. The Centre has also sanctioned 130 additional posts of ICDS supervisors. In its order, the Centre has asked the State Governments, which were sanctioned new centres, to operationalise them by June 30, 2006. As the national norm, it specified that villages pre-dominantly inhabited by the population of scheduled cases and tribes and minority community should be given priority. It said supplementary nutrition would be provided through the centres to all beneficiaries for 300 days in a year. — Special Correspondent

Deputy Speaker in MCH

Thiruvananthapuram: Deputy Speaker N. Sundaran Nadar was admitted to the intensive care unit of Medical College Hospital (MCH) on Thursday following respiratory distress. His condition is stable, MCH Superintendent D. Dalus said. — Staff Reporter

Admitted to hospital

Thiruvananthapuram: Hairunnisa, one of the main accused in the Kalluvathukkal liquor tragedy case, who is serving term in the Central Prison, was admitted to ward 3 of the MCH on Thursday after she complained of respiratory problems and general discomfort. — Staff Reporter

Woman found murdered

PATHANAMTHITTA: A 76-year-old woman, Kamalakshi Kunjamma of Pannivizha Kottappuram Mattathu-kizhakethil near Adoor, was found murdered inside her house on Wednesday night. The Adoor police arrested her son, Mohan Unnithan, 42, in connection with the incident. - Staff Reporter

Identification for pension

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Defence pensioners who are drawing their pension through the Defence Pension Disbursing Office (DPDO), Kollam, and who were last identified in December 2004, are required to get identified through the respective banks or the DPDO before December 12. Non-identification before the said date will result in non-payment of pension from December 2005 onwards. - Staff Reporter

Munsiff court order on bus fare hike

Thrissur: Thrissur First Additional Munsiff K.P. Sunitha on Wednesday ordered that urgent notice should be served on the Government and Transport Commissioner in a public interest case that demanded the recent bus fare hike be declared illegal. The order was issued on a petition filed by Unnikrishnan, a native of Vadanapally. The petition said the bus fare hike was not systematic. — Staff Reporter

Woman charred to death

ALAPPUZHA: Ambika Devi, 47, a person with disability, was charred to death inside her house in stadium ward limits here on Thursday, the police said. According to the police, her neighbours, who went to her house on hearing an explosion, saw her burning through an open window. The neighbours said the house was locked from outside. Though they entered the house using force, Ambika Devi was dead by then. The victim became disabled 18 years ago when she tried to save her mother from a fire when a kerosene stove exploded in her house. Ambika Devi is survived by her husband, Muraleedharan Nair, an employee of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. here, and the children Bhagyashree and Bhagyanath. — Staff Reporter

MLA to chat on video

Thrissur: Thomas Unniyadan, Irinjalakuda MLA, will be available for a live video conference on December 8.

`Retain original name of Thrissur'

Thrissur: The Thrissivaperur Heritage Protection Council on Thursday staged a dharna in front of the Thrissur Railway Station demanding that the original name of the place, Thrissivaperur, be used in all official records, correspondence and documents. A meeting of the Cochin Devaswom Board too decided to submit a memorandum to the Government to make Thrissivaperur the official name of the place. — Staff Reporter

Rs.29.8 lakhs given to temples

THRISSUR: The Guruvayur Devaswom disbursed Rs.29.8 lakhs to 456 temples and Vedic schools across the State for the renovation. The disbursement was done simultaneously at Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikkode and Guruvayur. The devaswom has also invited applications from the temples and Vedic schools for financial aid for renovation next year. — Staff Reporter