16 new IPS posts

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM APRIL 24. The Government today issued a notification creating 16 new IPS posts in the Police Department. Officers newly conferred with the IPS were given placements in these posts last week.

RSP demands judicial probe

The State secretary of the RSP, T.J. Chandrachoodan, has demanded a judicial inquiry into the allegation that the officials of the Kerala State Beverages Corporation (KSBC) has siphoned off crores of rupees worth of incentives it has received from the manufacturers of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL). At a press conference here today, he said the charge was that incentives to the tune of Rs. 8.25 crores were being appropriated by officials in the KSBC annually. The KSBC had 305 IMFL outlets in the State against 46 owned by the Consumerfed. While the Consumerfed had, in their accounts, shown a sum of more than Rs. 1 crore as income received by way of incentives from the IMFL manufacturers, the KSBC was silent about such a source of income. Mr. Chandrachoodan said that when the volume of business handled by the KSBC was taken into consideration, the income that could be received by it through incentives would come to around Rs. 8.25 crores a year.

Shares UN award

The Kerala Forest Department shares credit for this year's Equator Award of the United Nations (UN), won by a Bangalore-based NGO, the Foundation for Revitalising Local Health Traditions (FRLHT). At a press conference here today, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, P.K. Surendranathan Asari, said the award was for the activities taken up by the FRLHT in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, with the direct involvement of the Forest departments of these States. A sum of $ 30,000 received as award was shared by the five States. Kerala's share of the amount would be handed over to the Vazhachaal Vana Samrakshana Samithi, a tribal people's unit formed in Vazhachaal for participatory management of the forests of the area. The Divisional Forest Officer of Vazhachaal, N. C. Induchoodan, the forest guard, V.K. Nandakumar and a representative of the Vana Samrakshana Samithi, T.S. Manilal, were honoured by the department at a function held at the forest headquarters here today.

Entrance test

Officials, including invigilators, who have been deployed for the conduct of the engineering and medical entrance examinations to be held from April 26 to 29, should report at the respective centres before 9 a.m. on exam days. Invigilators should approach the Chief Superintendent for details regarding their duties. Eligible students who do not receive their admit cards till April 24, should get their identification certificates from the liaison officer and report at the exam centres. The certificate should be collected from the liaison officer on April 25, after producing a copy of the photograph submitted along with the application. The liaison officers would be available from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the centres specified in the prospectus, a press release issued by the office of the Entrance Exam Commissioner, said.

Filariasis treatment

The Health Department will be distributing tablets for filariasis treatment to all families in 11 districts in the State on June 5 as part of a nation-wide drive to eradicate the disease. In a press release here today, the Health Director said the programme was sponsored by the World Health Organisation. Those the age of two years, barring pregnant women, should take one dose of this tablet on that day, irrespective of whether they had clinical symptoms of the disease or not, he said.

The drug, known in short as DEC, rarely has any side effects. It acts on the microfilaria and its prophylactic application will help reduce the parasite load in the community, thereby checking the transmission of the disease by mosquitoes. He said filariasis was widespread in the districts of Alappuzha, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod, where the tablets would be distributed.

Poll information through SMS

KOCHI APRIL 24. Election-related information on mobile phones will be provided by Escotel through Short Messaging Service (SMS). The customers have to send ELE followed by one's voter's identify card number as SMS to number 444.

The service was launched by the Election Commissioner, B B. Tandon, in the presence of State Electoral Officer, P.J. Thomas.

Boy drowned

PATHANAMTHITTA April 24. A 16-year-ld boy was drowned in the Perunthenaruvi stream while taking bath in the water falls near Vechoochira today. The deceased has been identified as Jibin of Chirakkadavu Alackal Puthenveettil near Kayamkulam who was on a visit to his relative's house at Vechoochira, according to the police.


KOTTAYAM APRIL 24. The IHRD-sponsored Technical Higher Secondary School at Peermadu has called for applications to Std. VIII. Those who have passed Std. VII or equivalent can apply. The entrance test has been scheduled for May 12 and the last date for application is May 3. For details contact Ph: 0486-332373.

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