KERALA

Briefly

Minister's call to cooperatives

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM MAY 29. The Cooperation Minister, M. V. Raghavan, has called for the concerted action of the employees, the Government and the political parties for preventing the century old cooperative movement from plunging into a crisis. Inaugurating the 21st State conference of the All Kerala Cooperative Urban Bank Employees Association in Thiruvananthapuram today he said that the cooperative banks could be made profitable only if their lavishness was ended and efficiency improved. He sought the cooperation and commitment of the employees of the cooperative banks for the purpose. He said that the Government would not adopt a negative attitude towards the reasonable demands of the employees. He hoped that the new Government would repeal the laws which were harmful to the cooperative sector.

Ulloor award for M.P. Appan

The Ulloor award of the Library and Research Institute functioning in the celebrated writer's name at Jagathy in Thiruvananthapuram for the best anthology of poems of 2003 is to be given posthumously to Mahakavi M. P.Appan. The award which consists of a citation and a purse of Rs. 5,000 will be presented by the Labour Minister, Babu Divakaran, at a function to be organised in connection with th writer's 127th birth anniversary celebrations in the Institute on June 6.

Supplyco staff demand

The Supplyco Employees Association, Kerala, has demanded action against wholesalers who sold fruits containing chemicals from neighbouring States in Kerala. The president of the Association, Pattom Sasidharan, said in a statement today that arrangements should be made to stop the lorries bringing the fruits at the border and allow them in only if the goods were found to be fit for consumption.

Plea to reopen Coke plant

The Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Employees Union has appealed to the Government to take steps for the reopening of the Coca Cola plant at Plachimada in Palakkad. Addressing media persons at a press conference here today, the president of the Employees Union, Thennilapuram Radhakrishnan, said the Government had issued orders for the closure of the plant on March 9 on the basis of several baseless charges raised against the functioning of the plant. He also said that the water level in the Malampuzha and Moolathara dams had gone up as a result of the recent rains and there was no reason for the closure of the plant. As many as 600 workers and the families were being affected as a result of the stand taken by the Government, he said.

`Recruit women as SIs'

The State Women's Commission has recommended to the Government that women be recruited as direct Sub Inspectors in the general executive branch of the State police. The meeting, which was presided over by the SWC chairperson, M. Kamalam, pointed out that such a recruitment policy was already in practice in States such as Tamil Nadu. The meeting also condoled the death of the former Chief Minister, E. K. Nayanar.

Annual conference

KOLLAM May 29. The 16th annual State conference of the Kerala Government Insurance Medical Officers Association (KGIMOA) will be inaugurated here on May 30 by the Labour Minister, Babu Divakaran. The KGIMOA is the organisation of ESI doctors in the State. The inaugural function would be preceded by a continuing medical education class on glucose monitoring in diabetes and interpretation of chest X-rays in patients with congenial heart disease. On the occasion the Rajya Sabha member, N.K. Premachandran, will formally launch the KGIMOA website.

Literary award for Mangad

THRISSUR MAY 29. Balakrishnan Mangad has been selected for the Janakiyammal Fernandes Award for a non-resident Malayali writer instituted by the Bangalore-based Katharangam Literary Forum. Mr. Mangad gets the award for his collection of short stories, `Pinne Parvathy'. The award was decided by a committee comprising K. P. Sankaran, writer, Priyadarsan Lal and K. Kavitha, chairperson of the Forum. The P. P. Sundaran Award has been given to Vasudhendra for his work, `Apaswara Dallvamdu Arthanada'. The Vidwan P. Kelu Nair Award has been conferred on Vasumathi Uduppa, for her work, `Bale Yadisuva Bale'. The Kannada literary awards were decided by a committee comprising O. L. N. Swamy, L. Hanumanthayya and K. S. Anantharao. The awards will be presented at a function in Bangalore in June, says a press release.

Lay siege to VC's office

A group of teachers of the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) today laid siege to the office of the Vice-Chancellor, K. V. Peter, demanding revocation of the suspension of the former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Pathiyur Gopinath. The blockade was over when the police removed the teachers who belonged to the Teacher's Organisation of the KAU (TOKAU). Dr. Gopinath has been suspended by the executive committee on charges of `financial impropriety' in the GALASA project of collective farming in which he was closely associated. The Vice-Chancellor said it was the committee which had suspended Dr Gopinath, and it can be revoked only by that committee. He said the issue would come up for discussion at the executive committee meeting to be held on June 7.

PNB employees' meet begins

KOCHI MAY 29. The 17th State-level meet of the Punjab National Bank Employees' Union, Kerala, affiliated to the All India Bank Employees' Association was inaugurated here on Saturday morning. The union president, D. S. N. Pillai, hoisted the flag to mark the beginning of the two-day meet. A trade union workshop that followed was inaugurated by the secretary of the All Kerala Bank Employees' Federation (AKBEF), N. S. Ravindranath.

A trade union rally and a public meeting followed the delegates' meet.

Coaching programme

KOZHIKODE MAY 29. Applications have been invited for admission to the five-month programme for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) candidates conducted at the Centre of Excellence floated by the SC/ ST Development Department with the support of the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode.

The programme's objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of SC/ST candidates to compete in national and international level competitive examinations.

Candidates below age 30 on July 1 may apply on plain paper with copies of certificates to show date of birth, caste, degree/PG mark sheets of all years of Bachelors degree and a passport-size photograph to Programme Co-ordinator, Centre of Excellence, KIRTADS campus, Chevayur, P O Kozhikode 673 017 on or before June 12.

TKM College to reopen on June 1

KOLLAM May 29 . The post-graduate and degree classes at the TKM College of Arts and Science will resume after summer vacations on June 1 and 2 respectively, the college Prinicipal announced here today.

IHMA demand

Thiruvananthapuram May 29. The Indian Homoeopathic Medical Association (IHMA) has demanded that the Government supply homoeo medicines through homoeo hospitals, ESI hospitals, dispensaries and other Government health centres to check the spread of viral fever and dengue fever. The association district president, Manu Varghese, and the secretary, R.Rejikumar, said in a statement issued here today that the preventive medicines were highly effective and were in great demand. The Government should take the initiative to provide it to the public, they said.

Elected president

R. Gopinathan Nair was elected president of the Ezhuthachan National Academy at a meeting of the academy managing committee held here today. The meeting approved a project report of Rs.1.5 crores for the development of the academy.

Workshop inaugurated

The veteran litterateur, K. Ayyappa Panicker, today inaugurated a workshop on short stories, organised by the Thapasya Art and Literary Forum as part of its 27th State annual conference. The noted actor, Bharat Gopi, inaugurated a workshop on screenplay. The director, Vijayakrishnan, was among those who spoke.

Selection of project leaders

The All-Kerala Widows' Association is electing project leaders for supervising self-employment schemes to be launched in all Corporation and panchayat wards in the State. The minimum qualification is SSLC and there is no age limit. Those who are interested in social service should contact the association secretary, K. Prasanna Chandrika. The contact telephone number is 2446755, an association release said.

Annual meet

KOZHIKODE MAY 29. T.K. Hamza, MP, inaugurated the 33rd annual conference of the Calicut University Employees' Union on the campus on Friday. The union secretary, K. Viswanath, the CITU State vice-president, P. Nandakumar, the FSETO former State secretary, C.H. Ashokan, and the Confederation State secretary, R. Ramachandran, spoke at the meeting.

Farewell

The social anthropologists, Filippo Osella and his wife Carolyn Osella, who have been engaged in research work for their book on life of Muslims in Malabar were given a warm send-off on the eve of their departure for their home in the U.K. at a function organised by the Citizens' Intellectual Educational Social and Cultural Organisation (CIESCO) at Kuttichira here on Friday. The Osellas who have authored a book on social mobility in Kerala with particular reference to the Ezhava community, have been staying in Kozhikode for 20 months to gather data for their new research project which is also to be published as a book.

Viral fever

Viral fever could be effectively treated with Homoeo medicines within two days, the Institution of Homoeopaths Kerala district secretary, P.D. Sumesh, claimed in a press release here today.

Award

KASARAGOD MAY 29. The noted writer, Chemmanam Chacko, was presented this year's P. Memorial Literary Award at the Poet P. Memorial meeting held at Kanhangad on Thursday. The award, carrying a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 1,000, was presented to Mr. Chacko by the social critic, Sukumar Azhikode.

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