KERALA

Briefly

Youth Congress gesture

KOLLAM Aug. 21. The district unit of the Youth Congress today celebrated the 61st birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi by hosting lunch for the inmates of the Juvenile Home and the Vikalanga Sadaman here. The novelist, Kakanadan, inaugurated the programme at the Juvenile Home. The district president of the Youth Congress, P. Jermias, presided over the function.

Spoken English course

THRISSUR AUG. 21. The Regional Institute of English, Bangalore will conduct a three-month spoken English course at the DIET, Thrissur, for students, teachers and the general public. There will be three classes of one-hour duration each every week as part of the course, which is being sponsored by the Central Government, according to a release from the DIET. The last date for receiving applications is September 8. Those interested in enrolling for the course may contact the course coordinator, Reena Francis, at DIET on phone number (0487) 2332070, the release said.

Condoled

KOZHIKODE AUG. 21. The Minister for Information and Public Relations, M.M. Hassan, has expressed deep grief at the death of Rahim Mecheri, editor, Chandrika. In a condolence message the Minister said the passing away of Rahim was an irrecoverable loss to journalism and to society at large.

38 more get admission

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM AUG. 21. At the Centralised Allotment Process (CAP) for admission to the Medical/Agricultural courses, 38 candidates were allotted seats today. All those who have been allotted seats to the MBBS and BDS courses should report to the college allotted, with the necessary documents in their original and undergo the admission formalities on August 23. If those students who have already undergone the CAP for the Medical/Agriculture courses are desirous of attending the allotment for the Engineering/B.Pharm. courses, the option form need be submitted only after that. The CAP for the five-year LLB course will be conducted at the LMS Compound here on August 23, as per the schedule already announced.

Entrance test schedule for 2005

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) has announced the schedule for the entrance examinations for admission to the professional colleges in the State for the year 2005. The test for the engineering courses will be conducted on April 25 and April 26 and that for the medical courses on April 27 and April 28. For the aptitude test in Architecture, to be held on April 29, there will be two papers of two hours duration each. Paper I will be Aesthetic Sensitivity and paper II, Drawing. More details will be available on the website "cee-kerala.org", from the first week of September 2004.

RSP State conference

The 14th State conference of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) will be held in Kannur from January 7 to 9. This was decided by the State committee of the party which met in Thiruvananthapuram today with the general secretary, K. Pankajakshan, in the chair. The State secretary, T.J. Chandrachoodan, said that it was for the first time that the State conference of the party was being held in the Malabar area.

Telecom staff allegation

The State unit of the National Federation of Telecom Employees has alleged that some of the franchisees of BSNL are engaged in shady deals. The Kerala Circle secretary of the organisation, K.M. Joseph, said in a statement here today that these agencies collected thousands of rupees for pre-paid connections which cost only Rs. 200 and gave post-paid connections on the basis of bogus certificates. They were making lakhs of rupees through such deals. He said that some of these agencies had been debarred because of it. He said that a bid was being made to allow them to function again. He warned of an agitation, if the authorities went ahead with it.

BSNL's Onam offer

The Thiruvananthapuram SSA of BSNL is launching a scheme for the reconnection of land phones without payment of rent for the disconnected period as a special Onam offer. An official press note today asked those who wished to make use of the scheme to send their requests to the Chief Accounts Officer (TR), LIC Building, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram-4 before September 19 or call telephone number 2544111.

Award for Mammootty

The first Asia Pacific Merilion Award will be presented to the noted actor, Mammootty. The award comprises Rs. 1 lakh and golden memento. A press release issued by the Singapore Kerala Association president, M.M. Dola, today said that the award would be presented on September 12 at the Asia Pacific convention in Singapore. The Merilion award will be presented annually to the best actor in the Asia-Pacific countries. Mammootty was selected for the award by a five-member committee for his performance in various films.

Admission to CAPE college

The Director of the Cooperative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE) has invited applications from candidates figuring in the medical rank list published by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations for admission to the MBBS course in the Cooperative Medical College, Kochi. Applications in plain paper, along with copies of the relevant documents, should reach the Principal of the college by August 26. The telephone numbers are 0484 2411460 and 2411461.

Consumerfed's Onam market

KOLLAM Aug. 21. The Minister for Cooperation, M.V. Raghavan, today said that the State Government and the Cooperative Department had earmarked Rs. 100 crores to keep prices under control during the Onam season. He was inaugurating Consumerfed's Onam markets through the Triveni Stores here today. Mr. Raghavan said Onam markets formed part of the steps taken by the State Government to prevent price rise. The cooperative sector would play an effective role to ensure that there was no shortage of essential commodities. Such commodities would be sold at fair price through the Onam markets of the Consumerfed. The Labour Minister, Babu Divakaran, presided over the inaugural function.

Onam fair in New Delhi

KOCHI AUG. 21. The Malayali population in New Delhi will get bananas and coconuts grown in their home State during this Onam season. For the first time, a mega Onam fair conducted by the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam (VFPCK) will make fruits and vegetables from the State available for the Delhi Malayalis for Onam. The fair, will be conducted at the Travancore House premises in New Delhi on August 23, 24 and 25, according to Ashokkumar Thekkan, chief executive officer, VFPCK. The fair is being held with the aim of finding a market for the State's vegetable and fruit products outside. The council also plans to expand the search for market abroad.

Kokker elected general secretary

The Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce former president, Siyad Kokker, was elected general secretary of the chamber in the elections held on Saturday. The election was conducted only to the general secretary's post. The other office-bearers were elected unanimously. The president is N. Nandakumar. The other functionaries are V.P. Madhavan Nair and Palamattam Majeed (vice-presidents), S.S.C. Subramanyam and K. Mohanan (secretaries) and Shereef Kottarakkara (treasurer).

Reduced

air fare to Malaysia

Nedumbassery Aug. 21. Indian Airlines has announced reduced fare for its services to Malaysia. The reduced fare will be in force till March 2005. Now, Malaysia-bound passengers need pay only Rs. 17,850 for their two-way journey, which will be applicable for those returning within three months. From Kochi, the service to Kuala Lumpur is routed via Chennai. Indian Airlines operates daily services to Chennai from Nedumbassery airport except on Mondays.