Tremor near MullaperiyarTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A tremor was reported from Thayikudy, 17 km from Mullaperiyar, on Friday. The tremor measured 2.1 on the Richter scale. The studies conducted by the Centre for Earth Science Studies have found the places around the Mullaperiyar dam prone to tremors. Water Resources Minister N. K. Premchandran expressed concern at the safety of the dam.

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Holiday for schoolsTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Schools in the State will not function on August 19 and September 16 though these were declared as working days earlier to make up for the declaration of working days as holidays by the Government. The Director of Public Instruction said here on Friday that the change had been necessitated by the scheduling of the Public Service Commission examinations on these days. He also declared January 27 and February 17, 2007, as the new working days for the schools. There is no change in the earlier declaration of October 28 as working day. The working days which were declared as holidays were June 1 and 2 and July 29.

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`Devaswom panel decision correct'Kozhikode: Zamorin P.K.S. Raja has concurred with the decision of the Guruvayur Devaswom managing committee to effect changes in the system of `udayasthamana pujas' (pujas during sun rise and sun set). In a statement here on Friday, Mr. Raja, who is also on the committee said, though he could not participate in the meeting of the committee on August 16, which took the decision to effect changes in the system of pujas due to technical reasons, he fully supported the decision. Staff Reporter

Land acquisition begins at GuruvayurGURUVAYUR: The process of acquiring 25 metres of land around the Sree Krishna temple began on Friday. The Devaswom and land acquisition authorities erected fences around the plots after measuring the area to be acquired at the Vadakke Nada area of the temple. In all, six houses and ten shops were evicted in the Vadakke Nada area. Staff Reporter

Applications invitedKOLLAM: The BSS College here has invited applications for admission to the graduate and postgraduate courses of the Punjab Technical University (PTU). The BSS College is the authorised learning centre of the PTU. The courses offered are MBA (two years), MCA (three years), M.Sc. Information Technology (two years) and B.Sc. Information Technology (three years). Application forms may be had from the College at Kadappakada. For details call 0474-276 1788. Staff Reporter

Book releaseKollam: The collection of poems `Santhwanam' by Mukathala Achuthan, will be released at the Press Club Hall here on August 20 by chemistry professor and `kathaprasangam' exponent, Vasanthakumar Sambasivan. Cultural activist P.K. Sudhakaran Pillai will receive the first copy. A function in this connection is being organised by the district committee of the `Adhyapaka kala sahithya samithi.' Staff Reporter

Coaching centreKOLLAM: Pinnacle, a coaching centre for civil service examinations at the Bishop Jerome Nagar here, will be inaugurated on August 21 by Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran. The former Chief Secretary C.P. Nair will be the chief guest. The inaugural function will be presided over by Mayor N. Padmalochanan. Phone: 0474-2764021. - Staff Reporter

Nau Sainik campKOLLAM: The Nau Sainik camp of the National Cadet Corps began on the Number 3 Naval Unit NCC premises at Thevally Palace here on Thursday. The programmes include boat pulling, sailing, firing, parade, semaphore, ship modelling and cultural programme. The camp will conclude on August 28. - Staff Reporter.

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