KERALA

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Rail services regulatedKOCHI. In view of non-interlocking work to be undertaken for rail doubling work between Pallipuram and Kuttipuram, the following will be the pattern of rail services from March 21 to 25. Train number 387/388 (Coimbatore-Mangalore-Coimbatore Passenger) has been partially cancelled between Shornur and Kozhikode. Train 687/688 Trichy-Mangalore-Trichy Express has been partially cancelled between Palakkad and Kozhikode. From March 23 to 25, train 615/618 Thrissur-Kozhikode-Thrissur passenger has been partially cancelled between Kozhikode and Shoranur. Train 610/611 Kannur-Coimbatore-Kannur Passenger has been partially cancelled between Kozhikode and Coimbatore. The Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Parasuram Express (train number 6349) and the Ernakulam-Nizammudin Mangala Express will be regulated between Shoranur and Pattambi for 60 and 30 minutes respectively, from March 21 to 24. Staff Reporter

Elephant kills manThrissur: A labourer was killed by an elephant near the office of the Thiruvambadi Devaswom here on Saturday, according to the police. Subramanian, 45, alias Raju, of Kizhekkegramam at Kannambra in Palakkad, was kicked by the elephant Kuttisankaran around 2 a.m. after it participated in the `Ezhunellippu' held as part of the annual festival of the Thiruvambadi temple. Raju was removing the caparison on the elephant. Another labourer, Ratheesh, was atop the elephant when the incident occurred. In the melee, four other elephants ran amok. The situation was brought under control by the mahouts, the police said. Staff Reporter

Power theft detectedTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: During the fortnight ended March 17, the Anti-Power Theft Squad of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) conducted nearly 350 surprise inspections at the premises of consumers suspected of indulging in power theft and detected power theft and other irregularities that had caused the institution a loss of more than Rs.31 lakhs. In a press release here on Saturday, the KSEB urged the people to contact the following telephone numbers if they have information that would be useful in detecting power theft: 0471-2472353 (Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts), 0484-2392179 (Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts), 0481-2340250 (Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts), 0491-2546011 (Thrissur and Palakkad districts), 0495-2368939 (Malappuram and Kozhikode districts), 0495-2760601 (Wayanad district), 04994-255666 (Kannur and Kasargode districts) and 0486-2235281 (Idukki district). Special Correspondent

Award for doctorKOZHIKODE: Roshan Bijlee, creator director, `Arogyavicharam,' a health programme telecast by India Vision channel has won the `best presenter' award instituted by the Indian Dental Association (IDA). It was adjudged by IDA as the best dental speciality health programme for its unique style of presentation, method of treating serious scientific subjects and popularity. Dr. Bijlee is with the Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. The award was presented to Dr. Roshan Bijlee by Dr. Vijayakumar, president, IDA's Kerala chapter. Special Correspondent

Death condoledKOZHIKODE: Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Sabha on Saturday condoled the demise of C.R. Parasuram, founder member and former president of the Sabha. Sabha president M.D. Ramanathan and secretary A. Ramanathan highlighted Dr. Parasuram's contributions in promoting Carnatic music in the city. Special Correspondent

Seminar on wetlandsKANNUR: A seminar on the ecological importance of wetlands, `kavus' (sacred groves) and hills will be held here on the World Forest Day on March 21 under the auspices of the Forest Department.

Announcing this here on Saturday, Assistant Forest Conservator O. Jayarajan said that the subject of the seminar was selected with the objective of drawing fresh focus on biodiversity habitats outside natural forests.

Agricultural scientist K.P. Prabhakaran Nair would inaugurate the seminar at the Chamber Hall at 10 a.m. Former Director of Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology V.S. Vijayan, E. Unnikrishan, author of `Uthara Keralathile Vishudha Vanangal' and Society for Environmental Education Kerala T.P. Padmanabhan would be among those presenting the topics at the seminar. Staff Reporter

Specialist teachers seek protectionKOCHI: The Government Specialist Teachers' Association (GSTA) has demanded that the post of specialist teacher be retained and appointments made to fill the posts falling vacant on the retirement of teachers. A meeting of the Association here on Saturday decided to submit a memorandum to the Government. The association demanded that the specialist teachers be given protection in their respective schools disregarding the hours of work. Specialist teachers working in high schools should be allowed classes in Standard X. They also demanded the pay-scale of high school assistants (HSA) for the specialist teachers working in high schools. As the specialist teachers at present have no promotion, allowing a fourth grade was also demanded. Staff Reporter

Award for doctorKOZHIKODE: Roshan Bijlee, creator director, `Arogyavicharam,' a health programme telecast by India Vision channel has won the `best presenter' award instituted by the Indian Dental Association (IDA). It was adjudged by IDA as the best dental speciality health programme for its unique style of presentation, method of treating serious scientific subjects and popularity. Dr. Bijlee is with the Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. The award was presented to Dr. Roshan Bijlee by Dr. Vijayakumar, president, IDA's Kerala chapter. Special Correspondent

Death condoledKOZHIKODE: Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Sabha on Saturday condoled the demise of C.R. Parasuram, founder member and former president of the Sabha. Sabha president M.D. Ramanathan and secretary A. Ramanathan highlighted Dr. Parasuram's contributions in promoting Carnatic music in the city. Special Correspondent

Meet on wetlandsKANNUR: A seminar on the ecological importance of wetlands, `kavus' (sacred groves) and hills will be held here on the World Forest Day on March 21 under the auspices of the Forest Department. Assistant Forest Conservator O. Jayarajan said that the subject of the seminar was selected with the objective of drawing fresh focus on biodiversity habitats.