In Thiruvananthapuram today


Attukal Bhagavathy Temple: Pongala festival - first day - Ganapathy homam, 5-30 a.m., Kalasabishekam, Kalabhabishekam, Kumkumabishekam, 8 a.m., Laksharchana, 8 a.m., Kaappukettu and kudiyiruthu, 4 p.m., ballet by the Sri Chithra Home dance troupe, 9 p.m.

INTUC Manacaud Market Union: Cultural meeting in connection with the start of the Pongala festival, 6-30 p.m., violin recital by Bhuvana, cinematic dance, 8 p.m., Manacaud Market junction.


Modern Book Centre: Modern Book Fair, Bank Employees Union hall, 9-30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vakkom Moulavi Foundation: Training programme on `Practical Earth Science training', the Education Minister, Nalakath Soopy, inaugurates, Vakkom Moulavi Foundation, Thekkummoodu, 9 a.m.

William Carey Study and Research Centre: Seminar on `Child Marriage in Kerala and its impact', Salvation Army Guest House, Kaudiar, 9 a.m.

State Resources Centre: National workshop on Population studies, K.N.A. Khader, MLA, inaugurates, Government Guest House, Kovalam, 9 a.m.

SBT Kshema Social Circle: Handing over of assistance to indigent children and School Day celebrations, Thampanoor Government UPS, 9-30 a.m.

AKGCT: 46th State meeting, the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, inaugurates, keynote address by the CPI leader, P.K. Vasudevan Nair, 10-30 a.m., the president of the All India Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation, Anil Bhattacharya, inaugurates Education meeting, 4-30 p.m., VJT Hall.

Motor Vehicles Department and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers: The Transport Commissioner, K.P. Somarajan, inaugurates the two-day training programme for drivers of heavy vehicles, PWD Rest House conference hall, 10 a.m.

NSS College for Women: College Day celebrations, Aswathi Tirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi inaugurates, J. Lalithambika presides, NSS College, Neeramankara, 10-30 a.m.

University of Kerala Sanskrit Department: National seminar on `The dramas of Bhasa', technical sessions, 9-30 a.m., the Head of the Department of Tamil, K. Nachimuthu, delivers the valedictory address, 3-30 p.m, Senate chamber.

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development: State credit seminar, the Additional Chief Secretary, Babu Jacob, inaugurates, Conference Hall, Nabard, 11 a.m.

Kerala Agricultural University: Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma inaugurates the award presentation ceremony, College of Agriculture, Vellayani, 2-30 p.m.

Secretariat Pensioners' Welfare Association: Public meeting, the Chief Physician of Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, T.S. Madhavankutty Warrier, inaugurates, Secretariat Association hall, 4 p.m.

Ananda Marga School: 35th Annual Day celebrations, V.S. Sivakumar, MP, inaugurates, the DIG of Police, R. Sreelekha, presides, SMSS Hindu Mahila Mandiram, Poojappura, 5 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting of the members of Pranja group, Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Sasthamangalam, 6-30 p.m.