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Water levels fall

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM FEB. 10. The water levels at the three major reservoirs of the State have fallen over the week. According to a report of the Central Water Commission, the water level of Idukki fell from 2333.94 ft to 2331.58 ft, that of Kallada from 356.23 ft to 354.13 ft and that of Idamalayar from 479.13 ft to 475.98 ft. But the present water levels of all the three reservoirs are higher than what they were this time last year. The water level of Idukki is higher by 11.28 ft, that of Kallada by 7.18 ft and that of Idamalayar by 20.11 ft.

Convention of EDCs

The Department of Industries and Commerce proposes to organise a State-level convention of the members of the Entrepreneurship Development Clubs (EDCs), which have been set up in educational institutions across State, in Thiruvananthapuram on February 16. The Industries Minister, P.K. Kunhalikutty, and the other Ministers, leaders of political parties and top officials will attend the convention and interact with the students. The clubs have been set up to develop a sense of entrepreneurship among the students. They were set up in over 100 educational institutions during the last one year. The coordinators of the clubs and two members to be selected by them from each club can attend the convention.

More can appear for SET

Those who have appeared for post graduate and B.Ed. examinations and are awaiting the result can also appear for the State Eligibility Test (SET). The Director of the LBS Centre for Science and Technology, which has been deputed by the Government to conduct the test, said today they should, however, attain the required eligibility in the examination and its result should be published within four months of the conduct of the SET. They should give a certificate from the head of the examination centre to the effect that they had appeared for the entire examination along with their application for the SET. The certificate should also contain their register number. The SET certificate will be issued only after they produce the certificate to the effect that they have attained the required eligibility in the examination. More details can be had from the LBS Centre in Thiruvananthapuram or its website www.lbscentre.org.

Library Council polls

The Government has allowed the use of school buildings for conducting the taluk, district and State-level elections to the Library Council. The services of the teachers and the employees of the Education Department can also be utilised for conducting the election.

Poet rejects Akademi award

The noted poet, Kureepuzha Sreekumar, who won the Kerala Sahithya Akademi award for the best work in children's literature for his work Penangunni, has rejected the award. In a brief statement here today, Mr. Sreekumar said he was rejecting the award because it was named after a Hindu God, Sree Padmanabha. The Kerala Sahithya Akademi, he said, was an institution that was expected to function on the basis of secular principles and he could not accept an award named after a Hindu God. Mr. Sreekumar told The Hindu over phone that his inquiries with the Akademi authorities revealed that nobody had really given a thought to the title of the award, which had been instituted by the royal family of erstwhile Tranvancore.

Murali ditched partymen: RSP

The RSP State secretary, T. J. Chandrachoodan, has said that the Congress leader, K. Karunakaran, and his son, K. Muraleedharan, owed an apology to their supporters for the manner in which they had surrendered before the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, for a berth in the Cabinet. In a statement here today, Prof. Chandrachoodan said the `father-son duo' had hoodwinked their supporters by their sudden reversal of stand on the question of leadership change. Mr. Antony had also lost his moral right to remain in office after having decided buy peace with his rivals by offering them a position in the Cabinet, the RSP leader said.

Diversion of trains

PALAKKAD FEB. 10. The Railways announced diversion of certain trains from February 15 to March 15 due to the non-interlocked working of trains in Shoranur Yard as part of the provision of Route Relay Interlocked Panels for train signals. The following trains will be diverted to run via Shoranur bypass line and will not touch Shoranur from February 15: train nos.7027\7028 Trivandrum-Hyderabad Express; train nos.7029\7030 Ernakulam-Hyderabad Sabari Express; train nos. 3352\3351 Alleppey-Dhanbad\Tata Express; train nos. 5011\5012 Trivandrum-Gorakhpur Raptisagar Express; train nos.5521\5222 Ernakulam-Barauni Express; train nos. 6326\6325 Trivandrum-Indore Ahilyanagari Express and train nos. 6328\6327 Trivandrum-Bilapsur Express. In lieu of the above diversion, stoppage will be provided for trains at Wadakkancheri and Ottapalam.

Award for C. Radhakrishnan

The Devi Prasadam awards for 2003 have gone to the Malayalam writer, C. Radhakrishnan, the Sanskrit scholar, Mridananda Swamy, the Kathakali artiste, Kottakkal Sivaraman, and the Vedic scholar, Chettari Meykkat Subramaniyan Namboodiri. The awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and a citation. It will be presented at a function at Olappamanna Mana on February 22.

Assocham awards announced

THRISSUR FEB. 6. D. Ramanathan, chief executive officer of Seetharam Ayurveda Pharmacy, has been selected for the Associated Chamber of Commerce (Assocham) Excellence in Management Award. M. C. Paul, chairman and managing director of KSE Limited, has been selected for the Assocham life-time achievement award. The awards, carrying a citation and a statuette, will be presented here on February 21.

Muloor Award for Rajanbabu

PATHANAMTHITTA FEB. 10. The anthology of poems, `Kavithayude Pettakam' by the noted Malayalam poet, Manamboor Rajanbabu, has been selected for this year's Muloor Award instituted in the name of the satirist Muloor S. Padmanabha Panicker. Addressing a press conference here today, the Muloor Smaraka Samithi president, T.V. Raghavan and the secretary, V.R. Kamalasanan, said that the award, comprising a cash award of Rs. 5,000 and a citation, would be presented to Mr. Rajanbabu at a function to be held at the Muloor Memorial at Elavumthitta on February 18. The 135th Muloor Jayanthi would be held the same day.

Memorial lecture

THALASSERY FEB. 10. The first A.K. Khaderkutty memorial lecture, being organised by the Kannur University in association with the Western India Plywoods Ltd., will be delivered by A.C. Muthiah, the Chairman of the Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation Ltd., Chennai, at Thalassery on February 14.

Dr. Muthiah would deliver the lecture on `Leadership in changed scenario - India in search of global leaders' at the Sarada Krishna Iyer Town Bank Auditorium.

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KOLLAM FEB. 10. The Rajya Sabha Member, N. K. Premachandran, will launch the web site of the Fatima Mata National College on February 11. At a press conference here today, the college principal, G. Henry, said that the web site, www.fatimacollege.net, had been created using state-of-the-art Wireless Access Protocol technology and was the first of its kind to be launched in any college in Asia. Prof. Henry said that the web site had been programmed by a first year chemistry degree student of the college,V. Stephen Antony.

Students to be honoured

The teaching staff and Parent-Teacher Association of the S.N. College here have organised a function on February 11 to honour the sports and arts talents in the institution. The function will be inaugurated by the SNDP Yogam general secretary, Vellappally Natesan. On the occasion, the new campus road and a video studio set up by the Mass Communications Department of the college would be declared open.

Inaugurated

The Minister for Cooperation, M.V. Raghavan, inaugurated the three-storey `Bank Employees Bhavan' building of the Bank Employees Cooperative Society. The inaugural function was presided over by the society president, K. Vijayan Pillai.

KVS meet

PATHANAMTHITTA FEB. 10. The annual district meet of the Kerala Vidyarthi Sanghatana (KVS), students' wing of the CPI(ML), will be held at the Santhi Tourist Home here on February 12, according to the organisation district secretary, S. Sankar.

Pooja

The 169th Janmathithi pooja of Sree Ramakrishna Paramahansa will be held at the Sree Ramakrishna Ashram Temple at Thukalassery, near Thiruvalla, on February 22, according to the ashram chief, Swami Samagrananda. The pooja will start with an auspicious `mangalarati', which would be followed by a Veda recital at 5 a.m.

Awards presented

THRISSUR FEB. 10. The 14th Ramu Kariat Award, instituted by Arya Thrissivaperoor, was presented to the director, T.V. Chandran, at a function here on Tuesday. The Sixth Premji Award was presented to the veteran singer-actress, KPAC Sulochana. Among those present on the occasion were the Congress leader, V.M. Sudheeran, the actor, Nedumudi Venu, and the director, Sathyan Anthicaud.

Folk art fete

`Nattarangu', a classical and folk art festival conducted as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the School of Drama, began here on Monday. The festival began with the staging of the `Porattu Natakam' by a troupe led by Vaniyamkulam Narayanan, at the Aranattukara Subramania temple. A presentation of `Thuyilunarthu Pattu' preceded the drama. Vayala Vasudevan Pillai, head of the School of Drama, and Rajagopalan, folklorist, introduced the art forms to the viewers.

Convocation

The 16th convocation of Amritabharati Vidyapeetam will be held at the CKMNSS School, Chalakudy, on February 14. Acharya Narendra Bhooshan, scholar, will be the chief guest, a press release said.

KVS meet

PATHANAMTHITTA FEB. 10. The annual district meet of the Kerala Vidyarthi Sanghatana (KVS), students' wing of the CPI(ML), will be held at the Santhi Tourist Home here on February 12, according to the organisation district secretary, S. Sankar.

Felicitation

KOLLAM FEB. 10 . The teaching staff and Parent-Teacher Association of the S.N. College here will organise a function on February 11 to felicitate the sports and arts talents in the institution. The function will be inaugurated by the SNDP Yogam general secretary, Vellappally Natesan.

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