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Photo show

on Nayanar

KANNUR JULY 17. Creative Photographers' Forum of Kannur will organise a photo exhibition on the late Chief Minister, E.K. Nayanar, here on July 19 and 20. The exhibition will be formally inaugurated by the CPI(M) Central Committee member, M.A. Baby, at the Press Club Hall at 5 p.m. on July 18.

Employees' fellowship

KOLLAM July 17. The Tillery Saint Padre Pio Retreat Centre will organise a fellowship for Government employees here on July 18. The Inspector General of Police, Siby Mathew, will deliver the Gospel discourse, according to the director of the centre, Sebastian Kakkiriyil. That the programme will be inaugurated by the Kollam Bishop, Stanley Roman.

Sandalwood trees stolen

ALAPPUZHA July 17. Four sandalwood trees, estimated to cost several lakhs of rupees, were found cut and removed from the official residence of the State Bank of India's Alappuzha Beach branch manager today. According to local people, the trees were almost 100 years old. The thieves cut the trees using electric saws. The residence of the manager adjoins the office of Alappuzha District Superintendent of Police. The Alappuzha South Police have registered a case.

Photo show on Nayanar

KANNUR JULY 17. Creative Photographers' Forum of Kannur will organise a photo exhibition on the late Chief Minister, E.K. Nayanar, here on July 19 and 20. The forum general convener, Selvan Melur, has said that the exhibition is being organised to display the news photographer, Rajan Poduval's photographs that captured rare moments in the life of the late leader. The exhibition to be held in the Chamber Hall will be formally inaugurated by the CPI(M) Central Committee member, M.A. Baby, at the Press Club Hall at 5 p.m. on July 18.

Rank list of surgeons

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM JULY 17. The rank list of Assistant Surgeons will be published at the earliest. A decision to this effect was taken by the Public Service Commission at its meeting held here today. The meeting decided to speed up the publication of the list in the context of the 2,032 vacancies existing in Government hospitals. The short list consisting of 2,032 persons was published by the PSC last month. The PSC proposes to complete the interview in August and publish the list in September. The 48th report of the PSC was submitted to the Governor by the PSC chairman, M. Gangadhara Kurup, today. He was accompanied by members, K. Rajagopal, K. V. Salahuddin and N. Ananthakrishnan.

CITU opposes PSUs sale

The CITU State secretariat has warned the Government against trying to sell off public sector units in the State at will. In a statement here today, the CITU secretariat said the proposal to privatise 10 State PSUs was in keeping with the R. C. Chowdhury Committee recommendations and against assurances given to CITU leaders by the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, when they called on him on June 30 to submit a memorandum on the subject. The Industries Minister, P. K. Kunhalikkutty's statement in this regard in the Assembly showed that the Antony Government proposed to pursue the NDA Government's disinvestment policy, the CITU leadership said. The CITU secretariat called upon workers and the general public not to allow the Industries Minister and the Government to have their way. The CITU, the statement said, would oppose the move tooth and nail.

Dala Award for O.N.V. Kurup

The noted poet, O. N. V. Kurup, is the recipient of this year's Dala Award, instituted by the Dubai Arts Lovers' Association, for his contributions to Kerala's life and culture. This was announced at a press conference here today by I. V. Das, convenor of the award committee. Earlier recipients of the award, instituted in 1997, include the orator, Sukumar Azhikode, the veteran physician, P. K. R. Warrier and K. Mohanan, journalist.

`Trade unions must change'

The CPI State secretary, Veliyam Bhargavan, has called for a change in the style of functioning of trade unions. Inaugurating the State-level leadership camp organised by the AITUC here today, he said trade unions must show more social commitment.

Vedi expresses concern

The Hindu Aikya Vedi has expressed concern at the Thiruvananthapuram Archbishop Susa Pakiam's reported statement on the Narendran Commission report. The president of the Vedi, J. Sisupalan, in a rejoinder today warned the type of agitation being planned by the Archbishop to get the Narendran Commission report implemented would affect the communal amity prevailing in the State.

Phone-in programme

The next part of `Doctorodu chodikkuka', the live phone-in programme being broadcast by the Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha stations of the AIR from 9-30 a.m. to 10-30 a.m. tomorrow will be on cancer. The questions of the listeners will be answered by B. Rajan, Director, Regional Cancer Centre and P. Kusuma Kumari, Head of Paediatric Oncology. The number to be called for asking questions is 1707066 (BSNL). Outstation callers should prefix the code 95471.

SAC submits memo

The Secretariat Action Council submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, today demanding the appointment of a Commission for revising the salary of Government employees and teachers at the earliest. It pointed out that the term of the previous pay revision had ended in March 2002. It was because the Government was in the process of nursing back to health the economy that the employees waited so long. The appointment of the Commission should not be delayed further. The Action Council demanded the payment of interim relief and one month's salary as bonus without any ceiling.

Award for Zubire

The noted writer, H. M. Zubire, has been selected for the Samskara Sahithi's award for his overall contributions to Malayalam literature and cinema. The award consists of a purse of Rs. 10,001and a statuette. He is already a Limca record holder for having published 13 books on a single day.

Army recruitment result

The results of the common entrance examination held at the Branch Recruiting Office (BRO) of the Army at Thiruvananthapuram on June 27 has been published. More details can be had from the BRO.

Two new batches sanctioned

Two additional courses in mechanical and civil engineering have been sanctioned to the SHM Engineering College, Kadakkal by the AICTE for the year 2004-05. M.Jayachandran Nair, chairman, Kadakkal Educational Trust, which runs the college announced this here today. He said admissions were being made to the management quota in all the branches.

Railway GM calls on Antony

The General Manager of Southern Railway, V. Anand, today called on the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, and sought the Government's help in completing the various projects being implemented by the Railways in the State. Railway sources said the land acquisition for various projects and the construction of road over-bridges figured in the meeting. The General Manager was accompanied by the Divisional Railway Manager, G. Narayanan. Later, Mr. Anand visited the divisional headquarters at Thycaud and interacted with the railways officials on various ongoing projects.

Denial of school admission

KANNUR JULY 17. A civic protest was held here today against the denial of school admission to the HIV-infected children, Akshara and Ananthu. Inaugurating the protest gathering organised by the Jeevana Samskriti at the Stadium Corner here, the social activist, Gro Vasu, said that the continuing stigma being shown against the two children and the resistance to the moves to admit them to the local school revealed a society that was becoming less sympathetic and humane to the hapless people.

The CPI leader and District Panchayat Health and Welfare Standing Committee chairman, Pallipram Balan, presided over the function. The Jeevana Samskriti Director, J.J. Pallath, P.K. Vijayaraghavan (Congress), K. Surendran (INTUC), P. Narayanan (BJP), P. Ajayakumar (AIYF) and T.P.R. Nath spoke at the function.

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