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A 25-year-old youth working as a cleaner of a truck was fatally run over by another truck at the railway goods shed yard today. The police said Sunil fell from the truck he was travelling and another truck coming from the opposite direction ran over him. Though he was rushed to a private hospital, his life could not be saved. The body will be handed over to relatives tomorrow after a post mortem at the district hospital here.
A meeting of the Parent-Teachers Association of the T.K.M. College of Arts and Science held today emphasised the need to maintain peace on the campus. The college was remaining closed indefinitely following campus violence. The meeting extended full support to the college principal for the reopening of the college.
Train halt demanded
The Youth Congress organised a dharna in front of the Paravur Railway Station on Tuesday to protest against the decision by the railway authorities to withdraw the Paravur halt of the Island Express. The Youth Congress leader, Paravur Sajeeb, said the railway authorities had been ignoring the station since the last couple of years. The decision was taken at a time when the residents of Paravur had been demanding more express trains to stop at Paravur. A signature campaign was alos organised.
Farm workers belonging to the Kerala State Karshaka Thozhilali Union (KSKTU) in the district staged a protest march and dharna before the Collectorate here today. The dharna was to protest against the "largescale conversion'' of paddy fields in the district and "inordinate delay'' in the disbursement of pension arrears. The CPI(M) district secretary, K. Ananthagopan, inaugurated the dharna.
A joint action council of various contractors' organisations today staged a demonstration in front of the Secretariat, urging the Government to pay them the amount due to them. Their other demands included an upward revision of the rates fixed by the Public Works Department in 1998, setting up of a welfare fund for them, exempting them from the purview of sales tax and ensuring free availability of river sand for construction work.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has said that only 23 per cent of the Rs. 526.90 crores sanctioned by it as re-finance against crop loans and working capital requirements of the handloom and coir sectors has been utilised by the Kerala State Cooperative Bank (KSCB). In a statement issued in the wake of criticism against the NABARD, its general manager, T.V.N. Kurup, said that the re-finance assistance actually utilised by the KSCB had come to only Rs. 122.72 crores during the period. The NABARD's loans to the KSCB carried an interest of between 5.25 per cent and 6.25 per cent.
No change in examination date
The Registrar, Centre for Taxation Studies, today said that there would be no change in the date of the Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation examination, slated to be held in Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram on July 31 and August 1.
AISF plea to drop decision
The All India Students' Federation (AISF), students' wing of the CPI, today asked the Cooperative Academy to drop its decision to collect Rs. 50,000 from each student gaining admission to the five engineering colleges run by it. In a statement, the AISF said that this decision was against the Supreme Court order in the case relating to self-financing professional colleges. The court had directed that such colleges should not collect any amount other than tuition fees and other fees specified and fixed by the Government. The AISF said it was ironical that even cooperative institutions that functioned with capital raised from the public and financial assistance from the Government should be tempted to turn their colleges into commercial enterprises.
The Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) plans to create a comprehensive database on social reformers of the State, beginning with Sree Narayana Guru and Chattampi Swamikal. Information to be incorporated in the database would be collected by bringing together persons who can provide evidence regarding the Guru and Chattampi Swamikal under the joint aegis of the KCHR and the Bodheswaran Foundation. Documents, publications, newspaper clippings, photographs and other evidence that could be useful in creating the database would also be collected. The first get-together of persons from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam would be held at the Vailoppilly Samskriti Bhavan on August 21. Those wishing to participate in this get-together can contact either B. Hrdaya Kumari, secretary, Bodheswaran Foundation (phone number: 0471-2321940) or director, KCHR (phone number: 0471-2310409).
`Education Vigilance Week'
The Kerala Vidyabhyasa Samithy has decided to observe the week beginning August 2 as `Education Vigilance Week'. The Samithy chairman, Ninan Koshy, and secretary, Rashid Kanicherry, said in a statement here today that the Samithy proposed to set up, in cooperation with like-minded organisations and personalities, arrangements for counselling and assisting students in professional colleges who faced financial and other problems of a grave nature. They called upon the Government to change its self-financing education policy and appealed to students and youth to carry on their agitation against the Government's policies in a peaceful manner.
School quiz contest winners
Eight schools have won the preliminary round of the All Kerala Inter School Quiz Competition, 2004 organised by the St. Thomas High School, Thiruvananthapuram. They are the St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram; Sree Narayana Public School, Kollam; Mar Thoma Residential School, Thiruvalla; Mar Thomas Seminary Higher Secondary School, Kottayam; Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, Kochi; Seventh Day Adventist School, Thrissur; Kanikkamatha Convent English Medium Girls High School, Palakkad and the Silver Hills Higher Secondary School, Kozhikode. The finals will be held in the Dr. Juhanon Mar Thomas Auditorium, St. Thomas Schools, St. Thomas Nagar, Mukkolakkal, Thiruvananthapuram on August 6.
Trawling ban ends
The Government-imposed ban on monsoon trawling came to an end today. The State Fisheries Department, the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy had done effective monitoring during the past 45 days. The ban was effective in the State's territorial waters extending to 12 nautical miles from the shore. The vessels of the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy had helped the State authorities to keep the trawlers at bay.
The High Court Lawyer, John Varghese, has been appointed Senior Central Government Standing Counsel in the Kerala High Court.
Meeting on coir sector crisis
The Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, has agreed to convene a meeting of MLAs next month to discuss the issues in the coir sector, the Alappuzha MLA, K.C. Venugopal, has said. In a statement here, Mr. Venugopal said that the Chief Minister had realised the gravity of the crisis in the coir sector owing to coconut fibre shortage and had agreed to take steps to save the workers. Mr. Venugopal demanded that the union and the State Governments immediately restore subsidy to the coir sector that had been stopped recently.
The Kerala Journalists Union (KJU), State unit of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU), has condemned the attack on offices of the Malayala Manorama and Chandrika in Kozhikode during the protest march organised by the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) on Wednesday. At a meeting held in Palakkad today, the KJU office-bearers urged the State Government to take stern action against the culprits involved.
The Kozhikode unit of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), at its meeting held at the Calicut Press Club today, said that political parties should dismiss cadres if they indulged in incidents of vandalism.
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