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`There was no need to resign'

KOCHI AUG. 30. The Transport Minister and Kerala Congress(B) leader, R. Balakrishna Pillai, today said that there was no need for A.K. Antony to resign. He was speaking to reporters at the Aluva palace on Monday on his way to Thiruvananthapuram. According to Mr. Balakrishna Pillai, the constituents of the UDF Government were ready to abide by any decision of the Congress high command. He described the choosing of the new Chief Minister as an internal matter of the Congress party.

INL welcomes resignation

Bangalore Aug. 30. Welcoming the resignation of A.K. Antony, the Indian National League (INL) today said that no Chief Minister of Kerala had ever done so much injustice to Muslims and the backward classes. In a release here, the INL president, Ibrahim Sulaiman Sait, former MP, said that he had been saying for more than a year that the situation in the State would change for the better and all complicated issues could be solved if there was a change in leadership. It would have been better if Mr. Antony had resigned immediately after the Congress defeat in the recent Lok Sabha elections, he said. The National Youth League (NYL) also welcomed Mr Antony's resignation and termed it as ``the most befitting Onam gift to the people of Kerala'' from the United Democratic Front. The UDF had got rid of "the most communal and anti-minority" Chief Minister that Kerala had ever seen, the NYL president, Mohammed Siraj Ebrahim, said in a press release here.

- UNI

More AI flights

Nedumbassery Aug. 30. Air-India (AI) will operate three additional services from Kochi to Dubai. The first service will be operated tomorrow. The other two services will be on September 1 and 7. This is to meet the rush in passenger traffic to the Gulf region on account of school reopening there during the first week of September.

The first additional service to Dubai will be operated via Thiruvananthapuram. Flight A-I 5691 will leave the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery tomorrow at 5.10 p.m. The same schedule will be followed on September 7. A direct service will be operated to Dubai on September 1. Flight A-I 5935 will arrive here from Mumbai and leave for Dubai at 12 noon. These are in addition to the daily services operated by AI from Kochi to Dubai. Apart from AI, Emirates operates five services a week to Dubai.

Plea to withdraw suspension

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM AUG. 30. The Kerala Cooperative Employees Union affiliated to the CITU has demanded the withdrawal the suspension of five employees of the State Cooperative Agricultural and Rural Development Bank by the management for protesting against an Asian Development Bank team that had come for inspection. M. Sukumaran, president and P.S. Madhusoodhanan, general secretary of the union, said in a statement today that the employees had protested for they had felt that the inspection was part of a move to alter the course of the bank that had a larger base than even nationalised and commercial banks.

SBT revises FCNR interest rate

The State Bank of Travancore (SBT) revised the interest rates for FCNR term deposits in US dollars, pound sterling and euro for periods ranging from one to three years with effect from today. The revised rates for deposits in US dollars are 2.05 per cent for one year to less than two years, 2.62 per cent for two years to less than three years and 3.05 per cent for three years. The interest rates for the corresponding periods are 4.99, 4.98 and 5.03 respectively in the case of pound sterling and 2.04, 2.42 and 2.74 in the case of the euro.

DVDs seized at airport

KOZHIKODE AUG. 30. Goods estimated to be worth nearly Rs. 50 lakhs were seized from four passengers who arrived at the Karipur airport in Kozhikode today by a SriLankan Airlines flight from Colombo. The seizure was effected by a team of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) led by the Assistant Director, Meerza Waheed. The arrested were identified as Mohammed Iqbal Khader Moideen of Chennai, Ismath Norrulla Khan from Sivaganga, his brother, Ismath Nishanth Khan of Tiruchi and Asanbava Zinnath of Sivaganga. A DRI spokesman said that 18,000 high-quality DVDs, mostly of English films, 800 RM chips, one LCD projector and speakers for plasma TV were found concealed in their baggage. The goods are believed to be from Malaysia.

Medicinal garden

Thrissur Aug. 30. A medicinal garden is being set up at the Kerala Kalamandalam in Cheruthururthy, near here. The one-acre garden is being set up by Kalamandalam in association with Oushadhi, says a press release.

`Withdraw rubber import policy'

New Delhi Aug. 30. The Kerala Karshaka Congress has urged the Union Commerce Minister, Kamal Nath, to withdraw the new policy of allowing rubber import through any port as it would adversely affect the interests of the domestic rubber-growers. With the introduction of the new policy, domestic price of natural rubber had started falling seriously organisation general secretary, P.P. George Kutty, said in a memorandum to the Minister. The increase in rubber production after the monsoon and the liberal import of rubber without any quality control would practically destroy the domestic rubber-growers, he said. Keeping these issues in mind, the Government should restore the earlier policy that restricted the import of natural rubber through the Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam ports alone, he said. - UNI

Man killed in freak accident

Kannur Aug. 30. An LPG tanker lorry carrying cooking gas overturned, killing a person who was sleeping in a roadside bus shelter near Payyannur town, about 45 km from here, the police said today. The accident occurred late last night when a Kochi-bound lorry proceeding from Mangalore, carrying 18,878 kg of LPG, lost control while negotiating a curve and strayed into the bus shelter killing a man, and overturned into an adjacent plot. As the vehicle overturned, it snapped a live wire.

However, a major fire tragedy had been averted, a senior police officer said. The police and the Fire Force personnel who rushed to the spot immediately evacuated people residing within one km radius of the accident spot as the gas was found to be leaking from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) vehicle.

The body of the 45-year-old person killed was kept at the Pariyaram Medical College Hospital. - PTI

Workshop for Sanskrit teachers

Thrissur Aug. 30. A workshop for Sanskrit teachers in the district will be held at the St. Mary's College on September 2 and 3. Attending the workshop is compulsory for all Sanskrit teachers, says a press release from the Education Standing Committee chairperson, P. Thankam.

Gesture to juveniles

KOZHIKODE AUG.30. The Shree Mansons Charitable Foundation (Smart) gave `Onakkodi' and `Onasadya' to children of the Juvenile Complex at Vellimadukunnu on Thiruvonam day. The programme, organised with the assistance of the Calicut Bullion Dealers Association, was inaugurated by the District Collector, Rachna Shah. The coordinator, Manoj Arukandathil, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Arabic essay contest

The State committee of the Mujahid Students Movement is organising an essay competition in Arabic for students of Arabic colleges in connection with the All Kerala Arabic Students Conference to be held here on September 12. The topic is `The role of Arabic colleges in creating awareness of Islam'. The entries should be sent to Convener, MSM Campus Wing, Mujahid Centre, Annie Hall Road, Kozhikode-673 002 by September 5. Phone: 0495-2701984, 2727803, 2725142.

Pukasa meet on September 19

KASARAGOD AUG. 30. M.N. Vijayan will inaugurate the literary conference to be held under the aegis of the Purogamana Kala Sahithya Sangam (Pukasa) at Vellikoth on September 19. A meeting of the cultural activists of the district will be held in the morning and a debate on the literary contributions of P.V.K. Panayal will be held in the afternoon. P.V.K. Panayal will be honoured at the same function to be attended by noted literary figures.

Temple renovation

The renovation work of the 800-year-old Thiruvakoli-Tirur Parthasarathi Temple in Kottikulam will begin tomorrow. The rituals as part of the renovation will start with a two-day `Anunyana Kalasam' tomorrow. The `kuttiyadikkal' of the renovation work, to be held under the supervision of Aravath Damodara Tantri, will be held on September 2.

Workshop for Sanskrit teachers

Thrissur Aug. 30. A workshop for Sanskrit teachers in the district will be held at the St. Mary's College on September 2 and 3. Attending the workshop is compulsory for all Sanskrit teachers, says a press release from the Education Standing Committee chairperson, P. Thankam.

Gesture to juveniles

KOZHIKODE AUG.30. The Shree Mansons Charitable Foundation (Smart) gave `Onakkodi' and `Onasadya' to children of the Juvenile Complex at Vellimadukunnu on Thiruvonam day. The programme, organised with the assistance of the Calicut Bullion Dealers Association, was inaugurated by the District Collector, Rachna Shah. The coordinator, Manoj Arukandathil, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Arabic essay contest

The State committee of the Mujahid Students Movement is organising an essay competition in Arabic for students of Arabic colleges in connection with the All Kerala Arabic Students Conference to be held here on September 12. The topic is `The role of Arabic colleges in creating awareness of Islam'. The entries should be sent to Convener, MSM Campus Wing, Mujahid Centre, Annie Hall Road, Kozhikode-673 002 by September 5. Phone: 0495-2701984, 2727803, 2725142.

Pukasa meet on

September 19

KASARAGOD AUG. 30. M.N. Vijayan, writer, will inaugurate the literary conference to be held under the aegis of the Purogamana Kala Sahithya Sangam (Pukasa) at Vellikoth on September 19. A meeting of the cultural activists of the district will be held in the morning and a debate on the literary contributions of P.V.K. Panayal will be held in the afternoon. P.V.K. Panayal will be honoured at the same function to be attended by noted literary figures.

Temple renovation

The renovation work of the 800-year-old Thiruvakoli-Tirur Parthasarathi Temple in Kottikulam will begin tomorrow. The rituals as part of the renovation will start with a two-day `Anunyana Kalasam' tomorrow. The `kuttiyadikkal' of the renovation work, to be held under the supervision of Aravath Damodara Tantri, will be held on September 2.

Elected

A.C. Ashok Kumar has been elected chairman of the Kasaragod Co-Operative Town Bank. K. Madhava Herla is the vice-chairman.

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