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CAP: 888 allotted seats

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM SEPT. 10. Of the 961 candidates who reported for the Centralised Allotment Process (CAP) for engineering courses, 888 were allotted seats today. Candidates with ranks from 9701 to 11700 have been directed to report for the CAP on September 11.

Dalit forum's protest

The Dalit Seva Samithi has protested against the "inadequate" representation given to the Scheduled Castes in the Oommen Chandy Ministry. Its general secretary, Kakkamoola Vijayan, said in a statement here today that while two positions - Minister of a major department and Deputy Speaker of Assembly - had been given to the members of a community which was confined to some parts of just one district, the Scheduled Castes, which constituted over 27 per cent of the population and which was spread all over the State, had been given just one Ministership.

Mr. Vijayan said the reservation principles and the rights bestowed by the Constitution were being bypassed in official appointments also. The Magistrate/Munsiff appointment was the latest instance of it, he pointed out.

SBT scheme for exporters

The State Bank of Travancore (SBT) has launched a Gold Card Scheme for exporters. It will make export credit easily available under more attractive terms than the prevailing ones. Creditworthy exporters, including small and medium exporters with a proven track record of three years or more, are eligible for finance under the scheme. Based on the anticipated turnover, limits will be sanctioned for a period of three years with a provision for automatic renewal, provided there are no adverse features in the conduct of the account. The rate of interest will be up to one per cent lower than the normal rates applicable for export finance. The card-holders will get preference for grant of packing credit in foreign currency. The concessional rate of interest on post-shipment rupee export credit applicable to 90 days will be extended to a maximum period of 365 days. Supplementary services like ATM and Internet Banking will also be available to the card-holders free of charge.

Plea against grading

The Kerala Chapter of the All India Save Education Committee has asked the Government not to bring back the grading system which had been abandoned following the opposition to it from the teachers and parents. Its secretary, B.K. Rajagopal, in a statement today said that the proposed system was not valuation or grading or the system followed for the tenth class of CBSE or ICSE. He wanted the DPEP and the SSA's curriculum to be given up along with it as they destroyed school education.

Saiva Vellala's demand

The Saiva Vellalas have demanded the inclusion of the community in the OBC list. The demand was made by the 29th annual general body meeting of the Saiva Vellala Sanghom held in Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting elected K. Ravindran as president, S.T. Arasu and V.S. Perumal as vice-presidents, S. Guhan as secretary, S. Narayanan and B. Kannan as joint-secretaries and S.H. Subramanya Pillai as treasurer.

Date extended

The last date for submitting entries for the essay competition being organised by the Kerala Chapter of the Indian Adult Education Association has been extended. They should reach K. Sivadasan Pillai, chairman, IAEA, Harisree, Nandavanam, Thiruvananthapuram-33 before September 30. The competition is open to `preraks', the general public and students. The subject is `The future of continuing education in Kerala'. The entries should not exceed eight foolscap pages. The entries of students should be accompanied by certificates from the heads of their institutions

Dak adalat

The 54th Dak adalat of the Kerala Postal Circle will be held in the Office of the Chief Postmaster General at Thiruvananthapuram in the last week of September. It is meant for solving complaints, petitions or disputes relating to postal services, counter services, savings bank and money order service among other things. The petitions of those intending to participate in it should be sent in a cover superscribed `Dak Adalat, September 2004' to T. Vijayamma, APMG (Public Grievances), Office of the CPMG, Kerala Circle, Thiruvananthapuram-33, so as to reach her before September 22.

Red Flag takes out march to

IG office

KOZHIKODE Sept. 10. The CPI(ML) Red Flag organised a march to the office of the Inspector General of Police (North Range) to protest against denial of bail to those arrested in connection with the effigy burning case. The case related to a protest against the Supreme Court verdict on self-financing colleges. Workers of the Kerala Vidyarthi Sangadana, Yuvajana Vedi and CPI(ML) Red Flag had been denied bail and placed under remand.

The protesting volunteers were stopped by the police in front of the Nadakkavu Government Girls High School.

The CPI(ML) Red Flag State committee member, K.N. Ajoy Kumar, inaugurated the march. Its secretariat member, M.P. Kunhikanaran, the Yuva Jana Vedi district president, K.T. Manoj, among others, addressed the protesters. The denial of bail was violative of the existing legal provisions, it was alleged.

Reception to Ministers

PATHANAMTHITTA Sept 10. The District Congress Committee here has organised a public meeting to felicitate the two new

Ministers from the district, Adoor Prakash and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, at the Municipal Square here tomorrow afternoon.

The former Union Minister, P.J. Kurien, will inaugurate the meeting to be presided over by the DCC president, K. Sivadasan Nair.

Contests for students

KOZHIKODE Sept.10. The Gandhi Peace Foundation Trust in connection with the Hindi Week will conduct competitions in Hindi in elocution and light song for high school, Plus Two, college and Kendriya Vidyalaya students on September 14. The topic for the elocution is `Bharatiya ektakeliye Hindi'. Handwriting competition will be held for upper primary and high school students. Those interested should inform the Secretary, Kerala Hindi Parishad, Gandhi Griham, Kozhikode-673 032, by September 13. For details contact telephone no: 2366810.

Inaugurated

The second shift sanctioned for Kendriya Vidyalaya - one in Kozhikode was inaugurated today by Mr. P.P. Baby, Station Engineer of the Kozhikode station of All India Radio (AIR). Because of the launching of a second shift, the student strength in the school had increased by nearly 400, Mr. P. V Krishnan Nair, Principal said.

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