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CAP: 218 gain admission

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM SEPT. 20. At the Centralised Allotment Process (CAP) for admission to the engineering courses, 218 candidates were allotted seats today. For the CAP for the B.Pharm course, to be conducted here on September 22, candidates with ranks from 10,001 to 26,218 in the B.Pharm rank-list will be considered, according to the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE). For counselling for the allotment of management seats in the engineering colleges under the IHRD, LBSC, SCT and CCE, those with ranks from 18,501 to 21,900 in the rank-list published by the CEE, have been directed to report at the Science and Technology Museum here, on September 22.

Admission to MCA course

The admission to the management seats for the MCA course in the Colleges of Applied Science in Kozhikode and Vadakkancherry (Palakkad), will be conducted at the college in Kozhikode, at 11.30 a.m. on September 27. Candidates figuring in the State rank list published by the Government and who are eligible for admission to a course in the Calicut University, only will be considered, according to an official release. More details are available over telephone (numbers 04922 255061 and 0495 2765154).

Private sand-mining opposed

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM SEPT. 20. The CITU-led Kerala State Matsya Thozhilali Federation and the AITUC Kerala State council have strongly opposed the NOC granted to a private group for mineral sand-mining off the Arattupuzha coast. In separate statements here today, the two organisations came down heavily on the decision and declared that the move would be opposed tooth and nail. The Matsya Thozhilali Federation said sand-mining would force fish to move away from hundreds of square metre area off the Arattupuzha coast and harm the life cycle of different fish species. The AITUC State council said the Chief Minister and all the members of the Cabinet must explain their stand on the decision to grant NOC to the private group.

NAAC accreditation for MCC

KOZHIKODE SEPT. 20. The Malabar Christian College (MCC) here has been accorded accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NACC). A NAAC expert committee visited the college on September 10 and 11 to assess of the performance of the college. The recognition for the century-old college comes for its achievements in academic and co-curricular activities based on the report of the committee, according to a press release from the college Principal, Gladys Isaac.

Death of tribal: probe ordered

PALAKKAD SEPT. 20 . The District Collector, Sanjeev Kaushik, has ordered an inquiry into the death of a tribal girl student, Chithira (21) of Agali, Attappady, in the district. Chithira, daughter of Cheerakkadavu Rangan Karatti of Agali, died at the District Hospital on Saturday. There have been allegations that she was not given proper treatment. The Collector has directed the Ottapalam Sub-Collector to inquire into the matter and submit a report within seven days.

Fake lotteries seized

The police today arrested 13 persons on charges of running single-digit lottery and fake lotteries at Anakatti in Sholayur village of Attappady. The assistant district lottery officer, Chandrasenan Nair, and a police team led by the Dy. S.P., Chandran, raided the single lottery shed at Anakatty. Two persons were taen into custody from the shed. In another raid in the area, Rs.5-lakh worth fake lottery tickets were seized from the Karpakkar Vinayakar Lottery Agency at Anakatti. The police arrested the Manager of the agency, Mohanan, and 12 others.

Warning against eating fish

KOCHI Sept. 20. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) here has advised the people against consuming shellfish from the affected sea coast in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts till the area is free from contamination. The CMFRI has been asked to study the harmful algae bloom along the coast in the southern parts of the district. A team of scientists of the CMFRI had been entrusted with the task of investigating the recent occurrence of algae blooms and the consequent formation of obnoxious gas in the coastal areas. Analysis of the samples collected from the area indicated that two dianoflagellates — cochlodinium sp and Gonyaulax diegensis — occurring in succession were the causative organisms. Of these, Gonyaulax diegensis is reported to cause shellfish poisoning in many countries. Hence, the advice that mussels, clams, oysters etc (shellfish) should not be consumed.

BMW team holds discussions

A three-member team from the car-maker, BMW, held discussions with officials representing the State industry in Kochi on Monday. The discussions were related to BMW's scouting for a location in India for setting up a car assembling and manufacturing unit. An official of the State Government who took part in the discussions described the talks as "purely technical." He said no decision had been taken on BMW's choice of a location in India and that the decision was expected only by late November. The BMW team is led by its business development head, Reinhard Gottwald. The State officials who took part in Monday's discussions were the Principal Secretary, Industries, K. Mohandas, the State Industrial Development Corporation's Managing Director, P.H. Kurien, and the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation's Managing Director, G.C. Gopala Pillai.

Village officer held hostage

KANNUR SEPT. 20 . Youth Congress workers held hostage the Kottiyur village officer and other staff in the Village Office at Kottiyur here today alleging exclusion of some victims of the recent natural calamity in the area from the list of people eligible for compensation. The Village Officer, K.N. Gopinath, and three other village office staff were taken hostage by the protesting Youth Congress workers who barged into the office in protest against what they called `sabotage' of the list of victims of the landslide that had hit the area recently. They said seven persons whose houses had been damaged in the landslide had been excluded from the list prepared by the local crisis management committee that included people's representatives, among others. The Village Officer and the staff were released at around 6 p.m. following talks initiated by the Thalassery Tahsildar, E.M. Ashokkumar.

International Tourism Day

Thrissur Sept. 20. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) and the Commerce Department of the St. Thomas College will conduct competitions in different disciplines on the college premises here on September 21 on the occasion of International Tourism Day. Students from kindergarten to high school can take part in the competitions. Registration for the events begins at 9 a.m., says a press release.

Debugging contest

KOLLAM Sept. 20. Justine A.J. of the Sree Buddha College of Engineering, Nooranad, has won the first prize in the debugging contest held on September 11 and 12 as part of the third annual ISTE Students Convention at the Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Students from 36 engineering colleges participated in the event.

Brahmana Mahasabha

The State conference of the Brahmana Mahasabha will be held here on October 2. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Mahasabha's Central committee held here on Saturday. The meeting was addressed by the Mahasabha president, S. Venkataramanan Potti, and the general secretary, Easwaran Potti. N. Anil and Madhavapalli Radhakrishnan Namboodiri were elected chairman and convener respectively of the State conference reception committee.

Temple fete

The annual 'urul nercha' festival of the Ashtamudi Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple will be held from September 23 to September 25. The ritual will commence at 6 a.m. on the first day. An exhibition and sales of rural products, including agricultural tools, is also being organised in connection with the festival.

770 litres of spirit seized

PATHANAMTHITTA SEPT. 20. A police raid party led by the Circle Inspector of Police, R. Chandrashekhara Pillai, seized 770 litres of illicit spirit from a rented house at Naranganam-Valiyakulam, near Kozhencherry, today. The raid was following a tip-off received by the District Superintendent of Police, T. Chandran. The police have registered a case in connection with the seizure.

Debugging contest

KOLLAM Sept. 20. Justine A.J. of the Sree Buddha College of Engineering, Nooranad, has won the first prize in the debugging contest held on September 11 and 12 as part of the third annual ISTE Students Convention at the Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. Students from 36 engineering colleges participated in the event.

Brahmana Mahasabha

The State conference of the Brahmana Mahasabha will be held here on October 2. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Mahasabha's Central committee held here on Saturday. The meeting was addressed by the Mahasabha president, S. Venkataramanan Potti, and the general secretary, Easwaran Potti. N. Anil and Madhavapalli Radhakrishnan Namboodiri were elected chairman and convener respectively of the State conference reception committee.

`Vidyarambham'

The literary critic, K.P. Appan, will perform the `Ezhuthiniruthu' ritual at the Neeravil Navodayam Library, near here, on October 23 on the occasion of Vijayadashami. The library secretary, S. Nasar, said that those desirous of attending the ritual should register themselves at Neeravil Navodyam Library, Neeravil, Perinad P.O., Kollam - 691601 or on phone 2703093 by October 20.

Temple fete

The annual `urul nercha' festival of the Ashtamudi Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple will be held from September 23 to September 25. The ritual will commence at 6 a.m. on the first day. An exhibition and sales of rural products, including agricultural tools, is also being organised in connection with the festival.

Tourism Day

Thrissur Sept. 20. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) and the Commerce Department of the St. Thomas College will conduct competitions in different disciplines on the college premises here on September 21 on the occasion of International Tourism Day.

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