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Medical rank list

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM OCT. 7. The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) has clarified that students whose names figure in the medical rank list will be given the opportunity to exercise their option for admission to the newly sanctioned ayurveda and nursing colleges in the State. However, only institutions that obtain recognition of the agencies concerned before October 10 will be considered for this. Accordingly, those within the first 20,000 ranks under all categories and those within ranks from 1 to 41,730 for the Scheduled Tribe category will be in the reckoning for admission to the 50 per cent Government seats in these colleges. Eligible candidates should either report in person or authorise their representatives to be present at the venue of the Centralised Allotment Process in the LMS Compound in Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, with all relevant documents on October 12.

TTP sets record

The State-owned Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) has set an all-time half-yearly record in production and sales. According to a press note issued by the company today, it produced 8,914 tonnes and marketed 8,766 tonnes of titanium dioxide pigment till September 2004-05. The production is 25 per cent more than that achieved by the company during the corresponding period last year.

Minister leaves for Dubai

The Industries Minister, P.K. Kunhalikutty, left for Dubai today to participate in the closing function of the biggest Information Technology (IT) exhibition in Central Asia. He will hold talks with IT entrepreneurs of various countries who are participating in the exhibition. The Minister will return to Kozhikode on October 9.

Juvenile Justice Boards

Juvenile Justice Boards will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kannur, Kasaragod, Alappuzha and Idukki districts this month. Speaking at a seminar organised by the Social Welfare Department for journalists, the Social Welfare Secretary, Lida Jacob, said that the notification in this regard would be issued soon.

Centre's stance questioned

KOZHIKODE OCT. 7. Kalathingal Mohiyudheen, member of the national executive of Janata Dal (United), today questioned the propriety of the Centre ordering a CBI probe into the Tehelka scam. The decision was inexplicable and motivated, Mr. Mohiyudheen said. He wondered if the disbanding of the Fukan Commission probing the scam was to prevent the true face of tehelka.com from being exposed.

The reinstatement of officials who had been suspended had deepened the mystery, he added. It was improper to wind up an inquiry commission headed by a retired judge when it was in the fag end of its assignment and to hand over the task to the CBI, Mr. Mohiyudheen said.

Balamaniyamma remembered

Thrissur Oct. 7. The poet, Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri, described the late poet, Balamaniyamma as the prophet of human glory and said that her poetry had been an inspiration to him. He was delivering the Balamaniyamma remembrance speech at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi here on Thursday. The writer, Vaisakhan, said that M. Kuttikrishnan looked at literature from the standpoint of the underprivileged.

Land survey

reports

KOCHI OCT. 7. The land survey reports for the International Container Transshipment Terminal at Vallarpadam and Puthuvype will be completed by October 15.

At a meeting held in the Collectorate today, it was decided that the documents needed for demarcating area for the container terminal will be handed over by the Government to the Port Trust to facilitate the construction of the terminal.

Classics to be screened

Thrissur Oct. 7. Free Frame, the media wing of the Kerala Varma College here, will screen three classics on the college premises on October 8. The films are Satyajit Ray's `Pather Panchali', Saeed Mirza's `Naseem' and Ritwik Ghatak's `Meghe Dhake Tara', says a press release.

Award for social work

KOCHI OCT. 7. Sevashram at Angamaly and WIN Centre at Eramalloor have been selected for the Fr. Jose Alex award instituted by the staff members and alumni of the Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery, for outstanding contribution in the field of social work in 2003.

Sevashram and WIN centre won the award for their work with the marginalised sections of society. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and a citation, according to a press release issued by the college. The award will be distributed at a function to be held at Rajagiri valley in Kakkanad on Saturday.

LIC staff boycott work

KOZHIKODE OCT. 7. The LIC Employees' Union boycotted work for an hour from 12 noon to 1 p.m. today demanding that the Union Government withdraw its decision to impose service tax on insurance premiums. Some of the other demands included revision in the existing salary and withdrawal of the policy of raising foreign investment in the insurance sector. The workers also took out a rally in front of the LIC Kozhikode Divisional Office here.

Demonstration

The activists of the Kerala NGO Association organised demonstrations in front of the taluk offices in the district today demanding that the State Government implement the revision in wages and distribute other benefits due to the employees. In the city, the office-bearers K. Sivadasan and K.C. Mohan Das led the march from the Kozhikode DDE office. The district president, V.C. Johnson, and the secretary, Abraham Kollinal, spoke. The State committee member, Rajan Puthussery, addressed the protesters in the march taken out to the Koilandy mini civil station and the district vice-president, P. Baburaj, at the Vadakkara mini civil station.

Vacancies

National Institute of Technology, Calicut, has a few vacancies of Technician Apprentice. According to a release by Dr.T.V.Gopalan, professor and head, Department of Training, Placement and Linkage of the Institute, those having three-year diploma in Computer Science and Engineering and who have passed out after January 1, 2002 and scored not less than 65 per cent in the qualifying examination were eligible to apply. Candidates may send their bio-data within 10 days to Professor and Head, DTPL, NITC, NITC PO, Calicut--673601.

Arts festival

MALAPPURAM OCT. 7. Tirur MES Central School was leading with 37 points after the competitions on the first day of the 5th MES State Arts Festival being held at the MES Senior Secondary School, Tirur, near here, today. MES Raja Pavangad was in second position with 25 points and MES Puthenathani was in third position with 22 points. Earlier, Sukumar Azhikode, social critic, inaugurated the arts festival. The District Collector, M. Sivasankar, was the chief guest.

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