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Grace marks for SSLC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. OCT. 12 .The Government has passed orders sanctioning continued granting of grace marks in the SSLC examinations. A pressnote issued here today said grace marks would be given as per existing guidelines for this. Grace marks would be given out of an aggregate of 625 marks and will be given in such a manner that the candidate's total does not exceed the `A' grade (80 to 89 per cent marks).Those who get first place in athletics, games and aquatic events will be given a maximum of 10 per cent grace marks so as to enable them to get the D+ grade, the release said. The various benefits given to handicapped children, as per various orders of the Government, would continue.

Solatium sanctioned

The Government has sanctioned Rs.50,000 each to families of 11 farmers who had committed suicide in Wayanad district. It also ratified payment of Rs.50,000 each to 17 other families made by the Collector earlier. The Government is also taking steps to distribute land to the poor as prelude to the Chief Ministers' mass contact programme proposed to be inaugurated in Wayanad on Thursday. Land would also be provided for Navodaya Vidyalaya in the district.

UDF panel meet on November 2

The long-awaited meeting of the high power committee of the UDF will be held on November 2. It will take place in the Cliff House, which is the official residence of the Finance Minister, Vakkom Purushothaman. Congress circles point out that as the Kerala Congress(B) and the Kerala Congress(Jacob) are part of the UDF, their representatives can very well attend the meeting and that there is no need for extending any special invitation to them for the purpose. These sections, however, continued to be firm on the question of keeping the representatives of the two parties out of the Ministry.

CPI sit-in tomorrow

The members of the CPI State executive committee and people's representatives belonging to the party would hold a sit-in before the State Secretariat on October 14 to press for a CBI inquiry into the murder of Fr. Job Chittilappally in Thrissur, the attack on nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity at Olavanna in Kozhikode and the fire at St. Thomas Church at Pattoor in the capital.

Online tea auction launched

KOCHI OCT. 12. The electronic system for tea auction was launched here today by Vikram Kapur, Executive Director of Tea Board. Inaugurating the e-system at the Tea Trade Centre, he said it would be beneficial to the buyers as well as sellers. The new move was necessitated by the compulsions of emerging trends. The system was highly buyer-driven and it would contribute to strengthening of the auction system, he said. He underlined the need for quality control measures. A few lots of tea were auctioned on the electronic system immediately after the inaugural ceremony. George Pothen Poothicote, Chairman, Tea Trade Association of Cochin, and Sheriff Khan, secretary of TTAC, were present.

Atheist's petition

The Kerala Yukthivadi Sanghom Malappuram district president and State secretariat member, E.A. Abdul Jabbar, has filed a petition before the Kerala High Court complaining against the Fast Track Court No. I in Manjeri refusing him to take `solemn oath' before giving evidence in a case. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the Sanghom State president U. Kalanathan said that Mr. Jabbar was denied permission to administer solemn affirmation even though he had informed the court that being an atheist he did not want to take the oath in the name of god. Mr. Jabbar who is working as a teacher at Government Boys High School, Malappuram, had also complained before the High Court that he was denied the duty certificate even though he was present before the court as per the summons.

Bid to split RSP(B) alleged

KANNUR OCT. 12. The RSP(B) faction in the district loyal to the Labour Minister, Babu Divakaran, has said that the party leader, A.V. Thamarakshan, has a hidden agenda to draw the party to the LDF camp. The party State committee member, K. Abdul Khader, told presspersons here today that 12 of the 16 district committee members attended the district committee meeting held here today. The committee called for strengthening unity in the party, he said. He also accused Mr. Thamarakshan of attempts to deprive the party of its berth in the Ministry. He said that Mr. Babu Divakaran would attend the party's convention to be held on October 31.

Ramzan begins on October 15

KOZHIKODE OCT.12. Ramzan the month of fasting will begin on October 15, according to a release here today from the chief advisor of the Hijra Committee of India.

The month of Shawal begins on November 13, and Muslims will celebrate Id-ul-Fitr on that day, it was added.

The Kerala Hilal Committee, meanwhile, has requested those devotees who cite the new moon on October 14, to inform the matter on telephone 0495-2701466, 2701984.

Two killed in accident

KOLLAM Oct. 12. Two women fish vendors were killed when the pickup autorickshaw in which they were travelling collided with a tanker lorry on the national highway at Kavanad early this morning. Those killed have been identified as Emily Joseph (62) and Elizabeth (35). Five others, including three women travelling in the same autorickshaw, who sustained injuries, were rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital. All of them were proceeding to the Shakthikulangara fishing harbour when the mishap occurred.

Entries invited

Entries have been invited for designing the logo for an all India exhibition to be held here from December 2 to January 15. The exhibition is being organised in connection with the cooperative centenary celebrations. Those interested in participating in the competition are requested to send in their entries by October 16 to Thodiyur Ramachandran, convener, exhibition committee, District Cooperative Bank, Kollam.

Woman killed

Thrissur Oct. 12. A 60-year-old woman was run over by a tempo on the Kuruppam road here on Tuesday. Sarojini of Perinchery died while being taken to the District Hospital, the police said. She was proceeding to the Cooperative Bank to collect the pension for construction workers when the vehicle hit her. The driver of the vehicle, Wilson of Koorkkenchery, had been arrested, the police said.

Workshop

KOCHI OCT. 12 . Kerala Fine Arts Society and Cochin Theatre Group will jointly organise a one-year-long theatre-training programme. It will cover acting, stagecraft and direction. Classes will be held every week, with experts in different fields of theatre leading the classes. Boys and girls between the ages of 16 and 25 can join the course. Candidates should arrive at the Fine Arts Society Hall on October 21 evening.

Woman killed in accident

Thrissur Oct. 12. A 60-year-old woman was run over by a tempo on the Kuruppam road here on Tuesday. Sarojini of Perinchery died while being taken to the District Hospital, the police said. She was proceeding to the Cooperative Bank to collect the pension for construction workers when the vehicle hit her. The driver of the vehicle, Wilson of Koorkkenchery, had been arrested, the police said.

Theatre workshop

KOCHI OCT. 12 . Kerala Fine Arts Society and Cochin Theatre Group will jointly organise a one-year-long theatre-training programme. It will cover acting, stagecraft and direction. Classes will be held every week, with experts in different fields of theatre leading the classes. Boys and girls between the ages of 16 and 25 can join the course. Candidates should arrive at the Fine Arts Society Hall on October 21 evening.

Fellowship

KOZHIKODE OCT. 12. John Ochanthuruth, Head of Department of History, University of Calicut, has been awarded the senior fellowship of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

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