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Allotment of special quota seats
The allotment of vacant seats under the special reservation category for the medical, engineering and allied courses will be conducted at the office of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) here on October 18. The CEE has directed eligible candidates to report at the office with the relevant documents.
Bypolls on November 25
The bypolls to 20 local body wards across the State will be held on November 25. The notification will be issued on October 25 and the nominations will be accepted till November 1. Their scrutiny will take place on November 2 and the withdrawal of the nominations will be allowed till November 4. The counting is scheduled to be held on November 26. The candidates should file details of their election expenditure by December 27.
Four KSEB engineers suspended
The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has suspended from service four of its engineers on the charge that their negligence had led to the collapse of the protection wall of the Urumi mini hydel project in Kozhikode district during the monsoon. Their suspension follows a probe by the Vigilance Wing of the KSEB. The probe finding was that the protection wall had collapsed owing to faulty construction, a KSEB spokesman said over the telephone today. The suspended officials include an executive engineer, an assistant executive engineer, an assistant engineer and a sub-engineer. The Urumi project was executed with Chinese technical assistance. It was formally inaugurated a few months ago. But the wall collapse upset the KSEB's plans to commission the dam.
Chairmanship for Soopy
The former Education Minister, Nalakath Soopy, has been appointed the chairman of the Estimates Committee of the Assembly. The former Ministers, G. Karthikeyan and K. Sudhakaran, have been made members of the committee. The former Electricity Minister, Kadavoor Sivadasan, is the new chairman of the Public Undertakings Committee. The former Ministers, P. Sankaran and K. Sankaran, are the new members of the committee.
Intelligence to be strengthened
The Director General of Police, P.K. Hormese Tharakan, has stressed the need to strengthen the Intelligence Wing of the State police by adding more staff and infrastructure. Inaugurating the Kerala State Police C.I.D. Ministerial Staff Association (NGO) here, Mr. Tharakan said ministerial staff had a key role to play in intelligence analysis. There was a need to increase the number of ministerial staff in the State Intelligence and bring it on a par with the executive wing. The DGP said it was the lot of the police to face criticism. Negative criticism should not be allowed to affect the morale and efficiency of the department, he said.
The Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence), Rajan. K. Madhekar, and the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Intelligence), Shankar Reddy, were present.
Free ration sanctioned
The Government has sanctioned free ration for a month to the residents of the Mambuzhakad Meethal Colony in Kozhikode district. Each family will be given 5 kg of rice per week as part of it. The rice required for the purpose will be supplied by the Food and Civil Supplies Department.
Award for lensman
Anil Warrier, News Photographer of the Deepika, has been selected for the Minerva Krishnankutty Award of the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club. It is his picture of the body of noted social activist Nawab Rajendan outside the mortuary of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital which won him the award. The award consists of a citation, a statuette and a cash prize of Rs. 5,001.
PDP plea to Government
. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the State Government and the Leader of the Opposition to intervene to secure the release of its leader, Abdul Nazer Maudany, who has been languishing in a Chennai jail for the last six years. Expressing serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of the Maudany, the PDP leaders urged the State Government to end its stand that the release of the Maudany was an "issue related to a neighbouring State". The party also welcomed the stand taken by the CPI (M) secretariat regarding the release of the Maudany, said the party general secretary, K.S. Nazar, and the district president, Sabu Ali. The party will also submit representations to the President and the Chief Justice of India regarding his release, they added.
AIYF meet against Expressway
The All India Youth Federation will organise a convention in Kochi on October 16 against the proposed Expressway project. The meeting would be attended by civic representatives from the local bodies through which the proposed highway is to pass, said the Federation State secretary, V.S. Sunil Kumar. The CPI State secretary, Veliyam Bhargavan, will inaugurate the convention at the Ernakulam Maharaja's College auditorium at 2 p.m.
TELK bags Rs. 8-cr. export order
Transformers and Electricals Kerala Limited (TELK), Angamaly, has bagged orders worth Rs. 8 crores from the Sultanate of Oman for supply of eight transformers. The export order includes two transformers of 125 MVA capacities, which will be the biggest transformers to be exported by TELK. The State-owned company has already exported Rs. 15 crores worth of equipment during the current financial year, said the company's Managing Director, N. Ravindranath, in a press release here.
Talks on highways development
The Union Minister of State for Road, Transport and National Highways, K.H. Muniyappa, has said that the State's demand for the development of national highways and bypasses would be taken up during the talks to be held tomorrow between the Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways and Shipping, T.R. Baalu, and the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, in Kochi. Taking part in a reception given to him at the DCC Office here on Thursday, Mr. Muniyappa said that the Union Government would give top priority to the development of rural infrastructure, as the majority of India's population was dependent upon agriculture and agro-related industries.
Bail pleas rejected
The bail applications moved by the assistant surgeon of the Kalakode Primary Health Centre, Ray Tilak, and three other women who were arrested on Tuesday night on charges of immoral activities were today rejected by the Paravur Munsif Magistrate, S. Suresh Kumar.
The surgeon and the three women were arrested under the Suppression of Immoral Activities Act.
Applications through banks
The CBSE pre-medical and pre-dental examination 2005 application forms which were to be distributed from October 15, will now be available only from October 18. According to the senior branch manager, Canara Bank, Cherooty Road, P.V. John, the above application forms distributed through the bank would be available from that date as informed by the CBSE authorities.
Seminar on biotechnology
The district study centre of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) will organise a one-day seminar on `Biotechnology information explosion possibilities and limitations' at Parishad Bhavan here on October 24. The Indian Institute of Spices project coordinator, K.V. Ramana, will inaugurate the seminar. M. Sivasankaran will speak on `In search of truth of life,' P.R. Sudhakaran on `Human genome project.' Those interested should contact 0495-2702450 for registration.
Applications are invited for various vocational training programmes conducted by the Kozhikode centre of Jan Shikshan Sansthan under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Age and eligibility is no bar for the applicants. Those interested in aluminium fabrication and fibre fabrication should contact the Director, Jan Shikshan Sansthan, 19\1884, Bhajanakovil Road, Chalappuranm, Kozhikode - 673 002 (Phone: 2701322, 2300152).
Nabard staff hold dharna
The officers and employees of the Nabard held a dharna before the regional office of the bank to press demands. They included abandoning of the move to change the status of the bank and retention of the parity in salary and service conditions, which the staff enjoyed with that of the staff of the RBI. The CITU State general secretary, P. K. Gurudasan, inaugurated the dharna.
The Medical Officer at Kalakkode primary health centre, Ray Tilak, has been suspended from service, pending inquiry, the Director of Health Services, has informed. The suspension is following a report filed by the Kollam District Medical Officer that Dr. Tilak had been arrested by the police, along with three women, from the medical officers' quarters on Tuesday night, an official release said.
The annual flower and fruit show organised by the District Agri-Horticultural Society will be held here from December 23 to January 2. This was decided at a meeting presided over here today by the District Collector, B. Sreenivas. The show will in held in association with various residents associations.
The State Bank of Travancore is organising a loan recovery mela for the benefit of the defaulters who had availed loans from the branches of the bank under the Kollam taluk area. The occasion will provide an opportunity for the defaulters to avail concessions and clear the dues. The mela will be held at the Kollam Town UP School at 10 a.m. on October 16.
The Organisation for Scientific Participatory Development (Ospard) has launched a participatory development programme which aims at coordinating the participation of the people for carrying forward socially and economically useful activities. The Ospard president, Mohan Paravur, said that the programme has been designed in such a manner to ensure that the benefits go to the poor. Ospard intends implementing the programme through the local bodies
The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation has disbursed financial assistance to the tune of Rs 15.82 crores to various industrial units in the district in the last financial year. According to an official release issued here, a total of Rs. 638 lakhs has been allotted to public sector units and Rs. 938 lakhs to 17 private industrial units.
The 42nd State annual meet of the Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) will be held at Pathanamthitta from February 11 to 13, 2005, according to the Parishad district secretary, M.G.Gopinathan.
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