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NSS camp

KOZHIKODE DEC. 25. The 10-day camp organised by the NSS unit of the AWH Engineering College, Kuttikattoor, began at the Koombara Fathiambi Memorial High School on Friday. The main programmes of the camp include re-construction of the Punnakkadavu-Chundathumpoyil road, cleaning up of school premises, study classes for social awareness and personality development, and cultural programmes by participants.

Workshop

A workshop for authors writing for children will be organised at Peringalam Higher Secondary School on January 2 by the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishat. Well-known authors will speak at the programme. Those interested in attending the workshop can apply with at least one unpublished story, poem, play or essay on or before December 31 to Srinivasan Cherukulathur, Udaya College, Poovattuparamba, or contact telephone numbers 0495-2491423 or 93497 33775.

Performance

on drums

Shaji Kallai, an artist, is on a campaign against drug abuse in the wake of loss of lives in the Bangladesh Colony in the city. Shaji will perform on the drums (solo) at the Popcorn premises, near Lions Park, here at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Shaji says his performance will send a strong message against the use of brown sugar.

Annual conference

PALAKKAD DEC. 25. The 5th annual conference of the Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage - Saastra-2004 - was inaugurated by the Malayalam poet Akkitham. The two-day conference was presided over by C.K. Haridas. Those who delivered lectures in the session on Saturday included Michael Danino, director, International Federation of Indian Heritage (IFIH), `Vasthushilpi' Kanipayyur Parameswaran Namboodiri, Thycadu Nanukuttan Nair of Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, and Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Honorary Secretary, Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage, among others.

Train rescheduled

Thiruvananthapuram Dec. 25. The 5011 Thiruvananthapuram-Gorakhpur Rapthisagar Express, scheduled to leave from Thiruvananthapuram central railway station at 4.45 a.m. on December 26, has been rescheduled due to the late running of the pairing train. According to the Railways, the train will now depart at 9 a.m. on the same day.

129 to get jobs in KSEB

Dependents of 129 former employees of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) will shortly get postings in the institution under the dying-in-harness scheme. A KSEB press release said the Electricity Minister, Aryadan Mohammed, had already issued directions in this regard. Since October 2002, there have been 144 applications for the benefit of this scheme. Of these, 126 are for postings as office peons. There are no vacancies in the KSEB under this category. In fact, there is even excess employees in some of the categories. However, the Minister has instructed that as many applicants as possible be given postings on humanitarian grounds. The few applicants left out for the time being too will be given postings as and when vacancies come up, the press release said.

Honour for Malayali youth

A Malayali youth P.N. Sabu who made path-breaking discovery in metrics has been invited to attend the international conference on mathematics to be held in Israel from January 1 to 7. Mr. Sabu, a native of Kottayam, is one of the two delegates attending the conference from the country. His presentation at the Kerala Science Congress held in 2000 had drawn the attention of mathematicians. He was invited for the international conference held at Florida last year but could not attend due to financial problems. Mr. Sabu's presentation has been scheduled on the first day of the conference.

New housing loan scheme

The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a new housing loan scheme called `SBI-Flexi' to protect the borrowers for the volatile nature of the present interest rate regime. Under this scheme, borrowers who take Rs.5 lakhs or more from the bank can choose from three customised combinations of fixed and floating interest rates. In one option, the customer can go for a combination of floating rate and fixed rate on 50 percentage each of the total loan amount. In the second, 60 per cent of the loan will have floating interest rate and 40 per cent fixed interest rate. The third option is to have 75 per cent of the loan under the floating interest rates and the remaining 25 per cent under fixed interest rate, the bank said in a press release.

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