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Question leak: accused remanded

Thiruvananthapuram April 8. Suresh, who was arrested by the Crime Branch from Chennai in connection with the SSLC question paper leak, was today produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court and remanded to 14 days in judicial custody. The accused, who is an employee of Sindhu, was arrested last week from Chennai. He was charged with theft, conspiracy and breach of trust under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. He was brought to the Crime Branch headquarters in a police vehicle from Chennai on Friday morning. Suresh was produced before the court at around 2.30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has intensified its efforts to arrest the Chennai-based chartered accountant, Rajan M. Chacko, and Geeta, in connection with the case. The police have put under surveillance certain friends and relatives of Chacko in Kerala. The Tamil Nadu police are also helping the Crime Branch to secure the custody of the two persons.

Entrance examination list

The category-wise list of candidates with the ranks secured by them in the entrance examination for admission to medical postgraduate degree courses has been published. The list contains register numbers of candidates under the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Dependents of Ex-servicemen categories. The caste status will be subject to the final decision of the screening committee, according to the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations.

Disposal of biomedical waste

The Pollution Control Board (PCB) has asked institutions functioning in the area of health care to make arrangements for the safe disposal of biomedical waste and obtain the certificate of the PCB for the same. The PCB chairman said in a press note on Friday that the directive was applicable to hospitals, nursing homes, dispensaries, clinics, blood banks and veterinary hospitals. The application forms for the purpose were available at the district, regional and head offices of the PCB. He warned of action against those who failed to arrange for the safe disposal of biomedical waste.

Government to go in appeal

The Minister for Tourism and Devaswom, K.C. Venugopal, said here on Friday that the Government would go in appeal before the Supreme Court against the High Court order invalidating the takeover of Halcyon Palace at Kovalam by the Government. The Minister reiterated that no one would be allowed to claim land belonging to the Government.

Matsyafed to pay compensation

The Government on Friday entrusted Matsyafed with the payment of compensation for the damage caused to the equipment in the traditional fishing sector by the tsunami last year. The Government also sanctioned Rs.13.85 crores for the purpose. The list of beneficiaries has been prepared by the officials of the Matsyafed and the Fisheries Department in consultation with the people's representatives and voluntary organisations. The district offices of the Matsyafed have been asked to accept and handle complaints against the list.

Chandy to attend NDC meet

A seven-member team led by the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, will represent Kerala at the National Development Council (NDC) meeting to be held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on August 29 and 30. The other members of the team are the Finance Minister, Vakkom Purushothaman, the vice-chairman of the Planning Board, C.V. Padmarajan, the Chief Secretary, Palat Mohandas, the Chief Minister's Secretary, Dinesh Sharma, the Principal Finance Secretary, Jose Cyriac, and the Planning and Economic Affairs Secretary, S.M. Vijayanand.

Temporary halt for trains

The Southern Railway has provided temporary stoppage for the 6123/6124 Chennai Egmore-Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Expresses at Melmaruvathur railway station for five days from April 21 in connection with Chitra Pournami festival. Temporary stoppages have also been provided to two pairs of trains at Chirayinkeezh station on April 10 and 11 in connection with the Bharani festival of Sree Sarakara Devi temple. As per this, the 6349/6350 Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Parasuram Expresses and the 6341/6342 Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam Intercity Expresses will stop at Chirayinkeezh for two days.

Air-India sets up call centre

Air India has set up a call centre in its office in the capital for taking all reservations of Air India Express, the low cost carrier of the national carrier, that is to commence operations from the capital to Dubai from April 29. All passengers within the State having BSNL connections can contact the call centre by dialling 1412, the AI Manager, R. Ghosh, said in a release. Others, including mobile phones, can contact the call centre by dialling 0471-2319595. The 2319595 number will give automatic access to the six call centres. The call centre will function from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Monday to Saturday.

Chief Minister leaves for Doha

The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, today left for Doha to attend the concluding function of the Qatar Malayali Conference. He will return tomorrow after spending 12 hours in Doha.

Naval technical staff meet

KOCHI APRIL 8. The Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, will inaugurate the 25th anniversary of the All India Naval Aviation Technical Supervisory Staff Association at Bharat Tourist Home here on April 10. Addressing a press conference today, P.K. Jagadeesan, president of the Association, said that the Minister would also release a souvenir on the occasion. Chandran Pillai, P.C. Thomas, Sebastian Paul, all MPs, and Dominic Presentation, Minister for Fisheries and Sports, will also be present at the function.

March condemned

The Congress (S) State president, Kadannappally Ramachandran, has condemned the efforts undertaken by the Congress for organising the Dandi march. He alleged that the Congress had initiated steps to organise the march in the wake of internecine quarrels. He was inaugurating the district working committee meeting of the party. The irregularities in the conduct of the SSLC examinations were shameful, he said.

Chamber welcomes trade policy

The Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the Foreign Trade Policy 2004-09 announced by the Union Commerce Minister, Kamal Nath, in New Delhi on Friday. A press release issued by the Chamber today said that the proposal for formulation of inter-State Trade Council to promote international trade was a welcome step. The removal of cess on export of all agricultural and plantation commodities was also welcome, the Chamber president, A.K. Nair, said. The package for modernising the marine sector would go a long way in supporting the industry which had been going through rough weather, he said.

Air-India flight cancelled

Nedumbassery APRIL 8. The Air India flight, AI 953, to Bahrain-Doha from the Nedumbassery airport was cancelled after the flight developed a technical snag in Thiruvananthapuram from where it was to arrive here at 3.10 p.m. The passengers who were to travel by this flight were moved into various hotels. Passengers bound for Dubai on Air India flight, AI 935, had to wait at the Nedumbassery airport for hours after the flight developed a technical snag and arrived here more than four hours behind schedule. The flight finally left for Dubai at 6 p.m. instead of the scheduled 1.50 p.m.

Food poisoning

KOLLAM April 8. Six persons who tool ill after having lunch at a restaurant at Chakkuvarikkal near Kottarakara have been hospitalised. The condition of one of them, Saju, 25, is serious. All of them are construction workers. They began vomiting after having food and Mr. Saju even vomited blood. All of them were rushed to Kottarakara Taluk Hospital. The Kottarakara Police have registered a case.

To visit MCH

KOZHIKODE APRIL 8. The acting chairperson of State Human Rights Commission, Justice V. P. Mohan Kumar would pay a visit to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital on April 18. He would be camping at the Kozhikode guest house the next day.

Award

The Integrated Development Centre (IDC) in Tamarassery has bagged the award for 2004 for the best youth organisation in the district. The award, consisting of a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15,000, is given by the State Youth Welfare Board.

VAT cell

A cell has started functioning at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of commercial taxes to answer enquiries about the value added tax (VAT) that has been introduced from April 1. The office can be contacted on 0495- 2771763. Award

KOTTAYAM APRIL 8. Malayala Pusthaka Prasadhanam, the work on the Malayalam publishing industry has been selected for this year's Books on Books award instituted by the Federation of Indian Publishers. The book by the late DC Kizhakkemury was published by DC Books. The award will be shared by the author and the publisher.

Seminar

The 250th Samuel Hahnemann Day will be celebrated on Sunday by the Homoeo Sastravedi. A scientific seminar and presentation of the Samuel Hahnemann award to Issac Mathai Nooranal will be held on the day.

To visit MCH

KOZHIKODE APRIL 8. The acting chairperson of State Human Rights Commission, Justice V. P. Mohan Kumar would pay a visit to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital on April 18. He would be camping at the Kozhikode guest house the next day.

VAT cell

A cell has started functioning at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of commercial taxes to answer enquiries about the value added tax (VAT) that has been introduced from April 1. The office can be contacted on 0495- 2771763.

Army results

The roll numbers of candidates who were found medically fit at INHS Sanjivani have been published. For more details contact, BRO, West Hill Barracks, Kozhikode. (Ph: 2383953).

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