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Pilgrim dies of heart attack

PATHANAMTHITTA: A 45-year old pilgrim, Rajendran of Chidambarapuram in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, died of heart attack at Appachimedu on the Sabarimala trekking path on Wednesday evening.

The body was taken to his native place later, according to the Pampa Government Hospital sources.

Book fair

The District Library Council has organised a book fair at the Gym Palace auditorium here from April 15 to 19. The District Collector, Rabeendra Kumar Agarwal, will inaugurate the fair at a function presided over by T.K.G. Nair at 10 a.m. on April 15.

Seminar

KOLLAM. The Rotary Club of Kollam City will organise a seminar on `Consumer awareness' at the Rotary Community Hall on Thursday. The topics

that will be taken up at the seminar are adulteration in food articles, Consumer Protection Act and doctor-patient relationship. In connection with the seminar, the club will also arrange for facilities to analyse the true carat value of gold ornaments through a carat analyser machine. The facility can be availed free of cost.

Food poisoning

Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 20 policemen were admitted to the Chirayinkeezh taluk hospital on Wednesday with symptoms of food poisoning. An official said the policemen, who were on special duty for a temple festival at Vakkom, had consumed food provided by the festival organisers on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, the men began to vomit and had to be rushed to the local hospital. An

official said the policemen were given stale food sourced from a local hotel.

Rights panel sitting

MALAPPURAM: The State Human Rights Commission member S. Varghese will hold a sitting at the Government Guest House here on April 23, said an official press release here today. — Staff Reporter

Women's complex

The State Women's Development Corporation is setting up a woman's complex at Kottakkal. P.K. Kunhalikutty, former Minister for Industries, will inaugurate the complex on Sunday. The complex will house a guest house and an industrial training centre for women. — Staff Reporter

Applications invited

MALAPPURAM. Applications have been invited from Ex-service personnel for the post of security guard at Technical Higher Secondary School, Vattakkulam. Details can be had from the District Sainik Welfare Office. — Staff Reporter

IUML meeting

KASARAGOD: The Uduma panchayat meeting of the Indian Union Mulslim League, originally scheduled for April 7 and 8, will be held on April 24 and 25. Cherkalam Abdulla, MLA, will inaugurate the public meeting to be held in Uduma town on April 25 evening. — Staff Reporter

Resource centres

Eighty-five anganwadis in the district will soon be upgraded as community resource centres. According to Social Welfare Department sources, the project envisages linking women empowerment programmes with these centres. Buildings will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh each. — Staff Reporter

Cinema gutted

KANNUR: A cinema theatre with a thatched roof at Thazhe Chovva, near here, was gutted when it caught fire on Wednesday. The Fire Force personnel battled for nearly two hours to douse the fire that broke out at 2 p.m. A nearby mill and eight coconut trees were also damaged in the fire. The damage was estimated to be Rs. 9 lakhs.

Minister's 'no' to Coke

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Health Minister, K.K. Ramachandran, has categorically ruled out the question of the State Pollution Control Board giving permission to the Coca-Cola company to resume operations . In an official release here on Wednesday, he pointed out that the monitoring committee appointed as per the Supreme Court's verdict had visited the factory at Plachimada and surrounding places and had directed that the company should resort to reverse osmosis or a similar process to purify wastewater. But the company was yet to implement it.

New NCC chief

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Brigadier O.A. James has been appointed as the NCC Deputy Director General of Kerala and Lakshadweep region. The Brigadier joined the Indian Military Academy as a Commissioner Officer in 1972. He has held the posts of Communication Engineering Chief at Military Engineering College and Interior Board Member in Officers Selection Board, among others. He was the Commander and managing director of a military unit in Allahabad prior to his current posting.

Soil testing campaign

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM. The Agriculture Department will organise an intensive soil testing campaign from April 15 to 30 in four districts. Around 20,000 soil samples will be collected from the rice growing districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur and Palakkad during the campaign for testing.

Holiday for PSUs

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government has declared tomorrow as a holiday for all public sector undertakings in the State in connection with Dr.B.R.Ambedkar's birth anniversary.

Governor 's greeting

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Governor, R.L. Bhatia, and the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, are among those who have greeted the people on the occasion of Vishu. The Governor expressed the hope that that the festival would turn out to be a harbinger of good fortune, peace and prosperity to Malayalis all over the world. The Chief Minister wished prosperity and peace to all Malayalis. The Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achuthanandan, said this Vishu was different in that a large number of farmers had committed suicide because of the failure to get a fair price for their produce .

Murder case: two held

KANNUR: Two more National Development Front (NDF) workers were arrested today in connection with the murder of the Hindu Aikya Vedi leader, Ashwini Kumar. The Crime Branch police arrested Mavilakkandy Yoonus (28) of Uliyil and Manikoth Mallath Marshook (25) of Narayanpara. Two persons had been arrested earlier in connection with the murder near Iritty on March 10. According to the investigating team, nine persons were involved in the murder.

Temple ritual

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Ayyappa idol at the Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha Temple will be decorated with the sacred Thiruvabharanam tomorrow. Thiruvabharanam is the sacred attire and ornaments presented to the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple centuries ago by the king of the erstwhile Pandalam royal kingdom who is also believed to be the foster father of Lord Ayyappa. The Pandalam Palace managing committee is the custodian of the Thiruvabharanam .

New sub-stations

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Electricity Board would set up 33 kv sub-stations at Thulappally and Vechoochira with a view to solve the voltage problem in the locality. In a statement issued here today, the Ranni MLA, Raju Abraham, said that the proposed sub-station at Thulappally would solve the voltage problem in the areas of Kanamala, Thulappally, Azhutha and Muttappally in Kottayam district and Naranamthode, Kisumom, Attathode, and Nellimala in Pathanamthitta district.

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