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Engineering students'

plea to Minister

THRUVANANTHAPURAM: The All Kerala Engineering Students' Association (Technos) has urged the Education Minister to ensure that the higher fee structure is not made applicable to the students in the self-financing engineering colleges under the Government. Even those students admitted under the merit quota in such colleges in the academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 were being made to pay Rs.36,000 instead of the fee of Rs.4,000 in force in Government engineering colleges, they said. - Staff Reporter

Plea to improve

BSNL's services

THRUVANANTHAPURAM: Subscribers of BSNL's land phones are being put to trouble because of the failure of various interactive voice response system services, Consumer Protection and Documentation Centre has said. BSNL should take immediate steps to improve customer services, the organisation demanded in a statement here. - Staff Reporter

Public speaking course

THRUVANANTHAPURAM: The next batch of the Public Speaking course being conducted by the YMCA Institute of Public Speaking for Plus Two and college students begins on August 8. Contact 2330059for details. - Staff Reporter

Parliament march

THRUVANANTHAPURAM: The association of former military service personnel, who do not receive pension, will march to Parliament on August 10 and stage a dharna, demanding that they be paid the minimum pension and benefits. In a statement here, national president of the Association Thaliyal Vanajan said that it was unjust that those who had served the nation were being denied pension just because they had not completed 15 years in service. - Staff Reporter

Training programme

THRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Centre for Career Development Studies is launching a two-months training programme from August 8, which includes sessions on communicative English, personality development, general knowledge, group discussion, interview and counselling, for those who are engaged in various entrepreneurial ventures. Contact phone numbers 2469020, 2468958 for details. - Staff Reporter

Demand for action

against rapists

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Sthree Vedi has demanded action against child sex offenders and urged the police to take steps to ensure that such crimes are not repeated in the future. The Akhila India Mahila Samskarika Sanghadana has said the crimes against women and children were on the increase in the State. - Staff Reporter

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