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Way of the Cross

KOLLAM: The Way of the Cross ritual organised by Thope Saint Stephen's Church here on Good Friday will begin at 5.30 p.m. from the church. The procession will pass through Port Kollam, Main Road, Chinnakada and Beach Road to return to the church. There will be a sermon at each station of the Cross. — Staff Reporter

Pulse Polio today

Thiruvananthapuram: The next phase of Pulse Polio immunisation programme would be conducted on April 9 and May 21.

As many as 30 lakh children, below the age of five years in the State, will be administered oral polio vaccine as part of the programme. 23,572 booths have been prepared across the State for the purpose. About 50,000 trained health volunteers will help with the administration of the oral vaccine. Booths have been set up at the railway stations, bus stands and the airports for the convenience of those who might be travelling. Mobile polio booths have also been arranged. — Staff Reporter

JSS activists to quit

Thiruvananthapuram: The Vamanapuram Assembly constituency unit of JSS, its panchayat committees in the constituency and over 50 Janadhipathya Mahila self-help groups will resign from the party and work for the victory of S. Shyamlal, JSS rebel candidate in Vamanapuram, said secretary, Assembly constituency unit of JSS, Venjaramoodu Babu at a press conference here on Saturday. The JSS activists were quitting the party as the JSS leader K.R. Gouri failed to heed the Vamanapuram unit's appeal to remove the UDF candidate, he said. — Staff Reporter

33 nominations rejected

Thrissur: Nominations submitted by 33 candidates in the district were rejected after scrutiny on Saturday, according to an official press release. — Staff Reporter

BJP, CPI workers hurt in clashes

Thrissur: Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and three Communist Party of India (CPI) activists were injured in clashes at Mathilakam on Friday night. The clashes were triggered by reported destruction of flags and flagpoles installed by both the parties, according to the police. — Staff Reporter

AIDS awareness at Pooram expo

Thrissur: An exhibition of photographs is being held at the Thrissur Pooram Expo to create awareness about AIDS. The photo exhibition, organised by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, was inaugurated on Saturday by C. Ashokan, president, Palakkad District Network of Positive People. — Staff Reporter

Central poll observers begin tour of Palakkad

PALAKKAD: Seven central election observers on Saturday started the tour of the district.

The general observer for Malampuzha Assembly constituency is R. Karikal Valavel (Mob: 9495501948), Kuzhalmannam and Alathur - Vipin Chandra Sharma (9495501947), Ottappalam and Sreekrishnapuram - Shilenkumar Das (9495501945), Chittur and Kollengode - Kanvar Rajkumar (9495501946), Thrithala and Pattambi - Jabirsingh Beer (9495501951) and Mannarkkad - K. Lalinkingave (9495501952).

NSS clarifies stand

KOTTAYAM: The Nair Service Society (NSS) has made it clear that it will continue its avowed policy of keeping equal distance from all political formations and parties. In a statement issued here on Saturday, NSS general secretray P. K. Naryana Panicker made a call to vote for those candidates, irrespective of their party, politics or communal affiliations, who would ensure social justice to all sections of the people, protect democracy and secularism. — Staff Reporter

BEFI to support SBI strike

KOCHI: The Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), Kerala, has called for the intervention of the Union Government, the Reserve Bank of India and the Indian Banks Association to end the strike undertaken by the employees of the State Bank of IndiaBEFI will extend support to the strike, a statement said.. The federation will organise solidarity meetings on Monday. The General Insurance Officers' All-India Association also has extended support to the strike. — Staff Reporter

Special trains

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Train No.0637A, Bangalore-Ernakulam Superfast special train will leave Bangalore at 5.15 p.m. on April 8, 10, 12 and 14 and reach Ernakulam at 4.30 a.m. the next day. Train No.0638A, Ernakulam-Bangalore special train will leave Ernakulam at 5 p.m. on April 9, 11, 13 and 15 and reach Bangalore at 4.15 a.m. the next day. The trains will stop at Bangalore Cantonment, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Bangarapet, Kupam, Tirupattur, Podanur, Palakkad, Ottapalam, Thrissur and Aluva. — Staff Reporter

PDP to organise rally

Thiruvananthapuram: The People's Democratic Party (PDP) will organise a rally from Thirvananthapuram to Kasaragod appealing to people to bring the Left Democratic Front back to power. The rally, led by PDP working chairman Poonthura Siraj, will start on April 10 and conclude on April 30, Mr. Siraj, said at a press conference here on Saturday.

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