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Priority to agriculture: Minister

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Independence Day celebrated with patriotic fervour



STATELY OCCASION: Industries Minister Elamaram Karim receiving the salute at the Independence Day parade in the city on Tuesday. — Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Kozhikode: Colourful processions on campuses, hoisting of national flags atop houses, shops, school buildings and Government offices, distribution of sweets and organising different contests for school children marked the 60th Independence Day celebrations here on Tuesday.

Industries Minister Elamaram Karim received the salute at the official programme held at the Vikram Maidan in the morning. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Karim reiterated the Left Democratic Front Government's commitment to bringing comprehensive development in all spheres of activity. However, he said, priority would be given to developing agriculture sector and traditional industries.

The Minister also sought the cooperation of all sections of society to take the State to the forefront of development activities in the country.

Police medals:

He distributed the Chief Minister's police medals on the occasion. The recipients of the medals were K.M. Vijayan and P. Lohitakshan (Sub Inspectors), P.K. Vasu, P.T. Rajeevan, P.Mohandas, Santosh Kumar and P. Sivadasan (head constables), and C.C. Sivadasan and K.P. Mohandas (constables).

District Collector A. Jayatilak, Additional District Magistrate P. Balan, Revenue Divisional Officer P.S. Mohammed Sagir, MLAs Pradeep Kumar and P.M.A. Salam, and Mayor M. Bhaskaran were present.

The Armed Reserve Police, women constables, local police, National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides, Junior Red Cross volunteers took part in the march past. The Presentation Higher Secondary School troupe conducted the band. S.K. Ratnakaran, Inspector, Armed Reserve Police, was the parade commander.

Various organisations, arts and sports clubs and schools celebrated the day with patriotic fervour.

Oisca International Kozhikode chapter in alliance with the Jawahar Nagar Association planted saplings. Oisca (South India) director Aravind Babu inaugurated the programme in the morning.

Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya celebrated Independence Day with gaiety on its campus at Kunnamangalam. Hundreds of Kashmiri students participated in the celebrations.

Kanthapuram A.P Aboobacker Musliyar, general secretary of Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya, hoisted the flag. In his inaugural address, he called upon the students to work hard for the prosperity of the nation.

Nellikkth Ismail Musliyar, Vice-Principal of Markaz Shareeath College, presided over the function. C. Muhammed Faizy and Hussain Saquafi Chullikkode were among those who spoke.

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