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Three shifts likely for big projects

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government has decided to ask undertakings implementing big projects such as the LNG terminal to introduce three shifts to complete the work in a time-bound manner. Industries Minister Elamaram Karim, who was re-launching Vyavasaya Keralam, the journal of the Industries Department, here on Monday, said the central public sector undertakings being run profitably would be asked to make more investments in the State. He also announced the Government's decision to introduce an award for business reporting. An information centre would be opened for providing technical information to small industrialists. Principal Secretary for Industries T. Balakrishnan presided over the function. — Special Correspondent

Award for The Hindu scribe

PALAKKAD: The `Karshakabandhu' award of the National Farmers' Protection Committee (NFPC) for reports on the problems of paddy farmers in the district published during the last one year goes to G. Prabhakaran ( The Hindu ) and George Podippara (Mathrubhumi). The award will be presented at a meeting organised jointly by the NFPC and Thanal, Thiruvananthapuram, at Town Hall Annex here on Thursday. — Staff Reporter

, Ezhupunna. The police said the family checked in at the hotel on Friday. The death was reported to the police by the hotel employees. — Staff Reporter

Schools empowered

Thiruvananthapuram: The Government has allowed schools, which do not have recognition, to conduct examinations and issue transfer certificates for the academic year 2006-07. The orders were issued after detailed examination of the issue on the basis of a number of memoranda received. The court order in this regard limited the benefit to those who had filed the case. But there was a demand for allowing the benefit to other schools facing a similar situation. — Special Correspondent

Ayurveda awards announced

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: V. Syamala, lecturer at the Ollur Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Thrissur, has won the Dhanwanthiri Award for Ayurveda doctors instituted by the Government. K. Sunderan, superintendent of Kottackal Government Ayurveda Mental Hospital, bagged the Charaka Award and P.K. Santhakumari, Professor at Thiruvananthapuram Ayurveda College, won the Athreya Award. Dr. M.P. Parameswaran Namboodiri, managing director of the Sreedhareeyam Eye Hospital and Research Centre, Koothattukulam, won the Vakbhata Award. Each of the awards carries Rs.10,000 and a plaque. — Special Correspondent

Spirit seized

KOLLAM: 1,855 litres of spirit was seized from a lorry at Puthiyakavu on the National Highway late on Sunday night, Karunagapally excise range officials said here on Monday. Excise Inspector B. Suresh said four persons were arrested and the lorry taken into custody. Those arrested were Antony, lorry driver, Rajeev, Santosh Kumar and Sajeev Kumar. Mr. Suresh said the spirit was four in a secret chamber fabricated on the roof and rear portion of the driver's cabin.

— Staff Reporter

Kunjunni Award presented

THRISSUR: Sukumar Azhikode, writer and social critic, presented the Kunjunni Award to Bilu C. Narayanan at a function here on Monday.

The award, instituted by the Kunjunni Smaraka Samithy and Kunjunni Memorial Study and Research Library, carries a purse of Rs.10,000, citation and statuette. Prof. Azhikode said Kunjunni's poems were philosophical gems. "He can be compared to Bhartruhari and Thiruvallar."

Kunjunni Award presented

THRISSUR: Sukumar Azhikode, writer and social critic, presented the Kunjunni Award to Bilu C. Narayanan at a function here on Monday.

The award, instituted by the Kunjunni Smaraka Samithy and Kunjunni Memorial Study and Research Library, carries a purse of Rs.10,000, citation and statuette. Prof. Azhikode said that Kunjunni's poems were philosophical gems. "He can be compared to Bhartruhari and Thiruvallar."

Writer Sara Joseph also spoke. — Staff Reporter

Parvathi Padmam Award for Madhu

THRISSUR: Veteran actor Madhu has been selected for the Parvathi Padmam Award for lifetime achievement, instituted by the Ayinipully Sree Parvathi Temple. The award, carrying a purse of Rs.15,000 and citation, was decided by a committee comprising film producer Sobhana Parameswaran Nair, music composer P.S. Vidyadharan and musician Mohan Thripunithura. The award would be presented at a function at Perakam on March 30. The meeting would be followed by a music programme featuring Anoop Shankar and Midhu Vincent, according to a press release. — Staff Reporter

Oil mill gutted

THRISSUR: A private coconut oil mill was gutted in a fire that broke out around 3 a.m. here on Monday. The fire caused loss of property valued at Rs.10 lakh, the Fire and Rescue Services said. The fire was brought under control by firemen by 8 a.m. — Staff Reporter

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