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Pranjanam exhibition begins today

Special trains for Anandolsavam

IA flights rescheduled from Karipur

Press Academy Awards presented

Kozhikode-New Delhi flight soon

Dhammam AI flights from Dec

Press Academy Award presentation today-24th

UDF will re-consider poverty line scale

Vivahasangamam on Oct 26

Blind welfare week

Dental Assn state meet

Motor transport workers' token strike on Oct 18

Judgment on Babu's bail plea on Oct 11

Devan case: Hearing adjourned to Nov 26

Calicut University pensioners office opened

Samagraha Aawas Yojana opened

Mellore Vasudevan bags Poorna Award

Chembai Sangeetholsavom from Dec 1

Minister to present award

IIM-K management programme

Critical Care Nurses national meet today

Electricity employees state meet in Kozhikode

NIT workshop on Oct 4

Management programme for IPS officers begins

State senior volleyball championship begins

Chevalier status given to C E Chakkunni

All set for state volleyball championship

P J Jacob to be cremated today

Shri shri Ravishankar to visit state on Nov 2

Applications invited for vacancies in Zoology Dept

Santhosh bags Narayanmishra award

CPM agitation concludes today- 13th

Vacancies should be filled

Hindi journalism course

Teachers Day celebrated

NIT course

ENT surgeons' state meet today - 31st

Holistic medical practitioners state meet- 31st

Mujahid Women Sangamam today-31st

Gangadharan elected chairman of SPCA

Award for Mathrubhumi health magazine

Rajiv Smrithi Yatra flagged off

Baburaj Memorial anniversary from Aug 30

KMNS to organise padayatra-17th to 21st

Campaign against ADB aid- 18th & 19th

AIYF to picket collectorates on Sept 16

State volleyball from Sept 22

NITC interview on Monday

College Alumni meet on Saturday

IIMK invites applications for vacant posts

CU invites applications for PG courses

Victor George's picture exhibition

Malabar Tourism Mela from Aug 9

KPAC golden jubilee celebrations

Chundel natives to stage dharna today

Jeevan Rekha scheme launched

KAHSTA to observe protest day on July 17

Paul Kallanod bags Chitrashree Award

AKG birth anniversary supplement

Protest meet in Nadapuram - July 1

Japan-aided water project in November

Olympic Day run tomorrow

Hospital renovation: Meet on July 13

'Malabar Tourism Mela' on Aug 9

Texile Mela from Sept 5

NSSO survey begins on July 1

CKG's death anniversary

BPE examinations begins on June 10 :

Media seminar on June 4, 5 :

People's convention on May 28

Kottiyur Utsavam begins on May 24

Thennala bestowed Moidu Moulavi Memorial

Pranjanam exhibition begins today
KOZHIKODE: The curtain will be raised for Pranjanam, national Sanskrit scientific exhibition at the Kozhikode Govt Model High School. The three-day exhibition organised by Vishwa Sanskrit Bharati will have various scientists and educational experts from many parts of the state taking part in the seminars held. Mayor Thottathil Raveendran will inaugurate the exhibition at 9.30 am. Union Minister O Rajagopal will inaugurate the Bharatheeya Vinjana serial in the afternoon. P Parameswaran will deliver the main speech. The distribution of Sharmaji awards would be held in the evening.

Special trains for Anandolsavam
KOZHIKODE:  Special trains have been arranged from different parts of the state as part of the Art of Living scholar Shri Shri Ravi Shankar's Anandolsavam, to be held at Thrissur on November 2nd. Anandolsavam will be held at the Thrissur Thekkinkadu Grounds. Special trains have been arranged taking into consideration the devotees' wish to take part in the function. The train from Trivandrum Central will leave at 8 am and reach Thrissur at 2.45 pm. After the function, the train will start from Thrissur at 11 pm and reach the capital next morning at 5 am. This train will stop at ten stations.

IA flights rescheduled from Karipur
KOZHIKODE: The Indian Airlines have announced their winter schedule. The new winter schedule is the reintroduction of Delhi-Mumbai-Coimbatore-Kozhikode and return flights on all days. IC 997 Kozhikode-Doha-Bahrain will depart daily at 1500 hrs instead of 1530 hrs. IC 597 Kozhikode-Sharjah flight on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will leave Kozhikode at 1700 hrs instead of 1630 hrs.

Press Academy Awards presented
KOZHIKODE: The Press Academy Awards was presented at a function in the Town Hall . The awards are given for their presentation in various media fields. Those who received the awards were Mathrubhumi former editor P V Ramachandran (VPR), Mathrubhumi former deputy editor V M Korath, Chandrika former editor V C Aboobacker. The awards were presented by Chief Minister A K Antony at a function organised by the Press Club. Press Academy former chairman P Govinda Pillai presided over the function. The awards consisted of a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a statute designed by C N Karunakaran.

Kozhikode-New Delhi flight soon
KOZHIKODE:  Indian Airlines will soon restore the Kozhikode-New Delhi flight via Coimbatore and Mumbai and schedule flights to more convenient timings. The daily flight, IC-658/657, between Kozhikode and New Delhi via Coimbatore and Mumbai, will operate an Airbus A320. These are the main highlights of the IA's southern winter schedule effective from October 27.

Dhammam AI flights from Dec
KOZHIKODE: Air-India managing director Jatindra Narayan Gogoi said Air-India's direct flights from Kozhikode to Dhammam, Saudi Arabia, would begin from this December and to Riyadh next summer. He was addressing an interaction programme organised by the Malabar Chamber of Commerce (MCC) and the Calicut Airport Committee. Direct flights to other Gulf destinations from Kozhikode would be operated depending on the availability of aircraft, he said. Gogoi said Air-India would operate 20 flights for the 8,200 Haj pilgrims from Kozhikode in 2003. Next season's operations would begin on February 22 and end on March 13. Last year, the airline had operated 17 flights carrying as many as 6,951 pilgrims. From next season onwards, boarding cards for both destinations with seat number will be issued from Kozhikode itself.

Press Academy Award presentation today-24th
KOZHIKODE: The Press Academy Awards will be presented today at a function in the Town Hall at 4.30 pm. The awards are given for their presentation in various media fields. Those to receive the awards are Mathrubhumi former editor P V Ramachandran (VPR), Mathrubhumi former deputy editor V M Korath, Chandrika former editor V C Aboobacker. The awards would be presented by Chief Minister A K Antony at a function organised by the Press Club. Press Academy former chairman P Govinda Pillai would preside over the function. The awards consist of a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a statute designed by C N Karunakaran.

UDF will re-consider poverty line scale
KOZHIKODE:  KPCC president K Muraleedharan said the decision regarding the scale of those coming below poverty line will be taken into consideration. Murali said in the coming high-level panel meet on October 22, this issue would be put up.

Vivahasangamam on Oct 26
KOZHIKODE: Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC), an organization, which comes under Mahayeel, Saudi Arabia, is conducting Vivahasangamam on October 26 at Kondotty.
Ten girls from poor families will be married off on this day. KMCC general secretary Aboobacker Chelembra, treasurer K K Koya at a press meet said ten sovereigns each would be given to the girls, two sovereigns each to men, mahar and wedding dress would be given to them. The function will begin with Vanithasangamam on October 26. Muslim League state general secretary Korambayil Ahamed Haji will distribute the dress to the bride and the groom. Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty will give away the mahar and Sayyed Hyderali Shihab Thangal will lead the nikah.

Blind welfare week
KOZHIKODE:  This year's blind welfare week would be held on October 14 in Kozhikode.
The world white stick day would be observed from October 15-29 as part of the blind welfare week. The aim of the program is to discuss the problems faced by the blind people and how to utilize their talents. KPCC president K Muraleedharan, MP, would inaugurate the state level meet at the Vyapara Bhavan Auditorium. A white stick rally by the blind would be held as part of the inauguration. Office bearers of the Kerala Federation of the Blind at a press meet said that as per the PWD Act (Persons with disabilities), the benefits for them should be enforced at the earliest. KFB president C K Aboobacker, district unit president T Sunil, E V Isakoya took part in the press meet.

Dental Assn state meet
KOZHIKODE:  The state meet of the Indian Dental Association will be held on October 26 in Kozhikode. Public Works Minister Dr M K Muneer will inaugurate the meet at Hotel Malabar Palace. Dr Alexander Jacob, IPS will deliver the main speech on dental treatment. Almost forty-five specialists will submit reports on various subjects. Dr M Sreeram will organize a training workshop at the meet.

Motor transport workers' token strike on Oct 18
KOZHIKODE:  Motor transport workers in the state, affiliated to all major central trade unions, will go on a token strike on October 18, demanding withdrawal of the hike in third party insurance premium of vehicles. CITU state secretary Elamarom Kareem and INTUC leader K Sadirikoya told reporters that the strike, called by the Kerala State Autorickshaw-Light Motor Vehicle Workers' Coordination Committee, had the support of CITU, INTUC, BMS, AITUC, STU, HMS and UTUC. Associations of lorry and private buses owners have also extended their support. Motor transport vehicles would be kept off the road on that day, they said. The leaders said agitations would be organised soon if official steps were not taken to reduce the premium hike.

Judgment on Babu's bail plea on Oct 11
KOZHIKODE: The judgment on the anticipatory bail plea of industrial K C Babu involved in the fake document case involving Tourism Minister Prof K V Thomas has been postponed to October 11 by the principal sessions judge. The prosecution argued in the court that there are enough circumstances to prove his existence in the case; so only under certain conditions bail should be granted. Babu should not leave the place without the permission of the district court. Another condition put forth was that he should be produced before the crime branch office in Thiruvananthapuram. Babu moved the bail plea last Tuesday to principal district judge. Government pleader Subhas Benedict strongly opposed granting him bail and Advocate M Asokan appeared on behalf of K C Babu.

Devan case: Hearing adjourned to Nov 26
KOZHIKODE: Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) A Sakthidaran adjourned the hearing in the defamation suit filed by Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair against noted artist M V Devan, to November 26. When the case came up for consideration yesterday morning, advocate Shaheer Singh, who appeared on behalf of M V Devan, informed the court that two separate petitions, filed by the artist himself and Kala Kaumudi daily of Mumbai challenging the jurisdiction of the Kozhikode court, were pending before the Kerala High Court for final hearing. The advocate also pleaded exemption for M V Devan from personal appearance during further hearings at the judicial magistrate court citing the artist's poor health. When advocate Manjeri Sunder Raj, who represented M T Vasudevan Nair, filed a counter-affidavit questioning Devan's claim that he was suffering from various diseases, the court set aside the matter till the next hearing. Meanwhile, the suit filed by M T Vasudevan Nair against Kala Kaumudi daily for carrying the defamatory interview of M V Devan will come up for hearing today.

Calicut University pensioners office opened
KOZHIKODE:  The office of the Calicut University Pensioners Forum started functioning at the university campus. Pro vice-chancellor Prof M Salim inaugurated the opening of the office. Dr V J Philip presided over the function.

Samagraha Aawas Yojana opened
KODUVALLI: In co-operation with the centre and state governments, Samagraha Aawas Yojana, a program has been launched by the Koduvalli block panchayat. The aim of this yojana is build houses for the homeless. KPCC president K Muraleedharan inaugurated the district level of the yojana at the Koduvalli Community Hall. C Mammootty, MLA presided over the function. Muraleedharan distributed the first installment of this scheme. District collector T O Sooraj inaugurated the one-day workshop held. Panchayat presidents P T A Rahim, Naseema Jamaludeen, Bindu Udayan, P V Abdurahman and many others spoke at the meet. 

Mellore Vasudevan bags Poorna Award
KOZHIKODE:  Mellore Vasudevan bagged the Poorna Uroob Award instituted by Poorna Publications for the year 2001. Vasudevan got the award for Kalame Nee Sakshi. The award consists of Rs 7500 and a citation.

Chembai Sangeetholsavom from Dec 1
THRISSUR: The Guruvayur Devaswom has decided to organise this year's Chembai Sangeetholsavom from December 1 to December 15.

A Devaswom release said here that a special concert by renowned musicians will also be held during the last 10 days of the festival. Those who desire to participate in the festival will have to submit applications in prescribed forms, which will be available free of cost at the Guruvayur Devaswom office during working hours from September 27 to October 16. No Photostat copies of applications will be entertained. The applicants should be above eight years of age and should have learned Carnatic music for a continuous period of 3 years.

Minister to present award
KOZHIKODE:  Parliamentary Affaires Minister M M Hassan will present the state Journalists awards for the year 2001 at a function to be held at the Calicut press club here, at 10.30 am tomorrow (29th September).

IIM-K management programme
KOZHIKODE:  The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, is organising a three-day management development programme here on 'Competitive strategies under WTO system' from October 7 to 9. The programme is meant for executives involved in marketing, export and import operations, corporate planning, R&D management, officials dealing with WTO related issues and professionals working on issues related to the WTO.

Critical Care Nurses national meet today
KOZHIKODE: The fourth national meet of the Indian Association of Critical Care Nurses (IACCN) will be inaugurated by IG Venugopalan Nair today at 9 am in the MIMS Hospital. The meet, which lasts for three days, will be presided over by president Gracy Mathai. MIMS chairman Dr Azad Moopan, managing director Dr Abdullah Cherayakkatt, Kozhikode Medical College principal Dr M R Chandran, Critical Care Foundation chairman Dr P K Jayin, Dr K K Varma will speak at the meet. Many new important schemes would be introduced at the meet. Almost three hundred nurses from various hospitals in India would take part in the meet. Training would be given to nurses as what should be done to a patient brought to the hospital in a serious condition. The association is also conducting casualty nursing diploma one-year course.

Electricity employees confederation state meet in Kozhikode
KOZHIKODE: The Kerala Electricity Employees Confederation (INTUC) state meet will be held in Kozhikode on October 19, 20 and 21. M S Rawther announced this at a press meet.

NIT workshop on Oct 4
KOZHIKODE:  The National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode will organise a one-day workshop on 'Simple tools for quality Improvement/ISO 9000' at the Institute campus at Chathamangalam here on October 4.

The workshop is tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs engaged in the manufacturing of different products. The course fees will be Rs 1000.

Management programme for IPS officers begins
KOZHIKODE:  The six-day programme for senior IPS officers from across the country, 'Public Order Management in Information Age', got underway, here, on Monday.

K P P Nambiar, Chairman, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, (IIM-K) inaugurated the event. Nambiar said the very definition and parameters of crime are fast changing in this cyber age. ''The concept of crime changes with the transition in technology. So policing also should incorporate necessary technological changes,'' Nambiar said.

Elaborating the programmes and growth of the IIM-K, Nambair said the institute would be shifted to the new campus at Kunnamangalam within two months. The first phase of construction of the building for academic section is nearing completion.

State senior volleyball championship begins
PERAMBRA: The thirty second state senior men-women volleyball championship began in Perambra. Sports Minister K Sudhakaran inaugurated the grand event. T P Ramakrishnan, MLA presided over the function. The minister said the sports directorate and sports council would be disbanded soon and in place of that a sports authority of Kerala would be formed. Former state volleyball athlete P Balan Nambiar brought the lamp from  Perambra St Francis School grounds to the Volley Lovers Floodlit Stadium and Sefy Peter lighted the lamp here. State volleyball association secretary K C Abraham hoisted the flag. Kozhikode defeated Wayanad in the first three sets of the men's section competition. Score 25-18, 25-20 and 25-15.

Chevalier status given to C E Chakkunni
KOZHIKODE: C E Chakkuni, a famous businessman was given the Chevalier status and also a Mar Aaprem Suvarnamudra was presented to him. At a function held in Palattuthazham St Mary's Church, Malabar Bhadrasana Metropolita Dr Yoohannan Mar Peelaksinosil presented this rare status to Chakkunni. Public Works Minister Dr M K Muneer inaugurated the meet. KPCC president K Muraleedharan presented a plaque to him. Mayor Thottathil Raveendran garlanded a ponnada to him.

All set for state volleyball championship
PERAMBRA: The stage is ready for the thirty-second state senior volleyball championship in Perambra. Twenty-eight participants from fourteen districts will take part in the championship, which starts on September 22 at  Perambra Volley Lovers Floodlit Stadium here. All arrangements are being made in the stadium for 15,000 people to view the championship. Kannur Sports division coach V T Ameerudeen, Balakrishnan and M Dasan, supervises stadium arrangements.

P J Jacob to be cremated today
KOZHIKODE:  The body of P J Jacob (Kynadi Kariachan), 94, founder member of the Kerala Congress and the leader of settler planters in Malabar, will be cremated today evening at the St Joseph's Church Cemetery, Devagiri . The funeral procession will start from his residence at 3.30 pm. Jacob died at his residence yesterday. Born to Kynadi Kandakudy Puthenpurayil Chacko Ouseph and Edathua Kadathukulathil Mariam in 1908, Jacob was instrumental in paving the way for large-scale migration of settlers from the erstwhile Travancore and Kochi states.

He served the Kerala Congress (M) as its district president and State committee member for several years. He is survived by children Adv Joseph Jacob, P J Manuel (Kynadi Enterprises and HBC), P J Abraham, George Jacob, James Jacob, Grace George Karippaparambil, Rev. Sr. Chriset and Lissy Francis Vithayathil.

Shri shri Ravishankar to visit state on Nov 2
KOZHIKODE: Art of Living scholar Shrishri Ravi Shankar will reach Thrissur on November 2. He will be given a grand reception at the Thekkinkade grounds. Ministers, political leaders, religious leaders and many others from various fields will attend the function, said Rajeshwarananda Saraswathi, a representative of the Bangalore Ravishankar Ashramam. Ravi Shankar will inaugurate the World Ayurveda Congress' Dhanwanthri Day on November 2 at Kochi. He will not attend any other function in Kochi this time. His visit would be made a festival this time and all arrangements will be made for that, said Tandem Gopalakrishnan and International teacher Reghurajaraja Varma.

Applications invited for vacancies in Zoology Dept
KOZHIKODE: The Department of Zoology of Calicut University has invited applications from eligible candidates for appointment in temporary vacancies of junior research fellow (JRF) and Field Assistant (FA).

Those who passed MSc Zoology with specialisation in Entomology or Applied Entomology with at least 60 % marks are eligible to apply. Preference would be given to those who opted Hymenoptera and Parasitic Hymenoptera for preparing dissertation. The maximum age limit would be 30. A consolidated monthly salary of Rs 5,000 would be provided to selected candidates. Those who passed Plus-two or equivalent can apply for the field assistant posts.

Experience in the collection of Calsidoydia is essential. Preference would be given to those who have working knowledge in computer and higher certificate in type writing. The age limit will be 35 years. A monthly salary of Rs 1,400 would be given to selected candidates.

Santhosh bags Narayanmishra award
KOZHIKODE:  Janmabhumi reporter U P Santhosh bagged the Pandit Prathap Narayanmishra Award. This award is instituted by a Lucknow based centre Bhavurao Devaras Sevanyas for young writers. This is the first time a Malayalee is getting this award. The award is mainly given to the writers of regional languages. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 5000 and a citation. This would be presented to Santhosh on September 25 at the Vrindavan in Madura. Santhosh had earlier bagged the V Karunakaran Nambiar Award and Calicut Press Club's K C Madhava Kurup Award. He was also given the centre's cultural department's junior fellowship for his research on Theyyam. Santhosh, a native of Kannur is the son of P Mukundan and U K Leela. Yamini is his wife and Abhirami daughter.

CPM agitation concludes today- 13th
KOZHIKODE: The CPM picketing of collectorates and taluk offices which had seriously affected the functioning of government offices during the past nine days will conclude today. Though the CPM had initially planned a "fill the jail" agitation, with the government refusing to arrest the agitating party workers, the mode of strike turned into dharnas and demonstrations. Barring incidents of violence in many places, the agitation on the whole was peaceful.

Vacancies should be filled
KOZHIKODE:  The Janata Lawyers Forum district committee urged that the Kozhikode deputy labour commissioner's post should be filled immediately. The vacancy was lying vacant for the past three months. The Forum said many cases are pending since the post is not filled. This is greatly felt at the time of accidents when the workers go for compensation in the deputy labour commissioner's court. President advocate Chemmana Haridas presided over the function. 

Hindi journalism course
KOZHIKODE: Applications have been invited for some courses like P G Diploma in Translation and P G Diploma in Journalism. The Southern Bharatha Hindi Prachara Sabha conducts this course organised by the university section's study centre. The sabha is situated near the Kallayi road. Apart from the above said two courses, applications have been called for M A (semester system) also. Almost all the universities, central and state governments and even foreign universities have given recognition to these courses. The main qualification to apply for this course is one should have a BA or BSC degree as Hindi as the main or as a second language. For more details contact the study centre. The last date for submitting the application is September 20.

Teachers Day celebrated
KOZHIKODE:  The Teachers Day celebrations were held with great fervour in the Govt Training College Auditorium. College principal Prof Vijaya Krishna Pillai presided over the function. District collector T O Sooraj inaugurated the meet. The collector garlanded a ponnada to former district education officer M Madhavan. The collector distributed the awards to the headmasters. District education officer K K Shyamala said the welcome speech and Fr M J Augustine proposed the vote of thanks. Many teachers spoke at the function.

NIT course
KOZHIKODE: The National Institute of Technology (NIY) in association with the IBM will conduct a three-semester course, Integrated Development and Enterprise Application (IDEA), on the campus here. The course is designed to impart training to graduates and undergraduates in e-business tools and technologies. It covers topics in programming, database and networking skill, web development, software engineering practices, developer, MQ series, DB2 and web sphere. Admission is through an entrance test to be conducted on September 8.

ENT surgeons' state meet today - 31st
KOZHIKODE: The state conference of the Association of ENT Surgeons of Kerala AOICON 2002 will begin at Taj Residency today. M P Veerendra Kumar will inaugurate the two-day conference hosted by Calicut ENT Club. This will be the first state meeting after the formation of the state unit of the organisation. Dr Ashok Kumar, chairman of the organising committee said around 350 delegates within and outside the state will attend the meet. Dr M R Chandran will open the continuing medical education session at today, followed by a presentation by Dr Anand on vocal chords surgeries. Dr Ramalingam will deliver the Dr Jayathilakan memorial speech tomorrow. Kozhikode mayor will Thottathil Raveendran will be the chief guest on the valedictory function. An exhibition cum sale of advanced surgical equipment will also be held as part of the conference.

Holistic medical practioners state meet- 31st
KOZHIKODE:  KPCC president K Muraleedharan will inaugurate the holistic medical practioners' state meet today at Nalanda Tourist Home. More importance will be given to the mind and body, which activates in holistic treatment. Treatments like yoga, hypnotherapy, magno therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture are less expensive. One should look into their diet, rest, exercise etc. The meet will begin after hoisting the flag at 9 am. Dr P K Balakrishnan will preside over the function. City police commissioner Sanjeev Patjoshi will inaugurate the science session at 2 pm, which will be presided over by Dr K Sivanandan.

Mujahid Women Sangamam today-31st
KOZHIKODE: Mujahid women section's Muslim Girls and Womens Movement (MGM) state women sangamam will be held today at the C H Auditorium, said the office bearers. K N M president T P Abdullah Koya will inaugurate t he Mahdani Sangamama. M G M president K Ayisha Kutty teacher will preside over the function. Jameela Ansari, Suhra Mabad, Jameela Teacher will present papers on many subjects. Kottayam Medical College principal Dr Shareefa Beevi, P K Subaida Mahdani, Dr Suhra Beevei and many others will participate in other sessions.

Gangadharan elected chairman of SPCA
KOZHIKODE:  Kerala Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) chairman P V Gangadharan has been elected the chairman of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Kerala). Gopinath Chennara is the new secretary. K R C Nair, Raphael Meledath (vice-chairmen), Ashraf Kainthar, G Sathyaraj (joint secretaries) and M Vatsaraj (treasurer) are the other office bearers.

Award for Mathrubhumi health magazine
KOZHIKODE: Kerala Alternative Medical Association's media award was bagged by Mathrubhumi health magazine. The award was given taking into consideration people's health awareness services. The award will be presented on September 1 at the Nalanda Auditorium in Kozhikode at the sixth state meet of Holistic Congress.

Rajiv Smrithi Yatra flagged off
KOZHIKODE: Rajiv Smrithi Yatra, being organised by the Vatakara-based Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Social Welfare Foundation, was flagged off from here on Monday.

Kerala Film Development Corporation chairman P V Gangadharan handed over a portrait of Rajiv Gandhi to yatra leader Adv A Moosa, at a function held at the DCC office. Gangadharan exuded confidence that the yatra would help give new vigour to the Congress.

DCC president M Veerankutty, who presided over the function, said the yatra is being organised to stir up the public conscience against the growing threat of communalism and anti-national forces.

A Sujanapal, MLA, KPCC joint secretary N K Abdulrahiman, Rajiv Foundation patron B K Thiruvoth and DCC office-bearers were present.

Members of the yatra also offered floral tributes at the martyrs' column in the city. They will reach Chennai tomorrow morning and will proceed to Sriperumbuthur, where Rajiv was assassinated. They will kindle 58 jyothis at Rajiv Memorial Column to commemorate the 58th birth day of the late prime minister. Finance Minister K Sankaranarayanan, AICC secretary Ramesh Chennithala MP, and TNPCC president E V S K Elankovan will attend the programme.

Baburaj Memorial anniversary from Aug 30
KOZHIKODE: The Baburaj Memorial Music Academy's first anniversary celebrations will start on August 30. As part of the celebrations, a music competition will be held for high school and college students in the district. Academy secretary T P Dasan at a press meet said songs composed by Baburaj will be taken up for the competition. All the applicants will have to face the first round of competition on August 30 from 9 am onwards at the Town Hall. Out of the participated, 50 will be selected and they will have to face the second round of competition on August 31 at Tagore Centenary Hall. First and second round winners will be given a chance to sing in a Malayalam film. Academy executive director Lekha Nandakumar, trust members E V Zacharia, Baijunath took part in the press meet.

KMNS to organise padayatra-17th to 21st
KOZHIKODE:  Prohibitionists under the Kerala Madya Nirodhana Samithi will organise a state wide padayatra from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram from today to September 21 with a view to highlight the backtracking by the government on its professed prohibition policy. Iyyancherry Kunhikrishnan, samithi state president and the Jayaprakash Narayanan, said that the padayatra was being held to awaken the conscience of the government and the authorities concerned on the grave lapses in the implementation of the prohibition policy of the UDF. The samithi's initiative was the first step to remind the government of its accountability to the voters who had imposed their trust in it. They are also demanding stringent checks on brewing and distribution of illicit liquor, and strict enforcement of the curbs on arrack ban.

Campaign against ADB aid- 18th & 19th
KOZHIKODE: The 'Quit Kerala' vehicle campaign, organised by the Quit Kerala Prakshobha Samithi, against ADB-aided projects in the State, will tour the district on Sunday and Monday.

The district-level inauguration of the campaign will be held at Vatakara on Sunday at 4 p.m., said district convener of the rally, V M Suhara, in a statement here today.

The campaign is part of the ongoing 'sathyagraha chain' in front of the Secretariat. A Vasu, K Ajitha, Sister Lisa, Adv Nandini will participate in the rally

AIYF to picket collectorates on Sept 16
KOZHIKODE:  The activists of All India Youth Federation (AIYF) will picket the state Planning Board office in Thiruvananthapuram and 14 district collectorates on September 16 to protest the government's failure in generating 15 lakh job opportunities as promised in the UDF poll manifesto. K G Sivanandan, AIYF general secretary told reporters that the UDF government had let down the jobless youth in the state by abolishing vacancies and stalling recruitment to the government service.

State volleyball from Sept 22
KOZHIKODE: The 32nd state senior Mens and Womens Volleyball championship will be held from September 22 to 29 at Perambra. The championship will be held at the Perambra Volley Lovers Floodlit Stadium. The championship is jointly organised by the district volleyball association and Volley Lovers Club. At a press meet, the office bearers of the organising committee said that all arrangements would be made for the championship. Sports Minister K Sudhakaran would inaugurate the championship on September 22 at 5 pm.

NITC interview on Monday
KOZHIKODE:  The admission interview to fill the vacant seats reserved for BX and LC students at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC) has been scheduled for Aug 12, said a release.

Students of BX category, holding ranks from 5,001 to 23,000, can attend the interview to one Civil Engineering seat.

Those in the LC category, holding ranks from 5,001 to 10,000 can take part in the interview to one BArch seat.

They should also have passed the Architecture aptitude test and should bring the original certificate to attend the interview.

The interview will begin at NIT, Calicut at 9 am on Monday.

College Alumni meet on Saturday
KOZHIKODE:  The department of sociology at Zamorin's Guruvayurappan College here has decided to convene a meeting of old students at Zamorin's Higher Secondary School here at 10 am on August 10.

An alumni association will be formed at the meeting besides a discussion on the prospectus of organising a series of academic programmes.

Dr T K Bhagyalatha, head of the department of sociology, has appealed to all old students to take part in the meeting.

IIMK invites applications for vacant posts
KOZHIKODE:  The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIMK) has invited applications from eligible candidates for various posts lying vacant at its Centre of Excellence. Entrusted by the State SC/ST Welfare Department, the IIMK has temporarily set up the Centre at the KIRTADS premises at Chevayur. The appointments to the posts, including Programme Coordinator (part-time), Computer Lab Assistant, Office Assistant and Accounts Officer, will be on temporary basis with a consolidated salary. Selection will be on the basis of personal interview for the post of Programme Coordinator and on the basis of written test and personal interview for all other posts. Though the posts are not reserved, preference will be given to candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes /Scheduled Tribes communities.

CU invites applications for PG courses
KOZHIKODE:  Calicut University has invited applications for admission to first year MA, M Com, BLISc and diploma/certificate courses. Application forms can be obtained from various centres. The duly filled applications will be accepted till August 31.MA subjects include History, Philosophy, Psychology, Development Economics, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, English, Comparative Literature, West Asian Studies, Folklore and Music. The applications for Automobile Engineering and Air-conditioning and Refrigeration courses being conducted.

Victor George's picture exhibition
KOZHIKODE: An exhibition of late Victor George's pictures will be held in Kozhikode on August 1 and 2 at the Press Club. Only selected pictures from his collection would be displayed at the exhibition, which is jointly organised by the Victor George Smaraka KUWJ Trust. Famous artist Paris Mohankumar will inaugurate the exhibition at 10 am. On the spot photography competition will also be held for amateur photographers. Those who wish to participate in the competition should register their names on Thursday at the Town Hall.

Malabar Tourism Mela from Aug 9
KOZHIKODE: Union Civil Aviation Minister Shanavas Hussain will inaugurate the Malabar Tourism Mela, the first one of its kind in the area, at a function to be held at Kadavu Resort, Ramanattukara, on August 9. State Tourism Minister Prof K V Thomas will preside. Tourism ministers from four southern States, department officials, prominent tourism operators across the country, hotel owners and travel agents will take part. Calicut Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Malabar Tourism Board is jointly hosting the festival.

KPAC golden jubilee celebrations
VADAKARA: The golden jubilee celebrations of the KPAC will be held at Vadakara with various celebrations on August 9 and 10. Various programmes like Gananisha, drama, seminars, singing competitions will be held on these two days. Many well-known personalities like P K Vasudevan Nair, K T Mohammed, O Madhavan, G Venugopal, Dr Vyla Vasudevan Pillai, Dr B Anandakrishnan, Alankode Leela Krishnan will take part in the celebrations. An organising committee has been formed for the smooth functioning of the celebrations.

Chundel natives to stage dharna today
KOZHIKODE:  The natives of Chundel in Wayanad, the native place of the hospital rape case victim, will hold a dharna in front of the MCH today. The dharna is being organised by the joint action council seeking deterrent action against all those involved in the rape case at the hospital. At the same several organisations have come out in protest against the ghastly incident. The DYFI district panel has sought high-level inquiry into the incident. It also sought the suspension of the MCH superintendent.

Jeevan Rekha scheme launched
KOZHIKODE:  The Life Insurance Corporation of India has come out with its latest scheme Jeevan Rekha, a unique combination of Money Back and Whole Life policies. The scheme was launched on Monday.

LIC Zonal manager K Vaidyalingam, told mediapersons that it was for the first time the LIC had launched a scheme, which offers the policy holder both regular returns all through the term and a lifelong cover. 100 policies per month have been set as an initial target for all the 251 branches under the south zone, which covers Kerala and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Jeevan Rekha offers a 10 % of the basic sum assured at every 5 years from the date of commencement of the policy, and on death of the life assured, the basic sum assured with vested bonuses and final additional bonus will be paid to the policy holder's dependent. The plan also offers accident benefit up to a maximum sum assured of Rs 10 lakh, till the life assured completes the age of 70 years.

KAHSTA to observe protest day on July 17
KOZHIKODE:  The KAHSTA would observe July 17 as protest day against the government's move for not granting unaided plus two courses to schools which have applied for it. In a statement issued, they said for no reason the government is delaying the sanction of plus one courses. On Wednesday, the plus two teachers will sent letters to governor, chief minister and other ministers concerned. KAHSTA president Joshy Antony and secretary P Mohammed Haris said strong protests would be launched.

Paul Kallanod bags Chitrashree Award
KOZHIKODE: Paul Kallanod, famous poet has bagged this year's Chitrashree Award instituted by the Kerala Chitrakala Teachers' Organisation. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 5001 and a citation. The award would be presented to him in September at a function in Kozhikode. Paul is a teacher in St Josephs Boys High School, Kozhikode

AKG birth anniversary supplement
KOZHIKODE:  On behalf of AKG birth anniversary celebrations, Mathrubhumi will publish a special supplement on him. The CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan will release the publication today at a function, which will be held at the Mathrubhumi MM Press near the Cherutti Road

Protest meet in Nadapuram - July 1
KOZHIKODE:  Enraged over the alleged torture of a party worker at the Valayam police station lock up, the Chekyad panchayat committee of the IUML has decided to organise a protest meeting in Parakkadavu near Nadapuram today.

Abdul Rasaq, an IUML worker, has been admitted to the Vatakara Government Hospital after he complained that he was brutally beaten up and was forced to drink urine by the police in the lock up. The Valayam police picked him up on June 26 from a house while he was watching the football match on television. On seeing police Rasaq tried to run away, but was overpowered by the cops.

He was produced before the magistrate who remanded to custody. He got admitted to the hospital saying he was tortured by the police in the lock up. The IUML local leaders who visited Rasaq at the hospital said the injuries on Rasaq's body prove beyond doubt he was roughed up the police.

However, the police have denied the allegation saying that there is no element of truth in the charge. ''No police man in any station in Kerala would force a person to drink urine. The allegation is absolutely baseless,'' said Rural SP T Vikaram. He said Rasaq is wanted in 14 cases including cases of handling explosives, arson and dacoity.

IUML district general secretary P K K Bava, MLA, when contacted told The New Indian Express that there is protest in the Nadapuram area over the incident. ''The local leaders will meet the authorities to convey their protest,'' he said. The IUML sources said the police have not heeded the appeals of the party leaders and a KPCC executive member not to torture Rasaq while he was in the lock up.

Japan-aided water project in November
KOZHIKODE:  Irrigation Minister T M Jacob said that the government would launch the Japan-aided drinking water project in November, this year.

The work would be completed within four years and the district would benefit most, he assured while addressing a reception accorded to him jointly by the Association of Public Health Engineers Kerala (APHEK) and Indian Water Works Association yesterday.

The reception was organised to honour the minister, who had completed consecutive 25 years as a member of the state assembly. Jacob said the government would take immediate steps to solve the drinking water crisis and drainage problems in the city apart from undertaking the renovation works of Canoli Canal. The government also proposes to effect round the clock water supply in Kozhikode and Ernakulam cities, which already exists in the State capital, he added.

Acknowledging the words of praises showered on him by the speakers on the occasion, Jacob attributed his accomplishments as a good parliamentarian to the able guidance of late leaders like C H Muhammed Koya and C Achutha Menon. Mayor Thottathil Raveendran presided over the function while A Sujanapal, MLA delivered the keynote address. T P M Sahir, MLA presented a memento. APHEK president C N Sasidharan, Kerala Water Authority technical member P M Mohandas, KWA chief engineers T R Indira, C Raghu and P R Dharmaraja Iyer were among those who offered felicitation.

Olympic Day run tomorrow
KOZHIKODE:  The Kerala Olympic Association (KOA) and Kozhikode District Olympic Association (KDOA) will jointly organise an Olympic Day run in the city on Saturday.

Talking to mediapersons here, KDOA president P Zakeer and chief co-ordinator P A Hamza said around 1000 athletes from schools, colleges, Universities, Physical Education Colleges, Sports Authority of India, Naval Force, Rapid Action Force, CRPF, Armed Reserve Police, MSP, Forest Department and various sports clubs will take part in the run. K Muraleedharan, MP would flag off the run at the V K Krishna Menon Indoor Stadium at 8.30 a.m.

Mayor Thottathil Raveendran will inaugurate the event. District Collector T O Sooraj would administer the pledge to athletes.

Hospital renovation: Meet on July 13
KOZHIKODE:  Health Minister P Sankaran said the talks regarding the renovation of the hospital would be held on July 13. A detailed discussion will be held on the hospital's development with the participation of private parties, institutions and other various organisations. The minister was talking after inaugurating the Intensive Respiratory Care Unit adjacent to the Institute of Chest Diseases. Sankaran said the hospitals of IMCH, MCH, and Chest Diseases will be considered as separate units and would be developed. A detailed report by the departmental heads on the basic needs of the hospital, departmental advices should be handed over to the hospital superintendent before July 13. K Muraleedharan inaugurated the public meet and said that an amount of Rs 20 lakhs would be kept apart from the MP's fund for the renovation of the outpatient and casualty section. Advocate A Sujanapal, MLA, councillor Prameela Balagopal spoke at the meet. Medical College principal Dr M R Chandran welcomed the gathering and Insitute of Chest Diseases superintendent A K Abdul Khader proposed a vote of thanks.

'Malabar Tourism Mela' on Aug 9
KOZHIKODE:   With the intention of giving a big boost to tourism development in the Malabar region, a 'Malabar Tourism Mela' would be held in Kozhikode on Aug 9, said Prof K V Thomas, Kerala minister for Tourism and Fisheries.

Addressing a meeting of the Kerala State Travel Tour Operators, here, he said after a lull in the flow of tourists due to various reasons including the Gujarat happenings, it had picked up during the last two weeks.

Pointing out that there was severe competition in this sector from neigbouring states he emphasised the need for an aggressive marketing strategy, otherwise these states would overtake Kerala.

He said this year's famous Jawaharlal Nehru trophy boat race would be held at Alappuzha on Aug 10 he said adding AICC President Sonia Gandhi, was likely to participate in function.

L K Advani, Union Home minister and Jagmohan, Union Tourism minister are expected to participate in the Onam festival functions at Thiruvananthapuram on Aug 25, he said. During the last one-year about Rs 200 crores had been spent for the development of tourism in the state, he said adding Rs 25 crores had been earmarked for developing Kumbalangi, a village in the district as a 'model fishing village'.

Efforts would be made to spread awareness about tourism in schools and colleges he said adding tourism clubs would be started in the academic institutions.

Texila Mela from Sept 5
KOZHIKODE:  Calicut University, Institute of Engineering and Technology's annual cultural mela Texila-02 will be held on September 5, 6 and 7 at the university campus. Various programmes like seminars, exhibition, project presentation, quiz competition, open forum and other cultural programmes will be held. The last date for submitting applications for the project presentation competition is August 15.

NSSO survey begins on July 1
KOZHIKODE:   The Field Operations Division of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) will launch a nation wide survey of disability, housing condition, village facilities, slum particulars, household consumer expenditure and employment-unemployment.

The survey will start on July 1 and conclude on December 31, said Joy Martin, assistant director, NSSO. He said the orientation for the survey was done in two tiers for the trainers at a training conference in Bhubaneswar in May and for the 45 regions of the country in June. The regional training conference of northern region of northern region of the state covering seven districts and the Mahe district of Pondicherry will be held at the New Nalanda Auditorium from June 17 to 19.

CKG's death anniversary
PAYYOLI: The Janmashathabdi Smaraka Trust has decided to observe the 38th death anniversary of CKG on June 27 at Payyoli. An organising committee of A Ramakrishnan Master as the chairman and Padanna Prabhakaran as the general convener were formed. Thikoodi Narayanan Master presided over the function.

BPE examinations begins on June 10 :
KOZHIKODE:  Calicut University's Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) first year examination will begin on June 10 while the second year examinations will begin on May 29. The final year BPE examinations will begin on May 14. The detailed timetables are available at the respective centres.

Pvt college teachers' meet begins today
KOZHIKODE: The 44th State conference of All Kerala Private College Teachers' Association (AKPCTA), affiliated to All India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations, will be held here from June 7 to 9.

A delegates' meet will be held at Town Hall on Friday morning to discuss organisational matters and to sort out strategies to counter the Government move for bringing about a legislation unifying the activities of all Universities in the State.

The conference would be formally inaugurated by eminent thinker and critic Dr Sukumar Azhikode at a function to be held at Jaya Auditorium on Saturday, at 10.30 am. SETO president Rasheed Kanicherry, NFPTE convener M Krishnan and AKGCT general secretary J Prasad would also address the inaugural function.

Calicut University Vice-Chancellor Dr K K N Kurup will inaugurate an educational conference to be held in the afternoon. R Chandra, president of Tamil Nadu Aided College Teacher's Association, will deliver the RR Endowment Lecture on the occasion.

C P Narayanan will present a paper on the adverse impact of Unified Universities Bill at a session to be held in the evening. Kerala University Vice-Chancellor Dr B Iqbal and Kannur University Vice-Chancellor Dr P K Rajan also will address the session.

It would be followed by a public meeting to be inaugurated by Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan. LDF leaders P J Joseph, Binoy Viswam, N M Joseph and Ramachandran Kadannappalli will also address the meeting.

A meeting to bid farewell to those who retire from service this year would be held on Sunday morning at the Town Hall. V Narayanan Kutty will inaugurate the meeting.

Media seminar on June 4, 5 :
KOZHIKODE:   The Calicut Press Club and the Institute of Communication and Journalism (ICJ) will jointly organise a two-day media seminar and workshop on 'the problems faced by media in the new socio-economic background', at Navajyothi Renewal Centre, on June 4 and 5.

The Press Club office-bearers told reporters that the students of journalism institutes and journalist trainees in newspaper establishments could take part in the seminar being held with the support of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Kerala Press Academy and Asian Media Institute (Chennai).

Noted journalist T J S George will inaugurate the programme on June 4, at 10 am. Noted personalities including Asian Media Institute chairman Sasikumar, ICHR chairman Dr M G S Narayanan, journalist and writer C Radhakrishnan, Kerala Press Academy chairman Thomas Jacob and Economic Times reporter Saritha Varma will present their papers covering various aspects of the subject.

Journalists and media experts including C Gouridasan Nair, Thomas Jacob, Dr Sebastian Paul and Neelan will take part in the inter-face programme to be held as part of the event.

People's convention on May 28
KOZHIKODE:   A people's convention will be held at Nalanda Auditorium on May 28 under the joint aegis of Fascist Virudha Vedi and Quit Kerala Prakshobha Samithi as part of their ongoing efforts to consolidate public opinion against the government move to borrow loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The convention will also discuss steps to make the Quit Kerala Jatha, scheduled to begin from Kasargod during June last week, a grant success.

Kottiyur Utsavam begins on May 24
KOZHIKODE:  The Vaishaka Mahotsavam at the Kottiyur temple begins with the Neiyattom on the midnight of May 24. Various poojas will be conducted from May 25 to June 16. On June 26 women are not supposed to enter the temple in the afternoon. Shree Kottiyur Perumal Seva Sanghom have organised five camps for the convenience of the devotees. Also arrangements have been made for the pilgrims like parking facilities, toilets, refreshing rooms etc.
 
Thennala bestowed Moidu Moulavi Memorial Award
KOZHIKODE:   Veteran Congress leader and former KPCC president Thennala Balakrishna Pillai has been selected for this year's E Moidu Moulavi Memorial Award instituted by the Kozhikode-based Moidu Moulavi Foundation.

 

 
 

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