Bhanthia case posted for Jan 3
KOZHIKODE: The judicial first class magistrate court recorded the statement of T R Narayanan, deputy general manager and power of attorney holder of Nedungadi Bank Limited, in the second criminal case he filed against bank’s former director Rajendra Kumar Bhanthia and two others in connection with the share scam in the NBL. Magistrate P S Ananthakrishnan posted the case for January 3. Another criminal case filed earlier against Bhanthia (of the First Custodian Fund – India) and two others was also posted for the same day for further proceedings. Advocate P V Hari appeared for the NBL. The second case was filed against Bhanthia, share-broker Srikant G Mantri and the Harvest Deal Securities Limited, a share-trading firm in which R K Bhanthia is the chairman.
Tourist guide on Kerala released
KOZHIKODE: District Collector T O Sooraj released Nikku travel and tourist guide, a handbook on Kerala, at a function held here. Police Commissioner Sanjiv Patjoshi presided. T Nasirudheen received the first copy. Malabar Chamber of Commerce president J A Majeed, Air India manager Sunil Deshmukh and Nikku Editor M K Moosa spoke.
National mental retardation meet on Dec 29
KOZHIKODE: National mental retardation meet will be held from December 29 to 31 in Kozhikode. The meet is jointly organised under the joint auspices of the Association for Welfare of the Handicapped (AWH) and the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH). About 30 papers will be presented at the conference being held for the second time in the state, said AWH project director C Abdul Aziz. About 400 delegates from the country and abroad will attend, organisers told a news conference.
MSF graduates meet in Kozhikode
KOZHIKODE: MSF, the students’ wing of the IUML will organise a conference of selected graduates titled MSF graduates conference in Kozhikode on January 4.MSF state secretary Shahirji Ahamed said the meeting would discuss the resolution knowledge to redemption. He said the resolution had already been widely circulated and discussed among the youth.
Dr Rajput to open ABVP meet
KOZHIKODE: NCERT chairman Dr J S Rajput will open the 48th national conference of the ABVP at a function to be held at Tali Zamorin’s High School on December 26 at 11 am. ABVP national president Dr Kailas Sarma will preside. As many as 1500 delegates, including 250 girls from across the country will take part in the conference being held in the state for the second time and after a time span of 32 years.
Nadana Devan Award for Vineeth
KOZHIKODE: The first Nadana Devan Award given to young artistes by the Swathi Thirunal Kalakendram was bagged by famous actor and dancer Vineeth. The award would be presented to him on December 28 at the Thiruvannoor Swara Mandapam, said Kalakendram managing trustee Kaithapram. A dance therapy session by Vineeth and fifteen students of the Kalakendram would stage their Arangettam. Vineeth would distribute the certificates to them.
High panel meet on Dec 23
KOZHIKODE: Discussions regarding the reorganisation of Youth Congress will be held on December 23 at Thiruvananthapuram. The first round of talks was held in Delhi recently. This was decided at the meet held at KPCC president K Muraleedharan’s house yesterday. The main discussion would be the based on the sharing of district panel leaders. UDF convenor Oommen Chandy, Youth Congress president K P Anil Kumar took part in the meet held at KPCC president’s house.
Mujahid state meet begins
KOZHIKODE: The Mujahid state conference being organised at the Thouheed Nagar got off to a start yesterday with a medical camp, which was inaugurated by UDF convenor Oommen Chandy. In his inaugural address, Chandy lauded the contributions of the Mujahid movement in the state’s socio-cultural arena. Dr M Abdul Majeed presided over the function.
CPI to lay siege to taluk offices on Dec 19
KOZHIKODE: CPI activists will lay siege to all taluk offices from dawn to dusk on December 19 to protest against the apathy of the UDF government in maintaining law and order and solving the crisis in the coir and handloom sectors. The CPI state secretary Veliyam Bhargavan, accused the Chief Minister A K Antony, of maintaining a stoic silence to the inept attitude of the police force to act against the criminals. He also alleged that the chief minister was remaining a mute spectator to mafia groups and sex racketeers operating in the state.
Lawyers to boycott courts on Dec 18
KOZHIKODE: Lawyers all over the state following the decision of the members of the Bar Council of India and chairpersons of state bar councils at a joint meeting held on November 24 in New Delhi will boycott courts on December 18 as a protest against the anti people law. Parippalli Raveendran, member Bar Council of India and Vinod Singh Cheriyan, vice chairman of the Kerala Bar Council averred that though the Union Law Minister Jana Krishnamoorthy had given an undertaking that a dialogue on the proposed amendments would be initiated; lawyers had called off the boycott. Since no move for a dialogue on the issue had been made, the lawyers would go ahead with their protest.
Chamber Expo and Trade Fair begins
KOZHIKODE: The sale of the exhibition stalls for the Chamber Expo and Trade Fair-2002 was inaugurated by PWD Minister Dr M K Muneer by receiving a cheque from Sabeesh Kumar, owner of Electronics Village yesterday. The trade fair, which will be held from December 20 to 29, is organised by the Malabar Chamber of Commerce and the Calicut Airport Committee, with the help of the ITFC, Kochi. District collector T O Sooraj, chamber president J A Majeed, vice-president C P Kunjimuhamed, Calicut Airport Committee chairman K T Raghunath, Airport Customs Deputy Commissioner Kaishak Babu and Kerala State Film Development Corporation chairman P V Gangadharan were also present.
SFI national meet in Kozhikode
KOZHIKODE: The eleventh national meet of SFI will be held from February 12-16, 2003 in Kozhikode. This was announced by all India secretary Samik Lahiri, MP at a press meet. Thousands of representatives are expected to take part in this meet, which would protest against the government’s aim of privatising the educational policy and saffronising it. Referring to the recent police action on the SFI activists in the state, he said that the Antony Government would not be able to suppress students’ agitations by using the police force. SFI state secretary T V Rajesh, president P K Biju was also present at the press meet.
Book festival from Dec 8
KOZHIKODE: The Kerala Book Marketing Society (Book Mark), functioning under the Cultural Department of the government, will organise a book festival at the Indoor Stadium from tomorrow. The organisers told reporters that about 10,000 titles in various genres would be up for sale at attractive discount rates at the festival, being organised as part of the month-long campaign to promote the mother tongue. Literary discussions, apart from a poets’ meet, will be organised during the afternoons, they said.
KOZHIKODE: Those who observed fasting in the month of Ramzan this year are bidding farewell on the witness of the crescent of Shawwal or on completion of the Ramzan. The Ramzan moon was sighted in the Malabar region. Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal and Wayanad Khazi in charge Panakkad Sadiquali Shihab Thangal have declared that today will be Id-ul-Fitr. Kozhikode Valiya Khazi Syed Muhasin Shihab Thangal has declared that today will be Id-ul-Fitr as moon was sighted at Thoppa and Puthiyangadi.
300 students to take part in Balasangamam
KOZHIKODE: A reception panel has been formed for making the Balasangamam a success in Kozhikode. The function organised by Kudumbasree will be held on December 23-27. Mayor Thottathil Raveendran has been selected as the chairman and other twelve sub panels have also been formed. Three hundred students from different parts of the state are expected to participate in the Balasangamam. The students coming below poverty line will be accommodated in their friend’s houses in Kozhikode. Students from sixth to ninth standards will take part in the sangamam. The main agendas of the Balasangamam are environment, study, city and forests.
Malabar Mahotsav from Jan 29
KOZHIKODE: Malabar Mahotsav, the annual cultural festival of Kozhikode, will be held at different venues from January 29 to February 1.
Tabla exponent Rimba Siva will perform at Stadium Ground, the main venue of the festival, on the inaugural day. Singers M G Sreekumar and Radhika Tilak will provide a musical feast on the second day at the same venue. Pop singer Sudhesh Bosle will sing on January 31. Gazal artiste Pankaj Udhas will perform on February 1. K J Yesudas and S Janaki will perform at the main venue on the concluding day.
Carnatic musicians N Ramani, P Unnikrishnan, Malladi brothers, Gayathri and Rajani will perform at different venues as part of the festival. Balakondal Rao, Narendra, Mahalakshmi, Kala Vijayan and Ganga Thampi will dance at various venues during the festival. A drama competition, folk art festival and a food festival also form part of the four-day festival. District Collector T O Sooraj presided over the meeting. Mayor Thottathil Raveendran, Deputy Mayor P T Abdul Latheef and ADM P S Mohammed Sageer also addressed the meeting.
Short story camp
PARAPPANANGADI: A short story camp by the Koottam Cultural Vedi would be held on December 21 and 22. Short story writer P Surendran would be the director of the vedi. P Valsala will inaugurate the camp. Dr M Gangadharan, Kalpetta Narayanan, Reghunath Parali, Azad, Dr L Sushama, P K Parakkadavu, U K Kumaran, P R Reghunath, K EN will take part in the camp. On the concluding day, K P Ramunni will deliver a speech. Those who wish to participate in the camp should send one of their stories to secretary, Koottam Cultural Vedi, Malappuram, Pin-676303 before December 10.
JRF coaching for minorities on Dec 16
KOZHIKODE: Coaching class for minorities to the UGC-JRF/lectureship examination conducted by the Calicut University will begin on December 16. Candidates from Muslim, Ezhava, Latin Catholic and other backward communities can apply. Classes will be held at the Centre for Coaching Minorities at the University Library Complex for 10 days. Candidates may report at the University Zoology Department on December 14 at 11 am along with a chalan receipt for Rs 50, community and educational certificates.
KOZHIKODE: The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, is organising its third annual management festival, Backwaters 2002, from November 29 to December 1. The main attractions of this inter-collegiate event would be paper writing competition and various strategy games encompassing marketing, finance and operations, said Saji Gopinath, faculty advisor to the event. Backwaters have been attracting students from various business schools in the country.
Re-survey adalat on Dec 2
KOZHIKODE: Complaints against the re-survey records in Kottapally-Thiruvallur villages coming under the Vadakara taluks will be accepted on December 2 at the village offices. The complaints would be accepted at the one-day adalat held on the day. Anyone owning lands can lodge complaints.
Home nursing course
KOZHIKODE: A three-month course on home nursing by the Chalappuram Maithri Skill Development Centre will begin on December 17. Both male and female can apply for the course. Those interested should apply before November 30 at the following address: Co-ordinator, Maithri Skill Development Centre, Chalappuram, Kozhikode 2.
2500 candidates appear for CAT exam
KOZHIKODE: The Common Admission Test (CAT) for the high profile post graduate Programme in Management conducted by the six Indian Institutes of Management was conducted by the Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) along with other IIMS. This is for the first time that the IIM-K has been given the opportunity to administer the common Admission Test. Almost 2500 candidates from across the state have appeared for the examination conducted at four centres. There has been an increase of 25% in the number of candidates at the all-India level, according to IIM-K sources. Sources said the CAT results would despatch to all IIMs after the centralised valuation. The interviews will begin in March and admission will be in July.
Jayachandran’s fourth death anniversary to be observed tomorrow
KOZHIKODE: The fourth death anniversary of eminent journalist K Jayachandran would be observed with various programmes at Town Hall tomorrow under the aegis of Jayachandran Suhrid Sanghom. Noted writer Zacharia will inaugurate the screening of a few documentary films, depicting survival problems of adivasis in the state. Film directors Raveendran, O K Johnny, Pradip Kumar and M G Sasi will share their experiences with the audience. Writer K J Baby also will address the gathering. Media expert Sasikumar will be the chief guest at the memorial meeting, to be held. T N Gopakumar and K C Narayanan will recall the contributions of Jayachandran as a journalist and as a crusader for human values.
IAPS Kerala chapter meet in Kozhikode
KOZHIKODE: The annual state meet of the experts of pediatric surgery will be held tomorrow at MIMS (Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences). Experts in the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons Kerala Chapter meet will present various papers on modern technical knowledge. The organizing committee convener Prof P R Babu, Dr Abraham Mammen, announced this. Special panel discussions will also be held. Kozhikode Medical College principal Dr M R Chandran will inaugurate the meet tomorrow morning at 9 am. Chief of Coimbatore Medical College pediatric surgery, Dr Ramkumar Reghupathu will deliver a speech.
Neelima silver jubilee fete on Nov 24
KOZHIKODE: Guru Chemencheri Kunhiraman Nair will inaugurate the silver jubilee celebrations of Neelima, the famous cultural organisation on November 24. Anganwadi nursery Kalotsavam and BSc rank holder Roopa will be felicitated on the inaugural function. The six-month long celebrations will conduct health seminars, sports competition, kudumba sangamam and various other programmes.
Bank employees to observe protest day today
KOZHIKODE: The United Forum of Bank Unions will observe protest day today in protest against attempts by the government and the managements to deny trade union rights and job security in the banking sector. All forum employees will attend office wearing black badges. Public meetings and rallies would also be organised throughout the state today.
100,000 students to take part in ABVP march
KOZHIKODE: As part of the 48th national meet of ABVP held in Kozhikode on December 24-28, 100,000 students are expected to take part in the parliament march on November 26 in New Delhi. 20 lakh students of high educational qualifications have tendered their signatures. A proclamation letter consisting of fifty-two demands will be given to Prime Minister A B Vajpayee. The ABVP representatives will submit a memorandum of educational problems faced by the students to MPs to be discussed in the parliament. ABVP state secretary V Harikrishnan did the state level inauguration by handing over the memorandum to KPCC president K Muraleedharan.
Ayyappa devotees safety day – Nov 17
KOZHIKODE: The Lord Ayyappa Devotees’ Protection Council will observe November 17 as Ayyappa devotees safety day to raise the public conscience against the increasing atrocities and exploitation against the devotees’. The council office bearers said that Ayyappa devotees would stage a fast at Mananchira Square
Kalam to inaugurate Farook College library
KOZHIKODE: President A P J Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the Abussabah Library Complex at the Farook College on Sunday. Addressing a press conference, the college principal Dr Mubarak Pasha said Chief Minister A K Antony will release the document for academic growth at the function. Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty, Education Minister Nalakath Soopy, MPs K Muraleedharan, E Ahamed, V K C Mammad Koya MLA, Calicut University Vice-Chancellor Dr Syed Iqbal Hasnain, Hathib K K, students union chairman will offer felicitations. K V Kunhammed Koya will welcome the audience and P Muhammadali will propose a vote of thanks.
The library complex has extensive facilities including audio-visual theatre, digital library, information centre, career corner and a publication division, he said. The publication division will soon bring out three books and an in-house journal. The college has also started an institute for training students for Civil Services Examination. It proposes to start a training centre for Indian Forest Services Examination as well. The college has won the five-star accreditation from the NAAC. It was also selected for the R Sanakar award for the best special grade (private) college in the State.
ABVP national meet
KOZHIKODE: The 48th National Conference of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will be held in Kozhikode from December 24 to 28. About 1500 delegates are expected to take part in the conference. K N Raghunandna, national secretary said that the conference is taking place in Kerala after a long gap. The theme of the conference is ‘change education, provide employment’. As a prelude to the meet, ABVP will be organising a rally of about a lakh students in Delhi with a charter of demands with this theme.
Horizons-2002 annual seminar on Nov 16, 17
KOZHIKODE: Horizons-2002, Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode’s annual management seminar, will be held at Taj Residency on Saturday and Sunday. IIM-K director Dr A H Kalro told newspersons that the seminar is envisaged to familiarise management professionals and students with the latest trends in the fast-changing management sector. Cochin Refineries Ltd managing director B K Menon will deliver the keynote address. KSA-Technopark chairman Aravind Singhal, PWG associate director Bimal Bhavanani, GE India Project director Mrudang Pandya, Mindtree Consulting co-founder Rostov Ravanan and KPMG Executive Director Kameshwari Vissa will speak on various topics.
Swati Tirunal Sangeetolsavam 2002
KOZHIKODE: The Swati Music Dais will celebrate its 16th annual festival `Swati Tirunal Sangeetolsavam 2002′ at the Snehanjali Kalyana Mandapam, Kallai Road from November 15 to 17. The northern range Inspector General of Police, Venugopal K Nair will inaugurate the festival at 5.30 pm on November 15. He will present the T M B Nedungadi Memorial Scholarship to C K Shaji, second year music student of the Government College, Chittoor, Palakkad, on the occasion. T M Sarvothaman Nedungadi, C K Ramachandran and Rajeswari Nedungadi, will speak at the function. Gayathri Venkataraghavan of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Semmangudi School, will perform a music concert along with S R Vinu on the violin and G Babu on the mridangam, in the evening on the same day. Gouri Lakshmi Bhai Thampuratti of Travancore royal family will inaugurate the programmes on November 16. The admission to the sangeethotsavam will be free to the public. The Swati Music Dais, president, T. M. Sarvothaman Nedungadi, and the secretary, N. Babu Swamy, are giving final touches to the three-day programme.
Govt would take action against medical stores
KOZHIKODE: Health Minister P Sankaran informed that the government would soon take stringent action against those medical stores which are functioning without the service of qualified pharmacists. He was inaugurating Pharmacy Fest-2002, a get-together of members of Kerala Private Pharmacists’ Association and Kerala Pharmacy Graduates’ Association, at Nalanda auditorium in Kozhikode. Reiterating his resolve to end exploitation existing in pharmacy sector, Sankaran alleged that majority of medical shops in the state were violating laws by not appointing pharmacists. Sankaran also promised action against unauthorised institutions, which are awarding diploma in pharmacology. Meanwhile, a resolution adopted at the meeting urged the government to order an inquiry into exploitation and unhealthy trends prevailing in the health sector. The meeting also decided to launch a campaign highlighting the unethical practices in the health sector. Advocate Mathai Chacko presided over the function. Assistant Drugs Controller M P George, P Jayaraj, Anjana John, Sanil John and Dr Ramesh Adip were among those who spoke on the occasion. T Sathisan welcomed the gathering. Jayan Koroth proposed a vote of thanks.
Grants distribution on Nov 11
KOZHIKODE: The distribution of SSA grants to schools and teachers of Vadakara sub district will be held on November 11, Monday. The function will be held at the S G M S B School at 3 pm, said AEO. Main teachers should be present with the list of the teachers. Municipal chair person, panchayat presidents, standing committee chairmen, diet principal, PTA representatives and many others will be present at the function.
Addl district court functions today- 9th November
VADAKARA: The functioning of the additional district court in Vadakara will begin from
today. High Court judge Justice J B Koshy will inaugurate the district court at a function to be held today at the court premises. Justice R Bhaskaran will preside over the function. This is one among the two courts in the state dealing narcotic cases. With the functioning of this court, many cases handled in sessions court would be heard here. But at present, this court does not have the facility to file cases. Advocates in Vadakara believe that this defect would be solved soon.
Trade Fair 2002 from Dec 20-29
KOZHIKODE: The Malabar Chamber of Commerce (MCC) in association with the Calicut Airport Committee (CAC) and International Trade Fair Foundation (ITFF) will organise Chamber Expo and Trade Fair 2002, a mega exhibition-cum-sale of consumer durables, at Apsara Grounds at Arayadathupalam here from December 20 to 29. Leading business houses, merchants, institutions, government and quasi-government undertakings, industrial enterprises, public and private sector companies and multi national corporations would set up as many as 300 stalls at the exhibition venue, MCC president J A. Majeed and CAC chairman K. T. Raghunath told reporters yesterday. A hi-tech super dome parabolic structure with international touch and classy ambience would be erected for the exhibition. Demonstrations, cultural programmes, competitions and daily lucky draw for visitors also form part of the mega exhibition.
Malabar Mahotsavam from Jan 29-Feb 2
KOZHIKODE: The famous Malabar Mahotsavam will be held from January 29 to February 2, said an official release. A comprehensive organising committee and various sub committees were formed at a meeting presided over by district collector T O Sooraj yesterday. MLAs A Sujanapal and Binoy Viswom apart from representatives of various political parties, people’s representatives and cultural activists were present at the meeting. The festival, which includes Nrityotsavam, Sangeethotsavam, Natakotsavam, Sahityotsavam, martial arts, food festival and folk arts, will be held in seven stages.
IMM to open 1000 relief centres
KOZHIKODE: The state committee of IMM state committee decided to open 1000 relief centres in the state during the holy month of Ramadan. The state committee which held at the Mujahideen centre was presided over by the president Sayed Muhammed Sakkar. C P Salim, Nazar Balussery, Nabeel Randathani, Thawa, and Dr Sulfikkar Ali also spoke.
Dream City Project for Kozhikode city
KOZHIKODE: ”The Government has taken over the Dream City Project in Kozhikode. The project report will be completed before the Global Investors Meet, and presented at the Meet.” the Minister said.
Reacting to the MCC demand that the next International Travel Mart should be conducted in Kozhikode, he said the GIM could only be held at a place which has sufficient infrastructure.
Chamber President J A Majeed presided. Secretary K T Ajith, former presidents Sunderdas, P V Gangadharan and others attended the function.
Karunakaran to open Hi-tech Neuro-Cardiac block on 5th
KOZHIKODE: Former chief minister K Karunakaran, MP, will inaugurate the newly constructed Hi-tech Neuro-Cardiac Block of National Hospital at a function tomorrow. Education Minister Nalakath Soopy will lay the foundation stone of the National College of Nursing on the occasion. Local Administration Minister Cherkalam Abdulla will lay the foundation stone of phase-IV building construction. KPCC president K Muraleedharan, MP, will inaugurate the centre for Cardiovascular Sciences. A K Premajam, MP, will inaugurate the centre for Neuro Sciences. Abdussamad Samadhani, MP, will inaugurate the Paramedical College while A Sujanapal, MLA, will open the newly sanctioned 4-year B Pharm course, according to the management of the hospital. Health Minister P Sankaran will preside over the function.
Navathi celebrations begin
KOTOOLI: A Sujanapal, MLA inaugurated the four-month long Navathi celebrations at the Kotooli UP School yesterday. Corporation education standing committee chairman M Bhaskaran presided over the function. AE O K Surendran released the Logo. P Prasanna, 10th ward councilor spoke at the function. Former student K Mohandas gave away the first coupon to M Prasanna and inaugurated the distribution of coupons. The organizing committee chairman P P Baburaj welcomed the gathering and headmistress N Balamani proposed the vote of thanks. Later with the joint cooperation of Baby Memorial Hospital, free blood group camp was held. Almost 250 people took part in the camp.
Rangachari to visit state on Nov 9
KOZHIKODE: P M Mohammed Ali, president of the Kerala State Lorry Owners Federation said an official of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) would be in Kochi on November 9 to study the various aspects of the controversial hike in vehicle insurance premia that has been imposed in the state. Mohammed Ali had attended a meeting of representatives of insurance companies and vehicles owners called in Hyderabad recently to discuss this issue. IRDA chairman, Rangachari, had expressed surprise over the fact that the extent of increase in premia made by insurance companies in the state was higher than that in other states. The chief was also reported to have expressed his displeasure at the stand taken by insurance firms. He also stressed the need for all insurance firms to stick to the authority’s directives on tariff revision.
Karate championship from today
KOZHIKODE: The 24th state Karate Championships will be held at the Indoor Stadium today and tomorrow, said a release. About 400 players from various districts will take part in the competitions. A Sujanapal, MLA will inaugurate the championships at 9.30 am today.