New law to regulate pvt professional colleges

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The Education Minister, Mr M.A. Baby, is holding talks with the private college managements to arrive at a consensus on the fee structure.

Thiruvananthapuram, June 7

The Kerala Cabinet has decided to impose ban on trawling for 45 days beginning June 15 to coincide with the monsoon season.

The ban on fishing by mechanised boats during monsoon has been in vogue in the State for the last 18 years. This has been done to protect the marine species, most of which breed during the period.

The Chief Minister, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, told newspersons after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday that the Government would constitute an expert committee to study the impact of the ban on the marine fish wealth as also the various fishing methods.

The Chief Minister announced that the Government would bring in a new legislation in the coming Assembly session to regulate fees and admission procedures in self-financing professional colleges in the State.

Merit quota

He said it was the policy of the Left Democratic Front that only government fee is levied from merit quota students in these institutions. The Education Minister, Mr M.A. Baby, was holding talks with the private college managements to arrive at a consensus on the matter, he added.

On the allegation against the Minister for Public Works, Mr. P.J. Joseph, he said proper action would be taken after examining the reports relating to the incident.

The allegation is that funds to the tune of Rs 433 crore had been diverted from Maithri Housing Project when Mr Joseph was the Housing Board Minister in the previous LDF Government.

The Chief Minister said seven employees of the State Secretariat, who were dismissed from service by the previous United Democratic Front Government for taking part in a strike, would be reinstated.

NEW CIAL CHIEF

The Cabinet decided to appoint Mr Shriram Bharat as the Managing Director of Cochin International Airports Ltd in place of Mr V.J. Kurien who took over as Chairman of the Spices Board. It also decided to appoint senior advocate Mr Sudhakar Prasad as the new Advocate General.

GESTURE TO AIR INDIA

Mr Achuthanandan said the State Government would provide 15 acres of land for Air India's aircraft maintenance unit to be set up here.

After a meeting with the Air India Managing Director, Mr V. Thulasidas, here, the Chief Minister told reporters that the Government would hold discussions with all concerned and hoped to arrive at a decision soon.

The total investment for the unit was estimated at Rs 50 crore, said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated June 8, 2006)
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