Freedom fighter and Punnapra-Vayalar hero P. K. Chandranandan passed away on Wednesday following age-related ailments. He was 89.
Chandranandan, who was the CPM district secretary four terms, had also spent 13-and-a-half years in hiding. Chandranandan was identified with the Pinarayi group in the CPM, though he was Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan’s peer in the party.
He was elected as CPM district secretary for the fourth time in October 2006. In 1964, Chandranandan was the secretary of the undivided Communist Party, but when the CPM was formed he became its first district secretary. He also became the CPM state committee member in 1964 and state secretariat member in 1995.
He was also the Travancore Devaswom Board member from 1967-70.
He represented the Ambalappuzha Assembly segment in 1980-81 and was the unit manager of Deshabhimani from 1988 to 1992.
He was also jailed during emergency.
source: http://www.beta.english.manoramaonline.com / Manorama / Home> Kerala / by The Correspondent of Manorama / Wednesday – July 02nd, 2014
A rare expo of coins concludes tomorrow
A rare three-day exhibition of ancient coins titled ‘India through 2,600 years: A glance at history of numismatics’ has been organised by K.B. Baburaj, a philatelist and numismatist from Palakkad, Kerala at Kamyaka Mahal on Ashoka Road here, which will conclude tomorrow.
The expo features about 136 rare and unique coins with the oldest dating back to 400 BC and named ‘Karshapana’ and ‘Mashana.’ They were said to have been minted during the period of Saurasena Janapada of Saurashtra. Another attraction is the world’s smallest gold coin called ‘Bele’ weighing just 0.75 gram and belonging to the period of Harihara II (1376-1404) of Sangama dynasty. Also on display are gold coin ‘Fanam’ of Tipu Sultan period and coins of the era of Guptas, Kadambas, Tughlak, Sikh, Krishnaraja Wadiyar, Vijyanagar Kings, British Monarchy and many more.
Inaugurating the expo yesterday, Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Commissioner, Archeaology, Heritage and Museums, opined that exhibition of coins was a rare event and was very educative too for people. He hoped that such exhibitions would be organised at all museums.
The expo is open to public from 10 am to 8 pm. Baburaj speaking to SOM said that there was no commerical angle for the expo and it was an educative one and people interested in numismatics may contact mob:98434-48548.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / June 28th, 2014