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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Karunakaran cremated with full state honours‎

Tens of thousands of people thronged the central Kerala town of Thrissur today, to bid farewell to veteran Congress leader, former Cheif Minister and former Union cabinet minister Shri. K Karunakaran, who died on Thursday, at the age of 92.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flew in from New Delhi to pay homage to his former colleague in the federal cabinet. Earlier, Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi paid tributes to Shri. Karunakaran at Trivandrum. AICC leadres, Cabinet Ministers and various other dignitaries also paid tributes to the veteran leader.

He was cremated near the tomb of his wife Kalyanikkuttti Amma, who died 15 years back, at their Murali Mandiram house at Poonkunnam on the outskirts of the town. His son K Muralidharan lit the funeral pyre at 5.05pm.

The prime minister could not make it to the funeral due to space constraints and security concerns at the small house where the ‘Leader’, as Karunakaran was addressed both by his followers and detractors spent his early days as a politician with his wife and children. However, Defence Minister A K Antony and several state ministers attended the funeral.

Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose led the official ceremony giving state honours to the four-time chief minister with a gun salute. Policemen fired in the air as a mark of respect for Karunakaran known for his tough handling of the law and order.

The body was brought to Thrissur from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram in the morning, which took almost 19 hours. A large number of mourners, including women and children waited from early morning to catch one last glimpse of the leader whom they elected from the district several times.

The prime minister, Kerala Governor R S Gavai, federal Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Mohsina Kidwai paid their last respects at the Town Hall where the body lay in state. After the prime Minister left, the body was moved to the Karunakaran Sapthathy Mandiram, the district headquarters of the party before being taken to the Murali Mandiram for the funeral.

Singh arrived by a special flight from Delhi to Kochi and took a helicopter ride to the town and then drove down to the Town Hall. The prime minister paid his respects to Karunakaran with folded hands and consoled members of his family.

In his condolence message sent to Muralidharan earlier, the prime minister described Karunakaran as a leader widely respected.

“He was elected three times to the Rajya Sabha and twice to the Lok Sabha, and was the union minister for industries in the mid nineties,” Singh recalled. “On a personal note, I had the privilege of benefiting from Karunakaranji’s wisdom and experience many times. He was generous with his advice, which was always sagacious. I will miss him as a senior leader, a valued colleague in the Congress Party and a close friend.”

May his soul rest in peace..........”


Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi paying homage to Shri. K Karunakaran


Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, paying homage to Shri. K Karunakaran

Christmas wishes to all


FNPO wishes a Happy Christmas to all our members, well wishers and their family members.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tribute to our 'Leader' Shri. K Karunakaran


"We express our profound sorrow at the passing away of our beloved 'leader' Shri. K Karunakaran.

FNPO family bows our head in reverence, love and grief profound to the dear memory of our most beloved 'leader'. May his soul rest in peace."

Revision of Norms for assessment of Workload for BPMs

Department, vide letter No: 5-1/ 2007 - WS-1(pt) dated 16.12.2010, has issued orders regarding the new norms for assessment of work load for Branch Postmasters, working in Branch Post Offices.

The order is given below. Click on the image to enlarge.


Meeting of Cadre Restructuring Committee to be held on 27.12.2010

The formal meeting of the Cadre Restructuring Committee, of Group 'C' other than Accounts cadre, will be held on 27.12.2010, at 11 AM at the chamber of DDG (Establishment). The Department order is published below:

Review of Instructions on engagement of Casual labourers in the light of the guidelines on Outsourcing