Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Land identified for airport in Erumeli, says CM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Wednesday informed centre that land has been identified for constructing an airport in Erumeli for the convenience of Sabarimala devotees to reach by air. Pinarayi informed this during his meeting with Aviation Minister Ashok Jagapathy Raju. Pinarayi later told reporters that the union minister had assured to provide things including a no objection certificate (NOC) after land is found.

The UDF government had planned to construct an airport in Aranmula. However, the project got delayed due to stiff opposition from Aranmula heritage conservation samithi and the state BJP leadership. The Left Front too had opposed the Aranmula project. Following that, this government identified land in Erumeli.

Sabarimala is visited by millions of devotees and they all want an airport there. The centre had assured to take steps if land is suggested. Land has been found for the airport and this should be informed to the centre.  An airport in Aranmula is a closed chapter, he added.

The government has requested for two air strips--one each at Bekkal in Kasargod and Idukki and it should be suitable for chartered flights to land.

Hartal paralyses Cooperative sector

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cooperative Banks are observing hartal today in protest against the Centre’s alleged enmity and indifference towards them in the wake of its demonetisation move.

The hartal, which paralysed the Cooperative sector, was called by Samkyuktha Samara Samithy. Primary Agricultural loan societies are also taking part in the hartal. Milk and hospital cooperative societies have been exempted from the hartal. The strikers took out marches to district collectorates. Marches were taken out to RBI regional offices in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. CPM leader V S Achuthananthan inaugurated the march in Thiruvananthapuram.

The agitators’ demand were the Centre and the RBI should take steps to protect cooperative banks, primary societies should be allowed to accept invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1000  and the RBI should accept the notes deposited in chest branches of district cooperative banks.

Hidden camera spotted inside court room toilet

MUTTAM (IDUKKI): A spy camera was found at inside the toilet of First Class Magistrate court of Muttam district court.

The camera was first spotted by a woman staff by around 11:30 in the morning. As soon as she entered the bathroom, she found the pen camera covered in a towel and kept hidden above the flush tank.

The staff immediately informed the matter to Magistrate and others in the court.

Muttam police was called in by the Magistrate and the camera was taken into their custody.

The police said it is a costly camera and had got finger prints from it. 

Opposition barbs come from Modi hate: Surendran

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Taking a dig at the Opposition over demonetisation, BJP State general secretary K Surendran has remarked the Opposition’s stand that there is no need to withdraw the decision to scrap Rs 500 and 1000 was realisation that has stemmed from their understanding of the people’s true sentiments.    

“The Opposition which first opposed the stand later changed it. If the Centre’s decision was wrong, they should have asked for its cancellation. And, this shows the allegations they had raised earlier had come from their hate for Modi,” he wrote on his Facebook post

MT bags first Deshabhimani Award

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: M T Vasudevan Nair has bagged the first award constituted by Deshabhimani for those given to persons for their overall contributions in the field of social, cultural and literary sectors. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh and a citation. The award is introduced from this year onwards as part of platinum jubilee of Deshabhimani, said its chief editor M V Govindan Master.

MT has been chosen for the award for his overall contributions in the field of literary and film fields. While presenting the award to him in February 2017, a MT Sahithyolsavam will be organized in Kozhikode. Special awards would be given to novel, collection of stories and poems as part of platinum jubilee celebrations.

Works from January 2015 to November 2016 would be considered for the award. Rs one lakh each would be given for literary awards. Application with three copies of the work should be sent to Deshabhimani Office before December 15.

Ernakulam native held with Rs 62 lakh invalid notes

KOZHIKODE: Kozhikode Nadakkavu police have detained an Ernakulam native after he was found to be in possession of cancelled notes worth Rs 61, 98,000. The person was found under suspicious circumstances today morning at 4:30 and the police, while checking his bag, found out wads of notes stacked inside it.

The arrested has been identified as Palluruthi Kandathil House resident Rasheed.  

The police said they got the information that Rasheed who arrived in Kozhikode from Ernakulam was about to hand over the money to some person when he was held. But the police is yet to get information on that person. They said Rasheed is being questioned.  
The bag carried Rs 35,000 of 500 rupee notes and the rest were Rs 1000 notes. Two 50 rupee notes were also found inside the bag. The police said Rasheed would be handed over to Enforcement Directorate officials.

Suresh Gopi not invited for MPs' meeting

NEW DELHI: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi was not invited for the meeting of Kerala MPs in New Delhi, convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today to discuss the crisis in the Cooperative banking sector.  The actor is said to have expressed his discontent to the chief minister. But later Suresh Gopi told media persons that he had not made any complaint to the chief minister for not inviting him.

Besides Suresh Gopi, Richard Hey was also not invited for the meeting. In the meeting, MPs had decided to meet the prime minister and finance minister to express their grievance.  

After the meeting Suresh Gopi is said to have met Pinarayi and conveyed his grievance over not inviting him. Suresh Gopi reportedly told the chief minister that he was anxious about the cooperative sector and the chief minister should have invited him for the meeting. But the chief minister sent him back with polite words.

Later, Suresh Gopi told media persons that “they might not felt the need for calling me… There may be other MPs to fight for their cause. Even I didn’t have any information on the meeting”.

Regarding the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, Suresh Gopi said, it was the most appropriate decision and an economic operation that could not have been done with prior notice. There may be inconvenience for a few days and the government is making all-out efforts to sort out the anomalies.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

ATMs to disburse new currency by early Dec

New Delhi : The Finance ministry said that the ATMa will be able to disburse new currency notes only by early December as recalibration of the machines requires both hardware and software modifications. 
"Recalibration (requires both software and hardware changes) of ATMs is going on, which will be completed by end of this month or early December. Other denominations will then be disbursed by ATMs," a statement from Finance Ministry said.
"Presently only Rs 100 notes are being disbursed from the ATMs. Out of 2 lakh ATMs, about  1.2 lakh are operational," it added.
Taking stock of the issuance of new currency notes of the public, Finance Ministry said that a total of over seven crore transactions have taken place in less than three days after the demonetisation announced.
"A total of over 7 crore transactions have taken place from November 9 up to mid-day of November 12(i.e in the last two and a half days) for deposit, exchange of old notes and withdrawal from ATM and over the counter," it said.
"There is sufficient cash availble with RBI and Banks. They were advised step up the supply of cash to the public," the statement said.

Note ban without prior preparations, says Chandy

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the Centre had banned Rs 1000 and 500 without prior preparations. “In this case, the Centre had not taken state governments into confidence.”

Oommen Chandy came out with the above statement today following Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that it would take at least three weeks for new Rs 500/2000 notes to reach all ATMs in the country.