Monday, July 22, 2019

Vikram’s latest film ‘Kadaram Kondan’ gets banned in Malaysia

CHENNAI: Chiyan Vikram’s latest action-thriller Kadaram Kondan has been banned in Malaysia. Lotus Five Star AV, the movie’s distributor in Malaysia, has announced that the Malaysian Film Censor board has ordered to stall the release of the film in the country.

According to reports, the Malaysian censor board felt that the film portrays Malaysian police in bad light. The film, which was shot mostly in Malaysia, apparently shows the Malaysian police favouring criminals and corrupt politicians. At the same time, the Malaysian fans of the actor have started protesting against the film’s ban.

Kadaram Kondan, which also stars Akshara Hassan, Abi Hasan and Lena, is produced by actor Kamal Hassan. The film has been doing considerably good business in India since its release on Friday.

Heavy rain; Red alert issued in three districts while Orange alert in five districts

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Meteorological Department has issued Red alerts and Orange alerts in several districts of the state for the coming days. According to the department, the state will continue to receive heavy rains till Thursday.

While Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts have been issued Red alert, Orange alert has been announced for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kasargod. It has also informed that there will be strong winds blowing at the speed of over 50kmph and hence fishermen have been warned against going into the sea.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority warned that there are chances of landslides in the hilly areas. Earlier, the shutters of Peruvannamoozhi dam were raised following heavy rain. Two relief camps have been set up in Alappuzha due to heavy rainfall at the coastal villages of Arattupuzha and Kaattoor.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Who are the policemen who leaked information to RSS? Pinarayi should clarify, demands Chennithala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has responded to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s statement that certain policemen had betrayed the government during Sabarimala protests.

On Tuesday, during the meeting of police officers, who are in charge of the law and order, the chief minister said that there are certain policemen in the Kerala Police who had leaked the information from Sabarimala to the RSS.
Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday demanded that Pinarayi Vijayan should be ready to disclose the names of those policemen who, according to the CM, had leaked the information.
“Since, the chief minister has publically declared that he had lost his trust in the police force, he should be ready to step down as the home minister. He is too weak to handle the home department.”
The chief minister had lashed out at the police during the meeting of police officers in charge of law and order.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"He does not possess my glamour": Lal opens up about his son’s shortcomings

Lal, one of the busiest persons in the Malayalam film industry, often finds time to interact with his fans through his social media pages. Recently, he came up with an interesting reply when a fan asked him about his son’s shortcomings.

Lal jokingly said, “He does not possess my glamour nor is he of my age and most importantly he does not have a brilliant son named Jean like me.” Lal’s son Jean Paul Lal is one of the prominent young directors in Malayalam cinema and who has directed films such as Honey Bee, Hi I’m Tony and Honey Bee 2.

When another fan quizzed about his age the veteran director turned actor added that he is just a few years elder to actor Dulquer Salman.

I feel like I have just won Karunya Lottery, says actor Madhu

KOCHI: Actor Madhu, who is considered as a father-like figure in the Malayalam film industry, was recently seen inaugurating the new headquarters of Kerala Film Producers Association in Kochi along with Mammootty and Mohanlal.

The thespian actor was at his witty best while delivering the inaugural speech. While thanking the producers association for inviting him to the function, he added, “I feel like I have just won a Karunya Lottery.” Madhu reminded that without producers there will not be cinema.

Actors Mammootty and Mohanlal also addressed the gathering and recollected some of their warm experiences with the association. Kerala Film Producers Association president G Suresh Kumar, Treasurer Prem Prakash, South Indian Film Chamber Secretary Ravi Kottarakkara, producers Siyad Kokker, Antony Perumbavoor, directors Sibi Malayil and Kamal also attended the function.

"Lucifer impressed me, he excelled both in performance and looks": Samvritha lavishes praise on Mohanlal

Samvritha Sunil, who is making her comeback to Malayalam cinema through the film Satyam Paranjal Vishwasikkuvo, has lavished praise on superstar Mohanlal after watching his latest blockbuster Lucifer.

Samvritha said, “Mohanlal was excellent in Lucifer. It is one such film in which he excelled both in performance and looks.” She was speaking at a promotional event of her film.

Samvritha’s film Satyam Paranjal Vishwasikkuvo also has Biju Menon in the lead and is currently running successfully in theatres.

Minister M.M Mani’s request to pray for rain becomes viral

ERNAKULAM: Electricity minister M.M Mani’s latest speech urging people of all religious groups to pray for rain has become viral. The minister was speaking after inaugurating freshwater supply schemes in Paalakkuzha panchayat.

During his speech, the minister was quoted saying, “All of you should pray for abundant rainfall, or else conditions will worsen. People belonging to all religions may pray together so that there won’t be any deficiency in rain”. However, the minister also added that he won’t be praying as he strictly follows communist principles.

The minister’s speech was well-received by the social media and many interpreted that the minister was making fun of religious people in the name of rain. It must be noted that Minister Mani is often known for his witty remarks and sarcastic comments.

Earlier, KSEB officials had made it clear that the state won’t be facing power crisis till the end of this month despite low rainfall.

SFI to strongly oppose any attempts to destroy them politically

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The SFI Kerala leadership has come out accusing the RSS of attempting to tarnish the image of the latter by raising baseless allegations. SFI state secretary Sachin Dev and president V Vineesh were attending a press conference during which they launched criticism against the RSS.

The leadership said that those within the party who have committed mistakes will definitely pay the price. The federation will not make any compromise in it. However, they also added that the federation will strongly oppose all mischievous efforts by opposing forces to tarnish their political image.

The leadership also announced that students across different campuses will come forward to support the SFI while admitting that certain unit committees have caused students to protest against the federation.

Leftist leaders, activists reacted harshly on stabbing incident, can this spark foundational change in students' union?

Leftist leaders, activists reacted harshly on the stabbing incident. The student union is on a serious line of fire after the recent events. Let's look at some of the reactions of prominent left leaders and sympathists that are doing rounds on social media.

CPI(M) leader and Kerala Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V.S Achuthanandan launched criticism against Students’ Federation of India for promoting violence in college campuses. The remarks were made following the arrest of the SFI activists for attempting to murder a fellow student from the University College.

Achuthanandan pointed out that the federation is having serious issues in its foundation and it is the duty of the student fraternity to rectify these mistakes and move forward. He also criticized the leadership for propagating violence among the students and added that such leaders should not be followed.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan termed as ‘unfortunate’ on the incidents that happened in the University College. The party will not protect the accused. Strict action will be taken against the guilty and one should be cautious to avoid such incidents, he told reporters after visiting Akhil in the medical college hospital.

Kodiyeri said, “The party will not protect any of the accused. The police will decide on further steps as part of the probe. The party will not interfere in disrupting the activities of the investigating team. As a student organization, the SFI functions independently. There are CPM and non-CPM members in the organization. Usually the decision of the party is not imposed on the SFI. The organisation has the ability to take their own decisions independently.

Political enemies have been trying for some time to get the college shifted from there. There is no need to change the college just because of a scuffle. The incidents happened not just because the college was there. Caution is needed to avoid such incidents. Strict action will be taken against the guilty, he said.

Minister G. Sudhakaran lashed out against the accused SFI leaders in the murder attempt of third-year degree student Akhil at University College. He said that criminals should never be a part of the police force and there should be an investigation on how the accused became SFI office bearers.

Sudhakaran asked how such people do work for the organization with weapons. He added that the accused went into hiding because they have no sense of guilt. Two of the accused in the stabbing case, Nasim and Sivaranjith, are named in the police rank list.

Deepa Nishanth, the activist-writer made her opinion public through her facebook page.

Earlier, many raised criticism against Deepa and others for not reacting against the incident. They also pointed out Deepa was the first to raise her voice when SFI activist Abhimanyu was murdered by CFI and SDPI members.

Deepa, through her post, stated that she did know of the incident in University College but chose not to speak about it. She also took a jibe at her critics by stating that she does not seek their advice on how to spend her time.

According to her, the intentions of those who are demanding the dismissal of SFI are to be doubted as they plan to create a favorable ground for their own organisations in the campuses. The author also added that the SFI leadership has taken an appropriate stand regarding the issue and there need not be any further discussion on the topic.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Manju Warrier fails to fulfil promise, legal services authority sends notice

ALPETTA: The district legal services authority has sent a notice to actress Manju Warrier on the complaint of cheating after promising to build houses for adivasi families. The actress has been asked to appear in person at the Wayanad Legal Services Authority office on Monday.

The adivasis complaint is that Manju Warrier Foundation had promised to build houses for 57 families of Parakkuni Colony of Panamaram panchayat. The residents of the colony complained that they have not complied with it yet. The actress promised to build houses for them in 2017.

The floods in 2018 had caused extensive damage in the area. The colony residents said that after she promised to build houses for them, the government and panchayat officials denied all help for them.

Manju Warrier Foundation had earlier informed Legal Service Authority to either renovate the houses or an amount of Rs 10 lakh would be given to the families’ altogether. The colony residents did not accept this. Following that, the authority directed the actress to appear directly.