Tuesday, May 31, 2011

K. Muraleedharan lashes out at KPCC

June 01, 2011: Congress leader and MLA, K. Muraleedharan on Tuesday opined that the Congress was heading in the wrong direction. He said that there were serious flaws in portfolio allocation.
“The Ministers were selected without wide-ranging discussions,” he said. Muraleedharan said it was unfortunate that he, a former president of the KPCC, had to be told about matters in the partyby the media and not by the leadership.
“Let the Oommen Chandy government save itself from the misfortune of not completing its term. The A.K. Antony and K. Karunakaran governments too had faced such a difficulty. This time, the situation is worse because the UDF government has a slender majority,” he told.

Corrected Plus Two Results Available now Results Annonced/new Hs Results

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: Director of Public Instruction, A.P.M. Mohammad Hanish today informed that the corrected version of the Kerala Higher secondary exam results has been published.
In an embarrassment to the government, the online results for the year 2011 contained errors with many students, who were declared passed, found to be disqualified for higher education.
Taking a serious view of the mistakes that occurred in the online Higher secondary exam results, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had asked authorities to bring out the corrected version without delay.
The slip-up occurred when the Higher Secondary Education Directorate renewed the examination result after adjusting the grace marks of some students, officials said.
Officials at the Higher Secondary Education Directorate said the error was due to some technical problem. The results were handled by the National Informatic Centre.

Today No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

IOC Hike Petrol Price Rs 5 from next month

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: State-owned Indian Oil Corporation, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, today said it may hike petrol price next month as the steep hike of Rs 5 per litre of May 15 was not enough to cover for the cost of crude oil.
“Even after the hike, we are today losing Rs 4.58 per litre. After including VAT, the desired increase at retail level comes to Rs 5.50 a litre,” IOC Chairman RS Butola told reporters in New Delhi.
The desired hike in price has been calculated based on the average crude oil price of the first fortnight of May. However, from June 1, which will take into account the average of second half of May when international rates moderated, IOC will lose Rs 1.15 per litre. After including VAT, the desired hike in Delhi would be Rs 1.35 a litre.

CBSE class X results announced available now

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: The CBSE class X results have been published today. The results will be available in the CBSE Exam Result portal: http://www.cbseresults.nic.in/.
A total of 10, 61,566 appeared for the CBSE Class 10 Examinations this year, out of which over six lakh students opted for the CCE i.e. the school-based evaluation.

Plus two Results mistake Investigation

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: The government is trying to correct the mistakes noticed in the website in connection with the plus two results. The results of many students who have passed were found failed in the website.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has directed to clear the mistakes and update the renewed results. Meantime, an investigation into the incident has begun. The chief secretary has sought an explanation from the DPI on the mistakes noticed.
The renewed results were published in the higher secondary director’s website last evening. The results published earlier were renewed after including the grace marks of some students. This led to the failure of almost 2000 students. The renewed results found many passed students failed. After complaints poured in, the site was blocked last night itself.

Sister Abhaya Case Charge sheet against 2 Doctors

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: The Thiruvananthapuram CJM Court has directed to file a chargesheet against Dr Chitra and Dr Geeta in the Sister Abhaya murder case.
The Court ruled that there were many corrections and flaws in the chemical analysis report. Though they are government servants they would not be granted any protection, the court ruled.
Technical examinations revealed that doctors Chitra and Geeta, who were employed in the Chemical analysis laboratory, had made corrections in Sister Abhaya’s investigative report about her internal organs. The former assistant chemical examiner of the Hyderabad Central Forensic Lab Y Surya Prasad had earlier testified this.
The doctors had made corrections in 8 places in the register. They have corrected `positive’ to `negative’. The register had both these doctors hand writing, Surya Prasad had testified before the CJM court. The court had accepted this testimony. It was Jomon who had filed a plea with the court.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Malayalam to be the First Language

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: When Malayalam is made the first language in schools in Kerala it would be done so simultaneously for all streams of study, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb said.
He was speaking to mediapersons after an interaction with officials of the Education Department at the Government Guest House, Thycaud. Rabb did not categorically say that Malayalam would not be made the first language from the academic year beginning June 2011, he pointed out there were a lot of issues associated with this move.
One such problem was getting sufficient number of class hours for teaching Malayalam. One suggestion that had come up was to take away periods from Information Communication Technology (ICT). Since learning is ICT-centric in the State’s schools it may not be possible to do this at once.
When the Right to Education Act (RTE Act) is implemented and the number of working days raised to six a week, more time can be found for teaching Malayalam, he said.

Kavya's Marriage annulled

Popular Malayalam film actress Kavya Madhavan’s marriage with Nishal Chandra was officially annulled Monday by the Ernakulam family court.
They had officially decided to separate in October last year and filed a joint divorce petition at the court. The settlement came after several rounds of talks. It was agreed that the actress will withdraw her petition against Chandra and his family under the Domestic Violence Act.
According to George Sebastian, a Kerala Congress leader who mediated in the talks, both parties appeared in the court May 24 to finalise the proceedings. Kavya, a leading actress, and Chandra, a computer engineer, were married in February 2009.
Born in Nileshwaram in Kasaragod district, the actress entered the industry as a child artist in 1991. She then acted with leading stars like Mammootty, Mohanlal, Jayaram and Dilip.

Lokpal Bill unacceptable says Centre

NEW DELHI: Sharp differences came to the surface at a meeting of the drafting committee for Lokpal Bill on Monday with the government strongly opposing proposals for inclusion of Prime Minister, higher judiciary and acts MPs inside Parliament under its purview.

Anna Hazare, one of the members of the committee, who is spearheading the campaign for a strong and effective Lokpal Bill, said that he was not hopeful of the government meeting its deadline of June 30 for preparing the bill.

At the meeting held under the chairmanship of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, contentious issues came up for discussion in the committee for the first time.

Arvind Kejriwal and Prasahant Bhushan, both civil society members of the committee, said except on one issue of keeping citizen charter and public grievances under the jurisdiction of lokpal, the government opposed the demands for bringing the Prime Minister, higher judiciary and the corrupt acts of MPs inside Parliament under the ambit of the lokpal.

They said the government's proposals on Monday were "worse" than what it had proposed in its first bill, which had been "condemned and rejected".

Kejriwal said even the latest bill of the government had kept Prime Minister under the purview of lokpal but the government has gone back on it.

As no agreement could be reached between them on Monday, the government has decided to write to states and political parties to seek their opinion on these "issues of divergence" and get back to them at the next meeting on June 6.

Sibal said there was need to take the view of the states since lokayukts have to be appointed there.

Bhushan said the government representatives told them that bringing the Prime Minister under lokpal's purview would make him 'dysfunctional'.

He pointed out that the government's bill itself had a provision for bringing Prime Minister under the lokpal and even now he was not beyond the purview of investigation on corruption issues.

"We only wanted that he comes under the purview of an independent agency instead of the agencies that come under the government which results in conflict of interest," Bhushan said.

Kejriwal also rued "Prime Minister wants to be investigated by an agency like CBI, which is under him but not by an independent agency."

Besides Mukherjee, those who attended the meeting from the government side were Ministers P Chidambaram (home), Sibal (law), Salman Khurshid (minority affairs) and M Veerappa Moily (law).

From the civil society side, those present were Hazare, Shanti and Prashant Bhushan, Kejriwal and Santosh Hegde.

While the civil society members wanted the lokpal to have powers to investigate corruption cases against the entire bureaucracy irrespective of its hierarchy, the government was of the view that it should confine to officers of joint secretary level and above.

On the issue of investigating corruption cases against the MPs, the government said that it has no objection to the lokpal investigating corruption issues involving them outside Parliament but opposed the proposal to allow lokpal to investigate the acts of corruption by the MPs inside Parliament.

The government also wanted that the defence personnel should be kept out of the purview of the bill, Kejriwal said.

He added that the government also held the view that the offices of Chief Vigilance Commissioner and CBI should not be merged with lokpal.

The civil society members, however, rejected the government's contentions and expressed dismay at its response.

"There were too many fundamental differences on the bill today," said Kejriwal adding the government wanted "self regulation" to take care of the issue of corruption in higher judiciary and the acts of MPs inside Parliament.

"We told them that self regulation has not worked in the last sixty years."

Bhushan said "the response of the government was not very reasonable on all the issues. We were a bit disappointed by the response of the ministers. This whole concept of self-regulation does not work."

Asked whether he is hopeful of an early resolution on these contentious issues, Kejriwal merely said "let us see and wait what happens".

Sibal, however, expressed confidence that the bill for a strong and effective lokpal will be a reality. "We must provide the country with a transparent legislation as corruption is an issue which concerns everybody. We remain committed to provide the people an effective lokpal."

Asked what will be the guiding principle of the government in drafting the bill amid so much differences, Sibal stressed "the guiding principle is that the Constitution is supreme. Any lokpall bill must be consistent with the provisions of the Constitution."

Kejriwal, however, said if keeping everything like judiciary, PM and MPs violate the Constitution then what will come under the lokpal's ambit.

He said that a decision has now been taken to seek public opinion on these contentious issues on website and seek their suggestions.

It was decided that the joint drafting committee will meet twice on June 6 and 10.

Remesh Chennithala Warns partymen against public statements

 May 30, 2011: KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala today warned party members of disciplinary action if they go public on internal issues of the organisation. Strict action would be taken against the members who violate of the party discipline, he added.
Speaking to the reporters here on Monday, Chennthala opined such grievances can be discussed in the party meetings. He informed that the KPCC executive meeting would be held on June 8 for evaluating the Assembly poll results.
The Congress-led UDF won 72 seats, just one more than a simple majority. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) bagged 68 seats.

G Karthikeyan will be the Speaker

Monday, May 30, 2011: The United Democratic Front (UDF) has decided to field G Karthikeyan for the post of Kerala Assembly speaker. This was announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after the UDF meeting held here on Monday.
Karthikeyan was selected as the nominee unanimously at the UDF meeting, Chennithala added. The decision was also approved by the Congress High Command. The bilateral talks held by the Congress party with the Kerala Congress (Mani) faction and Muslim League regarding the Speaker’s post had earlier reached consensus.
The final decision on the deputy speaker and Parliamentary affairs post would be taken in the next UDF meeting which would be held on June 22.

Rampant corruption destroying democracy: V S Achuthanandan

Kochi, May 29 : Pointing out huge undercurrents occurring in our democratic set up, Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly and Senior CPI(M) leader V S Achuthanandan said rampant corruption and greed for power was destroying the fabric of democracy.In his valedictory address on the concluding day of a seminar on ''Judiciary, democracy and the public interest'', organised jointly by Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI), New Delhi and Media Education for Awareness and Social Transformation, Thiruvananthapuram, he said as a result of this, internal differences and conflicts were increasing in the society.

Conflicts were taking 
Publish Post place between Legislature and Executive on one side and Judiciary and Media on the other, he said adding as the democratic institutions in the country were matured, they were forced to continue to give mutual respect to each other.

Stating the Judiciary was not at all a completely non-corrupted system, he said if we could go through the experience of past few years, ''we could find visible mixed response in this regard.''

Balakrishna Pillai seeks reduction of jail term

May 29 : A remission petition seeking a reduction of jail term on the grounds of ill health was reportedly submitted by Kerala Congress (B) Leader R Balakrishna Pillai, who is undergoing one-year rigorous imprisonment in Edamalayar case.
His son K B Ganesh Kumar is the Minister for Forest, Environment and Sports in the Oommen Chandy Cabinet.

Party sources today said the petition was submitted to State Home Secretary saying that Mr Pillai was suffering from cardiac problems and acute diabetes.

Meanwhile, the Jail DGP yesterday extended him parole for another 13 days.

Earlier, he was granted parole on May 18 after he sought permission to visit his ailing wife.

However, with this extension, his total parole-quota (45 days) for the year would be over.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

ommchandy's reply to TP Pratapan

Sunday 29 May 2011: In response to the allegations raised by Congress leader T.N. Prathapan MLA on the formation of state cabinet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Sunday that all the talented legislators cannot be included in the cabinet.
The Chief Minister opined that there were no disputes in the UDF in connection with the allocation of Speaker, deputy speaker post in Assembly.
Earlier report
The Congress party’s Kerala unit has overlooked merit and experience in selecting its nine ministers in the 20-member Oommen Chandy cabinet, a senior party legislator said Sunday.
“One of the best performing legislator from the Congress in the past five years was V.D. Satheeshan. His performance has been applauded by one and all. But when it came to selecting ministers, he was not considered,” three time Congress legislator T.N. Prathapan said.
This is not the first time questions have been raised regarding the ministerial selections in the Congress-led UDF government. K. Muraleedharan, son of late Congress veteran K. Karunakaran, and senior party leader V.M. Sudheeran too have criticised the choice of ministers.
The UDF has 72 members and the opposition LDF 68 in the Kerala assembly, giving the ruling coalition only a slender majority.

Black money Govt needs 16 months to finalize

 Black money Govt needs 16 months to finilize
Sunday 29 May 2011: Amid mounting pressure to unearth black money, the government on Sunday announced it has commissioned an in-depth study to quantify unaccounted income and wealth stashed within and outside the country in 16 months.
The study has been undertaken by the country’s three top level institutions, which would also profile the activities used for money-laundering and identify the causes of black money and the sectors in which it is generated.
“So far, there are no reliable estimates of black money generated and held within and outside the country,” the Finance Ministry, which commissioned the study, said. The study will also suggest ways to detect and prevent unaccounted money, bringing it into the tax net.
Work on the study, which commenced in March, is being undertaken by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCEAR), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM).
The first study on unaccounted money was conducted by NIPFP way back in 1985. The ministry said that the estimates, which are not reliable, vary from USD 462 billion to USD 1.4 trillion.

Muslim League Stick on Fifth Minister

Sunday, May 29, 2011: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) today decided to stick on to their demand of having a fifth ministerial berth in the Oommen Chandy cabinet. They decided not to abandon it as it was announced by their chief Panakkad Hyderaili Shihab Thangal.
The meeting assessed that they deserve the fifth ministerial post as they are the second biggest constituent of the alliance. A final decision will be taken at the UDF meet to be convened tomorrow, said party state general secretary P K Kunhalikutty.

Ice Cream Case VS against Add Adv general

Sunday 29 May 2011: The appointment of Additional Advocate General P C Ipe is to sabotage the ice cream parlour case, said opposition leader V S Achuthanandan here on Sunday. He flayed the UDF government for appointing a person, who was questioned in the ice cream case, as Additional Advocate General. The main character relating to the ice cream case is now a minister. The verdict in the Edamalayar case comes after he undertook a fight for 20 years. And still people tag him as a vindictive person

G Karthikeyan likly to get Speaker post

Sunday, 29 May 2011: It has become somewhat clear that G Karthikeyan would become the Kerala assembly speaker as the Congress leadership has come out with only one name. Though he has accepted the proposal, he is unhappy over opinions raised from various corners demanding the speaker’s post. Many names were proposed but all of them rejected to take up the post. The first meeting of the assembly would be held on June 1. On that day oath-taking of its members would be held. The members would take oath before the pro-time speaker N Sakthan.
Meanwhile the UDF will hold a meeting tomorrow for discussing on the Speaker, deputy speaker and Parliamentary affairs post. Sakthan had to take oath before the Governor before administering the oath to the members.
After the swearing-in of members, pro-time speaker would conduct an election for the speaker’s post and a special nomination would be fielded for the election.
It is the speaker who has to elect the deputy speaker. Nominations have to be filed for that too and would take time. So deputy speaker would be elected in the next session.

TN Pratapan Lashes out at Congress Leader Ship

May 29, 2011: MLA T N Pratapan too has come out in the open along with V D Satheesan against the Congress leadership. Pratapan alleged that there has been discrepancies in the Cabinet formation and wanted the KPCC to hold discussions in the party.
The KPCC should explain why MLA like V D Satheesan was not made a minister while those who had not even sat in the Assembly gallery were made ministers.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan lashes out at CM,

Saturday 28 May 2011: CPM Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is powerless as the IUML is calling the shots.
“Portfolio allocation is the task of the Chief Minister. But IUML State president Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal declared the names of some of the Ministers in the Cabinet. This is unconstitutional,” he told reporters here on Saturday.
“The trifurcation of the portfolio of local self-government will cause chaos. Even at the Centre, the portfolio of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development is under a single Minister,” he said.

Diesel , LPG and Kerosene Prices consider to increase

Saturday, May 28, 2011: After petrol, price of diesel, LPG and kerosene are likely to be hiked next month when a ministerial panel headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee meets to decide on passing rise in crude rates to consumers.
“The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has been scheduled to meet on June 9,” a top oil ministry official said.
“Price of diesel, LPG and kerosene will have to go up (to cover for rise in input crude oil cost). What EGoM has to decide is by how much,” the official said.
State-owned oil firms had earlier this month hiked petrol price by a steep Rs 5 per litre and oil ministry may push for a Rs 4 per litre increase in diesel and at least Rs 20-25 per 14.2-kg cylinder hike in domestic cooking gas (LPG) rates. Kerosene price hike too is on the cards.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Rice @ Rs 1 from Onam Says Minister

Saturday, May 28, 2011: The State Government has proposed to take concerted steps to streamline the public distribution system (PDS).
Food Minister TM Jacob said that special machinery would be set up to redress complaints about the PDS.
He asked the officials to ensure the quality of food grains distributed through ration shops. Rice at Re.1 per kg would be distributed from the Onam period. He sought the cooperation of the officials for making the Food and Civil Supplies Department useful to the people.

District Collector Dinesh Arora issued directives to ease traffic congestion

Saturday, May 28, 2011: The district administration is planning to crack down on unauthorized rallies and demonstrations, illegal sales outlets and erection of advertisement boards and banners in public places.
District Collector Dinesh Arora said that stern action would be taken to deter such unauthorized activities. He said that the Kerala Land Conservancy Act would be invoked for the purpose.
Under the provisions of the Act, offenders face imprisonment and fine up to Rs.2 lakh. Arora has also issued directives to ease traffic congestion and ensure streamlined vehicular movement in the district.
The agencies responsible for constructing bus stands, bus bays and footpaths will have to secure sanction from the District Road Safety Committee or the Collector.
Permission for road surfacing, restoration, tar cutting would be given only on the basis of applications specifying the details of construction and the date and time of the work. The agency would have to display the permit and the details of the work at the site.

Private Practice of Docs Allowed

Saturday 28 May 2011: Congress-led UDF government in Kerala may soon allow doctors in government medical colleges to practice privately, an option banned by the previous LDF regime.
The government will hold discussions with all concerned parties and take a decision on allowing private practice of doctors of medical colleges, with some pre-conditions, said Health Minister Adoor Prakash.
The LDF government had banned private practice holding that doctors were not getting enough time for research and patients who approached medical colleges faced difficulties due to this.
“The Government’s priority in health sector is to improve infrastructure facilities in government hospitals and also ensure good quality treatment,” said Prakash.
He also said a 100-day action plan to develop facilities in government hospitals and preventive measures to check monsoon related diseases would be taken up on war-footing.
In order to overcome the shortage of doctors in hospitals, permission has been given to authorities to appoint doctors on temporary basis by holding walk-in-interviews at district levels, he said.

New Abkari Policy soon : Minister K Babu

Friday, May 27, 2011: State Excise minister, K Babu today opined that abkari policy would be presented soon after making necessary amendments in the law. The Minister said his department would annul 12 beverage outlets permitted by the previous LDF government. He was speaking in a press conference here on Friday.
He said production of illegal toddy would be curbed but at the same time toddy-tapping sector would be protected. He said awareness programmes would be organized in campuses against liquor.

Funds not a constraint for development :CM

Friday, May 27, 2011: Stating that funds are not a constraint for the economic development of Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said his government’s prime goal is to make it an investor-friendly state without diluting the security of the less privileged.
“The impression that Kerala suffers for want of funds is incorrect. There are sources like NRIs, foreign investors and financial institutions ready to invest in big projects. But our weakness all these years has been lack of determination to plan and achieve goals. This ministry is confident of overcoming these problems,” Chandy told in an interview.
He said projects often run into problems because of controversies. When something becomes controversial, the political leadership has a tendency to back out. “My approach is to overcome the difficulties and move forward.

Endo Sulfan, HIL's License Canceled

Friday, May 27, 2011: The State Government has cancelled the licence of Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL), producer of harmful pesticide endosulfan in Kochi.
Speaking to the mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram, Health Minister Adoor Prakash said that the production of endosulfan has been banned in State.
The Minister said that private practice of doctors would be allowed based on certain condition after having discussions with doctors. He said that the demand of doctors on pay revision would be considered. 

Milma to hike milk price Rs 5

Friday, May 27, 2011: The Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) on Friday decided to stick to its earlier proposal to the government to increase the price of milk by Rs 5 a litre.
The Director of Dairy Development Department had earlier stayed the decision of Milma to hike milk price.
Earlier, Milma Chairman PT Gopala Kurup pointed out that the production cost has gone beyond control and hence left with no option but to go for a hike in the milk price. He added that they are not concerned about if the government approves the decision or not.

Missing Girl's Boady found in Meenachi River

May 27, 2011: The body of a girl who had gone missing from Kidangoor in Kottayam district was recovered from Meenachal river today. The girl has been identified as Renjitha hailing from Cherpungal, police told.
The relatives informed that the girl had gone missing two days ago. The body has been shifted to the hospital morgue.

Superstar Rajnikant to be taken to Singapore

27 May 2011: Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, hospitalised here for respiratory problems, will be flying to Singapore tonight for further treatment. The 61-year-old actor is scheduled to fly by Singapore Airlines and will be accompanied by his family members, sources at the airport here said.
Rajnikanth, who had suffered from exhaustion on April 29, the first day of the shoot of his latest venture ‘Raana,’ was admitted to the Isabel Hospital in the city and discharged the same day only to be readmitted there on May 4 for allergic bronchitis and viral fever.
On May 13, he was admitted to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre for respiratory infection and other problems.

Hamlet Gets Malayalam Version

Hamlet, the most touching and philosophic of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, has been adapted into a Malayalam movie for the first time.
The story of the Prince of Denmark, stung by “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”, is retold in the film ‘Karmayogi’, set for release next month. Directed by well-known filmmaker V K Prakash, the locale of the film has been shifted to contemporary Kerala even as it essentially follows the story line of Hamlet.
The film has all the important characters and situations of the Shakespearean play, though narrated in the backdrop of life and cultural settings of the Malabar region (northern Kerala), known for its centuries old martial art tradition ‘Kalariypayattu’, hero worship and folk lore.
The film focuses on the core themes of the Shakespearean tragedy like indecision, revenge, deception, ambition and loyalty revolving round the hero Rudran, a Kalaripayattu (a martial art) exponent.

Movie Name:Karmayogi
Director: V.K. Prakash
Producers:Vachan Shetty, Sajitha Prakash
Co-Producer:Sajeev Kurup
Cinematography: RD Rajashekar

Music: ML Ousephachan
Cast:Indrajith,Nitya,Padmini Kolhapure, Thalaivasal Vijay, Ashokan, Saiju Kurup.

CM defends trifurcation of local self-government

Friday, May 27, 2011: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today informed that the government wouldn’t reexamine the trifurcation of the department of local self-government. Speaking to the reporters here on Friday, Chandy said that the trifurcation was done to make governance more effective.
Chandy was responding to Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty’s remarks that the chief minister could review the trifurcation if any problem cropped up in the future. “A cabinet sub-committee headed by CM has been set up to co-ordinate the three departments. It could review implementation of programmes coming under these departments,” he said.
“The feedback we received from experts and officials is that the schemes under these departments could be implemented more effectively by their division. We don’t expect any problem to arise out of it,” Kunhalikutty told reporters here. Local self government was a single department under one minister during the LDF rule

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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Protest against denial of cabinet berth to Muraleedharan

May 26, 2011: Protests are raging within the Congress in Kerala over the neglect shown by the party leadership towards senior and efficient functionaries in the formation of the UDF Cabinet. The Congress, which leads the UDF coalition, is also under fire over the imbalance in the representation of various communities in the Ministry.
The supporters of K Muraleedharan, son of late Congress leader K Karunakaran and Congress MLA from Vattiyoorkkavu constituency, today held protest march in Kottayam over the party’s decision to deny cabinet berth to him in the 13th Kerala Assembly.
Murali had earlier boycotted the swearing-in ceremony of 13 Ministers including nine from the Congress on Monday, obviously in protest against the denial of a berth in the Cabinet and alleged refusal to invite him to the function.
Muraleedharan was State Congress chief from 2001 to 2004 and a minister in the former Chandy Cabinet. After being suspended from the party in 2005, he formed the DIC(K) along with his father but later merged it with Sharad Pawar’s NCP, which he left last year with the wish to return to the Congress. He had returned to the Congress just before the Assembly polls.

Minister VS Sivakumar says KSRTC to take new Schemes

Thursday, May 26, 2011: State Transport Minister VS Sivakumar today said that the government would implement various innovative schemes aimed at making the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) a viable and profitable public sector venture. He was speaking to the mediapersons in Thiruvananthapuram.
Inorder to implement city development projects in a time-bound manner, an all party meeting will be called, Minister said. The Minister added that priority would be given to the road maintanance work and for cleaning the Parvathy Puthanar canal.

Collectors Should get involved if Situation Demands - CM

Thursday, May 26, 2011: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said that the District Collectors should make interventions if the situation demands it. The Chief Minister said that the laws and norms should not come in the way for ensuring justice to the people.
For this, the collectors will have total backing of the government, said the Chief Minister who was addressing a meeting of the district collectors here.
Chandy said that a cell will be formed to oversee the plan implementation and that the chief secretary has been authorized to do it. The collectors will also have the charge of the implementation of the new rehabilitation packages.
He also added that that the paucity of sand is another one of the issues faced by the state. He asked the collectors to take steps to overcome it without harming the environment.

Sourav Ganguly's land allotment cancelled

Thursday, May 26, 2011: The Supreme Court has quashed the land allotment to former India skipper Sourav Ganguly by West Bengal Government in 2000 and has asked him to surrender the 63.04 ‘katha’ land.
A Bench comprising of Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly has told Ganguly to comply with the order in two weeks.
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court had questioned the way a Salt Lake plot was allotted to the cricketer to set up a school and also slammed the state government for sending officials to the his residence to get the paperwork for the land transfer done.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pinarayi says VS Impact helped

Wednesday, May 25, 2011: CPM State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan today opined that the campaigning led by former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan had helped the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the April 13 Assembly polls. Pinarayi was speaking to the reporters at a press meet held here on Wednesday.
During the LDF rule, CPM veteran Achuthanandan was able to attain acceptability among people as a Chief Minister and through his anti corruption campaigning, Pinarayi added.
The remarkable late surge created by Chief Minister Achuthanandan’s anti-corruption campaign has helped the party to improve the party’s performance. The LDF bagged 68 seats in the 140-member assembly, narrowly missing returning to power.

Vellappally Natesan says SNDP is not responsible for the set back of LDF

Thursday, May 26, 2011: Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said that the SNDP was not responsible for the LDF’s set back in the Assembly polls.
Speaking to the reporters here on Thursday, Vellappally opined that LDF had suffered a set back in polls for their own mistakes. The LDF bagged 68 seats in the 140-member assembly, narrowly missing returning to power.

Two held with 120 grams of heroin in Tvm

Thursday, May 26, 2011: Excise Department officials arrested two persons into selling them nearly 120 grams of heroin in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. The accused have been identified as Nasar, a resident of Vallakadavu who works as porter at the air cargo wing of the international airport, and one “Pacha” Vikraman, an accused in several drug peddling cases.
Excise Circle Inspector, Kazhakuttom Range, T. Ani Kumar said Nasar had bought the drug from an yet-to-be identified person in Ernakulam by paying him Rs.1,400 for a gm. They were produced before the Court on the charge of violating the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and remanded in judicial custody.

Vembanad Fish Count today

Thursday, May 26, 2011: The fourth edition of the annual Vembanad Fish Count will be held here on May 26. The event organized to enhance cooperation between various stakeholders, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions will be flagged off by environmentalist K.V. Dayal from the Muhamma boat jetty at 6 a.m. on May 26.
The closing ceremony will be held at the VIP Island Pavilion at the Punnamada Finishing Point where Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies B. Madhusoodana Kurup will inaugurate the function at 2 p.m.
Prior to the fish count, a training programme will be organized at St. George Parish Hall near Muhamma boat jetty. Former additional director of Fisheries Department Sanjeev Ghosh will conduct a session on ethical fishing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This will be followed by an orientation for volunteers headed by Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies professor K.V. Jayachandran

Plane Crash in Delhi images

Thursday, May 26, 2011: A small aircraft with seven on board crashed into a colony in Faridabad’s sector 22 around 10.45 pm on Wednesday, killing all on board. Three more persons were killed on the ground. The aircraft, a PC-12 with registration number VT-ACF, was operating as an air ambulance and initial reports indicated bad weather was the cause of the accident.
The plane fell on two houses in the middle of Parvatia Colony, near Jawahar Colony, NIT, and immediately burst into flames. There were five passengers and two crew members on board.
They included the 22-year-old patient, Rahul Raj, an attendant, two doctors, one male nurse, the pilot and co-pilot.
Those killed were Dr Rajesh, Dr Arshad, Captain Harpreet, co-pilot Manpreet Kataria, Ratnesh Kumar and Malayalee male nurse Cyril Joyi, hailing from Idukki.
Rahul Raj and his cousin, Ratnesh, are residents of Bettiah in West Champaran.
Rahul Raj had been admitted in the ICU at Patna’s Jagdish Memorial Hospital and was on ventilator support, said Dr Harsh who had accompanied the team to Patna airport. Raj was being brought to Delhi for treatment at Apollo Hospital. His uncle, Anoop Kumar, told TOI that he was being accompanied by a cousin brother.

Delhi Plane Crash/Flight Crash 11 died from Patna to delhi faridha bad 25/05/2011

An Ambulance Flight coming from Patna to Delhi  crashed in Faridhabad.

Faridabad: A small chartered plane, carrying eight people, including two pilots onboard crashed into a residential area in Faridabad at the outskirts of the national capital on Wednesday night.

Two people are reportedly killed. The number of casualties could rise, reports say.

The PC-12 single-engine turbo-prop aircraft was flying from Patna to Delhi. It was rushing a critically ill patient for medical treatment.
The civil chartered plane crashed on the roof of a building in the Parvatiya Colony near the Air Force Station at around 2235 hours, official sources said.

The reason of the crash has not been revealed. Reports, however say the plane could have crashed because of technical reasons.

Fire brigade, police and officials of DGCA have rushed to the spot. The entire area has been cordoned off. Rescue operations were underway and assessment of the damage would be done as well.

Prakash Karat says VS Effect helped the LDF

May 25, 2011: CPM general secretary Prakash Karat today opined that the presence of VS Achuthanandan on the April 13 Assembly elections had helped the Left Democratic Front (LDF). Karat expressed his opinion during the CPM State committee meeting held here on Wednesday.
The remarkable late surge created by Chief Minister Achuthanandan’s anti-corruption campaign has helped the party to improve the party’s performance. The LDF bagged 68 seats in the 140-member assembly, narrowly missing returning to power.

MVR (CMP) lashes out at UDF

Wednesday, May 25, 2011: CMP Supremo MV Raghavan came out against the UDF alleging his party was denied justice by the Front in the just concluded assembly elections.
Speaking to the mediapersons here, Raghavan said that the denial of Azhikkode seat to him was a deliberate move. Raghavan who lost the elections from Nenmara segment in Palakkad district had earlier raised his claim for Azhikkode seat.
CMP had even declared Raghavan would be contesting from Azhikkode. The seat was eventually awarded to Muslim League and KM Shaji, Youth League leader romped home defeating Prakashan Master of CPI (M). Raghavan had earlier won from Azhikkode after being thrown out of CPI (M).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kavya Madhavan Visal divorce petition verdict on Wednesday 26/05/2011

Popular Malayalam actress Kavya Madhavan  filed a joint petition in Kerala high court with her husband seeking divorce. This was following after they reached an amicable settlement between them.
Kavya last year entered wedlock with Nischal Chandran, a Dubai-based banker. However, the actress very soon found herself on the brink of separation and divorce, alleging that her husband and in-laws were harassing her for dowry.
She returned to Kerala and filed a petition in the family court seeking divorce and another petition in the Ernakulam First Class Magistrate court against her husband and in-laws under the Domestic Violence Act for causing mental stress.
Earlier, Nischal Chandran had filed a petition in the Kerala High court requested the court to quash the dowry harassment complaint filed by the actress that mediatory efforts were on to settle the issue and to file a joint divorce petition. The court had dismissed it as no evidence in this regard had been produced.
However, the two came to the family court here separately  and attended court proceedings and informed the court that the divorce was with mutual consent. Kavya has also decided to withdraw a police case against her husband for domestic violenc

Kerala Latest News Breaking news Medical Entrance Rank Holders 2011 photos/images

The results of the State Medical entrance examinations were announced by State Education Minister PK Abdurub jeer on Tuesday. Irfan from Malappuram bagged the first rank in the medical entrance exams conducted this year. N Shammy from Kollam and P Ashita from Ernakulam bagged the second and third ranks respectively.
Staff Reporter writes from Malappuram: Irfan was a student at P.K.M.M. Higher Secondary School, Edarikode. Hailing from Mattathur, near Kottakkal, Irfan cracked the entrance test in his second attempt. He was given coaching at P.C. Thomas's institute in Thrissur.
Irfan's father, V. Mohammed Kutty, died in a road accident three years ago. He was head of the Department of Chemistry at Pocker Sahib Memorial Orphanage College, Tirurangadi. His mother, Kadeeja, is a housewife. Irfan has three brothers and a sister.

The results were announced by Education Minister P K Abdu Rab held here yesterday. The results will be available on to www.cee-kerala.org. In the medical entrance examinations 64, 814 students have qualified out of which 44,441 are girls and 20,373 are boys.
Boys have bagged majority of the top honours in the medical entrance test held in April. Boys have won seven of the first 10 ranks, including the first rank, in the general category.
 The marks secured by the candidates in the engineering entrance test have been published, but the rank list will be published only after putting together the marks obtained in the qualifying Plus Two examination.

The five other rank-holders in the general category are V.B. Zacharias, Karthika Sabu, V.A. Krishnanunni, S. Anandha Vishnu, and M.A. Ahammed.