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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.

Demonetisation: Merchant Association to go on indefinite strike from Tuesday

KOZHIKODE: Kerala Vyapari Vyavasai Ekopana Samithy has called for an indefinite strike from Tuesday, seeking the Central government to sort out flaws in the regulation of Rs 500/1000 notes. They said that the withdrawal of Rs 500 and 1000 had badly affected their sales and the strike would be in protest against the decision.

Samithy representatives said imposing restrictions on notes without adequate alternative arrangements had inconvenienced the merchants. “The merchants is paying the price for the Centre’s mismanagement. Following the economic reform, the sales have also come down drastically,” they added.

Malayalam actress Rekha Mohan found dead

THRISSUR: Noted cinema-serial actress Rekha Mohan was found dead at her flat in Thrissur.

She had acted in films such as Udhyanapalakan and Neevaruvolam apart from a number of serials.

Law soon to protect govt lands: Kanam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI State Secretary Kanam Rajendran has said the government will bring in new law to protect government lands and to ensure that lands are not usurped.  

At a face-to-face programme held under the aegis of Kesari Memorial test on Saturday, he said the LDF had started discussions on making of laws to protect lands. The government should take a relook into Agricultural reforms. The government should seriously think about distributing lands to the landless.

The CPI leader alleged that the prime minister withdrew Rs 500/1000 as he could not kept his promise on seizing black money stashed away in offshore banks. “The Centre’s aim is to destroy cooperative sector and they should clarify why they are taking such a stand,” he said and sarcastically alleged that Modi was collecting old notes through banks to give loans to Corporates.  
With reference to Kannur violence, Kanam said that the LDF should take the initiative to restore peace. “It is the BJP’s intention to create an impression that law and order situation is worst in Kerala and they have been succeeding in it,” he said.

To another question, Kanam said a court is not anybody’s family property. Accredited journalists should be allowed to do reporting from court premises.

Mass transfer in police; Tele communication officers shunted out

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 40 pro-UDF Police Telecommunication Association members including former district representatives were transferred to far-off districts in the name of disciplinary action.

The mass transfer came following the completion of Police association election. Usually transfer is done after inviting options. An officer is transferred outside a district only as per request or on the basis of mutual understanding between two police officers.  

Policemen from Thiruvananthapuram were transferred to Kottayam and Pathanamthitta and those from there to Ernakulam.

Malappuram policemen were shifted to Kozhikode Rural and Aluva police were shifted to Alappuzha. Currently, there is no any disciplinary action or inquiry against any one of them.

Most of them have not completed at least three years’ service at their present location. 

Fake note seized from woman in Malappuram

MALAPPURAM: A woman in Malappuram was trapped today as Rs 35000 out of Rs 45000, she had carried to deposit in a bank was found to be fake notes. The incident happened at the Kondotty SBT branch in Malappuram district.

The fake notes came to the notice of bank officials as they were counting the notes

ATMs still empty; Crisis continues

KOCHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: People are still struggling to find money for their day today expenses. Almost all banks in the State have been witnessing long-winding queues of customers jostling to deposit Rs 550/1000 notes and withdraw valid notes.  

Meanwhile, of the 7000 ATMs in the Thiruvananthapuram district, only 3000 functioned. Most of them are near empty or empty. The ATMs which had remained closed for the past two days had opened yesterday. But within minutes, all those ATMs had become empty, creating panic among the people.

Yesterday there were long queues in front of ATMs and in some places people, who were in a hurry to withdraw money, jumped queues and created dramatic scenes. The hope was that with the opening of ATMs, the rush at banks would be less but this didn’t materialise. Yesterday many ATMs in urban and suburban areas remained closed. Even many ATM counters where banks deposited directly remained shut yesterday.      

Heavy rush was also seen in post office cash counters.

KSRTC stops accepting Rs 500, 1000 notes

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KSRTC has given instruction to its conductors not to accept invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Conductors stopped accepting the notes after 12 am today. The demonetised money collected by long distance bus conductors was deposited in the nearest KSRTC depots.

Though the Centre had relaxed the restriction on the use of old notes (rs 500 and 1000) to further 72 hours, this was not obeyed by the KSRTC. KSRTC officials came out with the clarification that the State government had not given them any instruction in this regard and that was why they were not accepting the invalid notes.  

By the time the Centre issued orders for the extension of relaxation, the working time of KSRTC chief office had ended. As the following two days (second Saturday and Sunday) are holidays, KSRTC may hardly examine the Centre’s order and pass instructions accordingly.

The conductors had struggled to give changes for Rs 500 and Rs 1000 today. In many instances, conductors and passengers had strong verbal fights over the money. Some passengers also just boarded buses to get their invalid money exchanged. 

Exchanging notes: Points to remember

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Banks across the State continue to witness heavy rush though two days have passed after the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. In many places, the police have had to interfere to control the crowd.

1. ATMs have started functioning from November 11. For full-fledged functioning it will take ten more days, SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya has clarified.

2. The maximum amount that can be withdrawn from ATM today is Rs 2000 per person. This will be further increased to Rs 4000.

3. An ATM cards of a bank can be used in any ATM outlet. According to Reserve Bank instructions, the service charge in this regard has been abolished.   

4. There is no need to panic as bank will function week end and today also bank will function extra time.

5. Deposit machines will also be provided in ATMs from today to help people deposit old notes. But if the notes get stuck in the machine, official and legal procedures may entail to check the authenticity of the note.

6. Till Friday, Old notes will be accepted by government recognised public sector oil companies’ petrol pumps, milk booths, crematoriums and counters where revenue including water charge are remitted.   

7. Old notes can be used to buy railway/air ticket. Tickets bought thus can’t be cancelled as the other day, a person who tried to whiten his black money by cancelling his flight ticket within hours of buying it, was caught.  

8. There is no limit for deposits in the saving banks account. But those who deposit above Rs 2 lakh should furnish the source of money. Or else he or she will have to pay 200 per cent fine, according to RBI instructions.

9.  Consumers have been given 50 days’ time to exchange notes, ie from November 10 to December 30. Notes can be exchanged at banks and post offices. You will have to fill a form and submit it along with the notes and  a copy of your ID proof.

Rs 10 crore fraud in cooperative bank: Former president among arrested

KANNUR: In a large scale combing operation held early morning within the limits of Valappatnam police station, 16 persons including former cooperative bank president were arrested

In the extensive raid conducted under the guidance of Kannur DySP P P Sadanandan, six accused against whom warrants have been issued, three absconders, and seven other under-trail accused were arrested.

Among the arrested persons, there is former Valappatnam service cooperative bank president T Saifuddhin (65). Also, there are six officers, who were board directors at the time of the bank fraud. Though the embezzlement took place a few years ago, this was the first time when the accused got arrested.  

The team including 15 SIs had formed several groups and raided around 100 houses, which later led to the arrests
Among the arrested there are persons from Muslim League and Congress. The arrested are being grilled at Kannur DySP office.
The accused had swindled crores of money from the bank by mortgaging cheap waste lands, gold ornaments and cheques.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Date for paying electricity bill extended

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following the new economic reform, Kerala Electricity City Board has given consumers two week's time to remit their electricity charge. 

The decision was taken in yesterday's cabinet meeting in order to avoid hardships to people, in the wake of scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Minister Kadakampally Surendran had also received many complaints in this regard and the minister acted quick to pass instructions to KSEB officials on this account.

KSEB in a press note has said the Current charge will be received till November 17. Till then people need not fear about electricity disconnection. Those who have arrears can also clear it through cheques. 

Soumya case: Katju firm in stand

NEW DELHI: Justice Markandey Katju Thursday said that he sticks to his earlier stand that the Supreme Court had made some serious mistakes in the Soumya case by commuting the death sentence of the accused to life. Mistakes can happen to judges and if that has happened, it should be corrected, he wrote in his Facebook page. Katju has been asked to appear before the court on Friday at 2 pm and give an explanation on his statement over the Supreme Court verdict.

In a Facebook post, he had said, "I genuinely believe that the Supreme Court had made some serious mistakes in its judgement by reversing the death penalty awarded by Kerala High Court".    

"Possibly these mistakes were made because the court was so overburdened with work that it cannot give as much time to cases as they deserve, which they would have otherwise done, had it not been for this heavy load of cases to decide," he said.

Quoting celebrated British Judge Lord Denning, Justice Katju said, 'The Judge has not been born who has not made a mistake'.    

"We are all humans, and all of us make mistakes, but a gentleman is one who realises his mistake, acknowledges it, and seeks to make amends," Justice Katju said.

 "This should apply to judges too. I myself have sometimes made mistakes in my judgements," he sai

Co-operative banks to accept old notes

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Reserve Bank of India has directed cooperative banks to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 scrapped by the centre. The RBI has directed to accept old notes as deposit and not to replace them. The cooperative banks were first not ready to accept the scrapped notes. They were also not ready to accept the notes as deposits also. Following that, the government approached the Reserve Bank.

There are primary co-operative banks with bank deposits of Rs 250-300 crore in the state. A cooperative bank in Kozhikode has the large investment of more than 1000 crore. The deposits in all cooperative banks will come close to one lakh crore. District cooperative banks are now under the Reserve Bank.

As the income tax had raided primary cooperative banks, deposits in these banks are insecure. The situation is such that anyone can get the list of investors from the bank. The interest towards cooperative banks have declined with the withdrawal of high denomination notes.

Gold price climbs down

THIRUVANANTHPURAM: The gold price has come down with the same ease with which it had gone up. The price came down by Rs 600 per sovereign and today’s gold price landed at Rs 22,880 per sovereign. The price of one gram came down by Rs 75 to become Rs 2860.

Yesterday, the price of a sovereign gold was Rs 23,480.  

Following the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, customers, who were having rupees of those denominations, had crowded in jewellery shops for buying gold. Though they thought of converting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 into gold, those notes were not accepted by jewellery shops.  The shoppers only accepted credit/debit cards or cheques and due to this many had to return empty handed unable to buy even half a sovereign of gold.

Plea seeking further probe in Jisha case dismissed

KOCHI: The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court Thursday rejected the plea of Pappu, father of Jisha of Perumabavoor, seeking further probe in the murder case. Rejecting the plea, the court said they are not intervening now as a charge sheet has been filed in the case. Pappu had argued that things stated by the police in the charge sheet are unbelievable.

The plea had pointed that many of the findings of the investigating team are baseless and the time of the murder in the post mortem report and charge sheet are contradictory.  The team has not been able to recover the weapon used for the murder. The argument of the police that Ameerul Islam is the lone accused is unbelievable.

Long queues in front of banks in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Huge crowds gathered outside banks to exchange the scrapped notes of Rs 500 and 1000. People thronged to the banks today to withdraw their money.  An unprecedented rush was witnessed even after special counters were opened in the banks. The banks opened before their usual time and arranged facilities. After producing the identity card and affidavit, a person can exchange a maximum amount of Rs 4000. Instead of the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, new notes of Rs 500 and 2000 were given.

A long queue was witnessed even after banks controlled the rush by giving tokens and form for the affidavit to customers. Bank employees are having a tough time to manage the customers. Many turned to deposit their money in the banks.

Though time was given to exchange and deposit the money scrapped till December 30, many turned up to the banks today itself. As announced by the centre, government hospitals and petrol bunks will accept the scrapped notes. This facility will continue. However, many refused to accept the scrapped notes yesterday as they didn’t have change.

There were many in KSRTC buses with big notes. Many conductors refused to accept the money as they didn’t have change.

Many were happy to have obtained the new currency notes. They were excited to have obtained the new Rs 2000 note. The new 500 rupee note is entirely different from the old one.

Thomas Isaac's stand will only help black money hoarders: Kummanam

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: By criticising PM Modi, who had set off an epochal economic reform, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has taken a stand to help black money hoarders, BJP State chief Kummanam Rajasekharan has said.

"When the step was hailed by people who don't have black money, only Isaac and certain Marxist leaders spoke against Modi's decision. Their stand is the same as that of black money hoarders. If the Centre had imposed restriction with prior notice, it would have helped only the hoarders. Even after knowing this, he criticised the step. Isaac who is responsible to take a favourable stand towards steps taken to help country's economy is leading the campaign to create anxiety among people. This is only to sabotage the Centre's step," he said.

He also urged the minister to denounce blind political rivalry and take steps to benefit the people.

He also demanded the government to review the decision of government institutions not to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New currency notes in ATMs from Friday: Govt

NEW DELHI: The new hard-to-fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes will be available at bank ATMs when they start operating again from Friday, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said today.

"There are going to be some difficulties which they (people) will face but for their convenience, a number of steps have been taken by the government, there are facilities to withdraw money from ATM and exchange currency at banks , withdraw money from accounts," he said on government withdrawing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from circulation to crack down on black money and counterfeit currency.

People, he said, do understand the objective behind the move. "And I'm sure they will cooperate in dealing with the difficulties and inconvenience that they might face. And eventually things will settle down."

Lavasa said people need money for transaction so for replacement that currency is being introduced.

"RBI will very strictly monitor it," he said. "For doing any transaction there are different ways, government's intention is to move towards cash less transaction."

The ATMs will open day after tomorrow and at many places they will open tomorrow, he said adding new notes will be available at ATMs.

Asked about the slump in stock market indices, he said, the "The market would have reacted to several other developments. Let's wait and watch how things pan out."

"If there is anything required to be done by them I am sure they will take a look and take appropriate decision at the right time," he said on market regulator Sebi looking into the crash. 

Deposits of old notes in banks not to enjoy tax immunity, says Jaitley

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said deposits of now-defunct old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in bank accounts will not enjoy immunity from tax and the land of law will apply on source of such money.

A day after the government announced the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes in the country's biggest crackdown against black money, corruption and counterfeit currency, Jaitley said old higher-denomination currency notes have to be deposited in bank accounts to get newer or smaller denomination currencies.

"But it should be clear that it is no immunity scheme. This (deposit) does not provide any relief from taxation. The law of land will apply (on source of fund)," he said.

"If the money is legitimate which had been previously withdrawn from bank or earned legally and saved and had been disclosed, there is nothing to worry about," Jaitley said.

But if it is illegal money, source will have to be disclosed and if it is a crime money, or bribe money, then it is trouble, he told DD News.

The finance minister further said that housewives and farmers with genuine savings need not worry about depositing cash in their bank accounts.

"The small amounts that people will deposit like Rs 25,000, 30,000 or 50,000 lying in house for expenses, whatever money could be there for meeting normal family expenses they need not worry. They can go to banks," he said.

The finance minister said for first one or two weeks replacements may be less but after 2-3 weeks as more currency notes come in market then normal replacement will be available.

The move would help make more and more transactions become digital, he said, adding now people will disclose income and pay taxes. "India will become a more tax compliant society."

Jaitley said that people who have accumulated black money, crime money or bribe would suffer after this.

"There is a premium now that this decision has created on honesty and dis-premium on dishonesty," he added.

"Obviously there are some inconvenience for a couple of days or couple of weeks but those inconvenience cannot be alibi that India continues to live (with black money and parallel economy)," he said.

The decision would bring more transactions under tax net and both direct and indirect taxes would move up. Reduction in parallel economy would increase the size of formal economy, Jaitley said.

Stating that the decision would have its ramifications on politics as well, Jaitley said some political funding has started by cheques and if this step can do some cleansing, it would be a great move.

ATMs remain shut as banks replace old currency notes

NEW DELHI: All ATMs will remain shut today and tomorrow as banks replace the now declared invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes with new currency papers.

Last night, after the government's announcement of withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, people rushed to ATMs to withdraw lower denomination valid currency notes. However, banks closed ATM operations past mid-night.

Banks are also closed today for cash balancing and stocking up of lower denomination Rs 50 and Rs 100 notes and high security new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.

Customers can deposit their old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in their bank accounts tomorrow, and also exchange it with lower denomination or the new security feature Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes but with a limit of Rs 20,000 a week.

The new high security feature Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes will initially be available at branches from tomorrow and at ATMs from November 11. Since most of the cash deposit machines are inside the branches, people can deposit their old currencies only tomorrow when the branches open.

Meanwhile, the government has cautioned people that since cash deposit in a account above certain limit will be monitored by Financial Intelligence Unit and tax authorities so one should refrain from someone else money.

Besides, depositing money in bank accounts, the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes can also be exchanged with lower denomination currency notes at designated banks and post offices on production of valid government identity cards like PAN, Aadhaar and Election Card from November 10 to November 24 with a daily limit of Rs 4,000.

Modi shows how little he cares about ordinary people: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for declaring Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes invalid, wondering as to how bringing in the new Rs 2000 note is going to make black money hoarding a lot harder.

In remarks laced with sarcasm, the Congress Vice President said "well done Mr Modi".

"Real culprits" who have stashed black money are "sitting tight" while lives of farmers, small shopkeepers and housewives "have been thrown in utter chaos," he said in a series of tweets.

"Once again Mr Modi shows hw little he cares abt ordinary ppl of this country-farmers, small shopkeepers, housewives-all thrown into utter chaos".

"While the real culprits sit tight on their black money stashed away abroad or in bullion/ real estate. Well done Mr Modi"

"One Q for the PM: How is replacing 1000 rs notes with 2000 rs notes going to make black money hoarding a lot harder? #Modilogic", he said on the micro-blogging site.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night announced that high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will no longer be legal tender to fight against black money and corruption.

Modi has created financial anarchy: Yechuri

LUCKNOW: CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechuri Wednesday alleged that demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by the Narendra Modi-led government has pushed the country into total financial anarchy.

It was just another effort by the Modi government to divert the attention of the people from the real issues, he added.

"The decision of the NDA government has created panic among the common masses. The poor fighting to fulfill their daily needs are the most harassed lot," he said.

Yechuri said that the issue would be highlighted during the coming winter session of Parliament. Talking to UNI here on the sidelines of the Left Front rally to showcase their unity before the crucial Assembly elections early next year, Mr Yechuri contradicted the reasons given by the Prime Minister for last night's action.

"The PM gave four reasons for the withdrawal of the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currencies-- firstly to end corruption, secondly to prevent counterfeiting of the currency notes, to prevent misuse of currency for terrorism and lastly for countering black money. But I challenge PM in all the four reasons-- PM did not assure that the act will end corruption, counterfeiting of currencies would again start once the new notes comes in circulation, terrorists mostly use the facility of electronic transfer and lastly over blackmoney, Modi had said that the entire black money of the country is stashed in foreign countries and in offshore haven," he claimed.

The CPI (M) general secretary said that if Modi government was really serious about ending corruption and black money, they why was it not stopping the donations funded to the political parties and not disclosing the names of the big bank defaulters who have a loan amounting of Rs 11 lakh crores even after the directives of Supreme court.

Claiming that the move to end the currencies was just any effort by the BJP to divert the attention of the people, he said at the mid-end of the NDA government, they have nothing to showcase as the unemployment graph in the country has gone up, the growth rate has dipped while the inflation was high hence they had to do something to show that they are working.

Yechuri, who did not rule out the act of the BJP-led government at the Centre aimed at the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, said that this saffron brigade could do anything to get political mileage. ''But this would not give them any benefit as people are feeling cheated by the BJP," he further said.

Modi congratulates Trump on being elected as US Prez

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Donald Trump on being elected as US President, saying he looks forward to working with him closely to take Indo-US ties to a new height.

"Congratulations @realDonaldTrump on being elected as the 45th US President," Modi said in a tweet.

He said the country looks forward to working closely with Trump to strengthen bilateral ties.

"We look forward to working with you closely to take India-US bilateral ties to a new height," the Prime Minister said.

"We appreciate the friendship you have articulated towards India during your campaign, @realDonaldTrump," he said.

Trump today beat seasoned politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President.

Demonetisation move to create corruption-free India: Modi

NEW DELHI: The decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes was taken to create a "corruption-free" India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday as a number of personalities from film and other fraternities welcomed the step.

Among those who welcomed the decision were film personalities Karan Johar, Rajnikanth, Ajay Devgn, Kamal Hasan, Nagarjuna, Ritesh Deshmukh, Subhash Ghai, Siddharth Malhotra, cricketer Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh who tweeted to the Prime Minister praising him for the bold move.

"This step was taken in the interest of our honest citizens who deserve a better India," Modi said on Twitter in response to southern star Kamal Hasan who said, "This move has to be celebrated across political party lines. Most importantly by earnest tax payers".

Superstar Rajnikanth said," Hats off @narendramodi ji.

New india is born #JaiHind".

"Corrupt practices and black money have to be eliminated and that is when we will scale new heights of progress," the Prime Minister said in response to Sufi singer Kailash Kher's tweet that "This is a historical day in the history of mankind. Our Nation Bharat will soon be at par with developed countries @narendramodi GodBlessYoU".

Film maker Karan Johar said in a tweet, "This is truly a masterstroke move!!!! @narendramodi hits it out of the stadium!!!! ????.

Thanking Karan Johar, the Prime Minister said, "Thanks @karanjohar. We must create an India that is corruption free for our future generations. #IndiaFightsCorruption".

Film actor Nagarjuna congratulated the Prime Minister for "rewarding us tax payers/india on the way to become a super economy????".

"This step will check corruption, black money and fake currency rackets that slow our progress," the Prime Minister said in his response.

On cricketer Anil Kumble's comment that "Massive googly bowled by our Hon. PM @narendramodi today. Well done Sir! Proud of you!!," Modi said, "This coming from one of India s most admired cricketers, whose bowling caught many batsmen by surprise".

The Prime Minister said, "All of us have to work shoulder to shoulder and create a prosperous, inclusive and corruption free India".

Modi last night announced that high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will no longer be legal tender to fight against black money and corruption.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Modi's decision will inconvenience people: Thomas Isaac

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has said the Centre's decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will inconvenience the public. "This is a situation similar to the state of 'economic emergency'. There is no other way before the people other than tolerating it," he said.

The minister said it is a kind of situation when brakes have been applied on the nation's economic system. "We don't know how much the loss in production sector will be. Several other nations have tried similar method but they didn't scrap currency notes all on a sudden. They had given ample time to change notes. Even the financial experts say it is a crazy decision. I don't know what was the need for so much drama," he said.

The minister said such steps would not help the government to curb black money. "The Centre should explain where the money of people like Vijaya Mallya has gone. This is trick to encourage capitalism," he added. 

President welcomes demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee tonight welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of demonetisation of Rs 1000 and 500 notes with effect from midnight.
He said Modi called on him this evening and briefed about the government's decision to declare that all Rs 1000 and 500 currency notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight tonight.
President Mukherjee welcomed the bold step taken by the government which will help unearth unaccounted  money as well as  counterfeit currency, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said
Mukherjee called upon people not to panic and to follow the government's guidelines for exchanging currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination available with them.
He reminded that all currency notes below Rs 500 will continue as legal tender.
The president called upon all people to avail upon the opportunity provided by the government to exchange currency notes of 1000 and 500 denomination for new legal tender

US election: After Indiana, Kentucky, Trump wins West Virginia

WASHINGTON: Republican Donald Trump has won West Virginia and its five electoral votes. The Mountain State was one of the billionaire's biggest supporters in the Republican primary. He is popular for promising to bring back coal jobs. Hillary Clinton had largely been largely shunned for making comments perceived as an affront to the industry.

The dynamic has resulted in one of the few states where Republicans didn't shy from the brash businessman and instead looked to ride his coattails. Many Democrats for congressional and other races scrambled to distance themselves from Clinton and refused to endorse her.

West Virginia has voted for Republican presidential candidates in each of the last four presidential races. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

Republican Donald Trump has won Kentucky and Indiana while Democrat Hillary Clinton has won Vermont. Trump was awarded Kentucky's eight electoral votes and Indiana's 11. Vermont gives Clinton three. These are the first states to be decided Tuesday in the 2016 general election.

Banks to open more counters, work extra hours to exchange notes

New Delhi : Bank will open additional counters and work extra hours beginning Thursday to help people exchange Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes that have been declared invalid from midnight tonight.
Anticipating panic and rush at bank counters, RBI as well as government has set up control rooms in Mumbai and the national capital to avoid any crisis, Department of Economics Affairs Secretary Shatikanta Das said. 
Banks will remain shut tomorrow to allow stocking of smaller currency notes and public will be allowed to tender their now invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1000 from November 10.
They can deposit any amount of the invalid currency in their bank account till December 30 and also exchange them for lower banknotes at special counters at banks and post officers till November 24 but with limit of Rs 4,000 in a day. 
Bank will  report any unusual transaction to Financial intelligence Unit and tax authorities for scrutiny.
RBI Governor Urjit Patel said the central bank had ramped up production of the new higher security currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 that will replace the notes being taken out of circulation. The new notes will come into circulation from November 10, he said.
He linked the government decision to use high denomination currency notes terrorism financing and also for holding black money. 
While overall currency circulation had increased by 40 per cent during 2011 to 2016, Rs 500 banknotes in circulation had gone up by 76 per cent and that of Rs 1000 by 109 per cent. 
As many as 16.5 billion notes of Rs 500 denomination are in circulation currently while 6.7 billion Rs  1000 notes are in market.
While the government imposed strict cash  withdrawal limits Rs 2000 from ATM and Rs 10,000 from bank account in a day and Rs 20000 in a week, Patel said there will be no impact on liquidity in the markets including financial markets.
The cash withdrawal limit will be relaxed gradually as small currency denomination notes are adequately stocked with banks and ATM and new currency notes come into wide circulation. 

MONUMENTAL DECSION BY MODI: India SCRAPS 500, 1000 Indian currency note

NEW DELHI: Taking the nation by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight announced demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.

In his first televised address to the nation, Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.

In his 40-minute address, first in Hindi and later in English, the Prime Minister said the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 "will not be legal tender from midnight tonight" and these will be "just worthless piece of paper."

However, he said that all notes in lower denomination of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20, Rs 10, Rs 5, Rs 2 and Re 1 and all coins will continue to be valid.

He also announced that new notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 will be introduced.
ATM withdrawals will be restricted to Rs 2000 per day and withdrawals from bank accounts will be limited to Rs 10,000 a day and Rs 20,000 a week.

Banks will remain closed tomorrow and ATMs will also not function tomorrow and day after, Modi said.

He expressed confidence that the staff of banks and post offices will rise to the occasion to introduce the new order within the available time.

He also expressed confidence that political parties, workers, social organisations and the media will go further than the government in making it a success.

Besides depositing money in bank accounts, the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes can also be exchanged with lower denomination currency notes at designated banks and post offices on production of valid government identity cards like PAN, Aadhaar and Election Card from November 10 to November 24 with a daily limit of Rs 4000.

Those unable to deposit Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes till December 30 this year can do so in designated RBI offices till March 31 next year after filling a declaration form along with proof and reasons, the Prime Minister said.

Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be valid for transactions related to booking of air tickets, railway bookings, government bus ticket counters and hospitals till the midnight of November 11 and 12.

"Banks will be closed tomorrow. It will cause some hardship to you....Let us ignore these hardships... In country's history, there comes a moment when people will want to participate in the nation building and reconstruction. Very few such moments come in life,"  Modi said.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Case against me a conspiracy: P K Jayalakshmi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Minister P K Jayalakshmi has said the case against her is the outcome of a controversy against her. She said that certain staff was behind it. “I have not given lands to my relatives illegally. I’m ready to face any allegation. If these allegations are proved right, I would end my political career,” the former Minister for Welfare of Backward Communities said.

Meanwhile, Yuva Morcha took out a Collectorate march, demanding action against Jayalakshmi. Her effigy was also burnt. Adivasi Gothra Sabha leader C K Janu said if Jayalakshmi had committed mistake she should be get punished.
The allegation is that former minister and a few staff under her had committed irregularity in the scheme of the former UDF government to write off loans granted to Adivasis, subject to certain conditions. The amount set apart for debt-relief scheme in Manathavadi of Wayanad had been  swindled by the minister and her family, said reports.

In the assembly, Minister Balan had confirmed the above report. He also asked for Principal Secretary to submit a report to him after an inquiry. Vigilance inquiry will be declared after that.

KSRTC exempted from KSRTC:

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has informed the assembly that KSRTC has been exempted from Green Cess levied on vehicles that are more than ten year old.

The announcement for the green tax had been announced during the budget speech.

The decision to collect Green Cess from more than-ten year-old vehicles was taken as part of the government’s objective to reduce air pollution.

The minister also added that probe would also be held into attempts to illegally draw lottery prize money using fake lotteries.

Yechuri raps K Radhakrishnan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Party general secretary Sitaram Yechuri Monday lambasted CPM Thrissur district secretary K Radhakrishnan for revealing Wadakkancherry gang rape victim’s name. He shouldn’t have made such a statement and will examine this issue, he said. He said this while talking to reporters when came to inaugurate the year-long programmes organized by the CPM as part of the October Revolution.

The CPM survives for the equality of women. CPM activists’ connection with the goons cannot be accepted. The allegations levelled against the leaders will be examined, he said.

CPM politburo member Vrinda Karat has also termed the stand as ‘wrong’ revealing the name of the victim. The party stand is that the name of the victim should not be publicized. The party will not protect the guilty. Action should be taken against party activists who tried to settle the case, she said.

Vytila Blackmail case: Another woman under arrest

KOCHI: In Vytila blackmailing case, the police have arrested one more person. The arrested has been identified as Thodupuzha native Bibina (26). She was arrested from Kottayam, yesterday night on a tip-off and was presented in the court today.  

Bibina, an associate of prime accused had gone into hiding after other women in the racket were arrested in the case.
Bibina was the receptionist of Kaloor Winner’s Academy. The modus operandi was the gang lured men into hotel rooms, made them drink juices mixed with sedatives and took their nude pictures and videos  pictures with other women. Then they used to these videos and photos to blackmail their prey for lakhs of money. There were also men in their gang.

Another woman and man who shot videos have also gone into hiding.  

The anti-goon Task force had the other day arrested Shibili (37), Dany (31), Sharath (22) and Mustafa (27) following a complaint given one of the victims, Ajith, who is the manager of a Kochi Electronics shop.

Ajith had fallen into their trap last September. He had come into contact with Shibili through one of his friends. Shibili had called him to her flat in Vytila, after offering to buy 25 SIM cards from him. She had said that she wanted so many SIMs to distribute them among his filmi contacts. 

Mohanlal thanks everyone for the big hit

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Mohanlal Monday thanked the director, film crew and all for Pulimurugan released recently entering the 100-crore club. He thanked all for their support in making the film a big hit, he said via a Facebook post. He also thanked the Almighty for their blessings.

The post says
I am happy to share with you all, that #Pulimurugan becomes the first Malayalam

movie to enter 100 crore club. Thanks to Director Vysakh, Producer Tomichan

Mulakupadam, Stunt Choreographer Peter Hein, Scriptwriter Udayakrishna, Cinematographer Shaji and to Music Director Gopi Sunder and the entire crew for their effort in making Pulimurugan, a big success. This is made possible by each and every one of the audience who watched this movie in the theater, here i am extending my sincere thanks to them and above all to the Almighty for his blessings.

Pulimurugan creates new history, enters 100-crore club

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan has joined the prestigious 100 crore club after creating a new history in the Malayalam films. This is the first time a Malayalam film is joining the 100-crore club. The film released on October 7 has joined the club after a month of its release. Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam with Mohanlal in the lead role had gained 75 crore in the box office. Nivin Pauly’s Premam released in 2015 had gained 60 crore.

Pulimurugan directed by Vaishak and produced by Tomichan Mulakupadom under the banner of Mulakupadom Films is still running to packed houses.In many places, tickets are not available. In the meanwhile, the fake copy of the film was circulated in the net. However, it was removed by the intervention of cyber dome.

Vaishak and Tomichan Mulakupadom said they are happy on the film joining the 100-crore film. Vaishak said this is the result of his years’ long hard work. I never expected the film would join the 100-crore club, said Tomichan.

South Indian actress Kamalini Mukherjee is the heroine of the film. Other casts include Vinu Mohan, Siddique, Makarand Deshpande, M R Gopakumar, Lal, Jagapathy Babu, Bala, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Namitha and many others.

Manseed’s house in Kannur attacked

KANNUR: Miscreants attacked the house of Manseed arrested by the NIA from Kanakamala for his alleged terrorist links. His house near Peringalam health centre in the district was attacked Monday morning at 1 am. His parents and sister were at home at the time of the incident. The miscreants fled the place when the inmates woke up. They damaged the window panes of the house.

Manseed, who was abroad was arrested on October 2 along with his aides. The police reached the spot and examined the house.

The NIA arrested the five-member team including Manseed when they were holding a secret meeting. Abu Basheer of Coimbatore, Swalih Mohammed of Thrissur, Safwan of Malappuram, Jasim of Kozhikode and Manseed were arrested by the NIA. Ramshad of Kuttiyadi was also arrested after questioning the five. On the basis of the information received from them, two more were arrested from Coimbatore.

Youth stages suicide drama in front of secretariat

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A man who was on fast in front of the Secretariat along with his family, demanding arrest of those who were allegedly behind the death of her daughter, today climbed up a tree there and threatened to commit suicide.

Fire Force personnel reached the spot and brought the person down. After health check-up in hospital, he was taken into police custody for the suicide attempt. The person was identified as Ooruttampbalam Kottamukal Vilankarathala Kizhakkumkara native Suresh Babu. He had alleged that her four-year-old daughter Rudra had died in SAT hospital on July 10, due to medical negligence.   

His wife Ramya and their daughter Durga (31/2) was with Suresh Babu. Rudra had undergone treatment in SAT and Medical College hospital for about 25 days after red rashes were noticed on her body purportedly due to the use of Snuggy. When the parents pointed out medical negligence as the cause of death, body was sent for post-mortem. But, in the post-mortem report, pneumonia was found to be cause of the child’s death.    

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges: FBI

Washington : FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges over her use of personal e-mail server during her stay in the State Department, after a review of new e-mails.
Comey had dropped a bombshell 11 days from the November 8 election when he informed Congress that the FBI had discovered e-mails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clonton aide Huma Abedin, that could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private e-mail server, CNN reported.
"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey said in a letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.
Comey's letter was the culmination of a fast-paced review of the newly discovered e-mails, law enforcement sources said on Sunday.
"We went through this as fast as we could," a senior law enforcement official told CNN.
The e-mails, thousands found, were mostly duplicates of what had already been seen and personal e-mails, law enforcement officials said in explaining how the conclusion was reached so quickly. The laptop which was found was around a decade old, with lots of personal content on it not relevant to the investigation, according to one source. 
In July, Comey said Clinton had been careless but not criminal in handling sensitive material on her private e-mail server as Secretary of State.
It's impossible to know before results are tallied what impact Comey's actions first raising a vaguely worded red flag 11 days out, and then lowering it two days from the election will have on the contest.
But the news could help Clinton put to rest a controversy that has dogged her in the 2016 race's closing days, helping her rival Donald Trump narrow a polling gap nationally and in key battleground states.

Kerala Govt flavours entry of women to Sabarimala

New Delhi : The Kerala Government will inform the Supreme Court of its stance favouring entry of women irrespective of their age to the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple as the case comes up for hearing on Monday.
It may be noted that the UDF government had taken a stance that the existing customs should remain unchanged. 
Meanwhile, the Devaswom Board will adopt a stance opposing the state government's view.
Ayyappa Dharma Sena president Rahul Easwar has also requested to make him a part in the case.

Wadakkancherry gang rape: Victim’s statement recorded

KOCHI: The investigating team Sunday recorded the woman’s statement in connection with the gang rape in Wadakkancherry. She was summoned to Kochi and questioned by a team led by Palakkad Town ASP G Poonguzhali. A new team was appointed after Peramangalam circle inspector Manikandan, who first investigated the case, misbehaved with her.  

Her statement was registered by a team led by three women officials including Poonguzhali, who came from Thrissur to Kochi. The woman told police that she was brutally gang raped by a four-member team consisting of her husband’s close friend and CPM Wadakkancherry municipal councillor, his brother and two others. She also told them that she was continuously pressured to retract her statement before the magistrate. Councillor Jayanthan, his brother Janeesh, Bineesh and Shibu were the four who raped her.

She was staying with her husband, a native of Fort Kochi, in Thrissur. She was misled and raped after given a lift in a car to the de-addiction centre where her husband was admitted. They had threatened with dire consequences if she reveals the incident.  Though a complaint was lodged as per her husband’s direction on August 14 in 2016, she was under pressure to withdraw the case from political centres.

Corruption noticed in waiving of loans of adivasis

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  It has been alleged that P K Jayalakshmi, former minister for welfare of backward communities, her family and staff have snatched Rs 1.5 crore under the loan waiver scheme for adivasis. The debt of her family members have been waived off under the scheme.

A private channel reported that days before the assembly polls, she and her family snatched the money earmarked for the debt relief scheme for Mananthavady in Wayanad.

K M Mani, the then finance minister during his budget speech in 2014 had announced that loans for scheduled tribes till 2010 have been waived off under the scheme. An amount of Rs 2 crore was earmarked for it.  The cabinet convened on September 9 in 2015 decided to implement the scheme.

However, the cabinet announced the scheme after correcting to 2014 instead of 2010. The limit was fixed to Rs one lakh. The scheme would benefit only upto loans below one lakh of scheduled tribes who are non-government employees. Only one from a family are entitled for it.

Award for law and order, answer for many, says Senkumar

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The national award Kerala obtained for the best state in terms of law and order is an answer to many, said former police chief DGP T P Senkumar. This award is a credit for me, team members and the government, he said. The state has got the award for maintaining law and order for the year 2015-2016.

He said that he has never dissociated from the public. The people knows everything. The state getting an award is an accomplishment. However, there is more to improve. The police can function independently only if ensured that they would not be crucified, he said.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Trump rushed off stage after major security scare at rally

White House hopeful Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada 
The 70-year-old Republican tycoon reappeared several minutes later to cheers from his fans, declaring, "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us,  I want to thank the Secret Service."
"I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources in Reno and the state of Navada for their fast and professional response. I also want to thank the many thousands of people present for their unwavering and unbelievable support. Nothing will stop us. We will make America great again!" He said
Just before the fracas, Trump could be seen shielding his eyes from the lights in order to peer into the crowd.
There were signs of a struggle in the crowd as three agents led Trump away, shielding his body, but once a suspect was led away Trump resumed his stump speech.
The candidate appeared unrattled by the scuffle, and spoke with his usual self-confidence as his speech continued.

Kozhikode medical College will be elevated to global standards : Shylaja

Kozhikode : Health minister  K K Shylaja said that within 3 years , the medical college hospital will have a new facelift with the cooperation of the people.
The minister while speaking at a function said that we dream of uplifting the medical college hospital to international standards. And to fulfil that dream, everyone must offer their help to the project, Shylaja said.
Common man should get hi-tech facilities at the hospital. The best-in-class studies and researches should happen here, the Minister said. Till now, no medical colleges in the state have featured in the international rankings, Shylaja said, adding that we should strive to attain international ranking for Kozhikode Medical College.
Shylaja said that a Committee will be formed to oversee the use of funds obtained through Mission Medical College Project. The Minister further stated that the Committee has been entrusted with the task of conducting a contour survey and prepare a master plan for the college. A consultancy should be employed to prepared the master plan. 
In order to address the dearth of staff, new posts will be created every year and appointed will be made promptly. 

Wadakancherry rape: Inquiry against Radhakrishnan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: City Police Commissioner Hemachandran has ordered an inquiry against CPM Thrissur District Secretary K Radhakrishnan, who had dared to reveal the name of the victim in the Wadakkancherry gang-rape case. Special Branch ACP Babu Raj will make the preliminary inquiry.

The inquiry was ordered following the complaint given by BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan.

The police officials will summon Radhakrishnan to record his statement. The inquiry report will be submitted after examining his controversial talk available with visual media persons.

National Women’s Commission had filed a case suo-motu and it has asked Radhakrishnan to be present in person.
Radhakrishnan had blurted out the name of the victim while announcing the suspension of CPM councillor Jayanthan, who is an accused in the rape case. When one of his associates reminded him not to reveal the rape case victim’s name, Radhakrishnan shot back, “if Jayanthan’s name can be announced why the complainant’s name can’t be revealed too?”.         

BJP State Secretary Kummanam had on Friday lodged a complaint with the DGP against Jayanthan.
According to IPC 228 A, revealing the names of rape victims will invite a jail sentence of up to 2 years with or without fine. The accused will also not get station bail.

Maneka intervenes, Kavitha Pillai gets back her pet dog

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: She may be facing allegations of cheating in the name of arranging engineering seats, but she seems to be a dog lover.

Kavitha Pillai, an accused in the 2013 Entrance scam, got back her pet dog, after an immediate intervention made by Union Minister and true animal activist Maneka Gandhi.

The Enforcement Directorate officials had the other day come to seal her plush house. Though she had vacated the house, her Rottweiler dog was inside the kennel. Some neighbours were feeding it.

So before sealing the house, the ED officials, with the help of vet Abraham Tharakan had shifted the dog to the dog shelter at Palarivattom in Kochi. But Kavitha Pillai wrote to Maneka, saying the officials were not giving back her dog.

When Maneka Gandhi called the ED office, the officials were surprised and replied that there the complaint was not valid. And, they explained the circumstances that led to the rehousing of the dog.

Now, Pillai is happy that she got back her pet at least, thanks to the quick and sincere efforts from the minister’s office.   

Friday, November 4, 2016

Denying breast milk: Father in police custody

KOZHIKODE: Mukkam police have filed a case against a man who had denied his new-born baby breast milk in the name of religion.

The case was filed on the basis of a complaint lodged by hospital nurse and he was taken into custody on Friday.

The child was born at Mukkam EMS cooperative hospital at around 2 am on Wednesday. Omasseri native Abu Becker's wife Hafsath had given birth to a baby boy. After a few minutes, doctors asked the mother to breast-feed the child but Abu Becker prevented her, saying milk should not be given unless five Muslim prayer times (banku) was over (24 hours). He took a stand that the child should be given milk only after Thursday noon prayers and till then only holy water from the mosque could be given.

Later top police officials had to intervene and the child was fed with the breast milk only by Thursday noon.

Lawyers told to boycott newspapers from tomorrow

KOCHI: In a bizarre development, Ernakulam Bar Association has asked the lawyers’ fraternity to boycott all newspapers from tomorrow. The lawyers were asked not to appear in courts on behalf of media persons and  not be allow the latter to enter court rooms from tomorrow. The bar council meeting also had decided to apprise the district judge of its decision.   

The other day a group of media persons who reached the court were hounded away using abusive words. Police had filed a case against four lawyers. 

Drowning of 2 yr-old body: Three arrested

KOCHI: Police have arrested three persons in connection with the drowning of a 2 year old child in Periyar river. The arrested persons are Eloor St Mary’s convent sisters Remya, Mary Thankam and Kunjamma, an ayah of the day care centre. They have been charged for homicide without deliberate intention to kill.

The incident happened on Wednesday 2:30 pm. Eloor Kainikkara native Rajesh’s son Adhav (Ampady) was the kid who had died. He slipped out of the Day care centre’s gate, which was kept open and fall into the river. The body of the child was recovered in the search that conducted later, after the child was found to be missing.

Jayanthan, Bineesh suspended; CPM district secy reveals victim's name

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Wadakkancherry ward councillor and CPM leader Jayanthan, accused of raping a Thrissur house woman, was suspended from the primary member ship of the party, pending inquiry. Another party member Bineesh was also suspended.

The above decision was taken by the Thrissur District Secretariat today. Announcing the decision, District Secretary K Radhakrishnan said, “There are arguments against and in favour of Jayanthan. Party investigation will run parallel to police investigation...Further action will be taken against Jayanthan and Bineesh, if they are proven guilty. The CPM is a party that has taken action against guilty leaders, irrespective of their fame or position in the party or government. But in this case, inquiry should also be initiated against the complainant. It could be a cooked-up story to tarnish the image of the party”.

Radhakrishnan blurted out the complainant’s name though he was asked not to reveal the name. “When the accused person’s name is made public, why can’t the name of the complainant be revealed? You must have seen the reaction of the woman’s parents. They said the woman had not turned up to see her children for nine years and even the kids were not willing to go with their mother. The woman had also arranged quotation team to assault her in-laws and a complaint has been registered in this regard,” he explained told media persons.

However, Radhakrishnan said Jayanthan would continue as the councillor