Friday, September 30, 2016

It's twins again for actor Aju Varghese

Actor Aju Varghese and wife Augustina are now proud parents once again. This time too, the couple is blessed with twin boys-Jake and Luke.
The mother and the babies are doing fine. Earlier, it was a baby boy- Evan and girl Juana for the couple.
Aju Varghese married Augustina in February 2014, in a traditional ceremony.

It's official: Pranav Mohanlal turns hero

After a long wait, super star Mohanlal 's son Pranav Mohanlal, is all set to don the hero's role in an action thriller directed by maverick director Jeethu Joseph.
This will be the next film directed by Jeethu Joseph after Oozham. The film is produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Aashirvad cinemas.
Pranav had worked as the assistant director of Papanasham, the thamil verson of blockbuster malayalm movie Drishyam. Pranav had also played Mohanlal's childhood in Onnamn, directed by Thampi Kannanthanam.
Later, he acted in Punarjani and made a special appearance in Sagar Alias Jacky, the sequal to Irupatham Noottandu.

School bus bangs against tree, one student dies

MALAPPURAM: A school student died after the school bus in which the girl was traveling banged against a tree. 11 others inside the bus got injured. The dead has been identified as Malappuram Ithilparambu native Ameer’s daughter Sithara Jasmine (13).

The bus belonged to Malappuram Government Girls high school and the mishap occurred after the bus had a brake failure. The bus that lost control came to a grinding halt after it went and hit the tree near the gate forcefully.

The incident happened at around 4:30 pm. The injured students were admitted to a nearby private hospital.

Noise over self-financing college issue: Assembly adjourned

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Assembly proceedings were stalled by the Opposition today also over the self-financing college issue. The session was adjourned in the day. Though V T Balram MLA had given a notice for adjournment motion, the speaker denied permission for it.    

The Opposition made a strong criticism against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the chief minister was acting like an autocrat. Pinarayi was not showing not even 1/10th of the democratic discipline shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both the the Opposition leader and chief minister, however, hailed the Indian army for their successful surgical operationaretaliation on terrorists in the Pak Occupied Kashmir.

Capitation fee in self-financing colleges: CM announces Vigilance inquiry

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that Vigilance will probe allegations regarding capitation fee accepted by self-financing college managements.

In between this, uproar in the Assembly in the self-financing issue got louder and louder. The Opposition didn’t cooperate with question answer session. Though Congress MLA V T Balram gave notice seeking admission for adjournment motion, it was rejected by Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.  

Former chief minister Oommen Chandy demanded that the government take over Pariyaram Medical College and the chief minister replied that that would happen in the current academic year itself. But Pinarayi added that the reduction of fee this year might be difficult.

Meanwhile, the Opposition said the fast by MLAs would continue in the Assembly. The decision is to continue strike in the Assembly till Monday. The strike may be shifted to the Front of the Secretariat or in front of the Assembly gate since there is no Assembly session on Saturday and Sunday.  

Though a discussion was held in the presence of the Speaker for compromise yesterday, it was a failure. But the chief minister said that he was not aware of the compromise talk as the speaker had not informed him about it.

The Speaker, meanwhile, said he had not convened an official meeting of leaders from different parties.

Self-financing Medical admission: Govt to move SC

THIRUVANANHAPURAM: The State government has decided to approach the Supreme Court over the self-financing medical college issue. The government may request for one more weeks’ time to complete the medical admission. It will inform the court that seats are again left to be filled in colleges.

Health Minister K K Sailaja clarified in the Assembly on Friday that if there was proof on receipt of the capitation fee, strict action would be taken against the managements concerned, that was for sure. “Those who are in possession of the proof should hand it over to the government. Legal action will be taken against Karuna and KMCT colleges,” she said.

Meanwhile, James Committee had informed the Supreme Court that it had not received documents regarding Karuna Medical College admission. The apex court also made it clear that it would look into the issue.
Today is the last date for Medical admission.

Assembly congratulates Army for surgical strikes

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly Friday unanimously passed a resolution extending support and congratulating the Indian Army for its surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC.

The resolution moved by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, said, "The House congratulates the Army for taking steps to protect the country and people and fully supports its action".

The resolution said talks at the diplomatic and political level have to be taken forward to avoid further worsening of the tense situation and to find solution to the problem.

The House also asked the Centre to take necessary vigilant steps to prevent similar attacks like Pathankot and Uri and at the same time continue efforts to find a solution to the problem at the diplomatic level.

In a brief speech, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala while extending full support to the government motion, said, "I salute the Indian Army for their brilliant action".

"Pakistan has been exporting terrorism to India for a long time," he said adding the Indian Army's reply to Pakistan was laudable.

Time extended for Kerala in medical entrance

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday granted a week’s time to complete the medical admission procedures of the state. The government had sought a week’s time to complete the procedures.

The court accepted it and granted time for them.

The government had informed the court that admissions in more than 250 seats have to be completed.

Liquor prices set to go up in kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The Beverages Corporation on Friday decided to increase the prices of Indian-made foreign liquor(IMFL) in the state. Liquor companies have been given approval to increase the prices from October onwards.
As per the new decision, prices will rise by Rs 25-75 for 750 ml bottles. The authorities informed that the price hike wass to increase the profit share of beverages corporation.
Though the price will be hiked from October 1, it will come into effect only on October 3 as October 2 and 3 are holidays.
The new price list has been published in the Beverages Corporation's website.
The LDF government had decided to made changes in the liquor policy of the UDF. The UDF had decided to close down 10 per cent of liquor outlets in the state on Gandi Jayanthi every year. However, the present government decided not to close down outlets on Gandhi Jayanthi.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Strong message sent to Pak on terror: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi Thursday said a "strong message" has been sent with the surgical strikes by Army against terror bases across the Line of Control (LoC) and insisted that Pakistan bears a "great responsibility" in the continuing cross-border attacks in India.

Offering the party's support to the government in the battle against terror, Gandhi said in a statement that "this is a strong message that conveys our country's resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces and our people".

With the Uri terror attack apparently weighing heavily on her mind, Gandhi asked Pakistan to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that "it has supported and ensure that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India".

"The party hopes that Pakistan will recognise that it bears a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India," she said.

Congratulating the armed forces on the success of the operation, she said the party stands by the government in its actions today to protect the country's security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border.

India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damage.

The announcement of the sudden action by the army to target terrorists was made by DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh at a hurriedly called news conference during which External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present.

Congress congratulates army on anti-terror surgical strikes

NEW DELHI: Congress Thursday hailed the surgical strikes carried out by Army against terror bases across the Line of Control (LoC), declaring that it stood completely behind the armed forces.

"We congratulate the Indian army for undertaking surgical strikes on terror launch pads. We stand completely behind our Armed Forces," Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President, tweeted.

Echoing similar feelings, party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "INC wholeheartedly supports the surgical strike on terror pads in PoK by Indian Army. Salute the valour of our armed forces."

India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.

The announcement of the sudden action by the army to target terrorists was made by the DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh at a hurriedly called news conference during which External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present.

Gen Singh said India shared with Pak army details of the surgical strikes which followed "very specific information" that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC.

As part of government's efforts to take all political parties on board, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today informed Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Bihar and several opposition political leaders about the Army's surgical strike across the Line of Control.

Total For You fraud: 20 yr jail term, Rs 8.28 cr fine for Sabarinath

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thiruvananthapuram District court has awarded 20 year jail term and Rs 8.28 crore fine to Sabarinath in Total For You money fraud case. Both sentences will run concurrently.  

Trials of other cases will continue in the meantime.

Sabarinath and his associates were arrested in 2008 in connection was Total For You money fraud. Seven charge sheets were filed in 2009 regarding to the money fraud to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore. He has been charged for swindling people out of money, forging fake documents and hatching conspiracy  

Sabarinath has already undergone a jail term of three and a half years during the trial and according to rules he can walk out free after six months. If he doesn’t pay the fine, he will only have to undergo a prison term of just one more year.

Murder of retd deputy tehsildar: Life sentence for accused

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Thiruvananthapuram additional sessions judge V K Rajan awarded life imprisonment to Dilip Kumar of Kilimanoor,  accused in the murder case of retd deputy tehsildar. A fine of Rs 70,000 was also slapped on him. Dilip’s neighbor Shylaja, former deputy tehsildar and wife of Mohankumar of Kilimanoor was murdered while resisting theft on October 9 in 2014.  

Mohankumar, who was running M S Finance, a private money lending firm, too sustained serious injuries in the attack. Offences likes murder, attempt to murder, robbery have been charged on him. On the day the crime was committed, he came to the firm in the pretext of pawning gold. He soon took a hammer from his bag hit Mohankumar on his head and stole the ornaments. He then hit Shylaja on her head and murdered her.

On the next day, he paid an arrears of Rs 20,000 in the bank taken as housing loan. In the midst of the probe, his wife lodged a missing complaint. In the meantime, the police noticed that he is linked in the case. They later took him into custody and recovered the hidden gold ornaments and hammer. 

MLAs' strike enters second day

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Congress-led UDF Opposition Thursday boycotted the Assembly proceedings after the government refused to reconsider its agreement with private medical college managements on fee structure and admissions.

With the stalemate continuing, the agitation by five opposition MLAs over the issue on the foyer of the Assembly hall entered the second day.

MLAs Shafi Parambil and Hibi Eden (both Congress) and Anoop Jacob (KC-J) are on an indefinite fast while K M Shaji and N Shamsuddin (both IUML) are on a sit-in dharna to express solidarity with the three.

The Assembly witnessed noisy scenes after Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan refused leave for a motion moved by UDF for a debate on the matter, leading to adjournment for an hour.

The Speaker then convened a meeting of leaders of ruling and opposition sides to find an amicable solution to the deadlock in the House.

When the House met after the break, Sreeramakrishnan said that no consensus had been reached and took up other business slated for the day.

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala then announced that in view of the government's "non-compromising" attitude, the UDF was boycotting the proceedings.

Earlier, opposition members, who wore black badges, abstained from asking questions during Question Hour as a mark of protest.

While replying to the notice for adjournment motion, Health Minister K K Shayalaja reiterated the government stand that the pact has actually benefited the students community.

The agreement also had the approval of Supreme Court, she said while referring to the apex court decision not to interfere in the admission process underway in the state.

She also said the LDF government was in favour of centralized counselling for medical college admission on NEET list and it would be implemented from next year.

"We have submitted this in the Supreme Court," she added.

Attacking the government, Chennithala said, "LDF and private managements are hand in glove and the government is helping the managements to exploit the students community."

He also demanded that the government reexamine the fees structure.

Navarathri idol procession begins with police escort

PADMANABHAPURAM: The idols for Navarathri celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram were taken out as procession from Padmanabhapuram palace with the escort of police on Thursday. The procession began today morning after rituals that evoked memories of good old days under the rule of Travancore kings.

Though there were rumours that the police would not be present for giving the guard of owner or escort to the procession of idols, the posse of policemen led by ADGP Rajesh Diwan was present at the palace.

The rituals started after Munnottinanka from Sucheendram and Kumaraswamy from Kumara Kovil arrived at the front courtyard of the palace.

Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Kadannapally Ramachandran, and Devaswom board president Prayar Gopalakrishnan were present, as government representatives. Archaeological director Prem Kumar handed over traditional sword to Minister Kadakampally Surendran, who in turn handed it over to Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran. From Kadannappally, it was received by Devaswom Board Joint Commissioner Bharthi.

The procession started after Devaswom Manager Sudharsanan received the sword from Bharthi. The guard of honour was given jointly by Kerala and Tamil Nadu police teams.  Governor P Sathasivam will receive the idols on October 1.
After this, Saraswathi idol will be placed inside the navarathri mandapam of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Kumaraswamy and Silver horse inside Aryasala Devi temple and Munnottinanka inside Aryasala Devi temple.

Talks with speaker fail, opposition walks out

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The talks held between Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan and congress party leaders after the opposition UDF stalled the proceedings on the third day in the self-financing issue, failed. The opposition boycotted the proceedings blaming the government for supporting self-financing managements.

Talking to reporters outside the assembly, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the government is not able to control the self-financing managements. Instead of solving the issue, they are trying to make it worse. There is a joint business between the government and the managements. There was only a minor increase in the fees during the tenure of the UDF Government but now a steep hike is seen. The strike will continue till it is reduced.

The future programmes of the strike will be decided at the UDF meet to be convened in the afternoon. Where have the SFI and the DYFI organisations who staged protests over the issue, gone. We are keen in knowing the stand of the CPI on it, he said.

The assembly was suspended after the opposition trooped to the well of the house. The opposition reached the assembly tying a black badge and holding placards and banners.

Oppn protests without asking questions

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The opposition UDF is continuing their protests in the assembly over the self-financing issue. They protested without asking any questions during question hour. The opposition members reached the assembly tying a black badge and holding placards and banners. The opposition refused to ask questions even after the speaker demanded them. Following that, the ministers gave a reply.

In the meanwhile, the fast staged by the MLAs are still continuing. Hibi Eden, Shaif Parambil and Anoop Jacob are the ones fasting.

Surgical strikes a necessary step: Javadekar

New Delhi: The surgical strikes by the Army across the Line of Control were a "necessary step" which had not been taken for many years, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Thursday.
"The surgical strikes on terrorists across LoC has been welcomed across the country because it was a  necessary step, which had not been taken for many years," the HRD minister said.
He said that as this step has been taken now, a confidence has been generated in the country that its defences are safe under the relationship of Prime Minister Naredra modi. 
Javadekar said that the SAARC summit will not be in Pakistan as several countries have supported India, while the issue of Indus waters is also being looked at.
He also said that from the way External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj presented India's viewpoint at the UN, Pakistan has been completely exposed.
"These surgical strikes have given a new confidence to the people and strength to the force," he said.  

Sharif condemns Indian aggression along LoC

ISLAMABAD: Strongly condemning "unprovoked and naked aggression" by India along the LoC, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said Pakistan's armed forces are fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of the country.

Sharif also warned that Pakistan's intent for peaceful neighbourhood should not be mistaken as its weakness, Radio Pakistan reported.

He said Pakistan can thwart any "evil design" to undermine its sovereignty. He strongly condemned the "unprovoked and naked aggression of Indian forces along the Line of Control".

Meanwhile the Pakistan military said two of its soldiers were killed in ceasefire violation by India along the LoC today. Sharif paid rich tributes to jawans who have been killed in the firing.

In New Delhi, India said it has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the LoC and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.

DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh said India shared with Pakistan army details of the surgical strikes which followed "very specific information" that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC.

Details of duration of the surgical strikes or when it was conducted or the place was not immediately given.

Pakistani troops had yesterday targeted Indian positions with small firearms along the Line of Control in Poonch district.

Govt directs Punjab to evacuate border dwellers

CHANDIGARH: With six districts of Punjab sharing boundaries with Pakistan, the Centre has asked the state to evacuate people residing in villages within 10 kms of IB in the wake of the "surgical strikes" carried out by India on terror launch pads across the LoC last night.

The ceremonial beating retreat ceremony at Attari border has also been closed for public today, officials said.

The schools in the border areas have also been asked to remain shut until further orders, they said.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has put the entire government and political machinery in an emergency mode, an official spokesman said here.

"The Chief Minister has summoned an emergency Cabinet meeting in Chandigarh in the evening," Punjab Cabinet Minister Sikander Singh Maluka told PTI.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Badal over telephone today to request him to immediately start the process of evacuation of the people residing in the villages falling within 10 kilometres of the International border in view of the escalating situation, the spokesman said.

Badal has directed the Chief Secretary and DGP to ask the concerned Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) to oversee the entire evacuation process in the border districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka, Amritsar, Taran Tarn, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.

The Chief Minister directed the DCs to identify suitable locations for setting up camps and ensure that none of the residents being evacuated were put to any sort of inconvenience, the spokesman said.

Badal also personally spoke to the Cabinet Ministers and MLAs concerned to camp in these border districts and to keep close liaison with the district administration to ensure safe movement of residents.

The Chief Minister also directed the Chief Secretary to immediately release Rs one crore each to all the Deputy Commissioners of six border districts to meet out any exigency.

The emergency meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister S K Sandhu, DGP Suresh Arora and Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gaggandip Singh Brar.

Meanwhile, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said border residents in Amritsar district have been asked to remain vigilant and prepare for any eventuality.

Army conducts surgical strikes on terror camps across LoC

New Delhi: India conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads last night across the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted significant casualties and heavy damages.
The announcement of the sudden action by the army to target terrorists was made by the DGMO Lt Gen Ranveer Singh at a hurriedly called news conference during which External affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup was also present.
"We can't allow terrorists to operate across the LoC, there has been a surge in infiltration," DGMO said.
Gen Singh said India shared with Pak army details of the surgical strikes which followed "very specific information" that terrorists were positioning themselves in the launch pads along the LoC
Details of duration of the surgical strikes or when it was conducted or the place was not immediately given.
"Indian Army conducted surgical strikes last night on terror launch pads across the Line of Control(LoC), "Singh said, adding India was ready for any kind of contingency.
Gen Singh said heavy damage were caused to the terror camps and there were significant casualties, adding that as of now there was no plan for further operation.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that at least two Pak soldiers were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC)
The exchange of fire began at 2.30 a.m. ISPR said in a statement, and continued till 8.00 a.m., Dawn online reported."Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing on the LoC in Bhimber, Hotspring Kel and Lipa Sectors," the statement said.
Sources said that at least two terror camps were struck during the surgical strikes.
"We can't allow terrorists to operate across the LoC. There has been a surge in infiltration,"Gen Singh said.
Gen Singh said the operation to neutralise terrorists has since ceased and "we don't have any plans for any further operation as of now" but added the armed forces will not allow terrorists to carry out any attacks in J and K or any major Indian cities.
He said the strikes were launched after getting "very specific and credible" intelligence input that the infiltrators were being pushed to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and in some major Indian cities. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Govt will not shut down beverages outlets

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has withdrawn the decision to shut down the Beverages Corporation outlets under State Beverages Corporation.

The decision taken by the earlier government to close 10 percentage of the outlets every year was the one that was withdrawn

The status quo will continue till the new liquor policy comes into existence. The decision was to close down the first 10 percent of outlets on October 2, the Gandhi Jayanthi day.

But now the decision was withdrawn after the government decided to amend the liquor policy of the previous UDF government.
The decision will be applicable to Bevco Consumerfed liquor outlets.

Hartal: Human Rights Commission files case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State Human Rights commission has filed a case over observing hartal in Kerala on Wednesday. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, DGP Loknath Behera, chief secretary S M Vijayanand are parties in the case.

The case was registered based on a complaint filed by social worker P K Raju, pointing out that former home minister Ramesh Chennithala, who had tabled Kerala Regulation of Hartal bill, himself had called for hartal.   

Commission acting chairperson P Mohandas has ordered that within one month, the chief secretary and DGP should give explanation on the steps taken by the government to face the problems caused to the public due to hartal. The case will be considered in October.

As per the conditions in the draft bill, the political party holding hartal should inform the public about it three days ahead of the hartal day, through media. The party should also deposit an amount as caution deposit to be used it as compensation, if need be.  Moreover, people should not be forced to observe hartal. But today there was wide spread violence and even patients travelling in buses were evacuated. Vehicles of people going to airports were also blocked by the hartal observers. 

Why Cong restless when bribery is ended in self-financing colleges, asks Pinarayi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said his government has been able to end bribery in self-financing college admission. “I was wondering why this Congress men are discomfited over putting an end to this bribery in college admissions and ensuring merit system,” he asked at a press conference here on Tuesday.

“The government has helped poor students get more seats at low fees. The UDFwhich had given opportunities to managements to charge exorbitant fee according to their whims and fancies have now come out in protest. They have to clarify for whom they are taking the current stand. According to the agreement with the management, the number of merit seats has increased from 800 to 1150. It was also ensured that the admission to management seats should be done on merit basis. In the past, managements have taken up to Rs 8 lakh for a seat and now it has come down to Rs 25000. This system has been accepted by both students and parents. It is natural for people who don’t agree with this to feel restless. Such people are messing up Assembly proceedings,” the chief minister explained.

Pinarayi said the Opposition was not ready to give explanation after giving notice for adjournment motion regarding the issue. “This means they didn’t want answer for questions in the issue. Chennithala and his MLAs decided beforehand that there should not be answer session and hence they messed up the whole proceedings,” he added.   

Black flags: I just expressed my feeling, says CM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that his statement that those who waved black flags at him were rented by channels was just his feeling. I saw come cameramen running from the left side when I was coming out from the Secretariat’s Cantonment Gate. On the right side, I saw some youth congress activists’ running with black flags, he said while addressing the media.

There are some shrewd fellows amongst the cameramen. They have showed many tactics earlier. As that feeling was in my mind, I said those rented by the channels showed the black flags at me. I said that in the assembly also. If the congress says that the black flags were shown by the congress then there is no dispute in that. I had never criticized the media, he said.  

Grenades were not thrown at the venue of the youth congress agitation. The police may have used teargas shells to disperse the agitated activists. The smoke from it may have reached the venue. Nobody can stop wind. Youth congress state president Dean Kuriakose and vice president C R Mahesh may have felt uneasiness at that time. The police took them to the hospital. I think nobody has forgotten that C Divakaran and V S Achuthanandan felt uneasiness when grenade was used during the tenure of the UDF Government, he said.

SC doesn't intervene in state’s medical entrance

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court did not intervene in the medical and dental admissions of the state. The court said they are not intervening as the admission procedures for the course have been completed. The admissions were held with the permission of the government. A division bench of the court clarified that if they intervene again it would affect the students’ future. Meantime, the apex court cancelled the provision of the high court verdict permitting managements to conduct admissions on their own.

The court who directed to implement unified counselling in vacant seats stated that the high court can decide things related to that. A division bench led by Justices A K Sikri and Nageswara Rao passed the verdict on centre’s plea seeking cancellation of the High Court order permitting private self-financing medical colleges to hold counselling for admission to medical seats on their own. Meantime, private managements informed the Supreme Court that admissions have been completed.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court directed for combined counselling for all unfilled medical seats in Maharashtra. Deemed universities have been exempted from it this year. The order was passed on centre’s plea against the order of Bombay High Court order permitting private medical colleges in Maharashtra to conduct admissions on their own.

Kerala resident held in Katra

JAMMU: A Keralite was held while he was roaming around under suspicious circumstances in Katra, the base camp of Vaishnodevi shrine, in Reai district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Wednesday.

"One person was detained and brought to the police while he was roaming in Katra last night", a police officer said.

He was identified as Ali of Kerala, police said, adding upon verification he was found to be mentally unstable.

According to some media reports, he had raised some "objectionable slogans" at a bus stand in Katra.

Three UDF MLAs begin indefinite fast at Kerala Assembly

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Stepping up their protest against the LDF government over fees hike in private medical colleges in the state, opposition UDF members Wednesday forced adjournment of the Assembly for the second day today even as three of their members began an indefinite fast in the legislature complex.

Shafi Parambil and Hibi Eden (both Congress) and Anoop Jacob (KC-J) commenced the fast at the portal leading to the Assembly hall. K M Shaji and N Shamsuddin (both IUML) also started a sit-in dharna at the doorstep of the House expressing solidarity with the fasting young MLAs.

Former chief minister Oommen Chandy, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and other UDF MLAs also joined the protest against the agreement reached between the CPI-M led government and the self-financing colleges on fees and admission policy.

Amid the fast and dharna, the other opposition members, who came with placards and banners demanding scraping of the agreement, trooped into the Well of the House and encircled the Speaker's podium raising slogans as the proceedings began.

They were also protesting against the police action against Youth Congress activists in front of the Secretariat here yesterday and also demanded withdrawal of the controversial statement by Chief Minister Pinarayi against the YC stir.

The House also witnessed heated arguments between the Opposition and the treasury benches when Speaker denied permission for Chennithala to speak during the Question Hour, citing Assembly rules.

When the Zero Hour began, Chennithala asserted the opposition would not allow the government to go ahead with the present agreement reached with private college managements.

Terming as "arrogant" the attitude of the government on the issue, he said "this will not be accepted at any cost."

He also wanted the government to take steps to end the "exploitation" of students by the self-financing college managements.

Referring to the statement by Vijayan that those who waved black flags against him as part of the YC protest were "hired by TV channels", Chennithala said this remark should not have been made by a person holding the position of Chief Minister.

As the protest continued even during the Zero Hour and the Opposition members not going back to their seats, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan took up the other business of the days' agenda without debate and adjourned the House for the day.

This is the second consecutive day the Assembly was being adjourned ahead of schedule following Opposition protest over the private medical college issue.

Meanwhile, Kerala Union of Working Journalists today took strong exception to the controversial statement of Vijayan and said the remark was "unfortunate" and "imaginary".

The three MLAs are continuing their fast despite the adjournment of the assembly.

Not working according to anyone’s wish, says Speaker

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan has countered Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala’s allegation that he was working as per the instruction of the chief minister. “Speaker is not working to as per the wishes of the ruling front or the Opposition,” he said.

Chennithala had alleged that the Speaker was no ready to accept the rights of the Opposition and he was worked according to the chief minister’s eye gestures.

“The Speaker abides by rules. It is unfortunate that the Opposition is dragging the assembly proceedings to the street even as the speaker is not functioning against rules. Sufficient time is allotted to the Opposition leader in the assembly.  During the question and answer hour other activities are not allowed. Even during the terms of previous governments, the Opposition leaders were given time to talk during answer sessions. As this is the case, it is not right to spread wrong impressions. In future also, all the rights of the Opposition will be protected,” the Speaker explained.  

Two has informed to produce proofs against Mani, vigilance tells court

KOCHI: The vigilance has filed an affidavit in the high court stating that more evidences have been obtained against former finance minister K M Mani in the bar bribery case. Two witnesses have informed to produce proofs against Mani, the vigilance said this in reply to Mani’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR as the case against him was politically motivated.

The statement of these witnesses were registered earlier. They informed the vigilance that they have some new evidences with them. In addition, one more advocate has levelled a complaint against Mani. A probe is on into it. A case has been registered against Mani on the basis of the witnesses’ revelation. If a further probe has to be conducted, a case should be registered. The vigilance informed the court that the vigilance director has the right to register a case.

The case will be considered again on October 2.

Speaker failed to protect interests of opposition, says Chennithala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala came down heavily on Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan. Like the ruling front, the opposition too has rights in the assembly, he alleged. Talking to reporters here after the assembly was adjourned, he said the speaker’s act not allowing the opposition leader to speak was not right.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan continued his brazen attitude today also. The speaker supported this stand. The speaker has become a puppet in the hands of the chief minister. During the tenure of the UDF Government, the then opposition leader V S Achuthanandan had spoken six times during question hour. However, I was not permitted to speak, blamed Chennithala.

The chief minister has the stand which is full of insolence and arrogance. The government has stooped before the self-financing managements. The chance of the poor students to study is being spoiled. Health Minister K K Shylaja has now turned a minister who signs as per the demand of the managements, he said.

Assembly adjourned again, oppn MLAs begin fast

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly was adjourned Wednesday for the second consecutive day following disruption of assembly proceedings over the strike staged by youth congress against the fee hike in self-financing colleges.

As part of UDF taking over the strike staged by youth congress, Congress MLAs Hibi Eden, Shafi Parambil and Kerala Congress (J) MLA Anoop Jacob have started an indefinite fast at the entrance of the assembly complex. Expressing solidariy, Muslim League MLAs K M Shaji and N Shamsudee have also joined the fast. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala while talking to reporters said the government should not think that they can suppress our protests via grenade and tear gas shells.

The opposition started disrupting the assembly proceedings when the session was convened in the morning. The opposition holding placards shouted slogans in front of the speaker’s dais as soon as the question hour began. They protested seeking to repeal the fee hike and expunge the chief minister’s remark. Though the speaker requested the members to calm down, they did not pay heed to it. Speaker informed that opposition leader would be permitted to make a statement during zero hour. However, they continued shouting slogans. The question hour continued without any obstacle amidst the uproar.

Even after the end of the question hour, the uproar continued and it was difficult to continue the proceedings. The ruling front tried to disrupt when Chennithala spoke. He later alleged that they switched off his mike. He complained to the speaker that they did not permit him to speak.

Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan informed that the assembly is being adjourned when the opposition continued their protests again. They later moved to the entrance with banners and shouting slogans.

Violence mars hartal in capital city

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Violence marred the dawn to dusk hartal called by the UDF against the police action towards youth congress activists staging indefinite fast on the fee hike in self-financing colleges. Protestors pelted stones towards the bus and blocked vehicles in many places. The protestors obstructed Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac’s car at the Bakery Junction. Shops and business establishments remained closed. Schools did not function.

The hartal began peacefully. There were KSRTC bus services in the city. Private vehicles and two-wheelers were seen on the roads. Autos too operated services. Meantime, private buses did not operate services. Police vehicles were arranged to carry passengers from railway stations.

However after the assembly was adjourned for the day following opposition uproar, youth congress activists came in groups and started blocking vehicles. The activists blocked KSRTC buses at the depot in Neyyatinkara. Stones were pelted at the KSRTC bus operating service at Killi in Kattakada. Two wheelers were also not spared. When sporadic incidents spread, KSRTC suspended its services.

Sanction for Aranmula not cancelled: Govt

KOCHI: The State government has submitted before the high court that it has not cancelled the sanction for Aranmula airport project. This was in response to the concern expressed by the project developer KGS group via a petition.

"The government has not taken any final decision on the cancellation of the permission. Whatever be the decision, the government will hear whatever the KGS group has to say, beforehand," it said.

The Centre and State have also given an affidavit in the court stating that KGS can once again give application for the sanction once it gets environmental sanction and as of now, the KGS doesn't have permission from the aviation ministry.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mohanlal is Mrithasanjeevani's Goodwill ambassador

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Mohanlal will be the goodwill ambassador of Kerala government's organ donation project named Mrithasanjeevani.

He will work without accepting any remuneration for this. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the actor have signed an agreement in this regard.

The scheme with private participation was begun by the government in 2012 in order to co-ordinate handing over of organs.
Mrithasanjeevani scheme is the Kerala Network for Organ Sharing. It facilitates the donation of organs belonging to brain-dead persons.

The chief minister said that the government’s aim is to make the project a global model with the slogan ‘share organ save lives’.

Self-financing: UDF-LDF hand in glove

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former BJP State president V Muraleedharan has alleged that the ongoing UDF strike against fee hike in self-financing colleges was just to hoodwink the public.

“This is their ploy to help managements. The Supreme Court had maintained that admission to medical seats can be done only through the counselling under government guidelines. The court had asked to cancel admissions done against this direction. The SC had also issued a similar order on May 2,” he said.

Muraleedharan alleged that the State government had deliberately hushed up the SC order in the high court. Though an HC order had come favouring self-financing managements, the government didn’t go to the Supreme Court against it.

Probe on in alleged bomb threat during PM's state visit

KOZHIKODE: Investigations are underway on the bomb threat received during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here on September 24 and cases have registered under various sections of IPC and Armed Police Act, police said Tuesday.

An anonymous caller, who spoke in Hindi, had told the Nadakavu police that a bomb would be thrown during Modi's visit who was to participate in the BJP national Council meet here on September 24, they said.

It was an internet call originating from the Gulf, police added.

"A case has been registered under section 507 of IPC (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) and section 118 of Kerala Armed Police Act (causing of grave violation of public order or danger) and investigation is progressing," Nadakavu Circle Inspector Prakasam said.

"No further information could be disclosed at present," he said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Special Branch), V T Balan said, "It was an internet call from a phone number which was traced to a Gulf country. Further investigations revealed that it was a bogus number."

"As investigation is going on we cannot divulge any further details," he said.

The prime minister had attended the conference on September 24 and 25.

Modi lauds Amrithanandamayi on her birthday

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted Mata Amrithanandamayi on her 63rd birthday, calling her a "real maa" who nurtures her devotees through "visible and invisible hands".

"I am not so lucky as to be present at the celebrations in person, I am delighted to be able to greet her, through technology. I have just returned from Kerala, and I was touched by the love and affection showered on me by the people of the state," Modi said.

"I am aware that even in her childhood, Amma was fond of giving her own food to others. Serving the old and the aged, and helping the needy have been her childhood passions," he said, praising Amrithanandamayi for spreading her love and kindness among poor.

He thanked the spiritual leader for working in the fields of sanitation, water, housing, education and health and also for her contribution to "Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan".

"Amma's initiative on building toilets has been a great help in our Swachh Bharat Programme. Amma has pledged to contribute one hundred crore rupees towards sanitation efforts in Kerala. This pledge includes the construction of 15,000 toilets for the poor," he said.

Modi also mentioned a donation of Rs 100 crore by her to the "Namami Gange" (Clean the Ganga) programme and lauded the work being done at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, of which she is the Chancellor.

"It is also heartening to note that the researchers at Amrita University are innovating new approaches to solve some of the world's most pressing problems," Modi said.

Self-financing: Youth congress march turns violent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A march staged by the youth congress in the self-financing issue turned violent in the capital city. A clash broke out at the secretariat march soon after the opposition stalled the assembly proceedings over the self-financing issue. Many activists and cops sustained injuries. The march was staged in protest against chief minister’s statement criticizing the strike conducted by the youth congress. Stones and chairs were thrown at the police. The police fired tear gas shells, resorted to lathicharge and used water cannons.

The clash broke out in front of the pandal where youth congress state president Dean Kuriakose and vice president C R Mahesh are staging an indefinite fast for the past few days. Kuriakose and Mahesh felt uneasiness after the tear gas shells fell and broke near the pandal. Mahesh sustained injuries and has been shifted to the hospital.

KPCC chief V M Sudheeran reached the spot. He squatted in front of the pandal in protest against the police action. The chief minister has taken a stand of scorning the strike. The chief minister should not stoop so low, he said. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, former chief minister Oommen Chandy, MLAs and many others reached the spot. 

Maoists open fire at police in Nilambur

MALAPPURAM: The police and the thunderbolt have intensified a probe in the forests and the colony near to it after the presence of Maoists were confirmed in Nilambur.  There was an exchange of fire between the Maoists and the police in Nilambur at 9 pm last night at the Nedungayam Mundakadavu Colony.

No casualty has been reported. Maoist Soman, a native of Wayanad and his team reached the colony at 6 pm in the evening. They reached to take people in their team and to take classes for them.  They fled soon after knowing the presence of the police. They fired five shots, said Perinthalmanna DySP Mohanachandran. A search is led by district police chief Debesh Kumar Behra. 

CM criticizes oppn, assembly adjourned for the day

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The opposition UDF created an uproar in the assembly following chief minister’s statement criticizing the incidents that happened yesterday during the march staged by youth congress activists over the self-financing issue. They trooped to the well of the house and shouted slogans. The assembly was adjourned for the day as the proceedings were disrupted.

The chief minister made the controversial statement when he was replying to the adjournment motion moved by Shafi Parambil seeking a discussion on the lathicarge towards the youth congress activists yesterday.

Pinarayi said it is embarrassing to say that police beat them after they applied red ink in their shirts. The youth congress provoked the police during the strike. The police resorted to lathicharge when they tried to attack the police and disrupt transportation. He said the MLAs should be taught to hold talks without engaging in street fights. Soon the opposition trooped to the well of the house and protested.

The chief minister continued his speech amidst the uproar. Whoever creates a commotion, I’ll say what I have to say. Coming with banners in the assembly is to get media attention. Black flags were waved to me by those taken on rent by some channels. The government will not go back from the self-financing deal. The government will give full support to the James Committee. Following chief minister’s reply, the speaker denied permission for the motion.

Meantime, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the chief minister is talking in the assembly like someone talking in the streets. He asked the chief minister to withdraw his statement otherwise we will not cooperate with the assembly proceedings, he said.

Oppn uproar in assembly over self-financing issue

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly Tuesday witnessed some uproarious scenes on the second day also after opposition attacked the LDF government over the fees in the self-financing colleges. The opposition reached the assembly wearing a black badge and holding placards and protested by shouting slogans during question hour. They protested while Finance Minster Dr Thomas Isaac was replying. The placards carried the demands to end the loot in the self-financing issue and to cancel the deal. The opposition first did not pay heed to speaker’s demand to stay cool.

They stopped shouting slogans when speaker informed that a notice for adjournment motion has been given in the self-financing issue. The question hour continued later.

The opposition sought permission for the adjournment motion yesterday also. However, the speaker denied permission and soon the assembly witnessed some uproarious scenes. The chief minister made a statement in the assembly and Health Minister K K Shylaja held talks with the youth congress activists fasting. However, a decision could not be taken in the discussion held.

Self-financing: Talks fail, Youth Cong Secretariat march today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Youth Congress leaders have decided to take out a Secretariat march today and continue the on going indefinite fast in front of the Secretariat after their talks with Health Minister Shailaja on Monday failed. It has also been decided to intensify the strike.

The leaders said the talks failed as the government was not willing to roll back the fee hike and change the conditions in the agreement made with the managements.

The minister said the youth congress was making impractical demands and neither the students nor parents have opposed the fee hike.

Even the government didn't accept the leaders' demand for reducing fee in Pariyaram Medical College run by it.

Meanwhile, the leaders have pinned their hopes on the Supreme court order on the issue which will be out within two days. The minister said the government would take a decision in this regard after the verdict was known.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Disproportionate assets case: K Babu’s wife questioned

KOCHI: The vigilance questioned Geetha, wife of former minister K Babu in connection with the disproportionate assets case. She was questioned at the former minister’s house. Babu’s brother Joshy was questioned at the vigilance headquarters in Kochias a complaint was lodged against him.

The vigilance, who registered a case against Babu, had examined the lockers of Geetha at the SBT and SBI banks in Thripunithura, but could not find anything. Following that, they examined the CCTV clippings of the banks. The vigilance obtained the clippings of Geetha opening the locker of the bank in August.  They sought details from her regarding the gold transferred from the locker

VS gets office room in Assembly complex

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Administrative Commission Chairman V S Achuthanandan has been allotted an office room in the Assembly house complex. The room is in the third storey of the building and the above information was given by Speaker P Ramakrishnan.   

V S had earlier written a letter to speaker expressing dissatisfaction over facilities given to him. The room was allotted soon after this.  

“Despite my cabinet post, the government was not ready to give me a room. I wanted a room for carrying out my official duty and taking rest. Though I had brought it to the notice of the government, there was nothing happening from its side,” VS had mentioned in the letter.

Earlier, the chief minister had said in the Assembly that the administrative reforms commission will function from Institute of Management In Government (IMG) building.

Bridge collapses at Kochi-Madhura National high way

ADIMALI: A support wall of the iron bridge at Kallar and located between Adimali and Munnar along Kochi-Madhura national high way collapsed, hampering the traffic on the bridge on Sunday.

The bridge slanted to one side as mud was being removed from its side for the construction works of the new concrete bridge.
Following this, the flow of traffic on this bridge was suspended. The vehicles going to Munnar are now going through Iruttukanathu and Anachal.

Idukki MP Joyce George and local administration department chief engineer will visit the place today.

The foundation work for the new bridge had started last week. They had dug up 18 metres as the rock was not visible at 14 metres, which ultimately affected the bridge.

After spotting the damage, the traffic on this bridge was prohibited by the district collector. Top officials and contractors visited the bridge during the day. The traffic here is expected to be reinstated within a week.

Self-financing issue: Assembly drowns in din

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Opposition on Monday disrupted the Assembly proceedings after permission was denied for adjournment motion regarding self-financing admission issue.

The Opposition squatted on the central floor of the Assembly house and started protesting. After this, the Speaker halted the proceedings for about half an hour.  

Permission for adjournment motion was sought by V S Sivakumar. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also alleged corruption in the contract between the government and self-financing college managements.

But Health Minister K K Sailaja said the government had gained a lot through the contract.

“Students under BPL category got 120 seats. Merit seats increased from 850 to 1150. The Opposition is the only lot not satisfied with the agreement,” the minister said. The Speaker denied permission for adjournment motion after this.   

Kerala Congress (M) MLAs, who were sitting as a separate block in the Assembly, walked out under the leadership of party chairman K M Mani.

Later, Opposition returned to their seats after the Speaker informed that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would give statements regarding self-financing issue.

VS expresses displeasure for not allotting room in assembly

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: V S Achuthanandan, chairman of the administrative reforms commission, has expressed displeasure for not allotting him a room in the assembly. The letter given to the speaker has mentioned that being a senior leader in the assembly he was not getting due consideration.

Despite the cabinet rank, a special room was not permitted in the assembly. A room was demanded in the assembly to take rest and fulfill his official duties. Even after bringing it to the notice of the government, no steps were taken from their side, he said.

VS expressed displeasure soon after the chief minister informed the assembly that the office of the former has started functioning in IMG. He had earlier demanded an office inside the secretariat.

Thushar Vellapally made convenor of NDA Kerala unit

KOZHIKODE: BDJS Sate president Thushar Vellapally has been elected the convenor of National Democratic Front (NDA). The decision was taken in the NDA leadership meet held in Kozhikode.

Founder of Janapathya Rashtreeya Sabha party and Adivasi Gotra Mahasabha leader C K Janu and former JSS leader A N Rajan Babu will be co-convenors. In the committee, there will be 12 members including O Rajagopal MLA.

Earlier, BDJS had demanded the convenor post of the Kerala unit of the NDA but the decision was not taken as it was opposed by the BJP.

But the present decision came after Amit Shah intervened and the State BJP leadership gave in to his recommendation.

Moreover, Shah and the party insiders evaluated that rejecting BDJS’ demand would be a setback to the BJP-BDJS alliance, as the BDJS had been openly saying that the BJP didn’t keep its promise.
A consensus was also reached in the meeting to expand the functioning of NDA’s Kerala Unit and extend it to grass root level.

Poultry bribe: Proofs against Mani produced in court

KOCHI: The condition of former finance minister K M Mani has worsened after the vigilance produced proofs against him in the case of granting tax concessions to a poultry company, in the Kerala High Court.

The vigilance produced proofs along with an affidavit on Mani’s plea seeking cancellation of the case in connection with a tax exemption of Rs 64 crore imposed by the sales tax to Thomson Group, a poultry import company.

As only the chief minister has the right to impose fine in cases above 5 lakh, a stay was imposed on Mani’s order for a fine of 64 crore. He wrote in the file imposing a stay on the fine and later handed over the file to the revenue minister. The tehsildar in Mukundapuram having recovery charge was informed about the stay. The vigilance also produced this file in the court.

The FIR was registered against Mani on the complaint of advocate Noble Mathew, a BJP member and a former Kerala Congress member.

Woman commits suicide after killing children

KUTTIPURAM: In a ghastly incident, a 25-year-old-woman committed suicide by setting herself ablaze after strangling her one-and-a-half-year-old-twins at Kuttipuram in Malappuram. The woman has been identified as Jazeena (25), wife of Fazal of Kuttippuram. After strangling her twins Farzana and Farhan, who were sleeping in the cradle, she entered the bathroom with the petrol and set herself ablaze. Her husband was at home at the time of the incident. Though he rushed to her hearing the cries, her body had caught fire. She was declared dead on reaching the hospital.

The reason for the suicide is not known. Her body has been shifted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. Further step will be taken in the presence of the RDO. The bodies of the children have been shifted to a private hospital in Walancherry. Fazal is an auto driver of Kuttippuram railway station. The couple has an elder son also.

Two including minor involved in theft held

THODUPUZHA: Two migrant labourers including a 17-year-old boy were arrested today in connection with the case in which a couple was attacked and robbed of gold and cash in Thodupuzha on Uthradam day of Onam.  
The two persons were arrested in the morning in Palakkad and they were taken to Thodupuzha police station.

Meanwhile, the police are proceeding with their search for Odisha natives Ramesh and Chinku, the first and second accused respectively.    

Thodupuzha’s prominent businessman, petrol pump owner Prakash Krishnan Nair’s son Krishna Vilasam Balachandran (Balu 58) and his wife Sreeja (51) were attacked by miscreants on the day before Thiruvonam.   
The robbers entered the house past midnight, overpowered the couple, tied up their hands and stole Rs 1.75 lakh, four sovereign gold and two mobile phones.  

No obstacle in arresting anyone, says Pinarayi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There are no hurdles for the police to arrest the guilty, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said this in reply to the question of a letter sent by additional chief judicial magistrate to assembly speaker seeking permission to arrest Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran.

The magistrate sent the letter as the minister, an accused in many criminal cases failed to appear before the court. Criminal cases were registered against him during the tenure of the previous government. Notices were sent many times asking him to appear in the court. As he failed to appear, letter was sent to the speaker and he in turn has sought legal advice. It is hinted that he has obtained legal advice that permission is needed for the arrest only if the session is on.

Vapour from cooled food creates panic in Moovatupuzha

Moovattupuzha: Milky vapours rose from a sardine fish curry even after a day of cooking, panicking locals. The incident took place at the house of Salim Ibrahim, Kochuparambil House near the Cental Juma Mazjid at Ward 2, Pauipra Panchayat.
Ibrahim's wife had cooked the fish curry for lunch and the family had dined on it too. They first observed vapours rising from the cooled down curry towards evening. The family grew frantically worried when they saw the same milky vapour escaping the curry even the next day morning.
Ward Member Naseema Sunil reached the spot and a crowd started building up with curious people reaching Ibrahim's house. The Food Inspector was informed but refused to come citing it was a Sunday. The road at Payipra junction got blocked due to the continuous visitor traffic.
The matter grew grave and the RDO and the District Collector were also informed of the incident. The police also reached the spot. Locals raised a demand asking the authorities to raid the shop from where the fish was purchased. Despite the choking concern of food safety, the Health Authorities postponed the raid to Monday.
The locals who consumed fish purchased from the same centre are all doing good so far but the concern whether any chemical preservative component was added to the fish created problem.
The incident has sparked widespread concern regarding the safety of food. Allegations have already been raised that chemicals like phosphorous are being used to preserve fish instead of ice. Such kind of fish preserved using carcinogenic and banned substances are being marketed as fresh fish.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Treat Muslims as your own, PM tells BJP meet

KOZHIKODE: Contending that the definition of secularism has been distorted, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday invoked Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay to say that Muslims should be treated as "your own" rather than seeing them as "items of vote market".

Addressing the BJP Council meeting here, he said his government's mission of 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' is not a political slogan but a commitment to ensure welfare of the last man in the society.

In his speech, Modi spoke at length about secularism, balanced and inclusive growth and need for electoral reforms while paying tributes to Upadhyay on his 100th birth anniversary.

"These days, the definition has been distored. Even nationalism is cursed these days," he said.

While talking about life and contribution of Upadhyay, Modi quoted him as saying, "don't reward nor rebuke Muslims. Empower them. They are not items of vote market nor are they substance of hate. Treat them as your own."

At the conclusion of the two-day BJP conclave here aimed at making inroads in Kerala, the Prime Minister traced the party's journey from the days of Jan Sangh and asserted that "we never compromised with our ideology".

He said if the BJP had compromised with the ideology, it could have attained power long back.

Modi slams attacks on BJP, RSS workers in Kerala

KOZHIKODE: Condemning the attacks on BJP and RSS workers in Kerala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said they were being targeted for their different ideology which cannot be allowed in a democracy and pitched for a nation-wide debate on the issue.

Paying homage to those killed in political violence, Modi, who released a book 'Ahuti' detailing the "sacrifices" of workers in "upholding the ideals" of Sangh organisations in Kerala, said, "I have seen the condition of some workers here and with how much difficulty they are working just because we have a different ideology."

Referring to BJP-RSS workers who were targeted in the state, he urged media to take out time to go through the contents of the book.

Though he did not name any outfit, BJP, including its chief Amit Shah, have blamed the CPI(M) for attacks on its and RSS functionaries.

Modi also met a party worker who was seriously injured and spent three months in hospital.

"This (violence) is not the road to democracy.

The Aahuti book must be discussed ...     Kerala party workers have made huge sacrifices ... national level discussion should take place on what is happening in Kerala," the Prime Minister said, while inaugurating the birth centenary celebrations of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

Earlier, inviting Modi to release the book at party's national executive, party Organisational General Secretary Ramlal claimed 89 BJP-RSS workers have been killed by the political opponents particularly by Marxists and in rest of the figures are higher.

The book, conceived and edited by Sanju Sadanandan and Nirupaka B, alleged that communists indulge not only in "unbridled violence and bloodshed for furthering their thoughts of vengeance buy resort even to the dilution of anything which can remotely be termed as their ideology".

The book was released at the meet attended by around 1700 party leaders who arrived here from different parts of the state.

"For several decades Sangh and BJP workers sacrificed their lives for the cause of the nation and ideology.

"The whole nation is shocked by this political violence," BJP president Amit Shah wrote in his message in the book.

Shah alleged that the Communists unleash violence in the state as their ideology and politics are rejected by the people of the country.

"It is a well-known fact that communists have never tolerated any democratic opposition.

"They only know language of violence and indulge in it more so when they are in power," party's Kerala state President Kummanam Rajasekharan alleged.

The book narrates events of "Marad Massacre" in 2002 and 2003 in which some RSS-BJP workers were killed by fundamentalists.