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An image of the NH17 section of the Goa-Karnataka highway was shared by the Union Minister of Road, Transport, and Highways Nitin Gadkari. As the project for 4-Laning of Goa-Karnataka Border to Kundapur section of NH-17 in the State of Karnataka is nearing its completion, Gadkari shared a picture of the same in a Twitter post. The highway is stretched at 187 Km and has Arabian Sea Coast on one side and the Western Ghats on the other side, making it one of the most scenic highways currently in India, the highway links the west and south India. Biting Gadkari shared the progress of the project through his social media account, and stated that presently 173 Km (92.42 % of the total work is completed) and the remaining project will be completed by December 2022, whereas the traffic on the project is open. The strategic highway passes through a variety of terrains with almost 50% of the length passing through rolling terrain (45 km) and mountainous terrain (24 km). The highway connects major cities and towns along the way, including Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Panaji, Margao, Karwar, Udupi, Surathkal, Mangalore, Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kanyakumari. The project will reduce travel time, prevent accidents, optimize vehicle operating costs and help in fuel savings due to the smoother road and reduce congestion for inter & intra state commuters, said Nitin Gadkari. Apart from connecting the western and southern parts of the country, they will also reduce travel time, prevent accidents from happening, optimize vehicle operating costs, help in fuel savings due to smoother roads, and reduce stoppage for inter and intra-statecommuters, according to Gadkari. Additionally, the coastal stretch has also contributed to economic development with various opportunities for commercial and industrial establishments. Which also contributes to the creation of various job opportunities for the local population. Gadkari further added that his department is working actively towards building world-class infrastructure across every corner of the country, which helps the country towards an era of Prosperity Through Connectivity. Bajaj Auto begins Share Buyback Worth Rs.2500 Crore Road accidents will be reduced now! Ministry issues new rules Delhi Enforcement Teams To get Bikes and More Teams
Assembly The CPI(M) had alleged that the Congress was behind the explosives attack at AKG Centre, the partys headquarters, while the Congress has denied any involvement. PTI Representative image of Kerala Assembly The Kerala Assembly on Monday, July 4, decided to discuss an adjournment motion moved by the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) over the attack on the AKG centre, the CPI(M)'s state headquarters, as well as several Congress offices across the state and the alleged lack of police action in these matters. Speaker MB Rajesh said the adjournment motion would be discussed for two hours starting from 1 pm, after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan agreed that the issue raised by the opposition requires a discussion. CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the attack on AKG Centre was viewed with pain by lakhs of people and therefore, it can be discussed in the House. An unidentified person had allegedly hurled an explosive substance at the state headquarters of the ruling CPI(M) on June 30 night. However, police are yet to identify the perpetrator. CCTV visuals released by the CPI(M) through the official media group of the AKG Centre showed a man reaching the spot on a motorbike and hurling the omb at the building and fleeing the spot. The explosive allegedly hit the stone wall of the AKG Centre. The CPI(M) suspects the role of Congress in the incident, as it comes weeks after Congress MP Rahul Gandhis office was vandalised in Wayanad, allegedly by members of the Students Federation of India (SFI). Meanwhile, many state ministers, including Finance Minister KN Balagopal and Education Minister V Sivankutty, rushed to the spot once news of the explosive attack emerged. Several workers of the CPI(M) took out a protest march in the city. Protests were also seen in Pathanamthitta and other parts of the state. As the tense situation prevailed, the police tightened security around offices of the Congress in the state. The Congress has hit back, saying that it categorically rejects the ruling CPI(M)'s allegation that the former was behind the attack on its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. The Congress party has said that it is not its policy to target its political opponent's office. The opposition party also alleged that their party offices were targeted by the Left cadres across the state including in the districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha, Thrissur.
The police efforts hit a roadblock after they failed to identify the registration number of the two-wheeler in which the accused had travelled.
All districts except Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam may get heavy rain on Tuesday.
CSITA Stakeholders Association general-secretary Jacob Mathew said that Bishop Rasalam has been involved in more than 13 cases, including cheating and misappropriation of funds.
District Collector Navjot Khosa visited the offices and asked the staff to take steps for speedy disposal of pending files due to the closure of offices during the COVID pandemic.
Besides the rising air fares, another issue which Vijayan drew the Prime Minister's attention to was the Railways decision to abandon the Nemom Coaching Terminal project in Thiruvananthapuram
Swapna Suresh complains of death threat, accused arrested Thiruvananthapuram: The gold smuggling case prime accused, Swapna Suresh alleged that she was threatened by a person named Naufal from Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district. She alleged that the man had called her repeatedly and told her to stop making allegations against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his daughter  The post Swapna Suresh complains of death threat, accused arrested appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Thiruvananthapuram: The Student Federation of India (SFI), the student body of the CPI-M has disbanded its Wayanad district committee following criticism over the attack on the office of Congress leader and Member of Parliament from Wayanad constituency, Rahul Gandhi. SFI in a statement on Sunday said that a seven-member ad-hoc committee will look into the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .
Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 3: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an orange alert in five districts of Kerala. As heavy rains lashed several parts of Kerala, the IMD at 3 pm, issued an orange alert for the day
Weather The State Disaster Response Force has also been instructed to be on alert as there could be inundation and floods in some places. Agencies Image for Representation | PTI The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday, June 3, issued a warning predicting heavy rain in Kerala for the next five days. A yellow warning has been issued in 11 of the 14 districts of the state, excluding Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, and Kollam. Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-11 cm) is likely to lash the state in the next 24 hours, according to IMD. Thunderstorms accompanied with lightning are also likely to occur during the heavy rainfall, the IMD said in a statement. A red warning indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while orange warning indicates very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain, and a yellow warning means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm. Meanwhile, a woman and her family members suffered minor injuries after a mud mound fell on her house due to heavy rainfall at Murikasseri in Idukki district, police said. The mound fell on the house when Elsamma and her family were sleeping. The State Disaster Management Authority has also issued warnings to all the District Collectors regarding heavy rainfall and the possibility of inundation and floods in some places of the state. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has also been instructed to be on alert. Read:Kerala man irked by airport security check says he has bomb in bag, arrested Read:PC George arrested in solar scam rape case According to reports, the monthly rainfall in Kerala was around 48% below the normal level, and the monthly IMD forecast for July has stated that there will be below-normal rainfall in some parts of Kerala. IMD had declared that monsoon had set over Kerala on May 29, three days ahead of the normal date of June 1. As of July 2, the southwest monsoon had covered the entire country six days before the normal date, with parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat receiving their first seasonal rains on Friday, July 1. Read:IMD declares monsoon onset over Kerala, but how scientific is its assessment?
A yellow alert has been issued in 11 districts of the state, excluding Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, and Kollam
Kerala weather warning: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said heavy rain is likely in Kerala for the next five days. A yellow alert has been issued in 11 districts of the state, excluding Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, and Kollam.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan received salute and inspected the parade at the passing out ceremony.
Thiruvananthapuram: Into his second day of visit to his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday went hammer and tongs against the ruling CPI-M and pointed out that there is an understanding between the BJP and the CPI-M in the state. Gandhi arrived in his constituency on Friday and his visit came after his Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .
Protest Police caned the protestors and used tear gas shells after stones were pelted at them. TNM Staff Once again the protests against sewage treatment plant (STP) at Avikkal Thodu in Kozhikode district turned violent when police lathi charged and used tear-grenades on the protesters. More than 17 protestors were taken into custody on Saturday. The clashes occurred during the hartal observed by the coastal region of Avikkal. For the last many days the residents in Avikkal have been protesting against the STP, fearing that their water sources and soil will get polluted, leading to health issues. Protests were on since Saturday morning but clashes broke out later on and police barricades were thrown into a canal nearby by protesters. Following this, the police caned the protestors and used tear gas shells after stones were pelted at them. A few of the protestors were taken to a hospital with injuries. Visuals of a person being singled out and beaten up by police after he tried to attack police using a stick also made rounds in social media. The protest committee has claimed that it was not them who pelted stones at police. They alleged that similarly, external forces were involved in worsening the situation in previous protests too. The residents have been saying that they will not allow the project to proceed, alleging that the plant will cause health issues. But Kozhikode corporation is determined to go on with the project before the funds for it lapse. The corporation has defended the protests saying that the project will benefit the local community. In the last two weeks more than 100 protestors were taken into custody by police at various protests by the local residents. The STP at Avikkal was planned under the AMRIT scheme of the Union Government. The corporation authorities have clarified that some of the local representatives in the area were shown a similar plant in Thiruvananthapuram, which is very successfully functioning, to convince them. The Congress party is backing the protests in the region. Also watch: How ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was exonerated in the ISRO spy case
Crime George has, however, denied the allegations and even named the survivor at a press conference, which is against the law. PTI FILE PHOTO | FACEBOOK Controversial Kerala politician PC George was on Saturday, July 2, arrested on the basis of a sexual assault complaint filed by an accused in the solar panel case, two months after he was arrested and released on bail for hate speech. The 70-year-old George, who represented the Poonjar constituency in the state Assembly for 33 years, was taken into custody by the Museum police from a guest house in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram this afternoon in a dramatic move. At that time, the senior politician was being grilled by a team of Crime Branch personnel in connection with a conspiracy, allegedly hatched to defame the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in smuggling charges levelled by gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh. According to police sources, the sudden move to arrest George was made based on a secret statement given by the woman, and according to a written complaint filed directly by her at the local police station in this regard. As per the complaint, PC George had allegedly sexually assaulted her at a guest house in Thycaud on February 10, and also allegedly sent her indecent messages. Soon after filing an FIR over the charges, a team led by the Cantonment Assistant Commissioner took George into custody. He has been charged under IPC Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354 (a) (sexual harassment), they said. However, George rejected the charges and claimed that he had not done anything indecent and that it was a false complaint. A former chief whip while the Congress-led UDF was in power, George also alleged that the survivor filed the complaint now, as he did not give a statement in favour of her in a similar case she had filed against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. While speaking to the reporters outside the police station, the politician again courted controversy by insulting a woman TV journalist who questioned him naming the accused, which is illegal. Besides journalists, senior CPI(M) leader and Education Minister V Sivankutty were among those who strongly condemned his act.
Death One of the members ran an eatery nearby, which had to be closed recently following an inspection by the Food and Safety department. TNM Staff Representative image Five people of a family living in Chathanpara, a small town near Kallambalam in Thiruvananthapuram, were found dead at their house in the early hours of Saturday, July 2. A man named Mani Kuttan and his family comprising his wife, an aunt, a son and a daughter, have passed away. The police have begun investigations and the bodies will be sent for postmortem at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. It is not yet clear whether the deaths were by suicide. Divya V Gopinath, rural Superintendent of Police, said that while the five people in the family were found dead, Mani Kuttans mother was found alive in the same house, and she has been shifted to another house. At the time the SP spoke to the media, a forensic team was doing its investigations at the house, and an inquest was going on. Mani Kuttan had owned a small eatery near his house. The five people who were found dead include a man who worked at the eatery.It was a worker of the eatery, along with a relative of the family that found the five people dead inside the house. Reports quote neighbours and members of the traders organisation Vyapari Vyavasaya Samithi as saying that a recent inspection by the Food and Safety department had found the eatery lacking in hygiene, and ordered its closure until the conditions were improved. Sulaiman, of the Vyapari Vyavasaya Samithi,told Manorama News that he suspected the inspection and the fine they charged Mani Kuttan Rs 50,000 to be paid in four installments had led to the deaths. However, other acquaintances and nearby traders said that they had not known of Mani Kuttan having any financial difficulties. Sulaiman said that most traders, including Mani Kuttan, would have suffered a loss when all the shops had to be closed for long periods due to COVID-19. The Manorama report also said that Mani Kuttan is believed to have built a new house nearby and had its house-warming ceremony performed last week. Also watch: How ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was exonerated in the ISRO spy case
Cong protests against Vijayan, asks him to face probe in gold smuggling case Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress-led opposition in Kerala on Saturday stepped up their protest against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan demanding to face a probe over the allegations levelled by Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in gold smuggling case. The UDF top brass organised  The post Cong protests against Vijayan, asks him to face probe in gold smuggling case appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Thiruvananthapuram: Five members of a family have ended their lives at their home near Attingal area on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram due to financial difficulties. The deceased has been identified as Manikuttan, his wife, their two children and his aunt According to reports, Manikuttan was found hanging in his room, while the other four were  The post Debt-Ridden Family Ends Life In Kerala appeared first on Pragativadi .
Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 02: Five members of a family including two minor children were found dead in their house at nearby Kallambalam on Saturday morning, police said. While the owner of the house was found hanging in a room, the other
The Kallambalam police have registered a case as per Section 174 ( Unnatural death) of Indian Penal Code.
Damaged due to heavy rain in Sept 2020, the unit will be replaced within a month, says official
Controversy Congress's Kerala unit categorically rejected the CPI(M)'s allegation, saying it was not its policy to target its political opponent's office. PTI The Congress in Kerala on Friday, July 1, categorically rejected the ruling CPI(M)'s allegation that the former was behind the attack on its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. The Congress party has said that it is not its policy to target its political opponent's office. The opposition party also alleged that their party offices were targeted by the Left cadres across the state including in the districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha, and Thrissur. The police prevented a protest rally from being taken out by the CPI(M)'s youth outfit DYFI to the District Congress Committee (DCC) office in Pathanamthitta. Strongly condemning the incident, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed the police to bring the culprits before the law. However, no arrests have been made in this connection so far, the police said. Tension gripped Kerala as an unidentified person allegedly hurled an explosive substance at the state headquarters of the ruling CPI(M) late Thursday night. Police said the explosive substance was hurled at the AKG Centre here, by a motorbike-borne man at around 11.30 pm. CPI(M) leaders, who reached the spot alleged that it was a omb attack. Some party leaders, who were staying at the party office, said they heard a powerful blast outside the building. Senior CPI(M) leader and LDF convener EP Jayarajan, who lives in the neighbourhood, alleged that the Congress was behind the provocative action and appealed to the CPI(M) workers to remain calm. Earlier in the day, Vijayan visited the AKG Centre, located in the heart of the city, and appealed to his party cadres not to get provoked by the incident and to show maximum restraint. The most significant office of the largest political movement in the state has been attacked. It is a deliberate attempt to create provocation and upset the peaceful atmosphere in the state. The culprits and those behind them will be found for sure, he said in a statement later. Strict directions have been given to police to nab the guilty and bring them to book, the CM added. CCTV footage of a man in a bike throwing the country bomb outside the ground floor of AKG centre in Trivandrum. The incident is reported to have occurred around 11:30 pm. pic.twitter.com/OKmJRbq1nM Korah Abraham (@thekorahabraham) June 30, 2022 Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, VD Satheesan said the party leadership had no knowledge of the midnight incident and would let the police investigate and ascertain the truth. Noting that the people in the state clearly know that the Congress party and its workers were not the ones who plan and execute such attacks, he asked the ruling party to explain on what grounds they were levelling charges against them. The CCTV visuals were not clear... Let the police probe and find out the real culprits... The Left government is facing a series of allegations and they are on the defence due to our ongoing protests. Those who want to shift the attention and focus from the present issues are the ones behind the attack, he told reporters. KPCC chief K Sudhakaran also rejected the Marxist party's allegation and accused LDF Convener EP Jayarajan of 'masterminding' the attack against the Left party's office.
Violence The CPI(M) has accused the Congress of planning the attack, while the opposition has denied the allegation. An investigation to ascertain the attackers identity is underway. PTI Tensions have escalated in Kerala after an unidentified person hurled an explosive substance at the state headquarters of the ruling CPI(M) late on Thursday, June 30. Police said the explosive substance was hurled at the AKG Centre, situated in the heart of capital city Thiruvananthapuram, by a motorbike-borne man at around 11.30 pm. CPI(M) leaders who reached the spot alleged that it was a omb attack. Some party leaders, who were staying at the AKG Centre, said they heard a powerful blast outside the building. Police were alerted immediately and a team of top officials inspected the spot and CCTV camera footage. A bomb squad also inspected the spot. CCTV visuals released by the CPI(M) through the official media group of the AKG Centre showed a man reaching the spot on a motorbike and hurling the explosive at the building, and then fleeing the spot. The explosive hit the stone wall of the AKG Centre. Senior CPI(M) leader and LDF convener EP Jayarajan, who stays in the neighbourhood, alleged that the Congress was behind the move and appealed to the CPI(M) workers to remain calm. The CPI(M) suspects the role of Congress in the incident, as it comes weeks after Congress MP Rahul Gandhis office was vandalised in Wayanad, allegedly by members of the Students Federation of India (SFI). Meanwhile, many state ministers, including Finance Minister KN Balagopal and Education Minister V Sivankutty, rushed to the spot once news of the explosive attack emerged. Several workers of the CPI(M) took out a protest march in the city. Protests were also seen in Pathanamthitta and other parts of the state. As the tense situation prevailed, the police tightened security around offices of the Congress in the state. CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has called for a peaceful protest. Accusing the Congress-led UDF of deliberately creating provocation, Balakrishnan urged the party workers not to fall in their trap. An investigation has been launched to identify the culprits behind the attack, police said. In his reaction, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, VD Satheesan, said the Congress party leadership had no knowledge of the midnight incident and would cooperate in the investigation to ascertain the truth. Noting that the people of the state clearly know that the Congress party and its workers were not the ones to plan and execute such attacks, he asked the ruling party to explain on what grounds they were levelling charges against them. The CCTV visuals were not clear... Let the police probe and find out the real culprits.. The Left government is facing a series of allegations and they are on the defence due to our ongoing protests. Those who want to shift the attention and focus from the present issues are the ones behind the attack, he told reporters. Asked whether he was suspecting that CPI (M) itself was behind the attack, Satheesan did not give a clear reply.It is an important day for us due to Rahul Gandhi's Kerala visit. Do you think we would attack the AKG Centre and shift the focus from the present issues being faced by the government? the Leader of the Opposition asked. KPCC chief K Sudhakaran also rejected the Marxist party's allegation and accused LDF Convener E P Jayarajan of 'masterminding' the attack against the party headquarters. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the party offices of the Congress and CPI(M) in various places in the wake of the incident. The incident comes ahead of Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's visit to his constituency Wayanad on Friday.
There is a tight security posting for Gandhi's visit because of the tension surrounding the alleged attack on AKG Centre, the headquarters of ruling party CPI(M), in Thiruvananthapuram
Politics Arya alleged that Veena was being attacked for the sole reason that she was Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayans daughter and that she had no doubt the allegations against her would prove to be like lines drawn on water. TNM Staff Facebook | Arya Rajendran S Thiruvananthapuram Mayor and CPI(M) leader Arya Rajendran came out in support of Veena Vijayan, daughter of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, who is facing allegations of being the mastermind in the gold smuggling case. Close on the heels of gold smuggling case accused Swapna Sureshs allegation that Veena was the chief conspirator behind the Kerala governments controversial Sprinklr deal, Arya posted on Facebook on Thursday, June 30, saying that one could go to any extent and hound a person just because she was a woman. Alleging that Veena, an entrepreneur, was being attacked for the sole reason that she was Pinarayi Vijayans daughter, Arya wrote she had no doubt the allegations against her would prove to be like lines drawn on water. Whenever a controversy in Kerala involves a woman, it will be discussed with a special interest. If the woman is someone from the Left, that interest reaches its peak, Arya said in her post. While it was natural for politicians to be questioned, what responsibility did Veena have towards any developments in the states current political sphere, she asked, adding that Veena too, was entitled to her rights and privacy like everyone else. Have these constant discussions on her helped find any substance to the allegations, Arya asked, adding that Veena was repeatedly being humiliated in the name of these discussions. These attacks (on Veena) did not begin today. For one-and-a-half decades, she has been constantly harassed over her fathers politics. What especially encourages me to stand by her now, is the fact that those who are hounding her havent been able to convert any of these allegations to even a petty case against her. Those who think that all this will destroy or discourage Veena will only get tired eventually, Arya stated in the post. Veena had become a topic of debate at the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, with Congress MLA Mathew Kuzhalnadan alleging that before the appointment of Swapna Suresh in the IT Department was questioned, the website of Veena's company Exalogic had referred to one of the directors of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Jaik Balakumar, as her mentor. It may be noted that Swapna was employed by the PwC at the IT Space Park as a consultant in 2020, at the alleged initiative of former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, M Sivasankar, who is also an accused in the case. According to Kuzhalnadan, after this revelation came to light, the website of Exalogic went down in May 2020, and when it came back online in June, the reference to Jaik had vanished. Vijayan retaliated harshly to the Congress legislators claims, slamming him for uttering blatant lies about his daughter. Subsequently in a media conference on Wednesday, Kuzhalnadan showed a screenshot of the archived webpage to establish his accusation of Veenas link with Jaik, soon after which Swapna came out with her allegation against Veena. I was working for a key government project named Spacepark when the Sprinklr controversy was raging. Veena was the mastermind behind the deal. Everyone knows about her relationship with PwC, she said. The US-based company Sprinklr had entered into a contract with the Kerala government in 2020, allowing the latter to use its software to analyse the data concerning people under observation for COVID-19. This had led to a huge political outcry in the state, with then Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala alleging that a serious data breach was taking place through the deal.
CPM central committee member PK Sreemathy was in the office when the incident occurred. LDF convener EP Jayarajan pinned the blame on the Congress for the alleged attack.
CRIME Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, answering a question in the Assembly on whether a bag he forgot to carry during his 2016 Dubai trip was delivered with the help of a diplomat of the UAE Consulate, had denied the allegation. TNM Staff M Sivasankar with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan A day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan denied on the floor of the Assembly that he left a bag behind before embarking on his UAE trip in 2016, a statement by his former principal secretary and top IAS official M Sivasankar to the Customs in November 2020 contradicting the same surfaced on Tuesday, June 28. In his statement, Sivasankar had said that a bag containing gifts and mementos for dignitaries whom the CM was to meet in Dubai was sent with the help of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. The allegation that a bag containing currency notes was sent to the UAE a day after Vijayan left Kerala surfaced early this month in a statement made by Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, before a magistrate under Section 164 (5) of the Criminal Procedure Code, for the Enforcement Directorate. The Chief Minister on Monday, answering an unstarred question by four UDF MLAs, namely Anvar Sadath, Shafi Parambil, IC Balakrishnan and Roji M John, on whether a bag he forgot to carry during his 2016 Dubai trip was delivered with the help of a diplomat of the UAE Consulate, had denied it saying, No baggage belonging to the CM was forgotten. Sivasankar, in his statement to the Customs Department on November 30, 2020, had said that the baggage in question contained mementos to be gifted to dignitaries during the CMs visit to the UAE and could not be carried because of a delay in its delivery by Stark, the advertising agency retained by the Tourism Department. According to his statement, only one memento was ready when the delegation left and the remaining three artistic mementos had to be taken to the UAE, for which he requested the UAE Consul Generals help. To a question on who requested him to make the arrangements, Sivasankar said it was a collective decision by officers accompanying the delegation. The one memento which was completed was very attractive and in case the rest are also made available the possibility of taking up the offer made by the Consul General was discussed. There was no specific request or decision taken by a specific person. However, the officials accompanying the delegation were all aware of this possibility being explored, and the mementos were delivered to Smt Nalini Netto, the then Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister who had accompanied the delegation to the UAE, Sivasankar had stated. The possibility of deputing a messenger or using an airline to deliver the materials was also explored, he said. In this case the mementos were also being designed by M/s Stark and they felt that it is better that one person physically carry the same and deliver it in the UAE. However, the procedure to get such permission would be cumbersome and hence it was decided that the offer of the Consul General would be most effective. If I recall rightly, the packages were handed over by M/s Stark directly to the Consulate. I only know that the same reached the delegation well in time, before even the first meeting of the Honble Chief Minister happened. I dont know how the Consulate managed to transport the mementos, Sivasankar said in his statement. After giving her statement under Section 164, Swapna Suresh had told the media that it was she who was entrusted with sending the bag. She said the fact that the bag contained currency notes came to light when it was screened at the UAE Consulate Generals office, where she was working then. With the CM denying the incident in writing on Monday, and Sivasankars statement saying that some baggage with gifts and mementos was left behind and Swapna claiming that it contained money, the case has taken a curious turn. (With inputs from IANS)
Veteran CPI-M leader T.Sivadasa Menon dead at 90 Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran CPI-M leader and former Finance Minister T.Sivadasa Menon passed away at a private hospital in Kozhikode on Tuesday, party sources said. He was 90. Menon, a teacher by profession, had quit his job in 1986 and plunged into full time politics. He won three times  The post Veteran CPI-M leader T.Sivadasa Menon dead at 90 appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
A discussion on disabled-friendly theatres came up after Paresh Palicha, a movie critic with cerebral palsy, wrote about his experience with a Kochi cinema house. Cris Lakshmi Priya Paresh Palicha at EVM Cinema, Fort Kochi From the time he was little, Paresh Palicha, a familiar face among the movie circles of Kerala, used to be carried up to the movie theatres he went to watch films at. At first it was his Papa, lifting the boy with cerebral palsy through the steps and stairs of the theatres in Kochi. Later, his friends and family members too joined in taking Paresh up flights of stairs of film houses, as he grew up into an active movie critic, visiting theatres every week or so. But even after film theatres underwent multiple renovations and announced themselves state-of-the-art, Paresh was dejected to find that only a few were disabled-friendly. Despite laws in place, few cinema houses in Kerala have the facilities to make the space accessible for the disabled. It is not only in Kerala, most theatres across the country are not disabled-friendly. But the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (RPD) Act, 2016, says that all places used by the public in general including private spaces used by the public should be accessible to all. That includes places of entertainment, banks, parks, theatres etc, says Muralidharan, general secretary, National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD). It is in the last decade that most film theatres across the state began renovations, turning themselves into multiplexes. Some of them added ramps and elevators. The SL Theatres in Thiruvananthapuram, which had four different screens, reopened with six screens in 2015 as AriesPlex Cinemas. It has a ramp and a lift that allows people in wheelchairs to traverse. Some theatre complexes have ramps on the ground floor, but have no elevators or ways to access the upper floors. Ramps and elevators are available at Aries Plex, Thiruvananthapuram Gireesh, owner of the 50-year-old Sri Padmanabha Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram, says that the halls in the ground floor are wheelchair-friendly, but not in the balcony. There is space to park the wheelchair, he says. We also have a make-shift ramp that can be placed at the front of the theatre if anyone asks for it. Unfortunately, there is no way to access the second floor for a person with physical disability, without the help of others. It is difficult for old theatres, with old fashioned structures, to create provision for it. However, we will definitely consider it for future renovations, says Gireesh. Paresh, who visited theatres in Thiruvananthapuram during the last International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), as a member of the jury which selected World Cinema, wrote positively about the volunteers who helped him move between movie halls. However, back in his hometown of Kochi, he was disappointed to find that the Shenoys Theatre, which he had frequented since his childhood, did not make itself disabled-friendly despite a recent revamp. A renovated Shenoys now has five screens, but no ramps, lifts or wheelchair-accessible seats. I had posted a query on their Facebook page when they reopened after renovations in February 2021, asking if it was wheelchair friendly. They all know me very well since I have been going there since I was a child, my papa lifting me up and carrying me. The Shenoys is the biggest theatre I have seen in my life and I have been around many going to theatres in Mumbai and Bengaluru. But when I posted my query, they said it was not wheelchair friendly. The excuse they gave is that they just did a little renovation and not much else. But how can you convert a single big screen theatre into one with five screens without breaking the interiors? It is full of steps and stairs everywhere, to every screen, Paresh says. I had posted this query in Shenoys Cinema page a few days back... I am still waiting for positive response from... Posted by Paresh Palicha onWednesday, 10 February 2021 Seema Lal, special educator and activist working among people with disability, took up Pareshs cause with the authorities. We thought lets go to the theatre and see if they have an alternate arrangement. They didnt, there are too many steps everywhere. Most other theatres at least have a wheelchair-friendly entrance at the back, but there was nothing of the sort in Shenoys. We wrote to the Mayor and tagged the Social Justice Department. We also spoke to Suresh, the owner of the theatre. They said that permission was given by the Kochi corporation to renovate without having to include a ramp in the design. But we didnt want to close it down or anything, we are just saying lets have an open discussion and find a solution together, Seema says. When TNM contacted Suresh, he said that there was no special plan to include any disabled-friendly features. However, the staff of the theatre are always available for personal assistance, he added. If people with disabilities ask for help, our staff are there to help them to their seats and back. When we had a renovation at the theatre recently, ramps were not insisted (by the Kochi corporation). There are too many staircases, and building ramps for all of them are not feasible. We have no plans for an immediate renovation, we just had the last one a year ago, Suresh says. Renovated Shenoys Theatre in Kochi Albert, the manager in charge when TNM visited the theatre, says that when people with disabilities come to watch films, they are always given priority. Our staff will help them to their respective seats and cater to any other concern they might be facing, he says. Even the Padma Theatre, located just over 500 m away from Shenoys, does not fare much better in this regard. Padma too does not have ramps, escalators or other such facilities to cater to people with disabilities, and instead places the onus on the staff to help them. The nearby Sarita Savita Sangeeta theatre complex has a ramp and a llift but it too has its share of limitations, as audiences with bodily disabilities are, here too, dependent upon the employees to help them enter the cinema hall. However, discussions are underway to make the complex disabled-friendly, says Sethunath, manager of the complex. We frequently get visitors with disabilities here, he says, pointing to a tricycle for a person with disability parked in front of the Savita theatre. We already have ramps and lifts in place. But we did receive the notice from the Cochin Corporation regarding making the cinema more accessible, and we are currently discussing how to go about it, he adds. The ramp to Sarita Theatre in Kochi The Mayor had been forthcoming when Seema reached out, she says. However, nothing has panned out yet. Muralidharan, who accompanied Seema for the meeting, says that it is a violation of law if theatres are not following the provisions of the RPD Act. Those who have complaints may approach the state disability commissioner. There are special courts too, set up for the purpose of addressing grievances of persons with disabilities in every state, he adds. Paresh is of course not alone in his fight. People with disabilities have been facing these problems at all public places. His plight in theatres is just more impactful since it affects his profession as a movie reviewer. In June, a group of mothers of children with disabilities, decided to take their wards to a movie theatre in Thrissur to give them the experience of watching a film on a big screen. Jasmine Anwar posted a photo and wrote about the childrens day out. Several of us mothers wonder, will it be a problem if we go with our children to the movies. That is because some of the children make sounds and some of them cannot sit still and we worry if it will disturb the others in the theatre. But these children also want to watch films, right? So we tried our luck one day, and made it happen, Jasmine writes in her post. She adds however that though the theatre staff helped the children in and out of the place, it was sad to see that the theatres were not accessible for the disabled. Unni Maxx, an activist bound to a wheelchair, says even if theatres are equipped with disabled-friendly features like ramps, easy access to seats inside is not guaranteed. It is hardly there in any of the theatres in Kerala. I went to the Aashirvad Cinemas in Thodupuzha (of Idukki), excited by the ramps and the wheelchair-friendly toilets. But you can at best reach up to the front of the screen on your own. To access any seat in the rows behind, you will need someones help as there will be steps. The staff will have to lift you up from there. It is the same story in most movie houses, except some malls like Lulu in Kochi, where you can enter through the back of the hall, Unni says. Suraj, duty manager at Lulus PVR, says that the entire last row of all nine auditoriums in the complex is wheelchair accessible. If they want to use any of the seats in other rows, the staff will help them. The toilets are also easily accessible, he says. Disability-friendly seats should be there inside theatres, and access for persons with disabilities in and out of the movie house should also be available, says Vijayakumar, president of the Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala. New theatres are coming up with these facilities, and the old ones which are getting renovated should have it. Those are the laws, he says. Also read: Locked, unused, unclean: The struggle to access a disabled-friendly toilet in Kerala
Malayalam movie artistes body draws flak after rape accused Vijay Babu attends meet Thiruvananthapuram: The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) has drawn flak from the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) for allowing actor and director Vijay Babu, who stands accused of rape by a junior woman actor, to attend its general body meeting  The post Malayalam movie artistes body draws flak after rape accused Vijay Babu attends meet appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Two-member CPI-M panel to probe defeat at Thrikkakara bypoll Thiruvananthapuram: The three-day meeting of the CPI-M leadership held here, concluded on Saturday in which the party appointed a two-member Commission to examine the crushing defeat of its candidate at the Thrikkakara assembly bypoll held on May 31. The Commission includes senior leaders, both former ministers  The post Two-member CPI-M panel to probe defeat at Thrikkakara bypoll appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Interview Directors Rahman Brothers are behind Vasanthi and Chavittu, two films which have won state awards in consecutive years. Cris Sajas and Shinos Rahman Uphill a bylane in Thiruvananthapuram, in a little hall called Lenin Balavadi, there is a surprisingly good number of people to watch a couple of parallel films on a Sunday afternoon. A little past 5, one of the films,Vasanthi, has just been screened, and among the folks scampering in and out of the hall are its two filmmakers, actor and organisers of the film show. The filmmakers are two men brothers Shinos and Sajas, known together as theRahmanBrothers, from Aluva. The brothers, along with Swasika who played their Vasanthi and the organisers of the Banner Film Festival, screening the films, interact with an emotional audience, who, unlike in a regular movie house, come forward to say what touched them the most. No one in the audience seems to be new to the kind of cinema Banner has been promoting independent and experimental features that often dont find space in a film theatre. The Rahman brothers, seated in front of the viewers, introduce themselves like newcomers, even though they are three films old. The second screening that evening Chavittu is their newest, a film which won four state awards this year. Award winning appears to have become a habit for these siblings, who decided to combine their skills to make films they believed in. I come from an editing background and have worked with editors in mainstream cinema for 10 to 12 years. My brother Sajas went to the school of drama to learn direction and later worked with light design in theatre. After years of doing our respective jobs, we decided to come together to make films, inspired by the kind of cinema we began watching as children, in film societies of Aluva, says Shinos, the elder of the two. Still from Chavittu He spoke to TNM on a Wednesday, three days after the Thiruvananthapuram screening. The brothers have in the meantime rushed to Palakkad with their films for another screening. They seem happy with small gatherings of people who enjoy and appreciate the work they do. We grew up watching films screened by film societies, and in libraries. At one time, we had a vibrant parallel stream in Malayalam cinema, from a small set of filmmakers like Aravindan, Pavithran, Backer, John Abraham, Shaji N Karun and Adoor Gopalakrishnan. When we began making films, we didnt want them to be merely entertaining. We didnt, to put it differently, want a product but something through which we could personally express ourselves and enjoy a freedom in that process. This way we're not dependent on how much money the film makes but are happy making it and showing it to a bunch of people who appreciate it, Shinos says. Chavittu, they know, is not everyones cup of tea. There is a huge presence of theatre within the film, years of work by Sajas finding its way into the making. In the film, a theatre group a real life one called Little Earth, based in Kalavara of Koottanad in Palakkad has reached a venue of celebration, a gathering of a Residents Association. All through the film, you watch the theatre group rehearse not inside the hall, but in various indoor and outdoor settings where they take their story to. You find yourself tapping your feet as the team dances to Njangade paatu poyaal, njangal paadiyedukum if our song is lost, we will sing and get it back. Arun Lal, who plays himself, is the real life choreographer in Little Theatre, who won the State Award for best choreography for Chavittu. They are a well-known regional group and they are our protagonists. All performing artists face the problem presented in the film, Shinos says. He is talking about the indifference shown to art forms like theatre, fine arts and all parallel expressions. Even if you remain detached, unable to connect to the intricacies of the art form in the film, you end up broken-hearted, the reality striking you pretty hard. It could be you, the people who make a show of inviting such artists, make large promises, and disrespect them like a proper philistine. Before Chavittu began screening, the organiser of the show, Biju, remarked casually It is a chavittu to many literally, a kick on your face. Still from Chavittu The film in fact says whats happening to itself to films such as Chavittu suffering without a space. Shinos says that if it werent for the awards or the film societies, their films might still be in their hard-disk, unseen. Vasanthi, the previous year, too won a bunch of awards from the State. Swasika, a regular in television serials and playing supporting characters in movies, was thrilled to be Vasanthi, a woman who stages a play on a beach, slipping away to her life in between and quietly returning to the stage later. Theatre again became a cinematic tool in the hands of the Rahman brothers. Theatre, Shinos clarifies, has not been adopted as a permanent tool of storytelling in their films. Their first feature Kalippattakkaran did not have it. In the future, their films may or may not employ it. All they know is they do not want to succumb to a form they dont believe in, by making films that entertain an audience, make them feel one with the protagonist. Theyd rather remind the audience, hey, this is a performance, in the Brechtian way. The term is a reference to German playwright Bertolt Brechtian who used alienation as a technique to distance the audience from the performance. Some of my female friends said that we could not get deep into the mind of Vasanthi. But then as men, there would be a limit to how deep we can go. Instead we delved deep into the men in Vasanthis story, Shinos says. Siju Wilson and Shabareesh Varma, too mainstream actors, played important roles in the film. Watch: A sequence from Vasanthi One man in the audience wanted to know why, despite the presence of these popular actors, the film did not have a theatrical release. Shinos spread his hands out and said the only truthful answer he didnt know. I ask what challenges they faced in putting a woman into the thick of things and telling her story in such an unorthodox fashion. Shinos says it was not the real struggle since Swasika was a trained and lovely actor. That part went well. The real struggle, he says, was the finance. Its easy to say go out and make zero budget movies, but a few lakh rupees would still be spent. And they had to make more movies. Shinos and Sajas are now hoping for an OTT release of their movies, with the government announcing a platform of its own, which is expected to go live later this year. Until then we will work on our next film, Shinos says. Watch: Agnipath protests are a sign of India's unemployment crisis
Controversy The Kerala government, meanwhile, ordered a high-level probe into the incident. TNM Staff PC/Asianet News Screengrab Action will be taken against the Students Federation of India(SFI) activists who vandalised Rahul Gandhi MPs office, said the organisations National President VP Sanu. He told the media in Thiruvananthapuram on June 25, Saturday, that the SFI had not decided on this kind of march(to the MPs office) and action will be taken after examining the visuals and after following the due procedure of the organisation. The SFI is the student wing of the CPI(M). This (the Supreme Court order buffer zones) is not an issue which should be turned against an MP. But there is nothing wrong with the thought that Rahul Gandhi, as the leader of the biggest opposition party in the country, should have made a strong response to the issue. Wayanad has the highest number of buffer zones in the country. But we dont approve of the march turning into this way, Sanu added. SFI state president K Anusree said that the march was not done either with the knowledge or approval of the state committee of the SFI. SFI made it clear yesterday that it will examine what happened and action will be taken accordingly, she said while meeting the media along with Sanu. Congress MP Rahul Gandhis Wayanad office was vandalised on Friday, June 24, by members of the SFI, The Congress has alleged that members of the SFI entered Rahul Gandhis office in Wayanad, vandalised property and attacked people at the office. The SFI on Friday, said that the protest and the vandalising can not be approved and that the organisation will take action against those who led them. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has strongly condemned the attack while EP Jayarajan, convener of the Left Democratic Front, has said that the attack can not be approved. The Kerala government meanwhile ordered a high-level probe by an Additional Director General of Police-rank officer and suspended Kalpetta Deputy Superintendent of Police pending enquiry. The Chief Minister's Office said the state government will conduct a high-level probe into the march to Gandhi's office and the untoward incidents ensued thereafter.Police Headquarters ADGP has been directed to conduct a probe in the matter and submit a report within one week. The Kalpetta DySP, who was in charge of the area during the time of the incident, has been suspended pending enquiry, a statement issued by the Chief Ministers Office said. Watch: Agnipath protests are a sign of India's unemployment crisis:
Crime Liga, a Latvian tourist, who had come for an Ayurvedic treatment, was found dead in a forest near Kovalam in 2018. TNM Staff LIGA SKROMANE Liga Skromane, the Latvian woman who died near Kovalam of Kerala, was murdered, and it was not a case of suicide, a forensic expert deposed before the Additional Sessions court in Thiruvananthapuram, where the trial of the case is going on. Dr Sasikala, former head of Forensics in Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, said that Liga's death was a clear case of homicide. Liga had come to Kovalam in 2018 to seek medical treatment at an Ayurvedic resort, and disappeared one day in May. More than a month later, her decomposed body was found from a mangrove forest in Thiruvallam, near Kovalam. The police had charged two people -- Udayan and Umesh -- as accused at the time, for sexually assaulting and killing Liga. However both the accused were out on bail. In the new development, Dr Sasikala told the court in Thiruvananthapuram that injuries in Ligas neck and legs showed that the death was no suicide. Areport in The Hinduquotes her saying that the neck injuries could have been caused by the use of a blunt force on the neck. Fractures in two cartilages and a bone in the neck led to the death of the Latvian tourist, the doctor is quoted as saying. Two days ago, PG Ashok Kumar, former chemical examiner, testified in court that the presence of diatoms -- microorganisms found in fresh water and salt water -- meant that Liga died by drowning. However, Dr Sasikala ruled out drowning as a cause of death, since the injuries on her body made it clear what caused the death. The diatoms could mean that Liga consumed or was forcefully fed water or that she drowned. Dr Sasikala also said that it was not clear if rape had occurred, since it was difficult to detect the presence of semen in putrefied bodies. Liga's death had caused a furore in the state three years ago, bringing to question the safety of tourists visiting the state. Her partner Andrew fought the case for long, flying down from Ireland to hear the proceeding. In anearlier interview with TNM, Andrew had said that he was disheartened by the actions of the police.
As per the FIR, the case was registered on June 14 following a complaint by the SBI Thiruvananthapuram business office regional manager.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared yellow alerts in all districts, except Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, for Saturday.
Sree Chitra Tirunel Medical Institute Science and Technology has released the applications for the experienced candidates for the vacant post of Project Assistant. If you have passed graduation in the relevant subject and have experience, then you can also attend the interview for these posts on 6-7-2022. Experienced candidates are going to be given preference in the selection process. Important dates and notifications Name of the Post- Project Assistant Total Posts -1 Interview- 6-7-2022 Location- Thiruvananthapuram Age Limit: The minimum age of the candidates will be 35 years. Salary- 16000/- Qualification: The candidate should have passed an M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from any recognized institution and have experience. Application Fee- There are no application fees. Selection Process- The selection of applicants will be done on the basis of interview. Candidates can participate in the interview on 6-7-2022. According to the date of the candidates, at the time of interview, certified and original documents are to be brought with them. IIM Nagpur Recruitment for this post Recruitment for these posts is taking place in AIIMS, know the full details here Last chance to get a job in the police department, apply for 10th pass
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The project was envisaged so as to reduce the crowd at the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and Kochu Veli Satellite Terminal.
Kerala leader of Oppn sends legal notice to LDF convenor Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan on Wednesday served a legal notice to top CPI-M leader and Left Democratic Front convenor E.P. Jayarajan for the latters baseless allegation against the former. Jayarajan had said that Satheesan was one among those who were instrumental in  The post Kerala leader of Oppn sends legal notice to LDF convenor appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Education The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits Higher Education Institutions in India. TNM Staff keralauniversity.ac.in The University of Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram has secured the highest NAAC grading of A++ with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.67, Minister for Higher Education R Bindu said on Tuesday, June 21. Bindu said the University of Kerala has secured the best grade at the all-India level. In a Facebook post, Bindu said the University of Kerala secured A++ with a 3.67-grade point in NAAC accreditation.The University of Kerala has secured the best grade at the all-India level. We heartily salute the University of Kerala community for making Kerala a national leader in the education sector by actively participating in the efforts to improve quality, she said. Earlier, Kerala University had an A grade with a CGPA of 3.03 on a four-point scale. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also hailed the ranking and said this is the first time that a university in Kerala has received the highest NAAC grade.The University of Kerala has secured an A ++ grade from @NAAC_India, giving a fresh impetus to the higher education sector in Kerala. This is the first time a university in the State has received this recognition. Congratulations to all who have made this achievement possible, the Kerala CM said in a tweet. The University of Kerala has secured an A ++ grade from @NAAC_India, giving a fresh impetus to the higher education sector in Kerala. This is the first time a university in the State has received this recognition. Congratulations to all who have made this achievement possible. CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) June 21, 2022 The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits Higher Education Institutions in India. It is an autonomous body funded by the University Grants Commission of the Government of India. NAAC assesses and grades institutions of higher education through a three-step process. Institutions are graded under four categories: A (very good), B (good), C (satisfactory) and D (unsatisfactory). The accreditation is based on seven parameters like curriculum, teaching, evaluation, infrastructure and resources, governance and student support, as well as extra-curricular activities on campus. Each institution is graded on these parameters, and summated score and cumulative GPA (CGPA), which gives the final assessment outcome, are then calculated. Higher education institutions that have a record of at least two batches of students who have graduated, or have been in existence for six years, whichever is earlier, are eligible to apply for the process. With PTI inputs
Controversy The kidney, which was harvested from a 34-year-old brain dead donor in Ernakulam, was brought to the state capital on Sunday evening after traversing more than 200 km. TNM Staff A patient who underwent a kidney transplant on Sunday, died at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital on June 20, Monday. What is now unravelling in Kerala is an elaborate blame game with everyone from the Health Minister, doctors at the hospital, ambulance drivers and others pointing fingers at each other for the death of 62-year-old Suresh Kumarh. The kidney, which was harvested from a 34-year-old brain dead donor in Ernakulam, was brought to the state capital on Sunday evening after traversing more than 200 km. Media reports allege that there was a delay of around three hours for the kidney transplant to begin even after the organ reached the hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. A video which was aired by television channels showed two people receiving the organ from the ambulance as soon as it reached the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and taking it inside the hospital. It is clear from the visuals that other than a security guard, no other staff from the hospital had been waiting to receive the kidney. Health Minister Veena George, while acknowledging that responsible officers were not present at the hospital entrance when the ambulance reached the portico of the hospital to receive the organ, shifted some of the blame to the two men who carried the ice box with the kidney into the hospital. The ambulance reached the hospital at around 6pm on Sunday, according to reports. Before two doctors from the ambulance could get down, two unidentified men took the box and ran into the hospital as per the hospital authorities. There will be an inquiry on who the men were, she told the media. These people did not know where the Operation Theatre was and it caused some confusion, she added. One of the men, Arun Dev, an ambulance driver, told the media that he decided to help as hospital authorities were not available to receive the organ. I work here and as soon as we heard that a green corridor ambulance is coming, I helped to clear the traffic at the hospital. When the ambulance arrived, there was no one around. Two of us, along with one of the doctors who were inside the ambulance rushed with the ice box. But no one at the reception knew where the surgery was. Finally we were directed to the Operation Theatre and we had to wait outside since it was locked, Arun Dev said. Arun also told the media that he was upset that his good intentions had been viewed with suspicion. The minister also added that after a preliminary report of the Additional Chief Secretary (Health), action has been taken against the department heads suspecting lack of coordination during the arrival of the harvested kidney from Ernakulam.The hospital authorities have complained that when the organ arrived from Ernakulam, some persons other than hospital staff carried the box containing the organ from the ambulance to inside the hospital. This will be investigated, the minister said. State Health Minister Veena George, who met the media said the heads of Nephrology and Urology departments in the medical college hospital have been suspended pending inquiry for lack of coordination in the kidney transplant incident. Meanwhile, doctors at the hospital have said it is not their fault that the patient passed away and that there was no delay in the surgery. Kerala Government Medical College Teachers Association (KGMCTA) President Dr Binoy told Asianet News that the patient did not die because of a delay in treatment. At 2:45 am (on Sunday), we got to know that a kidney donation had been made. Immediately, we called six prospective candidates and found that it matched one person. We started hemo-dialysis because that is needed. He had breathing trouble and needed one more session. So at 7pm he was taken for another dialysis and that took an hour. At 8pm he was moved to the operation theatre. It is an extensive surgery that requires preparation. It took another hour to prepare the patient. The surgery started at 9 pm. The man had end-stage renal disease and his life was in danger, Dr Binoy said. The transplant was completed in around eight hours, but the patient passed away on the morning of June 21. The minister said the actual reason behind the death can be ascertained only after the post-mortem report comes. Meanwhile, a relative of the deceased patient said they did not feel any sort of lapse or apathy on behalf of the hospital authorities. The doctors had told us that his health was not good enough to conduct a surgery. They asked us to rethink. But since the family received a kidney for transplant after waiting for five years, they decided to go forward with the surgery. We have not felt any kind of apathy or lapse. We came to know about such things through the media, a relative told the media. In the meantime, Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan attacked the Left government and said the state administration and the health minister cannot escape from the responsibility in the matter. He sought strict action in the matter.There were lapses in arranging the operation which was jointly conducted by the Nephrology and Urology departments. The health minister and the state government cannot skirt the responsibility of this serious negligence. This government is nullifying all the achievements which Kerala has gained in the health sector over the years, Satheesan said in a statement. Meanwhile, the State Human Rights Commission registered a case in this connection and directed the Director of Medical Education to inquire into the incident and file a detailed report within four weeks. The panel initiated the probe following a complaint lodged by two rights activists. The kidney was transported from Ernakulam to Thiruvananthapuram in an ambulance on Sunday within 2.5 hours, through a Green Corridor System. A green corridor is a special traffic route set up with the help of police, to facilitate smooth and fast transportation of vital organs to save human lives.
Education The total pass percentage was higher last year. PTI Image for representation/PTI As many as 3,02,865 candidates have qualified for higher studies as the results of the Plus Two examination, conducted by the Kerala Directorate of Higher Secondary Education in March this year, the Kerala government announced on Tuesday, June 21. General Education Minister V Sivankutty announced the results of the recently conducted higher secondary and vocational higher secondary exams in a press meet in Thiruvananthapuram. Results can be checked at keralaresults.nic.in and results.kite.kerala.gov.in.Of the total 3,61,091 candidates who appeared for the second year higher secondary examination, 3,02,865 persons have passed and qualified for higher studies. The total pass percentage is 83.87%. It was 87.94% last year, he said. As many as 28,450 students scored A+ in all subjects. While the total pass percentage was 86.14% in the science group, it was 85.69% and 76.61% in the commerce and humanities groups respectively. Kozhikode district recorded the highest pass percentage while Wayanad registered the lowest. In the vocational higher secondary sector, 78.26% of candidates were qualified for the higher studies, the minister added. Earlier on June 15, the Kerala government also announced the results of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams, with an overall pass percentage of 99.26%. A total of 4,23,303 students passed the class 10 exams in Kerala, which were conducted between March 31 and April 29, and attempted by 4,26,469 students. The pass percentage saw a slight drop, from last years 99.47%. Kannur revenue district saw the highest pass percentage (99.76%), while Wayanad revenue district had the lowest (98.07%). In terms of educational districts, Pala has the highest pass percentage of 99.94% and Attingal has the lowest at 97.98%.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Plus Two examination results would be out on Tuesday. General Education Minister V Sivankutty would announce the results at 11 am in a news conference scheduled at the PRD chamber at the state secretariat here. As many as 4 32 436 candidates had appeared for the higher secondary examination.
The Nemom terminal has been envisaged as a satellite terminal to address the rush at the Thiruvananthapuram central station.
Health Kerala Health Minister Veena George directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) to conduct an investigation and submit a report. TNM Staff Image for Representation | Picxy/dreamworks The Kerala government has ordered a probe into the death of 54-year-old man after a kidney transplant operation, after his family alleged medical negligence and an inordinate delay by the hospital in carrying out the surgery. 54-year-old Suresh underwent a kidney transplant surgery at the medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, and died early morning on Monday, June 20. The kidney for Suresh was harvested from a 34-year-old brain dead donor in Ernakulam, and was brought to the state capital on Sunday evening via a green corridor. A green corridor is a special route set up with the help of traffic police to facilitate smooth and fast transportation of vital organs to save human lives. However, the transplant surgery was allegedly delayed for around four hours. According to reports, the kidney was brought to the hospital in Thiruvananthapuram at around 5.30 pm on Sunday, but the transplant surgery was allegedly delayed for around four hours, and was performed at around 9 pm. The patient died on Monday morning, hospital authorities told PTI. After his death, Kerala Health Minister Veena George directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) to conduct an investigation and submit a report. Stern action will be taken against those who are responsible for the lapses, the Minister said in a statement. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has ordered a probe into the incident and directed the Director of Medical Education to file a detailed report within four weeks. The panel took cognisance of a complaint lodged by two rights activists against the Nephrology and Urology departments of the medical college. The complaint alleged that the surgery was held after a delay of three hours. The hospital, meanwhile, has reportedly said that there has been no delay, and that usually some time is taken to arrange transportation and bring the patient to the hospital for the surgery. (With PTI inputs)
Kerala Road Fund Board of PWD supervising project, TRDC to complete construction by July-end if rain stays away
Three youths drowned in three separate incidents in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday after they ventured into the sea despite warnings.
Kerala government on Sunday said norovirus infection, similar to the diarrhoea-inducing rotavirus, was confirmed in two children residing near Thiruvananthapuram. The Health Department evaluated the situation and said precautionary measures have been taken as the virus spreads through contaminated
It was a moment of pride for Kerala when its native #RajSubramaniam was named as the new CEO of FedEx Corp Raj, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, is the son of former DGP C Subramaniam and retired Health additional director Dr B Kamalammal. In an exclusive interaction with The New Indian Express, former DGP C Subramaniam talks about his son Raj Subramaniam and his journey from Junior Analyst to CEO of FedEx.
Chalk up another for an Indian-American and for the IIT brand. The Thiruvananthapuram-born, IIT-Mumbai-educated Raj Subramaniam has been named CEO of FedEx, the storied American transportation services company, taking over from the companys founder...
Indians are already feeling the pinch of today's fuel and cooking gas price hike. In Thiruvananthapuram, a tea-seller says he just raised the price for a cup by Rs 2 because of rising costs. Now, if he raises prices again, he fears he'll lose customers.