Showing posts with label Kerala News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kerala News. Show all posts

Kerala Governments 1 crore advertisements removed from Buses

The Kerala state government has removed advertisements worth Rs 1 crore from Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses, after it got an ultimatum from the Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala.

The advertisements were put up on the occasion of the Kerala government completing 1,000 days in office. These advertisements, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s photograph, were put up on about 5,000 Kerala SRTC buses at a cost of about Rs 1 crore, reports OnManorama.

Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena had issued orders to remove these government advertisements from Kerala SRTC buses on Saturday. According to reports, though the government took no move to remove the advertisements, almost all the posters were removed by Saturday night.

UPDATE in #Jalandhar Bishop Rape Case | Nun writes to the #Vatican again urging it's intervention against the accused Bishop Franco mullakkal.

According to sources, Kerala nun writes to Vatican seeking justice into rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Kochi: The Kerala nun, who has accused Bishop of Jalandhar of raping her multiple times, has written to The Vatican seeking justice.

The nun wrote the letter on September 8 to The Apostolic Nuncio of India, Giambattista Diquattro – an Ambassador to the Pope. She listed names of all the people she had asked for help, including the Pope himself. Nobody has bothered to help her, The News Minute quotes from the letter.

The News Minute quotes her: “From childhood we have been taught to believe that the Church is our mother. But in the light of my experience I am beginning to think that the Church is a stepmother to women and laity.”

… “I write this letter as a victim of sexual abuse who is seeking justice.”

… “Though Bishop Franco had sexually abused me several times, I could not reveal the full story to my Superior General or to her Councilors. I only told them repeatedly that the Bishop is taking many disciplinary actions through them just because I resisted to lie down with him. As they failed to understand even the seriousness of these words, I could not tell them more than this. And I had the fear that Bishop Franco may harm me with the support of my superiors (sic).”

… “Bishop Franco had always an eagle’s eye on few other MJ (Missionaries of Jesus) sisters as well. Whichever sister Bishop Franco felt attraction to, he tried to put them in his trap by force or taking advantage of their weaknesses.”

… “In this matter I can place a simple example of April 2017. One of our young sisters who had a close contact with Bishop Franco was caught by the authority with specific proofs for a serious error in the place where this sister was rendering her service. Then Bishop Franco asked our superiors to send her to another state where we have more than 3 communities, to a place where only junior sisters were there. Then in the same week itself, Bishop Franco made a special visit to this community and stayed there overnight. At night till 12 pm, this sister was alone in his room for ‘spiritual direction’.”

As per the initial investigation of the police, Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal abused his position and repeatedly raped a nun from Kerala, a special team probing the case told the Kerala High Court.

Earlier, it was revealed that the accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal committed unnatural offence and committed rape repeatedly on the nun against her will.

The bishop confined the nun to a guestroom in St Francis Mission Home in Kuravilangad in Kottayam district of Kerala.

In her complaint lodged with Kottayam district police, the nun accused Mulakkal of raping and having unnatural sex with her multiple times between 2014 and 2016.

On Monday, the Kerala High Court directed the state government to inform it about the steps taken by the special investigation team of the Kerala Police probing the case.

The court also sought to know the steps taken by the government to ensure the safety and security of the nun allegedly victimised by the Jalandhar Diocese Bishop Franco Mulakkal and her fellow nuns supporting her in her fight.

The bench of the Kerala High Court also wanted to know whether the Bishop was questioned by the team in Jalandhar when it went there about a month ago and directed the police to inform it of the steps taken by it after that.

Why #Kerala is no longer a God's Own Country ?

The death of Madhu, a 30-year-old Adivasi man who was assaulted by a self-righteous mob in Attappadi in Kerala, has left a wound in the conscience of the state. Accused of stealing rice and groceries worth Rs 200, Madhu was confronted and assaulted with sticks by a group of men, who then handed him over to the police. And when the police were taking him to the station, Madhu vomited blood and died before he could get medical help.

Moral policing and mob violence have been on the rise in Kerala for some time now but this latest incident of lynching has now taken the issue to a whole new level. The state, which was once proud of its tolerance and inclusiveness, has eventually become everything it stood against. Photos and videos of the incident are so shocking that you can see that some of the attackers were seen taking selfies and videos.One of them was Ubaid is a close aide of Muslim League leader N Shamsudeen MLA, who is a legislator from Mannarkad.Police have taken him and 7 others into custody It's an attack on the democratic sense, consciousness and sense of justice of the land. The 'selfie' culture of making violence similar to life evokes panic.

Moral police is a blanket term used to describe vigilante groups which act to enforce a code of morality in India. It has been in rise in India during Modi Era. People think it is an easy way to change the society and impose moral values which is right according to them. Moral policing is the worst thing that has happened to Indian society and it should be condemned and never encouraged.

Murders, clashes lowering Kerala’s image: Governor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Dealing a sharp blow to the Kerala government and law enforcement agencies, Governor P. Sathasivam said that “murders and clashes like the one which occurred in Kannur yesterday” were lowering the state’s image.

The Governor’s observation came at the most unlikely place and occasion: at the inauguration of the annual Nisagandhi Dance Festival in the state capital on Saturday evening. “While complimenting the state government for promoting art and culture by organising such cultural feasts, I would also suggest that such programmes be taken to violence-prone, volatile and sensitive areas too, since art has the capacity to ease tensions and to promote peace. Definitely, such cultural initiatives will help in preventing isolated incidents of violence, like the one which happened yesterday in Kannur in broad daylight,” he said.

CBI to probe Sreejiv custodial death case in Kerala. Victim's brother Sreejith has been protesting for the last 2 years days outside Secretariat seeking justice

He Is Sreejith From Kerala,He Has Been Protesting Outside Kerala Secretariat From 769Days Demanding Justice For His Brother Who Was Killed In Police Custody. In His Lone Fight It Is A Blue Bag In Which He carries All Documents Related To His Brothers Death.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the death case of 27-year-old Kerala man who died of alleged torture in police custody. The Kerala government has been asking for a CBI probe into the matter, a demand accepted by the central government on Thursday.Puthenveetil Sreejeev, 27, who was taken into custody in a case of theft, died at a Thiruvananthapuram hospital on March 21, 2014. The Congress-led UDF was in power at the time.

Police have claimed Sreejeev committed suicide by consuming poison, which they said he had concealed in his inner wear while being taken into custody.

People from social media gathered for the justice war by Sreejith in Trivandrum. This is what we called #ThaanaaSerndhaKootam  #JusticeForSreejith

Here is a tweet from Congress Member of Parliament (MP) from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor, along with AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal, met Union Minister of State (MoS) Jitendra Singh in New Delhi to press for a CBI inquiry into Sreejeev's death. Not sure why there is a need to post a smiling selfie on this 2 year unnoticed issue.

Thousands assemble at Sabarimala for Makaravilakku

Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims have assembled at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple to get a glance of the famed Makara Jyothi here at Sunday evening. ...

Lakhs of pilgrims thronged Sannidhanam ahead of the Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku ceremonies, which will be held after the Thiruvabharanam is adorned on the Lord’s idol during deeparadhana at 6.30 pm on Sunday. The auspicious Makarasamkrama pooja, to mark the changing of the moon from Dhanuraasi to Makararaasi, will be held at the Sreekovil at 1.47 am.

Tantri Mahesh Mohanaru will perform the pooja, including the customary breaking of the “neythenga” (coconut filled with ghee) brought from the Travancore palace and pouring of the ghee on Lord Ayyappa’s idol. After the abhishekam, the ghee will be distributed to devotees as prasadam. The procession carrying the Thiruvabharanam, originating from Pandalam Valiyakoikkal Sree Dharma Sastha temple, will be given a reception at Saramkuthi by a team led by Sabarimala devaswom executive officer V N Chandrasekharan at 5.30 pm.

The devaswom team will lead the procession to Sopanam. On arrival in front of the Sreekovil at 6 pm, a traditional reception will be accorded to the Thiruvabharanam procession by Travancore Devaswom Board president A Padmakumar and members. After the reception, the Thiruvabharanam will be brought to the Sreekovil and the tantri and melsanthi will receive it and deeparadhana will be performed after adorning the golden attire on Lord Ayyappa’s idol.


Ex-bureaucrat Alphons Kannanthanam is first minister from Kerala in the Modi government

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new man to handle tourism, an area where the NDA government has launched a number of projects over the last two years, is Alphons Kannanthanam - a bureaucrat-turned-politician who has a strong reputation as an administrator.

Modi's move to induct Kannanthanam, a 1979-batch IAS officer from Kerala, in the council of ministers is being seen as part of the BJP's efforts to expand its footprint in the southern state, where it has been working hard to emerge as a potent force.

He replaces Mahesh Sharma, who retains his post as MoS Culture.

Kannanthanam, who is the first minister from Kerala in the Modi government, was born in a non-electrified Manimala village in Kottayam district to a World War II veteran.

During his stint in the IAS, Kannanthanam served in several key positions. He shot to fame when as the commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority in the mid- 1990s he ordered demolition of thousands of illegal constructions, earning himself the sobriquet of 'demolition man'.

Among his major achievements is the key role he played in the literacy movement in India. As Kottayam district collector, he helped it become the first 100 per cent literate town in India in 1989.

Political Love Story: Kerala MLA announces marriage with Thiruvananthapuram IAS officer on Facebook

The Kerala MLA announced his marriage with a woman IAS officer on his Facebook page. It comes as an unconventional love story when the people of Kerala have not seen a precedence of a politician marrying a bureaucrat.

A Congress MLA in Kerala is all set to tie the knot with a woman IAS officer.

K S Sabarinadhan, Congress MLA from Aruvikkara in Kerala announced his decision to wed Thiruvananthapuram sub-collector Divya S Iyer on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

Iyer, 32 and a 2014 batch IAS officer, is the Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram, her home town. She is a medical professional who joined the administrative service.

The news of the unconventional couple is buzzing throughout the state.

Besides the social media post, he also unveiled his wedding plan at a function in his constituency as the gathering including women cheered the young MLA.

The wedding is likely to be held here next month, family sources said.