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Chargesheet in the Ancheri Baby murder case could be delayed -

The submission of a chargesheet in the Ancheri Baby murder case could be delayed even though the High Court had suggested  a time frame for submitting the chargesheet. The case assumes significance because CPM leader MM Mani is allegedly involved in it. The investigating team is expected to ask for more time from the High Court in this regard. It had earlier agreed to submit the chargesheet before the 20th of this month and had made efforts in this direction by speeding up its...

Lavlin case ; Court finds fault with Pinarayi -

The CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram has criticised a letter  that CPM State Secrtary Pinarayi Vijayan had sent to Lavlin in 1997. Saying that the letter aroused suspicions, the court asked why a global tender was not called for to modernise electricity projects in the state. Further, the court also inquired whether a move was made to check if further discounts could be sourced on the loan. Pinrayi's lawyer said that the Lavlin case was a move to defame him.

Navy continued their search for more bodies on board -

Battling the odds, divers from the Navy continued their search for more bodies on board submarine INS Sindhurakshak without any success but managed to open a second access to the sunken vessel during an overnight "challenging but critical" operation. The rescue team had extricated badly charred bodies of five of the 18 personnel trapped in the craft yesterday after gruelling efforts as naval authorities voiced worst fears that others on board might have been incinerated...

Delhi Police has arrested Abdul Karim Tunda -

Delhi Police has arrested Abdul Karim Tunda alias Abdul Quddooss, one of India's top 20 wanted terrorists, and mastermind of over 40 bombings in the country, from Indo-Nepal border. 70-year-old Tunda, an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested Friday at around 3 PM from the Banwasa-Mehendarnagar border with Nepal, and brought to Delhi. Tunda was one of 20 terrorists India had demanded the Pakistani government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror...

Thiruvanchoor had agreed to include CM and his office in the judicial investigation -

CPM leader M V Govindan master on Friday said that Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishan had agreed to include Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his office in the judicial investigation related to the Solar scam. The assurance was given by the Home Minister to Pinarayi over phone, Govindan master claimed. The Home Minster however denied the allegation saying that  he had never had any such conversation with Pinarayi. He said that he had called Pinarayi for...

Solar case ; Cabinet has given approval for a judicial enquiry -

The Cabinet has given approval for a judicial enquiry into the solar case on Thursday here. The government will seek the service of a sitting judge to head the probe and will send a letter to the Chief Justice regarding this. The government is also ready to hold a discussion with the opposition in this regard if they are willing for it, Chandy said while briefing the media. The Chief Minister also said that the UDF, in its previous meeting, had decided to  appoint Home...

Sudhakar Reddy has demanded an apology Modi -

Senior Congress leader Sudhakar Reddy has demanded an apology from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for using Independence Day function to attack the Prime Minister and the Congress party. Modi used an event like Independence Day for making a political speech and attack Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress party. He should apologise, he said here. The BJP stalwart, in his speech, challenged Singh to a public debate on governance and slammed him for India's...

Thiruvanchoor hadn't called - Pinarayi -

CPM State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has on Friday said that he had not talked to Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishan regarding the Judicial probe into the Solar scam. Pinarayi said that Thiruvanchoor hadn't called him until the Secretariat siege was over. Though the CPM leader agreed that Thiruvanchoor had called him after the agitation was called off, he declined to divulge the details of the their telephonic conversation to the media. The mass picketing was a huge...

Solar Scam ; Kerala cabinet Friday formally decided to hold a judicial probe -

The Kerala cabinet Friday formally decided to hold a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the solar panel scam, that has brought the Chief Minister's office under a cloud. Addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the terms of reference of the probe would be finalised after receiving suggestions from the CPI-M led LDF Opposition. On the LDF demand to include the CM's office into the purview of the probe, Chandy...

Digvijay slams Modi for his comments on Prime Minister -

New Delhi: Latching on to L K Advani's apparent disapproval of Narendra Modi's no-holds-barred attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Digvijay Singh today took potshots at the Gujarat Chief Minister saying his "abrasive hunger for power has no limits"."On Modi's Independence (Day) Speech, I and Advani ji are on the same page. Modi's abrasive hunger for power has no limits," Singh wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

Govt decides on judicial probe on solar scam -

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala cabinet today formally decided to hold a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the solar panel scam, that has brought the Chief Minister's office under a cloud. Addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the terms of reference of the probe would be finalised after receiving suggestions from the CPI-M led LDF Opposition.

Two bodies recovered from INS Sindhurakshak -

New Delhi: Naval divers today found bodies of two naval personnel from ill-fated submarine INS Sindhurakshak which exploded and sank at the Mumbai dockyard early Wednesday. "Two bodies have been recovered from the submarine by our divers but their identity has not yet been ascertained," Navy sources said.There were 18 personnel, including three officers, who had got trapped inside the 2,300 tonne Russian-made submarine and all are feared dead.  

'Unnecessary' controversies and agitations have hampered development of the state - Oommen Chandy -

 Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said 'unnecessary' controversies and agitations have hampered development of the state and stressed the need to utilise the energy of the youth to take Kerala forward. "Unnecessary agitations and controversies are posing an obstruction for development. It is time to utilize the skills of youth," he said while delivering the 67th Independence day address at the central stadium here. Chandy unfurled the national flag and took...

Tom Joseph has been recommended for the Arjuna award -

Kerala-based volleyball player, Tom Joseph, has been recommended for the Arjuna award. The recommendation was made by the Sports Department Secretary to the central Sports Minister, Jitendra Singh. Sports Authority of India Director General, Jiji Thomson had also submitted a report favouring Joseph. The final decision is to be taken after a meeting chaired by the Sports Minister is convened. It is believed that Joseph was removed from the list at the last minute. Following the...

All steps will be taken to prevent "dastardly" acts - PM -

In a strong message to Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said anti-India activities emanating from there will have to stop for relations to improve and asserted that all steps will be taken to prevent "dastardly" acts like the recent killing of jawans on the LoC. Addressing the nation on the 67th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, the Prime Minister said terrorist and naxal violence in the country have reduced but the area of national security calls...

Manmohan Singh addresses nation on Independence Day -

Following is the text of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech on Independence Day: My dear fellow citizens, Brothers, sisters and dear children, I greet you all on this Independence Day. Today is certainly a day of joy for us. But on this celebration of independence we also feel pain in our hearts that our brothers and sisters in Uttarakhand had to face devastation about two months back. Our deepest sympathies are with all the families that suffered loss of life or property....

Gauging poverty is a "difficult task" - Prime Minister -

Against the backdrop of recent controversy over Planning Commission's poverty line, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said gauging poverty is a "difficult task" as there are diverse views on the definition. "Measuring poverty is a difficult task. There are diverse views about what constitutes poverty. But whatever definition we may adopt, it cannot be denied that the pace of reduction of poverty has increased after 2004," Singh said. His comments, on...

Shalu’s Mobile Recovered -

The cellphone which was given to Biju Radhakrishnan the main accused in Solar case has been recovered.It was found out from Jharkhand. The phone was given to him by Shalu Menon while he was trying to escape from Thrissur. The telephone will be subjected for technical examinations. It was Shalu Menon who helped Biju Radhakrishan to go in hide.Biju used her car to travel till Thrissur.In that travel and later also he was using her cell phone.

Registration of nurses from colleges outside Kerala stopped -

In view of reports on obtaining graduation degrees in other states by nefarious means the Kerala State Nursing Council has decided to stop registration of nurses with post basic B Sc Nursing and M Sc Nursing degree received  from colleges outside Kerala. As per the new decision, those who study outside the state will have to register in the respective nursing council and hence they will not be able to work in Kerala. The council further explained that the decision was...

Explosion;fire on submarine in Mumbai traps 18 sailors -

In a huge setback to the Indian Navy, a conventional submarine exploded after a fire on board and sank in the dockyard here early Wednesday in which 18 personnel, including three officers, have been killed. The explosion resulted in a major fire breaking out on board Sindhurakshak, a Russian-made submarine, shortly after midnight, defence sources said. TV footage of the incident showed a huge ball of fire after the explosion lighting up the night sky in Colaba area, where the naval...

Oommen Chandy should step down and face judicial probe - Pinarayi Vijayan -

CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that there is no change in CPM's stand that Oommen Chandy should step down and face judicial probe. A chain of protests will continue unless Chandy resigns as CM, Pinrayi said. Only the first phase of the protest is over. The Left Front has gained more strength from the recent mass movement against the government. The siege was called off to avoid negative opinion from the public, Pinarayi said. The end of Secretariat siege...

PC George does not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Kerala Congress -Mani -

Finance Minister K M Mani has said that the statements of PC George does not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Kerala Congress. Mani said that George has his own unique conversational style that are beyond words. Adding to the comment, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that everyone has allowed a margin for PC George. Ommen Chandy and K M Mani were speaking at a press conference after the Left called off the blockade of the Secretariat.

Oommen Chandy has thanked the Left parties for ending the siege -

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has thanked the Left parties for ending the siege on the Secretariat. The CM said that his resignation from office has been a long-time demand of the LDF. He also said that he had not decided on the next course of action in the Lavlin case. The CM said that a judicial enquiry was ordered because police investigations in the case had almost come to an end. The CM also said that he would not deny the Left's claim that the agitation was a success. He...

issues can be settled in a "friendly manner" - Nawaz Sharif -

Amid a spurt in tensions over incidents along the LoC, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for a "new beginning" in ties with India so that all outstanding issues can be settled in a "friendly manner". "Let us make a new beginning. Let us sit together to resolve all outstanding issues in a friendly manner and in a peaceful atmosphere," Sharif said in a message telecast on a TV news channel. Sharif, who has repeatedly spoken of his desire to...

Judicial probe into the solar scam ; Siege laid by LDF has been called off -

The siege laid by the opposition parties on the Secretariat has been called off following an offer from the Government to institute a judicial probe into the solar scam. Earlier, some Left leaders had rejected the offer from the Government and reiterated the call for the resignation of the Chief Minister. However, a public meeting of main opposition leaders including Pinarayi Vijayan and V S Achuthanandan called off the siege even though they maintained that smaller protests would...

LDF’s secretariat blockade turned violent -

The LDF’s secretariat blockade demanding resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy turned violent as restive agitators pelted stones at a police vehicle, in Vellayambalam, which was carrying employees to the Secretariat. At the same time, a clash broke out between the the police and the LDF activists at Bakery junction when they tried to block the chief minister’s car. The police then diverted the rest of the ministers’ vehicles through a different path.

Solar scam had taken place with the knowledge of Chief Minister - Prakash Karat -

Inaugurating the mass picketing of the secretariat, CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat Monday said that the solar scam had taken place with the knowledge of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. If Chandy has any sense of responsibility towards the public he should resign from the CM's post, he said. Pawan Kumar Bansal had to resign from his ministerial post when one of his relatives was tainted in a scam case. The CRPF is actually needed in Kashmir to control communal disturbances,...

Oommen Chandy's resignation ; LDF volunteers converged around the Secretariat -

In a massive show of strength, thousands of LDF volunteers converged around the Secretariat here this morning as part of their indefinite campaign to demand resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in connection with the solar panel scam. While the protesters blocked three gates of the secretariat, police managed to keep one gate open, through which Chandy and his cabinet colleagues entered the complex early in the morning. Though a few contingents of central paramilitary forces...

Muraleedharan criticises the UDF government -

Adding to the problems of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior Congres leader K Muraleedharan on Sunday criticised the UDF government's precautionary measures to resist the Left Democratic Front's (LDF) call for an indefinite siege of the Secretariat from Monday. Muraleedharan said the government has created tension in the minds of the people and hit out at the UDF by saying that the allies lack trust among each other. He alleged the government has publicised the protest by...

Oommen Chandy has to quit - Pinarayi -

Pinarayi Vijayan, CPM State secretary, stated on Sunday that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has no other option but to quit in the wake of the solar scam. Pinarayi was speaking to media persons here ahead of the indefinite Secretariat siege called by the LDF starting Monday. “Chandy has lost the support of his party members and UDF allies and they have renounced him,” Pinarayi said. Meanwhile, Thomas Issac MLA said that the LDF will not resort to violence during the...