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Solar Scam ;Original statement of Saritha was manipulated. -

BJP State General Secretary, K Surendran, has said that the original statement of Saritha S Nair, one of the main accused in the solar scam, was manipulated. Surendran, who said that he was speaking on the basis of an RTI reply given by the Pathanamthitta Jail Superintendent, said that Saritha had given her lawyer a 21-page document while she was in jail. The reply from the Superintendent also said that a copy of the statement was not preserved by the jail...

Court issued non-bailable warrants against four Indian bookies -

A Delhi court today issued non-bailable warrants against four Indian bookies and three aides of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case. The seven are named as accused in the Delhi Police's chargesheet in the case. The arrest warrants were issued against Dubai-based Javed Chuttani and Pakistan-based Salman and Aitesham, all three of whom are said to be Dawood's associates.     Apart from the warrants, the court...

Indian rupee tumbled to an all-time low of 64.45 -

Continuing its downslide, the Indian rupee tumbled to an all-time low of 64.45 against the dollar in late afternoon trade on Wednesday. The slide was triggered by sustained dollar demand from banks and importers on the back of a strengthening US currency overseas, coupled with a sharp fall in local stocks. The rupee resumed lower at 63.45 per dollar as against yesterday’s closing level of 63.25 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market and dropped further to hit a...

LDF's letter will be handed over to the government -

Sources indicate that the letter from LDF, containing the terms of reference for judicial inquiry, does not mention any names of ministers. The letter would demand the inquiry by keeping Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the focus of investigations. The Left has claimed that they have strong evidence against the CM and his office. The letter, which will be  presented in the CPM state secretariat and then transferred to the home department, asks for legislations to avoid...

CM's office may also be included within the ambit of judicial inquiry. -

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that his office may also be included within the ambit of judicial inquiry. The terms of reference will disclose more facts, he said. The government has an open-minded approach in this matter. In case the Left was hesitant to have a direct conversation with him, the government could assign a new person for the job, he added. Meanwhile sources have indicated that the letter from LDF, containing the terms of reference for judicial inquiry, has not...

Sheela murder case ; High Court cancelled the death sentence awarded to Kanakaraj -

The Kerala High Court Tuesday cancelled the death sentence awarded to Kanakaraj, the second accused in the Puthur Sheela murder case. The apex court of the state has commuted the capital punishment to life imprisonment and upheld the trial court's decision to acquit Manikandan, the third accused in the case. Sheela Jayakrishnan was stabbed to death on March 23, 2010, at her house at Puthur, near Palakkad. Later, Karthiyayani Amma,Sheela's mother, identified the three accused,...

Mangalya Nidhi ; Mani had announced setting up of the fund in his budget speech -

The government scheme, Mangalya Nidhi, for the marriage of girls in poverty stricken families, has become a headache for the poor. Finance Minister K M Mani had announced setting up of the fund in his budget speech. As per the budget instructions, those who conduct luxurious marriages have to contribute not less than 3 per cent of the expense to the fund. However, the order issued by the office of the Deputy Commissioner of commercial tax, extracts the charge from those who organise low...

ADGP Hemachandran is only overseeing the solar case probe -

The government has informed the High Court that ADGP Hemachandran is only overseeing the solar scandal case probe. The Advocate General also informed the HC that the DySPs in each cases are the responsible officials in the investigation process. The clarification from the government came after the HC raised a few questions regarding the responsibilities of the state in the probe while considering the bail pleas of Tenny Joppan and Shalu Menon, the accused in the case. Meanwhile,...

Modi attacked the government for the free fall of rupee against the US dollar -

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today attacked the government for the free fall of rupee against the US dollar, attacking the Centre for "saving its chair" and not the economy. "The country is disappointed today because the government is neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee. It is only worried about saving its chair," Mr Modi said. The rupee continued its slide and slumped to a record low today, breaching the 64-mark against...

Court criticised the Vithura sex scandal victim -

The Special Court on Monday criticised the Vithura sex scandal victim for making unreasonable excuses for delaying the commencement of the trial in the case. While considering the plea of the victim who sought a month’s time to turn up before the court, Justice S Shajahan observed that the court, counsels and the prosecution could not waste their time unnecessarily. While the trial in the case was to commence on Monday, the victim’s counsel S Aheez produced a medical certificate...

Arjuna Award Tom Joseph ; Expected to take decision today -

The high level meeting by Sports Minister Jithendra Singh on Monday is expected to take decision about presenting Arjuna Award to volley ball player Tom Joseph. The meeting is likely to take a  favourable stance towards Tom. The Sports Ministry has decided to reconsider the decision when it became a controversy. The Ministry denied the award to Tom after he was in consideration nine times. Jiji Thomson, SAI Director and award committee member,  P K Deb,...

LDF will convene a meeting to discuss about solar case -

LDF will convene a meeting on Monday to discuss about further procedures to be taken in solar case,  at  5 pm at AKG centere here . 'Terms of reference' of the solar scam judicial probe will be the main agenda of the meeting. Besides, it will discuss about CPM 's consent for V S Achuthanandan to take legal action in solar case. All LDF allies had assessed the Secretariat siege as a success. Today's meeting may also follow the same. At the...

Heavy rains and flooding have killed 110 people in Pakistan -

Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 110 people and affected over three lakh in many parts of Pakistan, the country's disaster management authority said today. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the flood-hit areas in Sialkot district over the weekend and directed the Punjab government to take every step possible to help the victims. He also directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chairman to visit the worst-hit areas and provide emergency relief to...

Rupee dropped to a record low of 62.45 per dollar -

The rupee dropped to a record low of 62.45 per dollar in late morning trade on Monday on persistent demand for the US currency from banks and importers coupled with capital outflows from foreign funds. A firm US currency in the overseas market also affected the rupee value against the dollar, a forex dealer said. The rupee resumed lower at 62.30 per dollar as against the last weekend’s level of 61.65 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) Market and dropped further to a new...

Train runs over 35 pilgrims in Bihar; Locals set coaches on fire -

Thirty seven people, mostly women and children, were killed in Bihar this morning when an express train ploughed into pilgrims at a remote and poorly connected area in the state's Khagaria district, around 160 km from Patna. The incident at 8:40 am triggered mayhem at the Dhamara Ghat Station, as a violent mob reportedly assaulted the train driver, set trains on fire, vandalized the station and held railway staff hostage. Bodies lay on rail tracks for hours as the violence made...

Kerala Congress should remove P C George - M M Hussen -

Congress spokesperson M M Hussen Sunday said the Kerala Congress should remove P C George from Chief Whip post as he is continuously troubling government. Hussen said he will demand Kerala Congress chief K M Mani to remove P C George from the post.

Mani came out in support of P C George -

Kerala Congress (M) supremo and state Finance Minister K M Mani backed Chief Whip P C George as the Congress has raised voice against P C George's recent comments over the Solar scam. Mani came out in support of P C George as the Congress' Poonjar  faction issued a circular stating that the Chief Whip should be boycotted  in public function. Mani said Kerala Congress has always tried to maintain unity in United Democratic Front.

Police arrested K P Punnoose for illegal foreign currency dealings. -

Police arrested Niranam Gram Panchayat president K P Punnoose for illegal foreign currency dealings. Police detained Punnoose Saturday evening on the basis of Vimal Raj's, who arrested for transiting foreign currency equal to 18 crores, statement. Vimal has said police that the money belongs to Punnoose. The seized currency was Yugoslav Dinar (Yum). Police will present Punnoose at Thiruvalla court while Vimal Raj will be handed over to Central Enforcement. Meanwhile, BJP...

Solar scam ; V S rejected government's appeal for talks on -

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan Sunday rejected government's appeal for talks on Solar scam. Achuthanandan said the opposition is not ready for any talks until Chief Minister Oommen Chandy resigns. The investigation will not be justifiable while Chandy is in power. He should resign and face the probe, he added. He also said opposition will not approve the investigation if the judicial probe chose to leave out CMO's involvement.

Pakistan trying to engineer more attacks along the borderline. Orologi Falso Rolex Daytona For Men. -

Amid heightened tension along the LoC, which has witnessed a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Army Sunday said it has inputs about Pakistan trying to engineer more Border Action Team (BAT) attacks along the borderline. India has blamed BAT, which is a mix of Pakistani special forces personnel and terrorists, for the brutal killing of its two soldiers in January, one of whom was beheaded, and killing of its five personnel along Line of Control in Poonch sector. Orologi Falso...

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...

'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...