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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...

Government was trying to create trouble in the Secretariat - V S -

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan stated that the aim of the Secretariat siege starting from Monday was not to topple the UDF Government, but to make sure that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy quit his post and faced judicial investigation in the solar scam. “Chandy's argument that there is no evidence against him is false. Even the court criticised the way the government handled the case. Chandy by asking for further evidence has proved how thick-skinned he's become,”...

Government was ready for talks with the LDF - Oommen Chandy -

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Sunday that the government was ready for talks with the LDF if the Opposition desired so ahead of the indefinite Secretariat siege from Monday. “The Central forces won't be pressed into action if the protest is peaceful. The forces were called to protect the public. The statements of LDF leaders Pinarayi (Vijayan) and Kodiyeri (Balakrishnan) that the stir will be peaceful are welcome. At the same time LDF convenor Vaikom Viswan has gone on...

First batch of the Central Forces arrived in the state -

Even as the Opposition LDF is leaving no stones unturned in its preparations for the Secretariat siege starting on Monday, the UDF Government is geared up to foil the attempts of the Left parties. The first batch of the Central Forces arrived in the state capital on Saturday morning. Armed contingents of the Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, CRPF and CISF are camping in the city. These forces are expected to line up in the city by afternoon. Out of the 22...

Government is trying to create a terror situation - Pinarayi -

Blaming the UDF Government for overreacting, CPM State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government was trying to create a terror situation in the state ahead of the indefinite Secretariat blockade called by the Left parties from Monday. The Marxist veteran stated that the protest of the LDF will be peaceful and there will not be any provocation on the part of the party workers. “The government is trying to divert the attention of the public. The decision to call the...

LDF is aiming at civil war in the state - Thiruvanchoor -

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Friday said that the LDF is aiming at civil war in the state. Leaving the Cantonment gates open at any cost is an an age-old custom. It was a decision taken during the tenure of former Chief Minister Late C. Achutha Menon. Demonstration can be taken out in front of all the three gates but no one will be allowed to stop those coming to the Secretariat, said Thiruvanchoor. "Won't there be criminals and offenders among the one-lakh...

League may contest the next Lok Sabha polls alone - E T -

In a clear signal that all's not well between the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Congress, IUML leader E T Mohammed Basheer stated on Friday that the League may contest the next Lok Sabha polls alone. “The IUML was expecting the Congress High Command to sort out the problems in the party,” Basheer told media persons after the IUML Secretariat meeting held at the League House here. Basheer added that if the UDF is not staying together, then contesting the...

Solar scam ;Government has requisitioned paramilitary forces to face the massive campaign -

Gearing up to tackle the indefinite siege of the Secretariat by the Opposition LDF over solar scam, the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala has requisitioned paramilitary forces to face the massive campaign starting on Monday. In what could be the biggest protest ever witnessed here, the LDF, spearheaded by CPM, plans to bring around one lakh workers as part of its ongoing campaign demanding resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in connection with the scam. Taking a serious...

Chief Minister's resignation ; Government is planning to take strict measures -

The government is planning to take strict measures to foil plans by the opposition to place the Secretariat under siege from Monday. The opposition is planning the blockade to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. While the opposition would try all means at its disposal to highlight the blockade as a show of strength and public resentment against the government, the government is expected to take all precautionary measures to make the blockade a non event. It is...

Durga Sakthi suspension ; Centre is considering amending rules -

In the backdrop of controversial suspension of Durga Sakthi Nagpal, the Centre is considering amending rules to ensure an IAS officer is not suspended or transferred due to vested interest. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)--which acts as nodal body for administrative matters related to Indian Administrative Service (IAS)--may revisit rules that outlines procedure for disciplinary action against an officer of the service. "We are considering to make changes the...

Medal once again slipped through Saina Nehwal's fingers -

The elusive World Championship medal once again slipped through Saina Nehwal's fingers as the Indian ace suffered a straight-game defeat against Korean Yeon Ju Bae in the quarterfinals of the prestigious event here Friday. The London Olympics bronze-medallist, a quarterfinalist in the last two editions as well, was erratic and could not hold her nerves as she went down rather tamely 21-23 9-21 in a 40-minute match at the Tianhe Indoor Stadium. Kashyap, who was also playing at...

Indian capital has been put on high alert -

The Indian capital has been put on high alert after the Intelligence Bureau alerted the Delhi Police about Hafiz Saeed, the 26/11 mastermind. The IB officials have gathered the information that Saeed could probably attack Delhi. Meanwhile Hafiz Saeed led the Eid prayers in Lahore's famous Gaddafi stadium Friday morning according to Wall Street Journal. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief who is one of the most wanted terrorist in India still roams the cities of Pakistan freely. The...

Three cricketers from the State have made it to the India A squads -

In a big boost to the sport in Kerala, three cricketers from the State have made it to the India A squads for the series against New Zealand A. Sanju V Samson and Sachin Baby are included in the one-day team, while opener V A Jagadeesh is part of team for the three-day and four-day games. The squads (for three-day and four-day games): Abhishek Nayar (captain), Jiwanjyot Singh, Unmukt Chand, Vijay Zol, Manpreet Juneja, V A Jagadish, C M Gautham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Imtiaz Ahmed, Aiket...

Magistrate Court registered the complaint of Biju Radhakrishnan -

The Magistrate Court here registered the complaint of Biju Radhakrishnan, the prime accused in solar scam case, on Wednesday. The magistrate emptied advocates and media persons from the room while recording the complaint. The advocates made an uproar outside the court against the action.