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       HEADLINES: BJP hartal seeking resignation of Mani total                                              League, RSP support Mani                                              CPM Kollam district meet wants a smiling leadership                                              Attack on KFC: Bail plea of accused rejected                                              Rs Five crore loss for KSRTC                                              State funeral for cartoonist Laxman                                              Coal scam: CBI files progress report in sealed cover                                              Obama wraps up India visit; leaves for Saudi Arabia                                              US and India share sense of unease over China                                              Cartoonist R K Laxman cremated                                              Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people                                              WikiLeaks slams Google for handing over staffers' data to US                                              Another case filed against Khaleda Zia                                              UN head calls for partnership with India to shape new future                                              Gunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead                                              Pakistani cricketer haunted by “supernatural presence” at team hotel                                              Nadal out of Australian Open                                              Australian Open: Sharapova powers past Bouchard                                              Ronaldo should be punished for violent conduct: Neymar                                              Largest Cricket bat bids for Guinness World Record                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         MiG-27 aircraft of IAF crashes in Rajasthan    
BARMER: A MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force today crashed here but the pilot ejected safely. However, it was not immediately known if there was any casualty.

         It is not right thing to crucify Mani: Sukumarnan Nair    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: NSS General Secretary G Sukumaran Nair has said that it was not right to crucify Mani in the name of bar bribery scam until allegations against him are proved in bar bribery case. He was speaking to media after inaugurating the South regional office of the NSS.”

         Kerala reference in Obama speech a great honour: Anil Kumar    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar has said that American President Barack Obama making passing reference to Kerala’s natural beauty and backwaters is itself a great recognition for Kerala.

         Pillai’s entry into LDF not in agenda: Pannyan    
KANNUR: CPI State Secretary Pannyan Raveendran has said that the party has not discussed Congress (B) leader R Balakrsihna Pillai’s entry into the LDF.

         Rs Five crore loss for KSRTC    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KSRTC didn't ply long distance routes on Tuesday as the BJP had called hartal, seeking Finance Minister K M Mani’s resignation over bar bribery scam. According to an estimate, the hartal had incurred a loss of Rs Five crore, due to slashing down of bus services.

         Mani to table budget, says he is being harassed    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance Minister K M has emphatically stated at a press conference here on Tuesday that he himself will present UDF government’s budget this time as well. “I’m engaged in the paper works and preparation for presenting the budget. This is the 13th time I’m presenting the budget as a member of the UDF cabinet. The front is, of course, my strength,” he said.

         Attack on KFC: Bail plea of accused rejected    
PALAKKAD: The Palakkad district court Tuesday rejected the bail plea of two accused arrested in connection with the attack on KFC Restaurant. The court rejected the bail plea of Sreekanth and Arun Balan.

         CPM Kollam district meet wants a smiling leadership    
KOLLAM: A demand for a change in the working style of leaders was voiced at the CPM Kollam district meet. Representatives partaking in the meeting showered criticism on CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

         League, RSP support Mani    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Muslim League and RSP came forward supporting Finance Minister K M Mani in the bar bribe scam. Mani has the full support of the League, said Minister P K Kunhalikutty. A decision will be taken on Pillai issue after tomorrow’s UDF meet, he said.

         VS indirectly supports Pillai and George    
KOLLAM: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan indirectly supported the stances of Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai and Chief Whip P C George. VS said that he will support Pillai and George if they take a stand in the fight against corruption. Fight against corruption is the stance of the Left front, he told reporters in Kollam.

         BJP hartal seeking resignation of Mani total    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Normal life across the state was Tuesday disrupted due to a day-long state-wide hartal called by BJP demanding the resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani in the wake of graft charges against him in the bar bribery scam.

         Don’t crucify Mani without proving corruption: NSS    
PERUNNA: NSS came forward supporting Finance Minister K M Mani facing allegations of corruption in the bar bribery scam. There is no need for Mani to resign, said NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair. Don’t crucify him unless the corruption allegation is proved. The NSS will not support him if found true, he said.

         Transparency should be ensured in all governmental activities, says Sathasivam    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Transparency is needed in the functioning of the government, said Governor P Sathasivam. The administrators are responsible for what they opine and function and so the governments should be at its best.

         UDF will turn ugly if Kerala Congress leaves, says Pillai    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The face of the UDF will turn ugly if the Kerala Congress (B) and the Kerala Congress (M) leave the Front, said R Balakrishna Pillai. I’m resigning the chairman post of the forward commission given by the UDF. The resignation is ready and will hand it over to the chief minister as soon as he reaches the capital city, Pillai said while talking to the media.

         Mani’s programmes in Kottayam cancelled    
KOTTAYAM: Finance Minister K M Mani cancelled his trip to Kottayam fearing the protest of left organizations in connection with the bar bribe scam. He usually goes to Kottayam on weekends to attend the programmes held in his constituency. The Kerala Congress decided to cancel his programmes which were scheduled to happen in Kottayam today.

         KTDC hotel attacked in Wayanad    
WAYANAD: A six-member team including two women attacked a KTDC hotel at Thirunelli in the district. The reception counter and restaurant of Tamarind Hotel, was vandalized by the gang. The hotel attacked allegedly by Maoists early Sunday morning at 2 am damaged the computers and furniture of the office and left posters protesting against Obama’s India visit.

         Nilambur Radha murder case: Verdict on Feb 7    
MANCHERY: In case relating to the alleged murder of Radha, who was the sweeper in Nilambur Congress Block office, the order will be pronounced on February 7. The trial was completed in 39 days in the presence of Manchery First Additional Sessions Court judge P S Sasi Kumar.

         Bar bribery case is being subverted: V Muraleedharan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP State president V Muraleedharan has said that the UDF government and Minister Mani have been trying to sabotage the bar bribery case. He demanded that the case be investigated by the CBI.

         Exams to be held on Jan 27 postponed    
KOCHI: All examinations supposed to be held by Kochi and Calicut Universities on January 27 have been postponed to January 31. The Examination controller has informed this. There is no change in the timings and venue of exams.

         Bar scam: AIYF organise protest march on Jan 28    
KOTTAYAM: AIYF State secretary Advocate K Rajan announced at a press conference here on Saturday that the party will intensify its protests, seeking Finance Minister K M Mani’s resignation.

         Yusufali Kechery admitted in ICU    
KOCHI: Veteran poet and lyricist Yusufali Kechery has been admitted in the Emergency ICU of Amirta hospital after he was detected with pneumonia.

         No point in discussing Mani’s resignation, says Jose K Mani    
KOTTAYAM: "There is no point in discussing the resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani embroiled in the bar bribery scam," said Jose K Mani MP. The allegations against Mani are unbelievable.

         Mani scorns controversy on bar allegations    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance Minister K M Mani on Saturday scorned the controversies on the allegations in connection with the bar scam. He asked whether anybody had obtained any ample evidence on the allegations leveled against him, even after 85 days.

         Woman pretends to be prospective bride, cons men    
MOOVATTUPUZHA: Here is a woman who marries, not to lead a happy life but to make some quick bucks. Any number of time she would marry for money…for leading a posh life. She is Jiji Mathew, an expert in conning men with marriage offers. Jiji (40), hailing Perumbavoor, was arrested recently by Moovattupuzha police. However, she is known to his victims in different names.

         P C George takes a dig at Jose K Mani    
KOTTAYAM: Chief Whip P C George said Jose K Mani, son of Finance Minister K M Mani, is a tender leaf. George said that he joined the Kerala Congress not after assuring to call Zindabad for Jose K Mani. I don’t have any godfathers in the Kerala Congress. Talking to the media, he said that he grew up in the party without anybody’s help.

         Diverse talks in Kerala Congress over future course of action    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Secret parleys are going on within the Kerala Congress regarding Finance Minister K M Mani’s resignation as more evidence are coming out against him in bar bribery case, according to sources. Though nobody is openly demanding Mani’s resignation, secretly they are doing so.

         Kadakampally to continue as CPM T’puram district secretary    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kadakampally Surendran will continue as the CPM Thiruvananthapuram district secretary. The decision was taken at the secretariat and district committee meetings held here Saturday.

         C F Thomas to become minister if Mani resigns    
PATHANAMTHITTA: Jose K Mani MP, son of Finance Minister K M Mani will not replace the latter if he resigns in the name of bar scam, said Chief Whip P C George. Senior leader C F Thomas will replace him. George had mentioned this earlier also.

         Yuva Morcha march turns violent in capital city    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police used water cannons, teargas shells and force to disperse the Yuva Morcha activists after a Secretariat march taken out by them on Saturday turned violent. The activists were protesting, seeking the resignation of Finance Minister K M Mani, who is involved in the bar bribe scam.

         Car falls on top of house, passengers escape miraculously    
KALLARA: Two persons sustained injuries after a car, losing control, fell on top of a house. The injured has been identified as Shobi Krishnan (42) and Vipin (23) of Palode. The incident happened Saturday morning at 6 am near Mylamoodu Kottayappankkavu Junction.

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