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       HEADLINES: VS dropped from central committee, made special invitee                                              Nothing unnatural in party decision, says VS                                              New beginning for a change in party, says VS                                              Abu Salem's aide arrested in Delhi                                              Nuclear agreements would've huge impact: Modi                                              Voice of farmers cannot be suppressed: Sonia Gandhi                                              Our aim is to strengthen party, says Yechury                                              700 feared dead in migrant shipwreck in Mediterranean                                              Yusuf is still our trump card: Akram                                              Will do all I can to remain number one: Sania                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         New beginning for a change in party, says VS    
VISAKHAPATNAM: This is going to be a new beginning for a change in the party, said special invitee to the central committee V S Achuthanandan. The experience of Yechury will benefit the party, he said.

         Nothing unnatural in party decision, says VS    
VISAKHAPATNAM: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said on Sunday that there was nothing unnatural in his being made only a special invitee in the central committee of the CPM. The special invitee status is being seen as a clipping of his wings. The 91-member central committee of the CPI-M is the most powerful decision making body of the party.

         VS dropped from central committee, made special invitee    
VISAKHAPATNAM: V S Achuthanandan, opposition leader of Kerala has been dropped from the CPM central committee. Instead he has been made a special invitee.

         Departmental inquiry against Jacob Job; suspension to continue    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala government has decided to initiate departmental inquiry against former Thrissur commissioner Jacob Job for allegedly trying to blackmail State Police Chief K S Balasubramanian in connection with controversial businessman Nisham Muhammed.

         Govt silent over IOC plant crisis    
KOCHI: Even as the standoff in the Parippally IOC plant over renewal of truck owners’ agreement continued for the 19th day, the government maintained its silence over the issue. Neither the district administration nor the government has come forward to sort out the issue, which has resulted in throwing the distribution of LPG in the south Kerala out of gear.

         SSLC exam results on Monday    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The education minister will announce the SSLC exam results on Monday at 4 pm. Soon after the announcement, the results will become available on the website:

         UDF neglected us, new alliances needed, says JD (U)    
KOZHIKODE: In the present political scenario, new alliances and political attitudes are needed, said JD (U) state president M P Veerendra Kumar. Talking to the media after a meeting of district presidents and office bearers of feeder organizations held soon after the merging of the Socialist Janata with the JD (U), he said the political stand of the party in the state will be decided after holding talks with the national leadership.

         CPM doesn’t have tradition of greeting, says SRP    
VISAKHAPATNAM: S Ramachandran Pillai commonly known as SRP came forward with a reply to opposition leader V S Achuthanandan’s prior greetings to Sitaram Yechury, frontrunner for the post of new general secretary. He said the party doesn’t have the tradition of greeting someone.

         Retd KSEB employee found dead    
POOVAR: A KSEB retired Overseer was found dead inside his house on Saturday morning. His head had sustained an injury and large amount of blood was found to have oozed out of the body.

         Confiscated 23.5 kg gold returned on paying fine    
KOCHI: It has come to light that gold sold at certain big jewellery shops in Kochi are the ones once confiscated by Customs Officials at airports. The jewellers bought gold ornaments after selling gold blocks.

         Woman pregnant after sterilization, clash in hospital    
KULATHUPUZHA: A woman became pregnant even after she was subjected for sterilization at a private hospital months before. A clash broke out after her husband and some relatives reached the hospital to question i

         VS openly bats for Yechury    
VISAKHAPATNAM: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan openly wished politburo member Sitaram Yechury frontrunner for the post of CPI (M) general secretary. He wished Yechury when he met him while leaving from the hotel to the meet venue. He favored Yechury for the post and sought more youngsters in the leadership.

         Pillai lodges complaint against Ministers Mani and Anoop Jacob    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: R Balakrishnan Pillai, who left the UDF, lodged a complaint to the vigilance director against two ministers on allegations of corruption. The complaint was lodged against K M Mani in the bar case and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob. The complaint sough a probe against the two.

         Sexual abuse in church: Court seeks govt’s stand    
KOCHI: Kerala High Court has sought the stand of the government on the anticipatory bail submitted by Fr Edwin Figarez in connection with a case in which a 16-year-old girl was "sexually abused" by the church priest.

         Action against teachers who skip evaluation assignment    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Exam Secretary has informed that teachers who had not turned up for the evaluation of Higher Secondary examination have been issued the show cause notice.

         Aranmula: Petition filed against KGS    
KOCHI: Former land owner K J Abraham Kalamannin has filed a petition in the Kerala High Court alleging that in the purchase of the land for the Aranmula airport project, K G S Group embezzled Rs 30 crore.

         PC George suspended    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: PC George, who has been on warpath against Finance Minister K M Mani, was on Friday suspended from Kerala Congress (M). He was also removed as the vice-chairman of the party as well as from committees in which he had been representing the party.

         Lapses in leadership, says Yechury    
VISAKHAPATNAM: The party leadership should be blamed for the formation and implementation of the political policy approaches, said politburo member Sitaram Yechury. Addressing the media, Yechury said the party plenum will be convened to solve it.

         Saritha was sexually abused, says magistrate before solar commission    
KOCHI: Former additional chief judicial magistrate N V Raju told before the Solar Commission that Saritha S Nair, accused in the solar case, had revealed to him that she was sexually abused. When asked whether she was raped, she said yes, said Raju.

         G Sudhakaran not in Central Committee    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM leader G Sudhakaran has reportedly informed the Central leadership that he need not be considered for a place in the Central Committee. An understanding had already been reached to include G Sudhakaran and A K Balan as new members from Kerala, though other names were also considered. It was at this juncture that Sudhakaran made a dramatic change in stand.

         Saritha gave Rs 25 lakh to CM’s aide: Pillai    
KOCHI: Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai deposed before the Solar Inquiry Commission that Solar scam accused Saritha S Nair had given Rs 25 lakh to chief minister’s aide Thomas Kuruvila, who is known by the pet name ‘Pavam Payyan’ (poor guy). Rs 15 lakh was given in Delhi and Rs 10 lakh in Thiruvananthapuram. “All these things are clearly mentioned in Saritha’s letter. Thomas Kuruvila’s name is mentioned in the letter and I guess he is the chief minister’s close ass

         MT bags Thakazhi Puraskaram    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Noted writer M T Vasudevan Nair bagged this year’s Thakazhi Puraskaram. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a citation and a plaque. The award would be presented to him at a function later.

         Bison attacks woman    
THRISSUR: A bison from the forest area of Aanapantham attacked a woman. The injured identified as Shobana (45), wife of Vatsan has been admitted at the Potta Dhanya Hospital in Chalakudy with injuries.

         George to move court questioning party structure    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When the Kerala Congress (Mani) is gearing up to oust P C George from the vice-chairman post, the latter is planning to take legal steps against the party. He will move the court questioning the structure of the party.

         Rs 3 crores offered to former minister, says Biju Radhakrishnan    
MOOVATTUPUZHA: Biju Radhakrishnan, the second accused in the solar case, has dared to reveal the role of the top levels including the chief minister in the sensational solar deal. Proofs on their intervention would be produced at the ACJM Court in the capital city tomorrow. I have suffered enough and don’t want to rescue anyone again

         ED grills T C Mathew over KCA stadium    
KOCHI: Enforcement Directorate officials on Thursday grilled BCCI vice-president and Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president T C Mathew for five hours based on the complaint that he had given Rs 88 lakh to a London company after allegedly flouting foreign currency transaction norms.

         CPM membership fee hiked to Rs 5 from Rs 3    
VISHAKAPATNAM: CPM’s annual membership fee has been increased to Rs 5 from the existing Rs 2. The decision to increase the fee was taken at the party Congress being held here. Politburo member Brinda Karat later announced at a press conference that the party Congress, on Wednesday, had accepted the amendments in party constitution in order to hike the membership fee.

         Harivarasanam award for Singer S P Balasubramanyam    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala government’s Harivarasan award 2015 will be conferred on singer S P Balasubramanyam. This was informed by Devaswom department Minister V S Sivakumar. The award comprises One lakh rupees, statuette and a citation.

         KSRTC strike on April 30    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KSRTC employees will strike work on April 30, extending their support to the nation-wide strike to be held against road safety bill. The 24-hr strike will commence on April 29 midnight. Labour organisations like INTUC, CITU, AITUC and BMS have extended their support to the strike.

         Chennithala denies snooping charges    
KOZHIKODE: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has denied the allegations that police were snooping on certain political party leaders and MLAs and their phones were being tapped.

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