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         Sand ferrying: Case against six including SIDCO MD    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The vigilance Monday filed an FIR in the Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance Court against six persons in connection with the irregularities noticed in the sale of sand of SIDCO.

         Pension fund in KSRTC    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The meet convened by the chief minister decided to form a pension fund to offer pension for KSRTC. The pension has been fixed to Rs 15,000 till April 2015.

         Maoist attack: Two in custody    
PALAKKAD: The police have taken into custody two persons suspected to have connections in the Maoist attack at the Silent Valley office in Palakkad. The two natives of Kasargod were taken into custody from a bus proceeding to Mangara.

         People should unite against conversion, says Suddheran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Conversion is a challenge to democracy, said KPCC chief V M Sudheeran. The Sangh Parivar is engaged in conversion with the aim of communally polarizing the people, he said.

         Maoists attack in Palakkad & Wayanad, set ablaze jeep    
PALAKKAD: Suspected Maoists attacked offices of forest department in Palakkad and Wayanad in the early hours on Monday. No one was hurt in both the incidents. Billboards and posters allegedly by Maoists were found in both the places, police said.

         Kerala’s first Ghar-Vaapsi in Haripad, eight families convert to Hinduism    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first Ghar-Vaapsi in Kerala was held in Alappuzha on Sunday. The programme was organized by the Chengannur district leadership of Vishwa Hindu Parishad. 30 persons from eight families of Christian religion at Kanichanallor in Haripad embraced Hinduism today.

         Sudheeran has breached party discipline, says Hassan    
KASARGOD: KPCC vice-president M M Hassan harshly criticized KPCC chief V M Sudheeran. His statements on the tweaked liquor policy breached party discipline and caused a dent on the image of the UDF government, he told reporters at a press meet.

         Group squabbles in congress worsened liquor policy, says P C George    
KOTTAYAM: The group squabbles in the congress party worsened the liquor policy, said Chief Whip P C George. He said the huge majority of the Congress party was now strongly behind Chief Minister Oommen Chandy because of the adamant and untenable approach on the liquor policy taken up by Sudheeran.

         Vigilance raids fail to yield results, says director    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The raids conducted by the vigilance fail to yield the expected results, said its director DGP Winson M Paul. The director’s circular issued to vigilance SPs has clarified that more arrangements and efficiency should be shown while conducting raids.

         Sudheeran has become a laughing stock, says Vellappally    
KOZHIKODE: SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan said Sudheeran has become a laughing stock and he does not enjoy any support in his party. Vellappally said the only thing that has happened after he became president is that the once warring factions in the Congress party have come under one roof and he has become a loner.

         I’ve not called any meeting of Congress MLAs, says Chandy    
KOTTAYAM: In the wake of the disapproval shown by KPCC chief V M Sudheeran on the practical changes in the liquor policy, the news that Congress MLAs meet has been called is wrong, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. No official meeting of MLAs has been called, he told reporters.

         More de-addiction centres soon: Sivakumar    
KOCHI: Treatment centres that give importance to mental health and de-addiction programmes for alcoholics and drug addicts will be started in more hospitals across the State, Health Minister V S Sivakumar has said. From primary health centres to district hospitals, there will be facilities for deaddiction treatment.

         K P Udayabhanu award for P Jayachandran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: K P Udayanu award instituted by K P Udayabhanu foundation has been conferred on playback singer P Jayachandran. Foundation Chairman Sivan announced at a press conference on Saturday that the award comprises Rs 25000, a memento and citation.

         Youth league to agitate for complete liquor ban    
KOZHIKODE: “The government’s decision to backtrack from its orginal liquor policy is not right. A strong agitation will be organised against this,” Muslim Youth League State president P M Saddique Ali and General Secretary C K Subair said at a press conference on Saturday.

         Crores offered to withdraw ‘Nilpu Samaram’: C K Janu    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Social activist and adivasi leader C K Janu has come out with the allegation that crores of rupees were offered to her for withdrawing ‘Nilpu samaram’ (protest by standing).

         No more changes in liquor policy: K C Joseph    
KANNUR: Minister for Rural Development, Planning & Culture K C Joseph has said that there will not be any further changes in the government’s new liquor policy.

         Sudheeran’s statement will weaken govt: Hassan    
THRISSUR: Congress spokesperson M M Hassan has said that KPCC president V M Sudheeran’s statement will weaken the government. The onus lies also on the KPCC president to protect the government and ensure that it remains in power.

         Three-month stay on demolition of DLF flat    
KOCHI: A division bench of Kerala High Court has stayed for three months the demolition of DLF flat that was built on the encroached part of Chelavannur backwater.

         Action against Ganesh anti-democratic, says Pillai    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The decision to remove K B Ganesh Kumar MLA from the parliamentary party meeting of the UDF is anti-democratic, said Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai. Steps are being taken by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by looking at the number of MLAs of allied parties.

         Vigilance case against V A Arun Kumar    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A vigilance case has been registered against V A Arun Kumar, son of opposition leader V S Achuthanandan. The vigilance filed an FIR at the vigilance court in the capital city following the irregularities noticed in the construction of a godown while he was serving as the Coirfed MD.

         Govt withdraws super class permit given to private buses    
KOCHI: The government informed the Kerala High Court that they have withdrawn the order giving super class permits to private buses for operating services in routes having long distance services of KSRTC. The government also told the court that from now on super class permits will be given only to the KSRTC.

         I’ve never tried to weaken the government, says Sudheeran    
THRISSUR: I have never tried to weaken the government, said KPCC chief V M Sudheeran. I just expressed the feelings of the congress activists and people on the practical changes in the liquor policy, Sudheeran told reporters.

         Even Antony fails to persuade Sudheeran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A and I Groups in the Congress have turned against KPCC president V M Sudheeran who, on Friday, lashed out at the government for making practical changes in the liquor policy.

         Sudheeran expresses dissent again    
THRISSUR: KPCC chief V M Sudheeran indirectly criticized the government over the liquor policy. External forces are fixing government’s agenda which has been against people’s interests, he said. Disappointment of the people is the result in many things when external forces intervene and this is the biggest drawback in democracy, he said.

         BJP against forcible conversions: Amit Shah    
KOCHI: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said his party was against forcible conversions and asked other political parties in the country to support a bill in this regard if they were “sincere” in their approach to secularism “BJP is against forceful conversions and that is why we want to bring a law. So-called secular parties should support BJP’s move,” Shah told reporters in Kochi.

         Man dies in accident    
KANNUR: A 60-year-old man was killed after a KSRTC bus overturned at Oduvallithattu early Saturday morning. 10 persons including the driver was injured. The dead has been identified as Thomas, a cloth merchant of Cheruppuzha.

         Man run over by train    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A man was run over by a train near the Uppidammoodu Bridge in Vanchiyoor. The railway police informed the Vanchiyoor police after the body was found lying there.

         Devaswom employee found dead in temple    
VELLARADA: A devaswom employee was found dead in the premises of a temple in Kunnathukal. He has been identified as Aji Kumar (38), son of Sulochanan of Neyyattinkara. The body was found in front of the office of the Mahadeva Temple in Kunnathukal. He is a percussionist of the temple.

         Film actor Sajan Piravom dies    
KOOTHATTUKULAM: Film actor and mimicry artiste Sajan Piravom passed away early Saturday morning. He was 49. He had a noticeable role in director Vinayan’s Albhutha Dweepu. He has acted in many Malayalam films including Pattanathil Bhootam and Tamil languages.

         Titanium case: CM-Acting CJ meeting triggers controversy    
KOCHI: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s meeting with Acing Chief Justice Ashok Bhooshan of Kerala High Court at the very day when the Titanium Graft case was being taken up has stoked controversy.

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