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       HEADLINES: Execute liquor ban completely, says Hassan                                              What use inspecting closed bars, asks ET                                              Sudheeran seeks ban on liquor completely                                              Traders go on strike in state                                              Gas cylinder lorry strike ends                                              Yoga guru B K S Iyengar passes away                                              Five militants killed in Assam                                              2G case: Bail granted to Dayalu Ammal                                              PM asks DRDO to complete projects in time                                              Islamic State militants behead US journalist, release video                                              Sharif to meet Khan as protesters threaten to storm PM House                                              Shooting well, hope to win Olympic quota in Spain: Gurpal                                              Gujarat boxing body claims conspiracy in suspension                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Four country bombs recovered from coconut plantation    
KANNUR: Bomb squad Wednesday recovered four steel bombs from a coconut plantation at Kalluvalappil, near Cheruvancherry under Kannavam Police Limits, this morning.

         Two drown in Malappuram    
MALAPPURAM: Two persons drowned in River Bharatapuzha at Nila Park, near Kuttippuram in Malappuram Wednesday. Police said the dead were identified as Afzar and Anaz, (both 20), natives of Tirur Pookai in the district.

         Do not open bars in a hurry, says Mani    
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister K M Mani said not to show haste in opening the bars closed. It is good as long as long as the bars are closed. Talking to reporters here, he said the bars are inspected as per the high court directive.

         Gas cylinder lorry strike ends    
KOCHI: The strike staged by the employees of the BPCL plant ended here Wednesday. The strike was withdrawn following talks held with the management representatives.

         Traders go on strike in state    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A majority of shops and business establishments remained closed in the state responding to the token strike by a section of traders in protest against alleged arbitrary e-declaration and e-notice by the commercial taxes department.

         Govt acted as per constitution in plus two issue, says Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday criticized the Kerala High Court for imposing an interim stay in granting plus two. If higher secondary director’s recommendation in granting plus two batches has to be approved, then why is the government for, asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

         Sudheeran seeks ban on liquor completely    
KOCHI: The people of the state wish for a complete ban on liquor, said KPCC chief V M Sudheeran. The state is moving for a complete ban on liquor. Talking to reporters after inaugurating the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Day, he said the state has a favourable situation for the liquor ban.

         What use inspecting closed bars, asks ET    
MALAPPURAM: What is the use of inspecting the closed bars, asked Muslim League general secretary E T Muhammed Basheer. The inspection conducted now is to put dust in one’s eye, he told reporters.

         Execute liquor ban completely, says Hassan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A complete liquor ban should be executed in the state, said KPCC vice president M M Hassan. The congress will voice the ban at the UDF meeting, he said.

         Solve bar issue amicably: High Command    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The high command has finally intervened in the bar licence issue that had led to bickering within the Congress party. The leadership has asked KPCC president V M Sudheeran and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to amicably solve the issue without resorting to mudslinging. Congress leader Ahammed Patel today held a meeting with the two leaders to convey this instruction.

         Arjuna award: Malayalis will not be avoided    
NEW DELHI: Five Malayalis recommended for Arjuna award will not be avoided, former Indian cricket captain and Arjun award committee chairman Kapil Dev has said.

         Cabinet subcommittee gets HC notice over Plus Two issue    
KOCHI: In the case related to the alleged irregularity in sanctioning of Plus Two courses, Kerala High Court has served a notice on Cabinet subcommittee. In the notice, Justice P R Ramachandra Menon has asked the subcommittee to explain why it had bypassed the recommendations of Higher secondary director while allotting Plus Two batches.

         My stand on bar issue not personal: Sudheeran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC president V M Sudheeran has said that his opinion that 418 “substandard” bars remaining shut should not be reopened is not a personal one. It is party’s stand.

         Teacher beats 4-yr-old girl student black and blue    
PATHANAMTHITTA: An LKG girl student in a school here was severely beaten by her teacher for the simple reason that water from her water bottle spilled onto the floor inside the class. The girl is reportedly being treated in hospital as she has fracture in her left arm.

         Examination of closed bars for standards begin    
THIRUVANANHTHAPURAM: The government officials have started examining the standards of 418 closed bars to find out the ones that fulfil standard criteria. The inspection is being held by a team led by Excise Deputy Commissioner as per the instructions given by Kerala High Court.

         Liquor ban UDF’s general policy: Sudheeran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC president V M Sudheeran has said that liquor ban is the general policy of the Congress and the UDF. "Alcohol consumption is the reason for most of the problems in society and it should be banned in a phased manner," he said today after receiving Prof M P Manmadan cash award instituted by Kerala Madhya Nirodhana Samithi for anti-liquor activities.

         Two tourists die in lighting strikes in Wagamon    
ELAPPARA: Two tourists from Kozhikode died in Wagamon on Monday after lightning struck them. Others who were with them sustained minor injuries.

         HC approves of removal George from VC post    
KOCHI: Kerala High Court dismissed the petition filed by former M G varsity vice-chancellor, questioning his removal from VC’s post. The high court said that it was not interfering in Governor’s decision.

         Overtaking by pvt buses banned in Kochi    
KOCHI: Kerala High Court has banned overtaking by private buses plying the roads in Kochi. The ban will be for two months. The court also asked the government to complete the repair works of roads within three weeks. The District collector will oversee the road work.

         I hope CM will keep his word: Pillai    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Congress (B) Chairman R Balakrishna Pillai has said he hopes that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will keep his word on making his MLA son a minister. “When demanding the minister’s post, it is not right to dub it as a threat,” he said at a press conference after party State committee meeting.

         Hassan not authorised to opine on bar issue: Anil Kumar    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC general secretary K P Anil Kumar has said that the party had not authorised party leader M M Hassan to air his opinion on bar licence issue and his opinion in the issue was totally personal.

         Plus Two: Interim stay, a setback for government    
KOCHI: Kerala High Court verdict on Plus Two case has come as a shocker to the government. The court on Monday temporarily stayed the Plus Two courses sanctioned by the government without the approval of Expert panel and higher secondary director.

         Kodiyeri seeks education minister’s resignation    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Deputy opposition leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Monday sought the resignation of Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb in the wake of the Kerala High Court verdict imposing a stay in granting plus two batches.

         CM, education minister to respond after studying report    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said they would respond after studying the Kerala High Court’s verdict imposing a stay in granting plus two batches.

         Teacher accused of sexually abusing students    
KOZHIKODE: A complaint has been lodged against a teacher of a noted government school for sexual abuse against girl students. The arts teacher of a noted government school in the district was accused for trying to sexually abuse students of seventh, eighth and ninth standards.

         K E Ismail rejects reports that he sent letter against Divakaran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI leader K E Ismail has rejected the reports that he had sent a letter to the party central leadership against national executive member C Divakaran.

         Bar issue: Support for CM’s practical stand, says Hassan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC vice president M M Hassan came forward giving full support to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the bar license issue. Addressing a press meet here, he said the stand taken by the chief minister on the issue is practical and the party fully supports him.

         Party has removed the political stain, says Panniyan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: All the political stain of the party has been removed, said CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran. Talking to reporters here, he lauded the brave decision of the party taking action against the leadership in connection with the candidature of Bennet Abraham.

         Ganesh’s ministerial post: UDF asks Pillai not to take harsh steps    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: UDF leaders requested Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai not to take any harsh steps in connection with the ministerial post of K B Ganesh Kumar. So, one can hope that Pillai will not take any harsh steps at the state committee meeting to be convened here Monday.

         I’m not above party, says Divakaran    
NEW DELHI: I’m not above the party and I would accept whatever action the party takes in connection with the candidature of Thiruvananthapuram constituency, CPI national executive member C Divakarane told reporters when he came to attend the executive meet.

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