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Mukherjee says tragic to see universities caught in vortex of violence, disquiet

Declaring that there should be no room in India for the intolerant Indian, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday that the country's premier institutions of higher education must resound with creativity and free thinking.

President Pranab Mukherjee delivering the 6th K.S. Rajamony Memorial Lecture on the topic ‘India@70’ at Kochi in Kerala on March 2, 2017.
President Pranab Mukherjee delivering the 6th K.S. Rajamony Memorial Lecture on the topic ‘India@70’ at Kochi in Kerala on March 2, 2017.
Declaring that there should be no room in India for the intolerant Indian, President Pranab Mukherjee today said the country's premier institutions of higher education must resound with creativity and free thinking.
 
"Those in Universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest. It is tragic to see them caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet," he said while delivering the 6th K.S. Rajamony Memorial Lecture on the topic ‘India@70’ in Kochi.
 
"India was a world leader in the field of education when our Universities like Nalanda and Takshshila were at the height of their glory. Nalanda and Takshshila are not mere geographical expressions but representations of the idea for free thought which flourished in these great Universities of the past.  Our premier institutions of higher education are the vehicles on which India has to propel itself into a knowledge society.  These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking," he said.
 
"There should be no room in India for the intolerant Indian.  India has been since ancient times a bastion of free thought, speech and expression.  Our society has always been characterized by the open contestation of diverse schools of thought and debate as well as discussion.   Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee began by speaking about Kerala, which has been the gateway to India for traders and religious missionaries from different parts of the globe. He said the people of Kerala were known for their progressive thinking and the State's impressive achievements in the field of literacy, education, health, gender equality, tourism and culture had brought it global acclaim.
 
Turning to the topic of the lecture, India@70, he said that for 50 years before independence in 1947 the economic growth rate of India was 0% to 1%. "In the fifties, our growth rate rose to 1 – 2%, the sixties 3 – 4% and in the 90s, with economic reforms, to 6 to 7%.  In the last decade, our growth rate has averaged around 8%, making us the fastest growing large economy of the world," he said.
 
"India’s population in 1950 was 360 million. Today, we are a 1.3 billion strong nation.  Our annual per capita income has gone up from Rs. 7,500 at the time of independence to over Rs. 77,000. GDP growth rate has risen from 2.3 percent to 7.9 percent in 2015-16.  Poverty ratio has declined from over 60 percent to less than 25 percent.  Average life expectancy has gone up from 31.4 to 68.4 years. Literacy rate has gone up from 18 to 74 percent. Food grains production has gone up from 45 million to an estimated 272 million tonnes in 2016-17," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee spoke about the progress achieved by the country in the field of food and industrial production, as well as in areas such as space, information technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He said that, in the last 70 years, India had transformed itself from a poor, under-developed nation into the third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity.
 
He said equally important was India's success in consolidating the unity of its nation and democracy in the midst of extraordinary challenges and tremendous diversity.  
 
"We have firmly established within our country the rule of law, an independent judiciary and vibrant media as well as civil society.  We have also created strong institutions like the Election Commission and the CAG who stand as pillars of our political system.  Every known religion in the world, over hundred different languages used in everyday life, 1600 dialects and multiple cultures are united under one flag and one Constitution. Around 553 million people voted in the 2014 General Elections, an exercise matched in scale and scope by none else in the world," he said.
 
The President said the most important legacy bequeathed to the nation by its founding fathers was its Constitution.
 
"A Constitution is a charter for the governance of a nation. The notion of what is good governance must be defined by the need of the times and enriched by the experience of the decades. Yet, the Constitution enshrines certain timeless values that should never be compromised. It is against the touchstone of these values that we must constantly measure our performance," he said.
 
"The Preamble records the resolve of the people of India to secure to all citizens justice - social, economic and political as well as liberty, equality and fraternity.  It also establishes the principle of secularism. Justice - social, economic and political - is in the life of any nation a journey more than a destination. To achieve social justice requires not mere governance but a recasting of mindsets and the transformation of social ethos.  That is the job not just of the legislature, the executive or the courts, but of each one of us.
 
"The ultimate goal of any democracy is the empowerment of the individual, irrespective of his economic, religious or social standing. This may appear to be a utopian dream for many, but the strength of a system lies in its capacity to ceaselessly work for its accomplishment.  The goal of political justice requires the continuous empowerment of marginalised sections of our society. We owe ourselves to create a system in which access to politics is not limited to a privileged few but an average Indian also feels empowered enough to contribute," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee said economic development was vital to good governance but stressed that this must be imbued with the principle of equality on which there could be no compromise.
 
"An egalitarian society can only be created when growth is inclusive. It is important to ensure that there is justice and equality of opportunity and the state does not create conditions in which the privileged few gain at the cost of the multitudes who suffer endemic poverty. A sustainable society can only be based on the principles of equity and justice," he said.
 
He said democracy required constant nurturing and at no cost should the exploitation of fault lines be allowed. In this context, he underlined the importance of protection and safety of women and children.
 
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Mr. Mukherjee said the country's leaders and political activists must listen to the people, engage with them, learn from them and respond to their needs and concerns. "Our law makers must never take the people for granted. They must focus on the fundamental task of law making and raising of issues of concern to the people as well as finding solutions to their problems," he said.
 
"Legislation is the first and foremost responsibility of a Parliamentarian. It is most unfortunate that time devoted towards legislation has been gradually declining in our Parliament," he said, citing figures for time lost due to interruptions and adjournments.
 
"No one who holds any elected office has been invited by the voters to occupy that office.  Each one has gone to the voters and pleaded for their votes and support.  The trust placed by the people in the political system and those elected should not be betrayed. Our Legislatures and Parliament must not turn into arenas for combat.  Floor tests are not meant to be muscle tests.  The opportunity to represent the people is not a right or entitlement but a moral obligation and duty.  Our elected representatives owe it to the people of our country to act as models of exemplary conduct," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee said Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies were central pillars on which the edifice of democracy   rested. 
 
"They are the supreme institutions comprising of members directly elected by our people.  It is through them that governments are held accountable by the people.  If they become dysfunctional, it results in not just paralysis of those institutions but creates an adverse impact across the system.  The debate and discussions which ought to take place in the open in the House of Parliament and Assemblies cannot be replicated elsewhere.  When they cease to function effectively, issues spill out onto the streets.  The very basis of our democracy gets undermined," he said.
 
The President said the time had come for collective efforts to re-discover the sense of national purpose and patriotism that alone can lift the nation on to the road of sustained progress and prosperity.
 
"The nation and the people must always come first.  Let us strive to arrest the moral decline in our society and ensure that our core civilisational values find firm root.  Let us exert ourselves to strengthen India’s pluralism and diversity.  Let us be uncompromising in rooting out violence, prejudice and hatred.  
 
"Let us strive for rapid progress but even as we do so, ensure that the benefits of economic progress percolate down to the poorest of the poor and those living in the furthest corners of our country.  Let us make the poorest in our land part of the story of a rising India.  Let us embrace education, skill development and innovation which will enable us catapult India into the future and build a knowledge economy, riding the technological wave of the 21st century.
 
"I see a very bright future for India. Our Constitutional values, young population and entrepreneurial abilities as well as capacity for hard work provide us the fundamentals required for rapid progress as well as the building of a caring and compassionate society. India has changed dramatically in the last 70 years.  I am confident that in the next ten years, we will see even greater progress as we steer our nation, focused on further strengthening our open, democratic and inclusive society," he added.
 
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Kerala: Court orders probe against CM Oommen Chandy, Minister Aryadan Mohammad

A Vigilance Court in Thrissur on Thursday ordered registering of an FIR and initiating a probe against Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleague Aryadan Mohammad on the bribery allegations raised against them by Saritha S Nair, main accused in the "solar scam".

 
Kerala solar scam: FIR ordered against CM; protestors lathicharged
 
A Vigilance Court here today ordered registering of a first information report (FIR) and initiating a probe against Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleague, Electricity and Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammad, on the bribery allegations raised against them by Saritha S Nair, main accused in the "solar scam".
 
Saritha and her associate Biju Radhakrishnan are accused of having cheated several businessmen and non-resident Indians (NRIs) of large sums of money promising them partnership in a company floated by them, Team Solar Renewable Energy Solutions Pvt Limited, which offered solar energy solutions to institutions and households. 
 
They had also boasted of close connections with Mr Chandy and other ministers and even produced letters on official letterheads to support their claims. The scam came into light when an NRI, Sajad, filed a police complaint accusing them of having defrauded him of Rs 40 lakh. Subsequently, 33 cases were registered against them on various complaints.
 
Saritha, while deposing before the Justice Sivarajan Commission in Kochi yesterday, had alleged that she had paid a bribe totalling Rs 1.90 crore to an aide of the Chief Minister and Rs 40 lakh to Mr Mohammad. Both have denied the charges.
 
However, Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge S S Vasan, taking cognisance of a private complaint, asked the Vigilance Director to file an FIR and complete the probe as early as possible. The court rejected the contention of the government counsel seeking a quick probe into the allegations before initiating proceedings against the Chief Minister. Justice should be equal for all, for the common man as well as Chief Minister, the court observed.
 
The judge said he was not looking into the merits of the complaint against the Chief Minister which is to be considered by the investigating officer. The report is to be submitted to the court on April 14. The court also rejected the submission of the state counsel regarding jurisdiction of the court since the alleged bribery took place in Thiruvananthapuram. However, the court upheld the contention of the complainant P D Joseph, a social activist, that it had also occurred in Kochi, which fell within the purview of the court.
 
Reacting to the court order, Mr Chandy told reporters in Kozhikode that he was prepared to face any inquiry and rejected the opposition demand for his resignation. “My conscience is clear and both of us have done nothing wrong,” he said, speaking on behalf of his ministerial colleague, too.
 
In a related development the Kerala High Court stayed the Thrissur Vigilance Court order of registering an FIR against Mr K Babu, who had resigned his post as Minister following the court order. 
 
Passing the order, High Court Judge P Ubaid observed that the vigilance court had acted in unnecessary haste without waiting for the order of the division bench of the High Court. The stay will be applicable for two months. In the meantime, the court directed the Vigilance Director to conduct a quick probe and submit a report within ten days.
 
Earlier, on January 25, Mr Chandy had deposed before the judicial commission. The deposition, that went on into the night, was completed only in the early hours the next day. He reportedly told the commission that he had met Saritha only three times and came to know about the financial dealings only after her arrest. He had acknowledged receipt of a contribution of Rs 2 lakh to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund in a letter drafted by his office under his letterhead. The letterhead was later found to be misused. He also denied that he had met Saritha in his office along with Sreedharan Nair, a quarry owner and one of the complainants in the scam, as stated by Intelligence ADGP A Hemachandran.
 
The Chief Minister later told reporters that he had refused to undergo a lie-detector test as he had not lied or acted against his conscience. Neither has the state exchequer incurred any loss nor the accused obtained any monetary advantage, he added. 
 
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10 dead, 50 hurt as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails near Hosur

At least ten passengers died and about 50 others suffered injuries when the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed on Friday morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.

 
10 dead, 50 injured as Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-City Express derails
At least ten passengers died and about 50 others suffered injuries when the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter-city Express derailed this morning near Anekal Road, close to Hosur in Tamil Nadu, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred at around 7.45 am between Anekal Road and Hosur stations on the Bangalore-Salem section of South-Western Railway, they said.
 
Prima facie, the derailment occurred after the train hit a boulder that had rolled down onto the tracks in the ghat section, the sources said.
 
The train had left Bangalore at 6.15 am for Ernakulam in Kerala. Nine coaches and the engine of the train went off the rails, and one coach in particular, D8, a second class chair car, was badly affected, they said.
 
The derailed coaches included two air-conditioned chair cars and six second class chair cars, but they did not suffer much damage.
 
A pantry car and four second class chair cars were not affected by the derailment, the sources said.
 
South-Western Railway spokesperson Chandrasekhar Gupta told NetIndian over the telephone that ten bodies had been extricated from the mangled coaches.
 
He said 18 of the injured passengers had suffered severe injuries and were undergoing treatment in the Narayan Hridalaya, Sparsh and Anekal General hospitals nearby.
 
Police and emergency personnel, including railway officials and staff, from nearby areas in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka rushed to the spot with ambulances and medical equipment. The Railways rushed medical vans and accident relief vans to the spot.
 
Efforts were being made to restore rail traffic on the section at the earliest, the sources said.
 
In Delhi, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said he was rushing to the scene of the accident and that he had directed the Chairman of the Railway Board, the General Manager of South-Western Railway and other senior officials to reach the spot.
 
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He said all possible help would be rendered to the affected passengers and families. He also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 200,000 for the next-of-kin of each of those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured passengers and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
  
Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, a former Minister for Railways and former Karnataka Chief Minister, was among those who reached the scene of the accident. 
 
"I am personally monitoring it and in touch with State and local administration. All Sr rail officials are directed by me to be on job," Mr Prabhu said.
 
"Condolences to all the  unfortunate members of the families who lost lives. Directed to provide best possible medical care to the injured," he said.
 
"Ordered enquiry to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such unfortunate accidents. Monitoring action regularly," he added.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines to provide information and assistance to victims and their relatives: 0948090599,  08022371166, 09731666751.
 
Besides, the Railways have set up the following helpline numbers in Kerala:
 
Trivandrum: 0471-2321205, 2321237, 09746769960
Ernakulam Jn.: 0484-2100317, 0813699773
Ernakulam Town: 0484-2398200
Trichur: 04877-2424148, 2430060
Aluva: 0484-2624143
 
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Kerala: Senior Congress leader C.N. Balakrishnan dead

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Senior Congress leader and former Kerala Minister C. N. Balakrishnan died at a private hospital here due to pneumonia, party sources said on Tuesday. He was 87.
 
He died on Monday night, the sources said.
 
A long-standing aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Balakrishnan was the Thrissur district Congress committee president for 17 years and was also the treasurer of the state unit for long.
 
It was in 2011 that Balakrishnan first contested the polls and went on to become the state Cooperation Minister in the Oommen Chandy cabinet.
 
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 to feature works of 94 artist from across world

As many as 94 artists' works will be on display at the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale -- South Asia's biggest contemporary art event -- that will begin here on Wednesday.
 
The 108-day event, that will go on until March 29, 2019 and will be held at ten venues here, will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
 
Curated by eminent artist Anita Dube, the event will also feature seminars, workshops, lectures, film screenings and performances.
 
What’s more, the curatorial theme of ‘Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life’ will encourage visitors at the Biennale to participate in its course beyond being viewers. For that, the Biennale pavilion will double up as a public space for conversation.
 
“The pavilion will have no hierarchies over who could speak on what, how long, when and in which language,” said Dube. “It is energised by the interactions between works, the dialogue sparked between artistic voices and practices. The audience is invited to share, to listen, and even to challenge the space.”
 
This emphasis on interaction will be a defining feature of the festival, according to Bose Krishnamachari, president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. He said Dube has been credited with curating the first biennale anywhere in the world to have women totalling more than half of the participating artists.
 
On the evening of December 12 in Fort Kochi, the Chief Minister will declare the festival open. The function at Parade Ground, slated to begin with a Chenda Melam orchestra led by Peruvanam Kuttan Marrar will also be addressed by Yusuf Ali, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International, Nilima Sheikh, artist and Feroze Gujral, director, Gujral Foundation and trustee of the Biennale. 
 
The inauguration will be followed by a live performance by the Bangalore-based Vasu Dixit Collective.
 
Earlier that day, the Biennale flag will be hoisted at Aspinwall House, the main venue of the festival. This will be followed by a walk with the curator. The afternoon will see two artist performances — one by Mexican Tania Candiani (Aspinwall) and other by Netherlands-based Rana Hamadeh (MAP Project Space).
 
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Lucknow-born Dube, who studied Art Criticism at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, has conceived the Biennale following a year-long travel around the globe. That engagement, defined by intense research and diverse dialogues with artists, led her to shortlist the artists for the Biennale.
 
The event will be held across heritage venues in the twin towns of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, as well as in downtown Ernakulam. The venues are: Aspinwall House, Durbar Hall (Ernakulam), Pepper House, Cabral Yard (site of the Biennale Pavilion), David Hall, Kashi Art Café, Kashi Town House, Anand Warehouse, TKM Warehouse and MAP Project Space.
 
A highlight of the Biennale is a team of 20 dedicated ‘art mediators’ who will be residing in Kochi through the event and giving guided tours every day free of charge. Another novel addition is the idea of infra-projects, which is a set of four art projects put together by external curators in alignment with the broader curatorial theme.
 
There will also be a Students’ Biennale, featuring 200 student-artists, belonging to private and public art schools from across India and parts of South Asia. Other ancillary events include the Let’s Talk series, presentations and discussions by artists and thinkers, Artists’ Cinema, which presents curated packages of films, and the Music of Muziris concert series, showcasing a wide range of traditional and contemporary music acts.
 
The Foundation’s ‘Art by Children’ (ABC) runs as an endeavour that offers resources for artistic experimentation. Integral to it is the ‘art room’, a learning project at Cabral Yard, aiming to introduce people to art making from a young age. Also, there is a two-month Graffiti Residency on till December 20.
 
Materials used for the Biennale's Pavilion will be subsequently repurposed to construct a dozen houses for those affected by the August floods and landslides in the state. In January 18 next year, select paintings, sculptures and installations of more than 40 artists will be auctioned in Kochi as part of the Foundation’s ARK (Art Rises for Kerala) initiative in partnership with auction house Saffronart.
 
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Prabhu opens MPEDA Multi-species aquaculture complex at Vallarpadam

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Kerala must host an international summit on fishing for the crucial sector to ensure steady development in the coastal state, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said today.
 
The Centre will provide all the support for such a summit that can feature experts from countries like Korea and Japan that are major consumers of India’s marine food, Mr Prabhu said after inaugurating a pioneering multispecies aquaculture complex built by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in Vallarpadom island. 
 
The Rs 7.26-crore state-of-the-art facility in 9 acres of land facilitates production of marine food from disease-free breeds, featuring a hatchery for black tiger shrimp and six nurseries.
 
Noting that value-added products will play an increasingly decisive role in the growth of the fishing sector, the Minister said India was aiming at a 60-million-dollar turnover of Agricultural exports in the next five years. He called upon fish farmers to eye the international market and fulfil international business parameters.
 
Mr Prabhu exhorted them to rely mainly on sustainable technology, adding that MPEDA will offer help on this front. “India’s fishing sector is facing multiple problems, also owing to climate change. Aquaculture using inland water-bodies gives fresh vitality to it,” he added.
 
He emphasized that export should be the ultimate aim of each aqua farmer and they should ensure that the aquaculture production is sustainable and meets the export quality norms. MPEDA will offer all kinds of assistance in this direction, he added.
 
Mr Prabhu later distributed fingerlings raised at the MPEDA aquaculture complex to farmers and deposited a fresh bunch of fingerlings at its hatchery.
 
The new MPEDA project will cater to the demand from the aquaculture farmers in Kerala as well as the neighbouring states. Its highlight is a hatchery for black tiger shrimp and six nurseries for Mud crab and 4 varieties of finfish. namely. Seabass, Cobia, Silver Pompano and GIFT (Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia). 
 
The hatchery has an annual production capacity of 20 million post-larval Black Tiger shrimp, and the nurseries can produce 16.5 lakh fingerlings of finfish and 0.5 lakh crablets which will help the farmers to diversify and scale up the aquaculture production.
 
It also has a quarantine facility and an effluent treatment system as per biosecurity norms.  The nurseries meant for diversified fish/shellfish species are ponds lined with high-density polyethene and provided with necessary biosecurity protocols. 
 
The facility’s proximity to the international airport is an added advantage, ensuring faster transportation of seeds. It can become a model for the establishment of similar facilities in other parts of the country especially in the Konkan region and parts of Maharashtra.
 
J Mercykuty Amma, Kerala Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry, presiding over the function, said the MPEDA complex will boost Kerala’s fishing sector. 
 
“As much as 57 per cent of the country’s fish production comes from aquaculture, but this is much less in Kerala,” she added. The Minister also concurred with Mr Prabhu’s viewpoint that aquaculture in the state should focus more on inland water-bodies.
 
Prof. K. V. Thomas, MP, expressed concern at the dwindling catch in the marine sector and expressed the hope that MPEDA’s new facility at Vallarpadam will help to compensate the gap in fish production through aquaculture.
 
The others present were S Sarma, MLA, Dr A Jayathilak, former chairman MPEDA and Secretary Kerala Port Department, MPEDA Chairman KS Srinivas, who is the President of RGCA, MPEDA Secretary B Sreekumar and A Navaneeth Krishnan, MP from Tamil Nadu.
 
The Union Minister also inaugurated MPEDA’s signature stall that will function from the authority’s headquarters in Ernakulam.
 
The MPEDA’s signature stall, named ‘Seafood India’, is a 1700-sq ft facility in Panampilly Nagar, selling and displaying value-added marine products of exporters, besides exhibiting products developed by prominent fisheries research institutions such as CMFRI, CIFT and NIFPHATT. 
 
It also has literature narrating the activities of MPEDA and its societies such as NETFISH, RGCA and NaCSA. Enabled with information kiosks to browse the details about each product displayed in the stall, the stall provides information ranging from its production, processing, cooking and nutritional content also, making it a ‘must visit’ spot in the city.
 
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Kerala BJP leader Surendran gets bail after 20 days

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Senior Kerala BJP leader K. Surendran, who was taken into custody from the Sabarimala base camp town nearly three weeks back for breaking a security cordon, secured bail from the Kerala High Court here on Friday.
 
The court also asked for a Rs two lakh surety amount as it discharged him in a case involving an attack on a 52-year-old woman, who had arrived at the Sabarimala temple to take part in a ritual of her grandson.
 
The BJP General Secretary though was picked up on November 17 from Pamba town for breaking a police cordon, was later given a jail time of 20 days as the police reopened 15 other previous cases registered against him for various offenses, including eight in which his arrest warrants were pending.
 
Surendran who had earlier secured bail in all the other cases, on Friday secured bail in the woman-attack case that enabled him to walk out of jail.
 
The BJP leader had been housed at the Central jail in Thiruvananthapuram till now. He was asked by the court not to enter the Pathanamthitta district -- where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located -- and also surrender his passport.
 
Surendran's party colleague A. N. Radhakrishnan was on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the state secretariat for five days now demanding his freedom.
 
BJP has accused Chief Minister Pianarayi Vijayan of trying to settle political scores with the arrest.
 
Spokesperson M. S.Kumar said this is nothing but settling political scores because State Minister for Devasoms Kadakampally Surendran has more than two dozen cases registered against him and he is walking around freely. 
 
The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50.
 
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Kerala HC rules no more protests at Sabarimala temple

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The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ruled that there should be no more protests at the Sabarimala temple during the ongoing pilgrimage season.
 
It also asked the police to deal properly with the pilgrims and allowed the pilgrims to chant Lord Ayyappa hymns, but refused to lift prohibitory orders in place in and around the temple town.
 
Sabarimala town has been witnessing repeated protests ever since the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged 10-50.
 
The High Court Devasom bench of Justice P. R. Ramachandran Menon ruled this after hearing around 30 petitions that came up before it.
 
It directed the Kerala government to submit in a sealed cover what arrangements had been made for women in the 10-50 age group if they desire to pray at the temple.
 
The court refused to interfere on the action of the Kerala Police which on Monday extended Section 144 of CrPC that prohibits assembly of more than four persons in one place till November 30.
 
But it asked the police to see that there should be no protests in the temple. And while the police could conduct searches, these should be done in a decent manner.
 
Since the ongoing two-month pilgrimage season opened on November 16, around 85 activists of the Sangh parivar including BJP and RSS have been arrested. Most have secured bail.
 
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has been trying to implement the top court's order even as the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu groups have been up in arms against it.
 
The court also set up a three-member observer panel which will oversee the Sabarimala pilgrimage season.
 
The court ruled that arrangements should be made for women (above 50 years), children and physically challenged pilgrims to rest near the temple.
 
The court, without naming a police official who was reportedly rash with a High Court judge who went to Sabarimala to pray, said had not the judge forgiven the police officer, tough actions would have been taken.
 
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317 midshipmen and cadets pass out of Indian Naval Academy

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A spectacular passing out parade at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) at Ezhimala in Kerala on Monday marked the culmination of training for 317 midshipmen and cadets of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, including one international cadet from Tanzania.
 
The passing out midshipmen and cadets belonged to four different courses of Autumn Term 2018, 95 Indian Naval Academy Course (BTech), 95 Indian Naval Academy Course (MSc), 26 Naval Orientation Course (Extended) and 27 Naval Orientation Course (Regular).  
 
The parade also saw 16 female cadets marching shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts to join the ranks of the Indian Navy. 
 
The parade was reviewed by Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, who awarded medals to nine meritorious midshipmen and cadets after the ceremonial review. 
 
The Reviewing Officer, in his address, congratulated the passing out courses and advised them to imbibe the core values of Indian Navy “Duty, Honour and Courage”. Dr Sudhir K Jain, Director, IIT Gandhinagar, Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Commandant, INA, senior officers of the station and outstation dignitaries were present on occasion. 
 
The parade was also witnessed by the proud parents and guardians of all midshipmen and cadets. 
 
The ‘President’s Gold Medal’ for the Indian Naval Academy B. Tech course was awarded to Midshipman Vikrant Nagpal. 
 
The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the Naval Orientation (Extended) Course was awarded to Cadet Hrushikesh Vengurlekar. The ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course was awarded to Cadet Samson Moses and the ‘Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (South) Medal’ for the best women cadet was awarded to Cadet Anuradha.
 
The ceremony culminated with the successful trainees forming up in two columns and marching with their gleaming swords and rifles held in salute, past the Academy’s Saluting Dias, the Quarterdeck, in Slow March, to the traditional notes of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the poignant farewell tune played by Armed Forces around the world when bidding adieu to colleagues and comrades. 
 
Passing out courses were bid farewell by cadets of junior terms who manned the mast and a batch of three Naval Dornier Aircraft from Indian Naval Air Squadron 550 carried out a low flypast over the quarterdeck welcoming the new officers to the Navy.
 
On completion of the parade, the parents and guardians of the Passing Out courses pipped the Naval, and Coast Guard epaulettes, known as ‘Stripes’ on the shoulders of their wards, thus symbolising their transformation from ‘cadets’ into full-fledged Navy and Coast Guard Officers.  
 
The Reviewing Officer and other dignitaries pipped the stripes of the medal winners and congratulated all the trainees for their successful completion of the rigorous training.  These officers will proceed to various Naval and Coast Guard ships/establishments to further consolidate their training in specialised fields, an official press release added.
 
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Mammootty, Mohanlal in 60-member team to perform in Abu Dhabi on Dec 7

Mammotty and Mohanlal
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A 60-member team comprising superstars Mammootty , Mohanlal and others of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) will perform in Abu Dhabi on December 7 to raise funds for the Kerala Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF), an official said.
 
The AMMA executive meeting held here on Saturday finalised the details of the show and was led by its president Mohanlal.
 
Veteran character artist and AMMA treasurer Jagdish told IANS that the team will leave for Abu Dhabi on December 5.
 
"The show is being directed by director T. K. Rajeev Kumar. There will be a one-week rehearsal starting November 28. The duration of the programme would be around five hours and would begin in the evening," said Jagdish
 
Asianet TV is the marketing firm.
 
The other artistes who will take part in the show include Manju Warrier, Nivin Pauly, Dulquar Salman, Innocent and Prithviraj, amongst others.
 
Kerala had devastating floods from May-end to mid-August that claimed nearly 480 lives. The deluge had forced at least 14.50 lakh persons to take refuge in over 3,000 relief camps across the state.
 
Soon after the tragedy, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged all Malayalees to donate one month's salary to the CM's disaster relief fund.
 
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Congress-led opposition to intensify stir over Sabarimala

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With the BJP-RSS going hammer and tongs at the Pinarayi Vijayan government over the way the police is handling the Sabarimala pilgrimage season, the Congress-led United Democratic Front has decided to intensify its protest.
 
It demanded that the Chief Minister give up the Home portfolio.
 
The Sabarimala temple opened its doors at 5 p.m. on November 17 for two months.
 
The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since September 28 when the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that had banned menstruating females aged between 10 and 50.
 
The apex court on November 13 refused to stay that verdict and made it clear on Monday that they would not reconsider this decision as the case has been posted to be heard on January 22.
 
While the Kerala government is trying hard to see that the apex court verdict is implemented, the opposition parties are up in arms against violation of the temple tradition.
 
On Sunday night, the police arrested 72 pilgrims after they refused to leave the temple premises as they were singing Lord Ayyappa hymns well beyond the scheduled closure of the temple at 10 p.m.
 
The UDF meeting decided to first send a team led by former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who will reach the temple town on Tuesday to assess the situation there.
 
Speaking to reporters here, leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that they will be forced to violate the prohibitory orders that are now in force in and around the temple town.
 
"The prohibitory orders should be withdrawn immediately as there is no need for it. Vijayan has made a complete mess of the Sabarimala pilgrimage season as the police is creating havoc and has turned the temple town into a terror zone. Vijayan has lost control and he should demit the Home portfolio," said Chennithala.
 
The statement of Chennithala came after the Kerala High Court, while hearing a batch of petitions, came down heavily on the Kerala police for their unruly behaviour against the pilgrims.
 
However, the court also pointed out that some of those who have come with the petition are also partly responsible for turning the temple town into a battleground.
 
The court advised political parties, police and the state government to work together to restore the temple town into a friendly pilgrimage place.
 
In a related development, three young women had to face the ire of protesters in front of the Press Club here when word spread that these women wished to go for Sabarimala darshan.
 
The women informed the media that they had wanted to go for a darshan and had undertaken the required penance for it, but had abandoned their plans for the moment due to tension prevailing in the temple town.
 
More than a hundred people, including a large number of women, had gathered in front of the Press Club, singing Lord Ayyappa hymns and protesting against the three women.
 
The police came to their rescue, forming a ring around them and helping them leave the venue safely.
 
State Minister for Devasom (Temples) Kadakampally Surendran said that the government will make all the arrangements for the three women if they wished to reach the temple town to worship Lord Ayyappa.
 
The Chief Minister reiterated the stand of the government and said that they will abide by the apex court's verdict.
 
"When the Kerala High Court ruled that all women cannot be given entry to the Sabarimala temple, the state government abided by that and today the apex court has ruled otherwise and the state government will abide by it. Those who are creating trouble at Sabarimala are not pilgrims," said Vijayan.
 
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Trupti Desai decides to return but 'will be back before Sabarimala season ends'

 
Sabarimala row: Trupti Desai faces massive protests at Kochi airport
Gender activist Trupti Desai and six other women, who flew into Kochi on Friday to pray at the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala but were forced to remain at the airport for 13 hours, said late evening that she is returning, but vowed to be back before January 20, when the temple doors close.
 
Their way had been blocked by hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu activists, forcing them to remain holed up inside the airport.
 
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials at the airport informed the media that she has decided to return from here on Friday night, as she does not want to create any issues in Kerala.
 
The news was greeted with cheers from the protesters, but they said they will vacate the airport premises only after her flight departs, later in the night.
 
The airport turned into a noisy protest site as Desai and her group arrived from Pune at around 4.45 a.m, with some 100 protesters shouting slogans and preventing her from leaving the complex despite police presence.
 
As the hours passed, the number of demonstrators, including top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and activists, swelled and they virtually took charge of every entry and exit gates both inside and outside the airport.
 
Several rounds of talks with Desai with various officials failed to yield any result as she was adamant, and at one point of time, she even told the police that if they are unable to provide her security, she will manage on her own.
 
She then tried to reach out to the Kerala High Court by contacting legal experts. With time running out for the day and the court closed for the next two days, she informed the police that she will return, but vowed that she will be back.
 
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She is likely to approach the Supreme Court about what happened to her here.
 
At one stage, the Cochin International Airport Ltd officials took a strong position that she has to either leave the airport or take a flight out from the airport.
 
BJP spokesperson Shoba Surendran said: "We will not allow her to leave the airport. Desai has got all the support from atheists like our Chief Minister who is determined to see that women get to visit the temple.
 
"She is nothing but an activist who has scant respect for the tradition of Sabarimala. So it's best that (Pinarayi) Vijayan sees that she is packed off from here at the earliest."
 
Meanwhile, speaking to the media from the Nilackal base camp near the Ayyappa shrine, state Minister for Devasoms (which looks after temples) K. Surendran said Desai arrived in Kochi after intimating the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers of Kerala and Maharashtra in writing.
 
Prior to her arrival, the activist had written to Vijayan seeking police protection from the time she steps out of the plane at Kochi on Friday till she takes her return flight out of the state.
 
The temple doors opened at 5 p.m for two months.
 
The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50.
 
The apex court this week refused to stay its earlier verdict.
 
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Sabarimala protests: Gender activist Trupti Desai still at Kochi airport

Gender activist Trupti Desai (File photo: IANS)
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Gender activist Trupti Desai and six other women, who arrived here on Friday to visit the Sabarimala temple amid strong protests by Hindu activists, were still at the airport after almost eight hours.
 
Desai and her group reached Kochi from Pune at around 4.45 a.m. 
 
Angry Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar activists protested outside the airport, forcing her to remain inside.
 
When Desai arrived, there were just 100 protesters. The number has now increased to over thousands who have taken position at every entry and exit gate both inside and outside the airport.
 
Top state BJP leaders have also arrived at the airport.
 
BJP spokesperson Shoba Surendran said: "We have to tell her to go back as we will not allow her to go out from here. Desai has got all the support from atheists like our Chief Minister who is determined to see that a lady gets to visit the temple. 
 
"She is nothing but an activist who has scant respect for the tradition of Sabarimala. So it's best that (Pinarayi) Vijayan sees that she is packed off from here at the earliest."
 
Despite pleas from the police, Desai said she would not return without visiting the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
 
Meanwhile, speaking to the media from the Nilackal base camp near the Lord Ayyappa shrine, state Minister for Devasoms (that looks after temples) Kadakampally Surendran said the activist arrived in Kochi after she wrote to the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers of Kerala and Maharashtra.
 
Senior police officials from Ernakulam district along with others from the district administration and Airport Authority were speaking to Desai, trying to persuade her to return to Mumbai.
 
Prior to her arrival, the activist wrote to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requesting for police protection right from the time she steps out of her plane at Kochi on Friday till she takes her return flight out of the state.
 
The temple is scheduled to open on Friday at 5 p.m. for two months.
 
The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups and temple tantri since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50.
 
The apex court on Tuesday refused to stay its earlier verdict.
 
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Gender activist Trupti Desai stuck at Cochin airport

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Gender activist Trupti Desai and six other women, who arrived here on Friday to visit the Sabarimala temple amid strong protests by Hindu activists, are stuck at the airport.
 
Desai and her group arrived at around 4.45 a.m. They have failed to get out of the airport as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar activists protested right outside.
 
"We won't allow her to get out of the airport. Why is she so adamant on breaking the tradition of the temple? We are also adamant. We will not let her move out," an angry female protester told the media.
 
Despite pleas from the police, Desai said she would not return without visiting the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
 
Senior police officials from Ernakulam district arrived and were speaking to Desai.
 
Prior to her arrival, the activist wrote to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requesting for police protection right from the time she steps out of her plane at Kochi on Friday till she takes her return flight out of the state.
 
The temple is scheduled to open on Friday at 5 p.m. for two months.
 
The temple town has witnessed protests by Hindu groups and temple tantri since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the temple that hitherto banned girls and women aged between 10 and 50.
 
The apex court on Tuesday refused to stay its earlier verdict.
 
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Kerala: IUML MLA disqualified for violating election code, gets breather

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K. M. Shaji, an MLA from the Congress-led UDF's IUML, was disqualified on Friday by the Kerala High Court for making communal overtures in his election campaign but got a two-week stay on the verdict from the same court later.
 
Justice P. D. Rajan declared Shaji ineligible to contest an election for six years. But when the politician filed a fresh petition to stay the verdict for a month as he needed time to approach the Supreme Court, the court granted him two weeks stay.
 
Justice Rajan delivered the earlier verdict on a petition filed by journalist-turned-CPI-M candidate M.V. Nikesh Kumar, who finished second in the election. He also heard the new petition and stayed the verdict.
 
While Kumar's counsel argued that Shaji should not get the benefits of a legislator as he had been disqualified, the court posted the case for further hearing for Tuesday.
 
Shaji retained the Azhikode constituency in Kannur district in a bitterly fought battle by a margin of 2,462 votes. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is the second biggest constituent in the UDF.
 
The court had earlier asked Shaji to pay Rs 50,000 as cost to the petitioner but did not declare Kumar the winner from Azhikode. It instead sought for a fresh election.
 
Even as the court stayed the verdict for two weeks, it asked Shaji to deposit the money in the court within a week.
 
Shaji told the media that his disqualification was a big blot to his secular credentials.
 
"I am deeply pained that the court has termed me communal, which I never am. I was one who boldly said on the eve of polling day that I do not want a single vote from communal parties. Once I reach Kochi, I will decide the legal steps I will be taking," he said.
 
Kumar said he saw the verdict as a political victory.
 
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Kerala: IUML MLA disqualified for violating election code

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In a setback to the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), K.M. Shaji, an MLA from the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), was disqualified on Friday by the Kerala High Court for violating the election code of conduct for making communal overtures in his election campaign.
 
Shaji, who was declared ineligible to contest an election for six years, said he would move the High Court again and then the Supreme Court.
 
Justice P. D. Rajan delivered the verdict on a petition filed by journalist-turned-CPI-M candidate M. V. Nikesh Kumar, who finished second in the election.
 
Shaji retained the Azhikode constituency in Kannur district in a bitterly fought battle by a margin of 2,462 votes. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is the second biggest constituent in the UDF.
 
The court also asked Shaji to pay Rs 50,000 as cost to the petitioner but did not declare Kumar the winner from Azhikode. It instead asked for a fresh election.
 
Shaji told the media that the verdict was a big blot to his secular credentials.
 
"I am deeply pained that the court has termed me communal, which I never am. I was one who boldly said on the eve of polling day that I do not want a single vote from communal parties. Once I reach Kochi, I will decide the legal steps I will be taking," he said.
 
Kumar said he saw the verdict as a political victory.
 
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Bengaluru FC beat Kerala Blasters 2-1 in ISL tie

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Bengaluru FC kept their perfect record against Kerala Blasters FC intact in the Indian Super League (ISL) with a 2-1 win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Monday.
 
Captain Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a neat finish past Naveen Kumar. Kerala equalised with a well-converted spot-kick by Slavisa Stojanovic in the 30th minute but an own goal by Nikola Krcmarevic in the 80th minute settled the tie in favour of the visitors.
 
The win means Bengaluru FC have now won all three of their away matches on the trot to maintain a perfect record.
 
The home side could have earned an early lead had C. K. Vineeth kept his shot on target from Prasanth Karuthadathkuni's low cross from the right. The forward sneaked into the box from the right but sent his effort over the bar.
 
Erik Paartalu had the goal at his mercy at the other end minutes later.
 
Dimas Delgado's delivery from a free-kick was headed by Sandesh Jhingan into the feet of the Australian whose effort from the near post was cleared by Lalruatthara who was positioned near the goal line.
 
The Blues made a breakthrough in the 17th minute through a neat finish by Chhetri.
 
Miku's terrific through-ball behind the Kerala defence allowed Chhetri to race into the box and put the ball into the net.
 
Blasters were back in the contest at the half-hour mark. Sahal Samad collected Cyril Kali's throw-in from the right flank but was fouled inside the box by Nishu Kumar before he could get his shot away.
 
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The referee pointed at the spot and Stojanovic stepped up to score an emphatic spot-kick.
 
The hosts, boosted by the equaliser, could have taken the lead before half-time. Nikola Krcmarevic's excellent cross-field diagonal reached Prasanth on the right flank who found Doungel inside the box and the Indian striker forced Gurpreet to a good reflex save.
 
After the break, Erik Paartalu's long ball into the box had the Kerala defence on alert.
 
Harmanjot Khabra headed the ball back to Chhetri who lobbed it forward for Miku but the Venezuelan's deflected effort went wide.
 
Another long punt up the field, this time by goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, allowed Miku to sneak into the box past Lakic-Pesic.
 
The Venezuelan found Udanta Singh in the centre but the winger's powerful shot took a deflection and was parried away by Naveen.
 
In the final quarter of the game, Vineeth threatened again when he beat the offside trap to latch onto Prasanth's delightful through-ball but his shot past Gurpreet rolled wide of goal.
 
Bengaluru broke the Kerala hearts with nine minutes to go. Xisco released Miku into the box and the latter's return was sent goalwards by the Spaniard. Naveen's save off the substitute's shot hit Krcmarevic before rolling into the net.
 
Kerala hardly created any chance of note thereafter as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end.
 
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INS Tarangini returns after round-the-world voyage

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The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini based at Kochi, returned after a seven month long sailing across the world to a grand reception at the naval base here on Tuesday.
 
The ship was received by Rear Admiral R J Nadkarni, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command.  A welcoming ceremony was conducted by the Southern Naval Command at South Jetty of the naval base to mark the occasion.
 
Captain Varun Singh, Senior Officer First Training Squadron and a number of senior officers, families of the crew and other distinguished guests also attended the function.
 
The voyage named “Lokayan 18” was flagged off on April 10, 2018, from Kochi. During the voyage, the ship has proudly 'shown the flag' and highlighted the diverse culture of India across 15 ports in 13 countries.
 
The ship sailed across the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, Strait of Gibraltar, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, English Channel and the North Sea, right up to Norway before commencing her homeward passage back to Kochi.
 
It also participated in the culminating event of the ‘Three Festival Tall Ships Regatta’ at Bordeaux, France as well as at the ‘Tall Ships Races Europe 2018’ at Sunderland, UK. The vessel touched Esbjerg, Denmark and Stavanger, Norway before finishing at Harlingen, Netherlands.
 
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During the tall ships regatta, the ship sailed along with hundreds of other sailing vessels, of which 200 were ‘Tall Ships’ like herself, besides taking part in the parade of sails, which was conducted at all these ports.
 
INS Tarangini is a three-mast square-rigged barque which carries a total of 20 sails. She is the First Sail Training Ship in Indian Navy commissioned on November 11, 1997. In her 21 years of glorious service, she has sailed over 2,20,000 nautical miles to date across the world's oceans.
 
The ship is under the command of Cdr Rahul Mehta. She has a crew of nine officers and 43 sailors and can also embark 30 Officer Sea Trainees. She is the first of two Sail Training Ships in the First Training Squadron, the other being INS Sudarshini.
 
The primary role of these Sail Training Ships is to develop character and professionalism, as well as inculcate the qualities of initiative, courage, resilience and esprit-de-corps among the Sea Trainees and also impart practical training to them, primarily on navigation, sailing and seamanship.
 
Over the years, INS Tarangini has been extensively deployed for long voyages away from her base port of Kochi, which includes one circumnavigation of the globe (2003-04) and three previous ‘Lokayans’ (2005, 2007 and 2015).
 
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Kerala's 4Tune Factory gets UNCTAD award for women in business

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Kerala-based 4Tune Factory on Thursday won a Special Recognition Award from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for working for activating and enabling women and girls by developing skills.
 
The "Empretec Women in Business: Special Recognition Social Award" was received by Chandra Vadhana, the CEO of the company, at the World Investment Forum here.
 
Ten finalists, announced in July, were selected for innovation, leadership and impact on their communities by a panel of experts. They were chosen from more than 50 nominations submitted by Empretec centres in 19 countries.
 
UNCTAD’s Empretec programme has trained and motivated more than 400,000 entrepreneurs in more than 40 countries since it launched in 1988.
 
A press release from UNCTAD said civil engineer Uneiza Ali Issufo, the founder of ConsMoz Ltd., a construction company based in Nampula, northern Mozambique, won the UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Gold Award for her commitment to quality, sustainability and environmental protection – as well as for her pioneering leadership in a traditionally male-led sector.
 
The Empretec Women in Business Awards are given to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec entrepreneurship programme, which marks its 30th anniversary this year.
 
In line with the theme of this year's World Investment Forum – “Investing in Sustainable development” - the 2018 awards were given for the crucial role that women's entrepreneurship and empowerment plays in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
The ceremony provided an opportunity to showcase the Empretec programme and Women in Business Awards finalists to World Investment Forum delegates, impact investors, enterprise networks, and representatives from civil society and the private sector.
 
The Empretec Women in Business: Silver Award went to Lama Sha’sha’a Abu Dahab, International Robotics Academy, Jordan while the Bronze Award was given to Barbara Ofwono Buyondo, Victorious Education Services, Uganda.
 
The Export Potential Award was given to Rosana Marques, Ouseuse, Brazil.
 
Based at Padamughal in Kochi, 4Tune Factory says it designs and implements "innovative concepts in the areas of Skill development, Training, Assessments and Human Resources Consulting". 
 
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Dileep removed from AMMA: Mohanlal

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Senior actor Dileep, who was named in a Malayalam actress kidnapping case, was on Friday removed from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, its chief Mohanlal said.
 
Ending months of uncertainty, the actors' body at its executive committee meeting held here agreed to end Dileep's membership from AMMA as he has been facing trial in the case that took place in February 2017. 
 
The decision came amidst the raging #MeToo furore in the country. 
 
Superstar Mohanlal told the media that the issue was already lingering long enough and a decision was way overdue.
 
"I called him (Dileep) and told him about the decision and asked for his resignation. He sent us the signed resignation letter," said Mohanlal.
 
Earlier in October, the Women's Collective in Cinema (WCC) had criticised the way the actress kidnapping case was handled. They had named Mohanlal as the main culprit shielding Dileep.
 
"I really don't know why the WCC is taking on me personally. All of them have been my co-stars. We have had good relations. Now it has come to such a pass that it has started to hurt me. I do not feel good at all," the actor added.
 
Dileep has spent 85 days in jail and is now out on bail.
 
At a press conference on October 13, the WCC-led by actress Revathy, alleged that AMMA had not supported the victim whereas Dileep had got all the backing.
 
Others who took part in that conference included Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambisan and Geetu Mohandas, who had earlier quit AMMA to protest against the way the actress kidnapping issue was handled by the actors' body.
 
Mohanlal said the actresses who have resigned from the AMMA if they wished to return, they would have to give a letter. It would have to be considered by the executive committee and then by the general body.
 
"Why should we ask them to return, it was they who resigned. Hence they have to make the first move," said Mohanlal. He, however, added that they need not apologise for their actions.
 
AMMA Secretary and veteran actor Siddique, who had earlier this week attacked the conduct of the WCC members, on Friday said that he feels the women's body was out to create a rift in the AMMA.
 
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Kerala HC grants bail to rape accused Bishop Mulakkal

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The Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested in September on charges of raping a nun repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.
 
The bishop secured the bail with strict conditions that he should not enter Kerala. He must also surrender his passport and should appear before the police once in every two weeks.
 
Mulakkal was arrested on September 21 after three days of questioning. On September 24, he was sent to two weeks in judicial custody.
 
Mulakkal has been lodged in the Pala sub-jail since.
 
Earlier on October 3, the high court had denied the bishop bail as Justice V. Raja Vijayaraghavan observed that there was evidence against him.
 
Mulakkal, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar in Punjab, is the first bishop in the country to be jailed for rape.
 
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AMMA under fire from actresses over AMMA's handling of actress abduction case

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The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), led by super star Mohanlal, came under fire on Saturday from the Women's Collective in Cinema (WCC) over the way the kidnapping case of an actress is being handled.
 
The WCC was formed last year by women drawn from various sectors of the film industry to fight for their cause, after they found that AMMA was not protecting their interests.
 
Senior actor Dileep is an accused in a kidnapping case that took place last year. The actor was in jail for 85 days and is now out on bail.
 
The WCC alleges that AMMA has not supported the victim, whereas Dileep has got all the backing.
 
Leading actress Revathy on Saturday said that many like her were shocked to hear Mohanlal address them as mere actresses.
 
"It really hurt us very much... he could have mentioned us by our name. We have now realized that AMMA's executive committee is taking us for a ride and is not serious about the victim getting justice in the kidnapping case," said Revathy, adding AMMA should be handled by responsible people.
 
Trouble stared soon after Mohanlal took over as AMMA President in June. He took back into the AMMA fold actor Dileep, prompting leading actresses Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambisan and Geetu Mohandas to quit AMMA in protest. Another 14 members announced their decision to quit, citing lack of fairness.
 
At Saturday's press meet, Revathy, Padmapriya, Parvathy and the three actresses who quit AMMA and a few others were also present.
 
The decision on Dileep's status has been left to the next general body meeting of AMMA.
 
"They (AMMA) use bye-laws when they find it useful for their requirements and when it comes to our needs, they cling on bye-laws," said Parvathy.
 
Revathy said things are not clean in the Malayalam film industry, adding she was shocked to see a 17-year-old young girl knocking at her door and complaining about the way she was exploited.
 
"I will not name her, but things are bad in the industry," said Revathy.
 
She said that none should take the actresses lightly, and that they would continue to expose the goings-on in the industry.
 
Beena Paul, who is vice-chairman of the state-run Kerala State Chalachitra Acadmey, said their intention is not to shame the industry.
 
"There are so many stories of victimization... slowly these will come out," said Paul.
 
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Kerala film artistes plan show in Abu Dhabi to raise relief funds

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The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) will organise a show in Abu Dhabi on December 7 to raise funds for Kerala Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF), an official said.
 
Veteran character artist and AMMA treasurer Jagdish said they are now working out the other details for the show. 
 
"It would be held in Abu Dhabi on December 7. Several of our members will take active part in the stage show. We expect to raise Rs 5 crore after meeting all the expenses which would go to the CMDRF," Jagdish told IANS. 
 
Kerala had devastating floods from May-end to mid-August that claimed nearly 480 lives. The deluge forced at least 14.50 lakh persons to take refugee in over 3,000 relief camps across the state.
 
Soon after the tragedy, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged all Malayalees to donate one month's salary to the CMDRF.
 
The AMMA members are now getting together to raise funds through the show. 
 
"Talks have commenced with a leading Malayalam TV channel to air the stage show and besides there will be several sponsors also for the event. It's certainly going to be a great success," Jagdish added.
 
IANS
 

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Kerala: Nefertiti, KSINC’s luxury vessel to be launched by end of October

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Nefertiti, the Egyptian-themed luxury vessel of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), a state government undertaking, will be launched by the end of October, charting a new course in cruise tourism in Kerala.
 
This was announced here on Sunday by Mr. Mohammed Hanish, Managing Director of  KSINC, on the sidelines of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) 2018, the biggest tourist conclave in the country at Willingdon Island here, where the vessel was showcased.
 
Mr. Hanish said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to inaugurate the luxury vessel.
 
Equipped with 3D theatre, air conditioned hall, sun deck,  banquet hall, bar – lounge and an area of recreational activities, the vessel can carry 200 passengers.
 
Speaking about the salient features of the ship, which literally stole the show at  the KTM expo, Mr. Hanish said that it took around one and a half year to build the vessel. “The ship is not only named after the beautiful Egyptian queen Nefertiti but also has several features that remind the people aboard  of one of  the oldest civilizations of the world. The credit should be given to Mr. Tom Jose, Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, who was then chairman of KSINC,” he said.
 
The official also pointed out that not only tourism activities but also official conferences and corporate parties can be hosted on Nefertiti. A cruise manager has already been appointed for the ship, which is one of its kind in the state, he said.
 
The vessel can travel 16 km in one hour and can cover a distance of 20 nautical miles in the sea.
 
Mr. Abraham George, former president of  KTM and Expert Member of the National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC), said, “There  is  no doubt that Nefertiti  will contribute to the development of tourism. It can do wonders in the tourism industry, if Kochi could be transformed as the cruise hub,” he said.
 
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Nun rape: HC order on Bishop's bail plea on October 3

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The Kerala High Court will deliver on October 3 its order on the bail plea of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrested on charges of raping a nun.
 
Justice V. Raja Vijayaraghavan heard on Thursday the arguments in the case against Mulakkal for allegedly raping the senior nun repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.
 
He was arrested on September 21 after three days of questioning and on September 24, he was sent to two weeks of judicial custody by Judge M. Lekshmi of Pala Judicial Magisterial Court.
 
Pressing for bail, Mulakkal's counsel presented a visual evidence of the bishop taking part in a private function at the victim's home. 
 
The significance of the evidence is the visit which came just a day after the victim was allegedly abused for the first time.
 
The prosecution however pleaded that granting him bail would affect the ongoing investigation as more statements have to be recorded.
 
Mulakkal, who heads the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, Punjab, is the first bishop in the country to be sent to jail on charges of rape.
 
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