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Ace athlete P T Usha all set to start Athletics Academy in Kerala

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Noted athlete P T Usha called on Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goel here today to invite him to the opening ceremony of Usha School of Athletics set up by her at Kozhikode in Kerala on June 15.
 
The academy to train budding athletes, spread across 30 acres, is constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.5 crore sanctioned by the Centre. 
 
The key feature of the academy will be an 8-lane synthetic track. Other features include a mud track, a 40-bed hostel and a gymnasium. The academy will have a team of trained coaches, physiotherapists and other key officials to assist the athletes.
 
Mr. Goel promised all possible support to Usha so that the academy finds the best talent to represent India at the world stage, an official press release said.
 
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Major fire breaks out in shops in Kozhikode's Mithayi Theruvu area

 
15 shops gutted as fire breaks out at SM street market in Kozhikode
A major fire broke out in a textile shop in the Mithayi Theruvu (Sweetmeat Street) area, one of the city's most prominent commercial centres, here this morning.
 
The three-storeyed shop, Modern Textiles, located near Radha Theatre, was gutted in the blaze, which also spread to some nearby shops, on either side of the building as well as in its rear portion, which is a maze of shops selling textiles, footwear, plastic products and such items.
 
The fire broke out around 11.30 am and scores of local people immediately began efforts to douse the flames even as several fire tenders and police reached the scene.
 
The narrow streets in the area and the thick smoke from the fire made the task of the fire brigade that much more difficult.
 
While goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in the fire, no one was reported injured, the sources said.
 
In a heroic effort, fraught with risks, fire brigade personnel used a ladder and removed five gas cylinders stored on the upper floor of one of the shops even as the fire raged.
The fire was finally brought under control by mid-afternoon.
 
Employees and customers in the shops managed to come out before the fire spread, sources said. All shops in the area were shut down as soon as the fire broke out.
 
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IUML President and former Union Minister E. Ahamed passes away

E. Ahamed
E. Ahamed
Former Minister of State for External Affairs and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) national president E. Ahamed passed away at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital here in the early hours of today after suffering a cardiac arrest in Parliament yesterday.
 
He was 78. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His wife Zuhara Ahamed had predeceased him.
 
His funeral will be held at Kannur in Kerala tomorrow. His body will be kept at his residence here till noon today for people to pay their last respects after which it will be flown to Kozhikode this afternoon. The body will be taken to the Haj House at Karipur and then the League House in Kozhikode, sources close to his family said.
 
Born on April 29, 1938, Mr. Ahamed obtained a B.A. degree from the Government Brennen College at Telicherry and later took a degree in law from the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram.
 
He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly for five terms between 1967 and 1991. He served as the Chairman of the Municipal Council of Kannur in 1981-83 and as the Minister for Industry in Kerala from 1982-87.
 
Mr. Ahamed was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
 
He served as General Secretary of the IUML from 1995 onwards. He was appointed Union Minister of State for External Affairs in May 2004. He was elected National President of the IUML on September 14, 2008.
 
Between 2009 and 2011, Mr. Ahamed served as Minister of State for Railways and later as the Minister of State for External Affairs. He also served as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development between July 2011 and October 2012. He was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in May 2014 for his seventh term in the House.
 
He has authored books such as One Foreign Journey and Numerous Memories;  A Story of Renaissance of Indian Muslims (in Malayalam);  The Leaders I know (in Malayalam); andIndia`s Voice at United Nations.
 
He was the executive director of the Chandrika daily newspaper and weekly in Kerala and also contributed articles to various journals. He was associated with several educational, cultural and social institutions.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Kerala from February 26-27

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Kerala from February 26-27, an official press release said here today.
 
On February 26, he will inaugurate the 200th anniversary of CMS College at Kottayam. On the same day, he will also inaugurate the valedictory function of celebrations of the 155th anniversary of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 at Kochi organized by the Directorate of Prosecution, Government of Kerala. 
 
On February 27, the President will inaugurate the Muziris Heritage Project at Kodungalloor implemented by the State Government with the support of the Central Government (Muziris was a large port of the ancient times on west coast of Kerala). 
 
Before returning to New Delhi, he will also launch various schemes of Government of Kerala at a function at Kozhikode. 
 
These include dedication of Kerala as Digital State, launch of a Digital Empowerment Campaign, opening of the UL Cyber Park, the first Cyber Park established by a labour cooperative; inauguration of a Gender Park and launch of the ‘Kanivu’ (Compassion) Scheme. 
 
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Modi to visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a day's visit to Kerala and Tamil Nadu tomorrow.
 
In Kerala, Mr. Modi will address the Third Global Ayurveda Festival in Kozhikode, an official press release said.
 
In Tamil Nadu, he will inaugurate the building of the ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Coimbatore, and hand it over to the State Government, it added.
 
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Kerala govt. awards Light Metro Projects consultancy to DMRC

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The Kerala government has decided to appoint Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the consultant of the light metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.  
 
A letter has been sent to the Central Government seeking in principle approval and partnership of the Centre. The letter also includes the details of the project, an official press release said.
 
The project cost for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode are Rs 4219 crores and Rs 2509 crores, respectively. Both the projects will be implemented in the Kochi Metro Rail Project model, it said.
 
The release said the final report of the comprehensive transportation sketch of Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram will be submitted to the Government by National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) set up by the state government within two weeks.
 
In the studies conducted by NATPAC in connection with the preparation of comprehensive transportation sketch, it has been found that Elevated Mass Rapid Transport System is necessary in the two cities.
 
On the basis of the detailed study report that has been sanctioned, it is proposed to implement the two projects with Centre- State partnership. 
 
The release said 20% of the project cost will come from the Centre, 20% from the state and the remaining 60% will be taken as a loan.
 
For the smooth conduct of the project a special propose vehicle under the name Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Limited has been formed. 
 
"Finding necessary land for the project, fund collection, coordination of preliminary works, help for project implementation and taking up the project once it is completed will rest with the corporation," it said.
 
The Cabinet that met on September 9 had given sanction for the two light metro projects and also gave administrative sanction to implement them, the release added.
 
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Kozhikode airport resumes operations after clash that left CISF man dead

 
One jawan dies in clash between CISF men, AAI staff at Kozhikode airport
Normal operations resumed at the Kozhikode airport in Kerala this morning after it was closed for several hours last night following the death of a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) head constable in a clash between CISF men and Airports Authority of India (AAI) staff.
 
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told newspersons here that flight operations had resumed at the airport this morning.
 
The airport had been closed for several hours last night following the incident and flights had been diverted to Kochi airport, he said.
 
The resumption of operations followed long hours of conciliatory talks held by senior Kerala Police officials with the staff of the CISF and the AAI till early this morning. "The situation is under control," Mr Chennithala said.
 
According to various sources, the incident occurred around 9.30 pm after a tussle between AAI staff members, who objected to the frequent frisking by the CISF men before they entered the airport.
 
More men from the two sides joined the argument and, in the scuffle that followed, a CISF jawan, in his early 50s, died after being hit by a bullet fired from the weapon of one of his colleagues.
 
In the chaos that followed, state police forces had to be deployed to bring the situation under control, sources said.
 
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Mr Chennithala said an inquiry had been ordered into the incident to establish the sequence of events and whether the firing was an accident.
 
In Delhi, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said the firearm belonging to a CISF man went off, killing the head constable. The official who was holding the firearm sustained burn injuries on the hand and has been hospitalised.
 
"The scuffle continued for some time and as a precaution five flights were diverted," a statement from the Ministry said.
 
Senior officers from the Ministry, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), AAI and Security Directorates have been rushed to the site to take full control of the situation, it said, adding that the matter was being looked into.
 
As many as five flights were diverted to Kochi between 2259 yesterday and 0302 hours today, the statement said.
 
According to it, normalcy was restored by 2.15 am today and flight operations commenced at 6.20 am.
 
The first diverted flight landed back at Kozhikode Airport at 0651 hrs. One enroute flight of Air India was also diverted which landed at 0801 hrs.
 
 
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Rahul Gandhi says Namo stands for "no action, maximum oratory"

 
Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi government on its first anniversary
 
 
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on its first anniversary, saying that Namo, the initials of Mr Modi's name Namo had become an acronym for "no action, maximum oratory".
 
"The NDA government is celebrating its first birthday party today. On behalf of the Congress, I would like to wish this suit-boot government a happy birthday," he said at a public meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala on the first day of a two-day visit to the state.
 
Mr Gandhi said that, unfortunately, the celebration was limited to a few close and powerful friends of those in power, while the common man, the poor, the farmers and the labourers, had nothing to cheer about.
 
He said, during his travels around the country, many people had come to him and told him that the phrase "suit boot ki sarkar" best defined the Modi government.
 
Mr Gandhi said this was partly due to Mr Modi's fasctination for clothes, which led to many people now referring to him as a "fashion icon".
 
However, he said many people could not quite appreciate why the Prime Minister needed to change clothes so often or wear a Rs 10 lakh suit as he had done during United States President Barack Obama's visit to India in January this year.
 
He said that many people genuinely felt angry that at a time when farmers were committing sucide and people were working day and night to eke out a living on NREGA wages, the representative of the country was wearing a Rs 10 lakh suit.
 
"It shows a certain insensitivity towards the poor people of the country, the weak, who struggle for a living every day," he said.
 
Mr Gandhi said the Congress was extremely disturbed by the Mr Modi's approach towards the poor. "The Prime Minister does not seem to care for the poor people of the country, he does not believe in the poor people of the country," he said.
 
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He said Mr Modi had travelled all over the world, to different countries, to the United States, Canada, Australia, China, England and Nepal, but had not bothered to visit the home of a poor Indian so far.
 
Mr Gandhi spoke about the hardships being faced by farmers due to unseasonal rain and hailstorms and said the government had not responded to the crisis as it should have. He also recalled how the Congress-led UPA government had, during its term, helped farmers in crisis by writing off loans worth Rs 70,000 crore and various other measures.
 
He said the tall promises made by Mr Modi during the election campaign, including remunerative prices to farmers, had been forgotten once he was elected into office.
 
Mr Gandhi also spoke at length about the Land Acquisition Bill and accused the BJP government of trying to rush through with changes in the 2013 law enacted by the UPA government to benefit rich industrialists.
 
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and former Union Ministers AK Antony and Vayalar Ravi were among those present at the rally.
 
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Big aircraft operations at Calicut to be suspended; runway to be re-carpeted

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided, in the interest of safety, to suspend operations of bigger aircraft such as B-777, B-747 and A-330-200 at the Calicut airport in Kerala for six months with effect from May 1.
 
The AAI has already decided to re-carpet and strengthen the runway at the airport for safety reasons in view of its precarious surface condition after the last month. The work will be undertaken after this year's monson season in September, an official press release said.
 
The situation will be reviewed after assessing the progress of re-carpeting work of the runway, it said.
 
Out of 162 flights per week (41 domestic + 121 international), 26 flights per week of Saudia Airlines, Emirates and Air India will be affected due to suspension of operations of big aircraft.
 
However, airlines can operate aircraft such as B-757, B-767, B -737, A-310, A-320 or similar aircraft, the release said.
 
The AAI has also requested the Government of Kerala to provide 248 acres of land for extension of runway including Runway End Safety Area and Basic Strip of 150 metre on either side of the runway centerline. 
 
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Jet Airways to launch new flights from Kerala, Mumbai to Gulf

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Private sector carrier Jet Airways today announced that it would introduce new flights from Kerala and Mumbai to the Gulf, including its first direct daily service from Kochi to Dubai effective November 5.
 
This new service from Kochi to Dubai will complement the currently operated daily direct flights from Kochi to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Kuwait (via Abu Dhabi), Muscat and Sharjah, a press release from the airline said.
 
Jet Airways will also launch a second frequency between Mumbai and Doha effective November 5, as well as a new daily direct flight from Kohzikode and Thiruvananthapuram to Doha effective December 1.
 
"The addition of these new flights across the Gulf will further strengthen the airline's growing international network and significantly enhance flight connectivity in the region," the release said.
 
Kozhikode will be the second destination in Kerala after Kochi to have a daily service to Doha. Jet Airways currently operates a daily flight to Doha from Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai. 
 
Dubai is currently linked with four flights from Mumbai and two services from Delhi. Jet Airways will commence its fifth daily service between Mumbai and Dubai  by October 14.
 
"The introduction of these new flights to Doha and Dubai further strengthens the presence of Jet Airways in the Indo-Gulf sector, making it one of the region's leading carriers. These flights on these high demand routes will not only cater to the growing Indian expatriates but also boost tourism and trade between the these cities and will help in bringing in traffic to and from the Middle East. The airline will deploy its next - generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering twin class configuration of Premiere and Economy class," the release added.
 
Currently Jet Airways operates daily flights to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Muscat and Sharjah from Kochi while Kuwait is connected via Abu Dhabi. Jet Airways currently operates a daily flight each from Delhi, Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad and twice daily from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi.
 
The release said that, with these new flights, Jet Airways will achieve the milestone of becoming India’s first private airline to operate over 40 daily flights to multiple destinations in the Gulf. This includes daily departures to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, Sharjah, Muscat, Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh, thus, making it the largest operator between India and the Gulf.
 
Gaurang Shetty, Senior Vice-President - Commercial, Jet Airways said, “Jet Airways is delighted to introduce additional frequencies to Doha and Dubai that will afford its guests the convenience of seamless travel. This is truly an indication of the strong demand on this sector."
 
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UN to make documentary film on Kerala's famed labour cooperative society

The United Nations will soon make a documentary film to capture the changing profile of a Kerala-based labour cooperative society, which is commissoning a Rs 210 crore cyber park here after a nine-decade long journey in civil construction contracting.
 
This recognition comes for Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd., (ULCCS) at Madappally in Vatakara taluka in Kozhikode district of Kerala, after United Nations Resident Coordinator in India Lise Grande left impressed with the cooperative’s efforts in bringing about multi-dimensional upliftment of its members.
 
Members of the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society in Kozhikode, Kerala.
Members of the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society in Kozhikode, Kerala.
Ms Grande, who is also the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), also noted that the cooperative had successfully employed tenets of mutual benefit, togetherness, collective authority and responsibility sharing.
 
Diversification of the cooperative to sectors such as IT and tourism is another aspect of its functioning that has attracted the UN's interest.
 
The Kozhikode-based UL CyberPark, the first of its kind in the cooperative sector, is being developed as an IT Special Economic Zone and boasts of a total building area of 482,000 sq.ft.
 
Describing ULCCS as unique, Ms Grande has said that the documentary would provide great lessons to the rest of the world to imbibe and emulate. 
 
“We have not seen a cooperative model as vibrant and consequential as ULCCS anywhere in the world,” she said.
 
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Expressing happiness at this acknowledgement from the UN, Mr P Rameshan, President, ULCCS said, “Our focus has been on not just making profits but also contributing to society’s development by creating work and livelihood options for the people of the locality. In several cases, we have taken up projects that are beneficial to the member inspite of low profits. Our philosophy of member-first is appreciated; we have not lost even a single day of work due to labour unrest in the last 89 years.”
 
From a beginning made with 14 members in 1925, Kozhikode-based ULCCS today has around 1,600 permanent skilled labourers on its rolls and provides direct employment to 2,000 workers belonging to rural areas. 
 
Rated as Asia’s largest cooperative and among India's best, ULCCS has completed over 3,500 major infrastructure development projects in Kerala including the three phases of the Kozhikode bypass and Kozhikode beach road with four-lane traffic facility.
 
"ULCCS has fostered a model of cooperative excellence by vesting decision making in the hands of project executors. This follows rules that only workers have the right to be in the Board of Directors, and that Directors of the cooperative have to be involved in project execution.  A bottom-to-top management approach exists and workers are free to take decisions in adherence to principles and procedures of the society," a press release from the society said.
 
Alongside devolving authority and decision-making, ULCCS makes available a string of welfare measures for its members including schooling for children, women empowerment programmes and financial support for workers and patients suffering from terminal diseases. Members are periodically given cooperative education and skill training programmes besides benefits such as bonuses twice a year, medical allowances, gratuity and provident fund contribution.
 
ULCCS is also behind the UL Technology Solutions that has recently set up its second centre in Kerala at Technopark here. Sargaalaya, the art & craft village, is the cooperative’s contribution to the tourism sector and UL Foundation provides skill and resource training to the under-privileged.
 
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Kerala scientists describe five new insects found in Western Ghats

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A team of scientists here has described five new insects found in the holes of a fallen tree in the Western Ghats, one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world.
 
The holes in the tree were made by a wood-boring beetle, which causes severe damage in tropical trees, they said.
 
The team, led by veteran entomologist T C Narendran, said the new species described are the natural enemies of the wood boring beetle.
 
In a paper published in the latest issue of Samagra, the journal of the Centre for Research in Indigenous Knowledge, Science & Culture (CRIKSC), the team said they found the new insects during their exploration in the forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Kerala state of India. The area is also well-known for its thick forests and picturesque landscape.
 
Three of the new insects are named after the locality of collection as Metapelma periyaricum, Metapelma kokkaricum and Calosota idukkiensis. 
 
Kokkara is a place in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, from where they got the specimens of new insects. Idukki is the hilly district in Kerala, where the Tiger Reserve is located.
 
Another new insect, Calosota iochroma got its name from the Greek words referring the metalic pinkish colour. The fifth species Tetrastichus demonaxi, is named after the wood-eating host insect Demonaxi decorus. 
 
Prof Narendran and his students have described more than 1000 insect species from the Western Ghats of India. Most of them are, natural enemies of other insects, and play a key role in the tropical ecosystem. 
 
He is an Emeritus Scientist at the Western Ghat Regional Centre of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kozhikode.
 
The paper has been co-authored by K Rajmohana, A Peter and C Bijoy.
 
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Senior UAE-based journalist P V Vivekanand passes away

P V Vivekanand
P V Vivekanand
Well-known journalist P V Vivekanand, who had covered the Middle East for decades and had worked as Editor-in-Charge of the Sharjah-based The Gulf Today, passed away in a private hospital here yesteday.
 
He was 61. He is survived by his wife Chitra, son Anoop and daughter Vismay. His funeral is scheduled to be held later today.
 
Sources at the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) here said Vivekanand, who was suffering from pneumonia, was brought there in a serious condition yesterday morning after being treated in other hospitals for several days. He breathed his last around 2 pm.
 
A native of Palghat in Kerala, Vivekanand, who worked in the construction industry and as a salesman initially, started his career in journalism as a proof reader in Jordan Times, Amman and rose to become a senior editor in that newspaper. He also used to correspondent there for the Indian news agency, United News of India.
 
Later, he moved to the Bahrain Tribune in Manama before joining The Gulf Today in Sharjah. He served as Editor-in-Charge of The Gulf Today and later became its Editorial Adviser.
 
He also wrote for several other leading newspapers in the Middle East and in India on events in that region. He was chosen for the Journalist of the Year Award by the Tokyo-based International Journalists Congress in 1997.
 
He was the president of the Indian Media Forum in the United Arab Emirates for many years.
 
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Malayalam actor Augustine passes away in Kozhikode

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Well-known Malayalam actor Augustine passed away at a private hospital here this morning after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 58. He is survived by his wife, Hansamma, and two daughters, Ann Augustine, a popular actress now, and Jeethu.
 
His body will be kept in the town hall from noon till 1 pm to enable his thousands of fans and admirers to pay their last respects. The funeral will be held here tomorrow, sources said.
 
Augustine started acting in movies in the mid-1980s after a stint in theatre. During a fairly successful career, he acted in more than a hundred movies in character and comic roles. He made his presence felt even in brief roles.
 
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The actor suffered a stroke in 2010 but continued to appear in films. His health worsened in recent months and he had to be hospitalised quite a few times. He was admitted on November 3 for treatment of, among other problems, chronic liver disease, to the Baby Memorial Hospital here, where he breathed his last at 10.45 am today, sources at the hospital added.
 
His last film was "Shutter", which was released early this year. Among the other films that he acted in over the years were Commissioner, Oru Abhibhaskante Case Diary, Devasuram, Chandralekha, Valiettan, Raavanaprabhu, Vamanapuram Bus Route, Natturajavu, Nerariyan CBI, Arabbikatha, Loud Speaker, Indian Rupee and Bavuttiyude Namathil.
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Kozhikode district of Kerala

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Kozhikode district of Kerala last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 11.2 degrees North and longitude 75.8 degrees East, occurred at 2256 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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E Ahamed re-elected as IUML National President

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Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed was today re-elected as the national president of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).

Former member of Parliament K M Kader Mohideen of Tamil Nadu was re-elected as general secretary and Kerala Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty as treasurer at the two-day meeting of the IUML's national executive which ended here today.
 
Mr Iqbal Ahmed of Uttar Pradesh and Mr Dastgheer Agha of Karnataka were elected vice-presidents.
 
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CBI arrests Enforcement Officer in Kozhikode, Kerala in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Enforcement Officer working in the Directorate of Enforcement at its Sub-Zonal Office in Kozhikode, Kerala for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a non-resident Indian (NRI).

According to a complaint filed by the NRI with the CBI, an amount of Rs 10 lakh had been "seized" from his possession on the suspicion that it was "hawala" money.
 
But, on production of necessary documents and proving the genuine nature of the money so seized, the officer was reluctant to release the money. 
 
He said that, on payment of Rs.1.5 lakh as advance, a favourable report would be made by which the NRI complainant could get back his money of Rs.10 lakh within one month. Or else, even if that was legal money, it would take 2-3 years to get his name cleared of the legal tangle.
 
On the basis of the complaint, CBI registered a case and laid a trap. The accused officer was caught red-handed while allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from the NRI.
 
The arrested accused will be produced before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Ernakulam today, the release added.
 
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2.14 lakh students register for IIM CAT 2012

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As many as 2.14 lakh students have registered for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012 conducted by the elite Indian Institutes of Management (IIM).

The IIMs said the CAT 2012 voucher sale window ended on September 17 and as many as 2.15 lakh vouchers were sold this year, 4 per cent more than last year.
 
The CAT registration window ended at midnight on September 19 with 2.14 lakh registered aspirants, exceeding last year's registrations of 2.05 lakh.
 
The gender split has also moved in favour of female candidates with 28% of registrations coming from them, as compared to 27% last year.
 
Prometric, provider of test development and test delivery solutions, is IIMs' partner in developing and delivering CAT 2012. IIM Kozhikode is coordinating CAT 2012.
 
Similar to previous trends, the cities in which the highest numbers of candidates have scheduled to test are New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune. 
 
Over the next two weeks, Prometric will be reconciling the registration data to produce a final report which will include actual numbers and demographic breakdown of candidates.
 
“The registration process has gone very smoothly,” said Professor SSS Kumar, CAT 2012 Convener. “Registration numbers have increased slightly over last year, which is a positive indication that post-graduate management programmes at the IIMs and other prestigious B-schools that accept CAT scores, still offer an attractive future to many aspirants.”
 
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“Since Prometric began delivering the computer-based CAT, our self-service, online registration and scheduling system has been providing candidates with the convenience and flexibility of selecting their preferred options in real-time. We also have a team of Candidate Care representatives providing additional support for unique needs like special testing accommodation,” said Mr Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India. 
 
“Our focus now is on preparing and checking all testing locations to provide the best possible testing experience to candidates. For this to happen, it is important that all candidates bring the right documents and turn up punctually at the right place, and at the right time. I encourage all candidates to view the test day video that is available on the CAT website to familiarise themselves with the test day procedures," he added.
 
The IIMs, reputed to be amongst the toughest B-schools to get into worldwide, are located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirappalli and Udaipur. 
 
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Injured Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar shifted to CMC, Vellore

Jagathy Sreekumar (Photo: Anees Kodiyathur at ml.wikipedia.org)
Jagathy Sreekumar
Well-known Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Malappuram district of Kerala on March 10, was shifted from a Kozhikode hospital to the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in Tamil Nadu for further treatment.
 
A spokesman for the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) at Kozhikode said the 62-year-old actor was taken in a mobile intensive care unit (ICU) at 0730 hours to the Karipur airport.
 
From there, an air ambulance arranged by CMC flew him to Arakkonam and he was then taken in another mobile ICU to the Vellore hospital.
 
His daughter Parvathy and son-in-law Shawn George were amongst those who accompanied him to Vellore, sources said.
 
Doctors at MIMS had said that Sreekumar's condition had improved considerably over the past few weeks and he was making good progress towards full recovery.
 
The actor, popularly known as Jagathy, had been shifted out of the ICU at MIMS late last month and has been responding to physiotherapy well. He has also been interacting with his close relatives. He has also been obeying simple commands and was regaining his neurological functions. 
 
Doctors felt the actor needed a well-planned rehabilitation programme and had, accordingly contacted CMC because its Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is said to be amongst the best in the country.
 
A neurology and rehabilitation team from CMC had visited MIMS last month and made an assessment of his condition, after which they had accepted his transfer to Vellore for further care.
 
The mishap occurred at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district when the actor was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi.
 
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Since admission to the hospital on that day, Jagathy has undergone a series of surgeries, first to stop internal bleeding and then to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm. Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
 
Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered minor injuries and underwent treatment at MIMS.
 
Jagathy, who has performed an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, has particularly excelled in comedy and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.
 
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Injured Malayalam actor Jagathy likely to be shifted to Vellore on Thursday

Jagathy Sreekumar (Photo: Anees Kodiyathur at ml.wikipedia.org)
Jagathy Sreekumar
Well-known Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Malappuram district of Kerala on March 10, is likely to be shifted from a Kozhikode hospital to the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.
 
A spokesman for the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) said Sreekumar's condition had improved considerably and he was making progress towards recovery on a daily basis.
 
According to him, the 62-year-old actor would be taken in a mobile intensive care unit (ICU), accompanied by doctors, to the Kozhikode airport, where he would be transferred to an air ambulance arranged by CMC, Vellore.
 
The hospital had initially planned to transfer him to Vellore last week, but the move had to be postponed by a few days because he had developed fever.
 
The actor, popularly known as Jagathy, had been shifted out of the ICU at MIMS late last mnth and has been responding to physiotherapy well. He has also been interacting with his close relatives. He has also been obeying simple commands and was regaining his neurological functions. 
 
Doctors felt the actor needed a well-planned rehabilitation programme and had, accordingly contacted CMC because its Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is said to be amongst the best in the country.
 
A neurology and rehabilitation team from CMC had visited MIMS last month and made an assessment of his condition, after they had accepted his transfer to Vellore for further care.
 
The mishap occurred at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district when the actor was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi.
 
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Since admission to the hospital on that day, Jagathy has undergone a series of surgeries, first to stop internal bleeding and then to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm. Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
 
Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
 
Jagathy, who has performed an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, has particularly excelled in comedy and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.
 
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Injured Malayalam actor Jagathy to be shifted to CMC Vellore only next week: Doctors

Jagathy Sreekumar (Photo: Anees Kodiyathur at ml.wikipedia.org)
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The move to transfer well-known Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Malappuram district of Kerala on March 10, from a Kozhikode hospital to the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in Tamil Nadu has been put off until next week, doctors treating him said today.

The 62-year-old actor was shifted out of the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) in Kozhikode into a special private room at the hospital on March 31 after he had shown considerable progress on the path to recovery.
 
However, doctors, who had decided to airlift the actor, popularly known as Jagathy, to CMC, Vellore this week for a planned rehabilitation programme, had to postpone the transfer after the actor developed fever yesterday.
 
The doctors felt that shifting him in that condition could complicate matters and have decided to wait for at least a week. A spokesman for the hospital said the fever had since come down and the matter would be reviewed early next week.
 
Sreekumar had been shifted to a private room near the ICU to enhance his interaction with his close relatives and hasten the process of recovery. Doctors had said last week that he was showing "definite and steady" signs of improvement day by day. 
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"He is responding to physiotherapy very well. He has started interacting with his close relatives," they had said.
 
They said he was obeying simple commands and was slowly regaining his neurological functions. He is responding well to physiotherapy, they said. 
 
They said what he needed now was a well-planned rehabilitation programme which might take a few weeks. The MIMS had contacted CMC in this regard because its Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is said to be amongst the best in the country.
 
A neurology and rehabilitation team from CMC had visited MIMS last Thursday and assessed Sreekumar. "They expressed satisfaction about the overall improvement of the patient and they have accepted transfer of the patient to Vellore for further care," the spokesman said.
 
The mishap occurred at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district when the actor was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi.
 
Since admission to the hospital on that day, Jagathy has undergone a series of surgeries, first to stop internal bleeding and then to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm. 
 
Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
 
Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
 
Jagathy, who has performed an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, has particularly excelled in comedy and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.
 
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Injured Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar shifted out of ICU

Jagathy Sreekumar (Photo: Anees Kodiyathur at ml.wikipedia.org)
Jagathy Sreekumar

Well-known Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Malappuram district of Kerala on March 10, has been shifted out of the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) in Kozhikode into a special private room at the hospital.

A spokesman for the hospital said the 62-year-old actor had been moved to the private room near the ICU to enhance his interaction with his close relatives for longer periods of time.
 
Doctors treating him said Sreekumar was showing "definite and steady" signs of improvement day by day. 
 
"He is responding to physiotherapy very well. He has started interacting with his close relatives," they said.
 
Yesterday, the spokesman had said that Sreekumar would be airlifted to the Christian Medical College (CMC) at Vellore in Tamil Nadu next week for a planned rehabilitation programme.
 
They said he was obeying simple commands and was slowly regaining his neurological functions. He is responding well to physiotherapy, they said. 
 
They said what he needed now was a well-planned rehabilitation programme which might take a few weeks.
 
The MIMS had contacted CMC in this regard because its Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is said to be amongst the best in the country.
 
A neurology and rehabilitation team from CMC had visited MIMS on Thursday and assessed Sreekumar.
 
"They expressed satisfaction about the overall improvement of the patient and they have accepted transfer of the patient to Vellore for further care," the spokesman said.
 
"We are in the process of arranging for a shift of the patient for Vellore next week. He is currently fit for shifting there. The same is being arranged in coordination with CMC, Vellore," he added.
 
The mishap occurred at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district when the actor was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi.
 
Since admission to the hospital on that day, Jagathy has undergone a series of surgeries, first to stop internal bleeding and then to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm. 
 
Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
 
Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
 
Jagathy, who has performed an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, has particularly excelled in comedy and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.
 
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Injured Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar making satisfactory progress: Doctors

Jagathy Sreekumar (Photo: Anees Kodiyathur at ml.wikipedia.org)
Jagathy Sreekumar
Doctors treating well-known Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Malappuram district of Kerala on March 10, have said that they are happy with the progress of his recovery.
 
A spokesman for the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) at Kozhikode said that the 62-year-old actor's general condition was satisfactory.
 
"There is steady improvement in his level of consciousness and recovery may take some more time," he said.
 
"He has started to open his eyes and is responding to call and pain. He can breathe without ventilatory support," he said.
 
As a part of providing him total rehabilitation, the MIMS authorities have established contact with the Christian Medical College at Vellore in Tamil Nadu, from where a team of physiotherapists is expected in Kozhikode early next week.
 
Scores of the actor's fans have been gathering at the hospital every day for news about his health, but only close relatives were being allowed to see him.
 
The mishap occurred at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district when the actor, popularly known as Jagathy, was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi.
 
Since admission to the hospital on that day, Jagathy has undergone a series of surgeries, first to stop internal bleeding and then to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm. 
 
Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
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Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
 
Jagathy, who has performed in an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, has particularly excelled in comedy and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.
 
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Injured Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar recovering: Doctors

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Doctors treating well-known Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district of Kerala last Saturday, said that his overall condition had improved considerably and that he was slowly recovering from his injuries.

"His overall condition is stable at present. He is slowly recovering from his injuries and sedation. All parameters such as heart, kidney and liver functions are satisfactory," a spokesman for the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences at Kozhikode said.
 
The spokesman said the actor was breathing on his on and keeping up oxygenation, helped by a ventilator.
 
The 61-year-old actor, popularly known as Jagathy, had undergone a surgery at the hospital last Saturday to stop internal bleeding and three more surgeries yesterday to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm.
 
Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
 
Jagathy, who has performed in an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi, when the mishap occurred around 5 am on Saturday.
 
Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
 
Jagathy has excelled in all kinds of roles, especially comedy, and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.
 
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