NEWS SNDP GOKULAM

KOCHI: In a new development, Gokulam Gopalan who heads the Chennai-based Gokulam group has come forward with support to the Subhas Vasu-TP Senkumar team in their offensives against SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan. Gopalan reportedly stepped into the governing body of the Vellappally Natesan College of Engineering near Mavelikkara with an initial investment of Rs five crore.

The college's name has been changed to Mahaguru Institute of Technology. The process also saw the Subhas Vasu team that ran the college with Natesan’s son Thurshar Vellappally in the forefront removing Thushar from the chairman post of the Gurudeva Trust and installing Gokulam Gopalan in his place.

NEWS SHS RAIL

TVM: The state cabinet this week gave its nod for initiating the process of land-acquirement for the Semi High Speed Rail Line from the capital to Kasaragod – on which trains are proposed to be run from year 2024. Funds for the project are being arranged from abroad by way of long-term loans.

The project has won in-principle nod from the Union Railway Ministry, which will partner with the state government to take the dream-project forward.

NEWS SNDP NATESAN

KOCHI: SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan has likened two of his adversaries – Subhas Vasu and TP Senkumar – as human bombs attempting to destroy him and the Yogam. In comments published by Kerala Kaumudi on Friday from Vaikom, Natesan was quoted as saying all the SNDP Unions (taluk-based units) have reposed faith in his leadership in the aftermath of the offensive against him by the two men.

NEWS CONGRESS KPCC LIST

UPDATE: The KPCC re-organisation attempt has taken a step forward. The list will be released in two installments, PCC chief Mullappally Ramachandran said on Thursday. He said the names of the vice presidents and general secretaries will be released first, and the name of other office-bearers later.

NEWS EXPO BRIBE ALAPPUZHA

KOCHI: Another scandal has surfaced in relation to the municipal permission for an entrepreneur. Congress party leader and Alappuzha municipal corporation chairman, Illikkal Kunjumon, is accused by a woman entrepreneur, Archa, of seeking Rs 10lakh as bribe and “other favours” for permission from the municipality to hold an expo on the Alappuzha beach.

The woman released audio tape of Kunjumon seeking the huge bribe and other favours from her firm.
1

NEWS CITIZENSHIP SUPREME COURT

UPDATE: The Supreme Court refused to effect a stay on the Citizenship Amendment Act, and gave four weeks' time to the Centre to file its response. The Centre was expected to come up with its response today, but didn't and sought more time, after which the four-month time was granted. This meant, the apex court sees no hurry to intervene in the matter.

NEWS SABARIMALA

TVM: The hill-top shrine of Sabarimala, the seat of Lord Ayyappa or Dharma Shastha, has recorded a revenue of over Rs 263crore. The value of coins collected from the temple during the present Mandala Makara Vilakku term is yet to be recorded. Put together, it could be revenue of nearly Rs 275 crore, Travancore Devaswom board president N Vasu informed the media.

NEWS KIIFB FUNDS

TVM: The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), set up four years ago, has exceeded its target and granted approval for projects worth Rs 4,014 at its executive board meet here on Tuesday. With this, the total funds for projects cleared by the board crossed Rs 53,678crore -- against the declared target of Rs 50,000crore.

NEWS FUNDS ROADS, RECONSTRUCTION

TVM: The Kerala government has given in-principle clearance for reconstruction works costing Rs 1,805crore on Tuesday. Of this, administrative clearance has been granted for works worth Rs 807crore, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has announced.

NEWS NEPAL TOURISTS

NEW DELHI: Eight tourists from Kerala were found dead in a hotel room in Nepal, and a likely gaseous emission is suspected to be the cause. Two families, of Ranjith and Praveen from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, were part of a tourism trip to Nepal, and the group stayed in a hotel in Daman in Makwanpur district. The eight were pronounced dead at the HAMS Hospital in Kathmandu.

Police was quoted as saying the guests arrived at the hotel around 9.30pm Monday.
Loading