ISRO tests Scramjet Engine Technology Demonstrator

Lift off of solid rocket booster carrying the Scramjet Engines on August 28, 2016The first experimental mission of ISRO’s Scramjet Engine towards the realisation of an Air Breathing Propulsion System was successfully conducted today (August 28, 2016) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

Trains cancelled, rescheduled, diverted

Passengers waiting for train at Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station on August 28A large number of trains have been cancelled, rescheduled or diverted following the derailment of Mangalore Express at Karukutty near Aluwa.

Five long distance trains have been diverted via Tirunelveli-Erode. They are Thiruvananthapuram- Mumbai, Kanyukumari-Bangalore, Alappuzha-Dhanbad, Thiruvananthapuram-Gorakhpur-Raptisagar and Thiruvananthapuram-Hyderabad trains. Kerala Express to New Delhi and Guwahati Express from here are also being diverted via Tirunelveli.

Managalore Express derails

Derailed Mangalore Express at Karukutty on August 28Thiruvananthapuram- Mangalore Express which left Thiruvananthapuram  at 20.40 hrs last night derailed near Karukutty near Aluva around 1.45 am.

As many as 12 coaches have been derailed, but no casualty has been reported. A few passengers suffered minor injuries.

Vigilance enquiry against Mani to continue

K. M. ManiThiruvananthapuram: The vigilance court here has ordered that investigation into the bar-bribery case against former Minister K. M. Mani should be continued.

Superintendent of Police R. Sukesan, who had investigated the case earlier, had approached the court alleging that then Director of Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau had undermined the case.

HC stays government decision to take over admissions to private medical colleges

Kerala High CourtKerala High Court has stayed the decision of State government taking over the allotments to all seats in private self-financing medical colleges.

In an order on a petition filed by the college managements, the Court agreed with the managements’ contention that the action of the government was in contravention to the order of the Supreme Court.

Government restricts free supply of information under RTI Act to BPL applicants

RTI notificationThe government has notified an amendment to Kerala Right to Information (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules to restrict the free supply of information to those living below the poverty line to 20 pages in A4 size paper.

The notification, issued in January during the administration of Oommen Chandy government, said that the amendment was being made because of misuse of exemption from paying fee by some interested groups.

Chief Minister to take classes for pupils

Chief Minister Pinarai VijayanThiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan and ministers will be taking classes for pupils on the Teachers’ Day (September 5).

Teachers’ Day is celebrated in honour of teachers. This year, the Chief Minister will be inaugurating the programme by taking a class on ‘life style’ to students at the Attakulangara Central High School in Thiruvananthapuram.

State level ranking for selection of beneficiaries under Food Security Act

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cabinet on Thursday decided to implement Food Security Act in the State in six months.

Ranking will be done at the State level instead of at taluk level for determination of priority groups under the Act. New ration cards will be distributed in December.

Integrated check posts to have data facilitation centres

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cabinet on Thursday decided to set up data facilitation centres at important entry points to the State by road as part of integrated check post system.

The new system will facilitate acquisition of data and images needed by different departments at a single point and their sharing among the departments.  A Cabinet subcommittee with Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac as convenor has been formed for implementation of the proposal. Ministers for Revenue, Forest, Transport, Civil Supplies and Excise will be members of the committee.

Protest over transfer of SBT Chief General Manger

SBT employees protest over transfer of CJM S. Adikesavan in Thiruvananthapuram on Aug. 16Protests are growing over the decision to merge State Bank of Travancore (SBT) with State Bank of India and transfer of SBT Chief General Manger S. Adikesavan, who opposed the merger, from here to Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Official sources said that the Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan will write to the Prime Minister demanding withdrawal both the decisions.

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