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Forests in Kerala face high risk of fires

Firemap covering Neyyara and Peppara wildlife sactuaries from Jan. to May 2016Kerala’s forests are likely to come under increased threat of forest fires in the coming summer unless precautionary measures are not taken.

Areas destroyed in fires was one of the highest last summer. The coming summer could be worse.

Forest headquarters fails to monitor expenditure on fire protection.

Isaac calls for permission for full cash withdrawal of salaries by government employees

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas IsaacKerala Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac has demanded that government employees and pensioners should be allowed to withdraw their salaries in full in cash.

In a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Minister said that the existing restrictions on withdrawals should be withdrawn to facilitate this.

PM denies appointment to Kerala CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo)Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused appointment to all-party delegation headed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan that  proposed to meet Mr. Modi on Thursday to seek resolution of crisis in the cooperative sector following demonetisation.

The Prime Minister’s Office reportedly directed the delegation to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Following this, the delegation cancelled its trip to Delhi. The LDF has announced that it would observe Thursday as black day in protest against Mr. Modi’s decision.

Kerala Cabinet withdraws approval for Aranmula airport

Kerala Cabinet decided to cancel all government orders for Aranmula airport including approval, in principle, granted for the airport on Wednesday.

Pension to Commission members
It also decided to grant pensions to non-official members appointed to various statutory commissions. Those appointed on or after January 1 this year will be eligible. However, they will not be eligible for dearness allowance, minimum pension or family pension.

Special session of Assembly discusses crisis in cooperative sector

A view of State Cooperative BankThiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan told the Assembly on Tuesday that the government would assist any scrutiny of accounts in cooperatives to detect black money. However, it could not countenance stalling the functioning of cooperative in the name of black money.

Kerala Assembly seeks authorisation to cooperatives to exchange demonetised notes

Assembly (file photo)Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Assembly urged the Central government on Tuesday to allow the exchange of demonetised notes by all cooperative institutions in the State.


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