Opinion

Anger, fear in Kerala over brutal murder of law student

People with children in their arms protesting against the murder in ThiruvananthapuramOnce again the question of safety of women has become the subject of debate. The wild incident that victimised the law student at Perumbavoor in Kerala has once again created ripples among the general public.

Protests have erupted in Ernakulam where she studied and the neighbouring Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kaladi. A march was taken out to the office of the Inspector General of Police (Kochi Range), Ernakulam.

Thrissur Pooram saved, but tragedies may repeat

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Thrissur on FridayDeft handling by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has helped the Thrissur Pooram to go on and saved some votes for the Congress in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Opinion was building in favour of ban on pyrotechnics in Kerala. The tantri and Chief priest (Melsanthi) of Sabarimala temple had stated that fireworks were not part of temple festivals. Swami Prakashananda, head of Sivagiri Mutt, Varkala, slammed pyrotechnics in temples noting the practice was wrong. Some temples dropped plans for pyrotechnics while some Christian churches banned it.

Kerala Government wants to restrict journalists from using right to information

Office of the State Information Commission, KeralaKerala Government has suggested to the Central government to restrict journalists from using the right to information frequently.

The Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation had sought suggestions from State governments on amending the Right to Information Act “to remedy difficulties caused by fake and irrelevant RTI applications”.

In its response, the government suggested that professional media persons (Press, TV etc) might be kept out of the purview of eligible applicants or might be charged more for information given as such information are likely to be used for their publicity and profit.

Government hoodwinks public on exemption to Vigilance Police from RTI

State Information CommissionThe government is misleading the media and public regarding the purpose and implications of the notification exempting Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau (VACB) from the purview of right to information.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting that the notification—withdrawal of which had been demanded by KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran, RTI activists and others—was being retained to protect the lives and physical safety of informants. However, there is no need for such a notification to achieve that objective.

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