Both Vizhinjam and Kulachal ports are needed: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has informed Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan that both Kulachal and Vizhinjam ports were required for the nation’s development and competition in this sector would be beneficial.

The Prime Minister conveyed this view to the Chief Minister when the latter called on Mr. Modi expressing concerns over clearance granted by the Centre for port at Kulachal which was only 35 km from Vizhinjam.

LDF wins 7 of 15 seats in by-elections to local bodies

Thiruvananthapuram: The LDF has won seven seats in the by-elections held in 15 wards of local self-governments in 11 districts of the State on Thursday. The UDF won in five seats and BJP in three.

The UDF could retain control of Kasaragod district panchayat as UDF candidate Shanawaz Padur won the by-election from Uduma ward. The Front would have lost majority if it candidate had failed to win.

Rs. 10 lakh collected as fines from vehicle owners using fancy number plates

Car with number plate displayed not to specificationsThe Motor Vehicles Department collected more than Rs. 10 lakhs in fines from 3058 vehicles during State-wide checking of number plates of motor vehicles on Thursday.

Many vehicles were found to have displayed number plates that were not according to specifications.

Cabinet clears proposals for infrastructure Fund

SecretariatKerala Cabinet on Wednesday cleared proposals for raising funds for massive capital investment plan proposed in the Budget for the current year through Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board.

The Board is to raise funds through different types of bonds with government guarantee. An Ordinance will be brought to give legal backing for the scheme. The law will provide for earmarking cess on petrol and a certain share of motor vehicles taxes to the Board.

Controversy over Economic Advisor to CM intensifies

Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University Gita GopinathThiruvananthapuram: The controversy over appointment of Harvard professor Gita Gopinath as Economic Advisor to Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan has intensified with disclosure that the appointment was without the knowledge of CPI (M).

Mani keeps off UDF meet

Kerala Congress (Mani) leaders kept away from UDF meeting on Monday.

Though the meeting was held taking the convenience of Kerala Congress leader K. M. Mani also into consideration, Mr. Mani informed the UDF leaders that he would not be able to attend the meeting owing to personal inconveniences. Though P. J. Joseph was in Thiruvananthapuram, he also did not attend the meeting.

Audit detects major irregularites in use of Road Safety Fund

RoadLocal audit has detected major irregularities in the use of funds by Kerala Road Safety Authority.

The Government as well as the Authority violated provisions of the law regarding use of Road Safety Fund. Much money is remaining unused.

Cabinet decisions and notes to be uploaded to official Websites

RTIKerala government has ordered that orders and circulars issued pursuant to Cabinet decisions by government departments should be uploaded to official Websites along with copies of the proceedings and the notes submitted to the Cabinet.

The order, issued by Chief Secretary S. M. Vijayanand on Wednesday, directs that the uploading should be done immediately after the orders or circulars are issued, if possible on the same day.

Committee to prevent conflict between advocates and media persons

Kochi: A committee will be formed with the Advocate General as Chairman for avoiding conflicts between the lawyers and the media persons in Kochi.

This was decided at a conciliatory meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan in Kochi on Saturday.

The committee will have a representative of Kerala Bar Association, three representatives of High Court Advocates Association and the Kerala Union of Working Journalists. Director General of Police could be an invitee when issues connected to the police are also involved.

Conflict between advocates and media: Chief Justice of India intervenes

Burning of newspapers at VarkalaA media relations committee will be set up in Thiruvananthapuram to resolve the conflict between advocates and the media.

This was decided after the High Court judges P. N. Ravindran and P. R. Ramachandran Menon, who came to Thiruvananthapuram to investigate the violent incidents on Thursday at the Vanchiyoor Court complex, held talks with representatives of the lawyers and the media and collected evidence on the incidents.

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