Vigilance probe into collection of capitation fee by private medical colleges

Assembly adjourns to meet on Monday in view of UDF protests on FridayChief Minister Pinarai Vijayan announced in the Assembly on Friday that the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau would examine allegations of collection of capitation fee by managements of self-financing medical colleges.

The Chief Minister was responding to notice for an adjournment motion given by V. T. Balram and others of UDF.

Committee to recommend on jail reforms

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan replying to debate in the Assembly on ThursdayKerala Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan told the Assembly that a committee would be set up to recommend on jail reforms.

Replying to the debate on the demands for grants for Police, Jails, Stationery and Printing and Other Administrative Services, the Chief Minister also said that services of a psychologist would be made available in jails. Besides, Yoga training would be introduced in jails.

Opposition boycotts Assembly

KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran visits UDF MLAs on satyagraha in Assembly foyer on ThursdayUDF members boycotted the Assembly after protests over the self-financing medical college issue in the House on Thursday.

They raised banners and posters and moved into the well of the House objecting to the Speaker not allowing an adjournment motion to be moved on the issue. Kerala Congress (M) members went out of the House as UDF members started the demonstration.

UDF MLAs begin hunger strike in Assembly

UDF protest inside the Kerala AssemblyUnited Democratic Front in Kerala intensified its agitation against fee hike in self-financing medical colleges inside and outside the Assembly on Wednesday.

UDF members of the Assembly Hibi Eden, Anoop Jacob and Shafi Parambil began a hunger strike in the foyer of the Assembly while the protest by Youth Congress continued before the Secretariat. A hartal is being observed in Thiruvananthapuram district in protest against police action against Youth Congress activists yesterday.

UDF calls for hartal in Thiruvananthapuram district on Wednesday

KPCC president V. M. Sudheeran stages a sit in before Secretariat in protest against police action on TuesdayThe UDF has called for a hartal in Thiruvananthapuram district on Wednesday in protest against police action on Youth Congress workers agitating against agreement between government and self-financing colleges before the Secretariat on Tuesday.

The hartal, announced by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala after a meeting of the UDF, will be from 6 am to 6 pm.

Assembly adjourned for the day following UDF protest


Slogan-shouting UDF members disrupted the proceedings of the Assembly for the second day today.

The UD members were protesting against the agreement reached between government and self-financing colleges and police action against Youth Congress workers who were agitating against the agreement in different parts of the Sate.

Conflict between media and lawyers: Pinarai to wait for outcome of meeting called by CJ

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan told the Assembly on Monday that if any action from the government is needed to resolve the standoff between journalists and lawyers, that could be done.

However, the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court had called for a meeting of representatives of the bar and the media to resolve the issue on September 29. “Let us wait for the outcome,” he said in response to a submission made by V. D. Satheesan (Congress).

Infrastructure Investment (Amendment) Bill goes to Subject Committee

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac introducing Infrastrucure Board Bill on MondayThe Assembly on Monday referred the Kerala Infrastructure Investment (Amendment) Bill, which is to replace Ordinance issued earlier, to the Subject Committee.

The Bill seeks to alter the structure of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Board to enable it to raise funds from the open market for projects in 23 sectors including agriculture, education and health.

‘Government has not dropped the proposal to leave Devaswom appointments to PSC’

Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for DevaswomsThiruvananthapuram: Minister for Power and Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran indicated in the Assembly on Monday that the government had not dropped the proposal to entrust appointments to the administrative services of devaswoms to the Public Services.

However, appointments to traditional posts such as those connected with worship in the temples will continue to be under Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board.

PSLV-C35 launches eight satellites into two different orbits

Launch of PSLV-D35 from Sriharikotta on Septermber 26, 2016
ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 Satellite along with seven co-passenger satellites on Monday morning from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

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