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.

Antony calls for political settlement of Kashmir issue

Fomrer Defence Minister A. K. Antony speaking at Kesari Journalist TrustFormer Defence Minister A. K. Antony said on Tuesday that the government should initiate dialog for a political settlement of the Kashmir issue.

Releasing a travelogue on Kashmir by journalists from Kerala here, Mr. Antony said that though talks had failed earlier, they should be attempted again. “It is hard to deal with the issue. However, things would go out of control if a settlement is delayed. So, no time should be wasted.”

The Congress leader also urged that the Centre should lead an all-party delegation to Kashmir.

Drive to sterilise stray dogs

Stray dogs caught by Thiruvananthapuram Corporation (file photo)The meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan to find solutions to the stray dog menace on Monday decided to engage trained dog catchers to catch and sterilise stray dogs.

The meeting was convened against the background of stray dogs killing an aged woman at Pulluvila recently.

In areas where stray dog menace is serious, the sterilisation drive will start from September 1. Camps will be organised for this purpose.

Kerala to demand more food grains for Onam

RiceKerala government will be seeking additional quota of rice from Centre for public distribution during Onam.

This was decided at a meeting of the consultative committee of FCI that met here on Sunday.

Currently, the State is getting 83477 metric tonnes of rice a month. An additional quantity of 22540 metric tonnes, which it was receiving, was discontinued from April this year.

Antony calls for generational change in Congress in Kerala

A. K. AntonySenior Congress leader A. K. Antony called for a generation change in the State unit of the Congress here on Saturday.

Addressing a convention of Congress leaders from local bodies, Mr. Antony said that there should be higher representation for youth in party fora. New leaders should emerge.

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