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to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Minister said that the existing restrictions on withdrawals should be withdrawn to facilitate this.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

Crisis in cooperatives: all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: An all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan on Monday decided that an all-party delegation should meet the Prime Minister Nareandra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to demand resolution of crisis in the cooperative sector.

The names of the members would be announced at the Assembly meeting on Tuesday.  The House will pass a resolution after discussion of the crisis. All parties, except BJP, will act jointly in the matter.

M. M. Mani to be inducted in to Pinarai ministry

CPI (M) State Secretariat member M. M. ManiCPI (M) has decided to induct Udumbanchola member of the Assembly and CPI (M) State Secretariat member M. M. Mani into Kerala ministry.

The State committee of the party, which mete here on Sunday, gave the green signal for reshuffle in the Cabinet headed by Pinarai Vijayan.

Cooperatives issue: Sudheeran opposes joint stir with LDF

KPCC president V. M. SudheeranKPCC president V. M. Sudheeran has come out against UDF’s plan to launch joint agitation with the LDF in protest against crisis in the cooperative sector.

Taking a stand opposed to that of senior leader Oommen Chandy and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, the KPCC president said that the CPI (M) was trying to undermine UDF-controlled cooperatives in several places. So, a joint agitation could not be with the CPI (M).

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