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Opposition stage walkout in Kerala Assembly over fall in rubber prices

rubberOpposition in Kerala Assembly, excluding sole member of the BJP, staged a walkout on Tuesday in protest against inaction of Central and State governments in checking fall in prices of rubber and coconut.

The walkout came after Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan refused permission to move an adjournment motion, given notice of by Kerala Congress (M) leader K. M. Mani, in view of explanation given by Agriculture Minister V. S. Sunilkumar on action taken by the government.

Government to bring policy on road maintenance

Road worksMinister for Public Works G. Sudhakaran told the Assembly on Monday that the government would bring a policy on maintenance of roads shortly.

Replying to the demand for grants for Public Works, the Minister said that maintenance works would be brought under a Chief Engineer with adequate staff at various levels.

Veterinary Biologicals at Palode to produce rabies vaccine

Minister K. RajuMinister for Forests, Animal Husbandry and Zoos K. Raju announced in the Assembly on Monday that Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals at Palode would start producing vaccine for rabies.

Replying to the debate on the demands for grants for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Forest, the Minister said that Kerala did not have any institution manufacturing rabies vaccine. The State was dependent on vaccine supplied by private agencies. Hence, the decision to manufacture vaccine in the public sector.

Opposition walk-out over appointment of relatives in PSUs

V. D. Satheesan speaking on the adjournement motion on MondayThiruvananthapuram: United Democratic Front staged a walk out in the Assembly on Monday demanding discussion on Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan’s role in controversial appointments of relatives of CPI (M) leaders to posts in public sector undertakings.

The UDF objected to the Speaker not permitting moving of an adjournment motion given notice of by V. D Satheesan (Congress) on the subject.

44 aided schools seek closure

schoolThiruvananthapuram: As many as 44 aided schools have sought closure in the State. 

Of them, five have already been closed down on government orders and four on orders from the High Court. One is pending before the Court.

As per data obtained by RTI Kerala Federation, 19 of the schools, which have not been formally closed down, have no students. However, there are 12 teachers and a headmaster in four of the schools.

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