House expresses concern over stray do menace, but a solution will take time

Minister K. T. Jaleel responding to notice for adjounrment motion on FridayMinister for Local Self Government K. T. Jaleel told the Assembly on Friday that the government was taking all steps to check the menace of stray dogs.

Responding to a notice for moving adjournment motion given by P. K. Basheer (Muslim League), the Minister said that there were, however, many obstacles. It may take one, two or three years to check the menace.

Measures to streamline tax collection

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac replying to debate on Appropriation Bill on ThursdayFinance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac told the Assembly on Thursday that the government would be taking a number of measures to improve tax collection.

Dr. Isaac said that the about 70 per cent of tax revenue came from Kochi. So, the government was planning a ‘Mission Ernakulam’ to achieve better tax realisation from the area. The tax growth from the area was a mere two per cent.

Kerala Assembly opposes sale of shares of Cochin Shipyard

Cochin ShipyardKerala Assembly on Thursday adopted a motion urging the Centre to reconsider its move to disinvest 25 per cent of the shares of Cochin Shipyard Limited.
The motion, moved by Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan, also urged the Centre to withdraw the decision to close down the Hindusthan Organic Chemicals unit in Kochi and approve the revival package for the company.

Bird flu virus spreading in Kerala may not affect humans: Minister

DuckThiruvananthapuram: Forest Minister K. Raju told the Assembly on Thursday that humans were not likely to be inflected by the bird flu spreading in Alappuzha and Kottayam districts.

Replying to a submission made by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, the Minister said that the influenza strain identified was of type A (H5N8) which does not affect humans.

Cabinet names commission to probe police lathicharge before High Court

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to appoint retired judge P. A. Mohammed as enquiry commission to probe police lathicharge that had taken place in front of the High Court following conflict between journalists and lawyers.

An officials release said that the Commission would enquire into events that led to the lathicharge under the Commission of Enquiries Act. As the High Court had intimated that the services of a sitting judge could not be spared for the enquiry, a retired judge was being appointed.


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