KOCHI 27 april 2014 SUNday `7 pages 28 KOTTAYAM CITY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com r a da r 2 Keralites Killed in Kuwait Kuwait City: Two Keralites – Rashid Jamalullaili Thangal (25) from Kolathoor in Malappuram and Sharngadharan (55) from Kozhikode – were on Friday shot dead here in the capital of Kuwait by unidentified gunmen who robbed them of about KWD 13,000 (around `30 lakh). P4 Women-friendly Pooram Thrissur: For the first time in the recent history of Thrissur Pooram, women will have a special space to watch the famed ‘Kudamattom’ ceremony, a spectacular show of parasol exchange in which parasols of myriad hues, colours and designs will be exchanged by the people atop the elephants. P6 Baba Apologises to Dalits New Delhi: As a massive outrage erupted on Saturday over his comment that Rahul Gandhi visited Dalit homes for “honeymoon and picnic”, yoga guru Ramdev expressed regret to the Dalit community even as an FIR was filed against him by Uttar Pradesh police for his remarks. P11 J&K Encounter Kills Five Srinagar: Three militants holed up in a house were killed by security forces in Shopian district of Kashmir as the overnight encounter in which a Major and a soldier lost their lives ended on Saturday morning. P7 Akash Testfire Successful Balasore: India on Saturday successfully conducted two rounds of trials of its indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near here. Inder Kumar in Custody Mumbai: A local court on Saturday sent actor Inder Kumar Saraf to police custody till April 30 on the charge of raping his girlfriend after prosecution required time for a probe. express poll of the day Will poor monsoon lead to runaway inflation? Yes 78% no 22% Today’s question: Is Vijay Mallya’s Rs 14 crore for buying IPL cricketer Yuvraj Singh money well spent? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com CM Drops Prohibition Bomb, Game to Forgo `8K Cr Yearly Chandy says the government’s policy is to limit the bar facility to five-star hotels. Meanwhile, Excise Minister K Babu said there is no meaning in linking addiction with the liquor policy Express News Service Kochi: In a rather spirited posture against liquor, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday said his government was ready to to forgo revenue from the sale of alcohol - nearly `8,000 crore every year - but added that prohibition would be introduced only in a phased manner. Speaking at a programme organised by the Muslim Educational Society here, Chandy said: “We are ready to do away with the income from the sale of liquor. There is no hesitation regarding this as we all know the damage that liquor does to society. To implement prohibition, the first step is to ensure that the availability of liquor is brought down and that an awareness campaign against liquor is run.” However, reacting to the statement, Excise Minister K Babu had this to say: “There is no meaning in linking addiction with the liquor policy. You high spirits The Flow to Coffer Year In protest against the Government’s decision not to renew the licences of the 418 bar hotels in the state from April 1, Kerala Bar Hotels Association will organise a Secretariat dharna on April 29 at 10.30 am [ To implement prohibition, the first step is to ensure that the availability of liquor is brought down and that an awareness campaign against liquor is run — Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister have to ask Chief Minister himself to know what he meant by his statement.” “No new bar licence will be issued. No new licence has been issued by this government. Even if a licence was issued, it was only after an existing bar was closed down. This was the policy followed by the state Revenue 2007-08 `3669.14 cr 2008-09 `4631.00 cr 2009-10 `5539.85 cr 2010-11 `6730.30 cr 2011-12 `7861.74 cr 2012-13 `8818.18 cr 2013-14 (up to Aug-13) `3754.67 cr (Source: Bevco) Sudheeran Adamant T’Puram: Amid the continuing standoff between KPCC president V M Sudheeran and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s camp on the issue of renewal of licences of 418 bars lying closed in the state for nearly a month, it is reliably learnt that the former is not going to budge from his professed stand. Court Order is Appreciable: IUML Malappuram: The Indian Union Muslim League state leadership meet on Saturday opined that the court order in the bar licence case was appreciable and that the government should take a strict stand on the issue. government for the last three years,” Chandy said. He further said the government’s policy is to limit the bar facility to five-star hotels. “We cannot interfere in the liquor sale in five-star hotels as it is beyond our purview,” he said. In the last fiscal, the sale of liquor and beer crossed `9,300 crore and taxes that accrued to the state government was a whopping `7,240.89 crore. Liquor is sold in the state, one of the top consumers in the country, in 334 bar hotels and 383 state-owned retail outlets. As many as 418 bar hotels have remained closed from March 31. More: P4 Salim Raj Misused Official Position, Says the CBI FIR Express News Service T’Puram: The CBI has arraigned Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s former gunman Salim Raj and his wife in the Kadakampally land grab case. The first information report submitted by the CBI to a special court here the other day said that some of the staff of the Chief Minister’s office and Revenue Department had conspired for the fraud. Salim Raj and his wife Shamshad are the 21st and 22nd accused respectively in the report. “Salim Raj misused his official position and his high-level connections hindered a fair probe,” the report said. The 27 accused in the FIR include the then village officers of Kadakampally and Uliyarathazham. The charges include cheating, conspiracy and furnishing fake documents. The report alleged a highlevel conspiracy behind preparation of the fake documents. The case pertains to a massive fraud in which 44.4 acres of land in Kadakampally, Malayalam University to Bring out e-dictionary by Sovi Vidyadharan T’Puram: The Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University has kick-started the process to bring out a comprehensive online Malayalam dictionary packed with many unique features, which will be available to users across the globe. Speaking to Express, Malayalam University Vice-Chancellor K Jayakumar said the Malappuram-based varsity’s initiative was a major step in the field of Malayalam lexicography ever since the publication of ‘Shabdatharavali’ nearly 100 years ago. “Though there have been periodic additions to the Shabdatharavali, there has been no erudite update yet. Many words of day-to-day usage do not find a place in most of the Malay- alam dictionaries. Our attempt is to bring out a comprehensive dictionary, which will ultimately help in some sort of standardisation of the Malayalam language,” the VC said. The dictionary will also have a voice-enabled feature, which will enable the users to pick up the correct pronunciation of a particular word. The varsity has already constituted a six-member technical committee for the purpose and it will look into ways to integrate the dictionary with a spellcheck software,which is currently not available to the users of Malayalam language. “The regional variations of the language and colloquialisms will also find a place in the dictionary,” he said, adding that successful evolution of the dictionary can lead to creation of sub-dictionaries. Harris with his pigeons at the Pudupalli Street in Palakkad Palakkad: Pigeon racing has led to unhealthy competition and enmity among the owners of the birds resulting in the death of 38 pigeons in Pudupalli Street here. Sixteen of these pigeons belonged to 19-year-old Shafwan. “Some miscreants came from outside and they broke open the cage. They took out the pigeons and pierced some sharp object, probably a screwdriver, and killed them. The pigeons were found lying dead on the ground in the morning. One of them wasn’t dead and when we took it to a veterinary doctor he said that it had been attacked with a sharp object.” And Shihab who lives in the adjacent street has a similar story to narrate. He has lost 22 of his pigeons. The last T’Puram: Victims of the Kadakampally land grab case have come out in protest against the appointment of K N Satheesh as the new CEO of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. They have decided to write to the CJI alleging that he helped those who attempted to usurp land, while he was holding the post of T’puram Collector. around five km away from the city, was transacted without the knowledge of the owners. Over 130 residents in the area, who couldn’t remit land tax following the fraud, are on an indefinite agitation. The Central agency began its probe on April 10 following a directive from the High Court. The former investigation agency, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, had reported to the court that even High Court directives were misinterpreted by the accused for the fraud. Cong Hints at Backing Third Front tanker menace on The tanker lorry that overturned at Vattappara near Valancheri on the Kozhikode-Thrissur highway on Saturday afternoon | Express Deadly Games: Pigeon Racers Go for the Kill in Palakkad, Literally by A Satish Victims Oppose Satheesh Posting three were killed on Friday. His neighbour Harris, who is also a pigeon enthusiast, said he had woken up on hearing a noise but by the times the lights were switched on the miscreants had run away. Shafwan said he had lodged three police complaints regarding the death of his pigeons. When pigeons fly for more than 12 hours and night sets in, a halogen lamp is fixed atop the house to help identify the house to land on Palakkad South Circle Inspector Pramod said he had sent a cop to inspect the house. Shafwan said there was police patrolling in the area from Friday night. “There are more than 35 units of pigeon enthusiasts in the town itself. One pigeon costs between `1,000 and `1,500. The competitions are held on Sunday and the prize goes to pigeons which fly the longest duration. The final prize is awarded after 20 rounds of competitions held on an equal number of Sundays”, said Harris. The owner of the winning pigeon gets a prize of `8,000 and the final prize is often a two- sovereign gold coin, he added. When the pigeons fly for more than 12 hours and as night sets in, a halogen lamp is fixed atop the house to help them identify the house they have to land on. The pigeon locates the loft or the courtyard of the house were it has to land. More: P5 Farukkhabad: Congress could consider extending support to the Third Front or seeking its help to form the government if necessary after the Lok Sabha elections, Union Minister Salman Khurshid said on Saturday. He claimed Narendra Modi was going to emerge as a “big problem” for BJP and, referring to the Ram temple movement, said that when “Bhagwan ki lehar” (God’s wave) could not stop the Congress, then how can a “Modi wave” stop it. Speaking to reporters at his native Pitauram village, he said there seemed to be no possibility of the BJP forming a government. “After poll results, if necessary the Congress could consider extending support even to the Third Front to form the government. Not only this, seeking support from the Third Front could also be considered,” he said. He said Modi had said in Varanasi that Maa Ganga had called him. Khurshid said Modi went to pay floral tributes to great personalities, but didn’t go for “darshan” and “pujan” of Ganga. He claimed that security arrangements at booths were lax which was misused by SP workers. PTI
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