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Be it the devious Chellappanasari in Thakara, the terminally-ill Xavier of Vida Parayum Munpe, the shrewd and cunning Pavithran in Kallan Pavithran, the ageing loving husband Ravunni of Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam or the cold-blooded killer Warrier in Ee Thanutha Veluppankalathu, his talent was on display in every role he played on screen. His career spanning nearly five decades stands testimony to his rich talent. He donned roles in more than 500 movies and presented a large number of unforgettable characters, which won him three national and six state awards in his illustrious career. Nedumudi Venu, who passed away at a hospital Thiruvananthapuram on Monday at the age of 73, leaves behind a legacy that will be etched in gold in the annals of Malayalam cinema. Nedumudi Venu 1948 - 2021 Born as Venugopal at Nedumudi in Alappuzha to P K Kesavan Nair and P Kunjikkuttiyamma in 1948, he completed his schooling at NSS Higher Secondary School and St Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Champakkulam. He had shown immense talent in traditional art forms during his school and college days. He completed his graduation from SD College, Alappuzha, and later joined Kala Kaumudi magazine as a journalist. He shifted to Thiruvananthapuram where he joined the group of gifted artists including Aravindan, Padmarajan and Bharath Gopi. A versatile singer who gave a new raw touch to the traditional folk songs, especially those written by his guru, the late Kavalam Narayana Panicker, Nedumudi was also a talented mridangam player. He started his acting career as a theatre artist through the dramas written by Kavalam. He made his movie debut by portraying a small role in Oru Sundariyude Kadha (1972). However, it was through Aravindan’s Thambu (1978) that he made a proper entry into filmdom. It was his acquaintance with director and artist Bharathan that proved a turning point in his career. Bharathan offered him a role in Aravam (1978), in which he portrayed the character of Maruthu to perfection, thereby becoming one of the leading character actors in the industry. Spontaneous acting, exceptional voice modulation and his calibre in portraying comedy and serious roles effortlessly helped Nedumudi get back-to-back projects. He soon became an inevitable presence in movies crafted by masters of the golden age of Malayalam cinema (the 1980s). Gifted as he was, he was able to lift a whole scene and the movie even if he was playing only a cameo. Film buffs can’t forget the melancholic Sidhan in Sarvakalasala and his haunting song ‘Athiru kakkkum mala onnu’ (sung by the actor himself). Likewise is the role of a priest in Mithunam. He appears only close to the climax but the natural talent of Nedumudi elevated the whole scene to new comic heights. Nedumudi was also a part of Tamil director Shankar’s mega-hit movie, Indian (1996), in which he handled the role of CBI officer Krishnasamy . “Though he had won three national awards, the sad part was that none of them was for the best actor. He truly deserved that because he was one of the best actors that the world has seen,” said writer Bipin Chandran, who created the character Denver Asan for Nedumudi in Best Actor ● More on P2, 5 (2010). A gifted actor who presented characters with a difference. He has a special place in the hearts of movie-goers. Pinarayi Vijayan, CM Venu Chettan is the ‘His Highness’ of kingdom of arts. And the warmth of his heart will never fade away. Mohanlal, actor Adieu, maestro Nedumudi Venu has acted in more than 500 films He made his debut by portraying a small role in Oru Sundariyude Kadha (1972) He has won three national awards and six state awards Apart from a versatile actor, he was singer, percussionist, director and scriptwriter Coal situation grim, Shah takes stock Min’s son in police remand for quizzing Holds review meeting with ministers of coal and power to prevent disruption in power generation Ashish Mishra, the son of U n i o n m i n i s t e r A j ay Mishra and the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, was on Monday sent to threeday police custody till Oct 15. The Special Investigation Team had sought a 14- E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Amid widespread concerns over power cuts across the country because of inadequate coal supply at generation units, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday met both coal and power ministers to take stock of the situation. Besides power minister R K Singh and coal minister Pralhad Joshi, top officials of the ministries and senior officials from the state-run energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd, attended the hour-long meeting. While the ministry of coal sought to allay fears of disruption in power supply, the latest daily report of the Central Electric Authority said as many as 115 of the 135 thermal power plants in the country are now on coal stocks of less than a week. As many as 96 of these plants that generate 71% of total thermal power in the country, have coal stocks of four days or less (see table). Depending on the distance of the power plant (from the coal coal supply status 165 GW Stock in days No. of (Critical/ Thermal Super Critical) Plants capacity 0 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days mines) and the kind of coal — pithead or non-pithead — it uses, a comfortable stock would last for 15-30 days. The stock is considered critical if it is likely to last for seven days or less; and super critical if it will be exhausted in four days or less. On Friday last, the number of power plants with critical or super-critical coal stocks was 110. Reports from across the country confirmed the grim picture. Del- F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and four soldiers were killed in a fierce gunfight with militants in the Surankote area of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday Violence in the Valley . has escalated last week with the killing of as many as seven civilians. On Monday morning, the Army launched a cordon and search operation in a village close to Dera Ki Gali in Surankote based on intelligence inputs, an army official said. During the operation, a gunfight broke out after militants fired automatic weapons at the Parliamentary army’s search party. Five outreach soldiers, including the JCO, were critically inLok Sabha Speaker jured and evacuated to a Om Birla has invited military hospital, where Pakistan Senate they died of their Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to visit India injuries. The deceased soldiers for the centenary were identified as Naib celebrations of the Subedar Jaswinder Singh Public Accounts Committee of India’s from Punjab, Naik Mandeep Singh and Sepoy Gajparliament jan Singh (both also from Punjab), Sepoy Saraj Singh (Uttar Pradesh) and Vaisakh H (Kerala). Additional troops were rushed to the area to assist the security men in the combing operation. Sources said security forces engaged with the militants in the forest area of Bhangai village in the neighbouring Rajouri district in the evening. More troops have been rushed to the area to tighten the siege. Sources said a group of two-four militants are trapped in the area and it is suspected that they may have infiltrated from across the border. On Monday, three other separate encounters took place between militants and security forces in Kashmir, resulting in the deaths of two militants. 17 26 22 18 13 11 8 TOTAL India has 135 coallinkage based thermal power plants with total installed capacity of 165 GW 5 soldiers killed in Kashmir gunfight Capacity (MW) 16,430 4,930 27,325 24,094 15,210 10,775 11,450 115 1,40,214 hi’s thermal units barely have stock for two-three days, claimed power minister Satyendar Jain. Karnataka has just two days of coal stock left, with barely 12 rakes, each having up to 4,000 metric tonnes of coal. As on 6.30 pm on Monday the Raichur Thermal , Power Station produced just 444 MW against a capacity of 1,720 MW from three grids; Ballari TPS 395 MW against a capacity of 1,700 MW; and Yeramarus TPS 678 MW Economics Nobel Prize Award honours research method that lets economists draw precise conclusions about cause and effect in the real world David Card of the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded one half of the prize for showing that a rise in minimum wage does not lead to less hiring and immigrants do not lower pay for native-born workers. The other half was shared by Joshua Angrist (MIT) & Guido Imbens (Stanford) for creating a framework to study these types of societal issues Costly energy Sourcing energy from the national exchange costs a bomb but many states dipping into it to avoid power cuts. Its per unit cost has shot up from H5-8 per unit earlier to H12-15 per unit now though its installed capacity is 1,600 MW. Only one unit each of YTPS and BTPS were operating. Also, two coal-based thermal power plants have been shut for twoand-a-half months as coal could not be imported. However, hydro plants managed to address the need for now due to abundant rains. In Rajasthan, Monday was the 11th successive day of blackouts. The state has an overall shortfall of about 2,450 MW, though coal stock has improved a bit with generation commencing in a few plants that were forced to go idle. Punjab has a shortfall of 1,000 MW per day as many thermal units are shut or working at 50%. Continued on: P7 India, China blame each other for LAC talks failure M aya n k S i n g h @ New Delhi Terse statements from India and China on Monday on the outcome of the Corps Commander-level meeting the previous day to resolve the stand-off in the remaining areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), indicated the talks had run into rough weather. Issuing statements independently India point, ed to Chinese disagreement with its “constructive suggestions”. For its part, China said India “persisted in its unreasonable and unrealistic demands”. In the past, both sides had issued joint statements after such interactions. Sooraj found guilty of Uthra murder, sentencing tomorrow E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kollam The Kollam Additional Sessions Court-VI on Monday found Sooraj S Kumar guilty of murdering his 25-year-old wife Uthra by inflicting snakebite on her using a cobra at his house at Anchal last year. Judge M Manoj will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday . When the court asked for his response after reading out the charges, Sooraj said he had nothing to say. The prosecution argued the case belonged to the “rarest of the rare” category and the accused be punished with death sentence. “This is a strange and cruel case. The verdict should carry a strong message to society,” said G Mohanraj, the prosecutor. Sooraj, the only accused in the case, has been convicted under four sections of IPC — 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison etc, with intent to commit an offence) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of the offence). Uthra died of snakebite at her husband’s house on May 7, 2020. It was alleged that Sooraj bought snakes — first a viper and then a cobra — to kill Uthra. Sooraj’s brutal act came to light after Uthra’s parents met the then Kollam Rural S P Harisankar and conveyed their suspicion over her death. The SP ordered a probe and the investigators found the suspicion prima facie true, leading to the arrest of Sooraj. As per the chargesheet, Sooraj had tried to kill Uthra twice by forcing poisonous snakes to bite her. Also, there was an intervention to destroy the evidence on both occasions. The murder was committed with the intention of extorting money On both . occasions, Sooraj bought snakes from his acquainta n c e S u re s h o f K a l l u vathukkal, a snake catcher who later turned an approver ● More on P4 in the case. N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow day police remand on Oct 3, which from a local court claimed eight lives. for further interroA source privy to the gation, indicating investigation said he would not be videos furnished by treated with kid Ashish in his degloves. fence to establish his Ashish was first Ashish Mishra whereabouts elseremanded in 14-day where on Oct 3 were judicial custody after he shot around 4 pm, whereas was arrested late on Satur- the violence occur red day night over the violence about 3.15 pm.
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