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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 The relationship of the characters in our films got extended to our real lives. Venu will always be in my mind. I cannot bid adieu to him. Mammootty, actor Adieu, maestro Nedumudi Venu has acted in more than 500 films. He has won 3 national awards and 6 state awards 5 soldiers killed in Coal situation stays grim, Shah takes stock Kashmir gunfight Holds review meet with ministers of coal & power to find solutions E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi F aya z W a n i @ Srinagar A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and four soldiers, including a Keralite, were killed in a fierce gunfight with militants in the Surankote area of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday Violence in the . Soldiers at the site of an encounter in Poonch district on Monday | PTI Parliamentary outreach Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has invited Pakistan Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to visit India for the centenary celebrations of the Public Accounts Committee of India’s parliament 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 army’s search party Five . soldiers, including the JCO, were critically injured and evacuated to a military hospital, where they died of their injuries. The deceased soldiers were identified as Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh from Punjab, Naik Mandeep Singh and Sepoy Gajjan Singh (both also from Punjab), Sepoy Saraj Singh (Uttar Pradesh) and Vaisakh H, a resident of Asanmukku in Kottarakkara. Vaisakh, 24, had returned to Jammu one month ago after attending his grandmother’s funeral. He is the son of Harikumar and Beena Kumari. 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. Use of natural experiments gets Economics Nobel Prize Award honours research method that lets economists draw precise conclusions about cause and effect in the real world Guido Imbens Joshua Angrist David Card 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 coal supply status 165 GW Stock in days No. of (Critical/ Thermal Super Critical) Plants capacity Capacity (MW) 0 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days Scaling up Coal India Ltd said it has scaled up supply of coal to power plants across the country to 1.51 million tonnes a day in the last four days and is trying to bridge the demand-supply gap 17 26 22 18 13 11 8 TOTAL India has 135 coallinkage based thermal power plants with total installed capacity of 165 GW 16,430 4,930 27,325 24,094 15,210 10,775 11,450 115 1,40,214 40 MT stock Coal India already has 40 million tonnes of stock at its pitheads and the volume is steadily increasing, it said in a statement. CIL accounts for over 80% of domestic coal output 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 standoff in the remaining areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), indicated the talks had run into rough weather. Issuing statements independently, India pointed to Chinese disagreement with its “constructive suggestions”. For its part, China said India “persisted in its unreasonable and unrealistic demands”. The Indian Army said that during Sunday’s meeting, it made “constructive sugges- tions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forwardlooking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.” Chinese Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, spokesperson for Wester n Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army said: “(T)he Chi, nese side made great efforts to promote the easing and cooling of the border situation and fully demonstrated China’s sincerity of maintaining overall interests of bilateral military relations. But, the Indian side persisted in its unreasonable and unrealistic demands.” 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 express read Min’s son in UP police remand for quizzing Lucknow: Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra and the main accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, was on Monday sent to three-day police custody till Oct 15. The probe team had sought a 14-day police remand from a local court for further interrogation. P8 85,316 students yet to get Plus-I admission T’Puram: General Education Minister the minister V Sivankutty informed the assembly that after the completion of second allotment to Plus-I courses, 85,316 students are yet to get admission. P4 16 pages, including 4 pages of KOCHI Express No end to complaints, state Congress revamp to be delayed C y n t h i a C h a n d r a n @ T’ Puram Congress state president K Sudhakaran on Monday returned from New Delhi without handing over the draft list of the state committee office-bearers to the party high command. The last-minute deferment of submission followed the concerns raised by three former state presidents, V M Sudheeran, Mullappally Ramachandran and M M Hassan. They complained that they were not taken into confidence yet again in the organisational revamping. The names suggested by national general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal has also not gone down well with Sudhakaran, causing further stalemate in the revamp. The two factional leaders, Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala, had given their respective lists comprising 10 and 12 each to Sudhakaran and Opposition leader V D Satheesan. Even when Satheesan has reiterated that the 51-member state committee list has been prepared not on the basis of group equations, Chandy had maintained that the priority names given by him should not be removed from the final list. The three for mer state presidents separately told TNIE that they were not consulted during the course of the second round of organisational revamping. But the central lead- ership is under the impression that Sudhakaran and Satheesan had held proper consultations with all the stakeholders. “When Tariq Anwar, national general secretary in charge of the state, was here, he had informed the former state presidents that the leadership will be seeking their suggestions. Since that has not happened, it is clear that the leadership is not keen to hold talks with them,” said a senior Congress leader. However, Sudhakaran told TNIE that the list was not submitted as Tariq Anwar had to leave for his home town in Bihar on Monday afternoon. He said the draft list will be submitted to the central leadership after two days. “If the state leadership has to seek the views of the former state presidents, they should also help create a conducive atmosphere which has not happened so far,” said Sudhakaran, when asked about the complaints of for mer presidents. days or less (see table). Depending on the distance of the power plant (from the coal 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. Delhi’s thermal units barely have stock for two-three days, claimed power minister Satyendar Jain. ‘No power cut or load shedding till Oct 19’ T’Puram: Amid the looming crisis, Power Minister K Krishnankutty has said that there will be no power cut or load shedding in the Kerala until October 19. P4 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 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 two-and-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. Continued on: P7 Sooraj found guilty in Uthra murder case, sentencing tomorrow E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Kollam The Kollam Additional Sessions Court on Monday found Sooraj S Kumar guilty of having murdered his 25-year-old wife Uthra by making a cobra bite her at her house at Anchal last year. Judge M Manoj will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday . When the court asked whether he has anything to say after pronouncing him guilty he said , “no”. The prosecution argued that the case belonged to the “rarest of the rare” category and sought death penalty for the accused. “This is a strange and cruel case. The verdict should carry a strong message to society,” said prosecutor G Mohanraj. 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 house on May 7, 2020. It was alleged that Sooraj bought snakes — first a viper and then a cobra — to kill Uthra on two occasions. Sooraj’s brutal act came to light after Uthra’s par- Sooraj S Kumar being brought to the Kollam Additional Sessions Court from the district sub-jail on Monday ents met the then Kollam Rural SP Harisankar and raised 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 making poisonous snakes 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 acquaintance Suresh of Kalluvathukkal, a snake catcher who later turned an approver in the ● More on P4 case.
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