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       HEADLINES: Goons attack cinema producer in Kochi                                              Thrissur Pooram: Legal permission will be given to fireworks, says Centre                                              First complaint lodged in phone trap case                                              Nalini Netto new chief secretary                                              Parl passes bill that decriminalises suicide attempt by mentally ill people                                              No legal slaughterhouse is being targetted in UP: Naidu                                              Kundan Chandravat who announced bounty for Pinarayi's head held                                              Sena MP books AI ticket, airline cancels it                                              China's military facilities on man-made SCS islands nearly ready                                              Snapping of Indo-Pak talks only encourages terrorists: Pak                                              Pakistan court asks Punjab govt to explain detention of Hafiz Saeed                                              India beat Australia to win series 2-1                                              India retains ICC Test Championship mace                                              Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy                                              Bhupathi picks four singles players; Paes, Bopanna reserves                                              Aussie cricketers are no longer friends, says Virat Kohli                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Nalini Netto new chief secretary    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Additional chief secretary (Home) Nalini Netto will be the new chief secretary. She will replace S M Vijayanand who retires on March 31st. Subrato Viswas will be the new additional chief secretary (home).

         First complaint lodged in phone trap case    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A first complaint has been lodged in the case which led to the resignation of A K Saseendran. The complaint lodged to the DGP and city police commissioner by social activist Sasidharan of Pattom has requested to conduct a sincere probe and reveal the truth if there is a conspiracy.

         Justice Antony to probe sleaze talk    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The cabinet Wednesday decided a judicial commission in connection with the phone call controversy which paved the way for A K Saseendran to resign from the cabinet. Justice P S Antony will be the investigating commission. ‘Who called’ and ‘why’ are among the things to be probed by the commission.

         Nursing recruitment scam: Uthup Varghese arrested    
KOCHI: The prime accused in the multi-crore nursing recruitment scam was arrested after he landed at the international airport in Nedumbassery near here Wednesday.

         Thrissur Pooram: Legal permission will be given to fireworks, says Centre    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Commerce and Industries Minister Nirmala Seetharaman has said permission will be given to fireworks at Thrissur pooran after abiding by the prevailing law in that matter. The minister said this during her meeting with Thrissur MLA V S Sunil Kumar on Tuesday.

         Goons attack cinema producer in Kochi    
KOCHI: Producer Maha Subair on Tuesday came under goon attack in Kochi. Production controller Bhadusha, who was also with him, got injured in the attack. The attack happened at around 9:30 in the night. They were attacked at Edassery Mansion hotel, where the shoot of Jayaram starrer Akashamittayi was going on. While, entering the hotel, Subair and Bhadushah were beaten on their head with an iron. Soon they were shifted to hospital. However, the injury is not serious.

         Kerala Sahithya Academy's Special membership award for Sara Joseph, U A Kadhar    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Litterateurs Sara Jospeh and U A Khada have become eligible for Kerala Sahithya Academy’s special membership award, 2015. This was announced by Academy president Vysakhan at a press conference here on Tuesday. The award comprises Rs 50,000 cash prize, two- sovereign gold medal, memento, citation and shawl.

         Fronts aiding Munnar encroachers: Kummanam    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan has alleged that CPM and Congress leaders were giving all necessary support to encroachers in Munnar.

         M M Mani makes light of VS' plan to visit Munnar    
KANNUR: Electricity Minister M M Mani has said he would not take seriously Administrative Reforms Commission chairman VS Achuthanandan’s statement that he would be visiting Munnar. “No encroachment is happening in Munnar and the issue gets exaggerated only when the LDF comes to power. However, I’m not here to get into a controversy by giving reply to VS’ comments,” he said.

         Plus One Geography exam will not be cancelled    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Higher Secondary director M S Jaya has said Plus One Geography exam will not be cancelled and no re-examination will be held. She came out with this decision after conducting an inquiry into the allegation that 43 questions in the geography exam paper were a repeat of those appeared in certain model question papers.

         Jisha’s Murder: Defence counsel submits petition to stop trial    
KOCHI: The defence advocate has submitted a petition in Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court to stop the trial of the law student Jisha’s murder case. The petition was submitted by advocate B A Aaloor, the lawyer of the only accused in the case Ameer ul-Islam, after the vigilance submitted a report saying that there has been lapses in the investigation by the police.

         T K Sujith wins Maya Kamath Memorial award    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Kaumudi cartoonist T K Sujith has won the award for the best political cartoon for the year 2016, instituted by Bangalore Indian Institute of Cartoonist in memory of the late cartoonist Maya Kamath. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 25000. Prasannan Anikkady and Dhanajay Ekbothe won second and third prizes respectively.

         Scribe who shot sting video on jawan booked    
NASHIK: Nashik Police has booked a woman journalist of a news portal for allegedly doing a sting on the abuse of the "buddy" system in the Army by video-graphing a jawan from Kerala, who was found dead here earlier this month.

         Question paper leak: Chennithala to go on strike    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala will go on strike on March 29, demanding judicial investigation in recent incident of SSLC question paper leak. The strike will be from 10.00 am to o1.00 pm. Earlier Chennithala had demanded the resignation of the education minister, taking responsibility for the lapse in conducting the examination. He pointed out that it’s not the minister who takes decisions in the education department but the KSTA.

         If Devi Kulam Sub-collector had made sex tape, it would have been hotly debated: Prashanth Nair    
KOZHIKODE: IAS officer Prashanth Nair has taken a dig at media and social media for their damp or virtually nil response to the incident in which S Rajendran MLA threatened Devikulam Sub-collector Sreeram Venkitaraman. "When a just IAS officer was publically threatened by a people's representative, it didn't become a topic of discussion anywhere in social media or media. But if he had made a sex-tape, it would have become a topic discussed in a big way,” Prashanth sarcastically commended

         Michelle’s death: Crime branch investigates possibility of abduction    
KOCHI: Based on a complaint submitted by Michelle Shaji’s father, the crime branch is now investigating into the possibility of her being abducted in a boat. Ernakulam crime branch SP P K Madhu said that in the coming days private boat owners who offer service in Kochi Lake and their employees will be questioned on this regards.

         NCP seeks ministerial berth for Thomas Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The NCP state leadership Tuesday decided to appeal to the Left Front to induct Thomas Chandy, the berth lying vacant after A K Saseendran resigned, into the government led by Pinarayi Vijayan.

         Encroachment became rampant during UDF rule: V S    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V S Acthuthanandan has alleged that encroachment became rampant in Munnar during the previous UDF rule. He quipped whether the then home minister Ramesh Chennithala was asleep. VS was talking at a press conference here.

         S Rajendran MLA is undoubtedly land mafia representative: V S    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Administrative Reforms Commission chairman V S Acthuthanandan has come forward in opposition of Devikulam MLA S Rajendran. He said Rajendran is a representative of land mafia at a press conference held here. He also claimed that many of the government land in Munnar has been encroached during the tenure of the previous UDF government.

         Girl found hanging    
KOLLAM: A seventh standard girl was found hanging in her house in the district. The girl has been identified as Preethi (12), daughter of Prasanan and Shaila of Karunagapally.

         Scenes of Mammootty’s ‘The Great Father’ leaked    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Scenes of the much awaited movie of Mammootty ‘The Great Father’ got leaked. Reports say that the leaked scenes were shot using a mobile phone. The producers have lodged a complaint against this. The movie is scheduled to hit the floors on March 30.

         Ready to take over ministerial berth, says Thomas Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thomas Chandy second MLA of the NCP Tuesday said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is not against him taking over the ministerial berth following the resignation of A K Saseendran. The portfolio will not be given to anybody.

         Question paper leak repeats in Plus One exam also    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: SSLC maths paper leak episode has repeated in the case of Plus One geography paper, too. In the geography exam held on March 21, 43 questions that appeared in model examination papers held in Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram districts reappeared in public examination papers.

         Jisha murder:Ameerul innocent, reinvestigation needed, says Aloor    
NEDUMBASSERY: Defence counsel in Jisha case Advocate Aloor has said he will plead to the court to order reinvestigation into the case in the light of Vigilance report.

         Foreign currency worth Rs 2.5 crore seized from Kozhikode    
KOZHIKODE: Unaccounted foreign currency worth Rs 2.33 crore was seized from a Foreign Money Exchange centre in Kozhikode town. In the raid conducted by the Enforcement department, currencies including dollar, riyal and dinar were seized. An employee of the centre was also arrested in this connection. The plan was to smuggle the currencies to foreign countries via Karipur. Rs 15 lakh was also recovered from the office of the Money Exchange Centre.

         Women should stay indoors during menstruation: Hassan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Congress leader M M Hassan has triggered a new controversy with his comment concerning women at a public function after he took over as KPCC’s interim president.

         CPM Central leadership opposes minister’s post for Thomas Chandy    
NEW DELHI: CPM Central leadership has expressed their discomfort over the prospects of appointing NCP leader Thomas Chandy as the transport minister in the place of A K Saseendran, who had resigned as minister after being trapped in lewd phone talk controversy. Earlier, Thomas Chandy had clarified that he was ready to take up the minister’s post, if the party and LDF, asked him to do so. It was after this that the CPM Central leadership took the stand the Thomas Chandy would not be apt fo

         'Kerala ISIS had plans to kill Hindu leaders'    
NEW DELHI: A startling fact has emerged that the Kerala faction of global terror organisation ISIS had plans to exterminate Hindu leaders in Kerala. This was revealed by Kasargod native Moinudeen Parakkadavath, who had been arrested by NIA for his alleged links with the Kerala faction of the ISIS.

         SSLC Question paper leak: Action against two teachers    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has initiated action against two teachers in connection with the SSLC question paper leakage. Teachers K G Vasu and Sujith Kumar are facing disciplinary actions. As a first step, they were on Monday banned from examination paper evaluation jobs. Further action will be taken after the investigation report of Education secretary is obtained.

         M M Hassan meets Oommen Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: M M Hassan, who had taken over as KPCC interim chief, visited former chief minister Oommen Chandy at MLA hostel on Monday. He told media persons that he had paid the visit since Chandy was in Mumbai for personal matters during his oath taking ceremony. Hassan who arrived at around 10 at the hostel spent about 10 minutes with Chandy. “Other than talking big, neither the CPM nor the chief minister is doing anything solid to save women and children from assaults.

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