HC gives bail to second Kerala priest accused of rape

Kochi July 26:  The Kerala High Court granted bail to Father Job Mathew of the Malankara Orthodox Church. Continue reading “HC gives bail to second Kerala priest accused of rape”

Udayakumar custodial death: Death penalty for two, three-year imprisonment for others

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM July 26: CBI special court judge Nazar has awarded capital punishment to K Jithakumar and S V Sreekumar, the first and second accused respectively in Udayakumar custodial death case. Both accused were fined an amount of Rs 2 lakh as well. The fine should be given to Prabhavathi, mother of the victim. Continue reading “Udayakumar custodial death: Death penalty for two, three-year imprisonment for others”

1.18 Lakh People In Relief Camps As Heavy Rain Pounds Parts Of Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM July 21: As many as 1.18 lakh people have sought refuge in relief camps across Kerala, as rains continued to lash several parts of the state in varied intensity, official sources said today. Continue reading “1.18 Lakh People In Relief Camps As Heavy Rain Pounds Parts Of Kerala”

19-Year-Old Man In Kerala Arrested For Sexually Abusing 2 Boys

KOCHI July 21: A 19-year-old man was today arrested for allegedly sexually abusing two boys at an orphanage near Kochi, two years ago. Continue reading “19-Year-Old Man In Kerala Arrested For Sexually Abusing 2 Boys”

Supreme Court postpones bail pleas of Kerala priests

New Delhi July 18: The Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed the hearing of anticipatory bail pleas of two Malankara Orthodox Church priests who are on the run after facing sexual abuse charges against a parishioner. Continue reading “Supreme Court postpones bail pleas of Kerala priests”

Heavy rains: Low lying areas in Kottayam, Idukki submerged

KOTTAYAM July 17:  Low lying areas in Idukki and Kottayam are under water due to continuos heavy rains. Kallarkutty, Lower Periyar, Headworks and Malankara dams in Idukki are opened.

All bus services including KSRTC in Pala-Eerattupetta, Pala-Ramapuram and Pala-Ponkunnam routes have been stopped. Water has reached half level in Kottaramattom bus stand. Continue reading “Heavy rains: Low lying areas in Kottayam, Idukki submerged”

Shashi Tharoor’s office vandalised in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram July 17: Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor’s office in his constituency Thiruvananthapuram was attacked by activists of the BJP’s youth wing on Monday, days after he sparked a row with remarks that the BJP, if voted to power again, will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”. Continue reading “Shashi Tharoor’s office vandalised in Kerala”

KPCC defends Tharoor’s remark on ‘Hindu Pakistan’

Thiruvananthapuram July 16: Backing party MP, Shashi Tharoor, the Kerala unit of the Congress today fully endorsed his remarks that if the BJP is voted to power, it will pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan. Continue reading “KPCC defends Tharoor’s remark on ‘Hindu Pakistan’”

Nuns, Priests Write To Vatican Over Alleged Rape Of Nun By Kerala Bishop

KOCHI July 14: A section of nuns, priests and laity of the Roman Catholic Church has written to the Vatican over the alleged rape of a nun in Kerala by a bishop, urging it “to do what is right” to provide justice to the women in the church.

The letters were written to Giambattista Diquttro, Apostolic Nuncio to India and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Oswald Gracias. Continue reading “Nuns, Priests Write To Vatican Over Alleged Rape Of Nun By Kerala Bishop”

Kerala police soon to have technical cadre to utlise expertise

Thiruvananthapuram July 10:   Kerala police is making a plan to create a technical cadre to effectively utilise the expertise and experience of technically qualified personnel.
As part of this, state police chief Lokanath Behera, together with other top police officials held discussions with 152 members from different battalions.
The state police force has about 160 constable/civil police officers across different battalions.  Out of this, 68 are B.Techs,  22 MBA/BBA degree holders.
15 MCA/MSC Computer Science graduates,  one M Tech,  8 LLB/LLM graduates,  9 M.Phil holders and 13 PGDCA holders.   As per the proposal, these personnel will be assigned  tasks beyond normal police duties, and requiring technical skills, according to their qualification.
Police chief Lokanath Behera said that an action plan is being prepared to this end.  He added that if the members of the force are deployed for tasks matching their qualification and competencies,  meritorious performance can be achieved.
Such technically and professionally qualified personnel will be appointed in areas like cyber forensic,  different IT-based activities,  cyber criminal investigation, legal aid,  implementation of different projects,  and new media activities.
DIG-Armed Police Battalion,  Shafin Ahmed has been entrusted with preparing a detailed plan for this.