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       HEADLINES: Do at least dog's job before demanding gawking wage, HC tells union leaders                                              Govt issues order suspending T O Sooraj from service                                              I am responsible for withdrawing case against Togadia: Chandy                                              I’m not the only one who has done wrong, says Sooraj                                              Noted industrialist Ramesan Contractor dies                                              SC scanner on Govt decision to drop German as 3rd language in KVs                                              Newly born grandson of JD (U) MLC and BJP MLA kidnapped                                              Arms, bombs, pregnancy strip found in Rampal's Ashram                                              Taj Mahal is national property: Heptulla                                              Nigeria: 45 dead in suspected Boko Haram attack                                              Japan 'black widow' still on hunt as husband No 4 died                                              61 Indian fishermen arrested in Pakistan                                              Obama provides legal status to five million illegal immigrants                                              CA prepared for early morning arrival by Indian team: Report                                              Srikanth bows out of Hong Kong Super Series                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Bar controversy: UDF backs Mani    
KOCHI: A UDF meeting today extended its full support to Mani who is in a spot over the bar controversy. UDF convenor P P Thankachan, who briefed media persons of the details of the meeting, said the UDF leaders had decided to defend allegations against Mani, unitedly. “Whatever happens, the government will not go back on its liquor policy. Those who have come up with allegations are people who are against the policy. Now it has become clear that Bar Association Working president Biju Ramesh

         Mani was not invited for chiefministership, says Panniyan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Congress (M) chairman K M Mani was not invited for chief ministership, said CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran. Addressing the media, he said neither the Kerala Congress nor the Muslim League should ever think of finding a space in the Left Front.

         Sabarimala pilgrims’ vehicle overturns; 11 injured    
ERUMELI: A mini bus in which Sabarimala pilgrims were traveling overturned into a deep ditch, injuring 11 persons. One person’s condition is quite serious. The injured have been admitted to Kanjirapally General hospital, Erumeli Primary Health Centre and Kottayam Medical College.

         League has no links with Sooraj, says Kunhalikutty    
KOCHI: The Muslim League has no links with T O Sooraj facing investigation for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, said Minister P K Kunhalikutty. The allegation against Sooraj will not affect the League in any way; he told reporters while reaching to attend the UDF meet.

         Govt likely to approach NGT over Mullaperiyar issue    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opening a new front in its long-drawn dispute with Tamil Nadu over Mullaperiyar dam, Kerala is likely to approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) citing adverse ecological impact resulting from keeping the water level above 142 feet.

         Vested interests playing spoilsport in Mullaperiyar issue?    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There are hints that top priests of Catholics Church are behind the government’s apparent silence on Mullaperiyar issue, despite the fact that the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam has risen to an appalling level of 142ft.

         Noted industrialist Ramesan Contractor dies    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Noted hotel industrialist and S N Trust, RDC former chairman Ramesh Contractor died of old age ailments on Saturday. He was 84. Cremation will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 10 am. He leaves behind his wife Indira Devi and children Chitra, Manju, Dr Binu Ramesh (cardiologist) and Dr Biju Ramesh (bar hotel association working president, Rajadhani Group).

         I’m not the only one who has done wrong, says Sooraj    
KOCHI: I am not the only one who has done a wrong, said T O Sooraj, who was suspended for service for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Meanwhile, Sooraj told the media that he accepted the decision.

         I am responsible for withdrawing case against Togadia: Chandy    
KOCHI: Even as the controversy was flaring on against the decision of withdrawing the case against VHP leader Praveen Togadia, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday admitted that he was responsible for taking the decision of withdrawing the case against the VHP leader.

         Govt issues order suspending T O Sooraj from service    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An order suspending Public Works Secretary T O Sooraj from service has been issued. He was suspended for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. The order suspending him was signed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday morning.

         Do at least dog's job before demanding gawking wage, HC tells union leaders    
KOCHI: “Those who demand gawking wage (nokku kooli) should at least do the duty a dog does before they make the demand. When there are many people who are ready to do a job, there is another group who wants to fleece people by using muscle power and man power, without doing any job but gawking at the people doing the job…”

         Recruitment scam: Accused not to be reinstated in service    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The main accused in the PSC recruitment scam, Abilash Pillai, will not be taken back in the government service. The government has cancelled the orders issued earlier to reinstate him in the service. He is currently under suspension.

         Vigilance sleuths start quizzing Sooraj    
KOCHI: Vigilance officials on Friday started interrogating Public Works Secretary T O Sooraj, who is facing charges in Disproportionate Assets case. He was called to the Vigilance office in Kochi for interrogation.

         Booking Soorj was based on clear evidence: Chennithala    
KOCHI: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said that Public Works Secretary T O Sooraj was booked under Disproportionate Assets case, after clear evidence was found against him. The government will not put anyone in the docks on the basis of just rumours.

         Mohanlal resents moral policing    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid heated debate over moral policing and vigilantism, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has come out against the tendency to coerce others into moral positions by encroaching on individual choices.

         ‘Ente Rithu bhedangal’ launch tomorrow    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A book comprising a collection of poems penned by All Saints College guest lecturer Preethu Nair will be launched at 3 pm on Saturday at the mini hall of Vazhuthacaud Trivandrum Club.

         Aranmula: SC upholds cancellation of environmental clearance    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday upheld the order of the national green tribunal cancelling environmental clearance for the proposed Aranmula Airport. KGS Group, the promoters of the project, approached the Supreme Court questioning the order of the Chennai bench of the tribunal cancelling the environmental clearance.

         Mullaperiyar: I’m not aware of meeting called by centre, says P J Joseph    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: I’m not aware of the meeting called by the central government on Saturday to discuss the Mullaperiyar issue, said Irrigation Minister P J Joseph. He said after the all party meeting on November 26 will inform centre the state’s anxiety on the issue.

         Vincent Murder: Four arrested    
THRISSUR: Four persons have been arrested in a case relating to the murder of one Vincent (68) from Koorkkanchery Kaithakkodan house. The arrested include a woman, her friend, son and the son's friend. Interestingly, the woman is a neighbour of Vincent. In the attack carried out prior to committing robbery, Vincent's wife and school teacher Lily was also injured.

         More arrests likely in Manoj murder case    
THALASSERY: More arrests would be made in the murder case of RSS leader Manoj of Kathiroor. The hands of some top leaders of the CPM are expected in the murder case. Prabhakaran, an accused in the case, told the CBI that two top leaders of the party had contacted him days before the murder.

         Pattoor land deal: HC cancels Loy Ayuktha order    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court Friday cancelled Lok Ayuktha’s order staying the construction of the sensational flat at Pattoor in the capital city. The court passed the order following the plea of flat construction company challenging the verdict of Lok Ayukhta. The court said the company can go forward with the construction work.

         Assault on LKG student: Case against Saqafi    
KOZHIKODE: A case has been registered against Abdu Rahiman Saqafi for his sensational speech. The police took a case against him, native of Perod, for his speech in connection with the assault on a LKG student of Sirajul Huda English Medium School of Parakkadavu in Nadapuram.

         Govt withdraws case against Praveen Togadia    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Government is planning to withdraw the case against VHP's all India president Praveen Togadia for his inflammatory speech in Kerala.

         Mullaperiyar water level touches 142 feet    
IDUKKI: The water level in Mullaperiyar has touched 142 feet as desired by Tamil Nadu. Following the rise, Tamil Nadu has given strict directions to Kerala in connection with the opening of shutters. Steps to evacuate people residing on the banks of Periyar have been strengthened.

         Bar controversy: HC asks govt to file affidavit on its stand    
KOCHI: Kerala High Court has instructed the government to file an affidavit, declaring its stand on Bar bribery case. The court also asked the government to submit the primary investigation report and report on steps taken related to Vigilance inquiry.

         Pinarayi seeks Sooraj’s suspension    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a statement, CPM State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the suspension of Public Works Secretary T O Sooraj, who has been implicated by the Vigilance department for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income.

         Action against Sooraj, if necessary: Ebrahim Kunju    
PALAKKAD: Public Works Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju has said that if it is necessary, action will be taken against Department secretary T O Sooraj, who is accused in Disproportionate Assets case. It is the chief minister who has the right to take action against the secretary.

         Centre calls meeting to resolve Mullaperiyar issue    
NEW DELHI: Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati has called a meeting of water resources ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to discuss the issue of rising water level in the Mullaperiyar dam.

         Thrashing with bamboo stick: Tenth standard student hospitalised    
KARUNAGAPALLY: A tuition class student who was bashed up by his teacher, using bamboo stick has been admitted to Karunagapally Taluk hospital.

         Pannyan raps Mani, Muslim League    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI State Secretary Pannyan Raveendran has come out with scathing criticism against Finance Minister K M Mani and Muslim League.

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