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       HEADLINES: Will respond later: CM                                              What are these men doing, livid VS asks DGP                                              Police vs media – second showdown                                              Didn't direct police to block media: District judge                                              Action against SI, if complaint is given: DGP                                              Woman, minor gang raped by bandits in UP                                              Cousin strangled Qandeel to death not brother: polygraph test                                              Lahore blast derailed plans to bring Windies in Pak: Sethi                                              Genetic doping - the 'sea serpent' of cheating                                              Mendis, Herath seal Sri Lanka win over Australia                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Govt pleader directed to keep off media    
KOCHI: A report said government pleader directed to prevent media persons from reporting the ice-cream parlour case at the Kozhikode First Class Magistrate Court. Government pleader K Alikoya told Kozhikode North station officer sub inspector P M Vimod to keep off media from the court premises.

         Controversial speech: Case against Kodiyeri unlikely    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A case is unlikely to be registered against CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for his controversial speech at Payyanur in Kannur. The report of DGP Loknath Behra stated that Kodiyeri had nowhere in his speech said anything that would incite any violence.

         Action against SI, if complaint is given: DGP    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: DGP Loknath Behera has hinted at the possibility of actions including arrest if a written complaint is lodged against SI Vimod, who had taken media persons into custody without valid reasons in Kozhikode. “The SI was suspended, pending inquiry, as an initial step after prima facie he was seen to have indulged in misconduct. According to the report submitted by ADGP Sreelekha, the SI erred in the Kozhikode incident and so he was suspended. But a person, against whom there

         No ban imposed on journalists in reporting court proceedings: Kerala High Court    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Saturday said there is no ban on journalists reporting court proceedings but the judges would be at liberty to decline access to any person to their chambers and the office of their staff. High Court Registrar General Ashok Menon issued a release in this regard after the joint meeting of the Acting Chief Justice and the Committee to formulate a code for press and electronic media in relation to reporting court proceedings.

         Didn't direct police to block media: District judge    
KOZHIKODE: Kozhikode District Judge has clarified that he had not asked the police to restrict media on the court premise. He called up the high court registrar to inform this. Kozhikode Town SI, who is now under suspension, had lied that he was instructed by the district judge to block media persons from entering the court compound. The judge’s clarification has put the SI in a tight spot.

         Police vs media – second showdown    
KOZHIKODE: SI-under-suspension Vimodh continued to lock horns with media men even after he was stripped of Station charges in the noon. The situation took a turn for the worse when Asianet bureau chief Binuraj, Cameraman Abhilash, Anoop and Jayaprakash went to get back their OB van that was taken into custody earlier from the Kozhikode court premise. The SI told them that there were certain formalities before the vehicle could be released. When they persisted on taking back the vehicle, the S

         What are these men doing, livid VS asks DGP    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After TV channels flashed the ruckus in front of Kozhikode court, CPM leader V S Achuthanandan, who turned livid then, called up DGP Loknath Behera to apprise him of his strong resentment over police action of preventing media men from entering the court. “What are the police doing in our land? Did media men come not to do their job? If so, why are police not allowing them to do their job?” he asked the DGP.

         Kozhikode Town SI suspended    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kozhikode Town SI Vimod was suspended today, pending inquiry, in connection with the incident in which he took a few media persons and their OB van into police custody without any valid reasons. The suspension was ordered based on a report submitted by Intelligence ADGP R Sreelekha to DGP Loknath Behera. An order has also been issued for departmental action against him.

         Police need not impinge on media’s freedom: Pinarayi    
NEW DELHI: The chief minister said that he viewed seriously the repeated police excesses in Kozhikode. The incident would be probed and action would be taken today itself. “The police need not curb the mobility of media persons,” he warned while talking to media persons in New Delhi.

         Will respond later: CM    
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is currently in New Delhi, has told media persons that he would later respond in detail on today’s tussle between police and media persons in Kozhikode. He said he would comment on the incident after looking into the details of the incident. “The new issue is between police and media persons. The police have no right to curb media freedom though there may be some restriction on court premises as decided by the court,” he said.

         Now, police take on media persons at Kozhikode court    
KOZHIKODE: In a show off of police highhandedness, an SI today behaved rudely towards media persons who had arrived at Kozhikode First Class Magistrate court to report Ice Cream Parlour case proceedings on Saturday.

         Kerala to expedite Vizhinjam Project work: Pinarayi Vijayan    
NEW DELHI: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday, his government plans to expedite the construction activities of Vizhinjam port after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his commitment to make it a reality. "PM assured that the proposed Colachel port (in Tamil Nadu) is not going to affect the economic prospects of the Vizhinjam project. He also said that the Centre is committed to make Vizhinjam project a reality," Vijayan told reporters here after meeting Modi.

         Cause for Kalabhavan Mani’s death: Police still groping in dark    
KOCHI: In their report to Human Rights Commission, the police have said that they have not been able to find the exact reason for the death of actor Kalabhavan Mani. They have not been able to ascertain whether it was a case of suicide or murder. It is also said in the report that Mani’s friends who were with him during his last moments would be subjected to lie-detector test.

         Protect media freedom, VS writes to SC    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM leader V S Achuthanandan has written a letter to the chief justice of India, requesting him to create a congenial atmosphere for media persons to report court proceedings fearlessly. “For the past ten days, media persons have not been able to enter high court and other local court premises in the wake of certain untoward incidents in the high court and Thiruvananthapuram court premises recently. By preventing media reporting, a group of lawyers and policemen are join

         Kummanam backs Geetha Gopinath's appointment    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s decision to appoint Geetha Gopinath as his financial advisor has got the support of BJP State president Kummanam Rajasekharan. He opined that “Geetha, who backs Modi policies, is being invited to Kerala as the government has come to realise that the Left ideologies have become outdated”.

         Jiji Thomson removed as Industries Development Corporation chairman    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson was today removed from the post of State Industries Development Corporation chairman. The order issued by the Industries department has come at a time when Jiji is aboard on a private visit. P H Kurien who was Industries department Additional chief secretary will replace Jiji Thomson as chairman.

         C Kesavan Memorial award for Anathalavattom Ananthan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CITU State president Anathalavattom Anandan has been chosen for the C Kesavan Memorial award instituted by C Kesavan Smaraka Samithy in memory of C Kesavan, who was a social reformer, Thiru-Kochi Chief minister and SNDP yogam general.

         Jaitley supports appointment of Gita Gopinath    
NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely Friday welcomed the decision appointing Gita Gopinath as the chief minister’s financial advisor. The appointment is an appropriate decision.

         Quick verification against Mani again    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Vigilance has ordered Quick verification against former Finance Minister K M Mani again based on another complaint. The complainant has alleged that Mani had illegally given tax concession to some parties. “Mani allegedly gave tax concession to Thomson Company as well as certain Ayurvedic companies, flouting norms. Through this he incurred a loss if Rs 150 crore to the government exchequer.”

         'No helmet no petrol' not for now; gifts soon for helmet wearers    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Transport Commissioner Tomin Thachankary has said that ‘no helmet no petrol’ rule will not be implemented for now. Not only that, the government will consider giving gifts to people who reach petrol stations, wearing helmets. Earlier, the transport commissioner had ordered not to give petrol to two-wheeler riders who went to petrol stations without wearing helmets. But, the order was not well-received by the people of Kerala. Following this, Transport Minister gave

         By-election: BJP retains Pappanamcode    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The BJP retained the Pappanamcode corporation ward in the by-election. The LDF regained Akkaravila of Varkala Vettur Panchayat and Thottumukkku wards of Tholikkod panchayat.

         Vigilance orders quick verification probe against Thachankary    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The vigilance has ordered a quick verification probe against Transport Commissioner Tomin J Thachankary. The vigilance team will examine the controversial decisions taken by him in the last six months.

         Debris from missing plane found in Alappuzha sea?    
ALAPPUZHA: The debris that is believed to be from the army plane that had gone missing recently has been spotted at the sea along Mararikulam in Alappuzha. Some fish workers here found the debris today. But the letters found inside the plane gave doubts that it could be a plane manufactured in Israel. Further investigation is being carried out by the Navy officials in Kochi.

         Geetha Gopinath's appointment: VS writes to Central leadership of party    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM leader VS Achuthanandan has given a letter to Central leadership of the party against the appointment of Geetha Gopinath as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s financial advisor. VS says in the letter that appointing Geetha, who follows neoliberal policies, as the financial advisor to the chief minister was against the party’s stand. There is also something mysterious about her appointment.

         Kodiyeri firm in his speech, ready to go to jail    
KOCHI: CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Thursday said that he is firm in the controversial speech delivered at Payyanur in a meet organized to protest the death of CPM activist. I am ready to face legal action in the name of it and is ready to go to jail.

         Gas cylinder explodes in Pariyaram Medical College hostel mess    
THALIPARAMPU: A gas cylinder exploded today in the Pariyaram Medical College hostel. In the accident, the mess hall was damaged almost completely. The mess is located at the ground floor of the building where House Surgeon doctors, dental student doctors and general nursing students are staying.

         Three held for sexually abusing minor    
KANNUR: The police arrested three persons for sexually abusing a 16-year-old-girl for almost four years in Payyavur. The arrested has been identified as Binoy George, Jose, and Ashraf. Jose and Ashraf are the girl’s neighbours.

         Woman, son held for murder attempt    
KOTTARAKKARA: A woman and her son were taken into custody for attempt of murder. A girl’s mother and brother tried to kill her lover after hitting his bike with their car. The two were later handed over to the police by the local residents after the two were seen assaulting him.

         Molesting woman: Hotel owner gives statement against Danesh Manjooran    
KOCHI: A hotel owner has given his statement against Government Pleader Danesh Manjooran in the case in which the latter allegedly molested a woman in the City lane. The statement was given by Shaji who is running a hotel along Ernakulam M G Road. He told the police that he had seen Manjooran catching hold of the woman on July 14 at 7 in the night. The incident happened at Convent junction and later the police arrested Danesh. The stand-off between journalists and advocates followed thi

         Governor should intervene to solve media-advocates issue: Sudheeran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC chief V M Sudheeran Thursday asked the governor to intervene and find a complete solution to the problems between the media persons and the advocates. Talking to reporters here, he alleged that the chief minister and the government had failed in solving the issue.

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