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       HEADLINES: Jacob Thomas complains of phone tapping                                              Jacob Thomas' phone can’t be tapped without the knowledge of home department                                              Defamation case against Biju Ramesh: Mani scales down demand                                              Saritha gets job in TN Solar company; Aloor will now look after Solar cases                                              Sudheeran deplores filing of 'fake' cases against scribes                                              Varun says charges against him false, frivolous                                              Producers who cast Pak actors will pay Rs 5 crore as 'penance': Raj Thackeray                                              18-year-old refuses to accept triple talaq notice by husband                                              Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan's silence 'arrogant'                                              Obama compares Obamacare to Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Report                                              Karnataka rout Gambhir-led Delhi by an innings and 160 runs                                              Fancied India held to 1-1 draw by rampant Koreans                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Attack against media persons: Flaw in investigation    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Police will look into the complaint that probe on attack against media persons at Vanchiyoor court had flaws. Thiruvananthapuram Deputy Commissioner of Police Siva Vikram is in charge of the inquiry. The action follows the complaint given to ADGP Sandhya by media persons. Putting up posters to demean media persons will also come under the probe.

         LDF wins 4 seats in Thiruvananthapuram dist    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: LDF has won the by-election in Kizhuvilam Distrcit panchayat division and three village panchayat wards. The LDF retained District Panchayat Kizhuvilam Division, Maruthamkode of Athiyannoor panchayat and Padinjattela wards of Madavoor Panchayat. It got back Madavoor Seemathapuram ward.

         Sudheeran deplores filing of 'fake' cases against scribes    
KOZHIKODE: Deploring registration of 'fake' cases against women journalists, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President V M Sudheeran Saturday urged the authorities to withdraw it immediately.

         Saritha gets job in TN Solar company; Aloor will now look after Solar cases    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Saritha S Nair, who is an accused in the sensational Solar scam that rocked the previous government, has finally got a high-profile job in Tamil Nadu. That too a well-paid job in a Solar company. She joined the Madhura New Era solar company two months ago as the project head.

         Defamation case against Biju Ramesh: Mani scales down demand    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Minister K M Mani has said that he need only Rs 20 lakh and not Rs 10 crore as compensation in the defamation case he had filed against bar owner Biju Ramesh. Mani’s counsel submitted a petition in this regard today. He has also pleaded the court to avoid him from furnishing Rs 15 lakh as surety bond. The move comes soon after Vigilance started further probe in the bar bribery case against him.

         Jacob Thomas' phone can’t be tapped without the knowledge of home department    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Chennithala said the chief minister should give explanation on the complaint that Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas’ phone was tapped. “It is not possible to tap Jacob’s phone without the knowledge of the home department. This shows the government has no trust in him,” Chennithala opined.

         A section of lawyers indulge in criminal activities: Antony    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior Congress leader A K Anotny has come down heavily on lawyers who blocked media persons in court rooms recently. Seeking action against lawyers who attacked media persons, Antony alleged that a section in lawyers’ community was indulging in criminal activities. “Any attempt to thwart the functioning of media is objectionable. It is shame that the issue continues to smoulder and is yet to be resolved,” he said.

         CM seeks report on Nisham's phone call from jail    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought a report on the complaint that Chandrabose murder case accused Muhammed Nisham used phone from the jail where he is currently housed. The chief minister has sought report from jail chief Anilkanth. He has asked Anilkanth to find out whether Nissam is enjoying undeserving faculties in the jail.

         Threat from jail: Nisham’s brothers lodge complaint    
THRISSUR: Brothers of Muhammed Nisham, accused in the Chandrabose murder case, have come forward with a complaint against him. They complained that Nisham, who is in jail, are constantly threatening them. His brothers Abdul Nizar and Abdul Rasaq had lodged a complaint to Thrissur rural SP R Nishanthini.

         Jacob Thomas complains of phone tapping    
KOCHI: Vigilance director Jacob Thomas has lodged a complaint to DGP Loknath Behra stating that his phone and emails are being tapped. He said that it started after he offered to quit from the post of vigilance chief.

         Make sure 'bag' doesn't become a burden for students: Human Rights panel    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Human Rights Commission Acting Chairperson P Mohandas has given Secretary, Directorate of Public Instruction directions, to put an end to children going to school with ‘heavy schoolbags’.

         Received Jayarajan’s letters: Forest Minister    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Forest Minister K Raju said on Friday that former minister E P Jayrajan had given him a letter regarding the construction of flag-mast in the temple next to his family home. “The letter was given using Jayarajan’s official letter pad.But the forest department’s stand is that it need not entertain free supply of wood to any religious institution. Hence his letter was rejected outright. But it is not sure whether he has written similar letter to anyone else,” the m

         It’s not my family temple; allegation smacks of conspiracy: Jayarajan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Minister E P Jayarajan has denied the allegation that he had written to the Forest minister, asking for the free supply of teak wood for the construction of flag mast. “Iranikkavu temple mentioned in the allegation is not my family temple. It is under Devaswom board. I just handed over the letter that was given to me by temple authorities to the forest minister. Allegations of this kind raised against me are part of a big conspiracy. It is nothing but character as

         Journalist-Lawyer clash: Human Rights Commission files case against police    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Human Rights Commission has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident in which the police had registered a case against women journalist while, ironically, the journalists were at the receiving end of the attack. Interestingly, the Commission also filed a case against the police for booking journalists for no credible reason. The Commission has ordered an official having DySp rank to probe the incident and submit a report within a month.

         Now, E P Jayarajan lands in controversy over demand for teak wood    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM Central Committee member E P Jayarajan, who has had to quit as minister for his alleged nepotism, today landed in fresh controversy. This time it is regarding the demand for teak wood from the Forest minister. The new controversy broke out after the letter he wrote as a minister to Forest Minister K Raju, asking for teak wood for his family temple, was leaked to the media. The Forest minister had handed over the letter to Principal Chief Conservator. The departmen

         Biker run over by Tanker lorry near General hospital    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A carelessly opened door of a car turned death-knell for a youth today near General Hospital junction in Thiruvananthapuram. The youth on his bike lost control after he was hit by the door and thrown to the road, when suddenly a police water tanker lorry ran over him.

         Vigilance noose tightens around K Babu; arrest feared    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the disproportionate assets case, Vigilance has questioned former minister K Babu again. The other day he was questioned in the bar bribery case. The detail interrogation was held today at 10:30 am at Vigilance Special Cell Office. The Vigilance had prepared a questionnaire comprising 100 questions. If there are contradictions in his answers, he will be called again to be questioned. The Congress camp now fears his arrest in this regard.

         BJP activist hacked in Thrissur    
THRISSUR: A BJP worker was hacked at Pavaratty of Thrissur district on Friday. The victim has been identified as Peringadu Kalapurakkal Vishnu. He has been admitted to Aswini hospital. He has sustained injuries on his hands and head. The BJP alleged that CPM men were behind the attack.

         Dress code in Medical College turns controversial    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Medical College principal’s order restricting medical girl students from wearing jeans and top in the college has triggered a controversy. The order issued from the Principal’s office the other day had resulted in opposition from students. The order pertains to the dress code for students who joined the course during the current academic year. It also warns that disciplinary action will be taken against students disobeying the instruction.

         Why Kerala faces peculiar dog bite menance? : SC wonders    
NEW DELHI: "Why does Kerala have such a peculiar dog bite menace," the Supreme Court wondered today as a committee appointed by it warned that the "excessive" stray canine population will continue to pose "very serious threat" to public safety unless brought down to "manageable level".

         Website soon to bust bribe seekers in local self-govt bodies    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister K T Jaleel has informed the Assembly that a new website will be started on November 1 to help the public on corruption in institutions under the local administration department. The site will allow the posting of evidence including videos of officials demanding bribe.

         Ramith murder case: Two CPM activists arrested    
KANNUR: Police have arrested two CPM workers in connection with the alleged murder of BJP activist Ramith at Pinarayi. DYFI Iruvetti village joint secretary Nijoy and Pinaryi CITU loading worker Ahadh are the persons arrested. They have been arrested on charges of murder and conspiracy.

         CPM secretariat didn’t discuss Jacob’s post: A K Balan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM available secretariat didn’t discuss the matter regarding retention of Jacob Thomas as the Vigilance director, Minister A K Balan informed the Assembly. In reply to Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala’s submission, Balan said ministers concerned would take necessary decisions in governance. In the case of the Vigilance director, the decisions will be taken by the chief minister. Chennithala’s submission was based on the newspaper report that CPM Secretariat h

         Irregularity in Incentives: FIR against C N Balakrishnan    
THRISSUR: The Vigilance has filed an FIR in the Thrissur Vigilance court against former Corporation minister C N Balakrishnan based on the complaint that there were irregularities in the purchase of foreign liquor by Consumerfed. Besides Balakrishnan, seven other persons have been made parties in the case. The court had earlier ordered Vigilance inquiry against the above based on the petition filed by Malayala Vedi president George Vattukulam.

         Veteran leader VS turns 93    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It was business as usual for Kerala's 'Castro' V S Achuthanandan on a day he turned 93, as state assembly proceedings kept the CPI (M) stalwart and former chief minister busy.

         CM speaks like a hypocrite, says K K Rema    
KOZHIKODE: Slain RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan’s widow K K Rema has said the speech given by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the Assembly in connection with the recent Kannur killings is nothing but mere hypocrisy. “I am surprised to learn that the chief minister was able to speak like this even without the slightest remorse. A person like me, who lost my life partner at a time when CPM lost its humaneness, cannot neglect the hypocrisy in the chief minister’s words,” Rema jotted d

         Jacob Thomas hints at continuing as vigilance chief    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vigilance director Jacob Thomas has hinted at continuing in the post, putting an end to the two-day long uncertainty. Thomas, who approached the government on Tuesday offering to step down, was seen in his regular style of action today.

         Woman killed in accident    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A transport bus has again claimed the life of a woman in the capital city. The dead has been identified as Sathy Kumari, wife of Raveendran of Pappanamcode. She died in front of her husband, who also sustained injuries.

         Chennithala takes a dig at Jacob Thomas    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following a Veekshanam editorial, that sought the removal of Jacob Thomas as the Vigilance director, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has severely censured him during his address to the Assembly on Thursday. “Freed parrot is hovering around the AKG centre…the government is trying to make Jacob Thomas a party nominee,” Chennithala ridiculed.

         Mani, Babu behind allegations against Jacob Thomas, says VS    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former ministers K M Mani and K Babu are behind the allegations levelled against vigilance director Jacob Thomas, said V S Achuthanandan, chairman of Administrative Reforms commission.

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