Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0530 Tamil Nadu, Puducherry brace for cyclone Gaja, rescue personnel on standby http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8297/Tamil-Nadu--Puducherry-brace-for-cyclone-Gaja--rescue-personnel-on-standby http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8297/Tamil-Nadu--Puducherry-brace-for-cyclone-Gaja--rescue-personnel-on-standby Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:04:00 +0530 ]]>Cyclonic storm Gaja will cross Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban on Nov 15, bringing heavy rainfall coupled with gale wind, the Met office said Monday as the state government put its machinery on alert and kept on standby 30,500 rescue personnel. Chennai | Cyclonic storm Gaja will cross Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban on Nov 15, bringing heavy rainfall coupled with gale wind, the Met office said Monday as the state government put its machinery on alert and kept on standby 30,500 rescue personnel.
Neighbouring union territory of Puducherry, which is also covered by the cyclone alert, said it is on high alert as well and precautionary steps are being taken to meet the situation.
The cyclone lay about 720 km east northeast of Chennai over the Bay on Monday and it is very likely to move west southwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday, the IMD said in its latest bulletin.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami chaired a high- level meeting at the Secretariat of Ministers and top officials to review the preparedness in the wake of the storm and forcast of heavy rainfall.
Revenue Minsiter R B Udaya Kumar said 30,500 rescue personnel were on standby while arrangemets had been made for food and shelter at relief centres for those in low lying areas.
Across the state, a total of 4,399 locations have been identified as vulnerable and teams have been deployed for rescue, he told reporters.
Also, teams of the National and State Disaster Response Forces are ready for deployment.
Vigil has been mouted in coastal districts and meetings have been held to review preparedness, he said.
Coatal and vulnerable districts including Cuddalore and Nagapattinam have been advised high alert, Udaya Kumar said.
The IMD said the system was likely to weaken gradually and cross Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban as a cyclonic storm on November 15 forenoon.
It forecast rainfall at most places in Tamil Nadu on November 14 and extremely heavy (over 20 cm) in isolated places in norther parts of the state the next day.
It also advised fishermen not to venture into sea whose condition will be rough to very rough from Tuesday morning while the wind speed is expected to up further touching 110 kmph.
Storm surge of height of about 1.0 meter is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Nagappattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu and Karaikal district of Puducherry at the time of landfall.
The IMD also warned of major damage to thatched huts and houses. "Roof tops may blow off ...damage to power and communication lines," it said adding standing crops could also be hit and cautioned sea water intrusion in low lying areas.
Citing the IMD forecast of heavy rains, the Central Water Commission issued an advisory to Tamil Nadu and Kerala authorities to maintain strict vigil at various dams which come under the "cyclone field" and are already 80 per cent to 91 per cent full.
Puducherry Revenue and Industries Minister M O H F Shah Jahan said the union territory has been put on high alert.
Services of NDRF personnel will be requisitioned if warranted, he said after a review meeing with top officials.
Banners, billboards should be removed considering safety, he said.
The Minister appealed to people to not trust fake information on social media.

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Supreme Court to consider on Tuesday pleas seeking review of Sabarimala verdict  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8296/Supreme-Court-to-consider-on-Tuesday-pleas-seeking-review-of-Sabarimala-verdict- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8296/Supreme-Court-to-consider-on-Tuesday-pleas-seeking-review-of-Sabarimala-verdict- Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:59:31 +0530 ]]>A batch of 48 petitions seeking review of the judgement would be taken up for consideration in-chamber by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. Besides these pleas, three separate petitions seeking review of the verdict are also slated to come up for hearing in the open court New Delhi | The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider on Tuesday a batch of petitions seeking review of its September 28 verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
On September 28, a five-judge constitution bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, had paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple saying that the ban amounted to gender discrimination.
A batch of 48 petitions seeking review of the judgement would be taken up for consideration in-chamber by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Besides these pleas, three separate petitions seeking review of the verdict are also slated to come up for hearing in the open court before a bench comprising CJI Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph.
The apex court's judgement has led to protests and counter-protests at the hill-top shrine in Kerala.
The top court had on October 9 declined an urgent hearing on the review plea filed by an association which had contended that the five-judge Constitution bench's verdict lifting the ban was "absolutely untenable and irrational".
Later, the court had said that it would consider the review pleas on November 13.
A plea filed by National Ayyappa Devotees Association (NADA), which has sought review of the verdict, had said that "the notion that the judgment under review is revolutionary, one which removes the stigma or the concept of dirt or pollution associated with menstruation, is unfounded. It is a judgment welcomed by hypocrites who were aspiring for media headlines. On the merits of the case, as well, the said judgment is absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse".
Besides the Association, several other petitions including one by Nair Service Society (NSS), have been filed against the apex court verdict.
The NSS had said in the plea that as the deity is a 'Naistika Brahmachari', females below the age of 10 and after the age of 50 years are eligible to worship him and there is no practice of excluding worship by females.
"Hence, the delay or wait for 40 years to worship cannot be considered as exclusionary and it is an error of law on the face of the judgement," the plea had said.

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Around 50 cops hurt as auditorium roof collapses in Kannur  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8295/Around-50-cops-hurt-as-auditorium-roof-collapses-in-Kannur- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8295/Around-50-cops-hurt-as-auditorium-roof-collapses-in-Kannur- Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:56:28 +0530 ]]>Around 50 police personnel were injured Monday when the roof of an auditorium in a beach resort here collapsed during a camp for them. The police personnel were taking part in a study camp organised at the resort by the district committee of a police association. Kannur (Kerala) | Around 50 police personnel were injured Monday when the roof of an auditorium in a beach resort here collapsed during a camp for them.
The police personnel were taking part in a study camp organised at the resort by the district committee of a police association.
Faulty construction was suspected to be the cause of the mishap, the police said.
Three of the injured were admitted to a hospital in neighbouring Mangaluru while the others with minor wounds were treated as outpatients at a local hospital, they said.
A case was registered against the owner of the resort, they added.

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UK neo-Nazis who named son after Hitler guilty of terror offence http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8294/UK-neo-Nazis-who-named-son-after-Hitler-guilty-of-terror-offence http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8294/UK-neo-Nazis-who-named-son-after-Hitler-guilty-of-terror-offence Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:12:28 +0530 ]]>A couple who gave their son the middle name Adolf in honour of Hitler were in UK convicted of being members of a British neo-Nazi terrorist group. The group was founded in 2013 and outlawed three years later after it celebrated the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a Nazi sympathiser in northern England.  London | A couple who gave their son the middle name Adolf in honour of Hitler were on Monday convicted of being members of a British neo-Nazi terrorist group.
Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, from Banbury in south England, were charged along with Daniel Bogunovic, 27, from Leicester in central England with being members of banned group National Action (NA).
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court in central England reached a unanimous verdict after being shown photographs of Thomas wearing Ku Klux Klan robes while holding his baby.
Thomas claimed the photographs were "just play" but also told the court he was a racist.
Prosecutors said Thomas had a "fanatical and tribal belief in white supremacy".
The neo-Nazi group was founded in 2013 and outlawed three years later after it celebrated the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by a Nazi sympathiser in northern England.
Intercepted Skype messages showed that Thomas rejected attempts by leaders to disband the group.
"The Midlands branch of NA, which is just 17-20 of us, have decided to ignore this and we've renamed ourselves the Thule Combat League," he wrote.
The jury is still considering another count alleging Thomas had a copy of terrorist manual the Anarchist Cookbook. 

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AJL moves HC challenging Centre's order ending National Herald building lease http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8293/AJL-moves-HC-challenging-Centre-s-order-ending-National-Herald-building-lease http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8293/AJL-moves-HC-challenging-Centre-s-order-ending-National-Herald-building-lease Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:17:17 +0530 ]]>Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper, approached the Delhi High Court on Monday challenging the Centre's order ending its 56-year-old lease and asking it to vacate the premises in the press enclave. New Delhi | Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald newspaper, approached the Delhi High Court on Monday challenging the Centre's order ending its 56-year-old lease and asking it to vacate the premises in the press enclave at ITO here.
The plea, challenging the October 30 order of the Urban Development Ministry ending the lease and asking it to vacate the premises by November 15, is scheduled to come up for hearing Tuesday before Justice Sunil Gaur.
The plea sought quashing of the Land and Development Office's order on the ground that it was "illegal, unconstitutional, arbitrary, tainted with malafide and without authority and jurisdiction".
"The petitioner (AJL) has been in lawful possession of the demised premises for the last 56 years (since 1962) and the respondent (Centre) vide the impugned order, seek to dispossess the petitioner and re-enter the premises...," said the petition, filed through advocates Sunil Fernandes and Priyansha Indra Sharma.
It also said the Centre has warned them of action under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971, if they failed to vacate the premises.
One of the grounds mentioned in the L&DO order is that no press has been functioning in the premises for last at least 10 years and that it is being used only for commercial purposes in violation of the lease deed.
This allegation has been refuted by AJL in the petition filed by the firm and its company secretary.
"The requirement of running a press cannot mean that all press and printing related activities have to necessarily be conducted at the same premises, that is, demised premises. The imperatives of prudent commercial business operations may necessitate that the petitioner company utilise the infrastructure or the premises at some other place as a supplement to their operations in the present demised premises," the plea said.
According to the petition, AJL initially received a show cause notice from L&DO in June this year which was based on an inspection carried out in April.
It claimed that the inspection was not conducted to ascertain whether there was any printing activity at the premises.
AJL gave a detailed reply to the notice on July 16 and October 9 saying that printing activity was carried out by it over the last several decades and also as on date of issuance of the notice, it said.
As per the petition, the digital versions of English newspaper 'National Herald', Hindi's 'Navjivan' and Urdu's 'Qaumi Awaz' have commenced since 2016-17.
The weekly newspaper 'National Herald on Sunday' was resumed from September 24 last year and the place of publication was the ITO premises, the petition claimed, and added that the Hindi weekly newspaper 'Sunday Navjivan' was also being published since October this year from the same premises.
"The necessary licenses and authorisations for the purposes of publication were also placed on record, in particular, the necessary licenses have been obtained by the petitioner (AJL)," it said.

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Congress slams Jaleel, demands his resignation  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8292/Congress-slams-Jaleel--demands-his-resignation- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8292/Congress-slams-Jaleel--demands-his-resignation- Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:13:34 +0530 ]]>The Opposition Congress in Kerala lashed out at local administration minister K T Jaleel, demanding his ouster in the nepotism row,even as his relative, who was appointed as general manager in a Minorities corporation, stepped down following mounting protests. Thiruvananthapuram | The Opposition Congress in Kerala Monday lashed out at local administration minister K T Jaleel, demanding his ouster in the nepotism row,even as his relative, who was appointed as general manager in a Minorities corporation, stepped down following mounting protests.
The Muslim Youth League had on November 2 alleged that Adeeb K T, a cousin of Jaleel, was appointed general manager in the Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation, flouting rules.
"The Minister's relative stepping down from the post is not going to end the issue. He has to resign from the post.
Otherwise the United Democratic Front (UDF) will take up the protests," leader of the opposition in the Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala said in a statement here.
He alleged that there was blatant violation of procedures and the law in the appointment.
"The resignation proves it. Serious allegations are coming out against the minister every day. Still the CPI(M) leadership is protecting him," he said.
Amid strong protests by the Muslim League, Adeeb had Sunday night had e-mailed his resignation to the corporation Chairman, which was accepted by the Director Board at Kozhikode Monday.

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Atonement ritual held at Padmanabha Swamy shrine over suspicion about entry of non-Hindus http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8291/Atonement-ritual-held-at-Padmanabha-Swamy-shrine-over-suspicion-about-entry-of-non-Hindus http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8291/Atonement-ritual-held-at-Padmanabha-Swamy-shrine-over-suspicion-about-entry-of-non-Hindus Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:37:22 +0530 ]]>An atonement ritual has been performed at the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple following suspicion that some non-Hindus entered it in violation of traditional customs. The ritual was held Sunday night based on the temple tantri's order. Thiruvananthapuram | An atonement ritual has been performed at the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here following suspicion that some non-Hindus entered it in violation of traditional customs.
The ritual was held Sunday night based on the temple tantri's (head priest) order, temple sources said.
However, the sources rejected reports that 'seeveli', a traditional ritual performed at nights before the sanctum sanctorum closes, was cancelled by the priests for two days for the completion of the atonement ceremony.
"The atonement ritual was heldas per the directions of tantri. It is true that the seeveli ritual was a bit delayed yesterday due to that," a temple staff, who did not want to be quoted, told PTI.
According to the sources, a group of devotees had arrived at the temple on November 9 and some women among them reportedly covered their heads with veils.
The women had entered the shrine after changing into traditional Hindu attire from a cloakroom nearby.
Some other devotees had taken photographs of the women with veils standing outside the shrine and sent them to the priests raising questions about their religious background, following which it was decided to perform the atonement ritual, they said.
According to custom, only believers of Hinduism were permitted entry into the temple, a major pilgrimage centre and a tourist attraction in the southern part of the country.
Non-Hindus can enter the shrine and offer prayers only after submitting a declaration that they believe in Hinduism, the sources said.

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Kerala govt mulling all-party meet on Sabarimala  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8290/Kerala-govt-mulling-all-party-meet-on-Sabarimala- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8290/Kerala-govt-mulling-all-party-meet-on-Sabarimala- Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:29:15 +0530 ]]>The Kerala government is likely to convene an all-party meeting to discuss various matters relating to the Sabarimala temple, which has been rocked by the issue of entry of women in the menstrual age. Thiruvananthapuram | The Kerala government is likely to convene an all-party meeting to discuss various matters relating to the Sabarimala temple, which has been rocked by the issue of entry of women in the menstrual age, ahead of the annual pilgrim season commencing this week.
"We are thinking of having an all-party meeting. We have not taken a final decision yet. There are plans...," Devaswom Minister Kadakkampally Surendran told reporters here.
The hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala opens on November 17 for the two-month long season in the backdrop of continuing protests against the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages to offer prayers at the temple.
A batch of review petitions against the September 28 verdict that ended the ban on entry of women in the 10-50 age group into the shrine, will be heard Tuesday.
Surendran said a decision on the all-party meeting would be taken based on the outcome of the court hearing.
The temple and nearby areas had witnessed massive protests from devotees against the entry of young women into the shrine, when it was opened for monthly pujas on November 5 and 6 and for five days from October 17.
Over a dozen women under 50 had been prevented from reaching the temple.
The main opposition Congress had earlier urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to convene an all-party meeting before the annual Mandala-Makaravilikku pilgrimage season.
Congress MLA K Muraleedharan had alleged that even basic infrastructure like toilets and drinking water for pilgrims was yet to be put in place at Sabarimala.
The devastating floods in August had caused severe damage to the infrastructure facilties at Pamba following which the base camp had been shifted to Nilackal.
"The facilities for the pilgrims will be completed before the start of the pilgrim season," Surendran added.

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Kerala government opposes plea to restrain non-hindus, non-idol worshippers in Sabarimala temple http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8289/Kerala-government-opposes-plea-to-restrain-non-hindus--non-idol-worshippers-in-Sabarimala-temple http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8289/Kerala-government-opposes-plea-to-restrain-non-hindus--non-idol-worshippers-in-Sabarimala-temple Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:25:27 +0530 ]]>The Kerala government strongly opposed a plea by a BJP functionary, seeking to restrain non-Hindus and non-idol worshippers inside the Sabarimala temple, saying the hill shrine was a "secular temple" where devotees of all faiths visit for offering prayers. Kochi | The Kerala government Monday strongly opposed a plea by a BJP functionary, seeking to restrain non-Hindus and non-idol worshippers inside the Sabarimala temple, saying the hill shrine was a "secular temple" where devotees of all faiths visit for offering prayers.
In its preliminary objection filed in the court against BJP functionary T G Mohan Das's plea, the government submitted that it was an openly debated fact that Sabarimala was originally a place of worship which belonged to tribals.
There is also another school of thought that it was a Buddhist temple and the word 'Saranam' was derived from Buddhism, it said.
Das argued that the entry of non-Hindus and non-idol worshippers into the 'Sannidhanam' (temple complex) violated the Supreme Court verdict and rules of the Kerala Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Act, 1965.
Rejecting the claim, the CPI(M)-led state government said it was a historically accepted fact that Sabarimala is a secular temple, where entry of devotees is not restricted on the ground of any caste or religion.
"It is also a fact that 'Vavar Nada' (place dedicated to Muslim saint Vavar, believed to be a friend of Lord Ayyappa) at Sannidhanam co-existed with the Sabarimala temple, and from time immemorial Muslims come and pray there as well as at the Sabarimala temple," the government said.
It pointed out that en route to Sabarimala at Erumeli, there is a mosque 'Vavar Palli', where all Ayyappa devotees, irrespective of caste and religion traditionally offer prayers and only then proceed towards Sabarimala.
The government said the famous 'Petta Thullal', an essential part of the Sabarimala pilgrimage, starts from the Vavar mosque.
It submitted that the famous 'Harivarasanam', the lullaby of Lord Ayyappa, was sung by Padma Bhushan awardee K J Yesudas, who is a Christian by birth.
The singer is understood to be a Lord Ayyappa devotee and used to visit Sabarimala and pray there, the government said.
The state said it was a well known fact that several Christians and Muslims are devotees of Lord Ayyappa and go on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala every year.
It said the Waqf Board, Muslim organisations, Vavar Trust, Christian organisations and tribal outfits were necessary parties before taking any decision on the petition.
The government also said when larger public interest of different religions and secular issues was involved, the issue cannot be adjudicated by the court without publication in newspapers and the media.
Earlier, considering the petition by the BJP functionary, the high court had observed that the Lord Ayyappa temple belonged to all and it was a shrine where devotees of all faiths could enter to offer prayers.
Kerala has been on a boil after the September 28 Supreme Court verdict, permitting women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple, with right-wing and Hindu outfits on a warpath over the state government's decision to go ahead and implement the top court verdict. The hill shrine had recently witnessed protests by devotees against the attempt by some young women, including journalists, to enter the temple.
The Kerala High Court had recently come down heavily on the agitation at Sabarimala.

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Venomous snake found in passenger's bag at Kochi airport http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8287/Venomous-snake-found-in-passenger-s-bag-at-Kochi-airport http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/8287/Venomous-snake-found-in-passenger-s-bag-at-Kochi-airport Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:53:56 +0530 ]]>A Gulf-bound passenger was barred from boarding his flight after CISF personnel found a venomous snake in his baggage. Kochi | A Gulf-bound passenger was barred from boarding his flight after CISF personnel found a venomous snake in his baggage, police said Monday.

Sunil, a resident of Palakkad, had bought a packet of Chinese potatoes from a local farmer which had the reptile in it, they said. On Sunday evening, he was scheduled to leave for Abu Dhabi on an Air India Express flight but was stopped after the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected the reptile in his bag during checking at the airport, they added.

The CISF personnel identified the reptile as an Indian Krait, a venomous species.

The officials handed over Sunil to the airport police, however, no case was registered against him as the snake, small in size, was found in the packet bought by Sunil unsuspectingly, the police said.

He was later let off, they added.

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