Thiruvananthapuram: A man named Sreejith, he was fighted for justice more than 766 days. at out side the Kerala secretariat. He demanding an investigation by the CBI in to the brutal custodial death of his brother and should be given punishment accordingly. Yesterday huge number of people gathered around Thiruvananthapuram gainig massive support on social media. Mr. Pinarayi vijayan the honorable chief minister of Kerala conducted on a  family meeting on Monday evening. But Sreejith decided to continue the agitation until strong diction taken.

Minister assured that the government would take a favorable stand in the high court regarding a CBI inquiry in the case. The same assurance was also made earlier by the Kerala government. He told them they would once again ask the central bureau of investigation to take over Sreejiv’s case the CBI had turned down a similar request by the state government  in July as “it was not an exceptional case that central agency’s investigation”.

Sreejith has been arrested on may 19,2014,  Arrest for thievery. The next day he admitted Thiruvananthapuram medical college. He died in 21 may 2014. Police argued that he had poisoning in the sell.

However the state police complaint authority (SPCA),which had investigated the incident, recommended  action against the police officers concerned after pronounced that Sreejive has been subjected to custodial. 

 

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Fire safety preparedness found compromised

The gaping holes in fire safety preparedness on the busy Broadway have come under the scanner of the State Disaster Management Authority.

The agency is expected to soon chalk out a plan to improve the fire management system on the busy stretch after the Ernakulam division of the Department of Fire and Rescue Services reported that the street would be highly vulnerable in case of a major fire.

According to the department, the area lacked adequate fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and permanent fixed fire exits. A mere spark is enough for an inferno on the stretch, fuelled by dry clothes, paper, and wood stocked inside shops or dumped in careless heaps, it said.

A safety audit by the department had pointed out that the narrow and congested roads prevented the entry of more than one fire tender in an emergency, while the region lacked water hydrants that are supposed to be located in strategic areas along the street to aid the quick response of the fire brigade in the event of a fire outbreak.

Moreover, fire tenders will not be able to enter a fire site, thanks to lack of adequate parking space. The lack of pavement space and absence of water storage also remain bottlenecks. The absence of fire escape routes and setback area add to the existing woes.

The officials found textile materials being stocked along emergency exit routes and staircases in shops, blocking the smooth passage of people in case of an emergency. Such materials were also found stocked near electrical circuits. According to them, most traders have not installed fire-fighting equipment in accordance with government norms.

 

Incidentally, the Fire Department had many a time alerted the Kochi Corporation to the “unwillingness” of shop owners to follow fire safety norms.

As a boy, Sijomon Joseph wanted to be a left-arm fast bowler. But Jean K. John, his coach at Kerala Cricket Association (KCA)'s academy at Mutholy, near Pala, told him to switch to spin bowling and since then there has been no stopping Sijo. The rookie came up with a mach-winning 5/84 in only his second first class game to bowl Kerala to a 131-run win over Rajasthan in their Ranji Trophy Group B game in Thiruvananthapuram last week.

Sijo has been a consistent performer for Kerala at the age-level tournaments and his impressive returns earned him a place in the Indian Youth Test team last year. “I wanted to be a left-arm pacer. My brother took me to a selection camp at Mutholy when I was in standard VIII and it was the first time I bowled with a leather ball. Till then it was only rubber or tennis balls,” Sijo told Onmanorama over the phone from Thiruvananthapuram.

Sijo was picked for the coaching camp at the KCA academy and the teenager found the going tough in the initial days. “It was the first time I was away from home and naturally I felt home sick and returned,” said the 20-year-old from Kidangoor in Pala. Sijo, who lost his father when he was only a-year-and-half old, is the youngest of three brothers.<br />

“But my coach Jean sir persuaded me to return to the academy and it was he who suggested me to turn to spin,” he said. Soon, the results started coming and Sijo made it to the Kottayam U-14 team. “I went on to captain Kerala U-14, U-16, and U-19 teams and we were South Zone champions in all three categories,” he added.

Sijo had a dream debut for the Indian Youth Test team earlier this year when he picked up six wickets in England's second innings in Nagpur. The left-hander also scored an unbeaten 62 in the first innings besides playing out a few vital overs to save the match. “It was a good experience and I got to interact with our coach Rahul (Dravid) sir. He is so cool and has no airs. He made sure no undue pressure was put on me,” said Sijo.<br />

An injury to Kerala's lead spinner K.S. Monish hastened Sijo's call-up to the Ranji team. “I was a bit anxious and could not perform well (on debut against Gujarat). But both our coach (Dav) Whatmore sir and captain Sachin (Baby) made me feel at home. They are very friendly and asked me to play without any pressure,” Sijo said.<br />

Sijo was in his element in the next game against Rajasthan. He provided the hosts with the vital breakthrough by trapping the seasoned Robin Bist in front of the wicket on the final day. “I was really happy as I could contribute to the team's success. I thank God,” said a modest Sijo.<br />

Sijo wants to chip in with his batting as well. “My batting has been a letdown in the last couple of games. But I want to contribute in the coming games,” said Sijo who is a huge fan of his teammate Jalaj Saxena. “I never had any rolemodels. But Saxena's work ethic and the way he approaches the game is something to be emulated,” added the third year BA Economics student of Scared Heart College, Thevara, whose ultimate aim is to play for Team India.

Prekshaka theatre group initiative on World Theatre Day

Theatre artistes are struggling for a stage. The audience is shrinking. Is there a way out for Malayalam drama, which used to the highlight of every festival venue once upon a time? How to save drama from the peril? “By staging plays,” said Jaishankar Pothuvath, veteran theatre personality associated with the Prekshaka theatre group.

Speaking during the launch of the Save Drama Campaign here on the occasion of World Drama Day, Mr. Pothuvath noted that Malayalam drama these days had international audience thanks to the influx of technology. But at the same time, low-budget plays were not accepted at all. He stressed that the campaign aimed to change this situation.

The organisers plan to come up with some quality plays that would be staged along the length and breadth of the State with an aim to bringing the audience back to theatre. Besides, some classes and workshops are also planned.

Uniqueness of theatre

Historian M.G.S. Narayanan, who launched the campaign, pointed out that though cinema, radio and television could be mainly blamed for the public’s loss of interest in theatre, the lack of people with the vision to execute a play with patience was also a reason.“The uniqueness of theatre compared to cinema is that it could interact directly with the audience. It is where the stage, the backstage and the audience come together,” he said analysing the progression of Malayalam drama over the years.However, he expressed an anxiety as to what extent a revival of theatre was practically possible.

The Save Drama Campaign was launched under the aegis of the Nataka Gurukulam of the Prekshaka theatre group in association with Socio- Religious Centre Inter-growth Institute and ‘Ezhuthu’ magazine.

 

Purushan Kadalundy, MLA; and District Panchayat president Babu Parasseri, both with a theatre background, were present on the occasion, besides cinema and theatre personalities Kozhikode Narayanan Nair and Wilson Samuel.A ‘drama therapy’ session was organised on the occasion.The next programme under the Save Drama Campaign will be held at Kozhikode Town Hall on June 24.Koottalum Kizhikkalum Perukkalum Harikkalum , a play by Prekshaka, will be staged on the occasion.

Filmmaker calls upon younger generation to fight moral policing

Filmmaker Kumar Shahani said here on Monday that the concept of a nation-state was nothing but a myth and it never existed. “Yet we still stick to this concept. The whole notion of nation should change completely.”

He was delivering the keynote address at a national seminar on ‘Patriotism, Democracy and Media,’ organised by the Kerala Media Academy (KMA) as a prelude to the three-day International Press Photo Festival, which will be inaugurated here on Tuesday by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Mr. Shahani said the concept of “chosen people” should change. That change has to take place among everyone in order to become a global citizen.“Don’t compare your god to the god of another religion,” he said.The times are so that all three topics of the seminar are passing through a phase of extreme crisis, Mr. Shahani opined. “The political situation is comparable to the situation in Italy where Silvio Berlusconi got elected again and again to lead that country to destruction.”He said dreams have to be realised through a belief that one belongs to a larger community.Mr. Shahani was highly critical of moral brigades stalking society.

He called upon the younger generation, especially young women, to resist such hooliganism by strongly conveying the message that an individual’s freedom is something that has to be respected. “We can be ourselves only by being in contact with each other”.He also wondered whether the media is giving up its role as the Fourth Estate of democracy. There is a threat all the time and even the well placed stand vulnerable, he added.

Welfare laws

 

In her address, civil rights activist Irom Sharmila said there should be no laws in a country aimed at harassing the people; instead laws should be for the welfare of the people.She said this was precisely the reason why she had agitated against a draconian law for 16 years. “We are still far away from getting real democracy.”In his presidential address, KMA chairman R.S. Babu said the festival was being organised with a confidence that it would in the future turn into an event on a par with the International Film Festival of Kerala. At the function, film director Vidhu Vincent was honoured. Editor of Asianet News M.G. Radhakrishnan was the moderator.