THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The chairman and managing director of KSRTC, Tomin J Thachankary was removed from the post the previous night. It was in the cabinet meeting lead by the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the decision was taken. Cochin police commissioner, MP dinesan will be the person responsible for the post from today on. It was 7 months back that Thachankary got appointed to the post as MD of KSRTC.


The pressure from the labour unions of the ruling party as well as those of the opposition is supposed to be the reason for the termination. It was in the previous day that the news regarding the corporation paying the salaries of the employees from it's own income after long 25 years had hit the attention of the public. The termination of the MD just after this great achievement has resulted in discussions of various kinds among the people.




THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Santosh Trophy winning Kerala team members and staff were given a grand reception by the state government here on Friday. The government had earlier declared Friday as ‘Victory Day’ and the players were taken from Kanakakunnu Palace to Central Stadium, the venue of the felicitation function, in open jeeps, accompanied by scores of percussion artists and participants of the cultural pageantry.

Captain Rahul V Raj, vice-captain Seesan S and coach Satheevan Balan were in the first jeep, carrying the coveted trophy as onlookers welcomed them with thunderous claps.The rest of the team members and support staff followed in four other jeeps.The motorcade was tailed by a procession carrying the pictures of the players who brought Kerala its sixth national championship title after a gap of 14 years.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the felicitation function and said the team’s journey to the top was fuelled by youth power.

IDUKKI: The district witnessed heavy rain on Monday, bringing cheer to residents. However, crop damage due to hailstorm was reported in a few pockets.

According to official records, more than 2.00 mm rainfall was recorded across the district on Monday, with heavy hailstorm being recorded in Kattappana, Irattayar, Santhigram, Thankamani and Labbakkada areas.
The rain that lasted for more than an hour, brought down many trees across the district and left many areas inundated. The hailstorm in certain areas, with hailstones weighing 2 kg, caused destruction to houses and property.

The Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady and the Idukki forest division received good rainfall. Unfortunately, the drought-hit towns of Munnar, Marayur and Kanthalloor areas which received little rainfall this year, remained mostly dry.Hailstorms were reported in various parts of the district, resulting in property as well as crop damage.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 13th convict of T P Chandrasekheran murder case, P K Kunjananthan approaches the H C to stop implementing his life imprisonment considering his deteriorating health conditions .

Kunjananthan has been under medical observation in Thiruvananthapuram medical college since January. He has seeked treatment for arthritis and joint pain. In the plea, he requested the court to free him from jail and stop implementing the sentence to save his life as his health is weakening day by day. On January 11, he was diagnosed with spondylosis, osteoporosis (depreciation of bones) and anaemia during an examination conducted at Kozhikode Medical College. He was admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College on January 14.

Kunjananthan, was given a life sentence by the Kozhikode district special court. An appeal against the verdict has been moved in the HC. Earlier, K K Rama, wife of Chandrasekharan, had approached the H C against granting excessive parole to Kunjananthan and claimed that the government is in support of Kunjananthan, a leader of the state ruling party, CPIM.



KOTTAYAM: The Child Welfare Committee’s (CWC) district unit has called for a report from the district Child Protection Officer, Police Department and Childline on the suicide of a Class IX student of Cross Roads Public School, Pampady. The CWC move follows the reports in this regard.

CWC chairperson K U Marykutty said the committee will discuss the issue at its sitting scheduled for Wednesday.  “We don’t know the background and reason behind the student’s suicide. Nonetheless, the departments concerned have been asked to submit a report on the incident and action will be initiated on the basis of findings,” she said.

District Child Protection Officer Binoy V J said he will visit the school on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the CPC’s Pampady gram panchayat unit  will hold a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Following the death  on Saturday of 14-year-old Binto, son of Eapen Varghese of  ‘Podiparayil’, Pulickal Kavala, it was alleged the school authorities wanted the CBSE student to be transferred to some other school to ensure 100 per cent victory for their CBSE Class X batch  in the coming academic year. According to Varghese, Binto was quite disturbed since the school authorities asked him to return the textbooks for Class X.

“The school authorities asked me to find some other school for my son though he had been a student of  Cross Roads right from Class I. I had told them of the practical difficulty in securing admission for him in another school at the fag end of the academic year. After Binto was asked to return the text books for Class X, he did so with great pain,” he said.


However, school administrator Kunjamma Gabriel refuted the charges and said the Class IX results are yet to be announced. “Binto was a good student and he got all the textbooks for the next academic year as well. But his parents wanted him to be transferred to a Malayalam medium school which apparently did not go down well with him,” she said.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Basking as they are in the glory of a Santosh Trophy triumph after 14 years, the Kerala football team’s improved fitness levels have played a key role in supplementing their skills on the field.Apart from sound physical conditioning, the players would be grateful to one man who had guided them in their nutritional requirements over the past three months. M Anirudhan, the nutritionist, said his close association with Kerala coach Satheevan Balan had brought him the job of providing ‘health’ assistance to the team.

“I had worked with Satheevan when he was the coach of the Calicut University team,” Anirudhan told Express. “Then, I was providing assistance to its football, volleyball and athletics teams. This connection brought me to the Kerala team.”


Anirudhan, the president of Essen Nutrition which provides expert advice on nutritional requirements, said he had successfully introduced the concepts of ‘Pre-Game, Compete and Restore’ to the Kerala team to build up their physical fitness with adequate nutrients.His approach is centred on individual attention to diet, replacement of electrolytes and building up glycogen reserves, he said.

“It was an arduous process. At first, experts from Essen were employed to monitor the fluid loss of players during a game at various intervals for several days. Then, the pattern of loss was quantified in terms of individual electrolytes and nutrients. In the last leg, we used this information to build statistical data of each player and then provided them with adequate nutrient supplements,” he said.

Taking a cue from the positive feedback received from the Calicut University and the Kerala Santosh Trophy squad, Essen Nutrition is learnt to be planning a two-day workshop of faculty members drawn from physical education departments across the state.


“The other major intervention we are in the process of making in the state’s sports sector is to prepare a menu for the GV Raja Sports School which comes under the Kerala State Sports Council,” said Anirudhan. According to him, the organisation has taken up the initiative on the basis of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s instruction.