THRISSUR: Forest department has banned Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran from appearing on poorams and other festivals. Ramchandran, brought for an house warming function ran amok, had killed two elderly people at nearby Kottapady on Friday.

"Thechikottukavu Ramachandran", the tallest elephant in the state, was standing at the congested compound of the new house overflowing with people, when the animal ran out. As people ran helter-skelter in panic, two of them were trampled near the house, police said. The house owner was said to be a member of the managing committee of a nearby temple, where the elephant had been brought for a festival later Friday.

Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran will face the ban for fifteen days. The forest department has taken the stand that the elephant will be allowed to appear for festivals only after submitting a medical report by experts. Ramachandran is owned by Thechikkottukavu temple and it has five mahouts.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On the appeal of Kunjananthan, the 13th convict of T P Chandrasekharan murder case to grand parole due to his deteriorating health conditions, the high court of Kerala criticized the Government for granting him  continuous parole.

“Kunjanandan can continue his treatment at the medical college. There is no requirement that he should be discontinued from his jail terms for this purpose. He also can have a bystander with him to seek help of any kind. It is the duty of the government to provide treatment for the prisoners.” said the court.

The court postponed considering the case. The government had informed the court that immediate treatment is needed for him as he has serious health issues.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Government is on a plan to present a proposal to change the name of the state to ‘Keralam’ from Kerala. A proposal putting forward this idea will be introduced today by the CM in front of the assembly.

The constitution provides the freedom to the Central Government regarding changing the name of a state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that he is ready to request the Central Government to change the  name of the state to ‘Kerala’ in all the languages including Hindi and Sanskrit.

"Keralam is the name that upholds the cultural lineage of the state. The name Kerala came as a part of colonization. Only the name Kerala can reflect the culture of the state" says the resolution.

Earlier, a similar request in changing the name of West Bengal to ‘Bangla’ was raised by the West Bengal Government, but this request was rejected as the name ‘Bangla’ resembled Bangladesh.


KOTTAYAM: The church revokes the transfer of four nuns who belong to the Kuruvilangad convent, Kottayam for allegedly campaigning against former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal accused of sexually assaulting a nun in the state.

Bishop Angelo, Apostolic administrator in charge of congregation has written a letter to 5 sisters protesting against Franco Mulakkal. The letter reads, "There will be no move from Diocese of Jalandhar to oust you from Kuravilangad Church as long as you are needed for the court case."

The nuns had received their transfer orders from the Missionaries of Jesus Congregation in March 2018, months after they had complained at several forums within the church against the Bishop Franco Mulakkal. The nuns refused to accept the directives even after reminders.

However, the church revoked their transfer orders on Friday, a day before the nuns were to take to the streets for the second round of their protest.

The nuns announced the development at the protest venue in Kottayam as they demanded justice for the nun.

The nuns had earlier protested near Kerala High Court in September last year.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun on 14 occasions from May 5, 2014, to May 6, 2016, at the St Francis Mission Home in Kuruvilangad.

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara - their colleague - was found dead at a church in Hoshiarpur's Dasuya in October last year, months after he deposed against the bishop in the rape case.

KOCHI: The Kochi Metro Rail Limited’s (KMRL) latest project is expected to attract more commuters to use public transport. APM Mohammed Haneesh IAS, the Managing Director of KMRL, on Wednesday launched e-autos in Ernakulam district with aim of providing first and last mile connectivity to the commuters. As part of finding a solution to get the people of Kochi to use public transport, the Urban Transport wing decided to come up with the idea known as “public transport integration”, where all the forms of public transport are connected to each other.

“We decided to connect all forms of public transport in the city and one of the best ways to get from one mode of transport, for example, a metro station, to another form of transport, a bus stand, for example, is to use auto rickshaws,” said the KMRL official. This is also an attempt to reduce the increasing traffic congestion.

The e-auto project will be operated by the Ernakulam Auto Rickshaw Drivers Co-operative Society, a body consisting of all the six trade unions in the city - CITU, AITUC, INTUC, TUCI, STU and BMS.

Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions is in charge of providing 16 e-autos to six metro stations - Aluva, Kalamassery, Edapally, Kaloor, MG Road and Maharajas College station. The first phase began on Wednesday. All the vehicles are coming with customised design, powered by Lithium-Iron Battery.

KMRL has also said that 22 e-autos more will be added to the project soon. According to reports, the vehicle uses the latest technology that ensures good performance and with one single charge, it can run more than 70 km.

Launching the e-autos on Wednesday, KMRL Managing Director APM Mohammed Hanish said that KMRL, in its leap towards building an environment-friendly space, has created yet another milestone. “We are glad to introduce e-autos in Kochi city as part of our feeder service. The same fuels KMRL’s push for e-mobility,” he added.


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Travancore devasom board has not given any list regarding the entry of women to Sabarimala temple: says devasom board president A Padmakumar.

Minister of devasom, Mr. Kadakampally Surendran also had informed the previous day in the assembly that also two women had entered the Sabarimala temple after the verdict of the Supreme Court.  He also said that there are no confirmations regarding the age of the Sri Lankan woman who is said to have entered the temple and visited Lord Ayyappa.

Tantri kandararu Rajeevaru has explained that the rituals were not performed since the women had entered the temple. It was for some different purpose.The devasom board president claimed that the purification process shall only be done by the tantri by the prior concent of the devasom board, but this was not done before the rites.

Even though the tantri tells that the rites were for a different purpose, the question of why it was performed soon after the confirmation of 42 year old Bindu and Kanakadurga's entry to the temple stays still.