By the time the court was in session, 10 shops and houses were already demolished by a team led by deputy collector P Shobana. The court posted the matter for hearing at 1.45pm to hear the counsels representing the district administration and agencies implementing the Kochi Metro project.
In the petition, the families had demanded that they should be paid a higher compensation than being offered now as per a 2013 law, Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement Act. However, government has taken the stand that the law is not applicable as no rules have been framed by it yet. This violates the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 300A of the Constitution, which says that no person can be deprived of property without following procedure established by law, the families have alleged.
During the hearing, their counsel pointed out that the district administration issued notice for eviction late at night on Friday and gave no opportunity to reply . The following two days were holidays and at 4am on Monday , they began demolishing using JCBs. After receiving the notice, the families tried to contact the collector. When they went to his camp office, police detained them, including kids and the aged, until Monday afternoon, the counsel submitted.
Compensation for the properties should be released immediately and an advocate commission should be appointed to assess the illegality and damages, the counsel demanded. Special government pleader Tom K Thomas pointed out that 22 of the 32 families have already received compensation and only 10 families had objection to the value fixed. Government is ready to give 80% of the market value fixed by the district-level purchase committee, which is 15 lakhcent.
Following the submissions, the court issued an interim order stating that acquisition proceedings shall go on as scheduled. Appointing Mathew George Vadakkel as the advocate commissioner, the court directed him to conduct a local inspection and verify the improvements in properties and file a detailed report. The court asked the government to pay 80% of the compensation if the petitioners execute necessary documents. The court clarified that the amount so received will be without prejudice to the right of the families to receive enhanced compensation as per the 2013 law. The case was postponed to be heard along with other petitions related to the Pachalam railway overbridge project.
As per the complainant, Ponnan took the woman to his house last Tuesday and raped her when she was alone at home.
Police said that the accused was currently living with his second wife after ending his relationship with his first wife. Meanwhile, po lice said that the complainant and the accused were in good terms and the former used to visit his house. “The girl used to visit Ponnan's house as their families knew each other. Ponnan took advantage of this and allegedly raped her when nobody was at home,“ said a police officer.
However, police are also suspecting the version of the girl as the accused had confessed to the police that they were in a relationship for long time. The accused was nabbed in the early hours of Monday . He was produced before the court and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.
The regional edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala being organised by the Kerala Chalachitra Academy begins here on Tuesday.
According to Academy vice chairman Joshy Mathew, nearly 40 films will be showcased under the four categories of World Movies, Contemporary Indian Cinema, Malayalam Cinema and Iranian Cinema. There will be four shows daily in two private theatres, Anand and Asha. ‘Meet the Director’ programme would be organised every day on the sidelines of the festival, Mr. Mathew said.
The festival will commence with No One’s Child (Serbia) at 11 a.m. at Anand. Other movies being shown at the theatre on Tuesday are Asthamayam (Malayalam); Wild Tales (Argentina); and Miss Violence(Greece). The films being shown at Asha on Tuesday are The Bright Day (Iran); Theeb (UAE); The Tale of Nayanchampa (India); and Melbourne (Iran).
The cash prizes for the films selected by the jury at the IFFK in Thiruvananthapuram will be distributed during the festival. The line up includes December 1 , The President , Bethlehem , and Con Island . A special exhibition to mark the 25th death anniversary of Prem Nazeer and a special screening of the filmBhargavee Nilayam as a tribute to cinematographer-director A. Vincent will also be organised. The valedictory ceremony has been scheduled for 5 p.m. on March 14.
In another accident, a 57year-old housewife was injured after she fell off the road while trying to board a bus near Mamagalam.
Aysha Beevi, wife of Hassan from Mamangalam, was injured after she lost grip and fell on road while boarding a bus around 9.30am.
Political science was the first paper for the higher secondary (Plus One and Plus Two) students. “It was a good start,“ said Aishwarya V , a Class XII student of GGHS.“We did have enough time to prepare. Between the exams too there is time,“ said Mary David, a Class XII student of St Teresa's Convent Higher Sec ondary School. The timetable of exams are now prepared considering the students' convenience too.
“The tougher ones come first,“ said Sabeena K V, princi pal of the higher secondary division, St Antony's HSS, Kacheripady .
“We got to know that the paper was fine from students and teachers. Nowadays, students are given counselling sessions,“ said M E Saraswathi, headmistress of Government Girls' High School.
The SSLC exam will conclude on March 23. As many as 37,427 students are appearing for the state exam in Ernakulam, which has 317 exam centres and 2,638 invigilators.
Meanwhile, 30,124 regular students are appearing for Class XII exam in the district.HSE exams will go on till March 30. All the districts have implemented online tabulation system to announce the results as early as possible.