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.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The bharathiya Janatha Party is ready to offer any parliament seat to actor Mohanlal if he agrees to contest in the elections; said BJP General Secretary MT Ramesh.

"Every member of the party is happy to have him contesting in any of the 20 constituency in the state. But we haven't discussed the same with Mohanlal"; Ramesh said.
"Mohanlal is a person who has always been with the party indirectly. He  had always welcomed and supported the welfare activities of the central government. BJP can win with a high majority without the help of the central leaders"; he said .
The rumours of Mammooty and Mohanlal entering the politics had been hitting the social media since a few days. Speculations that Mohanlal will be a candidate for BJP and Mammootty, a candidate of CPIM had risen from many parts of the state.
The speculations that Mohanlal is joining BJP got strengthened when he visited PM Narendra Modi on September 2 in New Delhi.
Actor Mammootty said that Movie is his political field and he is not interested to be a candidate for the elections. Whereas ,Mohanlal has not replied to the speculations that are been spread regarding his political entry.

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.


MALAPPURAM: Bindu and Kanakadhurga ,the women of menstrual age who entered the Sabarimala temple face another death threat; said Kerala Police on Saturday.


Bindu and Kanakadurga, in their 40's are receiving continuous threats from saffron organisations from the day of their entry into the temple. They claim to have broken the 50 years of hindu traditions and culture.


The two women received a letter saying they would be harmed for entering the shrine, the police said.


Forty-four-year-old Kanakadurga along with her family had shifted to a different place along with her family after continuous threats from various side, after the day she entered the Sabarimala temple.


Kanakadurga also alleged to be attacked by her mother-in-law for her activity that hurt the feelings of the religion and culture in which her family believes.


An employee of the Civil Supplies Department, she has filed a petition in a court here under the Domestic Violence Act, stating she had the right to stay at her husband's home.


Bindu, a 42-year-old college lecturer and CPM ML activist also had entered the Sabarimala temple along with Kanakadurga.


Both the women are being provided with maximum police security to prevent an attack of any kind from the mob.


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : It is not right to exhibit endosulphan affected children for any kind of protest against the government, said Health Minister KK Shailaja. The protest in front of the secretariat consisted of parents along with their children. It was based on this activity, Minister made such a comment.

The protestor's had decided to carry on with a march towards the Chief Minister's residence on sunday, as their meeting with the revenue minister did not succeed. 

The Health Minister also said that the government had given all the allowances for the victims of endosulphan and the protests now may be for some different reason.

Eight families under the leadership of endosulphan affected people's front are staging a hunger strike from January 30,2018  in front of the secretariat. 

They have put several demands infront of the government including distribution of compensation for all victims as ruled by the Supreme Court of India.