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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Karnataka Election 2018 Results Announced: BJP to form Government?

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Once again proving all pre-poll and exit poll predictions, opinions and surveys wrong, BJP has managed to get the numbers to form the government in Karnataka. It appears as they have secured enough number of seats to form the government in Bengaluru without the support of any parties or individuals. In the event of BJP getting fewer seats less than the required number as the present position shows, they will 'buy' few MLAs from JDS or Congress who are ready to do anything for money, favor and positions. 

BJP's special skill in forming governments (contrary to the traditions) was earlier seen in 2017 after the elections in Goa and Manipur. Even though in those states the BJP was not the single largest party, they played tricky games and succeeded in forming the governments. In this regard the knack of the party is proven under the leadership of Modi and Amitshah.

The victory of BJP in Karnataka is considered similar to that of the result of the previous American Presidential Elections. By trying to grab power to rule Karnataka vidhan sabha, the safron party has sent a signal of warning to the 'secular minded' people of India that in the next general elections it will make total India under its lotus flag. The results of counting has literally stunned all parties concerned. Even the latest predictions of leading media and survey companies were turned aside as incorrect. The final position points to BJP winning sufficient number of seats to form government in the Karnataka legislative Assembly in May, 2018.

There is wide criticism and the number of people doubting in the authenticity of the poll results is high. There are many who think that the votes were 'bought' and the results are 'grabbed' using the power of the central government.

Latest and final numbers/statistics of party-wise seats/winners:

BJP: 104

Congress: 78


JD (S): 37


Others: 3


In the normal sense, BJP's 104 is not sufficient to make any claims to form government. Cong+JDS's 115 is politically and legally correct. However, we need to wait and watch what new game BJP is going to play this time... Chances are less for the saffron party to keep calm!

Many people are of the opinion that, had the Congress entered into an alliance with JD(S) before the elections, the results would have been very different. At least now if lessons are learnt, it is better. Unless the secular-minded people / parties unite keeping aside their differences, our country which has a rich and varied heritage and tradition will witness many unfortunate incidents and unforeseen developments in the near future. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

All Kerala Catholic Congress Celebrates Centenary

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The 'All Kerala Catholic Congress' (AKCC) which was founded in 1918 as 'Keraleeya Catholica Mahasabha' celebrated its 100th anniversary conference in Thrissur from May 11th - 14th, 2018. Major Arch Bishop Cardinal George Alencherry and many Catholic Bishops, priests and laity participated in the grand 4-days convention. The Catholic Congress which was founded by the fore-fathers of the Catholic Church was instrumental in many important historical agitations and social reform movements in Kerala. Even though AKCC is a community based political organization, as per the objectives of the founding fathers, it strives to safe-guard the secular values and works for strengthening religious and communal harmony.

The very idea of starting an organisation for Syrian Catholics took shape during the ‘Nalpathumani' ritual held in Mannanam in the central Travancore in 1905. It was first proposed by 'Nidhirickal Mani Kathanar' who was an important figure in the growth of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Kerala. Later many meetings were held and subsequently the 'Keraleeya Catholika Mahasabha' was formed on the 30th April, 1918 at Changanacherry with Mar Louis Pazhayaparambil as its founding president.

The name was changed into 'All (Akhila) Kerala Catholic Congress' in 1931 and got involved actively in many social issues. AKCC's role was significant in organizing 'Malayali Memorial' and many other important social and political reforms. AKCC has been raising its voices for the welfare of the farmers and other socially and economically backward people. Even though it is a powerful organization, it keeps a wise distance from political parties (extend its open support only whenever time and need compel) and it will continue to uphold its secular values and fight against religious and communal parties and divisive forces.

The Convention was presided over by AKCC president Adv Biju Parayanilam. Centenary message was delivered by Mar Andrews Thazhath (Arch Bishop of Thrissur). Kottayam Arch bishop Mar Mathew Moolakkattu, Changanacherry Arch Bishop Mar Joseph Perunthottam and Kanjirapally Bishop Mar Mathew Arackal and AKCC legate Mar Remigius Inchananiyil also spoke.

Centenary souvenir was released by the Curia Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, Mar Sebastian Vaniyapurackal and Kothamangalam Bishop Mar George Madathikandathil received the first copy and inaugurated the distribution. Managing Director of Nedumbassery Air Port V J Kurian, Rashtra Deepika vice chairman Davis Edakkalathur, John Kachiramattom, Mohan Thomas, Prof K M Francis, Biju Parayannilam were felicitated in the convention.

Land gifting project to 100 homeless people and volunteering in 100 mission centers were announced by Rev Fathers Gio Kadavi and Varghese Kuthur respectively.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Buy Entry TICKETS Online for MUNNAR Neelakurinji 2018

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'Munnar' hilly region that stretches in the western ghats in God's own country known as the 'Kashmir of the South' is gearing up to witness the rare natural phenomenon that occurs only once in 12 years. It is the en masse blooming of the 'Neelakkurinji' plants that are botanically called as 'Strobilanthes Kunthianus'. Travelers and nature enthusiasts from around the world rush to have an irreplaceable sight of the hills turning into blue and appearing as if they are covered beautifully with violet carpets. Even during every normal year Munnar attracts large number of tourists to enjoy its aromatic atmosphere, tealeaf cladded spectacular green mountains, and energizing climate. 

This time in 2018 the 'Neela kurinji blooming season starts in July and continues till October.

During the previous season in 2006, more than 5 lakhs Indian and international tourists visited Munnar, and the authorities are expecting double the number of travellers this time and are making elaborate arrangements for the safe and smooth conduct of the season. For reducing the long queues before the entry ticket counters and minimizing the troubles, online ticket vending facility through website is being introduced this time. This move will be convenient for the travellers. But the authorities are planning to charge Rs.150 for each online entrance ticket, against the counter ticket that sells at Rs.110. People are wondering why the difference in the price. Actually things or services that are sold online are expected to be cheaper as they require less staff and other facilities like office and furnitures.

The Kerala state forests and wildlife department which is in charge of the Eravikulam National Park, Rajamalai and other hilly sightseeing areas that lie in the forests, collects money for entering their territory and using them to take photos, videos or movies.

Click this website to Book entrance tickets online to Eravikulam National Park / Munnar: 

(Important: Online booking through website is to be done 48 hours prior to actual visiting. Otherwise tickets become invalid.)

Some tips for the travellers:

Entrance timings: 7.30 am to 4.30 pm

Video Camera fees 2018: Rs.300

Still camera fees 2018: Rs.35.

Best locations to watch: Eravikulam National park is the first. Rajamala, Devikulam, Mattupetty, etc are also best spots to see.

This is the golden time for the hotel and resort owners to reap huge profits. As most of them have already started advance booking.

Nearest Railway station to Munnar: Angamaly - 110 kms, 

Ernakulam Railway station - 130 kms.

Nearest Airport: Kochin international airport (Aluva) - 110 kms
                                     
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

After 'blue whale' bike racing game 'iron butt challenge' becomes killer

Representatives of devil are introducing more and more attractive and irresistible games and challenges to trap and destroy many lives particularly that of the young ones. The day before it was 'slender man', yesterday it was 'blue whale' and today it is in a different and appealing form known as 'iron butt'. The dangerous effects of this new challenge caught public attention following the sad demise of a Kerala engineering student Mithun Lal who met with an accident and lost his life while fulfilling a bike race challenge that required him to cover a distance of more than 1000 kilometers within 24 hours. Even though iron butt bike riding challenge is from US based iba (iron butt association) and it appears in a different style, there is no doubt it is an  appliance of the evil forces to ruin the human lives. Fulfilling such challenges may be possible in their countries, but in India we need to consider many other factors also like the conditions of our roads, traffic system, population, safety precautions etc. One should not forget that more than 1000 precious lives are lost and many are badly injured (mostly youngsters) in bike accidents alone every year in Kerala state of India.

Bike racers and adventure lovers may differ to the views posted in this article. But any challenges that demand youngsters to perform at the risk of their lives, is from the destroyer. If one just crosses the age of 18, he/she may be politically an adult, but to take an important decision in life or to assess and find out what is good and what is bad or to observe the virtue of abstaining or restraining with self-control from doing things that are harmful and dangerous, this age is still  immature in the case of most Indian youth.

There is much difference with the mentalities of the youth of our country and other countries. In some countries like America, a boy or girl of 20-years is totally self sufficient and becomes capable of taking decisions pertaining to self including education, career and marriage. But in India, most the youth of the same age depend on the family. Moreover, most children in the teenage and youth period develop a tendency to indulge in some rare activities (usually forbidden by the society) or perform some adventurous tasks. It is during this period they become drug addicts and alcoholics. That is why politicians and political parties use the youth to involve in fighting, arsen and violence for their selfish gains.

Though all the above mentioned new games (like online video games) are destructive, Iron Butt bike race challenge is more dangerous than blue whale. While blue whale forces the player to commit suicide, iron butt not only kills the players but also kills other innocent pedestrians and travellers as a result of the rash driving. 

It is proved scientifically that playing video games makes a child more violent and reduces his/her ability to concentrate on other things. Children who spend more time on internet and mobile phone also become selfish and disobedient. They show lack of interest in studies and career. Hence these inventions are used by devil as the easiest tools to spoil the young generation.

Parents, teachers, elders and all responsible people are requested to warn and keep our youth from excessive use of internet, online / mobile games, facebook, whatsapp and all such satanic tools.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kerala LDF Government's double stand on liquor and drugs policy

There is a misconception in some people in Kerala about the reason for the defeat of the previous UDF government in Kerala. Though there are few solid reasons for the pathetic failure of the UDF, the main reason was the corruption allegations. It is not their liquor restriction policy that lead to their pitiable fall, as some people think and publicize. 

Even though the initiative of Senior Congress leader V M Sudheeran who took the lead political role in campaigning and striving hard to make God's own country free from liquor and other drugs, was not backed (even opposed and isolated) by some of his own party colleges, his image as a hero remains unfadable in the minds of majority of people particularly the women who are experiencing the bitter effects of alcohol and other drug addictions. The Congress Party leaders' disunity and separation of V M Sudheeran may be the second major reason for its defeat.

Seeing the mass political and social support for the 'liquor restriction and minimizing policy' of the UDF Government, the LDF also made a similar campaign in tune of 'liquor abstinence policy' that gave a feeling in the people's mind that the LDF also would strive for making Kerala drugs-free in the coming years. But ever since assuming power, all the poll promises of the LDF in their liquor policy started changing quoting different reasons like revenue deficit. If liquor sale is the only means for increasing income for the state, who knows whether they will not legalize the cultivation, production and sale of ganja (marijuana) in the near future!

It is unethical and devious for the governments to slip away from  prepoll  promises after being elected and attaining power. Ever since coming to power, the LDF government's decisions taken in matters related to liquor appears as if the government is acting as an ambassador of the devil that will benefit the liquor mafia at the cost of numerous poor innocent lives of the people of God's own country. If the concerned don't realize and correct their mistakes as early as possible, time will teach them a fitting lesson that these policies are historical blunders and they may not get an opportunity again to make good their huge lose!

It is known and proved well that alcohol and other drugs are a serious threat not only to the individual but to the society as a whole, especially in countries like India. So leaders and rulers whether local or national, if they have any concern for the people or dharma, they must do whatever possible to drive away this evil not only from their locality, but also from the country even.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

www.xcops.in: Kerala's Retired Policemen's Detective Service

The novel bright idea that formed in the brain of some retired officials of the Kerala Police and some lawyers, today gave birth to a new private investigation organization by name X-Cops in Thrissur. The new initiative is to render secret investigative services to the people and if required to the state police department. It may give an opportunity to the retired police staff to prove their mettle by unearthing mysterious and hidden crimes in the state, without any political or departmental interference. The idea is first of its kind in India and will be widely welcomed by the public provided the agency stand firm in achieving its aims. If the intention of the founders is to work honestly and truthfully and if corrupt and polluted persons are not given membership, it will create trends and be the beginning of a new era in the Indian police force.

There are many efficient and sincere personnel in the police department in India particularly in Kerala. But these days due to the pitfalls in our democracy, many a times, they are dictated and made handicapped not only by the ruling leaders or their political party members but even by their chota student wings. Such things damage the image and individuality of the police force and make it act like a puppet before the public. It is also embarrassing to see in India often highly educated and respected IAS/IPS officers being scolded in public by uneducated and uncounth leaders for not satisfying their personal interests. Of course, all members in the department are not fair. There are some criminals also in police who are always a shame and curse not only to the department but to the whole society.

The people are expecting the new investigators to be 'fair, frank and fearless' and expose the numerous crimes that are kept covered by the police to protect the interests of the rulers. If more and more sincere and efficient officers like Jacob Punnoose, Alexander Jacob, Jacob Thomas etc join this new private investigation service titled Ex-Cops and do things differently, they will become heroes in no time, not only in Kerala, but also in other parts of the country. If they also remain just like the other existing so called private detective agencies whose main task is to follow secretly the engaged boys and girls for a livelihood, it will be soon forgotten...!

Website: http://www.xcops.in/

Phones:  0487 2443007 , 91 94470 66007

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kanam Rajendran is voted as Manorama Newsmaker 2017


Out of the four finalists who entered in the fray to be chosen, the state secretary of CPI, Kanam Rajendran is voted as the Manorama Newsmaker of 2017 by the viewers and other people. This was announced by the Manorama news channel on 21st January, 2018.

The selection of Kanam by the people as the newsmaker of the past year is a recognition to his individual and party's strong stand and principles not to cope-up with corruption in the government.

It is considered as a great blow to the CPM party headed by CM Pinarayi vijayan which has been facing many allegations particularly the land revenue scams and police department failures. Pinaryi Vijayan who made a good start when he came to power later gained the name as 'dothi claded Modi' because of his many steps resembling the PM style in his capacity. The government's failure to warn and inability to handle Okhi cyclone disaster was the biggest failure of the present Kerala government which has terribly damaged the CPM's image.

With the stern steps taken by CPI ministers and leaders, their personal and party image also increased in the public. On the other hand, Pinarayi and the CPM, instead of heeding to the concerns of their partners in the government and taking correctional measures, they are running after other tainted parties and individuals to keep the safe numbers to hold the government somehow and to give a warning to the CPI by teaching it a lesson.

Let such verdicts of the people open the eyes of those leaders, who after getting elected and attains power conveniently forget the promises made to the people before elections!

Congratulations to the fair, clear and transparent leaders. May the people also stop carrying leaders who do not keep up their pre poll promises.