Kollam https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam.rss Read latest news updates from Kollam District Kerala in English. Watch Videos and Photos of Exclusive Breaking News. Onmanorama en Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:55:40 GMT https://www.manoramaonline.com/privacy.html Five conned Kerala youth beg to survive in UAE, return Paravur: It is not uncommon for youth seeking work abroad finding themselves in a spot as they land in an alien land. Labourers and housemaids have faced torture and jail as they land up with vicious employers and job rackets. For decades, several people from Kerala who had dreamt of a job in the Gulf countries have fallen prey to fraudsters and recent reports indicate the menace is still rife despite alerts by governments. In a recent case, five young men from the southern districts of Kerala had to resort to begging to keep themselves alive for two months in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before being rescued. All the five were lured with the promise of jobs in the Gulf kingdom but they finally arrived at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport this week, but after an ordeal. Young men Subin, Akhil, P Vishnu and Vineesh Vijayan were stranded in Al Ain and Shanawas was trapped at Ajman. (Subin is from Kalaikkode at Paravur in Kollam district, Akhil and Vishnu are from Poothakulam in the same district. Both Vineesh and Shanawas hail from the neighbouring Thiruvananthapuram district.) Four of them had given Rs 80,000 each to an agent-based at Chandanathoppe in Kollam for jobs in the UAE. Subin had paid Rs 20,000 each to agents in Dubai and Chennai and Rs 40,000 to another person in Dubai. The youths were promised jobs of helpers and cleaning staff. When they arrived in Dubai from Chennai airport, there was no one to receive and they had to travel on their own to their accommodation in an unknown land. The agent in Dubai told the youths that the permit visa would be arranged in 10 days. However, they were forced to spend one month in Ajman and the remaining time in Al Ain without a job. “We were given different promises each day but nothing happened,” said Subin. After arriving in Dubai, the four youths could contact the agent in Kerala during the first week, but later his phone was found switched off. Later, the youths’ relatives back home called up the agent’s wife, who said that the jobs would be ready in a couple of days. Meanwhile, the relatives of four youths also filed a complaint with the Paravur police. But the agent in Dubai said that he would allow the youths to return home only if their return tickets were sent from Kerala. These coned men had no money with them by then and sought alms at a nearby park. We survived on the 5-10 dirhams received every day from good-hearted people, they said. ‘Malayala Manorama’ meanwhile published a report on their plight which was noticed by the WhatsApp members of a few Non-Resident Indians (NRIs). Aid from these NRIs as well as relatives and friends from Kerala helped the youths to buy food for some days. When the Indian Embassy in Dubai was informed of the matter, officials collected all details of the youths. Their passports were retrieved from the employer in Dubai thanks to the efforts of the Embassy. The return tickets were also arranged by the Embassy. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/20/five-conned-kerala-youth-beg-to-survive-in-uae.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/20/five-conned-kerala-youth-beg-to-survive-in-uae.html Sun, 21 Jul 2019 00:53:43 GMT Kerala woman cop hangs self Kollam: A Kerala woman cop committed suicide by hanging herself on Saturday. Vasanthakumari (46) was a senior woman civil police officer (WCPO) at Kottiyam police station in Kollam. She hails from Kundara. She was found hanging from a guava tree at her home's backyard at 6 am in the morning. The reason for the suicide is yet to be determined. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/13/kerala-woman-cop-hangs-self.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/13/kerala-woman-cop-hangs-self.html Sat, 13 Jul 2019 05:28:15 GMT Man strangulated mother of two before jumping in front of speeding train Puthoor: This town in Kollam district is in a state of shock even two days after a murder-suicide case over an illicit affair. After a woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a rented house at Vendar near here in Kollam district on Thursday, the body of a man, whom the police were searching in connection with her death, was found on a railway track some time later. The body of Smitha, 34, hailing from Kottathala in Kollam district, was found on the bed with injuries to her neck. Her lover Saneesh, 32, was found dead on a railway track near to Kollam railway station and police suspect that he jumped in front of a speeding train after murdering Smitha. Smitha, whose husband Deepesh is working in Qatar, was staying along with her two children in the rented house for the past two years. According to police, Saneesh was a frequent visitor to Smitha’s house and she introduced him to others as her younger brother. Saneesh came to the house on Wednesday (June 3) evening and both had a bitter altercation, as per the children’s statement to the police. Police said that Saneesh was supposed to get engaged to a girl in the immediate future. Early in the morning, Saneesh called up Smitha’s friend at Kottathala and informed her that Smitha was unwell and should be immediately taken to hospital. Police found that Saneesh made the phone call from Karicode near here and later switched off his cell phone. Police suspect that Saneesh went to Kollam and committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train. His motorcycle was found near the railway station. As the key to the house was left on the lock, Smitha’s friend and husband entered the house and found Smitha lying on a bed with injury marks on her neck suggesting that she was strangulated using a cable wire or something. Police found Saneesh’s amulet and thread entangled in Smitha’s anklet. Though Smitha was taken to the Kottakkara Taluk hospital with the help of neighbours, doctors declared her brought dead. Later, police received information that Saneesh’s body was found on the railway track. The neighbours said that it was Saneesh who arranged the rented house for Smitha and she introduced him as her younger brother and her children addressed him as uncle. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/06/man-strangulated-mother-of-two-before-jumping-in-front-of-speeding-train.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/06/man-strangulated-mother-of-two-before-jumping-in-front-of-speeding-train.html Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:47:24 GMT Lost Haryanvi woman, child reunited with family by Kerala shelter home Pathanapuram: Being lost in a new land could prove harrowing especially if one suffers from memory loss. But with providence, one could escape and return to loved ones as had happened in the case of Neelam, a resident of Haryana. Neelam had left home with her three-year-old son to visit her sister at the latter’s house in Delhi. However, she boarded the wrong train and lost her way. She then changed several trains that took her to various parts of the country. Finally, after wandering around many places, Neelam and her son arrived at Kollam Railway Station in Kerala. She displayed signs of panic at the railway station and the railway police took her to the women's shelter home, Mahila Mandiram. Later, the Child Welfare Committee intervened and shifted the mother and child to Gandhi Bhavan in Pathanapuram, a town in Kollam district. The care and love offered by the personnel at Gandhi Bhavan helped Neelam to remember the phone number of her husband and reunite with him. At Gandhi Bhavan, Neelam replied incoherently to questions directed at her. However, after continuous counselling, Neelam remembered the phone number of her husband Sachin Gupta, an officer with the Haryana Agriculture Department. The authorities soon contacted Sachin and he rushed to Pathanapuram. Neelam, who had almost lost memory, received a fresh lease of life. Sachin took his wife and son to their native Haryana, thanking the love and care showered on them by the personnel of a Kerala shelter home. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/03/lost-haryanvi-woman-child-reunited-with-family-by-kerala-shelter-home.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/03/lost-haryanvi-woman-child-reunited-with-family-by-kerala-shelter-home.html Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:49:50 GMT Spurned bus conductor stabs girl at home at midnight Kollam: Another young girl has been targeted in Kerala by a spurned youth. The latest victim is a plus-two student. She was stabbed by a conductor of a private bus for rejecting his overtures. The incident happened at Kunnathur in Kerala's Kollam district around 2 am on Monday. The teenager, who suffered injuries to her stomach, has been admitted to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital. The accused Aanandu, 20, of Sasthamkotta in Kollam fled the scene. He reportedly stabbed the girl twice with a screw driver. Other members of the family came to know about the attack only after hearing the child's screams, the police said. The girl, who was bleeding profusely, lost consciousness and was rushed to a private hospital at Sasthamkotta. After she was administered preliminary treatment, she was taken to the Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. The condition of the girl is now stable, her relatives said. Of late several similar incidents have been reported from Kerala, and several were fatal attacks. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/01/spurned-bus-conductor-stabs-girl-at-home-at-midnight.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/07/01/spurned-bus-conductor-stabs-girl-at-home-at-midnight.html Mon, 01 Jul 2019 08:00:18 GMT Jilted Kerala youth attempts to set ablaze woman, held Iravipuram: Four days after the horrific murder of a lady cop in Kerala, another case with eerie similarity has been reported from Kerala. In the latest case, the target was lucky to save herself after a besotted youth tried to set the woman ablaze after breaking in into her house at Thattamala, near Kollam town in south Kerala, on Monday. The youth attempted to immolate the woman inside her house for rejecting his marriage proposal. The accused has been identified as Shinu (25) of Charuvilayil House, Vadasserikonam Chanakyal, in Varkala. According to the police, the accused, who is a welding worker, had proposed to the woman several times. But she refused. At 3 pm on Monday, Shinu got into her house by removing the ceiling tile and poured on her the petrol he had brought with him in a bottle. The woman pushed the youth aside and managed to get into the next room and save herself. The woman was with her sister at that time in the house. Locals who heard their cries of help caught Shinu. He was soon arrested and remanded. On Saturday civil police officer Soumya Pushpakaran was killed by her lover. She was initially hacked with a knife and soon set ablaze after he poured kerosene over her. The assailant, also a cop, was reportedly obsessed with the married woman. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/19/youth-arrested-bid-to-set-ablaze-woman.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/19/youth-arrested-bid-to-set-ablaze-woman.html Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:10:11 GMT Kollam housewife detained by recruitment agent in Oman Kundara: Another case of exploitation of Indian labourers in the Middle East has come to light. A housewife who travelled to the Gulf in search of a better livelihood has been cheated by agent and detained at the agency office in Oman. She called home last week and informed that she was confined to a tiny room and had barely anything to eat or enough drinking water. The victim is Yamuna (40) of Nirappuvila Junction at Mukkoodu in Kerala's Kollam district.She is the wife of C Rajendran. Fourteen women, apart from Yamuna, are in detention at the agent’s office. It is learnt that an Arab woman working in the agent’s office is harassing them. Only last month it was reported that another housemaid from Kollam returned after an ordeal in Oman. She reportedly survived on two loaves of bread and water daily during her detention by the agents in Oman for a fortnight. She too had reached Dubai first and was later taken to Oman. The trip Yamuna had reached the Gulf last July with the help of an agent named Nazar, who is based in Kozhikode. Rajendran’s brother Radhakrishnan and his wife Sheela had introduced Yamuna to the agent. It was after she was promised a salary of Rs 20,000 a month excluding all expenses that Yamuna reached Dubai. There, another agent took her in a vehicle to Oman. Yamuna stayed three weeks at the agent’s office and was later sent to the house of an Arab for domestic work. Low pay Two months after she joined the household for work, Yamuna was given Rs 24,000 as pay. However, Yamuna told the householder that she was not prepared to work for such a low salary. Soon the people in the house began to harass her. Yamuna contacted the agent and returned to the agency office. Later, she found a job in a soldier's house, but again the salary was low. Yamuna then told the agent that she wanted to return to Kerala. However, he refused to entertain her request. The agent also told her that if she wanted to go home she had to pay Rs 1 lakh. The sobbing woman asked her relatives in Kerala to take urgent measures to bring her home. Yamuna’s daughter Divya said that after this phone call, her mother’s phone was taken away by the agent. Earlier, Yamuna had been a labourer at a cashew factory. She looked for a job as domestic servant considering the poor financial situation at home. Her husband is a construction labourer but he is now facing several health problems. The wedding of their elder daughter had taken place one year ago. At home, Rajendran lives with younger daughter Kavya. They submitted a memorandum to N K Premachandran, MP, seeking help to bring Yamuna back home. Premachandran said that efforts to rescue Yamuna with the help of the Indian Embassy are already on. Recurring issue Indian workers land in trouble abroad often despite alerts by governments. Labourers and housemaids have bore torture and incarceration as they land up with vicious employers and job rackets. Often Indian agents are culpable for their predicament as myriad reports indicate. Intervention of social workers and government agencies comes in handy to save unlucky people and bring them back. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/15/kollam-housewife-detained-by-recruitment-agent-in-oman.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/15/kollam-housewife-detained-by-recruitment-agent-in-oman.html Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:56:03 GMT Froth on beaches in Kollam district puzzles people Eravipuram: Unusual froth was witnessed at the beaches in Thanni, Eravipuram and Kakkathoppu in Kollam district. This phenomenon is seen every year but this time it is more severe, according to elderly fisherfolk. The froth is the mud and silt from the ocean floor reaching the shore along with waves during monsoon. However, its presence is intense this year, with a height of up to two feet. Fisherfolk said that the froth was visible in the sea far from the shore also. However, no scientific studies have been carried out into the matter. Another curious observation has also been made by the fishermen in Kollam. In the normal case, the monsoon starts from the northwest direction but this year the rains have arrived from the southwest side, according to them. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/13/froth-beaches-kollam-puzzles-people.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/13/froth-beaches-kollam-puzzles-people.html Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:56:21 GMT Gold chain swallowed by cow, recovered two years later Chadayamangalam (Kollam): A gold chain, which went missing from Thudayanoor of Kollam district two years ago, has been recovered from cow dung at Chadayamangalam. The chain weighing five sovereigns has been discovered almost 11 kms away from the place of 'theft'. The 'culprit' cow is yet to be traced in this mysterious case devoid of witnesses! Teacher couple Shuja ul-Mulk and wife Shahina hailing from Chadayamangalam town were taken by surprise the other day when they discovered a gold chain in the cow dung purchased for agricultural purposes. A Karavaloor inhabitant Sreedharan had supplied the cow dung to them almost six months ago. It was used months later on June 5, only to reveal a couple of surprise ingredients - a mangalsutra and chain. The name 'Ilyas' engraved on the mangalsutra was their first clue. The determined couple started an active hunt for the gold's owner via social media. Their efforts were not in vain. Thudayanoor Thekil inhabitant Ilyas finally approached them with an interesting tale to offer. Ilyas had lost the precious chain under mysterious circumstances almost two years ago. Though suspicious of the cow initially, his doubts were unfounded. The cow was eventually sold off. The animal, which changed several hands thereafter, has not been traced yet. After verifying the owner's identity, the teacher couple is now preparing to hand over the rare find. The handover will take place in the presence of the police in the coming days. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/13/cow-swallows-gold-chain.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/13/cow-swallows-gold-chain.html Fri, 14 Jun 2019 03:51:12 GMT Why the new Kollam Bypass has become dangerous Anchalummodu: Everyone had eagerly looked forward to the opening of the Kollam Bypass, which was built to ease the travel woes of motorists in the district. However, in a short time since the stretch was inaugurated with much fanfare, speeding and carelessness have made it a death trap. Several lives have already been lost and more people injured in accidents on the bypass. A few days ago, the escort vehicle of senior politician and Administrative Reforms Commission Chairman V S Achuthanandan was involved in an accident. Two scooter riders, including a policeman, were injured in the incident. The area where the biggest risk of accidents exists is between Kureepuzha and Kallumthazham. The authorities agree that speeding is the main cause of the mishaps, but they have put in place no arrangements to check the violation. Another reason for the accidents is the lack of service roads parallel to the Bypass. With 57 side roads joining the Bypass at various points, accidents are only waiting to take place. Most of the collisions so far involved cars and two-wheelers. Some pedestrians also lost their lives after being hit by cars. Dangerous walk Many pedestrians use the bridges along the Bypass even though no footpaths are provided. They also enjoy the scenery of the bridges. Women fisherfolk from Kureepuzha also walk along the bridge to Kavanad regularly to sell fish. Some motorists stop their vehicles on the bridges as the stunning views of the backwaters are too tempting. All these contribute to accidents. No speed warning The authorities are eager to coach drivers at traffic signals and junctions but they have failed to set up even a single signboard regarding the speed limit on the Bypass. Worse, surveillance cameras to detect speed violations too are absent along the stretch. This helps motorists race to whatever speed they wish, increasing the chances of mishaps. Most cars passing the Kureepuzha bridge towards Kadavoor and travelling between Kadavoor signal and Mangad bridge touch speeds of above 100 kmph. Often, these cars engage in dangerous overtaking violating all road rules on the bridges. Vehicles belonging to various ministers and even the police cross the speed limits on the Bypass. Missing streetlights When the Bypass work was progressing, the authorities had promised to install streetlights all along the stretch. However, when it was finally opened to the public, the lights appeared only on the bridges. Lack of streetlights at the points where minor roads join the Bypass is another main cause of mishaps. According to the officials of the Kerala Public Works Department, streetlights would be set up as soon as the funds for this are sanctioned by the Central Government.' https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/12/new-kollam-bypass-has-become-dangerous.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/12/new-kollam-bypass-has-become-dangerous.html Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:49:22 GMT Kollam youth initiates mother's remarriage, wishes her well on FB Kollam: "It is my mother's wedding..." Gokul Sreedhar posted on his Facebook page. He also had a word of caution for naysayers who may look down upon him in disdain. "Please don't look at the event with suspicion and hatred. Even if you do, no one here would be ashamed," he said. A native of Kottiyam in Kerala's Kollam district, 23-year-old Gokul posted wishes to his mother on her second marriage on social media platforms. Gokul was studying in class 10, when his parents got divorced. His mother Mini has spent her life taking care of her only son since then. She was left with nothing but grief after her tumultuous first marriage. Mini, a teacher, had to let go off her job due to family feuds in 2004. She had to stay at relatives' houses at the time. She eventually shifted to a house as alimony in the divorce. Gokul's father took care of his studies, but the rest of the expenses fell on Mini. Her job as the librarian fetched her a meagre salary. "I was scared that by the time I find a job after my studies, my mother would be left all alone at the home. I always wanted my mother to have a companion. But she would never hear of it. Sometime ago, a proposal came with the help of friends from the library council," Gokul recounted. "Though initially my mother opposed to the proposal, she eventually agreed,” Gokul, who is also the SFI area secretary, said. Retired colonel Venu, a Thodupuzha native, married Mini. Gokul is gearing up for his new job after completing BTech. Excerpts from Gokul’s FB post “I pondered for a long time before putting up such a post. Many individuals in our society still cannot accept the concept of second marriage.” “She is the one woman who dedicated her entire life to me. She had undergone a lot during her previous marriage. When I saw her bleeding after being hit on the head, I had asked her – ‘Why are you suffering like this?’ I still remember her precious words, 'I am living for you. I am willing to endure more for you.' “When I left that house holding on to my mother's hand, I dreamt of this moment, decided I'd make it happen." https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/12/kollam-youth-mother-second-marriage.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/12/kollam-youth-mother-second-marriage.html Wed, 12 Jun 2019 07:19:29 GMT Teenager electrocuted in bid to escape police Kollam: A teenager, who tried to evade the police at Pathanapuram, was electrocuted to death on Tuesday. Mangod inhabitant Aashiq (19) met with the tragic end in the mishap which occurred at midnight. For the past few days, the region had witnessed mounting friction and clashes between the AIYF and SDPI members. The police had intensified the patrolling in the area following this. Aashiq and his friends were playing carroms at the local bus stand when the police patrol team approached the area. They dispersed to different directions on spotting the patrol vehicle. Aashiq, however, got stuck in a private electric fence meant to ward off wild animals. Aashiq's friend Jomon, who was also injured in the freak accident, is currently under treatment in a hospital. Aashiq's body has been moved to the morgue at the Punalur taluk hospital. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/12/teenager-electrocuted-in-bid-to-escape-police.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/12/teenager-electrocuted-in-bid-to-escape-police.html Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:11:29 GMT Man kills self on daughter’s wedding over cash crunch Chathannoor: In a disturbing incident, the father of a bride hanged himself over financial issues on the day of his daughter’s wedding. However, the wedding took place as scheduled at the auditorium of Vilapuram Anandavilasom Bhagavathy Temple in Chathannoor in Kerala's Kollam district on Sunday. B Sivaprasad, who resided at Prasad Bhavan, near Decent Junction in Uliyanad, was found dead in his ancestral house which was uninhabited for some time. This house is near the Chirakkara panchayat office. Sivaprasad was reportedly disturbed as he could not purchase the entire gold that he had promised his daughter Neetu for her wedding and took his own life in grief. Even though he had tried to sell his house and land to conduct the wedding Sivaprasad failed in his efforts. It is also said a Cooperative Bank at Chathannoor had sent Sivaprasad a notice over loan dues. His relatives said some bank officials had also visited him. Around 5.30 am on the day of his daughter’s wedding, Sivaprasad started from his house to a water body at Chirakkarathazham to bathe. However, as he did not return for a long time, relatives searched for him and saw his bike in front of the ancestral house. His body was soon found hanging from a wooden beam inside the old building. The groom and his parents had assured that they will go ahead with the wedding ceremony even after Sivaprasad had failed to buy the promised gold, said the relatives of the deceased. Neethu was not informed about her father’s death at the time of the ceremony. The groom was R S Biju, a native of Punnekkulam in Poothakkulam. Apart from Neethu, Sivaprasad is survived by wife Jalaja and other children Nithin and Preeja. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/11/man-kills-self-for-cash-crunch-at-daughters-wedding.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/11/man-kills-self-for-cash-crunch-at-daughters-wedding.html Tue, 11 Jun 2019 03:39:23 GMT Grubby cashew-processing factories being revamped Anchal: The cashew-processing factories here in Kerala's southern region are infamous for sooty walls, dilapidated buildings with ramshackle roofs and unhygienic washrooms. But such old factories in Kollam district are undergoing a major transformation spearheaded by the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation (KSCDC). All the 30 factories under the Corporation are being given modern facilities to provide a better working atmosphere. The first modernised cashew-processing unit is coming up at Palkulangara in Kollam, followed by the one at Panachivila in Edamulakkal. The Panachivila factory has already acquired a new look with a neat workspace and the latest facilities for peeling, grinding and cutting. The factory also boasts of a baby care room, modern washroom, store room, a place to rest, study and dining hall. This modernised factory was inaugurated on June 8, said S Jayamohan, chairman of the corporation. There are plans to launch cultivation of high-yielding varieties of cashew on the factory premises, added Jayamohan. Around 15,000 people work in 30 factories run by the KSCDC. Only 10 of these factories are fully owned by the KSCDC which is on a path of revival. Recently, it was reported that two abandoned buildings of a cashew-processing factory located at Umayanelloor in Kollam were chosen as polling booths for the Lok Sabha elections. These ready-to-collapse structures had overgrown weeds with reptiles, stray dogs and anti-socials likely frequenting. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/09/grubby-cashew-processing-factories-being-revamped.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/09/grubby-cashew-processing-factories-being-revamped.html Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:50:41 GMT Athul is small in size but big on talent, resolve Karunagappally: When the schools reopen this year, 19-year-old Athul will be carried to Class 10 by his mother Rathy. In the classroom, three benches would be placed close together for Athul, fondly called Kannan, to lie down. In the school assembly, Athul would be reading the pledge to be repeated by other students. Athul has big dreams. “The immediate one is to secure A Plus in all subjects in the Class 10 exams. In plus-two classes, I wish to study science and later become a scientist,” he says. Son of Asokan and Rathy, Athul lives at Athira Nivas, Aadinad North in Kulasekharapuram. Though he has severe growth problems and the body of an infant, Athul exhibits superior self-confidence. He has a congenital disease of the bones and is virtually bedridden. Till age 9, Athul never stepped out of his house. However, he learnt reading, writing and painting during this period. The talents of the youngster, who was confined to his house, were identified by M Prakash, who was the BPO of Karunagappally BRC and N S Libu, a resource teacher. They gave Athul plenty of encouragement. Athul was located during a survey of BRC and the officials made necessary arrangements for him to study at his house itself. Realising his academic potential, Athul was later admitted to Aadinad Govt UP School. The BRC provided a wheelchair to Athul to attend school. It was his mother Rathy’s task to accompany him to the classroom. Athul soon excelled in curricular as well as extracurricular activities. From Class 8, he has been studying in Clappana SV HSS where he goes in the school bus. But Rathy still accompanies her son. In the classroom, Athul lies down and learns the lessons. His mother and teachers give him special attention. Till the classes end, Rathy would be by Athul’s side. The Karunagappally BRC has produced two documentaries on Athul. Athul has a sister, Athira. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/07/athul-small-size-talent-resolve-big.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/07/athul-small-size-talent-resolve-big.html Sat, 08 Jun 2019 01:00:42 GMT Two critically injured after car rams students in Kollam Kollam: Several people, including a toddler, were injured after a car rammed a group of students and their parents at Eram junction near Anjal in Kerala's Kollam district on Thursday morning. The condition of two of the injured is said to be serious. They have been moved to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital. First standard students of Eram Government LP School Noorjahan and Bismi, and her year-and-a-half-old sister Sumayya were injured in the accident. Noorjahan's mother Ansiya, and Bismi and Sumayya's mother Sheeba were also injured. The driver of the car, while trying to overtake an autorickshaw, lost control of the vehicle and rammed the group that was heading to the school. Soon after the accident, onlookers rushed the injured to a nearby private hospital. After giving preliminary treatment, Bismi and Summayya were shifted to the hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. The other three injured are undergoing treatment at the private hospital. The police have taken into custody the driver, an Anchal native, and a woman who was in the car. The car has also been seized. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/06/two-critically-injured-after-car-rams-students-in-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/06/two-critically-injured-after-car-rams-students-in-kollam.html Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:00:37 GMT Newly-wed couple found dead by parents Anchalamoodu, Kollam: A newly-wed couple who had got married three months ago was found dead in their bedroom when the girl’s parents visited the couple. Vishnu, 23, belonging to Vishnu Bhavan, near Madathil Kavu, Chemmakkad, Panayam in Kollam district and his wife, Arya, 21, hailing from Puthoor, were found hanging in their bedroom at 4 in the evening on Sunday. According to the police, the couple had got married against the wishes of the girl’s family and was living at the home of Vishnu, a dancer. On Sunday, Arya’s parents had arrived to visit their daughter on hearing that she was pregnant, but the door of the bedroom was found locked. Vishnu’s father was also home at the time. When there was no response, the door was forced open to reveal the couple hanging from a shawl. They were brought dead to a private hospital nearby in a police jeep. The dead bodies were kept at the mortuary of the District Hospital. The last rites were held on Monday. The reason for the extreme step is being investigated. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/04/newly-wed-couple-found-dead-by-parents.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/06/04/newly-wed-couple-found-dead-by-parents.html Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:23:23 GMT Man walking beside rail-track hurt as train rider hurls beer bottle Kollam: A 36-year-old man was injured after a beer bottle thrown from a moving train hit his head near the Kollam railway station on Monday evening. Paravur native R S Gopakumar, a daily labourer, was on his way back home when the bottle hit his head as he was passing by the rail-track near Chemman Mukku overbridge around 5 pm on Monday. Though two bottles were thrown out, one missed his ear by a whisker and the second glass bottle broke after hitting his head, Gopakumar said. A passenger of the Thiruvananthapuram-Veraval Express had thrown out the bottles. A passerby immediately took Gopakumar to a counter of a private hospital at the railway station. He was then taken to the district hospital, where his wound was stitched up. Earlier there were instances of passengers getting hurt when stones were hurled at trains near the Kollam railway station. The railway police force had also arrested an Anjalumoodu native, who threw stones at the passing trains from the nearby bushes. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/28/beer-bottles-thrown-from-train-passerby-hurt.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/28/beer-bottles-thrown-from-train-passerby-hurt.html Tue, 28 May 2019 10:37:12 GMT Fake social media news of abduction goes viral; migrant family caught unawares Sasthamcotta: A fake message about a 'Malayalam speaking' boy kidnapped by gypsies has caught a Maharashtrian migrant worker and his family completely off guard. The family landed in unforeseen trouble after the news went viral in social media so much so that they were not even prepared to come out of their rented house near Kannath Junction, near the railway station for fear of being attacked. They have lodged a police complaint. The family of Anil hailing from Pune has been staying in Kerala for the past six years. Anil's mother was travelling with his sister's three-year-old son Rohan aka Pawan when a stranger took their pictures and circulated in social media giving a spicy twist of abduction. The migrant family earned their livelihood by collecting old clothes from houses. Living in constant fear of moving about with Rohan, the family is now forced to confine themselves to the house. A complaint has been lodged with the police supported by the boy's birth records. The six-year stay in Kerala has made the family, including Rohan, completely fluent in Malayalam. It was at this juncture that social media went abuzz with the news that the boy was kidnapped by gypsies. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/28/fake-social-media-post-abduction-migrant-family-caught.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/28/fake-social-media-post-abduction-migrant-family-caught.html Tue, 28 May 2019 01:06:51 GMT Fight over sharing liquor leads to murder of youth Kollam: A youth has been arrested in connection with the incident in which a man was killed after being hit by a train. The victim was Asokan (35), son of Gopalan residing at Njarode in Kalaikode. He was found dead below the Paravur railway bridge. The police arrested Asokan’s friend Manikandan (27) over the death. He lives at Varambittuvila, Njarode. The incident related to the case took place on April 17. According to the police, Asokan, Manikandan and another man used to regularly drink liquor at a vacant house near the railway track in Ollal. On the fateful day also they had drinks. Sometime later, Manikandan and the other man went to buy food. After they left, Asokan took the liquor bottle and went another way. When Manikandan and the friend returned, they found that Asokan was not there. As it was late at night, the friend went to his house. Manikandan soon located Asokan near the railway over bridge. They entered into an argument which escalated into a physical fight. During the tussle, Asokan fell on the railway track and was run over by a passing train. A complaint was filed with the police by Asokan’s mother Omana and a probe led by Paravur CI Ajith Kumar resulted in the arrest. Manikandan was charged with non-culpable homicide and presented before the court. He has been remanded. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/22/fight-over-sharing-liquor-leads-to-murder-of-youth.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/22/fight-over-sharing-liquor-leads-to-murder-of-youth.html Wed, 22 May 2019 14:41:02 GMT A play of sorts indeed. Little actors take the centre stage Puthoor: Curtains were drawn up and excitement filled the air as children walked on to the stage to attempt something new: staging a play without a script. The lights come up and the little actors took the stage by storm with no ready made dialogues or ample rehearsals. The experiment, however, went down well with a jam-packed audience who gave a thunderous applause for the rocking performance. The children staged the play 'Mazha Nanayatha Penkutti' (A girl who was not drenched in the rain) on the occasion of the anniversary of A P Ramakrishana Public Library, Attuvassery. The play saw 14 children from Class 2 to Class 9 donning various roles. There were no written dialogues for the play that portrayed how natural calamities such as flood could erase all the social barriers and brought together mankind. The whole idea of the play was first transferred into the minds of children who were then asked to come up with their own dialogues as per the situation, said director N Shaiju. Only cosmetic changes and additions were made and the child artists were told to present the play in the most natural way. The audience from their part also enjoyed the performance to the fullest. The drama wing of the library 'Rangakala' was launched on the occasion. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/19/play-sorts-indeed-little-actors-take-centrestage.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/19/play-sorts-indeed-little-actors-take-centrestage.html Mon, 20 May 2019 00:55:19 GMT At 104, Bhageerathy Amma is on a mission to learn Anchalumoodu: Age was never a deterrent for the 104-year-old student of Thrikkaruva who is busy preparing to take the Class IV equivalency exam of the State Literacy Mission's continuing education programme. Bhageerathy Amma of Prakkulam has enrolled for the Class IV equivalency course at the Vanmala Vidyakendra of Thrikkaruva panchayat, thus becoming the state's oldest student to register for State Literacy Mission's programme. The grand old lady has undertaken the mission to learn with a massive family support of her six daughters, grand children and great grandchildren. Literacy Mission key resource person K B Vasanthkumar, Saksharata prerak S N Sherly will be assisting the elderly student in her studies. They will be giving her home tuitions. Unlike her peers, Bhageerathy Amma, however, has no reading or hearing issues. But she may have to take the help of a scribe to write the exams owing to her difficulty in holding the pen intact, said relatives. Thrikkaruva panchayat president K Chandrasekharan Pillai had come to take the first class for Bhageerathy Amma the other day. Panchayat members Sudhamani and Nandini, members of State Literacy Mission, and Bhageerathy's children and grand children all watched in awe as a studious Bhageerathy Amma picked up her lessons. Towards the end, the student had one last doubt: “Is it ok if I watch TV serials during my studies?”; and the whole house was reduced to fits of laughter. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/19/at-104-bhageerathy-amma-mission-learn-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/19/at-104-bhageerathy-amma-mission-learn-kollam.html Mon, 20 May 2019 00:55:22 GMT With one death every km, MC Road turns death trap Kottarakkara: The accident rate on Main Central (MC) Road, a major artery in Kerala, would shock anybody. According to a survey conducted by Traffic Management and Road Safety Enforcement (TRL), at least one life is lost on each km every year. The statistics were obtained by checking the details from nine police stations in the area over the last three years. As per the figures, 1,555 accidents took place along the 80-km stretch from Adoor to Kazhakkoottam during this period. As many as 1,213 people suffered injuries in these mishaps and 248 of them died. Around 85 % of these deaths occurred in the areas under the Kottarakkara, Chadayamangalam, Venjarammoodu, Kilimanoor and Pothencode police stations. Incidentally, the highest number of deaths occurred on Sundays. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/18/with-death-every-km-mc-road-death-trap.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/18/with-death-every-km-mc-road-death-trap.html Sun, 19 May 2019 01:00:53 GMT KSEB team leaves for Odisha Kollam: A team of KSEB employees have left for Odisha to help state get back on the grid after cyclone Fani’s devastation. A 36-member team left as instructed by state government and state disaster management authority. The team comprising 5 overseers, 23 linemen and 8 electricity workers left in Vivek Express at 1.45pm yesterday. Odisha incurred a loss of Rs 1,500 crore in electrical department alone. This is the sixth KSEB team from state. They will work under a deputy chief engineer. The team will work for 10 days on domestic and railway power lines. A KSEB team had carried out commendable service in Tamil Nadu after Cyclone Gaja hit in November 2018. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/17/kseb-team-leaves-odisha-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/17/kseb-team-leaves-odisha-kollam.html Sat, 18 May 2019 00:49:55 GMT A helping hand to the youth who lost an arm Kollam: Timely help will go a long way in benefitting the needy. Shibin, a 22-year-old man here, is looking forward to a new lease of life after an artificial arm was donated to him by the Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM), a charitable society sponsored by the Social Justice Department as part of the We Care Project. Shibin, a resident of Peroor near Thattarkonam in Kollam district, was presented a customised mechanical arm that costs around Rs. 4.37 lakh on Thursday by Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja in the presence of Mohammed Asheel, KSSM Executive Director, at his residence. Shailaja pointed out that it was former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy who raised the matter with her. The customised arm with electronic controls can imitate all movements of the arm, hand and even fingers including those required to bend and hold objects. With the electronic arm, Shibin is looking forward to revive his lost dreams of supporting his widowed mother, Sindhu Beevi, and sister as well as that of playing guitar, his passion. He is also getting ready to appear for the examinations that he had missed out and also planning to start preparing for the P.S.C. examinations, which was also abandoned after the accident. The youth had lost his right arm in an accident at Cherthala last May. He was pillion riding on a motorcycle with his friend when the accident occurred. Shibin, who was a third-year Electrical Diploma student at S.N. Polytechnic, Kottiyam, had not left his home since the accident. The family which had already lost Shibin’s father, was in dire straits following his accident. Youth Congress activists came to their rescue by raising Shibin's case before the then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The We Care Scheme, initiated by the KSSM, provides a helping hand to the people facing extreme life situations. So far, more than 800 people have been provided with support under the scheme. It utilises government funds as well as private contributions. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/13/youth-gets-artificial-hand-kerala-government.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/13/youth-gets-artificial-hand-kerala-government.html Tue, 14 May 2019 11:51:32 GMT Domestic help survived on two loaves of bread and water in Oman Kollam: Indian workers land in trouble abroad often despite alerts by governments. Labourers and housemaids have bore torture and incarceration as they land up with vicious employers and job rackets. Often Indian agents are culpable for their predicament as myriad reports indicate. Intervention of social workers and government agencies comes in handy to save unlucky people and bring them back as happened in the case of Sunita, a native of Pound Mukku in Kallada East in Kerala's Kollam district. Sunita is now back in her rented house at after her agonising days in the Gulf. Though re-united with her family she is yet to get over the distress and trauma of brutal work hours. Amidst her days of torment, Sunita feels herself lucky to experience 'the three divine interventions' she confronted during the most crucial moments of her life. It was like a face-to-face with God when a Tamil woman handed her mobile to Sunita to call her relatives in India; when social worker Nandesh took all the pains to rescue her from her employer; and when Payyannur native bought her a food pack in Mumbai airport. Gulf trip The need for money to meet the present day exigencies had pushed Sunita to look for a job in the Gulf. Back home after a two-month long ordeal, Sunita recounts here her story of torture and slavery in Oman. I reached Dubai to work as a domestic help. From there my agent sold me to an Arab agent in Oman. I was taken to the Oman office that wore a terrifying look with each room housing several people from African countries who had come to work as housemaids like me. I was sent for work on the very next day of my arrival. In a spot My 'workplace' was a three-storey house which had around 60 rooms. A couple and two children lived there. I was supposed to clean the entire house. The toilets had to be wiped using hands. They provided me only lunch which I was not supposed to have it in the kitchen. They gave me a space outside the house to have food. A room on the third floor with no windows or bed and without much air circulation was my bedroom. My toilet was outside the house. This was a problem at nights. Life in that house was a hell, to say the least. Despite the sufferings I was very much reluctant to reveal my plight to my children. After three days I went back to my employer and told him I could not stay there any longer. From there I was given the job in a new house where a couple and seven children lived. There the situation was even worse. I was not allowed to phone calls to my relatives in India. The landlady physically assaulted me several times. However, her eldest daughter used to give me her phone to talk to my children. In the meantime, I had expressed my desire to my recruiter to go back to India, but he refused. Failed escape As the physical torture became unbearable I decided to flee, but not to the agent's office where I had seen workers being physically harassed many a time. One day I had the nerve to run away from the house and made my way to the police station. But unfortunately the police, instead of helping me, sent me back to my agency. As expected the agency started thrashing me brutally. A Nigerian 'madam' at the office hit my head with a huge bottle. Even after I fell down she gave me continuous blows and kicked me on the back and locked me up in a room. The people in the agency seized my phone. I continued to be in the room for four days. Then I was shifted to another room in the neighbouring building. It was more like a dark cellar with hardly any light. At times sun rays would seep in through a tiny hole on the ceiling. Two loaves of bread and water was all my day's meal. The ordeal continued for almost 15 days. Freedom at last One day a Tamil speaking woman whom I had seen at the agency's office came to see me. She handed me her phone and asked me to call my relatives in India. I could not believe my eyes, grabbed the phone and frantically called my daughter. This helped Seva group activist Nandesh to track down the number and locate the place of my stay. He took the initiative and did everything possible to rescue me. Nandesh personally met my Arab recruiting agent and asked him to relieve me, in return my agent demanded money. Nandesh freed me after paying him Rs 1.5 lakh. I reached the Indian embassy on May 3, and two days later I flew back to India. Nandesh saw me off at the airport with a pack of chocolates and cash of Rs 2,000. On reaching Mumbai airport I was like a fish out of water. Though I was starving I could not buy food owing to language barrier. Luckily I met a young man from Payyannur who bought me breakfast from the airport and gave his cell phone to contact my children. Sunita broke down and choked at many instances while narrating her ordeal in Oman. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she fumbled for words. With broken Gulf dreams she now has a lot of liabilities. She now has to find ways to repay Rs 12,000 that she had borrowed to meet her travel expenses. She has a long to-do list which includes a new house, marriage of elder daughter and education of younger child. Read more District News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/11/domestic-help-survived-on-two-loaves-of-bread-and-water-in-oman.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/11/domestic-help-survived-on-two-loaves-of-bread-and-water-in-oman.html Sun, 12 May 2019 01:05:25 GMT Learn from these non-Keralites how to score an A+ in Malayalam Kollam: Increasing migration from other parts of the country is slowly turning the profile of Kerala's workforce and even demographics. There has been a spurt in the number of migrant workers from the northern and southern parts of India and even the number of people from Nepal too is increasing. A few students who recently cleared the SSLC examination conducted by the Kerala Board of Public Examination originally belong to Nepal and even Uttarakhand in far north. Nepal native Sunil Bista and Uttarakhand native Priyanka Singh have scored A+ in all SSLC subjects. The students at Koyikkal English Medium School have scored A+ in Malayalam too. "Yes, we like Kerala. We love Malayalam," said Sunil and Priyanka in the corridor of the Government Higher Secondary School, Koyikkal, in Kerala's Kollam district. Sunil had reached Kerala with parents Lal Bahadur Bista and Manu Devi Bista five years ago. Lal Bahadur is a watchman at Mynagappally. Sunil learnt Malayalam in one year and was at Chathannur School till class 9. A member of the national school junior hockey team, Sunil stays at Kollam Sports Academy hostel. He is the only boy to score A+ in all subjects at his school. Priyanka has been a student here since Class 1. She is the daughter of Kalyan Singh and Jamuna Devi, living in a rented house near Cheri Temple. Hailing from Uttarakhand’s Chambawat, Kalyan Singh works in a bakery in Aluva. Priyanka was on a train while returning from her native place when teachers called to tell her about her grades. Sisters Preeti Singh and Devika Dev are her schoolmates too. Sunil and Priyanka had not scored A+ in Malayalam before. But they were hopeful of a good show. They want to continue studies in Kerala itself. Both wish to take Science at the same school. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/10/learn-from-non-keralites-how-score-a-malayalam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/10/learn-from-non-keralites-how-score-a-malayalam.html Sat, 11 May 2019 00:59:58 GMT SSLC glory for student who once lived in a concrete pipe Kottarakkara: Ahead of the next academic year, school examination boards across the country are busy publishing results. Of the many winners and rank-holders, students who braved odds stand out. One such student who secured a commendable result in the Class 10 examination of the Kerala Public Examination Board is Ratheesh, 15, from Kerala's Kollam district. After a long struggle amid penury and bereavement, Ratheesh can now rejoice as he secured A+ grade in all subjects in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exam. Ratheesh's first house was a large unused public water distribution pipe. He was only two years old then. It was lying at the corner of a government wood depot at Ola in Kollam. Ratheesh's mother Susheela and his two brothers, Rakesh and Rahul, lived in this concrete pipe way back in June 2006. The single mother who was suffering from various illnesses was in search of a safe shelter for her little kids when she located the pipe. After Malayala Manorama published an article on the plight of the hapless mother and her three sons, the authorities of a refuge home named Kalayapuram Ashraya Sanketham came forward to help them. Kalayapuram Jose and wife Mini became parent figures for the children and gave them education. They also ensured treatment for Susheela; however, she died in 2013. A student of St Thomas VHSS at Pannivizha at Paranthal, Ratheesh was elated after the SSLC results were declared and rushed to Sanketham to share his happiness. The jubilant student said he wanted to enter the prestigious civil services. Jose is ready to further fund the studies of the teenager and help him realise his dream. All 10 students of the shelter home have cleared the SSLC exam. Ratheesh's elder brother is working at a private firm after completing his ITI and Plus-2 studies. His second brother is also studying at the ITI. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/07/sslc-glory-for-student-who-lived-in-a-concrete-pipe.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/07/sslc-glory-for-student-who-lived-in-a-concrete-pipe.html Tue, 07 May 2019 08:20:23 GMT Kollam beach claims 69 lives in a decade Kollam: As many as 69 people have been claimed by theKollam beach in the past 10 years, says a board installed here last year. Three people, including a couple, died during the last March-April months. The life guards rescue more than three hundred people every year. The Kollam beach is unlike the other beaches in the state. Though visibly calm, the waves are much stronger here. There is a depth of 4 m near the coast. People who fall due to the strong waves are carried away into the depths of the sea, say lifeguards P Suresh Babu and S Anil Kumar. Individuals find it difficult to get back on their feet once they lose their balance and fall. The Kollam beach is not the one for playing around in the shallow waters and taking bath, they assert. The beach area has increased susbstantially after a link road was built from Kochupilammoodu bridge to the harbour. Four lifeguards are posted in the 1.5-km stretch. Though a rope has been tied along with a red flag to warn people from entering the sea, visitors enter anyways. If people fall into danger near the lifeguard, they can be easily rescued. However, some of the more daring visitors go beyond the reach of lifeguards. Some enter the water at nights in the torch light of their cell phones. Whistle for life The lifeguards are equipped with only whistles to warn tourists of the impending danger. The only mike in their possession was damaged a month earlier. Some pick up squabbles with lifeguards for warning them against entering the sea. Last week, some people got into an altercation with a group of cops, including the SI. Coast Guard The beach gets really crowded on holidays and the number of visitors goes up to ten thousand. It is a challenging task to rescue those who are caught in the sea. It is difficult to hold on to people as strong waves lash upon them. The lifeguards have to hold on to people till the strong waves subside to bring them back to the land. However, if there is a Coast Guard boat nearby, the victims can be easily taken to it, the lifeguards point out. Battling death These lifeguards literally save people from the jaws of death. Eight lifeguards work in two shifts at the Kollam beach. Some of them have been working for 21 years. Though they have rescued thousands of people, authorities pay little heed to the wellbeing of lifeguards. They neither have insurance cover nor any other benefits, including ESI and PF. A meagre daily income is all they earn for saving hundreds of lives. Night duty too It is nearly impossible to carry out rescue operations once it gets dark. Even the Coast Guard does not carry out rescue ops at night. However at the Kollam beach, a lifeguard’s shift timing has been extended to 9 pm. The night shift was implemented after a couple were killed in March. There is no lifeguard service during the night in any of the other beaches in Kerala. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/03/kollam-beach-claims-69-lives-in-a-decade.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/05/03/kollam-beach-claims-69-lives-in-a-decade.html Fri, 03 May 2019 08:50:29 GMT Residents of same building to vote in two LS constituencies Pathanapuram: Call it a voters' dilemma of sorts. Despite staying in a single building the residents of Snehatheeram have to split their votes to two different Lok Sabha constituencies. A section of the complex falls under the Punalur municipality while the rest is situated in the Vilakkudi panchayat. The complex situation arose as roads, unlike rivers, are not considered to determine the geographical boundaries. As many as 67 voters of Snehatheeram fall under the Mavelikkara constituency while 32 under Kollam. This complex for the destitutes occupies 56 cents of space, of which 42 cents lie in Punalur municipality and 14 cents in Vilakkudi panchayat. The efforts to consolidate the votes in the two regions to a single constituency and bring the organisation under one village did not bear fruits. Other people in the locality also encounter similar problems with their house falling under one village while their cowshed or other structures in the same compound coming under another village. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/04/13/votes-from-one-building-to-be-split-into-two-ls-constituencies.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/04/13/votes-from-one-building-to-be-split-into-two-ls-constituencies.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:13:22 GMT Bid to light up woman with kerosene fails Kollam: A woman who has filed for divorce has alleged that her husband and his relatives tried to light her on fire by pouring kerosene inside a car. A youth and his relatives from Thakkala, Kanyakumari, are under police custody in the case. The incident took place in front of a private hospital on Kadappakkada-Ashramam Road at 3pm on Tuesday. The woman ran screaming out of a car drenched in kerosene. Autorickshaw drivers who saw this stopped the car and the passengers in it until police arrived. She had filed for a divorce and was returning with relatives from a bank after a court ordered transfer of money from husband’s account. The police took the husband in custody. According to the police version, the woman and her relatives had reached the bank for the transaction. After their car broke down, they had insisted that the husband and his family take her in his car. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/04/10/bid-to-light-up-woman-with-kerosene-foiled.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/04/10/bid-to-light-up-woman-with-kerosene-foiled.html Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:51:24 GMT Murder charges against husband, mother over forced starvation that claimed woman's life Kollam: The police on Monday invoked murder charges against the accused in the suspected dowry death of a 27-year-old woman in Oyoor, near here, last week. Preliminary investigations had revealed that the Thushara was subjected to dowry harassment by her husband Chanthu Lal and mother-in-law Geetha Lal for the past two years. Thushara, daughter of Thulasidharan and Vijayalakshmi, from Ayanivelikkulangara, Karunagappally, died on the night of March 21. She was allegedly denied proper food for days and survived only on soaked rice and sugar syrup before she breathed her last at a government hospital in Kollam, weighed just 20kg at the time of her death. The autopsy report confirmed that there were several blunt forced injuries on her body, shedding light on the sufferings she had undergone. The Kerala Women's Commission has sought a report from the police on the gruesome incident. The two were remanded in police custody on Friday. Meanwhile, Thushara's family has demanded the custody of her two children who are currently under the care of the District Child Welfare Committee. Punishable by death Section 304(B) of the Indian Penal Code stipulates that a death of a woman within seven years of her marriage with evidence of cruelty or harassment by her husband or his relatives is a ‘dowry death’ and punishable with imprisonment for not less than seven years. The police decided to register a case under Section 302, which is the penal section for murder, after evidence unearthed so far indicated the murder was a planned one. The couple has two girl children aged one-and-a-half and three-and-a-half years. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/04/01/kollam-dowry-starvation-death-murder-charges-against-husband.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/04/01/kollam-dowry-starvation-death-murder-charges-against-husband.html Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:56:53 GMT This disabled social worker's wish to meet Mohanlal is finally fulfilled Chavara: Disabled social worker Krishnakumar was on cloud nine as his two-decade old dream came true as he met popular actor Mohanlal the other day here in Kerala's Kollam district. Krishnakumar, fondly known as Kuttu, became very emotional as the superstar hugged him and exchanged pleasantries. Recently, Krishnakumar got the ‘Youth Icon’ award of the Kerala State Youth Commission for his efforts to provide succour to patients despite his physical disability. Many, including noted actress Manju Warrier, had felicitated Krishnakumar when he received the award. The wheel-chair bound Krishnakumar, who is suffering from muscular dystrophy, hails from Pattathanam near here in Kollam district and is at the helm of affairs of ‘Mind’, an organisation working for the welfare of people suffering from muscular dystrophy. Krishnakumar’s long-standing desire to meet Mohanlal was conveyed to block panchayat member Arun Raj by his friends Anoop Pattathanam and Sreekuttan. The meeting was made possible at a hotel after Arun Raj informed former minister Shibu Baby John about Krishnakumar’s dream to meet the legendary actor. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/31/disabled-social-worker-wish-meet-mohanlal-fulfilled.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/31/disabled-social-worker-wish-meet-mohanlal-fulfilled.html Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:52:59 GMT Forced starvation, dowry harassment behind young Kerala woman's death Oyur (Kollam): A woman found dead under mysterious circumstances was forced to starve by husband and mother-in-law as they pestered her for dowry. The two have been arrested after an autopsy report revealed the victim was reduced to a mere 20 kg at the time of her death. Thushara, 27, daughter of Thulasidharan and Vijayalakshmi, from Ayanivelikkulangara, Karunagappally, died on the night of March 21. The criminal angle was revealed during police investigation. Thushara was denied food and was given sugary water and soaked rice once a while. Physical and mental torture led to her death, says autopsy report. Her husband Chandu Lal and mother-in-law Geetha Lal, 55, of Churuvila House, which is located at Chenkulam, Pooyappally, here, were arrested by the police. Thushara's mother Vijayalakshmi told Manorama News that her in-laws prevented them from visiting her. Thushara's family did not file a complaint to the police as they feared Chandu Lal's family might torture her if they did so. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/30/oyur-thushara-death-dowry-harassment-forced-starvation.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/30/oyur-thushara-death-dowry-harassment-forced-starvation.html Sat, 30 Mar 2019 05:51:56 GMT 68 deaths in a decade: Kollam beach turns danger zone Kollam: The beach here has turned into a deadly area with 68 people having lost their lives to the waves over the last 10 years. This figure is highlighted on a notice board put up by the Seashore Workers Association warning visitors of the dangers lurking at the Kollam beach. During the last three months alone, over 50 people had a close encounter with death after they were caught in the waves. They included elderly people and kids. City Corporation authorities promote the beach as a tourism destination that could even rival Chennai’s Marina Beach, but the waves are unpredictable in Kollam. Reasons cited are, presence of the shipping channel nearby and a shipwreck near the shore. However, that is none of the visitors’ concern. Another major problem haunting the beach is the menace of garbage. Lack of safety measures Even though risk to life is high in Kollam beach, the authorities concerned have failed to put in place adequate safety mechanisms. There are four lifeguards who work in shifts and are present on the beach from 7 am to 7 pm. But most visitors venture into the waters ignoring the warnings issued by the lifeguards and invite trouble. Though a rope has been tied at the beach to keep people away from dangerous spots, few tourists take notice of it. Moreover, the warning signs are also hardly given a glance. Several people who attempt to enjoy the feeling of the seawater drenching their feet end up being carried away by the waves. It is only the timely action of the lifeguards that often saves them. Though the lifeguards have rescued numerous people risking their own lives, no proper equipment has been provided to them. Mounting garbage Empty plastic bottles and ice-cream packets are dumped on the beach, which not only prove to be an eyesore but also pose a health hazard. No arrangement has been made by the authorities to clear this garbage. Another threat to visitors is the presence of stray dogs abandoned on the beach after sterilization. The dogs thrive, feeding on the food waste that is always available. Encroachment by traders Even though the Corporation officials have resorted to evicting them on several occasions, traders keep coming back to the beach and put up stalls. The encroachment is similar to that seen on national highways and other roads. The traders occupy so much space that visitors find it hard to freely move about, especially in the evenings. Love birds’ haunt Kollam beach has also turned into the favourite destination of lovers in the town. They are seen enjoying each other’s company even during the hot noon time. Some even engage in public display of intimacy. Though the matter was discussed in the Corporation council, no action has been taken. It is also pointed out young girls in school uniform are also often noticed accompanying youths at the beach. But even the Pink Police supposed to protect women have failed to act. People react Local residents have expressed dismay over the state of affairs at Kollam beach. Said A K Aravind of Kadappakkada, “Hundreds of people visit the beach every day and during holidays, their number runs into thousands. Earlier, the beach was bigger, but it has shrunk over the years. This increases the risk of danger. However, the authorities have failed to arrange the necessary safety measures. If the situation persists, tourists may gradually give the Kollam beach a miss.” Kailas Kumar, a student at Perumon, chips in, “The crowds at Kollam beach during holidays is unmanageable. However, with the place becoming unsafe, people in Kollam may have to look for a spot in some other district to enjoy an outing at the beach. To avoid this situation, the authorities have to implement safety measures on a war-footing.” https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/28/kollam-beach-deaths.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/28/kollam-beach-deaths.html Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:15:16 GMT Abandoned factory property listed as safe polling booths Kollam: Two abandoned factory buildings here have been chosen as polling booths for the Lok Sabha elections. Reptiles, stray dogs and anti-socials likely frequent the closed-down cashew processing factory. These abandoned ready-to-collapse structures with overgrown weeds are located at Umayanelloor within the Kollam Lok Sabha constituency. Ridiculous though, the Revenue Department has identified these decayed structures without a compound wall in Mayyanad panchayat as ‘safe’ polling booths for the Lok Sabha elections. The buildings, which fall within the Iravipuram Assembly constituency, had functioned as polling stations in the previous elections. But now they are in tatters and have become more of an eyesore. The cashew factory buildings have been listed as polling stations on the website of the State Electoral Officer. Allegations are rife that the authorities have not inspected the safety and security aspects of the factories before marking them as polling station. The shabby properties cannot guarantee a safe lodging facility for the polling officials nor are they ideal to store polling equipment that demands high degree of security. Moreover, the polling booths are not located in easily accessible spots for the voters. The election wing of the Revenue authorities has informed that it is now planning to shift to the booths to a much safer location. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/22/abandoned-factory-property-listed-safe-polling-booths.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/22/abandoned-factory-property-listed-safe-polling-booths.html Sat, 23 Mar 2019 01:47:12 GMT Migrant girl kidnapped by gang of four in Ochira, parents injured Ochira: A 14-year-old migrant girl in Ochira near Kollam was kidnapped by a gang of goons who barged into her house in the middle of the night and assaulted her aged parents. The couple who eke out a living by selling wares on the pavement have been hospitalised with serious injuries after the attack on Monday night. The police have received leads suggesting that the girl was taken to Bengaluru by three members of the gang, two of them with criminal antecedents. The police have taken into custody one of the four attackers – Vipin Changankulangara – along with the man who rented the car to the criminals and the real owner of the car. The car has been traced. One of the attackers is wanted by the police for trying to attack the girl in her house six days before the kidnapping. Her parents have told the police that the criminals had sneaked into their house and made away with Rs 25,000 one-and-a-half years ago. They have been living at Ochira for two years. The other suspects have been identified as Pyari from Payikkuzhi and Ajayan from Vallikkavu, both history-sheeters, and Muhammed Roshan from Memana. Kollam city police commissioner P K Madhu is personally monitoring the investigation in the case. A special team has been formed to trace the girl and her abductors. The kidnapping points to the insecure lives of low-income migrants in Kerala. Many of them raise their girls in the guise of boys to keep them away from unwanted attention while they go out in search of work. The girls are forced to crop their hair and try to imitate the ways of boys to escape the eyes of possible tormentors, who target the vulnerable group with little local support. Most of the times, the migrants are scared into submission and warned against going to the police. A migrant family who had rented a house near the Ochira temple had a devastating experience when their 3-year-old daughter was molested by a neighbour eight months ago. When they lodged a complaint with the police, the locals reacted by evicting them from their house. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/20/migrant-girl-kidnapped-gang-ochira-parents-injured.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/20/migrant-girl-kidnapped-gang-ochira-parents-injured.html Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:53:40 GMT This woman could be the oldest voter in Kollam Chathannur: This centenarian is eager to vote again, but her name is missing from the voters list. If 107-year-old Devaki manages to include her name in the electoral roll at the eleventh hour, she would love to cast her vote in the Lok Sabha elections next month though she had not cast her vote in the past couple of polls. Moreover, she would probably be the oldest voter in Kerala's Kollam district if the efforts of local political activists to re-enter her name in the voters list succeeds. Devaki of Kanjirathumvila House, near Bhoothanatha Temple at Chathannur in Kollam district, is unhappy as she realised belatedly that her name is not in the list. She recalled that she had cast votes many times in the past. Her hearing is a bit poor owing to advanced age and hence difficult for anyone to probe her election memories. Overall, this great-grandmother is in good health. She still sweeps the front yard of the house and lights the traditional lamp in the evening. Hailing from Oyoor, Devaki was married to Sukumaran who passed away 40 years ago. Her family now includes around 100 people belonging to over five generations. At present she lives with her daughter Vijayalakshmi. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/17/this-woman-oldest-voter-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/17/this-woman-oldest-voter-kollam.html Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:43:37 GMT Drunk DYFI men who assaulted cops with metal pipes held Kottarakkara: Four activists of the Democratic Youth federation of India (DYFI) were arrested here on Monday on charges of brutally attacking a team of police personnel on patrolling duty the other day. The officers, attached to the mobile control room in Kottarakkara town, came under attack after they chased and intercepted the car in which the assailants were travelling after they were found to be driving recklessly. The arrested were identified as S Abhilash, 31, of Thara Bhavan, P Rajesh, 33, of Kollantazhikkakathu Veettil, Nandu, 24, of V N Nivas – all natives of Vettivila – and V Vishnu, 20, of Pathikkottu Thekkethil, Chengamanad. Cases under the provisions of Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code were slapped on the accused. The driver has been booked for rash and negligent driving and for driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident took place around midnight on Sunday. Two of the four police officers, S Hareesh, 34, and S Sujith, 32, who suffered grievous injuries after being attacked with metal pipes, were admitted to the Government Taluk Hospital in Kottarakkara. SI Sukumaran and police driver Jayesh were also injured, the police said. Though Hareesh, who had been recovering from a vehicle accident injury, pleaded with the gang to spare them, the assaulters did not heed to his request and started beating the cops with iron pipes. The gang fled the scene when autorickshaw drivers from the nearby stand intervened and rescued the police personnel. How it all happened The over-speeding vehicle, which was proceeding from Chengamanad to Kottarakkara on the national highway, had hit a bike and a car on the way, but sped away leaving the injured motorcyclist behind. Upon being alerted by the locals, the personnel chased the vehicle and intercepted it at Pulamon. In a bid to escape, the driver went full throttle, but rammed the car into a barbed wire fence on the wayside and got stuck. Suddenly, the occupants of the car got out and started attacking the cops with iron pipes and tore up their uniforms. The cops were struck ruthlessly by the gang with fists and elbows and were punched in the face multiple times, according to the statement made by the two injured officers. The arrested were sent for a medical examination which confirmed they were drunk at the time of the incident. The police later recovered several iron pipes and rods from the seized car. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/12/drunk-dyfi-men-who-assaulted-cops-with-metal-pipes-held.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/12/drunk-dyfi-men-who-assaulted-cops-with-metal-pipes-held.html Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:02:38 GMT Kollam farmer dies on field, sunstroke likely cause Kottiyam (Kollam): A farmer collapsed and died on the field apparently due to sunstroke. Rajan Nair (63), a native of Nedumbana panchayat, had died while working on the field. He was the president of the Ilavoor paadasekhara samiti. Rajan was found lying unconscious on the field, by a passerby at 12.15 noon, on Saturday. Though he tried to shake Rajan up a few times, the latter didn’t respond. His relatives were informed immediately. Though Rajan was rushed to the hospital by the relatives who came to the spot, the doctors declared him dead. The doctors had said that Rajan had died around half an hour before he was brought to the hospital. The initial reports suggest that he had died due to sunstroke. The skin on his forehead, neck, hands and legs were burned. Hours later, these blemishes began to get darker. Meanwhile, DMO Dr VV Shirley said that only autopsy could confirm if the farmer died due to sunstroke. Sunstroke or heatstroke is brought about by excessive exposure to the sun. Rajan grew tapioca on the land owned by his neighbour. Usually he is accompanied by his brother to the field. However,on the fateful day, he decided to work at the field all by himself. He had even carried enough drinking water with him. Indira is his wife. Ajith and Arya are his children. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/10/kollam-farmer-field-sunstroke.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/10/kollam-farmer-field-sunstroke.html Sun, 10 Mar 2019 09:43:45 GMT Teenager 'beaten up' for allegedly teasing girl in Kollam dies Kollam: An 18-year-old boy, who was beaten up by his neighbour for allegedly teasing a girl, died at a hospital, police said Friday. The deceased, identified as Renjith, was a student of Chandanathoppu ITI. The teenager had been undergoing treatment at a hospital in the state capital, where he died Thursday night, they said. Vineeth, a warden of a district jail here, was taken into custody in connection with the death. The warden had slapped the boy alleging that he had made fun of his relative. The ITI student, who was attacked last week, had fallen unconscious and was under treatment since then. The relatives of the boy said when he regained consciousness for a brief while, he had told his mother that he had not made fun of the girl. Police said a case under section 302 of IPC was registered on the basis of the statement of an eyewitness. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/01/teenager-beaten-up-for-allegedly-teasing-girl-in-kollam-dies.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/03/01/teenager-beaten-up-for-allegedly-teasing-girl-in-kollam-dies.html Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:20:22 GMT Three, including, husband arrested for woman's murder Kadakkal: Kollam rural police have arrested three people including the husband of a 40-year-old woman who was murdered on Sunday night. The arrested include Shaji, 45, who is the husband of the victim Ramla Beevi, and his two friends. Shaji, who had been separated from Ramla Beevi for years, had attacked her with the help of his friends, according to the police. Ramla had earlier approached the court against Shaji regarding a property dispute. Ramla and children were living in a house at Ganapathinada following a court order in this case, said the police. Ramla was stabbed and her head hit the wall amid a scuffle with a gang in which even chilly powder was thrown on her. The neighbours who came running hearing the screams of the children had taken Ramla to the hospital, but by that time she had died. Following this, Shaji was taken into police custody. The police had conducted search operations in Thiruvananthapuram district also, tracking the number of the motor bike that the gang had used. The number was revealed from CCTV footage. Shaji had later revealed the names of his friends who were part of the group that assaulted Ramla. Both his friends, who belong to Chadayamangalam in Kollam district, were taken into custody following Shaji’s revelations. The three arrested are being cross examined. The inquiry is being conducted by the police team led by Rural SP K.G. Simon, DySP Satheesh Kumar and CI V S Pradeep Kumar. Shaji is a resident of Rafi Manzil, Chappath, Ganapathinada, Pangalukad in Kollam district. Ramla's mortal remains were laid to rest after post mortem at Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. The couple's children are Muhammed Rafi and Muhammed Rifan. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/02/27/three-including-husband-arrested-woman-murder.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/02/27/three-including-husband-arrested-woman-murder.html Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:10:34 GMT New borewell at Kollam jail is a godsend to 300 inmates Kollam: In what could be a breather to the inmates of District Prison at Thevally in the southern part of Kerala state, the authorities have set up a borewell to meet the water shortage. The inmates were so far barred from taking a shower daily owing to water shortage. The prisoners at this jail in Kollam district were forced to take bath only once in two or three days as the water in the well and rainwater harvesting tank on the prison premises was insufficient to meet even their basic requirements as well as for cooking. Additional water for the prison was provided by the Corporation authorities. The borewell set up at a cost of Rs 11 lakh, which was sanctioned from the MLA fund of local legislator M Mukesh, would cater to the needs of the 300-odd prisoners languishing at the district jail, especially when summer is nearing. Earlier, the authorities had made two unsuccessful attempts to drill a borewell in the compound. However, in the third attempt they could locate water with the technical support of Groundwater Department. "The jail has a capacity to accommodate 173 persons, but is jam-packed with 300 prisoners. It requires a total of 37,000 litres of water daily for the prisoners and staff. The borewell has found a quick remedy for the water crisis in the prison, “ said District Jail Superintendent. The borewell was inaugurated by Mukesh, MLA, at a function presided over by Jail DGP R Sreerekha. Efforts have now begun to set up a new kitchen using the corpus fund of the Prisons Department. The jail authorities expect the construction would get over in a few months after which some of the prisoners would be relocated to the building where the old kitchen is functioning. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/02/22/kollam-jail-borewell.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/02/22/kollam-jail-borewell.html Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:29:05 GMT No gain, only pain for five women traffic wardens Kollam: Five women traffic wardens here are braving the sun, dust and speeding vehicles without any gain for them. Associated with the the Kundara police station near here, they have not been paid salary for the last two months for the agonising job. The traffic wardens are paid a monthly salary of Rs 6,000, Rs 200 per day, when the home guards are paid about Rs 750 daily for the same task. The police personnel, who have the responsibility to monitor the work of the traffic wardens, don't enquire whether the latter got the salary or not. The traffic wardens are deployed, with the help of sponsors, in major cities to ease the work pressure of police force who draw salary from the government exchequer. The five women traffic personnel are in a fix as the authorities concerned have so far failed to mobilise money from the sponsors to pay them salary. The wardens have to buy their uniforms, and there has been no pay hike for the past 10 years. Ironically, these unpaid women personnel work in an area represented by a woman minister. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/02/06/no-gain-only-pain-women-traffic-wardens.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/02/06/no-gain-only-pain-women-traffic-wardens.html Thu, 07 Feb 2019 01:37:51 GMT Kerala woman to lead the IAF contingent for R-Day parade New Delhi: Flying officer Ragi Ramachandran will make Kerala proud at this year’s Republic Day parade at Rajpath. She is the lone woman among the five officers leading the 148-member strong Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent. Ragi, hailing from Kollam, joined the IAF in 2016 and is participating in the Republic Day parade for the first time. Another Keralite who will be part of the parade is squadron leader Kevin Sebastian. A 75-member band led by junior warrant officer Ashok Kumar will accompany the parade. Among the special attractions of the upcoming Republic Day parade is the participation of an aircraft running on 10 % bio fuel in the air display. Other highlights of this year’s parade are Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter aircraft, Akash missile and the latest radar Aslesha. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/18/kerala-woman-officer-to-lead-iaf-contingent.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/18/kerala-woman-officer-to-lead-iaf-contingent.html Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:12:43 GMT Horrific accident leaves Ayoor in deep shock Ayoor, Kollam: The site of the accident involving a car and a KSRTC bus at Akamon, near here, on Saturday afternoon, in which six members of a family were killed, presented a gory scene. For those who rushed to the spot upon hearing the loud sound of the collision, the trauma of seeing six people, including two children, dying right in front of their eyes is not going to get over any time soon. Though the onlookers were taken aback by the grisly sight of blood stains and pieces of flesh strewn all over the vehicle, regaining their composure, they launched rescue operations immediately and attempted to pull out the victims stuck inside the mangled car. In the impact of the collision, the front end of the car got trapped beneath the bus, making efforts to retrieve the victims difficult and complicated. The deceased were identified as Mini, 48, daughter Anjana, 22, sister-in-law Smitha, 33, her children Abhinaj, 8, and Harsha, 3, and Smitha’s nephew Arun, 24, who drove the car. All of them were natives of Vadasserikara near Chengannur. According to eyewitnesses, five of them died on the spot. When they reached the spot, one of the two children, who was later identified as Abhinaj, had been found to be alive. Without wasting time, the locals smashed the glass window and took out the boy and his three-year-old sister Harsha. The police, with the help of passers-by, tilted the bus and moved the car away. They broke open the car using metal tools being brought from a nearby automobile workshop and pulled all the victims out. The first to rush to the spot was employees of the workshop and shopkeepers in the vicinity. Following the incident, free movement of traffic was affected on MC road for over several hours. Fire and safety department officers cleaned up blood and oil spills from the site and applied stone dust along the path to prevent vehicle slips. Soon after the news of the accident broke, people from the surrounding areas started to throng the site, resulting in traffic snarls. Following which vehicles heading towards Ayur were diverted through the old road near Akamon. Abhinaj, who was alive when he was brought out of the car, was rushed to the SAT Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, but doctors declared him dead two hours after admission. The other victims were shifted to different hospitals in police jeeps and ambulances. The mangled remains of the car were later removed using a crane. The victims were identified with the help of their identity cards and mobiles that were scattered inside the vehicle. Officials sifted through their belongings and discovered Aadhaar cards of Mini and Arun, and the driving licence of Anjana. They contacted the Vadasserikkara police after it was found that Arun hailed from there. The incident occurred around 1.30 pm. As per witnesses’ accounts, it was a head-on collision between the bus and the car. The ill-fated car was trying to overtake a truck at a curve resulting in the collision with the KSRTC which was heading to Thiruvananthapuram from Kottarakara, they said. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/13/horrific-accident-leaves-ayoor-shock.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/13/horrific-accident-leaves-ayoor-shock.html Sun, 13 Jan 2019 07:16:36 GMT Sabarimala protester surrenders before cops, father kills self Chavara (Kollam): The father of a Sabarimala Karma Samithi activist was found hanging within hours of the latter’s surrender to police in a case relating to violence during a protest march. Mohanan Pillai, 65, was found hanging in his house on Thursday. Frequent police visits at home and heartbreak from son’s surrender led to the suicide, alleged Pillai’s relatives and BJP members. Pillai’s son Manoj Kumar, a Yuva Morcha activist, was booked for attacking one Anees of Panmana Nettiyad at Kannankulangara Junction on January 2. Manoj and friend Devanand surrendered to the police around Thursday noon after they came looking for him at his house, Manesh Bhavan. Pillai's wife saw him hanging around 4:30pm. He could not be revived despite being rushed to Karunagappally Taluk Hospital. Pillai was the president of BJP’s booth 69 at Padinjattakkara. He is survived by wife Anandavalli and another son Manesh Kumar. The police have registered a case of unnatural death. The body is kept in the taluk hospital mortuary. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/11/man-kills-self-after-sons-arrest.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/11/man-kills-self-after-sons-arrest.html Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:10:24 GMT Mangroves, waste management in focus in Ashtamudi revival project Kollam: It's going to be an uphill task to regain the lost glory of the Ashtamudi Lake here. But concerted efforts can help in reviving the waterbody, and some of the suggestions put forward on this front include planting of mangrove saplings and installing cameras to track litterbugs. The 'Ashramom Mangrove Avenue' project is a bid to make the development of Kollam town environment friendly. The project envisages an alternative mangrove habitat as Kollam lost its green belt to the development of national waterways. An over bridge, a lake beach and an astral garden for the tourists are also on the anvil. The proposals have been presented by Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad member V K Madhusudhanan before an array of authorities from state chief minister to Kollam mayor. Project features The project gives equal weightage to waste management and conservation of mangrove trees. It also aims to protect the biodiversity of the lake and health of people residing near the waterside. In the face of rampant pollution, the project focusses on the edible factor of yellow clam (manjkakka) and other fish stocks of the lake. Apart from protection of mangrove forests, the project seeks to check lake encroachment and plastic waste. The project is a blueprint for environment-friendly development of the city. It also intends to spread the message that cleanliness is the cornerstone of tourism. Why mangroves? The mangroves have a pivotal role to play in protecting the biodiversity. The mangrove trees prevent sea erosion and protect coasts from storms and other natural calamities, and provide a perfect habitat for different species of birds and animals. The authorities are in the final stages to give the state’s first biodiversity heritage status to the mangroves, which include the endangered ‘Kulavetti’ category, at Ashramom here. Recommendations An over bridge should be built from KSRTC bus station to New Hockey Stadium and traffic should be diverted through the new bridge. With this, the Link Road and adjoining areas will be free of vehicular movement, and this space could be used to build parks or converted into parking lots. A liquid waste treatment plant could be established near Manichithodu and the effluents flowing into the lake could be treated at the facility. The Link Road ground should be converted into a lake beach. The number of house boats operating in the lake should be limited as per the area of the waterbody, and an astral garden should also be developed. Rampant pollution The lake, its banks, and connecting canals are covered in plastic junk. The waste from hospitals, fish processing units, hotels, workshop and garbage from the city are unscientifically dumped into the lake. Moreover, the corporation junk is being buried at the link road ground near the lake. The detritus in the lake and the strong stench emanating from it are adversely affecting the tourism potential of the area. The authorities also failed to curb lake encroachment by unscrupulous elements. The huge influx of visitors to the adventure park has resulted in loss of mangrove forests in the area. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/10/mangroves-waste-management-ashtamudi-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/10/mangroves-waste-management-ashtamudi-kollam.html Fri, 11 Jan 2019 01:46:12 GMT Politician on sabbatical set to build Gandhian village on ancestral land Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when politicians are seen to increase their personal wealth when in public life, a Congressman in Kerala, currently on a sabbatical from politics, is seeking to build a self-sustainable housing facility for the homeless in his home town in Kollam district, about 70 km from the state capital. What's more, he is doing this on his ancestral property of about one acre and 10 cents (4,451 sq m) that he has divided between 20 beneficiaries, with each getting four cents. The market value of the land is about Rs 8 crore. Speaking to IANS, 42-year-old Niyaz Chithara said he is an advocate by training and has taken a break from active politics to ensure his "Gandhigram" project materialises. "I was shocked to see a mentally challenged four-year-old boy waiting at the Mudackal panchayat with an old lady. When I spoke to the old lady, she said she was the boy's grandmother and she had come to see if the village council has any scheme for the poor and homeless. I came to know that the boy's mother had deserted the child and his father was bedridden due to an accident," Chithara said. Returning home, Chithara said that he was too pained and remembered the words of Mahatma Gandhi: "You must be the change you want to see in the world." "I did not take much time to decide that I will play my role for the upliftment of the downtrodden. I decided that the ancestral share of mine, which was 110 cents of land in the Chithara village council, would be gifted to the landless and I started work to accomplish this," Chithara said. A former chairman of the Government Law College and an office bearer of the Youth Congress, he soon send out postcards to all the landless families in two nearby village councils. "I got a response from 300 people and I called all of them to an auditorium. I then spoke to each of them and made my own assessment of who should get the four cents. I selected 19 beneficiaries (the 20th was the mentally-challenged child) across caste, creed, community and religion. I registered the land in the names of the women in the respective families," said Chithara. The only condition that he has put up is that these beneficiaries should build a home through any of the government schemes and if they do not do it in three years, the land will be taken back. And once the home is built, it should not be sold or transferred for 15 years. "I decided to take on the responsibility of building a home for the young mentally challenged boy and will approach people to give a helping hand. We plan to build a 500 sq ft home at a cost of Rs 5 lakh. Next week, the official handing over of the land to the 20 beneficiaries will be done by (Leader of Opposition) Ramesh Chennithala, while (state Congress president) Mulapally Ramachandran will hand over the first instalment of assistance to build the home for the boy," said Chithara. Chithara has already spent Rs 5 lakh to level the entire plot and dig a pond. "In the Gandhigram village, I am planning a library, a place for the women to start their own vocation and an anganwadi, so that the small community gets an inbuilt facility for all their basic needs," said Chithara. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/07/kollam-politician-village-gandhian.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2019/01/07/kollam-politician-village-gandhian.html Tue, 08 Jan 2019 01:41:46 GMT Pensioner struggles to prove he is indeed alive Pathanapuram: A senior citizen is in dire straits here as he has been repeatedly denied his old age pension by the panchayat office as he is deemed to be a deceased person! According to official records, Puthenveettil Bhaskaran is in fact dead. Incidentally, Bhaskaran had been included in the panchayat’s list of expired persons last year too. Following which, he had submitted the necessary documents to the panchayat and applied for the pension again. The procedures in this regard are yet to be completed. Denied pension for being dead, Bhaskaran showed the officials at the panchayat office his Aadhaar card and other crucial documents. However, the officials declined to consider his plea and said that they could take any action only on the recommendation of the District Collector.Now Bhaskaran has no option but to meet the Kollam Collector to get the record straight. The pension is his sole means of income. Earlier, corrections could be carried out in the pension documents at the panchayat office itself. However, with local body services going online, such changes can be made only at the district office. The new development has dealt a double blow to this hapless man. When contacted, panchayat officials said that a request has been sent to the district office to include Bhaskaran in the list of pension beneficiaries. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/25/kollam-pensioner-struggles-to-prove-he-is-indeed-alive.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/25/kollam-pensioner-struggles-to-prove-he-is-indeed-alive.html Wed, 26 Dec 2018 01:38:13 GMT Police recover gold, cash from Salem woman; rescue 4 newborns Kollam: The Kollam Police arrested five vagabond women from Tamil Nadu on Saturday, hours after they stole valuables from a house in neighbouring Thiruvananthapuram district. The cops caught them just as they were set to board a train to their native state. The police seized 44 sovereigns of the yellow metal and cash totalling Rs 70,000, from the possession of Krishnamma (30), Balamani (28), Masani (30), Radha (23) and Jyothi (35) of Salem, police revealed. They were all set to travel to Tamil Nadu when the police nabbed them at Kollam railway station. The police also rescued four newborns who were with the women. The arrests were made in the wake of a complaint filed by a resident of Attingal. M S Radhakrishnan Nair, who resides opposite the College of Science Tuition Centre, registered an FIR saying that a team of women, along with infants, had committed theft in his house when the family had gone inside to find alms for the beggars. The cops, with the aid of CCTV fixed along the lane adjacent to Nair’s residence, found the images of the women fleeing. The women had, soon after the theft, changed their dress. From Attingal, they took a bus and got down at Kalluvathukkal after travelling 18 km. From there, the team took an autorickshaw to reach Kollam railway station, where the women were caught. Read more: Latest Kollam news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/23/five-women-tamil-nadu-arrested-robbery.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/23/five-women-tamil-nadu-arrested-robbery.html Sun, 23 Dec 2018 10:26:03 GMT Archaeological site by the Senthuruni River holds our ancestors' secrets A private estate deep inside the Senthuruni forest area houses the traces of an early human habitat in the subcontinent. A stone age culture thrived on the banks of the Senthuruni river in the Thenmala forest more than 5,000 years ago. The archaeological findings inside the 172 square kilometre Senthuruni wildlife sanctuary, which predates the artefacts from the Indus Valley Civilization, are crying for attention. Evidence of a human habitat among the rocky crevices deep inside the forest is sure to put Thenmala on the timeline of early history. The rocky terrain is hard to reach. Hardly a dozen people can gather inside the abodes of our ancestors. They might have used the space as a shelter against the elements and wildlife. The rocks strewn over the rubber plantation might have sheltered small groups of prehistoric people. Most of the crevices have eternal springs inside them. The carvings inside the caves are unique. The parallel lines and the diagonal lines crossing them are believed to be an identification system or a kind of prehistoric signboards. The tools and artefacts found from the caves are kept in the Thiruvananthapuram Museum and the Archaeology Department at Kariavattom. Most of the tools were shaped out of the white stones collected from the Senthuruni river, experts said. Experts have shouted out to the Archaeological Survey of India to take over the remains in the forest. Though the rocky formations have been kept intact, it needs constant monitoring to preserve it from the fury of the elements and outside encroachments. Senthuruni wildlife warden A Shanavas said that the traces of the stone age culture needs to be studied in detail. The site can be accessed through a rubber plantation off the Kollam-Thirumangalam national highway. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/22/archeological-site-senthuruni-river.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/22/archeological-site-senthuruni-river.html Sun, 23 Dec 2018 01:43:27 GMT Guinness record for wood puzzle set at Kollam hotel Kollam: A giant devil's knot (edakoodam) that art director and painter Rajasekharan Parameswaran built for display at Raviz Hotels and Resorts in Kollam has found a place in the Guinness Book of Records. It broke the record of largest wood block puzzle, which is 18 feet tall and 40 cm wide, held by Foffa Conrad in Valchava, Switzerland. Each of the six intersecting wooden logs built by Rajasekharan measures 24 feet in length and two feet in width and took two months to build. It was installed at the hotel on December 27, 2017. A graduate in mathematics, Rajasekharan was attracted towards the puzzle when he saw a four-inch 'edakoodam' at the Thiruvananthapuram Science and Technology Museum when he was 18. In 2007, Rajasekharan had won the state award for art direction for Adoor Gopalakrishnan's film 'Naalu Pennungal'. In 2008, he made his way to the Guinness Book of Records by drawing the largest easel painting portrait of Communist leader E M S Namboodiripad. He has held exhibitions in Malaysia, Singapore and London. Rajasekharan handed over the partnership certificate and medal to Hotel Raviz general manager Suma Nair for supporting his endeavour. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/19/guinness-record-for-wood-puzzle-set-at-kollam-hotel.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/19/guinness-record-for-wood-puzzle-set-at-kollam-hotel.html Thu, 20 Dec 2018 01:38:37 GMT From Colombo to Kollam, a Sri Lankan woman traces back her roots Kottiyam: It’s indeed a time travel for a Sri Lankan woman as she traces the roots of her grandfather in Kollam district. Kayalvili, along with her Keralite husband Harilal, hailing from Pullichira near here, has come all the way from Colombo with grainy old pictures of her grandparents, and a passport of her grandfather’s brother to find her roots in the State. Kayalvili’s grand uncle Ramanvelu Pillai renewed the passport in 1964 to travel to Sri Lanka in search of his brother Chellapan Pillai, Kayalvili’s grandfather, who went to the island for trade. Ramanvelu Pillai, who was unmarried, and his brother used to keep in touch, through letters, with their sisters in Kerala, but that stopped after a while, and both died in Sri Lanka. Chellapan Pillai’s children and grandchildren are settled in various states in India, and other countries. Kayalvili met Harilal when he came to Sri Lanka on business purposes, and later they got married. Kayalvili recently came to know that her grandfather’s family members are living in Kollam, and she is hopeful of meeting them. People with relevant information can call at 7902270079. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/18/sri-lankan-woman-in-kerala-in-search-of-roots.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/18/sri-lankan-woman-in-kerala-in-search-of-roots.html Tue, 18 Dec 2018 02:34:49 GMT Housewife's suicide under a cloud of suspicion Karunagapally: The police have found a letter from near the body of a 48-year-old housewife who was found dead inside her house at Thodiyur. The note indicated Sreekumari ended her life because of huge debts. Though he letter stated no one else is responsible for her death, police are suspicious. Her husband Anil Kumar, a wood cutter, has been taken into custody from his workplace. Kumar reportedly told the police that he left home as usual early in the morning and his wife had made a cup of tea for him. Their son Devan had gone out for temple rituals and daughter was at his parent's house. The house as well as the room where the body was lying were locked from inside. A blood-stained chopper, which Kumar has been using for his work, was found near the body. Sreekumari's throat was found slit and a vein on her arm was ruptured. Kollam City Police Commissioner V K Madhu is leading the probe. The body has been sent for post-mortem. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/12/housewife-suicide-suspicion-probe.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/12/housewife-suicide-suspicion-probe.html Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:17:49 GMT Painter seeks justice after being falsely implicated in theft cases Kollam: A painter has accused several police officers in the Kollam district of falsely implicating him in a series of thefts. Vinoj Kumar, aged 44, was picked up by the shadow police team at Kottarakkara on July 20 in connection with the break-ins in the Ezhukon, Kuzhimathikad and Nedumonkavu areas. Weeks later the police zeroed in on the real culprit but refused to let go of Kumar for fear of disciplinary actions. The police were pushed into a corner when the agitated residents organised a hartal to protest the police inaction. Under pressure, the cops took into custody the first person they could lay their hands on and presented him as the accused in over 40 cases of thefts. He was produced before the court and remanded. Kumar, a resident of Karikkode, said that he confessed under duress. The cops beat him up and even smeared chilli essence on his body, he said. Meanwhile, the thefts continued. The policemen knew Kumar was innocent but they feared for their careers. Instead of letting him go they still accused him of three of the 40 cases. Released on bail, Kumar has lodged complaints against several officers from the then Deputy Superintendent of Police in Kottarakkara to the Sub-Inspector in Ezhukon. He has petitioned the Police Complaints Authority and the director general of police to initiate an investigation against the errant officers and to grant him monetary compensation for the ordeal. He said that the policemen want him to withdraw the complaint. When he refused, they even threatened him, he said. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/09/painter-seeks-justice-after-being-falsely-implicated-in-theft-cases.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/09/painter-seeks-justice-after-being-falsely-implicated-in-theft-cases.html Mon, 10 Dec 2018 03:03:02 GMT Gritty girl in the fray for Kalolsavam contest despite leg fracture Kollam: A student who was seriously injured in an accident while riding pillion on a scooter with her father will be in the fray for the Oppana competition at the Kerala School Arts Festival, which is known popularly as the School Kalolsavam. Saubhagya fractured her leg as the scooter driven by her father was hit by a car near Thevally at Kollam on Tuesday evening. The car sped away after knocking down the duo. It was local residents who took them to hospital. Saubhagya, who was seriously injured, was in the ICU. After the pain subsided, it was Saubhagya who said she wanted to attend the festival. The accident took place when she went out with her father after returning home from Oppana practice at her school. The bone in her leg snapped into two but Saubhagya will leave the hospital on Sunday morning to join the Oppana team in a wheelchair. And, if the doctor allows she will also sing for the manavatti (bride) in the event. Classmates Anjali and Asiya would sing along with her. After the Oppana contest for the higher secondary classes gets over, Saubhagya will return to the hospital; she needs to be operated upon to insert a metal rod into her leg. That surgery has been put off for a few days so that she can take part in the contest. Saubhagya is a student of Thevally Government Higher Secondary School. Oppana is a song and dance performance popular among the Muslims of Malabar. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/08/gritty-girl-in-the-fray-for-kalolsavam-contest-despite-leg-fracture.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/12/08/gritty-girl-in-the-fray-for-kalolsavam-contest-despite-leg-fracture.html Sat, 08 Dec 2018 14:22:11 GMT Why water sports training for Olympics aspirants is now on land Kollam: One may wonder how training for water sports events like canoeing and kayaking can be carried out on land, that too without boats. But that is exactly what young students selected for the Kerala government's 'Operation Olympia' programme have been doing for the last six months. The participants at the training camp are 19 girl students of standard 9 to degree classes selected from various districts of the state. After being selected for the camp, all the students had availed transfer certificates from the institutions where they were studying earlier and joined various schools and colleges in Kollam. The camp had started on June 1 and the Ashtamudi Lake is the venue. However, essential materials like boats, oars and life jackets have not been made available so far. As a result, the students are yet to venture into the waters. Moreover, the ergometer, which facilitates preliminary training on land, is yet to arrive at the camp. (Ergometer is an apparatus for measuring exercises carried out). Worse, even though the boats used for the national meet are lying disused nearby, the students have not been given permission to use them. Food and accommodation have been arranged for the camp members and Baby Chacko appointed as coach. While their counterparts in other places are earning several honours, the students in Kollam are forced to restrict their training to physical exercise on land. Operation Olympia aims to create medal winners from Kerala for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics. But it is an irony that the students who are supposed to win the medals are yet to be supplied even an oar. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/27/why-water-sports-training-olympics-aspirant-now-land.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/27/why-water-sports-training-olympics-aspirant-now-land.html Tue, 27 Nov 2018 04:21:29 GMT Mud football makes a splash in the countryside Pathanapuram: Fervour was at its peak as youngsters waded through ankle-deep mud with great skill and finesse to find the net of the opposite team. The roar of the spectators reached a crescendo as the striker scored a goal; this is the spirit of mud football for you. The most thrilling aspect of this genre of soccer is that sometimes mind and the body won’t work in unison because of the rather slippery conditions of the ‘football turf’. Recently, a mud football tournament, which is not popular in south Kerala, held at Ponnilam near here in Kollam district under the aegis of the panchayat authorities, and the matches attracted people in droves. The watery mud turf is 25m long and 15m wide, and is similar to the field set for ‘kannu pootu’, wherein oxen or buffaloes are used for ploughing. Each team has five to seven members and the match duration is 20 minutes, split into two halves of 10 minutes each. Wayanad District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) lifted the trophy, and Malappuram district the runner-up. Kozhikode district took the third spot. A ‘kannu pootu’, exhibition also organised as a prelude to the match. The event inaugurated by block panchayat president A Sajeesh, and panchayat president Latha Somarajan presided over the function. DTPC district secretary Satheesh Kumar introduced the players to the spectators. H Riyaz Mohammed, Lini Raju, R Renjith, P A Spencer, K Mani Kumar, Shyamavarnan and Anandan spoke on the occasion. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/25/mud-football-championship-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/25/mud-football-championship-kollam.html Sun, 25 Nov 2018 10:24:03 GMT Woman killed as bus knocks down scooter Kollam: A 21-year-old woman, who had been the sole breadwinner of her family, died in a scooter accident as she was pillion-riding with a police officer who was her late father's friend.The duo's vehicle was knocked down by a private bus on Sunday morning. The deceased Bindumol belongs to Koppottil Padinjattathil, Thekkumbhagam, Chavara. She was working at an event management firm at Mevaram, Kollam. She had sought a lift from police officer Anil Kumar as he was on the way to his workplace in Thiruvananthapuram. The accident occurred as their scooter was coming out of a fuel station at Kavanad. Bindu fell on to the road and suffered a head injury. She died though she was rushed to a private hospital. Kumar, 45, a resident of Ayyankoikkal, sustained minor injuries. Bindumol's father G. Biju had collapsed and died as he was fishing three months ago. The family was surviving on Bindumol's income alone after the death of the father. The block panchayat has decided to provide them with a house. Bindu is survived by her mother Mary and sister Beena. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/19/woman-killed-bus-knocks-down-scooter.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/19/woman-killed-bus-knocks-down-scooter.html Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:41:18 GMT Goons unleash terror over ouster of FB group member Oyoor (Kottarakara): A quarrel that started after the removal of a member from a Facebook group turned from bad to worse as one of the group admins had to face the wrath of a group of gangsters. They created a dreadful scene in his relative's house while brandishing swords and other weapons. Police have arrested 15 people of a ‘quotation’ gang in connection with incident and seized weapons from them. Those arrested were: Rahul, 23, of Odanavattom; Krishnaprasad, 22, of Veliyam; Prajeesh, 20, of Pooyapally; Bahuleyan, 18, of Veliyam; Saran, 22, of Pooyapally; Akhil, 20, of Veliyam; Vineesh, 20, of Veliyam; Vipin, 18, of Veliyam; Rahul, 18, of Veliyam; Sudhi, 21, of Veliyam; Shyam, 20, of Veliyam; Vinayak, 19, of Veliyam; Suni, 18, of Veliyam; Ajin, 18, of Veliyam; and Bineesh, 26. The first accused, Rahul, and his friend Noushad of Thembamvila were the group admins of a Facebook group called 'Pranaya Mazha'. Following a discord between the two, Nishad had removed Rahul from the group. When this was questioned by a mutual friend Prajeesh over the phone, Noushad showered a flurry of abusive words on him. The gang subsequently went to Noushad's house with lethal weapons, including swords and iron rods and metallic bars. As Noushad was not present in the house, the miscreants then barged into the house of his relative and created tense moments there. Read latest in Districts https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/17/goons-unleash-terror-over-ouster-of-fb-group-member.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/17/goons-unleash-terror-over-ouster-of-fb-group-member.html Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:27:10 GMT Kollam woman stabbed to death by daughter's FB lover for opposing affair Kollam: A woman has been stabbed to death in her house by a man who reportedly had an affair with her daughter whom he had met on the Facebook. The accused, Sateesh from Madurai, is in the custody of Kulathupuzha police. The victim has been identified as Marykutty Varghese, wife of expatriate P K Varghese of Paravila Puthenveedu of ESM Colony, Kulathupuzha. The police say Sateesh was keen on marrying Marykutty's daughter Lissa, who works as a nurse in Mumbai. Lissa had told him her family was arranging another marriage for her, and had cut off ties with him for over a month. Sateesh engaged an online taxi from Madurai and arrived in Kulathupuzha hoping that Lissa will be home. However, she wasn't there. He told Marykutty about his interest in marrying Lissa. The police stated Sateesh stabbed Marykutty as a quarrel ensued. Sateesh had entered the house on the pretext of delivering a parcel. Marykutty was alone at home since Varghese is in the Gulf and younger daughter Linsa is in Bengaluru for higher studies. The woman, who suffered a deep stab wound on the right side of her chest, ran out of the house, bleeding profusely and fell down on the road. Local people rushed her to a private hospital and later to a hospital in Anchal, but she succumbed to her injuries. Sateesh, who tried to flee, was caught by local people and handed over to the police. Taxi driver Chithiraselvam from Madurai is also in police custody. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/14/kollam-woman-killed-daughter-lover.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/14/kollam-woman-killed-daughter-lover.html Wed, 14 Nov 2018 05:16:13 GMT 30 injured in bus accident in Kollam Kollam: At least 30 people were injured after a KSRTC bus heading to Thiruvananthapuram rammed another and toppled on Friday evening. The accident happened at Kalayapuram near Kottarakkara around 6.40 pm. The injured have been rushed to the hospital. Preliminary reports said that the bus from Kottayam, while trying to overtake another vehicle, rammed the KSRTC Super Deluxe bus coming from the opposite direction. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/09/people-injured-ksrtc-bus-accident-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/09/people-injured-ksrtc-bus-accident-kollam.html Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:42:00 GMT A Kerala village that's slowly disappearing into the sea Kollam: For the residents of Alappad, a coastal village in Kollam district, sea erosion is a fact of life. Situated on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the TS Canal, the village is disappearing fast as every year the sea swallows another chunk of land. For Alappad, which had borne the brunt of the massive 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and last year’s cyclonic storm Ockhi, the future is far from certain and the speed at which the village is disappearing is catching its residents by surprise. As per the lithographic maps prepared in 1955, Alappad had covered an area of 89.5 square kilometres, but the total area has shrunk to just 8.9 square kilometres now. Over the past 63 years, 80 sq km of land has been eaten up by ever-rising tides and is now out at sea under several feet of water! The phenomenon continues, despite coastal defences that include concrete seawalls and timber groynes – long structures sticking into the sea to prevent the beach being washed away by tidal waves. The threat looms large Some decades ago, there were many houses, places of worship, leisure spots and playgrounds even beyond the shoreline to the west where a sea wall exists now. The erosion has wiped out most of them. The local authorities had built high stone walls to keep the waves at bay, but they were damaged in many parts by the relentless impact of the waves. The distance between the sea and the TS Canal is shrinking dramatically, and in certain areas the two lie at a distance of less than 50 meters. Alappad was battered by the tsunami on December 26, 2004, causing death of people and destruction of property. The village accounted for the maximum number of casualties and displacements in the state. Currently, there are around 7,500 families in Alappad. Of the 2,000 families who had been relocated after the tsunami, a majority returned to the island when the water receded. Concerns over sand mining One of the major mining sites of the Department of Atomic Energy's (DAE) public sector endeavour, Indian Rare Earth Limited (IREL), which is engaged in the mining and processing of mineral sands, is situated at Vellanathuruth in Alappad panchayat. About three-fourths of the total area in Vellanathuruthu have been devoured by the sea. Likewise, rapid erosion and rising sea levels are increasingly threatening the existence of Ponmana, coming under the Ponmana grama panchayat, where a mining site is developed and maintained by the Kerala Minerals & Metals Ltd (KMML). The activists of the ‘Save Allappad’ forum allege that the reason for the attrition of the land is the mindless surface mining, or sea washing as they call it, by the IREL. However, the panchayat authorities, including the president, are not ready to buy that theory. They argue that sea erosion is rampant in Shankumugham in Thiruvananthapuram district and many coastal areas in Kasaragod where no such mining activities are undertaken. Scientific study urged At the current rate of erosion, Alappad will be off the map within a few years, be it due to natural phenomena or man-made activities. The residents want the authorities to conduct a scientific study at the earliest to ascertain the cause for the onslaught of the sea because this can be seen as the beginning of a trend which is expected to grow exponentially. “Rising sea levels are swallowing up land along the Alappad coastline at an astonishing rate and the main reason for it is the unmindful mining by the IREL,” alleged K C Sreekumar, of the Save Alappad Movement. “In the past, there were several houses up to the west of the existing sea wall. Some of the temples have been rebuilt at least six times further away from the advancing shoreline. Several hectares of paddy fields have also been disappeared over the years. The main driver of this crisis is simultaneous dredging from both the seashore and the ocean,” he pointed out. “The authorities claim that after separating out black sand containing titanomagnetite from normal sand, the latter is used to fill mined voids. If that is the case, where is the mine waste separated during processing since 1968? Truckloads of normal sand are being sent to unknown destinations in Ernakulum district on a daily basis. The IREL’s role is now limited to middleman activities,” Sreekumar alleged. Echoing his concerns, Shajith Chandran, another activist attached to the Save Alappad Movement, said: “Our culture and identity have been eroded. We fear that our island will disappear soon if mining activities continue unabated. As the years pass, the village has seen the sea claim more and more land and we are quite literally living on the edge here. The community members who were relocated remain scattered now, resulting in loss of geographical and cultural identity.” Alappad grama panchayat president P Saleena, however, stresses the need for a realistic approach by conducting a comprehensive and scientific study to ascertain the causes of coastal erosion. “The grama panchayat stands firmly against the indiscriminate surface mining known as sea washing. The erosion can be controlled by installing pulimuttu (groynes) along the coast. Groynes between the stretch of Azheekal and Kuzhithura have helped avoid seawater incursion to a large extent. Such measures should be initiated in the southern part of the coast as well. The seawall between Alappad and Vellanathuruthu was constructed twenty-two years ago. The authorities claim the work on strengthening the seawall is delayed due to non-availability of boulders. Fortification of seawalls will help in preventing further erosion of the coast and stop seawater incursion into the hamlet. The allegation that mining is the lone cause for the existing situation is not entirely true. Mining operations need to be carried out without causing environmental degradation,” said the panchayat president. A Valsan, district president of the Dheevara Sabha, however, begs to differ. “Sea washing is the triggering factor for the erosion. The breadth of the panchayat, which previously was around 2.5-3.0 sq kms, is only 20 metres at places like Kakkathuruthu. Efforts should be initiated to reclaim the lost land along the lines of the schemes implemented in Willingdon Island to prevent Alappad’s remaining land from falling prey to the advancing sea, he demanded. If the authorities concerned fail to act swiftly, it will not be long before Alappad is wiped off the map. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/07/kerala-village-alappad-sea-erosion.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/07/kerala-village-alappad-sea-erosion.html Thu, 08 Nov 2018 01:45:50 GMT Former athlete seeks help to fight cancer, support family Kadakkal, Kollam: Life has been a constant struggle for Soumya Mohan, a former marathon champion in state-level school meets. Soumya, 29, lives in a cramped and crumbling house with husband Manikandan Pillai, their two children, and her grandparents, at Parakadavu, near Vayala. After being diagnosed with cancer two years ago, she has been undergoing treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. Manikandan is a daily-wager while Soumya works as a physical education teacher at a private un-aided school in the locality, but their earnings are insufficient to meet even medical expenses. Soumya had been shouldering the entire burden of the family ever since her father Mohanan Pillai died after a fall from a tree. Her grandfather Gopinathan Pillai is bed-ridden following a near-fatal accident a couple of years ago. Their house, which is located in the Vayala ward of Ittiva grama panchayat, is in a dilapidated condition with leaky roofs and ruined walls. The mud-brick structure is devoid of basic amenities. Despite repeated pleas from Soumya, the people’s representatives in the area have so far failed to initiate any action to help the family. For unknown reasons, they have not been accommodated under the Life Mission housing scheme of the state government. Kottarakara tahsildar, however, promised Soumya that her request for ration card and welfare pension would be considered favourably. The family hopes that kind-hearted people would come forward to support them to raise funds for Soumya’s treatment and help them wade through this crisis. A bank account has been opened for the specific purpose of accepting contributions. Those willing to help Soumya, please note: Account Number: 8256511050, Indian Bank, Ittiva Branch. IFSC Code: IDIB000I003. Contact number: 75588 44728. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/06/athlete-soumya-mohan-kollam-seeks-help-cancer-support-family.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/11/06/athlete-soumya-mohan-kollam-seeks-help-cancer-support-family.html Tue, 06 Nov 2018 06:32:59 GMT Fraudsters cook up a solar story and townsfolk eat out of their hands Chathannur: Several people near Chathannur have said that they had been duped by two strangers who convinced them to buy a wonder cooker. The duo had apparently sold an instrument that looked like an induction cooker to unsuspecting people at Parippalli, Pulikkuzhi and Puthiyapalam who thought they were investing in a solar cooker that lasted for 30 hours. The complainants had shelled out Rs 10,000 for the cooker even though the salesmen could not offer them a demonstration. They just bought the claim that the cooker could provide heat for 30 hours once it was charged under the sun for an hour. The fraudulent salesmen were well-dressed and they went about in a car, their victims said. They did not even leave behind a phone number. They mainly targeted well-to-do families. They pitched that the cookers were easy to use as the sensors prevented boiling over or pans getting burned. They said the price was lower at Rs 10,000 because of a subsidy of Rs 7,500. They collected the money and fled after promising to return the next day with documents of subsidy. They said that they could not demonstrate the cooker because it was not sunny enough. Some of the people who lost money have registered a complaint with the police. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/31/fraudsters-cook-up-solar-story-townsfolk-eat-out-of-hands.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/31/fraudsters-cook-up-solar-story-townsfolk-eat-out-of-hands.html Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:00:54 GMT How Pallikkalar dies a slow death from mining and waste dumping Kollam: The Pallikalar in south Kerala is slowly being stifled to death as it has become a waste bin of sorts and a fertile place for hyacinths.The river warrants earliest recovery. As a south Kerala river that doesn’t originate from the Western Ghats, Pallikkalar travels a good 42 km southward from an otherwise obscure cliff in Pathanamthitta district to Karunagappily in adjoining Kollam district via coastal Alappuzha district. It’s a journey nurtured by 60-odd tributaries, yet when Pallikkalar waters reach their mouth near Kozhikkottu Kayal backwaters, the river is a mere trickle — dirty and ill. Why? Well, chiefly owing to human interference in the form of dumping of garbage into the river that emerges from the upper reaches of Koduman and Ezhumkulam in Pathanamthitta district. The river basin drains a 220-sq km area before merging into the Vattakayal in Karunagappally (where it takes the shape of a lagoon) and emptying into the Arabian Sea via T S Canal. A trip down The carrier is a country boat owned by the Public Works Department and starting from Chanthakkadavu ferry in Karunagappally. It has wooden planks plastering its base and side to plug cracks. The start of the journey reveals the beauty of the nature around, largely defined by coconut orchards. In olden days (until last century), both sides of the river had rice and sesame cultivated in a large scale. Several fishermen families earned their livelihood from the river, which was also venue for spinning of coconut husk into coir. Bygone scenes Those sights have vanished. The fields have turned into slush lands, courtesy sand mining. Fishing has come down, but coir industry is nonexistent. A cocktail smell redolent of the pungent insecticide DDT and rotten materials hangs in the air heavily. The cabomba aquatica plants have their shoots spread above the water level, readying to subdue when brackish water would invade the waters in December, only to soon revive a month later. It too has a DDT-like stench that, according to villagers, gives the local fish the same unpleasant smell. Plus, there are the all-pervading water hyacinths. Added greenery comes in the form of mangroves that nature-lovers had planted in recent years. Those shrubs have grown as a guarding wall, but that is clearly insufficient to save the river from its pollutants. Land invasion The way people eat into the river’s profile is clear: the width of the Pallikkalar has come down to below 50 metres from what used to be 64 metres in the last century. Worse, the civic corporation itself had, eight years ago, come up with a ‘grand’ plan to construct a stadium by levelling a certain margin of the river. The move triggered public protest, following which a court passed order against the construction (even as private parties continue to break the law). The Pallikkalar has three bridges, Kannetti, Chambakkadavu and Kallukadavu, which span the garbage heaped below. Both plastic waste and leftovers from the local slaughterhouses are dumped here. Clearly there is a collusion between the abattoirs and civic authorities: no fence exists anywhere to prevent such dumping, chiefly of the chicken waste. Ferry service A centuries-old ferry service from Chanthakkadavu to Kollakakkadavu in Panmana panchayat used to ferry merchandise to the Kollam market even till a few decades ago. Today, the PWD runs it only at daytime: 6 am to 6 pm. The residents of Kollaka village use it even today , largely to transport their chief crop cashewnut for sales. Tourism potential The Pallikkalar has good potential for tourism promotion as stretches of it have regular boat services and a boat race on a 1,200-metre water track is also held on it annually. The civic authorities had earlier thought of developing a tourism package involving Pallikkalar and Vattakkayal. A tourist rest house could be built at Chanthakkadavu, which is the starting point for Kannetti Sreenarayana boat race, and an amusement park can come up by the riverside. There was a move to launch speedboats earlier. For routine water transport, the DTPC runs boats on three routes: Kollam-Kannetti, Kannetti-Vallikavu, Kannetti-Kallukadavu. After dredging, Vattakkayal too could be made suitable for boat rides. Files on an Onattukara Tourism Project comprising these ideas are gathering dust. Local plea A Pallikkalar Restoration Council calls for strict action against those polluting the river. Its president B Dineshlal wants authorities to penalise and stop those throwing human and hotel waste into Pallikkalar. Council secretary Munju Kuttan said youngsters should take up the cleaning of the river as a challenge. Local resident K G Sivaprasad, a schoolteacher who has won a national award, said the emphasis should be on eliminating the water hyacinth forever from the river. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/27/how-pallikkalar-dies-slow-death-waste-mining-dumping.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/27/how-pallikkalar-dies-slow-death-waste-mining-dumping.html Sat, 27 Oct 2018 05:54:21 GMT Innovation gone wrong: Wannabe paraglider crashes into tree Sooranad (Kollam): A man who tried to fly with a makeshift paraglider kept villagers on tenterhook after the apparatus got caught in a tall tree. He was helped by the onlookers out of the tree and sent home. The innovator, identified as a youngster from Kumaramchira, reached the Malanada temple by evening and proceeded to a nearby hillock with the glider he had put together. His safety gear was just a helmet. He managed to get a lift after he jumped off the hillock. He seemed to be in a smooth flight until strong winds carried him to the tree. He lay tangled in the tree for about an hour before being rescued. Later he rode back on his motorcycle. The experiment could have taken a tragic turn in an area where a high-tension power line went through. Local panchayat member R Radha said that the adventurer had tried similar air stunts in the locality earlier but they persuaded him to go back. Paragliders in India require an authorisation from the Directorate of Civil Aviation. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/25/innovation-gone-wrong-wannabe-paraglider-crashes-into-tree.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/25/innovation-gone-wrong-wannabe-paraglider-crashes-into-tree.html Thu, 25 Oct 2018 07:23:14 GMT Special children to show off artistic talents at state meet Kollam: The state special school festival will take place here over three days starting October 26. Around 1,800 differently abled students from schools across Kerala will participate in the events. The festival will offer a stage to special children to display their innate talents. Those with disabilities related to vision, hearing and the mind could be seen performing traditional dance forms like Thiruvathira and Mohiniyattam. Some hearing impaired will participate in song competitions. Competitions had been held at the district level to select the participants for the state event. The children are directly representing their schools at the state meet. The main venue of the festival is the Carmalarani Training College and there are seven other venues too. Extravagance will be avoided during the festival in view of the recent flood. However, arrangements are in place for providing food and accommodation to the participants. Kollam is hosting the festival for the first time. Venues: 1. Carmalarani Training College 2. St Alosyius HSS Auditorium 3. St Alosyius HSS Hall 4. St Alosyius HSS classrooms 5. Pastoral Seminar Hall 6. St Antony's UPS, Wadi 7. St Antony's Church Hall 8. Infant Jesus HSS Ground, Thangassery. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/24/special-children-to-show-off-artistic-talents-at-state-meet.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/24/special-children-to-show-off-artistic-talents-at-state-meet.html Thu, 25 Oct 2018 01:51:31 GMT Destitute home shuts door on Good Samaritans Kollam: Three daily-wage labourers who took pity on a destitute they found on the street were trumped by official apathy. Ganeshan, Babu and Sreejith could not look away when they found a man in his fifties lying in the rubbish in front of a shop near the Kollam district hospital. The man seemed to be from outside Kerala and no one was willing to help him. The three men picked up the destitute, gave him a bath and fed him before taking him to a destitute home. The Good Samaritans were in for a shock when the authorities in the home refused to take the destitute in. The managers said that they were too full to take in another inmate. The three men went from pillar to post to find a place for the ailing man. Finally, they were advised by the social welfare department officers to admit the person in the district hospital. The number of destitute persons is on the rise in Kollam and surroundings, Ganeshan said. Most of them are from outside Kerala and many of them are mentally ill, raising suspicion that they had been abandoned by their families. There are homes for women but men who have been abandoned by their families have no place to go, Ganeshan said. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/17/destitute-home-shuts-door-on-good-samaritans.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/17/destitute-home-shuts-door-on-good-samaritans.html Thu, 18 Oct 2018 02:30:04 GMT Woman takes rice farming to greater heights, literally! Kadakkal: Agriculture pundits have long rooted for terrace farming as an effective means to stem soil erosion. But for Sugandhadevi, 'terrace farming' was virtually a novel technique to counter the exorbitant labour cost for cultivating rice on her plot. When you approach her house at Mathira in Kollam district you find lush green paddy carpet spread all over her rooftop. Farming was so deep-rooted in her mind, that the homemaker was not ready to give up though workers demanded high wages to cultivate paddy in her house compound. That is when roof-top (terrace) farming cropped up in her mind. With active support from her husband and children, she sowed rice seeds in 250 growbags neatly arrayed on benches on the terrace of her house at Mathira, near here. Sugandha procured grow bags at a cheap rate through an agricultural officer in her locality, stuffed them with manure rich soil and sowed Uma seeds. The soil was fed with liquid manure and watered through drip irrigation. A bountiful harvest was the end product. The die-hard farmer was adjudged the best woman farmer of the panchayat and received Kitchen Garden Award instituted by the K P Karunakaran Foundation. She is also a member of the farmers' collective under the Chithara village committee. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/17/terrace-paddu-farming-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/17/terrace-paddu-farming-kollam.html Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:40:57 GMT Special child makes documentary on own life Kollam: Nine-year-old Nayan has great difficulty in holding a pen but that didn’t deter him from writing two books in English, and holds the record of being the youngest philosopher. This hearing-impaired special child, a resident of from SN Puram in Kollam district, now speaks to the world through the documentary 'Rise Autism', inspired by his own life. He has donned the roles of a scriptwriter and director for the docu film. Parliamentarian Suresh Gopi launched the documentary at Kollam Rotary Club at 4 pm on Tuesday. Eminent personalities such as Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Thiruvananthapuram District Collector Dr K Vasuki and writer George Onakoor feature in the documentary. Nayan communicates with his parents, C K Shyam and S Priyanka, with the help of a laptop. His mother was particular that Nayan should be familiar with the computer keyboard. He learnt English all by himself and shortly came up with a poem. Kerala Sahitya Akademi honoured Nayan for publishing his first book 'Journey of My Soul' at the age of seven. The book was launched by Kerala Education Minister C Raveendranath. A year later, he came up with his second work 'To Fine Universe' which was released by Governor P Sathasivam. The special student of Sai Gramam in Thiruvananthapuram has also penned the story and screenplay for the short film 'Silent in Mobile'. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/17/special-child-makes-documentary-own-life.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/17/special-child-makes-documentary-own-life.html Wed, 17 Oct 2018 06:22:41 GMT 'Reality test' to assess drivers is now on the roads Chathannoor: In a bid to put in place safe motoring practices on the highways, the police have initiated a road reality test dubbed ‘U Turn’. As part of this initiative, cops are secretly gauging the skills of drivers. Interestingly, only four cleared the test out of 100 drivers who were under the lens here in Kollam district. The project is piloted by SP Jawahar Janardhan with the cooperation of the Motor Vehicles Department and Life Skills, an NGO. It is being implemented to coincide with the World Mental Health Day (Oct 10) and the International Trauma Care Day (Oct 17). The drivers’ physical and mental capabilities along with their level of alertness is being assessed at five centres with the help of psychologists. Moreover, the drivers’ approach towards pedestrians waiting on zebra crossing, whether they are following the traffic signals, and fastening the seat belts while driving will also be monitored. Tendency for overspeeding, overtaking, and talking on phone while driving are also being gauged as part of the road reality test. As part of the test, the officials concerned may follow the vehicle or travel with the driver. A questionnaire would be given to the drivers at the refreshment point at Parippally. Drivers found following the road rules would be given an appreciation certificate, and those who didn’t make the cut would be given a notice, said the SP. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/16/reality-assess-drivers-road.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/16/reality-assess-drivers-road.html Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:45:21 GMT 'Reality test' to assess drivers is now on the roads Chathannoor: In a bid to put in place safe motoring practices on the highways, the police have initiated a road reality test dubbed ‘U Turn’. As part of this initiative, cops are secretly gauging the skills of drivers. Interestingly, only four cleared the test out of 100 drivers who were under the lens here in Kollam district. The project is piloted by SP Jawahar Janardhan with the cooperation of the Motor Vehicles Department and Life Skills, an NGO. It is being implemented to coincide with the World Mental Health Day (Oct 10) and the International Trauma Care Day (Oct 17). The drivers’ physical and mental capabilities along with their level of alertness is being assessed at five centres with the help of psychologists. Moreover, the drivers’ approach towards pedestrians waiting on zebra crossing, whether they are following the traffic signals, and fastening the seat belts while driving will also be monitored. Tendency for overspeeding, overtaking, and talking on phone while driving are also being gauged as part of the road reality test. As part of the test, the officials concerned may follow the vehicle or travel with the driver. A questionnaire would be given to the drivers at the refreshment point at Parippally. Drivers found following the road rules would be given an appreciation certificate, and those who didn’t make the cut would be given a notice, said the SP. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/16/reality-test-to-assess-drivers-is-now-on-the-roads.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/16/reality-test-to-assess-drivers-is-now-on-the-roads.html Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:11:56 GMT Youths turn ‘Ambassadors’ for Kerala’s flood relief measures Kollam: A trip from Kerala to Kashmir and back in a 1989 model Ambassador car. Three youths from Kerala who completed the trip were not only engaged in a cross-country ride but also acted as ambassadors of the state campaigning for aid to overcome the flood havoc here. The trip proved a success as an amount of around Rs 8 lakh was digitally transferred to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) as a result of the their efforts. Close pals Muhammed Shafi and Ijaz Abdul Nissar, who completed their MBBS course from Azeezia Medical College, Kollam, and Niyas Khan, a civil engineer, took the Mangaluru, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab route to Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir in the Ambassador car. They started from the Martyr’s Column in Thiruvananthapuram on the evening of September 6 and reached Ladakh on September 17. All along the way, the youths distributed notices on the flood tragedy witnessed by Kerala in August. They interacted with the students of various medical colleges across the country and foreign as well as domestic travellers at tourist spots. All the people the youths met expressed support to the flood relief measures and many contributed to the CMDRF. Before the trip, the youths had decided that they would not accept cash contributions for disaster relief. Instead, donors were asked to transfer money digitally to CMDRF through channels like Paytm and other payment apps. The youths finally arrived back in Kerala on October 2. They also received appreciation from the state’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac for their efforts. The Ambassador car belonged to Muhammed Shafi’s grandfather. Shafi resides at Kunnuvila House, Pappala, Kilimanoor in Thriruvananthapuram district. Suitable modifications were made to the car for the long trip. Some accessories and parts were removed to reduce the vehicle’s weight. Speed was reduced while negotiating the steep inclines to avoid heating of the engine. Though a long distance was covered by the old car during the entire trip, it never gave any trouble to the travellers. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/13/youths-amabassador-drive-kerala-flood-relief.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/13/youths-amabassador-drive-kerala-flood-relief.html Sun, 14 Oct 2018 05:03:20 GMT Dial ERT in emergency, know how it came about Kollam: Organised emergency medical care, especially for accident victims, is almost non-existent in the country, though a few initiatives have been made in a few states. In Kollam, an individual has made a beginning in this regard by organising volunteers and arranging ambulances. Ajeesh Surendran, a Kottarakara native, launched the ERT or Emergency Response Team after a tragedy involving his friend. The latter lost his life unattended in an accident in 2013. Recalling the tragedy, Ajeesh said his friend was knocked down by a vehicle and was bleeding on the road for several minutes, without anyone offering help. By the time other friends and I knew about it and managed to take him to a hospital, he was lost, he said. “I felt no one should have such a fate again. That is what prompted me to register ERT,” Ajeesh reasoned. The ERT vans -- Gypsy models -- carrying volunteers were a familiar sight during the recent flood. They are also seen at accident spots here. Private citizens as well as government departments can summon the ERT anytime, which has a 28-strong volunteer force. They are also called to train school and college students. “The first major test was the Chennai floods of 2015,” Ajeesh recalled. “That exposed us to a calamity area.” Currently, Ajeesh and the ERT are ready in Kollam after the district fire and rescue officer called him as a cyclone is feared on Kerala coast. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/08/emergency-response-team-volunteers-services.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/08/emergency-response-team-volunteers-services.html Mon, 08 Oct 2018 05:38:42 GMT Touching gesture by student moves gritty firemen Kollam: The Fire and Rescue Services personnel at Kundara station who took part in the rescue mission during the recent floods in Kerala had a pleasant surprise recently. A schoolgirl arrived at the station with a cake and sweets to honour them for their brave efforts during the tragedy. So moved were the plucky personnel that some among could not even hold back their tears. Padappakkara-native Sherin Dony thought of thanking the services of the brigade. Like other kids, Sherin too learnt about the rescue works carried out by the Fire and Rescue personnel from television. She noticed that they were risking their own lives to save other people. Sherin spoke about this to her mother Lalita Dony and father Dony Francis, who works for Kuwait Oil in Dubai. Her father encouraged Sherin to meet the fire and rescue men and congratulate them personally. Sherin soon reached the fire station with the cake and sweets along with her mother. The cake displayed the words, ‘Hats off to Kerala Fire Force for saving people from Kerala flood.’ Sherin and mother were welcomed at the fire station by officials under station officer Gireesh. The girl is an eighth standard student at St Margaret School at Kanjirakode, Kundara. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/05/touching-gesture-by-student-moves-gritty-firemen.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/05/touching-gesture-by-student-moves-gritty-firemen.html Fri, 05 Oct 2018 05:34:18 GMT Man's nose severed in mistaken attack with surgical knife Ochira: A 28-year-old man's nose was severed with a surgical knife by an assailant who mistook him for a gangster. The nose was later sutured in the Government Medical College in Alappuzha. The attack was a fallout of skirmishes that started with a local festival last month, the police said. Vishnu, a resident of Thodiyoor, has identified his attacker as Sanish, a 26-year-old DYFI activist from Thazhava. He is reportedly absconding. Vishnu was riding his motorcycle with a cousin on Sunday night when he was ambushed near the local library at Kuthirappanthi. The assailant hacked Vishnu with a swordstick on the head and slashed his nose with the surgical knife. Sanish had apparently mistaken Vishnu and his companion for two gangsters who were earlier spotted in the area asking for him. The strangers were bearded like Sanish and his cousin and they rode the same model of motorcycle. Sanish's brother Achu, a soldier, was involved in a fight with a few gangsters during the festival on September 21. Achu returned to his camp but the gangsters were apparently looking for Sanish, the police said. A citizens' collective, 'Voices of Onattukara', has called for a day-long meet to protest the increasing gang-related violence in the area. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/03/mistaken-gangster-man-nose-severed-surgical-knife.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/10/03/mistaken-gangster-man-nose-severed-surgical-knife.html Wed, 03 Oct 2018 10:35:13 GMT Drunk man throws a tantrum in police station Kadakkal (Kollam): A man who liked to flaunt his connections with the local police has been arrested for calling cops names and stripping in the police station. Anil Kumar, 36, was apparently drunk when he turned on his benefactors. Anil Kumar was always on the beck and call of the policemen at the station. He would run errands and buy food for the cops. He has a track record of manhandling people on the streets but he was always covered by the cops. This week, however, he stretched himself a bit too far when he waylaid a civil police officer on his way back home from work. He then went to the police station and threw a tantrum, the police said. He even showered expletives on the sub inspector, warning the officers that he was in good terms with their superiors. He has been remanded. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/28/drunk-man-throws-a-tantrum-in-police-station.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/28/drunk-man-throws-a-tantrum-in-police-station.html Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:09:43 GMT Where have all these senior citizens gone? Kottarakkara: In a strange affair, several elderly people have been reported missing from the Kollam police rural district since 2009. Among them is Thankachan of Jiji Cottage, Blakonam, Panaveli, who is untraceable for the last eight years. When he went missing, Thankachan was aged 66. His relatives had searched several spots, including religious places in other states and towns where Keralites live in large numbers. A complaint was registered with the police, who also carried out their own investigation. But, everything was in vain. According to official figures, 16 persons above the age of 50 years are missing from the rural district since 2009. The list includes names like Mohanan, Gopi, Narayana Pillai, Mosa, Lal and others. According to the police, the cases registered over their disappearance are still being probed. The police promptly trace couples who elope within days of receiving complaints and produce them before the court. Statistics say that at least one case is registered in this regard every day. However, elderly people are never located. Narayana Pillai, a native of Kunnathur, had told relatives that he was travelling to Achenkovil before disappearing. Pillai is yet to be traced even after nine months. His mobile phone was found to have been switched off at Thenmala. Relatives are still searching for him at all major towns in South India. Others who went missing before 2009 include Yohannan Kutty, Podiyan, Bhaskaran and Anandan belonging to Ummannur. It is learnt that most of the senior citizens left home over minor issues. Their relatives and local people believe all of them are still living in some corner. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/23/elderly-people-missing-kollam.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/23/elderly-people-missing-kollam.html Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:58:15 GMT Rat fever claims youth who cleaned flood-hit Ranni Anchalummoodu: In a sad turn of events, a youth who took part in the cleaning drive carried out in flood-affected areas has succumbed to rat fever. The deceased was Vinu, 28, son of Vaikkath Ravi Pillai, residing at Murunthal, Thrikkadavur. He was the joint secretary of DYFI’s Murunthal unit and employed as a construction worker. Vinu had joined the cleaning drive carried out at Ranni in Pathanamthitta along with other workers of his construction company on August 24. He had an injury on his foot at that time. After returning home, Vinu developed fever and was admitted to a Medical College Hospital in Kollam. Lab tests confirmed rat fever and he was under treatment for the disease there. Relatives had pledged the family’s only house and property for finding the money for his treatment. Many local people too had helped. With Vinu’s death, the family has lost its only breadwinner. The body of Vinu, who died a couple of days ago, was cremated. He is survived by mother Bhanumathy Amma and sister Ramya. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/23/rat-fever-claims-youth-who-cleaned-flood-hit-ranni.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/23/rat-fever-claims-youth-who-cleaned-flood-hit-ranni.html Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:57:54 GMT No chance for bunking as school unveils punching machine Mayyanad: Electronic attendance punching machine is set to replace the good old attendance book in Kerala schools. A beginning in this direction has been made at the Vellamanal Government Higher Secondary School at Mayyanad. It is reportedly the first school to use a punching machine to record attendance. Punching information is at once transmitted to the school's computer as well as on the mobile phones of guardians. Students have to record attendance by registering their finger print on the punching machine as they enter the class. It has to be done when they exit too. The classes begin at 9 am, but late-coming students are allowed to punch up to 9.30. Attendance will not be marked after that. The out-punching is set at 3.30 pm. It will show whether the student has attended classes in the afternoon too. The school has installed punching machines in six class rooms in the higher secondary section, spending Rs 54,000. Sixteen surveillance cameras are also planned, inside and outside. The total cost is estimated at Rs 1.20 lakh. The punching was a PTA initiative. Former students donated Rs 20,000. The school plans to extend it to the high school also. M Naushad, MLA, inaugurated the new system. Mayyanad Panchayat president L Lakshmanan presided over the function. Panchayat members S Fathahuddin and R Sarita, PTA president E Naushad, principal K E Lalukumar and head mistress K L Jaya addressed the gathering. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/19/no-chance-for-bunking-as-school-unveils-punching-machine.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/19/no-chance-for-bunking-as-school-unveils-punching-machine.html Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:44:50 GMT Family under a cloud as girl dies, doctors order autopsy Pathanapuram: The body of a 11-year-old girl was subjected to a post-mortem after doctors expressed doubts about the cause of death. Arathy Jayakumar from Mannayikonam, near Vazhappara, died on Sunday night at the taluk hospital at Punalur after being unwell for a fortnight. Though the girl was taken to a private hospital at Pathanapuram and later to the taluk hospital at Punalur with high fever, the doctors alleged that the patient's family had not conducted the tests they had prescribed. The family is alleged to have fell back on pujas and other rituals to heal the girl. They took the girl to the taluk hospital on Saturday after her condition aggravated but refused to admit her in the hospital. The girl was hospitalised the next day in a very serious condition. She died around midnight. The doctors insisted on a post-mortem at the Government Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram to bring clarity on the cause of death. According to preliminary assessments, the girl died because of low blood count. The Pathanapuram police have registered a case of unnatural death and recorded the statements of the parents and other relatives. The probe was on, said sub-inspector Pushpakumar. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/19/family-conducts-pujas-girl-unwell-dies.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/19/family-conducts-pujas-girl-unwell-dies.html Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:00:37 GMT Excess flood aid credited to several accounts Kollam: Amid reports of delays in receiving government solatium, several flood victims here have received excess amount as immediate assistance from the government. Now, revenue authorities are running helter-skelter to recover the extra amount. In Kollam district's Padinjare Kallada and Mundrothuruthu panchayats, 41 people got Rs 13,800 instead of the stipulated Rs 10,000. The accounts of flood victims were credited with Rs 3,800 on September 8 and Rs 6,200 on September 13. However, some accounts were credited with Rs 3,800 twice due to officials' fault. Now, revenue officials are shuttling from one house to another asking beneficiaries too return the excess amount at the taluk office. Seventeen people got Rs 3,800 extra in Padinjare Kallada and 41 in Mundrothuruthu. Most of them have returned the amount. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/17/excess-flood-aid-credited-to-several-accounts.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/17/excess-flood-aid-credited-to-several-accounts.html Tue, 18 Sep 2018 01:38:21 GMT Hills collapse after large-scale soil extraction Kollam: Earth has caved in at several areas from where soil was removed for work related to various government projects. The remaining part of the hills collapsed during the recent heavy rain. Aggravating the situation, a mafia which is flattening the hills in the guise of clearing the collapsed earth. Soil worth lakhs of rupees was taken from various parts of the district recently for the Kollam Bypass work. The Bypass project had even been stalled for some time owing to shortage of soil. Soil was mostly sourced from the Kottarakkara region. The quantity that was extracted was much more than the actual need. This was pointed out by the Revenue Department itself. The extracted soil was in fact taken to Karunagappally, Chavara and Sasthamcottah, via Puthoor, which are not linked to the Bypass work sites. After the violation was detected by the Revenue officials, they had imposed a fine on the contractor. Now, land has collapsed at Kochalummoodu, Eeyamkunnu and near Kottarakkara KIP Office. A large amount of soil was excavated from these places. At Pulamon, soil caved in behind two hotels at night. As the spot was deserted, no casualties occurred. It is learnt that necessary sanctions were obtained from the district geology department for removing the earth citing the need to clear the collapsed soil. Allegations are also being raised that some politicians are backing the move to flatten entire hills. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/08/hills-collapse-spots-earth-removed.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/08/hills-collapse-spots-earth-removed.html Sun, 09 Sep 2018 08:16:37 GMT Abducted Kollam youth murdered, buried in Tamil Nadu quarry Kollam: Two of a gang of goons have been arrested on charges of the abduction and murder of a former aide. The body of Renjith Johnson (Renju, 40) was recovered from a village in Tamil Nadu three weeks after he was kidnapped amid floods on August 15. Kilikollur police arrested Unni (Kaithapuzha Unni, 39) from Poothakulam in Paravoor, and his accomplice Vinesh, both members of a gang of thugs led by main accused Manoj (Pampu Manoj, 40) who has gone into hiding along with three others. Renjith had been living with the wife of his former friend Manoj for the past nine years, after she left her husband owing to his abuse. Renjith made a living selling doves and rabbits at his house 'Promised Land' near Iyer Junction in Peroor, Kottankara. The police said four members of Manoj's gang arrived at Renjith's house at around 3.30 pm on Independence Day on the pretext of buying doves and managed to kidnap him in their vehicle. According to the police, Manoj joined them later. Renjith was thrashed and kicked to death at a deserted place near Polachira wetland, Chathannur. The body was then kept in the back-seat and driven 160 km, via Thiruvananthapuram and Nagercoil, to Samundapuram Ponnakudy, some 15 km from Tirunelveli. It was buried early next day in a place where quarry waste is dumped. The body had decayed as the police traced it after three weeks. However, a tattoo on Renjith's hand helped his relatives to identify him. After Renjith disappeared, his mother Treesa Johnson had lodged a complaint with the police, but there was not much of a progress in investigation. Later the family approached City Police Commissioner Dr Arul R B Krishna, who expedited action. The arrest of Unni helped unravel the murder. Friend turns foe Manoj, accused in several cases, had been a close friend of Renjith, but had attacked him earlier after his wife started living with the victim. The police claims the murder was executed by Manoj to avenge his betrayal. As Renjith's parents had opposed his relationship, the couple mostly used to live in a rented house away from his family. However, she used to be at her workplace most of the time and he was operating his business from the ancestral home. Renjith often intervened when Manoj used to assault his wife. Renjith offered to accept her when she decided to kill herself unable to withstand her husband's regular thrashing. As she left with Renjith, Manoj turned his enemy. Renjith was keeping away from Manoj after realising that the friend sought revenge. Unni claimed the murder was a meticulously-planned plot. His initial statements had confused the police much. He had stated at first that Renjith was dumped into the Ithikkara river. He admitted in further grilling that the murder was carried out at Polachira. Floods used for cover Renjith was killed near a 7-km-long bund road around a wetland. Hardly anyone accessed the flooded road those days and even a scream would have gone unanswered that day as the whole location was deserted. The police team had to walk a kilometre to reach Ponnakudy, where the body was dumped. The 250-acre dump-yard is accessed only by vehicles that bring quarry waste. The body was dumped in a pit and covered with granite and mud. One of the murder accused is a truck driver belonging to Tamil Nadu. Manoj is accused in several cases of assaulting excise officials. The police said his gang is active in ganja trade in Kollam district. Assault cases have been registered against him at Iravipuram, Kottiyam and Paravur stations. The Iravipuram native had most of his friends at Mayyanad Kaithapuzha area. These are also areas he had chosen to hide from the law. Unni is also from Mayyanad Kaithapuzha. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/08/kollam-renju-murder-case.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/08/kollam-renju-murder-case.html Sat, 08 Sep 2018 07:16:39 GMT Veteran athlete, 79, adds to his rich medal kitty Thiruvananthapuram: A gold for the 14th straight year at the age of 79 wasn't that hard for Lekshmanan. Determined to keep his record, Lekshmanan boosted his huge stock of medals at the State Veterans' Meet held at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on August 13 and 14. The former chemical examiner at ISRO in Aluva has in his medal collection 14 gold, 26 silver and two bronze. They were bagged as he excelled in races over 14 years. Lekshmanan, a resident of Charuvila in Thiruvananthapuram district, has been participating in veterans' meets since 2005. He had been chosen for national meets too, but has kept away for the past four years, which he claimed was because of financial constraints. A yoga practitioner, Lekshmanan is also regular at mythology readings. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/05/veteran-athlete-79-adds-to-his-rich-medal-kitty.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/09/05/veteran-athlete-79-adds-to-his-rich-medal-kitty.html Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:17:28 GMT 64-year-old survives night of horror in Kallada river Punalur: A senior citizen was rescued from the swollen Kallada river after 10 hours of ordeal Sunday. He survived by clinging on to the roots of a tree after having fallen into the river accidentally. Joseph, 64, was returning with his family after a trip to Thenkasi and Coutrallam in Tamil Nadu, when he met with the accident. Since his children had to proceed elsewhere, he got down at Punalur and decided to take a dip. He fell into the river at Muhurthikav bathing ghat while he was trying to pick up a call on his phone. Joseph sank completely underwater a couple of times before he could grab a tree root. Caught in the gushing Kallada river in an uninhabited area, his cries for help went in vain but he managed to cling on to the roots of a tree. Joseph sighted houses across the river and cried out for help. That's when local people noticed him. After unsuccessful attempts to rescue him with a rope, they summoned the fire and rescue force. Joseph clung on to the branch until he was finally rescued. A fatigued Joseph was shifted to the Punalur Taluk Hospital. He was shivering with low blood pressure when he was taken to the hospital. He was discharged after administering first aid and left with his family. Joseph also lost his phone and wallet at the ghat. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/08/13/man-survives-night-kallada-river.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/08/13/man-survives-night-kallada-river.html Tue, 14 Aug 2018 01:57:06 GMT How these low-lying areas in Pathanapuram escaped monsoon fury Pathanapuram: Even the upper reaches of Kerala may have been inundated in heavy rain, but some low-lying regions in the state have managed to escape monsoon's wrath. The residents of these belts in Pathanapuram of Kollam district are reaping the benefits of having cleaned up local canals and sewage lines before monsoon wreaked havoc. That is why the deluge has not drowned the panchayats of Vilakudi, Melila and Pattambi, where the canals have become capable of carrying the surplus water. There is no spillage and the water is gushing without obstructions. The roads and open grounds, too, are not water-logged. It’s all a result of community activities the people undertook this summer, cleaning up the area under the aegis of organisations like Kudumbashree with the backing of various government-funded projects The aim was to clear all the waste and shrubs along the canals and brooks in the belt. Also, renovation was carried out on a war footing in local ponds and tanks, which are now in a position to accommodate huge volumes of water. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/08/10/pathanapuram-low-lying-areas-water-management.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/08/10/pathanapuram-low-lying-areas-water-management.html Fri, 10 Aug 2018 06:14:45 GMT Tenants of house damaged in wind denied govt solatium Kollam: Authorities have denied solatium to a family, whose rented house and articles in it were damaged in a natural calamity, citing that no such provision exists for tenants. The revenue inspectors, who collected information on the damaged property, informed the family that they are not eligible for compensation for the loss as they are tenants in the house and only the owner can claim for damages. The officials also informed that electronic items, too, don’t qualify for compensation. The occupants of Mathathil Thekkathil house at Mannamala, near Kilikollur, have now moved into another rented accommodation after a tree fell on their rented house on July 15 amid a gale. The peepal tree crushed the entire roof of their house at Oruma Nagar, 6 km off Kollam city. Sukumari and her mother Anandavalli Amma were stuck under the rubble. Neighbours extricated the mother-daughter pair from the debris. Sukumari’s family lost their household belongings including clothes. Their neighbours soon donated dresses. The tragedy also affected, though not physically, two other members of the family: Sukumari’s son Shyam and daughter Revathi. Revathi is a temporary teacher at the Amrita School at Peroor. Her colleagues too pooled in some resources for the family’s aid. Shyam works in a textile shop, whose owner bore the treatment expenses of the two women. The businessman also let the hapless family to live at his place till they found a new rental. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/08/05/natural-clamity-rental-house-damage-government-compensation.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kollam/2018/08/05/natural-clamity-rental-house-damage-government-compensation.html Mon, 06 Aug 2018 03:27:28 GMT