Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode.rss Read latest news updates from Kozhikode District Kerala in English. Watch Videos and Photos of Exclusive Breaking News. Onmanorama en Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:57:35 GMT https://www.manoramaonline.com/privacy.html Fishing goes New Gen as gears get spruced up with changing times Mavoor: It’s time for new gen fishing in the countryside! The fishing rods and hooks and hand nets and seine nets and baskets are all getting spruced up in tune with the changing times. Shops selling the modernised fishing gadgets are sprouting up along the river banks of villages. Even the bamboo baskets and traps used to catch fish from the small canals are coming out in new ‘editions.’ The baskets which were traditionally made with bamboo and cane are now getting manufactured using iron wires, which are moulded in a basket shape over which plastic nets are woven. The price tag starts from Rs. 750 onwards. The fishing rods have also undergone some radical transformation. Now, there is no need to hunt for live worms to be used as bait. You can buy any number of plastic baits resembling frogs and grasshoppers that would be sure to lure the fish! The rods also come with a selection of two or three hooks. The fishing rods have also become more flexible, with adjustable length. Even the seine nets and the ‘thandaadi’ nets that have different sized holes that would enable smaller fish, especially the young, to escape, have undergone some major cosmetic changes. With the introduction of new gear, fishing is becoming a family pastime, with more people flocking to the river banks with their families in tow. With the ban on deep-sea trawling imposed from the onset of monsoon, the demand for river fish has also shot up. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/27/fishing-goes-new-gen-as-gears-change.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/27/fishing-goes-new-gen-as-gears-change.html Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:50:19 GMT Four-digit lottery mafia prospers as police remain clueless Kozhikode: Though the Kerala government could ban online lottery sales in its jurisdiction and persist with the traditional paper lotteries, wily racketeers are raking money by gaming the popular state lottery system. It has come to light that crooks are making use of WhatsApp to mint money by indulging in lottery fraud. Meanwhile, the law enforcers are at their wit's end as to how to tame the mafia who have been found running an ingenious parallel lottery system based on the government-run lottery. Several rackets engaged in lottery fraud are thriving in Kozhikode city but the police are in the dark. Gangs employ several methods to carry out malpractices related to Kerala State Lotteries. Most of these fraudsters take copies of prize-winning lottery tickets and make alterations to cheat agents. Gangs engaged in gambling with pieces of paper on which some numbers are written are also active at many spots. A hi-tech version of cheating is organised through WhatsApp groups. Among them, the police could so far bust only some gangs which operate paper lottery. The fake ticket racketeers and hi-tech scamsters are still roaming free. Bits of paper and WhatsApp group It was by chance the racket came to light. On May 27, the police picked up a youth who was moving suspiciously near a lottery sales outlet at Model Bazaar Junction on the Cheruvannur-Meenchantha road. They found hundreds of bits of paper on which four-digit numbers were written. On questioning the youth, who belonged to Kolathara in Nallalam, the police realised the gravity of the situation. The youth was part of a wide network of racketeers who operated from lottery shops. Their modus operandi is as follows: A person hands over a piece of paper on which a four-digit number is written along with Rs 10. Those whose figures match with the fifth prize-winning four-digit number of Kerala lottery draw held every day would get back Rs 1,000. These amounts would differ from gang to gang but the method is the same. In short, the draw is organised by the government but the money for the tickets is collected by the fraudsters, who also distribute the prizes. As the draw is conducted with the government on a computer there are no complaints about the results. However, lakhs of rupees that should have gone to the government reaches the gangs. After the police cracked down on paper lotteries, the malpractice takes place over WhatsApp. A person wishing to take part in the lottery has to send a four-digit number of his choice to the mobile number of the operators along with the number of tickets needed. There are people who purchase even a hundred tickets. The price of the tickets is transferred by mobile banking. Even though the police have received information about gangs involved in this fraud, no action has been launched owing to a lack of specific evidence. Govt stand suspicious The result of the Nirmal lottery announced on June 7 was later changed by the government at night. The correction was over the fifth prize. It was the four-digit number carrying prize money of Rs 5,000. The Kerala lottery draw is held on a computer in the presence of people’s representatives and officials. Some TV channels telecast the event live. It is pointed out that a prize-winning number chosen under such stringent conditions was modified to help the lottery mafia. A departmental inquiry is on into the incident related to changing the result. The predicament of poor agents An agent selling lottery at New Bus Stand was cheated earlier this year by the fake lottery racketeers. He had approached the District Lottery Office with four prize-winning tickets in January. The tickets were supposed to have won the fifth prize of Win Win lottery. Tickets which have four matching digits win a cash prize of Rs 5,000. As per rules, the agent can distribute prizes up to an amount of Rs 5,000 after accepting the ticket. Later, he can present the ticket at the Lottery Office and claim the prize money. However, the agent at New Bus Stand was shocked to learn that all the four tickets he took to the Lottery Office were fake. They were, in reality, colour photostat copies of prize-winning tickets. The agent lost Rs 20,000 in the incident. Making matters worse, he is now an accused in the case of fake lottery registered by the Nadakkavu police. Though the police launched the probe five months ago, the real culprits are still untraced. As the complaint was filed by the District Lottery Office, the agent was booked as it was he who had presented the fake tickets. Till the persons who forged the lottery tickets are arrested, the innocent agent will continue to be the only accused in the case. Now hundreds of fake lottery incidents are being reported in the city every month. In most of such incidents, the lottery seller who presents the ticket is booked but the police investigation crawls. The fraud takes place misusing the rule that agents can distribute prizes up to Rs 5,000. As the winners purchase more tickets using a part of the prize money, the sellers would be happy to distribute the prizes. However, it is only when they present the tickets at the lottery office that they realise the fraud. Worse, they would be made accused of presenting fake tickets. The sad part is that most of such victims are differently abled people and elderly citizens. With no help from the police, the Kerala State Lotteries Department is planning to organise awareness programmes for agents and sellers. The aim is to help them remain on guard against cheating. In other words, the Lotteries Department seems to have realised that the agents themselves should exercise caution as the police would take no action. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/24/four-digital-lottery-mafia-prospers-as-police-remain-clueless.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/24/four-digital-lottery-mafia-prospers-as-police-remain-clueless.html Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:43:17 GMT Is there anything fishy about frozen fish sold in Kozhikode? Kozhikode: Frozen fish are flooding the market here to cash in on the current shortage of marine food products following the 52-day trawling ban that came into effect on June 9. Tonnes of frozen fish are being brought to this district throwing the guidelines of the Kerala Food Safety Department to the winds. They are being traded after labelling them as fish that are scientifically frozen and sold through recognised distributors. What's in store at Central Market Notwithstanding the trawling ban, many varieties of fish, including mackerel, sardine, pomfret and shrimps, are aplenty and the market is abuzz right from early morning. Vehicles laden with fish come from Kochi, Goa and Gujarat to the market, but surprisingly fish packets, each weighing 10 kg, are being unloaded rather than fish boxes. As per the guidelines, 13 details, including the manufacturer's name, the date of packing and shelf life of the product, should be mentioned on the packet. But most of the packs are devoid of these important information. The fish in plastic covers are packed in cardboard boxes and just the agency's name is handwritten on the box and, at times, the name of the fish. No one has a clue about when the fish were packed and their shelf life, or whether the distributors have the mandatory licence of the Food Safety Department. There are also frozen fish packs that were packed as per the guidelines prescribed by the Food Safety Department. But unfortunately, 70 percent of the frozen fish sold at the Central Market here doesn't have official standing, and around 30 tonnes of such fish were sold at the market the other day. What the guidelines say Scientifically frozen fish come under the category of food products. The fresh fish are cleaned and stored at minus 18 degree Celsius, and this cold chain should be maintained till the frozen fish reach the customers. The fish preserved in freezers have a shelf life of one year. Fish traders against wrongdoers The fish traders vouch for the fact that frozen fish packed without following the guidelines are brought from various places to the markets here. All-Kerala Fish Merchants Association state secretary C M Shafi said that the traders had decided to distribute only those frozen fish products that were preserved and packed in a scientific manner. Checks will be conducted: Food Safety Department Food Safety Department assistant commissioner P K Eliyamma said that inspections would be conducted at fish markets following information that frozen fish, which were packed without following the official norms, were reaching the markets. Tests were carried out at various places in the district to find out whether chemicals were used to preserve the fish. Frozen fish-related checks would be conducted shortly, she added. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/17/is-there-anything-fishy-about-frozen-fish-sold-in-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/17/is-there-anything-fishy-about-frozen-fish-sold-in-kozhikode.html Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:48:37 GMT In love with the sea, this Kozhikode youth is battling plastic menace Kozhikode: As K V Priyesh returns to the shores at the end of a hard day battling the waves out in the deep sea, he would be holding on to two different packets - one would be full of fish, the other garbage! "Are you mad?" Is a question that greets Priyesh on his return with the dual catch, but the youth nods in reply and heads home. "Is being in love with the sea termed crazy, then I am," is his reply to the naysayers. The garbage collected from the sea would be cleansed and handed over to the Haritha Karma Sena. Priyesh's love for the waters is helping to clean up the sea and shores in the 5-km radius of Azhiyur panchayat in Kerala’s Kozhikode district. However, it occurred to Pratheesh that his lone efforts would not be enough and sought the help of the panchayat last year. Panchayat president Reena Rayaroth and secretary T Shahul Hameed backed Priyesh on his mission. They have been working to clean up areas from Poozhithala to Chombala coasts over the past several days. They collected 13.5 tonnes of plastic waste, along with 10 loads of liquor bottles. The panchayat, that owns a plastic shredding unit, shreds around 40,000kg plastic in a year and sends them to Clean Kerala company. The plastic collected by Priyesh is also brought here. Priyesh awakened to the harmful effects of plastic while he turned up to study for a class 10-equivalent exam. Priyesh’s trysts with the sea About three years ago, Priyesh, who went out for fishing when the trawling ban was in effect, went missing. His dear and near ones feared the worst. However, on the third day, Coast Guard and other fishermen rescued Priyesh and brought him home. This time around during the trawling ban, Priyesh's fibre boat is hitting the waters as part of the fisheries department’s rescue boat. After Cyclone Ockhi hit Kerala, Priyesh came to know from Coast Guard that dead bodies were floating towards the northern coast. He then sailed away alone and returned three days with the body of a Thiruvananthapuram native. During the 2018 floods too, Priyesh joined the rescue operations on his boat for three days in Thrissur's Chalakudy and was given Rs 15,000 by the government. However, he donated that money to the Chief Ministers' Disaster Relief Fund. Bottled grief As the water in Chombala shores is salty, the fisherman takes bottled water along with them to the sea. Priyesh is now concerned about these bottles that are dumped in the sea. He has now sought the help of panchayat to solve the water scarcity. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/04/in-love-with-sea-youth-tackles-plastic-menace.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/06/04/in-love-with-sea-youth-tackles-plastic-menace.html Wed, 05 Jun 2019 01:13:13 GMT KSRTC to rein in students misusing concession facility Kozhikode: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has decided to put its foot down on students who roam around using the benefit of its concession ticket. The corporation is actively considering the option of demanding an additional document for issuing concession tickets. As of now the tickets are issued with the authorisation letter of the principal of the respective school or college. But now the students would have to produce documents of permanent residency. They may submit copies of any of the address proof such as ration cards of parents or Aadhaar card. The new move comes in the wake of rampant complaints of youngsters misusing the concession facility. The conductors of different regions have brought the matter to the Operations Executive Director quite a number of times. Unlike the private bus operators the KSRTC is not strict with the youngsters with the concession. However, the students have been found taking long distance trips on KSRTC buses using the concession facility. Usually the students can avail themselves of the concession by filling a form from the nearest KSRTC depot and duly getting it attested from the school/college head. The form can be then be returned to the nearest depot with the required fee of Rs 10 (for school students). The fee for the college students is determined as per the distance between the student’s residence and the college. The college students can get concession for a maximum distance of 40 km. In case of a student applying for concession which is beyond the prescribed distance, then he/she has to produce an authorisation letter stating that no institution within the 40 km radius of the house offers a similar course. With the new decision, the student now has to produce an additional document of a residence certificate. The KSRTC moots to enforce the plan from the new academic year that begins in June. Talks are under way and a final decision will be taken in two days, said officials. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/30/ksrtc-rein-students-misusing-concession-facility.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/30/ksrtc-rein-students-misusing-concession-facility.html Fri, 31 May 2019 00:56:39 GMT Two held over attack on Naseer, rural Kozhikode still tense Kozhikode: Two men were taken into custody over the murder attempt on 'COT' Naseer, CPM rebel candidate from the Vadakara Lok Sabha seat. The men from Kolassery and Kathirur were nabbed on the basis of the CCTV footages, said the police. The arrested have been identified as Sojith and Ashwanth. Both are CPM activists. Police had earlier filed cases against three CPM workers. Meanwhile, several rural areas of the Kozhikode district are still tense after sporadic incidents of violence were reported hours after the declaration of Lok Sabha election results on Thursday. Vadakara, Chombala, Edachery, Nadapuram, Valayam, Kuttiady, Perambra and Koyilandy station limits are on the edge after workers of rival political parties took on each other on street and pelted country-made bombs at houses of political opponents. The prohibitory order will be in place within the limits of eight police stations till 10am on May 27, said Kozhikode rural district police chief U Abdul Kareem. Police also recovered bombs and weapons from this area, added the officer. Prohibitory order is in force here, as per the direction of district collector S Sambasiva Rao, sensing trouble in the wake of the announcement of poll results. Bombs were thrown at the houses of CPM and RMPI workers in Vadakara. The house of a CPM branch committee member MP Sanoop was damaged in bombing. CPM alleged that RMPI was behind the attack. Bombs were also thrown at the house of RMPI Onchiyam area committee member VP Prakash. On Friday, another CPM local leader Sameer Thayyil Peedika was attacked, allegedly by RSS workers. He was attacked at the branch office of the party in Pakkayil. In Keezhal, RSS worker Sulesh TP was stabbed yesterday. He was admitted at the Government Medical College Hospital. On Friday, police recovered country-made bombs from the premises of a house in Valayam. Bomb squad who reached the spot inspected the area. Valayam police have registered a case and are investigating. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/25/kozhikode-ls-polls-counting-violence.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/25/kozhikode-ls-polls-counting-violence.html Sat, 25 May 2019 14:19:02 GMT Python babies found in KWA pumping station MAVOOR: Six baby pythons were found inside the pumping station of Kerala Water Authority (KWA) inside the Medical College Campus at Kozhikode. The Vanashree staff of Kerala Forest Department nabbed three of them and two of the baby pythons were later taken to the forest. The last one was found later. The KWA staff found the python babies at night following which they informed the Forest Department. The Vanashree staff reached the campus in the morning. The KWA pumping station and overhead tank are located amidst thick overgrowth inside the Medical College campus. The KWA staff complained that the area has not been cleared for some time. Though pythons have been spotted nearby many times, it was for the first time that baby pythons were found inside the pumping station. The KWA supplies the Medical College Hospital and staff quarters with water purified at Koolimad filter station from this water tank. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/17/python-babies-in-kwa-pumping-station.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/17/python-babies-in-kwa-pumping-station.html Fri, 17 May 2019 07:48:56 GMT Elderly woman maltreated by her sister rescued Kozhikode: An elderly woman, who had been locked up inside the house and maltreated by her sister, was rescued by the Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) with the help of police after being informed by the neighbours. Vijaya Grace, residing at Shobhalayam at Chakkittayida, Eranjippalam, was shifted to the Short Stay Home at Vellimadukunnu at the initiative of Vayomithram, a KSSM project. Vayomithram coordinator K.Sandhya organised the transfer. Rural Health Mission Nurse P Manju had informed the agency following complaints by the local residents association that Vijaya was being mistreated and locked up inside the house by her sister Sicily Abraham, a retired Army Nurse. The sisters were leading a solitary life inside the house. There were also three dogs and around 15 cats inside the house as well. When the Vayomithram team had arrived by breaking opening the gate with the help of the residents association office bearers and the local people, Sicily had gone out after giving food to Vijaya on a piece of paper spread out on the floor. The house was also locked up. Vijaya had become emaciated due to malnourishment lasting months. She also said that she was being beaten up, and could not even talk properly. She was wearing tattered clothes. Though the neighbours used to hear Vijaya’s screams when getting beaten up, they could not intervene as Sicily used to shower abuses at them. Around three complaints have already been lodged with the police regarding this earlier. Sicily, who returned hurled abuses at the Vayomithram team, the neighbours and the mediapersons. She had also tried to attack them, following which Nadakkavu Police was summoned. Though the police team including SI Mahesh Kandambath, P.P.Krishnankutty and P.P. Siji tried to pacify her, Sicily continued shouting at them. Later, the Vayomithram team managed to get Vijaya into the vehicle with police assistance and she was taken to the Short Stay Home at Vellimadukunnu. She will be examined by the doctor today. Sicily will also be examined to ascertain her mental stability, following which suitable action would be taken. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/16/elderly-woman-maltreated-sister-rescued0.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/16/elderly-woman-maltreated-sister-rescued0.html Fri, 17 May 2019 00:50:35 GMT Impersonation: 2 students to take plus-two exams again Mukkam: Two plus-two students of Neeleswaram Government Higher Secondary School, who were impersonated by a teacher during the plus-two examination, have submitted application for Save A Year (SAY) exam. The results of three students were withheld after irregularities were found in their answer sheets. The teacher had changed four answers of the third student. The student agreed to higher secondary department investigation team’s suggestion to publish results without taking those answers into consideration. The results were published yesterday. Answer sheets of the other two were replaced entirely by the teacher. The team told the students to take exams again. Their results will be published within 10 days. Higher Secondary Joint Director SS Vivekanandan submitted the departmental inquiry report on Wednesday. A+ for Akhila Akhila, the third student involved in the controversy, scored A+ in all subjects. Her results were published yesterday. One of the four answers rewritten by the teacher was wrong. None of these four were, however, considered for valuation. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/16/2-students-to-take-plus-two-exams-again-after-teacher-impersonation.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/16/2-students-to-take-plus-two-exams-again-after-teacher-impersonation.html Thu, 16 May 2019 06:58:31 GMT No need for teacher to write exams on our behalf, says online campaign Kozhikode: A social media campaign is on expressing solidarity with a teacher suspended over allegations that he wrote a few papers of the recent Plus-2 final examinations for the benefit of four students of the Government Higher Secondary School at Neeleshwaram here in Kerala. A letter circulating now is apparently written by a student on behalf of other students. Meanwhile, political outfits and youth organisations led protests in Kozhikode city on Monday demanding action over the fraud. The higher secondary department has lodged a complaint with the police on the matter. The higher secondary director on Monday filed a complaint with the state police chief seeking a probe into the matter. Higher secondary regional deputy director Gokul Krishna also filed a complaint at Mukkom police station. Teacher Nishad V Mohammed wrote the plus two English paper of two students and the Computer Science paper for two others, it was alleged. Moreover, it is suspected the answer sheets of 32 students were corrected. He was suspended by the department pending inquiry. Principal K Rasiya and PK Faisal, the deputy chief of examination, were also suspended. (Faisal is a teacher of a higher secondary school at Chendamangaloor in Kozhikode district itself.) Some students had initially blamed Nishad and said that the malpractice was conducted without their knowledge. However, from Sunday night onward a letter written in the name of the school leader, is spreading on social media, seeking support for the suspended teacher. “You should please listen to us too,” the letter begins. “There are so many students from our Plus-2 class who achieved high marks in the examination including the 21 who have scored A+ in all the subjects. Kindly do not say all of them gained high marks after copying; it is not true. Our school is not what is portrayed in newspapers and on social media. There were so many good activities throughout the academic year and we were trained with continuous test papers, to prepare us for the final examination. “All the Saturdays were working days for us. We came to know that Nishad sir (the suspect teacher) had committed a grave error. We trusted him, and wish that the allegations are not true. If he had committed it, we do not know why he did that. There was no need for such a malpractice. We got maximum marks in your subject. He was the one at the forefront to support the poor students; maybe he wanted to help any student. We all pray that all your issues are settled soon,” the letter ends. Nishad, who was also the additional deputy chief of examinations, had earlier said that he was not trying to make any financial gains. No case yet Mukkom police is yet to register a criminal case over the alleged fraud and a few student organisations are taking out protest marches in various parts of the district over the crime. When contacted, the police said that the higher secondary regional director is expected to give a complaint any time to the Mukkom police over registering a case against the erring teachers. The Bharatiya Janata Party took out a march to the school on Monday. Youth League workers were stopped by police when they protested in front of the AEO's office. Youth League workers also conducted a protest in front of the civil station, demanding judicial probe. As reported earlier, the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education has already ordered for a departmental inquiry. The police is expected to look into the impersonation angle. Chance discovery The malpractice was spotted during valuation as handwriting on answer sheets of different students appeared to be the same. Then the answer sheets of other subjects of the same students were compared. These checks confirmed that the exams were not written by the students but someone else. Exam board secretary Dr S S Vivekanandan then summoned the students to check their handwriting. However, only school principal and deputy chief of examinations Faisal turned up. The accused teacher did not come. In the investigation that followed, it was found that the suspect teacher, with the help of chief superintendent, had written the exams in the school office itself. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/13/no-need-for-teacher-to-write-exams-on-our-behalf-says-online-campaign.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/13/no-need-for-teacher-to-write-exams-on-our-behalf-says-online-campaign.html Mon, 13 May 2019 15:44:42 GMT Boat service on Conolly Canal likely after cleaning drive Kozhikode: Conolly Canal in the heart of this city was once its lifeline as trade and transport were conducted through it. A project to revive the canal is finally on after a long wait by public, environmentalists and heritage lovers. The Kerala Waterways Infrastructure Limited (KWIL), an initiative of the Kerala Government, and Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) will be associated with the removal of sludge and water hyacinths from the canal. The work, which is part of a Rs 46 lakh project, has already started at the confluence of Conolly Canal and Kallayi river. The KWIL is executing the project which has been put forward by the district administration. Project goals The effort is to spruce up the area between Kallayi and Ernajikkal and make it conducive for boat service in three months’ time. The project contractor is the Kochi-based Matprop Technical Services. The project’s main goal is to clear huge amounts of sludge, using a silt pusher and floating excavator, which had accumulated at the conflux. It would take at least three weeks to completely remove the silt and the sludge would be dumped at an appropriate place. District Collector Sambasiva Rao had put forward this project after experts opined that the silt at the water-mouth should be removed to ensure smooth flow of water in the canal. After the sludge is removed, water would flow from the river into the canal during high tide and the reverse during low tide. It is expected that water hyacinths would vanish as the river water would mix with the salty sea water. Once the canal is cleaned up, water from the city would flow into the canal and river, and eventually into the sea during a heavy downpour. Water hyacinths to be removed The water hyacinths that have enveloped the canal near Eranjipalam and Sarovarom areas would be destroyed after they are chopped into small pieces using an aquatic shredder. A weed harvester would also be pressed into service, and the wild vegetation on the banks of the canal would also be removed as part of the project. Last year, ‘Niravu Vengeri’ volunteers, with the support of district administration and city corporation, led a cleaning drive to remove non-biodegradable waste from the canal. The canal had been divided into eight sectors and an agreement had been inked with eight green partners for the upkeep of the water body. There is a demand to call a meeting of these stakeholders. Mayor’s boat ride Kozhikode Mayor Thottathil Ravindran undertook a boat ride, from Kothi to the confluence, to have a close look at the sand ridges which obstructed the water flow in Kallayi river. The team that travelled with the Mayor found that several encroachments were on the river. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/12/boat-service-conolly-canal-cleaning-drive.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/12/boat-service-conolly-canal-cleaning-drive.html Mon, 13 May 2019 00:45:55 GMT Lost and found: Man suspected to be abducted by gold mafia is in Oman Kozhikode: Gold mafia may not be behind the disappearance of the Malayali working for Dubai Police. Musafar Ahmed, native of Arakkinar, Kozhikode, is in Oman, investigating team head Marad SI K Sebastian said. Musafar went missing on 24 April. After informing his family that he was heading home from Karippur Airport, his phone was switched off. The family registered a missing man complaint on 2 May. Probe team had clues pointing to a possible abduction of Musafar by gold mafia. He had returned to Dubai after a visit last December. Agencies discovered that Musaffar acted as a courier for gold smugglers during his December visit. But he did not hand over the gold. Though a possibility of vendetta was suspected initially, the team deduced that a gold smuggling gang would not have waited for five months to get back at him. Police have collected documents showing Musafar travelled to Muscat from Bengaluru airport. His presence in Oman was also confirmed by a phone call. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/10/missing-dubai-police-employee-is-in-oman.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/10/missing-dubai-police-employee-is-in-oman.html Fri, 10 May 2019 04:12:18 GMT Gold mafia abducts Dubai Police staffer in Kerala? Kozhikode: A Malayali employee in Dubai Police who went missing during a visit to the state might have been abducted by gold smugglers, intelligence agencies suspect. Musaffar Ahmed of Pathiyerikandi Parambil from Arakkinar was abducted on his way home from airport a fortnight ago. Marad Police said Musaffar was a temporary employee in Dubai Police. An investigation into his disappearance requested by relatives revealed the gold smuggler angle. Musaffar had visited home last December. He landed at Karipur Airport on April 22 and called home on 24 to say he will be home soon. His mobile phone has been switched off since. Agencies discovered that Musaffar acted as a courier for gold smugglers during his December visit. But he did not hand over the gold. The gang was waiting for Musaffar to return to the state again. Once here, they abducted him, agencies say. The gold mafia has been an active presence in the state for sometime now. Last month an airport employee was caught by customs for trying to smugge 9.5kg of gold in the Thiruvanthapuram airport. In another instance, five were arrested for exchanging gold using a transit bus at the airport. Gold dealers usually hire passengers to pass the gold to airport officials in the respective airports. These officials aid and abet the gold mafia in smuggling the gold outside the airport. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/08/dubai-police-employee-abducted-by-gold-mafia.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/05/08/dubai-police-employee-abducted-by-gold-mafia.html Wed, 08 May 2019 05:27:00 GMT Water shortage hits Vadakara railway station hard Vadakara: As summer peaked several water bodies across Kerala ran dry, leading to immense hardship. A railway station too has been hit hard by water scarcity. Acute shortage of potable water at Vadakara railway station in Kerala's Kozhikode district has taken a toll on the passengers and staff alike. With taps running dry for over two weeks passengers have started to vent their ire at the railway staff. The washrooms and toilets at the station have already been closed down. The cleaning work at the station too has come to a grinding halt after the entire water supply system on the platforms stopped functioning. The crisis started when the two wells from where water was being supplied to the station dried up. Of late, the authorities had spent a hefty sum to clear the slush inside the well but to no avail. The passengers who alight the trains during brief halts to store drinking water are force to return empty-handed. Though of substandard quality, permission has been given to pump water from the pond, nearby to allay the immediate water crisis in toilets at the station. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/04/28/water-shortsge-hits-vadakara-railway-station-hard.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/04/28/water-shortsge-hits-vadakara-railway-station-hard.html Mon, 29 Apr 2019 04:04:55 GMT Why this public school in Kerala is a case-study topic in a Scottish varsity Kozhikode: The redevelopment of the 120-year-old Government Vocational Higher Secondary School at Nadakkav here in Kerala has become the subject of a case study at the University of Strathclyd in Glasgow, Scotland. The topic will now be made part of the university’s curriculum in Corporate Entrepreneurship classes. The study was presented by Dr Srivas Sahasranamam, a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. It is titled ‘Faizal and Shabana Foundation – a humanitarian approach to education’. The Foundation functions along with the ‘Prism’ project of the Kerala Government that seeks to raise the standards of government schools through planned interventions. As part of the school makeover, buildings were rebuilt and classrooms were modernised. New washrooms were also constructed. Other new infrastructure include a hall, science centre, ground with astro turf, kitchen and library. The study was conducted under the ‘Venture philanthropy in education’ section. It was selected taking into account the success achieved by the Foundation in implementing a major project involving a large amount of funds in a public school. Within two years after the remodelling, Nadakkav school was selected as the third best government school in India. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/04/02/nadakkav-public-school-kerala-case-study-scottish-varsity.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/04/02/nadakkav-public-school-kerala-case-study-scottish-varsity.html Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:58:08 GMT Transgender found dead under mysterious circumstances Kozhikode: A transgender has been found dead near KSRTC bus stand here under mysterious circumstances. Kannur native Shalu’s (39) body was found in a lane off UK Sankunni Road yesterday morning. Shalu had called transgender organisation ‘Punarjani’ to complain about an attack on her Sunday, said its president Sisili. CCTV images from Sunday night show Shalu walking with a man just 5 metres away from the spot she was found. Shalu’s neck has bruises that suggested a cloth was used to asphyxiate her. City Police Commissioner AV George and North AC AV Pradeep reached the spot. Nadakkavu Police have begun probe. Fingerprint experts and dog squads collected evidence. The body has been moved to the medical college hospital. Punarjani has said it will claim the body if relatives do not come forward. A final decision will be taken after a meeting with the Department of Social Justice. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/04/02/transgender-found-dead-under-mysterious-circumstances-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/04/02/transgender-found-dead-under-mysterious-circumstances-kozhikode.html Tue, 02 Apr 2019 11:12:31 GMT Why this Kozhikode family is a vote bank in itself Kozhikode: A large family here in Kerala is prized by political parties for its number of voters. The ancestral house of the family here at Kuttichira hosts many voters, though several other members of the family are staying in different parts of the constituency and over 100 members live overseas. As per last count, the Maliekkal family has 4,500 members out of which 3,000 have voting rights. All the candidates in fray from the Kozhikode Lok Sabha constituency are looking forward to a grand get-together of the family members. It will be held on April 15 at the Tagore Hall in Kozhikode town after a proclamation rally headed by the elders of the family. A treasure hunt contest is also scheduled. The mega event is set to take place only a few days before the elections in Kerala on April 23. The family has also planned a cricket tournament on March 31 wherein different teams comprising the family members would vie with each other. A camp for eye check-up and a badminton tournament were earlier held in connection with the event. The ancestral mansion of the family is called Kunhithan Tharavadu and it stands tall on the western banks of a pond. It comprises a two-storied complex and two adjoining buildings. The property on 2 acres has 40 bedrooms, six kitchens and 5 wells! Initially, a traditional mansion in the typical 'naalukettu' architecture was built and the structure was expanded periodically. Though vital facts relating to the mansion's architecture are unavailable, the rich intricate details seen in the structure point to the fact that the building is nearly 500 years old, says historian M G S Narayan. The weddings in the Maliekkal family, which follows the age-old matriarchal system, are elaborate and last for a week. A lush green carpet, the front porch of the heritage building with exquisite seating facilities dotted with reclining cushions, and window panes which double up as chair remind one of a glorious bygone era. It is said Arakkal Beevi, the head of the erstwhile Arakkal royal family, was given an impressive reception at the mansion. Presently, 88-year-old Aaminabi and 85-year-old K M C Mammadkoya are the senior-most members of Maliekkal family. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/25/why-this-kozhikode-family-is-a-vote-bank-in-itself.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/25/why-this-kozhikode-family-is-a-vote-bank-in-itself.html Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:15:50 GMT When worn-out tyres turn into flower pots Thrissur: Old tyres and broken plastic utensils can either become mosquitos' breeding ground or creatively converted into flowerpots. The menace of plastic waste could be transformed into something meaningful such as flower vases, pots and garden décor with a little imagination. Old tyres are now being used to even create artworks. Such pieces can be source of additional income for homemakers and Kudumbashree workers. Children can take it up as a hobby during summer breaks. The High-tech Research and Training Unit under Dr P Susheela’s guidance provides training in it at the campus of Kerala Agricultural University, Vellanikkara. Farmers and students too can participate. Call 7025498850. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/13/when-worn-out-tyre-turn-into-flower-pots.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/13/when-worn-out-tyre-turn-into-flower-pots.html Thu, 14 Mar 2019 01:54:13 GMT Coming soon: A cycle trail along the sea Kozhikode: A first of its kind in Malabar, a trail has been set up exclusively for bicycles in the city. The path laden with interlock bricks has street lamps. The serene ride is safe too since it is a one-way track. The track, to be inaugurated soon, runs parallel to Kothi-Pallikandy highway. The track is wide enough for two cycles. The first phase of painting has been completed. The track has a walkway on the one side and benches facing the sea on the other. Sea gazers also have an opportunity to attend music events too. The one-km trail from Kothi MK Road to Pallikandy is being built with Rs 1.5cr from local MLA MK Muneer’s Aasti Development Fund. PWD is overseeing the construction. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/13/cycle-trail-along-sea-coming-soon-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/13/cycle-trail-along-sea-coming-soon-kozhikode.html Thu, 14 Mar 2019 01:51:09 GMT History set with first-ever exclusive varsity event for transgenders Kozhikode: Calicut University has for the first time organised an art festival event under the transgender category and one student has probably become the first to participate in the all-new competitive category of any institutional contest. Malappuram Government College student Ria Isha became the first transgender to participate in the C-Zone Folk Dance in the university’s 50-year arts festival history. This comes after Ria filed a petition with university authorities seeking to participate in arts and sports events under a third category. However, age restrictions kept the 26-year-old from competing in sports events. Transgenders were competing either in girls or boys sections until now. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/08/ria-isha-scripts-history-first-transgender-arts-fest-event.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/08/ria-isha-scripts-history-first-transgender-arts-fest-event.html Fri, 08 Mar 2019 11:00:54 GMT Kozhikode police starts comprehensive drive against drugs Kozhikode: The city police here, launched a comprehensive action plan against drug abuse and drug peddlers under the title ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Task) on Wednesday. Tackling the menace would mainly be on two sides – on the supply side to reduce supply of drug, i.e, to take action against the drug peddler, and on the demand side i.e, to create awareness among users not to use drug. “There are mainly three types of crimes related to drugs. Offences defined by drug possession or sales, offences related to drug abuse, such as stealing and drug abuser to engage in illegal activities. This comprehensive action plan is prepared to curb the menace of drug abuse in the society,” said city police commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin, on the launch of the project. He added that there is a wide spread thinking of 'not my kid' syndrome, which means that every parent thinks that his/her child will never fall in the trap of drug abuse. “There are instances even the children, of the persons who are working against drug abuse, are using drugs,” the commissioner said. On the supply side, the police would be intending to ensure that there is reduction in the supply of narcotic materials. For this, the District Anti-Narcotics Special Action Force (DANSAF) has to play major role. They have to take all possible efforts to detect the cases, including preventive measures like raids in suspected areas, regular checking at vulnerable locations and probable routes such as Railway stations, bus stands, parcel services etc. The team should conduct surprise checking at suspected long route buses, like Idukki, Coimbatore, Goa, Orissa etc. Service of dog squad is also essential for checks. The DANSAF nodal officer should conduct surprise checks and the team shall liaise with investigation team to ensure that the case is properly investigated and all efforts are taken to correct the chain. The station house officers (SHO) are directed to prepare a detailed list of drug peddlers involved in previous NDPS and Abkari cases and shall regularly verify the antecedents of these criminals. Special Branch assistant commissioner shall instruct his staff and collect information on drug peddlers and submit actionable intelligence. Close coordination between various enforcement wings such as NCB, Excise etc. is also required. The already circulated Whatsapp number for traffic violations (CC- Vigil) - 6238 4886 86 should be popularised. Posters should be made and put at the school, colleges public places for popularizing the number. On the demand side, the priority lies on discussing with children. Parents should be encouraged to detect the warning signs and symptoms in their kids, so that they can take corrective measures. Narcotics assistant commissioner has been directed to prepare a checklist of warning signs and symptoms by which parent can identify in case if their kids are involved in any form of drug abuse. Later, this checklist should be published so much to reach every parents. Police and Excise department should regularly visit schools, colleges and other public places to create awareness against drug abuse. Once the addicts are identified, then there is time for de-addiction and rehabilitation. Narcotics ACP shall list out all centres and NGOs which work on de-addiction and rehabilitation. The services of these centres should be taken with close liaison. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/06/kozhikode-police-starts-comprehensive-drive-against-drugs.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/06/kozhikode-police-starts-comprehensive-drive-against-drugs.html Thu, 07 Mar 2019 01:45:18 GMT Karachi Durbar Hotel hides signboard partly Kozhikode: Plastic sheets are wrapped partly over the signboard of the Karachi Durbar Hotel here fearing attack apparently by right-wing elements amid the Indo-Pak tension. The board in English now reads CALICUT ‘RACHI DURBAR HOTEL.’ The part-concealment was done on Friday even as a few outlets bearing the same prefix had to be covered elsewhere in the country in the last few days as both the neighbouring countries engaged in a skirmish. The decision was taken following the suggestions made by some of the regular customers to the Pottammal branch of the Karachi Durbar Hotel, said owner Jamshi Udayas who runs, along with his brothers, two restaurants of the same name in Kozhikode city in Kerala. Another branch is at Kozhikode Beach. Udayas said that when the customers made the suggestion of covering up the name, ‘Karachi,’ he had not taken it seriously. However, after three days, the same people repeated the demand. He said there were no threats to the hotel at present but the decision was taken following the prevailing tension. Thus plastic sheets rose in front of the board on Friday night. There were attacks and threats against the Karachi Bakeries in Hyderabad and Bangalore in the background of the tension prevailing on the Indo-Pak border at present. Udayas struck upon the idea of opening a restaurant in Kozhikode with the Karachi name as he was impressed by the taste of food served at the famous Karachi Durbar Hotel chain in Dubai. He is using the same masala mixture used there at his Kozhikode outlets. He added that various organisations in the locality had made it clear that the opposition to the name was raised only by a few individuals there. Udayas had been a photographer earlier. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/02/karachi-durbar-hotel-hides-signboard-partly.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/03/02/karachi-durbar-hotel-hides-signboard-partly.html Sat, 02 Mar 2019 11:49:48 GMT New arrival terminal at Karipur airport opened Malappuram: A swanky new international arrival terminal with state-of-the-art facilities will greet passengers at the Calicut International Airport in Karipur near here. Kerala Governor P Sathasivam dedicated the new arrival block, which was built at a cost of Rs 122 crore, to the nation via video conferencing. The two-storey building, spread across 17,000 sq m, can accommodate 1,527 passengers during peak hours and has 20 customs and 38 immigration counters. The new terminal, which will be operational by the third week of March, also houses special lounge, executive lounge for VIP travellers, prayer rooms and visitors’ gallery. The current arrival block will be converted into a departure terminal for the international passengers. The governor said that the new terminal would augur well for the development of Karipur, and for passengers in terms of superlative services. Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, who also addressed the gathering through video conferencing, said that the Centre had done justice to Kerala with the development of 4 airports in the state. Kerala Minister for Minority Welfare K T Jaleel, parliamentarians P K Kunhalikutty and P V Abdul Wahab, MLAs T V Ibrahim and P Abdul Hameed, Haj Committee chairman P Muhammed Faizy and Airport director K Srinivasa Rao were present for the inaugural function. Passenger amenities spruced up With the opening of new terminal, the passengers can now breeze through the checking procedures without any hassles as there would be more customs and immigration officials on duty. The authorities claim that a traveller carrying just a hand baggage, can come out of the new complex within 10 minutes. Some of the facilities at the new block that would make life easier for the passengers are as follows: Five conveyor belts Now, the passengers’ wait for baggage will be shorter as 3 new conveyor belts, each 60m long, will be in operation at the new arrival terminal. Moreover, the two conveyor belts at the old arrival block, will be fixed at the new facility for the benefit of the passengers. The number of baggage scanning machines has also been increased from 2 to 5. Six aero bridges There will be six aero bridges, including 3 new ones, at the new block, and close to 80 percent of the passengers arriving at the airport would be using these bridges to reach the arrival terminal. Presently, 70 per cent of the travellers are taken to the arrival block on buses. Passenger capacity of 1,527 The capacity of the 17,000 sqm new facility is 1,527 passengers during peak hours. Earlier, it was 950 passengers. 16 counters The immigration department has 16 counters, manned by two officials each, as against 8 in the old arrival terminal. There are three exclusive counters for visa-on-arrival passengers. Two each X-ray and Door Frame Metal Detector (DFMD) machines will be pressed into service for customs checking. The building has been built as per the green building protocol and has a rainwater harvesting tank with a storing capacity of 10 lakh litres. The complex also has waste water treatment plant. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/25/new-arrival-terminal-at-karipur-airport-opened.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/25/new-arrival-terminal-at-karipur-airport-opened.html Tue, 26 Feb 2019 04:35:11 GMT The youngest ethical hacker of Asia is in Kozhikode Kozhikode: Ever heard of an ethical hacker ? Meet 13-year old Aman Hisham, from Kozhikode, who has achieved the rare distinction of being the youngest Ethical Hacker in Asia. The teenager, who prefers to spent his free time tapping on the keyboard while his classmates and friends fritter away on Whats App and watching cartoons, bagged this rare distinction by completing the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certificate Course conducted by International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC Council), USA. A student of Red Team Hacker Academy in Kozhikode for the past two months, Aman Hisham had sat for the certificate course examination with just a five day training programme. His next target is the EC Council Certified Security Analyst. Son of Omar Farooq, an employee of the University of Calicut and Dr. Fazeela, Assistant Professor at Sullamussalam Science College, Areekode, Aman Hisham is an 8th standard student at Sullamussalam Oriental Higher Secondary School, Areekode. While computer hackers are much-feared in the cyber community for their ability to crash through any security system, stealing valuable data and tampering with the programmes, ethical hackers are seen as the anti-dote to the scourge. Ethical hackers are usually helpful in ensuring the security system of computer networks by evaluating the security. Ethical hackers are employed often for improving the security of the systems by identifying and fixing the vulnerabilities in the network. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/24/the-youngest-ethical-hacker-of-asia-is-in-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/24/the-youngest-ethical-hacker-of-asia-is-in-kozhikode.html Mon, 25 Feb 2019 01:43:24 GMT Disabled student on wheelchair protest, to cover 380 km in 40 days Kozhikode: Physically challenged boy Mohammed Azim's fight for a convenient educational institution near his house is still on. After his early pleas and protests failed, the Velimanna resident has commenced a long ride on wheelchair to press the government for securing his long-pending demand. The unique campaign will conclude in state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which is 380 km from his village Velimanna, after 40 days. The protest rally was inaugurated by former Lokayuktha Justice K P Balachandran from the Velimanna School near here. The first day’s journey ended at Koduvally in Kozhikode district on Saturday. Every day the rally will be on between 7am and 9am, and 4pm and 7pm. The team will travel through various districts and reach Thiruvananthapuram. Social activist Harris Raja is the captain of the rally. Azim is protesting against the state government’s decision to appeal against a court order to upgrade his current Government Upper Primary School, 200 m away from his home at Omacherry Velimanna, to a high school. The Congress-led UDF Government had upgraded a lower-primary school to upper-primary school for the benefit of Azim in 2015. Considering Azim’s commitment towards social causes, the government had also bestowed the ‘Ujjallabalyam’ award on him. There is no high school in Velimanna and in four nearby panchayats, and the Kerala High Court had issued an order to convert the Velimanna UP school into a high school in June last year. But the state government appealed against the court ruling resulting in Azim losing an academic year. The decision to undertake this journey was undertaken after complaints lodged at different places did not yield any result. People’s forum president P K Abdul Karim presided over the function on Saturday. Delhi Human Rights Foundation chairman Dr P C Achankunju, vice-chairman Dr Shahul Hamid and Noushad Thekkayil spoke before the wheelchair trip was flagged off. Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/17/disabled-student-wheelchair-protest-mohammed-azim.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/17/disabled-student-wheelchair-protest-mohammed-azim.html Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:48:28 GMT IAS couple ties the knot on Valentine’s Day Kozhikode: Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, so what better way to do that than marrying the love of your life? On Wednesday as the whole world got into the lovey-dovey mood, an IAS couple entered into wedlock at the Tagore Centenary Hall here, keeping high the spirit of the most romantic day of the year. Aswathi Seluraj, a native of Chevayur in Kozhikode married Davangere district collector Bagadi Gautham in a simple ceremony attended by their families and friends. Aswathi is currently serving as the chief executive officer of the Davangere district panchayat in Karnataka. Both are IAS officers. Aswathi, who oversees the functioning of 29 departments under the district panchayat including health, sanitation and education, has played a key role in transforming Davangere, one of the most backward and drought-prone regions in Karnataka. The project aimed at providing 22 litres of drinking water daily to each household in the district was Aswathi's brainchild. She grabbed headlines after former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah lauded her efforts in getting the district on the path of progress. Gautham, who hails from Visakhapatnam in Andhra, was Aswathi’s senior at the Civil Services Academy. He belongs to the 2009 IAS batch while Aswathi is a 2013 batch officer. It was four years ago that the two decided to spend the rest of their lives together. Aswathi’s father T B Seluraj, a lawyer by profession, has written many books chronicling Kozhikode’s history and culture. His third book on the subject will be released soon. Aswathi’s mother Pushpa Seluraj recently retired as a deputy commissioner of the Sales Tax Department. Vaishakh is her brother. It was Aswathi’s father who came up with the idea of conducting the wedding on Valentine's Day. Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/14/ias-couple-ties-knot-valentines-day.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/14/ias-couple-ties-knot-valentines-day.html Fri, 15 Feb 2019 04:53:23 GMT Sisters' love for mobile lands them in rape trap Kozhikode: Two teenaged sisters, who were desperate to get a mobile phone, had a miraculous escape from the clutches of unscrupulous youths who had abducted them and attempted to rape them at a rented accommodation at Elathur in Kozhikode recently. It all started when the elder sister's repeated demands for a new mobile phone were turned down by their mother. As if a godsend, the girl noticed a youth on roadside who often met her on way to school and offered her several things like taking her to a cinema and dining at a fine restaurant. One day, the girl told him that she wanted a mobile phone. She also told this to her younger sister so that she won't create any problems later. She also told her with the new phone, they could listen to music, watch films and call friends without mother’s permission. The youth, Akhilesh, discretely gave the girl a mobile phone and the siblings started using it without the knowledge of their parents. Akhilesh subsequently told the sisters that he would give them a better one if they come out of the house when he called them. One day he contacted them at midnight asking them to accompany him on a bike to his rented house. Akhilesh came with a 17-year-old friend. When the girls asked for the mobile phone, Akhilesh said it was kept in another house and asked them to come there. Though the sisters were reluctant, Akhilesh compelled them to accompany him. The four sat on the bike and took more than an hour to reach Kooduthumpoyil, one km away as they travelled along narrow bylanes to avoid public attention. They reached the house where the Akhilesh's friend lived on rent. His parents had gone to a relative’s house. The girls were given food that had been kept in the house. Afterwards, they were forced to change dress and the duo tried to molest the girls. Alert neighbours People in the neighbourhood noticed that lights were switched on in the house late in the night unusually. They had also seen a bike had made several trips from and to the house that day. Neighbours raised an alarm and a crowd soon gathered near the house. Akhilesh and his friend tried to flee the spot but were nabbed and handed over to the Elathur Police. The girls revealed the bitter experience to the police. The parents of the girls learned about the incident when the cops asked them to reach the police station, where the girls and the youths were taken. Read more: Latest Kozhikode news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/14/sisters-love-mobile-lands-rape-trap.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/14/sisters-love-mobile-lands-rape-trap.html Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:45:15 GMT Central govt staff, kin to benefit as Kerala gets second CGHS wellness centre Kozhikode: The Union ministry of health and family welfare has given the nod for the opening of a wellness centre under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) in the city. The centre providing allopathic treatment would be beneficial for more than 20,000 central government employees, pensioners and their family members. A government order regarding the same was handed over by the ministry to MK Raghavan, MP. The MP said the wellness centre could come up in a rented building of the Kerala State Co-Operative Housing Federation. The inspection of the building located beside the bypass road is on, he said. A Parliamentary health standing committee had accepted a proposal for the CGHS wellness centre by the MP in 2016. Raghavan is also a member of this committee. Central government employees and pensioners from Malabar are currently depending on the only CGHS centre in the state – in Thiruvananthapuram. Once the centre starts in Kozhikode, it would also be beneficial for the people from the neighbouring districts. This is the first time in the country that the ministry is giving sanction for CGHS centres in tier-2 cities, other than the state capital, claimed the MP. In future, the wellness centre would offer treatment in Ayurveda as well as Homeopathy and Unani, he added. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/08/central-govt-staff-kin-to-benefit-as-kerala-gets-second-cghs-wellness-centre.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/08/central-govt-staff-kin-to-benefit-as-kerala-gets-second-cghs-wellness-centre.html Fri, 08 Feb 2019 05:51:09 GMT Police stations set to be spick and span under novel project Kozhikode: Police personnel rarely invite their near and dear one to their workplace. One reason for this could be the poor condition of the facility. A typical police station is cramped and untidy, though efforts to develop police stations have commenced here and there in the country. An innovative step to revamp police stations in Kozhikode city is on and it is inspired by the Japanese concept of gradual improvement of work processes. The plan is not confined to just cleaning and reorganising but paving way for better interaction with the public and better policing, say the officers. Twenty police stations in Kozhikode city have been given a 16-day challenge titled 'KAIZEN' by Commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin. (The Japanese word kaizen literally means small continuous improvement.) Under the project, based on the famed Japanese method, the revamp work does not end in a single day, but over a period. The cops have been instructed to record the improvements brought about everyday, and post at least one 'before and after' photograph of the area that would be transformed. They include even proper arrangement of unclaimed vehicles on station premises. Once the cleaning and reorganising works are over, 100m periphery of the stations would be turned into 'zero tolerance zones' in terms of lack of upkeep. The station house officer has to post the progress achieved everyday in their WhatsApp group so that all the stations could review their work as well as compare with the other stations. The project envisages that the entire police station be divided into smallest possible units and cops dedicate each day to each section. Starting from January 29, the improvement period lasts till February 15. “It is not a one-day objective to clean the office and premises. Had it been a directive to clean the office every Friday or any other day, it would been treated like an ordinary circular. This is different. Everyday, we are cleaning a section of the office or premise, and in 16 days, it would be a totally different place for us as well as the public,” says V P Pavithran, district president of the Kerala Police Association (KPA). “It should not be seen as mere cleaning or housekeeping activity. But it is focused on continuous improvement in every aspect of policing, whether it is police building, infrastructure, petition enquiry, investigation, personal turnout and police behaviour. It will help every police personnel to get a feel of getting involved. It should not be viewed as an order from the top, rather as a mechanism of participative decision and implementation,” said the Commissioner. Though the extra work, apart from the regular law and order duties, raised a few eyebrows in the beginning, it has started showing a welcome change in the work environment, says Nadakkavu station house officer CI T K Ashraf, whose station now welcomes the petitioners in a room with new curtains and chairs. “There were many unwanted goods and damaged furniture that had to be removed. Such works were delayed owing to case backlog. In fact, the work efficiency improves in a cleaner and better organised atmosphere. It helps maintain better relationship with the petitioners, who do not have to hesitate in proceeding to a station,” the CI adds. “Every station is participating with enthusiasm. Nearly one hour is needed per day to clear each stipulated area. Some have gone beyond cleaning and have painted walls and put new curtains,” says Elathur SI Dhananjaya Das TV. Now, the cops fear that as the project concludes, the best as well as the poorly managed police station would be 'awarded' and no cop wants theirs to fall in the second category. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/06/kozhikode-police-stations-cleaning-project.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/02/06/kozhikode-police-stations-cleaning-project.html Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:29:50 GMT Paraplegic kids hoist national flag atop 'Urithookkimala' Kozhikode: Twenty paraplegic children attended a two-day residential camp initiated to commemorate Republic Day at Kunnummal near here. In the programme initiated by Samagra Siksha Block Resource Centre (BRC), the children, aged six to 14, hoisted the national flag at the hilltop, with the active backing of police and forest department personnel. Kunnumal residents volunteered to carry the children to the hilltop. Eleven-year-old Mohammed Nidam, who hoisted the tricolour atop 'Urithookkimala', also addressed the small gathering of his friends as well as parents and officials. “I feel like I can stay here forever, I don't want to go back,” he told his friends, most of them also getting out on a picnic for the first time. They would have never imagined they could be atop a hill and spend time there with a campfire. “We are still not able to forget the delight on the faces of those little children, most of them could not even get out of their house and attend schools. Only three or four of them could walk some distance with support,” Lini UK, one of the resource teachers who took the children to Urithookkimala, said. They children are either enrolled or registered in government schools in Kunnummal limit. “We took up this responsibility of giving the children, a different experience,” she said. Police and forest department officials also backed the idea. Nadapuram DySP Sunil Kumar allotted a van and three four wheelers from the department to take the children to the hill top. Forest officials gave them permission to camp there at night. The children reached Urithookkimala on January 25 along with their parents, BRC officials and police personnel. They hoisted the national flag and celebrated Republic Day at the hill top. Urithookkimala is a historically important place, where Pazhassi Raja took refuge. Though a tourist spot of importance, lack of public transport had been a major hindrance for travellers. Read more Kerala News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/29/paraplegic-kids-hoist-national-flag-atop-urithookkimala.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/29/paraplegic-kids-hoist-national-flag-atop-urithookkimala.html Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:58:00 GMT This SC colony stands out for lack of basic facilities Meppayur: A colony of Scheduled Castes here is a picture of total neglect. The people in the Pulaprakunnu Sambhava colony are living in squalid conditions without basic facilities such as housing, water and electricity, among others. Efforts to develop the area, which is at Narakod in Meppayur panchayat in Kozhikode district, failed despite a government bid a few years ago. A visit here revealed that the road leading to the colony is in tatters, and people can’t even walk on it. All, including women and children, are dependent on a pond, which is one kilometer away, for potable water. The colony residents can’t claim benefits under government schemes or apply for ration cards as they don’t have property possession certificates. The dalits living in this colony only have voter identity cards and do not possess ration cards. After 'Malayala Manorama' ran a story about their precarious situation in 2015, the then Kozhikode Collector S Prasanth visited the colony and took stock of the situation. Following the instructions of the collector, a meeting of the officials from revenue, KSEB and panchayat, peoples’ representatives and colony residents was convened at the Meppayur panchayat office on October 15, 2015. A decision was taken in the meeting to expedite the process of putting in place basic facilities and distribute requisite land documents for the residents. But sadly, apart from a street light and installation of a temporary 2,000 litre-capacity water tank, none of the decisions were implemented even after three years. Though parliamentarian Mullapally Ramachandran announced that Rs 3 lakh would be set aside to dig a well, there was no progress on that front too. Title deeds to be distributed: Collector Kozhikode Collector Sambasiva Rao said that title deeds would be given to landless people of the colony, and steps would be taken to give houses to those with title deeds. Drinking water would be provided using the corpus fund of the Scheduled Caste Development department, and the colony residents would be issued ration, identity and aadhaar cards, added the collector. The authorities have restarted the land survey work, which was stopped in 2016. Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/28/sc-colony-stands-out-lack-basic-facilities.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/28/sc-colony-stands-out-lack-basic-facilities.html Tue, 29 Jan 2019 01:47:50 GMT SI suspended in Kozhikode over corruption charges Kozhikode: Medical college sub-inspector A Habeebulla was suspended on Friday by Kozhikode city police commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin over various corruption charges. Gurudin confirmed that the officer had erred in more than one corruption case and an internal inquiry was conducted against him. There were allegations against the SI earlier, about accepting bribe from the accused and settling cases, apart from extortion. The suspension is followed by an inquiry carried out by a special team. In 2017, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission had registered a case against Habeebulla for manhandling a 16-year-old boy in Nadakkavu. The mother of the teenager had staged a fast seeking action against the SI. The commission suo motu registered the case based on media reports. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/25/si-suspended-in-kozhikode-over-corruption-charges.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/25/si-suspended-in-kozhikode-over-corruption-charges.html Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:47:23 GMT 30 teenagers from children's home to take part in R-Day parade Kozhikode: Thirty teenagers, half of them girls, from various children's homes here are set to break a social taboo on the Republic Day. For the first time in the state, they would be marching alongside the police, fire force and other security forces at the Republic Day parade at Vikram maidan, West Hill, here on Saturday. As a joint initiative of the juvenile wing of the Kozhikode city police and women and child department, these teens aged 14 to 16 are being trained at the Vellimadukunnu campus ground and Vikram maidan for the past 25 days. “The motive behind choosing kids from the children's homes is to integrate them into the mainstream society, giving them a feeling that they are also equally part of this society. Such efforts will instil more responsibility among the children and help to motivate them and build self-confidence. They also have the same rights and in no way should be sidelined. By incorporating them in such major events we are helping them imbibe the spirit of patriotism too,” said city police commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin. Fifteen students from government children's home for girls Vellimadukunnu, nine from government children's home for boys, also from Vellimadukunnu, and six boys from Free Birds (another shelter home), near Mavoor road, are the chosen ones. They will be parading on the ground in a special uniform including white trousers, white T-shirt, white shoes and blue cap, said district child protection officer (DCPO) Joseph Rebellow. “We no longer want to confine them to the institution. The department is also considering making special units in the children's homes in line with the student police cadets (SPC). It is also essential for the children's overall development, including moulding their character,” said Rebellow. Thirty children, inmates of the Vellimadukunnu homes (15 girls and 15 boys), took out a parade in their campus for the first time during the last Independence Day. They were trained by juvenile wing officer Ratheesh Puthiyakavu. Sub-judge and District Legal Services Authority secretary M P Jayaraj, who was the chief guest at the ceremony, was impressed by their performance and supported the move to include them in a major public event, so that they can exhibit their skills too. “They themselves had arranged the parade on Independence Day. We felt that these children should be given a better platform to exhibit their skills. The DCPO as well as the sub- judge supported the thought. By training them we aim at the intellectual, physical as well as mental health development,” he added. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/24/r-day-parade-teens-from-clt-childrens-home-to-take-part.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/24/r-day-parade-teens-from-clt-childrens-home-to-take-part.html Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:02:35 GMT How a cop and a school built a shelter for a poor family Kozhikode: Local police and a school joined hands to build a house for a poor family at Thalakulam. The head of the family - Sunil Kumar - had died last year, leaving behind his wife and three children and a house which was still under construction. Elathoor SI T V Dhananjaya Das was entrusted to investigate Sunil's death. He saw up close the plight of the bereaved family as he arrived at the half-built house as part of the probe. He was hurt by the state of the family and he really wanted to help his family in finishing the house construction. Meanwhile, the students and authorities of the CMM Higher Secondary School also realised the condition of the poor family as they arrived for Sunil's funeral. A joint drive to help the family took off fortuitously after the same school officials reached Elathoor police station as part of the preparations for an anti-narcotics awareness session at the CMM School. As school head P Muhammed Shafeen and his team talked to police officers, they recalled the case of late Sunil Kumar and his family. Both parties wanted to somehow to finish his house. To make it a reality both joined hands along with the school students. The construction of the house began a month and a half ago. With the help from NSS, they went all around the place asking for donation to build a house for the bereaved family. Panchyath member P P Subhashini, school teacher Harish Kumar, PTA president N K Abdul Sathaar and principal S B Fathima Hanna Hagar were involved in the donation drive. However, SI Dhananjaya Das played the crucial role in kickstarting and completing the campaign fast. The pending construction of the house was completed within 45 days after necessary funds were mobilised. Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/16/how-cop-school-built-shelter-poor-family.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/16/how-cop-school-built-shelter-poor-family.html Thu, 17 Jan 2019 04:41:03 GMT Now, a 'Zero Hour' to create awareness, curb traffic violations Kozhikode: Zero Hour, a drive to curb traffic violations in the city, will be launched on Thursday. An hour will be dedicated to stringent monitoring of traffic violations in city limits. There will not be any penalty on traffic violators. Instead, the cops will take awareness classes to violators. The timings of the 'Zero Hour' will be changed daily. The control room will inform the timing of the 'Zero Hour' to all police stations and traffic units in advance. Commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin has directed the cops to ensure that commuters should not be put to inconvenience due to the drive. “Zero Hour enforcement shall be targeted only for traffic rules and regulations and not document verification. The enforcing officer shall follow all the guidelines issued earlier from the police headquarters, while checking traffic violations,” he said. Station house officers (SHO) are directed to form traffic advisory committees consisting of all stakeholders of that area to study traffic congestion and come out with suggestions to ease the traffic. After the study, the officers can come up with infrastructural requirements including making junctions and road stretches obstruction free, Zebra Crossing, creating parking space and figuring out possibility of one way enforcing one-way traffic. A special drive has to be conducted with the participation of SHOs along with Traffic police for the verification of all signals and its working condition. The SHOs shall also study whether the timer settings of the traffic lights needs to be changed as per the traffic density. SHO shall also suggest requirement of traffic signals or any camera systems. The initiative also aims at ensuring the presence of SHOs and all other officers, including assistant commissioners on the road. Directions have also been passed on to school vehicles. Officers have been directed to sensitize the drivers and supporting staff and conduct surprise checking. The antecedents of the drivers and staff will also be monitored. Two-wheelers cause most accidents From the statistics of accidents in the past few years, it was found that two-wheelers were involved in more than 50 per cent of deaths. The victim would have survived in majority of the cases if they wore helmets. In case of drunken driving, negligent driving, accident cases and traffic violations, stringent action like suspension of licence, would be taken. Speed Radars would be deployed in more spots in the city. Data of accidents in the city No 2016 2017 2018 Fatal accidents 138 168 144 Total deaths 145 184 154 Pedestrian deaths 53 53 43 Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/16/zero-hour-create-awareness-curb-traffic-violations.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/16/zero-hour-create-awareness-curb-traffic-violations.html Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:27:30 GMT Maoist-like posters again surface in Kerala hamlet Palakkad: Posters, suspected to be put up by Maoists, surfaced on Monday near Attappady, one of the largest and most backward tribal hamlets in Kerala. The two posters were found pasted on a wayside building at Puthur near the hamlet, police said. Written in Malayalam, the posters could be read as "check fascism... check foreign capital forces and strengthen secular democratic movements," police said. Nobody had seen who had pasted it but the content of the posters indicated to the suspected Maoists, a police official said. No case has been registered so far, the official added. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/14/maoist-like-posters-again-surface-in-kerala-hamlet.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/14/maoist-like-posters-again-surface-in-kerala-hamlet.html Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:37:10 GMT Eight pythons caught from Kozhikode city Kozhikode: Vanashree workers from Mathottam captured eight pythons from a field near to Mooryadu Bridge in the city. The officials were informed of the presence of pythons in a field with wild vegetation after multiple sightings by people who come to the riverside for fishing. The snakes were caught by Vanshree’s temporary employee Laiju after the field was cleared of vegetation using an earth mover. The local residents said that the field was home to the pythons for long, and the presence of these serpents could be the reason for the drastic dip in number of stray dogs in the area. The snakes are kept at Mathottam Vanashree, and later would be released in the dense forests of Wayanad. Many months ago, six pythons were captured from a field at Kunduparambu in the district. Read more: Kozhikode news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/13/eight-pythons-caught-kozhikode-city.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/13/eight-pythons-caught-kozhikode-city.html Sun, 13 Jan 2019 09:26:42 GMT Three injured as country bomb explodes in Kozhikode Kozhikode: Three people were injured, one of them seriously, when a country-made bomb exploded near Kuttiyadi police station limits, police said Tuesday. The explosion occurred at around 12 last night at the compound of one Abdulla Musaliyar and his son, Sali, was among the injured, they said. A country-made bomb has been recovered from the blast site, they added. Police were informed about the incident this morning. A case has been registered and investigation has begun. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/01/three-injured-as-country-bomb-explodes-in-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2019/01/01/three-injured-as-country-bomb-explodes-in-kozhikode.html Tue, 01 Jan 2019 15:58:03 GMT Married man arrested for faking own death to flee with lover Kozhikode: A man has landed in police custody after faking his own death to abandon his wife and child so that he could flee with his lover. The arrested is S Sandeep from Kuttiyadi and a marketing manager at the iBird firm in HiLite Business Park, Kozhikode. The police nabbed him and his lover from Mumbai as they tried to settle down there. Sandeep had fooled his family, the local people and the police as he fled with lover Aswini, a native of Pottammal. The police said Sandeep left on his motor bike last month, telling his family he is going for trekking in Karnataka forests. No one had any suspicion as it was a routine for him. Sandeep stopped the bike on the banks of Tungabhadra river on the Sringeri-Koppa-Harihara route. He created boot marks on the road to fake a clash, and used other footwear he had carried to impress others that some other people had arrived there. He broke his watch, abandoned his mobile phone there and damaged the bike, the cops revealed. The family believed Sandeep was dead and his wife lodged a complaint with Nallalam police. The police then reached Karnataka and carried out a search for him in Tungabhadra with the help of the local police as reports of his disappearance appeared in dailies. Eight scuba divers were deployed for the underwater operation. A helicam search was carried out in the woods too, but the Karnataka police gave up after a few days. In between Aswini's family lodged a complaint with the Medical College police saying she has gone missing. The police found out from the iBird staff that Aswini had worked there for sometime and that she had developed an intimacy with Sandeep. How they were nabbed The police found that the last call received on Aswini's phone had come from Mumbai. They then checked calls received on her number as well as Sandeep's, and reached the conclusion that both of them were together. Sandeep and Aswini had, meanwhile, purchased new phones without a WhatsApp facility. The man got his long hair trimmed to acquire a new look. Sandeep was the first to land in Mumbai. Aswini followed. They met a transgender and bought SIM cards in her name. However, the police eyes tracked Sandeep as he downloaded some apps on his new phone. The police identified their location and carried out the arrest. Sandeep said he faked death because he did not want anyone to seek him. Aswini told the police that she travelled to Mumbai separately because she didn't want the police or the family to suspect a Sandeep link. Both were produced in court and sent home. Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/29/married-man-arrested-faking-death-flee-lover.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/29/married-man-arrested-faking-death-flee-lover.html Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:16:53 GMT Gang attacks BJP activist who targeted kin of CPM leader on hartal day Kozhikode: A BJP sympathiser, who is the main accused in the recent attack on the kin of CPM district secretary, was hacked by a gang on Saturday noon. Sreeju Karimbanchery, 30, was attacked at Ambalakkulangara by a four-member gang who arrived in a car. He was first taken to Taluk hospital, Kuttiady, and then to Government Medical College hospital, Kozhikode. He has reportedly received injuries on his leg, neck and head. Kuttiady police registered a case and are investigating. Sreeju is the prime accused in the case over attacking Julius and his wife Saniyo, a journalist, during a state-wide hartal called by the BJP on November 17. Julius is the son of CPM Kozhikode district secretary P Mohanan. Sreeju and two others were arrested the next day and were remanded for 14 days. A series of attacks and counterattacks between CPM and BJP workers was reported in Kuttiady, Perambra and Nadapuram soon after this attack on the hartal day. The general strike was called by the BJP to protest the arrest of Hindu Aikyavedi leader KP Sasikala, who was heading to Sabarimala. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/15/gang-attacks-bjp-activist-who-targeted-kin-of-cpm-leader-on-hartal-day.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/15/gang-attacks-bjp-activist-who-targeted-kin-of-cpm-leader-on-hartal-day.html Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:38:50 GMT 90-year-old woman passes literacy exam with 100% marks Kozhikode: Mythili may be in the nervous nineties but she has struck a perfect century with confidence. Mythili, 90, hailing from Kuriaty beach near Vadakara in Kozhikode district, has secured maximum marks in the ‘Akshara Sagaram’ exam which was conducted as part of the coastal literacy project. The family members of the nonagenarian, including her children and grand-children, are on cloud nine and had recently travelled to Thiruvananthapuram to receive the certificate from State Education Minister C Raveendranath. Close to 8,605 examinees cleared the examination which was held at 625 centres and six people, including Mythili, had scored 100 percent marks in the exam. Mythili has two sons, who are fishermen, and one daughter, and her husband Govindan had passed away long ago. All her family members gave full support to Mythili in her studies. Mythili rises early in the morning and asks her daughter-in law to read newspaper to her as she has a poor eye-sight owing to old age. The 90-year-old woman washes clothes and fetches water and is very active in life. But now, her best friends are books. Literacy inspector K V Omana, who is Mythili’s neighbour, took classes at the latter’s home considering her old age. ‘Akashara Sagaram’, a literacy programme for coastal areas, is being implemented by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority in the state. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/13/ninety-year-old-mythili-exam-pass-100-prcent.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/13/ninety-year-old-mythili-exam-pass-100-prcent.html Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:36:48 GMT Bearded men steal the show as they hold welfare event Kozhikode: Their neatly groomed flowing beards may raise an eyebrow or two, but their yeoman service can only be held in high regard by one and all. A stem cell donation registration campaign was organised as part of 'Thaadi Mamankam' - a beard competition held under the aegis of the Kerala Beard Club and Tathva Events, was well received by many. Eighty-six people enrolled their names on the Datri Blood Stem Cell Donors Registry as part of the drive. Many people, including a Class 8 student and college students, also donated their hair that will used in the making of natural wigs for cancer patients. As part of the competition, around 160 participants, including college students and elderly people, exhibited their bristles, and were judged by actors P Reijan, Rajalaksmi and Praveen Parameshwaran. The event was held in four categories – Long and Strong Beard, Style Beard, Beard Hunk and Young Beard. The bearded men, who reached the last round, walked the ramp to some tantalising music by DJ Jeevan. K P Ramanunni opened the event, and P Shobith and Shafi Mohammed spoke on the occasion. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/04/bearded-men-steal-the-show-as-they-hold-welfare-event.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/04/bearded-men-steal-the-show-as-they-hold-welfare-event.html Wed, 05 Dec 2018 01:48:13 GMT Earn green royalties as you protect natural resources Malappuram: Protecting natural resources need not be a losing proposition hereafter if one counts the gains from it in short-term or instant monetary gains. A local body has been paying 'Green Royalty' for civic efforts to save and enrich the natural environment. Ponnani municipality has so far selected 120 people from here for this innovative project and it would pay them monthly royalties. Environment-friendly campaigners of the civic body have been selected on the basis of their work done to protect ponds, paddy fields, sacred groove, mangroves etc. Those protecting paddy field above 50 cents would be rewarded Rs 2,000. Half this amount will be given to people with less than half an acre paddy field. Land owners with ponds would get a royalty of Rs 2,000 and those with sacred grove and mangroves would get Rs 1,000 monthly. Jayarajan Kizhakkekalathil, who took to farming after returning from the Gulf, received Rs 5,000 as royalty, as he was taking care of a pond, sacred groove as well as paddy field on his land. “Ours is a joint family and hence, the cultivation of the paddy field was taken care of by the members jointly. We never thought of reclaiming the land for any other purposes. This new move by the government is an encouraging one,” Jayarajan said. More than the royalty price involved, the municipality initiated this step last year to value the efforts of the green campaigners and to stress the bond between agriculture and environment. By honouring the green campaigners, the municipality aims to encourage the young generation to take up environment-friendly methods, says its chairman CP Muhammed Kunji. The current year's project was inaugurated by Haritha Kerala Mission executive vice-chairperson TN Seema. Ponnani municipality, which is noted for its green initiatives, had raised its own rice variety, 'Ponnaryan'. It has also branded the same as 'Ponnari' and marketed it. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/03/earn-green-royalty-protect-natural-resources.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/12/03/earn-green-royalty-protect-natural-resources.html Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:47:15 GMT Two SDPI men found guilty in Youth League activist's murder Kozhikode: Two Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) activists have been found guilty in the murder of Muslim Youth League worker Naseerudheen Puthalath at Velom in Kozhikode. The sentence for first accused Basheer Kappacheri and second accused Anthru Kolliyil will be pronounced by additional district sessions judge on Thursday. Five other accused were acquitted by the court. Naseerudheen was stabbed to death on July 15, 2016, near Velom, while he was travelling on a bike with his relative Abdul Raoof. Naseerudheen was stopped and stabbed, resulting which he fell on the road and died, according to witnesses. The political enmity between the two parties was said to be the reason behind the murder. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/28/two-sdpi-men-found-guilty-in-youth-league-activist-murder.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/28/two-sdpi-men-found-guilty-in-youth-league-activist-murder.html Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:05:08 GMT Destitute boys learn life lessons at this shelter Mananthavady (Wayanad): Destitute boys find shelter at the Pazhassi Balamandiram at Thonichal, near here. For over three decades of its existence, the facility has been a mentor, parent and teacher all rolled into one for many who grew up here. Started off on the Vijayadashami day of October in 1985, the shelter home harbours destitute and orphaned boys who are deprived of a decent living environment, for no fault of theirs. Pazhassi Balamandiram, registered under Vivekananda Cultural Society, has been giving the unprotected boys lodging and education from kindergarten to degree level. In its 33 years of service, the institute has opened avenues of better livelihood to more than 180 boys. The whole idea of a boys' home would not have taken shape but for the largesse of S V Sumangaladevi, then a professor of Ernakulam Maharaja's College. The Palakkad native had donated her 7 acres of land free of cost to set up the charity institute. Seventeen years later, a school called Pazhassi Vidya Mandiram was set up under Bharatiya Vidyaniketan to impart education to the inmates of the home. But today as many as 80 students, including those from outside the shelter home, study in classes from kindergarten to Class 7. The institute has a staff strength of 11, including nine teachers. A 11-member committee headed by N Balachandran and U Lalithambika looks into the day-to-day affairs of the boys' home. The authorities have kept options open for philanthropists to financially aid their next project - a girls' shelter home to protect the poor girls in the district. An old age home for the destitute and aged women on the streets, a computer centre and library are also on the cards. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/27/destitute-boys-learn-life-lessons-at-this-shelter.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/27/destitute-boys-learn-life-lessons-at-this-shelter.html Wed, 28 Nov 2018 01:51:37 GMT Stem cell donors camp to prove critical for patients seeking right match Kozhikode: Five-year-old children Muhammad Asnan and Niya Fathima could turn saviours for more than a dozen people, once the blood stem cell donation campaign for their benefit turns successful. The organisers are hopeful that matching donors could be found at the blood stem cell donor registration camp to be held here at the Tagore Centenary Hall on November 30. Blood Donors Kerala (BDK) is holding the camp with the support of Datri, Kerala Beard Club and Thathwa. Similar camps were held in Ernakulam in July and Thrissur last week, said the organisers. Nearly 6,000 people attended the Ernakulam camp and the figure was more than 3,000 in Thrissur. For a blood stem cell transplant to take place, there should be a 10 out of 10 match of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) between the donor and the recipient, which is very rare, says Datri Kerala donor counsellor Athulya Krishna. (HLA are proteins or markers found on most cells in your body.) “The chance to get a matching stem cell from the family is 20%, which is very high. So, the patients seeking stem cell match outside would be those who failed to get a match among the families. In the case of Niya, her parents tried for a second child, who could be a donor, if the cell matched. However, unfortunately, her mother suffered a miscarriage, due to the frequent travelling from their home town at Ambalavayal to the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, for Niya's treatment,” said Athulya. Niya is suffering from thalassaemia major and it was diagnosed after she turned one. Christian Medical College, Vellore, suggested stem cell transplant as the only solution, since her body cannot produce haemoglobin on its own. However, till a transplant is successful, the girl has to undergo blood transfusion, which is very expensive for the poor family. Earlier, transfusion was needed only once a month and now, she has to undergo blood transfusion at least once in a fortnight. For Asnan, only two months are left to find a suitable donor, else his life would be in danger. Asnan is suffering from juvenile myeloid leukemia and like Niya, his disease was also detected at the Vellore hospital. However, his family came to know about the difficulty in getting a matching donor only after raising the amount for transplant through public funding. It is hoped matching donors could be found at the camp. The donors will have to pay Rs 1,800 for each HLA typing, which means matching patients and donors for bone marrow or cord blood transplants. For more details, contact BDK at 9809729129 or Datri at 9645078285. The camp will held from 9 am to noon. According to Datri, India's blood stem cell donors' registry has nearly 4 lakh people registered across the country, and in Kerala it is 76,000. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/27/stem-cell-donors-camp-prove-critical-patients-.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/27/stem-cell-donors-camp-prove-critical-patients-.html Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:39:46 GMT Actor Tovino lands at ailing boy's doorstop Kozhikode: The ailing boy from Morikkara, here, never thought that his long-cherished wish of meeting actor Tovino Thomas would ever be fulfilled. But his favourite actor landed right at his doorstep! K P Arun woke up hearing a knock at the dead of the night and had to pinch himself to make sure that he was not in a fantasy world. For long, Arun, an ardent fan of Tovino, has been confined to the four walls of his house after being diagnosed with a deadly disease called Hyper Mobility Syndrome. The film star, who was heading to Kochi after a shoot in Kannur, happened to learn about the boy’s great affinity towards him, and decided to call at his young admirer. Social workers Noushad Thekkayil, Riyas Kunnamangalam and Shaloop Khan also accompanied Tovino to Arun’s residence. Arun has been leading a life full of agony as the illness gives him acute joint pain. The worst part is when the pain aggravates he loses vision for at least five minutes. The boy, hence, had to drop his schooling but devoted his quality time in building miniature models of vehicles, mostly of cars and lorries. He has also proven talents in sculpting and painting. The illness has put huge financial liability on Aneesh Kumar and Sindhu who are struggling hard to meet the treatment expenses of their son. An organisation called BRCS has now stepped in to do its bit to help the boy. The child prodigy's die-hard love for Tovino is evident from the countless collection of paintings of the actor. The actor spent almost an hour with Arun. The boy presented the actor a caricature model of Tovino which he had sculpted and treasured for long. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/23/tovino-visits-ailing-fan.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/23/tovino-visits-ailing-fan.html Sat, 24 Nov 2018 01:51:39 GMT Woman found hanging in CISF quarters was from Jharkhand Kondotty, Malappuram: The young woman, who was found dead at the residence of a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan based at Karipur airport, has prima facie been identified as a native of Jharkhand, police said on Thursday. The woman’s identity was established, subject to further confirmation, with the help of her voter ID card which contained her name, date of birth and name of parents. As per the document, the deceased was Fathima Khatoon, 28, daughter of Muhammed Imamuddin, a native of Jharkhand. However, on the Aadhaar card recovered from the room where she was found dead, her name was mentioned as Fathima Nisha and the residential address was in Bihar. The police presumed that the Aadhaar card contained her old address. In order to identify her relatives, the Karipur police handed over the information to their counterparts in Jharkhand, who in turn, contacted the woman’s brother. The woman was found hanging inside the official residence of a CISF sub-inspector at Unnyalparamba near Karipur airport five days ago. The officer told the police that he had gone to his native place in Uttar Pradesh on November 4. He found the woman’s body when he returned to his quarters along with his wife on November 19. However, the police declined to fully believe his statement as he had chosen to inform them about the incident several hours after spotting the body. His travel documents will be examined to confirm the time he landed in Kozhikode, said DySP Jaleel Thottathil, who heads the investigation. The officer was transferred to Karipur airport from Nedumbassery airport a year ago and the deceased lady was staying with him the quarters for the past few months. “It appears to be a case of suicide. However, investigations are being conducted to explore all angles,” the DySP said. The body is kept in the mortuary at the Kozhkode Medical College Hospital. It is learnt that the family members of the deceased will reach Karipur by Friday evening. “Further course of action will be decided based on the information provided by her relatives,” said SI M P Ibrahim. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/23/woman-dead-cisf-quarters-jharkhand.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/23/woman-dead-cisf-quarters-jharkhand.html Fri, 23 Nov 2018 07:38:37 GMT Woman found dead at CISF sub-inspector's hotel room Kozhikode: A woman, hailing from Bihar, was found dead inside the hotel room of a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sub-inspector on Monday night. Fathima Nisha was found to be hanging and her body was taken to the Kozhikode Government Medical College Hospital for post-mortem. Police say that the death might have taken place on Saturday and more details would be available only after the autopsy. According to the CISF officials, the SI, Viswajith Singh was away at his native place his Uttar Pradesh and had returned on Monday with his wife. The hotel owner was under the impression that the woman, who used to visit and stay with Viswajith, was his wife. Nobody had the whereabouts of Fathima. On November 4, both Viswajith and Fathima had apparently left for their respective houses in UP and Bihar. Viswajith reportedly received a message from Fathima on Saturday that she was back at his room. Viswajith had already started from UP and informed her that he was coming along with his wife. It was not sure if Fathima had known earlier that the SI was married. Visawjith earlier worked in Kochi and had shifted to Karipur here almost a year ago. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/20/woman-found-dead-at-cisf-sub-inspector-hotel-room.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/20/woman-found-dead-at-cisf-sub-inspector-hotel-room.html Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:26:21 GMT RSS worker held for attacking CPM leader's son,daughter-in-law Kozhikode: A CPI(M) leader's son and his journalist daughter-in law were attacked allegedly by protesters trying to enforce a shutdown near here on Saturday, the police said. Julius Nikithas and wife Saniyo Manomi, working with a leading Malayalam news channel, were attacked at Kuttiady as they were going to a hospital in a car to visit a patient, they said. Nikithas, son of party district secretary P Mohanan, suffered head injuries, police said, adding that Manomi was also injured. Nettoor native Sudheesh, an RSS actvist, was arrested by Kuttiyadi police on Sunday. The police have booked 10 people for the attack. The couple have been admitted to the government medical college hospital here. The CPI(M) alleged that they were attacked by activists belonging to the Sangh Parivar. A case has been registered against ten people allegedly involved in the attack, police said. Right-wing Hindu outfits observed a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kerala on Saturday in protest against the "preventive detention" of Hindu Aikya Vedi state president P Sasikala who was on a pilgrimage to the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple. State-owned and private buses and autorickshaws were off the roads in most parts of the state due to the hartal. At various places, hartal supporters forcibly downed shutters of shops, prevented vehicles from plying, causing hardship to long distance travellers reaching railway and bus stations. The Bharatiya Janata Party had extended support to the shutdown. (With inputs from agencies) https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/18/rss-man-held-for-attacking-cpm-leader-son-daughter-in-law.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/18/rss-man-held-for-attacking-cpm-leader-son-daughter-in-law.html Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:06:58 GMT Saudi Airlines to operate wide-body planes from Kozhikode from Dec 3 Karipur: The Saudi Arabian Airlines is all set to resume operation with wide-body aircraft at the Calicut International Airport here from December 3. It will operate daily flights in the Kozhikode-Jeddah sector, and the Kozhikode services were restarted after withdrawing a flight from Kochi. A wide-body aircraft is a jetliner with a fuselage wide enough to accommodate two passenger aisles with seven or more seats abreast. Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Ministry gave the nod to the airlines to continue service from Thiruvananthapuram in the Riyad and Jeddah sectors till March 31, 2019. The decision to start services from Kozhikode was taken after this. The airlines is returning to Kozhikode after a gap of more than three years. The ticket booking for the flights in the Kozhikode-Jeddah and Jeddah-Kozhikode routes will start shortly. Now, there is an option to transfer tickets booked in Kochi to Kozhikode. Boeing 777-200, which can carry 341 people, and Airbus A330-300, with a seating capacity of 298 passengers, will operate in the Kozhikode-Jeddah sector. Since 1 May 2015, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has imposed the restriction of wide body aircraft due to runway re-carpeting which had been long overdue at this airport. As a result, Emirates, Saudia and 2 Air India 747 flight operations had to move temporarily to Cochin International Airport. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/15/karipur-airport-saudia-wide-body-planes.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/15/karipur-airport-saudia-wide-body-planes.html Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:47:03 GMT Rumours on treasure hunt unsettle a village Atholi, Kozhikode: Treasure hunters are giving sleepless nights to the residents of Veloor in Kozhikode district. Those residing near Size Mukku at Veloor have complained about a few people digging up a huge pit on a plot at Oorali Parambu. The rumour mills said huge cache of riches was unearthed. Almost confirming such activity, a 4-metre deep pit could be seen on the land taken on lease by two Kallayi natives ostensibly for waste treatment Suspicion arose as the lessees erected shields around the compound and started to dig a pit. Growing suspicious over the dubious state of affairs, the local people alerted the police. Sub-Inspector R L Prashanth and ASI K Reghu visited the spot and summoned the Kallayi natives but could not confirm whether treasure was unearthed, though digging was on till last Thursday. However, there are ample indications that sorcery was indeed performed on the plot. Locals say a man from Malappuram, after examining the soil there, predicted the presence of hidden wealth between two cycad trees. The soil was burrowed after chopping down one of the trees. Owing to public pressure, police are investigating the matter. "The allegations that some have taken hold of the buried cache are baseless. But there is proof that sorcery and burrowing have taken place," stated Sub-Inspector R L Prasanth. "I was asked to dig up the land saying there was a treasure underneath. However, after four days of work, I was told the cache ‘moved out' and hence the work was wound up," Ubaid Olavanna, a labourer, said. The one-and-a half-acre land is owned by one Moosa of Oangilottummal. The caretaker of the land denied any illegal activity is being carried out on the property. “The land was given on lease to treat the waste of a footwear manufacturing unit. I am not aware of the treasure hunt, but will cooperate in every way to clear the doubts of the residents,” said Tharopadikkal Mammad. Bindhu Malayil, panchayat member, called for a probe to dispel rumours. “A detailed probe should be conducted in the area as the public strongly belief that the riches were dug out from the compound. A memorandum signed by the local residents was submitted to the Atholi police station,” she said. What lends credence to the rumours is the profile of the property. "Major chunks of land in Veloor formerly belonged to the ancient Edakkandathu Illam, a Brahmin family. So there is every possibility of precious artifacts lying hidden underground. The reports of treasures could be true. This should be investigated by the Geology and Archeology departments," said K V Kumaran, a local. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/13/rumours-on-treasure-hunt-unsettle-a-village.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/13/rumours-on-treasure-hunt-unsettle-a-village.html Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:41:25 GMT SI hunting for Maoists bitten by snake Kuttiyadi: Thottilpalam SI C R Biju has been bitten by a snake while hunting for Maoists in the forest. He was admitted to Kozhikode medical college hospital and is understood to be out of danger. The snake that was hanging from a tree bit the police officer near his ear when he was in the forest near Kongod Mala at Pashukadavu on Friday. A group of Maoists was spotted at a house in Pashukadavu on Thursday. Since tribals too had seen them, the anti-Maoist squad led by Biju carried out the search. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/10/si-hunting-for-maoists-bitten-by-snake-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/10/si-hunting-for-maoists-bitten-by-snake-kozhikode.html Sun, 11 Nov 2018 01:40:55 GMT Man on bail held for cheating jail inmate Nadapuram: A man was arrested for swindling a fellow prisoner after availing bank loans worth Rs 2.42 lakh in latter's name after pledging spurious gold ornaments. Thodupuzha-resident E V Binumon, 40, who was out on bail, was taken into custody on charges of cheating jail inmate Ashsaq. Binumon had promised the latter to arrange funds for Ashsaq's bail bond. Binumon had met Ashsaq at the Thodupuzha jail when the former was in judicial custody in connection with the pledging of counterfeit jewellery. When both were produced before the Thodupuzha court, Ashsaq, who is from Perambra in Kozhikode district, introduced his mother Aysha to Binumon, and told her that Binumon would help in finding money for his bail bond. Binumon, who got bail on that day, availed loans through Aysha from various banks by making her pledge spurious gold ornaments, and later absconded. A police team, led by SI N Prajeesh, arrested him when he returned here in his bid to pledge more spurious gold on the pretext that more money was needed for Ashsaq’s bail bond. Police are probing whether Aysha was aware that loans were availed against fake gold. She will also be booked if the banks lodged a complaint against her. Police are also trying to trace a Kothamangalam-native who made the fake gold jewellery. The police team included SCPO K Majeed, CPOs V Sadanandan, K Manoj and Jayakrishnan. Further probe into the fraud is on. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/04/man-on-bail-held-cheating-jail-inmate.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/04/man-on-bail-held-cheating-jail-inmate.html Mon, 05 Nov 2018 01:41:38 GMT Cave dating back to Iron Age found at Chelannur Kozhikode: The chances of unearthing more relics or other structural remains from the laterite rock-cut cave found at a private property adjacent to Echannur AUP School, near Chelannur, are bleak, according to officials attached to the Department of Archaeology. A possible Iron Age structure, the cave was believed to be used by local people until at least fifty years ago after discovering it during the last century. The discovery, however, was archaeologically significant as the rock-cut architecture date backs to the Iron Age, the experts said. The excavation has so far yielded several utensils that are relatively modern. Analysis of soil collected from the site did not provide archaeological evidence of ancient life. The officials presume that the cave might have been cleaned up by the latter-day inhabitants, thus destroying the evidence of earlier people’s lives which it had contained. Corroborating their claims, local residents stated that the previous occupants of the cave might have abandoned it due to infestation. The structure might have disappeared beneath the surface after its mouth got filled with soil with the passage of time, they added. However, the current occupants of the property where the site is located are unaware of the cave’s history. The stone seat and the model of the fire-hearth found during the excavation threw light on the fact that the cave belonged to the late Iron Age. It might have used as a vault to store skeletons of the dead as well as tools and pottery. The secondary occupants might have unintentionally destroyed all such evidence while cleaning up the structure for their use, the experts opined. The cave is now filled with debris and plastic waste. They were possibly trickled down through the layers of soil along with water. Braving poor lighting and ventilation, the scientists are continuing with excavation and soil analysis inside the cave dwelling. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/02/cave-dating-back-iron-age-chelannur.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/11/02/cave-dating-back-iron-age-chelannur.html Sat, 03 Nov 2018 02:12:46 GMT How a coastal village turned into a people's art gallery The fishermen who live by the Chombal harbour thought that the mermaid that drifted on to the beach was something special. They placed the broken wooden sculpture in a public space and wrapped it in a silk cloth. Anywhere else, the mermaid would have become the centre of legends and superstitions. At Chombal, however, the discovery triggered a tide of artists to the Azhiyoor village. They kept pouring in even after someone made away with the sculpture that started it all. Azhiyoor is an artistes' village now, thanks to the efforts of the Vadakara block panchayat to gift each house in its limit a painting to display. The village soon turned an art gallery of landscape paintings inspired by the locality. The artists who gathered on the beach created 50 paintings to be showcased in the houses in the initial stage of the scheme. The block panchayat allowed the artistes to camp in a building that belonged to it. They raised the funds to set up the art gallery through 15 exhibitions. The motley crowd of painters included freshers to celebrated artists. Artists from across the country are now camping in the Azhiyoor village to be a part of the popular movement. People who had not given a thought about art now volunteer in the camp to help out the artists. They distribute food to the artists as they stay awake with their creations through the night. Later painting camps offered an opportunity for about 20 local residents with an aptitude to art. An artist from Uttar Pradesh who created a sand sculpture on the beach has set a trend of sorts in the village. Many children are now seriously into the branch of art. Children in the locality can receive training at the academy every Sunday for a nominal fee. The paintings in the gallery fetched impressive sums from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. The money was raised to develop the art village. The art gallery and the village of painting was envisaged by Vadakara block panchayat president Kottayil Radhakrishnan. Convener Ruby Raghavan and director Sadu Aliyoor are also working on the project. A committee formed for the purpose, including Ramesh Ranjanam, Jagadeesh Palayatt, Sreejith Vilathapuram, Bijoy Karethayyil, Biju Sen and Sajeevan, joined hands with people in the area to make the project a reality. Also pitching in are Kadathanad Chitrakala Parishad and Beyond the Black Board, two associations based at Vadakara and Koyilandi. Many visitors make a beeline to the art gallery by the national highway. Yet the gallery is yet to receive any substantial financial support from the state government. The gallery is sure to lead to a spike in expenses. Azhiyoor needs special funds to realise its dream to be an art village. Organisers are happy that the local residents did not play miserly when they were requested to buy the paintings. The fisherfolk are also planning to recover the lost wooden mermaid. They consider the drifted piece of wood as a totem of the artistic attention on the village. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/28/peoples-art-gallery.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/28/peoples-art-gallery.html Mon, 29 Oct 2018 01:44:11 GMT Moving images of flood rescue now come alive on pebbles Kozhikode: The image of a dramatic rescue of a child across the Cherthoni bridge, which was about to be overflown by a swollen river during the August flood, is still etched in the memory of may Keralites. The state witnessed numerous other such moving scenes during the unprecedented rain and subsequent flood a few months ago. Now, V Sharun, a young artist based in Kozhikode, is immortalising some of these incidents by depicting them on small round silica stones. The other flood images that formed the subject of his silica art are those on the rescue of a pregnant woman by a helicopter and the daring action of fishermen in various areas. Sharun, a medical representative, is a resident of Vadakkayil, Koliyilthazham, near Choyi Bazaar at Cherukulam. As he would be out in connection with his work during the day, he engages in painting at home at night. Sharun is alone with his mother Shylaja at their house. His father had died a year ago. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/28/moving-images-pebbles-flood-rescue.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/28/moving-images-pebbles-flood-rescue.html Sun, 28 Oct 2018 09:53:42 GMT Ex-MVI gets four-year jail term in bribery case Kozhikode: The Inquiry Commissioner and special judge on Wednesday sentenced a retired motor vehicle inspector (MVI) to four years imprisonment and fined him Rs 26.6 lakh in a bribery case. Subrahmanian P, ex-MVI, Thrissur, will have to serve one more year, if he fails to pay the fine. The special judge also directed to confiscate his 3,000 sqft house and 6.5 cents of land in Feroke and 20 cents of land in Kondotty, Malappuram. During investigation by Vigilance DySP Sabu G, it was found that Subrahmanian amassed disproportionate asserts during the period between January 1, 1993, and May 23, 2003. In the trial that began in 2006, 135 witnesses were heard and 451 documents were reviewed. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/24/ex-mvi-gets-four-year-jail-term-in-bribery-case.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/24/ex-mvi-gets-four-year-jail-term-in-bribery-case.html Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:25:11 GMT Post floods: Chekutty weaves a success tale of profits If murky sludge could be the thread to a colourful story of resurrection and hope, then it could be nothing more beautiful than weaving the success tale of Chekutty dolls. One month on, the handmade dolls made of soiled and severely damaged fabric of Chendamangalam weavers continue to steal the hearts of millions, post floods. The figurines did wash away the tears of flood-distressed weavers in North Paravoor in Ernakulam district by pocketing them a business of Rs 11 lakh so far. The crowd-funding initiative also helped them bag another order to the tune of Rs 25 lakh. The love for the dear Chekuttys doesn’t end there. Federal Bank has stepped in to up the market rate of the upcycled dolls made of damaged handloom material. The bank will chip in Rs 10 into the weavers’ accounts for every single Chekutty sold in the market at a rate of Rs 25. This will be based on the number of dolls sold in a week. A pact has been inked in this regard, says National Innovation Council member Lakshmi Menon and entrepreneur Gopinath, who are the brains behind the idea to help the 600-odd weavers. Chekutty or Chendamangalam kutty is a tiny handmade cloth doll designed to raise funds for the Chendamangalam weavers who were hard hit by the recent floods. Chendamangalam, a small village about 35 km from Kochi, is known for its highly acclaimed handloom craft. Though Chekuttys are in demand from within the country and abroad, the warmth and support of Keralites for the initiative is beyond measure. “Keralites have given tremendous support to the concept of owning lovely dolls made of soiled fabric damaged in the flood waters so as to treasure the scars and stains left behind by the great deluge,” says Lakshmi. Several individuals and entrepreneurs have placed huge orders, some touching 12,000 dolls and the aim is to double the income from the sale of Chekutty dolls. Direct revenue to weavers The revenue from the business is credited to the account of Karimpadom Cooperative Weavers Society at Chendamangalam in North Paravoor. “Initially, we purchased the fabric from H191 Society. It makes the statement that the dolls are manufactured as per the order placed by the Society. There has been some delay due to this. Last time, we visited Kuriapilly unit run by women weavers,” Gopinath said. The women were ready to supply stocks of damaged sarees worth Rs 5 lakh. “We purchased a few sarees from them.” However, Gopinath wants to give priority to the activities of the present Karimpadam unit. Chekutty and copyright Each doll bears a QR code that links the consumer to the weblink, a copyright logo of Chekutty, a one-liner in Malayalam explaining the concept, and an English version to it. Now, the products will also bear the Federal Bank logo. The Chekuttys are fashioned from the fabric of handloom saree that normally fetches the weavers around Rs 1,200 during Onam season and as many as 360 dolls could be made from a single saree. The handloom dolls come in a pack of 20 in the online market and each doll costs Rs 25. Learning the craft The dolls are made by volunteers and workshops related to the craft were conducted at schools and colleges. A few students in the locality had travelled to Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi with the fabric and designed the Chekuttys with the help of a collective formed there. The volunteers are given the liberty to make the best of their creativity, but there should not be any wastage. The cloth dolls are thus carefully crafted so that the business weaves maximum benefits for the traditional artisans. All activities are operated through the website www.chekutty.in Read more from Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/18/post-floods-chekutty-weaves-success-tale-profits.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/18/post-floods-chekutty-weaves-success-tale-profits.html Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:19:19 GMT 360 km in 4.5 hrs, gutsy driver's bid to save teen Kozhikode: Doctors at the Metro Cardiac Centre here performed heart transplant on a 16-year-old girl from Madavoor. She received the heart of a 23-year-old man, who was declared brain-dead at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital after being injured grievously in a road accident. A share of credit for the entire exercise, which appeared to be a logistic nightmare, goes to Haneefa, an ambulance driver from Kasaragod. The girl, who had been undergoing treatment in a Bengaluru hospital, was rushed to Kozhikode in Haneefa’s ambulance and it took him barely four-and-a-half hours to cover the distance of over 360 km, a journey which usually takes 7-9 hours depending on the traffic. In the surgery that lasted about four hours, Finu Sherin, daughter of K P Siddique and Shereena of Chakkalaakkal, Madavoor, in Kozhikode district received the donor heart which was harvested from Vishnu, a native of Nellikode, who was admitted to the medical college following a bike-car collision. Vishnu sustained serious brain injuries in the accident which occurred at Mathara on Wednesday night, and all efforts by doctors at the medical college to revive him proved futile. After he was declared brain-dead, his father Sunil gave consent to donate his heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and corneas. Nearly one-year wait Finu, who had undergone treatment for a critical heart condition for over 11 months at the Metro Cardiac Centre, was shifted to Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bengaluru a few months ago after stringent norms hit cadaver donation in the state. For some time, she had been on the waiting list of the Kerala Network of Organ Sharing (KNOS) which facilitates all organ transplants in the state. However, she had to endure long wait due to unavailability of compatible donor heart. After Vishnu’s family decided to donate his organs, the Medical College authorities informed the office-bearers of a local committee, which was formed to raise funds for Finu’s treatment, about the availability of a suitable organ for her. The family attempted to hire a private chopper to travel to Kozhikode, but to no avail. It was then the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) came forward and offered their ambulance. Inter-state journey The ambulance, which started off from Bengaluru at 1.55 am reached Kozhikode at 6.25 am, thanks to Haneefa’s valiance and driving expertise. The vehicle was delayed by about half-an-hour due to a traffic hold-up at the check-post in Gundlupet on the Kerala-Karnataka border. Once the vehicle entered the state, the Kerala police made all the necessary arrangements and ensured that road was clear. Upon the arrival of the patient, a team of doctors from Metro Cardiac Centre led by Dr V Nadakumar collected and transported the harvested heart of the donor from the medical college. The complex procedure, which started at 3 pm, lasted till 7 pm. The transplant surgery was performed by Metro Cardiac Hospital MD Dr P P Muhammed Mustafa, Dr V Nandakumar, Dr. Rohit Nika, Dr. Shigil Balakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Riyas, Dr. Alok Jayaraj, Dr. Lakshmi, and Dr. Vinod. Six beneficiaries When Vishnu was declared brain-dead by doctors, it was a moment of heartbreak for the family. But despite grappling with grief, they decided to give six patients a new life by donating his vital organs. While his heart was donated to Finu, one of his kidneys would be transplanted on a patient undergoing treatment at the medical college. The other kidney and the liver were allotted to MIMS Hospital, and his corneas went to PVS Hospital. Vishnu is the son of Sunilkumar-Beena couple of Vazhipokkil, Poothamkuzhi Methal, Nellikode. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/16/driver-heart-transplant-bid.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/16/driver-heart-transplant-bid.html Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:44:46 GMT The taste of 'vision'- 'Dine in Darkness' wins hearts in Kozhikode Kozhikode: Ever wondered how a blind man relishes food? How do they eat? How do they pay their bills? Few of us must have given a thought about this reality, for as always reality is what we experience. At the Malabar Institute of Optometry at Eranhipalam in Kozhikode, a bunch of good samaritans organised such an 'experience'. Over the two day weekend on October 13 and 14, volunteers came together to convert an entire floor of the hospital into what became a unique restaurant. The restaurant was to be the venue for the 'Dine in Darkness' programme, organised to mark the World Sight Day on October 11 and throw light on the day-to-day challenges faced by blind people. At the outset this is a normal 'restaurant' with three sections catering vegetarian food, non-vegetarian food and sweetmeats. The difference though is the ambience. There are no chandeliers or warm lights giving you that snug feel, instead, as you walk up the stairs you are entering a zone of 'darkness'. In the pitch darkness you will be ushered in by an aide. The aide will help you negotiate through the corridor and amid the tables and chairs to your designated place. You will even need help to do the simplest of chores, like ordering your food and eating it. After the meal, the aide will lead you to the washroom and then help you read the bill and pay it (The bill is written in Braille since letters have no purpose in darkness). After all this, the helpful hands will lead you back to the world of light and letters. Here you will meet your 'aide in darkness'- herself/himself a visually challenged person. The short journey to vision and awareness is being spearheaded by a bunch of visually challenged teachers from different schools, volunteering as aides for the programme. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/15/the-taste-of-vision-dine-in-darkness-wins-hearts-in-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/15/the-taste-of-vision-dine-in-darkness-wins-hearts-in-kozhikode.html Mon, 15 Oct 2018 07:04:24 GMT How a man is turning a crematorium into a sacred grove Kozhikode: A few saplings that Prasanth Kumar had once planted on the premises of the electric crematorium in Kozhikode had to be uprooted while deep burying the victims of Nipah virus recently. Some were lost in the recent floods too. Post rains, he was attending to the ones left, with the help of the employees at the crematorium. He is indeed on a mission to raise rare plants. He loves planting trees and initially started doing it at a few places, including temple compounds, at his hometown Eranhipalam, after he returned from Bahrain. “I used to plant saplings on the basis of zodiac stars in the traditional Malayalam calendar. Some temple authorities promoted it, but three years ago, I was told by the authorities of a nearby temple that big trees would cause damage to the building and I need not plant any more on the temple premises. I was sad and started planting trees on other compounds,” he said. It was by chance that Prasanth happened to choose the crematorium for the afforestation drive. It happened as he arrived there, in 2015, to attend the cremation of a relative. "The flight of the deceased person's son was delayed for hours and the funeral also got delayed. So, I preferred to wait there. I found it as a very peaceful place as I waited there for hours. I asked the caretaker, Sathyaraj, if I could plant trees on the plot. He asked me from when onward I could plant. I told him after a couple of days. He said, do not delay, you can start tomorrow itself,” Prasanth said. The next day, Prasanth planted an 'Asoka' sapling here, the first one. Asoka means 'no sadness', and he says let there be no sadness at the resting place of the dead. Apart from the trees that are linked to the zodiac stars, Prasanth also tries to plant those that are popular in fiction too. For example, 'Neermathalam' is famous after author Madhavikkutty, 'Mangosteen' after Basheer, 'Thani' for Nalan and 'Nenmeni Vaka' famous from 'Shakuntalam'. “I keep a diary to document all the trees I plant. In this compound alone, 163 trees were planted in three years. My plan is to make it a sought-after place where rare trees grow rather than just being a place for the dead. I hope that will turn into a sacred grove (nakshatra vanam) one day,” Prasanth revealed. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/12/prashanth-kumar-kozhikode-crematorium-garden.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/12/prashanth-kumar-kozhikode-crematorium-garden.html Fri, 12 Oct 2018 06:52:28 GMT Mammoth book collection drive as every class to have libraries Vadakara: Nearly five lakh books will fill some 6,000 classrooms in 570 schools in the Vadakara educational district as the district makes a giant leap in efforts to promote reading. What is remarkable is that the books were collected by students directly from several houses for the programme, 'A library in each classroom.' Vadakara DEO C Manoj Kumar leads the programme, which has drawn support from the Scouts and Guides, literacy workers, school PTA committees and voluntary organisations. All schools have one library each, but one each in every classroom is a rarity. The proposal received a huge support from teachers at the initial stage itself, bringing out 1.5 lakh students into the project immediately. The funds from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the PTA have helped in getting book shelves in classrooms. Fifty books were the target for a single classroom, but the collection has exceeded targets and has made available up to 100. The students haven't lost study time for collection of books. Kumar said reference books, dictionaries, atlas and regional history are subjects of preference. Teachers in charge were trained for the project. “It is expected that the libraries will be ready by November first week in all schools,” the official said. The keen interest that the students have shown in collecting books has prompted people to donate without inhibition. The organisers are hoping that the education minister himself would be available for the launch. Read more from Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/07/mammoth-book-collection-drive-every-class-libraries.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/07/mammoth-book-collection-drive-every-class-libraries.html Mon, 08 Oct 2018 01:55:20 GMT Kozhikode gets green ambassadors to tackle waste menace Kozhikode: The recent epidemic outbreaks in Kozhikode has prompted the district administration to place more stress on waste management. The administration, apart from picking green ambassadors, has also created educational videos to spread awareness on proper waste disposal, sanitation, and epidemic outbreak prevention. Titled 'Sanitation Literacy' programme, the project was launched by Labour and Excise minister TP Ramakrishnan this week. In the first-of-its-kind endeavour, the district administration aims at creating awareness among the public regarding waste management. According to the project, every household will have at least one points person to ensure the proper disposal of biodegradable waste and the management of non-biodegradable waste in a scientific manner. This selected member of the family will be the green ambassador representing that household who guides the other members after receiving a training. The green ambassadors are being trained using a series of videos and by experts. The recent outbreak of Nipah, black fever, dengue and leptospirosis had shed light on the state of waste management. Though the leptospirosis outbreak was considered an outcome of the flood, Kozhikode, that was only partially affected by the flood, saw a proportionately high outbreak. Read more Kozhikode News | Experts mull saving old wormwood tree https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/02/green-ambassadors-to-tackle-waste-menace.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/10/02/green-ambassadors-to-tackle-waste-menace.html Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:00:02 GMT Experts mull saving old wormwood tree Kozhikode: Scientists from the Kerala Forest Research Institute at Peechi arrived to inspect the centuries-old wormwood tree (kanjiram) located at Ilambassery Parambil at Chalappuram. The team considers roping in local residents to protect the tree that has been playing a key role in the ecosystem of the area. A fig tree, which is at least 20 years old, is also existing along with the kanjiram tree, with their roots entwined. A big hollow has also appeared on the trunk of the wormwood tree that is at least 95-feet tall. If the owners of the tree allow, they are ready to provide technical assistance to protect the tree, said principal scientist Dr K V Muhammad Kunji. Its branches can be pruned, and a platform could be constructed around the tree to protect it. The coexistence of wormwood and fig trees is very rare. A massive ecosystem too has developed close to the tree; it is better not to disrupt it which will also augur well for the environment, they said. Though local residents claim that the tree is at least 1,000 years old, it is difficult to confirm the age of this tree, said scientists Dr V B Sreekumar and Dr G E Mallikarjuna Swami. Though the growth rings can be counted to ascertain the age, its trunk has a very complicated structure. Environmental activists T Shobeendran and M A Johnson also accompanied the team. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/29/centuries-old-wormwood-tree-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/29/centuries-old-wormwood-tree-kozhikode.html Sat, 29 Sep 2018 04:37:59 GMT Antiques hold novelty value for veteran dealer Mavoor: Antique goods are invaluable and avid collectors travel long distances to buy them. Antique dealers like Abdul Rasheed, a resident of Kuttipuram, are sought after for their array of articles. After nearly two decades in the business, Rasheed says whatever he has sold are invaluable antiques and they always hold a novelty value. The man can be spotted every Sunday under a tree in front of the Sree Ayyappa temple at Cherooppa on Mavoor-Kozhikode main road. He had spent 16 years selling antiques at the Heritage Village in Dubai. Illness that weakened him physically forced him to return to his homeland, but Rasheed's experience with antiques gave him the strength to launch the business here. Rasheed acquires antiques when old ancestral homes are demolished. He also locates people who are passionate about collecting antique items. He claimed he has collected such items from almost every village in Kerala. Wherever he goes, he doesn't hesitate to exhibit antiques for the sake of students if teachers ask for it. He noted it helps to educate students on history and also familiarise with antiquity. Old coins, utensils, a variety of gramophones, valve radio, clocks and sand clocks are among the old items in his collection. Rasheed said sometimes he takes some of the items, if it's hard to find customers. Irrespective of the sales, Rasheed is happy he is able to exhibit age-old items to the new generation and explain about each of them. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/24/antiques-hold-novelty-value-for-veteran-dealer.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/24/antiques-hold-novelty-value-for-veteran-dealer.html Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:58:17 GMT Mysterious fires at home leave family, locals aghast Faroke: A house at Valloothi near Paruthippara has turned the centre of attraction after unexplained fires broke out at various parts of the building. Fire broke out at six places in the house of Muhammed Koya on Friday and a day later a piece of cloth kept on a sack of coconut fibre went up in flames. The family was cleaning up the house and the compound as per the direction of the police when they spotted the latest fire near the kitchen. Nobody was hurt and no damage was caused in the incidents. The strange fires initially broke out just after noon on Friday. The flames were not completely extinguished until 6.30 pm. The Kerala State Electricity Board staff inspected the house wiring and ruled out short circuit as a trigger for the fires. The electricity connection to the house has been severed as a precautionary measure. The police also examined the house. They were disappointed to see that the surveillance camera system in the house was not working. They are waiting for forensic test results to solve the puzzle. Beypore MLA, V K C Mammad Koya, visited the house, which has become a mystery for the entire neighbourhood owing to the strange development. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/23/mysterious-fire-family-locals-aghast.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/23/mysterious-fire-family-locals-aghast.html Sun, 23 Sep 2018 03:09:12 GMT A Good Samaritan unleashed Artville to offer solace to the monsoon-hit Kozhikode: The myriad hues of monsoon inspired Thrissur-born, Bengaluru-settled art promoter Roshan George to organise an exhibition of five photojournalists from Kerala. Ironically, the exhibition at his Artville Cafe titled 'Come Rain or Shine' was hit by monsoon fury that wreaked havoc in Kerala claiming more than 400 lives and triggering the worst flood in a decade. George understood the gravity of the situation in Kerala when one of the photojournalists, Russell Shahul, informed him that he might not be able to attend the show . The rest of the photo journalists – Dominic Sebastian, K S Praveen Kumar, Ramesh Kottooli, and Venu Gopal – too cited similar issues. “We realised that it was time to do something for the state reeling under flood and landslides. Since the show was planned extensively, it was not a wise decision to call it off. We decided to avoid the gallery commission and donate it to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. The photojournalists also decided to follow suit and they decided to donate entire money collected to the CMDRF,” George informed. The exhibition, which began on August 17, was slated to end on August 31 but was extended to September 16. The support for the flood relief did not end there. George made an appeal on his Facebook page Artville and Some volunteers from Bengaluru came forward to help flood-hit people. When they went to Wayanad to deliver a few essential material for the flood-affected people, they realized that some houses there had to be painted again. Five houses of the tribals were painted in less than two days. More than painting the houses, the idea was to help them start life afresh, George said. George always nourished a dream of delivering art works at lower price through his website www.artorickshaw.org. “The idea was to make art affordable for people who resisted from buying it due to high price. We planned to sell 4x4 inch art works starting from Rs 500. Nearly 400 such works were collected”. “Was planning to launch www.artorickshaw.org after collecting 800 original paintings or hand works,” he said. Post flood, he mooted an idea to give away the paintings to those who donated at least Rs 500 to the CMDRF. “Those who produced a receipt of Rs 500 donated to the CMDRF were gifted with a painting. Works from 58 artists were distributed and we channelised Rs 2.5 lakh through the initiative,” George said. Artville will also give away original artwork to those sending the details of the transaction to artworks@artorickshaw.org. Depending on the amount donated, the size of the artwork would also be bigger, he informed. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/12/artville-rain-flood-photo-exhibition.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/12/artville-rain-flood-photo-exhibition.html Fri, 14 Sep 2018 04:07:25 GMT Flood hero Jaisal presented with brand-new Marazzo Kozhikode: Jaisal KP, who won hearts across the globe for his daring service during the Kerala deluge, received a surprise gift on Saturday. He was given a brand new MPV Marazzo at a function held here. Labour and Excise Minister TP Ramakrishnan handed over the key to Jaisal. Jaisal said that the gift was even beyond his imagination. “I will use it for charity purposes,” he added. Eram Motors launched Marazzo here by handing over the first vehicle to Jaisal. Eram Motors owner Siddique Ahmed said that they had decided to launch the vehicle in Kerala by presenting it to someone who serves the humanity. Jaisal's friends Afsal and Munees were also honoured with the Gem of Sea award. The starting price of Marazzo is Rs 9.99 lakh. A trauma-care volunteer from Malappuram district, Jaisal and his team rescued more than 250 people and recovered 10 bodies during the rescue operations. A video showing him offering his back to help people escaping from marooned areas get on to a boat had gone viral. The event was also attended by district collector UV Jose, Mayor Thottathil Raveendran and A Pradeepkumar, MLA. Congress President Rahul Gandhi also had felicitated Jaisal at a function recently. Read more: Latest Kozhikode news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/09/flood-hero-jaisal-presented-brand-new-marazzo.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/09/flood-hero-jaisal-presented-brand-new-marazzo.html Sun, 09 Sep 2018 05:56:23 GMT Nipah, black fever, leptospirosis... as deadly diseases haunt Kozhikode Kozhikode: A string of deadly diseases haunt a district touted to be the most clean in Kerala - this could well be the gist of the Kozhikode story now. As the recent leptospirosis (rat fever) outbreak claimed more lives in the district after the August floods, public hygiene, stray dog menace, waste management, and vector control are in focus once again. The authorities have been unable to conclusively pinpoint the causative factors. Experts but say it is not only the flood but also the continuous rain and contamination of soil that caused the diseases. Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP) executive committee member and its former president KP Aravindan told Onmanorama that more than the flood, heavy rain could have triggered the outbreak and spread of leptospirosis. “When there is a large water gush, bacteria get diluted and washed away. On the contrary, post rains, when the soil is damp and when there is water stagnation, animal or rodent excreta and urine get mixed with water. This year, Kozhikode experienced more rain compared to the past few years. Though flooding was less, it is one district that received maximum amount of rain," he said. “Leptospira bacteria can survive for weeks in damp soil, especially when the earth is alkaline. The chance of epidemic recurrence is high in such areas. The real period of danger is the days after continuous rain. So, it is best to identify such most-affected, low-lying areas and take immediate action to avoid waterlogging. Closed remaining closed too hold the threat of disease spread," he said. "Sewage workers, butchers, farmers, and veterinary health officials are high risk vocations. Contact with contaminated water is the most prevalent cause of spread. Those who walk barefooted are more prone to contracting the disease," Aravindan said. The best way to prevent the disease is to wear shoes, he added. “Another study in the state indicates that 71 per cent of dogs in the state are leptospira infected. This points to the large stray dog population in the state," Aravindan said. Statistics from the Directorate of Health Services indicate that the incidence of leptospirosis has always been high in Kozhikode. Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, additional professor T Jayakrishnan said the most number of leptospirosis cases were reported from the district. “The outbreak is usually post monsoon or in between the rains. This year, it rained continuously from the end of June to the last week of August. While checking the affected regions, we see a pattern of frequent outbreak in the same areas. Rats migrate during floods. Population, temperature and soil are important factors in making an area prone to such diseases. People are a bit hesitant to take preventive medicines," he said. Kozhikode was always a hot spot in terms of leptospirosis, said RL Saritha, the Director of Health Services. “Even the cattle rearers are at risk. Rat menace can be reduced considerably by keeping places clean. Cleaning up individual houses also play a crucial role," Dr Saritha, who was district medical officer, Kozhikode, said. Read more in Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/05/nipah-black-fever-leptospirosis-deadly-diseases-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/05/nipah-black-fever-leptospirosis-deadly-diseases-kozhikode.html Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:44:50 GMT Young mother held for murder of newborn Balussery: A young woman's bid to cover up the murder of her newborn failed as the baby's cries when its throat was being slit alerted her neighbours. The 24-year-old woman, who is estranged from her husband for the past two years, had planned to bury her newborn on Sunday immediately after killing it. The woman has been identified as Rinsha. She has been arrested by the Balussery police in Kozhikode district Rinsha was into the full term of pregnancy, but it had been a closely guarded secret, known only to her mother and a few other close people. She planned to do away with the infant in a bid to protect her honour in the society, police said, adding the baby bled to death minutes after she was born in the wee hours of Sunday. Rinsha had slit her neck with a blade immediately after the delivery at home. The murder at Rinsha's home at Valiyamalakkuzhi colony in Paramukku, Nirmalloor, has sent shockwaves across the state. The crime happened at around 2 am. The neighbours heard Rinsha cry out as she delivered , but they were aghast on hearing the baby scream soon. The baby went silent a little while later, raising suspicion. The neighbours then informed the police. The police found Rinsha lying in a pool of blood as they arrived at around 3 am, and the newborn's body was found wrapped in a plastic bag. The child, drained of her blood, had died by the time the police arrived. Rinsha had to be rushed to Kozhikode Medical College because she was bleeding. Circle Inspector K. Susheer recorded her arrest at the hospital and the magistrate remanded her there itself. Any interrogation of the accused could not be conducted because of her medical condition. However, Rinsha's mother Reena and brother Rinshad would have to be grilled again, the police said. It was her mother who attended the delivery. Rinsha would have disposed off the baby's body and continued to live her life normally if the neighbours had not heard the baby cry. She used to interact with her neighbours only very rarely. The family wasn't willing to let in neighbours who came running when they heard the child crying. The baby's burial took place in the evening with local people attending. Read more from Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/03/young-mother-held-muder-newborn-balussery.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/09/03/young-mother-held-muder-newborn-balussery.html Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:41:32 GMT Kozhikode district admin rallied army of volunteers with one WhatsApp No. Kozhikode: Nearly 4,000 volunteers registered by the Kozhikode district administration by making use of a single WhatsApp number pitched in for flood relief. The online platform, termed as 'Out Box', will act as an emergency contact for those in distress. The collective formed under the leadership of district collector UV Jose could easily gather a vibrant bunch of youngsters, who fanned out in different taluks to reach out to flood victims. By introducing a single WhatsApp number (6282998949), the district administration tried to connect to each of the registered volunteers personally. Under 'Out Box', 15 to 20 groups were formed and assigned relief works in four taluks of the district, said Anoop G, who manages the group. As the relief works in the districts are nearing the final stage, the district administration plans to utilise the organised manpower for any such mass involvement in the future too. “When a person sends a message, and immediately gets a direct reply from the collector, they feel more connected. This is more effective than any announcement on a Facebook page or group. Volunteers in different areas might be getting different tasks according to the needs of that particular area. If the number of volunteers in an area falls short, people from another location can be contacted and de[loyed in places they are needed,” Anoop revealed. The volunteers registered under various Akshaya centres across the state for relief works were also channelised to coordinate the relief works under 'Out Box'. Read more in Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/30/kozhikode-administration-whatsapp-volunteers-bank.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/30/kozhikode-administration-whatsapp-volunteers-bank.html Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:56:21 GMT Government school 'adopts' another damaged in flooding Kozhikode: The Government TTI Model UP School in Kozhikode has offered to 'adopt' a school that suffered extensive damage in Ernakulam district in the August floods. The decision came after teachers from the Kozhikode school visited Chalakka LP School, near Kuthiyathode, in North Paravur for restoration work as part of the Kerala School Teachers Association (KSTA)'s efforts. Chalakka school has 105 students, 80% from the backward classes. The whole area was inundated as Periyar and Chalakkudy rivers breached banks. The waters destroyed benches, desks, almirahs and even service books of teachers at the school. The school was reopened on Wednesday, but many of the students did not turn up. Many are still at relief camps, since their houses are filled with silt brought in by the waters. A Parent-Teachers Association meeting of the TTI school was called and a decision was taken to adopt the Chalakka school. They approached deputy director of education EK Suresh Kumar for permission. Teachers and parents contributed a good amount of money to support the adoption plan. Several institutions and individuals joined in with support in kind. Books and equipment for studies will be readied for the school soon. Medical camps will be conducted in the area and students and local people will be given counselling. Magic shows, music programmes and other entertainment are planned for students twice a month. Read more in Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/30/government-school-adopts-another-damaged-flooding.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/30/government-school-adopts-another-damaged-flooding.html Thu, 30 Aug 2018 07:31:35 GMT Onapottans raise funds for flood relief Vadakara: The popular folk character of onapottan, whose guise several take on during Onam celebrations, has also pitched in for raising funds for flood relief mission here. Traditionally, the decked-up dumb (pottan) character visits houses, especially in north Kerala, during the Uthradam and Thiruvonam days of the 10-day Onam festivities. It is believed onapottan, whose role is enacted by Theyyam artistes, brings prosperity to the house. People offer rice and cash to him. Sajith, son of Theyyam artiste Kanara Panikkar of Aroor, contributed his entire collection raised from his onapottan performance to flood relief. At Keezhariyoor, onapottans donated half of their collection to flood relief. DYFI activists in Maniyoor handed over their onapottan collection to the tehsildar. In Kuttyadi, K S Rajesh Kannancode, who had been playing onapottan for several years, joined the fundraising campaign of Narikkottumchal Parakkal fraternity, of which he is the secretary too. Money was collected from every house and shop in the area. The entire money will go to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). The 24-member fraternity abandoned Onam celebrations and focused on the relief support. They had delivered food to a relief camp in Wayanad the other day. Ex-panchayat member and Congress activist A T Dasan turned onapottan on the first Onam day and donated his collection from houses at Kallumpuram, Aroor, to flood relief. The money was handed over to panchayat member K. Sajeevan. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/27/onappottans-collect-flood-relief-fund.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/27/onappottans-collect-flood-relief-fund.html Mon, 27 Aug 2018 06:29:10 GMT Teen ends life after rains destroy school certificates Thiruvananthapuram: Heartbroken on finding his class twelve certificates destroyed in the devastation caused by the deadly monsoon in Kerala, a 19-year-old boy, committed suicide, police said on Monday. With his house fully waterlogged in the downpour, the boy, Kailash, and his parents, hailing from Karanthur in Kozhikode district, had moved to a relief camp three days ago. Kailash had got admission for a course in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and had purchased new clothes and set apart some money for higher studies, they said. As the rains abated for a while, he returned home on Sunday to take a look at the house and was shocked to find his plus two certificates soaked in water and in tatters. A Police officer attached to the Kunnamanagalam station said the boy's death came to light later on Sunday when his parents came to clean up the house as the water receded. They were shocked to see him hanging, police said. His shattered father, a labourer, had pinned all his hopes on his son as all their belongings had been mostly destroyed in the rains. In the worst affected Chengannur in Alappuzha district, a woman was wailing saying she had lost her Aadhar card, Ration card and all ID proofs. "All my belongings, my Aadhar and Ration cards and ID proofs are all gone. Only I am alive. My relatives do not even know I exist," she mourned. Heavy rains in Kerala has so far claimed 210 lives and forced over 7.14 lakh people to take shelter in relief camps in the state. Read more from Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/20/teen-ends-life-rain-destroys-school-certificates-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/20/teen-ends-life-rain-destroys-school-certificates-kozhikode.html Mon, 20 Aug 2018 11:03:37 GMT Sarojini gets a safe shelter as youths turn good Samaritans Kozhikode: Sarojini can now live in a safe and secure house, thanks to a group of youths who are part of a collective, ‘Yuvadhara’, in Kottuli. The elderly woman had been staying in a dilapidated house all alone after the death of her husband. With no children, she was surviving on the generosity of the local people. Realizing the sad situation Sarojini was in, the Yuvadhara members had decided to renovate her house. Sarojini said that she could not even imagine moving to another place. While the repair works were going on, Sarojini stayed at a shelter named ‘Home of Love’ in Kottuli. The renovation is almost complete now. A house warming will be held at 3 pm on Sunday. Inmates of the Home of Love will take part in the function and offer warm wishes to Sarojini, said Yuvadhara secretary, Pramod Kottuli. Earlier, Metro Manorama had reported on Sarojini’s plight. This report had caught the attention of Vayomithram workers of the city corporation and they had visited Sarojini offering help. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/06/kozhikode-youth-collective-helps-elderly-woman.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/06/kozhikode-youth-collective-helps-elderly-woman.html Tue, 07 Aug 2018 01:49:45 GMT When a rider without a helmet helped track a stolen scooter Koyilandi: Mumthaz Thayyullathil was happy to receive a notice from the motor vehicles department to pay a fine for traffic rule violations. The woman from Kuttiadi had been searching for her scooter ever since it went missing from a bus stand at Koyilandi two years ago. The vanished scooter reappeared in the most unlikely place - a photo clicked by a motor vehicle inspector during a routine check. Koduvalli motor vehicle inspector V V Francis took the photo on February 1 to bring to book the rider who was not wearing a helmet. Little did he realize that he was helping recover stolen property. Mumthaz, who had lodged a complaint with the Koyilandi police after she lost the scooter, got in touch with the cops as soon as she received the violation notification sent by the motor vehicle department to the registered owner of the offending vehicle. While the police took their sweet time in tracking the scooter, social media users were on the job. The scooter was located at Thandappara near Thamarassery on Sunday thanks to the social media forwards. The Thamarassery police have taken the scooter into custody but they have no idea who had been riding it so far. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/06/when-a-rider-without-a-helmet-helped-track-a-stolen-scooter.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/06/when-a-rider-without-a-helmet-helped-track-a-stolen-scooter.html Tue, 07 Aug 2018 01:48:44 GMT Owner of stolen scooter booked for traffic violation Kuttiyadi: The owner of a scooter that was stolen two years ago has received a notice from the Motor Vehicles Department over a traffic violation that took place six months ago. The scooter with registration number KL 18 L 9319 belonging to Thayullathil Mumtaz of Poomukham in Cherapuram was stolen from Koyilandy bus stand on May 7, 2016. A complaint in this regard was filed with the Koyilandy police that day itself. On February 1 this year, the RTO officials tried to stop the same scooter amid a routine checking. But the rider refused to obey them and sped away. As the rider was not wearing a helmet, his photo could be captured. Mumtaz soon received a notice asking her to pay a fine at the Koduvally RTO office which carried the picture of the scooter also. She says that the scooter still plies somewhere around Thamarassery, but the police were taking no interest in tracing the vehicle. Now, she is forced to pay a fine for a vehicle that she no longer possesses. Mumtaz has sought urgent measures to ensure justice for her. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/03/stolen-scooter-owner-gets-notice-for-violation.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/03/stolen-scooter-owner-gets-notice-for-violation.html Sun, 05 Aug 2018 10:04:06 GMT Parents, students seek to revoke transfer of headmaster of Kozhikode school Kozhikode: In a rare incident, the parents of students of a school at Payyoli here on Wednesday staged a protest demanding cancellation of the transfer of the school head. The protest prompted the MLA of the area to promise the parents that efforts would be taken to revoke the transfer order Binoy Kumar K N, headmaster of by Government High School, Payyoli. It has been hardly two months since the new headmaster joined the school and he was instrumental in speeding up the infrastructure development with public funding as well as taking care of the overall development of the students, said Sindhu K T, executive member of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). “He (Binoy Kumar) used to personally attend the class PTAs of every divisions. Usually, headmasters do not attend the class PTAs and give their suggestions. Binoy sir's involvement in all the activities of the school was very genuine. He used to arrive early everyday, and made sure that the children do not roam around or bunk classes. Due to his effective monitoring, other staff were also forced to stay back in the school and work,” said Sindhu. They added that in two months, nine classrooms were converted into smart classrooms, with the support of the parents and local people, under a project led by the headmaster – 'Oru Dinam, Oru Kodi'. The transfer order came amid plans to make the rest of the 27 classrooms smart by the end of August. The protesting parents and students were pacified by MLA K Dasan, who promised that the transfer order would be reconsidered. However, the PTA members said that the order was in place even two days after the MLA made the promise. GVHS Payyoli, which has a higher secondary as well as vocational higher secondary wings on the campus, is the only government educational institution in the nearby area, said the parents. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/01/parents-students-seek-to-revoke-transfer-of-headmaster-of-kozhikode-school.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/08/01/parents-students-seek-to-revoke-transfer-of-headmaster-of-kozhikode-school.html Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:18:16 GMT Woman, adopted son break piggy bank for flood relief Kozhikode: Fathima Hameed arrived with a kit full of biscuit packets for the flood victims of Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. “My son contributed Rs 218 from his piggy bank and I put in Rs 32. He went to school saying that we too should do something about the floods,” she said. Mohammed Fahad, a class-10 student of Savio School, Devagiri, was in fact adopted by Fathima, wife of Hameed. She stays near the dairy at Palazhi. All the five children she had given birth to had died early. Subsequently she had adopted Fahad. During the Ockhi cyclone last year also, Fahad had handed over Rs 4,000 he had collected from various people to the district administration. This time, Fahad and Fathima had decided to donate rice. However, officials told them that rice would not be accepted. Following which, Fathima took 2 kg pulses and the biscuits to the district tourism promotion council office. The district administration had made arrangements to collect materials from the public at the office. Inmates of the relief camps were supplied these materials under the supervision of the administration. Collector U V Jose flagged off the vehicles carrying the items to the flood victims. Among those present were assistant collector S Anju, district supply officer P Manoj, tahsildar K T Subrahmanian and DTPC secretary Binoy Venugopal. Members of organisations representing businessmen were also present. On Thursday, two loads of food items and three loads of drinking water were sent. In total, 8 ton of food were distributed. Individuals and institutions had donated materials weighing 1 kg to 2 ton. Those interested in joining the cause can still donate. “This gesture reflects the affection of the residents of Kozhikode to the flood-hit people. We had contacted the collectors of the affected districts. Based on their requests, we are sending the items on two trucks. Students, housewives and leading businessmen as well as associations have joined the effort,” said the district collector U V Jose. Read more from Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/28/woman-adopted-son-break-piggy-bank-flood-relief.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/28/woman-adopted-son-break-piggy-bank-flood-relief.html Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:07:10 GMT Money saved for son's wedding donated to build house for poor family Narikkuni: Setting a fine example, a couple decided to avoid extravagance in their son’s wedding and use the money to build a house for a poor family. CPM leader and retired agricultural officer P C Ravindran and wife Beena, who is the headmistress of Vivedoayam LP School, Padinjarethara, donated an amount of Rs 4 lakh saved for their son’s wedding to provide a house of Pykaad Meethal Girija and her two children. Girija and kids are now staying in a shack covered with tarpaulin sheets. When Narikkuni local committee of the CPM decided to build a house for the family, Ravindran and wife donated the money for the cause. Bijul Ravindran, son of Ravindran and Beena is a research scholar at Mumbai IIT. The foundation stone for the house was laid by CPM district secretary P Mohanan. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/18/money-built-house-poor-family.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/18/money-built-house-poor-family.html Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:45:39 GMT Kochi plumber held for immolating Kozhikode financier Kozhikode: An Ernakulam native has been arrested for allegedly setting afire the owner of a finance firm here on Saturday. The man succumbed to the burns at the Kozhikode Medical College on Saturday morning. Sumesh Kumar, a plumber, has reportedly confessed to the murder and revealed to the police that the motive behind crime was robbery. Sumesh had first approached Kuruvila seeking a loan of Rs 2 lakh on July 6. The financier had shot the youth's photos on his mobile phone after he sensed his conduct was suspicious. The photos proved valuable in tracing the accused. The crime happened after Sumesh went to Kuruvila's office again on July 13, this time with a can of petrol. He told Kuruvila that his wife would come soon with the gold to be pawned. Kuruvila had asked him to keep the fuel outside and went to the washroom. When he returned, Sumesh doused Kuruvila with petrol before setting him on fire. Kuruvila was alone at his office when he was targeted. In panic, the burning man jumped from the first floor, where his office is. Kuruvila fell initially on to the roof of a few shops down and rolled down to the ground. Locals and nearby merchants gathered at the spot and soon put out the fire. Thamarassery police and fire force arrived at the spot. The assailant had fled from the rear of the building immediately after the crime. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/15/kochi-plumber-held-for-immolating-kozhikode-financier.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/15/kochi-plumber-held-for-immolating-kozhikode-financier.html Sun, 15 Jul 2018 08:08:20 GMT Financier, 52, burnt in murder bid succumbs Thamarassery, Kozhikode: The 52-year-old owner of a finance firm who was grievously burnt in a murder bid at Puthupaddy passed away at the Kozhikode Medical College on Saturday morning. The deceased is PT Kuruvila, alias Saji, the owner of Malabar Financiers located at Kaithapoyil town, near Thamarassery, in Kozhikode district. Kuruvila, a resident of Olavangara, was attacked on Friday afternoon by an unidentified youth at his firm. The latter first sprinkled chilli powder on Kuruvila's face and then doused him with petrol before setting him on fire. Kuruvila was alone at his office when he was targeted. In panic, the burning man jumped from the first floor, where his office is. Kuruvila fell initially on to the roof of a few shops down and rolled down to the ground. Locals and nearby merchants gathered at the spot and soon put out the fire. Thamarassery police and fire force arrived at the spot. The assailant had fled from the rear of the building immediately after the crime. Kuruvila has stated that a man in red shirt had attacked him. He indicated that the assailant could be the very same person who was sent back by him a day earlier from his office after he couldn't pawn enough gold for the amount he wanted to borrow. Kuruvila had even shot the youth on his mobile on noticing his suspicious conduct. Meanwhile, police let off a man who was taken into custody after Kuruvila confirmed that he was not his assailant. He was brought to the hospital so that the deceased could confirm his identity. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/14/financier-burnt-in-murder-bid-succumbs.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/14/financier-burnt-in-murder-bid-succumbs.html Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:20:17 GMT Spooked school bus driver leaves 48 kids in the middle of the road Nadapuram: As many as 48 school children were stranded on the road near Nadapuram on Tuesday evening when the driver of their bus abandoned the vehicle after he spotted officers of the motor vehicles department. The bus was filled way beyond its capacity of 17 passengers and lacked a safety certificate, the officers said. The driver of the mini bus panicked when he spotted the inspectors on the road. He jumped out of his seat and ran away, leaving the bus and the children in the middle of the road. The motor vehicle inspectors later dropped all the students home. The inspectors were out to penalise safety violations in vehicles carrying school students when the bus that belonged to the Thanakoottoor Upper Primary School came their way. The bus was visibly overcrowded. It had also defaulted on road tax after December and its safety certificate had expired in May. The bus was taken to the Nadapuram police station. Though the representatives of the school management went to the police station, the officers refused to release the bus until the driver turned up. The motor vehicles department team included A R Rajesh, T K Ajil Kumar and V I Aseem. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/11/school-bus-driver-children.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/11/school-bus-driver-children.html Thu, 12 Jul 2018 01:58:26 GMT Village offices turn smart, Kozhikode district administration educates through short films | Video Kozhikode: The Kozhikode district administration is in a bid to turn around the work culture and improve service delivery at village offices in the district. The administration has turned seven village office hi-tech in a project taken up in association with the state government's Smart Village Offices project. In a bid to make the village offices in the district people-friendly, the Kozhikode district administration has renovated seven of its village offices. They also changed the furniture and installed more computers. Collector UV Jose said cosmetic changes would not suffice in making the offices people-friendly. There should be an inherent change in the officials' attitude towards the public. "For the public, village offices are the centres of government service delivery. The campaign is to make the offices people-friendly. In the first phase, on an experimental basis, 10 village offices each from every taluk has been selected to be made people-friendly. Seven offices including Koodathai, Kizhakkoth, Azhiyur, Maruthonkara, and Kasaba have been renovated and the feedback we receive from these offices is very positive,” he says. The village offices are mostly plagued by issues like staff shortage and lack of basic amenities. The new campaign intends to change the public's perception of the offices, often notorious for official apathy. Apart from the renovation works, the district administration is also making short-films intended to educate the public on the services offered at village and other government office. The theme is 'Ente Village Office, Ente Abhimanam' and it will involve members of the public. The short films have been directed by Ratheesh Kalyan, from Kakkoor in Kozhikode district. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/10/kozhikode-village-office.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/10/kozhikode-village-office.html Wed, 11 Jul 2018 02:29:52 GMT Try your luck at police station, predict world cup winner Kozhikode: Kerala police which is notorious for its rogue personnel and ineptitude is making a frantic bid to change public's perceptions about the force. Visitors to the Vellayil police station here stand to win a prize as the cops here have introduced a lucky draw to predict the winner of the ongoing FIFA World Cup. SI P Jamshir said that the initiative was meant to erase the fear of the general public regarding the police. The public relations effort is a success as several residents from localities under the police station have enthusiastically responded to the initiative. Several people have already made their prediction and dropped the name of the winning team in the box kept in front of the police station. A lucky dip will be conducted after the final to select the prize winner. So far, the participants of this contest were locals who approached the station with complaints, those charged with petty cases and people who came for other purposes. Now the police will seek the opinion of all local people while visiting their houses as part of the Janamaithri beat, when officials regularly enquire about their well-being. The winner stands to gain more than Rs 5,000, said the SI. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/04/try-luck-police-station-world-cup-winner.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/04/try-luck-police-station-world-cup-winner.html Wed, 04 Jul 2018 06:05:25 GMT Non-resident Keralite’s business venture faces resistance from CPM workers Kozhikode: A non-resident Keralite who wanted to start a business venture in his home town has been trumped by opposition from the activists of the DYFI who alleged that the proposed service centre would pollute a nearby river. A B Reji has borrowed about Rs 40 lakh from a bank in Kuwait to start the service centre at Thannerppadam near Vengara. He started the work on the station in February after obtaining the clearance from the city corporation. However, local workers of the CPM and the DYFI opposed the project, which they said would pollute the Punoor river. They have hoisted a flag at the project site. Reji’s wife has lodged a complaint against a handful of people for threatening her. Even the surveillance cameras put up at the site had been damaged. The police are yet to take action on the complaints. Reji’s wife said that she had raised the matter before the chief minister and the CPM district secretary but nobody has responded to her complaints. She said that the proposed service centre was 70 metres off the river. CPM district secretary P Mohanan said that he had received a complaint and he would look into it. The agitators had chased away the workers called for the construction of the centre. The machinery bought for the service centre are rusting away even as Reji is forced to pay the monthly instalments to the bank. Reji has found no sympathisers in the ruling party even though he belongs to a family close to the organisation. His father-in-law, Ilayidathu Purushothaman, had served as a party branch committee secretary at Payyanakkal. Read more: Latest in Districts https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/02/cpm-resists-non-residents-business.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/07/02/cpm-resists-non-residents-business.html Mon, 02 Jul 2018 02:07:49 GMT KSRTC's pricey bike shipping fare puts off riders Kozhikode: Youth taking up jobs in far-off cities often ship their bikes in trains or on inter-city private buses plying between Kerala and neighbouring states. Though long-distance Volvo buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) do transport two-wheelers in their night services, flagging demand has put the service in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the Karnataka transport authorities are yet to give nod to shipping by Scania buses which are being increasingly deployed for service. Karnataka state buses have been transporting two-wheelers since long. Though private buses do not have permission to carry two-wheelers, they transport them illegally. The KSRTC had decided to begin the service looking at the success of the “service” offered by the private buses. So far, two-wheelers are allowed only on the Volvo buses run by the public transporter. Two-wheelers like low-weight, gearless scooters are charged Rs 3,000 on average. Other bikes are charged Rs 4,000 and heavy ones like Royal Enfield Bullet are charged Rs 5,000 by the KSRTC. However, KSRTC authorities are sensing poor demand for the facility -- Fastbuz- on account of the current shipping charges. People opt for private buses that charge lower rates and ignore the service provided by the government transporter. Fastbuz is the point-to-point courier service offered by the KSRTC. The two-wheelers are kept in the luggage area and carried along with other baggage. The service is available only on Volvo buses plying on Ernakulam-Bengaluru route. The service is not available on the Kozhikode-Bengaluru route because Scania buses have replaced Volvo vehicles on this stretch. KSRTC employees believe that if Scania buses too get permission to transport two-wheelers, the service could become a success. KSRTC employees, the corporation and fan clubs of the transporter too have taken to social media to popularise the service. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/26/ksrtc-bike-shipping.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/26/ksrtc-bike-shipping.html Wed, 27 Jun 2018 01:54:34 GMT Teachers, lawyers felled by Kozhikode honeytrap racket Kozhikode: In the recent times there have been a spate of sensational cases in Kerala in which women gangs played a nefarious role in extorting money after threatening men with clandestinely shot images of sexual encounters. A few of them had tragic endings too that shocked the conscience of the state. Similar cases have been reported from Kozhikode, as exposed by Manorama News, as female gangs have been found laying honey traps to fleece money from vulnerable men. Among the victims are teachers, advocates and merchants. Nearly 50 people have been cheated like this in the past six months in Kozhikode. While demands have been raised for a comprehensive inquiry, it is said many police officers are turning a blind eye to such cases. Manorama News probe revealed that the con women set the trap through phone, ask the victim to reach a specific location. They are then asked to follow the women. A deal is settled at a deserted place for Rs 8,000 for an hour. The victim is despatched immediately after a short physical relationship. The real fraud begins after that. The victim is contacted again. He is asked to come again or pay more. The demand could be anything between Rs 75,000 and Rs 2 lakh. Those who fail to comply will be brought under pressure by sending pictures of their sexual act, shot during the encounter earlier. They are also threatened that the visuals will be uploaded on social media and the YouTube. The fraudsters benefit from the silence of victims who refrain from complaining because of fear of losing their honour. Read more national news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/25/honeytrap-racket-cheats-men-kozhikode.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/25/honeytrap-racket-cheats-men-kozhikode.html Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:50:44 GMT After Nipah, Kozhikode battles flood fury Kozhikode: District authorities are moving heaven and earth to curb spread of diseases after rains wreaked havoc claiming eight lives in the district barely recovering from the aftermath of Nipah-virus jolt. Nearly 3,000 people from the landslide-affected areas are housed in relief camps and the health department is working overtime to prevent spread of contagious diseases. Doctors and nurses from the primary and community health centres are in the 52 camps set up in the four taluks. District authorities said 2,848 people from 646 families are housed in the camps. A team led by Dr Manjula Bai, state officer for Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), is also on call. “People will not be shifted from camps immediately, even though water level has come down in some of the areas. The families have been advised to stay back for two more days. Diseases are being reported among the inmates of the rehabilitation camps. That would be a major concern in the coming days,” Kozhikode collector U V Jose said. “The chief minister has directed to ensure enough food and medicines for those sheltered at the camps. District administration as well as the local bodies are on the field to arrange food and medicine,” he said. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/15/kozhikode-battles-flood-fury.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/15/kozhikode-battles-flood-fury.html Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:17:19 GMT When world came crashing down on Fathima Fada Kattippara (Kozhikode district): Fathima Fada escaped death by a whisker. The 12-year-old girl and her mother are the only surviving members of their family. Fada lived in one of the four houses wiped off by a fatal landslide at Karinjola near Thamarassery on Thursday morning. She lost her little brother, her father and her grandfather. Fada owes her life to mother Hannath, who yelled out to her children to run away as soon as she heard the terrible sound of the slide on the hilltop. Fada ran out, thinking that the rest of the family were after her. She did not get into the first house on her way. That house was doomed too. Two little children died when boulders and mounts of soil rained on the house. The terrified girl sought refuge in the next house and she was taken along with the other people in the area to the nearby school. She kept searching for her parents and brother, until someone came for her. She was taken to the local masjid in an ambulance, accompanied by her injured mother. There she saw her little brother Jasim’s listless body wrapped in a white cloth. The people in the area could not console the mother and daughter. Jasim’s body was the first to be taken out of the debris. Bodies of his father Jaffer and grandfather Abdu Rehman were found later. Read more Kerala news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/15/fathima-fada-survivor-of-kozhikode-landslide.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/15/fathima-fada-survivor-of-kozhikode-landslide.html Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:17:02 GMT Independent elected civic chief of Feroke amid cross-voting Kozhikode: The political flux in the UDF, and the Congress in particular, was reflected in Kozhikode's Feroke Municipality when independent member, Kamaru Laila, snatched the chairperson's seat from Muslim League's P Rubeena with the backing of the LDF on Wednesday. As a result, the Muslim League has lost the only municipality in Kozhikode that was in its control. The voting was necessitated in the wake of the no-confidence motion moved by the LDF in the 38-member municipality. What tilted the scales in Laila's favour was the surprise move of two Congress councillors - K. Moideen Koya and KT Shalini - to back her. Kamaru Laila won 21 votes and her rival Rubeena, the incumbent chairperson, managed just 16. Rubeena had won the chairperson's election in September 2017 by a margin of just one vote. Then, the dissenting Congress members, who voted against Rubeena on Wednesday, were mollified by district and state-level leaders. Among the demands the dissenters had put forth in 2017 was the replacement of party colleague Muhammed Hassan from the post of deputy chairman of the municipality. Now, in an apparent nod to his help in ousting the IUML candidate, Koya has won the post of the deputy chairman of the municipality. The lone BJP councillor, Shijith P, abstained from voting. Read more Kerala news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/13/independent-elected-civic-chief-of-feroke-amid-cross-voting.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/13/independent-elected-civic-chief-of-feroke-amid-cross-voting.html Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:55:32 GMT KSU rejects mass resignation of Kozhikode panel Kozhikode: Kerala Students Union (KSU) state president Abhijith KM on Friday said at a press conference here that he rejected the mass resignation of the Kozhikode panel. KSU Kozhikode president VT Nihal on Thursday said that the panel was resigning over the offering of the Rajya Sabha seat to Kerala Congress (M). Abhijith said that the matter was considered seriously and after consultation with the senior leaders, it was decided that the resignation need not be accepted and instead, the young leaders have to be convinced about the political circumstances and keep them together for strengthening Congress in the district. Party chairman K M Mani had announced the decision to the media after a meeting of the party parliamentary board here on Friday. The decision was taken a day after the Congress decided to leave a vacant Rajya Sabha seat to the KC(M), in a move that stirred a hornet's nest in the Congress party. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/08/ksu-rejects-mass-resignation-of-kozhikode-panel.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/08/ksu-rejects-mass-resignation-of-kozhikode-panel.html Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:34:12 GMT Ex-teacher charred to death inside car, suicide suspected Kozhikode: A retired teacher was found dead inside his burnt car in Ambalakkulangara, near Kakkattil, in Kozhikode district early on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as K Nanu, from Koyyal, near here. The circle inspector (CI) of police, Kuttiyadi, Sunil Kumar, who is investigating, said the preliminary probe indicated a suicide. The retired teacher told his family before leaving his house around 3.30 am that he was going to book a doctor's consultation for his son. The officer told Onmanorama that the fire spread from petrol kept inside his car. “He was seen asking a few residents on the availability of petrol to be kept on reserve. Nanu and his wife had been using two-wheelers and generally do not keep petrol in reserve. The petrol tank of the car is not affected and the fire is obviously spread from inside,” the CI said. The body was almost burnt completely below the knees, the police said. Forensic experts visited the spot and the body was shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital mortuary for post-mortem. A case of unnatural death was registered. The police said the cause could be ascertained only after the post-mortem report was out. Read more: Latest Kozhikode news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/06/retired-teacher-charred-death-car-suicide-suspected.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/06/06/retired-teacher-charred-death-car-suicide-suspected.html Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:18:39 GMT Accidental shot from son's gun kills woman Chakkittapara, Kozhikode: Police have cracked the mysterious death of a 38-year-old woman here on Saturday night. It has come to light the woman died after a gun handled by her son went off accidentally. Shaiji, wife of Chitrangadan, succumbed to gunshot wounds, the police confirmed. They said her son, who is plus-two student, had got the gun from the forest area near their house, and the tragedy occurred while he was playing with it in the kitchen. Shaiji was dead by the time the police arrived. The body was then shifted to the Medical College in Kozhikode for inquest. Forensic experts visited the spot. The Perambra circle inspector said further action will be considered only after detailed investigation. Shaiji is the daughter of Vijayan and Jaya of Elichupara. Read more local news from Kozhikode https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/21/accidental-shot-from-sons-gun-kills-mother.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/21/accidental-shot-from-sons-gun-kills-mother.html Mon, 21 May 2018 09:12:54 GMT Woman, 35, found dead with gun-shot wounds Kozhikode: A woman was found dead with bullet injuries at her house at Chakkittappara here on Sunday. Family members claimed that she was hit by a freak bullet while she was examining a gun her son had found from their agricultural land. The deceased has been identified as Shiji, 35. She is the wife of Chitramgadan of Pallikamkandi. The incident, which took place on Sunday night came to light on Monday morning. The police have registered a case and began a probe into the incident. Read more Kozhikode news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/20/woman-found-dead-gun-shot-wounds.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/20/woman-found-dead-gun-shot-wounds.html Sun, 20 May 2018 09:06:20 GMT Four, including couple and daughter, killed in car-lorry collision Kozhikode: A car collided with a tipper lorry on the National Highway bypass near Ramanattukara on Monday, killing a couple, their daughter and a relative. Two people were injured in the accident. The deceased have been identified as Yahootti, 65, of Tirur; his wife Nafisa, 56; daughter Zahira, 35; and their kin Sainuddin, 45. Zahira's children Sesha Fatima, 6; and Shafin Muhammad, 4, have been admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital with injuries. The family was travelling to the Comtrust Eye Hospital in Kozhikode as the children needed an eye check. The traffic police said the car tried to overtake a lorry near Seva Mandiram in the bypass, and rammed into a tipper coming from the opposite direction. The car was totally wrecked and it was quite a hard task taking out the occupants. Nafisa died on the spot while the other succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. The tipper was carrying metal for road repair work being carried out in the bypass. Read more Kerala news https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/15/four-including-couple-and-daughter-killed-in-car-lorry-collision.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/15/four-including-couple-and-daughter-killed-in-car-lorry-collision.html Tue, 15 May 2018 03:32:27 GMT Tiny Azeem meets Brett Lee with a big demand Kozhikode: Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee, who is currently in India as part of the commentary assignments for Indian Premier League, had a young visitor here. A specially abled boy, Mohammed Azeem, met the Australian while he was was about to return after attending a function at a school here. Azeem sought Lee's help so that his school, Government Mappila Upper Primary School at Omassery, is elevated to the status of a high school. Azeem is reportedly upset as the government has so far ignored this demand. Lee didn't disappoint Azeem and offered to help him and family. Read more Kozhikode News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/11/tiny-azeem-meets-brett-lee-with-big-demand.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/05/11/tiny-azeem-meets-brett-lee-with-big-demand.html Fri, 11 May 2018 14:55:18 GMT Prakasan's feast of love attracts dozens of parrots every day Kozhikode: Prakasan’s house at Chanari Thazhath, Malikkadavu hosts over 50 ‘guests’ every day. Now, their number is steadily rising but Prakasan is pleased to serve his visitors, green parrots, a sumptuous meal. There is an interesting tale behind this unique hospitality. Three years ago, during a visit to a relative’s house in Thrissur, Prakasan came across a parrot chick which was yet to start flying. He took it home and kept it in a cage. The chick soon began growing up under Prakasan’s care. Some days later, another parrot flew in from somewhere and gave company to Prakasan’s bird. Prakasan offered some paddy grains to the new visitor, but it initially refused to accept the feed and flew away. However, the parrot soon returned and finished the meal in no time. The next day, the visiting parrot brought three of its friends with it. Prakasan served them enough grains to their fill. On subsequent days, the number of parrots enjoying Prakasan’s hospitality steadily increased. During one of these feeding sessions, Prakasan opened the cage of his pet parrot and allowed it to join its friends. The bird flew away with the group. Next day onwards, a big group of parrots started reaching Prakasan’s house. He has never failed to entertain them. Bird feed comprising paddy, banana, legumes, guava and tomato are kept on the compound wall of his house. The birds arrive at 6.30 am every day and leave by 7.30 am after finishing the meal. Prakasan says the birds are sticklers of the time schedule. Another peculiarity of parrots is that they prefer only clean and fresh food. Whenever slightly rotten or stale food is kept, the parrots refuse to touch it. Though the arrangements for hospitality costs Prakasan Rs 100 every day, he says it gives him immense pleasure. When Prakasan has to travel, he entrusts his wife with the task of arranging the meal for the birds. The neighbours feed the birds when all members of Prakasan’s family are out of station. The parrots fly away whenever some strangers arrive at the house but come back and resume their meal soon. However, the sight of a cat frightens the birds so much that they do not return to their meal after taking to the air. Prakasan says he ensures that no cat steps into the compound of his house during the feasting time of the parrots. https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/04/25/prakashan-parrots-feast.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/04/25/prakashan-parrots-feast.html Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:17:24 GMT After fighting disability all life, little Asim is all set for a new battle Kozhikode: Mohammed Asim, who has 90 per cent physical disability, is launching an agitation demanding a high school near his house. Born without both arms, Asim is a bright student and has completed his seventh standard. He wants the Velimanna government Mappila UP school, where he studied till Class 7, to be upgraded as a high school. Asim is taking out a march to the Collectorate along with the local people for the purpose. The youngster, who draws pictures with his toes, has been attending classes and carrying out his other academic activities with the help of his parents. A winner of the state government’s ‘Ujwala Balyam’ award which was presented in January, Asim is now staring at an uncertain future. Back in August 2015, the then chief minister Oommen Chandy had upgraded the Velimanna government Mappila LP school to a UP school based on a memorandum submitted by Asim. As he cannot continue in the school after having completed his seventh standard Asim wrote to the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan urging him to start high school classes in the institution. Even though the AEO recommended to the government that the school could be upgraded, the request was turned down. With no other option left, Asim and the local people have taken to the path of agitation. Earlier, on March 26, they had formed a human wall on the premises of Velimanna school as part of their stir. Now, a march and sit-in strike are being organized in front of the Collectorate to be inaugurated by Sheikh Davood, the nephew of former president A P J Abdul Kalam and trustee of Kalam Foundation. Powered by Chuttuvattom: Click to read this story in Malayalam Velimanna is an underdeveloped area in Omassery grama panchayat. There is no high school in a radius of five km and if the school is upgraded, students in six other wards in Omassery as well as four wards in nearby panchayats will benefit. Moreover, there are 22 scheduled caste colonies and a scheduled tribe colony in the area, said action committee office-bearers Sartaj Ahmmed Velimanna and Mohammed Abdul Rasheed. Read: Kozhikode News | Kerala News https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/04/14/asim-fighting-disability-new-battle.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/districts/kozhikode/2018/04/14/asim-fighting-disability-new-battle.html Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:31:57 GMT