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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Now a power tussle between Kerala and Tamil Nadu?


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Even as the Mullaperiyar dam row refuses to die down, a power tussle is looming large between Kerala and TN. Refuting reports that Kerala did not want power from Kudankulam, Kerala CM Ooomen Chandy has written to the prime minister requesting that the state be allotted 500 MW of power from Kudankulam. Kerala's demand comes immediately after Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa asked the Centre to allot the entire 2000 MW generated in the two units to the state. Chandy's letter, dated May 3, cites the "a special power situation" in the State, and asks for special consideration in power allocation from Koodankulam. According to the letter, power produced from the hydel projects in Kerala is not enough to meet the power requirements of the State. Without mentioning anything about Tamil Nadu's demand, Mr Chandy told the Prime Minister that Kerala had already been allotted....


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

So, who decides how many children you should have?


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Well, Kerala had a share of this debate recently when a newly formulated Women's Code Bill was submitted to the state government. The Commission on Rights and Welfare of Women and Children was constituted on August 7, 2010, to prepare a code for the rights and responsibilities of children and women. Headed by former Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer, the commission has created quite a storm with its recommendations. Having more than two children might prove you guilty according to certain clauses in the Bill. IMPORTANT RECCOMENDATIONS: WOMEN'S CODE BILL A family norm of two children is to be implemented in the footsteps of the national population policy. A ten-member commission of eminent personalities will monitor this. In case, there is a violation of the family norm of two children, a fine of Rs 10,000 or three months' simple imprisonment can be imposed....


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kerala CM engulfed in the palmolein fire


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Things were going well for Oommen Chandy after the initial hiccups of forming a UDF government with the macho allies. His ambitious 100-day governance program set the agenda with transparency and people friendly initiatives as corner stone. Even the live web streaming of his office and workroom attracted eyeballs. Here was a CM, swarmed 24/7 by people including tireless Congress workers, giving a patient ear to whoever approached with petitions. An absolute workaholic! From the Munnar land encroachment to the Smart City project, he knows the key issues well and is keen on projecting an image that the Government is at it. But now the palmolein case is back to haunt him. The Trivandrum vigilance court on Monday directed investigators to probe Chandy's role in the palmolein import case of 1992, when he was finance minister in the K Karunakaran cabinet. The import had led to a loss of....


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Decentralisation in Kerala destabilised?


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The trifurcation of the Department of Local Self-Government under three Ministers in the newly sworn in United Democratic Front Ministry has been flayed by many. In Kerala there are already three departments functioning under three independent Heads of the Departments viz. Commissioner of Rural Development, Director of Panchayats, and Director of Urban Affairs. These three departments were under the control of the Minister for LSGD. But now the three departments urban bodies, village local bodies, and rural development are under 3 different ministers. This is said to deal a heavy blow to the three-decades-old decentralisation initiatives in the State and the efforts at integration of local governance that had been on for the last 12 years. The concern is about three aspects: 1) The decision is against the trend in Kerala. Over the last several years efforts had been to bring all rural development programmes under the ambit....


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I started my career as a reporter with Times Now, Chennai. Covered Dravidian politics extensively for the Lok Sabha elections, 2009. Reported on investigative stories relating to child sex rackets and child sexual abuse across Tamil Nadu. In charge of the Kerala Bureau of CNN-IBN now. Reported extensively on the state elections, April, 2011. I have always believed that journalism is my window to the world. It keeps me grounded and in touch with reality.
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