Kerala Minister calls IAS officer 'mad', abuses workers

26 April, 2017, 08:45 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Dulquer Salmaan to play Gemini Ganesan

Chennai: Kerala electricity minister MM Mani seems to have added to the woes of Pinarayi Vijayan government, which is already facing criticism from various fronts, by his unsavoury remarks against Idukki-based Pombilai Orumai, an all-women collective which took on Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited in 2015.

Protests had erupted in various parts of Kerala, demanding the minister's resignation over his alleged remarks against "Pembila Orumai" activists and IAS officers involved in the eviction drive from encroached lands in Munnar in Idukki. The BJP's Kerala unit observed a black day in Idukki district and demanded Mani's resignation.

"Mani has said that he will quit only if his party - CPI-M - asks him to do so".

Significantly, the chief minister had earlier denounced Mani's remarks. I kindly request them to telecast it so that everyone can know the truth. He alleged that only six women were protesting against him and among that was Sobha Surendran (BJP leader) and Bindu Krishna (Congress leader). Kerala Industries Minister Jayarajan had resigned in October previous year over charges of nepotism while state Transport Minister AK Saseendran quit his post late last month after an audio clip of him purportedly asking for sexual favours from a woman was played on a newly launched TV channel.

The opposition leader also asked why Mr. Mani bothered to express regrets over his remarks the other day if he had said nothing untoward.

Would you ever buy a Jump rig?
The Yi Halo camera comes with 17 camera units in total and allows users to showcase their creativity while creating VR content. It's thus extremely hard to recommend signing up for pre-orders of a next-gen Jump-powered YI HALO priced at around $17,000.


Board Votes To Close Charter School In Smyrna
The services from the resource center are conditioned on the school selecting new leadership by June 30, Walter said. Board members approved documents that will be sent to the Kentucky Board of Education for approval.


Ramos beats Pouille to reach Monte Carlo final
Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka was also routed, with the Swiss third seed losing to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4. I think that he is one of the favorites to win again at Roland Garros", Sanchez-Vicario, a four-time Grand Slam-winner, said.


Mani on Saturday night had reportedly used abusive words about women plantation workers and since then the Women's Collective, whom he allegedly abused, has been on a protest demanding an apology.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that they will not call off their protest till Mani quits.

State CPI-Marxist Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan refused to comment. "He spoke in a very local lingo that was misinterpreted", said the chief minister. "He (Venkitaraman) is a mad man and should be sent to Oolampara (mental hospital in Thiruvananthapuram)", said Mani, who has waded into controversies with his uttrances in the past as well.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action.

Recommended:

  • Nathan Fillion Reveals Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Deleted Scene

    Nathan Fillion Reveals Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Deleted Scene

    The soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 comes out today, and you definitely shouldn't listen to it. Vin Diesel: "I'm such a big fan of the film and the franchise and the cast and of Marvel".
    At least eight drown as migrant boat sinks off Greece's Lesbos

    At least eight drown as migrant boat sinks off Greece's Lesbos

    Searches continue after a pregnant woman, one of two survivors, told officials that there had been a total of 25 people on board. Greece's Aegean Sea islands are a primary transit point for refugees and migrants seeking to reach Europe from Turkey.
    Could Tory manifesto drop pledge not to raise income tax or VAT?

    Could Tory manifesto drop pledge not to raise income tax or VAT?

    She said that it was Labour's "instinct" to raise taxes, adding that voters had a clear choice between the two parties in June's general election.
  • Warriors Look To Close Out Blazers Monday

    Warriors Look To Close Out Blazers Monday

    Durant started off the bloodbath with a triple after missing the previous two games with a calf injury. Portland went 0-4 against Golden State in the regular season, losing twice by more than 20 points.
    Israeli attack on Syria military camp kills three

    Israeli attack on Syria military camp kills three

    Once of the most significant strikes took place March 17, when Israeli aircraft attacked Assad's forces near Palmyra. Earlier this month, it carried out a drill simulating the takeover of an Israeli position.

    China, Philippines argue over defense chief's island visit

    The President instead has directed the military to fortify the islands in the West Philippines now occupied by Filipino soldiers. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters at a regular briefing that Beijing had "no information" on the matter.
  • Greece beats a key bailout target for 2016

    Greece beats a key bailout target for 2016

    Greece has to reach a primary surplus of 1.75% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018 and maintain it at that level in the medium term. Under the terms of its bailout program, Greece had to reach a 0.5% primary budget surplus in 2016.
    Arsenal beat City 2-1 to reach FA Cup final with Chelsea

    Arsenal beat City 2-1 to reach FA Cup final with Chelsea

    We always looked solid and risky because we played more in the second half. "But I think the players have shown great togetherness".

    Saudi King Appoints Son as Country's Ambassador to US

    Awad Al-Awad was named minister of culture and information, another key position in the government, replacing Adel Al-Toraifi. Washington provides some logistical and intelligence support, as well as weapons, for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
  • Universities, colleges, schools to re-open in J&K on Monday

    Universities, colleges, schools to re-open in J&K on Monday

    Authorities responded by closing colleges, universities and some high schools for a week, but the protests continued unabated. The violence broke out as colleges in the city reopened following clashes last week between students and government forces.

    Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

    Perdue had received the support of ranking Senate Agriculture Committee Democrat Debbie Stabenow of MI . During this critical time, the importance of trade for the agriculture industry can not be overstated.
    Avengers 4: Did Zoe Saldana Accidentally Reveal The Title?

    Avengers 4: Did Zoe Saldana Accidentally Reveal The Title?

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters May 5, 2017, with Avengers: Infinity War now slated for release on May 4, 2018 . We are in the summer of blockbuster movie releases and teasers that come out years before the movie is even in production.


Popular

Ramos-Vinolas upsets Cilic in Monte Carlo
Maybe tomorrow or a day after I ll be able to look back a little bit and think where I m at now from where I was a week ago. Ramos-Vinolas, ranked 24 in the world, defeated the Briton 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 32 minutes, reports Efe.

US Defense Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti
The White House recently granted the US military broader authority to strike al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants in Somalia. Another senior United States defence official played down any concerns about China's base construction in Djibouti.

What Apple's next iPhone might look like
The pictures show an iPhone made of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge front screen and no discernible bezel. But a new report from the most reputable Apple insider in the world indicates things may be even worse than we thought.

Now, BSNL offers 3GB data per day in new plans
The pricier, Rs 447 plan is said to offer unlimited local and STD calls to any network and 1GB of 4G data per day for 70 days. For Rs 509, the company is offering unlimited SMS, calling and double the data (2GB per day) for 3 months on first recharge.

Adrian Peterson, Saints nearing deal after humbling free agency tour for RB
The latest the Patriots can take a player off the board in Philadelphia come Draft Day will be in the third round or 72 overall. The Vikings signed Long last October after they had lost tackles Matt Kalil and Andre Smith to season-ending injuries.

Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund
In return, 1MDB had agreed to transfer assets - both cash and fund units - to IPIC as collateral. However, last April, IPIC said 1MDB and MoF Inc were "in default".

Tesla prioritizes Supercharger expansion "so drivers never wait to charge"
Supercharging is a much faster than the normal charging method of simply plugging a vehicle into a traditional electrical outlet. By the extension of Tesla supercharger network, it provides more efficient and consistent charging facility to the Tesla user.

Mike Conley, Grizzlies tie series with OT win over Spurs
Conley set a franchise postseason record with 35 points, and Gasol finished with 16 points after shooting 5 of 12 for the game. The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will head to Game 5 tied at 2-2, thanks to Memphis' 110-108 OT win Saturday night.

Israel holds Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem
Israel marked the beginning of its annual day of Holocaust remembrance on Sunday evening with an official ceremony in Jerusalem . Netanyahu warned against the dangers of standing by, and praised U.S.

Cards' Wainwright has HR, 4 RBIs in first win of season
The Cardinals, 7-10, remain near the bottom of the NL Central rankings - a division where no particular club has stood out. Greg Garcia hit leadoff doubles in the first and third, while Yadier Molina belted a two-base hit to start the second.