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24 Sep 2018, Edition - 1168, Monday

FLASH NEWS:

  • Govt rejects JPC demand, 10-point justification issued, ‘CAG, CVC looking into matter’
  • Flood threat looms over Punjab, CM Amarinder Singh holds high-level meet; schools, colleges shut tomorrow
  • Crucial meet on SC/ST act at 4pm today
  • J&K: 1 jawan martyred in Tangdhar encounter
  • The Bishop was arrested after three days of interrogation on Friday
  • EPS-OPS govt invites DMK President MK Stalin, Kanimozhi and TTV Dinakaran for MGR centenary celebrations on 30th Sep
  • Kerala Nun Rape Case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s bail plea rejected as judicial custody has been extended till October 6th
  • Commander Abhilash Tomy rescued
  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi visits his LS Constituency Amethi
  • 15-year old boy lynched in Tamil Nadu for alleged theft

Kerala News

CPI-M has resources to foot CM’s chopper bill, says Kerala Minister

Covai Post Network

Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Wednesday said that the CPI-M had the resources to foot the Rs. 8 lakh bill, for the helicopter ride by the Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan.

The Chief Minister, a few days ago, flew on a charted helicopter to Thiruvananthapuram after attending a party conference in Thrissur. He flew back after attending a meeting with representatives of Central Government studying the damage caused by cyclone Ockhi that ravaged coastal Kerala in November.

A controversy erupted after Additional Chief Secretary P.H. Kurien released the money to settle the bill from the cyclone relief fund, which came as a big embarrassment to the LDF Government.

The Chief Minister’s Office hurriedly announced the cancellation order (of the settlement amount) after severe backlash from the opposition parties.

At the same time, Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan, who is in charge of the relief fund, said that there would be an official inquiry into how the first order was issued without his knowledge. He said Kurien had maligned the Government by issuing the order.

The Minister and his party (CPI) are at loggerheads with Kurien, who is believed to be enjoying the Chief Minister’s support.

Meanwhile, CPI-M State unit Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters that the the party would discuss the issue on Thursday during a meeting at Thiruvananthapuram.

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