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21 Jul 2018, Edition - 1103, Saturday

FLASH NEWS:

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties
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  • ‘This crime is unacceptable’, says Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on mob lynching incident in Alwar
  • Number of girls in IITs distressingly low, this needs to increase: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • PM Narendra Modi said the NDA had the ‘confidence of the Lok Sabha and the 125 crore people of India’
  • More than 500 DMK cadres were detained by police for showing black flag to Governor for conducting review meetings

Kerala News

Saseendran back as Transport Minister

Covai Post Network

KOCHI: Ten months after quitting as Transport Minister, senior Nationalist Congress Party leader A.K. Saseendran on Thursday returned to the Cabinet. His swearing in as Transport Minister comes in less than a week after a court acquitted him of all charges of sexual harassment filed by a woman journalist.

Saseendran had quit in March after a Malayalam channel aired a sexually explicit conversation reportedly between him and a journalist.

State Governor P. Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy to Saseendran at a function in Raj Bhavan, which was attended by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Cabinet colleagues. Senior leader Thomas Chandy, who had replaced Saseendran as Minister but was forced to quit in a few months following land grabbing allegations against him, did not attend the swearing-in ceremony.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Thiruvananthapuram discharged Saseendran from the Mangalam honey trap case on January 27. However, a social activist has challenged the CJM’s ruling in the Kerala High Court.

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