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DMRC to handle Kerala’s Light Metro project

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is all set to become Metro-equipped. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy approved Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as the implementing agency and gave administrative sanction for the proposed Light Metro project in Kozhikode and the state capital.

Oommen Chandy
Oommen Chandy

Speaking to reporters, Chandy said all issues over the project have been cleared and the state government will now write a fresh letter to the central government seeking the in-principle clearance for the project.

“The previous letter to the central government did not have clarity but now with the administrative sanction also given by the cabinet, all issues have been cleared, including handing over the project to be overseen by the DMRC,” said Chandy.

The project is expected to ease the traffic in the busy capital city and Kozhikode.

‘Metro Man’ E. Sreedharan, advisor to DMRC, would be overseeing the project and 40 percent of the cost is expected to be shared equally by the state and central governments and the rest through loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with very low rates of interest.

Initially, Sreedharan had suggested for Mono Rail projects in these two cities and after starting the preliminary paper work for it, it was cancelled as doubts were raised about the financial viability.

He later suggested the Light Metro mode and it ran into problems after a section of the bureaucracy didn’t appear very keen and it was only after numerous rounds of talks and a huge pressure from various political parties backing Sreedharan, the project got its final nod.

 

With inputs from IANS

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Is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?

Former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies, co-organised by PFI faces youth's protest.

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Popular Front of India
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New Delhi, September 25, 2017: The youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out to protest against the University and former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies.
The event was co-organised by National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India to mark the international conference on “the role of women to make a humane society”. It has also been alleged that an Islamic fundamentalist organization, Popular Front of India (PFI) was also part of the organizing committee.
According to the reports, the criminal of radical outfit PFI was accused of cutting the hands of Professor Joseph for being offensive to the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. It has also been accused of accusing National Investigative Agency over controversial ‘Love Jihad’ cases.
The university however claim that they have received letters from certain organizations, though not being part of the event but were collaborating in it.
BJP now demand an apology from the former vice president for attending the event that was organized by the organization who has also been responsible for recruiting youngsters for the Islamic state.
The question arises what prompted the Vice President of India for 10 years to attend an event organized by a radical Islamic people of Popular Front of India?
Is he being supportive of their agenda? Or is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?
– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

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Kerala: Kochi Metro Grants Job Opportunities for Transgenders

Not only a policy for transgenders, Kerala has more to offer. Kochi Metro Rail has ensured job opportunities for transgenders.

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Transgenders rejoicing. Image Source : hindustantimes.com
  • Kerala became the second state in India to acknowledge transgender rights and formulate a governmental policy for them
  • As mentioned in the Supreme Court Judgement, the policy recognises the rights of the transgenders to identify themselves as male, female or intersex
  • It ensures their right to social, economic and cultural opportunities

Life has always been harsh for the India’s third gender. Be it looking for a job or home, it has never come easy. These people are sidelined from the society for a reason that they are not responsible for- physical appearance! As a result, their life becomes miserable and they do not find a way to live it any better.

After Odish had released their policy for transgenders. Image Source : nation.com.uk
After Odish had released their policy for transgenders. Image Source : nation.com.uk

Following the footsteps of Odisha government, Kerala became the second state to have a policy for transgenders. Last year, in 2015, they released a governmental policy which stated that the transgender people have the right to the following:

  • Identify themselves as male, female or intersex as per their reality
  • Avail all the social, economic and cultural opportunities and resources
  • Equal employment opportunities as everyone else and pension for those above 60 years
  • To live a life without violence

Additionally, the government aims to set up a Transgender Justice Board which would be headed by the Minister of Social Justice, Kerala.

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There is heavy discrimination between transgenders and other genders. They are maltreated by people and their rights are barely acknowledged properly. They are not given medical care or pension schemes. So, Kerala Government and the Metro Rail Corporation has decided to give them employment opportunities, reported thebetterindia.com.

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“Transgenders face a lot of difficulties. They are forced into undesirable occupations. So as an experiment we have developed an idea to rehabilitate them. Under Kudumbasree itself, we have planned to employ transgenders in Kochi metro. We know that our experiment will be a success… Kochi metro will be a venue for many experiments. So first we decided to make use of Kudumbasree, women self-help groups in many operation sections. Unlike other metros, Kochi metro will have more women employees, it will be a woman run metro,” Alias George, Kochi Metro Rail Managing Director, has said in a recent KMMRL Facebook post.

Thus, Kerala has not only promised the transgenders a better world but are actually working to achieve that end.

-prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram.

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Indian priest and nun in Aden attack still missing, Sushma Swaraj assures aid

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Sushma Swaraj
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Thiruvananthapuram: Following Friday’s attack on a care home for the elderly in Yemen’s Aden, the missing Catholic priest from Kerala taken away by unidentified gunmen has not been traced till now. However, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured all help.

An Indian nun was among the four nuns killed in the attack on the home run by the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Speaking to reporters, Chandy said that he just now spoke to Sushma Swaraj and it was she who told that a nun, who belongs to Chhattisgarh, has also gone missing from the care home in Aden.

“I spoke to her about the reports of a missing Kerala priest and sought help to locate him. She said the Indian embassy has now been closed down and also expressed doubts about the efficacy of the government there, but she has assured that the centre will do its best,” he said.

Earlier, an aide of Chandy, who is keeping in touch with Keralites in Yemen, told reporters that the mother superior of the home, Sister Sally, had a narrow escape when the gunmen opened fire at the care home.

“The priest Tom Kuzhuvennal, who hails from Kottayam district, has been taken away by these unidentified gunmen who opened fire while Sally was moved to a safe place in the convent by the local people there after hearing the gunshots,” said the official.

“We are in close touch with our people in Yemen who are closely following the developments there,” added the official.

In the gunfire, four nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, including one from India, were killed. The Indian nun has been identified as Sister M Anseleme, 57, from Jharkhand. Of the other three nuns, two were from Rwanda and another from Kenya.

The home, set up by Mother Teresa in 1992, houses 61 elderly destitute and the Kerala priest had come to the home from an insecure place in Yemen.

News reports indicate that these unidentified gunmen belonged to the Yemen-based affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) group. (IANS)