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Kerala local body polls on 2010 delimitation: Court

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld its single judge’s verdict directing the local bodies polls be held on the basis of the 2010 ward delimitation, instead on basis of the recent delimitation. The state government said it will not challenge the ruling.

The order was pronounced by a division bench.

The Kerala government wanted the entire polls to be held on basis of the recent delimitation, while the State Election Commission (SEC) preferred the 2010 delimitation. The government was hoping that they would be able to get a stay on the single bench verdict which did not approve of 69 new panchayats and four new municipalities created following the delimitation.

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Oommen Chandy

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy however said that the state government will not go in for an appeal against this verdict.

“We will cooperate with the SEC and ensure that the polls will be held on time,” he told reporters, after hearing about the verdict.

State Panchayats Minister M.K.Muneer said that the government will now talk to the SEC and go ahead.

State Election Commissioner K.Sasidharan Nair told reporters in the capital city there is no standoff between the SEC and the state government and all issues will be resolved.

According to the rules, the cut off date for the polls is October because the newly elected local bodies will have to assume office on November 1.

Polls will be held to 21,682 seats in the three tier local body structure, in which 50 percent seats are reserved for women candidates.

In the 2010 local body elections, the Congress-led United Democratic Front won more than 50 percent of the total seats.

(IANS)

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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu’s bail plea

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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu's bail plea

Kochi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected an anticipatory bail plea by top advocate C.P. Udayabhanu over his alleged role in the murder of a real estate broker in September.

The police has arraigned him as an accused in the case.

A single bench of the High Court while rejecting his plea, observed that none was “above the law”. It also rejected his counsel’s argument that Udayabhanu “will submit himself” before the probe team.

The court pointed out that the custody of Udayabhanu was “most needed”.

The case pertains to the murder of a real estate broker at Chalakkudy near here in September.

Soon after the murder took place, the police arrested four persons. During the course of investigation, the police found out Udayabhanu’s alleged role, forcing him to approach the court.

With his plea getting rejected, the police are making all efforts to arrest him at the earliest. Udayabhanu is all set to approach the Supreme Court with a new anticipatory bail plea.(IANS)

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Kerala High Court Permits the Employment of Women in Liquor Retail Shops

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December 21, 2016: The employment of women in foreign liquor retail shops got permission by Kerala High Court.

According to court, such orders and rules “are violative of Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution and are therefore unsustainable,” said the court in a recent order about the Foreign Liquor Rules of the state government.

According to PTI, “Justice Anu Sivaraman issued the order while disposing of a batch of writ petitions challenging constitutional validity of Clause No 37 of Rule 7 contained in Chapter VI of the Kerala Abkari Shops Disposal Rules, 2002 and Licence Condition No 36 of Foreign Liquor Rules to the effect that no women shall be employed in any capacity in a toddy or foreign liquor shop.”

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The women said in their petition that they had participated in the selection and they had been included in the ranked list for the appointment to the post of peon/helper in the Kerala State Beverages (Manufacturing & Marketing) Corporation Ltd.

However, they were not given appointment in the vacancies, citing the rules and government order. A notification issued by the Kerala Public Service Commission also stated that women will not be entitled to appointment in shop vacancies.

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PTI reported that the court directed the Kerala Public Service Commission to advise the petitioners to appoint to the post of peon/ helper in the corporation immediately, from the ranked list, as the people who are lower down in the ranked list have already been appointed.

Further said, “This shall be done within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgement. The petitioners shall be accommodated against the available vacancies without reference to whether such vacancies are in shops or otherwise.”

The court ruled, “If no such vacancies are available to accommodate the petitioners, they shall be accommodated against the supernumerary vacancies and adjusted against the next arising vacancies.”

The court has also directed the Kerala State Beverages Corporation, Kerala Public Service Commission and the state government in accordance with the judgement and in accordance with law, they should re-work the appointments made from the ranked list.

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The high court said, “In view of the fact that all vacancies have already been reported to the PSC, the 3rd respondent (the PSC) shall also re-work the ranked list and pass orders accordingly within a period of one month from the date of receipt of a copy of the judgement.”

prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Women can now Wear Churidars to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala

A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also allowed entry of churidar-wearing women

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Entrance to Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvanthapuram. Wikimedia Commons

Thiruvananthapuram, November 30, 2016: The administration of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here has informed the Kerala High Court that it had decided to let women wearing ‘churidar’ enter it.

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Speaking to IANS, its Executive Officer K.N. Satish said the high court had asked him to take the decision based on a petition.

“I informed the court yesterday (on Monday) that women can enter the temple in churidar,” he said.

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The famed temple that shot into international fame since 2011 after it was found to have a treasure estimated to be in excess of one lakh crores, stacked in five vaults.

The customary dress code for women entering the temple is they should cover their dress using a dhoti or a saree and this was challenged by woman advocate Riya Raji.

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A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also allowed entry of churidar-wearing women. (IANS)