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Kerala’s Communist Government likely to dissolve Devaswom Recruitment Board by handing over temple recruitment to PSC

The board was constituted depending on the recommendations of a single member commission comprising former Kerala High Court judge K S Paripoornan

Temples of Kerala. Representational Image., Pixabay

Sept 10, 2016: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala has decided to dissolve the Devaswom Recruitment Board by handing over temple recruitment, with the exception of those performing rituals, to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The decision comes amidst a continuing stand-off between the CPI(M) and its allies on the one side and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its feeder organizations on the other over matters connected with the management of temples and allowing entry of women at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, reported a leading news portal.

This will in fact harness the powers of four Devaswom boards in Guruvayur, Travancore, Malabar and Cochin managing around 3,000 temples.

On Thursday, a bill was introduced by the State Cabinet in the Kerala Assembly to assist recruitment from a common eligibility list to be prepared by the PSC, that is, for usurping the rights of the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, reported

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This process is in progress with the passing of the bill, last year in 2015, to replace decree introduced by the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government, that actually set up the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, taking the first step towards the disbanding of the board.

The board was constituted depending on the recommendations of a single member commission comprising former Kerala High Court judge K S Paripoornan.

Temples dedicated of Swami Ayyappan, Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Temples dedicated of Swami Ayyappan, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The Hindu Aikyavedi, an organization under the Sangh Parivar umbrella, is in the forefront of the campaign against the LDF government over issues of temple rituals and faith.

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The organization staged a sit-in by the leaders of various like-minded outfits in front of the Secretariat on Wednesday alleging that the LDF government was being privy to efforts to destroy the very foundations of faith at Sabarimala and other temples.

A lot of criticism is faced with the decision regarding the High Court’s intervention against the religious sentiments of a particular community.

A Bill, to replace the Ordinance, was passed by the State Assembly in 2015. Once the new Bill leaving recruitment to Devaswoms to the PSC is enacted, the present recruitment board will cease to exist.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram with inputs from various sources

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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu’s bail plea

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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‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’ Witnesses escalating BJP-Left Confrontation

Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Amit Shah, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Wikimedia

Hurling anti-left maneuver during Janaraksha Yatra Kerala, Indian BJP National President Amit Shah launched serious allegation against the ruling CPM government for triggering political violence and imputed to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan the culpability for the mass killings of party workers in the state.

The BJP Chief traced back the origin of violence-centric politics in ”God’s Own Country” to the inception of the Communist regime. “Left always paralyses the state it rules. West Bengal and Tripura witnessed similar political vehemence under the CPM government”, elucidated the President.

Criticizing the Human Rights Activists of the nation, Amit Shah pointed out that they are very selective when it comes to what they support. “You turn your eyes away when our workers die. Why is there no march in Delhi? Violence has no color. More than 120 workers of the BJP have succumbed due to political violence so far. What was their fault? They were working for the betterment of Kerala”, complained the BJP Chief.

Acclaiming BJP’s ideology enthusiastically, Shah called upon the people to join as workers. Addressing the gathering at ‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’, the President added that family members of the deceased have stood by the BJP and he wouldn’t let the martyrdom of the workers go waste.

Amit Shah inaugurated the ‘Janaraksha Yatra Kerala’ at Payyannur to protest against alleged killings of party workers. The “padayatra” was led by the party’s State President Kummanam Rajashekhharan.

The National President of BJP attributed the diminishing power of the CPM to their increasing reliance on political violence. Apart from CPM, the once dominating Congress is also losing momentum thereby giving BJP the opportunity to flourish with their ideology. “More the mud of violence, more the lotus will bloom” added Shah.

The BJP Chief assured his party workers and volunteers that BJP would fight the war with CPM until emerging victorious. Shah declared, “We must all unite against the rule of the Left Government.”

Shortly after the launching of the yatra, three BJP workers adorning the National Highway 66 were ambushed by anonymous men on Monday. During his address, Shah alleged that the assailants were CPM cadres who have also destroyed BJP flags in the area.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is ready to augment the saffron stand with his visit to Kerala on Wednesday. As per the report of Times Now, Adityanath will basically be in the Muslim-dominated district of Mallapuram.

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Kerala Catholic Priest Tom Uzhunnallil Abducted by ISIS Rescued from Yemen: Sushma Swaraj

The priest's release was achieved through the intervention of the Oman government

Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil
Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil. Sushma Swaraj Twitter handle

Thiruvananthapuram | New Delhi, Sep 13, 2017: Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil, abducted by terrorists in Aden in March last year, has been rescued from captivity from an undisclosed location in Yemen.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted about the release of the Catholic priest, who was abducted in March last year.

“I am happy to inform that Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been rescued,” she said.

The priest’s release was achieved through the intervention of the Oman government.

According to reports reaching Kerala, after his release the priest was flown from Yemen to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman.

He has left Oman on a chartered flight — either for New Delhi or for the Vatican, reports said.

The media in Oman confirmed the news of the release of the priest and posted a picture of him — standing in a room with the picture of the Oman king in the background.

He will be flown to Kerala later in the day.

Expressing happiness at the news, the priest’s brother Mathew Uzhunnallil said their prayers have been finally answered.

A spokesperson of the church Fr C. Jimmy told the media that the news has been received with a great sense of happiness.

In March 2016, militants barged into a care home for the elderly set up by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Yemen’s Aden and shot dead many people, including four nuns of the charity organisation, among whom one was from India.

After the shooting, the militants took away the Catholic priest. Since then, other than a few videos released from time to time, there has been no news of his whereabouts.

Uzhunnalil’s ancestral home in Ramapuram in Kottayam district is presently shut as two of his brothers live abroad, while another lives in Gujarat. (IANS)