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It’s a double role for doctors NIA court chargesheets 18 in terrorist recruitment case as nurses’ stir intensifies

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Kochi: The ongoing strike by nurses means doctors have an additional duty - that of a nurse. In the out patient (OP) sections, they themselves call in patients, in ICUs they keep an eye on the monitors and IV bottles, and in operation theatres the absence of nurses does not translate into delays. After nurses intensified their strike, doctors have doubled as nurses in many departments to ensure proper treatment. At Lakeshore and MOSC Medical College Hospital (Kolencherry), doctors have learned to cope with the workload, as existing nurses are posted for emergency services. “When 600-odd nurses suddenly disappear you really have to find a way to cope with it. It is difficult to manage the wards, but in the operation theatre it is easier. Sterilization of equipment is handled by technicians, and so we have restarted surgery now,” said Dr Chithrathara, head of the department of surgical and gyneacological oncology La, keshore Hospital. Since there is no shortage of patients in many departments, like the dialysis unit of MOSC Medical College Hospital, doctors are work-

Doctors during their regular duty at Lakeshore Hospital's casualty unit in Kochi on Thursday

ing 18-20 hours to ensure proper treatment. “The workload is high, but we cannot shift all dialysis patients to other hospitals,” said Dr Kishore Dharan, consultant nephrologist of MOSC Hospital. At Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), the nurses’ union has called for a second strike from February 21. “Last time many doctors were on duty for 24 hours continuously We will do ev. erything to make sure everything goes smoothly said ,” AIMS gynaecologist Dr Sarala Sreedhar.

Nurses’ strike: Talks fail again
Kochi: The talks initiated by the labour commissioner to end the ongoing strike at Lakeshore Hospital and MOSC Medical College Hospital, Kolencherry, failed to settle the issue that has been playing havoc with the healthcare scene in the district for the past couple of weeks. Though the Lakeshore Hospital management submitted an interim relief package, the unions refused to accept it as they wanted a monthly salary of Rs 15,000 for nurses. According to the management, that would cost them an additional burden of Rs 6.5 crore annually. Instead, it suggested a hike of Rs 1,000 to Rs 4,000 to nurses based on their experience. It was also decided to waive off 50% of their medical expenses at the hospital. They were also promised payment of arrears for seven months. “We briefed the labour commissioner about this package. This will bring additional expense of Rs 1.5 crore for us. They are not accepting it,” said Dr Philip Augustine, managing director of the hospital.

Kochi: LeT suspect Thadiyantavide Nazeer and 17 other people were chargesheeted by the NIA special court here on Thursday . They were chargesheeted in the case in which several Malayalees were recruited to terrorist training camps run by the Lakshar-e-Toiba in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). NIA court judge S Vijayakumar, based on the report filed by the NIA, charged the accused with waging a war against India after conducting the recruitment to the terrorist camp under the guise of organizing Thareekath camps. The chargesheeted include K V Abdul Jaleel, M H Faisal, P Mujeeb, Shafaz, Muhammed Ninar, Ibrahim Maulavi, Firoz, Badaruddin, Muhammed Nawaz, Abdul Jabbar, Sabir P Bukhari, P K Anaz, Shaneej, Abdul Hamid, Sainuddin, Umarul Farooq and Sarfaraz Nawaz. According to the court, Thadiyantavide Nazeer, Shafaz, Ibrahim Maulavi, Sabir, Mujeeb, Sainuddin, Umarul Farooq and Sarfaraz Nawaz were the ones who hatched the conspiracy . The camps were conducted from 2006. The last camp was organized at Neerchaal on August 14, 2008. It was in this camp that five Malayalee youth were selected for the terrorist training camp. The selected people were Fayaz, Fayiz, Abdul Rahim, Muhammed Yasin alias Varghese Joseph and Abdul Jabbar. The court said that except Jabbar, all were killed in an encounter with the Indian Army Jabbar who escaped with minor injuries reached . Perumbavoor and was admitted to a local hospital for treatment. Two people (Sabir and Pakistan citizen Wali) are yet to be nabbed. The court has decided to begin the trial on February 27 and it will examine 42 witnesses, including the investigation officials.

Trial might be shifted to new complex in Kaloor
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Kochi: Concerned over the poor security at the existing NIA special court where 18 LeT suspects including Thadiyantavide Nazeer and Shafaz are being tried for terror-related cases, the state intelligence wing has filed a recommendation to the government to relocate the court to the old campus of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) in Kaloor. Highly placed intelligence sources said the government had in principle approved the recommendation and the court would soon be shifted. “The decision to shift the NIA court from its current location was taken considering the importance of strengthening the security to the accused and the officials of the court,” said a source. The old campus of NUALS was chosen after police conducted a security audit of the campus and its surroundings. “The present court is situated in a building at Ravipuram where there are some shops. The police will not be able to enforce fool

The state intelligence wing has filed a recommendation to the government to relocate the court to the old campus of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kaloor
proof security at the building because of certain issues,” a police official said, adding that the decision to shift the court was taken in a meeting attended by top police officials. “The shifting will help cops to sanitize the entire area and take control of the building whenever the accused are brought. The campus is ideal as it has a sprawling ground where police can park their vehicles. It already has a boundary wall as well,” the official said. Meanwhile, the sub jail here has been brought under tight security for lodging all the 18 accused. Top officials of the prisons department and the police also conducted a meeting to review the security at the jail.

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Kochi: Tiger Airways, one of Asia’s leading low-cost carriers, has announced a new direct service between Kochi and Singapore, becoming the first regional low-cost carrier to connect these two cities. The new flight will start operations from April 28. The booking started from Thursday There will be four flights a . week when the service will be launched – on Monday Tues, day Thursday and Saturday , . “We will now serve five destinations in India, providing travellers from Singapore access to some of India’s most popular commercial centres at great value fares,” said Stewart Adams, managing director of Tiger Airways. Tickets are available at special promotional fares from $85 (one-way; Kochi to Singapore), all-inclusive, for travel from April 28 to October 30.

Kochi: The attack by miscreants on Mor Gregorios Abdul Jaleel Church in North Paravoor on Wednesday should set alarm bells ringing in a state that claims impeccable secular credentials. Kerala has already found itself fourth in a list of states with the highest intolerance level. There were 10 attacks against Christian missionaries and churches last year in the state and that gave Kerala this dubious distinction. Karnataka leads the list with 45 incidents. The list and a report in this regard were prepared by Bangalore-based Global Council of Indian Christians. The report has listed 170 incidents across the country. Orissa (25) comes second in the list, followed by Madhya Pradesh (15). Tamil Nadu, Chhathisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have seen six incidents each. In other parts of the country the crimes cited in,

cluded murder and maiming, but in Kerala they were more about manhandling, beatings, destruction of property and attacks on churches. Such incidents were reported from Idukki, Adoor, Kodungalloor and Wayanad. In most cases, evangelists were the targets. On February 15, an Adoration nun was attacked in public by a man in Idukki for no apparent reason, the report says. In March, two pastors sustained serious injuries after being attacked by a group of people in Kodungalloor alleging that they were forcibly converting people. Two incidents were reported, from Sultanbathery and Adoor, in April, and were followed by a series of attacks across the state. In Alappuzha, police was called in by a religious group complaining that three women evangelists from Pennsylvania in the US were engaged in religious conversion in the tsunami-hit Thrikkunnappuzha. “In Kerala, Christians are the new target

group. People seem to have apprehensions about the work of missionaries and the service in churches,” says Sajan K George, president, Global Council of Indian Christians. The report has been sent to the Central government, various departments and the national Human Rights Commission, he said. Along with attacks on missionaries, Kerala also saw desecration of churches last year. In Pathanamthitta, the St Kuriakose Orthodox Church was robbed and the Holy Communion desecrated; and in St Anthony's Forane Church, the glass encasement of Jesus Christ was broken by miscreants. In a similar incident, Velankanni Catholic Church at Kottenkulangara, near Kollam, was desecrated. Miscreants vandalized the altar and confession cubicle. “Politics is the major factor behind the attacks in Karnataka, but in Kerala the civil society is stronger, so the number of attacks is less,” said Sajan George.

Kochi: The Advertising Club Cochin and Pepper Creative Awards Trust have invited entries for the Pepper Creative Awards, meant to honour the best creative minds from the advertising industry in South India. A four-member panel comprising Agnello Dias, founder of Taproot, Prathap Suthan, chief creative officer of iYogi, Priti Nair, founder of Curry Nation, and Raj Nair, ECD Contract Advertising, has been formed. “The four have proven credentials in heading juries of a similar

nature at the national and international levels,” said Oommen Kurian, chairman of the Pepper Creative Awards Trust. The competitions are being held in categories like agency of the year award, advertiser of the year, POP direct mailer, , photography packaging, unpublished , works, PR and promos. This year, there will be a section for participants from Kerala focusing on jewellery real estate, , textiles, hospitality and ayurveda. The award distribution function will be held at Le Meridien on March 30. The winners will get gold, silver and bronze awards and certificates.


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Kochi: The city police on Thursday nabbed a man for stealing mobile phones. The arrested has been identified as Jalal, 35, of Mahal Veedu, Ice Road, Vadakara. The police sources said the accused was wanted in connection with three mobile theft cases. He was arrested from the premises of North railway station. The accused had stolen a bag containing dress, cosmetic items and money from a passenger of Malabar Express. Two mobile phones were recovered from the arrested. Jalal used to target railway commuters in crowded passenger trains, said the police.

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‘Queen of the Arabian Sea, hot but breezy’
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Kochi: At first Goolam Khandey, a former militant, was a little apprehensive to venture out of Sondar Pinjari village in Jammu & Kashmir for a journey across India, organised by the Indian Army. Over the years he had gone through experiences that an average Indian seldom comes across —being part of a militant group, losing his loved ones, surrendering to the Indian Army and six years of imprisonment. At 60, all he wanted was to continue being a daily labourer and enjoy the comforts of his small house. Goolam is one among the 27 senior citizens from Jammu & Kashmir selected for a 15-day journey arranged by the Indian Army. The programme titled ‘Operation Sadbhavana’ is a venture to win peoples’ hearts in Jammu & Kashmir. After arriving in the city on Thursday morning, the group that includes retired government employees, teachers, or-

FROM PARADISE TO GOD’S OWN COUNTRY: The group that includes retired government employees, shepherds and former militants visited Marine Drive, shopping malls and went for boating

chard farmers, shepherds and former militants visited Marine Drive, shopping malls and went for boating. Led by an army major, the group will also visit a warship at Southern Naval Command on Friday followed by a visit to Tripunithura Hill Palace. Goolam Khandey said that after vis-

iting Delhi, Goa, Belgaum and Kochi he realised what he missed and also what Jammu & Kashmir lacked, and thanked the army men for convincing him to undertake the journey. “I regret for depriving myself for so long the pleasure of not enjoying the beauty of my country. India

is so mesmerizing and when I see each city developing at a fast pace I realize how much Jammu & Kashmir lags behind. When I return to my village, I am going to tell people that India is larger, fascinating and far more developed than what we perceive,” he said. The members of the tour group

include Hindus and Muslims living in remote areas like Kistwar, Sondar Pinjari and Karoo areas that are not even connected by road. The army conducts such trips every year for college and school students of Jammu & Kashmir. This is the first time that senior citizens were taken across the country. Kasim Hussain, a 70year-old shepherd, finds the climate down south pleasant. “The heat is a bit harsh at times but for us who are accustomed to extreme cold conditions, this is a different experience. Kerala is as beautiful as we had heard and the visit to the breezy Marine Drive will stay in my memory for long,” he said. Funded by the Indian Army, the trip commenced from Kashmir on February 1 covering Delhi, Goa, Belgaum, and finally reaching Kochi. The group will leave the city on February 11 for Delhi from where they will board a flight for the last leg of their journey.

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