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Kerala NDA ally demands non-Brahmins as chief priest in the famed Sabarimala shrine, BJP silent

Sparking controversy that would keep BJP at stake, Kerala NDA ally BDJS has raised a demand of appointing non-Brahmin as the chief priest in Sabarimala. The Travancore Devaswom Board, however, is of the view that there should be talks on the issue, reports said.

Brahmana Pooja is an accepted practice in Sabarimala which has been following since the beginning of the history of Sabarimala. In this regard, BDJS, has started a campaign ‘Untouchability for Sabarimala Ayyappan?’. So far BJP has not responded to the issue.

Brahmanical Pooja is a ritual performed at Sabarimala. However, BDJS’s demand is to consider others who have learned the rituals for the post. BDJS is a community of members of Ezhavas who are traditionally toddy tappers or liquor businessmen whereas they have appointed their own community members as the priests in the temples they own in Kerala.

Sing the Symphony of Life: Article by Dr. Janatha Ramanathan

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Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

Carol Burnett

Time flies. Tantrums glide. Mind frets. Thoughts hoarded in the mind fumes out the spirit. We queerly tread on the pastures of the unknown, hoping to see the dawn. Deeds of your own describe you. Thoughts of your life design you. Human beings are in a rush to make life meaningful and happy. Optimistically, we trail the path of virtues to see sunshine in our life.

Life has a vision and mission. As an individual, each one loves to connect them with it. Envisaging a bright future and journeying towards it become a hallmark of life. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. We were born to be real and not to be perfect. You are the protector of your own self. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not ever allow your pain, hate you. Do not permit the bitterness to steal your sweetness. The choice is yours. “Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, Leave no path untaken”, said Neil Gaiman. Strive to be the best person you can be.

Thank God for the countless blessings, but never forget the experiences that became experiments in your life. We fall, we break, we fail. But remember, we rise, we heal and we will overcome. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. Lessons learned and imbibed should help you to redefine yourself. Step in carefully to stride on the perpetuity of incidents and episodes that add colours to your life. Montgomery advocates that “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet”. So, celebrate and sing yourself the symphony of your life. The mellifluous music may enchant you with sweet melodies that will becharm you forever.

It is always believed that life has no meaning. You bring meaning to your life. What makes life meaningful? Questioning the meaning of life is one of the biggest wonders of a human being. A meaningful life is filled with love, positivity, forgiveness, doing the best you can do and achieving goals. Do not waste your life on people or situations that will make you feel miserable or depressed. Have a heart that cannot hate, but just spreads love and make sure everyone who steps in you is cheerful. There is something beautiful every day. You have to find it…!! Believe in the beauty of the world and live your life merrily. Spread your wings; let the spirit soar.

You are what you believe in. you become that which you believe you can become.

Bhagavad Gita

Article by Dr. Janatha Ramanathan

Kerala’s ‘sweet revenge’ to union health minister: Over 4.5 lakh people vaccinated in a single day, says doses for only one day left in stock

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Health Minister Veena George has announced that 4,53,339 people have been vaccinated in the state today. This is the first time in the state that these many people were vaccinated a day. Only about two lakh vaccines are in stock in the state now, including the 38,860 doses of Covaxin that arrived today. That means there isn’t even enough dose for everyone Sunday. He said vaccination in the state would be in limbo if the central government does not allow more vaccines on Sunday.

With this, the vanity of the propaganda that Kerala has hoarded 10 lakh vaccines has collapsed. Kerala is the best vaccinating state. Vaccination in the state is higher than the national average. The first dose of vaccination for health workers and frontline workers has reached 100 percent. This week alone, about 1.6 million lakh people were vaccinated. With this, the state has proved that it can give more than 4 lakh vaccines a day.

Today there were 1522 vaccination centers. There were 1,380 centres at the government level and 142 centers at the private level. Kannur district is in the first position by vaccinating 59,374 people. Thrissur district is just behind with 53,841 people vaccinated and Kottayam district became third with 51,276 people vaccinated.

So far 1,83,89,973 people in the state have been vaccinated. Of these, 1,28,23,869 were given the first dose and 55,66,104 were given the second dose. According to the 2011 census, 38.39 percent of the total population was given the first dose and 16.66 percent the second dose. According to the census, 53.43 percent of the population over the age of 18 were given the first dose and 23.19 percent the second dose. “This is well above the central average,” Veena George said in a statement.

India administers 43 cr vaccine doses, achieves landmark milestone

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has achieved the landmark milestone of 43 crore with nearly 46 lakh vaccine doses administered on Saturday, the Union health ministry said.

The 22,80,435 vaccine doses were administered as first dose and 2,72,190 vaccine doses given as second dose in the age group 18-44 years on Saturday.

“India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has achieved the landmark milestone of 43,26,05,567 with nearly 45,74,298 vaccine doses administered on Saturday,” the health ministry said in a statement.

Cumulatively, 13,77,91,932 persons in the age group 18-44 years across 37 states or union territories have received their first dose and 60,46,308 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive.

Three states namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have administered more than 1 crore cumulative doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the age group 18-44 years.

Also, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have vaccinated more than 10 lakh beneficiaries of the age group 18-44 years for the first dose of COVID vaccine, the ministry said.

PTI

Kerala MPs in RS move against private bill on uniform civil code

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Ahead of Rajya Sabha MP Kirodi Lal Meena moving private member’s bill on controversial Uniform Civil Code, Left MPs from Kerala objected to the introduction of the bill in the house.

MPs Elamaram Kareem, Dr. V Sivadasan and Binoy Viswam have given notice to the Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu under rule 67, reports ANI.

It was expected that the BJP MP KL Meena will introduce the bill in the house on Friday. However, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned without running the usual business.

After Bangladesh, Kitex receives offer from Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has extended an invitation to the Kitex Garments to invest in the island country. Dr. D Venkateshwaran, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Chennai, visited Kitex MD Sabu Jacob at Kochi on Saturday.

He offered complete co-operation if Kitex is willing to invest in Sri Lanka. However, the company has not decided on the offer yet.

Earlier, Bangladesh and several other countries in the Arabian Gulf region had offered incentives to Kitex group for investments in their countries when the company decided to drop Rs 3,500 crore investment in Kerala, the management claimed.

Kitex has already decided to invest Rs. 1,000 crores in Telangana. The company claimed that they received offers from 8 other states.

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg passes away

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Nobel laureate and Americal theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg passed away on Friday. He was 88.

He shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1979 with two others “for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles.”

Electromagnetism and weak interaction are two of the four fundamental interactions of the nature. The unified field theory developed by Weinberg and others “models them as two different aspects of the same force.” This is a very important component of the Standard Theory of the particle physics.

Steven Weinberg was born in New York City in 1933. He held the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas in Austin.

IMA to probe into Transgender activist Anannyah’s death

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A four-member panel of the Indian Medical Association lead by Dr Roy Abraham Kalluvelil will investigate the death of transgender activist and RJ Anannyah Kumari Alex.

Apart from Dr Roy, two psychiatrists and a plastic surgeon will be part of the inquiry committee.

We are declaring the investigation to address the concerns of the transgender community, IMA Kerala state president Dr PT Zacharias said.

Anannyah was found dead at her flat in Edapally on Tuesday.

Anannyah was suffering from severe physical pain for some time after undergoing a sex reassignment surgery at a private hospital here last year and complained of medical negligence against the doctor who conducted the procedure.

2 more test positive for Zika in Kerala; total now 46

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Two more people tested positive for Zika virus in Kerala, taking the total number of reported cases of the infection to 46, out of which five are active.

A 42-year-old woman from Kumarapuram in Thiruvananthapuram and a 30 year-old woman from Kottarakkara in Kollam were the ones who tested positive for the virus, a state government release said.

The virus was confirmed in tests conducted at the virology lab of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.

None of the infected patients have been admitted in the hospital and they all are stable, the release said.

PTI

Transgender activist’s death: Postmortem report reveals unhealed wounds on private parts

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The postmortem report of Anannyah Kumari Alex revealed that unhealed wounds were present on her private parts.The report which is handed over to the police ruled out any foul play in her death and confirmed that she committed suicide.

A team headed by the forensic department chief of Ernakulam Medical College prepared the postmortem report. The team handed over the report to police on Saturday.

Police will record the statement of the doctors to clarify if there were any lapses from the side of the plastic surgeon of the private hospital in Kochi who carried out the SRS surgery of Anannyah.

It is reported that police will visit Kalamassery medical college on Monday to discuss the report with doctors. Dr Arjun who performed Anannyah’s surgery will be interrogated on the same day.

Anannyah’s partner Jiju Raj found her dead at the flat in Edapally on Tuesday. Police had recorded his statement. Three days after Anannyah’s death, Jiju was also found dead.