Boys sweep engg. entrance ranks

Boys swept top ranks in the entrance test for admission to engineering courses in the State, the rank list of which was published here on Monday.

All the 10 top rank-holders were boys. The rank lists were announced at a press conference by Education Minister C. Raveendranath.

The first rank went to V. Ram Ganesh from Tripunithura. The second rank went to Akshhay Anand from Thiruvalla and the third rank to Ashwin S. Nair from Thiruvananthapuram. Ashwin was a student of the Kendriya Vidayala, Akkulam. The first rank in the SC category went to P. Shiboos from Malappuram and the second rank to V.M. Rishikesh from Thrissur.

The first rank in the ST category went to S. Adarsh from Kottayam and the second rank to S. Namita from Ernakulam. Six of the 10 top rank-holders were from the CBSE stream. The top three rank-holders are from this stream.While the top rank-holder from the SC category is from the State HSC stream, the second rank holder is from the CBSE stream. Both the first and second rank holders in the ST category are from the CBSE stream.

Of the 55,914 candidates in the rank list, 31,187 are boys. In the top 100 ranks, 90 went to boys. In the first 1,000 ranks, there are 550 candidates from the CBSE stream, 383 from the State higher secondary stream, and 54 from the ICSE stream. As many as 185 candidates who figure in the top 1,000 ranks are from Ernakulam. While 126 are from Kozhikode and 119 are from Malappura

Perumbavoor murder case: witness identifies accused in ID parade

A woman living in the neighbourhood of the Perumbavoor murder victim identified the accused in an identification parade held on Monday in the presence of the Judicial First Class magistrate, Kunnumpuram.

Official sources said the woman, the lone witness attending the identification parade, identified Ameerul Islam from among several others, who were lined up along with the accused.

Shibu Daniel, Judicial First Class Magistrate, Kunnumpuram, conducted the identification parade and recorded statement of the witness under Section 9 of Indian Evidence Act.

The procedure started around 3 p.m. and continued for about an hour.

The woman had earlier given a statement to the police that she saw a person emerging out of the victim’s house and crossing the adjacent canal on the day of the crime. Based on this, the police had prepared a sketch of the suspect.

The investigators have listed six persons, including owner of the lodge where Ameerul Islam stayed and the shop owner who sold sandals to the accused, as the key witnesses in the case.

Prior to the identification parade, Jail DIG (Central Zone) K.Radhakrishnan visited the district jail on Sunday and reviewed security arrangements. Meanwhile, the Perumbavoor Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Monday issued warrant to produce Islam before the court on Tuesday.

The warrant was issued on a petition by the investigation team.

An official privy to the probe said the police would seek the custody of the accused on Tuesday.

Upon receiving Islam in custody, the police will take him to different places, including the scene of the crime, for evidence collection, sources said here. The police on Monday conducted a search for a weapon abandoned by Islam near the victim’s house using metal detector.

Another bank fraud unearthed in Kasaragod

The police have registered cases against two senior bank officials who allegedly disbursed loans on the pledging of fake gold ornaments in a cooperative bank in the district. A case has been registered against a gold appraiser also in connection with the scam.

The cases were registered against P.V. Rajani, manager of the Arattukadavu branch of the Panayal Urban Cooperative Bank, bank office secretary Madhusoodanan Nambiar, and gold appraiser Mahesh. On inspection, it was found that Rs.29 lakh had been disbursed as loans on the pledging of fake gold ornaments. The inspection of bank documents is on.

Officials are inspecting documents and valuables as it had been found that huge amounts were disbursed as loans on the pledging of fake gold ornaments in a few service cooperative banks in the district.

KSEB cautions against accidents

Rise in number of electrocutions during the monsoon season

Noticing a rise in the number of electrocutions and injuries during the monsoon season, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has issued a note of caution to the public on preventing freak accidents.

Senior engineers who issued the warning pointed out that people should not attempt to repair broken supply lines or posts on their own without alerting the KSEB office. Pedestrians should be cautious while walking past trees that are close to power supply lines or while trimming the branches.

The official helpline number, 9496061061, may be used to request quick field support from the KSEB team in case of emergencies. Citizens may also make use of the customer care number, 1912, to alert the KSEB of emergency repair works. Those commuting during early mornings or nights have been asked to be vigilant.

No rods or wooden poles near power posts
KSEB engineers said the tendency to keep metal rods, ladders and wooden poles near electric posts should be discouraged. Fixing hoardings and billboards on the electric posts has been banned.

The cautionary note was issued in the wake of the death of a 57-year-old tribal woman and her daughter due to electrocution at Olikkal settlement in Thiruvambadi on Thursday evening. Madhavi, the wife of late Chedan, and her daughter Mini, 35, were found dead near an electricity post close to their settlement. As per the preliminary investigation of the police, it was a stray electric wire that caused their death.

Victim’s father seeks CBI probe

Father of the law student who was murdered at Perumbavoor has demanded a CBI inquiry. At a press conference on Friday, he said he would not buy the version that his daughter was murdered because of personal animosity. The police were trying to wind up the probe by presenting the migrant labourer as the accused. If the State refused to order a CBI inquiry, the judiciary would be approached, he said. The police, which earlier said she was killed using an iron bar, had now changed their version and had stated that a knife was used for the murder. The police should also tell whom the deceased had feared, as she always kept a machete under her pillow and used a spy cam. The names of the higher-ups mentioned in her complaints should also be revealed.

Over 250 entrepreneurs at start-up meet

The Kerala edition of TechCircle StartUp 2016 saw participation by over 250 entrepreneurs and investors as well as 28 speakers here on Thursday. A statement issued by the organisers said that a dearth of local investor support was one of the concerns voiced by the entrepreneur community TechCircle. But the investment professionals at the event advised them to seek out investors from outside the State.

Jayasankar Prasad, CEO of Kerala Startup Mission, advised the startups to work on saleable and scalable models. M. Sivasankar, Principal Secretary, said that the State had perhaps lost about 3,000 potential startup ideas because there was no system in place to identify them.

Railways to adopt new accounting system: Minister

The Indian Railways plans to entrust many development works to companies to be formed jointly between the Central and State governments, said Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways, here on Thursday.

He was inaugurating an investor awareness programme organised under the aegis of Investor Education and Protection Fund of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India and Committee on Financial Markets and Investors Protection of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Double Entry System
It said that the Railways was changing to the Double Entry System of accounting and the Minister expressed his deep gratitude to the ICAI for its services.

The growth of the Indian economy during the year would be higher compared with the previous two years, he said.

Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing, was also present.

Babu Abraham Kallivayalil, chairman, Board of Studies and Jomon K. George, secretary, SIRC of ICAI, and Lukose Joseph, vice-chairman, addressed the gathering, the press release said.

Sandals showed probe team the way in Perumbavoor rape-cum-murder

Footwear recovered from a canal flowing near the victim’s house.
A pair of cheap black sandals and bite marks on the victim’s body helped the police solve the Perumbavoor rape-and-murder case.

The vital breakthrough in the probe into the murder of the Dalit law student emerged after the probe team stumbled upon a pair of sandals from a canal flowing nearby the victim’s house. Forensic examination revealed bloodstains on the plastic footwear and laboratory tests confirmed that it matched with the blood group of the victim.
Saliva matched
The saliva from bite mark on the victim’s body and the bloodstain on the door of her house too matched with the samples of the accused.

Police officers in the Special Investigation Team, which was constituted by the the new LDF government, revealed that a shop owner in Kurupumpady, near Perumbavoor, confirmed that the accused had purchased the sandals from him.

He could not ascertain the identity of the accused in the initial phase of investigation but could recollect the image after the police presented more evidence. The officers also found that a native of Assam who had stayed near the victim’s house had left the place on the night of the incident. Investigators found that the person, one of the many suspects, was constantly on the move. Special teams were then deputed to Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu to nab the accused.

The team also visited numerous hospitals to check injured persons who sought treatment.
From Kancheepuram
He was nabbed from Kancheepuram and the evidence collected was corroborated.

Official estimates said the team verified details of about 20 lakh phone calls and collected fingerprints of nearly 5,000 people. Over 1,500 people were questioned.

Judicial custody for Perumbavoor accused

Hundreds of people shouted slogans demanding “capital punishment for the killer”.

The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Perumbavoor on Friday remanded Ameerul Islam, the Assam native arrested for the alleged rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit woman in Kurupumpady, in judicial custody till June 30.

Considering a remand petition by the investigation team, judge V. Manju asked the accused whether he wanted legal assistance to which he replied in the affirmative.

To another query on whether he had any complaints against the police, the accused said “no”.

As Islam was reported to be conversant only in his native language, Assamese, the court used the services of a translator, identified as Lipton Das of Kolkata.

Following this, the court appointed P. Rajan as counsel of the accused and directed to shift the accused to the District Jail in Kakkanad. The offences charged against the accused were IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) and Section 3 of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

A battery of police personnel was deployed outside the court several hours before the accused was brought in.

The covered vehicle carrying Islam entered the court premises at 4.40 p.m. even as the hundreds of people gathered outside shouted slogans demanding “capital punishment for the killer”.

Since an identification parade was yet to be conducted, the police officers were extremely careful not to reveal Islam’s face and had made him wear a helmet.

Photographers and videographers were banned from using their cameras inside the court even as several people were seen clicking pictures of the accused on their mobile phones.

The accused, a short, lean, but well-built man, entered the court building by 4.43 p.m. and was taken into the judge’s chamber. The court proceedings were over in 15 minutes and Islam was taken to the Kakkanad jail

“The investigation team did not file custody application, but included a request to conduct an identification parade inside the jail in the presence of a magistrate. After carrying out the same, a fresh application will be filed in two or three days, seeking his custody for 15 days,” said P.M. Abdul Jaleel, Assistant Public Prosecutor.

People thronged the court premises from Friday morning onwards and waited for several hours to catch a glimpse of the accused.

Volatile crowd

Sensing the possibility that the mob could turn violent when the accused was brought in, the police evicted all except the court staff and mediapersons from the premises.

They also delayed his appearance till minutes before the court was to end proceedings for the day.

As the covered police van carrying Islam arrived at the court, people tried to breach the police barricade.

‘Flying’ snake spotted in outskirts of Coimbatore

According to sources, this type of snakes are found in dry zone areas in southeastern countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and part of Sri Lanka, and rarely in India.

A rare three-foot long ‘flying’ snake have been spotted in a village on the outskirts of Coimbatore.

Venkatesan, a farmer, noticed the snake ‘flying’ from tree-to-tree to catch a prey in his farm at Kalampalayam last Saturday.

He sought the help of a snake catcher who, with his team, managed to catch the reptile after a three-hour operation.

The snake was later handed over to the Forest department.

According to Forest department sources, this type of snakes are found in dry zone areas in southeastern countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and also part of Sri Lanka, and rarely in India.

The snake, known as Chrysopelea, has the ability to ‘fly’ horizontally in air and move at least 20 feet non-stop, they said, adding that the grey-coloured reptile has black spots around it, at a distance of two to three inches.

The snake might have found its way to Kalampalayam on a truck carrying wooden logs or hay, they said.

It was released into the jungle area of Puthupathi in Western Ghats, the sources said.