• Bitti Mohanty has to undergo DNA test

    The sensational Bitti Mohanty case is all set to take another turn, with the court deciding that the rape convict will have to undergo a DNA test. A revision petition filed by the prosecution against the denial of permission to conduct such a test by the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Payyanur, was allowed by the Additional District and Sessions Court, Thalassery, on Friday.

    Now Bitti has no choice but to subject himself to the DNA test in compliance with the court decision.

  • Thalassery to Mysore rail route may not materialise

    Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran has said that the possibility of a Thalassery-Mysore railway line seems unlikely to materialise as the Centre for Ecological Sciences under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has not given permission to conduct a survey for the same. Mr. Ramachandran made the remark while inaugurating the centenary birth celebrations of Nettur P. Damodaran, a former MP and freedom fighter, at the BEMP High School here on Tuesday.

    Mr. Ramachandran said that it was Mr. Damodaran who had initially raised the topic of the railway line in the Lok Sabha.

  • One day free camp held for detecting learning disability

    A one-day free camp held at IMA Hall for detecting learning disability among children saw a huge response with nearly 140 children attending it along with their parents.

    The camp, organised by the Department of Life Long Learning and Extension (DLLLE) of Calicut University and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Thalassery, was the first of its kind in the State, the organisers claimed. Awareness classes for parents were part of the camp.

    Ten students of PG diploma in management of learning disability from Calicut University assessed the students. Nandini Pradeep, camp coordinator and special educator, said the children were put through trouble due to lack of detection of the problem. These children were good at all activities except studies. It might not be curable, but definitely trainable.

  • Report on mobile towers near school sought

    The Ombudsman for Local Self-Government Institutions has instructed the Thalassery municipality to obtain a scientific report from a competent authority pertaining to a complaint against mobile towers of three companies functioning in close vicinity to the Mubarak Higher Secondary School here.

    The petitioner, a resident of Saidar Palli Junction here, had brought to the notice of the ombudsman the presence of the towers, including that of BSNL, which was accorded permission by the municipality and the Pollution Control Board. The other two had not been given sanction.

    The complainant had apprehended radiation and health hazard to the public, following which the order was issued by M.N. Krishnan, the ombudsman. The order says that notices should be issued to the petitioner and those running the towers, their versions and the legal aspect studied, apart from getting a scientific report within three months from the date of the order.

    Municipal sources told that various universities, Indian Space Research Organisation, and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre have been asked to send reports on the matter.

    Once they were received, the municipality would initiate steps.