Sunday, July 22, 2012

Police suspect moral policing to be behind College Girls Hair Cut

Thaliparamaba : Police today registered a case under Sec 354 IPC (criminal force to woman with intent to outgage her modesty) in connection with yesterday morning's incident in which a girl's hair was cut while she was on way to college.
Police said the incident happened when the girl, studying at the Sir Syed Institute of Technical Studies, attached to the Sir Syed College in Thaliparamba, was on the way to college.
According to police, the long hair of the girl, daughter of a BSNL employee of this district, was cut by unidentified persons.
She got into the bus at Keecheri and got off at Thaliparamba Bus Stand and started walking on a narrow road.
Only after reaching classroom, she found the hair was cut partly.
Since the bus stand was crowded, the incident might have happened in the narrow street only, police felt.
Police suspect moral policing to be behind the incident Investigation was going on.

60 hotels closed down,; 300 served notice

Food Safety officials continued raids of hotels in cities and towns across Kerala State on the second day on Wednesday for detection of low quality food items. Altogether 60 hotels were ordered to be closed and 300 hotels were served notices seeking improvement in quality and standards. The raids covered 700 hotels on Tuesday and 60 hotels on Wednesday .
The raids come in the wake of the death of a youth in Bangalore allegedly after he consumed 'shawarma' from a hotel in Thiruvananthapuram. Health Minister V. S. Sivakumar told a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram that the Food Safety and Standards Act would be enforced strongly in the State.
Sivakumar said that Act provided for payment of compensation in case of harm from food poisoning. In case of death from food poisoning, the owner of the establishment that supplied the food item would be liable to pay a compensation of up to Rs. 5 lakh to the next of kin. In case of poisoning that could be fatal, the compensation can go up to Rs. 3 lakh. In other cases, it would be up to Rs. 1 lakh.
He said that the customers should demand and keep bills from hotels, as these could be important evidence for preferring the claim. District level food safety officers should be contacted on the toll free number  1800 425 1125  in case of food poisoning.
The Minister said that the government had organised more than 3,000 awareness classes on the Act since August last year. Hundreds of establishments were issued improvement notices as the law was new. Those hotels that failed to comply with the norms would be closed down.
In Ernakulam district raids were held in as many as 550 hotels and 39 were asked to close down and 253 were served notice.
In Kozhikode raids were held in 40 hotels . Two hotels, Broast restaurant in Kottuli and Arabian Dines in Annie Hall road were closed down.
In Munnar raids were held in 15 hotels and three were served notice. In Kollam raids were held in 35 hotels and in Kannur and Thalassery in 15. In Malappuram 32 hotels were served notice, 6 in Palakkad and four in Wayanad were given notice.
The hotels ordered to be closed (after giving improvement notices) in Thiruvananthapuram were Hotel Meena, Hotel Lekshmi and Hotel Devi at the General Hospital junction and Hotel Radhakrishna at Medical College Junction and Hotel Coffee Bar on the Chalakuzhi Road.

Shawarma outlets close for week

Kochi: The Food Security Officials today issued notice to all 'shawarma' outlets in the city to close down for one week in view of the findings that many of the outlets functioning in the city were without proper hygienic conditions.

The government had intensified raids in hotels following the death of a youth after taking Shawarma from a hotel in Thiruvanthapuram two days back.
The officials asked the outlets selling the Arabic food shawarma, to prepare the food in glassed cabins and without such facilities, no outlets could be permitted to function.
The raid conducted in many major cities and closed three hotels in Kochi and one each in Thrissur and Kottyam after seizing decayed foods from the hotel, sources said.
Because of the delicious Arabic food, there was a huge demand for the food, particularly among children, and the shawarma outlets musrooms in each and every nook and corner of the state without adequate hygenic conditions, officials said.