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Dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Kerala over Sabarimala row

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A dawn-to-dusk Kerala shutdown call, given by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi (SKS) to protest against the visit of two women to the Sabarimala temple on Wednesday, evoked a mixed response in the state on Thursday.

The SKS said the shutdown was intended to oppose the role of the Kerala government which apparently facilitated the entry of the women inside the temple before dawn on Wednesday.
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There were skirmishes at various places between the organisers of the shutdown and those who tried to resist it.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh parivar forces have pledged their support to the SKS shutdown call, and their activists are enforcing it.

While state-owned and private buses are off the road, private vehicles, mostly two wheelers are plying. Private cars are also moving in Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities in Kerala.

Ten people in Kannur were arrested after they attacked vehicles that plied before the BJP office.

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Even as the two traders’ body in the state had announced that they would open their shops, in several places, shops were yet to open.

However, in Kozhikode, traders were determined to open their shops, even as the SKS and BJP activists were protesting.

“This frequent calling of shutdown is not acceptable as we are determined to open the shops and from now on, we will open in future also,” said a group of shopkeepers at Kozhikode.

Similarly, in Thevara near Kochi, shops are open.

An incident of stone pelting at an interstate bus from Karnataka was reported from Kozhikode district.

Similar incidents have also been reported from Kasargode, Palakkad and certain other places.

Various university examinations scheduled for Thursday have been postponed and all educational institutions in the state are closed.

Meanwhile, the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to see that strong action is taken against those who try to create trouble during the shutdown.

At Pandalam in Alappuzha district, angry BJP and Sangh parivar activists took out a protest march, after one of their supporters who was injured in a stone throwing by CPI-M workers, on Wednesday, died late night.

One CPI-M worker has been arrested and the wife of the deceased said the family does not believe that a fair probe will happen.

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Ayodhya Ramleela: 45 Bollywood actors act in Ramleela, More than 100 million seen people in five days.

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Ramlila is being well liked by the film artists running in the premises of Laxman Fort located on the Saryu coast of Ramnagari. This can be gauged from the fact that the nine-day Ramlila has been completed for just five days, whereas it has been seen by more than 100 million people. This Ramlila is being broadcast live on DD National as well as on all satellite channels. DD also rebroadcasts the viewership.

Subhash Malik, President of Ramlila Organizing Committee, says that the artists worked hard for about three months for the successful conduct of Ramlila in Ayodhya. Ramlila was to be in the city of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, so the challenge was also a bit bigger. Despite this, all of us worked hard and landed it on the stage.

Ramlila has around 45 Bollywood actors playing the roles of Ramayana characters on stage in different roles. This Ramlila is being seen all over the country, the audience is also very fond of this Ramlila.

It has been told that it has been five days so far, about 100 million people have seen the Ramlila stage. Subhash Malik said that on the first day of Ramlila, only about fifty thousand viewers watched Doordarshan.Ramlila has so far seen four crore on Doordarshan, around 35 lakh on YouTube and about 6 crore people on other satellite channels.Seeing the enthusiasm of people towards Ramlila, we are seeing our efforts become meaningful. A more grand Ramlila will be organized next year. In which the audience will also be allowed to come.

Ramlila of film artists is telecast live daily from 7 to 10 pm on DD National. Viewers can watch it again on DD National from 3 pm to 6 pm the next day. This Ramlila will run till October 25. He told that after Ramlila is finished, it will be recorded and dubbed in 14 languages ​​and shown on YouTube. Recording of Ramlila is being done in other languages ​​including Hindi, Urdu, English.

 

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