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Monday, 15 July 2024 12.44 AM IST

Loka Kerala Sabha with dim start due to Kuwait tragedy; conference shortened to one-and-a-half days

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the shadow of Kuwait tragedy, the fourth phase of the Loka Kerala Sabha held by the state government for expatriates proceeded without pomp. The conference was shortened from three days to one-and-a-half days, leaving out the inaugural public meeting and artistic performances. The public meeting and other programs at Kanakakkunnu were dropped. The will end today.

Even the inauguration by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday evening was filled with the sadness of the Kuwait tragedy. Everyone was talking about the Kuwait tragedy. While the Third Sabha had representatives from 68 countries, it increased to 103 countries in the Fourth Sabha.
Businessmen MA Yusuff Ali, Ravi Pillai and Azad Moopen, who were active in the previous conferences, could not attend this time due to physical ailments. There was no mass of delegates and no excitement in the conference venue. The Chief Minister did not comment on the opposition's boycott of the Sabha.

Minister K Rajan, Babu Stephen, CV Rappai, Gokulam Gopalan, Anisa Bivi, KP Muhammad Kutty, Jumailath Adam Yunus, EV Unnikrishnan, AV Anoop, Puthur Rahman, JK Menon and Bijukumar Vasudevan Pillai offered their wishes. The discussion is divided into 7 areas namely Gulf countries, Asia Pacific, America, Europe, Africa, Indian states and expatriates who have returned.

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