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Ministers urge Malayalees in Karnataka to learn Kannada

Ministers urge Malayalees in Karnataka to learn Kannada
Ministers from the State urged Keralites residing here to learn Kannada at the Confederation of Karnataka Malayalees Associations (CKMA) Meet at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

Ramalinga Reddy, Transport and city in-charge minister, said it was important for Malayalees residing in the State to learn Kannada as it would help them in their daily business activities.

“Kerala is known to have the highest literacy rate in the country. Many Keralites live in our State. Most of them have their own businesses. Learning Kannada and being able to speak and understand the language will only help their business,” he said.

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Dinesh Gundu Rao, said that Keralites were a hardworking people. “Thousands of Malayalees have settled in the State and made Karnataka their home. We consider you citizens of the State. Those of you who do not know Kannnada should learn the language and be able to converse in it. This is the minimum courtesy that you can show when you live in another State,” he said.

The CKMA presented a memorandum to Dinesh Gundu Rao and requesting the CM to provide land in the city so that a Kerala House can be set up. The memorandum was presented by former minister J Alexander.

Shwetha Menon received the best actress award for he performance in Ozhimuri during the Confederation of Karnataka Malayalee Association (CKMA) Mahotsavam at the Kormangala Indoor Stadium in Bangalore.

Manoj K. Jayan who  received the award for the best versatile actor pledged support for Shwetha Menon. He said that all should stand behind Shwetha Menon in her fight  against those who put the security of women at risk. It was Shwetha Menon who presented the award to Manoj K. Jayan and as Shwetha hugged him the audience burst into thunderous applause.

Lal and Bhama, the recipients of the awards also pledged their support to Shwetha Menon. Lal said that it was unfortunate to note that the voices against Shwetha Menon are gaining ground and assured his wholehearted support.  Bhama went a step ahead and sung a song from Shwetha Menon starrer Kalimmanu which saw Shwetha rushing to the stage to hug and join Bhama in singing. Bhama received the award for the best supporting actress.

Padmashree Madhu, who received the life time achievement award steered clear of Shwetha Menon issue and was noted for his silence. Around 5000 Malayalees were present for the event which was organized by Confederation of Karnataka Malayalee Association (CKMA), a body which brings togethar all the Malayalee associations in Karnataka.