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Kerala rains: Situation easing, but people should remain alert, says CM Pinarayi

Kerala Rains 2020 Chief Minister Pinarayi has said that though the situation is improving, people should continue to remain alert for some more days. TNM Staff PTI Even as a search continues for people trapped in a landslide in Pettumudi near Idukki districts Rajamalai, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced that the state has received rainfall that it usually gets over a period of one month in just ten days in August. The state has been receiving heavy to extremely heavy rai

11 Aug 2020 8:33 am
No damage to runway: AAI regional director after visit to Calicut airport

Kozhikode Air Crash Passengers who survived the accident have recounted that there was no alarming situation before the flight suddenly crashed. TNM Staff Top authorities of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) who visited the Calicut International Airport have said that the runway where the Air India Express flight crashed, resulting in the death of 18 people, did not suffer damages. R Madhavan, southern regional executive director of the AAI told Asianet News on Monday. There is no damage to t

11 Aug 2020 8:21 am
For third day, tension between Kerala CM and media continues at press meet

Controversy The press conferences of CM Pinarayi, giving updates on COVID-19, have, in recent days, turned into a war of words between him and a few media persons. Cris At times calm and other times stormy, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayans much talked about press conferences have, in the last three days, been eventful with heated exchanges between him and a few media persons. The press conferences held in the evenings, meant for updates on COVID-19, have been a space for questions and con

11 Aug 2020 8:13 am
Air India crash in Karipur: A timeline of events

Kozhikode air crash The Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode crash-landed at the Karipur airport on Friday around 7.40 pm. Haripriya Suresh PTI Its been over 24 hours since the ill-fated Air India Express flight from Dubai crash-landed at the Kozhikode International Airport on Friday evening. At least 19 people have been killed, and dozens more injured. The flight was part of the Vande Bharat Mission, carrying many who had lost their jobs and whose visas had expired in recent months.

9 Aug 2020 9:26 am
Kerala activist Rehana Fathima surrenders in controversial video case

Court The Supreme Court had rejected her plea against the Kerala High Court order that denied her anticipatory bail in the case. TNM Staff Kerala activist Rehana Fathima surrendered before the police on Saturday evening in a case over her controversial video. A day earlier, the Supreme Court rejected her plea against the Kerala High Court order that denied her anticipatory bail in the case, which comes under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and Information Technology A

9 Aug 2020 9:18 am
Kerala records highest single-day COVID-19 spike amid back-to-back disasters

Coronavirus There were 1,420 fresh cases reported on Saturday. However, the day also witnessed the most number of recoveries at 1,715. TNM Staff Even as Kerala fought two disasters back to back an air crash killing 18 people within hours of a landslide taking 18 other lives the COVID-19 cases increased by another 1,420 on Saturday. While it marks the highest number of fresh cases on a single day, Saturday also witnessed the most number of recoveries 1,715. Four people with COVID-19 lost their

9 Aug 2020 8:40 am
Four people from a family in Kasargod hacked to death by their nephew

Crime Three men and a woman, all siblings, were killed. Saritha S Balan Image for representation Four people from the same family living in the Kasargod district of Kerala were killed on Monday. Three men and a woman, who are siblings, have died in the Kaniyala village of Kasargod. Their nephew Udayan, who lived with his mother and her four siblings has been arrested by the police for the murders. While most reports suggest that he had some sort of mental illness, others suggest that there was s

3 Aug 2020 9:32 pm
Two Kerala forest officials suspended in alleged custodial death of farmer

Death Mathai, 41 years old, was found dead in a well in his farm on July 28, hours after he was picked up by forest officials for questioning. TNM Staff Two officials of the Kerala Forest Department have been suspended, pending enquiry, in connection with the alleged custodial death of PP Mathai, a farmer in Pathanamthitta, last week. The Department, in an order, said that R Rajesh Kumar, Deputy Range Forest Officer and AK Pradeep Kumar, Section Forest Officer, have been suspended, pending an en

3 Aug 2020 7:40 pm
Kerala toddler swallowed two coins says autopsy, cause of death not yet known

Death Initial reports indicate no damage to internal organs, cannot be sure that cause of death were the coins. Haritha John The postmortem report of the toddler, who died on Sunday morning in Kodungallur, has revealed that he had swallowed two coins. The family had alleged that the three-year-old was denied treatment at three different hospitals, which led to the death. Read:Kerala 3-yr-old who swallowed coin dies, parents allege three govt hospitals gave no treatment But the postmortem report

3 Aug 2020 7:04 pm
Kerala HC extends ban on all protests until August 31 as COVID-19 cases rise

Protests The High Court had banned all protests in the state until July 31, which has now been extended. TNM Staff In line with the Centres guidelines on Unlock 3.0, the Kerala High Court has extended the ban on all protests in the state until August 31. The court made the order as the state has been seeing a steady increase in cases, especially through contact transmission. On July 15, the Kerala High Court had issued the ban on all kinds of protests until July 31. In August, the court decided

3 Aug 2020 6:59 pm
Kerala treasury official accused of swindling Rs 2 crore dismissed

Swindling Sparing Sub Treasury Officer Babu Prasad who had found out the issue, everyone else working at the Vanchiyoor office will be temporarily transferred. TNM Staff Image for representation / Courtesy - Bijulal, an officer at the Vanchiyoor sub treasury in Thiruvananthapuram, who has been accused in a swindling case, will be summarily dismissed. KeralaFinance Minister Thomas Isaac said that the order on his summary dismissal will soon be released. It is very clear th

3 Aug 2020 5:42 pm
The case for masks: 2,123 contacts of Kerala lab staff with COVID-19 test negative

Coronavirus The incident underlines the importance of the simple act of wearing masks and how it can end up preventing infection and even saving lives. Cris When she got her test result back that Wednesday, Radhika (name changed) made an urgent call to the Janakeeya Laboratory in Pathirappally, a coastal village in Keralas Alappuzha. In a few anxious words, she informed the lab about testing positive for the coronavirus ahead of a surgery she was supposed to have. An employee of the Janakeeya la

1 Aug 2020 5:13 pm
Kerala gold smuggling case: NIA takes alleged mastermind Rameez KT on evidence trail

Gold smuggling case The office of C-apt was searched based on evidence that the UAE Consulate Generals office was in constant touch with the government run institution. TNM Staff Image courtesy: Manorama News The Customs Department searched the office of a Kerala state government run institution on Friday, in connection with the gold smuggling case. The Kerala State Centre for Advanced Printing and Training or C-apt is the institution that has come under the spotlight. Custom sleuths on Friday s

1 Aug 2020 3:53 pm
Dont assign police officials over 50 years for COVID-19 field duty: Kerala DGP

Coronavirus Meanwhile the Police Headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram is closed for two days as a SI on duty there tested positive for the virus. TNM Staff File Photo Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behera issued directions through an internal circular on Friday that police officers above 50 years of age should not be assigned for COVID-19 related field duty. The circular also stated that police officers who have comorbidities shouldn't be assigned for active field duty even if they are below 50 years

1 Aug 2020 2:51 pm
CBI files FIR in Balabhaskar death case, to probe good smuggling angle

Balabhaskar Death Balabhaskar was returning after a temple visit from Thrissur, along with his wife and daughter, when their car met with the accident on September 25, 2018. PTI Balabhaskar Eight months after the Kerala government handed over the probe into musician Balabhaskars death in a road accident in 2018 to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the investigating agency has filed the first information report (FIR), formally taking over the case. The CBI will investigate a gold smuggli

30 Jul 2020 9:13 am