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  • 13,835 fresh Covid cases reported in Kerala on Saturday; test positivity rate rises to 17.04 pc
    Thiruvananthapuram: A total of 13,835 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Kerala on Saturday. The test positivity rate was recorded at 17.04 percent. The district-wise statistics of positive cases: Ernakulam – 2187, Kozhikode – 1504, Malappuram – 1430, Kottayam – 1154, Thrissur – 1149, Kannur – 1132, Thiruvananthapuram – 909, Alappuzha – 908, Palakkad – 864, Pathanamthitta – 664, Idukki – 645, Wayanad – 484, Kollam – 472 and Kasaragod - 333. None of the foreign return…
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  • A Vijayaraghavan criticises union minister V Muraleedharan for insulting CM
    Thiruvananthapuram: CPM state secretary A Vijayaraghavan stated in a release that it is ridiculous that Union Minister V Muraleedharan who does not do anything for Kerala keep raising allegations against LDF government and the chief minister. People would not accept the move to insult Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who led the Covid battle in Kerala. Muraleedharan is a person who misused his position for facilitating his dishonest ways of life. Many information regarding the gold smuggling cas…
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  • Complaint against minister G Sudhakaran handed over to Alappuzha South police
    Alappuzha: The complaint against minister G Sudhakaran filed by his former personal staff's wife has been handed over to the Alappuzha South police. The complaint was first filed with Ambalappuzha police. As the incident took place in the limit of Alappuzha South police station, it was handed over to them. The police summoned the complainant and inquired details. The police were directed to examine the genuineness of the complaint. They are trying to get the visuals of the press meet which led…
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  • Thrissur Pooram: Elephants can be part of festival only if mahouts have Covid -ve certifcate
    Thrissur: The forest department made it clear that elephants will be allowed to participate in Thrissur Pooram only if their mahouts have Covid negative certificates. The fitness of elephants also will be examined. A 40-member team has been appointed to examine the elephants. The mahouts of the elephants should undergo Covid test and produce Covid negative certificate. Only if the mahouts have Covid negative certificate, their elephants can take part in the festival, the forest department state…
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  • Kerala needs 50 lakh Covid vaccine doses immediately, says Health Minister
    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is in need of 50 lakh dose of Covid vaccines immediately in view of the increasing number of daily Covid cases, said Health Minister KK Shailaja. Kerala received 60.84 lakh vaccine doses till date. 56.75 lakh was administered. Nearly, 5.8 lakh dose of vaccine is in stock. For mass vaccination camps to be held, 50 lakh dose is required. This has been demanded to the Centre. In a meeting held with union health minister today, Kerala has asked for equal number of Covishi…
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  • Attempt to open EVM strong room in Kazhakkoottam constituency withdrawn due to mounting protests
    Thiruvananthapuram: The district administration attempted to open the strong room where a damaged voting machine was stored in Kazhakkoottam constituency. As BJP and UDF workers opposed this, the returning officer withdrew from the move. The political parties came to know about the returning officer's decision to open the strong room, where the ballots of Kazhakkoottam constituency are kept, on Saturday morning. They were informed of the move only an hour before opening the strong room. However…
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  • Vaiga's death: Sanu Mohan soon to be nabbed, says Kochi City Police Commissioner
    Kochi: Sanu Mohan, the absconding father of 13-year-old Vaiga who was found dead in Muttar river in Kalamassery here, will soon be nabbed, said Kochi City Police Commissioner H Nagaraju. We have sought help of Karnataka police to find Sanu Mohan. Checking has been intensified in the border areas of Karnataka and airports, he told the media. The police intensified search in Karnataka after finding out that Sanu Mohan had stayed in a lodge in Kollur Mookambika for six days. The staff of the lodg…
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  • G Sudhakaran alleges conspiracy to destroy political life over plaint by wife of ex-personal staff
    Alappuzha: Minister G Sudhakaran on Saturday alleged that the complaint filed against him by a former personal staff members wife was to tarnish his clean political image and insult his political career. “My family and I are restraining from any controversies. Even then we are targeted. My wife was threatened. A gang is behind the complaint. The members of various parties are involved. They want to insult my political career. These political criminals shouldn't be encouraged,” he added. Th…
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  • Thrissur Pooram: Restrictions on vehicles, shops to prevent Covid transmission
    Thrissur: In connection with Thrissur Pooram, restrictions have been imposed to prevent Covid transmission. Only bakeries and hotels will be allowed to open in Swaraj Round and premises on festival days. All staff in the shops should possess RT-PCR Covid negative certificate with them. This rule is applicable on the festival day and the day after. No vehicles will be allowed to enter Swaraj Round and premises on these days. The merchants have to stock water and other items for sale in advance.…
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  • LDF’s K Babu alleges vote trade in Nenmara for Assembly polls
    Palakkad: The incumbent MLA and LDF candidate in Nenmara K Babu on Saturday alleged that there was vote trade in the constituency for the Assembly polls. He also alleged that the UDF candidate had invested a large amount of money for buying votes. As the Nenmara seat was given to BJP ally BDJS, there were issues within BJP. The votes of those unsatisfied and those neutral were bought by the UDF with money, Babu alleged. He added that those within Congress themselves admitted this fact. Since p…
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  • Cabin crew member smuggles gold for Chennai lobby
    Kochi: The police on Saturday stated that Manhas Abulaise, a cabin crew member who was arrested for smuggling gold at Nedumbassery airport, was a frequent offender. He has smuggled gold through various airports in the country, they added. Manhas, a cabin crew member of SpiceJet, has smuggled gold six times through Cochin airport. He has also smuggled gold through Chennai and Madurai airports. It is reported that the gold was smuggled for a mafia in Chennai. The Air Intelligence department of…
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  • Standing firm on complaint filed against G Sudhakaran
    Alappuzha: The woman who filed a complaint against Minister G Sudhakaran stated that she has not withdrawn the plaint and the claim of the police was wrong. The woman, wife of a former personal staff of Sudhakaran, told Mathrubhumi News that she will not withdraw from the petition under any circumstance. “I haven't withdrawn the complaint. My signature was forged and the withdrawal request was filed. This was without my knowledge or consent. If no case is registered, I will approach senior of…
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  • Theft at Bhima Jewellery owner's house: CCTV visuals of thief released
    Thiruvananthapuram: The police have released the CCTV footage of the robber who broke into the residence of Bhima Jewellery owner. The officers requested that those who can identify the person should inform the police. The robber has tattoo on his arm and is assumed to be a North Indian. He entered the house through the grills and is an acrobat or has a highly flexible body, the police assume. Meanwhile, the investigation is progressing focussing on those who had worked in the house earlier. T…
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  • Covid second wave: Kerala to study coronavirus mutant strains
    Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to conduct a study to confirm whether the second wave of Covid pandemic is due to the mutant virus strains. Though crowding of people without maintaining social distance is seen as the main reason, some of the countries believe the fast spread is due to coronavirus mutations. Random samples will be collected from all districts for testing. The feasibility study on the spike protein of the virus at the Kozhikode medical college and Rajiv Gan…
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  • As Covid cases surge, important byroads on Kerala-TN border closed
    Thiruvananthapuram: The Tamil Nadu police blocked the pocket lanes and byroads on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in Thiruvananthapuram in the wake of Covid surge. This is part of containing the spread of the Covid infection. The TN police also enforced tight police security on important roads in the border areas. Strict restrictions have been brought in places of Nilamamoodu, Pallukkal and Undankode. Traffic has been completely banned on the byroads towards the TN side. Police plan to prevent per…
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  • India records highest single-day Covid deaths at 1,341; 2,34,692 fresh cases
    New Delhi: A record single-day rise of2,34,692 cases and 1,341 fatalities have pushed Indias COVID-19 tally to 1,45,26,609 and the death toll due to the viral disease to 1,75,649, the health ministry said on Saturday. The number of active coronavirus cases in the country has surpassed the 16-lakh mark, the ministrys data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase for the 38th day in a row, the tally of active COVID-19 cases has climbed to 16,79,740 in the country, accounting for 11.…
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  • A N Shamseer's wife reacts to allegations on illegal appointment
    Kannur: MLA A N Shamseers wife Dr Shahala said that she is being hunted down by casting unnecessary allegations on her appointment in Kannur University.The allegations raised against me was to humiliate Shamseer, Shahla told Mathrubhumi News. "I have the required qualification for the post. The court verdict was given not hearing my side of the story. As wife of a legislator, how can I be avoided for the post intentionally," she asked. This is a personal attack against me and Im unaware of the…
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  • Vaiga murder: Police intensify search for Sanu Mohan in Karnataka after info on his Mookambika stay
    Kochi/Mangalore: The Kerala government has intensified the search for Sanu Mohan in Karnataka. Sanu is father of Vaiga (13) who was found dead in the Muttar river in Kalamassery a few days back. The search is mainly concentrated at Kollur Mookambika and Mangaluru. Police obtained information that Sanu had stayed at a lodge in Mookambika for six days. According to the employees of the lodge, Sanu stayed here from April 10 to 16. His behavior had not raised any suspicion. He told the lodge author…
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  • Haj applicants should take first dose of Covid vaccine
    Kondotty (Malappuram): The Haj Committee of India directed that those who applied for participating in the Haj need to take the first dose of Covid vaccine. This instruction was issued as Saudi Arabia made it mandatory that people should take two doses of Covid vaccine before entering the country to take part in Haj this year. However, no official declaration was issued by the Saudi government regarding the Haj pilgrimage in 2021. When permission is granted for Haj, only those who received two…
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  • Milma sets record in sale of milk on pre-Vishu day
    Kottayam: Milma (Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation) set a record in sales of milk on the previous day of Vishu. Also Milma set another record in procuring milk from other states on the same day. On April 13, Milma sold 22.52 lakh litres of milk and procured 13.91 lakh litres of milk. The additional 8.61 lakh litre was bought from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Federations. More quantity of milk was sold in Malabar region. 11 lakh litres of milk was sold there and 4 lakh litres was brough…
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