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  • Govt cannot stand and watch when housing project is dragged into legal battle: Pinarayi Vijayan
    Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government cannot stand and watch when its project to provide houses for the landless is being dragged into a legal battle. The CM was responding to a question regarding why the government approached the High Court against the CBI probe into the Life Mission project. There is nothing wrong with approaching the court over the matter. The criticism against the government is equal to stating that one should not seek the prote…
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  • Kerala reports 8,135 Covid-19 cases on Thursday
    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala reported 8,135 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was addressing the media after a coronavirus review meet here. This is for the second consecutive day that Kerala is reporting over 8,000 coronavirus cases. 59,157 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. 7,013 developed the disease through contact. The virus source of 730 is unknown. At present there are 72,339 active cases in Kerala. 105 health workers also developed the diseas…
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  • 50,000 employment opportunities to be created in the next 100 days: Pinarayi Vijayan
    Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has launched initiatives to fix the unemployment crisis caused by COVID-19. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that 50,000 new job opportunities will be created within December. He was speaking at the press conference after the COVID review meeting here. The CM stated that there has been large scale unemployment in the state owing to the pandemic. A new initiative will be launched to create new job opportunities. 50,000 jobs will be created in 100 da…
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  • Theatres in Kerala will not reopen until December: Exhibitors Federation
    President of Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation, Liberty Basheer, stated the situation in Kerala is not conducive for reopening theatres. Liberty Basheer's response came after the central government's decision to reopen theatres as part of Unlock 5. He told mathrubhumi.com that the association has decided not to reopen the theatres until December. He also stated that theatres cannot function with 50 percent occupancy without the removal of GST, Municipal Tax, Welfare Tax and Flood Cess. He sai…
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  • Railways to introduce 200 more trains in festive seasons
    New Delhi: In a good news for the passengers planning to travel during the festive seasons, Railway Board Chairman and CEO V.K. Yadav on Thursday said that the national transporter is planning to introduce 200 special trains between October 15 and November 30 to cater to passenger rush. The railways had suspended all regular passenger, mail and express trains indefinitely on March 25 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The national transporter then started Shramik Special trains from May 1 t…
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  • After drama over detention while going to Hathras, Rahul, Priyanka released
    Greater Noida: High drama prevailed on Thursday after Uttar Pradesh police personnel pushed former Congress President Rahul Gandhi to the ground near the Yamuna Expressway and detained him along with his sister and party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, while they were walking towards Hathras to meet the family of the deceased gangrape victim. However, they were soon released and sent back to Delhi by the Uttar Pradesh Police. Rahul Gandhi, along with his sister Priyanka and other senio…
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  • 'India a holy land, now a land of rapists,' observes Madras HC
    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday commented that the holy Bharathabhoomi (India) has now turned into "a land of rapists" where a rape occurs every 15 minutes. The court was hearing a case relating to migrant labour filed by advocate A.P. Suryaprakasam. At that point the advocate pointed to the rape of an Assamese migrant worker in Tiruppur district. "I had pleaded with the court to provide shelter and care for the affected woman and also to direct the Director General of Police to set…
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  • Customs raid Kozhikode hospital where Karat Faisal serves as MD
    Kozhikode: Customs department raided KIMS hospital, where Karat Faisal is the Managing Director, after he was taken into custody in the gold smuggling case on Thursday. The customs preventive department reached the hospital by 3.00 pm. The officers will look into whether the money he collected from gold smuggling was invested in the hospital. Customs department have received information that Karat Faisal made large scale investments in connection with gold smuggling. They also hinted that Fais…
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  • MVD gives clarification on allegations of imposing unreasonable penalties
    Social media is filled with voice messages and pictures claiming that the Motor Vehicle Department is levying penalties from vehicle owners unreasonably. There are certain messages that claim that they have been slammed with a penalty of Rs 50,000. However, MVD authorities stated that they have only implemented the law and that with the introduction of E-Challan, collection of penalties has become easier. The E-challan system was introduced on June 12. Messages circulating in social media P…
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  • Rahul Gandhi pushed on ground, detained en route Hathras
    Greater Noida: High drama prevailed on Thursday After Uttar Pradesh Police personnel pushed former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the ground on the Yamuna Expressway and detained him, while he was walking towards Hathras to meet the family of the rape victim. Gandhi, along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior leaders had left Delhi on Thursday to meet the family of the Hathras rape victim. However, they began marching towards Hathras after their vehicle was stopped near t…
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  • 2 soldiers killed, 4 hurt in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in J&K's Kupawara
    Srinagar: Two soldiers were killed and four injured in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmirs Naugam sector on Thursday, officials said. "Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Naugam sector, Kupwara on Thursday morning by firing mortars and other weapons," Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. He said two soldiers were killed and four sustained injuries in the firin…
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  • No interim verdict; HC nod to continue CBI probe in Life Mission project
    Kochi: The High Court on Thursday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to continue the probe into the Wadakkanchery Life Mission project. The state government faced a setback as HC refused to pronounce an interim verdict in the plea demanding to stop the CBI probe in the project. Government argued in the court that the allegations against the project were politically motivated and no terms were violated in implementing it. The state government only involved in the project to iden…
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  • Karat Faisal is not my relative, says Koduvally MLA Karat Rasak
    Karat Rasak | Photo: Satheeshkumar KB/ Mathrubhumi Thamarassery: Koduvally MLA Karat Rasak stated that the Muslim League workers in Koduvally want to murder him and that they would raise even bigger allegations. He said that Karat Faisal, who was taken into custody by customs department in connection with the gold smuggling case, is not his relative and that he knew him only as Municipality councilor. Karat Rasak alleged that the Muslim League was trying to destroy him. “Those who are rai…
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  • Anthur Sajan suicide case must be probed under court supervision: Ramesh Chennithala
    Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged that the investigation over the suicide of expat businessman Sajan of Anthur in Kannur was ineffective. “The cruel stands of the LDF government and Anthur municipality led to Sajan's suicide. The investigation in this regard is not satisfactory,” the Congress leader said. Chennithala also alleged that the investigation report filed was scripted by the CPI (M). The case is being probed by a team that acts according to the scri…
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  • Karat Faisal invested huge amount in gold smuggling, reports Customs
    Kochi: Sources close to Customs has revealed that Karat Faisal had invested a huge amount of money in gold smuggling. The department has revealed the news after taking Faisal into custody. Karat Faisal is linked to gold smuggling centred around Thiruvananthapuram for many years, hinted customs. The officials also found that Faisal has a major involvement in the case. It is learned that the latest findings of the customs are very crucial in the probe into the gold smuggling case. Koduvally are…
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  • Loan fraud in the name of PM’s Employment Generation Programme; crores swindled
    Pathanamthitta: A huge bank loan fraud in the name of the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme has come to light. Crores of rupees were collected from hundreds of people as part of the preliminary procedure for approving loans, especially in southern Kerala. The Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme is implemented through Khadi and Village Industries Commission directorates. The scheme gives loans upto Rs 25 lakh to start business with upto 35 percent subsidy on repaymen…
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  • With the new Franchise scheme, one can open their own post office
    Pathanamthitta: Indian Postal Department has decided to introduce a franchise scheme in the post department. This means that people now have the opportunity to start their own post offices in their locality and also to become a postal agent. Service only through counters India has the largest postal service network in the world. There are 1.55 lakh post offices in the country. Out of this, 89 percent of the offices are in rural areas. However, there are still lots of areas where the postal ser…
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  • Bribe for MBBS seat: ED to quiz CPM leader 
    Kozhikode: Following the interrogation of Congress leader Aryadan Shoukath, Enforcement Directorate will summon CPM Nilambur area committee secretary E Padmakshan over the alleged MBBS seat bribe case. He will be interrogated at the ED office in Kozhikode. ED will question Padmakshan over the financial transactions related to receiving bribe on MBBS seats in the institution under Mary Matha Educational Trust. It is hinted that the CPM leader was summoned as per the statement of trust chairman S…
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  • Muslim League holds protest march towards CPM office demanding Karat Faisal's resignation
    Kozhikode: Muslim League led a protest march to the CPM office in Koduvally soon after customs department took Karat Faisal into custody in connection with the gold smuggling case. Customs department took Faisal into custody for investing huge sum of moneyin Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling. Faisal is an independent councillor of Koduvally Municipality with the backing of LDF. The protestors demanded that Karat Faisal should resign from his councillor post. The protestors were blocked by polic…
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  • COVID-19 tally in India crosses 63-lakh mark
    New Delhi: Indias COVID-19 caseload breached the 63-lakh mark with86,821 infections being reported in a day, while 52,73,201 people have recuperated so far from the disease,according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The recovery rate stands at 83.53 per cent. The total coronavirus cases mounted to63,12,584, whilethedeath toll climbed to98,678with the virus claiming 1,181 lives in a span of 24 hours,the data updated at 8 am showed. There are9,40,705active cases of coronav…
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