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  • 10th, 12th exams today; No exchange of pens allowed, high-level safety measures in place
    Thiruvananthapuram: After two months of confusion, the postponed SSLC, HSE and VHSE exams will be conducted from Tuesday onwards. High level safety measures has been arranged. Both students and teachers are directed to wear masks. Transportation As public transport is limited, school buses and KSRTC buses are arranged as requested by the school authorities. Private vehicles also will be allowed. DGP Loknath Behera has instructed the district police chiefs not to block any vehicle carrying stud…
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  • Rain to continue; yellow alert in 8 districts
    Thiruvananthapuram: As rain is likely to intensify, an yellow alert has been sounded in eight districts of Kerala from Wednesday to Friday. Heavy rain accompanied with lightning and gusty wind is predicted in Lakshadweep and Maldives coasts on May 27 and 28 and on Kerala coast on May 29. An yellow alert is issued in Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode on May 27 and in Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode on May 28 and in Alappuzha, Ernak…
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  • WHO stops trial of anti-Malarial drug for COVID-19 over safety concerns
    The World Health Organization said Monday it had "temporarily" suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure. The decision came after the publication last week of a study in the Lancet indicating that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their likelihood of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. Tedros said that the executive group…
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  • One more COVID death in state; Kannur woman dies at Kozhikode medical college
    Kozhikode/Kannur: One more COVID-19 death has been reported in the state. The deceased is identified as Kannur Dharmadom Chathoth native Asiya (63). She has been under treatment in Kozhikode medical college and died on Friday by 10 at night. With this, the total number of people who died of COVID-19 in Kerala touched six. However, Asiya was already suffering from other diseases including heart disease. Asiya was admitted to Kozhikode medical college with severe health issues following a stroke…
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  • Snakebite death: Sooraj’s son, mother missing
    Pathanamthitta: In the case of Uthra's death due to snakebite, police informed that her one-year-old child Dhruv and her mother-in-law Renuka, are missing. Uthra's husband Sooraj has been named the first accused in the murder of his wife and was taken into custody. Following the complaint lodged by Uthra's parents to the Kollam Childline officials requesting custody of the child, Adoor CI visited the house of Uthra's husband on Monday evening as per the direction of Anchal CI but found the chil…
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  • 49 new COVID-19 cases in Kerala on Monday; 12 test negative
    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 49 COVID-19 cases on Monday while 12 tested negative, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said through his official Facebook account. Out of the new cases, 14 are from Kasaragod district, 10 are from Kannur, 5 each are from Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram, 4 are from Kozhikode, 3 each are from Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta, 2 each from Kollam and Kottayam and one from Idukki district. Out of the 49 coronavirus positive cases, 18 had returned from abroad (Oman –…
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  • Amid rising corona cases, border tensions, China plans to fly home citizens from India
    New Delhi: In an urgent notice, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi has informed its citizens residing in India that special flights would be available to fly them back home. The Chinese plans to evacuate its citizens catches attention amid growing border tensions between India and China besides rising cases of COVID-19 in parts of western and northern India. The notice says that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made elaborate plans specially for students and tourists who have been faci…
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  • 4 new hotspots in Kerala; 2 remand prisoners confirmed with COVID-19
    Thiruvananthapuram: Four new regions have been declared as coronavirus hotspots in Kerala on Monday. Pinarayi in Kannur, Puthussery, Malampuzha and Chalissery in Palakkad have been added to the list. With this the total number of COVID-19 hotspots have touched 59. On Monday 49 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the state. Out of this 6 had contracted the virus through contact. Two among them are remand prisoners from Kannur district while one is a health worker in Thiruvananthapuram. Actor…
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  • Film set destruction in Kalady: One arrested
    Aluva: Police on Monday arrested a person in connection with the incident of vandalizing the set of movie Minnal Murali at Kalady Manappuram. Rashtriya Bajrang Dal Ernakulam district president Kari Ratheesh (Ratheesh Kalady) was arrested by the probe team led by Additional SP NJ Sojan. He is being interrogated. According to police, Ratheesh is the master brain behind the movie set destruction. Further probe is on to arrest the others involved in the incident. Ratheesh is an accused in many oth…
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  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe lifts state of emergency
    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted the countrys nationwide state of emergency, ending restrictions in the remaining areas where the order was still in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We had very stringent criteria for lifting the state of emergency. We have judged that we have met this criteria," the BBC quoted Abe as saying said in a televised address to the nation on Monday. He said the country had managed to control the spread of COVID-19 since issuing the orde…
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  • Migrant workers assemble in front of CPM office in Pathanamthitta demanding bus for return
    Pathanamthitta: Police on Monday disbursed a group of migrant workers who had assembled at the CPM district committee office here demanding transportation to return to their natives. Around 60 migrant labourers residing in Kannankara gathered here and protested in the afternoon. Though police tried to calm them down and spoke to them, they did not disburse. Following this, police had to forcefully remove them. The labourers demanded that the district committee office of the rulling party shoul…
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  • 5 new COVID-19 cases in Palakkad on Monday
    Palakkad: Minister for Cultural Affairs A K Balan confirmed that five new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Palakkad district on Monday. Among the five cases, four had returned from other states while one returned from abroad. With this the total number of coronavirus active cases in the district rose to 53. “As Palakkad falls along the state border, more precautions must be taken. The virus infection is spreading through contact. The suspicion of community transmission lingers over the distri…
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  • Snakebite death: Uthra’s parents get child’s custody, Sooraj’s mother, sister likely to be quizzed
    Kollam: The custody of the 13-month-old baby of Uthra, who was killed using a snake by her husband Sooraj, at Anchal here, will be handed over to her parents. The decision was taken after the Women's Commission (WC) intervened in the issue. The child will be handed over to Uthra's parents on Monday under the supervision of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The child is presently with Sooraj's parents. Earlier Sooraj and family had taken the child, who had been at Uthra's house, with them. Me…
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  • Vande Bharath mission: 8 flights from Gulf to Kerala on Tuesday
    Dubai: Nine flights will conduct services from Gulf countries to India on Tuesday as part of the third phase of Vande Bharath mission. Out of the nine flights, eight will be landing in Kerala. Seven flights to Kerala are coming from UAE while one is from Bahrain. Abu Dhabi-New Delhi Air India Express (IX 1116) will take off at 11.25 am. Dubai- Kochi (IX 1434) flight will leave at 11.50 am, Dubai- Kannur (IX 1746) at 12.50 pm, Abu Dhabi- Kozhikode (IX 1348) at 1.20 pm and Abu Dhabi-Thiruvnanthap…
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  • Present LDF govt has failed in all sectors, alleges Ramesh Chennithala
    Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Monday alleged that the present LDF government has failed in all sectors. Speaking to the media on the day the government entered its 5th year, Chennnithala opined that the government is trying to hide its administrational failures and extravagance behind COVID-19 pandemic. The success in the fight against coronavirus belongs to the people. The unity of the people in the state resulted in controlling the pandemic, but the government…
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  • Don’t be cheated by claims about chartered flights, warns Indian consulate in Dubai
    Dubai: The Indian consulate in Dubai warned Indians not to be cheated by news about chartered flights to India. A press release from the consulate stated that certain travel agencies and individuals are trying to extract money from passengers through claims about chartered flights. Certain travel agencies have tried to convince passengers that they would take them to India in chartered flights and that the passengers would need to pay a sum of money in advance. They are also asking for payment…
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  • Considerable increase in COVID-19 cases; public should cooperate with govt measures, says CM
    Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinrayi Vijayan on Monday requested the public to cooperate with government measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic. He was speaking to media on the occasion of the LDF government entering the 5th year of governance. “The lockdown can't be extended indefinitely. Vehicle traffic is slowly picking up. The number of coronavirus cases in the state is increasing considerably. Within the last 4 days, there has been 181 new cases. With public transportation, trai…
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  • 3 Keralites die of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia
    Jeddah: Three Keralites died of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia on Monday. The deceased were identified as Perinthalmanna Ramapuram native Abdul Salam (58), Muthuvalloor Parassery native Umar (53) and Othukkungal native Muhammed Ilyas Anchukandan (47). Abdul Salam and Umar were being treated at King Abdulaziz Medical City while Muhammed Ilyas was under treatment in another private hospital in Saudi Arabia. Abdul Salam had been under treatment for about one month. He had served as an executive member…
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  • Uthra murder: Mom no more, dad arrested; what about the 13-month-old baby?
    Kollam: With Sooraj being arrested for murdering his wife Uthra at Anchal here in the district, there is a confusion regarding the custody of their 13-month-old son. Uthra's family has demanded the custody of the boy, who is staying with Sooraj's parents at present. Uthra's family has decided to take the legal route to take custody of the boy. “We will take necessary action after discussing with legal experts,” said Uthra's brother. Meanwhile, Pathanamthitta Child Welfare Committee chairma…
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  • Actor Suraj Venjaramoodu quarantined after attending event on his own property
    Thiruvananthapuram: Actor Suraj Venjaramoodu and Vamanapuram MLA D K Murali have been quarantined after attending a programme at Venjaramoodu police station. A man arrested by the Venjaramoodu police was tested positive for COVID-19. The actor and the MLA had attended an agriculture related programme along with police officers at the station. As the remand prisoner was confirmed with COVID, Suraj Venjaramoodu and MLA D K Murali were asked to remain in quarantine as a precaution. About 30 police…
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