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  • Lockdown strategy to be revised in Kerala; restrictions according to TPR
    Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the lockdown strategy in the state will be changed and the restrictions will be imposed on different levels on the basis of disease transmission rate. He added that the local bodies will be classified on the basis of transmission rate and different resistance measures will be implemented. The test positivity rate (TPR) in 14 local bodies in the state remains above 35 percent. The TPR in 37 local bodies is between 28 and 35 while 127…
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  • Kerala logs 7,719 new Covid cases on Monday; 161 fatalities
    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala recorded 7,719new Covid cases on Monday, informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a press meet held here after the daily Covid review meeting.With 161 new fatalities, the death toll mounted to 11,342. Test positivity rate was recorded at 11.26 percent. The district-wise statistics of positive cases: Thiruvananthapuram - 1170, Ernakulam - 977, Kollam – 791, Thrissur - 770, Palakkad - 767, Malappuram – 581, Alappuzha - 524, Kozhikode - 472, Kottayam - 400, Kannur…
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  • Tree felling issue: Kanam summons E Chandrasekharan, K Rajan
    Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI is trying to save face in the tree felling controversy. Former revenue minister E Chandrasekharan and incumbent revenue minister K Rajan are meeting CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran at MN Memorial. The meeting started at 3 pm and is still continuing. As CPI had clear stance on forest and environment related issues, the party was totally in trouble after the tree felling controversy erupted. Kanam Rajendran refused to react on the matter and had said that the gover…
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  • Govt aims to vaccinate 2.5 lakh people daily; action plan to confront 3rd wave of pandemic
    Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George said that along with improving the facilities in hospitals in view of a third wave of Covid-19, attempts are made to vaccinate maximum number of people. The participation of private hospitals also will be ensured in this drive. The government aims to vaccinate upto 2 lakh - 2.5 lakh people per day. The vaccine doses, more staff and other facilities required for this should be made available, the minister demanded. A registration drive will be in…
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  • Aisha Sultana moves Kerala HC seeking anticipatory bail
    Kochi: Lakshadweep native Filmmaker Aisha Sultana approached Kerala high court seeking anticipatory bail as she was booked on sedition charges recently. Aisha pointed out in the plea that the sedition charge slapped on her is invalid. She filed the plea fearing arrest when she reached Kavaratti in Lakshadweep. The plea was filed via a leading advocate and it will be considered on Tuesday. The complaint was filed by the BJPs Lakshadweep unit president Abdul Khader. Aisha Sultana hails from Chet…
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  • Single dose sufficient for those already infected by Covid: Study
    Hyderabad:A single dose of vaccine is sufficient for those already infected by Covid-19, revealed a study by Hyderabads AIG Hospitals. The hospital announced on Monday that it conducted a study on 260 healthcare workers who got vaccinated between January 16 and February 5 to assess the immunological memory response in all those patients. All patients were given the Covishield vaccine. Two significant observations came out of the study, which has been published in the International Journal of I…
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  • National award-winning actor Sanchari Vijay succumbs to injuries
    Bengaluru:National award-winningKannada actor Sanchari Vijay, who sustained injuries in a road accident, succumbed at a private hospital here on Monday, sources said. "He is brain dead and his family has to decide whether they can donate his organs," a doctor attending on the actor told reporters. Condoling Vijays death, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said he was deeply pained to know about it and expressed his sorrow. The actors motorcycle skidded on Saturday night at JP Nagar in the city an…
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  • Vatican rejects third appeal of Sister Lucy Kalappura
    Thiruvananthapuram: The Vatican has rejected one more appeal of Sister Lucy Kalappura, a Keralite nun against the decision of Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) to expel her for "failing" to provide explanation for her lifestyle, which allegedly violated church rules. According to an internal church communication,Apostalica Signatura, the apex judicial authority in the Catholic Church, rejected the nuns third appeal againstdismissing her from the century-old Congregation. "The appeal of Luc…
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  • Lakshadweep Administrator takes Goa route, skips journey via Kochi
    Kochi: Amidst the raging controversy over the "modernisation" of Lakshadweep, the Union Territorys Administrator, Praful Khoda Patel, is set to reach the islands on Monday via Goa. He will avoid the journey through Kochi and reach Agatti at 12.30 pm. There are reports that due to the mounting protests against the new reforms of the administrator, he has decided to skip Kochi and go via Goa.UDF alleged that the administrator is trying to run away by re-routing his journey. This is the third vis…
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  • LJP MPs join hands against Chirag Paswan
    Chirag Paswan New Delhi: Five of the six Lok Janshakti Party MPs in the Lok Sabha have joined hands against their leader Chirag Paswan and elected Pashupati Kumar Paras in his place, causing a big churn in Bihar politics. Paras on Monday lauded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a good leader and "vikas purush" (development-oriented man), highlighting the deep fault lines within the party as his nephew Chirag Paswan has been a strong critic of the JD(U) president. "I have not broken the pa…
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  • Covid spreading among police officers in TVM
    Thiruvananthapuram: Covid-19 is spreading fast among police officers in the capital city. A total of 25 police officials, including 2 sub-inspectors, were confirmed Covid positive so far. The cops are in the forefront of implementing Covid protocol. During the first wave of the pandemic, many police officers were affected with the disease in Thiruvananthapuram. When the second wave started, not many cases were reported among the cops. However, disease transmission seems to increase among them f…
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  • Sr Lucy Kalappura alleges conspiracy; says news on expulsion fake
    Kalpetta: Sister Lucy Kalappura said that rumours on getting a letter from Vatican approving her expulsion from the church was baseless. She added that her lawyer has not informed of any development on the trial on the plea filed by her orany endorsement on it. If the trial is proceeding without her knowledge, it cannot be justified at any cost, she reacted. The petition was filed in Vatican in March 2020. The court was closed in the backdrop of Covid and it reopened only in August. The letter…
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  • India records 70,421 COVID-19 cases, lowest in 74 days; 3,921 deaths registered
    New Delhi: India recorded a single-day rise of 70,421 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in 74 days, taking the countrys infection tally to 2,95,10,410, while the count of active cases fell below 10 lakh after over two months, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The COVID-19 death toll in the country climbed to 3,74,305 with 3,921 fatalities recorded in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The count of active cases has further declined to 9,73,158 which i…
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  • Nenmara love story: Police to submit report on Tuesday; Women’s Commission to visit home of couple
    Nenmara: The Nenmara police will submit a report into the case of a young couple who lived in a small room without letting others in the house knowin Ayilur village in Palakkad.The Nenmara police will submit the report as per the direction of the Women's Commission. The statement of Rahman and Sajitha and the detailed statement of their parents were recorded. The police will hand over the detailed report to the commission including their findings. The police initially felt that there were no di…
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  • Ministers aware of tree felling; talks held several times
    Thiruvananthapuram: The revenue department had issued orders to allow tree felling only after consultation with the ministers. The decision to grant permission to fell trees was taken after consultation with the revenue and forest department besides holding talks with expert officials several times. After the all-party meeting held in 2018, the government took a decision to allow felling of trees from revenue land. The evidence related to this is in possession of Mathrubhumi News. The farmers…
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  • Antibody cocktail treatment helps Covid patient from slipping into critical state
    Kochi: The antibody cocktail treatment which stops Covid patients from slipping into a critical condition has been introduced in the state also. Currently, about five hospitals in Ernakulam district offer this treatment. Antibody cocktail treatment should be provided within 7 days of turning Covid positive. If the treatment is provided at the right time, the patients condition will remain stable. Cocktail treatment is given following various conditions. By providing cocktail treatment to the p…
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  • Kerala to oppose privatization of power supply
    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala alleged that the condition put forward by the central government to increase borrowing limit for states is a shortcut to privatize power supply. The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the finance department are examining if a higher amount can be borrowed by following other conditions which seem to be harmless. Privatization is included among the conditions to increase the borrowing limit of states by half percent of the GDP in the next 4 years. As per the ne…
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  • Petrol price hike continues; Rs 98.39 in Thiruvananthapuram
    Thiruvananthapuram: The hike in price of petrol and diesel by the oil majors continues unabated. On Monday, the price of fuel continued to rise for the eighth time within 14 days. One litre of petrol increased by 29 paise and diesel by 31 paise. Thiruvananthapuram reported a petrol price of Rs 98.39 and diesel at Rs 93.74 for a litre. In Kochi, petrol is priced at Rs 96.51 and diesel at Rs 92.97. The fuel price is rising for the 23rd time after the announcement of election results.
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  • Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new Prime Minister, ending Netanyahu's 12-year rule
    Jerusalem: Naftali Bennett was on Sunday sworn in as Israels new Prime Minister, ending Benjamin Netanyahus 12-year hold on power and the political uncertainty that gripped the Jewish nation for months after inconclusive elections. Bennett, the 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina party, took oath of office after the Knesset (Parliament) elected him as the 13th Prime Minister of Israel by approved with a razor-thin majority of 60-59 in the 120-member house. One lawmaker abstained. His g…
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  • Lockdown may be extended in state with relaxations
    Thiruvananthapuram: Lockdown in Kerala may continue with relaxations. A decision on lockdown will be taken in the Covid evaluation meeting to be headed by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday. The present lockdown is till Wednesday and government may plan to lift it only in phases. More shops may be allowed to function and restrictions may be eased in almost all sectors. As many have been predicting a third wave of the pandemic,there will be restriction in places where crowding of people i…
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