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Fire in Kerala Secretariat, Opposition alleges conspiracy to destroy gold smuggling...

The fire broke out at around 4.30 p.m. at the general administration department (political) of the state Secretariat.

Kerala HC refuses to stay handing over of TVM airport to...

The Court however posted the case for detailed hearing for September 15 and asked the State government to come with their points before September 9.

Setback for Kerala government; HC rules CBI probe into Periya twin...

Incidentally, it was the Vijayan government which brought in high-profile lawyers to defend them, after a single bench of the High Court earlier directed a CBI probe, quashing the police charge sheet in the case last year.

Shreyams Kumar wins Rajya Sabha seat bypoll in Kerala

He defeated Congress rival Lal Varghese Kalpakavady by 37 votes. While Kumar bagged 88 votes, Kalapakavady got 41. One vote was declared invalid.

Kerala Assembly passes resolution against leasing airport to Adani

The state government had on Friday approached the High Court to stay the Centre's move to lease out the international airport.

1,983 new corona cases in Kerala

As many as 35,247 people have recovered from the disease so far in Kerala, including 1,419 patients who tested negative on Friday, Health Minister KK Shailaja said in a statement here.

Kerala approaches HC to stay transfer of Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani...

The plea was posted for hearing on Monday.

Life Mission project: Kerala Opposition demands CM’s resignation

The Centre has also entered the fray and asked the Kerala government to hand over all the files pertaining to the Life Mission project.

Kerala’s Covid-19 tally crosses 51K mark

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, who is currently in isolation like Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and six other ministers, said that at present there are 18,123 people who are positive, while 33,828 have been cured of the disease.

New Covid cases in Kerala hit 2,333 in 1 day

With this, the total Covid tally in the state is just 7 short of 50,000.

Kerala Congress against proxy or postal voting in local body polls

According to the rules, the new set of local bodies should be in office latest by November and the Election Commission has expressed its intent to use new models to conduct the polls given that the number of Covid cases is rising in the state.

Corona cases in Kerala nearing 50K-mark

After getting bouquets for its fight against the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic, Kerala seems to be facing an uphill task on this front.

Senior Kerala journalist N J Nair passes away

He was 59 and is survived by his wife and two sons. A hugely loved and respected journalist for his pleasing and mild manners, Nair began his career with The Indian Express and had been with The Hindu for the past 25 years.

Former secretary of Pinarayi Vijayan appears before ED

This is the second time that the ED officials are questioning Sivasankar, once the most powerful official in the state by virtue of the post he held.

Kerala Vigilance department has been castrated, says Congress

Chennithala was interacting with the media after taking part in the Independence Day celebrations held at the state Congress party headquarters.

Covid cases cross 40,000 in Kerala, record 1,569 cases in 1...

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and seven of his Cabinet colleagues also went into self-isolation after Malappuram District Collector K. Gopalakrishnan turned Covid positive.

Kerala Assembly set to launch first phase of TV channel

"In the first phase, we will take time slots in Malayalam TV channels and air the programmes which will showcase the various aspects of our Assembly. For that we have already shot our own content which will run into 60 episodes of half an hour duration each and will be aired for 20 weeks," said the Speaker.

Malappuram collector among 23 officials test Covid positive

This new development comes at a time when the district Police chief Abdul Karim tested Covid positive on Thursday.

2 file nomination for Rajya Sabha bypoll from Kerala

The nominations were filed before the Secretary of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.

59 inmates in Kerala jail test COVID positive

This came after antigen tests were conducted on 99 prisoners following a 71-year-old prisoner testing positive on Tuesday.

Customs probing Kerala minister Jaleel over protocol violation

Jaleel allegedly received kits for distribution from the UAE consulate during Ramzan and also a copy of the Holy Quran, both of which are a violation of protocol.

One-day Kerala Assembly session on August 24

The session was earlier slated to be convened on July 27 but was called off for more reasons than one.

109 air crash victims in hospital, says Kerala CM

Eighteen people were killed in the accident, which included the pilot and the co-pilot.

Gloom deepens at Kerala landslide site, 24 bodies dug out so...

On Saturday, the body of her son Dinesh was among the five retrieved from under the debris. As the men, who were toiling to dig out the victims, were taking Dinesh's body to a waiting vehicle, Manjula wept inconsolably.

Kerala activist Rehana Fathima surrenders in obscenity case

Fathima, who has a 14-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, had uploaded a video clip titled 'Body Art and Politics' on YouTube, showing her two children painting on her semi-naked body.

Black box of Air India Express flight recovered

The black box records the conversation between the pilots as well as with the air traffic control tower, apart from the flight data.

DGCA, Air India, Air India Express officials reach Kozhikode

They will be probing the cause of the accident at the Kozhikode airport where an Air India Express plane skidded and fell into a valley killing 18 passengers, including the two pilots and injuring many others on Friday evening.

Pilots among 17 dead as AI Express plane overshoots runway, plunges...

The plane skidded off the runway as it landed on its second attempt amid heavy rain, plunged 35 feet into the valley below, and broke into two pieces.

Five die as AI Express flight skids off Kozhikode airport

Kerala DGP L.N. Behera told IANS: "As of now five people have died, including two crew members. Several critically injured persons have been rushed to the hospital."

Another day of over 1000 new Covid cases in Kerala

The total number of active cases in the state has reached 11,540, while 16,303 have so far recovered from the disease, said a statement issued from the office of State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja.

3 in custody for alleged rape, brutal assault on 75-yr-old woman

According to the police, the incident took place on Sunday afternoon, when the aged woman was at her friend's house, close by her home.

Kerala HC extends ban on all protests till August 31

The court had, on July 15, ruled that there should be no protests or demonstrations in the state till July 31, as these would violate the Covid-19 guidelines of the Centre.

Kerala CM faces call for resignation from Congress

"Pinarayi Vijayan is the Modi of Kerala. The voice of Kerala is going to get stronger and none can crush it, even though Vijayan will try to do it. The gold smuggling case and numerous other corruption scandals that have surfaced under Vijayan's watch have brought shame to the state," said Wasnik.

Kerala train passenger tests Covid positive, sent to hospital midway

The man works as a contract worker in Kozhikode. According to the health department officials, he was unwell for the last few days. Thereafter, he had given a swab sample for a Covid-19 test, the report of which was awaited.

CBI takes over probe into Kerala musician’s death

The Kerala government sought a CBI probe in December last year after the request came from his father.

Thiruvananthapuram continues to be capital of Covid spread

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said that 903 new COVID cases were reported in the state on Wednesday.

Corona will not go away soon, more treatment centres in Kerala,...

"COVID is not going to go away like that and it has come to be realised that in clusters also there is a spike. COVID is going to be a long term problem. To deal with it we have now set up 101 CFLTC's with 12801 beds, of which 45 per cent beds are already occupied," said Vijayan.

First online cabinet meeting held in Kerala

While Vijayan participated from his official residence, the other cabinet ministers took part in the meeting from their office or residence.

NIA again quizzing suspended IAS officer in gold smuggling case

Sivasankar was Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Information Technology Secretary before he was removed from the posts after the racket came to light.

Kerala reports 1,103 new corona cases

As many as 1,54,300 persons are under observation at present across the state, of which 8,981 are in hospitals.

Kerala to form ‘Covid brigade’, says Pinarayi Vijayan

Vijayan said there were 1,078 COVID cases on Thursday in Kerala which stands as the highest in a day.

Kerala IMA unit rules out complete state-wide lockdown

State President of IMA, Abraham Varghese on Thursday said the situation at the moment does not warrant a statewide lockdown.

Customs withholds transfer of officials probing Kerala gold case

The order included the transfer of six superintendents and two inspectors attached to the Kochi unit of the Customs, who are presently probing the case, to other units.

Kerala records over 1K cases in a day for the first...

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said presently 8,818 are COVID positive in the state and with the cases spiking, the government might have to think of complete lockdown, but nothing has been decided as yet.

Kerala gold smuggling: ED registers money laundering case

The ED has become the third agency to register a case in the matter after the NIA and the Customs.

Kerala CM hails plasma bank as success

Remarking that plasma therapy has proved to be a success, Vijayan said, "22 people, discharged from hospitals, have donated plasma. 200 people are waiting to do the same. Plasma from Manjeri was also administered to a serious patient in Alappuzha. It proved a success."

Covid cases in Kerala cross 10,000

"The day saw 722 people turn COVID positive and it included 481 local infectees. Thiruvananthapuram district is seeing a huge spike as 339 positive cases are there. The state today has 84 clusters where there are cases, of which 10 are large clusters," said Vijayan.

Crowd funding, source of fund in Kerala gold smuggling case

The Customs on Thursday arrested two more people who have been identified as those behind financing the buying of gold.

Kerala records highest-ever spike in Covid cases

This is the second successive day when the state saw 600-plus new cases in a day.

Kerala Catholic priest wants to marry his rape victim

Expressing a similar wish, the victim has filed an affidavit in the court.

Kerala HC bans protests till July 31

The bench gave this direction based on two petitions seeking action against political parties violating the COVID guidelines.

Gold scam: No grounds to suspend Sivasankar yet, says Pinarayi Vijayan

Responding to questions from the media on the issue, he said: "There are rules and procedures to be followed for it. Let us now wait for the ongoing events and we have also appointed a two-member committee headed by the Chief Secretary after reports have come that he (Sivasankar) was in touch with the controversial woman (Swapna Suresh) on phone. At the moment, there are no grounds to suspend him."

Record 608 new corona cases in Kerala

"Things are serious... in Thiruvananthapuram district itself, there were 201 cases on Tuesday, of which 158 are local infectees. The total number of local infectees for the day in the state is 396. The state also registered one COVID death -- a 47-year-old man who had returned from Saudi Arabia," said Vijayan.

Travancore royal family’s rights in Padmanabhaswamy temple affairs upheld

A bench headed by U.U. Lalit said the administrative committee will manage the temple affairs while the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram will be the chairperson of the committee.

Protests in Kerala, NIA tells HC about Swapna’s ‘role in racket’

The National Investigation Agency, which has since taken over the probe, told the court hearing her anticipatory bail plea that she had a role to play in the racket and strongly opposed the bail.

Kerala getting closer to Covid-19 community spread, warns CM

"We had said we are on the verge of community spread. We are getting closer to that. The need of the hour is to avoid all crowding. Things went out of control in a market here and that caused the fresh lockdown. All should be cautious and venture out only if there is a major need," said Vijayan.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Swapna moves anticipatory bail

The court will hear the plea on Friday.

Kerala records highest ever daily tally of 301 Covid cases

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja informed that, of the new cases, 99 came from abroad, 95 were those who came from within the country, 90 were local infections, 3 health professionals and 14 defence personnel.

Order probe, resign over gold smuggling case, Congress, BJP tell Vijayan

Even as Swapna Suresh is on the run ever since her former colleague was arrested by the Customs in the case, the department officials on Wednesday took into custody a lady friend of her and were questioning her.

Mani faction decides to keep options open in Kerala

Speaking to the media, here on Monday, Mani, a Rajya Sabha member, said he would keep his options open. However, at the national level he will remain with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

Kerala Customs seize massive gold haul from diplomatic luggage

According to information, the seized gold is around 30 kgs.

Single-day record 240 new corona cases in Kerala

She said 2,129 people were corona positive in the state at present, while 3,048 others have been cured.

Kerala reports record 211 corona cases

"Of the new cases, 138 are returnees from abroad, 39 returnees from within the country, 27 local infectees, six CISF personnel, and one air cabin crew," said Vijayan.

Pinarayi Vijayan has badly let down Kerala diaspora, says Congress

Joseph, who headed the diaspora ministry for five years from 2011-16 told IANS that all what Vijayan has done is nothing but rhetoric and when the time came to really act, Vijayan has badly faltered, especially the way the diaspora was being handled when the pandemic struck.

Kerala records 160 new Covid-19 positive cases

For the past two weeks, the state has reported over 100 Covid-19 positive cases daily.

After ouster from UDF, door open for Kerala Congress (M) in...

In an article, State CPI-M secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wrote that Mani's party is one which has a base and with a following.

Kerala Cabinet nod for bus fare hike

Earlier applicable minimum charge of Rs 8 for 5 km will now be applicable to a distance of 2.5 km.

Not blacklisted, PwCPL clarifies after Kerala leader’s remarks

The London-headquartered firm's statement said it wishes to clarify that the entity performing work for the Kerala government's Department of Transport is PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited (PwCPL).

131 new Covid positive cases in Kerala

It included 65 who came from abroad, 46 were those who came from within the country, 10 were local infectees, nine were CISF personnel at the Kannur airport and there was one death which took place on Saturday and tested positive late Monday night.

Kerala records 23rd death due to Covid-19

He passed away on Saturday, but the Covid test results came on Monday night.

9 CISF personnel among 121 new Covid cases in Kerala

The new cases included 78 who came from abroad, 26 from other states, five were locals, three were health professionals and nine were CISF personnel.

UDF shows the door to ally Kerala Congress (Mani)

Reading out the suspension of Kerala Congress (Mani), UDF convenor and Congress MP Benny Behanan said the Jose K. Mani faction in the UDF has been expelled from the UDF.

20K contacts in list of 5 Covid positive in Kerala

The two doctors who tested COVID positive on Sunday include a paediatrician and a physician who have had close contacts with their patients.

For 10th day in a row, Kerala registers over 100 cases

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja informed the media that at present there are 2,015 positive cases, while 2,150 people have by now been cured of the disease.

Congress demands to cancel contract with PwC inked by Kerala

PwC was selected by the Kerala government to prepare a detailed project report of Rs 4.500 crore for 3,000 e-buses. The contract was given in August 2019.

Kerala records another high of 150 new Covid-19 cases

This is the eighth successive day when the number of cases on a single day crossed 100.

Amartya Sen, Chomsky applaud Kerala’s Covid-19 battle

Both of them were speaking online while taking part in the debate series, ‘Kerala Dialogue' organised by the Kerala government.

Kerala records over 100 COVID positive cases entire week

"Of the new cases, 84 came from abroad, 33 were those who came from within the country, while six were local infections," said Vijayan.

Kerala records 152 Covid cases, highest on a single day

"Of this, 98 people came from abroad, 46 were those who came from within the country and there were eight local infections. At present there are 1,691 positive patients, while in all 3,603 got this disease", said Vijayan.

UN recognition for Kerala in fight against Covid-19

The function, held on a virtual platform, saw the participation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other top UN dignitaries who applauded all the leaders which included state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja for effectively tackling Covid-19.