The fire broke out at around 4.30 p.m. at the general administration department (political) of the state Secretariat.
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.
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.
He defeated Congress rival Lal Varghese Kalpakavady by 37 votes. While Kumar bagged 88 votes, Kalapakavady got 41. One vote was declared invalid.
The state government had on Friday approached the High Court to stay the Centre's move to lease out the international airport.
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.
The plea was posted for hearing on Monday.
The Centre has also entered the fray and asked the Kerala government to hand over all the files pertaining to the Life Mission project.
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.
With this, the total Covid tally in the state is just 7 short of 50,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chennithala was interacting with the media after taking part in the Independence Day celebrations held at the state Congress party headquarters.
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.
"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.
This new development comes at a time when the district Police chief Abdul Karim tested Covid positive on Thursday.
The nominations were filed before the Secretary of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
This came after antigen tests were conducted on 99 prisoners following a 71-year-old prisoner testing positive on Tuesday.
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.
The session was earlier slated to be convened on July 27 but was called off for more reasons than one.
Eighteen people were killed in the accident, which included the pilot and the co-pilot.
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.
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.
The black box records the conversation between the pilots as well as with the air traffic control tower, apart from the flight data.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
The Kerala government sought a CBI probe in December last year after the request came from his father.
State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said that 903 new COVID cases were reported in the state on Wednesday.
"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.
While Vijayan participated from his official residence, the other cabinet ministers took part in the meeting from their office or residence.
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.
As many as 1,54,300 persons are under observation at present across the state, of which 8,981 are in hospitals.
Vijayan said there were 1,078 COVID cases on Thursday in Kerala which stands as the highest in a day.
State President of IMA, Abraham Varghese on Thursday said the situation at the moment does not warrant a statewide lockdown.
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.
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.
The ED has become the third agency to register a case in the matter after the NIA and the Customs.
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."
"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.
The Customs on Thursday arrested two more people who have been identified as those behind financing the buying of gold.
This is the second successive day when the state saw 600-plus new cases in a day.
Expressing a similar wish, the victim has filed an affidavit in the court.
The bench gave this direction based on two petitions seeking action against political parties violating the COVID guidelines.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
The court will hear the plea on Friday.
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.
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.
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).
According to information, the seized gold is around 30 kgs.
She said 2,129 people were corona positive in the state at present, while 3,048 others have been cured.
"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.
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.
For the past two weeks, the state has reported over 100 Covid-19 positive cases daily.
In an article, State CPI-M secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wrote that Mani's party is one which has a base and with a following.
Earlier applicable minimum charge of Rs 8 for 5 km will now be applicable to a distance of 2.5 km.
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).
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.
He passed away on Saturday, but the Covid test results came on Monday night.
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.
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.
The two doctors who tested COVID positive on Sunday include a paediatrician and a physician who have had close contacts with their patients.
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.
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.
This is the eighth successive day when the number of cases on a single day crossed 100.
Both of them were speaking online while taking part in the debate series, ‘Kerala Dialogue' organised by the Kerala government.
"Of the new cases, 84 came from abroad, 33 were those who came from within the country, while six were local infections," said Vijayan.
"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.
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.