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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.

One more death, 141 new Covid cases in Kerala

"These 141 new cases include 79 who came from abroad and 52 returnees from within the country. Nine are local infectees and one health professional. The total positive cases now are 1,620," said Vijayan.

CONSYST bags order to build State Renewable Energy Data Centre at...

The system once commissioned, will help KSEB to evaluate and analyse the performance of renewable energy generation inside the state more precisely in real-time and manage grid operations better.

Kerala reports 138 Covid cases, highest in a single day

In the past four days, new cases have gone past the 100-mark taking the total to 516 positive cases.

Be considerate to still-stuck Kerala diaspora, Oommen Chandy urges CM

Chandy told the media that thousands of Kerala natives are deeply upset over the condition that these health certificates were not more than 72 hours old.

Kerala reports 133 new Covid-19 cases, Congress for more tests

In a Facebook post, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 133 fresh cases were registered. Of this, 80 came from abroad, 43 from within the country, nine were local infectees and one health professional, he posted.

Kerala reports single-day high of 127 new Covid-19 cases

"Of the 127 new cases, 87 came from abroad, 36 from within the country, three were local infectees and there was one health professional also," said Vijayan.

Lawyers’ body writes to Kerala HC CJ on court sittings

The letter said that following detection of the case, some liaison officers in the Advocate General's office and Special GP (Vigilance) had been advised to go into quarantine.

Kerala sees highest number of cases in 1 day as 118...

The previous highest tally for a single day was on June 5, when 111 had turned positive.

Pinarayi Vijayan has badly let down Kerala diaspora, says Congress

Speaking to the media here, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said Vijayan is good at rhetoric, but there is no action and as a result, thousands of Kerala diaspora waiting to return is facing fresh hurdles.

Pinarayi Vijayan asks Centre for Covid test of returning Kerala diaspora

This position is contradictory to the statement made by the lone Keralite Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan who said if the state government insists then flights will have to be cancelled, adding that no other state is putting up such a demand.

Kerala plans licence for snake catchers

The decision follows the death of a young snake catcher on Sunday. He was bitten by a poisonous snake that he had caught.

79 new Covid cases in Kerala as tally reaches 1,366

"Of new positive cases registered on Tuesday, 47 came from abroad, while 26 were those who came from within the country. Five were local infectees and one was a health professional," said Shailaja.

Kerala sees one Covid death, 130000 released from quarantine

The latest death reported was a capital city resident, who was under treatment for cardiac and breathing issues for long.

Kerala eases lockdown norms for business travellers

The order states that there are people who visit the state for a short time for business, official work, trade, medical, court cases, property management or other such purposes.

Kerala Opposition sees red over Covid negative certificate from expats

This new order will become applicable from June 20.

Kerala HC division bench stays single bench order on bus fare

It was on June 9, a single bench of the High Court on a petition of an organisation representing private bus owners, had stayed the government order that asked for reverting to the normal bus charges for two weeks.

‘Lights off Kerala’ protest against ‘hike’ in electricity charges

Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told the media on Friday that this peculiar situation has arisen because, during the Covid-19 lockdown, the electricity meter readers of the Kerala State Electricity Board were not able to reach the homes of the consumers to take the reading and give the bill.

Private health sector to join hands to tackle Covid in Kerala

About 100 officials from the private health sector took part in the online discussion.

It’s final, Sabarimala to open sans devotees

The decision came following matters raised by the 'tantri', who has the final say on all tantric and ritualistic procedures.

One dead, 65 new cases take Kerala positive cases to 1238

A total of 907 patients have been cured of the disease so far.

Covid-19 patient tests negative, commits suicide in Kerala

He was rushed to the intensive care unit, but couldn't be saved.

Kerala records 91 more Covid cases

Of the new cases, 53 were those came from abroad, while 27 were those who came from within the country. The remaining 11 were locals and included a health professional.

Kerala HC stays government order reducing bus fares

Following lockdown relaxation early this week, the state government came out with a fresh order withdrawing their earlier order and asked the private sector bus operators to revert to the old charges.

Places of worship open in Kerala under new norms

Masks have now become the order of the day in Kerala, the moment one steps out of their homes even if for a while now.

Kerala HC intervenes in BevQ liquor app

An IT firm approached the high court stating that the selection process was not fair when the BevQ app was selected to deliver a token for all those wanting to purchase liquor, beer and wine when the retail sales started on May 28.

Kerala breaks run of three-digit daily Covid cases

According to state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, the patient had kidney and breathing issues.

Ex-India footballer Hamza Koya dies due to Covid

With this, the total number of COVID deaths in Kerala rose to 15.

50 pilgrims at a time in Sabarimala as lockdown norms eased

"At Sabarimala, only 50 pilgrims will be allowed at a time and all those who wish to visit, have to book their time on the present Virtual Q system," he said.

Kerala registers record 111 corona cases in a day, says CM

"This is the highest number of positive cases in a single day. It is likely to go up as one lakh people from abroad are expected to return to Kerala if all flights scheduled for June arrive," said Vijayan.

Three dead, 94 fresh Covid-19 cases in Kerala

"With the three deaths, the total death toll has reached 14. Of the new cases, 47 came from abroad, while 37 reached the state from within the country. On Thursday, 39 people under treatment turned negative. Presently 854 are under treatment and in all, 1,588 have had this disease," he said.

Chandy protests against end of Karunya health scheme

"The Karunya Benevolent Fund should not be closed and handed out a mercy killing," said Chandy.

Awaiting guidelines for re-opening places of worship, says Pinarayi Vijayan

"The Centre has already said places of worship can be opened from Monday, but the guidelines and directions are yet to come. I spoke to religious heads of Hindus, Christians and Muslims. I appreciated the steps that they took to follow the guidelines when directions were given to close down all places of worship. I have said to them that once the new guidelines of the Centre come, they should take appropriate steps in that regard," he said.

82 new Covid-19 cases take Kerala’s tally to 1,494

"Of the new cases, 53 came from abroad and 19 from other states. There are 832 active cases. 1,58,861 people are under isolation, 1,444 in the hospitals. There are 128 hotspots," said Vijayan.

Trawlers to keep off Kerala coast as 52-day ban begins June...

The ban will be lifted on the midnight of July 31.

Congress demands probe into Kerala sand mining order

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, here on Tuesday, also questioned a 'secret' helicopter trip by Chief Secretary Tom Jose and Kerala Police chief Loknath Behera, hours before the former retired.

Christian priest dies of Covid, 86 new cases in Kerala

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja also the media that 86 people turned positive, which is the highest tally of positive cases on a single day.

Rahul Gandhi writes to Kerala CM on online classes initiative

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the District Collector Adeela Abdullah on Tuesday, Gandhi said the 'First Bell' initiative launched is an innovative move to establish digital classrooms.

Viswas Mehta takes over new Kerala Chief Secretary

Jose, who served as Chief Secretary for 23 months, retired on Sunday but came to his office on Monday morning to hand over charge to Mehta.

No community spread in Kerala, says Chief Minister

Vijayan said on Monday that 57 people turned positive, of which 28 came from within the country and 27 from outside the country.

Monsoon arrives in Kerala right on time

"Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala today, coinciding with its normal date," the IMD stated. The advance of the southwest monsoon over Indian mainland is marked by monsoon onset over Kerala and is an important indicator characterizing the transition from hot and dry season to a rainy season.

In a first, Kerala schools’ new academic year begins online

Online classes have been enabled through state-owned KITE-Victers Channel to benefit about 4.5 million students from Class 1 to 12 of state syllabus schools.

No community spread of COVID in Kerala, says Chief Minister

Vijayan said that there are 62 fresh positive cases on Friday, of which 33 came from abroad and 23 from outside the state.

8th Covid death in Kerala

State Health Minister K.K.Shailaja told the media that Kerala does not come under a community spread area as with the arrival of Keralaites in large numbers from within the country and abroad the state which had flattened the curve showed a spike in COVID cases.

Legendary socialist, press baron M. P. Veerendra Kumar passes away

Veerendra Kumar, a sitting Rajya Sabha member, succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

64 days later, Kerala tipplers get their favourite brand

Contrary to expectations that there would be a big rush before the liquor vends, at no place was there a crowd.

The man who made more than 15,000 people smile is no...

Ninety-year-old Hirji S. Adenwalla, a Parsi, was the director at the Charles Pinto Cleft Centre at Thrissur's Jubilee Mission Hospital.

After row over paid quarantine, Kerala mulls changes

It now appears that this outburst has made Vijayan have a re-think.

Foreign returnees will have to pay for quarantine, says Kerala CM

"The rates will be affordable to all," said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, here on Tuesday.

Strict action against those who destroyed film set, says Kerala CM

The Perumbavoor Police has registered a case. Five people have been charged and a probe has begun.

Kerala reports highest single-day spike of 42 cases

Till Friday, a total of 732 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the southern state.

Mumbai-returned Kerala woman succumbs to Covid, buried as per protocol

Trissur:   A 75-year-old woman from Kerala, who had returned from Mumbai recently, died of coronavirus infection on Wednesday after which she was buried at a...

24 more test positive, Kerala active cases now 177

"Of the 24, 14 came from abroad, and 10 from within the country. Today eight people have been cured," he wrote on his Facebook page.

On birthday of Mohanlal, 500 fans pledge their organs

Receiving the pledge of 500 fans, State Health Minister K.K.Shailaja said this was a noble act and Mohanlal has always been a friend of the health department.

With 24 new patients in Kerala, active cases rise to 161

Till Wednesday, 666 people have become positive in the state.

Bus service begins in Kerala with restricted time schedule

At all the depots police keep a strong vigil and ensure all maintain social distancing and use masks.

2 Kerala Congress lawmakers begin 24-hour fast in isolation

Trouble broke out last week when five Congress lawmakers -- three MPs and two MLAs -- who visited the Walayar check-post in Palakkad on May 9 were asked to go for two-week isolation after a person who arrived from outside Kerala turned coronavirus positive.

29 test Covid-19 positive, 130 under treatment, says Kerala CM

Stating that 630 people have tested coronavirus positive in the state, the Chief Minister said 67,316 people were under observation in homes and 473 in hospitals.

Cyclone Amphan: 13 Kerala districts under yellow alert

A yellow alert means people and authorities have to be cautious as heavy rainfall can be expected. Only the capital district has been left out from the yellow alert on Monday.

COVID-19: 11 more test positive in Kerala, active cases now 87

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan gave this information in a Facebook post on Saturday. "Of these, seven have come from abroad, and four from within the country," he added.

First train to Kerala brings home 1,000 people, 7 sent to...

The first stop was at Kozhikode, late Thursday and then at Ernakulam and it arrived in the state capital at 5.10 a.m. on Friday.

BSNL staffer who tried to enter Sabarimala terminated

Reacting to her termination, Fathima said she would seek legal recourse.

Public transport as per central guidelines, says Kerala Minister

Speaking to the media here, Saseendran said the various modalities of running public transport vehicles (buses) will depend on the Centre.

Centre’s financial package is disappointing, says Kerala FM

"With the world trade going haywire, it appears the Centre is trying to create a 'self-reliant India'. I do not think that this package will help the country. Moreover, things are not clear on what the states can look forward to," said the economist Kerala Finance Minister.