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39 members of Islamic outfit held for ‘promoting enmity’ in Kerala
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The arrested were allegedly engaged in distributing pamphlets about Islam at houses of non-Muslims in Vadakkekara police station area in Ernakulam. Ernakulam (Rural) SP A V George said the group is affiliated to the Kerala Naduvathul Mujahideen.

Kerala: Mother suspects Blue Whale 3 months after son’s suicide
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

“My son was very attached to the family. Eight months back, he began to drift away. He used to watch horror movies and developed a habit of spending night hours by the sea. We want to ascertain what led my son to end his life,’’ said the youth’s mother.

Kerala woman says Blue Whale killed son, police probe claim
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

A woman from Thiruvananthapuram has filed a police complaint, stating that her 16-year-old son, who hanged himself last month, could be a victim of the Blue Whale Challenge.

Defying Kerala govt order, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hoists flag at school
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Stating that they had “received information that representatives of a certain organisation” would hoist the flag at the school, the district administration told the headmaster that the “above direction should be strictly adhered to.’’

As man fights ‘Islamic State’ taint for wife, police at her door, in her room
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The woman being “guarded” by the State machinery is Akhila alias Hadiya, the 24-year-old whose marriage to a Muslim man, Shefin Jahan, was annulled by the Kerala High Court on May 24. Hadiya’s father said, “I am fighting for the custody of my only daughter."

More students, tech in class: how Kerala govt turned its schools around
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

This dip in enrollment numbers, attributed to the state's declining birth rate, coincided with the rise of English-medium private schooling. In 2006-07, the state had 587 CBSE schools, which rose to 1,360 in 2016-17.

Kerala political murders: Why law doesn’t take its course
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Tardy investigation by police and long delays in the trial process, an investigation by The Indian Express has found, is marked by a range of irregularities.

In Kerala war, how RSS and CPI(M) are two sides of the same violent coin
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Records show that of the 96 political killings recorded here since January 1995, 42 were victims affiliated to the BJP-RSS and 40 were from the CPI(M). Kannur accounts for just over half of the political killings linked to the rivalry between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS in Kerala since 2006 — 41 of 80.

Case against five Kerala hospitals for ‘denying’ treatment to accident victim
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Kollam City Police Commissioner S Ajeetha Bhegum said, “Prima facie our probe has shown that these hospitals denied treatment to the accident victim without any genuine reason. They refused to admit him saying the ventilator facility was not free, or citing absence of a bystander.

Intelligence reports warned of BJP attacks: Vijayan
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the CM should take immediate steps to end the violence. Opposition members walked out after the Speaker rejected their notice for adjournment motion to discuss the political violence.

I would soon become active on the ground, says S Sreesanth after Kerala High Court lifts life ban
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

The court passed the verdict while allowing a writ filed by S Sreesanth challenging the BCCI disciplinary committee’s decision. Back in 2015, a Delhi court had acquitted Sreesanth of all charges, but the BCCI had slapped a life term on him.

Arun Jaitley targets CPM: Annihilation of political enemies its prime concern
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Finance minister visits home of RSS worker killed last week, assures help to family

In Kerala, a father asks ‘What did they get by killing my son?’
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Sudarshan, however, seemed certain why his son was attacked: “The only crime he had committed was he worked for the BJP. After several youths in the area joined BJP, Rajesh had faced threat from the CPI(M).”

BJP office attacked in Kerala, CPM leader detained
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

The violent incidents in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday come on the heels of stray incidents of attacks by both camps on activists of the other at Kattakkada in Thiruvananthapuram district over the last two days

K R Narayanan was Hindu, mother wanted his ashes buried alongside her, claim daughters
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Usha Narayanan was buried at the cemetery in 2005. The marble tombstone, with the national emblem on top, carries both her names — Usha Narayanan and her Christian name Ma Tint Tint — “First Lady of India: 1997 to 2002”, along with her husband, described as “a gentle colossus” and “loving husband of Usha Narayanan”.

Kerala journalist arrested for ‘sexual exploitation’
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The woman has alleged that Vishnudas had abused her inside his car and in office lift, apart from engaging “in phone sex” during night shifts. Vishnudas had also taken money from her, said the complaint. Their relationship had strained recently after the woman asked him to marry her.

Dalit torture in Kerala: Teen’s father asks, Is having long hair a crime?
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

On July 17 evening, Vinayak was allowed to go home with his father. Krishnankutty sent his son to the salon that day to get a haircut. The next day, Krishnankutty and his wife, Oman, went out for work. In the afternoon, when Krishnankutty returned home, he found his son hanging.

A day after release from cops, Dalit youth found dead at home
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

The post-mortem report, which was handed over to the police on Monday, indicated torture.

Kerala: Eight months after Muslim convert’s murder, siblings embrace Islam
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

After Faisal’s death, the local Muslim community provided protection for his wife and three minor children, all of whom converted last August. The community has also mobilised funds for the construction of a new house for Faisal’s family, the police said.

Kerala Congress MLA held on rape charge, says won’t resign
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

A CONGRESS MLA in Kerala was arrested on Saturday on charges of allegedly raping a 51-year-old on the basis of the woman’s complaint. The accused, M Vincent, a first-time MLA from Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district, was remanded in judicial custody for two weeks by a magistrate court. He alleged that it is a politically motivated […]

Kerala writer, professor K P Ramanunni get threats for backing harmony, Husain painting
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

In a different case, a woman college professor who had spoken favourably about M F Husain’s Saraswati painting has been attacked on social media and threatened with acid attack. Police on Friday registered cases and began investigation.

Kerala BJP leader under bribe cloud sacked
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

A probe from within the BJP had concluded that Vinod had taken a bribe of Rs 5.6 crore from the owner of a medical college and promised it recognition from MCI

Kerala BJP leader took bribe, promised MCI tag: party probe
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The committee report, which has recommended action against the party leader, is expected to be discussed at the next state committee meeting of the BJP. Vinod, who is the state convener of BJP’s cooperative cell, according to the report, paid this money to a Delhi-based middleman through a hawala dealer near Kochi.

Catholic priest arrested for ‘abusing’ boys in Kerala
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Fr Saji Joseph, 40, was produced in a POCSO court at Kalpetta in Wayanad and remanded in judicial custody for two weeks

A street called Gaza
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

When a village in Kerala’s Kasaragod district got a new road, it picked a new name, earning it media frenzy, a visit by intelligence sleuths and terror tag. Nobody noticed Thuruthi’s bridge called Kargil.

Kerala ex-DGP booked for anti-minority remarks
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Senkumar, who retired last month, was booked under Section 153 (A) of IPC (promoting communal enmity between religious groups), a non-bailable offence.

Malayalam actress: Had no business dealings with Dileep
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

If this person has committed a crime, it should be exposed at the earliest. Also, if he is innocent as he has claimed, that also should come out at the earliest, said the actress.

Dileep arrest: Actor, producer and now, an accused in sexual assault case
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

While the investigation is still on, there are reports of how the attack on the actress was an alleged act of vengeance because Dileep held her responsible for his marital discord that led to his divorce in 2015 from actress Manju Warrier.

Kerala actress assault: Actor Dileep sent to court custody, axed by film associations
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Early on Tuesday morning, the police produced Dileep at the residence of a magistrate at Ankamali, near Kochi. The magistrate ordered his judicial custody. A large number of people gathered there greeted Dileep with derisive hoots.

Dileep arrest: How conversations in jail led to conspiracy charge against star
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Leading actor Dileep, who ranks only behind Kerala’s two “superstars” Mohanlal and Mammootty in terms of popularity and box-office draw, was arrested in Kochi for his alleged role in the conspiracy behind the abduction and assault of a well-known actress in February.

Kerala actor Dileep arrested on conspiracy charge in actress attack
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

During the probe into the conspiracy, Dileep had maintained that he was not linked to the attack on the actress. The Association of Malayalam Movies Artists (AMMA) had rally behind the beleaguered actor, who is a leading actor in the film industry.

Ex-DGP of Kerala T P Senkumar under fire for minority bashing
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

“If religious conversions happen over love, such things would have taken place in all religions. But such conversions happen only in the Muslim community,” Senkumar alleged.

Kerala: Nurses to step up sit-in for pay hike
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The next round of meeting is scheduled for Monday. Another nurses’ organisation, the Indian Nurses Association (INA), is continuing its sit-in in front of the Secretariat.

To make Kerala ‘women-friendly’, govt promises security, facilities
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that in order to make the state women-friendly, the government would eliminate injustice towards women at workplace and take steps to improve facilities at Nirbhaya centres, destitute homes, care homes and orphanages.

Kerala Minister G Sudhakaran flings racial slur at senior World Bank official
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

It is learnt that the World Bank officials have taken a serious note of the controversial remark of the Kerala Minister. Several times in the past, the officials of the World Bank had expressed displeasure over the delay in implementing various road improvement schemes under the KSTP.

Police finds decomposed body ‘being worshipped’ in Kerala, suspect it to be black magic case
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Police identified the deceased as Vazhayil Syed, who had been working as a khateeb in the district. The man had died two-and-a-half months back, said police. According to police, his wife and children were seen praying next to the body. A case of unnatural death has been registered.