After girl elopes with upper-caste man in village bordering Tamil Nadu, SC residents agitate in temple alleging they face discrimination, upper castes deny. The settlement, spread over 20 acres, has 460 families, with 133 houses occupied by Chakkliyan families. Other families are of upper-caste Gounders and various Hindu communities.
The early onset of the monsoon has been accompanied by a rush of illnesses. On June 2 alone, 11,013 cases of fever were reported; on June 20, this number was 20,300. On June 2, 134 confirmed dengue cases were reported; on June 20, there were 933.
Police identified the deceased as Thambi Durai (55) from Kolachel in Tamil Nadu, and Rahul (22), hailing from Assam. The Navy and Coast Guard have launched a search for the missing fisherman, Modi (25), also from Assam
Hinting at the resignation of two ministers in the past year over corruption charges and scandals, the CM said the government would ensure there would be no patrons for those who have gone on the wrong track.
Balakrishnan said Modi had compared the state to Somalia and Ethiopia while campaigning for the last Assembly elections and the government has invited Modi so that he declares there is development in Kerala too.