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Friday, August 14, 2020

Shaju Philip


Collecting call details for contact tracing is breach of privacy: Kerala oppn
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

The government recently assigned police the task of contact tracing and ensuring compliance with quarantine and social distancing rules and control of the containment zones amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Idukki: Amid rain, flood, first alert on landslide reached nearest town after 8 hours
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

During these hours, the surviving workers were helpless in the marooned village, with no power or communication network.

Positivity rate on the rise, Kerala set to ramp up testing
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

A review report of the first week of August showed that the TPR in Kerala has gone up to 10 per cent in a few districts. Kerala has seen a surge in its case count this month, with the first week accounting for 25 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases reported in the state.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Court rejects consulate ex-staffer bail plea; says no terror link shown
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Observing that the accusation made against the petitioner is prima facie true, the court said the matter requires a deeper probe by the NIA, especially in view of the transnational forces likely to have been involved.

Fact Check: A look at how the Idukki landslide occurred
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

A massive landslide last week crushed a settlement of 83 tea estate workers in Munnar in Idukki, Kerala. So far, 49 bodies have been recovered, 12 persons have been rescued and many are still missing. The Indian Express looks at what happened, and why the area is prone to landslides

Kerala: Idukki landslide toll rises to 43
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Union Minister V Muraleedharan, who visited Rajamala, told the media that CM Pinarayi Vijayan should not “neglect the poor people”. “There should not be any discrimination in giving compensation,’’ he said.

Kozhikode mishap — Survivor recalls horror: Passenger a seat away died
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

The 26-year-old, now undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kozhikode, said a passenger sitting a seat away from him died in the mishap, which took place when an Air India Express flight skidded off the tabletop runway and fell into a valley.

Air India Express flight touched down beyond safe zone, death toll rises to 18
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Landed beyond 3,000-ft mark, instead of 500 ft, using one-third of runway

His last photo from Air India Express plane: ‘Back to home’
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Hours later, the 35-year-old became one of the 18 who were killed after the Air India Express aircraft crashlanded at Kozhikode airport. On Saturday, Sharafudheen's body was in the morgue of the district's medical college.

Kozhikode plane crash: Need for land to extend runway ran into govt wall
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Way back in 2017, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which manages the airport, had firmed up plans to extend Kozhikode’s 2750-m runway by 800 m and was awaiting allocation of land by the Kerala government.

Kerala plane crash: Many staff in Covid isolation, two hospitals wage heroic battle
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

As news of the crash broke, the medical colleges swiftly mobilised required manpower, even as injured passengers were either ferried into or were referred from other hospitals.

Air India flight from Dubai crashlands in Kozhikode, both pilots among 17 killed
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Around 100 injured; plane skids off runway, breaks into two

Kerala: 15 die as rain triggers landslide
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Hillock comes off in Idukki tea garden, buries worker homes; 48 still missing.

Priyanka remarks on Ram temple out of place… but don’t want to reopen debate: IUML
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

After the party’s national executive committee meeting, senior leader and IUML MP P K Kunhalikutty told the media that the Congress leader’s statement was out of place.

Pinarayi Vijayan: India’s fate would’ve been different had Congress taken clear stand on secularism
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

He said worship inside Babri Masjid was permitted under a Congress government at the Centre; and a Congress government was at the helm in New Delhi when shilanyas for the temple was allowed.

Haryana farmer’s son tops UPSC Civil Services exam, credits father for keeping him motivated
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Pradeep had cleared the UPSC civil services exam last year too, securing Rank 260, and was currently undergoing training as an Indian Revenue Service officer at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) in Faridabad.

Kerala man may be among IS group which stormed Afghan jail
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Ejas, a doctor by profession, joined Islamic State in 2016 along with his wife Rahaila, then three months pregnant, and their two-year-old child. Also, his brother Shihaz, a management graduate, joined the IS along with his wife Ajmala, a physiotherapist.

As local transmission rises, Kerala cops get bigger pandemic role
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

The change in strategy comes after cases through local transmission grew alarmingly across Kerala, where 174 clusters have developed, most of them alive and adding to the caseload.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Man acquitted in hand-chopping case among six arrested by NIA
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Popular Front of India member Muhammad Ali, one of those charged with chopping off the hand of a professor in Ernakulam district, was acquitted by a Kochi court in 2015.

Kerala: To counter CAA boycott, Sangh to open its own supermarkets
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

The Sangh Parivar has now responded by scaling up its supermarkets under the Akshayasree Mission, a network of self-help groups established by the Sangh Parivar’s co-operative movement, Sahakar Bharati.

Kerala: 95 COVID-19 cases in 2 old-age homes, state tightens norms
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Health Minister K K Shailaja said some old-age homes had flouted the suggestions for “reverse quarantine”— referring to the isolation of vulnerable persons before they have a chance of contracting the virus.

Kerala: CPM, Cong accuse each other of nexus with BJP
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Referring to the Ayodhya, triple talaq and the Citizenship Amendment Act issues, Balakrishnan alleged that the Congress has always played the “soft-Hindutva card”.

Kerala to begin home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said home isolation would be allowed for health workers who tested positive on an experimental basis.

CBI takes over probe into death of Kerala violinist Balabhaskar, daughter in mishap
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The CBI has taken over the probe even as multiple central government agencies are probing the smuggling of 30 kg gold through diplomatic cargo.

BJP wants Arundhati Roy speech out of Calicut varsity textbook
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

In a letter to the Governor, who is the Chancellor of the university, state BJP president K Surendran said the essay questioned the sovereignty and integrity of the country.