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August 16, Thursday 2018 2:22 AM       
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         Man run over by KSRTC bus    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 35-year-old motorist was killed in an accident after being run over by a KSRTC bus in Venjaramoodu. The Venjaramoodu police identified the dead as Biju of Konchira.

         Farmer commits suicide    
KALPETTA: A 53-year-old farmer was found hanging in a farm near his house at Kappiset near Pulpally in Wayanad. The Pulpally police identified the dead as Ajith Kumar of Kotakkappally.

         Two Idukki dam sluices shut, water level down to safe    
IDUKKI: Two of the five sluices of the Idukki dam, opened after a gap of 26 years on Thursday, were ordered to be closed by the Kerala government on Monday after the water at the reservoir came down to the "safe" level.

         Rs 10 lakh too less: UDF    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The UDF has asked the union government to sanction a special package for Kerala to help it tide over the flood crisis that has affected all sectors.

         Applications invited for paramedical courses    
SRC Community College under the State Resource Centre has invited applications for various paramedical certificate courses.Pharmacy assistant, ophthalmic assistant, and dental assistant are the courses offered.

         Seven questioned in Kerala Orthodox church case    
JALANDHAR: Seven people were questioned in Punjab's Jalandhar city in connection with the Kerala church sex scandal case.

         Search for missing fishermen continues    
KOCHI: Southern Naval Command (SNC) has been undertaking an extensive and continuous operation from August 7, to locate the missing fishermen of the ill-fated fishing vessel Oceanic which was hit by an unknown merchant ship, a Defence statement said on Sunday.

         Four hurt as boat rams sea wall    
THRISSUR: A fishing boat rammed a seawall injuring four fish workers at Pokkanchery near Thriprayar on Sunday. Engine of the fishing boat ‘Rohini’ developed problem during fishing on Sunday morning.

         Bakrid on August 22    
KOZHIKODE: Valiya Perunnal (Bakrid) will be observed on August 22 as crescent moon was sighted on Sunday, said a release by Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, K. Alikkutty Musliyar, general secretary, Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulema, and Kozhikode Khasis Syed Mohammed Koya Thangal and Syed Nazar Shihab Thangal.

         Two found drowned    
ALAPPUZHA: A woman and her daughter were found drowned in a waterlogged paddy field at Ponga, near Nedumudy. The dead were identified as Dolly, 47, of Chemmanagadu, Nedumudy, and her daughter Siji, 20.

         NDRF personnel obliged as people laud him for saving child    
IDUKKI: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue officer Kanhaiya Kumar, who hogged the headlines for saving a child in Idukki of flood-hit Kerala, thanked everyone for acknowledging his selfless act.

         IAF continues relief operations    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Southern Air Command of Indian Air Force is continuing its HADR operation in the disaster hit districts of Northern and Central Kerala, a Defence statement said.

         Student attempts suicide    
KANNUR: A student of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), tried to attempt suicide over alleged mental harassment by her teacher in Taliparamba of this district.

         IT sleuths question Cardinal on land row    
KOCHI: The investigation wing of Income Tax quizzed Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, in connection with the controversial property transactions conducted by the Church.

         Three found guilty in murder case    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A court on Thursday found three persons guilty in the murder of a youth, Syed Ali, in Chala eight years ago. Sajeer alias Habeer, 29, and his brother Rafeeq, 24, of Sulaiman Street and Hussain Abbas, 25, of Puthen Road in Vallakkadavu, were found guilty by Thiruvananthapuram Additional District and Sessions Court – VI judge P.N. Seetha of murdering Syed Ali (22) of Vallakkadavu in Ruby Nagar, Chala, on September 6, 2010. The sentence will be pronounced on August 13.

         Woman’s body found in drainage    
KOCHI: The police have launched a probe into the recovery of a woman’s body from a drainage in the city. The body of Shailaja, 44, of Alappuzha, was found underneath the broken slabs of a major drainage that runs parallel to Banerjee road Thursday morning.

         Security guard attacked    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 35-year-old man was arrested by the Kazhakuttom police for allegedly hacking the security guard of a restaurant.

         Five CPI (M) activists sentenced to life in murder case    
KANNUR: Five CPI (M) activists were sentenced to life imprisonment by Thalassery Additional District Sessions court on Wednesday for murdering BJP worker Suresh Babu in 2008.

         Two killed in landslip as heavy rain lashes Karikottakari    
KANNUR: Two persons were killed in a landslip after heavy rain lashed Karikottakari in this district on Wednesday. According to sources, the dead have been identified as Thomas (75) and his daughter-in-law Shyni John (40) of Keezhanghanam near Karikottakiri.

         Search for missing fishermen continues    
KOCHI: Even as attempts were still on to trace the nine fishermen missing after a mid-sea collision, authorities have intercepted the ships that were present near the fishing vessel at the time of the accident.

         Kevin murder: HC rejects plea for cancellation of bail    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court dismissed the plea by the state government for cancelling the bail granted by the Ettumanoor First Class Magistrate Court to two police officers arrested on the charge of taking bribe from an accused in a case relating to the alleged honour killing of Kevin P Joseph of Kottayam.

         Bishop case: Kuravilangad sub-inspector transferred    
KOTTAYAM: The District Police Chief on Tuesday transferred Shinto P Kurian, sub-inspector (SI) at the Kuravilangad police station to the District Crime Records Bureau.

         Missing girl’s body retrieved from river    
KALPETTA: The body of a girl who had gone missing with three other members of her family in the Venniyode river at Poyil, near Kambalakkad, was retrieved on Tuesday evening.

         Two killed in accident    
KALPETTA: Two motorcycle-borne youths were killed and another was injured when their vehicle skidded on the Kozhikode -Kollegal National Highway-212 at Muttil in the district in the early hours of Tuesday.

         President offers prayers at Guruvayur temple    
THRISSUR: President Ram Nath Kovind offered prayers at Sreekrishna Temple, Guruvayur, and Mahadeva Temple, Mammiyur, on Tuesday.

         New fertility wing at SAT Hospital    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The SAT Hospital here has become the first public sector hospital in the State with a Reproductive Medicine department and a modern fertility clinic which offer IVF and various ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) treatment options.

         Driver succumbs to injuries    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The driver of a school bus, which had rammed into a shop near Mannanthala a week ago, succumbed to his injuries. With this, the death toll in the accident has gone up to two.

         Body of woman retrieved    
KALPETTA: The body of a woman who had gone missing with three other members of her family in the Venniyode river at Poyil, near Kambalakkad, was retrieved Monday evening.

         One held in murder case    
IDUKKI: The police arrested one person in connection with the murder of four members of a family at Vannapuram, near Thodupuzha. Their bodies were found buried in a pit near their house on Wednesday.

         Orthodox Church observes 'protest day'    
KOTTAYAM: The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on Sunday protested against a recommendation of the National Commission For Women (NCW) seeking ban on the sacrament of confession in churches.

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