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       HEADLINES: Baby handed over to Jazeera                                              Cong Minister resigns from Omar Abdullah ministry                                              Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai                                              Netaji deputy and Nehru's old friend was a Soviet spy, British documents reveal                                              India likely to strike deal with Vietnam for oil exploration                                              Gadkari courts controversy by riding scooter without helmet                                              16 killed in China coal mine collapse                                              Two killed, four injured in US school shooting                                              Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign                                              Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space                                              Arsenic linked to lung cancer in Bangladesh                                              Dhoni new owner of HHIL's Ranchi franchise                                              Saina ousted from French Open quarters                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Baby handed over to Jazeera    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With a strict warning not to appear in 'strike pandals' with her newborn baby, District Collector Biju Prabhakar handed over the 8-day-old baby to anti-sand mining crusader Jazeera on Saturday, as per the order of District Child Welfare Committee. The baby had been under the treatment of State Child Welfare board.

         Two additional coaches for Jan Shadabti express    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Two additional coaches for Jan Shadabti express have been allotted by the Railways. The decision follows heavy rush experienced in the train

         Kerala nurses want to return to Iraq    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala nurses who have a valid work visa for Iraq are urging the state government to arrange for their return to that country to join duty.

         Hashish seized    
KARUNAGAPALLY: Hashish worth Rs 3 crores were seized in Karunagapally. The police have arrested Visakh, a native of the capital city, in connection with the incident. The arrest was made following secret information received by the police.

         Law to be amended for Five Star bars    
THIRUVNANTHAPURAM: The Excise Department has initiated steps to do away with the law that stipulates local self governing bodies’ permission for sanctioning bars. For this, the Excise department has decided to recommend amendment of Kerala Panchayatiraj, Municipality laws, in the next cabinet meeting.

         Dr M C K Nair appointed VC of Kerala Uty of health sciences    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Dr M C K Nair has been appointed as the vice chancellor of Kerala University of Health Sciences. Governor P Sathasivam has signed the order on his appointment. Nair is presently a professor of the medical college in the capital city.

         ATM robbery: Youth arrested    
KOVALAM: In a case in which money was withdrawn from an ATM counter using a stolen debit card, the accused has been arrested. The arrested person is Suresh alias Vinumon (38) from Poonkulam. It was Thiruvallam police who arrested Vinumon.

         Security remains high at Kochi airport    
KOCHI: Security remained high at the Kochi airport for the second day Saturday in the wake of a threat of a bomb explosion or a possible suicide attack on a flight on the Mumbai-Kochi sector and a review will take place on Monday.

         Kuttanad package term extended till 2016    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Water Resources Minister P J Joseph has announced that the term of the Kuttanad package brought out to solve the issues faced by farmers has been extended till December 2016. The government has received intimation from Central Water Commission confirming the extension of the package term.

         B V Pavanan bags award for best assembly reporting    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: B V Pavanan, political correspondent of Kerala Kaumudi daily, has bagged the award instituted by T M Jacob Memorial Trust for the best assembly reporter in the print media. P C Vishnunath will get the award for the best legislator.

         Tharoor leads sanitation drive in his constituency    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Days after facing party action for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Saturday led a cleanliness campaign at Vizhinjam near here and said no political meaning should be read into it. Tharoor, who was removed as AICC spokesperson based on the complaint from Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee for lavishing praises on Modi and endorsing the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, removed garbages at a spot near Vizhinjam harbour in his parliamentary constituenc

         Murder in train: Malappuram native in custody    
KANNUR: The special investigating team took into custody a native of Malappuram in connection with the death of the woman, set ablaze in the Kannur-Alappuzha executive express train. The police are questioning him.

         Flights land safely in Nedumbassery after bomb threat    
KOCHI: Two Air India flights which faced a suicide attack threat landed safely at the Nedumbassery Airport. The passengers are all relieved for landing safely without any untoward incidents. There was a threat to the AI flights on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kochi sectors.

         One held for vandalizing hotel    
KOZHIKODE: One person has been arrested for vandalizing the Downtown hotel on the P T Usha Road in the district. The youth held has been identified as Nivedh of Vellayil in Gandhi Road. A team led by sub inspector Mohanadas arrested him from his house early Saturday morning.

         Boy dies after tree falls on shed    
MALAPPURAM: A 12-year-old tribal boy died and three others sustained injuries after a tree fell on top of a shed. The dead has been identified as Pradeep. The incident happened at Kaalikkavu Chenappadi Colony in Malappuram.

         SNDP not a feeder organisation: Vellapally    
ALAPPUZHA: SNDP yogam general secretary Vellapally Natesan has said that the yogam is not a feeder organisation. People from all walks of life are there in the SNDP. The CPM doesn’t have the right to say that BJP leaders should not take part in the SNDP meetings and programmes.

         Balamani Amma Award for MT    
KOCHI: Noted writer M T Vasudevan Nair has been selected for this year’s Balamani Amma Award organized by International Book Festival Panel. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000,a plaque and a citation.

         Communist organisations grew stronger post schism: Kodiyeri    
KANNUR: CPM Polit bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has stated that after the 1964 split in the Communist party, all communist organisations in India became stronger than they were before. “CPI State secretary Pannyan Raveendran’s statement that the split was a disaster is his personal opinion,” he said. Kodiyeri was responding to Pannyan’s comment, while conversing with the media.

         Nine injured as lorry rams private bus    
PANTHALAM: Nine persons were injured on Friday morning in an accident in which a lorry rammed a private bus. The incident happened at Panthalam junction at around seven in the morning.

         Nod for light metro    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Mono Rail Corporation director board meet convened by chief minister decided to implement the light metro line project to solve the transportation issue of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

         School bus tilts, injuring five including children    
VENJARAMOODU: A school bus which was moving towards Palamkonam from Vayyettil tilted towards a paddy field, injuring five including children. Fortunately, all of them had only minor injuries.

         Kerala NCP set to make new arrangements    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A group in the NCP unit of Kerala is contemplating a new arrangement in Kerala, in case the central leadership is adamant on its decision to extend support to the BJP in Delhi to form the government.

         Bribery case: Former inspector in vigilance custody    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Kazhakoottam circle inspector Shibu Kumar, arrested in a bribery case, will be in vigilance custody till October 27. The Thiruvananthapuram vigilance court has directed to produce him on the evening of 27.

         Divakaran not invited for AITUC meet    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI leader C Divakaran, facing disciplinary action in the Parliament seat controversy, was not invited to the district meet of the AITUC, an organization of party’s trade union. The district meet is being held at the transport employees union Hall at Thampanoor.

         Liquor consumption has come down: Excise Minister    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Excise Minister K Babu has said that the government’s new liquor policy has drastically cut down on the liquor consumption rate in Kerala.

         Split of communist parties a tragedy, reiterates Panniyan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The decision to split the communist party in 1964 was a tragedy, CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveednran reiterated his stand. He told reporters that a reply to the article published in yesterday’s Deshabhimani, mouthpiece of the CPM, could be seen in tomorrow’s Janayugam.

         Calicut Uty registrar expresses regret    
KOZHIKODE: Calicut University registrar T A Abdul Majeed Friday expressed regret in connection with the leakage of the order ousting T N Prathapan MLA from the Syndicate. He expressed regret when the Syndicate meeting was convened here this morning. He said that he has no role in the leakage of the order.

         Theft attempt at Secretariat Annexe    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Miscreants made a futile attempt of theft at the annexe in the Secretariat. They tried to destroy the grills on the part where the locker is kept. The incident is suspected to have happened last night but the security officers knew the incident only Friday morning.

         Groom knocked down by train    
NEYYATTINKARA: A 26-year-old-youth recently married was found fatally knocked down by a train. He has been identified as Rajesh of Amaravila. His body was found on the bushy area near the platform of the Amaravila railway station.

         Bomb threat to AI flight sparks security alert    
KOCHI: A threat of a bomb explosion or a possible suicide attack on an Air India flight from Mumbai sparked an alert here with authorities beefing up security at the international airport. Airport Director A K C Nair told that they received information from Kolkata that there is a threat to the AI flight on the Mumbai-Kochi sector on October 25 and Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector tonight.

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