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       HEADLINES: Body of student retrieved                                              Woman, son electrocuted                                              Novelist Mathew Mattom dies                                              CM’s stand on Mullaperiyar deceiving, says V D Satheesan                                              CM’s change in stand on Mullapperiyar mysterious, says Sudheeran                                              Attack on African nationals: Swaraj speaks to HM, LG                                              Kanpur Shocker: Man loses wife in IPL gambling                                              Rajnath asks police to take strict action in cases of attacks on Africans                                              Modi to visit five nations; to discuss black money issue with Switzerland                                              Minor girl raped, thrown off roof in Pakistan                                              17 die in fire at old age home in Ukraine                                              People in 34 African cities join Sri Sri in peace prayer                                              Sunrisers beat RCB by 8 runs to win thrilling IPL finale                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Chennithala chosen opposition leader    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The congress parliamentary part meet convened in the capital city Sunday chose KPCC former chief Ramesh Chennithala as the opposition leader. Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, one of AICC observers, announced the decision.

         Pinarayi favours Athirappilly Project    
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there should be no concern on the Athirappilly Hydro Electric Project. Talking to reporters here, he said the LDF had earlier discussed about it.

         Charred remains of man shot dead by son recovered    
CHENGANUR: The police Sunday recovered the charred remains of a man, a Keralite NRI, who was shot dead by his son. After shooting his father Joy V John, Sherin John took the body to a godown near the parking lot close to their residence and burnt it, before dumping it in Pampa at Arattupuzha. The left arm of Joy V John was recovered today.

         Pinarayi should change stand on Mullaperiyar, says Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former chief minister Oommen Chandy termed as unfortunate, the stand of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in connection with the new dam at Mullaperiyar. Talking to reporters here, he said the congress is anxious on the safety of the people.

         Murali comes down heavily on selection of opposition leader    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: K Muraleedhan comes down heavily on reaching a consensus to select Ramesh Chennithala as the opposition leader before the parliamentary party meet is convened. He expressed his dissatisfaction by reaching late for the parliamentary party meeting.

         CM’s change in stand on Mullapperiyar mysterious, says Sudheeran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s stand on the Mullaperiyar issue is a challenge to the people of the state, said KPCC chief V M Sudheeran. His present stand neglecting assembly, political institutions and the public is mysterious, he wrote in his Facebook page.

         CM’s stand on Mullaperiyar deceiving, says V D Satheesan    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The stand of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the Mullaperiyar issue is deceiving, said KPCC vice president V D Satheesan. His present stand will badly affect the Mullaperiyar cases is in the Supreme Court, he wrote in his Facebook page.

         Traces of methyl alcohol found in Kalabhavan Mani’s body    
THRISSUR: The presence of methyl alcohol was found in the body of actor Kalabhavan Mani, who died under mysterious circumstances on March 6. The presence of methyl alcohol was confirmed in the examination conducted at the forensic lab in Hyderabad.

         Novelist Mathew Mattom dies    
KOTTAYAM: Noted novelist Mathew Mattom died here Sunday. He was 68. He died at Kottayam Medical College Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for old age ailments. Funeral will be held tomorrow at Kottayam Parambuzha Bethlem Church

         Woman, son electrocuted    
KOTTAYAM: A woman and her son were electrocuted when they came in touch with a broken power line. The dead has been identified as Radha (45) and her son Subin (25), natives of Ithipuzha in the district.

         Body of student retrieved    
MANANTHAVADY: The body of a student, who went missing in the river last evening while bathing, was retrieved in the wee hours of Sunday. The body retrieved has been identified as that of Ajanasi alias Appu (15), son of Kunhali of Edavaka panchayat. He was a tenth class student of Mananthavady Hill Blooms English Medium School.

         Kerala to tighten Wetland Conservation Act    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala today decided to tighten the Kerala Conservation of Paddy and Wetland Act to check fast shrinking of paddy fields and decline in agricultural growth in the state. State Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said the government would initiate strict action against "filling of paddy fields for non-agricultural purposes."

         PM-CM talks end on positive note    
NEW DELHI: Briefing reporters about his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in New Delhi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the talks were friendly and beneficial. He said the prime minister responded positively to all the needs of the State he had placed before him and assured him of all the help for the development of Kerala. Modi even said Kerala could be developed into a model state in the country.

         Five children drown in Kannur    
KANNUR: Five children including siblings drowned in a river at Payyavoor while taking a bath. One child has been rescued. The incident happened at Chamathachal River in Payyavoor.

         Devaswom appointments to be left to PSC, says Minister Kadakampally    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The appointments in the devaswom board would be left to the Public Service Commission, said Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran. The government has taken steps to dissolve the devaswom recruitment board constituted by the previous government.

         GST bill: Centre seeks Kerala support    
NEW DELHI: The Centre has sought the support of Kerala for the passage of Goods and Services Tax bill (GST bill) in the next Parliament session. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made the above request to Pinarayi when they met in Delhi on Saturday. Jaitley explained to the chief minister that the bill would be beneficial to Kerala.

         Approves NGT verdict, time needed to implement it, says Minister Saseendran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Transport Minister A K Saseendran Saturday said that he approves the verdict of national green tribunal’s circuit bench to ban diesel vehicles of 2000 cc and above and of more than 10 year-old. However, more time is needed to execute the verdict, he told reporters here.

         Two Tamil Nadu natives held with eight-kg ganja    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Police on Saturday arrested two Tamil Nadu natives who had travelled to Thiruvananthapuram with eight kg ganja. The arrested are Balraj and Prabhu Kumar. The arrest was carried out by Control Room Assistant Commissioner Pramod Kumar in charge of City Shadow Police and Narcotic Cell Assistant Commissioner Dathan, based on a secret information received by City Police Commissioner Spurgeon Kumar.

         Gas cylinder lorry overturns, no casualty    
KUNDARA: A major tragedy was averted after a lorry laden with LPG cylinders overturned hitting an electric post. The driver and cleaner sustained minor injuries. The incident happened Saturday morning at 6.15 am on the national highway in Kundara.

         What could be VS' position in tomorrow's PB meet?    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When CPM PB will meet tomorrow in New Delhi, the most anxiously awaited news will be about the post CPM veteran leader V S Achuthanandan will be given in the government. When VS giving a letter to Sitaram Yechury has been blown up by the media and turned into the first controversy surrounding the LDF government, tomorrow’s meeting will be watched keenly by political observers.

         Note controversy: VS to react after examining Yechury’s statement    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior leader V S Achuthanandan Saturday said that he will react after examining the statement of CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury regarding his post in the LDF Government.

         Pinarayi accorded warm reception in Delhi    
NEW DELHI: Pinarayi Vijayan, who reached Delhi for the first time after swearing in as the chief minister, was accorded a warm reception by his party activists and Malayali Organizations.

         Student missing in sea    
KOVALAM: A youth, who came to the beach with his friends last night, drowned in the sea. He has been identified as Sanoop (22), son of Gopalakrishnan of Moolamattom in Idukki and a video editing student of Keltron.

         Govt to move SC against closure of school    
THRISSUR: Education Minister Prof C Raveendranath Saturday said the state would move the Supreme Court against the high court order to close down Malapparambu AUP School. The government wants to protect the school, he said.

         UDF’s claim ‘bars closed’ just a propaganda, says T P Ramakrishnan    
KOZHIKODE: The claim that bars have been closed in Kerala is just a propaganda of the UDF, said Excise Minister T P Ramakrishnan. The closed bars would not be opened, he said while addressing a press meet in the district.

         Serving Bishop to donate kidney to Hindu man    
KOTTAYAM: In a noble gesture, a Catholic Bishop in Kerala has decided to donate one of his kidneys to save the life of a 30-year-old Hindu man, who is suffering from the organ failure.

         Kerala High Court stays NGT order on diesel vehicles partially    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday stayed for two months the order of the National Green Tribunal Circuit Bench directing the state government not to register any diesel vehicle with capacity of 2000 CC and more, except public transport and local authority vehicles.

         Jisha’s murder : Will take time to complete investigation, says Sandhya    
PERUMBAVOOR: Investigation into Jisha murder case will take time, South Zone ADGP B Sandhya has said. She said she would not answer questions on the previous investigations and solicited the cooperation all parties concerned in the fresh investigation into the case.

         Just Rs 700 crore left in treasury: Thomas Isaac    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac has asserted that there is just Rs 700 crore left in the State exchequer contrary to former chief minister Oommen Chandy’s claim that there is a balance of Rs 1009 crore in the treasury. “It will be difficult to keep going without taking loan. It will take at least three years to improve the financial status of the State. But this doesn’t mean that the disbursement of salaries will be affected, “he said, adding that the common m

         Chandy dismisses claim that govt exchequer is empty    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the claim made by the LDF government that the State exchequer is empty is false. “The treasury is not empty. At present there is a balance of Rs 1009 crore. The situation was same when the former UDF government assumed office. During the tenure of the previous government, two pay commission reports were implemented. It was the only government to have done that in the history of Kerala. Those who say the treasury is empty wil

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