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       HEADLINES: Housewife found charred to death                                              Two youths crushed to death under lorry wheels                                              Man electrocutes himself after trying to kill wife, children                                              Madhani’s bail extended for one more week                                              C Divakaran to be exempted from CPI national council                                              Obama Nominates Richard Verma as New US Envoy to India                                              JU students boycott classes, block Registrar & Pro-VC's entry                                              Nirmala loses luggage, misses G-20 reception                                              DD anchor calls Chinese president 'Eleven' Jinping, sacked                                              NY city to pay USD 225,000 to Indian girl to settle lawsuit                                              Australian police foil public beheading plot by IS militants                                              IS calls on 'lone wolves' to attack New York, Las Vegas                                              Border standoff 'effectively controlled and managed': China                                              India aiming to make mark with big medal haul in Incheon                                              Mumbai City FC rope in Ljungberg as marquee player                                              Ten Doeschate praises Russel for winning start in CLT20                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Liquor ban: India should emulate Kerala model    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has showered praise on Kerala’s decision to go for complete liquor ban in a phased manner. The minister said no words would suffice to congratulate Kerala for its bold decision.

         C Divakaran to be exempted from CPI national council    
NEW DELHI: C Divakaran MLA is likely to be exempted from CPI National high power committee. He is reported to have given a letter to the central leadership of the party, stating that he is ready to accept any action taken against him by party’s national council over Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat controversy.

         Madhani’s bail extended for one more week    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has extended the bail of Bangalore blast accused Abdul Nazar Madhani to one more week. The PDP leader had approached the apex court, seeking its permission to go back to Kerala for further treatment. The court will examine the plea while considering the case next week

         Man electrocutes himself after trying to kill wife, children    
ETTUMANOOR: A man electrocuted himself on Friday after making an attempt to kill his wife and children with a hammer. The deceased was Rajan (45), who was living in a rented house at Peroor Chettekavalayil near here. He allegedly killed himself after winding copper wire around his toes and passing current through it.

         Two youths crushed to death under lorry wheels    
PUNALUR: Two youths travelling on a bike were crushed to death after they were run over by a speeding lorry. The deceased have been identified as Thomas’ son Santhosh (38), who was staying near Thenmala Ottakkal Railway station, and Aryankavu Sreenilayam Mohana Balachandran’s son Sudheesh (30).

         Housewife found charred to death    
RAMAPURAM: A widowed housewife here was found charred to death on Friday. The dead has been identified as Nandini (48) from Ramapuram Kazhithiri Sreekrishnavilasam (Kanjiratham kunnel).

         Former Indian Volleyball captain Udayakumar breathes his last    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A former Indian Volleyball captain and Aide De Camp to successive Governors of Kerala since 2002, K Udayakumar passed away on Friday. He was 54.

         Let people decide on CPM’s call for tax boycott: CM    
KOCHI: In response to CPM’s call for boycotting hike in taxes, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that “let the people of Kerala evaluate the CPM’s stand”.

         Son, wife held for mother’s murder    
KASARGOD: A man, his wife and son were arrested for murdering his mother following a property dispute. Ammalu Amma (68) was strangled to death at Perala in Bedakam.

         CPM gets ready for agitation against tax hike    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday that the party would agitate against the government’s move to hike taxes "for tackling Kerala’s near financial crisis". He called upon the people not to pay the hiked tax amount. The party would plan the mode of agitation after discussing the issue in the LDF meeting, to be convened shortly.

         Teacher sustains serious injuries in fall    
VENJARAMOODU: A teacher sustained serious head injuries in a fall from a KSRTC bus. She has been identified as Ramsikka (25), a teacher of Kaduvayil Thangal School. The incident happened Thursday morning at the Pullambara Kunnikkod turning at 8.30 am this morning.

         ‘Police identify accused in Manoj murder case’    
KANNUR: The special team of Crime Branch investigating the Manoj murder case has identified all the accused in the case. Some of them are already in the police net and the search has been intensified for rest of the accused.

         Youth sentenced to life for murdering girl    
PALAKKAD: The additional district and sessions court on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment a 28-year-old-youth and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on him for murdering a girl after she rejected his love. The additional district and sessions court (III) judge K P John sentenced Shajahan (28) for murdering Anjusha (18), daughter of Mukundan of Thachattukkulam on August 18, 2009.

         SC upholds election of P K Basheer MLA    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thursday upheld the election of Eranad MLA P K Basheer. The court passed the order rejecting the plea of P V Anwar, the rival candidate, with fine, questioning the victory of Basheer. A division bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha said they are not willing to accept the electronic proofs which is not clear.

         Call Assembly meeting to discuss hike in levies: VS    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan has asked the government to urgently convene an Assembly meeting to discuss the hike in taxes announced by it yesterday. He said in a statement on Thursday that the government should not impose the hike on the people until it got the approval of the Assembly.

         Editor Sukumaran was a warrior who never stooped before anybody    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition deputy leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said Kerala Kaumudi founder editor K Sukumaran, was a warrior who never stooped before anybody.

         Fuel price to cost more in Kerala if centre reduces price    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Soon after hiking the water tariff and land tax in the name of financial crisis, another severe blow is on the anvil. The government will soon take a decision to impose a cess of Re 1 for petrol and diesel in the state. The proposal of the finance department is under the consideration of the government.

         Four held for human trafficking    
NEDUMBASSERY: The CBI Thursday arrested four persons who worked as agents for trafficking humans including women via Nedumbassery airport. The arrested has been identified as Sudharman, Kabeer, Maneesh and Anil Kumar. The CBI refused to divulge the details of the accused.

         No recruitment freeze; ministers to forgo 20% of salary: CM    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Announcing a slew of measures to surmount the precarious financial state Kerala is in, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said, after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, that all the ministers would forgo 20 percent of their salary till March next. He termed this benevolence as ‘token financial aid from ministers’ pocket’.

         No ministerial post for Ganesh means deception: Balakrishna Pillai    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai has said that depriving his son K B Ganesh Kumar of minister’s post is a case of deception. “The government’s stand is not going to affect the party in anyway. And, I am not going to plead with any one to give Ganesh a cabinet post,” he said.

         Man arrested for trying to molest air hostess    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A man who allegedly grabbed the hand of an air hostess inside the aeroplane was arrested on Wednesday. The accused was Silva Michael (40) from Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu.

         VS to look into Jayarajan’s derogatory remark    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan has said that he will comment on CPM State Committee member M V Jayarajan’s degrading remark against the chief minister, after going through the details of his speech. He said he had had to face similar questions from the media before also.

         Minor injured in stone pelting    
CHALAKUDY: A seven-year-old-girl sustained injuries when stones were pelted towards a moving train. The injured has been identified as Harinandana, daughter of Harish Kumar of Pathanapuram.

         IG Tomin Thachankary quizzed    
KOCHI: The enforcement Wednesday questioned IG Tomin Thachankary for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. The officials questioned him at their office in Kochi.

         Second phase of Operation Kubera to begin today, says Chennithala    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The second phase of Operation Kubera will start Wednesday, said Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. The government had to take some harsh decisions in order to tide over the financial crisis of the state.

         Bar owners file counter affidavit against liquor policy    
KOCHI: Bar owners of Kerala have filed a counter affidavit against the government’s liquor policy. “If the government closes bars, they should also close down beverages cooperation outlets (which are about 60 percent of the total liquor outlets) across the State,” pleaded the bar owners in their affidavit filed in the high court.

         Top officials summoned to discuss financial crisis    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Top bureaucrats were summoned in the Cabinet today to discuss the financial crunch the State is facing, at present.

         Water tariff hiked in state    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In order to tide over the serious financial crisis, the water tariff has been hiked in the state. The water tariff of those using more than 10,000 litres has been hiked. Rs 2 will have to be paid for one litre of water used excessively.

         Blade mafia threat: Old woman, wards commit suicide    
PALAKKAD: An old woman and her twin sons committed suicide on Tuesday following alleged threat from blade mafia in Kottayil. The dead were Madhavikutty (85), her sons Vinod (39) and Pramod (39), residents of Varode Gokulam.

         Bid to set woman on fire: Two arrested    
KANNUR: Police have arrested a local CPM leader from Elavur region and his friend for allegedly trying to set a woman on fire after following her on a bike and dousing her with kerosene.

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