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       HEADLINES: UDF’s policy is liquor ban, says Sudheeran                                              TN should understand concerns on rising water level: Chandy                                              Woman dies during delivery                                              Federal Bank assistant manager dies in accident                                              Body of missing youth found                                              Reforms bills in trouble as Oppn planning to stall these                                              Jashodaben files RTI about security, other facilities she is entitled to                                              British-Iranian woman jailed for watching men’s volleyball released                                              Boy with fake gun dies after being shot by US officer                                              Don't miss this gigantic selfie                                              Security blanket over Kathmandu as it readies for SAARC summit                                              Sachin refuses to comment on Mudgal Report                                              Indian hockey squad for Champions Trophy announced                                              Aaron stakes claim for Test berth as India bowl out CA for 219                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Indian nurses stranded in Libya seek help to get home    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A group of 25 Keralite nurses stranded in Benghazi in Libya have sought the help of Indian authorities for their evacuation from the strife-torn country.

 
         TP case accused not subjected to custodial torture: DIG Report    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In his report, DIG Sreejith has affirmed that wardens in Viyyur jail in Thrissur had not fatally tortured the convicts in the TP murder case. But he says that as per the 92nd clause of jail rules, minor form of physical force were used to discipline them. The report has been handed over to Human Rights Commission.

 
         Govt files appeal in bar case    
 
 
KOCHI: Kerala government has filed an appeal in Division bench against the single bench order that permitted four star bars and heritage bars to function.

 
         One dies in bike accident    
 
KODUNGALLUR: A bike hit a man today morning at Kottapuram Chanthappura bypass, killing him. The dead has been identified as Peevemballore Muthirikkara Prabhakaran (60).

 
         Kerala, land of faiths: Pope Francis    
 
 
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has said that Kerala has a fertile soil that helps nurturing of Christian beliefs. The State, which is also a land of blessings, will again give birth to blessed ones like Sister Euphrasia. The pope was addressing a huge gathering of believers from India which included Malayalis.

 
         We want everybody’s votes, says Chandy    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy dismissed the statement of KPCC chief V M Sudheeran rejecting the votes of abkari contractors. He said they need everybody’s votes. Teetotalism and liquor ban are government’s policy, he said.

 
         Bird flu confirmed in Kuttanad    
 
 
ALAPPUZHA: The outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) was reported at Kuttanad in Alappuzha where more than 10,000 ducks died during the past one week. State Animal Husbandary Department sources said here Monday that the samples of the dead birds tested positive of the avian flu virus at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal. However, the exact avian strain is yet to be confirmed.

 
         Housewife’s murder: Daughter, son-in-law in custody    
 
 
NEYYATTINKARA: A 58-year-old housewife was found dead in her house under mysterious circumstances on Sunday night. Her daughter and Son-in-law have been arrested in this connection.

 
         Not to reject anybody’s votes, says V SD Satheesan    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Soon after KPCC chief V M Sudheeran said that they do not want vote and money from abkaris, KPCC vice president V D Satheesan said they will not reject anybody’s votes in the polls. Sudheeran might have said that may be has decided not to contest the polls again. That is his own opinion, he said.

 
         Vandiperiyar Balu murder case: No need to continue probe, says HC    
 
 
KOCHI: Kerala High Court has dismissed the petition filed by the government seeking follow-up of inquiry into the case relating to the murder of INTUC activist Balu in Vandiperiyar.

 
         Body of missing youth found    
 
 
KODUNGALLOOR: The body of a youth aged 24, who was reported missing from the Azheekode Beach, was found on Monday. He has been identified as Siyad, son of Siddique of Azheekode. The body was recovered Monday morning from Pebazar. Siyad had gone missing while playing with his friends in the beach on Sunday.

 
         Federal Bank assistant manager dies in accident    
 
ALUVA: As assistant manager of the IT department of the Federal Bank died after he sustained serious injuries in an accident. The dead has been identified as Deepu Jayachandran (28), native of Peroorkada in the capital city. He died last night at 12 pm at the Ernakulam Medical Trust Hospital.

 
         Woman dies during delivery    
 
ULLOOR: A woman admitted at the SAT Hospital for delivery, died allegedly of cardiac arrest on Sunday. She has been identified as Manjusha (28), wife of Prashanth of Ilavattom.

 
         TN should understand concerns on rising water level: Chandy    
 
 
CHENNAI: With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam touching the contentious 142 foot mark, the Kerala government Monday urged Tamil Nadu to "understand" its concerns over the dam's stability, while indicating that it had no problems sharing water with its neighbour.

 
         UDF’s policy is liquor ban, says Sudheeran    
 
 
KOCHI: KPCC president V M Sudheeran came forward correcting UDF convenor P P Thankachan in the liquor policy. UDF’s policy is liquor ban and not teetotalism, he said. Talking at a face to face programme of Ernakulam Press Club, he said a liquor ban in phases is the policy of the government as announced by the UDF chairman and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

 
         Pope declares as Saints two Blessed from Kerala    
 
 
VATICAN: Pope Francis on Sunday declared Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia Eluventhinkal from India as Saints at Vatican. With their Canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn process is known in Catholic parlance, the centuries old Syro Malabar Catholic Church has three Saints, the first being Sister Alphonsa raised to the revered rank in 2008.

 
         Lifeguards’ salary issue will be looked into: Minister Anil    
 
 
KANNUR: Minister A P Anil Kumar has said that the demand for hiking the salaries of lifeguards in the State will be considered. The minister was responding to a report on lifeguards’ plight, that appeared on Kerala Kaumudi daily. He said the chief minister would be apprised of lifeguards’ demand as well as their hardships.

 
         Manoj murder: Three surrender    
 
 
TAHALASSERY: In the Kathiroor Manoj murder case, CPM activists Vijesh alias Muthu, George Kutty and Shibin surrendered on Saturday before a special CBI court in Kochi. The court remanded them for one month.

 
         Three students drown    
 
KOZHIKODE: Three school students of Dayapuram Residential school drowned on Saturday. All are tenth standard students. The dead have been identified as Shenaz,, Anshin and Bilal. Seven students had gone to take bath and out of that four students returned safely.

 
         Vigilance issues ultimatum to bar owners    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Vigilance department has issued a notice to bar owners to be present at its office to record statement regarding allegations that they had paid bribe to Finance Minister K M Mani to facilitate the re-opening of bars. The bar owners have been issued an ultimatum to record statements on Monday. Or else, the officials will meet the bar owners in person and record statements.

 
         Bar controversy: UDF backs Mani    
 
 
KOCHI: A UDF meeting today extended its full support to Mani who is in a spot over the bar controversy. UDF convenor P P Thankachan, who briefed media persons of the details of the meeting, said the UDF leaders had decided to defend allegations against Mani, unitedly. “Whatever happens, the government will not go back on its liquor policy. Those who have come up with allegations are people who are against the policy. Now it has become clear that Bar Association Working president Biju Ramesh

 
         Mani was not invited for chiefministership, says Panniyan    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Congress (M) chairman K M Mani was not invited for chief ministership, said CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran. Addressing the media, he said neither the Kerala Congress nor the Muslim League should ever think of finding a space in the Left Front.

 
         Sabarimala pilgrims’ vehicle overturns; 11 injured    
 
 
ERUMELI: A mini bus in which Sabarimala pilgrims were traveling overturned into a deep ditch, injuring 11 persons. One person’s condition is quite serious. The injured have been admitted to Kanjirapally General hospital, Erumeli Primary Health Centre and Kottayam Medical College.

 
         League has no links with Sooraj, says Kunhalikutty    
 
 
KOCHI: The Muslim League has no links with T O Sooraj facing investigation for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, said Minister P K Kunhalikutty. The allegation against Sooraj will not affect the League in any way; he told reporters while reaching to attend the UDF meet.

 
         Govt likely to approach NGT over Mullaperiyar issue    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opening a new front in its long-drawn dispute with Tamil Nadu over Mullaperiyar dam, Kerala is likely to approach the National Green Tribunal (NGT) citing adverse ecological impact resulting from keeping the water level above 142 feet.

 
         Vested interests playing spoilsport in Mullaperiyar issue?    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There are hints that top priests of Catholics Church are behind the government’s apparent silence on Mullaperiyar issue, despite the fact that the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam has risen to an appalling level of 142ft.

 
         Noted industrialist Ramesan Contractor dies    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Noted hotel industrialist and S N Trust, RDC former chairman Ramesh Contractor died of old age ailments on Saturday. He was 84. Cremation will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 10 am. He leaves behind his wife Indira Devi and children Chitra, Manju, Dr Binu Ramesh (cardiologist) and Dr Biju Ramesh (bar hotel association working president, Rajadhani Group).

 
         I’m not the only one who has done wrong, says Sooraj    
 
 
KOCHI: I am not the only one who has done a wrong, said T O Sooraj, who was suspended for service for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Meanwhile, Sooraj told the media that he accepted the decision.

 
         I am responsible for withdrawing case against Togadia: Chandy    
 
 
KOCHI: Even as the controversy was flaring on against the decision of withdrawing the case against VHP leader Praveen Togadia, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday admitted that he was responsible for taking the decision of withdrawing the case against the VHP leader.

 
         Govt issues order suspending T O Sooraj from service    
 
 
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An order suspending Public Works Secretary T O Sooraj from service has been issued. He was suspended for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. The order suspending him was signed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday morning.

 
 
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