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December 17, Sunday 2017 7:48 AM       
       HEADLINES: State home department a failure: Chennithala                                              It’s not an off-the-cuff decision: K M Mani                                              Kerala Congress M will seize to exist after next election                                              We don’t need opportunists in LDF: Kanam                                              Ockhi: Two more dead bodies found, death toll rises to 74                                              Sonia Gandhi turns nostalgic during her last speech as Cong chief                                              Guj polls: BJP will lose if EMVs don’t malfunction, says Hardik Patel                                              Bengaluru police say no to Sunny Leone's New Year bash                                              Rahul Gandhi will infuse new energy into Congress: Sachin Pilot                                              Rahul Gandhi takes over as Congress president                                              Al-Aqsa preacher slams Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital                                              Toronto billionaire couple found dead at their home                                              2 people died as 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesian island                                              South Asian peace only if Pak 'miltablishment' stops support to Islamic terrorists                                              Agassi could prove to be good coach for Djokovic: Becker                                              Sindhu enters title round of Dubai Super Series Finals                                              Sania Mirza to give Australian Open a miss                                              ISL 2017/18: FC Goa outplay Delhi Dynamos to move into top spot                                              ISL: Kerala Blasters defeat 10-man NorthEast United by slender margin                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Ockhi: Official data says 300 went missing in sea    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State government’s official estimates say that there are 300 people who went missing from Kerala. The new data was jointly released by the police, fisheries, and the Disaster Management Authority.

         Two children drown to death in river in Thrissur    
THRISSUR: Two children drowned in a river near Ambaloor in Thrissur. The victims have been identified as Ronald, son of Robin from Pachalippuram in Ambaloor, and Ponnari Baiju’s son Johnson.

         Ockhi tragedy: Government inefficient, says AG    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The AG has come up with a complaint that the disaster management in the state was weakened because of the irresponsibility of the state government and the Disaster Management Authority even after receiving crores of rupees funding from the Centre for the same.

         Centre announced Disaster Response Force in 2009, Kerala formed it in Dec 2018    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government formed the Disaster Response Force as part of civil defence, which was order by the Centre in 2009, only in December this year, and that too after the lives of many fishermen were lost following the Ockhi cyclone.

         Mystery surrounding Jisha’s murder remains, there’s been conspiracy: K Surendran    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP satate general secretary K Surendran has alleged that though the accused in the Jisha murder case has been sentenced to death, some of the mystery surrounding the murder still remains unanswered.

         Ockhi: Two more dead bodies found, death toll rises to 74    
KOZHIKODE: Dead bodies of two more people who went missing in the sea following the Ockhi cyclone have been found near the Kozhikode coast on Saturday.

         Dileep alleges charge sheet leaked, verdict on petition on Dec 23    
KOCHI: The Angamaly Judicial Magistrate Court will pronounce its verdict on the petition submitted by the eighth accused Dileep stating that the supplementary charge sheet of the case related to the attack of the actress in Kochi was leaked, on December 23.

         We don’t need opportunists in LDF: Kanam    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As the Front entry of Kerala Congress (M) has become a hot topic for discussion, the CPI has come out with its strong stand on the matter.

         Kerala Congress M will seize to exist after next election    
KOTTAYAM: P C George MLA has come out with strong criticism against Kerala Congress Chairman K M Mani and Working Committee chairman P J Joseph.

         It’s not an off-the-cuff decision: K M Mani    
KOTTAYAM: Kerala Congress (M) party Chairman K M Mani has said that the party’s decision on which Front to join will be announced very soon. “A hurried decision will not be taken regarding Front entry. A decision will be taken only after examining all sides. Discussions for this will be started very soon,” he said after the meeting of party representatives meet on Saturday.

         State home department a failure: Chennithala    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said Kerala has tuned into a place where common people cannot peacefully sleep at home.

         Ockhi: AG blames government    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Accounts General has blamed the State government and the State Disaster Management Authority for not carrying out their responsibilities during Ockhi-triggered calamities, despite receiving crores of rupees from the Centre. “This had weakened the disaster management system of the State. The lackadaisical attitude of the authority had resulted in the increased deaths and hardships following Ockhi calamity,” the AG said.

         Ockhi: PM to visit Kerala    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely visit Kerala to meet Ockhi-affected people. He may reach the State on Monday or Tuesday.

         Family members attacked, tied down, robbed    
THRIPPUNITHURA: About 50 sovereign gold was stolen from a house at Thrippunithura in Kochi after tying down the family members on Friday. The incident happened in the midnight. In the attack the house owner had sustained injuries. Police and finger print experts have reached the spot and examined the house.

         Govt staff suspended for sharing troll against CM    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A government employee has been suspended one year after he shared a troll against the chief minister. The suspended has been identified as Kasargod Elery Grama panchayat senior clerk P Jayarajan.

         CPM welcomes Veerendra Kumar to Left Front    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM has invited Janata Dal U and M P Veerendra Kumar to the Left Front as the latter has expressed his plans to leave the UDF. The CPM made this clear in the party secretariat held in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. “The party’s wish is to bring back to the LDF fold all those who left it long before. Now, it is for Veerendra Kumar to decide,” they said.

         Campaign using ambulance: CPM’s action turns controversial    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Using ambulance for campaign programmes during CPM Kannur Panoor Area conference has become controversial. According to rules, only bodies and patients can be transported in ambulances. When that is the case, the above act was violation of law, says a complaint given against this.

         Actress attack case: Dileep reaches court, examines documents    
KOCHI: In connection with the actress attack case, actor Dileep on Friday arrives at Angamaly court and went through certain documents. Dileep was accompanied by his counsel.

         Kerala Kaumudi's Roopasree bags IFFK award for best reporting    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Kaumudi reporter I V Roopasree has won the award at IFFK 2017 for the the best reporting done in connection with the festival. Roopasree got the award for columns she wrote for the editorial page of Kerala Kaumudi during the festival days.

         IFFK: Suvarnachakoram for Wajib, Sanju Surendran best debut director    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When curtains came down on the 22nd international film festival of Kerala, the IFFK awards for various was announced amidst applauds and appreciations. The event took place at Nishagandhi auditorium here.

         SFI takes march to Kerala varsity headquarters    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Clashes broke out in the march taken out by SFI men to the Kerala University headquarters on Friday, alleging that a student was given marks indiscreetly in a viva examination.

         Judge back off from case against Thomas Chandy    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a rare scenario, the judge justice A M Khanwilkar of the bench considering the case of backwater encroachment by the former transport minister Thomas Chandy has backed off.

         Kurinji gardens: CM calls for meeting again    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has again called for a high-level meeting to discuss the allegations relating to the Kurinji gardens in Munnar. The meeting will be convened in the first week of January, 2018.

         Saji Basheer approach court again; former Left order also turns controversial    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former KSEB Managing director Saji Basheer, who had been declared ineligible through a court order for appointment in any government institution, has approached the high court again. He has appealed to the court to give instruction to the government to appoint him as the MD in SIDCO or KSEB or in any other government companies or public sector units.

         Girls and boys restricted from sitting together in Medical College, students protest    
ULLOOR: The teaching faculty at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College has objected to the first year girls and boys sitting together in classroom. The students, on their part, have erupted in protest against this.

         Aged couple attacked and burgled in Kochi    
KOCHI: Following the incident of killing a retired teacher by slitting her throat after tying her up, and slitting the throat of her husband, a retired teacher, in Cheemeni in Kasargode, an aged couple in Kochi got tied up and their house burgled.

         Malayalee youth on Visitor Visa found dead near his sister’s flat in Sharjah    
DUBAI: A Malayalee youth who came to Dubai in search of a job under Visitor Visa was found dead here near his sister’s residence. The dead has been identified as Unnikrishnan (33), son of A K Sugathan of Ambattuveetil, Kalady, Ernakulam.

         Forging documents and registering car: HC says not to arrest Suresh Gopi    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has asked not to arrest Suresh Gopi MP in connection with the case of forging documents and getting his luxury car registered in Pondicherry there by evading the state tax.

         Ockhi: Latin Catholic diocese plans to move court    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Latin Catholic diocese is thinking of moving High Court, amidst complaints that the government is failing in the search operations to find those who were lost in the sea following the Ockhi cyclone.

         Chalakkudi Rajeev murder: Adv Udayabhanu gets bail    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has granted bail to senior advocate C P Udayabhanu, who is the seventh accused in the case of the murder of real estate broker and Angamaly native Rajeev.

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