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Kerala News Highlights: Two-decade old wait ends on Tuesday: Guruvayur rail-over-bridge to be unveiled

Kerala News Highlights: One of the busiest Hindu pilgrimage centres in South India, Guruvayur, will have a rail-over-bridge (ROB) opened on November 14, ending a two-decade wait.

Kerala News Live 13 November 2023 major highlights developments anr
First Published Nov 13, 2023, 8:14 AM IST

4.15 PM: Guruvayur's rail-over-bridge to be inaugurated tomorrow by CM Pinarayi Vijayan

The much-awaited rail-over-bridge (ROB) at Guruvayur will be officially inaugurated on November 14 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The function will be presided over by Public Works Minister P A Muhammad Riyas.  A total of 22 girders and 5 spans were used for the construction of the ROB, which has a total length of 517.32 metres and a width of 10.15 metres. 

As per the BMBC guidelines, a 1.5-meter-long pavement was prepared, according to the officials. According to the officials, the old road will be converted into a four-meter-wide service road, and MLA funds will be used to establish an open gym beneath the overpass.

PWD Minister P A Muhammad Riyas announced that the completed Guruvayoor railway flyover under the 'Kerala without level crossings' project envisioned by the LDF government for New Kerala will be opened tomorrow. The LDF government has decided to build more than 100 railway flyovers in the state under the Keralam project, which has no level crossings.


3.45 PM: Gold worth Rs 12 lakh seized at Thiruvananthapuram airport

The Air Intelligence Unit of Customs seized gold worth Rs 12 lakh at Thiruvananthapuram airport on Monday from a Nagercoil native. The gold was hidden in a Bluetooth ear phone charging unit and a trolley bag.

3.15 PM: BJP to hold anti-rally against 'Pro-Palestine rallies' by UDF and LDF

The BJP has decided to hold 'Hamas anti-terrorist rallies' as an alternative to the Palestinian unity rally of LDF and UDF. BJP has decided to hold rallies and meetings at four places in the state. The BJP reckons that the embers between the Christian minorities in the Manipur riots can be extinguished through the anti-terrorist rally. When West Asia is burning, UDF and LDF in Kerala are competing to show solidarity with Palestine, BJP is coming out with a rally alleging that the attack of Hamas is the reason for everything. 

2.30 PM: Lokayukta dismisses petition on diversion of Chief Minister's relief fund

The Lokayukta rejected the plea that the Chief Minister's relief fund was diverted. After rejecting the first plea that the Deputy Lokayuktas should not pass judgment, the Lokayukta Full Bench rejected the main plea and passed the final verdict in the case. First, the petition of the complainant RS Sasikumar to exclude Deputy Commissioners Justice Haroon Al Rasheed and Justice Babu Mathew P Joseph from passing judgment was rejected. It was only after this that the Lokayukta also rejected the main petition against the Chief Minister and 18 ministers of the first Pinarayi government for diverting relief funds in violation of the rules.

1.45 PM: Massive ganja hunt in Pattambi; Two Odisha natives held

The police seized 49 kgs of ganja in Pattambi, Palakkad district. The officials arrested two Odisha natives Ravinder Pradhan (24) and Jikariya Janni (24). The ganja was seized from the area of ​​Pattambi-Pallipuram, Kozhikunnu.

1.00 PM: Kerala government lying over financial crisis; Centre not responsible: V Muraleedharan

Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Monday (Nov 13) said that the Kerala government's claim that the Centre was responsible for the State's financial crisis, a blatant 'lie'. Presenting a set of figures on Central transfers under various components, Muraleedharan blamed the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's financial mismanagement and extravagance for Kerala's fiscal struggles, claiming that the Centre had transferred funds to the State in all eligible cases. He said that in some cases, funds might have been withheld as the State did not follow procedures or did not apply by the deadline.

Read More: Kerala government lying over financial crisis; Centre not responsible: V Muraleedharan

12.30 PM: Chinese ship Shen Hua 29 gets immigration clearance

The second Chinese ship Shen Hua 29 got immigration clearance and soon will start berthing at the Vizhinjam International Seaport. The ship remained at sea for three days due to non-immigration clearance.

12.00 PM: Mining process continues at Mattappally under police protection

Workers and equipment arrived at the site in the early hours of Monday to resume mining operations on 2.5 acres of the hill. The soil that was removed from this area is being transported to the National Highway building site, which is close to Kayamkulam. The police have been maintaining a tight vigil, with both male and female officers stationed at various times, in case of a possible flare-up. The public has been unable to access the mining site via the road since the morning.

11.00 AM: Gun battle allegedly breaks out between Maoists and Thunderbolt in Kannur

A gunbattle has reportedly took place between Thunderbolt and Maoists in Kannur today. It is reported that there has been a shooting in the forest at Ayyankunnu Urupukutty. Locals said they heard gunshots for ten minutes. Police have recovered three guns. According to reports, Maoists opened fire during the police patrolling. It is suspected that they had set up a camp in the forest area. 

Read More: Kerala: Two Maoists reportedly injured in encounter in Kannur

10.15 AM: Woman strangled to death and thrown into gorge in Kozhikode

A woman was strangled to death and thrown into a gorge in Nadukani Pass in Kozhikode. In the incident, a youth from Malappuram has been taken into custody by the police. The statement of the youth in custody is that the murder was done to steal gold ornaments from Sainaba.

9.30 AM: Two arrested for attempting to smuggle gold worth Rs 76 lakh at Karipur Airport

Two people were arrested after they tried to smuggle gold worth Rs 76 lakh from Abu Dhabi to India via Karipur International Airport. The 24 carat gold weighing 1,260 grams was seized outside the airport from Malappuram Valancherry native Shafiq (34). He tried to smuggle the gold in capsule form concealed inside his body.

9.00 AM: Bus driver hit by train in Kannur; Police book four including woman who beat him

The bus driver, Jeejith (45), died when he was trying to run away in fear after his vehicle struck a pedestrian near New Mahe. His family and others have sought an investigation into his death. The family has filed a complaint with the sub-divisional police officer in Thalassery, claiming that the death was caused by beatings by the people present.  A case has been registered by the police for beating the conductor. The New Mahe police registered a case against four people, including a woman.

8.28 AM: Custody period of Maoists in Wayanad ends today; Interrogation continues

 The interrogation of Maoists Chandru and Unnimaya, who were caught in the Chapparam encounter, continues. It is reported that despite questioning by various investigating agencies, they have not uttered a single word. The police custody of both will end today. Kerala Police, NIA, Secret Intelligence Service, ATS, Tamil Nadu Q Branch, Karnataka Police and investigative agencies came into force. Both of them remained silent on the questions regarding the organization. Chandru and Unnimaya worked with several senior Maoist leaders. Therefore, the investigating agencies are looking to get crucial information. 

8.22 AM: Pathanamthitta man sets himself ablaze over delay in construction of house under Life Mission

In a terrible instance, a lottery salesman ablaze himself on fire since his house under the state government's Life Mission Scheme was not completed. The deceased is recognised as Gopi, a native of Omallur. Gopi conveyed in a note his dissatisfaction with the unfulfilled promise of his home, which he received through the government's Life Mission Scheme. The panchayat authorities halted funding, he claimed, which caused delays in the house's construction. 

8.13 AM: Aluva rape and murder case: Quantum of punishment to be pronounced tomorrow

The quantum of punishment for the brutal rape and murder of a five-year-old girl in Aluva will be pronounced tomorrow (Nov 14) by the Ernakulam POCSO court. Ashfaq Alam, a native of Bihar, is the sole accused in the case. The prosecution argued that the accused should be given the death penalty.

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