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Kerala News Highlights: PM Modi welcomed by Kerala Governor, CM at Nedumbassery airport

Kerala News Highlights: As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit scheduled on January 17 in Guruvayur, Suresh Gopi will gift him a gold plate.

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First Published Jan 16, 2024, 8:00 AM IST

7.05 PM: PM Modi welcomed by Kerala Governor, CM at Nedumbassery airport

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Nedumbassery airport in Kochi. The Prime Minister will now hold a roadshow of 1.3 km from KPCC junction to the guest house.

4.00 PM: Suresh Gopi to gift gold plate to PM Modi

Suresh Gopi will present a gold plate when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Guruvayur. The gold plate was made by expert goldsmith Anu Ananthan. SPG officials inspected the plate before presenting it to PM Modi. The Prime Minister will arrive in Guruvayur tomorrow to attend the wedding of Suresh Gopi's daughter.

3.30 PM: Traffic restrictions imposed in Ernakulam ahead of PM Modi's visit

Several traffic restrictions were imposed in and around Kochi city in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Kerala on Tuesday. PM Modi is scheduled to arrive in Kochi on Tuesday evening and conduct a 1.3 km roadshow from Maharaja's college ground to Guest House after 6 pm.

2.45 PM: Rahul Mamkootathil's arrest: YC workers organise protest in various parts of state

The protests organised by Youth Congress activists against the arrest of its state president, Rahul Mamkootathil, turned violent in several parts of the state. Mamkootathil, who was earlier arrested in connection to a case registered over a protest march turning violent in Thiruvananthapuram, is currently placed in judicial custody till January 22.

2.15 PM: PWD Minister Muhammed Riyas granted bail in case of destruction of public property in 2018

PWD Minister Muhammad Riyas granted bail in case of destruction of public property. The warrant against the minister was in the DYFI March 2018 case in Malappuram. Following the case, the minister appeared in person at the Malappuram Judicial Magistrate Court today and got bail. The case is that DYFI broke the window of a KSRTC bus in March and caused a loss of 13,000 rupees. Muhammad Riyas is the seventh accused in the case with 10 other accused. 

1.30 PM: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, ministers to hold protest against Centre's neglect in Delhi on Feb 8

The Left Democratic Front has announced that a strike will be held in New Delhi on February 8 under the leadership of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan against the central government's neglect of the state.

1.00 PM: Court grants bail to Youth Congress state president Rahul Mamkoottathil in two cases; to continue in jail

Relief to Youth Congress state president Rahul Mankoothil. The court granted bail in two new cases in connection with the Secretariat March. The Thiruvananthapuram Judicial First Class Magistrate Court granted the bail. The bail application in the case of march to the DGP office will be considered tomorrow. The district court will consider this bail application. Rahul will remain in jail as he did not get bail in the earlier remand case. Rahul was granted bail today in two new cases registered yesterday.

12.40 PM: Opposition leader V D Satheesan backs KS Chithra over cyber attack

Opposition leader VD Satheesan has come out in support of playback singer KS Chithra after the cyber attack for urging people to celebrate Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya Ram Temple. He said that everyone has the right to express their opinions. Discouraging it is a fascist act.

12.25 PM: Social media slams singer K S Chithra for urging people to celebrate consecration ceremony at Ayodhya

Veteran playback singer K S Chithra has come under the fire of social media for backing the consecration ceremony or the 'Pran Prathistha' at Ayodhya Ram temple. Chithra encouraged people to light lamps in and around their homes in the evening and to chant Lord Ram hymns during the festival on January 22 in a video message posted on Sunday.

Kerala: Social media slams singer K S Chithra for urging people to celebrate consecration ceremony at Ayodhya

11.50 am:  PM Modi's visit: Holiday declared for educational institutions within Guruvayur limits

As part of the security arrangements in connection with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the District Collector has ordered a holiday for all educational institutions including professional colleges in the limits of Guruvayoor Municipality, Kandanassery, Choondal, Natika and Valappad Gram Panchayats on January 17. Any Saturday shall be made a working day instead of this holiday. The holiday does not apply to pre-scheduled public examinations and examinations for recruitment to central, state and semi-government institutions.

11.45 AM: Bus carrying Sabarimala pilgrims rams into tree in Malappuram; 15 injured

A bus carrying Ayyappa devotees collided with a tree at Vattapara in Valanchery, Malappuram. The accident happened around 6.45 this morning. The accident was a tourist bus that was going from Sabarimala to Thamarassery. About 15 people were injured. They were admitted to private hospitals.

11.30 AM: Two-and-a-half-year-old girl found dead inside well in Malappuram

A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was found dead in a well in Changaramkulam, Malappuram. Rafiq's daughter Isha Mehreen is the deceased. Rafiq's wife Haseena (35) was also found in the well. She was pulled out of the well and admitted to a private hospital in Puthanpura. Haseena's health condition is critical and is currently undergoing treatment in the hospital. After they went missing in the morning, they were found in the well when the family searched. However, it is not clear what happened. The police have reached the spot and are taking statements. 

11.00 AM: KITE teachers seek salary of five months

More than two hundred substitute teachers of Kite Master Trainers in the state have not been paid for five months. Complaints have been filed including in the Navkerala Sadas but no solution has been found. The reply received to the complaint was that the file is under consideration by the Finance Department. Many are looking for other jobs as the salary has stopped. Temporary teachers are asking for a salary for five months of work. The teachers say that they received only the August salary after transferring it directly to their account. The complaint submitted to the Nava Kerala Sadas in November did not reach the desired destination. 

10.55 AM: Writer K B Sreedevi passes away at 84. She has received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. She breathed her last in Thripunithura.  She has also written books for children about the lives of women in the Namboothiri community and focusing on Indian mythology.

10.35 AM: PM Modi to arrive in Kerala today; hold roadshow in Kochi this evening

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in the state for a two-day visit. The Prime Minister, set to land at the Nedumbassery airport by 6:30 pm on Tuesday, will take part in a grand roadshow, which is expected to draw over 50,000 BJP workers.

Read More: PM Modi to arrive in Kerala for a two-day visit; hold roadshow in Kochi today

10.15 AM: Kerala: K-FON in financial crisis as it fails to hit target even after 7 months of launch

The K-FON project of the state government is in dire financial crisis, though it is touted to be the state's dream project. The inability of K-FON to reach its aim even months after its launch can be attributed in large part to the financial shortage. Recently, the government approved just half of the Rs 53 crore that K-FON had requested.

Read More: Kerala: K-FON in financial crisis as it fails to hit target even after 7 months of launch

9.40 AM: Cantonment Police records arrest of Rahul Mamkootathil in three more cases

The Cantonment Police recorded arrests in three more cases against Youth Congress state president Rahul Mamkootathil in connection with the Secretariat march during the Nava Kerala Sadas. Rahul's arrest was recorded by the Cantonment Police in the district jail. Rahul will be produced in court today to be remanded in the three cases in which he was arrested. Non-bailable sections have been charged against Rahul.

9.20 AM: Kerala: '25 secret accounts for CPM in Karuvannur Bank': ED claims black money transaction of Rs 100 crore

The ED stated that the CPM operated  25 secret accounts in the Karuvannur Bank and a secret black money transaction of Rs 100 crore took place and a huge property was also purchased with this money. The ED has informed the progress of the investigation in the private petition seeking cancellation of the frozen bank account related to Karuvannur Bank.

Kerala: '25 secret accounts for CPM in Karuvannur Bank': ED claims black money transaction of Rs 100 crore

8.50 AM: Three killed after car falls into quarry in Thrissur

Three people died when the car they were travelling in met with an accident near the Varadanad Temple in Mala Kuzhikkatusseri fell into a quarry. The deceased were Moothedath Shyam, Punneli Parampil George and Tito, from Puthanchira West. The accident took place at 11:00 pm. 

8.40 AM: Kerala: Over 3000 people arrested in drugs case in Kozhikode; Read

Around 3296 people were arrested in Kozhikode district in connection with crimes including the sale and use of intoxicants like MDMA, brown sugar, and hashish oil last year. Around 2946 cases have been registered in this regard. The seized items include 179 kg of ganja, 158 gm of brown sugar, 2116 gm of MDMA, and 794 gm of hashish oil. This action comes as a response to the rising sale and use of narcotic substances in the region.

8.25 AM: MP TN Prathapan slams Suresh Gopi over neglecting Manipur issue

TN Prathapan MP strongly criticized Suresh Gopi who presented a gold crown at Lourdes Church in Thrissur. TN said that the sin of Manipur cannot be washed away with a golden crown and that Suresh Gopi did not look back on Manipur even for a day. Pratapan told Asianet News. "The sin of Manipur cannot be washed away with a golden crown. The memory of Manipur, which destroyed the image of Mother Mary still swells our hearts. The Prime Minister also did not visit Manipur."

8.00 AM: PM Modi to arrive in Thrissur tomorrow; several projects to be inaugurated in Kochi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Thrissur on Wednesday (Jan 17). He will visit the Guruvayur temple to offer prayers and attend the wedding of Suresh Gopi's daughter Bhagya Suresh. PM Modi will also hold a roadshow in Kochi and inaugurate projects worth over Rs 4000 crore.

Read More: Major boost to India's ports, waterways sector: PM Modi to inaugurate projects worth over Rs 4000 cr in Kochi

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