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Kerala News Highlights: Elderly couple stabbed to death in Idukki

Kerala News Highlights: An elderly couple was allegedly stabbed to death in Idukki. The police have launched a search to nab their son. 

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First Published Dec 20, 2023, 8:18 AM IST

4.00 PM: KSRTC suspends two drivers, three conductors for skipping Sabarimala duties

KSRTC has suspended two drivers and three conductors for serious violations and misconduct. Drivers AU Uttaman of Payyannur depot, J Surendran of Thiruvananthapuram Vellanad depot, conductors A Tony of Thamarashery depot, PS Abhilash of Thiruvananthapuram city depot and PM Mohammad Swalih of Palakkad depot were suspended. AU Uttam was suspended for skipping Sabarimala duty and driving a school bus. J Surendran was also suspended after he was accused. The action was taken against Tony for stealing money and not issuing tickets to passengers.


3.15 PM: Elderly couple stabbed to death in Idukki

An elderly couple was stabbed to death in Moolamattam Cheradi, Idukki. Keeliyanikkal Kumaran (70) and his wife Thangamma died. The couple was stabbed at home. Kumaran died on the spot. Thangamma, who was stabbed, was rushed to the hospital, but her life could not be saved. Meanwhile, the police are looking for their son in the incident. Police are investigating what happened. The police took statements from neighbors and locals. Kumaran's body was shifted to the hospital.


2.30 PM: Nava Kerala Sadas: Youth Congress-led protest turns violent in Thiruvananthapuram

The protest marches in Kerala on Wednesday, spearheaded by the Congress, became violent in many locations. The protesters attempted to breach police barricades in Mukkam, Kozhikode, and Kochi, and clashed directly with the police.  Protest marches are being carried out at 564 police stations across the state. The protests were called in response to reports of violence against activists from the KSU and Youth Congress in the name of the Nava Kerala Sadas.


1:10 pm: Vandiperiyar Case: High Court orders police protection for the family of the accused

The High Court ordered to provide police protection to the family of Arjun, who was acquitted in the Vandiperiyar POCSO case. The court has directed the Vandiperiyar police and the district police chief. The order came on a petition filed by Arjun's family. 


12:20 pm: Local Self-Government Minister, M.B. Rajesh on Urban Commission forms by Kerala Cabinet

The Local Self-Government Minister, M.B. Rajesh, has announced that the state's comprehensive urban policy will soon be revealed, reflecting the ongoing rapid urbanization in Kerala. The state is projected to transform into a unified city by 2030, leading to the earlier decision to establish the Urban Commission. 


12:07 PM: SC sends notice to KM Shaji in Plus 2 scam case

The Supreme Court has sent notice to KM Shaji over the Plus 2 scam case. The case in question involves K M Shaji allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 25 lakh from the school management to allow the establishment of Plus Two classes in Azhikode High School in Kannur


11:39 am: Cabinet meeting approves Urban Commission in Kerala

The cabinet meeting decided to approve the Urban Commission comprising international experts in the state. The primary objective of this commission is to coordinate development activities aimed at transforming Kerala into a single city by the year 2030. The commission will consist of 13 members who will contribute their expertise to this ambitious urban development initiative.


11:30 am: Old woman found lying in a swap in Kochi

A 76-year-old woman in Kochi was found lying in a swamp for four hours. The residents discovered her plight, promptly informed the fire brigade, and worked together to extricate her from the mud. Currently, the elderly woman recovered from the incident and is able to leave the hospital. The quick response and assistance from residents, along with the efforts of the fire brigade, played a crucial role in ensuring her safety and well-being.


11:13 am: Man-eating tiger caught from Wayanad suffers injuries on its face

The man-eating tiger caught in Wayanad has a wound on its face that is believed to be 8 cm deep. The source of the injury is suspected to be a clash between the tigers within the inner forest.


10:36 am: Thiruvananthapuram Rural SP issues an order to ban the use of drones in Nava Kerala Sadas

The Thiruvananthapuram Rural Superintendent of Police (SP) has issued an order prohibiting the use of drones in areas where the Navakerala Sadas are held in Thiruvananthapuram, as well as on the roads passing by these locations. This ban on drone usage is likely implemented as a security measure to ensure the safety and privacy of the events and individuals attending them.


10:15 am: 2 people arrested for assaulting doctor in a private hospital in Kottayam

Two persons have been arrested in the case of assaulting a doctor at a private hospital in Manarkad. The father and his relative who came with the child for treatment were arrested. Following the complaint, the Manarkad police registered a case and arrested both of them. A case was registered against both of them for attempted murder.


9:26 am: Kerala reports 292 Covid-19 cases cases in the last 24 hours

According to the Ministry of Health, 292 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the state yesterday. The active cases stand at 2041. Around two COVID deaths have been confirmed in the state.


9:17 am: 'He only needs money....': Dr Shahna's suicide note against dr Ruwais submitted in court for hearing

The police have stated that Dr. Ruwais, who was a friend of Dr. Shehna, a postgraduate student at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, allegedly demanded money. This claim is also reportedly mentioned in Dr. Shehna's suicide note. According to the police report submitted to the High Court, the suicide note contains serious references about Dr. Ruwais. Asianet News has obtained a copy of this report.


9:05 am:  Police intensifies search for woman who went missing 18 years ago in Wayanad

 A woman who went missing 18 years ago is suspected to have been killed and buried by her brother in Thalapuzha. Beena, a resident of Varayal, expressed doubt about the disappearance of her sister Shiny. The Thalapuzha police initiated an investigation after formally registering the case.


8:51 am: 2 youths arrested for attacking youth in Kottayam 

The police arrested two people in the case of trying to kill a youth in Kattururthi, Kottayam. Aji and Sathyan, natives of Kattururthi, were arrested. The incident related to the case took place last night at 9 o'clock. The attack was against the accused and the youth's relative who intervened to end the fight. 


8:36 am: Vandiperiyar rape and murder case: Family to join government's appeal over Kattappana Court verdict

The girl's family will also join the government's appeal in the Vandiperiyar POCSO case. A private petition will also be filed demanding that the verdict of the Kattapana court acquitting Arjun be quashed and the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Harassment Act be imposed. For this, the family members will hold a meeting with the Director General of Prosecution. 
 


8:24 am: Nava Kerala Sadas to be held in Thiruvananthapuram today

The Nava Kerala Sadas, headed by the Chief Minister and ministers, will be held in Thiruvananthapuram today. A cabinet meeting will be held before Nava Kerala Sadas. Meanwhile, the Congress will march to police stations across the state today. KPPC informed that around 5 lakh people will participate in the march.


8:15 am: COVID-19 variant in Kerala: High-level meeting headed by union minister to be held today

The Health Minister will provide an update on the current situation in Kerala during the meeting called by the Union Minister today. Kerala's assessment indicates that, despite a rise in COVID cases, there is no need for immediate concern. In the event of the Omicron variant being reported, Kerala will emphasize that precautionary measures have been intensified, and the hospital systems are prepared to handle any potential challenges.


 

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