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Kerala News Today: Sabari special: Railways to roll out additional trains between Chennai Egmore and Kollam

Kerala News Highlights: Sabari special: Railways to roll out additional trains between Chennai Egmore and Kollam

Kerala news live 21 December 2023 major highlights developments anr
First Published Dec 21, 2023, 8:15 AM IST

4.20 PM: Sabari special: Railways to roll out additional trains between Chennai Egmore and Kollam

Indian Railways have decided to roll out additional Sabari special trains between Chennai-Egmore and Kollam to clear an extra rush of passengers during the Sabarimala Festival. Train No. 06127 Chennai Egmore – Kollam Festival Special will leave Chennai Egmore at 23.55 hrs on 22nd and 24th December, 2023 (Friday & Sunday) and reach Kollam at 16.30 hrs, the next day (2 Services). 

In return direction Train No. 06128 Kollam – Chennai Egmore Festival Special will leave Kollam at 19.35 hrs on 23rd and 25th December, 2023 (Saturday & Monday) and reach Chennai Egmore at 12.00 hrs, the next day (2 Services). 

The train will have a stop at Chennai Egmore, Perambur, Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jalarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Ettumanur, Kottayam, Changanassery, Thiruvalla, Chengannur, Mavelikkara, Kayamkulam, Karunagappalli, Sasthamkotta and Kollam.

3:50 pm: 100 kg of stale fish found at local fish market in Pattambi

100 kg of stale fish were discovered at the local fish market in Pattambi. A joint inspection by the municipal health department and the food safety department took place. Testing of 36 samples occurred at the mobile testing lab across seven fish wholesale establishments. 

3:00 pm: KSRTC bus crashes into Maveli store in Kollam

The KSRTC bus went out of control and rammed into the Maveli store. The accident took place this afternoon in Pathanapuram, Kollam. Due to brake failure, the bus broke the barricade on the road to the Maveli store in Nedumbaram and rammed into it. Two passengers were injured in the accident.

2:15 pm: KSU-led protest turns violent in Thiruvananthapuram; police resort to lathi charge

The clashes erupted during the march by KSU activists to the DGP office in Thiruvananthapuram. The police fired water cannons at the activists who tried to cross the barricade. The police lathi-charged the activists and many of them were injured during the conflict. The activists smashed the boards of Nava Kerala Sadas. 

1.30 PM: Karnataka: KSRTC to roll out special services to Kerala for Christmas holidays

Congress MP KC Venugopal intervened to solve the travel plight of Keralites from Karnataka. In a meeting with Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, Venugopal brought up the matter to find a solution.  KC Venugopal informed that based on the meeting Karnataka SRTC has decided to run 59 additional special services.

Read More: Karnataka: KSRTC to roll out special services to Kerala on THESE dates for Christmas holidays

1.00 PM: Gold seized from Thiruvananthapuram airport

860 gms of gold was seized from a person who came from Abu Dhabi in the morning on an Air Arabia flight. Mohammad Imran, a native of Tirunelveli, tried to smuggle gold by swallowing it in the form of 4 capsules.

12.35 PM: Airlines charge exorbitant fares to Kerala from Delhi for Christmas-New Year

Airlines have a busy holiday season every year. The festivities for Christmas and New Year's are the same this year. This Christmas, individuals who are returning home may run out of money in Delhi, home to almost five lakh Malayalis. The cost of a ticket from Delhi to Kozhikode is more than twice as high. The ticket which was under Rs 5000 now starts at Rs 12000. If people want to travel in the days before Christmas, they have to pay up to Rs 32,000 for a ticket to Kozhikode.

Read More: Airlines charge exorbitant fares to Kerala from Delhi for Christmas-New Year

12.00 PM: HC asks Kerala to disburse Christmas pension to Mariyakutty

The High Court criticized the government on the petition filed by MarIyakutty against the suspension of pension. The court said that the pension should be given to MarIyakutty. Otherwise, the government should bear the expenses of MarIyakutty for three months.

11.25 AM: HC order on Mohanlal's 'Neru' movie:

The High Court said that the release of Mohanlal's movie 'Nerin' directed by Jeethu Joseph cannot be banned. The petitioner, story writer Deepu K Unni, complained that the story was not credited in the film and was not paid. Justice Devan Ramachandran clarified that the release of the film cannot be stopped under this name. The court will consider the allegations of the petitioner again tomorrow.

11.15 AM: Private buses hike ticket rates to Kerala for Christmas-New Year travel season

For Malayalees who are preparing to travel home for Christmas vacation from nearby states, private buses have increased their tickets by more than twice as much. The cost of a ticket to go home from nearby states is as much as Rs 6,000 tomorrow and the following day.

Read More: Private buses hike ticket rates to Kerala for Christmas-New Year travel season

10:45 am: Police officer commits suicide in Thrissur

Thrissur AR Camp driver C.P. O Adish (40), a native of Perumballissery was found hanging. He served as a driver in the city police control room and had been on an extended vacation. The details surrounding this unfortunate incident are indeed disheartening.

10.00 AM: SFI takes control of gate of the Senate Hall

The SFI has taken control of the premises of the Senate Hall of the Calicut University.  People are only allowed to pass by identifying their names. UDF senate members said that the police are watching as spectators. Vice Chancellor MK Jayaraj reached the Senate Hall. The meeting of the Senate members was scheduled today. 

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Alleging that they were Sangh Parivar nominees, the SFI stopped and kept the members outside.

9.30 AM: Kerala writes to President, Centre against Governor alleging of not fulfilling duties

The Kerala government has sent a letter to the President of India and the Prime Minister alleging that Governor Arif Mohammed Khan is not fulfilling his duties of the state. The letter also stated that the Governor is constantly violating protocols. This is now a very serious step on the part of the state in the long-standing dispute between the governor and the government. The government is criticizing the Governor for not fulfilling his duties by blocking the bills passed by the Assembly without signing them. 

9:05 am: Kerala reports 300 fresh COVID-19 cases; 3 deaths confirmed

The Health Ministry confirmed 300 new fresh COVID cases in the state on December 20. The Health Ministry has confirmed three deaths.

9:01 am: Three people held for kidnapping migrant workers' kids in Ernakulam

The police arrested the gang responsible for the kidnapping of two children of guest workers from Ernakulam's Vaddakekara. The suspects, identified as Raham Ali, Jahad Ali, and Samnas, all natives of Assam, have been arrested. The victims were five and three-year-old children of an Assamese couple residing in Vaddakekara. The abduction was carried out under the leadership of a distant relative named Sahida.

8:47 am: Water level at Mullaperiyar dam decreases to 139.90 feet 

The water level at Mullaperiyar has reached 139.90 feet, nearing its maximum storage capacity of 142 feet. Currently, the rise in water level is gradual, following a decrease in water flow.

8:42 am: Vehicle carrying Ayyappa devotees overturns in Idukki

A vehicle carrying Ayyappa devotees overturned at Chenkara in Idukki. Eight people were injured in the accident, and one person is reported to be in critical condition. The group involved in the accident is from Tamil Nadu.

8:30 am: KSU to march towards police headquarters office today

The KSU will hold a march to protest the police brutality against those protesting against the Nava Kerala Sadas. The march is scheduled to the office of police headquarters at 10:00 am. Security has been beefed up in and around the police headquarters.

8:23 am: Health workers face shortage in Kerala as COVID-19 cases surge in the state

As the number of COVID-19 cases is reported in the state again and the number of infected people is increasing, the shortage of health workers in government hospitals is creating a huge crisis. According to KGMOA, the lack of doctors and nurses in proportion to the number of patients is creating severe labor pressure.

8.15 AM: Nava Kerala Sadas: Of 28803 complaints received in Kannur, only 4827 solved

It is estimated that only 17 percent of the complaints received by the Nava Kerala Sadas in the Kannur district have been resolved so far. Out of a total of 28803 complaints received from the constituencies of the district, 4827 were resolved. Most of the complaints were resolved in the cooperation department.

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