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Kerala News Highlights: HC directs immediate facilities for Sabarimala pilgrims at Kottayam

Kerala News Highlights:  HC directs immediate facilities for Sabarimala pilgrims at Kottayam

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First Published Dec 25, 2023, 8:21 AM IST

3.45 PM: Two people drowned in river in Idukki

Two people drowned in the Idukki's Thommankuth river. The deceased have been identified as Thommankuth Vazhakala Ottaplakkal Mosis Isaac (17) and Blason Sajan (25). The incident happened at the pier near the mosque in Thommankuth river. The girl who was with him fell into the water and drowned while trying to save him.

2.30 PM: 17-year-old boy drowns after falling into pond in Thrissur

A 17-year-old boy drowned after falling into a pond in Thrissur. Siddharth, son of Surendran, died at Vallachira house in Kanattukara Shantinagar. The accident took place at Ayanthol's Thrikkumarakudam temple pond at 3 am on Monday. It is reported that Siddharth slipped from the stairs and fell into the pond. Seeing Siddharth falling into the water, his friends jumped into the pond and tried to save him, but could not be saved. Then the fire force team arrived from Thrissur and took out the body at 8:30 in the morning. The body was taken to Athani Medical College.

2.00 PM: Stray dog attacks 15 people in Malappuram

About 15 people were bitten by stray dogs in Pulikal. The stray dog ​​attack occurred in Alungal, Munniyoor Colony and Chamaparambu. The dog that came to Munniyoor colony bit three people and was going to Chevayoor Road. Several people were bitten on the legs and face. The injured were admitted to Kozhikode and Manjeri Medical College Hospitals.

1.30 PM:  HC directs immediate facilities for Sabarimala pilgrims at Kottayam

Kerala High Court on Monday directed that immediate facilities should be provided to Sabarimala pilgrims who have been made to stay back at Kottayam-Pala-Ponkunnam route.

12.45 PM: Man kills wife over family dispute in Ernakulam

A 26-year-old woman who was attacked by her husband following a family dispute, died while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Ernakulam. The deceased is Anumol and the police took her husband Rajish into custody. The event happened at about 11 on Sunday morning at Anumol's house. According to the police, Rajish attacked Anumol during a family quarrel. He struck Anumol's head with a hammer before stabbing her in the neck. When the incident happened, Anumol's mother Ambika and her father Ravi were away at work. Upon his return, Ravi discovered that Anumol was severely hurt.

12.00 PM: 5-member gang hacks Congress workers in Palakkad

A five-member gang allegedly hacked three Congress workers in Palakkad's Kannadi on Monday at 10.30 AM. It is a dispute related to some financial transactions. The injured are Vineesh, Renil and Amal and are undergoing treatment in a hospital. The accused are yet to be determined by the police. 

11.45 AM: Nava Kerala Sadas: Cops to receive 'Good Service Entry' for ensuring law and order

'Good service entry' will be given to the policemen who ensured law and order in connection with the Nava Kerala Sadas. SPs and DIGs have been instructed to give 'good service entry' to those who have performed meritorious service. ADGP in charge of law and order has issued instructions in this regard. The ADGP said that the police performed well.

“Good Service Entries” will be awarded by the Inspector General and the concerned Senior Superintendents of Police for good detection, display of skill or any good work meriting special recognition.

This comes at a time, when the cops have been accused of lathi-charging protestors including Chief Minister's gunman and security officers. 

Kerala CM's gunman, security officer among five named as accused for lathi-charging Youth Congress workers

11.15 AM: Tiger that ate calf in Wayanad reportedly came again

Last night, the tiger that caught the calf in a stable at CeeCee near Sultan Bathery in Wayanad came back again. The tiger came to take the rest of what he had eaten. The tiger that came to Surendran's cowshed in Njarakkadu ate half of the calf the other day. The tiger has also been caught on camera by the forest department. The forest department has started further action.

10.45 AM: Complaint of sexual assault against 10-year-old reported in Neyyattinkara

A complaint has been reported of sexual assault against a 10-year-old girl in Neyyattinkara General Hospital. The girl who came for eye treatment was assaulted. The accused Satish was chased by the locals, caught and handed over to the police.

10.15 AM: Two killed in road accidents in Chalakudy

A youth lost control of his bike and fell into a field in Chalakudy Melur, and died. The accident happened near Pushpagiri Pindandi NaiMeli stream. The deceased is Binu (23), a resident of Urumban Kunn, Chalakudy VR Puram. The accident happened when he was returning home after a festival at his friend's house in Kunnappilly. Locals found the dead body around 6:30 in the morning. 

A young man died in a bike accident after returning from Christmas celebrations in Chalakudy. The accident happened when the bike went out of control in Kadukutty and hit the wall. Melvin (33), a native of Kadukutty, died. Melvin was seriously injured and rushed to a private hospital in Chalakudy but could not be saved. He was an interior designer.

10.00 AM: Kerala reports new 128 cases of COVID

Union Health Ministry has confirmed 128 new Covid cases in Kerala. With this, the number of active cases in Kerala has increased to 3128. One death was also reported in the state. Meanwhile, 312 cases were confirmed in the country yesterday and there are a total of 4057 active cases across the country.

9.35 AM: Wild elephant found dead in Malappuram

The carcass of a wild elephant was found in the Chenkodu forest under the Karuvarakkund station in Nilambur, Malappuram district on Monday. Forest guards have reached the spot.

9.15 AM: Private bus cleaner arrested for sexually assaulting minor girl

A bus employee was arrested by the police for sexually assaulting a minor girl inside the bus in Kottayam Erattupetta. Rajeev RV, a native of Thalappalam, was arrested under the POCSO Act by the Erattupetta Police. The incident took place on a private bus where he was working as a cleaner. The bus had stopped at Kunnonni town area at 10.15 am last morning to have food. The complaint is that Rajeev was sexually assaulting a minor girl who was sitting inside the bus at that time. The girl was alone on the bus when she was assaulted. He left the child when she made a noise. The girl reported the information at home and later the parents complained to the police.

8.42 AM: Actor-Director Major Ravi joins BJP

Director and actor Major Ravi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday evening after meeting the party's national president JP Nadda in New Delhi. BJP Kerala state unit president K Surendran was also present.

8.35 AM: CM Pinarayi Vijayan extends Christmas greetings

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan extended greetings on the eve of Christmas. Taking to X, he wrote, "Christmas is a festival of hope, upholding love, fraternity, and brotherhood. It imparts the belief that even in the midst of difficult situations, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. This Christmas, let's strive for a world in which the humanist teachings of Jesus Christ prevail. Merry Christmas to all."


8.30 AM: Mini-bus carrying Sabarimala pilgrims overturns at Nilackkal; 13 injured

Several people were injured when the vehicle of Sabarimala pilgrims overturned at Nilakkal on Monday. The mini-bus which came down from the Nilakkal parking ground with pilgrims after visiting Sabarimala lost control and overturned. 13 pilgrims from Tamil Nadu were injured in the accident. The accident happened at 4:30 this morning. The injured were taken to Kottayam Medical College Hospital. It is reported that the condition of two people is serious.

8.25 AM: Clashes erupt in Manaveeyam Veedhi in Thiruvananthapuram

A clash erupted between youths and police on Sunday night at Manaveeyam Veedhi's nightlife in Thiruvananthapuram. The altercation erupted over the passing of vehicles on Manaveeyam Veedhi road. The accused attacked police and later four were taken into custody.

8.20 AM:  Kerala celebrates Christmas today; Churches observe midnight Mass

As the world is celebrating Christmas, the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, midnight Holy Mass was offered in important churches in Kerala. On the occasion of Christmas, BJP leaders visited Christian churches in several places of the state. BJP leader VV Rajesh reached Thiruvananthapuram's Palayam Church and participated in Christmas celebrations. Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also participated in prayers at the Palayam church.

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