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Kerala News Today: 'True visionary, pioneer in Agriculture': CM Vijayan condoles demise of M S Swaminathan

Kerala News Highlights:  'True visionary, pioneer in Agriculture': CM Vijayan condoles demise of M S Swaminathan

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First Published Sep 28, 2023, 8:14 AM IST

4:30 PM : Nabi rally welcomed by Hindu temple officials in Kollam

The members of the Kollam Anchal Erur Elavaramkuzhi Muhiuddin Muslim Jamaat gathered to celebrate Nabi Day, fostering religious brotherhood. As a gesture of goodwill, officials from the Sivapuram Sri Mahadevar temple organised a reception for the Nabi Day rally, offering sweets to mark the occasion.

4:10 PM: Congress member found dead in Committee Office

A congressman was found dead in the Congress Committee Office near Cherthala Devi Temple on Thursday, September 28. The deceased was identified as Ponnan (68).

3.40 PM:  'True visionary, pioneer in Agriculture': CM Vijayan condoles demise of M S Swaminathan

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted on X, formerly Twitter, " Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the architect of the Indian Green Revolution, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. A true visionary and pioneer in agriculture and sustainable development. His tireless efforts to ensure food security and improve the lives of our farmers will always be remembered. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

3:30 PM: Gang including woman arrested for smuggling bid in Kochi airport

A group of individuals, including a young woman who arrived in Kerala from Dubai carrying gold, was arrested by the police in Nedumbassery. The group had attempted to smuggle gold into the country. Among those detained were a native of Kottayam, Rajini, who had brought gold from Dubai, and three residents of Thrissur who were aiding in the smuggling operation. The police arrested and started an investigation regarding this matter.

3:10 PM: Maoist Group enters Wayanad, issues notice at KFDC Office

A Maoist group has entered Wayanad, Kerala, and issued a notice at the KFDC (Kerala Forest Development Corporation) office. Six individuals are believed to be involved in this incident. The notice expresses the employees' demand for housing and better living conditions. Additionally, it was reported that a window was broken during this event. The notice was found to be in both Tamil and Malayalam languages. In response, the police have initiated an investigation into the matter to ascertain the details and intentions of the Maoist group's presence in Wayanad.

2.30 PM: PM Modi condoles demise of scientist M S Swaminathan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief at the passing away of the Father of India's Green Revolution M S Swaminathan. 

"Deeply saddened by the demise of Dr MS Swaminathan Ji. At a very critical period in our nation's history, his groundbreaking work in agriculture transformed the lives of millions and ensured food security for our nation," Modi said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

The prime minister further said,"Beyond his revolutionary contributions to agriculture, Dr. Swaminathan was a powerhouse of innovation and a nurturing mentor to many. His unwavering commitment to research and mentorship has left an indelible mark on countless scientists and innovators."

2:00 PM: Kerala: Nehru Trophy winners in despair as govt fails to fulfil grant of Rs 1 crore

Boat owners and club members who participated in the Nehru Trophy boat race have raised concerns about the government not fulfilling its promise of a one-crore-rupee grant or bonus for their participation. These club owners, facing financial difficulties, are considering a potential boycott of the remaining matches in the upcoming Champions League

12.30 PM: BJP leader Anil Antony rectifies his stand on fake complaint by soldier against Popular Front

BJP leader Anil Antony who had immediately reacted to the Kollam soldier's complaint against PFI, tweeted on X that though the case turned out to be fake, it does not negate the fact that Kerala is emerging as a dangerous epicenter of radical Islamists. He said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has busted multiple IS-linked PFI operatives in the past few months. He also stated that a Kerala police officer himself was recently suspended for leaking sensitive information to these terrorist groups.


12:00 PM: Two people arrested for sandalwood theft case in Kannur

Two individuals were arrested in a sandalwood theft case in Kannur on Thursday (Sep 28). The accused were identified as Lijil and Shruthin, natives of Sivapuram, Kannur. They were arrested for stealing sandalwood from the house entrance. The police investigation also implicated them in the theft of sandalwood from a sandalwood tree at the Kannur KEP (Kerala Forest Development Corporation) camp.

11.15 AM: Akhil Sajeev extorted Rs 5 lakh in name of CM's department; More allegations emerge 

Further complaint against Akhil Sajeev, who the complainant said acted as an intermediary in the case of bribery allegations against the Health Minister's personal staff. Lawyer Srikanth revealed that his wife was offered a job in NORKA Roots and extorted Rs 5 lakh. The lawyer said that he extorted the money saying that he was related to the Chief Minister's office. Later CPM intervened and returned the money and Srikanth stated that CPM took action against Akhil following his complaint.

10.45 AM: Man commits suicide after setting his house on fire

A man committed suicide after setting his house on fire in Kollam's Kadakkal. The deceased in Kuttikkad native Ashokan who hanged himself. It is believed that the house was set on fire due to family problems.

10:15 AM: Man sentenced to 5-year imprisonment for POSCO case in Wayanad

A man was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in a case of sexual assault against a minor in Wayanad. The accused was identified as Balasubramanian (42), a native of Pachilakkad, Wayanad. The order was passed by Judge KR Sunil Kumar in the Kalpetta Fast Track Special Court.  Additionally, he has to pay a fine as part of his punishment.

9:35 AM: Man found dead under mysterious circumstances in Kasaragod

A man was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Kasaragod on Thursday (Sep 28). The son-in-law of the deceased, Rajesh (36), was arrested by the Chandera police after the incident. The situation took a grim turn when discussions about property matters escalated into a heated argument, leading to a physical altercation. Tragically, the man fell and sustained fatal head injuries during the altercation. The Chandera police have started an investigation.

9:00 AM: Two youths killed in car accident in Thrissur

Two youths were killed after their car collided with a tree in Kaipamangalam Vanchipura in Thrissur. The accident occurred on the Vanchipura road at approximately 1 a.m. today ( Sep 28). The deceased were identified as Abdul Haseeb (19), son of Mohammad, and Harris (19), son of Abdul Razak, both hailing from Kaipamangalam Pallithanam. The accident also left four individuals injured. There were seven people  in the car.

8.21 AM: Karuvannur bank fraud: CPM leader P R Aravindakshan's interrogation to continue today

The interrogation of PR Aravindakshan in the Karuvannur black money case will continue today. ED is trying to trace those responsible for the scam. Kerala Bank Vice President MK Kannan will be questioned tomorrow.

8.19 AM: Palakkad youths death: Accused remanded for 14 days 

The accused in the death of Palakkad youths was produced in the Ottappalam court last night and was remanded for 14 days. He was charged with culpable homicide, destruction of evidence and illegal use of electricity. 

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8.14 AM: IMD predicts isolated rainfall; Yellow alert in 9 districts today

The IMD has predicted isolated rainfall in the state from today. A yellow alert has been sounded in  Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasaragod today.

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