Kerala

BJP leads in Assam, Puducherry; losing Bengal. Here are the latest trends

The BJP, despite its efforts to woo the voters in the West Bengal Assembly elections, has failed to combat the counternarrative of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party the Trinamool Congress. While the TMC is leading in over 200 seats out of the 292 seats, BJP’s lead is limited to 77 seats....

Indian Navy seizes drugs worth Rs 3,000 cr from fishing vessel in Arabian Sea

The Indian Navy has seized narcotic substances weighing over 300 kg from a fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea. The approximate cost of the seized narcotics in the international market is estimated to be around Rs 3,000 crore. Indian naval ship Suvarna, whilst on surveillance patrol in the Arabian Sea, encountered a fishing vessel with...

Bizarre: Mother arrested for sexually abusing minor son

In a shocking as well as a bizarre incident, a woman has been charged for sexually abusing her minor son in Kerala. The woman, 35, however, claimed innocence and alleged that she is being framed by her estranged husband and his second wife in the case. The accused told reporters, “The truth should come out....

Thiruvananthapuram airport employees protest against takeover by Adani Group

Thiruvananthapuram airport’s employees on Tuesday protested against the takeover of the airport by Adani Group. The protest was staged in front the airport director’s office after the conglomerate signed the concession agreements in Delhi with AAI for the operations, management and development of three airports—Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur and Guwahati. It was the...

PM Modi releases Rs 18,000 cr under PM-Kisan scheme, attacks Opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released the Rs 18,000 crore installment of PM-Kisan scheme to 9 crore farmers of the country. He also took the opportunity to attack the West Bengal government saying that the Central government schemes for the benefit of farmers have not been implemented by Mamata Banerjee. Notably, the Assembly election...

Kerala Catholic priest, nun awarded life sentence in Sister Abhaya murder case

A Catholic priest and a nun were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday in connection with the sensational Sister Abhaya murder case. Notably, the verdict came after around 29 years of the incident in which the victim, 21, was brutally murdered and her body dumped inside a well...

Truck carrying heavy machinery for space project took a year to reach Kerala from Maharashtra

A truck that set off last year from Maharashtra carrying heavy, sophisticated machinery for a space research project at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, reached the city in Kerala on Sunday. “We started the journey on July 8, 2019, from Maharashtra. Now after travelling for one year and across four states, we have...

Travancore royal family has rights in the administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the 2011 verdict of the Kerala High Court which had directed the state government to set up a trust to take control of management and assets of the historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. The apex court upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the administration...

Kerala brings in commandos to help enforce COVID-19 norms in super spreader village

Around 25 commandos have been pressed into servier in a coastal village in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala after it recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases and the possibility of having several super spreaders. Police and health workers also patrolled the area cautioning people to stay inside their homes and warned that those found roaming without valid...

UAE launches probe in Kerala gold smuggling case, says culprits won’t be spared

United Arab Emirates authorities have launched an investigation into the smuggling case to find out who sent the cargo containing gold to the address of UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram. The Embassy said that the culprits have not only committed a major crime but also “sought to tarnish the reputation of the UAE mission in India”...

Kerala CM’s principal secy removed after his connection emerges with gold smuggling accused

The Kerala government has removed senior IAS official M Sivasankar as the principal secretary of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, a day after a state IT department employee’s name figured in the case in which gold was smuggled through diplomatic cargo route. Sivasankar has been replaced by IAS officer Mir Muhammad Ali. Sivasankar had played an...

Diplomatic baggage with 30 kg gold in it seized in Kerala

Customs officials on Sunday seized a bag with over 30 kg of gold at the International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The gold was in ‘diplomatic baggage’ and sent by air cargo. Officials suspect that the smugglers have made use of a person who enjoys diplomatic immunity, media reports said. Cops have detained some people...