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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Nearly 120 children were taken ill after eating a meal at a school and admitted to a hospital here. The children were from a lower primary school at Thonnakel in the district. The primary conclusion is that the students might have taken ill after consuming egg or curry which was served at the school on Wednesday noon.

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KANNUR (KERALA): An Islamic State (IS) recruit from the district has been killed in an encounter that took place in Syria, police said here today. Confirming the death of Abdul Manaf (30), a native of Valapattanam in the district in November last year, a senior police official said the news was received by his relatives on January 17 from his friend, who is also in Syria, through Telegram messenger app.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday strongly condemned the proposed move by the Centre to come out with an orange colour passports for those who have not passed their Class 10 examination, calling it discriminatory. "No way this proposal should go forward. This is creating two different types of citizens, one with education and one without, discriminating Indians based on educational qualifications," said Chandy.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will not easily forget the name Noushadh, who died in drainage along with two other migrant labors. The attempt to clean an underground drainage led to the death of two laborers and M. Noushadh an autorickshaw driver who came to help them.  This mishap occurred when the workers were clearing the blockage in the underground drainage having a depth of six feet at Palayam in Kozhikode two years ago.

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a notice to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and others on a plea by the CBI challenging their discharge in an alleged corruption case involving three hydel power projects in the state. A bench of Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer also stayed the trial of the case involving the award of contracts for the renovation of the three hydel power projects in Kerala.

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MALAPPURAM : Police experts are examining the five explosive devices, which seem to be small "mines", that were recovered from the river near a railway bridge at Kuttipuram in this Kerala district late on Thursday night, a police officer said.

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HYDERABAD: As the assembly election of the state is almost here, Rahul Gandhi would lead from the front for the Congress in poll-bound Karnataka. Rahul will be launching the campaign with a three-day tour from February 10, a key state party leader said. Working President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, Dinesh Gundu Rao, also indicated that party MLAs facing anti-incumbency in their constituencies, may not get tickets in polls, due in May.

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BANGALORE: The recent spat between Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on social media is just the beginning of the long drawn battle that is about to enfold in the coming months, as assembly elections will soon be held in Karnataka. While there are several issues in the state that need to be addressed without delay, like the lack of infrastructure and very slow development,

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BANGALORE: Siddaramaiah, the CM of Karnataka, holds the finance portfolio of the state as well, and will present the state budget on Feb 16. The 2018-19 budget is the 13th state budget that he will be presenting. He will begin pre-budget consultation meetings with his party members and top officials of the Finnace Dept. Jan 19 onwards at Shakti Bhawan.

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BANGALRE: The BJP, in its bid to win over the electorate in poll-bound Karnataka, wanted to solve the Mahadayi river water sharing row between Karnataka and Goa. Expecting the party high command to intervene and the BJP led govt. in Goa to co-operate, BJP leaders in Karnataka saw an opportunity to crack a water sharing deal with Goa, or at least get some water released by the Goa govt. for drinking purpose.

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BANGALORE: With elections due in the state soon, the ruling Congress govt. in Karnataka is about to introduce free distribution of clothes to the section of people who are Below Poverty Line (BPL), polyester sarees and poly cotton blouse pieces for women and poly cotton lungies or panche and poly viscose shirts to men. Called Indira Vastra Bhagya, the scheme will be rolled out in a week, subject to approval of State Cabinet, and the clothes will be distributed through fair-price shops.

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BANGALORE: Whether it is Yogi Adityanath or Amit shah of BJP, or Siddaramaiah or Rahul Gandhi of Congress, all are relentlessly firing one salvo after another in a bid to woo voters in Karnataka. Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh, and star campaigner of BJP, called Karnataka the birthplace of Hanuman when he was addressing a packed rally a few days ago, and his statement was greeted with a thunderous applause.

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CHENNAI: Multi-faceted personality Gnani Sankaran, who made his mark as a dramatist, writer, journalist and political analyst died in the wee hours of Monday at his residence in Chennai. He was 64. Sankaran was suffering from kidney ailment for last two years. He was undergoing regular dialysis for kidney ailments. He was away from his active social life for several months.

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CHENNAI: Transport workers in Tamil Nadu withdrew their eight day long strike over wage related issues. The bus services returned to normal today after eight- days.In a huge relief to the public, especially ahead of the harvest festival "Pongal" falling on January 14, buses were seen plying normally on roads since this morning.The government has declared a holiday today for schools and colleges in view of Pongal, resulting in five-day holidays for students.

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CHENNAI: The protest by transport workers of Tamil Nadu, which entered eighth day today, has put a question mark over the travel plans of Tamilians moving to their hometowns to celebrate the harvest festival of 'Pongal' on January 14. People were unable to book tickets as booking counters remained closed at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus here for the third day.

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Kamal declared it in last November. Rajani waited for the papers to make headlines in the New Year. When there are indications that Kamal favours the left, Rajani, with his lotus flex behind his lectern on December 31st, assumably has the blessings of the saffron party. The former had earlier tried the waters of politics by supporting MGR and Karunanidhi in the 1980s while wrangled with Jayalaithaa.

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CHENNAI : In a decision that could redraw Tamil Nadu's political landscape, superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday accused political parties of "looting" the people and vowed to form a new outfit to pursue "spiritual politics" and contest the next Assembly election.

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CHENNAI : Fresh from his victory in the R.K. Nagar bye-election, T.T.V. Dinakaran on Friday claimed that the fate of the AIADMK government will be sealed in the budget session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly in February-March in the coming year. Dinakaran, who fought as an Independent and secured a huge victory in the constituency that was held by the late Jayalalithaa, took oath as member of the Assembly before Speaker P. Dhanapal.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Andhra Pradesh has sought the cooperation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in areas of agriculture, nutrition, health and sanitation.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made the request during a meeting with Microsoft founder and Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates.

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VIJAYAWADA : At least fourteen tourists, including six women and two children, were killed and nine others missing as a boat capsized in Krishna river near this city in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said. The incident occurred at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat. There were 38 tourists on boat belonging to a private operator and coming to Pavitra Sangam at Ibrahimpatnam from Bhavani Island. Overload is suspected to be the cause of the accident.

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VIJAYAWADA : At least 16 tourists, including nine women and two children, were killed and eight others went missing as a boat capsized in the Krishna river near here, in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said. The boat overturned at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat around 5.20 p.m. There were 41 tourists on board belonging to a private operator and returning from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangam, or holy confluence of Krishna and Godavari rivers.

Locals and rescue workers rescued 15 people. Krishna District Collector B. Lakshmikantham said nine persons were admitted to hospitals. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical.

Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa, who rushed to the site, said 16 bodies had been recovered while the search was on for the missing.

The National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operation, which was hampered due to the darkness after sunset.

The tourists, most of them hailing from Ongole town in Prakasam district of the state, were returning to Pavitra Sangam for performing some religious rituals at the end of their day-long trip to Bhavani Island.

Chinnarajappa said 32 members of the Ongole Walkers' Club were among those on board. He announced Rs 8 lakh compensation each to the families of the deceased.

Overload is believed to be the cause of the accident, he said, adding that the private company also did not have permission to operate the boat.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.

The District Collector said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was booked against the company operating the boat.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has expressed shock over the accident and ordered a probe by a senior police officer.

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HYDERABAD : The Indian School of Business (ISB) and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation have collaborated to launch the Clean Energy Lab, an incubation programme to support early stage non-profits working on creating policy impacts in clean energy. Supported by DLabs, the incubation and acceleration arm of ISB, the Clean Energy Lab invites entries from non-profits, working in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and energy efficiency.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : A major Fintech company will set up its operations in this coastal city of Andhra Pradesh, creating 5,000 high-end jobs, state Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of blockchain business conference, he said the name of the company and other details will be announced after the state cabinet approves the proposal later.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Visa, the global leader in digital payments technology, and the Andhra Pradesh government Monday announced that their initiative to make Visakhapatnam a less-cash city will soon touch 90 percent of the coastal city's two million population. After successful completion of the pilots in few departments, they are looking to extend the digital payment to almost all citizen services.

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HYDERABAD: Telangana's Commerce Minister K.T. Rama Rao has received an invitation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Switzerland next month -- an invite generally restricted to Central Ministers or Chief Ministers, said a government statement on Wednesday. The Information Technology, Industries and Commerce Minister has been invited to the prestigious meet in recognition of his active role in making

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HYDERABAD : Telangana has bagged the best performing large state award in economy category as well as the cleanliness and environment category at the annual 'India Today' State of the States rankings this year.

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HYDERABAD : The world's leading taxi aggregator Uber has opened a new engineering facility in Hyderabad, its second in India. The company has hired over 40 engineers to build what it calls world-class business intelligence platforms and real time streaming for Uber globally. Spread over 18,000 square feet, the facility has come up in Kondapur in HiTec City, the IT hub here.

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HYDERABAD : Telangana is on its way to becoming a power surplus state with the construction of new plants to generate additional 13,752 megawatts, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said on Wednesday. The government has fixed a target of increasing the installed generation capacity to 28,000 MW with an investment of Rs 94,000 crore.

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HYDERABAD : A legislator of BJP from Hyderabad has threatened to burn down theatres in Telangana if they screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmavati", which is slated for release next month. T. Raja Singh, a member of Telangana assembly, called upon people to boycott the movie, saying as an attempt is being made to denigrate Rajput community.

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HYDERABAD : In a move to make Hyderabad a key destination of animation, gaming and visual effects industry, the Telangana government has embarked on developing an exclusive IMAGE tower "as a one stop shop" for the sector at an investment of Rs 946 crore. The IMAGE Tower is being built by the state with the help of real estate developer Salarpuria Sattva in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

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