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KANNUR: The brutal murder of two persons - one a CPM worker and the other an RSS activist - within a span of one hour at Mahe, a small town under the Puducherry union territory, has created ripples in the adjacent politically sensitive Kannur district in Kerala.

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KANNUR : A CPI-M worker was on late Monday slashed to death by RSS activists at Palloor near here the Left party alleged. An RSS worker was soon attacked in retaliation and has succumbed to her injuries officials said.

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KOCHI: Kerala NRI Commission has offered help to Nimisha Priya, a nurse from Kollenkode in Palakkad district, who has been sentenced to death in Yemen for chopping her business partner to pieces.

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KOCHI: Three more people have come forward with complaints of cheating against P Satheeshan, brother of former Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kannur district secretary P Sasi, following his arrest in a job fraud case.

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KOCHI: The actual culprits in the Varappuzha violence case culminating in the custodial death of Srjeeith have surrendered in the court on Saturday.

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KOLLAM: The cashew industry in Kerala has lately been facing a crisis, as over 90 percent of the factories have shut down, leaving lakhs of workers unemployed. Kerala's Kollam district, which is known as the headquarter of cashew processing and exporting, housed more than 700 factories, which has now reduced to only 10.

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KOCHI: The Kerala high court on Friday refused to grant stay to the notification issued by the Labour Commissioner revising the minimum wage of nurses working in private hospitals in the state to Rs. 20, 000 a month.

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MALAPPURAM: Two RSS activists were arrested in connection with the alleged attack on a photojournalist of a Malayalam daily at the Malappuram Press Club here, police said today. The two-Dilip Kumar (31) and Shibu (30) are RSS workers and were arrested last night, police said.

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TRIVANDRUM: Kerala police on Thursday arrested two persons in connection with the murder of Latavin tourist Liga Skromane in the state capital of Trivandrum last month. The arrest of the two identified as Umesh and Udayan was recorded by the special investigation team (SIT) led by Inspector General Manoj Abraham following eight rounds of questioning.

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THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The Kerala government today decided to give a financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to the family of a 26-year-old youth whose alleged custodial death last month had triggered widespread protest against the state police. A decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan here.

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KOCHI: Kerala’s Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has banned a much-dreaded practice of extorting money by headload workers without doing any work.

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KOCHI: The investigation into the Varappuzha custodial death case has taken a new turn with the special investigating team arresting North Paravur circle inspector Crispin Sam. His arrest was recorded after he was questioned by the SIT chief Sreejith at Aluva Police club. He has been accused of fabricating evidence to save his colleagues involved in the torture of Sreejith and detaining him illegally.

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THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The mystery over the death of Latvian woman Liga Skromene is likely to be cleared soon with the Kerala police finding increasing evidence to suspect fouls play in her death.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Nurses in Kerala are gearing up for another round of agitation with the Kerala Private Hospital Management Association (KPHMA) refusing to accept the minimum wages declared by the state government.

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PALAKKAD: A group of unidentified men pelted stones at artist Durga Malathi's house in Kerala's Palakkad district last night for her painting against Kathua rape case. A vehicle parked in front of her house was also damaged in the attack.

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KOCHI: Senior Congress leader and MP, K V Thomas has put his party in an embarrassing position by lavishing praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The praise that came at a time when his reinvigorated party president Rahul Gandhi is taking on the saffron party leader has raised eye brows in the Congress circles.

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KOCHI : Vishnu Nandakumar from Kerala was dismissed from his position of Assistant Manager at Kotak Mahindra after he posted derogatory comments in Facebook about Kathua gang rape victim.

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KOCHI: A fresh allegation that the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) had tried to shield the police officials involved in the custodial death of Sreejtih has given a new twist to the sensational case that has shocked Kerala.

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KOCHI : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had pointed out lack of serious criticism towards the police in the last session of the Legislative Assembly as a definite sign of improvement in the functioning of the law and order machinery.

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KANNUR : The CPI-M on Wednesday sought out to reach out to a section of its party members in Kannur who were booted out after protesting for changing the alignment of a national highway by-pass passing through the district, saying they were free to return.

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KOCHI : In a setback for the Kerala government, the High Court on Wednesday cancelled an order that had enabled it take over 38,000 acres of land belonging to a plantation major in the state.

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KOCHI: Faced with criticism from dalit leaders over its confrontational approach to the hartal (shutdown strike) they called to protest the “dilution” of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the police action against protestors during the bharath bandh in north India, Kerala’s ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) organized a Raj Bhavan march for the same cause on April 10.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday demanded the reframing of the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which, he said, was necessary to save the federal structure of the Indian Union.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The prime accused in the murder of a former radio jockey was arrested on Tuesday at the Trivandrum International Airport here, police said
Alibhai, a resident in Alappuzha district, was arrested upon his arrival from Qatar earlier in the day.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac has persuaded other southern states to join hands against the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission (FC) that are seen as hampering the prospects of states that have kept a check on population growth.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid the ongoing furor over the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Dalit organisations here staged a protest on Monday morning.

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Dalit woman autorickshaw driver Chithralekha, who was hounded by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers, was preparing for a new life by constructing a house at five cents of land allotted to her by the previous Congress-led United Democratic Front government 40 kms away from her native place in Kannur district in Kerala.

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KOCHI: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam has returned the controversial Kerala Professional Colleges Bill confounding the embarrassment caused to the Left Front government by the Supreme Court order staying the ordinance preceding the bill and cancelling admission of 180 MBBS students in two medical colleges in the state. 

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MALAPPURAM : Protesters on Friday clashed with police here over land acquisition for a national highway development project, leaving several women and children injured.
Fearing their land and houses would be taken away, the demonstrators fought with the police as a land survey work was going on.

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KOCHI: In a huge setback to Kerala’s Left Democratic Front (LDF) government as well as the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF), the Supreme Court has ordered expulsion of 180 students from Kannur and Karuna medical colleges that the two sought to protect through law.

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KOCHI: Yoga may disappear from a large number of Christian institutions in Kerala when Yoga professionals from across the world come to the state in June this year to gain a fist hand experience of its birth place with a prominent Catholic Church declaring the ancient Indian science of exercise and healing as a religious practice incompatible with Catholic faith.

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KOCHI : Malayalam film star Ajith, known for portraying negative roles, died on Thursday at a private hospital here, family sources said. Ajith, 56, was admitted to the hospital 10 days ago following health issues.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The Congress-led opposition on Wednesday walked out of the Assembly, accusing the Kerala government of work with the Centre to "fleece" people through increased fuel prices even when international prices were at a low.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced a vigilance probe into a land deal involving the CPI's Wayanad district unit after a TV channel sting purportedly showed the CPI hand in glove with the land mafia.

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KOCHI: “Anybody can pluck jackfruit from this tree”; this was a board that could be seen in several homesteads across Kerala until recently. Not anymore. Traders are now going from house to house looking for the poor man’s fruit.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : A young former radio jockey was on Tuesday murdered in his studio in an attack that also left a friend wounded, police said.

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