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  • Bishop’s bail plea rejected

    Kottayam : Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been arrested for raping a nun, was on Saturday refused bail by a Kerala court and sent to two-day’s police custody.

  • Kerala Floods: Over 2,000 persons still in relief camps

    Thiruvananthapuram: Even a month after Kerala witnessed an unprecedented deluge, said to be the worst in the last 100 years, at least 2,500 persons are still in relief camps in the state. Presently, there are 80 relief camps in the state, in which 787 families, comprising 2,457 people, have taken shelter. Thrissur district has the maximum camps at 45 with 1,348 people, followed by Idukki with 332 in nine camps. Alapzuha district, among the worst

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    Kerala Nun Rape Case: Victim’s family was offered money to back off, says nun’s lawyer

    Kochi: The family of the nun from Kerala, who has accused Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakka, of allegedly raping her on several occasions between 2014 and 2016, was threatened and offered money to take the case back, said the nun’s counsel Sandhya Raju in the Kerala High Court on Thursday. “Money was offered to the members of the family and they are also being threatened by the accused side,” Raju said before the High

  • Kerala: Body of a 54-year-old nun was found inside the well of the convent

    Kollam: The body of a 54-year-old nun was found inside the well of the Mount Tabor convent at Pathanapuram in the district, police said. Sister Susan was a teacher at a school attached to the convent. Blood stains were found from inside her room and near the well from where the body was found this morning, police said.

  • Kerala: Woman youth leader alleges sexual abuse by CPI-M MLA P.K. Sasi

    Thiruvananthapuram: A CPI-M woman youth leader has accused a party MLA in Kerala of sexual abuse. The Communist Party of India-Marxist said it is looking into the allegation. The woman complained to the party’s Central Committee against Shornur legislator P.K. Sasi, after her complaint to the state leadership was not taken up with seriousness. Party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday directed the state unit to look into the matter. Yechury told the media in

  • Kerala requires Rs 30,000 crore for rebuilding, says Finance Minister Thomas Isaac

    Alappuzha (Kerala): Flood -battered Kerala needs Rs 30,000 crore to rebuild, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said on Monday. “We require Rs 20,000 for capital expenditure and Rs 10,000 for revenue expenditure,” Isaac told IANS, adding it would be raised through various means, including cash and kind.

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    Woman dies of rat fever in flood-hit Kerala, death toll reaches to 15

    Thiruvananthapuram: A woman on Sunday became the latest victim of leptospirosis in the flood-battered Kerala, taking the death toll due to the rat fever outbreak to 15 even as Health Minister K.K. Shailaja assured that there was no need to panic. In the past two days, eight people have died due to the disease that transmits from animals to humans. The risk of contaminating the disease is high during flooding.

  • Kerala Flood: High level Kerala delegation to source relief funds from diaspora

    Thiruvananthapuram: A high-level delegation led by a Kerala minister will travel to various Middle East countries and other nations to source funds for rebuilding the state in the wake of this month’s devastating floods that have claimed 483 lives, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday. The delegation will travel to the Middle East, the US, Australia, Germany, Canada, and along with the support of various Malyali organisation in these countries will seek

  • Kerala floods: Insurance claims may total Rs 4,500 crore, says Chairman of GIPSA

    Thiruvananthapuram: The four public sector insurance companies anticipate claims of Rs 4,500 crore on account of the floods that ravaged Kerala, a senior official said on Thursday. Addressing the media, A.V. Girija Kumar, Chairman of GIPSA, the coordinating body of all state-run General Insurance Companies and the CMD of Oriental Insurance Co Ltd, said this estimate was based on the strength of claims made till Wednesday. “On account of the floods and damages in

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    Kerala Floods: Centre to consider Kerala demand to enhance borrowing limit

    Thiruvananthapuram: With flood-ravaged Kerala now focusing on rebuilding, the Centre on Wednesday said it would favourably consider the state’s demand to enhance the borrowing limit. As part of efforts for resource mobilisation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held discussions with World Bank officials and said their help was necessary to rebuild the state.

  • Some relief for flood-hit Kerala, as IT-Dept extends deadline for filing income tax return to Sept 15

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday extended the deadline for filing of income tax returns for taxpayers in Kerala from August 31 to September 15. “In view of the disruption caused due to severe floods in Kerala, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) hereby further extends the ‘Due Date’ for furnishing Income Tax Returns from August 31 to September 15 for all income tax assessees in Kerala,” the Finance Ministry said

  • Donate to Kerala,  will spare you arrest: High Court

    RANCHI: The Jharkhand High Court has approved the anticipatory bail petitions of three persons on the condition that they deposit money in the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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    Kerala floods: Rahul Gandhi lauds fishermen for assisting in rescue ops

    Chengannur (Kerala): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday reached the flood-ravaged state of Kerala and lauded fishermen for assisting in rescue operations. He met the flood victims at a relief camp in Chengannur district.

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    Kerala Deluge Aftermath: Kerala House sends 64 trucks of relief package

    Mumbai: People in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have been generously sending relief material to the ones affected by Kerala flood. This is proved by the fact that Kerala House, Vashi, so far has send around 64 trucks to the flood-affected state. Kerala House, which comes directly under the supervision of Kerala tourism department, has become a collection centre.  “We have had around 1,200 associations and individuals’ who have come forward with relief