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         Chemmanam Chacko passes away    
KOCHI: Poet Chemmanam Chacko, 92, breathed his last at his residence at Padamugal, near Kakkanad, here around 11.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

         Mullaperiyar dam to be opened at 1:45 am, Minister Mani seeks to allay fears    
THODUPUZHA: Minister M M Mani has informed that since the inflow into catchment areas have increased, Mullaperiyar dam shutters would be opened at 1:45 am on Wednesday, Electricity Minister M M Mani has informed.

         Amala Paul injured during shooting    
KOCHI: Actress Amala Paul got injured on Tuesday in between the shooting of her Tamil film Atho Antha Paravai Pola. It happened during the shoot of a stunt scene. Having injured her arm, she is under treatment in a private hospital in Kochi.

         Rain fury: Red Alert in seven districts    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As rain and deluge continue in the State, Red Alert has been declared in seven districts till Thursday. They are Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargode, Idukki, Malappuram, Palakkad and Kozhikode. The Met department has forecast that heavy rains will continue across the State till Saturday.

         Freedom for Moist girl after three years’ trial    
KANNUR: CPM Moist- Leninist leader Shaina was released from jail on Tuesday after three years’ protracted trial. Shaina walked out free after she got bail in 17 cases against her. But, Shaina’s husband Rupesh is still lodged in Coimbatore Central jail.

         All five shutters of Cheruthoni dam opened    
IDUKKI: All five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir were opened on Tuesday evening as rains again intensified in the catchment area. Two shutters of the Cheruthoni dam were closed Monday evening as water receded. Idukki dam, the biggest arch dam in Asia and with a maximum capacity of 2,403ft, was opened after gap of 26 years last week.

         Will see if there is flaw in the opening of Banasura dam shutters, says Minister Mani    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Electricity Minister M M Mani has said that if there had been any flaw from KSEB officials in the opening of the shutters of Banasura dam in Wayanad, it will be examined. There will not be a blame game over this. Mani said this at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

         'Centre released Rs 320 cr to Kerala as disaster relief fund in 2018-19'    
Over Rs 320 crore has been released by the Centre to the Kerala government as calamity relief fund during 2018-19, the home ministry said Monday night. The allocation of the state disaster relief fund (SDRF) for 2018-19 was Rs 214 crore, of which the central government’s share was Rs 160.50 crore and the state government’s share was Rs 53.50 crore.

         Actress Manju Warrier made literary mission goodwill ambassador    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actress Manju Warrier has been made the goodwill ambassador of literary mission, which sheds the light of letters to those who have not been able to attain education. Manju will be taking up the job as a social service, without taking any payment.

         Auto-Taxi fare to increase    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has decided to increase the fares of auto-rickshaw and taxi in the State. Transport Minister A K Saseendran said on Tuesday that that a final decision on this would take place within two months. The minister was speaking to media persons after a discussion with labour organisations in Thiruvananthapuram.

         Bishop’s arrest: We can’t jump the guns, says DGP    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the case filed by a nun against Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, arrest cannot be made in a haste, DGP Loknath Behera has said. “We can’t overstep procedural formalities and protocols. That is why we are delaying the arrest. Or else, the police will be answerable to the court,” the DGP said.

         Rains again in several places; Munnar remains isolated    
KOZHIKODE: As northern regions of Kerala continue to reel under heavy rains, incidents of landslides were reported from several places. The low pressure area formed off Odisha coast is said to be the reason for sudden spurt in rain again. Heavy rains are likely to continue till Saturday, the Met department has informed. Fishermen have been asked to be alert as there are chances for heavy rains, interspersed with heavy winds.

         Ship that collided with boat in Kochi was ‘M V Desh Shakti’    
KOCHI: It has been confirmed that the ship collided with the boat carrying fishermen in Munambam is M V Desh Shakti. The ship was travelling from Chennai to Basra in Iraq. Three fishermen were killed in the accident. The fishermen were natives of Kulachal in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The ship did not stop after colliding with the boat. Captain of the ship and one staff member have been held by the police. This is following the action by Marine Mercantile officials.

         Deluge: Ravi Pillai donates Rs 5 crore to CM's relief fund    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Prominent businessman and R P Group owner Ravi Pilla donated Rs Five crore to chief minister’s relief fund, which will be used for helping the people affected by rains and floods.

         BJP executive members within two weeks    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said that the state executive members of BJP will be declared within two weeks. Declaring executives is a president’s prerogative. BJP is a presidential party. There are no laws that executive members appointed by a previous president should be kept for a period of lifetime. P P Mukundan is still a member of the party. However, no responsibility can be given to him without discussing it in a state level. Meantime, Pillai also sai

         Flight lands a few distance off runway in Neumbassery airport    
KOCHI: A flight on Tuesday landed a few distance off the runway, triggering panic. Following this a few lights on the runway got damaged. There is no casualty or other damages caused in the incident, which happened at 4.25 in the morning.

         Rain calamities: Centre should send team again, says CM    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has demanded in the press meet that the state has faced unprecedented damages in rains and therefore the centre should send a team again for evaluating the rain calamities. A loss of Rs 8316 crore has occurred in the state. An amount of Rs 1220 crore has been sought for immediate assistance. CM said that the centre has allotted Rs 100 crore after the cabinet meeting. Losses can be estimated precisely only after water level has decreased. T

         Mohanlal donates Rs 25 lakh to disaster relief    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Actor Mohanlal has donated Rs 25 lakh to the chief minister’s disaster relief fund for helping those affected by the monsoon calamities in Kerala. Mohanlal handed over the cheque to the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan directly during CM’s press meet in secretariat. MCR group of has also donated new dress worth 22 lakh for the disaster-hit people. Mohanlal is the brand ambassador of MCR group. Mammootty had also handed over a cheque worth Rs 25 lakh to the chief minist

         Onam celebrations cancelled    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The cabinet has decided to cancel Onam celebration organized by the government in several districts including in the capital city. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that the decision to cancel the celebrations was taken since people of the state are affected by monsoon calamities. The leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala and UDF had demanded to cancel the Onam celebrations. The cost of these festivals will be spent for disaster relief. The tourism department

         Actress assault case: Dileep’s plea rejected    
Kochi: The Kerala High Court has rejected the plea of Dileep requesting to hand over the actress assault. Dileep had moved the High Court challenging lower court verdict that the visual cannot be handed over. The court rejected the plea considering the prosecution’s argument that Dileep, accused in the actress assault case may misuse the visuals if they are handed over to him.

         Water-level rises in Mullapperiyar, orange alert issued    
KOTTAYAM: The level of water in Mullapperiyar dam has increased to 136 feet following heavy rains. The maximum capacity of the dam is 142 feet. The district authority has issued orange alert since the rise of water level. The warning was issued by Theni collector. Shutter of Mattuppetty dam have also been opened on Monday since water level has reached the maximum capacity. The decision to open a shutter was taken after the level of water increased to 1599 feet. Maximum capacity of the dam is 1

         E P Jayarajan sworn-in as industries minister    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: E P Jayarajan has sworn in as minister again. Justice P Sadashivam administered the oath of office at a function held in Raj Bhavan. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, ministers and CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan attended the function. The opposition boycotted the function. Jayarajan received the industries, commerce, youth affairs and sports departments which were handled by him previously. The number of members in cabinet has increased to 20 now. Number of CPM mini

         Shutter of Mattuppetty dam opened    
KUMALI: A shutter of the Mattuppetty dam has been opened since the flow of water has increased following heavy rains. Water-level of the dam is at present 1599.20 metre. The maximum capacity of the dam is 1599.59 metre. 12.50 cubic feet water is flowing out through the shutter that has been opened 30 cm. District collector has issued a warning that people residing in Munnar, Muthirappuzha, Kallarkatty and Lower Periyaar regions should be vigilant.

         Bishop denies allegations, no arrest immediately    
JALANDHAR: Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulackal has denied the sexual abuse allegations raised by the nun against him. He was interrogated by the investigating team led by Vaikom DySP Subhash K from 8 pm on Monday till 5 am on Tuesday. The bishop said that he was noy the convent in Kuruvilangad, Kottayam on the day of the incident. He has also informed the investigating team that he is ready to face any probe or scientific tests. Meantime the investigating team hinted that bishop won’t be arre

         Two shutters of Cheruthoni dam closed    
THODUPUZHA: After days of anxiety and alarm, two shutters of Cheruthoni dams were closed as water level in Idukki dam receded. Shutters one and five were closed. The rest three shutters will be closed if water-level decreases further. Now, their outflow has been reduced.

         UDF MLAs, MPs to donate Rs 10,000 to relief fund    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has said that UDF MLAs and MPs will donate Rs 10,000 each to the chief minister's relief fund.

         Rain fury: Schools to reamin closed in several areas    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As rain continues in many areas, district collectors have declared holiday for educational institutions in Wayanad and Palakkad on Tuesday. Even Anganwadies will have holiday on Tuesday.

         Allu Arjun donates Rs 25 lakh to flood-ravaged Kerala    
Telugu actor Allu Arjun, who is well-known for his philanthropy, has now announced a contribution of Rs 25 lakhs to the CM's flood relief fund in Kerala.

         Journalists assaulted at Jalandhar Bishop's house    
New Delhi: Several mediapersons from Kerala were allegedly assaultedby a group of private security guards at the Bishop House in Jalandhar in Punjab on Monday.

         Uday Kumar custodial death: HC stays penalty imposed on three convicts    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala high court has stayed the execution of penalty imposed on three police officers who along with other officers had been convicted of torturing Udayakumar in custody, leading to his death.

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