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Five states reported spike in COVID-19 cases during festival season, says health ministry
India

Five states reported spike in COVID-19 cases during festival season, says health ministry

In the last 24 hours, 58 percent of the fresh COVID-19 deaths in the country were reported from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka

After Kerala onion prices shoot up, state government to sell them at Rs 50 per kg
India

After Kerala onion prices shoot up, state government to sell them at Rs 50 per kg

The decision was taken in a review meeting on Thursday, even as the prices of onions and shallots (small onions) have risen to Rs 90 and Rs 120 respectively in the last week

Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve
India

Delaying COVID-19 peak was important, says govt-appointed panel chief Prof M Vidyasagar as India bends curve

Staying the course would lead to a steady reduction in cases, while any departure in terms of slackening safety protocols would disturb this trend, the professor who chaired a panel of experts that worked on India’s COVID-19 “supermodel”, warns

Rahul Gandhi attends COVID-19 review meeting in Kerala's Malappuram on visit to Wayanad LS constituency
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Rahul Gandhi attends COVID-19 review meeting in Kerala's Malappuram on visit to Wayanad LS constituency

In the past three days, Malappuram recorded the highest number of cases in the state — 1,399 on Sunday, 1,519 on Saturday and 1,025 cases on Friday

Kerala HC dismisses state government's plea challenging lease of Thiruvananthapuram airport
India

Kerala HC dismisses state government's plea challenging lease of Thiruvananthapuram airport

The state government had approached the court after an all-party-meeting in Kerala demanded withdrawal of the Union Cabinet's decision

'Rising trend of powerful men seeking gag orders': Read NWMI's statement on muzzling of media in cases of sexual assault, harassment
India

'Rising trend of powerful men seeking gag orders': Read NWMI's statement on muzzling of media in cases of sexual assault, harassment

In the context of rape in particular, the trend of the accused seeking to prevent the media from covering trials presents a unique challenge for media reportage.

NIA court grants bail to 10 in Kerala gold smuggling case, dismisses pleas of three key accused
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NIA court grants bail to 10 in Kerala gold smuggling case, dismisses pleas of three key accused

The court ordered the ten accused to execute of a bond of 10 lakh each, surrender their passports, to not leave the state without permission and not make any attempt to contact prosecution witnesses

Kerala gold smuggling case: Accused suspected to have links with Dawood Ibrahim’s gang, NIA tells court
India

Kerala gold smuggling case: Accused suspected to have links with Dawood Ibrahim’s gang, NIA tells court

Intelligence inputs suggest that proceeds from the gold smuggling were used for anti-national and terror activities, said the Central agency

Malayalam poet Akkitham, a recipient of the Jnanpith Award, passes away at 94
Arts & Culture

Malayalam poet Akkitham, a recipient of the Jnanpith Award, passes away at 94

The Padma Shri awardee, Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri was regarded as a prominent figure in modern Malayalam poetry and produced 43 works of literature during his lifetime.

31 dead in rain-related incidents in Telangana, Andhra, Maharashtra; heavy damage in Karnataka
India

31 dead in rain-related incidents in Telangana, Andhra, Maharashtra; heavy damage in Karnataka

While 15 people died in Hyderabad following incessant rainfall, 10 people were killed in rain-related incidents across Andhra Pradesh in the last 48 hours. In Maharashtra, six people died in a wall collapse triggered by heavy rains

Parvathy Thiruvothu quits AMMA over general secretary's 'can't bring back the dead' remark against ex-member
Entertainment

Parvathy Thiruvothu quits AMMA over general secretary's 'can't bring back the dead' remark against ex-member

Parvathy Thiruvothu has also "strongly demanded" the resignation of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) general secretary Edavela Babu.

Pinarayi Vijayan says arrest of tribal rights activist Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon case is 'unfortunate'
India

Pinarayi Vijayan says arrest of tribal rights activist Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon case is 'unfortunate'

Vijayan claimed the arrest of Swamy, who has been supporting the tribal agitations for land and forest rights, was a "move to muzzle dissenting voices"

Kerala says low COVID-19 mortality is 'silver lining' as daily cases cross 10k; India's tally nears 70 lakh
India

Kerala says low COVID-19 mortality is 'silver lining' as daily cases cross 10k; India's tally nears 70 lakh

Doctors in West Bengl say people's "careless attitude" in wearing masks and following health safety norms in public places is leading to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in West Bengal

Centre launches mass COVID-19 awareness drive; India's tally crosses 68 lakh, Delhi surpasses 3 lakh cases
India

Centre launches mass COVID-19 awareness drive; India's tally crosses 68 lakh, Delhi surpasses 3 lakh cases

The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients also climbed to 85.25 percent as 58,27,704 persons have recuperated from the infection so far, the Union health ministry said.

In Unni R's latest work, a witch hunt for an invisible rooster exposes the foibles of a privileged, fanatical society
Arts & Culture

In Unni R's latest work, a witch hunt for an invisible rooster exposes the foibles of a privileged, fanatical society

Known for his short stories and screenplays, The Cock is the Culprit is Unni's first novel, which brilliantly exposes the patriarchy, politics, privilege and bigotry prevalent in Kerala society.

Hathras gangrape: SC seeks govt reply over witness protection; ex-BJP MLA booked over 'justice for accused' meet
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Hathras gangrape: SC seeks govt reply over witness protection; ex-BJP MLA booked over 'justice for accused' meet

Accusing the Yogi Adityanath government of trying to cover-up the crime with its affidavit in the SC, the Congress said the annexures in the affidavit were copied from the 'Black Lives movement in US'

An English translation of Nashtanayika narrates the poignant story of PK Rosy, the first heroine of Malayalam cinema
Arts & Culture

An English translation of Nashtanayika narrates the poignant story of PK Rosy, the first heroine of Malayalam cinema

In Vigathakumaran, Daniel essays the role of the hero, Jayachandran, but the star of the film is Rosy – a poor girl living in a thatched hut with her Amma, Appan and siblings – who portrays, Sarojini, a lady belonging to a Nair tharavad.

Kerala imposes Section 144 for a month due to COVID-19 surge, says gatherings pose threat of 'super spread'
India

Kerala imposes Section 144 for a month due to COVID-19 surge, says gatherings pose threat of 'super spread'

The state govt said restrictions will be imposed in containment zones and in areas where spread of infection is apprehended, however, the existing relaxations for events will continue

Bypolls to one Lok Sabha seat and 56 Assembly seats to be held on 3 and 7 Nov, announces EC
Politics

Bypolls to one Lok Sabha seat and 56 Assembly seats to be held on 3 and 7 Nov, announces EC

The Election Commission, however, also said that "at this stage" Assembly bypolls in seven seats across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and West Bengal will not be held

NIA court gives life sentence to Kerala man for joining Islamic State, imposes fine of Rs 2.10 lakh
India

NIA court gives life sentence to Kerala man for joining Islamic State, imposes fine of Rs 2.10 lakh

The court charged Subahani Haja Moideen, who hails from Idukki, for criminal conspiracy and under Sections 20, 38, and 39 of UAPA