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Palakkad: A three-member family was found dead in their house at Kottayi in Palakkad on Tuesday morning.

The dead has been identified as Naniyamma of Kottai and her children Pramod and Vinod.

It is learnt that the family committed suicide following threats from the blade mafia.

The police have begun a probe into the incident.


Kochi: Kochi: Kerala Government on Tuesday informed the High Court that it was its 'avowed' policy to reduce liquor consumption in the state stage by stage and to achieve the goal of total Prohibition within a 10 year span.

The submission in this regard was made in a counter affidavit filed on the direction of the Supreme Court on a batch of appeals filed by 312 bar owners, challenging the government decision to close down over 300 bar hotels.

Government had also declined to renew licenses of 418 sub standard bars.


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Kannur: A CPI(M) functionary has been arrested in connection with the murder of RSS district leader Manoj at Kathiroor in Kannur.

The arrested has been identified as Prakasan, president of Padyam Ayurveda Society.

He will be produced before the court tomorrow, sources said.

K. Vikraman, prime suspect in the case of murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary E. Manoj, had surrendered before the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court here on Thursday.


New Delhi: The Centre has sanctioned Rs 2700 crore financial aid for the renovation of Kochi Shipyard and for developing infrastructure to transport Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said the fund allotted was part of ‘Make In India’ scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence day address.

Three ships will be constructed to transport LNG and Rs 4500 crore has been earmarked for the purpose. The Centre has also sanctioned Water bus service in Kochi-Andaman route.


Thiruvananthapuram: Foreign tourists do not visit Kerala to only consume liquor, state Congress president V M Sudheeran said Monday, hitting back at those who have said that the tourism industry would be the worst affected by the new liquor policy that aims at total prohibition in a decade.


Thiruvananthapuram: The State has received nine per cent excess rainfall till September 10, contrary to some earlier weather reports that predicted deficit during this South West monsoon season.

South West Monsoon, which marked its entry into the sub-continent in a sluggish manner on June 6, gained momentum in the last one month resulting in copious rains across the state.


Deceased K T Manoj was one of the people accused of making an unsuccessful bid on the life of Kannur CPI-M district secretary P. Jayarajan in 1999.

New Delhi: CPI-M central leadership has reportedly decided to not oppose a CBI probe into the murder of RSS activist K T Manoj, allegedly by CPI-M activists, in Kannur on September 1.

The party leadership had earlier stated that it had no role in the murder. Hence, it feels opposing investigation by any particular agency will cause confusion about its approach.

The decision is, however, yet to be announced officially.

Earlier, the Kerala government had issued a notification referring the murder to the CBI.


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government has not decided to impose ban on new recruitments in government services and only a recommendation to temporarily stop creating new posts was under the consideration of the government, Finance Minister K M Mani said Sunday.

Apparently referring to criticism that government move was due to financial crisis in the wake of new liquor policy, Mani said the recommendation has nothing to do with the new policy.


Kottayam: Senior journalist G Venugopal died of heart attack today at a private hospital here, family sources said.

He was 59.

He was the former News Editor of Mangalm Malayalam daily.

He also served as the secretary of Kerala Union of Working Journalsits and President of Kottayam Press Club.

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala condoled the death of Venugopal.



Thiruvananthapuram: The last batch of Keralites stranded in Jammu and Kashmir due to flood were safely evacuated to Delhi, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here.

Chennithala who coordinated the resuce work of Keralities stranded in Jammu and Kashmir by staying in New Delhi, said the eight-member pilgrimage group, trapped in Birju Hotel, were safely taken to New Delhi Sunday.