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Palakkad: The Crime Branch team has found the children from Malda in West Bengal were brought to an orphanage at Vettathur in Malappuram with proper documents.

Sources said the team confirmed this after conducting a probe in Malda district in West Bengal. The probe was related to the issue of bringing children from West Bengal to the Malappuram Vettathur Anwarul Huda Orphanage.

It was also confirmed that the destitution certificate of the children were issued by the Revenue office in West Bengal.

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New Delhi: The 46 Indian nurses stranded in Iraq's Tikrit town that has been overrun by ISIS militants have been told to board a bus by unknown men and proceed to Mosul. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy confirmed to IANS the development. The Indian embassy in Baghdad has advised the nurses to “try and hold on till (Thursday) morning”.

The nurses have not left, an official source told IANS.

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Alappuzha: P.K. Chandranandan, senior communist leader and a veteran of the Punnapra-Vayalar uprising, passed away at a hospital at Punnapra here on Wednesday. He was 89 and had been suffering from age-related illness.

Mr. Chandranandan, popularly known as PKC, had served as district secretary of the CPI (M) Alappuzha. He had also represented the Ambalapuzha constituency in the State Assembly during 1980-82.

He is survived by wife Badramma, a son and two daughters.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Former union minister Shashi Tharoor Wednesday requested the authorities to conduct a "thorough investigation" into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar and to conclude the inquiry "rapidly and transparently".

Tharoor's statement came as the central government Wednesday sought a detailed report from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on the allegation by a forensic doctor that he was pressurised to manipulate the report of Pushkar's autopsy.

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Kochi: The UDF government has sought more time from the High Court for settling the issues regarding the liquor policy of the State.

In an affidavit filed in the High Court by the Secretary of the Tax Department on Wednesday, the government asked for a six week time to complete the procedure as “it did not get enough time to discuss the matter in the ongoing Assembly sessions.”

The case will be considered again next Monday.

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Wednesday expressed hope that the Mullaperiyar Dam supervisory committee will restore the dam's water storage level to 142 feet during the current monsoon period.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday, text of which was released to the media, Jayalaltihaa thanked Modi for constituting the supervisory committee to implement the order of the apex court for increasing the water storage level at Mullaperiyar Dam to 142 feet.

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Thiruvananthapuram: A vigilance report has found the Revenue Department at fault regarding the acquisition of the controversial government plot in Pattoor that had been in the headlines for a while.

The report, submitted to the government last month, says that the Revenue Department did not act against the construction works in the 17-cent revenue land by a Mumbai-based private builder.

The report has also called for legal action against the builder.

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Sruthymol V (second from left) with her husband and the anchors at Hit 96.7 FM

Dubai: A newly-wed Indian woman, who was visiting her husband in Dubai, has won a prime property in her home state in a competition run by a radio station, according to a media report.

Sruthymol V, 24, won the property three months after her marriage, when she flew into Dubai on a visit visa.

Sruthymol, who has graduated in computer science and engineering, was selected as the winner of 2,500 sqft of prime property in her home state Kerala in a competition run by Malayalam radio station Hit 96.7 FM, the Khaleej Times said.

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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Wednesday that he has sought a report from the AIIMS director following media reports that a forensic expert has cited allegations in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.

The media reports said that Sudhir Gupta, head of forensics department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has claimed that he was pressurised by top officials to show that Pushkar's death was "natural".

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Chennai: The Union government on Tuesday constituted the much-awaited supervisory committee for Mullaperiyar dam, which has been a bone of contention between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, to look after the safety of the structure and increasing the full reserve level to 142 feet.

While, Dam Safety Organization chief engineer L A V Nathan was appointed the chairperson of the three-member panel, Tamil Nadu public works department secretary M Sai Kumar and Kerala water resources department additional chief secretary V J Kurien were named as the members.

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