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Thiruvananthapuram: There are more than 1,000 nurses from Kerala in Libya, but only 118 have registered to return to India, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting, Chandy said the first batch of 50 Kerala nurses will be moved from Tripoli Thursday in a bus to the Tunisian border which is about 155 km from Tripoli and would then be flown in here.


Thiruvananthapuram: Speaker G. Karthikeyan Wednesday said the Legislature Secretary would conduct a probe to unearth details of the circumstances in which an absconder wanted for blackmailing several persons came to occupy a room in the MLA hostel. 

“In the wake of the incident, the all party meeting held today has decided to tighten norms for entry of visitors to the MLAs' hostel,” Karthikeyan told reporters here.

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Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president V.M Sudheeran on Wednesday retuned after a private tour to the United States and the issue of State Cabinet reshuffle is likely to get a boost.

“A decision on the matter of the Cabinet revamp can only be taken after high-level talks. The Cabinet revamp is the main agenda before the party,” Sudheeran told reporters here.


Thrissur: The Kerala Police have arrested a Swiss national, Jonathan Clode, and charged him under the Foreigners Act for attending a Maoist meet, a senior police official said Tuesday.

Speaking to IANS, Thrissur rural superintendent of police N. Vijaykumar said Clode, 24, and his partner Valerie Celine arrived in India July 1. Their tourist visa is valid till Sep 16.


Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said the High Court verdict on the Munnar issue would be challenged either through a review petition or appeal.

Talking to reporters here after a high-level meeting, Chandy said a final decision in this regard would be taken after getting the court order.

"The meeting was convened in the wake of the high court verdict,” he said.


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has urged the Centre to arrange a special flight to bring back Indian nurses working in hospitals in trouble-hit Libya.

The External Affairs Ministry had informed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that a plan to bring the nurses from Libya to Tunisia by road and from there by a flight to India was being worked out, according to a spokesperson in the office of Chief Minister.


Thiruvananthapuram: Seven persons, alleged to be part of an inter-state gang, involved in vehicle fraud have been arrested and 23 automobiles, including a few luxury cars have been recovered.

The arrests were made by a special team formed a month ago to investigate complaints of vehicles being stolen after they were taken on rent from 'Rent-A-Car' service centres.


Thiruvananthapuram: The faithful thronged mosques and Idgahs in the morning to offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Across the State, Muslims got together at halls and, in some places, in stadiums to hear religious discourses by clerics who called upon the devout to re-dedicate themselves to the lofty tenets of Islam like love, compassion, social harmony and fraternity.


Bangalore: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday met PDP leader Abdul Nasser Ma’dani at a private hospital here where he has been undergoing treatment for various ailments.

Chandy, who reached at the Soukya Hospital here at around 5 pm, held talks with the PDP chief for some minutes.

The Chief Minster also met Dr Isaac Mathai, managing and medical director of the hospital, and enquired about Ma’dani’s health condition.

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Udhagamandalam: The Special Task Force (STF) personnel along with police are today carrying out search operations in the jungles of Pandalur in the hilly Nilgiris District following intelligence about possible presence of the ultras.

Based on intelligence tip-off that the naxalites may celebrate the birthday of one of its leaders and likely to indulge in violence, a 40-member team, drawn from Police and STF are combing the 20 KM area of Keelnadugani-Glenrock and Mepadi, bordering Tamil and Kerala, police said.