Rain continues to lash Kerala; landslide toll rises to 43

KOCHI/IDUKKI: Rain continued to lash many parts of Kerala on Sunday amid predictions of extremely heavy rainfall in six districts, raising concerns of aggravated flood situation in low lying areas, even as the death toll in the recent massive landslide in Idukki district rose to 43 with 17 more bodies being retrieved from the debris.…

Kerala nurse stabbed to death in Florida

Representaional photo. (AFP)KOTTAYAM: A Malayali nurse was brutally killed outside a hospital in Florida in the US on Tuesday. Merin Joy, 28, who is from Monippally in Kottayamn district, was stabbed multiple times and struck by a vehicle while leaving the hospital. Witnesses said the suspect drove the car over her body after stabbing her.…

Kerala gold smuggling linked to ‘financing terror’?

KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its remand note submitted to the special court here on Tuesday claimed that the four accused in the case were part of a larger conspiracy that aimed at financing terrorism in India. The NIA was seeking extension of custody of second accused Swapna Suresh and fourth accused Sandeep…

NIA: Kerala gold smuggling money could be used to fund terror

Police baton charge on Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists who were protesting over Kerala gold smuggling case, in front of the Collectorate in Kozhikode (PTI)NEW DELHI/KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday said initial investigations into Thiruvananthapuram gold smuggling case had revealed that proceeds from the gold being smuggled from offshore locations into India…

Kerala gold scam claims 1st scalp: CM’s principal secretary

M Sivasankar (File photo)THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/KOCHI: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday engaged in some quick damage control by forcing his principal secretary, IAS officer M Sivasankar, to quit as a gold smuggling racket involving diplomatic channels threatened to expose the alleged complicity of the chief minister’s office (CMO) in the crime. Sivasankar, who was also IT…

Kerala gold smuggling: Opposition seeks CBI probe into Swapna’s appointment in IT dept

Sarith, an accused in the case, comes out of customs commissioner’s office in Ernakulam on MondayTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Following controversies over the role of a senior officer in the IT department in the case pertaining to gold smuggling through diplomatic channel, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan clarified that the appointment of Swapna Suresh as the operational manager at…

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