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…

Kerala: Man held for elephant’s brutal killing

PALAKKAD/THRISSUR: Forest department officials on Friday arrested a person in connection with the brutal killing of a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant at Thiruvizhamkunnu, Palakkad. Wilson, of Edavanna, Malappuram, a rubber tapper at Ambalapara, reportedly told forest officials that he had helped prepare and set up the snare of the coconut containing explosives and that it…

Monsoon hits Kerala; north to get ‘good’ rain

NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on Monday on its normal date of onset, the IMD said as it forecast “above normal” rainfall in north India, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, and “normal” seasonal rainfall with certain geographical variations during the June-September period. The forecast shows that West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and…

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