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Saga of an audacious gold smuggling bid in Kerala

A multi-agency probe monitored by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in the Kerala gold smuggling caes is underway which includes the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Enforcement Directorate (ED) besides the NIA and Customs (Preventive) Division.
Police use water cannons to disperse a crowd gathered to demonstrate against the gold smuggling case, in Kozhikode on July 10.(PTI Photo)
Police use water cannons to disperse a crowd gathered to demonstrate against the gold smuggling case, in Kozhikode on July 10.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 11:02 AM IST
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2 sent to judicial custody in Kerala gold smuggling case

The accused in Kerala gold smuggling case , remanded to 30 day custody, underwent the mandatory Covid-19 test and would be sent to coronavirus care facilities, official sources said
Swapna Suresh, ex-UAE consulate employee and state IT department consultant has emerged the alleged fulcrum of a gold smuggling case in Kerala(ANI File Photo)
Swapna Suresh, ex-UAE consulate employee and state IT department consultant has emerged the alleged fulcrum of a gold smuggling case in Kerala(ANI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2020 01:33 AM IST
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Actor Shamna Kasim receives threat, extortion calls; 4 arrested

Shamna Kasim’s father, in his complaint to the police, alleged that the extortionists were threatening to release some video clips.
Shamna Kasim, who began her acting career in 2007, has acted in more than 40 films in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu cinema. (Photo: @shamna_kasim)
Shamna Kasim, who began her acting career in 2007, has acted in more than 40 films in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu cinema. (Photo: @shamna_kasim)
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 07:07 PM IST
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Covid-19 lockdown: In Kerala’s Mysuru, teachers visit children of migrant labourers living under bridge to teach them

The students, residing under Kochi’s Bolgatty-Vallarpadam bridge, were seen studying in front of laptop with the help of their teachers from St John Bosco’s School.
Students were seen gathered around the laptop listening intently to their teachers while wearing the masks.(ANI)
Students were seen gathered around the laptop listening intently to their teachers while wearing the masks.(ANI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2020 12:31 PM IST
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Class 9 student from Kerala invents ‘light motorcycle’ using scrap from father’s automobile workshop

Arshad TH, made the innovative motorcycle in one and a half months by putting together scrap parts.
The bike has a petrol tank attached to the seat and handles, with the capacity to hold one litre of fuel.(Twitter/@ANI)
The bike has a petrol tank attached to the seat and handles, with the capacity to hold one litre of fuel.(Twitter/@ANI)
Published on Jun 15, 2020 03:01 PM IST
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Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran tests negative for coronavirus

Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran on Wednesday tweeted to inform his fans that he has tested negative to Covid-19 and is staying home.
Prithiviraj tweeted about his Coronavirus tests.
Prithiviraj tweeted about his Coronavirus tests.
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 02:13 PM IST
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Prithviraj lands in Kochi after being stranded in Jordan for over 2 months, see pics

Actor Prithviraj and the crew of the Malayalam film Aadujeevitham returned to Kerala on Friday. See pictures.
Prithviraj Sukumaran at Kochi airport on Friday.
Prithviraj Sukumaran at Kochi airport on Friday.
Updated on May 22, 2020 01:14 PM IST
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India permits 835 healthcare professionals to travel to Saudi Arabia for fight against Covid-19

Saudi Arabia is the second West Asian country, after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to which the Indian government has permitted doctors and healthcare professionals to travel to support efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Indian healthcare professionals from Kerala arriving in Saudi Arabia. Photos from MEA
Indian healthcare professionals from Kerala arriving in Saudi Arabia. Photos from MEA
Updated on May 14, 2020 06:33 PM IST
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Covid-19: Navy ship carrying 698 stranded in Maldives arrives in Kochi

According to initial reports, majority of the evacuees have lost their jobs due to slowdown of the economy of the island which is a major tourist destination.
INS Jalashwa, carrying stranded Indians from Maldives, reached Kochi in Kerala on Sunday.(ANI photo)
INS Jalashwa, carrying stranded Indians from Maldives, reached Kochi in Kerala on Sunday.(ANI photo)
Updated on May 10, 2020 10:38 AM IST
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2 warships sent to Maldives to bring back stranded Indians

Indians being brought from Male to Kochi on INS Jalashwa will have to pay $40 for the transportation as “evacuation services charge,” the High Commission of India in Maldives said on Thursday.
The Navy has sent another ship, INS Shardul, to the United Arab Emirates. The navy said all people will be given basic amenities and medical care during the voyage. The Navy said INS Jalashwa reached the shores of the Maldives, and phase one of the evacuation called “Samudra Setu” will commence on May 8.(Photo Courtesy: Indian Navy)
The Navy has sent another ship, INS Shardul, to the United Arab Emirates. The navy said all people will be given basic amenities and medical care during the voyage. The Navy said INS Jalashwa reached the shores of the Maldives, and phase one of the evacuation called “Samudra Setu” will commence on May 8.(Photo Courtesy: Indian Navy)
Updated on May 08, 2020 10:18 AM IST
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First flight carrying stranded Indians from Abu Dhabi lands at Kochi

The Air India Express flight IX 452 with 177 passengers and four infants landed at the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) at 10.09 pm, an airline spokesman said.
Hyderabad: Thermal screening of US nationals being conducted in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Hyderabad International Aiport, Friday, April 10, 2020.(PTI file)
Hyderabad: Thermal screening of US nationals being conducted in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Hyderabad International Aiport, Friday, April 10, 2020.(PTI file)
Updated on May 07, 2020 10:57 PM IST
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Air India’s first repatriation flight takes off from UAE, 177 Indians onboard

A total of 354 Indian nationals, including 11 pregnant women and a pair of twins, will return home on Thursday in the two flights from the UAE to Kerala as part of the repatriation exercise named ‘Vande Bharat Mission.’
Passengers started arriving at Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports as early as 9.30am on Thursday.(ANI)
Passengers started arriving at Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports as early as 9.30am on Thursday.(ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2020 08:03 PM IST
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Difficult choices for Indians in Gulf as repatriation process begins

The passengers include 11 pregnant women, distressed workers, elderly people and three individuals who have been stranded at the airport.
The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has announced that five more flights are scheduled to operate in the coming days.(HT Photo)
The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has announced that five more flights are scheduled to operate in the coming days.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2020 06:45 PM IST
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Stranded French woman in Kochi sings on FB to raise funds to feed poor

Stephanie Herve, a music therapist, is a regular in Kerala and this time when the lockdown was imposed she pitched in to help the poor who have been struggling for food.
Stephanie Herve, the French music therapist with Tomson Antony in Kochi.(HT PHOTO.)
Stephanie Herve, the French music therapist with Tomson Antony in Kochi.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 04, 2020 04:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

100 Hours 100 Stars: Shashi Tharoor appeals to citizens to make safety their top priority

Often called one of India’s favourite politicians for his wit and erudition, Tharoor joined the ‘100 Hours 100 Stars’ initiative started by Fever Network from his home in Thiruvananthapuram amid the lockdown. He elaborated how an instinct had made him stop his mother from travelling to her home in Kochi just before the lockdown was imposed in March.
The Congress leader is spending some quality family time during the lockdown with his mother and sister in Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)
The Congress leader is spending some quality family time during the lockdown with his mother and sister in Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 03, 2020 12:48 AM IST
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Kerala braces for huge influx of expatriates amid Covid-19 pandemic

In three days, more than three lakh people who are waiting to return home from foreign countries have registered themselves in a Kerala government portal.
Doctors involved in Covid care participate in a real time mock drill in Kochi .(ANI)
Doctors involved in Covid care participate in a real time mock drill in Kochi .(ANI)
Published on Apr 29, 2020 09:17 PM IST
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Drones help cops nab over 40 violating social distancing rule

The police rushed vehicles to the spot after identifying the number of people on the walkway through the visuals sent by the drone.
The police headquarters have given drones to several districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur and Kannur for carrying out surveillance to enforce social distancing.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT file photo. Representative image)
The police headquarters have given drones to several districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur and Kannur for carrying out surveillance to enforce social distancing.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Apr 04, 2020 03:19 PM IST
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289 people on Dubai-Kochi flight offloaded after passenger tests coronavirus positive

The coronavirus outbreak has the government working on a war-footing to minimise the spread of the disease.
Passengers wearing protective face masks while travelling.(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times/Representative Image)
Passengers wearing protective face masks while travelling.(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times/Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 15, 2020 02:47 PM IST
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British couple with coronavirus symptoms slip out of hospital in Kerala

According to the police, they reached Kochi on March 9 and moved to Alappuzha on March 12. Both later developed diarrhoea and other complications and came to the medical college hospital for a check up. In the medical college hospital they were advised to go to the virology hospital and doctors there advised them to get quarantined.
Hospital authorities said the British couple left the hospital in the guise of making some calls and disappeared from there. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
Hospital authorities said the British couple left the hospital in the guise of making some calls and disappeared from there. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Mar 13, 2020 10:08 PM IST
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‘Fully prepared to tackle coronavirus,’ says Indian Navy; sets up isolation camp in Mumbai

A quarantine camp has also been prepared to receive 44 Indian citizens evacuated from Iran at Ghatkopar in Mumbai. After they arrived in Mumbai on Friday afternoon, they were shifted to the Navy’s quarantine facility at Ghatkopar.
44 Indian citizens evacuated from Iran were taken by the Indian Navy to a quarantine camp in Ghatkopar, Mumbai on Friday.(SATYABRATA TRIPATHY/HT PHOTO.)
44 Indian citizens evacuated from Iran were taken by the Indian Navy to a quarantine camp in Ghatkopar, Mumbai on Friday.(SATYABRATA TRIPATHY/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Mar 13, 2020 03:53 PM IST
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Travel: Colours of Kochi

Finding the extraordinary amid the ordinary
Every evening, many places in Kochi stage Kathakali shows in theatres(Saubhadra Chatterji)
Every evening, many places in Kochi stage Kathakali shows in theatres(Saubhadra Chatterji)
Updated on Mar 01, 2020 12:26 AM IST
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Nuns urge church to take action against Mulakkal under Canon law

The statement of one of the witnesses surfaced on Friday in which she said she had also undergone sexual harassment by Mulakkal.
Five nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation had come out to support the nun who accused Mulakkal of rape.(HT File Photo)
Five nuns of the Missionaries of Jesus congregation had come out to support the nun who accused Mulakkal of rape.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 11:40 PM IST
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Take action against ex-bishop under Canon laws, Kerala nuns tell church

Five nuns and the victim are confined to a convent in Kottayam and leading a secluded life since they raised the complaint against Franco Mullakal. They were not allowed to participate in religious services and there were also attempts to transfer them to different locations to weaken the case.
The statement of one of the witnesses had surfaced on Friday in which she said she too had undergone sexual harassment and had accused deposed Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakal .(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The statement of one of the witnesses had surfaced on Friday in which she said she too had undergone sexual harassment and had accused deposed Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakal .(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 07:44 PM IST
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RSS ideologue P Parameswaran dies at 93, PM Modi mourns

P Parameswaran was the founder-director of the Bharatiya Vichar Kendra in Kanyakumari, an intellectual and research body of the Sangh Parivar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him a “guru.”(@narendramodi/Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him a “guru.”(@narendramodi/Twitter)
Updated on Feb 09, 2020 11:42 AM IST
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Coronavirus scare in India: Two under special observation in Kerala

The health department has asked those who are under observation in their houses to remain stay put at least 28 days in their houses and avoid further travel and interaction with others.
Two people, who returned from China in recent days, are under special observation in Kerala after they developed flue and fever.(REUTERS Photo)
Two people, who returned from China in recent days, are under special observation in Kerala after they developed flue and fever.(REUTERS Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2020 12:43 AM IST
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In six seconds, two illegal skyscrapers razed to dust in Kochi

Firemen used water cannons to control dust and fumes that enveloped the whole area of the Maradu complexes after both buildings came down. People were kept at least 200 metres away from the blast locations and Navy helicopters had an aerial view minutes before the blast.
Two skyscrapers were reduced to rubble through controlled implosion in Kochi on Saturday(Vivek R Nair/HT Photo)
Two skyscrapers were reduced to rubble through controlled implosion in Kochi on Saturday(Vivek R Nair/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2020 03:41 AM IST
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Gone in seconds: Residential Maradu flats brought down by controlled implosion

The Maradu apartment complexes, spread on at least 800,000 square feet, was brought down four months after the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of four residential buildings after several rounds of litigation.
Explosives were placed in 1471 holes in the 70-metre high building, officials of Edifice Engineering said.(HT Photo)
Explosives were placed in 1471 holes in the 70-metre high building, officials of Edifice Engineering said.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2020 04:00 PM IST
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Section 144 imposed ahead of demolition of Maradu flats in Kochi

The Supreme Court ordered demolition of these flats last May after several rounds of litigation.
A view of H2O Holy Faith Apartments, at Maradu, in Ernakulam district, near Kochi, Kerala on Friday. The 19-floor H20 Holy Faith, which includes 91 apartments, will be the first to be exploded using 212.4 kg of explosives at 11 am.(Vivek R Nair /HT Photo)
A view of H2O Holy Faith Apartments, at Maradu, in Ernakulam district, near Kochi, Kerala on Friday. The 19-floor H20 Holy Faith, which includes 91 apartments, will be the first to be exploded using 212.4 kg of explosives at 11 am.(Vivek R Nair /HT Photo)
Published on Jan 11, 2020 04:22 AM IST
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Muthoot group MD George Alexander injured after attack on his car, management blames CITU

The Muthoot Group, with more than 600 branches in Kerala, has been battling workers’ unrest for last two years.
A group of workers pelted George Alexander’s car with stones.
A group of workers pelted George Alexander’s car with stones.
Updated on Jan 07, 2020 12:24 PM IST
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Plan ready to raze illegal Maradu flats in Kochi

The authorities are implementing the Supreme Court order directing to demolish the water front high-rises constructed in violation of coastal regulation zone norms.
The Supreme Court directed the demolition of flats built on the coastal zone of Kochi's Maradu within 138 days and asked the Kerala government to pay <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25 lakh interim compensation to each flat owner within four weeks.(PTI Photo)
The Supreme Court directed the demolition of flats built on the coastal zone of Kochi's Maradu within 138 days and asked the Kerala government to pay 25 lakh interim compensation to each flat owner within four weeks.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 09:16 AM IST
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