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The SIT said in the murder case Sooraj will be the lone accused and another case was registered for domestic violence and destroying evidence-- besides him, his mother, father and sister are accused in the second case.(HT PHOTO.)

Two more arrested in Kerala’s snake bite murder case

By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Earlier two people, including the deceased’s husband P Sooraj and a local snake handler, were arrested for letting a cobra loose in Uthra’s room on May 6 night, which led to her death a day later.
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Doctors treating the woman said she tested negative within a week.(Representative PhotoANI)
Doctors treating the woman said she tested negative within a week.(Representative PhotoANI)

105-year-old woman in Kerala beats Covid-19 in nine days

By Ramesh Babu| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 10:21 PM IST
The woman had tested positive for Covid-19 on July 20 and was admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties and persistent cough.
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Another female elephant was killed in Kollam after it ate a cracker-filled fruit in April. In 2018, another jumbo was killed in Idukki after swallowing jaggery-coated explosives.(PTI)
Another female elephant was killed in Kollam after it ate a cracker-filled fruit in April. In 2018, another jumbo was killed in Idukki after swallowing jaggery-coated explosives.(PTI)

‘Justice will prevail’: Kerala CM on elephant’s death

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 12:52 AM IST
The incident came to light on May 27 when a forest officer wrote a Facebook post describing the elephant’s painful death.
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The police have arrested Sooraj, a resident of Adoor and a private bank employee, and Suresh P, a snake catcher who helped him in the crime.(Getty Images/ Representational image)
The police have arrested Sooraj, a resident of Adoor and a private bank employee, and Suresh P, a snake catcher who helped him in the crime.(Getty Images/ Representational image)

Husband gets wife killed by snake in second attempt

By Ramesh Babu | Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 07:43 AM IST
Preliminary investigations revealed that the husband, P Sooraj, tried killing his wife in March by using the same method, said Kollam rural police superintendent S Harishankar. S Uthra survived the first snakebite.
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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)

Drones help cops nab over 40 violating social distancing rule

By Press Trust of India | Kochi
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2020 03:19 PM IST
The police rushed vehicles to the spot after identifying the number of people on the walkway through the visuals sent by the drone.
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Kerala, Mar 15 (ANI): Passengers wearing masks keep luggage inside the ambulance outside the isolation ward of coronavirus patients, at Aluva government general hospital, in Kochi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Kerala, Mar 15 (ANI): Passengers wearing masks keep luggage inside the ambulance outside the isolation ward of coronavirus patients, at Aluva government general hospital, in Kochi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Kerala IAS officer who jumped home quarantine and headed to UP suspended

By Ramesh Babu/Haidar Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/Kanpur
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 07:32 PM IST
Newly-married, the 2016 batch IAS officer and his wife had returned after their Singapore-Malaysia honeymoon trip last week and health authorities had advised them to remain in home quarantine for at least two weeks.
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There have been several complaints by healthcare workers in Kerala about assault and misbehaviour by people forced into government-run quarantine centres(PTI)
There have been several complaints by healthcare workers in Kerala about assault and misbehaviour by people forced into government-run quarantine centres(PTI)

Nurse attacked by man in Covid-19 isolation ward in hospital. His tea was late

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2020 01:30 PM IST
Coronavirus update: Criminal cases have been registered by the police against people ordered to quarantine themselves who assaulted healthcare workers
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Bageerathi Amma.(ANI)
Bageerathi Amma.(ANI)

105-year-old felicitated after she clears class 4 exams in Kerala

By Asian News International | Kollam (Kerala)
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2020 07:50 PM IST
Bageerathi Amma scripted history when she appeared for her fourth standard exam last November and become the oldest learner of the Kerala State Literacy Mission and has passed her exam with 74.5 per cent marks.
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According to legend in Sabarimala the 18 steps are most sacred and each step signifies certain messages. Pilgrims who do not carry their offering bundle on their head will not be allowed to climb these steps.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
According to legend in Sabarimala the 18 steps are most sacred and each step signifies certain messages. Pilgrims who do not carry their offering bundle on their head will not be allowed to climb these steps.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Sabarimala’s revenues register sharp hike as pilgrimage season remains peaceful

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 08:06 PM IST
Pilgrims will have to wait for 17 long years for one of the most sought after and expensive offerings at Sabarimala, the ‘Padi Pooja’-- bookings are over till 2036. The booking amount is Rs 75,000 and pilgrims will have to shell out another Rs 75,000 for other expenses.
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105-year old woman Bhageerathi Amma appeared for fourth standard equivalent examination conducted under Kerala State Literacy Mission, in Kollam on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
105-year old woman Bhageerathi Amma appeared for fourth standard equivalent examination conducted under Kerala State Literacy Mission, in Kollam on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

105-year-old granny from Kerala becomes ‘oldest learner’ appears for Class IV examination

By Asian News International | Kollam (Kerala)
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Age is merely a number for 105-year-old Bageerathi Amma who scripted history when she appeared for her fourth standard exam becoming the oldest learner of the Kerala State Literacy Mission.
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Though the prosecution had sought the death penalty for him, the judge observed that considering his age he could be spared. The case had triggered outrage in the state two years ago.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Though the prosecution had sought the death penalty for him, the judge observed that considering his age he could be spared. The case had triggered outrage in the state two years ago.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Man gets triple life term for murder, rape of niece

By HT COrrespondent | Hindustan Times, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2019 01:05 AM IST
Rajesh will, however, have to serve the three jail terms separately, the court said. He will also have to pay a fine of Rs 3.20 lakh to the girl’s family members, many of whom were present in the court.
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Rajesh was sentenced under charges of rape, murder, abduction, unnatural sex, showing disrespect to body and destroying evidence. (Image used for representation only).(FILE PHOTO.)
Rajesh was sentenced under charges of rape, murder, abduction, unnatural sex, showing disrespect to body and destroying evidence. (Image used for representation only).(FILE PHOTO.)

Rapist of 7-year-old girl gets three life terms plus 26 more years in jail

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 06:33 PM IST
Delivering the quantum of punishment, the court said he was spared the death sentence considering his age. But he has to undergo three life terms and an additional jail term of 26 years. The court also observed that all three life terms will have to be served separately.
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Image for representation(AP file photo)
Image for representation(AP file photo)

Mere possession of sexually explicit photos not punishable: Kerala HC

By Press Trust of India | Kochi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 03:17 PM IST
Mere possession of sexually explicit photos will not amount to a crime under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, the Kerala High Court has ruled.
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Police found that she was sexually exploited. Police said her relatives later reportedly admitted that though she was prescribed medicine by a local doctor they refused it to her.(AP)
Police found that she was sexually exploited. Police said her relatives later reportedly admitted that though she was prescribed medicine by a local doctor they refused it to her.(AP)

3 held after black magic claims life of 16-year-old girl in Kerala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 10:20 PM IST
Police said she used to have recurring bouts of fever and one of her relatives advised black magic in Tirunelveli for “permanent cure”.
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An election commission official checks an EVM.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo)
An election commission official checks an EVM.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A do-or-die battle for RSP in Kollam, Kerala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 06:43 PM IST
While the Left will be looking to wrest back the seat from the Revolutionary Socialist Party, the contest will be a difficult one considering that the RSP candidate is a formidable leader and has a wide voter base.
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An election official checks an EVM at a counting centre.(AFP photo)
An election official checks an EVM at a counting centre.(AFP photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Alappuzha, Kerala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2019 11:18 AM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 constituency watch of Alappuzha, Kerala.
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Raking up the Sabarimala Temple controversy, PM Modi said that the issue has caught the attention of the nation.(PTI)
Raking up the Sabarimala Temple controversy, PM Modi said that the issue has caught the attention of the nation.(PTI)

In Kerala, PM Modi fires Sabarimala, triple talaq salvo at Left govt, UDF

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 11:53 PM IST
PM Modi’s attack on the CPI (M) is the second this month over Sabarimala. In an address to BJP workers in Kollam two weeks back, Modi said the Kerala government’s handling of the issue will go down in the history as a “shameful act”.
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The BJP had called for a two-day protest against the women’s entry in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.(HT Photo)
The BJP had called for a two-day protest against the women’s entry in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.(HT Photo)

Sabarimala Temple row Highlights: KSRTC bus services to Kerala have been resumed

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 10:00 PM IST

Widespread violence was reported across Kerala as a shutdown began on Thursday, day after two women under the age of 50 managed to enter the Sabarimala temple.The BJP had called for a two-day protest against the women’s entry in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.  On Wednesday, angry protestors blocked roads in many parts of the state. Police caned protestors in Kasargode, Palakkad, Kollam and many other places. A group of women jumped a barricade and came close to the CM’s office in the state capital, but were overpowered. Many government buses and vehicles were pelted with stones.Here are the highlights:

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The Jatayu sculpture is the world’s largest bird sculpture
The Jatayu sculpture is the world’s largest bird sculpture

Jatayu in Kerala, safe as a rock!

By Yamini Nair | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2018 12:03 AM IST
A giant sculpture in Kerala of the mythical bird Jatayu symbolises the protection of women
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Malayalam film actor Thulasidharan Nair, also known as Kollam Thulasi, said on Friday women who dare to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala would be ripped into two pieces.(Kollam Thulasi/Facebook Photo)
Malayalam film actor Thulasidharan Nair, also known as Kollam Thulasi, said on Friday women who dare to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala would be ripped into two pieces.(Kollam Thulasi/Facebook Photo)

Women who dare to enter Sabarimala will be ripped into two pieces: Malayalam film actor Kollam Thulasi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2018 06:26 PM IST
The actor, a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that real devotees can’t accept the entry of women into the hilltop shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and hoped women from Kerala won’t enter the temple.
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The post-mortem of the nun, belonging to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox church, was carried out at the government medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.(Representative Image)
The post-mortem of the nun, belonging to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox church, was carried out at the government medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.(Representative Image)

‘Self-inflicted injury marks, Kerala nun died due to drowning’: Post-mortem report

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Thiruvananthapuram,
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2018 08:29 PM IST
The 55-year-old nun who was found dead inside the well of a convent in Kollam district of Kerala died due to drowning, the post-mortem report stated Monday.
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The Kerala High Court rejected the bail pleas of four priests who allegedly raped a woman believer for many years.(AFP File Photo)
The Kerala High Court rejected the bail pleas of four priests who allegedly raped a woman believer for many years.(AFP File Photo)

Priest held, three others to surrender in Kerala sexual assault case

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 11:33 PM IST
The victim – a mother of two – alleged one of her distant relatives Father Varghese had sexually assaulted her first when she was a minor.
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Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Kollam superintendent of police has been instructed to submit a report on the alleged road rage case at the earliest.(PTI File)
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Kollam superintendent of police has been instructed to submit a report on the alleged road rage case at the earliest.(PTI File)

Kerala road rage case: Inspector transferred, Kollam SP to probe charges against MLA

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 03:33 PM IST
The complainant, who had to be admitted to a hospital after the incident, said the local police inspector refused to step in even though he was present at the spot.
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Two policemen were arrested for having close ties with persons accused of kidnapping 24-year-old Kevin Joseph, a victim in the suspected Kottayam honour killing case.(AFP File Photo/For Representation)
Two policemen were arrested for having close ties with persons accused of kidnapping 24-year-old Kevin Joseph, a victim in the suspected Kottayam honour killing case.(AFP File Photo/For Representation)

Two Kerala cops in custody in suspected honour killing case

By Indo Asian News Service | Indo Asian News Service, Kottayam (Kerala)
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2018 03:20 PM IST
On May 24, Kevin Joseph, who had converted to Christianity, married 20-year-old Neenu Chacko, whose father is a Christian and mother a Muslim.
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The body was spotted by a self-help group ‘Kudumbashree’ and informed the police.(Representative Photo)
The body was spotted by a self-help group ‘Kudumbashree’ and informed the police.(Representative Photo)

3-day-old abandoned baby hands, legs bitten off by dogs in Kerala

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Kollam
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 06:00 PM IST
Kerala has witnessed many incidents of stray dog attacks in the recent years
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Members of Dalit community organisations stage protest in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act .(ANI Twitter)
Members of Dalit community organisations stage protest in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act .(ANI Twitter)

Shutdown in Kerala to protest dilution of SC/ST act affects normal life

By HT Correspondent | HT Correspondent, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 06:21 PM IST
In Kerala’s Kollam, a state-owned bus was stoned. Teachers who were to reach the Class 10 examinations paper valuation camp in the district were held up after traffic was halted. University examinations for the day were rescheduled.
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