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March 18, Sunday 2018 1:04 PM       
       HEADLINES: Two workers killed in accident                                              LPG tanker lorry overturns in Malappuram                                              Toll in Theni forest fire touches 17                                              Three AIIMS doctors killed in accident on Yamuna Expressway                                              Student faces suspension for not taking part in gun violence walkout                                              Pak PM discusses Afghan peace process with US VP                                              Trump re-affirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un                                              Pak to skip WTO meet in New Delhi                                              India advanced in 30 years as much as Britain did in 150: Paul Krugman                                              IPL 2018: Pune to host two play-off matches                                              KP confirms retirement in heartfelt Instagram post                                              All England Open: Sindhu eyes final berth                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Two arrested on charge of chain snatching    
KOCHI: The Aluva West Police arrested two youths on the charge of chain snatching. The arrested are 19-year old Akshay and Akhilan, both natives of Karumaloor.

         Latvian missing from Kovalam    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kovalam police have registered an FIR into the disappearance of a Latvian woman who had visited the Kovalam beach on Wednesday.

         Ahammed Khan wins Vayalar prize    
ALAPPUZHA: Mathethara Hasam, a collection of poems by Ahammed Khan, has bagged this year’s Vayalar poetry prize instituted by the Yuva Kala Sahithi.

         Farook College clash: Four staff members booked    
KOZHIKODE: The police booked a lab assistant and three teachers of Farook College on charge of manhandling a group of students while they were hosting a celebration on the campus on March 15.

         Woman held for theft    
KOCHI: A woman, who conned a 78-year-old lady and took away her gold chain weighing two-and-a-half sovereigns at Kaloor on February 16 last, was arrested by the Kochi police.

         Chengannur DySP transferred    
ALAPPUZHA: Chengannur DySP Anish V Korah, who had allegedly shared a Facebook post supporting LDF candidate Saji Cherian in the Chengannur Assembly constituency, was transferred to Kayamkulam on Wednesday.

         Pinarayi says Phase II of Metro Rail after getting Centre's nod    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday informed the State Assembly that the second phase of Kochi Metro Rail Project will continue, after getting the Centre's nod.

         Hawala money seized    
KANNUR: Police seized Rs 94 lakh hawala money and arrested two persons after conducting as many raids at Kunnoth near Iritty. The arrested, who were coming from Karnataka in tourist buses, have been identified as K C Sonimon (35) of Ulikkal in Kannur district and Muhammed Anshad (24) of Nilambur in Malappuram.

         Bhaskaran out of CPM district secretariat    
KOZHIKODE: 76-year-old M Bhaskaran, former Kozhikode Mayor, has not found a place in the new 10-member Kozhikode district secretariat of the CPI (M). A meeting of the CPI (M) district committee held elected the new members to the secretariat.

         Drugs seized from two youngsters    
MALAPPURAM: Excise officers arrested a two youngsters and retrieved psychedelic drug LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) worth several lakhs of rupees from them at Nilambur.

         Man held for setting fire to workshop    
KOCHI: The Kalamassery police arrested a 55-year-old man, who set a two-wheeler workshop here on fire. The arrested was identified as Anirudhan, a resident of Koonamthai.

         One held on theft charge    
KOCHI: The Kalamassery police arrested a native of Assam on charges of attempting to break an ATM kiosk and steal money kept in its vault.

         ADS selected for award    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Area Development Societies (ADS) in the Kazhakuttom, Kalady, Kulathoor and Punnakkamughal wards of the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation have been selected for the Swachhta Excellence Award instituted by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

         Illegal pillars to be demolished    
THIRUVANATHAPURAM: Taking a tough stand against encroachments, the government announced that the four concrete pillars illegally constructed by the Althara Bhagavathy Temple Trust in front of the temple on the busy Vellayambalam-Vazhuthacaud road will be demolished.

         Fire breaks out in SBI building    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A major portion of a SBI building was gutted in a fire outbreak early Monday. The timely intervention of the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the building and thereby, derailing the normal functioning of the bank.

         Man injured in drunken brawl    
KOCHI: A youth sustained major injuries after being hacked during a drunken brawl near Kadavanthra. Antony Alex, a native of Gandhi Nagar, was hacked by three persons, residents of Udaya Colony near here.

         CPM worker held for attack on BJP activist    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Triggering fears of yet another round of political clashes, an activist of the BJP was injured after being hacked by a gang near Poojappura on Sunday.

         Youth killed in accident    
ALAPPUZHA: A 24-year-old youth was killed and four others were injured when two motorcycles collided at Kanjikuzhy, near Mararikulam, allegedly after one of the motorcycles was chased by the police.

         Babu Prasad to contest Rajya Sabha election    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KPCC General Secretary Babu Prasad will be the UDF candidate for the Rajya Sabha election from Kerala. The Congress leader will file the nomination papers here on Monday.

         State sends police to help students' rescue in Tamil Nadu    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Authorities rushed a police team to help in rescue operations of over a dozen students caught up in a fire in Theni forest area in Tamil Nadu bordering Idukki district, Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra said.

         Boy killed, two others injured after falling into canal    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 10-year-old boy was killed after falling into a canal near Marayamuttom. The condition of two other school students who were involved in the accident continued to be serious.

         Pinarayi inaugurates Payyanur Taluk    
KANNUR: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the newly formed Payyanur taluk, the fifth taluk in this district, at a function held at Payyanur Mini Civil Station. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said the government aims to provide infrastructure development and hassle free governance for the entire development of the state.

         Money lending racket busted    
KOCHI: The Kochi City police busted a multicrore moneylending racket and arrested three persons in this connection. The arrested were identified as Isakkamuth, Sittarash, and D Raj Kumar, all natives of Tamil Nadu.

         Man held on charge of duping job seeker    
KOCHI: The Varappuzha police arrested a 33-year-old man on the charge of job fraud. The arrested person was identified as C V Mohanan, a native of Thiruvananthapuram.

         HC orders arrest of two in ragging case    
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has cancelled the bail of two accused in a ragging case and ordered their arrest. Mahsoof Musthafa and A P Anas of Malappuram, who were the accused in a ragging case, were earlier granted interim bail by the magistrate, who held the charge of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Manjeri.

         Lorry catches fire    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A scrap-laden lorry parked by the road at Karamana caught fire around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Panic spread as the flames rose high. Six fire units from the Chengalchoola fire station were deployed to douse the flames.

         Youth drowns in river    
KOTTAYAM: A 20-year-old youth drowned on the Kodoor River, near Kollad, in the outskirts of the town on Wednesday. The police identified the dead as Tony Thomas of Puthenpurackel House, Thellakom, Ettumanur.

         Ganja seized from air passenger    
KOCHI: The Customs Air Intelligence Unit seized 10.10 kg of ganja from a passenger at the Cochin International Airport Limited. The seizure was made from the check-in baggage of a Hyderabad resident bound for Dubai. The contraband concealed in three packets has been valued at Rs 70,700.

         Student’s death: Three held for selling ganja    
KASARGOD: The police arrested three persons, including a minor, on the charge of supplying ganja to a Class 10 student of a school here who was found dead four days after he had been reported missing from his house on March 1.

         Woman held on charge of stealing phone    
KOCHI: The railway police arrested a 45-year-old woman on the charge of stealing the mobile phone of a lady passenger at the Ernakulam South station. The arrested is Sobha, a native of Thiruvananthapuram.

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