India: prisoners to run fuel stations in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18 (PTI): After their success in dishing out delicious and cost-effective food items, prisoners in Kerala are now gearing up to manage fuel stations, thanks to an innovative government initiative.

Drawing inspiration from their counterparts in Tamil Nadu and Punjab, the Prison Department is all set to open petrol pumps in the outer campuses of three central jails in the state, envisaged to be run by selected inmates.

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is setting up the pumps in the land, identified by the prison department.

India: Comp hardware gone missing from aircraft carrier being built

Kochi, Sept 18 (PTI) In a suspected case of theft, some computer hardware has gone missing from the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier being built in the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) here, police said.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has launched a probe into the matter following a complaint regarding the missing hardware even as the City Police Commissioner was monitoring the investigation.

"Although reported missing from the carrier, the hardware does not form part of the equipment of the vessel," they said.

India: Arif Mohammed Khan sworn in Kerala Governor

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 6 (PTI) Former Union Minister Arif Mohammad Khan was on Friday sworn in as the Kerala Governor at the Raj Bhavan here.

Kerala High Court Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy administered the oath of office to Khan, who was appointed as the 22nd Governor of the state on September 1.

India: Breastfeeding pods in Ker railway stations

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 2 (PTI) Creating a safe and comfortable zone for lactating mothers during journeys, a startup mentored by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) has launched a project for installing state-of-the-art breastfeeding pods at three railway stations in the state.

Christened Domatio, the new age breastfeeding pod has already been set up in Thrissur Railway Station and the facility will be opened in Thiruvananthapuram Central and Ernakulam South in the coming days.

India: Students booked for waving flag resembling Pakistan's

Kozhikode (Ker), Sep 1 (PTI): Students of a college near Parambra waved a flag that resembled Pakistan's national flag during an election campaign on the campus and the police have on its own registered a case against them.

The green colour flag, which was similar to Pakistan's, was waved as part of a college election programme organised by the Muslim Students' Federation (MSF).

India: Man Held For Desecrating Temple to Incite Communal Tension

Sree Dharma Sastha Temple of deity Ayyappa was vandalised and human excret was thrown at in Kerala by Ramakrishnan on the night of August 26 to spark communal tension in the region.

Ramakrishnan is reportedly a close associate of the younger brother of Ayapunni, BJP’s local candidate for the panchayat election, reported The News Minute.

India: Dalit Christian honour killing: 10 get life sentence

Kottayam (Ker), Aug 27 (PTI) A court here on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to 10 people for the honour killing of a 23-year-old Dalit Christian man last year, which had triggered widespread protests across the state.

Principal Sessions Court Judge C Jayachandran convicted the 10 men under various sections of the IPC, including sections 302 (murder) and 364A (kidnapping for ransom), Special Public Prosecutor C S Ajayan told reporters here.

India: Teacher arrested for 'molesting' autistic boy

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 26 (PTI): A 50-year-old teacher was arrested on Monday for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old autistic boy student, police said.

The accused Santosh Kumar used to teach mathematics to the child.

Kumar went absconding after the boy's parents lodged a complaint last month about the offence, the police said.

India: Ker man held for suspected terror links let off after 24 hours

Kochi, Aug 26 (PTI) A man who was taken into police custody over his suspected terror links was let off after a probe by various security agencies could not establish any such connection, sources said.

The man, along with a female friend, was taken into custody on Saturday.

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