Absconding Indian rapist extradited from Saudi Arabia

Kollam (KER), Jul 17 (PTI) A Keralite who had allegedly raped a minor girl two years ago and fled to Saudi Arabia, was nabbed with Interpol's help three weeks ago and brought here from Riyadh by a Kerala police team early Wednesday.

Sunil Kumar, 38, had raped the 13-year-old girl, belonging to the scheduled caste community, in 2017 when he had come to Kerala from the Middle East for a holiday, police said.

India: WB loan of USD 250 million for Resilent programme in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 15 (PTI) Marking its first 'state partnership' in India, the World Bank will extend a USD 250 million loan for the Resilent Programme in Kerala, which had been devastated by worst floods in a century last Augst.

The Centre, state government and the World Bank had last month signed the loan agreement of US

250 million for the programme, which aims at enhancing the state's resilence against the impacts of natural calamities and climate change.

India: German woman goes missing in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuam, Jun 30 (PTI) A German woman, who had come here in March, has gone missing from here, police said Sunday.

The foreigner, in her 30s, is identified as Liza, they said.

A senior police source told PTI that they received a complaint in this regard last week and an investigation was on.

"Police have received a letter from the German Consulate that she is missing. A probe has begun. She came here in March," sources said.

India: Kerala govt confirms Nipah virus, 86 under observation

Kochi, June 4 (PTI) A 23-year-old college student here has been confirmed to be infected with the Nipah virus while 86 others are under medical observation, Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja Tuesday said.

The results of blood samples of the student, which were tested at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, have confirmed Nipah, she said.

India: Dalit man forcibly drowned: forensic experts to court

Kottayam(Ker), June 3 (PTI) A Dalit Christian, who died last year in a suspected case of honour killing, was forcibly drowned in a stream in Kollam district, forensic experts informed a court here Monday.

This was not a case of accidental death or a suicide, but a case of homicidal drowning, forensic experts of the Kottayam Government Medical College hospital who performed the postmortem of P Kevin Joseph told the District Additional Sessions Court here.

India: Man held for "sexually assaulting" minor girl

Kottayam(Ker), June 2 (PTI) A 63-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl in Thalayolaparambu in the district, police said Sunday.

Yusuf from Muppathadam in Ernakulam district was arrested in Thrissur on Saturday, they said without divulging further details.

The accused had left Thalayolaparambu recently when he came to know that the police have started investigation into the case based on a complaint.

He has been charged underProtection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, police said.

India: Ker HC quashes rape case after man marries victim

Kochi, May 29 (PTI) The Kerala High Court has allowed a petition seeking to quash a rape case on the ground that the parties have compromised and that the petitioner has married the victim.

The man, the petitioner, was the accused in a case filed in the Court of the Judicial First Class Magistrate-1, Pathanamthitta.

India: Priests slam church head in Kerala over forgery case

Kochi, May 26 (PTI) A crisis loomed large over Kerala's influential Syro-Malabar Catholic Church with priests of an Archdiocese reading out a circular during Sunday mass in churches under its jurisdiction blaming Church head Cardinal George Alencherry over a criminal case filed against a section of priests.

The "unprecedented" move by the priests comes days after they came out openly against the arrest of a 24-year-old man for allegedly forging bank documents against Alencherry, who is also the major Archbishop of the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese.

Indian Polls: No need for Rahul Gandhi to resign, Cong leaders in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 (PTI) Coming out in support of the AICC chief, Congress leaders in Kerala said there was no need for Rahul Gandhi to resign in the wake of the party's poll debacle.

Gandhi had offered to resign as the Congress received a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress party had faced similar defeats earlier also and has bounced back, Opposition leader in the state ssembly Ramesh Chennithala told reporters here.

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