Sunday, May 10, 2020

Kerala govt has dealt with COVID-19 in a systematic way, action will be taken against returnees who violate quarantine rules: Health Minister.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health Minister KK Shailaja has said that there is a delay in providing passes to those returning from other states as the state is complying with the priority list regarding the return of Keralites. While stating that the government is giving high priority for the return of pregnant women and other patients, the minister added that the state will give special consideration for elder citizens and students. She also pointed out that the authorities are facing a huge challenge as a large number of people are returning without passes and necessary precautions.
According to the minister, there is a possibility of virus transmission in Kerala unless those returning from other states go into quarantine. The government will interfere in the issue in which several Malayali nurses have complained about their pathetic conditions in various hospitals such as the Hinduja hospital in Mumbai, she added. She also said that several people who have recently returned from the Gulf countries might test positive for COVID-19 in the near future.

COVID-19: Seven new positive cases in Kerala, four recover

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Seven new COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state on Sunday. Among the new cases, three are from Wayanad, two from Thrissur and one each from Ernakulam and Malappuram. Test results of four coronavirus patients turned negative on Sunday-two in Kannur, and one each in Palakkad and Kasaragod. 
As of Sunday, 489 persons were cured of COVID-19 in Kerala. At present, there are 20 patients undergoing treatment. There are 26712 persons under observation at various districts in the state, including 362 at hospitals.135 persons were admitted to hospitals on Sunday. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Student nun’s death in Thiruvalla: Kerala Women’s Commission seeks report from police.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Women’s Commission has sought a report from police over the death of a nun student in Thiruvalla on Thursday.  It was based on media reports that Commission member Dr Shahida Kamal sought the report from district police superintend.The 21-year-old novice was found dead in a well at a convent at Paliyekkara under mysterious circumstances on Thursday. Divya P John, daughter of John Philipose and Kochumol of Thadathemalayil house at Chunkappara near Mallappally, was a fifth-year novice undergoing training to become a nun at Baselian Convent of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church.Though the initial post-mortem report recorded that Divya died from drowning, Shahida Kamal said that a comprehensive investigation would be conducted to clear the mystery surrounding the death of Divya. The police had on Thursday registered a case of unnatural death and launched an investigation.It came to the notice of convent inmates after they heard a splash sound near the well around noon. When they looked inside, they saw Divya drowning. Fire and Rescue Services was called in and she was lifted out of the well. Though she was rushed to Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital, the doctors declared him brought dead, according to the police. A team headed by Tiruvalla DySp Umesh Kumar sealed Divya’s room in the convent and collected details about the chain of events from other inmates. However, after the preliminary investigation, the police suspect that she might have committed suicide or accidentally fell into the well while trying to pull out a bucket of water. 

Madras HC orders closure of liquor shops in TN; Allows online sales with door delivery.

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday ordered closure of all state-run liquor outlets in Tamil Nadu, a day after they reopened following easing of COVID-19 lockdown curbs, saying there was total violation of guidelines, but allowed door delivery through online mode. Noting that there were huge crowds before the shops and no social distancing was maintained, a bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and Pushpa Satyanarayana passed the order on a miscellaneous petition filed by advocate G Rajesh, besides a plaint from Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). 

Arrack sale through home delivery: Two arrested in Kannur.

KANNUR: In separate raids conducted by the Excise department on Friday, two persons were arrested for possessing arrack. 150 litre ‘wash’ was seized from Nelliyattu Thrippangottoor within the limits of Koothuparambu circle . 45 litre wash was seized found from Anjarakandy, and 135 litre wash was seized from Muzhakkunnu Kannipoyil.During the attempts made by the police to seize 40 litre wash from Alakkodu Udayagiri, Arangam native Manoj Kumar ran away and escaped from the police.The police later arrested Nellippara native Raju (39) with two litre arrack from Thaliparambu Kayyettamala Kappana. 

Hundreds of Malayalis, vehicles remain stranded at Kerala borders; Collector says pass mandatory for entry.

PALAKKAD: Now it is a mayhem at different entry points along the border districts of the Kerala as the district administrations have strictly barred people without pass from crossing over to Kerala. 
Muthanga check post and Walayar check post areas were virtually infested with people with their vehicles and many didn’t have valid pass.The State government had made it clear that passes from the district they start from and the Kerala State pass would be mandatory for their smooth transit. Policemen and health workers deployed in the area are also finding it difficult to handle the situation as many don’t possess valid passes. Wayanad district collector Adeela Abdullah said that those returning from other states without registering on COVID-19 website will not be allowed into Kerala via Muthanga check post. The district administration made it clear that those without passes will be blocked at Mulahalla at the border and will be sent back to Karnataka after the inspection. Now, Minister Balan and district collector are trying to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, there are reports that hundreds of stranded people are waiting without proper food and water. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

In boarder areas including Thalappady check posts, the government had made extensive arrangement for bringing back Malayalis stranded in other states.

KASARGOD: As the pass issued by Karnataka-Kerala governments has been made compulsory for those returning to Kerala from other states, about 5000 Malayalis are stuck in Maharashtra. Even if they have Maharashtra pass, it won

Thousands of Malayalis are getting ready to travel to Kerala from places like Goa, Pune and Mumbai. Currently, people are allowed to come to Kerala in their private vehicles.
By now, as many as 1820 persons have procured passes and entered the State. 10,415 persons have applied for the pass.

Meanwhile, District Collector Dr D Sajith Babu has informed that no one will be allowed to enter Kasargod without the Kerala-Karnataka pass.

In boarder areas including Thalappady check posts, the government had made extensive arrangement for bringing back Malayalis stranded in other states.

No uncertainty, mandatory seven-day quarantine for expats in govt centres, says chief secretary.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is no uncertainty in connection with the quarantine of expatriates, said Chief Secretary Tom Jose. The state government is moving ahead with the guidelines issued by the union home ministry, he said. He said non-resident Keralites (NoRKs) coming from abroad will undergo a medical test and only after that they will be permitted to enter the flight, the chief secretary said.
The chief secretary said that if those returning show no symptoms of the disease in seven days, they will be in home quarantine for the remaining seven days. This has been made clear after holding talks with the home ministry, he said. Pregnant women returning will be in home quarantine, Tom Jose said.

Welcome home, NoRKs first team to reach Kochi and Karipur today.

KOCHI: Vande Bharat Mission bringing back non-resident Keralites (NoRKs) stranded in foreign countries including Gulf will begin today. Air India Express from Abu Dhabi will land at 9.40 pm marking the beginning of the historic mission. The flight from Dubai to Kozhikode will reach at 10.30 pm tonight. Eight flights including these will be reaching various cities of the country today.

Air India Express from Abu Dhabi to Kochi will leave at 4.15 pm (UAE time) with 177 Indians. They will reach Nedumbassery at 9.40 pm. The second flight from Dubai to Kozhikode will depart at 5 pm. The flight with 175 expatriates will reach Karipur Airport at 10.30 pm. Distribution of tickets for both flights have been completed.

6500 pregnant women have registered to return from UAE alone. Athira, a pregnant woman who approached the Supreme Court seeking steps to reach the state, is one among in the first team. Among those coming from UAE in the first phase include Indians who have lost their jobs, pregnant women and their relatives, aged people etc.

Double whammy: Repatriation of Malayali expats en masse may also take a toll on Kerala economy.

SHARJAH: Covid times may have literally increased the heartbeats of expats who have taken house and vehicle loans from banks , relying on their jobs abroad. 
As the Coronavirus still prevails in different parts of the world, lakhs of Malayalis aborad are also either facing the risk of losing job or steep salary cuts.
The undeniable fact is that the pandemic has dealt a serious blow to the economy of Arabian countries. 
 Already, lakhs of expats have been laid off in many foreign companies. Many countries have given permission to private companies to effect a 40 per cent salary cut, as well. 
Meanwhile Saudi Human Resources ministry has decided to cut down salaries for six months but this may extend to longer period. 
Other countries are also passing through similar situations.As a result, Malayalis will be forced to repatriate en masse, creating socio-economic instability in Kerala.