1 To prevent candidate drop out CPI(M) in Kerala has decided to celebrate Sri Krishna Jayanthi this time. The party believes this would prevent its cadres and their families from taking part in processions arranged by the BJP. All local committees have reportedly been given instructions to carry out a rally and distribute sweets on the day of the festival. Read ManoramaOnline report.
2. In the wake of the Rajasthan government ordering a probe against some Congress leaders in the controversial ambulance scam, CPI(M) Opposition leader in Kerala V S Achuthanandan has demanded a CBI investigation into the case. The scam relates to alleged corruption and cheating in connection with the 108 ambulance project of Ziqitza Health Care, in Kerala. Read PTI report.
3. MM Ramachandran, the founder of Atlas group, is absconding even as 15 banks operating in Dubai have approached the Dubai police complaining that the group has defaulted on loan payments running up to Dh 550 million (approximately Rs 1,000 crore). Read more.
4. The clashes between the CPI(M) and the BJP in the northern districts of Kerala which started on Friday, has continued since. While four CPI(M) workers were severely injured in a clash at Kasaragod on Sunday, country-made bombs were reportedly hurled at BJP district President K Renjith's house at Palliyanmoola. The skirmish had begun after the murders of a CPI(M) and BJP worker on Onam. Read details.
5. While inaugurating the Sree Narayana Jayanthi celebrations at Chempazhanthy Gurukulam, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture, Tourism, Mahesh Sharma said that steps will be taken to promote Guruâ€™s visions worldwide. Read Kaumudi report.
6. Among the five southern states, Kerala with 88.68% has the maximum percentage of school going children between the ages of 5 and 17 years. For the last two decades, the population growth rate in the southern states has been going down. Read more in The Times of India.