1. The State government has submitted a petition to the Kerala High Court that the Single Judge verdict on May 22, declaring that being Maoist was not a crime, is “illegal”. The state added that the CPI Maoist was banned under the UAPA. Read details.2. The Kerala government has decided to call a meeting of southern states over the excess pesticide usage in the vegetables row. Crop Care Federation of India had questioned Kerala's unproved allegations in the pesticide issue. Read The Hindu report. 3. A press photographer was manhandled in Aruvikkara by UDF activists when he tried to take the picture of potholes in roads in the Aruvikkara constituency. Peethambaran Payyeri, Chief Photographer of Deccan Chronicle, was trying to take more pictures of the campaign motorcade of the CM in the backdrop of the pothole, when party workers accompanying the road show attacked him. Read details. 4. The Legal Secretary of the state government has instructed the local governments to to give more value to human life and kill stray dogs. In last two weeks more than 35 people were attacked by stray dogs in southern Kerala. Read Malayala Manorama report. 5. Mysterious heat waves struck Kerala's coastal areas recently and plants and trees were found burnt in many parts of northern districts of Kozhikode and Kannur. The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority will carry out a study to find out the reason behind the phenomenon. Read a Manorama Online report.