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A staff nurse uses a thermal screening device on an employee at a hospital | PTI

Kerala to train, export nurses & paramedics to boost remittances after Covid

Kerala’s plan to invest in training health workers comes as World Bank estimates sharp decline in remittances globally following Covid disruptions.
An ambulance leaves Gandhi Hospital. the nodal Covid-19 centre in Hyderabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Why southern states that better handled Covid before now account for 33% of India’s caseload

Authorities in the five southern states say increased testing has led to a spurt in Covid numbers but point out that mortality rate is low despite the high number of cases.
A file photo of Travancore Devaswom Board headquarters. | Photo: Facebook

‘Not Indian language’ — VHP tells Travancore Devaswom Board not to appoint Arabic teachers

VHP has asked TDB to withdraw its order of appointing Arabic teachers in schools that the board runs in Kerala, says Arabic is not an Indian language.
Protests against the CAA-NRC in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

NIA, ED probe ‘link’ between Kerala gold smuggling racket and PFI, anti-CAA protests

PFI was accused of pumping in money to fund protests after CAA was passed in December 2019. The organisation had, however, denied the allegations.
ISIS

UN report on ISIS in Kerala, Karnataka has no new intelligence input, say states’ top cops

Senior officers in Karnataka and Kerala said UN report on significant number of IS members in the states based on police reports, but they would analyse it. 
Swapna Suresh, the woman allegedly at the centre of the gold smuggling ring in Kerala | File photo: ANI

How gold scam’s Swapna Suresh has emerged as Kerala’s new woman villain  

For a state still clinging onto patriarchy, the focus of Kerala's latest scandal, which threatens to derail CM Pinarayi Vijayan, is a woman once again, even though she's not the prime accused.
Medical staff members wear masks and protective suits outside an isolation ward in Kochi | PTI Photo

Three reasons why Kerala’s Covid success is beginning to get a reality check 

Kerala has seen a surge in Covid cases this week — 1,322 in just 3 days — particularly in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam district, sparking fears of community transmission.
Medical staff members wear masks and protective suits outside an isolation ward in Kochi | PTI Photo

Community transmission present in 2 coastal hamlets in Kerala, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Vijayan said that an unprecedented situation was prevailing in the coastal region of Thiruvananthapuram, as the Covid case count rose to 11,066 in the state.
Gold scam prime accused Swapna Suresh and solar scam accused Saritha Nair | ANI

Tale of 2 Kerala scams — solar scandal that singed UDF govt and gold that has LDF in a spot

For keen watchers of the state’s politics, there are similarities in both cases, from the prime accused being women to the alleged involvement of the chief minister’s office.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
Mukesh Ambani at ThePrint Off the Cuff

Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.