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Woman in Abu Dhabi kills, cooks ex-boyfriend’s remains to conceal murder

A 39-year-old Moroccan woman, killed her boy friend and cooked his meat from mid-night to dawn four days straight, to remove evidence of the crime.

The incident took place two months ago in Abu Dhabi, but came to light after the victim’s  brother came around looking for him and found a tooth in the kitchen blender.

The woman called her ex-lover to her apartment for dinner and soon began a brawl.

As the fight escalated, the woman pulled out a knife and began stabbing him in the chest and abdomen. As he lay dead, she sawed his body in half and put each part in suitcases. She then shifted the remains to another flat she had rented after wiping clean all blood traces from the house she lived in.

She used a large knife, a saw,a cleaver, large pots, pans, pressure cookers, a meat grinder and a gas stove to cook the flesh in batches.

The cover was blown when the man’s brother visited her asking his whereabouts. She denied any knowledge and said they had broken up after he pursued affair with another woman.

The brother who insisted on searching the apartment came across, what looked like a human tooth in the blender. He alerted the police and she later confessed to the crime upon interrogation.

Neighbours reportedly told the police, there emanated the smell of human flesh cooking from 12 to 5 am for four nights, when the man is believed to have been murdered.

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Half of existing ATMs likely to shut by March 2019

Nearly half of country’s approx 2.38 lakh ATMs face closure this fiscal, after service providers find the running of these outlets nonviable.

Most of the ATMs considered for pull-back are non-urban.

If it happens financial inclusion programme of millions of beneficiaries under govt’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) will be affected. Also long ques at banks will once again return as norm.

Also thousands of job that ride on the facility will now be lost with the move.

The Confederation of ATM Industry (CATMI) said the decision for closure comes following recent regulatory guideline for ATMs hardware and software upgrades, recent mandates on cash management standards and the Cassette Swap method of loading cash.

The revenues from ATM services are not growing at all due to very low ATM interchange and ever-increasing costs, it said, adding that unless banks compensate ATM deployers, the scenario could get still worse.

Kerala Top Today

Namesake : SC allows disqualified MLA KM Shaji to attend Assembly

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that KM  Shaji, disqualified by Kerala High Court on grounds of ballot manipulation, can take part in the state Assembly sessions that commences 27 November.

However the apex court rejected his plea for urgent hearing to stay the High Court order, that bans him from holding office for six years. The bench also clarified that, Shaji cannot claim perks warranted by MLA position.

The Azhikode MLA’s dethronement came about on a petition filed by his political opponent Nikesh Kumar who ran for office on LDF ticket and ended up 2nd in the race.

In his petition, Nikesh alleged that, Shaji won by margin of 2,287 votes, after violating norms prescribed under various sections of Representation of Peoples Act. Shaji was found guilty  accused of distributing communally toned pamphlets to appeal people belonging to the minority religion.


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House of woman planning to visit Sabarimala attacked

Malappuram : The house of one among three women who addressed a press conference, asserting their plan to visit Sabarimala temple while still being in their menstrual age, has been attacked.

Malappuram native Aparna told police that unknown persons who arrived on bikes pelted stones at her house, breaking window panes. The gang retreated after the sudden attack that was carried out close to midnight yesterday, she said.

Aparna along with two other young women had expressed their Sabarimala darshan  and sought support for their journeys, at the conference three days ago at Ernakulam press club. They were willing to wait till the society and police agreed to provide a safe environment for their mission, the women had said.

Ayyappa hymn-chanting protesters surrounded the press club and police arrested a handful to rescue the women after they were confined to the club for quite some time.

Post her announcement at the conference, Aparna has allegedly been receiving threats since.

Police have registered a case against unidentified persons and opened a probe.

Kerala Top Today

Police stop Union Minister’s car at Pampa; Apologises

In a case of mistaken identity, police at Pampa flagged down a car from Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan’s convoy, taking it to be protester vehicle. SP Harishankar letter handed over a written apology over the confusion that delayed minister’s journey by 30 minutes.

The incident took place near KSRTC bus stand around 1 am when Radhakrishnan was returning from Sabarimala temple after darshan there.

Incidentally, the minister had a mild rough-up with Harikumar earlier, while proceeding to the shrine.

The minister then had got out of his car asking, why  devotee vehicles were not allowed past Nilakal to reach Pampa, while state transporter KSRTC was running up to the point.

The SP reportedly told the minister, he was prepared to allow the convoy upto Pampa if the minister sought the same in writing.

“He asked me if I would take responsibility. Can the SP demand so to a state minister of Kerala?” Radhakrishnan told reporters later.

Asked of his view on the controversial Supreme Court verdict, the minister said “I dont want to get into that… Harassing devotees should be stopped, that’s all.”

Pon Radhakrishnan is Union Minister of State for Shipping and commenced his journey to Sabarimala from from Nagercoil on Tuesday.

Sabarimala on 16 Nov opened the third time after the Supreme Court verdict that  triggered massive protest at the hills, where protesters in large numbers thwarted police time each time they tried to escort a young woman to the shrine.

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Governor dissolves Jammu Kashmir Assembly after rivals stake claim to form govt

Jammu and Kashmir is headed for president’s rule, after the governor dissolved its state legislative assembly late Wednesday. The move came after rival political combines said they would stake their claims to power.

The people’s Democratic Party(PDP) and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, released  a letter on Twitter seeking to form govt with her traditional rivals, the National conference(NC) and Congress.

Minutes later the governor Satya Pal Malik, issued a communique of the dissolution.

In an isolated bid, People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone put forward his claim to form govt too.

Both Mufti and Lone said they used social media because fax machine at governor’s residence didn’t seem working and Malik was not available of phone either.

The governor’s office said the dissolution was invoked as no govt was likely to last long. “The coming together of such parties in a grouping is nothing but an attempt to gain power rather than to form a responsive govt,” it said in a release.

The state needs a stable govt, the release said.


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Tamed : Police lift night curfew on devotees at Pampa

Hours after being rapped by High Court on restraints imposed, the Kerala police lifted its ban on Sabarmala devotees camping at base camp late night into dawn.

Earlier authorities disallowed devotees proceeding to the shrine between 9.30 to 2 am.

The High Court had pulled up the govt on Tuesday, questioning it’s Sec 144 imposition in the region and hurled questions like why the devotees were stopped from resting at Valiya Nadapanthal and restrained at base camp during late hours.

The Court sought clarification on whom Sec 144 was applicable and also how authorities could tell devotees apart from protesters, in it’s zeal to implement the Supreme Court verdict.

Faced with the shake-up, the lawyer representing the govt said it would file an affidavit.

Kerala Top Today

Clipped : K Surendran gets bail; Prohibited from entering Ranni for 2 months

Pathanamthita : 39 Sabarimala protesters arrested for violating prohibitory order were released on bail, including BJP general secretary K Surendran.

The bail for Surendran and all those arrested on Saturday from Nilakal, came with conditions that they shall not enter Ranni taluk for two months. In effect this means, Surendran cannot near anywhere around the sacred shrine, till mandala pilgrimage season is over.

Surendran was allowed bail on bond of Rs 20,000 from two sureties.

Despite the release order, Surendran might linger in jail a bit longer pending another case against him at Kannur, pertaining to obstructing road traffic.


Kerala Top Today

HC pulls up govt; Questions Sec 144 at Sabarimala

Kochi : After police drawing flak for adding to pilgrims’ woes at Sabarimala, govt today came under reprimand from the High Court for imposing Sec 144 in the region.

With petitions regarding the curfew on hand, the court asked how govt would distinguish between pilgrims and protesters at the shrine.

It further sought vivid clarification from govt on who would come under the restraints of Sec 144.

Faced with the shake-up, the lawyer representing the govt said it would file an affidavit. The Court agreed to the proposition that Advocate General will appear before the court before noon.

The hill shrine has unprecedented security blanket in terms of heavy police deployment, face detection cameras, commandos, in a standoff between protesting devotees and govt agencies bent on implementing the controversial Supreme Court verdict.

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Court intervenes, Pilgrims can once again rest at Valiya Nadapanthal

Sabarimala : Following reprimand at High Court, IG Vijay Sakhare, informed pilgrims that they can take rest at the Valiya Nadapanthal (roofed aisles) at Sabarimala.

The IG was lost for answer when asked by court as to why the devotees were stopped from resting  at Valiya Nadapanthal and restrained the way they were at other points.

Devotees were not allowed to camp at  Valiya Nadapandal for past four days, as part of police strategy anticipating potential violence.

Congress MP V Muraleedharan said he was happy to hear the restriction to rest there had been lifted.

IG however made it clear that nobody would be allowed to sleep at the Nadapanthal or rest in front of Vavaru Swami temple.