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Kerala: 27-year-old man arrested for killing wife using Cobra

A man has been arrested in Keralas Kollam for allegedly killing his 25-year-old wife with the help of a cobra. As per the police, the woman Uthra was found dead at her house on May 7, after which her parents approached the police.

Shockingly, the husband, Sooraj (27), who is a private bank employee from Adoor in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, had reportedly tried to kill Uthra previously as well with a viper earlier in March. Uthra survived the snake bite in March after a months treatment.

After investigation, the crime branch has arrested Sooraj along with his friend Suresh, the snake-catcher who had supplied highly poisonous snakes like the cobra (in May) and a Russells viper earlier to him in March.

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Police has collected digital evidences from Soorajs mobile phone, in which he had been watching snake-related videos on YouTube since the last three months in order to get trained in handling snakes. Sooraj had bought Russells viper on March 2 and had attempted to kill his wife at their house in Adoor with the vipers bite.

To his surprise, the Uthra managed to survive the attack after being discharged from the hospital on April 22. She later returned to her parents home in Anchal in Kollam district.

In the second attempt, Sooraj contacted Suresh again and purchased an Indian cobra on May 6. He dropped the cobra on his wife while she was asleep. Sooraj watched the snake bite Uthra twice. On May 7 morning, Sooraj woke up and got out of the room as usual. It was Uthras mother, who found her unconscious, police officials said. Uthra was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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