Idukki Read latest news updates from Idukki District Kerala in English. Watch Videos and Photos of Exclusive Breaking News. Onmanorama en Sat, 29 Feb 2020 05:33:51 GMT Politicians, cops attend night party organised amid COVID spread in Idukki The police said over 250 people attended the party, including local bigwigs, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties, and police officers, in violation of the COVID guidelines. Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:15:55 GMT Two KSRTC employees save family of three from death Two employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have saved three members of a family certain death. Sun, 05 Jul 2020 00:26:18 GMT Idukki woman loses nearly Rs 4 lakh in online banking fraud The victim's account statement reveals that amounts ranging from Rs 127 to Rs 5,000 were siphoned off from the account. Over a hundred transactions were made during the 12 days from May 4 to 16. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:36:16 GMT Children help unearth ancient burial urns in Kerala's Idukki The urns were found on the premises of Zakir Hussain near Koottar town in Karunapuram panchayat during construction work. Sat, 30 May 2020 00:46:19 GMT 'Pickle challenge' to spice up Idukki CPI unit's fund drive Under the initiative kick-started by the CPI Idukki unit, a 'pickle challenge' has been devised, wherein activists of the party's women's wing will make pickles and sell the same to collect money. Thu, 28 May 2020 00:52:34 GMT Minister MM Mani, MLA PJ Joseph busy in their farms during lockdown A hectic schedule as minister had so far prevented Mani from giving attention to the plants and trees on his 20-acre farm. Thu, 07 May 2020 00:42:39 GMT Siblings open up home library to neighbours in Idukki amid COVID-19 lockdown Manas, Neelina and Sheetal catalogued the books and set up the library at their home at Nariyampara in Kerala's Idukki district. Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:38:59 GMT Strawberry sales slump, production of value-added products surge in Idukki Strawberries are widely cultivated at Perumala, Kulachivayal, Kanthaloor, and Vettukad villages. Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:02:08 GMT After 8 hours of duty, nurse Arun takes up odd jobs at Idukki hospital Arun had earlier set up a vaccine carrier at the casualty on his own and a table top organiser with emergency light. Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:44:19 GMT Idukki political leader tests negative for COVID-19 Test results of EP Usman from Cheruthoni in Kerala's Idukki district had come in positive on March 26. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 14:42:07 GMT Woman, daughter charred to death in wildfire along TN-Kerala border The deceased in Tuesday's incident were identified as Theni native Jayasree, a plantation worker, and her daughter Krithika Wed, 25 Mar 2020 04:11:45 GMT Tamil woman hacks ex-lover to death after calling him home Tamil woman Valarmathi, 35, has been arrested over the crime. She herself called up the police after killing him as per a well-laid out plan. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:10:03 GMT Man says cop threw away the snacks he bought for his daughter The father-daughter duo staged a sit-in by the roadside for two hours to protest the alleged police atrocity. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:48:19 GMT Cleaner charred to death as bus gutted in fire at Kumily The bus was parked by the wayside near a petrol bunk. A huge tragedy was averted as the fire did not spread to the diesel tank of the bus. Tue, 03 Mar 2020 11:44:41 GMT Mother of three killed as car ploughs into people at bus stop at Vimala City Shaila was returning home after the Sunday mass at Bathel Marthoma Church when the tragedy struck. Mon, 02 Mar 2020 08:07:54 GMT More burial urns found on Idukki plot excavation follows The urns were unearthed from the plot belonging to Shajan Philip of Kochukunnel House. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 01:08:32 GMT Youth detained over woman’s death at Vandiperiyar Vijayamma, wife of Vikraman Nair, was found dead near her house at Dymukku on Sunday night. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 07:25:45 GMT 70-year-old astrologer killed, body dumped in a sack at Marayoor The sack with the body was found near the electricity office at Marayoor around 6am on Monday. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 04:34:48 GMT Ordeal for Idukki family for objecting to CI's rash driving A five-member family, including a newborn baby and his mother, was detained at the Kattappana police station for 2:30hours. Mon, 17 Feb 2020 06:46:36 GMT Cop goes berserk; 3, including 85-year-old, injured People alleged that Kambamettu Station House Officer (SHO) G Sunil Kumar attacked them as they blocked the lorries transporting rubble from the quarry. Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:21:27 GMT 1MW of solar power to be generated at Ramakkalmedu from April Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) director Amit Meena would visit the solar power plant next week to take stock of the situation. Sat, 15 Feb 2020 00:26:09 GMT Stone Age burial urns found in Idukki district Two burial urns of the same period have been unearthed from a residential plot near Santhanpara in Idukki district. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 01:09:25 GMT Probe ordered as cops take retiring SIs for a ride with gold rings It is estimated at least Rs 1.68 lakh was diverted from the total funds mobilised. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 06:01:54 GMT Fire accidents on the rise in Thodupuzha Almost half-an acre of land at Karimanoor was completely gutted in fire recently. The fire force and local people doused the fire. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:50:17 GMT Three of Adimali family found dead, suicide over debt likely The only survivor of the family is the five-year-old daughter of the couple. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:32:53 GMT Tribals on foot may surpass jeeps trundling on this forest path Shoddy utilization of the funds allotted as per the package and the hurdles put forth by the forest department are said to be the main reasons for the dismal situation of the road. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:51:23 GMT Staff in single-teacher school struggle, no pay hike in 7 years Many teachers working at schools under ITDP hail from far-off places and hope that the government would provide better benefits for them, in terms of pay and infrastructure. Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:34:55 GMT Odisha native takes Literacy Mission exam in Malayalam Rajesh, son of Niranjan and Lilly Mohanty of Dhantaling village in Odisha, had to quit his studies in his home state after Class 7. Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:47:43 GMT Tribal hamlet shuns plastic, embraces bamboo products The indigenous people use cups, trays, kitchen stand, spoon and ladles all made of bamboo. Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:58:25 GMT Why this police station is one of the best in India Remarkably, this all-women police station is fourth on this year’s list of best police stations in the country. Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:44:30 GMT Adimali youth remanded in custody for smashing brother's head with grindstone The brothers were alone at the time of the incident as their mother and other siblings had accompanied their father to a hospital at Kolenchery over a renal disease. Sun, 15 Dec 2019 07:44:58 GMT Spat over swapping TV channel turns deadly, man kills brother During the squabble, the younger brother picked up a grindstone (ammikallu) and smashed his brother's head with it. Sat, 14 Dec 2019 03:56:32 GMT Dial Adimali Panchayat to process plastic waste Adimali: Creation of ample facilities for processing of plastic waste is a challenge as formidable as reducing the use of the environmentally hazardous material. Kerala has taken significant steps to curb plastic use and collect its waste. Local self-government bodies are in the forefront in this Sat, 14 Dec 2019 00:27:55 GMT Arakkulam folks haul in 100 kg fish from Malankara dam Arakulam has turned into a hotbed for fishing, with people netting up to 100kg of fish a day. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 01:05:45 GMT Students across Idukki brave snakes, elephants often Community health centres and family health centres do not have anti-venom. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:39:05 GMT No ambulance, dead body taken in pick-up van in Idukki Raju, a native of Elappara in the district, died at the Peermade taluk hospital on Tuesday evening. Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:01:32 GMT Wild tusker Padayappa raids plantation colony Though the workers tried to scare it away by making loud sounds the unperturbed tusker entered the fields nearby and ate some of the vegetable crops and mostly destroyed the rest. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:44:04 GMT High drama on school campus as popular lady teacher is fired The punitive action was necessitated as parents of some students had submitted a written complaint to the Deputy Director of Education, alleging that Amrita was mentally harassing her students. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 00:46:53 GMT Talented Ann Maria bounces back, overcomes debility Ann Maria is a student of the Vishwadeepthi School at Adimali in Idukki district. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:43:20 GMT Public pool land, money for KSRTC sub-depot in Idukki's Nedumkandam Remarkably, the land for setting up this sub-depot has been pooled by the local people and the money for land transfer formalities too would be garnered by them. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 01:02:02 GMT Driver, not forest guards, had rescued baby who fell from jeep The disputed incident had happened in front of the ticket counter at the entrance of Rajamala along the Munnar-Marayoor Road around 10 pm on August 8. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:22:36 GMT Idukki witnesses a series of murders by kin The latest crime in this regard took place at Mankavala, Chakkupallom where a Tamil Nadu native killed his wife and appeared at the police station to surrender. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:47:11 GMT Dedicated kiosk to collect used plastic bottles opened Recently, it was reported that the Indian Railways has set a target of installing plastic water bottle crushers in 407 of its stations in metros and big cities. Mon, 07 Oct 2019 00:55:08 GMT Plastic ban at Munnar and Elappara The collector's order instructs the people, who have plastic, to hand it over to the panchayat. Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:43:47 GMT Forest department employee in soup over a chicken curry After having the curry, a colleague got suspicious of the meat and wondered if it was a junglefowl in the curry. Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:17:35 GMT Four injured in brawl over moral policing The accused have been charged with a case of attempt to murder as well as cases under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:40:14 GMT School girl found dead in Munnar tea estate was sexually abused: police The class-3 student found dead in her house at the Gundumala Estate here could have been murdered, say police. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:14:49 GMT Passenger dies after private bus delays medical attention to unconscious man Though the passenger, A E Xavier (68) fainted during the bus journey, the bus allegedly stopped only after travelling five kms. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:25:58 GMT Beware: Thieves cherish Onam season too With gold touching Rs 29,000 a sovereign, bike-borne chain snatchers are on a roll, say police. Such gangs, mostly youth, use fast bikes with fake number plates. Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:19:19 GMT Alcoholic hacks wife to death, kills self in Idukki Shaji of Kunnumpuram killed his wife Mini, 45, and then hanged himself to death on Monday night. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 06:51:41 GMT Plus-one examinees handed wrong question paper in 24 schools According to preliminary information available, students at around 24 schools got the wrong question paper. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:29:02 GMT Elderly couple held as former son-in-law dies after hammer blow It is alleged the man, identified as Ernakulam native Shibu (49), died after receiving a fatal hammer blow on his head amid a scuffle with his former in-laws on Monday. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:29:43 GMT Financial crunch likely led to murder-suicide by family in Thekkady lodge The three-member family led a luxurious life thanks to the money Jeeva had. But once the money was over, problems arose which consequently led to the murder, believe the police. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 08:11:32 GMT Three of a family found dead in Thekkady lodge It seems Pramod killed himself after killing Jeeva, the police said. Jeeva's neck has scuff marks. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 05:28:30 GMT A hill road where winds push vehicles down the abyss In the latest incident, a school bus belonging to St Thomas' LP School, Kombayar, was blown from the road along the hill by the wind and the vehicle tumbled down a precipice. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:06:47 GMT Murderers of Thodupuzha sorcerer, family members eyed their wealth Around 30 sovereigns of gold were reported missing from the home soon after the crime. Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:41:21 GMT Former Idukki SP came down harsh on cops who were not CPM lackeys, suspended 128 cops in 2 years As many as 128 cops of the Idukki district police force were suspended over two years during his tenure in a likely bid to please his political masters. Sat, 03 Aug 2019 08:31:17 GMT Idukki youth sole Keralite in special world cricket event Anish P Rajan, a member of Thripunithura Cricket Club, has stumped many with his hard work and determination to come up so far despite disabilities. The 28-year-old will be the sole Malayali to play in the tournament for players with special abilities. Fri, 02 Aug 2019 06:29:17 GMT Sale of adulterated rice rampant in Idukki Sacks of rice that were brought to the Thodupuzha store the other day were found to be of low quality and sent back. However, chemicals were added to the same rice and were sent back to the state, it was suspected. Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:51:31 GMT Stone Age monuments found in Idukki The invaluable finds were discovered by Rajeev Puliyoor, a History researcher and principal in-charge of Nedumkandam B.Ed College. Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:39:29 GMT In photos: Dog pack hunts down a sambar deer at Periyar reserve Biju Prabhakar, the special secretary in Kerala government's social justice department, narrates his experience of taking pictures as wild dogs attacked a sambar deer at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:12:40 GMT Thodupuzha sorcerer and family members were killed for theft Initially, it was believed that sorcerer Kanattu Krishnan and three members of his family were murdered by his former aide and a friend to acquire his black magic skills. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 07:35:29 GMT Farmer kills self with gun, 11th suicide over debts in Idukki this year Santhosh was found dead with gunshot wounds at his house near Estate Poopara around 4pm on Monday. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:33:53 GMT Joint winner of lottery flees with first-prize ticket, partner seeks police help The joint winner of the Win Win Lottery has reportedly fled after getting hold of the ticket from his friend with whom he had bought it! Sat, 13 Jul 2019 00:48:56 GMT KSRTC crew rescues doctor, kin injured in car accident KSRTC buses are notorious for frequent breakdowns and accidents. But in a strange coincidence, the employees of a bus plying on the narrow MC Road were in the midst of rescuing accident victims for the second time in two weeks. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:46:23 GMT Lorry driver rescues woman from bison attack It was the presence of mind and daredevilry of the mini lorry diver, Kanthallur native Suresh, that rescued the woman from the deadly bison's attack. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 07:44:37 GMT In radio talk, Prime Minister hails library in Kerala’s tribal village With the library gaining national attention, the authorities are hoping that the Kerala government would provide the necessary support for its smooth functioning. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:47:14 GMT Centre salutes Kerala's Vandanmedu and Meenangadi police stations Vandanmedu in Idukki got the 26th rank and Meenangadi in Wayanad was placed 64th among the 87 top police stations in the country in the Union home ministry's rank list. Sat, 29 Jun 2019 01:02:58 GMT Murder accused assaults wife, four-year-old daughter Bittaj hit his wife alleging that she was having an affair with another man. Their daughter, who screamed in terror, was also thrown on the floor. Fri, 28 Jun 2019 07:15:55 GMT Jungle comes calling in Kerala's hilly villages Wild animal incursions were a common sight in Marayoor during the summer months, when water bodies dried up inside the forest. Incessant rains over the past three weeks have filled up the rivers and lakes and green shoots have appeared everywhere. Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:50:23 GMT Robbers get busy as monsoon arrives Police warn that thieves from other states also might be reaching Kerala to exploit the monsoon season. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 00:36:38 GMT Kanjikuzhi school's lofty bonding with nature It has been designed in such a way as to attract different species of fauna. The butterfly park at the school is a hub of butterflies of diverse hues. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:46:12 GMT Unsound woman found murdered at home; husband arrested The husband followed her to their house and slit her throat in the kitchen. He then tidied the house and continued collecting firewood from the premises. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 02:57:06 GMT Two boys lose life in a tragic drowning accident The accident happened at the ghat where the friends usually bathed. The children had apparently swum to where a vortex had formed as a result of sand mining. Wed, 29 May 2019 00:58:26 GMT Vineyards attracting tourists Travellers are now flocking to the villages in Kambam, Churulippetti and K K Petti seeking the vast vineyards. Thu, 23 May 2019 00:53:45 GMT Chinnakanal landgrabbers forged papers to corner reclaimed land Fake documents were used corner land taken over by the state government in Chinnakanal in Idukki district during a sensational anti-encroachment drive a few years ago. Tue, 21 May 2019 06:54:46 GMT Thodupuzha family takes down roof of house to ward off beetle menace Local people said that Mupli beetles were posing a threat to several other houses also in Purappuzha area. Thu, 16 May 2019 00:51:48 GMT Maveli stores undergo makeover Nedumkandam: In a bid to provide superlative service to the customers, some of the Maveli stores here in Idukki district are getting a makeover. The Koottar Maveli store will be made into a Supplyco supermarket and the Puttady Maveli store upgraded into a Maveli supermarket. The Supplyco Thu, 02 May 2019 07:40:58 GMT Thekkady cruise lifts the spirits of special tourists The boating was arranged as part of a special programme of the Forest Department 'Knowing the Periyar Better'. Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:08:06 GMT Off-road jeep rides banned after tourist dies in mishap The jeep safari that had been suspended after the Kurangini tragedy was resumed only 3 months ago. Sat, 13 Apr 2019 09:22:32 GMT How this ingenious beekeeper boosts honey production Babychan grows sunflower on 25 cents of land and earns a tidy profit from the over 50 honey beehives at his farm. Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:17:13 GMT Retired cop's body found in gorge, accident likely A retired policeman's body has been found in a gorge near Thevaram Mettu near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in Idukki district. Tue, 09 Apr 2019 10:54:13 GMT Bike accident crashes youth’s extramarital affair The couple’s vehicle had hit the bike of Muthoot Finance employees and Kanjar natives Amal P Sukumar and Abdul Manaf. Sat, 06 Apr 2019 00:48:34 GMT Staff attempts suicide inside panchayat alleging boss’s torture Torture at the hands of his superior provoked a temporary staff at panchayat office to take his own life. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:21:28 GMT Abandoned puppy from Idukki set to find home in UK A male puppy found abandoned by the roadside near Periyakanal in Idukki district was rescued and adopted by two tourists from Europe. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 01:40:10 GMT Student beats up teacher after spat over uniform The student has been charged with causing grievous injury and obstruction of official duty. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:34:28 GMT Young engineer crafts a rewarding career as farmer A young marine engineer here in Kerala's Idukki district had no qualms while saying no to high-paying jobs to take up farming. Sun, 03 Mar 2019 05:21:22 GMT Comrade's church wedding miffs party colleagues Pala diocese gave special permission for the wedding of Joseph, who is a right-hand man of Kerala Power Minister M M Mani. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 01:42:19 GMT Jumbo lands in big trouble, rescued Forest department officials used a JCB to break one side of the tank as the female jumbo struggled to get out. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:46:37 GMT Another debt-ridden Idukki farmer takes own life: fifth death in 2 months The 59-year-old is the fifth farmer to commit suicide in the district in less than two months and third from Vathikkudi Panchayat. Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:23:20 GMT Darts, kumkis help to catch rogue elephant Chinnathambi It took almost nine hours for the forest department officials to capture the rogue jumbo named Chinnathambi. Sun, 17 Feb 2019 01:46:50 GMT Rampaging wild tusker chases away kumkis Kumkis are trained elephants employed to trap, tame or calm down wild elephants. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 01:46:16 GMT Matchmaker on wheels is back in Munnar As many as seven ticket collectors who worked on the Munnar-Kuyilimala bus at various points found their life partners from among passengers. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 02:10:43 GMT Housewife tries to kill self over delayed flood relief The family's damaged house reportedly did not figure in the first geotagging survey. But it was later included in the second list prepared on January 18. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:07:24 GMT Eloped lovers survived on mangoes, coconut during 23-day stay in forest The district cybercell located the girl’s cellphone in the vicinity of the forest near Ilaveezhapoonchira. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:28:13 GMT Man drowns while trying to rescue daughter After jumping into the canal Pradeepan managed to get hold of his drowning daughter Paurnami and carried her on his shoulder, but drowned while swimming ashore. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 07:02:10 GMT Idukki man, daughter set to take part in R-Day parade Seven junior girls were selected from Kerala to attend the Republic Day Parade. Sat, 26 Jan 2019 01:55:34 GMT Father gifts self-made miniature auto to kids 'Sundhari', built of waste materials, weights 60 kg and has a carrying capacity of 150 kg. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 01:51:50 GMT Police nab youth who tamed German Shepherd before stealing it The police tracked down the truck in which the alleged thief smuggled the dog. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:05:58 GMT Flood-ravaged Cheruthoni bridge to get major makeover The bridge, estimated to cost Rs 50 crores, will be completed within one-and-a half years. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:28:17 GMT