Kerala: Chlorine gas leak in Kollam, 40 hospitalised


About 40 people were hospitalised following chlorine gas leak at a plant of KMML Company near Chavara here today.

Police said all of them complained of breathing problems and were admitted to various private and government hospitals here.

However, the condition of one patient was said to be critical.

The gas leak triggered a scare in the area before the authorities managed to plug it, the sources added.


5 killed in van-train collision in Kerala

Five people, including four construction labourers from West Bengal, were killed and one was seriously injured when their van collided with an express train at an unmanned level crossing at Ochira in this district of Kerala last night.

The accident occurred when the van carrying construction labourers collided with the Maveli Express from Thiruvananthapuram.

Police identified one of the deceased as van driver Sasi, 55. Efforts were on to identify the other deceased who hailed from West Bengal.

The injured was rushed to a local hospital where his condition was stated to be serious.

Union Minister K C Venugopal rushed to the accident site to supervise the rescue and relief operations.


Assembly polls: PM arrives in Kerala to campaign for UDF candidates

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in the city today for a day's visit to Kerala for campaigning for candidates of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) candidates in the Assembly elections in the state.

During his day-long visit, he will address two public meetings at Kottayam and Kollam, and then he leave for Delhi from Thiruvananthapuram.

The Prime Minister, who arrived at the naval airstrip here, was due to leave for Kottayam by helicopter, where he will address an election meeting at Nehru Stadium before flying to Kollam.


Special trains during Attukal Pongala festival in Kerala

To clear the extra rush of passengers and for the benefit of devotees of Attukal Pongala, the Southern Railway has decided to run special trains between Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala on Febraury 18 and 19.

The Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram special train will leave Kollam at 1215 hrs on February 18 and arrive Thiruvananthapuram Central at 1435 hrs, a railway press release said yesterday.

It will leave Kollam at 0400 hrs on February 19 and arrive Thiruvananthapuram Central at 1600 hrs, it said.

The Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Amrita Express, the Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram Maveli Express and the Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Superfast Express will stop on February 19 at all stations except Pettah, Veli, Kaniyapuram, Perumkuzhi, Akathumuri, Edva and Iravipuram.

The Thiruvananthapuram-Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express will stop on February 19 at all stations between Thiruvananthapuram and Nagercoil Jn. The Madurai-Kollam Fast Passenger will stop on February 19 at Dhanavachapuram, Amaravila, Balaramapuram and Nemom.

For the benefit of pilgrims attending the Attukal Pongala festival, additional coaches will be augmented between Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram, and Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram on February 18 and 19.


SCR to run special train between Visakhapatnam and Kollam

In order to clear the extra rush of passengers, the South Central Railway (SCR) will run a weekly special train from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to Kollam in Kerala and back for four consecutive weeks from January 2.

A press release from the SCR said the 08577 Visakhapatnam-Kollam Express would depart from Visakhapatnam on January 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 0900 hrs and reach Kollam on the next day at 1530 hrs.

The train will stop at Vijayawada, Kottayam and Chenganur stations.

In the opposite direction, the train number 08578 will depart from Kollam on January 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 1915 hrs and will reach Visakhapatnam on the next day at 2345 hrs, the release added.


Chidambaram to visit Kerala, Maharashtra on Monday

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will visit Kerala and Maharashtra on Monday when he will hold discussions with the leaders and senior officials of the two states on security-related issues, an official statement said here today.

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