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Tableau of Sikkim at Rajpath during the full dress rehearsal for the upcoming Republic Day Parade, in New Delhi.

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Police use water cannons to disperse Youth Congress activists during a protest march to Assembly demanding the resignation of Kerala Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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A medic prepares the dose of COVID-19 vaccine before giving it to a beneficiary, at Ernakulam Government General Hospital in Kochi.

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Ernakulam District Nodal Officer Dr.Sivadas gives instructions to medics as part of preparation for the first round of COVID vaccination drive scheduled to begin across the country from Jan. 16, in Kochi.

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People stand in queues in front of a theatre to watch the first show of film 'Master', after the authorities reopened cinema halls amid coronavirus pandemic, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Workers unload a consignment of COVID-19 vaccination, at Government General Hospital in Kochi.

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Police uses water cannons on Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists, who were trying to enter the State Assembly premises demanding the resignation of Speaker Sivaramakrishnan over his alleged involvement in a gold smuggling case, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Opposition MLAs stage a protest outside Kerala Legislative complex, demanding the resignation of Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan over his alleged involvement in gold smuggling case, after boycotting the assembly session, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Police detain Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists, who were trying to enter the State Assembly premises demanding the resignation of Speaker Sivaramakrishnan over his alleged involvement in a gold smuggling case, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Animal Husbandry Department workers cull ducks following detection of Avian Influenza (H5N8) at a place in Kottayam district of Kerala.

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Farmers guide ducks towards a cage for thier culling, following detection of Avian Influenza (H5N8) at four places, in Alappuzha district of Kerala.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addresses various religious leaders, during a program in Kochi.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat pays floral tribute at the statue of Swami Vivekananda in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac takes a stroll on Vizhinjam beach in Thiruvananthapuram.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks during the inauguration of ‘Kesari Media Studies and Research Center’, in Kozhikode.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks during the inauguration of ‘Kesari Media Studies and Research Center’, in Kozhikode.

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21-yr old Arya Rajendran, the youngest Mayor in Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation, greets members after taking her oath, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Fishermen along with their family members arrive at Kovalam International beach to celebrate Christmas festival, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Rear Admiral Antony George, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, flags off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Bulbul from Naval Base, Kochi.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a protest meet in solidarity with farmers protesting in New Delhi against the Centre's new farm laws in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Father Thomas Kottoor (white shirt centre), who was pronounced guilty by a CBI court in the Sister Abhaya murder case of 1992, being taken to prison after his COVID-19 test, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Priests perform 'Pallivetta' rituals before the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple as part of the 'Alpasi' festival in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Former chief minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and KPCC President Mullapally Ramachandran during a press meet after the Kerala local body elections in Thiruvananthapuram.

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BJP workers celebrate during counting day of Kerala local body elections, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Left Democratic Front (LDF) supporters celebrate their party's lead in the Kerala local body elections in Kochi.

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BJP workers celebrate during counting day of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode.

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Officials count votes during counting day of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode.

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Polling officials carry election materials at a distribution centre ahead of the third phase of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode.

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Malayalam film actor and MP Suresh Gopi waves to the crowd during an election campaign for Kerala local body polls, in Kozhikode.

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People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus queue up to vote for local elections in Kochi, Kerala state.

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People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus queue up to vote for local elections in Kochi, Kerala state.

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Voters stand in queues to cast their votes during the second phase of the local body elections, in Ernakulam District of Kerala.

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Polling officers collect election materials ahead of the second phase of the Kerala local body elections, in Kochi.

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Kerala gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh arrives at Economic Offenses Court to record her statement, in Kochi.

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Farmers pack paddy crop after harvest in Alappuzha, Kerala state. Nearly 60% of the Indian population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

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Bharatiya Janata Party activists campaign in a country boat through the backwaters ahead of local body elections in Alappuzha, Kerala state.

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Southern Naval officers demonstrate to mark Navy Day, in Kochi.

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Southern Naval Command display their operational demonstrations on INS Tarangini to mark Navy Day, in Kochi.

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Fishermen row their boat to catch fish on a rough sea, ahead of Cyclone Burevi, at Pozhikkara beach in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Vendors wait for fishing boats to arrive amid Cyclone Burevi alert, at Valiyathura coast in Thiruvananthapuram.

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National Disaster Response Force personnel raise awareness among the residents living near Karur Ayyankovikal coast ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Burevi, in Alappuzha district.

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A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) arrives at a seashore of Valiyathura, as part of the preparedness ahead of Cyclone Burevi, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Swapna Suresh (L) and Sarith (R), accused in gold smuggling case, being taken to ACJM special court in Kochi.

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View of Cochin Shipyard Limited after Basin Trials of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) were sucessfully conducted, in Kochi.

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Fans of Deigo Maradona prepare to erect a photograph of him at a street intersection as they pay tribute to the soccer legend in Kochi, Kerala.

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A man reads a Malayalam language newspaper that has the demise of Diego Maradona as the lead news in Kochi. Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.

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Devotees queue up atthe Sabrimala temple, Pathanamthitta.

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Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala and State Congress President Mullapally Ramachndran along with other Congress leaders during a protest march against the new Kerala Police Act, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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A cat naps early morning inside a driving school bus parked overnight near a playground in Kochi, Kerala.

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Daily wage laborers wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait to be hired for work by a roadside in Kochi, Kerala state. India's total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began crossed 9 million on Friday.

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People wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus take a morning walk past a high-rise residential complex in Kochi, Kerala state.

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Pepople wearing masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait for bus transport in Kochi. India's total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began crossed 9 million on Friday.

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Devotees offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala, Pathanamthitta.

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Devotees maintain social distance while standing in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple on the 1st day of Malayalam month of 'Vrischikom, at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta.

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Applicants wearing masks and gloves as a precaution against COVID-19 keep physical distancing as they line up for a driving test in Kochi, Kerala state. A country of nearly 1.4 billion people, India is the world's second most coronavirus affected country after the United States.

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People light earthen lamp (Diyas) on the occasion of 'Diwali', in Thrippunithura

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Suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar being taken to ACJM special court in connection with the Kerala gold smuggling case, in Kochi.

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Kerala Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel arrives to appear before the Customs sleuths in connection with the alleged violation of laws in accepting consignments of Holy Quran imported by UAE consulate officials, in Kochi.

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Former Kerala Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy presents the M.V.Raghavan (MVR) award to poet and activist Sugathakumari, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Police uses water cannons to disperse Yuva Morcha activist protesting against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Kochi.

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Yuva Morcha activist detained by police during their protest demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Kochi.

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Mother-in-law of Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of the State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, speaks to the media in Thiruvananthapuram. Bineesh's wife Renitta had alleged that the Enforcement Directorate mentally harassed her and their three-year-old daughter during an inspection at her house.

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Police use water cannon to disperse the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists during a protest march before the State Secretariat, demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar being taken to ACJM special court in connection to the Kerala gold smuggling case, in Kochi.

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Kannammal mother of Maoist Velmurukan, who was killed in an exchange of fire with a police team during a search operation at Bhaskaran para, cries in front of the mortuary at Medical College in Kozhikode.

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Youth Congress workers detained by police during their protest demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Kochi.

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BJP activists protest demanding resignation of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, in Kochi.

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Chidren of Thiruvananthapuram Yatheemkhana attend a special prayer session as part of the Nabi Day celebration, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Police use water cannons to disperse the KSU activists who were staging a protest march outside Chief Minister's residence, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Police detain BJP Mahila Morcha members who were staging a protest march outside Chief Minister's residence, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar being taken to ACJM special court in connection to the Kerala gold smuggling case, in Kochi.

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Volunteers remove dead jellyfish washed ashore along the Kovalam beach, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Suspended IAS officer M Sivasankar being taken into custody by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in connection to the Kerala gold smuggling case, in Kochi.

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Uthra, Uthara and Uthama, three girls among Kerala’s ‘Pancharatnam’ quintuplets who became popular through media reports, during their marriage ceremony at Guruvayur in Thrissur district.

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Agricultural Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar interacts with the farmers during the inauguration of 'Subhiksha Keralam' project, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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(l-R) Indian Union Muslim League General Secretary PK Kunhalikutty, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran and UDF convener MM Hassan during UDF High-Level Committee meeting to discuss election preparations for local bodies, in Kochi.

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BJP workers carry a coffin during a protest demanding for the arrest of those who were responsible for the death of a COVID-19 patient due to alleged medical malpractice at Government Medical College, in Kochi. A few days ago, a nursing officer was suspended from the hospital for saying that a patient named Harris had died because the nurses who attended to him did not attach his ventilator tubes properly.

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Rear Admiral Antony George, Chief Staff Officer (Training) of Southern Naval Command presents awards at a passing out ceremony at INS Garuda, Kochi. Lieutenant Divya Sharma, Lt Shubhangi Swaroop and Lt Shivangi, who graduated as fully operational Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) Pilots at the ceremony, are now ready to take on all MR missions on Dornier aircraft.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with successful NEET student Amina, in Wayanad. Amina has secured high marks in the NEET exam despite many personal adversaries.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Thirunelli Agri Producer Company organic farm and processing unit, in Wayanad.

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Wayanad MP and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visits the 200-acre paddy fields and organic farms in Wayanad.

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Wayanad MP and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visits the 200-acre paddy fields and organic farms in Wayanad.

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Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during an interaction with Ramettan, a farmer, in Wayanad district. Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal is also seen.

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Youth Congress workers stage a protest demanding immediate arrest of those who were responsible for the death of a COVID-19 patient due to alleged medical malpractice at Government Medical College, in Kochi.

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi with party leader KC Venugopal and others attends a review meeting on COVID-19, at Kalpetta in his parliamentary constituency Wayanad.

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi addresses the media during a visit to his parliamentary constituency Wayanad.

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Newly appointed head priest (Melashanthi) VK Jayaraj Potti pays obeisance to Lord Ayyappan at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attends COVID-19 review meeting at Malappuram collectorate, during his three-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Wayanad, in Malappuram district.

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Devotees stand in a queue to offer prayers at Sabarimala temple after the Lord Ayyappa temple opened after remaining closed for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Pathanamthitta district.

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Priests perform rituals for the 'Tulamas Puja' at the Sabarimala temple, in Pathanamthitta district.

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In this file photo renowned Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri receives Jnanpith Award from Kerala Cultural Minister AK Balan (L) at his residence at Kumaranallur in Palakkad. Namboothiri, 94, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 15, 2020.

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Renowned Malayalam poet and Jnanpith laureate Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri passed away, Thursday morning. He was 94.

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Suraj Venjaramoodu poses for a photograph, in Kochi. Venjaramoodu won the Best Actor award during the Kerala State film awards 2020.

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Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and other UDF leaders stage a protest outside State Secretariat demanding resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Former principal secretary to Kerala chief minister M Sivasankar arrives at custom's office for questioning in connection to the Kerala gold smuggling case, in Kochi.

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Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala shout slogans during a protest march before the state secretariat demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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India Navy's aircraft carrier INS Vikrant being shifted to Ernakulam Wharf due to dredging works at Cochin Shipyard, in Kochi.

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A man on a scooter, wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, asks for directions in Kochi, Kerala.

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Policemen keep watch after the state government imposed prohibitory orders in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in Kochi, Kerala. India has crossed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, putting the country's toll at nearly 10% of the global fatalities and behind only the United States and Brazil.

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Subhani Haja Moideen, an Islamic State recruit, guilty of joining the terrorist organisation and waging war against the Government of Iraq, after sentencing by NIA's special court, in Kochi.

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