Kerala cyclone death toll hits 36 as 96 fishermen are still missing Dec 08, 2017 0 70 12345 IANSThiruvananthapuramThree more bodies were recovered in Kerala on Thursday, taking the death toll in cyclone Ockhi to 36 while 96 fishermen are still missing, official figures said. Two bodies was recovered off Kozhikode by a joint search team and another one was found in the deep sea off Alappuzha. Also, 15 fishermen were rescued by an Indian Air Force aircraft off the Kozhikode coast while 209 others are in various hospitals. Meanwhile, the Congress-led opposition is bracing to take on the state government for what it says has been a callous attitude in handling the November 30 cyclone and its aftermath. The Congress will make its views known at Friday's all-party meeting called by the government. Addressing reporters here, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the government had made an"absolute mess"right from ignoring the series of cyclone warnings to executing a bad relief and rescue operation. "It's really strange that an all-party meeting has been called tomorrow while the compensation measures have already been announced at yesterday's (Wednesday) cabinet meeting. "Then what's the use of calling an all-party meeting? We are, however, taking part in it,"he said. "The compensation package is too low. We want it to be increased."Vijayan had on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of those who died and Rs 5 lakh to the permanently disabled. On Thursday, DNA tests began on 10 bodies kept at the state-run Medical College here. One body was handed over to relatives on Wednesday after the DNA test. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Man burnt alive in Rajasthan for 'love jihad', accused held Dec 08, 2017 0 57 Kin of missing TN fishermen demand intensified search Dec 08, 2017 0 40 Congress suspends Aiyar from party over Modi 'neech' remark Dec 08, 2017 0 47 Govt stand over Jerusalem shows servility, says CPI-M IANS New Delhi The Indian government's refusal to denounce the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital"shows the extent of servility of the Modi regime"to Washington, the CPI-M said on .. Muslim bodies slam US policy shift on Jerusalem IANS New Delhi A number of prominent Muslim organisations, including the Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH), on Thursday condemned the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital .. RJD accepts Rahul's leadership to dislodge Modi govt, says Lalu IANS New Delhi RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said his party has"certainly"accepted the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and will try to get all non-NDA parties together under the Congress banner to defeat Modi government ..