Kerala police asked the state government to ban circulation of the book "Mashari al-Ashwaq ila Masari al Ushaaq" and said the book can misguide the youth into extremism and force them to join terrorist organisations. According to the police, the book contains content promoting anti-national attitude and hatred among religions. Police recommend the government to ban the circulation of the book on all platforms, including social media. The state government has formed a three-member committee to examine and recommend suitably on banning of the book. The committee will examine whether the book contains any incriminating material.
60 students test Covid positive in Bengaluru
A residential school in Bengaluru has become a Covid -19 cluster after 60 of its nearly 500 students tested positive. Two were found to be symptomatic and the school has been shut till October 20. Bengaluru district collector J Manjunath said the symptomatic students had been admitted to hospital and the rest quarantined at a proper medical facility. Manjunath said 105 RAT (rapid antigen tests, the less reliable kind) and 424 RT-PCR test had been carried out, and that a team of medical and government officials had been stationed at the quarantine centre housing the students. "We'll conduct a re-test on the seventh day. The school has been closed till October 20. There is no cause for worry, this is a proactive measure," he added. Of the students who tested positive, 14 were from Tamil Nadu and the rest from Karnataka.