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Thiruvananthapuram: The southwest monsoon sets in over Kerala on Friday, the Met office said.

Heavy rains have lashed most parts of the state since Thursday night.

“The southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala on June 5, as against the normal date of June 1,” an India Meteorological Department statement said.

“Conditions are favourable for the further advance of southwest monsoon into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, some parts of Rayalseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh, some parts of central and north Bay of Bengal and southern parts of northeastern states during the next 48 hours.” (IANS)

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Franco Mulakkal, bishop of the Indian city of Jalandhar, center, whom a nun has accused of rape, leaves after appearing for questioning by police in Kochi, India, Sept. 19, 2018. The bishop has denied the accusation. VOA

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The arrest of Franco Mulakkal came after police questioned him for three days in southern Indian city of Kochi.

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Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India. VOA

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