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Top four seeds enter semis at Stuttgart WTA Grand Prix

April 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Berlin, April 28 (IANS) Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka had to exert every ounce of her energy to beat German wild card Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 in a match that lasted nearly three hours at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Third round of talks today

April 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Raipur, Apr 28 (ANI): The fate of abducted Sukma District Collector is undecided even a week after his kidnapping, and interlocutors of the Chhattisgarh Government and the Maoists are meeting for the third time today to find a way out.

Overweight teens 'with high body satisfaction are less depressed'

April 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Washington, Apr 28 (ANI): Overweight young women who are happy with the size and shape of their bodies show higher levels of self-esteem, a new study has revealed.

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Chandy launches logo for biodiversity clubs in colleges

April 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 27 (IANS) As a first step in setting up biodiversity clubs in all educational institutions in Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday released the club logo.

New carcinogen in smokeless tobacco identified

April 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 27 (IANS) It is bad news for those Malayalis who use smokeless tobacco -- in the form of 'gutka' and similar products -- as a research in the US has, for the first time, identified a specific oral cancer-causing chemical in smokeless tobacco products.

Italians pay Rs.1.7mn in damages, boat owner drops case

April 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Kochi, April 27 (IANS) The owner of a damaged fishing boat, on which two Indian fishermen were shot dead allegedly by two Italian Marines from a cargo vessel in February, withdrew his complaint Friday after he was paid compensation of Rs.1.7 million ($32,000) by Italian authorities.

Chhattisgarh Government intensifies efforts to free abducted Sukma Collector

April 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Raipur, Apr 27 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Government has intensified efforts to free Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon from Maoists captivity.

Boat owner ready to let Italian ship sail for Rs.1.7 mn

April 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Kochi, April 26 (IANS) The owner of a damaged fishing boat, on which two Indian fishermen was shot dead by two Italian marines in February, Thursday filed a plea in the Kerala High Court saying that he would not oppose the departure of the Italian vessel from Kochi if he was compensated Rs.1.7 million ($32,000).

Bhopal activist requests Maoists to release Menon 'unharmed'

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Bhopal, Apr 26 (ANI): The public concern over the health and safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector got a sentimental touch on Thursday, as a local activist in Bhopal organized a blood 'satyagraha' and wrote a letter addressed to the Maoists to release Alex Paul Menon 'unharmed'.

Maoist mediator confident that there would be no loss of life

April 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Raipur, Apr 26 (ANI): Human rights activist and academic Professor Hargopal, who has been named as another mediator by the Maoists for talks with the government to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, on Thursday said that he would ensure that there is no casualty on either side.

I'm not a sex symbol, says Miranda Kerr

April 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): Miranda Kerr, who is often voted as one of the world's sexiest woman, has said that she doesn't see herself as a sex symbol but is comfortable posing in her underwear as she's happy with the way she looks.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in India

April 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by his wife Ban Soon-taek, and senior advisers, arrived in India Thursday on a three-day official visit during which he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss India's role in the global body, including its reforms.

India's monsoon likely to be normal: Deshmukh

April 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) In what could be a breather for farmers and common people, India's monsoon is likely to be normal with 99 percent of the expected rainfall, Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said here Thursday.

F1 race track in Kerala will boost tourism: Narain Karthikeyan

April 26, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 26 (IANS) The only Asian driver in the Formula One circuit Narain Karthikeyan Thursday said an F1 race track in Kerala is certainly going to be a boost for tourism.

Yoga and meditation 'secret to Miranda Kerr's trim figure'

April 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

London, Apr 26 (ANI): Miranda Kerr, whose enviably toned body scored her a contract with one of the world's best-known fitness brands, has revealed how daily 30-minute yoga sessions and a "super healthy" diet help hone her slender 5ft 9 inch frame.

Abducted Sukma collector's health condition improving, says Raman Singh

April 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said that health of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon had improved after medication.

Collector abduction: Maoist mediator B D Sharma arrives in Raipur

April 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Raipur, Apr 26 (ANI): Maoist mediator B D Sharma arrived in Chhattisgarh's Raipur District on Thursday to secure the release of abducted collector Alex Paul Menon.

Kerala open to setting up motor racetrack

April 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 26 (IANS) The Kerala government can consider opening a motor racing track in the state if it helped pull in tourists, Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said ahead of his meeting with F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan here Thursday.

Renuka Chaudhary slams Prashant Bhushan for refusing to mediate for releasing abducted collector

April 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary Tuesday criticised Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan for refusing to mediate for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon......

Congress to field ex-CPI-M legislator in Kerala by-poll

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 25 (IANS) R. Selvaraj, a two-time Kerala CPI-M legislator who quit the party last month, will contest the June 2 by-election to the Neyattinkara assembly constituency as a Congress candidate.

Smart City Kochi pavilion to open next month

April 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Kochi, April 25 (IANS) A state-of-the-art sales pavilion, built as part of the much-awaited Smart City Kochi project, is all set to open next month, an official associated with the project said here Wednesday.

Pailan Arrows beat Chirag Kerala for first win in I-League

April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Kochi, April 25 (IANS) Pailan Arrows defeated Chirag United Kerala 3-0 to register their first win in I-League football at the Nehru Stadium here Wednesday.

Collector's abduction: Chhattisgarh Govt. pins its hopes on mediators

April 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Raipur, Apr 25 (ANI): Reiterating that the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon was the primary concern of the state government, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Wednesday said the authorities have pinned their hopes on mediators to end the hostage crisis.

Neyattinkara to go to polls June 2

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) The Election Commission Tuesday announced June 2 as the date for the by-election to Kerala's Neyattinkara assembly constituency.

Miranda Kerr would swap modelling for singing

April 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

London, Apr 24 (ANI): Miranda Kerr has revealed her secret ambition of becoming a singer.

H1N1 cases in Kerala touches dozen

April 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) The number of H1N1 cases in Kerala has touched a dozen, a health official said Tuesday, adding that the authorities were fully prepared to deal with the situation.

Enrica-Lexie case: BJP calls on govt. to sack Additional Solicitor General Raval

April 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday called on the Central Government to sack Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval for apparently defending the contention of the Italian Government that their country's ship - the Enrica Lexie - was in international waters and not in Indian waters when its security personnel killed two Keralite fishermen in February this year.

Chhattisgarh CM urges Maoists not to fix deadline

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Raipur, Apr 24 (ANI): With the deadline looming large for the safe release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Tuesday urged the Maoists not to fix a deadline till the negotiations are over.

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Govt. should adopt holistic approach, says D. Raja

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Tuesday said the government should adopt a holistic approach to secure the safe release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon from his Maoist kidnappers.

Maoist-nominated mediator urges Govt. to resume talks

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): B. D. Sharma, one of the Maoist-nominated mediators for negotiations with the government, on Tuesday stressed on the need to have a dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict following the abduction of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Fishermen paid damages, but Italian Marines face trial

April 24, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Kochi, April 24 (IANS) Italian authorities Tuesday handed over two demand drafts of Rs.1 crore each to the Lok Adalat as compensation to the families of two Indian fishermen shot dead by Italian Marines on Feb 15, following out of court settlements. But the Marines will continue to stand trial on criminal charges.

Italians tender Rs.2 crore compensation to court

April 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Kochi, April 24 (IANS) Italian authorities Tuesday handed over two demand drafts of Rs. 1 crore each to the Lok Adalat of the Kerala High Court to be given to the families of two fishermen who were killed by Italian marines.

I-League: Chirag take on Pailan Arrows

April 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Kochi, April 24 (IANS) A desperate Chirag Kerala will look to secure all three points when they take on Pailan Arrows in an I-League football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here Wednesday.

Kerr's secret ambition - singing!

April 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

London, April 24 (IANS) Supermodel Miranda Kerr has a secret ambition to become a singer.

Sukma Collector's abduction: Chhattisgarh Govt. names mediators

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Raipur, Apr 24 (ANI): The Chhattisgarh Government on Tuesday named two former bureaucrats for holding talks with Maoists to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Collector's abduction: Renuka Chaudhary slams Prashant Bhushan

April 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary on Tuesday criticised Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan for refusing to mediate for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Bhushan refuses to mediate on behalf of Maoists in Sukma Collector abduction case

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Team Anna member and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday refused to mediate for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, saying that he was opposed to the collector being used as a bargaining chip by the Maoists.

Maoists claim abducted collector's health critical, demand medical help

April 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Ranchi, Apr 24 (ANI): The Maoists have issued a statement saying that Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon's health is critical and that he is in urgent need of medicine and medical attention.

Kerala film industry's biggest showman Navodaya Appachan dies

April 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Kochi, April 23 (IANS) Navodaya Appachan, known as the biggest showman of the Malayalam film industry, died at a private hospital here Monday night after battling cancer for a long time. He was 81.

Young nuclear scientist found dead in his Kalpakkam quarters

April 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Nuclear scientist Mohammed Mustafa, 24, was found dead in his quarters at Kalpakkam, around 80 km from here, with his wrists slashed Monday evening, police said.

CD row: Singhvi quits party, parliamentary posts (Roundup)

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) A day before parliament reconvenes for the budget session, Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi quit Monday as party spokesperson and as head of the parliamentary panel on law and justice in the wake of a controversial CD allegedly featuring him.

Apex court notice on Italy's plea for custody of two marines

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central and Kerala governments on a petition by the Italian government seeking the custody of its two marines currently in judicial custody for killing two Indian fishermen after mistaking them for pirates.

Anti-naxal operations in Bastar suspended to facilitate collector's release

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): As uncertainty looms over the release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, the state government has reportedly suspended the anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region.

Development can help combat Maoist activities in India: CRPF

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): The Special Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Aniruddh Uppal on Monday said the initiation of development projects in Maoist-hit areas would help combat left wing extremists activities.

Kerala Police, CBI in stand-off

April 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Kochi, April 23 (IANS) A week after a deputy superintendent of police was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for conspiring to brutally beat up a journalist, the Kerala Police countered Monday by registering a case against the CBI for beating up the police officer.

Kerala-born Yusuffali making waves in Gulf

April 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 23 (IANS) Kerala-born M. A. Yusuffali is today dubbed as one of the most influential Indians in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

4 Left legislators willing to cross over: Kerala UDF leader

April 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Kochi, April 23 (IANS) Kerala government chief whip and veteran United Democratic Front (UDF) legislator P.C.George Monday alleged that four legislators from the CPI-M-led opposition are ready to cross over to the ruling front.

Centre in touch with Chhattisgarh Govt. on Maoist kidnapping: Home Secretary

April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Monday said the Centre is providing all support to the Chhattisgarh Government for the safe release of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon.

Chhattisgarh hostage crisis: Raman Singh convenes high-level meet

April 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): With the Maoists forwarding their demands in exchange for the release of Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has reportedly convened a high-level meeting to decide on the future course of action.

No gender bias in science: Missile scientist Tessy Thomas (Interview)

April 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Hyderabad, April 23 (IANS) She sees no paradox in a woman working to develop Agni-V, the indigenously developed, 5,000-km range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile that some would call a weapon of mass destruction. Scientist Tessy Thomas, who guided the team behind it, calls it a 'weapon of peace' and says there is no gender discrimination in science.

Panel looking into Mamata ultimatum: Mukherjee

April 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked a government panel to look into West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's ultimatum to the centre for a moratorium on the cash strapped state's interest payments.

U.S. Senator Kerry not to visit Pakistan

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): U.S. Senator John Kerry's spokesperson Jodi Seth has rejected news reports regarding the senator's visit to Pakistan on President Obama's directive, claiming that no such visit is scheduled.

Collector abduction: No compromise with Maoists, says Jitendra Singh

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Jaisalmer, Apr 22 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the Central Government would never compromise with the violent ways of the Maoists, but was ready to have talks with them and resolve conflicts amicably.

Congress mum on Banerjee's 15-day ultimatum for W. Bengal debt relief

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday refused to comment on the 15-day deadline issued by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to the Centre to announce debt relief for her state.

Responsibility of centre and state governments to free Alex, says his father

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Chennai, Apr 22 (ANI): The father of the abducted Chattisgarh collector Alex Paul Menon, A Varadhas, on Sunday said it was now the responsibility of the central and state governments to secure the release of his son from the Maoists.

Abducted collector safe, claims police

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Raipur, Apr 22 (ANI): The Chattisgarh Police on Sunday claimed that the abducted collector Alex Paul Menon was safe.

BJP expresses concern over rise in Maoist abduction cases

April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday expressed concern over the rising number of abduction by the Maoists, calling for concrete action to be taken against them.

Kerala UDF constituencts call truce

April 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Kozhikode, April 22 (IANS) A ceasefire of sorts has been declared between the two bickering constituents of the ruling United Democratic front (UDF) in Kerala - the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the state Congress unit - after a meeting between their top leaders here Sunday.

BJP mocks UPA Govt.'s economic development plan

April 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday hit out at the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for hindering the nation's economic growth.

Collector's abduction: Agnivesh asks Maoists to come forward for talks

April 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

New Delhi, Apr 22 (ANI): Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Sunday condemned the abduction of the Collector of Chhattisgarh's Sukma District, Alex Paul Menon, and asked the Maoists to come forward for talks.

Abducted Chhattisgarh Collector's wife appeals to Maoists for his release

April 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Sukma/Raipur, Apr 22 (ANI): Asha Menon, the wife of abducted District Collector Alex Paul Menon, has appealed to the Maoists to release her husband at the earliest on humanitarian grounds.

Will take all possible steps to secure release of collector: Chattisgarh CM

April 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Raipur, Apr 21 (ANI): Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday said he will take all possible steps to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon from the Maoists.

Khamkar retains Mr India title

April 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Pune, April 21 (IANS) Suhas Khamkar retained the Mr India title in the senior national body building championship here Saturday. For Khamkar, it was his third consecutive Mr India title. He had also won the Mr Asia title in 2010.

Naxals abduct District Collector in Chhattisgarh

April 21, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Sukma (Chhattisgarh), Apr 21 (ANI): The Maoists have abducted the District Collector of newly formed Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Kerala promises single window clearance to lure investors

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) To bag big ticket investments to propel its economy, the government of Kerala has promised single-window clearance, lucrative returns and durable partnerships to Indian industries and global corporations.

Kerala CM seeks ASG Rawal's removal from Italian Marine's case

April 21, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Irked with Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Harin Raval's Friday remark in the case of Italian Vessel confinement case, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday sought his removal from the case and asked to replace him by another senior government counsel......

Additional Solicitor General's view on Italian ship not of Government of India

April 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Chennai, Apr 21 (ANI): Shipping Minister G. K. Vasan on Saturday said there were no differences between the Centre and the Kerala Government on detention of two Italian marines, accused of killing Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February.

Chandy seeks removal of Raval in Italian Marines case

April 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday sought Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval's removal from the Italian Marines' case for remarking that the state government had no jurisdiction to detain the Italian ship as firing from it took place outside India's territorial waters.

E&Y to open third facility in Kerala

April 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 (IANS) Ernst & Young (E&Y) Global Shared Services (GSS) plans to expand its facilities at the state-owned KINFRA Film and Video Park near here. The firm has been allocated 60,000 square feet of built-up area.

Kerala lashes out at Rawal remarks on firing from ship

April 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Kochi, April 21 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday lashed out at Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal for his mark that the state government had no jurisdiction to detain the Italian ship as firing from it took place outside India's territorial waters.

Fishermen Killing row: it's now tussle between Centre and State Govt.

April 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The tussle between centre and state government begins in the connection of fisherman killing row when Centre moved to Supreme Court zeroing the Kerala government for confining the vessel Enrica Lexie, from which the Italian security guard, had allegedly fired to shot dead to two Indian fishermen in the Indian Ocean mistakenly assessing them Caribbean pirates............

Kerala should guard against religious fundamentalism: Ramesh

April 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Describing Kerala as the "fountainhead" of social harmony, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Friday warned against the danger of the state becoming threatened by religious fundamentalism.

Time not yet ripe for third front: CPI

April 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Kolkata, April 20 (IANS) The Communist Party of India (CPI) Friday said the time was not yet ripe for giving call for a third alternative comprising non-Congress and non-BJP parties, but predicted a realignment of forces with some of the regional parties leaving the two leading coalitions.

Plan panel okays Rs.14,010 crore outlay for Kerala

April 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Planning Commission Friday approved the 2012-13 annual plan outlay of Rs.14,010 crore for Kerala.

Italy moves apex court for marines' custody, government flip-flops

April 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) As Italy Friday moved the Supreme Court to secure custody of its two marines arrested in Kerala for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen, the government told the court that the state government had no jurisdiction to detain the ship as the incident took place outside Indian territorial waters.

World Book and Copyright Day celebrated by National Book Trust in India

April 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

National Book Trust of India is organizing several programs on April 23 to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day.

Lok Adalat asked to settle compensation for killed fishermen

April 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Kochi, April 20 (IANS) A vacation bench of the Kerala High Court Friday referred the compensation claim, filed by families of the two Indian fishermen killed by two Italian Marines in February, to the Lok Adalat.

Kerala fishermen's relatives feel cheated

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Relatives of the two Indian fishermen shot dead by Italian marines in February and Kerala's fishing community Friday assailed the central government for letting them down, after a government lawyer told the apex court that the state government had no jurisdiction in the matter.

Nagaland's business community complains of militant outfits extorting money

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Kohima, Apr 20 (ANI): The young business community of Nagaland, which has recently started their business in the state, has complained of Naga militant outfits extorting money from them.

Kerala expecting huge overseas investment: Chandy

April 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Kerala government is expecting huge overseas investments in about 60 sectors including infrastructure, technology, education and healthcare, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Friday.

Italy moves apex court for custody of its Marines

April 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Italy Friday moved the Supreme Court to secure custody of its two Marines arrested in Kerala for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen. The Marines were posted on cargo ship M.V. Enrica Lexie when they killed the two fishermen, mistaking them to be pirates.

Kerala not to take over Padmanabhaswamy temple: Minister

April 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Newly-appointed Kerala Home Minister T.Radhakrishnan Friday said the state government would not take over the management of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, which has been in the news after priceless treasures were unearthed from its vaults July last year.

Kerala High Court orders probe into fake stamp papers

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Manjula Chellur Friday gave directions to all the courts in the state for an immediate inquiry into the use of stamp papers, after a massive fraud of fake stamp papers was detected at a lower court here.

Neyattinkara, land of uprisings, set for another battle (Kerala Newsletter)

April 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Neyattinkara is a piece of land in Kerala that once saw many uprisings against British rule. But now it is set for a fierce battle of the political kind, thanks to an assembly byelection.

Qualcomm to get BWA spectrum shortly: DoT

April 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) US-based chipmaker Qualcomm would soon be able to roll out high-speed Internet services with the government willing to provide the firm broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum shortly.

Kerala minister's father 'unsure' of compromise talks

April 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) The standoff between state Forest and Sports Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar and his father, veteran politician and Kerala Congress (B) chairman R. Balakrishna Pillai, continued to remain unresolved with the latter saying he is 'unsure' about the outcome of Thursday's talks.

Cancer rising among Indian youth: Experts

April 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Cancer among the Indian youth is increasing but the main cause of concern is that they are unknown from the facts,

Cancer rising among India's youth

April 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) More youngsters are developing cancer in India, doctors said at a conference here Thursday. However, most of those affected by the disease remain ignorant about it, which leads to delays in diagnosis and treatment, they said.

Families of detained Italians visit them in Trivandrum jail

April 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) Four close family members of the two jailed Italian marines in Kerala, arrested in February this year for killing two unarmed Indian fishermen, visited them in Trivandrum Central Prison Thursday.

Schengen visa processor VFS expands operations

April 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Bangalore, April 18 (IANS) Leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, VFS Global, has expanded its operations in India's tech hub to process applications for Schengen visa to seven more European countries in addition to France and Switzerland.

Gandhi items' auction disappoints collector

April 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Thrissur, April 18 (IANS) Antony Chittattukara, a 70-year-old antique collector from this Kerala town, had expected to make over Rs.500 million from the auction of Mahatma Gandhi's memorabilia. But the auction, held at Mullock's in London Tuesday, fetched him only Rs.8.5 million.

Kerala's only tribal village under threat

April 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Tucked away inside a heavily forested area, Kerala's only Scheduled Tribes (ST) panchayat Idamalakkudy is home to some of the world's most endangered plant species but the rich biodiversity is fast dwindling as is the tribals' unique way of life, say worried researchers.

Now, Miranda Kerr's curves available for viewing in 3D

April 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

London, Apr 18 (ANI): Miranda Kerr's delicious being has been reproduced in a 3D image to make it even more desirable.

Kudankulam nuke plant row intensifies as activist slams govt's atomic energy body

April 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Chennai, Apr 18 (ANI): Criticizing the Department of Atomic Energy, anti-nuclear activist Neeraj Jain has urged the Central Government to halt operations at existing plants such as Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam project.

Retired teacher waits for Gandhi memorabilia auction result

April 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), April 17 (IANS) A 70-year-old retired school teacher has been waiting patiently for the outcome as his rare collection of Mahatma Gandhi memorabilia went under the hammer in London Tuesday. He intends to use the proceeds to set up an antique museum.

Mexican arrested for murder in Tamil Nadu

April 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Chennai, April 17 (IANS) A Mexican citizen was arrested Tuesday for allegedly murdering his former live-in partner over custody of their daughter, officials said.

Pay more for liquor, Kerala government told

April 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 17 (IANS) The Kerala Bottlers Federation (KBF) and the Association of Distillers, Brewers and Vintners of India Tuesday urged the Kerala government to raise the price of liquor purchased from them as input costs have risen.

Three Kerala airports to get new names

April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 17 (IANS) Since the previous Left government named major parks and popular meeting places in the state after Communist Party of India-Marxist leaders, people in Kerala are curious about the names the Oommen Chandy regime plans to give to the three international airports.

East Bengal scrape past Chirag United 4-3

April 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Kolkata, April 16 (IANS) East Bengal beat Chirag United Kerala 4-3 in a thrilling I-League encounter at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan here Monday.

Kerala Police officer held for attack on journalist

April 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Kochi, April 16 (IANS) The CBI, probing the role of some Kerala Police officials in the 2011 murderous attack on a Kollam-based senior journalist, Monday arrested a deputy superintendent of police, the second such high ranking official to be taken into custody in the case.

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