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Sonakshi Sinha's Travel Bucket List

April 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Actor Sonakshi Sinha recently went to Maldives and came back completely rejuvenated. In her 4 days trip to Maldives she came back with some 400 pictures which shows how much she loves to travel and capture the exotic places.

Government pension scheme for Indians abroad

May 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Kochi, May 3 (IANS) The Indian government is promoting a new Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PILF) scheme in a bid to provide financial security to poor Indians working abroad.

Chandy not in favour of state finance for golf club

May 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, May 2 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday said the previous government's decision to take over the Trivandrum Golf Club was not correct and he was not in favour of public money being used to run a golf club.


'Savdhan India' tries to analyse crime, sensitize people

May 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) Actor Sushant Singh, who is co-anchoring crime-based show "Savdhan India" with Gaurav Chopra, describes it as an analytical programme trying to figure out why crime happens, the psychology behind it. The latter says it also cautions people.

Court dismisses Achuthanandan plea for sex probe report

May 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Kochi, May 2 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Wednesday dismissed a petition of Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan seeking a copy of the investigation report in the Kozhikode ice-cream parlour sex case allegedly involving state minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader P.K. Kunhalikutty.

Two dozen injured as elephant runs amok

May 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), May 2 (IANS) Close to two dozen people were injured Wednesday as an elephant participating in the Thrissur Pooram festival ran amok, police said.

Painting dreams with a ballpen from a wheelchair

May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) He is 37 and a warrior in a wheelchair with a sword that etches his imagination on paper in sharp lines.

Suprme Court permits Italian ship to leave

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday allowed the release from a Kerala port of Italian ship M.V. Enrica Lexie, from which two marines had shot dead two Indian fishermen on Feb 15, suspecting them to be pirates. The marines will, however, continue to remain in a Kerala jail.

Kerala forests suspected to shelter Maoists: Police

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Alappuzha (Kerala), May 2 (IANS) Police suspect the presence of Maoists in the forests across Kerala but is unsure of their activities, a top police officer said here Wednesday.

Thrissur Pooram festivities begin

May 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), May 1 (IANS) Thrissur Pooram, one of Kerala's most famous festivals, began Tuesday morning as thousands of people gathered to witness the visual extravaganza.

Italian ship's release difficult unless commitment on marines: Court

May 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday said that if the Italian government can't ensure the presence of its four marines presently aboard M.V. Enrica Lexie as and when required by either by police or the trial court to tender evidence, then it would be difficult for the vessel to sail out of a Kerala port.

Thrissur's Pooram Festival attracts hundreds of devotees, tourists

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), May 1 (ANI): Devotees as well as tourists in large numbers have converged in Thrissur in Kerala to witness and take part in the colourful Pooram Festival.

No problems in alliance, all united: UDF

May 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, May 1 (IANS) Kerala's ruling United Democratic Front Tuesday denied any problem in its ranks, and termed Communist Party of India-Marxist's willingness to welcome back parties which quit the Left Democratic Front (LDF) as "wishful thinking".

Veterinary doctors examine elephants participating in Thrissur festival

May 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), May 1 (ANI): Veterinary doctors are examining elephants that are likely to take part in the traditional festival of Thrissur Pooram in Kerala.

NHRC summons Kerala's chief secretary

April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has summoned Kerala's chief secretary over the state's failure to submit the compliance report of compensating people affected from the aerial spray of hazardous pesticide Endosulfan in Kasargod district.

Fortnightly edited by Indian-origin scribe wins top British media award

April 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

London, April 30 (IANS) Asian Lite, a fortnightly focussing on British Asian events and issues and edited by Indian-origin journalist Anasudhin Azeez, has won the prestigious How-Do newspaper of the year award for 2012.

Judicial custody of Italian marines extended till May 11

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Kollam (Kerala), April 30 (IANS) A Kerala court Monday extended till May 11 the judicial custody of two Italian marines arrested for shooting dead two Indian fishermen Feb 15 off Alappuzha.

Salgaocar edge past Chirag 1-0 in I-League

April 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Margao, April 29 (IANS) Defending champions Salgaocar SC scraped past Chiag United Kerala 1-0 in the I-League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda here Sunday.

Kerala wins advertisement award in Prague

April 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 29 (IANS) The Kerala Tourism advertisement campaign 'Your Moment is Waiting' has won the bronze medal at the prestigious Prague International Advertising Festival (PIAF) in the category of 'state as an advertiser.'

Coconut plucking could be monkey business in Kerala

April 29, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 29 (IANS) Can a monkey do a man's job? Yes, when it comes to climbing tall coconut trees and plucking its fruits - a skill that has been hit by labour shortage, say the Kerala authorities.

Kerala readies for Thrissur Pooram festival

April 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Thrissur, April 29 (IANS) Kerala is all set to celebrate Thrissur Pooram this week, in a festival that will see majestic, caparisoned elephants passing through the town as well as a fireworks display.

Holders Salgaocar eye win against relegated Chirag United

April 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Margao, April 28 (IANS) Defending champions Salgaocar Sports Club take on Chirag United Kerala in an I-League football encounter at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here Sunday.

500-km human chain for Indian fishermen's sake

April 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 28 (IANS) More than half a million people Saturday formed a 500-km-long human chain running from Kerala to Tamil Nadu to press for the safety and security of Indian fishermen.

Shimla convent school allows students to wear turban

April 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Shimla, April 28 (IANS) An over one-and-half-month old controversy over wearing of full-sized turban by Sikh students ended Saturday with a prominent boys' school here allowing them to wear the headgear, an official said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kerala CM to make major pitch for investment

April 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy along with a team of officials will meet diplomats and business honchos in Delhi later this week

Judicial custody of Italian marines extended

April 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) A Kerala court Monday extended till April 30 the judicial custody of the two Italian security officials arrested for gunning down two Indian fishermen.

Chandy off to Delhi to discuss fifth berth controversy

April 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 15 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and state Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala left for Delhi Sunday to take up with the party high command the gifting of a fifth ministerial berth to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) which has set sparks flying in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).

Kerala CPI-M leaders to protest Monday

April 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Kochi, April 15 (IANS) Angry leaders and activists of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) will march towards the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here Monday to protest the harassment of its leaders in a 2006 murder case.

Fun and fervour mark Vishu in Kerala

April 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 14 (IANS) Devout Hindus here Saturday heralded Vishu, the Kerala new year, with traditional cultural fervour with people visiting temples in the morning.

Government probing speculation in agri commodities

April 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Concerned over excessive speculation leading to price fluctuation of some essential commodities being traded at the Forward Markets Commission recently, the government Friday said it will take action after getting the report of secretary consumer affairs in 10 days.

HAL take on Mumbai FC in I-League

April 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Bangalore, April 13 (IANS) HAL Bangalore, who are already relegated, will take on Mumbai FC in the 25th round I-League football at the Bangalore Football Stadium here Saturday.

Woes for Chandy as IUML given fifth ministership

April 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 13 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has come under fire from Hindu social groups besides his own Congress party ever since he gave a fifth ministership to his second biggest ally, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML).

Singapore, Kerala to enhance IT cooperation

April 12, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 12 (IANS) Kerala is all set to intensify and strengthen the cooperation in the IT Sector with Singapore following a visit by Group of Technology Companies (GTech) there, an official here said Thursday.

Setback to Achuthanandan in land grab case

April 12, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Kochi, April 12 (IANS) Former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan, a prime accused in a land grab case, suffered a setback Thursday when the Kerala High Court refused to quash the First Information Report (FIR) filed in the case.

PM greets nation on Baisakhi, Vishu and Bihu

April 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of the traditional harvest festivals Baisakhi, Vishu and Bihu.

Ace comedian Jagathy shifted to Vellore hospital

April 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 12 (IANS) Malayalam comic actor Jagathy Sreekumar, seriously injured in a road accident last month, was Thursday shifted to a Vellore hospital.

Chandy inducts two new ministers, shuffles portfolios

April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 12 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Thursday added two more ministers to his cabinet, taking the total strength to 21, and shuffled some key portfolios, including home.

Chandy adds two ministers

April 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 12 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Thursday added two more ministers to his cabinet, taking the total strength to 21.

Chandy to expand cabinet, IUML gets fifth berth

April 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 11 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy finally succumbed to the pressures of coalition politics and handed over a fifth berth to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) here Wednesday.

Kerala announces strict measures against bio-piracy

April 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 11 (IANS) The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) Wednesday announced strict measures to prevent bio-piracy.

'DAM999' bags two honorary GMA awards

April 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Kochi, April 11 (IANS) 'DAM999', a controversial movie released last year, has bagged two honorary awards at the Global Music Awards (GMA) held in California.

Kerala prisons to go green

April 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 11 (IANS) In what is being billed as a pioneering initiative, all 52 jails in Kerala will now go green with the state government undertaking a Rs.25.50 crore solar power project.

Two more get bail in ship hit-and-run case

April 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Alappuzha (Kerala), April 10 (IANS) A court here Tuesday granted bail to two officials on board the Singapore-based vessel Prabhu Daya which hit a fishing boat off the coast here March 1 leading to the death of five fishermen.

Karat bats for Achuthanandan

April 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 10 (IANS) CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat Tuesday dismissed as baseless reports that former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan was 'ousted' from the politburo.

Supreme Court notice to Kerala Police on Italian ship

April 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notice to Kerala Police and the state's mercantile marine department on a petition by the owners of Italian ship MT Enrica Lexie seeking a direction for its release so that it could continue with its voyage, having been detained after two of its crew killed two Indian fishermen in February.

Pinarayi Vijayan summoned in Lavalin graft case

April 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 10 (IANS) A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Tuesday summoned Pinarayi Vijayan, secretary of the Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), in a corruption case related to Canada-based firm SNC Lavalin.

Communal politics goes viral in Kerala (Comment)

April 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The communal genii whose support the Congress invoked to oust Kerala's first Communist government more than 50 years ago are still around and turning the state's politics viral.

Prakash Karat re-elected CPI (M) General Secretary for third term

April 9, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), Apr 9 (ANI): Prakash Karat was today re-elected as General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the third consecutive term.

Out of politburo, Achuthanandan is miffed

April 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 9 (IANS) Former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan was clearly upset Monday after he failed to make it into the politburo of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Achuthanandan not in politburo, Buddhadeb in

April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 9 (IANS) There were question marks over both. But while former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee retained his place in the CPI-M politburo, former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan failed to make it.

Karat again elected CPI-M boss

April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 9 (IANS) Prakash Karat was Monday re-elected general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), but the veteran V.S. Achuthanandan failed to make it to the politburo.

Karat re-elected CPI-M general secretary

April 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Kozhikode (Kerala), April 9 (IANS) Prakash Karat was Monday re-elected general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Family seeks release of Indian sailor from pirates

April 7, 2012 at 6:49 PM

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Family members of a Kerala sailor, who is among 17 Indians on board a Nigerian vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, have urged the Indian government to intervene in seeking their release.

Caste considerations at play as Chandy mulls cabinet expansion (Kerala Newsletter)

April 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 7 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appears to be caught in a caste conundrum over the expansion of his cabinet.

Murder mystery: employee of murdered Indian businessman commits suicide

April 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Muscat, Apr 6, (ANI): The mystery surrounding the death of an Indian businessman in Muscat has deepened with one of employees committed suicide on Thursday.

CPI-M deliberates on internal 'ideological and political weaknesses', Karat admits mistakes

April 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Kozhikode, Apr 6 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said party leaders have deliberated on Marxist ideological and political weaknesses at the state and national level.

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