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Everything you need to know about Thiruvananthapuram: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Everything you need to know about Thiruvananthapuram: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

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.

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.

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.

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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".

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.'

India to ferry heaviest foreign satellite in August

April 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) India will ferry two foreign satellites - French and Japanese - on board its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C21) rocket in August this year for a price, said a senior official.

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.

Sivan first South Asian to get ASC membership

April 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 28 (IANS) Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan last week became the first South Asian to be given the prestigious membership of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his outstanding work.

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.

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.

Now a 7-inch tablet for Rs.5,399!

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) Giving competition to the government's Aakash tablet, Telmoco Development Labs Pvt. has come out with a Tablet PC - Attitude Daksha - a 7-inch tablet variant for Rs.5,399 inclusive of all taxes.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Decks cleared for fifth edition of Mammootty film

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Decks have been cleared for the fifth edition of the blockbuster Mammootty film 'Oru CBI Dairy kurippu', a rarity in the Malayalam film industry, according to its director K. Madhu.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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).

With choruka, kanji, Kerala observes Good Friday

April 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 6 (IANS) Christians across Kerala observed Good Friday across churches, and like every year three important rituals remained unchanged.

Now, Italian priests visit home of slain Kerala fisherman

April 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Kollam (Kerala), April 5 (IANS) After the visit of three Italian ministers to try and get two Italian marines released from prison, Kerala witnessed a round of Church diplomacy when two Italian priests arrived at the home of one of the fishermen shot dead by the marines.

Kerala Christians set for Easter

April 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 5 (IANS) With just two days left for Easter, Christians in the state are geared up for the celebrations.

Chandy announces sops for the physically challenged

April 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 4 (IANS) More government jobs, free three-wheelers and easy accessibility for physically challenged people in Kerala are the latest sops that the Kerala government under Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced Wednesday.

Infosys to set up second campus in Thiruvananthapuram

April 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 4 (IANS) Infosys Limited, India's second largest IT company, Wednesday signed an agreement with Technopark for 50 acres of land for setting up a second campus in Technocity near here.

Tobacco major cause of cancer deaths: Study

April 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 2 (IANS) Health experts in Kerala are hoping that a nationwide cancer mortality study which underscores the massive health burden of tobacco will galvanise the state and central governments into action and prevent hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths every year.

Judicial custody of Italian Marines extended

April 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 2 (IANS) A court in Kerala Monday extended till April 16 the judicial custody of two Italian Marines arrested for allegedly shooting dead two Indian fishermen in February.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan takes on Centre over Army scam

April 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 2 (ANI): Senior lawyer and social activist Prashant Bhushan has criticized the Centre over the alleged truck procurement scam in the Indian Army.

CSI appoints first president from Kerala

April 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 1 (IANS) Satish Babu Sunday took over as the president of the Computer Society of India (CSI), becoming the first Keralite to get to the top post.

Kerala Christians observe Passion Week

April 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 1 (IANS) Palm Sunday has ushered in Passion Week for devout Christians all over Kerala who are set to participate in the rituals that the holy week brings.

Kerala to participate in world's biggest biodiversity event

March 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 31 (IANS) Kerala has made huge strides in the field of biodiversity, and is now set to participate in the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) slated to be held in Hyderabad Oct 1-19, said an official Saturday.

Antony should quit: Achuthanandan

March 30, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30 (IANS) Leader of opposition and veteran CPI-M leader V.S. Achuthanandan Friday said Defence Minister A.K. Antony should resign in the wake of 'the biggest ever scams' that have taken place under him.

'Italian vessel can't sail till Monday'

March 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Kochi, March 30 (IANS) A division bench of the Kerala High Court Friday stayed an order by a single bench permitting the Italian cargo ship Enrica Lexie, from which two marines had opened fire killing two Indian fishermen, to sail after its owners furnished a bond of Rs.3 crores and met other conditions.

Technopark creating big employment in Kerala

March 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30 (IANS) Technopark is helping in employment generation and the number of professionals at the IT hub is all set to touch 100,000 in the next five years, a state government official said Friday.

90 percent of Kerala homes have telephone

March 30, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30 (IANS) Almost 90 percent of households in Kerala have telephone connections (land line or mobile) in 2011, a staggering rise over the 19.1 percent in 2001, according to the house listing and housing Census conducted ahead of the Census 2011.

Italian vessel can sail after furnishing bond

March 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Kochi, March 29 (IANS) The Italian cargo ship Enrica Lexie, from which two marines had opened fire killing two Indian fishermen, will be permitted to sail after its owners furnish a bond of Rs.3 crore and meet other conditions, the Kerala High Court ruled Thursday.

Kerala forest department issues ID cards for tamed elephants

March 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Thrissur (Kerala), Mar.29 (ANI): Officials from the Conservator of Forests and Wildlife in Kerala have issued identity cards for domesticated elephants.

Kerala doubles allowances for diaspora

March 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 28 (IANS) The Kerala government Wednesday doubled the financial assistance extended to the weaker and poorer sections of the state's diaspora, which includes assistance to bring back the bodies of those who pass away abroad and medical assistance.

Kerala to be tough on banks not providing 'edu loans'

March 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 28 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday said the state government will act tough on commercial banks that do not provide educational loans to students.

Amrita launches free tution programme

March 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 27 (IANS) Kerala Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb Tuesday launched an online programme of Amrita University to help students gain better skills so as to secure jobs.

Amrita University's free online tution programme launched

March 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 27 (IANS) Kerala Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb Tuesday launched Amrita University's Online Gurukul - a free tution - programme here Tuesday, noting it would enhance students' employability skills and thereby help them to secure better job opportunities.

Satmetrix launches customer feedback solution in India

March 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 27 (IANS) US-based Satmetrix, which has a development centre in the Technopark campus here, launched its customer feedback solution, Net Promoter Score (NPS), in the country Tuesday.

Kerala minister's father threatens to oust him from party

March 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 27 (IANS) Spelling further trouble for the Oommen Chandy-led Kerala government, the father-son tussle in a constituent of the ruling alliance has exacerbated with the former Tuesday threatening to oust his son, a minister, from the party.

Kerala newspaper readers join hands for distribution

March 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 26 (IANS) Newspaper readers in India's most literate state have taken up distribution of newspapers in many places in the wake of the week-old strike by newspaper agents.

Trouble in Kerala's ruling coalition over ministership claims

March 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 26 (IANS) Trouble is brewing in Kerala's ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) as two of the coalition partners are putting pressure for a ministerial berth.

Kerala techies learning dance to destress

March 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, March 23 (IANS) Techies at Thiruvananthapuram's Technopark will now relieve their stress by dancing - all thanks to an exclusive dance class.

Ex-ISRO chief Nair ready to face inquiry, points out similarities with previous incident

March 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 2 (ANI): Former chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Madhavan Nair here on Friday said he was ready to face an inquiry regarding his controversial role in the Antrix-Devas deal and added that he could gauge similarities with the previous incident that was reported in the media during 1990s.

Antony says Italian marines accused of killing fishermen will be tried under Indian law

February 26, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 26 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday said the Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen will be prosecuted under the Indian law.

Padmanabhaswamy temple to open its 'C' vault on Monday

February 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 24 (ANI): As per the orders of the Supreme Court, the 'C' vault of the Padmanabhaswamy temple would be opened on Monday for the evaluation and detailed documentation of treasures.

Padmanabhaswamy temple to open its 'C' vault on Monday

February 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 24 (ANI): As per the orders of the Supreme Court, the 'C' vault of the Padmanabhaswamy temple would be opened on Monday for the evaluation and detailed documentation of treasures.

Italian deputy Foreign Minister expresses grief over the death of Indian fishermen

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (ANI): Italian deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura on Thursday expressed grief over the death of two Indian fishermen who were allegedly gunned down by two members of the Italian ship.

'Role of fire services has dramatically changed': Ramachandran

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (ANI): Highlighting the issue of increasing industrialisation and technological advancements making the country far more vulnerable to big fire incidences, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, M. Ramachandran, today indicated that the role of fire services has dramatically changed and now fire services respond to all emergent situations such as terrorist attacks, hazardous material incidents, advanced emergency medical situations, urban search and rescue and much more in addition to their conventional role to fire fighting and rescue.

'Role of fire services has dramatically changed': Ramachandran

February 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (ANI): Highlighting the issue of increasing industrialisation and technological advancements making the country far more vulnerable to big fire incidences, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, M. Ramachandran, today indicated that the role of fire services has dramatically changed and now fire services respond to all emergent situations such as terrorist attacks, hazardous material incidents, advanced emergency medical situations, urban search and rescue and much more in addition to their conventional role to fire fighting and rescue.

Italian deputy Foreign Minister expresses grief over the death of Indian fishermen

February 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (ANI): Italian deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura on Thursday expressed grief over the death of two Indian fishermen who were allegedly gunned down by two members of the Italian ship.

Fishermen in Kerala demand arrest of Italian vessel captain

February 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (ANI): Fishermen here on Tuesday took to the streets demanding the arrest of the captain of Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' following the death of two Indian fishermen.

Kerala High Court tells Italian ship it can leave Kochi Port after paying Rs 25 lakh guarantee

February 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb.22 (ANI): The Kerala High Court on Wednesday said that Italian ship Enrica Lexie could leave Kochi Port after paying Rs 25 lakh as guarantee.

Fishermen killings: Italian envoy meets Kerala police chief, minister meets Delhi officials

February 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, Feb.22 (ANI): Italy's Consul General met Kerala's Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose on Wednesday and requested him to make proper arrangements in jail for the two Italian Marines who have been charged with the killing of two Kerala fishermen last week.

Kerala High Court tells Italian ship it can leave Kochi Port after paying Rs 25 lakh guarantee

February 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb.22 (ANI): The Kerala High Court on Wednesday said that Italian ship Enrica Lexie could leave Kochi Port after paying Rs 25 lakh as guarantee.

Fishermen killings: Italian envoy meets Kerala police chief, minister meets Delhi officials

February 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, Feb.22 (ANI): Italy's Consul General met Kerala's Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose on Wednesday and requested him to make proper arrangements in jail for the two Italian Marines who have been charged with the killing of two Kerala fishermen last week.

Fishermen in Kerala demand arrest of Italian vessel captain

February 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (ANI): Fishermen here on Tuesday took to the streets demanding the arrest of the captain of Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' following the death of two Indian fishermen.

Kerala temple authorities begin sorting, documenting treasures as per SC order

February 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Feb.20 (ANI): Rituals at Thiruvananthapuram's Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple will be affected on Monday, as local authorities begin the mammoth process of sorting out and documenting its treasures as ordered by the Supreme Court.

Prakash Karat slams neo-liberal policy of Congress

February 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 8 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Prakash Karat has slammed the neo-liberal economic policies of the Congress party and said that only Left parties alone can protect the general public's interests.

Don't politicize Mullaperiyar Dam row, Tharoor urges stakeholders

December 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17 (ANI): Calling the simmering row between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam an essentially 'human' issue, Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor has urged stakeholders to resolve the dispute at the earliest.

Indigenous Indian space technology at par with others

December 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Coimbatore, Dec 8 (ANI): At an event hosted by a private college to commemorate the launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-18, Associate Director of Thiruvananthapuram based Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, John P Zachariah said that indigenous Indian space technology is at par with others around the globe.

Kerala CM restates demand to decommission Mullaperiyar Dam

December 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 8 (ANI): Pressing their demand to decommission the Mullaperiyar Dam and construct a new one, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the state is preparing a report analyzing the magnitude of the disaster, which might occur if the dam collapses.

Kerala CM Chandy insists on decommissioning Mullaperiyar Dam, building new one

December 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 1 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has insisted on decommissioning the British-built Mullaperiyar Dam and constructing a new one to banish all fears of either his state or neighbouring Tamil Nadu benefiting exclusively from the present one.

Art lovers throng to witness mural exhibition in Thiruvananthapuram

November 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 2 (ANI): Art lovers thronged Thiruvananthapuram which is hosting a seven-day long mural paintings exhibition, showcasing the finest and rarest art works.

AFPSA need not be withdrawn from Kashmir, says Advani

October 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 (ANI): In reaction to a poser on the possible withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain regions in Jammu and Kashmir, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Saturday said it need not be withdrawn from the state.

Worst consequence of UPA govt for common man is inflation: Advani

October 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 (ANI): Commenting on the rising food prices, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Saturday said it is the worst effect of the Central Government for common man, even though the country has an economics specialist Prime Minister.

'Alpashi' festival begins with ritualistic flag hoisting ceremony in Kerala temple

October 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Mumbai, Oct 27(ANI): The 10-day-long 'Alpashi', an annual festival of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, began on Tuesday with ritualistic flag hoisting in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Prakash Karat slams Congress, BJP over rampant corruption

October 16, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 16 (ANI): Taking a dig at both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over corruption, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said that graft couldn't be fought by shadow boxing between the two parties, but by addressing the root cause of the problem.

Kerala Christians follow 'Vidyarambham' Hindu ritual to initiate toddlers in alphabets

October 6, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct.6 (ANI): 'Vidyarambham', the traditional Hindu ritual to initiate tiny tots to learn the alphabet, was performed on the last day of Dussehra, Vijaya Dashami, in Kerala.

Literary festival in Kerala attracts international panel of authors

October 2, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 2 (ANI): Renowned authors from around the globe are participating in the fourth edition of the Kovalam Literary Festival, which kicked off here on Saturday.

Supreme Court stay on opening of Padmanabhaswamy temple vault to continue

September 22, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the vault B of Kerala's famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple should not to be opened until "substantial progress" was made in cataloguing and accounting of artefacts.

BJP slams government over petrol price hike

September 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Amritsar/Patna/Thiruvananthapuram,Sep.17 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party activists staged several protests in various cities across the country against the petrol price hiked and demanded an immediate roll back.

Keralites celebrate harvest festival of Onam

September 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, Sep.9 (ANI): People of Kerala celebrated 'Thiru Onam', the final day of their harvest festival, 'Onam' on Friday.

Women artists organizing mural painting exhibition in Kerala

September 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 4(ANI): To show reverence for Lord Ganesha, women artists have organized an exhibition of mural paintings in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, depicting various forms of the Hindu God.

President Patil calls for reform in higher education sector

September 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 1 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has called for increase in the enrolment ratio of people receiving higher education.

Ready to oblige inquiry in palmolein oil scam: Chandy

August 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy has said he readily welcomes any probe into the palmolein oil scam that took place when he was state's finance minister.

Court orders probe into Oommen Chandy's role in Palmolein oil scam

August 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 8 (ANI): A special court on Monday asked the prosecution to probe the role of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the 1992 Palmolein oil import deal.

Kerala HC directs Air India to pay Rs 75 lakh compensation to victims

July 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (ANI): The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed Air India to pay a compensation of 75 lakh rupees to the family of a victim killed in the air crash at Mangalore Airport in May last year.

Kerala sets up ocean information system to predict natural disasters

July 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, July 17 (ANI): An ocean information system to predict marine-related natural disasters was commissioned at the Vizhinjam Harbour near Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, on Saturday.

Cultural cell of Maharashtra Congress calls for improved security at Kerala temple

July 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Mumbai, July 7 (ANI): The cultural cell of the Maharashtra unit of the Congress party has written to the President of India, requesting her office to look into security-related issues connected with the Sree Pathmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

Kerala gives up levy on diesel

June 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, June 27 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said that the state government has decided to forgo the state tax share in the recent increase on diesel price.handy said this in the state assembly while replying to an adjournment notice given by opposition LDF on the issue.

Kerala CM Chandy promises punishment against culprits in minor girl rape case

June 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, June 21 (ANI): Expressing concern over the awful case of sexual exploitation of a minor girl by nearly 100 men, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said the police is actively probing the case, and promised stern punishment against the culprits.

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