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Vijayan asks PM to repeal new cattle sale rules, beef sellers do brisk business

Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 (IANS) Even as the Centre has introduced stringent rules regarding cattle slaughter, it was business as usual for beef sellers across Kerala on Saturday, with people queuing up to buy one of their favourite food items. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking for repeal of the new rules, which he termed an intrusion into the rights o...

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Bihar lacks in implementation of rural schemes: MoS Rural Development

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) As Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, the Rural Development Ministry on Saturday termed Bihar as one of the least performing states in implementing the central government's rural housing project or in creating Open Defecation Free (ODF) districts. According to the ministry, there isn't a single ODF district in Bihar, and just five ...

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Nine 'top performing' parliamentarians get 'Sansad Ratna' awards

Chennai, May 27 (IANS) Kerala Governor Justice (retd) P. Sathasivam on Saturday gave away Sansad Ratna awards to nine best performing parliamentarians at a glittering function here. The awards, instituted by a city-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Prime Point Foundation, were presented to Members of Parliament from both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Speaking on the ...

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Kerala CM writes to Modi, urges repeal of cattle slaughter rules

Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the central government to repeal the new restrictions against cattle slaughter, terming it an intrusion into the rights of states. I request you to kindly intervene in this matter and repeal the newly-imposed restrictions, so that the lives and livelihoods of ...

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Tamil Nadu dominate day two of Indian Open of Surfing

Mangaluru, May 27 (IANS) Tamil Nadu dominated the penultimate day of the ongoing second edition of Indian Open of Surfing with most of their surfers booking their place in the semi-finals across all the categories held at the Sasihithlu beach here on Saturday. Amidst near perfect conditions thronged by almost a 6000-odd crowd, the Tamil Nadu surfers nearly walked away with semi-final spo...

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Business as usual for Kerala beef sellers

Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 (IANS) Even as the Centre has introduced stringent rules regarding cattle slaughter, it was business as usual for beef sellers across Kerala on Saturday, with people queuing up to buy one of their favourite food item. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who condemned this new rule as nothing but a ploy to go forward with the RSS agenda, will write a letter to Prim...

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3 fake Pakistanis remanded to 14-day police custody

Bengaluru, May 27 (IANS) A local court on Friday remanded the three Pakistan nationals held for staying illegally with fake identities in the city to 14-day police custody till June 9 for interrogation. The First Additional Magistrate Court judge remanded the four accused, including their Indian accomplice to 14-day police custody to ascertain their purpose of entering India and staying ...

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Ramadan to begin in Kerala on Saturday

Thiruvananthapuram, May 26 (IANS) Muslim clerics announced that the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims keep a dawn-to-dusk fast would begin on Saturday in Kerala. The official announcement was made by a team of senior Muslim clerics led by P.V. Suhaib Moulavi after the sighting of the moon in Kozhikode on Friday evening. Muslims in Kerala constitute 88.73 lakh of the 3.30 crore...

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Kerala ministers, others flay new anti-slaughter rules

Thiruvananthapuram, May 26 (IANS) The central government's announcement of stringent rules on sale of cows and buffaloes at animal markets across India on Friday, aimed at deterring slaughter, took several Kerala ministers and the Congress-led opposition by surprise. State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar said this was nothing but implementing the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) age...

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Nitish stays away as opposition parties meet on presidential candidate

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Major opposition parties, led by the Congress, came together on Friday on a common platform and decided to contest the upcoming presidential election if the government does not come up with a consensus candidate -- but the absence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set off speculation about possible political realignment. On a day the Narendra Modi government c...

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UAE President gifts dates to Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram, May 26 (IANS) In keeping with the spirit of the Year of Giving, President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday gifted the people of Kerala a personally selected assortment of high-quality dates. The dates -- both the national fruit of the UAE and an integral symbol of Emirati heritage and identity -- were presented by Jamal Husein R...

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Over 9,000 Kerala schools get IT boost

Thiruvananthapuram, May 26 (IANS) The Kerala education department on Friday announced the holistic intervention of ICT (information and communication technologies) that will assist education in 9,279 schools. Students of Class 1 to 7, through [email protected] Project, would be benefited in the new academic year starting in June. Kerala, being a role-model in ICT-enabled education, start...

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Will fight if no consensus on government nominee for President: Opposition

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Major opposition parties, including the Congress and mutually antagonistic outfits in states, came together on Friday on a common platform and decided to contest the upcoming presidential election if the government does not come up with a consensus candidate -- but the absence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set off speculation. On a day the Narendra Modi go...

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Top opposition leaders attend Sonia luncheon over presidential candidate

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Leaders of 17 opposition parties on Friday attended a luncheon meet convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Parliament House as part of efforts to find a consensus candidate for the presidential election. The lunch was attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bahujan Samaj Pa...

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Nine MPs to be conferred with Sansad Ratna awards

Chennai, May 26 (IANS) Nine Members of Parliament -- six from the Lok Sabha and three Rajya Sabha members -- will be honoured with the `Sansad Ratna Awards 2017' here on Saturday. The awards will be presented to the parliamentarians by Justice (retd) P.Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala, K. Srinivasan, chairman, Prime Point Foundation, told reporters here on Friday. These awards were...

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Kerala painter's work draws huge response in Victorian Parliament

Melbourne/Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 (IANS) A Kerala NRI painter's work on a 50-metre long single canvas titled Pride of Australia was on display at the Queen's Hall in the Victorian Parliament and fetched accolades. This is the the first time an Indian artist has got this opportunity. The painting by Sedunath Prabhakar, settled in Melbourne, showcased portraits of 50 prominent A...

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Three Pakistanis held in Bengaluru with Indian identity cards

Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS) Three suspected Pakistan nationals, including two women, were arrested in the city with fake Indian identity cards and fake passports, police said on Thursday. The suspects from Karachi in Pakistan have been identified as Khasif Shamshuddin, 30, his wife Kiron Gulam Ali, 25, and another woman -- Sameera Abdul Rehman, 25, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood...

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Vijayan to take up with PM issue of kidnapped Catholic priest

Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said he will take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of kidnapped Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil, who is at an undisclosed location in Yemen. Vijayan was replying in the Kerala Assembly to a motion moved by former State Finance Minister K.M. Mani, who accused the state government of d...

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BJP expanding across the country, says Amit Shah

Hyderabad, May 25 (IANS) BJP national President Amit Shah on Wednesday said the party was expanding across the country but felt that it has to become strong in south India. Addressing a meeting of party workers here to wind up his three-day visit to Telangana, he exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the government in Telangana in the same way as it has done i...

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Indian hospital to treat Bangladesh armed forces personnel

Bengaluru, May 24 (IANS) Leading super-specialty Amrita Hospital, founded by Hindu spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, would treat personnel of the Bangladesh Armed Forces (BAF), its top official on Wednesday. We have signed an agreement with the BAF to provide healthcare services, including patient care, medical education, research and training at our hospital in Kochi (Kerala) to Ba...

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