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Kerala Minister calls IAS officer 'mad', abuses workers

Thiruvananthapuram, April 23 (IANS) Kerala Power Minister M.M. Mani on Sunday drew flak for allegedly calling an IAS officer mad and made disparaging remarks about women plantation workers. Opposition leaders attacked Mani, with two leaders of the BJP and the Congress demanding his resignation. On Saturday evening, the Minister first took on IAS officer Sreeram Venkitaraman, who...

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Kerala minister draws ire for calling IAS officer 'mad'

Thiruvananthapuram, April 23 (IANS) Kerala Power Minister M.M. Mani has drawn ire for calling an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer mad, authorities said on Sunday. Mani made the remark late on Saturday against junior IAS officer Sreeram Venkitaraman because of his strong position on restoring the usurped land in the minister's home district of Idukki. In Idukki, most of...

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Now, Nitish Kumar for all-India prohibition for progress

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday proposed total prohibition across India which he said will put the country on the path of quick development. Liquor needs to be banned across the country. There must be total all-India prohibition for the country to progress, the Janata Dal-United President said while addressing a party rally to mark its entry into Mah...

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IPL-10: Gujarat look to consolidate vs Punjab

Rajkot, April 22 (IANS) Motivated by the morale-boosting four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Gujarat Lions will be aiming to keep the momentum going when they face Kings XI Punjab at home on Sunday. The Lions rode on skipper Suresh Raina's brilliant 46-ball-84 at the Eden Gardens on Friday to their second victory of the sea...

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CPI leader hits out at Vijayan's 'I am the state' attitude

Thiruvananthapuram, April 22 (IANS) The already strained relations between the two Communist parties in Kerala has taken a turn for the worse with a senior CPI leader hitting out at Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. CPI Idukki district secretary K.K. Sivaraman has said the Chief Minister's attitude of 'I am the state' does not augur well for the coalition. Over the past few months...

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Our plan of bowling yorkers in middle overs worked against Kolkata: Gujarat coach

Kolkata, April 22 (IANS) If Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had their bowlers to blame for their defeat at the hands of Gujarat Lions here on Friday, it was just the opposite for the visiting side, assistant coach Sitanshu Kotak said. After a flying start courtesy a 15-minute Sunil Narine blitzkrieg (42; 17b 9x4 1x6), the Gujarat bowlers did well to rein in KKR in the middle overs and restri...

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Forward Bloc gets invitee status in Kerala's UDF meetings

Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 (IANS) Kerala's Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) on Friday accorded invitee status to the All India Forward Block (AIFB) at its future meetings. UDF Convenor P.P. Thankachen told media after a meeting of the opposition front here that it did not matter if the AIFB is aligned with the Left in other states. The Revolutionary Socialist Party is...

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All rules followed in anti-encroachment drive: Kerala Minister

Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 (IANS) A day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed strong displeasure at the removal of a 'cross' at a church near Munnar during an anti-encroachment drive, Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekharan on Friday said the authorities followed all due process. State Secretary of the CPI Kanam Rajendran also defended the action taken by the Revenue Depar...

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Nitish to address JD-U's Mumbai rally on April 22

Mumbai, April 21 (IANS) Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United will hold a rally in Mumbai on Saturday to mark its foray into Maharashtra politics, where Chief Minister and party chief Nitish Kumar will be a key speaker. Prominent JD-U leaders from Bihar and other states will be present at rally venue Goregaon in north-west Mumbai to mark the formal launch of the party in Maharashtra, JD-U Mah...

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Government disapproves bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Centre on Friday disapproved the decision of some petroleum dealers' associations to keep fuel outlets shut on Sundays from May 14. The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a me...

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Government denounces bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Centre on Friday denounced the decision of a petroleum dealers' association to keep fuel outlets shut on Sundays starting May 14. The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a meet...

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Will highlight Kerala government's miserable performance: UDF

Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 (IANS) Kerala's Congress-led opposition UDF on Friday said it will highlight the miserable performance of the Pinarayi Vijayan government in the coastal state during the last one year by holding meetings across the state. The decision was taken at a United Democratic Front (UDF) meeting here, its Convenor P.P. Thankachen told the media. During the May...

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'Water level of 91 major reservoirs drops 2%'

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The water level of 91 major reservoirs in the country has gone down by two per cent, the Ministry of Water Resources said on Friday. The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on April 20, 2017 was 46.02 billion cubic metres (BCM) which is 29 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was a...

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'In Kerala, 'Baahubali' widened market for non-Malayalam films'

Chennai, April 21 (IANS) Well-known producer Prem Menon, who successfully distributed Vikram-starrer I and Baahubali: The Beginning among other films in Kerala, believes the phenomenal success of these movies has widened the market for non-Malayalam films in the state. Both I and Baahubali were high earners in Kerala, with a combined gross of over Rs. 20 crore. The success of 'Ba...

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Government may extend central aid to spur private investments in housing: Naidu

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that to promote private investments in affordable housing on a large scale, his ministry is considering to extend central assistance. The assistance would be to the tune of Rs 1.50 lakh per eligible beneficiary belonging to the economically weaker section under the projects tak...

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Kerala CM expresses displeasure over razing of 'cross'

Kottayam (Kerala), April 20 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday expressed strong displeasure on the removal of a 'cross' at a church near Munnar during a drive to reclaim usurped government land. Located on a hill top, the cross was razed early Thursday morning by revenue authorities by using heavy equipment amid tight police security. Vijayan told a public ...

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I am not in race for state party president: Chandy National

Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday there has never been a proposal to make him the state president of the Congress party. Speaking to IANS over phone from New Delhi, where he met with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Chandy said it was the media that was speculating and saying he was going to be the president.

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Kerala Governor, Speaker, ministers remove beacons

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) The Kerala Governor, Speaker of the Assembly and many ministers on Thursday removed the red beacons atop their vehicles, a day after the Union government's announcement to the effect. Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, Kerala Assembly Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala informed the media that they had removed the red be...

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Four Kerala minister's remove beacons

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) A day after the Union government decided that beacons atop all official vehicles will have to be removed from May onward, four Kerala Minister's did so on Thursday. Finance Minister Thomas Issac, Water Resources Minister Mathew T. Thomas, Culture Minister A.K. Balan and Revenue Minister E. Chandrasekheran removed the beacons fitted on their official ve...

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French official acquitted of raping daughter in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, April 19 (IANS) A Sessions Court on Wednesday acquitted French Consulate official Pascal Mazurier of raping his minor daughter in 2012, citing lack of evidence. There is not enough evidence to prove that the accused (Mazurier) had committed the crime. He is innocent as even the DNA test was negative, said Special Court Judge B.S. Rekha, acquitting the French official of the of...

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