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Left Democratic Front in Kerala set to be expanded

Thiruvananthapuram, July 22 (IANS) Kerala's ruling CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) will holds discussions on expanding the grouping, which has six constituents, by inducting seven friendly allies, in its meeting this week, said informed sources. Presently the LDF consists of Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Communist Party of India, the Janata Dal-Secular, the Congress-S, and ...

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Kerala tops in governance, Karnataka 4th, says report

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) Kerala stands as the best governed state in the country and Karnataka is in the fourth position, said the Public Affairs Index 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC) here. Kerala has topped the Public Affairs Index (PAI) for 2018 as the best governed state for the third consecutive year since 2016 among large states, said Bengaluru-based PAC...

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Sprinter Anas sets new national record

Prague, July 21 (IANS) India's star sprinter Muhammed Anas reset the national record on his way to the gold medal in the men's 400 metre category at the Cena Noveho Mesta nad Metuji meet here on Saturday. Anas clocked a time of 45.24 seconds to break his own record of 45.31, set at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia earlier this year where he finished fourth. The Ath...

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Malayalam writer withdraws novel following threats

Thiruvananthapuram, July 21 (IANS) A few days after Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor warned about the emergence of a Hindu Taliban promoted by right-wing outfits, a Kerala Sahitya Akademi award winning writer has withdrawn his novel, serialised by a leading vernacular magazine, after receiving threats from suspected right-wing activists. A top official of the Mathrubhumi Weekly told ...

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39 teams to compete in RFC from Sunday

Dona Paula (Goa), July 21 (IANS) A total of 39 teams, each consisting of a driver and a co-driver, will compete at the fifth edition of the Isuzu Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India off-road motorsport event, starting from Sunday. Out of the 39 contenders, 10 of them are from Kerala, while Chandigarh and Delhi are sending three teams each. Four teams hail from Goa, while Hyderabad has seven...

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Central team visits Kerala's rain-struck areas, announces compensation

Kochi/Alappuzha/Kottayam, July 21 (IANS) A team led by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju toured various flood-hit districts of Kerala on Saturday and announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh for each of the deceased from the heavy rains that had hit the state over the past two weeks. Just after his arrival at Kochi, the Minister told the media that the compensation package would b...

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Kerala flood fury: Many areas waterlogged, political squabbles begin

Alappuzha/Kottayam, July 21 (IANS) Amid flood fury in Kerala's worst-affected districts of Kottayam and Alappuzha, political sqaubbles have broken out with the Congress-led opposition slamming the Pinarayi Vijayan government for failing to respond to the grim situation. Normal life was, however, reported to be limping back to normalcy in eight of the 14 districts where heavy rains have c...

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New law not enough to stop mob violence

Although the Supreme Court has suggested that a law be enacted specifically to deal with the new normal of lynchings, it will be advisable to widen the scope of the legal remedy to include all forms of mob violence, even if doubts are likely to remain about the efficacy of the proposed solution. The wider ambit should include the killings and acts of intimidation of the kind which took p...

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Central team in Kerala to inspect flood-hit districts

Kochi, July 21 (IANS) A team led by Union Minister Kiran Rijiju arrived in Kerala on Saturday to visit flood-hit districts amid differences over compensation promised by the Centre. Just after his arrival the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and his team took a helicopter from the airport and headed straight to Alappuzha, the worst affected district. They will also visit...

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Cruise terminal to come up at Cochin Port by February 2020

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) A new cruise terminal having facilities to handle 5,000 tourists will come up at Ernakulum wharf of Cochin Port by February 2020 as the port trust on Friday issued the work order for commencing the construction, an official statement said. The cruise terminal would be constructed at a cost of Rs 25.72 crore out of which, Rs 21.41 crore has been sanctioned as gra...

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Kerala announces measures to speed up investment

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) To speed up investments in Kerala, state Industries Minister A.C. Moideen on Friday said that it had been decided if the various committees that inspect investment proposals do give a clearance in 30 days, the project can be deemed cleared. Officials who do not do their job cleanly and put up roadblocks in front of these investors would be strongly proc...

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Collegium recommends Justice Joseph, two more judges for SC, 5 HC Chief Justices

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court collegium on Friday reiterated its recommendation to elevate Justice K.M.Joseph - the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court - to the Supreme Court. Besides separately reiterating the recommendation of Justice Joseph, it also recommended the elevation of Madras High Court Chief Justice, Justice Indira Banarjee and Justice Vineet Saran - the Ch...

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Three more deaths in Kerala even as rains lessen

Thiruvananthapuram, July 20 (IANS) Even the incidence of rains that caused huge damage across Kerala have come down, three more deaths were reported on Friday, taking the death toll to 20 since the last two weeks. On Friday morning, residents at Wandoor near Thrissur woke up to see their neighbours' mud house virtually demolished in heavy rains the previous night and 75-year-old Ayyapan ...

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SC collegium reiterates recommendation on Justice Joseph's elevation

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court collegium has reiterated its recommendation to elevate Justice K.M. Joseph, the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, to the Supreme Court. The top court collegium reiterated its January 10 recommendation at its meeting on July 16, according to the decision that was uploaded on the top court's website on Friday. Reiterating its recom...

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Devaswom justifies ban on entry of women into Sabarimala

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Travancore Devaswom Board on Thursday defended the ban on the entry of females in the age group of 10 to 55 years to the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala but insisted that it was not a discriminatory practice. The origin of the system was not discriminatory but based on a belief which is bonafide and it was linked to the purity of the Lord Ayyappa idol, not...

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Audio of abused Kerala nun, cardinal reveals latter aware of issue, Church denies

Kochi, July 19 (IANS) An audio clip, broadcast by a Malayalam television channel on Thursday, purpotedly revealed that the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church had lied about not knowing that a nun had been sexually abused by a bishop, but the Church argued that the conversation had been wrongly interpreted. The clip, aired by Mathrubhumi TV channel, pertains to a talk between Cardin...

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Central team to visit Kerala for assessing rain damage

Thiruvananthapuram, July 19 (IANS) Even as the death toll in Kerala due to rains climbed to 17 with the recovery of one more body, the Centre on Thursday assured that a central team will soon visit the state to assess the damage caused in at least eight districts. The assurance was held out when Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and an all-party delegation called on Prime Minister Narendra...

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Kerala CM unhappy after meeting PM

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday expressed unhappiness after he led a 22-member delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek help on various issues concerning the state. Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, the Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, agreed with Vijayan's assessment and said it was a disappointing meeting and Kerala h...

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Bail plea of two jailed Orthodox priests dismissed

Thiruvalla (Kerala) July 19 (IANS) A magisterial court near here on Thursday denied bail to the two jailed Malankara Orthodox Church priests named in a case for sexually abusing of a woman parishioner. Of the four accused Kerala priests -- Father Job Mathew and Father Johnson V. Mathew -- who were arrested last week had moved the Thiruvalla Magistrate Court for bail. Both are currently ...

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Audio of talk between abused Kerala nun, cardinal reveals 'lie'

Kochi, July 19 (IANS) A Malayalam television channel on Thursday broadcast an audio purpotedly revealing that the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Cardinal has lied about not knowing that a nun had been sexually abused by a bishop. The audio, broadcast by the Mathrubhumi TV channel, pertains to a talk between Cardinal Mar George Alencherry and the abused nun clearly shows that th...

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