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Haj subsidy should be continued: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 16 (IANS) The Congress' Kerala unit on Tuesday demanded that the central government should continue with the Haj subsidy, terming its removal yet another of its acts against the minority community. Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy termed it as the most unfortunate and called for it to be reversed. Giving subsidy for Haj is historically relevanA and has ...

2 days ago
Orange passport will be discriminatory: Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday strongly condemned the proposed move by the Centre to come out with an orange colour passports for those who have not passed their Class 10 examination, calling it discriminatory. No way this proposal should go forward. This is creating two different types of citizens, one with education and one withou...

6 days ago
Congress for case against Vijayan for diverting relief fund

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 10 (IANS) Congress leader M.M. Hassan on Wednesday demanded a vigilance case to be filed against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for using cyclone relief funds to pay for his chopper ride to attend a party meeting. Simultaneously, the Bharatiya Janata Party urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to see that the central funds given for Ockhi relief should be moni...

8 days ago
Solar scam: Police record Chandy's statement in 'blackmail' case

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 9 (IANS) Police have recorded former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's statement based on BJP leader K. Surendran's complaint on the former's remark that he was blackmailed in the solar scam. The multi-crore solar energy investment fraud that rocked then Chandy government in 2013 was led by Saritha Nair and her live-in partner Biju Radhakrishnan. It also came ...

16 days ago
JD-U's Kerala unit to decide on political stance shortly

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 31 (IANS) The final decision on the political stance of the Janata Dal-United's Kerala unit will be made at its crucial party meeting to be held here on January 11 and 12, top party leaders said. The Kerala unit of JD-U is led by media baron M.P. Veerendra Kumar, who had recently resigned from the Rajya Sabha. The party is presently in the Congress-led Uni...

24 days ago
Kannur international airport to be operational by September 2018

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 23 (IANS) Kerala's fourth international airport, at Kannur, that is expected to serve more than 1.5 million passengers annually, is set to begin trial flight operations in January and become fully operational by September 2018. With the opening of Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL), Kerala will be the only state in the country to have four international airpo...

24 days ago
Antony never wanted Karunakaran to be removed in 1995: Hassan

Kozhikode (Kerala), Dec 23 (IANS) In a rare disclosure, Kerala state unit Congress president M.M. Hassan on Saturday revealed that in 1995 A.K. Antony had asked some party leaders not to unseat then Chief Minister K. Karunakaran. Hassan said this while speaking at the eighth death anniversary of Karunakaran, one of the tallest Congress leaders of his time and a four-time Chief Minister o...

25 days ago
Chandy, Tharoor likely to make it to CWC list

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 22 (IANS) Two-time former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and suave Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor are likely to make it to the Congress Working Committee (CWC), either as permanent or special invitees to the party's highest decision-making body, according to the buzz in Congress circles in Kerala. Rahul Gandhi, who has taken over as party Preside...

28 days ago
Chandy gets interim relief in solar scam case

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday got interim relief from the Kerala High Court in the solar scam case as the court said the 'sleaze' letter should not be discussed for two months. Chandy on Monday approached the Kerala High Court with a plea to quash the Justice G Sivarajan (retired) judicial probe report on the solar scam, submitted...

29 days ago
Chandy knocks on Kerala HC door, wants solar scam report quashed

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 18 (IANS) Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday approached the Kerala High Court with a plea to quash Justice G. Sivarajan (retd)'s judicial probe report into the solar scam, submitted to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan earlier this year. The multi-crore solar energy investment fraud that rocked the then Chandy government in 2013 was led by Saritha Nair an...

1 month ago
Kerala's Congress workers celebrate Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 16 (IANS) Congress workers and supporters on Saturday celebrated at the state party headquarters here over Rahul Gandhi's taking over as the new party President in Delhi. Party workers burst firecrackers and distributed sweets, even as similar celebrations were reported from 13 district party offices. While a group of senior party leaders like Congress Ker...

1 month ago
Kerala leaders leave for Delhi for Rahul's takeover as Congress chief

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 15 (IANS) Top Congress leaders from Kerala on Friday left for Delhi to be present when Rahul Gandhi takes over as the new party President on Saturday. When he takes over the mantle from his mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi will be the youngest President of the oldest political party in India. Sonia Gandhi was the Congress President for 19 years. Former Ch...

1 month ago
Kerala law student's murderer sentenced to death

Kochi (Kerala), Dec 14 (IANS) A sessions court in Kerala on Thursday sentenced to death Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, who on Tuesday was found guilty of rape and murder of a law student in 2016 in Ernakulam. The Special Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court Judge N. Anil Kumar accepted the prosecution contention that Ameerul Islam should not be allowed to return to society ...

1 month ago
Kerala law student's murder accused held guilty

Kochi (Kerala), Dec 12 (IANS) A sessions court in Kerala on Tuesday found Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, guilty of the rape and murder of a young law student in 2016 in Ernakulam. The special Ernakulam Principal Sessions court will announce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday. The 27-year-old woman was found murdered in her house near here on April 28, 2016. Her...

1 month ago
Congress leaders in Kerala pay tributes to Indira Gandhi

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 19 (IANS) Congress leaders in Kerala on Sunday paid glowing tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary. At a function held at the state Congress headquarters, two-time Chief Minister Oommen Chandy described Gandhi as a leader who led the party from the front and took it to new heights even though it was once written off by its rivals. ...

2 months ago
Kerala Police team treading cautiously on solar scam probe

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 16 (IANS) The police probe team, led by Director General of Police Rajesh Diwan, formed to further probe the Kerala solar scam has decided to not just base its investigation on a 2013 'letter' by main accused Saritha Nair who has made serious allegations of corruption and sexual exploitation against a number of Congress leaders. The police team held a first round ...

2 months ago
Solar Commission probe report prejudiced: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 10 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday picked holes in the Solar Commission probe report and called it prejudiced. Chandy's remarks came a day after he was indicted on several charges of engaging in corruption and even sexual harassment in the Justice G. Sivarajan (retd) Solar Commission probe report. On Thursday, Kerala Chief Minis...

2 months ago
Solar scam report comes under fire, senior police official to conduct further probe

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 10 (IANS) Senior Congress legislator Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and some others indicted by the solar probe report have criticised the Justice G. Sivarajan (Retd) panel over the manner of its probe, even as the Pinarayi Vijayan government on Friday appointed Director General of Police Rajesh Diwan to conduct further investigation in the 2013 scam. Diwan is expect...

2 months ago
Congress rejects solar scam report, says Chandy ready to face trial

New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) Congress on Thursday rejected the Solar Judicial Commission probe report which indicted former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other Congress leaders and said they are ready to face any trial. We have always said that LDF came to power on completely false and baseless allegations. Mr. Chandy and all other leaders named therein are more than willing to face...

2 months ago
Solar probe report indicts Chandy, am innocent, he says

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 9 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said he does not rule out foul play in preparation of the solar judicial probe report in which he has been indicted. The 1,000 page report was tabled at a special session of the state assembly. Chandy added that the final victory would be his when the case is finally disposed of. The report by...

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