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2 days ago
Rahul constitutes 23-member CWC, drops some senior leaders

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday constituted the Congress Working Committee (CWC) by appointing 23 members and dropping some senior leaders in his bid to strike a balance between age and experience, and prepare for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Prominent among those dropped from the previous CWC include Digvijay Singh, Janardan Dwivedi, Kamal Nath and Sush...

6 days ago
Ex-Andhra CM Kiran Kumar Reddy rejoins Congress

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday rejoined the Congress that he left in protest against the bifurcation of the state in 2014. Reddy went to the Congress headquarters here and rejoined the party in the presence of General Secretary and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala. E...

6 days ago
Ex-Andhra CM N.Kiran Kumar Reddy rejoins Congress

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday rejoined the Congress that he had left in protest against the bifurcation of the state in 2014. Reddy went to the Congress headquarters here on 24, Akbar Road and rejoined the party in the presence of General Secretary and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and party leader Randeep Singh...

12 days ago
Muraleedharan, Mullappally front-runners to head Congress in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, July 7 (IANS) With the new chief of the Congress' Kerala unit set to be named soon, sources in the know of things say veteran leader K. Karunakaran's son K. Muraleedharan and senior leader Mullappally Ramachandran are among the front-runners. These two names (Muraleedharan and Ramachandran) have been zeroed in on and the announcement could well be made very soon. ...

14 days ago
Antony hits out at fellow party leaders, asks them to be disciplined

Thiruvananthapuram, July 5 (IANS) Congress Working Committee member A.K. Antony on Thursday asked his fellow party leaders in Kerala to be disciplined and united otherwise the future would be very bleak for the party. In his address at the centenary birthday celebrations of former Chief Minister K. Karunakaran -- his former party rival as for close to three decades from the 1970s, the Co...

22 days ago
NCW takes cognizance of sexual exploitation by Kerala priests

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident in Kerala where five priests have been suspended over allegations of sexually exploiting a married woman. NCW has written to the DGP and State Police Chief of Kerala directing him to investigate the matter and apprise the Commission about the detailed action, it said in a state...

23 days ago
5 Kerala priests caught in 'sleaze', suspended

Kottayam (Kerala), June 26 (IANS) Five Kerala priests of the Kottayam-headquartered Malankara Orthodox Church have been suspended over allegations of sexually exploiting a woman from the same church, an official said. Speaking to IANS, Secretary of the Church Biju Oommen said as soon as they received complaint from the husband of the victim, they took immediate action. The Church...

24 days ago
Kerala's climate refugees increase as sea eats into coast

Thiruvananthapuram, June 26 (IANS/Mongabay) Sixty five-year-old Maria sits at the doorstep of her demolished house. The only thing that remains is a wall attached to the door. Every morning, she comes home and sits there till the evening, ruminating over her memories from the time when she and her family had started to build their new house. My family and I lived in this house just for t...

24 days ago
Sudheeran comes under fire at UDF meet

Thiruvananthapuram, June 25 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and party's former Kerala President V.M. Sudheeran came under fire at the United Democratic Front meeting held here on Monday, the first after the estranged Kerala Congress-Mani returned to the alliance. Though Sudheeran, who had earlier attacked his party for gifting the Rajya Sabha seat, was absent, a peeved KC-M chief K.M. Mani...

26 days ago
Kerala's 4th international airport at Kannur to open in September

New Delhi/Kannur, June 23 (IANS) Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu on Saturday, following a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, announced the opening of the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) in September. Vijayan had met Prabhu in the morning along with his team of officials to discuss the finalisation of the Rs 1,892 crore-airport located at Mattanur...

29 days ago
No alliance in Andhra: Congress

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday said it will not tie up with any party in Andhra Pradesh for the state assembly polls and general elections next year. People of the state were not happy with the ruling dispensation (Telegu Desam Party) on the issue of special status, said Congress in charge for Andhra Pradesh Oommen Chandy after meeting party President Rahul Gandhi.

1 month ago
Turning around Andhra, a big challenge for Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, June 14 (IANS) Even as his former close associates P.J. Kurien and V.M. Sudheeran have gone hammer and tongs against him, former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's biggest worry now is how to revive the fortunes of his party in Andhra Pradesh as he gets ready to visit every nook and corner of the state, with the message that the good old Congress party is back. Cha...

1 month ago
Kerala legislator accused of manhandling youth, abusing woman

Kollam (Kerala), June 13 (IANS) A woman and her son on Wednesday filed a police complaint against four-time Kerala legislator and former minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar for manhandling the youth and abusing the woman for not letting his car pass. Ananthakrishnan said he and his mother was travelling on a narrow road near Anchal when Ganesh Kumar's car came from the opposite side. I st...

1 month ago
Sudheeran attacks Chandy again

Thiruvananthapuram, June 13 (IANS) The anger in the Congress over the gifting away of a Rajya Sabha seat to Kerala Congress (Mani) continued on Wednesday, with former party president V.M. Sudheeran lashing out at former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for a third day in succession. Addressing reporters for close to two hours, Sudheeran said that Chandy always took a stand which portrayed a ...

1 month ago
Sudheeran blamed for Congress defeat in 2016 Kerala assembly polls

Thiruvananthapuram, June 12 (IANS) Sparks flew thick and fast at the Executive Committee meeting of the Congress's Kerala unit on Tuesday where former state chief V.M. Sudheeran came under severe attack, with some attributing the party's loss in 2016 assembly polls to his leadership. The meeting, called to discuss the Congress defeat in the Chengannur assembly by-election on May 28 and a...

1 month ago
Tempers run high at Congress' Kerala meet over 'gifting' of Rajya Sabha seat

Thiruvananthapuram, June 11 (IANS) Tempers ran high at the meeting of Political Affairs Committee of Congress' Kerala unit here on Monday over the manner in which a Rajya Sabha seat which should have gone to the party was gifted to the Kerala Congress-Mani which returned to the Congress-led UDF after nearly two years. The most vocal in the meeting turned out to be outgoing Rajya Sabha De...

1 month ago
Kareem, Binoy and Jose file RS nomination from Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, June 11 (IANS) Two ruling Left coalition candidates and one from the Congress-led opposition on Monday filed nomination papers to the three Rajya Sabha seats that fall vacant in the state from July 1. Those who are retiring include former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, Joy Abraham of Kerala Congress (Mani) and C.P. Narayanan of the CPI-M. With none o...

1 month ago
It's best that Kurien approaches High Command: Chandy

Kottayam, June 10 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader P.J. Kurien should approach the party High Command over why he was not re-nominated to the Rajya Sabha, former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Sunday. Addressing reporters at his hometown, Chandy said the general norm for a Congress worker or leader if he has any grouse was to approach the High Command. I heard him sayi...

1 month ago
Congress leaders target Wasnik over RS seat to KC

Thiruvananthapuram, June 9 (IANS) Trouble continued in the Congress in Kerala, with a section of the leadership, including seniors, complaining to party chief Rahul Gandhi against the state-in-charge Mukul Wasnik accusing him of failing to prevent the gifting of a Rajya Sabha seat to Kerala Congress (Mani). The infuriated senior leaders, including Members of Parliament, filed the compla...

1 month ago
Mani returns to UDF, Congress in ferment over RS seat

Thiruvananthapuram, June 8 (IANS) The Congress party was in turmoil in Kerala on Friday even as estranged ally K.M. Mani returned to the UDF fold after being given a Rajya Sabha seat the Congress could have easily won. Veteran Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P.J. Kurien blamed former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for the surrender of the Rajya Sabha seat, a decis...

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