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Tussle in Congress for Kerala Rajya Sabha seat

Thiruvananthapuram, April 23 (IANS) A race is on within the Congress in Kerala on who will be nominated for a Rajya Sabha seat the party hopes to win in June. The three Rajya Sabha members from the state who will retire from the Upper House include outgoing Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha and veteran Congress leader P.J. Kurien, CPI-M leader C.P. Narayanan and Kerala Congress (Mani...

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Family of dead Latvian tourist demands justice

Thiruvananthapuram, April 23 (IANS) The family of a Latvian female tourist whose body was found near Kovalam in Kerala on Monday demanded a fair probe into her death which they claimed was not a suicide. The body of Liga Skromane, 33, who went missing last month from here, was found in a highly decomposed state on Friday. Her sister Ilzie identified the body. Ilzie told the media...

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Kerala's KASE to boost blue-collar job acceptability

Thiruvananthapuram, April 23 (IANS) Many in Kerala look down upon blue-collar jobs even though thousands of Keralites do such jobs abroad and elsewhere in India. To get rid of this perception is the primary objective of state-owned Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), said a top official. Blue-collar jobs primarily include electricians, plumbers, carpenters, traditional craftsmen...

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Foul play unlikely in Latvian tourist's death: Kerala Police

Thiruvananthapuram, April 22 (IANS) The Kerala Police said on Sunday night that a preliminary inquiry into the death of Latvian woman tourist -- whose decomposed body was found near Kovalam on Saturday -- does not suggest any foul play. There are no injuries to her body parts. But, the exact reason of the death can be established only after the chemical analysis report comes, said the po...

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Dead Latvian tourist's kin to seek justice from Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 22 (IANS) The sister of a missing Latvian tourist, whose body was found near Kovalam, said on Sunday that they would meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday to seek a proper probe into the incident. The body of Liga Skromane, 33, was on Saturday found in a highly decomposed state near Kovalam. Her sister Ilzie identified the body, police said. Lig...

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Decomposed body near Kovalam may be of missing Latvian woman

Thiruvananthapuram, April 21 (IANS) Ths sister and friend of a Latvian woman, Liga Skromane, who went missing in March, on Saturday identified a decomposed body recovered from near Kovalam to be of the victim, Kerala Police saidd. However, a detailed forensic examination would be done to scientifically confirm this. The head of the body was found lying away from the rest of it, i...

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Kerala Kaumudi Chief Editor M.S. Ravi dead

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) M.S. Ravi, the Chief Editor of 'Kerala Kaumudi', one of the oldest newspapers in Kerala, died on Friday, family sources said. Ravi, 68, was rushed to a hospital after he felt uneasy. He died at 2.50 p.m. following a cardiac arrest. He was the youngest of the four sons of 'Kerala Kaumudi' founder editor K. Sukumaran. Ravi is survived by his wife...

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Chandy, Chennithala to meet Rahul

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi has summoned former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala to Delhi. They will meet on Thursday to help Gandhi pick a new state unit chief. Gandhi is seeking a younger crop of leaders, an informed source said. He is focussing on the second generation of leaders. The front runners ...

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Will there be a Yechury-Vijayan showdown at 22nd CPI-M party Congress?

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Having won the first round in the battle for supremacy in the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is unlikely let slip his advantage as he takes on party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury at the 22nd party Congress, which began in Hyderabad on Wednesday. The first round was won by Vijayan in January this yea...

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Vijayan to prepare progress card of ministers

Thiruvananthapuram, April 17 (IANS) Ahead of the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front government completing two years in office, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to prepare a progress card on the performance of his ministers, said informed sources. According to a source in the know of things, the office of Vijayan has sent a form to each of his 18 cabinet colleagues to state...

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Last accused in Kerala RJ's murder arrested

Alappuzha (Kerala) April 17 (IANS) The last key accused in the murder of a former radio jockey was arrested here on Tuesday, police said. Appunny was part of a four-member gang who killed Rajesh on March 27 at his studio near Thiruvananthapuram. Last week, the police arrested gang leader Alibhai, a resident of Alappuzha district, upon his arrival from Qatar at the Trivandrum Inte...

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Being old in India and its many vulnerabilities

Book: India's Aged: Needs and Vulnerabilities; Edited by: Udaya S. Mishra and S. Irudaya Rajan; Publisher: Orient Blackswan; Pages: 254; Price: Rs 825 The immense potential of India's young population is celebrated time and again by politicians, policymakers and public intellectuals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself highlighted the need to tap the vibrant energy of India's youth ...

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Kerala agency to facilitate police clearance for UAE-bound persons

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) The Roots Norka, a Kerala government agency that handles the affairs pertaining to the state's diaspora, was on Monday approved by the UAE Embassy here to attest police clearance certificates of those wishing to go to the Emirates, an official said. Roots Norka Centre Manager Hari Kumar told IANS that it will immensely help Kerala residents desirous of...

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Kerala Hindus celebrate Vishu

Thiruvananthapuram, April 15 (IANS) Hindus across Kerala celebrated Vishu or the traditional new year on Sunday and prayed for good luck and fortune for the coming year. Before visiting temples, families began their day with the 'Vishukani darshan' or looking at deities the first thing in the morning, which is arranged the previous night. On Vishu, the puja room is decked up wit...

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Congress seeks explanation from K.V.Thomas for praising Modi

Thiruvananthapuram, April 14 (IANS) The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on Saturday sought an explanation from senior party leader K.V. Thomas after news reports spoke of him praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration. Thomas said he was misquoted. Former Union Minister Thomas represents the Ernakulam Lok Sabha constituency. According to reports Thomas hailed the Pri...

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Rajnath launches e-FRRO online visa service

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday launched the web-based application e-FRRO scheme aimed at providing fast and efficient visa-related services online to visitors to India. The scheme has already been implemented and is running successfully as a pilot project in four FRROs in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai since February 12. Now it has been rolle...

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Malayalam films shine at 65th National Film Awards

Thiruvananthapuram, April 13 (IANS) The Malayalam film industry on Friday walked away with a bag full of awards at the 65th National Film Awards in categories like best director, supporting actor, cinematography, socially relevant film, screenplay and a special mention. Six-time National Award winner Jayaraj, 57, won the best director award for his film Bhayanakam, which also won the bes...

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Chandy slams Modi for silence over J&K minor's rape

Thiruvananthapuram, April 13 (IANS) Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the rape and murder of a minor in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district. In his Facebook post, Chandy said this was one of the worst incidents that the country had witnessed. Instead of writing slogans of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padao', you ...

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Elevation of more Kerala leaders likely within CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, April 12 (IANS) With Kerala being the only CPI-M- ruled state in the country, senior state level leaders from there are most likely to be elevated to the Central Committee or even to the Politburo of the party during the five-day Congress to held in Hyderabad starting April 18. At present, the 91-member Central Committee of the Communist Party of India-Marxist has 15 ...

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Kerala HC rejects plea to quash FIR against SNDP chief

Kochi, April 11 (IANS) Powerful SNDP Yogam supremo Vellapally Natesan on Wednesday suffered a major setback when the Kerala High Court dismissed his plea seeking quashing of an FIR registered against him over alleged fraud and financial misappropriation in a microfinance scheme. The court also directed that the case be probed by an IPS officer of impeccable integrity. The SNDP Yo...

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