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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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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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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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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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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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Achuthanandan unhappy with Vijayan's governance

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) Marxist leader V.S. Achuthanandan has complained to the CPI-M leadersip against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, informed sources said on Wednesday. The former Chief Minister, now in Delhi to take part in a Central committee meeting, has sought a course correction in Vijayan's functioning and urged the leadership to intervene appropria...

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IUML welcomes Babri verdict, says Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti must resign

Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to revive conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case, and demanded that Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti should resign their posts and face trial. Reacting to the verdict, IUML General Secretary and Lok Sabha m...

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Skin mucus of Indian frog can help fight flu

Thiruvananthapuram, April 19 (IANS) A component of the skin mucus secreted by a frog species found in India can be harnessed to kill influenza viruses, new research has found. In their experiment, the researchers found that when delivered intranasally, one of the antiviral peptides found in skin secretions from the Indian frog Hydrophylax bahuvistara can kill H1 variety of influenza viru...

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2,000 fuel bunks in Kerala to down shutters on Sundays from May 14

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Around 2,000 retail fuel outlets of various oil companies, including private players, in Kerala are set to be affected by the decision to keep petrol bunks shut on Sundays from May 14. Kerala petroleum traders do not appear to be pleased about reports that they have to close their fuel retail outlets on all Sundays starting from May 14. M. Radh...

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Probe begins to verify if women entered Sabarimala temple

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) State Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Tuesday told media that a probe has begun into reports that a few women worshipped at Kerala's famous Sabarimala temple last week. Talking to media, Surendran said that as soon as he heard that some women allegedly entered the temple and worshipped there, he ordered a probe by the Vigilance Department o...

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Congress woos Mani, seeks his return to UDF

Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Nine months after the third biggest ally of the Congress-led-UDF -- Kerala Congress (Mani) -- walked out of the alliance, the Congress party on Tuesday said it wished that the alliance partner would return. In August 2016, the Kerala Congress (Mani) led by its supremo K.M. Mani, who completed 50 years as a legislators, at its party meeting decided to w...

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UAE-based business honcho to make costliest ever Indian film

Thiruvananthapuram, April 17 (IANS) UAE-based business honcho B.R. Shetty on Monday announced that he will invest Rs 1,000 crore to produce the costliest ever Indian film titled The Mahabharata. In a statement issued here, Shetty said the film will be produced in two parts and the shooting will begin next year. He said the first part would be released in 2020 and 90 days later the second...

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CPI a practical party: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) The Congress on Sunday praised the manner in which the CPI conducts itself politically said it was a very practical party unlike the CPI-M. M.M. Hassan, President of the Congress in Kerala, told reporters that everyone had seen that the differences between the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India-Marxist were worsening. In ...

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Kerala celebrates Easter

Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) As the Passion week with prayers, penance and vegetarian food came to an end, most of the Christian households in Kerala started festivity with an early visit to the church to attend the Easter Sunday service and then to prepare scrumptious meals. Soon after sunrise, the church priests gave out pieces of cake and in some places a glass of wine to signa...

8 days ago
Member of Romanian ATM heist gang detained in Kenya

Thiruvananthapuram/Nairobi, April 14 (IANS) A Romanian, part of a six-member gang broke into an ATM in the Kerala capital, has been picked up when he arrived at a Kenyan airport on Friday, police said. The Kerala Police, which had sought the Interpol's help to issue a red corner notice for Alexandro Mariano, got information from Kenya that he has been arrested. A team of Kerala P...

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IndiGo to launch additional flights on domestic network

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Friday announced that it will commence additional flights on its domestic network from June 2017. According to the airline, the additional services will include its 15th flight between Bengaluru and Delhi, and 10th additional flight between Bengaluru and Hyderabad, and Kolkata and Bengaluru (to and fro). The airline s...

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