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Man jumps into Kerala zoo's lion enclosure, saved

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) In a bizarre incident, a 45-year-old man visiting the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo on Wednesday jumped into an open enclosure housing of a lion, but was saved in the knick of time. According to the police, it was around 11.45 a.m. that Murugan jumped into enclosure, but another visitor who witnessed the scene raised an alarm. Zoo workers immediately s...

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Vaccination certificate soon to be must for school admission in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The Kerala cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft Medical Policy which necessitates all students seeking admission must produce a vaccination card, said state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja. Sharing the draft with the media, she said that the new policy would revitalise the health sector. Shailaja said among the other major highlights in the draft po...

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Kerala Congress starts preparing for Lok Sabha polls

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The Kerala unit of the Congress has started preparing for the Lok Sabha polls after former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said last week that the Central government might go for elections later this year. Congress General Secretary Thampanoor Ravi on Tuesday said that to make the party election-ready, they have started preliminary work and the first meetin...

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Crucial days ahead for CPI-M in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The coming days are going to be crucial for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in general -- and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in particular -- with the state party conference scheduled to be held in Thrissur from February 22 to 25. The CPI-M's current leadership may have successfully silenced disside...

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Congress questions financial settlement of CPI-M leader's son's Dubai deal

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 16 (IANS) The Congress in Kerala on Friday termed the reported settlement in Dubai of a controversial financial deal involving Left leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son as mysterious. Following the settlement, Binoy Balakrishnan, the elder son of the Secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Kerala State Committee, the travel ban on him will be lifted.

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Vijayan asked to break silence on Congress worker's murder

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 16 (IANS) The Congress in Kerala on Friday asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to break his silence on the brutal murder of a Youth Congress worker by suspected CPI-M men in Kannur. The Youth Congress worker, Shoaib, 30, was allegedly stabbed 48 times, on Monday night. The Kannur Congress unit blamed the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) activist...

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Kerala CPI-M leader's son says financial deal with Dubai firm is 'clear'

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 (IANS) In relief to Kerala CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, his son Binoy Balakrishan on Thursday told the media here that his financial dealings with a Middle East resident are in the clear. Trouble started for Binoy and Kodiyeri when a three-page letter dated January 5 from H.I.A. Al Marzooqi, sponsor of a Dubai-based company, was made available l...

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Priyadarshan's Abhishek starrer to start rolling in June

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 (IANS) Priyadarshan's upcoming film in which actor Abhishek Bachchan will play the lead role, will commence its shoot in Dharamsala on June 5, said the director. The script is ready. We are considering a few to play the heroine's role. We have a few options and will be finalised soon. Then we will move on to others in the cast line, Priyadarshan told IANS over ...

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Congress for SIT probe into killing of Kerala activist

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 14 (IANS) Kerala Congress chief M.M. Hassan on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killing of Youth Congress worker Shoaib by suspected CPI-M men in Kannur. Hassan told the media here that it was most unfortunate that even after 36 hours of the brutal murder, police had no clues about what happe...

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Bar owner accuses CPI-M of not fulfilling promises, Chandy cries conspiracy

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 13 (IANS) Whistle-blower bar owner Biju Ramesh, whose charges of corruption led to the voting out of Congress-led UDF in Kerala over the 'bar scam', on Tuesday accused the ruling CPI-M of cheating and not fulfilling the promise to reopen closed bars once it came to power. Ramesh, who owned nine bars when the scam came to light in 2014, said the CPI-M State Secreta...

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Stage set for 8th Theatre Olympics, 30 countries to participate

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) India is all set to host the eighth edition of the global Theatre Olympics for the first time - that will see participation from 30 countries with performances in cities across the country, over 50 days. Hosted by the National School of Drama in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, the global theatre festival will have 17 Indian cities hosting 450 shows, 600 a...

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Kerala 'bar scam' whistleblower accuses CPI-M of 'cheating'

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 13 (IANS) Whistle-blower bar owner Biju Ramesh, whose allegation about corruption led to the Congress-led UDF being voted out over the 'bar scam' that came to fore in 2014, on Tuesday accused the ruling CPI-M of cheating and not fulfilling the promise of reopening closed down bars. Ramesh, who owned nine bars when the scam was unearthed, said the CPI-M State Secre...

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India's longest drive-in beach to get Rs 50 cr facelift

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (IANS) Billed as the longest drive-in beach in the country, extending close to six kilometres, Muzhappilangad beach in Kerala is all set to get a Rs 50 crore facelift, an official said on Monday. Speaking to the media here, Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) Chairman, M. Vijayakumar said it includes a state of the art facility centre and new rooms.

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Short of quorum, Kerala cabinet faces CM's ire

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (IANS) Days after falling short of quorum to hold a cabinet meeting, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday asked his cabinet to ensure that all are in attendance for five days a week. The dressing down came after Vijayan faced severe flak for failing to proceed with the cabinet meeting on Friday as the prescribed cabinet strength was not met. ...

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Kerala Christian leaders to campaign in Meghalaya

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (IANS) Christian leaders from Kerala are all set to campaign in Meghalaya which goes to polls on February 27 to elect a 60-member state Assembly. The leaders from Kerala who have been asked to begin campaigning in the Christian-majority northeastern state include former two-time Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior legislator K.C. Joseph, Lok Sabha mem...

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Vijayan government failed to get Centre's clearance for Vigilance chief: RTI

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 10 (IANS) In an apparent lapse by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government, an RTI query has revealed that the posting of Loknath Behra as state Vigilance chief had no clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Personnel department. Behra was made Vigilance head in March last year and he is also Kerala police chief. As per rules, if any offi...

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Kerala HC quashes FIR against Chandy, others in 'land grab' case

Kochi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Friday quashed an FIR registered last year by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, a top official and others in an alleged land grab case. The FIR was registered in February last year by then Vigilance head Jacob Thomas, against the Congress leader, then Chief Secretary E.K. Bharath Bhushan and ...

11 days ago
Kerala HC quashes FIR against Chandy, others in 'land grab' case

Kochi, Feb 9 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Friday quashed an FIR registered last year by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau against former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, a top official and others in an alleged land grab case. The FIR was registered in February last year by then Vigilance head Jacob Thomas, against the Congress leader, then Chief Secretary E.K. Bharath Bhushan and ...

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Let politburo speak on Kodiyari's son's case, says CPI-M's Bengal unit

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) Contrary to the stand taken so far by CPI-M's Kerala unit, the party's West Bengal unit has demanded a statement from the party politburo on a financial dealings involving Kerala State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son. The Communist Party of India-Marxist's Bengal unit also wants a politburo statement after party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury cam...

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Kerala Minister defends beleaguered CPI-M secretary

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 8 (IANS) Kerala Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday defended CPI-M state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, whose two sons have been caught in alleged financial frauds in Dubai, as hectic parleys are on to settle the financial deals. With the upcoming Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state conference to be chaired by Balakrishnan, state Tourism and D...

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