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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a household name in Kerala 17 hours 40 minutes ago

    Thiruvanantapuram: Though living far away from Latin America, for Malayalis, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a favourite a novelst as any great writer ever written in their own language. Almost every work of Marquez, who died in Mexico City today, has been translated into Malayalam and sold like hot cakes since...
  • No Modi or BJP wave in Kerala, says Oommen Chandy 4 days ago

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said BJP is involved in a person-centric election campaign and there was neither a "Modi wave" nor "BJP wave" in the run-up to the Lok Saba elections in Bangalore. "...BJP is campaigning with only one slogan, they are campaigning not for BJP but...
  • Brisk polling in Malabar region of Kerala April 10, 2014

    Brisk polling was reported from all districts in the Malabar region including Kozhikode district in the first hour of voting, with as many voters were seen standing in queues in the polling stations since Thursday morning, for the parliament election in Kerala. However, in some booths in Kozhikode district, including...
  • Kochi: Over Rs 50 lakh worth gold seized from air passengers April 8, 2014

    Gold weighing 1.7397 kg totally and valued at Rs 50.93 lakh was seized and three passengers, including a Singapore citizen, were arrested by customs officials at the airport in Kochi on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle the precious metal in different forms. While two of the passengers arrived from...
  • Advani unsure of BJP notching up majority on its own April 8, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: BJP veteran LK Advani on Tuesday said he was not sure whether his party on its own will get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha polls but exuded confidence that NDA will emerge victorious and form the next government. "If the BJP will get a clear majority or...
  • BJP manifesto only communal agenda wrapped in colourful paper: Antony April 8, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader and Defence Minister AK Antony accused the BJP of having a "communal agenda" in its manifesto. He also said that the saffron party's stand on special status to Jammu and Kashmir was a matter of serious concern. "The BJP's manifesto is nothing but its communal agenda wrapped...
  • Modi targets Antony, says defence suffered during his leadership April 8, 2014

    Launching a fresh attack on Defence Minister A K Antony, Narendra Modi on Tuesday charged that the country's defence had suffered seriously during his stewardship and said he owed an explanation to the people for this. He also raked up the Italian marines issue and beheading of an Indian soldier...
  • LS polls: Campaign in Kerala to end on Tuesday April 7, 2014

    Campaign for the April 10 Lok Sabha elections in Kerala will end on Tuesday with leaders raising the battle to a feverish pitch in the final leg as candidates of the Congress-led UDF and the CPM-led LDF are locked in a fierce combat in 20 seats up for grabs. Though...
  • Voting for CPM means helping BJP, says Rahul Gandhi April 5, 2014

    Voting for the CPM means "helping the BJP", said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who on Saturday began a day-long whirlwind trip of Kerala. Gandhi criticised the CPM, the main opposition in Kerala. "The CPM has no role in national politics, so a vote here for the CPM means it...
  • Kerala: Suspected IM terrorists brought to Munnar to collect evidence April 5, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists Tehsin Akhtar and Waqas have been brought to Munnar in Kerala for collecting evidence. There were brought to a home stay in Munnar. They were brought to Cochin in a special aircraft and from there to Munanr in Idukki district in separate helicopters. According...
  • Union Minister Ahmed aims for seventh inning in LS April 5, 2014

    Malappuram: Only a political miracle can upset the apple cart of Union Minister and Indian Union Muslim League President E Ahmed, who is seeking his seventh innings to Parliament from Malappuram constituency in Kerala. According to political observers, such is the electoral track record of the constituency, known as Manjeri...
  • Suryanelli gangrape case: Kerala HC to pronounce verdict today April 4, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court will on Friday pronounce its verdict on the Suryanelli gangrape case. The case dates back to 1996 when a 16-year-old girl was abducted and raped in Kerala's Idukki district. According to the prosecution, the girl was raped about 68 times in a period of 40...
  • RSS working behind BJP's poll process, claims AK Antony April 2, 2014

    Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday claimed the RSS is working behind the election process for BJP and the saffron party has put up candidates as per the advice of the Sangh, even as the Congress leader said Narendra Modi becoming prime minister would be a "tragedy" for the...
  • Election Yatra: Will E Ahmad be able to trump CPM in Malappuram? April 2, 2014

    Malappuram: Northern Kerala is the stronghold of the Indian Union Muslim League, the main ally of the Congress party in Kerala. Union Minister E Ahmad, the six time MP, has approached the people of Malappuram with the development initiatives that he has done for the constituency and in the state....
  • Kerala poll tracker: UDF ahead with 11-17 seats, LDF 4-8 April 1, 2014

    The ruling Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) is likely to retain its hold over Kerala. According to CNN-IBN-CSDS-Lokniti national election tracker, the UDF is expected to get 11-17 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The main opposition, CPM led Left Democratic Front (LDF) is likely to get just 4-8...
  • Congress will join any 'secular party' to avoid BJP at Centre: Antony March 31, 2014

    Kasargod: Discounting the chances of the BJP forming the government at the Centre, Union Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday hinted at the possibility of the formation of a fresh "secular" front to keep the BJP out of power. "Any party, which is contesting against the Congress and the UPA...
  • Chandy need not quit in view of HC order: Antony March 29, 2014

    Senior Congress leader and Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said there was no need for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to quit in view of the Kerala High Court ordering a CBI probe into the land grab cases involving his former gunman Salim Raj. "The Government as well as the...
  • Kerala: Pen cap, coin found in oesophagus of 25-day-old March 29, 2014

    In a shock to his parents and doctors, a collection of articles, including an eraser bar and a pen cap, were found in the oesophagus of a 25-day-old boy in Alappuzha district. A one rupee coin was also recovered from the trachea of the baby after a two-hour surgery by...
  • SC stays trial against Italian marines in the fishermen killing case March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed the trial against Italian marines in the probe case of killing of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast. The marines had challenged the jurisdiction of the National Investigating Agency in probing the case. The SC has issued a notice to the NIA and...
  • It is 'election tourism' season in Kerala March 23, 2014

    With election fever gripping Kerala, tour operators are trying to lure holidayers by promising them a feel of the battle of ballot in the politically hyperactive state. Some have launched special packages for foreign tourists to enable them get a closer view of the vibrant election scene, along with its...
  • Oommen Chandy targets Modi, calls him 'exponent of separatism' March 20, 2014

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday made a blistering attack on BJP's Prime Minister candiate Narendra Modi saying the party is projecting a person who is the "exponent of separatism" in the country. "Congress stands for unity in the country while BJP is trying to create separatism and that...
  • After Lok Sabha polls, LDF will vanish: Congress March 20, 2014

    With no anti-incumbency factor visible in Kerala, the problem-ridden LDF, a coalition of Opposition parties in the southern state, will vanish after the polls, a senior state Congress minister said on Thursday. Addressing reporters here at an election-related programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club, Home Minister and former state...
  • LS polls: Shashi Tharoor files nomination in Thiruvananthapuram March 18, 2014

    Union minister Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday filed his nomination as a Congress candidate from the Lok Sabha seat here. Tharoor filed his papers before District Collector Biju Prabhakar. The seat is likely to witness a three-cornered fight among sitting MP Tharoor, CPI's Bennet Abraham and O Rajagopal of BJP. Abraham,...
  • Kerala: Contestants turn to social media for LS poll campaigning March 18, 2014

    Catching up with changing trends, several candidates in Kerala, including Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, are turning to social media, which appears to be a more effective campaign tool. Though several other contestants for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls from different political formations and parties use social media, Tharoor makes...
  • Indian organisation to charter flights for Kerala voters March 18, 2014

    A Dubai-based Indian organisation plans to charter flights for Kerala voters who wish to vote in the next month's Lok Sabha elections. The Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC), which has 50,300 members in the UAE 20,500 of whom are in Dubai would be flying Keralities, eligible to vote, on April...
  • Airport users to get facility to pay charges from air March 14, 2014

    In a move to attract more chartered flights into India, the civil aviation ministry plans to introduce a new system which will enable the aircraft operators to pay the user charges even before landing, said a top official. Aimed at making tourists, private and business operators, flying clubs and others...
  • Left front candidates in Kerala guest artistes: Congress March 14, 2014

    The Congress on Friday described the Left Front candidates in Kerala as "guest artistes" and wanted to know why the CPM has fielded a few non-party workers. Congress state president VM Sudheeran told reporters here that for a party that once had legends like EMS Namboodiripad, today, "it looks their...
  • Left in disarray after RSP left it: Kerala CM March 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Days after RSP defected from Left front to join the ruling UDF in Kerala, an upbeat Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Thursday said the development is a "morale booster" for the Congress-led alliance and reflects disarray and demoralisation in the rival LDF. Seeing it as a "big blow"...
  • Sheila Dikshit sworn-in as Kerala Governor March 11, 2014

    Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was sworn in as Kerala Governor at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Kerala High Court Chief Justice Manjula Chellur administered the oath of office. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues were also present on the occasion....
  • Kerala: Temple where devotees offer chocolate bars to Lord Muruga March 11, 2014

    Ever heard of a temple where mouth-watering chocolate bars are offered by devotees to the presiding deity? While devotees offer flowers, sandal paste and fruits to invoke divine blessing, the 'Thekkan Palani' Balasubramania temple differs as chocolate bars are offered in the sanctum sanctorum. Chocolate bars of a leading brand...