Kerala

  • Plea to name Kochi airport after Adi Sankara 12-07-2014 06:59 PM

    Kochi: Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP)urged Prime minister Narendra Modi to name the International airport at nearby Nedumbassery after Adi Sankaram on Saturday. The parishad, a socio cultural organisation of the RSS, has sent a memorandum in this regard to the Prime Minister making the request, it said in a press...
  • SC grants bail to Bangalore blast accused Madani for treatment 11-07-2014 03:08 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has granted bail to Kerala PDP Chairman and Bangalore blast accused Abdul Nasser Madani for treatment. Madani was arrested in 2010 in connection with the Bangalore blasts which killed one person and injured 20 others. He has been in jail since then. The Karnataka government...
  • No hint from Centre to quit Kerala Governor post: Sheila Dikshit 09-07-2014 08:15 PM

    New Delhi: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday denied receiving any hint from the Centre to quit and said she was not aware of any move to transfer her out of Thiruvananthapuram Rajbhavan. "No", she said when asked whether she was sounded by anyone in the Central government to put...
  • Suspended Kerala Congress leader sticks to remarks against Rahul 08-07-2014 07:16 PM

    Kochi: Unremorseful over his controversial 'joker' remarks against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi despite his suspension, former Kerala Minister TH Mustafa on Tuesday said he had not committed anything wrong. Mustafa, suspended from the party for his May 28 remarks, told reporters that he had not called Gandhi a 'Joker', but...
  • Railway budget neglects Kerala: Government, Opposition 08-07-2014 07:02 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF government and CPI-M headed LDF opposition in Kerala on Tuesday termed the NDA dispensation's maiden railway budget as very disappointing, saying it has totally ignored the state. Minister for Power Arayadan Mohammed said Kerala had never been neglected like this in its history. "While the budget announced...
  • Iraq: Mass evacuation of Indians on, 600 more to return home on Sunday 05-07-2014 04:56 PM

    New Delhi: In more relief for the families whose loved ones are stuck in war-torn Iraq, 600 more Indians are set to return from the strife-hit country on Sunday. As many as 200 people from Najaf and 400 Indian nationals from South Baghdad will head for their homeland on Sunday....
  • Nurses vow not to go back to Iraq 05-07-2014 04:13 PM

    Kochi: After about a month's long ordeal in the strife torn Iraq, 46 Indian nurses returned to their homeland on Saturday with most of them vowing not to go back risking their lives. "We will not go back. There is no question of going back. We are not prepared to...
  • Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi, welcomed by Kerala CM 05-07-2014 12:05 PM

    Kochi: Bringing an end to the ordeal, 46 Indian nurses have returned to Kochi after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy was present at the airport to receive the Indians returning from Iraq. Relieved to have the nurses back...
  • Special flight carrying 46 nurses, 130 other Indians from Iraq to reach Mumbai today 05-07-2014 08:02 AM

    New Delhi: The ordeal ends for the 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians as they finally return home from Iraq after being held in captivity by ISIS militants the war torn country. The special Air India flight carrying the nurses and 137 others would first land in Mumbai around...
  • Diaspora to help Indian nurses reach home 04-07-2014 07:20 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Roots-Norka, the state agency for the Kerala diaspora, will transfer the 46 nurses returning from Iraq on Saturday from the Cochin airport to their homes, the government said on Friday. The nurses was freed on Friday afternoon by Sunni insurgents and handed over to Indian diplomats on the Iraq-Kurdistan...
  • Iraq crisis: 116 Indians to reach home on Saturday, efforts on to rescue others in captivity 04-07-2014 05:34 PM

    New Delhi: As many as 116 Indians including 46 nurses from Kerala will reach India on Saturday morning, reassured the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday evening. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that an Air India aircraft has flown from New Delhi and is expected to reach Erbil, Iraq, late...
  • Iraq crisis: Nurses will reach Kochi on Saturday, confirms Kerala CM 04-07-2014 04:59 PM

    New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday confirmed that all the 46 Indian nurses who are now free from the clutches of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will reach India on Saturday in a special aircraft. Chandy said that the nurses were on their way...
  • Iraq crisis: Indian nurses will be flown from Erbil to Kochi in a special aircraft 04-07-2014 12:23 PM

    New Delhi: All the 46 Indian nurses released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will be flown directly from Erbil in Kurdistan to Kochi in a special aircraft, sources said. The nurses are expected to reach Kochi at around 7 am on Saturday. Sources have told...
  • ISIS to shift Indian nurses to Mosul 03-07-2014 10:04 PM

    New Delhi: All the Indian nurses who had been moved from Tikrit by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are now being taken to Mosul. Kerala Chief Minister Ooman Chandy confirmed on Thursday that all the 46 nurses from Kerala are heading towards Mosul. Chandy also confirmed...
  • PM personally monitoring situation in Iraq: sources 03-07-2014 06:24 PM

    New Delhi: With a number of Indians still stranded in various parts of Iraq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally monitoring situation in the war-torn country, say government sources. With the nurses held hostage in Tikrit being moved to an unidentified location by the ISIS militants, PM has asked the...
  • ISIS militants shift Indian nurses from Tikrit to unknown location in Iraq 03-07-2014 04:04 PM

    New Delhi: All the Indian nurses have been moved by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from Tikrit to an unknown location in Iraq. All the 46 nurses who have been moved are from Kerala. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy confirmed that there had been a blast outside...
  • MEA provides tickets to 500 Indians in Iraq to come back home 02-07-2014 07:56 PM

    New Delhi: With no sign of abatement of the crisis in Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said that it has provided tickets to 500 Indian nationals in Iraq to facilitate their return home. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We are using facilities available through Indian community welfare...
  • Kerala nurses now live in basement in Iraq 01-07-2014 05:17 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The 46 Kerala nurses stranded in Iraq's Tikrit town are spending their time in a basement of a building within the hospital campus where they worked, according to a source. One can easily make out from sounds in the background and around them that they live in a basement...
  • Kerala Panchayat sets an example by ensuring safety for women 29-06-2014 08:35 AM

    Mararikulam: While crimes against women are being reported in all corners of the country, one panchayat in Kerala's Alappuzha district has made it its mission to ensure that the state records minimum atrocities against women. The Panchayat's efforts first began in 2011 with small groups of women meeting and discussing...
  • Kerala HC directs government to furnish details of probe in children case 24-06-2014 04:38 PM

    Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to furnish by July two the details of investigation conducted by police so far in the case relating to bringing of over 500 children from Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal meant for orphanages in the state. Observing that it was...
  • Kerala HC asks government to submit report on children at orphanages 24-06-2014 03:41 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court has directed Crime branch to submit a report in sealed cover on their investigation so far in the incident where about 576 children were brought in from other states. The court observed that the children "were brought in from other states like chickens. They are...
  • Prisons made smoking-free zones in Kerala 21-06-2014 04:46 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Prisons in Kerala have been made smoking-free zones in compliance of the Supreme Court order banning smoking in public places. A circular in this regard has been issued by DGP (Prison) T P Senkumar, directing jail officials to enforce the ban within the prison compounds. "Though smoking in public...
  • We feel like we're in jail: Kerala carpenter in Iraq 21-06-2014 01:18 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: "It's been two days since we feel like we are in jail. Every time the phone rings, we wish it's one with good news, but so far none has come," a carpenter from Kerala working in Iraq's Basrah told IANS over the phone. "Fifty-seven of us from various parts...
  • Safety of Indians in Iraq top priority for MEA, Kerala nurses' families worried 20-06-2014 07:35 AM

    New Delhi/Kottayam: There is no concrete breakthrough in the abduction of 40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq, but the Ministry of External Affairs has hinted that it knows the location of the citizens. The Iraqi government has also confirmed the news of the kidnapping of the Indians. The safety and return...
  • Stranded nurses in Iraq: Kerala CM seeks PM's intervention 19-06-2014 08:43 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to evacuate Indian nurses stranded in war-torn Iraq if necessary by arranging a special chartered Air India flight. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, in a letter to the Prime Minister, pointed out that 46 Indian nurses, mostly from...
  • Kerala: Gold rods, sheets seized from air passenger 19-06-2014 06:04 PM

    Kochi: Nearly 700 grams of gold allegedly smuggled in different forms were seized by customs personnel from a passenger who arrived at the airport from Sharjah on Thursday. The passenger had kept concealed two six-inches long gold rods and four gold sheets, totally weighing 699.5 grams and valued at about...
  • Kerala to setup study and research centre on climate change 19-06-2014 05:47 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government planned to set up a Study and Research Centre to have scientific knowledge on climate change, Minister for Environment and Forest Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told the Assembly on Thursday. The centre would be the first step of the government to know more about climate change and its impact...
  • Kerala HC criticises government on Abkari policy 18-06-2014 08:03 AM

    Kochi: Kerela High court on Wednesday came down on the state government for deviating from the Abkari policy (Excise policy) in the matter of granting new licenses. Criticising the government, a division bench comprising Justice Harun-Al Rashid and Justice Anil K Narendran orally observed that if the policy of government...
  • Families of stranded Kerala nurses in Iraq pray for their safety 17-06-2014 06:28 PM

    New Delhi: Concerned families of the 86 Indians stranded in Iraq, most of them nurses from Kerala and truck drivers from Punjab, anxiously await the return of their loved ones as the fight intensifies in the war torn country. In conversation with two Kerala nurses stuck in Tikrit and Baghdad...
  • Kerala: BJP, Communists attack each other over Modi's depiction in a college magazine 17-06-2014 05:43 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The use of "objectionable and foul language" against Prime Minister Narendra Modi,along with the depiction of his photograph in the list of negative faces along with Osama bin Laden, Hitler, Ajmal Kasab were featured in the college magazines of two colleges in Trissur, Kerala. The police have arrested 15...