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  • Kerala: UDF MLA raises corruption charges against PWD Minister's personal staff December 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former minister KB Ganesh Kumar and ruling UDF MLA raised corruption allegations against the personal staff of PWD minister VK Ibrahim Kunju in the state Legislative Assembly. It was during a calling attention that the MLA has raised the issue and put the UDF in a fix. The Speaker ruled...
  • Kerala: HC nod for closure of 700 liquor bars, CM Chandy welcomes October 30, 2014

    Kochi: In a blow to bar owners, the Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld the validity of the Congress-led UDF government's new liquor policy, paving the way for closure of 700 bars attached to small and medium hotels in the state. The court, however, gave...
  • Kerala: LDF to launch stir against tax hike by Chandy government September 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Slamming the Congressled UDF Government for steep hike in taxes and service fees, CPI(M) in Kerala on Thursday threatened to unleash a massive agitation and urged the people to desist from paying the increase including the new rates of water charges. Accusing the Oommen Chandy Government of "resorting to undemocratic"...
  • Always taken antiliquor stand, says Kerala excise minister September 13, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Congressled United Democratic Front has always taken an antiliquor stand to bring in prohibition in a phased manner, Kerala Excise Minister K Babu said on Saturday. Babu said that the first file he inked after assuming charge as excise minister in 2011 was to cancel the permission given by...
  • Kerala: People will only end up paying more for liquor due to ban, say residents August 22, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a move that has sent ripples across Kerala, the state which was once infamous for its love for liquor is soon set to run dry. The state government has bowed down to pressure from within to announce that it will enforce prohibition in a phased manner. "Our aim...
  • Railway budget neglects Kerala: Government, Opposition July 8, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congressled UDF government and CPIM 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...
  • UDF government not for any confrontation with BJP at Centre May 21, 2014

    Underlining that governance is different from politics, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said his administration would have no confrontation with the BJPled central government. He was responding to questions on what would be the state government's attitude towards the Narendra Modiled government at the centre. "See, there will be difference...
  • LS polls: UDF retains Kerala, Tharoor wins by a small margin May 16, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is probably the only state where a Congressled alliance has reached a double digit. The Congressled United Democratic Front which had ruled the roost in Kerala in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, has won 12 seats; while the Left Democratic Front has won 7 seats in southern state. An Independent...
  • Mizoram's sitting MP Raula retains state's lone LS seat May 16, 2014

    The state of Mizoram with its lone Lok Sabha constituency is witnessing a three way fight between sitting Member of Parliament and Congress candidate CL Raula, AAP's M Lalmanjualan and an independent candidate Robert Romawia Royte backed by United Democratic Front of eight opposition parties. The Mizoram Lok sabha constituency,...
  • Poll outcome in Kerala to be crucial for Oommen Chandy May 15, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: With less than 24 hours to go for counting, the results of the 20 Lok Sabha seat in Kerala will have its impact on the internal dynamics of the ruling Congressled UDF and Opposition LDF though two more years are left for the state Assembly elections. It is all the...
  • Mizoram: Nearly two-third voters cast ballot for lone Lok Sabha seat, Assembly by-poll April 11, 2014

    Aizawl: Despite the heat, nearly two-thirds of the voters cast their ballots on Friday for the lone Lok Sabha seat and in a by-poll for an assembly segment in mountainous Mizoram, officials said in Aizawl. In the last Lok Sabha elections in 2009, the voter turnout was around 51 per...
  • LS poll: Voting for lone seat in Mizoram on Friday April 10, 2014

    Polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram which is witnessing a three-cornered contest, will be held on Friday along with the by-poll to Hrangturzo Assembly seat. The triangular contest is among ruling Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and United Democratic Front (UDF), which is an alliance of eight opposition...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Kerala records 70 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm April 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: 57.3 per cent voting was registered till 3 pm in all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala on Thursday. Voters began to trickle in most of the polling stations as soon as the polling began at 7 am, to choose their representatives for the 16th Lok Sabha. At many...
  • LS polls: Can UDF repeat its 2009 show in Kerala, can BJP win a seat? April 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The state of Kerala is all set to go for polls in all 20 constituencies on April 10. With high voltage election campaigns coming to an end on April 8, both the LDF (Left Democratic Front) and UDF (United Democratic Front) are hoping to improve their performance. Political experts in...
  • BJP's Rajagopal hopeful of winning Thiruvananthapuram April 8, 2014

    BJP veteran O Rajagopal, engaged in a hard battle with the UDF and LDF contestants in Thiruvananthapuram to end his party's electoral jinx in Kerala, said the wind was blowing in his way this time due to a host of factors including the enthusiasm generated for the party's Prime Minister...
  • Shashi Tharoor accused of bribing pastors in a bid to buy Christian votes April 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In what could spell major trouble for the parliamentary ambitions of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the BJP have filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the United Democratic Front candidate Shashi Tharoor stating that he had violated the election code of conduct. Their...
  • Will Innocent be able to change the fortunes of Malayalee actors in politics? April 6, 2014

    Chalakudy: If huge crowds are anything to go by, then veteran Malayalee actor Innocent could be a front-runner in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Innocent is the Independent candidate from Chalakudy, supported by the Left. The actor-turned-politician has been inspired by his recent battle with cancer, to work for the...
  • 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...
  • Thiruvananthapuram: Tharoor faces stiff competition from BJP, Left March 26, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Minister of State for Human resources Shashi Tharoor is facing stiff competition from the Left Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Thiruvananthapuram. Warm handshakes, sipping tea and posing for photographs is the mood on the streets of Thiruvananthapuram when Shashi Tharoor goes out to meet people. Tharoor is...
  • MA Baby vs NK Premachandran: Friends turn foes in Kollam constituency March 24, 2014

    Kollam: An unusual battle is taking place in the Kollam Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala where the CPIM's MA Baby is pitted against his former comrade who is being fielded by the UDF. With red garlands, crackers and warm handshakes, former minister MA Baby starts his day early, walking down...
  • Four in fray for lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram March 22, 2014

    Four candidates are in the fray for elections to Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha seat on April 9 with filing of nominations ending on Saturday, returning officer for the polls and district deputy commissioner Juhi Mukherjee said. Mukherjee told PTI that two candidates Robert Romawia Royte of opposition alliance United Democratic Front...
  • Kerala LS polls: Tharoor ahead in race, AAP may not open account March 19, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: With less than a month for the state to go to polls, the parties have begun their campaigns in full vigour. Political speeches, loudspeakers announcing the quality of the candidates, election conventions, and candidates visiting voters are the order of the day. Political analysts feel that the electoral climate is...
  • Nearly 20 lakh new voters in Kerala March 15, 2014

    Nearly 20 lakh more voters will be exercising their franchise in Kerala in the April 10 Lok Sabha polls compared to parliamentary elections held in 2009. According to the present electoral roll, the total number of voters in the state is 2,37,92,270 against 2,18,59,536 in the previous period. Of the total,...
  • 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 candidates...
  • LS polls: CPI-M announces 15 candidates from Kerala March 13, 2014

    The Communist Party of India-Marxist has announced its list of 15 candidates from Kerala. The state has 20 Lok Sabha seats. CPI-M which has a strong political base and popular leaders in Kerala has sprung a surprise by shortlisting some independents as its candidates for the general elections. Here is the list Kasargode-...
  • 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" to...
  • Political climate in favour of UDF, asserts Chandy March 11, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Buoyant over Centre issuing draft notification addressing state concern on Kasturirangan report and RSP joining the ruling UDF, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said political climate in the state was in favour of Congress. "The UDF government was not worried over its thin majority so far. So,...
  • RSP to join Congress-led UDF, set back for Left in Kerala March 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Trouble for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) as the Revolutionary Socialist party (RSP) is all set to join the Congress-led UDF. The decision was taken at a meeting held between the RSP leaders and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, KPCC President VM Sudheeran and state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. The...
  • Parties, coalitions in Kerala busy finalising candidates March 6, 2014

    With the deadline for filing nominations for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls in Kerala fast approaching, political parties have gone into a huddle to finalise contestants for the 20 seats and start a high voltage campaign with local topics figuring as prominently as national issues. While almost all 16 sitting...
  • Kerala: UDF, LDF to soon decide on candidate selection for upcoming polls March 5, 2014

    With Lok Sabha elections in Kerala scheduled for April 10, ruling Congress-led UDF and the opposition CPI(M)-led LDF are expediting the seat-sharing arrangement and candidate selection for the 20 seats at stake to meet the fast approaching deadline. Though initial rounds of talks have already been underway, a clear picture is...