KERALA GOVERNMENT

  • Malayalam film personality MT Vasudevan Nair wins Kerala Government's JC Daniel Award for Cinema October 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent Malayalam writer and film personality MT Vasudevan Nair was today conferred the Kerala Government's prestigious JC Daniel Award for Cinema. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presented the award instituted in memory of J C Daniel, who made the first silent movie 'Vigathakumaram' in Kerala. Speaking on the occasion, Nair, who was...
  • Suryanelli gangrape case: SC seeks Kerala's reply on convicts' plea October 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from the Kerala Government on a petition filed by 16 of the 24 convicts challenging their conviction and varying quantum of sentence in the Suryanelli gangrape case. A bench comprising Justices SJ Mukhopadhaya and PC Pant issued notice to the state government...
  • Kerala: Government is duty bound to control use of intoxicants, says Kapil Sibal September 23, 2014

    Kochi: Kerala Government is 'duty bound' to control use of intoxicants and there is no legal bar for it to promulgate a policy restricting sale of Indian Made Foreign liquor in the state, Senior advocate Kapil Sibal said before the High Court on Tuesday. The entire policy is to be viewed...
  • 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"...
  • Kerala: Experts welcomes increase in tax on cigarettes September 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Leading medical experts and social advocates who have come together under the umbrella of "Tobacco Free Kerala" on Thursday welcomed the Kerala Government decision to raise taxes of cigarettes by 50 per cent during the fiscal year 201415. Lauding the Oommen Chandy government for...
  • Losses from bars: Kerala jacks up taxes on liquor, cigarettes September 17, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Faced with a grim fund crunch arising from its policy of sharply cutting down on the liquor business, Kerala government today steeply increased taxes on liquor, cigarettes, water charges and fees for various services to mop up over Rs 1,500 crore. In a major postbudget exercise of Additional Resources Mobilisation...
  • File affidavit by September 20 on condition of Kochi roads: Kerala HC to PWD September 16, 2014

    Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the Public Works Department to file an affidavit by September 20 detailing the action taken to repair roads in Kochi after interim orders were issued prior to court closing for the Onam vacation. The order in this regard was...
  • Liquor not a prerequisite for tourism: Stakeholders September 14, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Amid growing concerns over the impact of Kerala Government's new liquor policy on tourism industry, many stakeholders in the sector believe that liquor is not a prerequisite for tourism promotion. Some resort operators said the new policy, envisaged to cut short the availability of liquor, might affect the tourism industry...
  • 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 set to implemenmt new liquor policy, bar owners eyes on SC September 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: As Kerala is all set to implement the new liquor policy by Thursday night, there is some air of hope for the bar owners as the Supreme court will consider their case. The state government had decided on August 21 to close down all bars other than the five...
  • Kerala HC refuses to stay Government decision to close down bar hotels September 3, 2014

    Kochi: Giving its approval to the state government's new liquor policy, Kerala High Court on Wednesday declined to stay the closure of over 700 bar hotels below five star categories. A division bench comprising justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and justice PB Suresh Kumar declined to stay the operation of the order...
  • Kerala HC directs government to furnish details of probe in children case June 24, 2014

    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...
  • Kerala to setup study and research centre on climate change June 19, 2014

    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...
  • Kerala: Ramesh Chennithala inducted in Oommen government, gets Home December 30, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Monday was inducted in the Oommen Chandy Cabinet and was given the charge of Home ministry. Meanwhile, G Karthikeyan was elevated to the post of President in the Kerala Pradesh Congress Commiittee. The move, which has the approval of the Congress high command, was broached...
  • Kerala government approves a package for Saudi returned workers November 6, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: A rehabilitation package has been approved by the Kerala government for Non Resident Keralites (NRKS), returning home due to the Nitaqat Labour Law of Saudi Arabia. There is an increase in the number of people reaching the various airports in the state after the deadline ended on November 4....
  • UPA committed to give basic facilities to all, asserts Sonia Gandhi September 30, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram:Asserting that inclusive growth will remain as central plank of UPA, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said it was in tune with this concept that the government had launched a series of welfare programmes and legislative initiatives, especially for the weaker sections. "Inclusive growth is the policy of the UPA....
  • Kerala govt seeks explanation from organisers on national anthem row September 13, 2013

    Embarrassed by the inept compering and mistakes in rendering the national anthem at a function attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari in the city this week, the Kerala Government has sought explanation from the organisers of the event. The Genderal Administration Department has sought an explanation from Sree Narayana Dharma Samithi, the...
  • Kerala govt launches e-payment facility for people to pay bills online September 5, 2013

    Kerala government has launched "e-pament gateway" system enabling people to pay various utility bills and access government department services online. Utility bills of Kerala State Electricity Board, Kerala Water Authority, BSNL and university fees could be done through the gateway using credit and debit cards of 66 banks identified for the...
  • Solar scam: Kerala govt decides to hold judicial probe August 16, 2013

    The Kerala cabinet on Friday formally decided to hold a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge into the solar panel scam, that has brought the Chief Minister's office under a cloud. Addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the terms of reference of...
  • Solar scam: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy ready for judicial probe August 13, 2013

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced on Tuesday he was ready for a judicial probe into the solar scam case to end the Left opposition's siege of the secretariat but it cut no ice. Tuesday morning saw hectic consultations between the top brass of the Congressled United Democratic Front at...
  • NHRC directs Kerala govt to pay monetary relief to prison inmate July 15, 2013

    New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday asked the Kerala government to pay Rs 50,000 as monetary relief to a prison inmate who was allegedly tortured by a jail warder in a Central Jail of Thrissur. According to a NHRC release issued on Monday, the Commission has directed...
  • Suryanelli survivor seeks to implead in PIL against Kurien June 11, 2013

    Kochi: The Suryanelli rape survivor on Monday approached the Kerala High Court seeking to implead herself in the PIL which sought a direction for further investigation into the involvement of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in the nearly two decadeold case. In her petition, the woman submitted that she was...
  • NHRC issues notice to Kerala govt over malnutrition deaths May 28, 2013

    New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notice to the Kerala government over alleged deaths of several infants due to malnutrition in Attappadi area of the state. The rights panel has given six weeks time to the state government to submit a report in this regard. According...
  • Supreme Court says no to statues at public places January 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on January 18 restrained all the state governments and Union Territories from granting permission for erecting statues or construction of any structure at public places which obstructs traffic movement. However, the apex court said that this order would not apply for installation of structures like...
  • T'puram Corporation lashes out at Kerala Govt May 15, 2012

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The City Corporation, shedding all decorum, has lashed out at the State Government for remaining indifferent to the plight of the city, now almost drowned in garbage. Not only did the Corporation officials boycott a meeting called by Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhy Ali on Monday to discuss landfilling of...
  • Kerala govt raises retirement age to 56 March 19, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Congressled UDF Government in Kerala on Monday raised the retirement age of state government employees to 56 years from the existing 55. Finance Minister KM Mani made the announcement in this regard while presenting the state Budget for the current fiscal. The announcement, however, sparked protests from opposition LDF...
  • Kerala govt opposes release of Italian vessel March 12, 2012

    Kochi: The Kerala government on Monday opposed release of Italian ship Enrica Lexie, detained in Kochi after two Italian marines on board allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast on March 15, saying it could not be permitted to leave as investigations were on. The submission in this...
  • Nurses' wages: Kerala govt mulling legislation March 5, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government was mulling a new legislation to deal with the wages and other allowances of nurses and other paramedical staff working in private hospitals in the state. This was stated by Minister for Labour Shibu Baby John in the Assembly on Monday while replying to a submission which highlighted...
  • Kerala govt to give job to killed fisherman's widow February 22, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram Dora, the widow of fisherman Gelastine who was killed by Italian securitymen last week, will be given a government job, the Kerala cabinet decided on Wednesday. Indian fishermen Gelastine, 45, and Ajesh Binki, 25, were allegedly mistaken for pirates and shot dead on Feb 15 by Italian marines aboard an...
  • Pay KWA's power charge dues: HC to Kerala Govt February 2, 2012

    Kochi: Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to pay Kerala Water Authority's outstanding electricity charges to the tune of Rs 250 crore to the Electricity Board and then proceed against the authority. Passing orders on a petition by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) seeking a direction to...