Kollam

  • Kerala CM orders probe into school forced to drop Vande Mataram from Independence Day eve fete August 16, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Two days after a private school in Kollam district of Kerala was forced to drop national song 'Vande Mataram' during the Independence Day-eve celebrations, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that he will order a probe into the incident. Chandy said, "You have brought this to my notice. I will...
  • 85 children hospitalised after gas leak at a Kerala factory, plant shut down till further notice August 8, 2014

    Kollam: Two days after gas leak at a Kerala factory, 85 children have been admitted to different hospitals. Many of them have complained of nausea and dizziness. Their school was within 500 metre of the industrial plant, which has now been shut down till further notice. Gas leak was reported...
  • 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...
  • Meet a Lok Sabha candidate whose total assets amount to just Rs 750 March 17, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when several crorepaties are seeking entry into Parliament, a candidate with a total asset of just Rs 750 has filed nomination papers in Kerala for the April 10 Lok Sabha polls. Biju, the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) candidate from Kottayam, has declared in the affidavit...
  • Italian marines case: Death clause dropped, Kerala fishermen protest February 8, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Independent Fish Workers Federation staged a protest in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram against the Home Ministry dropping death clause against the Italian marines who had shot dead two Indian fishermen. They burnt the effigy of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and even shouted slogans against Prime...
  • Following court orders, cow undergoes DNA test to settle ownership dispute January 7, 2014

    Kollam: A local court in Kollam has ordered DNA testing on a cow to settle a dispute over its ownership by two women at Punalur in the district. Based on the court order, the cow was brought to a veterinary hospital and collected blood samples on Monday to be sent to...
  • Shweta Menon's initial statement says Congress MP touched her November 6, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Days after Malayalam Actress Shwetha Menon withdrew her harassment complaint, initial statement by Shweta Menon to the Kollam police states that she was sexually harassed by Congress MP N Peethambara Kurup at the venue of the President's trophy boat race in Kollam. The statement accessed by CNN-IBN states that...
  • Kerala: Congress youth workers burns effigy of actress Shweta Menon November 4, 2013

    Angry Youth Congress workers in Kollam district of Kerala burnt an effigy of Malayalam actress Swetha Menon after reports that police here had registered a case against MP Peethamabara Kurup for allegedly groping her. Shouting slogans against the actress, party activists walked through the main road in Kollam and warned that...
  • Actress Shweta Menon alleges molestation, Congress MP denies November 2, 2013

    Congress MP N Peethambara Kurup, embroiled in controversy over alleged molestation of Malayalam cine actress Shweta Menon at a function in Kollam on Friday evening, strongly denied having committed such an act on Saturday. "It is totally untrue. I am telling this since my name has come up in a section...
  • Kollam: 20-year-old mother kills new born baby from her illicit relationship September 24, 2013

    A new born baby girl was suffocated to death reportedly by her mother at Kulathupuzha in Kollam district, police said on Tuesday. The baby's 20-year-old mother has been taken into custody in connection with the incident, police said. Police said preliminary investigation revealed the woman delivered the baby at the residence...
  • Kollam: Daughter dumps 90-year-old bed-ridden mother in 'stinking' goat-shed August 27, 2013

    A 90-year-old woman was kept in a dilapidated goat-shed allegedly by her daughter next to their house at Kulathupuzha in Kerala's Kollam district. The nonagenarian, Rosily, was reportedly shifted by her daughter and family to the shed recently after she became bed-ridden. She had been staying with her son-in-law and daughter...
  • PM declines to comment on Italian marines issue March 28, 2013

    Onboard PM's special aircraft: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday declined to comment on the case of two Italian marines and the issue of delays in setting up a special court to try them on charges of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast. "This is now a story which...
  • Kerala CM seeks special court to try marines at Kollam March 23, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday asked the Centre to set up the special court at Kollam district to conduct the trial of the two Italian marines charged with the killing of two Indian fishermen. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chandy demanded that the Sessions...
  • Kerala court releases passports of Italian marines December 21, 2012

    Kollam: Setting the stage for their return to Italy for Christmas, a local court on Friday released the passports of the two Italian marines, facing murder charges in Kerala, after they made an unconditional undertaking that they would return to the state by January 10. The marines appeared before the Additional...
  • Dalai Lama to visit Kerala November 6, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will visit Kerala on November 24 in connection with the 80th annual pilgrimage season of Sivagiri Mutt at Varkala near Kollam. Hundreds of spiritual leaders from different Mutts would participate, Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust general secretary Swami Rithabharananda told a press meet here...
  • Fishermen deaths: Kerala HC stays Italians' trial July 24, 2012

    New Delhi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed the trial proceedings against the two Italian marines in the fishermen killing case. The marines had approached the court challenging the Kollam Sessions Court order that denied them translated copies of the prosecution documents and eye witnesses' accounts. The High Court issued a...
  • Kollamites 'down' with family problems, economic woes July 20, 2012

    Kollam: The troubled lives of the people in the city have come to the fore with the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) the previous week, which placed Kollam city on top of the list in suicide rate. Express had reported on Thursday about the position of...
  • Kerala: SC issues notice to govt on Italians' plea July 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay trial proceedings against the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen earlier this year off the Kochi coast in Kerala. The apex court also issued notices to the Government of India and the Kerala government on a petition filed...
  • Kollam in Kerala is India's new suicide capital July 19, 2012

    Kollam: Even as Kollam city gained the dubious distinction as the suicide capital of the country by recording the highest suicide rate among the 52 major cities, the authorities remained blissfully unaware of the new status. As per the 2011 data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau, the suicide...
  • Fishermen killing: Italian marines' case adjourned July 17, 2012

    Kollam: A local court in Kollam on Tuesday adjourned to July 25 trial in the case relating to the killing of two Indian fishermen by two Italian marines on board 'Enrica Lexie' off Kollam coast. Judge PD Rajan of the district and sessions court adjourned the trial to July 25...
  • Kerala: 150 Sri Lankan refugees detained June 4, 2012

    Kollam: Over 150 Sri Lankan refugees have been detained from a boat near the Kollam coast. The refugees include 19 women and 22 children. The police say they paid between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to an agent who promised to take them to Australia but brought them...
  • Kerala: Court rejects Italians' bail plea May 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The Kollam sessions court on Saturday rejected the bail plea of the two Italian marines accused in the fishermen killing case. Meanwhile, in a new turn of events, Italy on Friday recalled its India ambassador Giacomo Monteforte to Rome. The ambassador was reportedly called back for consultations after the two...
  • Kerala: Verdict on Italians' bail plea today May 19, 2012

    New Delhi: The Kollam sessions court will on Saturday pronounce its verdict on the bail plea of the two Italian marines accused in the fishermen killings case. In a new turn of events, Italy on Friday recalled its India ambassador Giacomo Monteforte to Rome. The ambassador was reportedly called back for...
  • Fishermen case: Italy PM speaks to Manmohan March 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The Italian government is mounting pressure on India over the fishermen deaths incident. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti called up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and reiterated their stand that the incident happend in international waters. Manmohan Singh has said that the concerns of the victims' families must be addressed....
  • Ship-boat collision: One body recovered March 5, 2012

    Kochi: Naval divers on Sunday recovered the body of one of the three fishermen who went missing after their boat was hit by a merchant vessel of Alappuzha coast. Two fishermen had been killed in the incident. The body, which was found inside the sunken boat, has been handed over...
  • Search narrowing in on ship that hit fishermen's boat March 3, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Efforts continued on Friday to identify the ship that rammed into a fishing boat off Kerala coast causing the death of two fishermen from the state with shipping authorities questioning a number of ships. "We are questioning a number of ships (that passed through the area) but will not...
  • Kochi: HC to hear Italian Navy guards' petitions March 2, 2012

    New Delhi: The Kerala High Court is all set to hear petitions filed by the two accused Italian Navy personnel on Friday. The two Navy guards stand accused of shooting down two Indian fishermen off the Kochi coast in February allegedly fearing them to be pirates. The marines are seeking withdrawal...
  • Italian marines to stay in jail till Monday March 1, 2012

    Kochi: The police custody of the two Italian marines who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off Kochi coast has been extended till Monday. The Kollam magistrate has directed the Kochi Port Trust to bring the Enrica Lexie back to the harbour. The police, meanwhile, want to search the vessel. This...
  • Kollam: Ship, boat collide; 2 fishermen dead March 1, 2012

    Kollam: Two fishermen died when a ship collided with a shipping boat at the high seas of the Kochi Alleppey coast which is 9 km north of Kollam city on Thursday at 3 am. The deceased were identified as Francis Justine and Xavier, police said. Four fishermen were reportedly missing after...
  • 'No out of court settlement in fishermen case' February 29, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of any out of court settlement in the case relating to the killing of two Indian fishermen by two Italian marines onboard a merchant ship. "There is no provision in Indian criminal law to have an out of court settlement...