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  • Liquor, tobacco products now cost more in Kerala October 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The price of liquor went up in Kerala on Friday after the government, in its bid to enforce total prohibition, imposed an additional 25 per cent tax. Also, an eight per cent tax hike on tobacco products came into force on Friday, making them more expensive. "We have already decided that...
  • 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...
  • Want to convert Kerala into global destination for higher studies, says CM Chandy September 16, 2014

    Thrissur: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said that his Government wanted to convert the state into a global destination for higher studies with institutions of international standards. Speaking after declaring St Thomas' College of Thrissur Catholic Archdiocese, as an autonomous college, he said it...
  • Each sound reminds us of gunshots, nurses back from Iraq recall horror July 6, 2014

    Kochi: After about 25 nights of sleeplessness, distress and fear of not making it alive out of wartorn Iraq, 46 Indian nurses returned home on Saturday. Smiles, joy filled tears and hugs filled the Cochin International airport as they reunited with their families. While they are back in the safe confines...
  • Kerala CM Oomen Chandy thanks Centre for return of nurses July 5, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday thanked the Narendra Modi Government for ensuring the return of the Indian nurses from strifehit Iraq with their safe evacuation capping days of anxiety for the state as it waited for a resolution to the crisis. A visibly relieved Chandy expressed his gratitude...
  • Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi, welcomed by Kerala CM July 5, 2014

    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 in...
  • Special flight with 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq takes off from Mumbai, to land in Kochi July 5, 2014

    Mumbai: The special Air India flight carrying 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq has taken off for Kochi after making a halt in Mumbai for refueling and catering supplies. From Kochi the flight will go to Hyderabad and then to Delhi. 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians are on...
  • Special flight carrying 46 nurses, 130 other Indians from Iraq to reach Mumbai today July 5, 2014

    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...
  • Nurses safe, Ministry of External Affairs helpful: Kerala CM July 3, 2014

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy confirmed that the nurses stranded in Iraq were safe and that the Ministry of External Affairs was really helpful in dealing with the crisis. ...
  • Stranded nurses in Iraq: Kerala CM seeks PM's intervention June 19, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to evacuate Indian nurses stranded in wartorn 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: VS Achutanandan's petition on CBI probe in solar case posted after 4 weeks June 13, 2014

    Kochi: Kerala High Court on Friday adjourned after 4 weeks the petition by veteran CPI(M) leader VS Achutanandan seeking CBI inquiry in the solar panel case, which had rocked the state last year. The petitioner had also sought a probe involving Enforcement Directorate, Corporate Affairs Department and Income Tax Department. A...
  • Kerala passes fourth resolution for new Mullaperiyar dam June 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala assembly on Monday, for a record fourth time, passed a unanimous resolution demanding that the Centre act as a mediator for building a new dam at Mullaperiyar. At an allparty meeting last week, it was decided to invoke Rule 130 to initiate a discussion on the Mullaperiyar...
  • Agreement on bar licences to be arrived at after discussion: Kerala CM April 30, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Admitting that there were problems in taking a decision on liquor policy, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said an agreement would be arrived at in Congress and ruling UDF through discussions. Responding to reporters' queries during a Cabinet briefing on the issue of granting licences to 418...
  • 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,...
  • Kerala: CM to discuss Kasturirangan report with Moily January 30, 2014

    Kochi: Asserting that farmers' rights would be protected, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said he would leave for Delhi on Friday to discuss the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation with Environment Minister Veerappa Moily. Chandy, who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the National eGovernance conference,...
  • No need of Sonia, even a beggar can correct me: PC George December 17, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: More controversy has followed after PC George, chief whip of the Congressled government, flagged off the Narendra Modi's 'run for unity' at Kottayam in Kerala. Now regional news channel Asianet has now brought out visuals of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy meeting a delegation led by Gujarat's Agriculture Minister Babubhai...
  • Solar scam: LDF ends protests as Kerala govt agrees for probe August 13, 2013

    The Left Front called off its protests in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday after the UDF government agreed for a judicial probe into the solar scam. Thousands had laid siege to the government secretariat for two days and Thiruvananthapuram had come to a grinding halt during the protest. ...
  • Kerala solar panel scam: Saritha files written complaint July 29, 2013

    Kochi: A written complaint of the Solar Panel scam accused Saritha S Nair was today handed over to a lower court in Kerala by the Superintendent of the Women's Jail, where the accused is lodged. The complaint, brought in a sealed cover, was handed over to the Additional Chief Judicial...
  • Solar panel scam: Kerala HC asks government to list steps taken to recover money July 23, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday criticised the state government in the solar panel scam case asking the government about the steps being taking to recover the money amassed by the accused. Hearing the bail plea of one of the accused, Shalu Menon, the court asked about the progress...
  • Kerala: UDF claims solar panel scam a ploy to target Chandy July 9, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling United Democratic Front that met at Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's official residence late Monday night decided to back the beleaguered leader after revelations made by a businessman. "This is nothing but a plot of the Left opposition and the UDF is solidly behind our chief minister...
  • BJP demands resignation of Kerala CM Oomen Chandy June 16, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday demanded the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy for his alleged involvement in the solar power scandal that has rocked the southern state. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said her party's Kerala unit has already demanded Chandy's resignation and she reiterates the demand. "Chandy should...
  • Kochi: Chandy to inaugurate metro construction work June 7, 2013

    Kochi: Residents in Kochi are getting closer to travelling by the metro. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will be inaugurating the metro construction work on Friday. Union Food minister KV Thomas will also be attending the event. Kerala government had sanctioned an additional Rs 297.75 crore for the Kochi Metro project....
  • Kerala minister faces Congress's criticism for meeting Modi April 20, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Labour Minister and Revolutionary Socialist Party (Baby John) leader Shibu Baby John has run into trouble over his recent meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, with leaders of the Congress and its United Democratic Front (UDF) allies taking exception to it, holding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's...
  • Marital dispute: Chandy rejects opposition's charge April 3, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Assembly was rocked for the second day on Wednesday over issues relating to former minister KN Ganesh Kumar with opposition LDF demanding that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy quit for allegedly shielding him in his wife's domestic violence complaint. Chandy on his part rejected the charge that he...
  • I feel cheated, CM shielded my husband: Kerala exforest minister's wife April 3, 2013

    The wife of the former Forest Minister of Kerala KB Ganesh Kumar has said that she was not only abused by her husband, but also feels cheated by Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, who was shielding him. Though the former minister has denied the allegations and has said it a political...
  • Chandy writes to PM, asks for fast track court to try Italian marines March 24, 2013

    Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy has written to the Prime Minister asking for the setting up of a special fast track court in Kollam to try the two Italian marines who are charged with the murder of two Kerala fishermen. ...
  • Suryanelli case: Dharmarajan produced in court February 16, 2013

    Kottayam: Dharmarajan, the absconding convict in the Suryanelli gangrape case who was arrested from Karnataka, was sent to the subjail here by the District and Sessions Judge before whom he was produced on Saturday. The third accused in the 17yearold case, Dharmarajan was arrested Friday by a special team of...
  • Kerala CM rules out reinvestigation in Suryanelli rape case February 15, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Friday ruled out reinvestigation in the Suryanelli gangrape case. The state government had on Wednesday received a legal opinion that there was no need to reinvestigate the case as the victim was repeating the charge she had earlier raised and there was nothing...
  • Suryanelli: Kurien's wife rubbishes rape charge against him February 13, 2013

    Pathanamthitta: Amid growing clamour for resignation of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case, his wife has rubbished the allegations against him and said those hurling "malicious charges" never bothered to appreciate sentiments of her family. Susan Kurien, a retired high school teacher, said in a...