OOMMEN CHANDY

  • Kerala government pitches for night traffic ban on Bandipura Road to be lifted, hand of smugglers lobby likely 1 week ago

    Bandipura (Mysore): Global warming and climate change are on top of the United Nation's agenda. These are the most discussed subjects during the Earth Summit. But these critical life-changing issues don't seem to matter to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Though the Supreme Court had rejected Kerala's appeal to lift...
  • Kerala government launches campaign 'Subodham' to help people overcome alcohol, drug abuse 1 week ago

    Kochi: The Kerala government on Sunday launched a major campaign "Subodham" to help people in the state overcome alcohol, drug and other substance abuse. The project was launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Art of Living Foundation founder Sri Sri Ravishankar in the presence of religious leaders, representatives of student...
  • Modi government played truant with Land Act: Oommen Chandy April 14, 2015

    Palakkad: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said the NDA government, led by Narendra Modi, has played truant with the Land Act floated by the previous UPA government to help farmers. "The UPA government, in order to help the farmer, floated the Land Act, but the Modi government has played...
  • Another batch of 225 rescued Indians reach Mumbai from war-torn Yemen April 6, 2015

    Mumbai: The defence forces continue to evacuate citizens from war-torn Yemen and an Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 225 people landed in Mumbai on Sunday night. Close to 700 people were evacuated from Yemen on Sunday. "The C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft landed at about 10:40 pm in Mumbai from Djibouti," a...
  • Second batch of 664 Indians rescued from Yemen return home April 4, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram/Mumbai: A second batch of 664 Indians from war-torn Yemen have safely returned home on late Friday night. While two Indian Air Force planes carrying 334 people landed in Mumbai, a special Air India flight with 330 Indians reached the Kochi airport post midnight. So far, more than 1,000 Indians...
  • Government considering airlifting of Indians stranded in Yemen March 28, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: The central government was considering the possibility of airlifting stranded Indians including Keralites from strife-torn Yemen, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has informed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Swaraj has informed the state that two ships have been sent to Yemen to rescue the Indians, including Malayalees, who have been stranded...
  • Humans being increasingly attacked by animals: Kerala CM March 25, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expressed concern over growing incidents of man-animal conflict as evidenced by increasing animal attacks on humans. "The man-animal conflict is increasing daily and it's more seen in the areas bordering the forests. In those areas it's the wild animals which not only cause destruction to...
  • Kerala Opposition women MLAs claim male members molested them in Assembly, ask who will protect them March 18, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: Images of elected members pushing and shoving each other, throwing the Speaker's chair, standing on top of the Speaker's table, these unruly scenes that played out in the Kerala state legislative assembly on March 13 will not fade away from Keralites' mind soon. But at the same time there...
  • 5 Left MLAs suspended by Kerala Speaker over ruckus in Assembly March 16, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: In Kerala five Left MLAs have been suspended over the ruckus which happened in Assembly last week. The five suspended MLAs are EP Jayarajan, KT Jaleel, V Sivankutty, K Kunjahmed Master and K Ajit. The five MLAs, who allegedly vandalised Speaker's dais during budget presentation, were suspended till end of...
  • Unruly scenes witnessed in Kerala Assembly as KM Mani tables state Budget, LDF supporter dies of heart attack March 13, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: Unruly scenes were witnessed in the Kerala Assembly as state Finance Minister KM Mani tabled the state Budget amid high protests on Friday. One LDF supporter died of heart attack during police crackdown on protesters in front of the Assembly. Ruling United Democratic Front and Opposition Left Democratic Front MLAs...
  • Hummer murder case: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy defends state DGP March 7, 2015

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy defended the state DGP, who has been accused of helping businessman Mohammed Nisham. DGP K Balasubramaniam's name cropped up in a CD submitted by Kerala government Chief Whip, PC George to the Chief Minister. ...
  • NITI Aayog meet: States demand more funds without bias under central schemes February 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Several states on Sunday demanded more funds and flexibility under centrally sponsored schemes, while non-BJP ruled states including Uttar Pradesh asked for greater transparency and non-discretion in allocations. Congress-ruled Kerala suggested that the new body should decide on state quotas in the same manner the erstwhile Planning Commission...
  • Left front holds dharna across Kerala, demands CM Chandy's resignation over bribe January 5, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) has held a state wide dharna demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the Solar scam case and of Finance Minsiter K M Mani in the liquor bribe case. Biju Ramesh, the bar owner who raised allegation of giving brine to...
  • Left front demands resignation of Kerala Finance Minister over bribe charges November 25, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) held protest march in front of the state secretariat demanding the resignation of Finance Minister KM Mani in the bribe allegation against him. They also demanded an enquiry into the role of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Excise Minister K Babu. Opposition leader...
  • Tamil Nadu should understand concerns on rising water level: Kerala CM November 24, 2014

    Chennai: With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam touching the contentious 142 foot mark, the Kerala government on Monday urged Tamil Nadu to "understand" its concerns over the dam's stability, while indicating that it had no problems sharing water with its neighbour. Chief Minister Oommen...
  • Kerala liquor ban: KM Mani in a fix, probe ordered over bribery allegations November 2, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a huge blow to Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani, an investigation has been ordered against him for allegedly demanding Rs 5 crore bribe for renewing licenses of closed bars. Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has ordered a vigilance enquiry against Mani following a letter from Leader of Opposition VS...
  • Kerala: KBHA President accuses KM Mani of demanding Rs 5 crore bribe for renewing licenses November 1, 2014

    The Kerala Bar Owners Association has accused the state's Finance Minister of demanding a bribe of Rs 5 crore for renewing the licenses of closed bars. "The allegation against him is baseless. I can say this because it has been alleged that I was in the know, but this is...
  • Kerala: Bar owners' body accuses Minister of demanding Rs 5 crore bribe for renewing licenses November 1, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: In what means major trouble for the Oommen Chandy government in Kerala, the Kerala Bar Owners Association has accused the state's Finance Minister KM Mani of demanding a bribe of Rs 5 crore for renewing the licenses of closed bars. The association claimed that it gave in to the...
  • Kerala announces cash awards for Asian Games medallists October 8, 2014

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday awarded Indian hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, the hero of the Asian Games final, a cash award of Rs 15 lakh and also offered him the job of a district educational officer in the general education department. Chandy visited Sreejesh at his residence in Kochi...
  • Clean Up India: CPI-M leaders to collect waste in Kerala October 3, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M leaders on Friday decided to clean Kerala through the collection and disposal of solid waste. The party has decided to go ahead with tackling waste in the state through mass movement, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) secretary Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters after the state committee meeting here. "I will...
  • 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...
  • 227 from Kerala stranded in Srinagar September 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 227 people from Kerala, who had gone for a vacation in Jammu and Kashmir, are now stranded in floodravaged Srinagar, officials said on Monday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's office said in a press release on Monday night that 18 people have returned safely. It said all details have...
  • Can the liquor prohibition policy work in Kerala? September 9, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Oommen Chandy government in Kerala has ordered a ban on the sale of alcohol in all non5 star outlets in the state. It remains to be seen whether the liquor prohibition in phases policy could work for Kerala. "When my husband was drunk, he would throw the food....
  • Kerala CM assures swift action in RSS activist's murder September 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has informed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that all accused in the murder of an activist of RSS in Kannur have been arrested and produced before a court. In a letter to Singh, he said all the accused in the murder of E...
  • Kerala: Court order would cause difficulties to government, says CM Oommen Chandy September 3, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said that the government would implement the High Court verdict on plus two course even though it would cause difficulty to it. More than 14,000 students have applied for admissions in the schools which would be affected by...
  • No clearance to schools without proper toilets: Kerala CM September 3, 2014

    Kerala CM Oommen Chandy on Wednesday informed the media that the state government has given a deadline of 100 days starting from Wednesday to all the schools to construct proper toilets. He said that no clearance will be allotted to school that fail to achieve the mark. ...
  • LDF to hold demonstrations demanding Oommen Chandy's resignation August 30, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M)led LDF Opposition will be organising demonstrations at district headquarters in Kerala, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the wake of an adverse court order in a case pertaining to alleged corruption in implementation of an effluent treatment plant at a public sector company. LDF convener and...
  • Graft case: Ready to face any investigation, says Kerala CM August 29, 2014

    Kochi: Making it clear that he had no plans to resign, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, against whom a vigilance court had ordered further investigation for alleged corruption in the setting up of an effluent treatment plant at a stateowned firm, on Friday said he was prepared to face any probe. "Let...
  • Kerala liquor ban prompted by political considerations? August 22, 2014

    There are mixed reactions in Kerala as one of India's top consumers of liquor heads for prohibition with a proposal to make God's Own Country alcoholfree in 10 years. The big question is whether the ban is prompted by political considerations and whether prohibition will actually work on the ground. ...