Oommen Chandy

  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • After Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, Kerala CM Chandy says won't boycott Modi August 21, 2014

    It's not just Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who is not toeing the Congress' line on boycotting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's functions. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said he will have to meet the Prime Minister. ...
  • Kerala: Partial prohibition on liquor from April 2015 August 21, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram:United Democratic Front has decided to impose partial prohibition on liquor in Kerala from April 2015. Bars will be allowed only in five star hotels in Kerala. Chief Minister Oommen chandy and Muslim league have been pushing for prohibition. Bar licences will not be issued for 418 closed bars and licences...
  • 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 Dayeve 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...
  • Kerala: Internal growth vital to reduce dependence on outside jobs August 15, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Citing the troubles being faced by expatriate workers in countries like Iraq and Libya, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday said internal employment generation was vital instead of depending on outside jobs. Giving his Independence Day message after inspecting an impressive ceremonial parade, Chandy said it was in view...
  • Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi apologises for his remarks against Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, says he never meant to criticise him August 11, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Superstar Suresh Gopi Sunday apologised for his remarks against Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy following a barrage of criticism and angry Youth Congress activists venting their anger. Speaking to TV channels over telephone from the US, Gopi said he wished to apologise to the chief minister for his remarks against...
  • Filmmaker Priyadarshan not to seek fresh term in Kerala State Chalachitra Academy August 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Ace director Priyadarshan, whose threeyear term as chairperson of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy is ending later this month, has decided against seeking a fresh term. Minister for Cinema, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan confirmed to IANS that the director has sought to be relieved. "The term is for three years and he expressed...
  • Monsoon toll reaches 80 in Kerala August 6, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: At least 80 people lost their life and 156 houses were completely destroyed in rain related incidents since the South West monsoon became active in the state, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said. The government has decided to provide an amount of Rs two lakhs each to the family of...
  • National Cartoon Museum thrown open for visitors August 1, 2014

    Kayamkulam: The National Cartoon Museum and Art Gallery, set up as a tribute to doyen of Indian political cartooning Shankar at his hometown here, has been opened for visitors. The memorial was inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a function here last evening and was attended, among others, by...
  • 118 Kerala nurses in Libya want to return July 29, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: A total of 118 Kerala nurses working in Libya want to return home in India, said a Kerala government official on Tuesday. Speaking to an agency, P Sudeep, chief executive officer of Norka (the state agency that looks after the welfare of nonresident Keralites), said the agency has opened a...
  • Meeting on July 11 to discuss nurses rehabilitation issue July 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday informed the assembly that a meeting would be held on July 11 to discuss issues related to rehabilitation of 46 Keralite nurses, who returned after being stranded in violence hit region in Iraq. The nurses and the institutions that had offered jobs to...
  • Iraq crisis: Nurses to reunite with their families on Saturday July 5, 2014

    All the 46 nurses who have been in captivity in Tikrit since June 11 were released by ISIS in Mosul. A special Indian plane will now take the nurses from Erbil, Iraq to Kochi, Kerala to reunite with their families. ...
  • Iraq crisis: 116 Indians to reach home on Saturday, efforts on to rescue others in captivity July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: As many as 116 Indians including 46 nurses from Kerala will reach India on Saturday morning, reassured the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday evening. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that an Air India aircraft has flown from New Delhi and is expected to reach Erbil, Iraq, late on...
  • Iraq crisis: Nurses will reach Kochi on Saturday, confirms Kerala CM July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday confirmed that all the 46 Indian nurses who are now free from the clutches of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will reach India on Saturday in a special aircraft. Chandy said that the nurses were on their way to...
  • Iraq crisis: Indian nurses will be flown from Erbil to Kochi in a special aircraft July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: All the 46 Indian nurses released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants will be flown directly from Erbil in Kurdistan to Kochi in a special aircraft, sources said. The nurses are expected to reach Kochi at around 7 am on Saturday. Sources have told...
  • Congress meeting on June 21 in Kozhikode June 19, 2014

    Kozhikode : A meeting of Congress leaders including those at the Panchayat, block and mandalam level in the five districts in northern Kerala, presided over by KPCC President V M Sudheeran, will be held here on June 21. Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, Kozhikode District Congress Committee, President...
  • Get clearances, go ahead: Kerala CM on Aranmula airport project May 30, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The proposed Rs 2,000crore KGS Aranmula international airport project in Kerala can go ahead if its promoters get the required environment clearance, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Friday. The proposed project suffered a huge setback on Wednesday when a tribunal cancelled its environment clearance. "The state government is not...
  • Will wait on proposed PMO in every state: Oommen Chandy May 28, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said his government will wait and see what the proposed Prime Minister's Office in every state is going to do. "I read in the media about this proposal by the new central government that there will be a PMO in every state. We...
  • Kerala CM Oommen Chandy to skip Modi's swearing ceremony May 25, 2014

    Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is not attending the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in New Delhi on Monday, citing prescheduled engagements in the state, which prompted the BJP to term the decision as "unfortunate". According to the Chief Minister's Office sources, Chandy had received the invitation...
  • She Taxi launched in Kochi May 19, 2014

    Kochi: The Kerala government will extend all possible support for further expansion of the She Taxi service, owned and operated by women entrepreneurs for women travellers, to more cities in the state, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said. "The initiative was a big success in Thiruvananthapuram. The government allotted special...