Kerala News

Achutanandan praises Balakrishna Pillai for stand against Mani

Veteran communist VS Achuthanandan on Tuesday praised his arch political opponent R. Balakrishna Pillai for his stand against corruption, especially against Finance Minister KM Mani, facing a graft allegation.

BJP-called shutdown in Kerala cripples normal life

A state-wide dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Kerala called by the BJP Tuesday demanding the resignation of the state finance minister left most of the roads deserted and shopping and commercial establishments shut.

Kerala politics: Is UDF closing door on Pillai?

The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) Monday decided not to invite one of its founders, R Balakrishna Pillai, to its meeting to be held here Wednesday.

KC(B) leader Pillai quits as FC panel chief

In what is seen as a fallout of the bar bribe scam troubling the ruling Congress-led UDF in Kerala, Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai has resigned as Chairman of the State Forward Communities Welfare Corporation.

Republic Day celebrations: Kerala governor turns cautiously optimistic

In his first Republic Day address to the state, Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, on Monday asked the people of Kerala to be concerned about the growing number of road accidents, to improve the quality of education and be concerned about the environment.

Maoists attack resort in Kerala, write slogans against Obama visit

Suspected Maoists attacked a state-run tourist resort in Wayanad in north Kerala on Sunday and escaped into forests after vandalising the premises and writing slogans against US President Barack Obama's visit to the country.

Bar bribe scam: Mani scoffs at speculations of resignation

As the bar bribe scam charges against K M Mani continue to haunt the UDF government, the Kerala Congress (M) supremo and state Finance Minister on Saturday scoffed at speculations that his resignation was imminent and that his party was being torn asunder by a succession struggle.

Plea seeking CBI probe into bar case posted to Wednesday

The Kerala High Court on Friday reserved its orders to Wednesday on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the controversial bar bribe scam in which allegations of corruption has been levelled against Finance Minister K M Mani.

Kerala seeks additional forest land for Sabarimala temple development

The Centre is willing to give additional forest land for development of the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala provided the state government gives the barren land elsewhere for afforestation.

Will Mani go the Kunhalikutty way in Kerala?

Is it yesterday once more for Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior leaders in the coalition are asking, as they wonder if Finance Minister KM Mani will go the way PK Kunhalikutty did in January 2005.

Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi invited to join BJP

 The Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended an invite to Malayalam film actor Suresh Gopi for joining the party.

Bar bribery scam: Chandy rejects demand for Mani's resignation

The Congress leading the ruling UDF in Kerala on Wednesday virtually favoured expelling minor partner Kerala Congress (B), from the coalition for its charges against Finance Minister K M Mani, facing allegations in the bar bribery scam, who also got full support from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Kerala CM lashes out at media over ''false news''

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday lashed out at the media, especially a dozen TV news channels, for not being "interested in credibility" and giving out "false news".

Kerala: Congress in favour of removing KC-B from UDF

 The Congress leading the ruling UDF in Kerala on Wednesday virtually favoured expelling minor partner Kerala Congress (B), headed by R Balakrishna Pillai, from the coalition in the wake of his charges against Finance Minister KM Mani in the bar bribe scam.

Kerala's 'Run Kerala Run' sets history; thousands participate

Heralding the arrival of the 35th National Games to the state after a gap of 28 years, thousands of people from all sections of society today took part in the historic marathon 'Run Kerala Run' across the state.

Thousands take part in 'Run Kerala Run'

Setting the stage for the 35th National Games starting on January 31, thousands of people drawn from different walks of life joined the "Run Kerala Run", flagged off by Governor P Sathasivam in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar here.

Bar bribe scam turns murkier, phone tape embarrasses UDF

The bar bribe scam that cast a shadow over the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala turned murkier on Monday with TV channels airing telephone tapes in which Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai purportedly asked entrepreneur Biju Ramesh to go ahead with his graft charge against Finance Minister KM Mani.

At 50 lakh expected to join 'Run Kerala Run'

In what is believed to be the largest gathering to join in a run worldwide, the curtain-raiser event to the 35th National Games, "Run Kerala Run" would be held across the state Tuesday with an estimated five million people expected to take part.

Security tightened at Kochi airport

Security has been tightened at the International airport here in connection with the Republic Day celebrations.

Bar bribe scam: Hotel owner alleges bid to sabotage probe

Adding a new dimension to the bar bribe scam, a bar hotel owner on Sunday alleged that there had been attempts to sabotage the Vigilance inquiry into the charge that Finance Minister KM Mani had demanded and taken a hefty sum as bribe for favourable decisions.

CPI-M demands arrest of graft accused Kerala minister

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday demanded arrest of Kerala`s Finance Minister KM Mani over the charges that he had received a Rs.1 crore bribe to re-open the closed bars in the state.

Kerala to set up commission for Non Resident Keralites

 Kerala Government will soon set up a commission headed by a retired High Court Judge to look into complaints by non-resident Keralites regarding their property and other assets at home, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Friday.

CBI seeks polygraph test of Chandy's former gunman

The CBI is all set to move court here seeking permission to take a former security personnel of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for a lie detector test, according to officials.

Congress party in Kerala to introspect

As part of a nationwide introspection exercise by the Congress party, a similar exercise would be held in two phases in Kerala, the party said here Friday.

Set up a central univ after Narayana Guru: Swamy to Irani

 BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has urged HRD Minister Smriti Irani to establish a central university in Thiruvananthapuram after Dalit icon Sree Narayana Guru.

Salim Raj land grabbing case: CBI seeks further extension of time

CBI today approached the Kerala High Court seeking further extension of four months time to complete investigation in the multi-crore land grabbing cases against Salim Raj, former gunman of chief minister Oommen Chandy.

Ban sale of loose cigarettes: VoTV to PM

The victims of tobacco use and their doctors, brought together under the umbrella of Voice of Tobacco Victims Kerala, have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban sale of loose cigarettes in the country.

Kerala liquor ban: 250 odd bars permitted to function till Feb 10

 The Kerala High Court on Wednesday permitted 250-odd bars to function till February 10.

Thousands worship 'makaravilakku' at Sabarimala

Thousands of devotees from different parts of the country offered worship at the hill shrine of Sabarimala on the auspicious occasion of the 'Makarajyothi' this evening, marking the finale of the two-month-long pilgrimage to the Lord Ayyappa temple.

Kannur to be made city corporation, 66 new panchayats

Months ahead of the civic polls in Kerala, the Congress-led UDF government on Wednesday took an in-principle decision to carve out 66 new village panchayats, 28 municipalities and elevate Kannur Municipality as a city corporation.