Kerala News

Kochi boat tragedy toll rises to 10

The toll in the Wednesday's boat tragedy here has risen to ten with the recovery of two more bodies from the backwaters while the state witnessed another mishap on Friday when two houseboats caught fire in Alapuzha district.

Keralites celebrate Onam with traditional fervour and gaiety

Keralites across the state on Friday celebrated Onam with traditional fervour and gaiety.

SC reserves verdict on plea against Kerala's liquor policy

The Supreme Court today reserved its judgement on a batch of pleas against a Kerala High Court decision upholding the state government's liquor policy that confined issuance of bar licenses to five and three star hotels.

Fort Kochi boat tragedy toll touches eight

With the recovery of two more bodies today, the death toll in Fort Kochi's boat tragedy rose to eight, police said.

Kerala minister says she is 'Sreemathi', not 'Kumari'

PK Jayalakshmi, Kerala's sole woman cabinet minister, has issued a circular asking everyone to address her as "Sreemathi" and not "Kumari".

Kochi boat tragedy: Toll reaches seven

Death toll in the Fort Kochi boat tragedy has risen to seven with the recovery of a body of an 18-year-old girl in a harbour near here Thursday morning, police said.

Kerala govt declares 'No Work No Pay' for Sept 2 union strike

 Congress-led UDF government in Kerala today announced 'Dies non?No Work No Pay' for employees who go on strike on September 2 as part of the nationwide agitation by different trade unions.

Three killed as boat sinks after collision off Kochi

Three persons were killed when a boat carrying around 30 passengers capsized and sank in the harbour mouth off Fort Kochi after colliding with a fishing craft on Wednesday, police said.

Guidelines given to colleges for Onam celebrations: Chandy

 Taking a serious note of the death of a girl student at an engineering college campus during Onam festivities, Kerala government has decided to formulate strict conditions and guidelines for holding celebrations within educational institutions.

Feast inside operation theater: Doctor, nurse face action in Kerala

 Days after a controversy triggered regarding the alleged conduct of Onam 'sadya' (feast) in an operation theater at the government Medical College Hospital here a nurse has been transferred and a doctor slapped with showcause notice.

Antony claims "deliberate attempts" to polarise Kerala on communal lines

Senior Congress leader AK Antony on Saturday cautioned political leaders in Kerala about the "deliberate" attempts being made to upset the sensitive communal balance in the state.

Kerala girl mowed down by jeep driven by college seniors dies

The 20-year-old girl student, who suffered serious injuries after she was allegedly mowed down by a jeep inside her college campus, succumbed to her injuries here, police said on Friday.

Kerala local body polls on 2010 delimitation: Court

The Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld its single judge's verdict directing the local bodies polls be held on the basis of the 2010 ward delimitation, instead on basis of the recent delimitation. The state government said it will not challenge the ruling.

Hold local body polls without giving any excuse: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the State Election Commission to conduct elections to local bodies without putting forward any excuse to enable them assume charge on November 1 this year.

Cultural celebration marking beginning of Onam held

'Athachamayam'--a colourful cultural celebration that marks the beginning of the 10 day Onam festival-- was held at nearby Tripunithura, capital of the erstwhile Royal kingdom of Kochi on Wednesday.

SC directs registration of Kerala temples having elephants

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that all temples possessing elephants and using them during religious functions in Kerala would be registered with district committees set up under relevant rules for proper and effective control over them with respect to the pachyderms.

Kerala declared 'complete digital state'

Declaration of Kerala as a 'complete digital state' and announcement of a new youth programme in memory of former President, the late APJ Abdul Kalam marked Independence Day celebrations in the state.

Kerala Home Minister flays banks' 'reluctance' to disburse loans

 Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala today flayed the "reluctance" of commercial banks in disbursing loans to needy people in the state, saying a scheme formulated for helping debt-ridden persons has failed due to non-cooperation by these banks.

Govt to create billion-dollar campus for startups: Oommen Chandy

 The Kerala government is working on a master plan to create a billion-dollar campus for startups in the near future, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.

Kerala Nissam case: Court dismisses discharge petition

A local court today dismissed the discharge petition filed by businessman Muhammed Nissam, an accused in the case relating to the murder of a 51-year old security guard.

Smoke emanates from train compartment in Guruvayur- Trivandrum Intercity express

Passengers of Guruvayur- Trivandrum Intercity express had some anxious moments after smoke emanated from a compartment of the train this morning, shortly after it left Kazhakootum station here.

Kochi traffic halts to let beating heart pass

A siren-blaring ambulance carrying the harvested heart and lungs of a brain-dead young man breezed through otherwise choked roads and reached the airport in no time, all thanks to traffic being halted in Kerala`s commercial capital on Tuesday.

Govt wanted to conduct local body polls as per schedule: Chandy

Amid apprehensions that elections to the local bodies in Kerala is likely to be delayed due to various reasons, ruling Congress-led UDF today said it wanted to conduct the crucial polls as per schedule in October this year.

Women's safety: Kerala govt to install GPS in public vehicles

Kerala government has drawn up a plan to install GPS and CCTV cameras in public transport vehicles to ensure women's safety in view of the Centre's direction in this regard post the Delhi gang rape case.

Kerala Minister Ramesh Chennithala warns action against ''erring'' officials

 Kerala`s Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Sunday said tough action will be taken against officials found guilty of leaking to media information about a probe into an IT project that has incurred losses.

Youth Cong workers show black flags to Smriti Irani, arrested

 A day after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani hit out at Congress using the dynastic stick over Sushma Swaraj issue, a group of Youth Congress workers on Saturday waved black flag at her at the airport here.

NDA Govt has honoured promises which Cong failed to fulfill: Smriti Irani

 The BJP-led NDA government has implemented, within a year of its coming to power, several promises which Congress failed to fulfil in 60 years of its rule, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said.

Smriti Irani shown black flags in Kerala

Youth Congress activists on Saturday showed black flags to Union Minister Smriti Irani when she arrived here to attend a BJP programme.

Return legendary sword: National Museum to Kerala govt

The National Museum in New Delhi has asked the Kerala government to return the historic sword of Velu Thampi Dalawa, the 19th century prime minister of erstwhile state of Travancore, which is now kept at the Napier Museum here.

Iranian boat crew's judicial remand extended

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday extended till August 13 the judicial custody of 12 crew members of an Iranian fishing boat intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard and later handed over to Kerala Police.