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Will resolve differences, says Kerala's Congress chief

 After hitting a low for an adamant stand over Kerala`s tweaked liquor policy, state Congress president VM Sudheeran Sunday said differences of opinion in the Congress is nothing new and that he will go forward by resolving all issues.

Kerala's first wax museum comes up in Kochi

Kerala got its own wax museum after the doors of an international celebrity wax museum was thrown open before the visitors here this week.

Thousands worship Lord Ayyappa on Mandala pooja day

Thousands of Ayyappa devotees today offered worship at the famous hill shrine here during the 'mandala pooja', which marked the conclusion of the first phase of the two-month-long pilgrimage season.

Kerala CM seeks to pacify Church over liquor policy
Kerala CM seeks to pacify Church over liquor policy

In an apparent move to pacify the Church that expressed strong reservation over government diluting the new liquor policy, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday met Thamarassery Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil and held talks with him here.

Thousands worship Lord Ayyappa on Mandala pooja day

Thousands of Ayyappa devotees on Saturday offered worship at the famous hill shrine here during the 'mandala pooja', which marked the conclusion of the first phase of the two-month-long pilgrimage season.

Trains on Shornoor-Mangalore line cancelled, regulated for two days

Southern Railways announced partial cancellation and regulation of some trains on Shornoor-Mangalore line for two days from Saturday following replacement work of steel girders on the railway overbridge between Mahe and Thalassery.

VHP in Kerala to continue 'ghar vapsi' programme

Announcing plans to continue with their 'ghar vapsi' programme in Kerala, Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday asserted that no forcible conversions were taking place here and said it would help those who wanted to embrace Hinduism.

Maoist activities in Kerala on rise

An alarming increase in the activity of Naxals has been detected by security agencies recently in Kerala where the Left Wing Extremists have started perpetrating violent acts by espousing the cause of tribals.

SJD-JD(U) merger convention on Dec 28

A convention on merger of Socialist Janata (Democratic), headed by former Union Minister MP Veerendra Kumar and a constituent of ruling Congress-led UDF in Kerala, and Janata Dal (United) will be held here on December 28, SJD leader MV Shreyams Kumar said on Friday.

Jailed Kerala teacher set free by Maldivian govt returns

Kerala teacher Jayachandran Mokeri, who was freed by the Maldivian government after eight months in jail for allegedly abusing a student, returned here on Friday and said the experience has 'shattered him mentally'.

As pilgrims throng, collections go up in Sabarimala temple

As the festival season at Kerala's Sabarimala temple crossed the halfway mark, the total collections have gone up by Rs 14 crore to Rs 141 crore as compared to the peak festival season last year, according to temple authorities.

Mali govt releases jailed Kerala teacher

Jayachandran Mokeri, a teacher from Kerala who had been imprisoned by the Mali government since the past 8 months for allegedly abusing a student, was freed on Thursday.

At least 58 persons embrace Hinduism in Kerala
At least 58 persons embrace Hinduism in Kerala

 At least 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families, embraced Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam district under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Christmas day today.

X'mas celebrated in Kerala with traditional fervour

 Christians in Kerala today celebrated Christmas with traditional gaiety and fervour rejoicing the birth of Jesus Christ.

Eleven of three families convert to Hinduism in Kerala

In an yet another case of conversion since last week in Kerala, eleven persons belonging to three families embraced Hinduism near Kayamkulam in the district Wednesday under an initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Processes of implementing Kerala liquor policy begins

The Kerala government has started the process of implementing the amended liquor policy, state Excise Minister K Babu said on Wednesday.

No forced conversion in Kerala: Chandy
No forced conversion in Kerala: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala all these years has steered clear of any controversy when it came to forced religious conversion, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here Wednesday.

Post-Tsunami: Kerala villages wait for sea walls a decade after

It has been a decade since a terrifying tsunami tore through Kerala's coastal districts of Kollam and Alappuzha and killed 170 people. Contruction of sea walls to protect the people began promptly but is still going on at a snail's pace.

Oommen Chandy had a whale of a time in 2014

Just as 2014 began when Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy saw the withering away of the Left-sponsored protest against what is known as the Solar scam, the year is coming to a close with a morale-boosting victory over his state party president VM Sudheeran when the liquor policy was tweaked.

There was no pressure, say converted Hindu families in Kerala

As Kerala Police began a probe into reports of 35 people in two districts converting to Hinduism, two families Monday said they did it on their own and not under any pressure.

Kerala BJP slams CPI(M) on conversion issue

BJP's Kerala president V Muraleedharan on Monday flayed CPI(M) over its stand on conversions stating that the left party was adopting "double standards" on the issue.

Alert sounded at all check posts on TN-Kerala border

An alert has been sounded at all check posts in Nilgiris district following the suspected Maoist attacks in Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala, bordering the state, early on Monday, police said.

Forest offices, KFC restaurant attacked by Maoists in Kerala

Suspected Maoists on Monday attacked offices of forest department in Palakkad and Waynad districts in Kerala in the wee hours.

30 Christians 'convert' to Hinduism, Kerala govt orders probe
30 Christians 'convert' to Hinduism, Kerala govt orders probe

A report about 35 people getting converted to Hinduism Sunday would be probed by a senior police official, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said.

Kerala Congress chief isolated over liquor policy

State Congress president VM Sudheeran, who has blamed "external forces" for diluting Kerala`s liquor policy, Sunday came under heavy attack from within the party as well as from outside of it for his remark.

'External forces' blamed for dilution of Kerala liquor policy

Referring to the now diluted liquor policy in Kerala that initially aimed to implement total prohibition in a phased manner, a Congress leader Saturday said that at times, "external forces" set the government agenda.

Kerala BJP set to woo film personalities

With BJP president Amit Shah on his second visit to Kerala - where the party is yet to open its account in the state assembly - it has been decided that the party will woo film personalities to get support in the state.

Liquor policy sabotaged, says KPCC President

 Coming down heavily on Kerala government for the dilution of the new liquor policy, KPCC President V M Sudheeran, who had spearheaded the anti-liquor campaign, on Friday said the policy has been virtually sabotaged.

Rahul cannot see change PM Modi has brought as he is wearing Italian glasses: Amit Shah
Rahul cannot see change PM Modi has brought as he is wearing Italian glasses: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday saying that he could not see change that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought about in the country because he was wearing Italian glasses.

SmartCity Kochi projects' first phase to be ready by March 2015

The first phase of the Rs 5,000 crore SmartCity Kochi project will be ready by March 2015, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Friday.