Kerala News

KC(B) to remain in UDF, but continue to fight against graft

A day after Congress led ruling UDF asked Kerala Congress(B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai to rectify his "mistakes" to remain in the Front, the veteran leader on Thursday said he had not done anything wrong.

Balakrishna Pillai continues to be defiant

Even after being given a long rope by the Congress-led UDF to mend his ways, senior UDF leader R Balakrishna Pillai showed no restraint on Thursday and continued to hit back.

Maoists strike again; vandalise NHAI office in Kerala

Suspected Maoists attacked the office of National Highway Authority of India at nearby Kalamassery and vandalised it this morning, police said.

Combing operations intensified in Western Ghats

Combing operations have been intensified in Western Ghats after an Odisha-based Maoist was nabbed recently in Tenmalai forest area in Kerala, adjacent to this district, forest department officials said here on Thursday.

Kerala to widen food security net

Widening the food security net, Kerala will add another 60 lakh people under the priority category for getting food grain from the Public Distribution System.

Kerala HC orders interim stay on Lokayukta order against Thiruvanthapuram Collector

Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed the Lokayukta probe order against Thiruvanthapuram District Collector Biju Prabhakar and Deputy Collector Sheeba George in connection with alleged anomalies in granting permission for building a mall at Pattoor in the state capital.

Jiji Thompson to be new Kerala chief secretary

IAS official Jiji Thompson will be the new chief secretary of Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced here on Wednesday.

Bar bribe case: No CBI probe at this stage, says HC

In some relief for Finance minister KM Mani, facing bribery charges in the bar bribe case, Kerala High Court on Wednesday turned down the prayer for a CBI probe into the controversial scam, saying there was no ground at this stage to issue any direction to transfer it to the central probe agency.

Kerala: HC to hear petition in bar case today

The Kerala High Court is likely to take up hearing in the controversial bar bribe scam involving Finance Minister KM Mani in which allegations of bribery have been levelled against him.

Bar bribe scam: Kerala Finance Minister rules out resignation

Rubbishing the graft allegation against him, Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani today ruled out his resignation and asserted that he would present this year's budget as per the schedule.

Kerala: Facing graft allegation, Mani to present 13th budget

Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani, who is facing allegations of corruption, on Tuesday said he will be presenting his 13th budget and the number 13 was lucky for him.

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.