Bowing to pressure from various quarters, the Kerala government on Thursday decided that from now on Sundays will no longer be dry days and 418 bars that have not opened since the beginning of this fiscal would become beer and wine parlours, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Criticising ruling UDF for its move to bring about changes in its liquor policy, CPI(M) on Tuesday said this much-touted policy was a ploy scripted by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Excise Minister K Babu for indulging in bargaining and corrupt deals.
Kerala's struggle to be sober by living down its reputation for high per capita alcoholic consumption sparked political tremors during 2014 even as the ruling Congress-led UDF maintained its sway in the Lok Sabha polls winning more than half the seats up for grab.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala assembly Thursday witnessed noisy scenes leading to a walkout and adjournment of House for one hour after Opposition demanded that the remark made by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy against CPI be expunged from the Assembly records.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will address a party rally here on Tuesday to mark the conclusion of the month-long "Janapaksha Yatra" of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President VM Sudheeran.
Christians, including priests and nuns, Sunday held a peace march in Chief Minister Oommen Chandy`s home town Puthupally, urging him not to dilute the new liquor policy, which aims to implement prohibition in Kerala in a phased manner.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday rejected the CPI(M) led LDF opposition's charge that the UDF government is "smeared with corruption" with regard to its liquor policy and asserted there was no going back on it.
The Kerala Assembly witnessed an uproar on Tuesday for the second consecutive day over the 'bargate' scandal, following which a legislator was suspended and four other MLAs were warned for their unruly conduct in the house.
The Winter session of the Kerala Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday with the opposition LDF raising the bribery allegation against Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) supremo K M Mani to attack the Congress-led UDF government headed by Oommen Chandy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for the state achieving cent per cent banking inclusion in tune with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
Kerala government on Friday decided to complete within three days culling of birds hit by H5N1, the strain of avian influenza that has killed thousands of ducks in three districts and stepped up preventive measures to check its spread to human beings.
A high-level political delegation from Kerala comprising Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Leader of the Opposition VS Achuthanandan will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to apprise the state's concern on Mullaperiyar Dam over which it had been locked in a long-drawn tussle with Tamil Nadu.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Monday approached the high court seeking to quash the vigilance proceedings against him in a case pertaining to alleged corruption in implementation of an effluent treatment plant at a public sector company here in 2006.