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14-Sep-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Why pay Rs 66 lakh to KPMG for designing website : Congress

The Congress party on Friday asked the Kerala government to explain why service firm KPMG is being paid Rs 66 lakh to design a website of a state government organisation.The Congress had already expressed its reservation over the selection of the international...

06-Sep-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Government has no space in bedrooms : Shashi Tharoor

Congress Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor on Thursday described the Supreme Court decision decriminalising homosexuality as a "dawn of freedom" as the "government has no space in bedrooms".Reacting to the apex court ruling in favour of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay,...

05-Sep-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

I respect Mohanlal as an actor : Shashi Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that he respects superstar Mohanlal for his acting and he will comment at an appropriate time about the speculation that the actor will contest the Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate.Tharoor said this while responding...

01-Sep-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Malayalam film industry should help flood-hit people : Sheela

Popular actress Sheela on Saturday said the Malayalam film industry should organise a fund raising programme to help the flood-affected people of Kerala.The veteran actress also slammed the attitude of the leading lights in the Malayalam film industry for not...

30-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

483 dead, 14 missing in Kerala floods : Pinarayi Vijayan

The Kerala flood disaster has claimed 483 lives and 15 people are still missing, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday.Opening the debate at a special one-day session of the Assembly to discuss the disaster, Vijayan said that at the height of...

26-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Funds will come for Kerala's re-building : Pinarayi Vijayan

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday expressed confidence that funds to rebuild Kerala is not going to be a problem."Today across sectors people are contributing to Kerala. Just imagine how much there will be if all the working people decide to contribute...

23-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala sees some normalcy, CM promises all help

Parts of flood-ravaged Kerala began limping to normalcy as rains kept away from the state for a second successive day on Thursday, but officials admitted there was a long way to go for the human suffering to abate.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan flew to a...

22-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Let's accept UAE aid, says Pinarayi Vijayan, 1.2 mn pack relief camps

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday pressed the Modi government to accept the $100 million aid offered by the UAE for flood relief as the numbers sheltered in over 3,000 camps in the state rose to 1.2 million.Vijayan's comments came as Congress...

22-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Centre's help to Kerala disappointing : Oommen Chandy

The Modi government's offer of help to Kerala in the wake of the worst flooding in a century is "disappointing", former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Wednesday.The Congress leader also expressed unhappiness that the Centre had reportedly refused to...

22-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Numbers in Kerala relief camps up : Pinarayi Vijayan

A total of 1.2 million people affected by floods are now housed in 3,314 relief camps in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Wednesday.He told the media that no one needed to be rescued on Wednesday from any part of the state that was...

22-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

UAE is not any other nation : Pinarayi Vijayan

The UAE "cannot be considered any other nation", Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday, amid reports that the Centre had turned down aid offers from foreign governments in the wake of the flood disaster."As I understand, the UAE on its...

22-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala should request WHO for anti-cholera vaccines : Shashi Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has suggested that the Kerala government request the World Health Organisation (WHO) to supply two million anti-cholera vaccines to minimise the risk of water-borne diseases in the flood-ravaged state.Tharoor, an MP from Thiruvananthapuram...

22-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala floods man-made : Congress

The Congress on Wednesday said that the floods in Kerala, the worst in a century, were man-made and due to faulty dam management.Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala told the media that the tragedy took place because of lack of coordination between the...

21-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

HADR Operations by IAF in Kerala

Many parts of Kerala continue to be affected by landslides and floods. Indian Air Force responded immediately to the crisis in extending all possible  assistance to the residents of Kerala through Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) missions....

21-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

New Kerala has to be built, UAE to give $100 mn : Pinarayi Vijayan

The UAE has pledged $100 million for flood-battered Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Tuesday, adding "a new Kerala" needed to be built following the widespread destruction.The United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of thousands...

21-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Sun finally shines over Kerala, UAE pledges $500 mn

For the first time in many days, the sun shone brightly over Kerala on Tuesday even as hundreds of thousands remained in relief camps while many who returned home broke down after seeing the enormity of the destruction.There were no rains and the level of...

20-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

One million in Kerala camps, aid pouring in : Pinarayi Vijayan

Over one million people are now sheltered in 3,274 relief camps in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday, even as rains that have battered the state for a week finally abated.The nature's fury has claimed some 370 lives since the monsoon...

20-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Rains abate, flood waters recede as relief pours into Kerala

With the rains that battered Kerala for a week finally abating on Monday, water levels dropped in the swollen rivers even as the number of people who have taken shelter in relief camps crossed the one million mark.A total of 10,28,000 people were now housed...

19-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala toll 370, over 7 lakh in camps

As the rain fury finally abated on Sunday, 724,649 people remained in 5,645 camps in Kerala following "one of the worst ever floods" that has left about 370 dead and caused unprecedented destruction."Our prime concern was to save lives. It appears it has...

19-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

724,649 people in relief camps : Pinarayi Vijayan

A total of 724,649 people are sheltering in 5,645 camps following "one of the worst ever floods" in Kerala that has claimed some 370 lives and caused widespread destruction, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday."Our prime concern was to save...

19-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala flood toll 368, over 58,000 rescued, red alert in 3 districts

The death toll due to rains and floods in Kerala has gone up to 368, as 33 more deaths were reported on Saturday even as around 58,000 people were rescued in different parts of the state, and red alert is now there in just three districts, down from 11.Chief...

18-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

PM visits Kerala, reviews relief and rescue operations

The Prime Minister visited Kerala to review the situation arising out of floods in the State.After a review meeting, he made an aerial assessment of the damages caused due to floods in some of the affected areas of the State, as permitted by weather conditions....

18-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala flood death toll 357, 11 districts still on alert

The death toll due to rains and floods in Kerala has gone up to 357 this monsoon season, as 22 more deaths were reported on Saturday and red alert continued in 11 districts following prediction of more rains.The death toll due to torrential rains since August...

16-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala flood toll touches 79, rains continue

With rains still pouring down heavily leading to flooding across Kerala, 12 fresh deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 79, since August 8. More rains were forecast till Saturday.Entire Kerala has been on a red alert since Wednesday evening....

15-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Heavy rains hit Kerala, Cochin airport shut

Heavy rains again hit Kerala on Wednesday killing four more people and taking the death toll to 43 since August 8.It has been raining heavily in several parts of the state since Tuesday evening. The authorities were forced to open 33 dams across Kerala.Those...

15-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Celebrate Independence Day by helping flood-hit : Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday urged people to contribute generously in the wake of the state's worst flood disaster in 94 years even as he took the Independence Day salute here in pouring rain.Addressing the 72nd Independence Day parade...

10-Aug-2018 Idukki/Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala flood situation worsens as dams release water

The flood situation in Kerala worsened on Friday as all the five gates of the Idukki hydel project were opened and shutters of over two dozen dams were lifted, inundating various parts of the state which reeled under the unprecedented downpour in decades....

09-Aug-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala rains leave 22 dead

The death toll in rain-related incidents over the last 24 hours in Kerala reached 22 on Thursday as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan postponed Saturday's annual Nehru boat race in Alappuzha following forecast for more rains."In the intervening night of August...

24-Jul-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Now, support starts pouring in superstar Mohanlal

After 100 people, including people from the film industry, wrote to the Kerala government that Mohanlal should not be invited as the Chief Guest to the annual state film awards here in August, support started coming for the Malayalam superstar.Award winning...

20-Jul-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Three more deaths in Kerala even as rains lessen

Even the incidence of rains that caused huge damage across Kerala have come down, three more deaths were reported on Friday, taking the death toll to 20 since the last two weeks.On Friday morning, residents at Wandoor near Thrissur woke up to see their neighbours'...

17-Jul-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Shashi Tharoor slams BJP for 'attack' on his office

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday slammed the BJP for the attack on his office here by the party's youth wing activists over his remark that "Hindu Pakistan" would be created if the ruling party returns to power in 2019.On Monday, the Yuva Morcha activists,...

10-Jun-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Mohanlal to become Malayalam film body President

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal will take charge as the new President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Actors (AMMA) later this month.The development came as veteran actor Mammootty decided to withdraw his candidacy.On the last day of nominations on Friday,...

03-Apr-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala CM announces vigilance probe into CPI's 'land deal'

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday announced a vigilance probe into a land deal involving the CPI's Wayanad district unit after a TV channel sting purportedly showed the CPI hand in glove with the land mafia.The CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist)...

06-Mar-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Chengannur the first test for BJP in its 'Mission Kerala'

For BJP President Amit Shah, who has set his eyes on winning Kerala, the first test will come when a by-election to the Chengannur Assembly constituency is held in the not-too-distant future.After spreading the party's tentacles with a resounding victory...

20-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Congress starts preparing for Lok Sabha polls

The Kerala unit of the Congress has started preparing for the Lok Sabha polls after former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said last week that the Central government might go for elections later this year.Congress General Secretary Thampanoor Ravi on Tuesday...

20-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Crucial days ahead for CPI-M in Kerala

The coming days are going to be crucial for the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in general -- and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in particular -- with the state party conference scheduled to be held in...

17-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram(Kerala)

Radha Mohan Singh addresses the National Banana Festival, 2018

The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh addressed at the National Banana Festival, 2018 held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala today. Text of Shri Radha Mohan Singh’s speech is following:-Banana and plantains major staple food...

16-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

People must be at the centre of governance : Venkaiah Naidu

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that people must be at the centre of governance and the Leadership must have  empathy and compassion. He was delivering the 24th Sree Chithira Thirunal Memorial Lecture in honour of Maharaja...

16-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Pinarayi Vijayan asked to break silence on Congress worker's murder

The Congress in Kerala on Friday asked Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to break his silence on the brutal murder of a Youth Congress worker by suspected CPI-M men in Kannur.The Youth Congress worker, Shoaib, 30, was allegedly stabbed 48 times, on Monday...

07-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Congress seeks Kerala CPI-M leader's ouster from politburo

With the legal noose tightening around Kerala CPI-M secretary and politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's elder son in an alleged financial fraud committed by him in the UAE, the Congress on Wednesday demanded that Balakrishnan be ousted from the politburo.Senior...

05-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Congress, BJP ask Left leader to quit after son's Dubai legal trouble

In the wake of Kerala CPI-M State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's elder son Binoy Balakrishnan's legal troubles in Dubai, the state units of the opposition Congress and the BJP asked the veteran politician to quit public life.On Monday, the CPI-M veteran's...

04-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Sitaram Yechury comes under fire at party meet in Kerala

Bringing the rift in the CPI-M into the open, some party leaders from Kerala slammed General Secretary Sitaram Yechury at a meet here on Sunday, a day after he confirmed that a complaint has been received against State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son for...

03-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Shashi Tharoor takes centre stage at Mathrubhumi literary festival

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor stole the show on the second day of the three day Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters being held here as he took the centre stage to explain what prompted him to pen his latest book "Why I am a Hindu".Explaining this at a...

03-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Congress attacks CPI-M over top leader's son's business dealings

The Congress party on Saturday said the ruling CPI-M in Kerala will have no other option but to "reveal" the business deals of its party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son Binoy Balakrishnan, who is caught in a Rs 13 crore fraud allegation involving a...

02-Feb-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Mounting fascism curbing freedom in India : Pinarayi Vijayan

Increasing levels of fascism are curbing the freedom to write and speak freely and this needs to be challenged, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday.After inaugurating the three-day Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters here, organised...

30-Jan-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

Opposition attacks Kerala CM over suicides of pensioners

The opposition in the Kerala Assembly on Tuesday attacked the Pinarayi Vijayan government over the delay in pension to former employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), which has seen 10 suicides in the past 20 months.The Congress-led...

21-Jan-2018 Thiruvananthapuram

A.K. Antony slams Kerala CPI-M for ruling out anti-BJP pact with Congress

Senior Congress leader A.K. Antony on Sunday slammed the CPI-M's Kerala delegation, whom he termed as instrumental in the decision, arrived at the party's Central Committee meeting in Kolkata, ruling out any alliance with the Congress to fight the BJP.Speaking...

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