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Neera: Farmers' lucky charm, drinkers' delight

By Sanu George, Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 31 : After waiting in the wings for long, thanks to bureaucratic delays, neera, a coconut water-based non-alcoholic drink, appears to have finally come of age and is all set to become the coconut farmers' lucky charm and the drinkers' delight.


Low key birthday celebrations for Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 31 : Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy celebrated a low-key 71st birthday Friday. He visited the church, heard people's complaints and met school children.


Seven Indian sailors freed after four years pirates' captivity

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 30 : Seven Indian sailors on vessel MV Asphalt Venture, kidnapped off east Africa by Somali pirates in September 2010, have been released, a functionary in Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's office said Thursday.


Kerala High Court upholds liquor ban, bars to be shut tomorrow

Kochi, Oct. 30 : The Kerala High Court on Thursday upheld the state policy of banning all liquor bars, except those in four or five star hotels, a move which Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said was instrumental to move towards total prohibition in Kerala.


Kochi to organise 'Kiss of Love' campaign, non -violent protest against moral policing

Kochi, Oct. 30 : A group of youngsters will organize a non-violent protest 'Kiss of Love' on November 2, in the wake of an attack on a coffee shop by youth wing activists of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


Kerala High Court allows heritage, four-star hotels to serve liquor

Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 30 : Hours after a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court Thursday allowed 62 heritage, four-and five-star hotel bars to operate from Thursday, it dismissed a fresh petition from the two-and three-star hotels seeking permission to operate for two more weeks.


Kerala diaspora voters can register online

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 30 : With Kerala going 100 percent online in preparing voters list, Keralites working abroad can register their names online in the upcoming special summary revision of electoral rolls, an official said here Thursday.


Kerala welcomes centre's viability gap funding for port

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 30 : With the central government clearing Rs.800 crore as viability gap funding (VGF) for the proposed Vizhinjam port in Kerala, construction work is expected to begin very soon, a minister said here Thursday.


Kerala to host global meet on climate change, disaster management

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 : More than 450 scientists and policymakers from around the world will discuss ways and means to tackle climate change and disaster management at a conference to be held here from Feb 26-28, 2015, it was announced here Wednesday.


Kerala's ruling Congress takes up cudgels with governor

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 : Differences between Kerala's ruling Congress and Governor P. Sathasivam came out in the open with the former saying that the recent meeting of vice chancellors in the state called by the latter is without precedence.


CPI-M denies divide, worried over growth

New Delhi, Oct 29 : CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat Wednesday denied a divide within the leadership but admitted the party was concerned over its poor growth in the country.


Kerala lacks infrastructure development and investments: Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 : Kerala lacks infrastructure development and investments, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters here Wednesday after the weekly cabinet meeting.


CPI-M's downfall began after it withdrew support to UPA: Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29 : The CPI-M's downfall began after it withdrew support to the UPA-1 government, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Wednesday.


Police say no to 'Kiss of Love' event

Kochi, Oct 29 : Police have denied permission for holding a "kissing session" at the Marine Drive here Sunday evening, meant to counter the increasing instances of moral policing in the state.


Kerala student startup acclaimed for innovation

Kochi, Oct 29 : Six student entrepreneurs at the Startup Village here have earned global acclaim for their smartphone app designed to improve the skills of skateboarders. They have now been invited to Canada next month to interact with innovation experts, investors and mentors.


Achuthanandan slams party leadership for failing to work policies

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 : Veteran CPI-M leader V.S. Achuthanandan, in a note, has slammed the state and national leadership of his party by saying that the political strategy adopted by it was fine but it fell apart when the implementation was effected.


Kerala government gives three job options to returnee nurses

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 : The Kerala government Tuesday offered three options to the 534 nurses who had to return from Iraq and Libya due to the conflict in those countries.


'Magic Planet' to open in Thiruvanathapuram Friday

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 : Magic Planet, the world's first magic-themed edutainment complex, is all set to open Friday here.


Tourist trampled to death by elephant in Kerala

Idukki (Kerala), Oct 28 : A school teacher from Gujarat on a holiday here was crushed to death by an elephant as she fell to the ground while clicking pictures with her four-year-old son. The police Tuesday described it as an accident.


Kerala tourism woos Australia, New Zealand

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 27 : Kerala Tourism has successfully conducted two roadshows across Australia and made a successful foray into New Zealand, inviting the travel and adventure loving people there to "god's own country".


Kerala to set up chancellor's council

Kochi, Oct 27 : Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, who is also the chancellor of universities in the state, Monday called for path breaking changes to improve the overall quality of higher education in the state.


President pays tribute to K.R. Narayanan

New Delhi, Oct 27 : President Pranab Mukherjee Monday paid tribute to K.R. Narayanan, the former President of India on the occasion of his birth anniversary.


NCP in Kerala breathes easy after Maharashtra move falls apart

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 27 : Faction-ridden Kerala unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has started to breathe easy as the party's move to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra is falling apart.


Shashi Tharoor thanks Modi for lauding cleanliness drive

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 : Congress parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, who Saturday launched a cleanliness drive near the famed Kovalam beach here, Sunday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for congratulating him for what he did.


Three-time Thiruvananthapuram LS member A.Charles dead

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 : A. Charles, senior Congress leader and the only person to win thrice from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, died Sunday morning at a private hospital.


RSS article row: Writer Gopalakrishnan claims he was misquoted

Thrissur (Kerala), Oct. 25 : Writer B. Gopalakrishnan, whose article on Nathuram Godse in the RSS mouthpiece 'Kesari' has created a political storm, defended his writing here on Saturday by saying that he had been misquoted by the Congress and the Left.


Kerala nurses want to return to Iraq

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25 : Kerala nurses who have a valid work visa for Iraq are urging the state government to arrange for their return to that country to join duty.


Shashi Tharoor launches cleanliness drive

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25 : Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Saturday launched a cleanliness drive, asking "why cede Gandhiji's sanitation drive to any party" even after losing the post of party spokesman for tagging along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean Indian Campaign.


Villa Maya, where dining is more than a pleasure (Foodie Trail-Thiruvananthapuram)

By Sanu George : Fancy dining in a three-storyed restored 300-year-old Dutch manor? Head for Villa Maya, a stone's throw from the international airport in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has hit the headlines after it was ranked fourth among India's top 10 restaurants by travel portal Trip Advisor.


Ailing Kerala assembly speaker leaves for US

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 : Kerala Assembly Speaker G. Karthikeyan, who is suffering from liver complications, Friday left for the US for treatment.


Bonsai plant's 50th birthday celebrated in Kochi

Kochi (Kerala), Oct.24 : A unique birthday party was organized in Kochi, Kerala, to mark 50 years of a Bonsai plant.


Kerala opts for light metro, not monorail

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 : The Kerala government Friday opted for two light metro projects after considering two monorails for almost two years.


Kochi Airport on high alert after bomb threat

New Delhi, Oct.24 : Kerala's Kochi Airport has been put on high alert on the orders of the Airports Authority of India following receipt of a bomb threat.


Kerala liquor sale falls after new liquor policy

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 : Sales have fallen with the new liquor policy being in force in Kerala since September, a minister said Friday.


VC appointments in Kerala: Saga of political manipulations

By Sanu George, Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 : With politicking taking centre-stage in appointing vice chancellors, things have reached an all-time low in the 13 universities in Kerala, the country's most literate state.


Kerala agrees to 45-m width for national highways

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 23 : The width of two national highways in Kerala will be 45 metres, up from 30 metres as was planned earlier, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after the weekly cabinet meeting here Thursday.


100 days left for 35th National Games

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 22 : With just 100 days left for the 35th National Games, which will see 34 disciplines being held at 31 venues with more than 12,000 athletes and sports officials, and 6,000 facilitators attending, Kerala is gearing up for the sports extravaganza to be held in seven districts of the state.


Sabarimala shrine to produce 14 mn cans of prasad

Sabarimala (Kerala), Oct 22 : The Sabarimala shrine, whose new pilgrimage season starts Nov 17, will produce a record 14 million cans of 'prasad'.


Smart City Kochi gets environmental clearance

Kochi, Oct 22 : Smart City Kochi, Kerala government's prestigious IT project, has received complete environmental clearance, a top official of the project said Wednesday.


ISRO spy case: Kerala to decide on future course of action

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 21 : The Kerala government will seek legal opinion on the Kerala High Court's ruling quashing the state government's order to drop charges against three retired police officers who had implicated and arrested scientist S. Nambi Narayanan in the ISRO espionage case.


Sketch of suspect who set woman on fire on a train released

Kannur (Kerala), Oct 21 : The railway police, probing the death of a woman who was set ablaze inside a vacant train compartment Monday, have released a rough sketch of a youth believed to be in the age group 22 to 25, who has committed the crime.


ISRO spy case: HC quashes government order on police officers

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 20 : The Kerala High Court Monday quashed the state government's order to drop charges against three retired police officers, who had implicated and arrested scientist S. Nambi Narayanan in connection with the ISRO espionage case.


CPI-M leader V.S. Achuthanandan turns 91

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 20 : Leader of Opposition in Kerala and former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan turned 91 Monday.


Kochi Metro will be ready on time: Chandy

Kochi, Oct 20 : Kochi Metro, the Rs.5,180 crore dream project that is expected to solve the travel woes in Kerala's commercial capital, would be completed in "a time bound manner", said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.


Ganesh Kumar's return to Kerala cabinet opposed

By Sanu George, Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 19 : Any plan to reinduct K.B. Ganesh Kumar into the cabinet is facing stiff opposition not only from Congress leaders but also from the Malayalam film industry, making a cabinet rejig in Kerala a remote possibility.


KCA officials quizzed over reports of payment to Windies

Kochi, Oct 18 : Income tax officials here have quizzed Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) office bearers over a payment controversy following media reports that the game's local governing body intervened and offered to pay the financially embattled West Indies team money to enable the first One-Day International (ODI) of a five-match series to commence as per schedule.


Kozhikode to host second pan-IIM World Management Conference

Kozhikode, Oct 18 : The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode has been selected to host the second pan-IIM World Management Conference, supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development and organised by the 13 IIMs in the country.


Modi with broom just a gimmick: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 17 : The Kerala unit of the Congress has dismissed the Swachh Bharat Mission as a gimmick of Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a broom.


Journalists should report cases after reading judgments: Kerala governor

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 17 : Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam Friday told journalists to ensure that they report court cases after reading the judgments.


Mohanlal forming a music band?

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 17 : What's Mohanlal up to? This question has been doing the rounds ever since the superstar's latest post came up on his Facebook page. He has posted a photograph of himself in the company of few musicians, leading to rumours that the actor may be contemplating forming a music band.


Artist Jitish Kallat to popularise Kochi Biennale in US

Kochi, Oct 16 : Artist and curator Jitish Kallat will share the themes and curatorial ideas behind Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 with artists, curators, scholars and administrators at several prestigious art institutions in the United States from this month-end.


Kerala biodiversity efforts praised in South Korea

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 16 : The efforts by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) have been praised at 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, an official said Thursday.


Techie jumps to death in Technopark campus

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 16 : A 29-year-old man working at an IT company in the Technopark campus jumped to death from the sixth floor of his office building Thursday morning.


Uplifting a village via a film festival

Kochi, Oct 16 : It's a one-of-its-kind film festival to help a non-descript Kerala village near this commercial capital of the state here to achieve a better standard of living.


Kerala to make 2015 National Games Village eco-friendly

Thiruvanathapuram, Oct 15 : The Jawarharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), as part of its developmental plans, will spend Rs.50 lakh to turn the 2015 National Games Village eco-friendly.


Oommen Chandy hopes meeting with Modi will benefit Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 15 : Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy along with seven of his cabinet colleagues will oficially meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time Thursday with a list of demands to benefit the state.


Delhi meeting to decide on Kerala's aviation sector

By Sanu George, Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 15 : The next few days could prove decisive for Kerala's dream project, Air-Kerala, the southern state's very own airline.


Less than 30 percent people using public healthcare: Official

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 14 : The public healthcare system in the country is being used only by less than 30 percent of the population because of lack of diagnostic systems and inadequate supply of drugs, Kerala health and family welfare secretary K. Ellangovan said Tuesday.


Kerala to reward offices for revenue collections

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 14 : The top three Kerala districts that bring in more revenues by mopping up outstandings will be rewarded with better office infrastructure, a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy announced Tuesday.


Chacko justifies removal of Tharoor as spokesperson

Kochi, Oct. 13 : Congress leader P.C. Chacko on Monday justified the decision to remove Shashi Tharoor as the spokesperson, saying it was essential for a party spokesperson to be restrained.


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