Amid COVID, Kerala budget focuses on employment, digital economy

Kerala finance minister T M Thomas Issac announced various schemes for enhancing the quality of technical and higher education, strengthenin...

Strict COVID measures make Sabarimala Makaravilakku a low-key affair

Entry into the Sabarimala temple complex on Thursday (January 14) was restricted to 5000 pilgrims in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the administers of the shrine, said

Probe by central agencies in Kerala gold smuggling case headed nowhere

The political heat that was generated by the gold smuggling case in Kerala seems to have died down after the local body elections. But what is more intriguing is that the investigations by central agencies – the Customs Department, the Enforcement Directorate and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) looking into various aspects of the case — seem to be headed nowhere.   

Kerala Congress(M) leader Jose K Mani resigns as RS member

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NIA files chargesheet against 20 in Kerala gold-smuggling case

Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday (January 5) filed a chargesheet against 20 people before a special court in Kochi for their alleged involvement in smuggling 30 kg of gold worth ₹14.82 crore in diplomatic baggage into Kerala, an official said. All the accused, including Sarith P S and main accused Swapna Prabha Suresh, both residents of Thiruvananthapuram, have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), an NIA spokesperson said.

Poet, lyricist Anil Panachooran dies at 55 after contracting COVID-19

Thiruvananthapuram: Well-known Malayalam poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran passed away at a private hospital here on Sunday (January 3) night after suffering a heart attack, hospital sources said. Panachooran (55), who tested positive for COVID-19, was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kollam district and was brought to another facility here at around 7.20 pm,...

Kerala’s lone BJP MLA takes U-turn after supporting anti-farm law motion

The Kerala Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution against the new farm laws of the Centre.

21-year-old BSc student from Kerala set to become India’s youngest mayor

A 21-year-old student is set to create history in politics by becoming the mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation in Kerala.

Eminent Malayalam poet-activist Sugathakumari no more

Thiruva: Eminent Malayalam poet, conservationist and women's activist, Sugathakumari, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment, died at the government medical college hospital here on Wednesday (December 23). She was 86 and leaves behind daughter Lakshmi Devi, family sources here said. The octogenarian poet rarely made any pub...

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Palanisamy to meet Modi on Jan 19, may seal tie-up with BJP for state polls

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palanisamy is likely to discuss electoral alliance between the AIADMK and BJP for the forthcoming assembly elections when he calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 19 (Tuesday). Though the two parties have discussed an alliance earlier, this is likely to be the most definitive meeting in which the two leaders are likely to seal one in principle.

Day 1, missed target: 3 lakh intended, only 1.65 lakh get COVID vaccination

The day 1 of India’s vaccination drive against COVID-19 – arguably the largest in the world – went as smoothly as it could with as many as 1.65 lakh getting the shot on Saturday (January 16) in over 3,000 dedicated centres.

14 adverse cases on Day 1 of COVID vaccination drive in Maharashtra

As many as 14,000 beneficiaries, or about 50 per cent of the planned beneficiaries, received the shots on Saturday, Day 1.

TRP scam: Former BARC chief Partho Dasgupta in hospital

Partho Dasgupta, the ex-CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), and an accused in the Television Ratings Point (TRP) scam, had to be admitted to JJ hospital in Mumbai on Friday night (January 15).

TMC MLAs, minister take vaccine in Bengal, trigger controversy

Amidst some minor glitches and controversy, COVID-19 vaccination drive by and large went on smoothly across 207 centers in West Bengal on Saturday (January 16)

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Abhaya case: Justice at last after 28 years of conspiracies, probes, intrigues

“Finally my child got justice. I have two daughters. My neighbours have daughters. All girls should get justice. I am happy now. I am going to have booze today”. This is how Raju, a crucial witness in the murder case of Sister Abhaya, reacted the day a special CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram found Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy guilty in...

Sister Abhaya murder: CBI court finds catholic priest, nun guilty after 28 years

A special CBI court in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday (December 22) found a catholic priest and a nun guilty of murdering 21-year-old Sister Abhaya.

Kerala farmers safe for now from new farm laws, but may not be so for long

The three controversial farm laws may not have a direct impact on the agrarian community in Kerala, but Karshaka Samgham, the peasant wing of CPI M, has still joined the Delhi protests fearing long-term impact.

BJP workers unfurl ‘Jai Shri Ram’ banner on govt building in Kerala after poll win

The Kerala police filed a case against "identifiable people", on Thursday (December 17), after the Palakkad Municipal Secretary filed a complaint against BJP party workers for unfurling posters with religious slogans on the municipality building

Internal rumblings get louder in Kerala UDF, BJP after poll defeat

Voices of dissent are echoing in the Congress-led UDF and BJP camps in Kerala following the embarrassing debacle in the recently held local body elections which saw a massive LDF victory. 

In boost for scam-hit Pinarayi govt, LDF wins big in Kerala local body polls

The massive victory of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the Kerala local body elections once again set the seal on the unbeaten leadership of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The CPI(M)-led LDF has a clear dominance across all tyres of the local self-government. LDF has won 514 of the 940 gram panchayats, 110 of the 152 block panchayats...

Heavy rains likely for three days from today in TN, Puducherry, Kerala

Several parts of south India will likely receive heavy rainfall between December 16 and 18, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.

BJP may use ‘anti-Muslim card’ to woo Christian voters in Kerala

The BJP which has launched aggressive campaigns in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls, has found a viable voter base in the Christian community in Kerala. As the Hindu votes in Kerala are divided between the ruling LDF, Congress-led UDF and the BJP, looking at wooing the minorities – who form 40 per cent of the state’s p...

Kerala local body polls: BJP eyes two corporations, larger vote base

As Kerala goes to the polling booth today (December 8) for electing local body members, the BJP in the state is eyeing to capture two corporations and a few municipalities in addition to strengthening the vote base in rural pockets where the party had shown a significant presence.

Efforts by Kerala fishermen help release whale shark caught in nets

The fishermen at Thiruvananthapuram’s Shanghumugham Beach were up for a surprise with what looked like an enormously big fish tangled in their nets on Friday morning. But they were sure the fish had to return to the waters.

Left, Cong fume as Centre names Kerala biotech centre after Golwalkar

Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday declared that the second campus of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, which will come up at Thiruvananthapuram, will be named after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar. The decision has sparked debate in Kerala with Congress and CPI (M) seeing it as BJP’s attempt to create communal divide ahead of the assembly polls next year.

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Eleven-year-old Sirajunnisa was playing in the courtyard of her house at Puthuppalli in Palakkad. Communal tension was mounting in the region with the start of ‘Ekta Yatra’, lead by BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi. The clashes between polarized groups culminated in police firing and one of the bullets hit Sirajunnisa, piercing through the back of her head and killing her on the spot. Surprisingly, the FIR recorded that Sirajunnisa was leading a violent mob of 300 people towards a nearby village. It took a relentless fight from various human rights groups to remove Sirajunnisa’s name from the FIR. The man who ordered the firing was the then Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Raman Srivastava -- the left hand man of then Chief Minister late Congress leader K Karunakaran.

Kerala in for heavy rains on Dec 1,2 after low pressure formation

Thiruvana: Kerala is in for a spell of heavy rains next week following the formation of a low pressure area over South Andaman Sea and adjoining areas off Southeast Bay of Bengal. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued Orange alert for Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts onDecember1 and for Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts onDecember2....

Local body polls: People of landslide-hit Pettimudi uncertain of casting votes

When Kerala goes on election fervour, the people of Pettimudi in Munnar are uncertain about casting their votes in the upcoming local body polls. After the massive landslide in August that claimed 66 lives and four bodies weren’t recovered, life has not been back to normal in this hilly village in the Western Ghats.

‘Gods cannot die’: Kerala refuses to believe Maradona’s gone

"We will not take it, because Gods cannot die." The Malayali social media has been flooded with such posts since 10 pm on Wednesday (November 25). For the people of Kerala united by football, Maradona was nothing less. He is remembered even by those who do not watch football as if he were a Malayali. Che, Fidel, Marquez and Maradona -- for the p...

Kerala govt is in the dock over ‘Masala bonds’. What are they anyway?

The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has been in the news as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started an investigation into its masala bonds issued to raise funds. The ED has sought details from the RBI about the fund-raising on the basis of a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India

In Kerala, ED-govt spat out in open with minister Isaac’s bitter jibe

The skirmish between the Kerala government and the Enforcement Directorate is now out in the open with Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac lashing out at the central agency, asking it to "keep their radar with themselves."

After uproar, Yechury says new Kerala cyber law will be reconsidered

New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance will be "reconsidered". His statement comes after a political storm broke out on Sunday over the controversial amendment to the Police Act. The Kerala Cabinet, last month, had decided to give more teeth to the Police Act by recommending addition ...

Kerala govt’s new cybercrime law raises alarm for free speech

Thiruvananthapuram: Amending the Kerala Police Act, 2011, the government has inserted a new section, 118(A), which provides for penal action, including jail term and fine, for any internet post that deem offensive to the government.

Kerala guv okays ordinance that gives 5-yr jail for slanderous online content

The Kerala police have got more teeth to prosecute people who exploit social media to target women and children. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has signed an ordinance, which seeks to amend the Kerala Police Act to this effect.
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