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Thiruvananthapuram: Sparks are certain to fly at Thursday's UDF meeting here when the top brass will finalise the liquor policy, allocation of Plus-two batches and schools in Kerala, and the cabinet rejig.

"Yes, there are divergent opinions over the liquor policy in the UDF (United Democratic Front) and the upcoming meeting will discuss this," Power Minister Araydan Mohammed told reporters Sunday.

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New Delhi: A day after M.A Baby's comments sparked an instant debate in the state, the CPI (M) Central leadership on Sunday ruled out any possibility of reunification of the Communist parties, which split half-a-century back.

According to sources, the CPI (M) Politburo made it clear that the merger with the CPI was not on the agenda and the party was of the stand that the unwanted controversies on the matter should be avoided.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Following a series of road accidents involving speeding private buses, the Transport Department has decided to take measures to rein in vehicles involved in rash driving.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that strict action would be taken against those involved in ‘road-race,’ paying little heed to road rules.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Electricity Aryadan Mohammed on Sunday said that the government was not in a position to avoid the power tariff hike that came into effect on Saturday.

“The (power) tariff hike was unavoidable. However, the Cabinet will discuss the possibilities of proposing subsidy for the domestic consumers,” Aryadan said here.  

A hefty increase of about 24 per cent in power tariff was slapped on domestic consumers of electricity in the State with effect from August 16.

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Kochi: The two day Kerala Environment Congress, being held here from August 22, will be inaugurated by former President, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

The theme of the Congress, being organised by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), is 'Water and Energy Security-- Isuues, Challenges and Potenials'.

Kochi Mayor Tony Chamany will preside over the inaugural function.

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Kochi: Comprehensive financial inclusion can be achieved through a joint effort of the government and banks, Finance Minister KM Mani has said.

Conferring the Lifetime Achievement Award of the State Forum of Bankers' Clubs to former RBI Deputy Governor V Leeladhar here yesterday, he exhorted Bankers' clubs to spread awareness among the masses about services rendered by banks.

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New Delhi: CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat Saturday said the party did not discuss the matter of the merger of the Communist parties.

"The matter has not yet come up for discussion. The party needs to address the ideological and political challenges before discussing the merger of the Communist parties," he told reporters here.

When asked about CPI-M politburo member M.A Baby’s speech calling for the unity of the Communist parties, Karat said he did not know the details about his speech.

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Thrissur: The two Communist parties should unite, as this is the need of the hour, CPI-M politburo member M.A. Baby said Saturday at a commemorative meeting here for former chief minister C. Achutha Menon.

"Even though it's not going to be an easy affair for the two parties to merge, this is the wish of the supporters of both the parties. This has now become the need of the present time," said Baby.

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Riyadh: Two Keralites were killed and four others injured in a road accident, near Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia on Friday night.

The victims were identified as Abida (42), hailing from Chemmad in Malappuram district and her one-and-a- half-year-old granddaughter.

The accident occurred at Humayath about 400 km off Riyadh on the Riyadh-Jeddah highway in the limits of Al-qasra police station.

The dead bodies have been kept in the mortuary of Al-qasra hospital.

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Kochi: Excise Minister K. Babu Saturday said the government would comply with the High Court order on bar license issue.

“The High Court order on the issue cannot be ignored. I will express my opinion at proper venues on this issue,” the Minister told reporters here.

The Kerala High Court had asked the government to reconsider the applications of 13 four-star hotels for bar licence within eight weeks.

 

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