Kerala News

Govt seeks to exempt populated zones from ESA

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has given its response to the Union Environment Ministry on the issue of implementation of the Kasturirangan report on the conservation of the Western Ghats, seeking to exempt populated zones and farm lands from the Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs).

The State government, in its reply, has also asked the Central government to redefine 123 villages in the ecologically sensitive area (ESA).

It has also asked to exclude hospitals, farm lands and dairy farms from the Red category.

Chandy stresses need for integrated water resources management

Kozhikode: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday said the main objectives of Kerala's water policy were to 'adopt integrated multi-sectoral approach for planning, development and management of water resources" and to integrate problems and prospects of water resource systems by considering river basin as the basic unit.

Former MP P R Rajan passes away

Thrissur: CPI-M leader and former Rajya Sabha Member P. R. Rajan, 77, passed away here on Wednesday.

Rajan, who had been under treatment for age-related illness, breathed his last at his residence near Thrissur Kerala Varma College here around 11.30 am.

Rajan was the Thrissur district secretary of the CPI-M.

He had also served as state general secretary of the NGO Union.

KPCC against allowing new bars, open statements of congressmen

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala PCC president V M Sudheeran Wednesday asked the government to not allow new liquor bars in the State.

The demand was raised at a Congress meet convened to discuss the party’s poll preparations.

The Congress president also asked the allies in the UDF government not to go public with their demands over Lok Sabha seats. “They should, instead, raise their demands in the UDF meetings.”   

Kerala Tourism basks in national award glory

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism's pioneering use of IT to boost tourist arrivals, the successful Kochi-Muziris Biennale and Kumarakom's Responsible Tourism model Tuesday helped "God's Own Country" scoop four National Tourism Awards for 2012-13.

Of the awards, Kerala Tourism won the second prize in the best state category.

Kerala Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar received the awards from Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor at a function held at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

Supreme Court defers hearing on Italian marines case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Centre to make its stand clear on disputes arising out of the issue of invoking anti-piracy law against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.

A bench headed by Justice B S Chauhan asked the government to respond by February 24 when it will hear the case.

Acquittal of actor Jagathy in a sex scandal case upheld

Kochi: The High Court Tuesday upheld the acquittal of popular Malayalam actor Jagathy Sreekumar, bedridden now after a road accident, in the infamous Vithura sex scandal case of 1996.

Justice P Bhavadasan observed that there were no grounds to interfere with the findings of trial court which acquitted Sreekumar.

The court also said that there is no evidence to prove the alleged offence against Sreekumar.

Govt affidavit names Vijayan in Lavalin case

Kochi: The State government Tuesday filed a fresh affidavit in the High Court here Tuesday naming CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan for having caused loss to the state exchequer in the SNC Lavalin case.

Incidentally it was last month, with just a few days left for the appeal to end, that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a review petition in the case, in which Vijayan was discharged by a CBI court in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram last year.

Paravoor rape case: Plea to retain investigation officer upheld

Kochi: The High Court on Tuesday upheld a petition by the victim of Paravoor rape case seeking a directive to retain the investigation officer in Ernakulam.

The victim had submitted the plea on Monday seeking to retain assistant commissioner Bijo Alexander, who heads the special investigation team (SIT) probing the rape case.

The victim had submitted that there was a possibility of investigation officer being transferred out of Ernakulam in the wake of Lok Sabha Election and completion of two years service in the district.

Italy recalls its India envoy over 'delay' in case against marines

Rome/New Delhi: Italy Tuesday called its Ambassador to India, Daniel Mancini, for consultations on the trial of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen on the day India's apex court asked the government to clearly state its stand on the issue.

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said in Rome Tuesday that the envoy has been called to Rome for "consultations" after India's Supreme Court again delayed a ruling on the trial of the marines accused, ANSA reported.