Kerala News

Kochi: Following special trains will be operated by the Southern Railways to clear the extra rush of passengers during Onam Festival season.


Kochi: Even as the Congress led UDF government headed by Oommen Chandy won laurels in the initial round of debates over its "bold decision" to shut over 700 liquor bars, questions have surfaced if the cash-strapped state would be able make up the huge revenue loss left by the clampdown on liquor trade.


New Delhi: Amidst reports that she may be shunted out of Kerala, Governor Sheila Dikshit on Monday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh. She will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee in the evening, fuelling speculation that she may put in her papers.

During her 15-minute meeting with the Home Minister, Dikshit is understood to have discussed about her continuation in the Thiruvananthapuram Raj Bhavan, sources said. But details of the discussion are not known.


Kochi: Excise Minister K. Babu has hit back at KPCC President V M Sudheeran saying that the government fully trusted the Advocate General.

He said that putting blames on AG was equal to blaming the government. The Minister added that the bars would be issued notices only after sorting legal advice.

The minister was responding to V M Sudheeran’s statement that the Advocate General failed to bring to notice of the High Court, the government’s new liquor policy. 


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Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC President V M Sudheeran Monday said he had in fact criticised the stand adopted by the Advocate General in the High Court in connection with the liquor policy.

“I only pointed out lapses on the part of Advocate General in handling the case connected with bars and it was not my objective to caste aspirations against any high person. I was misquoted on the matter,” Sudheeran told reporters here.

“I don’t want to stoke further controversies on the issue,” Sudheeran said.


Riyadh: An 82-year-old Indian pilgrim, who arrived in Saudi Arabia four months ago for Umrah pilgrimage, has gone missing, a media report said Sunday.

Mohammed Rashid Mustafa, who hails from Kerala, went missing from the premises of the Grand Mosque in Mecca last week, Arab News reported.

The octogenarian had come to the Gulf nation with an Umrah pilgrimage group April 27.


Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Bar Hotel Association Sunday decided to seek legal redress against the state government's decision to make Kerala a dry state with a new liquor policy.

The decision was made Sunday at the owners' meeting in Kochi.

The government, which Friday finalised the new liquor policy, will submit to the Kerala High Court Aug 26, a roadmap to achieve total prohibition in the next 10 years.


Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains continue across Kerala leaving eight people dead, two others missing and causing huge damage to property in many districts.

The worst-affected districts include the capital district, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kollam, Malappuram. The small dams in these districts were reported to be full and small streams in most places were overflowing.


Thiruvananthapuram: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Saturday that the police were being prepared to tackle the issues related to the new liquor policy.


Thiruvananthapuram: Education Minister P.K Abdu Rabb on Saturday said the fitness certificates would not be issued for the schools without toilets.

“Toilets will be made mandatory for all schools, including those in aided and government sector,” the Minister said.

“No school will be allowed to function without toilets from the next academic year,” he said.

“A RDD office will be opened in Chengannur for Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts,” he added.