Kerala News

Mullaperiyar dam case: Govt to file review plea to SC this month

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala will be filing a review petition in the Supreme Court in the Mullaperiyar case at end of this month seeking re-consideration of its judgement that rejected the state's contention in the long drawn dispute with neighbouring Tamil Nadu that the 119-year-old dam is unsafe.

This was disclosed by state Water Resources Minister P J Joseph while replying to queries at a press meet here.

VS seeks comprehensive probe into orphanage issue

Thiruvananthapuram: Leader of the Opposition V.S Achuthanandan on Tuesday said a comprehensive probe should be conducted into the issue of bringing children from northern states, to be admitted to orphanages in Kerala.

“The issue is still shrouded in mysteries and doubts. A comprehensive investigation is essential to find out the real reasons behind the incident,” Mr. Achuthanandan told reporters.

Chandy terms his trip to Delhi as 'success'

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday, has termed his Delhi visit a "success".

"Back in Thiruvananthapuram after a successful Delhi trip", Chandy said in his official facebook page.

He said he met Modi and Union Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting and Environment and Forest Prakash Javadekar.

Chandy said he also met AICC President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi during his first vist to Delhi after the Lok Sabha polls results.

Chandy gets nod for cabinet rejig

Thiruvananthapuram: The much talked about cabinet rejig of the three-year-old Oommen Chandy-led Kerala government appears to have been cleared at the highest level, according to informed sources close to the chief minister.

Chandy who is currently in Delhi, Monday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former defence minister A.K. Antony to discuss the issue.

However, while keeping his cards close to his chest, Chandy told reporters in Delhi he has already made it clear the rejig would be discussed in three stages.

HC urges to take policy decision on renewal of bar hotel licenses

Kochi: The High Court Monday directed the state government to take a policy decision within a month on renewal of licenses of 418 bar hotels which had been closed following low quality parameters.

The order in this regard was issued by Justice P N Ramchandran while considering a batch of petitions by bar hotel owners.

Govt issues handbook on migrating to free software platforms

Thiruvananthapuram: The State government Monday released a handbook to help its various departments and institutions migrate to free and open source software (FOSS) based operating systems.

Last month, the state government had issued an order stipulating that computers in all government and quasi-government institutions migrate their desktop PCs to FOSS-based platforms, unless there were unavoidable reasons to defer the migration. The decision has been taken in view of the withdrawal of support to Windows XP by Microsoft.

IUML resents move against orphanages

Kozhikode: IUML, a key partner in ruling Congress-led UDF, on Monday came out strongly against the Home Department and Child Rights Commission for running down orphanages managed by Muslim religious outfits in the context of alleged trafficking of children from eastern states. 

A meeting of Indian Union Muslim League working committee held here claimed the arrival of over 500 children, mostly from Jharkhand and West Bengal, was being projected with the intention of casting orphanages in Malabar region of Kerala in poor light.

Co-operative bank to empower widows, marginalized women

Thiruvananthapuram: A co-operative bank to empower widows and other marginalised women by supporting their self-employment and entrepreneurial ventures is to be set up in Kerala soon.

The Kerala Vidhava Sangham (KVS), an organisation which has over 16,000 widows as members, has already secured clearance from the Co-operative Department for starting the bank whose thrust is to empower women from marginalised sections, especially widows.

Around three lakh new students enter school system

Thiruvananthapuram: After two-month-long summer vacation, schools in Kerala reopened today with around three lakh tiny tots initiated into the world of learning.

Colourful admission festivals -'praveshanotsavams'- were organised across the state to welcome the newcomers to the standard one.

A host of student-friendly programmes and schemes to improve quality of education would be implemented during the current academic year, a top education department official said.

Monsoon expected in Kerala by June 5

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Thiruvananthapuram: The monsoon is expected to arrive in Kerala by June 5 though its onset could be four days before or after the set date, the Met Office said Monday.

The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala signals the arrival of monsoon in the country and represents the beginning of the rainy season over the Indian subcontinent.

The monsoon forecasts have been correct for the last nine years, according to an India Meteorological Department (IMD) press release.