Kerala News

Kochi: Demanding revision in fares, taxies and auto-rickshaws in all districts, except Thiruvananthapuram, kept off the roads Thursday.

The strike will be observed in the state capital tomorrow as a valedictory programmes in connection with Onam festival is being held Thursday.

The strike organisers said government had not increased the fares despite hike in fuel charges and said they would go on an indefinite strike from September 25 if there was no revision of fares by that date.


New Delhi: Kerala has sought urgent help from the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government to rescue over 200 tourists from the state who are still stranded in flood-hit Srinagar.

Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told PTI Thursday that 150 people who are struck in Hotel Royal Bhattu in the Dal Lake in Srinagar have reported that the hotel is badly affected due to floods and they have been deprived of basic facilities like drinking water and food.


Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader V.S Achuthanandan on Thursday said the Supreme Court verdict on the new liquor policy had come as a big setback to the State government.

“The SC verdict is a big blow to the government. The verdict is right and practical,” Achuthanandan told reporters here.

The bar owners in Kerala will be able to serve liquor till Sep 30 as the Supreme Court Thursday ordered a status quo till then.


Kannur: The prime accused in the killing of RSS leader K.T. Manoj in Kannur last week surrendered in a court here Thursday, police said.

According to police, Vikraman arrived at the Kannur first class magistrate's court on a two-wheeler around 11.30 a.m, forced his way into the court and surrendered.

The court later sent him to 14 days police custody.

Manoj and his friend Pramod were last week attacked by a group of men who threw a a bomb on their vehicle at Kathirur near here.


New Delhi: In a relief to bar owners in Kerala, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the State government to maintain status quo till September 30 on the new liquor policy and restrained it from shutting down non five star hotel bars.

An apex court bench of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice U.U. Lalit asked the Kerala High Court to decide expeditiously pleas challenging the state government's new liquor policy, which are listed for hearing on Sept 18.

The court expressed the hope that the high court will decide the matter by Sep 30.


New Delhi: The CPI(M) State Committee has submitted its report to the Polit Bureau, stating that the party had no role in the murder of an RSS functionary at Kathiroor in Kannur.

According to reports, the party state committee’s report has stated that it was a political murder and the allegations against the party are fabricated.


Thiruvananthapuram: International liquor companies and the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), supported by major producers of alcohol, are upset with the Kerala government's new liquor policy, the ruling Congress party said Wednesday.

After a meeting of the state Congress party, president V.M. Sudheeran said the decision by the Kerala government to achieve full prohibition in the state in 10 years has shocked these liquor companies.


Thiruvananthapuram: Around 10 lakh autorickshaw and taxi drivers in the state will go on a 12-hour token strike on Thursday seeking fare revision.

The strike is from 6 am to 6 pm.

The autorickshaw-taxi workers coordination committee leaders said that they would launch an indefinite strike from September 25 if their demands are not met.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, in a meeting of the committee leaders convened on June 27, had assured to resolve all the other demands except the fare revision.


Kochi: With plans to turn Kerala into an entrepreneur driven state, the state government is mulling making certain changes in its industrial policy to provide the right environment to spur the growth of startups.


Kochi: Infopark Thrissur, developed as one of the two satellite centres of Infopark Kochi under the hub and spoke model, is all set to get new companies as its brand new 3.3 lakh sq ft IT block will open by March 2015.

Currently, the park houses 29 companies with around 600 employees.

"The park has received around dozen advance bookings for office space at the new building which, when completed, will generate an additional 3,000-plus employment," said Infopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair.