Kerala News

Kochi: The High Court Wednesday directed the state Police Chief to ensure that during monthly poojas at Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, the toilet blocks and other places in traditional path towards the shrine from Pamba are not used by unauthorised vendors.

A division bench comprising justice T R Ramachandran Nair and Justice P V Asha asked the Superintendent of Police, Pathnamthitta to ensure that toilet blocks and other places in traditional path towards the shrine were not used by unauthorised vendors.


Thiruvananthapuram: the State government has decided to conduct a socio-economic and situational survey of transgenders in the state through an NGO with a view of formulating welfare measures for them.

The Social Justice Department of the state has commissioned Sangama, an NGO working for the human rights of Sexual Minorities in Karnataka and Kerala, to undertake the survey across the state, Sangama Director Gurukiran Kamat told reporters on Wednesday.


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Kochi: Customs Preventive Commissionerate Wednesday arrested four persons, including the owner of a unit functioning at the Cochin Special Economic Zone, for allegedly removing and selling large quantity of gold meant for export and seized gold ingots and ornaments worth about Rs 5.71 crore.

Those arrested include owner of Ashwin Gold Sanjay Nikam (30), Jaykumar and Saji, who do import and export consultancy, and Jeeson, an accountant with a jewellery shop where the gold was sold.


Thiruvananthapuram: The State Cabinet Wednesday decided to withdraw an order halting the operation of small scale quarries taking into consideration the shortage of metals for construction activities in the state.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said construction sector in the state came to standstill due to scarcity of metals and other raw materials following the stop memo issued to small quarries and withdrawing of licences issued to quarries after August 2013 after a directive of National Green Tribunal.


Kozhikode: The “Run-for Freedom” mini marathon, conducted jointly by Madhyamam and Teen India, would be held on August 15 in selected centers.

The purpose of the marathon is to convey the essence of freedom to the youngsters and make them better citizens. Children from classes 6, 7 and 8 will be participating. Those who wish to take part can register online or through sms.

The first 200 applicants would be permitted to participate.


Kochi: With the state government failing to produce files relating to sanctioning of Plus Two schools and additional batches this academic year, the High Court Wednesday expressed displeasure at its attitude.

On Monday last, the court on a batch of petitions challenging the government decision on sanctioning of plus two schools, had directed government to produce all files by today saying that that it had to examine whether Plus Two courses and the 476 additional batches were sanctioned in a fair and transparent manner.


Kochi: CPI-M Ernakulam district secretary Dinesh Mani on Wednesday rebuffed allegations over the Lok Sabha candidature of retired IAS officer Christy Fernandez in Ernakulam constituency.

Talking to Manorama News channel on Wednesday, Mani said that there was no influence by any ‘outside party’ in the decision to give the Ernakulam seat to Fernandez.

The CPI-M leader said there was no tussle in the party over the issue, adding, “Christy Fernandez was a suitable candidate for the LDF.”


Thiruvananthapuram: A day after a top police official ruled out sabotage theory behind the 'gas leak' from Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML) at Chavara here that affected around 70 children, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala Tuesday said the probe into the angle would continue in view of allegations.


Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Tuesday congratulated Dronacharya Award winner Jose Jacob, the rowing coach, and Arjuna Award winners from the state.

Those recommended for the Arjuna award from the state are Tom Joseph (volleyball), Tintu Luka (athletics), Geethu Anna Jose (basketball), V Diju (badminton) and Saji Thomas (rowing).

Chandy said these sportspersons were Kerala's pride and an inspiration to the young talents of the state.


Thiruvananthapuram: Resenting attempts by "certain quarters" to lay the blame on Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for the Congress's Lok Sabha poll debacle, the party in the State Tuesday rallied behind the duo expressing total confidence in their ability to regain the Congress's glory.

Speaking at a special convention of leaders and state functionaries addressed by Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said "blaming the leadership for the defeat is mere escapism".