Kerala News

Trawling ban for 47 days from June 15

Thiruvananthapuram: The 47-day ban on trawling by mechanised fishing boats during monsoon in Kerala would come into force from June 15.

Talking to reporters after a cabinet meeting here Wednesday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the ban would be from June 15 to July 21.

Fishermen rendered jobless during the period would be given free ration. They would also get financial assistance under the Fish Workers Welfare Scheme, officials said.

TPDK demo against 'sealing' of Siruvani supply valve

Coimbatore: Around 50 activists of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam (TPDK) Tuesday briefly detained a Kerala-State owned bus in the city and staged a demonstration, seeking immediate stoppage of the reported sealing work of a valve through which drinking water from Siruvani Dam is supplied to the city.

TPDK General Secretary K Ramakrishnan, who led the demonstration, alleged Kerala was taking indirect revenge over the Supreme Court order on Mullaperiyar Dam in raising the storage level in favour of Tamil Nadu.

Nasscom to hold product conclave at Kochi

Kochi: Kerala's flourishing IT sector has got a shot in the arm with industry body Nasscom deciding to hold its product conclave here on May 30 for the first time.

The conclave, which was previously hosted by established software business hubs, including Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, is now coming to Kochi, underlining emergence of this coastal city as one of India's most promising IT destinations.

Need to hike power tariff: Aryadan

Thiruvananthapuram: Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed on Tuesday has said there is a situation in the State to hike the power tariff.

“The KSEB has incurred a huge loss. So, there is no way except to hike the power tariff,” Mr. Aryadan said.

“It is the Electricity Regulatory Commission to take a decision on the matter of the power tariff hike. No decision has so far been taken on whether to recommend for it,” he said.

Rise in Abkari cases hopeful sign: V.M Sudheeran

Thiruvananthapuram: KPCC president V.M Sudheeran on Tuesday has said the rise in the number of Abkari cases is a hopeful sign.

“The rise in the number of Abkari cases is a hopeful sign. It proves the efficiency of the Excise department,” the KPCC president told reporters.

“Though it is true that the staff strength in the Excise department is not enough to handle enforcement, the drive against the illegal liquor is being carried out by all the departments together,” Mr. Sudheeran said.

Tendulkar names his football team 'Kerala Blasters'

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kochi team for the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament, co-owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been named 'Kerala Blasters'.

The name was announced by state chief minister Oommen Chandy after his brief meeting with Tendulkar here today.

Tendulkar also accepted Chandy's request to be Goodwill Ambassador of the National Games, to be held in Kerala in January-February 2015.

Closure of bars has not dented liquor sales: K. Babu

Thiruvananthapuram: In contrary to KPCC president V.M Sudheeran’s claims, Excise Minister K.Babu Monday said the closure of substandard bars in the State had not dented liquor sales.

“The flow of drugs into Kerala has increased and it seems that ‘the dry day’ is needed to be observed every day,” the Minister said.

“The cases related to it have gone up post the closure of bars. We require at least three times the staff strength to handle enforcement,” Mr. Babu said.

'Will oppose if Centre tries to implement Gadgil report'

Thiruvananthapuram: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday has said the State government will oppose if the Central government tries to implement the Gadgil committee report on the Western Ghats.

“Kerala will oppose if the new government tries to implement the Gadgil report. The report cannot be accepted as it would affect farmers living in the high range areas,” Mr. Chennithala told reporters here.

“Kerala’s apprehensions over the Gadgil report will be conveyed to the Centre,” he said.

Spiritual head of Malankara Orthodox church passes away

Kottayam: Catholicos Baselios Marthoama Didymus I, spiritual head of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Monday passed away following prolonged illness at Parumala near here, church sources said.

He was 94.

Didymus I stepped down as head of the Kerala-based church in 2010 on the grounds of poor health but continued to be the supreme spiritual head of the community.

He was born in Tiruvalla.

Attack on Chandy: SIT files chargesheet

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Kannur: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case relating to the attack on Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on October 27 last year, Monday filed the chargesheet before the Judicial First Class Magistrate (1).

The 1384 page chargesheet has cited 114 accused, including Payyanur MLA C Krishnan and Dharmadom MLA K K Narayanan as first and second accused respectively.

Thaliparamba DySP K S Sudharshan, who heads the SIT probing the case, filed the chargesheet before JFCM (1) at 1400 hrs.