Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Issues connected with reopening of 418 closed bars in the state became more complex with Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President V M Sudheeran saying it is the party's view that there was no need to reopen the sub-standard closed bars.

"Opinion that the closed bars need not be reopened is not my view, it is the stand of the party," Sudheeran told reporters here on the sidelines of a function, in which he handed over to an NGO two cash awards which he got for the anti-liquor campaign.


Vadodara: Kerala Tourism's total revenue, both direct and indirect, touched the Rs 22,926.55-crore mark in 2013, compared to Rs 21,125 crore in 2012, a senior Kerala Tourism official said here Tuesday.

"Foreign exchange earnings earned by the state's tourism trade went up from Rs 4,571.69 crore in 2012 to Rs 5,560.77 crore in 2013. The increase in earnings reflects how well the state's travel trade has done in the global market," Kerala Tourism Director P I Sheikh Pareeth told reporters today.


Thiruvananthapuram: New methods to tackle cyber crimes will be discussed at a two-day conference on cyber security and policing at Kochi from August 22.

The conference, hosted by state police in association with Kerala IT Mission, Information Security Research Association and Society for the Policing of Cyberspace, is aimed at providing a platform to discuss and share new information and latest trends in cyber crimes the world over.


Kochi: A UAE based Indian businessman has come forward to provide Rs one crore per year for the art extravaganza--Kochi Muziris Biennale, the second edition of which is slated to be held in December this year.

The monetary aid is provided by NRI businessman, T V Narayanan Kutty, who is the Group founder and Chairman of Dubai-headquartered IAL Group, an official statement said, adding, the grant also meant that Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) which organises the biennial event got a long-term patron to support its activities.


Kochi: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will review the progress of the Kochi Metro Rail project Wednesday at Thiruvananthapuram.

The meeting is expected to finalise certain key issues, including those relating to land acquisition, for ensuring timely completition of the project, a press release here said.


Alappuzha: Citing the poor perforce of the CPI-M in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, its politburo member M A Baby on Tuesday said that the common people have distanced from the party.

“The public has distanced from the party. That might be a reason for the debacle the party faced in the recently concluded elections in states like West Bengal,” Baby said while talking at a program held here on Tuesday to commemorate Marxist veteran P Krishna Pillai.

The program was conducted jointly by the CPI-M and the CPI here.


Kozhikode: Renowned documentary filmmaker and activist Odessa Sathyan passed away here Tuesday morning.

A revolutionary and a former naxalite, Sathyan was aged 52 when he died at 3 am in Kozhikode Medical College. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

Sathyan founded the movie enterprise, 'Odessa movies' that produced crowd-funded films along with late director John Abraham.


Thiruvananthapuram: Seizing on the High Court verdict on plus-two issue, the CPI-M Monday demanded resignation of the Oommen Chandy Government.

CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said the verdict was a grim blow to "corruption, nepotism and the policy of pandering to communal and casteist interests by the UDF Government."

With this order, the Government had lost the moral right to remain in office and should resign without waiting for a moment, Vijayan said in a statement.


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President V M Sudheeran Monday flayed the Narendra Modi Government's move to scrap Planning Commission and bring in an alternative body in its place.

In a statement here, Sudheeran said abolishing the Planning Commission would upset the time-tested planning and development model touching all sectors and would harm the federal structure of the country as envisaged by the Constitution.


BJP state cell co-ordinator B Gopalakrishnan said barring Hindus from applying for a job amounts to an infringement of their constitutional right.

Thrissur: A BJP functionary on Monday took objection to an employment advertisement issued by a business concern in Thrissur that said only Christian and Muslim candidates need apply.

Talking to reporters, the BJP state cell co-ordinator B Gopalakrishnan said barring Hindus from applying for a job amounted to an infringement of their constitutional right.

The advertisement that appeared in a Malayalam daily recently had invited applications for various jobs in a supermarket in the city from candidates belonging to the two communities only, he said.