Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala today categorically stated it would not allow the proposed inter-linking of its rivers Pampa-Achenkovil with Tamil Nadu's Vaipar river, holding that the project would not only result in drying up of rivers, but also cause largescale ecological destruction.

Replying to a submission on the matter moved by leader of Opposition V S Achuthanandan in the assembly, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the state was well prepared with facts and documents legally and otherwise to oppose the project.


Thiruvananthapuram: Expressing concern over increase in the number of cancer patients in the State, Health Minister VS Sivakumar Thursday said nearly 50,000 new cases are reported every year in the state.

Replying to a calling attention on the issue in the assembly, he said government was aware of the situation and had taken several steps for treatment. The focus was to make available cancer treatment facilities in all medical colleges and general hospitals, he said.


Thiruvananthapuram: Government would take further action on alleged violation of Coastal Regulation Zone Act by DLF realtors while constructing their flat-complex at Chilavanoor river bank in Kochi after getting the report of an expert committee set up to probe the charges, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said.

Replying to a point of order on the issue raised by leader of Opposition V S Achuthanandan in the state assembly, Chandy said the three-member committee could not complete its report as a member was out of station.


New Delhi: Kerala Tourism is looking at 10 per cent growth in tourist arrivals in 2014 on the back of new initiatives undertaken to enhance the travel experience to the state.

Kerala attracted 8,58,143 foreign and over one crore domestic tourists in 2013.

"We are sure of 10 per cent growth in tourist arrivals in Kerala in 2014 on account of new initiatives we have undertaken," Kerala Tourism Additional Director General Anupama T V told PTI.


Kozhikode: The price of milk supplied by MILMA has been hiked by Rs three per litre and would come into effect from July 21, Kerala cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Chairman P T Gopala Kurup said here Thursday.

He said the increase in price would result in milk producers getting an additional Rs 2.40 per litre.

“Domestic procurement of milk which was about 6.73 lakh litres per day in 2010 has increased to around 10.26 lakh litres at present, a record in the history of Milma,” he said.


Thiruvananthapuram: With the commencement of "Karkitakam" of Malayalam calendar Thursday, Hindu homes in Kerala have begun to reverberate with the chant of verses from their most popular spiritual classic "Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilupattu" penned by medieval devotional poet Thunchath Ezhuthachan, also revered as 'father of Malayalam literature."


Thiruvananthapuram: The government will not oppose the proposed airport at Aranmula if the project is eco-friendly, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the Assembly on Thursday.

“The government will support the project if its promoters came with an environment friendly and a legally valid proposal,” the Chief Minister said.

“It is for the promoters to get necessary legal clearance and government would not go for any appeal on the issue. It is the responsibility of the promoters to get legal clearance for the project,” he said.


Kochi: The Kerala High Court Thursday criticised the state government for delay in land acquisition proceedings for development of national highways and said it amounts to failure of the government machinery.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P R Ramachandran Menon orally observed that the government was not keen on acquiring the land for highway development.

This amounts to failure of government machinery, the court said.


Kochi: The Congress mouthpiece Veekshanam daily, in an editorial, on Thursday has slammed the State Education department for its stand on sanctioning new higher secondary schools.

 “We can’t blame if someone raises doubts over the Education department’s decision in sanctioning new higher secondary schools only in north Kerala,” the daily says. 


Kochi: The State government Wednesday informed the High Court that a CBI enquiry was not necessary into the solar scam case, which had rocked the state last year.

The affidavit in this regard was filed on a PIL by opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, seeking a CBI probe in the Solar panel case.

The affidavit, filed by investigating officer, V Ajit, Deputy Superintendent of Police, stated that no evidence could be collected against any other person other than the present accused.