January 10, 2014, 11:20 am
Thrissur: In a setback to the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala, the Thrissur Vigilance Court on Friday disallowed the government from withdrawing the politically sensitive palmolein import graft case dating to 1992 when late Congress veteran K Karunakaran was Chief Minister.
Dismissing the government's petition, Judge K Haripal held that withdrawal of the case was against public interest.
January 9, 2014, 8:53 pm
Thiruvananthapuram: With 5.5 million tobacco users in the state, various anti-tobacco activists have asked Finance Minister K.M. Mani to increase the tax on tobacco products to 65 percent.
At present, the state levies zero percent tax on bidis, and 20 percent on cigarettes.
The call for a hike in the tax comes after a study by the Johns Hopkins University of the US showed that as many as 4.54 lakh lives could be saved and early deaths averted if tax on tobacco products is increased to 65 percent.
January 9, 2014, 8:48 pm
New Delhi: A high-level meeting was chaired today by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to discuss NIA's request seeking sanction to prosecute Italian marines accused of killing two Kerala fishermen under a law which provides only death penalty.
The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Law Minister Kapil Sibal as National Investigation Agency (NIA) had sought sanction under the 'Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf' Act (SUA).
January 9, 2014, 8:46 pm
Kochi: Two medical colleges in Kerala would be upgraded as super speciality hospitals and Kochi and Kozhikode would get tertiary cancer centres, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday said.
T D Medical college in Alappuzha and the Kozhikode Medical College are among the 39 medical colleges in the country which are being upgraded, he told reporters here.
The two colleges would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 150 crore out of which Rs 120 crore each would be Centre's share and Rs 30 crore will be borne by the share.
January 9, 2014, 8:42 pm
Kozhikode: Lashing out at the Congress-led UPA government, CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said its economic policies have imposed a burden on the people.
"The economic policies being followed by UPA Government have imposed burden on the people of the country and they continue to be imposed like the recent hike in cooking gas prices," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
January 9, 2014, 8:40 pm
Kottayam: The first Science City of South India is to come up at Kurvilangadu in Kottayam district offering a hands-on-experience to visitors on growth and development of science over the centuries.
The facility is to be created at a 30-acre site at a cost of Rs 100 crore as a joint venture of the Kerala state and the Centre, Jose K Mani, Lok Sabha member from Kottayam, told reporters.
The first phase of the project would involve a cost of Rs 51 crore.
January 9, 2014, 6:24 pm
Kochi: The High court on Thursday criticised the state government for providing special facilities to Solar Panel scam accused, Saritha S Nair.
Justice Harun-Al Rashid wanted to know if the accused had a beautician in prison and from where she got the expensive dresses, she was seen in while being produced in court.
The court added that if this is continued, no one will have fear to go to jail.
January 9, 2014, 5:45 pm
Thiruvananthapuram: It was a coincidence that Kerala introduced a special scheme, "Nirbhaya", in June 2012 for the safety of women and children. Soon after the Dec 16 gang rape in Delhi that year, the centre too introduced a scheme in that name.
Minister for Social Welfare M.K. Muneer said Kerala had made progress, going forward in a huge way to take care of its women and children.
January 9, 2014, 5:12 pm
New Delhi: The chief ministers of Kerala, Gujarat, Haryana - which have a large diaspora population - and the northeastern state of Meghalaya have urged Indians living abroad to invest in their states, promising a sound investment climate and good infrastructure.
Kerala's Oommen Chandy, Haryana's Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Gujarat's Narendra Modi and Meghalaya's Mukul Sangma on Thursday addressed the ongoing 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the largest gathering of the Indian diaspora in the world, on investment opportunities in states.
January 9, 2014, 4:58 pm
New Delhi: Expatriate Indians in Saudi Arabia feel that the new labour policy of that Gulf nation will not affect them as they are generally law-abiding citizens.