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Bangalore: Government has spent Rs 20 crore for constructing Karnataka Bhavan at Sabarimala in Kerala for providing boarding facilities to devotees from the state who visit the pilgrim centre every year, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said Tuesday.

Siddaramaiah said he would seek information from Kerala Government on the status of the case relating to construction of Karnataka Bhavan, pending before a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court.

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Kozhikode: The war of words going on between Labour Minister Shibu Baby John and INTUC State President, R Chandrasekharan continued with the latter demanding the labour department be taken over by the Congress party.

Speaking to mediapersons here Tuesday, Chandrasekharan alleged that the labour department in the state was a "total failure" and hence John (representing RSP-B) should be divested of the department and congress should take over the labour department.

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State Youth Congress Vice-President C R Mahesh.

Thiruvananthapuram: In a veiled attack on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, a state Youth Congress functionary in Kerala Tuesday dubbed the recent organisational reforms as "Tughlaq-like" and said they had failed to strengthen the party's youth and campus outfits.

Speaking at a Youth Congress camp held at Neyyar near here, state Youth Congress Vice-President C R Mahesh said "Tughlaq-like" reforms "imposed" on the youth and campus wings of the party had failed to make any impact.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Tuesday expressed hope that Centre would make amendments to the Coastal Zone Regulation Act by incorporating the state's concerns over the act's impact on its coastal people.

Fishermen community and others living in the coastal areas had already started facing problems due to the implementation of CRZ, Chandy said replying to a calling attention on the issue in the assembly.

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Kochi: Kerala High Court Tuesday stayed for three months the Vigilance probe into alleged corruption in the construction of a cricket stadium by the KCA at nearby Eda Kochi.

The interim order was issued by Justice K Ramakrishnan on a petition filed by Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) Joint Secretary Jayesh Geroge challenging the FIR registered on the order of Vigilance and Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge, Thrissur.

He also sought a stay on all proceedings against KCA persuant to the registration of the FIR.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Alleging that the state government was indifferent to the problems faced by fishermen community especially at a time when annual trawling ban was in force, CPI-M led LDF Opposition members walked out of the Kerala Assembly Tuesday.

Moving the notice for an adjournment motion on the matter, P K Gurudasan (CPI-M) said fishermen were in great difficulty as the government had not implemented any of the programmes and the assistance extended by government to fishermen was very limited.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Central Bureau of Investigation Tuesday recorded the statement of former minister K B Ganesh Kumar in connection with the Valakom attack case. . His statement was recorded after he was called at the CBI office this morning.

Krishna Kumar, a school teacher of RVHSS School in Valakam, was attacked on the night of September 27 in 2011. It was alleged that Kirshna Kumar was attacked with the consent of Pillai for taking a stand against the school management.

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Kochi: Kerala High Court Tuesday directed the state government to furnish by July two the details of investigation conducted by police so far in the case relating to bringing of over 500 children from Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal meant for orphanages in the state.

Observing that it was a 'serious issue' which requires thorough investigation, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P R Ramachandra Menon granted the government time till July two to place all details in a sealed cover.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government is ready to pay for the return of its nurses stranded in strife-torn Iraq if the Centre does not foot the bill, a minister told the state assembly Tuesday.

"The Centre should meet the expenses of their return journey and if it does not happen, then the state government is ready to bear it," said state Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph.

He was replying to a submission that sought the safe return of five nurses from Habeba in Iraq.

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Thiruvananthapuram: As an offshoot of the rift among a section of IAS officers in Kerala, opposition CPI-M leader V S Achuthananandan today raised allegations of suppression of assets by Chief Secretary E K Bharat Bhushan in the assembly and demanded a CBI probe, but Chief Minister Oommen Chandy rejected the charge as baseless.

Making a submission, Achuthanandan, quoting media reports, reiterated his charge made earlier that the Chief Secretary had forged his assets statement by not including his wife's properties.

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