Kerala News

KTM Management members with Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar after the press meet.

Thiruvananthapuram: Over 1,500 tour operators from across the world are expected to participate in the eighth edition of the Kerala Travel Mart, to be held in Kochi from Thursday.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will Wednesday formally inaugurate the three-day event (September 18-20) at which Union Tourism Minister Shripad Yesso Naik will be the chief guest.


Thiruvananthapuram: The State government Tuesday said the concerns of the tourism sector on the impact of the new liquor policy would be looked into but asserted that it is not going to backtrack from the decision.

The State government is of the view that a detailed study was necessary to know the impact of the liquor policy and would examine the industry’s concerns, state Tourism Minister A.P Anil Kumar told reporters here today while announcing the details of the Kerala Travel Mart beginning in Kochi on September 18.


Kochi: After 41 days of captivity in Abu Dhabi following seizure of a parcel containing LSD from his baggage, Shiju Thomas returned home to a warm welcome.

His mother and people from Pizhala near varapuzha thronged the airport in large numbers to greet him.

Speaking to reporters, Thomas who was released in July this year, thanked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and all others who helped in his safe return.

He said he had not decided about returning to the Gulf.



Kannur: In a barbed comment at CPI-M in the backdrop of the recent murder of an RSS activist here, a senior CPI leader on Tuesday said his party would not justify political murders and the issue would be raised in the state committee of the LDF.

"There is no justification for murder in politics. All parties should agree to this. This is especially so for the Left parties," CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran told reporters here, adding, issue would be raised in the LDF panel when it meets next time.


Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) board Tuesday approved the proposal for extension of the Metro System by 11.17 km from Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Kaloor to Infopark via Kakkanad at an estimated cost of Rs 1,600 crore.

The decision in this regard was taken at the board meeting at Delhi Tuesday.

Early completion of this extension would help improve the viability of Phase-I of the metro project, a KMRL press release here said.


New Delhi: CPI-M members of Parliament will donate about Rs 10 crore from their MPLAD funds for relief and rehabilitation work in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir.

"We have decided that all our MPs in both Houses of Parliament will donate Rs 50 lakh each from their MPLAD fund," leader of CPI-M Parliamentary Party Sitaram Yechury told PTI here.


Guruvayur: Bhavan Namboodiri (42) was Tuesday elected as the head priest of the famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple for six months starting from October 1.

The selection was made by drawing lots from a list of 45 shortlisted candidates who applied for the job, temple officials said.

Bhavan hails from a family of Vedic scholars.

The head priest-- known as "melsanthi"--is selected every six months as per the convention followed by the temple.


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor and former Chief Justice of India Justice P Sathasivam Tuesday suggested avoiding epithets like "His Excellency" while addressing him.

"Honourable Governor of Kerala desires that he may be addressed as Honourable Governor in all correspondence and not along with any other epithet such as His Excellency," a Raj Bhavan release said here.

65-year-old Sathasivam was sworn in as the 23rd Governor of the state on September 5.


Kochi: The High Court Tuesday directed the Public Works Department to file an affidavit by September 20 detailing the action taken to repair roads in Kochi after interim orders were issued prior to court closing for the Onam vacation.

The order in this regard was issued by Justice A Mohammed Mustaque on a petition by R Rangadasa Prabhu, representing an apex council of residential associations, on the sorry state of roads in this city.


Kochi: Peacock feathers weighing 29.8 kg and valued at Rs 7.39 lakh in the international market were seized by customs officials from a Singapore bound passenger at the airport Tuesday.

The feathers were found concealed inside towels in the checked in baggage of the man, hailing from Chennai, just as he was about to board the flight early this morning, a customs press release said.

An amount of Rs 1.25 lakh carried by the passenger was also seized under FEMA.