Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Tuesday said the government would make seat belts mandatory for passengers occupying rear seats of vehicles if the opposition LDF demands for the same.

The Minister said this while replying to Opposition leader V.S Achuthanandan, who raised the issue in the Assembly.

“The Transport Commissioner had not consulted the government before issuing the circular,” he said.


New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA government is now mulling replacing Governors who were appointed by the UPA-II government.

According to reports, Union home secretary Anil Goswami called up six governors, including Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit and suggested that they put in their papers.

Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was sworn in as Kerala Governor at the Raj Bhavan on March 11.

Dikshit had served as Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013 before Congress was defeated in the 2013 assembly polls.


Kochi: Aam Aadmi Party in Kerala Monday denied reports that well-known journalist, Anita Pratap, who had unsuccessfully contested on the party ticket from Ernakulam, had resigned from the party.

Manoj Padmanabhan, state convener of AAP, told PTI that in an e-mail message sent to him, Anita stated she had been getting media calls that she has resigned from AAP. "Not True. Where does such news come from," she said in the message.

Anita had been appointed as the media coordinator of the party.


Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of increasing incidents of wild elephants straying into human settlements in forest fringe areas, the State government has set up eight Rapid Response Teams (RST) to undertake urgent steps to check the menace.

Each RST has started functioning in Wayanad, Kannur, Palakkad, Nilambur, Ranni, Kozhikode, Mannarkad and Peppara, state forests minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan told the assembly Monday during question hour.


Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF government will not be "cooperating" in the proposed private international airport project at Aranmula, the work on which had been stopped by the Southern bench of the National Green Tribunal, Minister for Forest and Transport Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said Monday.


Thiruvananthapuram: Technopark, the first and the largest IT park in the country, has charted out an ambitious target of creating 45,000 new jobs during 2014-16, as part of its efforts to emerge as India's IT powerhouse.

With these additions, the total number of people it would employ will reach 90,000.

Technopark, which is poised to celebrate its silver jubilee next year, currently provides direct employment to 45,000 IT/ITeS professionals through its 330 IT companies.


Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition LDF members Monday staged a walkout in the Kerala Assembly over misery of people living in the coastal areas across the state due to extensive damage caused by severe sea erosion with the onset of the monsoon.

Though Chief Minister Oommen Chandy shared the concern over the matter and said the government had taken emergency measures to provide relief to the affected people, Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan trooped his colleagues out of the House accusing the government of not taking things seriously.


Guruvayur: A meeting of the staff council of the Sree Krishna College here on Monday decided to withdraw the magazine that kicked up a raw over inclusion of a crossword puzzle with an "objectionable and unsavoury" language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The meeting also decided to seek an explanation from the editorial advisory board over the issue.


Thiruvananthapuram: Putting an end to the speculations of quitting as MLA, CPI-M politburo member M.A. Baby attended the Assembly session on Monday, after a week's absence.

The other legislators in the Assembly, despite party affiliation, gave him a warm welcome when he entered the hall.

As per reports, he decided to attend the session followed by a direction from the party.

Baby's absence from the ongoing Assembly session has led to speculation he wanted to quit.


Thiruvananthapuram: Two persons of a family died and another was seriously injured after being hit by a college bus here Monday morning.

The injured, Ajayakumar, a police constable at Poojapura police station, has been admitted at a hospital here.

His wife Radhika and 5-year old daughter died on the spot.

The bus owned by Mohandas Engineering College was damaged by an irate mob following the accident.

To protest the accident, a call has been given to observe hartal in Kattakada.