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Kochi: Extension of the Kochi Metro Project from Pettah to Tripunithura was under the consideration of the Centre, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Wednesday.  

Naidu was speaking after reviewing the progress of the Rs 5181 crore project of about 25.612 km from Aluva to Pettah stretch.     

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday briefed senior Congress leader A K Antony on the UDF Government’s new liquor policy that sharply cuts down on availability of alcoholic drinks.

Chandy, however, denied reports in a section of media that he had conveyed to his senior colleague his resentment at the way sections in the state leadership turned the bar issue into an unnecessary row and even sought to create an impression that he stood for the interests of liquor barons.

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Kochi: The High Court has struck down as unconstitutional the State Government’s decision to levy a ’Mangalya Nidi’ cess on weddings and associated celebrations from auditoriums and hotels of three star category and above.

Allowing a batch of petitions filed by owners of auditoriums of Kollam and Kasaragod districts, challenging the government’s decision to levy the cess, Justice K Vinod Chandran observed that the levy was not a fee and could only be treated as tax.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Liquor vends at the State’s borders are likely to see a jump in sales as the state will see the introduction of prohibition in a phased manner.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday refuted reports that the government has plans to windup the state Planning Board.

"There is no such move and the Board under Vice Chairman K M Chandrashekar is doing a good work," Chandy told reporters during cabinet briefing here. The Board has an important role for the development of the state, he said, adding that the Board had already prepared a project report on Kerala Vision-2030.

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New Delhi: The Centre confirmed on Wednesday that it would not consider the Gadgil committee report on protection of Western Ghats, in an affidavit submitted to the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The government has decided to go ahead with the findings of Kasturirangan panel on the matter and implement the measures in accordance to the report. The Green Tribunal had earlier rejected the affidavit submitted by the Centre due to the ambiguity in its stand and directed the government to submit a fresh affidavit.

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Kannur: More than 30 people were injured when a bus capsized at Chala by-pass in Kannur on Wednesday.

The bus was on its way to Kozhikode from Kannur.

The injured were admitted in private hospitals in and around the city.

Two years ago, a gas tanker mishap had occurred in the same spot.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The cabinet on Wednesday ratified the new liquor policy of the Congress led UDF government which envisaged to shut down bars attached to hotels below the five-star category as part of its plans to reduce availability of liquor.

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Kochi:  A hospital in Kochi has successfully conducted Kerala's first combined pancreas-kidney transplant, the third such in India.

The highly complex surgery which lasted for 12 hours was conducted on 35-year-old S. Syed Yunus Shahir, an engineer from Palakkad. The donor was a brain-dead 38-year-old patient Thomas Varghese. Shahir would be able to return home after a nearly two-week stay at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS).

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Kochi: The State government Tuesday filed separate appeals in the high court against the single judge's interim order in the plus two cases.

The appeals will be considered tomorrow by a division bench comprising Justice Antony Dominique and Justice Sheshadri Naidu. The bench directed posting of all the writ petitions in the plus two matter before it.

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