Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala got an IIT but no AIIMS in the maiden budget of the Narendra Modi government.


Thiruvananthapuram: Keralites spent a whopping Rs.545 crore on treatment of tobacco-related diseases during 2011, according to a new study.

The study on "The Economic Burden of Tobacco-related Diseases-2011" was conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India with support from the union ministry of health and family welfare and the WHO Country Office for India.

In Kerala, 21.4 percent adults (15 years and above) use tobacco while 42 percent adults are exposed to second-hand smoke at home.


New Delhi: Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit Wednesday denied receiving any hint from the Centre to quit and said she was not aware of any move to transfer her out of Thiruvananthapuram Rajbhavan.

"No", she said here when asked whether she was sounded by anyone in the Central government to put in papers after the NDA government assumed power last month.

Dikshit, a former Chief Minister of Delhi, today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and described them as "courtesy call" and "good meetings".


Thiruvananthapuram: Recent restrictions imposed on women meeting University of Calicut Vice-Chancellor in his chamber Wednesday rocked the Kerala Assembly with CPI-M led LDF members, especially women, demanding action against the official for his "anti-women" stand and forcing the government to disagree with the varsity's controversial action.

The matter was raised as a submission by CPIM's K.K Lathika, who wanted the government to sack Vice-Chancellor M Abdul Salam for his "anti-women" and "anti-democratic" steps.


Thrissur: The Vigilance court Wednesday has ordered a probe against Chief Secretary E.K. Bharat Bhushan's wife Ranjana Bhushan related to a land deal at Patturaikkal in Thrissur.

The probe was ordered on a complaint filed by Advocate Vidhya Sangeet, a member of Thrissur district panchayath.

The complaint is that the district collector issued special order relaxing the fair value of 40 cents of land at Patturaikkal in Thrissur which is under the possession of Ranjana, wife of E K Bharat Bhusan, the chief secretary of Kerala.


Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution against the 'total neglect' of the state's needs in the Railway budget and asked the Centre to sanction the projects and new trains sought by the state.

Members from both Congress-led ruling UDF and CPI-M headed LDF opposition termed as 'very disappointing" the budget proposals and said the Centre failed to take into consideration any of the requirements of the state.


Thiruvananthapuram: Flaying the Kerala government for the 'lack of transparency' in executing the Smart City IT park project coming up at Kochi, CAG has said government suffered huge revenue loss due to failure to monetise market value of land which was transfered on lease to the promoter company.


Thiruvananthapuram:  Pointing out various irregularities by promoters in the Rs 2,000-crore Aranmula private international airport project, CAG has rapped successive governments in Kerala for failure to check them and recommended an independent probe into violations and lapses besides an ecology impact study.


Thiruvananthapuram: TV channels in Kerala Tuesday went berserk, saying injured Brazilian footballer Neymar was likely to come to the state to undergo ayurveda treatment for his injured back.

The TV channels said the Brazilian Football Federation has got in touch with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

However, Chandy told IANS nothing of that sort has happened.

He said there was a request from football fans in Kerala, asking the government to put up a proposal for treating Neymar using ayurveda.


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Thiruvananthapuram: Stringent action would be taken against quarries operating in Kerala without due licence from the Pollution Control Board, Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed told the state Assembly Tuesday.

According to an assembly committee report, more than 500 quarries were operating without licence across the state. The government would conduct an examination of these quarries and take action if found to be operating illegally, he said to a submission on the issue by T N Prathapan (Cong).