Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Amid speculation that Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan is set to resign from the post ahead of a possible reshuffle of UDF ministry, KPCC president V M Sudheeran Saturday said there had been no formal proposal made before the party in this regard.

"These issues have not come before the party. No one has talked to me on these matters directly or indirectly," Sudheeran told reporters in Kottayam.

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Kochi: As many as 29 more Malayali nurses stranded in strife-torn Iraq arrived here on Saturday.

The nurses, who were working at five hospitals in Diyala of Iraq, arrived at the Cochin International Airport early morning.

The Indian Embassy and the Norka in Iraq had initiated steps to send them back after the crisis in the country deepened.

 The Norka-Roots also provided the nurses with financial aid on their return.


Kozhikode: Pan-IIM World Management Conference, conceived to be the biggest celebration of ideas in management, organised collectively by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year, will be held at Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode campus from November 5 to 8.


Kozhikode: A six-member gang of inter-state robbers that had planned to loot two banks in the city was arrested, police said on Friday.

A V George, Kozhikode City Police Commissioner, said the gang had confessed to police about their plan to loot the banks. Their car was also taken into custody.

Police recovered some equipments, gloves and masks from the car.

Two luxury cars and three motorcycles, stolen from nearby Perambra, Mahe and Koilandy recently, were also seized from the gang, he said.


Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Circle of BSNL in FY 2013-14 recorded a net profit of Rs 412 crore, up by Rs 126 crore over the previous year.

The company had made a profit of Rs 286 crore in 2012-13, circle Chief General Manager M S S Rao told reporters here today.

The circle recorded a total revenue of Rs 2,820 crore in 2013-14, he added.


Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday assured that the 46 nurses from Kerala, who were evacuated from violence-hit Iraq recently, would get their salary arrears amount shortly.

Salary arrears would be collected through Indian embassy and it would be given to nurses, he said at a meeting convened here by Non-Resident Keralites Affairs Department (NORKA) with nurses to discuss issues related to their rehabilitation.


Madurai/Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains lashed catchment areas of Mullaperiyar Dam since last night, leading copious inflow of 1,352 cusecs.

The water level in the dam, which irrigates southern districts in Tamil Nadu, increased from 112.39 ft to 113.39 ft, PWD officials said.

Various parts of Theni District, bordering Kerala, including Uthamapalayam and Veerapandi also received heavy rains last night and this morning, they said.



Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday welcomed the Supreme Court's order to grant one month's bail to People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Naser Ma’dani.

"I welcome the verdict of the Supreme Court... I do not subscribe to the idea of keeping a person in jail without trial for so long. The state government had limitations to interfere in the case," Chandy told reporters here. 


Kochi: The High Court Friday directed the Ernakulam District Collector to take appropriate steps to lift the attachment order on 70 acre of public sector HMT land at nearby Kalamassery sold to Blue Star Realtors Private Ltd in 2008 where it is developing the cyber city project.

Justice Mohammed Mustaque, before whom the petition by Blue Star Realtors, seeking to lift the attachment, came up, granted two months time to the government to take appropriate action.


Thiruvananthapuram: No shop within a 500-metre radius of schools in Kerala can now sell tobacco products, said a state minister.

Tobacco products include cigarettes, beedis and other items containing tobacco. 

Following a high level meeting with police officials, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala told reporters Friday that the new order comes into force with immediate effect.