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People in Kerala getting weary of strike

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) Patience of people in Kerala is apparently wearing thin as the two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions continued Thursday.

Flux-bonded fly ash could reduce clay use in buildings

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21 (IANS) Flux-bonded fly ash technology is all set to drastically reduce the clay used in building material, thanks to the initiative of a group of scientists here.

Will be in office for full term: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) A day after the opposition Left reportedly threatened to pull it down, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday said the Congress-led government in Kerala will be in office for its full term.

Kerala company selected for Microsoft initiative

Kochi, Feb 20 (IANS) Overcoming stiff global competition, Profoundis Labs, a Startup Village company here has been selected for the Microsoft Accelerator Programme, a company official said Wednesday.

Google group to launch Kochi chapter

Kochi, Feb 20 (IANS) Google Developers Group (GDG), the non-profit community initiative supported by Google Inc., will be soon launched at the Startup Village here, an official said Wednesday.

Trade union strike evokes total response in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20 (IANS) The two-day nationwide strike called by various trade unions from Wednesday appeared to have evoked total response in Kerala, as shops and other establishments in the state downed their shutters and majority of the people preferred to remain indoors.

Kerala stocks up for nationwide strike

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19 (IANS) People in Kerala, used to frequent shutdowns, were Tuesday seen queuing up outside state-owned retail liquor vends or rushing to buy vegetables, meat and fish ahead of a two-day nationwide strike call from Wednesday.

Foster team work in science, says PM's scientific advisor

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19 (IANS) C.N.R. Rao, the scientific advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tuesday exhorted India's scientists to work in groups rather than functioning in isolation, citing the team spirit of their counterparts in China which has emerged as a world leader.

Kerala PSUs in bad shape: CAG report

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18 (IANS) The present condition of Kerala's 116 public sector undertakings (PSUs) is appalling with their investment eroding over the years due to sustained losses, says a report of India's government auditor.

Suicide rate comes down in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18 (IANS) Efforts to bring down suicides in Kerala seem to be paying off as the suicide rate in the state came down from 30 percent in 2001 to 25.25 percent in 2010, Social Welfare Minister M.K. Muneer said Monday.

Kerala's Consumerfed to launch institute for retailers

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17 (IANS) The consumer cooperatives' federation in the state is all set to launch an institute for retail management. Kerala has so far said a firm 'no' to foreign direct investment in retail, and now hopes to train retailers.

Kerala centre for budget studies opens

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17 (IANS) Vice President Hamid Ansari Sunday inaugurated the K.M. Mani Centre for Budget Studies of Cochin University of Science and Technology at the old Kerala assembly hall here.

Police looking for Maoists in Kerala forest

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17 (IANS) Police are looking for a group of Maoists who have allegedly taken shelter in a forested area in Kannur and Wayanad districts near the Kerala-Karnataka border.

Achuthanandan calls on Suryanelli victim and family

Kottayam (Kerala) Feb 16 (IANS) Leader of the opposition in the state assembly V.S. Achuthanandan Saturday called on the Suryanelli sex case victim at her home near here.

Time for Kerala media to introspect

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 16 (IANS) Even as the three pillars of democracy -- legislature, executive and judiciary -- come under routine scrutiny and churning, the fourth estate in Kerala, however, has few occasions to look inward and retrospect.

Suryanelli case: Parole-jumping lone convict arrested

Kottayam (Kerala), Feb 15 (IANS) The infamous Suryanelli sex case's lone convict, who dodged law since 2005 while out on parole, was arrested from a town in neighbouring Karnataka Friday, police said.

'3 Dots' game launched

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 (IANS) A game inspired by upcoming Malayalam film "3 Dots" has been launched for people active on digital platforms.

Kerala has 2.5 million migrant labourers: study

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 15 (IANS) Kerala is home to some 2.5 million workers from other Indian states, and a minister said Friday: "We know little about them, care little for them and do little for them."

'Moods' condom manufacturer enters deodorant market

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 14 (IANS) Next time you walk into a drug store and say "Moods please!", don't forget to mention whether you want a condom or a deodorant as condom manufacturer HLL (HLL Lifecare Ltd) has entered India's Rs.900 crore deodorant market.

Kerala assembly refers bill on women's dignity to panel

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 14 (IANS) The Kerala Assembly Thursday referred to the subject committee of the house a bill to safeguard women from harassment and protect their dignity and privacy.

Ranjan Pramod experiments with new Malayalam movie

Kochi, Feb 14 (IANS) Director Ranjan Pramod, who is back after a sabbatical of six years with his latest film "Rose Guitarinal", seems to be in an experimental mode. He has teamed up with new faces and even canned a song in a single shot with no cuts.

Left flayed for opposing airport near Sabarimala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 14 (IANS) The Kerala government Thursday blasted the Left for seeking to build an airport near the Sabarimala temple while in power and opposing it while out of power.

Kerala IT firm MobME files DRHP for IPO

Kochi, Feb 13 (IANS) MobME Wireless, a telecom solutions company started by a bunch of college students in 2006, is all set to become the first IT company here to file a Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with the SME platform of National Stock Exchange for its initial public offer (IPO).

Kerala government seeks Left opinion on Suryanelli case

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 13 (IANS) Faced with relentless demands from the Left opposition to reopen the 17-year-old Suryanelli sex case, the Kerala government has sought the opinion of the Left on how to proceed in the matter.

Father wants son out of Kerala cabinet

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (IANS) Kerala Congress (Pillai) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai Tuesday asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to drop his (Pillai's) son and minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar from the cabinet.

Achuthanandan hints he won't surrender to CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12 (IANS) Former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan, facing the heat from his CPI-M, indicated Tuesday that he was not ready to go down without a fight.

Cochin varsity to set up innovation centre for NRIsNational

Kochi, Feb 12 (IANS) The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has decided to set up a centre for innovation and transfer of technology following a huge demand from the NRIs based in the US, Europe and the Middle East, its vice-chancellor said.

Woman defence 'intermediary' gets bail

Kochi, Feb 11 (IANS) Mumbai-based Subi Mally, an alleged "intermediary" between suppliers and ordnance factories, who was arrested last week by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here, was released on bail Monday.

Two Kerala cardinals among those voting for new Pope

Kochi, Feb 11 (IANS) Two cardinals from Kerala are among the four from the country to leave for Vatican to cast their vote in elections for a new pope to replace Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of the Catholic church, who has announced that he would step down in view of advanced age.

Kurien was at guest house, says Suryanelli sex scandal accused

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 11 (IANS) Spelling fresh trouble for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, an accused who served a jail sentence in the 17-year-old Suryanelli sex scandal case has said that Kurien was present at the guest house where the victim was exploited.

Asia's biggest Christian meet begins in Kerala

Maramon (Kerala), Feb 10 (IANS) Asia's biggest Christian convention got underway here Sunday with Philipose Mar Chrysostum, senior metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Church leading the opening worship.

Cricket is first love of actors, I may play next year: Salman

Kochi, Feb 10 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who was guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the third edition of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), is happy that actors are doing well on the cricket field and says he may hit the ground next year.

Don't indulge in factionalism, Antony tells Congress Kerala unit

Kozhikode (Kerala), Feb 10 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Sunday asked his partymen in the state to behave as factionalism has reached dangerous levels.

There's much sex in politics here

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 10 (IANS) Two cases, the Kozhikode ice cream sex case and the Suryanelli sex case have been frequently in the headlines in the state over the past decade and a half.

Ex-judge's comments on Suryanelli victim spark protests

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) A retired judge's comments on the Suryanelli sex scandal victim recorded on video during a sting operation by a news channel here have sparked protests in Kerala.

Pirated CD sellers rough up police official in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) Sellers of pirated CDs Saturday roughed up a member of the joint police team from Kerala and Tamil Nadu during a raid here to seize fake CDs of Tamil blockbuster "Vishwaroopam".

Mumbai Heroes excited to play against Kerala

Kochi, Feb 9 (IANS) Mumbai Heroes are all geared up to play against southern superstar Mohanlal-led Kerala Strikers in their home ground here as part of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) Saturday night.

Sri Lanka hopes India will vote for it

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka Saturday said it hoped India will vote for it in the upcoming UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

Film stars to swap grease paint for sun tan cream, play cricket

Kochi, Feb 8 (IANS) Starting Saturday, a majority of film stars would apply more sun tan cream and less grease paint as the third edition of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) gets underway here.

Kerala speaker warns legislators against indiscipline

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 8 (IANS) Kerala assembly Speaker G. Karthikeyan Friday warned legislators against indiscipline in the house and expressed "strong displeasure" over the "clear violation of discipline" by four women legislators who stormed the speaker's podium Thursday.

Woman 'intermediary' in defence deals arrested by CBI

Kochi, Feb 7 (IANS) An alleged "intermediary" between suppliers and ordnance factories, Subi Mally, who was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last month, was arrested Thursday, the agency said.

Padmapriya buries the hatchet with Nishad

Thiruvanathapuram, Feb 7 (IANS) Actress Padmapriya has finally resolved the ongoing feud with Malayalam filmmaker M.A. Nishad after an open discussion.

Left playing politics with Suryanelli case: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 7 (IANS) State Congress president Ramesh Chennithala Thursday asked the Left opposition in Kerala to desist from politicising the Suryanelli sex case and baying for the blood of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien.

Women legislators storm Kerala speaker's podium

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 7 (IANS) Four women legislators Thursday stormed to the Kerala speaker's podium during an assembly session, demanding action against police officials who they alleged assaulted two opposition MLAs outside the assembly Wednesday.

India lose to Palestine in football friendly

Kochi, Feb 6 (IANS) Playing their first international match at home after the Nehru Cup win, India lost 2-4 to Palestine in a football friendly at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Wednesday.

'Funeral pillow' big hit in Europe

Alappuzha (Kerala), Feb 6 (IANS) A 'funeral pillow', made in Kerala from coir and placed under the head of the departed prior to the burial, has sold nine million units in Europe, a company official said here Wednesday.

More ruckus in Kerala assembly over Suryanelli

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 6 (IANS) The infamous Suryanelli sex case was the matter of much contention and heated debate in the Kerala assembly Wednesday, with the government and the Left opposition sticking to their respective stances, and refusing to budge.

Now bouquets, necklace, ring, earring from coir

Alappuzha (Kerala), Feb 6 (IANS) The humble coir is all set to go places. Coir bouquets, necklaces, rings and earrings have taken visitors to the ongoing Coir Expo here by surprise.

Transition to defend stays most significant: Koevermans

Kochi, Feb 5 (IANS) India's chief football coach Wim Koevermans said Wednesday's international friendly here against Palestine will test his boys' defensive skills.

Shift from club to international football crucial: Chhetri

Kochi, Feb 5 (IANS) India captain Sunil Chhetri said the transition from club to international football will be crucial as his team takes on Palestine in a friendly here Wednesday.


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