Chidambaram launches `Janasree' development mission in Kochi

Kochi (Kerala), Feb. 2Chidambaram launches `Janasree' development mission in Kochi : Launching the 'Janasree,' a sustainable development mission here formally today, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that the benefit of growth should reach the poor.

Stating that the Indian economy has moved to a higher growth trajectory like "never before" under the Congress-led UPA Government, Chidambaram said a performance like this had no meaning if the benefits did not reach the poorest of the poor.

RSP leader Baby John passes away

KeralaKollam (Kerala), Jan 29: Former All-India General Secretary of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) Baby John passed away at a hospital here on Tuesday. He was 88.

John was suffering from a prolonged illness, and is survived by his wife Annamma, two sons and a daughter.

Famously known as ''Kerala Kissinger'', John was a key figure in the coalition politics of Kerala for several decades.

He had severed as minister handling different portfolios in coalition governments led by the C Achutha Menon, K Karunakaran, A K Antony, E K Nayanar and P K Vasudevan Nair.

Centre approves Rs 530 crore relief package for farmers

FarmersNew Delhi, Jan 17: The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for an additional release of Rs. 530.06 crore towards waiver of overdue interest on farmers in the 31 districts of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

This is the additional share of Government of India as 50 per cent of the overall financial implication of Rs. 3778.37 crore in this relief package that is the difference between the expected final share of Rs. 1889.19 crore minus the original estimated amount of Rs. 1359.13 crore.

Sabrimala where pilgrims visit temple as well as a mosque

Sabrimala TempleKochi, Jan 12: Thousands of hindu devotees who visit Sabrimala temple round off their pilgrimage after a visit to the famous Ermuley Petta Thullal mosque at Kottayam district of Kerala.

There’s a strong belief that for the completion of Sabrimala pilgrimage one should visit and offer coconuts to the nearby Ermuley Petta Thullal mosque before going to the Darmasastha temple.

‘Petta Thullal’ is a mass frenzied dance accompanied by loud music created by traditional instruments of the region.

The Ermuley mosque is opened only for a day for hindu pilgrims of Sabrimala so that they can offer prayers and perform rituals.

Kerala comes alive with onset of Theyyam season

Kochi, Jan 9: The northern parts of Kerala have virtually come alive with the onset of the much-awaited Theyyam season that witnesses festivities and ritual dances.

The rituals take centre-stage in houses, sacred groves called Kaavu and in temples in Kerala’s Kannur and Kasaragod districts during this season.

The Theyyam season began in the Malayalam month of `Thulla' and will last till the onset of the monsoon season in May.

Thousands of village artists are busy making colourful headgears, costumes, and face designs for the traditional festival.

A senior artist said that the festival is catching up with people in the southern parts of the state as well.

Dubai shopping festival's promotion begins in Kerala

Kochi, Jan 7 Dubai Shopping Festival: The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), being held for 32 days from January 24, has launched a promotional campaign here today.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Festival, Ibhraim Saleh, said that the Festival had overwhelming response last year from Kerala, with about 250,000 visitors. "We hope that more visitors come this year too," he added.

The inaugural function also unveiled an unprecedented array of raffle prizes amounting to an estimated Rs. 33 Crores.

The prizes includes 32 Kilos of gold valued at Rs. 3.52 crores, 90 Lexus Cars and 1,00, 000 cash .

Hotels becoming expensive; Kerala emerging as Honeymoon Destination

Tourism industry Hotel Keralain India has seen a decent growth over past 3 quarters. The hotel room prices have been firm and this makes Tourism in India quite expensive for an Indian middle income family.

The prices may be less for foreign tourists and they are flocking at places like Goa, Kerala, Ooty and many other exotic destinations across India.

The prices for travel package for Kerala cost anywhere between Rs 30,000 – 60,000 excluding travel expenses. We inquired with many tourist agencies in Kerala for the prices of various packages.

Week-long Kerala International Film Festival begins

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Dec 8: International Film Festival of KeralaThe week-long 12th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), showcasing the best of International and Indian films, has commenced in State capital Thiruvananthapuram.

About 230 films from 54 countries are to be screened at the film festival.

As many as 133 film makers, including those from abroad, are attending the film fest.

The competition section has 14 films, including Naalu Pennungal (Four Women) directed by noted filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Canines win hearts of animal lovers in Kerala

Kottayam, Nov. 13 : Dog lovers in Kerala had a gala time this past week as they watched different breeds participating in a dog-show at the Nagamapadam Sports Complex in Kottayam.

Organised by the Kennel Club of Kottayam, the day-long event witnessed the participation of around 300 dogs.

Miniature Pinschers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Great Dames and pugs participated in the show. Pregeesh, a dog owner from Delhi, won prizes for his boxer.

The winners were selected on the basis of their performances, obedience level, health and purity.

Pratibha Patil asks Kerala to focus on development of sunrise industries

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1: President Pratibha Patil today said that Kerala should harness its resources and focus on development of major sunrise industries like tourism, knowledge industry, health and exports.

Addressing a function on the Foundation Day of Kerala here, Patil said: "Kerala has great potential. It should harness its resources and focus on development of major sunrise industries like tourism, knowledge industry, health, exports etc."

On this occasion, Patil also launched imaginative programmes relating to Clean Kerala Mission, Total Physical Fitness and Scholarships for Higher Education.

Patil said that Ayurveda centres that exist in Kerala could be made an integral part of the health sector.

Shutdown reflects feelings of Keralites: BJP (Lead: Kerala shutdown)

BJP LogoThiruvananthapuram, Nov 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said that the dawn-to-dusk shutdown called to protest against the formation of the Salem Railway Division by bifurcating the Palakkad Division, reflects the feelings of the people in Kerala.

BJP State General Secretary M T Ramesh said: "According to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), the shutdown reflects the feelings of the people of Kerala."

Lambasting the Congress-led-UPA Government at the Centre, Ramesh said: "During the last 15-20 years, the people of Kerala have suffered a lot. Every Central Government (when Congress is in power) neglects Kerala."

BJP-sponsored shutdown affects normal life in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1 : Normal life in Kerala has been hit by a dawn-to-dusk shutdown being observed by BJP leaders and activists, in protest against the formation of the Salem Railway Division by bifurcating the Palakkad Division.

According to initial reports, the urban areas have been seriously affected by the shutdown.

Shops remained closed and no classes are being held in educational institutions.
In most towns, the movement of buses and trucks has been halted. However, private vehicles are plying in most places.

Japanese 'Peace Boat' visits Cochin

Japanese ship Peace Boat
Cochin, Oct 11 : An international Japanese ship called the 'Peace Boat', which is on mission to spread peace and friendship around the world, dropped anchor off Cochin on Wednesday.

Launched by a Japan-based NGO, the ship aims to create awareness on peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

The ship, carrying close 1,100 passengers of different nationalities, including UK, Australia and New Zealand, started its journey from Tokyo on September 23.

Kerala CM Sees No Progress On PAP

V. S. Achuthanandan
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan informed the Kerala Assembly today that the discussions between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over Parambikkulam Aliyar Project (PAP) had made no substantial progress in spite of various rounds of meeting over the years.

According to the PAP water sharing transaction, the two states were believed to evaluate the contract every 30 years.

In a written reply, CM said accordingly, various rounds of administrator, ministerial and chief ministerial levels of discussions had been held, but a agreement between the two countries on matters concerned could not be reached.

Kerala Public Works Minister Quits

T U Kuruvila
Thiruvananthapuram: T U Kuruvila, Kerala Public Works Minister resigned on Monday following the accusation that his relatives were involved in a shady land transaction.

Mr. Kuruvilla passed on his resignation letter to Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan at the latter’s home on Monday night.

Kuruvila’s party, Kerala Congress-Joseph, had yesterday accepted his offer to leave after the ruling LDF last week commended a judicial investigation into the land contract.

Kerala Ready For Talks With TN On River Issues

Thiruvananthapuram:Water Resources Minister N K Premachandran Yesterday, Water Resources Minister, N K Premachandran stated the State Assembly that the Kerala Government is ready for making discussions with Tamil Nadu to conclude matters relating to Mullaperiyar dam.

While responding during question hour, Premachandran stated that the State had formed a Dam Safety Authority according to the Centre guidelines, which would look after safety and security facets of all the 22 dams in the state.

Ms. Patil Meets MPs, MLAs

Thiruvananthapuram: Pratibha PatilOn Thursday, the UPA-Left parties’ presidential applicant assured the State’s MPs and MLAs that she would maintain the unity and power of the country.

Ms. Patil expressed disappointment at the campaign against her, while addressing MLAs and MPs meeting at Mascot Hotel, who are part of the electoral college of the presidential elections.

Ms Patil stated that she always liked Kerala known as Gods Own Country and was indeed happy to meet the MLAs and MPs.

The MLAs and MPs belonging to the UDF and the LDF attended the meeting.

CPI Panel Backs Panel Reports On Suspension

New Delhi: Communist Party of IndiaYesterday, the central committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) supported the Polit Bureau’s verdict to suspend Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and party State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. However, the party did not set any time period for the action of the corrective action.

While talking to the media at the end of the committee’s three-day meeting general secretary, Prakash Karat stated that the organizational situation in Kerala was also conferred. At its next meeting, the group would take stock of the situation.

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