Kerala

Government relaxes restrictions for Vallarpadam ICTT

Government relaxes restrictions for Vallarpadam ICTTThe central government has announced its decision to relax the Cabotage restrictions for shipment of export-import containers for the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT).

Consumer durables have become more affordable for rural people: says Crisil Research

Consumer durables have become more affordable for rural people: says Crisil ResearchBasic consumer durables like bicycles and electric fans have become more affordable for rural consumers across India, thanks to increasing discretionary spending and comparatively low levels of price increase in durables, a fresh study by Crisil Research revealed.

According to the Crisil report, at least 50 per cent of rural households already own a bicycle, an electric fan and a mobile phone.

Antony to inaugurate HAL unit in Kerala

Antony to inaugurate HAL unit in KeralaIndia's Defence minister AK Antony is set to inaugurate Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd's (HAL) Strategic Electronics Factory at Kasargod in Kerala.

The new unit of the HAL will manufacture advanced avionics for combat aircraft and helicopters. The facility is spread across 196 acres at Kerala Infrastructure Development Park and it took four years for the facility to be developed.

Egg prices to continue to fall

Egg prices to continue to fallIt is believed that the egg prices in the country would continue to fall after recording a fall of about 10 per cent from the level of Rs 3 per egg a month earlier.

Estimates show that the poultry farmers are incurring losses at current prices that are lower than the same period of the previous year. Eggs are being sold at the rate of about Rs 2.80-2.90 in most areas. The wholesale prices of eggs was about Rs 3 an egg while these ranged Rs 2.40 to Rs 2.50 an egg in the same period of the previous year.

Food safety officials order close of KFC outlet

Food safety officials order close of KFC outletFood safety officials have served a retail outlet of American fast food chain, Fried Chicken (KFC) at Thiruvananthapuram with a closure notice on Monday after it received several complaints about live worms being found in the chicken served to a customer.

The incidence has shocked KFC customers, who take the brand as an assurance of quality. Food safety officials said that they took the step after they were alerted by the public through complaints on phone. A senior official said that a family had complained that they had found live worms in their chicken served to them at the outlet.

Kerala Travel Mart 2012 records high participation despite economic slump

Kerala Travel Mart 2012 records high participation despite economic slumpKerala Travel Mart 2012, which concluded on Sunday, recorded higher participation than the earlier version of the event with participants reaching more than expected 1,400.

The organizers of the event pointed out that the event was a success despite a global economic slump in Europe and western economies. General convener and president of the Travel Mart, Riaz Ahmed noted that the participation rose from 1,200 buyers to 1,400 during this edition of the biennial fair.

The Milkman of India passes away

The Milkman of India passes awayDr. Verghese Kurien, the father of White Revolution, passed away on Sunday at the age of 90, leaving the Co-operative milk sector in deep gloom.

Dr. Kurien started his career as a mechanical engineer but later he turned to dairy engineering. He played a leading role in the world’s biggest dairly development program called Operation Flood, and the dedication and commitment of the this visionary put the small town of Anand in Gujarat on the dairy map of the world.

Kerala government aiming to increase retirement age

Kerala government aiming to increase retirement ageThe state government of Kerala is aiming to increase the retirement age in the state services from 56 to 60 but it is facing stiff opposition from various opposition parties.

State's finance Minister K M Mani said that the state's financial condition requires raining of the retirement age as payout of retirement benefits and pension makes up a huge burden on the state treasury. He was replying to the debate on Appropriation Bill in the State Assembly.

Kerala government bans tobacco-based products

Kerala government bans tobacco-based productsThe government of the south Indian state of Kerala has imposed a blanket ban on the manufacturing and sale of tobacco-based products such as gutka and pan masala in the state.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government has imposed a ban on gutka and pan masala under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011. He was spaking a t press conference to announce the ban.

Kerala Places Total Ban On Pan Masala & Its Variants

Kerala Places Total Ban On Pan Masala & Its VariantsCiting growing occurrence of illnesses such as oral cancer, the Congress-led UDF administration in the state of Kerala placed a total ban on the fabrication and sale of gutka and paan masala containing tobacco with immediate effect.

Declaring the verdict at a press meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stated that the ban on gutka and paan masala having tobacco and nicotine was imposed under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011.

Infosys acquires land for second campus in Thiruvananthapuram

Infosys acquires land for second campus in ThiruvananthapuramIndian IT sector giant, Infosys Limited has acquired a piece of land for setting up a second campus in the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

Infosys Senior Vice President HR Binod signed an agreement with Technopark for 50 acres of land for setting up the campus in Technocity near the city. Technopark Chief Executive Officer KG Girish Babu closed the deal with Mr. Binod in the presence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Centre to approve Kochi metro soon, says Montek

Centre to approve Kochi metro soon, says MontekThe Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia has indicated that the approval for the Kochi Metro Rail project from the central government in expected to come soon.

He was speaking after ting the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's work site at Manappatiparambu Ground. After reviewing the work to widen the North overbridge and construction of new overbridge linking Salim Rajan Road with MG Road, he said that he was satisfied with the progress of work.

State government forms committee following Wayanad farmer suicides

State government forms committee following Wayanad farmer suicidesThe state government in the south Indian state pf Kerala has formed a high-level committee headed by additional chief secretary C Jayakumar to look into the matter of the growing number of farmer suicides in Wayanad.

The committee is required to report within a week to the government. Three instances of farmer suicides have been reported in Wayanad district within the last one week.

Three Kerala IT firms win Nasscom honours

Three Kerala IT firms win Nasscom honoursThiruvananthapuram, Oct 10 - MobME Wireless, Innoz Technologies and Flytxt, all headquartered at the Technopark campus here, feature in the Nasscom's list of 50 top emerging IT companies in the country this calendar year.

MobME Wireless and Flytxt have been chosen in the Emerge Innovation category and Innoz Technologies in the Emerge Start-ups category, said a Nasscom release issued here Monday.

'In Bollywood you redefine morality'

'In Bollywood you redefine morality'Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 3 - The Bombay Duck is not a duck but a fish. For the starry-eyed newcomers to the film industry who don't know this, the train back home is always waiting, says Bollywood scriptwriter Kanika Dhillon, drawing a metaphor for survival in the "unforgiving" city with its own code of morals.

Movie a sought after career, educated entering filmdom: Priyadarshan

Movie a sought after career, educated entering filmdom: PriyadarshanThiruvananthapuram, Sep 27 - There was a time when "Bollywood Dreams" used to meet with objection, raised eyebrows and worried faces - not any more, says filmmaker Priyadarshan and adds that people's perception of the glamour industry has changed and more and more educated people are heading towards the tinsel town.

Achuthanandan denies he called ex-royal family smuggler

Achuthanandan denies he called ex-royal family smugglerThiruvananthapuram, Aug 23 : Following widespread censure, former Kerala chief minister V. S. Achuthanandan Tuesday backtracked on his allegation that the ex-royal family of Travancore smuggled jewels from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, saying he had not made the remark.

"Look, I have been receiving numerous complaints on this and all what I did was to air the complaints, and it was never a statement that should be attributed to me," Achuthanandan told reporters Tuesday.

Priyadarshan eyes stake in Kochi Tuskers

Priyadarshan eyes stake in Kochi TuskersThiruvananthapuram, July 16 : Acclaimed director Priyadarshan Saturday said he is padding up to acquire a stake in the newly formed Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

"I am interested in this team and to that extend, we are having a business meeting to take forward our interest in acquiring stake in Kochi Tuskers. The first meeting is to take place in Mumbai on the 22nd of this month," Priyadarshan told IANS.

Actress Jaimala gets court summons in Sabarimala case

Actress Jaimala gets court summons in Sabarimala caseThiruvananthapuram, July 15 : A Kerala court Friday asked Kannada actress Jaimala to appear before it on Sep 18 in connection with a case against her for allegedly violating religious sentiments at the famed Hindu temple at Sabarimala.

The Ranni chief judicial magistrate issued summons to Jaimala, astrologer P. Unnikrishna and his assistant Reghupathy.

In December last year, Kerala Crime Branch inquired into controversial revelations by Jaimala that she had touched the Sabarimala deity in 1987, violating temple tradition.

Mammootty to start shooting for 'The King and The Commissioner'

MammoottyKochi, June 12 : "The King and The Commissioner", billed as one of the biggest projects in the Malayalam film industry, has been creating a buzz because of the big names attached to it. But superstar Mammootty, who will start shooting for the film here Monday, is not so excited and says for him, it's just a job.

The film has been in the news because it has brought two big actors - Mammootty and Suresh Gopi - together as also it sees director Shaji Kailas collaborating with scriptwriter Renji Panicker after a gap of 16 years.




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