Tidal flooding alert issued for Indian coastline

An alert on tidal flooding along the Indian coastline for 25 September-30 September has been announced, including for low-lying areas in coastal Kerala. The warning by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services – an autonomous body under the union ministry of earth sciences – says the flooding is likely to occur due to perigean … Read more

Kerala IPS officer, Jacob Thomas, ‘demoted’ for taking on builder lobby

An IPS officer in Kerala, who took on builders over safety standards in buildings and shopping malls, has been removed from his post as the state’s fire and rescue services chief. Jacob Thomas, a DGP-rank IPS officer, has now been given an ADGP-rank officer posting as the managing director of the Kerala Police Housing Construction Corporation. … Read more

Kerala government’s unique initiative: Selling tour packages to lowest online bidders

Kerala Tourism Ministry has launched an interesting online bidding game aimed at boosting the domestic tourism in the state, known as the God’s Own Country. Billed as VisitKerala BidWars, those who bid the lowest or whose bids are unique will be awarded the package, which will range between Rs 8000 and Rs 78000. For example … Read more

Hindu women should never marry outside their community: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

The controversial cabinet minister in Narendra Modi’s government, Niranjan Jyoti, on Sunday urged Hindu women not marry men from outside their communities as this had the potential to weaken what she described as Hindu Naari Shakti or Hindu women power.   Jyoti, who is the minister of state for food processing,  said that the recently … Read more

Kerala minister’s new circular: Address me as ‘Shrimati’ and not ‘Kumari’

Kerala’s Minister for Welfare of Backward Communities, P K Jayalakshmi issued a circular today asking her to be called ‘Srimati’ and not ‘Kumari’. Having been married for over 3 months now, the minister is infuriated that all official communications continue to refer to her as ‘kumari’ a term reserved for unmarried women. She has instructed all … Read more

8 dead, 10 injured as Boat capsizes off Fort Kochi in Kerala

Eight people have been killed in a boat capsize off Fort Kochi. The boat was moving towards Vypin from Fort Kochi carrying 35 passengers. 10 passengers have been rushed to the hospital.  17 have reportedly been rescued. Police and fire departments have launched a search operation for the missing passengers. “More than 40 passengers were … Read more

Kerala minister criticises Attorney General for taking up with Bar Owners’ case

Kerala minister Ramesh Chennithala has criticised the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for appearing on behalf of bar owners in a case against Kerala government. Channithala told reporters, “The AG should have behaved sensibly. He should  withdraw his decision. The AG should never take a stance against the interests of the state. This doesn’t go well … Read more

Kerala, Tamil Nadu perform rituals to remember their lost loved ones

Shruti Vijayakrishnan Karkkidaka Vavu Bali, the ritual performed for dead ancestors, began early morning with thousands of people offering Balitharpan at various temples across the Kerala. Pilgrims performing rituals arrived as early as 4 am. Men, women and children offer Bali to the ancestors. Some of Kerala’s famous temples such as Parasurama Temple in Thiruvallam, River … Read more

More than 90,000 criminals arrested in last six month: Kerala home minister

Kerala state minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Thursday that police had arrested more than 90,000 criminals in the last six months. News agency IANS quoted him as saying that there was a 30 per cent reduction in criminal activities. Speaking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, Chennithala said, “Our programme ‘Operation Suraksha’ began on February 25 … Read more

Beef traders in Kerala not being allowed to do business, to shut shops in protest

The Kerala Cattle Merchants Association has decided to keep all beef shops shut starting Thursday as a protest against those who attack trucks transporting slaughter animals. The association has been protesting since the last two weeks against attacks on cattle-led trucks in Tamil Nadu. Since Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu is the entry point for the state … Read more

Dog owner? This place in Kerala makes it mandatory for you to have a license

In a measure taken to curb increasing number of dog bites, the Muvattupuzha municipality in Kerala’s Ernakulam district has made it mandatory for dog owners to procure a license for permission. The process though is fairly easy. If you are a new dog owner, you would have to fill out a form, deposit Rs. 300 with a picture of … Read more

Kerala top cop showcaused for failing to salute state’s home minister

Senior IPS officer Rishiraj Singh has been served a showcause notice by the Home Department for failing to salute the state’s home minister Ramesh Chennithala at a function recently. The notice was reportedly issued on the instructions of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and seeks an explanation from Singh for his behaviour. At a passing out parade of women … Read more

Kerala police officer Merin Joseph in midst of Facebook controversy after clicking photo with actor

When Kerala police officer Merin Joseph posted a picture with popular southern actor Nivin Pauly on Facebook on Sunday, little did she realize that the photo was going to be viral. Although the officer received a lot of admiration for the picture in terms of likes, what followed afterwards were media allegations of a breach of … Read more

Today’s assembly bypolls, why Aruvikkara in Kerala is a crucial battle

SRUTHI VIJAYAKRISHNAN Today’s by-elections in Kerala’s Aruvikkara is likely to be one of the toughest ones in the recent history of by-polls.  The by- election in the Aruvikkara constituency in particularly was necessitated after death of the former Assembly speaker and veteran congress leader G. Kartikeyan on 7 March 2015. Less than a year away from … Read more