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Complaints against Women’s Commission, MG University professor opens up to The...

"My experience proves that no matter what position you hold, how much you achieved, the approach of authorities towards people from margins will remain the same- uncared for, deserted.”

KMRL’s statement against kochimetroclub website

The public is advised not to fall prey to such activities.

Killing of Maoists ‘state sponsored’ act, says Kerala CPI

Incidentally, the CPI is the second biggest ally of the ruling Left government led by Pinarayi Vijayan and right from the day of the incident, the CPI has condemned the act of the police.

Oceanos-2019, Kochi hosts world’s first mobile underwater tunnel aquarium

Oceanos is the brainchild of Ernakulam native KK Nimil and his wife Archa. They have spent more than six years to set up this aquarium. 

Represent 2.0, CUSAT ‘Smile Makers’ conduct blood, stem cell registration drive

The event was conducted to support the siblings-Faizy, Faiha and Faaiz who suffer from Thalassemia Major.

Bharata Mata College in Kochi to be the first in country...

Kochi: Bharata Mata College in Kochi is all set to be the first fully solar-powered educational institution in the country. The official announcement would be...

In a first, Steam Car Wash in Kochi

While a normal car wash uses close to 100 litres of water, Caggo uses a unique Korean technology which takes only 20 litres of water to wash 4 cars.

Uproar in Kerala assembly over acquittal in girls death case

Even as the noisy scenes continued in the Assembly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan remained non-committal over the Opposition demand.

No going back on Maradu flats demolition order, says SC

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra rejected the prayer of builders' association, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), which urged the court to reconsider its order on the Maradu flats.

Palarivattom Palam Paattu, a song about the infamous ‘Palarivattom Flyover’

Remya Sarvada Das, a singer and assistant director was on her way to Vytilla from Edapally when she got stuck in a traffic jam near the infamous Palarivattom bridge, And then?

Congress wrests Aroor from CPI-M after 18 years

Usman, who notched up her first election victory, won the seat with a margin of around 1,900 votes defeating Manu C. Pulickal of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

CPI-M wrests Vatiyoorkavu seat from Congress

"The victory has been possible due to the work of the Pinarayi Vijayan government and what really mattered here was the candidate," said Prasanth.

Kochi’s CRZ violations: AV Antony responds to the SC notice to...

Kochi: Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) and others in a case regarding the Coastal Regulations Zone (CRZ)...

Congress retains Ernakulam Assembly seat in Kerala

Though Ernakulam has been a Congress stronghold for a while now, the margin of victory for its candidate fell to 4,000 this time from the previous 21,000.

Kerala bypolls: UDF leads in 4 of 5 assembly seats

In the Vatiyoorkavu Assembly seat in the state capital, young CPI-M candidate and Thiruvananthapuram Mayor V.K. Prasanth was leading by a slender margin of 226 votes against former Congress Legislator K. Mohankumar.

Kerala to produce fruit-based wine, low alcohol liquor

The Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet accepted the report after it was cleared by the Kerala Assembly Subject committee.

Waterlogging in Kochi: Why don’t you dissolve the corporation, High Court...

“Why should there be such a Corporation? Why is the government not dissolving it?” High Court asked.

Congress wants voting time at Ernakulam till 8 p.m.

This particular seat has been a pocket borough of the Congress for long.

Rains hit voting in Kerala, turnout 30% at noon

The polling began at 7 a.m. and will go on till 6.30 p.m. in the state.

Koode, helping people in distress

Kochi: It was one year back, during the deluge in Kerala, that Nithya Venugopal started a WhatsApp group called EKM Rescue Volunteers. However, as the...

Kochi Container Road accidents, High Court intervenes

Kochi: Ever since its construction, container road had featured in the news, all for the wrong reasons. Last year there had been around 10 accidents...

Heavy rains affect polling in Kerala

The worst affected were Ernakulam and Konni constituencies, which recorded 4.9 per cent and 11.5 per cent voting till 9 a.m. respectively. Among the other three constituencies, Vatiyoorkavu witnessed 11.5 per cent, Aroor 12.8 per cent, and Manjeswaram 16.5 per cent polling till 9 a.m.

Kerala: Court rejects serial killer Jolly’s bail plea

The bail plea was heard at Thamarassery Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, near Kozhikode.

The Wishing Tree, workshop with Brazilian artists concludes in Kochi

Students of Tattwa Learning Centre had their wishes fulfilled as the five-day art workshop, 'The Wishing Tree' concluded at Girinagar on Friday.

Sanjay Sreenivas, with his new film Koma, in conversation with Woke...

From shooting his first short film on a point and shoot camera to having his 'Lost' screened at the Quindici short film festival in Italy in 2017 to his to be released movie Koma, Kochi based film-maker Sanjay Sreenivas has come a long way. In a pre-release interview with The Woke Journal, Sanjay opens up about Koma, to be released tonight and his journey as a film-maker.

Parties should keep away from caste outfits, says Kerala CEO Teeka...

His statements come at a time when five Kerala Assembly constituencies are to elect its new legislator on Monday.

Mathrubhumi announces Rs 5 lakh ‘Book Of The Year’ award

The award will be presented at the third edition of the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL) in Thuruvanathapuram from January 30-February 2, 2020, the newspaper's Joint MD Shreyams Kumar said at a glittering event here.

KMRL gets nod for Water Metro at Kakkanad; Kochi to be...

With this, Kochi would also become the first city in the country to integrate water transport as a feeder service to the metro. 

Study reveals alarming levels of plastic in Kochi backwaters

The report suggests the presence of 4276 tons of plastic waste in the bottom sediments which works out to 55.9 tons per square km area, in the 76.5 square km stretch of Alappuzha - Thannermukkom sector of Vembanad. 

Food from Kudumbashree Kitchens, soon an app away in Kochi

The 25-lakh project is all set to run from November.

After floods, Kochi pulls all stops to go green, becomes part...

A total of 60 cities in now part of the project of which Kochi is the only city from India.

Kerala HC serves notice to Mohanlal in ivory case

The Chief Justice S. Manikumar after hearing the petition filed by a former Forest Service official ordered the notice to be served to the superstar and posted the case for further hearing after two weeks.

Now, animal rights bootcamps are kicking in Kochi!

“It is FIAPO’s constant endeavour to organise such conferences from time –to-time to bring the community together in order to build a stronger voice for the animal rights movement in India and to make it a memorable learning experience for all,” added the organisers.

In a first, CUSAT introduces steel straws in canteen

Kochi: Adding another feather to its cap, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) now owns the first-ever canteen that uses steel straws in the...

Kerala fails to get medics from Scheduled Caste Converts to Christianity...

The notification has been issued by the Health Service Department and the pay scale is Rs 45,800-89,000.

Have clothes you can’t use, Swap Room is happy to help!

Depending on the number of returns you make, you will be awarded points. And based on these points you can purchase any item during the Swap festival which is scheduled in November.

Kochi: 16 years of an unfinished dream for safe travel

”Why should we have a panchayat president, if she is not ready to own up to her mistakes and rectify the same? She doesn’t realise our sufferings as she can easily reach wherever she wants through container road,” says Shaison Albert, one of the residents. 

Stakes high for CPI-M in Aroor Assembly by-election

But the CPI-M, known for the systematic campaigns, is leaving nothing to chance. They very well know losing Aroor would mean curtains for Vijayan.

Tough battle for Kerala’s Konni Assembly seat

BJP's Surendran, however, is looking confident, claiming that he would be the dark horse in Konni as he and his party feels that the Sabarimala temple issue could tilt the balance.

Jovial by day, slayer at night: Kerala lady serial killer a...

Sources said that several witnesses, including the neighbours of the Thomas family, are being questioned by the police to gather evidence in the case.

Pathways to Permanence: Need for a strong disaster resilient housing policy

The term Pathways to Permanence refers to the process of reducing vulnerability and supporting disaster-affected families and communities using holistic program interventions that enable incremental progress toward the achievement of permanent, durable shelter and settlements. Government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the corporate sector and the community have a crucial role to play in disaster response.

Country moving towards an authoritarian state: Rahul Gandhi

"In the ideological battle, the Congress believes in divergent views as our country has different languages, cultures, while the BJP believes in one man and one ideology," said Rahul Gandhi.

Kerala bypolls: Acid test for 3 in Vattiyoorkavu

During the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Tharoor had the lowest lead of fewer than 3,000 votes from this seat among the seven Assembly constituencies of the Lok Sabha seat. This is an indication of the tough fight that Vattiyoorkavu is going to witness.

Kochi flats residents finally move out, SC panel takes over

Meanwhile, Kerala Police's Crime Branch chief, Tomin Thachenkery, who has been entrusted with the job of probing how the builders were able to build these flats and who were all responsible for this, was spotted at the flat complex and said his work is going on well and will soon be able to zero down on what and how this happened.

Kerala businessman alleges cheating by Pala legislator

"That person (Menon) has said he doesn't have anything to do with me. This allegation against Kappen first surfaced just before the Pala elections. This It's nothing but an election stunt by them (the Congress-led UDF)," said Balakrishnan.

Kochi flats: Some residents leave, others seek more time

In a related development, state police's Crime Branch chief Tomin Thachenkery arrived at the flat complex and later told the media that they have also begun their job and all those who have erred in their duty, including government officials and builders, will be proceeded against.

Wayanad: Rahul Gandhi joins protest, assures best legal aid

In Wayanad, the division is 4.8 km of the core zone and 5.8 km of the buffer zone. In all, 24.2 km of the highway passes through protected areas in Karnataka, and 10.4 km through protected areas in Kerala.

Congress’ star campaigner leaves for US ahead of bypolls

Now, among the five assembly seats which go to the polls on October 21, four of them are presently held by the UDF.

No alternate houses in sight, Maradu flats residents to stay put

"The State has condemned me and my wife to live in rented homes, at the mercy of others, as my pension permits, till the last day of our lives. The irony is that on the day that I leave my home I have received Silver Certificates for the years 2017-18 and 2018-19 from the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes for my contribution towards nation building by paying taxes. I contributed to building a nation and lost to the nation the home I built. Jai Hind," wrote Joseph, the son of a Kerala police official.

Kerala list of prisoners to be released not yet ready

"Once the list comes, it will be abided to. In the past also remission has been given," said the official.

Kerala tops the list, Niti Aayog releases school education quality index

Among the smaller states category, Manipur emerged as the best performer. West Bengal refused to participate in the evaluation process and has not been included in the rankings.

Rahul Gandhi Meets Kerala CM to Discuss Night Traffic Ban on...

The night traffic ban was introduced following a directive from the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner in 2009 to provide wild animals with a reprieve from vehicular movement. The ban is from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. It was challenged in the High Court of Karnataka, but the decision was upheld. The matter is now being heard in the Supreme Court.

Kerala’s UL Cyber park eyes 50,000 IT jobs by 2025

The Uralungal group's parent company is the Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society (ULCCS) Ltd, formed in 1925, which was started by the labourers as a cooperative society catering to the needs of the lower strata in northern Kerala.

Rahul Gandhi to join youth protesting traffic ban on Bangalore-Kozhikode stretch

The protest entered the sixth day on Monday with the protestors demanding the lifting of night traffic bans on the National Highway (NH) stretch cutting through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, which is located in Wayanad district.

Demands met, SFI calls off CUSAT strike

The strike began on 25th September, with the students occupying the library demanding to extend its closing time.

Maradu flat owners eviction may take time as issues surface

Speaking to the media here on Monday, the flat residents complained that they were given a few contact numbers where the district authorities had arranged for their accommodation, but none exists.

Twitter co-founder to invest in Kerala start-up

The company currently serves in the US market and will soon be expanding to Europe.

Kerala Left breaks K.M. Mani’s 5-decade legacy with Pala win

Of the total 1,79,107 electorate, 1,27,939 cast their vote on Monday to decide the fate of 13 candidates.

Kerala Church row ends after bishops give in

Incidentally, last Sunday, based on the same apex court order, the Orthodox Church was given control of the Kandanad St. Mary's Cathedral after a gap of 45 years.

CPI-M announces candidates for 5 assembly seats in Kerala bypolls

While announcing the list, CPI-M state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that they were not a party which decides candidates by their caste, community or other such things.

All thanks to Navy, Cheriya Kadamakudy gets connectivity

Almost 6 months back one of my friend’s mother suddenly got unwell. There was difficulty in finding transportation. She was rushed to Aster MedCity, only to be declared dead. The doctors said that if she was brought 30 minutes earlier things could have been different.”

Water, power suppply to Maradu flats snapped, residents begin protest

According to the plan of action presented by Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose to raze the complex, the eviction of residents will start Sunday and will end on October 3. The complex demolition would begin October 11 and is expected to end by February next year.

Kerala govt prepares action plan in Maradu demolition case

Jose informed the state cabinet about the seriousness of the top court regarding the case and is said to have said that there is no other way but to abide by its orders.

Probe ‘love-jihad’ cases of Kerala Christian girls, says National Commission for...

In a letter to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), he has demanded that the Centre bring a strict law to deal with the organised conversions and also warned that if not checked this could lead to communal disharmony in the state.

SC pulls up Kerala govt on Maradu flats demolition

The top court cited the loss of lives in the recent floods in the state and said it was happening because the government has failed to act against illegal structures.

Voting on Kerala’s Pala to elect new MLA after 54 years

The Assembly bypoll was necessitated by the death of its Kerala Congress (Mani) MLA K.M.Mani in April. Mani had represented Pala since 1965.

Kerala KITE will train mothers in technology

During the training programmes, mothers would be introduced to better use of resources in the textbooks by scanning QR codes, familiarisation with the new classroom learning process besides focus on creating a favourable opportunity at home for students to make use of Samagra resource portal.

After Pala, Kerala prepares for Assembly bypolls to 5 seats

With a month left for the by-elections to the five Assembly constituencies, the Left, the UDF and the BJP are expected to announce their candidates soon.

Kerala Congress warns Pinarayi Vijayan

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said that everyone knows Vijayan's role in the case.

CBI chargesheets 27 in Kerala BMS leader’s murder case

According to the CBI, the charge sheet mentions about 130 witnesses, 112 documents and the weapons used in the assault.

CITU continues strike against Muthoot Finance

The strike is supported by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-backed Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

Palarivattom flyover: HC seeks report from Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau

Built at a cost of Rs 42 crore during the Oommen Chandy regime, the 750-metre flyover was supposed to serve for over 100 years. It was opened in October 2016. But as it started crumbling, it was shut for traffic within three years.

Congress demands CAG audit into KIFBI and Kannur airport

Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, leader of opposition and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said that he has briefed Governor Khan about the way the present CPI-M led Left government under Pinarayi Vijayan is keeping things under wraps regarding issues in the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) and the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL).

Veteran Malayalam actor Sathar dies at 67

Kochi: Veteran Kerala actor Sathar passed away on Tuesday at a hospital near here due to prolonged illness, his family said. He was 67.The actor...

Kerala, Regional Cancer Centre ink MoU with Maldives for cancer care

Thiruvananthapuram:   Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the state and the Regional Cancer Centre...

E Sreedharan to supervise rebuilding of Palarivattom flyover in Kochi

Thiruvananthapuram:   Metroman E. Sreedharan was on Monday asked to take charge of rebuilding the Palarivattom flyover in Kochi which was closed down 30 months after...

Adani seeks help from Kerala govt on Vizhinjam Port

According to the agreement, Adani will operate the port for 40 years, extendable by 20 more years, while the state government will get a portion of the revenue from the port after 15 years.

‘Disciplinary action’ against IAS officer Kannan before he quit

Gopinathan resigned on August 21, claiming that he was "disturbed" over the curbs imposed in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 after the state's special status was ended.

Chandy urges PM for release of Kerala priest in Jharkhand

According to the church, on September 6 the Deoghar district police took into custody two priests -- Arun Vincent and John -- and Munna Hansda. While Vincent was let off, John and Hansda have been remanded.

Kerala braveheart conferred Neerja Bhanot Award

Chandigarh: A young braveheart from Kerala, Sifiya Haneef, was conferred with the Neerja Bhanot Award in a solemn ceremony here on Saturday.The award was presented...