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Elephant processions, percussion orchestras mark Kerala festivals (Letter from Kerala)


May 12th, 2012 - 1:31 pm ICT by IANS
Kavassery (Kerala), May 12 (IANS) Frenzied mass participation characterises annual temple festivals in Kerala that invariably include colourful processions of richly caparisoned elephants and panchavadyam (orchestra) by a combination of ... Read more...

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In Sabarimala, a season of crowds, snakes and pickpockets


January 9th, 2012 - 12:50 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala, Jan 9 (IANS) Last year, this place suffered a terrible tragedy when 102 people died in a stampede. But pilgrims are still thronging the Sabarimala temple, the revered Hindu ... Read more...

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Kerala gears up for Sabarimala ritual


January 5th, 2012 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Kerala), Jan 5 (IANS) The Kerala government Thursday said it was making elaborate arrangements for the 'Makar Jyothi' day of the Sabarimala temple pilgrimage, during which last year over ... Read more...

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Kerala set for a gala Christmas


December 23rd, 2011 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 23 (IANS) Well-lit Christmas trees, illuminated churches with stars of various sizes, fairs, organised carols, homemade cakes, wines and pickles... Kerala is in a buoyant mood as ... Read more...

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Cleaning drive begins near Sabarimala temple


November 7th, 2011 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Kerala), Nov 7 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Monday oversaw a massive cleaning operation at the foothills of the famed Hindu temple in Sabarimala.Close to 6,000 volunteers, ... Read more...

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Court offers reprieve to Kannada actress in temple case


October 13th, 2011 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Oct 13 (IANS) Kannada actress Jaimala, accused of outraging religious feelings at the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala, got a reprieve Thursday when the Kerala High Court stayed the ... Read more...

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Kerala gets floating pathology lab


August 23rd, 2011 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS
Alappuzha (Kerala), Aug 23 (IANS) Starting Wednesday, people living around the famous Punnamada Lake in central Kerala can get their blood sugar levels checked at a specially-designed floating laboratory on ... Read more...

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Further probe ordered into Kerala’s family suicide case


June 20th, 2011 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, June 20 (IANS) The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Monday ordered the agency to conduct a further probe into the Kaviyoor suicide case where five members ... Read more...

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Kerala population grows to 33 mn, sex ratio also up


April 1st, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 1 (IANS) The population of Kerala increased 4.86 percent in the last decade from 31,838,618 to 33,387,677 and while its sex ratio, already the highest in the country, ... Read more...

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Kerala Christmas low key after Karunakaran’s death


December 25th, 2010 - 12:08 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 25 (IANS) Thousands of devout Christians attended mass at churches across Kerala Saturday and headed home for a special breakfast of appam, stew, baked bananas and cakes, but the usual ... Read more...

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Actress Jaimala named accused in Sabarimala case


December 14th, 2010 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS
Ranni (Kerala), Dec 14 (IANS) The police crime branch that inquired into the controversial revelation by actress Jaimala that she touched the famed Sabarimala deity named her Tuesday as an accused in ... Read more...

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In Sabarimala, donkey can hope for better times


November 5th, 2010 - 10:47 am ICT by IANS
By Sanu George Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 5 (IANS) Thanks to the judiciary, donkeys which ferry tonnes of foodstuff to the hill shrine at Sabarimala in Kerala, often falling ill and becoming prey to wild ... Read more...

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From cassock to celluloid - priest Johnson turns a new leaf


August 31st, 2010 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS
By Sanu George Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 31 (IANS) Johnson Karoor is charting a new path - he has shed his priest's cassock to fulfil his celluloid dreams with the Malayalam movie "Nirakazcha", which is ... Read more...

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Sabarimala temple averse to suggestion on widening steps, door


July 17th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
By Sanu George Sabarimala (Kerala), July 17 (IANS) A fresh controversy has broken out in Kerala's famed Sabarimala temple, this time over a court suggestion to consider widening of the temple's 18 holy ... Read more...

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Rains in few places in Kerala


March 16th, 2010 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, March 16 (IANS) There was an inkling of arrival of summer rains in Kerala with showers reported from several parts of the state, bringing relief from the sultry heat. According to ... Read more...

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Sabarimala coffers register record collection


January 16th, 2010 - 7:14 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Kerala) Jan 16 (IANS) The famed Hindu temple of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district saw a record collection this season, crossing Rs.120 crore. "This time in terms of collection and ... Read more...

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Millions witness celestial Makara Jyothi light at Sabarimala (Lead)


January 14th, 2010 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Pathanamthitta), Jan 14 (IANS) Millions of devotees waiting anxiously for hours to witness the celestial light, shouted in joy and thanksgiving when the Makara Jyothi appeared thrice on the horizon at ... Read more...

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Unprecedented rush at Sabarimala to witness Makara Jyothi


January 14th, 2010 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Kerala), Jan 14 (IANS) The Sabarimala temple witnessed an unprecedented rush of pilgrims who have gathered to witness the Makara Jyothi or the celestial light that is to appear on the ... Read more...

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Singer Yesudas to help Thekkady boat driver


October 8th, 2009 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 8 (IANS) Veteran playback singer K.J. Yesudas Thursday said he would provide all legal help to the driver of the ill-fated boat, which capsized Sep 30 at Thekkady lake ... Read more...

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Kerala charters Kingfisher flight to take Thekkady victims home


October 1st, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Kerala government has chartered a Kingfisher Airline flight to take the bodies of the Thekkady boat tragedy to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata, a state ... Read more...

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All boats in Thekkady to undergo fitness tests: Minister


October 1st, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS
Thekkady (Kerala), Oct 1 (IANS) Kerala Forests Minister Binoy Viswam Thursday said boating activity on the Thekkady lake in central Kerala's Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary will be suspended till all boats undergo ... Read more...

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Kerala’s cruise capsize toll 41 amid confession of lapses (Lead, Roundup)


October 1st, 2009 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS
Thekkady (Kerala), Oct 1 (IANS) The pleasure cruise that ended in a watery grave for 41 tourists in the famed Periyar wildlife sanctuary here could have been avoided, experts said Thursday, ... Read more...

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Kerala’s cruise capsize toll hits 42 amid confession of lapses (Roundup)


October 1st, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS
Thekkady (Kerala), Oct 1 (IANS) The pleasure cruise that ended in a watery grave for 42 tourists in the famed Periyar wildlife sanctuary here could have been avoided, experts said Thursday, ... Read more...

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Kerala boat tragedy toll touches 42 (Lead)


October 1st, 2009 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Oct 1 (IANS) With the recovery of 11 more bodies Thursday from the Thekkady lake at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in central Kerala, the toll in Wednesday's boat tragedy has touched ... Read more...

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Kerala boat tragedy could have been avoided: Judge


October 1st, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
Thekkady (Kerala), Oct 1 (IANS) The boat tragedy in Kerala's Thekkady tourist spot that killed 42 people Wednesday evening could have been avoided if the state government had taken measures like appointing ... Read more...

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Boat tragedy: Kerala admits lapses, lifejackets to be mandatory


October 1st, 2009 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 1 (IANS) Admitting that there had been lapses, the Kerala government Thursday said the Thekkady boat tragedy was "an accident" and would not hit tourist inflow to the state that ... Read more...

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Sonia expresses grief over Thekkady boat tragedy


October 1st, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday expressed grief and concern over the "terrible boat tragedy" in Kerala's Thekkady wildlife sanctuary that claimed 37 lives. "I am deeply distressed ... Read more...

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Foreigners in Kerala boat tragedy are safe: MP


October 1st, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 1 (IANS) Foreign tourists in the boat that capsized in the Thekkady lake at the Periyar wildlife sanctuary are safe, Kerala MP P.T. Thomas said Thursday. "There were four ... Read more...

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Kerala heads for good election turnout


April 16th, 2009 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 16 (IANS) Kerala is headed for good turnout in the Lok Sabha elections with the first three hours of polling recording 20 percent people casting their votes Thursday, officials said. ... Read more...

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Left government not implementing Sabarimala plan: PM


April 11th, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, April 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday accused Kerala's Left Democratic Front government of not taking active steps to implement the Sabarimala Pamba Action Plan that would have benefited ... Read more...

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Rain threatens poll campaign in Kerala


April 10th, 2009 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10 (IANS) With campaigning in Kerala for the Lok Sabha election slowing down due to the Easter weekend and the coming Malayalam New Year Vishu, the bad weather forecast for ... Read more...

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12 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in Kerala bus accident (Lead)


February 17th, 2009 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Erumely (Kerala), Feb 17 (IANS) At least 12 pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh, who were going to the Hindu shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala, were killed and 21 were injured when their bus ... Read more...

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11 killed as bus falls into gorge in Kerala


February 17th, 2009 - 11:11 am ICT by IANS
Erumely (Kerala) Feb 17 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and 22 injured when the bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Erumely town in Kerala's Kottayam district ... Read more...

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Millions witness Makar Jyothi at Sabarimala


January 14th, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS
Sabarimala (Kerala), Jan 14 (IANS) Millions of devotees Wednesday viewed the Makar Jyothi, or the celestial light, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, marking the end of the three-month Sabarimala pilgrim season. ... Read more...

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Kerala opposition walks out over poor facilities at Sabarimala


November 25th, 2008 - 3:04 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 25 (IANS) The Kerala opposition Tuesday walked out of the assembly citing poor pilgrimage facilities provided to the thousands of devotees thronging the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district. Seeking leave ... Read more...

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