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Chandy adds two ministers


April 12th, 2012 - 12:26 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 12 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Thursday added two more ministers to his cabinet, taking the total strength to 21.M. Ali, 60, of the Indian Union Muslim ... Read more...

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Chandy to expand cabinet, IUML gets fifth berth


April 12th, 2012 - 12:27 am ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 11 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy finally succumbed to the pressures of coalition politics and handed over a fifth berth to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) ... Read more...

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Communal politics goes viral in Kerala (Comment)


April 10th, 2012 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS
The communal genii whose support the Congress invoked to oust Kerala's first Communist government more than 50 years ago are still around and turning the state's politics viral.Across the fractured ... Read more...

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Caste considerations at play as Chandy mulls cabinet expansion (Kerala Newsletter)


April 7th, 2012 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 7 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appears to be caught in a caste conundrum over the expansion of his cabinet.Politics in Kerala has always been dominated by ... Read more...

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Trouble in Kerala’s ruling coalition over ministership claims


March 26th, 2012 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, March 26 (IANS) Trouble is brewing in Kerala's ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) as two of the coalition partners are putting pressure for a ministerial berth.While the Congress ... Read more...

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Bangladesh opposition holds mass rally (Lead)


March 12th, 2012 - 7:58 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, March 12 (IANS) Bangladesh's main opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), at a mass rally in the capital Monday set a 90-day ultimatum for the government to restore the ... Read more...

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Kerala police chief denies snooping on emails (Lead)


January 17th, 2012 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (IANS) Kerala's Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose Tuesday denied ever having snooped on emails of some people, including a former Muslim lawmaker, as reported in ... Read more...

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Don’t spy on Muslims, says Achuthanandan (Lead)


January 17th, 2012 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (IANS) Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan Tuesday blasted the Kerala government for allegedly spying the email accounts of Muslim leaders.The Marxist leader accused Chief Minister Oommen Chandy ... Read more...

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Snooping into Muslims’ emails a fascist act: Achuthanandan


January 17th, 2012 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17 (IANS) Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan Tuesday described the Kerala government's act of snooping into email accounts as fascist.In a statement issued, Achuthanandan slammed Chief Minister ... Read more...

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AMU’s special centre launched in Kerala


December 24th, 2011 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Malappuramm (Kerala), Dec 24 (IANS) The long awaited special centre of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was officially launched here Saturday by union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal.Sibal dedicated the ... Read more...

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Kerala sex scandal case: Police get a month to finish probe


December 22nd, 2011 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Thursday asked police to complete within a month the investigation into the two-decade-old Kozhikode sex scandal case involving state minister and Indian ... Read more...

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FDI: Government mobilising numbers for adjournment motion, talks to allies (Roundup)


December 1st, 2011 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Gearing up to face a likely vote on an adjournment motion on foreign equity in retail, the government Thursday girded up to amass the ... Read more...

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FDI: Government mobilising numbers, may opt for parliament vote (Lead)


December 1st, 2011 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Faced with deepening political crisis over its decision to allow foreign equity in retailing, the government is now mobilising the numbers before it accepts ... Read more...

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PM meets allies, FDI impasse continues


December 1st, 2011 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday met the government's allies to discuss the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, as parliament was stalled ... Read more...

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Parliament logjam: Government may agree to adjournment motion


November 29th, 2011 - 9:57 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) An end appeared in sight to the parliament logjam over the cabinet nod to foreign equity in retail sector with the government Tuesday indicating ... Read more...

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Roll back FDI decision or get parliament nod, demands BJP


November 29th, 2011 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said that the government should either roll back the decision to allow foreign equity in the retail sector ... Read more...

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Islamic hardliners not serious threat in Kerala: Chandy


November 25th, 2011 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) There are attempts by Islamic hardliners to radicalise Muslim youths in Kerala, but it is not a "serious situation", says Chief Minister Oommen Chandy."Some attempts ... Read more...

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Achuthanandan’s fears unfounded in sex case probe: High court


November 23rd, 2011 - 2:28 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Nov 23 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Wednesday dismissed as unfounded Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan's fears relating to the ongoing probe into the Kozhikode ice-cream parlour sex case ... Read more...

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Probe IT appointments made by Achuthanandan: IUML


October 6th, 2011 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS
Malappuram (Kerala), Oct 6 (IANS) Kerala's Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Thursday demanded a full fledged probe into all the appointments made in the IT department when former chief minister ... Read more...

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All parties meet shows national unity: Pakistani leaders


September 30th, 2011 - 12:37 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) The All Parties Conference (APC), bringing together political leaders across the spectrum following strained ties with the US, had sent out a message that Pakistanis ... Read more...

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Chandy to help end expatriates’ passport woes


September 28th, 2011 - 5:34 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 28 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday assured the assembly that he would take up with the central government passport-related problems faced by expatriates at state airports.Indian ... Read more...

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Sex scandal: Achuthanandan’s plea for CBI probe dismissed


September 27th, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Sep 27 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Tuesday dismissed Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan's plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Kozhikode ice cream parlour ... Read more...

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Court seeks case diary in Kerala sex scandal case


September 5th, 2011 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Sep 5 (IANS) The Kerala High Court Monday asked the state police to submit the case diary in the investigation into the two-decade-old Kozhikode sex scandal case involving state ... Read more...

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Achuthanandan worried due to son’s case: Kunhalikutty


September 3rd, 2011 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS
Kozhikode (Kerala), Sep 3 (IANS) Kerala Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan is worried these days because of cases against his son and a relative, state Industry Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said ... Read more...

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Achuthanandan seeks CBI probe in sex scandal case


September 2nd, 2011 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, Sep 2 (IANS) Kerala's Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan Friday filed a petition in the high court seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the two-decade-old Kozhikode ... Read more...

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IT raids could hold more blows for Mammootty, Mohanlal


July 24th, 2011 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS
Kochi, July 24 (IANS) The IT raids on Malayalam filmdom's two reigning superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal could deal a blow to the former's Rajya Sabha hopes and cast a shadow ... Read more...

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‘IUML candidates spent most money on poll campaign’


June 25th, 2011 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, June 25 (IANS) The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the second biggest party in Kerala's ruling United Democratic Front, spent the most money on the campaign of its candidates ... Read more...

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Sympathy vote helped IUML come back to power in Kerala: Kunhalikutty


June 14th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, June 14 (IANS) Kerala's new Industry Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty feels that the ousted Left Front government's efforts to malign his image in the Ice Cream Parlour sex scandal helped ... Read more...

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Chandy’s promise against corrupt a bluff: Achuthanandan


June 3rd, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, June 3 (IANS) Kerala's Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan Friday termed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's promise of ensuring corruption-free governance as a bluff.Addressing reporters here, the former chief minister ... Read more...

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Coming up, Manmohan-Sonia plan to rejuvenate UPA


May 29th, 2011 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi are working on a cabinet reshuffle and important legislative measures to give a facelift to ... Read more...

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Chandy expands cabinet, inducts 13 more ministers


May 23rd, 2011 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 23 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy expanded his cabinet Monday by including 13 more ministers in the United Democratic Front (UDF) government he leads.Governor R.S. Gavai administered ... Read more...

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Chandy’s boat sails in troubled waters (News Analysis)


May 23rd, 2011 - 11:21 am ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 23 (IANS) It has not been smooth sailing into power for Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, 67. The ruling United Democratic Front's (UDF) poll majority is wafer thin, ... Read more...

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Kerala to get first tribal minister, Karunakaran’s son misses out


May 21st, 2011 - 7:15 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 21 (IANS) Congress legislator P.K.Jayalekshmi will be Kerala's first-ever minister from the tribal community while the late Congress leader K.Karunakaran's son, K. Muraleedharan, has been left out ... Read more...

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E. Ahamed likely to get cabinet rank soon


May 18th, 2011 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed is likely to be elevated to cabinet rank ... Read more...

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Oommen Chandy sworn in as Kerala chief minister (Lead)


May 18th, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 18 (IANS) Congress leader Oommen Chandy, 67, was sworn in as Kerala's 21st chief minister by Governor R.S. Gavai at Raj Bhavan here Wednesday.This will be Chandy's second ... Read more...

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