'Vishwaroopam' screened in Kerala

VishwaroopamThiruvananthapuram, Jan 26 : Kamal Haasan's controversial film "Vishwaroopam" was Saturday screened here amid a police presence. It got support from the youth wings of the CPI-M and BJP here, though a section of Muslims protested the screening.

Activists belonging to the Popular Front of India - PFI (a confederation of Muslim organisations) arrived at the Kairali theatre, demanding the film not be screened and alleged the film depicts the community in a bad light.

A strong police presence foiled their attempt and the film was screened. The film is currently banned in Tamil Nadu.

All hurdles cleared for Kochi Smart City: Chandy

/Oommen-ChandyThiruvananthapuram, Jan 18 : All hurdles have been cleared for the much-hyped and much-delayed Rs. 5,000 crore ($1 billion) Kochi Smart City, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here Friday.

"The last hurdles in the project have been overcome. Our request to make the entire project under a single SEZ (special economic zone) has been approved by the central government. This had caused a delay. Work will soon commence," Chandy said.

India level series with emphatic win

/India-Vs-EnglandKochi, Jan 15 : India levelled the five-match series against England in emphatic fashion Tuesday, defeating the tourists by 127 runs in the second One-day International at the Nehru Stadium here.

India did well to post 285 for six after winning the toss and cleaned up England for 158 with 14 overs to spare in the game.

Dhoni, Jadeja power India to 285/6

Dhoni-JadejaKochi, Jan 15 : A 96-run partnership for the sixth wicket between captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (61 not out) powered India to 285 for six against England in the second ODI at the Nehru Stadium here Tuesday.

Suresh Raina (55) too chipped in with a half-century with India having lost two early wickets. Pacers Steve Finn and Jade Dernbach made full use of the early moisture, picking up two wickets each.(IANS)

Kochi ODI: India wins toss, opts to bat

Kochi ODI: India wins toss, opts to batKochi, Jan 15 - India won the toss and opted to bat in their second one-day international against England at the Nehru Stadium here Tuesday.


India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Steve Finn, Jade Dernbach, Chris Woakes. (IANS)

One woman, two organisations among diaspora awardees

s/Vayalar-Ravi21Kochi, Jan 9 : Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Wednesday announced the winners of the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Divas awards, to be given away here later in the day by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The lone woman in the list is Patricia Maria Rozario, who is settled in the UK. She has won the award for contributions in the field of music.

Australian Indian Society of Victoria and Indian Doctors Forum in Kuwait are the two organisations that have been named for the award, and both get the award for community service.

Vayalar Ravi asks cash-rich NRIs to invest in Kerala

Vayalar-Ravi_kochi, Jan 9 : Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Wednesday made a fervent plea to the cash-rich non-resident Indians (NRIs) to seriously apply their mind to investing in Kerala.

"Gone are the olden days where Kerala's labour unrest was always news. I and the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy were strong trade union leaders but that's a thing of the past and today Kerala is one state where there are no industrial disputes at all and I call upon you to seriously apply your mind to invest in Kerala," said Ravi.

Mukherjee to address Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Kochi today

Mukherjee to address Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Kochi today Kochi, Jan 9 : President Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a one day visit of Kochi today to deliver the valedictory address at the 11th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention.

He would also confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who inaugurated Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on Tuesday, said the relationship between Pravasis and Bharat has taken many forms.

Sant Chatwal to invest Rs.300 crore in Kerala resorts

s/Sant-Singh-ChatwalKochi, Jan 8 : Indian-American businessman Sant Singh Chatwal is thinking of investing Rs. 300 crore in setting up resorts in Kerala.

"I am planning to enter the business of resorts and one of the locations that I have zeroed in is to have a plush resort in the capital city of Kerala," Chatwal told IANS ahead of a session at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being held here.

The owner of the Hampshire Hotels and resort has a plush hotel here that he set up in 2008, investing Rs. 200 crore.

Huge gap in infrastructure: Kamal Nath

/Kamal-NathKochi, Jan 8 : India faces a huge gap in infrastructure but the country hopes to catch up in the next five years, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said Tuesday.

The minister was addressing the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here.

"The common psyche in India is that if something is not booming, then it is gloomy," he said.

The minister pointed out that while the automobile sector in the US grew by five percent, "in our country it grew by 18 percent. Is it not good?" he asked.

Overseas Indians will be looked after well: PM

manmohan-singhKochi, Jan 8 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday assured overseas Indians of all possible help and said they served as a bridge of friendship and cooperation between India and their adopted homes.

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi today

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi today Kochi, Jan. 8 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here today.

Dr. Singh will later take part in a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

President of the Republic of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag, will be the chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013 and will be honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.

PM on two-day visit to Kerala from today

PM on two-day visit to Kerala from todayKochi, Jan. 7 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will arrive here on Monday on a two-day visit to Kerala.

Dr. Singh, who arrives at the Naval Airport in Kochi this evening, will later lay the foundation for the integrated expansion project of the BPCL Kochi Refineries at Ambalamugal.

The Prime Minister will on Tuesday formally inaugurate the 11th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Dr. Singh will later take part in a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen return to Kerala

Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen return to Kerala Kochi, Jan. 4 : The two Italian marines, facing murder charges in connection with the killing of two Indian fishermen in February last year, returned to India on Friday morning after spending some time with their families in Italy for the holiday season.

The two Italian marines were allowed the court to visit their families for Christmas.

Outlook for coffee exports in 2013 seems to be grim

Outlook for coffee exports in 2013 seems to be grimIndia's coffee exports slipped 9.35 per cent in the calendar year of 2012 to 3.10 lakh tones, from 3.42 lakh tonnes in corresponding period of the previous year.

The production as well as exports of coffee dropped mainly due to low demand in the European markets, pest attacks and an erratic monsoon that took toll on the production of the product.

The outlook for coffee exports in the New Year also appears to be bleak, because international markets are still not giving encouraging signals.

Kerala cops to Facebook: Remove fake photo of gang-rape victim

/FacebookThiruvananthapuram, Jan 3 : Kerala Police has written to Facebook following a complaint from the parents of a young woman whose photograph was posted on the social networking site and identified as the Delhi gang-rape victim.

N. Vinayakumaran Nair, assistant commissioner of police, who heads the Hi-Tech Crime Enquiry Cell, said a probe had begun following a complaint from the parents of the woman whose picture was misused.

"We have written to the site which posted the picture. It should have been removed by now," Nair told IANS.

He said soon after the picture was posted, there were numerous comments saying it was fake.

Startup Village to enhance Kerala’s investment climate, says Gopalakrishnan

Startup Village to enhance Kerala’s investment climate, says GopalakrishnanInfosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan has said that the fast growth of the country's first telecom incubator, Startup Village will help in enhancing Kerala's investment and industrial environment.

He was speaking to the media after announcing 20 outstanding start-ups today. He said that the emergence of the Startup Village in such a short time has helped changed the image of the state as some of these are entrepreneurs and job-creators.

Don't fight in public, Congress tells Kerala leaders

/Ramesh-Chennithala.Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 29 : With a free-for-all breaking out in the Congress party in Kerala following a revamp of the state unit, the new committee declared Saturday that there its leaders should not wash their dirty line in public.

State Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala told reporters here after the meeting that from now on party leaders would not speak in public against each other.

"Strong action would be taken against those who speak out in public and this is binding on all party members," said Chennithala.

A year Chandy would like to forget

A year Chandy would like to forgetThiruvananthapuram, Dec 29 - Even though 2011 turned out a good year for Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, 2012 is one he would rather forget.

Sworn in on May 18, 2011, the chief minister earned high praise for the manner in which he set about his work. He had only a slender margin of four seats in the 140-member Kerala assembly but that did not appear to impede his functioning.

At the end of 2011, Chandy was hailed for the first 100 days in office; he had held many people-contact programmes and on one occasion, was on his feet for more than 19 hours at a stretch.

Kerala becomes most searched tourist destination in India

Kerala becomes most searched tourist destination in IndiaThe southern state of Kerala has emerged as the most searched tourist destination in India as per the Google's search trends for this year, surpassing the famous Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh.

The state's 'Munnar' hill station on the Western Ghats is also among the top ten Indian destinations on Google's Zeitgeist site that shows online search trends on the search engine. The Google's Zeitgeist site shows search trends from around the world.

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