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New facility for traders to file complaints: Minister

New facility for traders to file complaints: Minister

KOCHI: The business and trading community will now be able to file their complaints regarding the working of the check posts and Intelligence squads using a 24-hour call centre facility being opened by the Taxes Department.Complaints can initially be filed in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and …

Reject Ranganath Misra commission report: Hindu Aikya Vedi

KOCHI: The Hindu Aikya Vedi has demanded that the Ranganath Misra commission report that proposed Scheduled Caste status for those who had converted to Islam and Christianity should be rejected. Talking to mediapersons here on Monday, Vedi leaders E.S. Biju and K.A. Balan said they …

Om Prakash, Rajesh get bail

ALAPPUZHA: Om Prakash and Puthenpalam Rajesh, accused in the Paul M. George murder case, were given unconditional bail by the Alappuzha Sessions Court on Monday. However, the two will remain in jail as they face trial in six other cases, including murder cases, in various …

Maudany visits wife in Alappuzha MCH

ALAPPUZHA: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Nasir Maudany on Monday visited his wife, Soofiya Maudany, who had been shifted from the Ernakulam sub-jail to Alappuzha Medical College Hospital here on Sunday night after she complained of backache.  Mr. Maudany, who obtained permission from authorities …

Kollam Book Festival begins tomorrow

KOLLAM: The week-long Kollam Book Festival 2009 organised by the Kollam District Library Council will begin at the Kollam Public Library complex here on December 23.Writer M. Mukundan will inaugurate the festival and a meeting in this connection will be inaugurated by Labour Minister P.K. …

Congress leader held, let off on bail

MALAPPURAM: Congress leader Rajmohan Unnithan was arrested along with a woman from a rented house at Vazhaparapadi near Manjeri on Sunday night. He was booked under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956.He was given bail by the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Manjeri, on Monday.The …

Auto, taxi strike from today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Autorickshaws and taxis in the State will be off the road from Monday as the joint action committee of six trade unions has called for an indefinite strike demanding revision of fares and so on. The increase in the prices of fuel, insurance premium, …

Medical research needs a fillip: Minister

Medical research needs a fillip: Minister

KOCHI: Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy had on Saturday said that the area of medical research in the State left a lot to be desired. In her inaugural address at an international symposium on ‘neonatal neurology and therapeutic hypothermia’ organised by the University College of London-India …

Isolate extremist forces: Vayalar Ravi

KOCHI: Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has called upon society to isolate extremist forces without taking into account their community. Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Ravi said that even while isolating the extremist elements, no community should be singled out in …

State to seek Central funds for Akshaya CSCs: Issac

State to seek Central funds for Akshaya CSCs: Issac

ALAPPUZHA: The State will seek more Central funds as financial grant for its Akshaya Common Service Centres (CSCs), Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said.Speaking at the distribution of financial assistance to the CSCs and the State-level launch of the State IT Mission’s Malayalam computing …

Working class unity can bring social revolution: Minister

Working class unity can bring social revolution: Minister

KANNUR: A split in the labour movement is affecting progressive movements in the country, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran has said. Inaugurating a workers’ conference organised here on Sunday in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party of India, …

Azhikode calls for in-depth study of Dalit literature

Azhikode calls for in-depth study of Dalit literature

KOLLAM: Social critic Sukumar Azhikode has said that reading Dalit literature is an altogether different experience from reading mainstream literature.He was launching a two-volume special edition of Dalit literature at a function held at Neeeravil Navodyam Library on Thursday.Prof. Azhikode said the two volumes, brought …