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Maggi Noodles off Big Bazaar shelves, all states to conduct tests

Maggi noodles are turning out to be noose for brand Nestle. Latest to join the issue is Big Bazaar. The Big Bazaar on Wednesday removed Maggi noodles from its stores. This comes after the Delhi gov

Kerala is most literate and still bungles in textbooks supply

Kerala is supposed to be the most literate state with high literacy rates. However, the state government has been found wanting on the issue of textbooks shortage. The academic year

Evening digest: Kerala CM writes to PM Modi against crackdown on beef

Kerala government has dismissed the charges that beef curry was served at Kerala House in Delhi. The Kerala government has filed a complaint over entry of activists without permission. Kerala Chief

Morning briefing: Bihar votes in 50 constituencies for third phase

Fifty constituencies spread over six districts are voting on Wednesday in the third phase of the assembly elections in Bihar. The polling began at 7 am in 14,170 polling stations spread in six dist

Kerala court orders probe into bribery charges against finance minister

A vigilance and special court in Kerala has come to haunt Oommen Chandy government by ordering further investigation into bribery charges against finance minister KM Mani. The court

Evening digest: Cabinet removes land cost from infra project costs to fast track approvals

In a spate of decisions, union cabinet has approved 10% stake sale in Coal India, initial public offer of Cochin Shipyards, approved 3% interest subsidy for exports, empowered roads ministry to rev

Evening digest: Venkaiah Naidu bats for women`s quota bill, uniform civil code

Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women`s reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the allege

Morning briefing: Government agrees to some demands put forward by Congress on GST

In what could possibly thaw the ice between the Centre and Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evening met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh to

Morning briefing: Modi to address commanders meet being held outside Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addresses a combined commanders` conference onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya off the Kochi coast. The Combined Commanders` Conference is an annual th

Farming gets a makeover in Kerala

Acres of emerald sparkle in knee-deep water in the paddy kohl fields in Thrissur, Kerala. It is sunny and transplanting is going on. There are hardly any workers to be seen for all the work that is

BJP bets on Kerala, wants to chart Kashmir to Kanyakumari win

After coming to power in India’s only Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir a year ago by becoming a partner of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] mandarins are n

The soothing balm of ayurveda

Susan, 70, had a painful ulcer on the dorsal side of her foot. The ulcer was affecting her everyday routine.  She could barely stand or walk. A resident of Mullurkara panchayat in Thrissur dis

28% of Kerala candidates facing criminal cases

Even in God’s own country – Kerala - which is rated high for grass root democracy and political awareness, parties have fielded candidates who stand accused of serious crimes including

Monsoon delayed, leaves India yearning for rain

It’s the third week of May and there is still no respite from drought, heat wave and soaring temperature, nor is it likely to be in the coming weeks if the met department is to be believed. F

Kerala rape case probe bungled: Maneka Gandhi

The investigation into the horrific rape and murder of a young woman in Kerala has been “bungled”, said women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday as she unveil

Background check: every third new MLA faces criminal cases

As many as 36 percent Thursday’s winners – that is, 294 fresh MLAs across five states from the 812 whose affidavits were analyses – have self-declared criminal cases pending again

Political parties collected Rs 2,355 crores in LS polls in 2004, ’09, ‘14

National and regional parties collected a staggering Rs 5323.41 cr during the election period of 1,535 days between 2004 and 2015, shows an analysis of funds collected and expenditure incurred by p

Monsoon arrives in Kerala

Delayed by a week the south-western monsoons arrived over the coast of Kerala, and has covered parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Lakshadweep on Wednesday.  Earlier, the India Meteorological D

Temperance times

Prohibition in Gujarat is of course a joke. There are days – national holidays, religious festivals – when a regular consumer would have a hard time buying it in Delhi or Mumbai, but hi

Dry Bihar heaves a sigh of relief

My husband has lost everything to liquor. Whatever we inherited from our ancestors is  gone. On top of that, he would turn harsh to us after drinking. But now he is fighting for his life after

Promises aside, Tamil Nadu still reeks of alcohol

It is half past noon. Dozens of eager men are at one of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)-run liquor shops in Mullimanagar, a fishing hamlet along the Marina beach in Chennai. The

Why prohibition doesn’t make economic sense

These days K Babu, the controversial excise minister in the previous United Democratic Front government in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy, cannot control his anger and frustration. Reason? He becam

Fat tax: Indeed a weighty matter

Kerala imposing a tax on junk food, now popularly referred to as fat tax, puts the spotlight on rising obesity, an issue that should have been addressed quite some time. Chubby kids

Favourable monsoon to revive rural incomes: CRISIL

The monsoon this year has brought cheer to farmers and a report by CRISIL, a research agency, said it expects “the favourable monsoon to revive rural incomes”. “Lar

A golden touch

I dreaded a bit as I stepped inside the Thrissur district general hospital in Kerala. I have walked in and out of government hospitals almost half of my life as a health and science writer for vari

Stories to read over the weekend

On October 1 last year, Mehtab Alam Ansari, 30, who worked as a tailor in Delhi, had arrived in his village, Chepa Khurd in Barkagaon tehsil of Harazibagh district, to celebrate Eid with hi

GAIL awards pipeline laying work contracts in Kerala

In order to strengthen natural gas pipeline network in Kerala, GAIL (India) Limited, a Maharatna enterprise, has awarded contracts for pipeline laying work of the Kochi–Koottanad–Mangal

Thrusting language on people akin to ticking time bomb

Nobody ever learnt a language that was imposed on them. Language is an emotive issue and history is replete with instances when making a language mandatory has led to outrage and even bloodletting.

National parties spend a lot more on candidates than regional parties

The national parties gave to its candidates more than double the amount that the regional parties handed over to their candidates, showed a detailed analysis carried out on the funds collected and

Will the needy get homes under PMAY?

 The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), introduced in June 2015, aims at providing every family with “a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply&rdqu

NHRC notice to Kerala government over attacks on political workers

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has again issued a notice to the Kerala government over the spate of attacks on political party workers. NHRC has asked Kerala’s chi

GAIL begins building Kerala stretch of gas project

 Maharatna enterprise GAIL has said that despite facing initial hurdles, the Kerala stretch of the Kochi – Koottanad – Mangaluru-Bengaluru pipeline project will gain impetus with c

Don’t jump to conclusions on Gauri Lankesh murder

 Journalist Gauri Lankesh`s murder in Bengaluru on Tuesday has quickly turned into a war of ideologies with intelligentsia and media jumping the gun to blame the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a

Recharged by ayurveda

Bijeta Devi, a footballer from Manipur who has been working and playing for the Indian railways, has been out of action for the last six months because of a nagging pain in her knee. She traces the

Dams or time bombs?

Kerala is limping back to normal after the devastating floods that wreaked havoc in the state prompting red alert in all 14 of its districts. While the rescue activities and immediate relief

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