Elections

Notification of Assembly elections on Friday

Thiruvananthapuram: The notification for Assembly elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry will be issued on Friday.

Filing of nominations begins with the issue of notification in all the three States.

The scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 30. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is May 2. The polling will take place on May 16 and the counting on May 19.

UDF manifesto promises high growth rates, welfare programmes

Thiruvananthapuram: The election manifesto of United Democratic Front promises “houses for all, health for all and food for all”.

The manifesto, released on Wednesday, proposes a slew of welfare measures for the poor on the lines of what had already been implemented by the UDF government. Level of unemployment is to be brought down to four per cent and the number of BPL families to one per cent of the population.

LDF manifesto promises restoration of statutory pensions

Thiruvananthapuram: The election manifesto of Left Democratic Front, released by convenor of the Front Vaikom Viswan here, proposes review of contributory pension scheme for government employees with a view to reinstate statutory pensions.

Measures will be made for all pensioners aged above 60 to receive their pensions at home.

Kurian kicks up a storm in a tea cup

Rahya Sabha deputy chairperson P. J. KurienThiruvananthapuram: Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson P. J. Kurien precipitated a crisis of sorts in his home turf this week by opposing the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate for Assembly election in Thiruvalla constituency of Kerala. However, he withdrew all his objections on Saturday afternoon after talks with Kerala Congress (Mani) leader K.

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