Differences in LDF over Athirappally project

Athirappally water fallsThiruvananthapuram:  Differences have erupted in the Left Democratic Front over Athirappally hydroelectric project.

Environmentalists are also up in arms against Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan and his Electricity Minister Kadakampally Surendran speaking in favour of the project.

Kerala changes stand on Mullaperiyar issue

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on SaturdayThiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarai  Vijayan said in Delhi on Saturday that the Mullaperiyar issue should be solved through discussions.

Women’s representation in Kerala Assembly remains low

Kerala Assembly HallThe number of women getting elected to Kerala Assembly remains more or less static though women contesting the elections have been going up since 2001. Only eight women will be swearing-in as members when the 14th Kerala Assembly begins its first session on June 2.

In the 13th Assembly, their number was just seven. The highest number of women was elected to the Assembly in 1996. Even then, it was only 13 members despite the high literacy and better status of women in the State.

Half of Kochi’s surveillance cameras in disrepair

Surveillance cameras installed by KeltronThe surveillance cameras that act as the watchdog ensuring security screening of critical areas of Kochi are in disrepair for the past one year.
As many as 55 cameras are not working owing to disconnection for metro work, cable complaint and damage due to accidents. Public address systems at traffic junctions are also not working, documents obtained under Right to Information Act show.

Cabinet subcommittee to review controversial decisions of UDF Government

Chief Minister Pinarai VijayanA Cabinet subcommittee headed by A. K. Balan will examine the legality of controversial decisions taken by the previous government after January 1 this year.

These include permissions granted to projects that involved reclamation of wet lands, regularisation of land transfers and assignment of government lands which had become an election issue.

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan told the media after the first meeting of his Cabinet that Ministers Thomas Isaac, V. S. Sunil Kumar and ministers of other LDF constituents would be members of the committee.

Kerala: LDF ministry sworn in

Pinarai Vijayan taking oath as Chief Minister of KeralaA 19-member Left Democratic Front (LDF) ministry headed by CPI (M) polit bureau member Pinarai Vijayan was sworn in here on Wednesday.

Governor P. Sathasivam administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Chief Minister designate and minister designates.

Governments will belong to all: Pinarai

Pinarai VijayanThiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister designate Pinarai Vijayan said here on Tuesday that his government would be one that belongs to all—a non-partisan government that would work for progress of the State.

Addressing a press conference here, the Chief Minister said that the government would work above political, religious and caste differences.

Rebellion in the CPI over choice of ministers

The CPI is facing rebellion over choice of its ministers in Kerala.

Election Poster of C. DivakaranSenior leaders Mullakkara Ratnakaran and C. Divakaran protested against the party proposing four new faces for ministership in the LDF ministry. The proposed names are that of V. S. Sunil Kumar, P. Thilothaman, E. Chanddrasekharan and K. Raju

Mr. Ratnakaran threatened that he would quit all posts in the party in protest against the decision of the party executive against his inclusion in the ministry. Mr. Divakaran said that he would wait for his time before responding.

CPI (M) draws up list of 11 ministers

Speaker designate P. SreeramakrishnanThe CPI (M) has proposed Dr. Thomas Isaac, G. Sudhakaran, E. P. Jayarajan, A. K. Balan and seven others as Ministers in the Pinarai Vijayan ministry.  P. Sreeramakrishnan, who was elected from Ponnani, is proposed as Speaker.

The decision is to be finalised by the State Committee meeting here on Monday.

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