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.

Kochi royal family praises Minister Babu

Vallyamma Thampuram of Kochi royal family giving present to Minister K. BabuThiruvananthapuram: The Kochi royal family has expressed their appreciation of development activities undertaken by Minister K. Babu in Tripoonithura constituency and wished him success in the election.

Mr. Babu is seeking re-election from the constituency.

‘Measures to check duel enrolment of voters inadequate’

Thodupuzha: Nearly 100 persons will be removed from the electoral rolls in Udumbanchola Assembly constituency of Kerala and Cumbum Assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu who were found to have electoral registration in both the constituencies.

The action followed a High Court order to eliminate duel enrollment in Idukki district of Kerala and Theni district of Kerala.  However, the Desiya Paristhithi Congress (BPC), which had approached the Court, says that the action was incomplete and more people still had duel registration.

Election Commission permits free ration scheme

ECI logoThiruvananthapuram: election Commission of India has cleared implementation of free distribution of rice to poor families under the public distribution system.

However, enrolment of new beneficiaries with elections in view will not be permitted under the code of conduct for the elections.

Code of Conduct for election: High Court clears payments from relief fund

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy sanctioning assistance from distress relief fund (file photo)Kerala High Court has directed release of funds sanctioned from Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund which had been held up for want of clearance from the Election Commission of India under code of conduct for the elections.

The Court directed payment of a total of Rs. 44.54 crore to 44327 beneficiaries in 14 districts of the State on a petition filed by four of the beneficiaries.


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