Kerala assembly to hold special session for women’s quota

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - The Kerala government Wednesday decided to convene a special session of the state assembly Sep 8-17 to bring in a new law reserving 50 percent seats in the local legislative bodies for women.

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‘Remittances to Kerala rise by 135 percent in five years

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Foreign remittances to Kerala increased 135 percent during 2003-08, making it one of the major pillars of the state’s economy, says a study conducted by the city-based Centre for Development Studies (CDS).

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Dwarfs urge for quota benefits

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Can dwarfs be classified as physically handicapped to allow them the benefits of reservation? While the dwarf community in Kerala is demanding job quota benefits, the state government has passed the buck to the central government to decide whether they merit reservation.

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Kerala preparing new law to tackle cyber crimes

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Monday told the state assembly that a comprehensive law is being prepared to tackle the increasing number of cyber crimes being reported in the state.

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Kerala’s Catholic church to oppose legalizing of gay sex

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - The Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) Thursday said it will oppose legalization of gay sex after the Delhi High Court struck down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that termed homosexuality a criminal act.

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Government not rushing to legalise homosexuality: Moily

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Union Law Minister M. Veerapa Moily Sunday said the government will not rush to repeal the controversial section of the law that criminalises homosexuality, and “views from all sections of the society” will be considered before taking any decision.

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Reforms to be carried out taking judiciary into confidence: Moily

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Union Minister of Law M. Veerapa Moily Sunday said the judiciary will be taken into confidence when proposed reforms are undertaken to make it more accountable.

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Calls for Achuthanandan to quit over support for governor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Several posters asking Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to “resign and go” were found plastered across the state capital Thursday morning even as the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) refuted media reports of friction among its leaders over Achuthanandan defending the governor’s action against Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC Lavalin scam.

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Governor’s decision on Vijayan not surprising: Achuthanandan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Wednesday said the governor’s nod to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute party leader Pinarayi Vijayan in the Rs.300 crore (Rs.3 billion) SNC Lavalin scam was “not surprising”. This comes as a departure from his party stance on the issue.

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Governor’s decision on Vijayan arbitrary: Kerala home minister

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan Tuesday termed as “arbitrary” the governor’s nod to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute party leader Pinarayi Vijayan in the Rs.300 crore (Rs.3 billion) SNC Lavalin scam. He added that the governor had not informed the state government about his decision.

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