Kerala to launch Egyptian-themed ship by Oct end

Nefertiti, the Egyptian themed luxury vessel of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation, would be launched by the end of October, charting a new course in cruise tourism in the state, a KSNIC official said Sunday. Continue Reading

KPMG’s credibility doubted, Kerala govt terms charges baseless

Kerala government today described as baseless, charges in the media against KPMG, appointed as project consultancy partner to rebuild the flood ravaged state and said it would cooperate with the agency. Continue Reading

Clean-up drive in Kuttanad, 70k people participate

State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac and PWD Minister G Sudhakaran launched the drive in which nearly 70,000 volunteers will clean around one lakh buildings. Continue Reading

Oommen Chandy urges Modi to amend rule on foreign aid

Congress termed as disappointing the reports that the Centre was unlikely to accept any foreign financial aid for flood relief work in Kerala and requested the Prime Minister to take steps to amend the rules. Continue Reading

Kerala rehabilitation: Govt plans 10% cess on GST

The flood-ravaged state has asked for the GST council’s permission to introduce 10 per cent cess on the GST as part of its efforts to mobilise more resources for rehabilitation, besides planning to introduce a special lottery, a government press release said. Continue Reading

Ex-serviceman held for spreading false news on Kerala relief work

Unni Nair, working at a firm which takes in retired army personnel, has been booked for spreading false information on the ongoing relief work, police said. Continue Reading

Kerala floods: CM seeks special package from Centre

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a meeting of the state cabinet, which decided to seek a special package from the Centre under the centrally sponsored schemes, including the latter’s flagship rural employment programme MNREGS. Continue Reading

Centre declares Kerala deluge severe calamity

The Centre declared the devastating floods in Kerala a “calamity of severe nature” as the state braced for the gigantic task of reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and rehabilitation for lakhs of people rendered homeless. Continue Reading

Kerala relief work in full swing; Karnataka, TN under flood threat

The deadly monsoon rains that savaged Kerala claimed 13 more lives yesterday as parts of neighbouring Karnataka and Tamilnadu too reeled under floods. Continue Reading