Regional News Headlines

Spectrum auction sees bids of Rs.65,000 crore at end of Day Two

New Delhi , March 5

Day Two of the e-auction of radio frequency spectrum, or airwaves, for telecom services saw bids placed for all the four frequencies on the block, with the eight companies in the fray making an offer for Rs.65,000 crore at the end of the 11th round, the government said on Thursday.

Attukal Pongala celebrated in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram , March 5

Lakhs of devotees took part in Attukal Pongala, the largest congregation of women in the world, here in Kerala on Thursday.

Kerala backs DGP accused of hushing up murder case

Thiruvananthapuram , March 5

The Kerala government on Thursday reposed "full confidence" on Director General of Police (DGP) K.S. Balasubramanian, accused by Chief Whip P.C. George of being involved in hushing up the alleged murder of a security guard by a millionaire businessman.

Indian American woman may lose mansion for keeping illegal as slave

New York , March 5

An Indian American woman, who was convicted in 2013 of harbouring an illegal immigrant at her upstate New York mansion for over five years and subjecting her to slave-like conditions, has lost an appeal to overturn the verdict.

Kerala Tourism impresses at ITB Berlin

Thiruvananthapuram , March 4

The Kerala Tourism stand is the biggest among the state tourism boards from India at the prestigious Internationale Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB Berlin) - 2015, said a Kerala minister.

Protest in Erode against Coco-Cola plant

Chennai , March 5

Around 3,500 shops in Erode district of Tamil Nadu downed their shutters on Thursday in protest against the setting up of a Coco Cola bottling plant in SIPCOT industrial estate in Perundurai, said officials.

50 years on, Nirodh-maker eyes products beyond condoms

Thiruvananthapuram , March 5 As it enters its 50th year of conception, the state-run HLL Lifecare, as Hindustan Latex is now called, is spreading itself into a wide range of "sexual wellness" products -- an industry estimated at Rs.8,500 crore ($1.3 billion) in India annually.

Amy Jackson's near-death experience

Chennai , March 5

Actress Amy Jackson, while shooting for a yet-untitled Tamil action drama, miraculously escaped a fatal fall from a cliff thanks to the timely intervention of her co-star Karunakaran, who saved her.

Top Coast Guard official to oversee entire west coast

Mumbai , March 4

The central government has appointed an officer of the rank of additional director-general to head the complete operation of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on the vulnerable west coast, it was announced on Wednesday.

Kerala HC nixes action in false ISRO spy case

Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram , March 4

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed a single-bench order directing the state government to take action against three police officers, now retired, who had falsely implicated and arrested ISRO official S. Nambi Narayanan in a non-existent espionage case.