Kerala ministers, others flay new anti-slaughter rules

Thiruvananthapuram , May 26

The central government's announcement of stringent rules on sale of cows and buffaloes at animal markets across India on Friday, aimed at deterring slaughter, took several Kerala ministers and the Congress-led opposition by surprise.

UAE President gifts dates to Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram , May 26

In keeping with the spirit of the "Year of Giving", President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday gifted the people of Kerala a personally selected assortment of high-quality dates.

Will fight if no consensus on government nominee for President: Opposition

New Delhi , May 26

Major opposition parties, including the Congress and mutually antagonistic outfits in states, came together on Friday on a common platform and decided to contest the upcoming presidential election if the government does not come up with a consensus candidate -- but the absence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set off speculation.

Ramadan to begin in Kerala on Saturday

Thiruvananthapuram , May 26

Muslim clerics announced that the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims keep a dawn-to-dusk fast would begin on Saturday in Kerala.

Nitish stays away as opposition parties meet on presidential candidate

New Delhi , May 26

Major opposition parties, led by the Congress, came together on Friday on a common platform and decided to contest the upcoming presidential election if the government does not come up with a consensus candidate -- but the absence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar set off speculation about possible political realignment.

Over 9,000 Kerala schools get IT boost

Thiruvananthapuram , May 26

The Kerala education department on Friday announced the holistic intervention of ICT (information and communication technologies) that will assist education in 9,279 schools.