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First Dalit priest in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram – Marking a historic moment, the Travancore Dewaswom Board (TDB) is posting Yadukrishna of Chalakudi of the Thrissur district as the first Dalit priest. Yadu has broken the caste hierarchy and the taboo associated with it to serve the gods in temples of Kerala under the TDB. We reported the previous day that the TDB […]

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Kerala BJP slams CPM govt for refusing NIA probe into ‘love jihad’

Thiruvananthapuram – The Kerala unit president of the BJP, Kummanam Rajashekharan, slammed the State government for its affidavit to the Supreme Court today that there was no NIA investigation required in the case relating to the conversion of homoeopathy doctor Akhila into Hadiya and then marrying a Muslim Shafin Jahan, which had been annulled by […]

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TDB, which controls Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, recruits non-Brahmins including Dalits as priests

Thiruvananthapuram: The Travancore Dewaswom Board (TDB), which controls the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, has decided to appoint 36 non-Brahimns as priests in its temples. The number includes 6 Dalits. This is unprecedented in the history of recruitment of priests to the temples under the board. The TDB conducted written tests and interviews for the recruitment of […]

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CPM calls for ‘hartal’ in CM’s hometown on 5 Oct

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M) has called for an unofficial hartal (strike) in Pinarayi town, the hometown of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, as BJP president Amit Shah is walking through the town tomorrow as part of the Janaraksha Yatra taken out by Kerala president of the BJP Kummanam Rajashekaran. The CPI(M) local leaders, according to sources, […]

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Kerala CM calls for opposition unity to counter BJP-RSS

Thiruvananthapuram: Apparently irked by the success of the Janaraksha Yatra by the BJP Kerala unit president Kummanam Rajashekharan and the huge turnout of the BJP cadre and people in it, the State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for unity of all political parties to counter the BJP and RSS in Kerala. The chief minister, […]

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Kerala govt can’t protect life and property of citizens: Yogi Adityanath

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and senior leader of the BJP Yogi Adityanath has charged the government of Kerala for its failure to protect the life and property of its citizens. He was speaking at a public function in Kannur as part of the Janaraksha Yatra led by the BJP’s Kerala president Kummanam Rajashekharan […]

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BJP seeks police protection for workers attending Janaraksha Yatra

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP’s Kerala unit president Kummanam Rajashekharan has called for police protection to party workers attending the Janaraksha Yatra organized by the party against “jihadi” and “red” terror. The appeal of the State president came in the wake of the attack carried out by the CPI(M) cadre on BJP workers, who had come in large […]

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BJP to march to CPM HQ in Delhi: Amit Shah

Thiruvananthapuram: BJP national president Amit Shah has announced that his party would conduct a march towards the AKG Bhavan, the CPI(M) national headquarters in Delhi, on Wednesday, 4 October, to protest the alleged atrocities of the communist cadre perpetrated upon RSS swayamsevaks and BJP workers in Kerala. The BJP president was addressing a public gathering […]

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Leukaemia-to-HIV fallout: WHO team to inspect Kerala blood banks

Thiruvananthapuram: A team of experts from WHO is to inspect the blood banks of Kerala following a nine-year-old leukaemia patient contracting the deadly HIV virus. The girl, who was admitted at the prestigious Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) attached with the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, was later found HIV positive following a blood test. According to her […]

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CPM invites Pakistan’s communist party for conference

Thiruvananthapuram – The Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] is holding a conference of South Asian Communist parties in Kochi on 23 and 24 September in a five-star holiday resort, Bolgatty Palace. The delegation of the Communist Party of Pakistan is among the invitees attending the session. The other invitees include the communist party of Sri Lanka called […]