M Sarita Varma

Vizhinjam port: Cruising along on course

The December, 2019 deadline is likely to be missed. There are no more hurdles ahead.

Infrastructure News

Nissan inks pact with Kerala for 1st global digital hub

Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Co on Friday signed an MoU with the Kerala government for its first global centre for digital operations in India. The digital hub, to be set up in Thiruvananthapuram.

Industry News

Eco-friendly: Flexi-marketing – Yoga mats give a leg-up to Kerala coir exports

The publicity blitzkrieg for yoga in recent times has given a leg-up to India's coir business centred in Kerala, catapulting coir yoga mats to a fashion statement of sorts.

Industry News

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh keep tabs as Kerala unwraps its NRI chitty

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, which enjoy substantial diaspora population, have been keeping tabs on Kerala government’s experiment to garner Rs 10,000 crore this year through a diaspora chit fund.

Money News

Kerela gears up for e-bus pact with Goldstone Infratech

Kerala is teaming up with GIL is through ASRTU (Association of State Road Transport Undertakings). GIL, in its turn, has a vehicle assembly tie-up with Chinese company BYD Auto.

Industry News

Kerala to tap diaspora to raise Rs 10,000 crore via chit fund

Pravasi Chitty, a chit fund for the non-resident Keralites (NRKs), will be launched on June 12, with an initial plan to raise Rs 10,000 crore from NRKs in the UAE in the current fiscal.

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Monsoon rains make early entry through Kerala coast

Southwest Monsoon has made an unusually early date with the Indian peninsula, splashing in through its usual gateway of Kerala on Tuesday.

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Natural rubber bounces back on crude oil price rise

The sagging spot rubber market has bounced back dramatically this week, from Rs 120 per kg to Rs 127 per kg.

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Rs 29,000 crore business: In strike against strikes, Kerala to shield tourism industry from hartals

Close on the heels of hogging the headlines with a cheeky tweet on the Karnataka poll results and later quietly deleting it, Kerala Tourism has swung into action to insulate the state’s Rs 29,000-crore tourism sector from p

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Kerala peps up poultry business as Tamil Nadu chicken price takes a high perch

Kerala is out to put together its homegrown poultry supply chain in a hurry, as the price of Tamil Nadu-sourced broiler chicken has left the coup to perch as high as Rs 220 per kg this week.

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Pineapple trade sniffs bonanza in Centre’s crop export policy

India accounts for 7% of the world’s pineapple production, through three states — Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal.

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Sweeten price of sugarless, milkless tea, Kerala government tells vendors

Can tea without milk and sugar, sugared tea without milk and the milky tea without sugar be charged the same price as tea brewed with all these? No, says Kerala government emphatically in a Government Order (GO) this week.

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Coal famine in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh plunges Kerala into blackouts

Shortage of coal at Jindal Tamnar Thermal Station, Chhattisgarh, and Jhabua Thermal Station, Madhya Pradesh, has hit power supply in Kerala.

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Kerala bets big on Rs 3,000-crore titanium project

The ambitious project, catering to the demand for rare mineral products vital for the country's aerospace and defence sectors, will be under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

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Not Delhi, Kerala to emerge as first state with 1000 free Wi-Fi hotspots

The state-wide network will provide citizens access to the internet with Wi-Fi spots deployed in parks, libraries and other public spaces.

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Indian Railways, BEML, Kerala government mull Rs 320-crore coach Joint Venture

The railway coach manufacturing factory project in Kanjikode, Kerala, is back on the Centre’s radar, exactly 10 years after it was first mooted.

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Kerala plan to lease Andhra Pradesh land for cashew fails

Kerala’s much-touted initiative to lease 50,000 acre for cashew cultivation in Andhra Pradesh for the cashew processing industry in Kerala has drawn a blank.

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Mirror image of Chinese E Class propels Mercedes sales in India

A mirror-image model of the Chinese version of its Long Wheelbase (LWB) E-Class model premium executive sedan has been the unsung dragon that drove the unprecedented sales volumes of the German carmaker Mercedes Benz in India

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KIMS Global partners Dangote group to debut in Africa

Last week, Dangote Group president and CEO Aliko Dangote and Ayoki Fabricon managing director Ganesh Kumar had held parleys on the details of Nigerian healthcare initiative with KIMS Global chairman MA Sahadulla.

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Kerala laps up low potato prices in UP

Marxist government in Kerala is close to harvesting a business opportunity in Uttar Pradesh, where recently angry potato farmers threw quintals of potatoes at chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s office and residence protesting

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Cocoa turns sweeter for Kerala farmers as rubber profits fall

Even as thin price realisation from natural rubber (NR) has been making rubber plantations abandoned, cocoa is slowly turning sweeter to Kerala farmer.

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NCDC to part-fund Kerala’s coir fibre sourcing project

Coir sector in Kerala has readied Rs 1,200-crore backward integration plans to fine-tune its raw material sourcing issues. This would be part-funded by the NCDC.


Rubber growers go easy on tapping as price drops 22%

Natural Rubber (NR) price has fallen by 22.15% this week, on a year-on-year basis. This is despite the slowdown in the estate-to-market stock movements, in tandem with the tapering down of the latex production season.

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Infrastructure in Kerala: State turns to its expats to build 2 highways worth Rs 10,000 cr

The state is tapping money with its expats to build two highways worth `10,000 crore from north to south

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Tyre business positive even as Centre hikes rubber licence fees

Centre has revised the fees charged for special licences issued to rubber manufacturers, dealers and processors, according to a communique from Rubber Board of India.

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3 consortia in the race for Rs 1538 crore Smartcity Thiruvananthapuram

These consortia are led by New-Delhi-based IPE Global, Mahindra Consulting Engineers (formerly Mahindra Acres Consulting Engineers-MACE) and Wadia Techno-Engineering Services.

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Kerala Finance Ministry TM Thomas Isaac likely to plug deficits to lure funds for infrastructure

An unlikely deficit-tamer, Dr Isaac, who is also a respected economist, had been constantly arguing that taking on loans specifically to fuel development is no accounting sin.

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