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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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Kerala pitches for Rs 43,000 cr Indian Railways semi-high speed corridor between Kasargod and Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala government has put forward before Railway Board a preliminary project report for setting up a semi high speed rail corridor between Kasargod and Thiruvananthapuram, above the existing rail line.

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Paper makers seek anti-dumping and safeguard duties on imports

The surge in paper imports by 60% in the first six months of the fiscal has led the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA) to write to the Centre seeking an end to preferential tariff treatment to importers.

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In a first in India, Kerala unveils GST enabled e-ticketing for movie houses

For the first time in the country, Kerala has readied a centrally-run, server-based e-ticketing mechanism for movie houses. The state government will also roll out its e-booking app to reserve movie tickets within two months.

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Kerala transport minister Thomas Chandy facing encroachment charges resigns

Thomas Chandy, the richest cabinet member in Kerala, has resigned over land-grab allegations.

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Prolonged rains play spoilsport for rubber business during peak season

Rubber growers are on a slippery wicket,as the number of tapping days keep shrinking in direct proportion to the prolonged lash of monsoon.

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Taj Mahal tweet by Kerala government after Yogi Adityanath spat with CPM sparks social media storm

CPI(M)-led Kerala government had seen red when UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath came to Kerala early this month for BJP’s Janaraksha Yatra and found flak with the state on its health indices.

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Tipplers hopes in Kerala rise as government cuts distance limit between liquor bars and schools and more

The state government has, through an order, reduced the distance between liquor bars and institutions like schools, colleges and places of worship.

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Monsoon in Kerala paints grim picture; 27 pct fall in rains, reservoirs log alarming fall

Even as IMD had projected a revival of monsoon in southern India in the current week, Kerala, the usual gateway of southwest monsoon, has been facing a deficit of 27% rainfall during the monsoon season, beginning in June. Thi

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Rs 4,219 cr Thiruvananthapuram Light Metro project put on backburner

The ministry of urban development has been sitting on the comprehensive mobility plan of the two cities with an outlay of Rs 6,728 crore since September 2015.

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GST impact and anti profiteering law: Kerala wants deterrent clause deployed now

Even as it doesn’t appear the Centre’s intent to invoke the anti-profiteering provision under the goods and services tax (GST) from day one, at least one state demanded that the dreaded tool be wielded without delay.

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Bars limp back to normalcy in Kerala

After getting corked up for three years over mutually-competing moralising postures of political parties, liquor bars in Kerala have officially came out of the hiding on Sunday.

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Kerala set to lose Rs 300 crore of Rs 1404 crore loan from World Bank

Kerala stands to lose Rs 300 crore out of its Rs 1,404-crore soft loan from the World Bank (WB) for phase II of the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP). Dissatisfied by the “slow progress” of the Rs 2,810-crore, four-ye

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Kerala liquor ban: Government relaxes norms, toddy goes 5-star

The Left government in Kerala has decided to reopen a good number of liquor bars that were shut in tune with the liquor policy of the previous Congress-led UDF government.

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PM Narendra Modi to flag off Kochi Metro project on June 17

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off Kerala's much-awaited Kochi metro train project on June 17. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) confirmed the date on Monday late night.

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Good news: Rejection rate of Indian sea food exports by the European Union declines

European Union (EU) rejections on Indian seafood exports have gone down consistently in last five years.

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Coastal shrimp aquaculture production to cross 5 lakh tonnes: MPEDA

The coastal shrimp aquaculture production has grown consistently to cross 5 lakh tonnes, during the last couple of years, according to MPEDA (Marine Products Exports Development Authority) Chairman A Jayathilak.

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Drought in Kerala: Despite excess rainfall in March, state hit by shortfall due to two poor monsoon seasons

The first panic wave of drought came to Kerala through the long nose of the wild jumbo. What alerted the state of the gravity of the impending drought was the exodus of elephants, monkeys and bisons from Karnataka-Kerala bord

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Export option excites rubber growers as domestic prices fall

After a long stretch of poor price realisation, the rubber planters have found the current tapping season, sparkling – both in output and in the differential of domestic and international prices.

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Free internet promised to 2 mn poor households in Kerala budget

Free internet for two million poor households, a big digital-divide-bridging initiative, is the key take away from the Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) first budget since returning to power in Kerala.

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