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Demonetisation brings digital dividend to Kerala, 14,500 ration shops to get e PoS machines

Ration shops in Kerala are readying to go the ATM way soon. As many as 14,500 ration retail shops in Kerala will soon be equipped with electronic point of sale (ePoS) machines, which would work as micro-ATMs.

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Demand for ban on natural rubber imports: Industry protests

Rubber MSMEs (Micro, Small or Medium Enterprises) have expressed strong reservations over rubber growers’ memorandum to Commerce Ministry for banning natural rubber (NR) imports for at least six months.

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Rubber growers seek import ban

Rubber growers have sought a ban on import of natural rubber (NR) for atleast six months. Indian Rubber Growers Association (IRGA) has called on Union minister of state for commerce Nirmala Sitaraman in New Delhi, urging her

Rubber growers seek import ban

Kerala reports shortage of subsidised rice ahead of Christmas

In the thick of the Christmas season, Kerala has emerged short of subsidised rice in the godowns of its government’s grocery arm Supplyco.

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Pineapple business down to a third over currency logjam

Falling demand in north Indian markets, following currency shortage, has nearly crushed pineapple farming. At Vazhakulam in central Kerala

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Lenders in Kerala may see deposits flowing to troubled cooperative banks

Commercial banks in Kerala, sitting pretty on deposits to the tune of Rs 4.7 lakh crore, may soon see exodus of some key depositors to cooperative banks, if the state government's plans materialise.

Lenders in Kerala may see deposits flowing to troubled cooperative banks

In a first, Centre mulling national institute to top up skill in rubber sector

The Centre is toying with the idea of setting up a national institute to enhance skill in rubber and tyre sector.

Commodities News

Kerala fat tax limit: Humble dosa escapes price rise order

The Subject Committee of the Assembly has specified that the tax will be effective only on burgers, pizzas, tacos, pasta, doughnuts, sandwiches, patties and bread-fillings sold in branded restaurants

Kerala fat tax limit: Humble dosa escapes price rise order

Kerala to mobilise Rs 50,000 crore for infrastructure development

The Kerala Assembly on Thursday cleared the amendment Bill to mobilise Rs 50,000 crore for infrastructure development projects.

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Milk prices set to shoot up in Kerala, govt makes grim announcement

Even as the Kerala government made a grim announcement on Monday that the state was “drought-hit”, its cattle sheds have taken the first blow. Besides the shortfall of 2 lakh litres of cow milk per day, the state has star

Commodities News

Natural rubber clone set to debut in India

A newly-developed natural rubber (NR) clone, specific for the North-East’s climate, will be the highlight of the India meet of ANRPC (Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries) in mid-October. Union minister for com

Natural rubber clone set to debut in India

More worry for rubber farmers as price drops Rs 22 per kg in a month

Rubber price has fallen to R122 per kg from R144 per kg in a month. The price crash has happened at the beginning of the peak production season.

More worry for rubber farmers as price drops Rs 22 per kg in a month

LED bulbs to replace flower bouquets? Kerala mulls powerful switch

Even as Gujarat emerges as the first state to distribute 2 crore LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, the Kerala government is considering replacing the traditional welcome, done with a bouquet of flowers, with an equivalent clu

Economy News

SBI, SBT ATM fraud in Kerala gets a foreign connection; here’s how

Three Romanian nationals have been identified as prime suspects in the hi-tech bank fraud cases involving SBI and SBT ATMs in Thiruvananthapuram even as several bank customers have lost lakhs of rupees.

SBI, SBT ATM fraud in Kerala gets a foreign connection; here’s how

CM’s nod to Kerala’s light metro rail projects; work to start soon

The ground preparation for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's two elevated light metro rail projects in Kerala is set to begin in a month or two, especially the one in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

CM’s nod to Kerala’s light metro rail projects; work to start soon

Gita Gopinath Kerala row: ‘Intellectuals of Kerala will not accept advice’

Marxist economist and Kerala state planning board's former vice-chairman Prabhat Patnaik has also joined the debate over the appointment of Harward economist Gita Gopinath as advisor to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan

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How to cut Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram travel time from 12 hrs to 120 min; Delhi Metro shows way

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submited to the Kerala government a detailed project report for a high-speed railway line that will trim the travel time from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram from 12 hours to just 120

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Kerala serves up a ‘fat tax’, pizzas, burgers to cost more

Food items like pizzas, burgers, doughnuts, pasta, and bread-fillings served in branded fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Dominos, Pizza Hut and Subway, among others, are likely to see the new tax imposed on them.

Economy News

Coconut price drops to Rs 14, but Kerala govt scrambles to buy at Rs 25

Kerala is pumping Rs 100 crore for market intervention in coconut industry, alarmed by the rapid drop in prices. In all coconut-producing states, including Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, prices have fallen

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Kochi Metro Phase I: Kerala CM wants to set cracking pace

The CPI(M)-led LDF government has pulled up its socks to get work on the Kochi Metro rail cracking, underscoring the target of having the $770-million Phase I of the project commissioned on March 2017.

Economy News

Kerala to move SC against NGT ban on diesel vehicles

The Kerala government is readying to move Supreme Court against the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s order to impose ban on old diesel vehicles.

Kerala to move SC against NGT ban on diesel vehicles

Pinarayi Vijayan sworn in as Kerala chief minister

Left Democratic Front leader Pinarayi Vijayan has taken oath as the Kerala chief minister with 19 ministers.

Pinarayi Vijayan sworn in as Kerala chief minister

Natural rubber output shrinks 13% in 2015-16

The country's natural rubber (NR) production in 2015-16 has dropped by 13%. According to the latest statistics culled together by Rubber Board of India, the NR imports in the last fiscal spiralled up by 3%.

Natural rubber output shrinks 13% in 2015-16

Kerala vegetable production up 64%

Kerala, which had been leaning on neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for its vegetables/fruits to the tune of about R1,500-crore per year, has managed to pep up its domestic vegetable production by 64%.

Kerala vegetable production up 64%

Rise in natural rubber price fails to fetch growers back to estates

India is the sixth largest producer of natural rubber after Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Malaysia. Kerala alone accounts for 80% of the India’s rubber, followed by Tripura

Rise in natural rubber price fails to fetch growers back to estates

Kerala temples unlikely to drop Rs 2,000-crore firework displays

Amid growing demand for ban on temple fireworks display in Kerala in the wake of Kollam tragedy, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) that manages as many as 1,255 temples in the state has refused to say no to such display in

Kerala temples unlikely to drop Rs 2,000-crore firework displays

Big Bazaar in soup in Kerala over scrap exchange scheme

Retail giant Big Bazaar, which promised discount coupons to customers in Thiruvananthapuram in exchange of old newspaper and other scrap, has been slapped fine for littering.

Big Bazaar in soup in Kerala over scrap exchange scheme
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