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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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Soaring rice price forces Kerala to eye Rs 100 cr worth buy from West Bengal

Kerala government, for instance, is set to shop for rice in West Bengal in order to supply the food grain to southern kitchens where rice is a staple diet.

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Rising power costs may trip Kerala State Electricity Board’s electrification aim

Even as Kerala is readying to be India’s first fully electrified state, increased power purchases driving up the debt of the state’s power utility, Kerala State Electricity Board.

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Global rubber body predicts limited price rise

Rubber may not see a substantial price rise globally during 2017, according to the latest forecast of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).

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Rubber growers demand sops from government

The Centre should urgently step in to give an export price incentive of at least R5 per kilo for Indian rubber, leading growers of the commodity have said.

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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.

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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

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