The Kerala government on January 11 scrapped the entertainment tax for cinemas in the state from January to March 2021. The decision, which came as a breather to the industry, also reduced 50% fixed charges on the pending electricity bill of the theatres since March 2020. Moreover, extending the validity of the licenses and approvals till March 31, the government has allowed the hall owners to pay the pre-pandemic pending property taxes in… read-more
Demanding a relief package form the state government, the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce on January 6 decided to not to resume film screening. The development occurred even after the Kerala government permitted theaters to operate at 50% occupancy. The theater owners have appealed to waive off fixed electricity charges and allow full exemption on entertainment tax. They hope to reopen before January 13 to screen Vijay's movie ‘Master’ that… read-more
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Amidst the pandemic, the Kerala Government has planned to reopen theatres from January 5 with 50 per cent capacity. The move has been taken ahead of big releases like 'Master' during harvest festival season. The officials are expecting Tamil actor Vijay's 'Master' can be a big turnaround for the film business that was affected by the pandemic. Besides, three Telugu films have been scheduled for a festive release.
In a bid to mainstream the LGBTQ community, the Kerala government on December 29 announced scholarship scheme for the third gender students. The students from seventh grade to college can avail the scholarship, and only aided/self-financed institutions are eligible. While the students of grade 7-10 will be receiving Rs 1000/month, and high-secondary and college students with Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 respectively. The government also proposed… read-more
On the sudden demise of legendary footballer Diego Maradona, the Kerala government has announced that the state's sports sector would observe mourning for two days. Sports minister E.P. Jayarajan announced the decision and stated that lakhs of fans in Kerala could not believe the news. The veteran footballer has visited Kerala in 2012 for an event.… read-more
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In a tactical move, Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to field two Muslim women to contest in the Kerala local body elections. The two candidates - TP Sulfath and Ayisha Hussain - will contest against the predominant Indian Union Muslim League in the panchayats of Malappuram district. Reportedly, both the candidates have opted for BJP tickets as they were "influenced" by its "progressive" policies. Malappuram will undergo polls on December… read-more
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The Kerala Congress (M) has withdrawn from the United Democratic Front (UDF) after an association of 38 years. The decision was announced on October 14 by the KC(M) chief Jose K Mani, who claimed that his party was not treated well by UDF and that the move will change the political scenario in the state. However, the Kerala CM while welcoming the move, said that it would “strengthen democratic and secular forces in the state.”
Kerala government has allegedly ignored the inputs from the state wing of the Indian Medical Association in implementation of policies against COVID-19 pandemic. While the CM Pinarayi Vijayan maintains the state is recovering, IMA officials has urged the government to run proper schemes by consulting with the IMA. Dr Abraham Varghese, IMA head, said, "At present, 80% of the ICUs are filled. And the government hospitals are shooing-away non-… read-more
According to the order issued by the general administration department of Kerala Government, guest workers who are COVID-19 positive yet asymptomatic, can continue to work in separate areas, away from others. The order directs that their food and stay have to be arranged as per the First Line Treatment Centre guidelines. However, this goes against the guidelines issued by the health department which orders home quarantine for asymptomatic… read-more
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Amid the COVID-19 fear, the final stretch of the phase-1 of the Kochi metro was inaugurated on September 7 by the Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan through a video conference. The final stretch extends from Thykoodam to Petta. Reportedly, phase-1 of the Kochi metro has cost about Rs 6,218 crore. Also, the walls at Petta station pay tribute to the fishermen community for their life-saving contributions during the 2018 Kerala floods.
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