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Heritage concreted over


With many unauthorised buildings and shops having come up in gross violation of heritage norms around it, Fort Kochi is in danger of losing its old world charm.

Not just small wayside shops, but mu

Weak rains drain city corporation


It is a huge drain on a weak corporation exchequer with the rain gods not being benevolent to the state.
The cash-strapped civic body is finding it difficult to meet the additional expense it had to

Pathanamthitta district wins literacy race

NRI-centric Pathanamthitta district has surpassed Kottayam to become the most literate district in the state.

As per the 2011 census, Pathanamthitta, with 96.93 per cent literacy, is the fourth most

North-East hands pep up Kerala look


They are experts at snipping and styling hair and bring their own sense of hospitality to the hotels and restaurants that many of them serve in.

After the hotel and construction industry, beauty

RTE to cheer up lives of differently-abled kids

To provide education to all children in the state, irrespective of their physical and mental health, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan has implemented a new programme for differently-able children.

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Who will ‘tap out’ of this corporation, KWA tussle

While the Local Self Government Department has asked the city corporation to pay arrears of water charges due to the Kerala Water Authority, the tussle between the two agencies on the number of water

Big buildings pay very little tax


A major speciality hospital in the heart of the city pays just Rs 50 as annual building tax to the corporation.

The reason? It had been functioning all along with the number of a small thatched house

New property tax may be delayed

While the state government has set August 16 as the deadline for collecting property tax under the revised scheme, the Kochi Corporation could find it difficult to meet the deadline, given the huge ta

Kerala Water Authority dues may cost Corp dear


The local self government department’s recent order asking local bodies to immediately settle their arrears with the Kerala Water Authority (KWA), has hit the fund-starved Kochi corporation hard.


Now, corporation eyes reel income

The cash-strapped city corporation, in a bid to find out new sources of income, plans to levy a fee on film shooting.

Though the city is a favourite location for film-makers, the local body has had n

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