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Maiden national chess title for Soumya


Soumya Swaminathan could barely recall her previous stint at the national women’s Challengers chess, back in 2005.

New ‘empowerment’ for women

It’s all about empowering women in a different way; nothing at all to do with the nationally-acknowledged empowerment programme Kudumbasree or its paler counterpart Janasri. If it were good as appoint

84-year-old keeper of 4,000 magazines

A magazine titled MN Nair! This monthly was brought out by Nair Service Society (NSS) in memory of its founder leaders and edited by writer Kainikkara Kumara Pillai.

The late e.m.s. Namboodiripad

Kerala: Divorces to cut wards’ fee

Throwing ethics to the wind, “divorce” dramas are being enacted on a large scale across the state — and the right time for a divorce, it turns out, is just before the admissions to medical and entranc

Miraculous escape for train passengers

A major tragedy was averted when the Hubli-Kochuveli Express bound for Kochuveli survived a sabotage attempt after it hit two thick coconut logs placed on the railway track in Aloor near Chalakudy, at

Can a ban on toddy curb Kerala's alcoholism?


Toddy, the traditional beverage of Malayali that even played a role in promoting tourism in Alappuzha district, has of late courted trouble.

Last week the Kerala High Court wondered why the state sh

Bring in no-trust, Congress challenges BJP on coal gate


Dubbing the coal blocks allocation controversy as a 'non-issue', Congress on Saturday challenged the BJP to bring in a no-confidence motion against the UPA government instead of stalling Parliament pr

For the Guinness record, 136 keyboards play in unison


The youngest is only six and the oldest, 17 , but these children have already won worldwide recognition.

They are on a team of 136 young keyboard artistes of the School of Music, Thrissur which r

Mobile number portability a big bonus for BSNL

As many as 35,3416 mobile phone subscribers have migrated to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) from private operators as per mobile number portability (MNP) statistics in Kerala.

Kannur tops with

Cooking expert Ambi Swamy passes away

Known for his mouthwatering vegetarian dishes, Noted cookery expert M. S. Krishna Iyer alias Ambi Swamy died of a heart attack last night.

He was 77, family sources said.

Swamy was invited to Mumbai

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