November 22, 2021

Call to resume KSRTC’s premium bus services to suburbs

The KSRTC’s decision to deploy a bulk of air-conditioned low-floor buses as Bypass Rider services on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kozhikode route through the national highway and MC Road must not be at the cost of premium services it operated from the city […]
November 18, 2021

സർക്കാരിന്റേത് മായാലോകം; യുവാക്കളെ ഉള്ളികൃഷിക്ക് വിദേശത്ത് വിടുകയല്ല വേണ്ടത്

വായ്പയെടുക്കലാണ് കേരളത്തിന്റെ സമ്പദ്ഘടനയുടെ വളർച്ചയ്ക്കുള്ള മാർഗമെന്ന സമീപനമാണ് സംസ്ഥാന സർക്കാർ കഴിഞ്ഞ കാലങ്ങളിൽ സ്വീകരിച്ചിരുന്നത്. കോവിഡും പ്രകൃതി ദുരന്തങ്ങൾ പോലുള്ള തിരിച്ചടികളും അതിജീവിച്ച് ആഭ്യന്തര വരുമാനം വളർച്ചയുടെ പാതയിലേക്കു നീങ്ങുമെന്നും വായ്പയെടുക്കുന്ന സമീപനത്തിൽനിന്ന് പിന്മാറേണ്ടതില്ലെന്നുമുള്ള വാദമാണ് ഇതിനെ സാധൂകരിക്കുന്നതിനു വേണ്ടി സർക്കാർ നിരന്തരം ഉയർത്തിയിരുന്നത്. എന്നാൽ വർധിച്ച ഇന്ധന വില പ്രതിരോധിക്കുന്നതിനു നികുതി ഇളവു നൽകാൻ […]
November 15, 2021

Will pubs be a game changer in Kerala?

The Left government wanted to correct this lacuna and have proposed setting up pubs with wine parlours inside IT Parks. Will pubs be a game changer as far as investments are concerned? Without more information about government plans on pubs […]
November 13, 2021

RSS, BJP leaders deny politics behind Akshayashree

“Undoubtedly, the Akshayashree networks will flourish further in Kerala and provide Sangh Parivar forces the much needed political mileage and advancement,’ said Ad. Jayashankar. Ernakulam: Various ventures and welfare schemes of the central government have become a tool for the […]
November 3, 2021

Accelerating a green ‘drive’ for Kochi

Cochin International Airport Limited is all set to venture into the manufacturing of hydrogen-powered buses in Kochi. KOCHI: A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation,” Gustavo Petro, a former […]
October 27, 2021

Is Modi’s khadi as inclusive as Gandhi’s?

There is a need to categorise khadi based on the production technique involved to create more transparency for consumers. On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alluded to the “glory” of khadi in the 81st edition of […]
October 18, 2021

Time ripe for an alternative world order as old global institutions struggle with Taliban-like challenges

The United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions are 75 years old and unable to respond to contemporary challenges India was chairing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) when the Americans hastily withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban took over […]
October 18, 2021

How smartphones are killing the planet

The energy used to build a single smartphone is equal to the energy required to operate it for about a decade. Rising temperatures have led to a variety of adverse environmental effects such as the melting of the polar regions, […]
October 14, 2021

Thiruvananthapuram airport is Adani’s, not all staff happy

Amid the disquieting silence of the state government, the Adani Group will formally take over the Trivandrum airport on Thursday. Thus far, the state government has been claiming — both inside and outside the assembly — that it will not […]
October 4, 2021

This was not Gandhi’s idea of khadi

Jaya Jaitly writes: The cloth was something to be freely made and proudly worn by all citizens. Instead, its production has been put in a straitjacket by rules and acts. In a Mann ki Baat broadcast in 2019 and another […]
October 4, 2021

Time for implementing Gandhian idea of Khadi

We just celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and all that come as a flash in front of our eyes is the image of him spinning charkha and wearing khadi. ‘Khadi’ or ‘khaddar’ as called in rural areas was woven on simple looms […]
September 24, 2021

Will the ‘semi-cadre’ structure help the Congress in Kerala?

The adage that failures can teach many lessons seems quite true for the Congress party in Kerala. After facing a massive defeat in the assembly elections in April, the state unit took some time to come out of shock. But […]
September 20, 2021

India should adopt “Wait and Watch” approach in Afghanistan, says Ambassador Venu Rajamony

Kochi: Former Ambassador of India Venu Rajamony stated that India should adopt a ‘wait and watch’ approach in Afghanistan. The recent developments in Afghanistan are a major setback for India, he said while speaking at a webinar organised by Centre […]
September 20, 2021

India should adopt “Wait and Watch” approach in Afghanistan, says Ambassador Venu Rajamony

Kochi: Former Ambassador of India Venu Rajamony stated that India should adopt a ‘wait and watch’ approach in Afghanistan. The recent developments in Afghanistan are a major setback for India, he said while speaking at a webinar organised by Centre […]
August 31, 2021

Airlines and NCLT: Jet Airways case throws lessons

MUMBAI: The insolvency resolution process of Jet Airways, the first Indian carrier to attempt a revival after a transit halt in the bankruptcy court, has raised challenges that could lead to a better understanding of how the Insolvency and Bankruptcy […]
August 9, 2021

Headless KMRL gropes in the dark

KOCHI: It is like a rudderless ship. A slew of development projects are on the anvil, but with no captain to navigate, Kochi Metro is struggling to stay afloat. It has been four months since Alkesh Kumar Sharma, who was at […]
August 2, 2021

വെള്ളിടിയാകാൻ കേന്ദ്ര നയം, കേരളത്തിന് ‘ശത്രു’; സ്വകാര്യ ബസുകൾ ഇനി ഓടില്ലേ?

കൊച്ചി∙ ഇന്ധനവില കോവിഡ് കാലത്തിനു മുൻപുള്ളതിന്റെ ഇരട്ടിയാവാൻ അധികകാലം വേണ്ടിവരുമെന്നു തോന്നുന്നില്ല. ലോക്ഡൗൺ ഇല്ലായിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ ബസ് ചാർജ് വർധന ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു നാലോ അഞ്ചോ പണിമുടക്കുകൾ ഉണ്ടാവേണ്ട സമയവും കഴിഞ്ഞു. കോവിഡ് മഹാമാരി അടങ്ങി, അടുത്ത വർഷത്തിലെങ്കിലും ജനജീവിതം സാധാരണ നിലയിലേക്കെത്തുമെന്നു പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാം. ബസ് ഒാടിത്തുടങ്ങിയാൽ ബസ് ചാർജ് വർധനയുണ്ടാവും. അത് അത്ര കുറവൊന്നുമായിരിക്കണമെന്നുമില്ല. വരുമാനമില്ലാതെ വിഷമിക്കുന്ന […]
August 2, 2021

Falling number of public-transport buses in Kerala worrisome

The declining number of public-transport buses in Kerala over the past two decades has resulted in availability of buses nosediving to approximately 0.50 per 1,000 people, as compared to the national average of 1.33. The steep fall in the number […]
July 29, 2021

Bus route rationalisation report to be ready by March next year

The long-pending proposal to rationalise bus routes in the Greater Kochi area has got a shot in the arm, with Kochi Metropolitan Transport Authority (KMTA) taking a decision to ready a project report in this regard by March 2022. The […]
July 24, 2021

Kerala SilverLine project: Long overdue or a recipe for disaster?

Like in the case of most dream projects, there is palpable excitement from the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government to commence work on the much-hyped semi-high speed rail corridor, known as the Kerala SilverLine Project. The chief minister, basking in the […]