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In Kanniyakumari, Wadge Bank is the election issue residents want to talk about

Residents of this district are more concerned with the Centre’s decision to allow exploration of oil and gas blocks in the biodiversity-rich ocean region

Kanniyakumari is the southernmost district in Tamil Nadu(Unsplash)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 09:48 PM IST

Crude country bombs of Kerala's Kannur and their unintended targets

In volatile Kannur, political cadres target each other with weapons and bystanders and non-actors get hurt in the process. This has been happening since the 70s

A crude bomb attack at the RSS office in Kerala's Kannur district in July 2022( ANI)
Published on Apr 14, 2024 07:04 PM IST

Modi govt’s attempt to explore gas in Wadge Bank roils Kanniyakumari LS poll

Local activists say oil and gas exploration in Wadge Bank could destroy fish workers’ livelihoods and have a detrimental effect on the region’s ecosystem.

Wadge Bank is an ocean region in the far south that spans 10,000 square kilometres and is considered the country’s most abundant fisheries resource.(K A Shaji)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:06 PM IST

After Congress shut its door in Kerala, SDPI gets AIADMK backing in TN

A close partner of the BJP at the national level up until this point, the AIADMK was extremely critical of the SDPI

AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K. Palaniswami with SDPI Tamil Nadu president Nellie Mubarak in Chennai. (Photo from X)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 10:26 AM IST
By, Dindigul

The saga of Kerala's rare mineral sand, corruption and coast deterioration

Locals in coastal villages where mineral sand mining continues are hoping that this will be a potent issue in the Lok Sabha election campaign

Mining in progress at Thottappally Pozhi. (Photos: K A Shaji)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 08:37 PM IST

When engineering comes to the rescue of captive elephants

An increasing trend in South India's temple festivals is to use robotic elephants instead of captive ones. This will help end cruelty towards the pachyderms

Shankara Hariharan, the robotic elephant gifted by Sangita Iyer, a Canadian citizen of Indian descent and staunch advocate for Asian elephants, to the new temple in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.(K A Shaji)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 11:28 PM IST

Trouble over an island with a shrine dedicated to St Anthony

The political decisions over Katchatheevu island have become an election talking point, but the uninhabited island has a long cultural history

Katchatheevu island, Sri Lanka (Image: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sri Lanka)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 11:40 PM IST

BJP respects minorities and welcomes Muslim leaders, says party candidate from Kerala

Academic turned politician M Abdul Salam is the lone Muslim candidate announced by the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls

BJP’s Salam is set to contest from Mallapuram district in Kerala. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Mohiniyattam exponent’s slur raises questions of caste gate-keeping in the arts

After Sathyabhama's comments over Ramakrishnan's skin colour sparked outrage, artistes from marginalised communities are seeking reckoning over discrimination

A Mohiniyattam group dance performance
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:16 AM IST

Analysing BJP’s focus seats in Kerala for 2024 general elections

The saffron party is setting its sights on Palakkad, Kasargod, Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, and Thiruvananthapuram

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @narendramodi** Palakkad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a roadshow ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Palakkad, Kerala, Tuesday, March 19, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_19_2024_000128B)(PTI)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 12:17 AM IST

Santiago Martin's run-ins with the law in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala

“Every story has two sides… Santiago Martin is one of the most generous persons to step up for good causes,” goes a note on Martin Charitable Trust's website

 Santiago Martin became the single largest political donor in the country after his firm, Future Gaming and Hotel Services Private Limited, went on an electoral bond-buying spree in 2019. (HT)
Published on Mar 17, 2024 05:13 PM IST

Sibling rivalry erupts in Kerala, this time it’s a battle for legacy

As former Congressman and chief minister K Karunakaran's daughter Padmaja joins the BJP, all bets are off between her and brother, Congress leader Muraleedharan

Former Congress leader from Kerala Padmaja Venugopal addresses media after joining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party leader Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on March 7.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 11:09 PM IST

BJP’s Kerala gambit: Established names, some surprises, but one focus seat

If PM Narendra Modi’s recent visits to the state are any indication, the top brass in the party has trained its eyes on Thrissur, and its candidate, Suresh Gopi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi blesses the newly-wedded daughter and son-in-law of actor-politician Suresh Gopi (centre) while visiting Guruvayur Temple in Thrissur district(ANI)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 04:31 PM IST

Wayanad requires long-term restoration, not trigger happy responses

Locals want to be allowed to shoot marauding animals, but experts say this would lead to indiscriminate killing. Wayanad has turned into a political battlefield

Wayanad: People block a forest officials vehicle during district-wide hartal at Pulpally, in Wayanad district, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. The wide hartal called by the ruling LDF, opposition UDF and BJP on Saturday to seek permanent solutions to the human-animal conflicts turned violent at Pulpally with protesters damaging a Forest department vehicle and tying a cow that was killed in a suspected tiger attack atop it earlier in the day. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_17_2024_000399B)(PTI)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 11:24 PM IST

Does the ruling CPI(M) 's student wing SFI vitiates campus atmosphere in Kerala?

Though the founders of SFI espoused freedom, democracy, and socialism, the organisation, many say, soon turned militant and hardly respected democracy.

Students' Federation of India Representational image. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 09:27 PM IST

In for life, a murder convict pens a bestseller

Jayanandan’s new novel released in December is already sold out. His almost two-decade-long incarceration has sharply divided social and legal opinion

KP Jayanandan at the launch of his book, Pulari Viriyum Munpe, on December 23, 2023(Leonald Daisy Mathew)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 07:06 PM IST

Who are the Solidarity Youth Movement, and what is their stand on Palestine?

The youth wing of a post-Partition Islamic organisation, the SYM, organised a rally in Kerala which became a talking point in political circles.

Hamas militants launched an audacious assault against Israel on October 7 and the West Asian nation responded with a massive bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 23, 2023 08:30 AM IST

Mohammed Faizal, the Lakshadweep MP whose disqualification was revoked twice

In the archipelago, which has the lowest crime rate in India, the NCP leader is facing a charge of attempted murder.

Mohammed Faizal. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 09:11 AM IST

The role of the Church in Kerala’s politics

Bishops carry considerable clout and their views affect the preferences of the community. This explains the BJP's interest in wooing senior Church officials.

Arunthakal Church, Alaphuza (Kerala Tourism)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 07:05 PM IST

How Arikomban, a lone tusker, ignited change in Kerala's conservation landscape

The Kerala tusker caught between the love of locals and the dangers of an ever-encroaching human presence, in a battle for survival.

Theni: An elephant named Arikomban being transported by forest officials to the forest of upper Kodayar in Tamil Nadu�s Kanyakumari district, at Cumbam in Theni district, Monday, June 5, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_06_2023_000102B)(PTI)
Published on Jul 12, 2023 11:37 AM IST
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