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Why is the quality of higher education eroding in literate Kerala?

The vice chairman of the Kerala Higher Education Council, said many self-financed and unaided institutions are close to shutting down due to a lack of students

A staff member walks inside an empty classroom of a school in Kerala (Reuters/ File photo)
Published on Jul 16, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Why does a 12-year-old political murder still haunt Kerala's ruling CPI(M)?

The Kerala government recently attempted to grant remission to some convicts in the Chandrasekharan case, sparking controversy and criticism.

The Vijayan government is criticised for allegedly making repeated concessions to the convicts in the Chandrasekharan case(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jul 08, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Justice Chandru Report and the fight against caste-based discrimination

Jurist K Chandru, the one-person commission appointed to look into the Nanguneri incident of caste violence, inspired the 2021 Tamil movie, Jai Bhim.

Tamil Nadu still witnesses the persistent prevalence of caste-based discrimination and dislikes with a caste-based sense of pride carried over from generation to generation. (Representative Image/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2024 12:57 AM IST

Why is 'atheist' DMK government organising a global conference on Lord Murugan?

The unusual event has triggered different interpretations with different interest groups looking at it differently

A large statue of Lord Murugan is illuminated as devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 9, 2017. (Lai Seng Sin / REUTERS)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Kallakurichi hooch tragedy reignites debate over prohibition in Tamil Nadu

Historian AK Perumal recalled that prohibition was a key campaign issue in the first general election held to the Madras legislative assembly in 1937

Kallakurichi: Relatives mourn near the mortal remains of people who died after consuming spurious liquor, in Kallakurichi, Friday, June 21, 2024. (PTI Photo/R Senthilkumar) (PTI)
Published on Jun 30, 2024 08:15 AM IST

In TN, where people who cannot afford expensive IMFL turn to bootleg alcohol

In February this year, the M K Stalin-led DMK government increased the price of IMFL available through the state-owned distribution network TASMAC.

Relatives mourn near the mortal remains of people who died after consuming spurious liquor in Kallakurichi in Tamil Nadu on Friday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 23, 2024 12:00 AM IST

Divisions emerge in the Syro-Malabar Church over holy mass format

Dissenters argue that the priest should be permitted to face the congregation. However, Vatican has taken a firm stand on implementing the uniform mass format

According to the fundamentals of Christianity, holy mass is a traditional ritual performed in memory of Jesus Christ's last supper, which involved breaking bread and distributing it among the disciples.(Shutterstock/Representative image)
Published on Jun 21, 2024 08:00 AM IST

The challenges before Priyanka Gandhi in Kerala's hilly Wayanad constituency

The new Congress candidate in Wayanad will have to focus on local issues including the increasing incidence of human-animal conflict and farmers’ issues.

Wayanad, Apr 24 (ANI): Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. (ANI Photo)(Congress X)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:24 PM IST

Knives out in Tamil Nadu BJP over poll debacle

Though the BJP emerged as the runner-up in certain constituencies, even party insiders now feel that it failed to achieve the desired results of the campaign

As far as the BJP was concerned, Annamalai remained the best choice to wrest Coimbatore (PTI)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 12:01 AM IST

On India's circus capital, and Sreedharan Chambad, performer-turned-chronicler

Sreedharan Chambad, 86, died on June 15 in Patyam near Thalassery

Sreedharan Chambad, a trapeze performer who later ran his own circus company before graduating as an author-screenwriter.
Published on Jun 16, 2024 09:29 PM IST

Kerala's fading red and the blooming lotus

In the Lok Sabha election, the BJP opened its account for the first time through actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, who contested from Thrissur

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in this file photo.
Published on Jun 15, 2024 11:38 AM IST

Kerala's failure to learn from extreme weather events since 2018

Climate experts pointed out possible cloudbursts as the reason for several landslides and flash floods in the hilly regions of the state

Monsoon clouds hover over the city skyline on a rainy day in Kochi, southern Kerala state, India, Sunday, June 2, 2024. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)(AP)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 07:30 AM IST

How the BJP finally breached the Kerala bastion with Gopi’s Thrissur victory

The credit for Gopi's victory can be attributed to the robust support from the BJP's central leadership

BJP candidate from Thrissur parliamentary constituency Suresh Gopi during the campaign trail on April 5. (PTI Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 03:56 AM IST

Row in Kerala over liquor policy mirrors 2015 bar bribery scandal

The recent controversy over alleged bribes for a favourable liquor policy has parallels to the 2015 bribery case that led to the fall of the UDF government

People queue up outside a liquor outlet in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala,(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST

TN, Kerala continue to feud over dam built by an Englishman 128 years ago

Tamil Nadu has requested an increase in the storage capacity of the dam's reservoir to 152 feet (46 metres) in front of the Central Water Commission and the SC

Kerala and TN disagree over the safety of the Mullaperiyar Dam and the rights to the water it holds.(K A Shaji)
Published on May 29, 2024 11:45 PM IST

Savukku Shankar's arrest sparks debate on custodial treatment and free speech

Shankar, who gained fame on YouTube for his criticism of the MK Stalin government, was arrested for derogatory remarks against female police officers.

Shankar being taken around Tamil Nadu as part of evidence gathering in the cases against him, accompanied by an all-women team of police personnel.(KA Shaji)
Published on May 27, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Recurring dowry harassment cases are denting Kerala's progressive image

“The number of dowry harassment cases in the state is rising alarmingly even though the government has opened a 24-hour call centre service for victims”.

Though anti-dowry pledges are mandatory in government offices, schools, colleges, and other socio-cultural establishments across the state, and the government observes every November 26 as dowry prohibition day, dowry deaths are frequently reported from across Kerala. (HT FILE)
Published on May 23, 2024 02:47 AM IST

How the move to revive elephant corridors has become a political problem in TN

The state has witnessed wildlife conflict involving elephants, tigers and wild boars, especially on the periphery of forests in Coimbatore, Nilgiris, and Hosur

The Tamil Nadu government's initiative to restore all the traditional elephant corridors in the state to facilitate unrestricted movement of wildlife without running into conflict with humans has become a flashpoint with major political parties and prominent farmers' organisations objecting to the plan. (Shutterstock/Representative)
Published on May 19, 2024 12:19 AM IST
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Kerala temples have enforced a blanket ban on using oleander in rituals. Why?

Experts said different oleander species contain highly poisonous chemical substances that can directly affect the heart.

Effects of oleander toxicity include nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes, confusion, dizziness, an irregular heartbeat, a slow heartbeat, and, in extreme cases, death.(Unspalsh)
Published on May 15, 2024 09:17 PM IST

Southern coastal areas face the seasonal phenomenon of ‘Kallakkadal'

The word Kallakkadal means ‘a sea that comes suddenly like a thief’. The word is derived by combining two Malayalam words: ‘Kallan’ (thief) and ‘Kadal’ (sea).

Rough sea near Vizhinjam coast in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. (Vivek Nair)
Published on May 12, 2024 01:18 AM IST

The doctor-activist who fought elections against Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi

Dr Paramananda found it his duty to contest in Rae Bareli against the then PM, who, according to him, had curtailed civil liberties in the name of the Emergency

Dr. Nalla Thampi Thera Paramananda(KA Shaji)
Published on May 07, 2024 12:08 AM IST

How a Kerala doctor spearheaded the campaign against misleading Patanjali claims

KV Babu’s initiatives have had a lasting impact on the fight against misleading medical claims, especially claims about curing serious diseases.

Dr K V Babu(K A Shaji)
Published on May 03, 2024 11:15 PM IST

Why Kerala’s Alappuzha experiences yearly outbreaks of avian influenza

Facilities to test and confirm the virus locally are needed in Alapuzha because the pandemic has become an annual occurrence.

Alappuzha: Ducks being killed en masse by the Animal Husbandry Department, following detection of avian influenza among ducks at four places, in Alappuzha district of Kerala, Friday, April 19, 2024. PTI Photo) (PTI04_19_2024_000485B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 11:07 PM IST

Kerala’s Congress-Left political paradox: Nationally aligned, locally sparring

As CM Vijayan faces a strong anti-incumbency factor in the state, he has few options but to go strong against Congress, setting aside electoral compulsions.

Pinarayi Vijayan and Rahul Gandhi have been at loggerheads for many weeks now though the Left is part of the Congress-led INDIA bloc.
Published on Apr 24, 2024 08:46 PM IST

Sulthan Battery, Ganapathivattom, or Hennared Veedhi: What's in a name?

The BJP wants to rename a town in Wayanad that it says was renamed by Tipu Sultan. We speak to historians to find out the town's ancient past

Jain Temple at Sultan Bathery, Wayanad, Kerala, India(Joseph Lazer/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:59 PM IST

The enduring appeal of Tamil Nadu's moral compass, Thiruvalluvar

BJP manifesto's promise to build Thiruvalluvar Cultural Centres reopens the debate over the Tamil poet-saint, his political beliefs and his stance on Hinduism

The Thiruvalluvar Statue, located 400 meters from the coastline of Kanyakumari(Darisi sumanth/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:05 PM IST

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
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