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Ramesh Babu is HT’s bureau chief in Kerala, with about three decades of experience in journalism.

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Rahul attacks PM Modi over Parliament ruckus, Adani

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegations of fraud by the Adani Group, asking how references at the embattled tycoon made in a parliamentary speech could be seen as an insult to the prime minister.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)
Published on Feb 14, 2023 02:02 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Fuel cess imposed to help poor, will stay: Kerala CM

Talking to the media in the state capital, the CM said cess was introduced to meet the welfare pension of 60 lakh people in the “backdrop of the Union government’s attempts to stifle the state by cutting down its plan allocation and putting a cap on borrowing limit”.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 05:08 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

No cut in proposed cess on petrol, diesel in Kerala

There were strong speculations that the minister will reduce it to ₹1 but he made it clear that the state “cannot afford such a decision at this juncture”.

Police detain Youth Congress members during their protest over the Kerala budget, in Kochi. (PTI)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 12:24 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Transman gives birth to baby in Kerala

Even though Zahad had undergone breast removal surgery and was waiting to remove her uterus to become a man, for which Zahad was already undergoing heavy hormone treatment,however, they both decided to put the treatment on hold and take chance at becoming parents.

Zahad and Ziya Paval, on Wednesday took to social media to announce the arrival of their baby. (HT)
Updated on Feb 09, 2023 12:14 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala startup’s smart solution to mounting parking woes

Started by Kerala-based young entrepreneurs in the US in 2015, way.com is a one-stop destination for all auto needs, which is now employing more than 250 professionals in its backup office in Thiruvananthapuram and another 100 in the US.

Started as a small set-up, the firm, which provides a bouquet of auto services, says it has seven million customers in the US and planning to spread its wings to many countries, including India.
Published on Feb 06, 2023 12:07 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala serial killings: CFL tests find no trace of cyanide in four bodies

The police said it was not a setback because in the earlier tests in the state traces were found only in two and it was difficult to find such evidence in old cases

A woman, Jolly Joseph, allegedly killed six of her relatives by poisoning them in a span of 14 years in the infamous Koodathayi serial killings in Kerala’s Kozhikode district. (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 04:33 PM IST

Kerala budget tabled; fuel, liquor set to cost more

Finance minister K N Balagopal projected a revenue receipt of ₹1.35 lakh crore and expenditure of ₹1.76 lakh crore, as he presented the state budget for 2023-24 financial year in the legislative assembly

Kerala finance minister proposed a social security cess of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2 per litre on the sale of petrol and diesel (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:59 PM IST

Kerala budget: Cess on fuel, vehicles, liquor

Finance minister K N Balagopal blamed the Union government for cash-strapped Kerala’s financial situation

Finance minister K N Balagopal. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Kerala lawyer booked over bribery claims

Earlier, the police sought the opinion of the advocate general on whether a case could be registered against the lawyer, who is also the president of the Kerala high court advocates association and got a green signal. On Monday, the Bar Council of Kerala also served a show-cause notice to him

Police said the FIR was filed against the lawyer under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 7(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. (HT Archives)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 12:25 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala HC recalls bail order amid row over lawyer’s bribery claims

The high court registrar has collected details of cases represented by Kidangoor and submitted them to the police.

Senior high court lawyer Saiby Jose Kidangoor, who is also the president of the Kerala high court advocates’ association, has been accused of demanding huge sum of money from his clients, including some high-profile names, claiming he could “influence judges”.
Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:10 AM IST

Kerala forest department finds 15 pellets in captured elephant Dhoni’s body

At least 15 gun pellets were found inside the body of a wild elephant that was captured in Kerala’s Palakkad district on Sunday, state forest minister AK Saseendran said, adding that most of the pellets have been removed by the veterinarians of the forest department

The captured elephant was named Dhoni after a village in Kerala’s Palakkad district where residents accused it of wreaking havoc. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 11:44 PM IST

Kerala: 15 pellets found inside captured wild elephant’s body

A forest officer, who did not want to be named, said most of the pellets were not so deep suggesting they were fired from country-made or air guns

In view of rising animal attacks, the government said it will approach the Supreme Court with a plea to control wild population. (PTI (Representative))
Published on Jan 26, 2023 03:44 PM IST

Kerala HC stays conviction of Lakshadweep’s former MP

On Wednesday, the single bench of Justice Becchu Kurian Thomas extended the relief to all four convicted in the 2009 case.

On January 11, the Kavaratti district sessions court convicted former Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faizal, along with three others, for attacking with an intention to kill a Congress worker during a violence in the island ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Published on Jan 26, 2023 01:10 AM IST

Antony’s son quits all Cong posts after tweet on BBC documentary

Anil later clarified that he resigned from all posts in KPCC and AICC, not from the party, but he said he will concentrate more on his profession and remain only as an ordinary worker of the party.

A day after he tweeted to condemn a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it “a dangerous precedent,” senior Congress leader A K Antony’s son Anil Antony quit all party posts on Wednesday blaming “growing intolerance and sycophancy in the organisation”. (HT)
Published on Jan 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Kerala: CPI(M) youth wing DYFI says will screen BBC documentary on PM Modi today

The Centre last week directed Twitter and YouTube to block links to the BBC documentary, which the ministry of external affairs dubbed as a “propaganda material that lacked objectivity and was guided by a colonial mindset”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PIB Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:57 PM IST

Activists slam min’s wild animal culling remarks in Kerala

During an all-party meet in Wayanad (north Kerala) on Monday, Saseendran had said “Wild animals, including tiger that pose threat should be culled... lives of human beings matter”.

Kerala forest minister A K Saseendran (Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala holds all-party meeting over frequent tiger incursions

The meeting, which was attended by all major parties, including the CPI(M), Congress and BJP, decided there should be an increase in the compensation paid to the victims of such attacks.

As many as six tigers have been captured by authorities in the past one year in the north Kerala district, according to officials in the forest department. (HT)
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 12:16 AM IST

6 big cats netted in a year in Kerala’s Wayanad; Govt to study hike in incursion

Kerala forest minister A K Saseendran said the state government has decided to create a master plan to check increasing attacks of wild animals

Last Saturday, a 10-year-old male tiger that killed a farmer in Wayanad was darted and moved to the animal nursing centre. (Video grab)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 05:15 PM IST

How kingpin of investment fraud landed in Kerala police net

From setting up a political party to contesting Parliamentary elections to rubbing shoulders with high and mighty, Praveen did it all before facing the consequences of his actions.

K P Praveen (HT)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

One tiger tranquillised, another stalks Wayanad

After the villagers spotted the tiger, the district administration called an all-party meeting on Sunday and called the forest department.

After the villagers spotted the tiger, the district administration called an all-party meeting on Sunday and called the forest department. (HT)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 11:39 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Another tiger on prowl in Kerala’s Wayanad

According to the locals, a cow was killed on Saturday in the paddy field close to the forest when it was let off for grazing and remains of another prey animal were found in a nearby area on Sunday

After the villagers spotted the tiger, the district administration called an all-party meeting on Sunday and called the forest department (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 07:52 PM IST

Kerala orders probe into row over youth fest theme song

In the musical programme depicting patriotism, secularism, unity and fighting spirit of forces, Indian army jawans were shown apprehending a man, a suspected intruder in border areas donning a headgear Keffieh, traditional Arab attire worn by men

The Kerala government ordered a probe into the controversy over the welcome song and dance skit of the youth festival held in Kozhikode in which a community was allegedly portrayed in bad light inviting criticism from many quarters. (File)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 12:33 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Was favourite punching bag of my political opponents, says Chandy

In the solar case I was charged with non-bailable charges at one stage and many senior leaders advised me to take anticipatory bail, but I refused, he said.

Former chief minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy (HT)
Published on Jan 08, 2023 12:04 AM IST

Kerala team on trail of rogue elephant

The rapid response team of Palakkad forest division that tracked the elephant since March 2021 and submitted an internal report to the chief wildlife warden in March 2022 had stated that “PT-7 is a tusker to watch out in future due to its aggressive behaviour”

Nicknamed PT-7 (Palakkad tusker 7), the animal has been giving sleepless nights to many forest personnel and all the efforts to send it back to forests have failed repeatedly. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:42 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

‘Not against religion’: CPI(M) begins outreach for LS polls

Political experts say the move is aimed at Parliament elections as in 2019 Lok Sabha polls the party could manage only a single seat out of 20 and Sabarimala unrest was cited as the prime reason for the rout

CPI(M) Kerala state secretary M V Govindan said that the party has no plan to impose rationalist polices . (ANI)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Govt-Guv tussle, PFI ban and port stir kept Kerala in focus

An ongoing series of ugly spat between the government and governor, shocking twin human sacrifice, crackdown on Kerala-born fundamentalist Popular Front of India (PFI) and dramatic rescue of a youth trapped in a crevice in Palakkad meant the state was continuously making the national headlines

The 138-day-long strike against the upcoming multi-utility sea port in Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram was called off on December 6 after several rounds of discussions. (Vivek Nair/ht photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2022 12:48 AM IST

Kerala to hold field survey amid row over buffer zone

The satellite survey carried out by the Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environment Centre in September to identify man-made structures within the proposed one-km buffer zone around 23 wildlife sanctuaries and parks whipped up a big protest in the state.

The decision was taken in a meeting convened by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the state capital after farmers’ outfits and the church announced agitation (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 21, 2022 12:29 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Celebrations after football World Cup turn violent in Kerala

In Kannur, three people were stabbed after altercation between two groups on Sunday night, while three police personnel were injured after a victory lap turned violent in Kochi, police said. In south Kerala’s Kollam, a teenage boy collapsed and died during victory celebrations in the early hours of Monday while police in Malappuram baton-charged a group of revellers, who they said refused to disperse despite repeated requests.

The night-long celebrations in the wake of Argentina’s football World Cup win on Sunday went out of control in many parts of Kerala (AP)
Published on Dec 20, 2022 12:07 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

FIFA World Cup celebrations turn violent in parts of Kerala

Police said three people received stab wounds after an altercation between Argentina and Brazil fans in which one person was seriously injured and is admitted to the hospital

Argentine fans line up outside Thrissur restaurant for free Biryani (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2022 05:22 PM IST

Kerala nurse, two children killed in UK; husband held: Police

An Indian-origin woman and her two children were murdered inside their apartment in Northampton region of eastern England on Thursday, local police said, adding that the woman’s husband has been detained for questioning.

Police said the woman Anju, a 42-year-old nurse from Kerala’s Kottayam district, was found with stab wounds at her home in Kettering, 110 kms away from London. (Representational)
Published on Dec 17, 2022 12:17 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram
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