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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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Kerala to move Supreme Court to seek death penalty for businessman

The Kerala government has decided to approach the Supreme Court to seek death penalty for beedi tycoon Mohammad Nisham, who was awarded life-term for killing a security guard with his large sports utility vehicle in Thrissur district in 2015.

On January 29, 2015, Mohammad Nisham mowed down the security guard with his Hummer after the duo had an argument over a delay in opening the gates of his apartment
Updated on Dec 15, 2022 12:06 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala to skip Governor’s policy address in budget session

It is custom for the Governor to make an address at the start of each year’s assembly session. Since the seventh session was adjourned sine die, the Speaker can convene it again after giving 10-day notice to legislators.

The move comes amid ongoing tension between Governor Mohammad Arif Khan and the state government. (ANI)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 11:56 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

In SC appeal, Kerala to seek death for bizman who crushed his guard with SUV

The Kerala high court upheld the trial court verdict, sentencing Mohammad Nisham, 45, to life in prison. The state government will move the Supreme Court to seek death penalty for the state’s beedi tycoon

Kerala businessman Mohamed Nisham ran his Hummer into a guard to pin him against a wall for a delay in opening the gate to his luxury apartment building. (Photo courtesy- Kerala Police)
Updated on Dec 14, 2022 05:03 PM IST

Pregnant woman carried on cloth sling to hospital in Kerala; probe ordered

Locals said the only way to reach outside world was a hanging bamboo bridge across river Bhawani and their repeated pleas for a bridge remained unheard

The incident has evoked several reactions on social media. (File image)
Published on Dec 12, 2022 10:16 AM IST

Kerala HC holds special sitting over Sabarimala rush

The development comes after a few pilgrims and policemen were injured in Marakootam about 1km from the Sannidhanam (temple complex) on Saturday. The high court also directed the temple board and Pathnamthitta district collector to suggest ways to control the rush.

After the HC directive, the temple board extended the Sabarimala “darshan” timings to one more hour and decided to limit the virtual queue booking to 80,000 pilgrims a day (PTI)
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 04:10 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Heavy rush in Sabarimala; Revenue goes up to 125 cr

The Kerala high court has directed the Sabarimala temple board and the Pathnamthitta district collector to suggest ways to control the rush

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called a meeting on Monday to take stock of the situation in Sabarimala. (PTI)
Published on Dec 11, 2022 07:20 PM IST

1-yr waiting period to file for divorce struck down

The order striking down what is known as the cooling-off period said the provision, contained in Section 10A of the Divorce Act (1869), robbed people of their right to liberty.

Religion, the judgment added, “has no place in identifying common good”, according to the report. (HT Archives)
Published on Dec 09, 2022 11:54 PM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Vizhinjam port stir called off after talks with CM Pinarayi Vijayan

The Adani group announced its decision to resume construction activities of the seaport without any delay. It also decided to withdraw contempt and other petitions pending before the high court

Fishermen community and catholic church supporters staged protest at Vizhinjam of south Kerala against construction of seaport (Twitter Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 07:54 PM IST

2 held guilty in Kerala in Latvian’s rape-murder

Prosecution said later both, a drug peddler and a guide, strangled her to death using her shawl in an isolated place. They also tried to disguise it as a suicide and tied her body to a tree later. But the post-mortem report found that she was drugged heavily, raped repeatedly and strangulated to death

The 33-year-old Latvian tourist came to Kerala for Ayurveda treatment in February 2018. She was reported missing from the clinic on March 14, 2018 and her decapitated body was recovered a month later from Kovalam. (HT Archives)
Published on Dec 03, 2022 12:22 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

2 found guilty of raping, decapitating Latvian tourist in Kerala

The convicts, P Umesh and Udaya Kumar, got friendly with the tourist and sexually assaulted her when she passed out after smoking cannabis

The convicts, P Umesh and Udaya Kumar, will be sentenced on Monday. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 02:14 PM IST

Vizhinjam port project work to continue come what may: Kerala CM

Kerala CM’s remarks came a day after protesters on Sunday vandalised Vizhinjam police station and forcibly released four people who were arrested last week

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the agitations were with an “intention to destroy peace in the area” and assured stern action against those who were involved in the violence. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 01, 2022 11:39 PM IST

Kerala man held for killing his partner, daughter in 2011

The alleged murder took place in 2011 and a missing complaint was filed by the deceased’s family, police shut the case for want of evidence

The prime accused, Manu alias Mahin Kannu, murdered P Vidya and her daughter after the woman forced to marry her. Manu’s wife, Rukiya, assisted him in the crime, the officials added.
Published on Nov 30, 2022 11:42 PM IST

Kerala man killed his live-in partner and their daughter in 2011; arrested 11 yrs later

The Kerala police said a special investigation team has solved the mystery of a 23-year-old woman and her daughter who went missing in 2011. It turned out that they were killed by the man who was in a relationship with the woman

Police said the woman had learnt just months before her death that her live-in partner with who she had a daughter, was married and insisted that he divorce his wife and marry her. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 30, 2022 05:14 PM IST

Kerala HC dismisses govt plea questioning KTU acting V-C’s appointment by guv

After the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of V-C M S Rajashree on October 22 for flouting the University Grants Commission guidelines the governor had sought names from the state.

The single bench of justice Devan Ramachandran after hearing both sides allowed Ciza Thomas to continue as the acting V-C till a new V-C was appointed. (Agencies)
Published on Nov 30, 2022 12:38 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

‘Govt won’t allow anyone to sabotage Vizhinjam project’

Fisheries minister V Abdurahiman indicated the government’s position when he lashed out at Sunday’s violence in which at least 36 policemen and 30 fishermen were injured as protesters laid siege to the Vizhinjam police station for more than three hours.

Supply trucks carrying construction materials for the proposed Vizhinjam Port are parked near the port in Kerala. (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 30, 2022 12:31 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Protests over Vizhinjam project: All-party meet held after clashes in Kerala but deadlock continues

A day after violent clashes left 36 police personnel and 30 protesters injured in Vizhinjam of south Kerala, the all-party meet called on Monday to address the issue failed to arrive at a consensus, officials privy to the matter said

Police personnel gathered near an overturned police vehicle during an attack on Vizhinjam police station, in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 29, 2022 12:14 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Clerics’ diktat fails to douse football fever in north Kerala

Samstha Kerala claims that the football fever is resulting in thin attendance in religious schools and Friday prayers

Fans dance as they celebrate after Argentina football teams victory over Mexico (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2022 05:58 PM IST

Measles outbreak exposes poor immunisation in Kerala’s Malappuram

While experts believe that measles is not a life-threatening disease, it can turn into pneumonia, bronchitis and serious chest infections in some children with weak immunity

A doctor prepares an anti-measles vaccination syringe at a medical centre. (AFP File Photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 06:14 PM IST

Congress in Kerala divided over Shashi Tharoor’s Malabar tour

Kerala Opposition leader V D Satheesan said the Congress has enough space for everyone but it will not tolerate any move to revive factionalism in the state unit

Shashi Tharoor reiterated that his only attempt is to strengthen the party and said that nobody will have to worry about his Malabar tour. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 04:01 PM IST

‘Festive spirit has reached its crescendo’: Kerala shrouded in football frenzy

Across Malabar, garment shops have colourful jerseys hanging on the front door, and barber shops now advertise hair styles mimicking football stars. At every tea stall the conversation is dominated by Kante’s injury, Timo Werner’s ankle injury, or the fitness of Romelu Lukaku

An ardent fan of Argentina, Shinith Patyam painted the outer wall of his house in Kannur district with photos of super stars Maradonna and Messi. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 21, 2022 12:45 AM IST

Woman among 4 held for gang rape in Kerala

Providing details, Kochi police commissioner (CP) C H Nagaraju said the purported incident took place when the survivor arrived at the hotel with a woman friend from Rajasthan.

Speaking to a news channel, the survivor, an aspiring model, said she suspects her drink was spiked at the party.(Representative image)
Updated on Nov 20, 2022 02:00 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Priya Varghese unqualified as Kannur varsity professor: Kerala HC

The high court has directed the varsity to publish a fresh rank list based on the guidelines of the University Grants Commission.

A controversy had erupted after it was alleged that Priya Varghese was appointed to the post flouting all norms of the UGC and overlooking deserving candidates. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 05:55 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala plans ordinance to strip governor of chancellor role. Khan responds

Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said that since the ordinance to replace the governor as chancellor of universities was against him, he will send it to the President for a view

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also been vocal in his criticism of governor Arif Mohammad Khan’s decisions. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2022 04:18 PM IST

CM aiding smuggling, says Kerala governor

The raging tussle between the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala and governor Arif Mohammad Khan escalated further on Thursday, with latter raising the gold smuggling controversy to target chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, accusing his office of “patronising illegal activities” in the state.

 (ANI)
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 01:34 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala governor accuses CM’s office of patronising smuggling

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday lashed out at Khan for trying to impose RSS’s agenda in state universities

Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan. (PTI)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 04:46 PM IST

Kerala governor calls for state finance minister’s removal, Vijayan pushes back

The relationship between the Kerala government and governor Arif Mohammad Khan touched a new lowafter the latter wrote to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, stating that finance minister KN Balagopal has “lost his pleasure”.

Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan has said that state finance minister KN Balagopal has ‘lost his pleasure’. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 01:05 AM IST
ByRamesh Babu & Utkarsh Anand, Thiruvananthapuram/new Delhi

Governor writes to Vijayan for action against minister who has lost his pleasure

Vijayan hit back saying Balagopal enjoys his full confidence amid growing friction between the governor and Kerala’s Left Democratic Front government

Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 26, 2022 04:41 PM IST

Kerala governor serves show-cause notices to 2 more VCs

Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday issued notices to VCs of two more universities, asking what legal right they have to hold the office, after the Supreme Court recently quashed the appointment of V-C of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University for being contrary to UGC norms.

Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday issued notices to VCs of two more universities, asking what legal right they have to hold the office. (PTI)
Published on Oct 26, 2022 12:19 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram

V-Cs of 9 Kerala universities can continue till governor takes final call: HC

The single bench of the Kerala High Court justice Devan Ramachandran refused to get into the merit of the case and reminded all the court was also bound by the verdict of the Supreme Court which had unseated Technical University V-C MS Rajashree.

The Kerala high court
Updated on Oct 24, 2022 06:53 PM IST
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar

LDF announces protests as tussle between Kerala govt, governor escalates

The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala announced a series of protests against governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Sunday, accusing him of “trying to implement Sangh Parivar agenda” in state universities

The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala announced a series of protests against governor Arif Mohammad Khan. (PTI)
Published on Oct 24, 2022 12:26 AM IST
By, Thiruvananthapuram
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