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Vishnu Varma is Assistant Editor and reports from Kerala for the Hindustan Times. He has 10 years of experience writing for print and digital platforms and has worked at The New York Times, NDTV and The Indian Express in the past. He specialises in longform reportage at the intersections of politics, crime, social commentary and environment.

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Crowd-fund campaign raises 34 cr to save Kerala man on death row in Saudi

The man, sentenced to death for an accidental killing from 2006, is likely to be pardoned as “blood money” has been raised to save him from the gallows.

Abdul Rahim
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 04:19 AM IST
By, Kochi

Row erupts after diocese screens ‘The Kerala Story’ for teenagers

The film, directed by Sudipto Sen and released in May last year, tells a story of a group of women from Kerala who get coerced into Islam and are forced to join the terror outfit ISIS

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Updated on Apr 09, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kejriwal’s arrest by ED holds lesson for Cong, says Vijayan

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal holds a lesson for the Congress nationally as they were the ones who pushed for action against the AAP convener

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that the Congress earlier filed a complaint in the liquor policy case and pushed for action against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, Kannur

Amid row, Kerala artiste says he shares cordial relations with BJP leader Suresh Gopi

The artiste told reporters on Wednesday that the controversy mentally troubled him and he had no grievances with anyone

Veteran Kathakali artiste Kalamandalam Gopi clarifies on controversy involving BJP leader Suresh Gopi. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 07:32 AM IST
By, Kochi

South push: PM holds roadshow in Kerala’s Palakkad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a massive roadshow in Palakkad town on Tuesday as part of efforts to give a fillip to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the supporters while holding a roadshow in Palakkad on Tuesday. (Narendra Modi-X)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Kochi

BJP-ally BDJS names candidates for Lok Sabha polls

The party named its state president Thushar Vellappally as the nominee in Kottayam and Adv Sangeetha Viswanathan in Idukki

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Updated on Mar 17, 2024 07:42 AM IST
By, Kochi:

Voting in Kerala set to take place on April 26

All 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state will see polling on April 26, as part of the second phase of the parliamentary elections

The scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 8 (HT file photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, Kochi

Dance competition judge accused of graft dies by suicide in Kerala: Police

A purported note has been recovered from the bedroom of the deceased dance teacher in which he claimed innocence in the bribery allegation

The dance instructor had judged the “Margam Kali” competition at the KU youth festival in Thiruvananthapuram on March 9 (Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala shocker: Skeletal remains exhumed from house in Idukki

The series of events began with the arrest of 31-year-old Nitheesh and 27-year-old Vishnu Vijayan, residents of Kakkatukada,in connection with a robbery.

The Idukki SP confirmed that two FIRs have been registered in connection with the murders of 57-year-old Vijayan and a four-day-old child. (Getty Images)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 12:00 AM IST
By, Kochi

Cong fields 14 of 15 incumbent MPs in Kerala for Lok Sabha polls

The Congress on Friday decided to field 14 of its 15 sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) in Kerala for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, including former party president Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad constituency

In the 2019 elections in Kerala, a state with 20 seats to offer, teh Congress had won 15 out of 16 seats it contested. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 09, 2024 07:38 AM IST
By, Kochi

Former Kerala CM’s daughter Padmaja joins BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls

The 64-year-old leader accepted the BJP membership from the party’s Kerala-in-charge Prakash Javadekar at the party headquarters in Delhi

Padmaja Venugopal is the daughter of former Kerala chief minister K Karunakaran. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala declares man-wild conflicts a ‘disaster’

Kerala declares human-wildlife conflict a 'state-specific disaster' after recent fatalities, sets up committees and measures to address issue.

A note from the office of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the cabinet decided to involve the state disaster management authority in coordination with other government departments in finding solutions to the vexing problem (PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, Kochi

‘Very hard for us to move on’: Family of man killed in Israel

Pat Nibin was killed on Monday in an anti-tank missile strike on an orchard in a collective agricultural community at Galilee in northern Israel

The missile was fired by the Hezbollah, which has been launching rockets at northern Israel in support of Hamas in the ongoing war in Gaza. (AP)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 06:52 AM IST

5 of Kerala family found dead, cops suspect suicide

Family of five found dead in rented accommodation near Pala, Kottayam. Police suspect man killed wife, children, then died by suicide due to financial hardships.

Police have sent the bodies for autopsy to know the exact cause of deaths. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 06:40 AM IST

Monson Mavunkal fraud case: Kerala Congress chief K Sudhakaran named 2nd accused

The Kerala Police Crime Branch named the senior Congress leader in its charge sheet filed before the Ernakulam Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president K Sudhakaran. (Facebook photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 03:59 PM IST

Kerala govt begins disbursing salaries, pensions after protests

Finance minister KN Balagopal said the disbursal of salaries and pensions would be completed in the next two to three days

KN Balagopal (HT)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 07:42 AM IST
By, Kochi

Cong demands CBI inquiry into Kerala varsity student’s death

The state police, which had initially registered a case of unnatural death, booked 12 students — the number later increased to 18 — for various offences, following the autopsy report and a complaint from the deceased’s family

A 20-year-old student of the vet university in Kerala’s Wayanad was found dead in the college hostel on February 18. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 07:20 AM IST
By, Kochi

Endosulfan victims struggle for justice as Kerala govt changes compensation rule

Endosulfan pesticide poisoning has wrecked the lives of over 6,500 individuals and their families in Kerala's Kasaragod for over two decades

In January 2017, the Supreme Court ordered the Kerala government to pay a compensation of Rs.5 lakh each to over 5,000 victims of endosulfan (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 03:49 PM IST

Kerala to set up more RRTs, control centres to curb man-animal conflict

Kerala ministers convened a meeting in Wayanad to address human-wildlife conflict, deciding to increase rapid response teams and form a monitoring committee.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi meets the family of Ajeesh, a forest watchman who was killed in an elephant attack, in Wayanad (PTI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Impasse over third seat for IUML holds up UDF seat sharing in Kerala

In the recent past, IUML have been pressing for an additional seat to contest in the Lok Sabha elections

Earlier, it was presumed that Congress would give two seats to IUML (ANI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 07:54 AM IST

Chandrasekharan murder case: Kerala HC upholds conviction of 12 accused

The Kerala high court on Monday upheld the conviction of 12 accused, including local Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders, and set aside the acquittal of two others by a trial court in the case of the murder of TP Chandrasekharan in May 2012

Of the 12 accused convicted by the trial court, 11 were handed down life sentences and one given a three-year jail term. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Kochi

Protests erupt in Kerala’s Wayanad over man-animal conflicts

CM Pinarayi Vijayan directed to hold a meeting between ministers of revenue, forest and local body administration in the presence of local representatives and officials at Wayanad collectorate

The protsters gheraoed a forest department vehicle in Kerala’s Wayanad district and laid a wreath on it to send the message that the department failed in protecting the lives of people from animal attacks. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala Congress factions to battle it out in LS elections in Kottayam

Kochi Kerala Congress (Joseph) names K Francis George as Lok Sabha candidate for Kottayam constituency, setting stage for direct fight with Kerala Congress (Mani).

Kerala Congress (Joseph), a constituent of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, named its deputy chairman K Francis George as the candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Kottayam constituency. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Protests erupt in Wayanad over man-animal conflicts

Protests in Kerala's Wayanad after ecotourism guide killed by elephant. Locals demand solutions to human-animal conflict. Government takes steps to address issue.

People block the traffic after an eco-tourism guide died due to elephant attack, in Wayanad, Kerala, Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 07:54 AM IST

HC refuses to stay probe into firm of Kerala CM’s daughter

The Income Tax Interim Settlement Board had ruled that CMRL had paid ₹1.72 crore in monthly instalments to Exalogic in a three-year period despite no services being rendered by Veena’s firm

Karnataka high court rejected the plea of Kerala CM’s daughter’s firm challenging the union ministry of corporate affairs’ direction to the SFIO to probe the company in connection with its suspicious financial transactions with a minerals firm based in Kochi. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 07:32 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala assembly: Oppn slams govt for essential food subsidy revision

The ruckus erupted on the LDF government’s decision to revise the subsidies of 13 essential items sold through the outlets of Supplyco.

Leaders of the Opposition party raised slogans against the government and stormed to the well of the Kerala assembly on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 02:07 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala: Locals protest after tiger spotted in area where elephant killed farmer

The residents of Padamala in Wayanad district of Kerala took out a protest march on Wednesday evening armed with burning torches demanding the capture of a tiger

The tiger was spotted in the area where a wild elephant killed a farmer four days back in Kerala. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 08:00 AM IST
By, Kochi

Oppn walks out of House, accusing govt of trying to destroy civil supply corps

The Opposition accused the Kerala government of planning to “euthanize” the state civil supplies corporation (Supplyco) in the state

The Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) legislators staged a walkout in the Kerala Assembly on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 08:18 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala to soon unveil country’s first state-owned OTT platform

C-Space comes at a time when Malayalam cinema is finding resonance in different parts and corners of India and the world thanks to the existing OTT giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime

Shaji N Karun, national-award-winning director and chairman of Kerala State Film Development Corporation, said the over-the-top (OTT) platform would stream the kind of “varied” or “different” films made in Malayalam that deserve to reach a global viewership. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Kerala Cong launches protest against policies of LDF, Centre

Apart from public meetings, Sudhakaran and Satheesan will also interact with people from all sections of the society to understand the pulse on the ground, party leaders said

Titled ‘Samaragni’, the statewide march was inaugurated by AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal in the northernmost Kasaragod district and will be led by state Congress chief K Sudhakaran and Leader of the Opposition VD Satheesan. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 07:56 AM IST
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