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Vishnu Varma

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.

Articles by Vishnu Varma

Kerala's Vizhinjam port receives first mothership ahead of trial run

The 300-metre-long cargo vessel, which set sail from Xiamen port in China, reached the outer sea off the coast of Vizhinjam near Thiruvananthapuram.

Chief minister claimed that the state government spent around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>100 crore for the rehabilitation of fishermen and their families who would be affected by the port. (HT)
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 10:45 AM IST
By, Kochi

Harassment complaints mount against Kerala ex-coach

The accused was arrested by the Cantonment police in Thiruvananthapuram on June 20 after receiving a complaint of sexual abuse from a minor girl whom he trained

The accused worked as a coach for girls in the Thiruvananthapuram chapter of the Kerala cricket association (KCA) for over 11 years (File photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 07:58 AM IST
By, Kochi

A humble start, an abrasive campaign and now, a seat at high table

Palakkad legislator Shafi Parambil, a first-time MP, won the Vadakara seat in a close contest against popular CPI(M) leader KK Shailaja.

At Vadakara, Shafi Parambil was up against KK Shailaja, the popular CPI(M) leader and former state health minister. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 06:58 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala-born nurse Sojan Joseph wins UK Parliament seat

Sojan Joseph’s victory is part of a landslide win for the Labour Party in the UK, which secured over 410 seats in the 650-member House

Sojan Joseph created history with his debut parliamentary win in the British parliamentary election (File photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2024 02:38 PM IST
By, Kochi

British election: Kerala-born mental health nurse among Labour Party winners

Sojan Joseph defeated Damian Green, a former First Secretary of State and Conservative Party leader, by 1779 votes in a seat considered safe for the Tories

Sojan Joseph migrated to the UK in 2001. (Sourced)
Published on Jul 05, 2024 04:21 PM IST

12-year-old dies from rare brain-eating amoeba

A 12-year-old boy succumbed to amoebic meningoencephalitis infection on Wednesday night in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, the third such fatality in the last two months, health officials said.

12-year-old dies from rare brain-eating amoeba
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala transwoman forced to undergo conversion therapy gets HC relief

The HC’s ruling on July 1 came in response to a petition filed on behalf of the transwoman by her friend pleading for directions to her family to produce her in court and set her at liberty.

The bench of justices Raja Vijayaraghavan V and PM Manoj held that LGBT persons like other heterosexual persons are entitled to their privacy and the right to lead a dignified existence without fear of persecution (File photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 09:48 AM IST
By, Kochi

3 held for murder of Kerala woman 15 years back

Police said the woman was killed by her husband and his aides when he discovered she was having an affair

The woman was suspected to have gone missing in 2009 (File photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Kochi

Kerala CM launches four-year undergraduate programmes

The introduction of FYUP curriculum is part of the state government’s ambitious reforms in the higher education sector

As per the new curriculum, students will have no restrictions when it comes to choosing their minor and major subjects. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, Kochi

Government schools in Kerala welcome new gender-neutral curriculum

The new revised textbooks for government and aided schools in Kerala have been welcomed by both teachers and students alike for promoting gender equality and challenging patriarchal norms in its curriculum.

Government schools in Kerala welcome new gender-neutral curriculum
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Kochi

UDF slams LDF over KK Lathika’s Facebook post over Lok Sabha polls in Vadakara

The Kerala assembly on Friday saw heated exchanges between the ruling LDF and Opposition UDF MLAs over the controversial Facebook post in connection with the Lok Sabha elections in the Vadakara constituency.

UDF slams LDF over KK Lathika’s Facebook post over Lok Sabha polls in Vadakara
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Kochi

8-term MP gears up to fight for LS Speaker’s post

Kochi: In 1989, the Adoor parliamentary constituency was seen a significant challenge for the Congress

Congress MP K Suresh leaves after filing his nomination for the post of Speaker of the 18th Lok Sabha. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Priyanka Gandhi’s Wayanad candidature sparks mixed reactions among voters

Congress has nominated its general secretary and Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the by-election in Wayanad.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 04:53 AM IST

Congress eyes big victory for Priyanka in Wayanad; mixed feeling among voters

Senior Congress leader from Kerala, Ramesh Chennithala, said the party workers and leaders have welcomed Priyanka Gandhi’s candidacy in Wayanad with great enthusiasm and excitement

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with Rahul Gandhi during the latter’s roadshow ahead of filing his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala’s Wayanad in April 2024. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 07:20 PM IST

Centre’s decision to deny Kerala minister visit to Kuwait triggers political row

Pinarayi Vijayan and state’s opposition criticised the Centre’s move, while Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and Union minister Suresh Gopi backed the decision.

Indian politician, Veena George, who is Kerala's Minister for Health and Woman and Child Development, consoles the mother of Akash Sasidharan Nair, one of the victims of a fire that broke out in a building housing foreign workers in Kuwait, at Pathanamthitta district in the southern Indian state of Kerala on June 13 (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 04:46 AM IST

Kuwait tragedy: Kin grieve as bodies brought to India

Wednesday’s fire in the Al-Mangaf building, the worst building fire in the Gulf country’s history and most deaths were due to smoke inhalation.

Relatives mourn near the deceased after the coffins' arrival on an Indian Air Force plane from Kuwait at the Cochin International Airport in Kochi on June 14. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 12:46 AM IST
By, Kochi

A success story back home, Kerala man linked to tragedy

He began with a small job as an engineer at a private firm in Al-Ahmadi governorate with a monthly pay of 60 Kuwaiti dinars, around ₹16,000

Smoke billows after a fire broke out in a building, in Mangaf, Kuwait, Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 08:14 AM IST

Kuwait fire kills Kerala man, his dream of having own house remains unfulfilled

Stephin Abraham Sabu, 29, was among the 49 people, mostly Indians, killed in the fire that broke out at a building housing foreign workers

Indian ambassador Adarsh Swaika at a hospital where 11 workers injured in the fire are admitted. (X)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 12:25 PM IST

Shock, grief shroud kin of Kuwait blaze victims

At least 42 Indians, including Akash Nair from Kerala, died in a fire in southern Kuwait. Efforts are underway to identify and repatriate the victims.

Rescuers arrive at the site of a building that caught fire in Kuwait, on Wednesday. At least 41 people died when a fire swept through a building that housed workers in Kuwait early Wednesday, and officials said the blaze appeared to be linked to code violations. (AP)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 05:01 AM IST
By, Kochi

Suresh Gopi: BJP’s sole lawmaker from Kerala inducted as MoS

Suresh Gopi was sworn-in as a Union minister in the third term of the Narendra Modi-led government, an important milestone in his eight-year-long political career.

President Droupadi Murmu administers oath to BJP MP Suresh Gopi as minister, at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Union government at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 02:53 PM IST

Kurian: The surprise BJP choice from Kerala

George Kurian has been an organisation man within the Kerala BJP for the last four decades after he entered politics through the BJYM

President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar pose for a group picture with the newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Council of Ministers during a ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, on Sunday. (PM Modi X)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 07:50 AM IST
By, Kochi

George Kurian from Kerala set to be inducted into Union council of ministers

George Kurian’s induction into the Union council of ministers is seen as the BJP’s acknowledgement of the Christian support to the party in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, especially in Thrissur where the party won

George Kurian. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 05:33 PM IST

NDA vote-share in Kerala rises by 4%, comes first in 11 Assembly segments

BJP made history by finally getting a Lok Sabha MP elected from the southern state through Suresh Gopi in Thrissur

Though NDA was able to register victory in only one seat, its vote share grew from 15.64% in 2019 to 19.23% in 2024 (Agency)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 04:12 AM IST
By, Kochi

Riding on star power, how Suresh Gopi scripted BJP history in Kerala

Suresh Gopi, on whom the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had shown much hope, did not disappoint as he became the saffron party’s first elected MP from the southern state

Gopi received 4,12,338 votes, defeating CPI’s VS Sunil Kumar (3,37,652 votes) by a margin of 74,686 votes. (PTI photo)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 11:22 AM IST

UDF wins 18 seats, LDF and NDA get 1 each

Though the Congress and CPM are part of the national INDIA bloc and are fighting together elsewhere, in Kerala, they are part of rival coalitions

Congress leader VD Satheesan said that anti-incumbency sentiments against LDF government contributed to UDF’s massive victory. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:02 AM IST

Early trends show Shashi Tharoor trailing to BJP’s Rajeev Chandrasekhar in T’puram

According to the latest figures of the ECI (as of 10:36am), Chandrashekhar received 65,790 votes while Tharoor received 60,842 votes. CPI’s Pannian Ravindran was third with 46,654 votes

The counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls began at 8am. (File photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:43 AM IST

Kerala Lok Sabha poll results: BJP’s Suresh Gopi takes massive lead in Thrissur

Located in central Kerala, Thrissur is dominated by the Hindu community with about 45% vote share, but has a sizeable Christian voter base, estimated at around 30-35%

BJP candidate from Thrissur parliamentary constituency Suresh Gopi during the campaign trail on April 5. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:07 AM IST

Counting day: Rahul Gandhi takes massive lead in Wayanad, show early trends

Wayanad has been a Congress stronghold since it was carved out after the delimitation exercise in 2009

Poll officials at a counting centre in Shimla on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:00 AM IST
By, Kochi

What happens in Antarctica can impact our climate, sea levels, food security: NCPOR director

India hosted the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ACTM) from May 20 to 30 in Kochi, Kerala in which over 400 delegates from 56 countries including diplomats, scientists and experts came together to discuss the affairs of Antarctica such as science, policy, governance etc.

Thamban Meloth, the director of National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) discusses India’s research activities in the cold continent and the impact of climate change (PTI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Kerala min seeks probe in excise bribery charge

Opposition leader VD Satheesan had earlier claimed that the CPM-led government was collecting bribes to the tune of ₹20 crore from 801 bar owners in the state in exchange for favourable changes in the Abkari Act.

Kerala excise minister MB Rajesh wrote to state police chief Shaik Darvesh Sahib demanding a probe into allegations of soliciting of funds. (PTI)
Updated on May 25, 2024 07:36 AM IST
By, Kochi
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