Shaju Philip


Adopted Indian girl missing in US: Body found ‘most likely’ hers, woman who raised kid still hopes
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Child Protective Services took custody of the Mathews’ other biological daughter, aged four, shortly after Wesley was arrested.

Two Kerala villages crowd-fund kidney transplant for Tamil migrant worker
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The collection drive was organised by “Jayan Life Saving Samithi”, a voluntary outfit headed by the five civic body representatives from the villages.

‘Love-jihad’, ‘ghar-wapsi’: Don’t communalise inter-faith marriages, warns Kerala HC
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Quoting American civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou, the bench noted in its order: “Love recognises no barriers, it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Jan Raksha Yatra ends in Kerala: Did CPM get mandate to kill BJP cadres, asks Amit Shah
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Shah, who had left for Delhi the day after flagging off the march and returned for the concluding leg on Tuesday, said, “The CPI(M) has adopted murderous politics as its style. Communist parties elsewhere perished due to corruption and dynasty rule. But in Kerala, the CPI(M) is going to collapse due to its violent politics.”

Goa ruled by BJP, Kerala by rogues, says CM Manohar Parrikar
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Accusing his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan of being “part of this violence” unleashed by the CPI(M) in the coastal state, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar said, “It is necessary that we all become agents of change.”

Kerala lawyer listed as 7th accused in realtor murder case
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

After analysing call details, it was reportedly found that Udayabhanu contacted the killer gang after the murder.

RSS leader’s legs hacked, role of CPM duo suspected
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Nidhish was angling from a bridge at the beach when two alleged CPI(M) workers, hacked his legs. He was admitted to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital. “Although injuries are serious, he is out of danger,’’ said a police source.

IUML wins Vengara, CPM vote share rises as BJP’s dips
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

In the results declared today, IUML’s K N A Khader polled 65,227 votes and defeated CPI(M)’s P P Basheer by 23,310 votes. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the then party candidate, P K Kunhalikutty, had polled 72,181 votes and won with a margin of 38,057 votes.

Kerala HC questions campus politics, parties protest
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

The principal had sought an order against the agitation of CPM student wing Students’ Federation of India that has been on at the campus now for 50 days.

Kerala Dalit priests: ‘Any Hindu can be a Brahmin’
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Shaju Philip meets the five who made the cut and finds a new generation of Dalit priests, armed with degrees from some prominent Vedic colleges, and at ease with rituals, having learnt the ropes in private temples across the state

‘Dalit priests will face resistance when they are moved to bigger temples’
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Premjith Sharma, a senior priest from the Ezhava community, says the newly-appointed priests face no opposition as they have been posted at shrines on the periphery.

Don’t want to turn Sabarimala temple into Thailand, says TDB chairman
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

“The board does not want to make Sabarimala into Thailand. Even if the court allows entry of women of menstruating age into Sabarimala, no self-respecting woman will go up to the hill shrine,” Prayar Gopalakrishnan, a Congress leader, said

Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy faces Vigilance probe in solar scam
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Announcing the decision after a Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said criminal and corruption cases would also be registered against Chandy.

Don’t say love jihad in every here and there, says Kerala High Court
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by one Anees Ahammed seeking an order that his wife Sruthi Meledath be released from her family’s custody.

Dalit priest in Kerala opens door to temple – and change
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Kerala Dalit priest Krishna, who is pursuing a postgraduate course in Sanskrit, is the youngest of two sons of Ravi and Leela couple, both daily wage earners. Krishna said he joined Thantra Vidya Peedam in Ernakulam at 12.

Migrants in fear over Kozhikode assault video, CM Pinarayi Vijayan blames efforts from north
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The clip purportedly showed a man from Bengal, who was employed in a hotel, being beaten to death by the hotel owner.

Jan Raksha Yatra: Malabar rebellion first jihadi massacre, says Kerala BJP chief
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The Malabar rebellion or Moplah riot of 1921 was an uprising of Muslims tenants against the British government and Hindu landlords. The armed riot led to the large-scale killings of Hindus in the Malabar region.

In Kannur, bomb thrown at CPM march, 7 injured
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

The CPI(M) alleged that RSS activists were behind the incident. The ruling party in Kerala has called for a 12-hour hartal in the area on Monday to protest against the attack.

Kerala: Video shows BJP supporters threatening assault on CPM rivals
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

In a video of the yatra, believed to have been shot in Kannur, the BJP workers are heard shouting that “one-handed” CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan would find his other hand missing.

Kerala vaccination mission battles resistance spread on social media
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Kerala health services director Dr R L Saritha said certain groups who are always against vaccination were spreading false information against the mission.

Travancore Devaswom follows reservation norms to pick 36 non-Brahmin priests
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The Travancore Devaswom Board released the list of 62 candidates on Thursday. They were chosen after a process of tests and interviews.

Malayalam actress abduction case: After 85 days in jail, bail for Malayalam actor Dileep
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

On February 17, the actress was abducted and sexually assaulted in a moving car near Kochi.

On Pinarayi turf, Amit Shah says: Lotus will bloom in this muck
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Shah’s Janraksha Yatra, with the theme 'All Have To Live: Against Jihadi-Red Terror', travelled 9 km from Payyannur to Pilathara on Tuesday.

Accidental firing from own service weapon kills sailor in Kochi
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

The Navy said accidental firing killed sailor Raxit Kumar Parmar, 23. The police sources said it looked like a case of suicide.

Amit Shah to kick off campaign against ‘CPM intolerance, Muslim extremism’ in Kerala
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Amit Shah will inaugurate the yatra at Payyannur in Kannur on October 3, he will participate in the yatra for two days when it will pass through CPI(M)-dominated areas in Kannur district.

What use is GST to Govt if it’s a pain for people, asks Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Commenting on the rise in cases of intolerance and communal incidents, he said Kerala has always taken a strong stand against communalism.

SEBI probe finds Kerala jeweller running deposit scheme against RBI Act
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

The company’s chairman is Boby Chemmanur and football legend Diego Maradona is its brand ambassador. The alleged illegal operations of the jeweller have been under the scanner of various financial agencies in the recent years.

Kerala HC seeks police report on ‘torture’ at yoga centre
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Swetha had filed a complaint alleging she was tortured “by Hindu fundamentalists to take her away from her marriage with a Christian, Rinto Issac”.

Want to be reborn as Brahmin: Suresh Gopi
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The Rajya Sabha MP said he wanted to be born again as a Brahmin. By becoming the chief priest at Sabarimala temple, he said, he wanted live in the premises of Lord Ayyappa. He wanted to be at least a junior priest at the hill shrine, he added.

Case against yoga centre after woman alleges torture
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Following the complaint from the woman that she was physically assaulted at the centre, police on Monday registered a case against the institute, its yoga guru Manoj and his associates.

Kerala priests abroad: Different stories, differing motivations
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Unlike Father Tom Uzhunnalil, all that some priests are looking for is money, and perhaps escape from the law in India. The Indian Express explains.

Woman who left home to become Muslim returns
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Athira ran away from home on July 10 leaving behind a letter stating her intention to convert

Kerala to import sand to mitigate shortage
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Kerala requires 3 crore tonnes of sand a year, but only a small part of it is collected from rivers

Yesudas allowed entry into Kerala temple
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Yesudas will offer prayers at the temple on Vijayadasami (September 30)

Kerala: 10 months after son was killed ‘for conversion’, man embraces Islam
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Soon after Faisal was killed on November 19, 2016, his mother Meenakshi had publicly dared the Sangh Parivar by converting to Islam. Two months ago, Faisal’s two sisters, one brother-in-law and their five children also converted

In Kerala, CPM, BJP spar over Janmashtami
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Deputy Superintendent of Police K V Venugopal said the cases were registered under Section 75 (cruelty to child) of Juvenile Justice Act on complaints by Balasangam, a pro-CPI(M) children’s organisation