Vishnu Varma


Vishnu Varma is a correspondent for the Indian Express in Kerala.

Three of Kerala family in New Zealand hospital after eating wild boar meat
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Shibu Kochummen, his wife Subi Babu and his mother Alekutty Daniel were found unresponsive at home by paramedics and subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit in Hamilton.

At UDF rally in Kochi, Manmohan Singh castigates Modi govt, calls demonetisation ‘historic blunder’
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

"At least 100 people died standing in queues outside the banks. The withdrawal of 86 per cent of currency imposed severe hardships on India's farmers and small industries and traders. Demonetisation turned out to be a historic blunder," said Manmohan Singh.

14-hour run cut by half as ambulance ferries ailing child from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

To undertake the urgent trip, the baby's family took the aid of Child Protect Team Kerala, an organisation that gives assistance to families in matters of children.

Thomas Chandy resigns over land encroachment charges, third minister to quit Kerala cabinet in over a year
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Thomas Chandy resigns: The Kerala minister's resignation is expected to hit the image of CM Pinarayi Vijayan hard since he has personally vowed not to tolerate corruption within the government.

Kerala coastal vulnerability: Expert panel report on LPG terminal backs locals’ concerns
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The base of the terminal's mound should be above the highest level of storm surge and expected sea level rise, the panel recommends.

In Thiruvananthapuram, a cricket flashback to the 80s
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

India and New Zealand played the third T20I in Thiruvananthapuram but not at University Stadium which hosted West Indies.

How India’s demonetised currency notes are making way to South African election campaign
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The invalid notes, turned into a pulp and mixed with wood pulp, are being used as hardboards in South Africa, where general elections are scheduled in 2019.

India-New Zealand T20 marks return of international cricket to Thiruvananthapuram
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

With the series tied 1-1, the third and the final T20I between India and New Zealand promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Kerala CM to have a TV show, but can Pinarayi Vijayan be a star like EK Nayanar?
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is set to be part of a serialised television show called 'We Forward' (Nam Munnottu in Malayalam) which will be telecast on Doordarshan and a few other channels.

In rediscovery of a dragonfly, green signal to conservation
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

“The Indian Emerald lives in a micro-habitat near high-altitude areas. It is easy to spot because it flies irregularly over the water body for nearly an hour. Plus, it is emerald green in colour from head to toe. Its body glistens in sunlight,” Kiran CG, secretary of the Indian Dragonfly Society said.

Kerala: Endemic dragonfly species reported after 80 years at Periyar reserve
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The Odonata survey, jointly conducted by PTR and the Indian Dragonfly Society between October 27-29, was done across 15 camps of the eastern and western divisions of the reserve

Kerala vaccination drive hits stumbling block in Malappuram
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Of the targeted 76 lakh children in the age group 9 months to 15 years, only 44.30 lakh, or 58%, had been covered in Kerala until October 28.

Congress-led UDF to kick off ‘Padayorukkam’ march tomorrow, will protest against CPM, BJP mal-governance
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

'These (CPM & BJP) governments are only talking and doing nothing. The people are facing problems in every sector. Price rise is a major issue,' said PP Thankachan, convenor of the Congress-led UDF

Kerala Education Minister Raveendranath had RSS background, alleges Congress MLA
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Raveendranath, a three-time MLA from Pudukkad constituency in Thrissur district, is a first-timer in the cabinet headed by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Kerala ‘love-jihad case’: Hadiya pleads in new video – ‘Please get me out, I will get killed soon’
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

The case is currently pending in the Supreme Court, which has ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to ascertain whether there is a wider pattern of 'love jihad' in the case.

CIA plot implicated me in spy case: Ex-ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan says in autobiography
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

In an excerpt of the book named 'Ormakalude Bhramanapatham' (Orbit of memories) published on on Wednesday, Narayanan paints the spy case as a conspiracy against him and the ISRO through the collective efforts of agents of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in connivance with Indian police and intelligence officers.

Cargo ferry services small and big, plying across India
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Once fully operational, the ferry is expected to bring down the travel time between Ghogha and Dahej, 340 km by road, from seven hours to two-and-a-half.

Kozhikode: CCTV footage of molestation bid goes viral; man arrested
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

31-year-old Jamsheer, whose face was clearly caught in a CCTV video that later went viral on social media platforms, was arrested by the Nadakkavu police from Koyilandy on the early hours of Sunday.

Take 5: Kerala good place to work, people are nice too but there is no place as home, says a daily wager
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan blamed “forces in North India” and alleged a move to show the state in poor light

Kochi Metro: After August dip, MG Road extension to boost ridership figures
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

Kochi Metro saw the highest ridership in July, when 9.97 lakh people used the services. The FIFA U-17 World Cup also attracted a lot of metro riders

KPCC elections: Burnt by Solar scam, Congress in Kerala has to find a leader who can keep BJP at bay
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Other contenders being talked about are K Sudhakaran, the party’s big leader in the CPM stronghold of Kannur, and V D Satheeshan, the KPCC vice-president and a member of the ‘I’ group.

Hundreds flock to Kerala church after children report ‘seeing’ Mother Mary
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

The first ‘sighting’ was reported on September 28, then subsequently in the weeks that followed. Children claimed they saw a tiny apparition of Mother Mary smiling and even talking to them.

Kerala hartal partially disrupts normal life, stray incidents of violence reported
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Kerala hartal: Stray incidents of violence such as a government bus getting pelted with stones at Palarivattom were reported. In some places, activists are reported to have forcibly closed shops.

Another Hartal, Kerala does not waste time getting into festival spirit
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

When you have two alliances led by strong parties with deep organisational bases, ensuring a successful hartal and disturbing the common man and woman on the street is a cakewalk.

Vengara election results 2017: IUML wins bypoll but with lesser margin
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

The ruling CPM will take heart in the fact that the lead for the IUML in Vengara has crashed from over 38,000 votes in the 2016 Assembly election to the 23,000 votes it has got now.

Jan Raksha March, a BJP show of strength in Kochi
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

On whether Shah’s leaving the Jan Raksha march in Kannur has affected party morale, Rajasekharan promised that the party president will return on October 15 when the protest concludes in Thiruvananthapuram.

Nearly half of Vengara’s voters have cast their ballot till 1 pm
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The election was necessitated after sitting MLA PK Kunhalikutty of the IUML vacated the seat to contest for Lok Sabha from Malappuram.

Vengara owes its development to Kunjapa and Gulf money
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Vengara’s Muslim-majority voters will go to cast their ballot on Wednesday in a bye-election after its sitting MLA PK Kunhalikutty, lovingly called Kunjapa by his supporters, vacated the seat to get elected to Lok Sabha from Malappuram.

Two murders that could convert the narrative of Vengara bypoll, but won’t
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Vengara is feeling a bit of the heat, especially when a fierce bypoll campaign has just concluded on its soil. The bypoll was necessitated after sitting MLA P K Kunhalikutty vacated the seat to contest a Lok Sabha election.

Vengara bypoll: In Muslim League fortress, it’s not about who wins, but how big the win is
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

The bye-election, scheduled for Wednesday, was necessitated after sitting MLA PK Kunjalikutty vacated the seat to contest the Malappuram Lok Sabha seat. E Ahamed, MP and former union minister, died earlier this year following a cardiac arrest.

Man booked for allegedly spreading false news against MR vaccination in Kerala
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Police said he allegedly shared the fake news that five students of a local school fainted after they were administered the MR vaccine.

Vengara bye-election in Kerala: Everything you need to know
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Vengara constituency in Malappuram district of Kerala, is considered a stronghold of the IUML and has a Muslim-majority population of over 48,000 people. IUML's prime contender will be the CPM candidate, while the BJP might finish a distant third.

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Kochi sees unprecedented demand for tickets
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

A look at the online ticketing website will show you that tickets across every category for all eight matches in the city have been sold out.

MCD election results 2017: BJP’s thumping win sets stage for 2020 Assembly battle with AAP
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

MCD results 2017: Today, the BJP continued that winning streak and has effectively strengthened its grip on all three municipal corporations in the national capital.

MCD elections: In Quresh Nagar, BJP pins hopes on ‘proxy candidate’ of influential Muslim family
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

MCD elections: Whether the Ismail family’s connect with voters in Quresh Nagar would work will only be answered on April 25.