Pinarayi Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan is the current Chief Minister of Kerala. He was sworn in to the role on May 25, 2016. Born in Kannur in May 1945, he was actively involved with the Communist party of Kerala since he was a college student. He became member of CPI(M) Kannur district committee at a young age of 24 and went on to be become District Secretariat four years later. He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly four times- 1970, 1977, 1991

and 1996. As an active member of the Communist party in Kerala, he gave leadership to two of the most significant political campaigns in the state- the Kerala march of 2006 and the Nava Kerala march of 2009.

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Kerala student stabbing case: Should have never happened, strong action will be taken, says CM

"What has happened should never happen in an educational institution. The government will take strong action. Everyone has understood that by now. There will be no laxity in (police) proceedings," the chief minister told reporters at a press briefing in the state capital.

Idukki custodial death: Crime Branch arrests two police officers

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has promised strict action against the erring policemen.


Kerala: Idukki custodial death snowballing into big trouble for CPM

Rajkumar was then kept in illegal detention for three days before his arrest was recorded on June 15. The next day, he was produced before a magistrate court, which remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks.

Will not protect erring policemen: Kerala CM on custodial death row

Vijayan was replying to a notice seeking adjournment motion by the Congress-led UDF opposition, demanding a judicial probe into the recent alleged custodial torture and death of a 49-year-old man at Nedumkandam in Idukki district.

Kerala: NRI’s suicide leads to crack in CPM Kannur leadership

Family members of the deceased, Sajan Parayail, had alleged that ego clash of CPI(M) leaders in the district led to the tragedy - that Sajan took the extreme step allegedly after the municipality denied occupancy certificate for his multi-crore convention centre.

After NRI’s suicide, Kerala govt plans to curb power of local body secretaries

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Assembly about the state government’s plans regarding this while replying to an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition.


KR Gowri Amma: Kerala's firebrand woman Communist icon is 100 years young

Gowri Amma has charted a political graph most leaders would be envious of. Born into an OBC Ezhava family of a landlord in British-ruled Travancore in 1919, she was attracted to Communist politics when she was studying law in Ernakulam.

Kerala offers drinking water, parched Tamil Nadu says 'no need for help at present'

The Tamil Nadu government said Chief Minister K Palaniswami will discuss the offer at a review meeting which will be held Friday and announce "an approporiate decision"

Kerala Govt in no hurry to implement police commissionerates: CM

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed the state Assembly that the proposal to set up the commissionarates in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi was under consideration, but the CPI(M)-led LDF government was in "no hurry" to implement it.

Kerala CM Vijayan meets Modi, raises issue of Thiruvananthapuram airport's privatisation

This is for the first time that the Left leader was meeting Modi after he assumed office for the second time following the BJP-led NDA's victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

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Sketch book 2: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on campaign mode, as seen by E P Unny

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ahead of voting on April 23, 2019, E P Unny travels through Kerala and documents its politics through sketches.

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Sabarimala: Protestors block activist Trupti Desai’s exit from Kochi airport

Activist Trupti Desai is stuck in Kochi airport as protestors block her exit. She was scheduled to go to Sabarimala as the annual pilgrimage begins on Saturday.

Sabarimala gates opened for women but protesters deny them entry

The gates of the Sabarimala temple were opened to women of all ages on Wednesday, but protesters blocked the devotees from entering the shrine and warned them of consequences.


Kerala received a lot more rain than its dams could handle: News in Numbers

Three days of intense rainfall, from August 15 to August 17 brought in more than what the dams could accommodate, making it necessary to release water. This is what the Central Water Commission (CWC) report on the Kerala floods observed.

How much damage Kerala suffered: News in Numbers

With some time passing, an assessment of the loss in Kerala can be made. Take a look in today’s News in Numbers.

How many Malayalees live in the Middle East: News in Numbers

Since the floods began in Kerala, donations from the Middle East — by governments as well as individuals — have thrown the spotlight on the large number of people from Kerala living in those countries, and the bond that has resulted because of it. What do the numbers say about people from Kerala living in […]

Kerala floods: Fixing the house during the day, back to relief camp at night

Inside a relief camp: Rebuilding from the scratch is not just a financial problem. For some, old age and health issues make it a herculean task. See more:


Kerala floods: A quick guide of DOs and DON’Ts for the people of Kerala after returning home

For the people of Kerala, here's a quick list of things to watch out for once you are home and living on your own. Dr KK Aggarwal, the former National President of the Indian Medical Association lists them out.

After rescue comes recovery. How states are helping rebuild Kerala: News in Numbers

Kerala initial estimate of the damage is about Rs 20,000 crore. The Centre has so far pledged Rs 600 crore. This is how states are pitching in. Take a look in today’s #NewsInNumbers

The amount of loss in Kerala because of floods: News in Numbers

As Kerala battles its worst floods in a century, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that the state, with help from the centre and armed forces, is constantly trying to overcome the situation. See more:

‘Governor’s rule is no alternative to democracy’, MOS Jitendra Singh At Idea Exchange

Last month, the BJP walked out of the coalition in J&K, ending the three-year-old power sharing agreement with the PDP in the state. Union minister Jitendra Singh has been one of BJP’s most vocal voices in this issue and defends the party’s decision to pull out of the J&K coalition citing that the decision was dictated […]