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: 10-year-old bitten by snake in classroom, dies

At the cement-floored classroom where the girl was bitten, students had been leaving their footwear outside. According to a member of the PTA, the building had not been repaired for the last four years.

In Kerala, Left govt waits for Supreme Court verdict details on Sabarimala

The government will examine the consequences of the verdict and seek legal opinion before deciding the next course of action, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.


Pinarayi Vijayan: Kerala considering opening pubs

In office since 2016, the CPI(M) government has been easing the state’s liquor policy, contrary to the prohibition envisaged by the previous Congress government.

Left in a dilemma: As govt looks for Maoists among cadres, Kerala CPM offers them help

The Home department, a portfolio held by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, has maintained its determination to tackle the Maoist menace since the state became eligible for special financial aid for Maoist-affected districts.

Pinarayi Vijayan: Maoists are not innocent lambs

Killing of four suspected Maoists at Attappadi forest, and subsequent arrest of two CPI(M) workers under UAPA, the stringent anti-terror law, has evoked widespread protest against the police department, which comes under the Home ministry, handled by Vijayan.

Not possible to bring legislation on Sabarimala women entry: Pinarayi Vijayan

Vijayan told the assembly that those who talk about bringing in legislation on the top court's verdict entry were "cheating" devotees".


Kerala CM defends police action, says Maoists not 'holy souls'

Referring to killings of security personnel and farmers by Maoists in states like Chhattisgarh and Bihar, he sought to know if the opposition United Democratic Front wanted such a situation in Kerala.

Kerala govt will examine UAPA charges against two CPM workers: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

The review authority was constituted by the state government to analyse whether a case requires persecution under UAPA.

Kerala to offer 10 per cent dividend on deposits up to Rs 51 lakh

Presenting the Bill, Vijayan said the scheme would equally benefit the Non-Resident Keralites and the state government.

Kerala Maoist encounter: CM says police fired in self-defence, CPI seeks judicial probe

Four Maoists were killed in an encounter with Kerala police commando force Thunderbolt at Attappadi forest over the last two days — three on Monday and another on Tuesday.

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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 […]