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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.


In Kerala, Amit Shah targets CM over smuggling cases

March 08, 2021 2:55 am

Shah said both LDF and UDF are only worried about managing their vote banks.

Customs dept doing BJP’s campaign in Kerala: Pinarayi

March 07, 2021 2:28 am

Quoting a statement made by gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh in court under Section 164 CrPC, the Customs department had on Thursday submitted an affidavit stating that foreign currency had been smuggled out at the instance of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.

'This land will not blame'll soon realise it': Vijayan flays BJP after Customs links him to gold smuggling

March 06, 2021 9:11 pm

The political scenario in the poll-bound state has heated up as the Customs informed the Kerala High Court that Swapna Suresh, key accused in the gold smuggling case, “stated with clarity about smuggling of foreign currency at the instance of” CM Vijayan and Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.

Dollar smuggling case: LDF holds protest marches to Customs offices in Kerala after CM link claim

March 06, 2021 2:37 pm

Taking a serious note of the CPI(M)-led alliance's move to target it politically, the Customs alleged that a political party was trying to intimidate the investigation agency but made it clear that it will not work.

Kerala CM-link in smuggling case: Swapna made no such claim before NIA, agency also did not charge Vijayan's former aide

March 06, 2021 8:06 am

“At least in our examination, no such thing has come forth. Swapna Suresh has not made any such claim to us. But we cannot comment on any other agency's probe,” sources said.

Customs links Kerala CM to gold smuggling; cheap politics: LDF

March 06, 2021 1:59 am

This is the first time that the Customs has made an allegation against the Chief Minister, although the name of his former principal secretary M Sivasankar had figured in probes by multiple central agencies looking into various aspects of the gold smuggling and related cases.

Pinarayi Vijayan targets BJP, ED: Won’t succumb

March 05, 2021 5:38 am

He said the Left government would not surrender before anyone who raises baseless allegations.

ED case against Kerala govt body officials, Pinarayi Vijayan complains to EC

March 04, 2021 7:03 am

ED sources said a case has been registered and notices have been served to KIIFB CEO Dr K M Abraham, a former chief secretary of the state, and KIIFB deputy managing director Vikramjit Singh, a serving IPS officer of the Kerala cadre.

Kerala Covid-19 wrap: More recoveries than fresh cases, mobile labs to meet test target, NRIs to be tested for free

February 26, 2021 8:56 pm

Kerala faces exclusion amid surge in Covid cases as many states have placed restrictions on travellers from the southern state. Till now, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Delhi have made it mandatory for the travellers from Kerala to carry negative RT-PCR certificates.

Left hopes to retain last bastion Kerala; it’s a do-or-die for Congress

February 26, 2021 5:48 pm

For the Left parties, Kerala is seen as its last bastion in the country, having already lost power in West Bengal in 2011 and Tripura in 2018. On the other hand, the Congress cannot afford a second defeat as it fears its space being usurped gradually by the Left and the BJP from both sides.


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

April 22, 2019 2:25 pm

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


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

June 22, 2020 6:11 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:13 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:16 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:17 pm

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

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

June 22, 2020 6:18 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:18 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:18 pm

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

June 22, 2020 6:18 pm

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: