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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Kollam Bypass inauguration: CM Vijayan silences crowd, says 'not a place to hoot and chant'

Miffed by the noise, Vijayan sternly silenced the crowd saying, "This event is not a place to hoot and chant, decorum should be maintained."

PM Modi to inaugurate Kollam bypass today: Everything you need to know

The bypass, by now popularly called the Kollam bypass, is a two-lane, 13 km stretch built at a cost of Rs 352 crores from Mevaram to Kavanad in Kollam district of the state.


Pinarayi Vijayan backs out of event celebrating menstruation

The two-day program titled 'Aarpo Aarthavam' (Hurray menses!) was organised by some activist groups in response to widespread protests in the state by right-wing outfits over the implementation of a Supreme Court verdict.

Dismiss Kerala govt, impose President’s Rule: BJP MP

“The CPM can see that we are going to form a government in Kerala too. So they are conspiring against our leaders to murder them,” Nishikant Dubey alleged.

P Vijayan welcomes reservation for general category poor

The Kerala CM said that the decision was welcome, but taken as the Lok Sabha polls were due soon.

Sabarimala row: Vijayan hits back at BJP, asks rank and file to end violence

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hit back on Sunday, saying that the BJP national leadership should ask its rank and file to end violence if that party has an iota of allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to the people.


Take 5: ‘If one’s father is a toddy tapper, doesn’t mean one must be too’

Faces on the fringes of news: Vijayan belongs to the ‘thiyya’ community, traditionally engaged in toddy-tapping. His father was a toddy-tapper too

Now, a woman from Sri Lanka makes it to Sabarimala temple

Police have arrested 1,718 persons in 1,108 cases registered in connection with the violent protests reported across Kerala and at least 135 police personnel were injured in the attacks.

Day after women enter Sabarimala: Protests, violence continue; 745 held

The clashes led Kerala Governor P Sathasivam to ask the state government for a report on the law and order situation.

Sangh Parivar's hartal call over Sabarimala challenges SC verdict: CM Vijayan

The chief minister was referring to the dawn-to-dusk shutdown invoked by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an RSS-backed outfit leading the protests over women entry at the temple, and openly supported by the BJP on Thursday.

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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.

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: