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Saturday, August 08, 2020

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.


Pinarayi Vijayan: India’s fate would’ve been different had Congress taken clear stand on secularism

August 06, 2020 10:40 am

He said worship inside Babri Masjid was permitted under a Congress government at the Centre; and a Congress government was at the helm in New Delhi when shilanyas for the temple was allowed.

Congress practices 'soft Hindutva', not surprised by Priyanka Gandhi's remark on Ayodhya: Pinarayi Vijayan

August 05, 2020 8:34 pm

When asked by a reporter on Kerala's position about the event in Ayodhya, CM Pinarayi Vijayan indicated that there were more pressing matters facing the country today.

Kerala to begin home isolation for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients

July 31, 2020 1:51 am

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said home isolation would be allowed for health workers who tested positive on an experimental basis.

Curse of gold

July 19, 2020 10:26 pm

A smuggling case raises questions about abuse of authority in Pinarayi government, underlines need for accountability.

Community spread in two coastal villages, says Kerala CM

July 18, 2020 3:16 am

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a complete lockdown would be in force in the affected coastal areas from Saturday, with the affected zones brought under police control.

Kerala gold smuggling case: Senior IAS officer suspended, probe against him to continue, says CM Vijayan

July 17, 2020 1:37 am

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the media, “The conduct of the IAS officer (Sivasankar) was found in violation of the service rules. He was suspended based on a report from a two-member committee headed by the chief secretary."

Kerala gold smuggling: Swapna Suresh moves HC for anticipatory bail, says UAE diplomat asked her to contact Customs

July 11, 2020 8:02 am

In the petition, accessed by, Suresh, currently on the run, stated that though she resigned from the consulate in September 2019 and joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a contractual staff, she continued to work closely with the consulate under 'work on request basis'.

Kerala gold smuggling case: CM Vijayan writes to PM Modi, seeks effective probe by central agencies

July 11, 2020 8:03 am

The alleged involvement of Swapna Suresh, who had worked as manager with the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITL), has deeply embarrassed the government, with the Opposition parties claiming that the CM’s Office has links to the racket.

Kerala CM's principal secy removed for alleged connection to gold smuggling accused

July 07, 2020 4:05 pm

Principal secretary M Sivasankar was the chairman of KSITIL, where Swapna had been employed. Following the controversy, the government had terminated her service. Sivasankar was also removed as the state IT secretary.

Day after 30 kg gold seized at airport, Kerala IT dept staffer sacked; Oppn blames CM Vijayan

July 07, 2020 8:44 am

Swapna, who had also worked at the Consulate earlier as executive secretary, is reportedly absconding and Customs officials have examined her apartment in the city.


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: