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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Shaju Philip


Shaju Philip covers Kerala for The Indian Express

Kerala Covid-19 fight starts bottom up, panchayat leads the way
Wed, May 19, 2021

With Kerala in lockdown as part of a desperate bid to curb the raging second wave, the state’s local self-governing bodies have joined hands with neighbourhood groups and youth organisations, cutting across party lines, to plug the breach.

No seat for Shailaja Teacher in Pinarayi’s all-new team, disquiet in Delhi CPM
Wed, May 19, 2021

Shailaja was among five CPI(M) ministers from the previous government who won in the Assembly elections but were kept out of Vijayan’s 21-member Cabinet.

Explained: Why there is no space for Shailaja Teacher in the new Kerala cabinet
Wed, May 19, 2021

During Shailaja's term as health minister, Kerala witnessed an unprecedented growth of the public health system, particularly at the grassroots level, which has now helped Kerala fight Covid-19 rather effectively.

Kochi admin ties up with BPCL to set up 1,500-bed Covid centre
Mon, May 17, 2021

The temporary Covid-19 hospital was erected at a school run by BPCL at the premises of its plant at Ambalamugal in Kochi.

Sleepless in Israel, Indian nurses hang on for families
Sat, May 15, 2021

“I haven’t slept for the last four days,” says Mariya Joseph, 33, speaking to The Indian Express over the phone Friday evening from the Israeli city of Ashdod, 38 km from Gaza.

Kerala government extends lockdown till May 23
Sat, May 15, 2021

The state on Friday reported 34,694 new Covid-19 cases, taking the active caseload to 4.42 lakh and the test positivity rate hovered at 26.41 per cent.

Kerala oxygen share raised from 223 MT to 358 MT
Fri, May 14, 2021

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately rush 300 MT oxygen from other states because of an impending cyclonic storm.

KR Gouri (1919-2021): Lifetime of firsts for Kerala’s Communist icon
Wed, May 12, 2021

K R Gouri, who passed away Tuesday in Thiruvananthapuram at the age of 102, was all of this. And yet, she was so much more.

Kerala woman killed in rocket attack in Israel
Wed, May 12, 2021

The woman was identified as Soumya, 31, a native of Kanjikuzhy panchayat in Kerala’s Idukki district.

K R Gouri scripted Kerala’s land reforms, remained a rebel all her life
Tue, May 11, 2021

From the first woman law graduate from the backward Hindu Ezhava community, Gouri had risen to a firebrand Communist leader and able administrator, fighting all the way in the days when politics had been male-dominated

Can’t supply oxygen to other states: Pinarayi to PM Modi
Tue, May 11, 2021

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the rising number of Covid-19 patients needing hospitalisation will necessitate around 450 MT of medical oxygen by May 15.

MGNREGS rakes up big numbers in rural Kerala
Tue, May 11, 2021

For the first time since its inception, the MGNREGS in Kerala generated a record 10.23 crore labour days in 2020-21.

Kerala gives bigger role to local bodies to tackle surge
Sun, May 09, 2021

In the first wave of the pandemic last year, the local bodies had been involved in the micro-level implementation of containment strategies.

Two young Covid volunteers save life in Kerala, get CM praise
Sat, May 08, 2021

However, what slowly unfolded was the heroic actions of two young Covid-19 warriors in saving a life.

In NDA’s Kerala rout, a steep fall in BDJS fortunes
Sat, May 08, 2021

Voting patterns in most of the 21 constituencies, from where the BDJS contested as an NDA ally, indicate that backward Hindu voters abandoned the BJP in large numbers.

Full Kerala lockdown from May 8 to 16 as Covid-19 surge shows no signs of slowing down
Thu, May 06, 2021

Kerala lockdown rules and guidelines: The decision was announced a day after the state reported a record 41,953 infections.

Oxygen stock decreasing rapidly, Kerala CM writes to PM to increase share
Thu, May 06, 2021

The Kerala government has also demanded tankers, PSA plants, oxygen concentrators and ventilators as the state has the country’s third largest active caseload — the tally rose to 3.75 lakh with 41,953 new cases on Wednesday.

Kerala BJP leader targets state unit chief: ‘Chopper politics will not work here’
Wed, May 05, 2021

A former state BJP president, Padmanabhan, who contested against CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Dharmadam, was referring to the use of helicopter by state party chief K Surendran, who contested in two seats districts apart.

After poor UDF show in Kerala assembly elections, calls for change in Congress unit
Wed, May 05, 2021

With the UDF reduced to 41 seats, six less than its 2016 tally, a demand for an overhaul in the state party unit has emerged from within the party as well as its disgruntled allies. The Congress, which contested 93 seats, could win only 21 seats.

In Kerala’s Left sway, Muslims, Christians make themselves count
Tue, May 04, 2021

The instant response of the CPI (M) in Kerala – a human chain against the CAA and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's announcement that the amended citizenship law would not be implemented in Kerala – found favour with pro-IUML Muslim organisations.

Pinarayi alleges UDF-BJP vote deal
Tue, May 04, 2021

“In 90 constituencies, BJP votes came down as compared to the votes it garnered in 2016. Why could the BJP not improve... Never before such a vote leakage happened. This also indicates that the people are abandoning the BJP,’’ he said.

Jose Mani gives up RS seat but loses bid for his father’s mantle
Mon, May 03, 2021

Jose lost Pala, which his father late K M Mani represented for half-a-century, to NCP-Kerala leader and sitting legislator Mani C Kappan. The NCP-Kerala leader had won the seat in the by-election held in 2019 after the death of K M Mani.

As LDF bucks trend, storms back to power, why this is Pinarayi Vijayan’s win
Mon, May 03, 2021

Referring to the defeat of the BJP in Nemom, the only seat it won in 2016, Vijayan said, "Kerala is not a land for communalism. There is no space here for communal politics.''

BJP back to ground ‘zero’ in Kerala, temple no answer to party prayers
Mon, May 03, 2021

Far from winning at least half-a-dozen seats as it claimed it would do, the BJP ended with a duck in Kerala, losing even Nemom that it had won in 2016.

Wayanad to coastal areas, Congress can’t stop Pinarayi wave
Mon, May 03, 2021

The coalition, which bagged 19 out of 20 seats in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019, ended with 41 seats in the 140-strong Assembly.