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Monday, August 10, 2020

Vishnu Varma


Vishnu Varma is a correspondent for the Indian Express in Kerala.

‘When there is a crisis, everyone pitches in’: Locals among first to help Kozhikode air crash victims
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Valanat, who deals in vegetables and fruits for export to the Middle East, dialled a couple of his friends and raced towards the crash site, where the magnitude of the disaster overwhelmed him.

Kerala plane tragedy: A doctor recalls a night he will never forget
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

On Friday night, minutes after an Air India Express plane crashed out of the Kozhikode airport runway into a ditch, Dr Ahmad's phone began ringing. His was the closest hospital to the crash site and he was told to prepare for a flurry of severely-injured patients.

Kerala: Idukki landslide leaves 15 dead, over 40 missing; CM Vijayan, PM Modi announce ex-gratia for victims
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Kerala Rains, Weather Forecast Today: The remoteness of the area, broken power and communication lines, heavy fog and uninterrupted rainfall are all seen as factors impacting effective relief operations at the landslide site.

As rains intensify, fears mount in north Kerala districts of 2019 repeat
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Over the last two days, the nature and magnitude of the rains across the state point to troubling indicators.

Kerala not covering up Covid-19 deaths, follows WHO guidelines: Health Minister KK Shailaja
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Kerala has seen several deaths of persons who tested positive for Covid posthumously, rankling concerns that such cases are being detected late and that the spread of the infection is much larger than being affirmed by the government.

In memory of son, Kerala expat sponsors flight tickets for 61 Indians to return home
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

The 53-year-old has been at the heart of volunteering efforts; distributing food kits during Iftar in labour camps, dispatching volunteers and aid when Kerala was in the throes of the century's biggest deluge in 2018 to finding quarantine centres for asymptomatic people in the UAE during Covid-19.

Ramesh Chennithala is the ‘sarsanghchalak’ within Congress: Kerala CPM secretary
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

"Chennithala is the son of an RSS sympathiser and it's no surprise that Janmabhumi (mouthpiece of the RSS in Kerala) advocated for him. He dons the uniform of RSS workers in Kerala, better than them," said Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

4 positive lab staff, but all 2,123 contacts ‘negative’: From Kerala, a validation of how masks cap spread of Covid-19
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The benefits of wearing face coverings and gloves have come to light after a total of 2,123 people are believed to have been spared from contracting the coronavirus infection after visiting a laboratory where four staff members tested positive for the virus.

Heavy rain drowns parts of central Kerala, red alert in Idukki district
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Orange-level rain alerts have been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad districts.

Kerala: CM says 1 in 18 testing positive for coronavirus in capital, 1 in 36 in state
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The high caseload in Thiruvananthapuram district is largely attributed to the spillover of the Covid-19 infection into the community, especially in the coastal hamlets.

India’s first solar-powered ferry Aditya wins global honour
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Aditya, India's first solar-powered ferry that commenced operations in 2017 in Kerala's Vembanad backwaters, has won the prestigious Gustave Trouve Award for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating.

Godsend Godmother: The psychologist who protected a high-risk baby
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

“All these thoughts of how I would take care of the baby never came to me, for some reason. I just knew that his parents are Covid-positive and that it would not be safe for him to continue in their care.”

Kerala HC dismisses anticipatory bail petition of activist Rehana Fathima in semi-nude video case
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Fathima has been booked under sections 13, 14, and 15 of POCSO Act, section 67B(d) of the Information Technology Act, and section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act at the Ernakulam Town police station based on a complaint filed by a local BJP leader.

A 2,000-strong volunteer team readies up to help with final rites of Covid-19 patients
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

“In such situations, the value of a human being is at stake and it doesn’t matter what religion he or she may have belonged to.”

This Kerala village is caught between the virus and the sea, literally
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

For the past two weeks, Chellanam has been under a tight lockdown after nearly 200 people in the village got infected with Covid-19, starting from an elderly fishworker at the local harbour.

Malappuram model of humanity: The story behind Kerala’s first plasma therapy
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

“They are all ready to give (plasma). Because, at the hospital, we have treated all patients with utmost love and care. Now, they are returning the same love and care by doubling it.”

Kerala confirms community transmission in coastal areas
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, at the daily briefing, said community transmission of the coronavirus is observed to have taken place in the coastal neighbourhoods of Pulluvila and Poonthura in Thiruvananthapuram district.

Former principal secy to Kerala CM M Sivasankar suspended in connection with gold smuggling case
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Last week, Sivasankar was shunted out from his posts of principal secretary to CM and IT secretary after his name propped up in connection with the involvement of Swapna Suresh who has been charged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the smuggling racket.

M Sivasankar: Bureaucrat who plugged Kerala into digital world
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

Earlier this week, Sivasankar was removed from the posts of principal secretary to CM and Information Technology secretary after news reports of his association with Swapna Suresh, charged by the National Investigation Agency in the smuggling racket.

Medical team cornered by mob in Kerala Covid-19 hotspot, coughed at, abused
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

On Friday morning, dozens of men and women came onto the streets in the village agitating against the tight lockdown restrictions and claiming that the health department's data on infections among them was hyped. They protested without masks and by abandoning social distancing regulations.

Kerala gold smuggling: Swapna Suresh moves HC for anticipatory bail, says UAE diplomat asked her to contact Customs
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

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’s fishing village Poonthura emerges as Covid-19 ‘super spread’ area
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

The origin of the infection in the area is suspected to be a wholesale fish vendor at the local Kumarichanda market.

Explained: Here is what Kerala’s ‘triple lockdown’ strategy for Thiruvananthapuram means
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Kerala's 'triple lockdown' strategy entails focused interventions by the police at three different levels to minimise the impact of the community spread, if present, or prevent it altogether.

Kerala: Thiruvananthapuram to go under ‘triple lockdown’ for a week
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Kadakampally Surendran, the minister in-charge of the district, told reporters Sunday, "Kerala's capital is sitting on top of a volcano. It can burst any moment. We request people to stay at home."

So many deaths away from home make Keralites ponder about lonely life in the Gulf
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

Although there’s no data on the number of Malayalis who have tested positive so far, statistics show over 270 of them have succumbed to the virus since February in the six Gulf countries of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.