Kerala flood: If ever there was a miracle in Kavalappara that night, it saved the lives of Thankamani and her husband. Except for the couple's home, a tiny Shiva temple and a clump of areca nut trees in the centre, the hill had wiped out everything.
The town, hidden in the Nilgiri range of the Western Ghats and loved by the British for its beauty and more so for its abundance of teak and rosewood trees, has been left broken by the floods, its shops and commercial establishments plundered and its people wanting for relief.
The ecologically fragile zone, classified as one of the four climate change hot-spots in Kerala, received 252.3 mm rainfall against actual rainfall of 184.5 mm in the period between August 1 and August 7, a departure of 37 per cent.
Kerala weather live updates | The Cochin International Airport has suspended operations till 9 am tomorrow (Friday) and hill stations like Munnar and Kumily are cut-off due to landslides on the roads leading to them
Some of the Kashmiri traders were also plugged into the news to find out if communication lines were open in the Valley. After all, it had been more than 12 hours since they spoke to their families back home.
The Freedom Food Factory, an enterprise selling food prepared by inmates in Kerala’s prisons, has tied up with a food app to deliver items prepared at the Viyyur Central Jail in Thissur. Currently, food items such as biryani, roti and curries are sold over the counter at the prison
While local women make up a sizeable section of Kerala’s construction labourer base, most do lowly jobs due to lack of training and experience. Kudumbashree aims to train women in all aspects of construction to guide them towards leadership positions.
An ongoing feud between the Orthodox and Jacobite factions of the Malankara Church over ownership of churches and properties meant her body had to be stored in a hospital freezer for over a week until the tussle could be resolved.
The island, located at the joining of the Kallada river and the expansive Ashtamudi backwaters which opens out to the sea at Neendakara, has been flagged over the years by environmentalists and locals as the unambiguous casualty of global warming.
A top education official told the Indian Express that the introduction of a seasonal fruit variety - such as banana, mango or papaya - on the midday meal menu will boost the nutritional requirements of students.
The documentary attempts to place the discrimination meted out to the Dalit community when it comes to burying their bodies at the centre of drawing-room discussions in a state hailed for its progressive social indicators.