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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Vishnu Varma


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

With Pakistan dream over, can GI tag rescue betel leaf farmers of Kerala’s Tirur?
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Traders, farmers see hope after string of reverses — halted exports, reduced prices, shrinking vineyards.

Cloud of suspicion hangs over Kerala home after death of 6 kids in nine years
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

According to police officers investigating the case, a couple residing in Chembra in Malappuram district's Tirur lost their son, who was 93-days-old, early today morning. The infant's death was confirmed at a private hospital in Tirur.

Kerala man who won Rs 12 crore lottery was on verge of his home being repossessed by bank
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

As per lottery ticket rules, Rajan is expected to receive Rs 7.2 crores as prize money after deducting tax and agency commission.

Explained: Behind Kerala’s ban on CFL and filament bulbs from November 2020
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

In his budget speech, the finance minister said nearly 2.5 crore LED bulbs have been produced on a mass scale in the state for public consumption.

Kerala Budget 2020 highlights: Thomas Isaac’s budget rooted in welfare measures
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

Kerala Budget 2020 Highlights: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac presented the state budget in the Legislative Assembly for the year 2020-21.

Survivor of Kerala’s vicious political violence signs in as doctor in native village
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

A beaming Asna told local reporters, "I am very, very happy. I have managed to complete my education and get the job I have always wanted. I can also work close to home."

3 patients, 2,155 persons under quarantine: Why Kerala could have a lesson on how to contain coronavirus
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

With three positive cases of coronavirus and 2,155 people under quarantine, Kerala has not seen a virus outbreak of this scale since Nipah in 2018. However, an early start in screening people coming from China and a resolute disease surveillance system has helped Kerala minimise its reach.

Manu S Pillai: ‘I am drawn to the untold stories’
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

The author on history, the ideological spectrum of his readers and the importance of messaging in a democracy.

Kerala prepares line of defence against coronavirus, sets up isolation wards at hospitals
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

As part of the first line of defence, extensive screening and precautionary measures are being implemented at all four international airports in the state, especially Cochin.

Nepal getaway for old classmates from Kerala ends in tragedy, 8 dead
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

According to police in Nepal, the two families were part of a group of 15 from Kerala who had stopped over at Daman while travelling from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Gulf dream almost over for the average Malayali: Writer Benyamin
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

The 49-year-old writer spoke to on the sidelines of the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode about his process of writing, his affection for the marginalised and the dwindling importance of the Gulf for Kerala. On anti-CAA protests, he said it was the duty of the writers to speak courageously.

If Jayalalithaa was at helm of affairs in AIADMK today, she wouldn’t have supported CAA: Kanimozhi
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

"To be honest, if Jayalalithaa was at the helm of affairs in the party, I'd like to believe that she would not have supported the CAA. Her party has left Tamil Nadu, the country and their own leader down," DMK leader MK Kanimozhi said.

Young people have made national anthem, Preamble cultural ideas, hats off to them: TM Krishna
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

"I think the cardinal mistake the government of India has made is attacking students. That’s what has brought students together. It has woken up a lot of the young, middle-class people of India into the realities of the government we have today."

In Kerala’s conflict heartland, a Muslim Theyyam in a Hindu ritual
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

The theyyam proceedings at Kamballur commence with the Kalanthan mukri offering namaz inside an arched gateway in the compound.

Day after Maradu demolitions, locals wrestle with dust pollution
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

On Monday, locals residing close to the H20 Holy Faith apartment, which was demolished on Saturday morning, gate-crashed into the office of the local municipality chairperson demanding action to counter their woes of dust pollution.

‘Huge victory of technical experts’: Two illegal Kochi apartments razed to rubble, two more tomorrow
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

The Jain Coral Cove complex, the biggest of the four, will be demolished on Sunday, January 12 at 11 am, followed by Golden Kayaloram, the smallest, at 2 pm.

‘Fare on Kerala semi high-speed rail will be comparable to third-AC tariff’: KRDCL MD
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

The ‘Silver Line’ project is conceived as a solution to easing pressure on the existing network as well as on the state’s major highways which are equally dense. The corridor, 532-km long, will be financed at a cost of Rs 56,443 crore.

Hours to go for demolition of apartment complexes, all eyes on Maradu in Kerala
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

On Friday, officials of the district administration, police and contractors conducted a successful mock drill of the demolition exercise, making sure their security apparatus was tight for the much-anticipated event on Saturday.

Explained: How four apartments in Kochi will be brought down on Jan 11-12
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Four apartments have been ordered to be brought down by the Supreme Court for the violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules.

‘Attack devoid of all humanity’: Protests in Kerala over JNU violence
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

The SFI and DYFI organised demonstrations across the state. In Kochi, students and civil society members took out a protest march.