Vishnu Varma

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

Articles By Vishnu Varma

First woman to climb Kerala’s Agasthyarkoodam peak: ‘Others have to step out of comfort zone, I’m already there’

On January 15 this year, Dhanya’s name got etched into history books after she became the first woman to mount the peak of Agasthyarkoodam, an 1868-metre high mountain in Kerala.

Kerala: CPM MLA’s tirade against IAS officer underlines continuing tensions in Munnar

On Monday, the state women's commission filed a Suo Motu case on the basis of media reports against Devikulam MLA S Rajendran for calling sub-collector Renu Raj 'brainless' and 'lacking common sense'.

Rubik’s Cube and record books: This three-and-a-half-year-old from Kerala has her eyes set

Niah Sanjith from Kerala can solve different variants of Rubik's Cube puzzle in two minutes. Give her the 2x2, the 3x3 or the Pyraminx, and she will hand you back perfectly-solved cubes in record time

Kochi Metro now has breastfeeding pods for mothers

The startup has also had discussions with the Indian Railways to set up breastfeeding pods across major stations from Kanyakumari to Thrissur. A hunt is on to identify a uniform sponsor who could fund these pods on the railway network.

Kerala plans to procure produce from cash-strapped North Indian farmers at MSP

A senior official at SupplyCo told the that the modalities of the proposed scheme of the state government are still being worked out and will become clearer in the next 1-2 weeks.

Political atmosphere ripe for BJP in Kerala: PS Sreedharan Pillai

PS Sreedharan Pillai, BJP's 65-year-old state president, sat down with the in Thiruvananthapuram earlier this week to discuss the party’s election prospects and explain why he’s confident of a good show this time.

Kerala: 21-year-old lived with minor girl in forest for 23 days, arrested for rape

A police official said he was baffled how the duo were able to survive for so long in the forests, eating bare-minimum food and barely any roof over their heads.

Kerala budget 2019: State govt announces ‘expansive’ budget with focus on rebuilding post deluge

The cost of the budget is pegged at Rs 1.42 lakh crore this year, with an aim to reduce the fiscal deficit by 1 per cent and revenue deficit by 3.3 per cent.

Kerala budget today, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac says floods, GST have hit fiscal health

"I will take the risk of assuming that we will be able to overcome the disadvantages of bad GST implementation, move towards fiscal consolidation through a greater collection of GST and also have a larger plan for investment," Issac said.

Kerala: UDF implicated former ISRO scientist for politics, says PM Modi

On Sabarimala: ‘Communists disrespecting culture, Congress' opportunism exposed’

PM Modi in Kerala: UDF leaders troubled Nambi Narayanan to settle their own political scores

On his second visit to Kerala in a fortnight, PM Modi also took potshots at the ruling CPM-led government for 'destroying the state's cultural ethos' over the Sabarimala row.

Thrissur among five focus seats of BJP in Kerala, PM Modi to address rally Sunday

While the BJP has never really had much of a sway in Thrissur in the past, in 2019, it prepares to make a forceful bid to wrest the constituency on the back of the support it claims to have garnered from it’s Sabarimala agitation and the surprise gains it made in the 2016 Assembly elections.

Illegal migration from Munambam harbour puts Kerala’s coastal security under spotlight

While the boat still remains untraced, its destination and the condition of its passengers unknown, the incident has thrown spotlight once again on the lack of any serious security measures at the harbour and the grave risks it poses to the protection of Kerala's coast.

In Kerala’s mining hotspot Alappad, the fear is not if sea will take village, but when

In a state with a rich history of potent environment movements, this beach sand mining, surprisingly, found little resistance. Until now.

JEE Main results 2019: Kerala topper Vishnu Vinod wants to pursue Computer Science engineering at IIT

JEE Main results 2019: A 12th standard student of KE school at Mannanam in Kottayam district of Kerala, Vishnu recorded 99.9990801 percentile score in the examination

Memes and wit: Kerala Police FB page crosses 1 million ‘likes’

On January 10, Kerala Police marked a milestone when the Facebook page garnered more than 1 million likes —- surpassing the popularity of the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Attappadi’s short-lived babies: Why Kerala’s welfare model could be harming a tribal community

In 2013, when over 55 infants died in Attappadi, it mortified health observers and rang alarm bells in the corridors of the state’s health department in faraway Thiruvananthapuram. But the stagnant incidence of deaths in 2017 and 2018 prove that the crisis is in fact festering and is far from over.

17-year-old’s viral video puts anti mining campaign at heart of Kerala’s public discourse

Alappad, home to fisherfolk, is sandwiched between the sea and the national waterway, making it extremely fragile for coastal erosion, say people behind the protests.

My daughter’s been denied admission: Kerala teacher who tried to enter Sabarimala temple

A 43-year-old school teacher and Dalit activist, who made an unsuccessful bid to offer prayers at the hill shrine in October last year, has alleged that her daughter has been denied admission at a private school under pressure from right-wing outfits.

Sabarimala row: Kannur spirals into familiar violence, houses of CPM, BJP leaders attacked

Sabarimala row: Till Friday evening, a total of 1718 people were arrested across the state for their involvement in the shutdown and an additional 1,009 people were taken into preventive custody.