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Monday, July 16, 2018

Vishnu Varma


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

At momentous juncture for LGBTQI rights, this art exhibition explores shades of homosexual intimacy
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

A bunch of artists from the LGBTQI community in Kerala have painted their perspectives of homosexual intimacy on canvas. Three years ago, the first edition of the exhibition was held in Kochi with five artists, all of them from Kerala.

Explained: Sexual assault charges against Christian priests in Kerala
Wed, Jul 11, 2018

While the victim and her husband have appeared before the crime branch of the Kerala Police to file detailed statements, the priests have not been arrested yet.

Kerala: Excise shuts down FB page for liquor tales, members cry foul
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

When informed about the several new pages in place of the parent GNPC page, a top excise official said, "It looks like they are very angry with us. We will have to figure out ways with the cyber police to shut these pages down."

Kozhikode’s rain-fed streams to host world-class kayakers this July
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

The races will traditionally take place across small sections, between 1-3 kilometres, of Iruvanchipuzha and Chalipuzha, tributaries of the Chaliyar river, fourth longest in the state.

Want accused church priests defrocked: Husband of woman ‘abused’ over years in Kerala
Wed, Jul 04, 2018

Stating that no man can hear “the things that my wife has told me, and today those things are being discussed in public”, the husband of the victim who was sexually abused, allegedly by four church priests over years, now wants the accused to be defrocked — dismissed as priests.

Leading startup thinks Kerala will be top digital hub in a decade, here is why
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

The massive investment from Temasek through a minority stake has now heralded UST Global as Kerala’s first homegrown unicorn with a $1 billion valuation.

What is left of the Left: Status check from Kerala, India’s only communist bastion
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Out of the three states, where the Left has a substantial organisational base, Kerala remains, as of today, the only state in the country where it has a government.

Fight over posters takes violent turn, SFI worker stabbed to death in top Kochi college
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Police sources said there was a tussle between SFI workers and those of the Campus Front, the student wing of the Popular Front, over sticking of posters inside the campus. The argument later descended into a full-throated fight during which Abhimanyu got stabbed.

Nissan, Kerala govt ink pact to set up global centre of digital ops
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

The first phase of the digital hub, set to come up in Technocity, will give a major fillip to Kerala government’s endeavour to achieve the twin targets of job generation and exploitation of its digital talent pool.

An elephant, its renaming, and a fight for tribal identity in Kerala
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

“When Peelandi was shifted to the training centre in Kodanad, our children cried. It felt as if our family member was being taken away,” said Pappal Thazhe Samvarpode, president of a local forest protection committee in Attappadi.

Nissan’s digital hub to drive up Kerala’s ease of doing business rankings
Fri, Jun 29, 2018

The company is looking at providing 500 direct jobs by the end of April 2019 with indirect employment also raised through its partner agencies.

Our fruits are safe, buy them: Farmers in Kerala’s pineapple hub thrash rumours
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

According to Kerala Agriculture University , the pineapple crop in Kerala does not signal any serious pests or diseases, except for ‘light incidence of leaf spot disease and mealy bugs.’

Only if BJP workers are alive can they join our party tomorrow: Kerala CPM chief Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Part V: Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who hails from Thalassery in Kannur, said his party has historically been at the receiving end of the violence, starting with the British, then the Congress and followed by the RSS/BJP.

Only Left can keep BJP away in Kerala, people know they need us: CPM state chief Kodiyeri
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

In an interview to, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan talked about the CPM’s recent victory in Chengannur bye-election, its strategy for the Lok Sabha polls and how it chooses to tackle the Congress-led UDF and the BJP.

Kerala High Court on breastfeeding woman on magazine cover: As the beauty lies in the beholder’s eye, so does obscenity
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

The court iterated that the sections referred to in the petition failed to convince that the publishers had committed any offence, much less a cardinal one, affecting the society's moral fabric, and offending its sensibilities.

Within the Left Front in Kerala, two sparring communist parties
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

Part-IV: Since 1980, in election after election, the CPI has played second fiddle to the CPM in Kerala, well aware of its vulnerabilities and its absence of a mass cadre.

In Kerala’s Left heartland, the party brings life, or death
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Part 3: The chilling effect of the political killings is perhaps best amplified on the road to Pinarayi, the hometown of the chief minister in the heart of Kannur district.

Kerala begins registration for chit scheme for ‘non-residents’
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Malayalis across the world can join chits, pay installments and take part in chitty auction from anywhere, online.

The rebel within: Fears that CPM has become an electoral machine not focussed on workers
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Part 2: A key plank of the CPM when it justifies not allying with the Congress in Kerala has been its stated opposition to the latter’s neo-liberal policies.

Powerless in the hand of FIFA fans, KSEB staff put up messages, posters warning against assault
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

In a football-crazy state where people are religiously glued to their TV sets during matches, KSEB employees have realised not to take complain of disruptions in power supply lightly.