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Vishnu Varma


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

‘One side of me is still dark’: 16 yrs on, student blinded by teacher’s pen struggles for a living
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

Once, he dreamed of joining police, Al-Ameen adds. "I should be the one taking care of my family, but instead, they are forced to take care of me."

22-year-old girl stabbed to death by batchmate in Kerala college
Fri, Oct 01, 2021

Abhishek Baiju attacked Nithinamol with a blade and slit her throat when the latter stepped out after a supplementary examination at the college on Friday morning, said the police.

Blackmailing rape survivor, cheating: More accusations against jailed Kerala ‘antique collector’
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

Mavunkal was arrested on charges of committing financial fraud by claiming ownership of centuries-old historical artefacts and relics.

Kerala man, who allegedly cheated people by posing as collector of rare ‘artefacts’, arrested
Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Among the valuable items that he claimed to possess were the rarest of rare items, including the staff of Moses and the throne of Tipu Sultan

Kerala: UDF loses power in Kottayam municipality after BJP backs no-confidence by LDF
Fri, Sep 24, 2021

This is the second municipality the UDF has lost control of in a week in Kottayam district, considered a stronghold of the Congress in central Kerala.

Explained: In Kerala, why Covid-19 deaths remain high despite fall in caseload
Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Kerala Covid-19: An analysis of the death statistics showed that 74 per cent of those who succumbed to the virus were above the age of 60. Twenty-one per cent of the deaths were of people between the ages of 41 and 59.

Explained: Kerala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt and the row behind his ‘love and narcotic jihad’ theory
Tue, Sep 21, 2021

A Kerala bishop triggered controversy when he raised the twin issues of 'love jihad' and 'narcotic jihad' as grave threats to young men and women of Christian and other non-Muslim faiths. What did he say, and what has been the reaction?

Kerala CM to inaugurate ‘Digital Hub’ with capacity to support 200 startups on September 18
Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Named 'Digital Hub', the centre, set up in a two lakh sq-ft space with the capacity to support at least 200 startups, is set to be inaugurated virtually by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

‘This time, nobody had to tell us what to do’: What is behind quick control of Nipah in Kerala
Wed, Sep 15, 2021

Though a 12-year-old boy succumbed to the virus, 10 days on, the outbreak currently remains restricted to him as over 140 persons, who came in contact with him including his close family members, have tested negative.

‘Employees are depressed… We are using Zoom for counselling’
Sun, Sep 12, 2021

Recently, an entrepreneur in Kerala’s light-and-sound sector ended his life, taking the total suicides in the business since March 2020 to 8. With restrictions on social events still in place, the 50,000 owners, techni-cians linked to the sector are struggling to stay afloat.

In Kerala’s Syro-Malabar Church, a new tussle over conduct of Mass
Tue, Sep 07, 2021

The Synod of the Church recently announced that a uniform code be adopted for the conduct of the Mass using a 50-50 formula where the priest faces the congregation in the first half and then the altar in the second.

Allow Covishield second dose scheduling after 4 weeks for paid jabs: Kerala HC to Centre
Mon, Sep 06, 2021

A writ petition contended that Kitex purchased Covishield doses for its workers. However, they could not be administered as the Centre insisted on the interval of 12-16 weeks and registration for the same on the Co-Win portal.

Nipah victim’s contact list extends to 188 persons, two health workers symptomatic
Sun, Sep 05, 2021

The high-risk contacts will be kept under observation in a newly-opened isolation ward at the Kozhikode Medical College, which had treated Nipah patients during the outbreak in 2018.

Why Kerala’s Lokame Tharavadu, showing over 250 Malayali artists, was a need of the hour
Mon, Sep 06, 2021

The Alappuzha exhibition that began in April, and has now been extended till November 30, brings together a show of hope, employment and regeneration in a pandemic-ridden world

Parable of the Brave: The lonely, exhausting protest of a Kerala nun against the patriarchy of the Church
Mon, Aug 30, 2021

The tussle with the hard-line rules of the Catholic Church intensified every time she attempted to redraw the boundaries of her rights as a nun

As lockdowns freeze economy, a string of suicides across Kerala
Sat, Aug 28, 2021

Kerala & Covid-19 -Part 5: The general stagnation in the local economy, decline in wages and people’s purchasing power, soaring unemployment, crippling debt and the continuing restrictions on economic activity at the local level are counted as some of the reasons pushing people to take the extreme step.

Across Kerala, anger against cops who slap hefty fines for Covid-19 protocol violations
Fri, Aug 27, 2021

Kerala & Covid-19 - Part 4: In the fourth part of the series, a look at the police 'excesses' on the streets of the state that have provoked unprecedented anger among the public.

Kerala sees daily Covid cases crossing 31,000 mark in post-Onam surge
Thu, Aug 26, 2021

For the past several weeks, Kerala has been contributing more than half of the daily cases to the national caseload with the seven-day average TPR being at 17.13 percent.

Rendered jobless by lockdowns, only govt food kits keep Kerala’s marginalised from starving
Fri, Aug 27, 2021

Kerala & Covid - Part 3: In Dalit and tribal settlements like this and across Kerala, the pandemic and its accompanying economic challenges threatens to bog down considerable progress achieved over the years. Most are unable to find work for more than a few days a month.

In this Kerala village, vaccines are the only request constituents have for local politicians
Fri, Aug 27, 2021

Kerala & Covid series part 2: The second part of the series, set in the rural-coastal village of Chemanchery in Kozhikode district, explores how villages like this one are in need of more vaccine supplies and where the fear of the virus is gradually wearing off.

In Kozhikode’s SM Street, traders’ anger against Covid protocols that resonates across Kerala
Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Kerala & Covid - An Express Series Part 1: The first part, set in the fabled SM street in Kozhikode, examines the pandemic's effect on small and medium scale traders and their anger at the "duplicity" of the state government's protocols and lockdown restrictions.

Explained: Why INL has imploded, and its impact on Kerala’s Muslim politics
Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The INL is at present divided into two factions led by state general secretary and former journalist Kasim Irikkur and the state president AP Abdul Wahab, respectively. What is behind the feud, and what happens next?

How a bizarre case of social media deceit led to the death of three in Kerala
Thu, Jul 29, 2021

A mystery lover, an abandoned baby and a web of lies — unravelling a bewildering case in Kalluvathukkal village.

‘Our lives became hell’: Kerala pet owners allege harassment and ostracisation by RWAs
Wed, Jul 21, 2021

The rise in the number of such incidents of late has forced the Maneka Gandhi-founded People for Animals (PFA) to move the Kerala High Court earlier this week. In its petition, the PFA argued that the ban imposed by resident associations and housing societies on keeping pets was ‘illegal, arbitrary and unfair’.

Explained: What is the tussle between the Kitex group and Kerala government?
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

The Kitex Group, founded by late MC Jacob in the 60s, is the second-largest producer of children's apparel in the world. What's the origin of the tussle between Kitex and Kerala government?