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Vishnu Varma


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

In Kochi suburbs, a triangular election fight in offing with a corporate twist
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

Fast-forward six years, Twenty20 has emerged a potent political force not just in Kizhakkambalam, but also in neighbouring panchayats of Aikkaranadu, Mazhuvannur and Kunnathunad where it came to power in last year’s polls.

Sabu M Jacob interview: ‘People are supporting Twenty20 because we are different from other parties’
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

"Other politicians are looking for power and money. We are not into that. Our aim is to develop the country and work for the welfare of the people. In this election, if people say they don't need Twenty20 and that LDF-UDF is enough, we'll say okay. I don't have any regrets."

Kerala Assembly Elections 2021: Seat allocation with partners proves tricky for CPM, Congress
Sat, Mar 13, 2021

For the LDF, the biggest challenge in seat distribution pertains to the Kerala Congress (M), the regional party headed by Jose K Mani which wields influence primarily among Catholic Christian voters in central Kerala.

Left hopes to retain last bastion Kerala; it’s a do-or-die for Congress
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

For the Left parties, Kerala is seen as its last bastion in the country, having already lost power in West Bengal in 2011 and Tripura in 2018. On the other hand, the Congress cannot afford a second defeat as it fears its space being usurped gradually by the Left and the BJP from both sides.

Kerala-born scientist tests sewage in Sydney to map Covid spread
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

All day in his lab, Sudhi Payyappat leads a team of 20 in carefully examining dozens of sewage samples collected from wastewater treatment plants across New South Wales (NSW) state in Australia.

In a first, govt community radio service for farmers in Kerala’s ‘paddy bowl’
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

If the Kuttanad radio becomes a successful model, the government plans to open more stations in areas like Idukki, Wayanad and Thrissur catering to the specific agrarian issues in such places.

Marginal dip in Covid caseload in Kerala, but spectre of risk looms large, say officials
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Kerala still continues to have the highest active caseload in the country, despite the state home to just 2.76% of India's population.

3,500 km across 7 states: Daily bus services ferry migrant workforce eastern states to Kerala
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Post-Covid lockdown, bus operators in Kerala have been running daily services from the state's major cities and migrant hubs to destinations like Domkal in West Bengal, Guwahati in Assam and Bhubaneswar in Odisha to cater to workers' demand.

Snakepedia: Kerala now has a mobile compendium of all facts on its snake varieties
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

The application is the result of years of painstaking research and documentation by a diverse team of clinical doctors, scientists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts settled in different corners of the globe on a purely voluntary basis.

‘I’m in my PPE, no one can see me cry…’: Kerala ICU doctors bridge gulf of Covid trauma, loneliness
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

During these unprecedented times, ICUs offer a profound view of how healthcare workers are straining to do their jobs and at the same time bridge the gulf between Covid-patients and their loved ones.

Explained: The importance of Kunhalikutty in Kerala Assembly elections
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

The politician is known for his soft-spoken demeanor and organisational abilities, which have helped the IUML remain relevant in the politics of Kerala, especially among the Muslim voters.

Five arrested in Kerala for killing leopard and consuming its meat
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

VB Udayasooryan, Mankulam Range Forest Officer, told the Indian Express that a six-year-old male leopard was ensnared by the accused in a private field in Munipara for the explicit purpose of trafficking its body parts.

Already struggling, now battered by lockdown, single screen theatres are not ready to call it curtains yet
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Four owners from different parts of India tell us what it takes to run a single screen cinema hall in the age of the pandemic.

Amid pandemic, subdued Makaravilakku festivities at Sabarimala this year
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Only 5000 pilgrims will be allowed into the temple complex Thursday to offer prayers with strict Covid-19 protocols of wearing masks and social distancing in place, said officials of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB).

A journey through time on Kerala’s backwaters
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

A boat service -- Vega-2, a 120-seater diesel-powered Catamaran -- launched by Kerala government on eve of Christmas last year gives access to large swathes of the backwaters, at a price no private boats can offer

Finding Sukumara Kurup: Recreating a 37-year-old murder case that has become folklore in Kerala
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

With the announcement of another film on Sukumara Kurup, the elusive mastermind of the deadly crime, former police officers recount one of the most notorious cases of their career

Kerala: VS Achuthanandan likely to step down as chief of administrative reforms commission
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

The 97-year-old Communist leader has chosen to give up office due to health reasons and has already vacated his official residence at Kowdiar in Thiruvananthapuram. He has moved to his son Arun Kumar's residence in the city.

In a first, base prices fixed for recyclable, non-biodegradable waste in Kerala
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

The Clean Kerala Company Limited has announced both baled and unbaled rates for 20 variants of recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, including newspapers, plastic liquor bottles, milk packets, glass bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard.

US-based Malayali teenager recreates magic of legendary composer Devarajan Master
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Devarajan Master passed away in 2006, but it speaks to his genius, his versatility and the timelessness of his music that a Malayali teenager, born and brought up in the US, can pick up his compositions, admire their beauty and describe in superb detail why they stand out.

At India’s only Covid-free territory: ‘Students happy to get out of home… Attendance has been good’
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

In Lakshadweep, India's only territory that remains Covid-free, schools held their first gathering of the year.

‘Age doesn’t decide maturity’: Meet Kerala’s youngest panchayat president
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

Reshma Mariyam Roy, a CPI(M) leader, is all set to head the Aruvappulam panchayat in Pathanamthitta district, after defeating the Congress candidate by 70 votes.

Kerala: 22-year-old killed allegedly by wife’s family in suspected case of honour killing
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

Aneesh, a daily-wage painter who belongs to the Kollan OBC community, was attacked Friday evening allegedly by his wife Haritha's father and uncle, who belong to the Tamil Pillai community, on the eve of their three-month anniversary.

Shigella explained: The intestinal infection is not deadly in most cases
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

People with shigellosis may start experiencing symptoms within one or two days of the entry of germs in the body.

In 19 local bodies in Kerala, LDF will have no opposition, results show
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Of the 22 local bodies, 19 will have councils composed entirely of members of the CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Kerala local body election results highlights: LDF makes sweeping gains before 2021, Cong weakened
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Kerala Local Body Election Results 2020: The elections, seen as a precursor to next year's Assembly polls in the state, was an opportunity for all three political fronts — CPM-led LDF, Congress-led UDF and the BJP-led NDA — to test their strength at the grassroot level.