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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Vishnu Varma


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

Counting of votes in Kerala civic polls tomorrow, all three fronts confident
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Postal votes along with those cast by Covid-19 patients and those in quarantine will be counted first, followed by the general votes on the EVMs. Trends across local bodies are expected to become clear by noon.

No trade-off required between economic growth and environment protection: EU ambassador to India
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

"We can achieve growth and jobs by investing in green technologies and innovation. That's the only way to have sustainable growth, Ugo Astuto said.

Kerala mourns demise of South Korean director Kim Ki-duk
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

So popular were his films at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) every year that there were long queues of movie aficionados for the screenings in Thiruvananthapuram.

Rare malaria type, detected in jawan after his return from Sudan, contained in Kerala
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

The jawan, in his 40s, is believed to have contracted the Plasmodium ovale, a type of malaria caused by a bite from a female Anopheles mosquito, during his time in Sudan as it is endemic to that region.

Jose vs Joseph: Civic polls will reveal the stronger Kerala Congress faction
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

The elections to 71 panchayats, 11 block panchayats, six municipalities and 22 seats in the district panchayat in Kottayam are a litmus test for the two prominent Kerala Congress factions -- KC(M) led by Jose K Mani and KC(J) led by PJ Joseph.

Nearly 50% voting recorded till 1 pm in Kerala local body elections
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

According to turnout figures provided by the state election commission as of 9 am, there has been 14.67% polling in Thiruvananthapuram, 16.19% in Kollam, 16.99% in Pathanamthitta, 16.85% in Alappuzha and 15.49% in Idukki.

Explained: In Kerala local body polls, why Thiruvananthapuram council matters to BJP
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Kerala local body elections: The 2015 election to the Thiruvananthapuram corporation saw the BJP’s dramatic rise, winning 34 wards, up from four in the 2010 election.

Bharat Bandh today: How farmers’ strike will impact you in different parts of the country
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

Bharat Bandh today: Several political parties, including the Congress, Shiv Sena, AAP, DMK, Kamal Haasan's MNM, Left parties, the TMC, and the TRS, have joined ranks with the protesting farmers. NDA constituent RLP has also supported the bandh call.

Kerala goes the Japanese way in raising micro-forests in tourist spots
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

The successful experiment, one of the earliest in Kerala, has propelled the state's tourism department to raise similar micro-forests on the Miyawaki model at 22 tourism spots across 12 districts.

Kerala local body polls: To protest ‘partisan’ treatment by leaders, vlogger couple enters electoral fray
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Noufa and her husband Muhammad Basil, who have over 5.5 lakh subscribers on two YouTube channels, are hoping to convert their online popularity into votes in Porur panchayat.

2,000 km from home, giving back to a state that feels like one
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Every year since 2016, The Indian Express has been marking the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai with stories of strength and a public event showcasing the spirit of the survivors. This year, the anniversary is being marked by honouring the corona warriors, who most epitomise that spirit.

Kerala local polls: A look at Mattancherry, the most cosmopolitan municipal ward
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

As the chatter about the upcoming local body elections in Kerala heats up, there is great interest in what voters of perhaps the most cosmopolitan municipal ward in the state want this time.

From candidate Corona to King Kong: The many shades of Kerala’s local body polls
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

For many, it is a debut election. For past candidates, it is a test if they will increase or reduce their previous margins.

In rural Kerala, real life frames make Left’s campaign for local polls go viral
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Gone are the cliched posters of the smiling candidate with the party symbol. Here, the candidates of the CPI(M) in the upcoming local body polls appear in delightful digital posters in the very natural settings they live and work in. 

Habitat destruction, violation of tribal rights: Greens to strengthen stir against hydel project in Kerala
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

The KSEB recently issued an order to clear hard wood and rosewood trees in the allocated forest area in Vazhachal division to kickstart work for the Anakkayam Small Hydro Electric Project which is designed to generate power from the water flowing out of the Sholayar dam.

Highway widening threatens church with centuries-old murals in Kerala
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

If the present two-lane NH66 has to be widened in the stretch between Thuravur and Oachira passing through Cheppad, a portion of the St George Orthodox Church would have to be brought down.

Explained: What was the importance of Kerala’s local body polls?
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Kerala Local Body Election 2020 dates, schedule: The contest that's likely to get the most eyeballs is undoubtedly the 100-seat Thiruvananthapuram municipal corporation. That's because in 2015, it witnessed a fiercely-fought triangular contest between LDF, UDF and BJP.

Kudumbashree women drive Kerala’s ‘hunger-free’ project through Rs 20 meals
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

Since the budget announcement in February, over 750 such hotels have sprung up across the state, almost all run by Kudumbashree, serving meals for Rs 20 between 12 noon and 3 pm every day.

Explained: How Kochi’s integrated transport system will work
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

Blessed by an extensive network of waterways and its location in the centre of Kerala, Kochi is serviced by all major public transport modes: private and public buses, trains, Metro rail, cabs, autorickshaws and ferries.

How Vattezhuth, the ancient Dravidian script, is being reclaimed in Kerala
Thu, Oct 29, 2020

In Kerala, there are innumerable records of the Vattezhuth, or round writing, script in the form of stone inscriptions, edicts and palm-leaf manuscripts that lie waiting to be read simply because there aren’t enough experts who can decode the text.

Drugs case: Kerala CPM secy’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri arrested in Bengaluru
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

This is the second time Bineesh has been summoned by the ED in connection with his links to Mohammed Anoop, who was arrested by the NCB on August 22.

Kerala Congress (Thomas) set to end alliance with BJP, may join UDF
Tue, Oct 27, 2020

While a formal announcement on the break-up is awaited, leaders of Thomas-faction have begun backchannel talks with the Congress-led UDF.

In Kerala village, farmers can mortgage their trees for interest-free bank loans
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

The ingenious plan, a brainchild of state Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac, was formally rolled out earlier this week in Meenangadi, a panchayat of 33,000 people curled up in the Western Ghats hills in Wayanad district.

Kerala doctor couple devises online risk calculator for breast cancer
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

In India, breast cancer today is the most common cancer among women, replacing cervical cancer; a woman is diagnosed with it every four minutes

Kerala loses Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, a poet of rare integrity whose works reflected unfathomable compassion
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Along with writing, Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri was also attracted by the Gandhian thought and immersed himself into the reformation of the society alongside the likes of VT Bhattathiripad. In fact, he is seen as one of the pillars of the modern renaissance movement of Kerala.