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Vishnu Varma


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

In pandemic year, Kerala houseboat could be ideal bubble, but challenges remain
Sat, Jul 10, 2021

Even though the tourism industry contributes over 10 percent of the state’s GDP, it’s still viewed in the power corridors as a non-essential sector. That means, during crises like the current pandemic, the industry is the last to open up.

The horrors of Kerala’s dowry deaths
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

The suspicious deaths of three women, all below the age of 25, have once again blown the lid off the spectre of domestic violence and dowry-related persecution in Kerala, sparking conversations about the position of women in a family.

Beating odds: Single mother in Kerala selling lemonade now sub-inspector
Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Ten years after she ran a lemonade stand at Varkala town, S P Aanie (31) returned to the local police station as a sub-inspector on Saturday.

‘Then, you suffer’: Kerala women’s panel chief faces flak over remarks to complainant
Thu, Jun 24, 2021

"Then you suffer," Kerala Women's Commission Chairperson MC Josephine told a caller from Ernakulam district, complaining of domestic abuse, during a live phone-in show on Manorama News.

Kerala: 5 suspected gold smugglers killed in SUV-truck collision
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Initially deemed a regular accident due to over-speeding, police now suspect that the occupants of the SUV were all part of a gold smuggling gang.

Kerala’s SilverLine project: Features, challenges of the ambitious railway line
Mon, Jun 21, 2021

Kerala SilverLine project: Estimated to cost Rs 63,940 crore, it is billed as one of the biggest infrastructure enterprises being pushed by the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.

Second wave of Covid-19 brutal in Kerala, half of overall deaths in last 40 days
Mon, Jun 14, 2021

As of June 13, Kerala had recorded 11,181 cumulative deaths due to Covid-19, half of which were reported in the last 40 days.

Spate of resignations in BJP Lakshadweep unit after sedition case against Aisha Sultana
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

There has been massive resentment within the BJP unit in the Lakshadweep over Patel's proposals that include a ban on the sale of beef and cow slaughter.

After death row pardon, Kerala man: ‘Would never have hit the boy deliberately, my son same age’ 
Thu, Jun 10, 2021

The family of Becks Krishnan also thanked expatriate-businessman MA Yusuff Ali, saying the pardon would not have been possible without his efforts.

As Covid cases dip, Lakshadweep protests ‘harsh’ curfew, demands food kits, relaxations
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

A writ petition was filed in the Kerala High Court Tuesday by a resident of Amini island, requesting a directive to the administration and the Centre to distribute food kits and financial aid to residents.

Kerala budget: Finance Minister Balagopal announces Rs 20,000 crore Covid package
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

Kerala budget: The finance minister said the Covid-19 stimulus package would include Rs 2,800 crore to tackle the health emergency situation and Rs 8,900 crore which will be disbursed directly to people facing loss of livelihood.

Covid-19 seeps into Kerala’s tribal areas, but Edamalakkudy keeps itself safe
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

Its feat is a result of tight restrictions on the entry and exit to the village by the tribal councils, high awareness within the community about the dangers of the virus and the interventions by government departments to protect the tribe.

Explained: Why Lakshadweep Administration proposals have upset its locals
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

Lakshadweep row: The UT Administration has said Praful K Patel's proposals are aimed at ensuring safety and well-being of residents along with promoting the islands as a tourist destination on par with the Maldives.

Lakshadweep Collector: People with vested interests protesting
Fri, May 28, 2021

On the proposal to serve liquor at resorts on the inhabited islands, the Collector said permits will be given only at “selected tourist establishments only for tourists”, not for islanders. Earlier, liquor was allowed only at resorts on the uninhabited island of Bangaram.

Kerala tourism thinks of survival before revival, medical wellness might be first to open
Thu, May 27, 2021

While Kerala’s peak tourist season between November and February had helped businesses and operators shave off losses to a small extent, the beginning of the second wave brought the industry to a complete standstill again.

Kerala shows plateauing of Covid-19 cases, but most of population still at risk
Sat, May 22, 2021

In eight out of 14 districts, the infections have come down by 10 to 30 per cent. With recoveries eclipsing new infections in the past week, the state’s active caseload has dropped by over a lakh.

Meet the ministers in Kerala’s new Cabinet
Thu, May 20, 2021

With new faces at the helm of key portfolios, the 21-member Kerala Cabinet assumed office on Thursday. Here is what you need to know about the new ministers.

KN Balagopal: Student leader, MP, MLA, now candidate for plum cabinet berth
Wed, May 19, 2021

A first-time MLA, Balagopal was elected from the Kottarakkara Assembly constituency by over 10,000 votes.

P Rajeev: From ‘best parliamentarian’ to minister in Pinarayi cabinet
Tue, May 18, 2021

At 54, this is Rajeev's debut election to the state Assembly and will be his first time as a minister. He is likely to get either the prized finance or industries portfolio.

Explained: What are the new Covid-19 restrictions under Kerala ‘triple lockdown’?
Tue, May 25, 2021

Kerala 'triple lockdown' strategy involves focused interventions by the administration and law enforcement agencies at three levels to clamp down on the movement of the public and ensure smooth operation of essential sectors.

Kerala cancer patient, renowned for his motivational speeches, succumbs to disease
Sat, May 15, 2021

Nandu Mahadeva used to inspire cancer patients by singing songs and acting in videos. He was a chief organiser of a collective of cancer patients called "Athijeevanam".

‘No more compromises’: Positive messaging gives Kerala’s gender campaign a social edge, triggers conversations
Thu, May 13, 2021

Kerala’s Women and Child Development department has made a short film to slam the patriarchal practice of curtailing a working woman’s financial independence.

The architect of land reforms, Gouri Amma was also behind India’s largest technopark
Tue, May 11, 2021

Significant among her contributions is undoubtedly the birth of Technopark, which is today India's largest IT park in terms of developed area and home to over 400 firms and over 50,000 professionals.

How Ernakulam’s centralised war-room is making a difference in fight against Covid-19
Fri, May 07, 2021

In Ernakulam, the centralised system, thrust on technology and the efficacy of the grassroot health management in the state, is helping families of Covid-19 patients find hospital resources.

Philipose Mar Chrysostom: The Kerala priest who made us laugh
Wed, May 05, 2021

In the early hours of Wednesday, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, who regaled audiences with his uncanny knack for wit and humour, died at a private hospital in Pathanamthitta at the age of 103.