Kerala cracks down on vaccine hesitancy amid Omicron threat

As the world waits on tenterhooks to hear from scientists just how bad the Omicron variant of COVID is, Kerala is taking quick action to add...

Kerala’s SilverLine rail project an idiotic decision: E. Sreedharan

Noted engineer E Sreedharan has said Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod semi high-speed rail corridor (SilverLine) project is “flawed”. “The alignment chosen is flawed. From Tirur to Kasaragod, it runs parallel to the existing railway line. The railways has opposed this alignment as it would interfere with the future quadrupling of this stretch...

Anupama gets her baby back, battle is not over as report finds ‘serious lapses&...

Finally, the mother and the baby are united. The family court at Thiruvananthapuram issued the order to hand over the child to its biological mother, Anupama S Chandran, who had fought hard to get her baby back that was illegally handed over to prospective adoptive parents by the authorities. 

Kerala: DNA test proves Anupama and Ajith biological parents of child

Former student activist Anupama S Chandran and her partner Ajith are the biological parents of the child given up for adoption to an Andhra couple by the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare, DNA test result confirmed on Tuesday. The genetic identification tests carried out at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, confir...

Anupama concerned as baby’s DNA test is done, results expected tomorrow

Anupama S Chandran’s ordeal will soon come to an end, she hopes. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has started the proceedings for a DNA test to identify the parents. Officials at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram conducted DNA tests on the one-year-old baby boy on Monday (December 22) a day after he was brought ...

BJP demands Kerala govt to ban Halal items, signboards in state

Amid allegations that Muslim clergy 'spit on food' to make it halal, the BJP has demanded the Kerala government to ban all halal food and halal boards outside restaurants and eateries across the state. Halal, meaning lawful or permissible in Arabic, is the dietary standard prescribed by the Quran. To qualify Halal standards, an animal during sla...

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Won’t call off protests; let’s talk MSP next: Farmers’ unions to Centre

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Centre’s decision to repeal the three agricultural laws, farmers' unions have said they will continue their protests until the government fulfils their other demands including the implementation of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farm produce. The three farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade...

Bring Anupama’s baby to Kerala within 5 days, conduct DNA test: CWC

In a major development in the controversial missing baby case of Anupama S Chandran in Kerala, the Child Welfare Committee in Thiruvananthapuram has issued an order directing the Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW) to bring back the child to Kerala within five days.

Kerala adoption row: No DNA test and baby yet to be handed over, says mother

It’s been a week since Anupama S Chandran, who alleges her newborn was snatched away from her and put up for adoption, has been staging an indefinite strike outside the state government adoption agency Kerala State Council for Child Welfare (KSCCW), demanding the return of her child. But 22-year-old Anupama says her demands and pleas to the Kerala ...

Kerala HC sets aside ex-DGP Siby Mathews’ 60-day bail plea in ISRO spy case

The Kerala High Court set aside the 60 days time limit set by a lower court on Tuesday, on the anticipatory bail granted to former Kerala DGP Siby Mathews, who is facing a CBI probe for allegedly falsely implicating former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in a spying case in 1994. Justice K. Haripal had allowed Mathews’ plea, challenging the 60 da...

Record rain pummels Kerala; most districts on high alert

Heavy rains continue to lash parts of Kerala on Monday (November 15), affecting Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kottayam districts, leading to the death of three people and widespread damage to property. The India Meteorological Department has issued an Orange alert on Monday for the districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Kannur and...

Heavy rain batters Kerala; rivers in spate, key roads submerged

With heavy rains lashing various parts of Kerala since Saturday night, water level has reached the red alert level in various dams in the state, flooding several roads by Sunday morning. The weather department said the situation is expected to continue, especially in the southern parts of the state, for the next two days. The Idukki district ...

Why Europe’s surging COVID graph has Kerala worried

The ongoing surge of COVID in European countries, especially among fully vaccinated people there, has put Kerala on alert. “Because Kerala is more epidemiologically similar to the European countries than other Indian states,” says Dr Anish TS, a member of the expert committee advising the Kerala government on pandemic control. In Kerala too, ...

Can a belligerent Sudhakaran revive Cong in Kerala? Knives are already out

Joju George, an actor hitting all the right notes, appears to have found himself on a befuddling character arc in Kerala’s political theatre. He has irked the Indian National Congress, the state’s primary opposition party, by questioning its road blockades against the rise in fuel prices. The Congress’ response also strikes you as unfamiliar role-p...

Norovirus outbreak in Kerala; govt says situation under control

The Kerala government has urged people of the state to be vigilant in the wake of norovirus cases being confirmed in the northern district of Wayanad. Health Minister Veena George said that people need to be vigilant about the 'very contagious virus' that caused vomiting and diarrhea. .' In Kerala, the norovirus was reported in 13 students of...

Fight between Kerala Youth Congress and actor George refuses to die down

The Youth Congress (YC) in Kerala is apparently cutting a sorry figure as its all-out ‘war against actor Joju George’ turns counterproductive by the day. The Congress party’s youth wing trained its guns on the Malayalam actor who objected to their road blockade against fuel hike. The party workers have been interrupting film shooting schedules on t...

Who allowed felling of trees at Mullaperiyar? Kerala yet to come clear

The Kerala government, which is facing the heat from the Opposition over the alleged grant of permission to Tamil Nadu to clear 15 trees in the downstream of the baby dam at Mullaperiyar Dam, is yet to present a clear story on the matter. While the Tamil Nadu government insists on getting a permission to cut the trees from the Kerala forest depa...

Kerala govt keen to renew decades-old Parambikulam-Aliyar Treaty with TN: CM Vijayan

The Kerala government said on Tuesday that their objective is to renew the Parambikulam-Aliyar agreement, a decades-old river water-sharing pact with neighbouring Tamil Nadu, by completely protecting the interests of the state through talks. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the state Assembly that though the review talks began in 1988...

Kerala government freezes Mullaperiyar tree felling order

The Kerala government has frozen the order issued by its forest department that granted permission to Tamil Nadu to fell trees in Mullaperiyar. The permission was reportedly granted to Tamil Nadu without the state machinery and key ministers even having a whiff of it. Kerala forest minister AK Saseendran has said that officer who is responsible ...

As BJP states slash oil prices, pressure mounts on Kerala to follow suit

The Centre’s decision to slash excise duty on petrol and diesel has mounted pressure on the Kerala government to reduce the oil taxes. While states like Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh have cut down their fuel taxes, the Opposition in Kerala has demanded the government to take similar initiatives in the state. State Finance ...

Kerala’s COVID cases are high, and over half are breakthrough infections

The fully vaccinated who catch the infection mostly don’t need ICUs or oxygen beds, and rarely die of the disease

Prohibiting pets in buildings is illegal & unconstitutional: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court has on Tuesday (November 3) come down heavily on resident associations that bar people from keeping pets, and even prohibiting pet-owners to use elevators and common facilities in apartment buildings. The two judge bench declared such behaviour as “illegal, unconstitutional and unenforceable”.

Kerala gold smuggling: Swapna Suresh, 7 others get bail, NIA chastened

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday (November 2) granted bail to Swapna Suresh, Sarith PS and six others in the gold smuggling case registered by National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Suresh, who has been behind the bars since June 2020, was granted relief on a bail bond of ₹25 lakh and two solve...

Anupama’s battle for her child continues as court allows DNA test

The Kerala government has not yet been able to tell a family court in Thiruvananthapuram how a child believed to be Anupama Chandran’s was brought into the adoption pool despite being asked repeatedly.

Warrant against seven Cong workers for attack on Malayalam actor’s car

The Kochi police has issued a non-bailable warrant against Congress workers who allegedly vandalised Malayalam actor Joju George’s car on Monday (November 1). George had had an argument with Congress workers protesting against fuel price hike on the Edappally-Vytilla stretch of the National Highway No. 66 on Monday morning. The actor questioned ...

No respite for Kerala as IMD issues ‘very heavy rain’ alert

Kerala has to brace itself for more rainfall as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued orange and yellow alerts for various state districts for the next four days. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottyam, Ernakulum, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram and Thrissur are the 10 districts set for ‘moderate’ to ‘...