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Past articles by Vishnu:

Explained: Key features of Kerala’s SilverLine project, and why it has been facing massive protests

The proposed 529.45-km line will link Thiruvananthapuram in the south to Kasaragod in the north, covering 11 districts through 11 stations. When the project is completed, one can travel from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram in less than four hours at 200 km/hr. → Read More

Explained: What is the Kerala nun rape case?

Former bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of the Catholic Church Franco Mulakkal has been acquitted in the Kerala nun rape case by a trail court. What is the case about, and why is it significant? → Read More

Lakshadweep decides to discontinue with Friday holidays in schools

In Lakshadweep, where Muslims form 96 per cent of the population, Fridays have been observed as a weekly holiday in schools on religious grounds. The new order is a departure from that system. → Read More

Kerala: Young tusker dies after accidentally biting live electric wire, forest dept to file case

The three-year-old tusker, a part of a herd of elephants moving through the area at the time, bit into a 200-metre-long electric cable that was being used to pump water out of a nearby borewell in the estate. → Read More

‘Extraordinary feeling to look students in eye and teach’: The importance of reopening of schools in Kerala

The parent-teacher-student communities emphatically agree that the school as an institution is integral to learning and that coming back to offline classes, sooner than later, is the right choice. → Read More

Kerala: Three years and the ravages of climate change

Owing to years of rampant mining, lack of scientific land-use policy, and a railway project in the offing, Kerala is no longer the safe haven it was, say experts. The alarm bells on climate emergency are yet to ring in Thiruvananthapuram, though. → Read More

Kerala floods and landslides: Death toll rises to 27, IMD predicts more rain from Wednesday

An orange alert was sounded at the Idukki dam at 7 am Monday after the water level in the reservoir touched 2396.86 ft. The full reservoir level is 2403 ft. → Read More

Uthra murder case: Kerala man gets double life term for killing wife using cobra

The trial court stopped at awarding the convict the death penalty considering his young age and no past criminal antecedents, underlining that there are opportunities for him to reform. → Read More

Kerala sees daily Covid cases crossing 31,000 mark in post-Onam surge

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

In this Kerala village, vaccines are the only request constituents have for local politicians

Kerala & Covid-19 - Part 2: Chemancheri panchayat hardly gets 100 or 200 doses in a day and with 20 wards this means only five or 10 persons can get vaccinated in a day from each ward. → Read More

Explained: Why INL has imploded and its impact on Kerala’s Muslim politics

The INL was founded in April 1994 by Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait in Delhi as a breakaway faction of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). The party's formation was necessitated by the stand of the IUML to continue its association with the Congress party in Kerala post the demolition of the Babri Masjid. → Read More

‘Our lives became hell’: Kerala pet owners allege harassment and ostracisation by RWAs

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’. → Read More

In pandemic year, Kerala houseboat could be ideal bubble, but challenges remain

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. → Read More

Kerala budget: Finance Minister Balagopal announces Rs 20,000 crore Covid package

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. → Read More

Meet the ministers in Kerala’s new Cabinet

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. → Read More

Explained: What are the new restrictions under Kerala ‘triple lockdown’?

The 'triple lockdown' strategy, which was experimented with in Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod districts successfully last year, 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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

Chopper carrying Lulu Group chairman makes forceful landing near Kochi

All aboard the chopper, including the industrialist and the pilot, have been admitted to a private hospital with minor injuries, a police officer said. → Read More