Why Kerala’s anti-fake news law is urgently needed

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has withdrawn the controversial Sec 118A of the Kerala Police Act, also known as the anti Fake News law, pending fine-tuning and further consultations. “Whoever makes, expresses, publishes or disseminates through any kind of mode of communication, any matter or subject for threatening, abusing, humiliating or defaming a person or […]

Tejaswi Yadav raises questions on Bihar vote counting

Tejaswi Yadav, leader of opposition in the Bihar legislative assembly, today raised questions about the way the votes were counted two days ago. In particular, Yadav raised questions about the way postal votes were treated by returning officers in several constituencies. “Our vote share was 37.2% and NDA’s vote share was 37.3%,” Yadav said in […]

Kerala Gold Smuggling: Swapna Suresh says Consulate General asked her to contact customs

Swapna Suresh, one of the persons named by the media in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, has claimed innocence in her anticipatory bail plea, and said she acted upon the instructions of UAE’s consulate general in trying to get the bag released from the customs department. Earlier this week, sealed diplomatic cargo sent by […]

Asianet News Opinion Poll predicts LDF win in Kerala assembly polls

The first opinion poll ahead of Kerala’s assembly elections in April next year has predicted a narrow win for the ruling Left Democratic Front, while also forecasting a 20% increase in vote share for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The opinion poll, conducted between June 18 and 29 among 10,409 persons, predicts that the Left […]

Kerala Govt gets 84% approval rating for COVID-19 fight: Asianet PrePoll Survey

The only survey conducted on the government response to the COVID-19 in Kerala has thrown up encouraging insights for the Left Front, while giving the BJP and the central government reasons for introspection. According to the survey of 10,409 persons conducted by C fore for Asianet News between June 18 and 29, a whopping 84% […]

Modi on China: World ready to fight expansionist powers

In his most direct attack against China’s encroachment on the Indian border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said everyone should understand that the age of expansionism is over, and that the world today is determined and ready to fight any such power. “Friends, the age of expansionism is over,” Modi said, in a thinly veiled […]

Swamy says too much fear around; ‘Fear led to emergency’

Former Janata Party leader and current BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today said that the media, and people in general, are increasingly afraid to speak the truth in political matters, and said such unhealthy fear was a major factor that enabled the emergency 45 years ago. Swamy’s comments come in the context of the Indo-Chinese skirmish, […]

Pinarayi Vijayan targets Jamaat-e-Islami alliance with Congress front

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has, for the first time, used his daily Coronavirus update to attack a newspaper’s coverage of the crisis in the first sign that the Left Front is worried about the work-in-progress alliance of the Kerala unit of Jamaat-e-Islami — which works to establish the Islamic way of life in India […]

AAP office-bearers in Kerala resign en masse to join Swaraj India

Swaraj India, the fledgling political party under the leadership of former AAP leaders such as Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, announced that a large chunk of AAP’s office bearers in Kerala have joined the party. These include 77 elected State Coordination Committee members and around 700 volunteers, according to a statement from the party. Among […]

Left Front govt changes plans to reopen Sabarimala temple

The Dharma Sastha Temple at Sabarimala will not open to the public this month as was announced earlier, Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said. The move comes as a setback to opposition parties Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, which had been trying to portray the Left Front government has ‘anti-Hindu’ for its decision […]

Open to keeping temples closed – Kerala temple board

N Vasu, president of Kerala’s largest temple board, today rejected claims by Sangh Parivar allied organizations that temple boards were reopening Hindu places of worship with an eye on money. Hindu Aikya Vedi, which shares many of its leaders with other Sangh Parivar organizations, had yesterday strongly opposed the decision to reopen temples amid the […]

Saffron outfit claims to bring down film set in Kerala

A Facebook page claiming to represent Praveen Togadia’s AntarRashtreeya Hindu Parishad — which positions itself as an ‘alternative Hindu organization’ to the Sangh Parivar in Kerala — has claimed responsibility for the destruction of a Church built as part of a movie set on the Periyar riverbed in Kerala. The page posted pictures of some […]

‘Don’t bypass our checks’ – Kerala to Indian Railways

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to railway minister Piyush Goyal requesting the Indian Railways not to bypass the state’s COVID-19 containment and control plan. The state, one of the few places in the world to nearly eliminate Coronavirus through social distancing, has an elaborate system to monitor, control and contain the influx of […]