Kerala confirms community transmission

Kerala has become the first state in India to confirm community transmission of COVID-19. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said community transmission has been confirmed in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district, based on test results from today. “We have come to the conclusion that COVID is now in community transmission in areas like Poomthura and Pulluvila,” […]

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 […]

Kerala requests center to restart international flights to the Gulf

The Kerala government has requested the central government to restart international flights to Dubai, keeping in mind the Dubai government’s decision to reopen the airport and the requirement of Indians to return to work. “We have requested that flights to Dubai be restarted, given that the authorities there have given permission for residents of Dubai […]

COVID-19: 35,327 NRIs return to Kerala after losing jobs

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 35,327 people have returned to the state from other countries — mainly the Persian Gulf — in the last month-and-a-half after losing their jobs. They accounted for 50% of the total 71,958 people who have come back to the state in the first 46 days since flights were […]

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 […]

Move over Kerala! Gujarat is the new star in COVID-19 fight

Even as the rest of the country is seeing an accelerated increase in the number of new Coronavirus cases reported every day, the western Indian state of Gujarat has is reporting a surprising decline in the number of active cases every day. It has also shown a remarkable stability in the number of new COVID-19 […]

K-FON, Kerala’s fiber network, to be ready by Dec

Kerala Fiber Optic Network, a high-speed broadband service from Kerala government, will start operations by the end of the year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. The Rs 1,000 crore project was announced around two years ago with a December 2020 deadline. Vijayan said he has spoken with the consortium of companies that are putting […]

‘Lockdown was successful’, Kerala to charge for quarantine

Kerala Government has made all institutional quarantine facilities chargeable for anyone admitted from today, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. In addition, heavy fines will be imposed on those who enter the state without a pass — in case of road travelers — and without pre-registration, incase of train and air travelers. Since people […]

Kerala to impose 14-day quarantine on domestic air travelers

Kerala will impose a 14-day quarantine on all air travelers except those who are coming for “one or two days” for “business requirements”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. The statement brings some clarity on the question of what happens to quarantine rules when domestic air travel is restarted on Monday. “The same rules that apply […]

Kerala CM calls center’s airlifting plan risky

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today termed as risky and unfortunate the centre’s decision to not screen for Coronavirus infection before allowing passengers to board rescue flights that have started from today. Vijayan said the decision to potentially mix asymptomatic COVID-19 patients with healthy passengers in these flights from abroads would have serious consequences for […]