Sabarimala sent for consideration of a larger bench

The Sabarimala temple case has been referred to a larger, seven-judge bench, giving relief to pro-tradition activists. The case has been referred to a seven-judge bench on the basis of a 3:2 ruling by the judges. The case refers to a petition filed by some Delhi-based lawyers complaining that women devotees of Ayyappa are not […]

No Ayyappa To Help: BJP’s vote share falls 31.5% in Pala bypoll

Five months, it seems, is a long time in politics, certainly long enough for the electorate in Kerala to forgive, if not forget, the Left Front’s decision to ‘desecrate’ the holy shrine of Sabarimala. The Left Front has emerged as the undisputed and unexpected winner in today’s results of the high-profile Pala by-election, but it […]

Kerala to install real-time face detection system in public places

Kerala government has issued a request for proposals from artificial intelligence companies to develop a real-time mass surveillance and facial identification system to be deployed across the state. The surveillance cameras will be connected to powerful computers, and any person whose name has been entered into the system will be detected the minute he or […]

Politicians face backlash for supporting illegal flats in Maradu

The demolition of five illegal high-rise apartment buildings in Kochi has snowballed into a major controversy, with some of the state’s prominent politicians who openly supported the illegal buildings now coming under fire from social media and even their own colleagues. The initial response of the political community in the state was one of support […]

Jio Fiber Rollout: Kerala customers to migrate to new plans by month-end

Reliance Jio’s Fiber broadband’s trial customers in five cities in Kerala will be moved to the newly announced commercial plans by month-end, according to a company official, followed by an expansion of activities beyond these five locations. At present, Jio Fiber has around 5,000 customers in five cities — Trivandrum, Kochi, Calicut, Thrissur and Kannur. […]

Kerala Electricity Board to offer free fiber internet

Kerala State Electricity Board, the public sector power distribution monopoly that is used by major broadband operators to hang their cables, has decided to start a fiber-to-the-home service on its own. The service, to be called K Fone, will also include a free-tier, which will come with limited data allowance and will be provided to […]

Beef withdrawn from Indian Consulate exhibition after protests

An Indian cultural organization was forced to take ‘beef curry and parota’ — a popular food item in the South Indian state of Kerala — from its menu at an exhibition organized by the Indian consulate in Frankfurt. The incident took place over the weekend at ‘Indien Fest’, an event aimed at giving local Germans […]

FIR against Kerala journalist after questions on CM flood relief fund utilization

A case has been filed by the Kerala Police against new media entrepreneur and journalist Shajan Skariah of MarunadanMalayali.com for ‘misleading essential services forces’ and ‘causing nuisance’ after he questioned the utilization of the funds collected in the aftermath of last year’s funds. Skariah had put up a video on Facebook and Youtube in which […]

Discovery becomes first channel to support all South Indian languages

While many English language channels have had alternate audio feeds for some markets, Discovery channel has become the first to offer feeds in all South Indian languages, including Malayalam and Kannada. Most multi-language channels come with audio feeds in four or five options – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. Languages whose speakers typically tend […]

Police say 46 buried alive in 19 houses at Kavalappara, Kerala

Kerala Police confirmed today that 46 people have been buried alive in 19 houses on the side of a hill in Kavalappara in Malappuram district in Kerala. Only 1 body has been recovered today as locals struggle to remove heavy rocks and mud from on top of the houses. Three bodies were recovered yesterday. The […]

Hit by poll setbacks, Kerala CPIM woos savarna Hindus

The state wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) seems to have decided to win back the support of Hindu segments of the population, particularly savarnas (those with caste), to overcome a drop seen in its vote-share after the government sent a team of policemen and activists inside a temple last year. The forced […]

Kerala to ban ‘non-mainstream’ superstitions

The ‘Law Reforms Commission’ set up by the Kerala government two years ago has come up with a draft anti-superstition bill that will target those superstitions that cause ‘bodily harm’ and are not part of an established religion. The draft was prepared on the request of the Kerala government. The draft law will target ‘freelance’ […]

Not just Hindus, minorities too abandoned the Left in Kerala

While the Left Front was expected to lose Hindu votes due to the Sabarimala issue, a closer look at voting numbers from Kerala reveals that Sabarimala hit both LDF and UDF, but the UDF was able to sail through with increased support from minorities. Even as Hindu voters shifted their votes to the BJP to […]

Prominent Kerala politician slammed for “misogynistic, retrograde” campaign video

Congress leader K Sudhakaran, the UDF candidate from Kannur, found himself fending off some unwanted attention after a campaign video irked netizens for ostensibly portraying women in bad light. Netizens accused the video, shared by Sudhakaran’s official Facebook page, of sending a message that educating women is pointless and that they can never do a […]

Wipro opens IoT research centre in Kochi campus

IT major Wipro Limited has launched a Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) centre in Kochi, its third, after Mountain View and Bangalore. Industrial Internet of Things refers to the concept of extending internet connectivity beyond conventional computing platforms such as personal computers and mobile phones into various non-internet enabled physical devices. Embedded with electronics, internet […]

Jawa opens motorcycle showrooms in several cities ahead of launch

Jawa, the retro motorcycle brand from Mahindra & Mahindra, has opened showrooms in many cities, indicating that the launch will happen within one month. Kerala, as the biggest market for such bikes, has seen the opening of several such showrooms in the last few days, including one in Kochi (see above) and another in Trivandrum. […]

Kerala to create ‘campus police’ to combat extremism, drug-use

The Kerala government is planning to extend a student police project, currently running in schools, to colleges in the state in an effort to contain extremism and drug use and instill positive qualities among the students. The Government Law College in Thiruvananthapuram will be the first to get a unit of Students’ Police Cadet. The […]