Kerala Love Jihad: Ashokan says he’s not anti-Muslim

Ashokan Mani, who has accused the Popular Front of India of trying to kidnap his daughter into Syria, today said he had no problems with his daughter converting to Islam or marrying a Muslim. Ashokan, who has been asked by the Supreme Court to produce the girl Fadiya by Nov 27, said his problem was […]

VENGARA Election Results: Left Front vote up 20%, Cong, BJP down

The results of the bypoll held in Vengara assembly constituency in Kerala have confirmed the Congress-led UDF’s worries about losing support in the southern state. The results also showed that the BJP suffered a decline in popularity in Kerala in the last 18 months or so. The election, which comes a year-and-a-half after the last […]

CPIM activists attacked for arranging Hindu-Muslim marriage in Kerala

Tensions are on the rise between the ruling CPI-M and the Social Democratic Party of India in Ambalapuzha in Kerala after Left activists were attacked, allegedly for arranging the wedding of a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl. The SDPI is second only to the Indian Union Muslim League in terms of its vote-share and […]

Police arrest biggest group of illegal Bangladeshis in Kerala; 35 nabbed

Police in Kerala have arrested 35 people in Malappuram district on suspicions of being illegal Bangladeshi citizens staying in India. The arrests were made in Edavannapara in the Muslim-dominated district. Police sources said that the arrests are likely to lead to an acceleration in investigations into illegal Bangladeshis staying in Kerala. Kerala has millions of […]

Kannur Airport: 95% of airside, 90% of cityside work completed

Kerala’s fourth international airport at Kannur is very close to completion, with 95% of the airside works and 90% of cityside work completed, the government said today. Airside refers to the runway, bays, traffic control tower and so on, while city-side works refer to civilian construction components such as the parking area, approach roads and […]

Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV gets derated by Malayalis

Republic TV, the channel launched by Arnab Goswami — the former editor of Times Now — has come in for a barrage of criticism on social media after Malayalis took offence to what has been portrayed as repeated attempts by the channel to tarnish the reputation of the state. The channel, which used to be […]

Kerala Police file FIR against journalists after sting goes awry

Kerala Police have filed a first information report against the head and eight members of the ‘investigation team’ of a newly launched TV channel for a botched up sting operation targeting a minister. The FIR has been filed under sections of the Information Technology Act, sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with conspiracy and […]

Kerala merchant’s union strike against black-money currency move

Kerala’s merchants and traders union has asked its members to shut all shops from Tuesday to protest the Center’s decision to swap currency notes to control black money. The central government has withdrawn existing 500 and 1000 rupee notes and asked everyone holding the same to get them exchanged with new notes from their nearest […]

Finally, Kerala CM takes a stand on Lawyers vs Media fight

Almost three months after the tussle between various lawyers associations and journalists first hit the headlines, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today took a stand on the issue, urging lawyers to let the media do their job. “The lawyers should realize that they do wrong in blocking journalists from accessing the court premises,” Vijayan said […]

Amit Shah wishes ‘Vaman Jayanti’ on Onam

It is customary for politicians to wish people on festivities. Doing so is supposed to give the audience a feeling that the politician connects with them and shares in their joy. However, it is also possible for this to have unintended consequences in a different cultural context. BJP President Amit Shah wished his followers ‘Vaman Jayanti’ (Brahmin […]

KERALA ELECTION: Why BJP is in as much trouble as the Congress

On the face of it, things went well for the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday in Kerala. After decades of efforts at break into a two-party system, the saffron outfit finally managed to win its first seat in the state legislative assembly this time with party veteran O Rajagopal finding luck, and votes, in Nemom constituency near the capital […]

Left likely to form next govt, leads Kerala Assembly Election Results, BJP ahead in 2 places

The Left Democratic Front is indeed likely to form the next government in Kerala going by initial trends that give it a slight edge. According to official results, LDF is ahead in 88 out of 140 seats, followed by UDF or Congress in 50 seats and NDA in 1 seat. See the chart below: LEADS […]