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Vismaya death: Why a 22-year-old felt compelled to return to an abusive marriage

Vismaya case The judgment which convicts Kiran for pushing his wife to suicide, also reveals the disturbing reasons why Vismaya felt compelled to not leave him. Cris To everyone she spoke to about her marital worries, it seems, Vismaya V Nair also made it clear that she did not want to leave her husband, Kiran Kumar, the man who had put her through a year of harassment for more dowry. For him, accounts say, 1.25 acres of land, 80 sovereigns of gold, and a Toyota Yaris were scrap, and the 22-year

26 May 2022 5:26 pm
Thrikkakara bye-poll: LDF candidates wife condemns cyber harassment against husband

Politics Jo Joseph has never said anything demeaning against any person or candidate on the opposing side, said Dr Daya Pascal, asking if it was wrong to expect the same kind of decency from the other end. TNM Staff Dr Daya Pascal and Dr Jo Joseph | Credit: YouTube/ Manorama News, Facebook A day after the CPI(M) accused Congress party workers of circulating videos to slander Thrikkakara bye-election LDF candidate Dr Jo Joseph, his wife Dr Daya Pascal has come out in support of her husband. Ever

26 May 2022 5:22 pm
No matter what the status of accused, action will be taken: CM Pinarayi on Bhavana case

Kerala Actor Assault Case Bhavana met the Chief Minister days after she approached the High Court with concerns over the investigation into the actor assault case. TNM Staff The Kerala government will take all the necessary steps to ensure justice for the survivor in the actor assault case, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said while meeting Bhavana on Thursday, May 26. The actor met the Chief Minister at the state Secretariat, days after approaching the High Court with concerns over the case, es

26 May 2022 2:29 pm
Bhavana meets Kerala CM on assault case trial, says she has faith in govt

Kerala actor assault Only days ago, the actor had approached the High Court with concerns about the case and trial court judge. TNM Staff Instagram The survivor of the 2017 sexual assault case, Bhavana, met with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday at the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. She later said that she was very satisfied with how it went, and could present all the concerns she had. I have been given the assurance that [they] are completely with me in this case. I believe

26 May 2022 11:25 am
Rising hate speeches in Kerala: CM warns of strict action

Hate Speech CM Pinarayi Vijayan also said that the police will not be prevented from taking action against elements trying to create division in society. PTI Amid rising incidents of hate speeches and sloganeering in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, May 25, said that there would be no compromise with communal forces, and warned of strong action against the elements trying to create division in society. Referring to the police action against senior politician PC George for ha

26 May 2022 10:43 am
Kerala excise officials seize 57 opium poppy plants from Munnar

News According to Munnar Excise Circle inspector Shiju SS, the excise department has registered a case in connection with the incident. Sandeep Vellaram For the first time in Kerala, the excise officials have found deadly opium poppy plants from Munnar. According to officials, 57 opium poppy plants were recovered from the premises of Gundumala hospital in Munnar. According to Munnar Excise Circle inspector Shiju SS, the excise department has registered a case in connection with the incident. Th

26 May 2022 10:33 am
Kerala sees 3.8 million domestic tourists in Jan-March, records 72% growth

Tourism Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas said Ernakulam district registered the highest number of 811,426 domestic tourists, followed by Thiruvananthapuram (600,933). IANS Figures point out that Kerala tourism appears to have bounced back after the COVID-19 pandemic as 3.8 million domestic tourists have arrived in the first quarter of 2022, marking an impressive growth of 72.48 per cent as compared with 2.2 million footfalls during the corresponding period in 2021, said Tourism Minister P A Moh

26 May 2022 9:09 am
Kiran knew Vismaya was suicidal, still harassed her: What the judgment says

Court The court, on the basis of witness statements and communication records between Vismaya and her family/friends, concluded that Kirans harassment was the driving force behind her suicide. Azeefa Fathima Sanyukta Dharmadhikari Kiran Kumar knew his wife Vismaya was thinking of taking her own life but he continued to harass her over dowry, and ultimately drove her to suicide, a Kollam court found, sentencing the 30-year-old former government employee to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. Eleve

25 May 2022 7:40 pm
Bhavana's doubts over govt support unfounded: Kerala tells HC

Court The survivor filed a petition at the HC alleging political interference by the LDF-led government in the assault case involving actor Dileep. PTI The Kerala High Court was told on Wednesday, May 25, by the state that the survivor actor in the 2017 assault case were unfounded, as the governments stand has been to ensure justice. The submission was made by the prosecution before Justice Ziyad Rahman AA during the hearing of a plea moved by the survivor alleging political interference by the

25 May 2022 7:20 pm
PC Georges bail cancelled, gets arrested for hate speech against Muslims

The former MLA had received bail in the first hate speech case on the condition that he would not repeat the same offence, which he violated a week later. TNM Staff PC George / Facebook Senior Kerala politician PC George, who made hate speech against Muslims twice in recent weeks, has been arrested after his bail was cancelled by a magisterial court in Kochi. TNM confirmed with the police that the court cancelled Georges bail as he violated the condition by repeating the same offence. The Palari

25 May 2022 5:16 pm
Vijay Babu claims casting another actor in film led to problems with the survivor

Court Vijay Babu has submitted his air ticket to the Court and has agreed to appear before the authorities and the investigating officer on any date fixed by the Court. TNM Staff File Image Actor-producer Vijay Babu has claimed that the relationship between him and the survivor actor who leveled allegations of sexua assault against him, were consensual. In his interlocutory application in the criminal petition seeking bail, filed at the Kerala High Court, he claimed that the problem between him

25 May 2022 2:15 pm
Pinarayi says LDF govt stands with Bhavana, wont interfere in probe

2017 actor assault case The CMs statement comes after CPI(M) leaders had questioned the actors plea, alleging that there was an ulterior motive behind her petition in court. Inputs PTI Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday, May 24, said that his government stands with the actor assaulted in 2017, and that the police probe into the case has not been interfered with in any manner by the Left administration. The Chief Minister, who was addressing a Thrikkakara by-poll related meeting, s

25 May 2022 10:34 am
Kerala police arrest one after boy seen raising hate slogans at PFI rally

Arrest Erattupetta resident Anas was arrested and PFI district president Navas was placed under custody, police said. PTI Screengrab Kerala police on Tuesday, May 24 recorded the arrest of one person in connection with a case relating to hate slogans raised by a minor boy during a march organised by the Popular Front of India (PFI) in coastal Alappuzha, a video of which had gone viral. Erattupetta resident Anas was arrested and PFI district president Navas was placed under custody, police said.

25 May 2022 10:13 am
Bhavana moves HC alleging political interference, CPI(M) leaders question motive

Controversy Bhavana in her plea said that she suspects that Dileep had used his friends in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) to ensure that the investigation in the actor assault case is not completed. TNM Staff A day after the survivor in the 2017 Kerala sexual assault case, actor Bhavana, approached the Kerala High Court alleging misconduct by trial court judge Honey M Varghese and political interference, senior leaders of the CPI(M) questioned the motives behind her allegation. CPI(M) St

24 May 2022 8:52 pm
Rape-accused Vijay Babu submits tickets in Kerala HC, says he will return on May 30

Court The tickets were submitted in court a day after it said that his plea for anticipatory bail would be considered only after he produces travel documents indicating his return to India. PTI Malayalam movie producer and actor Vijay Babu, accused in a rape case, on Tuesday, May 24, submitted air tickets before the Kerala High Court indicating his return to India on May 30. The tickets were submitted in court a day after it said that his plea for anticipatory bail would be considered only after

24 May 2022 8:02 pm
Kerala HC judge recuses from hearing Bhavanas plea in actor assault case trial

Court Justice Kauser Edappagath was the Ernakulam Principal and Sessions judge when the pen drive containing the visuals of the 2017 sexual assault was in the custody of the court between March 2018 and March 2019. TNM Staff WikimediaCommons/AugustusBinu A day after actor Bhavana filed an application in the Kerala High Court alleging political conspiracy in the ongoing trial in the 2017 sexual assault case, Justice Kauser Edappagath has recused himself from hearing her petition. The judges recu

24 May 2022 4:40 pm
Vismaya dowry death: Kiran Kumar sentenced to 10 years in prison

Court Kiran has also been sentenced for under the charges of abetment to suicide and criminal intimidation, and the jail terms for these will run concurrently with the 10-year jail term. TNM Staff S Kiran Kumar, who was on Monday convicted for driving his wife Vismaya to suicide after dowry harassment and domestic abuse, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 12.55 lakh. Kiran has been sentenced to ten years in jail for the offence of dowry death; six years jail and and a t

24 May 2022 1:17 pm
Case registered after child seen raising hate slogans in PFI rally in Kerala

Crime The police said the case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including promoting enmity between different religious groups. TNM Staff Screengrab The Kerala Police on Monday, May 23, registered a case after a viral video showed a minor boy raising hate slogans at a rally organised by the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Alappuzha district of Kerala. The police said the case has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Secti

24 May 2022 12:24 pm
Kerala actor rape case: Bhavana says judge acted with agenda, goes to HC

Sexual Violence The actor who is the survivor in the 2017 Kerala sexual assault case which Dileep allegedly masterminded, has also accused the Kerala govt of political interference in the case. TNM Staff Image Credit: The survivor in the 2017 Kerala sexual assault case, actor Bhavana, has approached the Kerala High Court alleging misconduct by judge Honey M Varghese, the trial court judge hearing the rape case. In a strong petition demanding that the investigation in the case shou

23 May 2022 9:11 pm
Videos show child raising hate slogans in PFI rally in Kerala, NCPCR seeks FIR

Controversy In the videos, a young boy, wearing the party flag, is seen sitting on the shoulders of a man and raising provocative slogans. TNM Staff Screengrab In visuals doing the rounds on social media, a minor boy is seen raising slogans during a march by the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Alappuzha. A rally was held as part of the Jana Maha Sammelanam in Alappuzha on May 21, Saturday. Two videos are viral on social media, one around a minute long and the other around three minutes long. In

23 May 2022 8:01 pm
Show air ticket to India before seeking bail: HC tells rape-accused Vijay Babu

Court The actor-producer who has been booked under charges of rape, has been on the run since the complaint was filed. TNM Staff Facebook The Kerala High Court on Monday, May 23, ordered Vijay Babu to first produce his air ticket, before it could consider his anticipatory bail petition. The actor has been on the run after being accused of rape. Advocate S Rajeev, who appeared for Vijay Babu, informed the court that he was ready to appear before it. Refusing to accept his statement, the court que

23 May 2022 7:54 pm
Kiran drove Vismaya to suicide over a car he got as dowry: Timeline of his atrocities

Vismaya Case Vismaya Nair, a 22-year-old BAMS student, had died by suicide in June 2021 after months of abuse by her husband Kiran Kumar over dowry. Aditi Kumar Vismaya and Kiran On Monday, May 23, the Kollam Additional Sessions court found Vismayas husband Kiran Kumar guilty of driving her to suicide, after harassing her for months over her dowry. Close to a year ago, Vismaya V Nair, a 22-year-old Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery student, was found dead at her marital home in Kollam. He

23 May 2022 6:08 pm
Kerala HC grants PC George interim relief in hate speech case

Court George was earlier denied anticipatory bail by a local court, in connection with a second hate speech case registered against him within a span of one month. TNM Staff Facebook The Kerala High Court on Monday, May 23, granted interim bail to senior politician PC George till Thursday (May 26), on the condition that he should not make any communal statements in the public or to the media. George was earlier denied anticipatory bail by the Ernakulam District and Sessions Court, in connection

23 May 2022 5:18 pm
Vismaya got the justice she deserved: Family, cops welcome verdict

Court It is not a verdict against one individual but a social evil like dowry, Public Prosecutor G Mohanraj said. Saritha S Balan It was an emotional moment for Thrivikraman Nair as the Additional Sessions Court in Kollam, Kerala pronounced a guilty verdict for Kiran Kumar, the man responsible for his daughters death on May 23, 2022. Speaking to reporters outside the Court after the verdict was pronounced, Nair said his daughter had finally got the justice she deserved and that he was content wi

23 May 2022 4:34 pm
When a woman is nothing if not a wife: Vismaya's death points to our shared guilt

Opinion Vismaya was let down by the man she married, but she was also let down by a society that conditions women into believing marriage is their destiny. Sowmya Rajendran A year after Vismaya, a 22-year-old from Kollam, was found dead in her husband Kiran Kumars home, the Kollam Additional Sessions Court Judge Sujith KN convicted Kiran for pushing Vismaya to suicide. The crime shocked the country after it was brought to light that Vismaya was driven to take her life due to the dowry-related ab

23 May 2022 1:54 pm
Once confined to some communities, dowry is now all pervasive in Kerala

Dowry harassment It is often mentioned in Kerala that dowry is more prevalent in southern districts, while people in northern districts dont follow the custom. But this isnt fully true. Haritha John A year after Vismaya, a 22-year-old from Kollam, was found dead in her husband Kiran Kumars home, the Kollam Additional Sessions Court Judge Sujith KN convicted Kiran for pushing Vismaya to suicide. The crime shocked the country after it was brought to light that Vismaya was driven to take her life d

23 May 2022 1:19 pm
Vismaya dowry death: Kiran Kumar found guilty of driving wife to suicide

Court Vismaya, a 22-year-old degree student from Kollam, was found dead last year at her husbands home, hours after she shared pictures of her injuries, following abuse. TNM Staff When I opened the door, he pulled my hair, hit me and abused me, this message from 22-year-old Vismaya Nair to her friend in June 2021 had sent shock waves in Kerala, after she was found dead a few days later. On May 23 2022, less than a year after Vismaya's death, her husband Kiran Kumar has been convicted of her deat

23 May 2022 11:17 am
Thrikkakara bye-election: Twenty20, AAP alliance not to support any party

Politics The by-poll is to be held on May 31, where Congresss Uma Thomas and CPI(M)s Dr Jo Joseph are contesting against each other. PTI FAcebook/Aam Aadmi Party The People's Welfare Alliance (PWA) in Kerala, a new alliance formed by the Aam Aadmi Party and Twenty20, a political party promoted by a prominent business group in Kochi, on Sunday, May 22, announced that it will not support any fronts in the upcoming Thrikkakara assembly by-poll. Thrikkakara by-election, which was necessitated due to

22 May 2022 6:20 pm
Im scared, Acha: Chilling audio of Kerala dowry victim Vismaya surfaces

Vismaya case The voice clip surfaced a day before the Kollam Additional Sessions Court is set to pronounce the verdict in the case. TNM Staff A voice recording, purportedly belonging to Vismaya V Nair, the 22-year-old woman who was found dead at her in-laws house in the wee hours of June 21 last year, reveals that she was subjected to severe torture by her husband. The audio, of a call between Vismaya and her father in which she is heard crying and complaining about the harassment, surfaced on S

22 May 2022 4:54 pm
Monkeypox: Kerala Health Min asks district authorities to remain vigilant

Health The Union Health Ministry had earlier directed airport and port health officers to be vigilant. PTI A day after the Union government directed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to keep a close watch on monkeypox cases being reported from some countries, Kerala Health Minister Veena George directed the district authorities in the state to remain vigilant and create awareness about the disease. The Minister said that the health d

22 May 2022 3:28 pm
Ernakulam court denies anticipatory bail to PC George in hate speech case

Court PC George was out on bail in one case when he made a similar hate speech again, which police said was a violation of his bail conditions and lead to his arrest. TNM Staff Facebook The Ernakulam District and Sessions Court dismissed the anticipatory bail petition of former MLA PC George, on Saturday, May 21, in connection with a hate speech case. Earlier this month, on May 1, he was arrested and granted conditional bail by a local court in the state capital city for a similar offence. Addre

22 May 2022 2:20 pm
Can two batsmen make a winning team? The curious partnership of Sabu and Kejriwal

Politics The AAP in Kerala is hoping to piggyback on a fledgling Twenty20, but in the absence of a strategy for growth or a popular face the party is on a sticky wicket. Saritha S Balan PC/Youtube In 2014 when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made its foray into Kerala, there were some quick inductions that turned heads. Among the prize catch were some well-known public figures journalist Anita Pratap and Malayalam writer Sara Joseph. It seemed like the AAP had become a political alternative for those

22 May 2022 11:42 am
Kerala bishop counters Balachandrakumar's claim that he helped Dileep get bail

Sexual Assault Neyattinkara bishop Vincent Samuel appeared before the Crime Branch earlier this week and recorded his statement at an undisclosed location in Kottayam. IANS pti A bishop's statement has been recorded in connection with the conspiracy case to murder investigation officers probing the 2017 actor assault case, in which actor Dileep is eighth accused, sources said on Saturday, May 21. Neyattinkara bishop Vincent Samuel, who was ducking the media till now, is understood to have appear

21 May 2022 5:52 pm
Yellow warning in 10 Kerala districts, shutters of two dams opened

Weather The Idukki district administration has opened the shutters of Kallarkutty and Pambla dams to release excess water. PTI pti At least 10 districts in Kerala will receive heavy rainfall on Saturday and Sunday with the IMD issuing a Yellow warning, while the Idukki district administration has opened the shutters of Kallarkutty and Pambla dams to release excess water. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued Yellow warning for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha,

21 May 2022 4:41 pm
Kerala CM pays tribute to Nipah warrior nurse Lini on her 4th death anniversary

Death Anniversary The anniversary of Lini's demise was also a renewal of the memories of the struggle waged by the people of Kerala against the deadly disease, Pinarayi said in a Facebook post. PTI Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday paid homage to Lini Puthussery, a nurse who lost her life by contracting the disease while attending to affected persons, on her fourth death anniversary, and said her memories would serve as inspiration to the state's fight against the pandemic.

21 May 2022 4:04 pm
Vijay Babu sexual assault case: Survivor allegedly offered money to withdraw complaint

Crime The actor and producer, who illegally revealed the name of the survivor actor, has been on the run since the complaint became public last month. TNM Staff Vijay Babu / Facebook Nearly a month after a case of sexual assault was filed against Malayalam actor and producer Vijay Babu, his passport has been impounded, the police said on Friday, May 20. Vijay had allegedly fled the country after the complaint became public and the police had issued a look-out notice against him. He had also gone

21 May 2022 3:56 pm
How to dig yourself a deeper ditch: Dhyan Sreenivasan's #MeToo 'joke'

Controversy The Malayalam actor recently made some very intelligent remarks about the sexual frustration of Malayalis and the 'badness' of city women all in an attempt to say he wasn't joking about #MeToo. We're clapping. Azeefa Fathima Screengrab/TheCue Actor Dhyan Sreenivasan's movie Udal released recently, and the actor did a series of interviews to promote the film, as actors do. A bunch of film journalists interviewed him, and it looks tiring for sure to answer question

21 May 2022 3:50 pm
People's confidence in Left government increased: Kerala CM on one year in office

Politics Pinarayi said the government aims to project a development model by fulfilling all the 900 promises mentioned in the election manifesto. PTI On a day when the Left government in Kerala is celebrating its first anniversary in power, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the confidence of people in the government has increased during this period and listed out development projects, including Life Mission scheme and the KFON project. Pinarayi, who met the media in Thiruvananthapur

21 May 2022 10:39 am
Two Kerala cops died of electrocution after stepping into trap meant for boars

Accident Two police officials were found dead in a paddy field in Palakkad district, and it was later found that they accidentally touched a live wire meant to deter wild boars. PTI IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION After two police officials were found dead in a field near a training camp in Keralas Palakkad, one person has been arrested by the state police. Upon investigating the case, it was found that the two officials havildars Mohandas and Ashokan died of electrocution after they touched a live w

20 May 2022 6:30 pm
How Keralas mainstream male politicians played it safe in Samastha controversy

Controversy Only a handful of political leaders in Kerala condemned gender discrimination by Samastha unequivocally. Haritha John Screen grab of press meet by Samastha leaders Leaders of the Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama, a body of Sunni Muslim scholars popularly known as Samastha on a press meet held on May 14, justified their decision to keep away mature women from the stage during public functions saying it was part of their 100-year-old tradition. The press meet was called after social

20 May 2022 5:18 pm
12th man review: Mohanlal film has interesting premise but is let down by poor writing

Review The murder mystery revolves around 11 friends and a strange game they play with their phones out on the table. Cris Perhaps KR Krishnakumar, the scriptwriter, was preparing us for the murder ahead when he introduces 11 people as a set of annoyingly superficial friends in 12th Man, the new thriller from the Jeethu Joseph-Mohanlal team. Why else would a bunch of grownups have such lousy conversations, passing on a secret like kindergarteners and generally making the accidental viewer squirm

20 May 2022 4:35 pm
Off-road racing: Malayalam actor Joju Georges driving licence likely to be revoked

Law A show cause notice will be issued to Joju as he has failed to appear before the MVD as instructed, said the Idukki RTO, adding that further action will be taken based on his response. Sandeep Vellaram The Kerala Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) has decided to take strict action and is likely to cancel the driving licence of popular Malayalam actor Joju George, who failed to appear before the Idukki Regional Transport Officer (RTO) despite the notice issued to him for illegally taking part in

19 May 2022 7:41 pm
Two from Andhra die after car falls into gorge in Kerala

Others who were rescued after the accident have been admitted to a hospital in Munnar. TNM Staff Two people died and six others were rescued after a car accident on Munnar gap road in Kerala on Thursday morning, May 19. The incident took place at around 8.30 am, when a car travelling from Andhra Pradesh fell into the gorge on the gap road. Noushad, 38 and his eight-month-old daughter Naisa, from Annamayya district, died in the accident. The others who were rescued have been admitted at the Tata

19 May 2022 3:06 pm
In Keralas Ernakulam, homes inundated, streets waterlogged after heavy rains

Rains The IMD has issued an orange warning for 12 districts in Kerala. TNM Staff PTI file image Heavy rains continued to lash parts of Kerala for the third consecutive day, leading to inundation and water-logging in many low-lying areas of the state. On Thursday morning, continuous rains for about an hour or so led to flooding in many low-lying areas in Ernakulam, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala. In Ernakulam, many people living in low-lying areas have been shifted out of the

19 May 2022 12:47 pm
Orange warning in 12 Kerala districts, more rains expected

Weather The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority said cyclonic circulation over northern Tamil Nadu and adjoining areas would lead to isolated very heavy rainfall in several parts of Kerala. PTI Image for representation: PTI The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday, May 19, issued an orange warning in 12 districts of Kerala for the day as the state continues to receive heavy rainfall. The IMDs warning is in place in all the districts of Kerala except for Thiruvananthapuram and

19 May 2022 11:56 am
Kerala rains: CM Pinarayi directs officials to prepare for rescue and relief

Kerala rains Kerala has been experiencing heavy rainfall for the past few days and it has disrupted normal life in certain places of the state. PTI File photo: PTI With heavy rain lashing several parts of the Kerala and red alert being issued in four of its districts by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday, May 18, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan issued a slew of directions to ensure the state was prepared to handle monsoon-related problems like landslides and flooding.

19 May 2022 8:27 am
Kerala to launch its own OTT platform 'CSpace' on Nov 1

OTT Minister for Culture and Cinema Saji Cherian said this is the first such initiative by any state government in the country. IANS The Kerala government on Wednesday announced that the state's own over-the-top (OTT) platform named 'CSpace' will be launched on November 1, a state minister said. Saji Cherian, Minister for Culture and Cinema, said this at the naming ceremony of the OTT platform held in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. Our OTT platform will be known as CSpace and will be under the

18 May 2022 8:15 pm
Kerala bye-polls: LDF wins 24 seats, UDF and BJP trail

Politics The UDF won 12 wards while the BJP secured victory in six wards, out of the 42 wards where bye-elections were held on May 17. TNM Staff IMAGE FOR REPRESENTATION/PTI The CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) won in 24 out of the 42 wards across 12 districts in Kerala where bye-elections were held recently. The LDFs victory comes in the run-up to the bye-poll for the Thrikkakara assembly constituency scheduled at the end of this month. Bye-polls were held on Tuesday, May 17, in two corpo

18 May 2022 7:03 pm
Explainer: Why Congress wants to stop an ordinance to amend Kerala Co-operative Societies Act

Controversy Its feared that the amendment to grant voting rights to non-elected members would give more power to the state government and erode the rights of dairy farmers. Saritha S Balan PC/ Youtube/ Malabar Milma The Kerala Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan recently wrote to Governor Arif Mohammed Khan urging him not to sign the ordinance on the Kerala Co-operative Societies Act (second amendment) 2022, as it has the potential to undermine the democratic functioning of Kerala Co-operative Mil

18 May 2022 6:41 pm
Kerala rains: Red alert issued for four districts

Weather The red alert was issued in the northern Kerala districts of Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. PTI Image for representation As heavy rains continued to lash several parts of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday, May 18, issued a red alert in four districts of the state for the day, indicating extremely heavy rainfall. The red alert was issued in the northern Kerala districts of Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. In the morning, IMD issued an orang

18 May 2022 5:44 pm