Pinarayi Vijayan: News

27 May 2023

Narendra Modi

PM Modi chairs NITI Aayog meeting; Kejriwal, Mamata, Nitish boycott

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presided over the NITI Aayog's (National Institution for Transforming India) eighth Governing Council Meeting at the new Convention Centre in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

10 May 2023


Kerala: Suspended school teacher stabs doctor to death during check-up

A suspended male school teacher who was taken to a hospital by the police after an altercation with his family and neighbors allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old doctor, Vandana Das, to death in Kerala's Kollam district on Wednesday.

08 May 2023


Kerala: 21 dead as houseboat capsizes in Malappuram; Ex-gratia announced

At least 21 people reportedly died after a houseboat capsized in Kerala's Malappuram district on Sunday while ferrying tourists. Eight people have been admitted to various hospitals, and a search operation is underway.

25 Apr 2023

Narendra Modi

India's first Water Metro: Know cost, route, fare, and more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India's first Water Metro in Kochi, Kerala, on Tuesday.

Kerala train fire: NIA, ATS begin investigating alleged terror angle

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids in Noida and Ghaziabad to nab the accused in the Kerala train fire incident.

03 Apr 2023


Kerala: Man sets co-passengers ablaze on train, 3 found dead

In a shocking incident in Kerala, an unidentified person reportedly set co-passengers on fire inside a compartment of the Alappuzha-Kannur Executive Express on Sunday night when the train—headed for Kannur—was crossing the Korapuzha River bridge.

15 Mar 2023


Kerala Assembly ruckus: 4 Opposition MLAs, 5 security staff injured

The Kerala Legislative Assembly witnessed a ruckus on Wednesday, with Opposition MLAs staging a protest outside Speaker A N Shamseer's office, reported NDTV.

05 Mar 2023


Kerala Police raids Asianet News channel's office, sparks political row  

The Kochi Police on Sunday allegedly raided the Asianet News channel office in Kozhikode, Kerala, in connection with an alleged "fake news" case.

03 Dec 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: Why Keralites are protesting Adani's $900 million 'Vizhinjam port'?

Adani Group's multi-billion-dollar plans to build the Vizhinjam International Transhipment Deepwater Multipurpose Port in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, is marred with controversies following the protests by fisherfolk.

14 Nov 2022

Kerala High Court

Amid government-governor spat, Kerala HC cancels appointment of university VC

The Kerala High Court on Monday struck down the appointment of Dr. K Riji John as the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) vice-chancellor.

26 Oct 2022


Kerala: Governor demands removal of finance minister over 'seditious' speech

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has entered a fresh tussle with the ruling coalition Left Democratic Front (LDF) after demanding that Finance Minister KN Balagopal be fired for making alleged "seditious" statements at a university.

12 Oct 2022


Kerala human sacrifice shocker: Accused cooked, ate chopped body parts

In the human sacrifice case of two women which surfaced from Kerala, police on Wednesday said that after killing the victims, the accused chopped up their body parts, cooked, and ate them.

11 Oct 2022


Kerala: 2 women killed in suspected 'human sacrifice'; 3 arrested

Two women in Kerala, who went missing three months apart, were found murdered in a suspected case of ritualistic human sacrifice for "prosperity."

20 Jun 2022


Daredevil Kerala cop fights man with machete; video goes viral

A cop in Kerala has earned the fame of bravery after a video of him fighting with a man carrying a giant machete has gone viral on social media.

09 Feb 2022


Army rescues Kerala trekker trapped on hill for two days

The Indian Army on Wednesday rescued a trekker stuck for nearly two days on a hill between rocks in the Malampuzha district of Palakkad, Kerala.

19 Dec 2021


Kerala: Section 144 in Alappuzha after BJP, SDPI leaders' killing

Unrest has gripped Kerala's Alappuzha after the killings of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and a Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader.

17 Oct 2021


Kerala: 21 dead, several missing due to excess rains

At least 21 people died, and several others went missing in Kerala after heavy rains lashed the southern and central parts of the state, triggering flash floods and landslides.

29 Aug 2021


With lockdown, Kerala's COVID-19 situation could 'stabilize by mid-September'

As the COVID-19 situation is worsening in Kerala, the Centre has reportedly recommended a lockdown to tackle the spread of infection.

27 Aug 2021


Celebrity chef, producer Naushad passes away at 54

Popular celebrity chef and Malayalam film producer Naushad died at a private hospital in Pathanamthitta of Kerala on Friday following prolonged illness, family sources said.

27 Aug 2021


People are getting COVID-19 at home: Kerala Health Minister

As the COVID-19 situation is worsening in Kerala, state Health Minister Veena George on Thursday said that more than half of the population is still vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

05 Aug 2021


Kerala CM Vijayan flays Karnataka's fresh travel curbs on passengers

Days after neighboring Karnataka imposed travel restrictions on persons from the state in view of the COVID-19 situation, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said the fresh curbs were against the directive of the Centre in this regard.

17 Jul 2021


Before college admission, students should sign anti-dowry bond: Kerala Governor

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Friday suggested that prior to taking admission in colleges, students and their parents should sign a bond that they will not engage in the practice of dowry.

09 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi

Vijayan requests PM to waive tax on imported life-saving drug

In a letter to PM Narendra Modi on Friday, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan urged him to waive GST and Customs duty on a life-saving drug to be imported from the US for the treatment of an 18-month-old child suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a rare disease, in the state.

07 Jul 2021


Kerala reports highest COVID-19 cases; what is the state's plan?

Kerala, the state where the first COVID-19 case in India was confirmed, is again leading the daily surge in infections.

23 Jun 2021


Assaulted by husband, asked to adjust by cops: Vismaya's story

Vismaya V Nair, a 24-year-old woman from Kerala, died by alleged suicide on Monday, following which her husband has been arrested by the police for allegedly harassing her over dowry.

12 Jun 2021


Vijayan announces 100-day action plan to counter economic slowdown

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday announced a 100-day action plan to help the state tide over the economic slowdown triggered by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 Apr 2021


Kerala planning to conduct 2.5L coronavirus tests in two days

Kerala has come up with a three-pronged strategy to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The state will now focus on amplifying testing, imposing stringent curbs, and conducting more vaccinations.

24 Mar 2021


Amit Shah promises action after nuns are harassed in UP

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today promised strict action against those responsible for the harassment of four nuns belonging to a Kerala-based congregation who were briefly detained from a train in Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh.

20 Jan 2021


Kerala CM flays takeover of Thiruvananthapuram Airport by Adani Group

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday criticized the takeover of Thiruvananthapuram Airport by the Adani Group, saying it is not for the development of the facility but to protect the interest of monopolies.

31 Dec 2020


Kerala Assembly unanimously passes resolution against three central farm laws

In a one-day special session, Kerala's Legislative Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution against the three contentious central farm laws cleared by the Parliament in September.

12 Dec 2020


Kerala becomes fourth state to promise free COVID-19 vaccines

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that COVID-19 vaccines will be provided for free in the state.

23 Nov 2020


Kerala's 'draconian' law on offensive online posts put on hold

After inviting backlash with the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance, the state government on Monday decided to put the controversial law on hold.

20 Oct 2020


Kerala: Nursing officer admits coronavirus patient died of negligence, suspended

Kerala, once hailed for handling the coronavirus pandemic well, has been jolted after two alleged lapses on the part of the healthcare workers came to the fore.

26 Aug 2020


Gold smuggling case evidence burnt in Kerala Secretariat fire: Opposition

On Tuesday evening, a fire broke out in the North block of the Kerala Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram, sparking a political row.

10 Aug 2020


Kerala: Toll in Idukki landslide rises to 43, many missing

The landslide that occurred in Kerala on Friday, August 7, has claimed 43 lives so far, multiple reports said.

07 Aug 2020


Kerala: Massive landslide kills five, at least 80 feared trapped

Nearly 80 tea estate workers are feared to be trapped after a massive landslide was triggered by heavy torrential rains in Kerala on Friday. Five people have reportedly died.

11 Jul 2020


Kerala: Doctors on COVID-19 duty say mob coughed on them

A young doctor and her team were allegedly mobbed by a crowd as they drove into a Community Health Center in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

07 Jul 2020


#KeralaGoldSmuggling: Ex-UAE Consulate employee 'main accused'; CMO links allegedly found

The customs officials at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport seized 30kgs of gold worth Rs. 15 crore during an operation on Sunday.

27 May 2020

Navi Mumbai

Trains arrive in Kerala 'unannounced', state government unhappy with Centre

The Left-run Kerala government has slammed the Centre for sending the trains carrying migrant workers to the state without proper communication. The Railways want to be the "super spreader" in the state, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted.

25 May 2020


Kerala: Film set vandalized by right-wing group, CM promises action

Several members of a right-wing group, Antharashtra Hindu Parishad (AHP) on Sunday vandalized a film set erected at Aluva in Kerala's Ernakulam district.

09 May 2020


Kerala: Two Indians flown from UAE test positive for COVID-19

Two Indians repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala, said CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday.

24 Apr 2020


For random testing, Kerala readies a long list of subjects

Kerala, from where India's first coronavirus case was reported, is planning to randomly test people to understand whether community transmission has started.

23 Mar 2020


Coronavirus: Kerala announces lockdown across all districts till March 31

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced a complete lockdown in the state amid a coronavirus outbreak.

02 Jan 2020


It's unconstitutional: Kerala Governor dismisses Assembly's resolution against CAA

Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan got the state Assembly to back his stand on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). This week, the legislators passed a resolution blocking the Act's implementation in the state.

18 Jun 2019


Kerala: Woman misdiagnosed with cancer, still hasn't "recovered" from chemotherapy

A Kerala woman was diagnosed with cancer, she went through chemotherapy, but found out later that she didn't have the deadly disease.

Kerala: 119 booked for 'abusing' CM Pinarayi Vijayan

At a time when everyone speaks about the sanctity of free speech, disturbing data has surfaced from Kerala.

22 Apr 2019

Sushma Swaraj

6 Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka blasts

At least six Indians have been killed in a string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, which struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said today.

24 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

Pinarayi is 'worse than woman': Congress leader makes sexist comment

Former Parliamentarian K Sudhakaran has sparked a row with his sexist comment which he made while trading barbs at Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

04 Jan 2019


Women, who entered Sabarimala, were dressed as transgenders: Meenakshi Lekhi

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi came down heavily on Kerala government, led by Pinarayi Vijayan, on Friday after two women entered the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa.

03 Jan 2019

Lok Sabha

#SabarimalaTemple: Statewide bandh called after two-women enter holy shrine

The Sabarimala Karma Samiti (SKS) which is an umbrella organization of various Hindu outfits has called for a statewide bandh in Kerala after two women, in their 40s, entered the hilltop shrine of Lord Ayyappa in the early hours of Wednesday.

#SabarimalaRow: Temple reopened after purification; BJP calls for hartal

After a shutdown that lasted a bit over an hour, the Sabarimala temple has been reopened for devotees to visit.

11 Dec 2018


Veteran Congress leader, former Kerala Minister CN Balakrishnan passes away

Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Minister C N Balakrishnan died at a private hospital in Kochi late night yesterday.

27 Nov 2018

Tamil Nadu

Cyclone Gaja: Rise above politics, Kamal Haasan urges Kerala CM

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president and actor Kamal Haasan today appealed to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to "rise above politics" and extend support to the people affected by Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu.

26 Nov 2018


Kerala Water Resources Minister Mathew Thomas resigns

Kerala Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas, a nominee of the Janata Dal (Secular) in the CPI(M)-led LDF government, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

19 Nov 2018


#SabarimalaRow: Many detained by police, BJP, RSS protest outside CM-house

Late on Sunday night, nearly 70 people were detained from the Sabarimala temple in Kerala triggering protests all over the state including the house of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

15 Nov 2018


#SabarimalaRow: Opposition walks out of all-party meet over Kerala-govt's stance

Ahead of the Sabarimala temple's opening on Friday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an all-party meeting on Thursday, but that did not go well.

01 Nov 2018


#OldestScoresHighest: Scoring 98%, 96-year-old woman tops Kerala literacy exam

Proving that age is no barrier for learning, a 96-year-old woman has secured highest marks in a literacy examination held in Kerala.

27 Oct 2018


#SabarimalaRow: Kerala ashram, run Swami who supports SC verdict, attacked

In yet another incident of an outburst against the Supreme Court's Sabarimala verdict, an ashram founded by a preacher who supported the verdict was set ablaze, supposedly by enraged Ayyappa devotees, near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala early on Saturday.

23 Oct 2018


#WomenInSabarimala: Temple's doors close but November poses the real challenge

Despite the Supreme Court's order last month, women of menstrual age weren't allowed to enter the holy shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Kerala, and now the Sabarimala Temple has closed its doors.

23 Oct 2018


BJP, RSS making Sabarimala a place of violence: Kerala CM

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday attacked the BJP and RSS for the violent agitation at the Lord Ayyappa temple complex in Sabarimala over the entry of women of all ages into the hill shrine.

20 Oct 2018


Kerala MLA Abdul Razak passes away due to heart attack

Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MLA, PB Abdul Razak died of heart attack on Saturday at a private hospital in Kasargod, Kerala. He was 63.

Sabarimala verdict: Woman booked for casteist slur on CM Vijayan

A case has been filed by the Arunamala police in Kerala against a woman for using a casteist slur against CM Pinarayi Vijayan during one of the protests against the implementation of the Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages to the Sabarimala temple.

Petition filed in Supreme Court against the Sabarimala verdict

On Monday, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging its earlier order allowing the entry of women of all ages to the ancient Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

Sabarimala priests shun CM's offer to talk on SC order

Since Kerala implemented the Supreme Court's verdict allowing women of all ages entry to the Sabarimala temple, the government has had to face the wrath of devotees.

05 Oct 2018


Kannur International Airport to be inaugurated on December 9

Kannur International Airport, the second greenfield airport set up under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, near Mattannur in Kerala's Kannur district would be inaugurated on December 9.

02 Oct 2018


Violinist Balabhaskar dies a week after car accident killed daughter

Noted violinist Balabhaskar, who was critically injured in a car accident, died in Thiruvananthapuram today.

01 Sep 2018

KJ Alphons

Indians in China contributed Rs. 32.13L towards Kerala flood relief

Union Minister KJ Alphons said today that he has collected Rs. 32.13 lakh from the Indian diaspora in China towards the Kerala flood relief.

31 Aug 2018


Kerala: To understand victims' needs, Nita Ambani visits flood-hit areas

Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita M Ambani visited Pallipad village in Alappuzha district, one of the worst-affected areas in the floods that ravaged Kerala recently.

26 Aug 2018


Kerala floods: The man behind the UAE aid controversy

The past few days have seen considerable debate over the acceptance of a supposed Rs. 700cr aid package from UAE.

24 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

#KeralaFloods: Now, UAE says it never announced Rs. 700cr aid

Amid the political slugfest, between Left-governed Kerala and BJP in Centre, over accepting foreign aid, the UAE has said it hasn't announced the aid of Rs. 700 crore for rehabilitation of the rain-ravaged state.

Sudden water-release from Tamil Nadu caused floods, Kerala tells SC

On Thursday, Kerala blamed Tamil Nadu's failure to control the release of water from the Mullaperiyar dam for the floods, which devastated the state, killing hundreds and ruining property worth thousands of crores.

23 Aug 2018


#KeralaReliefFund: Adani Foundation commits to donate Rs. 50 crore

Adani Foundation, the CSR arm of Adani Group, has committed to giving Rs. 50cr for relief and rehabilitation of Kerala flood victims, the group said today.

23 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

As Centre refuses UAE-aid, Kerala leaders say they need help

The Rs. 700 crore aid offered to rain-ravaged Kerala by UAE took political undertones as the ministers of the southern state asked Narendra Modi-led Centre to accept the donation.

22 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

Kerala floods aftermath: Govt focuses on cleaning houses, public places

With operations to rescue stranded people from flood-affected areas nearing a close, the Kerala government today turned its attention to cleaning of houses and public places which were damaged in the unprecedented rains which ravaged the state.

21 Aug 2018


#Keralafloods: Let's talk about Kerala's unsung heroes, the fishermen

Yesterday Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced that 90% of rescue operations in the state has been completed, thanks to NGOs, government agencies like NDRF, the Indian Navy, et al, and of course individuals.