Ramesh Babu

Ramesh Babu is HT’s bureau chief in Kerala, with about three decades of experience in journalism.

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All secular forces need to join hands to defeat BJP: Yechury

Meanwhile, after Sitaram Yechury’s comments, the BJP has criticised the CPI(M) for dubbing it as the number one enemy.
Delivering the inaugural address at the 23rd party congress — which is being attended by at least 906 delegates — in Kannur (north Kerala) CPI (M) general secretary Sitarama Yechury said, a broad secular front is needed to dislodge the BJP. (PTI)
Delivering the inaugural address at the 23rd party congress — which is being attended by at least 906 delegates — in Kannur (north Kerala) CPI (M) general secretary Sitarama Yechury said, a broad secular front is needed to dislodge the BJP. (PTI)
Published on Apr 07, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

K-Rail environmentally and financially unviable, says Satheesan

Though the government has come up with an estimate of 64,000 crores for theproject, the realistic amount would be close to 1.33 lakh crore as per Niti Aayog, says Satheesan
Kerala Opposition leader said Kerala is environmentally fragile, and we witnessed heavy floods, landslides and cloudbursts in the last few years. (HT Photo)
Kerala Opposition leader said Kerala is environmentally fragile, and we witnessed heavy floods, landslides and cloudbursts in the last few years. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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From 780 units to 80: How Kollam lost its cashew capital status

Now, Omana is among 200,000-odd cashew workers rendered jobless in the last four years in Kollam district and neighbouring areas.
Kollam’s cashew industry, once the highest earner of foreign exchange after basmati rice, is a shadow of its former self. (Vivek R Nair)
Kollam’s cashew industry, once the highest earner of foreign exchange after basmati rice, is a shadow of its former self. (Vivek R Nair)
Published on Apr 04, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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By, Kollam

Hindu artistes pull out of temple fest in solidarity

The move came after classical dancers VP Mansiya and Soumya Sukumaran were removed from the list of performers because they are not Hindus.
Koodalmanikayam temple in Kerala’s Thrissur (Facebook)
Koodalmanikayam temple in Kerala’s Thrissur (Facebook)
Updated on Apr 02, 2022 01:13 AM IST
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3 dancers quit Kerala temple festival in protest against bar on non-Hindu performers

Last Monday, classical dancers VP Mansiya and Soumya Sukumaran said they were barred from a scheduled dance programme at the temple for not belonging to the Hindu community.
Situated in Irinjalakuda, about 24 km away from Thrissur, the ancient shrine of Koodalmanikyam is one of the largest in the state known for its architecture and believed to be built in AD 854/55. The temple is also known for its elaborate rituals and strict customs. (Image used for representation). (KERALATRAVELPAL.COM)
Situated in Irinjalakuda, about 24 km away from Thrissur, the ancient shrine of Koodalmanikyam is one of the largest in the state known for its architecture and believed to be built in AD 854/55. The temple is also known for its elaborate rituals and strict customs. (Image used for representation). (KERALATRAVELPAL.COM)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 04:27 PM IST
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Kerala’s new liquor policy: IT parks to get pubs, more outlets to be opened

The government said pubs in the information technology parks were allowed under the excise policy for 2022-23 after requests from the industry and employees’ organisations
Liquor, where the government has monopoly, and lottery tickets are two major revenue earners for Kerala. (HT Photo)
Liquor, where the government has monopoly, and lottery tickets are two major revenue earners for Kerala. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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Battle between 2 superstars that cleaved Kerala’s film industry

Bhavana filed a complaint Nedumbassery police station the next day based on which, a case of rape, abduction, criminal assault and conspiracy was filed.
Over a decade later, superstars Dileep and Bhavana are embroiled in a battle against each other, rife with allegations of kidnap and abuse and a litany of litigations. (PTI)
Over a decade later, superstars Dileep and Bhavana are embroiled in a battle against each other, rife with allegations of kidnap and abuse and a litany of litigations. (PTI)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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By, Kochi

Barred from performing in Kerala temple over religion, says artiste

Koodalmanikyam temple board chairman Pradeep Menon said though Mansiya is an acclaimed dancer temple, the rules permit only Hindus to perform inside the shrine.
VP Mansiya, who hails from a Muslim family in Malappuram district, is married to a Hindu man and maintains that she has no religion (HT Photo)
VP Mansiya, who hails from a Muslim family in Malappuram district, is married to a Hindu man and maintains that she has no religion (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2022 12:36 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Trade unions’ strike hits normalcy in Kerala

In Thiruvananthapuram, a magistrate’s vehicle was blocked and later the court summoned the Pettah station house officer (SHO) and ordered him to file cases against the protestors.
A boy assists a strike supporter erect flags at a town square on the first day of two day nationwide strike called by various labor unions in Kochi on Monday. (AP)
A boy assists a strike supporter erect flags at a town square on the first day of two day nationwide strike called by various labor unions in Kochi on Monday. (AP)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Non-Hindu classical dancer barred from performing in Kerala temple

Thiruvananthapuram: Popular Bharatnatyam artiste V P Mansiya has alleged that she has been barred from performing in a scheduled dance programme in April at the Koodalmanikyam temple in Kerala’s Thrissur district because she is a non-Hindu
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Published on Mar 29, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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Ahead of meet, debate on ideological shift rages in Kerala CPI(M)

The state’s notorious trade union practice like nokku coolie (gawking charges), which thrived on party blessing, is also losing its sheen fast.
Even critics say the party which once opposed computerisation and modernisation, citing loss of jobs, realises everything late. (HT Archives)
Even critics say the party which once opposed computerisation and modernisation, citing loss of jobs, realises everything late. (HT Archives)
Published on Mar 28, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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ByRamesh Babu I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Thiruvananthapuram

Vijayan: Talks with Modi on K-Rail positive

Talking to newsmen in Delhi, the CM said the PM was sympathetic to the project and that he is expecting a fast-track clearance.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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ByRamesh Babu I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala: Digital de-addiction centres on cards

“D-Dad will have dedicated centres equipped with cutting edge services to ensure psychological support to such children,” said additional director general of police (ADGP) Manoj Abraham on Wednesday.
In a move to tackle the compulsive internet usage among children, the Kerala police have devised a digital de-addiction centre called D-Dad. (HT Archives)
In a move to tackle the compulsive internet usage among children, the Kerala police have devised a digital de-addiction centre called D-Dad. (HT Archives)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 12:42 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala film units should set up complaints panels: HC

The court also observed that largest organisation in the Malayalam film industry, the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, has volunteered to constitute the ICC while hearing the plea.
It also directed that organisations with more than 10 employees should constitute the complaint committees at the earliest. (HT Archives)
It also directed that organisations with more than 10 employees should constitute the complaint committees at the earliest. (HT Archives)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 11:58 PM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala unit opposes Congress’s nomination for Rajya Sabha seat

Veterans such as former minister K V Thomas have staked claim for the seat and met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
Congress leader K Muraleedharan has written to Sonia Gandhi saying someone who has unsuccessfully contested elections should not be considered for the Rajya Sabha berth. (ANI)
Congress leader K Muraleedharan has written to Sonia Gandhi saying someone who has unsuccessfully contested elections should not be considered for the Rajya Sabha berth. (ANI)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 11:01 AM IST
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Kerala bid to acquire HLL hits a roadblock

“In accordance with the earlier order, there is no scope for government/government PSEs to participate in the strategic disinvestment process unless it is specifically allowed by the cabinet,” said the letter.
The state-run Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation had participated in bidding for Thiruvananthapuram airport and three years back the state had acquired another central PSU Hindustan Newsprint Limited in Kottayam. (HT)
The state-run Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation had participated in bidding for Thiruvananthapuram airport and three years back the state had acquired another central PSU Hindustan Newsprint Limited in Kottayam. (HT)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kochi tattoo artist arrested over sexual assault charges

The commissioner said the police are expecting more complaints against him in the coming days, and a special investigation team will be formed to probe the cases.
Tattoo artist Sujeesh P S was arrested from Kochi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Tattoo artist Sujeesh P S was arrested from Kochi on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 12:00 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kochi tattoo artist held after series of sexual assault complaints

The Kochi police said the accused is a popular tattoo artist, and he often shared his images with cinema artists and other VIPs to attract clientele.
The allegations against the tattoo artist cropped up on social media after an 18-year-old girl posted her bitter experience at his studio titled ‘I can’t feel.’ (Representational Image)
The allegations against the tattoo artist cropped up on social media after an 18-year-old girl posted her bitter experience at his studio titled ‘I can’t feel.’ (Representational Image)
Updated on Mar 06, 2022 10:06 AM IST
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Kodiyeri is CPI(M) state secy for third consecutive term

Hailing from party citadel Kannur (north Kerala), Balakrishnan, considered close to chief minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan, began his political career as a student in 1970s.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (HT File)
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (HT File)
Published on Mar 05, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kochi: Tattoo artist on run after rape allegation

Kochi police commissioner CH Nagaraju said that the officials contacted the victim, but she has sought more time to file a formal complaint.
An 18-year-old girl alleged sexual assault in a social media post, which has sparked outrage in the city on Thursday. (Representative use)
An 18-year-old girl alleged sexual assault in a social media post, which has sparked outrage in the city on Thursday. (Representative use)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Celebrity Kochi tattoo artist on the run after 18-year-old alleges rape

The teenager’s ordeal was widely shared on other social media platforms and some more women came out speaking of similar experiences
Kochi police commissioner CH Nagaraju said they contacted the survivor, but she sought more time to file a formal complaint.(Representative image)
Kochi police commissioner CH Nagaraju said they contacted the survivor, but she sought more time to file a formal complaint.(Representative image)
Updated on Mar 03, 2022 09:39 AM IST
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Kerala high court upholds ban on MediaOne channel

The channel was taken off air after the Union home ministry denied it security clearance in January citing serious “security issues”.
The court said it found no reason to interfere with the information and broadcasting ministry’s decision. (HT PHOTO)
The court said it found no reason to interfere with the information and broadcasting ministry’s decision. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 03:24 PM IST
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Deaths, ‘sexual abuse and drugs’ put Kerala hotel under scanner

Police are trying to make sense of why all seemingly unrelated events connect all the way to this controversial luxury hotel, and how to bring the perpetrators to book
The hotel in Fort Kochi came under the spotlight after two models, Ansi Kabeer and Anjana Shajan, died in a car crash in November last year. (HT photos)
The hotel in Fort Kochi came under the spotlight after two models, Ansi Kabeer and Anjana Shajan, died in a car crash in November last year. (HT photos)
Updated on Feb 25, 2022 11:52 PM IST
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Theyyam artiste blesses Kerala woman in burqa, video goes viral

A two-minute video clip of a Theyyam ritual performer consoling a Muslim woman in hijab in northern Kerala has gone viral on the social media
A two-minute video clip of a Theyyam ritual performer consoling a Muslim woman in hijab in northern Kerala has gone viral across social media platforms. (HT photo)
A two-minute video clip of a Theyyam ritual performer consoling a Muslim woman in hijab in northern Kerala has gone viral across social media platforms. (HT photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Political killings rise again in Kerala

February 18, 2022: A worker of apolitical collective Twenty20, C K Deepu (36) was attacked before his aged parents, allegedly by CPI(M) workers in Ernakulam
Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker K Haridasan (54) was hacked to death before his relatives in Thalassery (north Kerala). (ANI)
Communist Party of India (Marxist) worker K Haridasan (54) was hacked to death before his relatives in Thalassery (north Kerala). (ANI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2022 12:37 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala bobbitisation case takes fresh turn

He addressed the media a day after the crime branch concluded that the girl complainant in the case conspired with her lover and Swami’s disciple Ayyappadas to cut off his genitals.
Kerala godman Swami Gangeshananda alleged that he was framed in the case by the senior officer after he participated in a stir to retrieve the birth place of 20th century social reformer Chattambi Swami in the state capital. (Getty Images)
Kerala godman Swami Gangeshananda alleged that he was framed in the case by the senior officer after he participated in a stir to retrieve the birth place of 20th century social reformer Chattambi Swami in the state capital. (Getty Images)
Published on Feb 23, 2022 12:05 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala guv signs policy address after secy shifted

According to Article 176 of the Constitution, the governor will have to address the first session of the assembly in a new year and read out the government’s policies for the year ahead.
Arif Mohammad Khan (PTI)
Arif Mohammad Khan (PTI)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 12:05 AM IST
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Rhino poaching accused from Assam arrested in Malappuram

An Assam resident accused of poaching a rhino in the northeastern state’s Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) was arrested in Kerala on Thursday, said police
The main accused identified as Asmat Ali, 35, a resident of Sootea in Biswanath district, Assam was arrested from Nilambur in Malapuram district. (HT Photo)
The main accused identified as Asmat Ali, 35, a resident of Sootea in Biswanath district, Assam was arrested from Nilambur in Malapuram district. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 12:00 AM IST
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ByUtpal Parashar and Ramesh Babu, Guwahati/thiruvananthapuram

Kerala daily wage earner, wife’s 26-year-old battle to get justice

On February 5, the three retired police officials accused in the case, retired Deputy SP D Rajagopal, retired ASI Manirajan, and retired head constable Sharfuddin surrendered before the court and were shifted to the central jail in Thiruvananathapuram
Ayyappan and Omana at their Ezhukone village in Kollam District, Kerala, India on Wednesday. (Vivek R Nair/HT)
Ayyappan and Omana at their Ezhukone village in Kollam District, Kerala, India on Wednesday. (Vivek R Nair/HT)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 01:48 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala models’ death: Kin seek central agency’s probe

The development comes a day after the Kerala police on Saturday booked luxury hotel owner Roy Vayalat, an accused in the Kochi models’ death case, and two others under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act after a complaint of assault was registered against them.
Former Miss Kerala Ancy Kabeer, 25, runner up Anajana Shajan, 26, and their friend M Ashiq died in a road mishap on November 1 in Kochi after their car was chased by Saiju Thankachan, an alleged drug pedlar. (Representative use)
Former Miss Kerala Ancy Kabeer, 25, runner up Anajana Shajan, 26, and their friend M Ashiq died in a road mishap on November 1 in Kochi after their car was chased by Saiju Thankachan, an alleged drug pedlar. (Representative use)
Published on Feb 15, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram
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