Vishnu Varma is Assistant Editor and reports from Kerala for the Hindustan Times. He has 10 years of experience writing for print and digital platforms and has worked at The New York Times, NDTV and The Indian Express in the past. He specialises in longform reportage at the intersections of politics, crime, social commentary and environment.
Articles by Vishnu Varma
How a police team cracked a 17-year-old murder that rocked a small Kerala village, despite shoddy investigation by earlier teams and the murderer's red herrings
The six accused have been identified as Sameer, Abdul Sakkeer, Azeez Kollandavida, Ligeesh, Muhammad Midlaj and Muhammad Basheer
The MP on Friday claimed that he made the remarks in a sarcastic tone and that he was ‘misunderstood’.
The MP on Friday claimed that he made the remarks in a sarcastic tone and that he was ‘misunderstood’
While playing, the tyre reportedly hit the migrant worker named Salman a couple of times who took offence and grabbed the stick from the boy’s hand and beat him with it
The Kozhikode district administration on Thursday lifted restrictions after no fresh cases of Nipah virus were reported in Kerala for a sixth straight day
On Wednesday, no fresh Nipah infections were reported in the state with 61 more samples of high-risk contacts testing negative
Kerala's Minister for Temple Affairs and SC/ST Welfare, K Radhakrishnan, has stuck to his allegations of caste discrimination at a temple in Kannur district, despite counter-clarifications from the temple's priest and a body of chief priests. No case has been filed by the police in connection with the incident. The minister, belonging to the Scheduled Caste community, alleged that two priests of the temple declined to hand him the flame used to light a bigger lamp and instead put it on the ground. The priest claimed he was only maintaining sanctity by not touching anyone during the rituals.
Bat samples mainly collected from areas close to the home of the 47-year-old who tested positive for the virus, and subsequently died, in Maruthonkara panchayat of Kozhikode district
Local media reports, citing the relatives of the nurses, said that they have been working at the particular clinic for many years and have valid visa and sponsorship documents.
Gireesh Babu, a prominent social and RTI activist, was found dead at his home in Kochi. He had filed legal challenges in corruption cases in Kerala.
The Kerala high court has stayed trial proceedings in the ivory possession case against actor Mohanlal for six months. The court has ordered the actor to appear before the trial court on November 3. The case dates back to 2011 when elephant tusks were found at the actor's residence. The forest department had issued an ownership certificate for the tusks, which was later challenged. In 2020, the state government attempted to withdraw prosecution but was denied by the magistrate court.
Suban claimed that the woman had cooked up the allegations against him as she wanted ‘reach’ or attention on social media
The Nipah outbreak causes plummeting sales of local fruits like rambutan, guava, and dragon fruit, leading to financial losses for farmers and retailers.
All 38 wards of Feroke Municipality and seven wards of Kozhikode Municipal Corporation have been declared as containment zones, the collector said.
Five years later, Nipah has returned to Kozhikode, and while fear persists, there is now a greater sense of familiarity, with some fatalism
A 39-year-old man in Kerala has tested positive for the Nipah virus, bringing the total number of infections to six. The man contracted the virus after coming into contact with a previously infected patient who later died. The Nipah virus is highly pathogenic and often fatal, causing brain swelling and respiratory distress. There is currently no cure or vaccine for the virus. The Indian government is working to evaluate preventive measures to tackle the outbreak.
Restrictions have been tightened in Kozhikode district where all the cases have been reported. Schools and other educational institutions are shut
Fruit bats are considered the natural carriers of the Nipah virus which spreads through contact with body fluids of infected animals.
Nipah is mainly a zoonotic disease — when a pathogen jumps from a non-human host to humans — with some documented cases of transmission among humans
The panchayat is also holding daily meetings, co-ordinating with the police, and officials from the state’s animal husbandry and health departments
Authorities in Kerala are working to contain the spread of the Nipah virus, with around 950 people potentially exposed. Five people have tested positive for the virus, with two deaths. The government has set up containment zones and closed educational institutes in the affected area. Testing is being carried out on those in contact with the infected individuals, and experts from three organizations have arrived to assist with treatment and surveillance. The Nipah virus causes fatal encephalitis and can be transmitted through contact with infected animals or contaminated food.
Authorities declared containment zones in seven villages of the Kozhikode district, closing down schools, banks and other institutions
The state minister said three of the five samples that had been sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology lab in Pune came back positive
Four people, including three children, who were in contact with the first deceased on August 30 are currently under treatment. The condition of one of the children is said to be critical
Moideen is being quizzed by ED officials for the first time in connection with alleged fraud at the Karuvannur Service Cooperative Bank in Thrissur district
Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan demanded that the state government allow the CBI to probe the allegations of criminal conspiracy in the case
MLA Moideen was quizzed in connection with alleged fraud at a cooperative bank while Congress chief Sudhakar was questioned in a cheating case
Former CPI(M) Lok Sabha MP PK Biju underlined that if summoned by the ED as part of probe into the case, he would certainly go and clarify his position
Lakshman, who was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Kerala police in August on charges of conspiracy, cheating and forgery, is out on anticipatory bail approved by the Kerala high court