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File photo: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

‘Everything but effective probe’: Kerala CM asks PM to rein in central agencies

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:57 PM IST
“Instead of conducting an effective and co-ordinated inquiry into the gold smuggling case, central agencies are doing everything else here,” the CM stated.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) supporters celebrate their party's lead in the Kerala local body elections in Kochi, Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Left Democratic Front (LDF) supporters celebrate their party's lead in the Kerala local body elections in Kochi, Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

LDF sweeps Kerala local body elections

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 03:55 AM IST
The local body elections took place in the backdrop of mounting challenges to the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led government of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whose secretary is in jail and a minister has been questioned by law enforcement agencies several times in connection with a gold smuggling racket uncovered in July.
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

‘Humbled,’ tweets Kerala CM after LDF’s emphatic win in local body polls

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 07:39 PM IST
Many Congress forts crumbled, BJP remains distant third-runner.
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

Gold smuggling case: ED summons Kerala CM’s secy for fourth time

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:45 PM IST
Raveendran was first summoned by the ED last month, but he could not appear before it after he tested positive for Covid-19.
File photo: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

Poll body seeks Kerala CM’s explanation on free Covid-19 vaccine offer

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 10:33 PM IST
“No one will be charged for the vaccine. This is the stand of the government,” the chief minister had announced, inviting a volley of criticism from the opposition.
Polling officials carry election materials at a distribution centre ahead of the third phase of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode.(PTI)
Polling officials carry election materials at a distribution centre ahead of the third phase of Kerala local body elections, in Kozhikode.(PTI)

Brisk polling in third phase of local body polls in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Long queues of voters could be seen in many wards in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur and Kasaragod districts since the polling began at 7 AM.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan cast his vote in his village Pinarayi on Monday.(HT photo)
CM Pinarayi Vijayan cast his vote in his village Pinarayi on Monday.(HT photo)

Kerala local body elections: Final phase today; 9 million voters to exercise their franchise

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 09:55 AM IST
The state election commission has deputed 52,285 officials for the polling duty and installed CCTVs in sensitive polling stations
Thomas Issac’s tweet comes at a time when local body elections are going on in the state.(PTI)
Thomas Issac’s tweet comes at a time when local body elections are going on in the state.(PTI)

Covid-19 vaccine will be free in Kerala: Thomas Isaac echoes CM

Thiruvananthapuram | By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 04:55 PM IST
“From the campaign of eradication of smallpox to the latest one for elimination of polio vaccine in India has been universal and free,” Thomas Issac tweeted, asking why the center is hesitating for Covid-19.
The Chief Minister stated on Saturday that the Covid-19 vaccine would be made available free of cost to all people in Kerala.(PTI)
The Chief Minister stated on Saturday that the Covid-19 vaccine would be made available free of cost to all people in Kerala.(PTI)

Opposition move SEC against Pinarayi Vijayan’s free vaccine announcement

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 03:21 PM IST
Terming the charges as ‘childish,’ Left Democratic Front convener and CPI(M) state secretary in-charge A Vijayaraghavan told reporters at Thrissur that the CM’s statement was part of the ongoing Covid-19 treatment procedure in the state.
The CM’s office has clarified that Vijayan was replying to a question posed by a journalist.(PTI FILE)
The CM’s office has clarified that Vijayan was replying to a question posed by a journalist.(PTI FILE)

Free Covid vaccine offer by Kerala CM kicks up controversy

Thiruvananthapuram, Hindustan Times | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 02:45 PM IST
Ahead a key phase of local body elections, the opposition says Pinarayi Vijayan violated model code of conduct, approaches Election Commission
Coming down heavily on the Centre, the CM said once leaders facing cases cross over to the BJP camp, charges against them disappear in no time. (Videograb)
Coming down heavily on the Centre, the CM said once leaders facing cases cross over to the BJP camp, charges against them disappear in no time. (Videograb)

‘Central agencies working to weaken Kerala govt’: CM Vijayan complains

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 08:52 PM IST
CM Pinarayi Vijayan said he will write to PM Modi in this regard.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(ANI)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(ANI)

People in Kerala to get free Covid-19 vaccine, says chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 09:36 PM IST
The chief minister also said that the cases of the coronavirus disease are coming down and it was a big achievement to maintain low death rate in the state. It is below 0.5% against 1.3% of the national rate.
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

Fierce three-cornered contest in Kerala local body polls

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 05:14 PM IST
Graft charges overshadow government records, BJP plans Hyderabad model.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan(File photo)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan(File photo)

Kerala CM alleges Congress-led UDF and BJP have ‘secret’ alliance for local body polls

Thiruvananthapuram | By Asian News International| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 09:51 AM IST
Addressing a virtual rally on Saturday in the run-up to local body election in the state, Vijayan said that Left Democratic Front (LDF) will not ally with “communal forces” for few votes.
Cloudy weather conditions in Kanyakumari, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, ahead of Cyclone Burevi's expected landfall.(PTI)
Cloudy weather conditions in Kanyakumari, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, ahead of Cyclone Burevi's expected landfall.(PTI)

Cyclone Burevi: PM speaks with Tamil Nadu, Kerala CMs, assures all support from Centre

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:47 PM IST
The cyclone is likely to hit Tamil Nadu on December 4, the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. The IMD has issued a red alert for south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala for December 3.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s former aide and IAS officer, M Sivasankar, is already in judicial custody in connection with the gold smuggling case.(PTI Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s former aide and IAS officer, M Sivasankar, is already in judicial custody in connection with the gold smuggling case.(PTI Photo)

Kerala CM’s secretary to miss date with ED, cites post-Covid ‘complications’

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:29 AM IST
Opposition alleges Raveendran is using his health as an excuse to avoid questioning by the Central agency.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan government was under heavy criticism over the amendment.(PTI Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan government was under heavy criticism over the amendment.(PTI Photo)

Kerala govt to approach governor to repeal controversial police act amendment

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 10:11 PM IST
What really angered netizens, left supporters, journalists and civil rights activists is that ordinance covers any means of alleged offensive communication or criticism in any platform and not just on social media alone.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

Kerala decides not to implement police act amendment after widespread protests

Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:16 AM IST
In a brief statement days after the ordinance was issued, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was the government’s duty to respect the concern voiced by various quarters.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI File)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI File)

Kerala decides not to implement amendment to Police Act after widespread protests

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The government reiterated that the amendment was meant to check online hate crimes against women and children, but a majority of its critics said it seemed like a ploy to silence dissenting voices
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI File Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.(PTI File Photo)

‘Will hear views of all parties’, says Kerala CM after withholding controversial Police Act amendment ordinance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said on Sunday that the act will in no way be used against free speech or impartial journalism and apprehensions to the contrary are unfounded.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo: ANI)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo: ANI)

Amid mounting criticism, Kerala puts on hold controversial Police Act Amendment ordinance

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 02:09 PM IST
Issuing a brief statement, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his government has no plan to go ahead with the ordinance. “In view of concern expressed from various quarters, we have decided not to go ahead with it,” Vijayan said.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan tried to allay apprehensions that the law could be misused to muzzle dissent or free speech.(PTI Photo)
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan tried to allay apprehensions that the law could be misused to muzzle dissent or free speech.(PTI Photo)

Kerala CM defends new law to check cyber bullying; very few are convinced

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 11:13 PM IST
The new law has been criticised roundly by all political parties and several organisations. Some critics said it was all the more surprising that a left party was backing such a law.
Pinarayi Vijayan further said that along with ensuring the freedom of the press, the government also has the responsibility of upholding a citizen’s individual freedom and his/her dignity as enshrined in the Constitution.(PTI)
Pinarayi Vijayan further said that along with ensuring the freedom of the press, the government also has the responsibility of upholding a citizen’s individual freedom and his/her dignity as enshrined in the Constitution.(PTI)

New amendment made to Kerala Police Act won’t be used against free speech: Pinarayi Vijayan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2020 05:32 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan added that the use of personal likes or dislikes, political or non-political interests which can unsettle the peaceful atmosphere, and those being used to settle scores arising out of revenge cannot be allowed.
MLA V K Ebrahim Kunju was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the Palarivattom flyover scam. IUML termed his arrest ‘politically motivated.’(Facebook/Ebrahimkunjuvk)
MLA V K Ebrahim Kunju was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the Palarivattom flyover scam. IUML termed his arrest ‘politically motivated.’(Facebook/Ebrahimkunjuvk)

Palarivattom flyover scam: IUML terms Ebrahim Kunju’s arrest as ‘politically motivated’

Malappuram, Kerala | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 02:21 PM IST
MLA Kunju was arrested from a private hospital in Ernakulam, where he is undergoing treatment by vigilance and anti-corruption bureau sleuths, probing the Palarivattom flyover scam.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has accused central agencies of exceeding their brief and harassing his government.(PTI)
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has accused central agencies of exceeding their brief and harassing his government.(PTI)

Central agencies sabotaging Kerala’s pet projects, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 09:04 PM IST
The Chief Minister said central agencies were summoning officials at will and demoralising them.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. (Videograb)
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. (Videograb)

Kerala chief minister’s office knew about gold smuggling: Probe agency

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 10:31 PM IST
The ED said the main accused in the Kerala gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh, had divulged this information during her interrogation.
The cabinet also decided to direct the health department to issue specific guidelines on the arrangements required for the Covid-19 patients and the quarantined people(PTI)
The cabinet also decided to direct the health department to issue specific guidelines on the arrangements required for the Covid-19 patients and the quarantined people(PTI)

Covid-19 patients missing postal ballots to be allowed to vote in last hour in civic polls: Kerala govt

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 08:57 PM IST
The government had recently amended the acts to extend the voting time by an hour till 6 pm and also to provide postal ballot facility to Covid-19 patients.
Jaleel says he will be happy to depose before customs in the case.(ANI Photo)
Jaleel says he will be happy to depose before customs in the case.(ANI Photo)

Kerala minister summoned for questioning as govt battles graft shadow

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Opposition alleges Jaleel was involved in illegal activities in the garb of distributing holy books.
A party leader from Kannur (north Kerala), Raveendran had served under many ministers earlier. He was the secretary of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan when he was the home minister in the VS Achuthanandan government. (PTI File photo)
A party leader from Kannur (north Kerala), Raveendran had served under many ministers earlier. He was the secretary of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan when he was the home minister in the VS Achuthanandan government. (PTI File photo)

ED summons Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s additional private secretary

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 10:34 PM IST
The summons came on the day the state government revoked the general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation to file cases in the state.
File photo: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)
File photo: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.(PTI)

‘Central agencies out to discredit state govt’: Kerala CM

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 11:26 PM IST
The Opposition sharpened attack on Kerala CM, saying he’s nervous as agencies are about to knock on his doors.
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