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Shop owners stage a protest demanding protection during the statewide hartal called by pro-Hindutva outfits against the entry of two women into the Lord Ayyappa Temple (Sabarimala), in Kozhikode.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

To curb hartals, Kerala mulls steps, but CM Vijayan non-committal on ban

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 06:44 PM IST
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was willing to convene an all-party meet to discuss ways to control hartals, which is crippling the state’s thriving tourism sector but was non-committal on a blanket ban.
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Raking up the Sabarimala Temple controversy, PM Modi said that the issue has caught the attention of the nation.(PTI)
Raking up the Sabarimala Temple controversy, PM Modi said that the issue has caught the attention of the nation.(PTI)

In Kerala, PM Modi fires Sabarimala, triple talaq salvo at Left govt, UDF

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 11:53 PM IST
PM Modi’s attack on the CPI (M) is the second this month over Sabarimala. In an address to BJP workers in Kollam two weeks back, Modi said the Kerala government’s handling of the issue will go down in the history as a “shameful act”.
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PM Modi making an address in Thrissur, Kerala.(ANI Photo)
PM Modi making an address in Thrissur, Kerala.(ANI Photo)

Hate for Modi is only thing common among opposition parties, says PM

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 06:22 PM IST
Modi said the people have installed him as chowkidaar (watchman) and he will make sure there is no wrongdoing under his watch.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an event to launch civic projects worth Rs 2,980 crore in Agra on Jan 9, 2019.(PTI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an event to launch civic projects worth Rs 2,980 crore in Agra on Jan 9, 2019.(PTI file photo)

BJP banks on Narendra Modi’s visit to Tamil Nadu and Kerala today to increase footprints in South India

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2019 08:04 AM IST
PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai today and inaugurate super speciality blocks at Rajaji, Thanjavur and Tirunelveli medical colleges as the BJP focuses on increasing its footprints in the south.
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Award-winning Malayalam film director Priyanandan alleged he was manhandled and attacked with cow dung by a group of RSS and BJP activists in Kerala’s Thrissur on Friday morning.(Facebook)
Award-winning Malayalam film director Priyanandan alleged he was manhandled and attacked with cow dung by a group of RSS and BJP activists in Kerala’s Thrissur on Friday morning.(Facebook)

Malayalam film director Priyanandan alleges cow dung attack by RSS workers in Kerala’s Thrissur

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 12:50 PM IST
Malayalam film director Priyanandan was in the news recently for posting a comment on Facebook about the ongoing agitation in Sabarimala. The director alleged that he was overpowered by a group of men, who flung cow dung at him and manhandled him when he went out of his house to fetch milk.
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Kerala Congress working president K Sudhakaran said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (pictured) not only failed to act like a man but also proved to be worse than a woman(PTI/File Photo)
Kerala Congress working president K Sudhakaran said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (pictured) not only failed to act like a man but also proved to be worse than a woman(PTI/File Photo)

Kerala Congress leader apologises after ‘worse than woman’ remark for CM Vijayan

By HT Correspondent | Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 03:05 PM IST
Kerala Congress working president K Sudhkaran, also a former MP from Kannur, landed in a big controversy after he said the Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan “was worse than a woman”. He later tendered an apology.
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Devotees climb over the holy 18 golden steps to worship Ayyappa in Sabarimala, Kerala, November 16, 2018(HT File)
Devotees climb over the holy 18 golden steps to worship Ayyappa in Sabarimala, Kerala, November 16, 2018(HT File)

Will the Sabarimala issue be the BJP’s trump card in Kerala?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 08:26 AM IST
The BJP’s problem is that it does not have charismatic state leaders and will have to rely on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mount the challenge.
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Devotees climb over the holy eighteen golden steps to worship deity of Hindu god Ayyapa at a temple premises in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala.(Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)
Devotees climb over the holy eighteen golden steps to worship deity of Hindu god Ayyapa at a temple premises in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala.(Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

BJP banks on Sabarimala to be Ayodhya of the South

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2019 07:47 AM IST
The BJP has been trying to widen its political footprint in the coastal state, considered a communist bastion, where the RSS runs over 5,000 shakhas, the highest in the country.
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The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala was closed Sunday marking the culmination of the over two-month-long stormy annual pilgrimage season.(AFP)
The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala was closed Sunday marking the culmination of the over two-month-long stormy annual pilgrimage season.(AFP)

Sabarimala closes gates but political slugfest continues

By HT Correspondent | Sabarimala/Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 10:52 PM IST
Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandmayi, who was the chief guest at the gathering, called temples pillars of India civilisation.
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Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple, Kerala, December 24, 2018(REUTERS)
Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple, Kerala, December 24, 2018(REUTERS)

OPINION | The Supreme Court’s position on Sabarimala is correct

UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2019 08:27 AM IST
Do we, as a liberal progressive society, have a moral duty to re-evaluate traditions and practices in the light of what we deem to be progressive and correct?
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Devotees wait in line to visit the Sabarimala temple in Kerala following the entry of two women on January 2, 2019.(AFP File Photo)
Devotees wait in line to visit the Sabarimala temple in Kerala following the entry of two women on January 2, 2019.(AFP File Photo)

Two women turned back from Nilakkal base camp on last day of Sabarimala pilgrimage

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2019 10:58 AM IST
Kerala government told the Supreme Court on Friday that 51 women of menstruating age had entered the Sabarimala temple since the landmark apex court order in September 2018.
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Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala in December. They succeeded in enetring the shrine in Januray 2019.(REUTERS)
Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala in December. They succeeded in enetring the shrine in Januray 2019.(REUTERS)

51 women have entered Sabarimala since court order, Kerala govt tells SC

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 02:58 PM IST
This is the first time the Kerala government has given a consolidated number of the women who entered Sabarimala temple, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, considered to be a celibate.
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Bindu Ammini (R) and Kanakadurga (L), the two women who entered Kerala’s Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, have moved the Supreme Court seeking police protection.(AFP)
Bindu Ammini (R) and Kanakadurga (L), the two women who entered Kerala’s Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, have moved the Supreme Court seeking police protection.(AFP)

2 Kerala women who entered Sabarimala to get 24X7 security: Supreme Court

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2019 01:55 PM IST
Following threats by hardline groups Bindu Ammini, 40, a law lecturer at Kerala’s Kannur University and Kanakadurga, 39, a civil servant, had gone into hiding for almost two weeks after entering the hill shrine.
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Bindu Ammini, 40, a law lecturer at Kerala’s Kannur University and Kanakadurga, 39, a civil servant, told the top court that their life and liberty was in danger and one of them was already hospitalised.(AFP)
Bindu Ammini, 40, a law lecturer at Kerala’s Kannur University and Kanakadurga, 39, a civil servant, told the top court that their life and liberty was in danger and one of them was already hospitalised.(AFP)

Lives in danger: 2 women who entered Sabarimala ask SC for police protection

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 11:19 PM IST
Senior lawyer Indira Jaising mentioned the petition for round the clock police protection before the Supreme Court. The judges will hear the case on Friday.
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Protesters forced two women in their 30s to turn back halfway from the hilltop shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta on Wednesday. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Protesters forced two women in their 30s to turn back halfway from the hilltop shrine of Sabarimala in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta on Wednesday. (Photo by Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Sabarimala tense after 2 women, dressed as men, try to enter shrine

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 02:52 PM IST
Reshma and Sanila, residents of Kannur, covered almost half of the 5.5-kilometre trek to the hilltop shrine but were intercepted by angry devotees in the morning. They used the lean time in the early hours to dodge protesters and started trekking at 5 am.
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Sabarimala Temple Row: Two women in their early 30s, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in(HT Photo)
Sabarimala Temple Row: Two women in their early 30s, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in(HT Photo)

Sabarimala temple Highlights: The two women have been moved to an undisclosed location

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 01:46 PM IST

Two women in their early 30s, Reshma Nishanth and Shanila Sajesh, attempted to reach Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Wednesday morning. They had covered almost half of the 5.5 km trek when they were intercepted by angry devotees. As situation turned grave, police used force to remove the two women to Pambha. Police this time plead helplessness, saying it is beyond their control.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Communists do not respect India’s culture.(ANI Photo/Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Communists do not respect India’s culture.(ANI Photo/Twitter)

Kerala govt’s stand on Sabarimala temple row one of most shameful, says PM Narendra Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kollam/Balangir
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 11:52 PM IST
Modi said while the BJP stands with the culture of the land, the Congress says “one thing in Parliament and another in Pathanamthitta (where the Lord Ayyappa shrine is located).”
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In the file photo, Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after she attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, December 24, 2018. Picture taken December 24, 2018.(REUTERS)
In the file photo, Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after she attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in the southern state of Kerala, India, December 24, 2018. Picture taken December 24, 2018.(REUTERS)

Woman who made history by entering Sabarimala attacked by relatives, hospitalised

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 12:24 PM IST
Kanaka Durga, one of the two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter the Sabarimala hill temple in Kerala, was attacked by relatives on her return home on Monday.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium during his tour to the United Arab Emirates.(HT Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium during his tour to the United Arab Emirates.(HT Photo)

Rahul Gandhi’s UAE visit reinforced his image as a mass leader: Congress

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 08:33 AM IST
Socioeconomic woes, job crisis, agrarian distress, intolerance among key issues raised by Rahul Gandhi during his UAE visit.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Vibrant Gujarat investor summit in Gandhinagar.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Vibrant Gujarat investor summit in Gandhinagar.(REUTERS)

PM Modi to inaugurate road project, address rally in Kerala today

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 07:11 AM IST
The BJP has led protests against the SC order and accused the Kerala’s Left government of mishandling the Sabarimala issue, which political observers have said could help the right-wing party improve its standing in the traditional Left stronghold.
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Thousands thronged the temple town of Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district Saturday to witness the ‘Thiruvabharanam’ (sacred jewellery) procession.(AFP)
Thousands thronged the temple town of Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district Saturday to witness the ‘Thiruvabharanam’ (sacred jewellery) procession.(AFP)

Thousands throng temple town of Pandalam to witness ‘Thiruvabharanam’ procession

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2019 06:39 PM IST
The Thiruvabharanam was shifted from the strong room of Srambickal Palace in Pandalam to the adjoining Valiyakoickal temple, early in the morning for the devotees to have darshan.
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Travancore Devaswom Board, the apex temple body,Friday said it had not even discussed the matter.(AFP)
Travancore Devaswom Board, the apex temple body,Friday said it had not even discussed the matter.(AFP)

Sabarimala tantri removal not discussed: TDB

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2019 12:03 AM IST
TDB president A Padmakumar told PTI that there were several court verdicts on the appointment and powers of the tantri (head priest) of Hindu shrines and the Board could not take a decision without taking into account all these.
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Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala on December 24.(REUTERS)
Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala on December 24.(REUTERS)

Women who defied Sabarimala temple ban unable to return home after threats

By Reuters | Kochi/New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2019 09:50 PM IST
After the Supreme Court’s judgment, the women made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the temple on December 24, before finally succeeding on January 2.
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Indian trade union activists shout slogans as they participate in a demonstration on the second day of a two-day nationwide general strike called by various trade unions in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The strike has been called against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms. (AP Photo)(AP)
Indian trade union activists shout slogans as they participate in a demonstration on the second day of a two-day nationwide general strike called by various trade unions in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. The strike has been called against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms. (AP Photo)(AP)
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Kozhikide: A deserted street and closed shops during the 48-hour-long nationwide general strike called by central trade unions protesting against the "anti-people" policies of the Centre, in Kozhikode, Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Kozhikide: A deserted street and closed shops during the 48-hour-long nationwide general strike called by central trade unions protesting against the "anti-people" policies of the Centre, in Kozhikode, Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019. (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Scattered violence in Kerala over Sabarimala, trade union strike hits life across state

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvanthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2019 07:38 PM IST
Though Left leaders claimed that they would not enforce the strike, in many areas, it turned into a forced shutdown. Besides road transport, train services were also affected in many parts of the state. Many people were seen stranded outside bus terminals, railway stations and airports
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A war of words seem to have erupted among a section of the Kerala police, the Tranvancore Devaswom Board and the supreme priest who runs the Ayyappa temple after the police claimed 10 women have entered the shrine, while the tantri (supreme priest) insisted only two—Bindu Ammini and Kankadurga— have gained access.(Reuters)
A war of words seem to have erupted among a section of the Kerala police, the Tranvancore Devaswom Board and the supreme priest who runs the Ayyappa temple after the police claimed 10 women have entered the shrine, while the tantri (supreme priest) insisted only two—Bindu Ammini and Kankadurga— have gained access.(Reuters)

Two or ten? Confusion over number of women who made it to Sabarimala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 09:43 AM IST
People close to the tantri have accused the police of tampering with the numbers to make their case strong by showing that more women have entered the temple even as the Supreme Court is gearing up to hear a bunch of review petitions in an open hearing on January 22.
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At least 10 pilgrims returning from Sabarimala were killed in a road accident in Tamil Nadu on Sunday (Representative Photo)(HT)
At least 10 pilgrims returning from Sabarimala were killed in a road accident in Tamil Nadu on Sunday (Representative Photo)(HT)

10 Sabarimala pilgrims killed in Tamil Nadu road accident

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 10:01 PM IST
The accident took place when the van carrying the pilgrims, all hailing from Telangana, collided with a truck in Tamil Nadu Pudukottai.
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Police personnel carried out a march in trouble-torn Thalassery in Kannur district on Saturday after widespread violence rocked the area. Houses of an MP, MLA and many party leaders (both RSS and CPI(M)) were attacked in the latest bout of violence fuelled by unrest in Sabarimala.(HT Photo)
Police personnel carried out a march in trouble-torn Thalassery in Kannur district on Saturday after widespread violence rocked the area. Houses of an MP, MLA and many party leaders (both RSS and CPI(M)) were attacked in the latest bout of violence fuelled by unrest in Sabarimala.(HT Photo)

US, UK travel advisory following Sabarimala row a big setback for Kerala tourism, says minister

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 02:17 PM IST
Kerala has been witnessing widespread violence since Wednesday after two women-Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanakadurga, 44- entered the hilltop shrine, following which Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of Hindu groups, had called a statewide bandh on Thursday.
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Sabarimla temple row LIVE updates: As violence rages, Kerala tourism suffers setback

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 02:10 PM IST

As violence raged in Kerala on Saturday, the third day of clashes during which over 3,000 people have been arrested for their role in protests following the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple.As the police intensified its crackdown on those indulging in violence — the total number of arrests doubled from around 1,400 on Friday to 3,000 on Saturday — the opposition hardened its stance against the government and announced the visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to the state later this month.  Watch: Sangh Parivar trying to turn Sabarimala into clash zone, says CM Pinarayi VijayanAccording to PTI, governor P Sathasivam briefed Union home minister Rajnath Singh about the law and order situation in the southern state.:

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Hindu activists burn an effigy of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a demonstration over two women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, in New Delhi.(AFP)
Hindu activists burn an effigy of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan during a demonstration over two women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, in New Delhi.(AFP)

Violence continues to rock Kerala, BJP warns CPI(M) govt as over 3,000 held

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2019 06:12 PM IST
Though police began a clampdown on trouble-makers by arresting more than 3,000 people, orchestrated violence continued to cripple many areas.
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