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

Articles by Ramesh Babu

SFI workers vandalise Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad office

Workers of Student Federation of India (SFI), student wing of ruling CPI(M), vandalised an office of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleging the local MP’s inaction on the recent 1-km buffer zone notification by the Supreme Court around forest areas.
Many see the latest attack as a retaliatory action against the recent in-flight protest against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan by three Youth Congress activists. (HT)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Nun and priest get bail in Sister Abhaya murder case

Abhaya, 19, was found dead in a well at the Pious X Convent in Kerala’s Kottayam in March 1992 and was initially presumed to have died by suicide
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Updated on Jun 24, 2022 03:15 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Human trafficking in Gulf: Bitter tales of 3 Kerala women rescued from Kuwait

Police on Sunday arrested a local agent named Ajumon who had put out advertisements and recruited some of these women as babysitters and part-time domestic workers
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Published on Jun 21, 2022 01:28 PM IST
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Kerala: SIT grills NRI woman allegedly linked to controversial antique dealer

The NRI woman’s presence in the Kerala government’s annual NRI meet, Loka Kerala Sabha, on Saturday stirred a row in the state
Kochi-based controversial antique collector Monson Mavunkal was arrested in September last year. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 12:22 PM IST
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Swapna Suresh, the woman who stirred Kerala’s political pot

Swapna Suresh’s June 6 statement before a magistrate has fuelled attacks on Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The Congress and the BJP say he should resign
Swapna Suresh case: The Thiruvananthapuram Police personnel use water cannons to disperse a youth Congress protest against chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (PTI File)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 04:45 PM IST
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Threatened by CM’s ‘emissary’: Prime accused in Kerala gold smuggling

HT could not verify the authenticity of the audio clip, which reportedly contained some observations against Kerala CM Vijayan and Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
Swapna Suresh released an audio clip containing her conversation with a man who allegedly threatened her to withdraw the statement given to the court alleging chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his family’s involvement in Kerala gold smuggling case. (ANI)
Published on Jun 11, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

HC rejects Swapna’s anticipatory bail plea, protests rock Kerala

Swapna’s counsel R Krishnaraj later said a fresh plea will be filed in the high court on Friday to quash the new FIR.
Police registered a case against Swapna Suresh on Wednesday after former minister KT Jaleel filed a complaint alleging criminal conspiracy to defame him. (PTI)
Published on Jun 10, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Devolution of resources to states isn’t charity: Kerala finance minister

There are specific reasons for the financial issues being faced by the state and most of these are mainly centred on the present practice of the Centre-state relations
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Published on Jun 09, 2022 12:28 PM IST
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Kerala Congress upstages LDF to win Thrikkakara bypoll by big margin

Thrikkakara election result: The result is a personal setback for chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan who often said it will be a vote for development and a referendum on the performance of his government.
Congress candidate Uma Thomas defeated the Left candidate Jo Joseph in Thrikkakara by-election by a record margin of over 25,000 votes. (ANI)
Published on Jun 04, 2022 12:40 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Congress nominee sweeps bypoll in Kerala’s Thrikkakara with margin of 25,000 votes

Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) suffered a humiliating defeat in the Thrikkakara assembly by-election in Kerala on Friday after Congress candidate Uma Thomas defeated her CPI(M) rival Joe Joseph with a record margin of 25,000 votes
Congress leader Uma Thomas secured 72,770 votes and her winning margin is the highest since the urban constituency came into existence, poll statistics show. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 04:41 PM IST
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7 HC judges, 10 district collectors in Kerala are women

With 10 out of 14 district collectors being women and the state high court having seven women judges — the number being highest ever in the state — Kerala has scripted history across the country
The state’s successful women empowerment and poverty eradication programme “Kudumbhasree”, which has over 40 lakh members, will complete 25 years next year. (HT)
Published on Jun 03, 2022 12:31 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala high court reunites same sex couple separated by parents

The order came while a division bench was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by a 23-year-old woman on Monday, seeking the court’s help in finding her same-sex partner.
The Kerala high court on Tuesday reunited a lesbian couple and allowed them to live together, days after they were separated by their parents who did not approve of their relationship. (Agencies/Representative use)
Updated on Jun 01, 2022 06:07 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala bypoll turns into a prestige battle

For ruling CPI(M), which is facing heat on the proposed high-speed Silverline , it is vote for development and recognition but opposition Congress and BJP are making massive displacement of people and brute force on affected people an issue.
The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has fielded Uma Thomas, widow of PT Thomas whose death necessitated Thrikkakara by-election. (ANI)
Published on May 28, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

HC directs action against PFI over provocative slogans at Kerala rally

Disposing a plea filed by advocate Ramaraja Varma two weeks ago, seeking to ban PFI and Bajrang Dal rallies in the district, Justice Kunhikrishnan said: “The police officers will do the needful in accordance with law…With above observation, the writ petition is closed.”
A senior police officer said 26 PFI activists have been arrested so far in connection with the rally last week. (Representational)
Updated on May 28, 2022 03:06 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala local bodies to get powers to cull wild boars

While executing the job, a forest official should be present and carcass should be sent to post-mortem immediately and buried under his supervision.
But animal lovers and wildlife experts fear misuse of the provision and say mindless killing will affect the number of wild boars. (HT)
Published on May 26, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

How a secret formula led to brutal murder of Kerala healer

On August 2, 2019, 60-year-old Shaba Shareef went missing from outside his popular traditional medicine clinic in Mysuru. For the following 14 months, he was imprisoned in Kerala’s Nilambur at the home of a man called Shaibin Ashraf. 
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Updated on May 25, 2022 01:05 PM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Husband found guilty in Kerala dowry death case

The husband, Kiran Kumar, was arrested on June 22, 2021, a day after Vismaya, a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) student, was found dead at their residence.
(HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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Rape-accused Keralaactor Vijay Babu’s passport cancelled

According to the Kerala police, Babu had been hiding in the United Arab Emirates for almost a month but left a couple of days ago to move to where India does not have an extradition pact. Police suspect that he may have fled to Georgia.
According to the Kerala police, Vijay Babu had been hiding in the United Arab Emirates for almost a month but left a couple of days ago to move to where India does not have an extradition pact. (HT)
Updated on May 21, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

MEA revokes Malayalam actor-producer Vijay Babu’s passport

After his passport was revoked, the police pressed for his extradition and anticipating trouble Vijay Babu slipped out of the UAE a couple of days ago.
The External Affairs Ministry on Friday revoked the passport of actor-cum-producer Vijay Babu, who has been accused by an actress of sexual assault. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Published on May 20, 2022 03:54 PM IST
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Rise of 4th front adds a new poll dimension in Kerala

The AAP is ruling two states and Kerala will be next on the list as people are fed up with two major political formations (CPI-M led LDF and Congress-led UDF) of the state, Kejriwal said
AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal announced the arrival of the People’s Welfare Alliance to focus on 2025 assembly and civic body elections in Kerala. (ANI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:25 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

AAP’s foray into Kerala in alliance with fledglingTwenty20 worries other parties

Before the by-poll announcement the AAP held a survey in Thrikkakara and its leaders were overwhelmed by the response especially from youngsters. A majority of people said there was no point in contesting a by-election which will not make any impact on the political landscape of the state.
AAP convenor Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the formation of the People’s Welfare Alliance an outfit comprising of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Twenty20 and other smaller parties in Kerala on Sunday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on May 16, 2022 06:13 PM IST
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Mysuru healer’s murder: Police suspect role of accused in other cases

An audio clip in a pendrive recovered from one of the accused has brought to light a purported conversation on how acts of murders could be converted into “simple cases of suicide” and how one must “remove those who come on their way, come what may”, police said.
The traditional medical practitioner from Mysuru, police said, was abducted and taken to Nilambur, and killed by a gang of nine people led by one Shabin Ashraf after he allegedly refused to share any details of his practices which were popular for treating piles. (HT Archives)
Published on May 13, 2022 12:21 AM IST
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Mysuru healer’s murder: Burglary case leads Kerala cops to solve murder of missing man

Five people have been arrested and hunt is on for four others in connection with the murder of Shaba Shareef, who was allegedly abducted and tortured for refusing to share his healing techniques with the accused, Mallapuram SP S Sujith Das said
Separate investigations into cases bid by three men have led Kerala Police to crack the murder of traditional medicine healer Shaba Shareef from Mysuru, who had gone missing from the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram two years ago. (Representational image)
Published on May 12, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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By, Thiruvanthapuram

200 hotels shut in crackdown on stale food after food poisoning death in Kerala

Around 60 persons took treatment at several hospitals after consuming the shawarma on April 30 from a cool bar in Cheruvathur in Kasaragod district. Later, tests confirmed bacterial infection triggered the severe food poisoning.
During the drive against food adulteration, over 500 kg stale meat and 6,000 kg fish laced with chemicals were seized in Kerala. (HT Archives)
Updated on May 10, 2022 12:39 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

BJP plans Christian outreach to strengthen base in Kerala

Last week, minister of state for minority affairs John Birla, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sampark Pramukh, Ramlal, met many Christian leaders in Kerala, including Arch Bishop Cardinal Baselios Cleemis. The BJP also reportedly assured church leaders that the Union government will do everything possible to realise Pope Francis’ visit to the country.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be using all the opportunities to strengthen its base in Kerala, including the meets with Christian religious heads making it to the national leaders’ itinerary. (Agencies)
Published on May 09, 2022 12:13 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Motley group of models in handloom couture to walk the ramp for a cause in Kerala

The event is a fund-raiser to enhance training opportunities and infrastructure to shape talented athletes.
The fashion show will be held in Nishgandhi auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram on May 8 , according to show director Sobha Viswanath. (Vivek Nair/ HT PHOTO.)
Updated on May 06, 2022 11:58 PM IST
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Kerala is turning into a nursery of terrorism: Muraleedharan attacks Left, Congress

In an interview with HT, the Rajya Sabha MP spoke extensively about fundamentalism, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s bid to bridge ties with the strong Christian community in Kerala, and the controversial Silverline rail project
Union minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan. (VIVEK NAIR/HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 05, 2022 03:53 PM IST
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Kerala to implement recommendations of Hema panel: Minister

A three-member panel headed by retired high court judge Justice Hema was appointed in 2017 in the wake of abduction and rape of a leading south Indian actor in Kochi. Two years later, it submitted a report to the government.
Culture minister Saji Cherian convened a meeting to discuss main recommendations of the retired Kerala high court judge Justice Hema panel on Wednesday in the state capital. (HT)
Published on May 05, 2022 12:16 AM IST
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By, Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala leader held for remark against Muslims, granted bail

Speaking at the Ananthapurai Hindu Mahasammelan on Friday, PC George had made alleged inflammatory remarks on Muslim restaurant owners.
The Kerala Police on Sunday arrested former legislator PC George for allegedly making derogatory comments against health minister Veena George. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on May 02, 2022 05:25 AM IST
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to attend Twenty20 rally in Kochi on May 15

After its emphatic win in Punjab two months ago, there are reports that the Aam Aadmi Party is on an expansion spree and party insiders are of the opinion that Gujarat and Kerala top the party’s list.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will attend a rally of independent political outfit, Twenty20, in Kochi on May 15. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on May 01, 2022 09:33 PM IST
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