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Dancing For The Gods

Kalamandalam Geethanandan lived and died his art – Ottanthulal – an ancient dance form originating in Kerala Kalamandalam Geethanandan always wanted Ottanthulal – a centuries-old dance and poetic performance in Kerala – to be considered next to divine. “We have worked closely for the last two decades.…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Rocks Kerala’s Coast

Two months after Cyclone Ockhi, fishermen fear the sea and bereaved families are unable to get back on track Alexander S has three-decades of experience of braving the rough seas alone, many a time on a catamaran and sometimes with friends on small boats. But after Cyclone Ockhi hit the coast of Kerala in December 2017, the 49-year-old in the Pozhiyoor coastal village – some 45 km from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram coast – is reluctant to go to sea. “Even after 59 days, I am very frightened.…

The Lede Exclusive – Migrants Are Not Second Class Citizens: Shashi Tharoor to The Lede

In an exclusive interview with The Lede, MP Shashi Tharoor says the government’s move to introduce orange passports for Indian migrants is an “offensive” move A decision to change the colour of passport for Indian migrants depending on their educational and economic status is like treating them as a second-class citizen, which reflects a discriminatory mind-set of the present government, Dr Shashi Tharoor, parliamentarian and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, said. “Frankly speaking, I think this is an unacceptable and offensive decision.…

Transport Strike Part 2 in South India

 After Tamil Nadu, pensioners of the Kerala transport Corporation are demanding their unpaid pensions and other dues which have been pending for months now Muraleedharan K, a retired mechanic from the Kerala State Transport Corporation, now has faith only in Lord Muruga, a Hindu deity. “Whenever pain worsens, I take a little Vibuthi (ash) collected from nearby Lord Muruga’s temple and apply it on my stomach.…

India, Kuwait Should Be Ashamed: International Trade Union Chief

In an exclusive interview to The Lede, the chief of the International Trade Union Confederation, Sharan Burrow slammed both governments Responding exclusively to The Lede’s story on over 5000 Indian migrant workers stranded in Kuwait for the last 18 months without any pay, proper food and shelter, Sharan Burrow, chief of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITCU) said that both the governments of India and Kuwait should be ashamed. “The government of India and Kuwait should be both ashamed for allowing human beings to be stranded without hope,” she said. “The Kuwaiti government should pay the wages and expedite flights home.…

World Kerala Assembly Mutes Voices Of Trafficked Migrants

Despite Rs 4.5 crore allocated for the 2017-18 Loka Kerala Sabha, the Kerala government is being said to have done mere lip service Manjusha OM and Jumaila Beevi, two Gulf returnees, are residing in the same district where the first two-day Loka Kerala Sabha (World Kerala Assembly) is being held to ensure the involvement of Keralites living abroad in the state's development and to give due priority for the issues faced by them.…

Military Ammunition Found In Civilian Area In Kerala By Rejimon Kuttappan

Claymore mines, bullets and AK-47s manufactured for and by the Army recovered from northern Kerala Kerala police is associating with central agencies and investigating whether any ‘terror groups’ are ‘connected’ to the findings of military ammunition from a civilian area in northern Kerala “We are investigating those angles too, whether any groups are involved or not.…

Bio-Medical Waste Treatment In The Ghats By Rejimon K 

A designated ecologically sensitive area in the midst of Kerala’s Western Ghats is the site for the proposed plant and tribals are up in arms against it Until two weeks ago, life for the people in Palode, a green tiny hamlet in the valley of Western Ghats in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, was quiet and peaceful. But since the news ‘got leaked’ of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) setting up a bio-medical waste management plant right in the middle of the ecologically sensitive area, tribals, villagers and green activists in the sleepy hamlet are panicked and disturbed. “We heard that the bio-medical waste plant is going to come up in a 7.5 acre wetland, that too, right in the middle of the forest, which belongs to Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve recognised by the United Nations’ cultural body,” Iqbal AR, a green activist and resident in Palode, told The Lede. “The wetland is a source of water for at least two rivers to the Thiruvananthapuram city, land of five unique nutmegs in the state, home for different birds and of course a regular elephants’ crossing path,” Iqbal said adding that those who have trekked the area will confirm with no doubt that such an ecologically sensitive area should be conserved intact. https://youtu.be/W4vqanbqPv0 Biowaste Protests in Palode, Kerala Interestingly, the proposed bio-medical waste plant area comes under Peringmala Panchayat in Palode, which is listed as one of the 123 Ecologically Sensitive Areas by the Central Ministry of Environment and Forest in the state and has to be preserved with utmost care. The IMA plans to set up its bio-waste management plant in 3 acres of the 6.8 acre-land it ‘owns’ in the forest. And the officials from IMA claim that the plant has been planned scientifically and will not cause any ecological damage. “We have been running the plant in Palakkad for the past several years and it is considered a model across the world.…