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Women activists present bouquets to Kerala CM Oommen Chandy after the new excise policy Bar at the 5-star Uday Samudra in Kovalam Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu (L) and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a meeting in Thrissur. File photo of Sheila Dikshit who resigned from the post of Kerala Governor. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor of Kerala Sheila Dikshit at a meeting in New Delhi. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan admiring the Kerala's flower Rangoli competition in Mumbai. <b>Wake up your buds</b> A typical Mappila feast, biriyani, parottas and suleimani tea Muslims boy seen inside a bus at Malappuram Town Historian M. Gangadharan at home Shamshad at an LGBT rally in Kochi One of the 44 Kerala nurses, evacuated from Libya, on her arrival at the airport in Kochi. Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy at Parliament. <b>Lord’s Service</b>
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We see him each year during Durga Puja, performing rituals at his ancestral village in Birbhum. Thus a visit at Padmanabhaswamy temple was overdue for President Pranab Mukherjee, seen here accepting a memento of Lord Vishnu, with Trivandrum MP Shashi Tharoor. President Pranab Mukherjee with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and others during a visit to Sree Padmanabahaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. President Pranab Mukherjee during a visit to Sree Padmanabahaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala PDP Chairman and 2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani after his release from jail in Bengaluru on health grounds. Madani was, on July 11, granted one-month bail by the Supreme Court while taking note that he is an under-trial prisoner who was already behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments. Police lathi charge to KSU students during a protest in Thrissur, Kerala. Police try to disperse members of Kerala Students Union after the students tried to jump the police barricade while on a march to the Government office in Kochi. <b>The Dark Joke</b> C.S. Praveen and P.K. Shihab, editors of Name, <i>Litsokniga</i> <b>Speaking up</b> The SFI protests the arrests <B>Nude War</b> Women lawyers outside Kerala HC protest the attack on a woman judge in UP Young boys play in rain water in Kozhikode as monsoons hit southern India A fisherman arranges his nets as monsoon clouds hover over the Kochi beach in Kerala. Former food and civil supplies minister of Kerala, T.H. Musthaffa Narendra Modi meeting Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in New Delhi. Anita Pratap The sun sets over a kettuvallam on the backwaters A jovial resident of the Jewish Quarter, Mattancherry A kingfisher shopping for dinner at Lake Vembanad A proud fisherman with his prize-catch-of-the-day, Kochi Kerala’s famous elixir—toddy Karelman’s soliloquy at  a performance of Chavittu Natakam A coir weaver at Manchira village A traditional lunch served on the houseboat A boxer and his coach pray before a fight Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar with Kerala CM Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram. Decorated temple elephants participate in a Pooram festival procession at a temple in Thrissur. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy campaigns for Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad in Sarvagnanagar in Bengaluru. People queued up in a polling booth during Parliament elections at Taliparamba in Kannur. BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting in Kasaragod, Kerala. Octogenarian CPI(M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan can still enthral the crowds. Here in Chalakkudy. Defence minister A.K. Antony with senior UDF leaders Congress's Shashi Tharoor doles out wisdom, affection (can it be benediction?) to next-gen worker. Night falls at The Wind in Munnar A view of the rolling tea plantations of Munnar Pods hang from a cocoa plant A view of the cottages at The Wind The multicuisine restaurant at the resort Comfortable rooms at The Wind A local bus makes its way through a tea plantation Colourful murals adorn a tea shop in Munnar <b>Anita Pratap</b>, AAP, Ex-<i>Time</i> reporter, who had done ’80s Lanka on a cycle, is standing in Kochi Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, Manjula Chellur administers the oath to new Governor Sheila Dikshit at a ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram. <b>Peace, Bro</b>
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They were two faces of the Gujarat riots, one a victim, the other the aggressor. But 12 years is a long time, and tailor Qutubuddin Ans­ari and cobbler Ashok Par­mar ‘Mochi’ made peace in Kannur, Kerala, of all places. The two were participating in a seminar, ‘A Decade of Genocide’, organised by our Leftist buddies, the CPI(M). The occasion also saw the launch of the Malayalam edition of Ansari’s biography. Parmar, still tangled up in court cases, blamed the media for “demonising” him, but added that nowadays he devotes much of his time to “promoting Hindu-Muslim amity”. Anyway, apologies done, the event went off well. And Ansari’s bio, which had a print run of a 1,000 copies, sold out on the first day. Congress President Sonia Gandhi receives a memento from Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala during the inauguration of 'Nirbhaya' project for empowerment of women, in Kochi. Union minister KV Thomas and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy are also seen. Dark clouds are seen over Saputara Hill Station around 400 kms from Ahmedabad on July 30, 2011. LDF workers hold a protest march against the Centre's direction to the state to implement the recommendations of the Kasturirangan Committee on the Western Ghats conservation Ayyappa devotees perform Karpoorazhi at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on a jeep participates in the Yuva Kerala march organised by Youth congress in Kayamkulam. Kochi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh receiving a memento from Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb at a function in Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of Governor Nikhil Kumar and CM Oommen Chandy.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Governor of Kerala Nikhil Kumar, Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, MP Shashi Tharoor, Minister for Industries and IT P.K. Kunhalikutty and CEO and MD of TCS N Chandrasekaran during the foundation stone laying ceremony of TCS Global Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram. Devotees attend Sunday Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady Ranson ( Vallarpadath Amma) church in Ernakulam Devotees clean the yard as a penance or offering—the church stocks plenty of brooms <b>Narendra Modi</B>, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
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Narendra Modi went all the way down south, to the temple with a treasury, after being declared PM candidate this year. <b>S. Sreesanth</b>, Poornathrayeesa Temple, Kochi
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To compensate for all the banana skins pacer Sreesanth stepped on during the IPL, this just might have worked—no harm trying anyway. A thulabharam at the Sree Poornathrayeesa temple near Trippunithara. <b>Running Colours</b>
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Kerala Congress (M) vice-president and chief whip of the UDF governm­ent in Kerala, P.C. George, has always had a penchant for getting into all sorts of unsavoury situations. But this time, he’s really stirred things up when with unsuppressed glee he inaugurated the Kerala section of the Narendra Modi campaign’s we-love- Sardar-Patel move, ‘Run for Unity’, organised by the BJP in Kottayam. He even unfolded a T-shirt with Modi’s image on it and held it against hims­elf while the flashbulbs popped away. Of course, all hell broke loose soon after with his party and even Cong­ress leaders frothing in the mouth. An unperturbed PC, though, was soon back on TV and he even had a plausible explanation: “For Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, I would even inaugurate a function held by the Naxalites.” So there. At the wedding reception of cricketer S. Sreesanth and Rajasthan Royal Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Shekhawat, a.k.a. Nain by friends, a jewellery designer, who stuck by him through the IPL spot fixinng controversy etc. No cricketer went for the wedding or the reception. The reception was at Sreesanth's native place Kothamangalam, Ernakulam district, slightly south of Kochi city. It became a joint function as today also happened to be his father Shantakumaran's 75th b'day.
At the wedding reception of cricketer S. Sreesanth and Rajasthan Royal Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Shekhawat, a.k.a. Nain by friends, a jewellery designer, who stuck by him through the IPL spot fixinng controversy etc. No cricketer went for the wedding or the reception. The reception was at Sreesanth's native place Kothamangalam, Ernakulam district, slightly south of Kochi city. It became a joint function as today also happened to be his father Shantakumaran's 75th b'day.
Cricketer S Sreesanth exchanging wedding vows with Bhuwneswari Kumari, hailing from a royal family in Rajasthan, at Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur. <b>Planet Terre</b>
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No, we won't labour the science-vs-religion trajectory taken every time one of our scientists visits a temple and a photo-op lands up. The Mangalyaan well on its Marsward path, ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan took time out to pray at Sabarimala and take part in Punyam Poongavanam, a daily clean-up carried out during the pilgrim season. A particiapant at ‘Kalapootu’ (oxen race) competition at Keezhisseri in Malappuram. <b>Waning Mound</b> High labour cost, weather vagaries hit pepper production Houseboats gang up at a Vembanad dock <b>Inward flow</b> Counting time at a Kerala temple The Padmanabhaswamy temple People throng around the Sanctum Santorum on the second day of Mandalam at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple, Kerala

<b>Buy, buy</b> Kochi airport, where dreams take flight <b>Transformered</b> Inside Lulu Mall The Kochi HOG club out on a ride Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his wife present a momento to Britain`s Prince Charles at Kottayam. Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla , the Duchess of Cornwall coming out from the Mattanchery Palace in Kochi. Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a handcraft shop in Kochi city, Kerala. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy receives complaint from a woman during the state-wide mass contact program in Thiruvananthapuram. File: Actress Shweta Menon was allegedly molested by an elected representative from the area at a function in Kollam, sparking strong protests from the Malayalam film fraternity and women outfits, which demanded stern action against the politician. <p><strong>Thrissur Pooram, Kerala </strong></p>
<p>Raja Rama Varma IX, the legendary Sakthan (‘the powerful’) Thampuran began the tradition of the biggest temple festival in Kerala. It was born of controversy—an alternative for those who couldn’t make it to the Arattupuzha Pooram in the rainy year of 1798. The Thrissur Pooram is now a seven-day celebration in the Malayalam month of Medam (mid-May), begin­ning with a <em>kodiyettam </em>(hoisting of cere­monial flags), rounds of fireworks, divine music, and magnificently caparisoned elephants leading poorams (processions) to the Vadakkunathan Temple to Shiva at Thrissur. <a href=http://keralatourism.org target=_blank>keralatourism.org</a><br />
 </p> CPI (M) leader V S Achuthanadan meets Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Medical College Hospital at Kannur. Chandy sustained injuries after he was attacked by LDF workers who were protesting over solar scam. <p><strong>Waterworld</strong><br />
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‘God’s Own Country’ is renowned for its backwaters. Take a lazy cruise on a houseboat down one of the lagoons and you’ll be at peace. <a href=http://keralatourism.org target=_blank>keralatourism.org</a></p> Police try to protect Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s vehicle during stone pelting by LDF workers in Kannur Vijitha K.R., Attapady <b>Athirapally Falls, Kerala</b> They call it the Niagara of India. The falls at Athirapally drop a more modest, but confident, 80ft into the Chalakudy River below. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Mata Amritanandamayi (L) during a function to celebrate the latter's 60th birthday in Amritapuri near Kollam in Kerala. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi seeks the blessings of Mata Amritanandamayi during her 60th birthday celebrations at Vallikavu, near Kollam, Kerala. Vagamon's grass-covered slopes. A cottage at Vagamon Heights. The shrine of St Mary at Pattumalai Church. Around Vagamon Heights. Marking the end of Onam celebration at Thrissur in Kerala with “Puli kali” (Tiger Dance), a traditional Kerala art form. Italian marines at the central prison in Thiruvanathapuram Students with their tablets which they received from Union Minister for Communication and IT Kapil Sibal under 'Vidya Jyothi' programme in Ernakulam, Kerala. <b>My grain, for free?</b> Annamma in front of her paddy field Members of all Kerala trade unions taking out a rally against hike in petrol prices in Kochi. MPs from Kerala shout slogans during a protest against solar scam at Parliament House in New Delhi. A bus moves through flooded street outside Cochin International Airport at Kochi. The Kochi airport was shut down today for 24 hours after water flooded the runway and the parking bay.  <b>Mouthful</b> A tribal family in Attappady <b>Night After</b>
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The Left Front ‘rapakal samaram’ (day-night agitation) has, literally, run into rough weather in Kerala. Sen­ior leaders had vowed to agitate day and night in front of the Secret­ar­iat in Thiruv­a­n­­an­tha­puram till solar scam-plagued CM Oommen Cha­ndy resigned. Unfortun­at­ely, the rain gods had other ideas. With the clouds pou­ring down, our comrades found that protest speeches under all those bobbing umbrellas wasn’t getting them anywh­ere. So a pandal came up, a sumptuous lunch was served and then at night, they sett­led into their beds. But bra­ving the Kerala monsoon out on the road is no easy task. After shivering through the night, the next morning the comrades decided unani­m­ously to move the rapakal samaram away from the Sec­retariat and take it “to the smaller cities”. But the monsoon might chase them. <b>Cheerakadavu Ooru</b> 
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<b>Vijaya</b>, 27, wife of Chinnaswamy, has two children. She’s very anaemic and has been given blood twice in the recent past. With daughter Ranjitha, 7, and three-month-old son Rajeesh, who is severely underweight. <b>Plamarachodu Ooru</b>
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In January, <b>Vasanta</b>, 25, gave birth to a still-born at home. Husband Murugan has been unwell and jobless for months. And Murugan’s blind grandma, Marathi, hasn’t got her old-age pension for awhile now. <b>Kakkathode</b>
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In the Konni forest, another man, Ayyappan carried his wife Sudha and walked for a day to reach the nearest road and then to the district hospital. The baby died. Ayyappan’s father here at their ramshackle hut. <b>Pallur Ooru</b>
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Mallika, 29, had four abortions before Bhavani was born. She was eight when she died of internal infections. “I can’t bear to sit in my house. I keep hearing her voice, I don’t want to live,” says Mallika. Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy Valli, with one-year-old daughter Binish, crosses a river en route to her house in Thazha Bhoothayar Devotees take part in Aanayoottu (feeding of elephants) at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur on the first day of the Malayalam month Karkkidakam. <b>Call Me, Let’s Meet</b>
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In Kerala, everyone and his uncle in the ruling UDF seems to have called up alle­ged conwoman Saritha S. Nair, of solar power scam fame. Some during the day, some at night. Congress home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan says he called her because he saw a missed call. Some politicos like the in-your-face chief whip P.C. George took pre-­em­ptive measures. At a press conference, he let everyone know that he was in touch with the lady...but it was to discuss her personal problems. Some MLAs have defe­nded themselves, saying they called her to discuss constituency problems. Hop­efully, these burn-the-midnight-oil ‘discussions’ have led to changes in the lives of the constituents too. <b>Heat wave</b> The CPI(M)-led opposition is seeking Chandy’s removal Kochi: Left Democratic Front workers take out a procession to demand resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam issue in Kochi. Madakkal bridge, longest hanging bridge of South India, which was recently inaugurated, collapsed in Kasaragod, Kerala. <b>In the net</b> Saritha Nair, who with her partner duped investors of crores The traditional 'dhara' treatment at Kalari Kovilakom The Poomully Aramthampuran at Kuttanad, which counts Rajinikanth among its patrons 
Dr Jouhar demonstrating an oil therapy technique Its masseurs and therapists 'in action', practising kalaripayattu Quaint interiors of the Kalari Kovilakom Twilight at the Perumbayil Ayurveda Mana A day’s work at the Poomully Aramthampuran Corridors of history at the Kalari Kovilakom An Ayurvedic raw material supplier at Thrissur and his magic wares Cauldron-lined, modern manufacturing unit At the Oushadhi factory, where women outnumber men A trunk call at the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary nearby Offerings by the faithful at the Guruvayoor temple The ancestral home of Dr P.K. Warrier, a descendant of the founder of Arya Vaidya Sala and, currently, its chief physician Tranquil waters by Kozhikode’s Kappad beach, where Vasco Da Gama first dropped anchor Lush greenery of a tea plantation Family-style dining at Grassroots; and the A view of rolling tea estates and misty mountains from the resort The dining area at Grassroots displays traditional Kerala architecture Its entrance Cycling excursions are one of the many actvities the resort offers Mountain scenery as seen from the property Open-air seating lends charm to the property A luxury tent Amway CEO W.S. Pinckney in Kozhikode Amway India Chairman and CEO William S. Pinckney, and company Directors Sanjay Malhotra and Anshu Budhraja who were remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a court in Kalpetta in connection with three fraud cases. Haritha V Kumar who got the first rank in Civil Services Exam- 2012, conducted by the Union Public Services Commission in Faridabad. <b>No mean affair</b> Ex-forest minister Ganesh Kumar, left, with Kerala CM Chandy Gujarat CM Narendra Modi lights a lamp at Sree Narayana Mutt at Sivagiri in Kerala.   Narendra Modi with sanyasis at Sivagiri Mutt, Kerala. Elephants lined up for the Thrissur pooram festival in Thrissur. In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, the Suryanelli girl named for the beautiful, hillside village in the southern state of Kerala that was once her home, stands at the doorway of her house in Kottayam. Seen in this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, is the Suryanelli rape victim as she speaks to The Associated Press at her house in Kottayam. Pictures of the Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, detained in India to face trial in the deaths of two fishermen, and the colours of the Italian flag are projected atop the Colosseum during a demonstration organised by the Rome municipality to ask for their release, in Rome. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy look on as actor-politician K B Ganesh Kumar talks to the media after resigning as the state forest minister in Thiruvananthapuram. Students celebrate Holi after the end of their 10th standard examinations in Kozhikode. Artists perform Agni Khandakarnan Theyyam, a ritual dance of north Kerala, as a part of the annual festival at Sree Krishnaswami Temple in Kochi on Tuesday. President Pranab Mukherjee with Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal and Kerala CM Oommen Chandy releases postage stamps during the inauguration of the quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary of Malayala Manorama in Kottayam, Kerala. Bitti Mohanty in custody in Kerala Italian marines at a govt guesthouse in Kochi Italian marines at the central prison in Thiruvanathapuram Italian marines meeting relatives Italian marines with the Italian PM <b>Only words</b> Daniele Mancini at the MEA A torchlight procession in Rome in 2012 demands the release of the marines Protests in Thiruvananthapuram Lawyer Unni with Doramma Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini arrives at Ministtry of External Affairs office South Block in New Delhi. The Italian Ambassador to India was summoned after refusal of Italian government to send its two marines back to India where they are facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen. ‘Kathakali Panini’ KalamMandalamM RramMankKutty Nnair, 88, whose Parasuraman in Sita Swayamvaram and ‘katthi’ (villain) roles are legendary. Kerala Kalamandalam ex-head, subject of a major Adoor docu. Bitti Mohanty, rape accused on the run for six years, taken into custody by Kerala police in Kannur. Bitti Mohanty, the son of a former top cop in Odisha, was convicted in March 2006 for raping a 26-year-old German national in a hotel in Alwar, Rajasthan. Mahouts try to tame an irate jumbo in Kochi Sudheena, gored to death last month <b>Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary:</b> One of the best jungles to spot vipers and pythons, 70 km from Kollam, Kerala, set in a deep green valley by the Shendurney river.  
<b>Kanniamalai Bungalow</b>, Eravikulam Colonial-era tea estate bungalow that offers tranquility, great views and a taste of Brit planters’ lifestyle. Restored in 1912. The CPI-M's women wing All-India Democratic Women's Federation protest outside state Assembly in Kerala, demanding a fresh probe into the Suryanelli gangrape case in view of the charge levelled against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien by the victim.   ‘Islamic Violins’, Ibrahim Quraishi’s homage to the Fluxus movement David Hall, one of many charming venues for the Biennale A visitor peers into the attic at Pepper House. A jolly mural at Pepper House Art aficionados at the entrance to Moidu’s Heritage Vivek Vilasini’s ‘Last Supper—Gaza’ Anchor as art The Mailoor Estate bungalow is tucked away in a private tea garden overlooking the Nilgiris The reading corner at Red Lynch Bungalow, an English-style country home near Kodai Lake, has ample nooks for bookworms, complete with views of the sprawling lawn and garden Kanniamalai Bungalow's red roofs are bright amidst  the trees beyond Eravikulam National Park, in Munnar The Akkamalai Tea Factory in Valparai sits at a spectacular point on the threshold of Grass Hill Forest Setting for an easy life, at Hill House, Peermade The daily wage earners of Coonoor take a break to smile for the camera Michael Kallivayalil and his wife represent the legacy of a family that has produced prominent tea, coffee and spice planters in Peermade for over fifty years Carrots being sorted for wholesale trade in Munnar A friendly family of gaur at Mailoor Estate, Coonoor Twilight hour at the Red Lynch Bungalow Contemporary planters enjoy an evening at the Mundakayam Club Dining tables fit for a king are set out at Ferrnhills Royale Palace, Ooty Rubber tapping on a plantation in Mundakayam An interesting blend of bold colour, antiques and Kerala carpentry salvaged from Alleppey houses furnish Hill House The traditional woodfired kitchen at Evergreen Estate Cinnamon-flavoured noolappam (string hoppers) and egg curry make a typical Syrian-Christian breakfast at Evergreen Estate Bungalow, Kuttikal The fishing hut at Gravel Banks, Munnar The Ropeway Bungalow on Waterfall Estate, Valparai, is an eclectic fusion of colonial and Tamil architecture Kerala tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi. Actor-director Kamal Haasan's controversial movie Vishwaroopam, facing a two week-ban in Tamil Nadu due to its alleged anti-Muslim content, was released in more than 80 theatres in Kerala today. The silenced Women in Ernakulam protesting against Soumya’s rape Police trying to control Ayyappa devotees at Sannidanam in Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala.
Women participate in ‘Thiruvathirakali’ as part of mothers day celebrations in Kozhikode. Devotees crowd at Sannidanam in Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple. Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre arrive at a court in Kollam. The marines returned to Kerala after visiting their homes for Christmas celebrations in Italy. The two were detained after they mistook two fishermen for pirates and fatally shot them. Combo image from left, Italian marine Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre leaves for Italy from the Kochi airport on Friday. Salvatore and Latorre are accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast, has been allowed by the Kerala High Court to go home for Chritsmas. Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, centre, with his lookalike and cast members celebrating the 900th episode of <i>Cinemala</i>. A scene from <i>Vodafone Comedy Stars</I>  A fisherman throws his fishing net at Kozhikode beach. Oysters and mussels at the Oyster Opera resort A woman from the region’s farming community on Bekal beach A floating cottage at Oyster Opera A little girl at Bekal Fort The boat ride to Sandwich beach Bekal Fort A Theyyam performer Drying coconut on Sandwich beach in Padanna Oyster shells Fresh prawns and squid at Oyster Opera A view of the sea from Bekal A fabulous spread at the resort Pearl spot and toddy Fresh fish for the table Children gathered at a local temple for a Theyyam performance Devotees sleep near Sannidanam at Lord Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Sunday night.  Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (C),former President APJ Abdul Kalam (R) and  Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the Catholicate centenary celebrations in Ernakulam. Devotees perform ‘Vavubali’ rituals on Diwali at Varakkal beach in Kozhikode.  The PM inaugurating the Kochi Metro President Pranab Mukherjee planting of a sapling at Kerala Legislative Assembly in Thiruvanthapuram. Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, second from right, entertains fans in Kannur, Kerala. Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, center, entertains fans in Kannur, Kerala. Maradona arrived on Tuesday on a two-day private visit. <b>Early bird</b> Kerala CM Achuthanandan joined the Communists at age 17 Legendary singer K. J. Yesudas visits an exhibition of caricatures on him in Kochi. <b>Cloud in a glass</b> A toddy shack in Kochi <b>Ahoy! Yacht club brigade coming ashore</b> Syrian Christian families find their moorings outside a boating club in Kochi Periyar National Park is a rare instance of local communities being involved in tourism work Participants row boats during a boat race at Ayroor village in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Artists perform Puli kali, a traditional Kerala art form, to mark the end of onam celebrations in Thrissur. Snake boats at the 60th edition of Nehru Trophy boat race at Alappuzha. Participants at the 60th edition of Nehru Trophy boat race at Alappuzha. The entrance to the stately palace A royal portrait in the master bedroom Athangudi tiles grace the first-floor balcony The modest 'palace' with its terracotta-tile roof The master bedroom Townspeople in Udaipur A nun at the Little Flower convent in Narakkal, Kochi Sister Mary Chandy Father Shibu Kalamparambil <b>Big bully</b> St Mary’s church, Narakkal People take part in snake boats race at the Champakulam Lake in Alappuzha, Kerala. Police use water cannon against agitating SFI workers who were protesting over the conversion of unaided schools into aided schools by Kerala Government in Kannur.  Old women appear in the 4th standard examination, conducted by Kerala Literacy Mission at a village in Kochi. Kerala Armed Police cadets at their passing out parade on a rainy day in Kottayam on Sunday. A Theyyam performer Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre arrive to report before the police commissioner in Kochi. The two marines are accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen off southwest India. They were granted bail on Wednesday, 30 May, but they cannot leave Kerala without the permission of the court. <b>Kill, kill</b> M.M. Mani at a Marxist rally A member of Kerala Student's Congress pierces his tongue as he protests with others near the Parliament to seek government intervention in resolving the issue of Mullaperiyar Dam which has long been a matter of discord between the southern  Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in New Delhi. People march past the Unknown Soldier's monument during a torchlight procession to ask for the release of the Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, in Rome. Latorre and Girone, detained by an Indian court, are accused of having shot to death two Indian fishermen from the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie, off southwest India, mistaking the fishing boat for a pirate ship. The banners read Give us back our Lions, left, and Free Now. People try to tame an elephant who ram amok in 'Arattupuzaha Temple pooram' procession in Thrissur district of Kerala. Italian Marines Salvatore Girone, right, and Massimiliano Latorre (C) being produced in a court in Kollam. The two marines are accused of shooting two Indian fishermen in February, 2012. Kaalapoottu, a kind of ox race, being conducted at an agricultural field of Pantheerankave in Kozhikode. The Italian government will pay `1 cr each as compensation to the families of two slain Kerala fishermen. The latter will withdraw court submissions; criminal case to continue. Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre, second right, hugs his nephew Christian D'Addario, as fellow marine Salvatore Girone, behind Latorre, comes out from central prison, where the two marines are detained by Indian authorities, to meet their family members in Trivandrum. Italy has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 to each of the families of two dead Indian fishermen allegedly shot by Italian marines who mistook them for pirates, lawyers for the victims' families said. Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa (L) prays at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. Italian Marines Salvatore Girone, center left, and Massimiliano Latorre, center right, are escorted by Indian police following a court appearance in Kollam, Kerala. The two marines are accused of allegedly fatally shooting two Indian fishermen in February, 2012. The marines were part of the cargo ship's security team, and India accuses them of mistaking the fishing boat for a pirate ship. Italian marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are escorted after being produced at a court in Kollam. The two marines are accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen from the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie off southwest India. Police carry a box containing arms, seized from Italian merchant ship Enrica Lexie, involved in killing of two Indian fishermen, to a court in Kollam. A policeman with the members of the navy security team of Italian vessel Enrica Lexie, Salvatore Girone and Latorre Massimiliano, who were involved in the killing of two Indian fishermen, at a government guest house in Kochi. Police officials carry sealed box containing materials seized for an ongoing investigation from the Italian cargo vessel, the Enrica Lexie anchored at the Cochin Oil Terminal, at the port in Kochi. Two marines of the Enrica Lexie were involved in the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast. Italian marines Latore Massimiliano, second from right, and Salvatore Girone, rear behind Massimiliano, are escorted by police officials after an appearance in court, in Kollam. A court has extended police custody of the two Italian marines accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen off India's southwest coast, as India and Italy wrangle over the case. Italian Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone who are kept in police custody for allegedly shooting two Indian fishermen to death from the Italian cargo vessel the Enrica Lexie, leave for a court appearance from a government guest house in Kochi. The shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates sparked diplomatic wrangling over their arrests, and some maritime experts are questioning the use of armed guards on merchant ships. Also seen is Consul General of Italy in Mumbai, Giampaolo Cutillo. <b>Under watch</b> The two Italian marines Latorre Massimiliano (left) and Salvatore Girone Ruins of the 1523 Portuguese-built Kottapuram fort on the Periyar Dutch missionary Philip Baldeus’s parchment of Cranganor, 1752 Kerala Governor MOH Farook dies at a Chennai hospital following a brief illness. He was 74. Farook, a senior Congress leader and former Puducherry chief minister and MP, is survived by son and two daughters. He was sworn in as the 19th governor of Kerala last September, prior to which he had occupied the gubernatorial post in Jharkhand. He had also served as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry thrice and was a Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism between 1991 and 1992. He was elected to Lok Sabha for three terms from 1991 from Puducherry and had also served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. <b>Rupee signs</b> Migrant workers at a construction site in Kochi Members of Delhi Tamil Sangam hold placards during a protest over Mullaperiyar Dam issue in New Delhi. An all party delegation led by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy meets with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Mullaperiya Dam issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi. A boat ride for ‘relay dinner’, a concept unique to Vaamika Island The Vaamika pool Spices in Kochi St Francis Church A fine local spread Papaya ice cream An Ottanthullal performance Members of Kerala Assembly Committee visit the Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandi (center) meeting with MPs of the state protesting over Mullaperiyar issue at Parliament house in New Delhi. Water overflowing through the spillway of the controversial Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki district in Kerala. <b>Watery Fears</b> Kerala MPs protest outside Parliament as A.K. Antony walks by <b>Too old?</B> The Mullaperiyar dam <b>Road show</b> An anti-dam protest in Kochi <b>Hold it</b> A fruit vendor is alone in business during a traders’ bandh against FDI in Kochi on Nov 29 <b>Down with FDI</b> KVVES members protesting in Kochi Union  Ministers K.C.Venugopal, K.V.Thomas Vayalar Ravi, and E. Ahamed talking to Kerala Congress MPs protesting against the Mullaperiyar Dam and demanding the water level to be lowered to save Kerala at Parliament House in New Delhi. Activists stage an indefinite fast demanding decommissioning of the Mullaperiyar dam at Karinkulam Chappathu in Idukki. Kerala Congress MPs protesting against the Mullaperiyar Dam and demanding the water level to be lowered to save Kerala at Parliament House in New Delhi. UDF workers burn an effigy of MDMK leader Vaiko at the Kumili check post during a protest over Mullaperiyar dam in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy listening to the problems during his statewide mass contact programme in Kozhikode. Senior BJP leader L K Advani addressing a press conference during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Opposing the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, Advani said nothing should be done that weakens the armed forces' position.
<b>Good as gold</b> Women in Kochi flash the 1 gm gold card from Muthoot Fincorp Chief Ministers Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Sadananda Gowda (Karnataka) and Oommen Chandy (Kerala) during the '56th National Development Council' meeting in New Delhi. Kerala MP P T Thomas (L) with Sarpanch of Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi, Jaisingh Sadashiv Mapari (3rd from left) and his team members in New Delhi. Upset over not getting an appointment with Rahul Gandhi, the sarpanch of Anna Hazare's village and his colleagues decided to return home saying now even if they get an appointment, the village will decide whether to meet the Congress leader or not. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy (centre) at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Smart City Project in Kochi. <b>‘Nuts to that’</b> Coconuts go untended People gather on the banks of  Kerala river, where a school van carrying 23 children plunged into a river near Thiruvananthapuram.Three children were  killed in this accident. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, former judge of supreme court of India in a program for handing over the report of the right and welfare of women and children commission in Kochi. In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, artists with their bodies painted wait to perform at the annual Pulikali, or Tiger Dance, in Thrissur, Kerala. Participants with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival Onam. Artists with their bodies painted dance as they make their way through the streets during the annual 'Pulikali' or Tiger Dance in Thrissur, southern Kerala state. Men with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival 'Onam'. Snake boats compete for Chief Minister's trophy for the race, at Kandasankadav in Thrissur. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy serving feast at an old-age home in connection with Onam in Thiruvananthapuram. It is of little consequence which side of the ‘Who does it belong to?’ debate you prefer. That India still has wealth to be divined is a mite reassuring. <b>The shopping habit</b> Lining up for liquor A Kathakali performance in Kochi Visitors at Alleppey Beach The exterior of the Padmanabhapuram Palace Fort Kochi’s iconic Princess Street A boat on Periyar Lake The Kerala Folklore Museum, Ernakulam <b>Keepers Of The Gate</b> Policemen provide security to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple <b>Boat rocker</b> The late T.P. Sundararajan The Padmanabhaswamy temple complex Police reviewing security at the temple Devotees leave the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. A vast treasure trove revealed in recent days has instantly turned the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in India. A police officer stands guard outside the the 16th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. A vast treasure trove of gold coins, jewels and precious stones unearthed at the lightly guarded Hindu temple was expected to grow further in value as the last two secret vaults sealed for nearly 150 years were opened. The government has increased security since the treasure's discovery in recent days, which has instantly turned the temple into one of the wealthiest religious institutions in the country. A Malabar grey hornbill Loading bamboo at the Edamalayar reservoir A golden silk orb-weaver spider Cricketer S Sreesanth performing 'Sayana Pradakshinam' (the devotional rolling around the shrine) at Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Two women cross a water-logged road after heavy rain in Kochi following the arrival of Monsoon in Kerala. Farmers sow groundnuts with the aid of a pair of bulls at Aakodara village near Himmatnagar, about 85 kilometers from Ahmedabad.Monsoon rains, crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people, arrived over Kerala , two days before the forecast date of May 31. Defence Minister A K Antony is briefed about the proposed plan of the Indian Coast Guard Academy after he laid its foundation stone at Azhikkal in Kerala's Kannur district. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy arrives in New Delhi. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy being welcomed by the supporters on his arrival in New Delhi. Congress leader Oommen Chandy (L) is sworn in as Chief Minister of Kerala by Governor R S Gavai in Thiruvananthapuram. Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy with RS Gavai and four ministers after the swearing in ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala opposition leader Omman Chandy (C) along with his supporters, celebrate after Chandy's victory from the Puthuppally assembly constituency. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan arrives at the Palakkad counting centre on after he was declared elected from Malampuzha assembly constituency. A high-tech theme park with a mammoth statue of 'Jatayu' as its core, at Chadayamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala. Members of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) during a protest march against endosulfan in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan participating in a day-long fast in Thiruvananthapuram to press for a countrywide ban on endosulfan. A participant dances atop an autorickshaw prior to the flag off of the Rickshaw Run, at Kochi. 180 adventurers from 19 countries in flimsy autorickshaws, took off for the ride of a lifetime from India's southern tip to its northeastern edge. The Rickshaw Run, a five-year-old charity event is expected to cover nearly 5,000 kilometers. People wait in queues at a polling station to cast their votes during the assembly elections in Alappuzha. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and his wife Vasumathi arrive at a polling booth to cast their votes during assembly elections in Alappuzhza. A polling official marking the fingers of Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and his wife Vasumathi as they arrive at a polling booth to cast their vote during assembly elections in Alappuzhza. Artists paint their bodies with the CPI symbol to perform the Pulikali dance during an election campaign in Thrissur. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP candidate CK Padmanabhan and Kerala BJP President V Muraleedharan at an election campaign rally in Kozhikode. AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi waves at the crowd during an election campaign rally at Payyoli in Kozhikode. Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves to crowd as Kerala PCC president Remesh Chennithala  and UDF leaders look on during an election meeting at Haripad in Alappuzha. Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party leader Oommen Chandy during an election meeting at Haripad in Alappuzha, Kerala. CM meets voters in Palghat, north Kerala Kerala assembly elections. 
A painter paints CPI(M)'s symbol on a wall ahead of the assembly elections at Vadakkumchery in Palakkad district of Kerala. <b>Lal salam</b> CM Achuthanandan at a CPI(M) rally West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan (R) comes out after worshiping at Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala. Former Minister and Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai being taken to Poojappura Central Jail at Thiruvananthapuram after he surrendered in a court. The Supreme Court on February 11 had sentenced Pillai and two others to one-year jail for corruption in the award of contract for a hydropower project. <b>INDICTED</b> Ex-Kerala power minister R. BALAKRISHNAN PILLAI of the Congress gets one year RI in the Rs 2-crore Idamalayar dam hydroelectric project case. The SC verdict comes 20 years after the case was registered. Cricketer S Sreesanth sings during an event in Kochi on Sunday evening. Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) S Surendran, who is spearheading the Sabarimala stampede inquiry, at the incident site in Pullumedu, Kerala. Belongings of victims at the site of Friday's stampede in Sabarimala, Kerala. M Papplamma cries as she informs a family member on a mobile phone about the death of her son in Friday's stampede while returning from a pilgrimage, after identifying his body at a mortuary in Kochi. Anjana, wife of Srinivas Shetty, who died during Friday's stampede at Sabarimala, breaks down after her husband's body is brought home, in Bangalore. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi arrives at Alapuzha helipad to visit Sabarimala stampede site, in Kerala. Gandhi, however, could not visit the site as bad weather prevented the landing of his helicopter. BJP President Nitin Gadkari greets party workers as he arrives to take part in the Kerala Raksha Padayatra, a campaign for the upcoming Kerala Assembly election, at Mangalore airport. Malayalee artistes take out a rally during the inaugural ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Calcutta Malayalee Samajam at Kolkata. A policeman carries out the task of identification of dead bodies at Kumili Thaluk Hospital in Idukki district of Kerala a day after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. In the worst pilgrim tragedy that struck south India, 104 Lord Ayyappa devotees were killed and 50 injured, seven of them seriously.    People trying to know the conditions of their friends and relatives at a 'Help Desk' at the Kumili Thaluk Hospital in Idukki district of Kerala, a day after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple. An injured is rushed to a hospital after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple in Idukki district of Kerala. Bodies of Ayyappa devotees loaded in vehicles after a stampede near Sabarimala Temple in Idukki district of Kerala on Friday night.  A man cries after identifying the body of a relative, died in a stampede near Sabarimala Temple, outside Kumili Thaluk Hospital in Idukki district of Kerala.  Houseboats on the backwaters of Alleppy The St Sebastian Church at Arthunkal Houseboats on the lake Views of the interiors An exterior view of the Purity resort the launch from Kottayam to Alleppey A Bison The Shola forest The view from Cloud Farm Ezhara Beach House Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays homage to the mortal remains of former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran, who died on Thursday, in Thrissur. A man clicks picture of a sand sculpture of senior Congress leader K Karunakaran who died on Thursday, at Kozhikode beach. File photo: Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran passed away at a Thiruvananthapuram hospital after an illness. Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Chief Minister K Karunakaran passed away at a Thiruvananthapuram hospital after an illness. CPI(M) MPs from Kerala shout slogans as they stage a protest demanding rail coach factory in Kochi, at Parliament House during the ongoing winter session in New Delhi. UNESCO inscribes
in its Intangible Heritage list
three vulnerable performing
arts forms—Kerala ritual
theatre MUDIVETTU, east
India’s CHHAU dance, KALBELIA
folk songs of Rajasthan. <b>Hay Maker</b>
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Two literary fests in two months...well, Kerala is writer’s own country. The recent Hay fest saw the likes of Bob Geldof and Sting. MP Shashi Tharoor used the pitch for his anti-Arundhati tirade with wife M’me Sue the event’s neon sign. The Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram inaugurating the ' Global Community 
Policing Conclave' at Cochin, Kerala. Forty years after the crime, former Kerala IGP K. LAKSHMANA, 75, gets life for the fake encounter killing of Naxal leader A. Verghese, in what was the extremist hotbed ’70s in the state. May 2004<br><b>Bench Markers</b> Strike’s a familiar chord in Kerala. It may not be hartal day today, but then a lazy afternoon is excuse enough to strike work. <b>Hot Cuppa:</b> Women pluckers at work early in the morning in the Kanan Devan hills Asian Elephants, Periyar National Park, Kerala <b>Kozhikode, Kerala:</b> 43-year-old Abdul Razak has taken the judgement in his stride, saying “it has averted communal clashes. Just imagine what would have happened if the verdict was different”. Ex-padre Shibu Kalaparamban T.J. JOSEPH, the Kerala prof who lost a hand to radical Muslim outfit PFI for allegedly referencing Mohammed derogatorily, is now sacked by his college. <b>What’s the prize</b> A lady vendor selling lottery tickets on the roads of Kochi Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor weds Sunanda Pushkar at his ancestral home in Elavanchery village at Palakkad district in Kerala.  K.M. MATHEW, 93, media mogul and the chief editor of Kerala daily, Malayala Manorama. Under him, the Manorama group became one of India’s biggest cross-media titans. College prof hacked for hurting sentiments in Kerala: Joseph in hospital with severed limb Orange County, Coorg Kerala: Apsara and The Park on Vembanad Lake Kerala: The pool Kerala: Backwaters near the hotel Kerala: A houseboat on the backwaters Kerala: The interiors of a cabin in the Apsara House Boat Kerala: The pool at night Kerala: Deluxe suite in the Park at Vembanad Lake Still Waters: The outdoor adventure company, getoff ur ass in Punnamada Lake, Alappuzha. Fans all decked up samba-style at a Cup rally in Kozhikode The jetty at the mangroves theme park Kannur DES activists out in protest The stretch from Muthanga (en route from Bangalore) to Vythiri is promoted as a tourism belt but no such thing is discernible to a firsttime visitor. Wayanad is a land of thick forests and plantations. Wayanad: Rolling mists Wayanad: A tea plantation in the region.
Wayanad: Cottages at the Edakkal Hermitage Wayanad: The open-air café at Green Gates Wayanad: The tree house at Green Gates Wayanad: Traditional homes at Rain Country Resort Wayanad: A mist-covered pathway at the resort Wayanad: The pool at Tranquil Wayanad: A breakfast spread at Tranquil Wayanad: Vythiri Resort-The lush gardens Wayanad: Homestays-A smart bedroom in Glenora The serene hills of Munnar in Kerala has been voted as the second best destination in Asia by Trip Advisor’s 2010 Traveller’s Choice Destination awards. <b>Kochi:</b> Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor tries out a treadmill after inaugurating a fitness centre in Kochi in Kerala AICL CEO K.K. Ali with clients Folk dancers from Kerala perform during a rally on the inauguration of Kolkata-Kerala cultural festival in Kolkata. The festival showcasing cultural heritage and tourism of Kerala is scheduled until April 14. A match in progress on an open patch in Kochi A devotee bleeds from his forehead as he dances in trance during the annual 'Bharani Festival' at the Kodungaloor Bhagavathy temple in Kodungaloor, Kerala. <b>In the thick</b> Elephants at a festival in Thrissur A tusker goes berserk <b>Fated!</b> The Kovalam-fatigued come to this beach in Trivandrum CISF force arrives ahead of Kerala assembly elections in Kannur. Rescue operation in progress after a boat mishap in Thekkady lake in Kerala. The death toll rose to 41 with rescuers fishing out ten more bodies of tourists. Students at a private school wear masks as precaution against swine flu virus in Kochi. Congress party candidate Shashi Tharoor, celebrates with supporters his victory as well as the party’s victory in the general elections, in Thiruvananthapuram.
Aug 29, 2014
Women activists present bouquets to Kerala CM Oommen Chandy after the new excise policy

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Aug 29, 2014
Bar at the 5-star Uday Samudra in Kovalam

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Aug 27, 2014
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu (L) and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a meeting in Thrissur.

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Aug 26, 2014
File photo of Sheila Dikshit who resigned from the post of Kerala Governor.

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Aug 25, 2014
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor of Kerala Sheila Dikshit at a meeting in New Delhi.

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Aug 17, 2014
Bollywood actress Vidya Balan admiring the Kerala's flower Rangoli competition in Mumbai.

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Aug 13, 2014
Wake up your buds A typical Mappila feast, biriyani, parottas and suleimani tea

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Aug 13, 2014
Muslims boy seen inside a bus at Malappuram Town

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Aug 13, 2014
Historian M. Gangadharan at home

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Aug 13, 2014
Shamshad at an LGBT rally in Kochi

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Aug 05, 2014
One of the 44 Kerala nurses, evacuated from Libya, on her arrival at the airport in Kochi.

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Jul 24, 2014
Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy at Parliament.

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Jul 24, 2014
Lord’s Service

We see him each year during Durga Puja, performing rituals at his ancestral village in Birbhum. Thus a visit at Padmanabhaswamy temple was overdue for President Pranab Mukherjee, seen here accepting a memento of Lord Vishnu, with Trivandrum MP Shashi Tharoor.

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Jul 19, 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee with Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and others during a visit to Sree Padmanabahaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Jul 19, 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee during a visit to Sree Padmanabahaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Jul 14, 2014
Kerala PDP Chairman and 2008 Bangalore serial blasts prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani after his release from jail in Bengaluru on health grounds. Madani was, on July 11, granted one-month bail by the Supreme Court while taking note that he is an under-trial prisoner who was already behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments.

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Jul 09, 2014
Police lathi charge to KSU students during a protest in Thrissur, Kerala.

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Jun 25, 2014
Police try to disperse members of Kerala Students Union after the students tried to jump the police barricade while on a march to the Government office in Kochi.

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Jun 20, 2014
The Dark Joke C.S. Praveen and P.K. Shihab, editors of Name, Litsokniga

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Jun 20, 2014
Speaking up The SFI protests the arrests

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Jun 06, 2014
Nude War Women lawyers outside Kerala HC protest the attack on a woman judge in UP

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Jun 06, 2014
Young boys play in rain water in Kozhikode as monsoons hit southern India

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Jun 06, 2014
A fisherman arranges his nets as monsoon clouds hover over the Kochi beach in Kerala.

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Jun 05, 2014
Former food and civil supplies minister of Kerala, T.H. Musthaffa

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Jun 02, 2014
Narendra Modi meeting Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in New Delhi.

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May 30, 2014
Anita Pratap

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May 28, 2014
The sun sets over a kettuvallam on the backwaters

- Corbis (From Outlook Traveller June Issue, 2014)
May 28, 2014
A jovial resident of the Jewish Quarter, Mattancherry

- Alamy/Indiapicture (From Outlook Traveller June Issue, 2014)
May 28, 2014
A kingfisher shopping for dinner at Lake Vembanad

- Alamy/Indiapicture (From Outlook Traveller June Issue, 2014)
May 28, 2014
A proud fisherman with his prize-catch-of-the-day, Kochi

- Corbis (From Outlook Traveller June Issue, 2014)
May 28, 2014
Kerala’s famous elixir—toddy

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May 28, 2014
Karelman’s soliloquy at a performance of Chavittu Natakam

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May 28, 2014
A coir weaver at Manchira village

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May 28, 2014
A traditional lunch served on the houseboat

- Alamy/Indiapicture (From Outlook Traveller June Issue, 2014)
May 28, 2014
A boxer and his coach pray before a fight

- Corbis (From Outlook Traveller June Issue, 2014)
May 27, 2014
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar with Kerala CM Oommen Chandy in Thiruvananthapuram.

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May 09, 2014
Decorated temple elephants participate in a Pooram festival procession at a temple in Thrissur.

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Apr 14, 2014
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy campaigns for Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad in Sarvagnanagar in Bengaluru.

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Apr 10, 2014
People queued up in a polling booth during Parliament elections at Taliparamba in Kannur.

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Apr 08, 2014
BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting in Kasaragod, Kerala.

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Apr 03, 2014
Octogenarian CPI(M) leader V.S. Achuthanandan can still enthral the crowds. Here in Chalakkudy.

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Apr 03, 2014
Defence minister A.K. Antony with senior UDF leaders

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Mar 27, 2014
Congress's Shashi Tharoor doles out wisdom, affection (can it be benediction?) to next-gen worker.

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Mar 24, 2014
Night falls at The Wind in Munnar

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Mar 24, 2014
A view of the rolling tea plantations of Munnar

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Mar 24, 2014
Pods hang from a cocoa plant

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Mar 24, 2014
A view of the cottages at The Wind

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Mar 24, 2014
The multicuisine restaurant at the resort

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Mar 24, 2014
Comfortable rooms at The Wind

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Mar 24, 2014
A local bus makes its way through a tea plantation

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Mar 24, 2014
Colourful murals adorn a tea shop in Munnar

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Mar 13, 2014
Anita Pratap, AAP, Ex-Time reporter, who had done ’80s Lanka on a cycle, is standing in Kochi

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Mar 11, 2014
Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, Manjula Chellur administers the oath to new Governor Sheila Dikshit at a ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Mar 06, 2014
Peace, Bro

They were two faces of the Gujarat riots, one a victim, the other the aggressor. But 12 years is a long time, and tailor Qutubuddin Ans­ari and cobbler Ashok Par­mar ‘Mochi’ made peace in Kannur, Kerala, of all places. The two were participating in a seminar, ‘A Decade of Genocide’, organised by our Leftist buddies, the CPI(M). The occasion also saw the launch of the Malayalam edition of Ansari’s biography. Parmar, still tangled up in court cases, blamed the media for “demonising” him, but added that nowadays he devotes much of his time to “promoting Hindu-Muslim amity”. Anyway, apologies done, the event went off well. And Ansari’s bio, which had a print run of a 1,000 copies, sold out on the first day.

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Feb 15, 2014
Congress President Sonia Gandhi receives a memento from Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala during the inauguration of 'Nirbhaya' project for empowerment of women, in Kochi. Union minister KV Thomas and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy are also seen.

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Jan 30, 2014
Dark clouds are seen over Saputara Hill Station around 400 kms from Ahmedabad on July 30, 2011.

- AFP (From Outlook 10 February 2014)
Jan 30, 2014
LDF workers hold a protest march against the Centre's direction to the state to implement the recommendations of the Kasturirangan Committee on the Western Ghats conservation

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Jan 14, 2014
Ayyappa devotees perform Karpoorazhi at Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

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Jan 13, 2014
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on a jeep participates in the "Yuva Kerala march" organised by Youth congress in Kayamkulam.

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Jan 09, 2014
Kochi

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Jan 04, 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh receiving a memento from Kerala Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb at a function in Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of Governor Nikhil Kumar and CM Oommen Chandy.

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Jan 04, 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Governor of Kerala Nikhil Kumar, Chief Minister Oomen Chandy, MP Shashi Tharoor, Minister for Industries and IT P.K. Kunhalikutty and CEO and MD of TCS N Chandrasekaran during the foundation stone laying ceremony of TCS Global Corporate Learning Center in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Dec 24, 2013
Devotees attend Sunday Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady Ranson ( Vallarpadath Amma) church in Ernakulam

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Dec 24, 2013
Devotees clean the yard as a penance or offering—the church stocks plenty of brooms

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Dec 24, 2013
Narendra Modi, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

Narendra Modi went all the way down south, to the temple with a treasury, after being declared PM candidate this year.

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Dec 24, 2013
S. Sreesanth, Poornathrayeesa Temple, Kochi

To compensate for all the banana skins pacer Sreesanth stepped on during the IPL, this just might have worked—no harm trying anyway. A thulabharam at the Sree Poornathrayeesa temple near Trippunithara.

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Dec 19, 2013
Running Colours

Kerala Congress (M) vice-president and chief whip of the UDF governm­ent in Kerala, P.C. George, has always had a penchant for getting into all sorts of unsavoury situations. But this time, he’s really stirred things up when with unsuppressed glee he inaugurated the Kerala section of the Narendra Modi campaign’s we-love- Sardar-Patel move, ‘Run for Unity’, organised by the BJP in Kottayam. He even unfolded a T-shirt with Modi’s image on it and held it against hims­elf while the flashbulbs popped away. Of course, all hell broke loose soon after with his party and even Cong­ress leaders frothing in the mouth. An unperturbed PC, though, was soon back on TV and he even had a plausible explanation: “For Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, I would even inaugurate a function held by the Naxalites.” So there.

- Illustration by Sorit

Dec 14, 2013
At the wedding reception of cricketer S. Sreesanth and "Rajasthan Royal" Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Shekhawat, a.k.a. Nain by friends, a jewellery designer, who stuck by him through the IPL spot fixinng controversy etc. No cricketer went for the wedding or the reception. The reception was at Sreesanth's native place Kothamangalam, Ernakulam district, slightly south of Kochi city. It became a joint function as today also happened to be his father Shantakumaran's 75th b'day.

- Photo Courtesy: Sreelakshmi P.R.
Dec 14, 2013
At the wedding reception of cricketer S. Sreesanth and "Rajasthan Royal" Bhuvaneshwari Kumari Shekhawat, a.k.a. Nain by friends, a jewellery designer, who stuck by him through the IPL spot fixinng controversy etc. No cricketer went for the wedding or the reception. The reception was at Sreesanth's native place Kothamangalam, Ernakulam district, slightly south of Kochi city. It became a joint function as today also happened to be his father Shantakumaran's 75th b'day.

- Photo Courtesy: Sreelakshmi P.R.
Dec 12, 2013
Cricketer S Sreesanth exchanging wedding vows with Bhuwneswari Kumari, hailing from a royal family in Rajasthan, at Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur.

- PTI Photo
Dec 12, 2013
Planet Terre

No, we won't labour the science-vs-religion trajectory taken every time one of our scientists visits a temple and a photo-op lands up. The Mangalyaan well on its Marsward path, ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan took time out to pray at Sabarimala and take part in Punyam Poongavanam, a daily clean-up carried out during the pilgrim season.

- PTI

Dec 08, 2013
A particiapant at ‘Kalapootu’ (oxen race) competition at Keezhisseri in Malappuram.

- PTI Photo
Dec 05, 2013
Waning Mound High labour cost, weather vagaries hit pepper production

- Sivaram V.
Nov 28, 2013
Houseboats gang up at a Vembanad dock

- Sivaram V.
Nov 28, 2013
Inward flow Counting time at a Kerala temple

- Sivaram V.
Nov 28, 2013
The Padmanabhaswamy temple

- AP
Nov 17, 2013
People throng around the Sanctum Santorum on the second day of Mandalam at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple, Kerala

- PTI Photo
Nov 14, 2013
Buy, buy Kochi airport, where dreams take flight

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Nov 14, 2013
Transformered Inside Lulu Mall

- Sivaram V.
Nov 14, 2013
The Kochi HOG club out on a ride

- A.S. Satheesh
Nov 14, 2013


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Nov 14, 2013
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his wife present a momento to Britain`s Prince Charles at Kottayam.

- PTI Photo
Nov 14, 2013
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla , the Duchess of Cornwall coming out from the Mattanchery Palace in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Nov 14, 2013
Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a handcraft shop in Kochi city, Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Nov 10, 2013
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy receives complaint from a woman during the state-wide mass contact program in Thiruvananthapuram.

- PTI Photo
Nov 02, 2013
File: Actress Shweta Menon was allegedly molested by an "elected representative" from the area at a function in Kollam, sparking strong protests from the Malayalam film fraternity and women outfits, which demanded stern action against the politician.

- TV Grab
Oct 29, 2013

Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

Raja Rama Varma IX, the legendary Sakthan (‘the powerful’) Thampuran began the tradition of the biggest temple festival in Kerala. It was born of controversy—an alternative for those who couldn’t make it to the Arattupuzha Pooram in the rainy year of 1798. The Thrissur Pooram is now a seven-day celebration in the Malayalam month of Medam (mid-May), begin­ning with a kodiyettam (hoisting of cere­monial flags), rounds of fireworks, divine music, and magnificently caparisoned elephants leading poorams (processions) to the Vadakkunathan Temple to Shiva at Thrissur. keralatourism.org
 



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Oct 28, 2013
CPI (M) leader V S Achuthanadan meets Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Medical College Hospital at Kannur. Chandy sustained injuries after he was attacked by LDF workers who were protesting over solar scam.

- PTI Photo
Oct 28, 2013

Waterworld
Kerala
‘God’s Own Country’ is renowned for its backwaters. Take a lazy cruise on a houseboat down one of the lagoons and you’ll be at peace. keralatourism.org



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Oct 27, 2013
Police try to protect Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s vehicle during stone pelting by LDF workers in Kannur

- PTI Photo
Oct 22, 2013
Vijitha K.R., Attapady

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Oct 22, 2013
Athirapally Falls, Kerala They call it the Niagara of India. The falls at Athirapally drop a more modest, but confident, 80ft into the Chalakudy River below.

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Sep 26, 2013
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Mata Amritanandamayi (L) during a function to celebrate the latter's 60th birthday in Amritapuri near Kollam in Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Sep 26, 2013
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi seeks the blessings of Mata Amritanandamayi during her 60th birthday celebrations at Vallikavu, near Kollam, Kerala.

- AP Photo
Sep 24, 2013
Vagamon's grass-covered slopes.

- FOTOSEARCH DINODIA (From Outlook Traveller October 2013 Issue)
Sep 24, 2013
A cottage at Vagamon Heights.

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Sep 24, 2013
The shrine of St Mary at Pattumalai Church.

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Sep 24, 2013
Around Vagamon Heights.

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Sep 19, 2013
Marking the end of Onam celebration at Thrissur in Kerala with “Puli kali” (Tiger Dance), a traditional Kerala art form.

- PTI Photo
Sep 12, 2013
Italian marines at the central prison in Thiruvanathapuram

- PTI
Sep 10, 2013
Students with their tablets which they received from Union Minister for Communication and IT Kapil Sibal under 'Vidya Jyothi' programme in Ernakulam, Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Sep 05, 2013
My grain, for free? Annamma in front of her paddy field

- Sivaram V.
Sep 04, 2013
Members of all Kerala trade unions taking out a rally against hike in petrol prices in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Aug 12, 2013
MPs from Kerala shout slogans during a protest against solar scam at Parliament House in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Atul Yadav
Aug 05, 2013
A bus moves through flooded street outside Cochin International Airport at Kochi. The Kochi airport was shut down today for 24 hours after water flooded the runway and the parking bay.

- PTI Photo
Jul 25, 2013
Mouthful A tribal family in Attappady

- Sivaram V.
Jul 25, 2013
Night After

The Left Front ‘rapakal samaram’ (day-night agitation) has, literally, run into rough weather in Kerala. Sen­ior leaders had vowed to agitate day and night in front of the Secret­ar­iat in Thiruv­a­n­­an­tha­puram till solar scam-plagued CM Oommen Cha­ndy resigned. Unfortun­at­ely, the rain gods had other ideas. With the clouds pou­ring down, our comrades found that protest speeches under all those bobbing umbrellas wasn’t getting them anywh­ere. So a pandal came up, a sumptuous lunch was served and then at night, they sett­led into their beds. But bra­ving the Kerala monsoon out on the road is no easy task. After shivering through the night, the next morning the comrades decided unani­m­ously to move the rapakal samaram away from the Sec­retariat and take it “to the smaller cities”. But the monsoon might chase them.

- Illustration by Sorit

Jul 18, 2013
Cheerakadavu Ooru

Vijaya, 27, wife of Chinnaswamy, has two children. She’s very anaemic and has been given blood twice in the recent past. With daughter Ranjitha, 7, and three-month-old son Rajeesh, who is severely underweight.

- Sivaram V.

Jul 18, 2013
Plamarachodu Ooru

In January, Vasanta, 25, gave birth to a still-born at home. Husband Murugan has been unwell and jobless for months. And Murugan’s blind grandma, Marathi, hasn’t got her old-age pension for awhile now.

- Sivaram V.

Jul 18, 2013
Kakkathode

In the Konni forest, another man, Ayyappan carried his wife Sudha and walked for a day to reach the nearest road and then to the district hospital. The baby died. Ayyappan’s father here at their ramshackle hut.

- A.S. Satheesh

Jul 18, 2013
Pallur Ooru

Mallika, 29, had four abortions before Bhavani was born. She was eight when she died of internal infections. “I can’t bear to sit in my house. I keep hearing her voice, I don’t want to live,” says Mallika.

- Sivaram V.

Jul 18, 2013
Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy

- B.M. Irshad
Jul 18, 2013
Valli, with one-year-old daughter Binish, crosses a river en route to her house in Thazha Bhoothayar

- Sivaram V.
Jul 17, 2013
Devotees take part in Aanayoottu (feeding of elephants) at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur on the first day of the Malayalam month Karkkidakam.

- PTI Photo
Jul 11, 2013
Call Me, Let’s Meet

In Kerala, everyone and his uncle in the ruling UDF seems to have called up alle­ged conwoman Saritha S. Nair, of solar power scam fame. Some during the day, some at night. Congress home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan says he called her because he saw a missed call. Some politicos like the in-your-face chief whip P.C. George took pre-­em­ptive measures. At a press conference, he let everyone know that he was in touch with the lady...but it was to discuss her personal problems. Some MLAs have defe­nded themselves, saying they called her to discuss constituency problems. Hop­efully, these burn-the-midnight-oil ‘discussions’ have led to changes in the lives of the constituents too.

- Illustration by Sorit

Jul 11, 2013
Heat wave The CPI(M)-led opposition is seeking Chandy’s removal

- PTI
Jul 10, 2013
Kochi: Left Democratic Front workers take out a procession to demand resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy over the solar scam issue in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Jun 28, 2013
Madakkal bridge, longest hanging bridge of South India, which was recently inaugurated, collapsed in Kasaragod, Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Jun 27, 2013
In the net Saritha Nair, who with her partner duped investors of crores

- A.S. Satheesh
Jun 03, 2013
The traditional 'dhara' treatment at Kalari Kovilakom

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
The Poomully Aramthampuran at Kuttanad, which counts Rajinikanth among its patrons

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Dr Jouhar demonstrating an oil therapy technique

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Its masseurs and therapists 'in action', practising kalaripayattu

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Quaint interiors of the Kalari Kovilakom

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Twilight at the Perumbayil Ayurveda Mana

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
A day’s work at the Poomully Aramthampuran

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Corridors of history at the Kalari Kovilakom

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
An Ayurvedic raw material supplier at Thrissur and his magic wares

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Cauldron-lined, modern manufacturing unit

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
At the Oushadhi factory, where women outnumber men

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
A trunk call at the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary nearby

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Offerings by the faithful at the Guruvayoor temple

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
The ancestral home of Dr P.K. Warrier, a descendant of the founder of Arya Vaidya Sala and, currently, its chief physician

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Tranquil waters by Kozhikode’s Kappad beach, where Vasco Da Gama first dropped anchor

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jun 03, 2013
Lush greenery of a tea plantation

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Jun 03, 2013
Family-style dining at Grassroots; and the

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Jun 03, 2013
A view of rolling tea estates and misty mountains from the resort

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Jun 03, 2013
The dining area at Grassroots displays traditional Kerala architecture

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Jun 03, 2013
Its entrance

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Jun 03, 2013
Cycling excursions are one of the many actvities the resort offers

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Jun 03, 2013
Mountain scenery as seen from the property

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Jun 03, 2013
Open-air seating lends charm to the property

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Jun 03, 2013
A luxury tent

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May 30, 2013
Amway CEO W.S. Pinckney in Kozhikode

- PTI
May 28, 2013
Amway India Chairman and CEO William S. Pinckney, and company Directors Sanjay Malhotra and Anshu Budhraja who were remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a court in Kalpetta in connection with three fraud cases.

- PTI Photo
May 03, 2013
Haritha V Kumar who got the first rank in Civil Services Exam- 2012, conducted by the Union Public Services Commission in Faridabad.

- PTI Photo
May 03, 2013
No mean affair Ex-forest minister Ganesh Kumar, left, with Kerala CM Chandy

- Ravi Sankar K.V.
Apr 24, 2013
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi lights a lamp at Sree Narayana Mutt at Sivagiri in Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Apr 24, 2013
Narendra Modi with sanyasis at Sivagiri Mutt, Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Apr 21, 2013
Elephants lined up for the Thrissur pooram festival in Thrissur.

- PTI Photo
Apr 13, 2013
In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, the Suryanelli girl named for the beautiful, hillside village in the southern state of Kerala that was once her home, stands at the doorway of her house in Kottayam.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Apr 13, 2013
Seen in this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, is the Suryanelli rape victim as she speaks to The Associated Press at her house in Kottayam.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Apr 04, 2013
Pictures of the Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, detained in India to face trial in the deaths of two fishermen, and the colours of the Italian flag are projected atop the Colosseum during a demonstration organised by the Rome municipality to ask for their release, in Rome.

- AP/PTI
Apr 02, 2013
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy look on as actor-politician K B Ganesh Kumar talks to the media after resigning as the state forest minister in Thiruvananthapuram.

- PTI Photo
Mar 21, 2013
Students celebrate Holi after the end of their 10th standard examinations in Kozhikode.

- PTI Photo
Mar 20, 2013
Artists perform Agni Khandakarnan Theyyam, a ritual dance of north Kerala, as a part of the annual festival at Sree Krishnaswami Temple in Kochi on Tuesday.

- PTI Photo
Mar 16, 2013
President Pranab Mukherjee with Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal and Kerala CM Oommen Chandy releases postage stamps during the inauguration of the quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary of Malayala Manorama in Kottayam, Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Mar 14, 2013
Bitti Mohanty in custody in Kerala

- PTI
Mar 14, 2013


- PTI
Mar 14, 2013
Italian marines at a govt guesthouse in Kochi

- PTI
Mar 14, 2013
Italian marines at the central prison in Thiruvanathapuram

- PTi
Mar 14, 2013
Italian marines meeting relatives

- PTI
Mar 14, 2013
Italian marines with the Italian PM

- AP
Mar 14, 2013
Only words Daniele Mancini at the MEA

- PTI
Mar 14, 2013
A torchlight procession in Rome in 2012 demands the release of the marines

- AP
Mar 14, 2013
Protests in Thiruvananthapuram

- mflintmedia.com
Mar 14, 2013
Lawyer Unni with Doramma

- PTI
Mar 12, 2013
Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini arrives at Ministtry of External Affairs office South Block in New Delhi. The Italian Ambassador to India was summoned after refusal of Italian government to send its two marines back to India where they are facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Mar 12, 2013
‘Kathakali Panini’ KalamMandalamM RramMankKutty Nnair, 88, whose Parasuraman in Sita Swayamvaram and ‘katthi’ (villain) roles are legendary. Kerala Kalamandalam ex-head, subject of a major Adoor docu.

- Hareesh N. Nampoothiri
Mar 09, 2013
Bitti Mohanty, rape accused on the run for six years, taken into custody by Kerala police in Kannur. Bitti Mohanty, the son of a former top cop in Odisha, was convicted in March 2006 for raping a 26-year-old German national in a hotel in Alwar, Rajasthan.

- PTI Photo
Feb 28, 2013
Mahouts try to tame an irate jumbo in Kochi

- AP
Feb 28, 2013
Sudheena, gored to death last month

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Feb 14, 2013
Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary: One of the best jungles to spot vipers and pythons, 70 km from Kollam, Kerala, set in a deep green valley by the Shendurney river.

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Feb 14, 2013
Kanniamalai Bungalow, Eravikulam Colonial-era tea estate bungalow that offers tranquility, great views and a taste of Brit planters’ lifestyle. Restored in 1912.

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Feb 06, 2013
The CPI-M's women wing All-India Democratic Women's Federation protest outside state Assembly in Kerala, demanding a fresh probe into the Suryanelli gangrape case in view of the charge levelled against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien by the victim.

- PTI Photo
Feb 05, 2013
‘Islamic Violins’, Ibrahim Quraishi’s homage to the Fluxus movement

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
David Hall, one of many charming venues for the Biennale

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
A visitor peers into the attic at Pepper House.

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
A jolly mural at Pepper House

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
Art aficionados at the entrance to Moidu’s Heritage

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
Vivek Vilasini’s ‘Last Supper—Gaza’

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
Anchor as art

- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013


- Amit Dixit
Feb 05, 2013
The Mailoor Estate bungalow is tucked away in a private tea garden overlooking the Nilgiris

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
The reading corner at Red Lynch Bungalow, an English-style country home near Kodai Lake, has ample nooks for bookworms, complete with views of the sprawling lawn and garden

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Kanniamalai Bungalow's red roofs are bright amidst the trees beyond Eravikulam National Park, in Munnar

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
The Akkamalai Tea Factory in Valparai sits at a spectacular point on the threshold of Grass Hill Forest

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Setting for an easy life, at Hill House, Peermade

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
The daily wage earners of Coonoor take a break to smile for the camera

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Michael Kallivayalil and his wife represent the legacy of a family that has produced prominent tea, coffee and spice planters in Peermade for over fifty years

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Carrots being sorted for wholesale trade in Munnar

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
A friendly family of gaur at Mailoor Estate, Coonoor

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Twilight hour at the Red Lynch Bungalow

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Contemporary planters enjoy an evening at the Mundakayam Club

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Dining tables fit for a king are set out at Ferrnhills Royale Palace, Ooty

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Rubber tapping on a plantation in Mundakayam

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
An interesting blend of bold colour, antiques and Kerala carpentry salvaged from Alleppey houses furnish Hill House

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
The traditional woodfired kitchen at Evergreen Estate

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
Cinnamon-flavoured noolappam (string hoppers) and egg curry make a typical Syrian-Christian breakfast at Evergreen Estate Bungalow, Kuttikal

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
The fishing hut at Gravel Banks, Munnar

- Sanjiv Valsan
Feb 05, 2013
The Ropeway Bungalow on Waterfall Estate, Valparai, is an eclectic fusion of colonial and Tamil architecture

- Sanjiv Valsan
Jan 26, 2013
Kerala tableau on display at Rajpath during 64th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Kamal Singh
Jan 25, 2013
Actor-director Kamal Haasan's controversial movie Vishwaroopam, facing a two week-ban in Tamil Nadu due to its alleged anti-Muslim content, was released in more than 80 theatres in Kerala today.

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Jan 10, 2013
The silenced Women in Ernakulam protesting against Soumya’s rape

- A.S. Satheesh
Jan 07, 2013
Police trying to control Ayyappa devotees at Sannidanam in Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Jan 05, 2013
Women participate in ‘Thiruvathirakali’ as part of mothers day celebrations in Kozhikode.

- PTI Photo
Jan 04, 2013
Devotees crowd at Sannidanam in Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple.

- PTI Photo
Jan 04, 2013
Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre arrive at a court in Kollam. The marines returned to Kerala after visiting their homes for Christmas celebrations in Italy. The two were detained after they mistook two fishermen for pirates and fatally shot them.

- AP Photo
Dec 22, 2012
Combo image from left, Italian marine Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre leaves for Italy from the Kochi airport on Friday. Salvatore and Latorre are accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast, has been allowed by the Kerala High Court to go home for Chritsmas.

- PTI Photo
Dec 20, 2012
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy, centre, with his lookalike and cast members celebrating the 900th episode of Cinemala.

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Dec 20, 2012
A scene from Vodafone Comedy Stars

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Dec 16, 2012
A fisherman throws his fishing net at Kozhikode beach.

- PTI Photo
Dec 04, 2012
Oysters and mussels at the Oyster Opera resort

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
A woman from the region’s farming community on Bekal beach

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
A floating cottage at Oyster Opera

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
A little girl at Bekal Fort

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
The boat ride to Sandwich beach

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Bekal Fort

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
A Theyyam performer

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Drying coconut on Sandwich beach in Padanna

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Oyster shells

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Fresh prawns and squid at Oyster Opera

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
A view of the sea from Bekal

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
A fabulous spread at the resort

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Pearl spot and toddy

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Fresh fish for the table

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 04, 2012
Children gathered at a local temple for a Theyyam performance

- Jyothy Karat
Nov 26, 2012
Devotees sleep near Sannidanam at Lord Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Sunday night.

- PTI Photo
Nov 25, 2012
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (C),former President APJ Abdul Kalam (R) and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during the Catholicate centenary celebrations in Ernakulam.

- PTI Photo
Nov 22, 2012


- Sivaram V.
Nov 13, 2012
Devotees perform ‘Vavubali’ rituals on Diwali at Varakkal beach in Kozhikode.

- PTI Photo
Nov 01, 2012
The PM inaugurating the Kochi Metro

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Oct 30, 2012
President Pranab Mukherjee planting of a sapling at Kerala Legislative Assembly in Thiruvanthapuram.

- PTI Photo
Oct 24, 2012
Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, second from right, entertains fans in Kannur, Kerala.

- AP Photo/ S.K.Mohan
Oct 24, 2012
Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, center, entertains fans in Kannur, Kerala. Maradona arrived on Tuesday on a two-day private visit.

- AP Photo/ S.K.Mohan
Oct 24, 2012
Early bird Kerala CM Achuthanandan joined the Communists at age 17

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Oct 04, 2012
Legendary singer K. J. Yesudas visits an exhibition of caricatures on him in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Oct 03, 2012
Cloud in a glass A toddy shack in Kochi

- Madhu Kapparath
Sep 18, 2012
Ahoy! Yacht club brigade coming ashore Syrian Christian families find their moorings outside a boating club in Kochi

- Sivaram V.
Sep 11, 2012
Periyar National Park is a rare instance of local communities being involved in tourism work

- Srikanth Kolari
Sep 01, 2012
Participants row boats during a boat race at Ayroor village in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Sep 01, 2012
Artists perform Puli kali, a traditional Kerala art form, to mark the end of onam celebrations in Thrissur.

- PTI Photo
Aug 11, 2012
Snake boats at the 60th edition of Nehru Trophy boat race at Alappuzha.

- PTI Photo
Aug 11, 2012
Participants at the 60th edition of Nehru Trophy boat race at Alappuzha.

- PTI Photo
Jul 17, 2012
The entrance to the stately palace

- Amit Dixit
Jul 17, 2012
A royal portrait in the master bedroom

- Amit Dixit
Jul 17, 2012
Athangudi tiles grace the first-floor balcony

- Amit Dixit
Jul 17, 2012
The modest 'palace' with its terracotta-tile roof

- Amit Dixit
Jul 17, 2012
The master bedroom

- Amit Dixit
Jul 17, 2012
Townspeople in Udaipur

- Puneet K. Paliwal
Jul 11, 2012
A nun at the Little Flower convent in Narakkal, Kochi

- Sivaram V.
Jul 11, 2012


- Sivaram V.
Jul 11, 2012
Sister Mary Chandy

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Jul 11, 2012
Father Shibu Kalamparambil

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Jul 11, 2012
Big bully St Mary’s church, Narakkal

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Jul 04, 2012
People take part in snake boats race at the Champakulam Lake in Alappuzha, Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Jun 27, 2012
Police use water cannon against agitating SFI workers who were protesting over the conversion of unaided schools into aided schools by Kerala Government in Kannur.

- PTI Photo
Jun 24, 2012
Old women appear in the 4th standard examination, conducted by Kerala Literacy Mission at a village in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Jun 18, 2012
Kerala Armed Police cadets at their passing out parade on a rainy day in Kottayam on Sunday.

- PTI Photo
Jun 10, 2012
A Theyyam performer

- Saibal Das
Jun 03, 2012
Italian marines Salvatore Girone, left, and Massimiliano Latorre arrive to report before the police commissioner in Kochi. The two marines are accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen off southwest India. They were granted bail on Wednesday, 30 May, but they cannot leave Kerala without the permission of the court.

- AP Photo
Jun 01, 2012
Kill, kill M.M. Mani at a Marxist rally

- PTI
May 18, 2012
A member of Kerala Student's Congress pierces his tongue as he protests with others near the Parliament to seek government intervention in resolving the issue of Mullaperiyar Dam which has long been a matter of discord between the southern Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in New Delhi.

- AP Photo/ Saurabh Das
May 13, 2012
People march past the Unknown Soldier's monument during a torchlight procession to ask for the release of the Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, in Rome. Latorre and Girone, detained by an Indian court, are accused of having shot to death two Indian fishermen from the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie, off southwest India, mistaking the fishing boat for a pirate ship. The banners read "Give us back our Lions", left, and "Free Now".

- AP/PTI
May 02, 2012
People try to tame an elephant who ram amok in 'Arattupuzaha Temple pooram' procession in Thrissur district of Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Apr 30, 2012
Italian Marines Salvatore Girone, right, and Massimiliano Latorre (C) being produced in a court in Kollam. The two marines are accused of shooting two Indian fishermen in February, 2012.

- PTI Photo
Apr 22, 2012
Kaalapoottu, a kind of ox race, being conducted at an agricultural field of Pantheerankave in Kozhikode.

- PTI Photo
Apr 22, 2012
The Italian government will pay `1 cr each as compensation to the families of two slain Kerala fishermen. The latter will withdraw court submissions; criminal case to continue.

- PTI Photo
Apr 21, 2012
Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre, second right, hugs his nephew Christian D'Addario, as fellow marine Salvatore Girone, behind Latorre, comes out from central prison, where the two marines are detained by Indian authorities, to meet their family members in Trivandrum. Italy has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 to each of the families of two dead Indian fishermen allegedly shot by Italian marines who mistook them for pirates, lawyers for the victims' families said.

- AP Photo/ Aijaz Rahi
Apr 14, 2012
Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa (L) prays at Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Apr 02, 2012
Italian Marines Salvatore Girone, center left, and Massimiliano Latorre, center right, are escorted by Indian police following a court appearance in Kollam, Kerala. The two marines are accused of allegedly fatally shooting two Indian fishermen in February, 2012. The marines were part of the cargo ship's security team, and India accuses them of mistaking the fishing boat for a pirate ship.

- AP Photo
Mar 19, 2012
Italian marines Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are escorted after being produced at a court in Kollam. The two marines are accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen from the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie off southwest India.

- AP Photo
Feb 27, 2012
Police carry a box containing arms, seized from Italian merchant ship Enrica Lexie, involved in killing of two Indian fishermen, to a court in Kollam.

- PTI Photo
Feb 26, 2012
A policeman with the members of the navy security team of Italian vessel Enrica Lexie, Salvatore Girone and Latorre Massimiliano, who were involved in the killing of two Indian fishermen, at a government guest house in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Feb 26, 2012
Police officials carry sealed box containing materials seized for an ongoing investigation from the Italian cargo vessel, the Enrica Lexie anchored at the Cochin Oil Terminal, at the port in Kochi. Two marines of the Enrica Lexie were involved in the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast.

- PTI Photo
Feb 23, 2012
Italian marines Latore Massimiliano, second from right, and Salvatore Girone, rear behind Massimiliano, are escorted by police officials after an appearance in court, in Kollam. A court has extended police custody of the two Italian marines accused of fatally shooting two Indian fishermen off India's southwest coast, as India and Italy wrangle over the case.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Feb 23, 2012
Italian Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone who are kept in police custody for allegedly shooting two Indian fishermen to death from the Italian cargo vessel the Enrica Lexie, leave for a court appearance from a government guest house in Kochi. The shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates sparked diplomatic wrangling over their arrests, and some maritime experts are questioning the use of armed guards on merchant ships. Also seen is Consul General of Italy in Mumbai, Giampaolo Cutillo.

- AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
Feb 23, 2012
Under watch The two Italian marines Latorre Massimiliano (left) and Salvatore Girone

- AP
Feb 08, 2012
Ruins of the 1523 Portuguese-built Kottapuram fort on the Periyar

- Sivaram V.
Feb 08, 2012
Dutch missionary Philip Baldeus’s parchment of Cranganor, 1752

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Jan 26, 2012
Kerala Governor MOH Farook dies at a Chennai hospital following a brief illness. He was 74. Farook, a senior Congress leader and former Puducherry chief minister and MP, is survived by son and two daughters. He was sworn in as the 19th governor of Kerala last September, prior to which he had occupied the gubernatorial post in Jharkhand. He had also served as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry thrice and was a Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism between 1991 and 1992. He was elected to Lok Sabha for three terms from 1991 from Puducherry and had also served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

- PTI Photo
Jan 12, 2012
Rupee signs Migrant workers at a construction site in Kochi

- Sivaram V.
Dec 21, 2011
Members of Delhi Tamil Sangam hold placards during a protest over Mullaperiyar Dam issue in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/Aman Sharma
Dec 14, 2011
An all party delegation led by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy meets with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Mullaperiya Dam issue, at Parliament House in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Dec 11, 2011
A boat ride for ‘relay dinner’, a concept unique to Vaamika Island

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 11, 2011
The Vaamika pool

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 11, 2011
Spices in Kochi

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 11, 2011
St Francis Church

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 11, 2011
A fine local spread

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 11, 2011
Papaya ice cream

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 11, 2011
An Ottanthullal performance

- Jyothy Karat
Dec 08, 2011
Members of Kerala Assembly Committee visit the Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki.

- PTI Photo
Dec 02, 2011
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandi (center) meeting with MPs of the state protesting over Mullaperiyar issue at Parliament house in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Verma
Dec 01, 2011
Water overflowing through the spillway of the controversial Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki district in Kerala.

- PTI Photo
Dec 01, 2011
Watery Fears Kerala MPs protest outside Parliament as A.K. Antony walks by

- Jitender Gupta
Dec 01, 2011
Too old? The Mullaperiyar dam

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Dec 01, 2011
Road show An anti-dam protest in Kochi

- PTI
Dec 01, 2011
Hold it A fruit vendor is alone in business during a traders’ bandh against FDI in Kochi on Nov 29

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Dec 01, 2011
Down with FDI KVVES members protesting in Kochi

- Sivaram V.
Nov 29, 2011
Union Ministers K.C.Venugopal, K.V.Thomas Vayalar Ravi, and E. Ahamed talking to Kerala Congress MPs protesting against the Mullaperiyar Dam and demanding the water level to be lowered to save Kerala at Parliament House in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Nov 29, 2011
Activists stage an indefinite fast demanding decommissioning of the Mullaperiyar dam at Karinkulam Chappathu in Idukki.

- PTI Photo
Nov 29, 2011
Kerala Congress MPs protesting against the Mullaperiyar Dam and demanding the water level to be lowered to save Kerala at Parliament House in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo
Nov 28, 2011
UDF workers burn an effigy of MDMK leader Vaiko at the Kumili check post during a protest over Mullaperiyar dam in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Nov 05, 2011
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy listening to the problems during his statewide mass contact programme in Kozhikode.

- PTI Photo
Oct 29, 2011
Senior BJP leader L K Advani addressing a press conference during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Opposing the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, Advani said nothing should be done that weakens the armed forces' position.

- PTI Photo/ Manvender Vashist
Oct 27, 2011


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Oct 27, 2011
Good as gold Women in Kochi flash the 1 gm gold card from Muthoot Fincorp

- Sivaram V.
Oct 22, 2011
Chief Ministers Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Sadananda Gowda (Karnataka) and Oommen Chandy (Kerala) during the '56th National Development Council' meeting in New Delhi.

- PTI Photo/ Vijay Kumar Joshi
Oct 18, 2011
Kerala MP P T Thomas (L) with Sarpanch of Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi, Jaisingh Sadashiv Mapari (3rd from left) and his team members in New Delhi. Upset over not getting an appointment with Rahul Gandhi, the sarpanch of Anna Hazare's village and his colleagues decided to return home saying now even if they get an appointment, the village will decide whether to meet the Congress leader or not.

- PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla
Oct 08, 2011
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy (centre) at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Smart City Project in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Oct 04, 2011
‘Nuts to that’ Coconuts go untended

- Sivaram V.
Sep 26, 2011
People gather on the banks of Kerala river, where a school van carrying 23 children plunged into a river near Thiruvananthapuram.Three children were killed in this accident.

- PTI Photo
Sep 24, 2011
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy with Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, former judge of supreme court of India in a program for handing over the report of the right and welfare of women and children commission in Kochi.

- PTI Photo
Sep 13, 2011
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, artists with their bodies painted wait to perform at the annual "Pulikali," or Tiger Dance, in Thrissur, Kerala. Participants with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival "Onam."

- AP Photo
Sep 12, 2011
Artists with their bodies painted dance as they make their way through the streets during the annual 'Pulikali' or Tiger Dance in Thrissur, southern Kerala state. Men with their bodies painted to resemble tigers and leopards roam the streets during this festival which falls on the fourth day of the harvest festival 'Onam'.

- AP Photo
Sep 10, 2011
Snake boats compete for Chief Minister's trophy for the race, at Kandasankadav in Thrissur.

- PTI Photo
Sep 06, 2011
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy serving feast at an old-age home in connection with Onam in Thiruvananthapuram.

- PTI Photo
Aug 11, 2011
It is of little consequence which side of the ‘Who does it belong to?’ debate you prefer. That India still has wealth to be divined is a mite reassuring.

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Aug 04, 2011
The shopping habit Lining up for liquor

- A.S. Satheesh