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Kerala HC dismisses pleas against leasing out Thiruvananthapuram airport to Adani group

The bench rejected arguments by the LDF government & others saying there was no valid ground to interfere with the Centre's policy decision.
Kovalam beach stands empty, except for a few dogs frolicking about | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Fisherfolk & dogs — the only signs of life at Thiruvananthapuram’s once-crowded beaches

Beaches in Thiruvananthapuram have not been opened to the public since the lockdown, and police teams stand guard all day to keep people away.
Passengers at the KSRTC bus terminal complex in Thiruvananthapuram. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Laxity, low seroprevalence & reliance on antigen tests — how Kerala’s Covid battle came undone

The Covid numbers in Kerala have risen after unlocking. The IMA accuses the government of not listening to experts, but officials highlight pressure.
Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram | File photo: ANI

Why participate in bidding, then question the game — Tharoor asks Kerala govt on airport row

Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor has gone against the Congress party line, supporting the privatisation of the airport by Adani group that won the bid.
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Kerala MP gives privilege notice against Aviation Minister Puri on Trivandrum airport lease

Kerala MP Kareem says Hardeep Singh Puri misled Rajya Sabha in March by giving false information on Trivandrum airport lease. Puri says deal was cleared after carrying out due diligence.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Travancore ex-royal family says Padmanabhaswamy temple verdict not a victory, but a blessing

The SC upheld the rights of the family to run the temple administration. The court battle was pending in the top court over charges of financial irregularities.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. | Photo: Commons

SC upholds rights of Travancore ex-royal family in running Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala

Supreme Court overruled a 2011 Kerala HC order to hold that the Travancore royal family will continue to exert its shebait rights on the Thiruvananthapuram temple.
Shashi Tharoor | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Am I a closet Sanghi for mourning demise of an RSS man? Something’s terribly wrong: Tharoor

My more than 30 years of being at odds with BJP and the Hindutva movement was irrelevant to my critics. For them, I had revealed my 'true colours'.
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Shaheen Bagh, JNU, Jamia. Now it’s Thiruvananthapuram’s turn to save India’s soul: Tharoor

This great city in Kerala is a microcosm of India’s cultural and ethnic diversity. It’s time to come out in support of Indians who are being targeted by Modi government.

On Camera

Lalu’s loyalty to secularism is Tejashwi Yadav’s biggest political test in Modi’s India

In 1990, when then BJP president L.K. Advani was carrying out his rath yatra unbridled, it was Lalu Yadav as CM who had dared to stop him from entering Bihar.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.