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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Functioning of Ration shops in Kerala Lock down 2020

Government of Kerala ha announced a pattern for purchase of ration from ration shops in the state. From April 1st onwards, those with ration card number ending 0 and 1 can buy the rice on the first day (Wednesday). Similarly the following pattern has to be maintained

April 1 - Card number ending in 0,1
April 2 - Card number ending in 2,3
April 3 - Card number ending in 4,5
April 4 - Card number ending in 6,7
April 5 - Card number ending in 8,9

Priority card holders (yellow and pink cards) can purchase rice from ration shops from morning till noon, while the non-priority card holders (blue and white cards) can approach the shops in the afternoon. At a time only five persons will be allowed inside the shop.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

TCS to build World's largest Learning Centre at Thiruvananthapuram

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone to set up the world's largest corporate learning and development centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

India's largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services is behind this venture

.It is having a total capacity to train 50,000 professionals every year.The campus will have residential accommodation for professionals and faculty working at the centre

.The proposed centre is located on a 97-acre property in the Technopark area of the city.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival 2014

22 December, 2013: The 7th Grand Kerala Shopping Festival 2013 will be held in Kerala from December 22, 2013 to February 2014. The festival which is touted as the largest shopping festival in Asia offers lots of prizes in the form of cash and gold.

 A MoU has been signed with Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES), the largest trade organization in India, to increase a target of 1 lakh registrations during Season 7 from last year's 6,000 participants. Federal Bank is the title sponsor for this years shopping festival.

The month-long shopping extravaganza is conducted by the Tourism Department in co-ordination with the Industries & Commerce Department, Finance Department and Local Self Government Departments. Through this shopping festival, the Kerala Government aims to launch "Shopping Tourism" in the state.
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MediBizTV World's first 24 hour Health Channel from Kerala

22 December, 2013: MediBizTv, world's first 24-hour health care television channel has been launched from Kochi yesterday.

The channel will go on air across 130 countries including Asia, AFrica, Australia and Europe and will have programmes dedicated to the health care sector. The channel promoted by BizTV network is headquartered at Kochi.

Medi BizTV is being launched by well being, Marine BizTV, the world’s first global maritime TV channel in association with Aries Marine, the largest Ship design consultancy firm and BizTV Network, producers of two Oscar selected movies DAM999 and Saint Dracula 3D.


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

IFFK 2013 List of films

The 18th edition of International Film Festival of Kerala will commence on 6th December 2013 at Thiruvananthapuram. The organisers Kerala State Chalachitra Academy has published the list of films to be screened under various categories in the festival.

Competition section
'Capturing Dad' (Japan)
 'Arbani' (Israel)
'Club Sandwich' (Mexico)
 'Errata' (Argentina)
'Jonatha's Forest' (Brazil)
'Taj Mahal' (Iran)
 'The Battle of Tabato' (Portugal)
'Constructors' (Kazhakstan)
 'Mekhe Dhaka Tara' (Bengali)
'Astu' (Marathi)
'101 Chodyangal' (Malayalam)
'Kaliyachan' ((Malayalam)

Indian Cinema Now
'Liar's Dice' (Geethu Mohandas)
 'Accident' (Nandita Roy)
'Crossing Bridges' (Sange Dorjee Thongdok)
 'Lucia' (Pawan Kumar)
 'The Dew Drop' (Abhinav Shiv Tiwari)
 'Soodhu Kavum' (Nalan Kumarasamy)
 'The Coffin Maker' (Veena Bakshi)

Malayalam Cinema Today
5 Sundarikal
'Celluloid' (Kamal)
'Annayum Rasoolum' (Rajeev Ravi)
CR No. 89 (Sudevan)
English (Syamaprasad)
Kanyaka Talkies (KR Manoj)
Venal Odungathe (Sanjeev Sivan)

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Varkala and Munnar ranked in Best Value Index

Five Indian destinations were ranked in the 'Best Value Index' published by  Online hotel search engine Trivago.

Nashik in Maharashtra became the top most Indian destination ranking 21st in the list of 100 Value destinations followed by Varkala-Kerala (28), Jaisalmer-Rajasthan (41), Alibaug- Maharashtra (56) and Munnar-Kerala (60).

Ait Benhaddou in Morocco has been selected as the best value city in the world followed by Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The list has been compiled based on the cost of standard hotel accommodation in a particular destination.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Bus Accident near Munnar, Idukki: 6 Students of Vellanad Sarabhai Institute Dead

Six students has been dead and several injured in the bus accident which had occured at Mullakkanam, near Rajakkad in Idukki district today. The bus involved in the accident was carrying the final year students of Sarabhai Institute, Vellanad Thrissur. The bus which had 45 students (28 boys and 13 girls) was on the way to Munnar.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Startup Village Kochi to offer 1Gbps Connectivity, to become World's fastest

The Start up Village at Kochi has become the second place in the world to offer 1 Gbps internet connectivity.

The facility introduced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at the Startup village is expected to boost the project as the largest telecom incubator in the world.

Before this,  Kansas City at United States was the only place in the world to offer 1Gbps connectivity offered by Google.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

12 New Taluks to be formed in Kerala

Twelve new taluks will be formed in Kerala, announced Finance minsiter K.M. Mani, in the budget discussion at the Legislative Assembly. The newly formed taluks will include Manjeswaram, Vellarikund, Iritty, Thamarassery, Kondotty, Pattambi, Chalakudy, Idukki, Pathanapuram, Konni, Varkala and Kattakada.

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Kumarakom wins National Tourism Awards 2012

Kerala Tourism and allied industries won four awards in the National Tourism Awards for 2011-12.  Kerala Tourism's rural model in Kumarakom won the national award for best rural tourism project.

 Vivanta by Taj at Kumarakom won the Best Four Star Hotel award whereas Coconut Creek Farm and Home Stay, Kumarakom won in Bed and Breakfast category.

The Best Wellness Centre award went to Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Chowara , Trivandrum while Pioneer Personalised Holidays won in the Best Approved Inbound Tour Operator and Travel Agent category.

Andhra Pradesh has bagged the best state award for comprehensive  development of tourism in the rest of India category of National Tourism Award 2011-12.  The Best Heritage city award went to Warangal(AP).

For full list of winners visit http://www.pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2013/mar/d2013031205.pdf
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Kochi Airport to get IVFRT Immigration, Visa Online Scanning

The Cochin International Airport will soon launch online Immigration, Visa and Foreigner’s Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) system for scanning of foreigners through the airport.

The IVFRT system to be launched this week will have information about foreign passengers transferred via embassies which will reduce forgery and overstaying.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

National Film Awards 2013 Winners: Celluloid, Ustad Hotel, Kalpana wins

The 60th National Film Awards 2013 for the movies censored in the year 2012 has been declared. Hindi film 'Paan Singh Tomar' has been rated as the best film.  Irffan Khan won the best actor for the movie 'Paan Singh Tomar'. The award was shared by Vikram Gokhale for Marathi film 'Anumathi' whereas Usha Yadav won the best actress award for the Marathi film Daag.

Celluloid directed by Kamal won the award for best Malayalam film. Ustad Hotel shared the award for Popular film along with Vicky Donor (Hindi). Thilakan (Ustad Hotel) and Lal (Ozhimuri) got special mention from the jury. Best supporting actress went to Kalpana for the movie 'Thanichalla Njan'. 'Spirit' won the award for Best film on social issues.

Full list of Winners are as follows

Best Feature Film: Paan Singh Tomar - Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a director: Chittagong (Hindi) by Bedabrata Pain and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) by Siddhartha Siva

Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment: Vicky Donor (Hindi) and Ustad Hotel (Malayalam)

Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration: Thanichalla Njan (Malayalam)

Best Film on Social Issues: Spirit (Malayalam)

Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation: Black Forest (Malayalam)

Best Children's Film: Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi)

Best Animation Film: Delhi Safari (Hindi)

Best Direction: Shivaji Lotan Patil for Dhag (Marathi)

Best Actor: Irrfan for Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) and Vikram Gokhale for Anumati (Marathi)

Best Actress: Usha Jadhav for Dhag (Marathi)

Best Supporting Actor: Annu Kapoor for Vicky Donor (Hindi)

Best Supporting Actress: Dolly Ahluwalia for Vicky Donor (Hindi) and Kalpana for Thanichalla Njan (Malayalam)

Best Child Artist: Virendra Pratap for Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) and Minon for 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam)

Best Male Playback Singer: Shankar Mahadevan for the song ‘Bolo Na' in Chittagong (Hindi)

Best Female Playback Singer: Aarti Anklekar Tikekar for the song ‘Palakein Naa Moondon' in Samhita (Marathi)

Best Cinematography: Sudheer Palsane and Prasad Film Laboratory, Chennai for KO : YAD (Mising)

Best Screenplay Writer (Original): Sujoy Ghosh for Kahaani (Hindi)

Best Screenplay Writer (Adapted): Bhavesh Mandalia and Umesh Shukla for OMG - Oh My God! (Hindi)

Best Dialogue: Anjali Menon for Ustad Hotel (Malayalam)

Best Editing: Namrata Rao for Kahaani (Hindi)

Best Production Design: Vishwaroopam (Tamil)

Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi for ‘Bolo Na' in Chittagong (Hindi)

Special Jury Award: Rituparno Ghosh for Chitrangada (Bengali) and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dekh Indian Circus, Talaash (Hindi)

Best Choreography: Pandit Birju Maharaj for Vishwaroopam (Tamil)

Best Special Effects: Eega (Telugu)
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Sugathakumari wins Saraswati Samman 2013 for 'Manalezhuthu'

Smt. Sugathakumari has won the most prestigious Saraswati Samman 2013 instituted by the KK Birla foundation. She will receive a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs

The peot won the award for the collection of her poems 'Manalezhuthu'

Earlier Smt. Balamaniamma and Sri. Ayyappa Panicker have received the award.

The award instituted in 1991 is an annual prize given for extra ordinary works in 22 languages in India.
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Mathrubhumi Dubai Edition UAE

Mathrubhumi Daily, the second most subscribed newspaper in Malayalam has announced the launch of its publication from Dubai, UAE. Mathrubumi Dubai Edition will be inaugurated at Dubai on March 18, 2013. The Dubai edition is the first international edition of Mathrubhumi.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Pension/ Retirement Age of Kerala Government Employees raised to 60

Trivandrum, 15 March 2013: The retirement age of Government employees and teachers in Kerala has been enhanced to 60. The raise in penison age is applicable only for those who enters government service from April 1, 2013. The suggestion was included in the budget in the Page 107, but was not announced by the finance minister during the speech.
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Kerala Budget 2013-14 Highlights, Download, New Projects

Tripthi Food outlets to be opened, to offer meals @ Rs. 20
Small scale farmers to get interest free loans
5 government owned theatres to be renovated
Fish mall in 3 cities
Land for landless people in Kerala before 2015
Loan waiver scheme for small scale agriculturists
Mobility hub in major cities
Agriculture Complex at Thrissur
KSFE to launch job initiative for Gulf-returned
Bridge at Aluva Sivarathri Manappuram
Neera units to be opened in 10 districts
Risk insurance for Agriculture loans
Fee concession for forward caste students upto 3 Lakh family income
Loan waiver for Education loans of APL families
Agri malls in major cities
Steps to produce Electricity from Solar energy
Installation of wind mills across the state with the help of NTPC
Tax on marriages organized in luxury hotels
Bus depot to be opened at Anayara, Trivandrum
100 crore package for KSRTC
New tourism circuit linking Ponmudi – Kallar – Meenmutti
Shopping complex at 6 Bus depots in the state
56 crore for modernization of Higher secondary schools in the state
26 crore for modernization of High schools in the state
Libraries in other states having Malayalee population
855 crores for road development
50 crores for setting up of a new dam at Mullaperiyar
Medical city network in Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode district
New Medical College in Trivandrum merging General Hospital and Women & Children Hospital Thycaud
Cigarette and Liqour to be expensive
Tax for Luxury cars increased from 13.5 to 14.5
Chemical toilets in water transport corporation boats.
Stampduty doubled for registration of land sold within three months
Malabar Cultural Village at Kozhikode
Construction of Kumarakom - Nedumbassery State Highway
Cyber Crime cell at Kochi
Regional Forensic Centre at Kottayam
Finance city under Housing Board at Marine Drive, Kochi
Art Gallery and Museum at Munnar
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Seaplane service to various tourist places in Kerala to be launched

Trivandrum, 14 March 2013: Kerala's prestigious project to connect various towns in the state using 'Seaplane' is expected to be inaugurated next month, reports Manorama Daily. The 'Seaplane' project, a first of its kind, Kerala is planning to provide air connectivity through air to 20 tourist destinations across the state.

The Government is awaiting the available dates of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh's available dates for launching the project in April.
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KSEB announces Labhaprabha; consumers to get money back for saving electricity

Trivandrum, 14 March 2013: Kerala State Electricity Board KSEB has announced a campaign named 
'Labhaprabha' which will return money back to the customer for saving electricity.

The 'Labhaprabha' scheme will work in two folds, one will focus on earning ‘energy credits’ for the customer for saving electricity and the other a ‘no load-shedding’ drive in return.

The scheme which will be launched on March 23 (Earth Day) will run till May 31, 2013. During this period the consumers can avail 50% savings on every unit of electricity saved. For example if the consumer saves 10 units he will be entitled to get cash  worth the price of 5 units. This will be an additional savings apart from the regular savings in the form of reduced electricity bill. A no load-shedding drive will also be launched in areas which saves 10% electricity.

Consumers can join the Labhaprabha scheme by registering through sms. Weekly prizes and bumper prizes including Solar lanterns, table lamps, CFL lamps will also be given to the consumers who save more electricity.
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Malayala Manorama turns 125

Kottayam, 14 March 2013: The 125th anniversary celebrations of Malayala Manorama daily  will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherji in a function to be held on 16th March at Kottayam. The postal stamp in connection with  the 125th jubilee will be released on that day.

The event will be attended by Union minister Kapil Sibal, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan etc.

The Jubilee song penned by poet ONV Kurup will be rendered by L. Subramaniam and Kavitha Krishnamurthy.

Malayala Manorama daily founded in 1888 March 14, currently publishes 18 editions from India and abroad. the newspaper has a circulation of 21.29 lakhs and an approximate readership of 97 lakhs.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kerala Budget 2013-14

Trivandrum, 13 March 2013: The budget session  of the Kerala Assembly for the year 2013-14 will be held from 15 Match to 10 April 2013. Finance Minister KM Mani will present his 11th budget  on Friday.
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