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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Bharat Rice Outlets in Kerala to sell 5, 10 kg bags at 29 per kg

Bharat Rice will be distributed to recipients by mobile stores. Mobile stores would sell 5kg and 10kg bags of Bharat rice. 200 locations will be opened by the National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) to sell Bharat rice in the state. The reason mobile shops are opening is that it will be late. In Thrissur on Tuesday, the central initiative to sell Bharat rice at Rs 29 per kg was launched. Within the next week, all districts will sell rice via automobiles. 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) 2021

 Trivandrum 11 March 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the fourth Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) which begins on Friday.  The inaugural session of the online event will be at 6pm on Saturday.  The event will conclude on March 19. Kiren Rijiju, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and Union Minister V Muraleedharan will take part in the inaugural event.  The festival will showcase international seminars, global exhibitions and business meets at five virtual venues between 9am and 10pm.

 This event, organised in the high-end online platform by CISSA, will carry all the components, as in earlier GAFs, including an international seminar, expo, business meet, with the additional provision of viewing the digital platforms for an extended period of time. This, we hope, will be the largest online event in Ayurveda ever, and we solicit your dedicated support to GAF scheduled for 12-19 March 2021. 


International Ayurveda Seminar

International Cooperation Conclave

Global Ayurveda Exhibition

International Business Meet

Vaidya Parishad - CME Programme

Ayurveda MSME Meet

AYUSH Clinics

Ayurveda Solidarity Meet

Documentary Film Shows

Digital Photography competition

Sub Themes


Ÿ Rasayana as a public health tool in

communicable diseases

Ÿ Role of Ayurveda in graceful ageing


Ÿ Preventive medicine

Ÿ Community health

Ÿ Yoga

Ÿ Public Health

Ÿ Ayurveda in occupational health

Ÿ Cosmetology in Ayurveda

Ÿ Nutrition and health

Ÿ Medical applications of Yoga


Ÿ Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and

Pharmaceutical research in Ayurveda

Ÿ Medicinal plants – new research

Ÿ Medicinal plants - conservation

Ÿ Innovative drug delivery systems

Ÿ Nutraceuticals, nutricosmetics, nano herbal



Ÿ Neonatal care

Ÿ Pediatric Nutrition

Ÿ Behavioural and developmental disorder

Ÿ Management of common pediatric


Ÿ Samskaras and their scientific aspects


Ÿ Non-communicable Diseases

Ÿ New disease entities and Ayurveda

Ÿ Cardiac diseases and Ayurveda

Ÿ Ayurveda in Rehabilitative medicine

Ÿ Panchakarma

Prasutitantra & Striroga

Ÿ Reproductive Health

Ÿ Maternal Health


Ÿ Sense organs and health - a contemporary


Ÿ Preventive care in ENT and Ophthalmology


Ÿ Innovations and advances in Salya

Ÿ Musculo-skeletal ailments with special focus

on marma

Ÿ Ayurvedic Management of Piles & Fistula


Ÿ Applied toxicology

Ÿ Ayurveda in the current infectious diseases

Ÿ Scope of Ayurveda in skin disease


Ÿ Mental Health – contemporary

Ÿ understanding and management

Rasasastra and Bhaishajyakalpana

Ÿ Rasa preparations – new research

Ÿ Rasa application – new frontiers

Ÿ Nano Medicine and Rasasastra

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Poonthura: 119 cases out of 600 samples turns COVID 19 positive

Trivandrum 8 July 2020: Poonthura area has turned the COVID 19 hotspot in Trivandrum city. The Poonthura area has confirmed 119 cases out of the 600 samples tested in the last five days. The district administration and health authorities has announced strict action against the Lockdown violators in the area.

It is found that around 120 persons came into direct contact with a COVID patient and 150 in secondary contact.
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Monday, June 15, 2020

People visiting Kerala should leave within 7 days: New Guidelines

Kerala Government has issued new guidelines for outsiders visiting Kerala. According to the new guidelines, visitors who arrive at Kerala for short trips should not stay in the state for more than 7 days. Police case will be filed against the offenders.

Those students who are arriving for examinations in the state can arrive three days before the exams and leave within three days.

Visitors should also register via COVID Jagratha Portal and passes will be issued for the same.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

List of Covid 19 Hotspots in Trivandrum and Other districts

The Kerala health department has declared 88 local bodies including the corporation, municipality and panchayats, spread over 14 districts in the state as COVID-19 hotspots.

Hotspots in various districts are as follows:

Thiruvananthapuram (3) - Thiruvananthapuram corporation, Varkala municipality and Malayinkeezhu panchayat

Kollam (5) - Kollam corporation, Punalur municipality and the panchayats of Thrikkaruva, Nilamel and Ummannoor

Alappuzha (3) - Chengannur municipality, panchayats of Muhamma and Cheriyanad

Pathanamthitta (7) - Adoor municipality, panchayats of Vadaserikkara, Aranmula, Ranni-Pazhavangadi, Kozhencherry, Omallur and Veliyannur

Kottayam (1) - Thiruvarpu panchayat

Idukki (6) - Thodupuzha municipality, panchayats of Kanjikuzhy, Mariapuram, Adimali, Bison Valley and Senapathy

Ernakulam (2) - Kochi corporation, Mulavukadu panchayat

Thrissur (3) - Chalakkudy municipality, panchayats of Vallathol Nagar and Mathilakam

Palakkad (4) - Palakkad municipality, panchayats of Karakkurissi, Kottappadam and Kanjirappura

Malappuram (13) - Municipalities of Malappuram, Thiroorangadi and Manjeri, panchayats of Vandoor, Thennala, Valavannur, Edarikkodu, Vengara, Chungathara, Keezhattur, Edakkara, Kunnamangalam and Pookottur

Kozhikode (6) - Kozhikode corporation, Vadakara municipality, panchayats of Edachery, Azhiyur, Kuttiyadi and Nadapuram

Wayanad (2) - Panchayats of Vellamunda and Muppainaadu

Kannur (19) - Kannur corporation, municipalities of Panoor, Payyannur, Thalassery, Iritty and Koothuparambu, panchayats of Kolayadu, Padyam, Kottayam, Madayi, Mokkeri, Kadannappally-Panappuzha, Choksy, Mattool, Eruvassi, Peralasseri, Chittariparamba, Naduvil and Maniyoor

Kasargod (14) - Municipalities of Kanjangad and Kasargod, panchayats of Chemmanad, Chengala, Madoor, Mograal-Puthoor, Uduma, Paivalike, Badiyadukka, Kodom-Beloor, Kumbala Ajanur, Manjeswaram and Pallikkara

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Lockdown Relaxation District Zones in Kerala

Thrissur, April 17, 2020: The Kerala government on Thursday proposed to group districts into zones based on COVID-19 cases and offer relaxation of lockdown norms in non-hotspot districts after April 20,2020.

Vehicles will be allowed from April 20, on odd-even basis on alternative days, but the ban on inter-district travel will continue.

The different zones is as follows:

Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram
Complete Lockdown till May 3rd

Zone 2
Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Kollam
Complete Lockdown till April 24

Zone 3
Alapuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad
Partial relaxation after April 20

Zone 4
Kottayam, Idukki
Relaxation after April 20

Image: Yahoo

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Thiruvananthapuram

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind will arrive at Trivandrum tommorrow.  President will lay the foundation stone for the first government building in the prestigious Technocity at Pallipuram. In  the evening, the President will pay tributes at the Ayyankali statue situated at Vellayambalam at 5.30 p.m.

The Thiruvananthapuram city Corporation will host a public reception for the President at Tagore Theatre on behalf of the State government at 6 p.m.

He will leave for Kochi on Saturday at 9.45 a.m.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

K Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Smart City, Trivandrum

 K Gopalakrishnan has been appointed as the chief executive officer of smart city project of Thiruvananthapuram.

C S Rajitha has been appointed as the company secretary of special purpose vehicle of smart city project. The corporation has started procedures to register SPV under the leadership of company secretary. Steps to formulate articles of association and memorandum of association have also begun.  
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Science Exhibition at University College

Trivandrum, 23 March 2017: The Science Exhibition in connection with the 150th Anniversary of University College (1866-2016) is being held at the college this week.

The exhibition organised by the various departments of the college will be held tilll 25th of this month. Entry is open to public.

A seminar on Higher Education will be held today which will be inaugurated by VS Achuthanandan. It will be attended by Dr. MA Ummen, Dr. D Babu Paul, Dr. G Gopakumar Dr. PS Sreekala etc.

Inter Collegiate quiz will be held on 24th.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PSU Bank Strike Today; 2nd December 2014 Kerala

Employees of PSU banks will strike today, 2nd December 2014 as a part of a country wide relay strike.

Bank employees of the southern states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telengana, Pondicherry, Lakshadeep will strike on 2nd December. The relay strike will be continued by the Northern states on 3rd December and Eastern region on 4th December.

The strike is being organised by the Indian Banking Association (IBA) and the United Forum of Banking Unions (UFBU) demanding wage revision.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Parking Restrictions in MG Road from Palayam to East Fort

Trivandrum: From December 1, 2014 there will be restriction in parking of vehicles on the road side between Palayam and East Fort on MG Road.

The district administration has announced that vehicles will not be allowed to park in MG road between Palayam and East fort between 9.30 am and 11. 30 am and 4 pm and 6. pm. 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bird Flu in Kerala: H5N1 Symptoms & Prevention

Bird Flu in Kerala: H5N1 Symptoms & Prevention directive from Government of Kerala
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Voters List / Electoral Roll Enrollment Online

Trivandrum: Citizens who are not enrolled in the voters list can enroll in the electoral rolls  till November 30, 2014. Any person who is not less than 18 (eighteen) years of age as on January 1, 2015, and ordinarily resident in the constituency shall be entitled to be registered in the electoral roll for that constituency.

The registration can done online through the website www.ceo.kerala.gov.in or by visiting Collectorate, Taluk Offices, etc. The process of registering online is as follows

Visit the website www.ceo.kerala.gov.in and submit the application online. Applications received online will be handed over to the Booth Level Officer (BLO) of the concerned Polling Station for field verification. The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will dispose of the applications on the basis of the reports of the BLO. At the time of registration and disposal of applications, the applicants will get SMS informing the status. After enrollment the Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC) will be issued to the electors through the BLO or by post or from the Taluk Office concerned depending on the choice of the elector. A person need not visit any office either for enrollment in the Electoral Roll or obtaining the EPIC. 
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sabarimala Special Trains 2014-2015 Ticket Booking, Schedule, Timings

          The following additional special trains will be run to clear the extra rush of traffic during Sabarimala festival season, as per the press release by Southern Railways.


1. PREMIUM superfast special trains between Kochuveli – Chennai Central
            Train No.00652 Kochuveli – Chennai Central PREMIUM superfast special train will leave Kochuveli at 21.30 hrs. o­n 04th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th and 28th December 2014 and reach Chennai Central at 11.40 hrs. the next day.
            Train No.00651 Chennai Central – Kochuveli PREMIUM superfast special train will leave Chennai Central at 16.30 hrs. o­n 08th, 15th, 22nd, 24th and 29th December 2014 and reach Kochuveli at 06.20 hrs. the next day.
            The composition of the trains will be 2 AC 2-tier, 3 AC 3-tier, 14 Sleeper Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
        The trains will stop at Kollam, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town and Katpadi.
            Advance reservations for the above mentioned PREMIUM superfast special trains will commence 15 days before the date of service.

2. PREMIUM superfast special train from Chennai Central to Kochuveli
           Train No.00653 Chennai Central – Kochuveli PREMIUM superfast special train will leave Chennai Central at 22.30 hrs. o­n 05th, 12th, 19th and 26thDecember 2014 and reach Kochuveli at 12.45 hrs. the next day.
            The composition of the train will be 2 AC 2-tier, 3 AC 3-tier, 14 Sleeper Class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
            The train will stop at Palakkad, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Chengannur and Kollam.
            Advance reservations for the above mentioned PREMIUM superfast special trains will commence 15 days before the date of service.

1. Superfast special trains between Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai Central
            Train No.06348 Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai Central superfast special train will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 20.20 hrs. o­n 03rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31stDecember 2014 (Wednesdays) and reach Chennai Central at 12.35 hrs. the next day.
            Train No.06347 Chennai Central – Thiruvananthapuram superfast special train will leave Chennai Central at 18.15 hrs. o­n 04th, 11th, 18th, 25th December 2014 & 01.01.2015 (Thursdays) and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 11.00 hrs. the next day.
            The composition of the trains will be 2 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 11 Sleeper Class, 2 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
            The trains will stop at Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Kaptadi and Arakkonam.

            Advance reservations for the above trains will commence o­n 13.11.2014.
2. Superfast special trains between Kochuveli – Chennai Central
            Train No.06352 Kochuveli – Chennai Central superfast special train will leave Kochuveli at 20.20 hrs. o­n 02nd, 09th, 16th and 30th December 2014 (Tuesdays) and reach Chennai Central at 12.35 hrs. the next day.
            Train No.06351 Chennai Central – Kochuveli superfast special train will leave Chennai Central at 18.15 hrs. o­n 03rd, 10th, 17th and 31st December 2014 (Wednesdays) and reach Kochuveli at 11.00 hrs. the next day.
            The composition of the trains will be 2 AC 2-tier, 3 AC 3-tier, 14 Sleeper Class, 2 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
            The trains will stop at Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Kaptadi and Arakkonam.

1. Special trains between Nagercoil – Mangalore Jn.
            Train No.06306 Nagercoil – Mangalore Jn. special train will leave Nagercoil at 21.00 hrs. o­n 14th, 21st& 28th December 2014 (Sundays) and reach Mangalore Jn. at 11.15 hrs. the next day.
            Train No.06305 Mangalore Jn. – Nagercoil special train will leave Mangalore Jn. at 13.30 hrs. o­n 15th, 22nd & 29th December 2014(Mondays) and reach Nagercoil at 04.15 hrs. the next day.
            The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2-tier, 2 AC 3-tier, 12 Sleeper Class, 3 general second class and 2 luggage-cum-brake van coaches.
            The trains will stop at Eraniel, Kulitturai, Neyyatinkara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Shoranur Jn., Tirur, Kozhikkode, Vadakara, Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod.
Advance reservations for the above trains will commence o­n 13.11.2014.

PREMIUM superfast special trains between Bangalore Cantonment – Thiruvananthapuram
            Train No.02657 Bangalore Cantonment – Thiruvananthapuram PREMIUM superfast special train will leave Bangalore Cantonment at 19.15 hrs. o­n 21.11.2014 & 28.11.2014 and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 08.30 hrs. the next day.
            Train No.02658 Thiruvananthapuram – Bangalore Cantonment PREMIUM superfast special train will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 18.45 hrs. o­n 23.11.2014 & 30.11.2014 and reach Bangalore Cantonment at 08.10 hrs. the next day.
            The trains will stop at Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam Town and Kottayam.
Advance reservations for Train No.02658 Thiruvananthapuram – Bangalore Cantonment PREMIUM superfast special train o­n 23.11.2014 will commence o­n 13.11.2014;and for the train o­n 30.11.2014, reservations will commence o­n 15.11.2014.

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Kerala Tourism launches Hop-on Hop-off boat and Water Taxi services

Kerala Tourism has launched Hop-on Hop-off boat and Water Taxi services,  the first of its kind in the country. The Hop-off boat and Water Taxi services will be offered from today in the backwaters of Kochi and in the Muziris region

The hop-on hop-off services will cover places like High Court Jetty, Marine Drive, Bolgatty Palace, Vypeen, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry

The air-conditioned boats can accomodate 25 persons and the air-conditioned taxis six persons at a time. The services will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The water taxis will have a single ticket rate of Rs.350 on the boats to travel to Marine Drive, Bolghatty, Vypeen, Fort Kochi, and Mattanchery any number of times during the day.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

KSEB Call Centre launched; Dial 1912 for Power Supply Failure, Electrical Complaints

Inauguration of the new Centralized Call Centre and Data Centre of Kerala State Electricity Board will be done by Shri. Araydan Muhammed, Hon'ble Minister for Electricity on November12, 2014 at 4 pm.

KSEB customers can avail the Call centre number 1912 to notify power supply failure, electricity line complaints, bill related complaints etc. The call centre will be functioning 24 hours using an interactive voice response system and also a human assistance with the help of 50 KSEB staffs.

The call centre service will be initially available at 43 towns under Restructured Accelerated Power Reforms Development Programme (RAPDRP). which includes Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kollam, Guruvayur, Kottayam, Thiruvalla, Malappuram, Perinthalmanna, Tirur, Alapuzha, Kunnamkulam, Attingal, Cherthala, Neyyatinkara, Varkala, Kayamkulam, Kannur, Thrissue etc.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1099 Toll Free Number for Kerala Police Assistance in Road Accidents

Thrissur, 24 October 2014: The Kerala Police have launched a toll-free helpline number for the public for seeking police assistance during accidents. The toll free number 1099 will provide help from the police authorities in bringing accident victims to hospital.  The announcement of the new facility comes after popular request in the facebook page of the Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala.

The service will be introduced in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi followed by other states soon. It was decided earlier to authorise Circle Inspectors to reimburse the amount spent on bringing victims to hospitals. Other contact numbers in case of emergency are as follows

Highway police helpline 9846100100
Accident/Crime information messaging/sms 9497900000
Police Headquarters 04713243000 / 04713244000 / 04713245000
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List of Kerala Government Public Holidays 2014

Thrissur, 3 November 2014:  Government of Kerala has announced the list of  public holidays for the calendar year 2015. A total of 26  holidays are there in 2015 in addition to Sundays including two new holidays, viz, Mannam Jayanthi which falls on January 2nd and Ayyankali Jayanthi on August 28.

The list of Kerala Government Holidays for the year 2015 is given below.

02/01/2015   –   Mannam Jayanthi

03/01/2015   –   Nabi Dinam

26/01/2015   –   Republic Day

17/02/2015   –   Sivarathri

02/04/2015   –   Maundy Thursday

03/04/2015   –   Good Friday

14/04/2015   –   Dr.Ambedkar Jayanthi

15/04/2015   –   Vishu

01/05/2015   –   May Day

18/07/2015   –   Eid-ul-Fitr

14/08/2015   –   Karkkidaka Vavu

15/08/2015   –   Independence Day

27/08/2015   –   First Onam

28/08/2015   –   Thiruvonam , Ayyankali Jayanthi

29/08/2015   –   Third Onam

05/09/2015   –   Sree Krishna Jayanthi

21/09/2015   –   Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

24/09/2015   –   Bakrid

02/10/2015   –   Gandhi Jayanthi

22/10/2015   –   Maha Navami

23/10/2015   –   Vijay aDashami

24/10/2015   –   Muharam

10/11/2015   –   Deepavali

24/12/2015   –   Nabi Dinam

25/12/2015   –   Christmas

Easter (5th April) and Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi (30 August) falls on Sundays in 2015.

September 17, Vishwakarma Jayanthi, will be a restricted holiday.

Source: Kerala CM website

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New Auto Rickshaw Fares 2014-2015

Thrissur, 4 November 2014: The Kerala Motor Vehicles Department has announced the revised autorickshaw fares. According to the new fare chart, the minimum charge for travelling a distance of 1.5 kms is Rs. 20. Fare after the minimum travelling distance is Rs. 1 per 100 metre.

Highlights of the fare revision is as follows

Additional fare of 50% of meter charge for travel between 10 pm to 5 am.

Fare between 5 am to 10 pm - Meter charge plus 50% of the amount after substracting Rs. 20 from the  Meter charge. However this is not applicable in Thrissur, Trivandrum, Kollam, Kochi, Kozhikode corporations and Kannur Palakkad and Kottayam towns. In these places only the meter charge will be applicable. For two way journeys fare will be equal to the meter charge.

Waiting charge - 10 rupees per 15 minutes and a maximum of Rs. 250 per day.

The Distance to Fare chart for the first 20 kms is given below

Distance in Kms / Fare in Rs.
1.50 20
2.00 25
2.50 30
3.00 35
3.50 40
4.00 45
4.50 50
5.00 55
5.50 60
6.00 65
6.50 70
7.00 75
7.50 80
8.00 85
8.50 90
9.00 95
9.50 100
10.00 105
10.50 110
11.00 115
11.50 120
12.00 125
12.50 130
13.00 135
13.50 140
14.00 145
14.50 150
15.00 155
15.50 160
16.00 165
16.50 170
17.00 175
17.50 180
18.00 185
18.50 190
19.00 195
19.50 200
20.00 205
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hornbill Handloom Brand from Kerala Handlooms

Kerala government in association with 'People's Company',  a start up group has launched 'Hornbill' brand for the ailing Handloom industry in the state.

The limited edition 'Hornbill' apparels were launched by the firm which consist of a collection of 60 garments in 20 designs.

The brand has been envisaged by six youngsters passed out from College of Engineering, Trivandrum who partnered with the government for a project called 'Operation Phoenix'.

The fabrics are woven from high quality silk and cotton from Balaramapuram in Trivandrum and Mayyil in Kannur. 
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