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Palakkad in Kerala Becomes First HIV/AIDS Literate District

Kerala’s Palakkad district will become the first total HIV/AIDS literate district in the country due mainly to joint initiatives of civic authorities and KESS-HAPPI, a voluntary organisation which helped win the status. Just as Kottayam became India’s first city to achieve 100 percent literacy in 1989, so is Palakkad is all set to be honoured with the status of being the first ...

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Monsoon Forecast: Onset of Southwest Monsoon Around May 30 Likely

Every year, the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala signals the arrival of monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and represents beginning of rainy season over the region and as per the practice, ESSO-India Meteorological Department (IMD) has been issuing forecasts using an indigenously developed statistical model, using six predictors. The predictors to forecast wouthwest monsoon include: i) Minimum Temperature over ...

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4 Kerala Water Sports Students Commit Suicide

In a bizarre incident reflecting the sports scene in the country, four girls in their teens from the Water Sports Centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Punnamada in Kerala, took to suicide attempt consuming a poisonous fruit. One of them died and three others are in criticial condition. MK Ramesan, sub-inspector Alappuzha North, told TV channels that ...

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Sitaram Yechury Made CPI-M Chief, Faces Tough Test Ahead

Former JNU icon and senior leader Sitaram Yechury was unanimously elected the new general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday at the party’s 21st Congress in Vishakhapatnam, a key development in the party. The major test of Yechury will be to bring West bengal back to CPI-M fold in the midst of BJP’s growing presence in ...

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Telangana takes lessons from Kerala on maintaining bio-diversity

If it was Goa that first decided to replicate the Kerala model of protecting its rich biodiversity, the newly formed state of Telangana is now following suit. Kerala is the only state in the country that has established Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) at all panchayats as required by the Biological Diversity Act and has set up more than 75 percent ...

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Ayurveda a big hit among Moscow women, Kerala upbeat

Ayurveda has been a big hit in Russian capital Moscow, with many women who were looking at alternate health care practices asking about it during the country’s largest tourism fair. The public and industry representatives streamed into the Kerala Tourism stall during the four-day 22nd Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MITT) that ended on Saturday. The theme of Kerala ...

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Despite Vaiko’s Opposition, Centre Approves Neutrino Project in Tamil Nadu

Government has approved India-based Neutrino Observatory Project with estimated cost of Rs. 1583.05 crore, informed minister Jitendra Singh to Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The Government has approved the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project, to be located in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu and financial sanction has been issued on January 6, this year, said MoS in the Prime ...

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Neutrino Project: Unrelenting Vaiko Tries to Rope in Kerala Against it

Unrelenting, MDMK general secretary Vaiko has met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy seeking his support against the prestigious Rs.1,500 crore neutrino project in Tamil Nadu. In his meeting, Vaiko submitted a petition to Chandy to join the opposition against the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project as it would impact Kerala’s Idukki district too. Vaiko told Chandy that the Tamil Nadu ...

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Kerala Governor Seeks Preservation of Marine Life at 1st World Ocean Science Congress

The first of its kind to be held in India, the World Ocean Science Congress was opened today in Kochi, Kerala with Governor P. Sathasivam deploring the irrational exploitation of ocean life in pursuit of economic gains. The governor said oceans are under threat and endanger the human existence in turn if the commercial exploitation of ocean life, especially huge ...

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Amrita Medical Institute Conducts Successful ‘small bowel’ transplantation

Doctors at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, Kerala have hit it again within a week successfully conducting a small bowel transplantation surgery for six hours on 37-year-old Seena Shojan of Irinjalakuda recently. Shojan had undergone multiple ‘small bowel resection’ surgeries in the last six years as she had only 96-cm length compared to a normal 2metres or ...

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Idukki District of Kerala to Get India’s First High Speed NOFN Connectivity Today

The first hi-speed rural broadband network of India will be commissioned in Idukki district, a high range in Kerala, on Monday. Minister for Communications & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad will commission India’s the network today at a function in Thiruvananthapuram. The network, which is under Digital India Programme, would open up new avenues for small access service providers including mobile ...

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Centre to fund new ayurveda research centre in Konni, Kerala

The central government will provide funding to set up a new ayurvedic clinical research centre in Konni, Kerala near Munnar to help scientifically validate traditional systems of healing. Shripad Yesso Naik, minister of state for AYUSH, said this as he announced the new National Programme of Ayurveda Inspired Research initiated by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) and the ...

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Why Vaiko Opposes Neutrino Project?

Vaiko, the General Secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), has asked the people of Kerala  and Tamil Nadu to protest against the India-based Neutrino project, which is about to function in Theni district. Claiming it would cause more harm to Idukki district, Vaiko said that it would cause air pollution, which would affect the agriculturists. He said, “Agricultural lands ...

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Mohanlal pips Mammootty in Padma awardee hopefuls’ list

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 5 (IANS) Superstar Mohanlal appears to have pipped arch on-screen rival Mammootty as he figures in the UDF-led Congress government’s wishlist of Padma Bhushan awardees, a top government source said Monday. Mohanlal and one other person are included in the Padma Bhushan list that has been forwarded by the state government, the source told IANS. Mammootty had received ...

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150 Bars to Resume as Beer, Wine Parlours in Kerala Today

Bar owners in Kerala are all set to resume the closed bars as beer-wine parlours today, on Monday. The new liquor policy of Kerala government had forced the shutdown of 418 bars due to poor quality since March 31, 2014. The government has given permission to reopen the bars as wine and beer parlours but has directed to meet basic ...

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13 Liquor Outlets on Highways Shutdown in Kerala

Thirteen liquor outlets located on state and national highways have been shut down in Kerala today following the decision taken by the cabinet a month ago. Kerala High Court has ordered to shift all liquor outlets from highways in November, after hearing a public interest litigation which states liquor shops on the highways as a major cause of accidents, which ...

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Exclusive: Not Merely a Christmas Gift, But a New Life

By Merry Sam in Kottayam It was not a mere a Christmas gift but a new life for Villodiyil Rajan’s family from the students of Santhwanam Club of Mar Thoma Higher Secondary School, when they assisted the family to complete the construction of their house, on Friday in Chungathara, a village in Malappuram district of Kerala. Sreedevika and Sreelakshmi, who ...

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59 Christians converted to Hinduism on X-mas Day in Kerala

Fifty-nine Christians were converted to Hinduism on Thursday in Kottayam, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s home district. within a month after similar conversions triggered row in Uttar Pradesh. As many as 42 people from 21 families – all of them Christians – took part in temple rituals, and amidst chanting of slogans became Hindus in Ponkunam in Kottayam district. Another ...

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