Archive for the ‘Lifestyle in Kerala’ Category

November 22nd, 2013

‘She Taxi’ Launched in Kerala

On November 21, Kerala launched its latest initiative to ensure the safety of women in the State—a taxi service operated by women entrepreneurs for women travellers. She Taxi is a Gender Park programme. Gender Park is an institution under the Department of Social Justice that works towards gender equity.

Actress Manju Warrier—She Taxi’s goodwill ambassador—flagged off the service ceremony at Trivandrum’s Kanakakkunnu Palace.

Dr. M. K. Muneer, Minister for Panchayats and Social Justice; K. Muraleedharan, MLA; Rishi Raj Singh, IPS; K. Chandrika, Mayor, Trivandrum; Sabriye Tenberken, Founder, Kanthari International; Dr. Sindhuja Varma, Vice President, eWIT, Technopark; Amit Passi, Head of BPO and Board Director, Allianz, Technopark;  and other dignitaries were also present at the ceremony.

K. Muraleedharan, MLA, inaugurated the call centre (accessible at 859 000 0543) set up for She Taxi operations, and Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh, IPS, launched the official She Taxi website and logo.

The first women drivers of the fleet of cabs—Annie Surendran, Jaicy Ramesh, Rasiya Begum Noushad, Heera P., and Asha Kumari—received the keys from Manju Warrier.

Maruti Suzuki Ltd. is the supplier of the taxis. It also imparts training to the women drivers. The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) provides the financial support for the entrepreneurs. Trivandrum Technopark-based Rain Concert Technologies will set up the 24-hour call centre for the service and handle the marketing operations.

‘She Taxi’ is a 24X7 service available for booking via mobile phones and online. Women travelling alone or with families can dial the customer care centre, which will provide them with a Unique Identification Code and the vehicle number on their mobile phones.

All cabs are metered and have an electronic payment system allowing the user to pay using credit or debit cards or cash.

The She Taxis come with multiple security systems for the safety of the drivers as well as the passengers. A control room tracks the taxis real-time using GPS, and there are personal emergency alert switches for both the driver and the passenger inside the car. The drivers also have a safety alert app is installed on their mobile phones.

The cabs have a map of all emergency response systems in the city. Public safety officers will be available for their assistance. The drivers will also be given training in self-defense as well as good driving practices.

To book a ride in She Taxi, call 859 000 0543 and 902 011 1543.

Source: Technopark Today

July 9th, 2013

Technocity: The Dream City


In an interview given to India IT News, Technopark Senior Business Development Manager M. Vasudevan has described Technocity as a dream city. Designed as an integrated township, it will cater to all its residents’ needs and use the newest technology.


Technocity will come up at a distance of just 5 Km away from Technopark. The self-sustained and technologically advanced IT Township will stretch over 431 acres lining the Pallipuram-Mangalapuram NH-47. It will cater to the residents’ education, health-care, and recreation requirements. There will also be banks, IT/ITES firms, shopping malls, and residential blocks. With a dedicated water-treatment plant, internal power station, and sewage-treatment facility, it will come up as a ‘no-pressure’ area in Trivandrum.


According to Mr. Vasudevan, Technocity will be “one of the most premium cities . . . in India.” Although it will be a wee bit expensive to live there, it will be a “live-and-work environment . . .” The most likely residents of Technocity will be engineers, PhDs, and scientists who work in Technopark.


Source: India IT News

March 11th, 2013
Team @ Kerala IT

Kochi Now Houses India’s Biggest Shopping Mall


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India’s biggest shopping centre and one of Asia’s largest, the LuLu Shopping Mall, has opened in Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the mall at Edappally on Sunday, March 10, 2013. The CM also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the grand opening. V. S. Achuthanandan, the Leader of the Opposition, was the chief guest of the event. Union Minister Vayalar Ravi and UAE Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikh Abdulla Al Saleh were the guests of honour.


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Union Minister Prof. K. V. Thomas launched the LuLu Loyalty Card, and the State Minister for Industries and IT P. K. Kunhalikkutty launched the LuLu Mall website. T. K. A. Nair, advisor to the Prime Minister of India, launched the mall guide. LuLu Group Managing Director M. A. Yusuff Ali welcomed the gathering, and Executive Director M. A. Ashraf Ali rendered the vote of thanks.


LuLu Mall is a 2.5 million sq ft complex in 17 acres of land and spread over three levels. The mall is complete with a full line of amenities and facilities, including a well-equipped food court serving international cuisines, coffee shops, money exchange, dine-in outlets, a 22,000 sq ft entertainment zone, a 5,000 sq ft ice rink (the first of its kind in South India), prayer halls, and baby-care centre.


The shopping mall was built on an investment of INR 1,600 crore. Parking facility is available for 3,000 cars at a time. Well-placed escalators, elevators, travelators, and walkways make it easy for shoppers, diners, and fun lovers to get from one point of the mall to another. The Marriott, a 300-room hotel, is also situated in the mall. The first McDonalds outlet in Kerala is also housed in the mall.


The mall is located at a prime location in Edappally—at the intersection of the NH 47, the NH 17, and the Kochi by-pass. It is within easy reach of almost all the landmarks and prominent facilities in Kochi, including the Cochin International Airport and railway stations.


The mall, which will feature the widest choice of world-class brands at the fairest prices, is expected to generate 8,000 direct jobs and more than 20,000 indirect job opportunities. A special area has been allocated to promote Kerala products and handicrafts.


LuLu Hypermarket, LuLu Celebrate, LuLu Connect, Westside, and PVR Cinemas are the anchor stores of the mall. Nine cinema screens with a total capacity of 2,250 seats will be opened in the mall in early April. The mall also has a 5-D cinema hall, bowling alleys, water rides, and electronic games, in addition to ATMs, money exchange counters, pharmacy, travel and holiday desk, and a Federal Bank branch.


This mall is definitely another feather on the cap to the rapidly growing Kochi. Known as the commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi is already an IT hotspot in the world map.


January 8th, 2013
Team @ Kerala IT

TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge on February 10




The growth of the IT industry in India has created a lot of employment opportunities and contributed greatly to our economy. However, one of the threats that our industry faces is the lifestyle diseases amongst the young employees. This is why TCS is organising the TCS Fit4life Corporate Challenge and inviting likeminded organisations to join this event that aims at ensuring the physical fitness of IT professionals.


The purposes of the initiative are to create awareness amongst professionals on the importance of physical fitness and also to raise fund for charity.  The event is  designed in such a way as to enable each company to position their brand identity. The choice of  the charity partner will also be left to the participating companies. TCS will raise funds for the “Cochin Cancer Society,” an NGO led by the famous oncologist Dr. V. P. Ganghadharan.


Please download the event brochure and the registration form for more details.




The last date for registration is January 20, 2013.


January 5th, 2013

TPL 2013 Is On!




The 10th edition of the Technopark Premier League (TPL) Cricket Tournament has begun! Akshaya Director Bala Kiran, IAS, inaugurated the tournament on January 5, 2013. Technopark Senior Business Development Manager M. Vasudevan, Technopark CFO and T-TBI MD Dr. K. C. Chandrasekharan Nair; and Technopark HR and Admin Officer Abhilash D. S. attended the function.


129 teams will participate in the tournament this year. The matches will be held on Saturdays, Sundays, and other public holidays for the next three months.


The inaugural match was played between 3E IT Solutions and Accel Frontline Limited. 3E IT Solutions won the match.


The finals will be held during the first week of April 2013. The authorities are planning to invite Kerala Cricket Association officials as well as the celebrity Indian Cricketer Sreeshanth this year.


Source: Technopark Today